Oct 30, 2014

VIDEO!! The best Republican TV commercial. DON'T VOTE! Enjoy.

Oct 20, 2014

ARE YOU or YOUR KIDS FAT?? 80 Percent of American grocery store foods have KILLER SUGAR in them. See the Katie Couric documentary changing the way people buy food!

Narrated by Katie Couric, Fed Up blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and exercise, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry aided by the U.S. government to mislead and confuse the American public. 

Exposing the hidden truths contributing to one of the largest health epidemics in history, the film follows a group of families battling to lead healthier lives and reveals why the conventional wisdom of exercise and eat right is not ringing true for millions of people struggling with diabetes, childhood obesity and other serious conditions. 

Including captivating interviews with the country's leading experts, this vital information could change the way we eat forever.

Here's the trailer.   Buy/Rent the 90 minute documentary  for your family on DVD!
Rent it to watch it online for <$4.00 or buy it from Amazon for about 15 bucks.  Here's what people say.... and you can order it here:

Bet you'll never drink a full flavored soda again!

Like stayin fat?  No problem.  Aint our EGOS GRAND?   When you look at your kid who looks like your wife, well is that okay with you?   You happy with that?   Is SHE?   Give her a second helping of tonights fatty dinner to make her fat cheeks smile!

Oct 15, 2014

PANNING for GOLD NUGGETS of WISDOM on Internet Comments.....

Not targeting you but I just wanted to share this and hope you will to, to others as we assess website articles and the COMMENTS by readers who often know more than the authors.... but not always.


Why must we endure it?

Why do uneducated morons fill the internet with stupid comments? Just because of a need to participate? Was this caused when high school teachers and college professors mistakenly allowed the unwashed, ignorant students to 'participate' in class?  Why do they waste our time?   Hearing from the morons sitting next to us is SUCH a waste of our class time!

Moreover, we don't pay for THEIR inane views, we pay for professional knowledge! Guess they do it because classmates need to TALK more than LISTEN-- even if they don't know much and we are forced to ENDURE their illogic!   And that's the cost of keeping everyone engaged in the class!

Stupidity  is one of the great weaknesses of the Internet... the notion that every axxhole has an opinion -- and some phony right to distract us with theirs!

Finding new ideas is worthwhile for sure, but it does take time... like panning for gold.   Don't stop.  So often the GOLD is found in the comments if you're patient enough to pan for it.

What to do?  Should we comment on stupid posts or just ignore them?   IMHO, we must decide whether its between US and THEM, or OTHER READERS.   I don't waste my time with argumentative morons.   I write to the room's other readers I might want to bring to reason.

Never waste too much time with the morons, individually.

A study in comments.   Wanna know more?   Here's one--pretty polite actually--  that just came up today just for your entertainment.


Oct 14, 2014

FInally, business is getting worried about low wages on their OWN stock prices.

The decline of the U.S. middle class has corporate America and Wall Street scared. And nobody is more frightened than America’s biggest retailers.

Five years after the 2001 recession ended, real retail spending per person had climbed 7 percent above its pre-recession level. More than five years after the end of the Great Recession—August 2014—retail spending per person had finally reached its prerecession level.

Former Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon, whose company had seen consumer traffic drop for six straight quarters and same-store sales drop for five quarters, explained in July 2014 that “we’ve reached a point where it’s not getting any better but it’s not getting any worse—at least for the middle (class) and down.” Kip Tindell, CEO of the Container Store, put retailers’ feelings best when he said, “consistent with so many of our fellow retailers, we are experiencing a retail ‘funk.’”

The culprit is obvious: low wage and income growth for the middle class.

Median household income in 2013 stood 8 percentage points below its 2007 prerecession level. The simple fact of the matter is that when households do not have money, retailers do not have customers. The failure of incomes to keep up with the growing cost of college, child care, and other middle-class staples leaves even less money for retail spending. A previous analysis by the Center for American Progress shows that this so-called “middle-class squeeze”—stagnant incomes and the growing cost of middle-class security—leaves the median married couple with two kids with $5,500 less to spend annually on food, clothes, and other essentials that retailers sell.

Or, as officials of J.C. Penney—whose sales fell 9 percent in 2013—put it when listing the risks to its stock value: “the moderate income consumer, which is our core customer, has been under economic pressure for the past several years.”

Moreover, retail spending—which includes spending on everything from clothing to groceries to dining out—has broad implications for the entire economy since it accounts for a large fraction of consumer spending, which itself makes up 70 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, or GDP.

This report gathers new evidence to show that middle-class weakness and stagnant wage growth are holding the economy back. We use the financial statements, known as 10-Ks—the annual report required by the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC—of the top 100 retailers in America and words of some of Wall Street’s top economists to underscore the point.

Time and again, America’s leading corporations warn investors that “decreased levels of consumer spending” (Kohl’s), “a renewed decline in consumer-spending levels” (Sears), and “decreased salaries and wages” (Burger King) could have a huge negative impact on their financial performance. The corporate consensus is clear: It is this cycle of stagnation—low wages, leading to weak demand, leading to slow growth, leading back to low wages—that is hurting companies, their consumers, and the U.S. economy at large.

This report finds that:

Eighty-eight percent of the top 100 U.S. retailers cite weak consumer spending as a risk factor to their stock price.
Sixty-eight percent of the top 100 U.S. retailers cite falling or flat incomes as risks.

Looking just at companies that were publicly held in 2006, the percent listing consumers’ incomes as a risk factor has doubled since that year. A majority of retailers—57 percent—cite rising energy, health care, housing, and other essential costs as risks, showing the middle-class squeeze of rising costs and stagnant incomes.

Wall Street economists are even more explicit about the risk that low wages pose to the economy, arguing that they drive low demand and high unemployment.
Retailers could improve their profits by embracing a middle-class-growth-oriented agenda instead of spending their political energy on preventing policies that increase wages. Policies such as a minimum-wage increase could provide the perfect mechanism for coordinating wage growth that could benefit the entire retail sector by fueling more consumer spending.

The evidence assembled in this report directly repudiates “trickle-down economics”—the idea that the only way to produce economic growth is to redistribute money to the rich, who will create jobs for everyone else.

Conservative politicians, lobbyists, and commentators may still be stuck in the trickle-down mindset of the 1980s, but corporate America and the Wall Street analysts who closely follow it know better.

While it may at first seem obvious that low consumer demand impedes growth, conservative think tanks and other believers in trickle-down economics ignore the evidence. Stephen Moore, chief economist at the Heritage Foundation, approvingly quotes Arthur Laffer, the father of trickle-down economics, who said, “All economic problems are about removing impediments to supply, not demand.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity Agenda” report similarly focuses on “expanding trade, producing more domestic energy, improving infrastructure, modernizing the regulatory process, making essential changes to entitlements, fixing the flaws in Obamacare, curbing lawsuit abuse, and advancing American innovation by protecting intellectual property…revitalizing capital markets, passing immigration reform, and improving education and training, which will expand opportunity, address inequality, and create jobs.” At the same time, it opposes any measures “that would automatically increase labor costs.” There is literally no policy in the agenda focused on immediately increasing aggregate demand and consumer spending other than perhaps the jobs created by infrastructure improvements and higher wages produced by immigration reform.

If the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. Chamber, and other proponents of trickle-down economics refuse to believe the overwhelming academic evidence that clearly shows low consumer spending and income growth are holding the economy back, they should listen to corporate America and Wall Street when they say that a consumer base with large, growing discretionary incomes—in other words, a strong middle class—is the vital ingredient for job growth and a strong economy. Or, as Ellen Zentner, executive director and senior economist at Morgan Stanley, explained, “faster employment and wage growth for those at the bottom, were it to have staying power, would help lift consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy.”

Brendan V. Duke is a Policy Analyst with the Middle-Out Economics project at the Center for American Progress. Ike Lee was an intern with the Economic Policy team at the Center.