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Because they eat out all the time

"Feds still studying why lesbians are obese." - headline, Washington Free Beacon, August 29, 2014

Disability is the new retirement

Barron's cover story:
The share of the adult population, 16 and over, participating in the labor force is at its lowest level since 1978, at 62.8% and 62.9% in June and July, respectively. In a comprehensive study of trends in the workforce released in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said it expects a further decline in labor-force participation, to 61.6%, by 2022.
Barrons

[...]

Do some of these people [dropping out of the labor force] have independent means? If so, their number is small. Census Bureau data show that in 2012, just 232,000 prime-age men, or 0.4% of the total cohort, had income from stocks, bonds, and real estate of $50,000 or more, while 76,000 enjoyed an investment income of $100,000 or more. Both figures should be enough to get by without income from a job. But we don't know how many of these men supplemented that income with work.

And evidence exists that some of these men may be doing any of a combination of the following: living off loans and stipends that support them through college and professional school; using credit-card debt to cover living expenses; relying on spouses for support; working sporadically in the above-ground economy, or living off crime.


WHEN IT COMES TO the millions of people receiving Social Security disability income, however, it is fairly certain that virtually all of them are outside of the labor force.

The SSDI program "creates a very strong incentive against meaningfully participating in the formal labor market," says Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics professor David Autor, author of the November 2011 study, "The Unsustainable Rise of the Disability Rolls in the United States."

The reason is simple: If you take a job, you run the risk of being terminated from the program and losing the benefits.
It always comes back to incentives.

Ben & Jerry's preparing for shrinkage?

We have long noted the tendency of packaged goods sellers to shrink packages in order to hide inflation.

Our friend Negocios Loucos points us to another possible instance.

When Haagen-Dazs shrunk their "pints" to 14 ounces a few years ago thanks to food cost inflation, Ben & Jerry's responded by labeling their ice cream "Still a Pint!"



... until now. A package recently purchased in the Northeast:

Real American Heroes

Doctor refuses to submit to Obamacare, instead provides quality, affordable free-market care.



News from the latest community re-organized by Obama

Bloomberg:
An alliance of Islamist militias said it wrested control of Tripoli’s international airport from a rival force after weeks of fighting that triggered an exodus of foreigners and threatened to plunge Libya deeper into chaos.



Libya’s defunct, Islamist-dominated parliament said it would temporarily resume its sessions, the state-run Libya News Agency reported, a move that may set the stage for dueling legislatures amid a leadership vacuum.



The fighting has battered Libya, undercut efforts to revive oil output in the OPEC member and dimmed hopes for a transition to democracy. It has sparked concern the nation, led by a largely toothless central government, will descend into anarchy and emerge as little more than a failed state controlled by militias.
Who would have thought community organizing would be such relevant experience for a President?

Wait a minute

Obama is now bombing in Iraq the same ISIS terrorists he just wanted to help in Syria?

Fifty Shades of Meh

I read a few pages of the chick-porn book 50 Shades of Grey. It was the worst ten minutes of my life.

I didn't think the movie adaptation could get any worse, but it looks like it does.

How much you wanna bet these Keynesian clowns don't mention excessive debt as the primary reason?







Yup. The word "debt" appears exactly once in the article, and only as a reference to the difficulty of paying it off without economic growth, not as a cause of weak growth.

I'm waiting for the Santorum Cream Stout


Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs

Chicago Tribune:
Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday it would cut up to 18,000 jobs, or about 14 percent of its workforce, as it halves the size of its recent Nokia acquisition and trims down other operations.

The company said it would take a pre-tax charge of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion for the costs of the layoffs during the next four quarters.

The restructuring will be the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009.

Microsoft shares were up nearly 3 percent in premarket trading, to $45.37 a share.
Another data point for Rise of the Machines.

Worst company in America

It takes a special kind of asshole to send you mail to discuss the fact that you asked not to be sent mail.



Say, isn't than an American M-16 being used by ISIS terrorists to commit mass murder?

Why yes, yes it is.



Thanks, Obama!
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