Posts Tagged ‘Money’

Not enough money to catch burglars

May 18, 2008

Simon PitherFrom the Daily Mail By MILES GOSLETT Last updated at 23:45pm on 17th May 2008 >>read more.      Police didn’t have the money to catch burglars who beat me with a crowbar     A businessman who was almost beaten to death by three crowbar-wielding burglars claims police haven’t carried out DNA tests to identify his attackers – because they can’t afford to pay for them. IT consultant Simon Pither, 36, was savagely beaten over the head when he interrupted the gang at his £300,000 home. The married father of two sustained such serious skull injuries during the assault that doctors told him he was lucky to be alive…

$25,000: Non-Industry Types Needed!

May 12, 2008

From AdRANTs by Steve Hall May 9, 2008 Screw Consumers and User-Generated Content! Win $25,000 Yourself     You’d think with $25,000 up for grabs and with industry creatives having a “leg up” on the competition, there’d be a flood of industry types entering Budget’s Flip for Budget video contest. It’s so simple. Easy money. Just whip up a concept explaining how to travel on a budget, grab the video camera, film the thing, submit it and cross your fingers for the $25,000.      Come on people! This is easy money! Screw all those non-industry types trying to cash in on the user-generated content craze when we ad people are the ones who are supposed to be making this stuff…and getting paid for it. Don’t let consumers steal your job!

A ski jump? A toboggan run? A water slide? What’s got everyone talking?

May 4, 2008

(Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times) From LA Times by Steve Lopez May 4, 2008:>>read more.
The design of L.A. Unified’s new arts high school is convoluted and costly.     “What is it?” Kelly Charles asked as he walked to his job as a custodian in downtown Los Angeles and gazed up at a rather odd construction project. “A roller coaster?”     As I wandered the neighborhood, other guesses were: A ski jump.     A toboggan run.     A water slide.      What’s got everyone talking is the odd-looking tower that rises 140 feet above the 101 Freeway, directly across from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The futuristic metallic edifice, with a wraparound spiral Dr. Seuss would love, is not part of a theme park. It is the signature adornment on a new arts-oriented public high school that will cost roughly $230 million.     That’s far more than the going rate for a more conventional school, but district officials argue that they already owned the site of the former L.A. Unified headquarters. Sure, but aren’t these tough times for public schools? Aren’t school districts facing huge cuts? Aren’t many aging schools in disrepair?     You have to wonder how this will sit with parents who are being asked to contribute several hundred dollars per student to cover programs and staff members that tax dollars used to fund.     David Tokofsky, a former school board member, said he isn’t opposed to a bit of a flair on an arts-oriented campus. But given all the budget problems — not to mention the flailing administration of L.A. Supt. and Navy Adm. David L. Brewer — the project “just looks like an absurdity,” in Tokofsky’s words.     Personally, I thought the big log flume was the latest improvement on the disastrous employee payroll system in L.A. Unified. Weekly pay could be sent down the chutes to teachers below, and whatever cash doesn’t blow over Chinatown or fly into Cardinal Roger M. Mahony’s belfry could be pocketed by teachers.     Come to think of it, stringing a tightrope from the school tower to the cathedral wouldn’t be a bad idea. Priests and administrators accused of wrongdoing or coverups could creep across the treacherous divide. Those who land safely in the cathedral’s reflecting pool shall be considered saved.

Austin plans: build 100’s of apartments and cut hiring plans

April 22, 2008

About 75 percent of the commercial space in the Triangle is spoken for and some say the new land is ripe for more retail or a hotel.From Austin Business Journal by A.J. Mistretta Staff Writer Friday, April 18, 2008 click to read more.     Land at Triangle up for grabs GLO seeks developer to build out tracts near blossoming Central Austin mixed-use project.     The Texas General Land Office is offering up for lease two remaining parcels within the 33-acre Triangle tract, a move that will likely lead to more retail and residential units and possibly other uses at the Central Austin development.     In particular, Burnham says Simmons Vedder is eyeing the 3.7-acre site that would likely allow for about 250 apartment units and roughly 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail if a vertical mixed use zoning change is approved. He says the earliest his company could begin construction would be spring 2009.      Meanwhile, a nearby Hospitals cuts hiring plans by 400 jobs
From Austin Business Journal by by Kate Harrington ABJ Staff Monday, April 21, 2008 – 5:21 PM CDT click to read more.     The Seton Family of Hospitals has slowed growth plans for fiscal year 2009 — trimming its plan for 800 new jobs to 400, in order to deal with rocky economic times, according to a letter attributed to Seton CEO Charles Barnett.    The letter also says that the entire organization will need to look at cutbacks in growth for the next year. Barnett further mentions that two planned executive positions budgeted in 2009 – vice president of safety and vice president for organizational development – will be eliminated. Barnett writes that the system has also already made some reductions in overtime and premium pay.

Millions of Bees move in to foreclosed homes

April 20, 2008

Photographs by Stephen Crowley/The New York Times  KEEPERS OF THE BEES B. Keith Councell removes bees from houses in Lee County, Fla., and keeps them at the St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Monastery with help from Mother Andrea Nicholas, top right. The monastery uses the honey and beeswax. Signs of bees abound, even on power line poles on Pine Island. From The New York Times By JOHN LELAND Published: April 20, 2008 click to read more and see video.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. — In a county with one of the nation’s highest foreclosure rates, empty houses have attracted a new type of nonpaying tenant: bees.     Residential foreclosure rates are high in Cape Coral, Fla.     Tens of thousands of honeybees, building nests in garages, rafters, even furniture left behind.    When a swarm came to the foreclosed ranch house at 3738 Santa Barbara Place in Cape Coral, town officials called B. Keith Councell, a fourth generation beekeeper and licensed bee remover.     On a recent evening, Mr. Councell stood at the light blue house’s open garage door as hundreds of honeybees buzzed over his head and past his ears, disappearing into a hole behind the water meter. The house has been without a human occupant since December.     Then he did what he does at most foreclosed homes: nothing.     “If it’s in the yard I just take care of it,” Mr. Councell said. “But if it’s in the structure, usually I can’t get permission to go in. And it’s a problem, because somebody’s going to get stung. It creates a risk for everybody around.”     Foreclosed houses around the country have been colonized by squatters, collegiate revelers, methamphetamine cooks, stray dogs, rats and other uninvited guests. Mr. Councell, 35, only has eyes for bees.    Last year, he said, he answered calls about bees in more than 100 vacant houses, and the volume was higher this year.


Lipstick on a Pig

April 19, 2008

Strip Mining Landscape ImprovementsFrom Energy Tomorrow, click to read more
Demand for energy is rising around the world, according to the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Administration. Data show global demand for oil and natural gas will likely grow 45% by 2030 compared with 2006. The Department of Interior estimates there are 112 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil beneath U.S. federal lands and coastal waters. That’s enough oil to fuel 60 million cars for 60 years, when you take into account the average yield of gasoline from a barrel of crude oil and the average number of gallons of gasoline consumed annually by a passenger vehicle.  Yea OK lets settle.  Let’s do no alternative energy research and besides, strip mining adds so much to the public landscape.  Read related post.

Trapped in the Middle

April 19, 2008

From the Wall Steet Journal By JUSTIN LAHART and KELLY EVANS April 19, 2008 click to read more.    
The incomes of most Americans have stalled. Tackling voter angst in Pennsylvania. LANCASTER, Pa. — Are you better off than you were eight years ago? For a growing number of middle-class Americans, the answer is “No.”     Here and elsewhere, middle-class earnings aren’t keeping up with the cost of living. Rising gasoline and food prices, health bills, child-care and education costs are leaving less to set aside for retirement. With the housing market in turmoil, even the asset many had come to count on — the value of their homes — is threatened.     It isn’t just a reflection of the current economic slowdown and rise in commodity prices: Middle-class incomes have been stagnant for several years. The well-heeled keep doing better, with the wealthiest 1% of U.S. families garnering the largest share of income since 1929.     Click for presentation.

Paulson who?

April 13, 2008

Once-reluctant Cabinet member plays key role  posted on Politico By EAMON JAVERS | 4/10/08 4:59 AM EST   Paulson will be a key gatekeeper for administration approval of any housing measures coming from Capitol Hill.  Photo: John Shinkle    When the White House recruited Henry Paulson as Treasury secretary two years ago, the cagey Goldman Sachs chief negotiated a sweet deal.     He wanted status on a par with the secretaries of state and defense. He wanted the National Economic Council to meet at Treasury. And he wanted to be able to insert himself into White House policy discussions on any issue.    The White House promised it all, giving Paulson the political independence that had eluded his predecessors, the hapless John Snow and the embittered Paul O’Neill. Now Paulson is using that independence to the utmost, fundamentally changing the government’s relationship with Wall Street and coordinating with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to rescue the investment bank Bear Stearns.    Paulson will also be a key gatekeeper for administration approval of any housing measures coming from Capitol Hill, including a new plan to expand the Federal Housing Administration’s role in refinancing distressed mortgages.  Read more.

Feds Get More Power—like that’s a good idea.

March 29, 2008

Now the fuckers that gave us the war and whittled away social programs are protecting their ASSets further by defining the money rules so they loose less and the bottom 50% loose more.  Where was this protection in 1998?  Thank you Reagan for banking deregulation. Treasury Dept. Plan Would Give Fed Wide New Power By EDMUND L. ANDREWS Published: March 29, 2008 A plan that would give the Federal Reserve broad authority to oversee financial market stability could expose Wall Street to new scrutiny, but it avoids a call for tighter regulation.

Political Fundraising

October 26, 2007

Think the Federal Government would function better if politicians did not need to raise money to get elected.
The “people” own the airwaves.
Every candidate should get 20 hours of free airtime so that we can hear and see what they say, not bits of what they say.