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06/27/2017 2:01 PM

Re :   On This Day

Cash 'lives on' after 50 years of ATMs
27 June 2017

Cash will remain a part of our day-to-day lives for decades, the Bank of England's chief cashier has said on the 50th anniversary of the ATM.

Victoria Cleland said that although the use of notes and coins in transactions is falling, cash is part of all the Bank's future plans.

She pointed out that 94% of UK adults use cash machines.

It was 50 years ago today that the world's first ATM was unveiled at a Barclays branch in Enfield, London.

As a tribute to the golden anniversary, Barclays has transformed the modern-day Enfield cash machine into gold...........>

06/27/2017 12:28 PM

Re :   What happens when government controls housing

 Housing costs more.  Despite the good intentions.....many taxpayers live in poorer housing than the government builds for low income.  HUD raised everyone's rent, impoverishing many who were in affordable rentals until government was able to pay more.  They've corrected some of the more disastrous policies, but the results are still nothing to brag about.  

Military housing was condemned and yet substantially better than what we could afford in town.

06/27/2017 2:40 AM

Re :   Post-Election Stress Disorder is a real thing

 LOL. I did quit reading the paper for a while, but then the stress of not knowing got to me.  

06/27/2017 2:18 AM

Re :   Fatal flaws in government

 Lobbyists do a great job of tinkering with government efforts.
Marketing doubt obstructs government .....though eventually tobacco lost.
Campaign contributions elect puppets.

Tough to sympathize with business, given their proclivity for exploitation of workers and controlling interest in government.
The politics of it is still fascinating because people rule.  The lies we're told are beautiful and we want to believe.  We are good people.

06/27/2017 1:57 AM

Re :   Fatal flaws in government

 Consider the enormous waste that a change from Democrats  to Republicans or the reverse represents when credit for a good program is achieved by killing it and then bringing it back with and new name......economic development groups go through this about  every 8 years.  Helpless to stop it, they try to hang on to their best people, but the process is so slow that most have moved on before the restart.

Laws fall into disuse.  The only way to get rid of them is to enforce them.  Lawyers dig them up, as needed.

Change is remarkably simple at times:  One letter to the editor stopped an airport from being built, a project that had been in the works for years that was almost a done deal.

You  just have to be brilliant......

06/27/2017 1:35 AM

Re :   Another muslem attack in the U.K.

Newcastle Eid celebration: Six hurt as car hits crowd

25 June 2017

Six people, including three children, were injured when a car mounted a kerb and ploughed into a crowd of people outside a sports centre in Newcastle.

It happened outside Westgate Sports Centre where an event was taking place to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Two children are in intensive care and one adult is seriously injured.

Northumbria Police said the incident was not believed to be terrorism-related. A 42-year-old woman was arrested and is in custody.

The remaining injured are believed to have serious but non-life threatening injuries, officers said.

The woman who was arrested had been celebrating Eid with her family and hundreds of others.........>

Maybe she should have paid attention to Harry Enfield!

06/25/2017 3:18 PM

Re :   U.S. Embassy in Yemen reopens after qaeda threats

Yemen faces world's worst cholera outbreak - UN
25 June 2017

Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world, the United Nations has warned.

A statement by Unicef and the World Health Organization says the number of suspected cholera cases in the war-torn country has exceeded 200,000.

So far more than 1,300 people have died - one quarter of them children - with the death toll expected to rise.

The two UN agencies say they are doing everything they can to stop the outbreak from accelerating.

"We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world," the statement says.

"In just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of this war-torn country," it says, with an estimated 5,000 new cases every day............>

06/25/2017 2:03 AM

Re :   Another muslem attack in the U.K.

06/22/2017 10:28 AM

Re :   Reply To Nickel

Reply to Nickel (06/19/2017 12:31 PM)

 We've done a pretty good job with laws, but Legislators feel like they have to do something, so they make new laws.  They campaign to stay in office on them, and few point out how much duplication they created.  Gobble degook....for a time, was reduced by critics, but time passes, people forget, and who has the energy to deal with it.  Well timed ridicule works wonders, but it takes quite a mind and a sufficient platform.

Were it as simple as that.

Charlotte Twight came up with the term, "political transaction costs".  Briefly...

Enacting a law costs time, money, energy and 'tit for tat'... combined, these are the 'political transaction costs'.  "Tit for tat', refers to the daily goings on in all legislatures... you vote for my bill, I'll vote for yours or if you want my vote, you'll not object to my rider on it.

If enacting a law... usually a bill containing a shit load of riders... costs '$', attempting to remove a law costs 1,000,000 x $.  And the bill you submit to repeal the law will attract riders enacting more laws.

This continues until it can't.

Ever wonder how many federal laws there are?  I have.  The answer is, 'we don't know'.

Seriously.  Look for yourself.

06/22/2017 9:20 AM

Re :   Post-Election Stress Disorder is a real thing

Jew carpet baggers cannot win in Georgia. Democrats demonstrate in the streets or go on some kind of "march" to make their stupid points. Republicans vote & don't answer the phone for pollsters.

06/22/2017 4:28 AM

Re :   Post-Election Stress Disorder is a real thing

Georgia's special election for US congress came up short for the democrats. They ran a young guy by name of Jon Ossoff who didn't necessarily live in the district he was running for. Ossoff out spent his GOP republican by times 4. Democrat money came in from California, including the Hollywood A-lister endorsements, and Ossoff still lost.


06/22/2017 1:07 AM

Re :   Post-Election Stress Disorder is a real thing

 The pollsters can't understand how they keep calling the election for the Democrats, and being wrong.

06/21/2017 10:39 PM

Re :   Fatal flaws in government

Whatever happened to that old line "Better to have it and not need it than need it but not have it"
Pentagon Accused of Wasting Up to $28M on ‘Inappropriate’ Afghan Soldier Uniforms
JUN 21 2017

For the past decade, the Pentagon has authorized an apparently unsuitable fashion choice for Afghan soldiers — one that has cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $28 million, a government watchdog for Afghanistan said Wednesday.

The questionable attire involves a uniform featuring a woodland camouflage pattern that "may be inappropriate," the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, said in a 17-page report.

Why doesn't the forest pattern jibe? Afghanistan is primarily desert, and forests make up just 2.1 percent of the nation's landscape, according to the World Bank..............>

06/21/2017 1:13 PM

Re :   French Presidential Elections 2017

The clean up begins (if not quite in the intended manner);

21 June 2017

France's Justice Minister, François Bayrou, resigned on Wednesday hours before President Emmanuel Macron announced his new government line-up.

It meant that Mr Bayrou's centrist party, MoDem, surrendered all three of its cabinet posts within 24 hours.

President Macron came to power with a promise to fight political sleaze.

MoDem, allied to Mr Macron's La République en Marche (LREM) party, is facing an inquiry into claims that it used EU funds to pay party workers.

Defence Minister and ex-MEP Sylvie Goulard was the first MoDem minister to hand in her resignation on Tuesday.

After Mr Bayrou said he was standing down early on Wednesday, it became clear that Marielle de Sarnez, European affairs minister, was also leaving the government to take over as head of MoDem in the National Assembly............>

06/21/2017 12:44 PM

Re :   Something interesting happens in Belgium

Brussels station evacuated after reports of explosion
20 June 2017

Brussels Central Station has been evacuated after an explosion, with Belgian police saying the situation is under control.

A person wearing an explosive belt was "neutralised" inside the station, reports say.

The city's main square, the Grand Place, was also evacuated..........>

06/21/2017 12:40 PM

Re :   Post-Election Stress Disorder is a real thing

Looks like post-election stress disorder to me;

Angry Democrats in Blame Game After Georgia Defeat

JUN 21 2017

SANDY SPRINGS, Georgia — Democrats are tired of losing and the accusations are flying.

After going all in and coming up short in Georgia's special election Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers and political operatives are venting their frustration at losing every competitive special congressional election so far this year..............>

06/21/2017 12:38 PM

Re :   Another muslem attack in the U.K.

It must be catching;

Michigan Airport Stabbing: Officer Attacked in Possible Terror Incident

JUN 21 2017

An officer for Bishop International Airport was stabbed Wednesday in a possible terror-related incident in Flint, Michigan, sources told NBC News.

The attacker allegedly shouted "Allahu akbar" before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who was bleeding from the neck, sources and witnesses at Bishop International Airport said............>

06/21/2017 12:29 PM

Re :   Fatal flaws in government

Wow, so Hay feels that a "pretty good job" has not been done in his lifetime???? How depressing.

06/21/2017 6:19 AM

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