Archive for May, 2015

Pitiful Alignment: War Hawk Hypocrites and Liberals Pressure Paul as Clock Ticks on Patriot Act

May 31, 2015 7:41 pm
Pitiful Alignment: War Hawk Hypocrites and Liberals Pressure Paul as Clock Ticks on Patriot Act

At midnight, the Patriot Act expires. Given that the Patriot Act should never have passed in the first place, that’s a good thing. In a Time magazine op-ed, senator Rand Paul proclaimed I Will Stop the Illegal NSA Spying. Sunday, I will continue my fight to end the illegal collection […]

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Hotels: Best April Ever

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Hotels: Best April Ever

It looks like 2015 will be the best year ever for hotels (record occupancy and RevPAR). It also looks like we are starting to see a pickup in supply growth (more rooms coming online). Most supply – in reaction to record demand – will eventually slow RevPAR growth, but will […]

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May 2015: Unofficial Problem Bank list declines to 324 Institutions

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May 2015: Unofficial Problem Bank list declines to 324 Institutions

This is an unofficial list of Problem Banks compiled only from public sources. Here is the unofficial problem bank list for May 2015. Changes and comments from surferdude808: Update on the Unofficial Problem Bank List for May 2015. During the month, the list fell from 342 institutions to 324 after […]

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Odds of losing a Job to Automation: Which Jobs are at Risk, Which Aren’t?

May 30, 2015 10:51 pm
Odds of losing a Job to Automation: Which Jobs are at Risk, Which Aren’t?

A number of articles now circulating are all based on a 2013 study The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerization?. It’s interesting that the 2013 report is now seeing the light of day in various places just this week. The best of the lot is the NPR […]

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Unbroken: Blu Ray Review

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Unbroken: Blu Ray Review

Unbroken: Blu Ray Review Rating: M Released by Universal Home Ent The fact that after a gruelling 2 hours and 20 minutes director Angelina Jolie chose to endUnbroken with a Coldplay song (Miracles) speaks volumes to what she’s trying (and just failing) to strive for here with this passion project. Unbroken is the remarkably […]

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Schedule for Week of May 31, 2015

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Schedule for Week of May 31, 2015

The key report this week is the May employment report on Friday. Other key indicators include the April Personal Income and Outlays report on Thursday, May ISM manufacturing index on Friday, May vehicle sales on Friday, April Trade Deficit on Tuesday, and the May ISM non-manufacturing index also on Tuesday. […]

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San Francisco Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht in US gets life for creating online drug site

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San Francisco Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht in US gets life for creating online drug site

  Ross William Ulbricht is seated in court and awaits sentencing. Photo / AP A San Francisco man who created the underground drug-selling website Silk Road was sentenced Friday to life in prison by a judge who cited six deaths from drugs bought on his site and five people he […]

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Authorities take actions over US properties caught up in Fifa’s scandal

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Authorities take actions over US properties caught up in Fifa’s scandal

Authorities take action over more than a dozen homes they say were bought by bribery or illicit funds.   One of the properties listed in the indictment is an apartment that overlooks Miami’s Biscayne Bay. Photo / Getty Images The officials and company executives caught up in the corruption investigation into […]

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Italian coastguard co-ordinated rescue of 4200 migrants

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Italian coastguard co-ordinated rescue of 4200 migrants

 Migrants aboard an Italian Coast Guard ship arrive at Pozzallo’s harbor near Ragusa, Sicily. Photo / AP The Italian coastguard says it has co-ordinated the rescue of about 4200 migrants sailing across the Mediterranean Sea but also found 17 corpses on several of the rickety boats. Distress calls were also […]

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The Imitation Game: Blu Ray Review

May 29, 2015 11:38 pm
The Imitation Game: Blu Ray Review

The Imitation Game: Blu Ray Review Rating: M Released by Roadshow Home Ent Perhaps it’s fitting that a movie about the cracking of the Enigma code tries to serves up the cracking of a character who’s an enigma himself to many. Benedict Cumberbatch is Alan Turing in this biopic that never […]

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Restaurant Performance Index increased in April

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Restaurant Performance Index increased in April

Here is a minor indicator I follow from the National Restaurant Association: Restaurant Performance Index Posts Moderate Gain in April Driven by stronger same-stores sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) posted a moderate gain in April. The RPI – a monthly composite index […]

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Five Chicago Suburbs Headed for Bankruptcy (More Illinois Cities Will Follow)

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Five Chicago Suburbs Headed for Bankruptcy (More Illinois Cities Will Follow)

Illinois House Bill 298 would allow Illinois municipalities to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. That bill is endorsed by Governor Bruce Rauner, and currently rests in the house rules committee. As soon as Illinois passes Bill 298, a number of Illinois cities are highly likely to file bankruptcy as noted […]

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Fannie Mae: Mortgage Serious Delinquency rate declined in April, Lowest since September 2008

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Fannie Mae: Mortgage Serious Delinquency rate declined in April, Lowest since September 2008

Fannie Mae reported today that the Single-Family Serious Delinquency rate declined in April to 1.73% from 1.78% in March. The serious delinquency rate is down from 2.13% in April 2014, and this is the lowest level since September 2008. The Fannie Mae serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at […]

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Western women stoke Islamic State fires

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Western women stoke Islamic State fires

  Luxury and revolution … female Isis supporters wearing niqabs pose with rifles and an expensive BMW car.The Islamic State is more than a way of finding a husband for those who sidestep authority to join it.  Western women are playing a crucial role in disseminating Isis propaganda and are […]

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Business Executives are NOT experts in Economics

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Business Executives are NOT experts in Economics

Excuse this pet peeve, but for some reason, when a business executive is interviewed on CNBC (and elsewhere), they are asked about economics in addition to their assumed areas of expertise. News flash: Business executives are NOT experts in economics (This should be called the “Jack Welch rule”). An example […]

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