Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sad Story of Diana Sands; Great Actress Who Died Too Soon

I became interested in the young lady that played the younger sister in the Sidney Poitier movie "Raisin in the Sun" Diana Sands and read all about her. She seemed so talented and wondered why I never heard of her. She was one of the first black actresses to break into big time Broadway theater and did a play with Alan Alda "The Owl & the Pussycat", and then did a movie with Bow Bridges called The Landlord and a several other films. Then she was going to do a film especially written for her as Hollywood begin to recognize her talent and got a rare form of cancer and died within a couple of months at age 39. Sands fell ill with leiomyosarcoma, a rare, malignant cancer of the soft muscles, at a time when her life seemed at its most vibrant. She was engaged to director Kurt Baker at the time and, because of her illness, she’d begun rehearsals for what would’ve been sure to be her breakout film performance, the lead role in Claudine, she worked on the film 1 day and could not continue. She was really beautiful and a great actress that died before her time, really sad story: The Death of Diana Sands: http://goo.gl/0uQCi9

see this site and scroll down for links to "Landlord"on youtube: http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php?t=594862

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ted Cruz a modern day Joseph McCarthy who wants to turn America into a Christian Theocracy

Cruz calls on conservatives to defend religious freedom — at home and abroad, see link to yahoo news story:   http://goo.gl/f5pzhu

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Whats really scary is this guy Cruz might become president in 2016... I am so happy to be living in Thailand for 7 years where there is only 1.2% Christian population, the rest of the population is predominantly Buddhist (and no one comes knocking on my door telling me I need to get saved or I will burn in hell)...
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  • Islam Delenda Est 18 hours ago
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    Yeah, because answering a knock on your door is infinitely worse than the possibility of getting killed in a coup. We're glad you're there too,
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  • Isez 18 hours ago
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    Rainmon----Sen. Cruz is a professor of Law at the University of Texas Law School,
    supreme court litigation--even though you may not like the rights the constititution protects, there are many of us that appreciate that he is a man that will finally stand up for those rights.
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  • Isez 17 hours ago
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    delta--really?
    graduate of Princeton, Harvard Law School, Houston, Ted spent five years as a partner at one of the nation’s largest law firms, where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national Appellate Litigation practice, as I stated, Law Professor, and Solicitor General of Texas.
    Harvard Law Professor called him off the charts brilliant and this was written about him:
    The National Law Journal has called Ted “a key voice” to whom “the [U.S. Supreme Court] Justices listen.” Ted has been named by American Lawyer magazine as one of the 50 Best Litigators under 45 in America, by the National Law Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America, and by Texas Lawyer as one of the 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century.
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  • DELTAhouse 17 hours ago
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    really !! ...anyone who wastes time ..reading green eggs and ham to a empty senate chamber during his phony filibuster , and then shuts our government down for 18 days in yet another stunt ..could have all the degrees in the world but he's still as phony as a three dollar bill ....and a demagogue ...
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    and whats even more scary is there are so many ignorant fools who believe his bs and support his ridiculous fanatical ideas who want to turn our democracy into a theocracy, Cruz is nothing more than a modern day Joseph McCarthy, pull your heads out of your arses you people have no clue, sad, pathetic and dangerous.
  • Rainmon
    End time (also called end times, end of time, end of days, last days, final days, or eschaton) ... And men become more deceitful and more given to vile practices. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive... and in the last days evil will be called good.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

IRENE CARA Sings "What a feeling" from Flashdance 1983 & 2006






Why Workers Retire before 65: Unexpected Health Problems, Layoffs, Age Discrimination

Some excerpts from "Why 'I'll just work longer' is not a good retirement plan" Yahoo Finance
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why--i-ll-just-work-longer--is-not-a-good-retirement-plan-212238670.html

The main reason workers retire earlier than planned is unexpected health problems, which more than 60% of early retirees cited as the reason they retired early in the EBRI study. 


A barrier to re-entry
Some retirees don’t have a say in the matter at all. Mark Wiley, 62, was in his early 50s when he was abruptly laid off from his job as a software trainer in Portland, Ore. He found himself at a crossroads — either cut his losses, take his savings and start retirement early, or pound the pavement to find another job.
“I was tired of looking for jobs and I decided I could afford to retire,” he says. After a couple of years, he grew weary of free time and decided to try to reboot his career — unsuccessfully.  According to the Merrill Lynch study, more than half of working retirees today say they took a break (2.5 years on average) before getting back in the field. But at the rate technology and workplaces are changing, returning to the working world can be difficult — something Wiley discovered firsthand.
“I was told by a recruiter that I was what he considered ‘retired permanently,’” he says. “[Employers] want people with fresh experience and retraining for the current environment.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dunkin' Donuts in Top 3 Wage Violators; Department of Labor Says

Next to Subway the most frequent wage violators underpaying their employees in the industry are McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts (Individual Subway franchisees have been found in violation of pay and hour rules in more than 1,100 investigations spanning from 2000 to 2013, according to a CNNMoney analysis of data collected by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division). Moreover; Law360 reported that in New York (August 26, 2013, 6:03 PM ET) -- A Dunkin Donuts franchisee with 55 locations in New Jersey and New York will pay nearly $198,000 in back wages after a federal Department of Labor investigation revealed the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay managers overtime, the regulator said Monday.
I've seen CEO Nigel Travis twice as guest host on Bloomberg's morning show Surveillance with Tom Keen, at first the Mr. Travis seems very upbeat and friendly who came from From humble beginnings in human resources at Kraft Foods and a career as a radio disc jockey. But last week when asked about income equality said nothing in favor of helping his employees who mostly make close to minimum wage and held the "corporate party" line of keeping wages low and no respect for his people and this issue, as he maintained an elitist arrogant attitude towards this huge inequity (*as he makes $4,288,758 a year in compensation from Dunkin). These CEO's need to learn some humility and something about humanity as millions of people now make such small wages they are unable to save anything have difficulty paying thier rent and buying food, now 40% of Americans are making less than the 1968 minimum wage (inflation adjusted). As they struggle to survive many of these employees are on food stamps and have no hope of home ownership ever as they are stuck in the cycle of continually inflating rent costs. But these arrogant elitists Franchisees, CEOs, and even well paid Financial "News" people could care less in this society of "I Got Mine, Too Bad For You" philosophy of GREED. We've got to do something so our people have a fighting chance for decent wages with benefits, affordable medical insurance and home ownership.

Mr. Travis you need to read the comments here too:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dunkin-ceo-sandwiches-snacks-not-lunch-153852255--finance.html

reference:
http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Economy/Work-Harder-Make-Less-40-Earn-Less-Than-1968-Minimum-Wage
http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/01/news/economy/subway-labor-violations/
http://www.law360.com/articles/467783/dunkin-donuts-franchisee-owes-ot-to-managers-dol-says
http://www.mdx.ac.uk/aboutus/alumni/featured-alumni/alumni-month/nigel_travis.aspx
*http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=235270&ticker=DNKN

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Back pain can totally change your life; NASCAR's Jeff Gordon could retire over back problems

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Having back pain can totally change your life, it is an invisible injury and people can look at you and think you are fine and don't understand how bad and debilitating the pain is. And it is worse if you were a smoker, people don't know this, smoking causes damage to your bones too. I have been dealing with degenerative disc disease for 16 months and once you get older and your discs begin to rupture your life is over and you are in pain every day from now on.
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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon said Friday he will have to retire if he continues to suffer the same, excruciating back pain that he did before last weekend's Coca-Cola 600.
The 42-year-old Gordon is in no hurry to slow down. But he said he hopes he has found some solutions to the back woes that nearly forced him out of NASCAR's longest race. Gordon cut short his practice runs last week because of back spasms and there was some concern whether or not he would be able to race.
Regan Smith was on standby and Gordon needed treatment after the practice session. But he wound up in his familiar seat behind the wheel of the No. 24 and finished seventh, his ninth top-10 finish in 12 races this season.
Gordon knows consistent, shooting pain like he suffered at Charlotte Motor Speedway could drive him toward an early retirement.
"I can tell you, if that happens many more times, I won't have a choice," Gordon said Friday at Dover Motor Speedway.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pissed Off! Hard Economy for All Ages, Older Isn’t...

This is a repost from Feb 2013 but still very relevant: Expat Views from Thailand: Pissed Off! Hard Economy for All Ages, Older Isn’t...: I'm 57 lost a great job in May and know that my life maybe over regarding ever making a decent living wage ever again. I live in Thailan...

KC Fed President Esther George, Who is this Crazy Person

As bond funds and interest rate sensitive shares get hammered today... this crazy person sounds like she has no clue what the average American is going through now days "Ms. George's break with her fellow central bankers' outlook is not unusual for her. She has spent much of her tenure as leader of the Kansas City Fed in opposition. In her last voting stint on the FOMC in 2013, she dissented at almost every single meeting. She feared the Fed's aggressively easy money stance was creating financial stability problems, while sowing the seeds for a potential inflation surge in the future. Her views have proved consistently unpersuasive to officials at the heart of central bank decision making. from WSJ article: 

What delusional financial world is this Fed Executive Esther George living in saying she was upbeat about the economy and “a return to more-normal economic conditions is on the horizon” and welcomed declines in the jobless rate, now at 6.3%, and said it should continue to fall more. Is she totally out of touch with reality and doesn’t understand that NOW 40% of working Americans are making less than the 1968 MINIMUM WAGE inflation adjusted??? According to the Social Security Administration, 40.28% of all workers make less than $20,000 a year in America today. So that means that more than 40 percent of all U.S. workers actually make less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968. That is how far we have fallen. That the minimum wage should have reached $21.72 an hour in 2012 if it kept up with increases in worker productivity (Center for Economic and Policy). Unless you have experienced what it is like to work hard and still fall short of honoring you commitments- you have little understanding of the present situation in many of the free world societies. There are millions of families that have husbands and wives working full time jobs yet are unable to keep up with the most fundamental necessities. If middle class wages have been frozen for over a decade let someone show me how the cost of living has also stayed frozen during that period. Millions of people are now earning slave wages and can’t even afford to pay rent and buy food without assistance, what planet is this Fed Executive living on?

other articles:
http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Economy/Work-Harder-Make-Less-40-Earn-Less-Than-1968-Minimum-Wage

http://www.popularresistance.org/40-of-us-workers-now-earn-less-than-1968-minimum-wage/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/business/americans-closest-to-retirement-were-hardest-hit-by-recession.html?smid=fb-share&_r=1&



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Why Republicans Hate Elizabeth Warren... Liz for President 2016!

Republicans hate her because she is for working lower class people being given a fair shake at making a living wage. They are so afraid that taxes will go up and are only interested in protecting thier bank accounts and have no clue about real humanity or "morals & family values" that they constantly preach. 
Freakin Hypocrites, Wake up America the times they are a changing...
http://news.yahoo.com/elizabeth-warren-hopes-hillary-clinton-makes-2016-run-170711900--abc-news-topstories.html

Friday, April 4, 2014

super-rich get richer — and you don’t

Unless you have experienced what it is like to work hard and still fall short of honoring you commitments- you have little understanding of the present situation in many of the free world societies. There are millions of families that have husbands and wives working full time jobs yet are unable to keep up with the most fundamental necessities. If middle class wages have been frozen for over a decade let someone show me how the cost of living has also stayed frozen during that period. It is totally unjust for families to suffer when they are making a real effort to tow the line and be productive members of society.
When wealth becomes so ridiculously immense and others do without it creates a general resentment amongst different stratus of our society. It has become the single largest threat to our freedom as Americans. Disenfranchised people have nothing to lose. I do not look forward to the day that comes ever closer where these hopeless decide that they are exhausted from carrying the weight: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-i-think-the-top-01-are-looting-the-economy-2014-02-21

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Real Socialism, WW2 Generation Republican Government Pension Millionaire Retirees

All these seniors holding Romney signs, maybe they were hoping he would win so they could get RomneyCare in Florida, oh sorry, they already have good government healthcare called Medicare. I guess they all have plenty of money with big retirement incomes and thought he would give them lower taxes, the greedy bastards. Time for this privileged class to pay some big taxes now, while there are fewer and fewer living wage jobs and the working people now days are getting paid slave wages as inflation has eaten away our earning power, these fat cat WW2 generation republican retirees whose pensions we are now paying for are milking the system to the max, this is THE REAL SOCIALISM. Most of these people are near millionaires living off of their government pensions, bitching and moaning about taxes while these pension plans were never designed to pay out for so many living into their 90's. They should give up some of their wealth to help those struggling to survive while they spend $1000's just going to dinner every week:
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/27/us/census-fastest-growing-community/

Politicians have long known what the Census has confirmed: The Villages in Florida has votes.
Politicians have long known what the Census has confirmed: The Villages in Florida has votes.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Census data shows fastest growing community, percentagewise, is for retirees
  • Community has 101,000 residents and grew by 5.2% between July 2012 and 2013
  • Midland and Odessa, Texas, and Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota round out the Top 5

(CNN) --
The fastest-growing metro area in the United States may surprise you.
While many of the communities in the Top 10 list released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday were in the oil- and gas-rich Great Plains region, the fastest-growing community was a retirement development near Ocala, Florida.
The Villages in central Florida has more than 101,000 residents. Rules there require that at least one person in a household be older than 55.

"The Villages active life style continues to draw people from all over the county," Gary Lester, vice president for community relations at The Villages, told CNN.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Some of the Richest Retirees are "Public Pension Millionaires"; Talk about socialism...

Talk about socialism, these people retire on the backs of working people who pay higher and higher taxes making lower and lower wages (with inflation) and many of us are unemployed or making slave wages, while we struggle they are living high on the hog collecting these pensions far longer and far to much than they should. They make a decent salary when working and retire after 25 or 30 years working for the government, while those of us who worked just as long and hard in the private sector get next to NOTHING with Social Security, this is not fair. These plans need to lower how much is paid out after so many years living past the projected time frames and these people now have so much money stashed away already they don't deserve. Now with so much income inequality, unemployment, while these pensioner's deserve decent retirement benefits we need to adjust how much is going out, these people are living much longer than these pension plans projected when they first started. But in Americka the mantra is "I got mine, too bad for you" and "It's every man (or woman) for himself" good luck and goodbye... blah blah blah

my comment above in response to this article

Some of the Richest Retirees are "Public Pension Millionaires"

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Some city and state government-sponsored pension plans may be struggling to remain solvent, but employees in more than a few states are retiring with some of the best benefits in the nation. So says a report dubbing "public pension millionaires" among the "richest retirees" in their states – contrary to the belief that such plans provide only a modest retirement benefit.
"In presenting their benefits as "modest," public pension plans and employee advocates commonly cite low average payments to retirees," writes Andrew G. Biggs, in a report for the American Enterprise Institute, a non-partisan think tank. "For instance, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCE) declares that 'the average AFSCME member receives a pension of approximately $19,000 per year after a career of public service.' This statement is false: for those who spend a career in government, public-sector pensions are far more generous."
Biggs compared the total retirement incomes for full-career state employees, including both pension benefits and Social Security retirement benefits, to the earnings of full-time, full-year employees in each state.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How to Make Any Flat Screen TV HDTV Into a Smart TV for $40 to $75

Mini PCs or "Android TV" are simple Android-based HDMI devices that makes your TV interface look similar to a smartphone or tablet computer. They are easily installed and simply plug in to your HDMI slot on the back of your TV and connect to the internet via Wifi or by Ethernet plug. Many different styles and brands are now available in the $40 to $120 range, depending on the brand, Processor Speed (CPU, Chipset & GHz specifications), memory (1-2 GB of Ram and internal memory 8 -16 GB for apps and file storage, movie downloads etc). Plus the price will vary depending on other accessories that may or may not be included like a webcam with microphone (have a Skype video chat on your big screen), wireless keyboard, voice air mouse remote controller with gyroscope and Bluetooth (another way to connect wireless accessories like a keyboard/air mouse, external speakers etc). 
I am going to order one of these if I can't find one locally, this Youtube video explains how
to turn your flat screen into a smart TV/computer with Wifi that looks like a huge
Android Smart Phone/tablet, Too Cool!!: http://youtu.be/5s8JdNniV8E 
See column to the right to order from Amazon, below or here: Quad Core Android 4.2 Mini TV BOX