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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Annual US worker pay gains rose at fastest pace since 2008

U.S. workers saw their annual wages and benefits rise in the second quarter at the fastest pace in nearly a decade, a sign that the low unemployment rate is forcing employers to raise pay to attract and keep workers.

Pay and benefits for all U.S. workers increased 2.8 percent in the April-June quarter from a year earlier, the most since the third quarter of 2008. Total compensation for private industry workers — which excludes state and local employees — rose 2.9 percent, the best since the second quarter of 2008.

The unemployment rate is near an 18-year low of 4 percent, leaving employers scrambling to find the workers they need. There are more open jobs than there are unemployed workers, according to government data, for the first time since records began in 2000.

A separate measure of wages and salaries for private sector workers rose 2.9 percent in the past year, matching March's gain and the highest in nearly a decade.


After nearly two solid years of media Trump-hate, a media mogul begs mercy from President Trump...

The publisher of The New York Times said Sunday he “implored” President Donald Trump at a private White House meeting this month to reconsider his broad attacks on journalists, calling the president’s anti-press rhetoric “not just divisive but increasingly dangerous.”

In a statement, A.G. Sulzberger said he decided to comment publicly after Trump revealed their off-the-record meeting to his more than 53 million Twitter followers on Sunday. Trump’s aides had requested that the July 20 meeting not be made public, Sulzberger said.

After Sulzberger took charge, Trump tweeted that his ascension gave the paper a “last chance” to fulfill its founder’s vision of impartiality.

In the January tweet, Trump urged the new publisher to “Get impartial journalists of a much higher standard, lose all of your phony and non-existent ‘sources,’ and treat the President of the United States FAIRLY, so that the next time I (and the people) win, you won’t have to write an apology to your readers for a job poorly done!”

Punctuation Graveyard...

The "Hedera"...

Today in Punctuation Graveyard, we resurrect the curious mark known as the hedera.

What exactly is the hedera, and why was it used?
The hedera is a lovely piece of punctuation primarily found in early Latin and Greek texts. Its purpose was to signify a break between paragraphs, as well as to look nice upon the page. Also known by some as a fleuron, the mark had a strictly ornamental use, perhaps the reason for its extinction. Whereas in these modern times we use simpler symbols such the asterisk and the pilcrow to show breaks, the more complicated hedera was a predecessor to these modern markings, albeit a more aesthetically pleasing one.What does it look like?

The hedera can be described essentially as a floral heart, but can appear differently depending on the variant used. The word itself is Latin for ivy, and this origin clearly shows in the styling of the mark, which has a tendency to have vine-like swirls branching off from it. There are many different variants and designs of the hedera, and the mark can be placed vertically or, alternatively, rotated onto its side and displayed horizontally. For a look at the many different appearances it can take, a font exists that showcases many of its styles.

Do you fidget, use a computer, have a jump in your Adams apple or a cold penetrating stare?"...

... You're on a list. Welcome to the Quiet Skies

Federal air marshals have begun following ordinary US citizens not suspected of a crime or on any terrorist watch list and collecting extensive information about their movements and behavior under a new domestic surveillance program that is drawing criticism from within the agency.

The previously undisclosed program, called “Quiet Skies,” specifically targets travelers who “are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Base,” according to a Transportation Security Administration bulletin in March.

TSA officials, in a written statement to the Globe, broadly defended the agency’s efforts to deter potential acts of terror. But the agency declined to discuss whether Quiet Skies has intercepted any threats, or even to confirm that the program exists.

Do Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez supporters understand socialism?

People in New York's 14th Congressional District seem to love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, right down to her neo-Marxist platform.

They were less confident when I asked them how they thought we should pay for free healthcare, housing, and so forth that Ocasio-Cortez is promising, but most assured me that "they can figure it out"...somehow.

What would these people think when asked how socialism is working in Venezuela? Watch the video...

Where now for Venezuela with 1,000,000% inflation? Snippets...

Earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) made the stunning projection, adjusting its previous estimate that inflation would hit 14,000 percent to a figure more than 70 times higher.

Already, poverty is reaching unprecedented levels, an estimated 1.6 million people have fled the country, social unrest is on the rise amongst those who stay, salaries have become almost worthless, there are shortages of food and medicine --- and yet President Nicolas Maduro clings to power.

That burger cost five million bolivars (around $1.5 on the black market), the equivalent to the minimum monthly salary, which is itself partly paid in food vouchers.

They survive thanks to money sent home from relatives who fled the country.

Paraphrasing Margaret Thatcher 'The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money supporting you from non-Socialist sources'...

Life's a struggle as Venezuela inflation heads for one million per cent

The IMF has drastically upped its inflation prediction, with people unable to afford food and medicine – even as Nicolás Maduro tightens his grip on power

Inflation in the embattled South American country could reach one million per cent by December, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned this week, reflecting an economic crisis comparable to Germany’s after the first world war and Zimbabwe’s at the beginning of the last decade. The prediction marks a drastic jump from just last April when the IMF predicted inflation would reach a mere 13,000%.

Venezuela, which has the largest proven oil reserves on the planet, is in the midst of a five-year crisis that has left many of its people unable to afford food and medicine, with shelves bare in supermarkets. Crime rates continue to set records, with local residents fearful to leave the house at night. Fed up with economic despair, masses of Venezuelans are simply fleeing. More than a million have arrived in Colombia, where, in the border city of Cúcuta, some entrepreneurial Venezuelans have begun weaving valueless banknotes into handbags that sell for 20,000 Colombian pesos (approximately £5).

Experts say that Venezuela’s vast potential oil wealth will not give the country a lifeline: the country’s oil industry is beset with bad management, a lack of investment, cashflow problems and a crumbling infrastructure. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that oil production could fall to 1m barrels per day (bpd) this year, and again to 700,000 by December 2019.

“Venezuela’s problems are so profound that even the increase in crude prices can’t improve its industry’s situation,” Lejla Villar, an EIA analyst told a local website on Tuesday. “They don’t have trained personnel, they don’t have rigs or parts.”

Sizeable RITZ recall...

Moms Demand Action Reportedly Told Candidate Not to Talk about Support for Gun Ban

Another chapter in the lengthy tale of gun control duplicity was written last week. On July 10, The Washington Free Beacon published a report of a video of Democratic nominee for New York’s rural upstate 21st congressional district Tedra Cobb admitting that she had deceived constituents about her support for a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic rifles. Since the story broke, Cobb’s comments have gone viral and her campaign manager has quit the race.

According to the Free Beacon report, while Cobb was meeting with a group of young supporters, the topic of gun control came up. Recalling a conversation she had on the matter earlier in the day, Cobb explained to the crowd,

When I was at this thing today, it was the first table I was at, a woman said, ‘How do you feel about assault rifles?' And I said they should be banned. And I said, you know, people were getting up to go, to go get their lunch because it was a buffet, and I just said to her, I want you to know Cindy, I cannot say that.

Making clear that this lack of candor with voters was a coordinated effort by Cobb and her gun control advocate backers to deceive the public, the candidate explained that her order had come from New York Moms Demand Action activist Tricia Pleau. Cobb stated, “I said Moms Demand says, and Tricia Pleau said, ‘Do not say that you want an assault rifle ban because you will not win.’” Moms Demand Action is a subsidiary of the Michael Bloomberg-bankrolled Everytown for Gun Safety gun control conglomerate.

Here's an idea!...

"In Australia our High Court (equivalent of your Supreme Court) judges have to resign at 70 years. Judges used to have a lifetime tenure but a referendum was held about 40 years ago - I think in response to some justices who had sat on the court for 40 or 50 years - and set the retirement age to 70."


This would be an EXCELLENT time to put this into practice here in the US...

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