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General Discussion / Re: Economy Tracker
« on: March 22, 2011, 09:24:18 PM »
While those numbers are alarming, they still fail to capture the entire scope of impact from the poor economy lately.  You're not even considering how many people took pay cuts, faced financial hardships when they were previously doing fine, etc.


Precisely.

Here's a depressing article...

No Hope for a Consumer-Driven Economic Recovery

It's very doom-and-gloom, but it confirms several suspicions I've had for several years.  For example, when I was a senior in high school in 1994, the Dow Jones was around 3500.  My then Econ teacher told us that the Dow "should get above 4000 by the year 2000."  When that index hit 11000 in 1998, it seemed fishy to me.

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General Discussion / Re: Economy Tracker
« on: March 21, 2011, 10:09:01 PM »
Yes, but how many gave up looking? Unfortunately, that's something we have to consider these days. The media, of course, ignores it.


Gallup shows unemployment at 10.3%, and underemployment at 19.9% in February.   :o

http://www.gallup.com/poll/146453/Gallup-Finds-Unemployment-Hitting-February.aspx

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Your Local Weather / Re: Chicagoland Weather
« on: March 21, 2011, 09:55:46 PM »
Our blueberry bush has green buds on it, and several flowers are coming up.   :clap:

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Your Local Weather / Re: Southern Indiana Weather
« on: March 21, 2011, 09:47:43 PM »
Gauges on the Wabash and White Rivers have been above flood stage for over a month now.   :blink:

Slowly falling.

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General Discussion / Re: Gas prices in your area
« on: March 21, 2011, 09:40:34 PM »
As high as $3.79 here.

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General Discussion / Re: Wisconsin
« on: March 02, 2011, 09:35:08 PM »
Public employees shouldn't be allowed to join a union at all. They're working for the people, not a corporation.

George Meany (longtime President of the AFL-CIO) agreed with that.  Government doesn't make money, they take money.  And where do they get their money?  As you said, the taxpayers.  Hence, these Public employees are really "bargaining" with the good citizens of America's Dairyland.

I wouldn't go so far as to prohibit Unionization of Public employees, but the rules need massive changes.  Tenured teachers presently cannot be fired no matter how inept they may be.  That's BS.  Incompetent teachers = ill-educated children.  Secondly, if a teacher walks off the job to "strike," they should get a pink slip.

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General Discussion / Re: Gas prices in your area
« on: March 02, 2011, 09:12:04 PM »
Crude oil is back above $100 a barrel.

I heard on the radio today that some stations in Chicago are charging $4.09.

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General Discussion / Re: Gas prices in your area
« on: March 01, 2011, 07:59:03 PM »
My sister paid $3.56 yesterday.

And $3.35 today.   :dunno:

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General Discussion / Re: Gas prices in your area
« on: February 26, 2011, 03:03:53 PM »
Between $3.05 and $3.30.


My sister paid $3.56 yesterday.

I received this email yesterday.  VERY interesting.
YOU BETTER BE SITTING DOWN WHEN YOU READ THIS !

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General Discussion / Re: Gas prices in your area
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:12:59 PM »
Between $3.05 and $3.30.

With all the unrest in Egypt and now Libya, we all know which way it's headed.   :angry:

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General Discussion / Re: Wisconsin
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:08:34 PM »
But that makes even less sense to want to be a teacher for money, a lot of teachers don't make that much money not to be a millionaire anyway. There was a somewhat similar problem here in my state the past few years when it came to raises for teachers where our former Republican gov. was going to give teachers here a 10% raise, the 8 years he was in office I don't believe teachers got more than about 2%.


Teachers in Wisconsin make $89,500 a year (salary + benefits).  The national average is $61,000.

And remember, most teachers only work 9 months a year.

http://www.papatodd.com/?p=10288

They're whining because they don't want to have to pay 5.8% of their pension.  TRANSLATION: 94.2% of their pensions will still be paid for them.

This whole Unionization thing doesn't make sense to me.  As it is in Wisconsin, if you work for the State, you are forced to join the Union.  What is so wrong about giving individuals the right to choose?  If you want to join the Union, go ahead;  if you don't... then don't. 

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General Discussion / Re: What is the last thing you bought?
« on: February 19, 2011, 08:50:33 PM »
A six-pack of Summer Sausage.  Farm raised wild game blended with beef.

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Your Local Weather / Re: Chicagoland Weather
« on: February 11, 2011, 09:59:17 PM »
Yesterday, on the news.  There was a reporting station that recorded a low of -28 north of Tulsa, OK.  That's unreal!


I head that.   :o

The warmup begins soon.   :clap:

Here's more on the Blizzard of `11 from the Chicago NWS office.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=lot&storyid=63971&source=0

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Your Local Weather / Re: Chicagoland Weather
« on: February 05, 2011, 09:40:21 PM »
During the heaviest part of the storm, snowfall rates could be 1-3 inches per hour.

Details please. :yes:


We measured the yard in about 5 different spots, and it averaged 25 inches.  The "official" tally here in Highland was 23.9 inches, so we were close.

One drift completely covered our 4 foot cyclone fence.  No thunder here though.   :lol:

Chicago Police were using snowmobiles to rescue people on Lake Shore Drive!  I've never seen anything like that.

PHOTOS: Hundreds of cars are seen stranded on Lake Shore Drive

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Your Local Weather / Re: Chicagoland Weather
« on: February 01, 2011, 08:31:40 PM »
During the heaviest part of the storm, snowfall rates could be 1-3 inches per hour.

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