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  • Minimum wage hikes disastrous for working poor

    11/14/2016 1:52:45 PM PST · by The Revolutionary Act · 20 replies
    The Revolutionary Act ^ | 11/14/2016 | The Revolutionary Act
    The first thing to understand about the minimum wage is that it is a classic case of understandable emotionalism and frustration versus concrete data and economic reality. So the clearest explanation is a pros-and-cons listing. On the pros side of increasing the minimum wage, people who are making it and who keep their jobs will make more money. Their increased earnings improve their purchasing power. The cons side is a little lengthier. Sharp increases in the minimum wage reduces the number of entry-level jobs This, in turn, reduces the opportunity for unskilled workers to start getting experience. This is common...
  • Wendy’s Serves Up Big Kiosk Expansion As Wage Hikes Hit Fast Food

    05/12/2016 7:36:05 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 24 replies ^ | May 11, 2016 | Jed Graham
    Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages. It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes. McDonald’s (MCD) has been testing self-service kiosks. But Wendy’s, which has been vocal about embracing labor-saving technology, is launching the biggest potential expansion. It’s not surprising that some franchisees might face more of a labor-cost...
  • Cold sun rising

    11/11/2015 2:17:45 PM PST · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    The Nation ^ | November 11, 2015 | Sam Khoury
    New studies flip climate-change notions upside down The sun will go into "hibernation" mode around 2030, and it has already started to get sleepy. At the Royal Astronomical Society's annual meeting in July, Professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University in the UK confirmed it - the sun will begin its Maunder Minimum (Grand Solar Minimum) in 15 years. Other scientists had suggested years ago that this change was imminent, but Zharkova's model is said to have near-perfect accuracy. So what is a "solar minimum"? Our sun doesn't maintain a constant intensity. Instead, it cycles in spans of approximately 11 years....
  • New York state APPROVES $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers...first time ANY state...

    09/10/2015 3:55:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 92 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/10/15
    New York state APPROVES $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers...the first time ANY state has set it that high New York state will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour — the first time any state has set the minimum that high. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration formally approved the increase Thursday — a move the Democratic governor announced at a labor rally with Vice President Joe Biden. Cuomo said he will work to pass legislation setting a $15 minimum for all industries — a promise that comes as more and more cities around the country...
  • Minimum-wage offensive could speed arrival of robot-powered restaurants

    08/17/2015 6:27:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 16, 2015 | Lydia DePillis
    Crowded. That’s how Ed Rensi remembers what life was like working at McDonald’s in 1966. There were about double the number of people working in the store — 70 or 80, as opposed to the 30 or 40 there today — because preparing the food just took a lot more doing. “When I first started at McDonald’s making 85 cents an hour, everything we made was by hand,” Rensi said — from cutting the shortcakes to stirring syrups into the milk for shakes. Over the years, though, ingredients started to arrive packaged and pre-mixed, ready to be heated up, bagged...
  • LA City Council Adopts Minimum Wage Ordinance (cheapskates go only as high as $15/hour)

    06/10/2015 3:43:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 6/10/15
    LOS ANGELES ( — Members of the Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years. Officials explained the minimum wage will go from $9 per hour to $10.50 an hour beginning in 2016. The rate will then jump to $12 in 2017; $13.25 in 2018; $14.25 in 2019; and $15 by 2020. “We are already seeing the fruits of our labor as our own state and other cities nationwide begin exploring policies to increase their local minimum wage,” said L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson.
  • Minimum Wages: Oh, When Will They Ever Learn?

    06/01/2015 5:51:51 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 7 replies ^ | 6/1/15 | Brian Joondeph
    One of the first concepts taught in basic economics is the demand curve. As the price of something goes up, the demand for it goes down. And vice versa. One doesn’t even need an economics class to understand that a $50-million house will not have a bunch of buyers in a bidding war, compared to a much less expensive house. Or that a sale, lowering the price of something, is a good way to sell more and clear the inventory. So why is there such confusion about the minimum wage? A wage is simply the price of labor. Raise the...
  • Employees lose vacation time amid minimum wage increase (Seattle)

    04/05/2015 8:13:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    KREM ^ | 4/02/15 | Michael Konopasek
    SEATTLE -- Reaction continues to pour in over Seattle's new minimum wage law. Some business owners in Seattle say the increase to $11 an hour will force them to make drastic changes. Many in the local restaurant industry say the next few weeks and months will give them a better idea of the real impact under the new law. Some bosses have already been forced to make tough decisions to protect the bottom line. At Icon Grill in downtown Seattle, all employees will now only get one week of paid time off. Some employees who've worked at the restaurant for...
  • Beloved SF bookstore becomes casualty of minimum wage hike

    02/02/2015 11:58:58 PM PST · by csvset · 38 replies
    KGO ^ | February 02, 2015 | Jonathan Bloom
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Independent bookstores have faced tough times for quite a while. In San Francisco, neighborhood businesses have been passionately protected, so it's hard to believe that an initiative passed by voters to raise the minimum wage is driving a Mission District bookstore out of business. San Francisco's minimum wage is currently $11.05 an hour. By July of 2018, the minimum wage in San Francisco will be $15 an hour. That increase is forcing Borderlands Bookstore to write its last chapter now. When actor Scott Cox took a job at Borderlands Books he didn't do it for the...
  • Study: Minimum wage hikes don’t kill jobs

    07/21/2014 9:27:34 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 26 replies
    NJ101.5 ^ | 7/21/2014 | Kevin McArdle
    Study: Minimum wage hikes don’t kill jobsBy Kevin McArdle July 21, 2014 5:14 AMA new study by the Center for Economic and Research Policy shows that job growth in states that increased their minimum wages this year is far more robust when compared to states that did not hike the minimum wage. Thirteen states increased their minimum wages in 2014, including New Jersey. According to the report, the average change in payrolls in states that implemented minimum wage hikes was 0.99 percent.  For states that didn’t see a minimum wage hike, it was 0.68 percent.However, the report said there is...
  • Obama´s minimum wage hike will cost 500,000 JOBS by the end of 2016, claims

    07/08/2014 11:11:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/8/14 | David Martosko
    The White House may have to scrap its plans to aggressively promote a 40 percent national minimum wage hike now that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the move would likely cost the U.S. 500,000 jobs by the second half of 2016. [Snip] The White House didn´t answer questions about whether that trade-off is acceptable to President Obama, but Senate Democrats have pushed hard for legislation that would implement his goal of driving the minimum wage far above its current $7.25 level. But it quickly scheduled an afternoon conference call for reporters with Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason...
  • Seattle: $15 Minimum Wage Means War on Small Business

    06/04/2014 10:32:01 AM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 28 replies
    Pajamas Media Tattler ^ | June 2, 2014 | Stephen Kruiser
    Hippie infestation. Seattle’s city council on Monday unanimously approved an increase in the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, making it the nation’s highest by far. The increase was formally proposed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and his spokesman said he intends to sign the ordinance on Tuesday. Apparently unaware that it doesn’t have the weather advantages that other places pricing themselves out of existence do (Los Angeles, anyone?), Seattle seems to be ready to set a record for how many businesses it can ruin. The earnest idiots who whip up this minimum wage frenzy always use big corporations...
  • Union members rally for a $15 minimum wage (Socialist Sawant busts on government employees)

    05/26/2014 3:51:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Daily UW ^ | 5/22/14 | Esther Yun
    **SNIP** Sawant said the 15 Now campaign continues to unite low-wage workers and raise awareness for the UW’s unequal wages. In a recent New York Times article, “Student Debt Grows Faster at Universities with Highest Paid Leaders,” the UW was cited as one of the “most unequal” of public universities. The report defines “unequal” as universities that not only have high executive pay, but also high levels of student debt, as well as low-wage and contingent faculty labor. “It’s important for workers to be in solidarity. UW gets state funding, but it’s run like a corporation,” Sawant said. “It’s shameful...
  • Fed Chair Yellen: Minimum wage hike to have negative impact on jobs

    05/08/2014 4:38:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    CNBC, with Reuters ^ | 5/8/14 | Staff
    In testimony before a Senate committee on Thursday, Fed Chair Yellen said a minimum wage increase would likely have some negative effects on jobs, though it´s not clear how large. Still, boosting the federal minimum wage, which has remained at $7.25 per hour since mid-2009, would benefit some people, she added. In recent months, the federal minimum wage has been a hot-button issue. In February, President Barack Obama boosted the minimum pay for federal contractors hired in the future to $10.10 per hour. He´s also voiced his support for the federal level for all workers to rise to $10.10 from
  • (Seattle's socialist Kshama) Sawant says mayor’s minimum wage panel is ‘deadlocked’

    04/18/2014 3:33:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Connelly
    Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage advisory committee is “deadlocked,” Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant said Friday, with the socialist officeholder pledging she will now work to “build a strong coalition in the streets.” Sawant and two other left-leaning City Council members sit on the panel, which is co-chaired by business leader Howard S. Wright III, CEO of Seattle Hospitality Group, and Service Employees Union leader David Rolf, the city’s most able labor leader. The statement by Sawant comes amids increasing indications that Seattle voters will have the final say on on the minimum wage issue. And, like Washington voters...
  • Study: Seattle Worker Needs Minimum Wage Of $21.60/Hour To Afford Two-Bedroom Rental

    03/26/2014 2:29:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 51 replies
    KPLU ^ | 3/24/14 | Ashley Gross
    Even hiking the minimum wage to $15 an hour may not be enough to allow low-wage workers to afford rent in Seattle, according to a new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The group says a full-time worker in the Seattle-Bellevue metro area needs to earn $21.60 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment. That’s the so-called housing wage that the group calculates. In Washington state, the housing wage is $18.65 per hour. The group estimated that the worker spends no more than 30 percent of his or her income on rent and utilities. For the price of...
  • (Seattle's socialist Kshama) Sawant challenged face-to-face about minimum wage

    03/23/2014 4:12:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 3/21/14 | Essex Porter
    SEATTLE — The leading proponent of a $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle was challenged face-to-face today. Kshama Sawant engaged with small businesses owners worried about their survival. The impromptu meeting came after a City Council briefing on the implications of raising the minimum wage 63 percent, from $9.32 an hour to $15. “Despite all the rhetoric I'd like to understand the facts of what these other cities do and how they define the various terms that they use in the minimum wage ordinances,” said Council President Tim Burgess at the briefing. “My argument here is there's just not...
  • My rapidly fading love affair with Wal-Mart

    02/25/2014 1:20:12 PM PST · by Starman417 · 56 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-25-14 | Vince
    The first time I ever saw a Wal-Mart I was a grad student getting my MBA down in Tallahassee, FL. One opened up down the road from my apartment and I was immediately taken by the big bright stores with lots of stuff and what seemed to be pretty low prices. In class I learned the secrets to Wal-Mart’s success in its niche of “Always low prices”. It demanded efficiencies from its suppliers. It became fanatical about using information technology to optimize its sourcing and distribution channels. It paid its employees the community average or sometimes slightly more, but never...
  • Help finding article.

    02/22/2014 2:53:31 PM PST · by cquiggy · 9 replies
    Looking for an article.
  • Minimum wage talk has university officials concerned

    02/21/2014 5:42:26 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 12 replies
    The Southern ^ | 2/21/14 | KURT ERICKSON
    Raising the minimum wage could cost Illinois' cash-strapped universities millions of dollars in added wages for their student workforce. With lawmakers warning of tough budget times in the fiscal year beginning July 1, the proposal to bump the wage from its current level of $8.25 an hour to $10 or more an hour is raising red flags among university officials. At SIU, for example, President Glenn Poshard said an increase could cost his institution $3.2 million in additional wages at a time when the General Assembly may be considering further cuts in aid to high education. "We need an increase...
  • Unions Exempt Themselves from Union-Backed Minimum Wage Law

    02/20/2014 11:09:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | February 20, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Labor Unions look out for the average worker in roughly the same manner Michael Corleone looked out for his “business associates”. Apparently, in the city of Milwaukee, if you are a government contractor who requires your employees to pay Union dues to the Service Employees International Union, you don’t have to worry about complying with the city’s new “living wage” requirements. See, Unions care more about thuggishly extorting money from “the working man” than helping that same man make ends meet. According to the Washington Examiner:Milwaukee County officials approved a living wage requirement for local government contractors to pay at...
  • What does Nancy Pelosi's family pay the workers in the wine vineyards?

    02/17/2014 8:46:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    2/17/14 | soflofreeper
    I see Pelosi and her lapdog media are going to push for more liberty to be destroyed by demanding a higher minimum wage. Doesn't she own wineries along with her husband?.. How much do they pay their grape pickers? When she took over as the Speaker of the House, I remember seeing a report that she is the RICHEST PERSON TO EVER hold that office. You don't hear much about that, do you?
  • Some details still fuzzy on Obama’s minimum wage for federal contractors (Who pays for that?)

    02/13/2014 3:22:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/12/14 | Ben Wolfgang
    **SNIP** The order will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015, and each new federal contract thereafter will have to comply with the new wage requirement. With that in mind, Mr. Perez said the number of contractors benefiting will rise over time. “Some will benefit year one. More will benefit year two. Even more will benefit year three,” he said, but added more calculations are necessary to determine how many workers will be affected. Also, the labor secretary insisted the order won’t bust budgets even though some federal contractors will be taking home bigger paychecks.
  • Cuomo shuts down de Blasio’s minimum wage plan (Socialist schooled on constitution)

    02/11/2014 3:33:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/11/14 | Carl Campanile
    One day after Mayor de Blasio suggested New York City be allowed to set its own minimum wage, Gov. Cuomo shot down the idea as economically damaging to the entire state. Cuomo told a radio interviewer that having municipalities set their own, competing wage rates would create a “chaotic situation” and negatively “cannibalize” New York. The mayor needs Albany’s approval to increase the minimum wage, now set at $8 an hour.
  • What’s behind a fair minimum wage? | As It Turns Out ($15 'not necessarily socialism')

    02/05/2014 2:58:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Kingston Community News ^ | 2/04/14 | MARYLIN OLDS
    **SNIP** The Bureau of Labor projects the majority of jobs developing to be low-wage service jobs. Is this the fault of the unemployed who are still out there looking for decent work, or is this the fault of big businesses who have greedily outsourced their production jobs for increased profit? There was an article a couple of years ago about Henry Ford. He paid his assembly line workers a $5 per day back in 1914 (that’s $118 in today’s dollars, according to He did this because he wanted to increase productivity and reduce turnover — and if his employees...
  • Obama’s proposed Minimum Wage

    02/01/2014 8:38:28 AM PST · by JOHN W K · 15 replies
    2-1-14 | johnwk
    The destructive consequences of Obama’s proposed Minimum Wage See: Obama to sign executive order raising minimum wage for federal contractors ”President Obama, in the first of potentially many executive actions tied to his State of the Union address, will unilaterally increase the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour, from $7.25, in an effort to build momentum for a minimum wage hike for all Americans.” And tell us Mr. President, how does the federal minimum wage affect our free market system, and in particularly, inner city youth who have dropped out of High School who...
  • Minimum wage to rise in 13 states on Jan. 1

    12/29/2013 3:11:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/29/13 | Emily Jane Fox
    Starting January 1, minimum wage workers in 13 states and four cities will see higher paychecks. While most of the increases amount to less than 15 cents per hour, workers in places like New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island will see a bigger bump. Earlier this year, New Jersey residents voted to raise the state's minimum wage by $1 to $8.25 per hour. And lawmakers voted to hike the wage by between 25 cents and 75 cents per hour, to $8.70 in Connecticut and $8 in Rhode Island and New York. Residents in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana,...
  • Does Minimum Wage Create Jobs?

    12/20/2013 1:00:37 PM PST · by MosesKnows · 68 replies
    12/20/2013 | MosesKnows
    Does Minimum Wage Create Jobs? The way to get higher pay is to increase your value to the job market. Every employee must bring more to the company than they take in pay and benefits. This is a requirement a company must meet to operate at a profit. The worker who wants higher pay and is willing to work for it must become more valuable to the company. He must become more of an asset or less of a liability. One way to become more valuable is to learn or improve in a trade or profession. Government controlled centrally...
  • As Someone Who Worked At Wal-Mart And Burger King, Don't Raise The Minimum Wage...

    Fifteen dollars an hour to say, "Would you like fries with that?" or "Welcome to Wal-Mart?" PLEASE. My very first position out of college in a terrible job market was as a Wal-Mart portrait studio photographer. Around the holidays, we'd have long lines; trying to get kids to smile after they've been waiting in Wal-Mart for two hours is no picnic. On my off days, I didn't dare pick up the phone because my district manager regularly called people and demanded that they fill in for employees who were sick in other locations. There was no chance of advancement because...
  • How Obama can bypass Tea Party Congress (and raise fast food worker wages)

    12/04/2013 5:59:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Salon ^ | 12/04/13 | Josh Eidelson
    The White House has offered “no response” to a months-old call from congressional Democrats to bypass Congress and use executive action to raise workers’ wages, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus told Salon Tuesday afternoon. “It wasn’t responded to,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. “I mean, the response would have been, ‘We’re working on it, we’re looking into it,’ ‘We feel it’s a good idea,’ or, ‘No, we’re not going to do it.’ Any of those is a response. We received none of that.” Grijalva pledged that, starting with a Thursday rally at the National Air and Space Museum,...
  • We’re headed for a Dalton Minimum, says climate guru

    10/07/2013 7:41:51 PM PDT · by Signalman · 57 replies
    iceagenow ^ | 10/7/2013 | Robert
    “The government is preparing for warming, which is outrageous.” Low sunspot activity means “the cooling will continue at least until 2030.” Last week, the IPCC reported it was 95 percent certain that climate change was the result of human activity, specifically the burning of fossil fuels that emit “greenhouse gases,” says this article on WND. “That’s the result that they get when you premeditate your science,” said Dr. Tim Ball, former professor of climatology at the University of Winnipeg. “The temperature is going down and has for 17 years while carbon dioxide increases,” Ball said. The IPCC and other scientists...
  • DC Democrats Pass $12.50 Minimum Wage Law… Wal-Mart Cancels Three Store Openings

    07/11/2013 6:22:37 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 90 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-10-2013 | Jim Hoft
    “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Isaac Newton’s Law of Motion Washington DC Democrats passed a bill that would require retailers to pay workers at least $12.50 per hour. Within hours of the decision Wal-Mart announced it was canceling three store openings in the area. Nice work, Democrats. WTOP reported: The D.C. Council has passed a bill that would require large retailers like Wal-Mart to pay workers at least $12.50. The bill now goes to Mayor Vincent Gray for his consideration. The 8-5 vote was short of the votes needed to override a veto from the...
  • D.C. City Council Tries To Extort Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Declines The Opportunity

    07/10/2013 9:12:11 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 7-10-2013 | DrewM.
    C. is really a tale of two cities in one. There are the touristy/wealthy neighborhoods and then there are, for want of a better term, slums. Wal-Mart has proposed to build three stores, one in the city's 5th Ward and two in the 7th Ward. These are two of the poorest areas in the city (pdf). The highest poverty rates in DC are found in an area largely made up of Wards 7 and 8. Nearly one in three residents in this area living below poverty in 2010, an increase of one-sixth since 2007. ... The largest jumps in poverty...
  • Walter Williams: Minimum wage increases discrimination against poor people

    03/06/2013 12:52:17 PM PST · by GVnana · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-6-2013 | Walter Williams
    Let's work through an example. Suppose 100 yards of fence could be built using one of two techniques. You could hire three low-skilled workers for $15 each, or you could hire one high-skilled worker for $40. Either way, you get the same 100 yards of fence built. If you sought maximum profits, which production technique would you employ? I'm guessing that you'd hire one high-skilled worker and pay him $40 rather than hire three low-skilled workers for $15 each. Your labor costs would be $40 rather than $45. Suppose the high-skilled worker came into your office and demanded $55 a...
  • Vat Is Das? Minimum Wage, Unemployment and Investor-Driven Housing Recovery

    02/17/2013 10:11:40 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 10 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/17/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    I am almost afraid to ask students (or my in-laws) what they think of President Obama’s State of the Union plea for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00. I will ask my students this week, but not my in-laws (I already know their answer – YES!). The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article on the minimum wage and its impact on employment. While raising the minimum wage sounds “fair,” it is really grossly unfair. University of California at Irvine economist David Neumark has looked at more than 100 major academic studies on the minimum wage, and he...
  • Long Beach Best Western staff to be laid off as Measure N date nears (forced elevated minimum wage)

    12/20/2012 4:33:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/14/12 | Kelsey Duckett
    Long Beach Best Western staff to be laid off as Measure N date nearsBy Kelsey Duckett Staff Writer Updated: 12/14/2012 06:50:37 PM PST Days before a ballot measure forcing pay and benefit requirements on Long Beach's largest hotels is set to go into effect, one hotel is cutting back on rooms and laying off workers. **SNIP** "This is devastating," Shelton said. "We really want to send a strong message to the hotel community that this is not OK. Hotels that don't abide by this pay increase are undermining democracy." Passing with 64.3 percent of the vote, according to the Los...
  • Ralph Nadar on Fox says raise minimum wage to 1968 levels.

    10/20/2012 6:04:28 PM PDT · by central_va · 26 replies
    Focx News Huck Show | 10/20/12 | Ralph Nadar
    While watching the Huck Show I heard Nadar rant about this that and then he said something interesting. He wants minimum wage to be at 1960 levels.Nadar is a moonbat but I thought it was interesting. My calculation are that minimum wage would have to be $10.00/hour to match mid 1960's level.
  • EPA Institutes Minimum Gas Purchase Requirement For Some Stations

    09/19/2012 11:16:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 9/19/12 | Betsy Woodruff
    Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R., Wis.) has a post on the Hill’s Congress Blog highlighting a bizarre new regulation from the EPA requiring some gas stations to sell at least four gallons of gasoline at a time. It affects those that pump both E10 and E15 (gas with 10 percent or 15 percent ethanol) through the same hose. Since E15 is pretty terrible for small engines and old cars (Sensenbrenner says it’s “like metal in a microwave for a small engine”), the theory is that when customers whose engines cannot handle it are buying gas,
  • Jobs Program Spent $76,000 Per Person To Help Youth Find Minimum Wage Jobs

    07/25/2012 5:06:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/25/12 | Wynton Hall
    A new jobs training oversight report by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) found that a federally-funded Oklahoma Job Corps program spent around $76,000 per person to help youth secure minimum wage jobs. The report, released Tuesday, comes 18 months after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found that billions of taxpayer dollars are being poured into job training programs that benefit those who run them, not the unemployed workers they are supposed to assist. "Taxpayers should be appalled Congress has done nothing to reform these programs for more than 18 months," said Sen. Coburn. Sen. Coburn said he wanted to...
  • Pennsylvania city workers to take mayor to court over across-the-board minimum wage salaries

    07/09/2012 4:25:02 PM PDT · by Harley · 13 replies
    Fox ^ | July 09, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Employees of a Pennsylvania city, who have all seen their salaries cut to minimum wage as the mayor grapples with budget problems, are hoping a judge restores their paychecks in full.
  • Progressive Solution for 25% Real Black Unemployment? Price Them Out-of-the-Market w/ $10 Min. Wage!

    04/10/2012 4:00:12 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | April 10, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    "The minimum wage is the  'Black Teenage Unemployment Act'...  The guaranteed way of holding the poor, the minorities  and the disenfranchised out of the mainstream is  if you price their original services too high..."  -Art Laffer As Rep Duncan Hunter (R-Ca) attempts to floor a bill that would force the US Labor Department to publish real unemployment numbers -ones that actually reflect the all-time-record number of Americans who have given up/left the labor force- some Democrats are now planning to unveil ill-advised legislation that would hike the federal minimum wage to as much as ten bucks an hour... a monstrous and unprecedented 35% leap from...
  • Gingrich: Romney’s Minimum Wage Proposal Potentially A Catastrophe

    Newt says that with the way the Fed is printing money, Romney’s proposal for an automatic minimum wage increase based on inflation could be potentially catastrophic. Newt remembers the Carter years and how inflation was rampant by 1980, setting the nation toward collapse. He says with the Fed printing so much money, inflation could potentially soar if the economy begins to recover which could send minimum wage soaring with it:
  • (Minimum) Wage Floor Is Increasing in 8 States in New Year (helps working families)

    12/26/2011 2:01:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/23/11 | CATHERINE RAMPELL
    Wage Floor Is Increasing in 8 States in New YearBy CATHERINE RAMPELL Published: December 23, 2011 Eight states will ring in the New Year with a higher minimum wage, under state laws that require wage floors to keep apace with inflation. San Francisco, one of the few cities that sets its own minimum wage above the federal level, is also raising wages for the lowest-paid workers in the new year. It will become the first big city in the country to require companies to pay their workers more than $10 an hour. The minimum wage increases in Arizona, Colorado, Florida,...
  • The Pseudo-Scientists are back for another round of propaganda

    12/02/2011 12:46:04 PM PST · by publius321 · 17 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 27, 2011 | Scott Anderson
    They come out from under their rocks every time we have a few tornados and never miss an opening when it comes to exploiting popular ignorance. An AP column last Friday titled Science panel: Get ready for extreme weather opened by asserting – “Think of the Texas drought, floods in Thailand and Russia's devastating heat waves as coming attractions in a warming world. That is the warning from top international climate scientists and disaster experts after meeting in Africa.” And of course their thesis is that this weather is the fault of mankind. They fail to mention that for the...
  • Study: CO2 may not warm the planet as much as thought

    11/25/2011 5:29:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 11/25/2011 | by Michael Marshall
    The climate may be less sensitive to carbon dioxide than we thought – and temperature rises this century could be smaller than expected. That's the surprise result of a new analysis of the last ice age. However, the finding comes from considering just one climate model, and unless it can be replicated using other models, researchers are dubious that it is genuine. As more greenhouse gases enter the atmosphere, more heat is trapped and temperatures go up – but by how much? The best estimates say that if the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere doubles, temperatures will rise...
  • Nations most at risk from global warming [head for the hills!.......)

    10/25/2011 4:58:02 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Nations most at risk from global warming Save this story to read later AAP October 26, 2011 10:17AM A THIRD of humanity, mostly in Africa and South Asia, face the biggest risks from climate change and rich nations in northern Europe will be least exposed, according to a new report. Bangladesh, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are among 30 countries with "extreme'' exposure to climate shift, according to a ranking of 193 nations by Maplecroft, a British firm specialising in risk analysis. Five Southeast Asian nations - Indonesia, Burma, Vietnam, the Philippines and Cambodia - are also...
  • New study seeks to shut up climate skeptics

    10/22/2011 9:30:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 21 October 2011
    Global warming is 'real' and temperatures have climbed steadily over the past decades, a long-awaited, independent study has found, refuting skeptics’ claims that there isn’t enough evidence to assert that the world climate is changing. According to a study published yesterday (20 October) by the Berkley Earth Project, which included U.S. physicists, climatologists and statisticians, the average world land temperatures climbed approximately 1 degree Celsius since the mid-1950s. The Berkley project, funded among others by the Koch Foundation, linked to the company which Greenpeace called a ‘kingpin of climate science denial,’ has analysed data from 15 different sources, in some...
  • On the brink: Tremors increase at Anak Krakatau to 5,000 a day

    10/22/2011 8:07:21 PM PDT · by Errant · 60 replies
    The Extinction Protocol ^ | 22 October, 2011 | N/A
    SUMATRA, Indonesia –Several earthquakes have struck near south Sumatra of the 5.0 and 5.1 magnitude range today- making a tense situation on the volcanically-dotted archipelago potentially even more volatile. The Anak Krakatau volcano is showing signs of increased seismic activity. Authorities fear the volcano is building towards an eruption that could dwarf the one which occurred in 2007. Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Disasters Mitigation Center reported the numbers of seismic tremors now registering from the volcano have exceeded 5,000 a day. There are also reports of a gaseous mist which has seeped from the volcano and have enshrouded it in...
  • Minimum Wage To Rise In 8 States

    10/03/2011 3:20:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | 10/03/11 | Tami Luhby
    Minimum Wage To Rise In 8 StatesBumps Range From 28 Cents To 37 Cents Per Hour Tami Luhby UPDATED: 2:54 pm MDT October 3, 2011 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Minimum-wage workers in eight states could see their paychecks grow by hundreds of dollars next year, thanks to automatic annual increases in the rates. Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Washington and Oregon recently announced their 2012 minimum wages, which contain bumps ranging from 28 cents to 37 cents per hour. This translates into annual raises of between $582 and $770 for full-time workers at that end of the pay scale depending on where...
  • Sun's Fading Spots Signal Big Drop in Solar Activity [Maunder Minimum->Little Ice Age Returning?]

    06/14/2011 2:33:10 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 28 replies
    Some unusual solar readings, including fading sunspots and weakening magnetic activity near the poles, could be indications that our sun is preparing to be less active in the coming years. The results of three separate studies seem to show that even as the current sunspot cycle swells toward the solar maximum, the sun could be heading into a more-dormant period, with activity during the next 11-year sunspot cycle greatly reduced or even eliminated. ...Currently, the sun is in the midst of the period designated as Cycle 24 and is ramping up toward the cycle's period of maximum activity. However, the...