WSJ: Gooferment “retirement” promises should be suspect

Thursday, September 21, 2017

FROM WSJ

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NUMBER OF THE DAY

$645 billion

The amount U.S. states as a group will need to pay the retiree health benefits they have promised. Under accounting guidelines that apply to most governments, states and cities around the country will book the losses on their balance sheets starting in fiscal 2018—a shift that could potentially lead to cuts in retiree heath benefits.

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I know some Gooferment employees who assume that their “pensions” are rock solid guaranteed. I try to caution them to be skeptical, but like the “Delphic Oracle” I can sway them.

So sad.

But one very ugly chicken is coming home to roost.

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NUMBER OF THE DAY
$645 billion
The amount U.S. states as a group will need to pay the retiree health benefits they have promised. Under accounting guidelines that apply to most governments, states and cities around the country will book the losses on their balance sheets starting in fiscal 2018—a shift that could potentially lead to cuts in retiree heath benefits.

RANT: Equifax offers but doesn’t make it eay

Monday, September 18, 2017

https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/

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The company offered free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection to all U.S. consumers, regardless of whether they were definitively impacted.TrustedID Premier includes 3-Bureau credit monitoring of Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion credit reports; copies of Equifax credit reports; the ability to lock and unlock Equifax credit reports; identity theft insurance; and Internet scanning for Social Security numbers.

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How?

Question unanswered.

Argh!

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RANT: GLASSESUSA doesn’t fix things

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Dear Ferdinand,

Order # 100709412

We understand your concern. But we do not provide this service. You can do it locally.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at returns@glassesusa.com.

Thank you for choosing to shop with us.

Regards,

Returns Department
GlassesUSA.com

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NOT RECOMMENDED!

Argh!

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RANT: NFL cities versus teams

Monday, September 11, 2017

Watching the “Los Angeles” Chargers!

I guess the cities are disconnected from “their” teams.

Maybe the low ratings are not because of politics but the lack of loyalty to the cities that have “invested” their taxpayers money and the fans that have an emotional connections.

Maybe the “circuses” are losing their appeal to the suckers?

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INTERESTING: Voynich manuscript decoded

Saturday, September 9, 2017

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/the-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-has-finally-been-decoded/

MYSTERY SOLVED —The mysterious Voynich manuscript has finally been decoded
History researcher says that it’s a mostly plagiarized guide to women’s health.
ANNALEE NEWITZ – 9/8/2017, 4:10 PM

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Since its discovery in 1912, the 15th century Voynich Manuscript has been a mystery and a cult phenomenon. Full of handwriting in an unknown language or code, the book is heavily illustrated with weird pictures of alien plants, naked women, strange objects, and zodiac symbols. Now, history researcher and television writer Nicholas Gibbs appears to have cracked the code, discovering that the book is actually a guide to women’s health that’s mostly plagiarized from other guides of the era.

Gibbs writes in the Times Literary Supplement that he was commissioned by a television network to analyze the Voynich Manuscript three years ago. Because the manuscript has been entirely digitized by Yale’s Beinecke Library, he could see tiny details in each page and pore over them at his leisure. His experience with medieval Latin and familiarity with ancient medical guides allowed him to uncover the first clues.

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Having had some training in cryptology, I found this interesting and somewhat funny.

I guess no one in 100+ years  ever put together the clues.

Great job by this fellow.

Guess we need an inventory of all the “puzzles” for TV shows to solve for us. Maybe they can solve all our problems.

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RANT: Babies aren’t THAT hard

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Why do women think a man can’t handle an infant? Too many TV commercials that show men as fools?


WSJ: Amazon slashing prices on grocery items

Sunday, August 27, 2017

FROM WSJ

The Retail King

Amazon said it would begin slashing prices on grocery items from bananas to baby kale at its new Whole Foods Market unit right away, serving notice that the e-commerce giant plans to move quickly to shake up the supermarket industry with its $13.7 billion acquisition. The announcement Thursday, which sent stocks of traditional grocers into a fresh tailspin, said price changes for staples and more high-end foods would go into effect as soon as the deal closes on Monday. The company also said its Amazon Prime program, which analysts estimate has more than 60 million members, will become Whole Foods’s customer-rewards program. Stocks for six large food retailers, including Kroger and Wal-Mart, lost around $12 billion in value after the announcement. Grocers and investors say they are concerned that Amazon could start a price war.

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Aren’t lower prices good for ALL consumers?

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