Wednesday, July 31, 2013

ALWAYS DRINK WATER WHILE EXERCISING

ALWAYS DRINK WATER WHILE EXERCISING

·         Drinking water during any form of exercise is essential to get the most out of your workout.
·         Water helps your body to exercise efficiently, as it lubricates it and prevents muscle cramps and joint injury, besides being a catalyst for many chemical reactions in the body.
·         If these reactions slow down, then muscle recovery is slower and tissues heal slowly, leading to breakdown of the body functions.
·         Water also combats summer heat and replenishes the fluids lost during perspiration to avoid dehydration and heat stroke.
·         Dehydration affects athletic performance and exercise capacity, besides making the body and mind stressed, fatigued and dizzy.
·         Eight to ten 220 ml glasses of water or water-based fluids should be consumed on regular days, of which you should drink 2-3 glasses in the two hours before you start your walk or workout, and 1-2 glasses in between heavy workouts.
·         Pre-hydration is important before you leave home for exercise.
·         Make sure you keep drinking water throughout your workout.
·         Sports and other electrolyte drinks can be used when you are exercising for more than 45 minutes, or playing strenuous sports like football or tennis.
·         Sports drinks contain a balanced ratio of carbs which provides rapid energy and fluid to the body to enhance performance.
·         If you are not a sportsperson, energy drinks are not useful, as these are designed to replace your depleted glycogen stores.
·         Otherwise, they are sugary beverages which should be avoided.
·         Avoid high-sugar soft drinks with caffeine totally.
·         Consume enough fluids during the day to keep your urine clear and light-coloured, which indicates your body is well hydrated.
·         Keep a water bottle with you and fill it up at every opportunity.
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Iniciem l'agost amb fresca ara a primera hora del matí.
Ahir tarda a les 16.40 h

Les últimes llums de juliol, ahir a les 20.30 h

El juliol que hem deixat enrere el podem qualificar de plujós amb els seus 105 litres d'aigua caiguts enfront els 30 mm que varen ploure el 2012, en quant a temperatura ha estat dins el valor que tenim cada any amb els 20'4ºC de promig  (19'6ºC el 2008 i els 21'4ºC del 2010)


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Dades meteorològiques d’avui a Puigcerdà, a les 8 del matí 
 Temperatura actual:13'3 ºC 
Màxima d’ahir: 32'1ºC 
Mínima d’avui: 13'3ºC 
Pressió atmosfèrica: 1018 hp 
Humitat ambient: 72%
 Humitat mínima d'ahir:18% a les 16.54 h 
 Pluja en 24 h: ---- 
 Estat del cel: serè
 Visibilitat: bona
Cop de vent màxim: Ponent de 14 km/h
Les primeres llums d'aquest agost amb lleugera calitxa, avui a les 07.30 h
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小倉記念・レパードSの勝負気配

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土曜メインレースについては今晩遅くに更新

ここでは日曜の小倉記念とレパードSの勝負気配について





まずは札幌日経OPの出馬表に目を向ければ

2,3番人気確定でG2勝ちのあるスマートロビンの主戦ともいえる

蛯名JKが函館に騎乗に来ない事に違和感

新潟でのレパードSに騎乗するなら勝負気配が高いと考えましたが

お手馬の出走は無くテン乗りの馬での出走





しかしテン乗りの馬がレパードSでは

恐らく1,2番人気に支持されるであろう馬に騎乗

その馬の前走のJKを確認すればさらに違和感が増しました

重賞で1,2番人気の馬を他人に譲れるJKではないからです

ならば譲ったJKは何処で騎乗するかを調べれば小倉記念





レパードSで1,2番人気で重賞勝ちも十分考えられる馬の

騎乗を蹴ってまで小倉記念で軽ハンデのコノ馬に騎乗する

コノJKは間違いなく今週1番勝負気配が高いと言えそうですし

陣営も最高級の仕上げで任せてくると思いますね
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人気ブログランキングへ 3着



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カネボウ白斑画像 自主回収と倒産の可能性

カネボウ白斑画像を見ると、指摘から2ヶ月で自主回収は遅いですね。カネボウは粉飾決算で倒産後に、花王が買収していますがブランドイメージ悪化で、ブランドが破綻する可能性もありそうですね。


(1)カネボウの倒産と美容関連の被害者

美容関連に関心のある方は多いと思いますが、インプラント治療で週刊文春の報道がきっかけで倒産した歯医者があります。カネボウのまだらは、テレビや全国紙で取り上げられていますが顧客対応が非常に遅かったこともあり、週刊誌の報道よりもブランドイメージが大きく悪化しています。

カネボウは経営悪化で倒産しており、花王が化粧品部門を買収していますが、被害者に関する連絡があってから自主回収が2ヶ月かかっており、ブランドが倒産するかもしれないですね。

(2)カネボウと花王の業績に影響

カネボウ自主回収、返金商品と倒産の可能性について、2013年7月31日毎日新聞が、<カネボウ>美白化粧品問題 自主回収 花王の業績直撃、売上高100億円減 慰謝料負担、損失拡大へを報じているので見てみましょう。
同社と親会社の花王の業績にも影響が出始めた。花王は30日に開いた中間決算の記者会見で、通期の売上高が消費者離れで100億円減、営業利益も回収費用などで60億円減少する見込みを明らかにした。
カネボウは花王の子会社ですので、花王の業績に影響がでていますね。カネボウ化粧品のブランドイメージ低下が、花王のブランドイメージに与える影響についても気になりますね。

(3)自主回収返金による企業の影響

  1. カネボウ化粧品の回収費用など28億円
  2. 被害者の治療費や通院に要した交通費など56億円
  3. 2013年12月期決算 カネボウ商品の買い控えなどで100億円減収の見込み
  4. カネボウ商品の7月売上高 前年同月比で2割前後落ち込み 大手百貨店やドラッグストア
  5. 美白化粧品の年間売上高100億円のうち50億円の規模
  6. カネボウ化粧品被害者への慰謝料などは決算に反映しておらず業績悪化の可能性
カネボウ白斑画像と自主回収の対応が遅かったことを考えると、カネボウ化粧品の買い控えがおきるのは仕方がないですね。カネボウのブランドイメージは大きく悪化していますが、影響が長引いており、ブランド名を倒産させて違う名前に変わる可能性もありそうですね。

カネボウは自主回収が遅れたことで、商品販売に影響がでていますが、ドラッグストアなどで売上が減少すれば、取り扱うところは減りますので業績回復は困難ですね。

(4)カネボウの白斑被害が海外で発生

  1. 対象商品はアジア10カ国・地域でも販売
  2. 台湾で120人以上が被害
カネボウは白斑の被害が発生している化粧品を海外でも販売していますが、自主回収が2ヶ月遅れた結果、台湾で多数の被害者がでています。

カネボウは海外で白斑の被害者をだしていますが、日本の化粧品メーカーである資生堂など日本企業のブランドイメージ低下の影響がでそうですね。

(5)自主回収の対象商品

  1. ロドデノールを含む54商品
  2. カネボウブランシール スペリア
  3. 赤いキャップのブランシールスぺリアと白いキャップのブランシールは回収対象外
  4. suisai
  5. トワニー
  6. インプレス
  7. アクアリーフ
  8. 株式会社リサージ リサージ
  9. 株式会社エキップ RMK
  10. 株式会社エキップ RMKSUQQU
カネボウは自主回収商品の一覧を発表しており、2013年7月31日時点では、白樺の樹液から作られたロドデノールを使用した、上記が対象商品となっています。

カネボウが発表した化粧品の中に、自主回収に含まれるものと含まれないものが混じっていますが、分からない場合は、念の為に化粧品を使わないほうがよいと思います。

(6)花王とカネボウの自主回収と状況と治るか

  1. 2013年5月13日 医療機関から、まだら被害者の指摘
  2. 2013年5月27日 カネボウ化粧品が調査開始
  3. 2013年7月19日まで 計16万件以上の相談
  4. 6808人が症状、2250人が重症と訴え
  5. 2013年7月4日自主回収発表から7月19日までに対象製品約45万個のうち約36万個を回収
  6. カネボウ化粧品の被害者は黒ずんで治っておらず、皮膚科は治療方法を確立していない
  7. カネボウ社員 保険適用内の治療しか補償できない
カネボウ白斑の被害者ですが、カネボウの自主回収発表が遅れたことや報道の周知により、被害者が拡大しています。カネボウまだら被害者画像と倒産危機を見ると、8600人超から健康被害や不安の申し出、4061人に被害があり、白斑の症状を訴える人が増加しています。

(7)カネボウ自主回収の失敗

カネボウ化粧品の白斑は、カネボウの独自製品によるもので治療方法は確立されていないですが、カネボウは保険適用内の治療しか補償できないとしています。カネボウ化粧品の被害者は、保険外治療を望む方もいると思いますが、業績が大きく悪化しても対応するのか注目ですね。

カネボウ自主回収商品その後と倒産危機を見ると、製品回収は20%台であり製品回収に失敗しています。カネボウの白斑被害者の中には、回復傾向にある方もいるようですが、原因究明は情報収集の段階のようですね。

カネボウ白斑被害の隠蔽と倒産危機を見ると、8月になって、2012年10月に情報を把握していたことが報じられています。カネボウ化粧品の白斑被害が拡大したのは、自主回収が情報把握から半年以上経過したことが理由です。

カネボウ白斑被害者1万人と倒産危機でまとめましたが、被害者数が報告の集計などにより増加しています。消費者庁によると、カネボウ以外の美白化粧品でも、被害が報告されているようです。Any source

Vou bazar...



Nas Pedras Rubras , há saudades destas nuvens rubras.
Tanta tempestade de Verão por essa Europa fora, e aqui, nada. Zero.
Já não basta a palhaçada de governo que temos.
Cortes também nas tempestades ?
Vou entrar no próximo avião…
....foto minha.
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Goldman Sachs vs. GM, Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs (GS) is up 64% over the past year, but it hasn't kept pace with General Motors (GM) since its post-bailout IPO. 

From the November 19, 2010 weekly close to July 31, 2013, GM's (dubbed "Government Motors" in its initial rescue stage) stock performance has edged out that other government-allied firm, the infamous Goldman Sachs

Over that 2 1/2 year timeframe, GM has returned about 6% to GS' -1.5% (approximate figures from marking the right scale of the relative performance chart below).

Goldman Sachs GS chart


GS managed to outperform Morgan Stanley (MS), the other remaining investment bank behemoth, since the current bull market began in March 2009. Over that 4 year period, GS has returned close to 80% compared to 40% for MS. MS did return a cool 100% in the past year, after a prolonged downtrend since late 2009. 



More TBTF fun: Motif Investing's Too Big to Fail portfolio lists 1-year returns (and weightings) for its component banks (index is up 53% over 1 year). Every bank listed is solidly in the green, with individual returns ranging from 15% - 100%. Screenshot  below. 

Too Big to Fail banks stocks
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TORNADO EN PEMEX


Waterspout Over Tampa Bay July 30, 2013


Waterspout in Ajijic, July 31, 2013



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NWS North Platte, NE

Graphical depiction of the weather story for today.
A disturbance will move into western Nebraska tonight with increasing chances for showers and thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are expected Thursday and will focus along a frontal boundary into the afternoon and evening hours. Storms may become severe with large hail, damaging winds, and locally heavy rainfall.
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Derivatives: Making Sense of Where We Are

The world of derivatives is in a purgatory state--a prolonged holding pattern until regulators finally finish new rules that will govern how they will be sold, traded, valued, cleared and reported. Regulators and financial institutions in the industry have dragged their feet in annoying, painstaking ways. What will eventually happen to how they will be traded?  How will be big banks respond? What will they do? When will the industry decide?

How will banks compensate for the billions in revenues that could evaporate when the derivatives playing field is re-landscaped?

The stories have  been told often over the years how derivatives markets have surged and soared, how derivatives have become a market of trillions (measured by the "notional" or face value of the derivatives traded globally).  The credit-default-swaps market is said to be over $25 trillion. (That would be "notional" face value, not actual market value or market outstandings.)

The story is also told often about how derivatives markets are opaque, sometimes illiquid, often misunderstood or too complex and how markets are dominated by banking behemoths that dictate pricing spreads, trading procedures, collateral requirements and who gets to join the inner circle of dealers.

WHAT REALLY IS A "DERIVATIVE"?

"Derivatives" is a financial term that today encompasses a wide range of financial activity. The term was rarely used before the mid-1980s, although some forms of derivatives have existed for as long as there have been viable trading markets.  In current times, a derivative might include almost any financial instrument that is influenced by market risks and credit risks, but is not a director investment into a corporate entity.  In other words, it encompasses all that is not an equity investment, a plain-vanilla bond, or a loan. 

Derivatives, by convention, include options of all kinds (puts, calls and collars), convertible bonds (and other "hybrid" instruments), interest-rate swaps, credit-default swaps, equity-linked swaps, commodity swaps, index trading and index swaps, and currency swaps.  They include futures trading--those traded on
exchanges and those traded "over the counter."

Frequently, derivatives will include forward foreign-exchange transactions.  For most in finance, the term will include mortgage-backed securities, CDOs, CLOs, IOs, POs, CDOs squared, synthetic CDOs, and synthetic CLOs, And if we dare get fancy, they include swaptions, "knock-out" swaps, and CAT (catastrophe) bonds.

Derivatives creators adore acronyms, complexity, quantitative analytics and the lure of something new and different.  Derivatives managers enjoy the open-round gush of profits.  Financial theorists and financial engineers embrace whiteboards of equations and calculus that try to define the behavior of these instruments.

Derivatives, the term, captures just about any complicated instrument that doesn't sound like a stock, bond or loan.  The finance media define derivatives as financial instruments "the value of which are based on other securities and instruments"--a catch-all phrase that often doesn't explain exactly what they are or how they perform in live markets.

THE APPROACH OF BIG BANKS AND DEALERS

Here is how large banks and hedge funds that have dominated prominent segments of the market define and approach derivatives--at least until now, while the global business model for trading derivatives is under threat:

1.   The first institution to conceive, create, build a model, sell, and trade a new derivative gets to determine and mark the playing field or the "rules of the game."

2.  The first few firms, usually large banks, that leap into the arena of a new derivative product determine the profit dynamics--how profit margins and spreads are determined, how positions are valued, and how prices are reported. Therefore, they become the core of large dealers that dominate the new market at the outset.  They will behave in ways to ensure they maintain control of the market--especially the lucrative pricing spreads.

3.  The large dealers who control the market decide when and how to open it up to new clients and counter-parties.  This permits the new market to grow, boosts liquidity, and spawns a large number of "end-users," who often use the derivative for risk-management or hedging purposes.

4.  The large dealers and their inner circle will design the marketplace such that the growing number of "end-users" (corporations, manufacturers, small funds, and individuals) must arrange trades by going to one of the large dealers.

5.  Large dealers, banks and hedge funds are able to maintain control of markets (and profits) because of advantages in capital resources, systems and technology, and information.  They can survey, see, comprehend and act upon all the activity that occurs around them.
6.  Large dealers, because they control pricing, spreads, and profits, have little incentive to change the status quo, except to increase activity and liquidity and reduce counter-party risk (the risk of clients and counter-parties defaulting on trades).

7.  Once they understand the new product and market behavior, speculators abound and will pounce on any opportunity to take advantage of market abnormalities or inefficiencies. They will likely be specialized hedge funds and funds that house "quant-jocks," but they may also (at least in the past) be the proprietary trading units of large banks and dealers.

8.  Large dealers, because they control the market, can determine the price reported among themselves, prices reported to other interested end-users, and prices reported to the public.

9. Large dealers determine, as they see fit or with guidance from regulators, how the transactions are "cleared" (settled, paid for, or consummated formally) and how they protect themselves from "default risk" by setting rules for how end-users participate (for example, by pledging collateral or requiring they meet certain capital standards).

Large banks and dealers claim they haven't managed these markets ruthlessly. They argue there has been sufficient self-policing and adequate oversight from regulators and industry-related organizations.  (ISDA, for example, is an industry association that continues to set common standards for trading, documentation, reporting, and collateral-pledging. Markit is an independent company that offers pricing services.)
Then came the financial crisis.

Then came the public's charges that improper selling and trading of derivatives explains why the crisis unfurled and infected much of the global economy. 

Then came Dodd-Frank legislation and regulation.  Dodd-Frank was a comforting anecdote to the crisis. It had the right themes and provided outlines to make markets safe. But Dodd-Frank didn't stipulate tough  deadlines. 

Armed with Dodd-Frank powers, regulators have a blueprint and a vision for how derivatives markets should be overhauled.  They have been tardy, however, in writing the thousands of rules, line by line, that will redesign markets from front to end.  Because derivatives are amorphous financial instruments and don't fall easily into categories, regulators fuss among themselves about which body should have the most oversight.  The debates among the SEC, the CFTC, the securities and derivatives exchanges (NYSE, ICE, NASDAQ, CME, etc.) are part of the reason for delays.  The Federal Reserve, FDIC, FHFA, and OCC have opinions, too.  An alphabet smorgasbord of sometimes conflicting input.

In  spirit, regulators seek to require most commonly traded derivatives be bought, sold, traded and reported on a major exchange with pricing and dealer transparency rules.  Commonly traded derivatives must be cleared and settled (all post-trade operations) via an approved, recognized arrangement, usually funnelled through large well-capitalized banks and overseen by established clearinghouses.

Regulators knew, too, large dealers and banks weren't going to sit still and let millions/billions in profits wither away. Until banks figured out a way to re-engineer their business models to generate profits while strapped by new rules, they would stall the implementation of regulation and continue to squeak out profits. Or they would retreat to their finance labs to craft other ways of making money from derivatives dealing.

WHAT'S ON THE HORIZON?

Where are we now? Where do we go from here? Will reforms do what they are intended to do--reduce risks in the system, reduce the likelihood that trading won't implode into market nightmares, and prepare institutions for the next crisis?

1.  Banks are rebuilding their derivatives-trading desks, reorienting them toward customer activity and customer flow and allocating proper amounts of capital to support them, as required by Basel III regulation. Some banks are downsizing their desks, not able to make economic or regulatory sense from the wave of regulation.

2.  But big banks won't go away sheepishly.  Revenues from derivatives soared until the late 2000s. They will continue to eke out profits until the economics and capital requirements dictate that old models make no sense.  The biggest and best dealers (including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan) will develop new, different business models to generate profits. 

3. Massive regulation, oversight and public concern will discourage banks and hedge funds from creating new derivative products--at least not as rapidly as the 1990s and early 2000s, when new products flew off the shelves.  Not long ago, large banks seemed to roll out a fancy new acronym for a new product every other quarter, always a moment of pride for them and for the quantitative experts they had hired to think them up.

4.  Regulators, in an effort to come to a conclusion soon, will unveil new rules (thousands of them), but will probably soften some of them, compromising with banks and hedge funds, yielding to some of their unrelenting lobbying efforts.

5.   "Pain vanilla" activity (basic swaps, basic forwards, will thrive, even with thinner profit margins. The big banks will compensate with volume and take advantage of other banks exit derivatives activities.

It will have been a long haul, and it won't be over soon. Derivatives markets are huge, impactful, and complex.  This story still has many chapters remaining.

Tracy Williams

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31/7/2013: Retail Sales Dynamics: June 2013

Retail sales stats are out for June and anticipation (based on the booming Consumer Confidence index from ESRI) was for a significant uplift in sales. Alas, things turned out to be not what some expected. All data seasonally-adjusted.

  • Value of core (ex-motors) sales fell 0.73% m/m in June and was up 1.28% y/y. 
  • 3mo average through June 2013 stood at 95.1 down on 3mo average through March 2013 at 96.0.
  • 6mo average through June was at 95.5, down on 96.8 6mo average through December 2012.
  • Value of core sales in June 2013 was 5.75% below the average for the entire crisis period
  • Volume of core (ex-motors) sales fell 0.50% m/m in June and was up 1.21% y/y.
  • 3mo average through June 2013 stood at 99.2 down on 3mo average through March 2013 at 99.5, although the difference was minute.
  • 6mo average through June was at 99.4, down on 100.4 6mo average through December 2012.
  • Volume of core sales in June 2013 was 3.74% below the average for the entire crisis period.
Meanwhile, Consumer Confidence shot up 15.4% in June m/m and is up 13.3% y/y. 3mo average from consumer confidence is at 63.6 which is above 3mo average through March 2013 at 61.2. 6mo average is practically identical to 6mo average through December 2012.



Charts above show clear disconnect between retail sales (volume and value) and the reported consumer confidence index. The disconnect is bizarre. Firstly, neither current, nor lagged average consumer confidence has much to do with either volume or value of what consumers opt to purchase. Worse, since June 2008 through June 2013, Irish retail sales indices correlations with Consumer Confidence are -0.66 for value index and -0.60 for volume index. In other words, rising Consumer Confidence in Ireland tends to be associated with falling retail sales. It is worth noting that prior to the crisis - in January 2005 - December 2007 period, the above correlations were +0.72 and +0.74 respectively.

My own Retail Sector Activity Index has had a better fortune tracking overall activity in the retail sector:

 The above clearly shows the sustained 'flat at the bottom' period of retail sales overall activity (by weighted contributions of volume, value and forward confidence). The recent rise in the activity, driven so far solely by two factors: year-on-year dynamics still impacted by the losses made in May-June 2012  and by the bizarre rise in consumer confidence. It remains to be seen if the index can hold near a 14 months period high attained in June.

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Lt. Gov. Simon enters race for state comptroller

By Jamey Dunn

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon kicked off her campaign for state comptroller with a series of evens throughout the state today.

Simon announced in February that she would not run for lieutenant governor again. At the time she said, “I want to serve the people of Illinois in a role where I can have an even greater impact.” Since then, political observers have speculated about which constitutional office she would seek. “Because I want to shine a light on corruption, blow the whistle on waste and be the fiscal watchdog that we so desperately need, I am running for comptroller,” Simon said today.

Simon has served as a prosecutor and worked as a law professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She served on Carbondale’s city council and made an unsuccessful bid for mayor of the city against incumbent Brad Cole in 2007. She served on an ethics commission chosen by Gov. Pat Quinn to make reform recommendations after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office.

Quinn picked Simon as his running mate after Scott Lee Cohen, a pawnshop owner with a checkered past, was pressured off the ticket. Cohen won the primary as a relatively unknown candidate, but allegations of drug use and domestic violence sunk his hopes of being a candidate in the general election. The state Democratic State Central Committee voted in Simon, the daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, as his replacement. In her role as lieutenant governor, Simon has focused on education policy, college affordability, rural issues and recently concealed carry of firearms.

Quinn will pick his running mate for his current bid for governor. Under a new law, all the candidates will pair up with their choice for lieutenant governor and run as pairs in the primary. The law, which will be used for the first time this race, came after the Cohen fiasco.

Simon could face a primary challenge: Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn has voiced interest in the comptroller’s office. If Simon makes it through the primary, she will likely face a difficult race against incumbent Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who has also served as a legislature and the state’s treasurer. Topinka unsuccessfully challenged Blagojevich for the governor’s office in 2006. So far, Topinka has Simon outgunned on fundraising with $805,000 to Simon’s $272,000 at the end of the second quarter.

Though Simon lacks solid financial experience on her resume, she says there is more to the job of handling the state’s checkbook than being a whiz with numbers. “It’s time for a comptroller who provides not just accounting but accountability,” Simon said. “Voters need someone they can trust. That’s why I’ve held myself to a higher standard. I don’t accept contributions from state contractors, state employees or their spouses, and I don’t take contributions from my own staff.” Simon said she would adhere to the same policies as comptroller. Any source

31 de juliol de 2013 Sol i tranquilitat

















Acabem el mes amb tranquilitat, sol i calor a les hores centrals del dia però les matinades i les nits continuen sent fresques i agradables. Les màximes avui han arribat als 31,2ºC a Sort i Esterri, 29ºC a Farrera, 25,7ºC a Planes de Son, 22,8ºC a Port Ainé, a alta muntana les màximes s'han quedat als 18ºC.
Les mínimes han estat una mica més baixes que ahir, entre 7ºC i 12ºC a les valls i al voltant dels 11ºC a alta muntanya.

Resum mensual de precipitació: 
Esterri A. 103mm
Planes de Son 141,4mm
Llagunes 139,2mm
Farrera 113,81mm
Port Ainé 203,8mm
Rialp 170mm
Monternatró 216,4mm
Llessui 172,2mm
Sort 142,2mm
Estany Gento 133,2mmAny source

Current Job Openings at Northampton Community College, 7/31/13


Listed below is a listing of our current job openings. 
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Taxpayer-funded ALEC trip for Kansas lawmakers

Kansas lawmakers who advocate small government are taking a taxpayer-funded ALEC trip Aug. 7-9 in Chicago. There they'll be wined, dined, flattered, enriched financially and handed a draft bill to empower corporations at democracy's expense.

Tim Carpenter at the Topeka Capital-Journal broke the story five days ago:
More than two-dozen Kansas legislators, including top Republican leaders of the House and Senate, plan to participate at the national convention in Chicago of an organization dedicated to layering a corporate agenda into politics at state Capitols, officials said Friday. 
House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, and Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, are national board members of the conservative, Republican-oriented American Legislative Exchange Council and scheduled to lead the Kansas delegation from Aug. 7-9. 
State policy allows a subsidy of registration fees for each legislator in attendance, which would be a minimum of $475. Other travel, hotel and meal costs can be covered by taxpayers only if the lawmaker serves in a leadership role in ALEC, said Jeff Russell, director of Legislative Administrative Services.
Oh, the irony.

The Hutchinson News calls it "comically ironic."  

And in a scathing editorial, The Hutchinson News excoriates the Kansas hypocrites:
...a group of self proclaimed budget hawks apparently missed the memo that government spending is the root of all evil, and that even the smallest government expenditure is a misuse of hard-earned taxpayer dollars. 
According to the legislative administrative service, in fiscal year 2012 legislators received $150,666 for convention-related travel expenses. In fiscal year 2013, lawmakers received total reimbursement of $119,528 for such travel – and the upcoming year totals more than $4,875 so far, with the filing deadline not ending until June 30, 2014. 
Kansas lawmakers are certainly free to attend whatever conferences they think will help them become better legislators. But it’s a special type of hypocrisy when a group of legislators who brand themselves as budget watchdogs and small government conservatives eagerly line up for a taxpayer handout to help pay for a voluntary networking weekend in Chicago.
ALEC isn't really about small government. ALEC just wants one thing to be small: constraints on corporate plunder of the public trough. No one should be surprised that self-serving hypocrites are taking part in the looting by taking a taxpayer-funded ALEC trip.

ALEC's stench has wafted all the way across the Atlantic, where the Irish blog Vestibule caught wind of these taxpayer-funded ALEC trips. Vestibule wrote a hilarious send-up of these ALEC "conferences" a few years ago, which we will share with you below:
Now, imagine if you will that you are a Republican lawmaker in a state whose legislature is controlled by your party.  You are approached by persons you admire, with an invitation to attend a conference under the aegis of ALEC.  And let us situate that gathering at some plush and exclusive enclave- Palm Springs, for example. 
There you and your spouse will be met and looked after (families are distinctly welcome)  by business leaders whose names ring with the reassurance of real power- Fortune 500 executives and their staffs. 
You will socialise- play golf on exquisitely maintained courses, dine on the most blissful fare, and exchange neatly patented views with the very men and women who concocted them. You will be flattered and cajoled.  You will be welcomed into circles you have always aspired to enter- assuming you were not born there, a condition of privilege discreetly enjoyed by many state office-holders.  Finally, you will be showered with political support in the form of crucial campaign donations and endorsements. 
And really, all you have to do is attend a two-hour meeting with friendly representatives of, let's say, the commercial prison industry. 
At this meeting you will be presented with a handsome, well-written, entirely serviceable piece of legislation.  It may contain the word "reform" in its title.  (Again, think Humpty Dumpty)
The matter at hand could involve a perfectly reasonable tightening of immigration law.  Or the justified imposition of harsher, more restrictive criminal sentences.  The bill may mandate the laudable establishment of profit-making industries in a state penitentiary system, or the withdrawal of wasteful educational services to undeserving prisoners. 
But whatever the avowed goal of the prefabricated legislation, you may be sure its passage will result in enhanced revenue and power for those companies which drafted the law.
Spot on.

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Ne nos inducas in tentationem...

There has been a lot of noise, of late, about the Holy Father.

In fact, there has been a lot of noise about him since the day he assumed the papacy, but it has intensified further just recently.

I have been particularly struck by the posts on the Rorate Caeli site - a site with whose aims I have a lot of sympathy.  But they have seemed to move into a position vis-a-vis the Pope of suspicion and mistrust, from day one.

But it is not just Rorate. Many friends, whose views and judgement I respect, have found some aspects of his words, actions and omissions troubling.

That is true of me, too. Of course, he has done and said things I would like him not to have done or said; and likewise he has failed to do and say things which I would have liked him to have done and said.  As a fan of his predecessor, I was always, in that sense, going to be disappointed with him.

On the other hand, of course, he has done and said much that I applaud.

But what is most important (for me), is to pay attention to my response, rather to sit in judgement on him.

I risk doing myself grave spiritual harm if I cultivate an attitude of assuming the worst of anyone, let alone the Holy Father. 

Whilst a position that assumes the Pope can do no wrong is clearly deluded, it is still more healthy, as a starting point, to assume that he is a good and holy man. 

We may, on occasion, find that we disagree with particular prudential decisions (though we should have the humility to be open to the possibility that our judgement might be wrong, or based on only seeing a partial picture of the situation).  However, to create a negative narrative by imagining motivations (which by their nature are invisible to us) and then to string actions (and imagined motivations) together to conform to that narrative is severely problematic: and that, I fear, is what Rorate and some others risk doing.  

What follows is very predictable, due to our old friend confirmation bias: we read everything through a hermeneutic of suspicion and mistrust, and see the Pope as misguided and problematic.

Here I contrast the responses of the commentariat with those of, say, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.  Their response seems to me to be a model of obedience and docility, and I am sure will win Our Lady's smile.

I am sure that many of them believe that the traditional rite of Mass is very important to their work; and I am sure that they will, in humility and docility, seek the requisite permissions.  And it seems to me that such an approach is not only more appropriate, but at least equally likely to be effective (though that is not the fundamental reason for following it).

The bottom line, I suppose, is to consider what the Devil wants me to do, and at least avoid that; even when I am not quite clear what God may be asking of me in a situation.

And I am quite sure that one of the things the Devil would like is for Catholics to disrespect and attack the Holy Father.

Fiat voluntas tua, 
et ne nos inducas in tentationem, 
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Low-wage strike comes to Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Mich.

They are holding signs and demanding better wages and treatment by the company.
Workers in Chicago picket Whole Foods market over pay, poor treatment.

Hundreds of workers joined the nationwide low-wage strike today, walking off retail and fast-food restaurant jobs in Chicago, Detroit and Flint, Mich. to protest low wages and abuse. It marked the third day of short strikes in cities across the country, part of a nationwide movement to raise wages and end retaliation for organizing a union.

In Detroit and Flint, the low-wage strike forced restaurant closings. Large rallies were held in Chicago outside of Whole Foods, McDonald’s and Checkers, while some fast-food workers took their message to the community.
Workers in other industries have joined the revolt. Teamster paramedics and EMTs in El Centro, Calif., are in the fourth day of a strike to fight low wages paid by Gold Cross Ambulance. Teamsters are even now protesting pharmaceutical distributor McKesson’s retaliations against workers at a Lakeland, Fla., warehouse. They are engaging in a rally and shareholder action at McKesson’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

A wave of labor unrest has hit low-wage employers since last fall, when fast-food workers first went on strike in New York City. Since then, a series of short, sudden one-day strikes captured the news media’s attention and elicited sympathy from a broader public. Revelations of extravagant CEO pay have helped galvanize the movement, as worker productivity rose and wages fell since the end of the 2008 recession.
Today in the Windy City, Fight for Fifteen reported more than 200 employees picketed in front of a Whole Foods market at midday to bring attention to poverty wages and the company’s poor treatment of them. Strikers demanded higher pay and an end to Whole Foods’ arbitrary point system used to punish workers.

Circling in front of the supermarket entrance, video of the event showed energetic employees making clear they are not going to stand for mistreatment anymore. Among the chants heard were:
“Hey workers, I’ve got a story. Let’s tell the whole world this is union territory!” as well as “When workers are under attack what do we do? Stand up, fight back!”


They are demanding better pay and treatment.
Detroit workers demand fair pay at fast-food restaurant.
Earlier in the day, fast-food workers in Chicago, Detroit and Flint made their voices heard both inside and outside restaurants such as McDonald’s and Checkers. McDonald’s employees at different outlets used the same line to criticize the hamburger giant:
Hold your burgers, hold your fries, make our wages super-sized.
Workers also took the low-wage strike into the community. Workers at a McDonald’s in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, for instance, began handing out leaflets in the surrounding area to raise awareness about their plight. Detroit organizers, meanwhile, used Twitter to call on the public to sign online petitions to show their solidarity with fast-food workers in their push for a living wage.
In all, employees from 80 restaurant chains in Detroit and Flint walked off the job. Organizers in Chicago said workers from 26 fast-food and retail chains were expected to strike as well. They join the low-wage strike started this week by workers in New York City, St. Louis and Kansas City who  are fighting for higher wages and the right to form a union without retaliation.
You can help out by signing the petition here and giving a “Like” to the “Low Pay Is Not OK” Facebook page here.
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