A record 93,626,000 people were not participating in the workforce in June, according to new figures released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The BLS defines people outside the labor force as those ages 16 and older who are neither employed nor have “made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4-week period ending with the reference week.”
The labor force participation rate also decreased 0.3 percent from last month to 62.6 percent.
The country has not seen a labor force participation rate that low since October 1977 when the participation rate was 62.4 percent.
Are we seriously back here again? And does the president seriously have nothing better to do than get involved with the NFL?!
The Redskins were hoping to set up shop in a tract of land near the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, where the soccer team D.C. United play. But the land is owned by the Park Service, and would require the Interior Secretary’s permission in order to sell. But The Washington Post reports that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser that they wouldn’t accommodate construction of a new stadium unless the Redskins change their name.
Hey, owner of the Redskins… might be time to start thinking about another state for your team. There are plenty of states that would love the revenue an NFL team would bring in.
Or change the name to something worse, like Foreskins.
Starting yesterday in Oregon. Coming soon everywhere.
Starting July 1, Oregonians can sign-up for a pilot program through the Oregon Department of Transportation that is testing a new way to pay for road and bridge infrastructure.
Called the Oregon Road Usage Charge, the program tracks a driver’s road use and charges a fixed fee for each mile. The idea could eventually replace the existing gas tax as a source of road maintenance funds.
ODOT has selected three vendors to run the program. The companies provide a device that plugs into a car’s computer which collects and submits mileage and tax information to the state. The three approved vendors are San Jose, California-based Azuga, Atlanta-based Verizon Telematics and Sanef ITS America, the North American arm of Barcelona-based Abertis Group.
Executives from Azuga stopped by our office this week to talk about their work with Oregon. With the sign-up period approaching, I’m sure we will all be hearing more about these companies in the coming months.
Azuga’s small device plugs into the car’s onboard diagnostic port and collects what co-founder and CEO Ananth Rani calls “the data exhaust” coming off the vehicle.
“There is lots of information coming off the vehicle that just gets lost,” he said. “We can capture that and analyze it and aggregate it and give it back to you as a consumer as a value to you.”
The company already counts about 30,000 business users and 2.5 million deployed devices, mostly across large vehicle fleets.
In Oregon, the state has crunched the numbers and selected a per-mile fee of 1.5 cents. Azuga’s device, which is GPS enabled, collects mileage and calculates the taxes. That information is sent to the state. Based on the gas tax already paid, the driver will either be charged an additional fee or credited the difference between miles driven and fuel taxes paid.
Azuga maintains all of the detailed information, sending only summaries to the state to protect privacy.
Drivers can opt in to have their location data tracked and stored.
“It’s much like when you opt in to a mobile app that says they want to see where you are located,” said Nate Bryer, vice president of innovation for the company.
The device and the service are being offered to drivers for free. The company gets paid by receiving 40 percent of the mileage fees collected.
I love how they throw in that the device and service are free. LOL! Really? You don’t have pay so they can track your movements and determine a tax for you? How generous of them! I thought that would have at least cost a few hundred dollars! But they’re gracious enough to let them not pay for being taxed. See, here in NC, you have to pay for the sticker ($20) or box ($120) that you use to pay your tolls on the roads, so really… very gracious of Oregon.
And you can opt to have the device track your location data and store it. Other than wanting to know where your teen is driving your car, why would you want that? And even for the teen, there’s plenty of tracking devices you can buy and tracking apps that wouldn’t get the government involved.
There was a video on Facebook about this and they interviewed a guy who told the journalist that because he was driving an electric car he wasn’t paying his fair share and should really be paying his fair share. Awesome. You go ahead and write out a check. We’ll watch.
CRUZ: “You know it’s interesting, the whole Birther thing was started by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 against Barack Obama…”
This is a fact, one even admitted to by the left-wing Politico:
Where did this idea come from? Who started it? And is there a grain of truth there?
The answer lies in Democratic, not Republican politics, and in the bitter, exhausting spring of 2008. At the time, the Democratic presidential primary was slipping away from Hillary Clinton and some of her most passionate supporters grasped for something, anything that would deal a final reversal to Barack Obama. …
The original smear against Obama was that he was a crypto-Muslim, floated in 2004 by perennial Illinois political candidate and serial litigant Andy Martin. Other related versions of this theory alleged that Obama was educated in an Indonesian “madrassa” or steeped in Islamist ideology from a young age, and the theories began to spread virally after Obama appeared on the national stage – to the casual observer, from nowhere – with his early 2007 presidential campaign. …
Then, as Obama marched toward the presidency, a new suggestion emerged: That he was not eligible to serve.
That theory first emerged in the spring of 2008, as Clinton supporters circulated an anonymous email questioning Obama’s citizenship.
“Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy. She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth,” asserted one chain email that surfaced on the urban legend site Snopes.com in April 2008.
Has been Katie Couric can look as annoyed and exasperated as she wants; that does not change history.
There’s a combo straight from the depths of Hell.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) praised her colleague Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) this week for championing progressive issues as a Democratic presidential candidate.
“Bernie’s out talking about the issues that the American people want to hear about,” Warren, who has yet to endorse a candidate, told the Boston Herald for a story published Tuesday.
“These are people who care about these issues, and that’s who Bernie’s reaching,” she said. “I love what Bernie is talking about. I think all the presidential candidates should be out talking about the big issues.”Sanders has surged in polls recently as supporters of Warren have moved to back him.
I’m really just amazed that this many people would want this guy as president. That would be the literal end of the USA. Forget about having any freedoms, that would be over. And the Constitution? That would be a museum piece only… maybe. It might end up as a table cloth or in a furnace since we’re all about destroying history at this point. If we can erase the Constitution and make people think it never existed…
These two are both a real good example of why progressives should actually be called regressives.
Things got strange during a gondola ride up a mountain in Aspen, Colorado, when MSNBC’s Alex Wagner asked Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), GOP 2016 presidential hopeful, about his “bromance” with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in a segment that aired on Tuesday.
“Would you call it a ‘bromance’”? Wagner asked Graham at one point.
The South Carolina Senator responded enthusiastically, “Oh yeah, he’s, he’s, he’s, he’s just a…” before being cut off by Wagner who also wondered if McCain used email — something Graham has famously denied ever using.
“Ya know, I don’t know…I’d be surprised if he did,” replied Graham.
The interview took a strange turn as Graham made the following remark about his colleague:
“But at the end of the day, I just admire John. He’d be like the uncle you put in the basement. I’d put him in the basement of the White House and call on him when I needed him.”
More hard hitting questions from MSNBC. I guess we’re lucky they didn’t try to get him to quack like a duck. But I bet the “tweens” that make up their audience think they’re so cool.
“These relics, these messages of this despicable period of this great nation, it’s time for those to be moved,” the Democratic mayor, who is black, said in a news conference, a local NBC affiliate reported.
Mr. Wharton told The Associated Press that he wants the statue removed from Health Sciences Park and “returned to Forrest Monument Association that had it placed there.” He said the graves of the noted KKK leader and his wife, which are in the park, should be relocated to Elmwood Cemetery.
“I despise whatever the Confederacy stood for,” Mr. Wharton said. “This is not just an ordinary monument. This is a monument to a man who was the avowed founder of the organization that has as its purpose the intimidation, the oppression of black folks.”
Councilman Myron Lowery said he is in discussion with Council Attorney Allan Wade to draw up an ordinance to move the proposal along, NBC reported.
Yep. They are still wanting to dig people up to hide and erase history instead of teaching their children about it. A shame, really. As I’ve said before, no one benefits from hiding history. You are only doomed to repeat it. And since race relations in this country are at the worst they’ve been in a very, very long time, we could use the teaching. Of course, since no one seems to want to pick up a history book, I wonder who will do that teaching.
The history of a nation is a huge part in making it great. So you can’t call this a great nation while trying to hide it’s history. Something was learned from that history, and that lesson should always be taught, passed down, and learned. That can’t be done when we’re hiding it.