I don’t think that it’s going to sell.

Even though i involves a payoff. Of course you’re the one who has to come up with the money for his payoff.

Sliddeshow.

Even a little bit helps.

Even very brief running—just 5 to 10 minutes a day—can help people live longer, according to new research.

“Running is one of the most convenient and popular exercises,” says Duck-chul “D.C.” Lee, an assistant professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University.

“Running is good for your health—but more may not be better. You don’t have to think it’s a big challenge. We found that even 10 minutes per day is good enough. You don’t need to do a lot to get the benefits from running.”

Or they could continue spending … and join Greece.

It’s tough when you been promising give-aways for 200 years.

The recent large protests against Belgian government’s austerity measures may spread across Europe as the continent continues to experience high unemployment and weak economic growth, experts have told Anadolu Agency.

With the Belgian government declaring it will raise the retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2030 and force the long-term unemployed to work in return for benefits, 100,000 demonstrators took to the streets to vent their anger against the imposed “austerity measures” in Brussels on Nov. 6.

The demonstrators were also protesting against government plans to cut spending on healthcare and delay the indexation of wages in relation to prices.

Belgium’s economy is expected to grow little more than one percent this year.

Holger Schmieding, the chief economist at Berenberg, a German multinational financial institution based in Hamburg, said: “Belgium is finally doing what it has to do to make its public finances sustainable. We are likely to see further protests, as we have in other countries over time.”

Why am I not surprised?

Immigrants and their U.S.-born children make up more than 40 percent of new Medicaid recipients at a cost of $4.6 billion, according to an analysis of government data.

The Center for Immigration Studies, a low-immigration advocacy group, released a report early Thursday that found both legal and illegal immigrants and their minor children made up 42 percent of Medicaid growth from 2011 to last year.

Exit stage left. …. And then farther left …

It’s tough when you been promising give-aways for 2000 years.

One has to be struck by the financial market’s present equanimity about Europe’s deteriorating economic and political outlook as reflected in very low European sovereign bond yields. The reason for astonishment is not simply that all-too-many indicators suggest that a highly indebted European economy appears to be heading for a triple-dip economic recession and for a prolonged period of Japanese-style deflation. Nor is it simply that European politics continue to fragment at an alarming rate in major European countries like France, Italy and Spain. Rather, the immediate reason for surprise at the market’s equanimity is that Greece, the very country where the European sovereign debt crisis started in 2010, appears to be soon heading for another period of widespread doubt as to whether it will be capable of remaining a euro member.

After the mid-terms … what are they thinking?

Dems warn Obama: Don’t back down on immigration

Maybe we should offer a little help.

Iraqi Kurds Assert Economic Independence

Despite opposition from the Iraqi central government, the Kurds have managed to increase their sale in oil revenues by 60% and assert their economic independence.

In the wake of a dispute over the oil revenues with the central government in Baghdad, the KRG is asserting economic independence from the rest of Iraq. After Maliki ceased paying the region’s share of the government’s budget, the KRG started operating its own oil pipeline to Turkey, completely bypassing the central government in Baghdad.

He still had room to go left?

Obama veers left after red wave

President Obama has taken significant steps to the left since his party’s devastating losses in the midterm elections.

In a surprise, he announced a major deal on climate change with China during a trip to Beijing Tuesday. That followed another unanticipated move — a Monday statement pressuring the Federal Communications Commission to adopt new net neutrality rules for the Internet.

The moves are helping to rally a dispirited Democratic base while re-establishing Obama’s political leadership after he was sidelined during the midterms.

I’m sure that leadership in the West will get right on this.

NATO has observed columns of Russian military equipment including tanks, artillery and combat troops entering eastern Ukraine in the past two days, the military alliance’s supreme allied commander said Wednesday.

“Across the last two days we have seen the same thing that OSCE is reporting. We have seen columns of Russian equipment, primarily Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defence systems and Russian combat troops entering into Ukraine,” US General Philip Breedlove said in Sofia.

“We do not have a good picture at this time of how many. We agree that there are multiple columns that we have seen,” he added.

Observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reported on Tuesday seeing a convoy of 43 unmarked military trucks — five towing Howitzer heavy artillery pieces and another five multi-launch rocket systems — travelling into the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

It was the latest in a string of recent sightings of unmarked trucks and heavy weapons heading towards the frontline in rebel-controlled areas.

Alexander the Great?

Archaeologists in Greece have uncovered a skeleton from a tomb dating back to the era of Alexander the Great. The excavation has refueled rumors about the Greek conqueror, whose final resting place remains a mystery.

This is cool

The mosaic comprises two images taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on September 14, 2014, from a distance of about 19 miles (30 kilometers). The image scale is 1.6 feet (0.5 meters) per pixel. The red ellipse is centered on the landing site and is approximately 1,600 feet (500 meters) in diameter.

Site J is located on the smaller of the comet’s two lobes. On November 12, the Rosetta spacecraft will release Philae at 4:03 a.m. EST (10:03 a.m. Central European Time) (the time the signal is received on Earth). Touchdown of Philae on Site J is expected about seven hours later, at around 11 a.m. EST/5 p.m. CET (Earth Received Time).

Sounds a lot like ‘shall issue’. We have that in Colorado.

Law-abiding Californians may not need to justify their need to carry concealed weapons, after the same three-judge panel that struck down restrictions on the permits earlier this year ruled Wednesday that it is too late for new opponents to join the fight against the ruling.

The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would bar other law enforcement officials, including state Attorney General Kamala Harris, from gaining “intervener status” to join in further challenges of its ruling in a case originally brought by an independent journalist who sued the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department over its policy of requiring a specific reason for being allowed to carry a concealed weapon in public.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has said he will not fight the ruling, meaning there is no one with standing left to challenge the decision made in February.

Is this the one that ‘fries’ the birdlife?

This Solar Firm Wants $539 Million From the Government. It Just Might Get It, Even After Solyndra.

Wow … bummer …

The mortgage ‘hot potato’.

Whistleblower whose testimony helped force $9billion settlement from JP Morgan speaks for first time about bank giant’s schemes to sell toxic mortgages

… She had discovered that with some random samples, 40 per cent of mortgage holders had overstated their incomes – leading to a higher risk of default. …

You have to ask why then would make loans that had little chance of ROI.

Some how I don’t think that this will help.

Business groups are bracing for an onslaught of regulations, with the Obama administration bent on completing a host of the president’s unfinished policy goals and the midterm elections now in the rearview mirror.

Agencies across federal government are expected to drop a host of major rules over the next few months, with regulations running the gamut from calorie label requirements on restaurant menus to new rules for hydraulic fracturing and air pollution.

There are at roughly two dozen major rules that are scheduled to drop between now and late January, according to a review of the administration’s official regulatory agenda and rules now awaiting approval at the White House.
Groups including the Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute said they are most concerned by expected costs associated with a slate of rules now in the pipeline at the Environmental Protection Agency.

What a zero …

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Sunday condemned violent protests over the apparent massacre of 43 students after demonstrators set fire to the door of his ceremonial palace in Mexico City on Saturday night.

Tens of thousands of Mexicans have taken to the streets to protest the government’s handling of the case of the missing students, and last night protesters in central Mexico City set fire to the door of the National Palace.

“It’s unacceptable that someone should try to use this tragedy to justify violence,” Pena Nieto told reporters at the airport in Anchorage, Alaska where he was en route to China. “You can’t demand justice while acting with violence.”

The students were abducted by corrupt police in southwestern Mexico in September. Though the government said on Friday it looked as though the students had been killed, then incinerated by gangsters working with the police, it stopped short of confirming their deaths for lack of definitive evidence.

You don’t need to wait for the state to take care of your family.

A paedophile was on bail waiting to be sentenced for a string of sex offences when he contacted what he thought was a 10-year-old girl, telling her she was “gorgeous” and that she should come to his home for “cuddles”.

It turned out that Wayne Corkhill, 23, was actually talking to the girl’s father, who hid behind his daughter’s Facebook profile to catch the predator.

In the message exchange, the father made it quite clear that the girl Corkhill was trying to groom for sexual predation was only 10 years old, but the paedophile persisted.

When the father reported Corkhill to the police, Corkhill claimed his Facebook account had been hijacked, according to the Daily Mail.

Corkhill had already confessed to five charges of sexual activity with a child, plus two of meeting a child following sexual grooming and one of attempting to meet a child following grooming, all of which happened last year.

Maybe if we returned this to the states.

On the heels of Republican victories last week, attempts to replace Common Core with homegrown standards are resurfacing in states across the nation.

Most prominently, elected officials in Wisconsin and Ohio are spearheading efforts to reclaim more control of education.

On Nov. 5, the day after the midterm elections, an Ohio House committee passed a bill to repeal the Common Core standards.

Although officials on both sides doubt the bill will garner enough support to pass by the end of the year, they are hopeful the legislature will take up the issue in 2015.

But to be safe, Common Core supporters like state Rep. Gerry Stebelton, R-Lancaster, say they will double down on efforts to defeat the House committee’s repeal bill.

Good idea.

My goodness … they lied to us … what a surprise …

Please … just sell them off.

Feds to Back Risky Home Loans Again

Critics warn that Fannie and Freddie are setting up housing market for repeat of 2008 crisis

Approaching the edge.

Probably not a whole lot colder than Boulder today.

The remains of two Ice Age infants, buried more than 11,000 years ago at a site in Alaska, represent the youngest human remains ever found in northern North America, according to a new article.