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Charlie Chaplin

Via: Retrogasm

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November 29, 2011 Posted by | cats/dogs/goats/bears/whatever, celebs, gif, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Retirement Preparation In U.S. Reaching Crisis Levels

Via: Huffington Post

Americans are unprepared for retirement, so much so that it’s reached crisis levels, according to the majority of small business owners.

Seventy-five percent of small business owners said that Americans are so financially unprepared for retirement that it’s becoming a crisis, according to a survey by Nationwide Financials released Monday. Still, less than 20 percent of small business owners say they offer employees a 401(k) or other employee self-funded retirement plan.

Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about retirement as the economic downturn stymied income growth and wreaked havoc on investments such as stock portfolios and homes.

More than three quarters of middle-class Americans said they don’t think they’ll be able to afford to retire until they’re 80, according to a recent survey from Wells Fargo.

And two-thirds of Americans ranked not having enough money for retirement as their top financial concern in a recent Gallup poll, up from 53 percent 10 years ago.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/28/retirement-preparation-in-us_n_1117221.html?ref=business

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personal note:

I knew it was coming!

No, not the global economic crisis, but this getting ‘old shit’.

I also KNEW I couldn’t afford not to go without medical insurance, and I KNEW I couldn’t afford my own medical insurance in the U.S.

But what I KNEW I could do was retire at age 57, and live in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.

Here I enjoy a very good; possibly even a great life.

I have FULL medical coverage, and STILL manage to SAVE $300 to $400  per month from my early Social Security (age 62).

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I believe it is very difficult to RAISE revenue, but it’s fairly easy to CUT costs.

I also know very well it’s not for everyone; but if you can, consider living overseas.

If not Thailand, then Mexico, Costa Rica, >>>

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My “livin’ in the Land of Smiles” blog:

http://seattle99.wordpress.com/

I’m NOW stepping off my soap-box.

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November 29, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Herman’ hold the sausage’ Cain: extended (13 year) affair

Via: Huffington Post

During an appearance on CNN on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said that another woman is prepared to go public with allegations of “an affair for an extended period of time.”

He firmly denied the accusation. Addressing the identity of the woman, he said, “It is someone that I know who is an acquaintance that I thought was a friend.”

Atlanta-based station Fox 5 is expected to run a report on the charges early Monday evening. Cain said he wanted to act preemptively before the claims came to light.

“I wanted to get out in front of it,” he said. “I have nothing to hide, I have done nothing wrong.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/28/herman-cain-sexual-harass_n_1117272.html

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photo:

Yeah well, one of them anyway.

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November 29, 2011 Posted by | Cain, GOP morons, teabaggers | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

STOP THAT RIGHT MEOW!

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November 29, 2011 Posted by | cats/dogs/goats/bears/whatever, gif | , , | Leave a comment

‘Black Friday’ Champs Walk Over Dying Man To Buy Target Crap

Via: Wonkette

Pepper spray was a-spraying, knives were a-stabbing, guns were a-shooting, muggers were a-mugging, punchers were a-punching

It was a “Black Friday” celebration that truly proved if you’re not a part of the worldwide anti-corporate protests, then you’re actually a very stinky part of the problem.

But the Gold Medal in Applied Assjerk Consumerism goes to the shoppers at the Target crap box store in South Charleston, West Virginia: These bargain-crazed mouth-breathing waterheads literally walked over a dying 61-year-old man who collapsed in the aisles.

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MSNBC and WSAZ-TV report:

Family and friends were stunned by the loss of a West Virginia man who died while shopping on Black Friday as fellow bargain hunters reportedly walked around — and even over — the man’s body.

Family members told WSAZ-TV that 61-year-old Walter Vance of Logan County, W. Va., had become ill and collapsed while shopping for Christmas decorations inside Target in South Charleston. He later died after being taken to the hospital, family said.

Witnesses told the NBC News affiliate in Charleston, W. Wa., that shoppers walked around and even over Vance’s body.

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But Target couldn’t even win the award for “most violent chain store of plastic imported garbage” this Thanksgiving Weekend. That dubious honor went to WalMart, as usual, with violence at NINE different (identical) WalMart stores around the country.

http://wonkette.com/457128/black-friday-champs-walk-over-dying-man-to-buy-target-crap#more-457128

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Merry Christmas, and if you live long enough, Happy New Year!

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We Are the 99 Percent

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Who are the 99%?

All of us who were told that if we worked hard and saved money we could retire with few financial worries. They forgot to tell us about the tech bubble, followed by the housing bubble, followed by recession and anthropocentric global climate change.

They told us technology and medicine would save us. They forgot to mention the CO2 issue and environmental degradation; the cost of healthcare and the deadly side effects of pharmaceuticals.

They talked us into believing that our homes would appreciate enough to buy retirement and that putting money in the stock market was better than a savings account. They forgot to mention that only insiders, brokers, players, and the already wealthy get rich from the stock market. For the rest of us it is more like carnie midway games—there’s no way to win.
Our 401Ks, pension funds, IRAs, and Roths are built on a house of cards, but it is too late: we’re trapped in the game. We hope the market will go up even though we despise the thought of corporate rule. We are at the mercy of the 55 wall $treeters who peer over the balconies and laugh at our angst. The corporations and the banks are sitting on piles of our money. They withhold jobs, pad their pockets, and offer us pink slips and .03% interest.

And what are we told to do about this financial crisis? Go shopping!! Spend money! What money? We don’t have jobs! We can barely afford groceries. Capitalism has failed democracy. Let’s prove we can rebuild this nation with a new ethic, an economic prosperity based on creativity and progress not greed and development. Let’s create an inclusive vision of the future where education and social justice are better choices than war and wall $treet.

“We’re citizens not consumers.” I read that on the Global Revolution live feed chat. It’s my new motto.

I am the 99%.

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We are the 99 Percent.

We are getting kicked out of our homes.

We are forced to choose between groceries and rent.

We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution.

We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all.

We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything.

We are the 99 percent.

Brought to you by the people who occupy wall street.

Why will YOU occupy?

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Please visit their website, and tell YOUR story.

http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/

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November 29, 2011 Posted by | Occupy Wall Street, We Are the 99 Percent | Leave a comment

“Quote of the Week”

“If, theoretically, you did get rid of all the Mexicans, YOU’D BE HUNGRY in a WEEK,” Marks said. “All your vegetables had a Mexican hand on it. All your fruit, and three-quarters of your meat.”

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Via: Tennessean

“New immigration laws could hit farmers, drive up food prices’

Inside a spartan shed thick with the smell of moist tobacco, temporary laborers from the Mexican state of Nayarit deftly stripped a truckload of the plant’s broad leaves from its hardened stalks.

A foreman, Pedro Peña, handed racks of dark air-cured tobacco down to another worker, Lupe Villegas, who loaded each one onto one of two sets of chain drives. As the racks went along the drive, teams of eight workers laid the stalks bare and sorted the tobacco into three grades, all in less than a minute. A final worker removed the exposed stems and loaded them into a V-shaped crib.

Without these 19 men, most of whom have been coming back every fall for a decade, George Marks could not bring in the three varieties of tobacco he farms, he says. The same is true of dairy cows, which he also raises on his Montgomery County farm, and a host of other crops grown in Tennessee — peaches, tomatoes, gourds, apples.

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Last year, more than 2,300 H-2A workers were hired on approximately 150 sites in Tennessee.

But farm workers have abandoned Georgia and Alabama in droves this fall, forcing farmers to abandon their crops for lack of enough hands in the fields. Economists in the two states estimate their economies lost at least $115 million as a result. (and yes, the losses will be passed on to the consumer: YOU!)

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20111127/NEWS0201/311150089/New-immigration-laws-could-hit-farmers-drive-up-food-prices

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