According to the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis the labor participation rate is at its lowest point since the Carter years.
Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer told a an audience at England’s Oxford University this week that the US economy is nearing “full unemployment.” Reuters reported:
The U.S. economy probably bounced back to an annual growth rate of around 2.5 percent in the second quarter, and the labor market is approaching full employment, Federal Reserve vice chairman Stanley Fischer said on Tuesday.
He said “tentative” signs of wage growth and continued job creation also gave him confidence that U.S. labor markets will continue improving, and gradually push inflation towards the Fed’s 2 percent target.
Congressman King told Steve the attack will most likely be a bomb attack.
Rep King: I’ve been aware of this now for the last two or three weeks, anyway. About the possibility, the real possibility of something being attempted on the 4th of July. There’s a number of things, for one just the intelligence that’s been picked up talking about the 4th of July. But you add the some of the specifics here. The last week to ten days there’s been five ISIS operatives arrested in New York City. Now, that’s not coincidental. It’s one thing to say someone’s a lone wolf. You don’t find five lone wolves operating together at the same time. There has to be a level of cooperation, of coordination… ISIS is playing an active role here in the United States… This is for real…
Steve Malzberg: Are we talking about a shooting somewhere? Are we talking about going into a public place and shooting? Are we talking about a bomb, like you mentioned the marathon? What do you fear?
Rep. King:I would be more concerned with a bomb, an improvised explosive device. One of the places they raided last week, they did find explosives.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the state capitol. They’re too offensive.
Last year the local Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying the Dark Lord on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Statehouse. They collected donations to put up this Satan statue. Visitors will be able to sit on the lap of Satan “for inspiration and contemplation.”
The ACLU sued the state to remove the 10 Commandment statue. Vice reported:
In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying the Dark Lord on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Statehouse. An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed like a somewhat lofty goal of $20,000, but by the time donations ended almost $30,000 had been raised. Now an artist trained in classical sculpture is toiling away in New York, crafting a Baphomet figure sitting beneath an inverted pentagram and flanked by two children gazing upward in loyalty. When it is finished, it will be cast in bronze and, the Satanists hope, eventually displayed in Oklahoma.
The statue is a direct response to the state’s installation of a Ten Commandments monument outside the Capitol in 2012. State Representative Mike Ritze paid for the controversial statue with his own money, and therefore it was considered a donation and OK to place on government property. Following that line of reasoning, the Satanic Temple submitted a formal application for their monument.
As Trait Thompson of the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission told CNN last December, “Individuals and groups are free to apply to place a monument or statue or artwork.” The applications are then approved or rejected by the Commission. Unfortunately, the state has placed a halt on issuing permits for any other monuments until a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against Ritze’s Commandments monument is settled.
Barack Obama held a press conference today in Washington DC with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff today in the White House.
Obama compared the US to Brazil, including our “similar histories”(?)
“Our common values, our strong people-to-people relationships that we have, the fact that we are the largest countries in the hemisphere, with similar histories, I think all that means that we should be very strong partners for years and years.”
What lunacy. Brazil was a dictatorship and under military rule until 1985.
The history of Brazil starts with indigenous people in Brazil. Europeans arrived in Brazil at the opening of the 16th century.
The first European to colonize Brazil was Pedro Álvares Cabral on April 22, 1500 under the sponsorship of Portugal. From the 16th to the early 18th centuries, Brazil was a colony of Portugal. The country expanded south along the coast and west along the Amazon and other inland rivers from the original 15 donatary captaincy colonies established on the northeast Atlantic coast east of the Tordesillas Line of 1494 (approximately the 46th meridian west) that divided the Portuguese domain to the east from the Spanish domain to the west. Most of the country’s borders were set by the end of the colonial period early in the 19th century.
On September 7, 1822, the country declared its independence from Portugal and became its own country. A military coup in 1889 established a republican government. The country has seen a dictatorship (1930–1934 and 1937–1945) and a period of military rule (1964–1985).
Councilman Chris Anderson plans to reintroduce legislation adding sexual identity and expression to the city of Chattanooga's nondiscrimination policy. His proposal would protect city workers from being fired on the basis of sexual orientation.