Friday, July 22, 2011

Why the Wealthiest Americans Are the Real 'Job-Killers' | News & Politics | AlterNet

Why the Wealthiest Americans Are the Real 'Job-Killers' | News & Politics | AlterNet:

"But the overwhelming majority of jobs in this country are “created” by ordinary Americans when they spend their paychecks.Consumer demand accounts for around 70 percent of our economic output.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

"Tyrone Davis homecoming"

This is an obit I wrote while working on contract for the Chicago Defender

by Leslie Jones McCloud
February 18, 2005

Monitors in the foyer of Living Word Christian Center on Thursday in Forrest Park were broadcasting a video anthology of Tyrone Davis’ music and his life. Strains of Davis’ music greeted guests upon entering the mostly glass, mall-like structure.

Family, well wishers and friends appeared upbeat while listening to Davis’ signature song, Turning Point. A quick glance around at those in line to sign the guest book at the funeral revealed smiles...

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Human-derived gelatin spares the livestock, confuses vegans -- Engadget

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"New Strategy for Expression of Recombinant Hydroxylated Human-Derived Gelatin in Pichia pastoris KM71"
Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry

Scientists are reporting development of a new approach for producing large quantities of human-derived gelatin that could become a substitute for some of the 300,000 tons of animal-based gelatin produced annually for gelatin-type desserts, marshmallows, candy and innumerable other products. Their study appears in ACS's Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.

Jinchun Chen and colleagues explain that animal-based gelatin, which is made most often from the bones and skin of cows and pigs, may carry a risk of infectious diseases such as "Mad Cow" disease and could provoke immune system responses in some people. Animal-based gelatin has other draw-backs, with variability from batch to batch, for instance, creating difficulties for manufacturers. Scientists thus have sought alternatives, including development of a human-recombinant gelatin for potential use in drug capsules and other medical applications.

To get around these difficulties, the scientists developed and demonstrated a method where human gelatin genes are inserted into a strain of yeast, which can produce gelatin with controllable features. The researchers are still testing the human-yeast gelatin to see how well it compares to other gelatins in terms of its viscosity and other attributes. Chen and colleagues suggest that their method could be scaled up to produce large amounts of gelatin for commercial use.

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

smaller-raises-for-seniors-smartmoney: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

smaller-raises-for-seniors-smartmoney: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance: "Of course, lower benefits are part of the point. Using the slower-rising index is being billed by many including President Barack Obama's fiscal responsibility commission and the Bipartisan Policy Center -- as a way to generate much-needed savings to help deal with the country's mounting debt crisis. In fact, the savings could amount to an estimated $112 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. 'This is a start in helping us fix Social Security,' says David John, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

But critics say the new proposal only makes a bad system worse. The current measurement of inflation is supposed to account for the spending habits of adults of all ages, including only a small proportion of retirees. That doesn't reflect the true inflation seniors face, says Moshe A. Milevsky, a finance professor at York University in Toronto. For example, many older people spend a large share of their budgets on items like health care, whose prices have risen about twice as fast as overall prices, according to a 2010 paper published by the Congressional Research Service.
now this is a trickbag

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Friday, July 15, 2011

My Demand Studios body of work: Leslie Jones McCloud Articles at eHow.

Many of my articles have been deleted or redirected from the Demand Studios server.  Here is a link to my Muck Rack portfolio.
 How to Tie a Sash Around Your Neck

The Biochemical Effects of Carbon Monoxide on Humans

How to Crush Mint

How to Make a Halter From a Bandanna Scarf

Uses for Old Grain Silos

What Happens When the Bank Repossesses a Boat?

How to Put in an Underground Sprinkler System

No-Nitrate Meat Cures

How to Increase the pH of Food

How to Get a Distributor to Carry Food

How to: Homemade Plastic Goop

Last Minute Work Potluck Ideas

Political Fundraising Tips

Principles of Military Leadership

Plaque Removal Instruments

Laws to Limit the Amount of Bounced Check Fees in a Day

How to Connect a PC to a Laptop Screen

How to Organize a Precinct

What Are the Trends or Patterns in C-Section Rates?

What Are the Benefits of Allowing Markets to Operate Without Government Involvement?

What Are the Causes of Political Conflict in Africa?

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How to Size a Cubic Zirconia

Different Ways to Tie a Halter Top

Reasons Why Middle Schools Fail

What Is a UPS Claims Notice?

Who Is Anna Marie Jarvis?

Early Puritan Lifestyle

Why Are Preservatives Added to Juices?
Blockers... Facilitators in Communication

United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines

The Puritan Lifestyle in the 1600s

What Schools Are Ivy League Colleges?

Tips on Shooting Three Pointers in Basketball

Apartment Decorating Tips for a Bedroom

Children's Weekly Chore List

How Did Deregulation Affect Broadcast Media? redirected to outside website

What is a Land Grant Contract?

Why Do People Get Motion Sickness?

Juvenile Justice Integrated Treatment

Activities for the Elderly Blind in the District of Columbia

What is the Definition of Workplace Abuse?

How Is Land Assessed for Property Taxes?

Meal Plan for the Elderly

Universal Precautions for Bloodborne Pathogens

What Is the Best Solution to Use to Get the Glue Off of My Lace Front Wig?

How to Obtain a Federal Tax ID for an Online Business

How to File a Corporate Tax Extension

How do I test myself for diabetes?

How to Set Trust Checking Accounts

How to File Taxes During Marriage Separation

How to Get All 3 Credit Scores

How to Find an Auto Salvage Yard

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

United States gubernatorial elections, 2012 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Mike Pence is no friend to Northwest Indiana. Do not let him win governorship of this state.
Jim Wallace won't campaign past Indianapolis--Northwest Indiana Republicans. Let this be a note to the wise. Northwest Indiana had better support a man who supports Lake County. Our vote is valuable, we don't have to give it away to just anyone.

AS FOUND ON WIKIPEDIA so grain-of-salt it.

Governor Mitch Daniels will be term-limited in 2012.

Mike Pence, a Republican currently serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, has announced his candidacy for his party's nomination. Pence (who has funraised over one million dollars) and whose announcement was anticipated by his resignation of a leading position in the GOP caucus in the House, is regarded as the favorite for election.[14]

Indianapolis businessman and former Hamilton County Councilman Jim Wallace (who has funraised about $500,000 and is probably a friend to Mike Pence) had previously announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination.[15][16] Other potential Republican candidates include former state Attorney General Steve Carter, current Indianapolis Mayor Gregory A. Ballard, conservative activist Eric Miller,[17] Indiana Superintendent of Public Education Tony Bennett, State House Speaker Brian Bosma, State Senate President David Long, and state GOP chairman Murray Clark.

Potential candidates in the Democratic field include Mayor of Hammond Thomas McDermott, Jr.,[18] Lake County Sheriff Roy Dominguez,[19] Rep. Joe Donnelly, former state House Speaker John R. Gregg, and state Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson. Former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh,[20] Mayor of Evansville Jonathan Weinzapfel, and former Rep. Brad Ellsworth have decided not to run.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Congressional Black Caucus Members Criticize Obama On Unemployment

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Think about who owns the means of production in the US--is it black folks? No it is not. It is any race but black folks. It is for this reason there is a higher unemployment rate among blacks. People tend to hire their own kind or folks they know. We are a segregated country whether anyone wants to realize that or not. We used to get on because somebody's momma worked as a maid in Mr. So-in-So's house and he was kind (or whatever) and got her relative a job and so on and so forth. Used to be mommas sat at home and raised their kids decent and they went to college to be doctors and lawyers but I guess there is only so much reach back but it certainly does not stop anyone with a high income from owning a business or two.

Most of the people in the upper middle classes choose not to own businesses and of those who did, lost those businesses. Banks could not loan them operating costs, they could not make payroll and went out of business. In times of danger, people pulled together but in small groups of known entities. There isn't much reach out. We have to somehow help ourselves by owning the means of production for the types of things black people like to buy, like --according to some marketing companies-- hair oil and cooking grease and anything at the dollar store. Whatever, if we owned a chain of dollar stores, food oil and petroleum processing plants, we'd be hired. We should also own weave hair and fake nail companies and all the chemicals used in those processes. We should own, not be owned and we would have work available to us. Anyone with me on this?

And furthermor­e, the Congressio­nal Black Caucus itself has power within its members to help black people. Why don't you guys go revive the NAACP so that it can stop being an organizati­on people call only when they want to get out of jail or a noose or need something to Buppy up the resume. What about the Urban League? We throw more parties through these organizati­ons. Maybe we should start using them for its intended use. Where is that Black Agenda? I saw it once but it is an actual document that is useable.

We have completed one section of goals by electing Barack Obama president. Now it is time to move on to another segment of goals set long ago. It's okay, White people don't care if we use it now. They're lost and tired of driving too. WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING BESIDES POINT FINGERS AND BLAME AND IGNORE OUR COMMUNITY. We spend more time worried about other folks issues and not enough on our own. During Barack's campaign was the first time I actually felt the black community breathe again since the Black Power Movement of the 1970s. I'll help if you need it.

Casey Anthony Verdict Splits Nation; Overwhelmed Moms Misunderstood - Yahoo! News

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