BNN had a show on up here recently on different rules and caveats for Canadian buyers of US real estate. seemed like a lot more i's to dot and t's to cross for a foreigner to think about.. including taxation than buying here.
Who said the government is afraid to release a bad jobs report because the stock market might throw a hissy fit? Of course if the market is closed for a holiday than I guess they will be a little less hesitant. Lee Adler last night predicted the low jobs gain. wallstreetexaminer.com
Sick of the BLS propaganda? Then do the following calculation with us: using BLS data, the US civilian non-institutional population was 242,269 in January, an increase of 1.7 million month over month: apply the long-term average labor force participation rate of 65.8% to this number (because as chart 2 below shows, people are not retiring as the popular propaganda goes: in fact labor participation in those aged 55 and over has been soaring as more and more old people have to work overtime, forget retiring), and you get 159.4 million: that is what the real labor force should be. The BLS reported one? 154.4 million: a tiny 5 million difference. Then add these people who the BLS is purposefully ignoring yet who most certainly are in dire need of labor and/or a job to the 12.758 million reported unemployed by the BLS and you get 17.776 million in real unemployed workers. What does this mean? That using just the BLS denominator in calculating the unemployed rate of 154.4 million, the real unemployment rate actually rose in January to 11.5%. Compare that with the BLS reported decline from 8.5% to 8.3%. It also means that the spread between the reported and implied unemployment rate just soared to a fresh 30 year high of 3.2%. And that is how with a calculator and just one minute of math, one strips away countless hours of BLS propaganda.
You have lived under an illusion Lz. < for over 40 yrs i've entertained the notion God Himself paid this planet a visit and wasn't well received. > If there is a Big Spook doing the rounds, with the powers ascribed to him, [apparently a bloke but I have no idea why he'd be a bloke if he doesn't have a sex partner and mating needs other than the old alpha male monkey approach to human life], I'm pretty sure he could visit more than once. He could produce thousands of such messengers, every year. Try crucifying all of them.
Any sensible child will take the image of Jesus nailed up as a warning of what will happen to them if they put a foot wrong. Who did it? The Roman Empire and those in power. The state. People who lust after pre-eminent power of the state are megalomaniacs who will kill those who oppose them. They dress themselves up in laws of the land and other paraphernalia of power, but it's simply power they want.
Peer to peer processing is getting another chance these days. This is nothing less than the Second Coming. People around the world are bypassing governments and going directly from person to person via Cyberspace. China is working really hard to get control and keep a lid on it. The Land of the Free is far from it these days. It's not so much the Home of the Brave as the Cage of the Compliant. In the "free" world, freedom is increasingly circumscribed.
"Look what we will do to you" is the message of Easter.
Praise the Lord and pass the money, er, I mean, pass the gravy, you dumb turkey.
I never cease to be amazed by people's naivete and gullibility. On the other hand, consider the inexorable pressure that a time share sales team can bring to bear once they lock the doors to the 4-hr free breakfast session. Imagine what a "pastor" in a position of trust can do to sheep, er, I mean, his flock.
... and i find it interesting that you would equate Jesus Christ with "a Big Spook doing the rounds..."
fwiw .. i was once a sensible child raised in a pagan home with very little exposure to the image of Jesus nailed on a cross but i can tell you that the very little exposure i had to Christianity in my youth never instilled the ominous as you suggest. even as pagans we sang Christian hymns at Christmas and i kinda got the idea from them that for some odd reason ---> God loves the world and that the birth had something to do with God's love.
prior to 18 years of age i think i had ~3 experiences of being in church. the one i most distinctly recall was around age 8 when on an Easter Sunday morning i decided to get up and go to the church that was 2 doors from our house.
i was in a class with several other children and the teacher was talking about the ladies who went to visit the grave where Christ was buried. he asked me if i knew what they found.
i had NO CLUE.
that was the first time i can recall being informed that the gospel story is one of Jesus Christ rising from the dead.
later in life i came to embrace the RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST from the dead and its implications for all mankind as 'THE MESSAGE OF EASTER"