Posts Tagged ‘2012’

Flashback: The Treasury Department yesterday revised its loss estimate for the Government Motors bailout from $14.33 billion to $23.6 billion.

http://reason.com/blog/2011/11/17/treasury-admits-what-everybody-already-k

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THIS IS A BAD THING, WATCH AND PASS ON NOW. WE NEED TO SHUT THIS DOWN LIKE WE DID SOPA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8FzkVRh7Ck

Monday, January 23, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Food commodity prices have been on the rise over the past two years, which means food retailers, vendors, and restauranteurs have had to figure out creative ways to absorb these added costs while still offering quality products that their customers can afford. But it looks like 2012 will be a definitive year where these costs are directly passed on to consumers, as a new survey indicates that most restaurants will be raising their menu prices this year.

Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) recently released its 2012 Restaurant Operators Survey, which includes data on pricing strategies from more than 150 restaurant respondents. The report explains that 67 percent of restauranteurs plan to raise their menu prices this year, while 64 percent say they will specifically raise their prices between one and three percent.

Of those who said they would raise their prices, 31 percent said they would raise them as high as six percent. And six percent of those who said they would raise their prices indicated that they would do so by more than six percent. Only two percent of respondents said they planned to lower their menu prices.

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Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Money insider Charles Ortel has warned that a worsening economic picture across the globe will see civil unrest hit the streets of America, not on behalf of leftist OWS types, but by an armed, “irascible and vocal Majority”.

Ortel, a managing partner with Newport Value Partners, LLC in New York City, predicts that a failure of the so-called financial recovery will precipitate “A painful re-calibration of economic strength and geo-political standing during 2012 in the midst of widespread civil insurrection and cross-border war.”

Noting that Americans’ access to firearms will cause such riots to be bloodier than anything seen in Europe, Ortel predicts that a contented and silent Majority will be turned into “an irascible and vocal Majority,” as a result of numerous macro-economic and geo-political threats facing the country, including the collapse of the euro, the bursting of the financial bubble in China, and the looming debt crisis, all of which will contribute to weak economic growth.

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AFP RELAXNEWS
Monday, January 16 2012
Though you may feel full leaving the restaurant, your wallet is likely to feel lighter this year, as menu prices across the US are expected to rise in 2012.

According to industry publication Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN), a second straight year of rising commodity costs will force restaurant chains to pass on higher food costs to consumers by hiking up menu prices.

Coffee lovers have already been hit by price hikes this year, with Starbucks raising prices an average of about one percent in cities like New York, Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas, and Albuquerque.

More than 150 restaurant operators participated in the survey, 67 percent of whom said they would be increasing prices in 2012. Of those respondents, 64 percent said the price hikes would range between 1 and 3 percent; 31 percent said they would hike prices between 4 to 6 percent; and six percent said they plan to raise prices by more than 6 percent.

Meanwhile, despite the uptick in prices, restaurant operators cited value pricing as their menu’s main focus this year. That was followed by improved food quality, the use of local or seasonal items, lower-cost food items and bold and spicy flavors.

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Facebook announced yesterday that “every post and comment — both public and private — by a U.S. user that mentions a presidential candidate’s name will be fed through a sentiment analysis tool that spits out anonymized measures of the general U.S. Facebook population.”

This analysis, along with reader polls and other information, will in turn be shared with politico.com.

The brief announcement of this new feature raises serious questions and offers few answers. Most troubling is Facebook’s willingness to search and collect users’ private political preferences and thoughts, preferences they may have shared only with their closest friend in a private email.

This raises at least three concerns. The first is that many users may not want to be part of any “sentiment analysis” or poll.

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by Jason Mick

Gary Shapiro pulls no punches in alleging federal bribery, anti-business politics

At a Tuesday morning Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) keynote of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Electronics Association, did not waste much time in getting down to business, talking about serious issues.

Alluding to the upcoming Orwellian “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) (H.R. 3261), a visibly furious Mr. Shapiro commented, “[SOPA is championed by] politicians who are proudly unfamiliar with how the internet works, but who are well familiar with favors from well-heeled copyright extremists.”

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