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Labor Union Strikes Shut Down South Africa
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 09:33 PM

Labor union thugs in South Africa have launched nationwide work stoppages to halt the rise of South Africa's emerging economy.

According to the BBC News, "Work has stopped at some of the world's biggest platinum mines, as thousands of South African workers have gone on strike demanding a huge pay rise."

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Houston Suburbs Crime Watch: Beer Thieves Raid Garages
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 07:57 PM

Why ask why? Beer thieves in the Houston suburb of Friendswood have allegedly engaged in nightly raids of garages to loot beer and liquour.

The Houston Chronicle: "Somebody has been breaking into Friendswood-area garages to swipe beer and liquor from refrigerators since October, according to Friendswood police. Friendswood Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Price said the last reported beer theft was Monday, in the 1100 block of Glenshannon."

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1/3 Mass. Social Workers, Not Certified
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 02:27 AM

 Many Massachusetts residents take pride in voting for Democrat Party elected officials. Well, they are learning the hard way that you get what you vote for. Over one-third of the State's social workers, who are responsible for protecting the safety of children, do not meet the minimum requirements to do their jobs.

The Boston Herald reports that, "More than one-third of social workers at the Department of Children and Families are not licensed to practice in their field, failing to meet basic state standards for experience, training and education, the embattled agency admitted last night.

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Chinese Media Admits GDP Numbers not Reliable
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 01:45 AM

BEIJING:  As more and more statisticians are raising doubts on the accuracy of China's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures, the Chinese State-owned media has disclosed that yes indeed, Chinese officials are using fuzzy math to calculate economic numbers.

Accoring to Xinhua News Agency, "One plus one equals two. But it's not always the case, especially when you are talking about the calculating of local and national gross domestic product (GDP) data in China."

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Flexibility? Obama Offers US Warships and Fighter Jets to Putin
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 12:48 AM

So let's talk about that so-called 'Reset on Russia.' President Barack Obama offered Russian President Vladimr Putin an opportunity to utilize US warships and fighter jets during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. However, Putin refused to accept it.

The Moscow Times reports that, "As the U.S. expressed concern over the safety of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and offered to send its own warships to assist in case of a terrorist threat, observers said that cooperation between U.S. and Russian security agencies on the matter is not much more than a formality."

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Argentina to Smack Down on e-Commerce
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina is now blaming the nation's economic malaise on the thriving e-commerce business.

According to the BBC News, "Argentina has introduced new restrictions on online shopping as part of efforts to stop foreign currency reserves from falling any further."

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US Marines to Recruit Islamists with Bin Laden Beards
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jan 22, 2014, 07:53 PM

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is telling the US Armed Forces to recruit radical Islamists, who look similar to the slain terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

The BBC News reports that, "The US military is easing its uniform rules to allow religious wear including turbans, skullcaps, beards and tattoos, officials have said. Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Wiccan soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen can now request exemptions to strict military uniform and grooming policies."

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Gov. Walker Pledges Major Tax Cuts for Wisconsin Homeowners
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jan 21, 2014, 11:24 PM

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a Republican, has dramatically cut State spending during his term in office. Accordingly, Wisconsin will enjoy a surplus from tax revenues and the governor has pledged to offer substantial tax cuts for Wisconsin residents.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that, "Typical homeowners would see their property and income taxes drop by about $150 a year, under a $504 million plan that Gov. Scott Walker will spell out Wednesday in his "state of the state" address. Walker's plan, detailed to reporters Tuesday in his Capitol office, would tap into some of the $911.9 million in unexpected tax collections to trim $406 million from property taxes and $98 million from income taxes over the next 18 months."



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