Friday, August 30, 2013

Weather, New Normal, Heatwaves

Insurance Industry Funds Research to Quantify the "New Normal" of ...
Wall Street Journal
Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), a Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) company, announced today that its scientists have begun a new emerging ...

Extreme heatwaves are predicted as the new normal for British ...
The Independent
Global temperatures are climbing so rapidly that by 2040 Britain will spend up to a fifth of its summer months in an extreme heatwave, a new report warns...

The Independent

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Washington DC, New Normal, Fiscal Chaos

New normal returns to DC this fall: Fiscal chaos
Congress is headed into its summer recess without a deal on a federal budget, paving the way for a big showdown between Republicans and Democrats and a ...

"New normal" so normal, some media no longer all that interested
Record-Searchlight (blog)
Back in the late 70s when I still had hair and youth, I was an aspiring journalist thinking I might have a career in the Fourth Estate when -- in a moment of ...

Richmond Hill residents try to find new normal nine months after ...
Since the tragedy nine months ago, residents are returning to a new normal. Homes that were once demolished are rebuilt, the 'For Sale' signs are slowly being ...

Senior execs ponder sequestration: 'Is this the new normal?'
Imagine putting the best and the brightest senior executives in a room and asking them to share their thoughts on the biggest problem facing the SES today, ...

More (or less) with less, the new normal?
Doing more with less seems to be the new normal. Many federal agencies and private sector operations have tightened their belts with mixed results for their ...

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Deconstructing the New Normal

Deconstructing the New Normal
This conclusion, contained in a report titled "U.S. future isn't what it used to be," expands on themes previously voiced in the notion of the "New Normal" ....

NASA: Climate change means 'new normal' for wildfires
This is the “new normal,” said Doug Morton, research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. We need to be “planning for a warmer and ...

Short sale become nation's “new normal”
Short sale become nation's “new normal”. Six years ago, short sales were a rare ...

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Friday, August 23, 2013

New Normal, ObamaCare Killing Full-Time Jobs

Susan Collins and Joe Donnelly: ObamaCare's Definition of a Full-Time Job - "In Lafayette, Ind., a school district cut the hours of 200 support staff to no more than 29 per week. In Bangor, Maine, the school system is preparing to track and cap the number of hours worked by substitute teachers to ensure that they don't work more than 29 hours a week. Elsewhere, in Portland, Maine, a small business reduced a part-time employee's hours from 35 to 29. We are hearing reports like this from across the country. Why is this happening? It's happening because under the Affordable Care Act a "full-time employee" is defined as anyone working an average of 30 hours a week, rather than the traditionally accepted 40-hour work week. Employers with more than 50 full-time employees or full-time equivalents will be required to provide their employees with health insurance or potentially face a financial penalty, essentially a fine."

The Great Obamacare Workforce Exodus: "The US desperately needs to restart its job-creation machine in order to put millions of sidelined workers back in the workforce, but Washington is instead making it more expensive to hire and making regulation and cost less predictable with its reactionary and arbitrary changes to statutory law. Congress and the White House need to shelve the ACA and come up with a plan that streamlines regulation and cost so that businesses can hire full time employees rather than part-time temps."

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: An Analysis of July Employment Numbers 1955 to 2013; Full-Time Employment Down Over 5 Million Since 2007: "Full time employment is actually now 5.17 million below the 2007 level. Total employment is 2.2 million below the 2007 level in spite of 13 million more people of working age." (read more at link above)

Obamacare Will Foster A Part-Time Jobs Bonanza For Our Limp Economy - Forbes: "There’s ample evidence that the Obama Administration and most advocates of ObamaCare suspected this would happen; they intended to blame premium hikes on “greedy insurers,” then run them out of business after imposing profit-killing price controls, paving the way for their final solution: a “single payer” (fully nationalized) health care system. But the premium-hike shocks have arrived earlier than the ObamaCare pushers initially expected. They didn’t know insurers plan ahead. Fearing only a possible electoral fallout, Mr. Obama last month delayed the law’s implementation until 2015 – after the 2014 mid-term elections."

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Boston Bombing, a Marathoner Comeback, New Normal (video)

A Marathon Comeback: "After the bomb blast at the Boston Marathon that took most of his legs, Jeff Bauman began his own long and painful journey."

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Gross Sees New Normal Intact Amid 7.5% Unemployment

Gross Sees New Normal Intact Amid 7.5% Unemployment: Tom Keene
Mohamed El-Erian, who serves as co-chief investment officer with Gross at Newport Beach, California-based Pimco, coined the term “new normal” in 2009 to describe an era of lower returns, heightened government regulation and shrinking U.S. clout in the ...

The New " Normal " - Analyst Blog
The New "Normal" - Analyst Blog · Jobless Claims Fall to 5-year Low - Real Time Insight · Sell in May and Go Away? - Real Time Insight. Referenced Stocks ...

A 'New New Normal'
Seeking Alpha
What would a New New Normal look like? 1. After more than a decade-long demand pushed market, commodity prices are supply driven. The message on the state of the global economy is no longer straightforward (see copper prices disconnecting with ...

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Private Equity, Flexibility, and The New Normal

Private Equity: Flexibility Is The New Normal
Financier Worldwide
Firms are beginning to become accustomed to the idea of a “new normal”. This paradigm shift moves beyond the notion that the economy will be “weaker for longer” and that we will see “generally slow growth amid greater uncertainty than in the past”. In ...

Contractors and contracting are the “new normal”, APSCo guide shows clients
Contractor Calculator
The guide contains a collection of themed articles focusing on the benefits of contractors and other flexible knowledge workers, providing insights into the value contractors bring to the UK economy. Guidance is also provided on what clients and ...

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Obama's New Normal McJobs

The Only Jobs Obama is Creating Are Low Paying McJobs
FrontPage Magazine
The headline numbers for the May jobs report are about what you would expect for a New Normaleconomy stuck in 2% growth mode: 175,000 net new jobs last month, the unemployment rate ticking up to 7.6%. No broad signs of acceleration; just the ...

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Homeland insecurity and our new normal

Homeland insecurity: What is our new normal?
The Boston Marathon attacks reignited the debate about the balance between civil liberties and security. According to a CNN/TIME poll, 63% of Americans fear terrorists will always find a way to launch a major attack, no matter what the government does.

TAUBE: Rejecting terror's 'new normal'
Washington Times
In an interview with Newsmax, the former CIA and National Security Agency director made this astonishing comment about the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings: “This regrettably, if it does turn out to be al Qaeda-based terrorism, might be the new normal.

Businesses adjust to a 'new normal'
"They appear to be adjusting to the 'new normal' and accepting that massive growth or profit margins are not necessarily realistic, at least not without a change in focus or significant investment," PwC national managing partner for private clients ...

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Smartphone fatigue may become the new normal

Smartphone fatigue may become the new normal
Smartphone fatigue may become the new normal. Summary: When software updates come regularly, the need for new smartphone hardware diminishes. Have smartphones lost their juice? Larry Dignan. By Larry Dignan for Between the Lines | June 10, 2013 ...

Phone record fury just one sign of how privacy is a thing of the past
Charlotte Observer
WASHINGTON Welcome to the new normal, the U.S. national security state that's grown like mad since the 9/11 terrorist attacks nearly a dozen years ago. Personal privacy has shrunk. Government secrecy has grown. Law enforcement intrusions are ...

Why Radical is the New Normal: Get Apocalyptic
American Muslim
Why Radical is the New Normal: Get Apocalyptic. by Robert Jensen. Feeling anxious about life in a broken-down society on a stressed-out planet? That's hardly surprising: Life as we know it is almost over. While the dominant culture encourages ...

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Are you normal when it comes to love and sex?

Are you normal when it comes to love, sex?
CBS News
Pepper Schwartz, a Yale sociologist and co-author with Chrisanna Northrup and Harvard sociologist James Witte of "The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and What They Reveal About Creating a New Normal in Your Relationship," said ...(read more at link above)

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Libertarian becomes a new normal

Libertarian becomes a new normal
The Commentator
The digital revolution is changing politics in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways. MPs are becoming more accountable. The two and a half party system is on the wane. Out of touch pundits in SW1 are losing their ability to define opinion. But, as I ...

The new normal. Do you get it?
As co-author, with Neela Bettridge, of the new book, New Normal, Radical Shift, I'm firmly in the latter camp. But I can't deny that sometimes, I find that the learning is missed or partial; that there is a nod towards 'creating shared value', as ...

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Bubble Economy now the New Normal For the American Way

Evidence Of A Bubble Economy: The 'New Normal' For The American Way
Seeking Alpha
The dilemma I faced as I sat down to write my blog post was whether I should concentrate my effort on the New York Times article "Behind the Rise in House Prices, Wall Street Buyers" or whether I should focus on the Wall Street Journal article "Weak ...

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