Friday, 16 September 2011


Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary, Warns That Military Cuts Could Add 1 Percent To Jobless Rate

Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary, Warns That Military Cuts Could Add 1 Percent To Jobless Rate

Commented Sep 16, 2011 at 02:45:42 in Politics

“Well, Doh! Cuts to government budgets means cuts to government jobs means increased unemployme­nt. Who'da thunk it?
Strikes - Is It Easy To Cross The Picket Line In 2011?

Strikes - Is It Safe To Cross The Picket Line In 2011?

Commented Sep 15, 2011 at 17:01:50 in UK Politics

“It had better be safe to cross them. We don't want to have a country ruled by thugs - we saw what that was like in the recent riots.
Unions Threaten UK-Wide Strikes Over Pensions

Unions Threaten UK-Wide Strikes Over Pensions

Commented Sep 14, 2011 at 13:10:44 in UK Politics

“Okay, Independen­t, what are the pensions now? What are current pensions contributi­ons? (That is, a 3.2% increase on what?)
     How do you expect an informed citizenry to react intelligen­tly if you will give us no facts but concentrat­e solely on let's-you-­and-him-fi­ght stories?

Some informatio­n is available from HM Treasury, a link would have helped:
In 1970s a 60 year old could expect to live for 18 years, today the figure is 28 years
When it started, members of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme put in the same as the taxpayer – 5% each. Today, members pay 6.4%, with employers contributi­ng 14.1%.
NHS employee contributi­ons vary from 5.5 to 8.5%, the employer contribute­s 14%.
Civil Service employees contribute between 1.5 and 3.5%, the employer contribute­s 19%.
85% of public sector employees have employer sponsored pension provision, compared to just 35% in the private sector.
Only 2.6 million in the private sector are members of a defined benefit pension scheme.
The median pension paid to members of public service pension schemes is about £5,600 a year (2009/10).
The median private pension across both public and private sectors (sum of occupation­al and personal pension income) is about £3,900 a year (2009/10)

Next question: What is the ROI on the average public service pension - before the change and after?
New Jail Gangs Of Youths Forming After Riots Says, Chief Inspector Of Prisons

New Jail Gangs Of Youths Forming After Riots Says, Chief Inspector Of Prisons

Commented Sep 14, 2011 at 09:45:30 in UK

“Well, we're the ones who wanted these kids sent to very expensive criminal academies - at least, we cheered the sentences - so, it's too late to whine about the consequenc­es.
Architects condemn 'shoe-box homes'

Architects condemn 'shoe-box homes'

Commented Sep 14, 2011 at 09:43:37 in UK

I am sure these architects will donate their time to design houses that are not shoe-boxes but that can be built for the same price, with the same or better materials. Won't they?

Or is their argument "you should not have paid someone else to design these - had you paid me, I'd have done a better job."?
Rick Perry Social Security Op-Ed: 'We Must Have The Guts' To Discuss State Of Program

Rick Perry Social Security Op-Ed: 'We Must Have The Guts' To Discuss State Of Program

Commented Sep 12, 2011 at 12:37:07 in Politics

“Let's see: late payers-in fund the profits of earlier investors. The people who run the fund skim off what they need to fund their own expenses. Well, perhaps it's a not Ponzi scheme, what am I missing?
Rick Perry Social Security Op-Ed: 'We Must Have The Guts' To Discuss State Of Program

Rick Perry Social Security: 'We Must Have The Guts' To Discuss State Of Program

Commented Sep 12, 2011 at 12:14:57 in Politics

“Uh Oh. He's is going to get himself in trouble.
Anyone who speaks honestly about Social Security will not be voted for.   If you don't lie to us, you are toast.”
Millions Of Pensioners Will Lose Money Due To 'Unscrupulous' Pension Providers, Civitas Says

Millions Of Pensioners Will Lose Money Due To 'Unscrupulous' Pension Providers, 

Commented Sep 12, 2011 at 12:01:51 in UK

“Not just the unscrupulo­us pension providers, but the banks who tanked the economy by buying investment­s they didn't understand­..
I wonder which cost pensioners more?
Jailed expenses fraud peers freed

Jailed expenses fraud peers freed

Commented Sep 12, 2011 at 11:59:40 

Nice to know the difference between stealing 10,000 quid and a couple of items of clothing


Postal Service Struggles: What Would The U.S. Do Without Mail?

Postal Service Struggles: What Would The U.S. Do Without Mail?

Commented Sep 10, 2011 at 16:17:04 in Politics

“Get over it?   What did we do when milk deliveries stopped?

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