Friday, September 7, 2012

Indiana Jones and The Raiders of The Lost Ark in IMAX

It's time to get really excited.

Starting tonight, through Thursday, Indiana Jones and The Raiders of The Lost Ark is in IMAX theaters, everywhere.

Yes, the first Indiana Jones movie is returning to the screen on a limited release.

The movie introduces archaeology professor Jones, and we'll follow him as he searches for the lost ark of the covenant.

He must stop the Nazis from gaining it's ultimate power, to do so he'll show himself to be a true adventurer fighting for the power of good.

Man Texts Police Offering Meth

A man in Idaho sent out a text asking if anyone know of anyone looking for drugs.

He was looking to pool money so that a bulk buy could be arranged.

However he made one error, one of the number's he texted was a wrong number.

That number belonged to a Lewiston police officer, who at first thought it was a joke text from another officer.

Once the officer proved it wasn't from a colleague, he set up a meet, offering $150 to get in on a meth purchase.

At the meet, on Wednesday, police arrested thirty-seven year old Aaron D. Templeton on conspiracy to purchase meth.

Preview: Atlas Shrugged Part II

Atlas Shrugged fans don't have much longer to wait, it's just over a month away til the second part is out.

It's been over a year since the first part came out and we saw that the world had developed to a place where government was trying to regulate every bit of business.

Unemployment has hit twenty-four percent as gas goes over forty-two dollars a gallon.

The world's brightest minds have been disappearing as the energy crisis hits deadly levels.

Now the government has completely taken over copyrights and frozen wages.

As they do this, Dagny Taggart, COO of Taggart Transcontinental discovers a possible answer, a prototype of a static electricity motor, however without it's creator, it's useless.

Taggart must find the maker, before she and the device are taken by the government, and of course she is trying to figure out, "Who is John Galt?".
Atlas Shrugged Part II hits theaters October 12.

Blue to Gold: ARMY Pfc. Shane W. Cantu

ARMY Pfc. Shane W. Cantu, 20, of Corunna, Mich., died Aug. 28, in Charkh, Afghanistan.

Army Pfc. Shane W. Cantu, 20, died August 28, in Charkh, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by shrapnel from an explosion, according to the Department of Defense.

Cantu was assigned to 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy.

The Detroit Free Press reports Cantu, a Michigan native, was killed when a bomb thrown over a base wall by insurgents exploded.

Cantu had been in Afghanistan just a month when he died, according to the Free Press.

Denver Police Peacefully End Hostage Situation

Denver police responded to a shooting where two shooters had taken a hostage in a robbery gone wrong. SWAT and a Crisis Negotiation Team were eventually able to end the situation peacefully.

It all occurred at the Radio Shack at 5305 E Colfax Avenue. Police closed the intersection of Colfax and Glencoe, as well as sections of both streets during the incident.

People claiming to be friends of one of the the gunmen, said that nineteen year old's brother was recently killed in a standoff with Aurora police, and that he feared the same would happen to him in this standoff. He posted on Facebook asking friends and families to call him, to say their goodbyes.

Police escorted any employees and customers out of the neighboring businesses, after searching them. Denver Public Schools placed Palmer Elementary, Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment, Teller Elementary, and Park Hill Elementary on lockdown.

Much credit is being given to the Denver Police Department in their handling of the whole incident.

Schools Tracking Students

Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas has announced that they will be tracking their students, from now on.

Tracking chips have been placed inside all student IDs and the district says that it will make the schools safer.
"Northside ISD is harnessing the power of radio frequency identification technology (RFID) to make schools safer, know where our students are while at school, increase revenues, and provide a general purpose “smart” ID card. Parents entrust us with their children and expect that we always know where their children are; this technology will help us do that."
Jay High School and Jones Middle School will be the test grounds for the new system.

It is expected that the new system will make it easier to keep students from ditching classes.

School district officials hope that the higher numbers will bring in extra federal funding for the district.
"Through more efficient attendance management, schools can generate additional revenues by identifying students who are not in their seats during roll call but who are in the school and locate them."
Many parents and students are upset over the decision, feeling that it is a violation of civil rights.

The school district promises that the IDs will only work on campus.

At Least Sixty-Four Killed in Chinese Quakes

At least sixty-four people have been killed in China after several quakes have rocked the southwest of the country.

The original 5.6 quake has been followed by over sixty after shocks, causing landslides and felling buildings, injuring thousands.

Rescue efforts have been hampered by the landslides which have obstructed roads throughout the mountainous area of the Guizhou and Yunnan provinces.

Electricity and phones have been knocked out in the area, keeping authorities from being able to communicate.

Rescue workers, that have been able to reach destruction scenes, are combing through rubble in search of victims, and aiding those they find.

Canada Severs Diplomatic Relations With Iran

Canada has announced the severing of diplomatic ties with Iran.

They have closed their embassy in Tehran.

Foreign Minister Baird announced Friday morning that "diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended."

He went on further to call Iran "the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today".

All Iranian diplomatic staff will be expelled, within the next five days.

Analysis of August Jobless Numbers

The latest economic status report and unemployment numbers are out. In August, unemployment dropped, slightly, to 8.1%. Again, on the surface, that appears as good news. However, workforce participation also dropped, meaning that decline in unemployment was, again, due to people leaving the workforce. That means that the net jobs "created" was near zero if not negative.

We now have the smallest workforce participation in the history of tracking the participation rate. If we had the workforce participation we had on January 1, 2009, the unemployment rate would be 11.2% with a much higher U6 rate, near 23%. 

The news on the workforce participation rates raises curiosity about any correlation to SSDI recipients. In previous months, the decreased participation rate had a proportionate increase in SSDI applications, mostly due to "mental disabilities". If the trend holds, it indicates that more and more Americans have been severely depressed, to the point of chronic mental disorder, by the current administration. That could lead one to wonder if the federal politicians in office could be sued for "mental anguish". In any case, it indicates an even further strain on taxpayers, since Social Security is already nearly bankrupt.

In addition, both the June and July numbers were revised to higher than initially reported. This is the consistent trend we have seen since January 20, 2009. As bad as the numbers are, next month or the month after, we will find they were actually worse than first reported.

The reported increase in jobs created or personnel hired resided mostly in the food service profession. In other words, more people were hired to serve fast food or as waitresses and dishwashers. Most of those jobs are part-time and qualify as "under employment". Those taking those jobs are listed as "marginally attached to the labor force".

The unemployment rate of personnel with a Bachelors' Degree or higher is still hovering around 4.1%, which is what the overall unemployment rate should be, while the rate for that demographic should be closer to 2.5%. 

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans' unemployment remains near 11% with workforce participation decreasing at a more rapid rate than the civilian sector's rate. This means more and more veterans are giving up even seeking employment because the potential for employment looks dim. This is despite the incentives to hire veterans imposed by the federal government under the same bills that the IAVA praised as "positive" for veterans issues. If they were positive, they would have worked. They are failing. This is not how we take care of those who put their lives on the line to protect this great republic.

So what does this all mean? It means, in reality, we have even fewer adult citizens employed. It means that the current economic conditions set by federal regulations and tax codes, to include Obamacare, are motivating private companies to shrink their human capital. Those few companies that are expanding are hiring overqualified people into part-time positions normally held by teenagers. That means fewer opportunities for high school and college students to earn a wage and defray the costs of their education.

This is the "hope and change" that Obama built during his tenure in office. Is this what his voters want?

Original article and further commentary at Mental Aikido