Sun
Jan 4 2015
04:27 pm

I'm not sure why city council would prefer empty buildings (like the former Rio/CVS) to payday loan storefronts ...

In any case, here's David Harvey's exposition (at a conference in Rio, coincidentally) on trickle-up economics. It's an hour, and worth a watch.

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Sun
Jan 4 2015
10:17 am

Understanding teacher absences: Overall numbers show decline, but some schools, days see increases

Lydia McCoy at the Knoxville News Sentinel took a look at teacher absentee numbers for the last three school years plus the first semester of the 2014-2015 school year thru December 2nd. The website has a nice, sortable database of all schools.

I'd be very curious to know how that Friday before fall break absence spike compares when regressed back before the recently shortened fall break. Also a per capita absence rate to smooth out the range of teacher populations per school would be an appropriate treatment of the raw data.

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Sat
Jan 3 2015
04:13 pm

The News Sentinel is reporting that President Obama and Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will visit the Knoxville area next Friday (Jan. 9th) to talk about higher education and also manufacturing jobs. No other details available at this time...

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Sat
Jan 3 2015
03:47 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

on Kickstarter

515 backers
$50,056 pledged of $50,000 goal
7 days to go

Kickstarter and Amazon (credit processor) will take around 8% of the total, or $4000. Now there's a good business model ...

If your project is successfully funded, Kickstarter will apply a 5% fee to the funds raised, and Amazon will apply credit card processing fees (about 3-5%). If funding isn't successful, there are no fees.

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Sat
Jan 3 2015
11:55 am

April

In financial news, India edges ahead of Japan to become the world’s third-largest economy in purchasing power, behind Jay-Z and Beyoncé. General Motors, in what analysts view as a shrewd tactical move, announces that it is recalling 435,000 Fords.

Dave Barry's Year in Review...

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Civil Forfeiture in Tennessee. Might be of interest to watch.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates...
One-Hour Special Reviews 'Policing For Profit' Investigation

Tennessee makes national media
NC5 Investigation Featured On HBO Show

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Fri
Jan 2 2015
12:54 pm

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Knox Co. students with a library card can get free online tutoring thanks to a Knox Co. Public Library program. More info in the press release after the break...

Continued...

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Fri
Jan 2 2015
11:25 am

As part of her Yahoo turnaround effort, CEO Marissa Mayer has reportedly been shopping around for a cable network to buy. Sources say one of the properties under consideration was Knoxville based Scripps Networks Interactive, home of HGTV, Food Network and other lifestyle media brands.

Continued...

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Fri
Jan 2 2015
09:57 am

The December Jimmy Duncan newsletter has some real whoppers in it, but my candidate in the "Guess the Biggest Whopper" implied competition (he can't be serious, can he?) is this item from the first page:

"There is a great turnover in elective office today [more] than almost any time in our history."

Uh, no. Not even close. The re-election rate for Congress in this last election was 95%. The re-election rate for Governors was 66.41% from 1948-59. In 2010-13 it was running 87.5%. Ballotpedia had some good numbers on state legislative races. In this last election 6057 seats were up. Some 1011 incumbents retired; only 130 were defeated at the ballot box. Nationwide the incumbent re-election rate ran at 87.1%.

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Thu
Jan 1 2015
06:14 pm

Some of the regulars around here probably know how much it pisses me off when some sumbitch rips off my brother's tapes.
I stumbled across a new one (to me) today, and it's absolutely wonderful. Best use of John's voice I've ever heard.
John would totally get it.

(link...)

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Thu
Jan 1 2015
01:03 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Best wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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Wed
Dec 31 2014
09:24 pm

from CNN ...

The Dow finished the year up 7.5%, the S&P 500 rose 11.4%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq soared 13.4%.

This was the third straight year that the popular S&P 500 Index scored double-digit gains. We haven't seen that kind of a winning streak since the late 1990s.

The bottom line is that stocks moved higher because the U.S. economy just kept getting stronger, and corporate profits grew with it.

The bull market lives: Stocks rise 11.4% in 2014

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Wed
Dec 31 2014
07:18 pm

from CNN ...

Evidence is mounting that the U.S. economy is kicking into high gear.

Gross domestic product soared 5% on an annual basis in the third quarter...

Growth came across the board with business investment, consumer spending, housing, exports and government spending all showing signs of strength.

US economy grows incredible 5%

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Wed
Dec 31 2014
06:43 pm

Local writer/activist David Garrett Jr. posted an alleged prank warning on Pastebin that the same group who hacked Sony was coming after CNN. "You have 24 hours to give us the Wolf," the message concluded.

The FBI picked up on the "threat" and issued a nationwide bulletin. Several media outlets reported on the bulletin before Garrett claimed responsibility, saying it was just a joke.

As noted by Business Insider, "If the FBI published a security bulletin based on anonymous and unauthenticated internet posts, that's going to make it more difficult for people to believe its other claims," an apparent reference to FBI assertions that the Sony hacks originated in North Korea.

Homeland Security Writer Takes Credit for CNN Threat: ‘It Was a Joke’

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Wed
Dec 31 2014
12:44 pm

The comet Lovejoy is presently passing through the constellation Orion and will be visible tonight with binoculars. Within the next few nights it will appear higher and higher in the nighttime sky.

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Wed
Dec 31 2014
10:13 am

A South Knox County woman was stuck under her car for eight hours yesterday. Luckily, her daughter from Texas was checking up on her and called the local sheriff when she could not get in touch with her mother. The woman was rescued and taken to the hospital. Hopefully she will will recover.

Winter is a tough time for everyone. Not that this incident is unique to winter weather. Please, keep an eye out for family and friends that live alone.

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Tue
Dec 30 2014
09:46 pm

In the 1980s Back to the Future movie series, Marty McFly landed in 2015. And here we are. Still no flying cars, or any cars powered by flux capacitors for that matter. But at least Michael J. Fox is still on TV, and my underwear still says "Calvin Klein" on it. And we're a little bit closer to hoverboards.

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Tue
Dec 30 2014
07:30 am

Twenty states and the District of Columbia are raising minimum wage at the first of the new year. Twenty-nine states will have minimum wages above the federal minimum of $7.25.

Tennessee is one of five states with no minimum wage law. All five of these state are in the South (Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi).

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Tue
Dec 30 2014
01:54 am

Is there any sort of program that provides personal finance, and/or nutrition counseling for the poor, homeless population?

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