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Joe Wehry
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Lol. Loved these comments: "Nearly knocked over my cup of tea..." and thinking that EastEnders is a family show?! Seriously? Have you ever seen their Christmas episodes? Almost always a murder and, even worse, family fighting around the Christmas dinner table.

Besides, Max really is acting like a b@$+@®> You go, Carol! 
The BBC programme appeared to break strict broadcasting rules on using offensive language before 9pm when Carol, played by Lindsey Coulson, swore at the end of last night's episode.
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Are you a fan of the Sherlock series, Benedict Cumberbatch or Martin Freeman? Check out these mugs, pillows, iPhone cases and more with caricatures of the sleuths by UK artist Martin Jessup.
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On any given day, an estimated 1 in 25 patients in a U.S. hospital has an infection they picked up during their hospital stay, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. About 75,000 patients die annually as a result.
St. Petersburg General Hospital is among the nation's least effective hospitals at preventing infections, according to ratings released today by the magazine Consumer Reports.
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I think donating $50,000 to PeTA would be a step in the right direction. Or donate $50,000 to agencies there fighting hunger, or AIDS. If you have $50K to throw around, put it to good use instead of murder. Just a suggestion....
"Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion," Walter Palmer said.
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Time to go shopping! None of these cool interiors are in the US, so get out your air mile bonus points
The new Carousel of Light book emporium in Bucharest, Romania—Photo by Cosmin Dragomir As it turns out, not all stores have to be vanilla spaces chained inside sprawling malls. Take...
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OMG so many delicious recipes, where to start first? +sean conley​, dig in
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Favourite Sherlock item by Martin Jessup is this floor pillow. Check out the whole collection here : http://www.artrookie.co.uk/item.php?type=9&id=5533
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I'm going to explain, in simple terms, why raising the minimum wage DOES NOT hurt big business, but instead helps dramatically reduce poverty, and strengthen the middle-class: 

One thing that I have learned long ago, and have especially learned this lately after moving from Los Angeles to New England, is that the bottom line is not affected much by hiring more employees, and offering them higher salaries. Higher wages, and more American workers = a better country for all.

In California, where we had 40 million people, the average grocery trip for me would cost over $100. There were usually 1 or 2 registers open, long lines, and maybe 3-4 other employees in the store. These were overcrowded establishments that were understaffed with minimum wage workers. Neither the staff, nor the customer "makes out," in these conditions; even if a few dollars are being saved. The only one(s) that enjoy this, and actually do "make out," are the ones at the top.

In New England, in similar grocery stores that offer HIGHER wages, in areas that have a considerably smaller population, there are ALWAYS many more employees than there was in California. I rarely wait in line because several registers are always open. So i will go into a store with maybe 20 customers at any given time, and over 20 employees working higher wages than the overcrowded stores in Los Angeles. Think about that for a second. Somehow, the rich CEOs in these stores are able to survive... Why is that? 

The same could be said about fast food places like In-N-Out (which is sadly, not in New England). On an average visit to any major fast-food chain, there might be 2-4 employees making minimum wage; yet at In-N-Out, there is almost always an unusually high amount of workers, making an average salary of over $15 per hour. How are they able to survive if more employees and higher wages, "kill jobs?" 

The answer is simple: greed hinders our progress as a society. In also creates the need for the ultra-wealthy in this country to make the story about fear (losing jobs), rather than income inequality. Many Americans are so afraid to go against big business, that they feel the only way for us to make it, is to accept that the ultra wealthy should make all of the wealth in this country. Perhaps someday that wealth will trickle down on us! Let me tell you, that's not wealthy trickling down...

Anyway, I'll break down some hypothetical numbers for you. I like discussing things in terms of numbers because as you review the numbers, you start making connections and understanding the truth, beyond value-laden statements based on the observers personal viewpoint.

Keep in mind that I have worked as a Marketing Director and business consultant for many years, and have been responsible for analyzing company profits, company budgets, sales forecasts, etc. With that in mind, here is a fairly easy example to review, and share with your conservative friends and family:

I am using a grocery store as an example: If 100 people spend an average of $100 in a store in 1 hour, that is $10,000 in sales for that store in 1 hour. Lets say the store has 20 employees, and pays them $15 an hour. Now, lets add taxes, health costs, and raise that figure to $30 an hour. Multiply that $30 an hour with 20 employees, and that equals to $600 an hour in labor costs.

Now subtract another 50% for goods, and 10% for other incurred costs, that leaves the store with $3600 in profits, per hour; which is $43, 200 per an average 12 hour day, and $1.2 million in profits for an average 30 day period. Keep in mind these are VERY conservative figures. Visit your local grocery store and review how many people come and go, and you will be surprised at how many leave per hour with several bags of groceries.

Now, starting over, most minimum wage workers are getting paid under $8 an hour, and don't have employer-paid healthcare... How is that right for those employees? How is that right for the customers of these establishments? Lastly, how is that right for America? Simple answer: It's not. So the question is, *why pay American workers so little, when the ultra-wealthy could still be ultra wealthy while paying them more?"

The ultra wealthy in this country control the dialog it seems; especially with people on the right; that are so concerned with Adam and Steve, or some woman having an abortion, at the sake of ensuring their own friends and family will make less, and have less enjoyment out of life. People often assume that raising the wages, or hiring more American workers will be the end of all jobs as we know it; and the simple fact is, this is not true at all. In fact, the more Americans that do well, the more we will spend, and create a wealthier country.

Wait a minute! If paying workers more, and hiring more Americans to do jobs that we are currently shipping over seas will help the workers, and keep everyone more wealthy than they are now, why would corporations fight that? Simple: because of power and greed. The stronger the middle-class, the more likely we are to participate in the political process; The more likely we are to elect politicians that serve our needs; keep are taxes fair, and benefit the average American.

So, keeping wages low has nothing to do with saving jobs, and everything to do with maintaining control over the people so that the ultra-wealthy can maintain their lifestyle. The right-wing politicians serve the ultra wealthy, and don't want you to worry about your brother Joe, or your Sister Maggie, who only make minimum wage, and can barely survive. Instead, they want to keep  your focus on some gay couple getting married, or someone having an abortion. They do this because they KNOW that they could NEVER win against progressives when it comes to real economic issues that affect every American. So get us all focused on various issues, and we fall in line and ignore the bigger, more important issue: Income inequality.
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Stagefright is a nasty potential problem for a huge majority of the World's Android users. Thomas Fox-Brewster covered it in detail in his article yesterday, but here in brief is how to prevent the bug being used to access your phone without you even knowing. Stagefright is a core part of [...]
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+Corey Shaughnessy I don't know anyone affected. Could be one of those OMG the sky is falling, and then the media will move on to something else.
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    BA Sociology, 2001 - 2004
    Graduated magna cum laude with honors in Sociology and German; Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Phi Alpha honor societies.
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Good eats at the café (try the brownies) and the lemonade mix is awesome (i think it was hibiscus?) There is a good selection of vintage clothing, records, art objects and games. Friendly associates make shopping there a pleasant experience. Just wish they were open Sundays.
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The art here is a mix of paintings, home decor and sculpture. Prices are decent given the quality, and a few would make a nice gift. My favorite pieces are made of glass block, but the offerings change, so stop back. Friend recommend this place for custom framing, too
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We attended an art show here. Although the Coliseum has a long history, the space is in terrific condition, handicapped accessible with great air-conditioning and facilities. Would repeat visit, and would recommend it as a venue for parties, reception or small convention. Nice stage for bands tio
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Enjoy the open diner atmosphere, where the clatter of plates and chatter of people make you feel at home. Great grits and egg dishes. The fried green tomatoes are OK, interesting for a change but nothing special. Service was fast despite the brunch crowd.
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Love this place. Found a few great items in hats, dress shirts and accessories like a tie and wallet. Top quality, decent prices and a few hidden bargains.
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I just read another review this place is closing? What a shame. Hands down the best shop in Pass a Grill for excellent quality art and home furnishings. Location may be off the path from dowtown St. Pete, but perfect for the upscale Don hotel crowd.
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