A small move from Wal-Mart Stores is giving packaged-food companies a big headache.The world of retailing.
The retail giant has tweaked its promotional strategy, ditching some in-store product displays that put popular brands in front of consumers at the end of aisles and near cash registers. In turn, Wal-Mart is asking suppliers to take money they would have invested in displays and promotions and instead pour it into cutting the cost of their products as the company reverts to its “everyday low prices” mantra.
The request is not sitting well with some packaged-goods companies, whose sales are getting dinged by the change. Some are fighting back.
The biggest names in consumer products and packaged foods—Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Nestle, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kellogg's and Mondelez International, to name a few—sell significant amounts of their goods through Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer. Because of its dominance, the Bentonville, Ark.-based company can affect the fortunes of even these big suppliers with incremental changes in the way it does business.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Crain's Chicago Business reports:
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USA Today reports:
In 18 states, more than 26% of adults consume sweetened-beverages such as regular soda and fruit drinks at least once daily. Sugary drinks are one of the primary sources of added sugars in U.S. diets and have been associated with a range of negative health outcomes.Is your state on the "naughty list" the progressives are aiming at?
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The American Thinker reports:
Barack Obama chose the perfect synagogue, Congregation Adas Israel, in which to deliver a rebuke of Israel, couched in an address commemorating Jewish American Heritage Month, using some fuzzy throwaway lines designed to lull the gullible into apathy regarding his approach towards Iran and the Palestinians.Barack, at home, with fellow liberals.
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Big Government reports:
New data released by the U.S. Department of Education shows that the more educated parents are, the more likely they are to homeschool their children.Saying no to the John Dewey vast wasteland.
According to information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the number of homeschooled students between the ages of 5 and 17 has increased dramatically over the last decade, soaring 61.8 percent. The data also indicates that the more educated the parents, the more likely they are to homeschool their children.
According to the newly released data, an estimated 1.6 percent of students whose parents earned a high school diploma or less are homeschooled, while 2.2 percent of students whose parents have received vocational/technical training or “some college education” are homeschooled. Additionally, 2.4 percent of students whose parents have earned a bachelor’s degree or received some graduate education are homeschooled, and 2.5 percent of students whose parents earned a graduate or professional degree are homeschooled.
Though homeschool support organizations emphasize that parental motivation to offer their children the best education – and not higher level education degrees – is most important factor in determining whether to homeschool, the data trend suggests that higher educated parents are perhaps seeing the value and high quality of a homeschool education.
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Here's one book on Osama bin Laden’s reading list .
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Canadian cancer patient, 71, says his country's socialized health-care system failed him, while Korea's saved him
Canadian cancer patient, 71, says his country's socialized health-care system failed him, while Korea's saved him http://t.co/azqqnTfFJA— Mark J. Perry (@Mark_J_Perry) May 23, 2015
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Foreign-born workers living in the United States on H1-B visas make up a significant portion of the tech industry’s engineering ranks. Now, a new tool lets you search government data to find out how much those workers are getting paid.Gulp.
A tool called U.S. Visa Explorer appeared on Hacker News on Friday. The tool searches government records for Labor Condition Applications (LCA), a piece of paperwork that prospective employers must file on behalf of workers hoping to get H1-B visas. These applications are publicly available, and include the names of workers’ labor lawyers, as well as their salaries and the companies hoping to hire them. (The workers’ names aren’t listed, but at a small or mid-sized start-up, it presumably wouldn’t be hard to figure out who was whom.)
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given Center for American Progress $6,448,809 million. Most of these grants are expressly for promoting Common Core.
Lady Liberty reports:
Center for American Progress has been a major supporter of Common Core. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given Center for American Progress $6,448,809 million since 2009.America's Left, financed by the super-rich. As you can guess, Microsoft software will become prominent in promoting Common Core. Via Instapundit.
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Gary North reports:
The U.S. government has released a list of English-language books in the library of the fellow who got killed in Pakistan by the Seals in 2011. Here is the book list.Check this one out.
One of them is Antony Sutton's The Best Enemy Money Can Buy (1986). I wrote the foreword. It is here. Who knows? Maybe Osama read it.
Because the printed edition did not mention me as the Foreword's author in the Table of Contents, my Osama connection is not visible to anyone who does not get past the Table of Contents.
Of all the books on the list, my Foreword was by far most relevant to Osama bin Laden and his movement. I began the Foreword with one of the most remarkable facts of modern American history ever to be dropped down the memory hole.
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We have your DNA, shame on you!Just a reminder.
It’s a brave new world where people’s DNA can now be used as a form of public surveillance and punishment.
Hong Kong is taking samples of DNA found on publicly discarded chewing gum, coffee cups and cigarette butts to reconstruct the facial appearance of people who litter.
The reconstructed images of the people are then displayed on public posters in an effort to shame the alleged “litterbugs”.
The technology used is called phenotyping. Phenotyping can predict and reconstruct a person’s physical traits from small amounts of their DNA.
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Willie McTuggie looks like a photocopier on wheels. But he — it, actually — has the engineered brain of a reasonably smart human, and acts like one when when he rolls up to a nurse’s station, opens a drawer, retrieves a dose of pills and glides off to make a delivery.No word yet from the "$15 an hour crowd " on this one.
Packed with more than 30 motion-detecting and other sensors, Willie and his automated buddies at the UCSF Medical Center can open doors, avoid collisions with doctors on rounds and perceive when to wait for a free elevator. There are 25 mobile bots from the robotics company Aethon Inc. on staff, named and decorated by mortal colleagues. Willie's wrapped in the San Francisco Giant’s team colors of orange and black, and Maybelle is designed to look like one of the city’s cable cars.
The machines perform duties once handled by nurses, orderlies, cafeteria staff and maintenance crews. So far, no people have lost jobs to the bot corps. "It does displace certain roles, but we can put that headcount into other service roles," says Pamela Hudson, executive director of clinical systems at the University of California, San Francisco, hospital. It is, she says, a win-win.
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The New York Post reports:
A Manhattan model who once dated actor Gerard Butler brought rape charges against a fashion photographer — but the case fell apart when she claimed he got her pregnant and a DNA test proved he was not the father, The Post has learned.No word yet on this story from Mattress girl.
Latvian-born stunner Alesia Riabenkova, who has done work for Guess and graced the covers of Glamour and Elle magazines, met the lensman at a Long Island City lounge in October to discuss her struggling career.
The two chatted over champagne about a potential photo shoot and then went back to his condo in a nearby luxury high-rise.
About 45 minutes later, Riabenkova told a doorman she had been raped by the photographer and asked him to call 911, said his lawyer, Tom Kenniff.
Police arrested the lensman, and he spent a night behind bars. Prosecutors soon downgraded the charge to sexual misconduct because they found holes in her story and her rape kit tested inconclusive, Kenniff said.
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Nearly 300 New Hillary Emails Released — and They Confirm She Received Now-Classified Info on Private Email
The Blaze reports:
The State Department released the first batch of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state on Friday, offering additional insight into how she reacted to the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi.The special life of HRC.
Spokeswoman Marie Harf said publication includes 296 emails given to a House committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
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Friday, May 22, 2015
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CNN Money reports:
More than 3.5 million people's sexual preferences, fetishes and secrets have been exposed after dating site Adult FriendFinder was hacked.The risks of online dating.
Already, some of the adult website's customers are being identified by name.
Adult FriendFinder asks customers to detail their interests and, based on those criteria, matches people for sexual encounters. The site, which boasts 64 million members, claims to have "helped millions of people find traditional partners, swinger groups, threesomes, and a variety of other alternative partners."
The information Adult FriendFinder collects is extremely personal in nature. When signing up for an account, customers must enter their gender, which gender they're interested in hooking up with and what kind of sexual situations they desire. Suggestions AdultFriendfinder provides for the "tell others about yourself" field include, "I like my partners to tell me what to do in the bedroom," "I tend to be kinky" and "I'm willing to try some light bondage or blindfolds."
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The AP reports:
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year — if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer toward its target rate."Probably".
She described the U.S. economy as “well positioned for continued growth,” but at the same time highlighted a number of headwinds that threaten progress. Job wages have been disappointing, and too many people who want full-time jobs and instead working part-time, she said. She also noted a lackluster housing recovery and modest business investment.
The Fed has kept its key benchmark rate at a record low near zero since December 2008.
“I think it will be appropriate at some point this year to take the initial step to raise the federal-funds rate target and begin the process of normalizing monetary policy,” Yellen said to the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce in Providence, Rhode Island.
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The Washington Times reports:
FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating.Just a reminder.
Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents, and increasingly scooped up records of Americans who had no ties to official terrorism investigations.
The FBI did finally come up with procedures to try to minimize the information it was gathering on nontargets, but it took far too long, Mr. Horowitz said in the 77-page report, which comes just as Congress is trying to decide whether to extend, rewrite or entirely nix Section 215.
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Instapundit has this quote:
Should taxpayers encourage more people to go to law school? I think you know the answer.
The American legal profession has faced a tsunami of bad news since 2008. White-shoe, corporate law firms have faced waves of layoffs or even shuttered their doors. While the very top firms are rolling again, the 50 years of explosive growth that started in the 1960s are now a memory.
But at least corporate lawyers have had recent glory days. Solo practitioners, the largest single group of American lawyers and the heart and soul of the profession, have struggled for a quarter of a century.
Since the 1960s the IRS has collected and published income levels for all American lawyers filing as solo practitioners. In 1988, solo practitioners earned an inflation-adjusted $70,747. By 2012, earnings had fallen to $49,130, a 30% decrease in real income. And note, $49,130 is not the starting salary for these lawyers. It is the average earnings of all 354,000 lawyers who filed as solo practitioners that year.
And the bad news has just started for these lawyers, who now face new competition from online providers of legal services such as LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer.
Law school applications have plummeted. If the current trend continues, fewer students will apply to law school in 2015-16 than enrolled in law school in 2010-11. Law schools are closing campuses, merging and buying out faculty and staff.
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The New York Times reports:
For three election cycles, American Crossroads, the brainchild of Karl Rove and other leading Republican strategists, has been among the most powerful forces in national politics, a shadow party that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising, data and opposition research to help elect candidates.Competition.
But in the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign, Crossroads — among the first outside groups to fully exploit the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision unleashing wealthy donors and corporations — has been buffeted by a rapidly changing political landscape that is testing its pre-eminence, and potentially its survival.
The nonprofit arm of Crossroads is facing an Internal Revenue Service review that could eviscerate its fund-raising. Data projects nurtured by Mr. Rove are being supplanted in Republican circles by a more successful initiative funded by the Koch political network, which has leapfrogged the Crossroads organizations in size and reach.
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Elizabeth Warren is trying to kill President Barack Obama’s trade agenda by raising the specter that foreign companies could use an investor-friendly arbitration system to circumvent the U.S. court system.The expert.
But she hasn’t discussed her own role 15 years ago in the arbitration system she opposes — as a paid expert witness earning as much as $90,000 from the U.S. government.
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Wrapping up a segment dealing with fresh revelations from newly-released Hillary Clinton emails pertaining to Benghazi, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews on Thursday night dutifully spun that Hillary's "secretive" nature was not a drawback but may in fact be a net positive, comparing her to "secretive" and "manipulative" FDR, who, in Matthews's estimation, was America's best president of the 20th century, if not the entire history of the Republic.Chris Matthews : Democrat with byline. No word yet on this story from Chris' wifey.
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