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Rhino Times, Rhinoceros Times back in print, October 3, 2013, Truth in print in NC, John Hammer editor, Roy Carroll publisher, Not manipulate news, Produce a quality weekly publication

Rhino Times, Rhinoceros Times back in print, October 3, 2013, Truth in print in NC, John Hammer editor, Roy Carroll publisher, Not manipulate news, Produce a quality weekly publication

“Obama is by character and preference, a dictator…Like Hitler, he needs a powerful domestic army to terrify any opposition that might arise…Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs and send them out to channel their violence against Obama’s enemies.”…Orson Scott Card, Rhino Times May 16, 2013

“An ominous new development within the HJ was the appearance of HJ-Streifendienst (Patrol Force) units functioning as internal political police, maintaining order at meetings, ferreting out disloyal members, and denouncing anyone who criticized Hitler or Nazism including, in a few cases, their own parents.” …TheHistoryPlace.com

“When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.”…Adolf Hitler

 

Great News!

The Rhino Times, formerly The Rhinoceros Times, is back in print in NC.

John Hammer, the editor, will continue to reveal the truth about local politicians as well as Obama, et al.

I met with John this morning and congratulated him.

Roy Carroll, a local real estate developer, is the new owner.

“Roy Carroll Takes On New Job”

“As the publisher of the new Rhino Times, a position I’m not yet completely comfortable with, I was asked to say a few words about the vision of our publication. First, let me assure my high school English teachers I will not be contributing weekly to the paper’s content.
I would like to emphasize that this is a new venture and regular readers of The Rhinoceros Times will see dramatic differences between that paper and the Rhino Times.”

“My job at the Rhino Times is not to manipulate the news but to give our seasoned staff the resources they need to produce a quality weekly publication that is hard hitting and also entertaining. I will not be dictating the day-to-day content of our paper, though at times I intend to toss John ideas on stories that I think might be interesting to our readers – just as anyone else has the right and is encouraged to do.

In the end, John will decide which stories to cover. I will not have any say when it comes to local political endorsements. I have made clear to the staff that they are to make endorsement decisions in a “vacuum” without outside influence, including from me. This includes my commitment to refrain from funding the campaign of any local candidate. I am not comfortable with the idea of the publisher of a paper that makes political endorsements also funding local candidates, so I will not contribute to any local political campaigns.”

Read more:

http://www.rhinotimes.com/publishers-column.html

From John Hammer October 3, 2013.

“President Barack Hussein Obama drew a red line in the sand and made it clear that if Syria used chemical weapons there would be reprisals. He then said that the US would attack Syria and that it would not be a pinprick. Then he decided he would ask Congress if it thought it was a good idea to attack Syria. Then he decided not to ask Congress and then he decided to essentially do nothing and let the Russians handle it by pretending to inspect.

So the next time Obama gives an ultimatum to a country is there any reason for that country to pay any attention to him? If he follows through the next time, the country will claim discrimination because he didn’t follow through on Syria.”

“Obama was never vetted by the press for a host of reasons, but a contributing factor was that once he appeared on their radar screens he was the apparent Democratic nominee and they didn’t want to find out anything bad about him because that might hurt his chances of beating the Republican in the fall.
What the Republicans should have learned is that they are not going to get a moderate elected president. The Republicans need to nominate someone so conservative that the mainstream media cringe when they have to say his or her name. The Democrats learned their lesson. Obama is not even close to being a moderate. He is as far left as any Republican even being considered is to the right.”

“One huge cause of the problems with Obamacare that seems to be somewhat lost in the current implementation is that nobody expected the Obamacare bill as it originally passed to become law. The normal route for a sweeping bill of this nature is for one house of Congress to pass a bill and then for the other house to pass a similar bill, and then there are endless negotiations between the two until they come up with something that both sides can pass. Later, revisions are made as the bill is honed into something workable.

Because in the midst of the Obamacare debacle the Democrats lost their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the only way to pass the bill was as it passed the first time with no amendments or changes. So the bill that is supposed to reform health care in the United States is unfinished and wasn’t read by the people who voted for it. The truth is they didn’t know what they were voting for but there was tremendous pressure to get it done because it was the only chance they had to pass the bill. The death of Sen. Ted Kennedy and the special election to replace him is what changed everything. No one expected Kennedy to be replaced by a Republican, ending the Democrats unchallenged rule in the Senate so quickly. Obama and the Democrats can’t admit that even they don’t want the entire bill to go into effect because they don’t have the votes to go back and amend it. So they are forced to support a law that they know is going to have to be changed, but the Republicans aren’t going to pass any amendments, so the Democrats are stuck defending a bill they know to be terribly flawed.

Obamacare as it is being implemented may be enough to put the final nail in the coffin of a struggling economy. It encourages businesses to hire people for less than 30 hours a week and avoid the cost of providing health insurance. It’s a no-brainer for small businesses that employ a lot of people in low-level positions, like restaurants.

We could become a part-time economy where it is typical for people to have two and three jobs. It is also going to be a huge drain on the economy because it isn’t going to be cheaper, as Obama promised, and the smart thing for young people to do is nothing until they need health care and then sign up.
Health insurance is a huge mess, but it’s hard to see how this is going to make things better.”
“The American people never find out what was really going on in a presidential election until long after the votes are counted. But now we are learning how Obama outwitted Mitt Romney and the Republican Party during the election. While Romney was campaigning in a traditional fashion, traveling around the country making speeches, Obama was doing the same, but he was also quietly working on two fronts that brought in enough votes to get reelected.
One was that Obama was using his power as president to buy votes. All presidents do this to a certain extent, but Obama took it to new levels in a number of areas, including food stamps and cell phones. A voter who just received an Obama phone is far more likely to remember to go to the polls and vote for the man who is responsible for providing that phone. Obama more than doubled the amount of money spent on providing Obama-phones to a staggering $2.1 billion. The same for food stamps. Obama increased the number of people on food stamps by 70 percent.”

Read more:

http://www.rhinotimes.com/under-the-hammer.html

Greensboro Guilford County NC working poor, Labor Day carries a different meaning, Unemployment lingering at 9 percent or higher, Part time jobs and no health care

Greensboro Guilford County NC working poor, Labor Day carries a different meaning, Unemployment lingering at 9 percent or higher, Part time jobs and no health care

“Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is part-time work,”…Keith Hall, former BLS chief

“However … health insurance rates and benefit coverage plan costs have continued to increase. As a result of those increases, county employees have experienced a pay decrease that has grown larger each year.”…Guilford County Interim Manager Sharisse Fuller

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”…Barack Obama

 

 

A good article from the front top page of the Greensboro News Record September 2, 2013.

“For the working poor, Labor Day carries a different meaning”

“After years of area unemployment lingering at 9 percent or higher, Labor Day is a time of appreciation for those who have held on to a job.

But for many of Greensboro’s employed, a job hasn’t been enough to lift them to economic stability.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture keeps data on “food insecurity” — essentially, when a family has faced significant periods where it didn’t have enough to eat.

According to a report by Feeding America based on the agriculture department’s data in addition to that of the U.S. Census Bureau, 33 percent of the 95,480 people in Guilford County who are food insecure have incomes too high to qualify for federal nutrition programs commonly known as food stamps.

Yes, it’s true. You can be food insecure, but ineligible for food stamps.”

“In the Triad, a number of studies have ranked the area among the nation’s worst in terms of poverty and food hardship.”

““You have the people that were barely making it with 40 hours. Now, they’re below 30 hours and have the same household bills,” Sturdivant said. “And at the end of the day, if they go out and get another part-time job, they still won’t have insurance.””

Read more:

http://www.news-record.com/news/local_news/article_6078cd82-11cc-11e3-9e01-0019bb30f31a.html

 

Greensboro NC metro unemployment rate 9.7 percent and better?, Berkshire Hathaway owned News Record article, Labor force dropped .7 percent from 2012

Greensboro NC metro unemployment rate 9.7 percent and better?, Berkshire Hathaway owned News Record article, Labor force dropped .7 percent from 2012

“North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell for the fourth consecutive month in May to 8.8 percent, but the slight drop was largely due to a shrinking labor force rather than the creation of new jobs, economists said.”…Raleigh News Observer June 21, 2013

“The NC Labor Force Participation Rate plummeted 1.2 percent from Jan to June 2013.”...Citizen Wells

“the Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today’s issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston’s job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones.”…George Orwell, “1984″

You are being lied to.

Before I chastise and correct the national media and the misleading ADP jobs report from yesterday and misleading BLS initial claims report from this morning, I am compelled to address the jobs reporting in NC first.

From the Greensboro News Record July 31, 2013.

“Area unemployment rate shows some improvement”

“The unemployment rate in the Greensboro-High Point metro area continued to improve steadily in June to 9.7 percent compared with 10.4 percent in June 2012, according to state figures.

But 0.7 percentage points is only a moderate improvement in the employment picture and not a dramatic step towards full recovery, said economist Andrew Brod, a senior research fellow at UNCG.

“Given how weak this recovery is, that’s great, but it’s sort of damning with faint praise,” Brod said.”

“Continuing claims for unemployment spiked 52 percent from 84,699 for the week ending June 29 to 128,739 for the week ending July 6.

The increase of 44,040 continuing claims is the largest in North Carolina in more than a decade, said David C. Ribar, an economics professor at UNCG.

The figure represents the number of people who have not dropped out of the system because they are still eligible for benefits or they haven’t found jobs.

But the spike had a simple explanation, said Larry Parker, a spokesman for the state division: Thousands of people who lost their benefits on July 1 continued to file for them out of habit.”

Read more:

http://www.news-record.com/news/article_8e9c55fc-f927-11e2-ae70-001a4bcf6878.html

In fairness to the News Record, they did not paint a completely rosy picture.

And 9.7 % unemployment is nothing to shout about.

But the article stated that unemployment had dropped .7 percent from 2012.

What the article did not mention is the fact that the Labor Force Participation Rate in NC dropped .7 percent as well.

Look it up.

http://esesc23.esc.state.nc.us/d4/LausSelection.aspx

Wall Street chumps believe jobs numbers, Market Watch chumps article, Media and financial sites mislead investors, US Labor Dept BLS numbers reveal horrible jobs situation

Wall Street chumps believe jobs numbers, Market Watch chumps article, Media and financial sites mislead investors, US Labor Dept BLS numbers reveal horrible jobs situation

The May uptick notwithstanding, the gradual downward trend in the headline jobless rate belies the magnitude of the issue. A much larger number of workers are still struggling to find full-time employment, settling on part-time work to make ends meet. That broader measure of joblessness (the so-called U-6 number) ticked fractionally lower, but remains elevated at 13.8%.”…Jim Baird, Plante Moran Financial Advisors

“11.4%: What the U.S. unemployment rate would be if labor force participation were back to January 2008 levels.” …James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, June 2013

 “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

From Market Watch July 29, 2013.

WCFieldssucker

“Never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump”
— W.C. Fields in You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man

“On Wall Street, business as usual thrives on investor ignorance. It is not in its interest to have more astute clients.”

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-ways-wall-street-played-you-for-a-chump-2013-07-29

No mention of the real jobs situation in this country.

Market Watch, financial sites and the media in general are playing investors for chumps.

From Market Watch July 28, 2013.

“Half full or half empty? Jobs and GDP differ
Economy improving by one measure, slowing by another”

“GDP says U.S. growth is subpar, but the monthly jobs report suggests the economy is on the upswing. What’s an investor to do?

Put a bit more trust in the forward-looking employment figures. More people working means more jobs are available, more cash is going to consumers, more money is being spent — and more companies are hiring to keep up with demand.

The headline number on gross domestic product, by contrast, looks at growth through the rear-view mirror and often paints a misleading picture of the economy. A high growth rate could be the result of one-time factors soon to fade; a low GDP reading could mask the economy’s true strength.”

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/half-full-or-half-empty-jobs-and-gdp-differ-2013-07-28

The GDP numbers are more accurate and do match the real jobs situation.

The May uptick notwithstanding, the gradual downward trend in the headline jobless rate belies the magnitude of the issue. A much larger number of workers are still struggling to find full-time employment, settling on part-time work to make ends meet. That broader measure of joblessness (the so-called U-6 number) ticked fractionally lower, but remains elevated at 13.8%.”…Jim Baird, Plante Moran Financial Advisors

“11.4%: What the U.S. unemployment rate would be if labor force participation were back to January 2008 levels.” …James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, June 2013

The U-6 number was 14.3 percent for June 2013.

NC unemployment rates increase in 87 counties, All 14 NC metro areas increased unemployment, July 2, 2013, Greensboro High Point metro unemployment rate 9.4 percent in May

NC unemployment rates increase in 87 counties, All 14 NC metro areas increased unemployment, July 2, 2013, Greensboro High Point metro unemployment rate 9.4 percent in May

“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”… William Tecumseh Sherman

“The function of the press is very high. It is almost Holy.
It ought to serve as a forum for the people, through which
the people may know freely what is going on. To misstate or
suppress the news is a breach of trust.”…. Louis D. Brandeis

“North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell for the fourth consecutive month in May to 8.8 percent, but the slight drop was largely due to a shrinking labor force rather than the creation of new jobs, economists said.”…Raleigh News Observer June 21, 2013

From the Greensboro News Record July 2, 2013.

“Unemployment in the Greensboro-High Point metro improved only slightly in May, continuing a painfully slow climb out of the recession.

Unemployment dropped 0.3 percentage point to 9.5 percent, compared with May 2012, the N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security reported Tuesday. The rates are not adjusted for seasonal patterns.

The state’s rate for May was 8.9 percent.

North Carolina has pockets of strong employment, including the Asheville, Durham-Chapel Hill and Raleigh-Cary metros.

But 41 rural counties still have unemployment rates above 10 percent.”

“Unemployment improved in all three counties in the Greensboro-High Point metro:

* In Guilford County, the rate dropped by 0.2 percentage points to 9.4 percent in May compared with May, 2012.

* In Rockingham County, the rate dropped by 0.9 percentage points to 10.1 percent.

* In Randolph County, the rate dropped by 0.5 percentage points to 9.3 percent.

Unadjusted month-to-month numbers in May compared with April appear to show a dramatic increase in unemployment for the Greensboro-High Point metro: 8.9 percent in April to 9.5 percent.

But adjusted month-to-month numbers show a modest decrease from 9.5 percent in April to 9.4 percent in May.”

Read more:

http://www.news-record.com/news/article_eda10cce-e328-11e2-bfb2-001a4bcf6878.html

The article seems to be attempting to paint an improved employment picture compared to 2012.

But wait a minute.

Here is the report from the NC ESC, Employment Security Commission.

“Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 87 of North Carolina’s counties in May, decreased in 12 and remained the same in one. All 14 of the State’s metro areas experienced rate increases.”

http://www.ncesc1.com/PMI/Rates/PressReleases/County/NR_May2013_County_M.pdf

Compare the ESC report to the News Record article.

It appears to me and another well informed gentleman that I know, that since Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway purchased the News Record,  the reporting on jobs and the economy has been watered down.

From Citizen Wells June 29, 2013.

“The labor force participation rate in NC fell .1 percent in May. That fully accounted for the .1 percent drop in the unemployment rate.

It gets worse.

The NC Labor Force Participation Rate dropped 1 percent from January to May 2013.

It gets worse.

The NC Labor Force Participation Rate dropped 3.7 percent since the Democrats took control of both US houses of congress in 2007.

It gets worse.

The NC Employment to population rate dropped 6.1 percent since the Democrats took control of both US houses of congress in 2007.”

NC unemployment rate 9.8 percent or higher, Labor force dropped 1 percent in 4 months, Since Democrats took congress in 2007 labor force dropped 3.7 percent, Employment to population rate dropped 6.1 percent

NC unemployment rate 9.8 percent or higher, Labor force dropped 1 percent in 4 months, Since Democrats took congress in 2007 labor force dropped 3.7 percent, Employment to population rate dropped 6.1 percent

“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”… William Tecumseh Sherman

“The function of the press is very high. It is almost Holy.
It ought to serve as a forum for the people, through which
the people may know freely what is going on. To misstate or
suppress the news is a breach of trust.”…. Louis D. Brandeis

“North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell for the fourth consecutive month in May to 8.8 percent, but the slight drop was largely due to a shrinking labor force rather than the creation of new jobs, economists said.”…Raleigh News Observer June 21, 2013

 

We celebrated the birthday of George Orwell last week.

How fitting.

Even though the unemployment data was accurately reported at Citizen Wells this past week it is important to reveal how bad the employment situation is in NC.

The stated unemployment rate was announced as 8.8 percent.

The Raleigh News Observer reported in the first paragraph.

“North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell for the fourth consecutive month in May to 8.8 percent, but the slight drop was largely due to a shrinking labor force rather than the creation of new jobs, economists said.”

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/06/21/2979886/nc-jobless-rate-falls-slightly.html

The Raleigh News Observer was the only major Newspaper in NC that I found reported the truth.

The labor force participation rate in NC fell .1 percent in May. That fully accounted for the .1 percent drop in the unemployment rate.

It gets worse.

The NC Labor Force Participation Rate dropped 1 percent from January to May 2013.

It gets worse.

The NC Labor Force Participation Rate dropped 3.7 percent since the Democrats took control of both US houses of congress in 2007.

It gets worse.

The NC Employment to population rate dropped 6.1 percent since the Democrats took control of both US houses of congress in 2007.

“Due to the federal sequester legislation, the Mass Layoff Statistics program, funded by the US Department of Labor, has been eliminated. In addition, North Carolina’s Department of Commerce will no longer support the collection and publication of Announced Business Closings and Layoffs effective May 1, 2013. For questions please contact the Labor and Economic Analysis Division at 919-707-1500.”

How convenient!

http://esesc23.esc.state.nc.us/d4/AnnounceSelection.aspx

 

NC May unemployment rate worse than reported by North Carolina newspapers, June 21, 2013 articles, Drop in labor force not stated, 1 percent labor force drop in 4 months

NC May unemployment rate worse than reported by North Carolina newspapers, June 21, 2013 articles, Drop in labor force not stated, 1 percent labor force drop in 4 months

 
“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”… William Tecumseh Sherman

“The function of the press is very high. It is almost Holy.
It ought to serve as a forum for the people, through which
the people may know freely what is going on. To misstate or
suppress the news is a breach of trust.”…. Louis D. Brandeis

“the Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today’s issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston’s job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones.”…George Orwell, “1984”

To fix a problem you must:

Be aware of the problem.

Understand the problem.

That is why the underreporting and misrepresentation of the unemployment rate in the US and NC must be exposed.

The NC Labor Force Participation Rate dropped 1 percent from January to May 2013.

From Citizen Wells June 23, 2013.

“The Greensboro News Record on Friday June 21, 2013 regurgitated an AP report about the May unemployment rate in NC. The report was misleading and dishonest.

“NC jobless rate falls to 8.8 percent in May”

“North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.8 percent in May from April’s revised rate of 8.9 percent, marking the fourth straight month of slow improvement in the measure of economic health for workers, the state Commerce Department said Friday.”

“Now I’m not a rocket scientist, but I can read.

So I went to the NC labor data website and found that the labor force participation rate in NC fell .1 percent in May. That fully accounted for the .1 percent drop in the unemployment rate.

Can’t the folks at the News Record or the AP read?”

http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/nc-jobless-rate-falls-to-8-8-percent-in-may-greensboro-news-record-ap-labor-force-participation-rate-dropped-1-percent-dishonest-media-reports-dishonest-bernanke-report/

From Citizen Wells May 19, 2013.

“The Associated Press has always been a problem. A member “news” organization creates a report and it is regurgitated across the nation & world, in most cases without fact checking.

We have another example recently from the Greensboro News Record.

Is this because the Rhino Times just shut down?

Or because John Coleman, an economics professor at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business was quoted?

From the Greensboro News Record May 17, 2013.

“North Carolina unemployment rate drops 8.9 percent”

“North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent in April _ the lowest in the state in four years.

The state’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in March.

“This is very encouraging for North Carolina,” said John Coleman, economics professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.”

http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/nc-unemployment-rate-8-9-percent-greensboro-news-record-ap-article-quotes-duke-university-economics-professor-labor-force-participation-rate-dropped-3-percent-good-news/

I decided to check the reporting of the NC unemployment rate for May in other NC newspapers.

The Raleigh News Observer had the most accurate report.

“North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell for the fourth consecutive month in May to 8.8 percent, but the slight drop was largely due to a shrinking labor force rather than the creation of new jobs, economists said.”

Read more:
Most of the other newspapers that I checked regurgitated the same AP article.
The 1 percent drop in the Labor Force Participation Rate in NC essentially means that the unemployment rate is 9.8 and not 8.8 percent. That also is an increase of .3 from the January 2013 rate of 9.5 percent.