Colombia Will Increase Protection For The Oil And Mining Sector ! http://newish.info/207607-colombia-will-increase-protection-for-the-oil-and-mining-sector
Wall Street Closes With A Fall Of 3.2% Driven By The Financial Sector ! http://newish.info/207055-wall-street-closes-with-a-fall-of-3-2-driven-by-the-financial-sector
Sector Zero Bot Lay-out (Research/Development Sector)
VIP - Zero (taken by my friend Matt)
Captain - Falcon (Free to grab)
Soldier one - Duo (Free to grab)
Soldier two - Trisword (Free to grab)
Soldier Three - Enker (Free to grab)
Soldier Four - Matrix (Free to grab)
Sky Pirate Treaty - Bola (Free to grab)
Scientist - Dr. Ryre (Free to grab)
Salvage Team Leader - (Don’t Have a name yet for right now) Rukko (Taken by my Friend Laura)
Salvage Truck Guard - Chainman (Taken by my friend Kody)
george osborne said we should question why the welfare state should subsidise people like the derby killer
he just implicitly compared the hundred of thousands of poor families claiming benefits to a murderer
and now the news is having a ridiculous debate with whether the welfare state played a part in this murder
?????????????? meanwhile in britain???????????????/
‘Strikers Ought to Be Shot’
On Wednesday November 30th, tens of thousands of employees of the public sector picked up their metaphorical pitchforks and marched into the streets of Hampshire.
The government once again did what they do best. Piss of the public by cuts and reforms that only benefit the politicians’ own wallets. I’m sure they won’t need to reach too deep into their pockets when they start getting paid their pensions.
Meanwhile, the public will have to pay more and work longer. Why care about pensions anyway? With how it’s going nowadays, you’ll probably be dead before you actually reach the end of your working years.
The lack of teachers at about two thirds of schools probably earned a passionate approval of the students of all ages. Isn’t it nice how the younger generation cares for pensions? For free speech and passive aggressive blackmail of the government? Not having to attend classes probably helped too.
According to the poll by the Southampton’s local newspaper Daily Echo, 48% supported the strike while 49% were against it. The 49% were probably people jealous of not having a day off. It is somewhat reassuring that only 3% did not know enough about the issue to decide.
Considering the ‘uninformed’ most likely spend their time procrastinating on a social media instead of picking up a newspaper from time to time, 3% isn’t too outrageous a number. Good to know Southampton has not been abducted by utter obliviousness yet.
Speaking of obliviousness, if it were a political regime, Jeremy Clarkson would without a doubt be the PM. The presenter of BBC’s Top Gear very colloquially stated about that strikers: “I would have them taken outside and executed them in front of their families.”
Clarkson’s anti-protest statement was followed by his apology. It was a joke, apparently. I’m not one to get offended by a random ‘comedian’, but it is logical to see how that would alienate a large chunk of his viewers.
Why would Clarkson care anyway? It’s not like the fees those same exact viewers pay plump up his paycheck. Then again, if I earned about £1 million a year, I wouldn’t care either.
Graph of the Day: Privatizing Government is Bad Business
By Benjamin Landy
The unparalleled efficacy of the free market is the kind of conservative shibboleth that rarely involves qualification or nuance; for the modern GOP, the competitiveness of the private sector is nearly sacrosanct. The private sector can do anything cheaper and more effectively than the federal government, they argue, because private employees—with their typically lower incomes and worse benefits—face economic incentives to succeed that federal employees—with their inflated salaries and cushy pensions—need not concern themselves with. But when the independent non-profit organization Project on Government Oversight (POGO) investigated the issue, they found that privatizing government is actually far more expensive in practice than in theory. In fact, the average price paid to contractors is 83 percent higher than if the federal government had simply paid their own employees to do the same job.
Instead of focusing on the public-private pay differential, POGO examined the actual cost of the contracts auctioned to private businesses compared to the estimated cost of the same job being done in-house by public employees. After looking at 550 contracts across 35 different sectors and agencies, they found that in 94 percent of cases, the average billing rate of the contractors was nearly double what the government would have paid to do the job itself.
The most egregious example of waste was the money spent on Claims Assistance and Examining, which involves the “examining, reviewing, developing, adjusting, reconsidering, or recommending authorization of claims by or against the federal government.” What should have cost the federal government $57,292 per year for a public sector employee (including benefits), or $75,637 for a fully compensated private sector employee, actually cost an average contractor billing rate of $276,598—nearly five times the in-house rate and 3.66 times the price of an outsourced private employee.
The authors of the report conclude,
“The current debate over pay differentials largely relies on the theory that the government pays private sector compensation rates when it outsources services. This report proves otherwise: in fact, it shows that the government actually pays service contractors at rates far exceeding the cost of employing federal employees to perform comparable functions.”
This is a serious failure of cost analysis and a major drain on the federal budget. Nearly a quarter of all discretionary spending now goes to service contractors. If, as POGO estiamtes, contractors cost the United States government an average 1.83 times more than if public sector employees had done comparable work, then many billions of taxpayers’ dollars are being wasted each year. According to the Washington Post, the number of federal contractors grew from an estimated 4.4 million in 1999 to over 7.5 million in 2005; that number is undoubtably even higher today. With over $320 billion spent on service contracts in 2010, it is high time we significantly reevaluate those outsourcing policies and start paying closer attention to the true cost of privatizing government.