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  • Quote:"4. Media Mail is a bargain, but most of you don’t know to ask for it. Sending ten pounds of books from New York City to San Francisco through Media Mail costs $5.89, compared with $16.77 for Parcel Post. Besides books, use it to send magazines, manuscripts, DVDs, and CDs; just don’t include anything else in the package.

    // I actually like the Post Office.

  • Quote:""We are sorry if we have offended some people, but jokes centred on national stereotyping are a part of Top Gear's humour, and indeed a robust part of our national humour," the statement said.

    "Our own comedians make jokes about the British being terrible cooks and terrible romantics, and we in turn make jokes about the Italians being disorganised and over dramatic; the French being arrogant and the Germans being over organised."

    // They also make jokes about Americans being fat and uncivilized. They make fun of everything. They're awesome.

  • Quote:"According to the arrest report, Carleo's downfall came after he tried to broker sales of the highest value chips of $25,000 through a well-known Web forum for poker players.

    Using the handle "Oceanspray 25" — a reference to the beverage company because $25,000 chips are known to gamblers as "cranberries" for their color — Carleo traded e-mails and phone calls with another user who eventually led him to police, the arrest report said.

    // Not that I was rooting for the robber or anything…but that was really stupid.

    (tags: crime)
  • // Hmmmm, less debt, budget surpluses, lower corporate and capital gains taxes, and a fully solvent public pension plan? I heart you Canada? Really?
  • Quote:"Employment rose by 69,200 and the labor force increased by 106,400, Statistics Canada said today in Ottawa. The jobless rate rose to 7.8 percent from December’s 7.6 percent, as more people sought work. Economists forecast 7.6 percent unemployment and job growth of 15,000, according to the median estimates of 25 and 26 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.
  • Quote:""What we're finding is that there are a lot of folks that are saying that they are starting new businesses or they are self-employed," said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. "That doesn't always get reflected in the payrolls survey."

    The number of people who called themselves self-employed rose by 165,000 to 9.7 million in January, the report said. That's the highest total since last May.

    // I guess that's good news. But, if the big comapnies are still having problems adding payroll, what does that suggest the overall health of the economy is really?

  • Qoute:"Instead, they believe youngsters whose parents work tend to eat fatty ready meals or fast food, rather than healthy dinners cooked from scratch.
    They may also be more likely to skip meals, and instead fill themselves up on chips, chocolate bars or crisps bought on the way home from school.
    According to the latest figures one in three children is now overweight by the time they leave primary school, aged 11

    // Whoa. Six times more likely?

  • Quote:"Another major motivator: "We need more [young] guys for the future," Seeman says. "We like Mackey in the long run. We've got to start growing some bench talent, start growing more voices for the opportunities that will present themselves in future years. Judd is part of that."

    // That's the first time I've ever heard anyone in radio, other than Mitch Berg, be concerned with developing new on-air talent.

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