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  1. #16306

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    $3.6 million? You gotta be kidding me. That's either a hopeless rich fanboy or a sucker who buys that for anywhere close to the asking. Forget who used to live there, that is seriously overpriced for what it is. You can get an existing 2 BR or even 3 BR for that or less. And other places for near that amount will look a good deal better than this, which looks like several rooms are in need of a major renovation.

  2. #16307

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    The wainscotting is terrible and outdated. The view is just rooftops. The floors need redoing. BUT it's on 5th ave across from Millionaires Row (57th st between 5th and 7th) so the asking price is reasonable for that part of town.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  3. #16308

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    I helped a friend look for a place somewhat recently in Manhattan and while he's not in this high rent, I started with all of it and peaked at a few, and I'm positive I saw stuff below this that was 2 BR, 2 BA and 2,000 sq ft that was under this in the area near this. AND it looked, way, way more modern. The 1 BR is part of the ridiculous (over and above the already crazy NYC prices I mean), but also how much work that needs to be done. I don't see how this isn't significantly overpriced from what I was seeing.

  4. #16309

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    The Feds must have nabbed a major informant or two in the last 6 months to a year. And whoever the heck it is has been singing like a canary. They've had way, way more big port busts recently even though drugs coming through ports is nothing new.


    Feds seize more than 16 tons of cocaine at Philadelphia terminal

    By Eliott C. McLaughlin and Rebekah Riess, CNN


    (CNN)Federal authorities seized about 16 tons of cocaine Tuesday from a large ship at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, prosecutors said.

    Members of the ship's crew were arrested and federally charged. The investigation is ongoing, said a tweet form US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

    It's the largest seizure in the district's history, the office said.

    The drugs were found inside eight containers on a cargo ship, according to CNN affiliate WPVI.

    A kilogram of cocaine sells for about $28,000, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime's 2016 estimate. At that price, sold by the kilo, the drugs would be worth more than $419 million.

    The US Attorney's Office estimates the street value at more than $1 billion.

    The seizure comes on the heels of several major busts at the Port of Philadelphia, located about 8 miles up the Delaware River from the Packer Marine Terminal.

    Among them were seizures of 450 kilograms of cocaine in May, 538 kilos of cocaine in March and 50 kilos of the powerful opioid, fentanyl, in July, WPVI reported.

    The Port of Philadelphia said the situation was still developing and that it had no comment.


    https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/18/us/ph...ust/index.html

  5. #16310

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    Today is Juneteenth. For those who aren't familiar since many schools did not teach it, it's a day to celebrate freedom as it marks the very end of formal slavery in the US, but also another embarrassing stain on American history as we should really be celebrating another, much earlier date. This is an explanation that was part of a Black-ish episode a couple of seasons ago. It's basically like Schoolhouse Rock and done by The Roots.



  6. #16311

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    The Trump administration argued court Tuesday that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border and can have them sleep on concrete floors in frigid, overcrowded cells.

    https://www.courthousenews.com/feds-...-without-soap/



    Here's the argument (at around 25:00). The Justice Department is arguing that a consent decree requiring the gov't to provide "safe and sanitary" conditions for detained minors doesn't mean they need to be able to sleep or wash.

    Judge Berzon: "Really?"

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  7. #16312

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    Report: Walmart Workers Cost Taxpayers $6.2 Billion In Public Assistance
    Clare O'Connor
    Clare O'Connor
    Retail



    Walmart's low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15.

    Americans for Tax Fairness, a coalition of 400 national and state-level progressive groups, made this estimate using data from a 2013 study by Democratic Staff of the U.S. Committee on Education and the Workforce.

    "The study estimated the cost to Wisconsin’s taxpayers of Walmart’s low wages and benefits, which often force workers to rely on various public assistance programs," reads the report, available in full here.

    "It found that a single Walmart Supercenter cost taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.75 million per year, or between $3,015 and $5,815 on average for each of 300 workers."

    Americans for Tax Fairness then took the mid-point of that range ($4,415) and multiplied it by Walmart’s approximately 1.4 million workers to come up with an estimate of the overall taxpayers' bill for the Bentonville, Ark.-based big box giant's staffers.

    The report provides a state-by-state breakdown of these figures, as well as some context on the other side of the coin: Walmart's huge share of the nationwide SNAP, or food stamp, market.

    "Walmart told analysts last year that the company has captured 18 percent of the SNAP market," it reads. "Using that figure, we estimate that the company accounted for $13.5 billion out of $76 billion in food stamp sales in 2013."

    Walmart spokesperson Randy Hargrove described this week's report as "inaccurate and misleading," referring to its use of extrapolated data and adding that public assistance program eligibility requirements vary from state to state.

    "More than 99 percent of our associates earn above minimum wage," he said. "In fact, the average hourly wage for our associates, both full and part-time, is an average of $11.83 per hour."

    He said the company had no internal figures to share on the number of workers receiving public assistance.

    "The bottom line is Walmart provides associates with more opportunities for career growth and greater economic security for their families than other companies in America," he said. "Our full and part-time workers get bonuses for store performance, access to a 401K-retirement plan, education and health benefits."

    Hargrove added that the number of Walmart employees receiving Medicaid is similar to the percentage for other large retailers -- and comparable to the national average.

    He pointed to a 2005 report by economist Jason Furman, now a White House adviser, describing Walmart's Medicaid enrollment as "a reflection of [its] enormous size."
    Other large retail chains have been the focus of similar reports in recent months. In October, two studies released to coincide showed that American fast food industry outsourced a combined $7 billion in annual labor costs to taxpayers. McDonald's MCD +0% alone accounted for $1.2 billion of that outlay.

    Yum Brands came in at a distant number two, with its Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC subsidiaries costing $648 million in benefits programs for workers each year.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoc.../#3f9c1a0a720b

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