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  1. that's not selfish, whoopie. i hope he stays safe. what an amazing job they do!

    we need rain .......


    My father is a fireman,

    He used to respond to calls,

    Now he just sits at home and does nothing at all.

    He says the department is full of crap,

    And are all egotistical and have too much pride,

    When I know deep down he loves to ride.

    Finally the day comes where the pager beeps,

    There seems to be a fire in the barn holding some sheep,

    He says this could be a good one and gets up to leave,

    Little did I know later, I would grieve,

    Once he arrived on scene there was fire through the roof,

    “Surround and Drown” yelled the captain,

    But that was not my father’s gut reaction,

    Soon they heard screaming coming from inside,

    There seems to be a child and apparently still alive.

    He struggled with his SCBA until he heard the familiar beep,

    Got down on his knees and began to creep,

    Soon he spotted the child under some burning hay,

    But this was no time to start yelling “yay!"

    For there was a hiss off in the distance,

    This he knew from experience was a propane line,

    And it would blow if he did not get out on time.

    He undid his coat and removed his tank,

    And gave it to the child so he did not die,

    The fire at this time was raging and wild,

    He tucked the child under his arm,

    So the falling timbers would do him no harm,

    As he scrambled to the window to throw the kid out.

    All of a sudden the whole house flashed,

    My father knew it he was trapped,

    No air, No protection, the end was near,

    But he still heard the hissing and that was clear,

    The barn was gonna blow, but could he make it on time?

    He fought with god, please be kind,

    He knelt on his knees and began to pray,

    He prayed for the child, he had just saved,

    And prayed for the house begging it not to cave,

    He looked around and noticed the corrosion,

    Before he knew it, there was an explosion.

    As I kneel down at his grave,

    I cannot imagine what he went through,

    To save the stranger he never knew.

    Written by, CJ Heinbach

  2. A global minimum wage system

    July 18, 2011 10:41 amby Financial Times
    By Thomas I. Palley

    The global economy is suffering from severe shortage of demand. In developed economies that shortfall is explicit in high unemployment rates and large output gaps. In emerging market economies it is implicit in their reliance on export-led growth. In part this shortfall reflects the lingering disruptive effects of the financial crisis and Great Recession, but it also reflects globalisation’s undermining of the income generation process. One mechanism that can help rebuild this process is a global minimum wage system. That does not mean imposing US or European minimum wages in developing countries. It does mean establishing a global set of rules for setting country minimum wages.

    The minimum wage is a vital policy tool that provides a floor to wages. This floor reduces downward pressure on wages, and it also creates a rebound ripple effect that raises all wages in the bottom two deciles of the wage spectrum. Furthermore, it compresses wages at the bottom of the wage spectrum, thereby helping reduce inequality. Most importantly, an appropriately designed minimum wage can help connect wages and productivity growth, which is critical for building a sustainable demand generation process.

    Traditionally, minimum wage systems have operated by setting a fixed wage that is periodically adjusted to take account of inflation and other changing circumstances. Such an approach is fundamentally flawed and inappropriate for the global economy. It is flawed because the minimum wage is always playing catch-up, and it is inappropriate because the system is difficult to generalise across countries.

    Instead, countries should set a minimum wage that is a fixed percent (say 50 per cent) of their median wage, which is the wage at which half of workers are paid more and half are paid less. This design has several advantages. First, the minimum wage will automatically rise with the median wage, creating a true floor that moves with the economy. If the median wage rises with productivity growth, the minimum wage will also rise with productivity growth.

    Second, since the minimum wage is set by reference to the local median wage, it is set by reference to local economic conditions and reflects what a country can bear. Moreover, since all countries are bound by the same rule, all are treated equally.

    Third, if countries want a higher minimum wage they are free to set one. The global minimum wage system would only set a floor: it would not set a ceiling.

    Fourth, countries would also be free to set regional minimum wages within each country. Thus, a country such as Germany, that has higher unemployment in the former East Germany and lower unemployment in the former West Germany could set two minimum wages: one for each. The only requirement would be that the regional minimum wage be greater than or equal to 50 per cent of the regional median wage. Such a system of regional minimum wages would introduce additional flexibility that recognises wages and living costs vary within countries as well as across countries. This enables the minimum wage system to avoid the danger of over-pricing labour, while still retaining the demand side benefits a minimum wage confers by improving income distribution and helping tie wages to productivity growth.

    Finally, a global minimum wage system would also confer significant political benefits by cementing understanding of the need for global labor market rules and showing they are feasible. Just as globalisation demands global trade rules for goods and services and global financial rules for financial markets, so too labor markets need global rules.

    In sum, globalisation has increased international labour competition, which has contributed to rupturing the link between wages and productivity growth. That rupture has undermined the old wage based system of demand growth, forcing a turn to reliance on debt and asset price inflation to drive growth. It has also increased income inequality. Restoring the wage – productivity growth link is therefore vital for both economic and political stability. A global minimum wage system can help accomplish this.

    This proposal is drawn from Chapter 12, “The Challenge of Globalization” in Thomas Palley’s book, From Financial Crisis to Stagnation: The Destruction of Shared Prosperity and the Role of Economic Ideas, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2011.

    Thomas I. Palley is an associate on the economic growth programme at the New America Foundation, based in Washington, DC.


  3. When you're young, you look at television and think, there's a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that's not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want.

    Steve Jobs

  4. thinking of my mother who passed away on this day in 1975. she was only 41.

    R.I.P. ♥

    My thoughts are with you

    I lost my grandmother at a similar age in 1972

    she was italian , shame my mother can;t speak a word of it , I would have liked to have italian off her but i was only 5 , my mother was pregnant with my sister at the time

  5. Comedian Felix Dexter dies of cancer


    Dexter was born in St Kitts and moved to the UK when he was seven

    Friends have paid tribute to Felix Dexter, who died on Friday.

    The comedian and actor had suffered from myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer. Reports said he was 52.

    Colleagues and peers used Twitter to praise the St Kitts-born Londoner, with comedian David Baddiel mourning a "real loss to comedy".

    He came to prominence in the flagship black comedy The Real McCoy and later performed for a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

    Fellow comedian Sean Hughes wrote on Twitter: "So so sad to hear about the truly wonderful Felix Dexter passing away.

    "I hope you can feel the love in the comedy community fella. Rip."

    Bill Bailey wrote: "Very sad news about my old friend Felix Dexter. A brilliant comedian, a superb comic actor, a lovely man I feel privileged to have known."

    'Talented, articulate performer'

    Once named Time Out comedian of the year, Dexter also featured in iconic BBC comedies The Fast Show and Absolutely Fabulous.

    More recently, he played three of the main roles in BBC Two's sketch show Bellamy's People and is currently appearing in Citizen Khan.

    His close friend, BBC Radio London presenter Eddie Nestor - who acted alongside Dexter for three years in The Real McCoy - told BBC Radio 5 Live: "It's a sad day. It's a really sad day. I went to see him and we talked and we laughed, and we laughed really hard.

    "This is somebody who's been diagnosed with a terminal illness and you find yourself laughing really hard, belly laughs."

    He added: "We've lost a talented, intelligent, articulate performer who could touch - who could reach out."

    The Fast Show's Paul Whitehouse acted with Dexter in Bellamy's People.

    Whitehouse told BBC Radio 5 live he was privileged to be close to the comedian and actor.

    "He was a very modest, a very private man," he said.

    "It was an honour to be close to him.

    "He stuck in people's minds, Felix. There's been such an outpouring of warmth and affection for him."

    Before entering comedy, Dexter studied law - something he said helped him deal with hecklers.

    He named Billy Connolly and the late American comics Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks among his influences, and remained on the stand-up circuit throughout his career.

    Later he featured in long-running staples Have I Got News For You and Grumpy Old Men, as well as the influential Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge.

    As an actor, he had parts in Casualty and the Bill and appeared in the West End alongside Christian Slater.

    _70579201_mccoy.jpgHe first came to prominence in The Real McCoy

    What are your memories of Felix Dexter? Please leave your thoughts using the form below.

    I knew Felix in the old days, when I was on the stand up circuit myself. He was very funny and friendly. I became an event producer and he was one of my headliners. He was one of the pioneers of black comedy - the Real McCoy should be re-shown as a tribute to his work. He will be truly missed.

    Avril Nanton, Enfield, Middlesex

    When The Real McCoy was aired on our TVs, Felix Dexter, in my opinion, was the one comedian that stood out. I could not wait to see his contribution to the show. He played a variety of roles, that had you in stitches. I will truly miss him, he was an icon.

    Gary, London

    I used to look forward to Felix Dexter on Down the Line, he was was my favourite voices on that show and I always wanted to hear as much as possible of him.

    Matthew, Colchester

    I met him a few times when I worked in Covent Garden. He was an aspiring performer then. He was unaffected, graceful and certainly articulate. He had no edge to him and was easy to talk to and laugh with. We saw many "stars" in the store and they should have taken a leaf out of his book. This was over 25 years ago so he must have done something right.

    Sergio Pani, London

    I was very fortunate to have Felix appear in two of my shows. He was a real gentleman and so funny! Felix was brilliant at including the audience in his routine. He really will be missed in the world of comedy!

    Diane Thompson, London

    I met Felix Dexter a few times at UCL, where I studied from 1971 to 1974. I remember him as an astute observer of characters and mannerisms. I wasn't surprised at many of the things he did in sketches on television, that was the man I remembered him.

    Alan Griffiths, Forest Gate, London

    We have truly lost one of the UK's greatest comedic talents. He was, and will always remain a staple diet of fun and laughter amongst my family and children, who loved and followed everything he did. A truly lovely man, he will be sorely be missed, but was greatly loved and will always be remembered with a smile and wonderful memories.

    Pauline Miller, UK

    He had a nobility about him, very funny man, I saw him in the hospital and still he had time to joke with me , a quiet man with dignity. As good a character comic as any.

    Simon Day, London

    My daughter and I laughed and laughed at Felix's Julius Olefemwe character in the TV version of Bellamy's People. "Calm down" was so funny as were his other appearances as "posh husband with silly wife" . We thought he was a very funny actor and comedian. Such a loss and so sad.

    Patti, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

    I met Felix in 1987 when I worked with his Mum Doreen, when he was working the circuits before he became well known. He was a lovely, kind and very funny person. I kept in contact with him and his mum after I left the job and he always remembered me and got me tickets to see him when he performed. He was a brilliant actor in the RSC productions and in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. He had no airs or graces and would always meet with me for a drink afterwards.


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