Friday, July 27, 2012

Samsung sells 50.5 million smartphones, twice as much as Apple

Its the iphone 5 lull, but still impressive.
Samsung Electronics Co, the world's top smartphone maker, sold 50.5 million smartphones in the second quarter, stretching its lead over rival Apple Inc, a report by research firm StrategyAnalytics showed.

Samsung took 34.6 percent of the global smartphone market, while Apple, which suffered a 26 percent sequential plunge in smartphone sales, had 17.8 percent of the market after selling 26 million iPhones in the June quarter, the report said.

Nokia took the third spot with a 7.0 percent market share, selling 10.2 million smartphones.

Latino Protests reflect deep divisions in Anaheim...

Same old story, resentment, unemployment gang violence in poor areas and the others who don't understand the minority problems..etc..etc..
In a city best known for Disneyland, the Angels and the Ducks, the fatal police shootings of two Latino men over the weekend have uncorked days of furious, sometimes violent protests.

The unrest has exposed long-simmering divisions in Anaheim between the glitz of Disney and professional sports and the struggles in some of the less prosperous Latino neighborhoods in Orange County's largest city.

Of the city's estimated 340,000 residents, 53% are Latino, and the protests have occurred in the city's flatlands, where many of those residents live. Most City Council members hail from the more affluent Anaheim Hills neighborhood to the east. The American Civil Liberties Union recently filed suit claiming the current at-large system of electing the council leaves Latinos poorly represented. The suit said that Anaheim has had only three Latino council members in its history.

Just an aside, if 53% are latino but underrep on the council, maybe its because a large portion of that 53% aren't legally allowed to vote in this country?

Of course the two dead alleged gang members were good people.

As Diaz lay near death on an apartment lawn, anger swept through the streets. Soon protesters were hurling bottles at police, while officers fired bean bags. A police dog broke free and attacked protesters.

A day later, police killed another man, Joel Acevedo, 21, who they say had fired at officers during a foot chase. Police released a photo of a handgun lying between his legs.

Protests erupted downtown Tuesday night, with crowds that police estimated in excess of 1,000 people. Police Chief John Welter said police declared it an unlawful assembly after it grew dangerous. He said 50 to 100 protesters continued roaming the streets, throwing rocks and bottles, and damaging more than 20 businesses, mostly breaking windows. There was also damage to City Hall and the Police Department building.

Police used pepper-spray balls and bean bags to quell the crowd, and 24 people were arrested.

"Anaheim is a strong community and a community that works together to solve its problems," Mayor Tom Tait said at a news conference Wednesday. "I think it's important for city officials to hear from people we serve … but violence and vandalism have no part in the conversation."

Rosaries, baseball caps, and handwritten notes have been hung on the fence next to where Diaz was shot.

Residents remained on edge, many saying family members and friends were still in jail after the confrontation with police on Saturday evening.

Yolanda Delgado, 68, a longtime Anaheim resident, saw a group of young looters smashing the windows of a T-shirt store Tuesday night and began yelling at them. At one point, she scuffled with a young woman who she said was trying to steal shoelaces. The young woman punched her and bloodied her lip.

Delgado said she was incensed that rioters were destroying the property of innocent people. "I was ashamed of them — the stupidity, the ignorance," she said. "This is what the Latino community is trying to [alleviate]. They're tired of being known just as thieves or gardeners or housekeepers."

Some see a growing gulf between the city's image as a tourist utopia and the unhappiness of some residents.

Gustavo Arellano, who grew up in Anaheim and now edits the OC Weekly alternative newspaper, said the city has poured millions of dollars into its resort district to the exclusion of the poor neighborhoods that need it.

He said he has sensed more fear among Anaheim residents in recent years than he can remember, as a result of crime and "gang members hanging out with impunity."

"What you have is all these young men who graduated from high school, and there are no job opportunities, and they're drawn into the criminal life," Arellano said. "While this is happening, the city leaders have done next to nothing to tackle this issue."

Caught in the middle, he said, are decent people who don't like crime but feel alienated from police.

Look, I don't have any concern if you are a gang member or hang out with a bad crowd and you get shot in the process. But the people who want to rail against the police and have pictures showing up on Drudgereport acting like maniacs are not doing that area any favors and just confirming people's suspicions.

If something did go wrong, work it thru the proper channels or act like idiots and just stayed mired in poverty.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

France unveils more spending to boost sinking car industry.

Yeah, this will save jobs and an industry falling on its ass. Cash for Clunkers, French style!

The French government Wednesday unveiled measures aimed at shoring up the country's struggling auto industry without digging a deep hole in France's public finances or infuriating European antitrust authorities.

The plan centers largely on boosting French car sales by raising subsidies for electric and low-emission vehicles and penalizing gas guzzlers.

The government is also putting together a €600 million ($724 million) package to help small and medium sized companies with investment and liquidity.

Most of that comes from diverting spending that already exists, notably from publicly owned bank Oseo. Less than €200 million is fresh money.


The government said the decline of France's auto industry has been particularly marked: The country produced just 2.2 million cars last year, as compared to 2005's 3.5 million. It employs 800,000 people — 30 percent fewer people than it did 10 years ago.

"France isn't abandoning its automotive industry," Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Wednesday after a Cabinet meeting where the plan was explained to government ministers.

Hollande's administration hopes France can carve out a space for its auto industry by driving hard into environmentally friendly cars — a sector the country's automakers are already prominent in. The plan includes a variety of measures aimed at rewarding companies that invest in green technology and drivers who buy environmentally-friendly cars.

Industrial Recovery Minister Arnaud Montebourg, who unveiled the plan, said the government will also launch a "Made in France" campaign — and has signed up famed director Luc Besson to participate — to encourage consumers to buy locally, although no monetary incentives were mentioned.

Apple's China sales flag as rivals take advantage.

I am not going to get on the Apple is slowly failing bandwagon and just think that people know the iPhone 5 is coming out so why bother buying the 4s.
Apple Inc's disappointing China sales suggest that its customers will not always wait for the next iPhone when rivals such as Samsung have plenty of flashy new models available now, analysts and resellers said on Wednesday.

China is Apple's second-largest market, and its rabid fans have been known to seek out smugglers just to get their hands on the latest gadgets before they officially go on sale in Beijing and Shanghai stores.

But an iPad 3 launch in China last week did not generate the normal buying frenzy, and lackluster April-to-June sales of the iPhone 4S have some analysts questioning whether Apple products are losing their status as the must-have accessory for China's hip and affluent.

"The (iPhone 4S) model is a little bit too long in the tooth when compared to other phones with better specs," said TZ Wong, a Beijing-based analyst from research firm IDC.

"To put it plainly, consumers are getting a little bit tired of the look of the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S."

Man was high on fake pot when he attacked friend with butcher knife

Why even bother calling this fake pot? Its a mixture of chemicals taken by morons too stupid to take actual pot.

Police arrested a man who called 911 to say he attacked a sleeping friend with a butcher knife Saturday night after smoking synthetic marijuana.

Levan Allman, 24, told police he was high on Cloud 9 before the attack.

Allman and his friend smoked Cloud 9 in the backyard of his home in the 5900 block of Northwest 16th Court, the police report says. She started to fall asleep in a chair so he went in the house to watch TV. At some point, Allman grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen, went outside and stabbed her four or five times, leaving slash marks on her head, arms and hands.

His friend woke up and asked, "Why are you doing this?"

That's when Allman went inside the house and called 911.

The friend, who was not identified in the report, was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Allman faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $10,000.

Zynga Stock Dives on Loss, prelude to Facebook results?

If its the way Zynga goes so does Facebook, today's numbers from Facebook will be interesting.
Zynga Inc. fueled an Internet investment frenzy last year with a much-hyped initial public offering and a skyrocketing valuation. On Wednesday, the online games maker showed its vulnerability as the company's stock plunged 40% following weak quarterly results.

The San Francisco company swung to a loss for its second quarter and reported that its year-over-year revenue growth slowed to 19%, down from 32% in the prior quarter. Zynga also lowered its full-year outlook.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

(Video) Anaheim protesters march and fight police in streets over death.

Followup on the shooting death of Joel Mathew Acevedo who shot at a police officer and Manuel Angel Diaz who ran from police. The protestors doing themselves no favors are acting like idiots.

Protesters were marching through the streets of Anaheim on Tuesday evening after clashing with police outside City Hall as officials discussed two deadly police shootings that have rocked the city.

The marchers, including one wielding a stick and another who may have a rock in his hand, were moving south along Anaheim Boulevard toward Disneyland, according to live footage on CBS Channel 2.

Earlier, chaos broke out as bottles were thrown and police chased people on the streets and sidewalks near City Hall. Anaheim Boulevard between Broadway and Lincoln Avenue was closed off, and people shouted obscenities and threw objects such as orange traffic cones at police.

Sirens wailed as officers formed a skirmish line along Anaheim Boulevard. Officers from Tustin, Brea and Orange responded to a request for aid from the Anaheim Police Department. At least one person was arrested, police said.

The violence broke out as city officials met to discuss the slaying of Joel Mathew Acevedo, who was shot after he fired at an officer Sunday night. A day earlier, Manuel Angel Diaz was killed after running from police on Anaheim's east side.

As the protesters continued their march, Oscar Velazquez said the dialogue should focus on basic civil rights rather than race.

Dania Beach tries to block Fort Lauderdale Airport Runway..again

Earmarking $850,000 for court battles because they want the rest of Broward to pay for the idiots who bought homes near a fricking airport in the first place.

The city is stocking its war chest as it ramps up for a prolonged legal fight against runway expansion at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Without discussion, city commissioners on Tuesday evening voted to allocate $850,000 in reserve funds to fight two pending lawsuits — one in federal court and one in state court.

The city's nearly 20-year fight over airport expansion was renewed this spring when a historic settlement between the city and Broward County crumbled amid the Federal Aviation Administration's refusal to approve cash payment to homeowners in the high-noise zone.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Europe shaken by a possible Spain Bailout.

Why is this even a question? Spain is dead broke and getting worse for the last couple of years, anyone paying attention would realize they would need a bailout.

Europe is on the brink again. The region's debt crisis flared on Monday as fears intensified that Spain would be next in line for a government bailout.

A recession is deepening in Spain, the fourth-largest economy that uses the euro currency, and a growing number of its regional governments are seeking financial lifelines to make ends meet. The interest rate on Spanish government bonds soared in a sign of waning market confidence in the country's ability to pay off its debts.

The prospect of bailing out Spain is worrisome for Europe because the potential cost far exceeds what's available in existing emergency funds. Financial markets are also growing uneasy about Italy, another major European economy with large debts and a feeble economy.

Federal Agents join up with Philly Cops to stop violent crime

Its takes the Feds to go in to help Killadelphia to fight its crime problems. Lovely city.
WHEN FEDERAL agents and Philadelphia cops arrested a group of gun-toting men near the airport on Wednesday — thwarting an alleged plan to rob a drug dealer — the takedown was the result of a new partnership between federal and local officials to combat violent and drug-related crime across the city.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Mayor Nutter announced the partnership at City Hall on Monday.

The partnership includes more than 50 federal law-enforcement officials, and Holder said that during a four-month "surge," which began June 4, federal resources are being used to build local capacity, enhance training, coordinate outreach, bolster intelligence and help plan and execute more sophisticated criminal investigations and prosecutions.

To date, the surge has seized more than 80 firearms and netted more than 300 arrests for violent-crime, drug, gun and other offenses, officials said.

Uh Oh..Moody's Cuts Outlook on Germany, Other Euro Users

Head for the bunkers!
Moody's Investors Service lowered its outlooks on Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg—which all have triple-A-ratings—to negative from stable, pointing to rising uncertainty related to the euro-zone debt crisis.

In particular, the three countries face an increased risk of losing their top-notch ratings because of a higher possibility Greece will exit the bloc, according to a senior credit officer at the Moody's Corp. unit.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Rape and Murder of Buddhist woman by Muslims sets off violence in Burma

Via BBC, all the particulars.
A state of emergency has been declared in the western Rakhine state of Burma, after deadly communal clashes. The BBC News website explains what lies behind the latest unrest.

What sparked the latest violence?

The rape and murder of a young Buddhist woman in Rakhine in May set off a chain of deadly sectarian clashes.

On 4 June, 10 Muslim men were killed after an angry crowd attacked a bus in the Taungup district, apparently mistakenly believing some passengers were responsible for the murder

Three Muslim men were later arrested for the rape. Two have now been sentenced to death, one died in custody

After Friday prayers following the bus attack, Muslims gathered in the town of Maung Daw

The crowd turned angry and began attacking nearby buildings

Police came to quell the protest but the crowd dispersed and began to set fire to predominantly Rakhine Buddhist villages in the area.

Curfew was declared in Maung Daw but the violence escalated and spread to many towns
Buddhists also launched reprisal attacks on Muslim villages.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Caterpillar going after Labor Unions for deeper cuts.

Catepillar has always taken the hard line against unions because they understand how to play the cards. Now in an economy where business has the upper hand, why not go after the costs and drive it down more.
When it comes to dealing with labor unions, Caterpillar has long taken a stance as tough as the bulldozers and backhoes that have burnished its global reputation. Be it two-tier wage scales or higher worker contributions for health insurance, the company has been a leader in devising new ways to cut labor costs, with other manufacturers often imitating its strategies.

Now, in what has become a test case in American labor relations, Caterpillar is trying to pioneer new territory, seeking steep concessions from its workers even when business is booming.

Despite earning a record $4.9 billion profit last year and projecting even better results for 2012, the company is insisting on a six-year wage freeze and a pension freeze for most of the 780 production workers at its factory here. Caterpillar says it needs to keep its labor costs down to ensure its future competitiveness.

The company’s stance has angered the workers, who went on strike 12 weeks ago. “Considering the offer they gave us, it’s a strike we had to have,” said Albert Williams, a 19-year Caterpillar employee, as he picketed in 99-degree heat outside the plant, which makes hydraulic parts and systems essential for much of the company’s earth-moving machinery.

Caterpillar, which has significantly raised its executives’ compensation because of its strong profits, defended its demands, saying many unionized workers were paid well above market rates. To run the factory during the strike, the company is using replacement workers, managers and a few union members who have crossed the picket line.

The showdown, which has no end in sight, is being closely watched by corporations and unions across the country because it involves two often uncompromising antagonists — Caterpillar and the International Association of Machinists — that have figured in many high-stakes labor battles.

“Caterpillar has been a leader in the past 20 years in taking a hard line,” said Richard Hurd, a professor of industrial relations at Cornell. Last winter, Caterpillar locked out about 450 workers at its locomotive plant in London, Ontario, and then closed the factory after the union rejected its demand to cut wages by 55 percent. In the mid-1990s, the company vanquished the United Automobile Workers after a 17-month strike by 9,000 workers at eight factories; the union surrendered and accepted the company’s concession-filled offer.

Puerto Rico moves to save legal cockfights

Good to see Rico has their priorities in order.

It's a scene many might consider unsavory, but it unfolded on a recent afternoon in an arena paid for with U.S. tax dollars, on an island territory where cockfighting is a legal and popular activity.

In fact, the territory's government is battling to keep the blood sport thriving, as many matches go underground to avoid fees and admission charges levied by official clubs. Although long in place, those costs have since become overly burdensome for some as the island endures a fifth year of economic crisis.

The business once generated $100 million a year in revenue for government-owned clubs across the U.S. territory, among the few places in the world where such fights remain legal. Recent figures are unavailable, but many say revenue at such clubs has plummeted.

"This year has been a death blow," said Angel Ortiz, longtime owner of Las Palmas cockfighting club in Bayamon. "All the cockfighting clubs in Puerto Rico are empty."

The territory's Sports and Recreation Department operates Ortiz's club and others that together have grossed about $30 million a year in bets alone. It's an industry that employs about 100,000 people and draws an estimated 1 million spectators a year, but that number has been dropping, said Carlos Lopez, president of Puerto Rico's cockfighting commission, which oversees the clubs.

US poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s

The Obama recovery is going along spectacularly.
The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.

Census figures for 2011 will be released this fall in the critical weeks ahead of the November elections.

The Associated Press surveyed more than a dozen economists, think tanks and academics, both nonpartisan and those with known liberal or conservative leanings, and found a broad consensus: The official poverty rate will rise from 15.1 percent in 2010, climbing as high as 15.7 percent. Several predicted a more modest gain, but even a 0.1 percentage point increase would put poverty at the highest level since 1965.

Poverty is spreading at record levels across many groups, from underemployed workers and suburban families to the poorest poor. More discouraged workers are giving up on the job market, leaving them vulnerable as unemployment aid begins to run out. Suburbs are seeing increases in poverty, including in such political battlegrounds as Colorado, Florida and Nevada, where voters are coping with a new norm of living hand to mouth.

(wsj) Firms Pass Up Tax Breaks, Citing Hassles, Complexity

Just the idea you have to deal with the IRS more than normal would scare me off.

For years, politicians have used targeted tax breaks to try to influence corporate behavior, offering lower tax bills as an incentive to hire more workers, boost energy efficiency and buy more equipment, among other things.

But executives, particularly at small and medium-size companies, complain that many of the tax deductions are either too cumbersome or too confusing. In some cases, the cost of obtaining the tax benefit is greater than the benefit itself—a wrinkle that has helped spawn a cottage industry of tax-credit consultants. Also problematic is the threat of pushback from the Internal Revenue Service.

(Video) Angry Latino Anaheim crowd attack police and get shot at.

Seriously, you surround cops doing their jobs, thrown bottles and rocks and expect what not to happen exactly? Why are women taking their children to a crime scene?

Protesters have planned a demonstration in front of the Anaheim police station Sunday, a day after officers shot and killed a man, prompting an angry crowd to throw bottles at police and set fires on the street.

The demonstration is planned for noon, organizer Theresa Smith told the Orange County Register.

"[The Anaheim police] are not judge, jury and executioner," Smith told the newspaper. "Nobody is given their due process and it just seems like everything has gotten out of hand."

The melee broke out Saturday night, hours after police fatally shot a man. Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn said the incident began when two patrol officers tried to approach three men in an alley in the 600 block of North Anna Drive about 4 p.m.

It was unclear why the officers first approached the men, but Dunn said they gave chase and one of the officers followed one of the men to the front of an apartment complex, where the shooting occurred.

Not exactly getting a feeling this area would be seen as safe to drive thru day or night and the relatives seem educated. The added bonus if you are nicknamed "Stomper" its not after a Disney movie.

The name of the man killed has not been released by authorities, but 16-year-old Daisy Gonzalez told the Register the victim was her uncle, Manuel Diaz.

"He [doesn't] like cops. He never liked them because all they do is harass and arrest anyone," Gonzalez told the newspaper after lighting a candle for her uncle, cursing nearby police and a helicopter that hovered above.

Raw Video of what the local paper calls a protest instead of calling it a riot.

Two police officers have been placed on paid leave after one of them fatally shot an unarmed man as he attempted to flee on foot in a residential alleyway, police Chief John Welter said Sunday. The shooting victim, 25-year-old Manuel Angel Diaz of Santa Ana, was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 7 p.m. Saturday after being shot in the alley a few blocks northeast of downtown Anaheim. Police described Diaz as a "documented gang member," and said he was shot after the officers saw three men near a car in the 600 block of Anna Drive, near La Palma Avenue and State College Boulevard. Believing the activity to be suspicious, the officers approached the vehicle, and all three men fled on foot.
A line of five police officers stood stoically at a doorway that led to the briefing room where Sunday's news conference took place. Just as the meeting was about to begin, Diaz's family was escorted into the room along with reporters and photographers. Lupe Diaz, 29, the man's sister, said her brother was unemployed, but had worked in offices and as a general laborer. "He was a bright soul. Fun. Caring. He'd never hurt a soul," she said. "He had such a big heart."


So he is running his campaign like he runs the country? At least he is consistent.

Melissa Petro: My abortion was no big deal, best thing EVAR!

This new movement by some women to fight back against those against abortion because it is the killing of an unborn child are starting to scare the shit out of me because there is a cognitive dissonance happening they don't seem to understand.

Here is the setup.

This is my abortion, a campaign created anonymously by a woman who took pictures of a pregnancy she terminated at six weeks, shows a very different reality to abortion than those images that assaulted me as I walked into my appointment. Four Instagram-looking images of some medical looking devices, including a jar with an inch or so of red frothy stuff at the bottom, demonstrate that your garden variety abortion is “basically like getting your period all at once,” describes one feminist blogger, Amanda Marcotte.

“My hope is this project will help dispel the fear, lies and hysteria around abortion, and empower women to make educated decisions for their bodies,” explains the site’s creator.

Here is the kicker.

For some women– possibly even many or most women, it’s hard to know when we don’t talk about it — having an abortion is a difficult decision, one that causes them profound grief. For me, having an abortion wasn’t a serious experience, and there’s enough messaging in this world that tells me that it should have been that I think the world can withstand 1,200 or so words describing the experience in an opposite way.

Whereas I may have had strong negative feelings about getting pregnant — guilt, mostly, because I was cheating on my boyfriend at the time, and my whole life was a mess — I had no negative feelings whatsoever about having an abortion. Hell, of all the decisions I made at 22, it was probably one of the best of the lot. When it was happening, all I felt — other than 30 seconds of sharp, bright pain — was relief. Terminating my unintended pregnancy was the right thing to do, and I was as absolutely certain of this then as I am today.

The truth is that my abortion was no big deal — and apparently I’m not alone in feeling this way — and so long as there are people clamoring to tell me differently — and lawmakers vying to take away my right to this choice — I won’t stop sharing this experience, and encouraging other women to share theirs.

At some point in the fight to cheer on abortion, the disconnect happened where the killing of an unborn child is reduced to the level of "having your period all at once" and its just another medical procedure.

To rationalize it you have to dismiss you are killing an unborn child so you can then dismiss feelings of guilt and dread that you know you just killed an unborn child.

Also the women proudly showing themselves as examples of pro abortion is not good.

Lets look at Melissa Petro own words. She killed an unborn child while cheating on her boyfriend and her life was a complete mess. But the best thing ever out of that is having an abortion.

No sense of reflection on how that will look to other people because the important part is she got rid of this burden who through no fault of him/her got their life snuffed out by a messed up cheating woman who was going a bad time of her life.

Terrific, but this going back to my first thought, the amount of rationalization to make it seem nothing more than getting of a hangnail is deeply disturbing to me.