Friday Five October 31 2014

Those who supported World War I in the United Kingdom are going to be paid back – finally. Treasury chief George Osborne said Friday the government plans to redeem some National War Bonds issued in 1917 when it refinances 218 million pounds of debt issued as far back as the 18th century.

In September, employee costs went up 0.7% and were up 2.2% for the 12 month period ending in September. Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 2.2 percent for the 12-month period ending September 2014. In September 2013, the increase in compensation costs was 1.9 percent. Wages and salaries increased 2.1 percent for the 12-month period ending September 2014, compared with 1.6 percent in September 2013. Benefit costs increased 2.4 percent for the 12-month period ending September 2014, compared with a 2.2 percent increase for the 12-month period ending September 2013. One wonders how businesses absorbed these costs without increased sales or increases in the prices of their goods and services.

Bring robbed at gun-point in a gun-free zone is not ironic, its’ predictable. The best way to defeat bad guys with guns is to ensure the good guys have guns too.

Homelessness is a big deal. ~25% of all the homeless are in California – but the most disturbing number is this: 23% of all homeless people are under the age of 18. One wonders how we, as a nation or a church, can allow this.

Man’s Best Friend? The police find a man in Alabama by using his own dog. There are reasons to not have pets!

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