Your share of the national debt is now $1.1 million

Originally posted on Rare:

Each U.S. taxpayer now has a federal-debt liability of $1.1 million, and rising.

Remember that when President Obama boasts that the federal deficit—the shortfall between annual revenues and spending—is declining. Of course, the primary reason for the decline is the sequester, which was his idea but now adamantly opposes.

The public tends to focus on the total national debt, which just passed the $17 trillion mark—up from $10.6 trillion when President Obama took office. But that figure pales in comparison to the federal government’s long term unfunded liabilities—money the government is obligated to pay over and above the revenues it is estimated to receive.

According to the U.S. Debt Clock, total long term unfunded liabilities are at $126 trillion, a $1.1 million liability for each U.S. taxpayer.

The main driver of that astronomical number is two of our major entitlement programs: Social Security and Medicare.

The Debt Clock says Social…

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New recommended feature for missions at Empire Avenue

There is a new feature “recommended” for missions at Empire Avenue. However, the most cursory test already fails. I only selected “Empire Avenue” as my interest in networks, and expected to see only missions related to Empire avenue. However, it does not do the job.

Why is there again a feature that does not deliver what it seems to suppose to. The conclusion must be, Empire Avenue has never left alpha state.

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Empire Avenue even more broken

Now no other profile than the own one by the ticker who requested it can be retrieved. This makes the whole API useless… Not sure why to have an API like this

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Empire Avenue API broken again

And the Empire Avenue API is broken again. The profile info request used to allow a list of 100 tickers and would respond with the 100 responses in one call. However, apparently since today, there is no list anymore, just one ticker. With this it would take 720 hours to retrieve the info for each ticker available on Empire Avenue. So, it does not make sense to write any application using the API anymore. Why bother anymore with Empire Avenue… Empire Avenue is dead!

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No UIDs provided in API for EmpireAvenue

This is one of the most annoying deficiencies in the Empire Avenue API. The Oauth authentication does not provide automatically an UID which makes it inconsistent with any other OAUTH2.0 provider.

Furthermore, since the ticker can be changed, there is no way to track ticker changes. Hence after a ticker change, for the purpose of the API, one ticker got deleted, and another one just arrived out of thin air

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Types of results from API

The results from the API are not typed correcty. Lots of cases numbers are presented as strings, which in turn messes up calculation if no explicit type casting is done.

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Some issues with the Empire Avenue API

One of the biggest issue with the EAv API is that there is no bulk buying. Profiles can be retrieved up to 100 tickers in one call. However, each buy needs its own call plus another to retrieve the current trade price.

It would be ok to make the trade price optional, so if people want to buy for a particular price and otherwise want to let the purchase fail, however, it should not be mandatory since most people probably do not care if it is a fraction of an eave higher or lower.  

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Massport, Boston Fire Conduct Fire Drill On Logan Airport Runway

Originally posted on CBS Boston:

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BOSTON (CBS) — The Massachusetts Port Authority conducted a drill Wednesday morning involving smoke and fire on the runway.

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The drill involved what appeared to be a plane on fire. Boston Logan Airport tweeted the smoke and fire was part of a drill.

Heavy black smoke could be seen drifting over the airfield.

“It seems rather insensitive and inappropriate to me,” said Lynn Ellison from Beverly as she waited for her daughter’s flight to touch down.

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Several people also took to Twitter and Boston Logan Airport’s Facebook page to complain about the poor timing. (Continued…)

“That is ridiculous. Have some respect. People died 12 years ago on flights originating out of your airport. How dare you,” one person wrote.

Another asked why authorities would schedule the drill on a day when travelers are already…

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OK State launches website to respond to SI allegations

Originally posted on KFOR.com:

STILLWATER, Okla. – As the fourth part of a five-part series was released from Sports Illustrated detailing alleged misconduct by the OSU football team, Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis is speaking out about the accusations.

“As we have said, we will investigate the accuracy of the allegations and take all appropriate action,” OSU President Burns Hargis said. “We do not condone or tolerate improper conduct in our athletic programs.”

In Friday’s statement, Hargis says they will get to the bottom of the accusations and that he believes the current staff is committed to making sure the program is at its best.

He said, “At OSU, sure we want to win. But we want to win the right way.”

Watch the full statement here.

University officials said they have contacted the NCAA and advised it of the accusations.

OSU Vice President of Athletics Mike Holder said, “We take the allegations seriously…

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Suicide Watch Week 2: Lessons Learned

Originally posted on CBS Philly:

By Justin Boylan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Before we fly through my week 2 picks like a 53-play first half, let’s step back and learn some lessons from week 1 that could help us survive moving forward.

1. Picking against the Raiders is wise, but picking against the Jaguars is downright genius. (And what do you know, the two play each other this weekend. I’m not recommending this game because picking it means having to actually watch it. No thanks.)

2. I love Chip Kelly.

3. The Patriots offense, which was built to utilize their two mismatch-machine tight ends, might be in trouble in the first few weeks without those aforementioned tight ends (and now without Shane Vereen). Until Gronk comes back, I would avoid the potential trap.

4. The color red is doing Andy Reid no favors.

5. The 49ers forgive Anquan Boldin for Super Bowl XLVII. Also, Colin Kaepernick…

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