Thursday, April 17, 2014

NBA Playoffs: Which teams gouge their fans? (Chart)

The charts in this article show regular season ticket prices in the cities hosting NBA playoff games, the playoff ticket prices and the percentage difference between the two.

The results may surprise you.

At HAS here.


Never Again? Jews over 16 in Ukraine told to register or be deported!

Surprised? We're not as worldwide hate seems to be on the rise and not the decline!

As we have discussed here before the greatest danger Jews face is complacency and some misguided belief that antisemitism and religious hatred ended with the end of WWII.

Never Again Ukraine? For Jews it's again and again and again and...... (Video)
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Kristallnacht tutorial for Jews (and anyone else) with a short memory!

It is, however, unfortunately alive and well as exemplified by the shooting in Overland Park and by this:

What is this? A leaflet dropped in the Ukraine city of Donetsk that demands that all Jews over the age of 16 register as such and in addition list all of their property.

From YNET News:

A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine calling for all Jews over 16 years old to register as Jews marred the Jewish community's Passover festivities Monday (Passover eve), replacing them with feelings of concern.

The leaflet demanded the city's Jews supply a detailed list of all the property they own, or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated.

Donetsk, a Ukraine province with 4.3 million people - 10 percent of Ukraine's population - and 17,000 Jews, is home to much of the country's heavy industry, and is thus the biggest prize of the eastern regions where pro-Russian separatists have captured government buildings in the past week.

The leaflet, signed by Chairman of Donetsk's temporary government Denis Pushilin, was distributed to Jews near the Donetsk synagogue and later in other areas of the city where pro-Russians activists have declared Donetsk as an independent "people's republic", defying an ultimatum from Kiev to surrender.

The leaflet was written in Russian and had Russia's national symbol on it, as well as the Donetsk People's Republic insignia.

"Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality," the flyer began, "due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta," a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement which fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, "and oppose the pro-Slavic People's Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic's territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register."

The leaflet detailed what type of documents the Jewish citizens would need to supply: "ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles."

If the message was not made clear enough, the leaflet further stipulated the consequences that would come to those who failed to abide by the new demands: "Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property."

To add insult to injury, the leaflet demanded the Jews pay a registration fee of $50. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mommy, where do federal tax revenues come from?

This article, appropriate for Tax Day, breaks down the sources of federal tax dollars by the various segments that contribute such as individual, payroll and corporate.

One chart provides the data for 1945 through 2013 while the other is for 2013 only.

Read at HAS here.


Hotspots around the world! (Map)

This article contains a map of the world that points out the uncertainty that is present country by country.

Whether it's elections coming up in emerging markets, the Russian action in Ukraine or continued economic uncertainty this map provides a great summary of it all!

Read at HAS here.


Monday, April 14, 2014

When the taxpayer is on the hook, money is no object!

This article looks at the construction of the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point that is being built in Bronx, New York. 

It is going to end up costing the taxpayers 10 times the original estimate when finished and ready to play in 2015 and likely be priced in the neighborhood of $125 a round!

Read at HAS here.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Does the economy actually suck or is it all about the weather?

This article looks at the fact that when it comes to any economic weakness that's reported, the pundits and financial pros along with government officials all like to blame the harsh winter for it occurring.

So is it all about the weather or is it possible that the economy might be facing headwinds going forward?

Read at HAS here.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Did you know? US economy for the week!

This article contains the complete US economic calendar and US treasury auction schedule for the week of April 14, 2014. 

It also includes links to some of the most popular articles from the prior week.

Read at HAS here.