Recovery woes: America’s second-largest employer is a temp agency

Behind Wal-Mart, the second-largest employer in America is Kelly Services, a temporary work provider.

Friday’s disappointing jobs report showed that part-time jobs are at an all-time high, with 28 million Americans now working part-time. The report also showed another disturbing fact: There are now a record number of Americans with temporary jobs.

Approximately 2.7 million, in fact. And the trend has been growing.

In the first quarter of 2013, U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 2.86 million temporary and contract workers, or 2 percent of all non-farm employment in the United States, according to the American Staffing Association. This represents a 2.9 percent growth from the same period in 2012. For just the month of June, there was a 6.7 percent growth in the number of staffing jobs than last year.

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101M Get Food Aid from Federal Gov’t; Outnumber Full-Time Private Sector Workers

( – The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.

That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of full-time private sector workers in the U.S.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 97,180,000 full-time private sector workers in 2012.

The population of the U.S. is 316.2 million people, meaning nearly a third of Americans receive food aid from the government.

Of the 101 million receiving food benefits, a record 47 million Americans participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. The USDA describes SNAP as the “largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.”

via 101M Get Food Aid from Federal Gov’t; Outnumber Full-Time Private Sector Workers | CNS News.

Corzine off the crook in MF Global probe

It’s official.

Jon Corzine will not be cuffed over MF Global’s improper handling of customers’ funds leading up to the commodity brokerage firm’s spectacular collapse in late 2011, The Post has learned.

Federal investigators have found no evidence that the disgraced Wall Street titan broke the law.

“After 18 months of investigation, the criminal probe into Jon Corzine is now being dropped,” a person with knowledge of the probe told The Post.

“There is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing,” this person said.

The Justice Department’s decision to drop the case is sure to come as a relief to Corzine, who has been widely blamed for MFG’s bankruptcy — as well as the misuse of some $1.6 billion in customers’ funds.

Last week, Corzine was hit with civil charges by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission in connection with the illegal tapping of the funds, which were improperly co-mingled with the MFG’s house money in the firm’s final days.

The regulator also charged Edith O’Brien, MFG’s former assistant treasurer, for carrying out the illegal transfers in a desperate bid to keep the troubled company afloat.

Both Corzine and O’Brien have denied the allegations.

Criminal investigators, including federal prosecutors and the FBI, have been probing the breach since shortly after it was uncovered with its Halloween 2011 bankruptcy.

At the time it was the eighth largest bankruptcy in US history — and the largest since Lehman Brothers went under in September 2008.

Investigators last interviewed Corzine, who has denied authorizing the transfers, in September 2012, sources said.

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Silver Shield and The Sound of Freedom 7/8/13

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Man Killed and His Friend Hurt in Electrocution on G Train Subway Tracks


BROOKLYN — A man was killed after being electrocuted Monday morning while walking on the tracks near the Broadway G train stop, cops said.

Another man was hurt.

Matthew Zeno, 30,  and another man were walking north on the southbound side of the subway, near Union Avenue, when Zeno paused to urinate and inadvertantly contacted the third rail, according to the FDNY and NYPD.

via Man Killed and His Friend Hurt in Electrocution on G Train Subway Tracks – Williamsburg – New York.

Where Are We Now?

by Zen Gardner

Wow – big question, but not really if we look within and get simply truthful. Admittedly not easy in this current social environment with all the imposed insanities but let’s give it a try.

I’ve been a little quiet of late, for many reasons. I’ve had a big change in my life since moving to a third world country. Everyone’s been so welcoming it’s exposed a lot in myself. I didn’t realize how defensive I had become in the US. People always had their guard up and apparently I was akin to that attitude more than I realized.

It’s so much less here, but you have to discover what underlies the surface of their reactions as well. It too can be superficial and has its own level of societal fears and hangups of course. It’s just so much simpler, more like a time or dimensional change than just relocation.

It reminds me of my youth when things were so much simpler.

Things Change

The vibrational change is quite profound. Feelings and perceptions alter in the most subtle of ways. But I get it. It’s at a frequency I needed to learn to tune into it and let my previous patterns go in my new environment.

I’ve also realized I’ve been carrying quite a bit of worry and concern – concerns about our kids, about the rapidly deteriorating world condition, and most of all its coming effects and implications on humanity. I have a propensity to worry but this change is allowing me to peel back more layers without the electrosmog, uptight American vibe, and cultural insanity of the States to keep interfering with everything.

I like it.  It’s not easy at times, but we’re learning and that’s what’s important. The language challenge is everywhere as well – difficult, yet fun. It’s laborious to communicate yet so very rewarding with the gush of connectivity you soon access in such wonderful salt of the earth people. Enjoying your family and friends and getting food on the table is all that concerns so many who reside in humbler areas outside the spoiled US.

Most striking is the lack of fear. Children play freely in the streets and walk to their destinations without all the staged paranoia of the west. Even the dogs are happier, roaming freely and going about their business of playing with each other and their owners. The contrast to hyper controlled and regimented America is stunning and takes some easing into, but is oh so welcoming.

So…Where Are We Now?

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Is It “Anti-Faith” To Prepare For The Coming Economic Collapse?

By Michael Snyder, on July 5th, 2013

Does being a prepper show a lack of faith in God?  Should good Christians reject prepping altogether?  Yesterday, someone actually accused me of being “anti-faith” because I am encouraging people to prepare for the coming economic collapse.  This person believes that if I had faith, then I would make “no provision” for what is ahead and simply trust “in God’s providence alone”.  So is that person right?  Is it really “anti-faith” to prepare for the coming economic collapse?  I spent quite a bit of time thinking about these questions today.

Those that visit my site on a regular basis know that I am a Christian and I am very open about that fact.  I am someone that places a very high value on faith.  The Scriptures tell us to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”.  Without God, none of us has any hope.  In fact, without God I would probably be dead by now.

But faith is not about sitting on your couch and waiting for God to do everything for you.  Rather, faith is about taking action on what God has directed you to do.

What I don’t understand is why any of these Christians that are 100% against prepping continue to go to work.  If we are to make “no provision” for ourselves and simply trust “in God’s providence alone”, then why do they need to earn a paycheck?  Why can’t they just sit home and wait for God to fill up their bank accounts?

Yes, God can do mind blowing supernatural things that require absolutely no participation on our part.  I know, because it has happened to me.  But the vast majority of the time, God works with us.  He requires us to take steps of faith and obedience, and in the process He leads us, He guides us, He blesses us and He opens doors for us.

The story of Noah is a perfect example of this.  He was perhaps the very first “prepper”.  God could have kept Noah and his family safe from the flood by transporting them to some sort of very comfortable “heavenly waiting area” and brought them back when everything was dry, but He didn’t do that.  Instead, God warned Noah about what was coming and ordered him to build a boat.

So did Noah just sit back and wait for God to do everything for Him?  No, he exercised his faith by taking action.  He believed the warning and he built a giant boat.  In Hebrews 11:7, Noah is commended for his radical faith which produced radical action…

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

Read the full story at  Is It “Anti-Faith” To Prepare For The Coming Economic Collapse?.