Fear not, neither be discouraged


Fear not, neither be discouraged. —Deuteronomy 1:21.

HAPPY are they that learn, in Thee,
Though patient suffering teach,
The secret of enduring strength,
And praise too deep for speech,—
Peace that no pressure from without,
No strife within, can reach.

ONE of the greatest trials and miseries of this life seems to me to be the absence of a grand spirit to keep the body under control; illnesses and grievous afflictions, though they are a trial, I think nothing of, if the soul is strong, for it praises God, and sees that everything comes from His hand. ST. TERESA.

Many say they have no peace nor rest, but so many crosses and trials, afflictions and sorrows, that they know not how they shall ever get through them. Now he, who in truth will perceive and take note, perceiveth clearly that true peace and rest lie not in…

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If Obama imposes sanctions, Russia will retaliate by dumping U.S. treasury bonds

Consortium of Defense Analysts

Yesterday morning, March 6, 2014, by signing an executive order, Barack Obama made good on his threat to impose sanctions on Russia over the latter’s “invasion” of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

In addition to declaring a U.S. “national emergency” due to the Ukraine crisis being an “extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” Obama’s executive order, “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine,” also “authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, or for stealing the assets of the Ukrainian people.” (The term “entity” means a “partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization.”)

Sanctions on the above-mentioned “individuals and entities” include:

  1. Placing blocks on all their “property and interests in property that are in the United States,” so that they “may not be transferred, paid, exported…

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Average Weekly Hours Worked Fall in February

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

On Friday, the Labor Department reported the economy gained 175,000 jobs in February, roughly on pace with population growth. In a worrying trend, though, the Department also reported that the average number of hours worked fell for the month. Production and non-supervisory employees averaged just 33.3 hours a week in February. That is down 1.5% since last year.

Average weekly hours worked are a leading indicator of future job growth. Employers will generally add hours to existing employees before making new hires. Falling hours, however, indicate there is room in the existing labor force to meet current demand. Off all industry sectors, only mining and information saw an increase in average hours worked from last year. Seventeen industry sectors saw average weekly hours fall. Hours worked for all employees similarly fell.

via Average Weekly Hours Worked Fall in February.

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