Market Mover Tuesday: Gold…

Gold crossed $1000.00 in Tokyo…it’s Shirley Bassey time again!

MarketWatch:

Gold futures climbed as high as $1,000 an ounce Tuesday — marking the first time a front-month contract has reached the psychologically key level since late February. Gold for December delivery, the most active contract, subsequently pulled back a bit to trade at $999.50, though still up $2.80 in Globex electronic trading Tuesday morning in Tokyo.

The front-month gold contract last reached an intraday high and closing price above $1,000 on Feb. 20 of this year. December gold ended last week with a 4% gain. See Friday’s gold story.

The dollar continues to look weak, and as U.S. workers return to trading desks on Tuesday, they are likely to see some short covering come in and push gold even higher,” said Kevin Kerr, president of Kerrtrade.com.

U.S. markets were closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday, while the greenback continued its slide, falling 92.72 yen in early Tuesday action.

Shirley Bassey courtesy of Witzmix

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September 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Wall St. 2 comments.

Update: Dragon*Con 2009: TAPS Ghosthunters Panel…Renewal for Season 6 confirmed..

Update: See Part 4 of the video for scoop on the investigation the team did with Meatloaf this season!! and Meatloaf has a new album coming out! Scroll down for additional panel video after the break..

Grant and Jason confirm Season 6 renewal signed, woohoo, and their book is coming out the 29th…

Hilarious Mothra story involving Steve and Tango about 3 minutes in:

Courtesy of westendgirl55

Panel continues after the break:

Here’s the new book release date September 29th:

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Amazon:

For the first time ever, Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, founders of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (T.A.P.S.), share their most memorable and spine-tingling early cases — none of which has ever appeared on television. Beginning with the previously untold experiences that sparked their passion for ghost hunting, Jason and Grant’s bone-chilling investigations uncover:

Continued…

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September 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. 1 comment.

Dragon*Con 2009: Patrick Stewart – X-Men, ST:TNG and more…

Sounds like we will get to see Magneto (Ian McKellan) and Xavier together again!! Coolio!!!

Clips courtesy of cloudyvisions

More after the break:

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September 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Art, Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Film, graphic art, Popular Culture, Rodenberry, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Sci Fi, Star Trek, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

True Blood 2.12 Season Finale – Promo Pics and Scoop…

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AceShowBiz has the pics!

…Two of the photos bring a look at Charlaine Harris’ cameo which is a scene with and another drinking Tru Blood at Merlotte’s. Harris is the author of the books the series is based upon. Creator Alan Ball announced her participation in a press conference dated May 3 without giving a hint on her storyline.

Also in the episode, Sophie-Anne warns Eric to keep the lid on Bill’s inquisitiveness and Jason leads Andy into the heroic abyss. Deliberating on what may be his final move to save Sookie and the town, Sam places his trust, and his life, in a most unlikely ally…

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MTV asks, will Eggs be cooked?

After last week’s creepy “Frenzy” episode of “True Blood,” several characters’ fates lie in the hands of mercurial maenad Maryann, who would gleefully sacrifice her best friend (if she had one) if it meant the God who comes would, uh, come. So who, if anyone, will die at the hands of the blood-hungry baddie? We don’t know for sure, but news of one series regular’s new gig left us wondering.

Mehcad Brooks, better known in Alan Ball’s mystical world as Tara’s boyfriend Eggs, has been cast as a lawyer on ABC’s midseason replacement “The Deep End,” set in a prestigious L.A. law firm, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The article went on to note, “The casting raises questions about the future of his ‘True Blood’ character.” You bet your bottle of synthetic blood it does!….

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 26:  In this handout from SeaWorld San Diego, "True Blood" costars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer hold a two-month-old Magellanic penguin chick at SeaWorld San Diego's Penguin Encounter July 26, 2009 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Bob Couey-SeaWorld via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Stephen Moyer;Anna Paquin

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 26: In this handout from SeaWorld San Diego, "True Blood" costars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer hold a two-month-old Magellanic penguin chick at SeaWorld San Diego's Penguin Encounter July 26, 2009 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Bob Couey-SeaWorld via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Stephen Moyer;Anna Paquin

More MTV:

“I’m happy with my London-slash-Los Angeles lifestyle with my English boyfriend. It’s not so much about the things you have in common. It’s just the shared experience of being foreign in America, a place where you’re sort of expected not to feel foreign. I could write a guidebook to spray-tanning, though. I’m fully transforming into the Californian babe.”

“True Blood” star Anna Paquin talking to Elle UK magazine about her jet-setting relationship with boyfriend and co-star Stephen Moyer. Paquin, who was born in New Zealand, said that dating a co-star is actually better than having a relationship with anybody else because the job demands so much traveling. “It’s great to have the freedom to enjoy your work and not feel like you’re leaving your other life behind…

September 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Charlaine Harris, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense, True Blood, Urban Fantasy. 2 comments.

Another lesson in tax n’ consequences: FL SHOCKED that cig sales tax went up and revenue went down…

Another one for the NO SHXT SHERLOCK files.

How many times must they learn this lesson???!!!

StPetersburgTimes:

Florida’s higher cigarette tax appears to have sent sales downward and prompted some buyers to cross state lines.The latest state figures show a 28 percent drop in the sale of cigarette packs in July versus the same month a year earlier. From June to July,  sales were (sp) down 17 percent.

Florida’s previous 34-cents-a-pack cigarette tax was among the nation’s lowest. It went up to $1.34 July 1.

Sellers across the state line in Georgia are reporting brisk sales. A trade group representing state gas stations and convenience stores says those retailers have taken a hit and layoffs linked to the tax hike are inevitable.

And this is EXACTLY what will happen on a larger scale across cities, states, and for corporate interests crossing international boundaries to avoid excess taxation.

Let’s look again at what our tax rates will be if the HEALTHCARE bill passes:

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Real McCoys courtesy of mytvmemories

Part 2 of The Taxman Cometh after the break:

The Tax Man Cometh- First Broadcast April 30, 1959 Grampa feels since his furniture was made in Wvirginia he shouldnt have to pay a California tax on it. So he hides it, and the hilarity ensues.

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September 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. Comments off.

PA: ScareHouse – Meet The Ghost Hunters – See TAPS, Saturday October 3rd…

(GH marathon on SciFi channel today)

Kewlin’

Kris, Tango, and Steve remember their 2008 visit to The ScareHouse in Pittsburgh, and look ahead to their next trip on October 3rd! Visit http://www.scarehouse.com for more information.

The ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh, PA is ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel.   Located just minutes from downtown, The ScareHouse was also named as “America’s 5th Best Haunted Attraction” by Hauntworld magazine.

Buy Tix in advance!!

You can meet Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, and Kris Williams at The ScareHouse!

They’ll be meeting fans, signing autographs, and posing for photos on Saturday, October 3rd.  You can’t meet the TAPS team without buying your limited-edition ticket.

Last year’s event sold out in advance.

Purchase Your ScareHouse Tickets Online

Top 10 GH TAPS clips and more video after the break:

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September 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

September 6: Stimulus Unemployment Extended Benefits and Emergency Benefits Weekly State by State Reporting, Congressional Bills for Benefit Extension

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Updated Repost:

Instead of tossing bazillions at healthcare, how about Congress focuses on addressing JOBS JOBS JOBS! Bills are ready for extension of benefits as soon as Critters get back. Governors are pressing for speedy passage:

…As lawmakers return to Washington on Tuesday, giving the jobless in states hit hardest by the recession another 13 weeks of funding will be one of the first issues they’ll address. If approved, unemployed workers could qualify for nearly two years of assistance.

…Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said: “Soon after Congress returns to Washington we will need to address this matter … There is an economic case to be made for extending unemployment benefits.”

Meanwhile, top economic advisers to President Barack Obama signaled on recent Sunday news programs that another extension may be needed. Since June 2008, Congress has extended jobless benefits three times.

Unemployed workers initially qualify for up to 26 weeks. But with the extensions, Michiganians are eligible for 79 weeks of benefits — or 1 1/2 years. The proposed extension would boost the number of weeks to 92 — a year and nine months.

States that would qualify for the extensions would have to have unemployment rates hitting 8.5 percent or higher under a Senate bill co-sponsored by Carl Levin, D-Detroit, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, or 9 percent or higher under the House bill. Michigan’s unemployment rate is 15 percent, the highest in the nation.

Both bills also would keep the earlier extensions available through the end of 2010 and continue an extra $25 benefit per week provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Trade Readjustment Allowances may assist people whose jobs were outsourced.

The Federal Trade Act provides special benefits under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program to those who were laid off or had hours reduced because their employer was adversely affected by increased imports from other countries. These benefits include paid training for a new job, financial help in making a job search in other areas, or relocation to an area where jobs are more plentiful. Those who qualify may be entitled to weekly TRA after their unemployment compensation is exhausted.Filing A Claim

Contact the State Unemployment Insurance agency or One-Stop Employment Service office and ask for information about filing a Petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance. The Petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance must be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). If DOL approves and certifies the petition, the affected workers will be entitled to file a claim under the TAA program.

Assistance for workers laid off for other reasons may be provided by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA)

Click here for more Unemployment Fact Sheets

PDF here from NELP with guidelines for UE Benefit Extensions

Here is the key information for people needing extended benefits, which may be most of us under the ‘new normal’ PIMCO keeps talking about:

6. Where can workers find out whether their state qualifies for EB under the different “trigger” formulas in order to collect EB after running out of EUC benefits?

On a weekly basis, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides an update of which states have reached the required unemployment level to trigger on to EB.

The most recent notice is summarized in Table 1, and the weekly DOL notice can be found at:

http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims_arch.asp by selecting
“Extended Benefits Trigger Notice.”

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September 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Economy, Foreclosures, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics. 7 comments.

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