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The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed

Labor and Economic News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:50
The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed
So companies like Facebook and Twitter rely on an army of workers employed to soak up the worst of humanity in order to protect the rest of us. And there are legions of them—a vast, invisible pool of human labor. Hemanshu Nigam, the former chief security officer of MySpace who now runs online safety consultancy SSP Blue, estimates that the number of content moderators scrubbing the world’s social media sites, mobile apps, and cloud storage services runs to “well over 100,000”—that is, about twice the total head count of Google and nearly 14 times that of Facebook.
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99 ways to boost pensions in California -- at public cost

Labor and Economic News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:48
99 ways to boost pensions in California -- at public cost
The California Public Employees' Retirement System made these higher pensions possible. The nation's biggest public pension fund voted in August to adopt a list of 99 bonuses, ensuring that newly hired California public workers would receive the same pension sweeteners as veteran employees.
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America's middle class knows it faces a grim retirement

Labor and Economic News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:15
America's middle class knows it faces a grim retirement
Wells Fargo did as much as it could to soft-pedal the findings of its fifth-annual Middle Class Retirement Survey, released Wednesday, but the horrific numbers speak for themselves.
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Major Economic Indicators Latest Numbers

Money Headlines - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:47

Consumer Price Index (CPI):
+0.1% in Sep 2014
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Unemployment Rate:
5.9% in Sep 2014
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Payroll Employment:
+248,000(p) in Sep 2014
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Average Hourly Earnings:
-$0.01(p) in Sep 2014
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Producer Price Index - Final Demand:
-0.1%(p) in Sep 2014
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Employment Cost Index (ECI):
+0.7% in 2nd Qtr of 2014
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Productivity:
+2.3%(r) in 2nd Qtr of 2014
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U.S. Import Price Index:
-0.5% in Sep 2014
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U.S. Export Price Index:
-0.2% in Sep 2014
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57,000 federal workers paid for long absences

Labor and Economic News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:27
57,000 federal workers paid for long absencesOver three years, federal workers cost taxpayers $775 million in salary while on extended paid leave of at least a month — waiting to be cleared or punished for misbehavior, records show.
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