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State population sees increase in 2016, even as Alaskans continue to move away

Alaska's population grew slightly in 2016, despite more people moving out of the state than moving in for the fourth year in a row, according to new estimates released Thursday.

The state's population was an estimated 739,828 in 2016, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That's an increase of about one-third of 1 percent from July 2015 to July 2016. A natural increase statewide — nearly 7,000 more people were born than died during that time period — offset the state losing about 4,300 people to out-migration.

Overall, according to the new population estimates, Alaska added 2,645 Alaskans to its headcount last year.

"Historically, fewer people leave Alaska during a national recession and more move north seeking job opportunities," according to an economic trends report from the Labor Department in 2015. "The reverse is also true; when the national economy is flourishing and Alaska has a downturn, Alaska is more likely to register net migration losses." [Source]

Chargers plan to announce move from San Diego to Los Angeles

Almost one year to the day since the Rams moved to Los Angeles, the Chargers now likely intend to do the same.

The Chargers plan to announce as early as Thursday that they are moving to Los Angeles for the 2017 season, league sources said, ending a 55-year stint in San Diego and returning to their birthplace. The franchise played its inaugural season in Los Angeles in 1960 before moving to San Diego in 1961.

This has been an extremely difficult decision for Spanos, sources said. While the economics of the decision have been clear, Spanos' loyalty and connection to San Diego have provided a counterbalance. But Spanos has worked to find a new stadium for his team for 16 years, and there's no resolution in sight. This stalemate is occurring at a time when the Rams are becoming more established in the Los Angeles market. Sources said Spanos believes he needs to start fighting for the Los Angeles market as soon as possible.

With the move, the Chargers would become the second team in less than a year to move to Los Angeles, after the city went more than two decades without having one. [Source]

Apparently the NFL has missed the memo, peak NFL ratings and interest has already been reached. What they  need to do is hunker down and build loyalty not expand. If this move happens, one of the two teams will be leaving LA again in under 10 years...who wants to make that bet?

Question of the Week:


At what point in a Politician's career can we stop calling what they do "Public Service" and call it what it really is "Self Service?"


Obama administration ends special immigration policy for Cubans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Thursday it was repealing a measure granting automatic residency to virtually every Cuban who arrived in the United States, whether or not they had visas, ending a longstanding exception to U.S. immigration policy.

The end of the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which allowed any Cuban who reached U.S. soil to stay but returned any picked up at sea, is effective immediately. Cuban officials had sought the change for years.

The administration had rejected Cuban entreaties to overturn the policy before President Barack Obama's historic visit to the island last year, although even some White House aides argued that it was outmoded given efforts to regularize relations between the former Cold War foes.

"Wet foot, dry foot" began in 1995 under President Bill Clinton after an exodus of tens of thousands of Cubans who were picked up at sea by the Coast Guard as they tried to reach Florida.

Obama has been working to normalize relations with Cuba since he and President Raul Castro announced a breakthrough in diplomatic relations in December 2014. His administration has eased restrictions on travel and trade, allowing more U.S. business with Cuba and improved communications with the island. [Source]


Historical Anecdote: The Day a Well Dressed Slave Saved Rome:


In 717 BCE Livius Postumius posted his army outside a weakened Rome at which point he offered the Romans a somewhat “indecent proposal”

*Send us the Roman women or Surrender”

A slave women believed to be named Philotis had a much more cunning strategy.

While they were in perplexity, a female slave named Philotis or according to some Tutola, advised them to do neither, but by stratagem to avoid both war and surrender of the women. This stratagem was that they should dress Philotis and the best looking of the female slaves like free women, and send them to the enemy; and then at night Philotis said she would raise a torch, and the Romans should come under arms and fall upon the sleeping enemy.
This was done and Rome was saved.

Plutarch’s Lives Volume 1: Life of Romulus XXIX (page number will vary by a couple pages according to the translation you read)


Study: Economy Was Top Issue Among Millennial Voters

A new study conducted after the election shows that the economy mattered most to millennial voters.

The study by the Millennial Impact Report surveyed 350 young voters they had surveyed in different waves throughout the election.

The organization found that millennials had considered education to be the most important topic during the election through each of three waves of surveying.

However, this changed when respondents were surveyed between Nov. 9 and Nov. 14. The survey showed employment and wages were the primary concern for millennial voters.

In addition, the survey showed that the number of millennial voters who said they voted for Republican candidate Donald Trump nearly doubled postelection compared to those who said they were voting for him before the election. [Source]
Parents don't believe me but i've been saying for a while that Millennials and the younger generations are growing up to be political and social shitlords. There's a reason for this...but that's neither here nor there...the economy is just a sign not the 'root' of the issue.

 Song of the Week:



17 Types Of Honey And The Best Ways To Use Each Variety




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