Today’s Headlines Have Me In Dire Straits….

Money For Muffins, but the Chips Are Free

Lets yuan break key level first time in decade…
Hurls devaluation back in Trump’s face…
Halts new agricultural purchases…
Retaliation ’11’ on Scale of 1 to 10…
Perfect storm brewing for market correction…
Stock market’s ‘everything bubble’
Money For Muffins, but the — Chips Are Free…

Dire Straits – “Money For Nothing”

**News Links from Drudge

How About That February Jobs Report?

From CNBC, “US created 235,000 jobs in Feb, vs 190,000 expected“.

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 235,000 in February and the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in the first full month of President Donald Trump’s term, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

Average hourly earnings increased by a healthy 2.8 percent on an annualized basis.

Construction led the way, growing by 58,000, the most in almost a decade, while manufacturing also posted strong gains with 28,000 new jobs.

Motor City Blues

How long have the Democrats been in charge of Detroit?  Answer:  Since 1962.  It’s no coincidence, then, these results reflect what one can expect from Democratic Party rule. 

From, “Detroit Public Schools: 93% Not Proficient in Reading; 96% Not Proficient in Math.”

( – In the Detroit public school district, 96 percent of eighth graders are not proficient in mathematics and 93 percent are not proficient in reading.

Detroit_Street_Art_No_YuppiesThat is according to the results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress tests published by the Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics.

Only 4 percent of Detroit public school eighth graders are proficient or better in math and only 7 percent in reading. This is despite the fact that in the 2011-2012 school year—the latest for which the Department of Education has reported the financial data—the Detroit public schools had “total expenditures” of $18,361 per student and “current expenditures” of $13,330 per student.

According to data published by the Detroit Public Schools, the school district’s operating expenses in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014 amounted to approximately $14,743 per student.

Now out on the “Left Coast”, The Press Democrat has this tidbit that might help Detroit solve its little grading problem, “Rohnert Park, Cotati schools rethink grading scale“.  Just change to scale.

A new grading scale that redefines what constitutes an “A” or an “F” is causing strife and confusion in the Cotati-Detroit_Abandoned_BuildingRohnert Park school district. Some teachers and officials say it lowers the bar for student success, while others say it encourages students to succeed.

The new system is called the equal interval scale. Essentially, it makes it harder to get a failing grade. It departs from the traditional A to F scale in which students receive F’s for scores below 59 percent. Instead, the scale awards F’s only for scores below 20 percent.