Apr 19th

Did Metallica Cheat? ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ Goes Platinum

By Dave Simmons

Did Metallica just manipulate their latest release, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, to platinum status?…in this day and age?…was it magic?…most likely it was the direct result of a master marketing plan…maybe even a blueprint for certification.

Blueprint #1

Release a video for every song

Earlier today, countless articles acknowledging / praising Metallica’s accomplishment began to surface online, but I couldn’t help thinking that it all seemed a bit misleading.  On April 12, 2017, the album was not only certified gold (sales of 500,000 copies) but was also certified platinum (sales of 1,000,000 copies). RIAA certifications are no longer solely based on traditional album sales, but now include individual digital song sales and audio / video streams (Metallica released a video for every song on Hardwired).  Read the entire article at fullinbloom.com

Apr 19th

Former New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez Found Dead

By Dave Simmons

Only days after being acquitted for double murder, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell, after hanging himself using a bed sheet attached to a window cell.  Hernandez was found by guards at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachussetts just after 3 AM on 4/19/17. An hour later, he was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster.

According to prison officials, Hernandez used items in his cell to attempt to block the doorway to prevent prison guards from entering. He was located in a single cell in a general population unit in the maximum security prison. At the time of this posting, no suicide note had been found. Read the entire article at fullinbloom.com.

Feb 9th

Job Openings Continue to Rise as Quits Climb to 9-Year High

By Dave Simmons

Job Openings Continue to Rise as Quits Climb to 9-Year High

The US Labor Department reported Tuesday that job openings rose in December and more American workers left their jobs, belying trends that may finally drive wage growth in the coming months. According to the report, job openings surged 4.9 percent from November to 5.6 million, the biggest such number since July. At the same time, some 3.1 million Americans quit their jobs in 2015's final month. That total, up 6.9 percent from November quits, is the highest it's been in nine years, at the beginning of the Great Recession. Economists were largely buoyed by the news, as Americans usually quit their jobs for higher-paying positions, meaning overall wages could be on the rise. Employers are also having difficulty filling job positions, and will likely have to increase their salary offers to hire in the coming weeks. Tuesday's report comes on the heels of a mixed jobs report that dropped last week, showing a slowdown in hiring but solid wage growth and a jobless rate that dipped below 5 percent for the first time in more than eight years.

Dec 24th

Blue Buffalo Pays $30 Million Over False All-Natural Ingredients Claims

By Dave Simmons

Blue Buffalo Pays $30 Million Over False All-Natural Ingredients Claims 

Blue Buffalo agreed Thursday to pay $32 million to settle a class action filed by its customers over false advertising allegations.  In a press release, the company denied any wrongdoing, instead blaming a former ingredient supplier and a broker for the use of non-natural ingredients.  The issue of non-natural ingredients by Blue Buffalo was brought to light last year when Nestle Purina PetCare took the company to federal court.  Purina alleged that testing from independent laboratories had revealed the use of non-natural ingredients in Blue Buffalo's food, contrary to the company's ads, which claim Blue Buffalo products are all natural.  Purina also responded to this week's settlement, saying it is "pleased Blue Buffalo is beginning to accept responsibility for its false advertising and mislabeling."  The statement also revealed that the company will continue with its separate false advertising claim against the company.

Dec 9th

DuPont, Dow Chemical Stocks Surge as Merger Rumors Spread

By Dave Simmons

DuPont, Dow Chemical Stocks Surge as Merger Rumors Spread

Rumors began swirling Wednesday that Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont have begun discussing a merger that would create a $130 billion titan in the chemical industry, prompting both stocks to surge. Shares of Dow Chemical spiked 11.7 percent to a record high of $56.82 at one point during the trading day, while DuPont jumped as much as 13.7 percent at one point and was very much on pace to see its biggest one-day gain ever. The merger talks were first reported Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal, who also said the combined company would then be split into three. The new companies would diversify the new company's agricultural, chemical and materials businesses. Neither company has been willing to speak publicly on the merger rumors, but multiple sources were reporting it by Wednesday afternoon.

Nov 11th

World's Two Largest Brewers Agree to Merger

By Dave Simmons

World's Two Largest Brewers Agree to Merger

AB InBev revealed Wednesday it has agreed to pay $107 billion to acquire SABMiller in a deal that would merge the world's two largest beer makers. The combined company will produce nearly a third of the world's beer, causing antitrust concerns to regulators, especially in the US market. To ease those concerns, SABMiller has agreed to sell off its controlling stake in a venture with Molson Coors, including the rights to the Miller brand name. Molson Coors will pay $12 billion for the SABMiller stake, and will assume full control of daily operations of Miller Lite, Miller High Life, and other brands. A name for the combined company has not yet been determined.

Sep 29th

US Home Prices Continue to Climb

By Dave Simmons

US Home Prices Continue to Climb

US home prices continued to pick up in July, according to a national index of values released Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's / Case-Shiller 20-city home price index showed a 5 percent year-over-year jump, which was slightly higher than the previous month's 4.9 percent increase. The index showed rising prices in each of the 20 cities it tracks, led by a 10.4 percent surge in San Francisco and a 10.3 percent uptick in Denver. Improving wages and a steady economy have convinced more Americans to buy homes, prompting sales to reach an 8-year high in July.

Aug 18th

US Housing Starts Surge to 8-Year High

By Dave Simmons

US Housing Starts Surge to 8-Year High

The US Commerce Department reported Tuesday that housing starts surged to a near eight-year high in July as the world's largest economy continues to improve. According to the report, housing starts rose 0.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.21 million units. That's the fastest pace of groundbreaking on new homes since October 2007. That marks the fourth straight month in which starts were over the one million unit pace, and was the fastest pace for starts since October 2007. The pace also exceeded the consensus projection from a group of economists in a recent Bloomberg survey, which called for a pace of 1.19 million units. Combined with recent positive readings on jobs, retail sales and manufacturing, Tuesday's report helps paint a picture of a US economy that is finally approaching pre-recession health.

May 27th

Military Personnel Accidentally Ship Live Anthrax

By Dave Simmons

Military Personnel Accidentally Ship Live Anthrax

An anonymous US defense official reported Wednesday that military personnel had accidentally sent a live anthrax specimen to a private lab in the northeast. The official said that 8 other samples may have been sent out, but said he believes all the samples are now secure. The samples were believed to be inactive, rather than live samples when they were shipped to private facilities for research purposes. A spokesman for the Pentagon confirmed that there was an investigation into the incident, and insisted that there is no public health risk. The Centers for Disease Control also acknowledged the mishap, and is investigating, but echoed the Pentagon stance that there is no risk to the public.

May 12th

Facebook Takes Another Stab at Google with New Search Engine

By Dave Simmons

Facebook Takes Another Stab at Google with New Search Engine

The world's largest social network rolled out a new feature this week that's designed to keep users from browsing over to Google something in order to share a story with friends. The feature has only been rolled out so far for a handful of iOS users, who are seeing an “Add-A-Link” option next to the buttons for adding photos or locations. When users type in a query, the feature shows a series of links related to the query. The user can then preview the pages or select one to add to your post. The results appear to be based on what users are most likely to share, as the links are mostly from publishers that have a lot of content shared over Facebook.

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