Standing against big government and for the people!
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While the Tea Party gets slated as a bunch of extremists, the truth is they're a legitimate mass movement. And they've just been proved right.
First off, I should start with a caveat. I have no love for the ratings agencies.
They have had a pretty miserable track record at performing their primary function, which is to assist investors in assessing the risks of bonds issued by governments and corporations by assigning a rating.
They are often way behind the curve when it comes to spotting issuers who are getting into trouble or they get it completely wrong from the start, like they did with ratings on portfolios of mortgages and sophisticated financial instruments known as collateralised debt obligations (CDOs).
That being said, late Friday evening, one of the major credit ratings agencies, Standard and Poor’s, downgraded the debt of the United States from its “triple A” rating to “double A plus” while maintaining a negative outlook.
This downgrade, the first downgrade of US debt below AAA since the foundation of the agencies, increases the chorus of critics of Washington’s borrowing and spending practices.
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I got an e-mail some time ago, that if you look up the Bar Codes, if it Starts with 06. it is made in America. But this Lets me Buy for MADE IN AMERICA!
GS1 Prefixes do not provide identification of country of origin for a given product. They simply provide number capacity to different countries for assignment from that location to companies who apply. Those companies in turn may manufacture products anywhere in the world.
The management of the GS1 System is carried out locally by GS1 Member Organisations established in over 100 countries. GS1 Member Organisations use their assigned prefix to allocate GS1 Company Prefixes to their member companies to enable them to create GS1 Identification Keys.
ASSIGNED GS1 PREFIXES
|000 - 019||GS1 US|
|020 - 029||Restricted distribution (MO defined)|
|030 - 039||GS1 US|
|040 - 049||Restricted distribution (MO defined)|
|050 - 059||Coupons|
|060 - 139||GS1 US|
|200 - 299||Restricted distribution (MO defined)|
|300 - 379||GS1 France|
|387||GS1 BIH (Bosnia-Herzegovina)|
|400 - 440||GS1 Germany|
|450 - 459 & 490 - 499||GS1 Japan|
|460 - 469||GS1 Russia|
|479||GS1 Sri Lanka|
|489||GS1 Hong Kong|
|500 - 509||GS1 UK|
|520 - 521||GS1 Association Greece|
|531||GS1 MAC (FYR Macedonia)|
|540 - 549||GS1 Belgium & Luxembourg|
|570 - 579||GS1 Denmark|
|600 - 601||GS1 South Africa|
|618||GS1 Ivory Coast|
|628||GS1 Saudi Arabia|
|640 - 649||GS1 Finland|
|690 - 695||GS1 China|
|700 - 709||GS1 Norway|
|730 - 739||GS1 Sweden|
|741||GS1 El Salvador|
|744||GS1 Costa Rica|
|746||GS1 Republica Dominicana|
|754 - 755||GS1 Canada|
|760 - 769||GS1 Schweiz, Suisse, Svizzera|
|770 - 771||GS1 Colombia|
|778 - 779||GS1 Argentina|
|789 - 790||GS1 Brasil|
|800 - 839||GS1 Italy|
|840 - 849||GS1 Spain|
|867||GS1 North Korea|
|868 - 869||GS1 Turkey|
|870 - 879||GS1 Netherlands|
|880||GS1 South Korea|
|900 - 919||GS1 Austria|
|930 - 939||GS1 Australia|
|940 - 949||GS1 New Zealand|
|950||GS1 Global Office|
|951||GS1 Global Office (EPCglobal)|
|960-969||Global Office (GTIN-8s)|
|977||Serial publications (ISSN)|
|978 - 979||Bookland (ISBN)|
|981 - 983||Common Currency Coupons|
|990 - 999||Coupons|
|Note: From the 960 prefix range, 9600 to 9604 have been assigned to GS1 UK for GTIN-8 allocations. Prefixes not listed above are used by GS1 Global Office for number allocations in non-member countries and reserved for future use.|