But the unemployment rate remains elevated. Statement by Federal Open Market Committee (06/19/2013) by Federal Reserve System

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate has hovered around 7.7% since January of 2013.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Data

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Federal Open Market Committee Statement by Federal Open Market Committee (06/19/2013) by Federal Reserve System

Ben Bernanke’s best attempt at a Kanye shrug

The Federal Open Market Committee oversees the United States open market operations (i.e. the buying and selling of United States Treasury securities, as is stated later in this document).

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And if those angel wings don’t fly
Someone’s going to paint you another sky
Paper Doll by John Mayer

Read the annotations for these two couplets:

Here's a dress of gold and blue
Sure was fun being good to you
And if those angel wings don't fly
Someone's gonna paint you another sky

Done? Still not convinced this song is a Taylor Swift diss?

This line should be the straw that breaks the camel’s back then.

In “Dear John”, Swift cries about how the manipulative, lying ex-boyfriend would paint her a blue sky and then turn it into rain. The second line in this couplet alludes to that, naw'mean?

So, now we not only have 1 allusion to a Taylor Swift song, but 3.

Additionally, Mayer suggests that if he and Taylor don’t work out, she will simply fall for someone else tomorrow.

Ain’t that somethin'?

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February 8th, 2014

Awesome explanation, however I wouldn’t label this song as a diss. John is not dissing her, he is giving her advice, telling her where she went wrong in a friendly, caring way.

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Here’s a dress of gold and blue
Sure was fun being good to you
Paper Doll by John Mayer

The first of many references to dresses in this song. This song sets up the chorus as a bonafide Taylor Swift diss (see here for details), as it is a reference to Swift’s Mayer-bashing song “Dear John,” in which she refers to herself as “the girl in the dress [who] cried all the way home.”

Taylor wore a “dress of gold and blue” to an appearance on Ellen when she was still dating Mayer.

By offering her this dress, he’s offering to be her boyfriend, mirroring the saying “She changes boyfriends as often as she does her clothes.”

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You’re like twenty-two girls in one
And none of them know what they’re running from
Paper Doll by John Mayer

WARNING: LONG. SEE BELOW FOR TL;DR

If you’re a John Mayer fanatic like me, you probably read these lines and said to yourself, “Oh, shit! Is Mayer finally clapping back at Taylor Swift for “Dear John?”

Yes. The answer is yes.

Not hip on the history? Lemme break it down for you!

In 2010, Swift released her 2nd studio album, Speak Now. The song “Dear John,” mentioned previously, caused a lot of controversy.

Why?

The song is about an ex-boyfriend who is older than Swift that is a manipulative liar (in short, an asshole). Mayer (a self-admitted asshole) and Swift had dated (and broken up) the summer of 2010. Also, the fucking song is called “Dear John!”

So, how are these lines clapping back at Swift? The line, “You’re like twenty-two girls in one,” is a pretty obvious reference to Swift’s recently released single, “22.”

And, in “Dear John,” Swift states she’ll “look back in regret how I ignored when they said, ‘Run as fast as you can,’” hence the line “And none of them know what they’re runnin' from.”

TL;DR

John Mayer is saying Taylor Swift has multiple personality disroder and all of her personalities are playing victim when none were victimized.

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The secret was brought to my attention by Andrew Carnegie, more than a quarter of a century ago. Think and Grow Rich (Author's Preface) by Napoleon Hill

Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century.

He started his career as a telegrapher. By the 1860s, he had investments in everything from railroads to oil derricks. Later in his career, he became a bond salesman and in this capacity added greatly to his wealth.

However, much of his wealth — and what he’s primarily known for — was made after selling his company, Carnegie Steel Company, to J.P. Morgan for $480 million (or roughly $13 billion in today’s money) in 1901 which went on to become the U.S. Steel Corporation.

After this sale, Carnegie devoted the remainder of his life to large-scale philanthropy, with special emphasis on local libraries, world peace, education and scientific research.

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Will be effected by means of a "scheme of arrangement" under Irish law Actavis to Acquire Warner Chilcott to Create Premier $11 Billion Revenue Global Specialty Pharmaceutical Company by Actavis (Ft. Warner Chilcott)

A scheme of arrangement (or a "scheme of reconstruction") is a court-approved agreement between a company and its shareholders or creditors (e.g. lenders or debenture holders). It may effect mergers and amalgamations and may alter shareholder or creditor rights.

Schemes of arrangement are used to execute arbitrary changes in the structure of a business and thus are used when a reorganisation cannot be achieved by other means. They may be used for rescheduling debt, for takeovers, and for returns of capital, among other purposes.

Source: Scheme of arrangement

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The transaction is expected to be tax-free, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, to Warner Chilcott shareholders. Actavis to Acquire Warner Chilcott to Create Premier $11 Billion Revenue Global Specialty Pharmaceutical Company by Actavis (Ft. Warner Chilcott)

Four conditions must be met to qualify a transaction for tax-free treatment under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 368:

  • Continuity of ownership interest – At least 50% of the consideration is acquirer stock (although transactions with as little as 40% stock consideration have qualified for tax-free treatment).

  • Continuity of business enterprise – The acquirer must either continue the target’s historical business or use a significant portion of the target’s assets in an existing business for 2 years after the transaction.

  • Valid business purpose – The transaction must serve a valid business purpose beyond tax avoidance.

  • Step-transaction doctrine – The transaction cannot be part of a larger plan that, taken in its entirety, would constitute a taxable acquisition.

Source: Tax-Free Acquisitions

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The recent acquisition of Uteron Pharma SA. Actavis to Acquire Warner Chilcott to Create Premier $11 Billion Revenue Global Specialty Pharmaceutical Company by Actavis (Ft. Warner Chilcott)

On January 23, 2013, Watson Chilcott announced that it had completed the acquistion of Uteron Pharma SA, a Belgium-based pharmaceutical specializing in women’s health products.

The acquisition (which cost Watson Chilcott $150 million in up front cash and up to $155 million in potential future milestone payments) expanded Watson Chilcott’s line of women’s health products to include “two potential near-term global commercial opportunities in contraception and fertility, and one novel oral contraceptive.”

Several pharmaceuticals in the earlier stages of development were also included in the acquisition.

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Minastrin 24 Fe, Actavis to Acquire Warner Chilcott to Create Premier $11 Billion Revenue Global Specialty Pharmaceutical Company by Actavis (Ft. Warner Chilcott)

On April 22, 2013, Warner Chilcott announced that the FDA had approved Minastrin 24 FE, a combined oral contraceptive for use by women to prevent pregnancy.

At the time, Warner Chilcott was not in the position to commercially launch Minastrin 24 FE, but with the recent acquisition by Actavis, this may now be possible.

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