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  • Amazon ending affiliate relationships to avoid Minnesota's online sale tax

    06/18/2013 12:26:52 PM PDT · by rhema · 23 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 6/18/13 | Nick Woltman
    In advance of having to collect online state sales tax, Amazon said Tuesday that it will sever ties with its Minnesota-based affiliate websites that receive a fee for referring shoppers to the retail giant's online store. The move comes less than a month after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a law requiring certain online businesses with a physical presence or affiliates in Minnesota to charge sales tax on items it sells to the state's residents. The law takes effect July 1. "While we oppose this unconstitutional state legislation, we strongly support the federal Marketplace Fairness Act now pending before Congress," Amazon...
  • How do you pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you have no boots? (Pro-AA)

    06/18/2013 12:26:15 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 15 replies
    The Grio (MSNBC) ^ | June 13, 2013 | Angela Rye
    On Wednesday, we honored the memory of a civil rights icon with the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’s assassination and later this summer, we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The irony is that any day now the Supreme Court will issue some the largest civil rights decisions in decades. Depending on what they decide, we could be set back by 50 years of more. Right after the Selma voting rights march in 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. appeared on Meet the Press where he said this about the critical role of our nation’s justice...
  • Are Colorado traffic cams legal?

    06/18/2013 12:20:09 PM PDT · by edcoil · 21 replies
    06-17-2013 | edcoil
    I have a question, Here's what happened, my daughter is attending college in Colorado, we are the registered owners of the car so, we were sent a traffic cam photo of her and her license play showing no current year tag sticker. I had her take a photo of the registration and emailed it to me showing it was register. She was also stopped by a local police and he verified it was registered and said he would make a note in her file that either the sticker was either stolen or came off. We got another sticker and mailed...
  • Pistol-Packing Grandma Starts Neighborhood ‘Glock Block’

    06/18/2013 12:20:08 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/18/2013 | Alyssa Newcomb
    A grandmother in Milwaukie, Ore., is organizing a “Glock Block,” a pistol-packing group of neighbors that she said she hopes will help deter crime in her community...
  • Military plans would put women in most combat jobs

    06/18/2013 12:17:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 18, 2013
    Military leaders are ready to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines. Under details of the plans obtained by The Associated Press, women could start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later. The military services have mapped out a schedule that also will include reviewing and possibly changing the physical and mental standards that men and women will have to meet in order to quality for certain infantry, armor, commando and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy,...
  • New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

    06/18/2013 12:15:36 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 79 replies
    The Register ^ | 18 June 2013 | Rik Myslewski
    A Finnish company says that it has solved a problem that has vexed the designers of ultra-tall skyscrapers such as the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai or the 509-meter Taipei 101 in Taiwan – and we'll pause for a moment to let you guess what that problem might be. Ready? It's the fact that elevators are currently limited to a maximum travel distance of around 500 meters. The Burj Khalifa, in fact, has an elevator that holds the world record for the longest travel distance: 504m (1,654 feet). And what's keeping elevators from exceeding that limit? Time for another pause...
  • What’s the matter with Philadelphia? (I's the Tea Party's fault)

    06/18/2013 12:13:48 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 15 replies
    The Grio (MSNBC) ^ | June 10, 2013 | David Love
    What’s really going on in Philly? It seems that whenever you look around, read the newspaper or turn on the TV, there is some bad news about Philadelphia, also known as the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection. There is no question the city is in peril, but is this a Philly problem or part of a larger picture? The birthplace of freedom and Philly soul and the home of cheesesteaks and hoagies received plenty of negative publicity when Kermit Gosnell, a rogue West Philadelphia abortion doctor, went on trial for murdering newborn babies after delivering them alive. Gosnell—who...
  • When to say those three little words: 'I am quitting'

    06/18/2013 12:09:23 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | 17 June 2013 | Dominic Connor
    <p>My despair as El Reg's resident job expert is that you people sometimes can’t even follow basic simple advice. For example, when I wrote about pay cuts, some arts grad commented that he’d immediately quit.</p> <p>I shall type this slowly so you understand: You... quit... when... it... suits... you. Not out of spite, not for revenge, not out of fear, but in as smooth and rational a transition as you can muster.</p>
  • Lemonade Stand Near Westboro Baptist Raises $16,000 (5yr old Jayden called 'satanic liar')

    06/18/2013 12:03:59 PM PDT · by drewh · 35 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013, 8:49 AM | BY NINA GOLGOWSKI
    When life gives you lemons A 5-year-old girl hoping to add a little sugar to the bitter Westboro Baptist Church set up a lemonade stand outside its front doors not to antagonize but to spread peace. What she got was harassment from its adult members calling her among names a "satanic liar" — as well as more than $16,000 raised from supporters across the U.S. "Jayden and I went out there to raise money for Planting Peace," her father, Jon Sink, told WBTV. The purpose was to "spread love, to spread compassion," he said. But with her blond hair pulled...
  • New York police sued over surveillance of Muslims

    06/18/2013 12:00:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/18/2013 | Chris Francescani
    The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the New York Police Department over its surveillance of Muslim communities, accusing the police of trampling on religious freedoms and constitutional guarantees of equality. The surveillance by the NYPD's intelligence division has extended beyond New York City's five boroughs into neighboring New Jersey and other nearby states. The police department says that surveillance of Muslims is legal under an earlier federal court order. The lawsuit is the latest skirmish in an ongoing battle between the NYPD and civil liberties advocates over the department's aggressive policing tactics - including...
  • Some Students Taught to Battle School Intruders, Shooters

    06/18/2013 11:59:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    Education Week ^ | June 14, 2013 | Nirvi Shah
    Six months since the shootings in Newtown, how schools protect students from shootings and disasters of any kind remains very much in the spotlight. States have tried to add new requirements or options, from giving teachers the choice to carry guns to school to mandating more staged crises so students and staff members know how to act, an ongoing Education Week analysis has found. Last month, I wrote about how drills and training that specifically require preparation for "active shooter" scenarios are becoming more common, since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., six months ago today. And...
  • Could the Tasmanian tiger be hiding out in New Guinea?

    06/18/2013 11:56:05 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 41 replies ^ | May 20, 2013 | Jeremy Hance
    Many people still believe the Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus) survives in the wilds of Tasmania, even though the species was declared extinct over eighty years ago. Sightings and reports of the elusive carnivorous marsupial, which was the top predator on the island, pop-up almost as frequently as those of Bigfoot in North America, but to date no definitive evidence has emerged of its survival. Yet, a noted cryptozoologist (one who searches for hidden animals), Dr. Karl Shuker, wrote recently that tiger hunters should perhaps turn their attention to a different island: New Guinea. The Tasmanian tiger, also known as the...
  • Rand Paul: Edward Snowden ‘civil disobedient’

    06/18/2013 11:54:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/18/2013 | Tal Kopan
    Sen. Rand Paul described NSA leaker Edward Snowden a “civil disobedient” and noted that others protesting the government like Martin Luther King Jr. had only faced short jail terms. The Kentucky Republican told Sean Hannity on his Fox News show Monday night that Snowden only revealed a program everyone knew about. If he had leaked information about eavesdroping on enemies, Paul said, that would be a serious crime, but what he did release was a known program that Snowden and that Paul believe conflicts with the Constitution. “On deciding when you decide to become a civil disobedient - we’ve had...
  • ATT Project Greenstar Secretly Spied Millions of Calls

    06/18/2013 11:54:17 AM PDT · by Vendome · 6 replies
    Vanity ^ | 6/18/2013 | Vendome
    EXPLODING THE PHONE The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell PHIL LAPSLEY Grove Press New York [pp. 92-97] If there were no billing records for fraudulent calls, there was no way to know how many fraudulent calls there were or how long they lasted. And that meant AT&T was gazing into the abyss. Say the phone company catches some college students with electronic boxes. Fantastic! But elation is soon replaced by worry. Is that all of them? Or is that just the tip of the iceberg? Are there another ten college students doing it? A...
  • Warrior Hikers in Front Royal VA Friday Night

    06/18/2013 11:50:49 AM PDT · by concretebob · 19 replies
    Warrior Hike ^ | 18 June 2013 | concretebob
    Friday 1900 hours at VFW Post 1860 in Front Royal, VA. The VFW in Front Royal is hosting the Warrior Hikers: Combat Veterans who are “Walking off the War” by hiking the Appalachian Trail (yes, ALL 2,180 miles) to raise money for wounded vets. Warrior Hike is a non-profit organization that uses the funds raised to purchase modified vehicles for wounded vets. Come out and help support Warrior Hike Friday night at 7:00 at the Front Royal VFW Post 1860 1847 N Royal Ave Front Royal, VA 22630 Cooking with the Troops will be onsite with BBQ Sauce and who...
  • Tea Party Patriots: ‘The largest Tea Party protest since 2010 is tomorrow’

    06/18/2013 11:49:20 AM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 18, 2013 | Alex Pappas
    Conservative activists are planning to storm Capitol Hill on Wednesday for what they are predicting will be “the largest Tea Party protest since 2010.” The protest — drawing tea partiers like TV host Glenn Beck and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — is in response to the Internal Revenue Service’s recent admission that it has been specifically targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny. The gathering on the West Lawn of the Capitol is being called the “Audit the IRS” Rally. Read more:
  • Al Gore, raising the heat on Obama, calls Keystone an “atrocity”

    06/18/2013 11:47:24 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 36 replies
    The Grist ^ | 6/16/13 | John Upton
    From one Nobel Peace Prize winner to another, this whole Keystone XL thing is an “atrocity.” Al Gore has been calling on Barack Obama to step up the fight against climate change and Keystone, most recently during an interview with The Guardian: The former vice-president said in an interview on Friday that he hoped Obama would follow the example of British Columbia, which last week rejected a similar pipeline project, and shut down the Keystone XL. “I certainly hope that he will veto that now that the Canadians have publicly concluded that it is not safe to take a pipeline...
  • Mike Lee and Ted Cruz challenge Obama with new military religious freedom amendments

    06/18/2013 11:47:07 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 18, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    “No soldier should fear a court martial for expressing his or her faith or made to fear negative reprisals for reporting threats to their freedom to worship God,” he said. “The men and women of the military risk their lives every day to protect our Constitutional rights, and they should not be forced to surrender their religious liberty to do so.”
  • Miss Utah Got Something Right ('we need to create education better')

    06/18/2013 11:46:31 AM PDT · by drewh · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | JUN. 18, 2013, 9:08 AM | Amelia Acosta
    In a badly botched answer to the final question during this year's Miss America Pageant, Miss Utah Marissa Powell stammered something unintelligible about men and women in the workplace and saw the crown slip away. Her answer has already gone viral, but she did manage to hit on something true about the current state of the U.S.: education-wise, we're in trouble. Her mumbled advice to "create better education" is actually valid in light of a chronic achievement gap that could threaten America's economic future The Renewing America initiative released its federal education progress report today under the moniker "Remedial Education."...
  • Organizing for Action rallies in San Bernadino for Gun Control (only 3 people show up)

    06/18/2013 11:36:37 AM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 17 replies
    San Bernadino Sun ^ | June 14, 2013 | Ryan Hagen
    SAN BERNARDINO - Exactly six months after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a small group from Organizing for Action stood here Friday with 26 flags and signs calling for stricter gun control. "On Flag Day growing up, I used to always wave a flag with my grandson, and it hit me that the victims of that horrible tragedy won't ever be able to do that," said Curtis Lewis, the group's gun violence prevention coordinator. "We need people to stand up and write to Congress to say they want laws that...