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  • Mayor Says Plano Still in Running for Amazon’s HQ2

    05/21/2018 3:31:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    WBAP-AM ^ | May 21, 2018
    PLANO (WBAP/KLIF News) — Days after Arlington pulled out of the bid for becoming the site of Amazon’s next headquarters, the City of Plano says it still believes it’s in the running. Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere told WFAA TV’s “Inside Texas Politics” he hasn’t heard otherwise. “They’ve been pretty hush. The rumors have been out there, so I don’t know,” LaRosiliere said. “We’d love to have them. What mayor wouldn’t want to create so many jobs for their community?” LaRosiliere, who has been the city’s mayor since 2013, added that even if Plano loses out, he hopes Amazon picks the...
  • Walmart’s Big Bet Could Pay Off for India

    05/18/2018 2:06:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 17 May 2018 | Sadanand Dhume
    Walmart bet big on Indian e-commerce last week with its $16 billion purchase of a 77% stake in Flipkart. And while the jury is still out on the acquisition as an investment, one thing is clear: It’s good news for India. Walmart’s share price fell 3% on the day of the announcement. That’s due to investors’ fears that the American giant overpaid for a loss-making retailer with annual sales of $4.6 billion in the year that ended March 31. Last year Flipkart, which has engaged in a discounting war with Amazon to attract customers, lost $1.29 billion. But Walmart’s belief...
  • Seattle’s Socialist City Council Punishes Amazon and Starbucks to Help Homeless…Liberals aren't as..

    05/17/2018 8:52:26 AM PDT · by davikkm · 17 replies
    IWB ^ | Bob Shanahan
    On Tuesday, I wrote about the spike in homelessness on the West Coast and the insurmountable problem politicians face in tackling this troubling issue. There is no clear cut solution, but something needs to be done. California has an astonishing 24 percent of the country’s homeless population. More than 10 cities and counties along the West Coast have declared states of emergency due to the rise of homelessness. Seattle, Washington was one of them. The socialists on Seattle’s City Council passed a head tax on big companies like Amazon and Starbucks to address the homeless crisis. By Legacy Research The...
  • Seattle Head Tax: See results on exclusive KIRO 7 poll (voters don't want it)

    05/16/2018 6:44:49 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 12 replies
    KIRO7.com ^ | 5/14/2018 | Staff
    With all the controversy surrounding the proposed “head tax” in Seattle, KIRO 7 wanted to know how much support there is for the plan. We teamed up with Strategies 360 to conduct an exclusive scientific poll on the tax and whether you trust the city to properly spend the money it will raise. Below are the results, which were first shown on KIRO 7 Morning News. On behalf of KIRO-TV, Strategies 360 conducted a live telephone survey of 400 registered voters in the city of Seattle, WA. Interviews were conducted May 11-13, 2018. A combination of landline and mobile phones...
  • Amazon fires back at Seattle's proposed head tax, pauses construction projects

    05/15/2018 1:05:49 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    komonews.com ^ | 5/15/18 | KOMO Staff
    SEATTLE -- Amazon is flexing its muscles making its opposition known to a proposed Seattle tax by bringing a halt to all planning on a massive project scheduled for construction in Downtown Seattle, and may tweak its plans to occupy a new downtown skyscraper. “I can confirm that pending the outcome of the head tax vote by City Council, Amazon has paused all construction planning on our Block 18 project in downtown Seattle and is evaluating options to sub-lease all space in our recently leased Rainier Square building," says Amazon Vice President Drew Herdener. The proposed "head tax" would apply...
  • *How's that progressivism working out for you, Jeff Bezos?

    05/16/2018 8:42:48 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 16 May, 2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Is Jeff Bezos having second thoughts about his political ideology and that of his newspaper? The founder of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post – and the richest man in the world at the current Amazon stock price – is being targeted by leftists because he has been so successful. Not for any alleged misbehavior, but simply because he and his company Amazon (not the WaPo) have so much money. Yesterday, Bernie Sanders attacked him by name, noting that the three richest men in America have as much wealth as the bottom half. Apparently, he believe that if they...
  • Amazon cuts Whole Foods prices in new grocery showdown

    05/16/2018 12:06:40 PM PDT · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 57 replies
    MSN ^ | 5/16/18 | Lisa Baertlein and Jeffrey Dastin
    Amazon and Whole Foods Market are making a surgical strike in the already brutal grocery price war. On Wednesday, Whole Foods debuted a much-anticipated loyalty program that offers special discounts to Prime customers, including 10 percent off hundreds of sale items and rotating weekly specials such as $10 per pound off wild-caught halibut steaks. Those perks are available now in Florida and will roll out to all other stores starting this summer. Amazon previously announced free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores for members of Prime, its subscription club with fast shipping and video streaming. The new loyalty strategy will...
  • Amazon Fights Back

    05/16/2018 7:10:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2018 | John Stossel
    Seattle is worried about the well-being of the poor and mentally ill people living there, so it's going to drive businesses out of town. OK, that's not how the politicians describe their plan, but that's probably how it will work out. Members of Seattle's city council want all big Seattle businesses to pay a tax of $500 per employee. In response, Amazon stopped building a new complex. Construction workers joined Amazon in protesting the new tax. On the other side are city council members like Kshama Sawant. She and members of her political party, Socialist Alternative, demonstrated in support of...
  • Seattle OKs taxing companies like Amazon to aid the homeless

    05/15/2018 10:43:32 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 38 replies
    AP ^ | 5 15 2018 | PHUONG LE
    Seattle’s largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders. The City Council unanimously passed a compromise plan Monday that taxes businesses making at least $20 million in gross revenues about $275 per full-time worker each year — lower than the $500 per worker initially proposed. The so-called “head tax” would raise roughly $48 million a year to build new affordable housing units and provide emergency homeless services. Etc...
  • Seattle head tax on employees

    05/15/2018 6:20:51 AM PDT · by em2vn · 29 replies
    Spartreport ^ | 05-15-18 | Spartareport
    The Seattle city council just voted 9-0 on an expansive tax that would seek to tax the city’s businesses that make over 20 million dollars a year in gross revenues. An earlier proposal that passed last week would have taxed businesses around $500 per employee per year. That measure — which passed 5-4 — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan threatened to veto if it reached her desk.
  • Seattle City Council votes 9-0 for scaled-down head tax on large employers

    05/14/2018 10:38:16 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 66 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 14May18 | Day & Beekman
    After a weekend of high-stakes negotiations between Seattle City Council members and Mayor Jenny Durkan, the council voted unanimously Monday to tax the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness. Starting next year, the tax will be $275 per employee, per year on for-profit companies that gross at least $20 million per year in the city — down from a $500-per-head proposal that Durkan threatened to veto. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Having paused construction planning on an office tower over the larger proposal, Amazon now will move ahead with it, a spokesman said after the vote. But the company’s plans to occupy a...
  • Amazon reacts to Seattle head tax and ‘hostile’ rhetoric

    05/14/2018 6:24:04 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 40 replies
    Mynorthwest.com ^ | 5/14/18 | Mynorthwest.com
    Hours after the Seattle City Council passed a head tax on the city’s largest businesses Monday, Amazon issued a statement in response. The online shopping giant is grateful that the city amended its head tax proposal to a lesser amount, but notes that it is wary of city leaders’ attitudes toward business. Amazon’s statement is attributed to Vice President Drew Herdener: "We are disappointed by today’s city council decision to introduce a tax on jobs. While we have resumed construction planning for Block 18, we remain very apprehensive about the future created by the council’s hostile approach and rhetoric toward...
  • Seattle City Council votes 9-0 for scaled-down head tax on large employers

    05/14/2018 5:26:38 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 35 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 5/14/18 | Daniel Beekman
    The council approved a tax of $275 per employee, per year on for-profit companies that gross at least $20 million per year in the city — down from a $500-per-head tax Mayor Jenny Durkan had threatened to veto. The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt a new tax on the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness. The ordinance will impose a tax of $275 per employee, per year on for-profit companies that gross at least $20 million per year in the city — down from a $500-per-head tax that Mayor Jenny Durkan threatened to veto. -snip- The...
  • Seattle approves tax on businesses like Amazon, Starbucks to fight homelessness

    05/14/2018 5:24:41 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 39 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 14, 2018 | Associated Press
    The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness. The council on Monday unanimously backed a compromise tax plan that will charge large businesses about $275 per full-time worker a year. It’s lower than the $500-per-worker tax initially proposed. The tax would begin in 2019 and raise about $48 million a year to pay for affordable housing and homeless services. Some council members acknowledged it wasn’t enough to address urgent housing needs but conceded they couldn’t get the six votes needed to override a potential veto by the mayor. Other...
  • Head tax supporters attended Sawant’s rally in Seattle

    05/12/2018 6:45:20 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 24 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | 5/12/18 | Mynorthwest.com
    Kshama Sawant’s rally “March on Amazon! Tax Big Biz to Build Affordable Housing!” was planned well before a committee passed a head tax on big businesses, including Amazon. The full Seattle City Council is expected to vote on the proposal on Monday. ”Our message today for the council is to stay strong,” Kshama Sawant – one of the most vocal proponents of the tax – told KTTH’s Jason Rantz at the rally. The rally on Saturday began at Seattle Central College Plaza and preceded a march to Amazon’s headquarters in South Lake Union. This is extortion,” the events Facebook page...
  • Spider bite causes four hour erection

    03/08/2011 5:25:19 PM PST · by Red Badger · 158 replies
    Orange News UK ^ | 03-08-2011 | Staff
    Scientists believe a spider could lead to a breakthrough in sexual health after finding a single bite can cause a four hour erection. Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia believe the venom of the Brazilian wandering spider could lead to a new cure for erectile dysfunction. Dr Kenia Nunes, a physiologist at the college, said it works in a different way to Viagra, reports the Daily Mail, "This is good because we know that some patients don't respond to the conventional therapy. This could be an optional treatment for them," she said. Her study, published in the Journal of...
  • Venom from world's deadliest spider could cure erectile dysfunction within 20 minutes

    08/29/2012 9:38:59 PM PDT · by null and void · 73 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07:08 EST, 29 August 2012 | Pat Hagan
    It sounds like a most unlikely aphrodisiac. But scientists have discovered the venom from what’s considered the world’s deadliest spider could be the secret to bolstering a man’s love life. Toxins produced by the Brazilian Wandering Spider, or Phoneutria nigriventer, appear to combat erectile dysfunction within 20 minutes of entering the body. Tests carried out on rats show the venom boosts performance by increasing the release of nitric oxide, a chemical that dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow. This is similar to how existing impotence drugs work. In tests on rats the spider's toxin boosted erections by triggering the...
  • Family forced to flee home after deadly spiders start hatching out of bananas

    11/05/2013 8:45:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Metro.co.uk ^ | November 4, 2013 | Metro
    A family had to move into a hotel and fumigate their home after deadly South American spiders began hatching out of a bunch of Sainsbury’s bananas. Terrified Consi Taylor, 29, said she saw something that looked like mould on a Colombian Fairtrade banana she was eating. However, on closer inspection she said she saw some ‘funny looking spots’ and realised something was wrong. ‘I had a closer look and was horrified to see they were spiders. They were hatching out on the table, scurrying around on my carpet. I was so scared I started crying,’ she told The Sun. Sainsbury’s...
  • Dallas metroplex working hard to attract HQ2

    05/10/2018 5:09:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Baylor Lariat ^ | April 11, 2018 | Penelope Shirey
    While Austin is the Texas city most commonly known as being trendy and tech-forward, there is a group in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex working hard to change that idea. Natalie Fletcher, director of innovation at the Dallas Regional Chamber, works daily to make the area seem cutting-edge by helping companies make the connections they need. “A lot of what I do is support the launch and growth of activities in DFW,” Fletcher said. The Dallas Regional Chamber is nonprofit business organization with other 1,200 member companies, many of whom Fletcher said are on the Fortune 500 list. “We are blessed...
  • Amazon's Alexa will be built into all new homes from Lennar

    05/10/2018 8:13:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    msn ^ | 05/09/2018 | Elizabeth Weise
    The nation’s largest home builder is betting voice-activated digital assistants and smart devices will become as expected in a new home as garages now are. Lennar announced Wednesday that standard features in its new homes will include built-in Wi-Fi, smart locks, doorbells, thermostats and lights — all controlled by Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant. Each house will come with two Alexa-enabled smart speakers, an Echo Show and an Echo Dot. New homeowners will also get a free visit from an Amazon technician to help set everything up and teach them how to use it. ... The 3,600-square-foot model home in...