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  • ‘Billions’ Might Be The Most Watchable Show On TV

    05/08/2017 10:55:46 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 20 replies
    UPROXX ^ | May 8, 2017 | Brian Grubb
    The second season of Billions is in the books. Over 12 episodes, we saw casino deals go south, familial bonds stretched to their breaking points, and people violently vomiting up all-natural neon energy drinks. It was, to be clear, kind of a lot, and it all led to a pretty big moment for the show. Spoilers are a-comin’, obviously, so crack open an Ice Juice and buckle in. The time has come to talk Billions season two. After two seasons of taking Ls of varying sizes and shapes, Chuck finally caught Axe red-handed and had him carted off to jail...
  • Will President Trump Fire U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades on "Billions?"

    03/11/2017 5:38:35 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 17 replies
    Self | March 11, 2017 | PJ-Comix
    On Showtime's "Billions," the character of U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades is based on U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara. In fact, the show itself is loosely based on Bharara's investigations of Wall Street. Well, Bharara was just fired from his job so the question is will Chuck Rhoades also be fired from his job on "Billions?" He almost got fired on "Billions" by an Attorney General obviously based on Loretta Lynch. In fact, he deserves to be fired because although he recused himself from the investigation of Hedge Fund manager Bobby Axelrod, he was secretly directing...
  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg pledges $3bn to rid the world of all disease

    09/21/2016 8:58:47 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/21/2016 | Marion Dakers
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg pledges $3bn to rid the world of all disease Marion Dakers AP 21 September 2016 • 8:22pm The Facebook founder and his wife, who  pledged to give away 99pc of their wealth to good causes following the birth of their daughter last year, said the money would be used to assist scientific work and build new research tools. The goal, which they are unlikely to live to see accomplished, is to "cure, prevent or manage all disease" in the next 80 or so years. "So if you even just assume that we'll be able to continue...
  • China is flooding Silicon Valley with cash. Here’s what can go wrong. - The Washington Post

    08/05/2016 9:11:39 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/05/2016 | Elizabeth Dwoskin
    China is flooding Silicon Valley with cash. Here’s what can go wrong. - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/new-wave-of-chinese-start-up-investments-comes-with-complications/2016/08/05/2051db0e-505d-11e6-aa14-e0c1087f7583_story.html "Investment from China into Silicon Valley, excluding real estate, topped $6 BILLION by the end of the first half of 2016, with more than half of that spending taking place in the past 18 months, according to the Rhodium Group research firm. Investors have been spurred by China’s growing wealth over the past decade and a government push to develop innovative technologies — particularly in areas such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence, where China still lags."
  • Billions spent, but fewer people are using public transportation in Southern California

    01/27/2016 2:05:09 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 27, 2016 | By Laura J. Nelson and Dan Weikel
    For almost a decade, transit ridership has declined across Southern California despite enormous and costly efforts by top transportation officials to entice people out of their cars and onto buses and trains. The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the region's largest carrier, lost more than 10% of its boardings from 2006 to 2015, a decline that appears to be accelerating. Despite a $9-billion investment in new light rail and subway lines, Metro now has fewer boardings than it did three decades ago, when buses were the county's only transit option. The decline suggests that Southern California policymakers are falling short...
  • Billion-dollar Bloomberg bid for White House?

    01/23/2016 12:25:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/23/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Guard the Big Gulps and the guns, and store up on the table salt while you’re at it. “Galled” by the lasting power of Donald Trump with Republicans and the incompetence of Hillary Clinton in closing the sale with Democrats, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg may enter the race as an independent. The New York Times reports today that Bloomberg will loosen up at least a billion dollars of his own money if he decides he can win in November: Galled by Donald J. Trump's dominance of the Republican field, and troubled by Hillary Clinton's stumbles and the...
  • BREAKING: Russia Turns Its Back On Turkey! Pulls Out BILLIONS In Funding After Plane Shot Down!

    11/25/2015 2:10:12 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 108 replies
    Yes Im Right ^ | 11-25-2015 | Blair Patterson
    Shoot down a Russian plane, Putin says, “I’m done with you!”
  • Boondoggle Train

    11/05/2015 10:55:03 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    City Journal ^ | November 4, 2015 | By Chris Reed
    In November 2008, California voters narrowly approved Proposition 1A, which provided $9.95 billion in government money for a statewide bullet-train network. The initiative passed, even though the California High-Speed Rail Authority had been legally required to release a detailed, updated business plan by October 1 of that year, so that voters would have time to learn exactly how the state planned to finance what was then billed as a $43 billion project—and no updated plan was in view. Rail officials failed even to release a preliminary report before the election, claiming that state legislators’ long delay in passing the fiscal...
  • Overnight Healthcare: House Republicans earn another win for ObamaCare suit

    10/20/2015 2:03:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/19/15 | Sarah Ferris, Peter Sullivan
    A federal judge on Monday denied a request from the Obama administration to immediately appeal a ruling in House Republicans' ObamaCare lawsuit. The district court judge, Rosemary Collyer, last month gave House Republicans a big win by ruling that their lawsuit against the administration could move forward. The Obama administration strongly objected to that decision and asked for the ability to immediately appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. But on Monday, Collyer denied that request, deciding that she will first decide the substance of the case. Collyer wrote that a ruling on the substance of...
  • Boosted by nuke deal, Iran ups funding to Hezbollah, Hamas - assumption sanctions will be lifted,

    09/22/2015 6:14:17 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | September 21, 2015 | Avi Issacharoff
    Boosted by nuke deal, Iran ups funding to Hezbollah, Hamas Operating on assumption sanctions will be lifted, Tehran increases support to proxies, Avi Issacharoff September 21, 2015 On Sunday, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, arrived in Iran for talks on the nuclear agreement, as part of what appears to be an attempt by the UN nuclear watchdog to evaluate whether Iran ran a military nuclear program in the past. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! Amano is expected to meet with various Iranian...
  • Want To See What Hillionaire's Cribs Look Like? Holy Mother Of One Percent.

    07/23/2015 9:39:37 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Chicks on the Right.com ^ | 6/29/2015 | Daisy
    Hillary. She's JUST SO RELATABLE and down-to-earth and NOT icky and one-percenty at ALL, isn't she? I mean, she's a Democrat, so she can't be part of that one percent. (Listen, kids. According to the lamestream media, it only counts as evil if you're a Republican like Mitt Romney and you amassed your wealth in the private sector and didn't take it from taxpayers. But I suppose that's neither here nor there, because FANGIRLS OMG!)
  • Breakthrough Molecular 3D Printer Can Print Billions of Possible Compounds

    03/14/2015 9:58:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 13, 2015 | Brian Krassenstein
    What will 3D printers ultimately evolve into? No one has a functioning crystal ball in front of them I assume, but a good guess would be a machine which can practically build anything its user desire, all on the molecular, and eventually atomic levels. Sure we are likely multiple decades away from widespread molecular manufacturing, but a group of chemists led by medical doctor Martin D. Burke at the University of Illinois may have already taken a major step in that direction. Burke, who joined the Department of Chemistry at the university in 2005, heads up Burke Laboratories where he...
  • U.S. to give $3 billion to international climate fund

    11/15/2014 6:35:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    NYT/Pioneer Press ^ | 11-14-14 | Coral Davenport and Mark Landler
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama soon will announce that the United States will contribute $3 billion to a new international fund intended to help the world's poorest countries address the effects of climate change, according to a senior administration official. Obama is expected to make the announcement at a summit meeting of the Group of 20 industrial powers this weekend in Brisbane, Australia, on the heels of his landmark announcement this week that the United States and China will jointly commit to curbing greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. The two announcements, both unveiled at prominent global meetings with...
  • Marijuana sales top $12 million; new retailers added … still just one in Seattle

    09/15/2014 2:55:42 PM PDT · by steve86 · 5 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | 9/11/2014 | Jake Ellison
    Retail sales of state-licensed weed in Washington topped $12 million by Sept. 8 … and sales keep climbing. The improvement of sales in recreational marijuana here mirrors the steep growth in sales in Colorado, where the recreational market out-sold medical for the first time in July (the latest numbers from that state). The Cannabist reports: “In July 2014, customers purchased more than $29.7 million in recreational marijuana — up from $24.7 million in June. Medical marijuana patients spent more than $28.9 million on marijuana in July — comparable to June’s $28.6 million in sales.” In Washington, there are now 55...
  • GAO: Government failed to report $619 billion in spending to its transparency site

    08/06/2014 4:49:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8-5-14 | Josh Hicks
    The White House budget office launched USASpending.gov in 2007 to track federal spending after scores of lawmakers, including then-Sen. Barack Obama, successfully pushed through a bipartisan bill to ensure greater transparency with the funding. At last check, less than 8 percent of the site’s spending information was accurate, and federal agencies had failed to report nearly $620 billion in grants, loans and other forms of assistance awards, according to a recent report from Congress’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Office.
  • Billions In Taxpayer Dollars Spent On ´Lyrical, Poetic´ Embassy Architecture Overseas

    07/09/2014 11:41:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jonathan Strong
    Under the Obama administration, embassy construction costs have exploded even while security – a major issue in the Benghazi scandal – has grown worse. Now we know why. A video released by the State Department in 2012 shows exhibits the philosophy behind a campaign begun under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to build fancy buildings overseas to enhance the nation´s reputation. The video opens with a narrator explaining the “universally understood language of diplomacy” including “art, design and architecture” that “communicate our ideals...without speaking a word.” From there, a series of high-profile architects use embarrassingly flowery language to explain
  • Exclusive: Inside Account of U.S. Eavesdropping on Americans [2008]

    06/11/2013 6:23:33 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 73 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 9, 2008 | BRIAN ROSS
    Faulk says he and others in his section of the NSA facility at Fort Gordon routinely shared salacious or tantalizing phone calls that had been intercepted, alerting office mates to certain time codes of "cuts" that were available on each operator's computer. "Hey, check this out," Faulk says he would be told, "there's good phone sex or there's some pillow talk, pull up this call, it's really funny, go check it out. It would be some colonel making pillow talk and we would say, 'Wow, this was crazy'," Faulk told ABC News. Faulk said he joined in to listen, and...
  • Cyprus told: take bank levy or leave euro

    03/24/2013 5:15:07 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/24/2013 | Ian Traynor
    Wealthy Russians stand to lose billions of euros in Cypriot banks under draconian terms being hammered out on Sunday night in Brussels to prevent the Mediterranean tax haven becoming the first country forced out of the single currency. Negotiations got underway amid a hardening of the stance held by the International Monetary Fund and Germany, who insisted that depositors must take the hit for bailing out the eurozone's latest crisis economy. There were signs of panic in Cyprus as a €100 (Ł85) limit was imposed on ATM withdrawals, with more stringent capital controls to follow if a deal is reached....
  • Study: Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way (In search of a 'Goldilocks' zone planet)

    01/07/2013 12:04:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/7/13 | Associated Press
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Astronomers hunting for Earth-like planets now have many places to look. A new estimate released Monday suggested the Milky Way galaxy is home to at least 17 billion planets similar in size to our planet. It doesn't mean all are potentially habitable, but the sheer number of Earth-size planets is a welcome starting point in the search for worlds like our own. Scientists have yet to find a twin Earth — one that's not only the right size but also located in the so-called Goldilocks zone, a place that's not too hot and not too...
  • Historic weld links Central Corridor, Hiawatha LRT line

    09/06/2012 3:15:48 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    KARE 11 ^ | 9-3-12 | KARE11
    "This weld is our own version of the golden spike for the transcontinental railroad as it connects the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis," Fuhrmann said. "By connecting Central Corridor Green Line with the Hiawatha Blue Line, we will expand environmentally friendly, affordable transit options for residents of St. Paul, Minneapolis and the region."