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  • FDA Announces Rule To Ban 99 Percent Of E-Cigarettes

    05/05/2016 2:14:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 5, 2016 | Guy Bentley
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published long-awaited rules Thursday that could ban 99 percent of e-cigarette products and wreck industry innovation for years to come. Passed in 2009, the Tobacco Control Act says all e-cigarette products released after February 15, 2007, (predicate date) will have to go through the Pre-Market Tobacco Applications process (PMTA). FDA officials claim they cannot change the predicate date....
  • 500,000 Barrels And $1 Billion In Losses: The True Cost Of Canada’s Wildfire

    05/05/2016 12:58:18 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 8 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 05-05-2016 | Wildfire
    It took the market over a day to appreciate the fallout from the devastating Canadian wildfire which has led to a state of emergency in Alberta, the evacuation of over 80,000 people in the oil sands gateway city of Fort McMurray, and the destruction of over 1,600 structures. According to insurance industry reports, losses from the fire are approaching $1 billion, and will likely set records for the country. The average cost of a single-family home in the community was recently around CAD$627,000 ($487,000), Aon said, citing data from the local real estate industry, and cited by CNBC. That would...
  • Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) pushing Hollywood Fiction for More Banking Regulations

    05/05/2016 8:25:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/05/16 | Megan Barth
    The Big Short: As The Big Short is short on reality, Big Government is short on accountability If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.—Ronald Reagan Enter Dodd Frank: legislation named after Democrats’ Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank, which enacted 2,300 pages of banking regulations. What could have possibly gone wrong with 2,300 pages of new government regulations on banks? This:
  • [1 Min Preview of ABC News Clip] Trump to Pittsburgh: 'We Are Going to Bring Back Your Coal Industr

    04/14/2016 1:31:35 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 160 replies
    Pay to Watch ABC News clip on your Grabien Gold MultiMedia Marketplace Account ^ | April 13, 2016 | For full access to this ABC News clip, save a copy to your e-Locker;buy an embed code or log into Gr
    Donald Trump states in Pittsburgh he will bring back Pittsburgh's coal industry, clean coal. And also he will bring back Pittsburgh's steel industry.
  • Bill de Blasio tells New Yorkers not to eat at ‘anti-LGBT’ Chick-fil-A

    05/04/2016 9:55:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 4, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday encouraged his constituents not to eat at a new Chick-fil-A restaurant opening in the city, citing the company’s pro-traditional marriage views. “What the ownership of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong,” Mr. de Blasio said at a press conference, as reported by DNA Info. “I’m certainly not going to patronize them, and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them,” he said, adding that “they do have a legal right.” Mr. de Blasio’s comments came after city Councilman Danny Dromm started a boycott for a new Chick-fil-A location opening in...
  • Ross Perot-1992 GHWBush/Clinton/Perot Debate--Giant Job Sucking Sound NAFTA

    1992 Bring Jobs Back-Ross Perot calls it out. GHW Bush sets it up...Clinton says, after elected, "That's cool" and signs NAFTA
  • The Many Benefits of Ridesharing

    05/03/2016 10:49:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/28/2016 | Geneva Ruppert
    Ridesharing companies face a number of difficulties in Michigan. Municipalities regulate taxis and the state regulates limousines, but Uber and Lyft don’t fall into either category. The legal gray area they occupy has made it difficult for drivers to operate in places like Ann Arbor, as described in a recent article. By contrast, Uber received a warm welcome from law enforcement in Grand Rapids. Babacar, a driver there, said the police love Uber. “Basically, around two in the morning, we clean the city,” he says. “We take everybody home. I think that’s the reason the police love us, love the...
  • Hillary Sorry for Saying She Would Put Coal 'Out of Business'

    05/03/2016 10:10:39 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 54 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 5/3/16 | Sarah Fisher
    "It was a misstatement." Back in March, former first lady and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said at a CNN town hall that she wanted to put coal miners and the coal industry "out of business." At the event Clinton said she was the only candidate who "has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business," she said. But now that Clinton is campaigning in West Virginia, her tune has changed. "What I said was totally...
  • When A Nation Is Doomed - A Definition...

    05/03/2016 9:30:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/03/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Cynics, skeptics, and fiction-peddlers are frowned upon by the Obama administration (and the mainstream media) when it comes to our glorious leader's economic miracle. So we thought a simple litmus test might be useful to judge just how 'doomed' the nation really is... "When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing;  when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors;  when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work; and your laws no longer protect you against...
  • Taxpayer-funded financial aid for immigrant college tuition heads to IL House

    05/03/2016 5:26:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 2, 2016
    Monday, May 02, 2016 Taxpayer-funded financial aid for immigrant college tuition heads to IL House SPRINGFIELD - Two Republican state senators - Christine Radogno and Chris Nybo - crossed the aisle last week to support the Democrats' effort to provide taxpayer-funded financial assistance for undocumented immigrant students. The measure would add Illinois to the five states that grant immigrant students financial aid for college education regardless of their legal status. Already, Illinois is one of 18 states that allows any status immigrants to qualify for lower in-state tuition and set up private college funds. SB 2196 easily passed the Illinois...
  • Commentary: Congress can solve Illinois' pension crisis

    05/03/2016 3:51:19 AM PDT · by Fhios · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/3/2016 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    "... One new idea that has not yet been proposed is for Congress to empower states to have the ability to reform their insolvent pension plans. Such legislation would pre-empt state laws that prohibit states from making necessary reforms. It would allow pension reform laws passed by state assemblies to take effect. ..."
  • When Everyone Goes to College: a Lesson From South Korea

    05/02/2016 8:04:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Chronicle of Higher Education | May 1, 2016 | Karin Fischer
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://chronicle.com/article/When-Everyone-Goes-to-College-/236313?key=Km5VaSwSOs9-HKfuI3FnkvBnLNgCDGedRc3dh4ndFUdfaEt3dWVzN2RDVG50MnowVjFjazJiaHBNN3JUd3FnR3o3UzhkSEF1WUZF
  • Trump’s Russia adviser Carter Page: Globalist entrepreneur [truncated]

    05/02/2016 3:39:42 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    New Zeal Shining the Torch For Liberty ^ | March 30, 2016 | Trevor Louden
    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has hired a Russian adviser with ties to a former Eastern Bloc oligarch and Russian intelligence infiltrated energy company, Gazprom. The hire in question is a globe-trotting 44 year-old American investment banker Carter Page, who has built a career on deals with Russia and its state-run gas company. Page’s resume includes a stint in the U.S. Naval Academy, working in arms control at the Pentagon and a fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Over his career, he’s earned three graduate degrees, including a PhD from SOAS University of London. In 2000,...
  • Low Oil Prices? Texas Is Doing Just Fine

    05/02/2016 2:46:15 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-05-2016 | Lone Star
    ith the oil price crash now nearly two years in, there have been some obvious casualties. Dozens of oil related firms have declared bankruptcy, oil service firms have found rig counts collapsed, and thousands of jobs have been lost across the industry with many skilled employees reporting difficulty finding anything more than short-term contract work. Against this backdrop one might have expected a severe economic downturn in Texas, but instead the Lone Star State is holding up surprisingly well. Texas’ economy has long been thought of as being oil driven, but the reality is that the state’s situation is more...
  • About Glenn Beck...

    05/02/2016 1:46:42 PM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 37 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | April 30, 2016 | Andrea Shea King
    Over the last several months, when I tuned into Glenn’s show, I would find myself becoming exasperated with what seemed to be his Constitutional contradictions. It’s then that I began to realize that of ALL the controversial things Glenn has brought forward, Glenn has never really taken up the issue of Obama’s ineligibility. Why not? Isn’t that a key tenet of the Constitution? David Barton must surely have explained to Glenn why the founding authors included that phrase “Natural Born Citizen” in the Article’s first Section. So that created some real cognitive dissonance for me. I just couldn’t seem to...
  • The Future Of America? – More Than Half Of All U.S. Adults Under Age 30 Now Reject Capitalism

    05/01/2016 8:05:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/30/2016 | Michael Snyder
    A shocking new survey has found that support for capitalism is dying in America. In fact, more than half of all adults in the United States under the age of 30 say that they do not support capitalism at this point. You might be tempted to dismiss them as “foolish young people”, but the truth is that they are the future of America. As older generations die off, they will eventually become the leaders of this country. And of course our nation has not resembled anything close to a capitalist society for quite some time now. In a recent article,...
  • Excellent: Target stock has lost $1.5 billion in value since letting men in the ladies’ room

    04/30/2016 7:46:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 95 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/30/16 | Dan Calabrese
    The price of arrogance. Ordinarily I would not root for any business to fail, even one of my own competitors. But when a major corporation tells the vast majority of its customers “f*** you” in order to appease radical social activists, it would really be a shame if those insulted customers just kept shopping there and made the corporation pay no price for its arrogance. The early returns suggest Target customers are doing no such thing. Breitbart reports that Target stock has fallen $2.65 per share since the infamous announcement that Target will let confused men into its ladies’ restrooms...
  • Amazon’s same-day shipping for Prime customers seen as ‘racist’

    04/29/2016 11:06:17 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    Conservative Firing Line ^ | 4/28/16 | Joe Newby
    Forget peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Now, we’re supposed to believe there may be a racial component to Amazon’s new same-day shipping service for Prime members in certain areas of the country. The Christian Science Monitor reported: For many black consumers and especially those who have experienced discrimination in retail shops, Amazon presents a good option for shopping without being followed around or singled out. Here’s the kicker: But a Bloomberg analysis of the same-day shipping services reveals a racial bias: Amazon’s same-day shipping service often excludes predominantly black neighborhoods in six major cities. Say what? Some companies have made...
  • $500 Billion In Lost Oil Revenues Forces Gulf Nations To Turn To Debt Markets

    04/28/2016 2:24:51 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected a whopping $500 billion loss in revenue for the Gulf nations in 2016, which is 30 percent more than the $390 billion lost in 2015. The massive shortfall has crippled the gulf economies, which are facing record budget deficits and seeking external funding to overcome it. Many experts believe that $100 per barrel oil prices are history, and we might not revisit those prices for more than a decade. It implies that the recent crisis will not end as quickly as the downturn in 2007-2009. The oil-dependent nations will have to figure out...
  • Iran discovers shale oil reserves

    04/28/2016 12:06:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hellenic Shipping News ^ | April 28, 2016 | Azer News
    Energy-rich Iran, which is the fourth country in the world for its proven oil reserves of 158 billion barrels, has discovered shale oil reserves in the Lorestan Province. This was announced by the Director of Center for Exploration and Production at the country’s Oil Ministry, Mohammad Reza Kamali on April 25. The project of studying the shale reserves is completed by 47 percent, he said, adding that the studies, conducted in cooperation with German RWTH Aachen University prove the existence of significant reserves of shale oil in Lorestan Province. However, Kamali did not disclose whether Iran plans to extract shale...
  • Oil Prices Jump To Six-Month High

    04/28/2016 11:55:35 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-04-2016 | Chemokuurtje
    Oil prices surged to their highest levels in six months on Wednesday as the Fed left interest rates unchanged. WTI jumped by 2.8 percent to $45.29 per barrel and Brent climbed by 3.17 percent to $47.19 per barrel. Those are the highest prices so far in 2016 and the oil markets continue to bet on rising momentum for crude. The Federal Reserve added strength to oil when it announced its decision to leave interest rates unchanged, a move that caused the dollar to weaken and oil prices to rise. The Fed also softened its language regarding its concerns over the...
  • Hot Tesla Model 3 to Get Unneeded $1.5 Billion Tax Subsidy

    04/28/2016 11:47:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 28, 2016 | Mark Modica
    Tesla Motors recently reported that it has received close to 400,000 orders for its yet to be released, $35,000 Model 3. Most of the pre-ordered vehicles are not even expected to be delivered until after 2018. While congratulations may be in order to Tesla for seemingly developing a mainstream electric vehicle (EV) that has so much consumer interest that demand is far outpacing supply, one question must be asked. Why the hell is the vehicle being subsidized to the tune of $1.5 billion in future tax credits? If Tesla has proven that EVs can be profitably manufactured, it is...
  • Oof: U.S. GDP growth a horrendous 0.5 percent in 2016 1Q

    04/28/2016 8:58:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/28/16 | Dan Calabrese
    The new normal: The economy is not good. The economy has not been good for the entire Obama presidency Businesses aren’t spending money. Neither are consumers. And while the unemployment rate is made to look good, record low labor-force participation tells a different story. The economy is not good. The economy has not been good for the entire Obama presidency. And while Democrats hope we’re getting used to horrendous news like this, we shouldn’t be: The U.S. economy grew at its slowest pace in roughly 2 years, climbing just 0.5 percent in the first three months of 2016.
  • In 1 Out Of Every 5 American Families, Nobody Has A Job

    04/27/2016 6:20:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/27/2016 | Michael Snyder
    If nobody is working in one out of every five U.S. families, then how in the world can the unemployment rate be close to 5 percent as the Obama administration keeps insisting? The truth, of course, is that the U.S. economy is in far worse condition than we are being told. Last week, I discussed the fact that the Federal Reserve has found that 47 percent of all Americans would not be able to come up with $400 for an unexpected visit to the emergency room without borrowing it or selling something. But Barack Obama and his minions never bring...
  • First “Illegal” Shipment Of Oil Leaves Eastern Libya

    04/27/2016 11:52:15 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 27-04-2016 | Slav
    A cargo of 650,000 barrels of crude left the Libyan port of Hariga yesterday, in the eastern part of the conflict-torn country, sparking what promises to be another phase in the conflict as the Islamic-leaning government in Tripoli vows to block the maneuver. This premature attempt at crude oil exports could have huge implications for international efforts to unite the country under the new Government of National Accord (GNA), which was formed with UN support, because eastern Libya is controlled by a government based in Tobruk, which has not yet recognized the GNA of Fayez Serraj.
  • Research university hides results of fracking study which fails to prove it’s dangerous

    04/26/2016 4:53:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 26, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    What happens when a university research department is tasked with conducting a study of the harmful effects of fracking on ground water and other environmental concerns? Well, that depends on who provides their research money and what the results turn out to be. In the case of the University of Cincinnati, a lot of their funding comes from groups which have a vested interest in proving how harmful fracking is so it’s hardly a surprise that they lost interest in the study when it failed to produce any evidence of ground water contamination near commercial fracking sites. Jeff Stier, senior...
  • Could Sabotage Cause A Surge In Oil Prices?

    04/26/2016 3:22:22 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-04-2016 | Dwayne Purvis
    Hidden among the ballyhoo about a collaborative freeze in production growth, a less visible but far more effective dynamic has affected, and likely will affect, oil supply and price: military intervention. There have always been three routes out of the unsustainably low prices: natural decline/growth of supply/demand, collaboration constraints on supply, and military conflict. Since January, while the talk of a growth freeze had no effect whatsoever on actual supply, the natural decline/growth did reduce the overhang by a couple of hundred thousand barrels of oil per day. Meanwhile, two little-discussed and less-understood military interventions took a combined 900,000 bopd...
  • Are Oil Dividends Worth it?

    04/26/2016 2:32:38 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-04-2016 | Paperchaser
    Are you tempted by nice dividends such as BP’s 7.53 percent and Shell’s 7.31 percent? Long-term investors are. They’re lapping up the oil majors on dips to cash in on their impressive dividend yields in hopes that the massive rally in crude oil from the lows of $27.10 per barrel is an indication that crude has bottomed out and higher prices are around the corner. The large investors are pursuing the oil majors for their stability and safety, which has boosted their prices, but even after the rise, prices remain below their 2015 highs. The oil majors are expected to...
  • The Science ISN'T Settled: A Response to the Climate Change Crybullies (Feat. Mark Steyn)

    04/26/2016 6:38:08 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 10 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | 4/25/16 | The New Criterion
    In the face of a monolithically climate alarmist academia, media and government, several courageous individuals are working to unsettle the purportedly “settled science” of climate change, arguing that carbon dioxide atmospheric enrichment provides manifold benefits for mankind, that flawed economic models are being used to justify anti-capitalist and destructive public policies, that mild warming of the planet ought to be celebrated and fighting back courageously against those who wish to chill free speech by using the law to litigate science. This is their story. Featured speakers include Mark Steyn, international bestselling author and commentator, Dr. Craig Idso, Founder Former President...
  • Wildcatters try to strike Alaska's next big oil score

    04/25/2016 10:55:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 22, 2016 | Tom DiChristopher
    For the past 50 years, the oilfields of Alaska's North Slope have been dominated by BP, Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips. The big three produce much of the state's oil and gas, but independent drillers are now trying to pioneer the Last Frontier's energy future. Independent exploration and production companies have historically been willing to take on the country's riskier oil plays, operating with skinny profit margins and applying new technology to try for potentially huge payoffs. In Alaska, recent discoveries could hold the key to stemming a nearly three-decade decline in the state's oil output. The finds could rank among...
  • [VANITY] Chip in Debit and Credit Cards. Should I Be Worried?

    04/25/2016 4:34:42 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 121 replies
    EEE | 25 APRIL 2016 | EEE
    Just received my new debit card from my bank. It has a chip in it. Is this the Mark of the Beast?
  • Climate deniers: It’s time to stop denying

    04/25/2016 4:05:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 25, 2016 | Bill Nye
    Thirty-five dollars: As I write, that’s the price for a barrel of oil. We’re extracting like crazy and burning like there’s no tomorrow, for real, pumping carbon dioxide into the air we all share. Meanwhile, very few pumps are turning a profit. Ten thousand dollars: that’s what I would have offered a climate change denier pundit, who prefers to be called a climate change “doubter.” I was ready to pay Marc Morano $10,000 if 2016 turns out not to be one of the 10 hottest years ever recorded. He didn’t take the bet, because 2016 will indeed be among the...
  • Drill will: America, not OPEC, decides the fate of global oil markets

    04/25/2016 2:55:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Economist ^ | April 23, 2016
    “WE DON’T care about oil prices,” Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince, recently told Bloomberg, a news agency: “$30 or $70, they are all the same to us.” Such comments by the man calling the shots in the world’s biggest oil power should be taken with a pinch of salt. Low oil prices cost the country billions, threaten its credit rating and are turning it from creditor to debtor: this week it set out to raise $10 billion from global banks. Yet the claim is not entirely hollow, either. Saudi Arabia is determined not to give any succour...
  • The Real Reason Saudi Arabia Killed Doha

    04/25/2016 11:46:55 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 3 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 25-04-2016 | Captain Hook
    Saudi Arabia single-handedly scuttled the Doha meeting, knowing all along that Iran would not participate, with a valid reason. The Russians and others agreed to proceed without Iran, planning to include them at a later date. So if everything was known beforehand, why did the Saudi’s pour cold water on the aspirations of the remaining members, risking its alienation from Russia and the OPEC community? Was it simply Saudi enmity toward Iran? Not exactly. Upon closer scrutiny, we can find the Saudi masterstroke behind Doha. It is well known that Saudi Arabia is heavily dependent on oil revenues, and that...
  • U.S. Government Is Now a Major Counterparty to Wall Street Derivatives

    04/24/2016 7:43:59 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Wall Street on Parade ^ | 21 April 2016 | Pam Martens and Russ Martens
    According to a study released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in March of last year, U.S. taxpayers have already injected $187.5 billion into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two companies that prior to the 2008 financial crash traded on the New York Stock Exchange, had shareholders and their own Board of Directors while also receiving an implicit taxpayer guarantee on their debt. The U.S. government put the pair into conservatorship on September 6, 2008. The public has been led to believe that the $187.5 billion bailout of the pair was the full extent of the taxpayers’ tab....
  • Jackson loses the battle of Political Correctness

    04/24/2016 9:32:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/24/16 | Jeff Crouere
    In 2016, angry citizens tired of being abused and mistreated are looking for a leader like Andrew Jackson once again In many of our history books today, Christopher Columbus did not discover America, instead he was a ruthless white European marauder who brutalized peaceful indigenous people and helped spread disease among their midst. This type of historical revisionism was on full display this week when one of our greatest Presidents and military heroes, Andrew Jackson, was removed from the front of the $20 bill. Eventually, he will be featured on the back of the bill, while the image of Harriet...
  • Obama tries telling Brits wanting out of the EU what to do

    04/24/2016 9:22:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/24/16 | Judi McLeod
    But then again Marxist name-calling of their enemies is now universal The most ridiculous sound in the world has gotta’ be the one of an overbearing Barack Obama rattling his saber at Brits who want out of the EU. It’s going to take more than insipid “back off” orders from from the likes of Obama to frighten Brits from voting the way they want on Brexit. A feeble quack from a lame duck on his way out of public office will never dim the knowledge that it comes from a no-boots-on-the-ground in jihadist-held territory, no-skin-in-any-game-but-his-own, semi-golf pro, part-time president.
  • The Future Of Vending Machines: Freshly Made Pizza, Do-It-Yourself Muffins

    04/23/2016 7:58:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    WBBM-AM ^ | April 14, 2016 | Vince Gerasole
    Vending machines and food might conjure up some negative images: -Shaking the machine when your potato chips get stuck. -Not the best options for dining. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports that’s all changing. He paid a visit to a vending machine trade show in Chicago. How’s this for a treat? A TCBY yogurt with Oreo crumbs. It starts with a touch screen where you choose sizes, flavors and toppings. No, an army of oompa loompas isn’t inside the big box. It’s a robotic assembly line. Meanwhile, Matty Castellano is selling fresh pizza from a vending machine....
  • Japan's Next Generation of Farmers Could Be Robots

    04/23/2016 5:03:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Bloomberg | April 22, 2016 | Aya Takada
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-23/robots-replacing-japan-s-farmers-seen-preserving-food-security
  • The Porn Industry Is Terrified of Ted Cruz, Thinks Donald Trump Is a Joke

    04/23/2016 4:30:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 22, 2016 | Aurora Snow
    Now that the 2016 presidential election season is in full swing, which candidate(s) are people in the adult industry supporting? Every election year is a nail-biter for pornographers, who are wracked with worry over potential persecution from the next presidential administration. Demonizing the porn industry under the guise of protecting the public’s morality is an old politician’s trick. Charge XXX producers with obscenity, collect fines and put a dent in the debauchery. “Obscene” porn is illegal but not all porn is obscene. Content that was considered extreme 15 years ago might be closer to the norm now. In the late...
  • De Blasio to mandate energy retrofits for privately owned buildings

    04/22/2016 3:33:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Politico New York ^ | April 22, 2016 | David Giambusso
    Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that he will impose mandates on the commercial real estate sector to achieve dramatic greenhouse gas emissions among the city's building stock — by far the city's biggest contributor to global warming. In an announcement tied to Earth Day, the mayor's office said the requirements, along with city programs and incentives, would help kickstart the mayor's goal of cutting building emissions dramatically over the next 35 years. The mandates are a significant development for the city's real estate world. When de Blasio announced a plan two years ago to cut building emissions, he threatened...
  • Target Is Off the Mark with It's Latest Decision

    04/22/2016 9:13:02 AM PDT · by Stand Up For America Today · 38 replies
    Stand Up For America Today ^ | 4/22/2016 | AJ Watson
    Target has decided to allow its customers to use the toilet facility of the gender that they "associate with." So the next time you send your daughter into the bathroom by herself, she may very well be in a stall beside a man....by herself....without you. Take that in for a second. Or do you even care? In just another step that baffles common sense, Target along with several state legislatures are informing Americans that we have had our "potty privileges" wrong all these years. Clearly we were backwards in thinking that women should go to bathrooms emblazoned with "WOMEN" signs...
  • Northeastern Launches Consortium To Develop Nanotech Materials

    04/22/2016 2:10:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WBUR-FM ^ | April 19, 2016 | Erica Morrison
    BURLINGTON, Mass. -- Northeastern University will create a consortium of private companies and universities to develop smart sensors and other nanomaterials, or extremely small components that are built by “nanoscale” printing processes. Northeastern President Joseph Aoun announced the plan Tuesday at the university’s Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security on its Burlington campus. The consortium will be housed there, as well as at Tufts University and University of Massachusetts Boston. Nanomaterials are crucial to the so-called “Internet of Things,” the emerging network of objects that can collect and share data. Possible commercial applications could include highly precise monitoring of premature...
  • Can We Stop Freaking Out Over Trump's Bathroom Comments?

    04/21/2016 3:42:46 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 222 replies
    EEE | 21 APRIL 2016 | EEE
    Here's what Trump said: “Leave it the way it is. North Carolina, what they’re going through with all the business that’s leaving, all of the strife — and this is on both sides. Leave it the way it is.” He continued, “There has been so little trouble. And the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic — I mean, the economic punishment that they’re taking.” (1) Where exactly, did Trump stand up for the rights of male perverts and trannies to take a whiz or go #2 alongside with or do worse things to...
  • Not in my bathroom!’ a coming trend?

    04/21/2016 11:58:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/21/16 | Judi McLeod
    Why all of a sudden has the Transgender issue in the bathroom become the latest craze of the lib-left? Why is it that there are few, if any, Transgender Bathrooms in the White House, the House of Commons, at Brussels EU headquarters, the UN or in the hallowed halls of any other nation’s ivory towers? Many of the occupants of these edifices, who spent taxpayers’ billions in renovation projects, didn’t see the march of the transgenders coming? It’s because like taxes, bylaws, decrees, ordinances and rules sent down the pike from authorities the world over, the forced use of transgender...
  • More Woes for Tesla from Consumer Reports

    04/21/2016 11:06:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 21, 2016 | Paul Chesser
    As it continues to defy common sense and the laws of economics with its lofty stock price, Tesla has again shown it has little corporate competence in the ability to deliver a consistently functional product that satisfies customers. The latest evidence comes in the recently rolled out Model X, which is allegedly an SUV, but looks like just another car. Retailing at a price only the extremely wealthy can afford ($138,000), the all-electric follow-up to the similarly troubled Model S automobile has stumbled out of the gate. The problems were outlined in a Consumer Reports article posted online Tuesday,...
  • Left pretty excited to see racist Americans recoil at $20 bills featuring Harriet Tubman

    04/21/2016 5:48:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 58 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/21/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Too bad for them almost no one is doing so Left pretty excited to see racist Americans recoil at $20 bills featuring Harriet Tubman You almost wonder if they did it just to bait certain people into racist reactions, because boy, what a story that would be for the race-baiting left and their media allies in a presidential election year. Defeat the Tubman-hating racist Republicans! Of course, there’s nothing at all wrong with Harriet Tubman being on the $20 bill, because a) she was a perfectly admirable historical figure; and b) it doesn’t matter in the slightest whose face is...
  • Inspectors Delay Cuba Cruise Brand's Test Trip (SJW cruises)

    04/20/2016 7:11:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Maritime Executive ^ | April 12, 2016 | Staff
    The 700-passenger cruise vessel Adonia, operated by the new Carnival Group "social impact" Cuba travel brand Fathom, has been prohibited from departing on its first cruise due to inoperable fire doors, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement Tuesday. The Adonia was to leave Sunday for its first weeklong trial cruise to the Dominican Republic, but a Coast Guard inspection found that 30 fire doors tested inoperable. A USCG spokesman told Cruise Critic that the agency was working with Carnival to get the problem corrected before Adonia sails. "The cruise ship failed several portions of the [inspection] ....
  • McDonald's tests smaller Big Macs, which kind of defeats the purpose of a Big Mac

    04/20/2016 3:25:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    AOL Lifestyle ^ | April 20, 2016 | Clint Rainey, Grub Street
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Pushing pause on that mission to simplify, McDonald's has moved in the other direction and unleashed a whole family of different-size Big Macs. Yesterday, the original size was joined by smaller and larger extremes in two test markets, Dallas and central Ohio. Columbus Business First reports the trio will remain on store menus until June 6, at which point the chain will see how customers reacted. At the more petite end is the new Mac Jr., a single-layer sandwich supposedly designed to be easier to eat, although the menu has six plain, smaller-size burgers already. The largest size has been...
  • There's an even better solution to poverty than a $15 minimum wage (Basic universal income)

    04/20/2016 2:16:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Tech Insider ^ | April 20, 2016 | Chris Weller
    Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton spent a great deal of time debating the merits of raising the minimum wage at the last Democratic debate on April 14. Sanders, ever the radical, stood behind the popular $15 minimum wage figure that will soon take hold in California and New York. Clinton, who's long pushed for $12, updated her position in support of $15 figure. Both could be misguided. While raising the minimum wage does make sense on paper — working people need to make more to survive than they can on today's minimum wage, so we should give them more money...