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  • Candidates Call for More Regulation of Wall Street [semi-satire]

    10/13/2015 9:54:36 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Oct 2015 | John Semmens
    In a bid to outflank her socialist rival contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for more stringent government regulation of big businesses. Under her proposed policy, the federal government would order firms that were “too large and too risky to be managed effectively to reorganize, downsize, or break apart.” That the federal government, which has not been managed effectively for many decades would possess the necessary expertise to assess the effectiveness of diverse business operations might seem dubious. Nevertheless, Clinton maintained that “the government has the right and the...
  • Labor coalition calls for minimum wage higher than $15 per hour

    10/13/2015 8:39:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | October 13, 2015 | Ned Resnikoff
    Analysis: With $15 minimum wage campaign gaining political traction, group says workers need more for a living wage. As the nationwide campaign for a $15 hourly minimum wage gains traction, some labor groups have set their sights on an even higher number: $16.87 — a demand that could help push the $15 figure closer to the mainstream of American politics. A new report, published Tuesday, from the Alliance for a Just Society, a coalition of labor organizations, argues that $15 an hour is less than a living wage in most states. A single, childless adult earning $15 per hour would...
  • Activists protest at Providence Dunkin' Donuts in support of black lives matter movement

    10/13/2015 6:32:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WJAR-TV ^ | October 12, 2015 | Matt Reed
    PROVIDENCE — Protestors marched in Providence Monday afternoon in support of the "black lives matter" movement. A group of about 50 people gathered outside of a Providence Dunkin' Donuts on Atwells Avenue, where an employee last week wrote "black lives matter" on a police officer's cup of coffee. For about an hour, they carried signs and posters in support of the movement. Several told NBC 10 News they believe the employee didn't do anything wrong. Activists also said they feel the Providence Police Union overreacted to the incident and that the phrase, "black lives matter," isn't anti-police, but pro-African American...
  • Robot Farmers of the Future Might Grow 10 Million Heads of Lettuce a Year

    10/12/2015 6:40:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Take Part ^ | October 9, 2015 | Liz Dwyer
    From the army of machines that work in Amazon warehouses to automatons that milk cows, the job-taking robots of the future are among us. Now the lettuce in your salad of the future might be grown by robots too. Oh, by “future,” we mean 2017. That’s the hope of Spread, a company in Kyoto, Japan, that plans to begin constructing the world’s first large-scale lettuce factory next spring. Once it’s fully operational, the entire process of growing a head of lettuce—from seeding to harvest—will be automated and run by robots. The efficiency of machines will enable the factory to produce...
  • Lazear on Dodd-Frank and Capital

    10/12/2015 12:21:44 PM PDT · by Lorianne
    Grumpy Economist ^ | 06 October 2015 | John Cochrane
    Ed Lazear has a nice WSJ oped, "How not to prevent the next financial meltdown." (Also available here via Hoover.) The main points will not be new to readers of this blog, or my much longer essay but the piece is admirable for putting the basic points so clearly and concisely. The core problem of focusing on institutions not activities: The theory behind so-called systemically important financial institutions, or SIFIs, is fundamentally flawed. Financial crises are pathologies of an entire system, not of a few key firms. Reducing the likelihood of another panic requires treating the system as a whole,...
  • The Trans Pacific Partnership: Just Change for the Sake of Change, or Well-Disguised Destruction?

    10/12/2015 11:13:15 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 12, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The short version – the one we know from the mainstream media (MSM) – is as follows: The TPP is a terrific trade deal which would increase our economic activity on both sides of the Pacific, and which might be the greatest lasting victory of the Obama administration. It involves some unsavory compromises, but the benefits far outweigh them, if the administration is to be believed. And that may be true. But it may also be very wrong. The fact is, the Trans Pacific Partnership is a massive agreement that changes the entire scope of international trade policy, and merits...
  • It’s Getting Harder To Move Beyond A Minimum-Wage Job

    10/11/2015 6:09:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | October 8, 2015 | Ben Casselman
    Minimum-wage jobs are meant to be the first rung on a career ladder, a chance for entry-level workers to prove themselves before earning a promotion or moving on to other, better-paying jobs. But a growing number of Americans are getting stuck on that first rung for years, if they ever move up at all. Anthony Kemp is one of them. In 2006, he took a job as a cook at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Oak Park, Illinois. The job paid the state minimum wage, $6.50 an hour at the time, but Kemp figured he could work his way up....
  • Mr. Google Eric Schmidt dumping Hillary on unsuspecting society

    10/11/2015 6:57:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/11/15 | Judi McLeod
    Patriots are happy that Obama is fading out of the picture without realizing he's fading into a pantsuit With just one year to vote time, it’s Google, and not Donald Trump, that is running run away with the 2016 presidential race. While folk hero Trump’s goal is ‘Make America Great Again’, unfortunately for freedom and liberty worldwide, Google’s is ‘Return Hillary Clinton’ to the White House’. Undercover until Drudge gave oxygen to the story on Friday in short: “An under-the-radar startup funded by billionaire Eric Schmidt has become a major technology vendor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, underscoring the bonds...
  • At Auction | 1920s Brough Superiors (the "Rolls-Royce of motorcycles")

    10/10/2015 4:17:48 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 46 replies
    A Continuous Lean ^ | 10/8/15 | Jared Paul Stern
    At Auction | 1920s Brough Superiors Oct 8th, 2015 | Categories: Jared Paul Stern, Motorcycles | by Jared Paul Stern “It is a miracle that all this docile strength waits behind one tiny lever for the pleasure of my hand,” T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) wrote of his Brough Superior in the 1920s. Built by hand in Nottingham, England from 1919–1940, the “Rolls-Royce of motorcycles” became an instant legend thanks to the likes of Lawrence, who owned eight of them. Extremely fast, exclusive and expensive, no two of the custom-built bikes were exactly alike. At its Stafford, UK sale...
  • Layoffs at Twitter will be the first big act of Jack Dorsey's return as CEO

    10/10/2015 11:15:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Mashable ^ | October 9, 2015 | Seth Fiegerman
    Jack is back and he's bringing company-wide layoffs with him. Twitter is said to be planning to announce layoffs across most departments of the company next week, according a report late Friday from Re/code. The precise number or percentage of staff affected is unclear. "We’re not commenting on rumor and speculation,” a spokesperson for Twitter told Mashable. Speculation about the move comes just days after Twitter announced that cofounder Jack Dorsey would take over as the permanent CEO, following a lengthy search. While the layoffs will almost certainly hit company morale, it should appease investors eager to see Twitter rein...
  • Why Are The IMF, The UN, The BIS And Citibank All Warning That An Economic Crisis Could Be Imminent?

    10/10/2015 8:12:07 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 12 replies ^ | 8OCT2015 | Michael Snyder
    The warnings are getting louder. Is anybody listening? For months, I have been documenting on my website how the global financial system is absolutely primed for a crisis, and now some of the most important financial institutions in the entire world are warning about the exact same thing. For example, this week I was stunned to see that the Telegraph had published an article with the following ominous headline: “$3 trillion corporate credit crunch looms as debtors face day of reckoning, says IMF“. And actually what we are heading for would more accurately be described as a “credit freeze” or...
  • FL: Witnesses Gather Money to Return to Brinks Driver in Foiled Robbery

    10/10/2015 5:55:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A  Brinks driver was attempting to fill an ATM in Orange County, Florida.  A robber approached him from behind, and grabbed at the money bag.  The driver drew his pistol and fired three or four shots at the robber, who fled.  Money flew all over the parking lot. Witnesses helped recover the cash and returned it to the Brinks Driver.  From the video at WE'RE TOLD BY SHERIFFS THAT A BRINKS DRIVER WAS TRYING TO FILLING UP THE ATM WHEN A MAN JUST CAME UP BEHIND HIM, TRIED TO GET THE MONEY IN THAT BRINKS DRIVER STARTED SHOOTING...
  • The Latest Car Hysteria—Diesel VWs

    10/09/2015 5:11:10 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 49 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/09/15 | MICHAEL FUMENTO
    Lions, and Tigers, and Volkswagens! Oh, my! We’re under assault by a Teutonic Terror. About half a million US diesel cars and 11 million worldwide sold by Volkswagen AG, including VWs, Audis, Seats, and Škodas, appear to have software that tricks emissions tests. Actual emissions are “40 times higher” we’re told. And people are dying. “Quatsch!” as they say in German. Nonsense! It’s just another car mass hysteria, like “runaway” Toyotas a few years ago and runaway Audis before that. At least one freaked-out occasional car reviewer engaged in public self-flagellation: “I was fooled by Volkswagen’s diesel hype—and I’m sorry,”...
  • Beware Big Business and the Chamber of Commerce

    10/09/2015 5:05:00 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/09/15 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    Hard lessons about Big Business, the Chamber of Commerce, their undue influence in the Republican Party have been a hard one for me to accept, and yet too many people are content to shout ''Establishment" without really identifying the core problems This has been the hardest lesson for me to learn. I never thought that being pro-business could compromise one’s fight for liberty and limited government. Yet I have learned to accept what Scott Rasmussen argued after the disappointing 2012 President Elections: too many people still see the Republicans Party as pro Big Business. There is much truth to this...
  • Why the American military is so hot on laser weapons

    10/09/2015 4:31:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Week ^ | October 9, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    From hand-held blasters to planet-destroying death rays, laser weapons are a fanciful staple of science fiction. But at their core, lasers are just concentrated beams of light that generate heat. As simple as that sounds, they've proven remarkably difficult to weaponize. Until now. Quietly and without great fanfare the laser weapon has arrived, and warfare will never be the same. This week Lockheed Martin, the defense contractor behind the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, announced it was exploring ways to put a laser on the controversial fighter. The U.S. Navy has already fielded a laser weapon on the USS Ponce. And...
  • Oregon Pot Stores Sell More Than $11 Million in First 5 Days

    10/09/2015 4:08:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 9, 2015 | The Associated Press
    Retailers sold more than $11 million of marijuana during Oregon's first week of legal recreational sales, outpacing the early business done in other states that have legalized pot, according to the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association. Oregon retailers had sales of $3.5 million by the end of opening day, Casey Houlihan, executive director of the association, told the Statesman Journal ( ). By contrast, Colorado's first week of sales reached $5 million. In Washington, sales during the first month hit $2 million....
  • Sierra Club’s Aaron Mair Responds to Sen. Ted Cruz’s Attack on Climate Science

    10/09/2015 11:18:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    EcoWatch ^ | October 9, 2015 | Aaron Mair, Sierra Club
    This week, Sen. Ted Cruz held a hearing to attack the clean air and clean water safeguards that protect millions of families all across America. Sierra Club President Aaron Mair was there to talk about how communities of color, which are disproportionately affected by pollution and climate disruption, rely on these safeguards to protect them. A friend to big polluters, Cruz unsurprisingly tried to cover all their talking points. His game? To attack the climate science that shows how carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels is causing climate disruption in the first place while assailing the Clean Power Plan, which...
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Reached! Now What?

    10/08/2015 8:15:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Cato @ Liberty ^ | October 5, 2015 | Daniel J. Ikenson
    After six years of negotiations, a final Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has been reached in Atlanta.  Check your pacemakers, trade policy wonks. This is about as exciting as it gets in our world.First, congratulations are in order for the TPP negotiators, who worked extremely hard over the past several years in an environment of profound public skepticism – much of it driven by pervasive scaremongering – to arrive at this moment. Reaching accord on a broad array of subjects between 12 countries at different levels of economic development with disparate policy objectives is not a task for the faint of heart.Second, there...
  • Clear Sign Trump Wants 'Out': Put Up or Shut Up

    10/07/2015 3:09:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Huffington Post's Entertainment The Blog ^ | October 7, 2015 | Paul Abrams
    Spending nary a dime, Donald Trump has leapfrogged a large field of presidential wannabees to take a commanding lead in the race for the Republican nomination for president. Anyone in that position who had unlimited financial resources and who truly wanted to win the nomination would have already unleashed wall-to-wall ads in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, and would be assembling a massive ground-game in those states. Why? Because if Trump won those primaries convincingly, it would be all over but the shouting. Such a candidate would also be fielding ads and building organization in the compressed March...
  • America to Collapse As Dollar Dies: “You Cannot Stop What Is Coming…

    10/07/2015 10:20:56 AM PDT · by amorphous · 59 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 7 Oct 2015 | Mac Slavo
    A collapse is coming… but not as quickly as many are expecting. There are many people high up in the power structure who not only see an end to the dollar coming soon, but an economic collapse that could trigger the death of tens of millions of Americans – rendered vulnerable by the lack of services and the stopping of checks, and harmed by the resulting looting, starvation and violence that is likely to occur. According to an anonymous source who claims to have high level insider sources, everything from the power grid to the grocery store, to the government...
  • Right Now There Are 102.6 Million Working Age Americans That Do Not Have A Job

    10/07/2015 7:15:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    TEC ^ | 10/07/2015 | Michael Snyder
    The federal government uses very carefully manipulated numbers to cover up the crushing economic depression that is going on in this nation. For the month of September, the federal government told us that 142,000 jobs were added to the economy. If that was actually true, that would barely be enough to keep up with population growth. Sadly, the truth is that the real numbers were actually far worse than that. The unadjusted numbers show that the U.S. economy actually lost 248,000 jobs in September and the government added more than a million Americans to the “not in the labor force”...
  • What Happens to our Economy as Millions of People Lose the Habits of Hard Work?

    10/07/2015 7:09:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 10/07/2015 | Charles Hugh Smith
    If we're going to dig our way out of what lies ahead, we need people who can work hard and start/operate new businesses.Simply put, job growth is not keeping pace with population growth--specifically, the growth of the labor force which is generally defined as the population between the ages of 18 and 64.So what happens to the economy as millions of people never acquire the habits of hard work or lose them due to chronic joblessness?Yesterday I presented data on not in the labor force, which is defined as "persons aged 16 years and older in the civilian noninstitutional population...
  • Equipment from former KiOR plant sold (BioFuel Scam)

    COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- The equipment of biofuel company KiOR has been sold. Lowndes County officials announced the sale Monday morning. REG Energy of Indiana spent $1.7 million to purchase the hydrostater at the site. The company, which manufactures biofuel from natural fats and grease, will move the equipment to a site in Indiana. - See more at:
  • Lithium Market Set To Explode – All Eyes Are On Nevada

    10/07/2015 7:00:32 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies ^ | 07-10-2015 | lit
    While other commodities are floundering or completely collapsing in this market, lithium—the critical mineral in the emerging battery gigafactory war—is poised to explode, and going forward Nevada is emerging as the front line in this pending American lithium boom. Most of the world’s lithium comes from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Australia and China, but American resources being developed by new entrants into this market have set up the state of Nevada to become the key venue and proving ground for game-changing trade in this everyday mineral. Nevada is about to get a boost first from Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) upcoming battery gigafactory, and...
  • The Second Amendment Is One Supreme Court Justice from Repeal

    10/07/2015 6:26:33 AM PDT · by PROCON · 114 replies ^ | Oct. 6, 2015 | David French
    In August, my colleague Charlie Cooke wrote an epic rant daring the Left to stop talking about repealing the Second Amendment and start doing it. Introduce the repeal to Congress, work it through the states, and tell the American people what you want to do — take from them a fundamental, enumerated right from the Bill of Rights. As Charlie eloquently outlines, repealing the Second Amendment is an impossible task. Even worse for the Left, it’s political suicide.But if the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges teaches us anything, it’s that the age of judicial supremacy means that...
  • Top GDP Growth Rates in U.S. History

    10/07/2015 6:18:14 AM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 18 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | October 7, 2015 | Larry Walker II
    Trump’s Dynamic Growth PoliciesBy: Larry Walker, IIIn an October 4, 2015 interview on Meet the Press, Donald Trump was asked which government programs he will cut so his tax reduction plan won’t blow a hole in the deficit.Trump’s first response described how we are going to save a lot in administrative costs by exempting millions of Americans from filing income tax returns. Under his plan, single individuals making under $25,000 and couples making less than $50,000 will not owe any income tax, and will thus not be required to file tax returns. This totally makes sense to me, as I...
  • Which Lobbying Firm Will John Boehner Be Joining?

    09/29/2015 1:50:39 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 32 replies
     Will Jack Abramoff speak about John Boeher crying all the way to the bank? Abramoff is scheduled to speak in Tallahassee on November 16 & 17. It would be very good to hear his take on the current changes in the House leadership.
  • Creator Of Fox Broadcasting Declares He Is Going To War Against Donald Trump…

    10/06/2015 7:16:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | October 6, 2015
    Media mogul and creator of the Fox Broadcasting Company, Barry Diller made it clear today he has no intention of seeing Donald Trump become the next President of the United States. The fellow billionaire went so far as to suggest to CNBC that should Donald Trump win he would, “move out of the country, or join the resistance.” Interestingly, Diller’s comments come just forty-eight hours after a D.C. Whispers report included this information regarding an effort by powerful Mainstream political and media figures to successfully terminate the Trump campaign: “…It was also stated that news media executives at each the...
  • Delaware health insurance exchange/marketplace: Weighted average rate increase 22 percent for 2016

    10/06/2015 3:49:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies ^ | September 30, 2015 | Louise Norris
    Delaware’s exchange is a partnership between the state (Choose Health Delaware) and HHS, with residents enrolling through There are only two carriers offering plans in the individual marketplace, and the weighted average rate increase for 2016 is nearly 22 percent. But premium subsidies will offset much of the rate hike for the 84 percent of Delaware exchange enrollees who are receiving subsidies. 2016 rates On September 29, Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart announced final rates for 2016, after vowing earlier in the year that the Insurance Department in Delaware would “vigorously examine” the 2016 rate proposals they received...
  • David Cameron is 'ignorant' over slavery reparations, says Danny Glover

    10/06/2015 1:43:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 6, 2015 | Andrew Pulver
    Prime minister under fire from Lethal Weapon actor and activist over comments that Jamaica should ‘move on’ from slavery.Actor Danny Glover has called David Cameron’s suggestion that Jamaica should “move on” from slavery “outrageous”, and said it shows the UK prime minister’s “ignorance” of the issues. In comments reported by the Gleaner, Glover – best known for his role in the Lethal Weapon movies, but also a long-term left-leaning activist on a wide variety of causes – said: “To make such an outrageous statement is an insult ... it’s outrageous ... and it just shows his ignorance.” Glover was visiting...
  • Could The Syrian Conflict Irrevocably Change Global Geopolitics?

    10/06/2015 12:03:58 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies ^ | 06-10-2015 | boom boom boom
    Few meetings ever started with dimmer prospects for success than the recent meeting between Presidents Obama and Putin. The real call for the meeting stemmed from the EU refugee crisis. With a human catastrophe brewing in Europe and the Middle East, EU leaders are urgently demanding that the U.S. and Russia set aside their differences and begin to work together in an effort to resolve the Syrian conflict, the major cause of the massive movement of people seeking sanctuary. Now, U.S./EU leaders are no longer insisting on the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from office as a pre-condition to...
  • Supreme Court eyes health insurance cases

    10/06/2015 12:32:40 AM PDT · by 100American · 1 replies
    FierceHealthPayer ^ | October 5, 2015 | Leslie Small
    The legality of Vermont's all-payer claims database At issue in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company is whether or not the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act supersedes Vermont's law that requires insurers to report data to its all-payer claims database. Liberty Mutual argues that it does, and thus refused to provide that state with the information that its law required. The Supreme Court agreed June 29 to hear the case, according to the Court's list of cases set to be argued in the term starting in October. Oral arguments have not yet been scheduled for the case, but recently,...
  • Ugliest Cars Ever Made:

    10/06/2015 2:20:52 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 42 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 October 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    You thought I was lazy and was going to just come on here and trash AMC Gremlin and Pontiac Aztec? Too obvious! Industrial-Strength UGLY Pummeled with ugly stick DeSoto: they couldn't let it die with dignity I hate these things 1961 Citroen Ami looks like a Mercury that was forgotten in the dryer More at Reaganite Republican ___________________________________________________________________ Curbside Classic Bloomberg LA Magazine MumsNet Telegraph (UK)
  • I get food stamps, and I’m not ashamed — I’m angry

    10/05/2015 10:17:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies
    Vox ^ | September 16, 2015 | Christine Gilbert
    My name is Christine, and I get food stamps. I've had to apply off and on over the past 16 years in order to make sure my family was fed. I don't feel the least bit ashamed of myself for this, but apparently some people think I should. Some people think I, and people like me, am lazy. Or that we're taking advantage of other (smarter, harder-working) people. Those people seem to have an image in their heads of how someone who "deserves" assistance behaves, and a very narrow idea of how we should feel about it. Those people are...
  • Police, Community React To Dunkin' Donuts Worker's Controversial Comment (Now in Connecticut)

    10/05/2015 4:59:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | October 5, 2015 | Jordan Otero
    WEST HARTFORD — People from Connecticut and across the country reacted on social media over the weekend to a local Dunkin' Donuts worker's comment with a West Hartford police officer waiting in line that the store wouldn't serve police officers. Dozens tweeted the accounts of the local Connecticut Dunkin' Donuts franchise group and the national Dunkin' Donuts headquarters, many users calling for a boycott of the company and for the employee, who police said told the officer, "We don't serve cops here," to be fired. Both accounts answered with the same response: "We are aware, Dunkin' Donuts & our franchisees...
  • Six Reasons Natural Gas Prices Are Staying Down

    10/05/2015 2:16:22 PM PDT · by bananaman22 ^ | 05-10-2015 | Tom
    The critical natural gas transit country, Ukraine, reached a supply agreement in the last week of September with the EU’s largest fuel supply partner: Russia. One could argue that this agreement could actually have come too late. Natural gas supply to Europe heading into winter 2015 seems more secure than ever before, a sharp contrast to the icy winters of 2006 and 2009, in which Russia cut off natural gas supply to Eastern Europe over a conflict with the Ukraine. The following factors have turned the European natural gas market from a ‘’beggars can’t be choosers” into a true “buyers’...
  • Crucial hurdle overcome in quantum computing

    10/05/2015 1:38:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 22 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | Oct 5, 2015
    The significant advance, by a team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney appears today in the international journal Nature. "What we have is a game changer," said team leader Andrew Dzurak, Scientia Professor and Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at UNSW. "We've demonstrated a two-qubit logic gate - the central building block of a quantum computer - and, significantly, done it in silicon. Because we use essentially the same device technology as existing computer chips, we believe it will be much easier to manufacture a full-scale processor chip than for any of the leading...
  • Obama’s lousy new normal: Job growth disappoints yet again

    10/05/2015 7:18:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/15 | Herman Cain
    Routine One of the biggest wastes of time imaginable is to read news stories about what’s expected in upcoming economic reports. Late last week, we were regaled with stories about how economists were expecting news of robust job growth, and how this would be followed by serious consideration on the part of the Federal Reserve Board to finally raise interest rates—which have been kept artificially low for years in the hope of spurring job growth. But as is so often the case, the reality didn’t meet the expectations. Job growth stumbled again, with only 142,000 nonfarm jobs added to payrolls...
  • Smart Meters, Watching Our Lives

    10/05/2015 7:17:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Unbeknownst to most of us, homes are now fitted with smart water meters, smart gas meters, and smart appliances that communicate with each other and with the “mother ship.” Under the guise of climate change advocacy which pretends to save the planet from a non-existent anthropogenic global warming, people across the globe have been forced by utilities and their governments to accept smart meters as readers of their electricity consumption. I called these smart meters in my book, “U.N. Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy,” drones attached to our homes. Smart meters are being deployed without debate and without the informed consent...
  • Trump Tax Plan: Pros and Cons

    10/05/2015 7:14:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/15 | Nelson Hultberg
    Challenging the liberal principle of social egalitarianism, which idealizes "equal results" instead of "equal rights." Donald Trump has shaken up today’s craven political establishment like Tom Paine shook up the Tories of colonial America. He has irreverently proposed genuine solutions to the invasion of “illegals.” He has attacked the poltroons of Washington and the talking heads of the media. He speaks rudely and boldly. The question now is, has he also been daring enough to put forth a bold tax reform plan? The answer is yes and no. Trump’s tax plan has numerous great features, but it also has one...
  • Cutting Michigan's Income Tax Would Also Lessen Corporate Welfare Burden

    10/05/2015 6:30:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/20/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan lawmakers who would like to cut the state’s personal income tax rate may have found their way eased by a largely overlooked benefit: A rate cut would reduce the amount the state owes to corporations that are benefiting from extensive tax breaks and outright cash subsidies granted by the Michigan Economic Growth Authority during former Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration. The state’s liability to these corporations was revealed earlier this year, and shocked lawmakers preparing to adopt a budget for the coming fiscal year. Under a program repealed in 2011, corporations were granted some $9.38 billion in tax credits. The...
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Struck As "Corporate Secrecy" Wins Again

    10/05/2015 5:59:21 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 7 replies
    The Zero Hedge ^ | Oct. 5, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Once again the corporatocracy wins as the so-called "Trojan horse" Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been finalized. As WSJ reports, the U.S., Japan and 10 countries around the Pacific reached a historic accord Monday to lower trade barriers to goods and services and set commercial rules of the road for two-fifths of the global economy, officials said. For the U.S., the TPP (reportedly) opens agricultural markets in Japan and Canada, tightens intellectual property rules to benefit drug and technology companies, and establishes a tightknit economic bloc to challenge China’s influence in the region (likely forcing their hand into separate...
  • Who Needs a New Car When You Have Uber?

    10/04/2015 10:11:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 3, 2015 | Michael Newberg
    Auto sales in the U.S. for September came in at their highest monthly level since 2005 according to Autodata, displaying strength in a major consumer category. Yet according to new survey, the rise in popularity of ride-sharing app Uber is already having a significant impact on customer attitudes towards the purchase of new cars. The survey, conducted by research-based consulting firm Magid Advisors and shared exclusively with CNBC, found that among 2,400 respondents, Uber usage has grown from 4 percent in 2014 to 17 percent in 2015. The car sharing service was the third most commonly used "new company" on...
  • NY Daily News hires columnist and activist Shaun King (Black Lives Matter/Daily Kos)

    10/03/2015 9:56:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    CNN Money ^ | October 2, 2015 | Frank Pallotta
    Shaun King, a Daily Kos columnist and a prominent voice in the Black Lives Matter movement, has been hired by the New York Daily News, the paper announced on Friday. Executive Editor Jim Rich said in a staff memo Friday that King will join the tabloid as senior justice writer, a newly created role. The hiring of King along with several others comes at a turbulent time for the paper in which its newsroom endured widespread layoffs of veteran reporters and editors. "Shaun's writing on social inequality, police brutality and race relations in America has been some of the best...
  • Obama: Raising Debt Ceiling Does Not Authorize Us To Spend More, It's To Boost Our Credit Standing

    10/03/2015 3:18:20 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 17 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 10-2-2015 | RCP transcript
    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Maybe it's been a while, so let me refresh everyone's memory. Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize us to spend more. It simply authorizes us to pay the bills that we have already incurred. It is the way for the United States to maintain its full faith and credit. Historically, we do not mess with it. If it gets messed with it would have profound consequences for the global economy and it could put our financial system into the kind of tailspin we saw back in 2007, 2008: and we can do that in short order.
  • America’s RINO Economy: Recovery in name only

    10/03/2015 6:07:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/03/15 | Jeff Crouere
    After seven years of Obama, who raised taxes, almost doubled the national debt and created massive new government bureaucracies through the Affordable Care Act For the past few years, the Obama lovers in the media have been boasting about the supposedly great economy Americans are enjoying. According to this fictitious narrative, Obama’s strong leadership saved the economy and led to our “recovery,” but, in reality, we face today a RINO or “Recovery in Name Only” economy. The real economy was exposed in the September labor report. The country created only 142,000 new jobs, much less than expectations. This year, we...
  • Communicators Phasers Replicators Cloaking Device Impulse Drive and the Borg

    10/03/2015 5:56:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/03/15 | Dr. Robert Owens
    Technology also offers the prospect of transforming our societies and cultures in ways we need to examine unless we intend to fly into the future blind In many ways I have always been a dystopian believing that the inevitable rise of a future technology enhanced totalitarian state will regiment and control a society that is as dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible. I was influenced by early and repeated readings of such works as 1984, The Brave New World, A Clockwork Orange, and the Iron Heel. I was also influenced by the History of the Twentieth Century and the steady...
  • This new 3D printer creates structures with gel, could help build living organs

    10/02/2015 10:28:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | October 1, 2015 | A.J. Dellinger
    3D printing is proving to be a potential game changer for a wide variety of fields. One group in particular that could benefit is the medical community, thanks to a recent development by scientists that could make it easier to print organs from living tissue. How? By printing structures inside of special gel that provides support during the build process. New Scientist reports that researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville came to the breakthrough method while searching for a way to enable the printing of items that cannot support their own weight. The technique prints objects inside a...
  • Food Industry Issues Dire Warning to Congress: Get Serious About Climate Change or Starve

    10/02/2015 8:08:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr's Ring Of Fire ^ | October 2, 2015 | Justin Lane
    Ten of the world’s largest food production companies sent a letter to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, encouraging them to take action on climate change. The letter was signed by the chief executive officers from Unilever, Mars, Kellogg, General Mills, Nestle, New Belgium Brewing, Ben & Jerry’s, Clif Bar, Stonyfield Farm, and Dannon. “The challenge presented by climate change will require all of us – government, civil society and business – to do more with less. For companies like ours, that means producing more food on less land using fewer natural resources. If we don’t take action now, we risk...
  • Ben Stein, Meet Dad

    10/02/2015 6:40:02 PM PDT · by pabianice · 5 replies
    The Nav Log ^ | 10/2/15 | ip5683
    I was cruising the web and came upon the latest edition of Ben Stein’s Diary on The American Spectator. His essay is called “War,” and it is unusually long for Mr. Stein’s input to the Spectator. It is a bit rambling yet charming, as most of Mr. Stein’s essays are, and then, while meditating upon all the great inventions from and great work done by Americans, he says this: “… And someone had to invent the system of private property so I could be in my own home, not in a crowded tenement, and then some many people had to...