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  • Now hiring welders! (South Dakota)

    05/22/2018 11:46:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Position Title: Welder This description reflects the principal functions of the job for the purpose of job evaluation. It should not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements of the job nor shall be construed as giving exclusive responsibility for every function described. Position summary: Responsible for various types of weld preparation, welding and weld finishing operations to join fabricated metal pieces to specifications or other forms of instruction. Essential Functions: • Receives instructions, prints, and work orders for the job. Plans details of working procedure and tools and material requirements. • Cleans and prepares surfaces to...
  • Shell hiring 40 production operators for cracker plant (Pennsylvania)

    05/22/2018 10:52:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Times ^ | May 22, 2018 | Jared Stonesifer
    POTTER TWP. — Shell Chemicals is hiring 40 production operators who will help run the company’s $6 billion ethane cracker plant once it’s operational early next decade. Spokesman Joe Minnitte said Tuesday that the job postings are the “first grouping” aimed at local residents who are interested in working at the plant in Potter Township. The production operators will monitor and control equipment and will also be expected to work in other operations there, according to the job posting. The posting noted that the production operator shifts will vary while the plant is starting up operations. For instance, operators will...
  • Completely Surreal Photos Of America's Abandoned Malls

    05/22/2018 9:41:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | April 2, 2014 | Matt Stopera
    Dead malls are popping up all over the states, particularly in the Midwest, where economic decline has sped up the "going out of business" process. This map, put together by a Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group, shows that well. As Americans are faced with multiple shopping options and more stores are leaving malls, it should be interesting to see if malls and mall culture will survive. What you are about to see is what happens when malls are abandoned. It's apocalyptic and really, really creepy....
  • Raising Property Tax, Pension-Funding Plan Punishes People Trying to Leave [Chicago] tr

    05/22/2018 6:43:17 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 48 replies
    MRC-TV ^ | May 18, 2018 | Nick Kangadis
    If it weren’t for Chicago politicians and "experts," Illinois would be a great place to live. I grew up just north of Chicago, and it’s a shame to see how much worse the “Land of Lincoln” has become since leaving. Many other Illinois residents have left the state in the last few years, more than any other state in the country. With this latest report that three Chicago economists have proposed, the overtaxed populace of Illinois — whether they stay or try to leave Illinois — should pay increased property taxes in order to fund the State of Illinois’ “very...
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Boulder, Colorado, Ban on Rifles, Magazines

    05/22/2018 4:20:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 15 May, 2018, the Boulder, Colorado city council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the possession of various firearms and accessories.  The ordinance is so new that it has not shown up in the municipal code yet. The ordinance is voluminous and detailed. The brief for the ordinance cites several biased and partisan "studies" to attempt to make the case to pass the ordinance. The ordinance likely violates Colorado's preemption statute and State and Federal Constitutional protections.  The ordinance casts a wide net. Legal pushback, in the form of a lawsuit, followed shortly after passage, as opponents to the...
  • 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...
  • GDPR – How To Comply – What To Expect – And How To Work With Those You Serve.

    05/21/2018 12:10:52 PM PDT · by davikkm · 10 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley Companies tell you that they collect this type of information so that they can serve you better, offer you more targeted and relevant communications, all to provide you with a better customer experience. But, is that what they really use the data for? This is the question that has been asked and answered by the EU, and why in May 2018 a new European privacy regulation called GDPR will be enforced and permanently change the way you collect, store and use customer data. In a study of more than 800 IT and business professionals that are responsible for data...
  • World's largest metal 3D-printer scales up additive manufacturing

    05/21/2018 10:34:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    New Atlas ^ | May 17, 2018 | Darren Quick
    Australian company Titomic has unveiled what it claims is the world's largest metal 3D printer at its fully automated Melbourne facility. Utilizing a patented process co-developed with Australian federal scientific research agency the CSIRO, the 3D metal printer boasts a build area 9 m long, 3 m wide and 1.5 m high (29.5 x 9.8 x 4.9 ft), however the printing process isn't constrained to this booth size, meaning it could be used to print even larger objects. The unit prints layer by layer like existing 3D printers, but rather than relying on metal powders that are fused using extreme...
  • Seattle Levies Head Tax on Jobs [semi-satire]

    05/21/2018 10:13:36 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 May 2018 | John Semmens
    In a bid to discourage what it alleges is "wage slavery," the Seattle City Council voted to levy an annual tax of $275 on each person employed in the City by companies grossing $20 million or more. The originally proposed tax rate of $500 was reduced after Mayor Jenny Durkan threatened a veto. Council member Kshama Sawant says he is disappointed the tax isn't higher. "Man's preferred state is leisure," he said. "Forcing people to give up their leisure in order to obtain the means needed to survive is a crime against humanity. The $500 levy was an opening bid...
  • FUTURE LIVING 3D printed homes built in less than 24 hours will ‘be mainstream by 2025’ in UK

    05/21/2018 8:25:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Sun ^ | May 21, 2018 | Sean Keach, Digital Technology and Science Editor
    EXPERTS say 3D-printed houses will be "mainstream by 2025", and could put an end to Britain's housing crisis. A new report details how Brits are less than a decade away from enjoying lower house prices thanks to a robot revolution in the construction of homes. 3D printing, or "additive manufacturing", is a process of layering up a material to build complicated structures. It works just like regular home printers – but instead of ink, a 3D printer will use materials like plastic or metal. Using giant 3D printers, it's been proven possible to quickly and cheaply build homes. Sadly the...
  • Anyone can succeed in Singapore, regardless of family background: Shanmugam

    05/21/2018 7:24:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Today ^ | May 20, 2018 | Siau Ming En
    SINGAPORE – It is possible to bring up a child to succeed in Singapore despite challenging family circumstances including single parenthood, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Sunday (May 20) as he reiterated the importance of individual responsibility in society. "Whoever your parents are, whatever your situation is, if you work hard, you can succeed, even (for children of) single parents, it depends on your determination," he said. Mr Shanmugam, who is also a Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, was speaking at a dialogue session with residents on women issues. Responding to a question on...
  • Watch: The ‘Trash Dish’ That Came Out of the Korean War

    05/20/2018 4:08:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Eater ^ | April 5, 2018
    As one of the most iconic Korean dishes, army base stew, or budae jjigae, has a colorful history. In the aftermath of the war, American servicemen and troops were stationed in South Korea to prevent invasion. Resourceful Koreans had heard that these bases had a surplus of canned meats that often ended up in the garbage. These meats, like ground beef, Spam, hot dogs, and ham, were picked up and put into a spicy stew. In this episode of K-Town, host Matthew Kang tries an exemplary version of this now-classic stew at Dallas’s Dan Sung Sa. Today, budae jjigae shows...
  • Top News: 'Creepy' Chick-fil-A slammed by 'New Yorker' author from Brooklyn

    05/20/2018 12:10:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Standard Republican ^ | April 15, 2018 | Staff
    Chick-fil-A to develop into nation’s third-largest quick meals restaurant Chick-fil-A is cashing in. A brand new 2017 gross sales report exhibits the king of hen is rolling within the dough and is way exceeding its rival quick meals chains like McDonald’s and KFC. Look out, world. New Yorkers have found that their metropolis has 4 Chick-fil-A eating places – together with the world’s largest. Phrase bought out final week in a New Yorker journal article titled “Chick-fil-A’s creepy infiltration of New York Metropolis.” The creator is Dan Piepenbring, described as being from Brooklyn....
  • Seattle's war on business won't help combat homelessness [Amazon Miffed]

    05/20/2018 10:56:52 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 19 replies
    Independent Women's Forum/The Hill ^ | May 16, 2018 | by Charlotte Hays
    No one can say that the City Council of Seattle lacks bravery, even if it does lack for common sense. The City Council essentially declared all-out war on the tech companies that have made Seattle such a Mecca for hip young people seeking cool jobs. On Monday, the council voted unanimously to levy a "head tax" of $275 on every full-time employee at a company with more than $20 million a year in revenue. The money raised supposedly will help Seattle cope with its homelessness crisis, but in squeezing the tech industry, the progressives on the City Council have forgotten...
  • This Is How a Newspaper Dies (Denver Post)

    05/20/2018 6:49:45 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | May 13, 2018 | Jack Schafer
    It’s with a spasm of profits. For a preview of the newspaper industry’s coming death, turn your gaze to Colorado, where the withering and emaciated Denver Post finds itself rolling in profits. The Post’s controlling owner, “vulture capitalist” Randall Smith, has become journalism’s No. 1 villain for having cheapened and starved not just its Denver paper but many of the titles—including the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the San Jose Mercury News and the Orange County Register—that his firm, Alden Global Capital, operates through the Digital First Media chain. At the Post, Smith’s firm cut the newsroom from 184 journalists to...
  • 50 Work-From-Home Jobs Paying as Much or a Lot More Than the Average American Salary

    05/19/2018 12:10:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Entrepreneur ^ | December 26, 2017 | John Rampton
    There was a time when working from home was a pipe dream. Thanks to technology like Slack, there’s been a surge of legit jobs you can do from home. Whether that’s working remotely for a company or starting your own business there’s no shortage of work-at-home opportunities. Here are 50 work from home jobs that most make above the average American salary. 1. Affiliate Marketer For those unfamiliar with affiliate marketing, it’s simply referral marketing where you earn a commission. Let’s say that you have a website and refer a book on Amazon. When the visitor clicks the affiliate link...
  • Honeycomb Battery Tech Breakthrough Could Bring 100X Improvement In Device Runtime

    05/19/2018 11:43:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Hardware ^ | May 17, 2018 | Shane McGlaun
    A group of researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new battery breakthrough that could have a big impact on runtimes for the gadgets. The researchers have developed new material that can address the two chief complaints of batteries used in electronic devices now: relatively runtimes life and unwanted heat production. The team has applied for a patent for a magnetic material that has a unique honeycomb lattice structure that offers distinct electronical properties. “Semiconductor diodes and amplifiers, which often are made of silicon or germanium, are key elements in modern electronic devices,” said Deepak K. Singh, head...
  • Why Are So Many People Moving Out Of California?

    05/19/2018 11:36:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    TEC ^ | 05/18/2018 | Michael Snyder
    In recent years, the number of people moving away from the state of California has greatly outnumbered the number of people moving into the state. Reasons for the mass exodus include rising crime, the worst traffic in the western world, a growing homelessness epidemic, wildfires, earthquakes and crazy politicians that do some of the stupidest things imaginable. But for most families, the decision to leave California comes down to one basic factor… Money.For a lot of Californians, it simply does not make economic sense to remain in the state any longer. So over the past decade approximately 5 million people...
  • Decades into the digital age, the paperless office still eludes humanity

    05/19/2018 8:13:46 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 39 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/19/18 | Jim Bray
    Do you still print stuff out? If so, you're undoubtedly like most of us who, at least periodically, still need to print out a hard copy of some digital document – whether for archiving, legality, to put into a cookbook, or whatever. Yet we've been promised for years that all of us using computers would mean that all those beautiful trees could be saved, presumably so we can hug them and live in them in the green paradise envisioned by some. What happened? Reality happened. And because of that, at least in part, our forest workers can still feed their...
  • What Do Taxes Do For Us?

    05/18/2018 8:30:18 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 18 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 16, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As you may have heard, Illinois has a pension problem. Now, that’s not Illinois’ only problem, of course. Illinois also has a crime problem, an education problem, a quality-of-life problem, a transportation problem, a public corruption problem, an unemployment problem, and a population shrinkage problem. Frankly, there isn’t enough room in this column to list all of Illinois’ problem, but that’s a start. The Chicago Fed – that’s the Chicago branch of the Federal Reserve System – has proposed an idea for dealing with a part of Illinois’ pension problem. Since the problem is that many state and local government...