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  • Bill Takes Away Car Owners' Choice of Less Expensive Parts

    05/31/2016 7:14:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/29/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    Under current law, auto repair shops can use replacement parts made by a vehicle’s maker or an aftermarket supplier. But under a bill now working its way through the Michigan Legislature, customers’ freedom to save money by choosing the less expensive aftermarket parts would be replaced by a mandate on shops to install only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts for repairs on newer vehicles. "This bill will make our inventory null and void. It will cause people to be laid off. It will raise prices for consumers by taking away their choices, and it will drive up insurance rates," said...
  • How Do We Move from Metal Rapid Prototyping to Metal Additive Manufacturing?

    05/31/2016 5:49:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Engineering ^ | May 31, 2016 | Michael Molitch-Hou
    There are many factors that will play into the ultimate shift of 3D printing as a technology for rapid prototyping to one of end-part manufacturing, but the one area of additive manufacturing (AM) that may stand in the way of mass adoption of 3D printing within the larger manufacturing supply chain is that of metal AM. Metal AM has the ability to produce intricate, streamlined components with physical properties that can sometimes exceed those of parts manufactured by traditional means. Consequently, the technology has the potential to completely shift the way that we fabricate critical components. With it, we can...
  • US coal ash highly rich in rare earths, scientists find

    05/31/2016 3:41:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Mining ^ | May 30, 2016 | Cecilia Jamasmie
    US scientists have found what it could be key for the future of the country’s ailing coal industry as they detected that ashes from local operations, particularly those around the Appalachian region, are very rich in rare earth elements. Researchers from North Carolina-based Duke University analyzed coal ashes from coal-fired power plants throughout the US, including those in the largest coal-producing regions: the Appalachian Mountains; southern and western Illinois; and the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana. One of the team main conclusions was that coal waste generated by the Appalachian coal operations was the richest in rare earth...
  • TEXAS BULLION DEPOSITORY: GOLD BACKED BANK to be COMPLETED Next year

    05/30/2016 7:23:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Daily Sheeple ^ | May 18, 2016 | Joshua Krause
    Last year Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signed HB 483, allowing the creation of the Texas Gold Depository. “With the passage of this bill, the Texas Bullion Depository will become the first state-level facility of its kind in the nation, increasing the security and stability of our gold reserves and keeping taxpayer funds from leaving Texas to pay for fees to store gold in facilities outside our state,” he said last June. This gold bank would allow Texas to recover the gold that it has stored in New York vaults, and give Texan citizens and institutions a chance to store their...
  • As in US, Trump draws strong reactions in China

    05/30/2016 5:29:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 30, 2016 | Dong Tongjian and Fu Ting, the Associated Press
    BEIJING (AP) -- China features prominently in the rhetoric of presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who accuses the country of stealing American jobs and cheating at global trade. In China though, he's only just emerging as a public figure, despite fame elsewhere for his voluble utterances, high-profile businesses and reality TV shows. Although the government has denounced Trump's threats of economic retaliation, many Chinese observers see a silver lining in his focus on economic issues instead of human rights and political freedoms. That could make him an attractive alternative to his likely rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump "could in...
  • Dubai Gets World’s First 3D-Printed Office Building

    05/29/2016 4:27:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    PSFK ^ | May 27, 2016 | Anna Johansson
    Dubai shows us that it's possible to build an entire office building with 3D printing technology 3D printing technology has been used to print everything from figurines to braces to medical tissue. It’s also been hotly considered for building temporary shelter houses following a natural disaster. This possibility alone has shown that 3D printing tech has the power to revolutionize the future of architecture, with Dubai serving as the first city build an entire office building using a 3D printer. They’re calling the project the Office of the Future, and it began in 2015. The building is approximately 2,690 square...
  • Legal Cannabis is Literally Transforming Cities — Funding Roads, Schools, Charities and More

    05/29/2016 1:06:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Free Thought Project ^ | May 29, 2016 | Justin Gardner
    Two years after Colorado began its first retail sales of cannabis, towns and cities across the state are enjoying the benefits in a number of ways. With sales this year expected to reach $1 billion, local governments are seeing windfalls of tax revenue, which is funding education, recreation, infrastructure improvements, and even aid to the homeless. The small town of Mountain View may be able to dispel its reputation for collecting revenue through speeding tickets, now that two pot shops reside there. “We have such a small tax base,” said Mayor Jeff Kiddie, who opposed pot stores. “Medical and retail...
  • Finding a new formula for concrete

    05/28/2016 11:29:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    MIT News ^ | May 25, 2016 | Jennifer Chu
    Researchers at MIT are seeking to redesign concrete — the most widely used human-made material in the world — by following nature’s blueprints. In a paper published online in the journal Construction and Building Materials, the team contrasts cement paste — concrete’s binding ingredient — with the structure and properties of natural materials such as bones, shells, and deep-sea sponges. As the researchers observed, these biological materials are exceptionally strong and durable, thanks in part to their precise assembly of structures at multiple length scales, from the molecular to the macro, or visible, level. From their observations, the team, led...
  • The Immortality Hype

    05/28/2016 11:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Nautilus ^ | May 26, 2016 | Adam Piore
    It’d be easy to miss the unobtrusive brown door to Joon Yun’s second floor office, tucked away next to a dry cleaners and a hair salon in downtown Palo Alto, California. But the address itself speaks loud enough. Four-hundred-seventy University Avenue is located in the heart of a neighborhood that holds a special place in the lore of Silicon Valley start-up culture. A few minutes’ walk away are the early homes of PayPal, Facebook, and Google. Yet the early ambitions of these famous companies are modest when compared to the ideas I’ve come to discuss with Yun. I’ve been led...
  • Another sign Apple's electric car is coming

    05/28/2016 5:34:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    ZD Net ^ | May 26, 2016 | Stephanie Condon
    Apple has yet to confirm whether it's investing in its own line of electric vehicles, but Reuters is out with more evidence that Project Titan is underway: The tech giant has reportedly been in talks with charging station companies and has hired at least four electric vehicle charging specialists. Apple has been asking charging station companies about their underlying technology, Reuters reports, for reasons other than providing charging stations for its own employees (which the company already does). Speculation about Apple's electric vehicle project, dubbed Titan, has gone on for months, with reports indicating the company is aiming to ship...
  • Indian women 'sold' like products in a retail shop in Gulf states for $1,500. Andhra minister

    05/28/2016 3:17:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    MFS The Other News ^ | May 27, 2016
    "Instructions should be issued to Indian embassy officials in Gulf countries to interfere in the matter and provide necessary help in terms of food, clothing and shelter," he wrote. Women domestic workers from Andhra Pradesh are languishing in jails in the Gulf states after attempting to flee abusive employers or overstaying their visas, said Palle Raghunatha Reddy, minister for non-resident Indian welfare, urging the national government to help them. In a letter to Sushma Swaraj, Reddy called for action to bring back the women. “Necessary steps should be initiated to bring them to their native areas safely by providing free...
  • Trump: Cancel Paris, Cut Funds for UN Climate, Save the coal industry

    05/28/2016 2:56:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    JoNova ^ | May 28, 2016
    Trump vows to cancel the Paris climate deal, stop funding UN global warming programs and save the coal industry. Gotta love these plans. No wonder the big-government fans are apoplectic over Donald Trump as he paints targets on their most sacred cows. In Australia Bill Shorten, potential Prime Minister, called Trump: “Barking Mad.” Shorten, showing his diplomatic talent, was burning goodwill with a potential US president and 45% of voters in the largest economy in the world and our most important strategic ally. Below, the Trump plans this week: to use cheap energy; to stop trying to change the weather,...
  • The Most Powerful Wealth Generator There Is

    05/28/2016 1:46:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Arts Mechanical ^ | May 27, 2016 | JC Carlton
    Economist have a hard time understanding the causes of growth and wealth creation. For instance, economic theory, as much as it has tried, has yet to explain the industrial revolution. The weighty tomes of economists talk of “animal spirits,” or “the invisible hand” as if all that activity happens with no rhyme or reason. In the end they can’t explain or seem to understand the really important. This recent op ed in the WSJ gets it. Actually, the “we” of comparative enrichment includes most countries nowadays, with sad exceptions. Two centuries ago, the average world income per human (in present-day...
  • Why The Economy Is Like The Subway

    05/28/2016 7:17:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/28/16 | Bob Christie
    Hanging onto your wallet is not an option. The feds will find your back pocket. And then there are the other thugs who prey on passengers. Nobody will get home unscathed When you venture beneath the city streets, go through or leap over the turnstile (not recommended . . . a consequence may be a fine, or a broken leg), stroll down the platform to the favored spot where your preferred car will stop, three things can happen. Two are bad. You have a chance to get on the train and reach your destination safely . . . so far...
  • Sanders Supporter In "Anarchy" T-Shirt: Albuquerque Violence Incited By Trump Supporters

    05/27/2016 8:30:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 25, 2016 | Tim Hains
    The protestor talks to MSNBC: MSNBC REPORTER: The Albuquerque Police believe the people who are left are here in order to disrupt... Hi, good to see you... I know we spoke earlier about your message and why you're out here. MADELIENE: Well, I just gave them up there two hugs, because the message they're trying to get across is right. We're people, you know, let's love each other, that was the beginning of the protest. There's families out there. We were having fun. It was stop Trump's hate with love. And then quickly, once the Trump supporters started coming in,...
  • Why The Anger That Has Lifted Sanders and Trump Is Here to Stay

    05/26/2016 8:32:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | May 26, 2016 | Geoff Colvin
    A substantial number of voters think they’ve been cut out of America’s implicit economic deal. The “anger” hypothesis for explaining the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders has become the conventional one, and this is a rare occasion when I believe the conventional view is right. Recent news stories show why the Trump-Sanders phenomenon will not be fleeting. The Fed reported on Wednesday that nearly half of Americans would have trouble meeting an unexpected $400 expense. In addition, about one-fifth of Americans were working two or more jobs simultaneously last year, and about one-third have no retirement savings or...
  • UTSA researchers close to using 3D printer to print organs

    05/26/2016 6:43:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WFAA-TV | May 12, 2016
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.wfaa.com/news/health/utsa-researchers-close-to-using-3d-printer-to-print-organs/186674319
  • Senators to Loretta Lynch: No, You Cannot Punish Climate Change "Deniers"

    05/26/2016 11:18:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 44 replies
    townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2016 | Katy Pavlich
    Two months ago Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted during congressional testimony that Justice Department attorneys were looking into punishment for the fossil fuel industry and certain individuals, including academics and researchers. Their crime? Rejection or denial of climate change and therefore being opposed to President Obama's agenda on the issue. Today, five Republican Senators have sent a letter to Lynch reminding her that in America, we don't have thought police and the Justice Department doesn't have the power or authority to punish an entire industry because the people in it they think differently than the progressives in charge of the...
  • Clinton Chasing Votes With Fracking U-Turn

    05/26/2016 11:45:20 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-05-2016 | Irina
    Leaked emails obtained by The Intercept reveal Hillary Clinton’s multiple stances on fracking—which apparently differ depending on whether we’re talking about fracking on U.S. soil or abroad. At a debate with Bernie Sanders in New York in early April, Hillary Clinton said she doesn’t support fracking, unless certain conditions are met, such as acceptance from the community and full disclosure of the chemicals that will be used in the process of releasing oil and gas from shale rock. Just four years ago, however, she was quick to point fingers at communities abroad who were fighting proposed fracking projects in Poland,...
  • Trump courts energy industry

    05/26/2016 9:38:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 25, 2016 | Devin Henry and Timothy Cama
    Donald Trump is seeking to make inroads with the fossil fuel industry as he moves into the general election. The businessman and presumptive Republican presidential nominee has not made energy a focal point of his campaign, but the sector has historically been a strong GOP ally. Trump is expected to use a Thursday speech before a North Dakota petroleum convention to provide more detail about his platform. So far, Trump has staked out only a handful of energy positions. He’s skeptical of climate change, wants to revive the coal industry and plans to review Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules he...
  • Why Did Saudi Arabia Kill OPEC?

    05/26/2016 9:31:53 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-05-2016 | Len
    The OPEC meeting is only a week away, but the chances of a positive result are as remote as ever. Rising oil prices, the heightened rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and Saudi Arabia’s willingness to go it alone will make a deal all but impossible. First of all, Iran is not in a cooperative mood. According to the IEA, Iran has managed to boost oil production to 3.56 million barrels per day in April, its highest level since November 2011. Oil exports also jumped 600,000 barrels per day to 2 million barrels per day. Importantly, Iran’s output now stands...
  • Corporate Cronies Raid Discount Drug Program Intended for Poor

    05/26/2016 8:05:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/26/16 | Megan Barth
    One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.—Milton Friedman The story of the 340B discount drug program is a classic example of a government program that has been hijacked. Established by the Veterans Healthcare Act of 1992, 340B was intended to give veterans and the indigent discounted drugs. Pharmaceutical companies could sell through to government veterans programs but had to offer a small amount of drugs at costs to help poor and indigent vets. According to the program’s requirements, covered entities must not resell or otherwise transfer 340B drugs to...
  • Israelis Develop High-Speed 3D Printer for Stem Cells

    05/25/2016 6:31:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 25, 2016 | The Associated Press
    Israeli 3D printer firm Nano Dimension has successfully lab-tested a 3D bioprinter for stem cells, paving the way for the potential printing of large tissues and organs, the company said on Wednesday. While 3D printers are used already to create stem cells for research, Nano Dimension said the trial, conducted with Israeli biotech firm Accellta Ltd, showed its adapted printer could make large volumes of high resolution cells quickly....
  • UAW endorses Hillary Clinton for president

    05/25/2016 6:03:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    DETROIT, MICH. – The UAW today endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, citing her support for UAW members, her lifelong commitment to the job security of American families, and her ability to unify and win in November. “Hillary Clinton understands our issues on trade, understands the complexities of multinational economies and supports American workers, their families and communities,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. Now is a time for unity, a time to focus on what lies ahead in November. Bernie Sanders has brought to this campaign a dialogue that has been needed for far too long. He has been, and remains,...
  • Holder calls for forms of slavery reparations in Georgetown talk

    05/25/2016 3:45:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Boston Catholic Pilot ^ | May 2, 2016 | Kurt Jensen
    Former Attorney General Eric Holder added his voice to the call for slavery reparations during a program at Jesuit-run Georgetown University. Such reparations can take a variety of forms and may not necessarily mean cash payments to descendants of slaves, Holder said in a response to a question from a student during an April 29 program on race and justice. Reparations, he said, "can mean a whole bunch of different things. You can come up with policies that take into account what slavery meant then, what it means now. Affirmative action can be thought of as reparations, you know? And...
  • Ex-CEO of McDonald’s: $15 Minimum Wage ‘To Cause Job Loss … Like You’re Not Going to Believe’

    05/25/2016 2:58:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 24, 2016 | Jerome Hudson
    Former McDonald’s CEO Ed Rensi appeared on Fox Business Network and warned progressive groups against $15 per hour minimum-wage hikes. “I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry — it’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient [while] making $15 an hour bagging French fries,” Rensi said Tuesday. “It’s nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary and it’s going to cause a job loss across this country like you’re not going to believe,” Rensi added....
  • Permian Basin rig count turns positive

    05/25/2016 12:53:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Midland Reporter-Telegram ^ | May 23, 2016 | Trevor Hawes
    It was a positive week for the Permian Basin rig count. The nation’s most-active basin added three rigs for a total of 137. Its most-active county, Midland, added two to the tally for a total of 23 rigs, according to weekly rotary rig count data released Friday by Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes. The Permian saw several counties with renewed activity, including Cochran, Schleicher and Dawson. Lynn was the only county that ceased all activity. For active areas in the Permian, there were 24 rigs in District 7C, up two; 89 in District 8, up one; eight in District...
  • Get ahead of Hillary's lie about Trump Bankruptcies!

    05/25/2016 8:17:54 AM PDT · by AuntB · 51 replies
    TheTownCrier ^ | May 25, 2016 | TheTownCrier
    Hillary Clinton is a lawyer, unlike most of the population out there, and KNOWS Trump never liquidated creditors in a typical bankruptcy. Every media report repeated her lie dozens of times yesterday. People think there is one kind of bankruptcy and have no clue about Chapter 11 reorganization to PAY OFF THE CREDITORS. (photo) Donald Trump has NEVER filed personal bankruptcy! Law Dictionary: How is Donald Trump Able to File for Bankruptcy So Many Times? http://thelawdictionary.org/article/how-is-donald-trump-able-to-file-for-bankruptcy-so-many-times/ Written by James Hirby | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff People might ask "How is Donald Trump able to file for bankruptcy...
  • Trump at 1209 delegates

    05/25/2016 5:55:42 AM PDT · by GilGil · 43 replies
    Bing.com ^ | 5/25/2016 | Bing
    Primary results and predictions
  • Illegal Immigrants Sue After Landlord Demands Documentation For Housing

    05/24/2016 7:16:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 24, 2016 | Steve Birr
    Four Latino families filed papers to sue their Virginia landlord Monday after he threatened eviction due to illegal family members living on the premises. The civil rights lawsuit filed by families living in Waples Mobile Home Park in Fairfax County, Va., claims it is discriminatory to require a social security number for residency. The landlords at the mobile home park are requiring residents to provide either a social security card, passport or valid visa with documentation to renew their leases, reports The Washington Post. The lawyers representing the families, from the Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC) and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart...
  • The "10% Flex" Tax plan, a novel idea for Taxes and Tariffs ~ Vanity

    05/24/2016 6:04:51 PM PDT · by GraceG · 29 replies
    GraceG
    When it comes to taxes, depending on whichever conservative you talk to they all have a different idea on what sort of tax plan would work best. Some want a national sales Tax, some want an income tax, and some even want a Tariff. So why not UNIFY under a plan that ALL of us can get behind? Here is an idea that I have been thinking about that i have never seen before. I call it the "10% Flex" Tax plan. Why is it flexible? It is flexible as it would allow congress to control what TYPE of taxes...
  • This 13-Year-Old Invented a Tesla-Inspired Free Energy Device for $14

    05/24/2016 2:56:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 replies
    The Antimedia ^ | May 19, 2016
    Inspired by the geniuses Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein, teenager Max Loughan loves to invent things, in fact, he says he has known his entire short life that his purpose was to change the world with his inventions. And he may just do it. “As cheesy as this sounds, from day one, on this planet that I knew I was put here for a reason,” said Max. “And that reason is to invent, to bring the future.” Wearing a lab coat while speaking in a televised interview with KTVN Channel 2 in Reno and Tahoe, Nevada, Max explains the free...
  • Here’s How Taco Bell Makes A Taco Shell Out Of Fried Chicken

    05/24/2016 1:31:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 19, 2016 | Venessa Wong
    Back in September, a small number of Taco Bell customers were introduced to a new concept: a taco shell made of fried chicken, used to make what was then dubbed the “Naked Crispy Chicken Taco.” It was the Tex-Mex chain’s response to KFC’s Double Down, a sandwich that uses fried chicken fillets for buns. This creation was offered only as a small test in Bakersfield, California. It later made its way to restaurants in Kansas City in mid-April. And it’s not over yet. Taco Bell told BuzzFeed News that the product — renamed the “Naked Chicken Chalupa” following the successful...
  • Hillary supplants Barney Frank as ‘Banking Queen’

    05/24/2016 8:49:38 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/24/16 | Judi McLeod
    Calling on Biden: Rumour has it that the Dems have been stampeded into a panic Hillary supplants Barney Frank as ‘Banking Queen’ Move over ‘Banking Queen’ Barney ‘Fwank’ of Rush Limbaugh parody fame, Hillary Clinton is here. And a meaner, more money-crazed Banking Queen you’ll never get. Special: Say Goodbye To Snoring, Say Hello To Sleep Hillary doesn’t have Barney’s signature lisp, in either the Banking Queen parody or in real life, but she can bark like a dog.
  • Nigeria: An OPEC Country On The Brink Of Collapse

    05/23/2016 4:41:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | May 22, 2016
    Situation in Nigeria For a country that produced nearly 2.4 million barrels of oil (NYSEARCA:USO) per day just a few months ago, Nigeria is facing some really serious issues. A militant group called the Niger Delta has disrupted the country's 2.4 million b/d of production by blowing up pipelines, hassling producers, and threatening to destroy additional oil producing facilities. As a result, Nigeria's oil production has fallen from 2.4 million b/d to 1.4 million b/d and further pressuring a growing nation more and more reliant on its oil as revenue. Nigeria is a fast growing country. Its economy is the...
  • Graphene is key in taking manufacturing to next level

    05/23/2016 3:27:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Manchester Evening News ^ | May 12, 2016 | Ben Rooth
    Graphene is widely regarded to be the most important development in the world of advanced manufacturing to date. The world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material was isolated at the University of Manchester in 2004. The potential of graphene is vast and research is currently underway into everything from bendable electronics to portable, energy-efficient water filtration plants and corrosion-proof coatings, anti-cancer drugs and even energy sources sewn into people’s skin. Last autumn, the National Graphene Institute received a major boost when China’s largest mobile phone manufacturer Huawei signed a partnership with the university to develop graphene-based technologies. Huawei stated at...
  • Maryland Brewer Tweaks Michigan's Alcohol Regulators

    05/23/2016 1:34:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | May 18, 2016 | Derek Draplin
    Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery is using money it was awarded in a 2015 case against the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to make a point about free expression. The brewer will create an organization called the 1st Amendment Society to promote free speech and civil liberties after the liquor agency tried to ban the sale of one of its beers in the state of Michigan. A six-year legal battle ended in March 2015 when the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the brewery. The court said the commission violated the company's freedom of expression rights in 2009...
  • Hillary Clinton Could Topple Obama's Record for Revving Gun Sales

    05/23/2016 12:29:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | May 23, 2016 | Michael C. Bender
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-05-23/hillary-clinton-could-topple-obama-s-record-for-revving-gun-sales
  • Federal Red Tape Costing Michigan Families and Businesses Billions

    05/23/2016 12:06:45 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/21/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    Federal regulations are costing Americans about $4 trillion in lost economic output every year, and Michigan is one of the states hardest hit by the mandates and impositions. That’s the conclusion of a new study from the Mercatus Center, a think tank based at George Mason University, which looked at the cumulative growth of federal regulations from 1977 to 2012. The researchers estimated that if regulations had been held in check since 1980, the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would be 25 percent larger today: $20 trillion instead of $16 trillion. That $4 trillion in lost output amounts to $13,000...
  • Shareholders Outraged At BP, Shell CEO Pay Packages

    05/23/2016 11:52:14 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 21-05-2016 | ANgry Bird
    The massive revolt against the pay of BP’s chief executive, Bob Dudley, where almost 60 percent of the shareholders rejected the £14m (US$20 million) pay package is a stern warning to oil companies that investors aren’t pleased with the gaping disconnect between performance and pay structure. Similarly, Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden’s 2015 pay package, including pension and tax equalization of 5.576 million euros (US$6.1 million), is likely to face resistance from shareholders as two shareholder-advisory firms have urged them to oppose the CEO’s pay.
  • Let Consumers Use Plastic Bags

    05/23/2016 11:15:43 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 22 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/20/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new bill in the Michigan Legislature would prevent local governments from banning or overregulating the use of plastic bags commonly used by consumers. Senate Bill 853, sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, would “pre-empt local governments from imposing regulations and restrictions on plastic grocery bags or other ‘auxiliary containers,’ defined as a disposable or reusable bag, cup, bottle, or other packaging.” The bill passed the full Senate recently and heads to the House. Two Michigan counties, Washtenaw and Muskegon, are considering regulations on plastic bags, such as extra fees or a ban. A main argument is that they would...
  • North Dakota Spill Leaks 120,000 Gallons of Oil & Wastewater

    05/23/2016 10:00:22 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 14 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-05-2016 | Farmer
    A site run by Denbury Onshore LLC in southwestern North Dakota has spilled more than 120,000 gallons of oil and wastewater into pastureland after a mechanical failure. Some estimated 17,000 gallons of oil and 105,000 gallons of drilling wastewater containing saltwater and chemicals leaked into pastureland near the city of Marmarth when a tank sensor failed, news agencies quoted state regulators as saying. The tank overflowed on Wednesday, and by Friday, workers were excavating the affected pastureland, which is being equated to the size of a football field.
  • Hillary’s defining moment

    05/23/2016 8:52:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/23/16 | Herman Cain
    It's hard to pick one, but we think we've got it Now that Hillary Clinton has declared herself the winner of the Democrat nomination for president before it is officially over, let’s recap some of her most defining moments of what she would do as president (I pray not!) . . . in her own words: Dan and Rob have pointed out numerous times how she has no significant qualifications or accomplishments to be president. She lied about Benghazi. She denies that there is some “there there” in the email scandal, and a list of other denials and deceptive statements.
  • 21st Century Cave 3D Printed with WASP 3D Printer

    05/22/2016 7:16:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Engineering ^ | May 18, 2016 | Michael Molitch-Hou
    Italian 3D printing firm WASP is no ordinary company, claiming as its mission to save the world with digital fabrication technology and a new maker economy. To do its part in the World Advanced Saving Project (WASP), the firm has built its Big Delta 3D printer, a large-scale system capable of printing structures made from concrete and meant to produce homes for people in developing nations. It has yet to fulfill this latter goal, but a bit of news announced today indicates that WASP is making moves in the right direction. Together with Siam Cement Group (SCG) and architect Pitupong...
  • Do Heterosexuals Have Any Rights?

    05/22/2016 9:00:13 AM PDT · by kathsua · 29 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | May 22nd, 2016 | reasonmclucus
    The current assault on women’s right to privacy in public restrooms implies that only those born with Gender Identity Disorder have any personal rights. GIDites believe that people with male anatomies who are dressed as women should be able to use restrooms designated for people with female anatomies. Women are justifiably concerned that sexual predators can take advantage of this situation and dress as women to gain access to women’s restrooms. Depriving women of their right to sexual privacy to accommodate men with a mental abnormality makes women second class citizens
  • How Could Mark Cubin be so Stupid?

    05/21/2016 9:00:38 PM PDT · by big bad easter bunny · 26 replies
    b.b.e.b.
    I have watched Mark's career, enjoy watching him on Shark Tank, love his entrepreneurial spirit but being Hillary's veep? Has he lost his friggin mind? Does he know nothing about the Clinton's? Who in their right mind, who believes in the amazing aspects of capitalism would want to be associated with those two? Sorry Mark but you are now an asshat!
  • Anchor: Clinton Presidency ‘Should Freak People Out,’ Will Hurt N Dakota By Targeting Fracking

    05/21/2016 3:24:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 20, 2016 | Aaron Kliegman
    The host of a local North Dakota news show told viewers Friday that the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency “should freak people out” because she will badly damage the state’s economy by going after fracking, which will hurt the oil and gas industry and cost jobs. Chris Berg, the anchor of 6:30 Point of View, a show on CBS affiliate KXJB Valley News Live, discussed North Dakota’s economic struggles as Clinton’s husband, Bill, was in Fargo, North Dakota for a campaign rally. Berg explained that the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget released a revenue report on Friday...
  • HOME DEPOT EMPLOYEE IS NOT GREAT IN U.S. HISTORY

    05/21/2016 6:44:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 76 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/21/16 | Jeff Crouere
    Sadly, Ms. Lake is unaware of our proud history and what needs to be done to restore our country’s greatness. She does not appreciate our many freedoms and American exceptionalism It is sad that so many of our young people today are clueless about our country’s distinguished history. In a troubling story this week that generated national headlines, a 22-year-old Home Depot employee, Krystal Lake, of Staten Island, New York, was pictured at work wearing a hat that read, “America Was Never Great.” The disturbing image sparked an explosion of online comments from across the nation with people expressing both...
  • Gallup to Businesses: Get On Board With Social Changes, Or Else

    05/20/2016 8:15:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    MRC TV ^ | May 19, 2016 | Brittany M. Hughes
    If you’ve been living under a rock and still question whether we’re seeing a breakdown of the traditional family, you won’t after this. A new Gallup poll released Thursday shows while fewer Americans are getting married – or are waiting much longer to get married – than in past decades, they feel little to no compulsion against having kids in the meantime. But rather than simply stating the numbers -- which are depressing enough -- Gallup felt compelled to throw in its two cents on how businesses – and society as a whole – should respond to the shift in...
  • Peek Inside Tri Alpha Energy, a Company Pursuing the Ideal Power Source

    05/20/2016 3:58:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | May 20, 2016 | Richard Martin
    No energy technology is more tantalizing than fusion, but no energy technology has proved more disappointing. So how has a fusion company in Southern California raised nearly half a billion dollars from the likes of Goldman Sachs and Paul Allen? Does it actually see a way to build a reactor that could generate vast amounts of clean power, even while other fusion projects have perpetually remained 20 years away from reality? In search of the answers, I visited the headquarters of Tri Alpha Energy in the spring. The coastal fog was lifting from the rolling hills in Foothill Ranch as...