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  • Will Nissan Abandon Its $1.4B Stimulus-Backed Battery Factory?

    09/30/2014 11:23:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 30, 2014 | Paul Chesser
    Reuters sources inside Nissan are saying the production of batteries inTennessee for the all-electric Leaf, which stimulus-subsidizing U.S. taxpayers backed with a $1.4 billion loan, could be eliminated. According to the report, at minimum there is sharp debate over whether the company will continue to manufacture electric vehicle batteries in-house or contract with an outside supplier. Nissan partner Renault, which has 43.4 percent shareholder ownership in the joint company, is said to be pushing for outsourcing battery production – possibly to LG Chem. None who revealed the information were identified for the Reuters story. “We set out to be...
  • SIGTARP: Excessive Pay at Bailed-Out GM

    09/30/2014 10:32:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 30, 2014 | Mark Modica
    A special inspector general report on compensation for executives at General Motors and Ally Financial blasts the Treasury Department for allowing excessive pay at the companies as taxpayers lost billions of dollars on the auto bailouts. The watchdog group issuing the report monitors the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which was set up to save financial corporations deemed "too big to fail" due to systemic risk to America's financial system. The program was expanded to allow for the bailing out of the auto industry, despite the questionable use of funds specifically designated for financial institutions. A NY Times piece...
  • Top Art Officials Receive Huge Raises While Running Deficit, Raking in Taxpayer Money

    09/30/2014 8:10:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/28/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Soon after voters approved a three-county $230 million millage for the Detroit Institute of Arts, its top two officers received increases of $58,415 and $98,564 in compensation. Graham Beal, director of the DIA, saw his total compensation increase from $455,453 in 2012 to $513,868 in 2013, a 12.8 percent increase. In two years, Beal’s total compensation has increased 20 percent from $426,699 in 2011 to the $513,868. Annmarie Erickson, executive vice president of the DIA, saw her total compensation jump 36.3 percent as it increased from $270,802 in 2012 to $369,366 in 2013. Erickson was recently given an additional title...
  • Would you sell a car to someone you do not know?

    09/30/2014 6:19:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Alan Gottlieb, at the Gun Rights Policy Conference, asked a very scary question.  It is a question loaded with bad premises, freighted with unintended consequences.   It was terrifying when you consider where it leads us, as a society. It was: Would you sell a gun to someone you do not know? The premise that underlies the question is that selling a gun to someone that you do not know is irresponsible, and that it should be regulated by the government.  Alan followed up his question with another terrifying premise: If you sell your gun to someone who later uses...
  • Smoking Gun Evidence That The New York Fed Serves The Interests Of Goldman Sachs

    09/29/2014 2:03:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    TEC ^ | 09/28 | Michael Snyder
    For years, many people have suspected that the New York Fed is more or less controlled by the "too big to fail" banks. Well, now we have smoking gun evidence that this is indeed the case. A very brave lawyer named Carmen Segarra made a series of audio recordings while she was working for the New York Fed. The 46 hours of meetings and conversations that she recorded are being called "the Ray Rice video for the financial sector" because of the explosive content that they contain. What these recordings reveal are regulators that are deeply afraid to do anything...
  • Used BMW i8 Sells For 50% More Than MSRP

    09/29/2014 12:59:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Inside EVs ^ | September 28, 2014 | Mark Kane
    The BMW i8 is a rather unusual car, not only because of its look and drivetrain, but also because it can apparently earn money for its owner. According to Motoring Research, one of the early BMW i8 owners was able to sell his car used for £140,000, or almost 50% over £95,000 post-grant price! He earned £45,000 ($73,000) in just over a month. The reason, which makes used i8s so expensive, lies in high demand limited by the low production target set by BMW. “Specialist finance house Magnitude Finance arranged the deal. One of its customers was reportedly desperate to...
  • #TOLDYA On Goldman

    09/29/2014 9:59:13 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 6 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | Sept. 29, 2014 | Ann Barnhardt
    I tweeted this the other day, but it needs to be pounded and driven so as many people as possible know and understand it. “I Am Putting Everything In Goldman Sachs Because These Guys Can Do Whatever The Hell They Want.” That title comes from a tweet by Eric Hunsaker of Nanex. It is morally incorrect, obviously, but it rhetorically drives home the point. I was encouraged yesterday by a person whom I did not expect to be following such news asking me if I had heard about “those Goldman Sachs tapes”. It was a sweet moment. “Yes,” I said....
  • The Internet Tax is an Unfair Revenue Grabber

    09/29/2014 9:03:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/29/14 | Alan Joel
    This is no "Marketplace Fairness Act". It is an atrocity. The Internet Tax is an “Unfair” Revenue Grabber. Discussion began heating up again about the “internet tax” last week when lawmakers pushed back the moratorium on Internet access taxes—set to expire on Nov. 1—until mid-December during the lame-duck session. In the meantime, let’s call it out for what it really is: a revenue grabber masquerading as “fairness”. Last year the Senate passed the online sales tax bill, formally known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act”. There is nothing fair about this act. It is a back-door way for states to add...
  • Five U.S. Banks Each Have More Than 40 Trillion Dollars In Exposure To Derivatives

    09/28/2014 7:00:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    TEC ^ | 09/27/2014 | Michael Snyder
    When is the U.S. banking system going to crash? I can sum it up in three words. Watch the derivatives. It used to be only four, but now there are five "too big to fail" banks in the United States that each have more than 40 trillion dollars in exposure to derivatives. Today, the U.S. national debt is sitting at a grand total of about 17.7 trillion dollars, so when we are talking about 40 trillion dollars we are talking about an amount of money that is almost unimaginable. And unlike stocks and bonds, these derivatives do not represent "investments"...
  • Why is the Chamber Endorsing Democrats?

    09/28/2014 3:57:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Freedomworks ^ | September 28, 2014 | Easton Randall
    Most businesses offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their goods or services. We have heard about it all time, most of us even taken advantage of this offer from time to time. In light of this, it would be interesting to ask whether the U.S. Chamber of Commerce offers the same level of guarantee to their members that the rest of us get from them. Because if they do, it is about time their members start asking for their money back. Members of the Chamber join because they need a voice in Washington to fight against the federal intrusion we...
  • What is the Pentagon’s secret space drone doing?

    09/28/2014 1:32:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 28, 2014 | Sharon Weinberger
    For almost two years, an unmanned space plane bearing a remarkable resemblance to NASA’s space shuttle has circled the Earth, performing a top-secret mission. It’s called the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle — but that’s pretty much all we know for certain. Officially, the only role the Pentagon acknowledges is that the space plane is used to conduct experiments on new technologies. Theories about its mission have ranged from an orbiting space bomber to an anti-satellite weapon. The truth, however, is likely much more obvious: According to intelligence experts and satellite watchers who have closely monitored its orbit, the X-37B is...
  • Teen Safe Phone Ap

    09/28/2014 1:04:24 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 10 replies
    Self | 9/28/14 | Pontiac
    Anyone using the Teen Safe cell phone ap to control their teen's cell phone use. I would like to use something like Ignore No More but it is not available for iPhone, Android only.
  • Challenging "Gun Free" Zones at the GRPC

    09/28/2014 5:54:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 September | Dean Weingarten
    <p>Dr. John Edeen, above spoke as part of a panel on targeting "Gun Free Zones".   Dr. Edeen was not always part of the gun culture.   He grew up in New Jersey, but now practices medicine in San Antonio, Texas.</p> <p>He started taking colleagues shooting, and talking about the dangerous "gun free" policy of the hospital where he works.   He ran into considerable opposition, but over the course of time, he has converted many.   He says that he has obtained over 400 signatures from coworkers on a petition for the Hospital to change its policy.</p>
  • Chuck Todd is Officially Irrelevant

    09/27/2014 9:10:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/27/14 | Alan Joel
    Eulogizes Eric Holder as "a non-political person" Whatever shred of actual relevancy Chuck Todd hoped to achieve as the new moderator of “Meet the Press” just collapsed yesterday during his MSNBC interview regarding the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder. Chuck Todd eulogizes Eric Holder as “a non-political person”: “He did a lot of the tough stuff that you would say, ‘Hey, the attorney general has to do tough stuff, this is not a forgiving job, you have to do tough stuff. But, what’s interesting about him, he is a very non-political person. And I think people used to mistakenly...
  • Gun Rights Policy Conference: Trouble at O'Hare

    09/27/2014 5:23:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Joe Tartaro and Dave Workman stop by the table of David Codrea, lower right I have been traveling for the last week to attend the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC), which is being held this weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.   The hotel is at O'Hare airport.   I left family members in Missouri at about 5:40 a.m. on Friday morning.   I had a little over 500 miles to go to reach the conference.    My Niece called an hour later, just as I was getting coffee (free, they had a special) at a McDonalds. O'Hare was in trouble. Early...
  • Environmentalist Fanatics Seek a New Global Warming Inquisition

    09/26/2014 3:40:32 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/26/14 | Tim Dunkin
    Disciples of Gaia and the Deindustrialization of America Anyone who has followed the debate over climate change in recent years has probably noted the seemingly religious fervor with which the pro-alarmist crowd approaches the subject. Opposition to the environmentalist agenda of deindustrialization is not just viewed as wrong policy, but the rankest heresy. To deny that man-made global warming is going to destroy the Earth is tantamount to spitting upon the holy scriptures of the “green” faith. Opposition is not just misinformed or wrong-headed, but is actually sinful and evil, unholiness that cannot be allowed to continue by the Disciples...
  • Famed Chef Emeril Lagasse Says Obama May Drive Him Broke

    09/26/2014 12:53:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | September 25, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Famed chef Emeril Lagasse says that it’s becoming all but impossible to be a successful restaurateur in America today. The government just gets in the way too much. Lagasse specifically singled out the current president’s policies. “It’s becoming a very challenging industry to become a very successful average restaurateur,” continued Lagasse. “I can’t charge $300 a person in my restaurant or I would not be in business. Am I using any different ingredients? Not really. Am I using any caliber of service staff? I don’t think so. I think our service is as good or better than most places.” “And...
  • A Wearable Camera That Would Turn Into a Drone and Fly Off Your Wrist

    09/26/2014 12:34:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | September 26, 2014 | Kate Knibbs
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Meet Nixie, a wearable camera concept that flies off your wrist and turns into a remote-controlled quadcopter. It's the bizarre-yet-appealing wearable camera drone nobody asked for... and now I kind of want it. Intel is holding a competition to encourage new wearable technology ideas, and the Nixie is one of the finalists. So far, it's still in development, so the flying wristlet camera is rough around the edges. Team captain Christoph Kohstall eventually wants you to be able to send the the Nixie flying with a gesture. It would recognize where you're standing, snap a picture, then return to the...
  • MN:CCW Holder Cleared in Shooting

    09/26/2014 10:44:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | Dean Weingarten
    Earl Malone, Suspected Armed Robber One adult attempts to rob another, using the threat of deadly force.  The victim is an armed adult with a concealed carry permit.  He defends himself, and the attempted robber dies.   Cause for muted thanks, correct?  The good guy won, and there is one less hardened criminal on the street to make the city a slightly less dangerous place. The CBSMinnesota headline: Man Released After Claiming Self Defense In Fatal Mpls. ShootingThis from cbslocal.com: Authorities believe he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot 18-year-old Earl Malone Saturday night at the intersection of...
  • SR323 - Fake Global Warming (Video)

    09/26/2014 9:29:23 AM PDT · by Revel · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sep 26, 2014 | Bill Still
    "Guess what? Ice caps are making a comeback. Oops."
  • "Thou Shalt Covet"

    09/26/2014 9:06:00 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 20 replies
    Cadillac brochure ^ | Sep 26, 2014 | self
    As if it isn't bad enough that mass media presents lust as a virtue ... apparently "Thou shalt covet" is part of Cadillac's current marketing, as seen on page 7 of the linked brochure and a billboard north of downtown Chicago. Your thoughts?
  • Wisconsin Man Shoots Robber in Texas

    09/25/2014 10:45:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Map from usacarry.com It was only a couple of decades ago that crossing state lines left most law abiding people effectively disarmed.   That started changing as the "shall issue" concealed carry firearms reform swept through the country.  I particularly remember how criminals were targeting people with rental cars in Florida, because they could be fairly certain that the people were from out of state, and thus effectively disarmed. Florida responded by changing there law to allow for interstate reciprocity, and to allow non-residents to obtain Florida concealed carry permits.   Florida permits are now one of the most popular...
  • Canada Warns Its Citizens Not To Take Cash To The USA

    09/24/2014 4:48:42 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 70 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 09/24/2014 | Tyler Durden
    The Canadian government has had to warn its citizens not to carry cash to the USA because the USA does not presume innocence but guilt when it comes to money. Over $2.5 billion has been confiscated from Canadians traveling to the USA, funding the police who grab it. If you are bringing cash to the land of the free, you will find that that saying really means they are FREE to seize all your money under the pretense you are engaged in drugs with no evidence or other charges. It costs more money in legal fees to try to get...
  • PA: Rumors on Preemption Bill HB2011

    09/24/2014 1:18:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Pennsylvania, the legislature is looking at a strong preemption bill, HB2011, to put some strength into the Pennsylvania preemption law.   Local governments have been scoffing at the law, because it has no provision for enforcement.   Other states have had to add enforcement measures to their law for this very reason.  All states have some form of preemption for gun laws.  The law seemed likely to be brought up last week.   It wasn't. From ar15.com, brich2929 writes, on 17 September, that State Rep Brad Roae's facebook page had this notice:  We will be voting on a pro gun rights...
  • Boeing: U.S. to stop ordering fighter jets in near future

    09/24/2014 7:55:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/24/14 | Dan Calabrese
    Because we're not relying on air power for anything, right? Not that we really expect rational thinking from the Obama White House, but you’d think President Air Power Only would put a high premium on the procurement of fighter jets, yes? You’d think that, but according to one of the leading manufacturers of said fighter jets, you’d be wrong. Boeing tells Fox News it doesn’t expect to be making many fighter jets - perhaps not any - in the near future: The shift comes despite the Navy’s ongoing use of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to strike Islamic militants in Iraq...
  • New York Times does factually wrong hit piece on cancer stricken Toronto mayor

    09/24/2014 7:48:59 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/24/14 | Arthur Weinreb
    That a major newspaper in another country would paint the severely ill Ford in such a negative light goes beyond anything the anti-Ford media in Toronto has done New York Times does factually wrong hit piece on cancer stricken Toronto mayor Since Robert Bruce Ford was first elected as a city councillor back in 2000, the elite left wing media had it in for him. Even before Ford became enmeshed in drug and booze-fueled scandals, Ford’s fiscal conservatism and concern over how tax money was spent, was too much for them. On top of that he was uncouth, mouthed off...
  • MI: Pharmacist Fired for Self Defense Loses Appeal

    09/24/2014 6:34:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jeremy Hoven is a pharmacist who worked at Walgreens in Benton Township, Michigan.   He had complained about security at the store after a robbery in 2007, and had obtained a concealed carry permit.   In 2011, at 4:30 a.m. on May 8th, he defended himself against armed robbers who had entered the store, taken a manager hostage, and who had tried to shoot him.   It was all captured on a dramatic video.   Link to Video  Halfway down article A local police Lt. said that he would have done the same thing.  From abcnews.go.com: Township police Lt. Delman Lange, after...
  • Shale Revolution Deniers Face An Inconvenient Truth

    09/24/2014 5:01:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily Brain Trust ^ | September 23, 2014 | Mark Perry
    Despite turning the U.S. into the world's largest producer of natural gas and driving a 3 million barrel per day surge in U.S. oil production in just the last three years, the shale revolution still has its doubters. They couldn't be more wrong. The Montreal-based Centre for Research on Globalization recently dismissed shale fracking as a "Ponzi scheme" and "this decade's version of the dot-com bubble" that's about to burst. But time and again over decades, the naysayers and "peak oil" advocates have grossly underestimated the energy industry's ability to innovate and beat production forecasts. Today's shale pessimists continue to...
  • Workers of the World, Goodbye

    09/23/2014 7:49:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | September 22, 2014 | Jim Goad
    There was something pathetically nostalgic at the specter earlier this month of fast-food workers demanding compensation to the tune of $15 an hour for performing jobs that require almost no skills beyond not being in a coma. It recalled a halcyon age very long ago when management depended on menial labor, when a general strike of unskilled workers could bring bosses to their knees. But now a company called Momentum Machines is touting a device that can allegedly shoot out 360 custom-ordered and fully wrapped burgers per hour, rendering the very idea of an exploited and undercompensated “fast-food worker” a...
  • FL: Gun Taken from Victim, Suspects Arrested

    09/23/2014 10:20:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In this unusual Florida case, the two suspects are said to have attacked an armed citizen who was in his car, to have taken his gun, and fled the scene.   It all happened at a McDonald's drive-through, when the victim honked at the attackers who were ahead of him and who had received their order, but had not driven off.   From myfoxtampabay.com: Police say the Gregory Fulham got out of the car, went to the driver's side of the car behind them and started punching the man, who had pulled a gun from his glovebox. Police say Kevin Fulham...
  • Secession, Revolution… are they the end game of a deck stacked against freedom?

    09/23/2014 9:33:19 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 14 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-23-14 | Vince
    I’ve argued for many years that the United States is the greatest nation in the history of the world. From driving prosperity to winning two world wars to putting a man on the moon to ensuring individual liberty the United States is unlike any other country in history. And it has nothing to do with DNA. Indeed, some of America’s greatest men came from elsewhere… Alexander Hamilton was born on St. Kitts. Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland. Albert Einstein was born in Germany. Leo Baekeland – the man who brought us plastic – was from Hungary. Nikola Tesla –...
  • New Inversion Rules Seek to Punish Businesses, Not Raise Revenue

    09/23/2014 8:46:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/23/14 | Alan Joel
    U.S. companies face a kind of double taxation--taxing both domestic and foreign earned corporate income--and we are the only major industrial nation to do this to our businesses New Inversion Rules Seek to Punish Businesses, Not Raise Revenue The Department of the Treasury announced last night that it has implemented new rules aimed at making it more difficult for U.S. companies to move their headquarters abroad, which is known as an “inversion”. The rules take immediate effect. Interestingly enough, when Obama began his crusade against inversions earlier this summer, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew was adamant enough that rules...
  • SpaceX founder expects flights from Texas spaceport to begin in 2016

    09/22/2014 10:48:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | September 22, 2014 | Aaron Nelsen
    BROWNSVILLE — At the groundbreaking ceremony Monday for SpaceX's commercial spaceport on the Texas Gulf coast, the founder of the aerospace company said the survival of mankind may hang on colonization of other planets. The company's future commercial orbital spaceport in Boca Chica, near Brownsville, could be a key player in the race to Mars, said Elon Musk, who is the CEO. “I'm an optimist,” Musk said. “I wouldn't have gotten into the rocket business otherwise.” Musk said SpaceX expects to begin construction on the site by mid-2015 and launch at least one commercial flight per month by late 2016....
  • Okay, Bloomberg is a big fat socialist RINO. What is Bloomberg Media?

    09/22/2014 7:17:32 PM PDT · by HiTech RedNeck · 25 replies
    Sept 22, 2014 | HiTech RedNeck
    Well, the HiTech RedNeck is looking for a job... AGAIN. This job hopping is getting old, but the boss of the group, at a major freight railroad, for which I'm a contractor has an integrity problem, to put it delicately. For some reason, I don't get along very well with liars and phonies. Well, I refreshed my resumes on Dice and Monster this past weekend and crossed my fingers. Well this morning what do I behold, but someone wants to know if I am interested in working for a company that turns out to be BLOOMBERG MEDIA. They are quoting...
  • More Abject Failure from Koskinen’s IRS

    09/22/2014 8:10:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/22/14 | Alan Joel
    His leadership has been derelict; his attitude abysmal. America deserves better, John Koskinen has failed the IRS and the American people. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified last week about the missing emails lost forever due to computer failures. When questioned about any more crashes or computer issues recently, Koskinen told the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that “Hard drive crashes continue as we speak.”
  • Russians Just Bought America’s Most Beloved Crappy Beer

    09/22/2014 6:51:25 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 117 replies
    munchies.vice.com ^ | 9/22/14 | Hilary Polack
    WatchSections Russians Just Bought America’s Most Beloved Crappy Beer Written by HILARY POLLACK September 19, 2014 / 4:15 pm Say goodbye to Pabst Blue Ribbon’s status as our nation’s most iconic cheap beer. For the past 170 years, Pabst Blue Ribbon has been a staple in the diets of American college students, starving artists, and broke drunks. And it’s likely to maintain that status for years to come—but it will now be in the hands of Russians....
  • Scam Alert: Hospitals All Over America Are Wildly Inflating Medical Bills

    09/21/2014 7:24:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    TEC ^ | 09/20/2014 | Michael Snyder
    The next time you visit a hospital, it is your wallet that may end up hurting the most. All over the United States, it has become common practice for hospitals to wildly inflate medical bills. For example, it has been reported that some hospitals are charging up to 30 dollars for a single aspirin pill. And as you will see below, some victims report being billed tens of thousands of dollars for a non-surgical hospital visit that lasts only a few hours. When something is seriously wrong with us, most of us never stop to ask our health professionals how...
  • Alibaba: The ChiCom Dream?

    09/20/2014 9:42:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | September 19, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I got people... People who know that I am a tech aficionado are asking me, "Rush, what's Alibaba, and do I need to be concerned about it?" Alibaba is the Chinese, the ChiCom Amazon, and it is going through its IPO today. It just became the world's largest Internet business and close to the world's largest business, period. It's gonna end up being even bigger than Walmart today. Jack Ma, you can see him. Drudge features a couple of pictures of Jack Ma. He founded Alibaba on the front page of the Drudge Report, Yahoo owns 23%...
  • Off-shoring American jobs - good for corporations, bad for everyone else

    09/20/2014 2:28:08 PM PDT · by Noremac · 44 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | September 20, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    <p>Every now and then I see an article that is so reality deficient that it commits what amounts to sexual assault against common sense. Actually I see them all the time, but one in particular had me shaking my head.</p>
  • AMERICAN FIGHTERS INTERCEPTED RUSSIAN WARPLANES OVER ALASKA

    American fighters intercepted the Russian warplanes over Alaska United States officials have attributed the provocation in the sky with the visit of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko US fighters intercepted six Russian military aircraft in the area of ​​Alaska. About it on his Twitter said CNN journalist Jim Skuitto. "Russian planes stormed the US airspace larger group than usual: Two fighters, two bombers and two tanker" - wrote the correspondent. Skuitto reported that the Americans intercepted the Russians. According to him, officials of the United States associated with the arrival of a provocation President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko States. On...
  • U.S. will train 50,000 veterans to install solar panels

    09/20/2014 3:21:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    CTV News / The Associated Press ^ | September 18, 2014 | Josh Lederman, The Associated Press
    The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans....
  • Stop & Shop Supermarkets: weapons prohibited

    09/19/2014 2:48:39 PM PDT · by matt04 · 29 replies
    self
    I was in my local Stop & Shop today and noticed a employee putting a sign up on the door. When I left I looked and noticed they posted the stores. I checked their FB page and they have confirmed it is a BAN all all forms of carry.
  • Reflections on the Question of Scottish Independence

    09/19/2014 1:07:42 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 19, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As we reflect on the historic vote in Scotland this week (all votes seem to be “historic” these days, don’t they? Might have more to do with news network ratings than actual history), we Americans find ourselves rather conflicted. On the one hand, we cheer for the idea of independence, a race memory of sorts that dates back to our own War for Independence over 230 years ago. We feel a special affinity for all members of the British Empire; we speak the same language, share the same customs, even enjoy many of the same television shows. Their heroes are...
  • Calls for Ending Unfairness to the English

    09/19/2014 1:01:55 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 September 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Before the referendum on Scottish independence and in order to keep the United Kingdom from disintegrating, the leaders of the three main British parties - David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband - made generous promises in return for the Scottish people to vote No to breaking away from the Union. They promised more powers and money for Scotland. Some say that these promises have come dangerously close to Maximum devolution (Devo Max for short), which means that, except in defence and foreign affairs, the Scottish Parliament gets power over everything. A source of concern is that these promises...
  • PrintAlive 3D Bioprinter Creates Skin-like “Living Bandages” to Advance Burn Treatment

    09/18/2014 5:47:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | September 18, 2014 | Debra Thimmesch
    Health professionals who treat burn victims are acutely aware of the necessity to treat burn injuries, particularly severe ones, as rapidly as possible. As one journal article explains it, “In severe burn injuries where both the epidermal and dermal layers of skin are destroyed, prompt wound closure is critical for favourable [sic] patient outcomes and reduced mortality rates.” A team of biomedical and mechanical engineering graduate students at the University of Toronto have developed what may at the least be considered a preliminary–but certainly extremely technologically advanced–solution to the problem of critical, temporal health intervention for burn patients. For their...
  • OH:Private Buyers Compete for Guns at Toledo Turn In "buy back"

    09/18/2014 4:27:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I missed the notifications of this 8 September 2014 event.   It seems that those notifications are coming closer and closer to the event date, almost as if those conducting the events do not want anyone to do any pre-planning.   Toledo has a checkered history of police bullying private buyers and sellers.   Buckeyefirearms.org did a great job of exposing this last year, with four videos:  Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, and Video 4.  It did not matter much.  There were plenty of private buyers there this year. This year, the police seem to have learned more about the law. ...
  • Could Bitcoin Become Scotland’s Official Currency?

    09/18/2014 2:31:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | September 16, 2014 | Josh Harkinson
    A reliable medium of exchange is the biggest obstacle to Scottish independence. Enter the world's leading crypto-coinage.With Thursday's Scottish independence referendum too close to call, opponents of an independent Scotland have been stressing the would-be country's lack of a reliable currency. An independent Scotland could either keep using the British pound and lose control of its monetary policy, join the eurozone's well-known squabbles, or create a new national currency that's almost certain to be weak. But there's an intriguing fourth option: adopting an online crypto-currency such as Bitcoin. Scotland actually has some historical experience with this sort of thing: Instead...
  • Obama's Ebola Agenda to Collapse the World Economy

    09/18/2014 8:29:50 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 69 replies
    Last few months spent gathering data and lining up the dominoes. Time to connect the dots. Obama sending US troops to West Africa to get infected and bring back here. Remember, it has a 21-day incubation period and new mutations very likely are undetectable. GENERAL: SENDING MILITARY TO FIGHT EBOLA ‘MISUSE’ OF SOLDIERS Ex-Delta Force commander stresses ‘great risk’ of infection Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/boykin-sending-military-to-fight-ebola-misuse-of-soldiers/#RDQcKjtdQIuiO0Op.99 World Bank: Ebola’s Economic Impact Could Be ‘Catastrophic’ http://time.com/3394147/ebola-world-bank/ US to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/09/18/us-to-begin-ebola-hospital-equipment-lift-to-liberia/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20foxnews/health%20(Internal%20-%20Health%20-%20Text) A French aid worker from the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has contracted the Ebola...
  • CyPhy Works to test new pocket-sized drones for U.S. Air Force

    09/18/2014 12:24:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Boston Business Journal's Startups and Venture Capital Blog ^ | September 17, 2014 | David Harris, Tech Editor
    Danvers-based CyPhy Works, a maker of flying robots led by iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner, said today that it was awarded a contract by the U. S. Air Force for a new miniature drone that could help improve search-and-rescue operations. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. Funded under the Department of Defense's Rapid Innovation Fund, CyPhy Works' Extreme Access Pocket Flyer — which can fit into the cargo pants of a military member and weighs 2.3 ounces — will focus on the remote inspection of small passageways and tunnels that are often blocked by debris and rubble. The drone...
  • The People Who Organized Occupy Wall Street Are Now Suing Each Other

    09/17/2014 6:48:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Rosie Gray
    The movement descends into litigation. “We can either go and beat him up or we can go to court.” WASHINGTON — Activists who organized the dormant Occupy Wall Street movement are suing another activist for control of the main Twitter account, and one of the plaintiffs says there was no other option but to turn to litigation to solve the dispute. The conflict centers around @OccupyWallStNYC, one of the main Twitter feeds that distributed information during the movement’s heyday in 2011. The OWS Media Group filed a lawsuit against organizer Justin Wedes on Wednesday, which is also the third anniversary...