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  • Michigan Concealed Pistol Licensees Increase 25% in 14 Months

    02/22/2018 9:52:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 3 May, 2015, Governor Rick Snyder signed a sweeping reform of the Concealed Pistol License laws into effect. While much of the law went into effect immediately, the reform that removed the power of county gun boards to arbitrarily deny concealed pistol licenses did not go into full effect until 1 December, 2016.  Coincident with the reform, the number of CPLs have increased dramatically. From mlive.com: Michigan has seen a 25% increase in concealed pistol licenses in 14 months, when state law changed to make it easier to get a CPL. A total of 621,327 Michigan residents had...
  • Why The Next Oil Boom Will Be Fueled By Blockchain

    02/21/2018 4:16:35 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 27 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 21-02-2017 | Mike
    Big Oil is due for a disruption. The world’s most important industry has been carrying on without any significant changes in its day to day routine for far too long. But now, the new tech on the block has its sights set on the multi-trillion-dollar oil and gas sector. It’s official: Blockchain technology has infiltrated Big Oil. The hype behind blockchain has reached a full-blown frenzy. And for good reason. The technology, which creates secure ledgers for digital transactions and rapidly accelerates the pace at which transactions can be made, has the potential to disrupt every major industry: real estate,...
  • 5 Record Breaking Gemstones Even Billionaires Can’t Buy

    02/20/2018 4:55:34 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 14 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 20-02-2018 | Charles
    As Elizabeth Taylor once said: “I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can't possess radiance, you can only admire it.” It’s a good philosophy, because when it comes to the world’s biggest, rarest and most extraordinary gemstone discoveries, no one—not even billionaire President Donald Trump—could afford the possession. We’re not talking about the average diamond engagement ring that sets you back $4,000 and was probably grown in a lab. And we’re not talking about the $3,000 ruby that was probably treated. We’re talking about the rarest gemstones in the world, like the ‘Guinness Emerald’ that came...
  • ‘Concerned’ Mom & Creator of National School Walkout Protest for Gun Control Was Top CNN News

    02/20/2018 4:04:16 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    True Pundit ^ | 20 February, 2018 | admin
    Clare Schexnyder wants students and teachers across the country to leave their classrooms together, to protest every child and educator who has been killed in a school shooting and promote gun control.And the Georgia mother is getting much press about her National School Walkout as well as swelling support from all corners of the country. She is getting help from the organizers of the Women’s March too.Certainly a red flag. But curiously when reporters and Schexnyder discuss the activist’s plans and background they seem to always omit the fact she worked nearly two decades at CNN as a senior...
  • Yale Doctor Makes $5 Million Annually Through YouTube and Gives 5 Tips

    02/19/2018 8:01:40 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 37 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Feb. 19, 2018 | Lena Kirakosyan
    For more than a decade, YouTube has been one of the most popular social networks. However, besides being used for entertainment, there are people who create YouTube videos to make a living. Many Youtubers now call YouTube their main career and can make money off of it, just as one would at a regular job. Dr. Dustyn Williams of OnlineMedED is an example of someone who now makes millions off of making YouTube videos, and has an inspiring story to go along with it. Dr. Williams received his undergraduate degree at Yale University and then went to medical school at...
  • Debt Cancer: More Than 80 Percent Of American Adults Owe Somebody Else Money

    02/19/2018 6:43:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/19/2018 | Michael Snyder
    How long can our debt levels keep growing much, much faster than the overall economy? We haven’t had a year of 3 percent growth for the U.S. economy since the middle of the Bush administration, but we keep borrowing money as if there is no tomorrow. Much of the focus has been on the exploding debt of the federal government, and that is definitely something I plan to address once I get to Washington. But on an individual level, U.S. consumers have been extremely irresponsible as well. In fact, one new survey has found that more than 80 percent of...
  • How Ending The Gold Standard Impacted The US Economy

    02/15/2018 1:40:13 PM PST · by davikkm · 59 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    Politicians, economic “experts” and the talking heads in mainstream media will never tell you that monetary policy is the most important issue facing the United States. Whether you realize it or not, monetary policy has a direct and significant impact on all our lives. When the US abandoned the gold standard in the early 1970’s, it steered our economy toward a cliff that we are closer than ever to driving over. Once the gold standard ended, the Nixon administration went to Saudi Arabia to strike up a deal that would give immense power to the US’s rent-seeking elites for many...
  • Moscow Far More Worried about Trump than Many in the West Think

    02/14/2018 2:17:08 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 30 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | February 12, 2018 | Liliya Shevtsova
    Many analysts dismissed “the Kremlin list” the Trump Administration released two weeks ago as a bad joke or worse and thus failed to recognize the extent to which its contents in fact have made Moscow far more afraid of the US president than they were before, according to Liliya Shevtsova. First of all, “by publishing practically the entire list of members of the Russian government and Presidential Administration, the White House shifted from the traditional Western effort of trying to divide the Russian elite into pro-Western and anti-Western factions..." Instead, it properly treated the entire kleptocratic elite as being linked...
  • Cryptocurrencies Don’t Make Sense

    02/14/2018 7:44:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    Naked Capitalism ^ | 02/14/2018 | Jon Danielsson
    By Jon Danielsson, Director of the ESRC funded Systemic Risk Centre, London School of Economics. Originally published at VoxEUCryptocurrencies are supposedly a new and superior form of money and investments – the way of the future. The author of this column, however, does not see the point of cryptocurrencies, finding them no better than existing fiat money or good investments.I have been trying to understand what the point of cryptocurrencies is, without success. They may not be an immediate financial stability concern (den Haan et al. 2017), but I just don’t get them.As far as I can tell, they...
  • California Dreaming [semi-satire]

    02/12/2018 1:00:54 PM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Feb 2018 | John Semmens
    The formerly bankrupt City of Stockton, California is planning to implement a basic universal income scheme that would pay out $6,000 per year to select low-income households. The scheme is the brainchild of Mayor Michael Tubbs who hopes “to demonstrate that providing people with money they may spend in anyway they choose will inspire imitation across the land. The first phase of the plan is to choose 100 families that will receive $500 per month for 18 months and see what happens.” Renowned economist Thomas Sowell criticized Tubbs’ idea contending that “if you give people something for nothing it will...
  • The State of the World Wide Rocket Industry at the start of 2018.

    02/11/2018 8:32:50 PM PST · by Voption · 18 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | January 2, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    First, 2016 was the worst year for the Russian rocket industry in decades...Second, China has been aggressively ramping up its launch rate, and in 2016 moved clearly into the top tier of space-faring nations...Third, the United States is clearly transitioning away from a government owned and operated rocket industry to one owned and operated by the private sector. Since the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the federal government has not launched a single rocket that it designed, built, and owns. Instead, every payload put in space by the U.S. has been put there by a private sector rocket.
  • Falcon Heavy and Starman cruiser success debrief; John Batchelor Show

    02/10/2018 8:49:17 AM PST · by Voption · 84 replies
    The John Batchelor Show podcast ^ | February 9, 2018 | John Batchelor & Robert Zimmerman
    "Capitalism in space: SpaceX has highlighted the last image from its Tesla car, heading out to the asteroid belt after being lofted into space by its Falcon Heavy rocket... .....this also highlights that a private American company was able to send a payload beyond Earth orbit, and it took them only seven years of development and no government funds. ....[an almost perfect test] according to Musk, the reason the [1st stage] core hit the water so fast is because some engines did not fire as intended. [SpaceX] engineers believed only one of three engines fired during a final burn designed...
  • Federal Budget's Red Ink and Storm Clouds Aren't Black and White

    02/09/2018 3:51:06 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 9, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on a Federal Budget Impasse... During the February budget showdown in Washington, Senator Rand Paul rose to speak. He reminded America of our spending habit – a constant pattern of deficit spending, year-in and year-out, in both Republican and Democrat administrations. A spending habit that doesn’t just cause a year of trouble, but an eternity of trouble, since these deficits add up, year by year, into a mountainous national debt, one that doubled – Doubled! – in just the eight years of the Obama administration alone. And he is right. ... But this is not one of those areas...
  • Oil Prices Tank As U.S. Drillers Add Massive Number Of Rigs

    02/09/2018 10:20:16 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 31 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-09-2018 | Juli
    As if the recent nosedive that oil prices have taken in the last few days wasn’t bad enough—Baker Hughes reported a staggering increase to the number of rigs. The number of active oil and gas rigs increased by 29 to Baker Hughes data. This brings the total number of oil and gas rigs to 975, which is an addition of 234 rigs year over year.
  • Murray Rothbard: The Railroading of the American People

    02/07/2018 4:54:16 PM PST · by Voption
    Mises.org via Youtube ^ | 1986 | Murray Rothbard
    The late great Murray Rothbard gave a series of lectures in 1986 at New York Polytechnic University entitled "The American Economy and the End of Laissez-Faire: 1870 to World War II." Fortunately, somebody recorded them. Lecture 2: The Railroading of the American People.
  • I Feel Terrible, but Jealous of My Friend Who Wants a Job Where I Work

    02/07/2018 3:03:59 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 25 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Feb 7, 2018 | Armen Hareyan
    He got a job with fixed term contract and told his friend. His friend also wants a job where he works and she applied for a position in the same company. She is now being interviewed for the permanent position and he is jealous. He knows it's bad. Jealousy is one of the seven deadly sins and many people are plagued with this passion. Most people will probably say no if you ask them if they are jealous of something. But they don't realize jealousy can plague us in casual life situations without us knowing about it specifically. Today I...
  • The utter childishness of modern political discourse

    02/07/2018 5:13:27 AM PST · by Voption · 5 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | January 8, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    "Even as the leftist American mainstream media continues to focus its energies on petty and ineffective attacks of Donald Trump, too many journalists on the right unfortunately appear to be diving right in to join them with their own petty counter-attacks. The result is a press that spends the bulk of its time on irrelevant stories of partisan bickering that have little substance or importance. In the last week of 2017 we had one particularly acute example of this."
  • Mass Immigration Hurts Black America the Most

    02/05/2018 1:40:12 PM PST · by Thalean · 9 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | Feb 5, 2018 | Spencer P Morrison
    "There’s no such thing as a free lunch." In the nineteenth century American bar owners offered free lunches as a way to attract noontime patrons. Inevitably, the diners would get thirsty, and buy expensive drinks—they paid for their lunch one way or another. Thus the above expression. Prosaic though its origins may be, the phrase captures a deep and omnipresent truth: everything has a price, an opportunity cost, a trade-off. This is true of lunches, and it’s true of America’s immigration policy. Despite what The Economist claims, immigration does not benefit everyone—there are winners and losers. In America’s case, the...
  • Pelosi Explains “Crumbs” Statement [semi-satire]

    02/05/2018 9:53:34 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Feb 2018 | John Semmens
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) defended her dismissal of the $1,000s in bonuses and tax cuts flowing to the middle class from the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as “crumbs.” Using herself as an example, Pelosi observed that “the pittances being received by members of the working classes are dwarfed by the hit I’m taking. By limiting the deductability of mortgage interest to only $10,000 on only an owner-occupied home, those of us who own multiple houses worth millions of dollars are losing far more than these commoners are gaining. My tax accountant tells me I’ll have...
  • Tim Allen joins docudrama taking down PC culture

    02/03/2018 6:41:14 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    Ruthfully yours ^ | Feb 3, 2018 | Ruth King
    Tim Allen joins docudrama taking down PC culture By Marisa Schultz Posted By Ruth King on February 3rd, 2018 https://nypost.com/2018/01/29/tim-allen-joins-docudrama-taking-down-pc-culture/ WASHINGTON – Actor Tim Allen has joined the cast of new movie aimed at disrupting the liberal and PC culture in Hollywood, on college campuses and in comedy. Allen’s “Last Man Standing” sitcom was canceled last year and outraged fans believe ABC pulled the plug because the family comedy highlighted conservative values. ABC denied it was over politics. Allen has signed onto the docudrama “No Safe Spaces” that’s expected to hit theaters in the fall. Fellow comedian Adam Carolla and...