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  • Pre-View Gun Rights Policy Confernce, Tampa FL, 2016

    09/24/2016 4:57:22 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Set-up nearly finished for 2016 GRPC I am writing from the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) in Tampa, Florida.  Got up at 0400 this morning in Dallas where I was visiting family.  The Dallas/Fort Worth airport was easy to get to, but if you are flying out of it,  research off-site parking.  The $24 a day inside the airport parking is a little stiff. Once inside, the ticket counter agent knew her gun protocol inside and out.  No problem.  The TSA agent did not need to X-ray.  Maybe an extra 5 minutes, max.  Going through the security screening a...
  • Crude Crashes As Saudis Kill OPEC Meeting Before It Even Started

    09/23/2016 10:10:35 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-09-2016 | Matt
    Crude prices are selling off, aided by Saudi comments that a decision will not be forthcoming from next week's OPEC meeting in Algiers. Add to this news that the Federal Reserve is looking to restrict bank involvement in physical commodities...and dollar strength as the cherry on top...and oil is heading lower into the weekend.
  • BIG GOV'T INC Socialism and tyranny are profitable to liberals and destructive to individuals

    09/23/2016 7:06:57 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 3 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Well, you've no doubt heard the arguments made by socialists against private property, against corporations and the profit motive. We are taught that profit is a form of theft from the workers rather than being positive influx of cash resources payment of wages, dividends and investments in expansion. The concept of owning property is also in of itself theft to socialists, for the earth belongs to us and everything belongs to everybody. Profit and property has another meaning, it is what sends signals to our economy on where resources and assets must be placed in order to achieve further productivity...
  • Twitter Suspends Conservative Prof. Over Tweet About Protestors

    09/22/2016 7:03:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    MRC TV ^ | September 22, 2016 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    Twitter temporarily suspended a prolific academic over his tweet regarding protesters in Charlotte, N.C. blocking access to highways. Wednesday night, protesters were reportedly blocking the interstate in response to the death of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man who was shot and killed by a black police officer on Tuesday. In response to the protest, Glenn Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor known for his blog, Instapundit, tweeted motorists should “run them down”:
  • T. Boone Pickens Says Obama Is A Loser For The Energy Industry

    09/22/2016 1:29:56 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 16 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-09-2016 | Julianne
    According to energy magnate T. Boone Pickens, Obama has been a loser for the energy industry. And not just a loser, but “a complete loser”. That he is not a fan of President Obama’s policies—including his energy policies--comes as no surprise. Pickens said in 2014 that Obama was “the worst president we’ve ever had”.
  • How Trump Could Win the Debate

    09/22/2016 1:02:12 PM PDT · by upchuck · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept 21, 2016 | Rich Lowery
    ... Hllary Clinton will almost certainly win Monday night’s epic presidential debate on points — and still could lose... ... Trump won’t be particularly well-informed, and figures it won’t particularly matter — and may well be right... ... Without a teleprompter, message discipline still tends to elude him. The one-on-one format for an hour-and-a-half could make his thin knowledge painfully obvious. And any misstep or outburst that reinforces the idea that he lacks the qualities to be commander in chief would be devastating... ... The cost is that she has done more than anyone to lower the standard for Trump....
  • Obama Boom Builds Obamatowns

    09/22/2016 8:40:51 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/22/16 | Dr. Robert Owens
    Happy days are here again the progressive puppet masters sing as everyone else sinks into the third world According to the megaphones of the Progressive-controlled media, the Obama economy is booming. For the investor class it has been a rising tide that lifts all yachts or as it is expressed in Bloomberg, “When President Barack Obama was elected in November 2008, the U.S. economy was shrinking at a rate unmatched since World War II. In the seven years between then and his final State of the Union address Tuesday night, global investors have enjoyed stellar results from the rapidly expanding...
  • ISIS Builds Wall Of Oil Tankers To Stand Against Iraqi/US Forces

    09/22/2016 8:28:01 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 22 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-09-2016 | Irina
    The Islamic State is digging a moat around its biggest stronghold in Iraq, Mosul, in preparation for an expected attack from the Iraqi army and its U.S. partners, and is using oil tankers to construct a wall around the city, which it would set on fire if the Iraqi army gets too close, according to Mosul residents. The organization is also digging tunnels underneath the city as a means of stopping the army’s advance, shutting down some neighborhoods, and setting bombs. The attack on the city, which ISIS captured two years ago, is planned for next month. It would mark...
  • Worsening highway traffic slows down paid express lanes

    09/21/2016 11:51:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Rundown (PBS Blog) ^ | September 12, 2016 | Rebecca Beitsch, Stateline
    Highway express lanes provide a faster trip for carpoolers, people who drive low-emission cars, and solo travelers who are willing to pay more.ThatÂ’s the idea, anyway.But as Americans drive more miles than ever before, express lanes are facing a challenge: they are too popular. So many drivers of all kinds are using the lanes that it is increasingly difficult for transportation officials to keep them speedy.For solo drivers, the tolls in express lanes typically vary based on demand. In some places, drivers pay more during peak travel times, and in others prices go up as more cars enter the lane....
  • VANITY: Trump wants input

    09/21/2016 5:46:29 PM PDT · by bushwon · 89 replies
    My phone ^ | 09/21/2016 | bushwon
    Mr. Trump texted the following message: I need YOUR input today. Only 5 days until I debate Hillary on the stage. What do you want me to fight? Tap and to let me know. Not sure what will happen when I tap to provide input~it may simply be a fundraiser. However, I thought I might cull some interesting bullet points from Freeper Trump supporters :)
  • Baltimore councilman introduces replica gun ban

    09/21/2016 12:45:23 PM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    guns.com ^ | Sep. 20, 2016 | Christen Smith
    A Baltimore City Council member introduced a replica gun ban Monday criminalizing the possession of any toy or imitation weapon “that can reasonably be perceived to be a real firearm.” Councilman James Kraft told The Baltimore Sun he sponsored the legislation “to protect the city’s youth.” In April, city police officers shot 14-year-old Dedric Colvin in the shoulder and leg on a street in East Baltimore. Colvin was carrying a BB gun officers said resembled a semiautomatic pistol. Similar incidents have unfolded across the country. Last week police officers in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed 13-year-old Tyree King after...
  • WHO THE HELL ARE THE ROTHSCHILDS?

    09/21/2016 9:05:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 52 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/21/16 | Jeffrey A. Friedberg
    Can you say, “George Soros”? Does this remind anyone of Soros’ breaking the Bank of England? Jeffrey A. Friedberg image By Jeffrey A. Friedberg —— Bio and Archives September 21, 2016 1 Comment | Print Friendly | Subscribe | Email Us At the last Mixer of the International Jewish Conspiracy, I was asked, “Hey—who the hell are the Rothschilds?” They are a dynastic, secretive, influential, world-wide, business family of interbred Jews. As a conglomerate with hidden assets, they are said to be worth as much as $1 TRILLION, and major players in global finance and intrigue. For centuries they have...
  • Ricketts family to spend $1M to back Trump's presidential bid, adviser says

    09/20/2016 10:49:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Chicago Tribune | September 20, 2016 | Zachary R. Mider, Bloomberg
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-ricketts-family-donald-trump-20160920-story.html
  • Trump’s plan for inner cities could decide election

    09/20/2016 9:40:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Detroit News | September 20, 2016 | Justin Haskins
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2016/09/20/trump-plan-inner-cities/90768524/
  • Bill Would Ban Ann Arbor's Ban on Young Adult Tobacco Sales

    09/20/2016 12:37:52 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/19/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A state senator wants the Legislature to prohibit the city of Ann Arbor or any other local government from upping the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, has introduced Senate Bill 1066 to pre-empt local governments from imposing age limits on legal tobacco sales different from the age prescribed by state law (which is 18). “This local law will do absolutely nothing to stop people from smoking; they will simply drive just outside the city and purchase what they want,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge, in a press release. “However, it will really...
  • Frack Sand: The Unsung Hero Of The OPEC Oil War

    09/20/2016 7:31:04 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 20-09-2016 | Jim
    “Right now, it’s all about the frack sand. The story of US shale resilience is now about huge quantities of high-quality frack sand. This is the backbone of the comeback.” Welcome to the Mega-Frack Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting highly pressurized water into a well and then pouring sand into it in order to keep the tiny fractures created by the water blast open, and then widening them so that more crude oozes from the shale rock. The US response to the oil price war has been the ‘mega frack’, which means that producers are creating more fractures in rock because...
  • Trump deportation plan rattles an industry desperate for workers

    09/20/2016 12:12:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News | September 19, 2016 | Prashant Gopal, Bloomberg News |
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.expressnews.com/business/national/article/Trump-deportation-plan-rattles-an-industry-9233080.php
  • Blame for Ford's Mexico move falls on Obama administration

    09/19/2016 11:43:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/19/16 | Marita Noon
    CAFE is just one of the many policies that make doing business difficult in America Ford Motor Company made headlines on Wednesday, September 9, when, during an investor conference, CEO Mark Fields told attendees that it will invest $1.6 billion building a manufacturing plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and will move all of its small car production there during the next two to three years. The announcement was hardly news as Ford has been talking about the shift for more than a year. But in the throes of an election that has both candidates decrying companies that send jobs...
  • Merkel Demands German Firms Hire Immigrants [semi-satire]

    09/19/2016 10:41:34 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Sep 2016 | John Semmens
    Impatient at the slow progress toward integrating Middle Eastern immigrants into the German economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded that businesses "step up the pace of hiring. It's a disgrace that only 100 of the million refugees that have entered the country this year have jobs. The refusal of the private sector to offer enough jobs forces the government to bear the burdens of meeting the need to house and feed these people." Hans Volle, Director of Human Resources for Deutsche Tech, complained that "Chancellor Merkel's aspirations are unreasonable. Hardly any of these refugees understand our language, a majority of them...
  • Someone is learning & practicing how to take down the Internet

    09/18/2016 7:11:32 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 28 replies
    Fellowship of the Minds ^ | 18 September 2016 | Dr. Eowyn
    This is serious and genuinely alarming. Bruce Schneider is an expert in cyber-security, the Chief Technology Officer of Resilient, an IBM Company, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, and a board member of Electronic Frontier Foundation — an organization defending our rights in the digital world. In a blog post, Schneider sounds the alarm that in the past year, the websites of major companies that provide the Internet’s basic services repeatedly have been attacked, each time more sophisticated than the last, which suggests “someone” is practicing how to take down the Internet by learning from the companies’ defensive moves. Below...
  • Measuring Occupy Wall Street’s impact, 5 years later

    09/18/2016 6:29:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Bend Bulletin ^ | September 18, 2016 | Deepti Hajela and Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — For a time, Occupy Wall Street was everywhere with its grass-roots encampments — first in New York City, then globally — and the refrain, “We are the 99 percent!” And then it was gone. Its most famous camp in lower Manhattan was cleared out in an overnight police raid two months after it started, and other Occupy locations fizzled soon thereafter. But five years later, demonstrators gathered once again in New York’s Zuccotti Park on Saturday to commemorate the movement and what they said has been its lasting impact.....
  • Union “Rank-in- File” Prefer Donald Trump as US President

    09/18/2016 3:42:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Live Trading News ^ | September 18, 2016 | Paul Ebeling
    <p>America’s union leaders are not expending a lot of energy trying to win back members drawn to Donald Trump’s populist, anti-trade message.</p> <p>Donald Trump is wooing working-class voters by promising to renegotiate trade deals and bring back lost manufacturing jobs, some unions are re-calibrating their usual election-year outreach to members on behalf of Hillary Clinton to account for his appeal.</p>
  • Hillary Campaign Caught Stealing from Donors [semi-satire]

    09/17/2016 12:58:13 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Sep 2016 | John Semmens
    Some supporters of Hillary Clinton are coming to rue giving out their credit card data to the campaign. It seems that individuals who thought they were agreeing to one-time charges are discovering repeated levies on their accounts in their monthly statements. Upon inspecting her recent Visa Card statements, Carol Mahre found multiple charges amounting to $94. "On the phone they asked me to give $25, which I said was okay," Mahre recounted. "But when I looked at my bill there were three deductions of $25 and one for $19." Campaign manager Robby Mook attributed the unauthorized charges to "simple human...
  • Enough jobs in Singapore; Govt helping create better jobs: Lim Swee Say

    09/16/2016 6:29:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Channel News Asia ^ | September 16, 2016 | Alice Chia
    SINGAPORE: There are enough jobs in Singapore and the Government is helping industries to transform their business models to create better jobs - an assurance that came from Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say on Friday (Sep 16), following the release of employment data on Thursday that showed there were more jobseekers than vacancies. Mr Lim said: "I want to assure Singaporeans that if you look at it from totality, there are enough jobs. Don't just look at the 49,000 job openings; in fact there are 3.3 million jobs out there in Singapore. And in fact what we are doing is,...
  • Clinton “Largest unprosecuted charity fraud ever attempted" Cumulative May Exceed $100 BILLION

    09/16/2016 6:11:01 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    Charles Ortel ^ | Charles Ortel
    Charles Ortel bio, B.A. from Yale, MBA from Harvard Business School. He previously worked as a Managing Director at investment bank Dillon Read and later as a Managing Director at the financial research firm, Newport Value Partners. In a 9-page letter dated yesterday and posted to his blog, Ortel calls the Clintons’ charity the “largest unprosecuted charity fraud ever attempted,” adding for good measure that the Clinton Foundation is part of an “international charity fraud network whose entire cumulative scale (counting inflows and outflows) approaches and may even exceed $100 billion, measured from 1997 forward.” Ortel lists 40 potential areas...
  • Trump’s strength in Florida shows in working-class Pasco County

    09/16/2016 3:42:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The MIami Herald ^ | September 16, 2016 | Adam C. Smith, Tampa Bay Times
    HOLIDAY, Fla. — Donald Trump’s prospects for winning the White House will probably rise or fall among the strip malls and 1,000-square-foot ranch homes of southwest Pasco County. In this working-class suburb of Tampa Bay, finding people enthusiastically supporting Hillary Clinton is tough. Finding people enthusiastically supporting Trump is less difficult. Finding people fed up with the status quo is a piece of cake. “It’s not that I like Trump that much, it’s that I dislike Hillary so much. I don’t think [Barack] Obama did anything for us, and I see it continuing with Hillary. At least with Trump, there’s...
  • Why Apache’s Latest Oil Find Is Such A Game Changer

    09/16/2016 12:36:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Oil Price ^ | September 15, 2016 | Michael McDonald
    Apache’s recent oil find highlights what could be a new phase in fracking. To date, fracking in the U.S. had really been all about taking explored basins and drilling new wells to get at previously untapped resources. That strategy worked well when oil prices were more than $80 a barrel. At today’s prices though, drilling the old style rigs in mostly depleted fields to get at residual layers of black gold is a money losing strategy. Apache’s find shows that money can be made by taking risks and looking for major new finds in areas that had been passed over...
  • Gary Lamphier: As Trump closes gap on Clinton, questions mount ("He's winning!" Alert)

    09/15/2016 4:48:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Edment Journal ^ | September 14, 2016 | Gary Lamphier
    For the environmental lobby and politicians of the progressive stripe, Donald Trump is their worst nightmare come to life. In defiance of liberal orthodoxy, the fire-breathing Republican presidential candidate slams climate change as a hoax, vows to approve the Keystone XL pipeline if elected and ditch any U.S. commitments to curb carbon emissions. Love him or hate him, Trump’s verbal eruptions have provided endless fodder for TV talk show hosts and headline writers, and made this the most unlikely presidential election campaign in recent U.S. history. Until recently, however, the billionaire developer wasn’t taken seriously. The intelligentsia dismissed his bid...
  • Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet

    09/15/2016 4:29:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Lawfare ^ | September 13, 2016 | Bruce Schneier
    Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don't know who is doing this, but it feels like a large a large nation state. China and Russia would be my first guesses. First, a little background. If you want to take a network off the Internet, the easiest way to do it is with a distributed...
  • Open Carry at the Gas Station with Colorado Visitor

    09/15/2016 4:41:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    I often open carry, especially in the summer when the temperatures make concealed carry a bit more cumbersome.  I was open carrying at this Yuma, Arizona gas station when a man approached me. He asked if Arizona were an open carry state.  I said that it was, and went on to explain that most states were.  He said he was from Colorado, where open carry was forbidden in some cities.  Yes, I said, the Colorado Supreme Court had made a weird decision that Denver could ignore state law.  He said the city of Aurora also prohibited open carry in...
  • America's Rust Belt key to White House race

    09/14/2016 7:34:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Sun Daily ^ | September 14, 2016 | Agence France-Presse
    The White House race could be decided in the Rust Belt – a vast, decaying former industrial powerhouse in the US Midwest and Northeast where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are battling for the support of working class white voters. The region, also typified by a declining population and urban decay, forms an arc around the Great Lakes, running mainly through Pennsylvania and Ohio. If those two states – each won twice by Democrat Barack Obama – swing to Trump in November, the Republican stands a good chance of becoming president. Major cities such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cleveland are...
  • Joseph Stiglitz: Trump Presidency Would Be A "Nightmare" -- He Could "Bankrupt the Country"

    09/14/2016 2:30:41 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 66 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 9-14-2016 | Tim Hains
    Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says a Donald Trump presidency would be a "nightmare", but that it is unlikely to happen. He also speaks about the reasons Trump has so much support: "If you look at the numbers, roughly the bottom 90% have had stagnant income over the past quarter of a century. and we've been trying to understand why has that been. And it is, I think partly because we haven't paid attention to the issue." "Fortunately, I'm not having too many sleepless nights, because I think the probability of [a Trump presidency] happening is not very large," he...
  • Did Federal Reserve engineer market crash to hurt Trump?

    09/14/2016 8:35:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/14/16 | Marc Patrone
    Logic dictates Trump may have a point about the Fed making decisions based on political imperatives The current stock market downturn appears timed to help the Democrat Party by scaring investors into rejecting Donald Trump on the grounds he’d trigger a crash if the Republicans win the White House in November. The Dow Jones fell again Tuesday this time over 250 points due in part, to fears of a rate hike at the Fed policy meeting next week. These market jitters may well have been calculated for effect, and engineered by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen in a bid to...
  • Marc Faber: Dow Could Reach 100,000

    09/14/2016 7:19:52 AM PDT · by amorphous · 10 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 14 Sep 2016 | Valentin Schmid
    They call him Dr. Doom and for good reason. Dr. Marc Faber, author, investment adviser, and publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom report, usually emphasizes the risks in the financial system and never minces his words. However, his views are more nuanced than most people think, and his advice for investors is more pragmatic than idealistic. Epoch Times spoke to Faber about central bank manipulation of financial markets, the reasons for income inequality, and how to invest in this environment.
  • Bad News For The Bakken As Obama Administration Blocks Pipeline

    09/13/2016 3:56:00 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 28 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 13-09-2016 | Nick
    The Obama administration shocked the oil industry last week, pulling the plug on a major oil pipeline from the Bakken that had become a flashpoint between a pipeline company on the one hand, and a growing coalition of Native American tribes and environmentalists on the other. Everyone was anxiously waiting a Friday ruling from a U.S. federal judge, who was weighing a request from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.8 billion 1,168-mile oil pipeline that would run from North Dakota to Iowa and Illinois. The pipeline would threaten sacred lands and...
  • Trump trounces Clinton in PlasticsToday poll

    09/13/2016 12:23:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    PlasticsToday ^ | September 12, 2016 | Norbert Sparrow
    As I write this on September 12, the latest CNN poll has Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a “near-even race” for the presidency of the United States. At PlasticsToday, we did our own online survey but asked our audience to rank the candidates on a single issue: Who would be best for U.S. manufacturing. Setting aside missing emails, the bromance with Vladimir Putin, trustworthiness and temperament, and sundry other issues, we asked the PlasticsToday audience to respond to a specific question: Disregarding all other qualities and flaws of the presidential candidates, who do you think would best represent...
  • New FCC Cable TV App Mandate: 'Fixing' a Problem Caused by the Fixer

    09/12/2016 8:49:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    MRC TV ^ | September 11, 2016 | P. Gardner Goldsmith
    In Medieval times, Kings and Queens interested in maintaining control over small, outlying geographical areas arranged a complex system of fiefdoms, vesting feudal lords with their imprimatur to tell the local serfs and vassals what to do, and granting them the “power” to extract taxes – a portion of which would be given to the royals. Despite Constitutional strictures created to insure the contrary, the United States federal government has followed pretty much the same template, albeit on a bureaucratic, rather than monarchical, level. Case in point, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is showing once more that it is...
  • Top EPA Official Slams ‘****heads’ At White House For Not Regulating Fracking

    09/12/2016 5:51:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 12, 2016 | Michael Bastasch
    A former senior EPA official known for coordinating with environmentalists slammed the White House for pushing back on agency plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas, text messages show. Michael Goo, EPA’s policy chief at the time, texted Sierra Club lobbyist John Coequyt that if environmentalists “want any hope of regulation of fracking then give us more time to try and remove the gun from our head and talk sense into OMB dickheads.” “If you want the oil and gas nsps to give fracking a free pass, as OMB would like then don’t give us the extension,”...
  • How Does America Keep Finding Vast Stores of Energy?

    09/12/2016 4:22:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Slate ^ | September 12, 2016 | Daniel Gross
    By completely overhauling the old rules of the business. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on an energy bonanza. A company discovered a new field with “the equivalent of at least two billion barrels of oil” that “has the promise to become one of the biggest energy finds of the past decade.” But the discovery wasn’t made by a foreign company in the Amazon, or deep in the waters off the coast off Africa, or in Kazakhstan—or any of the other politically treacherous, high-risk, low-infrastructure places where Big Oil has been prospecting for gigantic new gushers. Instead, the lucky...
  • Saving Refugees to Save Europe

    09/12/2016 8:43:31 AM PDT · by amorphous · 20 replies
    Project-Syndicate.Org ^ | 12 Sep 2016 | George Soros
    NEW YORK – The refugee crisis in Europe was already pushing the European Union toward disintegration when, on June 23, it helped drive the British to vote to Brexit the EU. The refugee crisis and the Brexit calamity that it spawned have reinforced xenophobic, nationalist movements that will seek to win a series of upcoming votes– including national elections in France, the Netherlands, and Germany in 2017, a referendum in Hungary on the EU refugee policy on October 2, and a rerun of the Austrian presidential election on the same day. Rather than uniting to resist this threat, EU member...
  • Vertical Farming Offers Solutions to Food Scarcity in Singapore

    09/11/2016 7:36:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Green Builder Media ^ | September 8, 2016
    Back in May I was invited to Singapore to tour schools, IT hubs, hospitals and startups. The size of the country, as well as their government structure, allows them move towards their objectives more quickly than other countries. What I witnessed during my visit was a nation determined to be seen as a leader in the technology sector and to be recognized as a nucleus for some of the top innovators in the world. One aspect of the trip that really resonated with me was the country's use of vertical farming and other cutting edge agricultural techniques. Population Pressures The...
  • Chelsea Can't Fathom Why People Think Her Mom is Untrustworthy [semi-satire]

    09/10/2016 10:50:31 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Sep 2016 | John Semmens
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's daughter went on ABC's The View talk show to express her dismay at polls showing that a huge majority of Americans consider her mother untrustworthy. "I realize that some of the things coming out from the emails she tried to conceal are raising questions, but I know my mother and I'm certain that if anything thing she did was wrong in some technical sense that she did it for a good reason," Chelsea explained. "What a lot of people don't understand is that her job as the nation's top diplomat often required her to deliberately...
  • Oil Markets Brace As U.S. Looks To Sell 100 Million Barrels From SPR

    09/09/2016 2:59:36 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 36 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 09-09-2016 | SPR
    Aging infrastructure could render the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) increasingly ineffective, according to a new report from the Department of Energy. The U.S. has stored roughly 700 million barrels of crude oil in salt caverns in Texas and Louisiana for decades. The SPR was established in the aftermath of the Arab oil embargo in 1973, which painfully revealed U.S. oil dependence as high prices drove up inflation, created fuel shortages and lines at gas stations, and rocked the American economy. The SPR was setup to stash 90 days’ worth of supply into storage for safekeeping, meant to be used...
  • The poverty-stricken US community where most people hate Hillary Clinton

    09/09/2016 7:25:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies
    itv.com ^ | Sep. 8, 2016 | Jamie Roberton
    It is difficult to imagine such levels of poverty existing in the most powerful nation on earth - but it does in McDowell County, West Virginia. Abandoned shops, closed schools and neglected homes are visible on almost every corner in every distressed community. Whole families are plagued by the consequences of unemployment and widespread drug abuse. The average life expectancy for men is 64 - the same as Namibia.But it was not always like this. McDowell was once a hustling and bustling town, thriving off the riches of the coal industry. The reliance on one industry proved fatal and...
  • Trump's Plan for the Inner-City is Pitch Perfect

    09/09/2016 12:16:50 AM PDT · by Behind the Blue Wall · 19 replies
    Vanity | September 10, 2016 | Behind the Blue Wall
    In the last couple of weeks, we've seen Trump roll out his plan for reviving America's inner cities and other economically depressed areas. As someone who has in various capacities worked on this issue, I must say that Trump has brilliantly boiled down the question down to the three elements that would form the essential foundation of an effective federal urban policy: law and order, school choice and trade reform. In my 20 or so years of working on this issue, I've met with thousands of people who live in these communities, and I can guarantee you that the vast...
  • Cruz slams Obama for 'internet giveaway'

    09/08/2016 6:59:41 PM PDT · by bushwon · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/08/2016 | Ashley Gold
    Ted Cruz and other Republicans are barreling toward a September showdown with the White House over its plan to give up oversight of the internet, as the Obama administration tries to rally support from the tech and telecom industries. GOP lawmakers have long warned that the administration's plan to relinquish its authority over ICANN, the global nonprofit that manages the internet's domain name system, could give authoritarian countries like China and Russia an opening to make an online power grab. Now, as the actual date of the transition approaches — Oct. 1 — Republicans are looking at throwing up new...
  • Biggest Draw In Crude Stocks This Century Sees Oil Prices Spike

    09/08/2016 8:53:07 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 08-09-2016 | EIA
    U.S. commercial crude oil inventories declined by 14.5 million barrels during the week ending on September 2nd, according to the Energy Information Administration’s latest report. The American Petroleum Institute (API) report on domestic inventories anticipated a 12 million barrel draw in crude supplies, against expert predictions that inventories would increase by 905,000 barrels.
  • Obamacare Shrinks Economy through Medicaid Expansion and Tax Credit Cliffs

    09/07/2016 10:19:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | September 6, 2016 | Hans Bader
    Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid reduced employment in those states that participated in it by a statistically significant extent, according to a recent study by Georgetown University’s Tomas Wind:“I find a significant negative relationship between Medicaid expansion and labor force participation, in which expanding Medicaid is associated with 1.5 to 3 percentage point drop in labor force participation.”As Wind notes, Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion provided an unusually good test case for the effects of a government program, since it went into effect in some states but not others during the covered period. […] Ironically, despite its enormous cost of billions of dollars...
  • Goldman Sachs bans donations to Trump-Pence 2016

    09/07/2016 7:21:16 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/07/16 | Matthew Vadum
    Goldman thrives on complexity and backroom dealing Goldman Sachs, the international investment bank that is under more or less continuous government investigation, has forbidden senior employees from giving money to the Trump-Pence campaign. But these wizards of Wall Street drew the new rule up in such a way that they can claim they are not trying to elect Hillary Clinton president.
  • Don't Count Out the Internal Combustion Engine

    09/07/2016 11:15:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Real Clear Future ^ | August 29, 2016 | Rob Tracinski
    Is the electric car the inevitable wave of the future? Is the internal combustion engine finished, through, a relic of the 20th century—as many are now saying? I have argued before that electric cars are overhyped. I calculated that the Tesla, for example, is still a really bad deal when you compare its substantial extra costs against the cost of operating a similar gasoline-powered car over five or ten years. But what if I'm wrong? For example, how much of that calculation is due to the inflated cost of a Tesla, which uses all of the positive publicity lavished on...