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  • Apple iPhone Grabbing 50 Percent of Smartphone Activations

    01/25/2015 6:40:43 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 01/24/15 | Quinten Plummer,
    A new smartphone market report reveals Apple is dominating as iPhones represented nearly half of the new device activations in the fourth quarter of 2014. "Apple had virtually double the sales of Samsung, and five times that of LG. No other brand accounted for as much as 5 percent of U.S. sales," says Lowitz. "The Amazon Fire and Blackberry smartphones registered slight share, which we attribute to random sample fluctuation as much as actual sales." The report found iPhone activations nearly doubled from the previously quarter. Apple smartphones accounted for about 28 percent of new activations in third quarter of...
  • CarPlay's Emerging Dominance

    01/24/2015 7:22:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    TGAAP ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | by: Mark Reschke
    31 car companies and counting. Apple is closing in on adding every major, or exotic, car manufacturer on the planet to their CarPlay solution. Third party makers such as Alpine and Pioneer are also making aftermarket CarPlay receivers. Kenwood said only months ago it really did not need CarPlay, but in early January at the Detroit Auto Show, Kenwood announced its forthcoming CarPlay decks, as did JVC. The four major aftermarket deck manufactures are now building for CarPlay. High-end smartphone market share was clearly going to shape which platforms auto makers would support, and Apple is dominating the U.S....
  • Utah Proposes Winter Wood Burning Ban to Improve Air Quality

    01/24/2015 7:09:05 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 46 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | 1-24-15 | Jillian MacMath
    In an effort to improve air quality across Utah during the winter season, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed a seasonal wood burn ban, much to the chagrin of many locals. The ban would eliminate solid fuel burning in fireplaces and wood/coal stoves from Nov. 1 to March 15, except for homeowners whose homes are heated solely by wood. The proposal comes after Gov. Gary Herbert requested the the Air Quality Board explore options for improving wintertime air quality along Utah's Wasatch Front and Cache Valley. The region suffers from winter temperature inversions, which occur when a...
  • Johnny Depp Scores Lowest Wide Release Opening Since 1999

    01/24/2015 6:30:30 PM PST · by Perdogg · 41 replies
    “Mortdecai” is loosely translated into “10 deaths.” That’s an understatement. Johnny Depp’s terrible comedy marks his lowest wide release opening since 1999’s “Astronaut’s Wife”– that’s excluding limited releases of smaller non tentpole movies like “Finding Neverland” (a hit ultimately), “The Libertine” (a disaster), and “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” (a daffodil in the wind, box office wise).
  • Palin 'seriously interested' in 2016 run, adding another big name to growing potential field

    01/24/2015 1:09:28 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 106 replies
    Fox News Channel ^ | January 24, 2015 | Fox News
    Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin is saying she is “seriously interested” in running for president in 2016, injecting some intrigued into next year’s race and the already crowded field of potential GOP candidates.
  • 18 Fantastic Products from SkyMall, America's Final Great Bastion of Innovation

    01/24/2015 10:51:11 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 91 replies
    Yahoo! Tech ^ | January 23, 2015 | Alyssa Bereznak
    On Thursday, the company behind the nearly ubiquitous in-flight catalog SkyMall filed for bankruptcy. As the Wall Street Journal put it, the institution was simply a “victim of evolving rules and technology that now lets airline passengers keep their smartphones and tablets powered up during flight.” For those who spent the majority of their early ’90s flights thumbing through the quarterly magazine, this is a tragedy. Like the mall staple Sharper Image, the catalog pushed the boundaries of absurdity in almost every category of domestic existence. Rather than attempt to fill the space of a practical retailer, the SkyMall catalog enticed you...
  • Dems push automatic IRA bill

    01/24/2015 9:57:28 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/22/2015 | Bernie Becker
    Congressional Democrats are pushing a new bill to make it easier for workers to sock money away in retirement accounts. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) said Thursday that they were introducing legislation that would set up automatic payroll deductions for contributions to Individual Retirement Accounts.
  • Apple's iTunes Radio, Beats, and Others Hit With Unpaid Royalty Suits Over Pre-1972 Music

    01/24/2015 2:58:31 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    MacRumors ^ | Friday January 23, 2015 7:24 AM PST | by Mitchel Broussard
    Following a lengthy lawsuit that pitted Sirius XM Radio against members of classic rock band The Turtles in a fight over royalties for music recordings made before 1972, new class action lawsuits have been filed against Apple, Sony, Google, and Rdio over their streaming music services (via The Recorder). As noted by Law360, Beats Music has also been hit with a suit. According to the suits, filed yesterday by Zenbu Magazines Inc., streaming services like iTunes Radio, Beats, and Google Play Music have been making money off of pre-1972 music recordings without paying any royalties to the owners of the...
  • How Apple wants to remake the classroom

    01/24/2015 2:47:33 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Tech Republic ^ | January 23, 2015, 2:44 AM PST | By Nick Heath
    Apple's VP of education on how ingenuity, online services and deformed frogs helped his son win his science fair and why that matters for our schools. "Steve Jobs saw technology as an amplifier for our intellect" recalls John Couch, who first met Jobs in the early days of Apple. Apple's vice-president of education remembers the then 20-year-old Apple co-founder comparing computing to a bicycle, referencing its power to augment humans' natural abilities. As someone who exposed his children to computers from an early age, Couch claims to have witnessed this multiplier effect firsthand. Jobs gave an Apple II to Couch's...
  • Woman Claims Son’s Suicide Caused By Pasadena Target Store’s ‘Walk Of Shame’

    01/23/2015 1:29:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 160 replies
    A woman is suing Target, alleging her son committed suicide after being forced to take part in a humiliating disciplinary event in front of co-workers and customers at the Pasadena store where he worked as a cashier. ... Her son jumped to his death from the roof of the Courtyard Marriott in Monrovia on July 18, three days after he was required by Target management to take part in what the suit calls a “walk of shame.” According to the complaint, police and store security met Graham Gentles immediately as he arrived for work, and, at the direction of two...
  • 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Truck

    01/23/2015 9:44:54 AM PST · by rktman · 49 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 1/23/20155 | Unknown
    The new 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel brings a one-of-a-kind off-road design to the full-size truck segment. “Offering an off-road-style package on the Ram 1500 has been on our to-do list for some time but the right combination didn’t present itself until now,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, FCA US LLC. “The Rebel drops right into a core segment of the truck market with unique design cues and can-do attitude backed by Ram Truck engineering.
  • Saudi oil policy 'just took turn for the worse'

    01/23/2015 10:47:10 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 29 replies
    CNBC ^ | 01/23/2015 | John Kilduff
    In earlier time, the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud would have rocked the oil market. The succession plan has always pointed in a direction away from U.S. interests and a turn toward an even harder line on Middle East issues. The antipathy toward Iran will be levered up, and the various Sunni-Shia battles will likely see greater escalation. Oil prices have quickly jumped $1.00 per barrel on the news in a knee-jerk reaction to the uncertainty. What is more likely is an even greater commitment to over supplying the market, in attempt to drive out...
  • New Orleans Bans Smoking Pretty Much Everywhere

    01/23/2015 7:12:45 AM PST · by Svartalfiar · 43 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 23, 2015 5:01 am | Elizabeth Harrington
    New Orleans passed a far-reaching smoking ban on Thursday that prohibits lighting up in bars, casinos, private clubs—even in the car while waiting in line at a drive-thru. Claiming there is no “constitutional right” to smoke, the New Orleans City Council unanimously voted to outlaw smoking and electronic cigarettes in indoor and outdoor public places.
  • Jeff Sessions Named Chairman Of Senate Immigration Panel, Renames Panel

    01/23/2015 3:52:21 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | by Matthew Boyle22 Jan 2015 | by Matthew Boyle22 Jan 2015
    That is why I am renaming the subcommittee “Immigration and the National Interest,” as a declaration to the American people that this subcommittee belongs to them. Senator Vitter, a strong voice for the national interest, will be serving as Republican Deputy Chairman. The financial and political elite have been controlling this debate for years; this subcommittee will give voice to those whose voice has been shut out: the voice of the dedicated immigration officers who have been blocked from doing their jobs; the voice of the working families whose wages have been reduced by years of record immigration; the voice...
  • America’s best-selling cars and trucks are built on lies: The rise of fake engine noise

    01/22/2015 12:03:20 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 75 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 21 | Drew Harwell
    The 2015 Ford F-150 plays a muscular engine note through its speakers. Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble — the same style of roar that Americans have associated with auto power and performance for decades. It’s a sham. The engine growl in some of America’s best-selling cars and trucks is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing, boosted through special pipes or digitally faked altogether. And it’s driving car enthusiasts insane.
  • Airbus' Beluga: Giant of the skies set to get even larger

    01/22/2015 8:41:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    The Beluga can carry the wings of an A340 airliner or a fuselage section for Airbus' newest wide-body aircraft, the A350. But it's not large enough to transport many A380 super jumbo parts. Those need to travel by boat, barge and road. With a diameter of 7.1 meters, the Beluga has an incredibly large cargo hold. Though its maximum payload of 47 tons is surpassed by only a handful of cargo aircraft, the hold makes it good for oversized but not particularly heavy cargo. With a diameter of 7.1 meters, the Beluga has an incredibly large cargo hold. Though its...
  • Mac Owners Should Hold Off on New Samsung T1 Flash SSD

    01/22/2015 3:05:41 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    MacObserver's — John Martellaro's Blog ^ | Jan 21st, 2015 | John Martellaro
    On January 20, Samsung announced what appears to be an exceptional new storage product, a one ounce USB 3 external Flash drive, essentially a portable Flash SSD, called the T1. I did some initial testing and the results suggest Mac owners should defer a decision on this new product until more details are sorted out. _____________________ When I received the Samsung Electronics Portable SSD T1 last week for review, I was enthusiastic about reviewing it. After all, a one ounce (actually just 26 grams), fast, external SSD with a 500 GB capacity looked to be a remarkable and useful product....
  • Patent troll targets Apple's Safari, Cover Flow and Time Machine UIs in new lawsuit

    01/22/2015 2:50:52 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | January 21, 2015
    In a new patent lawsuit with the Northern California District Court on Tuesday, so-called "patent troll" TriDim Innovations claims Apple infringed two 3D user interface patents with Safari for iOS 7 and iOS 8, Cover Flow and Time Machine. Cover Flow as seen in Safari 4.0. TriDim, a patent holding firm, (a non-performing entity — Swordmaker) , is asserting two patents against Apple, claiming it has suffered and continues to suffer damages through distribution and sale of iOS 7 and iOS 8 devices running Safari, as well as various implementations of Cover Flow and Time Machine. The suit was spotted...
  • 12 Signs That The Economy Is Really Starting To Bleed Oil Patch Jobs

    01/21/2015 7:17:17 PM PST · by Kartographer · 31 replies
    theeconomiccollapseblog. ^ | 1/20/15 | Michael Snyder
    #1 It is being projected that the U.S. oil rig count will decline by 15 percent in the first quarter of 2015 alone. And when there are less rigs operating, less workers are needed so people get fired. #2 Last week, 55 more oil rigs shut down. That was the largest single week decline in the United States in 24 years. #3 Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes has announced that it plans to lay off 7,000 workers. #4 Schlumberger, a big player in the energy industry, has announced plans to get rid of 9,000 workers. #5 Suncor Energy is eliminating...
  • Recycled Whisky Waste Has £140M Potential ( ... as Fish Food)

    01/21/2015 5:42:03 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | 20th January, 2015 | Melita Kiely
    Recycled whisky waste has £140m potential • The Scotch whisky industry could generate £140 million through recycling whisky wastes into fish feed for Scotland’s fish farming industry and help build a more circular economy. The possibility was highlighted in the Circular Economy Scotland report, which examines how the certain sectors such as oil and gas and the food industry can use their strengths to generate millions of pounds worth of value from materials used in these areas. It suggested the whisky industry could continue to capture heat and electricity from whisky wastes, but biorefining wastes could produce two more products...
  • iPhone 6 hands Apple record share of Samsung's home market

    01/21/2015 4:48:37 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:55am EST | By Se Young Lee
    SEOUL, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Apple Inc is chipping away at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's dominant position in its home turf of South Korea - thanks to its new iPhone 6 series. Apple captured a record 33 percent market share in South Korea in November, the highest ever for a foreign brand, according to a monthly report released by Hong Kong-based market research company Counterpoint on Wednesday. In contrast, Samsung's share slipped to 46 percent after hovering around 60 percent for five months. Apple's gains in South Korea are telling, as November was the first full month that the...
  • 2 million Progressive Snapshot customers may be at risk for car hacking

    01/21/2015 4:41:43 PM PST · by nascarnation · 58 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 1/21/2015 | Pete Bigelow
    It was a mere two months ago that Israeli cyber-security researchers hacked into a device that plugs into the diagnostic port of a car and determined they could remotely control the vehicle from anywhere in the world. At the time, the simulated attack seemed like the automotive version of a canary in a coal mine. If researchers could breach this one device, perhaps other aftermarket products that plug into diagnostic ports were also vulnerable? In short order, another cyber-security firm now reports finding serious flaws in a device used by more than 2 million motorists. Researchers at Florida-based Digital Bond...
  • The bitcoin bubble has burst – but the real excitement is yet to come

    01/21/2015 4:30:58 PM PST · by 9thLife · 23 replies
    Today I want to consider the outlook for bitcoin. 2014 was its worst year on record. It fell by 67%, from $800 to $320 a coin. In doing so, it beat the likes of the Russian rouble and the Ukrainian hryvnia, to the dubious honour of being the world’s worst-performing currency. You know what the world’s best-performing currency was by the way? Nope, not the US dollar, but the Somali shilling. Yup. It surprised me too. Anyway, back to bitcoin… The bursting of the bitcoin bubble So far, 2015 has not been any better than 2014 for bitcoin. At one...
  • Big layoffs planned at eBay [7% of the workforce]

    01/21/2015 2:47:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 01/21/2015 | By Katie Lobosco
    Big layoffs are coming to eBay. The company is planning to slash 2,400 workers across the eBay and PayPal parts of the business. The cuts will impact 7% of the workforce. The layoffs will be made before the end of March. EBay said it was "simplifying organizational structures" in its quarterly earnings released Wednesday. A company spokesperson told CNNMoney that some of the cuts were to unfilled positions, but would not say how many.
  • Low Oil Price Brings Layoffs at Energy Firm Baker Hughes (BHI)

    01/21/2015 2:45:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind
    ABC News ^ | 01/21/2015 | Richard Davies
    Falling gasoline prices may be great for consumers, but they’re tough on energy firms and their workers. The latest layoffs announcement comes from the oilfield services firm Baker Hughes, which plans to cut 7,000 employees — 11 percent of its workforce. Global oil prices have plunged 60 percent since last June, making some drilling operations unprofitable. “While market demand ended up being more resilient in the fourth quarter than many had predicted, the recent declines seen in rig counts will clearly affect results in 2015,” said company CEO Martin Craighead. Speaking to analysts about the layoffs, he said, “This is...
  • American Express Is Slashing 4,000 Jobs

    01/21/2015 2:40:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/21/2015 | AKIN OYEDELE
    American Express will slash 4,000 jobs, even as the company reported that fourth quarter earnings were dented by foreign currency movements. Bloomberg reported that the job cuts are part of a restructuring, and a spokesperson said they will cut across the company. In its earnings release, the company said it is taking a pretax restructuring charge of $313 million to "improve operating efficiencies." After the bell Wednesday, American Express reported that fourth quarter profits rose 11% to $1.45 billion, or $1.39 a share, versus an expected $1.38 per share. Revenues rose to $9.1 billion from $8.5 billion, a 7% increase,...
  • Here's Everything Microsoft Showed Today [Feature Highlights of Windows 10]

    01/21/2015 2:36:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/21/2015 | Matt Rosoff
    Microsoft gathered a bunch of reporters together in its Redmond, Washington, headquarters Wednesday to show off the next version of Windows, Windows 10, which is expected to come out later this year. You can check out our live blog of the event at the bottom of this page, but here were the highlights: * Holograms. The coolest thing was a set of new products that will let people see holographic images. The hardware is called Microsoft HoloLens and looks a lot like Google Glass. There are also software tools within Windows 10 that will let programmers create apps that use...
  • Job Site of the Future: Unmanned Bulldozers and Drones for Routine Construction

    01/21/2015 12:38:39 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 23 replies
    Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | 01/21/2015 | Mike Shedlock
    hy pay an expensive bulldozer driver for foundation work when a drone from the sky paired with an unmanned bulldozer on the ground can compute 3-D plans and do the job better and faster? Construction workers move over. You are next to be unneeded, unwanted, and unloved. The Wall Street Journal reports Drones’ Next Job: Construction Work. Construction-equipment maker Komatsu Ltd. has plans to solve a potential shortage of construction workers in Japan: Let drones and driverless bulldozers do part of the work. Tokyo-based Komatsu said Tuesday it plans to use unmanned aircraft, bulldozers and excavators to automate much of...
  • Orange County Choppers rolls out an NRA-themed custom bike at SHOT Show

    01/21/2015 9:31:01 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    www.nrablog.com ^ | 1/21/2015 | Lars Dalseide
    Las Vegas, Nevada - One thing you you’re sure to find at every SHOT Show is something new. A new trigger, new barrel, or new gun to set the shooting world on fire. Or, in the case of the National Rifle Association, a new bike. Designed by the world class production crew over at Orange County Choppers, the NRA debuted an OCC-styled Pro Street bike with bullet-like appearance adorned in a matte gunmetal and black paint job on SHOT Show 2015’s opening day . Donated by Century Arms, the bike is adorned with the NRA seal, Century Arms emblem, and...
  • Chicago tops the 2014 Bed Bug Cities List for the third year in a row.

    01/21/2015 9:08:47 AM PST · by dennisw · 12 replies
    abc7chicago.com ^ | jan 21 2015
    Chicago tops the 2014 Bed Bug Cities List for the third year in a row. The list, released by pest control company Orkin, ranks the cities by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2014. Bed bugs were in the news throughout 2014 in the Windy City, with reports of the blood-sucking insects on public transit and inside several downtown office buildings, as well as in police headquarters, a fire station, school, library and movie theater. Seven cities made double-digit jumps on Orkin's Bed Bug Cities List compared to 2013, including Omaha, Neb. (+16), Lexington,...
  • The original Apple Watch, circa 1995 (Video at site)

    01/21/2015 2:35:21 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Mashable ^ | January 20, 2015 | By Samantha Murphy Kelly
    The Apple Watch may be the most anticipated tech product to launch this year, but the company's first stab at the watch market dates back 20 years. Most fans probably don't remember the original Apple Watch. It wasn't a real product for consumers; Apple created a limited number as a promotional freebie for Macintosh users who upgraded to Mac OS 7.5 software. The upcoming high-tech Apple Watch will connect with the iPhone via Bluetooth; the first "Apple Watch" came with scratch resistant glass, a blue bezel, a colorful Apple logo and "Mac OS" emblazoned on the wristband. YouTube user Jonathan...
  • Oil/Immigration Accord

    01/20/2015 10:45:30 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 3 replies
    me | 01/20/2005 | me
    Does anyone recall an accord that states that every nation importing oil from opec, the bulk of which comes from the middle east, must allow a certain number of muslim immigrants into their nation. I first read of this maybe 8 to 10 years ago. I do not know if it was true. That is why I am seeking it now, to verify.
  • Once Again,No Mention Of The Debt And Affordable Health-Care For All Americans.

    01/20/2015 7:41:31 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 9 replies
    And we all know that the debt is one of the three most important factors of The State Of The Union. Obama spoke of all of these wonderful things he wants to do over the next few years, mainly free stuff! Yet he never mentioned the overwhelming debt that will eventually collapse the system by 2016. He never brought up the success of his health-care plan. Never mentioned that thanks to him, every household has access to affordable health-care and every household is Saving $2500.00 a year !!
  • Tanning salon or abortuary – which one gets inspected more?

    01/20/2015 7:00:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | January 19, 2015 | Charlie Butts
    An Illinois pro-life group is calling for lawmakers to correct a wrong related to abortion clinics. Though state law requires the health department to inspect abortion mills anytime it deems necessary, Emily Zender of Illinois Right to Life tells OneNewsNow it is "appalling how the Illinois Department of Public Health can look the other way while Illinois' abortion clinics are providing substandard medical care." "We have found that on average, 40 percent of the clinics in Illinois have gone between 14 and 17 years without a health inspection," she reports. "And abortion clinics in Illinois are only being inspected an...
  • Single, most uninspiring SOTU speech ever (ever)

    01/20/2015 6:50:16 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 51 replies
    Every Major Television Network | 1/20/14 | Osomeone
    Oh my goodness. Worst. Speech. Ever. Terrible. Obama didn't reach out, and didn't define anything about democrats or Washington, to inspire anyone. GOP you have your opportunity.
  • Criminalizing America: System Error

    01/20/2015 1:34:50 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 15 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 1-20-15 | Cara Sullivan
    Watch this entrepreneur explain how he was targeted and raided by the federal government for breaking a law, despite language in the law that explicitly said he was acting legally. Bradford Councilman had a business, Interloc, Inc., that utilized an internet database for customers to upload their inventory of rare and out-of-print books while other customers could search the database for books they could not find elsewhere. One day, armed federal agents burst into Councilman’s office and forced him to wait while they searched the premises. The government charged him with creating a separate copy of an email every time...
  • Obama's New State Of The Union Tax Hike On Middle Class 529 College Savers

    01/20/2015 12:00:23 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/19/2015 | Ryan Ellis
    Hoping to dominate the narrative on a holiday weekend and on the eve of the annual “State of the Union” speech, the Obama White House late Saturday night leaked some of the new tax ideas in their upcoming budget. One tax hike in particular was very odd, since it’s aimed almost exclusively at middle class families with kids–the exact demographic the goodies in the tax plan is targeting. The levy in question would increase taxes on college savings accounts known as “529 plans” (after their section in the Internal Revenue Code). By definition, these accounts are really only used by...
  • So, if there's an oil glut...

    01/20/2015 10:59:16 AM PST · by LouAvul · 32 replies
    ...and oil field workers are complaining at dropping gas prices...why did gas per gallon go up thirteen cents a gallon here in OK?
  • Obama Has Two More Years Left to Destroy the U.S.

    01/20/2015 8:42:04 AM PST · by rktman · 36 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 1/20/2015 | Alan Caruba
    Obama now has two more years in which to try to destroy the U.S. economy; particularly its manufacturing and energy sectors. The extent to which he is putting in place the means to do that still remains largely unreported or under-reported in terms of the threat it represents. The vehicle for the nation’s destruction is the greatest hoax of the modern era, the claim that global warming must be avoided by reducing “greenhouse gas” emissions.
  • Chris Kyle’s Widow Overwhelmed By ‘American Sniper’ Success, Elites Unhappy

    01/19/2015 8:31:08 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/19/2015 | Derek Hunter
    In spite of the vitriol spewed toward the movie “American Sniper,” Americans flocked to see the Clint Eastwood biopic of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in record numbers. The previous record for a movie opening on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend was set last year by “Ride Along,” which opened with $41 million. “American Sniper” is estimated to have more than doubled that, bringing in an astounding $90.2 million.
  • The Swiss National Bank is 48% Privately Owne, No Wonder They De-pegged from the Euro

    01/19/2015 8:23:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 01/19/2015 | BY CULLEN ROCHE
    Here’s something I didn’t know about the Swiss National Bank: “Many economists believe that balance sheet losses are irrelevant for a central bank, so they should play no role in policy. But the SNB is 45 per cent owned by private shareholders, many of whom are individuals, who receive dividends from the SNB. The rest is owned by the cantons, which have been complaining recently about insufficient cash transfers from the SNB.This ownership structure contrasts sharply with most other central banks, which are in effect government departments, wholly owned by the treasury and therefore the taxpayer. The Swiss set-up makes...
  • Senator Cruz on tax reform: Abolish the IRS

    01/18/2015 5:23:37 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 50 replies
    1/18/2015 | johnwk
     SEE: Cruz: Abolish the IRS January 13th , 2015 ”Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that Republicans should take advantage of their control of Congress to abolish the Internal Revenue Service. “We need to pass fundamental tax reform making our tax code simpler, flatter, fairer,” he said Monday at Heritage Action’s 2015 conservative policy summit. ”And I’ll tell you, the single most important tax reform, we should abolish the IRS.” What is discouraging is, the above article goes on to say that Senator Ted Cruz ”… acknowledged it’s not really possible to abolish the IRS or adopt a flat tax...
  • Sarah Palin on Potential Romney ’16 Run: ‘We Need New Blood’ ... (Hello Sarah, this means you)

    01/18/2015 5:04:15 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 70 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | by Tony Lee15 Jan 2015 | by Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wants failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney to get off the stage as Romney, the career candidate, seriously considers a third run White House run.
  • 'American Sniper' Is On Track To Break Records

    01/17/2015 7:16:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/18/2015 | Zach Noble
    The Clint Eastwood-directed “American Sniper” raked in $30.5 million in its wide-release debut Friday, putting it on track to earn up to $80 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, the Hollywood Reporter trumpeted Saturday. That could put the war movie on track for the biggest January opening ever. Over at Forbes, Scott Mendelson offered some context: Going into yesterday, the biggest opening weekend for a movie Clint Eastwood directed and/or starred in is Gran Torino, which opened in wide release in January 2009 with $29.5 million. The biggest January debut weekend was Ride Along, which earned $48m over...
  • Apple's iBooks Platform Seeing 1 Million New Users Per Week After iOS 8

    01/17/2015 10:20:45 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Mac Rumors ^ | 1/17/15 | Juli Clover
    Apple's iBooks platform is seeing an average of a million new users per week after the company's decision to ship iOS 8 with the app pre-installed, according to Apple Director of iBooks Keith Moerer, who spoke today at the Digital Book World Conference. efore iOS 8, the iBooks app had to be searched for and downloaded from the App Store, putting it on par with several other App Store-based e-books apps like Amazon's Kindle app for iOS. Pre-installing iBooks made it "so easy" for new users to try iBooks for the first time, said Moerer. Family Sharing, also new in...
  • I Know Apple. And You, Xiaomi, Are No Apple

    01/16/2015 11:11:53 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 42 replies
    MacObserver ^ | Jan 16th, 2015 7:20 PM EST | By Bryan Chaffin
    Remember when Samsung was the new Apple? Well, that little bit of wishful thinking has run its current course, and now it's time for the next "new Apple." It's a company called Xiaomi, and you may have seen all kinds of coverage on the company's new (supposed) iPhone-killer, the Xiaomi Mi Note. This device is a sleek beauty with specs that best many of the specs in the iPhone 6 plus. And it's cheap, at roughly $370 in China. The iPhone 6 Plus is roughly a grand. Here's a promo video for the device: You Tube of the Xiaomi Mi...
  • 'It has become a tainted situation': NBC firmly shuts door on Bill Cosby as execs admit number of al

    01/16/2015 7:06:16 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 January 2015 | By Associated Press
    The door is firmly shut to Bill Cosby's return to NBC, the network's top entertainment executive said Friday. 'That's safe to say,' NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said Friday when asked if the network would ever again do a project with Cosby, who 30 years ago was the sitcom king with the network's 'The Cosby Show.' NBC's decision to sever ties with the 77-year-old comedian comes in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual assault against him, two lawsuits and a complaint to Los Angeles police earlier this week from a woman who says the comedian sexually abused her in...
  • Acura 2015 RDX Drive Like A Boss

    01/16/2015 6:15:05 PM PST · by shove_it · 52 replies
    This is a commercial ad of Acura. This commercial was released in January 2015 in United States. Under the title of “Acura 2015 RDX Drive Like A Boss”. It was made by Mullen, Los Angeles advertising agency. The commercial song is Rapture by Chelsea Ranger. This song was produced specifically for the commercial and unfortunately, it is not available to purchase or download on any music sites. Thus, I am not able to get any information about this song. The original version of “Rapture” is a song that was released on January 12th 1981 for American rock band Blondie. Here,...
  • Former Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton to reopen as…abortion clinic, headed by ‘trans man’

    01/16/2015 4:00:13 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Fri Jan 16, 2015 | Pete Baklinski
    The former Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick — closed since July — has received a name change and a new director and will reopen shortly for business as usual as a “family practice” that offers a “full-scope of reproductive care, including abortions.” Clinic 554’s new director is Dr. Adrian Edgar, a “transguy” who specializes not only in the killing of pre-born children in their mother’s womb, but also in offering people who identify as LGBTQ “primary care services.” On top of abortion and offering a full range of contraceptive services, the clinic is “excited” to offer “transgender, gender variant,...
  • University of California Pension Costs Force Tuition Increase

    01/16/2015 1:02:35 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 1-16-15 | Ben Wilterdink
    Time and time again, California proves itself to be a what-not-to-do handbook for states looking to responsibly balance their budgets. This reputation was clearly on display by the University of California Board of Regents’ decision to increase the cost of tuition by 25 percent over the next five years. The increased tuition won’t be going to make improvements for students but rather will almost certainly go directly into funding for UC’s underfunded and mismanaged pension system. The University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP) is facing a major shortfall. In making sure that it is funded adequately enough to pay current...