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  • Completely Clandestine CLIO Climbs through Clouds to Orbit on Mystery Mission

    09/17/2014 7:17:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    Under a veil of secrecy for an unknown US government customer, the clouds cleared just enough to finally launch CLIO on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V booster at 8:10 p.m. EDT September 16, 2014 from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. A series of ugly thunderstorms with a deluge of rain shows repeatedly passed by the launch pad forcing a weather related delay from the initial daylight launch time of 5:44 p.m. Normally, even the highly secretive US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) claims ownership of their satellites named with what seems to be a...
  • Apple releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 with Safari 7.0.6

    09/17/2014 6:42:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 · 8:45 pm ·
    Apple releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 with Safari 7.0.6 Apple has released OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Update which is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. This update: • Improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication • Improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server • Includes Safari 7.0.6 For detailed information about this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6400 For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 [Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers "Fred Mertz" and "Lynn Weiler" for the heads...
  • Sarah Palin Shares Her Sweaty Pictures For Free (Not what you think)

    09/17/2014 5:34:26 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 17 replies
    YAHOO.COM ^ | 17 SEPTEMBER 2014 | Rosalyn Oshmyansky
    Sarah Palin is not ashamed of her sweat. Former Governor of Alaska and reality star Sarah Palin is certainly no stranger to the paparazzi, but it can be a little rough running into when you’re leaving the gym. But she knows how to brush it off. After the 50-year-old encountered photogs following a hot yoga session when she was "drowning in sweat," she decided to share the pictures herself.
  • Apple rolls out iOS 8 to iPhone, iPad users: Here's how to get it

    09/17/2014 11:09:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 09/17/14 | Zack Whittaker
    After first displayed publicly at its annual developer conference in June, Apple has finally released iOS 8 for iPhones and iPads. Just days before the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant opens its retail stores to sell the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, existing smartphone and tablet users can upgrade to the latest mobile operating system.
  • Tons Of College Students Are Now Crowdfunding Their Tuition On The Internet

    09/17/2014 11:04:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/17/2014
    Courtesy of Cassie WesselyCassie on campus at Vanderbilt.People have turned to crowdfunding sites to raise money for all kinds of projects, from the latest tech gadget to recovery efforts after a tragedy.Now, college students are turning to sites like GoFundMe, Pigit, and Zerobound to raise funds to cover tuition, living expenses, books, and other school supplies. According to GoFundMe, the number of education-focused campaigns on its site has risen dramatically in recent years. The number of GoFundMe campaigns specifically mentioning "tuition" has risen 4,547% from 2011 to 2014. In 2013, 41,683 GoFundMe campaigns raised a combined $4.63 million toward educational costs. So far in 2014,...
  • Senators take aim at NFL’s tax benefits

    09/17/2014 9:42:55 AM PDT · by illiac · 41 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 9/17/14 | MarketWatch
    The National Football League’s had a tough first three weeks of the season. The league made the news again Tuesday when New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat, introduced legislation that would put an end to the league’s tax-exempt status. Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington, also reportedly plans to introduce legislation eliminating the league’s status. While Booker was pushed by the league’s handling of players involved with domestic violence, Cantwell is looking at the the NFL’s lack of force to get Washington to change its highly criticized name. Cantwell, also former chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee...
  • Peter Thiel on Twitter and pot, Google, Uber and gay CEOs

    09/17/2014 8:36:13 AM PDT · by illiac · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9/17/14 | Matthew J Belvedere
    Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel is famously outspoken and sharp-tongued, and on CNBC on Wednesday he did not disappoint. In a "Squawk Box" interview.Thiel trashed Twitter, Uber and Apple, among others, "Twitter is hard to evaluate. They have a lot of potential. It's a horribly mismanaged company—probably a lot of pot-smoking going on there. But it's such a solid franchise it may even work with all that," the co-founder of PayPal and early Facebook investor said.
  • Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

    09/17/2014 4:45:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 4:03 AM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot. To get their message across, they are skewering some of the old Drug War-era ads that focused on the fears of marijuana, including the famous “This is your brain on drugs” fried-egg ad from the 1980s. […] “So far, every campaign designed to educate the public about marijuana has relied on fear-mongering and insulting marijuana users,” said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s...
  • A US Court Threw Out VirnetX's $368 Million Patent Infringement Award Against Apple

    09/17/2014 1:58:45 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 16, 2014 | Staff
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a jury order requiring Apple Inc to pay VirnetX Holding Corp $368.2 million in damages for infringing four patents concerning technology for providing security over the Internet. Shares of VirnetX plunged as much as 59.8 percent after the decision by the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington. The company and its lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Apple had appealed a November 2012 jury finding that it infringed VirnetX's patents for virtual private network, or VPN, technology through the FaceTime feature on its iPhone, iPod Touch and...
  • UN study denies climate protection precludes growth

    09/16/2014 3:10:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09/16/2014 | [cjc/sri (Reuters, AFP)]
    At the crossroads of ecology and economy, an international panel said Tuesday investments in climate protection could also bolster growth. “It is possible to tackle global climate change and it is possible to have economic growth at the same time,” said Mexico’s former president, Felipe Calderón, who introduced a report compiled by former heads of state, business figures and economists. Unlike past studies that have centered on the risks of inaction, the report sought to allay many people’s fears that aggressive climate protection could undermine jobs and economic growth. It said while a pivot to clean energy from fossil fuels...
  • Clear Channel renamed iHeartMedia

    09/16/2014 2:22:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 11:35 AM EDT
    Clear Channel, the largest radio station operator in the U.S., says it has renamed itself iHeartMedia to reflect its transformation into a multi-platform media company that includes iHeartRadio, its digital radio service. […] The name change reflects the company’s shifting focus to its digital brand as it faces competition from popular music streaming services like Pandora and Spotify. …
  • Anheuser-Busch ‘disappointed’ in NFL

    09/16/2014 1:22:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 4:11 PM EDT
    Anheuser-Busch, one of the NFL’s biggest sponsors, says it isn’t happy with the recent controversy that has engulfed the league. […] The league has come under fire for its handling of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s assault of his then-fiancée. The Minnesota Vikings have also been criticized for allowing Adrian Peterson to play while he faces a charge of abuse for spanking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. …
  • Legalized Highway Robbery – How the Government can Seize the Property of Innocent Americans

    09/16/2014 2:07:00 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 23 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-15-14 | Cara Sullivan
    Last week, The Washington Post published “Stop and Seize,” a three-part series chronicling the government’s seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from Americans not charged with a crime. Asset forfeiture laws are designed to protect the public and deter crime by taking property gained through criminal activity. However, criminals are not the only ones who have their property confiscated. According to The Washington Post, since 2001, police have seized $2.5 billion in cash from people who were never charged with a crime. Law enforcement must retain their ability to prevent criminals from bearing the fruits of criminal...
  • Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

    09/16/2014 1:43:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 3:05 PM EDT | Kevin Begos
    The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania. The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies. Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests...
  • Rare Earth Metals Were Supposed To Be The 'Can't-Lose' Investment — Look How That Turned Out

    09/16/2014 9:53:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/16/2014 | Myles Udland
    Shares of rare earth mining company Molycorp are down more than 70% in 2014. But the decline of Molycorp began quickly and brutally in 2011. Molycorp went public in July 2010 at $14 per share, right as the price of rare earth minerals started to take off. The price of Molycorp shares quintupled within a year, and peaked at $74 in 2011. But over the last three years, the stock has been on a steady march towards $0. The 2010 surge in rare earth prices prompted ZeroHedge to write: "Ever heard of the oxides of Lanthanum, Cerium, Neodymium, Praseodymium and/or...
  • Oil tanker sizes range from general purpose to ultra-large crude carriers on AFRA scale

    09/16/2014 5:56:37 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    The global crude oil and refined product tanker fleet uses a classification system to standardize contract terms, establish shipping costs, and determine the ability of ships to travel into ports or through certain straights and channels. This system, known as the Average Freight Rate Assessment (AFRA) system, was established by Royal Dutch Shell six decades ago, and is overseen by the London Tanker Brokers' Panel (LTBP), an independent group of shipping brokers. AFRA uses a scale that classifies tanker vessels according to deadweight tons, a measure of a ship's capacity to carry cargo. The approximate capacity of a ship in...
  • Teenager from India invents device that can convert breath to speech

    09/16/2014 2:59:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 09/15/14 | Bec Crew
    A high school student from India has invented a device that can convert a person’s breath into speech, to give millions of people around the world suffering from speech impediment a 'voice' for the first time.
  • Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

    09/16/2014 1:53:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09/10/14 | NICK BILTON
    “So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” I’m sure I responded with a gasp and dumbfounded silence. I had imagined the Jobs’s household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow. Nope, Mr. Jobs told me, not even close....
  • Microsoft agrees to $2.5-billion deal to purchase 'Minecraft'

    09/15/2014 7:59:44 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/15/2014 | Paresh Dave
    Microsoft Corp. plans to spend $2.5 billion to buy what it called the most popular online game on Xbox, the building adventure title "Minecraft." “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft," Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive, said in a statement Monday. The purchase of the game maker Stockholm, Sweden-based Mojang is expected to close late this year. Compared with Microsoft's blockbuster "Halo" franchise, "Minecraft" should give the company a younger audience to...
  • The League wants to be dating app for The Elite

    09/15/2014 6:59:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 13, 2014 | Natalie Kitroeff
    Is Tinder not selective enough for you? Is OkCupid turning up dates that don't meet your standards? If so, you might want to look into The League, a new dating app recently released by a Stanford business school graduate. "You're smart, good-looking & successful. You don't need a dating app to get a date - you're too popular as it is. But you should join The League," reads the app's website. The site invites users to download the app and join the waiting list for its "private alpha." Once live, it promises to exclude all of the chaff you'd find...
  • Andrew Kay, inventor who developed the Kaypro II compact computer, dies at 95

    09/15/2014 4:22:56 PM PDT · by bigbob · 31 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9-14-14 | Steve Chawkins
    Andrew Kay, an inventor who pioneered the use of compact computers in the 1980s with Kaypro II, died Aug. 28 at an assisted living home in Vista, Calif. He was 95. His son, David Kay, confirmed the death. The cause was not disclosed. The Kaypro II weighed in at a mere 26 pounds, which is elephantine by today’s standards but was a technological breakthrough at the time. It was a favorite of early computer aficionados and briefly made Mr. Kay a high-tech titan. By 1990, he had filed for bankruptcy protection. Mr. Kay was a charismatic inventor who scoffed at...
  • Looking for CrowdFunding Advice

    09/15/2014 1:09:08 PM PDT · by lafroste · 37 replies
    9/15/14 | lafroste
    Does anyone here have any experience with crowd funding? In order to finish the development of my new product, I need to raise approximately $65,000 to finish, prototype, and produce an initial product run of 100 units. I have already built the entire machine, minus the magnetics necessary to power it. I would like to try crowdfunding since I cannot find any other venues for funding. Does anyone have suggestions or experiences with this strategy? Thanks for any advice received!
  • Time Warner Cable to televise final six Dodgers games on local TV

    09/15/2014 11:56:15 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 15, 2014 | Meg James
    Time Warner Cable has agreed to broadcast the final week of the Los Angeles Dodgers' regular season baseball on local broadcast station KDOC. The move -- in a show of goodwill to Los Angeles area baseball fans -- enables millions of viewers throughout the region to watch the final six games of the regular season. The Dodgers are locked in a tight race to clinch the National League West Division title.
  • Warner Bros. Sues New York Bar For Playing 80-Year Old Song

    09/15/2014 9:32:57 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 85 replies
    TF ^ | 8/29/2014 | TF
    Warner Bros. has filed a lawsuit against a small bar from Amityville, New York, for playing one of their songs without permission. The track in question is not a recent pop song, but the 80-year old love song "I Only Have Eyes for You" which first appeared in Warner's 1934 movie "Dames." giacomoMany bars, pubs and restaurants like to entertain their guests with live music, with bands often playing covers of recent hits or golden oldies. As with all music that’s performed in public, the bar owners are required to pay the royalties, even if there are just handful of...
  • Texas Clinics Cut Ties With Planned Parenthood After Losing Taxpayer Funding

    09/15/2014 7:48:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Abortion is not health care and a handful of Texas-based clinic affiliated with the Planned Parenthood abortion business have found that out the hard way. The Planned Parenthood abortion business is the biggest abortion company in the United States. It runs hundreds of clinics across America — some of which do surgical abortions, some dispense the dangerous abortion pill RU 486, and all clinics refer women for abortions (and not to any clinics that provide women with abortion alternatives). plannedparenthood129Because every Planned Parenthood clinic either does or refers for abortions, pro-life elected officials in Congress and a number of states...
  • The miniature radio that could link the Internet of Things

    09/14/2014 8:33:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | David Nield —
    It could help another wave of devices connect up to “The Internet of Things” and beam data back to the Web. The smart homes of the future require gadgets that can communicate with the Internet as well as with each other. As technology such as this ant-sized radio gets cheaper and more lightweight, it can be built into more devices — the team behind the new invention is hoping that it can help push innovation in wearables and smart hardware. “The next exponential growth in connectivity will be connecting objects together and giving us remote control through the Web,” says...
  • World’s first 3D-printed car unveiled in Chicago

    09/14/2014 6:46:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    whnt.com ^ | 06:25pm, September 14, 2014 | Jake Reed
    The concept of Strati began just six months ago, before being brought to the showroom floor of the International Manufacturing Technology Show. Attendees got a first-hand look at the body of the car being printed layer by layer over a 44-hour period. Then, the non-printable parts, like the engine, lights and glass windshield were added. The top speed of the Strati is 40 miles per hour and a range of 120 miles on one charge. Rogers says the initial retail cost will start at $18,000 and go upwards of $30,000. However, when it comes time for a change, many of...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, September 14th, 2014.

    09/14/2014 5:03:07 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 91 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunay, September 14th, 2014 | Tom Gresham
    ~~ Come on in and shoot the breeze! ~~ Welcome to Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio Network, the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, shooting and gun rights. Tune in on Sundays, 08:00-11:00pm EST, and give us a call at 1-866-825-5486.
  • Oil smuggling, theft, extortion: How ISIS earns $3M a day

    09/14/2014 10:47:11 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | 09/14/2014 | AP
    <p>Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.</p>
  • Another Side Of The Story Emerges For The Sarah Palin Family Brawl (pretty good)

    09/14/2014 5:52:47 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 33 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 9/14/14 | images via People.com, Business Insider, Barracuda Brigade, and My Veteran
    According to the source close to the Palins, that is not what happened. He said that the problem began with Cleary engaging in some unnamed “questionable behavior,” after which he tried to get into the Hummer. Four men “piled on” top of Track. Seeing his son involved in a one-against-four battle, Todd Palin joined in, presumably to get the guys off of his kid. That was how he ended up being bloodied up. Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1473833/another-side-of-the-story-emerges-for-the-sarah-palin-family-brawl/#cvKSyq26Y5DRwM4Q.99
  • Minnesota’s largest high school ditches Michelle O’s lunch rules

    09/13/2014 7:52:18 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 17 replies
    EAGnews ^ | 9/12/14 | Victor Skinner
    Another reason the school is ditching the federal lunch rules is because much of the “healthy” food – such as the mandatory fruit or vegetables – ended up in the trash, anyway.
  • Cecile Richards complains about over-the-counter birth control plan

    09/12/2014 5:52:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Live action ^ | Cassy Fiano
    Abortion advocates have long been pushing for birth control and emergency contraceptives to be sold over-the-counter. According to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, some politicians are trying to make the birth control pill available without health insurance and over-the-counter. But rather than being excited about this, Richards has written an op-ed for CNN explaining about how bad this will be for women. So when politicians who have otherwise embraced policies that would drag women back to the 1950s suggest making birth control available over the counter instead of covering it in insurance plans, they’re not experiencing a change of heart....
  • Check Out These Clydesdales' Tribute to 9/11

    09/12/2014 3:54:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9-11-14 | Katherine Rodriguez
    If you're looking for a heartwarming advertisement about 9/11, look no further than this throwback ad from Budweiser in 2002. The ad shows several Clydesdale horses crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and other scenes before the horses kneel down before a scene of New York City. The ad was only shown once during the 2002 Super Bowl, but boy did it make an impact. Here's a little more background on the ad from the St. Louis-based company AB Global Creative: “We filmed in New York City. We had a helicopter going over the Brooklyn Bridge. Mayor Guiliani let us into the...
  • Brussels Anti-Green Purge – New EU Leaders Neuter Green Lobby

    09/12/2014 2:32:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    From Benny Peiser and The GWPF – [Conservative MEP] Miguel Arias Canete, Spain’s former agriculture and environment minister, was nominated as the European Union’s next commissioner for climate and energy, becoming the first single supervisor of those two policy areas. The new commission will take office as energy policy is moving up the EU agenda amid a crisis in Ukraine, the transit country for around half of Russian natural gas to Europe, and the unrest in Middle East. –Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg 10 September 2014 Jean-Claude Juncker’s decision to group EU commissioners into teams serving under a vice-president has been...
  • A Few Words About Reclining Airline Seats

    09/12/2014 11:47:15 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 68 replies
    Reason ^ | Steve Chapman | September 8, 2014
    Face it, people: You've made it clear you want a low price more than you want comfort, so this airline has provided it. Good morning. This is your captain. We'll be cruising today at an altitude of 30,000 feet, and we expect to arrive at our destination on time. Then we'll spend 45 minutes on the tarmac waiting for a gate to open up, because apparently, the airport folks had no idea we were coming. Our flight crew will be coming through the cabin shortly to offer you a choice of lukewarm beverages along with a tiny chemical-infused snack that...
  • America, 2014: The Land of Entitlements

    09/12/2014 10:06:47 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12 September 2014 | David Long
    Earlier this week I had lunch with a CPA client of mine to talk with him about increasing the number of his small business clients who provide medical insurance plans to their employees. Everything I recount herein is from him; I am not making this up. His answer and the reasoning behind his answer were stunning to me. In my naivety, I hadn’t even dreamed that I would hear anything like what he was about to tell me.
  • Running government like a business.

    09/12/2014 9:10:06 AM PDT · by ugafan · 12 replies
    I'm trying to answer a simple question. If the government was run by mostly business people rather than mostly lawyers and career politicians what would be the result? Would business experts improve things overall? Or would business experts just acclimate to business as usual in Washington or even be worse than lawyers and career politicians?
  • Here's Apple Pay in Action (video) [and replacing min-wage clerk jobs]

    09/12/2014 8:03:39 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 36 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 9/9/14 | TechCrunch
    At 1:40, demonstrates using an iPhone to bypass a fast-food cashier entirely: open app, recognizes you're at a restaurant, shows the menu, you pick what you want, tap "Pay", authorize with fingerprint on phone, go to food pickup window.
  • NARAL Lobbies GoFundMe to Allow Women to Crowdfund Their Abortions

    09/11/2014 9:43:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    Life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    NARAL is not happy that crowdfunding website GoFundMe has taken down a woman’s attempt to crowdfund her abortion and is prohibiting future attempts for people to use its service to raise money to kill their unborn children. LifeNews.com broke the story last week about a woman named Bailey who was using the crowdfunding web site GoFundMe to raise money for her abortion. GoFundMe eventually made public a response to why it shut the attempt down. baileyNow, one of the biggest pro-abortion groups in the country is upset and has started a lobbying campaign to get its members to pressure GoFundMe...
  • (Video Link) Automated Conveyor Belt Sushi, Or, Why $15 Minimum Wage Will Doom Fast Food Workers

    09/11/2014 7:28:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Chonday ^ | Peter Barakan
    Conveyor Belt Sushi, Japan A dining concept that lets you pick from a wide range of one of Japan's best-known foods. NOTE: Click on the referenced link to watch the video. P.S. This technology will doom the SEIU/$15.00 minimum wage movement.
  • Beautiful mansion is Detroit's biggest sale in at least a decade

    09/11/2014 6:07:08 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 8 replies
    Yahoo Homes ^ | September 10, 2014 | Ilyce R. Glink
    Detroit has recorded its biggest home sale in a long, long time. The historic and still-beautiful Alfred J. Fisher mansion sold to an anonymous all-cash buyer for $1.6 million, more than any Detroit home in recent memory, according to the Detroit Free Press. That might not sound like much, but this is a city where thousands of homes have been razed because they couldn’t be sold for anything. Detroit hasn't seen a sale price like that for at least a decade. The home has 15 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, an indoor pool, a ballroom and 2 acres of landscaped grounds in...
  • EPA Proposed Regulation Would Significantly Hurt Access to Electricity

    09/11/2014 1:15:30 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 9 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-11-14 | John Eick
    When talking about energy and environmental policy, it is a bit troublesome to watch just how recklessly big-government environmentalists unfairly and erroneously accuse individuals and organizations of the pro-free market persuasion of being “climate deniers.” Instead of engaging in thoughtful, substantive discussion, many of these environmental activists oftentimes resort to this tactic of public shaming in order to eliminate debate and to bully individuals and groups into supporting an ever-expansive federal regulatory scheme. There is a key distinction between climate change denial and having major concerns with a proposed EPA regulation that would place a significant financial burden on the...
  • U.S. weekly jobless claims rise unexpectedly (Unexpectedly)

    09/11/2014 7:07:37 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 11, 2014 | Chicago Tribune
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but that probably does not signal a material shift in labor market conditions as claims remain near their pre-recession levels. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-us-weekly-jobless-claims-rise-unexpectedly-20140911-story.html?track=rss
  • For 90% Of Americans: There Has Been No Recovery

    09/11/2014 7:03:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Street Talk Live ^ | 09/11/2014 | Lance Roberts
    Every three years the Federal Reserve releases a survey of consumer finances that is a stockpile of data on everything from household net worth to incomes. The 2013 survey confirms statements I have made previously regarding the Fed's monetary interventions leaving the majority of Americans behind: "While the ongoing interventions by the Federal Reserve have certainly boosted asset prices higher, the only real accomplishment has been a widening of the wealth gap between the top 10% of individuals that have dollars invested in the financial markets and everyone else. What monetary interventions have failed to accomplish is an increase in production...
  • D.C. is the Wild West when enforcing tickets for traffic violators, audit finds

    09/10/2014 8:11:27 PM PDT · by dennisw · 13 replies
    washingtonpost. ^ | September 8 | Ashley Halsey III
    In Washington, D.C., where issuing traffic citations is a $179 million-a-year business, drivers get speeding tickets for violations they donÂ’t commit and for vehicles theyÂ’ve never owned. Those are among the findings in a 115-page audit of the three city agencies that issued nearly 2.5 million parking and traffic tickets in fiscal 2013, according to a withering report issued Monday by the D.C. inspector general. The report portrays the District as the Wild West of traffic enforcement when compared with neighboring jurisdictions and the states, with a shortage of regulations, a legion of ticket writers often confused about the rules,...
  • The Blue States’ Economic Paradox

    09/10/2014 2:11:07 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    /amregister ^ | 9-10-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    Blue states have a problem. Although there are some recently notable exceptions, most vehemently oppose cutting taxes, favoring instead a tax-and-spend or top-down redistribution approach. They require high taxes to finance the pet projects they believe the market is too short-sighted to support, like Solyndra. At the same time, however, these big government states try to pursue goals of economic growth, even if they believe the best way to achieve growth is through central economic planning rather than free markets. Overwhelming economic evidence demonstrates that the best way to achieve robust economic growth is when citizens are able to save,...
  • RadioShack restructuring begins to takes shape

    09/10/2014 1:54:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Thoubled electronics retailer RadioShack Corp's shares have lost nearly a third of their value since brokerage Wedbush Securities said on Tuesday the company could file for bankruptcy soon, making the stock worthless by the end of this year. The stock fell as much as 20 percent to 76 cents on Wednesday, adding to a 23 percent plunge on Tuesday. "Our price target reflects our expectation that creditors will force a reorganization and wipe out RadioShack's equity," Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter wrote in a note. Pachter, rated four stars out of five by StarMine for the accuracy of his calls on...
  • Windows 8.1 continues to inch along: Progress is still coming at a snail's pace.

    09/10/2014 10:24:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    C/NET ^ | 09/10/2014 | Lance Whitney
    <p>Windows 8.1 carved out more of the desktop OS market last month, though its progress remains slow.</p> <p>For the month of August, Windows 8.1 eked out a 7.09 percent market share based on all the desktop OS traffic seen by Web tracker Net Applications. That number was up slightly from 6.56 percent in July, 6.61 percent in June, and 6.35 percent in May. Still in use among many people, Windows 8 scored 6.28 percent of the market last month.</p>
  • Obama rejected: Top golf courses say no to his Labor Day play requests

    09/10/2014 8:07:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 10, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    At least three elite golf courses in the wealthy New York community of Westchester turned up their noses at President Obama and declined to let him play during his Labor Day travels to the area, citing concerns of inconveniencing their high-profile clients, a source told New York media. Among the courses: The Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge, NBC 4 New York reported. The courses would have had to shut down to accommodate the president and his entourage — including Secret Service — during one of their busiest holiday weekends.
  • The Sapphire Industry Just Wasn't Ready For The New iPhone

    09/10/2014 7:08:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/10/2014 | SE YOUNG LEE AND MICHAEL GOLD
    Apple Inc. may have disappointed many consumers by not putting sapphire glass covers on its new iPhone, but the scratch-resistant material is gradually making its way into mobile devices despite manufacturing challenges and high costs. Speculation had been rife in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's unveiling of the iPhone 6 that some models would have the extra protection after Apple partnered in November with U.S.-based GT Advanced Technologies Inc. , a mineral crystal specialist, to make sapphire materials for its devices. Apple said sapphire glass would be used on its first smartwatch. It also continues to use the durable...