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  • This thumbdrive hacks computers. “BadUSB” exploit makes devices turn “evil”

    07/31/2014 10:16:53 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 18 replies
    ars technica ^ | July 31 2014, 6:21am -0700 | Dan Goodin
    This thumbdrive hacks computers. “BadUSB” exploit makes devices turn “evil” Per FR posting rules, ars technica can not be posted, so a link to the article referring to USB thumbdrives hacking computers is listed instead. Ignore the "source url", it just points back to the FR website. Article here: http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/this-thumbdrive-hacks-computers-badusb-exploit-makes-devices-turn-evil/
  • Politicians Can’t Make it on Minimum Wage, But We Did

    07/31/2014 8:37:10 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 21 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | July 31, 2014 | Maggie Thurber
    LIVE THE WAGE: Politicians can’t seem to figure out how to live on $77 a week – could you? In an effort to gain sympathy for raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, numerous politicians accepted a challenge to “Live the Wage.” To no one’s surprise, they couldn’t do it. They were going to live for a week on $77 because that’s all that the challenge sponsors say a full-time worker earning minimum wage makes, after average taxes and housing expenses are deducted, of course. But then, they weren’t supposed to be able to get by on that...
  • Homeowner who triumphed over [Donald] Trump is moving on

    07/31/2014 6:51:45 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 11 replies
    MSN News ^ | July 31, 2014 | Samantha Henry, AP
    She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person." The woman who became a folk hero for resisting decades-long efforts by big-name developers like Trump to displace her Atlantic City boardinghouse is now 91 and, at last, ready to sell. But it remains to be seen if anybody still wants to buy. Vera Coking has moved to California to be near her family. And the 29-room property she and her husband bought for $20,000 in 1961 and fought to hold onto is on the auction block Thursday for...
  • AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers (i.e. pumas/cougars)

    07/31/2014 4:01:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 31, 2014 4:32 AM EDT | Jason Dearen
    Since Florida’s frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state’s vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies. The ranchers seek to nurture and protect their calves, while the panthers see them as prey. Human development won the battle, driving the large, tawny, cats to the brink of extinction before successful efforts to restore them began decades ago. But with Florida’s panther population recovering, some farmers complain the protected 6-to-7-foot long predators are once again killing their calves. …
  • Cargill to close beef plant, cites cattle shortage

    07/30/2014 1:43:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 4:14 PM EDT
    Cargill plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle. A Midwest drought in 2011 and 2012 hurt cattle levels, said Cargill spokesman Mike Martin. Now, many herders are breeding the cattle they have and not selling them. U.S. beef cattle herd is at its lowest level since 1951, Cargill said. …
  • Which is better, Adblock or Adblock Plus?

    07/30/2014 9:41:18 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 22 replies
    Wladimir Palant's notes ^ | 2014-07-29 11:18 local | Wladimir Palant
    Note: This is explicitly posted in my private blog rather than the Adblock Plus blog. This post represents my own opinion only. It is likely unwise to rant about a competing project but I just don’t want to keep my findings to myself. If you are here for Adblock Plus bashing and don’t care enough to read the post, please make sure to read the edit at the bottom nevertheless. On Chrome, two popular ad blockers are currently available: AdBlock and Adblock Plus. Despite the confusingly similar names, they are completely unrelated projects. I am in charge of the latter,...
  • Economist: Social Security Is Insolvent, In Worse Shape Than Detroit’s Pension Funds

    07/30/2014 7:59:50 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 38 replies
    CNS News ^ | 07/29/2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Social Security is insolvent,” Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff told the House Subcommittee on Social Security at a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday. “And it’s not bankrupt in 30 years, or 20 years, or 10 years. It’s bankrupt today.” “This is not my opinion. This is the only conclusion one can draw from Table IVB6 of the 2013 Social Security Trustee’s Report." The economist also accused the system’s trustees of a “disinformation” campaign to keep Americans from finding out that “Social Security is in dire financial shape.” “To their great credit, Social Security’s actuaries have been reporting the system’s...
  • B&B opens at site of former polygamous compound

    07/30/2014 7:26:01 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 21 replies
    Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | July 29, 2014 | AnnieKnox
    HILDALE — Continental breakfasts are now being served at a bed and breakfast that has opened on the site of a sprawling, mostly unoccupied compound in southern Utah that was built for the leader of a polygamous sect. America’s Most Wanted Suites and Bed and Breakfast takes its name from Warren Jeff’s time on the list of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives. Accommodations in the Hildale bed and breakfast run from $85 to $200 a night. Hildale and neighboring Colorado City, Arizona, are both home to members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Former Jeffs...
  • First-round Buffalo Bills bids top $1 billion

    07/29/2014 8:26:33 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 21 replies
    new york post ^ | 7-29-14 | Josh Kosman and Lois Weiss
    A Pennsylvania fracking mogul bid more than $1 billion for the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday — making it likely the team will attract a record sales price for an NFL team, The Post has learned. Terrence Pegula, who owns the NHL Buffalo Sabres, is one of only two known bidders for the storied football franchise, which was put on the block last spring following the March 25 death of owner Ralph Wilson Jr.. Donald Trump also made a first-round bid for the Bills — bids were due by 5 p.m. Tuesday. It could not be learned whether other bids were...
  • Paul Singer: This threat is 'head-and-shoulders' above all others

    07/29/2014 6:23:35 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 45 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/29/14 | Lawrence Delevingne
    "(A natural EMP event) today would cause a massive disruption to the electric grid, possibly shutting it down entirely for months or longer, with unimaginable consequences," Singer wrote. "Only two years ago, the sun let loose with a Carrington-magnitude burst, but the position of the earth at the time prevented the burst from hitting it. The chances of additional events of such magnitude may be far greater than most people think." Carrington refers to a solar storm in 1859 that caused telegraph systems to fail around the world. Singer warned that a man-made EMP attack would be even worse.
  • Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops

    07/29/2014 5:14:55 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 70 replies
    WNYC News -- The Hechinger Report ^ | 7-29-14 | Jill Barshay
    Inside Hoboken’s combined junior-senior high school is a storage closet. Behind the locked door, some mothballed laptop computers are strewn among brown cardboard boxes. Others are stacked one atop another. Dozens more are stored on mobile computer carts, many of them on their last legs. That’s all that remains from a failed experiment to assign every student a laptop at Hoboken Junior Senior High School. It began five years ago with an unexpected windfall of stimulus money from Washington, D.C., and good intentions to help the district’s students, the majority of whom are under or near the poverty line, keep...
  • 3 reporters subpoenaed in ‘pink slime’ lawsuit

    07/29/2014 2:12:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2014 4:43 PM EDT | Regina Garcia Cano
    Three reporters for a food safety publication have been subpoenaed in the $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC related to the network’s coverage of a meat product derided as “pink slime.” […] Beef Products Inc. sued ABC in 2012 alleging that its reports led to plant closures and layoffs because it misled consumers into believing the product was unsafe. …
  • Merck Announces Another Round Of Layoffs [Another 600 positions in Montgomery County, PA]

    07/29/2014 10:25:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 07/29/2014 | Brad Segall
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A major pharmaceutical company is planning another round of layoffs that again will hit Montgomery County hard. On the heels of more than 650 job cuts at its West Point manufacturing and research plant in late 2013 and earlier this year, Merck plans to let go another 600 employees by the end of August. The company has already filed notices with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor which says the jobs are being cut in North Wales and Lansdale. County Commissioner Josh Shapiro is disappointed with the news, but says they’re working to help those affected.
  • The Rebuilding of I-45: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity to Improve Houston

    07/29/2014 10:14:21 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Cite Magazine ^ | Jul. 28, 2014 5:35 PM | Torie Ludwin
    According to proposals on the table at the Texas Department of Transportation, the highway system around Downtown Houston may be subject to a significant transformation. This well may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the city to reconnect neighborhoods long bifurcated by highway IH-45 while also improving traffic capacity of the highways. How to change and improve the highway system is of great debate. As the Department of Transportation follows through on its federally required processes to propose and examine alternatives to the expansion of IH-45, also called the North Houston Highway Improvement Project, itÂ’s winnowing the options quickly. Now is...
  • Total Apollo Moon Program Expense Spent in 70 Days of Welfare Payments

    07/29/2014 9:04:09 AM PDT · by pabianice · 25 replies
    Means-tested welfare payments have reached one trillion dollars annually, per the National Review. That got me making a calculation. In 2014 dollars, the entire Apollo Moon Project, from 1963 - 1969, cost $119.1 billion. That means that the entire Moon Program up to the Apollo 11 landing cost as much as 70 days of welfare payments, or, from January 1 until the second week of March, 2014.
  • 8 Jobs That Can Make You Happy and Rich

    07/29/2014 7:46:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/29/2014 | Jacquelyn Smith and Skye Gould
    Most people believe "a happy career" and "a fat paycheck" are mutually exclusive — but online jobs community CareerBliss.com recently found that these two things sometimes do go hand in hand. CareerBliss compiled its new list of jobs that can make you happy and rich by analyzing more than 50,000 independent company reviews from 2013 and 2014. The reviews are from employees all over the U.S. who evaluated 10 factors that affect work happiness — one's relationship with their boss and coworkers; workplace environment; job resources; compensation; growth opportunities; company culture; company reputation; daily tasks; and job control over the...
  • Services for immigrant children beginning on the Western Slope (Grand Junction, CO)

    07/29/2014 6:54:43 AM PDT · by dware · 17 replies
    KJCT8 ^ | 07.29.2014 | Lindsey Pallares
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. One organization on the Western Slope looks to find a solution for children crossing the border with nowhere to go. They're asking for federal assistance to their project off the ground.
  • Trendy Chipotle burritos show how pricing power belongs to the hip

    07/29/2014 6:28:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 28, 2014 | Jeffrey Dastin
    Corporate America can learn a lot from a chicken burrito. As many companies struggle to boost prices without alienating consumers, they may want to study Mexican-food chain Chipotle, which has managed to do both. Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and PepsiCo (PEP.N) have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S. Chipotle raised chicken-dish prices by 5 percent this year after leaving them...
  • The Black Panel at Comic-Con: 'African American culture is American culture'

    07/28/2014 11:03:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Of the hundreds of panels available at Comic-Con, which drew to a close on Sunday, none are more respected than the long-running Black Panel, hosted by the comic book creator and Milestone Media co-founder Michael Davis. Unlike most of the other panels at Comic-Con, the Black Panel has nothing to sell, and features guests who also have nothing to promote. Instead, it is a discussion between audience and panel members about black culture, a way for prominent figures in African American entertainment to reach out to those who hope to emulate their paths to success. Davis started the panel in...
  • Fashion industry, retailers and the gender binary

    07/28/2014 10:40:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2014 8:59 PM EDT | Leanne Italie
    As a transgender woman who began her transition about a year ago, Kylie Jack is still figuring out her fashion style, but she wanted one thing right away: well-fitting bras. Friends recommended Petticoat Fair in Austin, Texas, where she lives. The lingerie shop is known for one-on-one fittings, but Jack was denied access to the area where professionals work privately with customers after being asked if she was an anatomical female. […] A gender binary exists in fashion, and that’s a challenge for those who don’t conform. Masculine-presenting women are often destined for boys’ departments or bad fits, while people...
  • Germany’s green tech forces 400x increase in power rates

    07/28/2014 10:00:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | July 28, 2014July 28, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    The price of a stabilized green power grid is very steep, one could say it is like a “hockey stick”Story submitted by Eric Worrall  (h/t John Droz)Coal and gas electricity companies are being paid up to 400x times the wholesale price of power, in return for helping to stabilize the German electricity grid.According to Bloomberg, “Germany’s push toward renewable energy is causing so many drops and surges from wind and solar power that the government is paying more utilities than ever to help stabilize the country’s electricity grid.” “At the beginning, this market counted for only a small portion of...
  • Albino Cobra Fetches Two Million

    07/28/2014 8:03:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 28, 2014
    The disappearance of an albino cobra, couple of weeks ago, and later dumped near the zoo of the Dehiwala Zoo (Sri Lanka) has caused the officials there to suspect that ten such snakes might have been stolen and sold to buyers in the recent past, though it was claimed that the reptiles had died. Meanwhile, an employee of the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens is alleged to have inquired about the albino snake before it went missing, and claimed that he had got an offer of two million rupees for it. Insiders said that their investigations have revealed that the same employee...
  • FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

    07/28/2014 12:43:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2014 3:36 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. It is the second-largest fine the agency has proposed against an airline. The largest proposed fine was against American Airlines for $24.2 million in August 2010. That one was ultimately settled for $24.9 million as part of American’s bankruptcy proceedings, although the final settlement included other safety violations not part of the original proposal. …
  • Sarah Palin launches online channel as she rips ‘media filters’

    07/28/2014 5:29:44 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 27 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    In a Sunday video, the former Republican vice presidential nominee announced the Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based Web site that she says will offer news, video chats with her and behind-the-scenes glimpses of speeches and political events she attends. (please see link for full details)
  • GE Credit: A 'mickey mouse' company?

    07/28/2014 1:17:47 AM PDT · by topher · 15 replies
    Use of GE Credit | 28-July-2014 | vanity
    I have a credit card issued by GE credit. I have some problems because of the Mickey Mouse nature of this credit card (by GE credit). One of the several reasons for calling GE Credit a 'Mickey Mouse' outfit is the password on my account. There are so many restrictions of what you can use and the length of the password, that it makes one account vulnerable... Since GE was founded by a Robber Baron maybe it is easier to 'rob from people's accounts directly. After all, why not honor the legacy of J.P. Morgan... I did complain to my...
  • Apple, Inc's double digit U.S. Mac growth contradicts IDC & Gartner reports of a Mac sales slump

    07/28/2014 12:57:00 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | July 26, 2014 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    Apple, Inc's double digit U.S. Mac growth contradicts IDC & Gartner reports of a Mac sales slump By Daniel Eran Dilger Apple reported "strong double digit growth" in its Mac sales in the U.S., directly contradicting the earlier estimates published by IDC and Gartner that stated Apple's U.S. Mac sales fell year-over-year in the June quarter and calling into question the legitimacy of market estimates that the tech media uncritically presents as factual. Earlier this month, IDC (above) reported that Apple's U.S. Mac unit sales in Q2 (Apple's fiscal Q3, the quarter ending in June) fell by 1.7 percent, while...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, July 27th, 2014.

    07/27/2014 5:02:16 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 92 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunday, July 27th, 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.
  • Real-Life 'Snakes on a Plane' Get Man Denied Entry to Russia

    07/27/2014 3:55:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    In an incident recalling the film "Snakes on a Plane," hundreds of reptiles took to the skies after being smuggled onto a passenger flight — only this time the route was not Honolulu-Los Angeles but Düsseldorf-St. Petersburg. The press service for the regional branch of the animal health watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor reported Tuesday that it had stopped a passenger, who was attempting to bring 180 exotic reptiles into Russia via St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport. The man, who had flown in from Germany's Düsseldorf, was carrying 180 live snakes, lizards, frogs and turtles in his rucksack and cabin baggage, Interfax reported, citing...
  • Well Being: Melting that old advice about ice

    07/27/2014 1:46:19 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 7-27-14 | Art Carey
    For decades, the standard method for treating injuries was RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Everyone from Little League coaches to pro sports trainers knows icing is a sure way to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain, and speed healing. That has been the conventional wisdom. Now comes Gary Reinl, with 40 years of experience in sports, fitness, and rehab, with an iconoclastic message. In his self-published book ICED!, Reinl argues that icing is not only wrong - "an illusionary treatment" - but also counterproductive and harmful. "There's not a shred of evidence that icing is helpful," Reinl said. "To...
  • Sarah Palin makes the case again for ‘the I-word’ — impeachment

    07/27/2014 7:40:51 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 44 replies
    Twitchy ^ | July 27 2014 | Twitchy staff
    Most elites think it’s a joke, but a sizable and growing number of Americans think President Obama should be impeached, and early this morning Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page this morning to make the case again: (please see link for full story)
  • Woman Begs to Cover Daughter’s Wedding Cost

    07/26/2014 3:30:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014
    A fellow countrywoman encouraged herAn Asian woman was arrested by Abu Dhabi Police officers while she was asking for handouts in front of a mosque. The woman, who entered the UAE on tourist visa, was sitting on the ground preying on people’s emotions and humanitarian spirit, seeking alms through mendicancy to provide for her daughter’s wedding expenses in her home country. “There is no place for beggars in our society,” said Colonel Dr. Rashid Mohammad Borshid, Acting Director of the Capital Police Directorate. He said that special teams had been set up to carry out extensive inspection campaigns to arrest...
  • SNAP Overpaid $2B in Benefits; Program Dollars Up 115.6% Under Obama

    07/26/2014 1:28:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2014 - 9:39 AM | Ali Meyer
    The nation’s food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provided a record $74.6 billion in benefits to needy Americans in Fiscal Year 2012—paying out $2 billion too much, according to the annual quality control report for FY 2012, the most recent year for which data is available. And only in Washington could that $2 billion in overpayments be viewed as a good thing. […] The data show the payment error rate has declined over time, from 5.64% in FY 2007; 5.01% in FY 2008; 4.36% in FY 2009; 3.81% in FY 2010; 3.80% in FY...
  • These Are The Happiest And Unhappiest Regions In The US

    07/26/2014 11:51:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/26/2014 | Andy Kiersz
    Happiness is not equally distributed across the United States.A recent National Bureau of Economic Research working paper by Harvard economics professor Edward Glaeser, University of British Columbia economics professor Joshua Gottlieb, and Harvard graduate student Oren Ziv tracks how people's self-perceived happiness varies among American cities.The researchers used data from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an extensive survey coordinated by the CDC that tracks health behaviors and risk factors. One of the questions on the survey asks respondents how satisfied they are with their lives, with the four options of "very dissatisfied", "unsatisfied", "satisfied", and "very satisfied". This...
  • How high should tax rates go? Obama: ‘I don’t have a particular number in mind’

    07/26/2014 8:52:45 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 51 replies
    AEIdeas ^ | 07/25/2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Here is President Obama in a chat yesterday with CNBC’s Steve Liesman: STEVE LIESMAN: Mr. President, ... You’ve said a bunch of times that getting the wealthy to pay a little bit more, and you’ve succeeded in raising that top tax rate to 39% or rolling back the tax cuts. Is there a limit there? Is there a limit to how much you believe the government should take from an individual in terms of a top tax rate? PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, I don’t have a particular number in mind, but if you look at our history we are still...
  • Scientists find beef production harmful to the environment (yeah, this again)

    07/26/2014 7:02:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25/07/2014 - 08:12
    Production of beef is nearly ten times more damaging to the environment than any other form of meat production, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. American scientists measured the environment inputs required for beef production and concluded that beef cattle need 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than pork, poultry, eggs or dairy. […] The scientists calculated that the amount of resources required for all the feed consumed by edible livestock and worked out the amount of hay, silage and concentrates such as soybeans required by the...
  • White House Fears Impeachment If Obama Unilaterally Grants Amnesty

    07/26/2014 5:54:38 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 25 2014 | John Nolte
    As is always the case with anything involving former-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, our unbiased, objective, not-at-all-liberal media couldn't wait to mock her impeachment case against President Obama -- but not everyone is laughing. According to reporting from The Hill, The White House fears exactly that should the president take executive action to grant amnesty to thousands of illegals. (please see link, for full article)
  • Is this society blonde the 'Energiser'?

    07/26/2014 2:30:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 7-25-14 | Tom Leonard
    She always arrives in an SUV, sometimes staying for a few hours, sometimes as long as a week — just so long as the lady of the house is away. And, thanks to the fact that the house in question — the palatial residence of Bill and Hillary Clinton — is protected by a squad of U.S. Secret Servicemen who are in on the deception, the attractive, busty blonde can time her arrivals and departures to within minutes of those of Mrs Clinton. The bodyguards claim they don’t know her identity, but say they are under orders neither to stop...
  • Julia and Pajama Boy, a Millennials Love Story

    07/25/2014 7:06:21 PM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 25, 2014 | Lee Cary
    A Millennial Love Story began the day Pajama Boy (P.J.) met Julia in a rope line outside an elite venue for an Obama fundraiser. They chatted excitedly as they awaited his coming. Talking while texting friends, they soon realized that they both attended the same Obama for President campaign event back in 2007 while in college, although Julia had fainted and missed part of Barack’s awesome, inspirational speech. They hardly minded when it was announced that the President had entered through a back door and was already inside the hotel – a place where their presence was prohibited by the...
  • Lithuanian Bartender Sets Man's Face on Fire While Making Cocktail

    07/25/2014 7:06:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    A bartender in Lithuania was making a cocktail called "Flaming Lamborghini" - but instead of the drink, she set a patron's face on fire. This footage on LiveLeak shows the dangers of drinking a dangerous cocktail of flames and liquor, with a customer suffering severe facial burns. The incident happened on July 11, according to online reports. The bartender accidentally sets the man on fire at 0:35. Some of the customers near the man helped put out the flames, and the bartender is seen handing the man a towel. According to the video description, none of the staff was able...
  • UPS Driver Accused of Stealing, Trafficking Guns For Illegal Street Sales

    07/25/2014 5:40:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | July 25, 2014 3:05 PM
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A Southland United Parcel Service (UPS) driver was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing dozens of guns going through an Ontario shipping hub and providing them to an associate who sold the weapons in underground transactions, authorities said. Curtis Hays, 36, of Rancho Cucamonga, faces federal gun trafficking charges after he was arrested without incident by special agents with the ATF, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Thom Mrozek. The associate who allegedly sold some of the firearms was identified as Dennis Dell White Jr., 35, of Moreno Valley, Mrozek said. White is expected to be summoned to...
  • California couple may be charged $500 for not watering lawn, or $500 for watering it

    07/25/2014 4:48:00 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 20 replies
    HOTAIR.COM ^ | 24 JULY 2014 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    Ahh, government: In this week’s “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” file: A Southern California couple received a letter from Glendora city officials threatening to fine them $500 if they don’t get their sun-scorched brown lawn green again, reports AP. Which Laura Whitney and Michael Korte would gladly do, except for one thing: They could also be fined $500 if they water their lawn too much; they’re currently only watering twice a week. With more than 80% of California in an extreme drought, according to the Los Angeles Times, the state water board voted this week to implement...
  • Russia: McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

    07/25/2014 4:43:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2014 5:26 PM EDT
    Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald’s startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company’s now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products. The Russian consumer protection agency said Friday it is taking the company to court for selling foods that contain more fats and carbohydrates than are allowed by national regulations. McDonald’s did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The suit comes amid especially high tensions between Moscow and Washington over the Ukraine crisis; the United States has slapped an array of sanctions on Russia over...
  • Anti-gay laws can fuel spread of HIV, research finds

    07/25/2014 4:29:10 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    KING5.COM ^ | 23 JULY 2014 | KAREN WEINTRAUB
    A study released Monday at the conference shows that vulnerable communities in Nigeria fared far worse after legislation was passed criminalizing gay male sex. And in a panel scheduled for Wednesday , researchers were expected to discuss way to help advocates, doctors and patients combat stigma. The past year has seen both unprecedented advances in gay rights - with expanded marriage equality in the U.S. – and even more significant setbacks, with discriminatory laws passed in Nigeria and Uganda and Russia's president Vladimir Putin speaking out against gay rights, said Richard Parker, a professor of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman...
  • Where China Goes To Outsource Its Own Soaring Labor Costs

    07/25/2014 7:01:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/25/2014 | Tyler Durden
    30 years ago, the great outsourcing wave took millions of US low-skilled jobs and planted them right in the heart of China, which was about to undergo the fastest industrialization-commercialization-financialization experiment in history. $26 trillion in bank assets later, the world's biggest housing bubble, and a teetering financial system that every day depends on Beijing making the correct central-planning decision (of kicking the can one more day, of course) or else the biggest financial collapse in history will take place, all lubricated by years of inflation in everything and most certainly wages, and suddenly outsourcing jobs in China is...
  • Is the Walmart New U.S. CEO Right for the Job? (not even American)

    07/25/2014 6:16:13 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 15 replies
    The Street ^ | 7/24/2014 | Laurie Kulikowski
    Wall Street was generally unsurprised that Simon is leaving -- chatter that his departure may have been over disappointment at being passed up for promotion as Walmart's CEO earlier this year with the company instead choosing its international head, Doug McMillon. However, analysts seemed curious about Walmart's decision to pass over those underneath Simon to replace him, instead naming an executive who had been heading up its China and greater Asia operations. (please see link for full story)
  • The Five Fatal Flaws of Solar Energy

    07/25/2014 4:33:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/25/2014 | Viv Forbes
    The sun is the most important energy source on Earth. Solar energy powers the growth of all trees, grasses, herbs, crops and algae; it creates the clouds and powers the storms; it is the source of all hydro, photo-voltaic (PV), solar-thermal, bio-mass, and wind energy. Over geological time, it also creates coal. PV solar panels are useful in remote locations and for some portable applications. With enough panels and batteries, standalone solar can even power homes. But solar energy has five fatal flaws for supplying 24/7 grid power.
  • McDonald’s halts nuggets sales in Hong Kong

    07/24/2014 8:08:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 July 2014 | Last updated at 21:36 ET
    Fast food chain McDonald’s has suspended sale of chicken nuggets and some other products in Hong Kong. It said it had imported chicken and pork from Shanghai Husi Food, the Chinese firm that allegedly supplied out-of-date meat to fast food firms. China has suspended operations of Shanghai Husi after local media reports claimed it reprocessed expired meat. McDonald’s had removed nuggets from its menus at its Japanese outlets earlier this week over the same issue. …
  • The Reason One Famous Restaurant Started Getting Bad Reviews Reveals Reality Of Our Time

    07/24/2014 2:14:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 97 replies
    IJReview ^ | 07/23/2014 | By Caroline Schaefer
    This recount, found on The Meta Picture, tells the story of one restaurant’s quest to find out why they kept getting bad reviews despite serving the same number of customers on a daily basis. It took a look into their past to discover exactly what has changed in the last ten years – and their findings tell more about how we as a country have changed – possibly, for the worse. Now, although this particular instance may or may not be true, it tells a story that is all too common today in America. We are so engrossed in ourselves...
  • Naked thieves take burgers from SW Fla eatery [Nekkid!]

    07/24/2014 1:44:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    www.miamiherald.com ^ | 07-24-2014 | Staff
    BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -- A southwest Florida waitress has dubbed the trio of naked hamburger thieves who broke into a southwest Florida eatery "dumb, dumber and dumbest." In fact, waitress Nancy Sansevieri is still laughing after police released surveillance video Wednesday showing the college-aged men — two naked and one clad in underwear — stealing 60 hamburgers from Doc's Beach House in Bonita Beach. Police say the men broke in early Sunday and left a trail of red peppers on the beach. Doc's general manager Lou Bangert told the News-Press of Fort Myers (http://newspr.es/1pevKLk ) that he's never witnessed such...
  • New Report on Tax Cronyism in the States

    07/24/2014 1:34:16 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 7-24-14 | Jacob Kohlhepp
    As the quest for tax reform sweeps the nation, policymakers are faced with the dilemma of how to best build a tax code that promotes fairness, removes roadblocks to economic growth and maintains enough revenue to provide the proper amount of public services. As ALEC has pointed out Rich States, Poor States and other publications, low tax rates and smart tax choices are the path to prosperity because they increase a state’s competitiveness and are the least hurtful to productivity. However, in the effort to lower rates and make the tax code less of a burden, there is another impediment...