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  • Technical Hiring Managers - resume advice

    08/30/2014 10:33:11 AM PDT · by chrisser · 36 replies
    Hoping to get some advice from FReepers who are hiring managers for tech positions - specifically system/network admins. I've been in the field for almost 25 years. Been consistently employed with a consistently rising salary. Now mid 40s and currently employed. But I would like to relocate to another city where we own property. I don't know anyone there other than our neighbors who are either retired, farmers, or both. The area I'm looking at is Parkersburg WV. Not exactly a mecca of tech positions, but a few pop up occasionally on the job boards. I've been sending out resumes...
  • Sarah Palin: Pray for Joan Rivers

    08/30/2014 8:12:59 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 29 2014 | Judy Kurtz
    “As you may remember, I developed a soft spot in my heart for her when we were on Wife Swap together,” Palin writes. “Please pray for her healing and for her family during this awful time. :(“ Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/216273-sarah-palin-pray-for-joan-rivers#ixzz3Bt9fJa5D Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook
  • Republicans fire first in Arizona governor's race

    08/29/2014 6:25:50 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 2 replies
    Bonneville Phoenix Network KTAR News ^ | August 28, 2014 @ 7:02 am | Associated Press
    PHOENIX -- Democrat Fred DuVal faced his first attack ad Wednesday as the general election contest in the Arizona governor's race kicked off in earnest.
  • What Does Your State Buy the Most on eBay? New Map Has the Answer

    08/28/2014 11:29:56 PM PDT · by I still care · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Oliver Darcy
    A new map created by Internet-auction website eBay reveals the items each state purchases the most when using the online bidding service. According to the map, those shopping in California mostly purchase high-end women’s apparel & accessories, while those looking for deals in Alaska are eager to find hats
  • Gun Talk Media ALS Ice Bucket Challenge...

    08/28/2014 7:17:21 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 4 replies
    Gun Talk Media/ You Tube Video ^ | August 22, 2014 | Tom Greasham
    Gun Talk Media ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Published on Aug 22, 2014... Ryan Gresham and Tom Gresham were challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-buc...) by reps from Ruger and Brownells. Ryan and Tom answered the challenge - by donating to the cause (http://bit.ly/1ttaq9z) AND by taking on the ice buckets. Gun Talk challenges Lipsey's, Nosler, Crimson Trace, Jim Shepherd of The Shooting Wires, and Hickok 45! Join Gun Talk in donating to find a cure for ALS - You can also donate at http://www.als.net/ and http://www.teamgleason.org/. #NoWhiteFlags
  • New Technology Could End The Debate Over Pipeline Safety

    08/28/2014 7:03:58 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28/08/2014 | James Stafford
    Who could have ever imagined that North America would surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids? A decade ago, that would have seemed laughable. Yet that’s exactly what has happened; and it’s not just Saudi Arabia that has been left in North America’s dust -- Russia has, too.
  • Amazon Rep Has a Funny Norse Mythology Themed Chat With a Customer

    08/28/2014 5:07:55 PM PDT · by Vendome · 8 replies
    Cheezeburger.com ^ | 8/28/2014 | Got no idea
    Cue up the voice of Joe Pesci: "Uh K, Uh K, Uh K!!! This sohhh funny and one troo lee he larry us exchange between Amazon and a customer".
  • New Technology Could End The Debate Over Pipeline Safety

    08/28/2014 2:21:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    OIL PRICE ^ | 08/28/2014 | James Stafford
    Who could have ever imagined that North America would surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids? A decade ago, that would have seemed laughable.Yet that’s exactly what has happened; and it’s not just Saudi Arabia that has been left in North America’s dust -- Russia has, too. The surge in North American oil and gas production is arguably the most important development in energy over the last decade. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that North America doesn’t have nearly enough oil and gas pipelines to accommodate its 11-million-barrel-a-day...
  • Guy Saves Hundreds By Displaying Homemade “Ginger Discount” Card At Local Businesses

    08/28/2014 1:11:59 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    Consumerist ^ | August 28, 2014
    As if we need further proof that redheaded folks are smooth, savvy and otherwise generally awesome, one flame-haired fellow in Scotland is taking advantage of his coif’s color by flashing a homemade “Ginger Discount Card” to save on tabs at the bar, restaurants and anywhere he can buy stuff. It all started when his body made the card for his 30th birthday as a joke, reports The Scotsman, laminating an orange piece of paper bearing his photo and the words “Ginger Discount Card.” Figuring he might as well roll with the gag, he started trying to use it at local...
  • Tim Hortons Rolls Out Monstrous ‘Buffalo Crunch’ Doughnut

    08/28/2014 12:45:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Grub Street ^ | August 27, 2014 9:15 a.m. | Hugh Merwin
    While Burger King moves forward with its bid to buy Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion and its relocation to be closer to the constitutional monarchy up north, the Canadian chain has taken a very deep dive into fast-food mash-up territory with this “Buffalo Crunch” doughnut, now being served exclusively at the New York State Fair through Monday. It consists of a pull-apart yeast doughnut that’s dunked in Buffalo sauce and crusted with crushed-up chips. …
  • Colorado Boy Hospitalized After Drinking Dairy Queen Milk Shake Tainted With Cleaning Products

    08/28/2014 11:57:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | Lee Moran
    Riley Chase, 7, drank a vanilla milk shake his mother, Lisa, ordered for him at a drive-thru. After complaining of a burning sensation, it was later learned that an employee had accidentally put floor cleaner and degreaser into the vanilla flavoring.A Colorado boy was hospitalized after drinking a Dairy Queen milk shake contaminated by a toxic chemical cleaner. Riley Chase, 7, suffered a bizarre burning sensation in his mouth shortly after sipping from the vanilla shake bought at a Dairy Queen drive-thru in Thornton on Thursday. His mom Lisa tasted the drink and also felt like it was burning all...
  • An All-Nutella Restaurant Will Open in Park Slope

    08/28/2014 11:54:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/26 | Hugh Merwin
    It's unclear how this about-to-open Nutelleria place plans to skirt the rapid-response team of hot-shot lawyers that's likely right now being deployed by Nutella manufacturer Ferrero, but if it does, expect choco-nut-spread breakfast pizzas and bacon-banana-Nutella waffle sandwiches in the near future at 82 5th Avenue in Park Slope (of course). The Pino Torinese-based company previously went after a dinky New England burrito chain for spreading the gospel of the spread and otherwise threatened to sue well-intentioned World Nutella Day creator Sara Rosso, so it's probably not going to be too excited to see its products all over the upstart...
  • Is Burger King stock price going to fall?

    08/28/2014 6:59:59 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 18 replies
    Stock inavailability | 28 August 2014 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Interesting. Tried to short Burger King (BKW) which is doing a buyout of a company and shot up at one point around 19% (which is nuts). No shares available to short. That must mean the big boys have shorted all they can and know what is going to happen next.
  • It Begins: "Central Banks Should Hand Consumers Cash Directly"

    08/28/2014 6:53:33 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 55 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/26/2014 | Tyler Durden
    ... The reasoning was very simple: in a country (and world) drowning with debt, there are only two options to extinguish said debt: inflate it away or default. Anything else is kicking the can while making the problem even worse. ... Moments ago a stunning article appearing in the "Foreign Affairs" publication of the influential and policy-setting Council of Foreign Relations, titled "Print Less but Transfer More: Why Central Banks Should Give Money Directly to the People." ... In it we read the now conventional admission of failure by Keynesians, who however, unwilling to actually admit they have been wrong,...
  • Toledo native GOP nominee for Ariz. governor (Tea Party wins primary)

    08/28/2014 5:16:18 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 14 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | Thursday August 28 | Tom Troy
    If elected, he would replace Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who could not seek re-election because of term limits. His supporters included Tea Party favorites Sarah Palin, Tea Party Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and hard-line Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2014/08/28/Toledo-native-seeks-top-Arizona-post.html#ePVhlRTSzbOZlrMF.99
  • Survey: Americans’ pessimism on economy has grown

    08/28/2014 1:21:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Josh Boak
    Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health. Seventy-one percent of Americans say they think the recession exerted a permanent drag on the economy, according to a survey being released Thursday by Rutgers University. By contrast, in November 2009, five months after the recession officially ended, the Rutgers researchers found that only 49 percent thought the downturn would have lasting damage. And that was when the unemployment rate was 9.9 percent, compared with the current 6.2 percent. …
  • Multimillionaire CEO caught on camera repeatedly kicking his friend's puppy 

    08/27/2014 11:08:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 94 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | august 27, 2014 | louise boyle
    A multimillionaire CEO has been caught on newly-released surveillance video repeatedly kicking a puppy. Des Hague was seen in an elevator in a Vancouver apartment building repeatedly booting the doberman pup in the stomach as it flinches against the wall.  He is the head of Centerplate, a $6 billion-dollar company which provides snacks at sports and entertainment arenas across the U.S., with more than 30,000 employees and clients including the Superdome in New Orleans, the Javits Center in New York City and college sports arenas like Notre Dame.  Centerplate released a statement on Tuesday which read: 'In no way do...
  • Why this off-road, Russia-only Chevy concept should come to America

    08/27/2014 11:17:15 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 32 replies
    The Chevrolet Niva, a mini-SUV produced as a joint venture between GM and Russian automaker AvtoVAZ, is a beige little ute based on a Lada. It's an incredibly boring car in current form, but the next generation Niva concept unveiled today ahead of the Moscow auto show is a strong enough idea to make us wonder why Chevy hasn't tried something like this over here. Even if you ditch the concept-y winch up front, knobbly tires, off-road snorkel and roof rack featuring enough lights to illuminate Norilsk, the new Niva still manages to look far more aggressive than the standard...
  • Sen. Kerry Snaps Over Yacht Tax Scandal (Flashback to Kerry's Tax Inversion Scheme)

    08/27/2014 6:17:46 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 07/27/2010 | Jim Meyers
    Sen. John Kerry on Monday snapped at reporters and tried to dodge questions about his new $7 million, 76-foot yacht. On Friday, the Boston Herald reported that the Massachusetts Democrat had berthed his yacht Isabel in Rhode Island and suggested he was seeking to avoid paying about $437,000 in sales tax and an annual excise tax of around $70,000 that would be levied if he berthed the vessel in Massachusetts. Rhode Island has no sales tax on yachts. Following his first public appearance since the story broke, Kerry tried to dash off to his SUV but was intercepted by reporters...
  • Fantasy football: Legal questions arise as gambling games grow

    08/27/2014 2:20:20 PM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | EDDIE PELLS
    Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games. Since 2011, the billion-dollar fantasy market has been infused with dozens of daily and weekly games. Those games allow players to win huge prizes quickly, sometimes in one week, sometimes in just one night. With players betting thousands or even tens of thousands a night, legal experts believe it's time to review the section of the 2006 federal law that was written specifically to protect fantasy sports from being banned the way online poker was. "There's importance in clarifying the law,"...
  • 'Sons of Guns' canceled after star Will Hayden arrested for allegedly repeatedly raping minor

    08/27/2014 1:01:35 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8-27-2014 | Leora Arnowitz
    “Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden has been arrested again, this time for aggravated rape, according to documents sent to FOX411 by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. The allegations have prompted the cancellation of his Discovery Channel series. “Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of 'Sons of Guns' and cancel the series," the network said in a statement. Hayden is accused of raping a minor “almost daily” since March 2013 and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old. TMZ reports the girl is Hayden’s...
  • China Developing an Operating System to Take on Microsoft, Google and Apple

    08/27/2014 7:09:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/26/2014
    SHANGHAI — China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple, Xinhua, the government news agency, reported. Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the United States after a number of run-ins over cybersecurity. China is now looking to help its domestic industry catch up with imported systems such as Windows from Microsoft and the mobile operating system Android from Google. The operating system would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices, Xinhua reported on Sunday, citing Ni...
  • Why a Slowdown in Housing Prices Is Great News

    08/27/2014 7:05:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/27/2014 | Neil Irwin
    There was some glumness in the latest news on housing prices. There shouldn’t be. Slower home price rises — and in some markets, outright declines — are a sign the housing market is starting to move past the boom-and-bust cycle of the last dozen years toward a market where sensible prices driven by local economic conditions prevail. The S.&P./Case-Shiller home price index showed prices rose 8.1 percent in 20 major cities in the 12 months ended in June, the lowest rate of increase since 2012. Compared with May’s prices, national home prices actually declined oh-so-slightly, by 0.1 percent, with six...
  • Doug Ducey wins Republican primary for governor in Arizona (Tea Party victory)

    08/27/2014 5:03:44 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 27 at 12:21 AM | Sean Sullivan
    Ducey, a former Cold Stone Creamery chief executive, was backed by numerous national tea party leaders including Sarah Palin and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).
  • Sarah Palin: 'Washington' More Offensive to Americans than 'Redskins'

    08/26/2014 6:27:13 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 31 replies
    Breitbart news ^ | 24 Aug 2014 | Breitbart Sports
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blasted the "Politically Correct Police" and said most Americans find "Washington" more offensive than "Redskins."
  • Boeing Completes All CST-100 Commercial Crew CCiCAP Milestones on Time and on Budget for NASA...

    08/26/2014 5:34:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    Boeing is the first, and thus far only one of the three competitors to complete all their assigned milestone task requirements under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative funded under the auspices of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The CST-100 is a privately built, man rated capsule being developed with funding from NASA via the commercial crew initiative in a public/private partnership between NASA and private industry. The overriding goal is restart America’s capability to reliably launch our astronauts from US territory to low-Earth orbit (LEO) and the International Space Station (ISS) by 2017.
  • More Than Half Of All Americans Can’t Come Up With $400 In Emergency Cash… Unless They Borrow

    08/26/2014 3:51:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | August 11, 2014 | Ben Bullard
    Count yourself fortunate, or something, if you’re among the 48 percent of Americans who can cough up a spare $400 in emergency cash without having to beg, borrow or steal. According to a Federal Reserve report on American households’ “economic well-being” in 2013, fewer than half of all Americans said they’d be able to come up with four Benjamins on short notice to deal with an unexpected expense. The report, released last week by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, indicates a disparity between how Americans view their financial situation and the reality of where their finances actually...
  • Report: Response to climate-change survey led to CEO's departure from PR Giant, Edelman

    08/26/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    PR Week ^ | 08/2014 | Lindsay Stein and Frank Washkuch ,
    Edelman global CEO Richard Edelman said in a conversation with an editor of Vice’s Motherboard blog that former US CEO Mark Hass was fired from the agency in part because of the way he responded to an investigation into PR agencies’ work with climate-change deniers. Quoted by Motherboard senior editor Brian Merchant, the chief executive of the world’s largest PR agency said, "We fired the head of our US [division] in part because of that stupid note he wrote, about, you know, how we don’t answer these kinds of things." In response to inquiries from the Climate Investigations Center that...
  • Angry Wife Rejects Emirati Hubby's Money Transfer... 47 Times

    08/26/2014 2:31:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    Bank suspends both their accountsAn Emirati husband who set out to please his angry wife has ended up with a suspended bank account. He transferred Dh50,000 to his wife’s account as a present to appease her, but the wife not only rejected the amount but also transferred the amount back to his account. Interestingly, it was the husband’s 47th attempt in depositing cash in her account, reported Al Bayan. It was immediately re-transferred each time. After his last attempt, two days back, which was once again duly transferred back by his wife, the bank suspended both their accounts. A bank...
  • UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 1:59:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 1:01 PM EDT | John Heilprin
    Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes—banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors—until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. In a bid to set public policy, the World Health Organization said the popular nicotine-vapor products, particularly the fruit, candy and alcohol-drink flavors, could serve as gateway addictions for children and adolescents. It recommended governments forbid or keep to a minimum any advertising, promotion or sponsorship in a market that has mushroomed to $3 billion last year and now includes 466 different brands. …
  • How windowless planes could be the future of cheap air travel

    08/26/2014 1:46:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 77 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5:03PM BST 26 Aug 2014 | By Alice Philipson
    Windowless planes could be the future of cheaper air travel as a government technology centre develops a proposal to help airlines save on fuel. In place of windows, plastic display screens projecting the sky outside could line the cabin of an aircraft. It is hoped the technology will significantly reduce aircraft weight and cut fuel costs without worrying nervous passengers. The display screens will function using a technique called printable electronics, which involves the use of conductive inks to carry electric current in cardboard and plastic for just a few pence per unit. The technology could be rolled out in...
  • N.C. State students develop nail polish to detect date rape drugs

    08/26/2014 12:31:37 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8-25-14 | Jessica Chasmer
    Four male students at North Carolina State University have developed a prototype for a new nail polish line that changes color when it comes into contact with date rape drugs. Ankesh Madan, Tasso Von Windheim, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, and Stephan Gray founded Undercover Colors, coined as “the first fashion company working to prevent sexual assault,” The Mary Sue reported. A woman paints her nails with the polish, and when her nails come into contact with a liquid, the color will change if drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, or GHB are present. “In the U.S., 18% of women will be sexually assaulted in...
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 14 Lineup Announced

    08/26/2014 10:57:29 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 2 replies
    My favorite weekend of the year.....lots to choose from. It's all free. Great for lovers of all types of Americana music. 2014 Lineup.
  • Why Digital Music Looks Set to Replace Live Performances (unions)

    08/26/2014 9:41:04 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 44 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | David Pogue
    A scuffle at a Connecticut opera reveals the bleak future of the orchestra pit This August's production of Richard Wagner's four-opera Ring cycle in Hartford, Conn., has been postponed. Rather than hiring pit musicians, producer Charles M. Goldstein had intended to accompany the singers with sampled instrument sounds, played by a computer. Not a CD, not a synthesizer; the computer triggers the playback of individual notes (“samples”) originally recorded from real instruments. The reaction of professional musicians—and, of course, the musicians' union—was swift and furious. New York City's Local 802 president called it operatic karaoke. Hate mail poured in. In...
  • Warren Buffet--**** anti-USA hypocrite who just exists to kill babies (vanity rant)

    08/26/2014 8:43:48 AM PDT · by Mamzelle · 16 replies
    personal rant | 8/26/14 | Mamzelle
    So Warren wants to ruing the middle-class taxpayer with his Obama-worship, then hightail his ancient, fetid aZZ to a favorable tax climate. And his "legacy" is three million abortions. Has there been a worse human being in the news lately?
  • North Dakota: Legendary Among States. Residents happy with the economy, education, air quality

    08/26/2014 6:00:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Gallup ^ | 08/27/2014 | by Art Swift
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "Oil boom" is probably the first phrase that comes to mind when one thinks about North Dakota. Yet North Dakotans see their state as much more than oil. They are highly satisfied with their schools, their air quality, their ability to find a quality job, and their overall standard of living. In Gallup's comprehensive survey of all 50 states, North Dakota ranks No. 1 on a variety of indicators spanning economics, public affairs, education, the environment, and well-being. In 2014, North Dakota is a complex, thriving state that is adapting rapidly to the economic and social factors...
  • The story of the A-10 and why the F-35 cannot replace it. (video)

    08/26/2014 4:58:24 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 46 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 8-26-2014 | wimp.com
    Pierre Sprey is one of the original designers of the A-10 Warthog during the 1970s. He provides insight into why the aircraft is so loved by ground troops in the military, and why its recent retirement from Air Force operations is so hotly debated.
  • Arby’s creates $10 mega meat sandwich

    08/26/2014 4:56:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | August 25, 2014 | Chelsea Mies
    After realizing that people thought Arby’s mainly served roast beef, the company made a poster showcasing a large stack of all the meats on the menu, which includes bacon and brisket, according to The Washington Post. It worked. “People started coming in and asking, ‘Can I have that?’” Arby’s vice president of brand and corporate communications Christopher Fuller said. Arby’s decided to go with it, and the “Meat Mountain” was born. It will not be listed on the menu, but store associates will make it for the customers who request it. At $10, the sandwich includes (from the bottom up)...
  • 'Slap Ya Mama' spice company stunned by NFL ad ban

    08/25/2014 9:47:47 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    WWLTV.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Bill Capo
    NEW ORLEANS -- Leaders of the Slap Ya Mama Cajun spice company taped a new commercial in response to the NFL's ban on a popular ad method used for three years during preseason Saints games. "I'm in shock over it, it's wild, it's absurd,"said Slap Ya Mama Vice President Jack Walker.
  • College -- Do the Math: How Opportunity Costs Multiply Tuition

    08/25/2014 12:15:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/25/2014 | Chris Bowyer
    [SNIP] We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the obvious costs of college: tuition, housing, food, etc. We’ve also looked at a few less obvious costs, like interest on student loans. But there are indirect costs, as well: opportunity costs. “Opportunity cost” is an economic phrase. Simply put, it’s the cost you incur by doing one thing rather than another. Because our time and money are finite, everything we buy or do prevents us from buying or doing something else. If you take a year off to backpack across Europe, you’re not just losing the money you spend on...
  • Survey: Economists say Fed is on ‘the right track’

    08/24/2014 11:50:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 25, 2014 12:39 AM EDT | Ken Sweet
    A majority of economists believe the Federal Reserve is doing the right things to help repair the U.S. economy, according to a survey released Monday by the National Association of Business Economists. The survey also showed that a vast majority of economists believe the U.S. economy is at little risk of inflation in the coming years. In the association’s semiannual survey, 53 percent of economists said the Fed’s stimulus programs were “on the right track” for the U.S. economy while 39 percent thought the Fed was doing too much. …
  • Market watchdog warns on danger of cyber attack

    08/24/2014 10:31:33 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 2 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 8/24/14 | Sam Fleming
    A global watchdog has sounded the alarm about the growing danger of cyber attacks, on financial markets, warning that firms and regulators around the world need to address the “uneven” response to the threat of online assaults. Greg Medcraft, chairman of the board of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (Iosco), predicted that the next major financial shock – or “black swan event” – will come from cyber space, following a succession of attacks on financial players.
  • Sarah Palin's Ice Bucket Challenge Video Is Actually Kind Of Funny

    08/24/2014 8:15:00 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 36 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Sat Aug. 23, 2014 7:59 PM EDT | Ben Dreyfuss
    Here is Sarah Palin's ice bucket challenge video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_Swr-vs9mqo
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, August 24th, 2014.

    08/24/2014 5:00:33 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 52 replies
    The Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunday, August 24th, 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.
  • Investment & Finance Thread (week Aug. 24 - Aug. 30 edition)

    08/24/2014 2:36:41 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 101 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | Aug. 24, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Happy weekend investors!!This week's thread will have to settle for a lame blog at the top due to a severe case of writer's block.  Topics considered were a weekly recap but here's the week in stocks and here's the week in metals.  Another idea was chat about the Fed meeting at Jackson Hole but they're just wrapping it up and the Fed website isn't quite updated.  Another idea is a resume of all the good news & bad news about today's econ condx, but that either keeps changing or it's already been rehashed on these threads by better brains than...
  • Latest TV Campaign Ad, Governor Scott Walker (R, WI)

    08/24/2014 10:53:46 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | Today | Friends of Scott Walker
    Latest TV Campaign Ad, Governor Scott Walker (R, WI)
  • The Real Value of $100 in Metropolitan Areas [w/interactive map]

    08/24/2014 2:50:01 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 2 replies
    Tax Foundation ^ | August 20, 2014 | Alan Cole, Lyman Stone, Tom VanAntwerp, Richard Borean
    We recently published a map showing how far $100 would take you in different states. For example, in states with low costs of living, like Arkansas, $100 had the same sort of purchasing power that $115 would have in an average state. We got a lot of requests – particularly from upstate New Yorkers - for a map of purchasing power that separates out cities from non-metropolitan areas. Fortunately, that data is available from the BEA’s interactive tables, and we have created an interactive map of purchasing power down to the city level.The orangest colors on the map, signifying the...
  • A Line Is Drawn in the Desert- At Burning Man (luxury accommodations for tech one percenters)

    08/23/2014 10:15:58 PM PDT · by dennisw · 24 replies
    nytimes ^ | 8 20, 2014 | By NICK BILTONAUG
    There are two disciplines in which Silicon Valley entrepreneurs excel above almost everyone else. The first is making exorbitant amounts of money. The second is pretending they don’t care about that money. If you have never been to Burning Man, your perception is likely this: a white-hot desert filled with 50,000 stoned, half-naked hippies doing sun salutations while techno music thumps through the air. A few years ago, this assumption would have been mostly correct. But now things are a little different. Over the last two years, Burning Man, which this year runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1, has...
  • Galileo satellites go into wrong, lower orbit

    08/23/2014 1:31:44 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 August 2014
    The European Space Agency (Esa) says the latest two satellites for Europe's version of the American GPS satellite navigation system have not gone into the correct orbit.
  • Miller: Ballmer is over the top, claims Clippers will be too

    08/23/2014 12:00:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | August 18, 2014 | Jeff Miller
    LOS ANGELES -- There's only one place to correctly start this column and that's with the scene because it was, honestly, something to be seen. Steve Ballmer officially arrived here Monday -- showing up several weeks after his reputation did, Ballmer's reputation being that, as a public speaker, he's passionate, motivating and spirited. Or, said another way, he's as outrageous as someone who has had one too many drinks or one too few meds.