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  • Hard Proof That Wiping Your Phone Doesn't Actually Delete Everything

    07/10/2014 1:30:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Mashable ^ | July 9, 2014 | BY PETE PACHAL
    Have you ever sold an old smartphone on eBay? You might be interested to know that the apps, photos and even Google searches on your phone can still be recovered — even if you performed a factory reset. The team at security software company Avast purchased 20 different phones on eBay and unleashed data-recovery tools on them to see what they could find. The results are persuasive evidence that resetting your phone back to factory settings doesn't mean your data is gone forever. From the 20 phones, Avast managed to recover 40,000 photos (including 1,500 family photos with children and...
  • Apple loses China patent case, separate suit against Apple continues

    07/09/2014 11:09:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 9 Wed Jul 9, 2014 1:27am EDT
    (Reuters) - A Beijing court has ruled against Apple Inc by upholding the validity of a patent held by a Chinese company, clearing the way for the Chinese company to continue its own case against Apple for infringing intellectual property rights. Apple had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court to seek a ruling that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid. But the Beijing First Intermediate Court on Tuesday decided in Zhizhen's favour, the People's Daily state newspaper reported on Wednesday.
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-07-09 : President Obama's Border Absurdity

    07/09/2014 4:19:29 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 12 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-07-09 | Newt Gingrich
    . July 7, 2014 Newt Gingrich : President Obama's Border Absurdity ===================================================== President Barack Obama is in Texas today. Texas is the center of the current crisis at the border. From Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, thousands upon thousands of children are pouring into the United States. This flood of foreign children is not a problem of border security. They are not sneaking across the border illegally. Under the Feinstein Amendment of 2008, unaccompanied minors from these countries can present themselves at a legal border crossing, claim to be political refugees and seek asylum. The argument on the left is...
  • Texas Margin Tax is the Epitome of Bad Tax Policy

    07/09/2014 12:54:32 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 7-9-14 | Will Freeland
    With most legislative sessions for 2014 adjourned, many states are now looking forward to November. Other than elections, various ballot initiatives will be voted on later this year. Perhaps the most economically damaging proposal comes from the state of Nevada, where voters will decide whether or not to impose a 2 percent modified gross receipts tax, or margin tax on the state’s businesses. Currently, only Texas has the economically devastating margin tax, at 1 percent, and that has been the subject of multiple votes to repeal just in the 2013 legislative session. Other states, such as Washington and Ohio also...
  • Why ABBA Turned Down $1 Billion To Reunite In 2000

    07/09/2014 11:09:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/09/2014 | Frank Pallotta
    Swedish pop group ABBA is responsible for hit songs like "Dancing Queen," "Mamma Mia," and "Money, Money, Money." Made up of two sets of then couples — Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad — ABBA has sold over 380 million albums and singles worldwide and is the third-best-selling group of all time, behind the Beatles and Queen and ahead of the Rolling Stones. But in 1979, at the height of their success, Fältskog and Ulvaeus divorced while Lyngstad and Andersson called it quits soon after in 1981. By 1982, the group was broken up. In...
  • Google Co-Founder ​Sergey Brin Doesn't Understand Us And Never Will

    07/09/2014 8:49:56 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 8 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 7/09/2014 | Damon Lavrinc
    Sergey Brin lives in another world. Like every other non-gearhead, he doesn't understand us. He doesn't get why we wrench in our garages, spend weekends at track days, or take off in the middle of the night for a ride. He's like your Aunt Martha, except Brin has the power to change the world. And he doesn't make those awesome cookies. Brin recently joined his compatriot, Google CEO Larry Page, on stage with venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to chat about where Google is headed. In many respects, where Google goes, so goes the world, so naturally, the conversation turned to...
  • Remington to settle lawsuits over rifle’s trigger mechanism

    07/09/2014 8:17:17 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 29 replies
    Independent Record ^ | July 08, 2014 | Mike Dennison
    The Remington Arms Co. has reached a nationwide settlement of claims that most of its Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles have a defective trigger mechanism — a settlement likely to include the recall of millions of the popular firearm. Attorneys for Remington and the plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit against the company did not respond Monday to requests for comment on a “notice of settlement” filed last week in federal court in Missouri. Yet Richard Barber, a Montana man who’s been saying for a dozen years that many of the Model 700 are defective and should be recalled, indicated Monday...
  • Pilot buys pizzas for passengers grounded by storm

    07/09/2014 6:36:24 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 20 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 7/8/10 | AP Writer
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Faced with potentially hungry — and grumpy — passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, where the plane was stuck for a couple of hours. Cheyenne Domino's Pizza manager Andrew Ritchie told The Associated Press that he got a call about 10 p.m. Monday just as he was about to send employees home. Ritchie said the pilot told him he needed to feed 160 people — fast. [AP Content - excerpted]
  • U.S. to fire early warning shot at China over currency

    07/09/2014 6:11:26 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 8 replies
    http://blogs.marketwatch.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | Greg Robb and Alix Hines of the Medill News Service
    The U.S. Treasury is expected to put pressure on China over recent weakness in its currency during high-level meetings in Beijing this week.
  • Luiz Felipe Scolari Refuses to Resign After Brazil's 'Catastrophic' 7-1 Humiliation

    07/08/2014 7:46:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Luiz Felipe Scolari apologised to the people of Brazil after they were humiliated 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final by Germany. SNIP Scolari, who insists he will not resign after this shameful defeat, said: ‘My message is, to the Brazilian people and fans, that we did and we tried to do what we could. ‘Please excuse us for this mistake. I’m sorry we couldn’t get to the final. This is a catastrophe. ‘It’s probably the worst moment of my career. This is the worst day of my life, but life goes on. ‘I’ll be remembered probably because I lost 7-1,...
  • Semi Hits Truck, Spilling 30K Pounds of Red Bull on I-95

    07/08/2014 7:23:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    News4JAX ^ | Jul 08 2014 | Kaitlyn Shemenski
    Driver ticketed in crashA man driving a semitrailer was ticketed Monday after sideswiping another semitrailer. Troopers said Jesus Fernandez was driving north in the outside lane of Interstate 95 around 6:30 p.m. when he saw another semitrailer parked on the side of the road. Fernandez said he attempted to move over but there was traffic in the lane next to him. Fernandez swerved back into the outside lane and his trailer sideswiped the semitrailer on the side of the road. Fernandez's trailer, filled with 30,000 pounds of Red Bull, ripped open, spilling the liquid all over I-95. Fernandez was ticketed...
  • This One Market Measure Has A Perfect Track Record For Predicting US Recessions

    07/08/2014 6:11:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/08/2014 | Sam Ro
    There are very few market indicators that can predict recessions without sending out false positives. The yield curve is one of them. At a breakfast earlier today, LPL Financial's Jeffrey Kleintop noted that the yield curve inverted just prior to every U.S. recession in the past 50 years. "That is seven out of seven times — a perfect forecasting track record," he reiterated. The yield curve is inverted when short-term interest rates (e.g. the 3-year Treasury) are higher than long-term interest rates (e.g. the 10-year Treasury yield). "The yield curve inversion usually takes place about 12 months before the start...
  • Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' Book Now #1 on Amazon!!!!!

    07/08/2014 5:57:59 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    Amazon.Com ^ | July 8, 2014
    #1
  • NPR Blogger Hammered After What She Said About ‘Diverse Sources’ and ‘White Guys’

    07/08/2014 3:15:26 PM PDT · by equalator · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7-7-2014 | Zach Noble
    NPR’s education team sent out a curious tweet Wednesday that prompted an online backlash. “I reach out to diverse sources on deadline,” the tweet from @npr_ed said. “Only the white guys get back to me.” The tweet seemed uncharacteristic for NPR, an outlet that fired analyst Juan Williams after he made remarks about feeling “nervous” if he sees people dressed in “Muslim garb” on an airplane.Kamenetz said she had mistakenly sent the tweet from the NPR education account instead of her own and that she regretted it.
  • 17 Former Google Interview Questions So Ridiculous The Company Banned Them

    07/08/2014 12:42:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/08/2014 | Caroline Moss
    Sometimes the hiring practices of even the biggest and most successful companies can be outright ridiculous. There can be bizarre interview questions that seemingly have no answers. There can be standards — like not hiring anyone who attended a college outside of the Ivy League — that will knock candidates out of the race before they even approach the starting line. Google used to be the shining example of these practices. It had high standards and asked silly questions. The questions were so nuts that they were eventually banned from being asked. That's right, banned. In 2009, Seattle job coach...
  • Ripped from the pages of the Wall Street Journal in July 1889 - it's never different this time...

    07/08/2014 9:54:03 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    WSJ via ZeroHedge ^ | 7/8/14 | Tyler Durden
    Ripped from the pages of the Wall Street Journal in July 1889 - it's never different this time...
  • Soda tax’s last stand? Bay Area preps for showdown

    07/08/2014 9:09:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 8, 2014 10:52 AM EDT | Candice Choi
    If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don’t pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out? Sugary drinks have been under fire for years, with many blaming them for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases. Yet efforts to curb consumption by imposing taxes and other measures have failed, in part because the beverage industry has spent millions to defeat the efforts. Now, the question of whether a bottle of Dr. Pepper with 64 grams of sugar should be treated like a pack of cigarettes is being considered in San Francisco and Berkeley, with the...
  • Worker Buried Alive After Sugar Plant Pulls Safety Device

    07/08/2014 5:50:41 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 44 replies
    Newser ^ | June 8, 2014 | Rob Quinn
    A worker at a Pennsylvania sugar plant died buried alive in sugar in an accident that could have been prevented by a safety device removed just 13 days earlier, a ProPublica investigation finds. Janio Salinas—a 50-year-old who, like every other employee in the CSC Sugar warehouse in Fairless Hills, was a temp worker—died after climbing inside a huge hopper to remove sugar clogs on February 25, 2013. The warehouse manager told the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that he had asked for a safety screen to prevent such an accident, but after one was installed, the plant manager decided to...
  • Appeals court rules immigrant ‘dreamers’ can get driver’s licenses

    07/08/2014 5:45:52 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, July 7, 2014 | By Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court ruled Monday that young adult illegal immigrants whom President Obama has given tentative permission to be in the country — so-called “dreamers” — are also entitled to driver’s licenses and ordered Arizona to issue them. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/7/court-immigrant-dreamers-can-get-drivers-licenses/#ixzz36segyNlv Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Critics Hate 'America,' Public Gives Patriotic Docudrama A+

    07/08/2014 4:46:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood ^ | 7-7-2014 | Christian Toto
    In case we needed any more proof of the disconnect between mainstream movie critics and the public ... enter America. The new docudrama from the team behind 2016: Obama's America, earned some of the surliest reviews in recent memory. Critics sniffed the film was "odious," "hypocritical," and filled with "outright lies." One august reporter directly told readers not to see the film. Here's how the critic at RogerEbert.com starts his review: In 2012, political commentator, author, disgraced former university president and convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza Others reveal their news biases directly, like this critique in the Salt Lake Tribune: The...
  • BBC Refusing Airtime to Deniers of Climate Change, Striving for Gender Balance

    07/07/2014 8:01:54 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 12 replies
    UPI ^ | July 7, 2014 21:05 GMT | J.C. Sevcik
    BBC report: “Impartiality in science coverage does not simply lie in reflecting a wide range of views, but depends on the varying degree of prominence (due weight) such views should be given.” LONDON, July 7 (UPI) --In an internal report released today by the BBC trust addressing the broadcaster's impartiality in science reporting and the gender balance of its contributors and presenters, the BBC has officially taken the position that it will be giving climate change deniers less airtime in an effort to provide more accurate reporting that better reflects the weighted view of the scientific community. When they set...
  • President Obama to Fundraise in Austin TX with Director of Pro-Illegal Immigration "Machete" Films

    07/07/2014 7:51:38 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    Breitbart - Big Hollywood ^ | July 7, 2014 | Christian Toto
    Obama Skips Border Chaos, Will Fundraise in Austin with Director of Pro-Illegal Immigration Film President Barack Obama is refusing to visit the turbulent U.S.-Mexican border, where a flood of illegal immigrants continues to overwhelm the region. Instead, Obama will visit the home of Austin-based filmmaker Robert Rodriguez this week as part of a trio of Texas fundraisers. The Austin visit features tickets ranging in price from $5,000 to $32,400. The July 9 fundraiser also will feature actors Rosario Dawson, Danny Trejo and Jessica Alba. Both Trejo and Alba star in Rodriguez's ultra-violent Machete franchise. The first film in the series...
  • The 17 Most Exciting New Tech Products That Will Launch Before The End Of The Year

    07/07/2014 6:47:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/07/2014 | Steve Kovach
    The year is halfway over, but there's still plenty of time for new major tech products to hit the market. Here's a look at the most important stuff we're expecting to launch before the end of 2014. 1. All eyes are on Apple's iWatch. Apple is expected to launch its first major new product, the so-called iWatch, in October. According to numerous reports from sources like 9to5Mac, the iWatch will focus heavily on health and fitness monitoring. For example, it'll be able to track your steps, hydration, heart rate, and other vitals. The iWatch is also said to have a...
  • Pete Rose Awaits His Return, 25 Years Into Exile

    07/07/2014 5:14:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 6, 2014 | TYLER KEPNER
    Pete Rose has a vision. Someday his career hits record will be tied, and he will respond with one final turn at bat. He will roll a single up the middle and crawl to first base for No. 4,257, reclaiming his title as Hit King. Rose related this fanciful dream on the phone the other day, at the end of a lively conversation. The problem with the story, obviously, is that he is 73 years old and has been barred from baseball since 1989. But there has to be a better ending out there, somehow. Life is good for Rose....
  • Bert and Ernie gay marriage cake leaves Christian bakery facing court threat (Northern Ireland)

    07/07/2014 1:37:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:52PM BST 07 Jul 2014 | John Bingham
    A Christian-run bakery is facing legal action from a Government agency for refusing to produce a cake carrying a picture of the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan “support gay marriage”. Ashers Baking Co., based in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, canceled an order for a novelty cake with a picture of the puppets arm in arm printed onto the icing saying that it went against the directors’ religious beliefs. They believe that producing the cake with the slogan and the logo of QueerSpace, a gay rights group the would-be customer supports, would amount to endorsing the campaign for...
  • Pride Month

    07/07/2014 1:35:54 PM PDT · by Paul46360 · 17 replies
    7-7-14
  • Scientists criticize Europe’s $1.6B brain project

    07/07/2014 12:52:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
    Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe’s $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union. In an open letter issued Monday, more than 190 neuroscience researchers called on the EU to put less money into the effort to “build” a brain, and to invest instead in existing projects. …
  • Hillary's "Hard Choices" Now #71 On Amazon

    07/07/2014 12:39:29 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    Amazon.Com ^ | July 7, 2014
    #71
  • Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide?

    07/07/2014 11:09:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    NPR ^ | July 07, 2014 | Bill Chappell
    It's like sliding off the top of a 15-story building on nothing more than an air mattress. That's the experience promised by the Verrückt, the attraction called the world's tallest water slide by the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City. The giant water slide stands at 168 feet tall, resembling a NASA launchpad as it towers over its surroundings. Instead of a rocket, the slide launches people on a large raft that organizers say will reach speeds topping 60 mph before it comes to rest after completing an initial large drop that's followed by a second rise and fall. The...
  • Abortion doctors fear successor shortage

    07/07/2014 8:23:39 AM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    Abortion physician Dennis Christensen wants to retire. But he can't, the 71-year-old says, because no one wants to take over his Milwaukee clinic, a condition he set for himself for retirement. Christensen and his professional partner, Bernard Smith, both of whom have performed abortions for more than four decades, hope they can hand over the reins of the Affiliated Medical Center to younger physicians, but so far no one has come forward. An ongoing lawsuit over a new state requirement for doctors who perform abortions could leave that process more rigorous and less likely to happen. "I have always felt...
  • Anthony Cumia Gets Attacked... then Fired.

    07/07/2014 5:15:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7-7-2014 | Colin Flaherty
    The dominoes began falling Tuesday night, after midnight. The black woman in a mini-skirt who punched Cumia in the face in Times Square in Manhattan and called him a “white m-f-” probably did not know he was a national radio personality. To her, “Ant” was just a white photographer taking her picture. And she did not like that. Cumia liked being attacked even less. He called her lots of names -- the kind that would have gotten him fined had he said them on the air during his stint as a terrestrial radio star. But no N-bombs. That is all...
  • Rant on tipping

    07/06/2014 2:10:26 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 113 replies
    Me | July 6 2014 | Me
    OK, here is my rant about tipping. Not the kind where folks in Frisco are standing little cars on end or the practice of pushing sleeping cows over but the kind that takes place in restaurants. I worked in food service and as a bartender for many years while in the Air Force. When I started out the business would pay me to serve the customers. If my service was good, the customers would reward me with a gratuity. Over time the businesses noticed their servers were making a lot of money in tips so they reduced their pay to...
  • U.S. companies feel a chill in China, even as many still rake in profits

    07/06/2014 10:42:32 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 4 2014 | Simon Denyer
    A slowdown in China’s breakneck economic growth, stiffer competition from Chinese companies and rising labor costs have combined to cut into the profit margins of U.S. companies operating here. Many executives say they think the playing field is being tipped against them by a government that favors domestic companies, or they complain about being excluded from key sectors of the economy by laws restricting foreign investment. Meanwhile, hazardous levels of air pollution here make it increasingly hard to recruit foreign executives.
  • The Reign Of Windows At Work 'Is Coming To An End' And Macs Are Rising Fast

    07/05/2014 11:06:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 202 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/05/2014 | Julie Bort
    It's been clear for some time that the iPad has taken the enterprise by storm as employees tote it to work and companies buy fleets of them. But Apple's PC, the Mac, has never been as dominant in the workplace, until now, according to new research from long-time Microsoft rival, VMware. VMware queried 376 IT professionals and found that they are increasingly being asked to buy and/or support Macs in the enterprise by employees who want Macs, not Windows machines. "Microsoft Windows has dominated enterprise desktops for close to three decades but it appears its reign is coming to an...
  • Are ‘American’ cars going extinct?

    07/04/2014 10:13:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 04, 2014
    Want to buy an American car? Better get one while they last. Only 10 vehicles qualified this year for the annual American-Made Index from Cars.com, and just three of them are from domestic brands. The Ford F-150 pickup took the top spot for the second year in a row, while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray came in seventh and the Detroit-built Dodge SRT Viper rounded out the list in tenth. …
  • Doritos unveils ‘Roulette’ flavour edition where some chips are insanely hot

    07/04/2014 8:16:55 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 26 replies
    Financial Post [Canada] ^ | Friday, July 4, 2014 | Hayley Peterson
    PepsiCo Canada has launched “Doritos Roulette,” a new flavour edition in which most of the chips are nacho cheese flavored, while others are insanely hot. Consumers are calling the chips “dangerous” and “a solid slap in the face” and hundreds of people are posting videos of themselves eating the chips on YouTube. “Aside from the spice, these chips look and taste just like a regular Nacho Cheese Dorito,” according to a review by the blog The Impulsive Buy. “So you really have no idea what you’re going to get until you pop it in your mouth.” The new flavor was...
  • BREAKING: Planned Parenthood announces closure of three Indiana clinics

    07/04/2014 7:24:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    The 4th of July is starting out with a real bang! Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky announced July 2 it is closing three Indiana clinics this summer, in Bedford, Madison, and Warsaw. None of the three are abortion clinics; they are all feeders. On its website the Planned Parenthood affiliate indicates the Bedford and Warsaw clinics will shutter on July 25. No date is listed for Madison’s closure. Planned Parenthood’s demographic winter According to the Indiana Economic Digest, Planned Parenthood unwittingly admitted partial responsibility for the Bedford clinic’s demise - “a decline in patients coming to Planned Parenthood. It...
  • Bone tired and supping with whites (Don't sup with whites"~mugabe)

    07/04/2014 6:53:28 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    cathybuckle.com ^ | 7-4-14 | Cathy Buckle
    Sadly what did make front page news this week were the shocking words: “Don’t sup with whites: Mugabe.” Mr Mugabe said that people who had been given seized farms were leasing them out to white Zimbabweans and accused his own officials of being involved. “Some of my ministers are being mentioned here. They are refusing to remove white farmers from their constituencies… we are told that Chiefs are also involved in land deals,” Mr Mugabe said. “What annoys us... is where our own indigenous farmers sub-lease to the very same white farmers we took our heritage from yesterday,” he added....
  • Reform Math Must be Destroyed Root and Branch

    07/04/2014 1:37:17 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 10, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The Education Establishment went way too far, and this has presented the country with a unique opportunity for real improvement of the public schools. As never before, parents across the United States will tell you emphatically that they hate Common Core, and they especially hate Common Core Math. The Education Establishment will try to maneuver around this revulsion. Compromises will be offered. The same dumb ideas will be repackaged as something new and wonderful. The challenge is to refuse to compromise. Sometimes a good thing, compromise is now the biggest threat to genuine reform. Our Education Establishment has been selling...
  • Verizon DSL Price Hike [versus Comcast]

    07/04/2014 12:55:05 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 21 replies
    Like the poster at the link, I am currently a Verizon Phone/DSL customer in Massachusetts and just received an email from Verizon stating that they will be raising my bill by $3/month, which already costs 76.00 with taxes, as we currently pay $59.99 for Verizon Freedom Essentials (unlimited nationwide + Canada and PR calling) and "High Speed Internet Enhanced" (approx. 6.50 Mbps speed at my location). No TV is included or needed. However, after i moved less than a 1/2 mile from where I was my Internet speed was approx. cut in half, from around 12 mbps to approx. 6,50....
  • Tyler Perry Wins 'What Would Jesus Do' Trademark Battle

    07/04/2014 10:32:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 7/2/2014 | Eriq Gardner
    His opponent at the Trademark Office was a reality TV star who registered first and claimed she had introduced him to the title of a proposed show. She still lost.While not scripture of ecclesiastic precept, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has declared Tyler Perry to be the winner in a battle over "What Would Jesus Do." The other contestant in this bout was Kimberly Kearney, who was once known as "Poprah" on the VH1 series, I Want to Work for Diddy. In May 2008, Perry registered the mark in the category of entertainment services, mentioning in his filing...
  • Michelle Burdo of CBS46 Apologizes for Saying ‘Colored Woman’

    07/03/2014 4:37:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    CBS46 morning show host Michelle Burdo used the dated term “colored woman” during a segment about summer hair tips Monday morning during the 9 a.m. CBS Better Mornings Atlanta program. “Let me tell you something,” Burdo said during a live segment to an African-American woman who appears to be the hair expert. “I’m not a colored woman but I have kinky hair just like her and when you straighten it every day, it’s…” She pauses. The woman filled the empty air by saying, “healthier.” Here’s a 12-second portion of the segmen On Tuesday’s show, at 9:57 a.m., Burdo apologized for...
  • McDonald’s Has the Worst Hamburger in the Country, According to New Consumer Reports Study

    07/03/2014 4:09:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 160 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | Chelsea Hirsch
    The Habit Burger and In-N-Out lead the pack. Chick-fil-A also has lots to squawk about. Turns out nobody’s loving it. The standard McDonald’s hamburger — the one that claims to satisfy “billions and billions” — finished dead last in a new Consumer Reports taste test. The Hamburglar’s favorite meal earned a score of just 5.8 out of 10 from the magazine’s readers, putting it far behind West Coast chains The Habit Burger Grill and In-N-Out Burger, which scored 8.1 out of 10 and 8 out of 10, respectively. The top fast food burger available locally was Five Guys Burgers and...
  • Budget £149 London to New York flight starts

    07/03/2014 9:37:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:27PM BST 03 Jul 2014 | Natalie Paris
    Norwegian is running direct, low-cost routes on a new Dreamliner plane between Gatwick, New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale. As with other budget flights, seat reservations, checked-in luggage and food will cost extra. The carrier suggests the flights will help spark competition between airlines—Ryanair and easyJet have both previously talked about going transatlantic—and perhaps even start a price war, but the launch has not been without hitch. Norwegian encountered fierce opposition in America over the proposition, with several US airlines, unions and the Airline Pilots Organization (ALPA) teaming up to run a media campaign over the last few months,...
  • Berkeley Requires Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients

    07/03/2014 9:12:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    CBS Local 5 ^ | July 2, 2014 | Ryan Takeo
    The city of Berkeley will require medical marijuana dispensaries to give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year free to low-income patients. The City Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to amend the city’s medical pot rules, which would also allow for a fourth dispensary in Berkeley.
  • Researchers regrow corneas using adult human stem cells

    07/03/2014 7:40:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 02, 2014 | Loren Grush
    Boston researchers have successfully regrown human corneal tissue—a feat that could potentially restore vision in the blind. The achievement also marks one of the first times that scientists have constructed tissue using adult-derived human stem cells. In a new study published in the journal Nature, researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the VA Boston Healthcare System detailed their groundbreaking research. According to the paper, the key to the study’s success revolves around a molecule known as ABCB5, which serves as a biomarker for previously elusive limbal stem cells. Residing in the...
  • Was this month's unemployment report, a white-wash?

    07/03/2014 6:45:47 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 20 replies
    The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) increased by 275,000 in June to 7.5 million.
  • Att: Suggestions needed to take advantage of created crisis

    07/03/2014 6:40:50 AM PDT · by StaffiT
    The People’s Cube ^ | 7/1/2014 | Comrade Šterpin
    Tovarishchi, we are in the midst of sheer genius .. well semi- sheer genius since comrade Botox was not the first to put Forward such a plan. Comrades Cloward & Piven were some of the first to propose creating a crisis and using it for crass political gain and Genosse Hitler was one to use Reichstag fire crisis to seize power. But in the case of Madame Botox, we have a modern day example of a naked attempt to do this in front of our very eyes and ears.. {apologies to mind’s eye using word ‘naked’ in same sentence...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-07-02 : A Sobering Report for America’s Birthday

    07/03/2014 4:45:53 AM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 13 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-07-02 | Newt Gingrich
    . July 2, 2014 Newt Gingrich : A Sobering Report for America’s Birthday ===================================================== Americans are in a period of amazingly negative thinking about the state of our country. A recent Gallup analysis drove home how deep and how threatening the current mood is. Gallup asked Americans in early June how much confidence they had in our nation's institutions. The answer: not much. Only 30% had "a great deal" or "quite a lot of confidence" in the Supreme Court. Just 29% felt that way about the presidency. And an abysmal 7% had faith in the Congress. Think about what this...
  • Arbitrator rules Saints' Graham is a tight end

    07/02/2014 7:42:40 PM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 07/02/2014 | BRETT MARTEL
    The Saints' Jimmy Graham and the NFL Players Association were dealt a setback Wednesday when an arbitrator ruled that he can only be considered a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag designation. NFLPA had filed a grievance arguing that Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag. But arbitrator Stephen Burbank disagreed and now the NFLPA is reviewing his ruling, and will advise Graham on his options, which could include an appeal.