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  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, July 27th, 2014.

    07/27/2014 5:02:16 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 87 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...
  • US new-home sales plummet in June

    07/24/2014 8:09:04 AM PDT · by wbill · 20 replies
    Yahoo Finanace ^ | 7/24/2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy. New home sales fell 8.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The report also revised down the May sales rate to 442,000 from 504,000. (snip)
  • 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

    07/24/2014 6:37:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Billboard ^ | 07/24/2014 | By Keith Caulfield
    After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a comedy album since 1994. "Mandatory Fun" was released July 15 through Way Moby and RCA Records, and sold 104,000 copies in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was promoted by a well-receiveddaily viral video campaign that launched Monday, July 14. Starting with his parody of Pharrell's...
  • NASCAR Is In Big Trouble As Team Values Continue To Shrink

    07/24/2014 6:28:49 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 77 replies
    Yahoo / Business Insider ^ | 7/23/14 | Cork Gaines
    Things are going well for NASCAR's top team, Hendrick Motorsports, which includes some of the sport's top drivers, including Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. But a closer look at the value and profit of the other top teams reveals a sport that is trending in the wrong direction. According to Forbes.com and its valuations of NASCAR's top nine teams, the current value of Hendrick Motorsports ($348 million) is relatively unchanged since 2010 ($350 million). However, the average team has seen a 31.1% drop in profit since 2010 which has translated into an average team value...
  • Senate Undergoes Emergency Cleaning After Woman Drags In Bedbugs

    07/24/2014 5:15:39 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 7-24-16 | Betsy Rothstein
    The Architect of the Capitol took emergency measures Wednesday to handle a bed bug problem in a Senate Office Building, including closing off a restroom for a couple of days with yellow police tape. So watch out Senate aides and tourists approaching the sixth floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Bedbugs are not easy to shake. The trouble began prior to a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing held Wednesday in which some attendees—lobbyists, presumably—employed people to wait in line for them. This is a common practice and sources tell us it falls under the jurisdiction of the Rules Committee...
  • Caught on camera: Argument between woman and mall Staff Turns Ugly

    07/23/2014 4:52:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    An argument between a woman and the staff of a Giant supermarket at Pelangi Leisure Mall in Johor Bahru got violent after she was accused of stealing. A video has been circulating online of the woman refusing to cooperate with the staff, hitting and throwing things at them. In the video, the woman can be seen shouting and pulling her trolley away after being asked to go to the staff entrance. A male employee then pulls the trolley towards the back of the store, but the woman then tries to grab a table off the display and throws it at...
  • 'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette Issues Warning About Hair Dye After Having Allergic Reaction

    07/23/2014 3:00:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 97 replies
    UPI ^ | July 23, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    Perrette's severe allergic reaction landed her in the hospital.NCIS actress Pauley Perrette suffered a severe allergic reaction caused by her hair dye that landed her in the hospital. The 45-year-old star, who plays forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the hit show, warned her Twitter followers to be careful about hair dye allergies in order to avoid having their heads "swell up like a melon" or worse. Perrette is a natural blonde but she has been dyeing her hair for the past 20 years. "The other half of my face had become twice the size of my head," she told CBS...
  • Freep a poll! (Should the Obamacare law be enforced as written?)

    07/23/2014 1:51:45 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    http://www.headlineoftheday.com/ ^ | 7-23-14 | Headline of the day
    Should the Obamacare law be enforced as written? No, the IRS is allowed to change it. I don't know. Yes, and let the chips fall where they may.
  • The Rot From Within (Part 1)

    07/23/2014 1:24:30 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 3 replies
    Of Two Minds Dot Com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Charles Hugh Smith
    All the conventional policy fixes proposed by Demopublican politicos, technocrats and the vast army of academic/think-tank apparatchiks are the equivalent of slapping a coat of paint on a fragile facade riddled with dryrot. All these fake-fixes share a few key characteristics: 1. They focus on effects and symptoms rather than address the underlying causes, i.e. the dry rot at the heart of our government, society and economy. 2. They maintain and protect the Status Quo Powers That Be- no vested interests, protected fiefdoms or Financial Elites ever lose power as a result of these policy tweaks. 3. They are politically...
  • We’re heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does

    07/23/2014 11:33:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa
    In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I’d had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future. He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, who says that we are moving from a history of scarcity to an era of abundance. Then he noted that the technologies that make such abundance possible are allowing production of far more output using far fewer people. On all this, Summers is right. Within two decades, we will have almost unlimited energy, food, and clean water; advances in medicine will allow us to live...
  • 2015 Chevy Volt gets larger battery, though range remains the same

    07/23/2014 11:00:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    green.autoblog.com ^ | Jul 18th 2014 6:30PM | By John Beltz Snyder
    The Chevrolet Volt isn't changing much for the 2015 model year. According to specifications uncovered by Inside EVs, though, the new Volt's battery does have a slightly larger capacity. According to the spec sheet, this doesn't translate to increased range. Real world driving, though, might tell a different story. The 2015 Volt's battery storage is slightly higher than the outgoing model's, up from 16.5 kilowatt-hours to 17.1 kWh. According to GM's manager of electrification technology communications, Kevin Kelly, speaking to Green Car Reports, the increased capacity is "a late change done in the cell... just another continuous improvement to surprise...
  • U.K. Cabinet Office Adopts ODF as Exclusive Standard for Sharable Documents

    07/23/2014 10:57:45 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 15 replies
    The Standards Blog ^ | Tuesday, July 22 2014 @ 12:52 PM CDT | Andy Updegrove
    The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) by software to be purchased in the future across all government bodies. Compliance with any of the existing versions of OOXML, the competing document format championed by Microsoft, is neither required nor relevant. The announcement was made today by The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. Henceforth, ODF compliance will be required for documents intended to be shared or subject to collaboration. PDF/A or HTML compliance will be required for...
  • 10 secret rules of working in Disney's Magic Kingdoms

    07/23/2014 6:48:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 23, 2014 | Staff
    It may seem to some as something of a dream job - working alongside childhood heroes such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck. But in order to get, and keep, a job as a character at a Disney park or resort, employees must abide by a number of strict rules, ranging from the obvious to the bizarre. For anyone thinking of trying to get a job at a Magic Kingdom, here is a rundown of some of the more idiosyncratic employee rules implemented by the bosses at Disney.
  • Former Gov. Sarah Palin weighs in on Alaska's current oil tax debate

    07/23/2014 7:07:00 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 11 replies
    Alaska Dispach News ^ | July 22, 2014 | Laurel Andrews
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in a phone interview with Alaska Dispatch News on Tuesday that she plans to speak out against oil company-funded efforts to maintain the oil tax structure put in place in January. “I don’t want Alaskans to be deceived,” she said.
  • Beware All the Retirement 'Crisis' Reports

    07/23/2014 6:59:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    RCM ^ | 07/23/2014 | Andrew Biggs & Sylvester Schieber
    If the amount of press ink used to report a study is any indicator of its contribution to public understanding, the National Institute on Retirement Security's (NIRS) 2013 report, "The Retirement Savings Crisis: Is It Worse than We Think?" might be the gold standard on the subject of retirement security. The report concludes that 84% of Americans are falling short of reasonable retirement savings targets and, even when total net worth is considered, two-thirds are at risk of an inadequate retirement income. The total "retirement savings gap," NIRS claims, may reach $14 trillion. According to New York Times writer Nancy...
  • Pat Bowlen resigns control of Denver Broncos, acknowledges he is dealing with Alzheimer's disease

    07/23/2014 6:24:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ch 7 ^ | Jul 23, 2014 | Deb Stanley
    Denver Broncos team owner Pat Bowlen is steeping down from day-to-day operations because he is battling Alzheimer's Disease ... The Broncos said Bowlen had already been reducing his role in recent years while he was, "courageously and privately battling Alzheimer’s disease." "The Broncos are very saddened that Mr. Bowlen is no longer able to be part of the team’s daily operations due to his condition," the team said on its website. "We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to ‘Mr. B,’ who has faced Alzheimer’s disease with such dignity and strength." Team president Joe Ellis will assume...
  • Looking over the shoulder of a watchmaker. (video)

    07/23/2014 6:10:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 7-22-2014 | wimp.com
    Watchmaking is a noble tradition stretching back hundreds of years when they would make all the parts by hand. While technology today has lightened some of their workload, it's still a fascinating sight when a watchmaker creates another mechanical beauty.
  • Amazon's Fire Phone life-meets-work review:

    07/23/2014 4:39:57 AM PDT · by dennisw · 4 replies
    http://www.zdnet.com ^ | July 23rd | zdnet.Larry Dignan
    Wild cards, but notable Android entry Summary: Amazon's Fire Phone proved itself to be a good everyday phone even though it's unclear whether Dynamic Perspective and Firefly will be hits. Amazon's Fire gives us something unique in the me-too land of Android smartphones. I was skeptical before I even turned the device on. Amazon's Fire Phone is one of the few things to really talk about in the Android smartphone derby, but faces a few hurdles. My doubts revolved around the following: Was Dynamic Perspective, which delivers 3D effects, useful or a gimmick? After playing with the phone for four...
  • Locals Renting Rooms for Comic Con

    07/23/2014 12:02:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
    Once a year rental marketIt is that time of year when San Diegans open their homes to strangers. People across the county rent rooms, apartments, condos and houses to visitors of Comic-Con. It is the largest convention in San Diego, and places to stay are hard to find and expensive -- leaving the door open the locals who want to make some extra money renting out space for the convention. But there can be complications. Besides the fact that you are opening your door to complete strangers, many rental contracts and Condo Association rules ban renting out your property. Regardless,...
  • MacDailyNews presents live notes from Apple’s Q314 Conference Call

    07/22/2014 8:59:04 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | July 22, 2014 | MacDailyNews Staff
    MacDailyNews presents live notes from Apple’s Q314 Conference Call with analysts starting at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT today. For its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014, Apple today announced Q314 financial results with quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion (vs. $35.3 billion YOY) and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion (vs. $6.9 billion YOY), or $1.07 per diluted share.“Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “We...
  • Stock Market Crash… Economic Collapse

    07/22/2014 7:24:08 PM PDT · by Signalman · 35 replies
    economyandmarkets.com ^ | 7/21/2014 | Harry Dent
    You can’t deny an economic collapse. We are about to see the greatest stock crash of our lifetimes I recently read a good article in Barron’s by Randall W. Forsyth called “Deus ex Machina 2.0: Is the Fed Trying to Take Human Nature Out of the Credit Cycle?” It was particularly interesting in light of the Bank for International Settlements’ warning that central banks are stoking financial bubbles that will burst, creating an even larger financial crisis… and that they should reverse their endless stimulus policies sooner rather than later. Music to my ears: Were they singing my song or...
  • Caught speeding in Alaskan hometown, Sarah Palin answers: ‘I wasn’t speeding, I was qualifying’

    07/22/2014 6:59:58 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 61 replies
    Jacksonville.com ^ | July 22, 2014 - 7:15pm | The Times-Union
    TMZ first reported the incident and she told them "I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying," according to the website.... Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/2014-07-22/story/caught-speeding-alaskan-hometown-sarah-palin-answers-i-wasn-t-speeding-i-was#ixzz38Fjr2xDT
  • Dan Borislow, magicJack Inventor, Dies at 52

    07/22/2014 4:42:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014
    Dan Borislow, the inventor of magicJack and a pioneer in developing phone calls over the Internet, died Monday, officials at the company he founded said. He was 52. A spokeswoman for MagicJack Vocaltec Ltd., said he died of a heart attack. In a statement, MagicJack CEO Gerald Vento praised Borislow as a visionary.
  • GCC 'Millionaire' Caught Begging in Saudi Arabia

    07/22/2014 4:38:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Police found bank deposits receipts worth Dh1.2m and expensive four-wheel car with himSaudi police arrested an Arab man for begging although he had in excess of SR1.2 million (Dh1.2 million) and an expensive four-wheel vehicle. Police said the unnamed man, a resident of a nearby Gulf country, is visiting the Gulf kingdom on a tourist visa with his wife and three children, adding that he was found to be staying in a luxury furnished apartment in the Western Saudi port of Yanbu. “We found large sums of cash with him and receipts for bank deposits…he had a total of more...
  • Circuits Split on Availability of ACA Exchange Subsidies

    07/22/2014 2:48:58 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 7-22-14 | Sean Riley
    This morning, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidated a 2012 IRS rule allowing tax subsidies in federal insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Within hours, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a contrary ruling in a similar, but separate, case, allowing exchange subsidies in both state-based and federal exchanges. Though both decisions are still subject to further review and will have no immediate impact, such “circuit splits” are often considered strong evidence that a case will ultimately end up before the U.S. Supreme...
  • Low Irish taxes boost Airbnb profits (but EUSSR wants Ireland to raise them)

    07/22/2014 2:19:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 22/07/2014 - 15:55 | Cécile Barbière
    The peer-to-peer property renting website, artAirbnb, makes it possible for people in crisis-stricken states to earn extra money, but the company itself has placed its headquarters in places like Ireland, Jersey and Delaware to avoid paying tax. EurActiv France reports. […] In late March 2014, the website announced that one million French holidaymakers used Airbnb since it launched in 2008, the same number as in the UK. In Spain, one million tourists used the website to rent property. The French Ministry of Finances has condemned this kind of revenue. “France has nothing to gain from developing this kind of renting…...
  • AMTRAK Sucks

    07/22/2014 11:23:07 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 63 replies
    7-22-14 | Me
    On 21July2014 Amtrak Wolverine was due to arrive in New Buffalo Michigan at 8:10pm from Chicago. But it was over 2 hours late. When my wife FINALLY talked with a REAL person she was told that AMTRAK's own dispatch center could NOTcontact the train and to call back in 10 min for update!!!!!!!!