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  • Stolen $7,000 Smart Bike Rescues Itself

    03/27/2015 3:29:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri, Mar 27, 2015 | Leif Haven
    Can a smart bike rescue itself if there’s no one around to see the blinking LED that says it’s stolen? Tuesday morning, Bill Kiriakis drove in from the North Bay to The New Wheel to pick up his brand new $6,990 Stromer ST2. By noon it had been stolen. What could have turned into a real lousy Tuesday turned into an exciting tale of smart bike success. Kiriakis made the mistake of locking his super bling electric bike up to his rack and walking away. Dramatization of the bike theft. Dramatization of the bike theft. when he came back from...
  • Hillary Clinton's Culture Of Corruption May Doom Candidacy

    03/27/2015 10:15:07 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | March 27, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    candal: Hillary's emails may be only the tip of an iceberg that could include Clinton Foundation donations to shield Boko Haram from being designated a terrorist group and her brother's involvement in a Haitian gold mine. We doubt Team Hillary was thrilled or her critics surprised Tuesday when the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security named Mrs. Clinton's brother, Tony Rodham, in a report about a firm that allegedly received preferential treatment from the Obama administration. The firm, Gulf Coast Funds Management, with Tony Rodham listed as its chief executive, allegedly benefited from what the report says was...
  • Taxpayers Foot Bill for Private Union Interests

    03/27/2015 1:06:27 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-27-15 | Paige Lafortune
    Prior to a court case ruling otherwise, taxpayers in the city of Phoenix paid $950,000 a year in salaries and benefits to send six city police officers to work as full-time union managers, 35 officers to work as part time union representatives and one to work as a union lobbyist. Including Phoenix, the state of Arizona was giving approximately $3.7 million in taxpayer dollars to public employees doing union work on “release time.” Wednesday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a new report, “A Remedy for Taxpayer Giveaway to Unions.” The report explains how public employees receive subsidies from the...
  • Mercedes-Benz launching midsize pickup by end of decade

    03/27/2015 12:59:23 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 32 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 3/27/2015 | Chris Bruce
    The pickup is about to get a rethink from Germany. In a rather surprising announcement, Mercedes-Benz says that it's planning to have a midsize truck on the market before the end of the decade. Before you get too excited to drive a pickup with the brand's famous star on the grille, there's some disappointing news. Mercedes is quite clear that the US isn't among the intended markets for the midsize truck, and the company specifically outlines the model for Latin America, South Africa, Australia and Europe. Also, this is a product being developed by the more commercially-minded Mercedes-Benz Vans division...
  • Invest in Food

    03/27/2015 8:14:00 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    It is in this environment of extreme financial risk and perpetually spiraling food prices where we consider the proposition of food as an investment asset class. We begin by looking at the “fundamentals” of this market/investment class. And what we see (from this perspective) is extremely encouraging: food prices consistently soaring by roughly 20% per year, and significantly more for some categories of food (notably meat products). With soaring food costs being a serious drain on the budgets of most families, our challenge is to find some way of turning this financial drain into a means of preserving/protecting our wealth:...
  • 'Game Change' is well-worth seeing (article title, this appears to be a new film about Sarah Palin?)

    03/27/2015 4:09:18 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 5 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | March 26, 2015
    Quoting from the article: “Game Change” is an insightful film. Even viewers who were unsympathetic with Palin during the campaign may find themselves sympathizing with some aspects of her situation. end-quote
  • OS X: Back to the Beginning

    03/26/2015 9:48:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Gene Steinberg's TechNightOwl ^ | March 26, 2015 | Gene Steinberg
    It’s hard to believe that 14 years have elapsed since OS X — then Mac OS X — was originally released as a supposedly finished product. But it wasn’t quite the first version of Apple’s Unix-based OS to be available to the public. The previous September, Apple sold you a Public Beta, for $29, designed to demonstrate that, first and foremost, the new OS was real and that it would soon be ready for public consumption. I remember the Public Beta well. The interface was good-looking all right, though I chafed at the “lickable” comment from Steve Jobs. Did he...
  • Top 2 U.S. Jobs by Number Employed: Salespersons and Cashiers

    03/26/2015 9:05:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 25, 2015 - 3:04 PM | Rudy Takala
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Wednesday that retail sales clerk and cashier were the two largest occupations in the United States in May 2014, with their numbers increasing slightly since 2013. In its annual report on wages and occupational employment, the BLS found that 4.6 million Americans worked in retail sales while 3.4 million more worked as cashiers, making up almost six percent of total U.S. employment. The two job categories increased by a combined 400,000 workers since 2012. Retail workers made $24,020 a year on average, while cashiers made $20,670, according to the BLS. …
  • Critical Sharks Part IV: Fear of Apple

    03/26/2015 7:55:34 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    Critical Sharks ^ | March 24, 2015 | Eli Schiff
    There is an unfortunate climate of fear in the software community today. It is primarily in ephemeral video interviews and podcasts that we get any semblance of coherent criticism and even then it is reticent. Worse than the fact that this criticism is relegated to verbal discussions is that it is later renounced by the very same designers and developers when they are interviewed in the more permanent-seeming medium of the written word. In written interviews, these fair-weather critics go on to reverse their opinions and praise the products of modern minimalist UI design because it is more convenient not...
  • New Homeowner Has To Sell House Because Of Comcast’s Incompetence, Lack Of Competition

    03/26/2015 11:45:10 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 42 replies
    The Consumerist ^ | March 25, 2015 | Chris Morran
    Only months after moving into his new home in Washington state, Consumerist reader Seth is already looking to sell his house. He didn’t lose his job or discover that the property is haunted. No, Seth can’t stay much longer because no one can provide broadband service to his address; even though Comcast and CenturyLink both misled him into thinking he’d be connected to their networks and in spite of the fact that his county runs a high-speed fiberoptic network that goes very near to his property. Like an increasing number of Americans, Seth works from home, meaning that it’s vital...
  • Once again Comrade de Blasio reminds us of why Democrats must never be allowed to rule us

    03/26/2015 8:34:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/26/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In the bad old days of New York City, the mob would decide the price of erecting a building regardless of who was planning to do it. Years after the construction of One Police Plaza, the City’s Police Headquarters, when the ceiling of the main floor started to fall down an investigation found that the mob had sold the city substandard concrete. They didn’t care who they ripped off. Hard work led by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani broke the grip of the mob on New York’s construction industry and for years afterward construction boomed because of the reduced costs of...
  • Kraft and Heinz merger to create food giant

    03/26/2015 1:22:27 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 32 replies
    cnnmoney ^ | March 25, 2015 | Poppy Harlow
    Heinz is buying Kraft Foods to create the world's fifth largest food and beverage company, with sales of about $28 billion. Kraft shares surged more than 33% Wednesday. Kraft owns popular brands such as Jell-O, Maxwell House coffee and Planters peanuts. Heinz, of course, is famous for its ketchup, and also owns Lea & Perrins and Ore-Ida.
  • Worth $450 million, Jamie Oliver speaks about his meteoric rags to riches story

    03/25/2015 10:15:14 PM PDT · by dennisw · 5 replies
    dailymail ^ | 25 March 2015 | Jenna Good
    Jamie is believed to have left school at the age of 16 as an undiagnosed dyslexic with just two GCSEs before finding fame after an impromptu appearance in a 1997 BBC documentary about London's The River Café, where he was working at the time. With his fortune estimated at a staggering $450 million, he is one of the richest celebrity chefs in the world. And on Thursday morning Jamie Oliver lamented on his rags to riches story as he spoke about how he feels that the public is his boss on Australian breakfast show, Sunrise. Still very aware of his...
  • Fed Now Sees Only 0.2% GDP Growth In Q1

    03/25/2015 5:01:52 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    From almost 2.5% GDP growth expectations in February, The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow model has now collapsed its estimates of Q1 GDP growth to just 0.2% - plunging from +1.4% just 2 weeks ago. The reality of plunging capex and no decoupling is starting to rear its ugly head in the hard data and as the sun warms things up, weather will start to lose its ability to sway sentiment. While sell-side consensus has dropped (Goldman, Morgan Stanley, and Barclays all cut today following Durable goods), it remains unable to quite accept the reality of massively weaker than expected macro data...
  • 'No Blacks' Chinese Restaurant Shut Down in Kenya

    03/25/2015 4:20:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/25/2015
    A Chinese restaurant in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has been shut down and its owners summoned by authorities after it emerged it was barring black patrons, reports said Wednesday. The restaurant became the focus of city authorities after furious residents took to social media to denounce an apparently racist policy of not allowing African patrons to eat there after 5pm -- pushing #RacistRestaurant, #NoBlacksHere and #TheChineseInvasion to be top trending topics.
  • Millbrae Chinese Restaurant Catches Yelper in Lie

    03/25/2015 4:07:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 3/25/2015 | Tamara Palmer
    Millbrae's Wonderful Chinese Restaurant has video footage that disputes one Yelper's written complaint. According to Eater SF, a Yelp member from San Bruno named Dan W. wrote that Wonderful would not seat him and awarded the restaurant one star. The review, since removed, reportedly said, "It's not that classy of a place, but they wouldn't seat me." The restaurant posted a video called "Lying Yelp Reviewer Caught by Wonderful Chinese Restaurant" to YouTube Monday showing the man entering the front door, lingering for just over 30 seconds, talking to no one, and leaving. Wonderful also posted a response to Dan...
  • Colorado prepares to refund tax revenues back to taxpayers for first time in nearly 15 years

    03/25/2015 1:29:54 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-25-15 | Ben Wilterdink
    Colorado taxpayers are very likely to get a break when they file their taxes next year as the state prepares to refund some tax revenues back to taxpayers for the first time in nearly 15 years. This is due to a provision in the state’s constitution, little known outside of Colorado, called the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR. This provision is one of the most effective limits on both Colorado state spending and on state revenue collection. TABOR works by establishing a limit on how much tax revenue the state can collect in a given year. Generally, the cap...
  • Sketches Released Of Two Men Wanted For Gold Heist

    03/25/2015 11:05:57 AM PDT · by dennisw · 14 replies
    .cbslocal. ^ | March 25, 2015 12:10 PM
    Once the truck stopped, two armed men stormed the cab, announced themselves as “Policia” and placed traffic cones near the truck’s trailer section. The armed men, who witnesses said spoke Spanish, restrained those in the truck and then led them into the woods. They then stole approximately $4.9 million in gold bars from the trailer and sped off in a white van. Nearly five million dollars in gold was stolen during a shipment from Miami to Boston. Now the FBI in Miami has released sketches of the two men who pulled off the gold heist in hopes that someone recognizes...
  • Bosses can’t get even when staffers gripe on social media

    03/25/2015 10:58:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2015 1:27 PM EDT | Joyce M. Rosenberg
    Bosses can get mad when staffers vent on social media about their jobs, but they may not be able to get even. When one of Bert Martinez’ employees posted gripes about her job and the boss on Facebook last year, the publicist consulted his lawyer, who said the staffer couldn’t be fired. “The first lesson I learned is, employees are allowed to vent,” says Martinez, owner of Bert Martinez Communications in Phoenix. “If they're saying, ‘hey, it’s hard working here and I find this environment unpleasant’, you can’t fire them for that.” The employee quit a week after Martinez learned...
  • NV: Expanded Reciprocity Bill Passes Senate

    03/25/2015 10:41:40 AM PDT · by rktman
    /gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 3/25/2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In Nevada, SB 175 passed the Senate. The bill is a general gun law reform bill that passed 14 to 5 with 2 excused. The bill changes the reciprocity law in Nevada in a significant way. From SB 175 (pdf):
  • Auto workers president rejects lower tier of wages

    03/25/2015 8:56:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2015 11:42 AM EDT | Tom Krisher
    The leader of the United Auto Workers union has rejected a third tier of lower wages for members who make auto parts. Speaking Wednesday at the union’s national bargaining convention in Detroit, President Dennis Williams said the UAW already has too many tiers of lower wages. Williams was responding to reports that General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. may propose a third tier of pay. He already is under pressure from union members to end a second tier of wages that’s about half the $28 per hour made by longtime workers. He told delegates that he heard people talking...
  • Thousands Of Layoffs Coming After Buffett Merges Heinz With Kraft, 5th Largest Food Company

    03/25/2015 8:46:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/25/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Another day, another mega-M&A deal taking advantage of abnormally low bond rates, this time however not involving biotechs or a specialty pharma seeking to purchase a debt-free balance sheet, but one involving the Oracle of Omaha himself, and his Heinz investment, which will merge with Kraft Foods whose market cap was over $40 billion this morning on the news of the merger, and create the third largest food and beverage company in the US, and 5th largest in  the world. And while the resulting company will certainly be an unprecedented food giant, one which leaves the US food industry even...
  • Who Is Tom Cotton?

    03/25/2015 3:38:54 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 8 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 3/24/15 at 6:45 AM | By Matt Welch
    He's "the star of the 2014 Senate class," proclaims The Washington Post. A "conservative superstar," deems The Atlantic. The "leading GOP national security hawk," says The Washington Post again. Even a "dark horse" 2016 candidate for president, says The New Republic. So just who exactly is the new letter-writing chairman of the Senate Armed Services Airland Subcommittee, and what does his prominence say about the contemporary GOP? http://www.newsweek.com/who-exactly-tom-cotton-316178?piano_t=1
  • I have AN answer to the teacher's pension problem

    03/24/2015 7:46:21 PM PDT · by knarf · 11 replies
    self | March 24, 2015 | knarf
    Every legitimate American child has a SS number, and ......
  • Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton (Ted Cruz 2.0?)

    03/24/2015 6:59:28 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 8 replies
    Arkansas Times ^ | Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 12:10 PM | Posted By David Ramsey
    The fact that Tom Cotton is so willing to brazenly raid the Ted Cruz playbook indicates that he sees himself as a head-on rival. (Bump)
  • Why The Fed Ended QE And Why They Can’t Restart It

    03/24/2015 1:54:38 PM PDT · by Signalman · 16 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 3/24/2015 | Dick Morris
    Many stock market investors have, in the back of their minds, the comforting illusion that the Quantitative Easing with which the Fed showered Wall Street during the past three years could restart if the market falters. (Under Quantitative Easing, the Fed gave banks $85 billion each month to help stimulate lending and spending and to drive up stock prices). Some also see that the impending rise in interest rates can be reversed if the economy begins to drop. Both assumptions are really illusions. The factors that impelled an end to Quantitative Easing and to higher interest rates rule out a...
  • Is there an insurer that does NOT have the 2 year contestability

    03/24/2015 1:41:16 PM PDT · by knarf · 11 replies
    self | March 24, 2015 | knarf
    All the ads I get say .. 125% of premiums in first two years
  • Ohio Senate Works to Rein in Closed-Door Deals with Private Attorneys

    03/24/2015 1:23:45 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-24-15 | Amy Kjose Anderson
    The Ohio Senate just passed legislation that would require oversight and fee limitations when the state Attorney General hires private attorneys on contingency fee. Where other government-hired servicers are required to submit public proposals and bid for contracts, attorneys have long been able to sidestep this transparency and strike deals out of the public eye. The Ohio legislation, similar to the ALEC Private Attorney Retention Sunshine Act, would put an end to this discrepancy. Since the tobacco litigation of the 1990’s, private attorneys have brought innovative litigation to Attorneys General offices seeking to bring their lawsuits with state authority and...
  • Italy prosecutors wrap up tax probe into Apple: sources

    03/24/2015 11:46:48 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:06pm EDT
    (Reuters) - Italian prosecutors have wrapped up an investigation into allegations U.S. tech giant Apple (AAPL.O) failed to pay corporate taxes to the tune of 879 million euros ($964 million), two sources said on Monday. Under Italian law, the move now opens the way for the prosecutors to ask a judge for the case to be brought to trial. The investigations, covering the period 2008-2013, involve two managers from the Italian subsidiary of Apple operations and one from its Irish-based subsidiary Apple Sales International, the sources said. The probe claims that by having profits generated in Italy booked by the...
  • All-New Russian Tank Caught on Dash Camera.

    03/24/2015 7:31:35 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 7 replies
    Video at link. Said to be a new Armata T-14 , unrelated to T-72(90) and other previous designs. Rumored to have radar to engage both aerial and ground targets, active countermeasured to intercept incoming rounds, and there is unmanned turret for enhanced protection.
  • Cotton Calls for Lifting Spending Caps on Defense Later This Year

    03/24/2015 3:49:49 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 8 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | March 24, 2015 | BY: Daniel Wiser
    Says Congress should look at spending close to $900 billion on military in coming years http://freebeacon.com/national-security/cotton-calls-for-lifting-spending-caps-on-defense-later-this-year/
  • San Jose Student Shows Off Potentially Life-Saving Invention At White House Science Fair

    03/23/2015 11:55:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | March 23, 2015
    President Barack Obama hosted a science fair at the White House on Monday. The president saw 35 projects from student teams from across the country who won various competitions, and one of those students is from the Bay Area. Ruchi Pandya is a senior at Lynbrook High in San Jose. Using tiny carbon nanofibers, Ruchi created a thumbnail-sized sensor that may one day save a lot of lives. “I can actually, with one drop of blood, tell you what a certain protein concentration in your bloodstream is. That’s an indicator for cardiac arrest,” Ruchi told KPIX 5 via Skype. Which...
  • “Like Sarah Palin’s annoying younger brother”: Ted Cruz’s 2016 announcement (rocks)

    03/23/2015 6:50:52 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | Monday, Mar 23, 2015 01:47 PM CDT | Colin Gorenstein
    Twitter users are writing #TedCruzCampaignSlogans to "help" the first major candidate with his campaign -- Hey even though it's from a leftwing site. It rocks.
  • Government pays to house poor in luxury apartments with pools, wine cellars

    03/23/2015 3:56:59 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 23, 2015 | Luke Rosiak
    Verde Point is a self-described "luxury apartment" complex with a rooftop pool and "personal wine storage" that is currently accepting public housing assistance recipients who will live there practically for free, courtesy of the taxpayers — at least until they become gainfully employed and their incomes rise. That's when the pool parties and wine tastings end and they will have to downgrade to a more middle-class abode. The Gramercy is another luxury apartment, also in Arlington, Va., where holders of the federal vouchers formerly known as Section 8 can live, taking advantage of its "massage room and sauna" and "clubroom...
  • Delta Queen departs Chattanooga North Shore

    03/23/2015 4:45:16 AM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    WRCB tv ^ | 3/22/2015 | Megan Brantley
    The historical Delta Queen sailed away this afternoon after docking on Chattanooga's north shore for more than five years. The boat is on its way to Louisiana where it will receive a full renovation inside and out, before being put back on the water to begin a new chapter of river tours. "It's been a great day. It's an exciting day. It's the first day in the next chapter of the Delta Queen," said Cornel Martin, CEO and President of the Delta Queen. It's been a long and exciting voyage for the Delta Queen, which hit the water ways in...
  • A Scandalous Documentary Will Examine Whether Yelp Exploits Small-Business Owners

    03/22/2015 9:33:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 3/19/15 | Sierra Tishgart
    It's long been debated whether Yelp has the right to manipulate the order and appearance of its own listings. Many restaurant owners, of course, think it's horribly unfair — and go as far as to classify the practice as extortion. That's where Billion Dollar Bully comes into play: Prost Productions is crowd-funding an investigative documentary to spotlight how Yelp takes advantage of small-business owners. Fifty percent of the project has been filmed, and from the looks of it, the documentary could be quite damning for the company's image. In the teaser, the owner of a small Oakland restaurant says: "It...
  • Obama proves Tom Cotton right

    03/22/2015 9:35:50 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 22, 2015 | 5:00 am | By Charles Hoskinson
    President Obama twice failed to honor his predecessor's signatures on free-trade deals, doing exactly what a letter from 47 Republican senators suggested the next president might do with an Iran nuclear deal not approved by Congress — refuse to honor it and demand modifications. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-proves-tom-cotton-right/article/2561838
  • Sarah Palin Destination Unknown (blast from the FR's past, 2010)

    03/22/2015 9:09:39 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | Aug 29, 2010 | Salena Zito
    She holds the distinction of being the only man or woman who warrants a personal influence-tracking map on the Washington Post’s politics page. Republican and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has arrived, much to the consternation of many on the left, on the right and in the media. Why? Because no one can pin her down, even those who are close to her. As one confidante recently whispered, “Where is she going with this?” http://townhall.com/columnists/salenazito/2010/08/29/sarah_palin_destination_unknown/page/full
  • Cotton's Iran Letter Turns Tables on Obama (quite well written)

    03/22/2015 4:36:16 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 11 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 22, 2015 | By Salena Zito
    Dodging raindrops and balancing bottled water and a bunch of power bars under one arm, a young man returned to his car at a Sheetz gas pump along old U.S. 40 in this western Maryland town, sandwiched between Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The local public radio station blared through the open car door, reporting on the letter to Iran from 47 Senate Republicans. Adjusting his seat, he said to a traveling companion: “Good for them.” “Wait, who?” his friend asked... - (real article here) http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/03/22/cottons_iran_letter_turns_tables_on_obama_126005.html
  • PopPolitics: Reza Aslan on Why Iranians Love Hollywood, But the Regime Fears It

    03/21/2015 10:54:14 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 3 replies
    Internet Movie Database ^ | 3/22/2015 | Ted Johnson
    Author and scholar Reza Aslan, who just signed on to host a new series for CNN, says that average Iranians see the prospect of an agreement between the U.S. and Iran over that country’s nuclear program as an important step toward lifting sanctions and opening up their society.
  • Cotton gets pilloried for the truth

    03/21/2015 6:50:22 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 3 replies
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | By RICH LOWRY Friday, March 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm | By RICH LOWRY Friday, March 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm
    Cotton wrote an open letter to the leaders of Iran pointing out true and obvious things about our constitutional system, and the world came crashing down on his head... http://www.columbiatribune.com/opinion/columnists/cotton-gets-pilloried-for-the-truth/article_12de794e-f5d2-53fd-8ef4-9b7a50c73662.html
  • The End Of Starbucks as We Know It?

    03/21/2015 1:15:43 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 60 replies
    Commercial Observer ^ | March 18, 2015 | LAUREN ELKIES SCHRAM
    Starbucks Coffee is getting creamed by New York City rents. The java giant may get priced out of its premier and larger Manhattan locations as some of the company’s earliest stores approach renewal after 15 to 20 years. “It’s likely that it’ll be very difficult to renew a number of those leases,” said retail broker Joanne Podell, a vice chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, who does not represent Starbucks. She noted that the stores with “superb” locations—i.e., on busy streets with well-trafficked storefronts—are expiring and the chain was paying “much, much less per square foot” than today’s rents. The average...
  • The Culture of Entitlement: Somebody Else Should Pay for My College Tuition!

    03/21/2015 10:54:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/21/2015 | Michael Walsh
    The headline on this op-ed piece in the Washington Post says it all: College applicant: I got in! But I can’t afford it. Was all my hard work for nothing? The author of the piece is a high-school senior in Lousiana who just got admitted to Tulane, so let’s cut her some slack here. But what does it say about the success of President Obama’s constant yammering about how college should be “free” (incrementally, of course, beginning with community college, but we’ve all seen this leftist movie before and know where it’s going)? A lot, is what: I am...
  • Forget Apple fanboys, what about Apple doomsayers?

    03/21/2015 1:33:07 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 105 replies
    iMore ^ | Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 10:15 am EDT | BY JOHN MOLTZ
    Apple zealots are one thing, but Apple doomsayers might be worse. This week, on The Network: John Moltz wonders why we ever mixed church and tech. Stop me if you've heard this one: Apple is just like a relig— STOP. Yeah, you've heard it. Apple is just like a religion. And its customers are acolytes, steeped in the heady lore of the Church of Jobs blah blah blah. For certain pundits and commentators, this explains away everything they don't understand about Apple. Why it does so fabulously well, why its customers are so loyal, why the company is able to...
  • Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot (General Social Survey stuff)

    03/20/2015 6:49:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 8:48 PM EDT | Emily Swanson
    Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They’re likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize marijuana. Those are among findings from the 2014 General Social Survey, which has been measuring trends in American opinion and behavior since 1972. …
  • Tom Cotton attended Club for Growth's presidential cattle show (Interesting)

    03/20/2015 5:44:08 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 16 replies
    Arkansas Times ^ | March 20 2015 | Posted By Max Brantley
    A piece of paperwork turns up that indicates Sen. Tom Cotton was on hand when the Club for Growth hosted potential presidential candidates in Palm Beach, Fla., at the end of February.
  • Rare quadruplet calves born in DeKalb (TX)

    03/20/2015 5:11:52 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    KSLA News 12 ^ | 3-18-15 | Carolyn Roy
    DEKALB, TX (KSLA) - Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moo: A DeKalb, TX cow has managed the extremely rare feat of giving birth to 4 live calves. The black calves, 3 bulls and a heifer, were born to the cow owned by Dora Rumsey-Barling and her husband, Jimmy. The cow, described by Dora as "just a run of the mill red cow," had been bred to an Angus bull, so all 4 of the calves are black. “We didn't think she was due, even for one calf,” Dora says. Buzzards spotted circling over their 100-acre property in the Hubbard community south of...
  • Is Apple Cheating On The Dividends?

    03/20/2015 3:45:20 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 2 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | Mar. 19, 2015 9:11 AM ET
    Summary Apple has been paying a dividend since Q3 2012. The current dividend has fallen a percentage of earnings. Calculations are made to estimate what the new dividend will be. . . . Summary While Apple's dividend has remained constant over the last four quarters, it value as a percent of earnings has fallen significantly. If Apple wants to keep the earlier ratios, then it will need to raise the dividends. My estimate is that Apple is likely to raise the per share dividend to between 62 and 65 cents per share from the current 47 cents. On the other...
  • Apple Removes Intego's 'VirusBarrier' From iOS App Store, Says It's Misleading

    03/20/2015 3:00:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    MacRumors ^ | Thursday March 19, 2015 6:05 pm PDT | by Juli Clover
    Apple appears to be cracking down on "anti-virus" apps in the iOS App Store, in an effort to prevent customers from believing iOS devices are capable of contracting viruses and malware. Intego, a company that produces anti-virus software for Mac and iOS, recently had its VirusBarrier iOS app pulled from the App Store. VirusBarrier was an app designed to scan external files stored in the cloud or attached to emails, to detect viruses that might be sent on to vulnerable devices. Intego CEO Jeff Erwin announced the removal of the app from the iOS App Store yesterday, and pointed towards...
  • Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Safari were all hacked at Pwn2Own contest

    03/20/2015 2:41:46 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    PC World —IDG News Service ^ | Mar 20, 2015 5:20 AM | Lucian Constantin
    So much for browser security. Researchers who participated in the Pwn2Own hacking contest this week demonstrated remote code execution exploits against the top four browsers, and also hacked the widely used Adobe Reader and Flash Player plug-ins. On Thursday, South Korean security researcher and serial browser hacker JungHoon Lee, known online as lokihardt, single-handedly popped Internet Explorer 11 and Google Chrome on Microsoft Windows, as well as Apple Safari on Mac OS X. He walked away with US$225,000 in prize money, not including the value of the brand new laptops on which the exploits are demonstrated and which the winners...