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  • NY to LA. 26 Hours. 28 Minutes. (New transcontinental driving record.

    03/31/2015 6:33:41 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 81 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/31/2015 | Jack Baruth
    March 28-29, 2015 Departure: Red Ball Parking Garage – 142 East 31st Street, NY, NY 10016 Arrival: R10 Social House – 179 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 13 states – NY, NJ, WV, PA, OH, IL, IN, MO, OK, TX, NM, AZ, CA 2811.5 miles in 26 hours, 28 minutes, 13 seconds 106.21 mph Overall Average 23 Minutes 17 Seconds Stopped 107.79 mph Moving Average 3 Fuel Stops: 8m13s, 11m29s and 3m35s 70 Gallons Fuel Capacity ~230 Gallons of E85 used 12.22 MPG
  • Hillary Rodham Nixon — Even He Didn't Destroy The Tapes

    03/31/2015 4:09:37 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 31, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus reminds us of the similarity between the 18-1/2-minute gap that doomed a presidency and an email server wiped clean by a lawyer who served on a Watergate committee staff. Hillary Clinton should know better, know that the cover-up is often worse than any crime, for she once worked as a member of the impeachment inquiry staff for the House Judiciary Committee investigating the "third-rate burglary" at the Watergate Hotel that doomed Richard Nixon's presidency. The end came when tapes of presidential conversations were found and became public knowledge with one tape containing that famous 18-1/2-minute...
  • Medical exec ... fired over video of him berating Chick-fil-A staff still unemployed (shortened)

    03/31/2015 5:35:52 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:48 EST, 26 March 2015 | Updated: 05:24 EST, 27 March 2015 | By Myriah Towner and James Nye
    An ex-CFO and Chick-fil-A protestor who lost his job after posting a video rant against one of the chain's employees has since lost his home and lives on food stamps. Adam Mark Smith, 37, who worked for an Arizona-based medical device manufacturer, was shamed after the 2012 YouTube video was posted showing him berating employee Rachel Elizabeth. The video which expressed his disdain over the firm's anti-gay marriage stance went viral, and left him unemployed and forced to lose his home. Nearly three years later, the married father of four is still searching for a job and his family previously...
  • Homeschooling Continues to Grow

    03/31/2015 2:59:48 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 20 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-31-15 | Wes Watt
    According to the latest data available, approximately 1.7 million students are homeschooled in the United States, or 3.4 percent of the total schooling population. Interestingly, the number of Hispanic families choosing to homeschool their children grew to 15 percent from 9.8 percent in 2007. Also, when asked the most important reason for choosing to homeschool their children, 91 percent of parents responded concern for the environment at other schools (safety, drugs, peer pressure, etc.). The Silver State is known nationally as a haven for homeschooling families. According to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Report Card on American Education, Nevada...
  • College Debt Bubble Crisis: 33% Of All Student Loans Are Delinquent On Repayments

    03/31/2015 1:47:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Market Daily News ^ | 03/31/2015 | Mac Slavo
    With all of that job creation being claimed by the Obama administration and disseminated by mainstream media outlets as signs of a sustained recovery youÂ’d think most college graduates would have no trouble keeping up with their bills. But new data released by the Department of Education tell a different story. According to the report as many as 33% of American college grads with student loan debt are now in delinquent status on their repayments. About one-third of borrowers with federal student loans owned by the U.S. Department of Education are late on their payments, according to new federal data.The...
  • Introducing Amazon Dash Button

    03/31/2015 1:35:29 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 9 replies
    Dash Button is simple to set up. Use the Amazon app on your smartphone to easily connect to your home Wi-Fi network and select the product you want to reorder with Dash Button. Once connected, a single press automatically places your order. Amazon sends an order alert to your phone, so it's easy to cancel if you change your mind. Unless you elect otherwise, Dash Button responds only to your first press until your order is delivered.
  • What Companies used their business clout to railroad Indiana?

    03/31/2015 7:14:05 AM PDT · by 4everontheRight · 21 replies
    03/31/2015 | 4everontheright
    I would like a list so I too can use my financial clout to no longer support these businesses.
  • Coyote spends afternoon hanging out on roof of L.I.C. Bar in Queens

    03/31/2015 6:46:39 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 45 replies
    NYDN ^ | March 30, 2015 | Doyle Murphy
    Maybe it was thirsty. A coyote scampered back and forth across the roof of a Long Island City bar on Monday, as stunned locals gawked at their wild neighbor. “He didn’t pay his bar tab, so he ran out onto the rooftop,” quipped L.I.C. Bar owner Brian Porter.
  • Trump to run typical caucus campaign, ‘but bigger’

    03/31/2015 4:09:16 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 12 replies
    The Gazette ^ | March 27, 2015 | 10:06 pm | James Q. Lynch, The Gazette
    DES MOINES — Iowans will have the opportune it to see a lot of Donald Trump in the coming months, not on TV, but in person. Trump, a global businessman will be back in Iowa April 8 as part of his exploratory committee to decide whether to run for president in 2016. (continued at link, above syntax gaffe notwithstanding) http://thegazette.com/subject/news/trump-to-run-typical-caucus-campaign-but-bigger-20150327
  • 1984 Lee Iacocca Chrysler commercial

    03/31/2015 3:05:41 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 24 replies
    A blast from the past. I found this while looking around on You Tube. I don't work for Chrysler and I'm not shilling for Chrysler. I post this only because I love Iacocca's attitude. Yes, he's plugging his cars but I really admire his perspective on America. 1984 Lee Iacocca Chrysler commercial
  • Cherry blossom wars: Japan, South Korea or China?

    03/31/2015 2:42:29 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 9 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2015-3-30 | staff reporter
    Did Japan's hallowed cherry trees actually originate from South Korea? "The beloved someiyoshino variety of cherry trees isn't really from Japan, but actually from South Korea's Jeju Island," reported a South Korean newspaper. "Japanese cherry trees are actually Jeju's royal cherry trees. Japanese just took them and cultivated them," said the Daily Sports.
  • Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (Windows 10, title truncated)

    03/30/2015 10:07:35 PM PDT · by dayglored · 58 replies
    The Register ^ | March 30, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Full Title:Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is) Devs might be wise to skip latest Windows 10 build Microsoft has shipped a new build of Windows 10 that offers a first look at its much-hyped Project Spartan web browser, but the software giant has cautioned that developers may want to hold off upgrading. In a Monday blog post, Redmond man Gabe Aul said Project Spartan is the main feature of Windows 10 Build 10049, which is rolling out now to testers on the Fast release ring of the Windows Insider program. But...
  • Goldman's "Excel Fat Finger"..Lowers Q1 GDP Tracking To Just 0.8%

    03/30/2015 7:18:12 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    Back in 2014, Goldman's Jan Hatzius was proud to announce he anticipated the US economy growing solidly in 2015, at a so-called "above consensus" pace, somewhere in the 3%-3.5% range. Then, a few months ago, the same Goldman strategist unabashedly declared that the US economy would grow by 3% in Q1. Then... it snowed, leading to the worst economic contraction for the US economy since, well, last winter. It snowed then too, but nobody could possibly anticipate it snowing two years in a row.
  • ANNOUNCING The All-New Windows (&Microsoft) PING LIST! (vanity)

    03/30/2015 5:37:46 PM PDT · by dayglored · 199 replies
    OKAY! All you Windows users and admins and fanboys, Microsoft followers and folks, all you 90% of the computer users in the world...After over 6 years of complaining that FreeRepublic doesn't have a Windows Ping List, I have finally decided that it's up to me to make one!So if you want on the All-New Windows Ping List (or off, but ya gotta get on before you can get off), FReepMail me (dayglored) and I'll put ya on the list.
  • West Virginia and Arkansas Engage on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

    03/30/2015 2:08:47 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-30-15 | John Eick
    The Clean Air Act notably identifies states as being first among equals to the federal government when implementing environmental regulations. Indeed, the preamble of the Clean Air Act states that “air pollution…at its source is the primary responsibility of States and local governments.” Since state legislatures gaveled into session earlier this year, many have explored ways in which they may be able to mitigate some of the burdens of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. After much discussion and debate, members of the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force adopted the model Act Requiring Approval of State Plan to Implement EPA’s...
  • Nailed It! Forbes Leaves Fortune and Wall Street (Journal) Behind

    03/30/2015 9:17:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/29/2015 | Mark Skousen
    What amazed me about the latest “Billionaire” issue of Forbes magazine was not the stories about the billionaires, but about Forbes itself. See the amazing graph below. For years we’ve been told the print media is dead, that digital media (like Forbes.com, wsj.com, etc.) was the wave of the future. As the graph shows, Forbes magazine is not only surviving, but thriving, and now has 7 million readers. Yet Forbes is an outlier. The rest of the print media is going down, slowly but surely. In the past two years, circulation for Fortune, the Economist and even the mighty Wall...
  • Texas economy hasn't been this bad in two years

    03/30/2015 8:04:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/29/2015 | Myles Udland
    The crash in oil prices is hammering the Texas economy. The latest manufacturing outlook index from the Dallas Fed plunged again in March, to -17.4 from -11.2 in February, indicating deteriorating business conditions in the state. Expectations were for the index to show a reading of -9. But the big most important part of this report is the commentary from Texas business leaders, who have given an on-the-ground picture of how the decline in oil prices is impacting one of the country's most oil-related economies. In March, the tune didn't change, as it sounds like things are still tough in...
  • Presidential hopefuls lining up S.C. operatives

    03/30/2015 3:51:05 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 1 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 3/29/2015 | By Andrew Shain
    Call it the primary before the primary. The 2016 presidential race in South Carolina has focused so far on candidates going to fundraisers and town-hall meetings. But White House hopefuls also are doing something that might be more important – building their Palmetto State operations in hopes of capturing an early primary win. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article16845179.html#storylink=cpy
  • Ex-CFO who slammed Chick-fil-A now on foodstamps

    03/29/2015 5:03:09 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 51 replies
    USA TODAY | 2:04 p.m. EDT March 29, 2015 | NEWSER
    Adam Smith is living on food stamps in an RV In 2012, Smith rolled into a Chick-fil-A drive-thru and slammed the female attendant: "Chick-fil-A is a hateful corporation," Smith announced, then posted the video he took of the incident online
  • This controversial theory ["secular stagnation"] has got Janet Yellen worried

    03/29/2015 4:27:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Originally developed in the late 1930s by Alvin Hansen (who earns a footnote in the official transcript of Yellen's speech), it was reanimated by former White House economic adviser Larry Summers, who in 2013 asked whether the U.S. may be mired in secular stagnation. Interestingly, Hansen's theory was that a lack of technological innovations could be to blame for the stagnation; Summers, however, was more focused on an exogenous shock. In April 2014, Brown University economists Gauti Eggertsson and Neil Mehrotra published a comprehensive model of secular stagnation, showing how income inequality and a drop in population growth could lead...
  • NBC News’ Boss Faces Challenge Fixing MSNBC

    03/29/2015 12:12:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 29, 2015 1:38 PM EDT | David Bauder
    As he returns to run the NBC News Group, Andy Lack faces one of the same puzzles he tried to solve a decade and a half ago: how to make MSNBC work. While he was gone, MSNBC changed from traditional news to a political network with a liberal lens. Now that it is mired in a ratings slump, Lack’s mandate as chairman will be figuring out if MSNBC needs a complete overhaul or a sharpening of its mission. The current picture is seriously ugly. Through early March, Chris Hayes’ viewership at 8 p.m. on weekdays was down 23 percent from...
  • Raytheon Engineers Reveal how Technology Will Detect Alien Spaceships

    03/29/2015 7:33:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    inventorspot.com ^ | Paul Fitzgerald
    The duo suggests that alien-like ships traveling at relativistic speeds can easily intermingle with photons in the cosmic microwave background, which is dubbed CMB. This means that a spacecraft traveling at near light speed would leave a unique signature, and this means it would therefore be fully discoverable. Their research, which was just published in this month's MIT Technology Review, points out that the interaction with photons in the CMB “should create a drag that imposes specific limits on how fast spacecraft can travel.” And, “it should also produce a unique signature of relativistic spaceflight that ought to be visible...
  • The Obama Administration’s Operation “Choke Point,” Part 2

    03/29/2015 5:39:49 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/29/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    On March 24th, Coach is Right published—“The Obama Administration’s Operation ‘Choke Point’ now in the open”. That piece is currently available on the CiR site under Recent Posts. On Monday, Richard Manning, Director of Communications for Americans for Limited Government, said this of the Obama Administration: “Their intent is to create a government sanctioned means of driving private industry out of the business of providing payday loans.” Peter Barden, of the Online Lenders Association agrees that what the Obama Administration is doing is outside its legal authority. Manning was referring to a particular, ongoing use of Operation Choke Point, a...
  • Is Stansberry right about the coming crises in the U.S. or is he just trying to sell something?

    03/28/2015 6:37:31 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 27 replies
    28 March 2015 | Mene
    Just asking, that's all.
  • Kalashnikov Group Appeals Trademark Ruling Over AK-47

    03/28/2015 3:05:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Kalashnikov Group has filed an appeal against a court ruling that rejected its request to terminate the legal protection of the Kalashnikov logo, a 3D image of the famous gun with an AK-47 graphic element, which belongs to the gun designer and his daughter and grandson, the Intellectual Property Court said in a statement. The ruling in favor of the designer’s family was made on December 23, 2014. The Presidium of the Intellectual Property Court said that the trademark was used by the rights holder (defendant) and other individuals who produced and marketed the gun in Russia under the...
  • Berks County Native Taylor Swift Tops Fortune’s List Of World’s Greatest Female Leaders(poll)

    03/28/2015 11:18:28 AM PDT · by BBell · 32 replies
    NEW YORK, NY (CBS) – Is Taylor Swift the world’s greatest female leader? Fortune magazine thinks so. The publication released its second annual Top 50 World’s Greatest Leaders, and the Berks County native is the first female on the list at number six.
  • The greed of super wealthy liberal colleges is astounding

    03/28/2015 11:11:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/28/2015 | NewsMachete
    According to the Washington Post, New York University is charging $66,000 a year in tuition.  This includes room and board but is still a fantastically expensive figure.  Columbia University is charging $63,000 a year, and even less well-known schools like Sarah Lawrence College and Harvey Mudd College are charging about $65,000 a year. Now, to be fair, these figures include room and board.  But even with room and board, these are fantastically expensive rates.  Many schools like NYU play a game, where they say that their asking tuition is $66,000, but after scholarships and grants, the average tuition is...
  • The Top 5 Reasons Sarah Palin Would STILL Make A Better President Than Barack Obama

    03/28/2015 9:41:51 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | March 27, 2015 | Steven Crowder
    4. She created jobs. During her tenure as governor, Alaska was 2nd in job growth compared to all other states. Obama’s definition of job creating is changing the definition of “unemployed.” See, you’re no longer considered “unemployed”… you just don’t care anymore. Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/top-5-reasons-sarah-palin-still-make-better-president-barack-obama/#O4ou4QOAXOWbKTOo.99
  • The “Greatest Invisible Depression”

    03/28/2015 9:23:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 3/28/2015 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    “There is no America! There is a cash machine.”—Michael Savage We are experiencing the “Greatest Invisible Depression” in the history of the United States; the Depression Era soup kitchens and lines are unseen, coming to the mail box in the form of welfare checks, yet the government cash machine, the Fed, keeps printing bogus trillions that have no backing in goods and services.
  • “Coach is Right” Saturday Short Stories

    03/28/2015 9:07:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/28/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1.) Eleanor Holmes Norton Doesn’t Think We Have the Right to Know When Our President Is Selling Us Down the River Totalitarian Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting House Delegate from D.C. believes the American people and their representatives in Congress haven’t the right to know all that is going on in government. “You don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government,” claimed Norton. “That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government.” Norton’s statements were made in reference to subpoenas created by Congressman Darrell Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. According to Norton,...
  • Apple concept would require users to input health data to keep using their iPhone

    03/28/2015 6:47:58 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 98 replies
    AppleInsider (via Rush Limbaugh) ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015, 06:49 am PT (09:49 am ET) | By Neil Hughes
    Apple has explored presenting iPhone users with non-dismissable notifications, such as requiring personal health data to be entered before resuming normal use of their device, in a concept that could help break bad habits. The details were revealed in a newly published Apple patent application, discovered on Thursday by AppleInsider. Entitled "Notifications with Input-Based Completion," the filing describes prompts on an iPhone that would actively block access to using the device until certain data is entered. The most prominent examples given by Apple in the filing are health-related. For example, screenshots show the user being prompted to check their weight...
  • Bill signed clearing path for Cotton presidential bid

    03/28/2015 5:17:18 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 18 replies
    Associated Press, news source ^ | 10:04 p.m. CDT March 27, 2015
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas has cleared the way for Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton to run for re-election and president in five years, even though the freshman senator hasn't expressed any interest in a White House bid.
  • Scientists aiming to redefine the kilogram

    03/28/2015 1:24:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Mar 2015 17:59 GMT+01:00 | Matty Edwards
    The German Nation Metrology Institute (PTB) in Braunschweig has set itself the enormous task of finding a new formula for measuring a kilogram. The weight is currently based on a metal cylinder called the International Prototype Kilogram that is kept in a safe in Paris. The problem is that the precious object is—very gradually—losing weight, according to scientists. […] A race is now underway between scientists around the world to find a way of defining an unchangeable kilogram without relying on a lump of metal, which is unsurprisingly rather complicated. Researchers at the PTB in Braunschweig claim to be very...
  • The Fitness Guru of the Trucking Industry

    03/28/2015 12:52:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | MACKENZIE LOBBY HAVEY
    With long hours behind the wheel and fast-food rest-stop meals, long-haul truck driving is one of the unhealthiest professions in the U.S. One man is trying to change that.In the winter, Siphiwe Baleka gets some strange looks as he bikes to work over the icy, snow-laden streets of Springfield, Missouri. He fishtails around corners and does his best to avoid cars—twice he’s been hit, and both times he’s walked away. At the headquarters of Prime Inc., a long-haul trucking operation with thousands of big rigs across the country, Baleka is an oddity rolling into work on his human-powered machine. “People...
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service approve Dallas [Safari] club's rhino import permit

    03/27/2015 7:04:58 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 6 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 27, 2015 | staff reporter
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it would allow a Texas man to import the trophy of an endangered black rhinoceros should he kill one on an African safari trip he won as part of a conservation fundraiser.
  • Pizza, Ice Cream Parlor Was Front for Marijuana Operation Run by Local Man, Mother, Grandmother

    03/27/2015 5:47:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    A St. Paul man ran a marijuana trafficking business out of an old pizza and ice cream parlor with the help of his girlfriend, mother and grandmother, according to charges filed Friday in Ramsey County District Court. In the course of their investigation, authorities discovered marijuana, cocaine, three handguns and hollow point bullets in the suspects' St. Paul homes. Although authorities locally and out of state had intercepted more than 144 pounds of marijuana associated with the suspects between 2006 to 2013, exposing the fraudulent pizza parlor took a call last year from a concerned citizen. "On August 19, 2014,...
  • A Pizza Corvette, Sriracha Sausage and More at the Pizza Expo

    03/27/2015 5:35:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    It's 's a pizza lover's dream come true. A convention center full of every cheese imaginable along with pepperoni, sausage and hundreds of ovens manned by pizzaiolos in chefs' whites turning out pies with blistered crust. And there's craft beer to wash it all down. More than 10,000 pizza enthusiasts, pizza buyers, pizza restaurant owners, pizza makers and more turned out this week for the 31st annual International Pizza Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Attendees sampled doughs, sauces, toppings, chicken wings and even new soft-drink machines. And if you needed a break from eating, you could watch one...
  • Stolen $7,000 Smart Bike Rescues Itself

    03/27/2015 3:29:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 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 · 33 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 · 47 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 · 31 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 · 3 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.
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    03/25/2015 10:15:14 PM PDT · by dennisw · 5 replies
    dailymail ^ | 25 March 2015 | Jenna Good
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