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  • Asteroid Mining: Not as Crazy as it Sounds

    11/21/2014 7:54:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    geologyforinvestors.com ^ | Christopher Rawluk
    At first glance it sounds ridiculous. Why would anyone consider mining in space when even the largest Earth-based mining operations seem to have trouble managing costs? After all, mid-grade and marginal deposits seem to have trouble finding any money and the process of moving a project from prospect to mine can take decades and cost hundreds of million of dollars. I’ll be the first to admit that the whole idea of asteroid mining was initially right up there with Star Trek-style transporters and desktop cold fusion, but a few recent events have piqued my curiosity on the subject. ... Asteroid...
  • Rise in Crop Production increasing levels of Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere

    11/21/2014 7:51:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Maine News ^ | 11/21/2014 | Betty Laseter
    Scientists have revealed that levels of carbon dioxide increase in the Northern Hemisphere during summers each year as plants absorb carbon dioxide to convert sunlight into food. The CO2 levels again rise as the plants release CO2 after the growing season. Scientists have found that corn, rice, wheat and soybean are the four leading crops that account for maximum CO2 release in the atmosphere of Northern Hemisphere. Crops act as sponge for CO2 and it could be said that the sponge effect has become bigger because of the advancements in agricultural techniques, leading to more production. There is a sharp...
  • The 20 Most Affordable Colleges with High Four-year Graduation Rates

    11/21/2014 2:00:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Best Choice Schools ^ | 11/21/2014 | BCS Staff
    Getting a college education is expensive, which is why more students are taking the time to search for affordable colleges with high four-year graduation rates. In the United States, about two-thirds of students who earn a bachelor’s degree graduate from college in four years, while the remaining 34 percent need a fifth or even sixth year to complete their studies (U.S. Department of Education). Completing an undergraduate degree in four years is not only easier on the budget, but it means getting out into the workforce earlier than students who need more time to graduate. Choosing an affordable college is...
  • Microsoft Windows Turns 29: Happy Birthday to the World's Number 1 OS! [Love it or hate it]

    11/21/2014 1:41:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 11/21/2014
      Windows 1.0 was launched 29 years ago24 photosVIEW ALL  Windows was, is, and will continue to be the world's number one operating system for the desktop for many years from now, as neither Mac OS X nor Linux have what they need to overtake Microsoft's key player in the PC war. But have you ever wondered how everything actually started? Today is the best moment to ask such a question, because this is the day when Microsoft's Windows celebrates its 29th anniversary. While we're not going to get through the whole Windows history, because both Microsoft's official website...
  • Mexico to charge Americans Entry Fee

    11/21/2014 12:06:09 PM PST · by WellyP · 34 replies
    AMERICAS FREEDOM FIGHTERS ^ | 21 Nov. 2014 | Dean James
    The National Immigration Institute in Mexico has begun a program where foreigners that enter Mexico for more than seven days or are there work will have to pay 306 pesos which is approximately $28. Who goes to Mexico to work? LMAO this is unbelievable!
  • EXCLUSIVE: Another actress accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault in Las Vegas hotel [#8 and counting]

    11/21/2014 8:10:12 AM PST · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    www.nydailynews.com ^ | Friday, November 21, 2014, 2:30 AM | BY Nancy Dillon , Brian Niemietz , Chelsia Rose Marcius , Larry Mcshane
    A predatory Bill Cosby, in a freaky Las Vegas hotel scene, allegedly assaulted another actress — who was forced to fondle America’s Dad in his luxury suite. The naked Cosby was lying in wait before the 1992 ambush of model-actress Angela Leslie, a beauty who says she was targeted after sending the comedian a letter and photograph. “The main thing I want is for people to know him for who he really is,” Leslie told the Daily News on Thursday. “He’s not this dad of America.” After a driver delivered her to the hotel, she checked into her room before...
  • The 16 Smartest Things I Ever Bought For Less Than $10

    11/21/2014 7:52:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2014 | ASHLEY MARCIN, WISEBREAD
    I spend a lot of my time mulling over the large purchases in my life. And for good reason. Still, I tend to forget about the small, everyday things that matter most and have the power to make life a whole lot easier. The following household items are extremely useful and — better yet — each costs less than $10. 1. Chip clips I don't know why it took me so long to purchase a set of inexpensive chip clips for our kitchen. We end up using them for far more than just sealing bags for freshness. Use magnetic clips...
  • Now, No One Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics — Here's The Master Plan To Fix It

    11/21/2014 7:49:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2014 | Tony Manfred
    There's a lot to like in the International Olympic Committee's "Olympic Agenda 2020" — IOC president Thomas Bach's 40-point reform plan designed to make the Olympics more desirable to potential host cities. The plan calls for the use of existing venues, rather than the construction of expensive stadiums that could become white elephants, as we saw with the 2004 Olympics in Athens. It calls for common-sense reforms like promoting gender equality and placing limits on the number of total events in the Olympics. It also calls for a bunch of cost-reduction measures, like letting international federations run events rather than...
  • HE'S GIVING THEM ALL SSNs?????

    11/21/2014 5:55:30 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 142 replies
    11/21/14 | originalbuckeye
    This will certainly collapse the SS system much more quickly than ever. Adding 5,000,000 people to the SS rolls, who HAVENT PAID INTO THE SYSTEM, is a slap in the face to hard working Americans who have been supporting this system for decades.
  • Consumer Trends: Synthesizing food

    11/20/2014 8:53:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | November 19, 2014 | Suzanne B. Bopp
    In a way, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not really news anymore, since farmers have had access to that technology for a couple of decades already. So what is the new frontier in food production? The latest step in genetic engineering — at least as it pertains to our food system — is called synthetic biology, which applies the principles of engineering to the fundamental components of biology. Instead of mixing one engineered gene into an existing organism (which is what happens with most of today’s GMOs), these scientists are creating large clusters of genes synthetically. They can essentially design...
  • Apple, GT Advanced Technologies And The Boule Graveyard

    11/20/2014 6:32:04 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | Nov. 20, 2014 2:33 PM ET | Mark Hibben
    A recent Wall Street Journal report confirms my working hypothesis about what went wrong at GTAT's Mesa Plant. The 2000 sapphire furnaces GTAT constructed produced defective sapphire about half the time. The high risk inherent in the furnace approach justified Apple's decision not to purchase the furnaces. However, questions remain as to why Apple embarked on such a risky venture, and what might be done to salvage it. A recent report by The Wall Street Journal makes clear that GT Advanced Technologies' Mesa plant was incapable of economically producing sapphire for Apple. The report also makes clear exactly what...
  • CBS news chairman stepping down

    11/20/2014 3:06:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 20, 2014 4:27 PM EST | David Bauder
    CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, who has been running the network’s news division along with “60 Minutes” for the past four years, said Thursday that he’s stepping down from the chief executive role to concentrate on the newsmagazine. […] While Fager didn’t succeed in lifting the “CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning” out of third place in the ratings, he set each program in a clear thematic direction with a harder, more traditional news broadcast than its rivals. Fager installed Scott Pelley as the evening news anchor and recently hired former NBC News President Steve Capus to run the...
  • New EPA Regulations Will Raise Electricity Rates by 27 to 50 Percent

    11/20/2014 1:58:01 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 25 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-20-14 | John Eick
    Ever since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Clean Power Plan proposal this past June, a number of analyses have been conducted to try and determine the total cost of the regulation to electricity consumers. A report released this morning by Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA), however, goes a step further. In addition to the Clean Power Plan, EPA has recently finalized, proposed, or will soon propose a slew of environmental regulations affecting the electric power sector. These include new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone and particulate matter, the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to...
  • Energy PR Wars: Greenpeace sees ‘dirty tricks’ in PR firm’s TransCanada plan

    11/20/2014 12:57:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 11/20/2014 | SHAWN MCCARTHY
    TransCanada Corp. is dramatically expanding its effort to win public support for its proposed $12-billion Energy East project, including an effort to target opposition groups that are gearing up to fight the project in central and eastern Canada. Documents obtained by Greenpeace and released late Monday show the embattled pipeline company has hired the world’s largest public relations firm, Edelman, which has a reputation for aggressive tactics in the United States and proposed a similar approach in Canada in a strategic plan completed in August. TransCanada spokesman James Millar said Monday the company learned valuable lessons in its battle over...
  • Nielsen SoundScan to Integrate Streams, Downloads into Album Sales Chart

    11/20/2014 11:42:23 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    Variety ^ | November 19, 2014 | 05:14PM PT | Christopher Morris
    In what the music biz sees as a long overdue move, Nielsen SoundScan and its client Billboard will soon implement radical changes in the way album sales are calculated for the weekly chart that remains a key metric of an artist’s popularity. Beginning with the album chart that will be published Dec. 3 (covering sales for the week ending Nov. 30, which climaxes with retail’s Black Friday), music streams from services like Spotify and Beats Music will be tabulated as part of the data employed to rank the nation’s most popular albums. SoundScan will equate 1,500 song streams as the...
  • Senate Dems Push $2 Trillion Carbon Tax Bill After Voting Down Keystone XL

    11/20/2014 9:51:14 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Fresh off their legislative victory against the Keystone XL pipeline, Democratic senators are pushing a bill that would tax carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels that would rise every year. Democrats argue it would raise $2 trillion, which could be used for things like paying down the national debt or funding green energy production. The tax would be levied on fossil fuels produced domestically or imported in the U.S. and cover large emitting facilities, possibly power plants or refineries. “Right now we are subsidizing big polluters to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars annually by allowing them to...
  • The 10 Best Jobs For 2015

    11/20/2014 9:08:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/20/2014 | Jacquelin Smith
    If your New Year's resolution is to land a new gig, you may want to consider one of CareerBuilder's top 10 jobs for 2015. CareerBuilder partnered with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) to compile its new list of the hottest jobs, which is based on supply and demand. It features professions for which the number of jobs companies post each month significantly outpaces the number of people they actually hire — showing where companies are most hungry for talent and how much the positions pay. "Whether you're a seasoned worker or a college student deciding on a career path, this...
  • Best Buy tells Amazon: Take that!

    11/20/2014 7:46:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 81 replies
    CNN ^ | November 20, 2014: 9:48 AM ET | Jesse Solomon
    Best Buy's results are particularly poignant for a company that has fallen victim in recent years to the so-called "showroom effect," in which customers visit stores to check out products in-person, and then go home and buy online somewhere else like Amazon. Shares of Best Buy jumped 8% in morning trading. The stock took a beating early in the year as investors soured on its turnaround plans, but its since clawed back dramatically, and is now only a few percentage points away from breaking even. Compare that to Amazon's stock, which has fallen almost 20% this year as quarterly losses...
  • Tuition Showdown: What is the true cost of a college degree?

    11/20/2014 7:38:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/20/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    As head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano followed the U.S. government’s official practice of refusing to negotiate with hostage-takers. As head of the University of California system, she has become the hostage-taker. Napolitano is demanding that the cash-strapped state of California pony up an additional $100 million for the UC system, and she threatens to inflict a 5 percent tuition hike on students for each of the next five years in retaliation if Sacramento does not comply. This puts her on the wrong side of Governor Jerry Brown, who by being eternally fixed in anno Domini 1978...
  • More details of Apple’s GT Advanced sapphire deal make it crystal clear how things fell apart

    11/20/2014 2:47:17 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    9to5Mac ^ | November 19, 2014 | MIKE BEASLEY
    The Wall Street Journal has revealed key details of the failed deal between Apple and sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies that show why the agreement collapsed and how GT managed to run itself into bankruptcy while trying to meet Apple’s standards. A previous report from the Journal revealed that GTAT had been unable to provide the iPhone 6 displays it had promised Apple, but now we have even more information on why that demand was so hard to meet. Originally Apple intended to buy the massive new sapphire furnaces GTAT had designed, but eventually Apple decided to simply ask GTAT...
  • DOJ warns Apple: iPhone encryption will lead to a child dying

    11/20/2014 12:57:41 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 60 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, November 19, 2014 · 5:23 pm
    “The No. 2 official at the Justice Department recently warned top Apple executives that stronger encryption protections added to iPhones would lead to a horrific tragedy, such as a child dying, because police couldn’t access a suspect’s device, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday,” Dan Goodin reports for Ars Technica. “The beefed up protections, Apple recently disclosed, mean that even when company officials are served with a court order, they will be unable to retrieve potentially crucial evidence such as photos, messages, or contacts stored on iPhones and iPads,” Goodin reports. “Instead, the data can be accessed only by people...
  • What’s education for? Let’s have a national debate on this issue

    11/19/2014 4:31:31 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies
    FreeRepublic Original content | Nov. 19, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    An interesting theoretical issue in education from the beginning has been, who needs this stuff and how much of it do they need? Let's imagine a farmer sitting behind a mule plowing his field. Does he need an education? Is it wasted on him? Would life be better or worse if he knew some history, could sing some opera, or do puzzles in his head. What if he knows some Shakespeare and, as he’s going around the fields, regales the mule with speeches from Hamlet? Would this make life a little more interesting? Or would having such knowledge be a...
  • Nokia re-enters consumer electronics with 7.9-inch iPad mini knockoff

    11/19/2014 11:35:22 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 75 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Tuesday, November 18, 2014 · 12:54 pm
    “Just months after selling its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet,” Matti Huuhtanen reports for The Associated Press. “It will launch a 7.9-inch device early next year in China, the world’s biggest market, before selling it elsewhere.” “The device will be manufactured by Foxconn, which makes Apple’s handsets. And it will operate Android instead of the Windows software Nokia used on its cellphones when it began a partnership with Microsoft in 2011. That partnership ended unsuccessfully — in April, Nokia sold its cellphones unit to...
  • I can't believe an old man like John Boehner is in charge of the Republicans at a time like this

    I can't believe an old man like John Boehner is in charge of the Republicans at a time like this. "When I hear John Boehner speak, I can't believe a man like that is in charge of the opposition party at a time like this," Savage said to his listeners. We're fighting for everything that's sacred to us as Americans, and this is the leader we have right now? This weak, sad sack of an old man who has one foot in retirement and the other one someplace else? Meanwhile we have Obama, a vigorous young man, running interference, decimating...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Food poisoning, 'hopeless' lack of regulation cited at NYC's street carts

    11/19/2014 6:00:10 AM PST · by dennisw · 37 replies
    nydailynews ^ | November 17, 2014 | Nolan Hicks , Larry Mcshane
    EXCLUSIVE: Food poisoning, 'hopeless' lack of regulation cited at NYC's street carts The city’s 311 line received 359 calls of food poisoning or unsanitary conditions at street carts and trucks in three years — including tainted food, workers without gloves, roaches on carts and other stomach-churning complaints. Critics say the vendors operate under a lack of oversight. Funky fruit. Icky ice cream. Putrid pretzels. Toxic tacos. Those are among hundreds of complaints made by nauseous New York street diners who pulled their heads from the toilet long enough to dial the city’s 311 line. More than half of the 359...
  • Michelin Putting Tweel Airless Tire Into Production

    11/18/2014 12:17:51 PM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 51 replies
    Yahoo Autos ^ | November 18, 2014 | Stephen Edelstein
    Combining a tire and wheel into a single airless 'tweel' has proven to be a popular concept, although it still hasn't gone mainstream. Michelin is the latest company to announce a production tweel, but not for any automotive applications—just yet. It will open a dedicated tweel-producing factory in Piedmont, South Carolina, this week. However these airless tires will be used on skid-steer loaders and certain models of John Deere lawnmower, not cars.
  • 87% of top Apple iOS apps have been cracked

    11/18/2014 11:44:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Attacks on Apple iOS devices are rising sharply, with 87 percent of the top 100 paid-for iOS apps now having been cracked and cloned - up from just 53 percent in 2013, according to a new report.87% of top Apple iOS apps have been cracked Arxan's 2014 ‘State of Mobile App Security' study also highlights the widespread targeting of Android apps. It finds 97 percent of the top 100 paid-for Android apps have been cloned, similar to previous years.The report, which was released on Monday, also reveals widespread copying of financial services, healthcare/medical and retail/merchant apps: 95 percent of Android-based...
  • 18 Treats To Try Before The World Runs Out Of Chocolate

    11/18/2014 8:55:11 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 16 replies
    Play Buzz via Yahoo.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Staff
    1. A giant chocolate cupcake topped with whoppers. 2. This multi-layered chocolate on chocolate beauty. 3. The wonder that is this frozen chocolate pudding cake. 4. Chocolate doughnuts smothered in delectable chocolate glaze (and sprinkles!).
  • How much did you pay Jonathan Gruber to lie to you? Millions. The money is piling up.

    11/18/2014 8:03:35 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 11/17/2014 | Robert Laurie
    If you’ve been paying attention to the story about the myriad Jonathan Gruber videos, you’ve probably heard the sum of $400,000.00 bandied about. That’s how much the Department of Health and Human Services paid him to trick the CBO, lie to the American people, and help pass a bill that was reliant on “the stupidity of the American voter.” Since HHS has no real money of its own, that’s actually how much you, the taxpayer, paid him to con you. Unfortunately, it’s also just the beginning. In fact, $400K is only a drop in the Gruber ObamaCare money vault. So,...
  • 13 College Majors Where The Pay Goes Nowhere

    11/18/2014 7:48:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/18/2014 | JACQUELYN SMITH
    When deciding on a college major, students are encouraged to think about a few things: what they love to do; what they want to do; what jobs they imagine themselves in; and what the earning and growth potential is like for those careers. For instance, they'd probably want to know ahead of time that Human Services majors only see their annual pay increase by about $7,500, or 22%, over the first 10 years of their careers, compared to the average American worker, whose salary grows by about $25,000, or 60%, in that time. That's according to Payscale, the creator of...
  • Apple releases iOS 8.1.1, Apple TV 3 version 7.0.2, Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.1

    11/18/2014 12:20:50 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 41 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, November 17, 2014 · 1:24 pm
    Apple today released iOS 8.1.1 which includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s. iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over the air (OTA) update or as a download from iTunes. If your device does not have enough space, you need to connect to iTunes, back up your device and delete data from your device to make space for the update. For information on the security content of this update, visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 _____________________________________________ Apple today also released: Apple TV 3 version 7.0.2 which includes general performance and stability improvements....
  • American public schools chew up teachers and spit them out

    11/17/2014 6:07:03 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 7, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [a/k/a: "The War on Teachers"] The stats leave no doubt. There is huge dissatisfaction among teachers. The turnover rate is very high. We need to answer the obvious question, why don’t principals and administrators take better care of their teachers? The most recent MetLife Survey revealed: “Teacher Dissatisfaction At An All-Time High.” The NEA Today website continues: “Teacher job satisfaction has plummeted to its lowest level in 25 years, from 62 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2012 –- a total of 23 points…More than one-half of teachers report feeling under great stress several days per week, as opposed...
  • Why airfare keeps rising despite lower oil prices

    11/17/2014 5:58:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 17, 2014 5:45 PM EST | Scott Mayerowitz
    U.S. airlines are saving tens of millions of dollars every week because of lower prices for jet fuel, their largest expense. So why don't they share some of the savings with passengers? Simply put: Airlines have no compelling reason to offer any breaks. Planes are full. Investors want a payout. And new planes are on order. In fact, fares are going higher. And those bag fees that airlines instituted in 2008 when fuel prices spiked aren’t going away either. …
  • Watch Out, Apple; Microsoft Now Second Most Valuable Company In The World [bumping out Exxon]

    11/17/2014 1:39:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 11/17/2014 | Mike Upton
    The air is beginning to get a bit thin for the Redmond tech giant, as reports released Friday showed Microsoft climbing to the number two spot on the list of most valuable companies in the world, bumping out Exxon by roughly $9 billion. The cause for Microsoft and Exxon swapping places is two-fold, in that while the price of oil has been dropping, along with Exxon’s share price, Microsoft has been on the rise since October following reports of strong fiscal first-quarter gains with its cloud computing business at its heart. Microsoft has also been making waves recently with its...
  • The world’s biggest chocolate-maker says we’re running out of chocolate

    11/17/2014 10:38:15 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 93 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 15, 2014 | Roberto A. Ferdman
    There's no easy way to say this: You're eating too much chocolate, all of you. And it's getting so out of hand that the world could be headed towards a potentially disastrous scenario if it doesn't stop. Those are, roughly speaking, the words of two huge chocolate makers, Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut. And there's some data to back them up. Chocolate deficits, whereby farmers produce less cocoa than the world eats, are becoming the norm. Already, we are in the midst of what could be the longest streak of consecutive chocolate deficits in more than 50 years. It also...
  • Manufacturers warn that the world may soon run out of chocolate

    11/17/2014 9:00:07 AM PST · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    theweek.com ^ | 11/17/2014 | Catherine Garcia
    Start hoarding those Hershey's Kisses and stockpile your Snickers: The world could soon experience a chocolate shortage. Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut, two of the world's largest chocolate makers, say that's the path we're headed down. They cite a perfect storm of factors: Less cocoa is being produced as more and more people are devouring chocolate. In 2013, consumers ate about 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than was produced, The Washington Post reports, and that deficit could go up to 1 million metric tons by 2020. The Ivory Coast and Ghana produce more than 70 percent of the world's cacao...
  • Climate Reporting Chaos in Oregon

    11/17/2014 8:23:08 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 11/17/2014 | Sierra Rayne
    For some reason, I don’t find it surprising that Oregon is a hotbed of climate alarmism. Thus, when the Portland Tribune recently published an article describing how Oregon’s “warmer climate imperils our health,” it seemed appropriate to look further into the claims being made. Apparently, climate change in Oregon will lead to “less snow on Mount Hood? [but] we can live with that.” Interesting, given how there has been no significant trend in maximum overwinter snowpack on Mount Hood since records began in 1981. Indeed, according to an article in 2012 at ABC News Cleveland, snowpack in the Cascade Mountains...
  • First China-Made Plane Coming To U.S. Skies

    11/17/2014 7:35:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/17/2014 | Gordon Chang
    On Tuesday, on the eve of China’s 10th Zhuhai Airshow, California-based Coptervision placed an order for 20 Y-12s, a 19-seat turboprop. “This purchase marks the first time for any Chinese-made planes to enter an advanced market, and the U.S. has the highest standards, so this testifies to the achievement of Chinese aircraft manufacturing,” said Li Xianzhe of Avicopter to the South China Morning Post. Avicopter is the general aviation subsidiary of the Y-12’s manufacturer, Aviation Industry Corp. of China. Four of the Coptervision orders are for the Y-12F. This model, the most recent version of the Chinese workhorse, has not...
  • This Is What It's Like To Be Shot At With an AK-47 in a Mercedes-Benz!

    11/17/2014 7:11:30 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    This Is What It's Like To Be Shot At With an AK 47 in a Mercedes Benz!
  • Can Anarcho-Capitalism Work?

    11/17/2014 4:31:58 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/16/2014 | Llewellyn Rockwell
    This talk was delivered at the Costa Mesa Mises Circle on Society Without the State, November 8, 2014. The term “anarcho-capitalism” has, we might say, rather an arresting quality. But while the term itself may jolt the newcomer, the ideas it embodies are compelling and attractive, and represent the culmination of a long development of thought. If I had to boil it down to a handful of insights, they would be these: (1) each human being, to use John Locke’s formulation, “has a property in his own person”; (2) there ought to be a single moral code binding all people,...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, November 16th, 2014.

    11/16/2014 5:04:40 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 57 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunday, November 16th, 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.
  • Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture

    11/16/2014 2:09:46 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 11-15-14 | Jimmy Stamp
    n a recent opinion piece in The New York Times, geriatrician Louise Aronson advocated for a new type of building, one designed with an aging population in mind, which, she suggests, might be dubbed “silver” architecture. The idea came to her after taking her father to a top-notch, “green” medical center that was surprisingly unaccommodating for older patients. Sure, sustainability is important, but a building needs to do more than perform efficiently and attract millennials. Aronson notes: Such approaches once may have made sense from a business perspective, but current demographic realities are creating financial and practical reasons to build...
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu (book review)

    11/16/2014 1:16:24 PM PST · by Lorianne
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 15 November 2014 | John Batchelor interviews author Tim Wu
    John Batchelor interviews Tim Wu author of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires audio 20:03
  • GOP oil titan: Keystone’s irrelevant (Harold Hamm)

    11/15/2014 4:11:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/14/14 2:26 PM EST | Updated 11/14/14 8:42 PM EST | Darren Goode
    Republican oil mogul Harold Hamm says Congress is wasting its time debating the Keystone XL pipeline. “It’s not relevant at all, in my opinion. And here we are making it relevant now? Forget it,” the billionaire CEO of Oklahoma-based Continental Resources told Politoco in an interview Friday, just before the House passed a bill aimed at approving the pipeline. […] Hamm said his company, which had planned to use Keystone to ship some of its North Dakota crude, is already using other pipelines for half of its oil. And the percentage is growing. “We’re supporting other pipelines out there; we’re...
  • McDonald's Says No to Simplot's GMO Potato

    11/15/2014 3:28:37 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 128 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 15, 2014 | The Associated Press
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't. The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported. "McDonald's USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practices," the company said in a statement.
  • Vanity: Repubs First Order Of Business Pull ACA Exemption

    11/15/2014 10:58:34 AM PST · by DAC21 · 22 replies
    11-15-2014 | DAC21
    Come January, pull the Congressional exemption for the ACA. You would have 85% of Americans behind them for doing so, especially now that the LIV know they have been taken for a Gruber. No one in Congress should be exempt from the burden that their constituency bears. If they qualify for subsidies so be it, although I'd guess most won't other than Staffers. I know the GOPe wants no part of it, but I believe there are enough conservatives in Congress that can back the Weeper into a corner. The ACA will come tumbling down even faster when they, especially...
  • If You’re Not Rich, Divorce Can Be Financially Devastating

    11/15/2014 10:24:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/15/2014 | TERESA TRITCH
    There is a long list of women* who have amassed personal fortunes by divorcing rich husbands — and as far as I can tell, they deserved every penny. This week Sue Ann Hamm joined it when a court ordered her ex-husband, Harold Hamm, the Oklahoma oil man, to pay her some $1 billion in cash and assets, or about $38 million per year of a 26-year marriage. Ms. Hamm plans to appeal on the grounds that the award grossly undervalues her share of the wealth accumulated during the marriage, Reuters reported on Thursday. If Ms. Hamm gets anywhere near half...
  • Executive Orders: The Power of the President’s Pen (Is it really an impeachable offense).

    11/15/2014 5:38:33 AM PST · by Usagi_yo · 20 replies
    The Legality ^ | Oregon Law Review Publishes Volume 87 | Various
    Written by: Kirk Strohman Researched by: Casey E. Sanders Edited by: Daniel Kwak Executive orders can be as socially important as integrating the armed forces or simply a means of calming public anxiety in the face of the “Y2K problem.” They can be White House effective tools to block financing to terrorist organizations or authorize controversial (and later found to be illegal) means for treating detainees.
  • The "Prolific" Jon Gruber - 1993

    11/15/2014 4:39:05 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 12 replies
    CPAN ^ | 10 December 1993 | Anonymous
    Watch Gruber talk about Hillarycare as part of the Alliance for Health Reform!
  • Cool [sic] Infographics Explain 8 Key Events on Orion’s EFT-1 Test Flight

    11/14/2014 9:18:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    universetoday.com/ ^ | on November 14, 2014 | Ken Kremer
    After moving out to the launch pad earlier this week, NASA’s first Orion spacecraft was hoisted atop the most powerful rocket in the world and awaits blastoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida early December on a critical test flight that will pave the way for human missions to deep space. NASA’s cool new set of infographics above and below explain 8 key events on Orion’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) The two-orbit, four and a half hour EFT-1 flight around Earth will lift the Orion spacecraft and its attached second stage to an orbital altitude of 3,600 miles, about 15 times higher...