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  • PA Planned Parenthood reschedules abortions to dodge inspectors

    04/17/2014 2:26:36 PM PDT · by Morgana
    JILL STANEK ^ | JILL STANEK
    An informant from the Planned Parenthood Keystone affiliate in Pennsylvania has slipped me some fascinating new documents. Recall Pennsylvania is the home of infanticide abortionist Kermit Gosnell, convicted in May 2013 of first degree murder in the deaths of three babies and involuntary manslaughter of a patient. In reality, Gosnell likely “snipped” the spinal cords of hundreds if not thousands of babies he aborted alive over three decades but was never caught. The state simply stopped inspecting abortion clinics “for political reasons,” according to the Gosnell Grand Jury Report. Gosnell’s heinous crimes were only discovered by accident when the FBI...
  • Correcting the Net Metering Record

    04/17/2014 2:18:56 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 4-17-14 | John Eick
    “There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” – William James “A lie told enough becomes the truth.” – Vladimir Lenin Perhaps the most frequently used logical fallacy in the world of politics and public policy today is the argument of assertion, or the idea that someone can legitimately argue a point by merely declaring that something is true, regardless of contradiction. Thus far in 2014, the solar lobby and environmental activists have together employed this strategy to attack ALEC as a legislative membership organization and our stance on the issue of net...
  • Want to retire with an extra half a million your savings? Consider moving to another state.

    04/17/2014 12:47:05 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHuXTEYqcX0 http://www.savetaxesbymoving.com A calculator
  • The richest man in Asia is selling everything in China

    04/17/2014 7:52:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Sovereign Man ^ | 04/17/2014 | Simon Black
    Here’s a guy you want to bet on– Li Ka-Shing. Li is reportedly the richest person in Asia with a net worth well in excess of $30 billion, much of which he made being a shrewd property investor. Li Ka-Shing was investing in mainland China back in the early 90s, way back before it became the trendy thing to do. Now, Li wants out of China. All of it. Since August of last year, he’s dumped billions of dollars worth of his Chinese holdings. The latest is the $928 million sale of the Pacific Place shopping center in Beijing– this...
  • Man Wants to Open a Bar in His Gun Range (Oklahoma City)

    04/16/2014 6:26:07 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 16, 2014 | Will Lerner
    Man wants to open a bar in his gun range Generally speaking, the combination of alcohol and weapons sounds like a bad one. Jeff Swanson of Oklahoma City doesn’t see it that way, however. KFOR NewsChannel 4 reports that the entrepreneur, who is in the process of building an “upscale” gun range in OKC, wants his establishment to offer its patrons a drink after they’re finished shooting. KOKH FOX 25 News reports that Mr. Swanson will have customers scan their driver’s license before they partake in either firing guns or drinking alcohol. Mr. Swanson told KOKH, "Once your order a...
  • Spread It: 13 New York Restaurants That Take Butter Very Seriously

    04/16/2014 4:19:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The best breaking food news in the last few weeks is that butter is back, and better for you than ever (or something — we're not totally convinced it's health food, only that it's delicious). It's great timing: There are plenty of New York restaurants making saturated fat worth your while, offering next-level butter made with bonito flakes, roe, lavender, seaweed, and, of course, uni. To celebrate butter's big comeback, Grub rounded up 13 rich, excellent butters around town. Betony The Dish: Poached Lobster With Roe Butter Bryce Shuman likes Kriemhild Dairy Farms' meadow butter: It's produced upstate and churned...
  • Pathmark Manager Tossed Bronx Mom Out of Store "Because You're Black": Suit

    Former customer Marie Bridgemahon says manager ejected her from Co-op City Pathmark because of the color of her skin. Another customer launched a racist rant against her moments before she was kicked out . Bridgemahon is now suing Pathmark.A Co-op City Pathmark manager added insult to injury by escorting a customer out of the store following a racially charged slur from another patron, a new lawsuit charges. Marie Bridgemahon and her daughter, both of whom are black, were forced to leave the Bartow Ave. grocery store in 2011 following an incident in which a white woman called her a “black...
  • How a Chinese Company Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours

    04/16/2014 1:27:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Apr 15, 2014
    Chinese companies have been known to build major real-estate projects very quickly. Now, one company is taking it to a new extreme. Suzhou-based construction-materials firm Winsun New Materials says it has built 10 200-square-meter homes using a gigantic 3-D printer that it spent 20 million yuan ($3.2 million) and 12 years developing. Such 3-D printers have been around for several years and are commonly used to make models, prototypes, plane parts and even such small items as jewelry.
  • Businesses Say They're Having Trouble Finding People Who Will Show Up For Work

    04/16/2014 7:27:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/16/2014 | MATTHEW BOESLER
    Every month, the New York Fed conducts two surveys: the Empire State Manufacturing Survey and its services-sector counterpart, the Business Leaders Survey. And each April it asks respondents of both surveys questions related to the difficulty of finding potential hires with certain skills.This year's pair of April surveys confirmed that, as in previous years, employers are having trouble finding people with advanced computer and interpersonal skills, punctuality, and reliability.Further, businesses in both the manufacturing and services sectors report that it is becoming increasingly difficult to retain skilled workers.Below are the two key tables from the survey. The first shows that...
  • And the Most Desirable Job in the World Is…

    04/16/2014 6:55:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    TIME ^ | 04/16/2014 | Martha C. White
    For a new study ranking the best jobs of 2014, jobs website CareerCast.com did some number-crunching and found — perhaps not surprisingly — that crunching numbers is a pretty good gig.With a median income of $101,360 and a 23% projected job growth rate by 2022, mathematician topped the site’s roundup of the most desirable jobs. CareerCast points to the “exponentially growing popularity of mathematics” in everything from healthcare and technology to sports and politics.“Mathematicians are employed in every sector of the economy… from Wall Street brokerages to energy exploration companies to IT R&D labs to university classrooms,” CareerCast publisher Tony...
  • US oligarchy study: Eye-opening study reveals disturbing facts about the US

    04/16/2014 5:54:13 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 31 replies
    Jacksonville Top News Examiner ^ | April 15, 2014 | Christian Savoy
    A first of its kind US oligarchy study yielded a rather troubling discovery and the results of the study are definitely cause for concern for most Americans. The US oligarchy study was conducted by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities and the study showed that the United States is not a republic in substance, but rather an oligarchy where the rich rule and the majority of Americans have virtually no impact on policy decisions, today's report from FDL explained.
  • Microsoft Abandons Windows 8.1: Take Immediate Action Or Be Cut Off Like Windows XP

    04/16/2014 12:16:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/15/2014 @ 7:24AM | Gordon Kelly
    Microsoft has been on a roll lately. Office for iOS (and soon Android), free Windows licenses for small devices, universal Windows and Windows Phone apps, Siri rival Cortana, even a promise to eventually return the start menu before Windows 9. But when it comes to Windows 8, it seems the company has a permanently loaded pistol aimed squarely at its feet. So it fits that just one week on from the launch of “Windows 8.1 Update 1” (the smart upgrade mouse and keyboard users have long awaited) stupidity would strike once again. “Windows 8.1 Update is a cumulative update to...
  • Little-Known Legal Challenge That Could Torpedo Obamacare

    04/16/2014 12:04:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 14, 2014 12:55pm | Ariane de Vogue
    While the Supreme Court considers one challenge to a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal appeals court located just blocks away is contemplating a separate challenge that could have much more dire consequences for the future of the law. […] The conflict at the center of the Halbig (vs. Sebelius) case (and three other challenges across the country) has to do with tax subsidies granted to those who seek to obtain insurance from the exchanges. The ACA grants the credits to qualifying individuals in order to defray the cost of the insurance. Millions of Americans are expected...
  • GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection

    04/15/2014 9:57:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 11:07 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy. The automaker’s strategy is in a motion filed in a Corpus Christi, Texas, federal court case, and in other cases across the nation that involve the defective ignition switches that have led GM to recall 2.6 million small cars. The motion asks U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos to delay action on the lawsuit until the bankruptcy court rules and other federal courts decide if the case should...
  • Device Turns Flat Surface into Spherical Antenna

    04/15/2014 2:55:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    yahoo ^ | April 14, 2014 12:12
    The new lens, described in AIP Publishing's journal Applied Physics Letters, was fabricated by Tie Jun Cui and colleagues at Southeast University in Nanjing, China and is an example of a metasurface or metamaterial -- an artificial material engineered in the lab that has properties not found in nature. In this case, by coating the surface with the tiny U-shaped elements, it acquires properties that mimic something known as a Luneburg lens. First discovered in the 1940s Luneburg lenses are traditionally spherical optics that interact with light in an unusual way. Most lenses are made of a single material like...
  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    04/15/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 15, 2014 4:05 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA’s determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency’s reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, “are amply supported by EPA’s findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure,” said the court. Congress did not specify what...
  • New 2014 Rich States, Poor States Rankings Show States Are Making Large Reforms

    04/15/2014 1:16:30 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-15-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    Since 2008, Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index has used the latest economic data to determine which states are doing well and which states are struggling. The past 50 years of data point to a clear connection between pro-growth policies of lower taxes, less regulations and competitive labor policies. The states that embrace free markets and limited government fare much better than their high-tax, big government counterparts. Utah, South Dakota, Indiana, North Dakota and Idaho—this year’s top five states—showcase how good economic policy can lead to economic prosperity, while New York, Vermont, Illinois, California and Minnesota—the bottom...
  • America’s Fastest Shrinking Cities

    04/15/2014 12:53:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/15/2014 | by Vince Calio
    The U.S. population rose by just 0.72% in 2013, the lowest growth rate in more than 70 years. Not only has the country become less-attractive to immigrants than in years past, with net immigration down from nearly 1.2 million as of 2001 to 843,145 last year, but also the U.S.’s domestic birth rate has dropped to a multi-decade low. While the population of most of the country’s metro areas grew at a low pace in recent years, in a small number of metro areas the population actually shrank. Looking at the most recent years, the U.S. population rose by just...
  • Microsoft confirms it's dropping Windows 8.1 support

    04/15/2014 10:53:03 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 61 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | April 14, 2014 | Woody Leonhard
    In what is surely the most customer-antagonistic move of the new Windows regime, Steve Thomas at Microsoft posted a TechNet article on Saturday stating categorically that Microsoft will no longer issue security patches for Windows 8.1, starting in May. Call this the "let them eat cake" approach to support for Microsoft's flagship operating system. ... Yes, you read that right: With three weeks left until Windows 8.1 end of support -- until the next round of security patches appear with Windows 8.1 not included in the party list -- Microsoft still hasn't figured out how to get Windows 8.1 Update...
  • Google updates terms of service to reflect its scanning of users' emails

    04/15/2014 4:00:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    PC World ^ | 4/15/2014 | John Ribeiro
    Google has updated its terms of service to reflect that it analyzes user content including emails to provide users tailored advertising, customized search results and other features. The Internet giant’s scanning of users’ email has been controversial with privacy groups describing it as an intrusion into user privacy. Competitor Microsoft claims in its “Don’t Get Scroogled by Gmail” campaign that its Outlook.com email service is superior to Gmail as unlike Google it does not go through email looking for keywords to target users with paid advertisements. In a case in California over Google’s interception of email, District Judge Lucy H....
  • Too big to trust? Google's growing credibility gap

    04/15/2014 3:30:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Infoworld ^ | 4/15/2014 | Galen Gruman
    Remember when we all loved Google? Its search engine was both simple to use and an unbiased portal to anything you wanted to know. It was founded by two college students at a time when Silicon Valley was a shining beacon of what was right in the world, during sunny economic and political times.We don't love Google so much any more, mainly because we trust it less and less. More and more people have realized that the Google search engine is hugely biased in favor of advertisers, and the results are increasingly manipulated by Google for inscrutable purposes. Google seems...
  • Biden to attend soccer’s World Cup tournament

    04/14/2014 10:41:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14, 2014 7:11 PM EDT
    Vice President Joe Biden is planning to be among the crowds at this summer’s World Cup soccer tournament. The White House announced Monday that Biden would travel to Brazil for the event in June. He also plans to attend a U.S. national team game. …
  • It’s not just athletes — college screws everyone

    04/14/2014 7:10:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | 04/14/2014 | Naomi Schaefer Riley
    In its recent ruling that athletes at Northwestern University have the right to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board cited the case of senior quarterback Kain Colter, who naively thought that he could pursue a pre-med degree while also playing on the school’s football team. When he attempted to enroll in a required chemistry class during his sophomore year, “Colter testified that his coaches and advisors discouraged him from taking the class because it conflicted with morning football practices. Colter consequently had to take this class in the summer session, which caused him to fall behind his classmates who were...
  • US Airways Apologizes For Tweeting Pornographic Image To Disgruntled Customer

    04/14/2014 5:05:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | April 14, 2014 1:48 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — US Airways apologized Monday after a pornographic image was posted on the company’s Twitter feed. The company often responds directly to disgruntled passengers, but was seemingly unaware that one of its replies included a lewd photograph. “@thatkatzkat We don’t like to hear this, Alex. Please provide feedback to our Customer Relations team here,” read the tweet, which also included a link to a photo of a woman with a model airplane protruding out of a body cavity. The airline later removed the tweet and apologized for the incident.
  • 1,000 get shots after pizza place employee gets hepatitis 2,400 Customers at Risk, Officials Say

    04/14/2014 1:09:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    WYFF4 ^ | Apr 14, 2014
    mORE than 1,000 people have been vaccinated against hepatitis A after a Charlotte pizza place employee was hospitalized with the disease, according to health officials. Health officials in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties are urging anyone who ordered or ate a pizza from the Papa John's on Cambridge Commons Drive between March 28 and April 7 to get the vaccine. Free clinics have been giving shots throughout the weekend, and health officials say they have already vaccinated more than 1,000 people. Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the liver and can cause nausea, vomiting and jaundice. Officials estimate 2,400 customers...
  • Cadillac Fuels Fury With 'anti-French' Advert at Countries That Take the 'Whole of August Off'

    04/14/2014 12:23:05 PM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Mail Onlline ^ | April 14, 2014 | Susan Tom;linson
    Full Title:Cadillac fuels Parisian fury with 'anti-French' advert which takes a dig at countries who take the 'whole of August Off' U.S. luxury car maker Cadillac has provoked anger in France with an advert which pokes fun at countries where workers 'stroll home, stop by the cafe... and take the whole of August off'. The commercial features Desperate Housewives actor Neil McDonough as a successful businessman who compares 'hard-working' Americans to their counterparts abroad who in his words 'don't work'. He says: 'Why do we work so hard? For what? For this? For stuff? Other countries don't work, they stroll...
  • Man Spends $170k to Look Stunning… But Women Spurn Him

    04/14/2014 12:05:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 89 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 14, 2014
    A Japanese youngster, obsessed with looking beautiful, has spent a fortune on plastic surgery and continues his efforts unabated only to be told be females that he looks the least attractive. Alan, 20, spent $178,360 [Dh 655,143] in just one month on cosmetic surgery to change his face, according to an AsiaOne report, quoting Rocket News 24. He moved to Tokyo from his hometown four years back and has been in relationships with five women who provide him with money. He has so far gone under the knife for two nose jobs and to alter the shape of his chin...
  • Company unveils first age-verifying, pot vending machine

    04/14/2014 8:54:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | 04/14/2014 | Bill Chappell
    An automated pot-selling machine was unveiled at an event held at an Avon, Colo., restaurant Saturday, promising a potential new era of selling marijuana and pot-infused snacks from vending machines directly to customers. Its creators say the machine, called the ZaZZZ, uses biometrics to verify a customer's age. The machine is climate-controlled to keep its product fresh. You may be picturing a vending machine on a sidewalk, ready to dispense pot brownies to anyone with correct change. That's not quite what backers of the machine have in mind. For now, at least, the ZaZZZ is aimed for use only by...
  • ‘Noah’ Now Closely Tied With ‘God’s Not Dead’ at Box Office

    04/14/2014 7:44:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/14/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Noah, the fanatical environmentalist anti-religious big budget movie, has crashed to 6th place, where it’s closely tied with the low budget God’s Not Dead, a Christian film. Noah had a budget of $125 million and is struggling to make that back. God’s Not Dead has a budget of $2 million and has made it back many times over. Noah is playing in over 3,282 theaters, while G0d’s Not Dead is playing in 1,860 theaters. While the final box office figures for the weekend aren’t in yet, current estimates place Noah in 6th place with $7 million for the weekend and...
  • Learning about fees charged to your 401(k) could take serious sleuthing

    04/14/2014 5:39:25 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-13-14 | ap
    Where to find the fees charged by your 401(k) retirement funds? "Sorry to say there isn't an easy answer to where to find all expenses on retirement accounts, which is definitely part of the problem," says Jennifer Erickson, co-author of a new study of 401(k) fees by the Center for American Progress. Your quarterly statement may not show all the fees and "can be even more confusing," Erickson says. Most fees —more than 80 percent of them — are covered by a plan's "expense ratio." The expense ratio includes recurring fees you're charged when you invest in a fund. The...
  • Hilarious Car Dealership Outwitting Labor Union Tactics — And This Video May Just Be the Victory Lap

    04/13/2014 5:09:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/12/2014 | Dave Urbanski
    Subaru of Wichita couldn’t help but notice that a union banner was looking a little lonely outside the dealership, so last month the folks in the lot figured they would keep the union sign company and make things more interesting:
  • It Doesn’t Matter Where You Go to College: It just matters that you go.

    04/11/2014 8:46:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    TIME ^ | 04/11/2014 | Michael Bernick
    This month, high school seniors across America are receiving college decision letters of acceptance and rejection. Many of these students, and their parents, will think that where they go to college will significantly affect their employment future. They think wrong. Today, whether you go to college retains some importance in your employment options. But where you go to college is of almost no importance. Whether your degree, for example, is from UCLA or from less prestigious Sonoma State matters far less than your academic performance and the skills you can show employers. Research on the impact of college selection has...
  • Apple Says iOS, OSX and “Key Web Services” Not Affected by Heartbleed Security Flaw

    04/11/2014 5:58:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    ReCode.net ^ | April 10, 2014, 1:42 PM PDT | By Mike Isaac
    Apple said Thursday that its mobile, desktop and Web services weren’t affected by a major flaw in a set of security software used by hundreds of thousands of websites. The flaw, codenamed “Heartbleed” and first reported by Web security firm Codenomicon, was discovered in a technology called “OpenSSL” — a set of encryption software used by Web companies to safeguard user information. Sites that use OpenSSL will display a small “lock” icon in the top left-hand corner of your Web browser’s address bar (though not all sites showing this lock use OpenSSL); the technology is used on more than two-thirds...
  • Cramer: Has the decline stopped in its tracks? (Wednesday PM) (Cramer top-ticks it AGAIN)

    04/11/2014 10:20:31 AM PDT · by jiggyboy · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | Wednesday April 9, 2014 | Lee Brodie
    "Look no further than the multi-scorned Alcoa which came on 'Mad Money' just last night and talked about turns in aerospace, autos, non-residential construction and trucks. Those are all the needle movers in an economy for heaven's sake and Alcoa's Klaus Kleinfeld said they are all trending higher. Pow, bears, right in the kisser." Also developments suggest weakness in stocks such as CBS and Time Warner were more to do with hedge fund liquidations that any fundamental headwinds. In addition, Cramer says the money flow into bonds appears to be more about money fleeing Russia and not a referendum on...
  • Liberation Of Europe From Gazprom Due To Nat Gas Exports Is Nonsense, Cheniere CEO

    04/11/2014 9:38:38 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 16 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 04/11/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Despite the ongoing propoganda machine's push for a bailout plan to 'liberate Europe from Gazprom's claws', The FT reports that the head of Cheniere Energy, which is due to become the US’s first new natural gas exporter next year, said the ability of US energy to save Europe from its dependence on Russian supplies had been overstated. Simply put, as Putin knows all too well (but Obama and his merry men in the mainstream media seem destined to perpetuate), Cheniere's CEO blasts "It’s flattering to be talked about like this, but it’s all nonsense. It’s so much nonsense that I...
  • 10 rules of an incompetent professional

    04/11/2014 8:34:49 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | 4/10/14 | Pedro Amador
    I would like to share the best rules that place ignorance at the most unsuspected limits. I’m positive you’ll recognize someone close to you who appears to be a true professional but who, in reality, isn’t anything more than an unqualified beginner. These are, in my opinion the most important rules:
  • Ten Countries Racing to Buy American Homes

    04/11/2014 6:58:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/11/2014 | http://247wallst.com/special-report/2014/04/11/ten-countries-racing-to-buy-american-homes/?utm_sourc
    International homebuyers are attracted to the United States for a number of reasons. These include favorable housing prices, good weather, the country’s relative economic stability and an attraction to America in general. As the housing market improved and home prices rebounded, the interest of foreign buyers in U.S. properties has soared. Interest in U.S. property increased dramatically in a number of countries between 2009 and 2013. In all, interest in home buying, according to housing market firm RealtyTrac, increased by 95% or more in 10 countries, and at least doubled in nine of these nations. Interest in U.S. property by...
  • US Internet ad revenue surpasses broadcast

    04/10/2014 7:39:52 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 6 replies
    A.P. ^ | April 10 2014 | Not Attributed
    For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads. That's according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which said Thursday that Internet advertising revenue rose 17 percent to a record $42.8 billion in 2013. Broadcast TV ad revenue, in comparison, was $40.1 billion in 2013.
  • Abusing Both Medicare and Politics

    04/10/2014 7:33:23 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 10, 2014 | New York Times Editorial Board
    Earlier this week, the Medicare system for the first time released a list of its payments to individual doctors, showing that just a few doctors accounted for a huge fraction of Medicare payments. As Frances Robles and Eric Lipton of The Times reported on Thursday, two of those doctors had given lavishly to Democratic politicians in hopes of getting Medicare investigators off their backs. The country’s top recipient of Medicare dollars was Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who has been repeatedly investigated for overbilling the government for an eye medication. In 2012, he received $21 million in Medicare reimbursements....
  • Idiot Sgt. Major Michael Barrett Pushes for Lower Pay for Marines Saying “It Will Raise Discipline”

    04/10/2014 5:01:45 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 59 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-10-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Sgt. Major Michael Barrett greets Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. (American Military News) Idiot Sgt. Major Michael Barrett, the highest enlisted member of the US Marine Corps, told Congress Marines don’t need higher pay. Barrett said he believes lower pay will “raise discipline.” Nice job looking out for your brothers, Sergeant Major. American Military News reported: The highest enlisted member of the United States Marine Corps said that lowering salary of Marines will “raise discipline” and make Marines less wasteful. The comments come as a debate in Washington talks about cutting active duty member pay in order to make sharp...
  • Swedes Pay $27 for 'Bargain Strawberries'

    04/10/2014 3:26:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The year's first batch of Swedish strawberries went under the hammer in Stockholm on Wednesday, with growers fetching 175 kronor ($27) per punnet. But the price was nothing compared to last year.Almost 150 punnets of strawberries were sold on Wednesday to mark the first harvest of the season, with each 250-gramme punnet pulling in 175 kronor ($27). Pablo de Bonadona, the purchase manager at fruit and veg supplier Svenska Odlarlaget, said the berries were worth every krona. "Yes, it's a lot of money, but Swedish strawberries are worth it. We love them. And the first are always a little special,"...
  • Obamacare exchanges face scrutiny, questions of mismanagement

    04/10/2014 2:19:41 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 8 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-10-14 | Ed Walton
    Officials from five states came under congressional scrutiny last week for various failures in creating state-based health insurance exchanges, despite each state accepting and spending hundreds of millions of dollars in federal establishment grants. Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oregon each had top officials present for a House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform hearing on problem-filled state exchanges. Under the Affordable Care Act, states were given the option to run their own exchange or default to the federal exchange. Hawaii’s exchange director, Tom Matsuda, testified that his state received $205 million in federal grants to build its own exchange,...
  • European Satellite Dodged Space Debris Hours After Reaching Orbit

    04/10/2014 12:38:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    Yesterday, the European Space Agency disclosed a serious problem early in the Sentinel-1A mission, which lifted off April 3 on a mission to observe the Earth. The spacecraft — which reportedly cost 280 million Euros ($384 million) to launch — came close to a collision in orbit. ... “As the first day shift nears its end, a serious alert is received: there is a danger of a collision with a NASA satellite called ACRIMSAT, which has run out of fuel and can no longer be maneuvered. Not much information at the beginning, we are waiting for more information, but a...
  • CNN Unveils New Primetime Schedule, Adds Mike Rowe

    04/10/2014 9:14:14 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 4-10 | THE DEADLINE TEAM
    "Mike Rowe’s new series Somebody’s Gotta Do It brings viewers face to face with men and women who march to the beat of a different drum. In each episode, Rowe visits unique individuals and joins them in their respective undertakings, paying tribute to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors, fanatics – people who simply have to do it. This show is about passion, purpose, and occasionally, hobbies that get a little out of hand."
  • 5 Careers That Are In Crisis

    04/10/2014 7:00:53 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 10 replies
    Yahoo Education! ^ | Tony Moton
    Do you have a sneaking suspicion that your current field resembles an endangered species? If so, you might not be alone in feeling like a dinosaur. According to Las Vegas-based career expert Denise Nicole Cook, people working in professions that are experiencing increased automation and technological change could find their jobs practically extinct in the not-too-distant future. "Pay attention to the industry you're in, because even if it's not currently automated, it may be automated in the future," says Cook, founder of The Honest Info career counseling firm. Sound like your career, or one you're planning to pursue? Keep reading...
  • 10 Reasons You Have To Quit Your Job In 2014

    04/10/2014 6:54:08 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 37 replies
    Linked in ^ | April 07, 2014 | James Altucher
    10 Reasons You Have To Quit Your Job In 2014 This was going to end badly.My boss screamed at me in front of my colleagues. I had done something wrong of course. I had sent a product to the client without debugging it thoroughly. It was my fault. But I don’t like being yelled at.And fortunately I was sitting on a job offer that I decided to take that moment. So the next day I said the magic words, “I quit”.And then a few years after that, I quit again, and never went back to work in the corporate world.And...
  • Government Unions Attack Free-Market Nonprofits via Pension Funds

    04/09/2014 3:12:40 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 7 replies
    Union Watch ^ | 04/08/2014 | Ed Ring
    As reported in a Washington Examiner editorial on April 4th, the American Federation of Teachers – that’s “teachers union” in plain English – has circulated a pamphlet that: “Calls on pension fund trustees to drop any investment managers that are tainted by connection to free-market nonprofits. They also want those same trustees to force any potential new managers to have to disclose any donations they may have made to the groups on AFT’s blacklist.” That the AFT can circulate a document like this without generating an uproar in the media reflects a monstrous and tragic double-standard. Money supporting “free-market non-profits”...
  • Seventh-Grade Girls Hospitalized After Drinking Booze in Class, DOE Says

    04/09/2014 2:25:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nicholas Rizzi
    Eight middle school students were hospitalized after they were caught drinking booze out of a water bottle and an AriZona ice tea bottle inside a classroom, a parent and the Department of Education said. The seventh-grade girls were passing around the alcohol-filled bottles inside at William A. Morris Intermediate School, 445 Castleton Ave., on Wednesday afternoon, the DOE said. The water bottle smelled of alcohol, but the DOE did not say what kind. "We're going to really discuss this," said Makishan Brown, of West Brighton, mother of one of the girls. "I have zero tolerance about this." Brown said the...
  • Who’s Behind the ‘BLS Weblearn’ Credit Card Scam?

    04/09/2014 9:23:48 AM PDT · by topher · 2 replies
    Krebsonsecurity.com ^ | 31 March 2014 | Brian Krebs
    A new rash of credit and debit card scams involving bogus sub-$15 charges and attributed to a company called “BLS Weblearn” is part of a prolific international scheme designed to fleece unwary consumers. This post delves deeper into the history and identity of the credit card processing network that has been enabling this type of activity for years. At issue are a rash of phony charges levied against countless consumers for odd amounts — such as $10.37, or $12.96. When they appear on your statement, the charges generally reference a company in St. Julians, Malta such as BLS*Weblearn or PLI*Weblearn,...
  • Brace yourself: The bacon shortage is coming

    04/09/2014 7:23:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/09/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Don’t panic. Your prices will probably go up because the free market is awesome and capable of signaling where it needs the most bacon when, and to whom it is most valuable, so there won’t be full bacon stoppage. Or, bacon lines. Though if you were going to queue up for something, certainly that’d be it. A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it’s threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or...