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  • California governor signs bill closing ivory sales loophole

    10/04/2015 4:49:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2015 5:13 PM EDT
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to close a loophole in the state’s ban on importing, buying or selling elephant ivory or rhinoceros horns. Supporters said California is a major market for ivory, and the ban would help dry up demand. …
  • Silver jumped a dollar an ounce since yesterday. Anything up?

    10/04/2015 4:30:36 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 75 replies
    Kitco ^ | 10/4/2015 | misc
    Just thought this seems possibly important. Gold also jumped.
  • New Steve Jobs biopic is a travesty says ex—Cold, Ruthless, Obsessive? No, he was FAR worse

    10/04/2015 4:20:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 35 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 4, 2015 | By CHRISANN BRENNAN
    Fans of the iPhone and the iPad have long seen the late Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, as a messianic figure, whose drive and vision turned computers from clunky business machines into the epitome of cool. Danny Boyle's new biopic, starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, will further burnish his remarkable reputation when it premiers next month. But one woman has a different and more traumatic view: Jobs's high school sweetheart Chrisann Brennan. She lived with Jobs and was an early Apple employee, only for the relationship to fall apart amid wild recriminations when she became pregnant with his...
  • Everybody is suddenly copying Microsoft

    10/04/2015 1:49:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 4, 2015 | Matt Weinberger
    In 2012, when Microsoft first introduced the Surface Pro — a tablet that was also a laptop — it became an industry punch line. “You can merge a toaster and a refrigerator, but that’s probably not going to be pleasing to anyone," quipped Apple CEO Tim Cook. Nobody's laughing now. And Microsoft is looking more and more like a trendsetter. Three years after Cook's jab, the Surface Pro 3 is selling strong — strong enough that Microsoft is expected to launch a much-anticipated Surface Pro 4 at a special event on Tuesday. In the meantime, Apple and Google have started...
  • New York men make $1,000 a week by waiting in lines

    10/04/2015 7:06:35 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 1, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    NEW YORK, A New York entrepreneur said he makes up to $1,000 a week by offering a simple service -- waiting in long lines. Robert Samuel, founder of business Same Ole Line Dudes, said he makes up to $1,000 a week by holding places in lines for product releases, sample sales, Broadway shows, Saturday Night Live tickets and other events. Samuel said he and his team of professional "waiters" charge $25 for the first hour per line-sitter and they each charge $10 for each additional half hour. He told Salon he recently made $1,000 by waiting 48 hours outside the...
  • A major maritime disaster is underway in the Atlantic and it is subject to a media blackout?

    10/04/2015 6:33:03 AM PDT · by cll · 124 replies
    10/04/2015 | cll
    An 800 ft. cargo vessel sailing from Jacksonville to San Juan in the vicinity of a major hurricane with 33 crew on board loses power, starts listing, sends a distress signal and goes missing now for four days. Drudge has a link to the story just as a side of other hurricane stories. The story goes largely ignored by the mainstream media. Even Free Republic has taken it down from Breaking and Front Page news. That's 33 souls, 28 of which are Americans, possibly lost at sea or struggling to survive. A major U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue effort...
  • Dunkin Donuts employee tells officer “We don’t serve cops here”

    WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — An employee at a West Hartford Dunkin Donuts is in hot water after she told a police officer “We don’t serve cops here.” The officer walked into the busy store at 1234 Farmington Avenue to wait in line to order. As he waited, an employee looked over at the officer and shouted “He didn’t get the message, we don’t serve cops here.” The officer then left the store followed quickly by the employee herself and the store manager. Both offered apologies to the officer with the employee who shouted the statement saying that she was...
  • Grilled Cheese Truck partners with ‘Soup Nazi’ for delicious venture

    10/04/2015 3:39:28 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 38 replies
    NYP ^ | October 1, 2015 | Lisa Fickensche
    Retired Gen. Wesley Clark is hawking grilled cheese and soup these days. Clark, the vice chairman of the Grilled Cheese Truck, a publicly traded company that puts veterans to work serving up meals from five kitchen trucks on the West Coast, is rolling out its New York City version in November — part of a co-branded hook-up with The Original Soupman, of “Seinfeld” fame. [snip] ...“This [business] model is all about putting veterans to work,” ...The trucks will debut in New York City on Veterans Day.
  • Opinion: Apple Watch should double down on health sensors, battery life + waterproofing

    10/03/2015 3:50:47 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | October 2, 2015 | by Jeremy Horwitz
    Whenever someone asks what I think of my Apple Watch, I explain that I like but don’t love it, and wouldn’t recommend it to everyone… yet. “In two or three years,” I say, “they’re going to be common, but right now, they don’t feel necessary.” Nice, yes. Necessary, no.Last week, my life changed. Shortly after our kids went to school, my wife stopped breathing in our home. I was able to get her breathing again, and thanks to 911 and outstanding EMTs, she survived to be diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome, a rare heart condition that typically goes undetected before a massive, fatal attack. Once Brugada was suspected, doctors looked for records of...
  • P. Diddy joins rapper fans of Trump (Just sayin')

    10/03/2015 5:15:30 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 2 2015 | By Judy Kurtz
    GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s list of friends who are famous rappers is growing: P. Diddy is the latest to count himself among them. “Donald Trump is a friend of mine, and he works very hard,” the “Last Night” rapper and record label founder says in an interview published Friday in The Washington Post.
  • Russia Turning to China for Long-Term Funding

    10/03/2015 3:53:42 AM PDT · by RC one · 7 replies
    Oiland Gas360 ^ | September 29, 2015
    Chinese Fund Buys 9.9% Stake in $27 Billion Russian LNG ProjectSince the implementation of U.S. sanctions against Russia for its actions in Crimea, one of the major challenges facing the Russian oil and gas industry is gaining access to long-term project financing. Under the current sanctions regime, loans to Russia can be no longer than 30 days if they come from the U.S., and 90 days if the loans are from European lenders. Cutting off access to longer-term loans has made financing capital-intensive projects like liquefied natural gas (LNG) much more difficult.Earlier this month, Russia’s largest independent gas company, Novatek...
  • Office 2016 apps crash following OS X 10.11 El Capitan upgrade

    10/03/2015 12:27:42 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    ZDNet ^ | October 2, 2015 -- 10:57 GMT | by Adrien Kingsley-Hughes
    If you are a Mac user that relies on Office 2016 apps to get your day-to-day work done then you might want to hold off on upgrading to OS X El Capitan. According to an extensive thread on Microsoft's Office for Mac support forum - combined with firsthand experience of the issue - the problems seem many and varied. Outlook appears to be the main culprit, but Excel and Word are also reported to be problematic for some. For some the apps crash while in use, while for others it is coming out from sleep that causes issues. Others...
  • Mold whine: Soylent superfood shipments stopped by spore scare (Liquid goop cleanup in Aisle 3)

    10/02/2015 10:24:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 3, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Soylent, which produces liquid food for techies who hate chewing, has stopped shipping its gloop after some of it was contaminated with mold. The firm started flogging version 2.0 of its formula in August, and has produced 400,000 bottles of the strange substance. It has since learned that 11 of the bottles had mold inside or on the outside by the time they reached customers. That's a tiny proportion, however on Friday the biz confirmed it's halting operations. "During our record review process we did discover that the conveyor guardrail settings were not optimized, causing some bottles to move erratically...
  • The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray (at 90) Fast, cool, simple. Repeat.

    10/02/2015 6:56:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 43 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Davin Clarke
    Before Steve Jobs, there was Seymour Cray – father of the supercomputer and regarded as something close to a God in the circles he moved in. Jobs’ Apple Computer is reputed to have bought one of Seymour’s massive machines back in the day: a Cray, to design the brand-new Macintosh personal computer. This would have been a significant moment for a man of Jobs' character, not prone to flattering the inventions or ideas of others. In return, Cray is said to have quipped that he'd bought a Mac to design the next Cray. Cray – who would have been 90...
  • Apple Watch saves teenager’s life; Tim Cook offers thankful teen an internship

    10/02/2015 6:07:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | October 10, 2015
    An Apple Watch may have saved a teenagers life, and Apple CEO Tim Cook is so pleased that he offered the thankful teen an internship next year,” Gregory Ferenstein reports for ReadWrite. “Paul Houle, a 17-year-old from Massachusetts, says that the watch’s heart rate monitor tipped him off to a dangerous condition. Had he not gone to see a doctor to check out his unusually high heart rate, he may not be alive today.” “‘After [football] practice I went and took a nap, my heart rate was still at 145,’ he told WCVB, a local CBS news station. Houle went...
  • IBM engineers carbon nanotube transistors to replace silicon in computing

    10/02/2015 10:07:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies ^ | October 1, 2015 11:00 AM | Dean Takahashi
    Above: IBM's carbon nanotubes have tiny circuits that are fractions of a meter apart.Image Credit: IBM Carbon nanotubes are the leading candidate to replace silicon in semiconductor chips after the decades-long run of silicon electronics runs out. And IBM is hoping to usher along that transition with a new breakthrough being announced today.In the October 2 issue of the journal Science, IBM researchers say they have overcome one of the most daunting challenges around carbon nanotube transistors, which are the building blocks of electronic circuits with dimensions that are measured in billionths of a meter. Carbon nanotubes may be...
  • Most murders in the US committed by Obama supporters (vanity).

    10/02/2015 8:13:00 AM PDT · by Fido969 · 36 replies
    vanity | today | me
    Just saying.
  • Can Sweden make the case for a 6-hour workday?

    10/02/2015 6:48:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 10/02/2015 | Kelsey Warner
    Sweden, birthplace of ABBA, IKEA, and Volvo, may soon have another celebrated export: the 6-hour workday.The practice is not yet universal, but companies across multiple sectors report positive results from the shorter day.Brath, a tech startup, made the move three years ago for its 22 employees. Maria Brĺth, the CEO, says her firm has tracked productivity and found that her team exceeds output when compared to similar tech shops. One of the biggest advantages is that it helps them hire and keep employees, Ms. Brath writes in a blog post:Recommended: Think you know Europe? Take our geography quiz. We also...
  • The Real Reason People Don't Save Enough for Retirement

    10/02/2015 6:30:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/02/2015 | TERESA GHILARDUCCI
    Aesop would have had a straightforward explanation for why some people just can’t manage to save up for retirement: Some people are born ants—industrious and in possession of great willpower—while others are grasshoppers, living only for today. Millennia later, sorting workers into personality-specific boxes is still the preferred way of thinking about how to get people to put more money into savings. An otherwise thoughtful survey of over 1,000 individuals and interviews with 50 people by the MetLife Mature Markets Institute identifies no fewer than 10 different variations on the grasshopper: There are “Snoozers,” “Oversleepers,” “Stewers,” “Brewers.” And then there...
  • Pope of the poor arrives in US denying he’s a liberal

    10/02/2015 5:41:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2015 11:44 PM EDT | Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll
    The pope of the poor arrived for his first-ever visit to the world’s wealthiest superpower Tuesday denying he is a leftist and riding in a frugal little family car, windows rolled down. […] The Argentine, known as the “slum pope” for ministering to the downtrodden in his native Buenos Aires, is expected to urge America to take better care of the environment and the poor and return to its founding ideals of religious liberty and open arms toward immigrants.During the flight, Francis defended himself against conservative criticism that his condemnation of trickle-down economics makes him a communist. “I am certain...
  • Say goodbye to repairing file permissions in El Capitan

    10/01/2015 10:41:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    iMore ^ | October 1, 2015 | By Peter Cohen
    File permissions problems are no longer a problem in the newest OS X release. Repairing file permissions has long been a standard practice of many old-time Mac users. Debates have raged about its efficacy, but the bottom line is there's always been a way to do it in Apple's Disk Utility app, and if Apple lets you do it it, it must be okay, right? That changes with Disk Utility in El Capitan. Let's take a look. S.G. writes: "I was just shocked by Disk Utility changes. No more verify/repair permissions option or disk? Seems like it has no utility...
  • Second Apple "spaceship" to land in Sunnyvale — deal sealed with Landbank Investments (Slideshow)

    10/01/2015 10:28:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Silicon Valley Business Journal ^ | October 1, 2015 — 10:05 AM PDT Updated on October 1, 2015 — 3:09 PM PDT | By Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    Apple Inc. has landed its second spaceship — this time, in Sunnyvale — in a massive deal that exemplifies a new era in Silicon Valley real estate and crystalizes Apple’s enormous growth trajectory outside of its Cupertino stronghold. The iPhone maker has sealed a deal for Landbank Investments LLC’s planned Central & Wolfe campus — a curvaceous, 777,000-square-foot project at Central Expressway and Wolfe Road that’s expected to look like nothing else ever attempted in Silicon Valley. Its marketing web address?, and for good reason. As approved, the campus from Landbank Investments and architecture firm HOK carries an audacious...
  • Trump Tax Plan Stumps GOP Establishment Again

    10/01/2015 7:38:49 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 01, 2015 | Matt Towery
    Every time they think they have knocked him down, Donald Trump comes up with a counterpunch that keeps the GOP establishment and traditional conservative pundits stunned and confused. Now they are being forced to attack the very bedrock of the Reagan economic legacy they so love. After two debates Trump remains the dark-horse leader for the GOP presidential nomination.
  • 'Stagefright 2.0' bug menaces over a billion Android devices

    10/01/2015 6:24:16 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 12 replies (AUS) ^ | Oct 2 2015 6:39AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Researchers have discovered a second set of serious vulnerabilities in Google's Android mobile operating system, leaving over a billion new and old devices open to attack. Dubbed Stagefright 2.0, the newly discovered vulnerabilities stem from two flaws in how Android handles audio and video files. It was found by Joshua Drake of security vendor Zimperium, who also discovered the original Stagefright vulnerability affecting just under a billion Android devices in July this year. The first Stagefright flaw in the Android media processing software library allowed attackers to send a specially crafted multimedia messaging service (MMS) missive which, when received in...
  • Windows 10 adoption has slowed down considerably after explosive first month

    10/01/2015 10:33:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    PC World ^ | 10/01/2015 | Jared Newman
    Windows 10 uptake is falling back to earth after an explosive first month.According to StatCounter, Windows 10 accounted for 7.64 percent of desktop Internet usage in September, compared to 5.38 percent the month prior. Rival metrics firm NetApplications pegs Windows 10 usage at 6.63 percent, compared to 5.21 percent in August. Three months of desktop operating system usage from StatCounter.Both firms still have Windows 10 in fourth place among Microsoft operating systems, trailing behind even Windows XP, a 14-year-old operating system that Microsoft stopped supporting in 2014. Windows 7 remains way out in front, with 51.52 percent usage according to...
  • Company leaves Colorado, too many employees coming in high

    10/01/2015 9:36:03 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 83 replies
    9News ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jen Marnowski
    DENVER – Little Spider Creations had been making scary creations in Denver for 24 years, but the owner of the company says legalizing recreational marijuana changed everything. He recently moved his company to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • Apple invents ring-style wearable device with voice control, haptics, cameras and more

    10/01/2015 9:34:59 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Apple Insiderder ^ | Thursday, October 01, 2015, 01:44 am PT | by Mikey Campbell
    It seems rumors that claimed Apple conducted research into an "iRing" wearable product were based in reality, as a new patent application reveals work on a finger-mounted device stuffed with microphones, motion sensors, a haptic feedback system, biometric sensors, cameras and even a small display. The fairly comprehensive patent application, titled "Devices and methods for a ring computing device" and published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, describes an advanced ring-style wearable that uses voice, motion and touch input to control and interact with larger computing devices. In many ways, the claims read like an overview of...
  • Microsoft and Google ink SECRET TREATY to end all their patent wars ("Hey, I love you, man...")

    10/01/2015 3:38:13 AM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Chumship pact pie carve-up details kept under wraps Google and Microsoft have inked a secret deal in which all patent disputes between the mammoth companies will be abandoned. The exact terms of the agreement – as in, who gets what – were not disclosed. Your guess is as good as ours. "Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues," the companies said in a joint statement that was sent to El Reg via email. "As part of the agreement, the companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them, including cases related to Motorola Mobility."...
  • Microsoft Store accidentally lists new Lumia 950 flagships online

    10/01/2015 12:47:05 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    The Verge ^ | September 30, 2015 | By Tom Warren
    Microsoft has accidentally listed two new Lumia flagships on its online store. The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are both listed as unlocked models, with confirmation of some of the leaked specifications. Microsoft lists the Lumia 950 as a 5.2-inch handset with a 20-megapixel camera and 32GB of storage. While the larger Lumia 950 is 5.7 inches with the same camera and storage. Microsoft is expected to announce both handsets at a special Windows 10 event in New York City next week. Previously leaked photos and specifications of the devices also reveal that Microsoft's new Lumias will support...
  • OS X Gatekeeper rendered useless by new malware exploit

    10/01/2015 12:30:50 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    Betanews ^ | Sep 30, 2015 | By Mark Wilson
    On the day that Apple releases El Capitan details of an exploit that makes it possible to bypass the Gatekeeper feature of OS X have emerged. Designed to combat various forms of malware, the security feature can be bypassed using a simple trick involving the use of a signed binary.Even when Gatekeeper is configured to use its highest level of protection, the ease with which the fortifications can be slipped through is staggering. Using a file that has already been deemed trustworthy by Apple, it is possible to trick OS X into executing a malicious file stored in the...
  • iFixit App Pulled from Apple’s Store WRITTEN BY KYLE WINS

    09/30/2015 10:20:37 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    iFixIt ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | WRITTEN BY KYLE WIENS
    iFixit App Pulled from Apple’s Store written by Kyle Wiens You might have noticed that there’s no longer an iFixit app in the Apple’s App Store. We are sorry for anyone this has inconvenienced.Not too long ago, we tore down the Apple TV and Siri Remote. The  developer unit we disassembled was sent to us by Apple. Evidently, they didn’t intend for us to take it apart. But we’re a teardown and repair company; teardowns are in our DNA—and nothing makes us happier than figuring out what makes these gadgets tick. We weighed the risks, blithely tossed those risks...
  • iPhone 6S teardowns show Apple is paying more for longevity

    09/30/2015 10:01:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    C-Net ^ | September 29, 2015 | By Josh Miller
    Worried about how long your new iPhone will last? Worry no more, because Apple is paying more to put its new iPhones together, and a longer lifespan and improved resale value seem to be the name of the game.That's what research firm IHS Technology has said after its latest teardowns of the two new smartphones from the Cupertino, California-based tech giant.IHS found that Apple is paying as much as $16 more per unit to assemble the new 16GB iPhone 6S Plus when compared with last year's iPhone 6 Plus, and the extra spending is covering not only new features like...
  • Apple releases iOS 9.0.2

    09/30/2015 12:50:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | September 30, 2015
    Apple releases iOS 9.0.2 Apple today released iOS 9.0.2 which contains bug fixes and improvements including:• Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage • Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users • Resolves an issue where an iCloud Backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup • Fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications • Improves the stability of PodcastsFor information on the security content of this update:
  • Apple releases OS X.11 El Capitan with Safari 9.0

    09/30/2015 12:40:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | September 30, 2015
    Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan with Safari 9.0 Apple today released OS X 10.11 El Capitan with Safari 9.0 which builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design introduced in OS X Yosemite, refining the experience and improving performance in lots of ways that you’ll enjoy everyday. Make the most of your screen with Split View. • Focus on two apps at once – neatly arranged side by side — in full screen without distractions.Take control of your desktop with Mission Control. • View all your open windows in a single layer with no overlap, so you can instantly...
  • Apple Blows Up The Concept Of A Privacy Policy

    09/30/2015 12:33:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | September 29, 2015 | by Matthew Panzarino
    Three years ago, a common human being interested in the privacy policy of a gadget or service it was using was a rare bird. With the revelation that a large amount of the communications and private data of both foreign nationals and native residents of the U.S. were being collected and scrutinized by the government, all of that prototypical fine print came home to roost.Since then, privacy has become a war cry among tech companies, and none so vociferously as Apple. It has amplified a well-aligned stance on user data being owned by the user to global proportions, taking a...
  • Windows 10 is NOT spying on you, Microsoft says

    09/30/2015 12:23:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Naked Security ^ | 09/30/2015 | Lisa Vaas
    Since it was released, Windows 10 has incited a privacy furor. Hundreds of commenters on sites such as Hacker News and Reddit have criticised default settings that send personal information to Microsoft and use bandwidth to upload data to other Windows 10 computers.Concerns have risen over the Wi-Fi password sharing feature, Microsoft's plans to keep people from running counterfeit software, the inability to opt out of security updates, weekly dossiers sent to parents on their kids' online activity, and the fact that Windows 10 by default shares a lot of your personal information - contacts, calendar details, text and touch...
  • Google releases the Nexus 5X and 6P smartphones, and a new tablet called Pixel C (Photos)

    09/30/2015 11:58:54 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Silicon Valley Business Journal ^ | Sep 29, 2015, 9:39am PDT | By Scott Ard
    At a press event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Google Inc. showed off a new lineup of holiday-season products that included two new smartphones with advanced cameras, a tablet called the Pixel C and a redesigned streaming device for the living room that can also be used to play games. Dave Burke, a vice president of Android Engineering, unveiled the 6P smartphone, which sports a 5.7-inch AMOLED display, 64-bit processing, 3,500mAh battery, USB-C connector, 12.3-megapixel camera on the back, 8-megapixel front-facing camera and fingerprint sensor. It runs the new Android 6.0 operating system, called "Marshmallow." Another new phone, the 5X,...
  • Michelle Stirling: Paris is about saving green investors, not the Earth

    09/30/2015 11:49:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Recently, it was revealed that Volkswagen had been duping diesel-emissions tests on some of its high-end environmentally friendly cars. People were outraged. The CEO resigned. About the same time, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told the Alberta Chambers of Commerce that her province had better get its environmental house in order or it would have measures imposed upon it. She also said that Alberta has “bad air.”Really? I challenge that statement. In 2011, Canada’s air was judged to be the third highest quality in the world. In 2006, Environment Canada reported that Red Deer was an unusual hot spot for poor...
  • Independence Day 2 Scribes Board Stargate Reboot

    09/30/2015 10:39:53 AM PDT · by pabianice · 13 replies ^ | February, 2015 | Lesnick
    As reported last summer, Roland Emmerich is getting ready to return to the world(s) of his 1994 science fiction film Stargate with plans for a rebooted feature film trilogy. Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that screenwriters James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright have signed on to provide the screenplay. Although both talents are relative newcomers to Hollywood, they’ve already been working alongside Emmerich on the upcoming Independence Day 2. Word of a Stargate reboot first broke in 2013 when Emmerich said that he and creative partner Dean Devlin approached MGM about building a reboot trilogy. Emmerich co-wrote and directed...
  • Midwest Flop: Chicago PMI Signals Manufacturing Contraction

    09/30/2015 7:28:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/30/2015 | Akin Oyedele
    Manufacturing activity in the Midwest is back in contraction. The Chicago purchasing manager's index (PMI) for September was reported at 48.7 by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). This was the fifth time this year that the index fell below 50, the border between expansion and contraction. Economists had estimated a print of 53.0, down from 54.4 in August. According to the report, production fell to the lowest level since July 2009, following "downgrades to global economic growth and intense volatility in financial markets." Overall US manufacturing growth has slowed this year. Other major regional surveys, including those from the...
  • Summary of the Health Care We Had BEFORE ObamaCare

    09/30/2015 5:21:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 34 replies
    Vanity ^ | 30 Sep 15 | Xzins
    There are a few major characteristics of health care before Obama Care. 1. It was quasi-private: most was funded by employers. 2. Some was directly paid private insurance. 3. Insurance could only be bought state by state. It could not be bought across state lines. It was non-competitive. 4. Those without insurance were covered by hospitals under Good Samaritan type laws. 5. Hospitals and doctors passed those costs on by increasing costs to insured patients and their insurance companies. 6. Those were passed on to the government by partial deductions by individuals on their tax forms. 7. The rest were...
  • Taking on Trump: The elite media Are now trying to decipher the Donald

    09/30/2015 3:31:36 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 30, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    After a long summer of denial and disparagement, even the most elite precincts of the media establishment are trying to come to grips with Donald Trump. First it was the cable news networks, which instantly realized that Trump was good box office, followed by the network morning shows. Then some of the columnists who had dismissed him as a sideshow began to grapple with his rising poll numbers, even those who continued to hammer him. That was followed by a series of faulty predictions that Trump was about to implode because of this or that corrosive comment, to the point...
  • At Home with Donald Trump and His Family

    09/30/2015 3:09:12 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 22 replies ^ | 09/30/2015 AT 06:00 AM EDT | By Jess Cagle and Charlotte Triggs
    Sitting down for an interview with PEOPLE in his office at Trump Tower, Donald Trump is charming, candid (he answered any question posed to him) – and very confident. "When you see you're number one in every poll that makes any criticism go away very quickly," he says. "If I'm able to get the nomination, my polling looks very good against Hillary or whoever it may be. I think I'll win." Financially, he's prepared for the enormous cost of running a campaign (Obama's cost an estimated $1 billion in 2012).,,20956191,00.html
  • The war against ISIS is expanding to a new frontier: its finances.

    09/30/2015 2:12:21 AM PDT · by RC one · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/30/15
    (CNN)—The war against ISIS is expanding to a new frontier: its finances. As the terror group plunders archaeological sites and oil fields in Iraq and Syria, the United States is offering a $5 million reward for tips to stop the smuggling of gas and antiquities. The terror group's oil and antiquities trafficking are crucial sources of revenue, the State Department said in a statement announcing the reward.Funds for brutal tactics ISIS makes millions of dollars from the trafficking of oil and antiquities, which helps fund its brutal tactics, U.S. officials said. "The U.S. Department of State hopes this reward generates...
  • UN: Arms Sales to Warring Parties Fueling Syrian War

    09/30/2015 12:37:22 AM PDT · by RC one · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | September 21, 2015 5:43 AM | Lisa Schlein
    GENEVA— The International Commission of Inquiry on Syria is calling on states to curb the flow of weapons to armed groups, which it blames for fueling the war that has killed nearly one quarter of a million people in Syria since March 2011. The Commission has presented an oral update of its latest findings to the UN Human Rights Council.In a hard-hitting emotional presentation before the U.N. Human Rights Council, Commission Chair Paulo Sergio Pinheiro told members of the U.N. Council that Syria has fallen apart before their eyes“A nation has collapsed into the world’s most chaotic and lethal battlefield....
  • The Petrodollar War

    09/30/2015 12:09:40 AM PDT · by RC one · 5 replies
    DayAfterIndia ^ | 9/12/15 | Asit Manohar
    Since 1973 oil shock, US diplomacy is moved by the petrodollar system, creating artificial demand of greenback and fuelling global oil price in northward directionOn September 4, 2015, dead body of the 3-year old baby Aylin Kurdi on the sea shore of Turkey became viral in social media. Public got divided whether the man who photographed should have done it or not. However, very few were finding out the major culprit responsible for this killing. Some people on social media were found ill mouthing the smugglers who gave weak raft against much higher sum to his father for migrating from...
  • Dying Petrodollar Ripples Through Markets As Asset Managers Bemoan Loss Of Saudi Bid

    09/29/2015 11:25:20 PM PDT · by RC one · 4 replies
    Dying Petrodollar Ripples Through Markets As Asset Managers Bemoan Loss Of Saudi BidOne of the key things to understand about China’s liquidation of hundreds of billions in US paper is that far from being a country-specific phenomenon, it actually marks the continuation of something that’s been taking place in other emerging markets for some time.As we outlined in “Why It Really All Comes Down To The Death Of The Petrodollar,” the forced sale of Beijing’s UST reserves is simply the most dramatic example of what Deutsche Bank has called “quantitative tightening.” For years, reserve managers in the world’s emerging economies...

    09/29/2015 8:12:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 66 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | 25 SEP 2015 | BY SARAH LASKOW
    The Broadway Apple Store (Photo: Matt Buchanan/Flickr)In more ancient times, when communal experiences were mediated by religion, crowds used to gather outside temples on feast days. In Biblical times, for instance, on pilgrimage holidays like Passover, Jewish people were supposed to travel to Jerusalem, to be present at the Holy Temple, where the High Priest would make a sacrifice to God.Nowadays, we have Apple Release Day—the Feast of St. Jobs—when faithful customers gather outside Apple stores and await the renewal of a next generation iPhone.But is the Apple store really like a sacred space? To find out, Atlas Obscura brought...
  • Apple iOS 9 feature Wi-Fi Assist could lead to huge iPhone bills

    09/29/2015 5:40:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 51 replies
    CBC News Technology & Science ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | CBC News
    On by default, feature automatically switches to cellular signal when Wi-Fi is weak If you've upgraded to iOS 9, you should be aware that it comes with a new feature – enabled by default – that could make your next wireless bill a lot bigger. Wi-Fi Assist automatically switches your phone from Wi-Fi to a cellular connection when the Wi-Fi signal is poor. That's helpful if you're in the middle of watching a video or some other task on the internet that you don't want interrupted by spotty Wi-Fi service. "But this also means eating through your 500 MB data...
  • Of Course This Angry Note To A Volkswagen TDI Owner Is From Portland

    09/29/2015 2:01:48 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 45 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 09/28/2015 | Patrick George
    Full disclosure, I have no clue if this is legit or not. But I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it turned out to be real, because Portland.To the residents of the People’s Republic: if you’re out and about and you see this thing on cars, let us know.Dieselgate, everybody!     Hat tip to Will Kinton in Oppo!