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  • Quantum computer that 'computes without running' sets efficiency record

    09/01/2015 10:33:43 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 8/31/15 | Lisa Zyga
    (Phys.org)—Due to quantum effects, it's possible to build a quantum computer that computes without running—or as the scientists explain, "the result of a computation may be learned without actually running the computer." So far, however, the efficiency of this process, which is called counterfactual computation (CFC), has had an upper limit of 50%, limiting its practical applications. Now in a new paper, scientists have experimentally demonstrated a slightly different version called a "generalized CFC" that has an efficiency of 85% with the potential to reach 100%. This improvement opens the doors to realizing a much greater variety of applications, such...
  • Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches (Win 10 spyware comes to 7, 8.1)

    09/01/2015 9:49:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Andrew Orlowski
    We recently mused, half seriously, whether the entire point of the Windows 10 upgrade was to harvest your personal information. With Microsoft suffering from a serious case of Google envy, perhaps it felt it had some catching up to do. Now Microsoft is revamping the user-tracking tools in Windows 7 and 8 to harvest more data, via some new patches. All the updates can be removed post-installation – but all ensure the OS reports data to Microsoft even when asked not to, bypassing the hosts file and (hence) third-party privacy tools. This data can include how long you use apps,...
  • Vanity: This Prepper Movie Needs Our Support

    09/01/2015 6:51:19 PM PDT · by TheTimeOfMan · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 8, 2014 | Savannah River Armory
    ***Episode 002 of Uncertain Tomorrow is now in motion. Our goal for Episode 002 is to expand on this storyline, but with several enhancements!
  • At Purdue, Mitch Daniels attempts to disrupt college loan system with private investing

    09/01/2015 7:05:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/01/2015 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, upon passing on a run for the Republican nomination in 2012, took an interesting career turn. The famously fiscally conservative executive, who devised savings for the Hoosier state on everything from ??? to paper clips, became the head of Purdue University. Since then, Daniels has endured the predictable run-ins with his liberal faculty—over criticism of Howard Zinn’s American history— but also made real progress in the fight against rising college costs by harnessing some free-market incentives for academia.The university is now in its fourth year of a tuition freeze after more than 30 yearly...
  • One Reason Apple (AAPL) Stock is Retreating

    09/01/2015 5:06:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    The Street ^ | 08/31/15 - 10:50 AM EDT | By U-Jin Lee
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) next generation of Apple TV set-top box could nearly double its current sale price, Fortune reports. The tech giant first introduced the product in 2012 when it priced Apple TV at $99, however, the cost was reduced to $69 in the spring of this year. The upcoming fourth-generation Apple TV however, could cost anywhere from $149 to $199, Fortune noted. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks with serious upside potential in the next 12-months. Learn more. The Apple TV is also expected to be much...
  • Apple Inc To Focus On Creating Original Content Of Movies And TV Shows

    09/01/2015 4:56:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    InvestCorrectly.com ^ | SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 04:30 AM PDT | BY VIRAJ SHAH
    As the countdown for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) launching its iPhone 6S and 6S Plus began, the expectations of an announcement on other key matters is also growing. There are already expectations that the company might disclose something on Apple TV. Things could even go a step further to suggest that the tech firm will also produce the original video content. The company has scheduled an event on September 9 and more news about the possible announcement will keep growing. Meeting Hollywood Executives The news about Apple Inc. producing original contents gain grounds because it held meetings with the executives of...
  • Apple Inc Partners With Cisco As Latest Effort To Take On The Enterprise Market

    09/01/2015 4:49:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 31 2015 4:07 PM EDT | By Salvador Rodriguez
    Apple and Cisco Monday announced a partnership that will optimize the way iPhones and iPads work in business environments. Above, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers his keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June. Robert Galbraith/Reuters Apple on Monday announced a partnership with Cisco to help create improved experiences for professionals who use iPhones and iPads for business purposes. It's part of Apple's broader strategy to go after the enterprise market and revive iPad sales. The partnership, announced in Las Vegas at Cisco's employee Global Sales Experience conference, will create a so-called fast lane for Apple...
  • Apple and Pentagon in a $171 Million Wearable Tech Venture

    09/01/2015 4:32:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Money.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | By TARA CLARKE
    The Pentagon has partnered with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), and 159 other private companies and universities to develop wearable tech for military use. "I've been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at Moffett Airfield near Mountain View, Calif. on Friday. "Now we're taking another step forward." Carter announced the creation of a new institute in San Jose called "Flexible Hybrid Electronic Institute." The institute will work to develop...
  • Haggen accuses Albertsons of sabotaging store takeover, sues for $1 billion

    09/01/2015 3:43:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    L A Times ^ | Shan Li
    According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Delaware, Haggen said Albertsons started engaging in these competitive efforts after it sold 146 grocery stores to Haggen. Albertsons and Safeway were forced by the Federal Trade Commission to sell the stores as part of a merger. Among the stores are 83 in California, mostly in the south. ... "Albertsons' illegal campaign includes premeditated acts of unfair and anti-competitive conduct that were calculated to circumvent Albertsons' obligations under federal antitrust laws, Federal Trade Commission orders and contractual commitments to Haggen," the lawsuit said. That campaign includes illegally accessing Haggen's confidential...
  • Conservative "Crowd Fund" TV Campaign Ads?

    09/01/2015 2:35:27 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 4 replies
    9/1/15 | self
    Can "We The People" create and fund our own TV campaign ads via a "Crowd Fund" model? It would be great to state on TV how egregious the GOP-e and MSM messages are, especially those coming down the pike by way of Jeb and Co. eg: "Jeb.....We don't buy your line"
  • SEPTEMBER STOCKS START SOUR DOW -470

    09/01/2015 1:02:51 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 28 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 1 Sep 15 | Matt Drudge
    http://drudgereport.com/ Here we go again......
  • Windows 10 EULA Questions

    09/01/2015 10:29:46 AM PDT · by econjack · 45 replies
    email ^ | August 31, 2015 | N/A
    According to a email today: The End User License Agreement (EULA) for Windows 10...is problematic and the opt-out does not ever allow you to fully opt-out. If I understand correctly, they explicitly tell you that they will take your:contacts, WIFI passwords, and content of your files and sell them, at their discretion to others, and will use the info for targeted marketing on your computer. Or any other use they may feel is appropriate as the future unfolds. I have not downloaded Win 10, so I don't know. Has anyone else read the EULA closely to render an opinion?
  • Dow falls 300 points on more China fears

    09/01/2015 8:13:42 AM PDT · by Signalman · 11 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 9/1/2015 | Paul R. LaMonica
    Here we go again. Stocks took another nosedive in early trading Tuesday following more fears about a slowdown in China's economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 300 points, or about 2%, and is 12% below the all-time high it set in May. The S&P 500 also fell 2% and is once again close to entering a so-called correction. It's down almost 10% from the record that it hit in May. The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell more than 1.8% as well and is 10% below its July peak. The Nasdaq also lost its gains for the year Tuesday and is now...
  • Apple's next pursuit: Its own original programming a la Netflix?

    09/01/2015 7:51:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 09/01/2015 | By Brian Stelter
    Is Apple about to enter the world of original programming, and if so, what sort of programming is it pursuing? Those questions are swirling in media circles after a Monday night report from Variety, a Hollywood news fixture, that Apple (AAPL, Tech30) is exploring such a move. One thing is for certain: Apple executives are reaching out to high-level entertainment industry types for confidential talks. An executive familiar with the outreach to Hollywood said Apple is assessing whether it should start to bankroll original TV shows and movies. This would put Apple into close competition with streaming services like Netflix...
  • Proof home ownership costs more than renting

    09/01/2015 7:47:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/01/2015 | Erik Franks, John Burns Real Estate Consulting
    In most areas of the country, homeownership costs more than renting. Many economists with calculators claim the opposite, but the calculations and conclusions are often highly misleading. As is often the case, the devil is in the details. We recently reviewed one highly publicized calculation that owning was cheaper than renting in almost all markets. That calculation had a number of outdated assumptions, including: Outdated assumption #1: Buyers put down 20%. In reality, own versus rent is a first-time buyer decision, and the vast majority of first-time buyers today make down payments of 10% or less. Outdated assumption #2: Buyers...
  • Herschel Walker supports Trump’s candidacy for president

    09/01/2015 5:37:04 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 6 replies
    Yardbarker ^ | 9/1/15 | Gordon Dixon
    http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/herschel_walker_supports_donald_trumps_candidacy_for_president/s1_127_19450525 http://larrybrownsports.com/football/herschel-walker-supports-donald-trumps-candidacy-for-president/271942 Last month, Curt Schilling made it known he would not be supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy for president after his comments about Arizona senator John McCain. Trump does, however, have the support of former NFL running back Herschel Walker. While Walker is not in favor of all of Trump’s stances on various issues, Walker apparently feels strong enough to put Trump at the top of his list of candidates at the moment. “There’s not a doubt in my mind right now he is my frontrunner,” Walker conveyed to USA TODAY Sports. “I’m not going to say anything negative about...
  • Asked about Trump, China says U.S. people want good ties (Businesses bring back US jobs)

    09/01/2015 3:56:09 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 7 replies
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | September 1, 2015 | (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China understands people in the United States have the right to say what they want, but most want good relations with China, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, apparently dismissing repeated attacks by billionaire Donald Trump as "disturbances". The Republican presidential hopeful has recently focused his ire on China's currency, which the government devalued last month. He has also accused China of stealing U.S. jobs. Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the United States later this month. (read full article) http://news.yahoo.com/asked-trump-china-says-u-people-want-good-091440084.html
  • After Hours: Stocks down in futures trading.

    08/31/2015 6:31:14 PM PDT · by Signalman · 40 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 8/31/2015 | CNN Money
    DJIA: -189.00 NASDAQ: -49.50 S&P: -25
  • Intelligent robot tells interviewer, ‘I’ll keep you safe in my people zoo’

    08/31/2015 4:10:53 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    Metro ^ | 08/31/15 | Rob WaughRob Waugh
    An ‘intelligent’ robot offered a truly chilling answer to an interviewer’s question, ‘Will robots take over the world?’ ‘Don’t worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for ol’ times sake,’ the bearded robot intoned. His interviewer, from PBS, is visibly taken aback by the answer. The robot – modelled after Philip K Dick, the novelist whose work inspired Blade Runner – uttered the terrifying words in an interview with PBS in 2011, in response to the question, ‘Will robots take over the world?. The robot...
  • Man Wins $1 Million After Playing Lottery With $20 Found on the Street

    08/31/2015 3:11:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 31, 2015 | K. QUERRY
    Hubert Tang is a very lucky man. As he was walking along the street outside San Francisco International Airport, Tang found a $20 bill. While most people would consider that find to be lucky enough, Tang says something compelled him to buy a lottery ticket. Tang told KPIX that he hadn’t played the lottery in more than 10 years, but decided to use his find to buy two “$1 Million Jackpot! Scratchers.” “I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend whom I was with that I didn’t know if it was real, but I think I...
  • Amazon and Microsoft just scored a huge $100 million cloud deal that can't be making IBM too happy

    08/31/2015 12:19:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/31/2015 | Julie Bort
    Amazon and Microsoft are quickly becoming the king and queen of cloud computing. Here's another case in point: the two of them just won a huge contract with the FAA, led by IT consultant CSC. This contract will consolidate the FCC's data centers, moving data to both Amazon's cloud Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's cloud, Azure. CSC says the contract is worth $108 million out of the gate, and because its a long-term contract, could be worth as much as $1 billion over the next 10 years. The FAA isn't getting rid of its data centers altogether to run...
  • John Sculley: 'Steve Jobs was misrepresented in popular culture'

    08/31/2015 11:58:02 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | August 31, 2015 | By Rhiannon Williams
    Exclusive: The former Apple chief executive on Steve Jobs, the greatest current technology leaders and why Aaron Sorkin’s Jobs biopic will tell the truth about his and Jobs’ “amazing relationship” Steve Jobs (L) and John Sculley, pictured in 1983 Photo: CAP/NFS It goes without saying that Steve Jobs is perhaps the most famous business leader of the century, if not of all time. The late co-founder of Apple has become a deified figure since his death in 2011 aged 56 from pancreatic cancer, with each new product launch incurring a rash of ‘What Would Steve Do?’ think pieces and endless...
  • Google's Android Wear gains compatibility with Apple's iPhone

    08/31/2015 11:29:54 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Monday, August 31, 2015, 08:53 am PT | By Neil Hughes
    Google on Monday announced Android Wear for iPhone, bringing support for the search giant's wearable device platform, as well as select devices, to Apple's best selling handset. The new Android Wear for iOS will also bring Google into even more direct competition with the Apple Watch. Android Wear devices have been on the market for about a year longer than Apple's first-generation wearable, but thus far the Android Wear platform has failed to gain much traction. Google's hoping that support for iOS will change that. Compatibility with Android Wear is available on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone...
  • Is Windows 10 already an enterprise success? 1.5 mn installations in a month and 75 M devices say so

    08/31/2015 11:29:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    FIRST POST BUSINESS ^ | 08/31/2015 | Arti Singh
    Less than a month after rollout of Windows 10, Microsoft has shared that its new operating system had already been installed on 75 million devices. And, interestingly nearly 1.5 million of those systems are running Windows 10 Enterprise. The company, however, didn't disclose the scale and size of enterprise customers, but said "some of them are rolling out hundreds of machines in some very large pilots." Also, it's not clear how many Indian organisations have deployed Windows 10 Enterprise edition. According to analysts, firms here will adopt 'wait-and-watch' strategy. "Many Indian organisations have recently moved from XP to Windows 7...
  • Here are the signs that point to Apple's next big innovation in computing

    08/31/2015 8:10:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/31/2015 | Lisa Eadicicco
    Apple could be working on its own augmented-reality technology, which would be a first for the company, according to Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster. Apple usually focuses on mainstream consumer products such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Munster has picked up on a few clues within the industry that indicate Apple could be working on some type of augmented reality device. For example, the company acquired a German augmented reality startup called Metaio earlier this year, which was reported back in May. Munster notes that Metaio owns 171 worldwide patents related to augmented reality technology, which would put Apple in 11th...
  • "Supergiant" Natural gas discovery could be largest ever

    08/31/2015 7:43:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 08/31/2015 | David Goldman
    In what could be the largest natural gas discovery in history, Italian energy company Eni says it has unearthed a "supergiant" gas field in the Mediterranean Sea covering about 40 square miles. The gas field could hold a potential of 30 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Eni says that's the energy equivalent of about 5.5 billion barrels of oil. The company won't know the field's true size until it begins to develop it. Found in the deep waters off the northern coast of Egypt, Eni claims the gas field to be the largest ever in the Mediterranean and possibly...
  • Obama to give 5 Million Illegals SSN's

    08/31/2015 7:07:37 AM PDT · by hapnHal · 31 replies
    Barack Obama has decided to hand out Social Security numbers to (illegal immigrants) Let's face it. Black Ovomit has decided he's above the law. With the Obama amnesty, or Obamnesty, he declared with a series of "presidential memos," TeaParty.org lawyers analyzing the action have concluded Obama simply "nullified" existing immigration laws to the detriment of those millions that stand in line, follow legal procedures, and become citizens. Barack Obama has decided to hand out Social Security numbers to maybe 5 million illegal immigrants simply because they are parents to a child that has U.S. birthright citizenship or legal U.S. residency...
  • Ben Shapiro: The Truth About Planned Parenthood

    08/31/2015 6:32:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    The Daily Wire/Youtube ^ | Aug 20, 2015 | The Daily Wire
    Planned Parenthood chops up human babies and sells their body parts for cold hard cash. Sound extreme? Then Ben Shapiro dares you to watch this video. **VIDEO ONLY ON LINK**
  • The GOP base is changing, and Trump’s the only one who gets it

    08/31/2015 4:17:23 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 69 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | August 31, 2015 | Ben Bullard
    A small handful of prominent pundits — and one politician — are beginning to grasp that the GOP establishment’s concept of its present-day party “base” is inaccurate, insulting and — most importantly — hopelessly disconnected from the emerging political reality. (please see link for full article. I have quoted below, so please see the complete link) http://personalliberty.com/the-gop-base-is-changing-and-trumps-the-only-one-who-gets-it/
  • Apple’s Ad Blockers Rile Publishers

    08/30/2015 10:17:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 30, 2015 6:47 p.m. ET | By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI and JACK MARSHALL
    New iOS lets users halt ads on mobile devices, posing a challenge to publishers and Google Apple Inc.’s move to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads is troubling publishers and heightening tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors. The next version of Apple’s mobile-operating system, due out as early as next month, will let users install apps that prevent ads from appearing in its Safari browser. Putting such “ad blockers” within reach of hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users threatens to disrupt the $70 billion annual mobile-marketing business, where many publishers and tech firms hope...
  • Donald Trump success story | Documentary | [Biography of famous people in english] ( 59m video )

    08/30/2015 7:17:19 PM PDT · by sushiman · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/2/15 | Biography Channel
    Worth a watch .
  • Top US presidential candidate Trump uncomfortable about ‘made in China’ (so am I!)

    A video circulating on facebook shows top U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, back in 2012, in a ‘gotcha’ moment about his feelings towards products made in China. Read more: http://www.cctv-america.com/2015/08/30/top-us-presidential-candidate-trump-uncomfortable-about-made-in-china#ixzz3kLR4CQ7d Watch us live anywhere at http://www.cctvamericalive.com Follow us: @cctv_america on Twitter | CCTVAmerica on Facebook
  • First Restaurant for Dogs in Southeast Mexico Opens in Merida

    08/30/2015 1:41:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    “PEEK FOOD”, the first restaurant for dogs in the Yucatán Peninsula opened its doors on July the 4th, 2015. It is a new gastronomical concept that offers an experience for diners that want to spend time together with their beloved pets, have a meal themselves and feed their dogs with well balanced and healthy food options. The Restaurant was born from the idea of brother and sister Rashid Ariel and Citlali Georgina Alcocer Cortazar, who have a strong relationship with dogs since they were kids. Rashid decided to become a professional dog trainer. Rashid and Citlali noticed that “Pet Friendly”...
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park Trails Coming to Google Maps

    08/30/2015 10:20:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 08/28/15 | Samantha Clark
    Hikers in Big Basin Redwoods State Park are sharing the trails this week with volunteers wearing 40 pounds of Google mapping equipment on their backs. With 15 cameras fitted on a metal sphere reaching above their heads, a team from Sempervirens Fund, a nonprofit land-preservation group based in Los Altos, is traversing the park while capturing 360-degree panoramas stitched together. And in a few months, you will be able to explore Big Basin from the comfort of your own browser on Google Map’s Street View feature. The high-tech imagery is part of an effort by Sempervirens Fund to draw more...
  • Ok it is time to say a word about Bobby Jindal (seems pretty darned solid)

    08/30/2015 8:04:42 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 30, 2015
    I was just watching a portion of "This Week with George S", which was guest hosted today. She had Bobby Jindal on, and lobbed several tough questions at him. He hit them right out of the park. She stayed focused on being critical of Hillary, and refused to be critical of Donald Trump. He just refused to be goaded into an anti-Trump position, but was strongly for America and I was very, very impressed. Strongly for controlling immigration. Very well done, Mr. Jindal. Good job. Gotta pay more attention to Jindal.
  • The US Economy: Things are good and slowly getting better

    08/30/2015 6:53:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/30/2015 | Myles Udland
    The US economy continues to grow at a modest, steady rate. And this is great news. Over the last year and a half, the economic story in the US has been the same: a disappointing start to the year followed by a rebound that overall indicates the economy is growing a bit more than 2% per year. This week, we saw extreme volatility in the US stock market.And while these wild price swings made headlines, the most important news of the week came Thursday morning, when we learned that the US economy grew 3.7% in the second quarter, better than...
  • Today's Most: Would You Drink Doritos-Flavored Soda?

    08/30/2015 2:42:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Today's Most...interesting beverage currently being tested: The company that owns Mountain Dew confirms it's testing a flavor that tastes like Doritos. PepsiCo confirmed to the NY Daily News that it's testing "Dewitos" on college campuses around the country. Speculation started when someone posted a picture online with the caption, "they were giving samples of this, it actually tastes like Doritos." The soda is orange-colored. Pepsi wouldn't say if the company's thinking about actually selling Dewitos. But a company representative told the News, "we are always testing out new flavors of Mountain Dew, and giving our fans a voice in helping...
  • Sciatica

    08/29/2015 7:18:38 PM PDT · by Maine Mariner · 144 replies
    Some medical advice from Freepers is sorely needed. About two weeks ago I twisted my lower back and the result sciatica. I have been taking 3 200mg of Advil and 2 300 mg Tylenol every six hours plus alternating between an ice pack (wrapped in a towel) and a hot water bottle. I have also been doing some exercises several times a day as recommended by my physical therapist. So here it is Saturday evening and I am in a lot of pain. What is so discouraging was today at about 2 pm for a couple of hours, I was...
  • Tariff of 1789

    08/29/2015 6:23:47 PM PDT · by dennisw · 99 replies
    wikipedia. ^ | wikipedia.
    Tariff of 1789 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Tariff Act of 1789, was the first major Act passed in the United States under its present Constitution of 1789 and had two purposes as stated in Section I of the Act which reads as follows; "Whereas it is necessary for that support of government, for the discharge of the debts of the United States, and the encouragement and protection of manufactures, that duties be laid on goods, wares and merchandise:"[1] The Federal legislature, acting under the recently ratified US Constitution, authorized the collection of tariff and tonnage duties to meet...
  • Question

    08/29/2015 12:05:41 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 47 replies
    August 29, 2015 | MosesKnows
    Question I am pondering the pros and cons of competition.
  • Gift Cards for the Homeless: A Better Idea Than Throwing Them in Jail?

    08/29/2015 12:04:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri, Aug 28, 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    San Francisco has had it with the homeless. First came the Chronicle’s obsessive summer of op-eds and thinly reported screeds; then came Mayor Lee’s announcement threat that the homeless must leave before the Super Bowl PR machine rolls into town; and yesterday Supervisor Scott Wiener put a semantic twist on the whole fracas, arguing it’s not the homeless we’re vilifying but unsavory “street behavior." The public outcry has no real center but, like a dragnet, implicates everything from mental illness and substance abuse, to access to public restrooms and street encampments. There’s a cacophony of complaints (and rallying cries) but...
  • I'm a Woman and I Used Ashley Madison: An Alabama Wife's Story

    08/29/2015 11:37:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    Lisa – not her real name – said she met her first husband when she was a 21-year-old college student. She thought he was funny and driven and when he proposed, she believed she was making a "mature decision by marrying for the right reasons." Those good feelings didn't last long. "By our second anniversary, I was 23 years old and we had completely stopped having sex. My husband was deeply depressed and no matter how hard I tried to fix him, he wasn't getting better, and he wasn't showing any signs of desire or intimacy. Even though I knew...
  • The return of national fences

    08/29/2015 10:31:12 AM PDT · by SpeakerToAnimals · 6 replies
    Thetrumpet.com ^ | 8-28-15 | Brad Macdonald
    Fences are making a major comeback in America, Europe, Asia and the rest of the globe. Some, like Donald Trump’s proposed fence along the United States-Mexico border, are literal. Others, like China’s currency manipulation, are figurative. But they all serve a common purpose: preserving national interests and deterring domestic threats. These fences evidence a major global trend: the rise of nationalism. They manifest a growing shift away from globalization, and toward self-interest. Nations are focusing more on protecting their own economies, their own manufacturing industries, their own people and their own cultures—because of uncertain and unstable global socioeconomic conditions. The...
  • Sarah Palin defends Donald Trump, open to being his running mate

    08/29/2015 10:05:08 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 64 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | Bonnie K. Goodman
    Former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is again defending Republican 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump. Palin was promoting her guest hosting of "On Point with Sarah Palin" airing on the One to One America News Network on the entertainment news show "Extra" on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 where she spoke with Renee Bargh about all the Trump bashing. Palin also talked about Vice Presidential choices and attacked Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton over her continued political scandals and President Barack Obama's failed policies. Palin and Trump have long become friends and their political love affair seems a...
  • China’s economic judders bring questions – and opportunity

    08/29/2015 8:37:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | August 29, 2015 | Marion Dakers,
    There is a stark contrast between the PBOC and the US Federal Reserve’s approach to managing markets. The Fed tends to treat investors like the recently burgled: reassurance at every stage, no loud noises during the night. American central bankers have been signalling for two years that the crisis-era programme of vacuuming up bonds from the market, known as quantitative easing, would be wound up as the economy improved. ... China’s abrupt interventions have therefore come as a surprise to investors who have only recently gained direct access to the country’s A-share market. By Friday night, after five days of...
  • How This New Government Ruling Destroys the Franchise Business Model

    08/29/2015 8:04:06 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 55 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 08/28/2015 | James Sherk
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just issued a ruling likely to destroy the franchise business model. To understand how far-reaching this could be, it should be noted that almost 9 million Americans work at over 780,000 franchised businesses. From Jiffy Lube to Terminex to Wendy’s, franchises enable many Americans to run their own small businesses without having to design and market everything from scratch. Franchising is a particularly important opportunity for minority entrepreneurs. Franchises are almost 50 percent more likely to be minority-owned than non-franchised businesses. If this ruling stands, minority Americans won’t get that chance. The recent ruling...
  • Warren Buffett just disclosed his newest $4.5 billion investment pick

    08/29/2015 7:42:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/30/2015 | Julia La Roche
    On Friday evening, billionaire investor Warren Buffett, the founder of Berkshire Hathaway, disclosed that he had purchased a massive stake in oil refinery Phillips 66 (PSX). Buffett now owns 57,975,456 shares, or a 10% stake, in the Texas-based energy company, according to a securities filing posted shortly after 8 p.m. ET. As of Friday's share price close at $77.23, Buffett's stake is valued at more than $4.47 billion. Buffett had been aggressively buying shares of Phillips 66 since Wednesday of this week. Earlier this month, Buffett had indicated in his 13-F filing that he was building a new position.
  • Lottery winners don't get largesse, but get left out

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren't getting the largesse. They're getting left out. Without a state budget agreement two months into the new fiscal year, there's no authority for the state comptroller to cut checks over $25,000. That means smaller winnings can be paid out, but not the larger lottery wins. Susan Rick, who lives in Oglesby, Illinois, planned home fix-ups and a visit to her daughter after her boyfriend won $250,000 last month. But they were told to wait. Rick tells the Chicago Tribune that if the situation were reversed, the state would "come take it,...
  • Marin County Mansion Sells for Record-Breaking $47.5 Million

    08/28/2015 9:33:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/28 | Tamara Palmer
    It's a booming week for Marin County real estate, thanks to the sale of one prominent piece of property. Belvedere's historic estate Locksley Hall sold on Wednesday for $47.5 million. That's $22 million over than any previous home sold in Marin County and $12 million more than the highest home sale in San Francisco, according to Curbed SF. The listing described Locksley Hall, built in 1904, as a three-level home with approximately 9,235 square feet of living space. It has four bedrooms, six full bathrooms, three powder rooms and a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment. San Jose Mercury News reported...
  • Sausalito Marin City School District Becomes Nation's First Organic, GMO Free District

    08/28/2015 8:17:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/28/15 | Tamara Palmer
    One Marin County school district hopes to set a national example when it comes to healthy eating. Sausalito Marin City School District started serving only organic and GMO-free meals to students this week, becoming the first school district in the nation to do so. It's an extension of what is considered to be a successful pilot program begun in 2013 at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City. The other school in the district, Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, has now joined Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in installing a permanent program. “The results speak for themselves,” Steve Van Zant, superintendent...