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  • America's poorest county: Proud Appalachians ... in region where 40% fall below poverty line

    04/24/2012 6:36:46 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 64 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 23 April 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    It was a county formed 19 years before the Civil War. But in the towns lying between borders in Owsley, in the coal fields of eastern Kentucky, a portrait of Americans shows a community that appears frozen in time, where many still live without water or electricity. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Appalachian county has the lowest median household income in the states - a staggering 41.5 per cent of residents falling below the poverty line.
  • Mexicans Living in U.S. Illegally Drops for First Time: Study

    04/23/2012 9:15:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Monday, Apr 23, 2012
    Apprehensions of Mexicans trying to cross the border illegally have plummeted by more than 70% in recent years The number of Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S. has dropped significantly for the first time in decades a new study suggests. The figures represent a dramatic shift as many illegal workers, already in the U.S. and seeing few job opportunities, are returning to Mexico. The analysis of census data from the U.S. and Mexican governments finds that roughly 6.1 million unauthorized Mexican immigrants were living in the U.S. last year. That's down from a peak of nearly 7 million in...
  • Driver sues NASCAR, claims he was excluded from diversity program for being ‘too Caucasian’

    04/23/2012 5:33:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    SportingNews ^ | 04/19/2012 | Bob Pockrass
    An aspiring stock-car driver is suing NASCAR, claiming he was denied the opportunity to compete in NASCAR’s diversity program because he looks “too Caucasian.” NASCAR argues that in trying to change the “face” of the sport, it has the right to select drivers for its diversity program based on skin color, attorneys for the sanctioning body and its former diversity program administrators have told a U.S. District court. Michael Rodriguez, a driver from Pennsylvania, says in his complaint filed in U.S. District Court that he was denied the opportunity to compete in the 2005 and 2006 Drive For Diversity combines....
  • Where to watch the SpaceX launch to the International Space Station

    04/23/2012 5:14:32 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 42 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 04/23/12 | Richard Tribou
    It's not a trip to the moon. It's not even manned spaceflight. But it is a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, and it's not insignificant. So if you want a front-row seat to witness one giant leap for private business, then you'll want to make your way over to Cape Canaveral for the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon spacecraft.
  • Private space mogul wants to skip the moon and go right to Mars

    04/23/2012 5:00:08 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 12 replies
    Blastr.com ^ | 04/23/12 | Matthew Jackson
    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is an ambitious guy. He's the one who said he can get commercial flights to Mars up and running a decade or so from now, but what about humanity's return to the moon? Well, if you ask Musk, the moon's little more than old news. Musk has been making the rounds to talk up his company a lot these days as part of the lead-up to a (hopefully) historic SpaceX launch next week. On April 30 the company will launch an unmanned Dragon capsule to dock with the International Space Station. If it succeeds, the mission...
  • Freep a Poll! (Do you favor the "Buffet Rule", adding tax surcharge to millionaires?)

    04/23/2012 3:19:22 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    Kipplinger.com ^ | 4-23-12 | Kipplinger
    President Obama favors the so-called Buffet Rule, which would impose a tax surcharge on people with gross adjusted income over $1 million, eventually reaching 30 percent..What do you think? Agree Disagree Not sure
  • Europe's woes spilling over to U.S.

    04/23/2012 3:03:06 PM PDT · by Signalman · 7 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 4/23/2012 | Paul La Monica
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Referring to the European debt crisis with the cutesy shorthand acronym of the PIIGS just doesn't seem right anymore. The problems on the continent now go far beyond the southern peripheral nations of Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain (with Ireland up north tossed in for good measure.) Political instability in France and The Netherlands are making investors even more nervous. And they should be -- especially since Europe's woes are starting to spill across the Atlantic. Several U.S. firms that reported their latest quarterly results Monday morning specifically cited weakness in Europe as a major problem....
  • Chinese company names sunglasses line after Helen Keller

    04/23/2012 1:42:08 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 18 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 04/23/2012 | Chris Quinn
      In what’s becoming the norm, another foreign company has blundered to new lows in a branding  campaign that defies logic.Fashion company, Xiamen Jinzhi Industry Development Co. Ltd., has launched a new line of sunglasses called Helen Keller.The story reports that the company intended to honor her “philanthropist spirit,” but it just comes across as crass.And the slogan, “You see the world, the world sees you,” is another gem of marketing genius.
  • Calxeda gears up for server ARM race--( EnergyCore Processors )

    04/23/2012 12:29:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    The Register ^ | 16th November 2010 05:00 GMT | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    SC10 The secretive ARM server startup formerly known as Smooth-Stone and now called Calxeda is coming out a bit today at the SC10 supercomputer trade show in New Orleans. But don't get too excited. The company is not talking about specific chip or server designs based on the ARM RISC architecture, but rather giving potential customers in the HPC world and in the general purpose server racket the design goals it has set for its initial products. Calxeda is a fake name, and one that Barry Evans, the founder of Smooth-Stone had to change because someone else owns that name....
  • Stocks drop 1% on China, Europe fears (DJIA down 140)

    04/23/2012 9:53:49 AM PDT · by Signalman · 7 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 4/23/2012 | Maureen Farrell
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- U.S. stocks fell 1% Monday as investors grew concerned about European political uncertainty and another sign of a slowdown in the Chinese economy. France's prime minister Nicolas Sarkozy came in second place in the first round of presidential elections Sunday, and on Monday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte resigned. That combined with a slowdown in China's manufacturing was enough to unnerve investors at the start of what will be a busy week on the economic and earnings front. "The events over the weekend re-ignited concerns that the European community is going to have trouble working out...
  • Upholding the Rule of Law in Season and out of Season

    04/22/2012 6:17:17 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets
    Library of Law and Liberty ^ | April 20, 2012 | Todd Zywicki
    One common assertion arising from the onset and resolution of the 2008 financial crisis is the belief that it proves the purported need and propriety of the government acting in a swift and discretionary manner and not have its hands tied by the constraints of the rule of law. Yet a close examination of the most recent crisis as well as those of the past reveals the exact opposite truth: adherence to the rule of law is actually more important during periods of economic crisis, both to restore short-term economic prosperity during the crisis as well as for the long-term...
  • World's most expensive coffee is processed through a cat (Yes, you read that correctly)

    04/21/2012 8:22:39 PM PDT · by Stoat · 81 replies
    KOMO / KATU ^ | April 21, 2012 | Kerry Tomlinson
    PORTLAND, Ore. - This coffee can cost as much as $700 a pound and $80 a cup, and it is processed through the digestive system of a cat. It's said to be the most expensive coffee in the world and it was served up Friday at the International Coffee Expo in Northeast Portland. An Indonesian company brews it here as it is done in cafes in Jakarta.  "It is very delicious, very smooth and so luxurious," said Valerie Sindal, director of sales and marketing for ValBeMar Specialty Coffee. Coffee cherries are eaten by Civet cats, processed through their digestive...
  • Aviva Sacks More Than 1,300 Workers by Mistake

    04/21/2012 4:24:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Apr 2012 | Anna White
    The latest board shake-up at Aviva is radical, but not as radical as sacking its entire workforce by email. More than 1,300 workers at Aviva Investors, the insurer's asset management arm, were shocked on Friday to receive an exit email from the HR department. There was a stunned silence at the London headquarters as staff across the division read the unsympathetic memo - intended for just one employee. It instructed all Aviva Investor workers to hand over company property and security passes on their way out of the building, and submit all electronic passwords. The terse communication reminded staff not...
  • "You are required by U.S. Law to respond to this survey"

    04/21/2012 10:54:33 AM PDT · by pabianice · 76 replies
    US Government Department of Thuggery | 4/21/12
    Several weeks ago I received a letter addressed to "Resident." Inside was a 28-page American Community Survey form in which I was supposed to reveal to the government every detail about my life. Today, "Resident" received it again along with a threatening letter requiring me to complete the survey. I intend to chuck this one, too. Has anyone else had this experience?
  • Leaked Oreo Ad Shows Breastfeeding Baby Holding Cookie (Libtards wetting their pants alert)

    04/21/2012 7:04:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 20, 2012
    Kraft Foods is attempting to clean up the mess made by the accidental release of a controversial Oreo advertisement that features a breastfeeding baby. The ad shows a baby feeding from an uncensored breast and holding an Oreo cookie in its hand. “Milk’s favorite cookie,” it reads at the bottom. A spokesperson from Kraft told CBS St. Louis that the ad was not intended for mass public consumption. “We’d like to clarify that Kraft Foods did not create this visual,” a spokesperson said in a statement via e-mail. ... “It was never intended for public distribution or use with...
  • What exactly is 'Hand Shredded A$$ Meat'? A new dictionary for Chinese restaurants may tell you

    04/21/2012 6:17:31 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 41 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/21/2012 | Bo Gu
    BEIJING – Overseas tourists often find the menus here befuddling, for good reason. After all, what Westerner has experience with foods like these? “Cowboy leg,” “Hand-shredded ass meat,” “Red-burned lion head,” “Strange flavor noodles,” “Blow-up flatfish with no result,” or “Tofu made by woman with freckles.” As proud as the Chinese people are of their thousands of years of gastronomic culture, even a Chinese native can feel disoriented when going to another province, given all the different styles of cooking. Many of the food names, often unique to different provinces, get lost in translation, especially in booming cities starting to...
  • Rarest Penny Auction Tops $1 Million

    04/20/2012 9:34:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 19, 2012 | Jennifer Abbey
    A 1792 Silver Center penny is being auctioned off Thursday night and online bidding is already at $1.15 million, according to Heritage Auctions. The penny is one of the first coins struck at the U.S. Mint, according to Todd Imhof of Heritage Auctions. It is one of only 14 known surviving silver-center cent pieces. It is made of copper with a small silver plug in the center. The Silver Center pieces were an experiment made in 1792 when the newly created U.S. Mint had specific requirements for the size and weight of pennies, Imhof said. Silver was placed in the...
  • “Math Education: An Inconvenient Truth” Reaches 1,000,000 Views

    04/20/2012 4:27:02 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 56 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | April 20, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Here’s some good news. M. J. McDermott’s wonderful video about why Americans don’t know math has exceeded 1,000,000 views. This is one of the best videos about education on the web. If you haven’t viewed it, please do. Running time is about 15 minutes. In this video, McDermott explains the flaws in so-called Reform Math, which was introduced to the country around 1985. Reform Math actually consists of more than a dozen separate but basically identical curricula. As fast as a community figures out that one of these things is bad, the so-called experts introduce another. These experts are diabolically...
  • Is anyone else really enjoying the Lowes' TV Commercials? Good art!! (chat)

    04/20/2012 12:57:43 PM PDT · by Mamzelle · 12 replies
    tv | 4 20 12 | Mamzelle
    I was dazzled with the first CGI commercial that showed a wife and husband drawing lines on their walls and the lines turning (with CGI magic) into fabulous home improvements. I just saw a CGI with Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal fixing up their bird house, then one with Family Squirrel solving their overflow acorn storage problem. Hey. Everything doesn't have to be doom and gloom. Seems like there's better art in commercials than on the shows themselves.
  • AMD Piledriver Chips to Conquer 4GHz Milestone Thanks to Resonant Clock Mesh Tech.,( Coming soon)

    04/20/2012 10:56:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Xbitlabs.com ^ | 02/22/2012 08:54 PM | Anton Shilov
    AMD Implements Resonant Clocking Tech to Boost Piledriver's Clock-Speed to Over 4GHzAdvanced Micro Devices disclosed at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) that in order to increase clock-speeds of its forthcoming microprocessors based on Piledriver micro-architecture, it will use a new resonant clock mesh technology developed by Cyclos Semiconductor. The new tech allows to cut power consumption by 10%, or boost clock-speed by 10% without inrease of TDP. AMD’s x86-64 core code-named “Piledriver” with 4GHz and higher clock-speeds employs resonant clocking to reduce clock distribution power up to 24% while maintaining the low clock-skew target required by high-performance processors. Fabricated...
  • Graphics/Cartoons: Obama, Democrats, and Gas Prices

    04/20/2012 10:09:48 AM PDT · by opineapple · 11 replies
  • Real-life Futurama tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours

    04/20/2012 7:42:53 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 48 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 18, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Real-life Futurama tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours The Simpsons have the monorail. Futurama has the Tube Transport System. The difference is that tube-transport is a fantasy — at least for now. The folks at ET3 want to make what they call "Evacuated Tube Transport" a reality. Their proposed maglev system would be capable of propelling six-person-capacity cylinders to speeds of over 4000 miles per hour, making it possible for people to travel from New York to L.A. in just 45 minutes, or from New York to Beijing in two hours. What's more, ET3...
  • German sex tax men tackle prostitutes

    04/19/2012 9:55:50 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 16 replies
    The Local ^ | 19 Apr 12
    Stuttgart tax men are facing the daunting task of measuring the floor space in all the southern German city's brothels, after a new “per square metre” tax was introduced on the oldest profession. The collectors initially resorted to extensive internet research to find all the sex businesses in the city – but found their computers blocked from the relevant sites. "The first problem was that, as public officials, those pages are actually out of bounds for us," said Stuttgart tax collector Rolf Kiener. Once the necessary special permission was granted, Kiener and his colleagues were initially shocked. "It's rather eye-opening...
  • Dodd-Franks requires 24 million hours to comply

    04/19/2012 1:24:19 PM PDT · by freedombiz · 4 replies
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | 4-19-12 | Jan Norman
    Financial businesses — from banks to investment advisers — will spend 24 million hours a year to comply with the first 185 regulations to implement the Dodd Frank Act, according to the House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee.
  • Ford's electric car battery pack costs $12,000-$15,000

    04/19/2012 11:39:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2012
    One of the auto industry's most closely guarded secrets, the enormous cost of batteries for electric cars, has spilled out. Speaking at a forum on green technology, Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally indicated battery packs for the company's Focus electric car costs between $12,000 and $15,000 apiece. "When you move into an all-electric vehicle, the battery size moves up to around 23 kilowatt hours, [and] it weighs around 600 to 700 pounds," Mulally said at Fortune magazine's Brainstorm Green conference in California. "They're around $12,000 to $15,000 [a battery]" for a type of car that normally sells for about...
  • Chuck Woolery's Plan to Cut Federal Spending and Balance the Budget

    04/19/2012 1:29:08 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 4 replies
    Western Creative.com ^ | 4/19/2012 | Chuck Woolery
    This would be funny if it weren't so painfully true. We have no leadership in Congress. We're so far gone from the reality of what is happening to us, that even a former Game Show Host can understand and see the answers.
  • Mystery company backed by James Cameron and Google executives may be an asteroid mining project

    04/18/2012 5:01:07 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 38 replies
    The Verge ^ | 04/18/12 | Adi Robertson
    MIT's Technology Review has just gotten news of a mysterious new project that claims it will "create a new industry and a new definition of 'natural resources.'" Space exploration company Planetary Resources will be unveiled in a conference call on Tuesday, April 24th. Besides the audacious announcement, which promises to "overlay two critical sectors — space exploration and natural resources — to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP," what makes this unique is its high-profile support group. The venture is backed by Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, director James Cameron, and politician Ross Perot's son, among...
  • “Desperate to Marry” Saudi Woman Offers SR5 Million to Find Mr. Right

    04/18/2012 3:43:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Pilot Africa ^ | Tue, Apr 17th, 2012
    How much will you pay to land Mr. Right? For this Saudi woman, the answer is SR5 million (the equivalent of N208 million). Weird? Yes, but we are talking true love here – can we really put a price on that? The Saudi woman put the attractive advertisement in the local magazine, Roa, calling on all marriage-ready applicants to write in via email or fax. The announcement neither mentioned the woman’s name, age or whereabouts and the millions do come with strings attached. She will only reveal the conditions in person, however, the ad explains. “Applicants should provide their contact...
  • James Bond and Amazon: A marriage that reveals a double standard

    04/18/2012 10:53:27 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 2 replies
    Amazon is now the proud owner of North America licensing rights to Ian Fleming's James Bond series. The online company announced yesterday that it now has a 10-year license to sell all 14 of Fleming's classic James Bond titles, including "Casino Royale," "Dr. No," and "The Spy Who Loved Me." The company will start publishing the titles this summer under its mysteries and thrillers imprint, Thomas & Mercer. In addition, Amazon says that it will offer the books in digital form in its Kindle Store.
  • O.C. forklift company moves to Indiana

    04/18/2012 10:01:24 AM PDT · by freedombiz · 15 replies
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | 4-18-12 | Jan Norman
    Toyota Material Handling USA Inc. is moving its North American headquarters from Irvine to Columbus, Ind., the company announced.
  • Dave Says God Didn't Make Marriage a Business Venture

    04/18/2012 6:43:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Dave Ramsey
    Dear Dave, Does it matter whether it’s the husband or the wife who keeps the checkbook and pays the bills? Lots of people say that kind of thing is the man’s job, but I was curious about what you think. DanielDear Daniel,I don’t think it matters one bit, and here’s why.In each family there’s a nerd and a free spirit. The nerd is good at keeping track of things and putting everything in its place. The free spirit is just the opposite. They are not detail-oriented. Now, this doesn’t make them irresponsible or mean that they don’t care. It’s just...
  • Keep Ready Cash! Money Markets are Dead.

    04/17/2012 7:37:52 PM PDT · by Broker · 56 replies
    Vanity ^ | April 17, 2012 | BROKER
    Should our fine financial system cease functioning cash will become a rare and precious medium. Over the years Americans have exchanged paper currency with confidence. Yet, today everyone's cash is a digital value out of hand. Our vast nationwide cash money market holdings greatly exceed any paper currency supply making any Bank run a momentary event. Should the financial house of cards crash, holders of green back US Dollars will be able to engage in trade. Gold hoarders will not know what to do. Credit cards won't work. Checks won't either. If you can't barter, cash will be king. Get...
  • Keep Ready Cash! Money Markets are Dead.

    04/17/2012 7:37:51 PM PDT · by Broker · 13 replies
    Vanity ^ | April 17, 2012 | BROKER
    Should our fine financial system cease functioning cash will become a rare and precious medium. Over the years Americans have exchanged paper currency with confidence. Yet, today everyone's cash is a digital value out of hand. Our vast nationwide cash money market holdings greatly exceed any paper currency supply making any Bank run a momentary event. Should the financial house of cards crash, holders of green back US Dollars will be able to engage in trade. Gold hoarders will not know what to do. Credit cards won't work. Checks won't either. If you can't barter, cash will be king. Get...
  • I was minding my own business, doing some research .. (vanity)

    04/17/2012 3:32:31 PM PDT · by knarf · 4 replies
    with assist from answers.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | knarf
    I used to spend hours in a library going from book to fascinating book ...
  • Jefferson alderman has vast stash of political buttons

    04/17/2012 11:45:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-17-12 | Meg Jones
    Jefferson - Bill Brandel likes Ike, wants Willkie, knows in his heart Goldwater is right and is cool for Coolidge. The Jefferson city alderman and retired schoolteacher has amassed a collection of thousands of campaign buttons and memorabilia sporting slogans that resonated with voters, and some that didn't. His hobby began when he was too young to vote, when his grandmother gave him an "I Like Ike" pin back in the 1950s. Later he worked for Barry Goldwater's failed presidential bid in 1964 and started collecting Goldwater pins - some colored gold emblazoned with the candidate's name in Periodic Table...
  • Now biomass is the environment's enemy?

    04/17/2012 10:56:06 AM PDT · by Twotone · 13 replies
    Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal ^ | April 16, 2012 | Don Brunell
    When environmental organizations pushed Washington voters to approve their renewable energy Initiative 937, they touted biomass energy — incinerated wood waste — as one of their preferred alternatives to fossil fuel. They reasoned that biomass energy plants would help clear forests of flammable wood debris from dead and diseased timber, put idled loggers and millworkers back to work and produce cleaner, more affordable energy. But since voters narrowly approved the initiative in 2006, many of those same activists are battling against biomass projects.
  • Scrapping the slave tax

    04/17/2012 8:32:42 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 3 replies
    WND ^ | 08/20/1999 | Alan Keyes
    Why is it that those who work hardest to deny the connection of “economic” and “moral” issues are also the ones who use money to manipulate the moral lives of Americans?
  • Question: Except for military. What has the government done to make you proud?

    04/17/2012 7:28:58 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 42 replies
    Glenn Beck ^ | Apr 17, 2012
    Glenn Beck is asking his listeners now on his radio program the question: "Except for the military. What has the government done to make you proud?" My answer: NOTHING. Any thoughts? Your answers?
  • Axelrod: No plans for Obama to donate extra to defray deficit despite low tax rate.

    04/16/2012 9:51:16 PM PDT · by Mier · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published April 15, 2012 | FoxNews
    A top campaign adviser to President Obama made clear Sunday that the president has no plans to chip in extra money from his own income to defray the deficit -- and would insist that the tax system itself be changed so that the wealthy pay more. Campaign strategist David Axelrod was asked on "Fox News Sunday" whether the president might contribute more to the U.S. Treasury after the release of his tax returns showed Obama paid a lower effective tax rate than his secretary. The president and first lady Michelle Obama paid an effective rate of 20.5 percent on gross...
  • New Mac OS X Trojan unearthed. Call it SabPub

    04/16/2012 9:00:32 PM PDT · by iowamark · 40 replies
    CNET ^ | April 16, 2012 | Don Reisinger
    Here we go again. Kaspersky Lab security researcher Costin Raiu has discovered another Mac OS X Trojan. Dubbed Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a (or just SabPub, for short), the malware uses Java exploits to infect a Mac, connect to a remote Web site, and wait for instructions that include taking screenshots of the user's Mac and executing commands. "The Java exploits appear to be pretty standard, however, (and) they have been obfuscated using ZelixKlassMaster, a flexible and quite powerful Java obfuscator," Raiu wrote on the Securelist blog. "This was obviously done in order to avoid detection from anti-malware products." Related stories Raiu's discovery comes...
  • Why Your Highway Has Potholes

    04/16/2012 11:26:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 15, 2012, 5:59 p.m. ET
    Nothing shows off the worst of Congress like a highway bill. And this year's scramble for cash is worse than ever because the 18.4¢ a gallon gasoline tax will raise $70 billion less than the $263 billion Congress wants to spend over the next five years. Let the mayhem ensue. The Senate has passed a two-year $109 billion bill sponsored by Barbara Boxer of California that bails out the highway trust fund with general revenues, including some $12 billion for such nonessentials as the National Endowment for the Oceans and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The bill requires little...
  • DHS Introduces Green Police

    04/16/2012 9:05:45 AM PDT · by Twotone · 40 replies
    The New American ^ | April 13, 2012 | Raven Clabough
    The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will be creating an “environmental justice” unit that will be overseeing environmental regulations, alongside local governments. The unit’s role of enforcing environmental regulations has prompted critics to refer to the new department as the “green police.” The DHS defines environmental justice as “the commitment of the Federal Government … to avoid placing disproportionately high and adverse effects on the human health and environment of minority populations and low-income populations.”
  • Gerald Celente: "Liberals are liars and cowards for not holding Obama accountable"

    04/16/2012 9:02:47 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 04/12/2012 | Gerald Celente/ AJ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km4dTWgBpxc
  • Australia to ban scientific debate on climate change – report

    04/16/2012 8:51:04 AM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    Investigate Magazine NZ ^ | April 13, 2012 | John Sullivan
    Australian government endorses Report banning publication of all but government approved science; proof if it were needed that Australian politics and post-normal science is in crisis. In a shocking story If It Can Happen Down Under by Hal G.P.Colebatch (American Spectator, April 4, 2012) citizens are gearing up for a “head-on assault on Australia’s entire political culture of liberty and democracy.” In effect, the Australian Labor Party and extreme leftist Greens are preparing to make law the 470-page Finkelstein Report to ban from it’s borders those scientists and free-thinkers that are increasingly congregating to the maverick independent global science community,...
  • Soaring Food Costs Mean a Garden is as Good as Gold

    04/16/2012 4:57:26 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 26 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 04/15/2012 | Rick Bickling
    According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index Data for March 2012, the Consumer Price Index for fresh vegetables purchased for home use rose 4.5 percent from the same time last year. Recent USDA data also shows that the price of grains such as corn, wheat, rice, and soybeans has increased 234% since January 2002...
  • Best Buy Reveals 42 Stores to Be Closed

    04/16/2012 2:39:01 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 32 replies
    tvpredictions.com ^ | April 15, 2012 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (April 15, 2012) -- Best Buy yesterday revealed the locations for 42 'big box' stores it will close this year. The CE retailer announced on March 29 that it would close 50 stories but has not disclosed until now the full list of stores that would get the ax. Best Buy is closing the stores due to sluggish sales and shrinking profits. The company lost $1.7 billion in the last quarter, compared to a profit of $651 million in the same quarter a year ago. The store closures represent a little less than three percent of its retail...
  • I AM THE 53% OF AMERICANS WHO ACTUALLY PAY TAXES! (Tax return rant)

    04/15/2012 6:57:08 PM PDT · by TSgt · 82 replies
    TSgt's 1040 | 4/15/2012 | TSgt
    30% of everything we made went to the federal pig. Zilch credit for our son and a paltry $600 deduction for almost $10K in daycare expenses. 47% of Americans are parasites and pay no taxes yet they tell me I should pay more... I am LIVID!
  • GOP strategists: Puerto Rico Gov. Fortuno is a sleeper vice presidential pick

    04/15/2012 3:20:50 PM PDT · by svxdave · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/14/2012 | Daniel Strauss
    Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno (R) is a sleeper pick for the No. 2 spot on the 2012 presidential ticket, according to GOP strategists. Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has kept his cards close to his chest on vice presidential prospects, saying that it would be “presumptuous” to think about it before winning the nomination. But in a recent interview with Newsmax, he described Fortuno as “a solid conservative and a firm leader.” He also dubbed Fortuno “one of the great leaders of our party.” Republican strategists say that whomever Romney picks, the selection has to resonate with Hispanic voters. Sen....
  • Web page files converted to Twitter; data lost

    04/15/2012 2:27:01 PM PDT · by pabianice · 17 replies
    My PC | 4/15/12
    I routinely save entire web pages to file, running XP. I do not use Twitter. Today, in trying to open some of these filed pages stored on disk, they have all disappeared and each has been replaced by several dozen Twitter icons and empty folders, with the information apparently lost. I have no idea how this happened. How do I retrieve my files? Thanks.
  • Taxed By The Boss (State Taxes pocketed by business)

    04/15/2012 1:25:10 PM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 12 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 4-12-2012 | David Cay Johnston
    Across the United States more than 2,700 companies are collecting state income taxes from hundreds of thousands of workers – and are keeping the money with the states’ approval, says an eye-opening report published on Thursday. The report from Good Jobs First, a nonprofit taxpayer watchdog organization funded by Ford, Surdna and other major foundations, identifies 16 states that let companies divert some or all of the state income taxes deducted from workers’ paychecks. None of the states requires notifying the workers, whose withholdings are treated as taxes they paid. General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble, Chrysler, Ford, General...