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  • Lithuania signs US deal to replace Russian gas

    03/01/2015 6:28:08 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 28 February 2015 | AFP
    Lithuania said Saturday it had signed a trade agreement to buy liquified natural gas from the United States in a move aimed at reducing the EU Baltic state’s heavy dependence on Russian gas deliveries. Under the deal with Houston-based Chenier Energy company, the first LNG fuel is expected to arrive in Lithuania as early as next year, state-owned company Litgas said in a statement.
  • McDonald’s accused of avoiding €1bn in taxes (by European trade unions)

    03/01/2015 12:46:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 26 Feb 2015, 09:24 | Benjamin Fox
    Fast-food giant McDonald’s has avoided paying €1 billion in tax across the EU, and should be included in the EU’s probe on “sweetheart” tax deals, according to a report published Wednesday (25 February). The report, published by the European Federation of Public Service Unions, its US Counterpart and the charity War on Want, accuses McDonald’s of “aggressive and potentially abusive optimization of its structure which has led to the avoidance of significant amounts of tax across the continent”. It concludes that “it is likely that the company reached a secret tax deal with Luxembourg”. In July 2009, the Happy-Meal maker...
  • Ed Miliband: Leaving EU not in Britain’s interest

    03/01/2015 12:03:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 27/02/2015 - 16:27 | Mark Briggs
    Speaking at the EEF National Manufacturing Conference in London, Miliband said yesterday (26 February) that “(t)here is no greater threat to the long-term stability and prosperity of Britain and British business than leaving the European Union.” Leaving the European Union is not in Britain’s national interest, the UK opposition leader added. Taking aim at the Conservatives, Miliband said it was, “wrong to play fast and loose with our membership of the European Union.” …
  • This Key Market Signal Says Oil Is Heading to $60 a Barrel

    03/01/2015 10:33:00 AM PST · by ckilmer · 18 replies
    fool.com ^ | March 1, 2015 | By Matt DiLallo
    This Key Market Signal Says Oil Is Heading to $60 a Barrel By Matt DiLallo | More Articles March 1, 2015 | Comments (1) Given the dramatic drop in the price of oil over the past few months, the burning question on a lot of minds is "What will the price of oil do next?" It seems like everyone has an opinion on that question. The range of predictions goes from $10 at the bottom to a staggering $200 a barrel at the top. What that range tells us is that where oil will go in the future is anyone's...
  • Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links

    03/01/2015 7:24:23 AM PST · by 9thLife · 31 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 28 February 2015 | Hal Hodson
    THE internet is stuffed with garbage...Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness. Google's search engine currently uses the number of incoming links to a web page as a proxy for quality, determining where it appears in search results. So pages that many other sites link to are ranked higher. This system has brought us the search engine as we know it today, but the downside is that websites full of misinformation can rise up the rankings, if enough people link to them. A Google research team is adapting that model to measure the trustworthiness of...
  • White House looking to creep into 401(k)s

    03/01/2015 7:22:49 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/28/15 | Jonathon M. Trugman February 28, 2015 | 11:21pm
    Under the false pretense of calling for new and tougher so-called fiduciary standards for financial brokers, advisers and retirement plan representatives, the White House once again horned in on Wall Street’s compensation formulas. However, what the president surely knows is that a vast majority of retirement plans — IRAs and 401(k)s — are in simple fee-based products like mutual funds. The commission-based accounts are for those who prefer to direct their brokers in certain purchases inside some of their retirement products. The key to the White House’s interference is in its nuanced language. Currently, a broker may make a recommendation...
  • Stock Run-up 3 Weeks Old, Experts Confused-- Investor Thread March 1, 2015

    03/01/2015 5:34:21 AM PST · by expat_panama · 37 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Mar. 1, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    [excerpt from Stock-market crash of 2016: The countdown begins]Dow will drop 50% as market replays 2008, 2000 and 1929.  That will translate into the DJIA crashing from today’s 18,117 down 50% to about 9,000. Ouch, the Dow crashing all the way below 10,000. Unimaginable. Bulls will hate it. No wonder our brains tune out, turn off. Instead, we prefer the happy talk that will just keep coming out of Wall Street and Washington till the 2016 collapse. We’ll just keep denying reality ... till it’s too late, and we suffer another $10 trillion loss is on the books. Deja...
  • Who killed at CPAC, the GOP's red meat 2016 auditions?

    03/01/2015 2:44:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 29, 2015 | Doyle McManus
    "...What was missing from CPAC? Any sign of the intellectual ferment in conservative think tanks about how to address the stagnant incomes of the American middle class. Most speakers stuck to more traditional fare: smaller government, lower taxes, less regulation. There are new ideas in the Republican Party, but this, it seems, was neither the time nor the place..."
  • Bill Gates EXPOSED! Wants Depopulation Through Vaccines [CO2/Global Warming Excuse For Depopulation]

    03/01/2015 12:44:01 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 83 replies
    I'm sure Dr. Mengele would agree with Bill Gates. Careful what you think is safe. Here is Bill Gates, at the TED, saying CO2 warms the planet and that he hopes to depopulate of the Earth by 10 to 15% through NEW vaccines. This is the crux of the Global Warming Movement/Climate Change rubbish/CO2 tax... That's right depopulation.
  • Rally against Wisconsin anti-union measure smaller than 2011

    02/28/2015 11:35:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 28, 2015 4:50 PM EST | Dana Ferguson
    Thousands of Wisconsin union workers rallied at the Capitol Saturday to protest a “right-to-work” proposal that would outlaw the mandatory payment of union dues, but the crowd was much smaller than those in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker’s law stripping public sector unions of much of their power. Speakers at the event jeered Walker’s comment Thursday that fighting against protesters during the 2011 debates prepared him to battle terrorists as president. Walker has not yet announced his presidential campaign, but is expected to do so later this year. “What we are doing here today is the heart and soul of...
  • 14,600 blighted properties demolished in Ohio under program

    02/28/2015 9:13:27 PM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 27 February 2015 | ANN SANNER
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - More than 14,600 blighted properties around Ohio have been demolished in the past two years under a program aimed at benefiting areas affected by foreclosures, the state’s attorney general said Friday. Ohio used $75 million from a national settlement with major mortgage servicers to create a grant program in 2012 to revitalize neighborhoods and eliminate abandoned structures. A portion of the settlement money also was designated for consumer relief in the form of cash payments, loan modifications and refinancing. Attorney General Mike DeWine released a report on the results of the demolition program at a news...
  • Greek Crisis Deepens

    02/28/2015 6:33:12 PM PST · by NRx · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Feb 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Greece's new currency designs are ready. The green 50 drachma note features Cornelius Castoriadis, the Marxisant philosopher and sworn enemy of privatisation. The Nobel poet Odysseus Elytis - voice of Eastward-looking Hellenism - honours the 200 note. The bills rise to 10,000 drachma, a wise precaution lest there is a hyperinflationary shock as Greece breaks out of its debt-deflation trap at high velocity. The amateur blueprints are a minor sensation in Greek artistic circles. They are only half in jest. Greece's Syriza radicals have signed a fragile ceasefire with the eurozone's creditor powers. Few think this can last as escalating...
  • Florida, the Freest State in the Country?

    02/28/2015 4:07:08 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 40 replies
    reason.com ^ | February 23,2015 | J.D. Tuccille
    California, New York, and New Jersey always rank near the bottom of these lists as intrusive, red tape-bound hellholes. The First in Freedom Index actually draws from a lot of the sources that have been cited here before, including the Fraser Institute's Economic Freedom of North America as well as Mercatus Center's Freedom in the 50 States, the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index, and measures put together by the Center for Education Reform, among others. To this, the North Carolina group adds its own weight and emphasis. The ultimate score is an average across the categories it examines....
  • Pope Francis attacks 'throw-away' economic globalization

    02/28/2015 1:21:42 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Reuters and Yahoo News ^ | 28 Feb 15 | James Mackenzie
    Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on economic injustice on Saturday, condemning the "throw-away culture" of globalization and calling for new ways of thinking about poverty, welfare, employment and society. In a speech to the association of Italian cooperative movements, he pointed to the "dizzying rise in unemployment" and the problems that existing welfare systems had in meeting healthcare needs. For those living "at the existential margins" the current social and political system "seems fatally destined to suffocate hope and increase risks and threats," he said. The Argentinian-born pope, who has often criticized orthodox market economics for fostering unfairness and...
  • The Sad Reality Of Net Neutrality

    02/28/2015 1:09:44 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 23 replies
    Forbes.com (commentary) ^ | 2/27/2015 | Mark Hendrickson
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has pulled the trigger. In the name of “net neutrality” they have decided to assert regulatory control over the vast, sprawling, ever-changing conglomeration of economic activities known simply as the “Internet.” What will the FCC do now? Think of Nancy Pelosi’s infamous statement about the Affordable Care Act: Congress had to pass it for Americans to learn what it would do. The FCC has bitten off more than it can chew. Its task will be somewhat comparable to that of the old Soviet price-setting bureaucracy in which my friend, economist Yuri Maltsev, once worked. Barely...
  • An economic riddle: Where are all the construction workers?

    02/28/2015 10:57:18 AM PST · by posterchild · 48 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | Feb 27, 2015 | Michael Santoli
    The housing bust and Great Recession might have scared a generation of would-be construction workers away from the building trades. That’s the strong suggestion of some new research by the Federal Reserve, which explored why shortages of construction workers are emerging even as large numbers of people who seem good candidates for that type of work remain under-employed. A working paper by Fed economist Andrew Paciorek notes that construction employment growth has badly lagged the recovery in the labor market as a whole.
  • Federal Election Commission to Consider Regulating Online Political Speech

    02/11/2015 8:35:39 AM PST · by PROCON · 24 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    (CNSNews.com) -- The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is holding a hearing today to receive public feedback on whether it should create new rules regulating political speech, including political speech on the Internet that one commissioner warned could affect blogs, YouTube videos and even websites like the Drudge Report. The hearing is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC last year, which struck down the FEC’s previous cap on aggregate campaign contributions from a single donor in an election cycle. Before the decision, individuals were limited to a combined total of $46,200 in contributions to all...
  • Sharon Stone sued over events in Chevron Shakedown

    02/28/2015 8:17:49 AM PST · by rktman · 41 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 2/27/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    ....Hollywood star Sharon Stone was scheduled to make a (paid) appearance in Ecuador last year to talk about the environment and generally say how bad Chevron was, etc. She was paid a significant sum of money for this “activism” but two small problems cropped up. First, she didn’t show up to do the appearance. And second, according the hosts of the event, she kept the money anyway.
  • FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules for Internet Providers

    02/28/2015 4:10:29 AM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Inc ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ann Flaherty
    The new rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission are a win for smaller Internet-based companies. Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission. The plan, which puts the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone and bans business practices that are "unjust or unreasonable," represents the biggest regulatory shakeup to the industry in almost two decades. The goal is to prevent providers from slowing or blocking web traffic,...
  • IRS Employee Looking for Lois Lerner Emails Was Blind, Literally!

    02/28/2015 3:44:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-27-15 | J. Christian Adams
    An IRS employee tasked with trying to restore and obtain emails on Lois Lerner’s IRS computer’s hard drive was legally blind. Stephen Manning, the deputy chief information officer for strategy and modernization at the IRS, submitted an affidavit in the True the Vote vs. IRS litigation regarding the persons and procedures used to attempt to recover Lois Lerner’s hard drive containing emails pertaining to Tea Party targeting. The affidavit can be read here. Paragraph 14 describes the educational background of the person searching for data on Lois Lerner’s hard drive: “According to the Specialist, prior to joining the Internal Revenue...
  • No irrigation water again this year for Valley farmers

    02/28/2015 3:15:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 2--27-15 | Mark Grossi
    Farmers again will get no federal river water for more than 2 million acres of cropland in the San Joaquin Valley, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday. Though the announcement was no surprise, it sent ripples of anxiety through the farming industry on both the east and west sides of the Valley, which rely on water from the federal Central Valley Project. Don Peracchi, board president of the Westlands Water District’s board, mostly in west Fresno County, said: “The federal government’s Central Valley Project is broken. Some of the most vital elements of the state’s economy are being allowed...
  • Sweden's Ericsson sues Apple in patent spat

    02/28/2015 1:37:04 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 56 replies
    thelocal.se ^ | 28 Feb 2015 | TT/The Local
    Swedish telecoms group Ericsson announced Friday a lawsuit against US tech giant Apple claiming that its technology was used in iPhones and other wireless devices despite a lapsed licencing agreement. "Apple currently uses our technology without a license and therefore we are seeking help from the court and the ITC (International Trade Commission)," Ericsson's head of intellectual property, Kasim Alfalahi, said in a statement. "Features that consumers now take for granted -- like being able to livestream television shows or access their favourite apps from their phone -- rely on the technology we have developed," he added.
  • The U.S. has yet to make good on its promise of reparations to black Americans

    02/28/2015 1:23:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Professors Karsonya Wise Whitehead and Conra Gist
    Conversations about reparations are not about money but about people and about the way that people are seen and valued in our society. These are difficult conversations, and we have found that what is most challenging about the idea of reparations today is the notion that America still owes a debt to black people.. We have spent the past eight months wrestling with the question about whether reparations — as Ta-Nehisi Coates so eloquently argued — could ameliorate inequality for black people in America. We believe that the answer to this question is connected to how well one can understand...
  • Mark Cuban On Shark Tank, Politics, And The FCC

    02/27/2015 8:48:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 27, 2015 | Nicole Russell
    Anybody who’s watched “Shark Tank” more than once will tell you he’s hooked on the Sharks, just as much as they are on the little fishies swimming around in the tank. The Sharks—a panel of billionaire investors ranging in expertise and net worth—scowl, laugh, cry, ridicule, and jest like a bunch of frat boys (and a sorority chick or two) on steroids, 30 years post-college. If “business is the ultimate sport,” as Shark investor, billionaire businessman, and owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban said in an interview last year with Inc., Magazine, than every episode of “Shark Tank” is...
  • Reversible toll lanes on 270? Maybe

    02/27/2015 7:12:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    WTOP ^ | February 26, 2015 | Ari Ashe
    ROCKVILLE, Md. — With a new governor viewed as road-friendly in Annapolis, one Montgomery County lawmaker hopes toll lanes on Interstate 270 are a possibility. County Councilmember Roger Berliner supports converting the two High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on I-270 into reversible toll lanes. “We backed a plan six years ago with two reversible lanes. People in carpools or transit vehicles ride free; everyone else would have to pay a toll,” says Berliner. The concept would be similar to the new 95 Express Lanes in Virginia between Stafford County and Alexandria. Similar to Virginia, any project in Maryland would likely require...
  • There’s already a conspiracy theory brewing over net neutrality (FCC wants to regulate )

    02/27/2015 6:00:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 79 replies
    washington Post ^ | February 27 at 6:30 AM | By Brian Fung
    <p>Why won't they release the rules?!?!</p> <p>It's been less than 24 hours since the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve strict new regulations on Internet providers, but that's the leading question coming from its critics.</p> <p>Conservatives are demanding that the FCC release a full copy of the regulations that it's planning to impose on companies such as Comcast and Verizon — and taking the agency's silence as evidence of a cover-up. Readers of an FCC blog post  have suspiciously mused that "these new regulations should have been published by now." It's much the same over on Twitter.</p>
  • Michelle Obama Takes Credit for Food ‘Culture Change’

    02/27/2015 3:39:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | February 26, 2015 | Darlene Superville (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a “culture change” in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity, but as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts the first lady also warned that the progress is “incredibly fragile.” That’s because special interests “whose first priority is not our kids’ health” are “waiting for us to get complacent or bored and move on to the next trendy issue,” Mrs. Obama said at an annual health summit. She cited the fight over a recent child nutrition law as an example.
  • Duke Economist Tells CPAC The FCC'S "Net Neutering" Decision Will Stifle Internet (Shorten)

    02/27/2015 3:23:49 PM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Dr. Michelle Connolly, a professor of economics at Duke University, delivered what may be the most memorable line at CPAC’s panel on economic growth Thursday.
  • Greece bailout saga strains German patience

    02/27/2015 1:45:56 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 26 February 2015 | Ian Traynor
    The German parliament is expected to agree to extend the eurozone’s bailout of Greece on Friday, capping a tumultuous first four weeks in office for the anti-austerity government in Athens. The next four months will be crueller yet. That will be clear from the debate in the Bundestag in Berlin. Although Chancellor Angela Merkel has never been outvoted in five years of policy decisions on the euro crisis and need not fear defeat on Friday, the endorsement will be grudging and will reek of suspicion of the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras. At least 25 of Merkel’s 311 MPs will...
  • Why Silicon Valley is the new revolving door for Obama staffers

    02/27/2015 1:44:56 PM PST · by Macoozie · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/27/2015 | By Cecilia Kang and Juliet Eilperin
    "Now, near the end of his administration, the extent of Obama’s commitment to Silicon Valley has become clear. And nowhere is that more evident than net neutrality, an issue where the president pressured the government to pass regulations with major implications for how consumers experience the Internet."
  • Only one-quarter of Americans plan to retire

    02/27/2015 1:43:11 PM PST · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 26 February 2015 | Quentin Fottrell
    Many Americans appear to be giving up on retirement. Just over one-quarter (26%) of Americans have a traditional notion of retirement in which they plan to stop working altogether when they reach retirement age, according to a new survey of 7,000 households — “Americans’ Financial Security: Perception and Reality” — released Thursday by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Asked about their retirement plans, 21% said they are never planning to retire, while 53% anticipate doing something else, including working at a different job. Roughly 10,000 baby boomers reach retirement every day, so it’s not unexpected that so many of them are...
  • The US recovery story is a fraud: SocGen bear

    02/27/2015 1:41:27 PM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | 26 February 2015 | Matt Clinch
    Societe Generale's notoriously bearish strategist, Albert Edwards, has poured scorn on the belief that the U.S. economy is recovering and predicts "violent" reactions in asset markets during the second half of 2015. "The downturn in U.S. profits is accelerating and it is not just an energy or U.S. dollar phenomenon – a broad swathe of U.S. economic data has disappointed in February," he said in a research note published Thursday. U.S. indexes have continued to hit all-time highs this year and the Nasdaq is also looking to break through a level last seen at the peak of the tech bubble...
  • Republicans strike back: FCC member invokes Star Wars in net neutrality fight

    02/27/2015 1:29:35 PM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | 02-27-2015 | Staff
    Republicans invoked Star Wars’s evil galactic emperor in their attacks on new broadband regulations on Friday, warning that the public and Silicon Valley were in for an unpleasant surprise. Quoting Emperor Palpatine, Republican Ajit Pai, a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said: “Young fool … Only now, at the end, do you understand.” Meme wars between the two sides of the debate continued through the day, as internet advocates Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and Free Press flew an airplane towing a 2,000 square foot banner over the towering corporate headquarters of the cable giant Comcast, in...
  • Right to Work Sweeps Through Mid West

    02/27/2015 12:05:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    Right-to-Work legislation is sweeping the Midwest. It's one of many reforms needed to makes states more competitive, reduce cost pressures on infrastructure projects, and hold down the necessity of tax hikes. Today the Wisconsin Senate Passed 'Right to Work' Legislation. The proposal would let workers opt out of paying mandatory dues. Many would do just that, preferring to keep money for themselves rather than for the priorities of union officials, including corruption, graft, and various political goals that workers may not at all agree with. The Wisconsin House of representatives is expected to approve the legislation making passage all but...
  • FCC Approves Socialism for Broadband

    02/27/2015 11:59:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 96 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    How predictable… The Federal Communications Commission voted on strict party lines to adopt Obama’s 332 page “Net Neutrality” proposal. Given that everything the government touches ends up as a rousing success-story, I’m sure you’ll be able to keep your internet if you like your internet. According to Fox News:The commission, following a contentious meeting, voted 3-2 to adopt its so-called net neutrality plan -- a proposal that remained secret in the run-up to the final vote. On its surface, the plan is aimed at barring service providers from creating paid "fast lanes" on the Internet, which consumer advocates and Internet companies...
  • Wisconsin, Workers and the 2016 Election

    02/27/2015 10:56:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Editorial Board
    The Republican-dominated Senate in Wisconsin passed a bill this week to weaken the state’s private-sector unions. Similar to “right-to-work” laws in 24 other states, the bill would prevent unions from requiring dues or other fees from workers they represent in collective bargaining, a crippling constraint. The Republican-run State Assembly is expected to pass the bill next week, and Gov. Scott Walker, who stripped Wisconsin’s public employees of collective bargaining rights in 2011 and is now eyeing the Republican presidential nomination, has said he would sign it. In a nation where the long decline in unions has led to a pervasive...
  • FCC Approved Net Neutrality Will Become the Internet’s ObamaCare

    02/27/2015 9:42:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/27/2015 | Charlotte Hays
    After ObamaCare turned out to be such an epic mess, a somber President Barack Obama retreated to the White House for a few days of reading and reflecting on the proper role of government. Okay, this is a vision from an alternate universe. But you’d think that confronted with the mounting evidence of government's basic incompetence, even President Obama might have some second thoughts about assigning to government tasks that were once in the purview of individual citizens. But you would be wrong. Indeed the final two years of the Obama administration will be devoted to enlarging government, despite the...
  • Winters in Tahoe ain't getting warmer

    02/27/2015 9:39:31 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/27/2014 | Sierra Rayne
    The winter of 2014-2015 may be a very warm one, but it is not part of a significant trend during the past several decades. It is hard to link a single warm winter to climate change when the recent trends are toward cooling.
  • Congress close in on short-term Homeland Security bill[Republicans leave Obama amnesty untouched]

    02/27/2015 9:31:33 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    My Way ^ | 2/27/15 | ERICA WERNER and DAVID ESPO
    Congress closed in Friday on approving a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin. The legislation also leaves intact Obama administration executive actions on immigration that Republicans have vowed to overturn. But Republicans insisted that passing a short-term bill preserved their ability to keep fighting them. But Senate Republicans had already admitted defeat. As debate proceeded in the House, the Senate voted 68-31 to approve a full-year bill free of contentious immigration provisions. Some House Republicans predicted that they would eventually end up doing the same...
  • IF THE FCC’S ‘NET NEUTRALITY’ PLAN IS SO GREAT, WHY CAN’T ANYONE SEE IT?

    02/27/2015 6:08:33 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 30 replies
    Patriot Rising ^ | 2/27/2015 | Paul Joseph Watson
    And why are liberals endorsing this huge threat to online freedom? If the FCC’s plan to “protect” net neutrality and reign in the power of greedy corporations is so fantastic, then why haven’t its 332 pages been released for public consumption? In a vote tomorrow, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to reclassify the Internet as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Despite this mammoth change in the function of the web, no Congressional debate took place, no bills were introduced and no legislation was signed. The vast majority of Americans are unaware that this is...
  • The Internet: Nothing lasts forever, say goodbye

    02/27/2015 5:41:51 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 50 replies
    Potent News ^ | 2/26/2015 | Shepard Ambellas
    WASHINGTON D.C. (INTELLIHUB) — Thursday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on and approved the end of the Internet as we know it. That’s right the ‘information superhighway’ has just been obliterated by the passage of “Net Neutrality” which allows the FCC to regulate the once free and independent Internet. Essentially it’s like putting a person or a checkpoint between point A and point B in which one may eventually have to check in with. Call me a conspiracy theorist but that would be a “gatekeeper” which proponents of the plan promised wouldn’t exist. Although this analogy may seem far-fetched...
  • Tax Refunds to the poor - Huge amounts being refunded

    02/27/2015 5:09:18 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 41 replies
    Bank info | 27 February 2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    First hand knowledge fact: The lower socioeconomic (lower income) folks are coming into the banks now with $6-8k refund checks the amount and volume of which are unprecedented. Some don't even have children. Don't know quite how this is happening, but it IS happening. Many are spending all of the money within a month. I am sorry, can not give specifics as peoples' jobs would be jeopardized.
  • Verizon’s Mocking Response To The FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote Is Perfect

    02/27/2015 4:59:25 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies
    the Daily Caller ^ | 2-26-2015 | Giuseppi Marci
    Verizon released the perfect response to the FCC’s Thursday passage of the most aggressive Internet regulations in history. The telecommunications provider took advantage of “Throwback Thursday” — a social media hashtag used to denote old photographs shared online — to make a sarcastic political statement expressing its dissent with the FCC’s decision to regulate broadband Internet service providers like public utility telephone companies. Thursday’s regulatory proposal is based on authority established in the 1930s to break up telephone monopolies by regulating them as public utilities. In “honor” of that history, Verizon published its response in old typewriter text, and dated...
  • Crime Does Pay…Illegals With Three Kids Will Collect $35,000

    02/27/2015 4:56:29 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 6 replies
    Red Statements ^ | 2/26/2015 | Stephen Ahle
    The old adage that says “Crime Doesn’t Pay” is no longer operable. Illegal aliens who have invaded the country will be the beneficiaries of your tax dollars once their work permits and Social Security cards are approved. The IRS in their infinite wisdom (My tongue is planted firmly in my cheek) has decided that illegal aliens will be able to collect a fortune from US taxpayers even though they haven’t paid a penny in taxes themselves. A family of three would be eligible for just over $35,000. It’s bad enough that these criminals are allowed to stay here against duly...
  • Lawless: Treasury throws unauthorized $3 billion to insurers under Obamacare, won’t say why

    02/27/2015 3:42:34 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2-16-15 | Noah Rothman
    It’s right there in the Constitution: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” Which is why this latest episode of lawlessness from the administration so particularly galling. “The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations,” The...
  • Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (but Google has a good idea)

    02/26/2015 11:15:26 PM PST · by hreardon · 37 replies
    The Register UK ^ | February 26th, 2015 | Kieren McCarthy
    Despite getting the green light, the exact rules have not been revealed and will remain a mystery for some unspecified length of time. "We will publish the order on our website as soon as next two steps are completed," said FCC chairman Tom Wheeler when quizzed after the vote. "First, we have to get the dissents in, and second have to look at those dissents - and we are required to be responsive to the dissents. Then we will put it on the web. And at that point also file it with the Federal Register." He refused to give a...
  • Apple will appeal $533 million patent infringement verdict

    02/26/2015 8:20:31 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 123 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | Mike Flacy
    Loosely referencing Smartflash’s dubious moniker as a patent troll, Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said “Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented. We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system.” Speaking to Bloomberg about the decision, Rutgers University law professor Michael Carrier said “This award won’t hold up. If there’s a large verdict in the...
  • North American oil production continues to increase

    02/26/2015 7:19:09 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    permianshale.com ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | Zach Koppang
    The world’s largest oil exporters were not pleased with latest news coming from U.S. oil and gas producers: oil production keeps on rising.
  • Dear FCC: Thanks for Listening to Team Internet!

    02/26/2015 3:43:07 PM PST · by NewHampshireDuo · 51 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | 26 February, 2015 | J. Gillula and Mitch Stoltz
    Today the FCC voted three to two to reclassify broadband Internet access as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act, and forbear from the parts of the Act that aren’t necessary for net neutrality rules. This reclassification gives the FCC the authority to enact (and enforce) narrow, clear rules which will help keep the Internet the open platform it is today. As expected, the FCC’s new rules forbid ISPs from charging Internet users for special treatment on their networks. It will also reach interconnection between ISPs and transit providers or edge services, allowing the FCC to...
  • Byron Allen Goes To War With Sharpton, Obama, Comcast For Future Of Black Media

    02/26/2015 3:28:14 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/26/15 | Patrick Howley
    Legendary TV talk show host Byron Allen is taking on Al Sharpton, President Obama, and the most powerful media corporations in the world in a battle to spotlight the crisis at the heart of American race relations. It’s a daunting mission. But for some reason he doesn’t sound scared... Allenjoined with the National Association of African-American Owned Media to file a $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit this week against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Sharpton’s National Action Network, the NAACP, the Urban League, and former FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker. Allen and his fellow plaintiff also filed a $10 billion suit...