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  • Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

    07/02/2015 3:51:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | July 2, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT, REBECCA DOWNS
    Earlier this month, LifeNews.com reported on a high school in Seattle, Washington that is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control and doing so without parental knowledge or permission.The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young teen in Seattle canÂ’t get a coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her uterus, which can unknowingly kill her unborn child immediately after conception. Or, if she uses another method, she can increase her chances of health risks for...
  • Petition to Amazon: Remove Che Guevara

    07/02/2015 2:46:14 PM PDT · by mrdarklight · 27 replies
    change.org ^ | 7/2/2015 | Rob H.
    Hi folks, Owing to the recent removal of Confederate flags on Amazon, I decided to call them on it. I created a petition on change.org to call for them to remove all material related to Che Guevara, the Cuban Communist activist/terrorist. I personally don't care for the Confederate flag, but as a conservative, I don't think it's my place to decide what people fly in their yards, or wherever they want. That's not the American way. So if we are going to ban the Confederate flag, we should ban works that are far more destructive, like T-shirts and posters glorifying...
  • CMS’ Secretive Settlement: $1.3 billion in improper hospital claims paid out

    07/02/2015 1:21:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | July 2, 2015 2:00 pm | Joe Schoffstall
    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services secretly paid out over a billion dollars in improper hospital claims earlier last month, despite auditors labeling them unnecessary previously. The payments, which were quietly announced on June 1 by CMS, totaled $1.3 billion and involved 1,900 hospitals and 300,000 claims that had been already denied by CMS auditors on two different levels as medically unnecessary. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals settled hundreds of thousands of appeals for 68 cents on the dollar. The money used to cover the claims will be taken from the...
  • United flight bound for DC is diverted to Ohio (tr)

    07/02/2015 12:15:09 PM PDT · by dware · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07.02.2015 | Sophie Jane Evans
    FULL TITLE: United flight bound for DC is diverted to Ohio after female passenger 'makes threatening comments about a bomb' A United Airlines flight from Missouri to Washington D.C. was diverted to Ohio on Thursday after a female passenger allegedly made threatening comments about a bomb while on board the plane. United Express Flight 3342 had set off from St Louis at around 8.50am and was traveling to the nation's capital when the flier, described as being 'in her fifties', made the remarks, officials said. The flight crew alerted the pilot, who decided to take action and the aircraft was...
  • Scott Walker files papers to run for president

    07/02/2015 11:36:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 2, 2015 | By Mary Spicuzza
    Gov. Scott Walker is making it official that he is running for president — sort of. Wisconsin's Republican governor filed papers with the Federal Election Commission Thursday "after hearing from countless Americans" during his testing the waters stage, an aide said. "While I have not yet announced whether I will be a candidate for President of the United States, I have received contributions of more than $5,000 within the last 15 days," Walker wrote in a Thursday letter to the FEC. "Should I formally announce, I will seek the Republican nomination for the office of President of the United States...
  • 'Buck Naked, People Doing Sex': Families Furious at Hollywood Hills Airbnb 'Campsite'

    07/02/2015 10:24:53 AM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 22 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | July 2, 2015 | Michael Larkin and Gadi Schwartz
    Families in an affluent Hollywood Hills community are outraged after claiming to see people openly drinking and having sex on a campsite being rented out in their community. Advertised through the Airbnb website, the site is advertised as a "Hollywood Hills Camping Retreat" on La Punta Drive, but sits in middle of a multimillion-dollar neighborhood. For the cost of $40 per night — or $800 a month — people get a tent, spectacular views and are within short walking distance of the Hollywood sign. The listing appeared to have been taken down as of Thursday morning. But people living in...
  • Billionaire to billionaire: Carlos Slim cuts ties with Donald Trump

    07/02/2015 10:02:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 64 replies
    Business Review USA ^ | 7/2/14 | Rebecca Castrejon
    The richest businessman in Mexico, Carlos Slim, has cut ties with Donald Trump after the latter offended Mexicans during his speech announcing his run for the presidency of the United States. The magnates were going to launch a television mega project with Larry King, named Ora TV, which would be a producing company financed by America Movil. The partnership is over as of June 29 after Trump carried on offending the neighboring country. Slim’s spokesperson, and son-in-law, Arturo Elias, stated: “Working with someone that narrow-minded was not going to work out.” He added that the comments were racist, especially when...
  • Jindal Angers Hollywood Producers by Axing Louisiana’s Film Tax Credits

    07/02/2015 9:59:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/02/2015 | Jon Hartley
    Last week, before Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal declared himself a 2016 presidential candidate, the governor quietly signed legislation into law that caps state tax credits for film in the state at $180 million per year that will save the state $77 million annually — a wise move, given that the Louisiana government currently faces a $1.3 billion budget deficit. In response, Hollywood producers have threatened to take their film projects to states that offer larger film tax credits, such as Georgia. Capping film tax credits is a new position for Governor Jindal. He has largely been supportive of tax credits,...
  • America's Current Jobs Picture: Part-Time Jobs Surge By 161,000; Full-Time Jobs Tumble By 349,000

    07/02/2015 9:05:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/02/2015 | Tyler Durden
    While the kneejerk reaction algos were focusing on the +223K jobs number reported by the Establishment Survey, few if anyone notched that the Household survey reported a decline of 56,000 workers in June. But what's worse, is that according to this survey which according to some is far more reliable than its peer, the composition of the US labor force once again deteriorated rapidly with part-time jobs added in June surging by 161,000 while the number of full time jobs tumbled by 349,000. Putting this number in context, while the total number of US workers has long since surpassed its...
  • Train Carrying Toxic Gas Derails in Tennessee

    07/02/2015 8:38:46 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 2 July 2015 | Dow Jones Business News
    A tank car containing a hazardous flammable chemical derailed and caught fire just south of Knoxville, Tenn., causing the evacuation of 5,000 residents within a two-mile radius of the crash. The train was traveling to Waycross, Ga., from Cincinnati, Ohio, when a single tank car derailed and caught fire around midnight in the area of Maryville, Tenn., rail operator CSX Corp. said in a statement. No civilians were injured by the fumes, but 10 law enforcement officers helping with the evacuation were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for exposure to the fumes, said Marian O'Briant, spokeswoman for...
  • June jobs report: 223K added, but 432K left workforce, April-May revised down 60K

    07/02/2015 8:18:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/02/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    If you like topline numbers, you’ll like the June jobs report, issued a day early because of the Independence Day headline. The US economy added 223,000 jobs in June, a respectable if unspectacular level of job growth that outpaces population growth, and the U-3 jobless rate dropped to 5.3%. It’s when one looks past the topline numbers that the problems emerge — chief among them the fact that almost twice as many people left the workforce as found jobs: Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau...
  • US adds 223K jobs in June [but don't get excited]

    07/02/2015 8:17:31 AM PDT · by upchuck · 5 replies
    the hill ^ | July 2, 2015 | Vicki Needham
    U.S. employers added 223,000 jobs in June as the economy maintained a steady if an underwhelming pace of growth, the Labor Department reported on Thursday. The unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent last month — a seven-year low — from 5.5 in May, but only because people stopped looking for work, sending the labor force participation rate down to a 38-year low. While jobs growth is maintaining a steady pace — 221,000 jobs on average were added over the past three months — there was some disappointing data. There were 60,000 fewer jobs created in April and May than initially...
  • Google apologizes for misidentifying a black couple as gorillas in Photos app

    07/02/2015 8:16:50 AM PDT · by dware · 37 replies
    Digital Trends via Fox News ^ | 07.02.2015 | Enid Burns
    As impressive as facial recognition software is, it isn't perfect, and sometimes algorithm errors can lead to unintended consequences. Google discovered this in what's possibly one of the worst scenarios a company could face: Its new Photos app incorrectly labeled a black couple as "gorillas." Google Photos has the ability to automatically tag images, using photo comparisons, big data, and other methods the intelligence software learns over time. But its accuracy is not always successful. While mistakes are unintentional, Google is facing backlash for this particular error's racist connotations, the BBC reports.
  • Hillary Emails: 2009 Iran Hostage Case Got Special Attention After Push from Clinton Confidante

    07/02/2015 8:10:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-2-15 | Bridget Johnson
    As the families of U.S. hostages currently held in Iran have struggled for years to rally the determination to bring their loved ones home, newly released emails from the former secretary of State reveal the infuriating truth that those with connections get their case raised to the top. In 2009, Iason Athanasiadis was covering the protests of the disputed election win of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Mir-Hossein Mousavi for the Washington Times. The Greek citizen was detained by Iranian authorities on June 17, 2009, as he tried to fly out of the country. Athanasiadis was thrown in Evin prison and released...
  • Little to cheer about in June jobs report: Even has Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.3%

    07/02/2015 8:07:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/02/2015 | Rick Moran
    The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in June, and the "official" unemployment rate dropped from 5.5% to 5.3%.  But the labor force participation rate dropped to a 38-year low, and there were 60,000 fewer jobs created in April and May after adjustments.  It's absolutely amazing that four years after the supposed "recovery" began, more people have stopped looking for work than ever. The Hill: The number of people in the labor force fell by 432,000, a reason for the lower jobless rate, while 56,000 fewer people were employed, sending the participation rate down to 62.6 percent, the lowest level...
  • Robot Kills Technician At German VW Plant

    07/02/2015 7:44:05 AM PDT · by palmer · 91 replies
    Manufacturing.net ^ | Wed, 07/01/2015 - 5:08pm | Andy Szal, Digital Reporter
    A technician died from injuries sustained while working on a robot at Volkswagen's factory in Kessel, Germany, according to media reports. The reports indicated that two men, who worked for an outside contractor, were installing the robot when the mechanism struck one of them in the chest and pressed him against a metal plate. The 21-year-old man, who was working within the metal safety cage confining the robot, later died from the accident. His co-worker was outside the metal cage and unharmed. Prosecutors are investigating the incident. Volkswagen officials said that the robot did not have a technical defect and...
  • The Greeks Invented Mathematics, and Now It’s Bankrupting Them

    07/02/2015 7:39:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/02/2015 | Kevin Williamson
    In the short term, the world runs on words; in the long term, the world runs on numbers. It is as though the Muses came to an agreement: In the here and now, mankind is subject to rhetoric, but mathematics gets the final say. In Athens, in San Juan, in Detroit, in Sacramento, in Springfield, and, soon enough, in Washington, Mathematics is arousing herself from her torpor, and she is cranky as hell. The long term is here. Greece has defaulted on its sovereign debt, and its banks have been shut down. Television viewers accustomed to watching a few odd...
  • US train carrying toxic chemicals derails and catches fire causing mass evacuation

    07/02/2015 6:07:21 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 2 2015 | KATE PICKLES
    A train carrying toxic chemicals has derailed and caught fire causing thousands of people to be evacuated. More 5,000 people have been forced to leave their homes after a train with 'highly flammable and toxic gas' derailed and caught fire near Knoxville, Tennessee. Seven police officers were taken to hospital after breathing in fumes from the blaze, while fire-fighters in gas masks have been going from door to door to evacuate residents. As many as three cars derailed, Blount County Sheriff's spokeswoman Marian O'Briant said. Local fire authorities ordered a one-mile evacuation, and Hazmat crews responded to the scene. 'Evacuation...
  • Massive Crowd! Bernie Sanders Rally Fills 10,000-Seat Stadium in Madison (Commies)

    07/02/2015 5:46:35 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/02/15
    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders touted his progressive credentials before his largest crowd to date Wednesday night as he pushed his campaign into Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s backyard. Sanders packed the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, filling its 10,000 seats to show his bid to snatch the Democratic nomination from front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t a longshot after all.
  • Outrage as Twitter reveals just 49 of its 3,000 US employees are black [1.7%]

    07/02/2015 5:20:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/2/15 | MIA DE GRAAF
    Twitter only has 49 black employees - out of 2,910 staff members in America. The 35 men and 14 women account for just 1.7 per cent of the firm's US operation, which is 93.8 per cent white or Asian. It represents a stark lack of progress since last year, when senior executives promised to boost their number of African American staff from 2 per cent.
  • Dollar firms before payrolls, Greece unease simmers

    07/02/2015 3:22:23 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 9 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Jul 2, 2015 | Marc Jones
    LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar was near a three-week high on Thursday and world stock markets had a delicate feel, as the implication of U.S. jobs data later for a possible Fed rate hike added to Europe's uncertainty over Greece. Chinese shares also remained in focus as they suffered another heavy tumble overnight to take their loses over the last six weeks to 25 percent, countering otherwise solid performances in the rest of Asia's main centres.Europe's main bourses in London, Frankfurt and Paris and Milan opened largely flat having rallied on Wednesday but the mood remained skittish after hopes of...
  • America’s Crumbling Infrastructure?

    07/02/2015 12:25:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 25 replies
    Most politicians and transportation interest groups claim that America’s infrastructure is in bad shape. At a recent House Ways and Means Committee hearing, Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said our roads and bridges are in “a sorry state.” At the same hearing Bill Graves, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, reported, “Two-thirds of highways are in poor or mediocre condition.” These statements are reinforced every time we drive over a pothole on the way to work. So it’s no surprise that many people think most roads in the United States are of poor quality. However, government statistics tell a...
  • 11 Juicy Nuggets from the latest batch of Hillary Clinton Emails

    07/01/2015 11:54:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7-1-15 | Chuck Ross
    A bold-faced political hatchet job, a mysterious memo, a bad pun and a predictable dig at Fox News. Those are just some of the enlightening tidbits contained in the 3,000 pages of Hillary Clinton emails released late Tuesday. The exchanges, which span the period between March 2009 and December 2009, show that Clinton maintained a relatively tight-knit circle of State Department aides who worked to plan schedules, arrange secure phone calls and draft speeches. They also show that Clinton corresponded more frequently than previously known with her longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal. Here are 11 of the most interesting snippets from...
  • California Is A Microcosm Of American Mediocrity

    07/01/2015 10:31:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Investors' Business Daily ^ | 7-1-15 | Victor Davis Hansen
    California keeps reminding us what has gone astray with America in recent years. The state is in the midst of a crippling four-year-old drought. Yet it has built almost no major northern or central mountain reservoirs since the New Melones Dam of 1979. That added nearly 3 million acre-feet to the state's storage reserves — a critical project that was almost canceled by endless environmental lawsuits and protests. Although California has almost doubled in population since the dam's construction, its politicians apparently decided that completing more northern and Sierra Nevada water projects was passe. So the parched state now prays...
  • Donald Trump Using Local Tech Company for Pres­idential Bid

    07/01/2015 7:43:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    KSAT ^ | Cory Smith
    Low overhead, previous rela­tionship leads to Gile­s-Parscale selectionDonald Trump made his bid for the White House official Monday after filing the necessary paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission. In Iowa, Donald Trump takes his show on the road Donald Trump says he's running for president in 2016 The billionaire business mogul's campaign has ties to San Antonio. His campaign website, donaldjtrump.com, was designed by Giles-Parscale, a local web design and web marketing firm. "I think a lot of people are surprised when they find out that we work with Trump in San Antonio, and that we have that type of...
  • 4 Times Donald Trump’s Companies Declared Bankruptcy

    07/01/2015 6:27:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    Vanity Fair | 7/1 | Bryan Hood
    4 Times Donald Trump’s Companies Declared Bankruptcy (Link only, per FR policy)
  • Netflix hit with 'cloud tax' as Chicago targets online consumers

    07/01/2015 5:26:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 60 replies
    fortune ^ | july 1, 2015 | jeff john roberts
    Chicago officials are taking an aggressive new tax approach. Consumers will now have to pay 9% on Netflix, Amazon Web Services and more. Chicago is marking Independence Day this year with fireworks, hot dogs – and sweeping new tax rules that require companies to collect a 9% levy every time consumers use streaming and cloud services such as Netflix or Amazon Web Services. The rules, which went into effect today, came about after city officials expanded the interpretation of existing amusement and property lease taxes to encompass cloud-based technologies. According to lawyers at ReedSmith, which flagged the new rules in a blog post,...
  • Vandals sever another Internet backbone cable in California

    07/01/2015 3:46:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    pcworld.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | janes Niccolai
    Someone hacked through yet another fiber optic cable in the San Francisco Bay area early Tuesday morning, continuing a rash of incidents that have disrupted Internet traffic and vexed law enforcement officials. The latest attack occurred at around 4.30 am Pacific Time near the town of Livermore, about 50 miles east of San Francisco. Someone climbed down a manhole cover there and cut through several fiber optic cables, according to several reports. The FBI is investigating. The cables are operated by backbone providers such as Level 3 Communications, which sell capacity to other cable and Internet providers. The cables carry...
  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed Pledges Entire $32 Bn Fortune to Charity

    07/01/2015 2:06:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Wednesday, July 01, 2015
    Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal on Wednesday pledged his entire $32-billion (28.8-billion-euro) fortune to charitable projects over the coming years. He said in a statement that the "philanthropic pledge will help build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world." He said the donation "will be allocated according to a well-devised plan throughout the coming years" but stressed there was no time limit on when the donation would be spent.
  • Leaked: What’s in Obama’s trade deal

    07/01/2015 1:32:29 PM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | July 1, 2015 | Michael Grumwald
    A recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal would give U.S. pharmaceutical firms unprecedented protections against competition from cheaper generic drugs, possibly transcending the patent protections in U.S. law. POLITICO has obtained a draft copy of TPP’s intellectual property chapter as it stood on May 11, at the start of the latest negotiating round in Guam. While U.S. trade officials would not confirm the authenticity of the document, they downplayed its importance, emphasizing that the terms of the deal are likely to change significantly as the talks enter their final stages. Those terms are still secret, but the public...
  • Banks: Card Breach at Trump Hotel Properties

    07/01/2015 12:47:38 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 11 replies
    KrebsOnSecurity ^ | 07/01/2015 | Krebs
    The Trump Hotel Collection, a string of luxury hotel properties tied to business magnate and now Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, appears to be the latest victim of a credit card breach, according to data shared by several U.S.-based banks. Contacted regarding reports from sources at several banks who traced a pattern of fraudulent debit and credit card charges to accounts that had all been used at Trump hotels, the company declined multiple requests for comment. But sources in the financial industry say they have little doubt that Trump properties in several U.S. locations — including Chicago, Honolulu, Las Vegas,...
  • GOP leaders to leave arena, prevailing wage out of budget

    07/01/2015 10:33:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-1-15 | Jason Stein
    Madison— Republican legislative leaders kick-started the stalled Wisconsin budget Wednesday by leaving two controversial pieces out of the bill and brokering a deal on a third piece to hold down state borrowing for highways. Though GOP lawmakers are again moving ahead on the budget and scheduling a key committee vote for Thursday, the way ahead remains murky. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said he didn't have the support yet to pass the budget bill yet in his house and he and Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) could not give a firm timeline for passing out of the budget a financing...
  • Teen Leads Mob In Ransacking Of Georgia Walmart [VIDEO IS IN!]

    07/01/2015 10:19:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 98 replies
    www.thesmokinggun.com ^ | 06-30-2015 | Staff
    JUNE 30--Led by a teenage boy throwing gang signs, a mob of vandals descended on a Walmart store in Georgia early Sunday and trashed the business in a reported attempt to “see how much damage they could cause,” police allege. During the 1:45 AM ransacking of the Walmart in Macon, rioters pulled a patron from an electric wheelchair and dragged him to the floor, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office report. As seen below, a Walmart surveillance camera recorded the vandals racing through store aisles. Investigators say that a “crowd of 40-50 individuals consisting of black males and females”...
  • Girl Scouts Raise $250K for Transgender Cause

    07/01/2015 10:18:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7-1-15 | Christine Niles
    A Girl Scouts troop in the state of Washington has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the caveat that it could not be used to support transgender scouts. In an interview Tuesday, Megan Ferland, CEO of the Girls Scouts of Western Washington, said, "Girl Scouts is for every girl, and that is every girl regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion. Every girl is every girl." This includes boys who think they're girls. The Girl Scouts claim their policy is one of "inclusivity," and they welcome transgender scouts, and in fact have several such members...
  • U.S. debt headed toward Greek levels [Psalms 9:17]

    07/01/2015 9:11:48 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/30/2015 | Jason Russell
    United States' projected debt over the next 25 years looks a lot like Greece's over the past 25. With all the chaos unravelling in Greece, Congress would be wise to do what it takes to avoid reaching Greek debt levels. But it's not a matter of sticking to the status quo and avoiding bad decisions that would put the budget on a Greek-like path, because the budget is on that path already. A quarter-century ago, Greek debt levels were roughly 75 percent of Greece's economy — about equal to what the U.S. has now. As of 2014, Greek debt...
  • Donald Trump: It was my decision to cut off ties with Macy's

    07/01/2015 8:38:48 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/01/2015 | Ashley Lutz
    Minutes after Macy's announced it was severing business ties with Donald Trump, the real-estate mogul and GOP presidential candidate said it was his decision to leave Macy's. Macy's and Trump cut ties in the days 700,000 people signed on to a petition calling for his ouster. "I have decided to terminate my relationship with Macy’s because of the pressure being put on them by outside sources," Trump said in a statement provided by his campaign. "While selling Trump ties and shirts at Macy’s is a small business in terms of dollar volume, my principles are far more important and therefore...
  • TV Land Pulls ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Off the Air

    07/01/2015 8:38:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/01/15 | Kipp Jones
    A week after Warner Bros. announced it would halt the production of all merchandise featuring the Confederate flag on General Lee, the iconic car from The Dukes of Hazzard, the show has inexplicably disappeared from TV Land’s lineup. WB announced the move as major retailers Walmart, Amazon, eBay, and Sears all introduced bans on the sale of Confederate flag merchandise in the wake of Dylann Roof’s Charleston, SC shooting rampage at a black church. “Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof —...
  • Greek Debt Crisis: How Goldman Sachs Helped Greece to Mask its True Debt

    07/01/2015 7:45:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 02/08/2010 | By Beat Balzli
    Goldman Sachs helped the Greek government to mask the true extent of its deficit with the help of a derivatives deal that legally circumvented the EU Maastricht deficit rules. At some point the so-called cross currency swaps will mature, and swell the country's already bloated deficit. Greeks aren't very welcome in the Rue Alphones Weicker in Luxembourg. It's home to Eurostat, the European Union's statistical office. The number crunchers there are deeply annoyed with Athens. Investigative reports state that important data "cannot be confirmed" or has been requested but "not received." Creative accounting took priority when it came to totting...
  • Macy's dumps Donald Trump

    07/01/2015 7:43:08 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/01/2015 | MJ Lee
    Macy's is pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from its stores after the Republican presidential candidate's recent controversial remarks created a public uproar. The department store has come under intense pressure to cut ties with the real estate magnate and businessman after he referred to immigrants from Mexico and other countries "killers and rapists." In a statement Wednesday morning, Macy's said the company "stands for diversity" and that it had no tolerance for discrimination. "We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans,...
  • Oklahoma court rules earthquake victim can sue oil companies

    07/01/2015 7:40:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-30-15 | Yeganeh Torbati
    An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state's highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state's energy companies. Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic spike in earthquakes in the last five years, and researchers have blamed the oil and gas industry's practice of injecting massive volumes of saltwater left over from oil and gas drilling. The state saw nearly 600 quakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in 2014, compared to just one or two per year prior to 2009, according...
  • Obama Promises That Events In Greece And Puerto Rico Will Not Cause A Global Financial Crisis

    07/01/2015 7:36:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    End of the Amercian Dream ^ | 06/30/15 | Michael Snyder
    Barack Obama says that we shouldn’t be alarmed by what is happening over in Greece. On Tuesday, he told reporters that this “is an issue primarily of concern to Europe” and that “I think the markets have properly factored in the risks involved“. And apparently Obama is not too concerned about the debt crisis in Puerto Rico either. In fact, the Obama administration has already completely ruled out any sort of federal bailout for the island. Barack Obama is assuring us that everything is going to be just fine and that we are not headed for another global financial crisis....
  • Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Says Economy Is Nearing “Full Unemployment” …

    07/01/2015 7:05:30 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 06/30/15 | Jim Hoft
    Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Says Economy Is Nearing “Full Unemployment” …Real Unemployment Closer to 42.9% Jim Hoft Jun 30th, 2015 5:42 pm 19 Comments According to the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis the labor participation rate is at its lowest point since the Carter years. fred labor part rate Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer told a an audience at England’s Oxford University this week that the US economy is nearing “full unemployment.” Reuters reported: The U.S. economy probably bounced back to an annual growth rate of around 2.5 percent in the second quarter, and the labor market is...
  • FBI Cancels ALL VACATIONS For Agents Over 4th of July Weekend

    07/01/2015 6:59:06 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 06/30/15 | Jim Hoft
    The FBI has canceled all vacations for agents over the 4th of July weekend. According to our inside source — FBI agents are telling their friends and family members to avoid “official celebrations.” Fox News reported Monday evening on Special Report that the FBI is setting up command centers around the country to prepare for possible terror attacks on the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
  • Iowa poll: Trump takes second place behind Gov. Walker

    07/01/2015 6:48:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    CBS 58 ^ | July 1, 2015 | Dana Bishop
    CNN - Whatever New Hampshire saw in Donald Trump, it looks like Iowa is seeing it too. After taking second place in the latest New Hampshire polls, Trump is also claiming the silver in Iowa -- where he traveled hot off his announcement -- claiming 10% of support among likely caucus-goers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continues to lead the Republican field in the Hawkeye state with 18%, while Ben Carson tied with Trump for second. Walker has yet to announce he is running for president, but is expected to launch his campaign...
  • U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

    07/01/2015 6:39:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/01/15 | Daniel Trotta and Lesley Wroughton
    HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba are set to announce the restoration of diplomatic relations on Wednesday, the result of a two-year courtship between former Cold War rivals who severed ties in 1961. The chief of the U.S. interests section in Havana will report to Cuban foreign ministry around 9 a.m. (0900 ET) to deliver a letter from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro. Obama will then speak at 11 a.m. (1100 ET) from the White House's ceremonial Rose Garden. It was unknown whether Castro would reciprocate with comments of his own. Following 18 months...
  • Puerto Rico's Financial Crisis Is U.S.' Crisis, Too

    07/01/2015 6:33:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/01/2015
    With the financial world transfixed by Greece's debt-driven meltdown, Puerto Rico announces it can't pay its $73 billion in debt. Once again, we're learning that welfare statism is no replacement for fiscal responsibility. Compared to Greece's $353 billion in debt, Puerto Rico's $73 billion doesn't sound so big. On a per capita basis, it's about a third less. But appearances deceive. Puerto Rico is in deep, owing actually much more than that amount. We learned this after a report on Monday, co-authored by former International Monetary Fund No. 2 Anne Krueger, revealed the island's finances are a shambles. The devastating...
  • Steve Forbes Pens Open Letter to Greek Leaders; Greece Can Teach The World A Needed Lesson

    07/01/2015 6:29:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Pappas Post ^ | 03/05/2015 | BY GREGORY PAPPAS
    Former US Presidential candidate and publisher of Forbes Magazine, Steve Forbes, used the platform of his magazine to pen an open letter to the prime minister and finance minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis. The full text of his letter appears below. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Prime Minister Tsipras and Finance Minister Varoufakis: You may have won a four-month reprieve of sorts from your creditors, but your situation is desperate, and everyone knows it, most particularly Europe’s paymasters, the Germans. As you just painfully learned, your ability to blackmail your creditors is a fraction of what it once was. Businesses,...
  • Helium leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles reveals giant rift

    07/01/2015 6:24:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 58 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/30/15 | Mark Prigg
    A huge fault in the Earth's crust near Los Angeles is leaking helium, researchers have found. They say the unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. It reveals the fault is far deeper than previously thought, and a quake would be far more devastating. It follows a report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned the risk of 'the big one' hitting California has increased dramatically.
  • Leaked: What's in Obama's trade deal [TPP's intellectual property - Big Pharma]

    07/01/2015 6:08:52 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/01/2015 | Michael Grunwald
    A recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal would give U.S. pharmaceutical firms unprecedented protections against competition from cheaper generic drugs, possibly transcending the patent protections in U.S. law. POLITICO has obtained a draft copy of TPP’s intellectual property chapter as it stood on May 11, at the start of the latest negotiating round in Guam. While U.S. trade officials would not confirm the authenticity of the document, they downplayed its importance, emphasizing that the terms of the deal are likely to change significantly as the talks enter their final stages. Those terms are still secret, but the public...
  • Yellen says the Fed will be less predictable

    07/01/2015 4:57:07 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 27 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | February 25, 2015 | Joanna Campione
    ...Federal Reserve chair told the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday the central bank is in no hurry to raise interest rates. Yellen once again stressed the word "patience." On Wednesday, she appears before the House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee. Yellen talked about a solid and improving economy but also about disappointing labor force participation and anemic wage growth. She said it would be several months before the Fed would boost rates. Stocks soared on the news with both the S&P 500 and Dow closing at record highs. The Nasdaq also saw healthy gains and is now less than 1%...