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  • SpaceX puts Dragon passenger spaceship through test run [Video]

    05/07/2015 2:11:01 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Reuters ^ | Wed May 6, 2015 4:44pm EDT | Irene Klotz
    (Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies' passenger spaceship made a quick debut test flight on Wednesday, shooting itself off a Florida launch pad to demonstrate a key emergency escape system. The 20 foot- (6 meter) tall Dragon capsule, a modified version of the spacecraft that flies cargo to the International Space Station, fired up its eight, side-mounted thruster engines at 9 a.m. EDT to catapult nearly one mile (1.6 km) up and over the Atlantic Ocean. The flight ended less than two minutes later with the capsule's parachute splash-down about 1.4 miles (2.6 km) east of the Cape Canaveral Air...
  • Daimler debuts self-driving semi-truck

    05/07/2015 2:03:40 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Japan Times ^ | May 6, 2015 | Japan Times
    Daimler debuts self-driving semi-truck Its name is “Inspiration,” and Daimler Trucks says it is the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads — in this case Nevada’s highways — not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving big rig Tuesday night with a drive — and a driver steering — atop the Hoover Dam on the Nevada-Arizona border. Taking a line from astronaut Neil Armstrong, Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard of Daimler Trucks and Buses told the crowd bused to the site from Las Vegas for the news conference that they were...
  • U.S. to sell 17 Ospreys for GSDF

    05/07/2015 1:58:27 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Japan Times ^ | May 7, 2015 | JIJI, Kyodo
    WASHINGTON – The United States plans to sell 17 V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor military transport aircraft, associated equipment, parts and logistical support to Japan for an estimated cost of $3 billion, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Tuesday. The agency said it delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The associated equipment requested by the Japanese government includes 40 engines and 40 infrared radars, according to the agency. Japan plans to assign 17 Ospreys to the Ground Self-Defense Force by fiscal 2018.
  • Maersk Tigris: Iran 'releases' seized cargo ship

    05/07/2015 1:40:54 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | 2015-05-07 | BBC
    Iran has released a container ship it seized in the Strait of Hormuz last week, state media report. A source at Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation was quoted by the official Iran news agency as saying that the Maersk Tigris "was free to leave". The Marshall Islands-flagged ship and its crew of 24 were intercepted by Iranian patrol boats on the 28 April.
  • Flash Crash trader: 'I did nothing wrong'

    05/07/2015 1:36:40 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 May 2015 | BBC
    A UK trader accused of contributing to the 2010 Wall Street "flash crash" has protested his innocence in court, saying he did not "do anything wrong". Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, has been charged with wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation by the US Justice Department (DOJ). Mr Sarao denies the charges but was remanded in custody for the third time after failing to raise Ł5.05m in bail. His lawyers' request that bail be lowered to Ł50,000 was refused.
  • Hopeless in America [Why are we bringing sand to the beach?]

    05/07/2015 1:34:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Front Page ^ | May 7, 2015 | Michael Cutler, retired Senior Special Agent of the former INS
    When he came to office, not unlike other politicians, Obama made many promises. Nearly every promise he made has remained unfulfilled — with one exception: The promise that “change has come to America.” My dad used to tell me that nothing was so good it could not be better or be so bad it could not get worse. Things have indeed gotten worse, much worse, and it would appear that there is no bottom as to how far we may ultimately fall at the hands of an administration and politicians from both sides of the aisle, who only care about...
  • GAO: Gov’t waste of natural gas costing taxpayers millions

    05/06/2015 7:39:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2015 6:09 PM EDT | Hope Yen
    Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office also said the Bureau of Land Management failed to conduct production inspections for hundreds of high-priority oil and gas wells—roughly 1 out of 5—to ensure full payment of royalties to the U.S. The report, obtained by The Associated Press before its public release, is the latest to highlight substantial gaps in oversight. An AP review of government records last May found the agency,...
  • McDonald’s Brings Back The Hamburglar And We Aren’t Sure How To Feel

    05/06/2015 4:10:31 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 53 replies
    Consumerist ^ | May 6, 2015
    Upon hearing buzz that McDonald’s has brought back that scamp the Hamburglar to network TV after a 13-year hiatus, ostensibly in Burger Thief Jail, the image of the chubby-cheeked, one-toothed masked beef marauder might come to mind. But lo — the scamp is gone, replaced by a suburban dad with a full set of teeth, a five o’clock shadow on his chiseled jaw and a penchant for red leather high tops and trench coats. “We felt it was time to debut a new look for the Hamburglar after he’s been out of the public eye all these years,” Joel Yashinsky,...
  • Hillary Clinton to Court Donors for Super PAC

    05/06/2015 3:11:50 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5-6-15 | No author
    Hillary Rodham Clinton will begin personally courting donors for a super PAC supporting her candidacy, the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has fully embraced the independent groups that can accept unlimited checks from big donors and are already playing a major role in the 2016 race. Her decision is another escalation in what is expected to be the most expensive presidential campaign in history. Mrs. Clinton’s allies hope that with her support, Priorities USA Action, the top Democratic super PAC, will be able to raise as much as $200 million to $300 million, on par with what the largest...
  • Massive Fire Rages After Another Buffett-Owned Oiltrain Derails In North Dakota, Town Evacuated

    05/06/2015 3:11:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Exactly two months after the latest Warren Buffett-owned BNSF train derailed near the spot where the Galena river meets the Mississippi, resulting in a huge fire and the evacuation of all homes in a one mile radius, moments ago another of Buffett's BNSF oil trains derailed, this time near the town of Heimdal, North Dakota, resulting in the same outcome. According to the Bismark Tribune, the town in Wells County was evacuated Tuesday morning after a train full of oil tanker cars derailed and burned about a mile and half east of here. ... For those concerned that these countless...
  • The Hill-Billy Cash Pump

    05/06/2015 2:03:02 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5-6-15 | Janet Tassel
    Hillary Clinton: We knew her as a grim, charmless harridan; a pear-shaped harpy. Now, after reading Peter Schweizer's new book, Clinton Cash (HarperCollins, New York, May 2015), we see the ultimate Hillary, one of the world's truly scary women. Think Lady Macbeth, Messalina, Evita. Add Bill to the sordid picture and you have Bonnie and Clyde -- elected to high office, and lionized all over the world. We know about Hillary's thousands of missing e-mails and unaccountable donors. What may be less known is how the Clinton double-scam works. Take, first of all, the so-called Clinton Foundation, whose stated purpose...
  • He Didn't Have To But Scott Walker Slams Clinton On Immigration

    05/06/2015 12:30:52 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 6, 2015 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker took aim at Hillary Clinton's latest comments on immigration, saying her "full embrace of amnesty is unfair." He's one of the first Republicans to directly respond to Clinton, which is a difficult issue for many Republicans running for the presidential nomination - or considering a run. His willingness to draw attention to the issue by responding to Clinton indicates that he's going to use the issue to separate himself from not only Clinton, the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination, but more immediately his Republican challengers. On Tuesday, Clinton told a largely Latino audience in...
  • New sanctions in works – against U.S. (Defense related) businesses (by our Middle Eastern Allies)

    05/06/2015 10:58:54 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND ^ | May 05, 2015 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – In an extraordinary move that could mean billions lost to the American economy, Gulf monarchs meeting Tuesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, took a closed-door decision to potentially withhold investments from U.S. military firms if the terms of any final agreement with Iran causes significant harm to the Sunni Arab states. The meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council brought together leaders from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. All of those countries, aside from Oman, participated in the Saudi-led strikes targeting Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. According to a source who took part...
  • Senate set to take up raising Wisconsin speed limit to 70 mph

    05/06/2015 10:13:54 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 5-6-15 | Jason Stein
    The speed limit on some Wisconsin highways would rise to 70 mph, under a proposal coming before the state Senate on Wednesday. The bill would end Wisconsin's status as a lone island of 65 mph limits in the Midwest by increasing the maximum speed on stretches of interstates and some other four-lane highways that have overpasses, underpasses and ramps instead other roads that directly cross traffic on the highway. If passed by the Senate, the proposal would return to the Assembly, which passed a different version of the bill on a bipartisan vote in March. The proposal would mean that...
  • Bill Clinton on Foundation Troubles: 'I Just Work Here. I Don't Know.'

    05/06/2015 9:49:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 5-6-15 | Daniel Halper
    At a Clinton Global Initiative event in Marrakesh, former President Bill Clinton was asked why he isn't defending the Clinton Foundation from increased scrutiny. "I just work here," Clinton replied. "I don't know." The extended question to Clinton came from billionaire Mo Ibrahim who said, "I opened the newspaper and I was shocked to see these attacks on the foundation." The billionaire continued, "I didn't see anybody from the foundation standing up and really having a go at that. I don't know what your board members--I know my daughter [a board member], she's useless. Because you should have stand up...
  • Republicans pass first regular-order Congressional budget since 2009 (2010)

    05/06/2015 9:38:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5-6-15 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans promised to restore order to a dysfunctional Congress in the midterm elections. Yesterday, they delivered on that campaign promise, passing the first regular-order budget framework since 2009. It didn’t come easy, though: The 51-48 vote capped weeks of work by Republican leaders in the House and Senate, who shepherded the blueprint through a messy debate over defense spending that at times threatened to split their conferences. … Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had ripped Democrats for years over their failure to pass a budget, and said Tuesday’s vote shows his GOP majority is getting the Senate working again. “No...
  • Steve Wynn: Economic recovery ‘pure fiction’

    05/06/2015 9:08:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    WND - FWIW ^ | 05-06-2015 | Leo Hohmann
    One of America’s most astute businessmen, known for having expanded the Las Vegas strip of resort hotels and casinos in the 1990s, says the U.S. remains mired in an economic funk and any talk of a broad recovery is “pure fiction. A lie.” Steve Wynn, the 73-year-old founder and CEO of Wynn Resorts, made the comments in a televised interview with Jon Ralston of PBS’ “Ralston Live.” He opened the Wynn Hotel and casino in Macao, China, in 2006, and is known as an international gaming and casino magnate. Wynn’s Macao operation recently reported a 28 percent quarterly loss in...
  • Only 169,000 Jobs Added in April, Says ADP

    05/06/2015 8:57:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 05/06/2015 | Andrew Soergel
    Many economists expected a rebound after last month’s soft jobs numbers, but the ADP National Employment Report released Wednesday shows little sign of such a turnaround. The domestic economy added only 169,000 jobs in April, according to the Wednesday report, and March additions were revised down from an original 189,000 to 175,000. This is the second consecutive month of sub-200,000 job additions, which previously hadn’t happened in a single month since January 2014. Service-providing firms added 170,000 positions last month, with the most pronounced month-over-month gains seen in the professional/business services and trade/transportation/utilities sectors. But goods-producing jobs shed 1,000 positions...
  • Beware of the phantom: ‘New jobs’ hoax

    05/06/2015 8:55:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/06/2015 | John Crudele
    Get ready for another ride on the economic roller coaster. Last week, we got bad news about the economy when it was announced that the US gross domestic product barely rose in the first three months of 2015. And it looks as though the 0.2 percent annualized growth reported by the Commerce Department for the winter months will turn into a contraction when revisions are made at the end of May. Worse, GDP in the second quarter hasn’t gotten much better. The Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow, which tracks the economy in real time, has GDP growing at a wimpy 0.8...
  • Greece introduces cashpoint tax in desperate bid to raise revenue and stop run on banks [tr]

    05/06/2015 8:36:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 5, 2015 | John Hall
    Greece has revealed it is to introduce a surcharge for all cashpoint withdrawals and financial transactions in a desperate attempt to prevent citizens withdrawing their money from the country's beleaguered banks. Ministers hope the controversial move could raise as much as €180 million, which the Athens government hopes will help the country avoid defaulting on debts owed to international creditors. As the Greek economy teeters on the verge of bankruptcy, millions of panicking citizens have completely cleared their accounts - pulling more than €28 billion out of banks and pushing the total cash revenue held in the country's financial institutions...
  • Anti-Gun Group Supported by Tim McGraw Pushes Ban That Would Outlaw Fans’ Favorite Rifle

    05/06/2015 8:18:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 5/6/2015 | Bob Owens
    Tim McGraw doubled-down on his planned July benefit concert for gun control group Sandy Hook Promise several weeks ago, asserting that he was supporting the “Sandy Hook community” with the concert, despite the fact that the benefit only supports Sandy Hook Promise.
  • Smoggy thinking on pollution

    05/06/2015 7:15:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/6/2015 | Viv Forbes
    The war on hydrocarbon fuels is based on two feeble legs – “it causes global warming, and it creates pollution.” 

Both legs are unsound, especially the pollution claims. 

No sensible person approves of pollution of air, water, land, or public places by humans.

 Have a look at some real pollution.
 But no pollution whatsoever is caused by the main product of the combustion of hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide. This is a colorless, non-toxic gas of life on which all plants (and animals) depend.

 In these days of carbon neurosis, coal power gets blamed for all bad things, even the Asian Smog.
  • SpaceX preps for test of Dragon capsule’s life-saving abort system

    05/06/2015 5:55:08 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 10 replies
    SpaceFlightNow ^ | May 4, 2015 | Stephen Clark
    A commercial spaceship designed to ferry U.S. astronauts into orbit by 2017 is set for a major test Wednesday, when SpaceX plans to blast the capsule away from a launch mount at Cape Canaveral on a mile-high demo flight to simulate the craft’s ability to protect occupants in the event of a catastrophic rocket mishap on the pad. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will not travel far, but data from Wednesday’s test should arm engineers with results to prove the capsule’s emergency safety system can save astronauts from an explosive launch failure. The test is scheduled for 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT)...
  • ObamaCare Exchanges Are A Model Of Failure

    05/06/2015 2:53:38 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/05/2015 | Staff
    Waste: After spending billions on state-run ObamaCare exchanges, the federal government is only now writing clear rules on how that money can be spent, while half of the exchanges head toward bankruptcy.
  • Bill Clinton Forgets the First Rule of Fibbing

    05/06/2015 2:51:50 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/06/2015 | John Merline
    In his interview with NBC News that aired this week, Bill Clinton made one statement that seemed to come out of the blue. He said, in answer to a question about the Clinton Foundation's acceptance of foreign donations, that "over the last 15 years, I've taken almost no capital gains."
  • NJ Republicans prefer Walker, poll says

    05/06/2015 1:44:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Philadelphia Media Network ^ | May 6, 2015 | Maddie Hanna
    In the 2016 presidential race, a new poll shows New Jersey Republicans prefer a governor who isn’t theirs. Their choice would be Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. According to a Monmouth University poll released today, in a matchup between Walker and Gov. Christie, 44 percent of New Jersey Republicans would pick Walker, while 30 percent would go with their own governor. Three months ago, the state’s Republicans had favored Christie over Walker, 51 percent to 30 percent.
  • Scott Walker Wants to Make His Signature Wisconsin Issue a National Policy Fight

    05/06/2015 1:31:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 6, 2015 | Frank Camp
    Gov. Scott Walker wants to make the most public fight of his administration a national issue should he run for president. In an interview with Radio Iowa, the Wisconsin Republican made the case for a national “right to work” law: “As much as I think the federal government should get out of most of what it’s in right now, I think establishing fundamental freedoms for the American people is a legitimate thing and that would be something that would provide that opportunity in the other half of America to people who don’t have those opportunities today.”Currently, twenty-five states have right-to-work...
  • Leadership of Texas House forbids anti-toll amendments from being heard

    05/05/2015 10:17:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Terri Hall
    Yesterday, conservative lawmakers pushed to attach key toll road reforms to two transportation bills in the Texas House, but they were thwarted by Speaker Joe Straus and his parliamentarian Chris Griesel who would not allow them to present their amendments. Griesel told them the amendments weren’t ‘germane’ (or salient) to the bills, HB 13 and HB 20, and blocked Rep. Jeff Leach and Rep. Jonathan Stickland from even laying out their amendments. Straus and Griesel utilized the same technique as they did on a Stickland amendment to the open carry bill the week before. The two decided to reject the...
  • Wells Fargo ad to feature a lesbian couple

    05/05/2015 3:51:10 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 45 replies
    wyff4.com ^ | April 23, 2015
    As several small businesses have made headlines recently by rejecting lesbian and gay customers, Wells Fargo is trying to publicly embrace the LGBT community and attract their business. On Monday, the bank will release nine different TV commercials in markets across the country, featuring a diverse range of people. One of the ads will show a lesbian couple learning sign language because they're adopting a hearing-impaired child. The ad is the first of its kind for the banking industry. "The notion of all of these ads is really telling stories to create a sense of togetherness," said Jamie Moldafsky, chief...
  • With all eyes on Senate, Assembly passes bill to increase minimum wage (updated) (new york)

    05/05/2015 3:24:26 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | may 4, 2015 | matthew hamilton
    Members of the Assembly discussed into the late evening Monday a proposal that would increase the minimum wage across the state by the end of 2016 and raise the wage even higher in New York City and its suburbs. It eventually passed 94-43 just after 7:45 p.m. -snip The proposal would raise the statewide minimum wage to $10.50 by Dec. 31, 2016. The minimum wage in New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties would simultaneously rise to $12.50. Another increase to $11.55 statewide and $13.75 in the New York metro area would come by the end of 2017, and yet...
  • Obama administration approves first ferry service to Cuba

    05/05/2015 2:54:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2015 5:46 PM EDT | Michael Weissenstein
    The Obama administration approved the first ferry service in decades between the United States and Cuba on Tuesday, potentially opening a new path for the hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of millions of dollars in goods that travel between Florida and Havana each year. Baja Ferries, which operates passenger service in Mexico, said it had received a license from the Treasury Department. Robert Muse, an attorney for Baja Ferries, said he believed that other ferry service petitions had also been approved. The Treasury Department said it could not immediately confirm that, but Florida-based Havana Ferry Partners told the...
  • Obama eyes big change to rules on overtime pay

    05/05/2015 1:49:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 5, 2015 | ByARDEN FARHI
    Under current law, employers are required to pay time-and-a-half wages to employees working more than 40 hours a week only if they earn less than $23,660 annually. The Obama administration is intent on increasing - and likely more than doubling - that salary threshold, according to people briefed on the administration's plans. That change is likely to have significant impact on workers in retail and the food services industry, like a restaurant manger who earns $30,000 a year but works 60 hours a week. "We need a national wage floor that that rises each year, so that its purchasing power...
  • Feds Will Regulate Christmas Lights

    05/05/2015 4:28:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/5/2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a regulation for Christmas lights on Monday, deeming some holiday decorations a “substantial product hazard.”“The Consumer Product Safety Commission … is issuing a final rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain any one of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection), as addressed in a voluntary standard, are deemed a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”),” the final rule said.The ruling applies to a variety of Christmas decorations, including “stars, wreathes, candles without shades, light sculptures, blow-molded...
  • To All Innocent Fifth Columnists: A Call to Action

    05/05/2015 11:43:33 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 9 replies
    1941 | Ayn Rand
    To All Innocent Fifth Columnists Ayn Rand - 1941 You who read this represent the greatest danger to America. No matter what the outcome of the war in Europe may be, Totalitarianism has already won a complete victory in many American minds and conquered all of our intellectual life. You have helped it to win. Perhaps it is your right to destroy civilization and bring dictatorship to America, but not unless you understand fully what you are doing. If that is what you want to do, say so openly, at least to your own conscience, and we who believe in...
  • Wells Fargo charged with opening accounts without permission

    05/05/2015 11:36:54 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    CNN, via WCYB.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | Chris Isidore
    Wells Fargo is accused of opening up accounts and credit cards in customers' names without their authorization. The complaint charges that bank employees opened new accounts for existing customers without their authorization, in order to meet sales quotas. The employees also allegedly transferred money from customers' authorized accounts to pay fees on the unauthorized accounts. When fees on unauthorized accounts went unpaid, some customers were placed into collection. Others had negative information placed on their credit reports as a result.
  • The New York Times: Pink Politics and Red Ink

    05/05/2015 11:08:48 AM PDT · by all the best · 5 replies
    The Tea Party Economist ^ | May 2, 2015 | Gary North
    The New York Times, along with all other print-based city newspapers, is slowly going bankrupt. Specifically, Craigslist is killing them. Generally, the Web is killing them. They are all doomed. There are no exceptions. They are like mastodons caught in the tar pit. Some of them are sinking faster than others, but all of them are sinking. What is killing them is the loss of advertising revenue in print editions. That is where the money is. That is where the money has always been. To make profits, they have to sell ad space on large pieces of paper — newsprint....
  • E.P.A. Carbon Emissions Plan Could Save Thousands of Lives, Study Finds

    05/05/2015 10:35:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 5, 2015 | By SABRINA TAVERNISE and CORAL DAVENPORT
    New carbon emissions standards that were proposed last year for coal-fired power plants in the United States would substantially improve human health and prevent more than 3,000 premature deaths per year, according to a new study. The study, led by researchers at Syracuse and Harvard Universities, used modeling to predict the effect on human health of changes to national carbon standards for power plants. Researchers calculated that the changes in the E.P.A. rule could prevent 3,500 premature deaths a year and more than 1,000 heart attacks and hospitalizations from air-pollution-related illness. Charles T. Driscoll, a professor of environmental systems engineering...
  • Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama's trade pact

    05/05/2015 9:41:56 AM PDT · by Scutter · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/4/15 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.
  • Garfield County officials: BLM sage-grouse plans take turn for worse ( Colorado and )

    05/05/2015 9:34:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Garfield County officials said Monday the Bureau of Land Management is considering even-stricter measures to protect greater sage-grouse than previously contemplated, rather than listening to concerns the county and others have raised. As a cooperating agency, the county got an advance look Friday at the revised proposal the agency is now considering. “It is very dramatic in terms of the changes (from a draft BLM proposal) that are being proposed,” Fred Jarman, the county’s community development director, told county commissioners Monday. Jarman and Garfield Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said the proposed measures are the result of directives coming from Washington, D.C....
  • How Many Times Has The Dow Crossed the 18,000 Mark?

    05/05/2015 8:43:08 AM PDT · by MosesKnows · 37 replies
    May 5, 2015 | MosesKnows
    Dow at 18,000 How many times has the Dow crossed the 18,000 mark? It seems that the Dow goes below 18,000 and then above 18,000 once or twice a week. I was curious if this many threshold crossings were normal as a market creates a direction.
  • Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Killing Jobs, Hurting Students

    05/05/2015 8:39:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/5/2015 | Walter Hudson
    Students at the University of Washington in Tacoma are getting an object lesson in the value of a dollar. As economic dominoes fall in the wake of a municipal minimum wage hike to $15 per hour in Seattle, university students find themselves digging deeper into their pockets to cover higher prices resulting from the mandate
  • Tobacco tax initiative proposed for California

    05/05/2015 8:33:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 4, 2015 | by PATRICK MCGREEVY
    Stepping up pressure on the California Legislature to raise the tobacco tax, a coalition of health groups said Monday it will begin circulating petitions to put an initiative on the November 2016 ballot to hike the levy on cigarettes. The initiatives would raise the tobacco tax by $2 per pack of cigarettes to raise $1.5 billion annually for smoking prevention and smoking-related medical costs now borne by taxpayers through Medi-Cal, the state's healthcare program for the poor. The filing is by the group Save Lives California Coalition, which includes the American Heart Assn., American Lung Assn. in California, American Cancer...
  • What you may not know about refugee resettlement in the USA

    05/05/2015 7:40:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    You Tube ^ | 5-5-15 | Ann Corcoran
    4 minutes that may change your attitude. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PzT8vEvYPg&feature=share
  • Climate Hypocrites and the Media That Love Them

    05/05/2015 7:27:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 5/5/2015 | Mike Ciandella
    Journalists help promote Hollywood celebrities while condemning average Americans for causing climate change. The same media go out of their way to ignore or excuse the hypocrisy of celebrity “environmentalists” who fly their private jets around the world, rent mega-yachts and live in massive mansions. Avatar Director James Cameron warned of a future “world that’s in shambles” because of climate change, and said he believes “in ecoterrorism” yet, he owns an impressive private collection of motorcycles, cars, dirt bikes, a yacht, a helicopter, a Humvee fire truck and a $32-million submarine. ABC and CBS even praised Cameron for his submarine...
  • Actually, the US economy just shrank [Negative growth]

    05/05/2015 7:22:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/05/2015 | AKIN OYEDELE
    It turns out the US economy may have contracted in the first quarter. Last week, we learned that gross domestic product grew by just 0.2% in the first quarter, far below the 1% economists had expected. Then on Tuesday, the Commerce Department reported that the trade deficit in March exploded to a six-year high, $51.4 billion. The surge in the deficit — the gap between imports and exports — has been largely blamed on the nine-month slowdown at West Coast ports, which has been resolved. The slowdown and strike over a labor dispute limited the flow of goods through some...
  • 500 groups urge repeal of ObamaCare cost-cutting panel

    05/05/2015 7:11:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 5, 2015 | By Peter Sullivan
    Over 500 organizations are calling on Congress to repeal a Medicare cost-cutting board that is part of ObamaCare. The panel at issue is called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and is charged with coming up with ways to cut Medicare spending. Legislation to repeal the board sponsored by Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) has 222 co-sponsors, including 19 Democrats. While some opponents of ObamaCare have called the IPAB a “death panel,” the board is banned by law from recommending changes that would ration care or require seniors to pay a higher share of costs. Its reforms...
  • Hillary Clinton Dogged By Trust Issues: Poll

    05/05/2015 4:44:38 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/04/2015 | John Merline
    More than half the public says Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy, one of several problems that could hamper her bid for the presidency, the May IBD/TIPP poll finds.
  • Gov. Scott Walker walks away from the public on immigration

    05/05/2015 1:33:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Craig Kafura, research associate, coordinates public opinion work,Chicago Council on Global Affairs
    Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker teased a new stance on immigration on Glenn Beck's radio show recently: Now, he wants to decrease legal immigration into the United States. Walker's shift brings up several questions about how Americans — in particular, Republicans — think about immigration. Given the more pro-immigration positions of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, Walker's move is a likely strategic play for the anti-immigration portion of the party. But public opinion polling data from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows that it is unlikely to benefit him politically in the long run. Overall, we find that...
  • Albuquerque police say women who stole credit card quickly made fake ID, enabling purchases

    05/05/2015 12:27:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    SNIP ...the women stole a purse from a dance studio on Wednesday and then within 30 minutes made a false New Mexico driver's license. Surveillance video showed the women using the stolen credit card to make purchases at drug store and a grocery store. Police said the operation is new to them and that it's surprising the women were able to produce a fake driver's license so quickly. SNIP
  • 'Wounded Warrior’ Charity Unleashes Hell—On Other Veteran Groups

    05/04/2015 4:12:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 5-4-15 | Tim Mak
    What happens when a non-profit that was started to help veterans becomes the neighborhood bully? For a charity supposedly devoted to helping veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project spends an enormous amount of time suing or threatening to sue small non-profits—spending resources on litigation that could otherwise be spent on the vets they profess to serve. At issue is the Wounded Warrior Project’s brand: the charity has become particularly litigious over the use of the phrase ‘wounded warrior’ or logos that involve silhouetted soldiers. At least seven such charities have discussed their legal problems with The Daily Beast. The Wounded Warrior...