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  • It's Obama's Own Ineptitude That's Stoking Ebola Fears

    10/30/2014 4:23:03 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/29/2014 | IBD Staff
    Leadership: President Obama this week tried to tamp down public concerns about the Ebola outbreak. But it's not the disease that has Americans so alarmed as the festering incompetence on display at the White House.
  • Obama's arguments against an Ebola quarantine make no sense

    10/30/2014 3:23:06 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/29/2014 | John Merline
    President Obama keeps saying that a mandatory quarantine of health workers returning from Ebola-afflicted countries is wrong. But the reasons he gives don't make logical sense. Why, for example, should soldiers returning from those countries stay isolated for 21 days — as now mandated by Defense Secretary Hagel — before returning to society, but not doctors, nurses or social workers who are far more likely to have been in direct contact with Ebola patients? Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/blogs-capital-hill/102914-724069-obama-arguments-against-ebola-quarantine-do-not-make-sense.htm#ixzz3HcejT7on Follow us: @IBDinvestors on Twitter | InvestorsBusinessDaily on Facebook
  • Pinoys urged to leave Ebola-hit West Africa (Philippines)

    10/30/2014 1:10:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Philippines on Thursday urged hundreds of its citizens to leave Ebola-hit west African nations, as it announced anyone who returned would be placed under a 21-day quarantine. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said the government had made a "voluntary repatriation" call to about 900 workers in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. He told a local television network that President Benigno Aquino III had also ordered those who did return would have to be isolated in a government facility. "The president has asked us to come down with a ruling, anyone coming from those countries, they must undergo a...
  • Magic Number Is Revealed: It Costs Central Banks $200 Billion Per Quarter To Avoid A Market Crash

    10/30/2014 1:09:02 AM PDT · by dennisw · 5 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 0/21/2014 12:58 -0400 | Tyler Durden
    So now that "best Keynesian practices" are out of the window, and everyone has once again turned Austrian, and only the "flow of money" (either inside or outside) matters, the question is how much do central banks need to inject to keep the stock market from crashing, let alone continuing to levitate. Luckily, Citi's Matt King has just done the math, and the answer is... Here is his answer: We think the markets’ weakness owes more to an almost belated reaction to a temporary lull in central bank stimulus than it does to any reduction in the effect of that...
  • Newest Workers for Lowe’s: Robots

    10/29/2014 8:39:39 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 28, 2014 | Rachel King
    Lowe’s LOW -0.45% Cos. is introducing robotic shopping assistants at an Orchard Supply Hardware store in San Jose, Calif., in late November. Lowe’s, which acquired Orchard Supply last year, says this is the first retail robot of its kind in the U.S. The OSHbot will greet customers, ask if they need help and guide them through the store to the product. Besides natural-language-processing technology, the 5-foot tall white robot houses two large rectangular screens—front and back—for video conferences with a store expert and to display in-store specials. The head features a 3-D scanner to help customers identify items. OSHbot speaks...
  • In light of the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, is the jury system broken? (Part 1)

    10/29/2014 7:10:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    AllVoices ^ | February 22, 2014 | Harold Michael Harvey, JD
    The Constitution of the United States of America, Amendment VI, grants the criminally accused a right to a “speedy and public trial … by an impartial jury in the state and district where the crime shall have been committed.” The framers of the Constitution included this protection because of the brutal system in England where a person could be thrown into a dungeon without formal charges and tried before the crown without the benefit of a public trial or having people from the community hear the evidence against them. To remedy this abuse of King George’s government, the newly formed...
  • Heinrich pens NYT op-ed defending public lands (NM Senator)

    10/29/2014 4:45:53 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Monday, October 27, 2014 | Michael Coleman
    Sen. Martin Heinrich, one of the U.S. Senate’s most vocal advocates for preserving federal lands, argued against efforts to transfer federally-owned tracts to the states in an op-ed published today in the New York Times. In the article titled “The Land Grab Out West,” the freshman Democrat from New Mexico argues that attempts by conservative public policy groups and congressional Republicans to transfer federally-owned lands to states, if successful, could open those lands up to eventual privatization for oil, gas and mineral extraction. That, in turn, could leave an American public who has long enjoyed the lands for recreational purposes...
  • 8 foods you're about to lose due to climate change

    10/29/2014 3:50:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 136 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 29, 2014 | by Twilight Greenaway
    As worsening drought and extreme weather devastate crops, you may begin seeing global warming when you open your fridge. According to David Lobell,deputy director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, “The general story is that agriculture is sensitive. It’s not the end of the world; but it will be a big enough deal to be worth our concern.” Lobell has already noticed the effect of climate change on some crops. For example, he says, yield data from corn and wheat production suggests that these two staples are already being negatively affected by the changing...
  • Fed decides to keep near-zero interest rate for 'considerable time' after ending QE

    10/29/2014 3:37:53 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/30
    Fed decides to keep near-zero interest rate for 'considerable time' after ending QE 2014/10/30 04:26 WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it will keep its near-zero interest rate policy "for a considerable time" even as it puts an end to its bond-purchasing program aimed at stimulating the economy through low rates. The announcement corroborates views that the Fed is unlikely to raise the key rate before the middle of next year. A possible U.S. rate hike after the end of the bond-buying program, known as "quantitative easing," has been feared to lead to a capital...
  • Divestment Campaign Targets Fossil Fuels

    10/29/2014 3:31:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    NLPC ^ | October 29, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    America is on the verge of energy independence. We now pump as much oil as Saudi Arabia. Investments in new technologies are paying off, buoying our economy with new jobs and lower energy prices. What's not to like? Well plenty, if you are an activist who takes your lead from an organization called 350.org that wants to end the use of oil, gas and coal. The "350" comes from the group's goal of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere from its present level of 400 parts per million to 350. Its unclear what good such a...
  • Obamacare, Year One: 78 Percent Premium Hikes

    10/29/2014 3:28:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | october 29, 2014 | sarah hurtubise
    In its first year, Obamacare hiked health insurance premiums by up to 78 percent, according to a new analysis comparing insurance costs before and after Obamacare. HealthPocket, a nonpartisan health insurance research company, analyzed government data on individual health insurance premiums in the 2013 market before Obamacare reforms and 2014′s Obamacare exchanges, and the results are in: Average premiums are higher for all ages– far above the norm for annual increases. Young customers have been hurt the worst by Obamacare– a big potential problem for the Obama administration, which failed to attract enough young and healthy customers during the first...
  • Google’s New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself

    10/29/2014 1:56:10 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    betabeat.com ^ | 10/29 3:22pm | By Sage Lazzaro
    The new hybrid device might not need humans at all. In college, it wasn’t rare to hear a verbal battle regarding artificial intelligence erupt between my friends studying neuroscience and my friends studying computer science. One rather outrageous fellow would mention the possibility of a computer takeover, and off they went. The neuroscience-savvy would awe at the potential of such hybrid technology as the CS majors argued we have nothing to fear, as computers will always need a programmer to tell them what to do. Today’s news brings us to the Neural Turing Machine, a computer that will combine the...
  • How Not to Smuggle Guns From Texas to Kazakhstan

    10/29/2014 1:36:32 PM PDT · by pabianice · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 10/29/14 | Beckhusen
    Trafficking plans go awry at the Fort Worth Gun Show Thinking about becoming an arms traffickers? Here’s a few tips. First tip—don’t. Second, don’t act cagey when asked to undergo federally-mandated background checks while trying to buy firearms at gun shows. Don’t use fake IDs. Don’t ship guns by FedEx. It’s also worth repeating—don’t try to traffic weapons from gun shows to Kazakhstan. Two men allegedly tried to do all of these things on the morning of Oct. 25, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in a federal court this week. Two...
  • On A New Shared Street In Chicago, There Are No Sidewalks, No Lights, And Almost No Signs

    10/29/2014 1:28:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 57 replies
    Fastcoexist ^ | 27 October 2014 | Jessica Leber
    Chicago is about to take a gamble on a four-block stretch of town where drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are all equal. It's not as crazy as it sounds. Imagine a street with no sidewalks, no crosswalks, no curbs, no lane markings--basically no real distinctions between pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers at all. At first glance, that might seem like an extraordinarily unsafe street. But the city of Chicago is betting on its success as it redesigns a four-block stretch of its uptown. The New York Times editorial board recently called the concept of shared streets a “radical experiment” for the city...
  • Most Expensive Housing Markets in US are in Liberal Districts

    10/29/2014 1:07:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Here's an interesting article thanks to Jed Kolko, Chief Economist at Trulia Trends via Washington Post Wonkblog: The most expensive housing markets in the U.S. are also the most liberal. The relationship between housing affordability and politics in the US is startlingly strong as these charts by Jed Kolko shows. Median asking price in dollars per square foot is on the vertical axis. Margin for Obama over Romney in the 2012 election is on the horizontal axis. With the exception of Orange County California, all of the high priced counties voted for Obama. The Washington Post notes .... Nine of...
  • Obamacare Cancellations are Really Just “Invitations” to Get Better Plans (Exempt Pelosi knew)

    10/29/2014 2:55:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/29/14 | Michael Schaus
    In order to be a big-government liberal, mental gymnastics and verbal tap-dancing must come naturally. In an impressive display of verbal flexibility, a Health and Human Services official explained that Obamacare is really just a benevolent feature of a loving government that is completely incapable of coercion or force. According to Joanne Grossie from the HHS, no one is being “forced” into the public exchanges. She even insisted that people who have found themselves kicked off their previous healthcare plans are actually quite lucky; because their previous plans were obviously inadequate clunkers that catered only to their gullibility and stupidity…...
  • Comcast Settles Overcharging Cable Subscribers Suit

    10/29/2014 12:13:37 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | October 29, 2014 | Reuters
    Comcast Corp has reached a $50 million settlement in a decade-old lawsuit accusing it of overcharging cable television subscribers, 1-1/2 years after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a larger version of the class-action case.
  • Fed ends 'QE' bond-buying economic stimulus program

    10/29/2014 11:04:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Market Watch ^ | October 29, 2014
    The Federal Reserve on Wednesday voted to end the last leg of its bond-buying stimulus program, cutting purchases of Treasury's and mortgage-back securities to zero from $15 billion starting on Nov. 1. The central bank also sounded more upbeat about the labor market and said it doesn't expect falling energy prices to hold inflation down in the long run. For the first time, the Fed explicitly said it could raise interest rates sooner than markets expect if the economy grows faster than the bank projects.
  • Bullies: Moms Demand Action To Rant Against Kroger Shareholders Today

    10/29/2014 10:32:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 10/29/2014 | Bob Owens
    Kroger shareholders are conducting their annual meeting in Cincinnati today, and Moms Demand/Everytown has announced plans to “confront” them. The “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America” will raise their concerns and their voices at the Kroger investor’s meeting Wednesday morning.
  • Why Americans Can't Afford to Live in Liberal Cities

    10/29/2014 9:31:04 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    The Atlantic via Yahoo! Finance ^ | October 29, 2014 | Derek Thompson
    ... But there's a second reason why San Francisco's problem is emblematic of a national story. Liberal cities seem to have the worst affordability crises, according to Trulia chief economist Jed Kolko. In a recent article, Kolko divided the largest cities into 32 “red" metros where Romney got more votes than Obama in 2012 (e.g. Houston), 40 “light-blue” markets where Obama won by fewer than 20 points (e.g. Austin), and 28 “dark-blue” metros where Obama won by more than 20 points (e.g. LA, SF, NYC). Although all three housing groups faced similar declines in the recession and similar bounce-backs in...
  • HP wants to be a 3D printing giant with new 'Multi Jet Fusion' tech

    10/29/2014 8:33:24 AM PDT · by shove_it · 25 replies
    Engadget ^ | 29 Oct 2014 | Steve Dent
    HP has just revealed a lot more information about the 3D printing technology it teased dramatically a few months ago. It's called "Multi Jet Fusion," and the company thinks it can "change entire industries." The original goal was to make 3D printers build objects at higher resolution and much, much faster, speeds. Based on the demos we saw today, that claim looks feasible. Essentially, the 3D printer builds parts similar to how an inkjet printer produces documents -- the "ink" is applied to a material coating, then heated and fused to build up layers (see below). That's substantially different to...
  • Trek sources: Mary Burke’s family fired her for incompetence

    10/29/2014 8:28:05 AM PDT · by bigbob · 20 replies
    Wisconsin reporter ^ | 10-28-14 | M.D. Kittle
    In attempting to explain her two-year work hiatus in the early to mid-1990s, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke has said she was just burned out after an intense period of leading European operations for Trek Bicycle Corp., her family’s Waterloo-based global manufacturer. In fact, Burke apparently was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff, multiple former Trek executives and employees told Wisconsin Reporter. The sales team threatened to quit if Burke was not removed from her position as director of European Operations, according to Gary Ellerman, who served as...
  • USDA reports show fewer students buying school lunch [Down 1 Million !]

    10/29/2014 7:32:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    WSB Atlanta ^ | Posted: 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 | By Kyla Campbell - Cox Washington and Patrick Terpstra - Cox Washington
    It was just a week ago when an Oklahoma teen’s picture of her school lunch went viral on social media. It turns out that student is not alone in grumbling about school lunches, an investigation by the Washington Bureau discovered. Since new federal nutrition standards began rolling out in 2012, fewer students are buying school lunches, even though enrollment is going up. The Cox Washington Bureau reviewed U.S. Department of Agriculture documents and found thousands fewer students bought meals when stricter standards kicked in. The rules, championed by first lady Michelle Obama and approved by congress, require more fruits, vegetables,...
  • Government sues Honeywell over employee wellness program

    10/29/2014 7:24:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    star tribune ^ | 10-29-14 | Dee Depass
    Federal officials are challenging new benefit rules at Honeywell Inc. that create monetary penalties unless employees and spouses take medical tests. A lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in response to complaints from two Minnesota employees sets up a potential court case over how far employers can go to shift health costs and influence worker behavior. The agency said in the suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, that new health screening and penalties at Honeywell violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. “Employees will be penalized if they or their...
  • LION AND THE LAMB: Climate change and the white male dilemma (partial barf alert)

    10/29/2014 6:12:52 AM PDT · by libstripper · 19 replies
    Crossville (Tn) Chronicle ^ | Oct. 28, 2014 | Thomas I. Warren
    Climate change is a threat to all of humanity, as it is to all non-human species. Climate change is a threat to all the elements of creation—water, soil, air—which allow for humans to live and to thrive. Climate change is a threat to everything on the planet, and the window of opportunity to respond is rapidly running out. Yet, strangely enough, the threat of climate change is not equally distributed. Some of us, apparently, have more to fear than others. According to a sociological study, “Cool Dudes: The Denial of Climate Change Among Conservative White Males in the United States,”...
  • Trek Sources: Mary Burke's FAMILY Fired Her for Incompetence

    10/29/2014 4:59:50 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 38 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | October 29, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – In attempting to explain her two-year work hiatus in the early to mid-1990s, Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke has said she was just burned out after an intense period of leading European operations for Trek Bicycle Corp., her family’s Waterloo-based global manufacturer. In fact, Burke apparently was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff, multiple former Trek executives and employees told Wisconsin Reporter. The sales team threatened to quit if Burke was not removed from her position as director of European Operations, according to Gary...
  • Drones posing global security issues

    10/28/2014 9:09:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | October 29, 2014 | Jonathan Eyal
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones as they are often called, have had a good press recently: from humanitarian rescues to the promotion of free trade, these remote-controlled, pilotless robots are the heroes of the moment. Still, their biggest use continues to be for military purposes. And although the deployment of drones in military operations is nowhere near as morally objectionable as some critics allege, the inevitable proliferation of UAVs does raise some serious security questions. The real challenge is not to prevent nations or corporations from acquiring them but, rather, to adopt international safeguards on how independent such drones...
  • Lowe's replacing (some) humans with robots

    10/28/2014 12:31:21 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 80 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | October 28,2014 | Nicole Duignan
    If you plan to shop at Lowe’s (LOW) Orchard Supply Hardware store in San Jose California next month, you might find your sales associate replaced by a five-foot tall, taking robot. These robotic shopping assistants, or OSHbots, will be the first of their kind in the country. They will greet customers, ask them if they need help and show them through the store to the customers' desired products. The robot will also feature screens on its front and back which will display ads for products as well as allow customers the option to videoconference with an in-store sales associate. Yahoo...
  • Grow Up, Millennials — And Stop Taking Money From Mom And Dad

    10/28/2014 11:48:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WBUR-FM's Cognoscenti ^ | October 28, 2014 | Amory Sivertson
    Last month — gulp — I turned a quarter-century old. To the boomers rolling your eyes right now and thinking, Twenty-five? You’re just a kid! I say this: Yes, by some standards, I am. By Beyoncé’s standards, I should have at least six albums and a fashion line under my belt. Regardless, 25 feels significant to me, so when I came across the headline “25 is the New 21” on The Atlantic’s website, I was intrigued — and soon, discouraged. Meet Emma, recent college graduate, daughter of the article’s author, Randye Hoder, and, apparently, exemplar of my generation’s extended childhood....
  • Hillary Clinton would kinda-sorta like to amend her comments about businesses and jobs

    10/28/2014 8:42:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/28/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Did someone get a 3 a.m. phone call from Goldman Sachs? After her comments this week at a rally for Martha Coakley (whose campaign is touting an internal poll in which she’s down 2!) got her in some “you didn’t build that” trouble, she sought to clarify in New York: SOMERS, N.Y. — When Hillary Clinton fumbled a line at a rally last Friday — “Don’t let anybody tell you that corporations and businesses create jobs” — the comment caused a minor outrage among political observers. Republicans said she’d been pandering to liberals. Democrats wondered if she’d been trying...
  • The Ebola Government

    10/28/2014 7:23:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2014 | John Ransom
    Welcome to the infectious disease known as government. And after a six-year incubation period, the voters are getting feverish. According to the latest from CNN, voters are, uh, duh... angry. “Nearly 7 in 10 Americans are angry at the direction the country is headed,” writes CNN, “and 53% of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance, two troubling signs for Democrats one week before the midterm elections, a new CNN/ORC International Poll shows.” How about that? If only 53 percent of people disapprove of Obama’s performance I suspect that the poll sample taken was largely made of U.S. Senators....
  • WALMART IN HOT WATER OVER 'FAT GIRL' HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

    10/28/2014 7:11:52 AM PDT · by shove_it · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Oct 2014 | KELLI SERIO
    Walmart sparked outrage on social media Monday after they featured plus-size Halloween costumes on their website under the "fat girl costumes" category. This is apparently what people were looking at this morning when they typed "fat" into the store's search engine: After a whirlwind of controversy, relentless Twitter users blasted Wally World because they used the word "fat" rather than plus-size before their "sexy maid" and "sexy flapper" holiday costumes...
  • Ouch: Wendy Davis is losing women by double-digits

    10/28/2014 7:11:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 28, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor of Texas, was supposed to be the candidate of women’s rights, what with her 11-hour filibuster of a bill that would ban abortions beyond 20 weeks (5 months). But sadly for her, women may not even be responding to her message. Davis trails her opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, by a whopping 12 points among likely female voters, according to a new NYT/CBS/YouGov poll. Forty-nine percent of women surveyed preferred Abbott, compared to 37 percent for Davis.
  • 5,000 Ebola Health Care Workers Needed in W Africa

    10/28/2014 6:29:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 28, 2014 | By ELIAS MESERET
    More than 5,000 additional health care workers are needed to fight Ebola in the three most affected countries in West Africa, the president of the World Bank said Tuesday. Dlamini-Zuma said African Union states have pledged to send more than 2,000 health care workers into West Africa. She did not say when the workers would arrive. "The disease, which is not new to the world, and its manifestations in these countries, has caught us by surprise. With the wisdom of hindsight, our responses at all levels — continental, global and national — were slow, and often knee-jerk reactions that did...
  • Hillary Clinton says businesses don’t create jobs.

    10/28/2014 5:53:57 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 38 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10/27 | Linda Feldman
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recent comment about trickledown economics has launched a war of spin. First, here’s what the likely 2016 presidential candidate said at a campaign event last Friday for Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate: “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” former Secretary of State Clinton said in Boston. “You know that old theory, trickledown economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. One of the things my husband says when people say, ‘What did you bring to Washington?’ He says, ‘I brought arithmetic.’
  • Sorry, New York Times: ObamaCare Is Not Working

    Health Reform: The New York Times on Monday featured a huge news package claiming that ObamaCare is delivering on all its main promises. But the Bible of the liberal press has badly misled its flock. 'After a year fully in place," the Times story begins, "the Affordable Care Act has largely succeeded in delivering on President Obama's main promises." So case closed, right? After all, a team of New York Times "reporters and data researchers" came to that conclusion. In a word, no. To claim success, the Times gets things wrong or ignores the law's most glaring failures.
  • [Green Billionaire] Steyer turns to celebrities [Woody Harrelson] in final election-year push

    10/28/2014 4:59:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 28, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is turning to actor Woody Harrelson and director Darren Aronofsky in a new ad urging voters to “take the fight against climate change to the ballot box.” The 30-second ad buy, narrated by Harrelson, and directed by Aronofsky, declares the climate fight is one people “will win,” but voting on Election Day is key. “They told us the world was flat and insisted it was the center of the universe,” Harrelson states in the ad as images of the earth in black and white flicker on the screen. “[They] said that cigarettes were harmless.” “Now they...
  • Greens to spend record $85M in midterms ["climate science denial will soon come to a close"]

    10/28/2014 2:12:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 27, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Environmental groups are on track to spend more than $85 million on key races this year, more than ever before, according to an internal memo. The record spending comes as green groups are worried about the fate of the Senate and the future of President Obama’s climate agenda, which they say is crucial to helping the U.S. and other nations curb greenhouse gas emissions and stave off disastrous climate impacts. A memo circulated among five of the nation’s top environmental organizations, and provided to The Hill, summarizes in detail the plan hatched by the groups to put climate change on...
  • Sarah Palin Compares Climate Change 'Hysteria' To Eugenics

    10/27/2014 9:57:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 27, 2014 | Mollie Reilly
    Sarah Palin is once again brushing off global warming as "junk science," comparing warnings about the threat of climate change to the eugenics movement of the early 20th century. Last week, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate recorded a video for the Sarah Palin Channel dismissing the "con job" of man-made climate change. "I'm not a denier. I don't doubt that climate change exists," Palin says in the video. "No one has proven that these changes are caused by anything done by human beings via greenhouse gases. There's no convincing scientific evidence for man-made climate change....
  • Darrell Issa on Quarantines: Governors React To Ebola Leadership Void

    10/27/2014 7:45:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | October 26, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    State governors are enacting quarantines on healthcare professionals returning from Ebola-stricken West Africa because the American public does not trust the Obama administration to handle the growing crisis, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday. "Governors of both parties are reacting to an absence of leadership," Issa, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told CNN "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley. Over the weekend, the states of New York, New Jersey, and Illinois have all imposed mandatory quarantines on people returning from West Africa, particularly healthcare workers, after Doctors Without Borders physician Dr. Craig Spencer was...
  • Dick Morris: Obama, Democrats Want Control of Internet Speech

    10/27/2014 6:23:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 27 Oct 2014 | Dick Morris
    Not content with the total bias and domination of the news networks, CNN, and the nation's leading newspapers, the Democrats on the Federal Election Commission have moved to assert federal control over Internet political speech. Claiming the authority to regulate political postings and blogs as independent campaign expenditures, they want to apply federal campaign finance laws to online voices. According to the Washington Examiner, the three Democrats on the FEC moved at the Oct. 24 meeting to impose "burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning." The three Republican members on the commission beat back the measure, warning the proposal would regulate...
  • The Ties That Bind Michael Bloomberg, Qatar and Radical Islam

    10/27/2014 5:34:12 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 19 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | October 27, 2014 | Terresa Monro-Hamilton and William Michael
    Michael Bloomberg, in addition to having been Mayor of New York City and currently being a wealthy elitist Leftist, has ongoing ties to the Islamic world and Qatar. In fact, many of his regulatory moves and his philanthropy efforts are connected to one degree or another with Qatar and Islamic nations, causes and endeavors. Qatar, the reader should be reminded, is the host country of the Muslim Brotherhood and is the primary supporter of the Arab Spring, including the genocidal Islamic State. Common Core is a huge, Progressive educational implementation in New York City which benefits Microsoft and a host...
  • Frederick-based Bechtel’s move to Reston [Virginia] upsets Marylanders

    10/27/2014 4:18:56 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    WJLA.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Brad Bell
    Bechtel Corporation, the company that built Metro’s Silver Line in Northern Virginia, is bringing hundreds of jobs to that area, but it’s coming at the cost of Frederick, where the global engineering and project management firm is based, a move that is sparking frustration and anger. The news hit Frederick like a ton of bricks. Nobody is happy about it—not politicians, not merchants.
  • The Case for Trailer Parks

    10/27/2014 3:02:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 24, 2014 | Alana Semuels
    Houses made in a factory are a cheap and energy-efficient way for poorer Americans to become homeowners—plus, these days, the mass-produced units can be pretty spiffy. You’ve seen it before: a house, on a truck, on a highway, slowing down traffic with its yellow “OVERSIZED LOAD” sign, its tan vinyl siding nearly screaming “Trailer Park!” The snobs among us may judge these pre-fab homes as shoddily built, cheap eyesores in a country that’s increasingly eschewing the suburbs for walkable urban areas. But pre-fabricated homes just might be part of the solution to America's affordable housing crisis. Home prices are continuing...
  • A Time for Choosing [50 Years Ago Today]

    10/27/2014 12:56:19 PM PDT · by PapaNew · 6 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 10/27/1964 | Ronald Reagan
    "It's been said if we lose [this] war and in so doing lose that way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening. Well I think it's time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers. "If we lose freedom here there's nowhere else to escape to. This is the last stand on earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power...
  • Should Obamacare Help Pay for Housing? (Here it comes...)

    10/27/2014 11:54:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 27, 2014 | Alana Semuels
    Since January 1 of this year, James Barnes has had pretty decent health care. He gets insulin for his diabetes and the needles to inject it, blood pressure medication, access to a psychiatrist and counselor and optometrist, and frequent visits to the doctor, all for free. Barnes lives in Maryland, one of the dozens of states that expanded Medicaid to people with incomes at or below 138 percent of the poverty level as part of the Affordable Care Act. For Barnes and thousands like him, that expansion has meant access to services like physical therapy, mental-health treatment, x-rays, dialysis, hospice...
  • Europe commits economic suicide – agrees to massive emission cuts

    10/27/2014 11:18:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 10/24/2014 | Anthony Watts
    Eric Worrall writes: The European Union has just committed economic suicide, by agreement a landmark deal, to cut CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030.
  • If GOP wins, Reid could lose nuclear waste fight

    10/27/2014 10:29:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 10-27-14 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s eight-year effort to keep a nuclear waste dump out of his home state of Nevada could soon become much more difficult. Since 2007, Reid has used his powerful Senate position to block the federal government from moving more than 70,000 tons of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel to Yucca Mountain, a federally designated nuclear waste repository located about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. But polls indicate Republicans are poised to win control of the Senate in the November election. If the GOP prevails, Reid will lose not only his gavel but much...
  • Minn. African restaurant owner forced to change sign over Ebola fears

    10/27/2014 10:20:26 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | 27 Oct 14 | Fox News Staff
    Concern over Ebola has forced a Minnesota restaurant owner who serves African food to cover up part of her sign and reconsider her Liberian-themed menu. Kellita Whisnant has owned Mama Ti's African Kitchen in Brooklyn Park, Minn. for three years. Now that confirmed cases of Ebola have reached U.S. soil, she says business is down by about 50 percent. “This African name that brought people in before, is now hurting me," Whisnant told Minneapolis-St.Paul's KMSP Fox9 . "We get the jokes, the ridicule." Amid declining sales—and a customer flat out asking her if the restaurant had Ebola—Whisnant covered up the...
  • The True Reason Gas Prices are Falling (Hint: It’s Not Because of Green Energy)

    10/27/2014 9:08:21 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 20 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 26, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    American workers and motorists got some badly-needed relief this week when the price of oil plunged to its lowest level in years. The oil price has fallen by about 25 percent since its peak back in June of $105 a barrel. This is translating to lower prices at the pump with many states now below $3 a gallon. At present levels, these lower oil and gas prices are the equivalent of a $200 billion cost saving to American consumers and businesses. That’s $200 billion a year we don’t have to send to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other foreign nations. Now...