HOME/ABOUT  Prayer  SCOTUS  ProLife  BangList  Aliens  StatesRights  ConventionOfStates  WOT  HomosexualAgenda  GlobalWarming  Corruption  Taxes  Congress  Fraud  MediaBias  GovtAbuse  Tyranny  Obama  ObamaCare  Elections  Polls  Debates  Trump  Carson  Cruz  Bush  OPSEC  Benghazi  InfoSec  BigBrother  IRS  Scandals  TalkRadio  TeaParty  FreeperBookClub  HTMLSandbox  FReeperEd  FReepathon  CopyrightList  Copyright/DMCA Notice 

And now less than $1k to the yellow! Let's get 'er done! Thank you very much for your loyal support, Jim

Or by mail to: Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794
Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $78,514
Woo hoo!! And now over 89%!! Less than $9.5k to go!! Thank you all very much!!

Business/Economy (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Obama Regulators Inflate Consumers' Bank Complaints

    11/30/2015 3:31:03 AM PST · by expat_panama · 3 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 11/27/2015 | Editorial
    Regulation: A consumer complaint portal launched earlier this year by the Obama regime to solicit anonymous, unverified gripes against banks is riddled with errors and practically unreliable. We warned as much. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau documents reveal the out-of-control agency is larding a first-of-its-kind national Consumer Complaint Database with bogus accusations against financial lenders. Over 1 in 4 of the publicly posted complaints are incorrect, according to an in-depth report by American Banker magazine. "More than 25% of the time, it turned out that the data we were looking at didn't really pan out, or it was just incorrect in...
  • Netanyahu orders: 'Break contact' with European Union

    11/29/2015 11:12:49 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    inn ^ | 11/29/15 | Nitzan Kider
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has instructed the Foreign Ministry to reassess its involvement with European Union (EU) institutions regarding the political process with the Palestinians. Until the assessment is completed, Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered the suspension of all political contact with EU institutions and representatives on the issue.
  • US Air Force Might Buy 72 new upgraded F-15 2040C or upgraded F-16 Fighter Jets

    11/29/2015 8:12:51 PM PST · by Mariner · 51 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | November 29th, 2015 | brian wang
    The U.S. Air Force might buy 72 upgraded F-15, F-16 or even F-18 fighter aircraft due to low F-35 production rates and the high cost of the F-35. The U.S. Air Force “is struggling to afford 48 F-35s a year” for the first years of full-rate production a senior Air Force officer told Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. Full rate-production is slated to begin in 2019 and the U.S. Air Force wants to buy 60 planes in 2020, and 80 F-35 per year after that. This year, the Air Force is to receive 28 F-35s, whereas in 2016 the number...
  • CalPERS may lower its return target; taxpayers may have to contribute more

    11/29/2015 6:52:16 PM PST · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 18 November 2015 | Melody Petersen
    xperts have warned for years that the state's largest public pension plan has overestimated how much its investments will earn, leaving taxpayers to pay billions of dollars more than expected. Now the board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System is reconsidering. As soon as Wednesday, the fund's board could approve a plan that would slowly reduce to 6.5% the current 7.5% it says it expects to earn on its investments. For taxpayers, that seemingly small change is significant. Consider the average California Highway Patrol officer who now earns $105,000. Taxpayers currently contribute $47,000 a year for that officer's pension....
  • Bitcoin in a Suit: Why the Tech's Big Battle is Already Won

    11/29/2015 6:33:21 PM PST · by Another Post-American · 18 replies
    CoinDesk ^ | 11/29/15 | John Biggs
    A week ago I was in Belgrade watching a panel on "blockchain." The makeup of the panel was typical: a young, plugged-in VC, an older banker guy and a crypto-anarchistic dude in a T-shirt. It was like watching a movie called "Bitcoin is Good And Bad" for the 50th time. I knew what was happening but I couldn't look away. The panel started normally - VC guy said he liked the blockchain specifically but was iffy about those bitcoins, the older gentleman said bitcoin was bad, but then the anarchist dude was quiet. He let the banker talk. The banker...
  • Ex-CIA Chief: Obama Refused Strikes on ISIS Oil Wells Fearing 'Environmental Damage'

    11/29/2015 5:28:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 28 Nov 2015 11:15 PM
    Former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell says the reason why the Obama administration wouldn't bomb and destroy ISIS oil wells was out of concern about "environmental damage." Discussing President Barack Obama's thinking prior to the Nov. 13 ISIS attacks in Paris, Morell, who served as acting director twice while he was the agency's deputy director, tells interviewer Charlie Rose there's "now a sense of urgency that there wasn't before." ...
  • Planned Parenthood Official: ‘Hateful Language’ Makes People Think ‘It’s OK to Target’ Us

    11/29/2015 5:01:29 PM PST · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 11/29/15 | Pam Key
    Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains President and CEO Vicki Cowart discussed Friday’s shooting that took the lives of three people in Colorado and said the “hateful language” surrounding Planned Parenthood makes some think “it’s OK to target Planned Parenthood.”Cowart said, “We have experienced so much hateful language, hateful speech, such a negative environment has been created around the work that Planned Parenthood does, around the idea of safe and legal abortion and we have seen that across the country from all sort of speakers in the last few months. I can’t believe that this isn’t contributing to some folks mentally unwell...
  • Islamic State Plans To Flood Europe With Heroin. Could Make £33 Billion As Oil Revenues...

    11/29/2015 3:39:13 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 11/29/15 | Liam Deacon
    Top terrorism experts have warned that Islamic State (ISIS) is planning to flood the UK and other European nations with heroin. The terror group now controls most of the Class A drug trafficked into Europe from Afghanistan and is making huge profits from the criminal trade.Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) believes ISIS could make £33bn ($50bn) through the sale of heroin in Europe. The United Nations (UN) said that the “magnitude of the numbers involved” makes the relationship between terrorists and drug traffickers “worrisome”.Around half of all Europe’s heroin is moved through ISIS controlled territory in Iraq. Criminal gangs who pay...
  • Clinton will unveil $275 billion infrastructure plan to create jobs

    11/29/2015 2:49:30 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 99 replies
    Clinton will unveil $275 billion infrastructure plan to create jobs By Amanda Becker BOSTON U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to make job creation the focus of her campaign over the next month, beginning with a $275 billion infrastructure spending plan that will be released this week. Clinton's plan to increase the federal government's spending on infrastructure by $275 billion over the next five years will be fully paid for by changing how businesses are taxed, a campaign aide said, without providing any details. Of the total amount, $25 billion will be earmarked for an infrastructure bank. Clinton's campaign...
  • Europe Will Pay Turkey €3 Billion To Halt Refugee Exodus

    11/29/2015 9:41:47 AM PST · by amorphous · 30 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 29 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    In the aftermath of last week's dramatic events which have seen Turkey make a unilateral breach of NATO's unwritten rules of engagement by taking down a Russian jet, coupled with an assault on civil right and expression of speech when two journalists were arrested for exposing Turkish arms smuggling to Syria, culminating with the assassination of a prominent enemy of the state on live TV, one would expect that the "democratic, humanistic" western countries would at least issue a harsh condemnation of Erdogan's behavior. That won't happen: instead, the European Union will pay Turkey $3.2 billion to help it stop...
  • Lawyer For Displaced Disney Workers: 1,200 American Workers Training Their Foreign Replacements

    11/29/2015 8:44:34 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Nov 2015 | Michelle Fields
    Sara Blackwell, the Florida attorney representing the former Disney workers that were replaced by foreign workers told Breitbart News Daily that there are 1,200 Americans in New York who will suffer the same fate as the Disney workers."Right there in New York, 1,200 Americans are training their replacements" Blackwell said. Adding that it's also, "happening at AT&T right now." [...]This week, she filed a complaint with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of the former workers alleging that they are victims of national origin discrimination."I think that it's an immigration reform issue, but more than that it's...
  • Obama's House of Cards (A re-post?)

    11/29/2015 8:25:22 AM PST · by yoe · 4 replies
    Independant Institute ^ | September 15, 2015 | S. Fred Singer
    Introduction President Obama seems anxious to shore up his legacy in several disparate areas: concluding a nuclear deal with Iran; reaching an international climate accord in Paris in December 2015; phasing out fossil fuels for electric generation in favor of wind and solar; and also: shoring up Obamacare before the inevitable cost explosion; irreversibly changing the ethnic and moral make-up of the US; destroying the middle class and making a larger fraction dependent on government hand-outs. Obviously, many books can be written on these topics and on others, like immigration, race relations, education, gun control, and the generally increasing involvement...
  • The $400 billion ripoff that could destroy the Greek bailout

    11/28/2015 4:51:14 PM PST · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | 24 November 2014 | Nasos Koukakis
    As if Greece didn't have enough economic market woes, last week foreign investment funds managed to take control of four of the country's largest banks — Alpha Bank, Eurobank, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank — through $6.42 billion worth of capital increases and a complex set of legal manipulations. As a result, bank shares sold like penny stocks, diluting state ownership in these important institutions that have assets totaling $358 billion. The country's stake in the National Bank of Greece dropped to 24 percent from 57 percent, and in Eurobank it fell to 2.4 percent from 35 percent,...
  • "On The Cusp Of A Staggering Default Wave"

    11/28/2015 4:40:47 PM PST · by Lorianne · 45 replies
    The Energy Intelligence news and analysis creator and aggregator is not one to haphazradly throw around hyperbolic claims and forecasts. So when it gets downright apocalyptic, as it did this week in a report titled "Is Debt Bomb About to Blow Up US Shale?", people listen... and if they are still long energy junk bonds, they panic. The summary: "The US E&P sector could be on the cusp of massive defaults and bankruptcies so staggering they pose a serious threat to the US economy. Without higher oil and gas prices -- which few experts foresee in the near future --...
  • Gold prices plummet to 6-year low

    11/28/2015 11:20:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 28, 2015 at 1:55 PM | marilynn malara
    Due to what industry analysts say is a strengthening U.S. dollar, an expected rate hike from the Federal Reserve and an apparent Chinese stock market slump, the precious metal's prices temporarily fell to a longtime low of $1,051 an ounce. The commodity's price closed at $1,055.90 on the New York Mercantile Friday, CNN reports. The price indicates gold's decline in popularity since reaching its highest price of $1,890 in 2011.
  • An endorsement for #BlackLivesMatter to shut down all commerce in all cities

    11/28/2015 6:45:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/28/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Black Lives Matter, not Black Friday!No Justice, No Shopping!If you took time out from holiday festivities with family and friends to watch the news at all yesterday (likely a bad idea to begin with) you are probably aware of the large scale Black Lives Matter protests which essentially shut down holiday shopping on Chicago’s Miracle Mile. It wasn’t as if they weren’t telegraphing their punches because organizers, including Jesse Jackson, had announced the disruptions days in advance. Here are a few of the sights and sounds.CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The crowds, understandably angry over the more than...
  • Do You Remember When Black Friday Actually Still Mattered In America?

    11/28/2015 6:00:43 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 90 replies
    Daily Coin ^ | 11/28/2015 | Staff
    Once upon a time, "Black Friday" was a major event in the United States. Yes, the mainstream media is still endlessly hyping it up, and major retailers are still rolling out their "incredible deals", but it appears that most Americans are tiring of this particular gimmick. Or perhaps it is just that U.S. consumers don't have as much discretionary income as they once did. As you will see below, retail traffic this Black Friday was "much, much slower" than anticipated. And expectations were not great anyway - the number of shoppers was down last year, and it was being projected...
  • The End of Academic Elites [as Internet changes accelerate]

    11/28/2015 12:50:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 28, 2015 | Mike Konrad
    Unlike the revolution started by the printing press which soon stabilized, internet changes are not merely drastic but continually accelerating.The internet has changed everything, so much so that even I, a man who has been online for 19 years, am constantly amazed at the pace of accelerated change. The printing press changed the world in a few decades in the 16th century. The internet is even more revolutionary. Even more so than the press, the internet has evaporated prior means of didactic instruction. The printing press created change, but only the rich could afford to buy one. For less than...
  • The Democrats’ Death Wish: The Disappearing Destiny of the Donkey Party

    11/27/2015 11:44:36 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 27, 2015 | Virgil
    ...........Yes, everything is different, now, for elite Democrats. As we have seen, they are inspired by the EU. And as we have also seen, they no longer worry about worker's wages-and that only makes sense, because the two big magnetic poles of the new Democratic coalition, Al Sharpton and George Soros, are both oblivious to wages. Why? Because Sharpton's core constituents aren't in the workforce; they make their living through welfare, not work. And as for Soros and his fellow billionaires, they couldn't be bothered to think about anything as microscopic as a mere wage. Meanwhile, Democratic politicos believe that...
  • Murdoch: Tribune papers likely to be sold, LA Times split off

    11/27/2015 7:44:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/27/15 | Dan Levine
    Rupert Murdoch, co-chairman of Wall Street Journal publisher News Corp, on Friday said he had "strong word" that the Tribune Publishing Co's newspaper group will be bought by a Wall Street firm, while the Los Angeles Times will be split off and purchased by local investors including philanthropist Eli Broad.Murdoch, who is also co-chairman of 21st Century Fox, the entertainment and broadcast group, made his comments on Twitter.In September Tribune's board said the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune were "a cornerstone of our company's portfolio and a key component to our success in the future."Murdoch did not say...
  • Consumer spending up weak 0.1 percent in October

    11/27/2015 7:19:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    wwnt ^ | Frances Clayton
    The Commerce Department said Wednesday non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, increased 1.3 percent last month after an upwardly revised 0.4 percent rise in September. Wages and salaries shot up 0.6%, the largest increase since May. The increase matched expectations. That rate of change illustrates acceleration from the 0.2 percent increase in September, but falls in line with the rate of change throughout the summer of 2015, indicating little hint of a strong acceleration in wage growth. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $15.2 billion, or 0.1 percent, consistent with the previous month....
  • VIDEO=> Liberal CBS Reporter Claims Right Wing Extremism More Dangerous Than Radical IslamLiberal CB

    11/27/2015 7:10:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 47 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/27/15 | Jim Hoft
    Before the smoke cleared at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs today a CBS reporter claimed right-wing extremism is more dangerous than radical Islam. “As we’ve seen more people in this country have been killed by rightwing extremists that radical Islamist extremists.” Well, except for 9-11… and those 3,000 dead Americans. That was sort of a big deal at the time.As of 8:30 PM Eastern the shooter or motive has not been identified.Wow! Video via Young Cons:(video at link)For the record – Here is a list of the left-wing shooters we’ve endured over the past several years. THE LIST:...
  • There’s Big Money in Global Warming Alarmism

    11/27/2015 6:39:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Stream ^ | 11/27/15 | William M Biggs
    A sociologist with no training in the physical sciences is puzzled why most Americans think the world is not doomed by global warming. So flummoxed is Yale’s Justin Farrell that he decided to study the question in the most scientific way possible. And he managed to publish his results, “Corporate funding and ideological polarization about climate change,” in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.What do you think his conclusions were? Perhaps that thirty years of failed temperature predictions boosted Americans’ skepticism? Or that the obvious eagerness of politicians to leverage exaggerated fears have left many skittish? Or...
  • BDS fail: Pro-Palestinian group uses Israeli firm to build site (SJP uses Wix)

    11/27/2015 6:37:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 11/27/2015, 4:14 AM | Ben Ariel
    The University of Denver's branch of Students for Justice in Palestine decided to build a new website in order to disseminate its call for a boycott of Israel. However, the creators of the website failed to realize that the company they used to build the site, Wix, is an Israeli company that provides a free platform for web development. Another website, Israellycool.com, noticed the ironic BDS fail and reported about it, before the Students for Justice in Palestine website was taken down to be replaced with an error message. ...
  • [Protesting] Workers scarce at Walmart protests

    11/27/2015 6:35:14 PM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/27/15 | Sean Higgins
    Walmart workers were scarce at the much-hyped Black Friday protests against the retailer's wages and employment policies. Even protesters who didn't work at the stores were hard to find. An estimated 50 people showed up at a store in East Green Brush, N.Y., to protest the firing of Walmart employee Thomas Smith earlier this month. Thomas was allegedly let go for redeeming $2 worth of cans and bottles left behind in a shopping cart. Walmart said he was fired because Smith had failed to disclose his prior criminal history when he was hired, a claim Thomas disputed. A group of...
  • Germans reluctant to go green, survey finds

    11/27/2015 4:54:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Nov 2015 16:03 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    87 percent of Germans see climate change as a threat to humans and nature, according to an online survey by research institute YouGov this week. But should oil and coal prices be raised to pay for the damage caused by climate change? Of the 2,048 Germans surveyed, less than half were in favor of this idea. Just 39 percent of Germans make an effort to save electricity, the survey found - while just 22 percent of respondents said they have reduced their car travel to lessen their impact on the climate. ...
  • Black Friday in Chicago: ‘No Justice–No Shopping!’

    11/27/2015 12:16:18 PM PST · by maggief · 82 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 27, 2015 | LEE STRANAHAN
    Roughly 3,000 demonstrators have shut down a large portion of Michigan Avenue in Chicago-the "Magnificent Mile"-in the middle of Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, to protest the shooting of black teenager Laquon McDonald. The 17-year-old was killed in October 2014, and was apparently armed with a knife at the time. Video of the shooting released on Tuesday, however, shows that he was walking away from police at the time he was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke. Turnout was strong despite 39-degree weather and rainy conditions. Demonstrators shouted "16 shots!" and "No justice, no...
  • Streaming TV: Free Market Costs Leftwing ESPN 7 Million Subscribers

    11/27/2015 10:52:41 AM PST · by 867V309 · 40 replies
    breitbart ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | John Nolte
    But you are being robbed by left-wing propagandists to pay for their left-wing propaganda.Cut the cord, America.For America.
  • Ted Cruz is ‘not the establishment but doesn’t need on-the-job training’

    11/27/2015 7:19:00 AM PST · by Isara · 91 replies
    Soshable ^ | Nov 27, 2015 | JD Rucker
    There are many of us, perhaps millions, who believe that the Republican party as a governing force has been the lesser of two evils. We fear what the Democrats are doing to destroy the country but we’re angry about what the Republicans aren’t doing to repair the damage. This is why Donald Trump and Ben Carson have been so popular. It’s why so many people are willing to tell pollsters that they support either of the anti-establishment candidates.Thankfully, there’s a third candidate who would stand in stark contrast to the ineffective Republican Establishment that has been harming the party and...
  • Why do you never see gasoline taxes itemized on your receipt? The answer will shock you

    11/27/2015 8:00:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/27/2015 | Michael Bargo Jr.
    In April 2014, I suddenly realized that when you buy gasoline, the receipt does not list all the different taxes you have to pay.  So I emailed the Illinois Policy Institute (https://www.illinoispolicy.org) and asked them to make up a facsimile of a gas receipt.  Here's what they came up with, and they featured it in a story on their website.  Turns out a gallon of gas in Chicago has eight taxes on it.  In Park Ridge adds two cents more.  (I think today they are higher.)  I went to a neighborhood gas station – the owner was a nice...
  • Chinese shares plunge 5.5% as authorities probe brokers over violations

    11/27/2015 7:16:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Nov 27, 2015 | Chao Deng
    Chinese shares plunge 5.5% as authorities probe brokers over violations By Chao Deng Published: Nov 27, 2015 3:25 a.m. ET Chinese authorities’ investigations into two major Chinese brokerages over suspected violations drove shares in Shanghai sharply lower Friday. The Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, -5.48% fell 5.5% to 3,436.30, the largest daily percentage loss since Aug. 18. The losses wiped out most of Shanghai’s gains this month and the index remains down 38% from a June peak. The benchmark is still up 1.6% month-to-date, and up 14% from its August low. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, -1.87% shed 1.6%, putting it...
  • Video: Who’s really protesting Walmart?

    11/27/2015 6:26:58 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 11/27/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Tis the season, once again upon us, when an age old tradition returns to cities and towns across the nation. I don’t mean the usual Thanksgiving feasts of yesterday or even the commercial mayhem of Black Friday. We’re talking about the annual protests of Walmart by their beleaguered workers who want a fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage and, much more to the point, official union representation. The OurWalmart campaign was back at it as usual, preparing to disrupt holiday shopping plans for the masses who prepare to launch into the Christmas giving season. But who are these protesters, really?...
  • Celebrate, America, Because The First TV Channel Dedicated To Selling Guns Is Almost Here

    11/27/2015 5:57:51 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 11/26/2015 | Eric Owens
    Are you the kind of person who likes the Home Shopping Network but thinks it could be massively improved with a lot less jewelry and a lot more firearms and concealed weapons apparel for women? If so, next year will be a banner year for you because GunTV, a new, 24-hour live-shopping channel dedicated to the sale of guns and gun-related gear, is scheduled for a January 2016 launch. The station will be run by The Social Responsibility Network (which appears to run nothing else). Louisiana-based Sports South, a 174-year-old distributor of guns and ammunition, is a partner in the...
  • Distrust of federal land agencies escalates with conviction of Oregon ranchers

    11/27/2015 5:09:19 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/27/2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Ranchers in the West are engaged in 21st-century range wars, but their adversaries are not the rustlers and cattle barons of lore. Federal land management agencies, overzealous officers, and self-righteous judges are the foes western ranchers fear the most. On October 7, father and son ranchers from Oregon, Dwight, 73, and Steven Hammond, 46, were labeled as terrorists and sentenced to five years in federal prison under anti-terrorism laws. In 2001, a fire set by the Hammonds to eliminate overgrown sagebrush on their own property inadvertently spread to adjacent BLM land. The two were convicted of arson when the Bureau...
  • Airbus wants to build 'shipping container' cabins that

    11/27/2015 4:56:01 AM PST · by Winniesboy · 95 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | November 11 2015 | Andrew Trotman
    Proposal would mean passengers wouldn't have to wait to board, and planes would spend less time on the ground...The proposal would see passengers "board" the cabin and take their seats, before it is lifted like a shipping container onto the back of the plane. It is then fixed into place and the plane operates as normal....The idea is designed to speed up the boarding process by allowing ticket-holders to take their seats before their plane is ready and in position at the airport's gate... "The period of imobilisation on the ground of the aeroplanes between two successive flights increases their...
  • The False Promise of a Rules-Based Fed [--AND THE GOLD STANDARD]

    11/27/2015 4:46:29 AM PST · by expat_panama · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 25, 2015 | Greg Ip
    Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill that would bring about the most sweeping changes to the Federal Reserve since the 1930s. At the heart of the bill is a requirement that the Fed set interest rates according to a quantitative rule. Like advocates of the gold standard, proponents of the bill blame many of the economy’s ills on the Fed exercising too much discretion... [snip] Legislating a rule doesn’t do away with discretion, but makes it more likely discretion will be exercised only after the rule has failed, perhaps at great economic cost. [snip] In a dynamic...
  • Colorado’s skyrocketing electricity prices could get much worse

    11/26/2015 7:59:46 PM PST · by george76 · 49 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | November 24, 2015 | michael
    The cost of electricity for Colorado residents skyrocketed 63 percent between 2001 and 2014, far outpacing median income in the state at just 24 percent over the same time period ... Retail residential electricity rates increased from 7.47 cents per kilowatthour in 2001 to 12.18 cents per kilowatthour by 2014, a 63.1 percent hike. Coloradans median income, however, went up just 24.1 percent, from $49,397 to $61,303. Median income in Colorado actually declined between 2008 and 2012. ... Not to mention the state's many business owners, including small business owners, who face the same hikes in energy costs that could...
  • Minimum wage effect? Seattle area restaurant jobs have fallen -900 this year

    11/26/2015 7:04:08 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    AEI ^ | November 23, 2015 | Mark J. Perry
    Minimum wage effect? Seattle area restaurant jobs have fallen -900 this year vs. +6,200 food jobs in rest of state [ Full title ]. What effect will the eventual 58% increase in labor costs from $9.47 to $15 an hour have on small businesses, including Seattle area restaurants? Actually, it will be more like a 95% increase for many employers to $18.55 an hour once all costs and taxes are added. It's too soon to tell for sure, but there is already some preliminary evidence that April's minimum wage hike to $11 an hour, along with the pending increase of...
  • Disney is losing ESPN subscribers by the millions [Feel Good Story of the Day!]

    11/26/2015 8:14:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 11/26/15 | Barbara Kollmeyer
    .... Walt Disney Co. has revealed that it lost three million subscribers to its sports network ESPN within one year..... ....Based on that, the loss of 3 million subscribers in one year would be taking around $216 million away from Disney's coffers.....
  • Union goes to court over longevity pay for future Clark County workers

    Clark County's largest employee union is taking the county to court in effort to overturn an arbitrator's ruling that eliminates hundreds of millions of dollars in longevity pay for future hires. The Service Employees International Union Local 1107 filed a motion to vacate the arbitrator's contract award this week in Clark County District Court. To prevail, the union would need a judge to find that the arbitrator disregarded state law when issuing his final, binding decision. The arbitrator, Ross Runkel, also gave county employees 4.5 percent in retroactive pay increases in his Aug. 25 award. The key sticking point, however,...
  • Google deems Bernie Sanders’ economic plan a ‘phishing scam’

    11/26/2015 7:40:32 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Democratic presidential hopeful Bernard Sanders’ economic plan triggered Gmail’s “phishing scam” antenna, with the mail system saying the senator’s liberal campaign promises — including lower prescription drug prices and free college for all — sound like frauds. “Be careful with this message. It contains content that’s typically used to steal personal information,” Gmail said in a bright red warning box that appeared at the top of a message sent by Mr. Sanders’ campaign Friday, laying out his “Agenda for Working Families.” [snip]
  • ‘I was tossed out of the tribe’: climate scientist Judith Curry interviewed

    11/26/2015 7:06:29 AM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 11/26/15 | David Rose
    It is safe to predict that when 20,000 world leaders, officials, green activists and hangers-on convene in Paris next week for the 21st United Nations climate conference, one person you will not see much quotedis Professor Judith Curry. This is a pity. Her record of peer-reviewed publication in the best climate-science journals is second to none, and in America she has become a public intellectual. But on this side of the Atlantic, apparently, she is too ‘challenging’. What is troubling about her pariah status is that her trenchant critique of the supposed consensus on global warming is not derived from...
  • Obama Signs NDAA; DCM to Sell Surplus .45s

    11/26/2015 6:57:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On Wednesday, 25 November, 2015, President Barack Hussein Obama signed the National Defense Authorization act. He had vetoed the first version of the bill to reach his desk on 22 October, 2015, about a month ago. In the latest version, S. 1356, there is a section, 1087, which re-authorizes the Civilian Marksmanship Program to sell surplus 1911 and 1911A1 pistols and their parts and accessories to the public. The sales are limited to 10,000 per year. There are about 100,000 of these pistols available that are surplus, so they should be available for a several years.From the bill(pdf):''(h) AUTHORIZED TRANSFERS.-(1)...
  • Albertsons to Buy Back 33 Stores It Sold as Part of Merger With Safeway

    11/26/2015 6:00:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | Brent Kendall and Peg Brickley
    Grocery store chain Albertsons Cos. is buying back 33 stores the government required it to sell when it acquired rival Safeway Inc. earlier this year, a highly unusual development approved by a judge on Tuesday that highlights a misfire by U.S. antitrust enforcers. Little has gone according to plan since the Federal Trade Commission allowed the Albertsons-Safeway tie-up in January on the condition that the companies sell 168 stores to preserve competition in several Western states. Without the divestitures, Albertsons would be too dominant in 130 local markets, the FTC said when it agreed to a settlement with the merging...
  • Leaderless

    11/26/2015 4:29:10 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 58 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/26/2015 | Ron Fournier
    I once asked, What if Obama cant lead? The answer after Paris is painful In his mem­oir, Le­on Pan­etta ar­gued that for all of Barack Obama's strengths, he is miss­ing an es­sen­tial in­gredi­ent of lead­er­ship. He lacks "fire," wrote Obama's former CIA dir­ect­or and Pentagon chief. "The pres­id­ent re­lies on the lo­gic of a law pro­fess­or rather than the pas­sion of a lead­er." Obama has proved Pan­etta right again and again dur­ing his pres­id­ency, but nev­er more dan­ger­ously so than with his shoulder-shrug ap­proach to IS­IS. Obama called it a "J.V. team" be­fore it star­ted be­head­ing Amer­ic­ans. He said it...
  • The New 'Consensus': 97 Percent Of Americans Aren't Worried About Global Warming

    11/26/2015 2:12:29 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 27 replies
    The DC Caller ^ | November 25, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    While 97 percent of scientists may agree mankind is driving global warming, 97 percent of Americans don’t seem to care about the issue when stacked up against other concerns such as terrorism or the economy, according to a recent Fox News poll. A November Fox News poll of more than 1,000 registered voters found that only 3 percent listed "climate change" as the most important issue facing the country today, down from 5 percent in August. Americans were much more worried about terrorism, the economy and immigration than global warming. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/25/the-new-consensus-97-of-americans-arent-worried-about-global-warming/#ixzz3saiGNtSs
  • Donald Trump Rises to 38% Nationally; Ted Cruz Edges into 2nd at 12%

    11/26/2015 1:35:46 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Nov 2015 | by John Nolte
    Since last week, in the Reuters 5-day tracking poll, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has gained two points and risen to 38%. This time last week the billionaire businessman earned 36% support. Despite the DC Media’s best efforts to take him out, Trump appears to be gaining support from a public that no longer trusts the DC Media, and for an endless supply of very good reasons. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/25/donald-trump-rises-to-38-nationally-ted-cruz-edges-into-2nd-at-12/
  • Obama Admin Sneaks Out 144 Big Regulations Right Before Thanksgiving

    11/25/2015 11:19:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 25, 2015 | 9:19 AM EST | James Gattuso
    President Obama is nothing if not predictable. Required by law to release plans for new regulations twice a year, the administration has consistently done so just before major holidays, when few are paying attention. Thus, it was no surprise to see his fall 2015 regulatory agenda released last Friday, as many Americans focused on Thanksgiving week with family and friends. [...] ... The regulations span the full scope of American life, ranging from labeling requirements for pet food, new test procedures for battery chargers, mandated paid sick leave for contractors, and automatic speed limiters for trucks to a dozen new...
  • F35 Helmet - A fighter pilot helmet with 360 degrees of sky

    11/25/2015 9:34:53 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/25/15 | Zoeann Murphy
    The F-35 fighter jet, developed by Lockheed Martin, has a fascinating accessory. The pilot’s $400,000 helmet enables him or her to see through the jet’s skin, using a number of specially positioned cameras.
  • Sideling Hill center reopens amid relief, fingerpointing

    11/25/2015 8:03:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | October 9, 2015 | Don Aines
    HANCOCK — The Sideling Hill Welcome Center is now more than just the most scenic set of fair-weather restrooms in Western Maryland after Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford and a host of elected officials on Friday reopened the facility, which has been closed for the last six years. Perched on the east side of Sideling Hill near Hancock, where a massive cut in the mountain rock allows Interstate 68 to pass through, the center was closed in 2009, in a move by former Gov. Martin O'Malley that did not sit well with many area residents. "It was done for political...