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  • Hillary Clinton Paid $57 Million in Taxes Over Last 8 Years

    07/31/2015 2:52:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 31, 2015 | By LIZ KREUTZ, SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    Hillary Clinton paid roughly $57 million in federal and state taxes over the last eight years based on a statement just released by the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign. The statement does not say how much Clinton earned each year. She made roughly $15 million in charitable donations. “We’ve come a long way from my days going door-to-door for the Children’s Defense Fund and earning $16,450 as a young law professor in Arkansas — and we owe it to the opportunities America provides,” Clinton said in the statement.
  • Does Global Warming Actually Increase Antarctic Sea Ice?

    07/31/2015 2:28:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Discovery News ^ | July 31, 2015 | BY PATRICK J. KIGER
    People who insist that climate change isn’t happening often try to disprove it by pointing to what they see as contradictory phenomena. One of their most visually compelling arguments has centered upon Antarctic sea ice, which expanded to reach record levels in 2014. If the planet really is warming, they ask, then shouldn’t the ice in the southern ocean be melting? But now, in a new, not-yet-published paper, James Hansen, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and colleagues push back even harder. They argue that the increase in Antarctic sea ice not only doesn’t refute climate...
  • Lawsuit: Anti-abortion group got access to abortion providers' meetings, recorded members

    07/31/2015 2:18:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    foxbusiness.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Associated Press
    SAN FRANCISCO – An association of abortion providers is asking a court to block the release of recordings they say were made by an anti-abortion group that has previously revealed several surreptitiously recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research. The National Abortion Federation filed a lawsuit Friday in San Francisco, seeking a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress. The lawsuit says the center's representatives recorded federation members at their annual meetings with the goal of smearing those who support abortion rights. The federation says it members will be further...
  • The Trail of Fetal Body Parts in Scientific Papers (the Human Genome Project)

    07/31/2015 2:09:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | July 24, 2015 | Stacy Trasancos
    Maybe the undercover investigation conducted by the Center for Medical Progress needed to happen so people could see and hear the gruesomeness of Planned ParenthoodÂ’s harvesting and sale of fetal body parts. Maybe it was too easy to ignore without video-taped evidence in plain, gory language. Maybe it is not enough to be outraged at abortion on its face because, I donÂ’t know, killing is somehow worse if body parts are sold.But anyone who has followed the Human Genome Project, cloning, genetic, evolution, and stem cell research knows that the use of fetal and embryonic body parts and tissues...
  • Hillary Clinton's Emails: 69% Want Special Prosecutor To Investigate

    07/31/2015 1:37:25 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/31/2015 | John Merline
    Fully 69% of those following the Hillary Clinton email scandal want the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to determine whether she mishandled classified information on the private email account she used while secretary of state, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll.
  • Community convenes for Colowyo ( Coal mining & electric power Jobs: Colorado )

    07/31/2015 1:03:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Steamboat Today ^ | July 31, 2015 | Patrick Kelly
    Craig community leaders hosted a meeting Thursday at Moffat County High School to provide a brief update on the situation at Colowyo Coal Mine, answer questions and facilitate public comment on the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s environmental assessment. Ray Beck, Craig mayor, opened the gathering by telling the audience about the economic significance of Colowyo mine’s 220 jobs to Craig and Northwest Colorado. “This is not the time to slow down,” Beck said, emphasizing the importance of community feedback on the development of the mine’s new environmental assessment. When the OMSRE’s recommendation to approve mining plans for...
  • Is Planned Parenthood Selling “Fully Intact” Babies Born Alive and Left to Die?

    07/31/2015 11:33:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Life News ^ | July 31, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT
    In an interview with CNN this morning, the pro-life advocate behind the four shocking videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies for research made a startling claim. The claim makes it appear the Planned Parenthood abortion business may be selling the “fully intact” bodies of unborn babies purposefully born alive and left to die.To set the stage, following the release of the first two shocking videos showing top Planned Parenthood doctors discussing and arranging the sale of aborted babies with actors posing as biotech firm officials, the bio0tech company StemExpress, which purchases aborted babies from...
  • Wage Growth Weak Despite Tightening Jobs Market

    07/31/2015 11:21:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    ·FOXBusiness ^ | ·Published July 31, 2015 | Dunstan Prial
    Compensation costs, which include wages and benefits such as health care coverage, for civilian workers barely moved during the second quarter, rising just 0.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Labor. It was the weakest increase since 1982. Wages and salaries, which make up about 70% of compensation costs, were also little changed at 0.2%, and benefits, which make up the remaining 30% of compensation, rose even less at 0.1%, the government said. In another troubling long-term trend, compensation costs for civilian workers have leveled off in 2015 from the prior...
  • Most GOP hopefuls skeptical of climate change caused by humans

    07/31/2015 10:55:38 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 7 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 31 July 2015 | Matt Viser
    WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum calls climate change “a beautifully concocted scheme.” Senator Ted Cruz contends no climate change has been recorded in the last 15 years, bluntly declaring, “It hasn’t happened.” Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon, has said, “We may be warming. We may be cooling.” Former Florida governor Jeb Bush grants that climate change is real, but he’s unwilling to say it is caused by humans. Donald Trump, meanwhile, sees a conspiracy: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing noncompetitive.” Most of the 17 Republicans running for president...
  • Occupational Licensing Hurts Just About Everyone, Says White House

    07/31/2015 10:39:13 AM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 31 replies
    reason.com ^ | 7/31/2015 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Libertarians have been objecting to occupational licensing on these grounds for decades, of course; the free-market friendly Institute for Justice has even been systematically suing to bring about their demise. But it's rare to see federal agencies recommend against more economic regulation, so let's all just savor this small victory a moment. The scathing report paints occupational licensing as a regulatory scheme that serves almost no one any good—raising consumer costs while failing to deliver improved quality; reducing employment opportunities, especially among the most economically vulnerable; and hampering state-to-state mobility and market innovation. "By one estimate, licensing restrictions cost millions...
  • Oil falls after OPEC comments imply no supply cut

    07/31/2015 9:19:50 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 13 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | July 31, 2015 | Christopher Johnson
    Oil prices fell on Friday as concern over global oversupply intensified after oil producers’ cartel OPEC indicated there would be no cuts in production despite a huge global oversupply. The fall mirrored a general sell-off in commodities on persistent worries about demand in China, the world’s biggest user of energy and many key materials such as copper. China’s state planner said on Friday a slowing economy must not be allowed to morph into social risks as the volatile Chinese stock market fell again. “All commodities are down,” said Abhishek Deshpande, oil analyst at Natixis. “Commodities face weak demand, excess supplies...
  • Donald Trump Interview with Michale Savage (Video)

    07/31/2015 8:59:39 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 3 replies
    headlinepolitics ^ | 7/29/15 | Rusty Weiss
    Donald Trump has yet another supporter it would seem – the wildly popular conservative talk show host, Michael Savage.
  • Qualcomm Lays Off 4,500 Workers While Demanding More H-1bs

    07/31/2015 8:22:21 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 07/29/2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Another tech giant that says it must import foreign workers because there aren’t enough skilled American workers in the industry is laying off thousands of workers.Qualcomm — a major producer of smartphone chips — announced last week it’s eliminating 15 percent of its workforce or about 4,500 employees, just weeks after fellow tech giant Microsoft announced a massive round of layoffs.Both companies are top beneficiaries of the H-1b visa program, which backers say allows companies to temporarily hire foreign workers for jobs they can’t find qualified Americans workers to fill. Critics contend the program is really used to cut costs. (RELATED:...
  • Former Planned Parenthood Director: Abortion Biz Makes $100-$200 for Every Aborted Baby Part Sold

    07/31/2015 7:49:09 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Jul 31, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    Former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson, told The Christian Post that her old employers sometimes charged $100-$200 for each body part from aborted babies. She also explained that the money they received from it covered more than shipping and other fees. She said, “Shipping only costs a clinic $4 to $10 but they are sometimes charging $100 to $200 for each baby. They are charging additional fees, but in reality there are no additional fees except for minimal shipping costs.” Later Johnson added that Planned Parenthood found deceitful ways to get around laws that ban the sale of fetal body...
  • Canada is in recession

    07/31/2015 7:14:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/31/2015 | Sam Ro
    Canada is in recession. Canadian GDP unexpectedly fell 0.2% in May. This was worse than the 0.0% expected by economists. "The economy has contracted in 6 out of the last 7 months," BNP's Derek Lindsay noted. The resource rich economy has felt the crushing pain of falling commodity prices as global demand for raw materials has decelerated. And relief doesn't seem to be coming any time soon. "We continue to see falling commodities prices weighing heavily on the economy, with mining, utilities, and manufacturing presenting biggest drags on the goods side," Lindsay said. And this probably means more easy monetary...
  • Man behind Planned Parenthood videos speaks out

    07/31/2015 6:46:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    CNN NEWS/Youtube ^ | Jul 31, 2015 | CNN NEWS
    Man behind Planned Parenthood videos speaks out David Daleiden of the Center For Medical Progress defends his organization's release of controversial videos about Planned Parenthood. VIDEO ONLY ON LINK
  • China is asking for stock trading records from Chinese and foreign brokerages .... shorting stocks

    07/31/2015 6:42:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2015/07/31 | Michelle Price, Pete Sweeney
    China is asking for stock trading records from Chinese and foreign brokerages to find investors who are shorting stocks Michelle Price, Pete Sweeney Today at 6:06 PM HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China is asking foreign and Chinese-owned brokerages in Hong Kong and Singapore to hand over stock trading records, sources with direct knowledge of the requests told Reuters, extending its pursuit of investors shorting Chinese stocks to overseas jurisdictions. Three sources at Chinese brokerages and two at foreign financial institutions said the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) had sought to identify traders and investors who had taken net short positions,...
  • POLLING DECEPTIONS FROM H3LL

    07/31/2015 6:34:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7-31-15 | Michael Voris
    This one is so over the top, it makes you wonder if you’re the only sane one left. If you don’t understand anything about how the information cycle of deception works in the Luciferian media, understand this: It is highly organized and purpose-driven. Case in point: as the Culture of the Demonic started getting threatened in the public eye, the whole machinery of that culture fired up — again. The story: Planned Parenthood and it’s macabre gruesome practice of killing children in the womb and dismembering the little corpses in such a way so as to preserve intact what they could later sell to biomedical companies. How is...
  • The thing about flat stock markets [The Market Is Running Out of Breath & Breadth]

    07/31/2015 5:30:56 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 13 replies
    Fortune ^ | July 30, 2015 | oshua Brown
    Flat markets, like the one we are in right now, do not suggest any particular outcome when the S&P 500 finally breaks out of its slumber. You might have looked at your last brokerage statement and wondered why you’re no longer seeing the asset balance increasing like it had been. You may have taken a glance at your 401(k) the other day and wondered why it’s barely budged since Thanksgiving, excluding the contributions you’ve been making every two weeks. You’re not crazy. The U.S. stock market has essentially gone nowhere... [snip] Market watchers have noted that the trading range (difference...
  • Did You Ever Notice the Asterisk on Your Social Security Statement?

    07/31/2015 4:12:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | July 31, 2015 | Myra Adams
    While engaging in the mundane task of gathering financial statements for a “secure retirement” meeting with my husband’s and my adviser, this Baby Boomer stumbled upon documented proof that our nation does not have the guts to confront one of its most serious economic problems. The realization came when I pulled from my files a document statement innocently titled, “Your Social Security Statement.”
  • THE LEFT'S FIGHT-FOR-$15 SCAM

    07/31/2015 3:41:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Mathew Vadum
    The current feel-good push for a $15 an hour minimum wage has nothing to do with helping workers and everything to do with advancing the goals of the left wing, especially the labor movement. This is true despite the occasionally soaring rhetoric of President Obama amid the Left's incessant whining about "income inequality," itself a particularly un-American concept, an imaginary evil that dwells only in the nightmares of left-wingers. The fact gets lost that the minimum wage itself and continuing increases in the minimum wage hurt working people.
  • President Of NOW: Moms Love Planned Parenthood, Aborted Fetuses Are 'Disgusting'

    07/31/2015 2:56:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/31/15 | Caleb Howe
    "I don't think any politician is vulnerable who supports Planned Parenthood because Planned Parenthood is beloved and trusted." - Terry O'Neill, President of NOW On Now with Alex Wagner on Thursday, the President of the National Organization for Women was on briefly to discuss the scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood, and how it might affect Hillary Clinton's presidential aspirations. In the short time she was on screen, O'Neill managed to utter a surprising array of tone-deaf and highly-charged statements. In addition to the above quote, O'Neill elaborated that the organization is everywhere and all things, claiming that one in every...
  • Would you let your 12-year-old daughter sleep in a tent with an 18-year-old boy?

    07/31/2015 2:54:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/31/15 | Jack Cashill
    I was driving in to work earlier this week, listening to a local talk show, when I did something I almost never do. I called in. The subject was the decision by the governing board of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to allow openly gay adults to serve as den leaders, scoutmasters, and camp counselors. How could I resist? I am an Eagle Scout, and I have a book coming out next week called Scarlet Letters that deals with this larger subject. When the producer screened me about my stance, I decided to hold off on more complex issues...
  • Killing Them

    07/31/2015 2:22:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Red State ^ | 7-31-15 | Eric Erickson
    We have passed the point where Nazi comparisons are inappropriate. In the latest video about Planned Parenthood, if you want to watch it, you will see an admission that some of the children are born alive before being killed and carved up — their bodies being sold essentially for scrap. These are children. They entered into the world alive and were killed, chopped up, and sold bit by bit. “It’s a boy,” one person commented in the latest film. They talk about the commoditization of children’s eyeballs (the ones in the video were not developed enough), hearts that turn to...
  • Ricketts family gives more than $5 million to Walker super PAC

    07/31/2015 2:21:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 31, 2015 | Robert Costa
    The Ricketts family sweepstakes are over and Scott Walker has won handily, according to Republicans familiar with Unintimidated, the super PAC supporting the Wisconsin governor and presidential candidate. Federal election filings will soon show that billionaire investor Joe Ricketts and his wife, Marlene, have together given $5 million to the Walker-allied group — a significant haul from one of the GOP’s biggest donors. Their son, Todd, is another Walker donor and co-chairman of his national fundraising efforts. In recent months he has hosted events for the governor and traveled with him on the campaign trail. Federal filings will also show...
  • Company Uses Cells From Abortions to Test Artificial Flavors

    07/30/2015 6:24:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    lifenews ^ | Mar 29, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    A pro-life group that monitors the use of cells from babies victimized by abortions is today highlighting a biotech company, Senomyx, which it says produces artificial flavor enhancers using aborted fetal cell lines to test their products. The group Children of God for Life is calling for a public boycott of major food companies partnering with Senomyx. Debi Vinnedge, the director of the pro-life organization, tells LifeNews.com today that, in 2010, her group wrote to Senomyx CEO Kent Snyder and pointed out that moral options for testing their food additives could and should be used. But when Senomyx ignored her...
  • Indiana clears Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing after videos

    07/30/2015 6:10:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    AP ^ | 7/30/15
    Indiana on Thursday cleared Planned Parenthood facilities that perform abortions in the state of any wrongdoing in the handling of fetal tissue. Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, on July 16 ordered an investigation of Planned Parenthood facilities in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Merrillville to see if organs from aborted fetuses were being sold. He was among a number of conservative lawmakers around the country who have called for investigations after an anti-abortion group circulated a video it made secretly showing some of its national officials discussing how they obtain organs from aborted fetuses for research. Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider...
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia aim to enhance cooperation

    07/30/2015 4:43:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2015 1:33 PM EDT
    Egypt and Saudi Arabia say they aim to boost military, economic, and social ties and pursue their common interests. In a statement released after a meeting between President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, el-Sissi’s office says the two leaders also will work to create a joint Arab military force. …
  • New York minimum wage increase: Who really pays

    07/30/2015 4:14:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    CNN Money ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Jeanne Sahadi
    New York's new $15 minimum wage for fast food workers applies to more than 100 brands doing business in the state. The only criteria: They must operate in at least 30 locations nationwide. Laura Jankowski owns three Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchises on Long Island. The brand has 16 locations in New York and more than 400 nationwide. Research suggests that most fast food workers in New York are 22 or older. But Jankowski says the vast majority of her employees are high school and college students. Most earn $8.75 an hour but her shift leaders earn $9.75. The new higher...
  • Federal court blocks logging in largest national forest, Alaska officials fuming

    07/30/2015 4:11:56 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 30, 2015
    A federal appeals court has locked down America's largest national forest from logging, in a tight decision that reverses a Bush-era bid to open up the Alaska land and has state officials fuming. “[The] ruling is a disappointment and a severe setback for the economies of Southeast Alaska,” Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in a statement. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in the 6-5 decision, on Wednesday lifted Tongass National Forest’s longstanding exemption from a 2001 federal mandate called the “Roadless Rule.” That rule prohibits road construction and timber harvesting across millions of...
  • A breakdown of New York’s Obamacare numbers

    07/30/2015 3:55:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Capital New York ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Dan Goldberg
    New Yorkers are proving to be cost conscious when choosing a private health insurance plan from New York State of Health, the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, which has now enrolled more than 10 percent of state residents. Of the 2.1 million enrollees, 415,352 chose a private plan, 1,568,345 signed up for Medicaid and 159,716 enrolled in Child Health Plus, according to an enrollment report released Wednesday by the state's health department. Other highlights from the report: - The state's call center handled calls in 92 different languages and dialects. - Two-thirds of those who purchased a private...
  • FBI says hackers shake down big banks, threaten to shut sites if they don’t pay up

    07/30/2015 3:44:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Priya Anand
    Financial companies are facing extortion threats from hackers who threaten to knock their websites offline unless firms pay tens of thousands of dollars, an FBI agent told MarketWatch Thursday. More than 100 companies, including targets from big banks to brokerages in the financial sector, have received distributed denial of service threats since about April, says Richard Jacobs, assistant special agency in charge of the cyber branch at the FBI’s New York office. With these types of attacks, known as DDoS, criminals jam websites by flooding them with useless traffic. The ransom requests typically run in the tens of thousands of...
  • ...How the smartest computer on earth could shake up health care for 70m pharmacy customers

    07/30/2015 2:35:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | July 30 at 4:32 PM | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    The artificial intelligence system known as Watson is going to supercompute your health. IBM and CVS announced on Thursday that they will work together to come up with algorithms that use physiological indicators and red-flag behaviors to predict whose health is fine and whose may be on the decline. The first stage of the deal will focus on patients with chronic conditions, such as heart disease and obesity, but after that the sky's the limit. Here's why the deal is poised to shake up the way you think about health care. CVS has 7,600 retail stores, about 1,000 walk-in medical...
  • California Water Use Falls By 27 Percent in June

    07/30/2015 2:33:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    June marked the first month of mandatory cutbacks during California's droughtCalifornia water use dropped by 27 percent in June, the first month of mandatory cutbacks during the drought. The announcement from state regulators comes after the state's largest cities already announced they met or exceeded mandatory conservation targets provided by the state. Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board shows 265 of the 411 local agencies in the state hit or nearly reached the savings targets implemented after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered an overall 25 percent savings. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the state's...
  • 'Women Betrayed' by Planned Parenthood speak out against abortion giant

    07/30/2015 2:28:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | July 29, 2015 | Adelaide Mena
    Student-organized 'Women Betrayed' rally against Planned Parenthood at US Capitol in Washington D.C. on July 28, 2015. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA. Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2015 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of women – along with scores of men – gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to protest what they see as betrayal of the nation’s women at the hands of Planned Parenthood. “I have a lot of young women friends, and I’m very concerned about how Planned Parenthood might exploit them, how Planned Parenthood might exploit me if I had an unplanned pregnancy,” Christina Yao, a...
  • Thailand Bans Foreigners' Use of Surrogates in Midst of Gay Dads Case

    07/30/2015 2:05:13 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    www.aleteia.org ^ | July 31, 2015 | John Burger
    America and Spanish man claim Thai woman reneged when she found out their status In the midst of an ugly battle in which two homosexual men are trying to bring a girl out of Thailand to rear her in Spain, the Southeast Asian country is proceeding to ban foreigners’ use of surrogate mothers there. The gay fathers’ case is one of several contentious cases, albeit the highest profile, that has led to the legislative action. Fusion gave some of the background: A child born in Thailand by surrogate last year was left behind after he was born with Down’s syndrome....
  • Windows 10: Here are the privacy issues you should know about

    07/30/2015 1:48:23 PM PDT · by steve86 · 41 replies
    TNW News ^ | July 29, 2015 | Mic Wright
    ... Cortana is a sexy spy in the machine Turn on Cortana, the virtual assistant, and you’re also turning on a whole host of data sharing: To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your...
  • Court Blocks Pro-Life Group From Releasing Videos of Company Selling Aborted Babies

    07/30/2015 1:30:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Life News ^ | July 29, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT
    A court in California has blocked the pro-life group releasing undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling unborn baby body parts from releasing any videos regarding the middleman, StemExpress. That’s the company Planned Parenthood sells aborted babies to that, in turn, sells them to biotech firms and research universities for research.The Associated Press issued a report on what the court did: A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers.The Los Angeles Superior Court order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical...
  • Researchers resurrect ancient viruses in hopes of improving gene therapy

    07/30/2015 10:20:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 30, 2015 | Provided by: Cell Press
    Researchers have recreated the evolutionary lineage of adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) to reconstruct an ancient viral particle that is highly effective at delivering gene therapies targeting the liver, muscle, and retina. This approach, published July 30 in Cell Reports, could be used to design a new class of genetic drugs that are safer and more potent than those currently available. "Our novel methodology allows us to understand better the intricate structure of viruses and how different properties arose throughout evolution," says senior study author Luk H. Vandenberghe of Harvard Medical School. "We believe our findings will teach us how complex biological...
  • Socialism Works: Venezuela Out of Food, Doctors Make $15 a Month and There's No Beer

    07/30/2015 8:54:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 07/30/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Venezuela used to have oil literally coming out of the ground. Then the Socialists took over and under Hugo Chavez made it a model for the world... to run away from. Here's what's going on in Venezuela now. Universal Health Care - Venezuela's widely praised government health care system is doing great. Doctors are being paid $15 a month In some hospitals, they had less than a third of the medical supplies they require. Almost every patient told me they had to buy at least some of their drugs on the street. Oncologists said that people who were diagnosed...
  • What Economic Recovery? America’s Children Suffer Post-Recession

    07/30/2015 8:17:01 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 30, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Three universities contributed to a study that shows that children are faring badly in the Obama years, although they stop short of questioning the official unemployment rate. The 2015 Kids Count Data Book, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that “In 2013, nearly a third of children (31 percent) were living in families where no parent had full-time, year-round employment. The child poverty rate has remained stubbornly high. At 22 percent in 2013, it was still several percentage points higher than before the recession.” The report goes on to note that “In 2000, 9 percent of children lived...
  • 4th Video Catches Planned Parenthood VP Discussing How to Break the Law to Sell Aborted Babies

    07/30/2015 8:16:28 AM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Jul 30, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    After three shocking videos caught Planned Parenthood doctors discussing and arranging the sale of body parts of aborted babies, a fourth video has been released today catching a Planned Parenthood vice president discussing how Planned Parenthood how to break or get around the law to sell aborted babies. New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Savita Ginde, negotiating a fetal body parts deal, agreeing multiple times to illicit pricing per body part harvested, and suggesting ways to avoid legal consequences. In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics...
  • Bosnians protest against EU-recommended labor law

    07/30/2015 8:14:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2015 10:35 AM EDT | Aida Cerkez
    Amid the protests of thousands of workers, the Bosnian-Croat regional parliament on Thursday adopted a new labor law that aims to create a more business-friendly environment with the intention of creating jobs. […] The law makes laying off workers somewhat easier and regulates severance terms. It introduces Western-style working contracts that no longer guarantee employment until retirement. […] The former labor law was inherited from the communist regime and offered wide protection to workers but was not business-friendly. It was partly the reason for the 40 percent unemployment rate. …
  • The Worst Expansion Since World War II Was Even Weaker(When Libs are in charge)

    07/30/2015 8:01:33 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/30/15 | Eric Morath
    The economic expansion—already the worst on record since World War II—is weaker than previously thought, according to newly revised data. From 2012 through 2014, the economy grew at an all-too-familiar rate of 2% annually, according to three years of revised figures the Commerce Department released Thursday. That’s a 0.3 percentage point downgrade from prior estimates. The revisions were released concurrently with the government’s first estimate of second-quarter output. Since the recession ended in June 2009, the economy has advanced at a 2.2% annual pace through the end of last year. That’s more than a half-percentage point worse than the next-weakest...
  • StemExpress Offers Employees Bonuses, Mileage, Expenses For Procuring High-End Baby Parts

    07/30/2015 8:01:23 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | 29 Jul 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    “Procurement technicians” for biomedical company StemExpress can earn $75 per tissue when they obtain 41-50 baby brains, hearts, lungs, livers and other body parts and organs that are considered high end “Category A” tissues according to the company’s “Procurement Technician Compensation Policy.” As observed at MRC TV, the policy document obtained by the Center for Medical Progress, which produced the videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s dealings in the transfer of aborted baby body parts for sale, shows that baby body “tissues” are divided into Categories A, B, and C, with “A” being the most desirable and lucrative for technicians in terms...
  • US weekly jobless claims total 267,000 vs 270,000 estimate

    07/30/2015 7:55:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    CNBC via Reuters ^ | 07/30/2015
    The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits increased last week, but remained near cycle lows in a sign that the jobs market was gaining steam. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000 for the week ended July 25, the Labor Department said Thursday. Claims for the prior week were unrevised at 255,000, which was the lowest level since November 1973. A Labor Department analyst said there were no special factors influencing the data and that only claims for Puerto Rico had been estimated. The four-week moving average of claims, considered a...
  • U.S. Economic Growth Picks Up With U.S. GDP Gaining 2.3% In Second Quarter 2015

    07/30/2015 7:52:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/30/2015 | Samantha Sharf
    On Thursday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its advance estimate of real gross domestic product for the second quarter of this year— covering April, May and June. The release showed output in the U.S. increasing at a rate of 2.3%. This is a major acceleration from the first quarter when real GDP increased 0.6%. “The advance estimate of second quarter GDP confirmed what was broadly expected: the economy bounced back after stumbling out of the gate to start the year,” wrote Jim Baird, chief investment officer for Plante Moran Financial Advisors, in a note on the results. While economists...
  • GW Admissions Goes “Test-Optional”

    07/30/2015 7:48:12 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 29, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT are no longer required by George Washington University. In its weekly e-mail newsletter, the school proudly announced this shift in its admissions process. The move is effective August 1st, 2015, meaning that “those applying to GW for the 2016-17 school year will have the option to include” the test scores in their application or not to. What is the reasoning behind this? The school claimed the following: “High school coursework and grades will continue to be the most important factors in GW’s holistic review process, along with a student’s writing skills, recommendations,...
  • Did You Ever Notice the Asterisk on Your Social Security Statement?

    07/30/2015 7:26:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/30/2015 | Myra Adams
    While engaging in the mundane task of gathering financial statements for a “secure retirement” meeting with my husband’s and my adviser, this Baby Boomer stumbled upon documented proof that our nation does not have the guts to confront one of its most serious economic problems. The realization came when I pulled from my files a document statement innocently titled, “Your Social Security Statement.” At first glance, the statement did not appear menacing. I was told I could expect to receive a benefit of “about $2,136 a month” upon reaching age 70 — which certainly seems like good news. But...
  • Hillary Clinton Cap-Gains Plan — We'll All Be Poorer

    07/30/2015 7:20:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/30/2015 | Stephen Moore
    What an economically deranged debate we have going on in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. In one corner is an unapologetic socialist, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who wants to raise individual income tax rates on the rich to 70% or more — apparently because it worked so well in the 1970s. In the other corner we have Hillary Clinton, who's decided she isn't going to be one-upped in the class warfare debate, announcing last week a plan to raise the capital gains tax rate to 42% on assets held for less than two years and for those...