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  • The Global Edition of More Guns = Less Crime

    02/01/2015 1:33:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Back in 2013, I shared a snarky post comparing murder rates in Chicago and Houston. What made the data amusing is that any sensible person would look at Chicago’s high murder rate and strict gun control and conclude that perhaps, just maybe, such policies don’t work. But the post speculated that a left-wing social scientist would instead conclude that “cold weather causes murder.”Today, let’s take a more serious look at the issue.Here’s a great video, narrated by Bill Whittle, that looks at gun ownership rates and murder rates.NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLETAs you can see, America is the number one...
  • After Mitt: A GOP Message of Incentives, Sound Money and Growth

    02/01/2015 1:07:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2015 | Larry Kudlow
    Mitt Romney showed once again that he is truly a class act. In his announcement that he will not be running for president in 2016, he stated, "I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee." This was unusual political humility. But let me highlight this specific phrase: "one who has not yet taken their message across...
  • Union strikes at 9 US refineries in bid for new contract

    02/01/2015 12:34:34 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    CNBC .. Reuters ^ | Feb 1, 2015 | Lucy Nicholson
    Union leaders called strikes on Sunday at nine U.S. refineries in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract covering workers at 63 plants. The walkouts, the first held in support of a nationwide pact since 1980, target plants that together account for more than 10 percent of U.S. refining capacity. The discord comes as plunging crude prices force oil companies to slash spending. Royal Dutch Shell, the lead industry negotiator, indicated talks had broken down. ... Shell activated a strike contingency plan at its sprawling joint venture refinery in Deer Park, Texas, to keep...
  • APNewsBreak: Obama ties foreign profits tax to public works

    02/01/2015 12:20:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2015 11:18 AM EST | Jim Kuhnhenn and Andrew Taylor
    President Barack Obamas budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said. The proposal, one of the main components of the $4 trillion spending plan for the 2016 budget year that Obama will send to Congress on Monday, attempts to tap into bipartisan support for spending on badly needed infrastructure repairs and construction. The tax on accumulated foreign profits would be set at 14 percent and due immediately. Under current law,...
  • National Oil Bargaining Talks Break Down:USW Calls for Work Stoppage at Nine Oil Refineries,Plants

    02/01/2015 11:53:52 AM PST · by mdittmar · 26 replies
    The United Steelworkers Union (USW) ^ | Feb 01, 2015 | The United Steelworkers Union (USW)
    Work Stoppage to Begin 12:01 AM Local Time Pittsburgh The United Steelworkers Union (USW) announced that it is calling for a work stoppage at the following US refineries:LyondellBasell in Houston, TX;Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, TX;Marathon Houston Green Cogeneration facility, Texas City, TX;Marathon Refinery, Catlettsburg, Ky;Shell Deer Park Refinery, Deer Park, TX;Shell Deer Park Chemical Plant, Deer Park, TX;Tesoro Anacortes Refinery, Anacortes, Wash.;Tesoro Martinez Refinery, Martinez, Calif.; andTesoro Carson Refinery, Carson, Calif.All these refineries will go on strike at 12:01 am local time.
  • Obama "Engages In Envy Economics": Proposes Offshore Profit Tax To Fund Public Spending

    02/01/2015 11:08:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/01/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Just as AAPL stock hits record highs and single-handedly rescues Q4 earnings from the doldrums, it appears President Obama is bringing his own brand of 'middle-class-economics' Robin-Hood-iness to crush the 'wealth generating' machine that has served America's 1% so well for so long. As AP reports, The White House plans a six-year half a trillion dollar public works program financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas. Under current law, profits only face federal taxes if they are returned, or repatriated, to the US; but Obama's new deal would set a tax on...
  • A Darkening Market Sky [Maybe; Investment & Finance Thread Feb. 1]

    02/01/2015 10:49:28 AM PST · by expat_panama · 9 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | January 30, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    On the left is the excerpt --from the expert linked inReal Clear Markets:A Darkening Market Sky- Anthony Mirhaydari, The Fiscal Times ByAnthony Mirhaydari, The Fiscal Times January 30, 2015 With the first month of the new year coming to a close, it's clear that 2015 is shaping up to be quite different from the smooth, easy climb investors enjoyed in 2013 and 2014.As recently as late December, the market optimism seemed indefatigable as stocks powered to new record highs on hopes for new stimulus from the European Central Bank, solid U.S. economic data and a strengthening tailwind to consumer spending...
  • Limited Government Requires Unlimited Resources: Republican Water and Energy Vision

    02/01/2015 10:17:45 AM PST · by ckilmer · 20 replies
    2/1/2015 | Charles Kilmer
    American liberty has always been held up by two pillars. Limited government and unlimited resources. What happened in the 1970's was that the USA moved toward a future based on limited resources. (That has naturally pushed the USA in the direction of unlimited government because of the need for the government to adjudicate over relatively scarcer resources.) In order to facilitate the republican vision of limited government its important that pubbies also push for a future of unlimited resources. Toward this end the republican party needs to have a technological vision Greater than Reagan's Star Wars for foreign policy which...
  • Newspaper ad revenue continued its precipitous free fall in 2013, and its probably not over

    02/01/2015 9:01:51 AM PST · by iowamark · 19 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 4/25/2014 | Mark J. Perry
    For the last several years, Ive been regularly posting charts like the one above showing the history of US newspaper advertising revenue back to 1950, based on quarterly and annual data from the Newspaper Association of America. Those charts have been noteworthy for several reasons. First, more than any of the hundreds of charts and graphs that Ive created and posted on Carpe Diem over the last seven years, the newspaper ad revenue charts have received the most attention by far. Those charts have been featured on so many other blogs and websites that a recent Reuters article referred to...
  • She Knows How To Shoot: Pizza Parlor Employee Wards Off 3 Armed Robbers

    02/01/2015 7:13:57 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/31/2015 | Chuck Ross
    After Sarah Cherrys father was robbed at gunpoint two months ago at an Arkansas Dominos pizza store, the former Army military police officer began carrying a gun with her for protection to her job at the same restaurant. Cherry had cause to use that gun a .380 Wednesday night when three armed men wearing hoodies stormed into the Blytheville eatery and shot at her during a robbery attempt. When she came around [to the front of the store], she didnt know what was going on, Cherrys father, Clint Cherry, told The Daily Caller during a phone interview. She...
  • NJ teens find out it's illegal to offer to shovel neighbors' driveways during blizzard

    02/01/2015 6:57:48 AM PST · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | January 29, 2015 | Ben Axelson
    Two New Jersey teens got a lesson in government regulations this week then they decided to go door to door offering snow shoveling services ahead of the Blizzard of 2015. The blizzard ended up being a bit underwhelming in N.J., but forecasts ahead of time predicted it would be a whopper. High school seniors Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, both 18, decided to go door to door Monday evening handing out flyers offering snow shoveling services for the next morning, NJ.com reported. Unfortunately they didn't know about their town's ordinance related to soliciting, which prohibits people from selling services door-to-door...
  • Californias new license process has kinks but working

    02/01/2015 6:41:56 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    San Bernardino County Sun ^ | February 1, 2015 | By Leslie Parrilla
    A month after the rollout of Californias massive effort to issue drivers licenses to 1.5 million undocumented immigrants, the process is working overall in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. Still, many applicants report a mixed bag of experiences. Local advocacy groups are scrambling to address overflowing drivers license preparation classes. Some test-takers are showing up at the Department of Motor Vehicles without studying, and some tech-phobes fear the touch-screen test format that allows four minutes for each question. Language kinks were being untangled last week for Mixteco speakers after confusion over whether translators could assist during the written and...
  • Obama ties foreign profits tax to public works

    02/01/2015 6:16:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    AP ^ | February 1, 2015 | Jim Kuhnhein and Andrew Taylor
    President Barack Obama's budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said. The proposal, one of the main components of the $4 trillion spending plan for the 2016 budget year that Obama will send to Congress on Monday, attempts to tap into bipartisan support for spending on badly needed infrastructure repairs and construction. The tax on accumulated foreign profits, to be paid once, would be set at 14 percent, significantly lower...
  • Climate Changes Bottom Line

    02/01/2015 6:08:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 31, 2015 | By BURT HELM
    It was 8 degrees in Minneapolis on a recent January day, and out on Interstate 394, snow whipped against the windshields of drivers on their morning commutes. But inside the offices of Cargill, the food conglomerate, Greg Page, the companys executive chairman, felt compelled to talk about global warming. Mr. Page is a member of the Risky Business Project, an unusual collection of business and policy leaders determined to prepare American companies for climate change. Its a prestigious club, counting a former senator, five former White House cabinet members, two former mayors and two billionaires in the group. The 10...
  • Middle-class manufacturing jobs? Not in California

    01/31/2015 11:39:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | January 24, 2015 | The Editorial Board
    It took far too long, but finally many state politicians are taking seriously Census Bureau reports that California is ground zero for American poverty. Once the high cost of living is factored in, the Golden State moves from the middle of the pack nationally to a clear number one, with nearly one-quarter of residents in a constant struggle to make ends meet. But with this harsh fact finally internalized, when will state leaders come to the parallel realization that having among the nations highest energy and real estate costs is also bad for the economy and for job-seekers without...
  • The Upper Middle Class is Ruining America

    01/31/2015 9:42:32 PM PST · by cicero2k · 56 replies
    By the time I made it to a selective college, I found myself entirely surrounded by this upper-middle-class tribe. My fellow students and my professors were overwhelmingly drawn from comfortably affluent families hailing from an almost laughably small number of comfortably affluent neighborhoods, mostly in and around big coastal cities. Though virtually all of these polite, well-groomed people were politically liberal, I sensed that their gut political instincts were all about protecting what they had and scratching out the eyeballs of anyone who dared to suggest taking it away from them.
  • Opinion: Easy way to get rich: Buy the most hated stocks

    01/31/2015 6:16:29 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Published: January 30, 2015 9:15 a.m. ET | By BrettArends Columnist
    A portfolio of the stocks most hated by Wall Street analysts beat the overall stock market by a wide margin in 2014. Again. The 10 stocks rated the worst investments on Wall Streets by analysts at the start of 2014 produced an overall return of 19% during the year, including reinvested dividends, according to my analysis using FactSet data. That beat the S&P 500 SPX, -1.30% by a hefty five percentage points or, to put it another way, it earned you nearly a third as much as again a simple index fund.
  • Forget the bank: Why many Americans are hiding cash

    01/31/2015 6:24:47 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies
    CNBC Yahoo Finance ^ | January 29, 2015 11:15 AM
    Where to stash your cash? Some Americans are sleeping on it-literally. While banks are still the go-to solution for most consumers, 29 percent say they're keeping at least some savings in cash bills and coins, according to a new survey of 1,820 adults from American Express (AXP). Of those holding cash savings, 53 percent are hiding it in a secret location. Millennials are even more apt than other generations to go the mattress or freezer route, with 67 percent of those saving cash saying that they hide it outside a bank account. "We've long asked people about how they've planned...
  • Man Sues Ford After Getting Fired For Publishing Homophobic Rant

    01/31/2015 3:09:15 PM PST · by Subcutaneous Fishstick Blues · 137 replies
    Jalopnik.com ^ | 1/30/2015 | Michael Ballaban
    Ford, like most American car companies, is known for being pretty progressive. It's so progressive, in fact, that it was rated one of the best places to work in 2015 by the Human Rights Campaign. And working in such a place got one guy so upset, he vomited out a disgusting, hate-filled rant for which he was allegedly fired. And now he's suing. Of course, Thomas Banks says he was fired from both Ford and Ford subcontractor Rapid Global Business Solutions, Inc. (RGBSI) for his Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs. Those Beliefs being, apparently, his right to be a total jerk...
  • Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that

    01/31/2015 1:30:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2015 9:11 AM EST | Ann Flaherty
    Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says hes keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the information superhighway as a fun way to buy books or check the weather. Wheeler has not publicly released his plan yet, and might not for a few weeks. But he has suggested that Internet service has become as critical to people in the United States as water, electricity or phone service and should be regulated like any...
  • Greek leader tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts

    01/31/2015 12:37:49 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    cnbc.com/ ^ | January 31, 2015 | AP
    A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts and not act unilaterally.
  • Feds To Regulate Fake Fireplaces To Stop Global Warming

    01/31/2015 11:14:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 83 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Better go out and buy a gas fireplace and stove soon before federal regulations make them more expensive. Federal officials are looking to regulate the energy usage of fake fireplaces as part of the Obama administrations effort to fight global warming.The Energy Department has proposed new regulations that would mandate that gas-fired hearth products like decorative fireplaces and stoves be more energy efficient and produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions. DOE says its rule would save $165 over the lifespan of the average hearth and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 11.1 million metric tons through 2030.The major change DOE demands is...
  • The Wisdom of Bastiat, as Revealed by Great Moments in Federal, State, and Local Government

    01/31/2015 11:10:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    >I’ve periodically cited the great 19th-century French economist, Frederic Bastiat, forhis very wise words about the importance of looking at both the seen and the unseen when analyzing public policy.Those that fail to consider secondary or indirect effects of government, such as Paul Krugman, are guilty of the “broken window” fallacy.There are several examples we can cite.A sloppy person, for instance, will think a higher minimum wage is good because workers will have more income. But a thoughtful analyst will think of the unintended consequence of lost jobs for low-skilled workers.An unthinking person will conclude that government spending is good...
  • Eurozone, Including Germany, in Deflation

    01/31/2015 10:47:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    Eurostat released HICP Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices statistics today. In spite of promising that deflation would not hit again, here we are, and for the second month too. Euro area annual inflation is expected to be -0.6% in January 2015, down from -0.2% in December 2014 according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. This negative rate for euro area annual inflation in January is driven by the fall in energy prices (-8.9%, compared with -6.3% in December). Prices are also expected to fall for food, alcohol & tobacco (-0.1%, compared with 0.0%...
  • Austerity and Buy Signals

    01/31/2015 10:40:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Charles Payne
    Austerity American-style; is it too early to change the course? Obama wants to ditch sequestration, and he will use the typical talking points. On the White House website, sequestration is being blamed for cuts in after-school programs that will affect 1.2 million kids, along with the elimination of 30,000 teaching jobs, meals for more than four million homebound seniors, and less funding for first responders in local communities.Of course, the administration does not like to talk about any cuts to spending – spending that includes attempts to make emergency unemployment insurance a permanent fixture. The left-leaning Economic Policy Institute correlated...
  • Tim Cook Defused Steve Jobs' Thermonuclear War, Then He Took Down Android

    01/31/2015 10:16:59 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 270 replies
    Forbes ^ | Saturday, January 31, 2015 | Evan Spence
    Ive already spoken about one of the plays made by Apple and Tim Cook to damage Android. This was the push to 64-bit computing in the iPhone 5S. As that smartphone was announced, the roadmaps for Android devices did not have 64-bit computing planned in the near future. Manufacturers and component suppliers were bounced into making bold claims that they would join Apple in the 64-bit world. They had no choice but to do this. Androids success was built around the promise of being faster, better, and stronger than its rival OS. If Apple was 64-bit, Android had to be...
  • Getting the Couch Potatoes Back to Work

    01/31/2015 9:51:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Peter Morici
    In 2014, GDP growth bounced back in the spring and summer from a tough winter but in the fourth quarter, fell off to 2.6 percent. History indicates the country should be doing a lot bettersimply, too many prime working age Americans are despondent and have permanently dropped out of the workforce. After a deep recession, Ronald Reagan posted 4.7 percent annual growth over 22 quarters and employment jumped 13 percent, whereas President Obamas recovery has accomplished half that progress. Were the economy firing on all cylinders as it did in Reagans time, it would create more than 500,000 jobs a...
  • House Conservatives Band Together to Form New Group to Push Conservative Agenda

    01/31/2015 9:14:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 26, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    Conservative lawmakers are officially rolling out a new group aimed at advancing a conservative agenda in the House of Representatives after they expressed discontent with the direction of the Republican Study Committee.“Our main hope is that we can represent the voids and valleys for our constituents back home,” Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho told The Daily Signal today. “With a small group that is nimble and able to work on issues that are of importance to our constituents, we can make a difference in Congress.”Called the House Freedom Caucus, the group serves as a conservative alternative to the Republican Study...
  • SPANISH RADICAL LEFT PARTY GETS BOOST WITH HUGE MADRID RALLY

    01/31/2015 9:10:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    AP ^ | January 31, 2015 | Harold Heckle and Jorge Sainz
    Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year. Podemos supporters from across Spain converged around the Cibeles fountain Saturday before packing the avenue leading to Puerta del Sol square in what was the party's largest rally to date.
  • So, That Happened: The Podcast Barack Obama Does Not Want You To Hear

    01/31/2015 8:02:40 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 1/31/15 | Linkins, Delaney, Carter
    So, that happened: This week, we learned that President Barack Obama is really upset with our coverage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. So he's not gonna like what we're about to do, which is talk about the fact that the one part of his agenda Congress might sign on to is the trade deal every liberal hates.
  • Iconic Les Paul 'Black Beauty' guitar to hit auction block

    01/31/2015 7:56:45 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2015-01-30 | Alicia Powell
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - One deep-pocketed bidder will get a chance to own a piece of rock and roll history when the iconic Les Paul guitar known as "Black Beauty" goes up for auction in New York next month. The electric instrument, which is the original prototype for the Les Paul Custom guitars made the Gibson Guitar Company, will be sold by Guernsey's Auctions at the Arader Galleries on Feb. 19th. No pre-auction estimate, or reserve price, has been put on the instrument. But some music experts believe it could exceed the record auction price of $965,000 paid in 2013...
  • Swamped by an underwater home

    01/31/2015 6:50:08 AM PST · by dynachrome · 113 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1-26-15 | Kimbriell Kelly
    When they moved into the house in November 2005, Kofi was earning $82,740 as an IT consultant for a government contractor, and Comfort, then 43, was making $30,000 as an administrative assistant. But in the overheated mortgage market of the time, they said everyone told them that they could buy a $600,000 house. They made a $60,000 down payment and all their mortgage payments for more than 2 years through September 2008. But the house was financed with subprime loans, which reset to higher rates after short time periods, creating what are known as shock payments. The Boatengs said...
  • GDP: Gross Disappointing Presidency

    01/31/2015 5:02:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | John Ransom
    GDP growth cooled to 2.6% for the fourth quarter according to the Commerce Department's preliminary report. Economists were expecting growth of around 3 to 3 1/2%. GDP should be known now as Gross Disappointing Presidency. While consumer spending was a bright spot thanks to falling oil prices, as we foretold here and on TV and radio, government spending on defense related items plunged 12 1/2% in the quarter. That doesn't come as a surprise as government spending on defense items increased 16% in the third quarter. This is the kind of government arithmetic that typically comes in an election year....
  • More customers report Comcast is changing their names on bills

    01/31/2015 3:26:33 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 58 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 30, 2015, 9:24 PM | CBS News
    [VIDEO] After a Comcast employee changed a customer's first name to "A**hole," more customers are now coming forward with similar stories, including one whose bills were addressed to "Whore Julia."
  • FCC Redefines Broadband Internet To At Least 25 Mbps, Faster Than National Average

    01/31/2015 3:22:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 30, 2015 12:05 PM | CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
    WASHINGTON (CBS SF) The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to change the definition of what constitutes high-speed internet, adopting a standard 2.5 times the current national average.
  • Nuclear Power Turns To Salt

    01/31/2015 1:05:27 AM PST · by ckilmer · 39 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 1/07/2015 @ 11:32AM | James Conca
    Today, it was announced that the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory  (ORNL) in Tennessee is partnering with Canadian nuclear company Terrestrial Energy Inc. (TEI) to assist with TEI’s new Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The engineering blueprint stage for this GenIV reactor should be reached in two years. The reactor should come online in less than ten.
  • Help stop Planned Parenthood from writing its own regulations in North Carolina

    01/30/2015 8:37:22 PM PST · by Morgana
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 30, 2015 | John Jansen
    Legislators in North Carolina did the right thing in July 2013 when they voted to raise the quality standards for abortion clinics in the state. The hand-wringing response from the abortion industry was entirely predictable, with Planned Parenthoods vice president for public affairs, Melissa Reed, calling it the most restrictive access to safe and legal abortions this state has ever seen. That was then. Inviting the Fox to Guard the Henhouse But now, more than a year an a half later, the North Carolina abortion industry is perfectly fine with the proposed regulations, which were submitted by the states Department...
  • Seattle pot supplier rolling thousands of joints for Seahawks fans

    01/30/2015 7:13:16 PM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies
    Seattle pot supplier rolling thousands of joints for Seahawks fans Double doobie time! Solstice employees are trying to roll 12,000 joints for the retailer's special edition 12 Pack. The pot packages are targeted to fans who are medical marijuana users. BY DEBORAH HASTINGS NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, January 29, 2015, 5:38 PM A A A For Seattle Seahawks fans who want to be stoned while watching Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX, there's a new pack of pot for you. A Washington marijuana supplier has doubled its production time to keep up with demand for its 12 Pack special edition ...
  • Pregnancy test dispensers to appear in Alaska bars

    01/30/2015 7:03:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    KTUU.COM ^ | Jan 29, 2015 | Adam Pinsker,
    JUNEAU - In a move geared toward increasing awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, nine bars throughout Alaska volunteered to participate in a University of Alaska Anchorage study on FASD. "It's a full academic research study, on the effectiveness of a pregnancy test dispensers located in bar bathrooms," said Ryan Ray, aide to state Sen. Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks). Most of the nine bars participating are located in rural Alaska. Kelly Spokesperson Heather Shadduck says $500,000 was allotted in the FY2015 Mental Health Trust budget for the FASD awareness campaign, plus another $400,000 out of the capital budget for the UAA...
  • Is Democracy Dead In The West?

    01/30/2015 6:53:11 PM PST · by Toddsterpatriot · 17 replies
    Institute for Political Economy ^ | January 29, 2015 | Paul Craig Roberts
    We will find out the answer to the question posed in the title in the outcome of the contest between the new Greek government, formed by the political party Syriza, and the ECB and the private banks, with whose interests the EU and Washington align against Greece. The Spartans, whose red cloaks and military prowess struck fear into the hearts of both foreign invaders and Greek opponents in the city-states, are no more. Athens itself is a ruin of its historical self. The Greeks, who were once to be contended with, who were able with 300 Spartans, supplemented with a...
  • Two new Planned Parenthood abortion clinics blocked from opening

    01/30/2015 6:51:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jan.30, 2015 | Jill Stanek
    The photo above, via Cosmopolitan on January 23, shows progress on building an 8,000 sq. ft Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in New Orleans has obviously stalled. Compare it to the photo taken by Louisiana Coalition for Life in August 2014 (click all photos to enlarge). It appears only the grass has been cut in the past five months. Before that, Fox8 reported in January 2014 the lot sits untouched eight months after Planned Parenthoods big ceremonial ground-breaking (in a church, no less photo, right), this apparently because it had trouble finding anyone to build. This means the facilitys estimated...
  • Obamas New Atty General: Illegal Aliens Have Right to Take American Jobs

    01/30/2015 4:53:27 PM PST · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Front Page ^ | January 28, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    ight to free speech? Nope. Right to bear arms? Forget about it. Right not to buy ObamaCare? Ha. But illegal aliens do have a right to take your job. Its in the Obamastitution. Right after locking up filmmakers who mock Islam. And children who bite pop tarts into the shape of a gun. Just ask Obamas AG nominee. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch backed up President Obama on his controversial immigration executive actions during her confirmation hearing Wednesday while going as far to say she believed in an illegal immigrants right and obligation to work. Under questioning from Sen....
  • Obama precision medicine plan would create huge U.S. genetic biobank

    01/30/2015 4:43:52 PM PST · by 9thLife · 28 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 29 January 2015 3:00 am | Jocelyn Kaiser
    The precision medicine initiative proposed by President Barack Obama last week would center on a huge new biobank containing medical records and genetic information for perhaps a million Americans. It would not be created from scratch by enrolling new volunteers, however, but would instead pull together existing studies into one giant database. Thats according to several scientists familiar with the broad outlines of the project who spoke on background with ScienceInsider. The biobank would be used for studies ranging from finding new disease-gene associations to working out how to use genomic and other molecular information in routine medical care. On...
  • Office puts chips under staff's skin

    01/30/2015 4:29:58 PM PST · by 9thLife · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 January 2015 Last updated at 12:01 ET | Rory Cellan-Jones
    Want to gain entry to your office, get on a bus, or perhaps buy a sandwich? We're all getting used to swiping a card to do all these things. But at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, they are trying a different approach - a chip under the skin. Felicio de Costa, whose company is one of the tenants, arrives at the front door and holds his hand against it to gain entry. Inside he does the same thing to get into the office space he rents, and he can also wave his hand to operate the photocopier....
  • US Economic Growth Slows in Q4, 2014 to 2.6%

    01/30/2015 12:33:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    iStockAnalyst ^ | 01/30/2015
    US GDP growth fell short of expectations in last year's fourth quarter, the government reports. National output increased 2.6% in the final three months of 2014 vs. the previous quarter (seasonally adjusted annual rate). The consensus forecast was looking for something bettera 3.2% rise, according to Econoday.com's survey of economists. The soft number for headline growth in Q4 is a bit surprising when you look at the statistical elephant in the room, namely, consumer spending, which accounts for nearly 70% of GDP. Personal consumption expenditures accelerated to a 4.3% pace in the fourth quarter, a handsome improvement over Q3's...
  • Pennsylvania reinstates drilling moratorium

    01/30/2015 11:05:46 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    upi.com ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 | Daniel J. Graeber
    A decision to ban oil and gas drilling on state land in Pennsylvania was met with praise and criticism, with an industry leader describing it as a "lose-lose." Louis D'Amico, president and executive director of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, said the moratorium struck a blow against an industry that's already returned more than $700 million in revenue to the state in the last seven years. "This is a lose-lose for Pennsylvania's taxpayers and energy consumers," he said in a statement Thursday.
  • Homeowners in Poland Borrowed in Swiss Francs, and Now Pay Dearly

    01/30/2015 10:35:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | JAN. 28, 2015 | DANNY HAKIM
    WARSAW Piotr Szczepaniak, an apartment manager here, had just finished work, checking faucets and making sure rents were paid. After making himself a coffee, he logged on to a Polish social network and noticed that someone had posted the current exchange rate of the Swiss franc. I was frozen, he said, seeing that the francs value had soared that day. Like hundreds of thousands of other Eastern Europeans, Mr. Szczepaniak, 46, is paying off a mortgage he took out in francs, instead of his local currency, the zloty. In an instant, his monthly payment rose by more than 20...
  • Pennsylvania officials stop rare bourbon sale, saying it's illegal

    01/30/2015 8:45:18 AM PST · by RBW in PA · 39 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | January 30, 2015 | N/A
    <p>PITTSBURGH (AP) Pennsylvania liquor regulators say they've stopped the illegal sale of a bottle of rare bourbon at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.</p>
  • Birth Pangs Of The Coming Great Depression

    01/30/2015 8:42:18 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 24 replies
    Christian Patriots ^ | 1/30/2015 | Michael Snyder
    The signs of the times are everywhere all you have to do is open up your eyes and look at them. When a pregnant woman first goes into labor, the birth pangs are usually fairly moderate and are not that close together. But as the time for delivery approaches, they become much more frequent and much more intense. Economically, what we are experiencing right now are birth pangs of the coming Great Depression. As we get closer to the crisis that is looming on the horizon, they will become even more powerful. This week, we learned that the Baltic...
  • McConnell Gets In Media's Face: Kochs Should Be As Free to Spend As Media Companies Do

    01/30/2015 8:29:22 AM PST · by rktman · 33 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 1/30/3015 | Tim Graham
    The front page of Thursdays USA Today newspaper reported on a Susan Page interview with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The headline was McConnell is unyielding on Iran, defiant on Kochs. The media define defiant as willing to suggest the media are free-speech hypocrites. Page suggested the amount of Koch spending was inappropriate, just too large. She told McConnell jaws dropped this week when the Koch brothers announced they would spend $889 million in the 2016 cycle.