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  • The Toy Story 4 Trailer Introduces "Forky"—Who Is Not a Toy, OK?!

    11/12/2018 8:17:04 AM PST · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    eobline ^ | November 12, 2018
    For the fourth installment in the franchise, the studio says, "Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that's Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called 'Forky' to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy." The dreamy teaser trailer features everyone's favorite toys floating through the air, set to Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now." Midway through it, a frightened Forky screams, "I don't belong here!"...
  • Why Did Facebook Fire a Top Executive? Hint: It Had Something to Do With Trump

    11/12/2018 7:02:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/11/18 | Kirsten Grind and Keach Hagey
    Facebook Inc. executive and virtual-reality wunderkind Palmer Luckey was a rising star of Silicon Valley when, at the height of the 2016 presidential contest, he donated $10,000 to an anti-Hillary Clinton group. His donation sparked a backlash from his colleagues. Six months later, he was out. Neither Facebook nor Mr. Luckey has ever said why he left the social-media giant. When testifying before Congress about data privacy earlier this year, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg denied the departure had anything to do with politics. Mr. Luckey, it turns out, was put on leave, then fired, according to people familiar with...
  • Obama-appointed judge orders halt to construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline

    11/11/2018 12:09:42 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 22 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 11/10/2018 | Leslie Eastman
    U.S. District Judge Brian Morris has just ordered a halt to the construction of the $8 billion Keystone XL Pipeline, the next phase of the massive pipeline system, until further environmental analysis is conducted. The judicial #Resistance move is not surprising, as Morris is a liberal who was appointed by Obama in 2013. Interestingly, this move is likely to hurt Canadians more than the U. S. Ensuring at least one pipeline is built is critical to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plans, as there is a Canadian election expected next year. Canadian officials are scrambling to find other ways to move...
  • Death toll jumps to 23 as ‘challenging’ Camp Fire pushes toward Lake Oroville

    11/10/2018 6:52:16 PM PST · by Mariner · 32 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | November 10th, 2018 | By Benjy Egel
    The unrelenting Camp Fire’s death toll has reached 23, making it the third deadliest wildfire in California history, officials said Saturday night. This grim milestone came as firefighters focused resources on the fire’s southern edge amid expected high winds that could swing flames toward the city of Oroville. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said 10 bodies were found in the town of Paradise, which was leveled in the firestorm on Friday – seven were found in homes, three were found outdoors. He said four more bodies were recovered in Concow, a few miles east of Magalia – two in their...
  • U.S. presses China to halt militarization of South China Sea (Asahi Shimbun)

    11/10/2018 6:43:03 PM PST · by cba123 · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 10, 2018
    WASHINGTON--Standing side by side, top U.S. officials urged their Chinese counterparts on Friday to halt militarization of the disputed South China Sea, drawing a rebuke from the Chinese for sending U.S. warships close to islands claimed by Beijing. Please see link for full article)
  • The Top Four Reasons California Is Unsustainable

    11/10/2018 2:08:03 PM PST · by RedMonqey · 81 replies
    Forbes ^ | Apr 19, 2018 | Thomas Del Beccaro
    California is a place unlike any other on the Globe. It boasts perhaps the greatest natural resources of any state along with shining high-tech industries. However, like many good economic stories, government policies threaten its future. Indeed, its government has made California unsustainable. Of course, it wasn’t always this way. As the 1960s came to a close in California, it had a population of nearly twenty million. In the decade before, its economic strength afforded the construction of a vast State Water Project and higher education system that was the envy of the world. Matched with a majestic and trade...
  • California voters defeat initiative to control dialysis profits

    11/10/2018 11:05:07 AM PST · by aimhigh · 11 replies ^ | 11/10/2018 |
    Voters in California turned down a union-backed ballot initiative by a majority on Nov. 6 that would have restricted profits of dialysis providers operating in the state. With all precincts reporting, 4,278,882 voters, or 61.6%, had voted against Proposition 8, and 2,671,513 voters, or 38.4%, had approved the measure, according to results released from the California Secretary of State.
  • Bank exec who reportedly referred to female colleagues as "girls" to retire

    11/10/2018 6:34:15 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    CBS Moneywatch ^ | November 9, 2018, | Kate Gibson
    A Wells Fargo executive who reportedly referred to women bank employees as "girls" or told them to put their "big girl panties on" will step down next year. Without addressing claims made against him, Wells Fargo confirmed that private bank head Jay Welker would retire effective March 31. His coming retirement was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which cited an internal memo. A complaint against Welker was part of a larger internal investigation into allegations of discrimination by female executives in Wells Fargo's wealth management unit, the newspaper said. The bank spent months interviewing dozens of women after...
  • PG&E power lines may have sparked deadly Camp Fire, according to radio transmissions

    11/09/2018 8:13:23 PM PST · by rintintin · 46 replies
    Mercury News ^ | Nov 9 2018 | Matthias Gafni
    PARADISE, Calif — Downed PG&E power lines, amid high winds, may have sparked the deadly Camp Fire that has destroyed the town of Paradise and killed at least nine people, according to hours of firefighter radio transmissions reviewed by Bay Area News Group.
  • Why it’s time for the Hanseatic League 2.0

    11/09/2018 8:04:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 8. Nov 2018, 07:33 | Piotr Arak
    Today’s Europe is struggling with many challenges. New visions and alliances emerge redrawing the map of European interests. One of the most interesting developments is the cooperation of northern Europe. Currently, many expect a Hansa 2.0 with the agreement signed by the finance ministers of eight northern member states. In addition to the Netherlands, this included the three Baltic states, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland. All of the countries have open economies and little or no problems with corruption. Hansa, or the League of Hanseatic Cities, was a confederation grouping many cities and communes in the north, formed to take...
  • Trump trade adviser tells Wall Street to stay out China trade talks (TOP trade advisor Navarro)

    11/09/2018 7:05:23 PM PST · by cba123 · 14 replies ^ | November 9, 2018 5:24 pm | James Politi in Washington
    Donald Trump’s top adviser on manufacturing lashed out at “globalist billionaires” for conducting “shuttle diplomacy” with China to try to pressure the White House into a deal with Beijing at the G20 summit in Argentina later this month. Warning that any deal risked having the “imprimatur of Goldman Sachs”, Peter Navarro, one of the most prominent China trade hawks within Mr Trump’s administration, called on Wall Street to “get out of the negotiations” and put their money in “Dayton, Ohio” instead. Mr Navarro said a “self-appointed group of Wall Street bankers and hedge fund managers” that were part of a...
  • Navarro Blasts Globalists, Warns Wall Street: Stay Out of China Trade Talks

    11/09/2018 4:21:56 PM PST · by cba123 · 6 replies
    Money and Markets ^ | 11/10/2018 | JT Crowe
    The Trump administration’s top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, told Wall Street bankers and hedge-fund manager in a speech Friday to stay out of President Donald Trump’s affairs in regards to pushing for a trade deal with China. Please follow link for full article.
  • Debt ceiling will be set to record high of $22 trillion, fund government to just summer

    11/09/2018 10:32:36 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 19 replies
    .Washington Examiner ^ | November 08, 2018 | Paul Bedard
    The federal government is set to reinstate its borrowing limit, and a new analysis indicates that it will be a record-high $22 trillion — and then, it won’t provide enough money to fund the government past summer. The shocking number, however, is only slightly higher than the current actual debt of some $21 trillion.
  • Pelosi: ‘Now We Can Talk About’ Comprehensive Amnesty Bill

    11/09/2018 7:06:02 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 52 replies
    brietbart ^ | 11/09/2018 | Tony Lee
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Thursday that “now” is the time to talk about comprehensive amnesty legislation because Democrats have regained control of the House. Pelosi, who also said she is “100%” sure that she will regain her Speakership, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that “now we can talk about how we can come together and put together bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.” Conceding that illegal immigration is a losing issue for Republicans, Pelosi revealed that she suggested to Democrats running for Congress to not get into fights with the Trump administration on immigration and instead “stick with lower...
  • Federal judge blocks Keystone pipeline

    11/09/2018 3:49:56 AM PST · by buckalfa · 53 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 8, 2018 | Victor Morton
    A federal judge blocked the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline Thursday, ruling that the Trump administration hadn’t justified changing President Obama’s earlier rulings. Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court for Montana, who was appointed by Mr. Obama, handed environmentalists a huge victory by saying Mr. Trump’s decision to sign the permit for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline shortly upon taking office did not have a sufficient basis ....
  • China's Ties With Taiwan Chip Firms Under Scrutiny as US Trade War Heats Up

    11/08/2018 6:42:51 PM PST · by cba123 · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 8, 2018
    Washington's decision to cut off US supplies to a Chinese chip-maker spotlights mounting tensions over China's drive to be a global player in computer chips and the ways in which Taiwan companies are helping it get there. Shut out of major global semiconductor deals in recent years, China has been quietly strengthening cooperation with Taiwan chip firms by encouraging the transfer of chip-making expertise into the mainland. (Please see full article at the link)
  • Farm-fresh housing in Silicon Valley: Innovative plan to combine housing, farmland nears vote

    11/08/2018 8:57:35 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 30 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 10/28/18 | Marisa Kendall
    In a first for the Bay Area, developers hoping to break ground on a new housing complex next year are wooing potential residents by offering a quirky but increasingly popular perk. It’s not a golf course, health club or even a pet spa — the big draw will be a farm, and access to all the tomatoes, zucchini and kale you can eat. The “Agrihood” development plan heading to the Santa Clara City Council for a vote as early as next month calls for 361 homes and a small farm to be built on vacant land across the street from...
  • Trifecta: Red Tide, Sessions Fired and now Acosta Banned...Great Day For America

    11/07/2018 6:02:17 PM PST · by max americana · 58 replies
    from my hatred of all liberals | 11/7/2018 | me
    A great day for America and to all MAGA maniacs: Senate gains, Sessions and NOW that POS sorry excuse for a human being Acosta.
  • S&P 500 and Dow surge [+545!] in best rally after midterm elections since 1982

    11/07/2018 2:20:25 PM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/07/2018 | Fred Imbert | Michael Sheetz
    U.S. stocks closed broadly higher on Wednesday after the midterm election results came in about as expected, lifting a cloud of uncertainty that was weighing on the market. The major averages hit their session highs after President Donald Trump indicated he is willing to work with Democrats on policy initiatives that would help the economy keep growing. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 545 points, led by gains in UnitedHealth and Apple. The S&P 500 gained 2.1 percent as the health care, tech and consumer discretionary sectors each rallied more than 2.8 percent. The Nasdaq Composite rose 2.6 percent....
  • California voters reject repeal of state gas tax and vehicle fee increase

    11/07/2018 11:09:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 7, 2018 | Patrick McGreeby
    Proposition 6, which would have repealed an increase in California’s gas tax, failed to win the majority vote needed for passage on Tuesday after Gov. Jerry Brown warned it would halt urgent repairs to the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. Brown, who leaves office in January, said after the first vote tallies were announced that it was important that the initiative be defeated for the future of the state. “This is one of the most significant votes in America tonight, because where else have people voted to tax themselves to pay for what they need?” Brown said to cheers at...