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  • Millennium Falcon drone is the coolest hunk of junk in our galaxy

    03/02/2015 1:27:51 PM PST · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    CNET ^ | 2/4/15 | Anthony Domanico
    Pretty much everyone who has ever seen "Star Wars" would love to be able to fly the Millennium Falcon around the galaxies. One crafty individual going by the social-media moniker Olivier C is living that dream, and released a YouTube video of himself piloting a custom Millennium Falcon radio-controlled quadcopter drone he built himself.
  • TIE Interceptor drone is the meanest starfighter in the galaxy

    03/02/2015 1:00:16 PM PST · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    CNET ^ | 3/2/15 | Anthony Domanico
    If you build custom chassis to make drones look like "Star Wars" starships, it's going to be hard to top the Millennium Falcon drone. A crafty guy who goes by the social-media moniker Olivier C is out with his latest "Star Wars" drone, and it's based on the TIE/IN Interceptor. It's arguably not as cool as his Falcon build, but it could still strike fear into the hearts of the Rebel Alliance.
  • Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet's vulnerability

    03/01/2015 2:37:18 PM PST · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    Computers, cellphones and landlines in Arizona were knocked out of service for hours, ATMs stopped working, 911 systems were disrupted and businesses were unable to process credit-card transactions — all because vandals sliced through a fiber-optic Internet cable buried in the rocky desert. The Internet outage did more than underscore just how dependent modern society has become on high technology.
  • Star Trek - Amok Time

    02/27/2015 7:09:37 PM PST · by Kartographer · 66 replies
    YouTube ^ | kartographer
    Spock is overtaken by the effects of the 'Pon Farr' a condition which effects Vulcans on a seven year cycle. He becomes emotional and starts acting strangely. A violent outburst and argument with Nurse Chapel is witnessed in the corridor of the Enterprise by everyone, and Kirk has to confront Spock in his quarters. After an uncomfortable conversation Spock finally reveals to Kirk that he must get to Vulcan to mate - or he will die. Kirk has to defy Starfleet to get Spock there after Dr McCoy convinces him that it is the only way to save his life.
  • Groom’s touching vows to bride’s daughter go viral

    02/27/2015 9:15:40 AM PST · by Kartographer · 10 replies
    Trending Now - Yahoo News ^ | 2/26/15 | Mia Fitzharris
    A wedding video is going viral, and not because of a cleverly choreographed bridal party dance or a flower girl throwing a tantrum. The part of the video that stole the show is the groom Brian Scott’s vows to his bride Whitney Kay’s young daughter, Brielle.
  • Q4 GDP Revised Down To 2.2% From 5.0%: Full Breakdown

    02/27/2015 9:04:29 AM PST · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2/27/15 | Tyler Durden
    There was much hope that when Q3 GDP soared to 5%, primarily on the back of Obamacare spending recalendarization and a massive consumption/personal saving data revision, that the US economy would finally enter lift-off mode. Those hopes were reduced by about 60% when moments ago the BEA announced that Q4 GDP was revised from the original 2.64% print to only 2.18%, which while better than expected, was the lowest economic growth rate since the "polar vortex."
  • California couple, married 67 years, die holding hands

    02/27/2015 8:50:56 AM PST · by Kartographer · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/17/15 | Victoria Cavaliere
    A California couple, married 67 years, died hours apart while holding hands this month, their daughter said on Thursday. Floyd Hartwig, 90, and wife Violet, 89, died on Feb. 11 in their home in Easton, California, outside Fresno, their family said. The couple had known each other since they were children and married in 1947 while Floyd was on leave from the Navy, going on to settle in a ranch in Easton.
  • Full Circle: The First Anti-Government Protest In Greece Turns Ugly

    02/26/2015 2:41:47 PM PST · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2/26/15 | Tyler Durden
    The first anti-government rally in Athens turned ugly as anti-authoritarian protesters started to smash the windows of a pastry shop and two jewelry shops and put two vehicles and several garbage bins on fire.
  • Why is the regime jailing private enterprise owners (and this blogger at risk).

    02/24/2015 4:48:20 PM PST · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    Daniel's Blog Spot ^ | 2/23/15 | Daniel
    There is a very simple answer for that: the regime needs a scapegoat that pays with its hardcore, Luddite, take no hostage, resentful base. The question would be more interesting if worded differently: why does it pay to jail a few business owners? The answer to this question is a little bit longer but not very complicated. The reason can be found in 40 years of populism light followed by 15 of populism hard. In a country that has been told that "we are rich" and that the problem is that "wealth is not redistributed as it should" you do...
  • Venezuelans' long waits yield soap, and intelligence agents

    02/22/2015 1:56:09 PM PST · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 2/22/15 | Valentina Oropeza
    At 7:30 am, the pharmacy opened. View galleryA woman checks food stocks on February 2, 2015 in Caracas, … A woman checks food stocks on February 2, 2015 in Caracas, Venezuela where the economic crisis is pr … There was not much on the shelves, but an employee confirmed a truck was expected. An hour later, the truck rolled up with a pair of National Guard troops who unpacked three boxes of soap bars, two of shampoo, and one very clear instruction: each person may buy up to two of each item. Not more. That is because the government is wary...
  • Just as I am I come (Prayer Thread)

    02/20/2015 7:04:30 PM PST · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    1/20/15
    I recieved some bad news tonight about a dear friend a 'wingman' to take one though hell. It seems he is in a bad way and though it doesn't look good I know that he will put up a fight, because that is just the way he is. Prayers up please.
  • US Marines on the Ground in Iraq as ISIS Burns 45 Alive

    02/20/2015 5:01:14 PM PST · by Kartographer · 52 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 2/20/15 | Riyadh Mohammed
    Iraqi local officials in Iraq’s town of al-Baghdadi have warned of another ISIS mass burning massacre. The terror organization surrounded a compound several days ago that houses more than 1000 families and burned 45 people alive. “ISIS has killed more than 150 people from al-Obaid tribe...some of them were burned alive and some were beheaded...they were policemen...some of them fought against ISIS before,” said sheikh Mal Allah al-Obaidi, the head of the local council in the al-Baghdadi.
  • Teen stops car to shovel snow for man with walker

    02/20/2015 4:37:25 PM PST · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/19/15
    A Virginia high school senior who spends snow days clearing snow and ice from neighborhood driveways and sidewalks saw something out of his mother's car window that compelled him to tell her to stop the car, CBS Richmond affiliate WTVR-TV reports. Teresa Adams and her son Tommy were driving home from the DMV when they drove past an older man who was trying to shovel snow from his driveway. The man was using a walker to get around.
  • Worriedly nonplussed in Caracas

    02/20/2015 12:31:14 PM PST · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    Daniel Venezuela Blogspot ^ | 2/19/15 | Daniel
    The regime tonight has crossed one of those big, sloppy, obvious, dangerous red lines tonight. The kind of crossing from where there might not be a return point. Not that I am picky on that, as far as I am concerned that red line was crossed when RCTV was closed. But I digress. Yet, arresting the mayor of Caracas, the highest recipient of votes in the country after the presidential vote, a reelected mayor, and well reelected at that in spite of all the bias in favor of the regime's candidate who was then named as a sabotaging shadow mayor...
  • Caracas Mayor Arrested on Sedition Accusation, Plunging Venezuela into New Crisis

    02/20/2015 12:26:23 PM PST · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    NYT ^ | 2/20/15 | GIRISH GUPTA and FRANCES ROBLES
    A new political crisis convulsed Venezuela on Friday over the arrest of the Caracas mayor, one of the country's top opposition figures, accused by President Nicolás Maduro of abetting what he called an American plot to overthrow the government. Supporters of the mayor, Antonio Ledezma, quickly mobilized protests over his arrest — which they called a kidnapping — which was carried out without warning Thursday night. Human Rights Watch and other advocacy groups demanded Mr. Ledezma's release, and hundreds of demonstrators gathered in a Caracas plaza to protest. But Mr. Maduro, whose administration has been roiled by an increasingly dire...
  • 70 years after Iwo Jima, veterans, families to honor lives lost

    02/19/2015 4:19:00 AM PST · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 2/18/15 | Meg Jones
    Clayton Chipman saw the first flag raising. So did Harvey Kurz. Both were relieved and happy to see Marines had finally scaled Mount Suribachi four days after the Feb. 19, 1945, invasion of the hardscrabble, desolate island in the Pacific Ocean. Each looked at the American flag flapping in the wind and then returned to the business at hand — staying alive.
  • Collapse Survivor Explains Strategic Savagery: “You Have Two Choices – Fight To The Last or Run”

    02/18/2015 8:30:37 PM PST · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/18/15 | Selco
    It looks like there is no sense and order in what ISIS folks are doing while they are terrorizing people and burning them alive, stone them to death, kill captured soldiers or simply women and kids. But spreading terror and pure fear makes lot of sense in terms of strategy, especially in already „chaotic“ times and territories where they are trying to advance. Terror is a psychological game.
  • Yale Study: Canine Minds Far More Complex Than Originally Thought

    02/17/2015 11:25:16 AM PST · by Kartographer · 91 replies
    “Dogs are just fascinating,” Santos said. “We love them, they live in our homes. Anyone who hangs out with a dog is kind of wondering, ‘what are they thinking, do they love me’."
  • Reports: Man sends Valentine flowers for all wife's life, even after his death

    02/17/2015 10:59:01 AM PST · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 2/17/15 | Victoria Malmer
    According to kcwy13.com, husband Jim Golay, 53, died of an inoperable brain tumor last year, less than a year after his diagnosis. In fact, he not only sent this year's roses, he arranged with a local flower shop to send her flowers every Valentine's Day until her death, according to kcwy13.com.
  • Homeless Ohio woman walked miles to face rapist in court

    02/17/2015 9:33:17 AM PST · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    A homeless woman who was raped while sleeping under a bridge last year sometimes begged for bus money or walked up to 8 miles over the past year so she could face her attacker in court. Her determination to be in court helped win a conviction against the man, said a police officer who investigated the case.
  • Outrage: Border Patrol Ordered To Release All Illegal Alien Drunk Drivers:

    02/16/2015 4:00:02 PM PST · by Kartographer · 17 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/16/15 | Mac Slavo
    f you are caught driving while intoxicated and happen to be an American citizen then you’re going to be arrested, fined, and potentially jailed – and rightfully so, as by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs you are putting the lives of others in danger when you drive on public roads. But, as we’ve come to learn in recent years, if you are an undocumented alien who has entered this country illegally, the laws don’t really apply to you. You not only get to break the law by entering the United States without authorization, but you also get...
  • Rev. Graham:‘Imagine the Outcry if 21 Muslims Had Been Beheaded by Christians? The Storm is Coming’

    02/16/2015 1:40:24 PM PST · by Kartographer · 71 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/16/15 | Michael W. Chapman
    Rev. Graham: ‘Imagine the Outcry if 21 Muslims Had Been Beheaded by Christians? … The Storm is Coming’ February 16, 2015 - 2:33 PM By Michael W. Chapman Subscribe to Michael W. Chapman RSS Follow Michael W. Chapman on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More Sharing Services 102 The Islamic State beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians over the weekend, propping the severed heads on the victims’ backs, a barbaric slaughter that led Reverend Franklin Graham to ask, “Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians?” “Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around...
  • 7 States With the Most People on Food Stamps

    02/16/2015 12:23:49 PM PST · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | 2/16/15 | Erika Rawes
    3. New Mexico Number of food stamp recipients: 430,622 Percentage of the state’s population on food stamps: 20.65% Total cost of just these benefits alone (That is, how much do just the money on those EBT cards cost the state?): Around $53.12 million Cost of benefits alone per capita in this state: $25.47 per person
  • The largest bank robbery ever: up to $900M possibly stolen, and no need for a getaway ca

    02/16/2015 8:43:24 AM PST · by Kartographer · 12 replies
    NGR News via Yahoo ^ | 2/16/15 | Chris Smith
    When hackers steal money from banks, they usually go for Bonnie and Clyde attacks, taking whatever they can take in a single grab, one Kaspersky executive told The New York Times, as the security research discovered a different type of bank cyber heist, one likened to Ocean’s Eleven in terms of planning, but also when it comes to the significant amount of stolen cash. Following a well planned operation, that involved months of spying through the use of sophisticated software, unknown hackers originating from Russia, China and Europe managed to steal at least $300 million from a large number of...
  • And Now, The Truth (Measles Outbreak)

    02/14/2015 1:04:01 PM PST · by Kartographer · 90 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | 2/14/15 | Karl Denninger
    Among the 110 California patients, 49 (45%) were unvaccinated; five (5%) had 1 dose of measles-containing vaccine, seven (6%) had 2 doses, one (1%) had 3 doses, 47 (43%) had unknown or undocumented vaccination status, and one (1%) had immunoglobulin G seropositivity documented, which indicates prior vaccination or measles infection at an undetermined time. Twelve of the unvaccinated patients were infants too young to be vaccinated. Among the 37 remaining vaccine-eligible patients, 28 (67%) were intentionally unvaccinated because of personal beliefs, and one was on an alternative plan for vaccination.
  • Target Teen Gone Viral Gets Huge Surprise From Chick-fil-A

    02/14/2015 9:30:56 AM PST · by Kartographer · 10 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | 2/13/15 | STEVE OSUNSAMI, FARYN SHIRO and JUSTIN WEAVER
    The quiet 15-year-old in the black suit was looking for a clip-on tie for his first job interview, but Target only sells regular ties. That’s when Dennis Roberts, Cyndi Moore and Cathy Scott came to his rescue. “When Dennis was tying the tie, we took the time, ‘Look presentable, tie your shoe laces, tuck your shirt in,’ we were giving him pointers,” Cyndi explained of their interaction. “He was just soaking everything in, taking it all in." This is more than just good customer service. Yasir Moore learned how to shake hands and look his interviewer in the eye.
  • Florida student told no 'God bless America' in morning announcements

    02/13/2015 12:10:43 PM PST · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 2/13/15 | Letitia Stein
    A Florida high school told a student this week to stop adding the phrase "God bless America" when reading scripted morning announcements, drawing protests and irate phone calls from around the nation, school officials said on Friday.
  • New Jersey Police Crack Down on Teens for Illegal Snow Shoveling

    02/11/2015 10:46:28 AM PST · by Kartographer · 58 replies
    New Jersey teens, Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, were hoping to make a few bucks shoveling snow in their neighborhood. But police ruined their plans when they told the teens they needed a permit to promote their services.
  • Ominous Tweet From Matt Drudge About Obama: “Like He Knows Something Terrible Coming…(shortened)

    02/10/2015 4:26:25 PM PST · by Kartographer · 182 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/10/15 | Mac Slavo
    On Sunday night President Obama delivered a pre-taped speech to audience members at the Grammy awards. Drudge posted a photo of the President from the speech and called Obama’s appearance “greasy.” He continued with the following ominous words: Hoarse, watery eyes. Like he knows something terrible coming. Very unsettling…
  • A Day Of Reckoning For The Euro Has Arrived (shortened)

    02/09/2015 4:39:32 PM PST · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 2/9/15 | Michael Snyder
    According to the Bank for International Settlements, 26.45 trillion dollars in currency derivatives are directly tied to the value of the euro. Let that number sink in for a moment. To give you some perspective, keep in mind that the U.S. government spends a total of less than 4 trillion dollars a year. The entire U.S. national debt is just a bit above 18 trillion dollars.
  • Secret stash of Moon artifacts found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet

    02/08/2015 6:07:13 AM PST · by Kartographer · 93 replies
    Sploid ^ | 2/7/15 | Jesus Diaz
    After Neil Armstrong's death, his widow, Carol, discovered a white cloth bag in a closet, containing what were obviously either flight or space related artifacts. She contacted Allan Needell, curator of the Apollo collection at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, and provided photographs of the items. Needell, who immediately realized that the bag—known to the astronauts as the Purse - and its contents could be hardware from the Apollo 11 mission, asked the authors for support in identifying and documenting the flight history and purpose of these artifacts. After some research it became apparent that the purse and...
  • Target employee's kind gesture earned him a place in the hearts of viewers on the Web

    02/07/2015 2:46:18 PM PST · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    Yahoo - Trending Now ^ | 2/6/15 | Mia Fitzharris
    When a young man came into a Raleigh, N.C., Target store to buy a clip-on tie for a Chick-fil-A job interview, he was told they were all out. Then, employee Dennis Roberts offered to show him how to tie a standard tie. Shopper Audrey Mark noticed the tie tutorial, snapped a picture and posted it to the store’s Facebook page. It’s been liked and shared thousands of times. The teen, whose name is still unknown, got more than just a lesson in fashion. Roberts offered some interview tips, too. He told ABC-11 that he instructed the teen to “make sure...
  • Dad Refused To Give Speech At His Daughter’s Wedding And Did THIS Instead…OMG

    02/07/2015 2:11:02 PM PST · by Kartographer · 17 replies
    littlethings.com ^ | aroline Sheridan
    From the moment he walks her down the aisle to the tears that may fall during the father-daughter dance, dear old Dad is a very important part of a woman’s wedding day. It’s never easy for a Dad or a woman’s father figure to give away his “little girl” to the man she loves, but it’s such an extraordinary gesture that means the world to both of you. One Dad wasn’t sure how to tell his daughter how much she meant to him on her special day, so he decided to do something extra special to let her know he...
  • Weekly Preppers' Thread

    02/06/2015 5:42:42 PM PST · by Kartographer · 81 replies
    2/6/15 | Kartographer
    I haven't done a weekly Preppers Ping for a bit and I think it past time. So you guys know what we are looking for things like good preparedness supply buys, small discoveries and helpful hints which possible by themselves would make a interesting thread, but would be of interest to fellow preppers.
  • A Tactical Plan for Surviving Major Disaster in the North American Suburbs – Part 1

    02/06/2015 5:04:13 PM PST · by Kartographer · 41 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 2/6/15 | A.M.
    How would you survive a long-term disaster situation? I am talking about the worst case scenario– gangs of marauders, hungry people fleeing the cities, and/or soldiers storming through neighborhoods with no electricity, no grocery stores, no water, and no heat. The lead recommendation in this scenario is to bug out to a rural area. Ideally, you would own a self-sustaining property away from the population masses and get there before the chaos begins. Many people will attempt this approach. People from the urban areas will spread out toward the suburbs and ultimately to the rural areas. Those who are fleeing...
  • Debt mountains spark fears of another crisis

    02/06/2015 4:55:14 PM PST · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    FT.com ^ | 2/5/15 | Ralph Atkins
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2554931c-ac85-11e4-9d32-00144feab7de.html#ixzz3R13TxoHh The world is awash with more debt than before the global financial crisis erupted in 2007, with China’s debt relative to its economic size now exceeding US levels, according to a report. Global debt has increased by $57tn since 2007 to almost $200tn — far outpacing economic growth, calculates McKinsey & Co, the consultancy. As a share of gross domestic product,...
  • See the Detroiter with 21-mile walking commute get a surprise new car

    02/06/2015 1:59:56 PM PST · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    Yahoo - Motoramic ^ | 2/6/15 | Justin Hyde
    Upon getting the car and the key, a dealership employee hopped in the passenger seat to help him get re-acclimated to driving (starting with a button now, and such.) Then Robertson left — because despite all the attention, he still had to get to his 2 p.m. factory shift on time, and nothing stops James Robertson.
  • Videos, photos show massive pileup on I-81 north that shut down highway

    02/06/2015 12:17:53 PM PST · by Kartographer · 29 replies
    syracuse.com ^ | 2/6/15 | Jacob Pucci
    Photographs taken of the pileup on Interstate 81 north near the Oswego-Jefferson County line show tractor-trailers and other vehicles smashed together, blocking all lanes of traffic.
  • Report: The Gravy Train Is Over For Welfare Recipients: ‘Earn Your Keep or Go Hungry’

    02/03/2015 3:42:49 PM PST · by Kartographer · 49 replies
    SHTR Plan ^ | 2/3/15 | Mac Slavo
    For those who are tired of seeing their hard earned money forcibly seized by the government and redistributed to those who refuse to contribute anything of value to society. Even the staunchest of conservatives and libertarians understands that a civilized society needs to provide some level of support for those who are sick, disabled, or simply going through a rough period like losing a job. Americans are a generous people and for the most part we’re all willing to chip in to make our country a better place. But we can all probably agree that within the social programs designed...
  • Venezuela's 'socialist paradise' turns into a nightmare: medical shortages claim lives (shortened)

    02/03/2015 9:58:47 AM PST · by Kartographer · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/3/15 | Peter Foster,
    Mr Chavez might be dead, but as one of Latin America’s most charismatic political performers, he is far from forgotten. His placid features still stare out from billboards in Caracas, while Venezuelan television still plays his rambling speeches denouncing America, capitalism and the West. He promised the people the riches of the revolution, and for a while he was able to deliver, thanks to his country being blessed with the world’s largest proven oil reserves.
  • The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment

    02/03/2015 9:26:37 AM PST · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | 2/3/15 | Jim Clifton
    Here’s something that many Americans -- including some of the smartest and most educated among us -- don’t know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading. Right now, we’re hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is “down” to 5.6%. The cheerleading for this number is deafening. The media loves a comeback story, the White House wants to score political points and Wall Street would like you to stay in the market. None of them will tell you this: If you, a family member...
  • Strangers raise $60,000 to buy Detroit man who walks to work 21 miles a day a car

    02/02/2015 2:39:47 PM PST · by Kartographer · 62 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/2/15 | Dylan Stableford
    The story of a Detroit man who has been walking 21 miles a day to get to and from work for over a decade inspired a Michigan college student to launch an online campaign to buy him a car. Thanks to the generosity of strangers, the campaign has raised more than $60,000 in a day. Since buses don't cover the entire 23-mile route, 56-year-old James Robertson spends nearly all of his free time during the week commuting to his $10.55 an hour factory job in Rochester Hills. According to the Detroit Free Press, which published a front-page story about him...
  • Tax Receipts Rule IRS Keeps Quiet: They're Optional

    02/02/2015 12:27:50 PM PST · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/2/15 | Robert Wood
    Remember the IRS computer crashes and the hunt for those long destroyed lost emails of Lois Lerner? Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas introduced a bill he called the “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act,” to allow us all to try out some excuses. Rep. Stockman said, “Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses.” The bill would allow taxpayers who do not provide documents requested by the IRS to claim one of the following reasons: 1. The dog ate my tax receipts. 2. Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction. 3. Traded documents...
  • In Denmark You Are Now Paid To Take Out A Mortgage

    01/30/2015 1:13:58 PM PST · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1/30/15 | Tyler Durden
    The interest rate has balanced around 0 in a level between minus 0.03 percent plus 0.03 percent. Most have paid a modest positive interest rate, but there are so few who have had a negative rate. It is quite an unusual situation, says Lise Nytoft Bergmann. It is residential customers who have chosen to stick with F1-loan that now benefit from the negative interest rate. F1 loan form has otherwise been strong returns in recent years in favor of fixed interest loan. Although interest rates are negative, it is not something that can be felt by customers as contributions and...
  • After 150 years, Confederate submarine's hull again revealed

    01/30/2015 11:13:54 AM PST · by Kartographer · 146 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/30/15 | BRUCE SMITH
    A century and a half after it sank and a decade and a half after it was raised, scientists are finally getting a look at the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship. What they find may finally solve the mystery of why the hand-cranked submarine sank during the Civil War. "It's like unwrapping a Christmas gift after 15 years. We have been wanting to do this for many years now," said Paul Mardikian, senior conservator on the Hunley project.
  • When in Doubt… Shoot to Kill

    01/30/2015 6:19:04 AM PST · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    caracaschronicles.com ^ | 1/30/15 | Emiliana Duarte
    While Maduro dithers like a paralyzed hamster at the mere thought of announcing an economic reform, General Vladimir Padrino López is a proponent of the shock-and-awe approach to violating Human Rights. Case in point: Resolution 8610, sanctioned on Jan. 27, through which the Ministry of Defence authorizes the use of “potentially lethal force, be it with a firearm or with another potentially lethal weapon” as a last recourse […], “to avoid public disorder, to support the legitimate authority, and to immediately reject aggression using any necessary means.” Naturally, this innovation in military protocol is meant to “regulate the Armed Forces...
  • Video: Woman Hijacks Mic at ‘Texas Muslim Capitol Day’ Event, Decries ‘False Prophet Mohammad’

    01/29/2015 7:06:09 PM PST · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/29/15 | Jason Howerton
    “The false prophet Muhammad!” the woman is heard screaming. “Islam will never dominate the United States and by the grace of God it will not dominate Texas.”
  • Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York

    01/29/2015 2:27:48 PM PST · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/28/15 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday. In the recordings, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni tells an agent posing as a Venezuelan official that the bombs would prevent the United States from invading the oil-rich nation and brags to his wife that the passing of secrets would make him wealthy.
  • Budweiser’s ‘Lost Puppy’ Super Bowl Ad Will Make Football Fans Cry in Their Nachos

    01/28/2015 9:24:20 PM PST · by Kartographer · 56 replies
    Yahoo TV - The Wrap ^ | 1/28/15 | Tony Maglio
    Football fans might want to start pretending there is something in their eye now in advance of Sunday’s big game, because if Budweiser’s newest Clydesdale commercial has anything to say about it, viewers will be bawling by halftime.
  • Be The Gray Man

    01/27/2015 5:29:15 PM PST · by Kartographer · 52 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 1/27/15 | by M.F.
    One of the lesser-discussed survival topics, even among preppers, is the eventual need to go out into what’s left of the world after the fan turns brown. Most preppers focus on making preparations to survive the onslaught of unforeseeable calamities that are more than likely heading our way in the near future. While none of us can say for sure what exactly will happen to bring on a survival situation, we are all pretty sure that something wicked this way comes. Even non-preppers can “feel” that something is wrong. It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that the...