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  • Can racist tweets help predict hate crimes? L.A. is about to find out

    09/25/2016 8:21:00 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 33 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/23/16 | Richard Winton
    Can police prevent hate crimes by monitoring racist banter on social media? Researchers will be testing this concept over the next three years in Los Angeles, marking a new frontier in efforts by law enforcement to predict and prevent crimes. During a three-year experiment, British researchers working with the Santa Monica-based Rand Corp. will be monitoring millions of tweets related to the L.A. area in an effort to identify patterns and markers that prejudice-motivated violence is about to occur in real time. The researchers then will compare the data against records of reported violent acts. The U.S. Department of Justice...
  • Freedom Bridge in Santa Clara faces demolition despite bicyclists' protests

    08/28/2016 3:09:00 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 11 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 8/27/16 | Scott Herhold
    <p>A couple of long blocks north of Highway 101, bicyclists whiz up and down the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail, one of the best bicycle paths in the valley. At the property of tech giant Intel, a few of them cross to the east side of the creek on a wooden bridge called "The Freedom Bridge."</p>
  • Despite Policy Shifts, China Faces Huge Coal-Fired Overcapacity

    08/05/2016 8:48:14 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 9 replies
    Power Magazine ^ | 08/03/2016 | Thomas Overton
    China’s once-booming coal power sector is facing an existential challenge as continued breakneck expansion of new capacity is colliding with flattened growth in power demand, despite increasingly strenuous government efforts to put the brakes on new construction. According to a pair of new studies, China’s overcapacity in coal-fired generation could reach a staggering 400 GW by 2020—an amount larger than the total installed capacity of every other nation worldwide besides the U.S. ...plant utilization rates in China have been falling rapidly over the past several years. This is because while total thermal generation has barely changed since 2011—resulting from a...
  • Germany Bans Traditional Pork Sausages from Public Cafeterias

    03/06/2016 2:39:12 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 127 replies
    Counter Jihad ^ | 3/6/2016 | Anonymous
    In a move that endangers a major sector of German agriculture, there is an effort to ban pork sausages from public cafeterias in schools, hospitals, nurseries, and elsewhere. Judged as a portion of tax revenue, pork agriculture accounts for nearly a fifth of the local economy in Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein region. Pork sausages are at the very heart of Germany’s traditional cuisine. Yet the decisions have been made in many parts of Germany to simply remove pork from public life. There is some opposition to the move to strip pork sausages from Germany. “The protection of minorities – including for religious...
  • Storms to pound California with flooding rain, mountain snow into early next week

    03/05/2016 3:55:49 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 14 replies
    Accuweather ^ | 3/5/16 | Renee Duff
    Rounds of heavy rain will heighten the risk of flooding and mudslides across California as storms persistently roll ashore into the second week of March. Rain bypassed the state during most of February, but a shift in the weather pattern will steer storms into the California coast this weekend and into next week. "Storms will usher in moderate to heavy rain across California and heavy snow to the Sierra Nevada [through Monday]," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun stated. Over half a foot of rain could fall across northern California. Snow levels will fall throughout the weekend, allowing feet of snow to...
  • Cow Palace gun show draws a crowd in wake of Obama's executive actions

    01/12/2016 8:14:01 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 14 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/9/16 | Pete Carey
    A long line of gun fanciers waiting to buy tickets snaked across the Cow Palace parking lot early Saturday morning despite a cold drizzle, as the Crossroads of the West gun show kicked off a two-day run at the famed exhibition hall. Judging by the size of the morning crowd, show owner Bob Templeton predicted total weekend attendance of about 7,000 -- double the usual 3,500 at the show he's been holding at the Cow Palace for three decades. "There are a lot of first-time buyers," said Templeton, a Utah resident. "They're here for two reasons -- the safety of...
  • Silicon Valley should jump into the smart gun market

    01/08/2016 6:01:39 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 49 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/8/16 | Michelle Quinn
    ...Ron Conway, the San Francisco angel investor, helped to pioneer the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation, which put up $1 million to fund a variety of ideas that advance gun lock technology. The goal had been to create the "iPhone of guns," Conway said... least some of the more than 30,000 gun deaths each year would be avoided if there were smart guns. In theory, the technology would reduce gun suicides, gun deaths from accidents and deaths involving stolen guns. Smart guns might have particular appeal to law enforcement who have to worry about their weapons being used against them...
  • Milpitas home visited by mutant squirrel (BLACK SQUIRRELS MATTER)

    12/25/2015 7:51:00 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 35 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/25/15 | Joan Morris
    DEAR JOAN: For the very first time in 24 years at our home, we have a black squirrel in the backyard. With about a dozen trees in back, we have had many gray squirrels over the years but never a black one. How rare are they? He looks smaller, maybe younger than the others. Is this a mutant squirrel or a different type? Dana Arbaugh, Milpitas DEAR DANA: Black squirrels are unusual but not rare. Palo Alto appears to have the most black squirrels in the Bay Area, but they are also seen elsewhere. Technically, you could call it a...
  • Feds initiate aircraft noise studies (FAA Next Gen)

    11/26/2015 11:14:33 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 25 replies
    Los Altos Town Crier ^ | 11/25/2015 | Alicia Castro
    In response to public outcry over aircraft noise above Los Altos and other Bay Area cities, the Federal Aviation Administration last week issued a plan to consider changes to flight traffic. The FAA in October began analyzing potential modifications to its aircraft paths, including offshore routes, higher-altitude travel and reduced nighttime operations. "I welcome this important first step the FAA has developed," said U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, who worked alongside Reps. Sam Farr and Jackie Speier to engage the FAA. Eshoo said FAA leadership would follow up with community meetings through the representatives' offices to explain the plan to...
  • F35 Helmet - A fighter pilot helmet with 360 degrees of sky

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

    11/15/2015 10:05:47 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 45 replies
    Google Photos ^ | 11/15/15 | Various
  • Where Did You Watch the Debate?

    09/16/2015 9:40:04 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 17 replies
    CNN and RNC ^ | 9/16/15 | Me
    Where did you watch tonight's debate? Who did you watch it with? If you were with a group, what were your group demographics? Where are you (State and City if you want)?
  • Rising tides in San Francisco Bay demand unified solutions

    06/23/2015 9:06:58 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 28 replies
    Mercury News ^ | Lisa M. Krieger
    Every community that rings San Francisco Bay is vulnerable to rising seas. But while some places are preparing, others are not -- and no single agency is coordinating the effort, according to two new civil grand jury reports. "It is a slow-moving emergency," said state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, lead author of the state's first report on climate-related flooding and organizer of a conference Friday at NASA Ames Research Center called "Meeting the Challenges of Sea Level Rise." In Santa Clara County, the water district should coordinate the county's effort, the grand jury recommended -- a project the district...
  • Ebola Play-Out Scenarios in the United States

    10/02/2014 8:27:26 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 77 replies
    Self ^ | 10/2/14 | Self
    I'm surprised that I haven't seen any wargaming thoughts on how Ebola Virus is going to play-out in the US in the coming weeks, months and years. Watching how Duncan was managed in Texas does not give me any confidence that the feds or state health authorities have a clue what to do and are totally disorganized and unprepared. This is surprising given the fact we've had almost 40 years of knowledge of and experience with hemorrhagic viruses from Central Africa including Marburg, Lassa, and Ebola. You'd think that every health agency in the country would have figured out how...
  • Hillary Talks About Her Concussion

    08/03/2014 1:13:56 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 23 replies
    Maniac World ^ | 8/2/14 | Anon
    Diane Sawyer interviews Hillary about her concussion and health.
  • Santa Cruz teen wins NASA video contest award

    05/30/2014 7:01:09 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 7 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 5/22/14 | Jessica A. York
    In March, while scouring through her math teacher's pile of projects, Anna Olson was attracted to the sciences section, and discovered NASA's 2014 educational "REEL Science Communications" video contest. In a two-week period, Olson pulled together two different contest entries, with a little help from dad and movie producer Gregory T. Olson's green screen, brother Geoffrey Olson's guitar-strumming skills and fact-checking by older brother Alec Olson, who works in a lab at UC Davis. The Pacific Collegiate School student reviewed her video entries, posted on YouTube during an interview at her school. She pointed out that her winning entry had...
  • Life Lessons From Navy SEAL Training

    05/25/2014 8:19:48 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal | 5/23/14 | William H. McRaven
    The University of Texas slogan is "What starts here changes the world." I have to admit—I kinda like it. "What starts here changes the world." Tonight there are almost 8,000 students graduating from UT. That great paragon of analytical rigor, Ask.Com, says that the average American will meet 10,000 people in their lifetime. That's a lot of folks. But if every one of you changed the lives of just 10 people, and each one of those folks changed the lives of another 10 people—just 10—then in five generations, 125 years, the class of 2014 will have changed the lives of...
  • Obama heads to Walmart to praise energy efficiency

    05/09/2014 6:11:19 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/9/14 | Heather Somerville, Josh Richman and Becky Bach
    President Obama spoke at a Walmart in the heart of Silicon Valley and rolled out his plan for energy reform, an ambitious effort to convert more businesses, homes and government buildings to solar power. Obama praised the store's solar panels, LED lighting and updated refrigeration systems as examples of the redoubled efforts he wants private companies and the government to make toward a cleaner, greener future. Obama's choice of Walmart to highlight energy efficiency enraged those who see the retail giant and its low-wage jobs as a major driver of the income gap that Obama so often speaks of trying...
  • Poll: Californians want oil-extraction tax, county control over fracking

    05/08/2014 7:11:19 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/8/14 | Josh Richman
    California is moving toward imposing a tax on oil pumped from the ground, either through a legislative bill or a ballot measure, a new poll suggests. The poll -- commissioned by NextGen Climate Action, the group formed by billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer of San Francisco -- found most likely voters in the state want oil companies to pay such a tax. According to the poll, most likely voters also want counties to be able to vote on whether to allow "fracking" for oil and gas within their borders. The poll of 800 likely voters, conducted in late April,...
  • Strippers suing San Jose's Pink Poodle for unfair labor practices

    05/02/2014 6:59:39 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 29 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/1/14 | Vruce Newman
    Filing a lawsuit alleging systematic violations of the California Labor Code -- a legislative blunderbuss that sets the working conditions for smelters, miners, telegraph operators and now strippers -- a "poletariat" mass of 11 former Pink Poodle dancers have laid themselves bare before the bar of justice. The legal action, which came just in time for Thursday's socialist celebration of International Workers' Day, seeks to elevate the status of exotic dancers from "independent contractors" to employees. Twerkers of the world, unite! The lawsuit claims the dancers were not paid minimum wage or overtime, and in many cases were required to...
  • Half Moon Bay: Suspected pipe bomb was box of paintbrushes

    04/19/2014 8:29:36 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 13 replies
    <p>The San Mateo County bomb squad destroyed a suspected pipe bomb Thursday in Half Moon Bay, California and later discovered the supposed threat was just a set of paintbrushes, authorities said.</p>
  • Obamacare: California health exchange tops 1 million, big motivator in type of plan -- price

    03/18/2014 7:13:52 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3/17/14 | Tracy Seipel
    With two weeks left to sign up for coverage, California's health insurance exchange announced Monday it has surged past a major milestone -- 1 million enrollments -- well ahead of its March 31 goal. And a new report suggests what may be the biggest motivator for people when they are choosing a new health plan: cost. Insurers like Blue Shield of California and Health Net have seen a major jump in market share, thanks to their competitively low rates, according to a report Monday from the Kaiser Family Foundation, while Anthem Blue Cross' dominance has softened. The shifting landscape indicates...
  • Los Gatos transgender woman speaks out on fight to compete in CrossFit competition

    03/16/2014 3:17:56 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 54 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3/13/14 | Mark Emmons
    <p>Just like countless other exercise fanatics, Chloie Jonsson wanted to test herself in a CrossFit strength competition. The increasingly popular fitness events culminate each summer with the crowning of the "Fittest Man and Woman on Earth."</p> <p>But Jonsson, who is a transgender woman, was told she would have to register as a man.</p>
  • Internet Time Travel Proved

    03/14/2014 8:34:31 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 37 replies
    Netflix ^ | 1961 | Harvard Film Corporation
    Make of it what you will...but this proves to me that The Internet does predict the future.
  • San Jose homeless would get hotel and motel rooms under city plan

    02/22/2014 2:01:54 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 29 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 2/21/14 | Mike Rosenberg
    Facing a growing homeless population, San Jose is ready to try a new strategy to get people off the streets: pay to put some of them up in local hotels and motels, potentially for years. ...housing prices continue to climb and landlords become pickier about renters...100 homeless people roaming San Jose streets have publicly funded vouchers for subsidized housing but cannot find a place that will accept them. "It's just a tough place to live because of how expensive it is," said Leslye Corsiglia, the city's housing director, who called it an opportunity for homeless people "to get themselves settled...
  • Californians scrambling to make Monday deadline to sign up for health insurance

    12/22/2013 8:51:33 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 14 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/22/13 | Tracy Seipel
    ynn Engelman still has no idea whether her doctors in Contra Costa County will be on her new health care plan -- and neither, she says, do her doctors. Capitola resident Kathryn Johnson has already paid the first month's bill for her new policy through the state's new health insurance exchange, but she just received a letter telling her she hasn't signed up for a plan. And in San Leandro, Linda Entrikin is one of 900,000 Californians suffering from whiplash after the Obama administration's surprise announcement Thursday that people whose insurance plans have been canceled can replace them with cheap,...
  • Baracko Claus

    12/01/2013 5:11:00 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 2 replies
    Earl of Taint ^ | 12/1/13 | Earl of Taint
  • Free exotic tree tours are taking place at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum (San Jose, CA)

    11/05/2013 6:43:51 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/4/13 | Mary Gottschalk
    The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is not only home to human and cat mummies, a replica of an underground tomb and a planetarium; it's also home to exotic trees. There's the Bunya pine with its cones weighing 10 to 15 pounds; the giant taro plant with its massive leaves and edible roots; the Australian flaxleaf paperbark tree that produces medicinal tea tree oil; and, of course, papyrus, which the ancient Egyptians used for creating writing paper, boats, mattresses, mats, rope, sandals and baskets. These are just a few of the dozens of trees and plants to see on Our City Forest's...
  • Palo Alto looks to require electric vehicle circuitry in new homes

    09/28/2013 10:11:23 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 45 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 9/28/13 | Jason Green
    Hoping to play a bigger role in the electric vehicle revolution, the Palo Alto City Council embraced a proposal Monday night that would require new homes to come pre-wired for chargers. Council members were unanimous in their support for the building code change, which was floated in a colleagues' memo by Mayor Greg Scharff, Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd and Council Member Gail Price. The city council also backed related proposals to streamline the process for obtaining a permit for a charger as well as develop strategies to further encourage electric vehicle use in Palo Alto. "Let's figure out as a...
  • Asian buyers scoop up 'bargain' million-dollar Bay Area homes

    09/28/2013 9:58:32 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 79 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 9/28/13 | Pete Carey
    The continuing influx of well-heeled homebuyers from Asia has Bay Area real estate firms competing for a lucrative and growing slice of the region's residential market. "It has gotten big enough to where people are starting to pay attention to it," said James Yang, an agent with the Sereno Group. One Palo Alto real estate broker, Ken de Leon, bought a Mercedes-Benz van that seats 14 and is using it for tours of Palo Alto and Los Altos with a Mandarin-speaking agent. Palo Alto has become a point of interest for many mainland Chinese shopping for a second home or...
  • Police Blotter

    07/31/2013 6:28:39 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 7/31/2013 | Anon
    ATHERTONPolhemus Avenue and Selby Lane, 10:33 a.m. July 24. A man stopped and said "you are beautiful" to a person who reported the incident to police.
  • Warning to tourists in France after attack by feral cats

    07/26/2013 7:20:42 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 57 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/26/13 | Anon
    Visitors to one of France’s most beautiful tourist areas were today warned to be on their guard after a pack of feral cats launched an attack on a young woman. About six cats pounced on the unnamed dog owner as she walked her poodle in the city of Belfort, in the popular Franche-Comte region, on the Swiss border, dragging her to the ground and mauling her. She was bitten repeatedly and left with a torn artery which could have proved fatal, while the dog was also badly hurt. Josette Galliot, the mother of the 31-year-old victim, said: "They jumped on...
  • California highways among worst in the nation

    07/02/2013 6:41:55 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 30 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 7/2/2013 | Gary Richards
    California's highways continue to rank among the worst in the nation -- a sorry distinction the state has held for more than a decade. The Golden State's highway system is ranked 47th among the 50 states in overall highway performance and efficiency in the latest annual highway report by the Reason Foundation. That is a slight improvement for California, which ranked 48th in the two previous studies and has ranked in the bottom 10 every year since 2000. Only Alaska, Rhode Island and Hawaii have worse roads, while North Dakota, Kansas and Wyoming have the best and most cost-effective highways....
  • The world's highest swing ride goes up a whopping 400 ft in the air and has just opened in Texas

    05/25/2013 8:45:46 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 79 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 5/25/13 | DAVID MCCORMACK
    The world’s tallest tower swing ride, which sends those foolhardy enough to get on-board a whopping 400 feet up in the air, was officially opened on Saturday at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park in Arlington. The Texas SkyScreamer allows up to twenty-four riders to sit in open-air swings while spinning in a 124-foot circle at speeds up to 35 mph. At its 40 story peak - and if the riders still have their eyes open - they can see not only Arlington, but also Dallas and Fort Worth. ‘We are thrilled to add the tallest swing ride in...
  • Palo Alto man charged with clubbing boy, DA says ("But I'm Chechan!!")

    04/26/2013 8:59:25 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 17 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 4/26/13 | Joshua Melvin
    A Palo Alto man is charged with clubbing a teenage boy during an odd Portola Valley robbery attempt that ended with him plunging down a ravine in his SUV, a prosecutor said Thursday. Stefan Dombovic, 21, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in San Mateo County Superior Court to robbery, assault and burglary charges stemming from the Sunday night confrontation, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. The trouble started when a 13-year-old boy who heard a vehicle pull into his Portola Valley driveway at around 10:10 p.m. Without waking his parents, he went to investigate. The boy spotted a man rummaging through his...
  • DA: Supervisor George Shirakawa (D) deceived public for years, had a secret slush fund

    03/02/2013 9:22:23 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 15 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3/1/13 | Karen de Sá and Tracy Seipel
    After months of scandal, defiance and excuse-making, Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr.'s political career came crashing down Friday, as the District Attorney's Office charged the veteran politician with five felonies including perjury and misappropriation of public funds that likely will land him behind bars. In a dizzying succession of events, just hours after charges were filed, the 51-year-old supervisor announced he will plead guilty March 18 to deceiving his donors and constituents. He then immediately resigned his post. Shirakawa, who earlier accused his critics of being biased against him because he is overweight and an Oakland Raiders fan,...
  • Seagate plans $180 million research complex at former Solyndra site in Fremont

    03/02/2013 8:58:39 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 25 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3/1/13 | George Avalos
    Seagate Technology on Friday unveiled a $180 million cutting-edge research and development complex at the former Solyndra solar factory in Fremont, a site the company will use to invent next-generation disk drives. Up to 600 people could work at the facility, depending on product demand, Seagate executives said. "It's a big deal to be keeping high-tech research and development jobs in Silicon Valley," said Mark Re, a Seagate senior vice president and R&D executive. "This is going to be a state-of-the-art facility." Late Thursday, Seagate installed a huge sign with its name and logo on the side of the 411,000-square-foot...
  • Fireball Streaks Across Bay Area Sky (San Fran)

    02/15/2013 9:55:00 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 128 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/15/13 | Anon
    Jodi Hernandez reports on the cosmic close encounter that the earth is experiencing tonight and the real one Russia experienced this morning. On a day that had a lot of people talking about meteorites and asteroids, a fireball of some sort was seen streaking across the Bay Area skies. The fireball was seen around 7:45 p.m. There are reports into the newsroom from people as far north as Fairfield and as far south as Gilroy. It was also seen in Sacramento, Newark, Walnut Creek, and St. Helena. It was bluish in color and appeared to be heading straight to the...
  • I Gotta Get the Bread and Milk! OMG, I Gotta Get the Bread and Milk!!!

    02/09/2013 11:00:30 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 54 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 2/9/13 | Vic DiBitetto
    Guy needs to get his bread and milk!
  • Solar development absorbing Calif. farmland

    02/03/2013 9:06:54 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 2/2/12 | Tracie Cone
    With California mandating that 33 percent of electricity be generated from renewables by the end of the decade, there are 227 proposed solar projects in the pipeline statewide.. Coupled with wind and other renewables they would generate enough electricity to meet 100 percent of California's power needs on an average summer day... Developers are flocking to flat farmland near power transmission lines, but agriculture interests, environmental groups and even the state are concerned that there is no official accounting of how much of this important agricultural region's farmland is being taken out of production. Planning department records in four of...
  • Lumber tax a knot for retailers (Sneaky New CA Tax)

    01/13/2013 9:52:14 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 28 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/11/13 | Heather Somerville
    California's new 1% lumber tax has cost lumber yards thousands of dollars...raising the ire of retailers struggling to bounce back from the housing slump. ...the new law because it is full of contradictions, hidden costs and ambiguities. The tax applies to lumber and products that are at least 10% wood, although the rules are murky and lumber yards have varied interpretations of what should be taxed. The list of exclusions and caveats is numerous. Doors and moldings are not taxed, but wood shingles are. Fencing is taxed, unless the fence is made from remanufactured wood. Firewood is not taxed, although...
  • What a plank! Bizarre start to men's fashion week in London

    01/07/2013 6:59:36 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 39 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 1/7/2013 | Amanda Williams
    <p>British Fashion Council member David Gandy has vowed to make London the 'menswear capital of the world.'</p> <p>Bizarre hats made out of wooden planks, models with 'blacked out' faces, and some ankle swinging sportswear were among some of the truly outlandish designs which kicked off Men's fashion week today.</p>
  • Finally - A Funny Doonesbury About Life - and No Leftist Politics

    11/18/2012 9:09:04 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 37 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/18/12 | Trudeau
  • First-offense wood burners: Go to smoke class (Calif Prog Re-education)

    10/27/2012 12:57:53 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 57 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/25/12 | Denis Cuff
    Light a fire on a bad air day and you may be going to smoke school -- or pay a $100 fine if you refuse. The Bay Area's air pollution district is getting tougher this year on scofflaws, violators of its four-year-old rule banning home or business owners from burning wood fires in chimneys and stoves during Spare the Air alerts. First-time violators used to get off with a written warning, but they won't anymore. Effective Nov. 1, when the cold weather Spare the Air season begins, first-time offenders will be required to take a class online or read written...
  • Hamster Placed In Police Protective Custody Following DUI Stop

    10/20/2012 4:18:37 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 26 replies
    CBS Seattle ^ | 10/18/12 | Anon
    Dateline Beaverton, Oregon Local authorities placed a hamster into protective custody after its owner, an intoxicated driver, was arrested. Early Tuesday morning, three officers with the Beaverton Police pulled over 27-year-old Nicole Huey after suspecting her of driving while intoxicated, according to Oregon Live. During the 12:30 a.m. stop, officers reportedly observed the hamster – whose name is not known – placed in her lap. It was the only other occupant in the car, the website learned. When Huey stepped out of the car, she placed the hamster on the dashboard. At that point, officers allegedly attempted to take the...
  • A Conversation with Bernie Marcus, Founder of Home Depot

    10/14/2012 5:22:45 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/2/2012 | Anon
    A Conversation with Bernie MarcusHome Depot Founder Bernie Marcus shares his concerns for our nation and how frightened he is by what Pres. Obama's policies mean for America, especially for our children and future generations. In particular, the lack of job creation and rising home foreclosures are limiting the American dream for millions of families. As someone who has taken Home Depot from one store to one of the largest companies in the world, and as someone who has hired millions of people over many years in business, Bernie is in a unique position to know which policies can bring...
  • Need FRiend Help -- Home Burglar Alarm

    10/13/2012 9:21:32 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 52 replies
    Self | 10/13/12 | Self
    There has been a big wave of home burglaries in our town and area lately, so we are finally going to get a home alarm system. I'm thinking of going with a local guy who does old-fashioned wired systems and uses Napco equipment. Mrs. POF thinks alarms are a nuisance and, after talking with friends, thinks that we'll use if a few weeks and then stop using it. I'm used to arming and disarming the alarm at our small business office (her, too, at a different office), so I think we'll have the discipline to use it all the time....
  • WTIC CBS Connecticut Poll - 7.8% Unemployment: Is This A True Reading Of The Jobs Picture?

    10/05/2012 10:14:40 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 48 replies
    WTIC CBS ^ | 10/5/12 | Anon
    LOL, even in ultra-liberal Connecticut they get it. I've NEVER EVER seen a more lopsided poll! Check this out:
  • One-off 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra debuts as Tribute to Carrol

    08/18/2012 4:15:43 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 25 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 8/17/12 | Anon
    The Monterey Peninsula is celebrating all things Shelby this week as part of the company's 50th anniversary celebration. The Cobra in particular will be a part of many events including the Pebble Beach Concours and the Monterey Motorsports Reunion happening at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Shelby celebration is also especially meaningful since founder Carroll Shelby passed away back in May. As a tribute to the legendary racer and car builder, Shelby American, Ford Motor Company and Ford Racing have teamed up to build a very special tribute Mustang. Called the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra, the car features a custom...
  • Agencies bill more than $1M for public meetings

    08/18/2012 11:36:07 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 3 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 8/16/2012 | Anon
    Two Silicon Valley agencies are being accused of bilking California taxpayers by submitting more than $1 million in state reimbursements for preparing public meeting agendas. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara Valley Water District ranked first and second out of more than 600 agencies statewide for reimbursements bills for complying with state open meetings laws. Santa Clara County billed $1.1 million last year for preparing agendas for 402 public meetings; the water district asked for $384,395 for 42 meetings. Nearby Alameda County billed just $71,816 for 450 meetings. The Silicon Valley Taxpayers...