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  • The Walking Dead Hiatus: Perished

    04/13/2014 11:30:56 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | Stefan A. Radanovich and Aaron McCann
    For your dose of undead, here is a short film called Perished. A man is trapped in a shed after his girlfriend/wife turns into a zombie during the zombie apocolypse, and has to find a way to survive. This is different from a lot of zombie films in that the guy is pretty smart and resourceful, rather than making obvious mistakes. Still doesn't help him much, though. Perished
  • Michael Che Stand Up

    04/07/2014 11:26:28 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 10 replies
    NBC ^ | 3/1/2014 | Michael Che
    This is the first time I have seen Michael Che and thought he was funny: Michael Che
  • Walking Dead Hiatus: The Last Man On Earth

    04/06/2014 4:48:43 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1964 | Ubaldo Ragona
    In order to prevent zombie withdrawl, here is a good dose of zombies. Vincent Price's Last Man on Earth. (1964) This was one of the three versions of Richard Matheson's novel I am Legend, on film, and was credited by George Romero as being his inspiration for the Night of the Living Dead. The zombies in this film don't obey the rules set down by Romero, they are actually more of a cross between vampires and zombies. They are still intelligent, and can talk. This movie has one of the creepiest scenes ever in a zombie film, at least for...
  • Samsung researchers claim graphene breakthrough

    04/05/2014 6:51:29 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/4/2014 | Sophie Curtis
    Samsung researchers have developed a new method of synthesising graphene, which they claim could accelerate the commercialisation of the so-called 'miracle material', for use in electronic devices. Graphene is one of the thinnest, lightest, strongest and most conductive materials know to man, consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb structure. Its versatility means that it can potentially support a wide variety of applications in electronics, including flexible displays, wearables and other next-generation electronic devices.
  • Venezuela Decrees "All Properties Leased for 20 Years Will Be Sold to Tenants in 60 Days"

    04/04/2014 4:40:39 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 57 replies
    Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro proves once again the capacity for stupidity is virtually unlimited. Today Maduro mandated that any properties leased for 20 years or longer will be sold to current tenants at government mandated prices, essentially confiscating all long-term rental properties. Via translation from Libre Mercado, please consider Venezuela Expropriates Properties Leased More Than 20 Years. Nicolas Maduro, president of the Republic of Venezuela decreed on Monday that properties leased for 20 years, will be sold to their tenants in a maximum period of 60 days. The National Superintendent of Housing says the lease countdown began on March 28....
  • California state Senator Leland Yee: Part-time politician, full-time arms dealer

    03/29/2014 9:55:00 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 12 replies
    Taiwanese Animators ^ | 3/29/2014 | Taiwanese Animators
    California state Senator Leland Yee: Part-time politician, full-time arms dealer
  • Lights Out [scary short film]

    03/24/2014 12:51:59 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 7 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 2013 | David F. Sandberg
    This is a short four minute film that won best director in a contest called the "Who's there film challenge." It is a great example of low budget good filmmaking. It is scary, so you have been warned... Lights Out
  • French far-right triumphs in local polls that hammer ruling Socialists

    03/23/2014 9:55:02 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 18 replies
    AFP ^ | March 23, 2014 | Marianne Barriaux
    Paris (AFP) - France's far-right National Front party dealt a major blow to the ruling Socialists Sunday after several of its candidates took prime position in the first round of local elections. The main centre-right opposition UMP party also hailed a "big victory" as initial estimates showed it came out trumps in the elections, as President Francois Hollande suffers record unpopularity against a backdrop of near-zero growth and high unemployment. According to preliminary results from the interior ministry, the UMP and allies took 47 percent of the vote nationwide while the Socialist party and allies took 38 percent, and the...
  • Controversial paper linking conspiracy ideation to climate change skepticism formally retracted

    03/23/2014 12:57:36 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 7 replies
    Retraction Watch ^ | 3/21/2014 | Retraction Watch
    A year after being clumsily removed from the web following complaints, a controversial paper about “the possible role of conspiracist ideation in the rejection of science” is being retracted. The paper, “Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation,” was authored by Stephan Lewandowsky, John Cook, Klaus Oberauer, and Michael Marriott, and published in Frontiers in Psychology: Personality Science and Individual Differences. Here’s the retraction notice, which isn’t live on the journal’s site yet: In the light of a small number of complaints received following publication of the original research article cited above, Frontiers...
  • The New York Genome Center and IBM Watson Group Announce Collaboration to Advance Genomic Medicine

    03/20/2014 9:43:58 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 6 replies
    IBM ^ | March 19, 2014 | IBM
    The New York Genome Center (NYGC) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an initiative to accelerate a new era of genomic medicine with the use of IBM’s Watson cognitive system. IBM and NYGC will test a unique Watson prototype designed specifically for genomic research as a tool to help oncologists deliver more personalized care to cancer patients. NYGC and its medical partner institutions plan to initially evaluate Watson’s ability to help oncologists develop more personalized care to patients with glioblastoma, an aggressive and malignant brain cancer that kills more than 13,000 people in the U.S. each year. Despite groundbreaking discoveries...
  • Putin maps the boundaries of greater Russia [From 2008]

    03/19/2014 6:24:11 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 23 replies
    Financial Times ^ | August 28, 2008 | Phillip Stevens
    We need to get this straight. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has invaded a neighbour, annexed territory and put in place a partial military occupation. It seeks to overthrow the president of Georgia and to overturn the global geopolitical order. It has repudiated its signature on a ceasefire negotiated by France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and disowned its frequent affirmations of Georgia’s territorial integrity. Most importantly: all of this is our fault. The “our” in this context, of course, refers to the US and the more headstrong of its European allies such as Britain. If only Washington had been nicer to the Russians after...
  • SpaceX Set to Launch the World’s First Reusable Booster

    03/13/2014 11:34:43 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 28 replies
    Technology Review ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Michael Belfiore
    On Sunday, if all goes well, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, will achieve a spaceflight first. After delivering cargo to the International Space Station, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket used for the flight will fire its engines for the second time. The burn will allow the rocket to reenter the atmosphere in controlled flight, without breaking up and disintegrating on the way down as most booster rockets do. The machine will settle over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of its Cape Canaveral launchpad, engines roaring, and four landing legs will unfold from the rocket’s sides. Hovering...
  • UK faces 'crippling' tax rises and spending cuts to fund pensions and healthcare

    03/13/2014 10:03:12 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | March 13, 2014 | Szu Ping Chan
    Britain faces “crippling” tax rises and spending cuts if it is to meet the needs of an ageing population, according to the Institute of Economic Affairs. The IEA calculated the Government would need to slash spending by more than a quarter or impose significant tax hikes because official calculations had failed to factor in future pension and healthcare liabilities. “As populations age, tax bases will grow more slowly while government spending rises faster,” its report said. In a stark warning, the think-tank said Britain faced tax rises within just two years equivalent to more than 17pc of GDP – more...
  • Ukrainians Want to Arm Themselves to the Teeth

    03/07/2014 4:40:24 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 27 replies
    Vocativ ^ | March 7, 2014 | Versha Sharma and Vladi Vovchuk
    As the crisis continues, both demand and prices for weapons have gone up. We speak to their version of the NRA “Can you imagine snipers shooting people in Times Square? You must imagine that to understand how we feel.” That’s the hypothetical posed to us by George Uchaykin, the 44-year-old head of the Ukrainian Gun Owners Association. Given the current political chaos in Ukraine and the events leading up to it, Uchaykin and his cohorts are pushing for new laws on gun control that would allow citizens to carry handguns to defend themselves. “This is our main square, where it...
  • American Tanks Return to Europe After Brief Leave

    02/28/2014 3:26:40 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 36 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Feb 3, 2014 | Michael S. Darnell
    GRAFENWÖHR, Germany -- Less than a year after they left European soil, American tanks have returned to military bases in Germany where they had been a heavy presence since World War II. In April last year, the last Abrams tanks left Germany, coinciding with a drawdown of U.S. forces that saw the inactivation of two infantry brigades -- the 170th and 172nd. Now, it appears that chapter of history may have been closed a bit prematurely.
  • "Glory Drenched In Blood Will Pave China’s Road To Revitalization"

    02/27/2014 9:51:14 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2/27/2014 | Dai Xu
    Some very disturbing thoughts are laid out in this blog post written by Dai Xu. He is a Chinese author, social commentator, and the president of Marine Institute For Security And Cooperation, he also a professor at the National Defense University. First posted in the US China Perception Monitor. The year 2013 was a year without fighting, but there was a strong potential for conflict. This year, the impact of local wars on the world situation is much more serious than in previous years. This year, the U.S. behaved very arrogantly, and Obama’s intentions were unclear; the Middle East retreated,...
  • World governments agree to automatic information sharing

    02/26/2014 12:20:56 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 6 replies
    Sovereign Man ^ | February 24, 2014 | Simon Black
    It’s like 34 drunken sailors holding each other up. That’s the best way I can think of to describe the latest product from the good idea factory that is the OECD. Over the weekend in yet another cushy five-star hotel, representatives from this unelected supranational bureaucracy announced plans for world governments to exchange all their citizens’ tax and financial data with one another. The 34 members states of the OECD are enthusiastically supporting this measure. And it constitutes the end of whatever remains of financial privacy. The premise behind the OECD’s destructive pipedream is, as usual, to stamp out ‘tax...
  • UT Dallas-led team makes powerful muscles from fishing line and sewing thread

    02/25/2014 9:09:16 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 17 replies
    Eureka Alert ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | Amanda Siegfried
    An international team led by The University of Texas at Dallas has discovered that ordinary fishing line and sewing thread can be cheaply converted to powerful artificial muscles. The new muscles can lift a hundred times more weight and generate a hundred times higher mechanical power than the same length and weight of human muscle. Per weight, they can generate 7.1 horsepower per kilogram, about the same mechanical power as a jet engine. In a paper published Feb. 21 in the journal Science, researchers explain that the powerful muscles are produced by twisting and coiling high-strength polymer fishing line and...
  • Defense budget said to shrink Army to pre-World War II low

    02/23/2014 11:24:29 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 36 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the U.S. Army to its smallest force since before World War II, Pentagon officials told the New York Times. The plans, to be laid out in Hagel's first defense budget Monday, call for the entire fleet of Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft to be eliminated, the newspaper said, citing Pentagon officials ahead of Hagel's release of the spending plan. The twin-engine jet is the only Air Force aircraft designed solely for close air support of ground forces. It was developed in the 1970s to attack Soviet...
  • Al Gore brings climate change message to Kansas City

    02/22/2014 8:39:16 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 23 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | February 22, 2014 | BRIAN BURNES
    Al Gore has been known for his climate change warnings since the 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth.” Former vice president Al Gore spoke about climate change Saturday during the Folk Alliance International conference at the Westin Crown Center hotel. But the former vice president, speaking Saturday in Kansas City, cited many more recent examples how heavy use of fossil fuels is contributing to extreme weather events and trends, in his view.
  • 95% of Climate Models Agree: The Observations Must be Wrong

    02/10/2014 4:17:31 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 29 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | February 10, 2014 | Roy Spencer
    I’m seeing a lot of wrangling over the recent (15+ year) pause in global average warming…when did it start, is it a full pause, shouldn’t we be taking the longer view, etc. These are all interesting exercises, but they miss the most important point: the climate models that governments base policy decisions on have failed miserably. I’ve updated our comparison of 90 climate models versus observations for global average surface temperatures through 2013, and we still see that >95% of the models have over-forecast the warming trend since 1979, whether we use their own surface temperature dataset (HadCRUT4), or our...
  • G-20 eyes database to fight tax evasion

    02/08/2014 1:36:29 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 14 replies
    Nikkei ^ | feb 8 2014 | Nikkei
    TOKYO -- The world's leading economies will try to outfox tax dodgers by pooling information on offshore bank accounts. Later this month in Australia, finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the Group of 20 are expected to agree on such an arrangement, which officials aim to have in place by the end of next year. The proposal would create a common set of rules for sharing information on bank accounts held by nonresidents in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries. Financial institutions would input such data regularly into an online network accessible to tax authorities, which would gain...
  • Another “No Knock” Police Raid In Iowa Raises SERIOUS Issues

    02/06/2014 11:26:49 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 54 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 7, 2014 | sundance
    The Summary Version is: IOWA Police execute a search warrant based on suspected credit card fraud – However, they smashed down the door in a “no-knock” raid replete with full battle armor. Then the police tried to destroy the CCTV system which was recording their behavior. When questioned about the ridiculously excessive “use of force” things get worse because the police justify the execution of the warrant, the extreme measures invoked, based around the principle the occupant was a legally registered gun owner and therefore represented a more significant risk to them. <—- Think about that. Personally I have come...
  • Russia unveiled a plan in respect of Ukrains: the capture will begin in February

    01/31/2014 11:15:41 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 16 replies
    KPBIM24 ^ | Jaunary 31, 2014 | Editor
    Already in the first half of February, Russia will begin the total pressure on Ukraine, the purpose of which - full control of Moscow over the country. This was stated by former adviser to Vladimir Putin, the famous economist, member of the Russian "Committee of Solidarity with the Maidan" Andrei Illarionov. According to him, the Kremlin under construction are three possible scenarios, one of which - the establishment of full control over the whole Ukraine. Therefore, according to Illarionov, already within the next week, Russia will begin a lot of pressure on Kiev. Now Moscow resumed trading and information war...
  • Federal Government to seek full cost recovery for Antarctic expedition rescue

    01/24/2014 3:36:16 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 20 replies ^ | january 24, 2014
    THE Federal Government will seek the full costs incurred during the recovery effort to save the MV Akademik Shokalskiy. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt yesterday said costs, estimated at about $2.4 million, would be sought from the insurer of the operators of the vessel.
  • Harvey Weinstein Has Change of Heart On Violent Content In Films

    01/17/2014 4:02:26 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 52 replies ^ | Jan 17, 2013 | Anita Busch
    A day after he announced he was going to make a film taking on the NRA with Meryl Streep, Harvey Weinstein — the producer of several violent films — told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview to air tonight that he has had a change of heart about violent content in film. django-unchained-trailerAsked by Morgan about his hypocrisy of making these violent films, Weinstein said, “They have a point. You have to look in the mirror, too. I have to choose movies that aren’t violent or as violent as they used to be. I know for me personally, you know,...
  • Chasing the Dream of Half-Price Gasoline from Natural Gas

    01/15/2014 11:44:04 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 15 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Jan 15 | Kevin Bullis
    At a pilot plant in Menlo Park, California, a technician pours white pellets into a steel tube and then taps it with a wrench to make sure they settle together. He closes the tube, and oxygen and methane—the main ingredient of natural gas—flow in. Seconds later, water and ethylene, the world’s largest commodity chemical, flow out. Another simple step converts the ethylene into gasoline. The white pellets are a catalyst developed by the Silicon Valley startup Siluria, which has raised $63.5 million in venture capital. If the catalysts work as well in a large, commercial scale plant as they do...
  • IBM to invest $1 billion to create new business unit for Watson

    01/13/2014 5:13:50 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | jan 9, 2014 | Nicola Leske
    IBM (IBM.N) said it will invest more than $1 billion to establish a new business unit for Watson, as the tech giant hopes to get more revenue from the supercomputer system that beat humans on the television quiz show "Jeopardy".
  • The cause of the Akademik Shokalskiy getting stuck in Antarctica – delay from sightseeing mishaps

    01/02/2014 11:17:45 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 12 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | January 2, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    This pretty much nails the cause of the situation, and blows expedition leader Chris Turney’s claim about being “surprised” about the situation literally out of the water. In my post Now that the ‘Ship of Fools’ is safe in Antarctica, tough questions need to be asked one of the questions I asked was: 9. Did the sightseeing excursion to Mawson’s Huts on December 19th and again on Dec 23rd (apparently to Mertz Glacier, though their blog and “tracker” are unclear on this point) cause delays that caused the ship to be trapped in rapidly changing weather which closed the sea...
  • Now that the ‘Ship of Fools’ is safe in Antarctica, tough questions need to be asked

    01/02/2014 11:10:27 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 9 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | January 2, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    Since the Guardian reporters shown above probably won’t do anything but complain about beds and lack of milkshakes (that video has now been “disappeared”) while writing glowing reports about the “adventure” of it all, it will be left to others to ask the tough questions. Now that they are on their way to Casey Station in Antarctica, Andrew Bolt starts off with these questions. I have a few of my own. Who paid for this expedition? How did the expedition team come to include Turney’s wife and two young children? How serious was this scientific endeavor? Was the choice of...
  • WUWT and WeatherBell help with a weather forecasting request from ice-trapped ship in Antarctica

    01/01/2014 10:40:01 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 23 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | Dec 31, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    Today, while shopping at lunchtime for some last minute year end supplies, I got one of the strangest cell-phone calls ever. It was from my friend John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel and Chief meteorologist at KUSI-TV in San Diego. He was calling via cell phone from his car, and he was on his way into the TV station early. He started off by saying, “Anthony, we have a really strange situation here”. Then to my surprise, he relayed a conversation he had just had; a person on the Akademik Shokalskiy had reached out, because they didn’t have...
  • Rescue Efforts for Trapped Antarctic Voyage Disrupt Serious Science

    12/31/2013 5:50:07 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec 31, 2013 | Andrew Revkin
    Early this morning, I received an e-mail message from one of many polar scientists whose important and costly field research in Antarctica has been seriously disrupted by the diversion of icebreakers to try to evacuate the journalists, tourists, crew and scientists on an unessential “expedition” aboard a chartered Russian ship.
  • Expedition On The Cheap? Did Organizers Recklessly, Negligently Put Lives And Property At Risk?

    12/31/2013 5:25:26 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 109 replies
    notrickzone ^ | Dec 31, 2013 | P Gosselin
    With the MS Akademik Shokalskiy research vessel firmly embedded in ice and costs of the mammoth rescue effort mounting, the “scientific” Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) led by Professor Chris Turney has morphed into a debacle that has put dozens of lives and property at risk. In under-estimating the world’s harshest environment and through slipshod planning and short cuts taken in a bid to keep costs down, expedition organizers may have recklessly and negligently put the lives of the 74 passengers in jeopardy. The purpose of the AAE expedition was to take a science team of 36 women and men south...
  • New year on board the Akademik Shokalskiy - video

    12/31/2013 4:28:44 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 18 replies
    Guardian ^ | Dec 31, 2014 | Laurence Topham
    Here is a video (at the link) of the climate scientists throwing a New Year's party while other risk their ships to drag them to safety.
  • Fiery train derailment leads to evacuation

    12/30/2013 6:57:38 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 36 replies ^ | December 30, 2013 | Associated Press
    CASSELTON, N.D. — A mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed just a mile before it would have cut through the heart of a small North Dakota town, shaking residents with a series of explosions that sent flame and black smoke skyward. No one was hurt, but officials were evacuating as many as 300 people as a precaution. Casselton Train Derailment
  • ‘Orton is a better Romo than Romo’: Fans sound off after interception kills Dallas Cowboys hopes

    12/30/2013 6:17:21 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 56 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Dec 29, 2013 | Various
    The Dallas Cowboys lost to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night 24-22. The Cowboys starting quarterback, Tony Romo, was recuperating at home following back surgery, and backup quarterback Kyle Orton was at the Dallas helm. The Cowboys had a chance to regain the lead on their final drive of the game when Orton threw an interception... Football fans, Dallas and otherwise, elevated Orton to instant Romo status:
  • 10 Year bonds about to pass 3%

    12/25/2013 9:45:54 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Dec 25, 2013 | Vince Ferrer
    The interest on 10 year bonds is approaching 3%. The last time it did that was during the expectations of the Fed tapering. Now that it has announced that it will begin tapering, the rate has steadily gone up. Interest rates have been falling since 1983, and this has driven a lot of debt buying, from the housing bubble to the federal government's uncontrolled spending. Consumers won if they bought a house, because when the interest rates dropped, it gave a boost to their equities. Governments would issue bonds, knowing that they could refinance them cheaper later. However, it hasn't...
  • Argggh – The Propaganda Is Thick On The Mandela Shtick and Historical Re-Writing….

    12/07/2013 12:13:07 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 26 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 7, 2013 | Sundance
    <p>I really wanted to hunker down and ride it out. But the insufferable propaganda around the death of Nelson Mandela is too much to ignore. Rather than deconstruct all of these ridiculous liberal CNN-isms and talking points, let’s just cut it down to brass tacks and stick to historical facts.</p>
  • Low-Information Leadership

    12/03/2013 5:21:29 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 25 replies
    Peggy Noonan's Blog ^ | DEc 3, 2013 | Peggy Nonnan
    From what I have seen the administration is full of young people who’ve seen the movie but not read the book. They act bright, they know the reference, they’re credentialed. But they’ve only seen the movie about, say, the Cuban missile crisis, and then they get into a foreign-policy question and they’re seeing movies in their heads. They haven’t read the histories, the texts, which carry more information, more texture, data and subtlety, and different points of view. They’ve only seen the movie—the Cubans had the missiles and Jack said “Not another war” and Bobby said “Pearl Harbor in reverse”...
  • WHO retracts HIV self-injection claim

    12/01/2013 11:57:21 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 2 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | Nov 26, 2013 | anonymous
    The World Health Organisation has retracted its claim that a number of Greeks were injecting themselves with HIV to get about $950 in monthly health benefits. WHO spokesman Glenn Thomas on Tuesday told Al Jazeera that the global health authority had no evidence to support a statement published in its recent report that about half of new infections in Greece were self-inflicted to claim the money.
  • FR Exclusive: Knockout Game Book Unsuitable for Wikipedia?

    11/23/2013 8:49:10 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 25 replies
    White Girl Bleed a Lot ^ | Nov 23.2013 | Vince Ferrer
    While the "knockout game," where minorities sucker punch whites and Asians, has been happening for at least two years, it has finally been allowed to become a news story in the legacy media in the past week. This crime trend has been documented in a book by Colin Flaherty called White Girl Bleed a Lot, published in 2012, where dozens of examples have been catalogued. I have been to the Wikipedia entry for this book in the past week, but today I notice that a complaint has been filed against the Wikipedia entry in order to get the page deleted....
  • Larry Summers Gave An Amazing Speech On The Biggest Economic Problem Of Our Time

    11/17/2013 9:28:33 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 17, 2013 | Danny Vinik
    At the IMF Research Conference on Nov. 8, Larry Summers gave a succinct presentation that explained what may be the most pressing economic matter of our time. The speech is being widely praised (by Krugman and others) for being a brilliant and thorough elucidation of an issue that's underdiscussed.
  • Medicare is Seizing Estates of anyone over 55.

    11/13/2013 3:31:42 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 136 replies
    Michael Armstrong's blog ^ | November 13, 2013 | Glen Downs
    “So here’s the deal: since 1993 there has been a federal law requiring states to recover at least some of the costs of Medicaid-covered medical care for anyone 55 years old and up, from the estates of those covered. States enforce this law, with their own laws and policies added in, differently in every state. But the general principle is there. Up until now the usual consequence has been things like this: Medicaid puts a lien on the house of someone in a nursing facility who has run out of money, and after they die, the heirs find they have...
  • Russian warship docks in Egyptian port of Alexandria ahead of high-level visit

    11/12/2013 6:36:54 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 11 replies
    AP ^ | November 11, 2013 | Associated Press
    CAIRO – A Russian warship has docked in Egypt's port of Alexandria in a move that officials said was aimed at bolstering Cairo's relations with Moscow ahead of one of the highest level visits by Russian officials to the country in decades.
  • The Biggest Threat To Minimum Wage Restaurant Workers Everywhere?

    11/12/2013 4:51:00 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/12/2013 | Tyler Durden
    Over the past year, unionized restaurant workers across numerous fast-food chains but mostly at McDonalds, expressed their dissatisfaction with compensation levels by striking at increasingly more frequent intervals - a sentiment that has been facilitated by the president himself and his ever more frequent appeals for a raise in the minimum wage. Unfortunately, as we have pointed out previously, in the context of corporations that have given up on growing the top line (as virtually all free cash goes into stock buybacks and dividends and none into growth capex), and in pursuit of a rising bottom line, employee wages are...
  • European Borders Tested as Money Is Moved to Shield Wealth

    11/04/2013 4:21:57 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 3, 2013 | DOREEN CARVAJAL and RAPHAEL MINDER
    PARIS — There was nothing extraordinary about the casually dressed businessman waiting on a Paris train platform except, it turned out, for the envelopes he carried — stuffed with 350,000 euros in cash, and seized by French customs agents as he prepared to depart for Belgium.
  • Detroit poised to elect its first white mayor since 1974

    11/03/2013 1:44:11 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 48 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 3, 2013 | Alana Semuels
    DETROIT — The last time there was a white mayor of Detroit, the Vietnam War was just ending and the nation was getting used to a Supreme Court decision called Roe vs. Wade. But now this city, which is in the midst of a trial to determine whether it is eligible for bankruptcy protection, is set to elect its first white mayor since 1974, Mike Duggan, and by an overwhelming margin. Recent polls show Duggan up by a nearly 2-1 margin over his opponent, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, in a city that is 82% African American.
  • The Beginning of The Rise in Interest Rates is Here

    11/02/2013 9:43:32 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 17 replies
    Martin Armstrong's blog ^ | November 2, 2013 | Martin Armstrong
    The one thing to emerge from the debt ceiling crisis has been to highlight the short-term debt focus. Every Thursday the US government has had to sell $100 billion of new debt rolling over short-term with 3 month bills. This may have helped to bring down long-term rates and it reduced the interest expenditures, but it has introduced extreme vulnerability to a sudden loss of lenders’ trust as lawmakers debate whether to raise a cap on public borrowing. U.S. Treasury will unveil its new borrowing strategy that will signal the shift in interest rates has arrived. The extreme short-term debt...
  • Another Debt Showdown coming in Washington next year? Don’t bet on it.

    11/02/2013 1:51:09 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 6 replies
    Martin Armstrong ^ | November 2, 2013 | Glen Downs
    Now that the federal debt and spending cans have been kicked down the road until after the first of the year, a number of people have contacted me to see if the recent showdown will be repeated when the next days of reckoning occur. In this case, while history might rhyme, knowledgeable insiders are predicting that this fall’s walk up to the precipice is not likely to be duplicated. There will be a spending showdown of a kind – but the debt ceiling fight should be entirely different. Some of the reasons this is the case are mundanely political. Others...
  • The HHS Keep Your Insurance “Grandfather Rule” Lie – Democrat Chickens Coming Home To Roost…

    11/02/2013 12:06:03 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 5 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | November 2, 2013 | sindance
    In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the Obamacare HHS grandfather rule. The Republicans were warning the current HHS regulations would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it. The HHS own regulatory rules were predicting this outcome. The Republicans were referencing HHS Rule 34553 which can be found on page 17 of this pdf and predicted insurance companies would cancel their coverage. On a party line vote, Democrats killed the resolution, which would have protected people from losing their...