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  • Here’s how much Silicon Valley tech workers actually make

    06/28/2019 10:12:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 6/27/2019 | Madeline Wells,
    Surprise, surprise: people who work in tech are rich. But ever since a new law came into effect last year that requires publicly traded companies to report the median pay of their employees, we know exactly how rich. Silicon Valley led the pack. As reported to the SEC, Google employees are the most made of money: their median annual pay in 2018 was $246,804. That's an increase of nearly $50,000 from what Google employees made in 2017. Facebook came in second place, with a median pay of $228,651 in 2018. However, this number fell by nearly $12,000 from 2017. A...
  • Obama playing dictator-in-exile from a kingly south of France palace?

    06/16/2019 7:49:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 6/16/2019 | Monica Showalter
    President Obama is living the life of a former king, vacationing these days at a palatial estate in the south of France. At what point has he made enough? Silly us for asking. Daily Mail has a report with a lot of photographs: Former US president Barack Obama and his family arrived in Avignon in the south of France for a week's holiday just days after they were pictured celebrating daughter Sasha's graduation from high school. The Obamas are reportedly staying at a luxurious 18th century farmhouse on Bathelasse island, near the Provencal city. Barack, 57, his wife Michelle, 55,...
  • Trump raises more money from women than all his Democratic women challengers ... put together

    05/17/2019 10:48:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 5/16/2019 | Monica Showalter
    As Democrats cobble on about their chances of beating President Trump, and backslap with one another about how 'beatable' the man is, here's some news to give them indigestion from Lauren DeBellis Appell at Real Clear Politics: The Center for Responsive Politics, which uses Federal Election Commission data, found that during the first three months of 2019 the number of women who donated to President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign topped the number of women who donated to any Democratic candidate running for president, accounting for more than 45 percent of all individual donations. That means President Trump had more female...
  • ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Slams Covington Catholic Kids, Defends Ilhan Omar Character

    05/10/2019 8:01:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 60 replies ^ | 5/10/2019 | lindsay kornick
    NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is really stretching that “ripped from the headlines” mindset with its latest episode. Not only does SVU maintain the media lie about the Covington Catholic kids (this time with Jewish students), the show also manages to play defense for Rep. Ilhan Omar (with a Muslim councilwoman standing in for "Native American elder" Nathan Phillips). Who knew you could fit so much intersectional dishonesty into one hour? The May 9 episode “Assumptions” opens with two Jewish teenage boys running from a vandalized synagogue where we find Muslim Councilwoman Nahla Nasar (Nazneen Contractor) has been...
  • Big Ego Politics: Joe Biden gets the backstage rock star treatment out on the road

    02/26/2019 10:08:39 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 2/26/2019 | Monica Showalter
    For all his claims to being "everyman," the great grassroots candidate, fumblin' Uncle Joe all full of malapropisms, or Amtrak Joe who rides the train, news is getting out about potential Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, and he doesn't quite look like the everyman he projects himself to be. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: For his appearance at the Broward Center last month, Joe Biden wasn’t simply a former vice president and possible 2020 presidential candidate. He was an artist, similar in many ways to many other entertainers. That means everything about the appearance — not just the fee...
  • Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos NO PRENUP ... $137 BILLION on the Line

    01/10/2019 11:20:57 AM PST · by rktman · 92 replies ^ | 1/9/2019 | unknown
    Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos did NOT have a prenuptial agreement so, by all rights, they will split their incredible fortune right down the middle ... sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ. The couple will file divorce docs in Washington, where community property rules ... translation -- all earnings and income during the marriage are split 50/50. When the couple married in 1993 -- 6 months after meeting -- Jeff wasn't even a millionaire. He didn't become one until 1997, so dreams of being the richest man in the world were pie in the sky. The division of assets will be...
  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announce they are divorcing

    01/09/2019 6:59:32 AM PST · by CaptainK · 114 replies ^ | 1/9/2019 | Kif Leswing 31m
    Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos said that he will divorce his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, in a tweet on Wednesday. "As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends," the couple wrote in the statement. "If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again," it continued.
  • Trump exposes the G-7 summit as a total fraud

    06/10/2018 8:15:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 37 replies ^ | 6/10/2018 | Ed Straker
    President Trump didn't play along with the usual narrative at the G-7 summit, and the liberal media predictably characterized him as the villain: Even before then, Mr. Trump had left himself the outlier in the annual session. By departing before the end, he skipped sessions about climate change, oceans and clean energy — ceding not only America’s leadership on those topics, but also its very seat at the table. Lost in this breathless "transcription" of events is the question of whether America should lead on so-called "issues" such as climate change, oceans, and supposedly "clean" energy.
  • Press Fails to Disclose 70 Percent California Bullet-Train Cost Overrun

    03/10/2018 7:24:22 AM PST · by rktman · 48 replies ^ | 3/9/2018 | Tom Blumer
    Friday, California's High-Speed Rail Authority published its draft 2018 Business Plan. Its 800-mile bullet-train project's estimated cost is now $77.3 billion, up from $64 billion two years ago, and its final completion has been pushed out another four years to 2033. The current estimate is now more than 70 percent above the $45 billion presented to voters in 2008. The related Associated Press story failed to disclose that original cost estimate, as did three leading California newspapers. The Authority's draft discloses that "More than $3 billion has been expended to date on construction in the Central Valley and planning for...
  • Trump pledges $50 million to help women entrepreneurs(Promoting capitalism!)

    07/08/2017 11:51:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 46 replies ^ | 7/8/2017 | JILL COLVIN and GEIR MOULSON
    President Donald Trump said Saturday the U.S. would contribute $50 million to a new World Bank fund conceived by his daughter that aims to help women entrepreneurs access capital and other support. Ivanka Trump joined World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on the sidelines of the Group of 20 world leaders' summit in Hamburg, Germany, to launch the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative.
  • A fool's errand: Al Gore's $15 trillion carbon tax

    05/09/2017 8:03:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 5/9/2017 | Fred Palmer
    Al Gore wants to reverse modernity and save the world from itself through an elimination of its fossil-fuel-based energy system. During the final week of April, his newly created Energy Transitions Commission released a document setting forth a fool's-errand pathway to "decarbonize" the world's energy system. If this sounds familiar, it is. Gore's plan features a new, sophisticated, and expensive public-relations campaign, but it's all based on his views on carbon dioxide first broached in his 1992 book Earth in the Balance, which he reissued in 2000 for his failed presidential campaign. The subsequent efforts made by Gore during the...
  • Obama to discu$$ climate change in Italy

    05/08/2017 6:43:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 5/8/2017 | Rebecca Savransky
    Former President Barack Obama is traveling to Italy, where he will speak this week about food security and climate change. The former president is expected to go to Milan to meet with several Italians and discuss the issues. On Monday, the former president is scheduled to meet with former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. That evening, he will attend a private dinner held by the Institute for International Political Studies. Obama on Tuesday is expected to give a keynote address to the Seeds and Chips Global Food Innovation Summit. The theme of the summit this year is "The Impact of Technology...
  • Texas police officer kills 15-year-old boy in car fleeing chaotic house party

    05/01/2017 9:27:06 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 44 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 05/01/2017 | Nicole Hensley
    A cop in Texas shot at a car full of teenagers, killing a 15-year-old passenger while investigating a raucous house party near Dallas, police said on Sunday. An officer with Balch Springs Police Department opened fire on a car backing down a street — toward additional cops — in the Dallas suburb around 11 p.m. Saturday. At least one bullet shattered the car window and fatally struck the front seat passenger. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but did not survive. Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing the victim’s family, identified the slain teen as Jordan Edwards, a straight-A freshman...
  • Obama Hires Agency for Speaking Gigs, Lawyers for Book Deals

    02/11/2017 8:03:12 AM PST · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 2/11/2017 | unknown
    Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama announced Friday they have picked the prestigious agency that represents Bill Clinton, Mia Farrow and others to handle their post-White House speaking gigs. The Harry Walker Agency will represent both Obamas for speaking appearances, said Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president. It's the same firm that recently resumed representing Hillary Clinton for future speeches and handled the speeches she gave for big sums after stepping down as secretary of state in 2013.
  • Saudi Royal Family Is Still Spending in an Age of Austerity

    12/27/2016 6:39:02 AM PST · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 12/27/2016 | NICHOLAS KULISH and MARK MAZZETTI
    TANGIER, Morocco — Behind a tall perimeter wall, studded with surveillance cameras and guarded by Moroccan soldiers, a sprawling new palace for King Salman of Saudi Arabia rose on the Atlantic coast here last summer. Even as the Saudi government canceled a quarter of a trillion dollars’ worth of projects back home as part of a fiscal austerity program, workers hustled to finish bright blue landing pads for helicopters at the vacation compound and to erect a tent the size of a circus big-top where the king could feast and entertain his enormous retinue. The royal family’s fortune derives from...
  • Jill Stein’s guilty conscience

    11/25/2016 6:39:22 AM PST · by rktman · 48 replies ^ | 11/25/2016 | Richard Baehr
    Jill Stein must be feeling guilty. AFP reports: The former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has raised the necessary $1.1 million to request a vote recount in Wisconsin, her campaign announced Thursday. The Midwestern state was a key battleground in the November 8 election, helping propel the Republican President-elect Donald Trump past his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to a victory that shocked the nation. Donald Tump won Wisconsin by 22,000, but the Green Party won 31,000 votes in the state. In Michigan, Trump won by 11,000, but Stein got 51,000. In Pennsylvania, she got 49,000 votes, and margin was...
  • Bill Clinton's take from for profit college over 5 years: $17.5 million

    08/13/2016 6:35:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 8/13/2016 | Rick Moran
    Bill Clinton was paid $1 million in 2015 by Laureate University, an educational institution with branches around the world. American Thinker has previously reported on this relationship between Clinton and the college, as well as the school's flawed bookkeeping that got them in trouble with the SEC. All told, over the last 5 years, Bill Clinton was paid $17.5 million. His position? "Honorary Chancellor," where he acted as an advisor and goodwill ambassador.
  • Trayvon Martin's parents to hold news conference

    07/29/2013 7:40:07 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 140 replies ^ | 7/29/13 | ap
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Trayvon Martin's parents are scheduled to hold a news conference in Miami Beach. Martin's parents, their attorney Benjamin Crump and members of the National Bar Association are set to meet with reporters Monday morning. They are expected to discuss their plans to address what they say are inequalities in the U.S. justice system.
  • Big Money For High-Speed Rail Could Come Monday

    06/25/2010 3:17:14 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 49 replies ^ | June 25, 2010 |
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A major announcement on high speed commuter rail could come from the White House as early as Monday, Channel 2 Action News has learned. The federal government was prepared to hand out billions of dollars to several major cities, according to Washington, D.C., bureau reporter Scott MacFarlane. Its unclear how much money could come to Georgia, said MacFarlane. Local rail agencies were shut out of the first distribution earlier this year. "I think you gotta walk, before you can run. While high-speed rail would be a great asset to any community, where's it gonna go? What kind...
  • Countries paying teen's rescue cost defend sea law

    06/17/2010 5:27:33 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 183 replies · 1,440+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2010 6:40 AM | TANALEE SMITH
    The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea was first adopted in 1914 in response to the Titanic disaster. Along with mandating the number of lifeboats and the notification of a ship's routes, it also dictates that any ship in the area of a distress call will divert to assist that ship.