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  • Paul Singer: This threat is 'head-and-shoulders' above all others

    07/29/2014 6:23:35 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 2 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/29/14 | Lawrence Delevingne
    "(A natural EMP event) today would cause a massive disruption to the electric grid, possibly shutting it down entirely for months or longer, with unimaginable consequences," Singer wrote. "Only two years ago, the sun let loose with a Carrington-magnitude burst, but the position of the earth at the time prevented the burst from hitting it. The chances of additional events of such magnitude may be far greater than most people think." Carrington refers to a solar storm in 1859 that caused telegraph systems to fail around the world. Singer warned that a man-made EMP attack would be even worse.
  • Ravens fans give Ray Rice standing ovation during practice

    07/29/2014 2:16:44 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 43 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 29 July 2014 |
    Baltimore Ravens fans gave running back Ray Rice a standing ovation as he jogged onto the field during training camp practice on Monday, according to the team's website. Rice acknowledged the cheering fans by pointing to the crowd. Rice was seen on video in February dragging his then-fiancée out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. He was charged with third-degree aggravated assault after Janay Palmer, whom he later married, was left unconscious following the incident. Rice agreed to enter into a diversion program to avoid a jail sentence. More: Lenient penalty for Ray Rice troubling proof of where NFL's priorities...
  • Tech advice? Best tools to make a commercial-grade online instruction series

    07/29/2014 1:55:06 PM PDT · by Maceman · 5 replies
    7-29-14 | Maceman
    I am planning to develop an online music instruction course which I intend to make available online to paying subscribers. The content will be a combination of text, narration, videos/visual images with and without animation, and music audio tracks which will synch with the video/visual imagery. I will not be using videos of myself in the course material. When I first got the idea for this series of lessons, I was thinking in terms of making and selling it as a DVD, but now I think that idea is obsolete. Ideally, a user should only need a laptop or tablet...
  • Liberal Policies = "Feel Good Fascism” ~ Vanity

    07/29/2014 9:34:28 AM PDT · by GraceG · 12 replies
    I was in another thread and somehow my brain decided to come up with a new apt term to describe liberal control freak policies... The 3lbs of grey matter between my ears came up with the term "Feel Good Fascism". I think it encapsulates their ideology quite well. Fat People are bad and drink too much soda, so ban people from buying soda = Feel Good Fascism. Poor People Exist, so you Steal using government power to give help to people who are unable to or unwilling to work = Feel Good Fascism. Liberal policies have two components, One is...
  • Total Apollo Moon Program Expense Spent in 70 Days of Welfare Payments

    07/29/2014 9:04:09 AM PDT · by pabianice · 24 replies
    Means-tested welfare payments have reached one trillion dollars annually, per the National Review. That got me making a calculation. In 2014 dollars, the entire Apollo Moon Project, from 1963 - 1969, cost $119.1 billion. That means that the entire Moon Program up to the Apollo 11 landing cost as much as 70 days of welfare payments, or, from January 1 until the second week of March, 2014.
  • 'Clear evidence' of a weakening in housing: Shiller

    07/29/2014 8:20:32 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-29-2014 | reuters
    U.S. single-family home prices fell in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, falling short of expectations calling for a slight gain, a closely watched survey said on Tuesday. The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas declined 0.3 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis. A Reuters poll of economists forecast a gain of 0.2 percent. Non-seasonally adjusted prices rose 1.1 percent in the 20 cities, compared to an expectation of a 1.5 percent rise. "What I find particularly interesting is that on a seasonally-adjusted basis, nationally, home prices are falling only a smidgen—three-tenths of one percent—but the...
  • Mexican Prison Ordeal Saps Marine's Life Savings

    07/29/2014 7:16:03 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 18 replies ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Fox news
    Mexican Prison Ordeal Saps Marine's Life Savings While Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was living on a base and eating MREs in Afghanistan and earning a battlefield promotion, his paychecks from Uncle Sam were piling up in the bank. He dreamed of returning to Weston, Fla., when his second tour of duty ended and buying a new truck, maybe getting a place of his own. At 26, and with a modest nest egg waiting, he had a future back home. Now Tahmooressi languishes in a Mexican prison, plagued by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. And the $65,000 he saved in the service of...
  • And the buyer of the Kurdish crude oil is...

    07/29/2014 7:06:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-29-2014
    Talmay may never get custody of the oil because a Texas judge has ordered U.S. marshals to seize the cargo at the request of the Iraqi government. The crude is controversial because the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq drilled and shipped the oil in defiance of the Iraqi central government, who says the shipment is a violation of the Iraqi constitution. In a court filing on Monday, Iraq laid claim to the cargo that it says was sold by the regional government of Kurdistan without permission from Baghdad, which has said such deals amount to smuggling.
  • The Senate Race That Couldn’t Be Lost—And Was A lesson in political humility. Read more:

    07/29/2014 4:07:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 7-29-14 | Larry Sabato
    If there is one nightmare common to all U.S. senators, it’s the possibility of an unexpected upset by an underdog challenger come Election Day. Not only do they lose their seat, but the shock of defeat becomes one of the most notable parts of their biography. This November, no one wants to be the Senate’s Eric Cantor. For my money, one of the most jaw-dropping Senate results in modern history occurred exactly 50 years ago. It’s barely remembered even by the political community, but it shouldn’t be forgotten. This old race teaches enduring lessons about politics, and in 2014 we’ll...
  • Happy Birthday, ‘Lord Of The Rings’

    07/29/2014 3:38:10 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 51 replies
    Sixty years ago today, “The Fellowship of the Ring,” part one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterwork, “The Lord of the Rings,” was published in the United Kingdom. Tolkien conceived of the novel as one book, not three. He would have preferred for its approximately 1,200 to 1,500 pages (depending on the edition) to appear between just one set of covers. But his publisher, George Allen & Unwin, decided to mete out the fantasy narrative and release it as a trilogy over 15 months. “The Two Towers” came out in November, 1954, and “The Return of the King” hit bookstore shelves the...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    07/29/2014 2:47:53 AM PDT · by sneakers · 20 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, and we await word that they are returning soon. (Stand by) Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • As the tech money flows in, how can Oaklanders optimize it for good?

    07/28/2014 11:21:40 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    Vator TV ^ | 7-28-2014 | Karen Wertman
    Learning from what has happened in neighboring cities like San Francisco (sky-high rents displacing residents as the nouveau riche move in), Oakland can be smarter about managing growth that's sustainable and equitable. To that end, The Kapor Center for Social Impact, in partnership with 2.Oakland and Live Work Oakland sponsored a 90-minute discussion at Vator Splash Oakland. The session was entitled  “Envisioning a Vibrant and Inclusive Oakland Tech Ecosystem.” “This is a great chance for us to start an important and defining conversation,” said moderator Cedric Brown, managing partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact, which moved to Oakland to work on...
  • Mary Poppins Quits (The Video Rebuttal w/ Remy)

    07/28/2014 10:57:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    Reason ^ | 7-25-2014 | Remy & Todd Krainin
    Just 3 pages of Econ, And perhaps your mind will change. When free people arrange, Voluntary exchange. Just 3 pages of Econ, With this talk of "living wage"... Tell me, what do you folks pay?
  • Voters to decide on youth nonprofit tax status

    07/28/2014 9:41:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    The Register Herald ^ | 7-29-2014 | Pamela Pritt
    Legislation passed late in the session in March will put one issue on the November ballot for voters — whether Boy Scouts’ Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will be able to rent its property and facilities to other organizations, and not pay property taxes on its 10,600 acres in Fayette County. Sen. Mike Green, D-Raleigh, said he thinks the continued promoting of the area is a good idea. “I think anything we can do to promote this area of the state and that facility is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what we have to offer,” Green said. “But we...
  • Two Former McDonald's Executives Are Leading A Fast-Food Revolution

    07/28/2014 9:29:53 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 45 replies
    Business Insider Australia ^ | 7-29-2014 | HAYLEY PETERSON
    Two former McDonald’s executives are trying to bring kale, quinoa, and other upscale foods to the masses with a health-conscious restaurant chain called LYFE Kitchen. Mike Roberts, the former global president of McDonald’s, teamed up with Stephen Sidwell, who helped found the meat substitute Gardein, and Mike Donahue, McDonald’s USA’s former chief of corporate communications, to launch LYFE Kitchen three years ago. The chain, which calls itself “fresh casual,” now has 10 locations and ambitious plans to open 250 more within the next five years. Current locations include California, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, and Nevada.
  • Michelle Obama releases video saying 2014 election is more serious than 2008, 2012

    07/28/2014 9:07:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7-28-2014 | Daniel Miller
    Michelle Obama has made a passionate video appeal claiming the 2014 mid-term elections are more serious than both her husband's presidential wins. With a beleaguered Barack Obama suffering from some of his lowest ever approval ratings, the First Lady is increasingly being seen as the Democrats' secret weapon in their desperate fight for Congress. In the new video recorded to launch the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's website, Mrs Obama tells party activists the mid-terms will be even closer than both the 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Mrs Obama raises several key issues including equal pay for women, immigration reform, raising...
  • Quinn Says He Can Live On Minimum Wage

    07/28/2014 8:51:45 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    wics abc 20 ^ | 7-28-2014
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has agreed to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a ballot measure. On Sunday, Quinn and other Democrats spoke at a campaign event in Chicago about the non-binding measure on the November 4 ballot. It asked if the minimum wage should be raised from $8.25 /hour to $10 /hour. One congress woman, who's lived on minimum wage, asked the Governor if he could do the same, and he answered yes.
  • Rob Ford On A Teeter Totter Is The Reason The Internet Exists

    07/28/2014 8:23:26 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Sports Grid ^ | 7-28-2014 | Rick Chandler
    Toronto mayor Rob Ford has just spent two months in rehab, so naturally when he got out and returned to his duties, the teeter totter at the park was his first stop. Wheee! That’s Rob on the ground and older brother Doug in mid-air, because physics.
  • Cuyama Solar Farm Powers Ahead

    07/28/2014 8:11:36 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    KEYT ^ | 7-23-2014 | Keith Carls
    First Solar says the power generated will help prevent brownouts in the Cuyama Valley and be put on the grid with PG&E. "So we have an affordable, sustainable energy source to power about 16,000 homes", Legg says, "that is the equivalent of displacing 30,000 metric tons of carbon and greenhouse gases per year, which is the equivalent of taking about 6,000 cars off the road every year." First Solar says the Cuyama Solar Facility project will create as many as 200 construction jobs. "There will be between 8 and 14 months of employment", Legg says, "that will be a combination...
  • Remote Desktop won't work on one computer

    07/28/2014 7:24:07 PM PDT · by chuckles · 48 replies
    vanity | 7/28/2014 | chuckles
    I'm trying to get Remote Desktop on my home network to work. I have 2 desktops and 2 laptops. One desktop is my main box and I have 4 screens and use it to serve media to my TV over a web box. I have 6 drives on it and it needs lots of maintenance. I can remote each laptop and the other desktop from each other, but I can't access my main box from anywhere. I've done all the help fixes, but no joy yet. I can even access the laptops and other box from my main desktop, but...
  • Remember How Happy We Were 20&30 Years Ago.Did Anyone See This World Crisis Coming?

    07/28/2014 4:24:15 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 43 replies
    Think back to 1984 and 1994.You got to admit they were some of the best days of our lives.In 1984,we had President Reagan,the dawn of wonderful 80's,for many who are now in their 40's,50's&60's.It was their happiest times.And the good times just kept on coming with the Bush/Clinton years.The 90's were a never ending party,great economy,great music&memorable Presidential Scandals.Who wouldn't give up Pizza&Burgers to go back to either decade and Stay There!And here we are 20/30 years later and who would of ever thought they would see the day when we had a {Fill In The Blank}As President of the...
  • SWAT Sniper Paid The Price For Fantasizing About Killing Bundy Ranch Protesters

    07/28/2014 4:18:55 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 57 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Jul 28, 2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    Following April’s standoff between federal agents and civilian protesters at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada, tensions on both sides of the issue remained high. What one law enforcement professional posted on social media regarding the incident, however, went far beyond the bounds of policy disagreement. After publicly fantasizing about blowing a protester’s head off with his sniper rifle, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that [Officer Laws] was soon called out by fellow Facebook user J.L. Bourne. According to sources within the department, he was transferred out of the SWAT team and placed on patrol duty.
  • Police: Toddler smashes Jeep into house, dashes home to watch cartoons

    07/28/2014 4:01:31 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    wtv4 ^ | 7-28-2014
    A diaper-clad toddler crashed a Jeep Wrangler into a neighbor’s house in Oregon — then scampered home, sat on the couch and watched cartoons, authorities said. The 3-year-old boy was under his mother’s watch in Myrtle Creek when the incident happened last week, Police Officer Kevin Taggart said. She was not paying attention to him and he found the keys, got inside the car and knocked it out of gear, according to Taggart. A witness called 911 after seeing the child rolling by in the Jeep and past an intersection before hitting the house. Sensing he was in trouble, the...
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Official Teaser Trailer [HD]

    07/28/2014 3:24:01 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    youtube ^ | 07.28.14
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Official Teaser Trailer [HD]
  • Israel protesters conduct 'die-in' outside Boeing

    07/28/2014 12:59:29 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 22 replies
    KING 5 ^ | 7-28-2014
    Activists blocked the entrance to Boeing’s office in Tukwila to protest what they call the company’s support for Israel in its war on Gaza. A spokesperson for the group Seattle Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) said some 50 Jewish and Palestinian activists were taking part in a non-violent protest. A handful blocked the entrance to the offices at 9725 East Marginal Way S. Another 40 were conducting a “die-in” at a nearby intersection by lying down in a crosswalk.
  • Libya oil-tanker fire blazes out of control

    07/28/2014 12:52:23 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    A fire from fuel tanks near Tripoli's international airport that has been ignited by rocket attacks is out of control as clashes between rival militias have resumed in the area, the National Oil Company says. Six million litres of fuel were set ablaze by a rocket late on Sunday, with the second depot hit on Monday. "It is out of control. The second tank has been hit and the firefighters have withdrawn from the site as the fighting has resumed in the area", National Oil Company spokesman Mohamed Al-Harrai told Reuters on Monday. "The situation is very dangerous after a...
  • Why Sarah Palin launched her own online TV network

    07/28/2014 12:46:25 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 48 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 7-28-2014 | Linda Feldmann
    Sarah Palin hasn’t held office for five years, but the former Alaska governor’s reach only seems to grow. The one-time GOP vice presidential nominee has launched her own Internet TV network, named – drumroll, please – The Sarah Palin Channel. It’s a subscription-based service, and she’s charging $9.95 a month or $99.95 a year. “I want to talk directly to you on our channel, on my terms – and no need to please the powers that be,” Ms. Palin says in a video on the site, which went live Sunday. “Together, we’ll go beyond the sound bites and cut through...
  • Hamas trying to cut an arms deal with North Korea

    07/28/2014 12:38:52 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 28, 2014 | Bruce Golding
    Hamas is secretly trying to cut an arms deal with North Korea so it can keep bombarding Israel with missiles fired from the Gaza Strip, according to a published report. Officials of the terror group are suspected of having already made a cash down-payment on hundreds of rockets and communications gear they hope to buy from the North Koreans, The Telegraph reported Sunday.
  • Fred Seaman & Frank Gifford interviews

    07/28/2014 12:30:43 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 9 replies ^ | 9/15/12 | Tyler blue
    From the movie, "Beatles Stories: A Fab Four Fan's Ultimate Road Trip" (2012). Pretty interesting video describing how John Lennon, the King of the hippies and God of liberals everywhere, actually became conservative in his last years and was a Reagan fan. DOH! Sacrilege!
  • Israel warns of long Gaza war as Palestinian fighters cross border

    07/28/2014 12:23:21 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-28-2014 | Nidal al-Mughrabi and Crispian Balmer
    Deputy Islamic Jihad chief Zeyad Al-Nakhala said mediation had made progress and the group was working with neighboring Egypt to craft a deal. "We are days away from the end of the battle, the clouds will clear and you (Palestinians) will see victory," he told Islamic Jihad's radio station Al-Quds. "We will not accept anything less than ending the blockade." U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region last week to try to stem the bloodshed, his contacts with Hamas - which Washington formally shuns - facilitated by Egypt, Turkey, Qatar and Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Tension between...
  • Four years later, Dodd-Frank fails to turn banks into pet shops

    07/28/2014 12:05:45 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    Fortune ^ | 7-25-2014 | Stephen Gandel
    The paper argues that when you prevent banks from making risky bets with their own money, they won’t stop betting. They’re banks, after all. Instead, they will put more of their money into stuff that is less risky. And they will lend more, which is also risky, but allowed by Dodd-Frank. Also, the banks will pay dividends, which doesn’t sound risky. But if you allow banks to use their capital to pay dividends, they won’t have as much money around to cover loans when they go bad.
  • HIV, Circumcision & The Fight Against AIDS (video only)

    07/28/2014 10:21:49 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies ^ | 7-28-2014 | SciShow
    SciShow News reports some promising new findings about the worldwide fight against HIV, including insights about how we can make the most of one of our newest weapons against HIV: circumcision.
  • It Will Soon Be Legal (Again) To Unlock Your Phone

    07/28/2014 9:27:55 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 7-28-2014 | Colin Schultz
    When you buy a car you're not beholden to the dealership for gas and service. Internet service providers don't control your laptop; the cable company can't stop a TV from playing Netflix; and Hamilton Beach can't stop the people who buy the company's waffle irons from making delicious, delicious pizza. Yet, up unti lnow, government regulations have allowed cell phone service providers to dictate how people can or cannot use their phones. But new legislation, just approved by Congress, is set to change that. 
  • Spanish Paedophile Stoned by Crowd in Marrakesh

    07/28/2014 8:55:13 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    yahoo ^ | Tom Porter
    A Spanish paedophile was stoned by a furious mob after being caught abusing a child in Marrakesh. Moroccan police patrolling the Chetoui district in the city reportedly found people hurling stones at the man, before stepping in to save him from the crowd. Under questioning, the tourist initially denied raping the child, but subsequently confessed to sexual assault. Recently, there has been a surge in child abuse cases in Morocco. Critics say that sentences handed down to paedophiles are too light, and fail to act as a deterrence.
  • 2,500 Ground Zero workers have cancer

    07/28/2014 6:34:36 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-27-2014 | Susan Edelman
    More than 2,500 Ground Zero rescuers and responders have come down with cancer, and a growing number are seeking compensation for their illnesses, The Post has learned. The grim toll has skyrocketed from the 1,140 cancer cases reported last year. In its latest tally, the World Trade Center Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital counts 1,655 responders with cancer among the 37,000 cops, hard hats, sanitation workers, other city employees and volunteers it monitors, officials told The Post. The tragic sum rises to 2,518 when firefighters and EMTs are added. The FDNY, which has its own WTC health program, said...
  • Portland man files $5.3 million lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America

    07/28/2014 5:59:27 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 7-23-2014 | Maxine Bernstein
    A Portland man filed a $5.3 million lawsuit Wednesday against the Boy Scouts of America, alleging he had been sexually abused by his Scout leader who had been previously banned from Scouting for giving alcohol to minors. The lawsuit alleges that despite Calvin Malone's ban, the Boy Scouts of America's national office allowed the Portland branch, the Columbia Pacific Council, to hire Malone in the mid-1970s. Officials from the national office sent a "personal and confidential'' letter to the head of Portland's Boy Scout office, asking the local office to "alert (them) to be on the lookout for anything that might...
  • Sarah Palin launches online channel as she rips ‘media filters’

    07/28/2014 5:29:44 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 27 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    In a Sunday video, the former Republican vice presidential nominee announced the Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based Web site that she says will offer news, video chats with her and behind-the-scenes glimpses of speeches and political events she attends. (please see link for full details)
  • Ultrawealthy pile into private equity

    07/28/2014 5:09:04 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-28-2014
    The rich are increasingly enamored with private equity investing, but their rising allocation to PE funds doesn't mean they're cutting back on stock or cash allocations, according to a new survey of ultrawealthy investors by Tiger 21, a peer-to-peer network of high net worth individuals. The 265 members polled—with investable assets of more $25 billion—increased their private equity allocations to 22 percent of the average portfolio during the second quarter of 2014, according to Tiger 21. That matches the record in PE during the first quarter of 2013 and the most significant allocation increase since Tiger 21 began tracking member...
  • Female 'separatist' posts Instagram selfie wearing 'looted mascara - and boasting about it'

    07/28/2014 4:13:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies ^ | 7-25-2014 | Will Stewart
    Full Title: 'Mascara from Amsterdam, or if to be precise from the field': Outrage as female 'separatist' posts Instagram selfie wearing 'looted mascara - and boasting about it' Outrage has been expressed in Russia and Ukraine over a young woman who allegedly boasted on her social media site about using looted mascara from the Malaysian air crash site. Identified as Ekaterina Parkhomenko from Torez, close to where the Boeing 777 hit the ground after being shot out of the sky, she posted a picture of a blue mascara bottle, say reports. Her Instagram account then carried two selfies taken with...
  • Mad Max: Fury Road - Comic-Con First Look [HD]

    07/28/2014 3:59:43 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    Mad Max (2015)
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Monday, July 28, 2014

    07/28/2014 3:18:32 AM PDT · by sneakers · 15 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, and we await word that they are returning soon. Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • GE Credit: A 'mickey mouse' company?

    07/28/2014 1:17:47 AM PDT · by topher · 15 replies
    Use of GE Credit | 28-July-2014 | vanity
    I have a credit card issued by GE credit. I have some problems because of the Mickey Mouse nature of this credit card (by GE credit). One of the several reasons for calling GE Credit a 'Mickey Mouse' outfit is the password on my account. There are so many restrictions of what you can use and the length of the password, that it makes one account vulnerable... Since GE was founded by a Robber Baron maybe it is easier to 'rob from people's accounts directly. After all, why not honor the legacy of J.P. Morgan... I did complain to my...
  • Islamic bank struggle in Philippines

    07/28/2014 12:16:33 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    The Rakyat Post ^ | 7-28-2014
    A peace plan, a lifting of foreign ownership limits and the drafting of new Islamic banking rules in the Philippines could help breathe new life into one of the world’s oldest Islamic finance institutions. Since 1974, Makati-based Al Amanah Islamic Investment Bank has been the only lender in the country offering financial products that obey religious principles such as a ban on interest and gambling. But while Islamic banks around the globe enjoy rapid growth rates and bumper profits, Al Amanah has failed to post a profit for years, and was ultimately forced to offer conventional banking products just to...
  • Which are the best miniseries ever?

    07/27/2014 7:40:44 PM PDT · by MNDude · 200 replies
    I don't watch TV much these days, so I can't say what have been popular miniseries in the past decade or so, but I remember there used to be big budget miniseries on TV all the time (A.D., The Winds of War, Roots. Etc). In your opinion, what were the greatest miniseries of all time?
  • Funny Interviews: Meet the Dumbest Job Applicants

    07/27/2014 6:31:18 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Reader's Digest ^ | april 2014 | Reader's Digest
    "An individual applied for a customer-service job, and when asked what he might not like about the job, he said, 'Dealing with people.'" "I had somebody list their prison time as a job. And an exotic dancer who called herself a 'customer service representative.'"
  • VA healthcare: Tentative deal reached in Congress

    07/27/2014 6:15:28 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7-27-2014 | LISA MASCARO
    Congressional negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on legislation to bolster healthcare funding and reforms at the troubled Veterans Administration, salvaging a deal after talks imploded last week. The accord comes none too soon: Lawmakers are poised to leave town at the end of the week for the long August break. A stalemate could politically damage the already unpopular Congress. The top negotiators, Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), scheduled a press conference for Monday after working through the weekend. Final details of the package were still being completed, aides said. Miller and Sanders “made significant progress...
  • ALERT: Delivered By Airplane: Ebola Now Threatens 21 Million People In Major Metro Area

    07/27/2014 2:57:41 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 136 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 7/27/14 | Mac Slavo
    Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world’s deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa’s largest city with 21 million people. The fact that the traveler from Liberia could board an international flight also raised new fears that other passengers could take the disease beyond Africa due to weak inspection of passengers and the fact Ebola’s symptoms are similar to other diseases. Officials in the country of Togo, where the sick man’s flight had a stopover, also went on high alert after learning that Ebola...
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 7/27 7-11pm est

    07/27/2014 1:58:16 PM PDT · by Vision · 54 replies
    WAMU ^ | 7/27/14 | Ed Walker
    Friends it's Sunday night again, and time to relax. Warm up the tubes for another four hours of classic radio Americana. Listen LiveInfo*tonight's show will be available at the "Info" link starting tomorrow.
  • Tried Acupuncture for my Tendonitis. Ist Appt. only So-So. Has Acupuncture helped you?

    07/27/2014 12:14:51 PM PDT · by lee martell · 56 replies
    July, 27, 2014 | lee martell
    I have chronic pain issues due to flat feet and tendonitis in one of y ankles. I'm trying to be seen by a Veterans Hospital doctor and be scheduled for surgery if necessary. Meanwhile, I watch my weight (try to anyway) and visit the gym a few times weekly to cycle and life weights. My job supervisor just had a baby a year ago, and has gotten a sore wrist from holding the infant so constantly, especially during nursing. She was just about to get a steroid shot to the wrist to alleviate the pain, but chose a more holistic...
  • how come we can't just upload photos to a freeps post?

    07/27/2014 9:47:24 AM PDT · by beebuster2000 · 173 replies
    july 27, 1776 | self
    Would be easier to upload photos to a post, like on FB for example. personally i struggle a lot to figure out the img src code. is there a way to do this?