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  • Free Trade Isn't Killing Jobs

    10/16/2017 12:07:04 PM PDT · by TBP · 145 replies
    Foundation for Economic Educcation ^ | October 16, 2017 | Pierre Lemieux
    The economic argument for free international trade is basically that people produce in order to consume, not the other way around, so the economic system should be geared to the benefit of the consumer, not the producer. In the economic sense, producers include workers and owners of capital or land, who often join in associations called "firms." There are more consumers than producers, as everybody is a consumer but not everybody is a producer; some live off the production of parents, donors, or taxpayers. So there are more consumers than producers; but this is not the important point. Free Trade...
  • Drawing pretty pictures shouldn't require an architect's license (Opinion)

    03/18/2017 8:34:50 PM PDT · by rintintin · 23 replies
    Oregonian ^ | March 16, 2017 | Anastasia Boden
    In 2007, David Hansen was a recent college graduate with an architect's degree trying to make some money. He and his business partner, who was a licensed architect in Washington, started an architectural firm there. At the time, the economy was still sluggish and there was not a lot of construction. So, to earn some extra cash and to get the business going, they agreed to do marketing work for a property development company in Oregon. Cognizant that they weren't licensed architects in Oregon, they limited their work to creating drawings of potential developments for the sole purpose of attracting...
  • Microsoft just replaced its toy gun emoji with a real handgun

    08/05/2016 12:59:25 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | August 4, 2016
    “Microsoft this week replaced a toy gun emoji with a real revolver in an apparent need to conform to universal emoji standards.,” Nick Statt reports for The Verge. “The change, which arrived with the company’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update on Tuesday, is part of a larger emoji redesign project Microsoft embarked on months ago to refresh its library with new designs,” Statt reports. “‘It’s unclear why Microsoft felt the need to replace its old toy gun, which resembled a sci-fi space blaster, with a real firearm. It does, however, put the company at philosophical odds with Apple.”“Both companies are part...
  • My First 3 Gun Competition

    06/28/2016 1:10:38 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 3 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 6/28/2016 | Emily Robinson
    I have always been a pistol shooter. Even the first time I was out on the range, I loved everything about shooting, from the smell of the gunpowder to the sound the steel makes when it is hit by a bullet. I think thats what got me hooked on competitive shooting. I was 9 years old when I attended and watched my first Glock Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) match in Columbia, S.C., and my whole family attended to see what it was all about. MY FIRST USPSA MATCH was the North Carolina Sectional in 2012. I had never even been...
  • GRAVEDIGGERS COMPETE IN RACE JUDGED ON SPEED _ AND STYLE

    06/03/2016 11:48:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    AP ^ | June 3, 2016 | PABLO GORONDI
    DEBRECEN, Hungary (AP) -- Digging their way to the top, 18 two-man teams of Hungarian gravediggers displayed their skills Friday for a place in a regional championship to be held in Slovakia later this year. Participants in the contest held in plot 37A of the public cemetery of the eastern Hungarian city of Debrecen were being judged on their speed but also getting points for style - the look of the finished grave mounds.
  • U.S. Crews Fail To Place in NATO Tank Competition

    05/19/2016 6:59:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 5/17/16 | Kyle Mizokami May 17, 2016
    A recent competition hosted in part by the U.S. Army and designed to test core tank crew skills saw European crews take the top honors, while crews from the U.S. Army failed to place. The results raise the question of whether the Armyafter more than a decade of focusing on guerrilla warfarehas devoted adequate training to address "big war" skills. Held from May 10 to 12 and jointly hosted by the U.S. Army and the German Bundeswehr at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany, the the Strong Europe Tank Challenge included challengers from six NATO countries: Denmark, Germany, Italy, Poland,...
  • In NATO tank competition, U.S. comes up short against Germany

    05/17/2016 4:16:15 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05/16/2016 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Six NATO countries squared off last week in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, a two-day competition that pitted some of the alliances best tank crews against each another in a series of events centered on armored warfare. The challeng was the first of its kind there since 1991. The challenge featured seven tank platoons in total. Denmark, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Poland all competed with one platoon, while the United States sent two. Each platoon included four tanks manned by four men. Germany took the gold in its Leopard 2A6 tanks, followed by Denmark and Poland in second place and...
  • How Amazon's growth causes retailers to close stores

    05/08/2016 7:03:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 05/08/2016 | by Suzette Parmley,
    vAmazon giveth, and Amazon taketh. The giant internet retailer said on April 27 that it will create 2,000 full-time jobs by opening two more fulfillment centers in New Jersey. One will be a 600,000-square-foot facility in Florence, Burlington County, generating 500 new jobs. The other will be an 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Carteret, Middlesex County, that will generate about 1,500 jobs. Together, the two facilities will bring Amazon's total physical footprint in the Garden State to 2.5 million square feet of space, if you count three existing centers. The irony is that Amazon made the announcement the day after a...
  • EU competition chief set to charge Google with Android abuse: sources

    04/19/2016 9:54:33 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 19, 2016 | BY FOO YUN CHEE AND ERIC AUCHARD
    European Competition Commissioner Margarethe Vestager addresses a news conferenceBrussels, Belgium, January 11, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir - The European competition commission is gearing up to charge Google with giving unfair prominence to its own apps like search and maps in supplementary software licensing deals it strikes with mobile phone makers running its Android operating system, four sources familiar with the process said on Monday. Google generated an estimated $11 billion (9.73 billion euros) last year from sales of ads running on Android phones featuring Google apps. Android has become the dominant software in recent years, running most of the world's smartphones....
  • Obama to sign executive order to ignite corporate competition

    04/15/2016 5:59:00 AM PDT · by Washi · 48 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Sinclair | Nicole
    On Friday, President Barack Obama announced he would sign an Executive Order directing every relevant agency of the Federal government to take steps in identifying bottlenecks to competition and to create new ways to increase competition in the economy. The Executive Order puts agencies on a fast-track path to, within 60 days, identify the steps theyll take. Competition is good for consumers, Obama told Yahoo Finance in an interview at the White House on Thursday. And ultimately it's good for business. That's the way the free market works. The more competition we have, the more products, services, innovation takes place....
  • Apple sued for $55 million, accused of abusing its market power in France

    04/06/2016 8:40:20 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 6, 2016 | By Williams Pelegrin
    Apple may be celebrating the release of the iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but the company likely isn’t nearly as thrilled with recent allegations made by France’s competition, consumer, and fraud agency, la Direction Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, et de la Répression des Fraudes (DGCCRF), reports BFM TV. The DGCCRF filed a lawsuit against Apple through the Commercial Court of Paris. According to the suit, Apple’s contracts with carriers were set up to benefit the Cupertino-based company in ways that violated France’s competition laws. More specifically, there were 10 clauses in the contracts that the agency objected...
  • Business in America: The problem with profits (lack of competition)

    03/29/2016 2:19:55 AM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 13 replies
    The Economist ^ | March 26, 2016 | From the print edition
    AMERICA used to be the land of opportunity and optimism. Now opportunity is seen as the preserve of the elite: two-thirds of Americans believe the economy is rigged in favour of vested interests. And optimism has turned to anger. Voters fury fuels the insurgencies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and weakens insiders like Hillary Clinton. The campaigns have found plenty of things to blame, from free-trade deals to the recklessness of Wall Street. But one problem with American capitalism has been overlooked: a corrosive lack of competition. -snip- The second step is to make life easier for startups and...
  • Official Statement to the TNC Convention 02016 by David Brin

    03/06/2016 3:50:17 PM PST · by Mellonkronos · 4 replies
    transhumanity.net ^ | March 4, 2016 | David Brin
    [This is from a famous scifi writer. He argues that rather than being scared of the danger of artificial intelligence in the future and trying to have government regulate it, more competition, not restricting competition, is best!] Official Statement to the TNC Convention 02016 by David BrinIt is, of course, wise and beneficial to peer ahead for potential dangers and problems one of the central tasks of high-end science fiction. Alas, detecting that a danger lurks is easier than prescribing solutions that can prevent it. Take the plausibility of malignant AI, remarked-upon recently by luminaries ranging from Stephen Hawking...
  • for those of you who have ever taught a dog to sit, or heel.

    02/07/2016 3:10:22 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2-7-16 | unknown
    This is fantastic. Go to link to see video
  • White House launches Obamacare sign-up competition (The exempt Hussein could visit you!)

    11/07/2015 12:55:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/07/15 | Reena Flores
    As open enrollment season on HealthCare.gov begins, President Obama is introducing a contest meant to motivate Americans to sign up for health insurance coverage through federal and state exchanges. "I want to see how many of your neighbors you can get signed up," the president said in a video released Saturday. "I'll come visit the city that enrolls the highest percentage of folks who aren't covered right now. That's a promise." Twenty major cities will participate in the Healthy Communities Challenge, competing to see the largest decrease for those without health insurance. A high percentage of the population in these...
  • Budweiser, Miller beer owners craft a $106 billion merger deal [Obamanomics]

    10/13/2015 4:42:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | 10/13/15
    The sixth time was the charm as British-based brewer SABMiller on Tuesday accepted in principle a $106 billion takeover offer from Anheuser Busch InBev that will create the world's biggest beer company and bring together top U.S. brands Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft.
  • Think you can Handle this type of Long Range Shooting Competition?

    07/08/2015 12:28:13 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 7/8/2015 | Robin Taylor
    Looking down from atop a three-story shooting tower, 12 steel targets stand out along a green hillside, each one further away than the last. Theyre all challenging, and the furthest sits at 936 yards. When the buzzer sounds, youll have three minutes to shoot all 12. The problem is, you cant actually see the targets yet. Youre starting at the bottom of the towers stairwell, carrying 200 rounds of ammunition, a coat, a gear bag, a sling, sunscreen, elbow pads, bipod, and a heavy sniper rifle. By the time you get to the top of those stairs and see the...
  • MS: Alleged Kidnappers of Handgun Competitor: 1 Dead, 1 Corrections Officer (picture)

    06/04/2015 4:49:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 58 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A couple of weeks ago, two armed criminals kidnapped a doctor at gun point. They did not realize that their intended prey was also a combat handgun competitor who was loading guns and ammunition into his vehicle. They forced him to take his vehicle to an ATM, where they extracted money. Then they made a critical mistake. They threatened his wife. Accessing a handgun in the door of his vehicle, he shot and killed one of the suspects, Edwin Robinson. Robinson is the larger man in the picture above. The other suspect has been captured. He turned out...
  • Prize Winning Dog Poisoned At Prestigious Show

    03/08/2015 1:55:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 61 replies
    KRON4.com ^ | 03/08/2015 | Aaron Pero
    <p>London (CNN)An investigation is underway after a canine competitor died the day after taking part in Crufts, one of the worlds most prestigious dog shows. An autopsy indicates he was poisoned.</p> <p>Three-year-old Irish setter Thendara Satisfaction known to his owners as Jagger took second prize in his class at the event in Birmingham, central England, on Thursday.</p>
  • America Continues to Thrive: Even in current malaise, the U.S. soars above global competition

    12/11/2014 7:47:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Germanys first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, supposedly once said that there was a special providence for drunkards, fools, and the United States of America. Apparently, late 19th-century observers could not quite explain how the U.S. thrived when by logic it should not. That paradox has never been more true than today. The U.S. government now owes more than $18 trillion in long-term debt. Even after recent income-tax hikes for the very wealthy and huge cuts in the defense budget, the Obama administration will still run an annual budget deficit of nearly $500 billion. No government official dares to trim Social...