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  • The 27 Most Competitive Countries In The World

    09/03/2014 1:49:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/03/2014 | Elena Holodny
    The World Economic Forum has released its annual report of the globe's most competitive economies. The report ranks these economies on the "12 pillars of competitiveness": institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, health and primary education, higher education and training, goods market efficiency, labor market efficiency, financial market development, technological readiness, market size, business sophistication, and innovation."Smart investment in skills and innovation is key to enhanced productivity and competitiveness," they said. "It also supports more inclusive growth by allowing everyone to contribute to and benefit from higher levels of prosperity. Economies that consistently rank high in the competitiveness rankings are those that are able to develop,...
  • The Town that Privatized Everything

    06/27/2014 9:14:16 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 63 replies
    Sandy Springs, Georgia may look like any other town in America. It has parks, roads, and beautiful places to live. But there’s one thing that separates this town from every other town: Sandy Springs privatized almost everything. In 2005, Sandy Springs outsourced almost all functions of the city government (with the exception of police and fire) to a single company, which runs the town. That company is in charge of running all the vital functions of government, from the running the parks, to paving the roads, and even 911 calls! The town is run very efficiently, with zero backlogs in...
  • Man Chokes to Death at South Dakota Hot Dog Eating Contest

    07/08/2014 3:30:49 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 61 replies
    KSTP ^ | 7-8-14 | KSTP
    A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota turned deadly when a contestant choked to death. Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him at the scene failed, Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler told the Rapid City Journal.
  • New 2014 Rich States, Poor States Rankings Show States Are Making Large Reforms

    04/15/2014 1:16:30 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-15-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    Since 2008, Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index has used the latest economic data to determine which states are doing well and which states are struggling. The past 50 years of data point to a clear connection between pro-growth policies of lower taxes, less regulations and competitive labor policies. The states that embrace free markets and limited government fare much better than their high-tax, big government counterparts. Utah, South Dakota, Indiana, North Dakota and Idaho—this year’s top five states—showcase how good economic policy can lead to economic prosperity, while New York, Vermont, Illinois, California and Minnesota—the bottom...
  • Kerala Chef Eats 1.25m Dosa to Win Dubai Contest

    04/09/2014 11:57:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, April 08, 2014 | VM Sathish
    Only one woman among the 25 participantsShajahan, who comes from a family of chefs, devoured a 1.25 meter-long dosa in the shortest possible time. (Supplied) An Indian chef from Kerala beat five participants in the final round of the dosa-eating competition held in Dubai. Shajahan, who comes from a family of chefs, devoured a 1.25 meter-long dosa in the shortest possible time. “I am happy to become the most efficient dosa eater. I just broke the dosa into pieces, mixed it with chutney and sambhar and finished it before others could,” he said. The first round saw 25 participants. Some...
  • Japan Held a Speed-Eating Contest for Their Grossest Food

    04/04/2014 3:14:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Travel Yahoo ^ | March 25, 2014
    Japan’s latest eating contest puts Coney Island’s famous hot dog-eating contest to shame. At least most people like hot dogs. The city of Mito in Japan recently held a speed-eating contest to see which contestant could eat the most natto: a slimy, fermented bean paste that, according to the Japanese blog Kotaku, “smells like dirty socks.” Natto has been dubbed by foreigners (and some Japanese), as the nation’s most disgusting food. It may well be Japan’s vegemite. Natto is made from fermented soybeans, and looks like its held together by sticky strings. In Eastern Japan it’s known as a delicacy,...
  • Report: Dish, DirecTV Discuss Possible Merger

    03/27/2014 5:16:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Fox ^ | Matt Egan
    In response to Comcast’s (CMCSA) $45 billion buyout of Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dish Network (DISH) has reportedly sent feelers out to rival DirecTV (DTV) about a possible combination of the two satellite television companies. The potential tie-up would marry the two largest U.S. satellite TV operators, creating a juggernaut with about 34 million subscribers. According to Bloomberg News, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen recently approached DirecTV CEO Mike White about a merger. White is reluctant to go ahead with formal talks due to concerns about opposition from antitrust regulators, the news service said.
  • JetBlue, American Airlines end frequent flyer agreement [After Obama approved MERGER]

    03/15/2014 6:52:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    JetBlue and American Airlines are ending an agreement that allowed travelers to add connections to their itinerary on each other's aircraft, as well as a frequent flyer program agreement. JetBlue travelers can no longer earn miles on AA-operated flights.
  • Protesting Wal-Mart - Worker's Rights or Competition

    12/01/2013 4:41:38 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 46 replies
    Political Realities WordPress Blog ^ | 12/01/13 | LD Jackson
    I came across a story last week that caught my eye, but not enough to post about it. It was about the protests that have been organized against one of America's corporate giants. The protests were supposed to be workers protesting for more worker's rights at Wal-Mart. I mean, who doesn't support that? It seems a lot of people love to hate them some Wal-Mart. They are an easy target, since they are usually the biggest kid on the block. Big targets are easier to hit when the stones start flying and all that. Did you know, however, that many...
  • A Woman May Die Because of ObamaCare

    11/09/2013 7:21:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    If you are inclined to believe Barack Obama's claim that people losing their insurance are giving up skimpy coverage for much better benefits, read the editorial in Monday's Wall Street Journal. Then read it again, and again, and again. Edie Sunby has a rare form of cancer that is almost always fatal. Yet she is alive, thanks to the efforts of doctors in San Diego, at Stanford University and in Texas. Over the past year, UnitedHealthcare has spent $1.2 million on her medical expenses. But she has just been informed that her insurance is being cancelled. Worse, in the new...
  • Obamacare shock: $12,600 deductible, 40 percent co-pay, zero competition

    10/15/2013 7:53:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/15/13 | Paul Bedard
    Many Americans shopping for better health insurance deals promised by the two-week-old Obamacare system are instead being slapped with rate shock, including savings-sapping deductibles and co-pays, according to multiple reports from around the country. For some able to get the problem-plagued Obamacare website to work, the so-called “deals” the system is coughing up around the country include $12,600 deductibles, co-pays of up to 40 percent, zero competition, and rate hikes of 260 percent. The huge cost increases that some Obamacare applicants are seeing are feeding the effort in Congress to change the system and delay implementation until January 2014. "This...
  • Why we can't compete with the Chinese worker

    10/11/2013 1:58:41 PM PDT · by oldbrowser · 25 replies
    Video of why we can't compete with the Chinese: http://static.video.qq.com/TPout.swf?auto=1&vid=r010673xh67
  • Great Gobbler Gallop

    09/13/2013 9:37:20 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    American Profile ^ | 9-4-13 | Chuck Cecil
    After a reluctant start, Ruby Begonia scampers down the street in Worthington, Minn. (pop. 12,764), in pursuit of her feathered competitor, Paycheck, during the Great Gobbler Gallop. Guided by a four-person team from Cuero, Texas, the trotting turkey struts along the curb while Paycheck—Worthington’s favorite fowl—takes a flying foray into the cheering crowd, requiring her frustrated teammates to grab the sidetracked bird and return her to the pavement in violation of race rules. “She’s a very social bird,” says Paycheck’s team captain Pete Suby, 53, waving a plastic paddle to coax the bird along the 150-yard dash. Although Paycheck crossed...
  • Three American High Schoolers Swept An International Competition By Crushing These Math Problems

    08/14/2013 8:07:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/14/2013 | Walter Hickey
    Three Phillips Exeter Academy students — Alex Song, Ray Y. Li, and Kevin C. Sun — shocked the world when they respectively won the gold, silver and bronze medals in the 54th International Mathematical Olympiad in Santa Marta, Colombia. While the U.S. team placed third overall — Song competed on Team Canada — the trio won the medals for individual performance. The annual competition is a six question, two day, nine hour proof competition with competitors from over 100 countries on 9 continents.
  • McDonald’s fails to boost sales with Dollar Menu

    04/20/2013 12:37:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 19, 2013 6:24 PM EDT | Candice Choi
    McDonald’s managed to eke out a higher profit for its first quarter even as the world’s biggest hamburger chain failed to lift sales with its Dollar Menu. The company said Friday that an important sales measurement fell 1 percent during the period and warned that it’s expected to dip again in April. That marked the first quarterly decline in a decade in sales at restaurants open at least 13 months and underscored the troubles the company has been facing. As Burger King and Wendy’s have stepped up their marketing over the past year or so, McDonald’s has responded by aggressively...
  • Medicare Needs More Competition, Not Less

    03/08/2013 5:12:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2013 | Phil Kerpen
    Senate Democrats are finally beginning the process of writing a budget after four years of dereliction. They will almost certainly include some changes to Medicare, the largest driver of federal spending and debt. But unfortunately, there are indications that they intend to focus on the small piece of Medicare (10.6 percent in 2012) that is actually working well: the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. The drug companies cut a deal with the White House early in Obama’s first term to provide the funding for pro-Obamacare TV commercials and street organizing in exchange for favorable treatment in that bill. But...
  • No President Obama, We Can't "Outcompete" Other Countries

    11/28/2012 9:40:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/28/2012 | Harry Binswanger
    In a campaign speech, President Obama said: “I know we can outcompete any other nation on earth.” No we can’t. We can’t outcompete Germany, China, France–we can’t compete any other country. In fact, no country can outcompete any other. The very concept “outcompete” makes no sense on a national scale. One business can outcompete another business, but a nation can’t outcompete another nation across the board. Suppose Bangladesh firms have a comparative advantage in sewing garments. Even if Americans are better at it than Bangladeshis, both countries gain if Americans outsource their garment-sewing work to Bangladesh firms and shift American...
  • Breaking the “Fiscal Cliff” Gridlock without Compromising the Principles of Either Side

    11/10/2012 8:27:49 AM PST · by Etpa · 27 replies
    The "fiscal cliff" crisis is here. Wouldn't it be great if the White House and Congress could solve this crisis together, without having to compromise the principles of either side? Sound impossible? Not really; engineers achieve such magic all the time. Here's how.
  • San Francisco transit aims to snuff out private rival

    11/02/2012 11:19:26 AM PDT · by lward99 · 9 replies
    Times 247 ^ | November 2, 2012 | Katherine Timpf
    On a typical work day in San Francisco, at least 27 private employers are picking up workers in shuttle buses — complete with cushioned seats and WiFi — at more than 200 stops across the city. The transit option is a booming private enterprise that reduces traffic congestion and air pollution. Some in the city want to snuff it out, San Francisco-style, with government regulations and fees. San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos wants to eliminate the cushy private shuttles and charge employers to use the Municipal Transit Agency's spartan buses, according to the San Francisco Examiner. “Their rapid growth makes...
  • Beyond Giving Every Kid A Trophy... Playing to Lose! (Vanity)

    09/21/2012 3:01:27 AM PDT · by MacMattico · 39 replies
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    I feel really bad for my niece. Last year, she made her school's competitive Varsity Volleyball team as a Freshman, plays club, and has already been looked at by college scouts. A sports scholarship would really help her family out. Here's the thing: she's stuck at this school and they've recently changed their "focus in sports" to one of where everybody gets to play. My niece was an excellent OH (outside hitter), but other kids want to play outside hitter, so she doesn't play that position much anymore. She's very tall and can play middle well, but that's not always...
  • Falling for Fourth Year, U.S. Slips to World's Seventh Most Competitive (from FIRST in 2008)

    09/10/2012 10:58:10 AM PDT · by Innovative · 49 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | Sept 5, 2012 | Jennifer Booton
    The U.S. has fallen for the fourth straight year, by two spots, to the seventh most competitive country, according to The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 by the World Economic Forum. It is now led by Switzerland, Singapore, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany.
  • (Vanity) Of Academics, Sports, and Success: Social Tidal Forces

    04/03/2012 6:33:59 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 04-03-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Over the past couple of years, I have been corresponding with and visiting various Colleges and Universities, as part of helping younger folks decide where to attend school. In addition, I have visited a number of College Websites, and discussion groups (e.g. College Prowler and College Confidential) in order to round out my sources of information by relying on the experience of other people for places I didn't have the opportunity to see for myself. This has led to a number of observations about "the way the world works" and how these factors influence people's actions and their path through...
  • The 2012 Automotive Report Card: Which Brands Are The Best?

    02/29/2012 6:06:55 PM PST · by Ron C. · 42 replies
    AOL Autos ^ | Feb 29, 2012 | Pete Bigelow
    The results of the annual Consumer Reports automotive report card caught a lot of people by surprise when they were released Tuesday – not necessarily because of which automaker claimed top honors, but because of which automaker did not. A wave of redesigned vehicles helped catapult Subaru into the top position for the first time. It had finished second in last year’s ranking, and buoyed by recent successes with the Outback and Impreza, it improved two points this year to finish with an overall score of 75. Subaru’s rise to the top meant that Honda’s four-year run as the top...
  • Kodak and the Post Office (Thomas Sowell)

    01/09/2012 11:41:58 AM PST · by jazusamo · 68 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 10, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    The news that Eastman Kodak is preparing to file for bankruptcy, after being the leading photographic company in the world for more than a hundred years, truly marks the end of an era. The skills required to use the cameras and chemicals required by the photography of the mid-19th century were far beyond those of most people — until a man named George Eastman created a company called Kodak, which made cameras that ordinary people could use. It was Kodak's humble and affordable box Brownie that put photography on the map for millions of people, who just wanted to...
  • Why health care competition won't work (since you're so stupid)

    12/27/2011 5:30:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/27/11 | Amitai Etzioni
    Why health care competition won't workBy Amitai Etzioni, Special to CNN updated 2:08 PM EST, Tue December 27, 2011 (CNN) -- A proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Ron Wyden to allow those who retire in the future to chose between Medicare and private health care insurance for seniors is the latest addition to the drive to increase competition in health care. Mitt Romney recently released a health care proposal that would introduce vouchers, which would allow consumers to choose where to take their business, although he did not include Medicare as an option. Newt Gingrich's plan suggests a...
  • Ex-USF student Brad Engmann enjoys ‘racing with a handgun’(CA)

    12/19/2011 4:49:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 1+ views
    sfexaminer.com ^ | 18 December, 2011 | David Liepman
    There was a time when Brad Engmann would gun his race car; these days he races with his gun. Like other kids in his St. Francis Woods neighborhood, the San Francisco native grew up playing American Legion baseball; in fact, the middle infielder was instrumental in launching the baseball program at International High School. At USF, however, the 2006 graduate with a double major in history and political science switched his allegiance to cars. “What I loved was the speed and precision,” Engmann said. But the associated expense and garage time needed to work on the cars began to create...
  • Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Azzam suffers broken mast /+UPDATE

    11/06/2011 5:55:06 AM PST · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 8 replies
    Nautic Web News ^ | 11-6-2011
    Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Azzam reported that she had suffered a broken mast and had suspended racing on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, which began today in Alicante.Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK at the start of leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean race 2011-12 from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. - PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race Navigator Jules Salter told Volvo Ocean Race control that all the crew were unhurt and were attempting to recover what they could.“There is no panic on board and we’re planning to motor back...
  • Proponents of proposal to legalize discrimination against felons weigh in

    10/24/2011 5:33:50 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    The Capital Times ^ | STEVEN ELBOW
    Last week I posted a story about a legislative proposal that would make it legal for businesses to refuse to hire or allow them to fire people just because they have a felony conviction record. This past week the bill sailed through the Assembly Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on a 6-3 party-line vote, setting up a vote by the full Assembly. A public hearing for the Senate version of the bill is set for Monday. In the story, I talked to Linda Ketcham, executive director of Madison-area Urban Ministry, who said the proposal would make it harder for...
  • The Road to Rio Is America's Road to Ruin

    10/12/2011 4:39:26 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 9 replies
    Big Government ^ | Oct 12, 2011 | Laura Rambeau Lee
    The globalists at the United Nations are busy preparing their agenda for the Rio + 20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which will be held on June 4 – 6, 2012. They have prepared a draft entitled “Enabling a Flourishing Earth: Challenges for the Green Economy, Opportunities for Global Governance”. It is truly amazing that this is not being devised in Dr. Evil’s hidden lair in the depths of some inactive volcano or on a deserted island. This has been made available for everyone to read. It reveals the true intent; the hopes, dreams and aspirations for this new...
  • Kosher BBQ competition is a hit among Jews—and some Muslims, too

    09/20/2011 7:17:48 PM PDT · by SJackson · 45 replies
    JTA ^ | September 20, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (JTA) -- If there’s anything that can bring the Jews of Tennessee together, it would be barbecue. This past weekend, the 23rd annual Kosher BBQ Contest and Festival drew thousands of Jews from Tennessee and around the country. It attracted a group of Muslims, too. Turns out they're not bad at cooking kosher brisket: The Memphis Islamic Center’s team, the "Halal Smokers," won a third-place award for their brisket entry. The commingling of Jews and Muslims among tables heaped with baked beans, hamburgers and ribs provided a counterpoint to anti-Muslim protests in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and death threats aimed...
  • City Demands Christians Get Permit For Bible Study

    09/18/2011 2:31:40 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 96 replies
    WND ^ | 9/18/2011
    Chuck and Stephanie Fromm already have been fined $300 for holding Bible studies for their friends at their home, and they face the potential for additional fines of $500 for each study held, according to a legal team taking their case to court. The newest conflict over Bible studies in homes in America arose in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., where city officials say city code section 9-3.301 prohibits religious organizations in residential neighborhoods without a conditional-use permit, a sometimes very expensive procedure. The code cites "churches, temples, synagogues, monasteries, religious retreats, and other places of religious worship and other fraternal...
  • Capitol Police arrest Lemonade Freedom Day protesters

    08/20/2011 10:11:02 PM PDT · by martosko · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/20/2011 | C.J. Ciaramella
    They set out to sell ice-cold lemonade, but now three Washington, D.C. protesters might need some legal aid. Capitol police arrested three people Saturday afternoon for selling lemonade on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building. They were participating in “Lemonade Freedom Day” — a national demonstration against a spate of recent lemonade stand shutdowns by police and health inspectors. According to the D.C. group’s Facebook event page, three lemonistas — Meg Mclain, K.n. Dill and Will Duffield — were taken into custody by Capitol Police. It is not known what the protesters were charged with. The Capitol Police did...
  • Of Pork And Trade

    07/06/2011 6:28:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 6, 2011 | Staff
    Politics: Has corruption tainted even the battle over free trade? If not, why has the White House buried its own study of a jobs "retraining" program that it insists Congress must vote for as a condition for signing three trade deals? A Labor Department study on the effectiveness of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a $1.3 billion program for workers who claim their jobs were lost to foreign competition, has not only missed its deadline by four years, but is also being withheld until the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports. Based on how this White House operates,...
  • CZ’s Angus Hobdell Wins USPSA Area 1 Production Shooting Title

    06/30/2011 6:17:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | 29 June, 2011 | USPSA
    SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. --(Ammoland.com)- Angus Hobdell, the Team CZ shooter from Tempe, Ariz., won the Production division title this past weekend at the 2011 USPSA Area 1 Regional Handgun Championship, Presented by Springfield Armory. Hobdell, who started the match in third place, behind the early leader Cody McKenna of Mesa, Ariz., moved into the lead with the first of his five stage wins on the fourth stage of the match. After moving to first place Hobdell never looked back and finished the match with a division winning score of 1159.9220 points. “Angus has long been among the top Production division shooters...
  • “Soak the rich” losing popularity

    06/03/2011 7:45:44 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | June 3,2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Perhaps this will feel a little counterintuitive after seeing today’s jobless numbers, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Gallup’s latest poll on soak-the-rich tax policies show that Americans are less open to redistributionism than at the peak of the pre-Great Recession economy, with a plurality rejecting “heavy taxes on the rich”: Americans break into two roughly evenly matched camps on the question of whether the government should enact heavy taxes on the rich to redistribute wealth in the U.S. Forty-seven percent believe the government should redistribute wealth in this way, while 49% disagree, similar to views Gallup found...
  • States Are Smart to Cut Cigarette Taxes

    04/11/2011 7:10:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | April 11, 2011 | John Nothdurft
    After decades of increasing tobacco taxes at the federal, state, and local levels, some states are beginning to buck this fiscally burdensome and irresponsible trend. On March 17, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill that would cut the state’s cigarette tax by a dime, to $1.68 per pack. Two other states with high tobacco taxes—New Jersey and Rhode Island—are also considering proposals to reduce taxes on tobacco products to make their state’s tax rates more competitive. This reversal in policy would be fiscally responsible and especially beneficial to low-income people. Many economists have noted that many states’...
  • Rand Paul Schools Letterman (VIDEO)

    02/25/2011 7:29:02 AM PST · by JesseWatters · 29 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNation.com ^ | Feb 25 | Staff
    Paul: Well, I think competition makes things better. You have to compete with other late-night comedians; I have to compete with other physicians. I think competition makes us better. Think if you didn’t have that guy, what’s his name, you have to compete with?
  • Gardener told not to enter village show for 'being too good'

    02/14/2011 1:05:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | February 13, 2011 | Rebecca Lefort
    It is the ultimate accolade for a keen vegetable grower – a 73-year-old has been told not enter his village gardening competition because he is too good. David Stirzaker has been asked by the organisers of the North Cadbury and District Horticultural Society, in Somerset, not to exhibit his produce at its annual show, because his impressive record at the event is discouraging others from taking part. Mr Stirzaker – who has won 12 cups at the show in just four years, for his prize-winning carrots, parsnips and tomatoes – has pledged to take the matter to the Royal Horticultural...
  • 'I made a mistake': Al Gore's U-turn on corn ethanol as he admits the food-vs-fuel competition...

    11/22/2010 10:14:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/23/10
    'I made a mistake': Al Gore's U-turn on corn ethanol as he admits the food-vs-fuel competition is real By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 4:43 AM on 23rd November 2010 Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was 'not a good policy', weeks before tax credits are up for renewal. U.S. blending tax breaks for ethanol make it profitable for refiners to use the fuel even when it is more expensive than gasoline. The credits are up for renewal on December 31. Total U.S. ethanol subsidies reached $7.7billion last year according...
  • Web censorship bill sails through Senate committee

    11/19/2010 5:41:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 223 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2010 | Sam Gustin
    On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.” COICA is the latest effort by Hollywood, the recording industry and...
  • A Revolution in the Works

    11/17/2010 9:49:58 AM PST · by giant sable · 16 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | November 17, 2010 | Michael S. Malone
    What if they held an Industrial Revolution . . .and we weren't invited?
  • It’s How You Play the Game: The Fate of Western Civilization and Grade-School Soccer

    11/07/2010 5:48:53 AM PST · by HangnJudge · 23 replies
    PajamsMedia ^ | 11/7/2010 | Barry Rubin
    It‘s something of a stretch to compare a soccer game among eleven-year-old boys with the fate of the democratic world, but I’ve always managed to see big issues in small things. My son is playing on a local soccer team which has lost every one of its games, often by humiliating scores. The coach is a nice guy, but seems an archetype of contemporary thinking: he tells the kids not to care about whether they win, puts players at any positions they want, and doesn’t listen to their suggestions. He never criticizes a player or suggests how a player could...
  • Why Broadband Service in the U.S. Is So Awful

    10/08/2010 7:42:26 AM PDT · by Sakity Yaks · 46 replies
    The average U.S. household has to pay an exorbitant amount of money for an Internet connection that the rest of the industrial world would find mediocre. According to a recent report by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, broadband Internet service in the U.S. is not just slower and more expensive than it is in tech-savvy nations such as South Korea and Japan; the U.S. has fallen behind infrastructure-challenged countries such as Portugal and Italy as well.... Phone companies have to compete for your business. Even though there may be just one telephone jack in your...
  • Arizona - Here Is A Candidate That Will Give McLame A Run For His Money

    09/30/2010 8:59:01 PM PDT · by Enough_Deceit · 24 replies
    Self ^ | 9/30/10 | Enough_Deceit
    Meet Ian Gilyeat, a Conservative candidate that puts Principles over Party!
  • Key US Senator: Congress Must Bring Down Railroad Rates

    09/15/2010 2:59:19 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 23 replies
    FOXBusiness ^ | Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | Josh Mitchell
    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee chairman Wednesday accused freight railroads of increasingly charging excessive rates for the shipment of goods and indicated he would renew a push for legislation to re-regulate the industry. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D., W.Va.), frustrated by the industry's lobbying against a bill that would give new powers to regulators to police prices, released a report showing the four major freight railroads registered a nearly 13% profit margin over the past decade. Meanwhile, the companies have increased shipping rates an average of 5% annually, above inflation, since 2004, the report states. Rockefeller, speaking at...
  • Sweden passes US in competitiveness survey

    09/09/2010 2:22:45 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 15 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 09/09/2010 | David Landes
    Sweden has overtaken the United States and Singapore in a new ranking of the world’s most competitive economies published by the World Economic Forum. Sweden best in EU for competition: ranking (9 May 10) Many foreign-born in Sweden lack work: study (26 Jan 10) Employers concerned by union pay raise demands (2 Nov 09) Sweden climbed two spots in the Geneva-based organisation’s annual Global Competitiveness Report, landing in second place behind Switzerland, which topped the rankings for the second year in a row. The United States, which held the number two spot last year, moved down to the fourth position,...
  • US Falls, China Rises in Global Competitiveness Rankings (But we're still in the top 5)

    09/09/2010 8:50:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 09/09/2010
    The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report finds the United States has fallen to fourth position behind top-ranked Switzerland, Sweden and Singapore in its competitiveness rankings of 139 countries. The report notes China has moved up in the rankings and sub-Saharan African countries continue to hold the bottom. The report finds the recent economic crisis is having an impact on its competitiveness rankings. It notes the United States is continuing its decline. After being toppled from first to second position last year, it now has fallen two more places to fourth position. Despite this, co-author of the Global Competitiveness Report,...
  • MathCounts Excludes Homeschoolers from Team Competition

    08/16/2010 10:37:52 AM PDT · by aberaussie · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner.com Fort Collins ^ | August 14, 2010 | Christa Novelli
    Parents of middle school aged children may want to be aware that the national MathCounts Foundation has changed the rules for homeschoolers this year. MathCounts provides an opportunity for 6th through 8th grade students to compete in academic problem solving and mathematical competitions which may be of particular interest to gifted middle schoolers.
  • A World Without Competition: Bugs In Your Drinks

    07/29/2010 11:31:38 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 14 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 7/29/2010 | Ed Carson
    Henry Abbott of ESPN’s excellent True Hoop blog has a great post today about why stadium food is so lousy: If you open a mom-and-pop restaurant out there in the real world, and you treat your customers so shoddily, you’ll lose money and eventually go out of business. It’s almost guaranteed. With that idea simmering around the clock, day in and day out, as the owner you’d hire very carefully, obsess about things like hand washing procedures and pitch a fit if you found employees blending insects into the frozen drinks
  • China pushing the envelope on science, and sometimes ethics

    06/27/2010 7:54:24 PM PDT · by Saije · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/27/2010 | John Pomfret
    Last year, Zhao Bowen was part of a team that cracked the genetic code of the cucumber. These days, he's probing the genetic basis for human IQ. Zhao is 17. Centuries after it led the world in technological prowess -- think gunpowder, irrigation and the printed word -- China has barged back into the ranks of the great powers in science. With the brashness of a teenager, in some cases literally, China's scientists and inventors are driving a resurgence in potentially world-changing research. Unburdened by social and legal constraints common in the West, China's trailblazing scientists are also pushing the...