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  • New England Facing Power Shortage This Winter?

    07/27/2014 9:55:02 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 80 replies
    IceAgeNow.info ^ | 26JUL2014 | Robert Felix
    “Get ready for the New England power shortage,” reads the headline in The Spectator. “Governors are already meeting in emergency session.” “In a hell-bent campaign to rid itself of any form of dirty, messy “non-renewable” energy, New England has been closing down coal and oil plants for the last decade,” the article warns. “In 2000, 18 percent of New England’s electricity came from coal and 22 percent from oil. Today it’s 3 percent coal and 1 percent oil. Meanwhile, natural gas — the fuel that everybody loves until you have to drill for it — has risen from 15 percent...
  • MH17: Pinning Everything on Putin Is Too Easy

    07/22/2014 2:04:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | July 21, 2014 | M.E. Synon
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The British newspapers, like the British government, are pinning the blame for the Malaysian Airlines disaster on Putin. Most Americans, whether Democrats or Republicans, would see things the way these UK headlines do: "Putin is a pariah – he must be treated as such" "Britain and America implicate Russia in Flight MH17 missile attack" "Two British families killed by 'Putin the terrorist'" And over a column written by Prime Minister David Cameron, this headline: "This is an outrage made in Moscow" However, some well-informed conservatives in Britain are pointing the finger for the war in Ukraine not at Putin, but...
  • 800 Degree Heat From Solar Mirrors Frying Birds Mid Air

    07/10/2014 4:28:08 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 21 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11/07/2014 | Andy Tully
    There is growing evidence that birds flying in the vicinity of a solar thermal power project in California’s Mojave Desert are being injured and even killed either by the solar heat that’s focused with mirrors on its three energy-collecting towers, or by colliding with the mirrors themselves. Yet a task force set up to investigate the problem at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) has brushed aside several recommendations by the forensics laboratory of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), according to the minutes of a meeting on the subject obtained by the Los Angeles public television station...
  • Are inverter generators worth the higher price?

    07/03/2014 5:39:13 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 64 replies
    yahoo ^ | 7-2-14 | Ed Perratore
    There’s nothing like the approach of a possible hurricane, such as this season's first named storm, Tropical Storm Arthur, to get everyone in its expected path thinking about generators. But for some prospective buyers, the noise and the quality of power that a portable generator supplies is a turn-off. That’s where an inverter model comes in. Using new technology, inverter generators deliver cleaner power and are typically quieter, lighter, and more energy efficient. But as Consumer Reports is learning in its ongoing generator tests, not every inverter generator is worth the 100-to-200-percent premium you’ll pay over the usual cost of...
  • Obama’s Obeisance to Cult of Vain Valerie

    07/02/2014 3:45:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 7-2-14 | Judi McLeod
    You don’t need to see an image of black-suited male figurines bowing to Valerie Jarrett’s White House picture to know that Valerie Jarrett is a cult in her own mind. The real life cult is that Jarrett, the power behind the current White House president, cultishly bows down to Barack Hussein Obama—and that Obama cultishly bows down to Valerie Jarrett. “An NBC package over the weekend shows an odd display. (BuzzFeed, July 1, 2014) “On NBC on Sunday, Meet the Press had a segment on Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. “Our Cynthia McFadden was granted unique access and spent a day...
  • Widespread blackouts hit Venezuela

    06/28/2014 2:24:33 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 27, 2014 | Unknown
    A power plant failure has knocked out electricity across a large part of Venezuela, interrupting a nationally televised presidential ceremony and forcing a suspension of subway and train services around the country. (snip) The outage disrupted a televised celebration of journalists that President Nicolas Maduro was holding in the governmental palace in Caracas. The city's sidewalks filled up with pedestrians who overflowed into the traffic lanes.
  • The Power and Limits of Indoctrination

    05/25/2014 6:55:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Power Line ^ | 5/25/14 | Steven Hayward
    Cass Sunstein, Obama’s former regulatory “czar” and one of the smartest and most devious thinkers on the left, has a highly revealing Bloomberg column out this week reporting on the results of a study of the way China has attempted indoctrination in its school system. This column and the underlying study (it’s an NBER paper, behind a paywall unless you have academic access) are useful as background reading for everyone who is rightly concerned about how Common Core standards will likely become the means of nationalizing a liberal school curriculum. (What? You mean you aren’t reassured by the promises from...
  • Government's power over ranchers and their land is frightening

    05/18/2014 8:24:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    youtube ^ | 4/6/14 | fox
    Video at link
  • John Deere Tractor vs. 1800s Steam Tractor

    05/17/2014 11:31:00 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 59 replies
    WIMP ^ | 5/17/14 | WIMP
    A modern John Deere tractor with 850 horsepower plays tug of war with an 1800s era steam tractor that has about 18 horsepower. While both are capable of getting an honest day's work done, there is only one that proves its dominance through sheer power.
  • Newly Installed White House Solar Panels Will Generate Power For a Whopping Six Light Bulbs

    05/11/2014 11:23:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    IJReview ^ | Soopermexican
    In case you had any doubt about the efficacy of government, just consider the four year struggle to get solar panels on the White House, which has culminated in the breathless announcement that they will now generate the power to run all of six light bulbs. Here’s the pivotal sentence of the announcement: And while the energy produced by the White House panels may not be all too significant—they’ll generate an estimated 6.3 kilowatts worth of energy—the message it sends is. Oh good another “symbolic” achievement by Obama – he’s getting great at those! Not so much at actual achievements,...
  • Ethiopia thwarts Egypt by paying for Nile dam itself

    05/01/2014 10:34:46 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 24 April 2014 | Aaron Maasho
    Ethiopia's bold decision to pay for a huge dam itself has overturned generations of Egyptian control over the Nile's waters, and may help transform one of the world's poorest countries into a regional hydropower hub. By spurning an offer from Cairo for help financing the project, Addis Ababa has ensured it controls the construction of the Renaissance Dam on a Nile tributary. The electricity it will generate - enough to power a giant rich-world city like New York - can be exported across a power-hungry region. But the decision to fund the huge project itself also carries the risk of...
  • Help with Bundy issues(thnx in advance)

    04/27/2014 8:39:20 AM PDT · by Vendome · 47 replies
    Vanity | 4/27/2014 | Vendome
    Could someone help me understand the issues of Bunny. Sorry, been sick all week and haven't really been doing more than sleep all I can. What are the issues regarding Issues regarding graze fees, when were they instituted, why is Bundy saying he'll pay NV but, not ELM. What's this racism thing I had to hear about ad-naseum yesterday. Just bumper sticker details would be fine along with a few links. I don't need Beck crap or anyone else like him. Just need a bottom line rejoinder so I can Ed Joo Muh Kate my friends on the side of...
  • Harry Reid's Long, Steady Accretion of Power & Wealth

    04/24/2014 10:03:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 4/24/14 | Adam O'Neal
    The first of two parts Last month, as the Senate was busy negotiating the final details of its Ukraine aid package, Majority Leader Harry Reid became temporarily distracted with a campaign finance issue. Since winning re-election in 2010, Reid’s campaign had purchased gifts for supporters and donors from vendors like Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, Nordstrom, and the Senate gift shop, among others. But one round of spending was directed to a less recognizable firm: Ryan Elisabeth, a jewelry line. In 2012 and 2013, the campaign spent $31,267 purchasing gifts from the company, which is owned by Reid’s granddaughter, Ryan...
  • Report: Users of White Power Website Have Committed Nearly 100 Murders

    04/17/2014 2:36:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 64 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/17/14 | Lisa Riordan Seville
    Registered users of the Internet’s largest white supremacist forum – dubbed “a magnet for the deadly and deranged” -- have carried out nearly 100 murders in the past five years, a group that tracks “hate groups” reported Thursday. The report by the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center found users of Stormfront.org, which advocates “white power,” have been disproportionately responsible for some of the most deadly hate crimes and mass killings since the site’s founding in 1995. “Stormfront is the murder capital of the racist Internet,” said Heidi Beirich, report author and Intelligence Project director. “It has been a magnet for...
  • Michael Graham: Brandeis Embraced Bill Ayers, Has Bred Terrorists

    04/14/2014 5:48:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 14, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    the cowardice and hypocrisy of Brandeis University's decision to revoke its commencement invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. ... Brandeis’ relationship with terrorism isn’t just theoretical: "… around 1970 ... Brandeis saw three of its women students posted to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List (Angela Davis, Susan Saxe and Katherine Power), no small feat since only seven women were ever put on that FBI list in all of its history.” ... Katherine Ann Power ... started at the Brandeis University SDS chapter, then migrated to Weather Underground terror and murder. She killed a local Waltham cop, then went into hiding...
  • All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power

    04/14/2014 8:05:08 AM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 12 replies
    Amazon ^ | recent | Nomi Prins
    Who rules America? All the Presidents’ Bankers is a groundbreaking narrative of how an elite group of men transformed the American economy and government, dictated foreign and domestic policy, and shaped world history. Culled from original presidential archival documents, All the Presidents’ Bankers delivers an explosive account of the hundred-year interdependence between the White House and Wall Street that transcends a simple analysis of money driving politics—or greed driving bankers. Prins ushers us into the intimate world of exclusive clubs, vacation spots, and Ivy League universities that binds presidents and financiers. She unravels the multi-generational blood, intermarriage, and protégé relationships...
  • Prepare for drones that ‘perch’ on power lines to recharge, never have to land

    04/09/2014 10:11:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Imagine a world where drones never have to touch the ground after takeoff. That’s what MIT PhD. candidate Joseph Moore did, and now he’s on the cusp of creating a drone that can “perch” on power lines just like birds to recharge its batteries. Mr. Moore gave Business Insider a demonstration of the technology he’s perfecting by using a glider as proof of concept. In short, if a drone is equipped with the a magnetometer it should be possible to make the aircraft capable of identifying magnetic fields given off by power lines, home in on the signal they emit,...
  • Ambassador Power: Defunding UN Agencies for Admitting 'Palestine' Hurts U.S.

    04/03/2014 8:59:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    cns news ^ | 4/3/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Defunding United Nations agencies that admit “Palestine” is not in the interests of the U.S., Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power argued Wednesday, because doing so constitutes a “double win” for the Palestinians. Not only do they score by gaining admission to a U.N. body, she told the House Appropriations’ subcommittee responsible for foreign operations, they also benefit by having U.S. influence in that body reduced, making way for the likes of Russia, China and Cuba to take the lead. Power was arguing for lawmakers to support a waiver to provisions in U.S. law that prohibit funding for...
  • Nigeria Plans Nuclear Power For Development (arms race?)

    03/27/2014 6:17:13 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 8 replies
    Voice Of America ^ | 3/27/2014 | Heather Murdock
    ABUJA — On Monday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said his country intends to harness nuclear energy for development purposes - which to most Nigerians means one thing: providing electricity. But some analysts say that Nigeria should figure out how to keep the lights on with the huge natural resources it already has. Nigeria’s nuclear aspirations began in 2007, when then-President Umaru Yar'Adua said the country planned to add nuclear power to the national grid by 2017. The original deadline seems to be off the table, but officials say the plan is still on track. “Nigeria is on course in its...
  • Okla. pawn shop owner sues police after speed trap warning brings down heat

    03/24/2014 5:00:39 PM PDT · by workerbee · 14 replies
    Fox ^ | 3/24/14
    An Oklahoma pawn broker took his small town’s police department to federal court, claiming cops clamped down on him when he put a sign on the curb warning of a speed trap ahead. James Goad, of Meeker, says the harassment that followed his action amounted to a violation of his First Amendment right to freedom of speech. In the suit against the Meeker Police Department and Police Chief Sam Byrd, Goad claims police arrested him and violated his civil rights to get back at him for his sign stunt. ***SNIP*** But the sign apparently bothered former Meeker reserve Officer Sean...
  • Chinese going for broke on thorium nuclear power, and good luck to them

    03/19/2014 4:28:24 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 180 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3-19-14 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The nuclear race is on. China is upping the ante dramatically on thorium nuclear energy. Scientists in Shanghai have been told to accelerate plans (sorry for the pun) to build the first fully-functioning thorium reactor within ten years, instead of 25 years as originally planned. “This is definitely a race. China faces fierce competition from overseas and to get there first will not be an easy task”,” says Professor Li Zhong, a leader of the programme. He said researchers are working under “warlike” pressure to deliver. Good for them. They may do the world a big favour. They may even...
  • UPDATE 1-Texas grid extends power conservation call as cold boosts usage, prices

    03/03/2014 4:03:21 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 3, 2014
    The Texas electric grid operator extended its call for residents and businesses to conserve power until Tuesday morning as a late arctic cold front that barreled as far as South Texas boosted the state's electricity consumption to a monthly record on Monday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state's primary grid, had issued a public call for conservation on Sunday evening, citing freezing temperatures that would strain available generation capacity. "With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight and early morning hours tomorrow," said Dan Woodfin, director of system...
  • Electricity Price Index Soars to New Record at Start of 2014; U.S. Electricity Production Declining

    02/21/2014 8:47:05 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 21, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The electricity price index soared to a new high in January 2014 with the largest month-to-month increase in almost four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, data from the Energy Information Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy, indicates that electricity production in the United States has declined since 2007, when it hit its all-time peak. The U.S. is producing less electricity than it did seven years ago for a population that has added more than 14 million people. ... Between 2007 and 2012, the nation's annual coal-fired electricity generation declined by about 25 percent,...
  • Why is George Washington the Greatest President?

    02/17/2014 10:51:10 AM PST · by Reagan79 · 62 replies
    Acton PowerBlog ^ | February 17 | Ray Nothstine
    Sometimes I recoil a little when somebody declares that there can be an American president greater than George Washington. Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee declared Washington, “First in the hearts of his countrymen.” Washington is great for many things, but perhaps he is greatest for the manner in which he surrendered power not once but twice. One of the best recent commentaries written on Washington is David Boaz’s, “The Man Who Would Not Be King.” In the piece from 2006, Boaz wonderfully sums up the depth of Washington’s immense character and what that means for liberty and America. The entire commentary...
  • Space Exploration: American Freedom, Power, Leadership, and Exceptionalism

    02/14/2014 6:06:09 AM PST · by Marcus · 7 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | February 14, 2014 | Mark R. Whittington
    If there is any current example of American exceptionalism, that belief that the United States is a unique country, based around an idea rather than tribal affinities, it is its space program. No other country has had its citizens walk on the moon. A self described "expert in communications" named Linda Billings takes a dim view of American exceptionalism as it is related to the high frontier of space. Indeed she takes an exception to the very idea of a space frontier. Her blog post is a look into how the liberal mind thinks about space issues.
  • Pure Gold: Obama Slams Bush for Expanding Executive Power, Ignoring Congress

    02/13/2014 4:43:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/13/14 | Guy Benson
    As you may recall, we tend to reserve the "pure gold" descriptor for uniquely egregious instances of Obama hypocrisy. This one surely qualifies. American Commitment clips a stump speech snippet from 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama, scrupulous defender of our constitutional structure, and righteous critic of executive power grabs. Behold:
  • LOW TECH TERROR ON THE GRID - Why the terror attack in Silicon Valley?

    02/11/2014 1:08:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2.10.14 | Jed Babbin
    Sometime before April 16, 2013, one or more people scouted the Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s high-voltage Metcalf substation off Highway 101 near San Jose, California. They went around the unmanned power station at a range of 40-60 yards, marking places from which the transformers’ cooling fins were clearly visible through the chain-link fence with piles of stones. According to a Wall Street Journal report last week, at about 1 a.m. on that April 16, someone cut the telephone lines going to the substation’s location in a manner calculated to be hard to repair. Within about another thirty minutes, shooters...
  • Obama keeps showing why he's impeachable: Nat Hentoff

    01/28/2014 5:14:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    wnd ^ | 1/28/14 | Nat Hentoff
    Here is James Madison in Federalist Paper No. 51: “In order to lay a due foundation for that separate and distinct exercise of the different powers of government, which to a certain extent is admitted on all hands to be essential to the preservation of liberty, it is evident that each department should have a will of its own; and consequently should be so constituted that the members of each should have as little agency as possible in the appointment of the members of the others.” He went even further: “It is of great importance in a republic not only...
  • Unemployment Checks Forever: Politicians Pandering to Parasites

    01/09/2014 10:33:55 AM PST · by IChing · 41 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 1/9/14 | Donald Joy
    The majority of sleazes in congress and the chief criminal in the White House talk of “doing the right thing” and “having a heart” by their plan to extend unemployment benefits yet again for the millions of deadbeats sitting on their fat rear-ends collecting checks for month after month after month after month after month after month after month…instead of simply going out and, if nothing else, finding and accepting menial or low-paying, humble work. “Waaahhh, if we don’t continue to pay them not to work, they might lose their house, waahhh, they might have to pull their kids out...
  • What Does Jesus mean by “Unrighteous Mammon?”

    08/07/2013 4:14:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/7/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Staying in a kind of reflective mode from Last SundayÂ’s Gospel on Greed and how to avoid it, there may be value in pondering why Jesus called some (or all) mammon (wealth) unrighteous. The phrase occurs in the Gospel of Luke where Jesus says: I tell you, make friends for yourselves by your use of dishonest wealth, so that, when it fails, they will welcome you to eternal dwellings. (Luke 16:9). We discussed yesterday what it means to be welcomed into eternal dwellings and who these friends who welcome us really are. But in this post perhaps we can consider...
  • More storms ahead as thousands still without power (In the UK .. not the US for now)

    12/26/2013 9:55:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/26/13 | BBC
    More gales and heavy rain are set to hit the UK as the Environment Agency warns of further significant disruption from floods in southern England. Many rivers remain swollen after storm damage caused power cuts and travel delays. More than 50 flood warnings are in place for England and Wales. About 1,000 homes in south-east and south-west England have been flooded. About 10,000 properties are without power and engineers say some may not be reconnected until the end of the week. UK Energy Networks said more customers had been connected on Thursday, as 24,000 had been without power first thing....
  • Lies, Deception and Power - This Is Obamacare

    12/23/2013 3:30:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    WIBC ^ | 12/23/13 | Tony Katz
    Obamacare doesn't work. That's not a political statement, that's a fact. Like the sun rises in the East or that Kanye loves Kanye. Another indisputable truth is that - after its passage and being upheld by the Supreme Court, and after its implementation and subsequent unilateral changes by President Obama and his administration - you still don't know what this law is, how it works or why you should even care. By this time, you're disgusted; you just want to start again. That Administration doesn't want to start again. They want to pretend that all is well while they make...
  • It's not right, intelligence or beneficial rule - it's about getting and staying in power

    12/04/2013 4:38:13 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 6 replies
    History | 04 December 2013 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    So many threads exist mocking claims that Barack Obama is supposed to be intelligent, and then foolish, stupid and inept things happen under his administration. What people are not realizing is that none of this matters. And, Barack is NOT the real problem. I have repeatedly tried to write that he is not the problem, but he people who put him there and the Federal Agency heads who support him ARE the problem. They don't care how any thing works, whether it works well or if it even works at all. The goal is to deceive enough voters into thinking...
  • Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that's not ready

    12/03/2013 5:39:24 AM PST · by oxcart · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/02/13 | Evan Halper
    WASHINGTON — In a sprawling complex of laboratories and futuristic gadgets in Golden, Colo., a supercomputer named Peregrine does a quadrillion calculations per second to help scientists figure out how to keep the lights on. Peregrine was turned on this year by the U.S. Energy Department. It has the world's largest "petascale" computing capability. It is the size of a Mack truck. Its job is to figure out how to cope with a risk from something the public generally thinks of as benign — renewable energy. Energy officials worry a lot these days about the stability of the massive patchwork...
  • Iran says it needs more nuclear power… to stop global warming

    12/02/2013 6:32:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/02/13 | Michael Bastasch
    Iran’s nuclear energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday that the country needs more nuclear power to cut its carbon dioxide emissions, which are blamed for global warming. This announcement comes just after the country struck a deal to curb their nuclear ambitions in order to ease international sanctions. Salehi told Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency that he sent a letter to President Hassan Rouhani asking for funds to build new nuclear power plants, adding that Iran’s parliament has already passed legislation ordering the construction of several power plants to produce 20,000 megawatts of power. Salehi also said that...
  • Dems' Power Grab Will Cost Them the War over the Constitution in Court

    11/27/2013 4:57:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/26/13 | Ken Klukowski
    Winning a battle that costs you a war is no victory. The silver lining from President Obama’s and Senate Democrats’ unprecedented power grab last week is that now a conservative Republican president can appoint a Supreme Court that will restore the Constitution to its historical place in our nation’s life, revitalizing limited government and safeguarding fundamental rights. Had conservatives invoked the nuclear option, mainstream media outlets would have given it wall-to-wall coverage under the banner, “The Death of Democracy in America.” MSNBC hosts might have openly wept on camera. Instead, those outlets are virtually silent, and what little coverage they...
  • Rant Alert - Senate Rules Change Is Another Liberal Power Grab

    11/22/2013 9:36:35 AM PST · by ConvictionsofFaith · 1 replies
    Convictions of Faith ^ | 11/22/13 | Convictions of Faith
    On Thursday, Don Imus, whom MSNBC fired in 2007 after he referred to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy headed hos" on the network, said he could not believe MSNBC President Phil Griffin is going to keep Martin Bashir on the air after he suggested someone should urinate or defecate in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's mouth.
  • Former fugitive Katherine Ann Power to speak in Corvallis (OR)( FBI Most wanted & Black Panther & )

    11/14/2013 8:15:09 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Corvallis Gazette-Times ^ | October 30, 2013 | CANDA FUQUA
    Katherine Ann Power’s story plays out like a Hollywood movie: the radical anti-war college student participated in a Boston bank heist in 1970, intending to help fund a revolution. The heist went horribly wrong; her co-conspirators were arrested, and Power — the getaway driver — hid from the FBI for more than two decades under a different identity, spending some of that time working and raising a family in Lebanon, Corvallis and Albany. The difference, Power said, is that she is not a movie protagonist, and Boston Police Officer Walter Schroeder, who was shot and killed during the heist, was...
  • Annapolis Council To Consider Stripping Republican Mayor-Elect’s Power

    11/11/2013 11:29:14 AM PST · by redreno · 25 replies
    http://baltimore.cbslocal.com ^ | 11/10/2013 | unkown
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Days after a Republican was elected mayor of Annapolis, City Council members say they will revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power. Democratic Alderman Ross Arnett of Ward 8 tells The Capital he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a council-manager style of government. The city manager would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor.
  • The Problem With Health Insurance

    11/06/2013 9:03:11 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/6/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    Don’t worry. This is not another piece about Obamacare. Instead, we’ll go back to basics, and see if health insurance can ever satisfy the demands of the payers, the providers, and the patients. It’s not as if people haven’t been working on this for awhile. The notion of health insurance stems from the so-called “friendly societies,” and dates back to the very dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Arguably, those associations can trace their own origins back to the burial societies of ancient Greek and Roman artisans. In the Middle Ages, they morphed into the trade guilds of Europe, and expanded...
  • 10 Corporations Control Nearly Everything You Buy

    11/03/2013 6:51:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 85 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    PolicyMic has a very interesting chart that shows how 10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy. click on chart for huge image The chart was posted on Reddit as illusion of choice. I could not locate the original source. PolicyMic explains ... Ten mega corporations control the output of almost everything you buy; from household products to batteries. These corporations create the chain of supplies that flow from one another. Each chain begins at one of the 10 super companies. Here's just one example: Yum Brands owns KFC and Taco Bell. The company was a spin-off of Pepsi. All Yum...
  • Forbes Releases 2013 Ranking Of The World's Most Powerful People

    10/30/2013 7:56:03 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 30, 2013 | Forbes
    RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN TOPS FORBES’ 2013 RANKING OF THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE
  • ’American Blackout’: Four Major Real-Life Threats to the Electric Grid

    10/27/2013 4:56:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 74 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 10/25/13 | Patrick J. Kiger
    A catastrophic, prolonged failure of the electrical grid—the sort of event whose effects are depicted in National Geographic Channel’s upcoming American Blackout, which premieres Sunday—may seem like just apocalyptic science fiction to some viewers. Unfortunately, though, the possibility of such a breakdown is all too real. (See related interactive: “Survive the Blackout.”) Government and utility industry officials are so concerned, in fact, that in November, they will stage a massive emergency drill, called GridEx II, that will involve thousands of utility workers, business executives, National Guard officers, FBI antiterrorism experts and government officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. They’ll...
  • 'All about power and leverage' -- feds shut down major roadway, block access to graveyard

    10/10/2013 7:33:59 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-7-2013 | Todd Starnes
    Folks who live in the Great Smoky Mountains have just about reached their breaking point with the federal government. “It’s almost like they are pushing to see how far they can push before the American people say enough is enough,” said Ed Mitchell, the mayor of Blount County, Tenn. “We were founded on a declaration of independence. And they are about to push the people to the line again.” Nearly a third of Blount County is inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So when the federal government shut down the park, it also shut down one of the area’s...
  • Brayton Point coal plant in Somerset to close, cut 240 jobs

    10/08/2013 11:27:44 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 22 replies
    biz journals ^ | Oct 8, 2013 | Craig Douglas
    The Brayton Point Power Station, the largest coal-fired power plant in New England, is shutting down amid a prolonged slump in energy prices that is forcing power operators nationally to rejigger their budgets and seek out more affordable production strategies. The closure will result in 240 job losses at the Somerset, Mass.-based facility. Its owner, an affiliate of New Jersey-based private equity firm Energy Capital Partners, said in a statement that steps would be taken to mitigate the effects of the job cuts for Brayton Point’s former workers....
  • Bill Clinton: 'Who cares' how Syria deal developed?

    09/17/2013 8:55:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    Bill Clinton: 'Who cares' how Syria deal developed? By Justin Sink - 09/17/13 09:43 AM ET Former president Bill Clinton dismissed criticism of the Obama Administration's handling of the crisis in Syria, arguing that ultimately there was an "inherent and enduring benefit" to striking a deal with the Assad regime to turn over its chemical weapons. Critics of the administration have said that the deal — which grew out of an offhand remark made by Secretary of State John Kerry at a press conference in London — is evidence that the Obama administration lacks a coherent foreign policy. Others have...
  • U.S. Amb. to U.N.: Time to Act Outside Legal Framework

    09/09/2013 7:19:50 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 33 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Sep 9, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, allowed on NPR this morning that American action in Syria might not be legal:
  • Obama on Syria: “Rhetorical Flourishes” and Other Wag the Dog Strategies

    08/27/2013 10:30:29 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-27-2013 | MOTUS
    Syriusly? How do you expect us take the use of chemical weapons in Syria seriously when our own Ambassador to the UN doesn’t find it serious enough to forgo a comedy film festival?  I completely understand: Charlie Chaplin is revered by fans of the comedic clown meme, as well as fellow travelers: “The Charlie Chaplin Film Festival honours the pioneering spirit of a great filmmaker and advocate for social change.” So you could hardly expect our country’s self-appointed expert on genocide and Nobel Prize winner to tear herself away from a film festival where her husband, Cass Sunstein, was scheduled...
  • UN Ambassador Samantha Power missed crucial meeting on Syria because she was on holiday

    08/25/2013 1:54:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Sunday Mail ^ | 8/25/13 | Meghan Keneally
    Samantha Power, the newly appointed US ambassador to the UN, has spent her career urging international intervention in cases of genocide. The gassing of hundreds of Syrians should have been a perfect opportunity to speak out and force quick action. However, the Irish-born academic was nowhere to be seen and failed to attend an emergency UN Security Council meeting during the week. ´Ambassador Power is on a long planned personal trip,´ National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan confirmed. ´She has full communications and has been fully engaged on all national security issues.´ State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed in her
  • Raging California wildfire poses threat to San Francisco power grid (Moonbeam's state of emergency)

    08/24/2013 10:00:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/24/13 | Tracy Jarrett
    A raging California wildfire has grown to 200 square miles, threatening the San Francisco power grid, spreading into Yosemite National Park, and prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency. “The wildfires that started in Tuolumne County have caused damage to electrical infrastructure serving the City and County of San Francisco, and now threaten damage to property, equipment, and resources of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in issuing an emergency proclamation for the city on Friday.