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  • Polls Giving Hillary A Lead Over Anyone?,They Can't Be Serious.What States Were They Surveying?

    04/24/2015 6:41:54 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 13 replies
    So what is with these polls saying that Hillary is ahead of any of the leading GOP candidates? Who are they polling? People living near the beaches of Los Angeles who have never had a job? At this point, pollsters should just take polls in the six or seven purple states that the GOP needs to flip. That leaves about 51 states that don't matter at this point!
  • Drunk driver on stolen excavator left trail of Harvey destruction

    04/24/2015 4:52:34 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/24/15 | Michelle Hunter
    William Strength had quite a night. Authorities say the 23-year-old Harvey resident stole an excavator and led Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies on a drunken chase through parts of the West Bank, plowing over trees and utility poles before sinking the 89-ton machine in the Harvey Canal. No one was injured during the joy ride. But it left behind a path of destruction. "I just would like someone to pay for the damage," said Albert Daigle, 69, whose business, Daigle Towing Services LLC., took the brunt of the rampage.The excavator plowed through the locked, chain-link fence on the side of...
  • Zillow Ranks Best Real Estate Markets for Buyers, Sellers

    04/24/2015 3:14:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Zillow ^ | 04/24/2015 | BY EMILY HEFFTER
    When it comes to negotiating power, it’s better to be a home seller in the Bay Area and a buyer in Philadelphia. Zillow’s spring analysis of buyers’ and sellers’ markets across the U.S. looked at how long homes spend on the market, how likely they are to have had a price cut and how much they sold for in relation to their listing price.The nation’s top sellers’ markets are the big West Coast tech centers in San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle. Less competitive markets where buyers have time to negotiate are in the East and Midwest, including Philadelphia, Chicago...
  • Bruce Jenner Began Reassignment in 1980s...Inspired By Story of Tennis Player Renee Richards

    04/24/2015 2:13:35 PM PDT · by drewh · 77 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | PUBLISHED: 11:28 EST, 24 April 2015 | By RACHEL MCGRATH FOR MAILONLINE
    New claims have surfaced suggesting that US Olympic herp Bruce Jenner started a gender transition process in the mid-1980s but stopped after he met and fell in love with Kris Kardashian, who became his third wife. Entertainment Tonight, quoting 'a source with direct knowledge,' said Bruce, now 65, talked about transitioning 30 years ago. By the mid-1980s, the Olympic gold medalist had allegedly started hormone therapy and electrolysis and had had plastic surgery to make his features look more feminine. Jenner found his own facial hair to be repulsive, the source told ET. The bombshell Entertainment Tonight report, broadcast Thursday...
  • State university considers 'college bankruptcy,' liberal arts schools aren't only ones in trouble

    04/24/2015 1:41:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/24/2015 | Abby Jackson
    Proving it's not only small, private, liberal-arts colleges that are susceptible to financial distress, Louisiana State University (LSU) announced that it's in the midst of drawing up a financial exigency plan. Bloomberg News, which reported the development, called the plan "equivalent to a college bankruptcy" and noted that it would let LSU fire tenured faculty and restructure its finances. The Baton Rouge-based university with over 30,000 students is drafting the plan, in part, because the most recently proposed budgetary cuts by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal threaten to severely impact the higher-education system in the state. The governor's plans would cut...
  • Cheaper Robots, Fewer Workers (Video and Article)

    04/24/2015 1:13:50 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/24/15 | Jonah M. Kessel and Taige Jensen
    China faces rising labor costs and a shortage of workers. But a government project called replacing humans with robots is trying to change the face of the work force in Guangdong Province.
  • 'The Bronx Bull' is another shot at the story of boxer Jake LaMotta

    04/24/2015 10:34:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 23, 2015 | Theresa Walker
    ... [Jake] LaMotta has been the subject of several books, a film considered one of the greatest in American cinema, and a failed stage show called "Lady and the Champ." Now there's a second feature film about his life, this one titled "LaMotta: The Bronx Bull." LaMotta will be in Orange County on Saturday when the new movie, produced by Irvine-based Main Street Films, premieres as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival ...
  • The happiest countries in the world, according to neuroscientists, statisticians, and economists

    04/24/2015 7:16:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/24/2015 | Erin Brodwin
    An international team of economists, neuroscientists, and statisticians just released their third World Happiness Report, which measures well-being in countries around the world to help guide public policy. Switzerland topped the list of the happiest nations, and all of the top eight countries were in the global north. Switzerland was followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The United States ranked 15th, behind Mexico and Austria. Still, that's a slight improvement from the last report, in which the US ranked 17th. The World Happiness Report isn't without a scientific basis. One of its key findings, based...
  • Here's what happened during the Armenian genocide and why Turkey denies it

    04/24/2015 7:11:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider via the Daily Telegraph ^ | 04/24/2015 | RICHARD SPENCER, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    As Yerevan and Armenians across the world gather to remember the 1.5 million killed during the massacres, Richard Spencer explains what happened On Friday, Yerevan and the Armenian disapora together with world leaders in the Armenian capital will commemorate the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian genocide . It is the 100th anniversary of the date on which the Ottoman Empire began its attack on Armenians when intellectuals and political leaders were rounded up in Istanbul on April 24, 1915. What was the Armenian genocide? As the Ottoman Empire suffered its first losses in the First World War, the Young...
  • Gronk: Maybe Obama Was Wasted When He Made Deflate Joke About Patriots

    04/24/2015 6:35:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 04/23/2015 | by Charlie Spiering
    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowsi questioned President Obamas decision to crack a joke about deflated footballs at a White House event honoring the Super Bowl champions. Gronkowski indicated that the team was serious as the Patriots spent time with Obama in the White House before the ceremony on the South Lawn. If they would have put some tunes on, I would have done some dance moves, he joked. When asked if there was any drinking with the president, Gronkoswi said no, but wondered if Obama had a few before he made his joke about deflated footballs. There was...
  • Columbia Student Sues University, Says Rape Accuser Has Ruined His Reputation

    04/23/2015 8:21:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    CBS NewYork/ AP ^ | April 23, 2015
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) A Columbia University senior filed a lawsuit against the school Thursday, claiming that the university failed to protect him from harassment amid claims that he had raped a fellow student. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Manhattan U.S. District Court by Paul Nungesser. The German citizen said the students campaign to muddy his name by dragging a mattress around campus and demonstrating has isolated him and hurt his job prospects and ability to stay in America.
  • Brittney Griner, fiancee Glory Johnson arrested after fight at home

    04/23/2015 5:30:58 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 23, 2015
    GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and her fiancee, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, were arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct after an argument in the home they recently purchased together became physical. The two 24-year-olds were each arrested Wednesday on counts of assault by recklessly causing physical injuries and disorderly conduct for fighting. They were booked into the Maricopa County Jail in downtown Phoenix and later released.
  • 1978 Flashback: Bruce Jenner, Wheaties, and the Breakfast of Champions [Romans 1]

    04/23/2015 3:55:37 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 35 replies
    Yahoo Food ^ | 4/23/2015 | Cassie Carothers
    With America fixated on all things Bruce Jenner and the anticipation around his Diane Sawyer interview Friday night on ABC, it seemed an interesting moment to revisit another time when he captured this countrys attention. In 1978, Jenner snagged one of the sports worlds biggest honors: appearing on the Wheaties cereal box. While this might not sound impressive in todays era of multi-million dollar endorsement deals, back then it was one of the ultimate prizes for a top athlete. A lot of people know Jenner today from his relationship to the Kardashian clan. But decades ago, he became a national...
  • WHAT THE HELL IS A BRONY? PLAYBOY INVESTIGATES

    04/23/2015 3:35:00 PM PDT · by CtBigPat · 58 replies
    Playboy ^ | APRIL 21, 2015 | Zaron Burnett III
    Bronies can be summed up in one sentence: theyre grown-ass men who love a little girls cartoon show about the adventures of a group of magical ponies. Its Easter weekend, and Im in an airport hotel in San Francisco attending the second annual Bay Area Brony Spectacular Convention, aka BABSCON. I have absolutely no idea what to expect. I just really want to see this scene for myself. I gotta know: What the hell have Bronies found in My Little Pony that the rest of us dudes missed?
  • McDonalds Is Doomed

    04/23/2015 1:22:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/23/2015 | Stephen Green
    You probably saw the story yesterday that McDonald’s had yet another rough quarter, with sales down globally yet again. I didn’t think it was worth blogging again after reading this part, but please indulge me before we get to the good stuff: Shares of the fast-food company were up almost 5 percent in early trading. At midday, they remained 3 percent higher at $97.70 as investors shrugged off declines in quarterly earnings and sales.McDonald’s global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months fell a worse-than-expected 2.3 percent in the first quarter, and the company warned of another drop in...
  • Rep. Peter King: Alex Rodriguez shouldnt be celebrated if he ties Willie Mays on Home Run list

    04/23/2015 10:47:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/23/2015 | BY NATHANIEL VINTON
    Congressman Pete King (R-NY) supports the Yankees refusal to celebrate as Alex Rodriguez approaches a historic baseball milestone, pulling within two home runs of Willie Mays on the career home runs list. I think theyre right, because its obvious that so many of his home runs were tainted, King told TMZ Sports. I think it would be wrong to be celebrating ... since for all we know, hundreds of those home runs probably occurred when he was taking steroids." Rodriguez, who is not in the lineup for Thursday's afternoon game against the Tigers, has hit 658 dingers compared with Mays...
  • Todays Obama Speech.No Empathy.It's As If He Just Cannot Be Bothered Anymore.

    04/23/2015 9:49:13 AM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 22 replies
    Did anyone watch "Todays Obama Sympathy Speech" and take notice that it sounded like he was "Reading A Cue Card", or "Reading From Notes".? The pattern continues. He always speaks as if he just doesn't want to be President anymore, speaks in such a monotone delivery to the extent where we are all to assume that Obama just doesn't care about the well being of our Nation and The Military. So did he go golfing afterwards?
  • Darwin's Robots: When Evolutionary Materialists Admit that Their Own Worldview Fails

    04/23/2015 7:59:36 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 13 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | April 23, 2015 | Nancy Pearcey
    Darwin's Robots: When Evolutionary Materialists Admit that Their Own Worldview Fails Nancy Pearcey April 23, 2015 3:02 AM | Permalink A materialist philosophy reduces humans to machines -- complex robots determined by material forces. It denies the reality of free will, the power to make decisions. Yet all civilizations throughout history have recognized that humans are moral agents capable of making responsible choices. There is no society without some moral code. The testimony of universal human experience is that humans are personal beings capable of willing and choosing -- which means their origin must be a personal Being, not the...
  • Should I Tie My Children's Allowance to Their Chores?

    04/23/2015 7:40:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/23/2015 | Jen Wilkin
    Teaching children responsibility is a primary task for parents. The question of whether or not an allowance should be paid for completing chores requires parents to consider training in two areas simultaneously: responsibility for work and responsibility for money. I don't think that there's necessarily one right answer to the question of whether completion of chores should be tied to monetary reward or not, but I can tell you how we handled the issue and why. We decided not to tie allowance to chores. We set clear expectations for what the kids were responsible for (unloading the dishwasher, doing their...
  • 18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the first Earth Day in 1970

    04/23/2015 7:26:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    AEI ^ | 04/23/2015 | Mark J. Perry
    In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now” to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day, and in the years following, there was a “torrent of apocalyptic predictions” and many of those predictions were featured in his Reason article. Well, it’s now the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and a good time to ask the question again that Bailey asked 15 years ago: How accurate were the...
  • Mrs. Obama Can't Recall If She's Been Married '20-Something Years,' ....[snip]

    04/23/2015 2:13:15 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 46 replies
    MCTV ^ | April 22,2015 | Craig Bannister
    Uncut title: "Mrs. Obama Can't Recall If She's Been Married '20-Something Years,' 'Over a Decade,' or 'A While'" First Lady Michelle Obama couldnt remember how long shes been married to the President of the United States at a Q&A With Children at Take-Our-Daughters-And-Sons-To-Work Day event at the White House today vacillating from twenty-something years to over a decade before settling on, simply, a while. QUESTION: How long have you been with Barack Obama? MRS. OBAMA: Have we been married? Twenty-something years. (Laughter.) Wait, somebody. You guys know the date. When was it? Its been over a decade. Its...
  • US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

    04/23/2015 12:41:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2015 1:26 AM EDT | Jeff Karoub
    Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obamas efforts to combat global warmingand dont require congressional approval.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to unveil plans Thursday at Michigan State University, where Obama signed the sweeping farm bill into law last year. The efforts, many of which have their roots in that law, aim to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, boost carbon capture and storage and come with various enticements, including grants, low-interest loans and technical assistance. [] Obama administration aides have said the issue of...
  • A personal account of how call out culture has harmed teaching

    04/22/2015 9:48:26 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    This is a matter of real, palpable fear. Saying anything that goes against liberal orthodoxy is now grounds for a firin. Even if you make a reasonable and respectful case, if you so much as cause your liberal students a second of complication or doubt you face the risk of demonstrations, public call-outs, and severe professional consequences. My friends and colleagues might well agree that the student-teacher relationship ban is misguided, but theyre not allowed to say as much in public. C-can you guys see the problem, here? Personally, liberal students scare the shit out of me. I know how...
  • The Microaggression Farce

    04/22/2015 8:29:29 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 18 replies
    City Journal ^ | Fall, 2014 | Heather MacDonald
    The latest campus fad, which sees racism everywhere, will create a new generation of permanent victims. In November 2013, two dozen graduate students at the University of California at Los Angeles marched into an education class and announced a protest against its hostile and unsafe climate for Scholars of Color. The students had been victimized, they claimed, by racial microaggressionthe hottest concept on campuses today, used to call out racism otherwise invisible to the naked eye. UCLAs response to the sit-in was a travesty of justice. The education school sacrificed the reputation of a beloved and respected professor in order...
  • Rev.Graham:Gay Iceman ComicBook Made To Indoctrinate Our Young People to Accept This Destructive Lif

    04/22/2015 5:54:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/22/15 | Michael W. Chapman
    Marvel Comics outed its X-Men character "Iceman" as gay in its latest issue, a cultural step that is designed "to indoctrinate our young people to accept this destructive lifestyle," said Reverend Franklin Graham, who added that God Himself in the Bible says that "homosexuality is a sin" and we are to be on guard against all sin."An April 22, 2015 Facebook post by Rev. Franklin Graham."Today the Marvel comic character Ice Man, from the 'X-Men' series, is coming out as gay," said Rev. Graham in a post on Facebook. "This is another attempt to indoctrinate our young people to accept...
  • Super Dave grounded due to noise complaints

    04/22/2015 4:13:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    Chilliwack Progress ^ | April 22, 2015 | Jennifer Feinberg
    The roar of Super Dave Mathieson's aerobatic aircraft has been grounded over noise complaints. The full-time air show pilot, who made Chilliwack his home base a few years ago, received notification from Transport Canada earlier this month that he could no longer perform the aerobatics under 2000 feet at Chilliwack Airport, citing proximity to "noise sensitive or livestock" areas.
  • This newly declared microcountry wants to become the world's foremost tax haven

    04/22/2015 2:54:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/22/2015 | Ryan Gorman
    The world’s newest microcountry wants to become its foremost tax haven. Liberland, which sits on 2.7 square-miles of land along the Danube River between Serbia and Croatia, was founded earlier this month and plans to have only voluntary taxes. "We don’t want the state to take money from the people," Vít Jedlička, a native of Prague and Liberland's new president, told Business Insider in a phone interview. "We want to have voluntary taxes." Elected into office by a three-person committee, Jedlička says he started Liberland to “turn the concept of a state upside down.” After working as a financial analyst...
  • Great news! Law school applications down 50%!

    04/22/2015 1:49:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/22/2014 | NewsMachete
    It is actually good to have germs in small amounts. They help inoculate us from bigger sicknesses. But having too many germs is bad for us. That philosophy applies equally well to lawyers. Some lawyers are useful, even necessary, such as lawyers who draft wills or contracts between companies or stock offerings (my former profession), federal prosecutors, and those who represent plaintiffs and defendants in legitimate civil lawsuits. But a lot of lawyers do things that are not so good. In my opinion, the government has too many lawyers. The lawyers at the EPA and the so-called "civil rights"...
  • Earth Day, a holiday of misery and death, invented by Ira Einhorn, a murderer

    04/22/2015 12:43:07 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    April 22 is Earth Day, which was the brain child of an activist named Ira Einhorn, a self-proclaimed hippie environmentalist and, of course, and opponent of the Vietnam War. The holiday is Easter and Christmas all in one for the environmental movement. It is said to be a celebration of the Earth, which is thus far humanitys sole home, but is actually a celebration of misery and death. The opposition of environmentalists to virtually life-saving and life-improving technology from genetically modified organisms and all but the most stringently approved forms of energy bears witness to that supposition. Einhorn, who called...
  • Dad uses drone to follow his daughter to school (photos)

    04/22/2015 11:48:39 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies
    Wired, ABC, 6abc. ^ | April 22, 2015
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WPVI) -- Need a new way to keep tabs on your child? A father in Tennessee may have the answer. Chris Early uses an eye in the sky to watch his eight-year-old daughter. Early, from Knoxville, is a techie and he loves to play with his new drone. He owns a production company and loves to see what new things he can do with it. A few weeks ago he used it to when his daughter Katie asked to walk to school on her own. As she was walking out of the door, the father got out his...
  • Florida teen recovering after Water moccasin bite to his face

    04/22/2015 8:30:24 AM PDT · by fungoking · 44 replies
    Fox Tampa bay ^ | 4/21/15 | Staff
    <p>A Florida teenager is recovering after being bitten in the face by a water moccasin.</p> <p>The bite happened last Saturday, according to investigators with Florida Fish and Wildlife, two days after Austin Hatfield, 18, captured it in his girlfriend's yard in Wimauma.</p>
  • TEACHER'S PENSIONS

    04/22/2015 7:22:46 AM PDT · by knarf · 39 replies
    self ^ | April 22, 2015 | knarf
    I've done a lot of thinking about this and I'd like feed back
  • U.S. Prosecutors: Suspects Busted for Stealing Barrels of Bourbon

    04/21/2015 5:50:08 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/21/15 | BRUCE SCHREINER
    Kentucky authorities indicted nine people Tuesday on charges of spiriting away what one prosecutor called more bourbon whiskey than a person could drink in a lifetime. Prosecutors say the scheme led by rogue distillery workers lasted for years and involved tens of thousands of dollars' worth of whiskey but began to unravel when whiskey barrels were discovered behind a shed.
  • Can Lynch Overrule Hanan?

    04/21/2015 3:29:56 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 9 replies
    4/21/15 | Originalbuckeye
    Can Lynch overrule Judge Hanan? If so, is that why Obama is whining so much about a vote on her?
  • Top 10 Countries that Love the U.S., and the Top 10 that Hate Us

    04/21/2015 3:28:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    CNS News ^ | 04/21/2015 | Barbara Boland
    The top 10 countries that are fans of the U.S., and the top 10 countries that are critics, includes some surprises: France made #10 on the fan list, and Germany made #10 on the critics, based on a new Pew Research Center survey.What's not surprising here is that Israel is our #2 fan, and the U.S. gets high unfavorable ratings from Palestinians.There is little evidence of "profound anti-Americanism" except in a handful of countries, Pew's research found. Top 10 CriticsEgypt 85% UnfavorableJordan 85% UnfavorableTurkey 73% UnfavorableRussia 71% UnfavorablePalestine territories 66% UnfavorableGreece 63% UnfavorablePakistan 59% UnfavorableLebanon 57% UnfavorableTunisia 47% UnfavorableGermany...
  • Are smartwatches dangerous? Lawyer wants $1 billion campaign to warn drivers

    04/21/2015 2:37:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | By PARESH DAVE
    An attorney is seeking a court order that four tech giants fund a $1-billion smartwatch warning campaign After the Apple Watch ships to initial customers Friday, thousands of motorists might be sneaking a glance at the smartwatch to read text messages and other alerts. That has at least one person concerned. On Monday, an attorney filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Google that seeks a court order for the technology companies to fund a $1-billion public education campaign about the dangers of using a smartwatch while driving. In his lawsuit, Stephen Joseph...
  • VANITY: Name of Company / Founder

    04/21/2015 2:36:13 PM PDT · by who_would_fardels_bear · 52 replies
    Me | 4/21/2015 | Me
    Does anyone remember the name of the company and its founder that was famous (I believe back in the 50's) for having a very progressive view of its employees? I believe they were the first in America to provide lots of benefits including health, child care, wellness programs, etc. They started out well, but ultimately went bankrupt. I'm asking because it seems as if Google and other companies are following in the same footsteps, and if history is any guide, will end up becoming bankrupt as well.
  • Apple's climate change efforts might be based on misguided idealism

    04/21/2015 1:53:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    CIO ^ | Apr 21, 2015 6:03 AM | By Jim Lynch
    Apple has made it clear that it believes in global warming, and that it wants to fix what it regards as a problem. But should the company tone down its rhetoric on the issue? Under the leadership of Tim Cook, Apple has been a vocal advocate for certain policies, including what the company calls "climate change." While some have applauded Apple's commitment to battle global warming, I'm forced to wonder if the company's efforts aren't simply misguided. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that Apple is paying attention to the environment and that it's aware of its own...
  • The big banks on Wall Street have fired 80,000 people in the past 5 years

    04/21/2015 9:53:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/21/2015 | Portia Crowe
    Wall Street's six biggest banks have cut nearly 80,000 jobs over the past 5 years, according to Bloomberg. The majority of the cuts have come from Bank of America. That's over both the past 5 years and the past 12 months, as well as in the first quarter of 2015. Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley added jobs in the first quarter of 2015, but 4,000 jobs were still cut across Wall Street last quarter. Bloomberg looked at data from JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Bank of America. Over the past 5 years, JPMorgan has...
  • Schlumberger slashes 11,000 jobs in latest round of cuts

    04/21/2015 9:47:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The Times Picayune ^ | 04/21/2015 | By Jennifer Larino
    Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield service provider, said it plans to cut its global workforce by another 11,000 jobs over coming months. Schlumberger has slashed its worldwide workforce by 15 percent total. The company, which has headquarters in Houston, Paris and Hague, announced its plans last week, part of sweeping layoffs across the oilfield service industry as drilling rig counts in North American plummet amid low oil prices. Competitors Halliburton and Baker Hughes have also announced layoffs. Schlumberger, which employed 126,000 worldwide at the height of oil prices last summer, did not provide specifics as to where layoffs would occur...
  • Halliburton Announces 9,000 Layoffs

    04/21/2015 9:46:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Houston Press ^ | 04/21/2015 | By Dianna Wray
    In a move that once again isn't exactly shocking, Halliburton Co. has been engaging in much more serious layoffs than they initially planned on back in February. Back in the early part of the year -- when energy analysts were confidently predicting oil prices would rebound in no time at all -- Halliburton still battened down the hatches, announcing plans for about 6,500 layoffs. Since then the analysts have for the most part gotten increasingly dour with their predictions, oil prices have stayed around $50 a barrel and Halliburton has actually laid off about 10 percent of its workforce in...
  • Oil and Gas Company Baker Hughes ramps up layoffs to 10,500 worldwide

    04/21/2015 9:43:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    The Times Picayune ^ | 04/21/2015 | By Jennifer Larino
    Baker Hughes Inc., one of the world's largest oil and gas service companies, said it will increase job cuts worldwide to 10,500, or about 17 percent of its total workforce. The Houston-based company said the cuts are necessary in order to weather a crash in North American drilling prompted by low oil prices. Baker Hughes announced the additional cuts Tuesday (April 21) after reporting a $32 million loss for the first quarter this year. The company's first-quarter revenue was down 20 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Earlier this year, Baker Hughes said it planned to cut...
  • Wal-Mart layoffs about retaliation, not repairs, union claims

    04/21/2015 9:41:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    CSM ^ | 04/21/2015 | By Anne D'Innocenzio
    Wal-Mart faces a potential labor injunction from a union group asking the company to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago. One affected store, in Pico Rivera, California, has been a hotbed for worker protests against Wal-Mart. A union is asking labor regulators to go to court to force Wal-Mart to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union filed the charge on behalf of OUR Walmart with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday,...
  • Lilly Pulitzer May be Good for Retail, but its Terrible Fashion

    04/21/2015 9:14:28 AM PDT · by Cecily · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 20, 2015 | Robin Givhan
    The debut of the Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target was a spectacular feat of retailing that had very little to do with the quality of the fashion that the mass marketer was selling. Lilly Pulitzer is not fashion. It is clothes. The classic Lilly Pulitzer dress comes in shrill shades of yellow and pink that are vaguely infantilizing. They are clothes that can be shrunk down and worn by 7-year-old girls without changing a single design element if there were actual design elements to change. But there are not.
  • Suggestion For GOP Candidates.Go To "That Chipotle Restaurant", And Make An Impression !!

    04/20/2015 6:11:19 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 12 replies
    Now this would be a slap in the face to Hillary. Can you just imagine Ted Cruz going into that same Chipotle Restaurant during a rush hour and greeting every patron? Hi, My Name Is Ted Cruz and I Am Running For President Of The United States!. Then next week Rand goes in, then later Scott Walker, Then Rubio. By the time all of the leading candidates go in there and making headlines all over Iowa, it will eventually be like, "Hillary? Hillary Who?".
  • Vote Me In As President (Vanity)

    04/20/2015 1:15:01 PM PDT · by A Navy Vet · 26 replies
    4/20/15 | A Navy Vet
    Vote me in as President of the United States of America and for (2) months and I will do all the below within my Executive powers, while not over-reaching Congressional authority.
  • Here's What It Would Take to Prove Global Warming

    04/20/2015 9:09:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/20/2015 | Robert Tracinski
    Recently, Reason‘s Ronald Bailey asked what it would take to convince conservatives and libertarians that global warming is real. If generally rising temperatures, decreasing diurnal temperature differences, melting glacial and sea ice, smaller snow extent, stronger rainstorms, and warming oceans are not enough to persuade you that man-made climate [change] is occurring, what evidence would be? This has since been picked up by Jonathan Adler at the Washington Post‘s token right-leaning blog, the Volokh Conspiracy. There’s no pressure: Bailey and Adler merely insinuate that you are “obscurantist”—that is, you hate new knowledge—if you don’t agree. That, by the way—the...
  • For all we spend on education, why don't they learn manners?

    04/20/2015 5:49:31 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 50 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-19-15 | Joe Soucheray
    The elephant on the Green Line trains is the behavior of many of the young people who ride the trains: appalling profanity, an utter disregard for the tidiness of the carriages, the blatant freeloading. To the last, it has not even been a year of operating yet and there is a passenger constituency so accustomed to not paying that a train ride might as well be another in a long list of entitlements. Our elected worthies seem disinclined to point this out. In the meantime, our governor, Mark Dayton, when he is not championing the return of the umlauts to...
  • 12 Survival Lessons from Ukraine

    04/19/2015 8:24:15 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    Modren Survivlist ^ | 3/2/15 | FerFAL
    1)Artillery & infantry beats survivalist hero fantasies. Every. Single. Time. 2)Cover the basics. Food, water, shelter and medicines. 3)Dont get involved. 4)Attitude, clothes, and gear can get you killed or arrested. 5) Learn to deal with checkpoints. 6)Guns can save you, but they can also get you killed. 7)Get a Glock 9mm and a rifle with a folding stock. 8)Passports and ID are crucial. 9)Cash is king 10)Work on your EDC 11)Open an off shore account 12)Be ready to bug out and know when to do so
  • Life in a war zone: How people in Ukraine adapt to Survive

    04/19/2015 8:14:31 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    Modern Survivlist ^ | 4/8/15 | FerFAL
    Lets recap on some of the lessons learned: 1)Cash is still king, as it usually is. Never underestimate how useful a roll of USD can be, anywhere in the world, from New York to Ukraine. 2)Financial mobility is a great asset. Whenever possible, take the time to open an off shore bank account. This can be one of your best assets. 3)During desperate times, food becomes a priority. Stock up on food, grow your own in your garden to supplement you supplies. 4)Cash, medicine and diapers are on high demand. 5)You need your papers to move around. It doesnt matter...