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  • Why Freddie Gray Never Had a Chance: Lead Poisoning Is Killing Inner-City Baltimore

    05/05/2015 6:51:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 5, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    One answer: lead poisoning. Yes, seriously. It produces social dysfunction, except the kind among members of Congress who won’t fight it.Whenever something like the death of Freddie Gray happens, we usually get around, by the third or fourth day, to the broader poverty discussion. This debate usually boils down to the Great Society programs. Liberals say they worked, and what we need are more of them. Conservatives say they failed and the real answer is to found in a sterner moral code. Between the two, I unsurprisingly endorse the liberal view above (although I don’t think the conservatives have been...
  • The War on Poverty – $40 Trillion Funding Failure Rather than Facebook or FUBU or Ford

    05/05/2015 3:17:52 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-05-15 | Vince
    Last year the United States celebrated the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty begun by LBJ in 1964. Over that time the country has spent approximately $40 trillion on welfare and redistribution programs of one sort or another – and that number doesn’t include expenditures for Social Security or Medicare. The program started out slow, but has steadily picked up steam so that today the United States spends over a trillion dollars on welfare programs every year. To put that $1 trillion in perspective, that is more than the GDP of every country on the planet except for the...
  • This Deal Could Completely Change North American Energy Dynamics

    05/05/2015 11:41:05 AM PDT · by Opintel · 8 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 05-05-2015 | NorthAmericanResources
    The United States is edging towards an historic agreement to swap crude oil with Mexico. The deal is important as it brings some relief to US producers struggling with a light oil glut at home and for Mexican national oil company, Pemex, which is hoping to mix the lighter crude coming out of US shale fields with its heavier blend. However, the arrangement is not just about the relationship between the US and Mexico. It’s also about broader North American energy integration. And critically, many experts see the deal as another crack in the US crude oil export ban. The...
  • Largely Ineffective Sanctions Against Iran

    05/05/2015 7:06:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/05/15 | Sierra Rayne
    Sanctions are an ineffective tool on their own for achieving complex geopolitical objectives For those who believe that sanctions on Iran have made substantial progress towards their stated goals, a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) is illuminating. The report reviews the sanctions applied against Iran by various entities and then critically examines their actual impacts. The results are not promising for those who believe sanctions are an effective tool with which to exert serious geopolitical pressure. The report acknowledges that “Iran’s acceptance of the JPA [Joint Plan of Action; the interim nuclear agreement that has been in...
  • Beneath Antarctica, a wonderland of oil awaits exploitation

    05/04/2015 5:51:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 4, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    A report in The New York Times published on Monday revealed that the Chinese are aggressively engaged in securing the country’s energy future overseas. The People’s Republic is courting Latin American governments, securing its ties to African strongmen, is building up a military presence in the South China Sea, and has sent hundreds of advisors to the Caribbean; all in pursuit of energy security. One of the PRC’s latest targets is the frozen continent of Antarctica, where an international accord reached in 1959 prohibits mining and military activity. “But [Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to a south Australian port last...
  • 3D printers are churning out made-to-order bones and rudimentary organs

    05/04/2015 4:15:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | April 20, 2015 | Brian Wang
    The advent of three-dimensional (3D) printing has generated a swell of interest in artificial organs meant to replace, or even enhance, human machinery. Printed organs, such as a proto­type outer ear developed by researchers at Princeton University in New Jersey and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, was on the agenda at the Inside 3D Printing conference in New York on 15–17 April. The ear is printed from a range of materials: a hydrogel to form an ear-shaped scaffold, cells that will grow to form cartilage, and silver nanoparticles to form an antenna. Printed body parts brought in US$537 million...
  • Is Solar Energy Ready To Compete With Oil And Other Fossil Fuels?

    05/04/2015 11:47:38 AM PDT · by Opintel · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 04-05-2015 | Gaurav
    The solar energy industry may prove to be a dark horse in the race to provide global energy security. The world has renewed its interest in solar energy investment as it searches for a cleaner and more sustainable alternative to conventional fossil fuels. Countries like China, Germany, the UK, the US, Japan and Canada have already made significant investments in solar power. Who are the other players who are investing big in solar energy? With its own set of limitations such as high installation costs and high plug-in time, are consumers across the world ready to choose solar energy to...
  • The GOP presidential field is unusually diverse. But the party’s agenda isn’t.

    05/04/2015 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Post - Plum Line ^ | May 4, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    It’s a big week in the Republican presidential primaries. Today, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson both announced their candidacies, and Mike Huckabee is expected to make his official tomorrow. Now that the field is filling out (though there are still plenty of candidates in the running-but-officially-not-yet-running category), it’s looking a little unusual.In fact, the group of Republicans running for president is almost everything the Republican Party itself is not: it’s demographically diverse, it’s less wealthy than you might expect, and it’s extremely young. The question is whether voters will look at them and say that the GOP really has changed.By...
  • America, Wake The Hell Up

    05/04/2015 4:49:59 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 42 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | May 5, 2015 | Karl Denninger
    Folks, there is exactly one way you're going to put a stop to this sort of nonsense: At the end of October, IT employees at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts were called, one-by-one, into conference rooms to receive notice of their layoffs. Multiple conference rooms had been set aside for this purpose, and in each room an executive read from a script informing the worker that their last day would be Jan. 30, 2015. Some workers left the rooms crying; others appeared shocked. This went on all day. As each employee received a call to go to a conference room,...
  • Vanderbilt Prof Blames Riots On ‘White Privilege,’ Calls For Massive Surveillance Of White People

    05/04/2015 12:37:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 3, 2015 | Eric Owens, education editor
    A black sociology professor at Vanderbilt University is arguing that “white privilege” is to blame for last week’s riots and looting in Baltimore, Md. The professor, Tony N. Brown, took to the op-ed pages of The Tennessean late last week to make the claim. White people act “routinely to harm, demean, and damage black and brown people,” Brown wrote in Nashville’s main newspaper. These actions “explain the lofty levels of frustration and despair among black and brown youth The professor, who has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, cites other unrelated incidents as evidence of the riots after the...
  • Internet on the brink of collapse? Web could reach its limit in just 8 years, use all of UK's power

    05/03/2015 10:19:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | May 3, 2015 | Ben Spencer, science reporter
    * Internet speeds have increased by 50-fold in the last decade alone * Optical fibres have reached capacity and cannot transfer any more light * Laying down more cables may solve problem but this will increase costs * 'It is harder and harder to keep ahead,' said Professor Andrew EllisThe internet is heading towards a 'capacity crunch' as it fails to keep up with our demand for ever faster data, scientists have warned. Leading engineers, physicists and telecoms firms have been summoned to a meeting at London's Royal Society later this month, to discuss what can be done to...
  • Silicon Valley Then and Now: To Invent the Future, You Must Understand the Past

    05/03/2015 6:00:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    BackChannel ^ | May 1, 2015 | Leslie Berlin
    “You can’t really understand what is going on now without understanding what came before.” Steve Jobs is explaining why, as a young man, he spent so much time with the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs a generation older, men like Robert Noyce, Andy Grove, and Regis McKenna. It’s a beautiful Saturday morning in May, 2003, and I’m sitting next to Jobs on his living room sofa, interviewing him for a book I’m writing. I ask him to tell me more about why he wanted, as he put it, “to smell that second wonderful era of the valley, the semiconductor companies leading into...
  • The Owners of the Out Hotel on Why They Hosted Ted Cruz and the Backlash From the Gay Community

    05/03/2015 3:47:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | May 1, 2015 | Carl Swanson
    Ten days ago, the real-estate investor Ian Reisner and his business and former romantic partner Mati Weiderpass — who, among other things, own the Out Hotel on West 42nd Street — had a dinner party at the duplex they still own together on Central Park South. Their guest that night was the vehemently conservative Texas senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, and his wife. Their old friend Kalman Sporn, an advisor to Cruz’s team on the Middle East, was the man who brought them all together, and after the food, they settled into the Art Deco chairs and had...
  • Jobs elusive for 40% of area poor: Survey respondents still struggling

    05/03/2015 1:41:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Local ^ | May 3, 2015 | Sherry Slater
    A survey targeting local low-income families has found that 40 percent of respondents felt they have very little or no job security, according to results being released this week. That kind of instability makes it challenging to commit to car loans, apartment leases and tuition payments – steps often necessary to improving a family’s economic standing. Of those participating in the survey, more than 1 in 2 has received free groceries or meals and about 1 in 4 has needed help with housing, utilities or health care. The 502 responses reflect the experiences of those who continue to struggle in...
  • Baltimore riots were caused by capitalism and cops, not poverty

    05/03/2015 12:07:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Axis of Logic ^ | May 3, 2015 | Ted Rall, Smirking Chimp
    The race riots that followed the recent murders of unarmed black men by police in places like Ferguson and Baltimore have liberal commentators and politicians placing the blame on poverty, specifically among inner-city African-Americans. This is an American tradition: progressives wrote similar editorials calling for antipoverty programs, and politicians issued (empty) promises to enact them, after the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles provoked rioting in the South Central neighborhood in the early 1990s, and following the even bigger urban conflagrations of 1968 in Detroit, Newark and Watts. I grew up poor, and I have struggled financially. I hate poverty;...
  • Israel’s economy defies common sense

    05/02/2015 3:25:35 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/02/15 | Yoram Ettinger
    The long-term viability of Israel and its economy is also reflected by its economic indicators, which refute conventional "wisdom." Irrespective of a cynical and gullible “elite” media, independent of diplomatic pressure, political correctness and conventional wisdom, in defiance of the global economic slowdown, in the face of war and terrorism, and despite ill-advised threats of boycott, divestment and sanctions—but, due to principle-driven tenacity, inherent optimism, human capital/brain power, creativity, cutting edge ingenuity and breakthrough, game-changing innovations—Israel’s economy is expanding beyond expectations, reacting constructively to pressures/challenges, and developing unique commercial and security niches in response to local and global needs. For...
  • Top Cities For African Americans

    05/02/2015 7:10:07 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 25 replies
    blackenterprise.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Carolyn M. Brown
    10 BALTIMORE Baltimore returns to the list in the no. 10 spot. Echoing survey results, Baltimore is jam-packed with black-oriented cultural and recreational activities, including the soon-to-be completed Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Oriole Park, and an Inner Harbor bustling with shops, nightclubs, and restaurants. The survey reveals that Baltimoreans have concerns about quality of life: The social scene is wanting, public schools are lacking, and job opportunities are in short supply. The area’s recent job growth and future job growth figures are a minuscule 0.5% and moderate 15.1%, respectively. However, at 8.1%, Baltimore has the third lowest number of jobless...
  • New 3D Printable Hydrogel Composites Created — Possible Breakthrough in Human Body Part Replacement

    05/01/2015 11:22:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    3DPrint ^ | April 29, 2015 | Brian Krassenstein
    There is tremendous progress being made within the area of 3D bioprinting. In fact, there are companies working to print human organs as we speak, and within the next decade such organs may, if we are lucky, be available for human transplantation. With that said we still are a ways away from such an accomplishment. There are multiple obstacles researchers must first overcome. When considering the organ printing space in general, the printing of complicated vascular networks is the main obstacle currently preventing progress. On the other hand, when printing cellular musculoskeletal tissues the main obstacle in this space is...
  • Illusions of Freedom

    05/01/2015 5:44:33 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/01/15 | Sierra Rayne
    The notion that there is a threshold above which authoritarian nations would democratize is attractive, but our experience since the end of the Cold War suggests this view is too simplistic and results in a risky foreign policy stance for the West A narrative has dominated the West’s foreign policy since the end of the Cold War: if we increase per capita GDP in authoritarian nations, they will democratize. Most notably, this doctrine was applied to China, and yet China failed to move away from its authoritarian system. Russia has gotten wealthier and returned to authoritarianism. Both nations used the...
  • Graphene 3D Lab Announces Water-Soluble 3D Printer Filament

    05/01/2015 3:06:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    TenLinks ^ | April 29, 2015
    NEW YORK, NY, Apr 29, 2015 – Graphene 3D Lab Inc. will announce details of a newly-developed water-soluble 3D filament at the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ (CME) Canada Makes: Additive Manufacturing Forum at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario on April 30, 2015. The water-soluble filament is the latest in a line of specialty-functional filaments that Graphene 3D is introducing to the 3D printing industry. Elena Polyakova, chief operating officer of Graphene 3D, will present details on the new water-soluble filament and discuss the effect of graphene-enhanced materials for the 3D printing industry. Water-soluble filaments are primarily used to occupy negative...
  • Can Amazon Be An Online Price Club That Tempts Vending Operators?

    05/01/2015 2:47:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Vending Marketwatch ^ | April 30, 2015 | Emily Refermat
    Amazon.com, a leader in the world of online retailing, is making waves due to the recent launch of Amazon Business, a new marketplace on Amazon.com that combines the selection, convenience and value with new features and unique benefits tailored to businesses. It was one of the reasons Amazon had a booth at the NAMA OneShow last week in Las Vegas, NV. I stopped in while walking the show and talked to the representatives. They were announcing the Amazon Business opportunity and gauging the interest from operators. From what I’ve seen so far, while Amazon Business is in its early stages,...
  • Easy free solution to Baltimore's 8%+ and 37%+ unemployment rates:Increase their minimum wage

    05/01/2015 6:46:57 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 19 replies
    SOL (reference links in body) | 5/1/2015 | sickoflibs
    Some fun relevant facts: Maryland's unemployment rate is ~ 5.5% Baltimore unemployment rate is ~ 8.2 % Baltimore unemployment rate for young black men is ~ 37% %Source CNN Money Maryland's minimum wage is $8.25 per hour Baltimore's minimum (called ‘living’) wage is much higher : ~ $11.50 per hour.source baltimorebrew .com Yep, almost $12 per hour. Recall how we are lectured that outlawing these low paying entry level jobs will create better paying jobs, because they all get a raise which they spend. Yep, no HS degree, no work experience, probably an arrest record (try looting businesses) . Sure...
  • SHOCK VIDEO>>> Hundreds of Baltimore Looters CLEAN OUT Sporting Goods Store

    04/30/2015 12:53:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | April 29, 2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    The owners of Baltimore’s Sports Mart in Mondawmin Mall released surveillance video of ‘hundreds’ of looters rampaging through the family-owned business Monday night. The video shows Black men and women pouring in to the store and stealing everything in sight. The owners of the store are white. There are reports that non-Black-owned stores were targeted for looting by the Baltimore rioters.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)WJZ-TV in Baltimore aired the footage and interviewed the owners. They said the store was cleaned out–including the safe which was found in the street a block-and-half-away. WJZ reporter Amy Yensi said the store’s eleven employees have been laid off...
  • Low Oil Prices Could Destabilize Financial System

    04/30/2015 12:06:48 PM PDT · by Opintel · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 30-04-2015 | Mark Rutte
    Could the rising levels of debt in the oil industry contribute to destabilization in the financial system? The collapse in oil prices has forced drillers to turn to debt markets to keep their operations going. According to the Wall Street Journal, there has been $86.8 billion in new debt issued so far in 2015, a 10 percent increase over last year. But that trend is not necessarily new. The oil industry has relied on debt for quite some time, but the dramatic fall in oil prices has put a bright spotlight on the practice. The Bank for International Settlements concluded...
  • The SEC Makes Believe It Regulates Wall Street

    04/30/2015 9:23:24 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 7 replies
    The SEC still hasn’t stopped manipulative high speed traders from ripping off investors, even though the abuses have been self-evident for years to anyone paying attention. A series of events have brought the subject of high frequency trading abuses once again to the forefront of the financial news reportage. These events include: The recent arrest of Navinder Sarao, a British trader, who has been accused of being complicit in the infamous “flash crash” that occurred five years ago. Within minutes, the May 10, 2010 incident sent the Dow tumbling almost 1000 points before it recovered, sending shockwaves throughout our financial...
  • Inequality of Wealth

    04/29/2015 7:09:35 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 27 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | 04/23/2015 | Martin Armstrong
    Inequality in wealth is approaching record levels again, as everyone now harps on not the 1%, by the top 10%. The top 10% of families own 75.3% of the nation’s wealth. So if you have $827,000 in total net worth (real estate, stocks, savings, everything) – that’s you. The bottom half of families own 1.1% of it. The families squished in between those two groups own 24.6% of the national wealth. The fascinating solution is always to tax the rich bastards more to drag them down to even the scale. This is like seeing someone with a nice watch and...
  • We Are Witnessing A Fundamental Change In The Oil Sector

    04/29/2015 4:30:27 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 29-04-2015 | King Richard
    The U.S. oil production decline has begun. It is not because of decreased rig count. It is because cash flow at current oil prices is too low to complete most wells being drilled. The implications are profound. Production will decline by several hundred thousand barrels per day before the effect of reduced rig count is fully seen. Unless oil prices rebound above $75 or $85 per barrel, the rig count won’t matter because there will not be enough money to complete more wells than are being completed today. Tight oil production in the Eagle Ford, Bakken and Permian basin plays...
  • Ted Cruz: 'I don't think I've ever seen an Hispanic panhandler'

    04/29/2015 1:34:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 153 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 29, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    Presidential candidate and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Wednesday that he has never seen a Hispanic person begging for money on the street. "I don't think I've ever seen an Hispanic panhandler. And the reason is: In our community it would be shameful to be begging on the street," Cruz said. Cruz, who is of Cuban descent, made the point while speaking in Washington at a question-and-answer session with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He used the example to argue the Republican Party should be able to compete for the Latino vote. Hispanics, Cruz said, share many of the...
  • David Stockman: "There Are No Markets, Just a Raging Casino"

    04/29/2015 12:41:49 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 3 replies
    David Stockman Contra Corner ^ | April 27, 2015 | Dan Weil
    Kafka & Keynes Mania in financial markets has raged so far out of control as to place them outside the realm of rationality, says former White House budget director David Stockman. “There are no markets left in any meaningful sense of the word, just a raging casino infected with the madness of the crowds and the central bank pied pipers who mesmerize them,” he writes on his blog. That madness is illustrated in the months-long rise of Chinese stocks and the rebound of McDonald’s shares last week, Stockman says. As for China, the Shanghai Composite Index has soared 121...
  • Can Shell Afford To Drill In The Arctic?

    04/29/2015 11:46:17 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 8 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 29-04-2015 | drillstem
    How can Shell possibly finance the purchase of BG? Royal Dutch Shell is set to report its first quarter earnings, and by all accounts, it will be a doozy. Analysts predict a 60 percent decline in earnings from a year earlier, including a massive 7 percent fall in production. But the price tag for BG will be $70 billion, a colossal sum in a period of low oil prices. Shell has already said that it would undertake a major divestment campaign to rid itself of assets it does not see as integral to its future. Purchasing BG is a sign...
  • The Only Three Things I Called That Have Not Yet Happened

    04/29/2015 10:09:19 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 104 replies
    Barnhardt.biz ^ | April 29, 2015 | Ann Barnhardt
    So, beginning in [ARSH]sic 2008 when it became clear that the Constitutional Republic was in the process of being overthrown in a cold putsch, and then forward as I continued to blog here, I called a series of things, in no particular order, except for the last three, which are obviously end-game events, and thus placed at the end of the list: 1. Reformation of the Islamic Caliphate facilitated by the Washington DC regime 2. Total economic war executed by the Washington DC regime against the American people, specifically the Cloward-Piven Strategy, namely driving as many people as possible out...
  • Liberals angry at Whole Foods for feeding National Guardsmen in Baltimore

    04/28/2015 5:22:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 65 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 4/28/15
    Whole Foods is donating food to National Guardsmen in Baltimore. And that makes Angry Black Lady, well, angry: This is tone-deaf, especially when thousands of school kids in Baltimore need lunch, @WholeFoods. #TWiBNation https://t.co/lSlQI2FGz9— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) April 28, 2015 And she’s not alone. Liberals furious at the upscale grocery store sent “Whole Foods” trending in the U.S. this afternoon. Whoa… Baltimore shuts down schools, denies 80%+ kids their only stable meal, & Whole Foods gives free lunches 2 Natl Guard whom has money?— DJ Big Will (@DJBigWill) April 28, 2015 I spent my last money with @WholeFoods last night....
  • The Riot Act of Reverse Engineered Racism

    04/28/2015 4:42:10 PM PDT · by xuberalles
    Self | 4/28/15 | Me
    There is a stark contrast between civil disobedience – principled defiance which Henry David Thoreau advocated in the face of foolish and intrusive authority – and the manufactured exploits of opportunistic anarchy for the sole purpose of selfish gain. One seeks to spiritually transcend or liberate man from unnecessary and ill-conceived government, the other merely uses misfortune and blind inference as a catalyst to steal, destroy, and incite endless chaos. And this is what happens when millions of Americans are taught to have no respect or regard for God, the rule of law, or their fellow man. This is what...
  • UK Jeremy Warner: <img src= ></img>

    04/28/2015 4:17:53 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 4 replies
    UK Telegraph | April 28, 2015 | Jeremy Warner
    John Maynard Keynes obit 21 April 1946 Franz Kafka obit 03 June 1924 Here’s an astonishing statistic; more than 30pc of all government debt in the eurozone – around €2 trillion of securities in total – is trading on a negative interest rate. With the advent of European Central Bank quantitative easing, what began four months ago when 10-year Swiss yields turned negative for the first time has snowballed into a veritable avalanche of negative rates across European government bond markets. In the hunt for apparently “safe assets”, investors have thrown caution to the wind, and collectively determined to pay...
  • Tesla Could Be Changing The Dynamics Of Global Energy

    04/28/2015 10:13:13 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 43 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-04-2015 | Prince In White Tesla
    Tesla’s announcement last week about creating a new line of batteries for use by businesses, consumers, and the electrical grid at large is a game-changer for the industry. Currently, when individuals or companies need back-up power, they usually rely on generators. Effective battery storage for large amounts of energy would be a game changer in that it would enable a separation of generation and use of energy produced through clean fuels like solar and wind power. The big problem with solar and wind right now is that the energy is only useful when it is actually produced and, because a...
  • 10 Things to Do on the Day The Economy Collapses

    04/28/2015 9:25:27 AM PDT · by ClaudeDavis · 172 replies
    Ask a Prepper ^ | C. Davis
    “Most of us are so used to running out to the supermarket or to Wal-Mart for whatever we need that we never even stop to consider what would happen if suddenly we were not able to do that. Already the U.S. economy is starting to stumble about like a drunken frat boy. All it would take for the entire U.S. to resemble New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina would be for a major war, a terror attack, a deadly pandemic or a massive natural disaster to strike at just the right time and push the teetering U.S. economy over the edge.”...
  • Why Is JP Morgan Accumulating The Biggest Stockpile Of Physical Silver In History?

    04/28/2015 8:59:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/28/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Why in the world has JP Morgan accumulated more than 55 million ounces of physical silver? Since early 2012, JP Morgan’s stockpile has grown from less than 5 million ounces of physical silver to more than 55 million ounces of physical silver. Clearly, someone over at JP Morgan is convinced that physical silver is a great investment. But in recent times, the price of silver has actually fallen quite a bit. As I write this, it is sitting at the ridiculously low price of $15.66 an ounce. So up to this point, JP Morgan’s investment in silver has definitely not...
  • You Can't Sit With Us (Ted Cruz & A Gay Sophie's Choice on Fire Island) [Not for the squeamish]

    04/28/2015 7:08:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | April 27, 2015 | Eric Ulloa, playwright and actor
    Fire Island is a magical place. After my first trip out to the Pines a decade ago, I remember describing it as "Wonderland" to those friends who had yet to experience it. The moment the ferry slowly pulled into the harbor, I was smiling ear to ear as I watched a sanctuary reveal itself before me. Men were walking hand in hand with no fear of a dirty look or dangerous encounter. Pride flags blew in the breeze from every rooftop. You could dance the hours away into the night and then feel the ocean breeze whip across your face...
  • We Shouldn’t Accept LGBT Businessman Ian Reisner’s Duplicitous Apology (Gaystapo roars)

    04/27/2015 2:50:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Care2 ^ | April 27, 2015 | Chris Sosa
    New York City-based gay businessman Ian Reisner recently hosted a “fireside chat” with Sen. Ted Cruz in Manhattan. You read that correctly: a successful LGBT community member invited one of the most notoriously anti-LGBT politicians in the U.S. to his home. His business partner, Mati Weiderpass, even posted a photo of the two together on Facebook (seen above). Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass are called “pioneers in the gay hospitality industry” by The New York Times. The piece talks about how “opposition to President Obama,” the single best president on LGBT issues, was a focal point of the evening in...
  • UK Govt To Oppose Any Moves On BP

    04/27/2015 1:36:10 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 27-04-2015 | Banana
    The U.K. government wants BP to still stand for “British Petroleum.” The Financial Times reported that Downing Street would do all it could to block a takeover of BP. Weakened and shrunken down due to the massive, and still rising, toll stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP could become a takeover target from one of the larger oil majors out there. Rumors have been swirling in recent weeks that perhaps ExxonMobil or Chevron could be eyeing the British oil giant, so much so that BP’s CEO Bob Dudley had to publicly dispel any notion that his company is for...
  • How Much Does OPEC Really Earn?

    04/27/2015 1:08:26 PM PDT · by Opintel · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 27-04-2015 | jipsingboertange
    The world already knows that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, can change the fate of the international oil price. By producing close to 40 % of the world’s combined crude oil, OPEC’s oil exports represents about 60% of the total petroleum traded internationally. In spite of having such clout, 2014 has been kind of odd for the cartel as there was a considerable drop in OPEC’s revenues. As per Energy Information Administration, OPEC earned close to $730 billion in net oil export revenues in 2014, which was a decline of 11% from 2013. Saudi Arabia- the undisputed...
  • Paula Deen lands on her feet

    04/27/2015 10:28:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 21 replies
    I noticed that my Congressman (Roe TN-1) was in Pigeon Forge this past weekend to welcome Paula Deen. Recall that she got the business not too long ago for thoughtcrime. Thought some FReepers who might be coming to East Tenn for vacation or passing through might be interested. Menu looks mouth watering.
  • The Climate Change Industry and the Hoax of Global Warming

    04/27/2015 9:06:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/27/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    If it snows, it is global warming. If it’s hot, it is global warming. Everything is global warming and must be redressed immediately or the earth will perish It’s late April 2015 and it is still quite cold and the growing season is behind – an unusual late and frigid spring. The trees are just now sprouting green leaves and a few brave ones have even bloomed. If you ask the environmentalists, it is global warming. If it snows, it is global warming. If it’s hot, it is global warming. Everything is global warming and must be redressed immediately or...
  • Scott Walker Versus the Wall St. Journal on Immigration

    04/27/2015 7:02:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 27, 2015 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    According to Gallup, only 7 percent of Americans want immigration levels to increase, while 86 percent either want them to remain at current levels (47 percent) or decrease (39 percent). With most current and prospective Republican presidential candidates tripping over each other to vie for that 7 percent, it would seem to be good politics for a candidate to break from the pack and speak for the other 86 percent essentially unopposed. That’s more of less what Scott Walker has done over the past week. Actually, Walker hasn’t even said that immigration levels should not be increased. He has merely...
  • Clinton: 'This campaign isn't going to be about me'

    04/27/2015 6:28:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Hillary Clinton rounded up her first campaign swing with an op-ed in a top Iowa newspaper in which she emphasized her campaign’s commitments to regular Americans and echoed the progressive platform she’s been touting on the campaign trail. “Americans have come back from tough economic times. But the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” she wrote in The Des Moines Register. “Americans are working harder and getting more productive, but they aren't seeing the reward in their paychecks. So it's time to reshuffle the deck and deal a better hand to the middle class.” Clinton’s...
  • Kerry: Arctic climate change goals more important than containing Russia

    04/26/2015 10:02:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 26, 2015 | Rick Moran
    US Secretary of State John Kerry assumed the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and immediately made it clear that despite worrisome Russian military moves in the Arctic, the US would not challenge them. Washington Examiner: >>>>In assuming the leadership role, Kerry laid out a robust agenda to face the threat of climate change in the Arctic, which he says is being affected by global warming more than anywhere else in the world. But when faced with questions over whether the U.S. will use its new leadership position to address threats posed by Russia, Kerry said no. Kerry said the idea...
  • In Defense of Looting

    04/26/2015 9:28:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The New Inquiry ^ | August 21, 2014 | Willie Osterweil
    For most of America’s history, one of the most righteous anti-white supremacist tactics available was looting. As protests in Ferguson continued unabated one week after the police killing of Michael Brown, Jr., zones of Twitter and the left media predominantly sympathetic to the protesters began angrily criticizing looters. Some claimed that white protesters were the ones doing all of the looting and property destruction, while others worried about the stereotypical and damaging media representation that would emerge. It also seems that there were as many protesters (if not more) in the streets of Ferguson working to prevent looting as there...
  • An Algorithm Set To Revolutionize 3-D Protein Structure Discovery

    04/26/2015 7:57:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | April 23, 2015
    One of the great challenges in molecular biology is to determine the three-dimensional structure of large biomolecules such as proteins. But this is a famously difficult and time-consuming task. The standard technique is x-ray crystallography, which involves analyzing the x-ray diffraction pattern from a crystal of the molecule under investigation. That works well for molecules that form crystals easily. But many proteins, perhaps most, do not form crystals easily. And even when they do, they often take on unnatural configurations that do not resemble their natural shape. So finding another reliable way of determining the 3-D structure of large biomolecules...
  • Gay Businessman Who Hosted Cruz Event Apologizes

    04/26/2015 5:02:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | April 26, 2015 | Maggie Haberman
    Ian Reisner, one of the two gay hoteliers facing boycott calls for hosting an event for Senator Ted Cruz, who is adamantly opposed to gay marriage, apologized to the gay community for showing “poor judgment.” Mr. Reisner put the apology on Facebook, where a page calling for a boycott of his properties, the gay-friendly OUT NYC hotel and his Fire Island Pines holdings, had gotten more than 8,200 “likes” by Sunday evening. “I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” wrote Mr. Reisner. The...
  • Conservatives and Christians More Inclusive, Tolerant Than Progressives?

    04/26/2015 10:21:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | April 26, 2015 | Fuzzy Slippers
    It certainly seems so. This week has been very revealing in terms of what conservatives actually think and what progressives imagine we think. The “big” question that kicked it all off was “would you attend a gay wedding?” This was, apparently, supposed to separate the knuckle-dragging haters on the right from the sophisticated and pious leftists. John Nolte writes: "Another Republican presidential hopeful, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, made all kinds of headlines when he said something that would not surprise anyone who has spent any amount of time with a conservative Christian — that he would attend a same sex...