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  • Your Next Nuke Will Be Small And Modular

    08/24/2016 10:19:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 24, 2016 | Michael Lynch
    For at least two decades, nuclear engineers have been talking about new reactor designs, but few have progressed to become important components of the industry. Naturally, as with any new technology, there are always boosters and their enthusiasm should be treated with caution, but there is definitely potential for advances that could mean a surge in nuclear power. One aspect that needs greater attention is the benefit of smaller reactors, which greatly reduce risk on the part of investors. Some new designs are more incrementally advanced, such as the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) developed by Areva and EDF in France,...
  • U.S. Gasoline Prices Surprisingly Rise In Late-Summer Week

    08/23/2016 2:25:04 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-08-2016 | Paraskova
    In one of the rare recent increases for a late-summer week, U.S. retail gasoline prices unexpectedly rose in the week to August 22, by US$0.044 to US$ 2.193 per gallon, according to data by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Gasoline prices have dropped during this particular week in eight of the past ten years, and last week saw the biggest increase for this week since a US$0.062 rise in 2005. In the previous two August weeks, U.S. average gasoline prices had stood at US$2.150 in the week to August 8 and at US$2.149 in the week to August 15....
  • Boom, Balance Or Bust: What's Next For Oil?

    08/23/2016 9:27:28 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-08-2016 | Nick
    Oil prices have surged more than 20 percent in the last two weeks but there is quite a bit of disagreement over whether or not the rally can continue. The spark that created the bull market was the decision from OPEC to hold an unscheduled meeting in Algiers in September to discuss a production freeze. On the one hand, it would seem odd that OPEC members would once again go through all the motions and trouble of holding another meeting without a high degree of confidence that this time will be different. On the other hand, it has been years...
  • Corporate Welfareís Strange Allure for Politicians

    08/23/2016 7:25:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/20/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    Itís not coincidence or bad luck that causes government economic development programs to so reliably fail to meet their promises ó there are good reasons to expect this. So why do politicians keep returning to this dry well? Sadly, even an unconventional, non-careerist politician like Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is taking a turn with an executive order that appears to embrace the flawed economic central planning vision that inspires such programs. He is doing so despite having expressed skepticism about such programs in his first election campaign and reducing their scale after he was elected. The governor's executive order creates...
  • U.S. Gasoline Consumption On Target For A Record Year

    08/22/2016 2:33:38 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-08-2016 | Rob
    In last monthís Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected that it now expects record U.S. gasoline consumption this year This projected increase follows several years of lower gasoline demand that resulted from persistently rising gasoline prices over the past decade. From 2002 to 2012 the average retail price of gasoline rose nearly every year, from an annual average of $1.39/gal in 2002 to $3.68/gal in 2012. Consumers responded to these higher prices in multiple ways, which cumulatively led to falling gasoline demand. Some even suggested that U.S. gasoline demand had permanently peaked, as a result...
  • Is ExxonMobil Actually Only Worth A Fraction Of What It Says?

    08/22/2016 9:56:17 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-06-2016 | OP
    The investigation by a handful of attorneys general into ExxonMobil has much more to do with the oil major misleading investors than it does about covering up climate science. The legal headache stems from several news reports that ExxonMobil buried decades of internal climate science in order to protect its interests. That has environmental groups crying foul, blaming the oil company for decades of policy inaction to stop the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. That also was a key reason that New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, along with several other AGs from different states, opened up an investigation into...
  • California Senate Bill Benefits Taxpayer-Financed Union Slush Fund

    08/22/2016 8:39:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/22/16 | Katy Grimes
    This is about the labor groups coming and trying to silence one voice and eliminate the ability of nonunion workers to have a voice in the political sphere The Labor-Management Cooperation Act of 1978 is rearing its ugly head once again in the California Legislature, as it roars to the end of the 2015-16 session. The idea behind the ďLabor Management Cooperation CommitteeĒ ostensibly is to improve communication between representatives of Labor and Management, expand and improve working relationships between worker and managers, and to ensure health and safety working conditions in the construction industry, among other stated goals. But...
  • Obamacare is unsustainable ó the backbone could collapse, expert warns

    08/21/2016 4:52:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    CNBC ^ | August 17, 2016 | Abigail Stevenson
    If politicians don't fix the Affordable Care Act, then the vulnerable Blue Cross and local HMO plans ó which serve as the backbone of Obamacare ó must exit, said Robert Laszewski, the President of Health Policy and Strategy Associates. "What the politicians need to do is to understand they have got about a year to fix this," he said in an interview with CNBC's "Closing Bell." Republicans do not want to fix the existing flaws for Obamacare, Laszewski said. Instead, they want to repeal and replace it. He added that Democrats are now stating that they would rather go to...
  • Hydrogen cost could equal 50-cent gasoline, with renewable energy: study

    08/21/2016 11:27:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | August 19, 2016 | Stephen Edelstein
    Hydrogen fuel-cell cars face an uphill battle toward mass adoption. Both cars and fueling infrastructure need to be made widely available before large numbers of consumers can seriously consider switching from gasoline to hydrogen. But under certain circumstances, hydrogen could prove very attractive to consumers for one simple reason. When produced using renewable energy, hydrogen could cost nearly the equivalent of 50-cent-per-gallon gasoline, according to a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). That will only happen if "the stars align" and several factors work in hydrogen's favor, notes industry trade journal WardsAuto noted in a June report on...
  • Trudeauís Bail-In Now Law to Allow Banks to Confiscate Your Deposits

    08/21/2016 7:47:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 38 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/21/16 | Dr. Charles McVety
    In the crash of 2008 governments "bailed out" banks with billions of dollars. The next time around banks will be permitted to seize your deposits and exchange them for shares, shares in a failed bank. On June 22, 2016 Bill C15 became law along with its controversial ďBail-In RegimeĒ. In the crash of 2008 governments ďbailed outĒ banks with billions of dollars. The next time around banks will be permitted to seize your deposits and exchange them for shares, shares in a failed bank. Some say that Canadian banks are so strong Canadians donít have to worry. But the experts...
  • Why no, Hillary, spreading the wealth around has not been good for everybody

    08/21/2016 7:44:29 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/21/16 | HERMAN CAIN
    Or anybody One of the favorite tactics of Democrats is to demand to be allowed to do something, and then, once theyíve done it and it didnít work, pretend they never got to do it and insist the solution is to do the dumb thing they already did. Remember the conversation in 2008 between then-Sen. Barack Obama and Joe the Plumber? Joe tried to explain to Obama how his tax increases would negative affect a small business like his. Obamaís response was, ďWhen you spread the wealth around, thatís good for everybody.Ē
  • Could graphene solve world water shortages? A new exhibition examines the evidence

    08/20/2016 5:36:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Manchester Evening News ^ | July 24, 2016 | Sarah Walters
    Among Manchesterís proudest scientific developments has to be graphene - itís very own homegrown wonder material first isolated by scientists at the University of Manchester back in 2004. A material made from a single atom layer of carbon that is super lightweight, super conductive and super strong, it seems to have endless capabilities in the modern world - from smart clothing to intergalactic exploration. Twelve years after its discovery via a sticky tape dispenser - and six years since its developers Andre Geim (pictured below) and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics - and interest in graphene...
  • LEED for vertical farms? Defining high-tech sustainable food

    08/20/2016 3:03:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Business Green ^ | August 19, 2016 | Lauren Hepler
    The Association for Vertical Farming aims to create the first sustainability standard for towering indoor food systems From shipping containers-turned-micro farms to fruit-picking robots, the wide world of agriculture techis attracting attention and investor dollars as increasingly urgent concerns about food scarcity come into focus. Amid a wave of in-field technology, food data analytics and experimental urban agriculture, the particularly futuristic field of vertical farming is attracting entrants including industrial incumbents such as Fujitsu and upstarts such as AeroFarms, City Farm and Green Sense. As ag tech blooms, attracting a total $4.6 billion in investment during 2015, the nonprofit Association...
  • What the Fed Hasn't Fixed (and Actually Made Worse)

    08/20/2016 2:31:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 18 August 2016 | Charles Hugh Smith
    The Fed has not only failed to fix what's broken in the U.S. economy--it has actively mad those problems worse. The Federal Reserve claims its monetary interventions saved America from economic ruin in 2009, and have bolstered growth ever since. Don't hurt yourself patting your own backs, Fed governors past and present: it's bad enough that the Fed can't fix the economy's real problems--its policies actively make them worse. After seven long years of politicos and the financial media glorifying the Federal Reserve's policies as god-like in their power and efficacy, let's take a quick look at the results of...
  • EPA: Harley-Davidson Must Buy Stoves As Punishment For Air Violations

    08/19/2016 8:09:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 19, 2016 | Brittany M. Hughes
    President Obamaís Environmental Protection Agency is going after Harley-Davidson for allegedly selling motorcycles that emit more air pollution than the almighty federal government allows, and is punishing them by making them pay for peopleís stoves. The federal tree-hugging watchdog complained that the motorcycle company ďmanufactured and sold approximately 340,000 illegal devices, known as Ďsuper tuners,í that, once installed, caused motorcycles to emit higher amounts of certain air pollutants than what the company certified to EPA.Ē ďSince January 2008, Harley-Davidson has manufactured and sold two types of tuners, which when hooked up to Harley-Davidson motorcycles, allow users to modify certain aspects...
  • Testimonies Reveal Brutal Truth Behind Late-Term Abortions

    08/19/2016 7:42:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 19, 2016 | Alissa Lopez
    Live Action News reported on a European physician who provided a heartbreaking narrative of a senior gynecologist telling her interns to suffocate a baby if it happens to be born alive after an abortion. Dr. D.F. claims to have been a student at the time. She stated:
  • My view: For future nuclear electric power, small is the answer

    08/19/2016 6:56:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | August 19, 2016 | Gary Sandquist
    On the horizon are U.S.-designed small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) that range from 50 megawatts to 300 megawatts electrical power output. Like renewables (wind and solar), SMRs produce no air pollution or global warming gases, but SMRs are also capable of generating base load electrical power on demand. Almost 50 companies are creating designs for SMRs using 21st-century technology and enhanced features. These designs include modularity, efficient factory construction, rapid siting and exceptional safe operation. Very important is that SMRs are less expensive and easier and faster to site and build than conventional 1,200-megawatt nuclear plants. Reliance on renewables as...
  • MA: AG Healy's Diktat on Gun Ban to be Challenged in Court

    08/19/2016 5:48:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, will have her dikat baning numerous semi-automatic rifles challenged in court. The National Shooting Sports Foundation has stated it will file a lawsuit against the AG on the measure. The NSSF is the gun industry trade association.  From bostonherald.com: The firearm industry group, based in Newtown, Conn., said it retained former U.S. attorney Michael Sullivan for the lawsuit, which will attack Healey’s interpretation of the 
statute that could be used to ban the sale of all semiautomatic guns. Keane declined to detail the plans for the lawsuit and to name other parties joining the...
  • Ending National Sovereignty One Industry at a Time

    08/19/2016 5:01:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/19/16 | Tim Birdnow
    Coal and steel in Europe - coal and lead in America: Citizens are taking a back seat to globalist ambitions by the ruling class ďIn the next century, nations as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority. National sovereignty wasnít such a great idea after all.ĒóStrobe Talbot, Bill Clintonís Deputy Secretary of State, Time, July 20th, 1992. Despite the recent Brexit vote on the British Isles, the European Union still maintains its stranglehold on most of the old continent, and this Łber-nation has overridden the wishes of the member stateís public to varying...
  • Di Leo: Chain Closings and the Very Big Picture

    08/18/2016 8:38:47 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 29 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | Thursday, August 18, 2016 | John F. Di Leo
    Should we be worried if the stock market doesnít seem to be? We get the oddest mixed signals from the economy sometimes, donít we? In recent months, we have learned of 95 Ruby Tuesday restaurants that will be shutting their doorsÖ and that Macyís will be closing a hundred department storesÖ and that 255 Hancock Fabric stores will be closingÖ and that Sports Authority will close virtually all 450 of its locationsÖ the list goes on and on. Every week, thereís another such announcement, and yet the Dow Jones Industrial Average keeps setting record highs. And so, some of us...
  • Sentifi Insights Aetna Retaliates DOJís Blocking its Merger with Humana

    08/18/2016 7:15:23 PM PDT · by djsunzi · 2 replies
    Sentifi Insights ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | HV
    Aetnaís decision to reduce its Obamacare business appears to stem from the Department of Justiceís lawsuit to block Aetnaís merger with rival Humana. In short, itís an act of retaliation. As a result, Aetna continues to dominate Sentifi Top Attentions list for the third consecutive day.
  • Why thereís no surge in ammo sales this election year

    08/18/2016 11:30:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    guns.com ^ | Aug. 17, 2016 | Daniel Terrill
    In 2008 and 2012 the firearms industry saw a surge in both gun and ammo sales thanks to the presidential election, and while this cycle is no different for gun sales ó in fact, this maybe a record year ó ammo is a different story. Mark DeYoung, chief executive officer of Vista Outdoor, a conglomerate of shooting and outdoor brands said consumers just arenít buying up ammunition like they had in those years. ďAs youíll recall, we were out of stock,Ē he said during a conference call with investors last week. He thinks consumers built up a vast inventory...
  • Let a real CEO, not the media, tell you why Trump is making changes to his campaign

    08/18/2016 8:20:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 50 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/18/16 | Herman Cain
    Good leaders recognize when changing circumstances call for action I always find it amusing when the political media try to analyze why changes are made to a candidateís campaign structure. The storylines are always predictable: Itís a ďshakeupĒ in response to ďbad poll numbersĒ or ďinternal strifeĒ or something along those lines, helpfully explained by people who have never had leadership positions in their lives. So when Donald Trump made changes to his campaignís leadership structure this past week, you could easily guess that it would be reported in that exact manner.
  • Is The Oil Production Efficiency Boom Coming To An End?

    08/18/2016 7:58:28 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18-08-2016 | Peter
    ďHow much more productive can these new wells get?Ē I asked my host who had kindly invited me on a field trip to some of western Canadaís most prolific oil fields. Looking down the aisle of bobbing pump jacks, seven in a row on one side of the immaculate gravel pad, the veteran oil executive replied, ďWe can get up to 1,000 barrels a day out of some of the new ones, but thatís not a limit; weíre improving the economics and productivity with each new well.Ē Impressive I thought, subconsciously nodding my head in sync with the leading pump...
  • After years of pain, coal becomes one of the hottest commodities of 2016

    08/17/2016 11:16:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 17, 2016 | Henning Gloystein
    Less than a year after the coal industry was declared to be in terminal decline, the fossil fuel has staged its steepest price rally in over half a decade, making it one of the hottest major commodities. Cargo prices for Australian thermal coal from its Newcastle terminal, seen as the Asian benchmark, have soared over 35 percent since mid-June to more than one-year highs of almost $70 a tonne, pushed by surprise increases in Chinese imports. "Coal markets, after five years of declining prices, appear to have found a bottom in the first quarter," Australia's Whitehaven Coal said on Thursday,...
  • No Riots After Black Teens Shoot a Black Good Samaritan

    08/17/2016 6:48:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 17, 2016 | Brittany M. Hughes
    Two black teens, Deon Frasier, 17, and Michael Dupree-Tyler, 19, were arrested Monday and are being held without bond in a North Charleston jail after they shot a 45-year-old black man who stopped to help them pull their car out of a ditch. Al? Jesse? Mr. Obama? Ö.Anyone? Fox News reported the story Wednesday following a local report from WCSC-TV in North Charleston, S.C., which stated:
  • 'Black olives matter': Just a joke or real disrespect?

    08/17/2016 8:05:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    CNN ^ | August 16, 2016 | Doug Criss
    A New Mexico restaurant generated controversy -- and profits -- this summer with a play on "Black Lives Matter." Now it's coasting on the uproar that began with its sign and has printed hats and T-shirts with the phrase, jumping straight into the seemingly never-ending national conversation on race. Rick Camuglia, owner of Paisano's, an Italian restaurant in Albuquerque, put the phrase "black olives matter" on his sign last month to help sell a new tuna dish with black olive tapenade. It worked like a charm, bringing in more business, with some people adding black olives to every dish they...
  • Michigan Requires More Than 200 Occupational Licenses

    08/17/2016 6:08:08 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/13/2016 | Jacob Weaver
    If you want to work in Michigan, you need to get a license ó at least to work in one of 215 professions the state of Michigan licenses. These licenses, which typically require education, training, exams, state fees, or all four, apply to work ranging from acupuncturist through wholesale potato dealer. Even taxidermists and funeral directors are subject to state requirements. But in 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder promised change. Upon entering office, he issued an executive order to create the Office of Regulatory Reinvention. The governor told this new office to ďsimplify Michigan's regulatory environment by reducing obsolete, unnecessary, and...
  • Federal Government Spends 1 Billion a Year on Gun Law Enforcement

    08/17/2016 5:31:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Federal Government spends a billion dollars a year on on federal gun laws.† Most of that money is for enforcement of federal gun laws, but some of it is to push state and local governments toward infringing on the Second Amendment. From FY 2015 Budget Fact Sheets U.S DOJ(pdf): In 2013, the Administration proposed a range of legislative remedies Ė along with 23 executive actions Ė to address mass shootings and reduce gun violence. The Justice Department is working to implement a number of these actions and requests a total of $1.1 billion in FY 2015 to address...
  • Media donít understand Trump and Hillary economic plans are apples and oranges

    08/16/2016 11:04:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/16/16 | HERMAN Cain
    Maybe because they're a bunch of lemons? As I watched reporters last week comparing the Trump economic plan to the Hillary economic plan, which were both offered last week from the same venue on different days, I realized the reporters had no clue they were comparing apples to oranges. First, Trumpís proposals for tax changes were specific, whereas Hillaryís were a collection of liberal redistribution and class warfare narratives. Trumpís proposals to boost economic growth recognized dynamic analysis, whereas Hillary employed political establishmentís typical static analysis.
  • College Students Are Fighting Open-Carry Guns Laws With Sex Toys

    08/16/2016 10:23:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 15, 2016 | Alissa Lopez
    If any of my family members found out I engaged in such a rally, I would be pulled out of college faster than you can say Jack Robinson. But if that would be before or after the butt whooping I would receive... I couldn't tell you. The College Fix reported that the Campus (Dildo) Carry protest will take place on August 24 at the University of Texas at Austin. The anti-gun demonstration was organized on Facebook by three current students: Jessica Jin, Ana López and Kailey Nicole Moore. According to the group's Facebook event page, the demonstration will entail “strapping gigantic swinging dildos to [their]...
  • Has T. Boone Pickens Timed the Oil Market Just Right?

    08/16/2016 8:59:15 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 16-08-2016 | Wildcatter
    tís a tough business right now for oil and gas companies, with some companies faring better than others with most majors releasing in-the-red second quarter financials, but business mogul T. Boone Pickens has made a bold and heavy return to the energy market, upping his stake in energy holdings by more than a third in the second quarter, according to data tallied by Bloomberg. The value of BP Capital Fund Advisors LLCís energy stock holdings increased by $55 million to $218 million. BP Capital Fund Advisors added stakes to eight energy-related companies at a time when oil prices were painstakingly...
  • Dep. of State: Indonesia Attacks Gays, But Maintains 'Strong Ties' With U.S.

    08/16/2016 5:10:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 15, 2016 | Alissa Lopez
    Liberals will always say that they truly care about the LGBT community, but do they really?¬† The Department of State released a statement on Monday sending its ‚Äúsincerest regards‚ÄĚ to Indonesia, a predominantly Mulsim country,¬†on its 71st Independence Day. The press release stated: On behalf of President Obama and the American people, it is with great pleasure that I send my sincerest regards to the people of Indonesia on the 71st anniversary of your independence this August 17. Deeply rooted in the democratic values and respect for civil society that our peoples share, the ties between our nations have never...
  • Here's Why Wages Have Stagnated--and Will Continue to Stagnate

    08/15/2016 11:18:41 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 14 August 2016 | Charles Hugh Smith
    The only way to reverse declines in labor participation and stagnation in wages and demand is to make it easier to start enterprises and hire people. The reason why mainstream economists don't understand these developments is they don't: 1. Consider the systemic impact of energy and EROEI (energy returned on energy invested). 2. Consider the systemic impact of fast-rising private and public debt. 3. Consider the systemic impact of rising inflation resulting from state-cartel capitalism; the only possible output of state-cartel capitalism is a higher cost structure for' the entire economy. 4. Consider that consumption is exhausted because everyone already...
  • Karma Automotive & Faraday Future Planning Large Factories In Same Chinese City

    08/15/2016 9:38:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Clean Technica ^ | August 15, 2016 | James Ayre
    In a sign of just how much Chinese money is now shaping the electric vehicle industry, itís been revealed that Karma Automotive and Faraday Future will both be building new manufacturing facilities in the same Chinese city, according to recent reports. Despite developing these new facilities in the same city (Hangzhou), it should be noted that the companies donít seem to have any funding in common ó Karma Automotive is backed by Wanxiang, but Faraday Future by LeEco. Karma ReveroWith regard to the Karma Automotive facility, Wanxiang recently applied for the environmental-impact review of a proposed site in Hangzhou for...
  • What Will You Do When The Lights Go Out? The Inevitable Failure Of The US Grid

    08/15/2016 9:04:51 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 102 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 15-08-2016 | Juli
    Delta Airlines recently experienced what it called a power outage in its home base of Atlanta, Georgia, causing all the companyís computers to go offlineóall of them. This seemingly minor hiccup managed to singlehandedly ground all Delta planes for six hours, stranding passengers for even longer, as Delta scrambled to reshuffle passengers after the Monday debacle. Where Delta blamed its catastrophic systems-wide computer failure vaguely on a loss of power, Georgia Power, their power provider, placed the ball squarely in Deltaís court, saying that ďother Georgia Power customers were not affectedĒ, and that they had staff on site to assist...
  • Public Country-By-Country Reporting / Corporate tax transparency

    With the rules on country-by-country reporting, the EU has created a framework where businesses in the extractive and logging industries have to publish their payments to governments relating to the exploitation of natural resources. This will assist populations of resource-rich countries to hold their governments accountable for these proceeds. In addition, a country-by-country reporting is also required from EU credit institutions (banks). This will ensure that trust in the financial sector is regained. On 12 April 2016, the Commission adopted a proposal for a Directive which imposes on EU and non-EU multinational groups the publication of a yearly report on...
  • Recent high school grads represent the future of southeast Ohio farming

    08/14/2016 1:58:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Athens Messenger ^ | July 17, 2016 | Larry Di Giovanni
    Maryrose Littler, who is committed to organic farming and permaculture, picks fresh onions from her grandmother Barbara Keyes¬í raised vegetable beds near McArthur. ÔĄź ÔĀ• Ôāö Ôāô ÔɆ ÔÄĮ Ôāä Two Class of 2016 graduates ¬ó organic farmer-in-the making Maryrose Littler, and Kayla Cline, raised on an historic farm in Albany ¬ó represent the future of farming in southeastern Ohio. Littler recently graduated from Athens High School and Cline from Alexander High School. Littler enjoys living an organic lifestyle on her parents¬í five-acre homestead near Morrison-Gordon Elementary School, where she helps raise honeybees, homegrown vegetables, chickens and beef. She...
  • Ghostbusters dev Fireforge files for Bankruptcy

    08/14/2016 1:29:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Games Industry ^ | August 1, 2016 | Dan Pearson
    Owes millions to part owner Tencent, according to filings Fireforge, the California developer responsible for the recent Ghostbusters tie-in game, has filed for bankruptcy, owing debts of over $12 million according to papers associated with the case. The firm originally filed for voluntary chapter 7 bankruptcy on July 15, but further filings were completed on July 29. According to documents seen by Kotaku, Fireforge owed considerable amounts of money to several parties, but the majority of its debt, believed to have been accrued prior to the development of Ghostbusters, is owed to partial owner Tencent, which controls 37% of the...
  • Logan's Roadhouse files for bankruptcy; 18 restaurants closing

    08/14/2016 1:29:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | August 8, 2016 | Leada Gore
    Logan's Roadhouse restaurant chain has filed for bankruptcy. The filing was made Monday with U.S. bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware. The plan, according to the company is "designed to restructure the company's balance sheet" while providing it with the "capital needed to turnaround operations." The Nashville, Tennessee-based steakhouse chain best known for its western flair and peanuts on the floor will close 18 restaurants as part of its restructuring. The chain operates 250 locations nationwide, including 23 in Alabama....
  • Google Censors Conservative Anti-Public School Website for "Violating Terms of Service"

    08/14/2016 11:02:37 AM PDT · by ResistanceMedia · 12 replies
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | August 14, 2016
    (sources and screenshots at the original article) In the latest of a string of incidents involving Google showing their liberal bias, the website Take Back Fairfax (takebackfairfax.org) has apparently been banned from Google's Short URL service for allegedly "violating Google's terms of service." On August 13, 2016, ResistanceMedia's Twitter account (@schooltyranny16) posted an excerpt from a Take Back Fairfax article entitled "The Moral Narcissism of Ryan McElveen", with a link to the article. The message reads, "this goo.gl shortlink has been disabled. It was found to be violating our Terms of Service. Click here and here for more information about...
  • Stores to customers: "Cash not welcome here"

    08/13/2016 1:53:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 12, 2016 | Aimee Picchi
    To get a glimpse of the future of commerce in America, look no further than Sweden. The Scandinavian country is largely a cashless society, with consumers relying on mobile phone payments or plastic. While the U.S. is still far from achieving the same level of cash-free existence, increasing numbers of restaurants and retailers are now snubbing the lowly dollar bill. Some merchants such as SweetGreen, a salad chain, refuse to open their registers for cash, telling customers they can pay only with mobile payments or cards. With some newer vending machines, only a card or mobile wallet will get that...
  • Calculating the Costs of Muslim Terrorism: La Braderie, For Example

    08/13/2016 12:04:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | August 9, 2016 | Hugh Fitzgerald
    The mayor of Lille, in northeast France, has just announced the cancellation of La Braderie, the largest flea market in Europe, with 10,000 exhibitors and, last year, 2.5 million visitors. Martine Aubry, the mayor, and a Socialist stalwart, said that the safety of visitors could not be assured ¬Ė ¬ďthere are risks we cannot reduce.¬Ē By this she meant, of course, risks of an attack by Muslim terrorists. Only once before, during the goose-stepping German occupation, has La Braderie ever been called off. The cancellation of this gigantic event is a severe economic blow to those exhibitors from all over...
  • Obama puts Congress on notice: TPP is coming

    08/12/2016 8:53:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 12 Aug 2016 | Adam Behsudi
    The White House put Congress on notice Friday morning that it will be sending lawmakers a bill to implement President Barack Obamaís landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement ó a move intended to infuse new energy into efforts to ratify the flat-lining trade pact. The move establishes a 30-day minimum before the administration can present the legislation, but the White House is unlikely to do so amid the heated rhetoric of a presidential campaign in which both major party nominees have depicted free trade deals as massive job killers. Friday's notification is the clearest signal yet that the White House is serious...
  • Carbon Nanotube 3D printer filament supports 1,000 times its own weight during amazing strength test

    08/12/2016 5:00:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    3Ders ^ | August 9, 2016
    Just how strong is strong? When browsing the web for new and exciting material solutions, you are often bombarded with terms like Ďvery high toughnessí and Ďexcellent material propertiesí, but that means little until you see a filament in action. US developer of engineering-grade filaments Avante Technology must have been all too aware of that, because they just exposed their recently released FilaOne Gray Carbon Nanotube filled 3D printer filament to a grueling strength test during which it supported 1,000 times its own weight and easily withstood 90 degree bends. Now thatís strong. This remarkable FilaOne Gray filament was released...
  • This Canadian Startup Wants to Be the ĎPlant Whispererí of Indoor Farming

    08/12/2016 3:05:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Modern Farmer ^ | August 5, 2016 | Andrew Amelinckx
    Two guys from Canada have come up with a new way for everyone from small indoor growers to large-scale vertical farmers to easily automate their operations. Their system's called Motorleaf and it collects data about your plants and then instructs your existing grow equipment to adjust to the cropís needs. Think of it as the Nest for your indoor farm. In the summer of 2015, Ramen Dutta began tinkering around with a way to more easily care for his small indoor hobby farm. Although he had a degree in agricultural engineering, he had been working in IT and created an...
  • Support Trump - Not GOP (Vanity question)

    08/12/2016 1:22:56 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies
    Self | 8-12-206 | Self
    Question: Any freepers know the any way for direct support to Trump campaign without donations being split with GOP down ballot?
  • WikiLeaksí Email Exposes Billionaire Globalist Soros as Hillary Clintonís Puppet Master

    08/12/2016 8:06:11 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 08/12/16 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    [link to www.dcclothesline.com] Contained within WikiLeaks‚Äô recent release of hacked DNC emails is a message from billionaire globalist financier George Soros, to Hillary Clinton while she was U.S. Secretary of State, that clearly reveals Clinton as a puppet of the billionaire class. Found within the WikiLeaks‚Äô Hillary Clinton email archive is an email with the subject ‚ÄėUnrest in Albania,‚Äô in which Soros makes clear to Clinton that ‚Äútwo things need to be done urgently.‚ÄĚ He then directs the Secretary of State to ‚Äúbring the full weight of the international community to bear on Prime Minister Berisha‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúappoint a senior...
  • U.S. And Kurdish Forces Kill ISIS Oil Manager

    08/11/2016 3:46:30 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11-08-2016 | spec ops
    A joint attack executed by Kurdish forces and United States Special Forces led to the death of the Islamic State fighter in charge of the terrorist groupís oil operations in Iraq and Syria, according to a new report by Reuters. Sami Jassim al-Jabouri, who had also been known to authorities as Haji Hamad, along with his assistant, were killed ďin the vicinity of Qaim,Ē according to a statement released by the two parties that carried out the attack. A spokesman from the Pentagon added that coalition forces were still assessing the total results of the planned operation. "The mission was...
  • ObamaCare crashing: Insurers seek massive rate hikes . . . if theyíre staying in at all

    08/11/2016 9:36:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 41 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/11/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Gigantic losses put exchanges on the brink, send program careening into chaos Remember when everyone watching ObamaCare was focused on how many people had signed up? First they needed 7 million, then 11 million, and on it went as new targets replaced the old. These werenít meaningless - at least it didnít appear that way. The targets represented the critical mass the Obama Administration itself said the program needed to be economically sustainable. Insurance, they told us, is about risk pools. If youíve got enough people in the risk pool, youíd have enough premiums being paid in to cover those...