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  • The Cold War Cuban Detritus

    12/21/2014 1:21:44 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/21/14 | Alan Caruba
    Ten percent of the population, have fled Cuba, many of whom found a new home in America. When that many people wanted to leave, it tells you something is terribly wrong with life in Cuba When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 the Cold War that had existed between it and the U.S. since the end of World War Two came to an end, but there was ditritus, loose ends like Cuba and it has taken until now for an end to the diplomatic obstacles whose roots reach back to the Eisenhower administration. In 1960 it had approved a CIA...
  • Gun "Painted to look like Toy" Available from Factory in that Color

    12/21/2014 6:33:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 December,2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A little over a week ago, the Hamilton County Sheriff department said that they arrested a man who they believed painted a handgun to resemble a toy.  From thestate.com: "And the fact is right here in Hamilton County, we arrested a dangerous individual who we believe purposefully painted a loaded handgun red to mislead law enforcement into thinking this was a toy gun," Neil said in statement. The pistol, a Cobra FS 380, pictured above, comes from the factory in a variety of colors. Guns have been available in a variety of colors for decades. It seems likely that...
  • Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

    12/20/2014 3:34:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    North Country Public Radio ^ | December 20, 2014 | Scott Neuman
    <p>Remember when we told you earlier this month that a gas station in Oklahoma City had lowered its price for regular unleaded to $1.99 a gallon?</p> <p>Well, now that trend is nationwide: GasBuddy.com, which monitors prices across the country, says the $1.99 sign is up over pumps in 24 states. The national average is at $2.43 a gallon, but at one filling station in Springfield, Mo., it was only $1.93.</p>
  • Obama hires veteran Senate hand to deal with Republican Congress

    12/20/2014 2:01:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ramsey Cox with Justin Sink
    The White House is hiring a veteran legislative hand as it prepares to deal with the new Republican Congress. President Obama has brought on Martin Paone as deputy assistant for legislative affairs, plucking him from the Washington firm Prime Policy Group, where he has been lobbying as executive vice president. He brings nearly three decades of Senate experience to the White House, having worked under four Democratic leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “No one knows the Senate better than Marty, who started his career parking cars here and rose to be one of the most senior and...
  • Doctors to get Medicare pay cut if they don't 'meaningfully' use electronic medical records

    12/19/2014 6:18:33 PM PST · by nicmarlo · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 19, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The bullying of the nation’s physicians continues apace, now turning to penalizing doctors who don’t meet the administration’s one-size-fits-all approach to medical records. Bruce Japsen of Forbes reports: More than 250,000 physicians and other health professionals are being notified as early as today that their payments from Medicare and Medicaid will be cut because they aren’t adequately using electronic health records in their practices, the Obama administration confirmed. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, known as CMS, is telling about 257,000 eligible medical care providers who are largely physicians that they will be paid 1 percent less in reimbursement...
  • Everything You Need To Know About Sony, Cuba and North Korea

    12/19/2014 10:50:33 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 6 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/19/2014 | Steve Berman
      TRIGGER WARNING* This has to be the best real estate deal since Whitewater.  Through a complex series of events that even our 24-hour news junkies have trouble following, Al Sharpton will now get to produce rap music in Cuba, while the U.S. sets up its embassy on the current site of North Korea’s diplomatic mission in Havana.  And Kim Jong Un will get to share a Cohiba cigar with Dennis Rodman, Al Sharpton, Amy Pascal and President Obama. It’s all in this one infographic.   Sony Pictures greenlights a film titled The Interview, a comedy which depicts the assassination...
  • This holiday movie season: From North Korea with love.

    12/18/2014 5:16:44 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 16 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 12-18-14 | The Looking Spoon
    This is of course about the upcoming movie "The Interview." My wife and I saw this preview the day before it got pulled, and it's a shame because it looks like it's REALLY funny!Also, the reaction across the political spectrum has been unified in a way we rarely see.
  • They're canceling 'The Interview' because North Korea threw a hissy fit?

    12/18/2014 2:18:18 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 35 replies
    The Matt Walsh Blog ^ | 18 Dec 2014 | Matt Walsh
    Now they're canceling 'The Interview' because North Korea threw a hissy fit? Man, this is such an embarrassment. I have no idea if this movie is any good or not. It sounds pretty stupid and it has Seth Rogen in it, so I doubt we're dealing with Citizen Kane here. Still, that fat little psycho in North Korea deserves to be ruthlessly insulted. Mocking genocidal maniacs is as American as apple pie. I'm all for it. As long as we remember that, as enjoyable as it is to make fun of this puffy dimwit, there really isn't anything funny about...
  • Gallows Humor (Hollywood And The Appeasement Mentality)

    12/18/2014 9:29:55 AM PST · by OddLane · 6 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 18, 2014 | Gerard Perry
    Sony’s capitulation in the face of threats by unidentified sources, who are presumed to support the odious Kim dynasty, serves to confirm what most of us have known for some time. Namely, the extent of allowable political discourse in popular culture is inextricably linked to the willingness of the objects of political criticism to violently suppress that criticism. Or, at the very least, intimate the unpleasant nature of the response in store for those willing to offer a dissenting voice. An interview the iconic Indo-British author and apostate Salman Rushdie did with Irshad Manji several years ago is worth watching...
  • Someone Is Lying: North Korea Almost Certainly Did Not Hack Sony

    12/18/2014 7:54:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/18/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Yesterday, moments before the North Korea "hacking" tragicomedy escalated into full retard mode with Sony pulling The Interview, or a movie that absent the attention would certainly be a flop, Wired released an article titled: "North Korea Almost Certainly Did Not Hack Sony" (title subsequently changed to the one below as can be seen in the URL alias "http://www.wired.com/2014/12/north-korea-did-not-hack-sony-probs"), which however, and for the better, retains its content as it is quite critical in debunking the latest government "certainty."
  • Amazon Prime Now brought me candy in 23 minutes (New ONE HOUR Delivery)

    12/19/2014 12:05:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Engadget ^ | December 18, 2014 | Devindra Hardawar
    Amazon's new one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, works so well it might just inspire entirely new levels of laziness in all of us. After all, why bother going to the store when you just need to shell out $7.99 to get anything brought to your door in an hour? But as anyone who's made Seamless or GrubHub food deliveries an essential part of their diet can tell you, this sort of instant gratification can be dangerously addictive. And eventually, you might end up having no reason to leave your house at all. As the Amazon courier handed me a bag...
  • UK: Benefits Pay Much More than a Job

    12/18/2014 12:36:41 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 13 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 18 December 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Here's a well-researched and well-argued article that, after investigation, reliably shows that the presence of food banks doesn't mean that welfare cheques are not high enough, but only that "sometimes the state messes up benefit payments and leaves nasty delays. They prove that people aren’t good at managing money. They suggest that not everyone puts rent and food before fags and booze (but we don’t want to get into a discussion about the deserving and the undeserving here). They confirm that supply creates its own demand." My disagreement with the writer is that she seems to be in favour...
  • Venezuelan President Calls American Oil Fracking “Act of Aggression” [satire]

    12/18/2014 9:28:35 AM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    With his country’s economy on the ropes due to declining oil prices, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blamed the United States oil fracking industry. “It is an act of aggression against my country and a crime against humanity,” Maduro maintained. “Venezuela needs high oil prices to support our programs to feed our people. These frackers are destroying our ability to feed ourselves.” While most economists see falling fuel prices as beneficial for the vast majority of consumers, Maduro complained that “most of the beneficiaries are rich, white Americans. Saving them money at our cost is a direct attack on my government’s...
  • Shaking Hands with the Devil, from Ninety Miles Away

    12/18/2014 7:53:58 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 11 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 18, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    A long time ago, on an island not too far away, a pair of brothers was ejected from a good Jesuit school. The one was reportedly a better student, the other less impressive, but together, they preferred other things – politics, rabble-rousing, war. When the brothers grew up, they fell in with a bad crowd – the worst of crowds, in fact. Far across the oceans, Chinese communists were consolidating their power, Soviet communists were drawing an iron curtain down the center of Europe, Korean communists were settling in for the long haul in Pyongyang, Vietnamese communists were revolting against...
  • “I Will Not Comply” May Bring Changes to I-594

    12/18/2014 7:28:19 AM PST · by HammerT · 7 replies
    Pictures and vid from last weekend’s resistance event:
  • OH: Focus on Gun Color is Farcical

    12/18/2014 5:48:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Someone painted this Cobra FS 380 for unknown purposes.  The police claim that it was to make it appear to be a toy, but people have been customizing and adorning the appearance of weapons for centuries.  From fox19.com: CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Orlando Lowery was in court this weekend for allegedly painting his .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun to look like a toy. It is only in recent times that firearms could easily be made in many different colors.  As the capability to do so has emerged, more and more people are taking advantage of it.  Here are some pistols...
  • Obama’s Cuba Disaster

    12/18/2014 5:16:57 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 39 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | December 18, 2014 | Leo McNeil
    President Obama declared yesterday the United States would begin a new chapter with Cuba. Obama already began negotiating with Cuba regarding a prisoner swap among with other issues. For years Obama has told Congress he would keep them in the loop regarding Cuba. Predictably Congress had no idea the Obama administration was negotiating with the Communist dictatorship. Yesterday’s announcement came as a surprise to everyone. As with every other negotiation with a hostile foreign power, Obama got completely taken by the Cuban Communists. Obama negotiates from a position of American weakness because he doesn’t believe in American strength. Obama’s flirtations...
  • North Korea Attacks America’s Moral Cowardice

    12/18/2014 3:59:01 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 5 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/18/2014 | Steve Berman
    A rogue nation targeted a multinational corporation and won.  North Korea has almost certainly ordered the massive cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, stealing and publicly dumping enough data to make a dent in the company’s stock price. North Korea cannot challenge the United States militarily, despite what movies have portrayed.  Regardless of their saber-rattling, and America’s reduced presence on the Korean peninsula, a real attack of any substance against our ally South Korea (or Japan for that matter) would bring a suicidal level of retribution on the North, and they know it.  But they’ve found a vein where they can draw...
  • Shep Smith wonders: Is America about to “ruin” Cuba?

    12/17/2014 6:25:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 17, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I first heard of this when John Podhoretz tweeted about it and I thought, “Nope, John’s exaggerating. I wonder what Shep really said.” Then a bunch of other people tweeted that Podhoretz was right, so I thought, “Okay, but obviously a joke.” Then I watched the clip. Actual quote about an honest to goodness police state, no apparent irony intended: “The last thing they need is a Taco Bell and a Lowe’s.” Two ways to read that, I guess. One is that he’s objecting to having the wrong priorities, not to American businesses invading the island. Cubans need basic necessities,...
  • This Is What a Currency Collapse Looks Like

    12/17/2014 11:11:24 AM PST · by Kartographer · 67 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12/17/14 | Mac Slavo
    Full Title:This Is What a Currency Collapse Looks Like: Shopping Frenzy: “We Have A Lot Of Rubles Losing Value Every Second” “I don’t need this car,” he said with a shrug. He already owns two Porsches and a Land Rover. But, he figured the prices will soon go up and the ruble will probably go down. “We are headed for a crisis,” he said. … Electronics stores were packed late into the evening as shoppers scooped up iPhones and iPads at prices over $100 lower than what they cost in the United States. Apple’s Russian website halted online sales “due...
  • 15 Reasons I Love Web Links at The Bottom of The Page

    12/17/2014 10:42:31 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 8 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/17/14 | Steve Berman
    You know those ubiquitous web links at the bottom of the page on sites like Fox News or CNN?  They’re usually titled “from around the web” or “more promoted stories”.  They have catchy titles like “The 10 Best Resorts in South America” or “14 Things Surprising Things Your Cat is Telling You”.  Everybody says they hate them, but we do click on them. I admit, I’ve clicked on them. You end up on a site filled with weirdly useless but addictive content, or you are directed there by a company called Outbrain.  I always thought this kind of thing was...
  • Congressman Demands Investigation of FDIC “Choke Point” Policy [satire]

    12/17/2014 9:38:51 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo) is demanding an investigation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s “Operation Choke Point” practices. Under these practices, the FDIC pressured banks to freeze or close accounts of businesses that the US Department of Justice designated as “anti-social enterprises.” Among the businesses targeted by DOJ are firearms sellers, coin dealers, and pharmaceutical sales. Martin Gruenberg, chairman of the FDIC, admitted that “while these businesses are not illegal, per se, the president has made it very clear that they are outside the boundary of the type of businesses he thinks we ought to have in our society. There...
  • No One Seems To Care That The Economy Is A Mess

    12/17/2014 5:38:51 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 27 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | December 17, 2014 | Leo McNeil
    If you listen to the Obama administration you might believe the economy is roaring. On some level jobs are being created. The problem of course is that they’re barely keeping up with population growth. Millions of jobs were lost when the recession took place in late 2008-2009. Very few of those jobs have been recovered, leaving millions in long term unemployment. The real unemployment rate, the Federal government’s U-6 number, is 11%. U-6 unemployment counts both the long term unemployed, which the official unemployment rate doesn’t do, as well as those who are underemployed. U-6 used to be the way...
  • OH:Concealed Carry Fail; Rapist Disarms Realtor

    12/17/2014 1:16:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    No discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of open and concealed carry used to be complete without the obligatory theory that open carry was more dangerous.  It was asserted that a criminal will target the open carrier because they are armed.   Here is an example from freerepublic: Why would anyone want the bad guy to shoot him first? Fortunately, the gun culture is becoming educated in the matter.   People now realize that open carry promotes tactical deterrence.  There have been two known instances where open carriers have been targeted, but they are very rare.  The other side of...
  • Western Banks Cut Off Liquidity To Russian Entities

    12/16/2014 5:42:31 PM PST · by Kartographer · 61 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/16/14 | Tyler Durden
    As Zero Hedge first reported today, shortly before noon one (and subsequently more) FX brokers advised clients that any existing Ruble positions would be forcibly closed out because "western banks have stopped pricing USDRUB", over concerns of Russian capital controls. Ironically, it was this forced liquidation of mostly short RUB positions that pushed the RUB higher, which in turn had a briefly favorably impact on energy commodities and risk assets, as the market had by then perceived the Ruble selloff as excessive. Of course, since nothing had actually changed aside from a temporary market technical, the selloff promptly resumed into...
  • We Just Witnessed The Worst Week For Global Financial Markets In 3 Years

    12/16/2014 5:08:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Is this the start of the next major financial crisis? The nightmarish collapse of the price of oil is creating panic in financial markets all over the planet. On June 16th, U.S. oil was trading at a price of $107.52. Since then, it has fallen by almost 50 dollars in less than 6 months. This has only happened one other time in our history. In the summer of 2008, the price of oil utterly collapsed and we all remember what happened after that. Well, the same patterns that we witnessed back in 2008 are happening again. As the price of...
  • OH: Unlucky? Clerk Shoots 2nd Robber in Three Years

    12/16/2014 12:26:48 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Grayson Matthews, above, has bad luck.  He has had to defend the family convenience store twice.  Once, back in 2011, he shot a robber who was pretending to have a shotgun.  That guy was wearing a plastic bag over his head with eye holes cut in it.  It must have been hard to see out of.   From journal-news.com: Matthews told the suspect he kept more money in his front right pocket of his pants. He showed Wright the money, switched it from his right to his left hand, and when Wright’s eyes followed, Matthews told him he kept...
  • No Polite Way to Say it, We Were Lied to on Ebola

    12/15/2014 4:50:32 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/15/14 | Michael Fumento
    They've gotten away with it time and again. With AIDS, SARS, avian flu, swine flu and two past Ebola hysterias The current Ebola outbreak is “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times,” Ian Smith, the World Health Organization’s executive director, announced at a mid-October press conference. Huh? Worse than the “Spanish flu” of 1918-19? Extrapolated to today’s world population, that would mean 60 million to 150 million deaths. Worse than AIDS, with its 35 million deaths? But the media weren’t asking skeptical questions. The next day, reporting on a separate WHO conference, a New York Times headline...
  • Did GM Bailout Cost Lives?

    12/15/2014 1:08:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    NLPC ^ | December 15, 2014 | Mark Modica
    The death toll for General Motors' faulty ignition switch victims continues to rise with the last reported number being 42. There has been speculation that the death count is significantly higher, as safety advocate Clarence Ditlow has written to GM to request an expansion of efforts to uncover victims of accidents resulting from defective GM vehicles. GM has known about the ignition switch defect for years and failed to recall the deadly vehicles for almost five years after the Obama Administration took over the company in June of 2009. President Obama's Auto Task Force guided the company through a...
  • Germany to be gas powered for next 70 years

    12/14/2014 7:32:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    RT ^ | 12 December 2014
    Germany’s plan to phase out nuclear energy and switch to renewables by 2022 is unrealistic as the country is doomed to remain dependent on fossil fuels like oil and gas for the next 70 years, energy expert Matthias Dornfeldt told RT. Renewables can’t replace fossil fuels overnight because there’s not enough infrastructure, said Dornfeldt in an interview with RT. He believes the 21st century will be the century of gas, as the 20th century was the century of oil. “We are going to be dependent on oil as well as on gas, as I see, for the next 50, 60,...
  • We’re Number Two

    12/14/2014 10:51:14 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/14/14 | Alan Caruba
    The fact remains that Main Street is in trouble. The nation requires an economy in which new businesses are created and existing ones can afford to expand. That is not happening The U.S. was the world’s number one economy prior to World War II, but it took off bigtime after the war and there has not been a day of my long life in which we were not number one—until now. The International Monetary Fund recently released its calculations regarding the world’s economy and concluded that China is the number one economy, producing $17.6 trillion in terms of goods and...
  • The Destruction of America’s Pension Plans

    12/14/2014 9:00:16 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/14/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The just passed $1.1 trillion Cromnibus (Continuing Resolution and Omnibus) check float that successfully got through the Republican controlled US House contains language that could gut pension plans, according to analyses by both conservative and leftist web writers. “The pension provision was made public late Tuesday night,” says a web source that blasts efforts to write down public pension allotments. (1) Mike Adams of Health Ranger warns that “all the pension benefits that have been promised government retirees are about to be stolen back from retirees.” (2) Quoting a WaPo article, Adams also points out that “the proposal would torpedo...
  • Affordable Care Excise Tax, Part I

    12/13/2014 6:19:48 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 6 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | December 13, 2014 | Larry Walker II
    What the Individual Mandate means for you and your family:: By: Larry Walker II ::Under the Affordable Care Act, beginning in 2014, State governments, insurers, employers, and selected individuals are supposed to share in the responsibility of providing health insurance coverage. The Act’s shared responsibility provision, also known as the individual mandate, requires you and each member of your family to either: Have minimum essential coverage; or An exemption from the responsibility to have minimum essential coverage; or Pay an Excise Tax. You will report minimum essential coverage, claim an exemption therefrom, or make an excise tax payment when...
  • Why Middle-Class Wealth Is Withering [Alinsky At Work: Destroy The Middle-Class and Destroy America]

    12/13/2014 10:16:14 AM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 13, 2013 | AIMEE PICCHI
    By AIMEE PICCHI December 12, 2014 Why Middle-Class Wealth Is Withering If the middle class is truly the backbone of America, the country's spine may be close to breaking. Middle America came out of the Great Recession in a precarious position, sinking into "dissavings" -- when spending is greater than income -- thanks to a nasty combination of stagnant wages and a hit to real estate and investment values, according to a new working paper from New York University economics professor Edward N. Wolff. That's led to a grim outcome, with virtually no change in the country's median wealth between...
  • Cromnibus Puts Taxpayers on Hook for Bank Losses [satire]

    12/13/2014 9:37:16 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    The House-passed $1.1 trillion Continuing Resolution contains a clause that exposes taxpayers to a potential $300 trillion liability for bank losses in derivatives trading. The rider to the CR was the “brain child” of Citigroup. The rider is opposed by both tea party Republicans and left wing Democrats, but is strongly supported by House GOP leadership and President Obama. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), charged that “this maneuver puts the lie to the contention that the GOP is the Party of small government. This is a big government pay off to Wall Street financiers. I’m enormously disappointed that the...
  • exVive3D 3D Printed Human Liver Tissue Now Commercially Available by Organovo

    12/13/2014 8:13:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    3D Print ^ | November 18, 2014 | Brian Krassenstein
    New technologies such as 3D bioprinting promise to offer a laundry list of new treatments, drug discovery, and cures within the medical industry. With that said, we have been hearing promises for years that 3D printing will change the face of medicine. Despite these promises, bioprinting has yet to make any major impact within the market. Today things may have just changed! San Diego-based 3D bioprinting company Organovo (NYSE MKT: ONVO) has today announced the full commercial availability of their exVive3D Human Liver Tissue for preclinical drug discovery testing. The tissue, which is created via an in-house 3D printer, could...
  • Paying down the debt is now almost mathematically impossible

    12/12/2014 12:18:03 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 42 replies
    The Sovereign Man ^ | December 11, 2014 | Simon Black
    Exactly 199 years ago, in 1815, a “temporary” committee was established in the US Senate called the Committee on Finance and Uniform National Currency. It was set up to address economic issues and the debt accrued by the US government after the War of 1812. Of course, because there’s nothing more permanent than a temporary government measure, the committee became a permanent one after just one year. It soon expanded its role from raising tariffs to having influence over taxation, banking, currency, and appropriations. In subsequent wars, notably the American Civil War, the Committee was quick to use its powers...
  • Obama's Science and Tech Adviser, Holdren, laid foundation for understanding environmental probs

    12/12/2014 11:48:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Volvo Environment Prize ^ | December 12, 2014
    "In 1993, the [Volvo Environment] Prize went to Professor Paul R. Ehrlich of Stanford University and Professor John P. Holdren of the University of California in Berkeley, whose work laid the foundations of our understanding of how the dynamics of population growth, rising living standards and changing technology, as well as the relationships between them, interact in the context of environmental problems." List of past winners (and their work) from 1990 - 2014 Professor Paul R. Ehrlich, Professor John P. Holdren
  • Why Social Security Hurts Society and Isn’t Secure

    12/11/2014 7:51:01 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/11/14 | Dr. Robert Owens
    This so-called insurance meant from the beginning not merely compulsory insurance it also meant compulsory membership in a unitary system controlled and enforced by the state. The concept of a social safety net is well accepted throughout the Western World. The idea that some provision should be made for those who through no fault of their own are unable to provide for themselves first appeared as a state policy in Germany in the 19th century as the Iron Chancellor, Bismarck, sought to co-opt the popular appeal of socialism and strengthen the newly founded German Imperial state. The idea struck a...
  • How Catholic Monks Made the West Rich

    12/11/2014 4:20:39 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 20 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | Enza Ferreri
    Why is the West richer than other parts of the world? What creates wealth? The scientific journal Science Nordic reports that a new PhD thesis tries to find an answer to these questions, very topical in times of bailouts and double-dip recessions and very challenging for economists, in Medieval history. And it discovers that it was the Roman Catholic order of Cistercian Monks that left a long-lasting legacy of cultivation of the virtues which made the West prosperous. ...One of the clues the thesis follows begins in France in 1098, when a breakaway group of monks formed a new...
  • Graphene-based Fuel Cell Membrane Could Extract Hydrogen Directly from Air

    12/11/2014 3:24:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | December 2, 2014 | Dexter Johnson
    In research out of the University of Manchester in the UK led by Nobel Laureate Andre Geim, it has been shown that the one-atom-thick materials graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), once thought to be impermeable, allow protons to pass through them. The result, the Manchester researchers believe, will be more efficient fuel cells and the simplification of the heretofore difficult process of separating hydrogen gas for use as fuel in fuel cells. This latest development alters the understanding of one of the key properties of graphene: that it is impermeable to all gases and liquids. Even an atom as...
  • NV: Secretary of State Certifies Initiative to Ban Private Gun Sales in Nevada

    12/11/2014 12:26:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Nevada Secretary of State Democrat Ross Miller, has certified a Nevada gun control initiative put forward by organizations funded by Michael Bloomberg.  The timely turn in of signatures and some signatures themselves have been challenged by a group of Nevada second amendment supporters.   Democrat Ross Miller lost the 2014 election for Attorney General.  Because of term limits, he was ineligible for a third term as Secretary of State, and is in lame duck status.  He also certified the Marijuana initiative.  From the AP article: Nevada's top election official is giving the go-ahead to two initiatives for the 2016 ballot:...
  • NV:Another Warning Shot with Positive Results

    12/11/2014 6:29:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I may have to start a new category: Warning shots that work.  I have routinely advised students against "warning shots" with the usual caveats; the bullet has to go somewhere, innocents may be hit, and  a round  is wasted that you might need.   Many, especially on the Internet have claimed that a warning shot may be considered as evidence that you were not serious.  I think that is unlikely.  There is at least one prosecutor who thinks that it shows restraint. Gunfire has been used as a means of signaling and communications as long as there have been...
  • America Needs a Cheerleader

    12/11/2014 5:40:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    December 11, 2014
    America needs a cheerleader who loves Americans, someone who believes in American potential and fights for it - not the hater-in-chief we have now, or a Hillary presidency with lectures (given with much relish) on how corporations and businesses don't create jobs and that we must respect and empathize with our enemies. We need a cheerLEADER like Gov. Rick Perry, a man who wants to unleash the American economy - open up jobs and prosperity for all. The Economic Legacy of Governor Rick Perry
  • AR: Armed Woman in Gunshop Saved by Book; Robber Shot (Video)

    12/10/2014 5:38:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 49 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video here In this dramatic video of an attempted armed robbery of a gunshop in Springdale, Arkansas, on December 6, 2014, one robber is wounded, and the gunshop owner is hit by a spent bullet that does not break the skin. The two suspects, Marcus Gould, and Leon Roberson, are from California and are in custody.  Gould has a long criminal record, and was wounded in the arm by a shot fired by Shirley Cornett, who owns the store with her husband.   A bullet fired back was slowed by coin books on the counter before it hit Shirley. ...
  • Proggies make it easy: Their list of 10 companies to boycott, tells US where to BUYCOTT. . . .

    12/10/2014 2:52:32 PM PST · by Salgak · 24 replies
    "Liberals Unite" ^ | 12/9/2014 | "Mindy Fisher"
    Nothing TOO surprising here, but a list of stores and such the LibProgs hate. You know what to do. . . Because, OMG, these companies support (shudder) Conservative Values. Oh, the huge manatee!!! Admittedly, Mariott Hotels, Angel Soft, Brawny, and Dixie, and Urban Outfitters were a surprise. . .
  • VA: Alexandria Police Misinform Businesses about Open Carry

    12/10/2014 9:12:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The above flyer was being handed out to local businesses in Alexandria Virginia  recently.   A VCDL member observed it and was able to take a picture of the flyer, with the cooperation of the local business owner.  From an VCDL email: The flyer particularly endangers 18 to 20 year olds as it incorrectly tells a store owner that if they see someone under 21-years-old with a handgun on their hip, that is illegal! That is NOT true and having the police show up on a bogus “man with a gun” call endangers everyone unnecessarily. The flyer also makes these...
  • AZ: Open Carry at Yuma Yummy Yummy Chinese Restaurant

    12/10/2014 4:48:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    My favorite restaurant in Yuma is the Yummy Yummy at 2241 Avenue A.  It is in the corner of the strip mall and easy to miss.  It isn't a fancy place, rather utilitarian, with ridiculously low prices and excellent food.  The service is good, but as the place is litterally a mom and pop (the mother speaks English, Spanish, and Chinese fluently), do not expect to have her hovering over your table.   For the cost of a drink at most bars, you can get a complete meal, if you drink water.   They have $5 specials that are always available,...
  • SomebodyIs Manipulatingthe Numbers:In The Realm Of Economics A Change Of This Magnitude Is A Collaps

    12/09/2014 8:05:22 PM PST · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12/9/14 | Mac Slavo
    We’re not seeing many corporations hire here. They are laying off at this point. This is why we are seeing the retail sales completely falling. We have an unemployment rate of 5.8%, but prior years the unemployment rate was higher but we had better sales. Somebody is manipulating the numbers… and we know who that ‘somebody’ is… it’s the U.S. government and central bankers. In the real world, where people regularly eat food, we see inflation… and if we really calculate it out we see inflation is around 10%…when we subtract a realistic estimate of inflation, once we get even...
  • The Forecaster: Can This Computer Predict The Future?

    12/09/2014 6:40:15 PM PST · by Kartographer · 62 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 12/9/14 | Mac Slavo
    For nearly ten years economic forecaster Martin Armstrong sat in a federal prison. He had not be charged with any crime. He was never given a trial. They simply arrested him, seized his life’s work, and threw away the key. Why? Because according to many in the global trading community he had devised a computer model that was capable of coalescing and analyzing thousands of years of economic, political and financial data. The system he had built was so “intelligent” that it allowed his firm Princeton Economics to literally predict the rise and fall of entire nations. Some call it...