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  • Reporter's Attempt to Show Ease of Buying an Assault Rifle Backfires

    06/26/2016 11:14:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 22, 2016 | 6:50 PM EDT | Randy Hall
    Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times decided last week to purchase an AR-15 following the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando, Florida. His purpose, he said, was to demonstrate how simple it was and to explore Illinois’ gun laws concerning assault weapons. When he bought the gun, Steinberg planned to sell it back to the store. However, his purchase was stopped by the gun store, which canceled the transaction during Illinois’ required 24-hour waiting period after discovering he had lied on his background check about his history of alcohol abuse and domestic violence. In his article, Steinberg admitted that while...
  • MN:Discount Gas for Gun Carriers

    06/26/2016 7:01:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Another business discovers the advantages of welcoming the gun culture and supporting the Constitution.  In Minnesota, a gas station has found a way to disuade robbers by welcoming people with guns. From kstp.com: After getting robbed twice over the last three months, the owner of a Shell gas station in Sauk Rapids wanted to get more customers during the evening, hoping it would improve safety. Last week, station owner Frank Schwagel offered a 10-cent-per-gallon discount for law enforcement or people with proof of permit to carry after 7 p.m. each day. Much research has shown, over and over again,...
  • On immigration, the white working class is fearful

    06/25/2016 10:26:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Brookings Institute ^ | June 24, 2016 | William A. Galston
    Supporters listen as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to voters at a rally at the The Myrtle Beach Sports Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, February 19, 2016. REUTERS/Randall Hill Although a few political analysts have been focusing on the white working class for years, it is only in response to the rise of Donald Trump that this large group of Americans has begun to receive the attention it deserves. Now, thanks to a comprehensive survey that the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) undertook in collaboration with the Brookings Institution, we can speak with some precision about the...
  • Brexit Documentary Explains How EU Globalists Strangled Britain's Republic

    06/25/2016 7:18:40 PM PDT · by poconopundit · 26 replies
    Brexit the Movie -- YouTube ^ | 6/25/2016 | PoconoPundit
    If you're like me, your knowledge of the European political scene is sadly weak.  You know you should broaden your understanding, but who has the time? Well, now there's a fabulous documentary on YouTube that makes getting up to speed on the EU and European econo/political scene fun and efficient.  Its name is Brexit, the Movie.  And watching only 20 to 30 minutes of this feature-length film, I came away with keen insights on: 1) Why the British were desperate to exit the EU; 2) How the EU bureaucracy grew its cartel over the decades; and 3) The modus...
  • Most Investors Prefer Donald Trump As President Over Hillary Clinton, Poll Reveals

    06/25/2016 12:57:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | June 25, 2016 | Christian Savoy
    A high percentage of voters who operate in the stock market say that Donald Trump would be a better president than Hillary Clinton for their portfolios, and one in four said they would change their asset mix if he was elected, while a similar percentage would if the Democrats win. A recent poll from Bloomberg and Morning Consult revealed that investors prefer picked Trump over Clinton as president. According to the report, 50% of respondents said Trump would be better for their portfolios while 33% chose Clinton as a better alternative. Another 17% of respondents were not sure which candidate...
  • Horrifying Massacre Of Dozens of U.S. K9 Trained Bomb-sniffing Dogs Massacred By Muslims In Kuwait

    06/25/2016 10:35:38 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 40 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | June 25, 2016 | Walid Shoebat
    St. Francis once said: “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” This is the case every time. When someone is cruel to animals, they are cruel to human beings. In fact, Christianity is the best for the care of animals. Dozens of American-trained dogs were killed by a Kuwaiti-based company last week, according to multiple reports, though there are conflicting explanations for the deaths. While several news agencies reported the story, they fail to also report that...
  • Scotland can have a second referendum, but it must decide on a currency first

    06/25/2016 9:20:37 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 50 replies
    I believe that the currency issue did more than anything to deliver the late swing to No in the last referendum. The question of the choice between the pound, euro or a currency of Scotland’s own was never clarified, and that was fatal to the cause of independence in 2014. Unless the issue is resolved before another referendum I strongly suspect that this issue might again be fatal to the cause of Scottish independence. There are only four options. They are the pound, the euro, the US dollar or Scotland’s own currency.
  • Gun Store sells 30,000 AR-15's in 5 days after Orlando (Birth of an Internet Hoax or Joke on MSM?)

    06/24/2016 9:03:30 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    Vanity | June 24, 2016 | Perseverando
    Apparently many are being fooled by this outrageous story of how one gun store in "Podunk" Pennsylvania sold 30,000 AR-15's in 5 days after the Orlando shooting. This is an amazing feat of 21st century commerce since their "web presence" looks like something from the early 1990's. I've seen this Fox Business News story repeated on The Blaze, Washington Free Beacon, etc. This is patently absurd that no one from any reputable source has questioned this. Does no one fact check anymore (besides FreeRepublic)? The Hunters Warehouse owner, Tom Engle, told Stuart Varney of Fox Business News on June 17th...
  • BREXIT WINS!!!!

    06/23/2016 8:26:27 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 100 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | 24 JUNE 2016 | BREITBART.COM
    UK LEAVES THE EU
  • Media thinks it’s a scandal that Trump campaign tends to contract with Trump businesses

    06/23/2016 10:27:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Because they know nothing about how successful people get things done. First of all, when I say the media think something is a scandal - even though no one is using the word “scandal” - here’s why I say it. You will see headlines and stories about things that seem quite unremarkable. Candidate contracts with vendor for services. Person uses certain word. Public official makes comment about this or that. The reporting may appear very matter-of-fact, but what you have to look at is the news judgment that led the media to mention it at all. For instance, we told...
  • Fraudulent Confirmation Hearing for ALRB’s Genevieve Shiroma

    06/22/2016 6:35:31 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/22/16 | Katy Grimes
    No Support For Shiroma; Many Offer Opposition Testimony How confident should Senators be when a governor’s appointee to the state Ag Labor Board faced opposition testimony with a line out the hearing room door, “and around the block,” but not one person attended in support? A testy and contentious confirmation hearing before the Senate Rules Committee Monday for Genevieve Shiroma, a 17-year member of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, ended after extensive testimony with a proverbial “F-you” to farm workers, when lawmakers voted 3-2 along party lines to confirm Shiroma.
  • This autonomous, 3D-printed bus starts giving rides in Washington, DC today

    06/21/2016 10:08:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | June 16, 2016 | Tamara Warren
    Local Motors, the Arizona-based automaker that crowdsources vehicle design, has introduced a 3D-printed, autonomous, electric shuttle bus that is partially recyclable called Olli. Local Motors says that it's the first vehicle to use IBM Watson’s car-focused cognitive learning platform, Watson Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive. It’s a boxy, far-out concept that may be the first of its kind, but that’s the point for a company that isn’t focused only on making vehicles — it’s about remaking the car manufacturing business. If all goes according to plan, Olli will be giving autonomous rides at the company’s introductory event on the...
  • 2016 Will be the Record Breaking Gun Sales Year of all Time!

    06/21/2016 8:20:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    2016 has been breaking records for gun sales since it began.  In fact, records were being broken seven months before 2016 began.  We only have records until the end of May, but they show a clear trend.  If that trend were followed, then 2016 would have set the record for the most American gun sales in a year, ever. But that trend just got bumped, jumped, and Trumped.  It is now taking off like Falcon SpaceX rocket.  The reason, of course, is politics. The fact is, more than half of Americans associate guns with safety.  That trend has been...
  • Gun Muffler (Silencer/Suppressor) Status Map of the United States

    06/20/2016 6:24:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 43 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Map at American Suppressor Association Many American gun owners and shooters do not know that it is legal to own and use silencers, suppressors, or perhaps the most descriptive term gun mufflers, in the United States.  There are only a handful of states that cling to the antiquated notion the suppressors should be banned because ... guns....  There is no logical or rational argument to be made for that position, but it persists. The states where suppressors are banned are the same tiny minority that persist with unreasonable and likely unconstitutional restrictions on the ownership and carry of firearms for...
  • Ban the Box or Require the Box?

    06/20/2016 5:49:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Marginal Revolution ^ | June 20, 2016 | Alex Tabarrok
    Ban the box policies forbid employers from asking about a criminal record on a job application. Ban the box policies don’t forbid employers from running criminal background checks they only forbid employers from asking about criminal history at the application/interview stage. The policies are supposed to give people with a criminal background a better shot at a job. Since blacks are more likely to have a criminal history than whites, the policies are supposed to especially increase black employment. One potential problem with these laws is that employers may adjust their behavior in response. In particular, since blacks are more...
  • Donald Trump: Would He Be Good for Construction Industry?

    06/19/2016 10:46:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | June 20, 2016 | Giles Lambertson
    Let's play Jeopardy. The answer is… “A five-letter word for someone who might be good for the construction industry.” The question: “Who is Trump?” Let me hedge a little—something that Alex Trebek doesn't allow on the TV program, by the way—by noting that the key word in the equation is “might.” A President Donald Trump “might” be good for the construction industry. That is a generous caveat, but we're talking here about politics, after all. Trump certainly knows his way around a construction site after all these years of erecting buildings with his name prominently displayed atop them. He knows...
  • Secret Trump voters

    06/19/2016 6:12:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Frederick News Post ^ | June 19, 2016 | Justin Griffin
    As the presidential election inches closer, someone you know might be harboring a political secret: voting for Donald J. Trump. There’s a good chance that you know someone, maybe even yourself, who is secretly voting for Trump. The statements that Trump makes — the name-calling, the personal attacks — have an effect on how voters both for and against Trump perceive the candidate. Some Trump voters are fine with it and think it’s all part of the show. Others find it appalling but perhaps necessary. Washington is pretty messed up. Maybe it deserves Trump. There’s also a narrative out there...
  • Fewer low-income men are working

    06/19/2016 5:46:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    CNN Money ^ | June 15, 2016 | Tami Luhby
    Men have been disappearing from the workforce for decades. But a closer look at the data reveals that lower-income men account for much of the change -- and that reflects a big problem with the economy. Only 69% of these men, ages 25 to 54, are employed, according to new research from the Brookings Institution. That figure was 80% in 1980. Among middle class and upper-income men, 92% are working, down only slightly from 94% in 1980....
  • Apple Won’t Be Sending Funds to GOP Convention Because Trump Hurt Their Feelings!

    06/18/2016 4:57:34 PM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 55 replies
    Newsninja2012 ^ | 6-18-16 | Wayne Dupree
    This is a no-brainer. Donald Trump is a serious threat to Apple's slaves in China. Apple, if you're serious about being 'good citizens' you'd fix the conditions you force workers over there to endure and pay them a competitive wage the same as an American would make. You're exploitive, and it's sick. Don't be a bunch of globalist hypocrites. Hey, Apple, boycotting Trump and the RNC is so petulant. Man, that is some political courage right there. Tim Cook, you want to impress me? STOP SELLING YOUR PRODUCTS IN COUNTRIES THAT OUTLAW AND KILL HOMOSEXUALS! Put your money where your...
  • Trump's Ace In The Hole, The Inequality Black Swan

    06/18/2016 3:02:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 17, 2016 | Larry McDonald
    Political risk has rarely had a more powerful impact on markets. As we head toward November, we must dig in and get to the bottom of what’s really going on. A reality TV star and real estate mogul just mowed down 17 accomplished Republican candidates, by May 3rd it was all over but the shouting. “Investors need to prepare for a Trump presidency.” Jeff Gundlach, May 2016 Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for president in June 2015, to criticism, mockery, and doubt by the media and political class. Trump’s candidacy and campaign have been called a joke by many...
  • Their Unrealistic Expectations Crushed At Last, Wealthy Millennials Now Shop At Dollar Stores

    06/17/2016 9:40:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 17, 2016 | Eric Owens, education editor
    In the wake of the long series of lean economic years since the onset of the Great Recession, America’s affluent millennials have taken to shopping for groceries, toiletries and even clothing at ultra-discount stores such as Dollar General and Family Dollar. It’s not just Pabst Blue Ribbon-drinking hipsters trying way too hard to be different, either. At Dollar General, members of the millennial generation — of all income brackets — accounted for nearly 25 percent of the company’s first quarter revenue in 2016, reports Reuters. Millennials, if you are not up on your demographic jargon, are the cohort of young...
  • Gundlach: Donald Trump will be the next president and things will get 'scary'

    06/17/2016 10:18:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 17, 2016 | Everett Rosenfeld
    Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is going to be the next president of the United States, and the immediate aftermath will be "pretty scary," according to Jeffrey Gundlach, the chief executive officer at DoubleLine Capital. Gundlach, speaking with CNBC on Friday emphasized that he does not support political candidates, but his analysis leads him to believe Trump — who lags presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in recent national polls — will win the White House. "[People] are looking for change, and I think Trump is going to win on the basis of that," Gundlach said. "And he will be quite...
  • Psychologist who tested Mateen for security job did same for another killer

    06/16/2016 11:04:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | June 15, 2016 | David Fleshler and Skyler Swisher, The Sun Sentinel
    <p>FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. » The psychologist who administered the test that established Orlando killer Omar Mateen as mentally fit to carry concealed weapons as a private security guard did the same for another South Florida killer who worked for the same company.</p>
  • Trump could really institute an immigration ban—even without Congress

    06/16/2016 7:36:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | June 16, 2016 | Jacob Pramuk, CNBC
    Donald Trump doubled down on his divisive immigration rhetoric this week following the massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. If elected, he may not even need lawmakers' help to act on some proposals. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee first proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country in the aftermath of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. It was a constitutionally questionable proposal that drew criticism from both sides of the aisle. In a speech this week, he pledged to restrict immigration from areas of the world with terrorism ties....
  • Professor rejects Marxism after traveling the globe: ‘Socialism doesn’t work’

    06/16/2016 12:22:01 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    thecollegefix.com ^ | June 16, 2016 | KATE HARDIMAN
    At least one professor in America does not feel the Bern. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Professor Jack Stauder says his political and ideological conversion away from socialism and Marxism occurred when he actually witnessed these systems in action. After traveling to more than 110 countries to pursue various forms of research, notably cultural anthropology, Stauder described his conversion from Marxism as a process of disillusionment. “I gradually became disenchanted with Marxism by visiting many of the countries that had tried to shape their societies to conform to its doctrines. I was disillusioned by the realities I saw in … socialist...
  • Omar Mateen appeared in 2012 documentary on BP oil spill

    06/15/2016 9:24:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 15, 2016 | John Sexton
    Orlando shooter Omar Mateen appears briefly in a 2012 documentary on the BP oil spill titled “The Big Fix.” The Associated Press reports the find was confirmed by security company G4S: Security firm G4S confirmed Wednesday that the guard in the clip is Mateen. G4S spokeswoman Sarah Booth says Mateen was stationed in Pensacola, Florida, for several months in 2010 to assist with the oil spill cleanup. In the clip, Mateen is seen wearing his security uniform and standing guard near a beach where workers are cleaning up oil that has washed on shore after the BP oil spill. When...
  • This startup may have built the world's fastest networking switch chip

    06/15/2016 1:33:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    IT News ^ | June 14, 2016 | Stephen Lawson
    Networking has undergone radical changes in the past few years, and two startup launches this week show the revolution isn’t over yet. Barefoot Networks is making what it calls a fully programmable switch platform. It came out of stealth mode on Tuesday, the same day 128 Technology emerged claiming a new approach to routing. Both say they’re rethinking principles that haven’t changed since the 1990s. Now is a good time to shake up networking, because IT itself is changing shape, says Nemertes Research analyst John Burke. “Everybody pretty much wants and needs their IT services to work continuously and scalably,”...
  • Venezuelans now using social media to seek out basic goods

    06/15/2016 8:18:27 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/15/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Eight of 10 items unavailable in stores in the socialist paradise Good news: Nicolas Maduro will never be president of the United States. Bad news: It hardly matters, because neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders quite understands what’s gone wrong with the Chavista revolution in Venezuela. Things are now so bad in the socialist paradise where Maduro haplessly presides, Venezuelans have more or less given up looking for basic goods in stores. You can’t find them there. Eight out of 10 items people need are unavailable. So they’ve taken to going on social media and asking pretty much anyone who...
  • Uranium Prices Set To Double By 2018

    06/15/2016 8:14:16 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 15-06-2015 | James
    With prices set to double by 2018, we’ve seen the bottom of the uranium market, and the negative sentiment that has followed this resource around despite strong fundamentals, is starting to change. Billionaire investors sense it, and they’re always the first to anticipate change and take advantage of the rally before it becomes a reality. The turning point is where all the money is made, and there are plenty of indications that the uranium recovery is already underway. It’s been a very tough few years for uranium. But it now looks like we’ve reached the bottom, and the future demand...
  • Ex-Argentina official arrested trying to hide bags of cash at monastery

    06/15/2016 3:03:45 AM PDT · by Fhios · 9 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/15/2016 | AP staff
    ... They then discovered wads of cash as well as the watches in more than 160 packages inside the bags. Other money had been taken to the monastery kitchen and some was found in the trunk of a car. ...
  • Rigs returning to service in North Dakota

    06/14/2016 8:03:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    United Press International ^ | June 13, 2016 | Daniel J. Graeber
    BISMARCK, N.D., June 13 (UPI) -- With a gain of three, the number of rigs actively exploring for or producing oil and natural gas in North Dakota is up 12 percent from last week, data show. Data from North Dakota's government show 28 rigs in active service as of Monday, up from the 25 reported one week ago. Rig counts serve as a barometer for the health of the oil and gas industry as oil prices in part determine how much companies are investing in exploration and production. Though at times above the $50 mark in recent sessions, last week...
  • Obama by the numbers

    06/14/2016 10:51:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/14/16 | Herman Cain
    The real numbers, that is “By almost every economic measure — every economic measure, America is better off when I — better off than when I came here. That is the truth. That’s true.” - President Obama June 1, 2016 That’s not the first time President Obama has made that statement, which is not true. But he and his liberal minions keep saying it so people will start believing it. They have done that throughout his presidency, and the liberal gullible media lets him get away with it. But we will not!
  • Bill Would Stop DOJ Funding Liberal Groups with Federal Money [semi-satire]

    06/14/2016 10:17:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire | 12 June 2016 | John Semmens
    Four Republican senators—James Lankford (Okla), Ted Cruz (Texas), and Utah's Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee—have introduced legislation aimed at barring the Department of Justice from using settlement money to fund liberal interest groups. "Settlements obtained from banks found guilty for their role in inflating the mortgage bubble in 2008 ought to be used to compensate those damaged by these egregious practices," Sen. Lankford said. "Instead, the Department of Justice has been funneling this money to favored liberal activists. This is a perversion of justice and an end run around the appropriations process." Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) belittled the...
  • The European Union Cookie Monster—Out to Get You!

    06/14/2016 8:55:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/14/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Cookie law enforcement unit If you are wondering what this is about—I’m not sure myself! As far as I know, I don’t have a police record, but have a “KTN” ( TSA Pre✓® ) and other credentials. So, I was a bit perplexed to find my book website recently getting (on one day) two dozen-plus visits by the European Union (EU) Cookie Police, i.e. the European Commission’s “cookie law enforcement unit”. Yeah, there is such a thing. It’s in the business of making sure you or your internet service provider (ISP) comply with Brussel’s edicts about your website’s behavior, specifically...
  • Is Brexit the Road to Survival for Britain

    06/14/2016 8:45:36 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/14/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    It really is a vote for personal freedom and self-determination The American Conservative Union (ACU) and its foundation held a panel discussion on the topic of Brexit: The Collapse of the EU and Its Impact on America in the Cannon Caucus Room on June 13, 2016. The panelists were Nile Gardiner, Director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, Steve Hilton, former senior advisor to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, and KT McFarland, ACU Foundation Senior Fellow. The British people will vote in a referendum on June 23, 2016 whether the U.K. will stay in the...
  • Iconic Russian AK-47 might some day be 'Made in U.S.A.' for military (w/video)

    06/12/2016 4:51:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | June 9, 2016 | Howard Altman
    U.S. Special Operations Command wants to see if it can slap a "Made in the U.S.A." label on the world's most popular weapon — the Russian-designed AK-47 assault rifle. In war-torn countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, where the United States has an interest, the iconic AK-47 with its curved ammo magazine is a favorite of insurgents and allies alike because it is inexpensive to own and operate. Compared to U.S. weapons like the M-4 assault rifle, it's also more durable and uses ammunition that's easier to find. Now, U.S. Special Operations Command is scouting for companies that might have...
  • Hype the Loop

    06/11/2016 7:16:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/11/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Dream on you loopians, just don't expect me to fund your crazy ideas! There is a new company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) that intends to revolutionize high speed continental travel. It’s CEO, Dirk Ahlborn, recently announced an agreement with the Slovakian government to build Hyperloops from Vienna, Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia, and from Bratislava to Budapest, Hungary. Its competitor, Hyperloop One, recently tested an open air propulsion test of a vehicle with its “Blade Runner” test rig. The Japanese “bullet trains” going at 200 mph are like snails in comparison. The new hyper-things are envisaged to do about 760 mph....
  • Can Brand Trump Win a Presidency?

    06/10/2016 11:16:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    India New England News ^ | June 10, 2016 | Professor John A. Quelch, Harvard Business School
    In the marketplace, Brand Trump is authentic. It stands for aspiration and success, but more the ostentatious and flashy success that appeals to the newly wealthy, the entrepreneur, the outsider. For these consumers, brand Trump clearly delivers; Trump hotels, and resorts average a 4.5 rating on TripAdvisor. Brand Trump has been extended to other categories, from steaks, to education, to apparel. Not all of these ventures have succeeded. Few guests see the competencies of a good hotelier as relevant to designing distinctive quality suits. But, for a minority of consumers who embrace the Trump lifestyle, these other products can add...
  • Pelosi tells Apple, ‘you didn’t build’ the iPhone. The government did

    06/10/2016 3:36:42 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/10/16 | Robert Laurie
    You didn't build that, someone else did. There aren’t’ too many devices that you can look at and instantly ‘get’ that they led to near-instantaneous changes in the way the world functions and behaves. Radios and TVs certainly did, as did the affordable automobile. We can toss in the microwave oven, the X-ray camera, and the personal computer as well. Most recently, the honor would have to go to the cell phone and, in particular, the iPhone. Apple’s baby is widely regarded as the most ubiquitous, and most forward-thinking, of the now borderline-essential cellular handsets. For better or worse, it’s...
  • Why Fiat owner's manuals shouldn't comment on women's legs

    06/10/2016 12:59:27 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 40 replies
    The Car Connection ^ | 6/10/16 | Richard Read
    Despite the tone of America's current presidential campaigns, it is, in fact, 2016. In theory, companies should understand the kinds of actions that might be interpreted as racist or sexist. Unless, of course, those companies make laundry detergent in Italy or China. Or unless they're Fiat. Alas, Fiat has learned that the hard way, after facing serious backlash over an owner's manual distributed to customers in Argentina. Most startlingly, the manual assumed that cars would always be driven by men, with women only riding as "co-pilots" in the passenger's seat or back seat. It also assumed that women don't know...
  • McDonald's: you can sneer, but it's the glue that holds communities together

    06/09/2016 9:45:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | June 8, 2016 | Chris Arnade
    When many lower-income Americans feel isolated and empty, they yearn for physical social networks. All across US, this happens organically at McDonald’s On the morning of their wedding, Omar and Betty shared a breakfast of egg McMuffins at a small McDonald’s table, dressed in their finest clothes. Before driving to a Houston courthouse to be married, they walked into the attached child’s play area and joked about one day bringing their kids there. Few understand celebrating at a McDonald’s, but for Omar and Betty it made sense. They don’t have a lot of money, and McDonald’s is part of their...
  • No Shell game: this cracker plant will deliver (Pennsylvania)

    06/09/2016 6:51:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 9, 2016 | Brian O'Neill
    When Shell announced Tuesday it had green-lighted its ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, a high school buddy who has been watching the oil industry for decades emailed me from New York. This move “completely, totally, unbelievably turns conventional wisdom of the past 40 years on its head,” John Kingston, director of Global Market Insights for S&P Global, said. “A petrochemical plant in the U.S., and not in Asia? And one not on the Gulf Coast? C’mon, that’s crazy talk!” The announcement does seem a throwback to an earlier time in Western Pennsylvania. We’re talking 6,000 jobs in building the...
  • Local View: Wealth inequality sowing the seeds of another civil war

    06/09/2016 1:45:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Duluth News Tribune ^ | May 27, 2016 | Bernie Hughes
    I have concluded that not doing fairly unto others ultimately could bring about another U.S. civil war. Please hear me out. See if you don’t agree it could happen unless the growing unfair political financial tide is corrected. The growing spread of wealth inequality has been underway for many years. It has come to pass even in a democracy and a so-called exceptional nation. I’m not a history major, but in my serious interpretation, another civil war appears to be a distinct possibility. Doing great and greater for the financially elite and less and less for others has come to...
  • The incredible crushing despair of the white working class

    06/08/2016 9:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Washington Post's Wonkblog ^ | June 7, 2016 | Christopher Ingraham
    Americans today say they are generally optimistic about their futures, according to Gallup polling. But one group in particular -- poor white Americans -- has a shockingly dismal view of what the future holds for them. And this pessimism among poor whites goes a long way toward explaining the strange political moment we find ourselves in, one in which Donald Trump surged to the top of the Republican primary ticket by tapping into a deep vein of racial anxiety among the nation's working class. Carol Graham, a happiness researcher at the Brookings Institution, recently analyzed Gallup's data on life satisfaction...
  • Dear Web Designers Of major Websites; YOU SUCK!

    06/08/2016 7:51:19 PM PDT · by big bad easter bunny · 85 replies
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    I just have to get this off my chest, websites in general have become incredibly annoying! Videos play that I don't want to watch, I start reading something and a pop comes up asking me sign up for an email I will never ever read, flash ads give me the dizzy;s, your bullshit plugins give me script errors and on average you leave 10-15 tracking cookies. And you folks are surprised people are using ad blocker? If someone comes up with annoying blocker you are screwed! Concentrate on user experience and then revenue, I just flat out leave websites I...
  • #TRUMPACOLYPSE HYSTERIA IN FULL EFFECT

    06/08/2016 6:13:40 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/08/16 | Katy Grimes and Megan Barth
    There is a war on over the future of the American economy-- Capitalism or Socialism? What side do you stand on? A National Review By, For and Of the Few William F. Buckley, the Founder of National Review, once said, “I would rather be governed by the first 2000 people in the Manhattan phone book than the entire faculty of Harvard.” The American people continue to uprise against the elitist deal makers in Washington DC—many Harvard alums who have given us $19 trillion dollars in debt, with no end to the spending in sight. As the American people continue to...
  • Billionaire Investors Back A Gold Price Rally In 2016

    06/08/2016 4:00:24 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | Frankie
    It wasn’t so long ago that some of the more famous investor gurus were shrugging off gold as nothing more than shiny trinkets with no investment value. They were wrong. This safe haven is back, the recovery is clear, and there have been some very big changes of heart. The biggest gold producers in the world have seen their share prices double this year. Not only are gold prices soaring, but producers are cutting costs and slimming down debt as they pave the way for gold to return to the top of the favored commodities list. Even though gold dropped...
  • US unemployed have quit looking for jobs at a 'frightening' level: Survey

    06/08/2016 1:11:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 8, 2016 | Jeff Cox
    Nearly half of unemployed Americans have quit looking for work, and the numbers are even worse for the long-term jobless, according to a poll released Wednesday that paints a grim picture of the labor market. Some 59 percent of those who have been out of work for two years or more say they have stopped looking, the Harris Poll of unemployed Americans showed. Overall, 43 percent of the jobless said they have given up, according to the poll released in conjunction with Express Employment Professionals, a job placement service. "This is a tale of two economies," Express CEO Bob Funk...
  • The unsexiest trillion-dollar startup

    06/08/2016 12:24:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | June 7, 2016 | Josh Constine
    Steve Jobs went ballistic when public shipping manifests leaked the existence of the iPhone 3G. That’s about the only time something exciting happened in the freight forwarding business. The circulatory system of the global economy is a trillion-dollar industry, yet no one really talks about it, or builds tech for it. That’s what makes freight such a massive disruption opportunity for a startup like Flexport. Transparency begets data, which begets efficiency. Smarter shipping shrinks the physical world the way faster internet shrinks the digital one. New businesses emerge. High bandwidth connections paved the way for Netflix. Now Flexport could make...
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity: Detroit 11 June “buy back”

    06/08/2016 7:16:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event in Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday, 11 June,  2016.  While these events are commonly labelled with the propaganda term “buyback” the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at Mathis Community Center, 19300 Greenfield Road, Detroit.The event is scheduled to run from 10 am until the gift card supply runs out. People often turn up early at these events.  At other turn-in events, some excellent buys were made after the gift cards ran out. The incentive for the gun turn in is a...