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  • AMERICAN FIGHTERS INTERCEPTED RUSSIAN WARPLANES OVER ALASKA

    American fighters intercepted the Russian warplanes over Alaska United States officials have attributed the provocation in the sky with the visit of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko US fighters intercepted six Russian military aircraft in the area of ​​Alaska. About it on his Twitter said CNN journalist Jim Skuitto. "Russian planes stormed the US airspace larger group than usual: Two fighters, two bombers and two tanker" - wrote the correspondent. Skuitto reported that the Americans intercepted the Russians. According to him, officials of the United States associated with the arrival of a provocation President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko States. On...
  • U.S. will train 50,000 veterans to install solar panels

    09/20/2014 3:21:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    CTV News / The Associated Press ^ | September 18, 2014 | Josh Lederman, The Associated Press
    The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans....
  • Stop & Shop Supermarkets: weapons prohibited

    09/19/2014 2:48:39 PM PDT · by matt04 · 28 replies
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    I was in my local Stop & Shop today and noticed a employee putting a sign up on the door. When I left I looked and noticed they posted the stores. I checked their FB page and they have confirmed it is a BAN all all forms of carry.
  • Reflections on the Question of Scottish Independence

    09/19/2014 1:07:42 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 19, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As we reflect on the historic vote in Scotland this week (all votes seem to be “historic” these days, don’t they? Might have more to do with news network ratings than actual history), we Americans find ourselves rather conflicted. On the one hand, we cheer for the idea of independence, a race memory of sorts that dates back to our own War for Independence over 230 years ago. We feel a special affinity for all members of the British Empire; we speak the same language, share the same customs, even enjoy many of the same television shows. Their heroes are...
  • Calls for Ending Unfairness to the English

    09/19/2014 1:01:55 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 September 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Before the referendum on Scottish independence and in order to keep the United Kingdom from disintegrating, the leaders of the three main British parties - David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband - made generous promises in return for the Scottish people to vote No to breaking away from the Union. They promised more powers and money for Scotland. Some say that these promises have come dangerously close to Maximum devolution (Devo Max for short), which means that, except in defence and foreign affairs, the Scottish Parliament gets power over everything. A source of concern is that these promises...
  • PrintAlive 3D Bioprinter Creates Skin-like “Living Bandages” to Advance Burn Treatment

    09/18/2014 5:47:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | September 18, 2014 | Debra Thimmesch
    Health professionals who treat burn victims are acutely aware of the necessity to treat burn injuries, particularly severe ones, as rapidly as possible. As one journal article explains it, “In severe burn injuries where both the epidermal and dermal layers of skin are destroyed, prompt wound closure is critical for favourable [sic] patient outcomes and reduced mortality rates.” A team of biomedical and mechanical engineering graduate students at the University of Toronto have developed what may at the least be considered a preliminary–but certainly extremely technologically advanced–solution to the problem of critical, temporal health intervention for burn patients. For their...
  • OH:Private Buyers Compete for Guns at Toledo Turn In "buy back"

    09/18/2014 4:27:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I missed the notifications of this 8 September 2014 event.   It seems that those notifications are coming closer and closer to the event date, almost as if those conducting the events do not want anyone to do any pre-planning.   Toledo has a checkered history of police bullying private buyers and sellers.   Buckeyefirearms.org did a great job of exposing this last year, with four videos:  Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, and Video 4.  It did not matter much.  There were plenty of private buyers there this year. This year, the police seem to have learned more about the law. ...
  • Could Bitcoin Become Scotland’s Official Currency?

    09/18/2014 2:31:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | September 16, 2014 | Josh Harkinson
    A reliable medium of exchange is the biggest obstacle to Scottish independence. Enter the world's leading crypto-coinage.With Thursday's Scottish independence referendum too close to call, opponents of an independent Scotland have been stressing the would-be country's lack of a reliable currency. An independent Scotland could either keep using the British pound and lose control of its monetary policy, join the eurozone's well-known squabbles, or create a new national currency that's almost certain to be weak. But there's an intriguing fourth option: adopting an online crypto-currency such as Bitcoin. Scotland actually has some historical experience with this sort of thing: Instead...
  • Obama's Ebola Agenda to Collapse the World Economy

    09/18/2014 8:29:50 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 69 replies
    Last few months spent gathering data and lining up the dominoes. Time to connect the dots. Obama sending US troops to West Africa to get infected and bring back here. Remember, it has a 21-day incubation period and new mutations very likely are undetectable. GENERAL: SENDING MILITARY TO FIGHT EBOLA ‘MISUSE’ OF SOLDIERS Ex-Delta Force commander stresses ‘great risk’ of infection Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/boykin-sending-military-to-fight-ebola-misuse-of-soldiers/#RDQcKjtdQIuiO0Op.99 World Bank: Ebola’s Economic Impact Could Be ‘Catastrophic’ http://time.com/3394147/ebola-world-bank/ US to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/09/18/us-to-begin-ebola-hospital-equipment-lift-to-liberia/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20foxnews/health%20(Internal%20-%20Health%20-%20Text) A French aid worker from the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has contracted the Ebola...
  • CyPhy Works to test new pocket-sized drones for U.S. Air Force

    09/18/2014 12:24:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Boston Business Journal's Startups and Venture Capital Blog ^ | September 17, 2014 | David Harris, Tech Editor
    Danvers-based CyPhy Works, a maker of flying robots led by iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner, said today that it was awarded a contract by the U. S. Air Force for a new miniature drone that could help improve search-and-rescue operations. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. Funded under the Department of Defense's Rapid Innovation Fund, CyPhy Works' Extreme Access Pocket Flyer — which can fit into the cargo pants of a military member and weighs 2.3 ounces — will focus on the remote inspection of small passageways and tunnels that are often blocked by debris and rubble. The drone...
  • The People Who Organized Occupy Wall Street Are Now Suing Each Other

    09/17/2014 6:48:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Rosie Gray
    The movement descends into litigation. “We can either go and beat him up or we can go to court.” WASHINGTON — Activists who organized the dormant Occupy Wall Street movement are suing another activist for control of the main Twitter account, and one of the plaintiffs says there was no other option but to turn to litigation to solve the dispute. The conflict centers around @OccupyWallStNYC, one of the main Twitter feeds that distributed information during the movement’s heyday in 2011. The OWS Media Group filed a lawsuit against organizer Justin Wedes on Wednesday, which is also the third anniversary...
  • Big Labor Steps Up Around Ferguson and Race

    09/17/2014 6:26:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Color Lines ^ | September 17, 2014 | Carla Murphy
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The head of the largest confederation of labor unions this week acknowledged that Big Labor, representing more than 12 million workers in the U.S., has not always supported men and women of color. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, addressing the Missouri AFL-CIO convention this Monday focused heavily on race in America and on racism within union ranks. “How can we not be involved?” he asked of the killing of Michael Brown and its aftermath. One recent survey has exposed deep racial division over officer Darren Wilson’s fatal shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old. Trumka threaded a fine line indicative of a central...
  • ANIMATED VM2 - Putting together graphics team....have license for major global icon

    09/17/2014 5:33:44 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 9-17-14 | doug from upland
    At the source is a link to a project from 1996 used by SONY at an awards presentation. I am working with the man who had that video of Virtual Marilyn created. I have acquired the licensing rights to develop animated 3D stickers (emoticons) of the 3D "persona" of the late Marilyn Monroe. The person from whom I have the rights recorded the idea and copyright in the Library of Congress. No, the estate of Marilyn Monroe cannot do anything about it. Court cases have determined that her domicile at the time of death was New York. If it were...
  • Military Vets Targeted by Sophisticated Job Scheme

    09/17/2014 4:26:55 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area News Online ^ | Sept 17, 2014 | Vicky Nguyen, Liza Meak, Jeremy Carroll and Felipe Escamilla
    Mark Blum served his country for eight years in the Air Force. When he left the military, he had high hopes the skills he learned as a logistical advisor would help him land a new career in civilian life. Instead, he says, he was taken in by an elaborate online employment scheme that has financially ruined him. Blum posted his profile on LinkedIn, which led to an email from a woman identifying herself as Betty Blake from Blue Line Network. “The very first contact with me was, 'We’re looking to hire ex-military people because of their attention to detail,”' Blum...
  • Letter Re: What Retail Might Look Like at TEOTWAWKI

    09/17/2014 3:16:58 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 9/14 | Dave
    Another thing to point out is the amount of time it takes to get back on track following a disruption in supply. Take a blizzard that shuts down a distribution center for a day. The way things work is that shipments are coming in constantly, but they are timed so that basically only the items projected to be necessary are delivered. There are not warehouses full of every item imaginable that can just be run out to a store. Now a blizzard not only shuts down the warehouse and its delivery vehicles, but it shuts down the trucking that supplies...
  • TX: Dramatic Video of Gunfight

    09/17/2014 11:11:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The man attempting the robbery appears to have a pistol gripped shotgun of unknown make.    In the video, it is clear that he hides the shotgun until he starts to attempt the robbery.   In the narrative, it is unclear exactly what happens next, whether the father pulls out a gun and tells the robber to leave after the daughter is threatened, or whether the father hands the gun to the 20 year old son,  or whether the son takes the gun from the father, and then shoots the robber.  It seems most likely that the father handed the handgun...
  • Dear Uncle Siemens

    09/17/2014 8:51:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    Satire Dear Uncle Siemens, I am hearing a lot about you in the news lately. Somehow your offshore wind turbines in the German Bight can’t deliver any power. ABB’s HVDC converter station seems to have a fever and the prognosis is not good. Some unkind folks claim that you could catch a cold because of that. Really? I mean what’s €500 million between friends? Especially if you can charge it to the electricity consumer!
  • United States Ranks 32 out of 34 Countries in New Global Tax Index

    09/17/2014 8:32:14 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/17/14 | Alan Joel
    Our tax code is byzantine, our businesses are over-taxed, and our economy is continuing to suffer. We can do better. We have done better. We deserve better. The Tax Foundation released its first global stat called the “International Tax Competitiveness Index”. This index aims to measure two criteria, competitiveness and neutrality, by examining “the extent to which a country’s tax system adheres to”, these “two important principles of tax policy”. The index accounted for more than 40 tax positions and policies. In their analysis, two of the most damning reasons for ranking the United States near the very bottom of...
  • 3D Printed Imura Revolver Hybrid Development

    09/16/2014 12:29:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An innovative 3D printed hybrid revolver design is being worked on as tribute to 3D printings first martyr,  Yoshito Imura.  Imura was arrested for 3D printing some plastic, blank firing guns in Japan.  The development would fire from the bottom of the cylinder, as did the original blank firing plastic gun.   The new design has hybrid features, including steel chamber sleeves and barrel liner.  As seen in this computer image of the developing design, the revolver is meant to be double action; that is, one pull of the trigger will rotate the cylinder, cock the striker, and release it,...
  • Florida looks to Expand Legal Hunting with Gun Mufflers

    09/16/2014 4:46:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    While the United States leads the world in most ways, it has lagged in the adoption of mufflers for guns.   In most of Europe, mufflers on guns are not controversial.   In Finland, ownership, manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of gun mufflers is a constitutional right.   On most of the continent, gun mufflers are easier to acquire than firearms; their use is considered good manners. Not so in the United States.   Due to a weird quirk in firearms law passed during the Roosevelt administration, gun mufflers require a $200 dollar tax to be paid to the federal government.  Processing of...
  • Lincoln Motor Co., Black Greeks cement their partnership

    09/15/2014 3:18:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Howard University's The District Chronicles ^ | September 15, 2014 | Shawn Thompson
    Lincoln Motors marketing manager Thompson hopes the campaign with the Black Greeks will boost sales, help communities.To continue in its efforts to give back to local communities, the Lincoln Motor Company has teamed with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC), a group of nine African-American Greek-letter organizations. The program, “The Divine Nine Driven to Give Program,” is an extension of Lincoln’s national Driven To Give program that kicked off in August. “Being able to engage with influencers on initiatives that matter most to them is key in our efforts to introduce some of our newest products, like the first-ever Lincoln...
  • PA: Legislature to Vote on Gun Law Reform

    09/15/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The NRA is reporting that an important gun law reform will be coming up for a vote this week.  From the nraila.org: Next week, the Pennsylvania Legislature returns from its summer break, and the NRA has learned that the state House of Representatives may be considering a vote on House Bill 2011 as early as next Monday.  This critical firearms preemption legislation is needed to strengthen and provide consistency in Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state.  To date, nearly fifty municipalities have enacted illegal local gun control ordinances including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Reading and the state capital...
  • Petrodollar Panic: EU Officials Admit Buying Oil From ISIS

    09/15/2014 11:16:01 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 23 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 09/15/2014 | Tyler Durden
    We recently explained how ISIS remains so well funded but what was unclear was who exactly what purchasing their 'recently-provisioned' oil reserves? The assumption being some desperate third-world nation or some scheming offshore hedge-fund arbitrageur; however, as Sott.net reports, a senior European Union official has revealed that some EU member states have purchased oil from ISIL Takfiri militants despite their rhetoric against the group. The official declined to disclose any names but Turkey remains a front-runner (having already shunned President Obama) and potentially France (after their recent anti-Petrodollar comments). As The Daily Signal's Kelsey Harkness ( @kelseyjharkness ) notes, According...
  • Liberated Women and the Traditional Family

    09/15/2014 9:55:52 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/15/14 | Alan Caruba
    It’s about generations of young men and women growing up in a society where a father is not an integral part of the family and the price our society pays for that My generation, born in the late 1930s and the 1940s, has witnessed a dramatic change in the role and the rights of women in America. A significant result of the women’s liberation movement is a change in the role of traditional marriage that was reported in early September. “If you count a generation as spanning 20 years,” wrote Terence P. Jeffery, an editor of CNSnews.com, “then approximately 36...
  • IRS Poised to Start Taxing Employer Provided Lunches

    09/15/2014 9:20:50 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 33 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Some employers provide employees with company-paid free lunches. The idea is to keep workers at their desks and improve productivity. The expense has normally been lumped in with other expenses as a cost of doing business. The IRS now wants to tax these lunches as income to the employees. IRS spokesperson Jason Coveter explained that “most employees have to furnish their own lunches. Whether they go out and buy it or bring it from home, they are bearing this cost themselves. It is unfair for other employees to get a lunch paid for by their employer. We’re just trying to...
  • AZ:Armed Robbery: Distraction = Death

    09/15/2014 8:44:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A common theme in the failure of armed robbers is the problem of becoming distracted, if only for one or two seconds.   That is all the time a prospective victim needs to access a weapon and strike a fatal blow or three.   Robbers want compliance and money or goods.   They generally do not want murder, at least until after they get the goods or money, which compliance helps them to obtain.   In this case in Phoenix, the would be robber was distracted, and loses the subsequent gunfight.   From kpho.com;  Crump is a police Sargent: The suspect walked up to...
  • The Experiment Halfway Point: How Much Tax Do We Pay?

    09/15/2014 6:04:14 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 13 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/15/14 | Steve Berman
      It’s halfway through the month, and time to update you on my experiment.  To review, I chose September to capture every penny of tax we pay, and see exactly how much goes to the government.  I am only capturing direct taxes, rather than driving myself into the abyss of insanity by attempting to accrue all the corporate taxes, and second- and third-removed taxes on money we pay. A few notes on lifestyle.  My wife and I have two boys, ages 5 and 3 (about to be 4).  We live pretty modestly.  In fact, other than travel for work or...
  • The Politics of Giving Your Child a Black Name

    09/15/2014 3:34:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    Politic365 ^ | December 30, 2011 | Jeneba Ghatt
    Yesterday, New York City Department of Health revealed that the number one name Black parents applied to their baby girls was Madison, a name historically and traditionally given by White parents. By contrast, the number one boy name was Jayden, often considered a typical “Black name.” The juxtaposition of the contrast is striking. It is no hidden secret that many Blacks in America for decades have struggled with the decision of whether to name their children a traditional African or African American name. The decision is based on how much they want to give away the race of their children...
  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/14/2014 11:17:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | The October 2014 Issue | Frank Markus | Photos By Julia LaPalme
    Where is the automobile headed in our gradually warming world? Fully electric like the Chevy Spark, Nissan Leaf, or Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive? Plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt, Ford Energi models, or Porsche 918? Flying cars like the Terrafugia Transition? Something else entirely? One thing's for sure: Wherever it's headed, folks buying at the pointy end of the price pyramid will get there first and help field-test the tech for the rest of us. If you have both the means and the inclination to live your automotive life on the green-tech bleeding edge -- or if you need...
  • WHO still pushing to collect a global tobacco tax

    09/14/2014 8:05:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 13, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The unelected and unaccountable sages at the World Health Organization (WHO) can’t seem to help themselves or resist the temptation to try to regulate the behavior of everyone on the planet. This is a shame, really, because a group like that could actually do some good if they stuck to trying to get basic supplies and medical care to people in remote, poverty stricken countries. But rather than devoting themselves to such laudable goals, they’re once again pushing to get every government on the planet to jack up sin taxes on tobacco.(This is something they’ve tried before, as I wrote...
  • Andrew Mellon: A Study in Conservative American History

    09/14/2014 5:11:39 PM PDT · by grumpa · 1 replies
    Off Grid Blog ^ | Septemeber 14, 2014 | Off Grid Blogger
    The story of Andrew Mellon (1855-1937) is lab in American conservatism. There are at least three reasons: (1) his business success, (2) his political acumen, and (3) his philanthropy. Business Success. He became one of the richest men in America through successful business ventures across numerous industries. His businesses gave jobs to tens of thousands of Americans while advancing the economy. Political Success. He served as Secretary of the Treasury from 1921 to 1932 under three presidents: Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover. Working with President Coolidge, Mellon was instrumental in reviving the country from the depression of 1920-21. Unlike the later...
  • New Army Commercial Sends Pitiful Message to the World

    09/14/2014 2:41:41 PM PDT · by publius321 · 136 replies
    http://www.dailyLambaste.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Scott Ryan
    When I saw this commercial, I honestly thought perhaps the Army is now making ads specifically targeting homosexuals. (We all know that it's just a matter of time.) I'm definitely ---not--- saying that graphic artists are all homosexuals. However...
  • Why Renters are Not Buying Into the “American Dream” of Homeownership

    09/14/2014 10:35:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The Bryan Ellis Investing Letter ^ | September 11, 2014 | Carole VanSickle Ellis
    We’ve all heard that millenials are the key to the housing recovery and that home prices are set to skyrocket just as soon as all the people renting or living in family homes (read: basements) get out, get married, get employed, and settle down in their new homes. However, for some reason, the estimates for when all this will happen just keep moving farther and farther out. In an effort to determine just what is delaying renters from becoming homeowners, the New York Federal Reserve conducted a Survey of Consumer Expectations to address the issue. The study found that while...
  • Wind Turbines but no Power

    09/14/2014 8:44:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    The highly touted, government-subsidized, unreliable, intermittent and expensive "alternative power" schemes currently in vogue are nothing but a phenomenal waste of money
  • Massive U.S. aid overwhelms Afghans

    09/14/2014 3:36:26 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 13, 2014 | Mark Tapscott
    American officials have spent billions of tax dollars "setting up projects or programs that the Afghans cannot or will not sustain once international forces" leave Afghanistan, according to a government watchdog. "Afghanistan is a case study in projects and programs set up without considering" whether they can be continued, said John Sopko, Special Inspector-General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Sopko's comments came in a speech Friday to a meeting of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University. The problem is the sheer magnitude of the reconstruction effort, which is bigger than any ever before undertaken by the U.S. "Last year, the...
  • Beyond Single Issues: Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

    09/13/2014 6:36:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Indypendent ^ | September 12, 2014 | Deirdre Smith
    It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate crisis. It was all over the news in August: images of police pointing military-grade weapons at unarmed black people with their hands in the air. These scenes made my heart race in an all-too-familiar way. I was devastated for Michael Brown, his family and the people of Ferguson. Almost immediately, I closed my eyes and felt the fear I have for my own family. In the wake of the climate disaster that was Hurricane...
  • Job, Resource Fair to Be Held in Ferguson Saturday

    09/13/2014 8:13:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    KMOX-AM ^ | September 12, 2014 | Carol Daniel
    FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) - The protests and riots in Ferguson highlighted what many already knew—residents in many North St. Louis county towns are facing unemployment, poverty and lack of educational achievement. Organizers say a job and resource fair on Saturday, Sept. 13 is designed to tackle those issues. “We’re all alarmed by the situation and events that are happening, but I’m hoping that out of that something good can come out of it, and that’s getting people jobs and getting folks back into the educational setting,” says St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley Interim President Ruby Curry. The Urban League of...
  • What Petrodollar: Russia, China To Create SWIFT Alternative

    09/12/2014 1:54:36 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10 September 2014 | Tyler Durden
    If, when in February Victoria Nuland infamously launched a (not so) covert campaign to replace the ruling Ukraine president oblivious to the human casualties, resulting in a civil war in east Ukraine, NATO encroachment along the borders of Russia, and a near-terminal escalation in hostilities between Ukraine, Russian, and various regional NATO members, the US intention was to provoke the Kremlin so hard that the nation with the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources would jettison the US Dollar and in the process begin the unraveling of the USD reserve currency status (as much as Jared Bernstein desires...
  • Fracking dollars help save a sports icon in fracking-free New York (NFL's Buffalo Bills)

    09/12/2014 1:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Barrel ^ | September 12, 2014 | John Kingston
    Another chapter in the never-ending love/hate relationship between New York and fracking. The former has banned the latter, as we’re sure you know. First, let’s go back to 2010. East Resources, which is a privately held independent oil and gas company operating in the Marcellus, among other areas, sells a vast amount of acreage in the Marcellus and other areas to Royal Dutch Shell for $4.7 billion. Then go back to earlier this year. Ralph Wilson, the only man who ever owned the Buffalo Bills, dies in March. So his heirs put the Bills–who haven’t made the NFL playoffs since...
  • McDonald's Is Quietly Copying Chipotle's Strategy ("Customization")

    09/12/2014 12:06:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Trove ^ | September 6, 2014 | Ashley Lutz, Business Insider
    McDonald's just expanded a test for burgers that are 100% customizable. The brand hopes the strategy, which is currently in four restaurants in San Diego, California, could help attract a younger crowd and revive lagging sales. Many analysts believe that the customization will soon become widespread at McDonald's and allow it to better compete with fast-casual competitors like Chipotle. Chipotle is largely successful because the ingredients for its burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads are entirely selected by customers, who increasingly crave tailored options and high-quality ingredients. Dominique Zamora at Foodbeast tried out the process, which also has elements of fast-casual...
  • Ships without crew set for the seas

    09/11/2014 6:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Local Europe AB ^ | September 11, 2014
    Researchers based in Norway believe that in around 10 years time cargo ships will have the technology to sail the seas without the need of a captain or crew. Marintek, part of the SINTEF group based in Norway, is one of a number of partners working on developing systems which can operate without the need for humans. The "Seatonomy" project is looking to have ships sailing without human crews in the next 10 to 20 years. The 12 million kroner ($1.9 million) research investment by SINTEF could actually improve ship safety as human error causes more than 75 percent of...
  • Poll: Republicans preferred to keep America prosperous (49%-40%)

    09/11/2014 4:45:09 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 3 replies
    Politipage ^ | 09/11/14 | Jon Fitzpatrick
    Earlier I posted about the new poll from Gallup where the Republicans wallop the Democrats when it comes to keeping America safe. Buried in that poll was this other nugget: “Looking ahead for the next few years, which political party do you think will keep the country prosperous." Results: Republicans 49%, Democrats 40%. And how will this impact the mid terms, exactly? Well, it "does not bode well for Democratic chances," says Gallup. While these measures are by no means perfect predictors of how well a party will do in a midterm election year, the Republican Party's strength this year...
  • Chicago Gets to Work for LGBTQ Youth (Now I've seen it all)

    09/11/2014 3:33:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Curve Magazine ^ | September 10, 2014 | Melanie Barker
    Help is at hand for job-seeking queer and trans youth.Roll up your sleeves, queer youth of Chicago, and get ready to connect and get skilled! On Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, noon-4 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, the Work! Chicago LGBTQ Youth Job Fair welcomes members of the community, with a special focus on LGBTQ youth and the transgender community.The fair is sponsored by Windy City Times, Chicago House TransWorks, TransTech and the Center on Halsted. This job fair is a follow-up event to the Windy City Times LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit held in May, in which...
  • IKEA ridicules silly Apple commercials

    09/11/2014 12:21:45 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 31 replies
    Just click the link below to find out what this is all about.
  • Islamic State’s Ultimate Goal: Saudi Arabia’s Oil Wells

    09/11/2014 8:49:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/11/14 | Claude Salhani
    The capture of oil wells in Syria and Iraq has made the group financially self-sufficient. Now it's all or nothing For the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, Syria and Iraq were a good place to start their campaign, but in order to survive and prosper it knew from the outset that it had no choice but to set its sights on the ultimate prize: the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. It is in that direction that the battle for control of the world’s largest oil fields is currently heading. Islamic State—which has its origins in al-Qaeda—knows fully well...
  • Rice’s Misfortune Is that His “Infraction” Was Caught on Camera

    09/11/2014 7:43:20 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/11/14 | Jerry A. Kane
    As long as players don't get caught knocking out women on camera for the world to see, they're cleared to play football in the NFL Ray Rice has become “Peck’s Bad Boy” for a deteriorating National Football League. When the first video of him dragging his unconscious fianc√©e out of an elevator appeared in July, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell slapped Rice’s wrist with a two-game suspension. Goodell went on to revise the league’s disciplinary policy regarding domestic violence to include a minimum six-game suspension or more for the first infraction and up to a lifetime ban for the second, with...
  • Second Amendment Supporters Buy Best Guns at Cleveland "Buy Back"

    09/11/2014 4:34:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    At the recent Cleveland gun turn in event, "buy back", the public turned in 270 guns to the police.    Second amendment supporters were there in force, and purchased about 100 guns, some of the most valuable of those brought to the event, for cash.   From guns.com: “Overall we saved about 100 guns. Anything worth saving was saved. I would say less than 10 guns of actual value made it through us to get turned in to police. If the guns weren’t worth anything, we directed them over to the police to at least get something for them. And we...
  • Cruz to House GOP: Punt Spending Debate Into 2015

    09/11/2014 1:53:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 10, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski with Matt Fuller
    Sen. Ted Cruz is launching an effort to push the House into a continuing resolution that funds the government into the next Congress. “It would be a serious mistake for House Republicans to pass a Continuing Resolution that would ensure that Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats would come back to Washington, after many of them will have likely lost their seats, for a no-holds barred lame duck session where they will be free to pass legislation that the American people will never be able to hold them responsible for,” the Texas Republican said in a statement provided to CQ...
  • 5 Different 3D Printed Gun Models Have Been Fired Since May, 2013 – Here They Are

    09/10/2014 8:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | September 10, 2014 | Brian Krassenstein
    While we have seen so many incredible life-changing applications for 3D printing, there are still many concerns which remain on the table when dealing with the possible negative implications of the technology. Whether you believe that the ease in which practically anyone will eventually be able to fabricate a firearm is a good or bad thing, just the thought of 3D printed firearms will send shivers down the spines of law enforcement agencies around the world. There has been an incredibly fast progression of the technology behind the methods of manufacturing guns with 3D printers in the last two years...
  • Should Stratasys be Worried? London Man is Developing a Polymer Jetting 3D Printer for Under $2000

    09/10/2014 7:39:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | September 9, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO, AY.com, Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    There are two 3D printing technologies that are capable of producing products that are almost indistinguishable from those created using traditional manufacturing techniques. These would be Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and Polymer Jetting technology. The former is widely used by 3D Systems in their industrial level machines, which can cost in the $500,000+ range. The latter is currently used by Stratasys in their patented PolyJet technology, which is utilized in most of their industrial level 3D printers. These printers also cost in the 6-figure-plus range. While these 3D printing technologies are some of the best out there, the price tags...