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  • WWE invites Michael Sam to appear on Sept. 8 'Monday Night Raw'

    09/02/2014 1:53:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | September 1, 2014 | John Breech
    If Michael Sam doesn't have a job by next Monday, he has at least one standing offer. WWE has invited Sam to appear on the Sept. 8 episode of Raw. WWE ✔ @WWE 2013 @SEC Defensive Player of Year & @NFL @STLouisRams draft pick @MichaelSamNFL invited to @WWE #RAW next week! 8:13 PM - 1 Sep 2014 625 Retweets 440 favorites During Monday's broadcast, the company said it would give Sam an 'open microphone' where he could tell his side of the story -- whatever that means. Call me crazy, but I don't think WWE is going to get the...
  • Big Labor: Eat only 'union-made' for Labor Day BBQ

    09/01/2014 10:01:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | September 1, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Labor Day is no time for a non-union barbecue, says the nation’s labor movement. To help the shoppers, Big Labor has issued a list of union-made food and drinks that should be served at the backyard feast today. “Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer holiday season. While the day honors the hardworking men and women who make this nation go and grow, the weekend also gives us a chance for one more big backyard barbecue blowout. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start,” said the AFL-CIO. They forwarded the...
  • Marines' laser weapon targeting enemy drones revealed

    09/01/2014 9:53:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 16, 2014 | Allison Barrie
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Watch out, enemy drones. The U.S. military is developing laser weapons to smite you. The Office of Naval Research announced last week that it is building a laser weapon that will be able to shoot down aerial drones, spelling big trouble for any enemy who tries to target the U.S. Marines. GBAD – Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move – is a laser weapon designed to be installed on the Marines’ Humvees, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and other light tactical ground vehicles. Intended to provide an affordable alternative to traditional firepower, GBADs could prevent enemy drones from tracking and targeting...
  • Libs go stupid as NFL’s Rams cut openly gay Michael Sam

    08/31/2014 9:47:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | August 31, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    It was inevitable. Rookie Michael Sam, heralded as the first openly gay player in the National Football League, was released Saturday by the St. Louis Rams, prompting the liberal blog Mother Jones to run what amounted to a photo of the player, along with a provocative, almost juvenile headline. The post, “Michael Sam, Who Is Better At Football Than You Will Ever Be At Anything, Has Been Cut By the Rams,” offered no perspective whatsoever. In fact, other than the headline, there were no words. When Sam was first drafted, it was clear that if he were to eventually be...
  • China near collapse?

    08/31/2014 8:05:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 87 replies
    Propublica.org comment ^ | 27 August, 2014 | BiberWallgoal
    I am a Chinese working as a China analyst at a think tank. It is becoming more and more apparent to many people, that the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) knows it is on its last straw of survival. The party is facing severe and endlessly increasing systematic stress on all fronts: 1. Increasing external oppositions from all other countries in the world including all of China's neighbours. They are forming more and more alliances and becoming more outspoken with rising strengths against China, in addition to increasing anti-China sentiment from people in all other countries. Many countries including Canada...
  • Chuck Todd: Americans Who Don't Pay Income Tax Fund Gov't More than Rich by Playing Lottery, Slots

    08/30/2014 8:50:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | August 26, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Chuck Todd, the new host of NBC's Meet The Press, suggested that Americans who do not pay income tax fund public education more than the rich by buying lottery tickets and going to casinos. While interviewing Ben Carson on CSPAN's After Words, which aired on Sunday, Todd said that Americans who don't pay federal income tax go to casinos or buy lottery tickets and are "spending more money funding our schools, whether it's Detroit or other places." Todd said that though "they are not writing a check to the federal government," poorer Americans "are contributing arguably more money to education...
  • OH:Cheap Gun Opportunity Cleveland 6 September, 2014

    08/30/2014 2:49:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, 6 September,  2014.  While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. I have not been able to find any definitive information about where the event will be held, how much will be offered for what firearms, or what the starting and ending times are.  It appears that the event will only collect handguns.   From newsnet5.com: At the handgun buyback event, people can exchange guns for gift cards, no questions asked....
  • McInerney: The U.S. Is Losing Its Global Status (Video)

    08/30/2014 8:39:01 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 38 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | You Tube
    We have never seen leadership like this out of the White house -that I know of- in our history. There’s a difference between civilian rule and authority and their allegiance to the constitution to protect the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic and we are getting into that crossover point where the president and the white house is moving into dereliction of duty because we are not at an increased readiness state and we are taking no steps to respond like we should have done in Benghazi and so we are in a very dangerous situation where the...
  • Ready for the robot revolution?

    08/29/2014 7:37:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Ahmed Banafa
    Progress in robotics, from drones to medical applications, is starting to come at a fast clip. Do you want your robot to cook your food, or just deliver it?The days of drones filling the sky and robots roaming in our streets are not far removed from reality anymore, and scenes from movies like Star Wars, Minority Report and I, Robot will be common soon. Just consider some of the ways that robots have started to permeate our lives. Start with Amazon, which is taking to drones in a big way. The online shopping giant started a new phase in high-tech...
  • Malaysia Airlines to Cut 30% of Its Workforce (6,000 layoffs)

    08/29/2014 6:46:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. The staff reduction represents about 30 percent of its current workforce of 20,000. A search for a new CEO is underway, but there is no move to change the airline's name, which some branding experts had said was necessary for a successful makeover....
  • The Big Short (Of US Treasuries): No Country Going Long in US Treasuries

    08/29/2014 4:24:43 PM PDT · by MRourke85 · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/29/2014 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Over the past 3 months, the number of short positions on US Treasuries has grown with virtually no country going long. Australia is taking small long positions in US Treasuries. According to Citi’s Amitabh Arora: Flow Analysis: Over the last 3 months we have seen good appetite for European Government Bonds (EGBs), net buying of United States Treasuries (USTs), and flat demand for Japanese Government Bonds (JGBs). However, the buying of USTs hasn’t been in 10s where the main short is located. Hedge funds are accelerating their buying of EGBs (across the curve) and decreasing their selling of USTs. Real...
  • Despite Threats – QuikTrip Has No Plans To Rebuild in #Ferguson

    08/29/2014 2:10:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 29, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    On August 10, 2014, the Ferguson, Missouri, the local QuikTrip was looted and torched during riots over the shooting death of 18 year-old Michael Brown.The QuikTrip was completely destroyed during the Ferguson riots. Ferguson protesters later warned local business owners to rebuild: “Or it’s gonna be hell to pay” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Despite the threats QuikTrip has no plans of rebuilding in Ferguson. On August 19, 2014, the gas was removed from the tanks at the Ferguson QuikTrip. This was another sign that the QuikTrip in Ferguson will not rebuild.Destroyed QuikTrip in Ferguson removed gas from its underground tanks. The company is getting...
  • GA: Store Owner Proud of Armed Employee

    08/29/2014 10:03:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Suspect in five crimes In Georgia, on Sunday, 24 August, a criminal attempted to rob the Shell Food Mart at about 4 a.m.  It did not turn out as expected.   The clerk pulled out his own gun and chased the robber from the store.   The suspect (perhaps accidentally) fired his gun as he ran off.  From wjcl.com: Surveillance video shows the suspect approach the counter, pull out a hand gun, and start waving it around. Patel then reaches under the counter and pulls out his own gun. The suspect ran and Patel is seen on video chasing him out...
  • Liberal failures and the real lessons of Ferguson

    08/29/2014 7:55:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/29/14 | Tom Delay
    We still don’t have all the facts about happened in Ferguson, but we can already draw one big lesson Clearly, something tragic happened during the confrontation on the street that day that left a young man dead and a community in chaos. Certainly, our hearts go out to the family and we can all hope that the investigation into what happened will be swift, thorough and fair to all parties. Liberalism’s drive for state control Already, of course, the shooting of Michael Brown has sparked a much bigger debate on a range of topics, from the state of civil rights...
  • So, Really, Where Is The .22 Rimfire Ammo?

    08/29/2014 2:46:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 27, 2014 | Mark Keefe, American Rifleman
    It happens daily. Still. I get calls and e-mails asking where all the ammo is. Except it is not “all” ammo anymore. For the record, there is no conspiracy. There is no secret government contract. It’s not Bloomberg or Soros (even though their actions and pronouncements often increase demand. Ironic, huh?). The major domestic ammunition makers have been producing more ammunition than ever. They are all up in terms of total production—double, and in some areas, triple-digit increases. They are all running three shifts. And when it comes to center-fire cartridges, at least of three of the big makers are...
  • Henry Rollins: American Bigotry Is Alive in Ferguson (Bull**** Bulletin & Hurl Warning)

    08/28/2014 11:52:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The L.A. Weekly ^ | August 28, 2014 | Henry Rollins
    While most of America gets on with its business, Ferguson, Missouri, burns in archaic flames of exasperating, unresolved anger, for all to see. Once again, the world watches America roil in the mortifying echo of Jim Crow law brutality. Meanwhile, U.S. firepower explodes bodies of ISIS militia thousands of miles away. They and Boko Haram are seen as primitive, extremist scum that should be eradicated. Even the new liberal, socialist pope wants to see the American Shock ’n’ Awe Fire Revue focused on ISIS. Yet there’s Missouri, showing everyone where America’s at. Missouri has a history of despicable conduct. Abraham...
  • Commentary: Finding the Silver Lining in Ferguson among African Americans and Indians in America

    Amidst all the hell breaking loose in Ferguson, here is one more old scab to pick at – immigrant-black tensions in small towns and inner cities. It is a troubling image. The hazy security camera screen captures from the convenience store reinforced those fears. The store clerk was slightly built. Michael Brown, the customer holding him by the collar was a much larger man. Though the storeowner, Andy Patel, later told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch no shoplifting or robbery had occurred in his store, the screen-grab encapsulated a story of suspicion, tension, and conflict. Soon thereafter Michael Brown was gunned...
  • Pigford Redo – Holder To Give Funds From DOJ’s $16 Billion Bank Of America Settlement To Radicals

    08/28/2014 2:23:52 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/ ^ | August 28, 2014 | Sundance
    (Via Judicial Watch) The Department of Justice (DOJ) keeps giving radical leftist groups that support President Obama huge amounts of cash collected from big banks to settle discrimination and mortgage abuse lawsuits filed by the government. Judicial Watch first reported the scheme two years ago when Countrywide Financial Corporation doled out $335 million to settle its discrimination lawsuit with the feds. The money was supposed to be distributed to more than 200,000 minority victims who supposedly were charged higher interest rates and fees than white borrowers based on their race not their credit. Instead, a chunk of the money went...
  • FL: 89-Year-Old Wins Gunfight with Career Criminal

    08/28/2014 2:18:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A decorated WWII veteran, who never fired a shot while overseas, won a battle with a robber half his age on Saturday.   The hand to hand combat lasted until Arthur M. Lewis and the robber were both exhausted.   Lewis had shot the robber six times, four times in the chest, once in the arm and once in the wrist and leg.  Lewis himself was wounded with a graze to his left arm. Lewis' girlfriend says that people think of him as frail, but he is anything but frail. The alleged robber, Lennard Patrick Jervis, has been arrested...
  • Burger King & The Flame-Broiled Whopper of Socialism

    08/28/2014 1:09:54 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 23 replies
    Self | 8/28/14 | Me
    Considering Canada’s corporate tax rate is 26%, compared to America’s 40%, why wouldn’t Burger King relocate for more sensible and profitable pastures? After all, that’s why people open businesses...to make freaking money...not to be a willing victim of wealth redistribution! Throw in the endless stupidity and cost of Obamacare regulations, which forces fast food chains to pay for the health insurance of minimum wage workers, and you have a surefire recipe for economic food poisoning. What’s next; forcing business to pay for employees’ sex partners, birth control and abortions? According to Lena Dunham - the author of the “devirginized” Obama...
  • The Agricultural Resource Management Plan in Virginia

    08/28/2014 8:31:36 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/28/14 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Environmentally-driven encroachment: Regulating farming, compliance with environmentalist demands, control and tracking of the food supply, water supply, land use The Agricultural Resource Management Plan in Virginia, Environmentally-driven encroachment: Regulating farming, compliance with environmentalist demands, control and tracking of the food supply, water supply, land use My late father-in-law was a successful farmer and cooperative extension agent with 40 year’s experience who advised farmers in his county on crop management, land and water use, fertilizers, soil analysis, pests, and plant and animal disease. He valued the land he owned and knew that it was very important to properly care for the...
  • Obama visit a wildcard in Wisc. governor's race

    08/28/2014 6:09:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 28, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama will head to Milwaukee on Labor Day, wading into one of the nation's closest gubernatorial races just two months before Election Day, according to multiple Wisconsin news outlets. It’s unclear if Obama will appear alongside Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke — who is attempting to unseat Gov. Scott Walker, himself floated as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016 — while he attends the 55th annual Laborfest celebration Burke is also slated to appear at Laborfest, which regularly draws thousands of union workers and their families to downtown Milwaukee, but she notably did not attend an event with...
  • Fed Vice Chairman Warns: Your Bank May Seize Your Money to Recapitalize Itself

    08/27/2014 8:27:26 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 8/27/14 | Mac Slavo
    At the height of the financial crisis in 2008 the U.S. government forced some of the countries largest banks to take “bailout” funds amounting to billions of dollars in order to keep them from going bankrupt. It was a move designed to not only keep too-big-to-fail financial institutions afloat, but one that would inspire confidence and keep American consumers spending. As a result, the last several years have seen stock markets reach record highs with Americans continuing to rack up personal debt for real estate, vehicles, education, and consumer goods as if the financial crisis never happened.
  • The Impending Catastrophe: “It’s Not Difficult To See This Coming”

    08/27/2014 8:25:28 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 8/27/14 | Karl Denninger
    It’s not difficult to see this coming, if you bother to look. There is no rule of law any more if you’re a government employee — or one of those protected by same. Let’s put together just a partial list:
  • LA:Baton Rouge Ban on Guns in Places that Serve Alcohol Unconstitutional

    08/27/2014 3:17:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana has struck down the City of Baton Rouge's ban (pdf) on the possession of firearms or other weapons in places that sell alcohol, and their parking lots.   The lawsuit was filed under Section 1983.   The court granted default judgment to the plaintiff.   A  permanent injunction was ordered against enforcement of the ordinance, which was passed in 2012.   A hearing to determine the amount of damages will be held on October 23, 2014. The facts are clear and undisputed.  On October 13, 2012, at about 1:35 a.m., Earnest Taylor was...
  • The Nail In The Petrodollar Coffin: Gazprom Begins Accepting Payment For Oil In Ruble, Yuan

    08/27/2014 12:25:39 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 15 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 08/27/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Several months ago, when Russia announced the much anticipated "Holy Grail" energy deal with China, some were disappointed that despite this symbolic agreement meant to break the petrodollar's stranglehold on the rest of the world, neither Russia nor China announced payment terms to be in anything but dollars. In doing so they admitted that while both nations are eager to move away from a US Dollar reserve currency, neither is yet able to provide an alternative. This changed in late June when first Gazprom's CFO announced the gas giant was ready to settle China contracts in Yuan or Rubles, and...
  • Cry for Argentina

    08/27/2014 10:09:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/27/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Liberal left socialist utopianism has destroyed Argentina's economy, and the country is now joining the ranks of leftist economies gasping for air, and slowly A year ago conservatives in Argentina claimed the South American country was headed in the same direction as Venezuela. Economic freedom was under assault because of the institution of a failed Bolivarian economic monster - Hugo Chavez’s “twenty-first century socialism” was destroying yet another South American victim. As with any nation that embraces socialism and abandons the free market, poverty increases, and things like toilet paper become a luxury. Liberal left progressive big government madness filled...
  • Jew-hatred coming to Lincoln Center

    08/27/2014 5:33:09 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8-27-2014 | Carol Brown
    The Metropolitan Opera, despite vigorous opposition from many parts of the Jewish Community, is forging ahead with its plans to present the opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” during its Fall 2014 season. After a campaign of letter writing, demonstrations, and articles in the Jewish press, the Met has refused to remove the opera from its schedule, offering only to “compromise” by cancelling its worldwide HD simulcast programs, but not the production at the Metropolitan Opera House itself. This opera presents the takeover of the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985 by Palestinian terrorists, and their murder of 69 year old,...
  • MA: Man faces Charges for Self Defense With Inherited Gun

    08/26/2014 11:59:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The development is about 15 years old One of the major reasons for those who push for a disarmed population to desire the registration of all firearms is that it makes the ownership of the means to self defense contingent on government approval.  This is the philosophy that "everything that is not permitted is forbidden", rather than the standard English/American philosophy that "everything that is not forbidden is allowed".  It is an enormous difference in perspective.  In Revere, Massachusetts, a homeowner evicted from a party after getting in a fight.   He returned with his 50 year old step father.  ...
  • A nine-billion-dollar-a-year industry

    08/26/2014 8:57:49 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/26/14 | Patrick D Hahn
    Part 3: "TORN TO SHREDS"--The unheralded epidemic of disease and death wrought by anti-anxiety drugs Part 1: “I’ve lost everything” Part 2: A double whammy Part 3: A nine-billion-dollar-a-year industryAnxiety, fear, and terror are universal human experiences. It is only within the 150 years that they have come to be regarded as “diseases” that can and should be treated by the medical profession. Most anti-anxiety drugs, or anxiolytics, belong to a class of chemical compounds called benzodiazepines, a category which includes alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium), olanzapine (Zyprexa), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clonazepam (Klonopin, Clozaril, Leponex), and estazolam (Prosom). These drugs...
  • If it quacks like a duck ... it must be a turtle

    08/26/2014 8:55:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/26/14 | Robert Felix
    Maunder Minimum and Global Warming“Why We’re Definitely Not Headed for Another Ice Age.” When I saw that headline in Newsweek, I thought, do they know something that I don’t? But once I read the article, it left me wondering how in the world they came to that conclusion. It reminds me of the great retort by paleontologist Robert Bakker to those who did not agree with his belief that many kinds of dinosaurs were birds. “There are still a few of my colleagues who think if it walks like a duck, breathes like a duck and grows like a duck,...
  • More than half of Americans now depend on government subsidies

    08/26/2014 7:14:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    RT ^ | 08/22/2014
    Government dependency is on the rise, with more than half of all Americans relying on the government for survival. While the Obama administration is broadening eligibility, US citizens increasingly also say they prefer it this way. Americans’ self-reliability has been decreasing as eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps, earned income tax credit, work pay tax credit and unemployment benefits have broadened since 2009 to allow more US citizens to enjoy them. More than half of the US population – 165 million of 308 million Americans – is now dependent on the state in some form. Of these, 107 million Americans rely...
  • Big Bobcat Killed by Top Predator in Florida

    08/26/2014 6:02:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A Florida man demonstrated human' occupation of the top predator spot by shooting a big bobcat that had lost its fear of men.   The big cat was killing and eating a chicken a day for a month, and killed the last one just feet from the man  and his children. Florida Farm Where Bobcat Killed 30 Chickens From local10.com: "Saturday evening we were sitting in the hot tub and right there, you see the feather on the ground? The cat came out of nowhere, killed a chicken right in front of us, like 8 feet away. Just splattered blood...
  • How New Yorkers Prep for 'Doomsday': New Yorkers worry about natural disasters, terrorist threats

    08/25/2014 9:18:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    Newser ^ | August 25, 2014 | Neal Colgrass
    New Yorkers are preparing for "doomsday" in a way that doesn't involve guns, bunkers, or earmarked pages in Revelations, LiveScience reports. Survivalists at one group, NYC Preppers, are planning to safely flee the city in case of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. "They simply don't have the space to build a bunker," says sociologist Anna Bounds, who is studying the survivalists. She says they devise escape routes (including by kayak), keep the car filled with gas, and figure out which home appliances are likely to work in different emergencies. They also take long walks to practice carrying a "bug-out"...
  • Real Cost of Capital: Euro 'Periphery' Dilemma

    08/25/2014 3:48:45 PM PDT · by Lorianne
    true economics blog ^ | 23 August 2014 | Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev
    Staying on the topic of debt (see earlier post: http://trueeconomics.blogspot.ie/2014/08/2382014-that-pesky-problem-of-real-debt.html) here is IMF research on real cost of corporate capital (linked to the cost of debt) in the Euro area 'periphery' (this is from an IMF July 2014 publication that accompanied its Article 4 paper on Euro Area). I highlighted with the red the range of recent capital costs range in each country to trace out historical comparatives. Two points: •Current real cost of capital across the euro area is relatively benign, compared to both 1990s - early 2000s period and shows low volatility in recent (crisis) years post 2009...
  • Egalitarianism Is Not What Leftist Politicians Make You Think

    08/25/2014 2:53:17 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 1 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 25 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    "Egalitarianism" sounds so good, progressive, enlightened and compassionate. And above all, of course, caring. But in reality the opposite of all those adjectives is closer to the truth of egalitarianism. For the only way to make all the individuals of a society equal is to reduce everyone to the lowest common denominator. Recently it was the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Three years later, in 1917, the Russian Revolution took place. This should remind us that in the past almost 100 years during which attempts at equalisation were repeatedly made, everybody - except...
  • Zimbabwe: Street Vending - the Only Option for Zimbabwe's Graduates

    08/25/2014 2:01:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    allAfrica ^ | August 24, 2014 | Clayton Masekesa
    Tarisai Mukahanana (26) says if she could, she would tell all those who are graduating these days that they have set themselves on a rough and tough road -- tougher than any university assignment. Perhaps like Mukahanana who graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Nursing Science in 2010 from a local university and many other graduates that are being churned out each year, today's university graduates already know that they are graduating into obvious unemployment. Considering the high levels of unemployment in Zimbabwe, Mukahanana believes the future of Zimbabwe's youth is hopelessly bleak. Mukahanana now survives on...
  • Capitalizing Off Tragedy: Michael Brown Merch Hits the Internet

    08/24/2014 5:59:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Blot Magazine ^ | August 20, 2014 | Matthew Keys
    The Internet is proving to be a lifeline for those seeking information about the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in an otherwise quiet suburban Missouri town. Unfortunately, the Internet is also serving as a reminder that will always be those who seek to make a dollar off the chaos and misfortune of others. The online merchant “TshirtLegend” is selling a “Justice for Mike Brown” t-shirt alongside other shirts that read “Let’s Get Nashty” and “I Want to Believe” on the online marketplace Etsy. Some online merchants have begun selling T-shirts and other merchandise...
  • Ferguson Protesters: Rebuild Our Looted Businesses “Or There Will Be Hell to Pay” (Video)

    08/24/2014 2:49:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 196 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 24, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    On August 10, 2014, outraged protesters looted and torched the local QuikTrip in Ferguson after 18 year-old Mike Brown was shot dead.Now local Ferguson residents are warning officials to rebuild the businesses, “Or, there’s gonna be hell to pay.”CBS interviewed three young men in Ferguson, Missouri this week. One protester Gunny warned officials: “To be honest, if they don’t come and restore these neighborhoods for these people, like when you gotta go travel miles to Walmart and to get gas and stuff like that, it should be right here. If they don’t restore this community for people who stay here...
  • CA: Jewelry Store Magnet for Gunplay

    08/24/2014 7:23:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A jewelry store in Little Saigon, Orange County California, has become a magnet  for robbers.   In 2012, there was an attempted robbery in which one of the robbers was shot.  In 2013, several shots were fired at a thief who fought with the store owner, and escaped with a $9,000 watch.   Yesterday, 21 August, 2014, another robbery attempt ended in gunfire as a store employee drove off two robbers who had smashed a display case.  From ocregister.com: Two men wearing ski-type masks and hooded sweatshirts entered the store, used a hammer to break glass on a display case and...
  • Office Depot to close 165 stores this year; settles lawsuit for $80 million

    08/24/2014 3:45:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel ^ | August 5, 2014 | Marcia Heroux Pounds
    Boca Raton-based Office Depot said Tuesday it would close 165 stores during 2014 — up from the 150 estimated earlier this year — but stuck with a total count of 400 store closures through 2016, the company said. The office-supply retailer, which merged with OfficeMax last year in a $1.2 billion transaction, said it has completed its analysis of which stores will be closed across the U.S. and Canada. Locally, the retailer has closed two OfficeMax stores, in Coral Springs and Deerfield Beach. The company also announced on a conference call following its second-quarter earnings announcement that it has settled...
  • Remington to layoff 105 by week's end (Due to NY SAFE Act, business conditions)

    08/24/2014 3:35:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Herkimer Telegram ^ | August 18, 2014 | Stephanie Sorrell-White
    ILION — Herkimer County officials vowed to help affected Remington Arms employees Monday afternoon as news spread the gun manufacturer will layoff more than 100 of its employees by the end of the week. Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Vincent Bono said he learned about the 105 layoffs through county Administrator James Wallace and then from Karin Zipko of Herkimer County Working Solutions. “We're gearing up our programs that are offered, including retraining and job searches,” said Bono, R-Schuyler, during a telephone interview Monday. “It's unclear whether some will be called back. That's unknown.” “It's unfortunate,” added Bono about the layoffs,...
  • Are Modern Catholic Academic Viewpoints on Labor a Help or a Hindrance?

    08/23/2014 10:24:21 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/23/14 | Jerry Todd
    I’ve always been a great fan of Pope St. Leo XIII’s whose moves to protect the working man during the Industrial Revolution resulted in the rise of labor unions. It saddens me to see how unionism has fallen under totalitarian rule with the leaders thriving on power rather than the welfare of the workers – or the survival of the companies that employ them. More than one union has committed economic suicide by demanding pay and benefits beyond what an industry can support. They forgot it wasn’t only solidarity, it was also subsidiarity – well-stated in Pope Benedict XVI’s “Caritas...
  • Repeated and Uncontrollable Failures (The unbearable sadness of climate activism)

    08/23/2014 4:28:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    Tim Blair Blog ^ | 8-16-2014 | Tim Blair
    The unbearable sadness of climate activism: Nicole Thornton remembers the exact moment her curious case of depression became too real to ignore. It was five years ago and the environmental scientist – a trained biologist and ecologist – was writing a rather dry PhD on responsible household water use. Fair enough. That would make anyone depressed. Thornton had always been easily upset by apathy towards, and denial of, environmental issues. But now she began to notice an oddly powerful personal reaction to "the small stuff" – like people littering, or neighbours chopping down an old tree. So, she's a bossy...
  • First Entirely 3D Printed Estate is Coming to NY, Including a 2400 Sqft House, Pool & More

    08/23/2014 2:35:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | August 20, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO, AY.com, Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    Building site of the first ever 3D printed estate in Gardiner, New York. New York City architect/contractor Adam Kushner begins construction of the first ever 3D printed estate, which features a 3D printed swimming pool, 4-bedroom, 2400 square foot home, and more. The 3D printer which will be a modified version of Enrico DiniÂ’s D-shape printer, will, if all goes as planned, eventually be able to automatically place rebar within the 3D printed house, as it prints. We have covered a lot of news concerning the 3D printing of houses, over the course of the last year or so. Whether...
  • Ferguson, poverty and Democrats

    08/22/2014 5:23:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 22, 2014 | Craige McMillan
    Most of us understand that yelling “fire” in a crowded theater is not a valid exercise of free speech. Why, then, do we permit the irresponsible, agenda-driven media, the race-baiters and poverty pimps to do so? Black America has plenty of problems, and not all of them are of their own making. But a significant portion are. In theory, black families should be doing well. We’ve had how many generations of affirmative action? For some families this has worked well. But for a lot of them it hasn’t. Why? We can start with the phrase “black family.” In a lot...
  • VANITY: Anybody take the dive in getting a Nissan Leaf?

    08/22/2014 8:50:27 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 159 replies
    Me
    So the wife & I are thinking on taking the plunge. I commute about 75 miles a day round trip to work & back. Based on that, I pay over $410 in gas/month on a paid car that is just getting more expensive to maintain. Any other FReepers who are owners care to give your experiences? Is it worth it?
  • Terminal Velocity: Yellen Discusses Labor Slack, But Not Terminal (Money) Velocity

    08/22/2014 7:39:19 AM PDT · by MRourke85 · 23 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/22/2014 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke at 10am this morning. She failed to discuss these troubling numbers known as “Terminal Velocity.” velocity Why is money velocity dying? First, bank credit growth is back to 2002 levels despite the massive stimulus from The Federal Reserve. bcgrowrtg Second, real median household income and average wage earning growth are both LOWER than in 2007. fedwaages Third, real GDP growth is only at 2007 levels (not 2003-2006 levels). gdpfedbal Labor slack, defined as the unemployment rate being above the “natural” rate of unemployment, is still positive and has been since 2007. laborslack So there...
  • Mount Everest and Pollution

    08/22/2014 6:38:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 8/22/2014 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Environmentalists have switched their assault on the world economy to a new frontier, previously unaffected by their agenda – peaks, Mount Everest to be more specific, located between China and Nepal in the Himalayas. The 29,029 feet mountain is in danger. What is the crisis? According to the National Geographic team, the mountain is “overcrowded with inexperienced climbers and polluted with waste.” The nature of the pollution includes human corpses, human excrement, garbage leaking from glaciers, abandoned equipment, and overcrowding. How crowded could it be? Mark Jenkins described at 26,000 feet the dangerous inconvenience of more than 100 climbers moving...
  • The experiment: how much tax do we really pay?

    08/22/2014 5:32:51 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 44 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 8/22/14 | Steve Berman
    My wife and I decided to do a bit of downsizing this summer.  We went through our budget, line by line, and set up new limits for what we spend.  I am blessed with a good job, and we are not really hurting to make ends meet.  But we noticed that our spending started to spiral up, up and away.  Really, we have better things to do with our hard earned money than throw it away on stuff that doesn’t matter. It took us several years to get from the financial Thelma and Louise I was when we were first...