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  • American Politics Enters the Bronze Age

    08/22/2017 7:48:18 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 22, 2017 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    The top marginal federal income tax rate in the United States – for businesses and for people who file as businesses – is 39.6%. As a result, businesses do not grow as they should. Businesses do not thrive as they should. Businesses do not produce, or invent, or add on, or hire, as they would if their tax burden were lower. International corporations therefore find that they must do more and more of their manufacturing abroad, where their profits are not so severely penalized. And domestic corporations do not prosper… and would-be entrepreneurs do not start-up new enterprises here, because...
  • Here’s Where to Eat During Support Black-Owned Restaurants Week (Oregon)

    08/22/2017 1:51:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Williamette Week ^ | August 21, 2017 | Sophia June
    This week, August 21-27, marks the third annual Support Black-Owned Restaurants Week, which encourages people to support black restaurant owners and local business. First started in 2014 by Bertha Pearl after she was inspired by the Bay Area's Black Restaurant Day, the annual event has now grown to a full week of celebration. This year's Support Black-Owned Restaurants Week kicks off today, and in honor of the eclipse, many restaurants will be offering deals. The week will end with a party at chef/owner William Travis' Dub's St. Johns on Sunday, August 27 from 6-10. Travis has been a major part...
  • San Antonio Drops ShotSpotter, System not Cost Effective

    08/22/2017 1:03:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Shot Spotter Sensor in Omaha, Nebraska One of the technological fixes that has been attempted is the use of sensors to pinpoint gunshots inside of cities. The theory of the technology is fairly simple. Spread audio sensors throughout the city. Feed the input into a computer system, looking for gunshots. With sophisticated programs, isolate the gunshots from the other noise, and pinpoint their location and time. Ideally, this happens in near real time, to allow police response to gunshots. From ksat.com: San Antonio - A program intended to help police officers identify where a shooting happens, get there quicker...
  • The Guardian Pitches that Fifty Thousand a Year is “Economic Slavery

    08/22/2017 8:54:18 AM PDT · by davikkm · 8 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    The Guardian is running a “sob” article about an unfortunate woman who is homeless despite working ridiculously long hours for a poor hourly wage. The subject of the article describes it as “economic slavery” and says she feels like a “peasant”. But based on the figures supplied in the article, it appears Fran earns over $50,000 a year. This article is about nothing more than pushing the $15 per hour Minimum wage; it is using heart strings rather than economics to push an idea…And this is all they have. Fran works one job at a Popeyes fast-food restaurant and takes...
  • Russia Claims To Have Invented Alternative To Fracking

    08/22/2017 1:06:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Oil Price ^ | August 17, 2017 | Tsvetana Paraskova
    Russian scientists and local oil field services companies claim to have created a technology for thermochemical gas fracturing that could be an alternative to hydraulic fracturing and could increase oil production by between 1.7 and 6 times, Russia’s news agency RIA Novosti reports, citing the University of Tyumen’s press service. In hydraulic fracturing, rocks are fractured with high-pressure injection of fluids, while the new breakthrough technology, as claimed by Russian scientists and media, is creating chemical reactions in the strata that contain oil. The chemicals react and emit heat and gas, which makes extraction easier and lifts well productivity, according...
  • 50,000 MORE H&K M27s for Marines: USMC Releases M27 IAR Sole Source Notice

    08/21/2017 10:15:19 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 36 replies
    The Firearm Blog ^ | August 12, 2017 | Nathaniel F
    Original caption: "Marine Cpl. Alfredo Ibarra from Laredo, Texas, attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR) during a combat-marksmanship program weapons exercise on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48)." Image credit: US Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay, public domain. The United States Marine Corps has issued a new acquisition notice for up to 50,814 M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles (IAR), to be sole sourced from Heckler & Koch. The notice is technically not a solicitation in and of itself, but a pre-solicitation notice,...
  • Markforged announces two 3D printers that produce items as strong as steel

    08/21/2017 4:41:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | August 21, 2017 | John Biggs
    Markforged, a 3D printer manufacturer based in Boston, has just announced two new models — the X3 and the X5. Both of these printers are designed to create carbon fiber-infused objects using a standard filament printing system and both can produce items that can replace or are stronger than steel objects. Both printers have auto-leveling and scanning systems to ensure each printed object is exactly like every other. Further, the printers use Markforged’s special thermoplastic fiber filament, while the X5 can add a “strand of continuous fiberglass” to create objects “19X stronger and 10X stiffer than traditional plastics.” This means...
  • 5 Brand Strategies Your Small Business Can Learn from Luxury Brands

    08/21/2017 4:07:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 21, 2017 | Hanna Fitz
    For years luxury brands have mesmerized us with highly desirable products and services. They inspire us to dream bigger and leave us desiring more. You can learn so much about attracting ideal clients from these dream building brands. I had a client (let’s call the brand was called “Arnanda”) this client had on their list On the outside, it seemed that this client was a success but this client was struggling financially to reach more high-end clients and make a profit. On the other hand, another one of my clients from Italy, who had worked as a consultant for Salvatore...
  • Teleperformance to Host National Hiring Day Across Their USA Locations (1,000 jobs)

    08/21/2017 3:08:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    PR ^ | August 21, 2017
    Murray, UT, August 21, 2017 --(PR.com)-- Teleperformance, the global leader in outsourced omnichannel customer experience management, announced that it will host a National Hiring Day in the US on Wednesday, August 23, with a goal to hire more than 1,000 people across the US on this day. Teleperformance will host a Career Event on Wednesday, August 23, in 28 of their US locations, where the company encourages anyone interested in the opportunity to grow and advance their careers to apply at their local Teleperformance site between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. “Our company has always seen our US locations as...
  • Girls Who Code founder: Men build technologies to 'replace their mothers'

    08/21/2017 11:55:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    KITV-TV ^ | August 21, 2017 | Haley Draznin, CNN Money
    Reshma Saujani is not a coder but she's empowering "an army of young women" to take on tech's gender gap through her nonprofit Girls Who Code. "I think that this is an opportunity we have to give every single one of our children," Saujani says in a new episode of CNN's Boss Files with Poppy Harlow. "I think the problem is right now, culturally, images that we see are very male. We have to be thoughtful and think about how can we open the door." Through Girls Who Code, Saujani is helping to bridge the opportunity gap for young girls...
  • ‘The Economist’ Says Open Borders Could Make World $78 Trillion Richer: Here's Why That's Wrong

    08/21/2017 10:58:22 AM PDT · by Thalean · 29 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | August 18, 2017 | Spencer P Morrison
    Economics is an intellectual tool that can help us make better decisions, but it should not make these decisions for us. There are many rational reasons to sacrifice economic expediency for principles of far greater value—things like family, freedom, art, science, nature, or God. One of the reasons Singapore is so rich is because political dissent, and the uncertainty it creates, is extirpated. Likewise, China’s economic rise was made possible, in part, due to its ability to bulldoze villages, pollute rivers, and silence critics—all in the name of “progress.” Economically justified? Certainly. Rational? Perhaps—for Bentham’s most ardent acolytes. But for...
  • Whirlpool to hire 500 for Amana refrigerator plant (Iowa)

    08/19/2017 4:23:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | August 2, 2017 | George C. Ford
    Whirlpool Corp.’s Amana Operations refrigerator plant is planning what officials there call a hiring blitz over the next three weeks, aiming to add 500 employees. Chris Rice, Amana Operations human resources director, said the full-time positions, which start at $15 per hour, include assemblers and utility assembler as well as more specialized work as brazers, foam operators, plastic setup operators and assembly team leaders. “The bulk of the hiring will be for assemblers and utility assemblers,” Rice said. “People coming in will probably be working second or third shift, but candidates must be open to working any shift.” Rice said...
  • VANITY: Milton Friedman responds to Antifa

    08/18/2017 4:38:50 PM PDT · by who_would_fardels_bear · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 18, 2017 | Milton Friedman
    Milton Friedman's prescient notions regarding Antifa and all like-minded communist brownshirts: Why Communism Must Lead to Corruption
  • USHCC Names Goldman Sachs Group Inc. as 2017 Corporation of the Year

    08/18/2017 12:46:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Nasdaq Global Newswire ^ | August 17, 2017
    The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to announce Goldman Sachs Group Inc. as the organization’s 2017 “Corporation of the Year” award recipient. Goldman Sachs will be presented with this prestigious award at the USHCC’s National Convention in Dallas, Texas, on October 3rd. “We’re proud to receive the Corporation of the Year award from USHCC,” said Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs. “Helping to provide both big and small companies the support they need to grow and create jobs is critical to America’s economic vitality. We’re thankful to USHCC for their support in reaching entrepreneurs...
  • Company Constructing New Coal Mine in Western Kentucky (280 jobs)

    08/18/2017 12:25:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | August 18, 2017 | The Associated Press
    CALHOUN, Ky. (AP) — Construction is underway on a new underground coal mine in western Kentucky that would employ about 280 miners. Paringa Resources says it is planning to begin mining coal at the McLean County site next year. The mine would sell coal that's used to generate electricity at power plants, a sector of coal that has been in steep decline in Kentucky and parts of Appalachia.....
  • Trump's evangelical panel remains intact as others disband. Who are his religious cheerleaders?

    08/18/2017 12:17:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 18, 2017 | Joanna Walters and Sam Morris
    Donald Trump was forced to disband two business advisory councils and an infrastructure panel after some of America’s most prominent business leaders fled their posts, protesting against Trump’s statements appeasing white nationalist marchers at the weekend rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. But the president’s religious evangelical advisory board, a mix of radical born-again preachers, televangelists and conservative political influencers, still stands pristine. Not only have members avoided criticism of the president, while occasionally scolding the violence in general – some have been openly supportive of Trump’s statements assigning blame “on many sides” and slamming those who turned up to oppose the...
  • Atlanta Fed estimates U.S. third-quarter GDP growing at 4.0 percent (MAGA! Winning!)

    08/17/2017 6:54:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 3, 2017 | Richard Leong
    The U.S. economy is on track to expand at a 4.0 percent annualized pace in the third quarter with inventory investment contributing 1.12 percentage points to growth, the Atlanta Federal Reserve's GDP Now forecast model showed on Thursday. Last Friday, the government said its first reading on the gross domestic product in the second quarter was a 2.6 percent growth pace, which was 0.2 point below Atlanta Fed's final estimate.
  • Newly discovered painkiller could replace addictive opioids

    08/17/2017 1:55:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Spectator Health ^ | August 17, 2017
    Researchers from the University of Texas have discovered what they say is a powerful painkiller that acts on a previously unknown pain pathway. The synthetic compound, known as UKH-1114, effectively relieves neuropathic pain in injured mice, but it works at a much lower dose, with a longer duration of action. If the researchers can demonstrate that the drug is safe, effective and nonaddictive in humans – a process that can take years – the discovery could address one of today’s biggest public health challenges: the opioid crisis. Opioids are addictive and users quickly develop a tolerance for the drugs, requiring...
  • Beneficiary of Prudential accounts. Need help.

    08/17/2017 6:59:05 AM PDT · by Danette · 14 replies
    Me | August 17, 2017 | Me
    I am a named beneficiary along with 4 other siblings of my mother's Pruco Securities non-qualifying Command account. My mother passed away on July 19th.
  • Chewy to expand in South Florida, hire 1,100 new employees

    08/16/2017 10:13:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The South Florida Business Journal ^ | August 4, 2017 | Debora Lima
    Chewy will create a customer service hub in Hollywood and hire 1,100 people, a move that will make the online pet product retailer the largest private employer in the city, it was learned today. Expected to be up and running by October or November, the new customer service outpost will be in the Hollywood Mall at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Park Road, according to Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy. “[1,100 new jobs] is huge, for any city,” Levy wrote in a Facebook post making the announcement. “I am very excited for the surrounding restaurants and businesses who will benefit...