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  • Pension liabilities surpass $4 trillion and are set to rise

    06/26/2017 7:17:46 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Value Walk ^ | 23 June 2017 | Gary St. Fleur •
    A recent report from Moody’s states that “US public pensions funds’ adjusted net pension liabilities (ANPLs) surpassed $4 trillion nationwide in 2016”. The report also indicated that this increase in Unfunded pension liabilities was a result of “poor investments” and “declining discount rates”. Three different investment return scenarios are offered in the report- base, upside and downside- to project pension liability debt levels in 2020. According to the report, the downside scenario places public pension debt at dangerous new levels with a expected 59% increase in total liabilities. In order to stave off this possible forecast, pension would have stabilized...
  • Conversation with a Disarmed Health Pro at Yuma Regional Medical Center

    06/26/2017 5:27:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 June, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    I struck up a conversation with a health care professional. The subject turned to active shooters and the vulnerability of Yuma Regional Medical Center (YMRC). We were in the Yuma Regional Medical Center outpatient clinic. I was getting prepped for my daily dose of high powered intravenous antibiotic. The health care professional did a good job, and I complemented her. She said she had a lot of practice.  I agreed that performance on nearly everything improves with practice, but some people are just naturals at some tasks. I gave the example of a young man I took dove hunting....
  • Chemists create 3D printed graphene foam

    06/26/2017 1:38:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Nanotechnologists from Rice University and China's Tianjin University have used 3-D laser printing to fabricate centimeter-sized objects of atomically thin graphene. The research could yield industrially useful quantities of bulk graphene and is described online in a new study in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano. "This study is a first of its kind," said Rice chemist James Tour, co-corresponding author of the paper. "We have shown how to make 3-D graphene foams from nongraphene starting materials, and the method lends itself to being scaled to graphene foams for additive manufacturing applications with pore-size control." Graphene, one of the...
  • [VANITY] Obamacare must be fully repealed, or we will have single-payer

    06/25/2017 8:05:01 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 65 replies
    EEE | 25 JUNE 2017 | EEE
    The current plan in the Senate, much like the House version of the bill, does not repeal Obamacare. In fact, it is only a stay of execution and sets the Republican Party up for failure and possible total collapse in 2018, where a rejuvenated Democrat Party will resume control and usher in single-payer healthcare. No one in the GOP, and no one even in most of the conservative blogosphere and in talk radio other than perhaps Mark Levin and Andrew Wilkow on Sirius XM Patriot 125 (12pm-3pm EST), are talking about the root cause of the issue. Federal regulations, subsidies,...
  • National Restaurant Assoc. Hails President Trump's Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeship Program

    06/24/2017 4:04:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Apps for PC Daily ^ | June 25, 2017 | Stella Potter
    It will also provide more funding and create a task force of business leaders to help promote the programs across new sectors, as well as assess the effectiveness of the job-training programs now in place. Trump plans to sign an executive order that would reorient and expand ApprenticeshipUSA, a grant program that was previously championed by the Obama administration and has been supported by Democrats and Republicans alike. Trump's executive order also requires all federal agencies that participate in apprenticeship programs or workforce training to examine whether their efforts are duplicative or could be combined with other programs to greater...
  • Could the Future of Metal 3D Printing Be Print Farms?

    06/24/2017 2:01:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Design News ^ | June 20, 2017 | Tracey Schelmetic
    One company sees 3D print technology evolving into a product lineup of affordable and scalable printers, with the “blade server” concept for volume manufacturing where printers on a rack will scale up or down to meet customers’ needs. Discussions of additive manufacturing invariably turn to prototyping for a good reason: economics. While it may make sense from a cost perspective to 3D print functional new parts with plastic or metal during the design process, additive manufacturing (AM) techniques cease where mass production begins. Few manufacturers are discussing replacing traditional production methods for parts with AM techniques, as it would simply...
  • 8,000 jobs? NC ‘on the cusp’ of landing major project, House speaker says

    06/23/2017 10:26:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | June 22, 2017 | Colin Campbell
    RALEIGH — More than 8,000 new jobs could be lured to North Carolina under a new corporate incentive program included in the state budget, House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday. Moore explained a budget provision that would allow larger incentive packages for companies that invest more than $4 billion in the state and create at least 5,000 jobs. Those companies wouldn’t be subject to the state’s current cap on incentive packages. “We’re on the cusp of maybe landing a major industry in this state,” Moore said....
  • New Graphene-Based Transistors Could Make Computers 1000 Times Faster

    06/22/2017 11:18:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Wall Street Pit ^ | June 19, 2017
    As reported recently in the journal Nature Communications, a team of researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF), CREOL and the University of Texas have developed a graphene-based transistor that could one day lead to super-fast and super energy-efficient computers. By super-fast we mean a thousand times faster and by super energy-efficient we mean it will only use a hundredth of the power. Right now, the world of electronics relies on silicon-based transistors to power its devices. And while their invention made it possible for devices to be reduced to smaller sizes as the transistors allowed the flow of...
  • Ann Arbor's LLamasoft lands major investment, hiring 100 people in 2017

    06/22/2017 10:37:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Ann Arbor News ^ | June 14, 2017 | Jessica Haynes
    ANN ARBOR, MI - 2017 has already been a big year for LLamasoft. The Ann Arbor-based software company is assisting more customers than ever with supply chain management, developing new applications and hiring more employees to fill its headquarters at the McKinley Towne Center. Toby Brzoznowski is co-founder and executive vice president of LLamasoft, and told The Ann Arbor News Monday, June 12, that so many announcements to share is a "good problem to have." Probably the biggest news is LLamasoft's new partnership with TPG Capital, the investment company behind Uber, McAfee and Airbnb. The deal officially closed June 1...
  • Money is Fungible... Especially in Cuba

    06/22/2017 8:47:43 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 21, 2017 AD | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the Trump Administration's changes to our Cuba policy: In 1959, following six years of organized Marxist-Leninist rebellion, mostly run by Fidel and Raul Castro and their partner Che Guevera, the Battista government of Cuba was overthrown and Fidel Castro claimed dictatorial powers, which he eventually turned over to his brother Raul, in 2008. The Castros spent their sixty years not only oppressing their people – robbing, raping, beating, imprisoning, torturing, and killing, as all communist governments do – but they also spent those years, particularly the years before the collapse of the Soviet Union, spreading violent revolution across...
  • Artist Protests Dolce & Gabbana's Ties To Trump While Walking The Runway

    06/22/2017 3:35:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Huffington Post - South Africa ^ | June 22, 2017 | Carly Ledbetter
    One man took a stand against Dolce & Gabbana's ties to Donald Trump at the brand's fashion show in Milan this weekend. While all eyes were on Miley Cyrus' feud with the designers, Atlanta-based musician Raury protested D&G while walking the runway for the Italian design house. Near the end of the runway, Raury took off his D&G top ― revealing the phrases "Protest D&G," "Give me freedom," and "I am not your scapegoat" ― and raised a closed fist to the sky. He posted the powerful photo on Instagram and wrote about the emotional experience in the caption. "I...
  • The Relevance Of Vinyl

    06/21/2017 9:41:00 AM PDT · by Logicbox · 10 replies
    Britznbeatz ^ | June 16, 2017 | Britznbeatz Music News Team
    The British business at the forefront of the global recommence revolution, musicMagpie, have studied the most popular platforms for streaming or purchasing music, such as Spotify, Google Music, Tidal and iTunes. The research looks at how much a music artist makes when a single, album or vinyl record is purchased. An extraordinary example is this, Beyoncé would need us to listen to one of her songs 12.5 million times on Apple Music in order to meet the UK's yearly minimum wage of £14,625.
  • Louisville native named CEO of company creating 1,000 local jobs (Kentucky)

    06/20/2017 11:15:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Louisville Business First ^ | June 20, 2017 | Marty Finley
    Jacksonville, Fla.-based Diversified Consultants Inc. has promoted its chief operating officer into its top spot. DCI announced Monday that Gordon Beck III, a Louisville native, has been named CEO of the company, which specializes in debt collection and recovery for telecommunications companies. DCI recently opened a 40,000-square-foot Louisville call center in the Commerce Crossings business park off Preston Highway near the Gene Snyder Freeway, where it is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs. Beck was promoted to strengthen current relationships and grow the company, according to a news release. He replaces Charlotte Zehnder, who will remain a major shareholder...
  • Philips Is Hiring Over 100 Work-From-Home Employees With Full Benefits

    06/20/2017 9:30:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Good Housekeeping ^ | June 12, 2017 | Lindsey Murray
    If you're looking to get on the work-from-home bandwagon, here's a great opportunity for you: consumer product company Philips is hiring over 100 work-from-home positions right now. According to Philips' career website, remote openings are available across the country in a variety of fields including nursing, sales, customer service and engineering. The jobs come with a pretty hefty benefits package too that includes medical, dental and vision coverage as well as child and elderly resources. An added bonus for work-from-homers: the company offers schedule flexibility and compressed work weeks, depending on the business needs and the employee's position. Plus, workers...
  • Tempe software services co. hiring up to 300 by next year, opening more offices thanks to investment

    06/20/2017 9:23:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Phoenix Business Journal ^ | May 30, 2017 | Hayley Ringle
    Tempe-based software services company Tiempo Development LLC has received a significant investment to help the company hire up to 300 people by next year, open additional offices and make future acquisitions. Tiempo founder, president and CEO Cliff Schertz said the undisclosed investment helps position the company for its next phase of growth, and allows for an opportunity for additional investment with future acquisitions. “We’ve been experiencing significant growth over the past five years, and we really needed to bring in a financial partner to help us in our next phase of growth,” Schertz said. “This allows us to expand that...
  • Lib Economists Screwed the Public with Bad Pre-Election Predictions

    06/20/2017 8:39:23 PM PDT · by impetrio1 · 1 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 6/20/17 | Black & Blonde Media
    They're held to the highest esteem of the media and the Democrat left. Their words are must-reads in the classrooms and coffee shops. The problem is their hatred of Donald Trump didn't cost their reputations because as long as they continue to disparage the president, they'll still be called back to give their opinions on cable news and retain their standing in academia. The problem is many Americans listened to them and lost their shirts.
  • Political Iatrogenics: Why Socialism Doesn't Work

    06/20/2017 12:55:24 PM PDT · by Thalean · 6 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | June 20, 2017 | Spencer P Morrison
    "Socialism is predicated on action. When socialists see problems, they want to do something about them. They want to take action. Starving children? Give them food. Poor people? Give them money. Climate change? Invest in solar panels. The solution is always to add something. Add food, add money, add technology and the problem will go away—just like how taking penicillin will cure your infection. And if the solution fails? Try again. Send more food. Spend more money. Invent new stuff (just like you would take more penicillin). The underlying assumption is that there is a solution for every problem, that...
  • Arkansas Expects $2 Billion Pulp Mill Build to Start in March '18 (2,000 const./250 jobs at $52k)

    06/20/2017 12:38:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Will require 2,000 construction workers for two year project buildThe Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce announced the planned $1 billion pulp mill to be located in southwest Arkansas is now in the pre-engineering stage with construction set to begin in March 2018. The plant, operated by Sun Bio Material Company, is expected to consumer 10K tons of southern pine chips a day with the end product eventually shipped and sold to makers of rayon clothing. Sun Bio is part of the giant Chinese firm Shandong Sun International Paper Company. Sun Paper Chairman and Founder Hongxin...
  • New Briquetted Iron Plant for East Toledo, OH (1.200 const. jobs & 130 perm. jobs at $100K year)

    06/19/2017 11:55:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Cleveland's Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. announced it will build the Midwest's first-ever plant producing hot briquetted iron used in steelmaking. The $700 million project is expected to break ground in early 2018 on the Ironville site in East Toledo, a former Brownfield site. The project is scheduled to create 1,200 construction jobs and 130 permanent jobs. Hourly jobs at the plant will pay about $100,000, said Lourenco Goncalves, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the 170-year-old mining and natural resources company. The plant will be Cliffs' first facility in Ohio and is to begin production in 2020. "We got...
  • Forum: Tech jobs can offer more than just high salaries

    06/19/2017 11:39:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | June 19, 2017 | Kevin J. Conlan
    Tech jobs in the U.S. can offer salaries of up to $100,000 and above, and recruiters are in a rush to find those with the skills needed to fill open positions across the country. The job market has never been better for IT: they unarguably offer the best type of employment opportunities, with high wages, generous benefits, and the comfort of job security. Entering into IT workforce can reap the great rewards of a growing field. Based on job satisfaction, position openings, and earning potential, tech jobs are the most worthwhile. The even better news, however, is that many, if...