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  • Trump's Mandate: Make America Prosperous Again

    02/23/2017 12:53:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 23, 2017 | Michael G. Zey
    Americans elected Donald Trump President of the United States because they believe he has the skills and determination to revive a stagnant economy and resuscitate the once-vaunted American jobs-creation machine. The president is issuing executive orders and formulating new legislation to fulfill his promise to slash regulations, increase America’s energy output and fund infrastructure projects. He has convinced Carrier, GM, and other companies to keep jobs in America and induced foreign enterprises Samsung and Alibaba to consider bringing jobs to the U.S. Not surprisingly, since Trump’s election optimism about the economy has soared, companies seem more willing to hire and...
  • Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses

    02/22/2017 4:11:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Columbus Republic ^ | February 22, 2017 | Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
    Ivanka Trump has expanded her research on economic policy with a visit to a Baltimore center for minority-owned small businesses. A White House official confirmed the Wednesday visit to the Raymond V. Haysbert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Greater Baltimore Urban League. The official said Trump participated in a round table discussion with business owners....
  • Thousands of new auto jobs expected in west Alabama

    02/22/2017 1:47:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WBRC-TV ^ | February 21, 2017 | Kelvin Reynolds
    TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Thousands of automotive jobs are coming to west Alabama but to get those jobs, you will require technical skill and training. They're jobs with current and future automotive parts suppliers for companies like Mercedes Benz US International. Donny Jones, COO for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, says training for those jobs is already underway. "What we're seeing with the power grant and the $1.5 million we'll have an adult education component in K through 12 and preparing people for the jobs coming available here in West Alabama," Jones said. The positions are coming...
  • Tech firm Levementum planning to add 175 high-wage jobs ($88,000 a year in Indiana)

    02/22/2017 1:17:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Indianapolis Business Journal ^ | February 22, 2017 | Staff
    Arizona-based tech firm Levementum LLC, which opened an Indianapolis office less than a year ago, announced expansion plans Wednesday that include creating as many as 175 jobs in Indiana over the next five years. The customer-relationship management consultancy, which has 11 Indiana employees, plans to move in March to a 5,000-square-foot office space in The Union 525 building at 525 S. Meridian St. in downtown Indianapolis. The company has been housed in co-working spaces in Fountain Square and Fletcher Place with some employees working remotely. Indiana economic development officials said the company plans to hire consultants, developers and strategic account...
  • Alevo Energy eyes $250M expansion, 202 new jobs (North Carolina)

    02/22/2017 1:07:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Charlotte Business Journal ^ | February 22, 2017 | Ken Elkins
    Concord-based Alevo Energy is considering spending more than $250 million to expand production at its utility battery plant and add 202 jobs there. This week, Concord City Council voted to offer Alevo $4.2 million in corporate incentives if it chooses to expand and add jobs over the coming five years. Cabarrus County is considering a similar offer. “The jobs and the investment can have an important impact on the whole community,” says Joseph Beasley, economic development coordinator at the city of Concord. For Alevo, the project would become the first major infusion of capital since its owners announced in 2014...
  • Popeyes sold to Burger King parent for $1.8 billion

    02/22/2017 12:52:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Atlanta Business Journal ^ | February 21, 2017 | Jacques Couret
    Love that Chicken from... Ontario? Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE: QSR) will buy Atlanta-based Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI) for $1.8 billion. Popeyes shareholders will get $79 in cash a share at closing -- a premium of 27 percent based on Popeyes’ 30-trading day Volume Weighted Average Price as of Feb. 10. The deal, expected to close by early April 2017, brings the New Orleans spicy chicken brand to the Ontario, Canada-based company that owns Burger King and Tim Hortons. Popeyes will continue to be managed independently in the United States. RBI plans to continue developing the brand at...
  • Democrat nightmare: What if Trump’s policies lead to prosperity?

    02/22/2017 8:34:46 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/22/17 | Herman Cain
    It can't happen! It won't happen! Please please please . . . Sean Hannity gave a litany of statistics the other night about crimes committed by illegal immigrants in this country. In response, Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera complimented Sean on his statistics, and then immediately pivoted to what the TV news stories would look like if the administration was rounding up 11 million “undocumented” immigrants in this country. Geraldo’s pivot was pure speculation. The administration’s latest directives on immigration say nothing about rounding up 11 million people.
  • .22 at Yuma WalMart in 2017

    02/22/2017 3:52:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    I have been monitoring the local WalMart to see if the .22 bubble shows any sign of deflating.  A heavy winter visitor presence has returned to Yuma.  I have not seen any .22 long rifle in WalMart for months. This afternoon was different.  I stopped at the store, and made my usual inspection of the ammunition counter.  There were thousands of .22 LR cartridges for sale, most of them in bulk packs.  Bulk packs are the preferred purchase of people who are buying the ammunition for resale, or simply to stock up.  All of the .22 ammunition there was...
  • Dakota pipeline builder says oil could flow in as few as two weeks

    02/22/2017 12:26:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 22, 2017 | Tom Kutsch and James Hill
    On the eve of the deadline for anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to vacate camps in North Dakota, the company in charge of construction said in a court filing on Tuesday that oil could start flowing in as early as two weeks, beating previous estimates. Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners, the builder of the pipeline whose construction has sparked protests since last August over its location, said in the filing to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., that the company "estimates and targets that the pipeline will be complete and ready to flow oil anywhere between the week of March...
  • Outside coastal cities an ‘other America’ has different values and challenges

    02/21/2017 5:36:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | February 21, 2017 | Chris Arnade in Youngstown, Ohio
    Anthony Rice’s house in Youngstown, Ohio is a mile away from a river valley once filled with factories offering jobs. Many of those left in the 1980s, and with them, many residents. His home is one of the few occupied on the street. Empty lots or boarded-up homes make up most of the block. He points to those remaining, listing his neighbors and their age. They are all over 70. “This neighborhood is okie-dokie, although not much goes down here”, he says. “Stores used to be all around here, but they mostly gone. The people left are either too old...
  • The Inside Story of How ‘The Apprentice’ Rescued Donald Trump

    02/21/2017 5:32:17 PM PST · by poconopundit · 22 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | September 8, 2016 | Michael Kranish,Marc Fisher
    Just when the Trump brand was teetering on the edge of no longer being the gold standard, along came TV producer, Mark Burnett. Burnett was the creator and chief architect of Survivor, the biggest of the TV reality shows that attracted viewers by the millions to watch beautiful people compete in exotic spots such as the Australian outback and the Polynesian islands. But Burnett's fabulous success couldn't mask one bit of unhappiness at the center of his life: he had little kids at home in New York and he was hardly ever there. "There has to be a way...
  • ‘’U.S. Oil Production To Soar By 3.5 Million Bpd Over The Next Five Years’’

    02/21/2017 1:42:46 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 19 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 21-02-2017 | 21-02-2017
    Two years ago, when Saudi Arabia launched an unprecedented campaign to crush high-cost oil producers, in the process effectively putting an end to the OPEC cartel (at least until last year's attempt to cut production), it made a bold bet that U.S. shale producers would be swept under when the price of oil tumbled, leading to a tsunami of bankruptcies, as well as investment and production halts. To an extent it succeeded, but where it may have made a glaring error is the core assumption about shale breakeven costs, which as we reported throughout 2016, were substantially lower than consensus...
  • Over-Regulation Has Criminalized the Practice of Medicine

    02/21/2017 9:11:44 AM PST · by amorphous · 12 replies
    This criminalization of everyday life is not just insanely costly and insanely counter-productive--it's insanely punitive. The average person has little exposure to the criminalization of everyday enterprise in America via over-regulation and outsized penalties for even accidental violations of rules and regulations. One field that continues to be burdened with excessive/counter-productive regulations and outsized penalties is the practice of medicine. I received the following email from a physician correspondent: "As you will see, physicians have to deal with the federal government's increasingly crazy and copious rules (like which patients they can screen for disease and how often). The following is...
  • The Household Debt Meltdown

    02/20/2017 2:20:16 PM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Banyan Hill ^ | 17 February 2017 | Jocelynn Smith
    America has a debt problem. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. For as long as I can remember, we’ve had a debt problem. Americans have been endlessly told that debt is good. It builds good credit, and a little debt spending can help light a fire under the economy. According to the U.S. Debt Clock, the U.S. national debt has soared to $19.98 trillion, and it’s still climbing at a frightening pace. Approximately $20 trillion is more than a little debt spending, and the current administration is ready to whip out the White House credit card and spend at a...
  • Vanity--CBS and their new ad campaign "Real News"

    02/20/2017 1:05:04 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 15 replies
    Happened to be at my non-usual place for a manicure; they were blasting CNN and some CBS talk show with a bunch of clams on it called "The Talk" or some such tripe.
  • Trump revokes Obama’s final regulatory assault on the coal industry

    02/20/2017 11:24:48 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/20/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Turning things around Both Obama and Hillary made no secret of their disdain for the coal industry, and of their intention to do as much damage to it as they could. In fact, one of the reasons Donald Trump is now president is Hillary’s declaration that she was going to destroy a lot of coal industry jobs, which didn’t sit too well in formerly blue Pennsylvania. It’s only the start of what needs to be done, but Trump is acting quickly where he can to reverse Obama’s regulatory assault on the coal industry, and that includes a bill he signed...
  • Nevada official says Tesla Gigafactory has over 1,000 workers and hiring 150-200 more each month

    02/19/2017 5:19:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Teslarati ^ | February 19, 2017 | Carolyn Fortuna
    Head of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development says Tesla has hired more than 1,000 workers at its Gigafactory plant outside of Reno, and on pace to increase hiring by another 150 to 200 workers each month. Executive Director Steve Hill told the Senate Finance Committee last week during a budget review meeting that the California-based electric carmaker and energy company is ramping up hiring and expects the factory to have 3,200 workers by March 2018. “They’re hiring 150 to 200 more every month,” says Hill. News of Tesla’s workforce expansion comes on the heels of an independent audit...
  • NOW HIRING: Tempe company Endurance hiring 600, several Valley career fairs scheduled (Arizona)

    02/19/2017 4:50:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    KNXV-TV ^ | February 19, 2017 | Angie Koehle
    Looking for a new career? Valley employers are hiring and need quality workers. See if any of the positions fit your skill set. Endurance Tempe Endurance International Group in Tempe is hiring for 600 positions by Oct. 1. The company provides web hosting, domains and online solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Positions include managers, technical support, sales and professional services. Apply here. Phoenix Career Fair Meet with dozens of employers in one day! The Phoenix Career Fair will be held Thursday, February 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Radisson Hotel Phoenix North. Come dressed to impress and...
  • In case you thought Trump was imploding . . .

    02/18/2017 5:40:31 PM PST · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Angry Bear Blog ^ | 10 February 2017 | New Deal democrat
    For those of you who may be cocooned in the liberal blogosphere, I’m afraid I must administer a cold slap in the face. Here is the graph of Gallup’s Economic Confidence Survey from its inception nearly 10 years ago. Notice that spike to new highs right at the end?
  • Interview with Josh Waldron of SilencerCo on the HPA

    02/18/2017 5:04:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The Hearing Protection Act (HPA) is the main bill now in the Congress to remove gun mufflers (silencers/suppressors/moderators) from the National Firearms Act.  The HPA is getting a lot of attention from the public, Congress and the media.  It has been the in the top ten of the bills viewed at the Congressional web site for many weeks.  For a while, both the 2015 version and the 2017 version, which are identically worded, were both in the top ten. Josh Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo, was instrumental in getting the bill introduced into Congress.  He is one of the founders...
  • Why Hudson's Bay and some other retailers won't dump Ivanka Trump's boycotted brand

    02/18/2017 2:25:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | February 18, 2017 | Sophia Harris
    Almost every day, Amanda Dexter takes to Twitter to chastise one of her favourite stores for carrying Ivanka Trump's products. Her target is the Hudson's Bay Company, where she used to shop for everything from housewares to clothing. Now every time the Bay posts on Twitter a new outfit she likes, Dexter reminds the department store she won't be buying it. The resident of Wakefield, Que., also tweets messages to the Bay such as, "You are looking worse and worse. Get on the right side of history by dumping #Trump brand." Dexter opposes many of the policies of U.S. President...
  • Trump’s Inroads in Union Ranks Have Labor Leaders Scrambling

    02/17/2017 6:07:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Noam Scheiber, Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush
    Donald J. Trump redrew the electoral map with his rousing economic nationalism and evocation of a lost industrial age. It was a message that drew many union members to his cause. And now it is upending the alliances and tactics of the labor movement itself. In early November, workers at the Momentive chemical plant in upstate New York went on strike to beat back pension and health care concessions. By January, the workers were invoking some of Mr. Trump’s populist campaign themes — but with a twist. They planned to picket outside the Manhattan home of the billionaire Stephen A....
  • IT Services Giant Accenture Plans U.S. Hiring Spree (15,000+ jobs)

    02/17/2017 4:30:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Fortune ^ | February 17, 2017 | Reuters
    Accenture said on Friday it would create 15,000 jobs in the United States, as IT services firms brace for a more protectionist U.S. technology visa program under President Donald Trump. The company is domiciled in Dublin, Ireland, but a majority of its more than 380,000 employees are in India. IT services companies came under the spotlight after Trump said that his administration would focus on creating more jobs for U.S. workers, who had been affected by the outsourcing of jobs abroad. Major IT service companies, particularly those based in India, use H-1B visas to fly engineers to the United States...
  • While Elites Played Empire, America Fell Apart

    02/17/2017 12:10:01 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 14 February 2017 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Our extraordinary misallocation of national treasure and political power has set a banquet of consequences that few are willing to face, much less address head-on. If we had to sum up this vast misallocation, we might start by characterizing it as the result of a multitude of elites playing Empire with money borrowed from future generations. We can start the list of extraordinary misallocations of national treasure with the Neocon's endless wars of choice. Ten years ago, estimates of the total cost of the Iraq misadventure were $3 trillion: Cost of Iraq War: $3 Trillion; Cost of Solar Plants to...
  • McDonald's chains shutter across US in support of 'A Day Without Immigrants' protest

    02/17/2017 1:19:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 16, 2017 | Sarah Whitten
    Mom-and-pop shops aren't the only ones closing their doors to support immigrants as part of the "A Day Without Immigrants" protests. Several McDonald's locations have also shuttered for the day. The nationwide event is a combination of a protest and a strike. It is in response to President Donald Trump's immigration agenda, which has included a pledge to build a wall along the Mexican border and enact a travel ban on citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries. "The purpose of the protest is to show just how disruptive immigration changes by the government could impact consumers' everyday life," Darren Tristano, president...
  • [2012 FLASHBACK] What If Oil and Natural Gas Are Renewable Resources?

    02/17/2017 1:07:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 18, 2012 | Greg Lewis
    President Barack Obama and his green energy confederates are determined to scare the public about a declining supply of "fossil fuels." If we accept the idea that oil is produced by the conversion of organic matter -- from plants to dinosaurs -- under extreme pressure, we must also accept the idea that there is a limited supply of oil and that we've got to do everything we can to find a replacement for fossil fuels before we run out. The evidence is mounting that not only do we have more than a century's worth of recoverable oil in the United...
  • Hundreds apply for new jobs coming to Milton (West Virginia, 70+ openings)

    02/16/2017 9:40:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Herald-Dispatch | February 16, 2017 | Fred Pace
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/hundreds-apply-for-new-jobs-coming-to-milton/article_b4cbdc6d-4fd9-5ae2-9cbe-75777e662e2a.html
  • Making Made in America Great Again

    02/16/2017 6:02:28 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/16/17 | Megan Barth
    We need tax reform to make it easier to invest in American businesses, American products and American workers. It’s time for Congress to usher in a new era of American prosperity “As Factory Jobs Disappear, Ohio Town Has Few Options.” That headline from the New York Times has become an all-too-familiar staple of American journalism, a bitter reminder of how globalization has decimated the manufacturing sector in America’s heartland. Ohio alone lost 160,000 manufacturing jobs over a three-year period, thanks largely to low-cost imports. The Times story describes the heartache this economic upheaval sent through the city of Canton, shuttering...
  • VANITY-Recommendations for Online Backup Company

    02/16/2017 4:58:49 AM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 21 replies
    In light of the anti "grab your wallet" campaign, I need advise on an online backup company.
  • Dublin call center to add 560 full-time jobs with benefits (Ohio)

    02/15/2017 9:06:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | February 14, 2017 | Tim Feran
    HKT Teleservices plans to hire 560 people by Aug. 1 to work at its call center in Dublin, a result of "significant growth from an existing contract," said Dave Shapiro, president of the U.S. branch of the Hong Kong-based telecommunications company. That's more than twice the 230 that the company employs there. HKT has been in central Ohio for almost 15 years, but "the last two years, we've really had a growth spurt," Shapiro said. In 2015, for example, the company — then known as PCCW Teleservices — moved to a 52,000-square-foot space at 5200 Rings Road in Dublin from...
  • Hundreds expected to walk off work in Philly on ‘day without immigrants’

    02/15/2017 8:29:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Metro ^ | February 15, 2017 | Sam Newhouse
    President Donald Trump’s rise to the White House has been accompanied by increasingly harsh rhetoric about immigration. In response, local immigrant rights activists have decided to give Philly a taste of what the world would be like if proponents of mass deportations had their way. They've planned a “Day without Immigrants” (Un Dia Sin Immigrante) protest on Thursday. “What if a good chunk of Philadelphia society was gone in one day? This is what we’re talking about,” said Miguel Andrade, an organizer with Juntos, an immigrants' activist group that is coordinating the protest. Immigrants will be “closing shops, not sending...
  • Logan Airport Workers Fear Deportation (Aliens working in airports?)

    02/15/2017 7:55:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    WBZ-TV ^ | February 15, 2017 | Christina Hager
    BOSTON (CBS) – An immigrant worker at Logan Airport says his dream of becoming a U.S. citizen was stolen. In January he received a notice in the mail inviting him to a naturalization ceremony. He brought his mother. “This was like the end of it all. I was really proud. It was at the JFK library,” the employee said. The man spoke to WBZ-TV on the condition of anonymity because of what happened next. “They check this list and realize my name is not on there and they’re like, ‘You’re going to have to leave. Somebody’s going to have to...
  • Liberty, the world’s first commercial flying car is coming soon to the skies and the roads

    02/15/2017 1:17:27 PM PST · by TBP · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 15, 2017 | Mike Opelka
    A Dutch company called PAL-V is taking orders right now for the world’s first commercial flying car called the Liberty. Mike Opelka feels that this is a great and appropriate name for a flying car. He illustrates how if you want to avoid sitting in traffic, then fire up the Liberty. The company informs their full compliance with the global safety regulations and deliveries will begin in less than two years. In the “Pioneer Edition” of the Liberty there will be 90 units, personalizations, and costs $599,000 whereas the Liberty Sport will cost $399,000. Mike breaks down the specifications and...
  • Russia Sanctions Scandal Only Begins With Flynn’s Resignation

    02/15/2017 12:07:24 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 15-02-2017 | Charlie
    The resignation of General Michael Flynn after only 47 days as national security advisor over secret conversations with a Russian diplomat may only be the beginning of a wider scandal. As the White House considers a new national security advisor, and the debate now is centered on whether Flynn’s undisclosed talks concerned sanctions, and whether he was acting ‘rogue’, the controversy may not simply end with a resignation. National security is in question here. Last week, the Washington Post revealed that Flynn and Kislyak had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia in the leading up to Trump’s inauguration as president, despite...
  • At Mar-a-Lago, Trump Puts Government Affairs on Display for All to See

    02/15/2017 11:04:35 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 2/15/17 | KEVIN KNODELL
    At Mar-a-Lago, Trump Puts Government Affairs on Display for All to SeeOne of many potential security breaches by KEVIN KNODELL “The president receiving the news about the missile incident from North Korea on Japan with the prime minister sitting next to him,” Richard DeAgazio wrote on his public Facebook profile at 9:07 in the evening on Feb. 11, 2017. The post included the above photo. Pres. Donald Trump and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe were at the Mar-a-Lago, a private golf club the Trump family owned in southern Florida. DeAgazio — a retired investor who joined Mar-a-Lago three months earlier — documented the events...
  • Aetna CEO states the obvious: ObamaCare exchanges are now in a death spiral

    02/15/2017 9:33:39 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/15/17 | Robert Laurie
    Failure was the great promise of ObamaCare. Implosion was the plan. Democrats were counting on it Remember: All of this was by design. Failure was the great promise of ObamaCare. Implosion was the plan. Democrats were counting on it, with the intention that Hillary would be in office to pick up the pieces and march the nation over the single-payer cliff. That, of course, is where the plan fell apart.
  • Humana says adios to ObamaCare. Implosion continues

    02/15/2017 9:31:10 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/15/17 | Robert Laurie
    Crumbling down around us Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the proposed merger between health insurance giants Aetna and Humana. It was big news throughout the last year. That plan has now disintegrated, and both companies are re-jiggering their plans as they move on separately. If you think ObamaCare is part of that scenario, think again. Last August, we learned of Aetna’s intentions for the ACA exchanges, and now we know Humana intends to follow suit.
  • Closing This One Loophole Could End The Road Toll Debate Right Now

    02/15/2017 8:34:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 10, 2017 | Paul de Jong
    As cities across Ontario finalize their budgets and try to squeeze out savings to expand public transit, something doesn't add up. Too many cities, including Toronto, are missing out on hundreds of millions in savings. That's because Ontario has a labour law loophole that's putting cities, companies and taxpayers at a huge disadvantage. The heated debate over road tolls in Toronto has distracted from a far simpler way of saving for public transit expansion. Here it is: Change the way construction projects are tendered. Right now, Toronto and too many other municipalities including Hamilton, Sault Ste. Marie and the Region...
  • Sheriff Offers Victim a Gun, Gun Shop Gives a .38

    02/15/2017 3:59:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On Friday, 3 February, 2017, 66-year-old Billy Harrell was being robbed in the parking lot of the restaurant he manages, the Ole Times Country Buffet.  He was closing for the night. It was about 9:30 p.m. in Dublin, Georgia.  Holding a gun to his head, the two robbers forced him into his SUV. They took a gun from the vehicle and other items. From idahostatesman.com: The robber grabbed a pistol and some other items from the vehicle and started to leave. When he turned back around with his gun pointed, Harrell fired a shot from another weapon he had...
  • Nikki Sixx ‘Can’t Wait’ Until Donald Trump Is No Longer President (Partly misleading headline)

    02/14/2017 6:56:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Ultimate Classic Rock ^ | February 14, 2017 | Dave Lifton
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Add Nikki Sixx to the list of musicians who are not enamored with President Donald Trump. The former Motley Crue and current Sixx:A.M. bassist recently revealed his political leanings. Earlier this month, Sixx was participating in a Facebook Live chat (embedded above) and wound up talking about “Rise,” a song from last year’s Prayers for the Damned. Sixx said that it “was inspired by the environment of the presidential campaign and what was going on in the world, and we were just saying, ‘We need to rise up. We can be better than this.'” Sixx said that he didn’t believe...
  • Solution to Trump’s H1B visa restrictions is to shift from outsourcing towards ‘nearshoring’

    02/14/2017 6:10:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Sociable ^ | February 14, 2017 | Alejandro Vasquez, VP of Business Development at PSL Software in Colombia.
    For decades, H1B visas have been one of the cornerstones of the traditional IT outsourcing business model. In many ways, the possibility of legally sending workers to the US has allowed Indian firms to offer an enticing service: the client gets to work face to face with less expensive engineers that are authorized to temporarily work in the US, yet can also leverage a much larger team of offshore talent that is orchestrated by the on-site, visa-holding resources. The proposition is hard to beat: not only is it inexpensive, but the model can help solve time-zone issues thanks to a...
  • Oh, boy! Meet the newest member of the American Girl family

    02/14/2017 6:00:15 PM PST · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 2/14/17
    What a time to be alive:
  • Immigrants, refugees are vital to Cleveland industry, despite Donald Trump's beliefs: Panelists say

    02/14/2017 5:19:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | February 14, 2017 | Marcia Pledger
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Michael Goldberg, a Cleveland-based professor, has read headlines about humanitarian and national security issues surrounding refugees and immigrants coming to America through programs nationwide. Still, all Goldberg could think about was how Cleveland businesses will be affected by recent executive orders made by President Donald Trump. Trump campaigned hard on the idea that immigrants threaten American communities, take away jobs and abuse government benefits like housing assistance and food stamps. So Goldberg pulled together a panel of local business and community leaders that offered an entirely different perspective. They say immigrants and refugees are critical to their...
  • 'Made in the USA' is a tough promise for luxury brands to make

    02/14/2017 5:07:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 14, 2017 | Krystina Gustafson
    Standing in the lobby of New York City's Trump Tower last month, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault told reporters that the Louis Vuitton brand will expand its manufacturing in the U.S., potentially setting up a factory in the Carolinas or Texas. Yet even as President Donald Trump pressures other businesses to ramp up their American-based production, experts agree that the "Made in the USA" movement is unlikely to take hold in the luxury sector anytime soon. Designer labels face several major headwinds when it comes to producing goods here, including inadequate infrastructure and a shortage of raw materials. "You've got so...
  • Analysis: Was Hillary's Union Support Limited to (Some of) the Public Sector?

    02/14/2017 4:52:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The 74 Million ^ | February 14, 2017 | Mike Antonucci
    xit polls from the 2016 presidential election indicate that Hillary Clinton won the union household vote by only nine points, a much smaller margin than is traditional for Democratic candidates and a contributing factor in Donald Trump’s win, particularly in the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect thinks Trump’s strength in union households may have been racial in nature. “Whites from union households preferred Trump over Clinton, 52 percent to 40 percent,” he wrote, citing an unidentified network exit poll. If accurate, race must have played a big part, but we lack enough...
  • Italy Inc bets on expansion in the US (More jobs, more winning!)

    02/14/2017 4:14:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    ItalyEurope24 ^ | February 15, 2017 | Marco Valsania
    The climate isn't the easiest. Economic uncertainty and political unknowns abound on both sides of the Atlantic. In the US with the new administration of Donald Trump and its protectionist and isolationist tone. And in Europe, rocked by Brexit and anxiously awaiting elections in nations that are key to the future the Union. But most of all for Italy Inc, whose companies are determinedly betting on their own excellence despite their often niche positions. Confronted with uncertainty, they must focus on attracting international investment and on expanding their presence in the US with acquisitions and growth on US soil. This...
  • To really ‘take back control’, democracies must reclaim power over the production of money

    02/14/2017 1:58:23 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    London School of Economics LSE ^ | 13 February 2017 | Ann Pettifor
    Democracy has failed to protect society from the predatory behaviour of global financial markets, writes Ann Pettifor. Drawing on her new book, she explains why the monetary system has made society vulnerable, and how it needs to be transformed. Ten years after the catastrophic failure of both the global banking system and the global economy, economic disorder is once again threatening a new dark age. Western democracy has failed to protect society from the predatory behaviour of global financial markets – mostly rent-seekers; and from the ideology and impacts of market fundamentalism. In the absence of organised labour unions, and...
  • Quiet Victory for Elites Accelerates Cashless Agenda

    02/14/2017 1:30:47 PM PST · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    World leaders and economists are pushing harder than ever toward a cashless society. With anti-cash measures already being tested in Europe and the Third World, itÂ’s only a matter of time until the global elite push for the same in the U.S. Will globalistsÂ’ dream of a cashless society soon become reality? Plotting in Switzerland Last month, members of the World Economic Forum, more commonly known as the Davos Elite, met for their annual gathering in Switzerland, and the pursuit of a global cashless society was a major topic on their agenda. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, a key member...
  • The Coming Class Wars

    02/14/2017 1:00:47 PM PST · by Lorianne
    Peak Prosperity ^ | 10 February 2017 | Charles Hugh Smith
    In the modern era, the phrase Class War is rooted in the socialist/Marxist concept that the conflict between labor (the working class) and capital (owners of capital) is not just inevitable—it’s the fulcrum of history. In this view, this Class War is the inevitable result of the asymmetry between the elite who own/control the capital and the much larger class of people whose livelihood is earned solely by their labor. In Marx’s analysis, the inner dynamics of capitalism inevitably lead to the concentration of capital in monopolies/cartels whose great wealth enables them to influence the government to serve the interests...
  • Warren Condemns Trump's Deplorable Xenophobia [semi-satire]

    02/14/2017 11:43:35 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Feb 2017 | John Semmens
    Seeking to gain a leg up on other potential Democratic Party aspirants for the 2020 nomination, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass) excoriated the Trump Administration's "deplorable xenophobia in placing the interests of American citizens ahead of the interests of humanity." "Hillary warned us of the transcendent evil that Trump poses to the progressive values President Obama strove to embed in our government's policies," Warren screeched in her Senate tirade against the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as the new US Attorney General. "By confirming Sessions the Senate has embedded diametrically opposed values. Putting Americans ahead of immigrants is, as the US...