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  • Texas drillers may start hiring soon, as long as prices hold up

    06/28/2016 2:26:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 28, 2016 | Collin Eaton
    HOUSTON – Rising crude prices could spur hiring across the Texas oil patch by August, a regional economist says, beginning a slow but steady reversal in the state’s energy employment after struggling drillers shed 1 in 3 jobs. Over the past two months, a dozen U.S. oil companies — including Devon Energy and Pioneer Natural Resources — have announced plans to plow an extra $600 million into their shale fields in Texas and elsewhere as crude prices hover near $50 a barrel. Several have dispatched new rigs and received drilling permits. Next, they’ll start hiring new people – unless, of...
  • Republican Ryan wants trade talks with Britain

    06/28/2016 1:28:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 28, 2016 | Patricia Zengerle
    Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, called on Tuesday for Washington, in parallel with its negotiations with Europe, to pursue a separate free trade agreement with Britain, once it has formally separated from the European Union. Ryan, the highest-ranking elected Republican in the United States, echoed a call from many members of his party, who have dismissed President Barack Obama's contention that Britain will be at the "back of the queue" for trade talks. Obama issued that warning in April when he intervened to try to persuade Britons to vote to remain in the June 23...
  • Clinton wants to ‘staple’ green cards on STEM grads' diplomas

    06/28/2016 12:56:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Computerworld ^ | June 28, 2016 | Patrick Thibodeau
    As president, Hillary Clinton would support the automatic granting of green cards, or permanent residency, to foreign students who earn advanced STEM degrees in the U.S. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said she wants the U.S. to "staple" green cards to the diplomas of non-citizens who earn master's or Ph.D. degrees in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering or math) "from accredited institutions."(continued)
  • Diablo Canyon Closure Has a Crony Problem

    06/28/2016 11:53:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/28/16 | Katy Grimes & Tom Tanton
    Cronyism in Energy Production “Diablo Canyon produces twice as much power as all of California’s solar panels, 24 percent more than all of its wind, and 40 times more than its largest solar farm. Also, Diablo Canyon provides power to 3 million Californians on a patch of land the size of three football fields. Achieving the equivalent from a solar farm would require 145 times more land; from wind, 500 times more.”—Michael Shellenberger, Breakthrough Institute co-founder, and Peter Raven, former Missouri Botanical Gardens head The announcement last week from PG&E that it was closing Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, rudely...
  • Cut Corporate Welfare to Help Balance State Budget

    06/28/2016 11:35:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/24/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    Michigan will collect more taxes next year, but not as much as predicted a few months ago, leaving members of the Legislature looking at a sizable gap between what they want to spend and the money available to pay for it. The most constructive and efficient way to balance the budget is to eliminate the state’s corporate welfare programs and supporting bureaucracy. The budget the Legislature enacted for fiscal year 2016 included almost $178 million in six major items over which the Michigan Economic Development Corporation controls. Cutting this would not only help balance the budget, but could improve Michigan’s...
  • Did Britain Make a Mistake Leaving the EU?

    06/28/2016 7:47:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/28/16 | Dr. Don Boys
    Britain’s departure from the EU rattled the stock market, refreshed the patriots, rankled the globalists, and rocked effete politicians. Even with the approaching storm, not a bad day for freedom Well, they did it! Great Britain ripped up their 40-year-old membership card in the European Union and may become “Great” Britain again: you know, sovereignty, security, and stability. Britain was a major player in the European Union, a bloc of 28 nations, making it the biggest trading zone in the world. Membership in the EU permits citizens of one nation to travel and live in other member-nations. Last year, Britain...
  • Legislature Makes it More Difficult to Use Inexpensive Car Parts

    06/28/2016 6:33:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 26 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/20/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    Right now, if a Michigan citizen goes to get a car repaired, it is fairly simple for the owner of the vehicle and a mechanic to decide what kind of parts to use to provide the fix. Unless a bill that has passed the Michigan Legislature is vetoed by Gov. Snyder, that process is about to get a lot more complicated. There are two main types of auto parts: Those made by original equipment manufacturers (OEM) or those made by other companies (aftermarket). By and large, insurance companies, crash tests and research findings do not find a safety difference between...
  • Notes From Underground: You Are So Jejune (Love and Death, Woody Allen)

    06/28/2016 5:08:36 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 2 replies
    Notes From The Underground ^ | June 27, 2016 | Yra Harris
    ...Then there was a major mistake when the equivalent of Moe, Larry and Curly rushed to downgrade the British debt to AA. Too bad these are the same rating agencies that failed to downgrade U.S. mortgages. I would ask MOODY’s, S&P and FITCH: How is it possible to grade European debt when the ECB has no centralized taxing authority to stand behind it? The ECB is a bottomless pit and the U.K. will be proven smart by relieving itself of an enormous liability.
  • The Missing Men

    06/27/2016 7:03:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 27, 2016 | Derek Thompson
    Millions of men in the prime of their lives are missing from the labor force. Could a big U.S. housing construction project bring them back? Something is rotten in the U.S. economy. Poor men without a college degree are disappearing from the labor force. The share of prime-age men (ages 25-54) who are neither working nor looking for work has doubled since the 1970s. The U.S.’s labor participation rate for this group of men is lower than every country in the OECD except for Israel (an outlier, because of the high number of non-working Orthodox Jewish men) and Italy (an...
  • U.S. Shale Producers Just Won Their Biggest Legal Case In Years

    06/27/2016 5:57:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Oil Price ^ | June 23, 2016 | Dave Forest
    Fracking is once again becoming a hot topic in the oil and gas world., with Germany moving Tuesday to impose an indefinite ban on the unconventional drilling technique. But in the U.S. this week the story was the opposite. Oil and gas drillers won a critical legal victory over the future of fracking in America’s shale plays. That came in Wyoming, where a District Judge struck down a set of tougher rules on fracking that had been implemented by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) early last year. Last March, the BLM came down hard on the U.S. shale...
  • Senators Demand to Know Where Companies Keep Their Cash [semi-satire]

    06/27/2016 8:49:22 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 June 2016 | John Semmens
    Concerned that some of the nation's resources may be out of their reach, Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn) and Chris Coons (D-Del) are demanding that "all businesses fully disclose where all their money is." "As President Obama said when he was nominated for his second term, government is the only entity we all belong to," Franken recalled. "It is every business' and every individual's duty to do the utmost to ensure the survival of this single unifying entity. At a minimum, this means making all of their financial resources known to the government so they may be appropriated if the need...
  • First The UK, Then Scotland... Then Texas?

    06/27/2016 6:35:05 AM PDT · by V K Lee · 25 replies
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news ^ | un 24, 2016 9:50 PM | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute, That didn't take long. Only hours after the final results came in for a British exit from the EU, political leaders in Scotland are talking about renewing their drive to secede from the United Kingdom. Pointing to the fact that a large majority of Scots voted to remain in the EU, Scottish advocates for independence are now claiming (convincingly) that Scotland is leaving the EU against its will. Many of us who advocated for Scottish secession in 2014 were, of course fine with Scottish secession at the time. And we're still fine...
  • NH: Veteran Car Dealer Cashes in On Popularity of AR15 rifles

    06/27/2016 3:01:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A New Hampshire business is cashing in on the high popularity of the AR15 style rifles. Owner Mike Hagan is a combat vet of Afghanistan.  His company offers a veterans' discount as well.  He isn't intimidated by political correctness. From nh1.com: Owner Mike Hagan, of Hagan's Motor Pool Auto Repair and Sales, told Fox25 that several people have taken him up on the deal so far. “I have given away four AR-15s and one 9mm handgun, which is the other option if you don't want the AR-15,” he said. Hagan has partnered with a nearby gun store for the...
  • Dow Futures Down 900 Points From Pre-Brexit Highs, Plunge Below Friday's Crash Lows

    06/26/2016 6:40:25 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 92 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | June 26, 2016 | by Tyler Durden
    US equity futures are tumbling at the open following Cable and USDJPY's dive. Dow futures dropped 100 points (down 900 points from pre-Brexit highs) and broke below Friday's early crash lows... Do not worry though, The IMF is on it...
  • Reporter's Attempt to Show Ease of Buying an Assault Rifle Backfires

    06/26/2016 11:14:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 22, 2016 | 6:50 PM EDT | Randy Hall
    Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times decided last week to purchase an AR-15 following the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando, Florida. His purpose, he said, was to demonstrate how simple it was and to explore Illinois’ gun laws concerning assault weapons. When he bought the gun, Steinberg planned to sell it back to the store. However, his purchase was stopped by the gun store, which canceled the transaction during Illinois’ required 24-hour waiting period after discovering he had lied on his background check about his history of alcohol abuse and domestic violence. In his article, Steinberg admitted that while...
  • MN:Discount Gas for Gun Carriers

    06/26/2016 7:01:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Another business discovers the advantages of welcoming the gun culture and supporting the Constitution.  In Minnesota, a gas station has found a way to disuade robbers by welcoming people with guns. From kstp.com: After getting robbed twice over the last three months, the owner of a Shell gas station in Sauk Rapids wanted to get more customers during the evening, hoping it would improve safety. Last week, station owner Frank Schwagel offered a 10-cent-per-gallon discount for law enforcement or people with proof of permit to carry after 7 p.m. each day. Much research has shown, over and over again,...
  • On immigration, the white working class is fearful

    06/25/2016 10:26:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Brookings Institute ^ | June 24, 2016 | William A. Galston
    Supporters listen as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to voters at a rally at the The Myrtle Beach Sports Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, February 19, 2016. REUTERS/Randall Hill Although a few political analysts have been focusing on the white working class for years, it is only in response to the rise of Donald Trump that this large group of Americans has begun to receive the attention it deserves. Now, thanks to a comprehensive survey that the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) undertook in collaboration with the Brookings Institution, we can speak with some precision about the...
  • Brexit Documentary Explains How EU Globalists Strangled Britain's Republic

    06/25/2016 7:18:40 PM PDT · by poconopundit · 27 replies
    Brexit the Movie -- YouTube ^ | 6/25/2016 | PoconoPundit
    If you're like me, your knowledge of the European political scene is sadly weak.  You know you should broaden your understanding, but who has the time? Well, now there's a fabulous documentary on YouTube that makes getting up to speed on the EU and European econo/political scene fun and efficient.  Its name is Brexit, the Movie.  And watching only 20 to 30 minutes of this feature-length film, I came away with keen insights on: 1) Why the British were desperate to exit the EU; 2) How the EU bureaucracy grew its cartel over the decades; and 3) The modus...
  • Most Investors Prefer Donald Trump As President Over Hillary Clinton, Poll Reveals

    06/25/2016 12:57:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | June 25, 2016 | Christian Savoy
    A high percentage of voters who operate in the stock market say that Donald Trump would be a better president than Hillary Clinton for their portfolios, and one in four said they would change their asset mix if he was elected, while a similar percentage would if the Democrats win. A recent poll from Bloomberg and Morning Consult revealed that investors prefer picked Trump over Clinton as president. According to the report, 50% of respondents said Trump would be better for their portfolios while 33% chose Clinton as a better alternative. Another 17% of respondents were not sure which candidate...
  • Horrifying Massacre Of Dozens of U.S. K9 Trained Bomb-sniffing Dogs Massacred By Muslims In Kuwait

    06/25/2016 10:35:38 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 40 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | June 25, 2016 | Walid Shoebat
    St. Francis once said: “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” This is the case every time. When someone is cruel to animals, they are cruel to human beings. In fact, Christianity is the best for the care of animals. Dozens of American-trained dogs were killed by a Kuwaiti-based company last week, according to multiple reports, though there are conflicting explanations for the deaths. While several news agencies reported the story, they fail to also report that...
  • Scotland can have a second referendum, but it must decide on a currency first

    06/25/2016 9:20:37 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 50 replies
    I believe that the currency issue did more than anything to deliver the late swing to No in the last referendum. The question of the choice between the pound, euro or a currency of Scotland’s own was never clarified, and that was fatal to the cause of independence in 2014. Unless the issue is resolved before another referendum I strongly suspect that this issue might again be fatal to the cause of Scottish independence. There are only four options. They are the pound, the euro, the US dollar or Scotland’s own currency.
  • Gun Store sells 30,000 AR-15's in 5 days after Orlando (Birth of an Internet Hoax or Joke on MSM?)

    06/24/2016 9:03:30 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    Vanity | June 24, 2016 | Perseverando
    Apparently many are being fooled by this outrageous story of how one gun store in "Podunk" Pennsylvania sold 30,000 AR-15's in 5 days after the Orlando shooting. This is an amazing feat of 21st century commerce since their "web presence" looks like something from the early 1990's. I've seen this Fox Business News story repeated on The Blaze, Washington Free Beacon, etc. This is patently absurd that no one from any reputable source has questioned this. Does no one fact check anymore (besides FreeRepublic)? The Hunters Warehouse owner, Tom Engle, told Stuart Varney of Fox Business News on June 17th...
  • BREXIT WINS!!!!

    06/23/2016 8:26:27 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 100 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | 24 JUNE 2016 | BREITBART.COM
    UK LEAVES THE EU
  • Media thinks it’s a scandal that Trump campaign tends to contract with Trump businesses

    06/23/2016 10:27:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Because they know nothing about how successful people get things done. First of all, when I say the media think something is a scandal - even though no one is using the word “scandal” - here’s why I say it. You will see headlines and stories about things that seem quite unremarkable. Candidate contracts with vendor for services. Person uses certain word. Public official makes comment about this or that. The reporting may appear very matter-of-fact, but what you have to look at is the news judgment that led the media to mention it at all. For instance, we told...
  • Fraudulent Confirmation Hearing for ALRB’s Genevieve Shiroma

    06/22/2016 6:35:31 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/22/16 | Katy Grimes
    No Support For Shiroma; Many Offer Opposition Testimony How confident should Senators be when a governor’s appointee to the state Ag Labor Board faced opposition testimony with a line out the hearing room door, “and around the block,” but not one person attended in support? A testy and contentious confirmation hearing before the Senate Rules Committee Monday for Genevieve Shiroma, a 17-year member of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, ended after extensive testimony with a proverbial “F-you” to farm workers, when lawmakers voted 3-2 along party lines to confirm Shiroma.
  • This autonomous, 3D-printed bus starts giving rides in Washington, DC today

    06/21/2016 10:08:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | June 16, 2016 | Tamara Warren
    Local Motors, the Arizona-based automaker that crowdsources vehicle design, has introduced a 3D-printed, autonomous, electric shuttle bus that is partially recyclable called Olli. Local Motors says that it's the first vehicle to use IBM Watson’s car-focused cognitive learning platform, Watson Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive. It’s a boxy, far-out concept that may be the first of its kind, but that’s the point for a company that isn’t focused only on making vehicles — it’s about remaking the car manufacturing business. If all goes according to plan, Olli will be giving autonomous rides at the company’s introductory event on the...
  • 2016 Will be the Record Breaking Gun Sales Year of all Time!

    06/21/2016 8:20:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    2016 has been breaking records for gun sales since it began.  In fact, records were being broken seven months before 2016 began.  We only have records until the end of May, but they show a clear trend.  If that trend were followed, then 2016 would have set the record for the most American gun sales in a year, ever. But that trend just got bumped, jumped, and Trumped.  It is now taking off like Falcon SpaceX rocket.  The reason, of course, is politics. The fact is, more than half of Americans associate guns with safety.  That trend has been...
  • Gun Muffler (Silencer/Suppressor) Status Map of the United States

    06/20/2016 6:24:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 43 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Map at American Suppressor Association Many American gun owners and shooters do not know that it is legal to own and use silencers, suppressors, or perhaps the most descriptive term gun mufflers, in the United States.  There are only a handful of states that cling to the antiquated notion the suppressors should be banned because ... guns....  There is no logical or rational argument to be made for that position, but it persists. The states where suppressors are banned are the same tiny minority that persist with unreasonable and likely unconstitutional restrictions on the ownership and carry of firearms for...
  • Ban the Box or Require the Box?

    06/20/2016 5:49:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Marginal Revolution ^ | June 20, 2016 | Alex Tabarrok
    Ban the box policies forbid employers from asking about a criminal record on a job application. Ban the box policies don’t forbid employers from running criminal background checks they only forbid employers from asking about criminal history at the application/interview stage. The policies are supposed to give people with a criminal background a better shot at a job. Since blacks are more likely to have a criminal history than whites, the policies are supposed to especially increase black employment. One potential problem with these laws is that employers may adjust their behavior in response. In particular, since blacks are more...
  • Donald Trump: Would He Be Good for Construction Industry?

    06/19/2016 10:46:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | June 20, 2016 | Giles Lambertson
    Let's play Jeopardy. The answer is… “A five-letter word for someone who might be good for the construction industry.” The question: “Who is Trump?” Let me hedge a little—something that Alex Trebek doesn't allow on the TV program, by the way—by noting that the key word in the equation is “might.” A President Donald Trump “might” be good for the construction industry. That is a generous caveat, but we're talking here about politics, after all. Trump certainly knows his way around a construction site after all these years of erecting buildings with his name prominently displayed atop them. He knows...
  • Secret Trump voters

    06/19/2016 6:12:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Frederick News Post ^ | June 19, 2016 | Justin Griffin
    As the presidential election inches closer, someone you know might be harboring a political secret: voting for Donald J. Trump. There’s a good chance that you know someone, maybe even yourself, who is secretly voting for Trump. The statements that Trump makes — the name-calling, the personal attacks — have an effect on how voters both for and against Trump perceive the candidate. Some Trump voters are fine with it and think it’s all part of the show. Others find it appalling but perhaps necessary. Washington is pretty messed up. Maybe it deserves Trump. There’s also a narrative out there...
  • Fewer low-income men are working

    06/19/2016 5:46:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    CNN Money ^ | June 15, 2016 | Tami Luhby
    Men have been disappearing from the workforce for decades. But a closer look at the data reveals that lower-income men account for much of the change -- and that reflects a big problem with the economy. Only 69% of these men, ages 25 to 54, are employed, according to new research from the Brookings Institution. That figure was 80% in 1980. Among middle class and upper-income men, 92% are working, down only slightly from 94% in 1980....
  • Apple Won’t Be Sending Funds to GOP Convention Because Trump Hurt Their Feelings!

    06/18/2016 4:57:34 PM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 55 replies
    Newsninja2012 ^ | 6-18-16 | Wayne Dupree
    This is a no-brainer. Donald Trump is a serious threat to Apple's slaves in China. Apple, if you're serious about being 'good citizens' you'd fix the conditions you force workers over there to endure and pay them a competitive wage the same as an American would make. You're exploitive, and it's sick. Don't be a bunch of globalist hypocrites. Hey, Apple, boycotting Trump and the RNC is so petulant. Man, that is some political courage right there. Tim Cook, you want to impress me? STOP SELLING YOUR PRODUCTS IN COUNTRIES THAT OUTLAW AND KILL HOMOSEXUALS! Put your money where your...
  • Trump's Ace In The Hole, The Inequality Black Swan

    06/18/2016 3:02:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 17, 2016 | Larry McDonald
    Political risk has rarely had a more powerful impact on markets. As we head toward November, we must dig in and get to the bottom of what’s really going on. A reality TV star and real estate mogul just mowed down 17 accomplished Republican candidates, by May 3rd it was all over but the shouting. “Investors need to prepare for a Trump presidency.” Jeff Gundlach, May 2016 Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for president in June 2015, to criticism, mockery, and doubt by the media and political class. Trump’s candidacy and campaign have been called a joke by many...
  • Their Unrealistic Expectations Crushed At Last, Wealthy Millennials Now Shop At Dollar Stores

    06/17/2016 9:40:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 17, 2016 | Eric Owens, education editor
    In the wake of the long series of lean economic years since the onset of the Great Recession, America’s affluent millennials have taken to shopping for groceries, toiletries and even clothing at ultra-discount stores such as Dollar General and Family Dollar. It’s not just Pabst Blue Ribbon-drinking hipsters trying way too hard to be different, either. At Dollar General, members of the millennial generation — of all income brackets — accounted for nearly 25 percent of the company’s first quarter revenue in 2016, reports Reuters. Millennials, if you are not up on your demographic jargon, are the cohort of young...
  • Gundlach: Donald Trump will be the next president and things will get 'scary'

    06/17/2016 10:18:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 17, 2016 | Everett Rosenfeld
    Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is going to be the next president of the United States, and the immediate aftermath will be "pretty scary," according to Jeffrey Gundlach, the chief executive officer at DoubleLine Capital. Gundlach, speaking with CNBC on Friday emphasized that he does not support political candidates, but his analysis leads him to believe Trump — who lags presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in recent national polls — will win the White House. "[People] are looking for change, and I think Trump is going to win on the basis of that," Gundlach said. "And he will be quite...
  • Psychologist who tested Mateen for security job did same for another killer

    06/16/2016 11:04:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | June 15, 2016 | David Fleshler and Skyler Swisher, The Sun Sentinel
    <p>FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. » The psychologist who administered the test that established Orlando killer Omar Mateen as mentally fit to carry concealed weapons as a private security guard did the same for another South Florida killer who worked for the same company.</p>
  • Trump could really institute an immigration ban—even without Congress

    06/16/2016 7:36:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | June 16, 2016 | Jacob Pramuk, CNBC
    Donald Trump doubled down on his divisive immigration rhetoric this week following the massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. If elected, he may not even need lawmakers' help to act on some proposals. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee first proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country in the aftermath of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. It was a constitutionally questionable proposal that drew criticism from both sides of the aisle. In a speech this week, he pledged to restrict immigration from areas of the world with terrorism ties....
  • Professor rejects Marxism after traveling the globe: ‘Socialism doesn’t work’

    06/16/2016 12:22:01 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    thecollegefix.com ^ | June 16, 2016 | KATE HARDIMAN
    At least one professor in America does not feel the Bern. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Professor Jack Stauder says his political and ideological conversion away from socialism and Marxism occurred when he actually witnessed these systems in action. After traveling to more than 110 countries to pursue various forms of research, notably cultural anthropology, Stauder described his conversion from Marxism as a process of disillusionment. “I gradually became disenchanted with Marxism by visiting many of the countries that had tried to shape their societies to conform to its doctrines. I was disillusioned by the realities I saw in … socialist...
  • Omar Mateen appeared in 2012 documentary on BP oil spill

    06/15/2016 9:24:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 15, 2016 | John Sexton
    Orlando shooter Omar Mateen appears briefly in a 2012 documentary on the BP oil spill titled “The Big Fix.” The Associated Press reports the find was confirmed by security company G4S: Security firm G4S confirmed Wednesday that the guard in the clip is Mateen. G4S spokeswoman Sarah Booth says Mateen was stationed in Pensacola, Florida, for several months in 2010 to assist with the oil spill cleanup. In the clip, Mateen is seen wearing his security uniform and standing guard near a beach where workers are cleaning up oil that has washed on shore after the BP oil spill. When...
  • This startup may have built the world's fastest networking switch chip

    06/15/2016 1:33:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    IT News ^ | June 14, 2016 | Stephen Lawson
    Networking has undergone radical changes in the past few years, and two startup launches this week show the revolution isn’t over yet. Barefoot Networks is making what it calls a fully programmable switch platform. It came out of stealth mode on Tuesday, the same day 128 Technology emerged claiming a new approach to routing. Both say they’re rethinking principles that haven’t changed since the 1990s. Now is a good time to shake up networking, because IT itself is changing shape, says Nemertes Research analyst John Burke. “Everybody pretty much wants and needs their IT services to work continuously and scalably,”...
  • Venezuelans now using social media to seek out basic goods

    06/15/2016 8:18:27 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/15/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Eight of 10 items unavailable in stores in the socialist paradise Good news: Nicolas Maduro will never be president of the United States. Bad news: It hardly matters, because neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders quite understands what’s gone wrong with the Chavista revolution in Venezuela. Things are now so bad in the socialist paradise where Maduro haplessly presides, Venezuelans have more or less given up looking for basic goods in stores. You can’t find them there. Eight out of 10 items people need are unavailable. So they’ve taken to going on social media and asking pretty much anyone who...
  • Uranium Prices Set To Double By 2018

    06/15/2016 8:14:16 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 15-06-2015 | James
    With prices set to double by 2018, we’ve seen the bottom of the uranium market, and the negative sentiment that has followed this resource around despite strong fundamentals, is starting to change. Billionaire investors sense it, and they’re always the first to anticipate change and take advantage of the rally before it becomes a reality. The turning point is where all the money is made, and there are plenty of indications that the uranium recovery is already underway. It’s been a very tough few years for uranium. But it now looks like we’ve reached the bottom, and the future demand...
  • Ex-Argentina official arrested trying to hide bags of cash at monastery

    06/15/2016 3:03:45 AM PDT · by Fhios · 9 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/15/2016 | AP staff
    ... They then discovered wads of cash as well as the watches in more than 160 packages inside the bags. Other money had been taken to the monastery kitchen and some was found in the trunk of a car. ...
  • Rigs returning to service in North Dakota

    06/14/2016 8:03:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    United Press International ^ | June 13, 2016 | Daniel J. Graeber
    BISMARCK, N.D., June 13 (UPI) -- With a gain of three, the number of rigs actively exploring for or producing oil and natural gas in North Dakota is up 12 percent from last week, data show. Data from North Dakota's government show 28 rigs in active service as of Monday, up from the 25 reported one week ago. Rig counts serve as a barometer for the health of the oil and gas industry as oil prices in part determine how much companies are investing in exploration and production. Though at times above the $50 mark in recent sessions, last week...
  • Obama by the numbers

    06/14/2016 10:51:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/14/16 | Herman Cain
    The real numbers, that is “By almost every economic measure — every economic measure, America is better off when I — better off than when I came here. That is the truth. That’s true.” - President Obama June 1, 2016 That’s not the first time President Obama has made that statement, which is not true. But he and his liberal minions keep saying it so people will start believing it. They have done that throughout his presidency, and the liberal gullible media lets him get away with it. But we will not!
  • Bill Would Stop DOJ Funding Liberal Groups with Federal Money [semi-satire]

    06/14/2016 10:17:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire | 12 June 2016 | John Semmens
    Four Republican senators—James Lankford (Okla), Ted Cruz (Texas), and Utah's Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee—have introduced legislation aimed at barring the Department of Justice from using settlement money to fund liberal interest groups. "Settlements obtained from banks found guilty for their role in inflating the mortgage bubble in 2008 ought to be used to compensate those damaged by these egregious practices," Sen. Lankford said. "Instead, the Department of Justice has been funneling this money to favored liberal activists. This is a perversion of justice and an end run around the appropriations process." Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) belittled the...
  • The European Union Cookie Monster—Out to Get You!

    06/14/2016 8:55:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/14/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Cookie law enforcement unit If you are wondering what this is about—I’m not sure myself! As far as I know, I don’t have a police record, but have a “KTN” ( TSA Pre✓® ) and other credentials. So, I was a bit perplexed to find my book website recently getting (on one day) two dozen-plus visits by the European Union (EU) Cookie Police, i.e. the European Commission’s “cookie law enforcement unit”. Yeah, there is such a thing. It’s in the business of making sure you or your internet service provider (ISP) comply with Brussel’s edicts about your website’s behavior, specifically...
  • Is Brexit the Road to Survival for Britain

    06/14/2016 8:45:36 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/14/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    It really is a vote for personal freedom and self-determination The American Conservative Union (ACU) and its foundation held a panel discussion on the topic of Brexit: The Collapse of the EU and Its Impact on America in the Cannon Caucus Room on June 13, 2016. The panelists were Nile Gardiner, Director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, Steve Hilton, former senior advisor to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, and KT McFarland, ACU Foundation Senior Fellow. The British people will vote in a referendum on June 23, 2016 whether the U.K. will stay in the...
  • Iconic Russian AK-47 might some day be 'Made in U.S.A.' for military (w/video)

    06/12/2016 4:51:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | June 9, 2016 | Howard Altman
    U.S. Special Operations Command wants to see if it can slap a "Made in the U.S.A." label on the world's most popular weapon — the Russian-designed AK-47 assault rifle. In war-torn countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, where the United States has an interest, the iconic AK-47 with its curved ammo magazine is a favorite of insurgents and allies alike because it is inexpensive to own and operate. Compared to U.S. weapons like the M-4 assault rifle, it's also more durable and uses ammunition that's easier to find. Now, U.S. Special Operations Command is scouting for companies that might have...