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  • Free Market Economic Recovery with Trump or Global Collectivism with Hillary

    10/25/2016 8:43:16 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/25/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Americans want to have secure borders, sovereignty, one language, self-determination, and economic prosperity through free markets not through collectivism Two weeks before the most outrageous presidential election in history, the stakes for the economic future of our country are high. There is no question that the U.S. economy is in terrible shape and that the policy decisions made in the last ten years have negatively affected everyone who trades, invests, and use the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency. Are voters going to choose free market economic recovery with Trump or global collectivism with Clinton? The government statistics claim that...
  • Canadian Oil Is Building A Wall And Mexico Is Paying For It

    10/25/2016 7:47:17 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1 replies ^ | 25-10-2016 | MawMaw
    Mexico and Canada have been waging a silent battle for market share in the U.S. crude oil refining market. Since 2006, crude oil exports from Canada and Mexico to the U.S.’ largest refining complex in the U.S. Gulf Coast (Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts 3 or “PADD 3” or “Gulf Coast”) has changed dramatically. A Crude History: Canada vs. Mexico Historically, Canada and Mexico have both brought significant oil supplies to refiners in the U.S. In 2006, Mexico and Canada were both exporting 1.7 million barrels per day of oil to the U.S.; however, Mexican and Canadian crude oil market...
  • Sanders joins Trump in opposition to AT&T-Time Warner deal

    10/24/2016 5:37:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Business Standard ^ | October 25, 2016 | Web Team in New Delhi
    Just a day after the Republican Party candidate in the US presidential elections, Donald Trump, opposed the AT&T’s proposed $85 billion deal to buy Time Warner Inc, Vermont Senator and Democratic Party leader, Bernie Sanders joined the similar call. Sanders, on Sunday, joined the political opposition to the mega deal by demanding the Obama administration to kill it. He tweeted that:(TWEET-AT-LINK) The buy out of Time Warner Inc — a media and entertainment conglomerate which also owns media organisations like CNN — by AT&T — a telecommunications behemoth — at $85.4 billion is considered one of the largest in the...
  • New York bans Airbnb

    10/24/2016 4:56:53 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/24/16 | Dan Calabrese
    No competition allowed for hoteliers and unions. They give a lot of money to Democrats. We often hear that Democrats are set up for a decades-long political dynasty in this country because of demographics. They own the Millennial vote and they’ll continue to own it for as long as Millennials are around. Maybe. But there’s a reason people tend to become more conservative as they get older, and it usually has to do with the fact that they have to go out and tackle real responsibility. Once they do, they often realize that Democrats are not their friends - unless,...
  • Ayatollah Khamenei Accuses OPEC Members Of Waving The Oil Weapon

    10/24/2016 2:14:47 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies ^ | 24-10-2016 | The Ayatollah and his mom
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, accused unnamed OPEC members of using oil as a weapon to the benefit of the U.S. The accusations were leveled via Twitter, following Khamenei’s meeting with Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro over the weekend. In a series of tweets, Khamenei started by saying that the “drop in oil prices is a coercive measure against countries independent of the US,” then went on to remind his audience of the 1973 oil embargo from several Middle Eastern states that led to accusations from the West about “the political use of oil”, adding that “Today, same countries along...
  • At A Conference For Coastal Elites, Silicon Valley Talks Trump

    10/23/2016 5:24:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | October 23, 2016 | Nitasha Tiku
    Donald Trump’s popularity is prompting the tech industry to wonder whether its massive success has left some Americans behind. Unless you’re invited to Graydon Carter’s private dinner, the cocktail party at San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building is supposed to be the highlight of the annual Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, a high-end business conference for the coastal elite. On Wednesday evening, guests were escorted from the Yerba Buena Center to the Embarcadero by trolley and greeted by a six-person mariachi band who played through the selfies. But a little past 6 p.m., the crowd in the cathedral-esque lobby had already...
  • Homemade Canadian Submachine Guns and Silencers

    10/22/2016 8:34:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    As governments attempt to make more guns and gun ownership illegal, they succeed in doing so.  It does not mean that fewer criminals are armed.  Overall crime does not drop when controls are implemented.  One of the reasons is that guns are fairly easy to make, and the materials to make them are virtually impossible for an industrial society to control. An unintended consequence is that submachine guns or machine pistols may be substituted for ordinary pistols.  They are easier to make, because they are a simpler mechanism. The above machine pistol/ submachine gun, based on the MAC design...
  • The Fed Is Your Enemy, And The Elite Is In-Tow

    10/22/2016 8:23:10 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-21-16 | James Raider
    Envision yourself on the Mount Everest ice field called the Khumbu icefall.  You are with a group negotiating a crossing of the ice field on your way to the summit of Everest. You are almost at Camp One, having left base camp and are struggling through the most difficult acclimatization portion of your climb.  You are part of a team, the first team up the mountain in this particular expedition, but in this endeavour, you feel alone. You are fighting nature’s forces, all of them — gravity, extreme cold, violent winds, blinding snow storms, thin oxygen, your own contracting blood...
  • Attorney General Investigation of City of Tucson for Illegal Destruction of Firearms

    10/22/2016 5:32:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from The Tucson City Council has become a notorious scofflaw for ignoring state law that involves firearms. Arizona has a state preemption law, to prevent a confusing patchwork of local laws, which could easily entrap innocent people who exercise their Second Amendment rights.  The Tucson City Council has ignored the law. Arizona also requires that valuable firearms that come into the possession of the police must be sold to federal firearms dealers, so that the value will be used for the public good.  Tucson has been accused of destroying these valuable items, presumably to make some sort...
  • Seventy Million Millennial Voters Against Bail-out Capitalism

    10/21/2016 8:48:01 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    John Batchelor show ^ | 20 October 2016 | John Batchelor interviews Chris Koopman
    Podcast 9:50 Clear majorities of millennials—whether they’re Bernie Bros, Trumpians or die-hard libertarians—point to the economy as their top issue. This shouldn’t be surprising. Most of us entered adulthood during the Great Recession and tried to find work in its aftermath. This harrowing experience left millions preoccupied with economic issues and convinced that the system is rigged against them. Does this mean millennials have come to disdain capitalism? Not exactly. We might call it “capitalism” in opinion surveys, but in reality young people are rejecting a system that they have only been led to believe is capitalism.
  • Suit Against Gunmakers, for Criminal's actions at Sandy Hook, Dismissed

    10/21/2016 1:52:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Attorney Josh Koskoff Judge Barbara Bellis struck down the lawsuit filed by attorney Josh Koskoff, representing some of the families of the victims of Adam Lanza's attack at the Sand Hook School in Connecticut. The lawsuit was fired against gun manufacturers. The Judge cited the PLCAA, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, that forbids lawsuits of gun manufacturers, distributors, or sellers of lawful products that operate as they are designed to. The purposes of the PLCAA are to expressly to prevent this sort of lawsuit, so as to insure that citizens shall have access to such firearms. From...
  • What Happens When the Electricity Is Off for Three Days?

    10/21/2016 11:04:13 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 99 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 18 October 2016 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Longtime correspondent Bart D. (Australia) recently experienced a multi-day regional loss of electricity. His first-person observations help us understand what breakdowns in energy are like on the ground. Observations of life in an extended power failure by Bart D. (Australia) South Oz is continuing with its streak of extreme weather. The latest being our encounter with what's being described as a category 2 'hurricane' with the added bonus of a severe front preceding it that produced many low-grade tornados. A score of major power transmission towers were twisted off their footings, 80 000 lightning strikes fried out a lot of...
  • What is 'Electricity Choice'? 11,000 Customers Are Waiting For It

    10/21/2016 8:02:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/17/2016 | Jason Hayes
    A recent email sums up the public’s concept of the electricity choice debate quite well. I have never understood anything about the “choice” question on electricity. What choice? I have lived in Michigan since 1996 and paid my electricity bill every month for the past 20 years. I’ve never had “choice.” I get a bill and it’s always Consumers Energy. I get that other people get Detroit Edison. But you don’t get a “choice.” That is real life for the vast majority of people and businesses in Michigan. A monthly electric bill arrives from one of the two big utilities...
  • Obama Calls For Public Option, Which He Once Hedged Against

    10/21/2016 6:42:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 20, 2016 | Ali Rogin
    President Barack Obama pushed today to renew focus on a so-called “public option” in the insurance marketplace -- a popular item among progressives, but one Obama publicly hedged against during negotiations leading to the passage of his signature health care law. In a speech in Miami, Obama said the public option would “give folks more options in those places where there’s just not enough insurers to compete.” But the president did not mention how during the 2009 negotiations over what’s now known as Obamacare the White House used the public option as a bargaining chip -- dropping it as a...
  • Building Bikes in the Motor City

    10/21/2016 6:11:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/17/2016 | Anne Schieber
    Detroit Bikes is a new company charting a challenging course. “The bike industry is very competitive. There are some really big companies that are very dominant. They have a lot of control,” says company founder, Zak Pashak. Not that he’s intimidated. Pashak had run successful ventures in the Canadian cities of Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta. But then, he was creating music festivals and concert venues. So what would compel him to make a product in a competitive industry, 1,900 miles away from Calgary, in Detroit, a city emerging from bankruptcy? “Starting a business obviously has a ton of...
  • Here's Why You Deserve a State Income Tax Cut

    10/20/2016 5:12:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/14/2016 | James Hohman
    Recent Michigan legislatures have taken more from regular people with new tax hikes while giving more to politically well-connected interests through municipal bailouts and corporate giveaways. It’s the people’s turn for something positive, and this is the right time and environment for a substantial state income tax cut. Legislators are sympathetic, and want you to know it: In every recent legislative session, bills have been introduced to lower the income tax rate. But they never move. The excuse is always the same: “Budget pressures are growing; we might have to cut spending if citizens get to keep more.” The excuse...
  • Dear America, 10 Undeniable Election Facts

    10/19/2016 10:41:35 AM PDT · by RobaWho · 11 replies
    Vanity ^ | 10-19-2016 | Rob Cunningham
    - Los Angeles Time Poll - Trump 44.1, Clinton 43.9 - Rasmussen Survey - Trump 42, Clinton 42 - Investor's Business Daily/TIPP Poll - Trump 41, Clinton 40 * 3 historically accurate polls = Dead. Even. Race. Today. * 10 Undeniable Election Facts: 1 - The U.S. Economy is "Issue #1" among all voters. 2 - Hillary Clinton is viewed as "Status Quo" in a "Change" year. 3 - Voter enthusiasm in 2016 heavily favors Trump. 4 - 98% of traditional news media is 100% "in the tank" for Hillary. 5 - The media "Huffs & Puffs to blow Donald...
  • Coming to America: Liberian Immigrant Now Detroit Business Owner

    10/18/2016 1:53:42 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/15/2016 | Anne Schieber Dykstra
    From the moment she stepped foot in America from Liberia at the age of 11, Tracy Garley knew she wanted to own a business. Now at the age of 27, she finds that her dream has come true. “Coming from Liberia, I came from a country that had nothing, so coming to Detroit, Michigan, I saw so much opportunity,” said Garley. She opened a retail shop on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, which she calls Zarkpa’s Purses and Accessories. The shop features unique, affordable handbags, jewelry and clothing, including items from her native country in West Africa. She has put her...
  • Trump Leads Clinton In Photobooth Poll; Face Place Operators Are Big Winners As Debate Approaches

    10/18/2016 10:55:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Vending Times ^ | October 17, 2016 | Nick Montano
    GREENVALE, NY -- During the weekend leading up to the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, Donald J. Trump was ahead of Hillary Clinton by six points, according to polling at Face Place photobooths. While these results might be counter to most news media polls, which show the Democrat ahead of her Republican rival, Apple Industries, the manufacturer of Face Place, says Clinton is now closing the gap. Photobooths enabled with the election option (free to operators) offer patrons a choice of having their visages composited with their choice of major-party candidates for president in this year's race. The informal...
  • Tesla, Apple and Uber Push Lithium Prices Even Higher

    10/18/2016 7:03:50 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies ^ | 18-10-2016 | James
    After more than tripling in price this year, Lithium is no longer that dull commodity we take for granted in our consumer electronics: It’s the commodity powering the next, undeniable energy revolution. The tight supply picture emerging as electric cars, mega-batteries and massive energy storage solutions become the cornerstones of our lives could be on the edge of turning new lithium explorers into the next barons.
  • Highland Clearances (Deporting Foreigners from Britain)

    10/18/2016 4:16:31 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 12 replies
    Craig Murray Blog ^ | 17 Oct 2016 | Craig Murray
    There is so much injustice in Tory Britain you trip over it when you are not looking. We just enjoyed a long weekend in the Highlands, and stayed through airbnb at the Wayfarers’ Rest in Laggan. Out hosts were the delightful Zielsdorf family, who could not have been more friendly and welcoming. Their kindness and attention were particularly remarkable given they are every second awaiting the arrival of the border force to deport them. ...
  • China’s Wild Ginseng Craze Has Spread All the Way to Appalachia

    10/17/2016 4:27:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Real Clear Life ^ | October 17, 2016
    The Far East’s Ginseng root is best known for its medicinal (and aphrodisiacal) qualities. The root, in its natural state, is wildly popular in Asia—but also in short supply. To sate this demand, a black market for wild ginseng has cropped in the most unlikely of places: Appalachia. Currently, the global market for wild ginseng is around $2 billion. Long a staple in China and Korea, the root is finding new popularity in Singapore and Malaysia now, too. Most ginseng is grown in factory-like settings on a mass scale. But wild ginseng is considered more potent and, thus, more expensive....
  • The Easy, Uncomplicated Way To Get Rich

    10/17/2016 11:11:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | October 16, 2016
    I talk a lot about the global investment markets. I’m focused on making profits, and often I’m looking to make multiples, knowing full well that some opportunities won't work out. I’ll get timing wrong or I’ll miss something entirely and need to hedge, reposition, or exit entirely. That’s life. But I haven’t spent much time on stating the obvious (because I figured it’s obvious) so today's post is going to do just that. We are going to forget all about economics, financial markets, central banks, derivatives, GDP, and all that stuff, and we're going to go all the way back...
  • Office Furniture Company Closing Orleans Plant (Indiana - 467 laid off)

    10/16/2016 7:56:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Inside Indiana Business ^ | October 12, 2016 | Alex Brown, Multimedia Journalist
    ORLEANS - Orleans-based Paoli LLC has announced it is closing its manufacturing plant. In a notice to the state, the office furniture company says closure will result in the layoffs of nearly 500 employees in the Orange County town. The company says the layoffs of 467 workers are expected to be permanent. Employees will be terminated beginning in January with most of the layoffs taking place between March and October of 2017. Paoli did not disclose a reason for the closure of the plant.
  • Volkswagen Debuts Electric Vehicle Concept with 373-Mile Range

    10/16/2016 7:16:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Engineering ^ | October 4, 2016
    Volkswagen has unveiled the I.D., an automated electric car the company says will be able to cover a distance of 249 to 373 miles on a single battery charge. The production version of the I.D. is due to be launched in 2020 at a price on a par with comparable Golf models. In “I.D. Pilot” mode, the car is capable of fully automated driving, a technology the company expects to be ready for series production in 2025. Volkswagen has also set itself the goal of selling a million electric cars a year by 2025, with the production version of the...
  • Highly anticipated all-metal Trinus 3D printer/laser engraver ready for shipping

    10/16/2016 5:39:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    3Ders ^ | October 14, 2016
    Remember the Trinus 3D printer? While 3D printing startups have previously been responsible for some huge crowdfunding successes on Kickstarter, Kodama and their Trinus 3D printer showed the world how it’s done by raising more than $1.64 million USD during their extremely successful campaign. That achievement grew out of the appeal of the all-metal Trinus 3D printer, the first all-metal 3D printer to dip below the $500 price point. In fact, early bird pledgers picked one up for just $199. While huge Kickstarter successes sometimes create equally huge logistic challenges, Kodama seems to have thought of everything and the first...
  • Coming next in ObamaCare: Insurance rationing?

    10/16/2016 5:30:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 14, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    For Minnesotans, coming next is meant literally. In order to keep insurers from fleeing the Mnsure ObamaCare exchange, Commerce Commissioner Mark Rothman and Governor Mark Dayton had to agree to massive rate increases across the board, which have garnered most of the headlines and discussion in this state and around the nation. Another less-discussed concession, though, might have even worse portents for the unaffordable Affordable Care Act. Rothman and Dayton have allowed insurers to cap enrollments in order to limit their losses — an act of rationing that may set precedent for negotiations in other states. David Montgomery reported it...
  • Newtown victims' families suit against AR-15 rifle manufacturer dismissed

    10/16/2016 4:36:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    WABC-TV ^ | October 14, 2016
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- A judge on Friday dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit by Newtown families against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, citing an embattled federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products. State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis granted a motion by Remington Arms to strike the lawsuit by the families of nine children and adults killed and a teacher who survived the Dec. 14, 2012, school attack, in which a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle made by...
  • Donald Trump's promises strike a chord in Pennsylvania

    10/16/2016 2:23:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | October 16, 2016 | Cajsa Wikstrom, Online editor
    Lewisberry, Pennsylvania - Sitting in the bar of a roadside restaurant with a friend, Rick Shaffer sums up what he thinks of the situation in this northeastern US state with three words: "We need change." Shaffer and his friend, both construction workers in their 50s, support Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate. They believe the United States needs a strong military and that undocumented immigrants should be deported. "Why build a wall? Landmines will do the same!" Pennsylvania has backed the Democratic presidential candidate in every election since 1992. Even so, the state is "not reliably Democrat", says political analyst...
  • Trump Halloween garb outselling Clinton ‘by a landslide’

    10/16/2016 11:15:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 16, 2016 | Melkorka Licea
    Donald Trump may not win the election, but he’s stomping Hillary Clinton in Halloween sales. “He’s outselling Hillary by a landslide,” said Tony Bianchi, manager of Halloween Adventure in the East Village. “It’s because he’s so iconic. He’s like the Kim Kardashian of politics,” Bianchi said. “Hillary is just a typical politician. She’s boring.” The store’s mouth-agape Billionaire Tycoon latex mask for $29.99 is outselling Clinton faces 40 to 1, he said. A buck-toothed Trump mask and one with pursed lips are also yuge sellers. Trump accessories — the comb-over Election Wig for $24.99, orange Ben Nye foundation for $5.99,...
  • Ben & Jerry’s threw its support behind Black Lives Matter. Now police group is demanding a boycott.

    10/15/2016 10:42:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Vox ^ | October 12, 2016 | Victoria M. Massie
    Black Lives Matter isn’t anti-police. Blue Lives Matter, a group of active and retired law enforcement officials, issued a statement on Monday demanding all Americans boycott Ben & Jerry’s after the ice cream maker announced its public support of Black Lives Matter last week. “Ben & Jerry’s went beyond making a statement in support of civil rights when they actively accused law enforcement of widespread racism,” Blue Lives Matter wrote. “By spreading these false and misleading statements, Ben & Jerry’s lends an appearance of legitimacy to the baseless claims that police officers are killing men based on the color of...
  • Say Goodbye to the Middle Class: Mannarino's Commentary on Yellen's latest remarks

    10/14/2016 10:08:15 PM PDT · by Right-wing Librarian · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | October 14, 2916 | Gregory Mannarino
    Janet Yellen: "The Federal Reserve may need to run a high pressure economy to reverse damage from the crisis that depressed output sidelined workers, and risks becoming a permanent scar."
  • Why this Jewish millennial woman supports Trump

    10/14/2016 4:50:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 13, 2016 | Lena Epstein
    I'm Jewish. I'm a woman. I'm a millennial. And I'm incredibly proud to be a Republican supporting Donald Trump for president. For many of us around the country, the media culture has made coming out as a Trump supporter feel as nerve-wrenching as introducing yourself at a support group meeting, as if we have a problem instead of an opportunity. Rather than focusing on what should matter in an election — the economy, borders and education — there has been too much focus on Trump's less than eloquent soundbites. Clearly, he's not the most "politically correct" person in the room....
  • Roofing company offers free firearm for new employees (VIDEO)

    10/14/2016 12:28:35 PM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies ^ | Oct. 14, 2016 | Jennifer Cruz
    While companies offering their customers free guns as an incentive for whatever they’re selling isn’t all that uncommon anymore, one Colorado roofing company has taken that mentality one step farther and is offering a free AR-15 for new employees. James Webb, owner of Weatherproof Roofing, offered a “Get a Roof, Get a Gun” promotion back during the summer and it was a huge success. Business has boomed and Webb now needs several positions filled as soon as possible. “We just don’t have the staff to keep up with it,” Webb said. “So now we’re giving it another shot with...
  • President Obama: We'll be debating unconditional free money 'over the next 10 or 20 years'

    10/13/2016 11:28:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 12, 2016 | Chris Weller
    Speaking with Wired editor-in-chief Scott Dadich and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito in a recent interview, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his belief that universal basic income would be harder to ignore in the coming decades. UBI is a system of wealth distribution in which the government provides everyone with some money, regardless of income. The money comes with no strings attached. People can use it however they choose, whether to repair a leaky roof or to go on vacation. Advocates say the system is a smart and straightforward way to lift people out of poverty. A growing body of...
  • How to Turn Graphene’s Defects into Assets

    10/12/2016 8:44:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Engineering ^ | October 12, 2016 | Staff
    Researchers at Penn State, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company have developed methods to control defects in two-dimensional materials, such as graphene, that may lead to improved membranes for water desalination, energy storage, sensing or advanced protective coatings. For a two-dimensional, one-atom-thick material like graphene, defects such as small cracks or holes can make a big difference in performance. Usually, these defects are considered undesirable. But if the defects can be controlled, they can be used to engineer new, desirable properties into the material. "As long as you can control defects, you...
  • Having More College Grads Around Doesn't Mean Less-Educated Workers Earn More

    10/12/2016 1:01:14 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/9/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Researchers from Georgia State University and the University of Michigan have found that having a higher proportion of more highly educated individuals in a metropolitan area is not necessarily associated with higher pay for those without a college degree. Their findings may have implications for the incomes of low-skill workers in Detroit and other cities in Michigan, as well as for public policies that aim to increase college attendance. University of Michigan economist Don Grimes and Georgia State University professors Mary Beth Walker and Penelope Prime wrote the study, titled “Exploring Wage Determination by Education Level.” The study stated: “In...
  • Climate activists shut off oil pipelines which provide 15% of daily US consumption

    10/12/2016 12:47:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 12, 2016 | John Sexton
    Climate change activists shut off cross-border oil pipelines in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Washington on Tuesday. The activists broke in to unguarded valve stations and shut off the flow of oil before being arrested. Reuters reports: All they had to do was twist shut giant valves on five cross-border pipelines that together can send 2.8 million barrels a day of crude to the United States from Canada – equal to about 15 percent of daily U.S. consumption. The pipelines have valve stations every 20 miles, many of them in remote locations and protected by nothing more than a locked...
  • The Energy Celebrity That Rose From The Presidential Debate

    10/12/2016 11:48:19 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies ^ | 12-10-2016 | Bone
    The U.S. has quite the penchant for creating celebrities. The manufactured stars that we already have at our disposal are never enough. Like Rice Krispie treats, you tell yourself “just one more,” but there is always the next YouTube sensation—or in this case, a private citizen who manages to pique our interest, at least for a news cycle or two. It’s just usually not in the energy industry. Meet the new man of the hour, Energy’s Latest Unsung Hero: Ken Bone, who was in attendance at Sunday night’s much anticipated presidential debate. The event was a town hall style debate,...
  • Review: The War on Guns by John Lott

    10/12/2016 5:46:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    ammoland ^ | 5 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    John Lott is the most admired and the most vilified of researchers on the effects of laws that restrict gun ownership and being armed in public, and the effects of the reform of laws that restrict gun ownership and bearing arms in public.His research is well accepted among his peers, and vilified by those who disagree with his results. John had to learn the hard way that honest science about guns and gun laws is not welcome in most of academia.Unfortunately, academia has, in large part, been taken over by people who are ignorant of guns and gun legislation,...
  • Elon Musk Strikes Back At Big Coal

    10/11/2016 2:44:03 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 16 replies ^ | 11-10-2016 | Irina
    Tesla’s Elon Musk struck back at Robert Murray, chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., after the latter called Tesla “a fraud” in an interview. In a tweet, Musk said the real fraud was denying “climate science” and went on to add that the subsidies Murray spoke against in his interview with CNBC were pennies on the dollar, unlike what Big Coal gets from the government. The reason Murray lashed out at Tesla, which was in an interview with CNBC, was because the company, according to him, had failed to generate a profit despite the subsidies it receives, but he went...
  • TX: AK-47 Clone Used to Defend Jewelry Store from 4 Armed Attackers

    10/11/2016 4:57:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from A jewelry store owner used an AK-47 clone to defend his store, employees, and customers from four armed attackers during a dramatic gunfight.  The gunfight happened at high noon on three October, 2016.  The attackers came in shooting. But surprise and speed were not enough to win the fight against the store owner and employees. From In a hail of gunfire, Conroe jewelry store owner Jeffery Turner Jr. made the decision to shoot back – with his AK-47 rifle – at four men who opened fire on his customers and staff during an attempted robbery...
  • This Is How Quiet Fascism Works

    10/10/2016 8:07:21 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 07 October 2016 | Charles Hugh Smith
    So my little-visited Wikipedia entry was minding its own business, not bothering anyone, until I dared to criticize the Clinton Foundation. The next day, my Wikipedia entry was taken out and shot by a mysterious "editor." It was just coincidence, right, that my Wikipedia entry had been available for years without offending anyone, and then suddenly it's deleted the day after I dared to criticize the Clinton Foundation. I guess that drone strike on my car was coincidence, too. I called a contact in DoD (Department of Defense) and he said it was logged as a "targeting error." Of course....
  • Wikileak: Clinton Told Oil Majors Environmentalism Is Russian Hoax

    10/10/2016 3:39:25 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies ^ | 10-10-2016 | Erwin
    n 2014, United States presidential candidate Hillary Clinton purportedly accused the Russians of running fake anti-fracking and environmentalist groups who were trying to upend major projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline. According to Sputnik International, Wikileaks reportedly uncovered a paid-for speech made in 2014 by the former Secretary of State in front of an audience of “North American oil and natural gas tycoons.” “We were up against Russia pushing oligarchs and others to buy media. We were even up against phony environmental groups, and I’m a big environmentalist, but these were funded by the Russians to stand against any...
  • The Billion Barrel Oil Swindle: 80% Of U.S. Oil Reserves Are Unaccounted-For

    10/10/2016 8:44:07 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies ^ | 10-10-2016 | Art
    U.S. crude oil storage is filling up with unaccounted-for oil. There is a lot more oil in storage than the amount that can be accounted for by domestic production and imports. That’s a big problem since oil prices move up or down based on the U.S. crude oil storage report. Oil stocks in inventory represent surplus supply. Increasing or decreasing inventory levels generally push prices lower or higher because they indicate trends toward longer term over-supply or under-supply.
  • DeMonte: Please Stand with Donald Trump

    10/10/2016 6:46:56 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | Monday, October 10, 2016 | Demetra DeMonte
    DeMonte: Please Stand with Donald Trump Dear activists, leaders, voters of the great state of Illinois! It has been a difficult election cycle and it has gotten even worse. If we allow words verses deeds to decide this election we will be stuck with Hillary Clinton! Trump may be flawed but Hillary is a criminal! Our nominee Donald Trump needs us to stand with him! Last night I send the following email to every member of the Republican National Committee – and I have had many, many positive responses from my fellow members! Please stand with Donald Trump – for...
  • September 2016 Continues Record Breaking Gun Sales/NICS Background Checks

    10/10/2016 5:30:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In September, 2016 continued on its record breaking pace to become the year with the most gun sales ever.  September has maintained the pace from August. Both months broke records, but by a lower percentage than the rest of 2016.  The 2016 NICS checks are far ahead of those for 2015, the previous record holder. In 2015, the total NICS checks for the year were 23,141,970 .  In 2015, through September, they were 15,607,587 1,992,219 checks were done in September, 2016 making 19,872,694 checks done for 2016 so far.  2016 is about two months ahead of the 2015 record. ...
  • Why Trump Will Prevail

    10/09/2016 4:13:52 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/09/16 | Joan Swirsky
    Hillary represents a full third term for Barack Obama The Trump campaign should be throwing thank-you bouquets at Hillary’s minions for unearthing an 11-year-old video of the businessman speaking raunchily about women to Hollywood Access host Billy Bush. Why? It demonstrates the sheer panic the Hillary campaign is in at the devolving internal-poll numbers that show the ailing candidate barely keeping her [involuntarily] bobbling chin above the water line of decisive failure.
  • Venezuela crisis: Caracas hospital shows sorry state of health system

    10/08/2016 10:00:14 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/8/2016 | Julian Keane
    Asked if children are dying because of political mismanagement and corruption, Maritza Landaeta sighs wearily and, with an air of resignation, says: "Yes."
  • The Job Market Will Be Solid On Election Day (Laff riot!)

    10/08/2016 4:19:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Five Twenty Eight ^ | October 7, 2016 | Ben Casselman
    The job market held steady in September, which probably means that voters will head to the polls next month amid an economy that is in solid but not spectacular shape. U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. That’s a touch weaker than in August, when they added 167,000 jobs, and a bit below economists’ expectations. But such month-to-month fluctuations mean little (and in any case are likely to change in future revisions). The big picture looks pretty much the same as it has for the past year: Job growth has slowed a bit...