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  • I get food stamps, and I’m not ashamed — I’m angry

    10/05/2015 10:17:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Vox ^ | September 16, 2015 | Christine Gilbert
    My name is Christine, and I get food stamps. I've had to apply off and on over the past 16 years in order to make sure my family was fed. I don't feel the least bit ashamed of myself for this, but apparently some people think I should. Some people think I, and people like me, am lazy. Or that we're taking advantage of other (smarter, harder-working) people. Those people seem to have an image in their heads of how someone who "deserves" assistance behaves, and a very narrow idea of how we should feel about it. Those people are...
  • Police, Community React To Dunkin' Donuts Worker's Controversial Comment (Now in Connecticut)

    10/05/2015 4:59:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | October 5, 2015 | Jordan Otero
    WEST HARTFORD — People from Connecticut and across the country reacted on social media over the weekend to a local Dunkin' Donuts worker's comment with a West Hartford police officer waiting in line that the store wouldn't serve police officers. Dozens tweeted the accounts of the local Connecticut Dunkin' Donuts franchise group and the national Dunkin' Donuts headquarters, many users calling for a boycott of the company and for the employee, who police said told the officer, "We don't serve cops here," to be fired. Both accounts answered with the same response: "We are aware, Dunkin' Donuts & our franchisees...
  • Six Reasons Natural Gas Prices Are Staying Down

    10/05/2015 2:16:22 PM PDT · by bananaman22 ^ | 05-10-2015 | Tom
    The critical natural gas transit country, Ukraine, reached a supply agreement in the last week of September with the EU’s largest fuel supply partner: Russia. One could argue that this agreement could actually have come too late. Natural gas supply to Europe heading into winter 2015 seems more secure than ever before, a sharp contrast to the icy winters of 2006 and 2009, in which Russia cut off natural gas supply to Eastern Europe over a conflict with the Ukraine. The following factors have turned the European natural gas market from a ‘’beggars can’t be choosers” into a true “buyers’...
  • Crucial hurdle overcome in quantum computing

    10/05/2015 1:38:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | Oct 5, 2015
    The significant advance, by a team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney appears today in the international journal Nature. "What we have is a game changer," said team leader Andrew Dzurak, Scientia Professor and Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at UNSW. "We've demonstrated a two-qubit logic gate - the central building block of a quantum computer - and, significantly, done it in silicon. Because we use essentially the same device technology as existing computer chips, we believe it will be much easier to manufacture a full-scale processor chip than for any of the leading...
  • Obama’s lousy new normal: Job growth disappoints yet again

    10/05/2015 7:18:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/15 | Herman Cain
    Routine One of the biggest wastes of time imaginable is to read news stories about what’s expected in upcoming economic reports. Late last week, we were regaled with stories about how economists were expecting news of robust job growth, and how this would be followed by serious consideration on the part of the Federal Reserve Board to finally raise interest rates—which have been kept artificially low for years in the hope of spurring job growth. But as is so often the case, the reality didn’t meet the expectations. Job growth stumbled again, with only 142,000 nonfarm jobs added to payrolls...
  • Smart Meters, Watching Our Lives

    10/05/2015 7:17:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Unbeknownst to most of us, homes are now fitted with smart water meters, smart gas meters, and smart appliances that communicate with each other and with the “mother ship.” Under the guise of climate change advocacy which pretends to save the planet from a non-existent anthropogenic global warming, people across the globe have been forced by utilities and their governments to accept smart meters as readers of their electricity consumption. I called these smart meters in my book, “U.N. Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy,” drones attached to our homes. Smart meters are being deployed without debate and without the informed consent...
  • Trump Tax Plan: Pros and Cons

    10/05/2015 7:14:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/15 | Nelson Hultberg
    Challenging the liberal principle of social egalitarianism, which idealizes "equal results" instead of "equal rights." Donald Trump has shaken up today’s craven political establishment like Tom Paine shook up the Tories of colonial America. He has irreverently proposed genuine solutions to the invasion of “illegals.” He has attacked the poltroons of Washington and the talking heads of the media. He speaks rudely and boldly. The question now is, has he also been daring enough to put forth a bold tax reform plan? The answer is yes and no. Trump’s tax plan has numerous great features, but it also has one...
  • Cutting Michigan's Income Tax Would Also Lessen Corporate Welfare Burden

    10/05/2015 6:30:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/20/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan lawmakers who would like to cut the state’s personal income tax rate may have found their way eased by a largely overlooked benefit: A rate cut would reduce the amount the state owes to corporations that are benefiting from extensive tax breaks and outright cash subsidies granted by the Michigan Economic Growth Authority during former Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration. The state’s liability to these corporations was revealed earlier this year, and shocked lawmakers preparing to adopt a budget for the coming fiscal year. Under a program repealed in 2011, corporations were granted some $9.38 billion in tax credits. The...
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Struck As "Corporate Secrecy" Wins Again

    10/05/2015 5:59:21 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 7 replies
    The Zero Hedge ^ | Oct. 5, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Once again the corporatocracy wins as the so-called "Trojan horse" Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been finalized. As WSJ reports, the U.S., Japan and 10 countries around the Pacific reached a historic accord Monday to lower trade barriers to goods and services and set commercial rules of the road for two-fifths of the global economy, officials said. For the U.S., the TPP (reportedly) opens agricultural markets in Japan and Canada, tightens intellectual property rules to benefit drug and technology companies, and establishes a tightknit economic bloc to challenge China’s influence in the region (likely forcing their hand into separate...
  • Who Needs a New Car When You Have Uber?

    10/04/2015 10:11:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 3, 2015 | Michael Newberg
    Auto sales in the U.S. for September came in at their highest monthly level since 2005 according to Autodata, displaying strength in a major consumer category. Yet according to new survey, the rise in popularity of ride-sharing app Uber is already having a significant impact on customer attitudes towards the purchase of new cars. The survey, conducted by research-based consulting firm Magid Advisors and shared exclusively with CNBC, found that among 2,400 respondents, Uber usage has grown from 4 percent in 2014 to 17 percent in 2015. The car sharing service was the third most commonly used "new company" on...
  • NY Daily News hires columnist and activist Shaun King (Black Lives Matter/Daily Kos)

    10/03/2015 9:56:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    CNN Money ^ | October 2, 2015 | Frank Pallotta
    Shaun King, a Daily Kos columnist and a prominent voice in the Black Lives Matter movement, has been hired by the New York Daily News, the paper announced on Friday. Executive Editor Jim Rich said in a staff memo Friday that King will join the tabloid as senior justice writer, a newly created role. The hiring of King along with several others comes at a turbulent time for the paper in which its newsroom endured widespread layoffs of veteran reporters and editors. "Shaun's writing on social inequality, police brutality and race relations in America has been some of the best...
  • Obama: Raising Debt Ceiling Does Not Authorize Us To Spend More, It's To Boost Our Credit Standing

    10/03/2015 3:18:20 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 17 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 10-2-2015 | RCP transcript
    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Maybe it's been a while, so let me refresh everyone's memory. Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize us to spend more. It simply authorizes us to pay the bills that we have already incurred. It is the way for the United States to maintain its full faith and credit. Historically, we do not mess with it. If it gets messed with it would have profound consequences for the global economy and it could put our financial system into the kind of tailspin we saw back in 2007, 2008: and we can do that in short order.
  • America’s RINO Economy: Recovery in name only

    10/03/2015 6:07:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/03/15 | Jeff Crouere
    After seven years of Obama, who raised taxes, almost doubled the national debt and created massive new government bureaucracies through the Affordable Care Act For the past few years, the Obama lovers in the media have been boasting about the supposedly great economy Americans are enjoying. According to this fictitious narrative, Obama’s strong leadership saved the economy and led to our “recovery,” but, in reality, we face today a RINO or “Recovery in Name Only” economy. The real economy was exposed in the September labor report. The country created only 142,000 new jobs, much less than expectations. This year, we...
  • Communicators Phasers Replicators Cloaking Device Impulse Drive and the Borg

    10/03/2015 5:56:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/03/15 | Dr. Robert Owens
    Technology also offers the prospect of transforming our societies and cultures in ways we need to examine unless we intend to fly into the future blind In many ways I have always been a dystopian believing that the inevitable rise of a future technology enhanced totalitarian state will regiment and control a society that is as dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible. I was influenced by early and repeated readings of such works as 1984, The Brave New World, A Clockwork Orange, and the Iron Heel. I was also influenced by the History of the Twentieth Century and the steady...
  • This new 3D printer creates structures with gel, could help build living organs

    10/02/2015 10:28:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | October 1, 2015 | A.J. Dellinger
    3D printing is proving to be a potential game changer for a wide variety of fields. One group in particular that could benefit is the medical community, thanks to a recent development by scientists that could make it easier to print organs from living tissue. How? By printing structures inside of special gel that provides support during the build process. New Scientist reports that researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville came to the breakthrough method while searching for a way to enable the printing of items that cannot support their own weight. The technique prints objects inside a...
  • Food Industry Issues Dire Warning to Congress: Get Serious About Climate Change or Starve

    10/02/2015 8:08:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr's Ring Of Fire ^ | October 2, 2015 | Justin Lane
    Ten of the world’s largest food production companies sent a letter to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, encouraging them to take action on climate change. The letter was signed by the chief executive officers from Unilever, Mars, Kellogg, General Mills, Nestle, New Belgium Brewing, Ben & Jerry’s, Clif Bar, Stonyfield Farm, and Dannon. “The challenge presented by climate change will require all of us – government, civil society and business – to do more with less. For companies like ours, that means producing more food on less land using fewer natural resources. If we don’t take action now, we risk...
  • Ben Stein, Meet Dad

    10/02/2015 6:40:02 PM PDT · by pabianice · 5 replies
    The Nav Log ^ | 10/2/15 | ip5683
    I was cruising the web and came upon the latest edition of Ben Stein’s Diary on The American Spectator. His essay is called “War,” and it is unusually long for Mr. Stein’s input to the Spectator. It is a bit rambling yet charming, as most of Mr. Stein’s essays are, and then, while meditating upon all the great inventions from and great work done by Americans, he says this: “… And someone had to invent the system of private property so I could be in my own home, not in a crowded tenement, and then some many people had to...
  • Gun Sales Rise After Gun Control Calls

    10/02/2015 12:23:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    WKRG-TV ^ | October 2, 2015 | Chad Petri
    Even with another mass shooting in the news, gun sales continue their upward trend. Newly released FBI data show this past September was the busiest September ever for gun background checks–with more than 1.7 million. That’s a 23% jump compared to September 2014. The same holds true for Alabama–with more than 56-thousand checks it was also the busiest September ever for gun sales in this state. Alabama say a 25-percent jump in September compared to the same time last year. More calls for gun control often result more gun buying–that happened after the shootings Lafayette, Charleston and Aurora. In the...
  • Shell’s Loss Is Eni’s Gain

    10/02/2015 9:31:42 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1 replies ^ | 02-10-2015 | Oilnorway
    At the beginning of this week, oil major Shell announced that it will indefinitely postpone (read: completely abandon) its Arctic drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska. The company stated: "Shell will now cease further exploration activity in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future. This decision reflects both the Burger J well result, the high costs associated with the project and the challenging and unpredictable federal regulatory environment in offshore Alaska." This retreat will result in Shell losing its $7 billion investment, a bitter pill to swallow for the oil major. While Shell and many others have given up...
  • Google Claiming it Can Make us Gods

    10/02/2015 3:55:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/02/15 | Judi McLeod
    Google’s director of engineering Ray Kurzwell is promising that with robots in our brains, we’ll be godlike OMG, here comes Google. Now that the UN is prepping to force a robot like lifestyle on unsuspecting humanity with its Agenda 21 morphed into Agenda 2030, Search Engine giant Google, will impose robot-hood on human beings on the same 2030 deadline. As if life isn’t tough enough with the cunning that comes with human DNA, what with terrorists posing as refugees, psychopaths‎ in the workplace and politicians getting elected with the express intention of fundamentally transforming a nation, not to mention paying...
  • New $20 Million XPRIZE Aims to Tackle CO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuels

    10/01/2015 10:05:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Business Wire ^ | September 29, 2015 | Eric Desatnik and Jackie Wei
    Global Competition Challenges Innovators to Develop Breakthrough Technologies to Convert CO2 into Valuable Products.AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At Fortune’s Brainstorm E conference today, XPRIZE Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis announces the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a competition to address CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. With registration opening today, teams are challenged to develop breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO2 into one or more products with the highest net value. Co-sponsored by NRG and COSIA, the 4-˝ year competition will include two tracks, with the new technologies tested at either a coal power plant or a natural gas facility. “We are...
  • Doctors astonished after ViroCap test detects all viruses lurking in a human body

    10/01/2015 9:26:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    World Tech Today ^ | October 1, 2015 | Dan Taylor
    Researchers have successfully created a new test that could eliminate the need for needles in testing for viruses — and dramatically increase the success rate of doctors trying to diagnose an illness. It’s called ViroCap, and while the test is not ready for use in patients just yet, it has passed a big clinical trial that is paving the way for its eventual entry into the market, according to a UPI report. ViroCap supposedly can detect any virus known to man — and animals — and it could help doctors who don’t know what they’re looking for spot a virus...
  • Mother finds 800 rounds of ammo in box from ToysRUs after ordering Minecraft foam sword for her son

    10/01/2015 10:35:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 1, 2015 | Snejana Farberov
    A Virginia mother who ordered a toy sword for her son's seventh birthday got more than she bargained for when she discovered hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside the Toys R Us package. [I] didn't know what to do! I was just completely in shock,’ recalled Yasemin Stephenson in an interview with 13NewsNow. ‘What if my son had opened the box?’ Stephenson, who lives in Virginia Beach and works in the health care field, went on Toys R Us’ website last week to order presents for her son Connor’s upcoming birthday, including a Minecraft Foam Diamond Sword. The popular toy...
  • Obama’s Fracking Regulations Take A Serious Hit

    10/01/2015 10:09:27 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies ^ | 01-10-2015 | regulate
    On September 30, a federal judge struck down the U.S. Department of Interior’s regulations on hydraulic fracturing, a blow to the Obama administration’s efforts at putting standards on the drilling practice. A U.S. District Judge in Wyoming issued an injunction against the implementation of Interior’s rules. In March 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (part of the Interior Department) issued its final rule for fracking on public lands. According to BLM, there are over 100,000 oil and gas wells on federal lands, over 90 percent of which use fracking. “Current federal well-drilling regulations are more than 30 years old and...
  • Open Carry at the 2015 Gun Rights Policy Conference

    10/01/2015 7:54:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    I arrived at the 2015 Gun Rights Policy Conference on Friday afternoon, 25 September, at about 1600 (4 p.m.).  I was openly carrying my old Glock 17, as I usually do.  It was an unseasonably warm late September day, with the temperature at 103.   There had been some Internet rumors about the Sheraton Crescent banning open carry; I had not seen anything in my contract with them or any sign on the door.  When I was there a few years ago at the Arizona Citizen Defense League annual meeting, the room had been full of open carriers. I had...
  • Philippines seen among least at risk

    09/30/2015 8:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Business World ^ | September 30, 2015 | Mikhail Franz E. Flores, Senior Reporter
    THE PHILIPPINES appears least vulnerable to major risks that could darken the economic growth outlook and affect the sovereign credit scores of emerging markets, debt watcher Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said in a new report. In a Sept. 29 report, titled: “Who’s at Risk? Emerging Market Sovereigns are Facing Adverse Global Trends,” S&P cited three risks on the growth prospects of 22 emerging economies: capital outflows from developing to advanced markets once the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates, unwinding of domestic credit built up in recent years and China’s economic growth slowdown. Among 22 markets it assessed, the Philippines...
  • Compete Transcript: RURAL TOWN HALL with Senator Ted Cruz

    09/30/2015 5:59:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    RFD TV ^ | September 30, 2015 | Mark Oppold
    The following is a complete transcript of Senator Ted Cruz's appearance on RFD-TV's RURAL TOWN HALL hosted by Mark Oppold. Announcer: RFD-TV News and Mediacom bring you Rural Town Hall, a conversation with the presidential candidates on issues important to rural Americans with the declared candidates for President of the United States. Our guest, Ted Cruz, Republican and U.S. Senator from Texas. Mark Oppold: And from the beautiful Stine Family Barn in West Des Moines, Iowa, welcome to this Rural Town Hall meeting produced by RFD-TV News and Mediacom. I’m Mark Oppold, and for the next hour we’ll be spending...
  • Elon Musk Says Climate Change Refugees Will Dwarf Current Crisis

    09/30/2015 4:07:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Huffington Post's Business The Blog ^ | September 25, 2015 | Alexander C. Kaufman, Business Editor
    Tesla's CEO says the Volkswagen scandal is minor compared with carbon dioxide emissions.Elon Musk, co-founder of electric carmaker Tesla Motors, warned on Thursday that climate change will spark a refugee crisis of catastrophic proportions if no action is taken. In a speech in Berlin, the Tesla chief executive said Europe's current wave of people seeking asylum, prompted mostly by political violence, will be dwarfed as fresh water becomes scarce, food supplies become insecure and weather changes in the coming decades. "Today's refugee problem is perhaps a small indication of what the future will be like if we do not take...
  • Nine simple charts that demonstrate the disaster of Obama’s economic policies

    09/30/2015 3:48:30 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/30/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Recovery? Er, no . . . Gauging the economic performance of a president is a tricky thing for a lot of reasons, not least of which is the fact that so many statistics sound like apples-to-apples but really aren’t (like the U3 unemployment rate for example, which doesn’t tell you the change in labor force participation), and the fact that politicians cherry-pick statistics that don’t always mean what they want you to think they mean (like “jobs created”). There is also this: Much of what happens in the economy is not controlled by politicians. That’s a hard one to swallow...
  • Widow's Mite

    09/30/2015 10:08:06 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies ^ | 9/30/2015 | CharlesOconnell
     The Richest Woman in the World Mother Theresa of Calcutta took a bag of rice for a poor Hindu woman to feed her starving family. The woman could hardly wait to thank Mother Theresa, pouring half the bag into another bag, slipping out the door, and giving it to her Muslim woman neighbor whose children were starving even worse than her. The Richest Woman in the World. And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two...
  • Trouble Ahead For The World’s Next Shale Boom?

    09/30/2015 8:17:44 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies ^ | 30-09-2015 | jaja
    Argentina has often been held up as the next most likely location for a shale revolution, with some of the largest shale oil and gas reserves in the world. Argentina could hold more than 800 trillion cubic feet of shale gas, more than the U.S., and second only to China, according to the EIA. Its shale oil resources, at 27 billion barrels, are also significant. If Argentina is to succeed in developing its shale resources, the Vaca Muerta is where it will happen. The shale basin in central Argentina has been one of the most watched shale basins outside of...
  • Attempted Fraud

    09/29/2015 6:55:59 PM PDT · by wally_bert · 25 replies
    Self | 9/29/2015 | wally_bert
    If I post incorrectly, please forgive me. I think it is the first one.... A new Go Pro showed up that wasn't ordered from a reputable outfit today. It was addressed to my wife so I didn't open it on arrival. I don't go through other people's mail. Figured it was a typical purchase even though it wasn't from an outfit I would expect. It was a technology dealer and I do that buying. A little while ago she brings in a box with a new Go Pro. She checked her CC and there was a charge from a couple...
  • ‘Brilliant Mr. Trump’ on ’60 Minutes’: Even non-Trump supporters impressed with performance

    09/29/2015 3:41:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | September 28, 2015 | Steve Berman
    Donald Trump’s “60 Minutes” interview aired Sunday, and at least one viewer loved it, writing “Brilliant Mr. Trump, he is so Awesome!! And real.” And that viewer was–Trump, himself, who is no stranger to self-congratulations. Donald J. Trump ✔ ‎@realDonaldTrump "@truthshallbe: @60Minutes @realDonaldTrump Been watching!!! Brilliant Mr. Trump, he is so Awesome!! And real." 7:56 PM - 27 Sep 2015 But plenty of others shared the sentiment that the GOP frontrunner did well in the interview with CBS News host Scott Pelley....
  • The United Nations’ Green Economy Isn’t 
Sustainable Or Green!

    09/29/2015 3:19:59 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/29/15 | Patrick Wood
    Who will determine production and consumption? Proponents of Sustainable Development and Green Economy need to answer some pointed questions. And, they need to stop pretending to be economists, because they are not! The United Nations intends to replace Capitalism and Free Enterprise with its Green Economy, or Sustainable Development. However, its concepts of development and economy are deeply flawed and reminiscent of fringe ideas from the Great Depression era. (For a full discussion of Technocracy in the 1930s, see Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation.) Sustainable Development, as most recently promoted by the UN’s 2030 Agenda Conference in...
  • South Dakota Tribe to Open Nation's 1st Marijuana Resort

    09/29/2015 2:13:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 29, 2015 | Regina Garcia Cano, The Associated Press
    FLANDREAU, S.D. — The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota. But those enterprises have not been immune to competition and the lingering effects of the Great Recession, so the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture — opening the nation's first marijuana resort on its reservation. The experiment could offer a new money-making model for tribes nationwide seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos. Santee Sioux leaders plan to grow their own pot and sell it in a smoking...
  • Leather, Guns and Tweed: A ‘New’ Era for Purdey at Audley House.

    09/28/2015 4:55:33 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    A Continuous Lean ^ | 9/28/15 | Jared Paul Stern
    Leather, Guns and Tweed: A ‘New’ Era for Purdey at Audley House. Sep 28th, 2015 | Categories: Jared Paul Stern, Sports, Style | by Jared Paul Stern For over 200 years James Purdey & Sons of London has been crafting the world’s finest bespoke shotguns and rifles. The firm has enjoyed royal patronage since 1838, when Queen Victoria placed her first order, for a pair of pistols. King Edward VII granted the first official Royal Warrant to the founder’s son, James Purdey the Younger, in 1868, a practice continued by each successive English royal including Prince Charles and the present...
  • Greeks embrace bartering to survive economic collapse — and soon, you will too

    09/27/2015 6:01:08 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 85 replies ^ | 23SEP2015 | Sam Rolley
    In Greece, the age-old practice of bartering for goods and services is experiencing a renaissance as the nation endures the sixth year of its debt-driven economic meltdown. And as bartering has come to mean the difference between starvation and survival for some Greeks, Americans ought to take note. The New York Times on Monday explained how virtual barter networks are popping up in Greece to help individuals and small businesses in the nation survive harsh capital controls put in place to combat a long-standing liquidity crisis. Earlier this year, many Greeks found themselves unable to withdraw money from banks for...
  • The Vicious Circle of the Leviathan State

    09/27/2015 5:45:30 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 26, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    By John F. Di Leo - Reflections on the latest tax hike request from the City of Chicago... Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked for a massive tax increase. No surprise there. Massive tax increases have been the stock-in-trade of the Democratic Party for a century, so it barely merits comment nowadays. It’s what you expect when you elect Democrats (the sad thing is that you expect an equal level of opposition to taxes when you elect Republicans, but contrary to the laws of physics, such an equal and opposite reaction rarely appears). The oddity of this new one –...
  • Ruminations on the 2016 Election

    09/27/2015 1:07:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Z Man ^ | September 22, 2015 | The Z Man
    There’s an old chestnut about how a frog in water that is very slowly heated will not jump out. Instead it will remain in the water and be boiled alive. This is most likely untrue as frogs are not as stupid as people, but the metaphor is often used to describe how cultures can evolve in terrible directions. Anyone over the age of 40 understands this because they can think back to their childhood, seeing how things have changed, for good and ill. A better example of this is the immigration crisis in Europe. Over the last few decades, European...
  • Progressive Chomsky calls for reparations to blacks, Native Americans, Iraq

    09/26/2015 8:28:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 26, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Stating flatly that the oppression black slaves faced has not changed in 400 years, progressive hero Noam Chomsky said that the time is now to pay descendants reparations for using Africans to build up the U.S. economy. Asked at a Harvard University forum about supporting reparations, he said: "Would I? Very much so. Not just African Americans. We ourselves didn't own slaves, but we -- me -- are rich and privileged because of the torture of blacks for centuries. And yes we own them reparations," said Chomsky, the Institute Professor of Linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. JFK Jr. Forum...
  • Old Gunleather and Ammo Still works

    09/25/2015 6:22:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    My brother recounted this interesting incident with gear that had been hanging in a closet for 30 years: Back in the late 70's Revolvers and leather duty gear was the norm. When I took my first LEO job it was with a rural department with 6 road deputies. I brought Bianchi leather duty gear, which I wore until I left that department and moved onward and upwards to a 500 man state LE agency. The state agency supplied all the necessary gear that they thought an officer needed. I went from revolver to a semi auto. In the last...
  • 1973 Mazda RX-3 (Rotary Engine) Commercial

    09/24/2015 9:18:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 64 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | Reaganite Republican
    Remember this- 'Piston engine goes boing, boing, boing, boing boing, boing... but the Mazda goes hmmmmmmm.' [YouTube] If you've ever driven a car with a rotary engine like a Mazda, it really is a lot of fun, very torquey and revs like crazy, always super smooth (except most from the 70s tend to backfire)- it's a shame the couldn't make them work out in a more substantial way. Besides smoothness of operation, the motor is compact, light, and simple, with only two moving parts. But in an example of epic bad timing, Mazda launched the Wankel-engined RX series just was...
  • Her poll numbers sinking, desperate Hillary suddenly has a position on Keystone XL

    09/24/2015 7:28:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/24/15 | Dan Calabrese
    No more "I'll tell you when I'm president." Remember this? As the photo above will helpfully remind you, Hillary tried one of the more absurd dodges of her life back in July when she said she wouldn’t reveal her position on the Keystone XL pipeline until she became president. The faces of her purported fans furled in disgust and confusion as Hillary tried this one on for size: “I am not going to second guess (Obama) because I was in a position to set this in motion. I want to wait and see what he and Secretary Kerry decide.” So...
  • VW Scandal Bad News For Diesel

    09/23/2015 4:10:28 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 43 replies ^ | 23-09-2015 | Tom
    The outlook for diesel looks grim after U.S regulators found that the world’s second biggest car manufacturer cheated on its emission tests. Last Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that Volkswagen violated the U.S Clean Air Act. The German auto maker deliberately rigged the so called emission control systems in several models of their cars in order to reduce nitrogen-oxide emissions when tested in the lab. However, when tested on the road, the size of the ‘diesel deception’ proved to be bigger than many could have imagined. Bloomberg reported on September 22 that on an open road test both...
  • Why Corporate Leaders Push For Immigration

    09/23/2015 1:53:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Henry Dampier's Website ^ | September 22, 2015 | Henry Dampier
    The obvious reason is just to enhance their bargaining power against their employees. Increasing the supply of potential employees enhances the relative position of labor’s buy-side. It’s cheaper to bribe politicians to open up the borders than it is to raise the prices that they pay to labor. Furthermore, corporate leaders only bear some of the costs of increasing immigration and diversity: the state handles those costs. The gangster sons of immigrant fruit-pickers are the government’s problem — not so much the problem of the agribusiness which lobbied to import them. Much of corporate culture — especially in the era...
  • The Answer Is Quite Simple, But Nobody Will Pick Up The Ball

    09/23/2015 8:59:46 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 49 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | Sept. 23, 2015 | Karl Denninger
    C'mon folks, this isn't complicated. Hill used Indian government data on the cost of pharmaceutical ingredients and allowed for a 50-percent profit margin - but no money for investment in research - to work out the costs of producing certain drugs. On this basis, he found that Novartis' leukaemia drug Glivec actually cost $159 for a year's treatment, against the $106,000 charged in the United States. Roche's Tarceva for lung cancer cost $236, against a U.S. price of $79,000, and Novartis' Tykerb cost $4,000 against a price of $74,000. In all these cases the U.S. cost was far above that...
  • Bill Gross' Latest: "Mainstream America Is Being Slowly Cooked Alive"

    09/23/2015 8:19:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/23/2015 | Tyler Durden
    While hardly as dramatic as Bill Gross' last letter in which he urged readers to "go to cash" as a result of the "Frankenstein creation" that ZIRP has created, his latest letter "Saved by Zero" takes a calmer stance and taking a page out of Paul Marshall's FT Op-Ed profiled yesterday, urges central banks to "get off zero" as the "developed world is beginning to run on empty because investments discounted at near zero over the intermediate future cannot provide cash flow or necessary capital gains to pay for past promises in an aging society. And don’t think that...
  • This Is The First 3D-Printed Hotel Suite In The World: Yes, It Has A 3D-Printed Jacuzzi

    09/22/2015 10:49:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Tech Times ^ | September 10, 2015 | Nicole Arce
    Forget 3D-printed food and 3D-printed cars. A hotel owner in the Philippines is 3D-printing an entire hotel suite, and unlike other 3D-printed buildings done before, this one will be completely and entirely operational, which means, if you're thinking of vacationing in the country soon, you'll be able to book a night at the 3D-printed suite. The Lewis Grand Hotel in Angeles City, Pampanga in the Philippines will soon have the very first 3D-printed hotel suite in the world. The idea to 3D print an entire room was proposed to hotel owner Lewis Yakich, materials science engineer and home builder from...
  • US must pay climate reparations

    09/22/2015 9:37:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Washington Square News - NYU's Official Student Newspaper ^ | September 21, 2015 | Jesus Kumamoto, Contributing writer
    With the Paris World Climate Summit taking place in three months, scientists and politicians are raising concerns over the speed at which the effects of climate change are being addressed. Recently, developing countries demanded that the United States and other wealthy nations pay reparations for climate refugees affected in their respective countries. It is past time for the United States to pay its dues as it has a long history of climate inaction, and in 1997 was the only wealthy nation not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, a document which, for many nations, represented a first step in reducing their...
  • Bloomberg journo says if we don’t accept Syrian refugees, God will condemn us to hell

    09/22/2015 7:24:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 9/22/15 | Soopermexican
    I think Bloomberg’s Melinda Henneberger hit the whiskey a little too hard before she went to her MSNBC guest spot because she cited the bible and then told Christians that if we don’t accept the Syrian refugees, God will condemn us to the hellfire.Watch below:(video at link)Uhhh yeah. She’s talking about this scripture from the Gospel of Matthew: 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as...