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  • A Farewell to Carson's, and the Assignment of Blame

    04/20/2018 6:13:02 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 59 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 20, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    For over a century, Chicagoans grew up with a signature memory: special days downtown, shopping at Marshall Field’s and Carson’s, the great rival retail giants down the block from each other on State Street. (shown here: Carson's longtime downtown landmark by Louis Sullivan, sold off years ago). Smaller stores came and went, but Field’s and Carson’s were the giants, the dominant figures in Midwestern retail for generations. Macy’s bought out the struggling Field’s chain over a decade ago and cremated the brand name while keeping the stores. Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. wasn’t so lucky; its current holding company, Bon-Ton,...
  • "SpaceX in Los Angeles"

    04/20/2018 10:31:44 AM PDT · by Voption · 16 replies
    John Batchelor Show/ WABC Radio NY ^ | April 20, 2018 | John Batchelor/Robert Zimmerman
    Rocket Lab, SpaceX takes over Los Angeles, Putin surrenders to Elon Musk, DJT and the National Space Council, the FCC whines about Space Regulation, and Long March 5 failure announced...
  • StarBucks Victimized In Epic Troll by Black Conservative

    04/19/2018 11:26:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Downtrend.com ^ | 04/19/2018 | Donn Marten
    Ok, I have to admit that he fooled me too.Liberal coffee and beverage corporation Starbucks has had a really, really tough week by anyone’s standards. The firestorm after the arrest of two black loiterers at a Philadelphia store led to the usual weeping and gnashing of teeth by racial grievance mongers who quickly bullied the chain into announcing a shutdown of around 8,000 of their stores for mandatory racial bias training.A viral video by a black man who goes by the handle Hotep Jesus made the rounds in which the man – whose real name is Bryan Sharpe –...
  • Black man demands free Starbucks coffee as ‘reparations’ — white barista immediately complies

    04/19/2018 8:18:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    American Mirror ^ | 04/19/2018 | Olaf Ekberg
    A white Starbucks barista probably violated company policy when she handed over a free coffee to a black man who demanded it in the name of race “reparations.” Bryan Sharpe, who goes by “Hotep Jesus” on Twitter, filmed himself going into a Starbucks store to demand a “free coffee” because they’re “racist.” __________________________________________________ Starbucks is racist https://t.co/fPf3ERMlXX — Hotep Jesus 🧠 (@VibeHi) April 15, 2018 __________________________________________________ “I heard ya’ll was racist, so I came to get my free coffee,” Sharpe says in the video to the white barista taking his order. “I saw that!” the girls responds. “I heard you...
  • Women Talk About How Tax Cuts Are Already Improving Their Lives

    04/18/2018 11:06:56 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 11 replies
    Independent Women's Voice/Forum ^ | April 16, 2018 | Hadley Heath/The Federalist
    Although the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) doesn’t affect tax returns filed for 2017 (due this week), Americans already have a lot to celebrate about the new tax law. Independent Women’s Voice asked women to share on social media how tax reform had affected them, and many women did. Their stories ought to be told. First, there were the increased paychecks for people like Rebecca, Brianna, Laura, and Debra. Rebecca told us she had reservations about President Trump, but was nevertheless excited that tax reform will benefit her family “significantly.” Brianna said she’s getting $234 more in each paycheck,...
  • On Starbucks and "Racism"

    04/17/2018 3:23:32 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 15 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 17 Apr 2018 | Ace of Spades
    <p>1. Restaurants/coffee shops like Starbucks exist, in case the Social Justice Warriors weren't aware of this, to sell things to paying customers.</p> <p>2. These shops usually have chairs and tables. These are not "free" for anyone to use. They are provided as an included benefit, a lagniappe, for those who actually do pay for food or coffee.</p>
  • White suburbanites painted as heroes & victims

    04/17/2018 6:35:45 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 15 replies
    Oregon State ^ | 2008 | Matthew Lassiter
    During the final months of the U.S. race for the presidency, both major candidates claimed the “middle class” for their own, but what either meant by the term itself was left for voters to puzzle out. Confusion about the middle class—specifically, white suburban families—is nothing new, says Matthew Lassiter, a Research Fellow and associate professor of history at the University of Michigan. “For more than half a century, American political culture has celebrated white middle-class suburban families as the heart and soul of the nation, the hard-working, tax-paying heroes of Middle America, who safeguard traditional family values and maintain a...
  • Economy Continues to Be Battered by Tax Cut Law [semi-satire]

    04/16/2018 11:03:37 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 April 2018 | John Semmens
    News that US corporations expect the recently completed first quarter of 2018 to be the “best ever” has reignited Democrat promises to repeal the tax cut enacted late last year. Vermont Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders called the news “supremely depressing. To think that a democratically elected legislature could take such a heartless action to endorse the heightened expropriation of the surplus value of labor that Marx demonstrated is owed to the working class is shameful. It is essential that voters elect a socialist majority this Fall so Congress can repeal this abomination.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) pledged “to...
  • Are You Exempt from Pistol Registration in Michigan?

    04/14/2018 1:43:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Michigan is one of the few states that require people who buy handguns to register them. The law is ineffective in solving crimes. There is only one case known, in over 90 years of the law's existence, that may have been solved because of pistol registration in Michigan.    Link to video The primary purpose of the legislation, enacted in 1927, is believed t have been to keep black people form legally owning pistols. The law is an artifact of racial discrimination that serves no useful purpose.  The law that requires the pistol license and registration is MCL 28.422,...
  • Brief discussion on significance of Artificial intelligence

    04/12/2018 10:27:45 AM PDT · by clusterone02 · 29 replies
    Robert Keller
    Artificial intelligence is concerned with study and design of intelligent systems. The intelligent systems have reduced the stress of human beings or in other words these intelligent systems have replaced the human beings. AI serves the most effective role in our life and it is being the reason behind development of many industries. There is number of things which we use are development of AI. It has brought automation in the processes of more than many industries. Now, almost all size and type of organizations are taking advantage from the AI and some of the most common examples of AI...
  • The Potholes of Spring

    04/11/2018 4:47:17 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 11, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on Illinois roadways and the speed bumps of the General Assembly... When you or I walk outside in the spring, and see that the winter has left behind a few reminders on our driveways – a pothole, a chip, a crack – we check the finances, and perhaps we have the driveway completely repaved… …But much more likely, we head to the local hardware store, pick up a bag of concrete mix or blacktop patch, and get to work on our hands and knees with our trusty trowels. While fully repaving the driveway is certainly a “nice-to-have,” it’s hardly...
  • Oil Prices Surge After Houthi Missile Attacks On Riyadh, Aramco Facilities

    04/11/2018 9:09:23 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 04-11-2018 | Para
    Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement launched earlier on Wednesday drone strikes on a Saudi Aramco facility and on an airport in Saudi Arabia, Houthi-owned Al-Masirah TV channel reported on Wednesday. Aramco says that its plants are operating normally and safely, Reuters reports. The Iran-aligned Yemeni rebels, who have been fighting a Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen since 2015, said that they targeted on Wednesday morning local time the Abha airport in Asir and Aramco in Jazan, according to the Houthis’ Al-Masirah outlet. Saudi Aramco has a 400,000-bpd refinery in Jazan in the country’s southwest. The refinery is part of a project...
  • Oil Prices Rise After Trump’s Syria Tweets

    04/11/2018 7:35:37 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 04-11-2017 | Para
    Oil prices soared on Wednesday morning after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted earlier in the day that Russia would better “get ready” for U.S. missiles in Syria. At 08:33 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, WTI Crude was above $66 and Brent—above the $71 mark. WTI Crude was up 0.92 percent to $66.12, while Brent Crude had jumped 0.87 percent at $71.66. “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys...
  • Why did the liberal cross the street?

    04/09/2018 6:48:42 PM PDT · by Jonty30 · 28 replies
    Because he bankrupted his city, state, or country.
  • US Tech Companies May Be Headed For Disaster

    04/09/2018 11:35:52 AM PDT · by davikkm · 25 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    Eighteen years after the collapse of the dot com bubble, US tech companies find themselves in another precarious situation. During the current economic expansion, stocks like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google (FAANG) have led the soaring Nasdaq stock index. However, valuations have become stretched, and the party may be coming to a dramatic end very soon. The wind has already been taken out of the sails of Facebook. A few weeks ago, #DeleteFacebook went viral after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica gained access to the information of millions of Facebook users to learn about their identities and influence...
  • Russia Wants To Drop Dollar For Oil Payments

    04/09/2018 10:17:08 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 27 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 04-09-2018 | Irina
    Russia is considering replacing the U.S. dollar in crude oil payments on deals with Turkey and Iran, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said as quoted by RT. According to Novak, “There is a common understanding that we need to move towards the use of national currencies in our settlements. There is a need for this, as well as the wish of the parties. This concerns both Turkey and Iran – we are considering an option of payment in national currencies with them. This requires certain adjustments in the financial, economic and banking sectors.” Iran, under threat of returning U.S. sanctions, two...
  • BET Founder Gives Props To Trump Economy: 'Something Is Going Right'

    04/08/2018 2:08:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    True Pundit ^ | Friday, April 6, 2018 | Virginia Kruta
    BET founder Robert Johnson told CNBC Friday that he believes the Trump economy has helped the African American community. Johnson, who was America's first black billionaire, appeared on "Squawk Box" to discuss the direction of the economy following the most recent jobs report. In spite of a slightly lower-than-expected number (103,000 new jobs vs the expected 193,000), Johnson was optimistic, citing a January report that touted the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for African Americans. "When you look at that [January report], you have to say something is going right. You have to take encouragement from what's happening in the labor force...
  • #BringBackDiamond&Silk

    04/08/2018 10:15:00 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/08/18 | Judi McLeod
    Mark Zuckerberg will never tell the truth, but it’s as plain as the nose on his face that Facebook didn’t dump popular Diamond and Silk because their “content and brand has been determined unsafe to the community”. Facebook turned D&S’s lights off because they are unabashedly pro-Trump—a high crime that’s been getting people, including kids beaten up and conservative news sites disappeared from the Public Square ever since Nov. 8, 2016. If there’s anyone whose “content and brand is unsafe to the community” it’s Mark Zuckerberg & Company who stole online information from billions of unknowing users and sold it...
  • Turning Out To Be Not Worth It To Own Your Own Small Business. ..In NYS

    04/07/2018 8:24:48 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 61 replies
    So we are in our second year of my husband's HVAC biz. He is busy like crazy (one man band) And I have a "regular" 40+ hour job with benefits that keeps the lights on and the mortgage paid.
  • New York pushes credit card companies, banks to reconsider gun sales

    04/06/2018 3:00:20 PM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    guns.com ^ | April 6, 2018 | Daniel Terrill
    New York state’s comptroller has asked a host of banks and credit card companies to explore whether or not gun transactions should be treated like high-risk purchases like porn, illicit drugs and cryptocurrencies, Bloomberg magazine reported. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who oversees some $209.1 billion in the state’s public employee retirement fund, the third largest in the country, sent letters out last week urging financial institutions to consider following Citigroup’s effort to force the gun industry to adopt stricter policies. “If gun violence continues unabated in society — public outcry and calls for action may grow and create significant financial risk...