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  • Only 15% of hiring managers would consider hiring an overweight woman

    12/11/2017 11:29:36 AM PST · by sparklite2 · 163 replies
    Moneyish ^ | Dec. 9, 2017 | Reed Alexander
    Radio personality Shavonne Patrice Owens, 37, says she experienced weight discrimination firsthand when she applied for a daycare job in Huntsville, Alabama, two years ago. Despite having all the qualifications for the job, Owens says her friend — a former employee of the daycare center in question (whose employment later terminated) — told her the reason she was ultimately passed over for the job was because of her weight. Owens, who was 525 pounds at 5’11” at the time of her interview with the daycare center, said that this incident “hurt for a second, just for a second… but I...
  • Appearance on the John Batchelor Show

    I was on the John Batchelor Show last Thursday talking about Project Vanguard, GPS and my book GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones. www.gpsdeclassified.com
  • Trump to Allow Gun Collectors to Purchase Military Surplus M1911 Pistols

    12/10/2017 11:41:27 AM PST · by shove_it · 60 replies
    ConservativeTribune ^ | 27 Nov 2017 | V SAXENA
    Included in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Donald Trump intends to sign soon, is a provision that will allow the military to save an estimated $200,000 per year by selling surplus M1911 pistols to those in the public interested in purchasing them. Used widely during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, these historic firearms have been officially out of service since 1985, when the military replaced them with Beretta 92 pistols. Since then, the military has been forced to store leftover M1911 pistols at a price of $2 per year....
  • Immigration rules?

    12/10/2017 8:16:37 AM PST · by iowamark · 3 replies
    12/10/17
    I am trying to get this straight. Democrats demand open borders. Any desire for any kind of border control or regulation is denounced as racistt. Democrats demand a minimum wage of at least $15 per hour for documented workers, along with many, many regulations. However, none of this applies to the undocumented immigrant workers because they are undocumented. We must allow the undocumented immigrants full access to all government benefits and full voting rights because to do anything else would be racist. We must allow terrorists access to the US because to do otherwise would be racist, and because the...
  • Obama Claims Credit for Booming Economy [semi-satire]

    12/09/2017 9:11:19 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Dec 2017 | John Semmens
    Rosy economic statistics showing a robust 3.3% annual growth in gross domestic product and an all time low in the unemployment rate for Hispanics prompted former President Barack Obama to assert that "the real credit for this good news belongs to me." "Trump wants everyone to believe that his relaxation of regulations and championing of tax cuts deserve the credit," Obama said. "What he and everyone else is overlooking is that the stringent regulations and high taxes that prevailed for my eight year term built up the 'coiled spring' pressure that, when released by Trump's moves, allowed the economy to...
  • Fake News Campaign: Americans Falsely Think Their Taxes Will Rise With GOP Plan

    12/09/2017 6:19:13 AM PST · by davikkm · 76 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    Due to an influx of fake news and anti Trump propaganda, as per a CBS News poll, a large number of Americans have been misinformed and are now believing that President Trump’s tax cuts are not really tax cuts, but yet another boon for the richest one percent, or something along these lines. If you come to think about it, this is basically Bernie Sanders’ “millionaires and billionaires” mantra, hence there’s nothing new under the Sun. Also, considering that the rich and the corporations pay most of the taxes in the United States, while almost half of America doesn’t pay...
  • Rise of the Best

    12/08/2017 7:27:53 PM PST · by ameribbean expat
    J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy and now a colleague of Case's, explains, “People tend to follow their networks. While the network in Silicon Valley is obviously something that is great, it can also have an exclusionary effect that prevents investors from looking at and finding opportunities that exist outside of their networks and outside of their geographies.” Case believes this bias creates opportunity. In an increasingly interconnected and digital world, startups in these smaller cities (think Baltimore and Buffalo instead of New York and San Francisco) can represent extremely attractive investments by stretching investment capital further, standing out in...
  • How Middle-East Chaos Will Raise Your Cost Of Living

    12/08/2017 5:58:54 AM PST · by davikkm · 16 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    Let’s be honest, the Middle-East has been a complete disaster for longer than most of us can imagine. Once the US firmly planted itself in the Middle-East in 2001, the destabilization of an already volatile region really started to pick up steam. With five out of the top 10 oil producing countries located in the Middle-East, sometimes these conflicts can have extremely negative consequences for oil consumers (pretty much everyone). The price of almost every product on the market increases as the price of oil goes up. When the price of oil goes up, it costs more for companies to...
  • I have to reinvent myself (Vanity)

    12/06/2017 10:23:53 AM PST · by thescourged1 · 74 replies
    12/6/2017 | thescourged1
    I need some advice. I'm unable to continue on in my current occupation in warehousing and storage. I've been doing it for many years, but now my knees are so shot that I can't even do light labor comfortably or stand for very long. I have a friend who is a vocational rehab counselor that can get me set up with a ticket to ride on an education to get into a field that is more compatible with my physical problems. What makes it all the more thought-provoking, is that I just turned 50. That's not old, but old enough...
  • Mayors sign Chicago “Climate Charter”

    12/06/2017 5:40:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 21 replies
    cfact.org ^ | Dec. 5, 2017 | Craig Rucker
    Mayors from 51 cities from across the U.S. and around the world are meeting in Chicago to hear from former President Obama and sign a document they are calling the “Chicago Climate Charter.” President Trump announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the UN’s Paris Climate Accord, however, the terms of the Accord delay his taking formal action until November, 2019. The mayors gathered in Chicago, meanwhile, are vowing to bypass the federal government and create climate policies of their own. USA Today reports that the Chicago Charter calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions at least 26% to...
  • Homeowner claims video shows Amazon driver pooping on sidewalk

    12/05/2017 12:53:16 PM PST · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 14 replies
    The Extract ^ | 12.1.17
    A California man received a response from Amazon after posting an image he said showed one of the retailer’s drivers defecating in front of his home. “Why is your driver squatting in-front of my house?” Nemy Bautista wrote. “Let me give you a hint … he/she is not tying their shoes. I have it on video!”
  • Don’t Count On A Utah Shale Boom

    12/05/2017 8:23:21 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 24 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 12-04-2017 | Nick
    On Monday, President Trump announced his plan to shrink Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent, while also cutting Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by half, a move that could open up Utah to more oil and gas drilling. More than 90 percent of the Bears Ears territory is thought to overlap with oil, gas and coal reserves, according to Bloomberg. Last year, EOG Resources, a prominent shale producer that is well-known in other shale basins, such as the Permian, is one of the few companies chomping at the bit in Utah. Last year, the shale driller won an approval from...
  • Pass-through of minimum wages into U.S. retail prices

    12/05/2017 5:03:52 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Marginal Revolution ^ | December 5, 2017 | Tyler Cowen
    That is studied by Renkin, Montialoux, and Siegenthaler in a recent paper, which is also a job market paper for Tobias Renkin from the University of Zurich. Here is the abstract: We study the impact of increases in local minimum wages on the dynamics of prices in local grocery stores in the US during the 2001-2012 period. We find a signifi cant impact of increasing minimum wages on prices in grocery stores. Our baseline estimate of the minimum wage elasticity of grocery prices is 0.02. This magnitude is consistent with a full pass-through of cost increases into prices. We show...
  • Trump and Ronna Romney McDaniel/RNC Support Moore-take out Mitt (yes Mitt) McConnell's NRSC

    12/04/2017 7:20:02 PM PST · by Be Careful · 11 replies
    This is YUGE!! Ronna is no fan of Uncle Mitt....looks like she has teamed up with the RNC and Trump to support Moore and take out Mitt (yes, Mitt) McConnell's NRSC slush fund...the NEVER-TRUMP-PRIVATE-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION SUPER-PAC that is registered in DC----that has been hiding in plain sight as an entity that purports to represent Conservative Values.....Couple this with today's Utah Federal Land Transfer....with Orrin Hatch's comments re: Trump is the best president that he has served under....and BINGO----so long Mitt...read between the lines in Breibart's article http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/04/exclusive-rnc-jumps-back-into-alabama-race-behind-judge-roy-moore/ A private, for-profit-who owns the NRSC?.....If we can figure this out, we can...
  • GOP’s corporate tax cut will be a ‘boom’ for the economy

    12/04/2017 4:49:08 PM PST · by TBP · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 4, 2017 | Glenn Beck
    One of the most important provisions in the GOP’s plan for a tax overhaul is a big cut to the corporate tax rate. The legislation would slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. “That is huge,” Glenn said on today’s show. “If Trump signs this into law … you’ll see a boom to the economy.” The bill passed in the Senate on Friday and next needs to return to the House for a vote. Republicans are under pressure to merge the Senate and House’s respective plans for tax reform before the end of the year.
  • Councilwoman Wants to Outlaw Bullet-Proof Glass [semi-satire]

    12/04/2017 9:36:33 AM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Dec 2017 | John Semmens
    Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass is pushing an ordinance that would bar retailers from having bullet-proof glass block customers' access to store employees. The glass is common in convenience markets that serve high-crime sectors of the city. "Bullet-proof glass is an insult to minorities," Bass contends. "Lots of businesses in these same neighborhoods—barber shops and bars, for example—don't have these barriers. That's the neighborly way to run a business. If these convenience markets aren't going to be neighborly voluntarily we need to have a law that forces them." Rich Kim, whose family has owned a deli in the city for...
  • A Cautionary Tale of Guns and Inheritance

    12/04/2017 5:30:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 November, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    A recent experience shows how problems can occur with guns and estates.  I was involved in this. My involvement occurred 27 years ago. In 1990, an elderly relative wanted expert advice on obtaining a firearm. Her husband had recently died. She wanted to have a gun in the house, and wasn't comfortable with pistols. She was already frail and did not have much upper body strength. I recommended a .22 semi-auto, which she could keep handy. She could keep the chamber unloaded. It would be easy to charge and put into firing condition. The Brazilian copy of the Remington...
  • Castro's 'Accomplishments' in Cuba a Load of Nonsense

    12/03/2017 3:24:29 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    Human Progress ^ | December 01, 2016 | Marian L. Tupy
    Justin Trudeau sure as heck stepped in it, hasn't he? Of course, the Canadian prime minister was not alone in praising Fidel Castro's "significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation." Here is a compilation of the usual suspects (CNN, MSNBC, NBC, etc.) fawning over the dead dictator's "legacy." And, since fish stinks from the head down, let's not forget President Obama's lionization of the Castro brothers' "accomplishments" when he visited Havana earlier this year. Sure, our 44th president acknowledged that Cubans are pathetically poor and lack basic human rights, but then he took the sting out...
  • SAS Automotive Systems bringing 170 jobs to Tuscaloosa (Alabama)

    12/03/2017 12:56:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | November 29, 2017 | William Thornton
    SAS Automotive Systems is coming to Tuscaloosa County, bringing 170 jobs. The German-based global auto supplier, which assembles cockpit modules, will support production of Mercedes-Benz's next generation SUV in Alabama. The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) made the announcement, along with the Alabama Department of Commerce. SAS COO Francois Barthel said in a statement that company is "more than happy to contribute to the great success story of Alabama's auto production that started right in the very plant where we will be supplying components for Mercedes-Benz's next generation of SUVs." Mercedes is currently wrapping up a $1.3 billion expansion...
  • Trump’s Gravest Mistake

    12/02/2017 11:01:37 AM PST · by davikkm · 131 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    Trump continues to make a mistake so costly that it could relegate him to the title of worst president of all time. Let me say first, if you are a Trump supporter, I am not your enemy. I am generally indifferent toward Trump and want the United States to succeed no matter who is president. The purpose of this article is to warn you about what the Deep State has in store for Trump and his supporters. Unfortunately, Trump’s rhetoric plays right into their hands. Recently, Trump made the mistake yet again by tweeting this: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/936260193536573440 The largest and most...