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  • A Sound Like The Rattling Of Dry Leaves In A Tree

    09/27/2016 3:01:33 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 4 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 9/27/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Words without action are just puffs of wind passing over vocal cords. They are like the sound of dry leaves rattling in the tree. They make an unimportant noise. Hillary Clinton speaks a lot of words. She is trained to do that. She has been paid to do that. But words do not build a bridge. Words do not fill an empty belly. Words do not stop the blast from a terrorist bomb. It takes action to make things happen. Not words. "Talk is cheap. I can get all the talk I want over at the Monarch Boarding House." We...
  • New Mac Trojan uses the Russian space program as a front

    09/26/2016 11:48:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    MacWorld ^ | September 26, 2016 | By Michael Kan
    The Komplex Trojan can download, execute, and delete files from an infected Mac Security researchers have found a new Mac OS X malware that appears to be targeting the aerospace industry. The Trojan, called Komplex, can download, execute, and delete files from an infected Mac, according to security firm Palo Alto Networks. Interestingly, the Trojan will also save a PDF document to the infected system concerning the Russian space program. The PDF document details planned Russian space projects from 2016 to 2025, but it acts as a decoy, Palo Alto Networks said in Monday blog post. In reality, the Trojan...
  • How Rwo $1.69 Bottles of Orange Juice Cost Dollar General $277K

    09/26/2016 8:02:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
    Two bottles of OJ that retailed for $1.69 at Dollar General will end up costing the chain more than a quarter of a million dollars. That after a diabetic former employee won a lawsuit connected to the juice. Linda Atkins was working at a Maryville, Tenn., location in the fall of 2011 when she felt a hypoglycemic attack coming on. The main cashier was on break, and so “to avoid leaving the cash register unattended, and for the security of the store,” Atkins grabbed a bottle of OJ from the cooler, drank it, and then paid for it once her...
  • Hillary Calls for Solyndra 2.0

    09/26/2016 7:57:06 PM PDT · by RC one · 3 replies
    lifesette ^ | 26 Sep 2016 at 10:30 PM | y Jim Stinson
    In first moments of debate, Clinton reboots subsidy push for well-connected green energy firmsne of the first dust-ups in the debate was about green energy.As expected, Democratic presidential Hillary Clinton pleaded for expanded green energy policies — or in other words — expanded green subsidies.Within the first 10 minutes, Clinton said she wanted the United States to be the world capital of clean, green energy.“Some country is going to be the clean energy super power of the 21st century,” said Clinton. “Donald thinks climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it’s real.”Trump interrupted, protesting her claim....
  • iOS 10 backups are easier to crack, but Apple promises to fix security flaw

    09/26/2016 4:03:59 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Computerworld ^ | September 26, 2016 | By Darlene Storm
    Forensic researcher claims iOS 10 local backups are easier to crack since the security protection is 2,500 times weaker than in iOS 9, but Apple promised to roll out a patch for the security flaw. After Apple’s battle over encryption with the FBI, you’d expect Apple’s newest iOS to continue the trend of providing even better privacy and security than the previous iOS version. Sadly, that’s currently not true as iOS 10 has a “major security flaw” which leaves the data locally backed up to iTunes much more vulnerable to password cracking. At least that is what Russian forensic software...
  • In this W.Va. coal town, there’s little debate over presidential race

    09/26/2016 3:35:07 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 22 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | September 26, 2016 | Brad McElhinny
    WHARTON, W.Va. — In the coal community of Clinton Camp, not many are in Clinton’s camp. “Nobody likes Hillary around here,” said 77-year-old retired coal miner Darrell Bower, who was watering his lawn last week. “Everybody in my family and everyone I know is going to vote for Trump.” Millions of Americans are expected to tune in tonight to the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, the least-liked presidential candidates ever. In Clinton Camp, an unincorporated area of Wharton where the homes were constructed as a coal camp in the late 1940s, not...
  • Exclusive: Google is planning a 'Pixel 3' laptop running the 'Andromeda' OS for release in Q3 2017

    09/26/2016 3:16:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies ^ | September 26, 2016 | By David Ruddock
    Two independent and reliable sources have confirmed to us that Google is planning a new Pixel laptop to be released in Q3 2017. The project, known internally as 'Bison' and by the informal nickname 'Pixel 3,' will likely be the first brand-new device to showcase Google's combined Android / Chrome OS 'Andromeda' operating system in a laptop form factor. Bison, then, would be the culmination of years of work by Google's Pixel team and Google's Android and Chrome OS teams.We are extremely confident Google plans for the device to run Andromeda. We are also confident that Andromeda is a...
  • Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note7 has battery problems too

    09/26/2016 2:59:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    BetaNews ^ | September 26, 2016 | By Mihăiță Bamburic
    Samsung can't seem to catch a break with the Galaxy Note7 recall. For a while it looked like the replacement devices would put the exploding battery concerns to bed, but now it appears that the saga may be far from over.The new batteries may no longer be a fire hazard, but follow-up reports from customers who have received replacement Galaxy Note7 units in South Korea reveal that they come with their own set of issues. The batteries that Samsung uses in the replacement Galaxy Note7 units are said to overheat and lose battery life quickly. The first issue has...
  • Airport Finds Body Parts in Woman’s Bag

    09/26/2016 12:15:54 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | 09-26-2016 | Staff
    Investigators at Austria’s Graz airport questioned a Moroccan woman who arrived with a bag containing her husband’s entrails. After carefully wrapping the intestines in two containers, she was transporting them in hopes of getting a toxicology test performed. The man died during an operation in Morocco, Austrian media reported. Officials said a proper investigation on the parts could not be performed without the whole body. The woman broke no laws by transporting the entrails, local media reported.
  • How the FDA Manipulates the Media

    09/26/2016 7:43:20 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 3 replies
    Scientific American ^ | October 2016 Issue | Charles Seife
    How the FDA Manipulates the Media The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit By Charles Seife | Scientific American October 2016 Issue The deal was this: NPR, along with a select group of media outlets, would get a briefing about an upcoming announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a day before anyone else. But in exchange for the scoop, NPR would have to abandon its reportorial independence. The FDA would dictate whom NPR's reporter could and couldn't interview. “My editors are uncomfortable...
  • Clinton's Water Plan Runs Up Hill(ary) Towards Money

    09/26/2016 6:57:17 AM PDT · by WLusvardi · 1 replies ^ | September 26, 2016 | Wayne Lusvardi
    “In California, they say: ‘water runs uphill toward money.’ To that, now should be added the adage: ‘Water runs up-Hillary to money’.” News flash: Hillary’s Western Water Plan would trickle up to elites. “The Clinton plan states that: ‘the United States has 17 national labs that work on energy, but not one that is focused exclusively on water’.” However, the Federal EPA already runs four water and environmental technology laboratories in Research Park, North Carolina (health effects); Cincinnati, Ohio (engineering); Corvallis, Oregon (ecology); and Las Vegas, Nevada (monitoring). This is not to mention that in California Fresno State University runs...
  • Architect Dinara Kasko switches from buildings to super cool cake design with a 3D printer

    09/25/2016 11:26:43 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 9 replies ^ | 9/22/2016 | Nick
    A newly qualified architect turned her back on the construction industry to spend her days building ornate cakes with the help of a 3D printer. Dinara Kasko was determined to be an architect and design landmark buildings, so she attended Kharkov University Architecture School in her home country. But, as soon as she started working in the industry, she just knew it wasn’t for her. So the 27-year-old Ukrainian looked for a way to apply her skills to another arena. She worked as a designer, a photographer and then a 3D visualizer. She started baking in the background, as a...
  • Fire breaks out on Pemex tanker in Gulf of Mexico, crew safe

    09/25/2016 8:12:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Sep 25, 2016 | 10:41am EDT | Natalie Schachar and Noe Torres
    A fire broke out on an oil tanker of Mexican state oil company Pemex in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, forcing all the crew to be evacuated in the latest accident to plague the struggling firm. The blaze on the tanker “Burgos” occurred off the coast of Boca del Rio in Veracruz state and all the crew were safe, Pemex said in a tweet. Mexico’s Navy said there were 31 crew members and that all had returned to port. […] The tanker was carrying 80,000 barrels of diesel and 70,000 barrels of gasoline, Mexico’s Communications and Transport Ministry said....
  • Moody's downgrades Turkey's credit rating to 'junk' status

    09/24/2016 6:33:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2016 8:06 PM EDT
    Moody’s has downgraded Turkey’s credit rating to “junk” status, a further blow to an economy shaken by terrorist attacks, a failed military coup and a diplomatic spat with Russia. The rating agency on Friday lowered its rating on Turkey’s debt one notch, stripping it of investment-grade status. The move could mean higher borrowing costs as investors demand steeper interest rates to take on riskier Turkish debt. …
  • Apple releases iOS 10.0.2

    09/23/2016 11:28:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | September 23, 2016
    Apple today released iOS 10.0.2 whic hincludes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone or iPad. This update: • Addresses an issue that could prevent headphone audio controls from temporarily not working • Resolves an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library • Fixes an issue that prevented enabling some app extensionsFor information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
  • ‘Chicken Shacks’ Are Lifeline for New Jersey’s Afghan Immigrants

    09/23/2016 1:47:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 21 September 2016
    They dot the landscape in this working-class New Jersey city, popping up every few blocks with names like US Fried Chicken, Royal Fried Chicken and New York Fried Chicken and Burger and giving immigrants a foothold in a new country. One of these fried chicken restaurants, First American Fried Chicken, was thrust into the international spotlight on Monday when authorities arrested the owner’s son, Ahmad Rahami, after a shootout with police. Rahami is suspected of planting several explosives in New York City and New Jersey, including one that blew up on Saturday night in Manhattan and injured 29 people and...
  • Canada is pumping so much oil to the U.S. there are not enough pipelines to carry it

    09/23/2016 7:31:28 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 17 replies
    Financial Post ^ | September 23, 2016 | Sheela Tobben and Robert Tuttle
    Canada is sending a record amount of oil to the U.S., filling pipelines to capacity and threatening to push more crude into rail cars. U.S. imports from its northern neighbour jumped 17 per cent to 3.46 million barrels a day last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday in a preliminary report. That’s the most since the agency began collecting such data in 2010. Exports have surged as Alberta recovers from wildfires that disrupted supplies earlier this year. Supplies from the oil sands are piling up as producers bring back output and projects that had been delayed by the...
  • Teen Hacker Says He Jailbroke The iPhone 7 in Just 24 Hours

    09/22/2016 4:23:26 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 23 replies
    Motherboard ^ | September 22, 2016 | LORENZO FRANCESCHI-BICCHIERAI
    The iPhone 7 is, in Apple’s own words, “the best, most advanced iPhone ever.” It is not, however, impossible to hack. A teenage hacker has found a way to circumvent the phone’s security and restrictions, jailbreaking a brand new iPhone 7 running iOS 10, effectively taking full control of it and allowing him to install apps not approved by Apple. The 19-year-old hacker, who’s known online as qwertyoruiop but whose real name is Luca Todesco, took advantage of a series of bugs he found and exploited—and all it took him, he said, was just 24 hours.
  • Boeing cashes in on obamas iran deal - thanks GOP (6-15-16)

    09/22/2016 2:32:51 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 7 replies
    Nat'l review ^ | McCarthy
    When more important matters die down, I will have more to say about Senator Bob Corker’s rant on Fox News last week, accusing me of making “purposeful misstatements” about his legislation that enabled President Obama to get his Iran Deal through Congress. The Senator was provoked when Fox’s Bret Baier read from a column I wrote last year.
  • ​Samsung received '26 false reports' of Note 7 fires

    09/22/2016 1:04:20 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 9 replies
    ZDNet ^ | September 21, 2016 | Cho Mu-Hyun
    Samsung Electronics had 26 false reports from consumers alleging that their Galaxy Note 7 caught fire since its recall announcement earlier this month, the company has said. Out of the 26 reports, the South Korean tech giant said that in 12 cases they found no fault with the devices. In seven cases, the reported victim could not be reached and in another seven incidents, the consumer cancelled the report or alleged that they threw away the device.
  • $11 Billion In Missing Obamacare Subsidies From Mass Tax Noncompliance

    09/22/2016 11:52:18 AM PDT · by wtd · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sep 21,2016 11:40 PM | Brian Blase
    $11 Billion In Missing Obamacare Subsidies From Mass Tax NoncomplianceComplications arising from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium tax credits (PTCs) are causing millions of people to effectively break the law. People who benefit from advance premium tax credits (APTCs) must file tax returns and include a form to reconcile the advanced amount to the actual end-of-year entitled amount. The failure of so many people to fulfill this new legal requirement has led the government to spend more than it should have as APTCs tend to be higher than legally entitled amounts. The big news is that tax filers,...
  • Yahoo to announce details of massive data breach

    09/22/2016 10:28:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Technology news website Recode reported yesterday that Yahoo will be confirming details of a massive data breach sometime this week, according to sources close to the situation. The breach is likely connected to claims made by hackers earlier in the summer that they had access to 200 million Yahoo user accounts, including information on names, passwords, personal information, birth dates, and other email addresses. ... Earlier in the summer, a hacker going by the moniker “Peace,” said that he would be selling credentials on 200 million Yahoo users from 2012 on the dark web for little more than $1,800. One...
  • When Democrats Are In Power, America Burns

    09/22/2016 8:49:56 AM PDT · by 10mm · 11 replies
    9/22/2016 | Me
    Republicans should run a commercial showing riot footage, Islamic attacks, other violence caught on camera, Obama and Hillary disparaging the police, and the Baltimore mayor saying we "gave those who wished to destroy space." On top of this, place the overlay, "WHEN DEMOCRATS ARE IN POWER, AMERICA BURNS" What else would you put in the commercial?
  • Blue Bell Recalls Some Ice Cream After Listeria Scare

    09/22/2016 5:54:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 21, 2016
    Blue Bell Creameries recalled select flavors of ice cream distributed across the South after finding chocolate chip cookie dough from a third-party supplier for use as an ingredient was potentially contaminated with listeria, the Brenham, Texas-based company announced Wednesday. Blue Bell said it was recalling half gallons and pints of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and half gallons of Blue Bell Cookie Two Step made at its Sylacauga, Alabama, creamery after intensified internal testing found the cookie dough from Garner, Iowa-based Aspen Hills Inc. potentially tainted, according to a Blue Bell statement. No illnesses have been reported from the...
  • Ericsson to end manufacturing in Sweden?

    09/21/2016 11:20:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 22 Sep 2016 07:56 GMT+02:00 | (TT/The Local)
    Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson is planning to end all of its manufacturing in the country, according to a report in newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD). Part of a savings plan detailed on an internal document which SvD gained access to, the decision would mean that 3,000 employees lose their jobs following the closure of Ericsson’s last manufacturing plants in Sweden, in Borĺs and Kumla. In the document, Ericsson’s leadership are said to have stated that “We will end a 140-year-old manufacturing period, which represents the biggest cuts of employees in Sweden ever”. The company employs a total of around 15,000 people...
  • Vendor selling Confederate, political flags on Main Street

    09/21/2016 2:00:34 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 25 replies
    The East Oregonian ^ | September 14, 2016 | Phil Wright
    High-flying free speech in downtown Pendleton drew critical eyes this week. Viola and Sam Moody’s Liberty Flags & Gifts from Sutherlin is near the intersection of South Main Street and Emigrant Avenue. The business is one of many operating under the umbrella of the local nonprofit Main Street Cowboys during Round-Up. But it was the only booth displaying versions of the Confederate flag. “We’ve been selling them like crazy,” Viola Moody said. They take the business to about 30 events a year, she said, and the flags are popular wherever they go. Young people seeking to show their rebellious side...
  • Police hunt for 'dad' pictured dragging a little girl around a Texas Walmart by her hair

    09/21/2016 11:18:25 AM PDT · by Morgana · 149 replies ^ | September 21, 2016 | Valerie Edwards For
    Disturbing photos have emerged of a man who appears to be dragging a little girl by her hair in Walmart. Erika Burch, was shopping when she spotted the man, who she says, had the child's hair 'wrapped around the buggy' as he dragged her down the aisles. Burch said the child was pleading for the man to stop. Scroll down for video
  • Apple patents bold new innovation – a paper bag

    09/21/2016 9:05:04 AM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 24 replies
    Apple has patented remotely disabling iPhone cameras. It’s patented Gear VR-style headsets, and watch-controlled photography. It’s even patented the sliding function to unlock the phone – deceased as of iOS 10 – and the concept of a phone with a bezel and rounded edges. Now it’s gone one step further, and applied to patent a paper bag.
  • Protesters break into Walmart after shutting down part of I-85

    09/21/2016 8:16:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 49 replies ^ | September 21, 2016 | fox
    CHARLOTTE, NC - Protesters headed to the Walmart on N. Tryon in the University area after shutting down Interstate-85 at WT Harris Blvd. early Wednesday morning following the shooting death of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. Officers in riot gear blocked the entry to Walmart after it was broken into. Employees could be seen sweeping up shattered glass at the front entrance. One employee told FOX 46 Charlotte some technology was stolen including, a flat screen television and iPads.
  • Lunch is too expensive

    09/21/2016 6:00:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 20, 2016 | Abha Bhattarai
    What’s for lunch? If it’s a homemade sandwich or last night’s leftovers, you may be in good company. An increasing number of Americans are ditching $10 sandwiches and $12 salads in favor of food from home, according to new data from the research firm NPD Group. Lunch traffic is slowing at restaurants around the country, with weekday lunch visits down 7 percent compared to a year ago, the steepest decline since the beginning of the recession, data show. The reason? Nearly 40 percent of Americans now work from home (at least on some days), according to Gallup, and lunch out...
  • Man Blames Airline for Missing Flight

    09/20/2016 7:52:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Alina Machado and Sandra Esquivel
    Michael Mellion says he was left stranded at the airport after an email from the airline changed the flight time—one that turned out to be wrong. Mellion was heading back home to Fort Lauderdale from Pensacola when he got an email from Silver Airways. "I never have gotten an email from an airline telling me they’re going to be late,” said Mellion. At first, he says he was grateful to learn of the delay. "I think anybody who’s a traveler doesn’t want to spend any more time at the airport than they have to," said Mellion. But when he showed...
  • Apple releases macOS Sierra

    09/20/2016 7:42:25 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 20, 2016 · 1:04 pm
    Apple today released macOS Sierra. Siri makes its debut on Mac, with new features designed just for the desktop. Your Mac works with iCloud and your Apple devices in smart new ways, and intelligent capabilities make your photos, music, and messaging even more enjoyable.

Get things done by asking Siri, the intelligent assistant now on your Mac. • Enjoy your favorite features from iOS as well as new ones optimized for Mac. • Send messages, create reminders, search the web, and more while you work. • Drag and drop or copy and paste Siri results into your documents. • Pin Siri...

    09/20/2016 7:28:14 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 9/19/16 | Trevor Mogg
    Despite the tough challenges currently facing his SpaceX company, Elon Musk has made clear that he’s as determined as ever to get humans on Mars in the next 10 years. “I’m certain that success is one of the possible outcomes for establishing a self-sustaining Mars colony, a growing Mars colony,” the SpaceX chief said in a recent interview with Y Combinator, adding that up until just a few years ago he wouldn’t have been able to make the same claim. Musk said that getting “a meaningful number of people” to Mars “can be accomplished in about 10 years, maybe sooner,...
  • 10 Things Mentally Strong People Won't Do

    09/20/2016 3:55:15 PM PDT · by jcon40 · 21 replies ^ | sept 20, 2018 | Travis Bradbury
    Life has a way of testing your mental strength when you least expect it. The true sign of mental strength doesn’t lie in what you do; it’s what you don’t and absolutely won’t do. The greater the challenge, the more difficult it is to respond with mental fortitude. It’s hard to be mentally strong, especially when you feel stuck. The ability to break the mold and take a bold new direction requires that extra grit, daring, and spunk that only the mentally strongest people have. Thomas Edison provides an interesting example. When his factory burned to the ground in 1914,...
  • Cow Fart Regulation Passed Into California Law

    09/20/2016 12:36:56 PM PDT · by PROCON · 106 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 19, 2016
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that regulates emissions from dairy cows and landfills for the first time as California broadens its efforts to fight climate change beyond carbon-based greenhouse gases. Brown’s move Monday targets a category of gases known as short-lived climate pollutants, which have an outsize effect on global warming despite their relatively short life in the atmosphere.
  • Polls: Trump '1 state from winning presidency'

    09/20/2016 6:12:33 AM PDT · by cba123 · 51 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 9/19/2016
    The Republican nominee is ahead in four battleground states won by Obama in 2012, Iowa, Ohio, Florida and North Carolina. If he were to win those four states plus Nevada, Trump would be one state away from winning the presidency, concluded Ben Shapiro in the Daily Wire. The Washington Post reported Monday the Clinton campaign is now "pessimistic" about winning Iowa and Ohio, and they believe Florida and North Carolina will be close, Shapiro noted. Shapiro pointed out that while Clinton maintains a strong lead in Pennsylvania - 6.6 points according to the RealClearPolitics average - there are other battleground...
  • CHS explores sale of its business

    09/19/2016 4:26:17 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 1 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | September 19, 2016 | Ayla Ellison
    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems is working with advisers to explore a variety of options with financial sponsors, including the possible sale of its business, sources with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. The for-profit hospital operator said discussions are at a preliminary stage. "There can be no certainty that the exploration will result in any kind of transaction," said CHS.
  • Jeff Sessions & Other Senators Unite Against Internet Giveaway

    09/18/2016 11:06:44 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 36 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz' Website ^ | september 16 2016
    On Friday, Sen. Cruz, along with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Dan Sullivan (R-A.K.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) issued the following joint statement urging Democratic senators to oppose the Obama administration’s proposed Internet oversight transition set to take place on October 1: “It is profoundly disappointing that the Obama administration has decided to press on with its plan to relinquish United States oversight of crucial Internet functions, even though Congress has not given its approval. For years, there has been...
  • Palo Alto Board Rejects Zuckerberg’s Proposal To Tear Down Homes

    09/17/2016 5:19:09 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    PALO ALTO (CBS SF) – Members of Palo Alto’s Architectural Review Board are saying no to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckeberg’s plan to tear down neighboring homes he spent $30 million on. Zuckerberg wanted to bulldoze the four homes around his residence in the Crescent Park neighborhood, replacing them with smaller properties.
  • Tight security as annual Oktoberfest opens in Munich

    09/17/2016 5:09:41 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 10 replies
    ABC 7 CHICAGO ^ | 17 SEPTEMBER 2016 | AP
    MUNICH -- Heavy rain and stricter security did little to dampen the spirits of beer lovers at the start of this year's Oktoberfest, which opened Saturday in the Bavarian city of Munich. Mayor Dieter Reiter tapped the first keg at noon with a respectable two strikes, to the approval of thousands of thirsty visitors gathered in one of 14 vast tents on Munich's Theresienwiese fairground. Responding to a series of attacks in recent months, authorities decided to erect a metal fence, ban large bags, install more surveillance cameras and make visitors go through security checks to enter the festival grounds...
  • Red Bull profits soar 35 percent

    09/17/2016 6:58:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    AFP via France 24 ^ | 17 September 2016 - 11H45
    Austrian energy drink maker Red Bull said it posted record profits of €501 million ($559 million) in 2015, an increase of 35 percent, according to the economics magazine Trend. The unlisted firm, which does not directly publish its figures, saw drink sales nudge up 6.1 percent to 5.96 billion cans, its turnover rise 20 percent to €3.2 billion, and operating income soar by 90 percent to €633.3 million, according to Trend. Red Bull’s bottom line was boosted by a cost-cutting program and a weaker euro, the magazine reported. …
  • Chinese tendrils in U.S. business irk congressmen, who want GAO probe

    09/17/2016 2:13:13 AM PDT · by cba123 · 8 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | September 16, 2016 5:11 PM | By Maggie Ybarra
    WASHINGTON — Two North Carolina lawmakers are pressuring the Government Accountability Office to review the authorities of a U.S. Treasury Department interagency committee that decides how much control a foreign individual can have over a U.S. business. Rep. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte and Rep. Walter Jones of Farmville are two of 16 Republican lawmakers who sent a letter to the government watchdog about their concern over whether the statutory and administrative authorities of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States are insufficient. Half the lawmakers who signed the letter are chairmen and vice chairmen of subcommittees with vested...
  • At 7-foot-1 and 400 pounds, high school football player Brave Williams is larger than life

    09/16/2016 5:56:14 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 35 replies
    When John Williams found out his wife Angela was pregnant with a boy, he dreamed that the child would one day grow to be 7-feet tall. But he had no idea the boy would become the largest high school football prospect in the country – taller and heavier than any player currently on a NFL roster. Enter Brave Williams, a real life giant. The 7-foot-1, 400-pound senior football and basketball player from Lake Shore (Angola, N.Y.) wears a size 21 shoe and has always stood out ... literally.
  • Small Social Security cost-of-living adjustment likely for 2017

    09/16/2016 11:34:17 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies
    investmentnews ^ | Sep 12, 2016 | Mary Beth Franklin
    Although we are still a month away from an official announcement about the size of the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits in 2017, the latest Social Security Trustees report projects a 0.2% increase in benefits next year. That would boost the average Social Security retirement benefit of $1,341 per month by about $2.70 and increase the maximum benefit of $2,663 per month in 2016 by about $5.30 next year. While that would be an improvement over this year when there was no inflation adjustment over 2015 benefit levels, a small COLA will do little to shield seniors'...
  • Fishermen upset over creation of Atlantic's first monument

    09/15/2016 11:15:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 16, 2016 12:58 AM EDT | Jennifer McDermott
    Fishermen in New England say President Barack Obama needlessly dealt a big blow to their industry when he created the Atlantic Ocean’s first marine national monument and circumvented the existing process for protecting fisheries. The new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument consists of nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the New England coast. The designation will close the area to commercial fishermen, who go there primarily for lobster, red crab, squid, whiting, butterfish, swordfish and tuna. After Thursday’s announcement, fishermen pondered their next move: sue, lobby Congress to change the plan or relocate. It’s...
  • 'Peecycling': Urine could fertilize your food

    09/15/2016 7:38:27 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 44 replies
    Researchers are scaling up successful trial methods of producing safe fertilizer from urine to reduce water pollution and to replace synthetic fertilizer, whose manufacture is energy intensive and expensive. But removing bacteria, residual pharmaceuticals and viruses from urine - which urban legend wrongly maintains is sterile - is the simpler part of the problem. More difficult is persuading people to eat the food.
  • Poignant Anthem for Dem-Induced Urban Woe--Trouble Town

    09/15/2016 4:38:47 PM PDT · by Be Careful
    Donald-Are you listening? So suited for all of our Inner-Cities, this song, theme for the Brit Police Drama ironically named "Happy Valley", in my opinion, is one of the most brilliantly composed set of lyrics, capturing the anguish of hopelessness for Youth that are tethered to welfare benefits,, drugs and violence. Two links to the singer/songwriter, Jake Bugg, performing his song are below. Here are the lyrics: Trouble Town by Jake Bugg Stuck in speed bump city Where the only thing that's pretty Is the thought of getting out There's a tower block overhead All you've got's your benefits And...
  • Idea to Fix the Nation

    09/15/2016 2:13:36 PM PDT · by Weeble · 26 replies
    vanity | 09/15/2016 | Weeble
    Ideas to fix the nation 1. Term limits. No elected representative will serve more than 12 years in office. 2. Sovereign immunity protections will be repealed, so that government officials can be liable for damages. 3. Any law that applies to the American people will also apply to Congress Thus, they will be subject to Obamacare, social security, medicare (no gold plated benefits that the rest of us pay for but can’t afford for ourselves) and numerous regulations that now only apply to the little people. 4. In the event of US military operations overseas, the children of federal office...
  • U.S. retail sales, factory output slump; third-quarter growth forecast cut

    09/15/2016 12:52:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:31pm EDT | Lucia Mutikani
    Sales were almost broadly weak, rising in only four categories, including clothing stores and restaurants and bars. Receipts at auto dealerships fell 0.9 percent and online sales, whose share has grown in recent years, dropped 0.3 percent. The Fed will hold its policy meeting next Tuesday and Wednesday. Fed Governor Lael Brainard said on Monday she wanted to see stronger consumer spending data and signs of rising inflation before hiking rates. The U.S. central bank raised its benchmark overnight interest rate at the end of last year for the first time in nearly a decade, but has held it steady...
  • ACC moving championships out of NC due to bathroom bill

    09/14/2016 4:36:16 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 33 replies
    7News WSPA ^ | September 14, 2016 | WSPA Staff
    SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – The Atlantic Coast Conderence (ACC) has announced they will be moving championship games out of North Carolina, because of House Bill 2. All 15 university will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. Clemson University President James Clements says, “The decision to move the neutral site championships out of North Carolina while HB 2 remains the law was not an easy one but it is consistent with the shared values of inclusion and non-discrimination at all of our institutions.” They say the locations will be announced in the future. The NCAA said on Monday that...