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  • Caught on camera: Argument between woman and mall Staff Turns Ugly

    07/23/2014 4:52:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    An argument between a woman and the staff of a Giant supermarket at Pelangi Leisure Mall in Johor Bahru got violent after she was accused of stealing. A video has been circulating online of the woman refusing to cooperate with the staff, hitting and throwing things at them. In the video, the woman can be seen shouting and pulling her trolley away after being asked to go to the staff entrance. A male employee then pulls the trolley towards the back of the store, but the woman then tries to grab a table off the display and throws it at...
  • 'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette Issues Warning About Hair Dye After Having Allergic Reaction

    07/23/2014 3:00:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 81 replies
    UPI ^ | July 23, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    Perrette's severe allergic reaction landed her in the hospital.NCIS actress Pauley Perrette suffered a severe allergic reaction caused by her hair dye that landed her in the hospital. The 45-year-old star, who plays forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the hit show, warned her Twitter followers to be careful about hair dye allergies in order to avoid having their heads "swell up like a melon" or worse. Perrette is a natural blonde but she has been dyeing her hair for the past 20 years. "The other half of my face had become twice the size of my head," she told CBS...
  • Freep a poll! (Should the Obamacare law be enforced as written?)

    07/23/2014 1:51:45 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    http://www.headlineoftheday.com/ ^ | 7-23-14 | Headline of the day
    Should the Obamacare law be enforced as written? No, the IRS is allowed to change it. I don't know. Yes, and let the chips fall where they may.
  • The Rot From Within (Part 1)

    07/23/2014 1:24:30 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 3 replies
    Of Two Minds Dot Com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Charles Hugh Smith
    All the conventional policy fixes proposed by Demopublican politicos, technocrats and the vast army of academic/think-tank apparatchiks are the equivalent of slapping a coat of paint on a fragile facade riddled with dryrot. All these fake-fixes share a few key characteristics: 1. They focus on effects and symptoms rather than address the underlying causes, i.e. the dry rot at the heart of our government, society and economy. 2. They maintain and protect the Status Quo Powers That Be- no vested interests, protected fiefdoms or Financial Elites ever lose power as a result of these policy tweaks. 3. They are politically...
  • We’re heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does

    07/23/2014 11:33:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa
    In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I’d had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future. He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, who says that we are moving from a history of scarcity to an era of abundance. Then he noted that the technologies that make such abundance possible are allowing production of far more output using far fewer people. On all this, Summers is right. Within two decades, we will have almost unlimited energy, food, and clean water; advances in medicine will allow us to live...
  • 2015 Chevy Volt gets larger battery, though range remains the same

    07/23/2014 11:00:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    green.autoblog.com ^ | Jul 18th 2014 6:30PM | By John Beltz Snyder
    The Chevrolet Volt isn't changing much for the 2015 model year. According to specifications uncovered by Inside EVs, though, the new Volt's battery does have a slightly larger capacity. According to the spec sheet, this doesn't translate to increased range. Real world driving, though, might tell a different story. The 2015 Volt's battery storage is slightly higher than the outgoing model's, up from 16.5 kilowatt-hours to 17.1 kWh. According to GM's manager of electrification technology communications, Kevin Kelly, speaking to Green Car Reports, the increased capacity is "a late change done in the cell... just another continuous improvement to surprise...
  • U.K. Cabinet Office Adopts ODF as Exclusive Standard for Sharable Documents

    07/23/2014 10:57:45 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 15 replies
    The Standards Blog ^ | Tuesday, July 22 2014 @ 12:52 PM CDT | Andy Updegrove
    The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) by software to be purchased in the future across all government bodies. Compliance with any of the existing versions of OOXML, the competing document format championed by Microsoft, is neither required nor relevant. The announcement was made today by The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. Henceforth, ODF compliance will be required for documents intended to be shared or subject to collaboration. PDF/A or HTML compliance will be required for...
  • 10 secret rules of working in Disney's Magic Kingdoms

    07/23/2014 6:48:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 23, 2014 | Staff
    It may seem to some as something of a dream job - working alongside childhood heroes such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck. But in order to get, and keep, a job as a character at a Disney park or resort, employees must abide by a number of strict rules, ranging from the obvious to the bizarre. For anyone thinking of trying to get a job at a Magic Kingdom, here is a rundown of some of the more idiosyncratic employee rules implemented by the bosses at Disney.
  • Former Gov. Sarah Palin weighs in on Alaska's current oil tax debate

    07/23/2014 7:07:00 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 8 replies
    Alaska Dispach News ^ | July 22, 2014 | Laurel Andrews
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in a phone interview with Alaska Dispatch News on Tuesday that she plans to speak out against oil company-funded efforts to maintain the oil tax structure put in place in January. “I don’t want Alaskans to be deceived,” she said.
  • Beware All the Retirement 'Crisis' Reports

    07/23/2014 6:59:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    RCM ^ | 07/23/2014 | Andrew Biggs & Sylvester Schieber
    If the amount of press ink used to report a study is any indicator of its contribution to public understanding, the National Institute on Retirement Security's (NIRS) 2013 report, "The Retirement Savings Crisis: Is It Worse than We Think?" might be the gold standard on the subject of retirement security. The report concludes that 84% of Americans are falling short of reasonable retirement savings targets and, even when total net worth is considered, two-thirds are at risk of an inadequate retirement income. The total "retirement savings gap," NIRS claims, may reach $14 trillion. According to New York Times writer Nancy...
  • Pat Bowlen resigns control of Denver Broncos, acknowledges he is dealing with Alzheimer's disease

    07/23/2014 6:24:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ch 7 ^ | Jul 23, 2014 | Deb Stanley
    Denver Broncos team owner Pat Bowlen is steeping down from day-to-day operations because he is battling Alzheimer's Disease ... The Broncos said Bowlen had already been reducing his role in recent years while he was, "courageously and privately battling Alzheimer’s disease." "The Broncos are very saddened that Mr. Bowlen is no longer able to be part of the team’s daily operations due to his condition," the team said on its website. "We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to ‘Mr. B,’ who has faced Alzheimer’s disease with such dignity and strength." Team president Joe Ellis will assume...
  • Looking over the shoulder of a watchmaker. (video)

    07/23/2014 6:10:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 7-22-2014 | wimp.com
    Watchmaking is a noble tradition stretching back hundreds of years when they would make all the parts by hand. While technology today has lightened some of their workload, it's still a fascinating sight when a watchmaker creates another mechanical beauty.
  • Amazon's Fire Phone life-meets-work review:

    07/23/2014 4:39:57 AM PDT · by dennisw · 4 replies
    http://www.zdnet.com ^ | July 23rd | zdnet.Larry Dignan
    Wild cards, but notable Android entry Summary: Amazon's Fire Phone proved itself to be a good everyday phone even though it's unclear whether Dynamic Perspective and Firefly will be hits. Amazon's Fire gives us something unique in the me-too land of Android smartphones. I was skeptical before I even turned the device on. Amazon's Fire Phone is one of the few things to really talk about in the Android smartphone derby, but faces a few hurdles. My doubts revolved around the following: Was Dynamic Perspective, which delivers 3D effects, useful or a gimmick? After playing with the phone for four...
  • Locals Renting Rooms for Comic Con

    07/23/2014 12:02:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
    Once a year rental marketIt is that time of year when San Diegans open their homes to strangers. People across the county rent rooms, apartments, condos and houses to visitors of Comic-Con. It is the largest convention in San Diego, and places to stay are hard to find and expensive -- leaving the door open the locals who want to make some extra money renting out space for the convention. But there can be complications. Besides the fact that you are opening your door to complete strangers, many rental contracts and Condo Association rules ban renting out your property. Regardless,...
  • MacDailyNews presents live notes from Apple’s Q314 Conference Call

    07/22/2014 8:59:04 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | July 22, 2014 | MacDailyNews Staff
    MacDailyNews presents live notes from Apple’s Q314 Conference Call with analysts starting at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT today. For its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014, Apple today announced Q314 financial results with quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion (vs. $35.3 billion YOY) and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion (vs. $6.9 billion YOY), or $1.07 per diluted share.“Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “We...
  • Stock Market Crash… Economic Collapse

    07/22/2014 7:24:08 PM PDT · by Signalman · 34 replies
    economyandmarkets.com ^ | 7/21/2014 | Harry Dent
    You can’t deny an economic collapse. We are about to see the greatest stock crash of our lifetimes I recently read a good article in Barron’s by Randall W. Forsyth called “Deus ex Machina 2.0: Is the Fed Trying to Take Human Nature Out of the Credit Cycle?” It was particularly interesting in light of the Bank for International Settlements’ warning that central banks are stoking financial bubbles that will burst, creating an even larger financial crisis… and that they should reverse their endless stimulus policies sooner rather than later. Music to my ears: Were they singing my song or...
  • Caught speeding in Alaskan hometown, Sarah Palin answers: ‘I wasn’t speeding, I was qualifying’

    07/22/2014 6:59:58 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 61 replies
    Jacksonville.com ^ | July 22, 2014 - 7:15pm | The Times-Union
    TMZ first reported the incident and she told them "I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying," according to the website.... Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/2014-07-22/story/caught-speeding-alaskan-hometown-sarah-palin-answers-i-wasn-t-speeding-i-was#ixzz38Fjr2xDT
  • Dan Borislow, magicJack Inventor, Dies at 52

    07/22/2014 4:42:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014
    Dan Borislow, the inventor of magicJack and a pioneer in developing phone calls over the Internet, died Monday, officials at the company he founded said. He was 52. A spokeswoman for MagicJack Vocaltec Ltd., said he died of a heart attack. In a statement, MagicJack CEO Gerald Vento praised Borislow as a visionary.
  • GCC 'Millionaire' Caught Begging in Saudi Arabia

    07/22/2014 4:38:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Police found bank deposits receipts worth Dh1.2m and expensive four-wheel car with himSaudi police arrested an Arab man for begging although he had in excess of SR1.2 million (Dh1.2 million) and an expensive four-wheel vehicle. Police said the unnamed man, a resident of a nearby Gulf country, is visiting the Gulf kingdom on a tourist visa with his wife and three children, adding that he was found to be staying in a luxury furnished apartment in the Western Saudi port of Yanbu. “We found large sums of cash with him and receipts for bank deposits…he had a total of more...
  • Circuits Split on Availability of ACA Exchange Subsidies

    07/22/2014 2:48:58 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 7-22-14 | Sean Riley
    This morning, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidated a 2012 IRS rule allowing tax subsidies in federal insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Within hours, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a contrary ruling in a similar, but separate, case, allowing exchange subsidies in both state-based and federal exchanges. Though both decisions are still subject to further review and will have no immediate impact, such “circuit splits” are often considered strong evidence that a case will ultimately end up before the U.S. Supreme...
  • Low Irish taxes boost Airbnb profits (but EUSSR wants Ireland to raise them)

    07/22/2014 2:19:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 22/07/2014 - 15:55 | Cécile Barbière
    The peer-to-peer property renting website, artAirbnb, makes it possible for people in crisis-stricken states to earn extra money, but the company itself has placed its headquarters in places like Ireland, Jersey and Delaware to avoid paying tax. EurActiv France reports. […] In late March 2014, the website announced that one million French holidaymakers used Airbnb since it launched in 2008, the same number as in the UK. In Spain, one million tourists used the website to rent property. The French Ministry of Finances has condemned this kind of revenue. “France has nothing to gain from developing this kind of renting…...
  • AMTRAK Sucks

    07/22/2014 11:23:07 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 63 replies
    7-22-14 | Me
    On 21July2014 Amtrak Wolverine was due to arrive in New Buffalo Michigan at 8:10pm from Chicago. But it was over 2 hours late. When my wife FINALLY talked with a REAL person she was told that AMTRAK's own dispatch center could NOTcontact the train and to call back in 10 min for update!!!!!!!!
  • Apple to suppliers: Gear up for the next iPhone [Larger Screens!]

    07/22/2014 10:22:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.marketwatch.com ^ | July 21, 2014, 8:51 p.m. EDT | By Lorraine Luk
    Apple Inc. is preparing for its largest initial production run of iPhones, betting that larger-screen models will lure consumers now attracted to similar phones from Samsung Electronics Co. and others. The Cupertino, Calif., company is asking suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million units combined of two large-screen iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by Dec. 30, according to people familiar with the matter. Its forecast for what is commonly called the iPhone 6 is significantly larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million versions of the iPhone 5S and 5C--which had...
  • California firm issues nationwide fruit recall

    07/22/2014 8:03:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 9:07 AM EDT
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing says on its website that no illnesses have been reported and the recall is a precautionary measure. …
  • Ben Carson Wins Western Conservative Straw Poll (Cruz, Palin, #2 and #3)

    07/22/2014 6:52:39 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/21/2014 | Melissa Clyne
    Ben Carson was the top vote-getter in a 2016 presidential straw poll at the weekend’s Western Conservative Summit in Denver, The Denver Post reported. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Carson-2016-straw-poll/2014/07/21/id/583821#ixzz38CmSgI00 Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
  • World’s 2nd Richest Man Calls for 3-Day Work Week, Longer Hours

    07/22/2014 6:49:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jul 21, 2014 6:23PM
    Would a three-day work week improve your quality of life? Carlos Slim, the second richest man in the world, says it would. During a press conference, Slim called for a “radical overhaul” in workers’ lives. He said people should work three days a week, but longer hours. He also said people should work more years, until they’re 70 or 75. …
  • Cruz: Rich Do Fine with Big Govt, GOP Must Help the Working Poor

    07/22/2014 6:08:50 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 20 2014 | Todd Beamon and Elliot Jager
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday said that to resurrect America's greatness it was necessary to revive the economy, defend the Constitution, and restore America's place in the world arena. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/ted-cruz-poor-gop-western-conservative/2014/07/20/id/583716#ixzz38Cbu8mbS Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
  • SilencerCo Announces First Commercially Available Shotgun Suppressor

    07/22/2014 4:27:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 7-21-2014 | Yehuda Remer
    Today, the gun world is buzzing with news of a "revolution in silencers." SilencerCo has announced today they will be producing the Salvo 12, the first ever commercially produced shotgun sound suppressor. The official press release reads: “Confirming its place as a trailblazer in the firearms industry, suppressor manufacturer SilencerCo has unveiled the first commercially-viable shotgun silencer ever produced. The company made the announcement today at an exclusive event near its Utah headquarters.” Active content removed Active content removed “The Salvo 12 represents a revolution in silencers, not just an evolution,” said Joshua Waldron, Chief Executive Officer for SilencerCo. “There...
  • McDonald’s, KFC face new food scandal after workers serve food off floor

    07/21/2014 1:16:57 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 49 replies
    NYPost ^ | July 21, 2014 | Reuters
    McDonald’s Corp. and Yum Brands Inc. are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast food giants’ efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets. McDonald’s and KFC-parent Yum apologized to customers on Monday after Chinese regulators shut a local meat supplier following a TV report that showed workers picking up meat from a factory floor, as well as mixing meat beyond its expiration date with fresh meat. The firms said they’ll stop using the supplier. The report, which focused on McDonald’s and Yum,...
  • Finally! Carbon Tax Gone – Australia gets rid of a price on carbon

    07/21/2014 10:39:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | July 17th, 2014 | Joanne
    As of today, Australia no longer has the most expensive “carbon” price in the world. The voters didn’t ask for a tax in 2010,  but it was forced on them in 2011. They rejected it wholeheartedly in 2013 but it still has taken months to start unwinding this completely pointless piece of symbolism which aimed to change the weather. The machinery of democracy may be slow, but this is a win for voters.11:15am EST today: The Australian Senate passes the carbon tax repeal bill.“Australia has become the first country in the world to abolish a price on carbon, with the Senate...
  • Ice Cream Shop Owner Defends Creating Flavor for Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

    07/21/2014 8:00:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 65 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The owner of an Oregon ice cream shop is defending her decision to create an ice cream flavor for the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon recently announced that it would have a political fundraising event at What’s the Scoop? in Portland, Oregon. The ice cream store created a flavor especially for the abortion business and donated 10 percent of its sales to the abortion giant. whatsthescoopPlanned Parenthood announced: What’s the Scoop? is a sustainable, small-batch shop that creates ice cream and sorbets using liquid nitrogen – a revolutionary method that speeds up the freezing process, which...
  • These Buildings Used to Be Abortion Clinics, What They Do Now is Amazing

    07/21/2014 7:47:29 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    life news ^ | Kelsey Hazzard
    Years ago, I encountered a piece in Feminism & Nonviolence Studies entitled “Feminist, Prolife, and Atheist,” by Kathryn Reed. At the time, I had no idea that atheism was in my future. What really stuck with me was not the title, or even the body of the article, but one of the subheadings: “Converting Abortion Clinics To Peacetime Use.” The idea of “peacetime use” has been on my mind a lot lately, as the pro-life movement has seen a record number of abortion businesses close in recent months. On a whim, I thought I’d put together a list showing how...
  • What happens when a $35,000 Tesla arrives?

    07/21/2014 7:37:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 104 replies
    CNET ^ | July 20, 2014 2:30 PM PDT | Brooke Crothers
    Tesla said this week that its $35,000 entry, due in 2017 (or thereabouts), will be called the Model 3. One of the keys to making a cheaper Tesla is battery technology, as CEO Elon Musk pointed out to Auto Express earlier in the week. I chatted with John Voelcker, senior editor for High Gear Media, which publishes Green Car Reports, in the wake of the news. He offered insight into what impact a lower-priced Tesla might have. Q: Tesla has sold very pricey cars to date. How might a $35,000 Model 3 shake things up? John Voelcker: A list price...
  • Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

    07/21/2014 6:45:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 18 Jul 2014 | Iain Thomson
    Malware dubbed Mayhem is spreading through Linux and FreeBSD web servers, researchers say. The software nasty uses a grab bag of plugins to cause mischief, and infects systems that are not up to date with security patches. Andrej Kovalev, Konstantin Ostrashkevich and Evgeny Sidorov, who work at Russian internet portal Yandex, discovered the malware targeting *nix servers. They traced transmissions from compromised computers to two command and control (C&C) servers. So far they have found 1,400 machines that have fallen to the code, with potentially thousands more to come. […] Mayhem spreads by finding servers hosting websites with a remote...
  • Do Massive Layoffs Really Benefit Companies?

    07/20/2014 6:10:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 07/19/2014 | By Chris Neiger
    Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT ) recent announcement that it will cut 18,000 jobs was much higher than anyone expected. It's the company's largest layoff by headcount since it laid off 5,800 employees in the midst of America's Great Recession back in 2009. Microsoft isn't the only one to make such striking job cuts. Global pharmaceutical company Merck (NYSE: MRK ) is in the middle of a two-year plan to reduce its workforce by about 20% -- which equates to about 16,000 employees. At the end of it all, the company expects this to contribute substantially to its goal of saving $2.5...
  • Singapore Airlines' MH17 Tweet Draws Fire (Does not Use Ukraine Airspace)

    07/20/2014 3:26:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, July 20, 2014
    Airline apologises for postSingapore Airlines (SIA) has apologised for posting an "insensitive" comment on social media about the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash in crisis-stricken eastern Ukraine. Hours after the Boeing 777-200 passenger jet with 298 people on board went down on Thursday, believed shot by a surface-to-air missile, SIA posted a one-line statement on Facebook and Twitter. It read: "Customers may wish to note that Singapore Airlines flights are not using Ukraine airspace." The comment sparked anger among users of social media. "How about at least acknowledging the terrible event and sending condolences to those families and friends involved...
  • Microsoft Memo Buries Layoff News in 11th Paragraph, Greets Readers with Cheery ‘Hello There’

    07/20/2014 2:38:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 18, 2014 - 2:59 PM | Kelly Lawyer
    On Thursday, Microsoft announced it would cut 18,000 jobs (14% of the company workforce) in the next year, the largest reduction in company history. Since its acquisition of Nokia, experts predicted there would be some layoffs, but the number is double the amount predicted. Stephen Elop, head of Microsoft’s device unit (the hardest hit by the layoffs) and former CEO of Nokia, proceeded to bury the news about 12,500 layoffs in the eleventh paragraph of a corporate memo. Elop begins the memo with a cheery “Hello there,” stating Microsoft’s strategy is “focused on productivity and our desire to help people...
  • Ford Pinto owners gather for annual charity drive

    07/20/2014 1:48:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    mlive ^ | July 18, 2014 at 8:37 AM | Michael Wayland
    Roughly 50 Ford Pinto enthusiasts are gathering today for the fourth annual "Pinto Stampede," a three-day event from Dearborn, Mich. to Hell, Mich and back to Dearborn -- the birthplace of the Ford Pinto. The caravan of Ford Pintos, produced from 1971-1980, will make several stops on their journey including a visit to the Henry Ford Museum, the Ford Product Development Center, the Ford & Mercury Restorers Club Car Show and other landmarks on their ride to 'Hell and Back.' "The Pinto Stampede enables Pinto enthusiasts to celebrate our cherished little cars while doing something meaningful for others," said Norm...
  • Paul Gigot: Interview on Fox News about America tax avoidance. (Very anti-American in my view.)

    07/20/2014 12:13:31 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 84 replies
    Fox News | 7/20/2014 | (vanity)
    OK I just watched the Fox News "The Journal Editorial Report". I found the show very enlightening. For the most part. However now there's a segment busy defending America companies moving overseas, for tax avoidance. This is a big problem. The GOP needs to buck it up, and say "enough". America needs jobs. Jobs. Jobs.
  • 'My entire house has been stolen'...

    07/20/2014 10:04:47 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 20, 2014 | Corey Charlton
    Romanian arrived at his holiday home to find it had disappeared and a field of corn had been planted in its placeA Romanian visited his holiday home only to find a completely empty plot of land with a field of corn planted in its place after his house had been stolen by thieves. Police in the Romanian port city of Braila got a call from Andy Pascali, 40, complaining that his holiday house on the Danube Delta had been stolen. At first they thought it was a joke, but when they turned up at the nearby village of Baldovinesti they...
  • Maria Bartiromo: we need Economic Patriotism (Hooray Maria!!) on show Sunday Morning Futures

    07/20/2014 7:59:47 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 52 replies
    Fox News | July 20 2014 | (rant)
    Hooray! Maria Bartiromo and gang were just discussing "Economic Patriotism" on her Fox News Channel show "Sunday Morning Futures". I couldn't believe it. FINALLY. Way to go. Much more conservatives need to climb on board this important topic.
  • 'If he's not impeachable, no one is': Sarah Palin pounds Obama on immigration policy ... (more)

    07/20/2014 7:45:10 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 23 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 11/19/2014 | David Martosko
    Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate, blasted President Barack Obama on Saturday and demanded his removal from office. The tea party speaking-circuit darling said at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado that talk of impeachment 'has got him nervous.' Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2698614/If-hes-not-impeachable-no-one-Sarah-Palin-pounds-Obama-immigration-policy-compares-mob-boss-wants-play-God.html#ixzz381IvJQYY Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Mattress Bob Does Business Out of Storage Unit

    07/19/2014 5:09:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 | Bob and Laura McVicker
    In the market for a new mattress? Look no further than Bob Manoff’s storage unit business. Yes, a business out of a storage unit. In fact, Mattress Bob (yes, that’s his name) has a collection of 11 Mira Mesa storage units that double as showrooms. Manoff stays busy thanks to word-of-mouth business or from an ad on Craigslist. Twice a week, he gets a shipment from a Los Angeles mattress maker. He’s got pillow tops, memory foam and organic cotton. The incentive? Most of Manoff’s mattresses sell from between $100 and $700 depending on the size, so who cares that...
  • Romanian Princess Ran US Cockfighting Ring

    07/19/2014 4:56:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    The royal and her husband, a former sheriff's deputy, hosted at least 10 cockfighting derbies in a barn at their Oregon ranch. A Romanian princess has admitted running an illegal gambling operation after she was found to be hosting cockfighting derbies in rural Oregon. Irina Walker, 61, pleaded guilty to the charge along with her husband, former sheriff's deputy John Walker, 68, on Wednesday. Prosecutors agreed to drop other counts relating to animal fighting and animal welfare as part of a plea deal.
  • This Way Up: Mobility in America [Alive for Americans who pursue technical or practical training]

    07/19/2014 6:05:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/18/2014 | Tamar Jacoby
    Dakota Blazier had made a big decision. Friendly and fresh-faced, from a small town north of Indianapolis, he'd made up his mind: He wasn't going to college. "I discovered a long time ago," he explained, "I'm not book smart. I don't like sitting still, and I learn better when the problem is practical." But he didn't feel this limited his options—to the contrary. And he was executing a plan as purposeful as that of any of his high-school peers. It started in his junior year with release time from high school to take a course in basic construction skills at...
  • Typhoon Rammasun Heads for China After Lashing Philippines, Killing at Least 38

    07/19/2014 1:12:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | Fri 18 Jul 2014
    China's southern regions are bracing for a powerful typhoon that has ripped through the Philippines, killing dozens and forcing more than 400,000 people to flee their homes. The official death toll from Typhoon Rammasun has climbed to 38, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Thursday. Ten people have been injured and eight are missing. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in the Philippines on Tuesday, just eight months after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the country in November 2013. The eye of Typhoon Rammasun passed south of Manila after cutting a path across the main island of...
  • Anti-gun Companies

    07/18/2014 10:11:10 PM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 23 replies
    www.2acheck.com ^ | Current list as of 11/7/13 | www.2acheck.com
    All companies we boycott have received a 2ACheck rating of “F” for their lack of respect for the rights of gun owners. Your experience with some of these companies will vary based on location, however, the boycott is based on the corporate policy toward responsible gun owners. We believe guns in the hands of good people make everyone safer. We encourage freedom loving Americans to boycott anti-gun companies until they improve their policy. Please share this page. We also strongly recommend everyone know the firearms laws applicable in their own state, and states they travel through. We recommend the Traveler’s...
  • When He Learned His Business Was Being Used to Build an Abortion Clinic, What He Did Was Priceless

    07/18/2014 8:09:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    life news ^ | Sarah Zagorski
    A baby graveyard is being built in New Orleans, and it’s quite an expensive one too. Who’s building it? None other than Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in America. The facility is costing 4.2 million dollars, and the advertisements for this monstrous tomb is amounting to somewhere deep within the six-figure range. In New Orleans, you can’t turn on the radio, open your mailbox, or visit popular websites like Yahoo.com, without hearing or seeing Planned Parenthood’s rhetoric. They’ve infiltrated the city with lies about their state of the art “health clinic”, which allegedly will provide wellness exams, family planning...
  • Clothing chain Love Culture files bankruptcy, may be sold

    07/18/2014 7:32:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jonathan Stempel
    Love Culture Inc on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, becoming the latest women's apparel retailer to seek protection from creditors, and said it may be sold after having received interest from possible buyers. The company, which according to its website has 82 stores stretching from Massachusetts to Hawaii, joins Ashley Stewart Holdings Inc, Coldwater Creek Inc., Dots LLC and Loehmann's Inc among retailers to file for bankruptcy since late last year as consumers curb spending and visit malls less. In a court filing, the company's chief restructuring officer, Rick Bunka, said sales remain below projections, while vendors in April...
  • Swede's Salary Chopped for Facebook Use

    07/18/2014 4:04:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Local ^ | 11 Jul 2014
    An employee at an insurance agency in central Sweden will lose 15 days of pay as punishment for surfing the web on the job, spending over 40 hours this summer mainly using social media. Multiple employees at a branch of Försäkringskassan (Swedish Social Insurance Agency) in Gävle face serious repercussions for browsing the web instead of helping customers. In one case, the employee spent about 50 hours of work time during one month visiting 350 websites - including plenty of shopping, weight-loss sites, and blogs. Over a period of seven months the woman had worked 51 hours overtime, but over...