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  • Sarah Palin: 'Washington' More Offensive to Americans than 'Redskins'

    08/26/2014 6:27:13 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 25 replies
    Breitbart news ^ | 24 Aug 2014 | Breitbart Sports
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blasted the "Politically Correct Police" and said most Americans find "Washington" more offensive than "Redskins."
  • Boeing Completes All CST-100 Commercial Crew CCiCAP Milestones on Time and on Budget for NASA...

    08/26/2014 5:34:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    Boeing is the first, and thus far only one of the three competitors to complete all their assigned milestone task requirements under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative funded under the auspices of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The CST-100 is a privately built, man rated capsule being developed with funding from NASA via the commercial crew initiative in a public/private partnership between NASA and private industry. The overriding goal is restart America’s capability to reliably launch our astronauts from US territory to low-Earth orbit (LEO) and the International Space Station (ISS) by 2017.
  • More Than Half Of All Americans Can’t Come Up With $400 In Emergency Cash… Unless They Borrow

    08/26/2014 3:51:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | August 11, 2014 | Ben Bullard
    Count yourself fortunate, or something, if you’re among the 48 percent of Americans who can cough up a spare $400 in emergency cash without having to beg, borrow or steal. According to a Federal Reserve report on American households’ “economic well-being” in 2013, fewer than half of all Americans said they’d be able to come up with four Benjamins on short notice to deal with an unexpected expense. The report, released last week by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, indicates a disparity between how Americans view their financial situation and the reality of where their finances actually...
  • Report: Response to climate-change survey led to CEO's departure from PR Giant, Edelman

    08/26/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    PR Week ^ | 08/2014 | Lindsay Stein and Frank Washkuch ,
    Edelman global CEO Richard Edelman said in a conversation with an editor of Vice’s Motherboard blog that former US CEO Mark Hass was fired from the agency in part because of the way he responded to an investigation into PR agencies’ work with climate-change deniers. Quoted by Motherboard senior editor Brian Merchant, the chief executive of the world’s largest PR agency said, "We fired the head of our US [division] in part because of that stupid note he wrote, about, you know, how we don’t answer these kinds of things." In response to inquiries from the Climate Investigations Center that...
  • Angry Wife Rejects Emirati Hubby's Money Transfer... 47 Times

    08/26/2014 2:31:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    Bank suspends both their accountsAn Emirati husband who set out to please his angry wife has ended up with a suspended bank account. He transferred Dh50,000 to his wife’s account as a present to appease her, but the wife not only rejected the amount but also transferred the amount back to his account. Interestingly, it was the husband’s 47th attempt in depositing cash in her account, reported Al Bayan. It was immediately re-transferred each time. After his last attempt, two days back, which was once again duly transferred back by his wife, the bank suspended both their accounts. A bank...
  • UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 1:59:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 1:01 PM EDT | John Heilprin
    Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes—banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors—until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. In a bid to set public policy, the World Health Organization said the popular nicotine-vapor products, particularly the fruit, candy and alcohol-drink flavors, could serve as gateway addictions for children and adolescents. It recommended governments forbid or keep to a minimum any advertising, promotion or sponsorship in a market that has mushroomed to $3 billion last year and now includes 466 different brands. …
  • How windowless planes could be the future of cheap air travel

    08/26/2014 1:46:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5:03PM BST 26 Aug 2014 | By Alice Philipson
    Windowless planes could be the future of cheaper air travel as a government technology centre develops a proposal to help airlines save on fuel. In place of windows, plastic display screens projecting the sky outside could line the cabin of an aircraft. It is hoped the technology will significantly reduce aircraft weight and cut fuel costs without worrying nervous passengers. The display screens will function using a technique called printable electronics, which involves the use of conductive inks to carry electric current in cardboard and plastic for just a few pence per unit. The technology could be rolled out in...
  • N.C. State students develop nail polish to detect date rape drugs

    08/26/2014 12:31:37 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8-25-14 | Jessica Chasmer
    Four male students at North Carolina State University have developed a prototype for a new nail polish line that changes color when it comes into contact with date rape drugs. Ankesh Madan, Tasso Von Windheim, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, and Stephan Gray founded Undercover Colors, coined as “the first fashion company working to prevent sexual assault,” The Mary Sue reported. A woman paints her nails with the polish, and when her nails come into contact with a liquid, the color will change if drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, or GHB are present. “In the U.S., 18% of women will be sexually assaulted in...
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 14 Lineup Announced

    08/26/2014 10:57:29 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 2 replies
    My favorite weekend of the year.....lots to choose from. It's all free. Great for lovers of all types of Americana music. 2014 Lineup.
  • Why Digital Music Looks Set to Replace Live Performances (unions)

    08/26/2014 9:41:04 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 44 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | David Pogue
    A scuffle at a Connecticut opera reveals the bleak future of the orchestra pit This August's production of Richard Wagner's four-opera Ring cycle in Hartford, Conn., has been postponed. Rather than hiring pit musicians, producer Charles M. Goldstein had intended to accompany the singers with sampled instrument sounds, played by a computer. Not a CD, not a synthesizer; the computer triggers the playback of individual notes (“samples”) originally recorded from real instruments. The reaction of professional musicians—and, of course, the musicians' union—was swift and furious. New York City's Local 802 president called it operatic karaoke. Hate mail poured in. In...
  • Warren Buffet--**** anti-USA hypocrite who just exists to kill babies (vanity rant)

    08/26/2014 8:43:48 AM PDT · by Mamzelle · 16 replies
    personal rant | 8/26/14 | Mamzelle
    So Warren wants to ruing the middle-class taxpayer with his Obama-worship, then hightail his ancient, fetid aZZ to a favorable tax climate. And his "legacy" is three million abortions. Has there been a worse human being in the news lately?
  • North Dakota: Legendary Among States. Residents happy with the economy, education, air quality

    08/26/2014 6:00:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Gallup ^ | 08/27/2014 | by Art Swift
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "Oil boom" is probably the first phrase that comes to mind when one thinks about North Dakota. Yet North Dakotans see their state as much more than oil. They are highly satisfied with their schools, their air quality, their ability to find a quality job, and their overall standard of living. In Gallup's comprehensive survey of all 50 states, North Dakota ranks No. 1 on a variety of indicators spanning economics, public affairs, education, the environment, and well-being. In 2014, North Dakota is a complex, thriving state that is adapting rapidly to the economic and social factors...
  • The story of the A-10 and why the F-35 cannot replace it. (video)

    08/26/2014 4:58:24 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 45 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 8-26-2014 | wimp.com
    Pierre Sprey is one of the original designers of the A-10 Warthog during the 1970s. He provides insight into why the aircraft is so loved by ground troops in the military, and why its recent retirement from Air Force operations is so hotly debated.
  • Arby’s creates $10 mega meat sandwich

    08/26/2014 4:56:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | August 25, 2014 | Chelsea Mies
    After realizing that people thought Arby’s mainly served roast beef, the company made a poster showcasing a large stack of all the meats on the menu, which includes bacon and brisket, according to The Washington Post. It worked. “People started coming in and asking, ‘Can I have that?’” Arby’s vice president of brand and corporate communications Christopher Fuller said. Arby’s decided to go with it, and the “Meat Mountain” was born. It will not be listed on the menu, but store associates will make it for the customers who request it. At $10, the sandwich includes (from the bottom up)...
  • 'Slap Ya Mama' spice company stunned by NFL ad ban

    08/25/2014 9:47:47 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    WWLTV.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Bill Capo
    NEW ORLEANS -- Leaders of the Slap Ya Mama Cajun spice company taped a new commercial in response to the NFL's ban on a popular ad method used for three years during preseason Saints games. "I'm in shock over it, it's wild, it's absurd,"said Slap Ya Mama Vice President Jack Walker.
  • College -- Do the Math: How Opportunity Costs Multiply Tuition

    08/25/2014 12:15:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/25/2014 | Chris Bowyer
    [SNIP] We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the obvious costs of college: tuition, housing, food, etc. We’ve also looked at a few less obvious costs, like interest on student loans. But there are indirect costs, as well: opportunity costs. “Opportunity cost” is an economic phrase. Simply put, it’s the cost you incur by doing one thing rather than another. Because our time and money are finite, everything we buy or do prevents us from buying or doing something else. If you take a year off to backpack across Europe, you’re not just losing the money you spend on...
  • Survey: Economists say Fed is on ‘the right track’

    08/24/2014 11:50:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 25, 2014 12:39 AM EDT | Ken Sweet
    A majority of economists believe the Federal Reserve is doing the right things to help repair the U.S. economy, according to a survey released Monday by the National Association of Business Economists. The survey also showed that a vast majority of economists believe the U.S. economy is at little risk of inflation in the coming years. In the association’s semiannual survey, 53 percent of economists said the Fed’s stimulus programs were “on the right track” for the U.S. economy while 39 percent thought the Fed was doing too much. …
  • Market watchdog warns on danger of cyber attack

    08/24/2014 10:31:33 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 2 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 8/24/14 | Sam Fleming
    A global watchdog has sounded the alarm about the growing danger of cyber attacks, on financial markets, warning that firms and regulators around the world need to address the “uneven” response to the threat of online assaults. Greg Medcraft, chairman of the board of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (Iosco), predicted that the next major financial shock – or “black swan event” – will come from cyber space, following a succession of attacks on financial players.
  • Sarah Palin's Ice Bucket Challenge Video Is Actually Kind Of Funny

    08/24/2014 8:15:00 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 36 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Sat Aug. 23, 2014 7:59 PM EDT | Ben Dreyfuss
    Here is Sarah Palin's ice bucket challenge video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_Swr-vs9mqo
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, August 24th, 2014.

    08/24/2014 5:00:33 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 52 replies
    The Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunday, August 24th, 2014 | Tom Gresham
    ~~ Come on in and shoot the breeze! ~~ Welcome to Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio Network, the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, shooting and gun rights. Tune in on Sundays, 08:00-11:00pm EST, and give us a call at 1-866-825-5486.
  • Investment & Finance Thread (week Aug. 24 - Aug. 30 edition)

    08/24/2014 2:36:41 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 56 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | Aug. 24, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Happy weekend investors!!This week's thread will have to settle for a lame blog at the top due to a severe case of writer's block.  Topics considered were a weekly recap but here's the week in stocks and here's the week in metals.  Another idea was chat about the Fed meeting at Jackson Hole but they're just wrapping it up and the Fed website isn't quite updated.  Another idea is a resume of all the good news & bad news about today's econ condx, but that either keeps changing or it's already been rehashed on these threads by better brains than...
  • Latest TV Campaign Ad, Governor Scott Walker (R, WI)

    08/24/2014 10:53:46 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | Today | Friends of Scott Walker
    Latest TV Campaign Ad, Governor Scott Walker (R, WI)
  • The Real Value of $100 in Metropolitan Areas [w/interactive map]

    08/24/2014 2:50:01 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 2 replies
    Tax Foundation ^ | August 20, 2014 | Alan Cole, Lyman Stone, Tom VanAntwerp, Richard Borean
    We recently published a map showing how far $100 would take you in different states. For example, in states with low costs of living, like Arkansas, $100 had the same sort of purchasing power that $115 would have in an average state. We got a lot of requests – particularly from upstate New Yorkers - for a map of purchasing power that separates out cities from non-metropolitan areas. Fortunately, that data is available from the BEA’s interactive tables, and we have created an interactive map of purchasing power down to the city level.The orangest colors on the map, signifying the...
  • A Line Is Drawn in the Desert- At Burning Man (luxury accommodations for tech one percenters)

    08/23/2014 10:15:58 PM PDT · by dennisw · 24 replies
    nytimes ^ | 8 20, 2014 | By NICK BILTONAUG
    There are two disciplines in which Silicon Valley entrepreneurs excel above almost everyone else. The first is making exorbitant amounts of money. The second is pretending they don’t care about that money. If you have never been to Burning Man, your perception is likely this: a white-hot desert filled with 50,000 stoned, half-naked hippies doing sun salutations while techno music thumps through the air. A few years ago, this assumption would have been mostly correct. But now things are a little different. Over the last two years, Burning Man, which this year runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1, has...
  • Galileo satellites go into wrong, lower orbit

    08/23/2014 1:31:44 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 August 2014
    The European Space Agency (Esa) says the latest two satellites for Europe's version of the American GPS satellite navigation system have not gone into the correct orbit.
  • Miller: Ballmer is over the top, claims Clippers will be too

    08/23/2014 12:00:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | August 18, 2014 | Jeff Miller
    LOS ANGELES -- There's only one place to correctly start this column and that's with the scene because it was, honestly, something to be seen. Steve Ballmer officially arrived here Monday -- showing up several weeks after his reputation did, Ballmer's reputation being that, as a public speaker, he's passionate, motivating and spirited. Or, said another way, he's as outrageous as someone who has had one too many drinks or one too few meds.
  • Illinois a terrible hostess: Twinkies leave the state

    08/23/2014 11:53:00 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 56 replies
    Illinois Policy Institute ^ | August 22, 2014 | Austin Berg
    Hostess Brands LLC announced on Aug. 20 that the Illinois bakery where Twinkies were first invented will close this fall. More than 400 workers will be affected by the shuttering of the company’s Schiller Park location in October. Sadly, this isn’t surprising. In 2012, Hostess closed three bakeries nationwide after a massive union strike, high labor costs and increased competition turned up the heat on the baked-goods company. It’s hard to believe that some variation of these factors didn’t cause Hostess to sever its ties with Illinois. About 280 of the company’s workers in Schiller Park voted to unionize in...
  • How You Can Use a Technical Analysis of Earnings to Make Smarter Investments

    08/23/2014 8:15:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2014 | Chris Versace
    One of the easiest and simplest metrics that investors use to screen for, as well as value, stocks is the price-to-earnings ratio, better known as a stockÂ’s price-to-earnings (P/E). Of course, on its face, a P/E is nothing more than a snapshot in time, but what if I told you it was far more complicated than that?There are several P/Es that you need to keep in mind. Sure, there is the current P/E, which reflects a stockÂ’s price divided by the current yearÂ’s expected earnings per share, but there are also trailing P/Es, as well as price-to-peak-earnings and price-to-trough earnings....
  • Congressman wants to ban sale of enhanced body armor to civilians

    08/22/2014 8:54:35 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 48 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 8-8-2014 | Chris Eger
    Rep. Mike Honda, (D-CA), has submitted a bill to the U.S. House that would prohibit the sale, use or possession of what he terms military-grade body armor. Honda reasons that this measure would aid law enforcement in taking out an active shooter, since the active shooter wouldn’t be able to obtain body armor. “There is no reason this type of armor, which is designed for warfare, should be available in our communities except for those who need it, like law enforcement,” Honda said in a statement last week. “There’s nothing more dangerous than what a well-armored, unstoppable active shooter can...
  • Welcome to Public Relations 101

    08/22/2014 2:40:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-22-2014 | Mike Adams
    It takes a lot to make me angry. But one thing that will do it every time is the occasional college administrator who hides behind a university spokesperson or public relations firm. Last week, Bryan College made the serious mistake of attempting to contact me through a hired public relations firm. They made the additional error of having their public relations specialist ask me questions about the “substance” (that means accuracy) of my reporting about Bryan. To be as clear as possible, I am the reporter in this situation. That means I am the one asking the questions. After Bryan’s...
  • 5 things you should know about poverty in Southern California

    08/21/2014 7:43:11 PM PDT · by Pelham · 54 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 | JENNA CHANDLER
    Economists say regional poverty trends are ‘alarming.’ Redlands-based economist John E. Husing issued a dire warning Wednesday, as elected officials from across Southern California pledged to reignite Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty: “If we do not solve this problem, we are not going to want to live in Southern California. The communities are going to become unhinged.” Husing is one of several economists who looked at findings from the 2012 American Community Survey and state Employment Development Department to find out where poverty is concentrated in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino and Imperial counties. Some of the results...
  • (Those Were The Days!) PHOTO: Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747

    08/21/2014 7:19:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 106 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Circa 1960's | Retronaut
    Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747 The 1960's were barely done when Pan Am again set a standard the rest of the world was forced to follow. Pan American's Boeing B-747 Jumbo Jets brought down the cost of long distance air travel once again. Source: Pan Am Historical Foundation
  • Athens, GA mayor attempting to put brakes on proposed resettlement of (more?) refugees

    08/21/2014 12:33:43 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 7 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | Ann Corcoran
    Another “pocket of resistance?” LOL! I can see “Welcoming America” scurrying to Athens at this very minute! In July we reported on a plan by US State Department contractor—International Rescue Committee (IRC)—to open an office and begin resettling Congolese refugees to Athens, GA. Now comes news (hat tip: Joanne) that the Democratic mayor, Nancy Denson, is throwing cold water on the scheme by asking the IRC to “present a formal refugee integration plan.” That is exactly what every town or city faced with this crisis (yes, a crisis when a refugee contractor comes to your town!) should do—demand a plan...
  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 3:50:14 PM PDT · by wtd · 124 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | August 19, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed. [snip] Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict between Israel and Hamas, his tweets and retweets were chock full of pro-terrorist propaganda. link
  • Huntsville waives zoning rules, allows abortion facility to open next to middle school

    08/21/2014 7:57:29 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life Site ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    The city of Huntsville has ruled that an abortion facility will remain open and be able to relocate next door to a middle school, although the waiver it is using to get around city ordinances was granted to another owner for another kind of business 16 years ago. In a controversial 3-2 decision, the Huntsville Board of Zoning Adjustment on Tuesday night voted to uphold a city manager’s previous decision to issue a building permit to a local abortion clinic that wants to relocate to a larger facility across the street from a middle school. In response, local pro-life activists...
  • Why your employer should clean your house and do your laundry

    08/21/2014 6:34:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/21/2014 | By Colleen Oakley, LearnVest
    Casual Friday. Doughnuts at the staff meeting. Company pens for everyone! While these ubiquitous work perks are nice — and may make going to the office a little easier on some days — they're probably not doing much for your financial life. And that's precisely why some organizations have come to the conclusion that the best and most unique employee benefits don't just keep employees happy — they also put some extra cash into their pockets. Just take a look at what these six savvy companies are offering their workers. Complimentary laundry service, anyone? The perk: house cleaning The company:...
  • Will there be Affirmative Action Quotas of Human Employees, vs Robots 'Having It All'?

    08/21/2014 1:28:02 AM PDT · by lee martell · 21 replies
    Aug. 21, 2014 | lee martell
    We get closer having the ability to implement a fully automated, robotized, dehumanized society every day. Google has been testing self driving cars in select areas of the country for the last six or seven years. Only now, has the driverless car become something more than an engineers fantasy. McDonald's Restaurants and other fast food retailers are preparing themselves to be forced to offer a minimum wage that usually comes only after several skill sets have been mastered by a seasoned employee. The restaurants prepare for this change by wheeling in a few automated order taking machines. Drones may soak...
  • How Much Is $100 Really Worth in Each State?

    08/20/2014 11:58:08 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | 8/19/14 | Jason English
    How far does $100 go? Today's map, which comes from the Tax Foundation and uses data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, answers that question state by state. In Mississippi, your $100 could buy $115.74 worth of stuff relative to the national average. On the other end of the spectrum is Hawaii, where you'd only get $85.32 worth. Washington, D.C. is even lower, at $84.60. The Tax Foundation offers a little perspective on how to read the map: Tennessee is a low-price state, where $100 will buy what would cost $110.25 in another state that is closer to the national...
  • China Secretly Conducts Second Flight Test Of New Ultra High-Speed Missile

    08/20/2014 6:21:45 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 64 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 19, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing’s global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads. (please see article for full text)
  • Why Employers Are to Blame for the ‘Skills Gap’

    08/19/2014 2:12:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 08/19/2014 | BY ROB GARVER
    Complaints about a “skills gap” that make it difficult for employers to fill open positions have become commonplace in discussions about the economy and unemployment levels. Workers, the story goes, simply don’t have the educational background or professional training for the kinds of jobs that exist in today’s knowledge economy. The argument certainly feels like it makes sense – things have changed an awful lot in the past decade, and it could be that older workers simply don’t have the necessary skills for employment today. The trouble is that economists have become increasingly skeptical about the skills gap narrative, not...
  • The 3 Dumbest Things About Whole Foods Market

    08/19/2014 10:43:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 96 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 18, 2014 | Steven Salzberg
    I have a love-hate relationship with Whole Foods Market. On the one hand, I love their fresh produce, their baked goods, and many other food choices there. On the other hand, they have embraced anti-science positions in the interest of keeping everything "natural."
  • TSA to train officers on recognizing DC licenses

    08/19/2014 10:19:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 19, 2014 11:57 AM EDT
    Transportation Security Administration workers will be getting training on how to recognize District of Columbia driver’s licenses and identification cards. […] The Washington Post reported earlier this year that a District teacher was questioned about the validity of her license while boarding a plane in Phoenix. Many similar stories later surfaced. …
  • Steve Ballmer Explains Why He Paid $2 Billion For An NBA Team

    08/19/2014 9:42:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/19/2014 | Cork Gaines
    Steve Ballmer is fired up about owning the Clippers. When Steve Ballmer agreed to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for a reported $2 billion, many felt he was overpaying for the franchise simply because the team was a toy he wanted and he was willing to pay whatever it took to make that happen.When comparing the sale price to the team's revenues and EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization), it does appear that Ballmer's bid was completely out of whack with what others have paid for NBA teams in recent years.Ballmer addressed this issue on "The Dan...
  • Why John Oliver is wrong about native advertising

    08/19/2014 6:40:25 AM PDT · by ensignsj · 15 replies
    Strategy Online ^ | 8/18/14 | Scott Ensign
    Comedian John Oliver recently took an admittedly pretty funny shot at the concept of native advertising. His basic point was that the blurring lines between objective content and marketing pieces threatens journalistic integrity and consumer trust in the media. Now, I find Oliver to be a funny and talented guy, and he’s done some spot-on stuff (particularly his most famous piece on net neutrality). However, on this topic, he’s really off-base. Native advertising is everywhere, and all signs point to it becoming even more ubiquitous, particularly as news outlets try to come up with meaningful business models for their online...
  • Streaming use drives Disney’s exit from broadcast radio (selling off 23 of 24 stations)

    08/18/2014 3:02:05 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Radio and Internet News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Brad Hill
    In what Bloomberg calls a “digital push,” Disney announced that it is closing 23 of its 24 terrestrial stations, laying off nearly 200 people in sales and operations. (See the intra-company memo from GM Phil Guerini below.) Disney is shifting its efforts and resources from terrestrial to the broadly-termed “digital” realm, which in this case means program distribution on SiriusXM and online streaming platforms. The company maintains a Radio Disney mobile app. The strategy shift represents what Disney calls “the habits of the consumers we serve.” Inside Radio reports that only 18% of Disney’s radio audience tune in via AM.FM...
  • SpaceX First Stage Reentry Captured By Chase Plane

    08/18/2014 12:50:51 PM PDT · by Moonman62
    SPACE.com ^ | 08/18/14 | Spacex
    In July 2014, the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket launched six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites. It also tested its reusable first stage technology. A chase plane was on hand to capture some of its fall through the atmosphere and the last few seconds before splashdown.
  • Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

    08/18/2014 12:15:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 15 Aug 2014 | By Simon Sharwood,
    Windows Phone cracks, Blackberry's out of juice and even Apple's squeezed The Google spawn's market share is up a third compared to the same quarter in 2013. Every other mobile operating system is not even eating Android's dust – they're so far back on the road they can see the plume of dust Android throws up are falling behind and don't even look to have a chance of choking. We offer that analysis because, as the chart below shows, Android's nearest rival – Apple's iOS – now has just 11.7 per cent market share.Top Five Smartphone Operating Systems, Worldwide Shipments,...
  • Low Income Preppers, Should they get a SNAP/EBT Card? ~ Vanity

    08/18/2014 11:34:16 AM PDT · by GraceG · 77 replies
    GraceG
    Okay, So I know of a few people who are shall we say very Lower middle class who used to be Mid-Middle class until recently due to the wonderful economy as of late. I know they are wanting to prep, but are unable to make ends meet and I have been rotating out my own personal prepping stock to just keep them fed day to day. (don't worry I am not giving them expired food, just food that is nearing expiration). The question recently arose about if they should get an EBT card and use it to buy their own...
  • Kick Washington Out of Your Life

    08/18/2014 7:26:52 AM PDT · by SovereignSociety · 14 replies
    The Sovereign Investor ^ | June 21st, 2014 | JR Crooks
    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) grades our drinking water a D in their annual report card. Local systems leak an estimated 7 billion gallons of water daily. And more than 850 billion gallons of sewage escape into surface water annually.And I wouldn’t rely too heavily on our electric grid.ASCE gives that a D+ due to outages and disturbances that cost up to $180 billion in annual economic activity. The electric grid is at risk of cascading failures until energy production becomes decentralized.These risks are growing by the day. The government that is supposed to be protecting and serving...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, August 17th, 2014.

    08/17/2014 5:01:02 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 27 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunday, August 17th, 2014 | Tom Gresham
    ~~ Come on in and shoot the breeze! ~~ Welcome to Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio Network, the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, shooting and gun rights. Tune in on Sundays, 08:00-11:00pm EST, and give us a call at 1-866-825-5486.