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  • A Boycott of Wegmans for Selling Trump’s Wine Has Seriously Backfired

    02/18/2017 11:28:47 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 38 replies
    Grub Street ^ | February 17, 2017 | Clint Rainey
    Earlier this week, Wegmans became the latest company to face a backlash for carrying Trump-owned products. The supermarket chain sells five different Trump Winery wines at its ten stores in Virginia, where the vineyard is located, and a local chapter of the National Organization for Women called on its notoriously loyal fanbase to boycott Wegmans unless it agreed to remove the products from stores statewide. The company responded that it bases inventory “solely on how well [a product] sells,” and welcomed shoppers to “demonstrate their convictions.” Seeing that as an encouraging sign, a group called Stop Trump Wine materialized with...
  • Sales of Ivanka Trump's perfume soar after Nordstrom row

    02/18/2017 9:47:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02/18/2017 | Chris Graham
    There's no such thing as bad publicity, as Ivanka Trump is discovering. The president's daughter was caught up in a row this month when Nordstrom said it would stop selling the her brand of products. Although the upmarket department store said the decision was simply down to poor sales, Donald Trump accused the company of treating his daughter "so unfairly". His senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, was then "counselled" by the White House after urging the president’s supporters to buy Ivanka's line of products, which includes clothing, jewellery, handbags and other goods. The encouragement may have paid off as her perfume...
  • Stunning Fox News/ Trump Surrogate Debuts in Prime Time (Miss Ohio Madison Geisotto)

    02/19/2017 10:04:42 AM PST · by drewh · 25 replies
    Madison Gesiotto Connected to: Ohio State University NBC Columnist From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Born Madison Mari Gesiotto March 20, 1992 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Alma mater Ohio State University Occupation Commentator, Columnist, Miss Ohio USA Years active 2013-Present Madison Gesiotto (born Madison Mari Gesiotto on March 20, 1992) is an American conservative commentator, [1] columnist, figure skater,[2] model,[3] and beauty queen who won Miss Ohio USA 2014.[4] She represented the state of Ohio on NBC and Univision at Miss USA 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 8, 2014.[5] She is currently the author of a weekly column at The Washington...
  • Why Trump was right to make Chris Christie eat the White House meatloaf

    02/18/2017 2:23:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 78 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | February 18, 2017 | Quentin Fottrell
    Don't knock meatloaf. It's gotten a bad rap. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat had lunch with President Donald Trump on Valentine's Day and, according to Christie, Trump made him have the White House meatloaf. "This is what it's like to be with Trump," Christie said during a guest host spot on a radio show on Thursday, according to the New York Post. "He says, 'There's the menu, you guys order whatever you want.' And then he says, 'Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.'" According to Christie, Trump said, "I'm telling you,...
  • Rocket Trouble Forces SpaceX To Delay Saturday Launch

    02/18/2017 11:49:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 02/18/2017
    Last-minute rocket trouble forced SpaceX on Saturday to delay its inaugural launch from NASA’s historic moon pad. SpaceX halted the countdown with just 13 seconds remaining. The problem with the second-stage thrust control actually cropped up several minutes earlier. With just a single second to get the Falcon rocket airborne, flight controllers could not resolve the issue in time. The next launch attempt — provided everything can be fixed quickly — would be Sunday morning.
  • Man Proposes With Ring Inside Chicken Nuggets Box

    02/18/2017 11:08:22 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 17, 2017 | Jackie Salo
    This Illinois woman opened her McDonald’s order to find a nugget that won’t go well with honey mustard. Karsyn Long is such a fan of the fast food giant that her boyfriend, Kristian Helton, decided to propose with a ring in a box of chicken nuggets. “She has devoted her life to chicken nuggets, so that had to be part of the engagement. I mean, it was just given,” Helton told news station WAND.
  • New Ford Ranger prototype hits the road

    02/18/2017 7:31:18 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 16, 2017 | Gary Gastelu
    The Ford Ranger has returned. Just a few weeks after the automaker confirmed it’s bringing back the small pickup model in 2019, a prototype has been spotted undergoing testing on public roads in Michigan. The body of the camouflaged truck appears to be identical to the one on the Ranger that Ford currently builds and sells in other countries, which Ford is basing the new Michigan-made Ranger on.
  • McDonald’s Just Introduced A Complicated New Straw That Has Everyone Scratching Their Heads

    02/17/2017 8:33:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    Good ^ | 02/17/2017 | Penn Collins
    or decades, customers have complained that McDonald’s straws were pretty much useless when used to drink milkshakes.... But now, with the announcement of several new Shamrock Shakes, the fast food giant has swung the pendulum far in the other direction, with a straw that’s overengineered – seriously, two engineering firms worked on it – to look more like mountain climbing equipment than it does any straw we’ve ever seen. Here’s the result of design, a determined product development team, and a 3D printer: A ridiculous item like this requires an equally bombastic name, which McDonald’s has, of course, bestowed upon...
  • Is Bee Venom the Secret Ingredient to Fighting Wrinkles?

    02/17/2017 4:12:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    KEYE TV ^ | Wednesday, February 15th 2017 | Bettie Cross
    Bees are becoming buzz-worthy when it comes to smoothing out wrinkles. Bee venom in creams and lotions promises to fool the skin into thinking it’s been stung. The jury is still out on whether bee venom works, but using it could be dangerous for the two million Americans allergic to insect stings. Tanya Phillips takes great pains not to feel the pain of getting stung by her honey bees. "Bees don't like smoke, so this keeps them away from us," said Phillips as she squeezed a handheld smoker. Deep in southern Travis County the master beekeeper knows if she stays...
  • Adobe Issues Critical Security Update for Flash Player on Mac

    02/17/2017 11:48:41 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    MacRumors ^ | Friday February 17, 2017 5:51 AM PST | by Joe Rossignol
    Adobe this week released Flash Player version 24.0.0.221 to "address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system," including Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS. Mac users with Flash Player version 24.0.0.194 or earlier installed should immediately update to the latest version using the built-in update mechanism. The update is also available from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center. Flash Player users who had enabled the option to "allow Adobe to install updates" will receive the update automatically. Likewise, Google Chrome will automatically update Flash Player to version 24.0.0.221. Select "About Google Chrome"...
  • 5G Will Make Your Phone Super Fast In A Few Years, But What Is It?

    02/17/2017 10:54:13 AM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.vocativ.com ^ | Feb 15, 2017 at 4:44 PM ET | By Alejandro Alba
    No more waiting and waiting for downloads or streaming Wireless connectivity has evolved much since it was first introduced in the 1980’s, and it’ll keep evolving over the next three years in order to keep up with the proliferation of devices that require a faster, stronger Internet connection. Although it will roll out slowly, the next generation of cellular data is already being implemented and was recently officially named “5G.” So what does “5G” mean? In simplest terms, it means the fifth generation of mobile connectivity that’s destined to replace 4G, which is the common connectivity standard currently throughout the...
  • McDonald’s Reengineered The Straw And Is Selling It Like Apple Product

    02/17/2017 10:24:03 AM PST · by Windcatcher · 45 replies
    vocativ ^ | Feb 16, 2017 at 12:50 PM ET | Alejandro Alba
    McDonald’s is known for its Big Mac, Happy Meals, and creepy clown mascot, but not for trying to be innovative with technology. Yet, the fast food chain restaurant teamed up with aerospace and robotic engineering firms to reinvent the straw and make it easier to drink its Chocolate Shamrock shakes.
  • German Parents Told to Destroy Cayla dolls Over Hacking Fears

    02/17/2017 9:21:32 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/16
    An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data. The warning was issued by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which oversees telecommunications. Researchers say hackers can use an unsecure bluetooth device embedded in the toy to listen and talk to the child playing with it. Manufacturer Genesis Toys has not yet commented on the German warning. The Vivid Toy group, which distributes My Friend Cayla, has previously said that examples of hacking were isolated and carried out by specialists. However, it said the company would take...
  • YouTube’s Monster: PewDiePie and His Populist Revolt

    02/17/2017 8:53:30 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 16, 2017 | JOHN HERRMAN
    Felix Kjellberg, known to his fans as PewDiePie, is by far YouTube’s biggest star. His videos, a mix of video-game narration, humorous rants and commentary, have cumulatively been viewed billions of times, and more than 53 million people subscribe to his channel. He has been called “the king of YouTube” and countless variations thereon, and he has remained unchallenged on that perch for years, making millions of dollars and leveraging his popularity into outside ventures. But Monday night, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Disney-owned Maker Studios, a longtime partner of Kjellberg’s, would no longer have anything to do...
  • Trump supporters cheer his combative stance with the media

    02/16/2017 6:30:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 16, 2017 8:57 PM EST | John Raby
    Critics of President Donald Trump saw in his Thursday news conference a combative, thin-skinned chief executive who continues to blame the media for the controversies roiling his administration. His supporters saw something else: A champion of Middle America who is taking on the establishment and making good on his campaign promises to put the country first. […] Richelle Kirk of Logan, West Virginia, watched some of Trump’s news conference on Thursday and didn’t see any head-scratching comments from the president. “I back him 100 percent,” said the 42-year-old stay-at-home mom. “You either love it or get out, is my opinion.”...
  • Liberal Hysteria Won't Derail the Trump Train

    02/16/2017 3:13:26 PM PST · by ckinv368 · 11 replies
    Kinvig on Politics ^ | 2-16-17 | Cameron Kinvig
    We’re not even a month into the Trump Administration, and liberal thoughts have irrationally moved from hoping and planning for Hillary Clinton’s third run for President to just plain silliness—President Trump’s resignation or impeachment. To me, this signals good things. I haven’t seen liberals this upset and powerless for decades. While I believe liberal tears will keep me young, I just can’t understand how such smart people could be so seriously delusional. I recently read a Hoover Institution article by the “classically liberal” NYU law professor Richard Epstein, who suggested that President Trump should immediately resign. Not because of Trump’s...
  • 'Medallion' Bubble Burts Around The World (Taxicabs)

    02/16/2017 2:14:42 PM PST · by dynachrome · 35 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-16-17 | Tyler Durden
    Sandy Spanos is only 58, but now she could lose her house and be unable to pay for treatment for her cancer, which she was diagnosed with two years ago because the reform will leave her and her husband in hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. Mrs. Spanos invested in three taxi licenses so she could enter retirement comfortably with a good superannuation, but she said it has all been ripped from her. “What did I do wrong?” She asked news.com.au. The Victorian government wants to deregulate the taxi industry by abolishing taxi licenses and introducing a single registration...
  • Fashion Designer Philipp Plein Defends Tiffany Trump After Editors Refuse To Sit Next to Her

    02/16/2017 12:32:39 PM PST · by drewh · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6 hours ago | Nicole Bitette
    At least someone had Tiffany Trump's back at fashion week. Designer Philipp Plein defended the daughter of President Trump after she was shunned by editors during Plein's show on Monday night. "I mean can you blame someone, like a family member, can you blame a daughter for having... a father who has the wrong political direction," the German designer told TMZ.  Not Released (NR) Tiffany Trump (center) attends Philipp Plein's fashion week show on Feb. 13. (Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Philip Plein) "I'm not a politician... I just don't think it's right to judge or treat someone not with...
  • Fortune’s 2017 World’s Most Admired Companies: Apple #1

    02/16/2017 12:18:50 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | February 16, 2016
    Which companies are most respected? Some 3,800 executives, analysts, directors, and experts voted in Fortune’s 2017 World’s Most Admired Companies survey and here are the results.1. Apple 2. Amazon.com 3. Starbucks 4. Berkshire Hathaway 5. Disney 6. Alphabet 7. General Electric 8. Southwest Airlines 9. Facebook 9. MicrosoftFull list here. MacDailyNews Note: “Samsung dropped out of the top 50 this year,” 9to5Mac reports, “[with] Fortune explaining that its exploding batteries caused too much damage to both its sales and reputation.”
  • Saying Ivanka Trump Is ‘Thirsty’ for Justin Trudeau Hurts All Women

    02/16/2017 12:03:17 PM PST · by drewh · 21 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | 3 hours ago | Maureen Sherry
    When it’s Valentine’s Day and the Reddit thread, “Find someone to look at you the way Ivanka Trump looks at Justin Trudeau” pops up, who can resist clicking? But the flurry of posts on the images of the president’s daughter looking at the Canadian prime minister that followed made me feel suckered, with many of them implying there was something sordid and steamy going on. The source of all this fun was a roundtable discussion on women in the workforce that Ivanka had helped organize. Media coverage has described her as giving Trudeau “the golden look,” and describing her as...
  • Just how good is the iPhone 7 Plus' Portrait mode? Good enough for 'Billboard' magazine's cover

    02/16/2017 11:48:08 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    Mashable ^ | February 16, 2016 | BY RAYMOND WONG
    There's something special about the the Feb. 17 issue of Billboard Magazine, featuring former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello on the cover.Can't figure it out? OK, I'll just tell you: It was photographed with an iPhone 7 Plus using Portrait mode. But there's no way you'd have known that unless someone had told you. SEE ALSO: The next iPhone's battery might be getting a Plus-sized boost The cover was shot by portrait photographer Miller Mobley, who has worked for Billboard before and has photographed celebrities like Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Hanks, and Ryan Gosling. The project — specifically to shoot...
  • Day Without Immigrants Post closings here thread

    02/16/2017 8:20:17 AM PST · by Gasshog · 31 replies
    Self | 2-16-2017 | Gasshog
    Post closings from your area or other reports connected with the bogus You'll Be Sorry efforts of this misguided Day without Cheap Labor.
  • Fort Lee Pays Man $75K After Arresting Him With Actual Legal Bath Salts

    02/15/2017 9:55:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NJ.com ^ | Myles Ma
    The borough paid $75,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man arrested in 2013 for having illegal bath salts, when in fact he had legal, bathtub bath salts. Anthony Small, of the Bronx, N.Y., was a passenger in a vehicle on I-95 south in Fort Lee on Oct. 28, 2013, according to his suit filed against Fort Lee, Police Chief Ken Bendul and several Fort Lee police officers. He and two others in the vehicle were coming back from a meeting with producers of "a popular VH1 television show" that was going to feature Small's clothing line. Police stopped...
  • Vendor Selling Swastika Shirts on USC Campus Asked to Leave

    02/15/2017 9:11:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 2/15 | Whitney Irick and Irene Moore
    "Art should not be a cover for hate," USC's campus Rabbi Dov Wagner wrote in a Facebook post. A vendor selling shirts featuring the swastika symbol on the University of Southern California campus was asked to leave Wednesday. USC's campus Rabbi Dov Wagner said that students were "understandably upset" and saw students and the vendor arguing about the shirts designed with the emblem of the German Nazi Party. The vendor was asked to leave campus because the merchandise did not meet the university's community standards. "Art should not be a cover for hate," USC's campus Rabbi Dov Wagner wrote in...
  • My 'buy nothing year': How one woman saved Ł22,000

    02/15/2017 4:14:35 PM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 08 January 2017 | Michelle McGagh
    I started reading about minimalism on American websites and learnt about Buy Nothing Day, an anti-consumer movement, which falls on Black Friday, and encourages people to spend nothing on the most frenzied shopping day of the year. It gave me an idea: I could easily manage a Buy Nothing Day but could I manage a Buy Nothing Year? Spending nothing for a whole year would do wonders for my wallet and stop me from refilling my empty shelves with more possessions. It sounds extreme, but I’d set myself budgets and spending plans in the past and they’d always fallen by...
  • Woman's insurance cancelled over Facebook pictures

    02/15/2017 10:21:27 AM PST · by Morgana · 82 replies
    6abc.com ^ | Feb. 13, 2017 | Diane Wilson
    TIMBERLAKE, North Carolina -- Do you put pictures of your kids, pets, or adventures on social media? If you do, be careful as you never know who is watching. Melina Efthimiadis along with her husband wanted to add personal umbrella liability insurance to their Nationwide homeowner's policy. She says they have been low risk clients so she didn't think it would be a problem. In the application process for Nationwide, Melina says they had to write down the number of dogs they owned and their breeds, which are Shih Tzu/ Yorkie, a Hound and Hound/Lab mix.
  • Insurance Company Cancels Policy Over Facebook Photo

    02/15/2017 10:17:12 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    KFOR ^ | 2/15
    A North Carolina woman says her insurance was canceled because of a picture of her dog on Facebook. Melina Efthimiadis and her husband say they are low risk clients. However, when they tried to add personal umbrella liability to their homeowner's insurance, Nationwide canceled their policy, according to WTVD. Efthimiadis said she had included the family's three dogs – a Shih Tzu, a hound and a Lab/hound mix – on the application, but the company claimed they had failed to disclose that they owned a Rottweiler mix, considered a dangerous breed. The mix-up apparently came from Efthimiadis' own Facebook photo...
  • Wedding bells ringing at Taco Bell offering cheap nuptial option

    02/15/2017 7:24:23 AM PST · by bgill · 11 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 15, 2017 | Claire Ricke
    A cheaper option to tie the knot, the Taco Bell wedding costs $600. Alongside the Crunchwrap Supremes and burritos, couples can order a wedding off of the menu. The money includes: •Taco Bell garter •Bow tie •Wedding bouquet made of sauce packets •Just Married T-Shirts •Taco Bell brand champagne flutes The newlywed’s first meal will be a twelve-pack of tacos and a Cinnabon delights cake. It starts this summer.
  • Tesla boss Elon Musk backs a 'basic income' for everyone because robots will take away our jobs…[tr]

    02/15/2017 5:50:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 07:44 EST, 15 February 2017 | Kelly McLaughlin
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has doubled down on his support of a universal basic income as a possible solution for unemployment caused by the rise of machines equipped with artificial intelligence taking over the workforce. A universal basic income would give a standard amount of money to every citizen to cover basic expenses like food and living costs each month. At the World Government Summit in Dubai on Monday, Musk told a crowd that universal basic income is “going to be necessary” in the future. Musk first joined the growing list of tech executives supporting the payment system in November...
  • Marijuana Bouquets Popular for Valentine's Day

    02/14/2017 10:13:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KTVU ^ | FEB 14 2017
    Flower shops across Los Angeles were packed with customers on Tuesday as lovebirds rushed to buy the perfect gift for their partners on Valentine's Day. "I think Valentine's Day is a day to really show your appreciation for your loved ones and just to go that extra mile. Love should really be year round but just to go that extra mile is a good thing,'' said Vince from Pasadena. The conventional gift of a dozen long-stemmed roses was a popular buy, with scores of people carrying flower arraignments filling the sidewalks of downtown Los Angeles.
  • My Life Sucks Since Winning the Lottery

    02/14/2017 8:26:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 14, 2017 | Natalie O'Neill
    Poor little rich girl. The youngest person ever to win the lottery in Britain wants to sue the jackpot honchos who made her wealthy because the dough “ruined her life,” according to a report. Jane Park, 21 — who won $1.25 million playing Euromillions at age 17 — says she was too young to cope with the sudden flood of wealth, according to the UK Mirror.
  • Apple shares hit new all-time intraday and closing highs

    02/14/2017 8:16:04 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Feb 14, 2017 - 05:15 PM UTC
    Feb 14, 2017 - 05:15 PM UTC — AAPL: 135.02 (+1.73, +1.3%) | NASDAQ: 5782.57 (+18.62, +0.32%) Apple shares hit new all-time intraday and closing highs Tuesday, February 14, 2017 · 4:18 pm · Today in Nasdaq trading, shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) rose $1.72, or 1.29%, to hit a new all-time closing high of $135.01. Apple’s previous all-time closing high was $133.29 set on February 13, 2017.   AAPL’s all-time intraday high stands at $135.08, also set today.  Apple’s 52-week low stands at $89.47.  Apple, the world’s most valuable company, currently has a market value of $708.34 billion. The top...
  • Russian cyberspies blamed for U.S. election hacks are now targeting Macs

    02/14/2017 6:28:55 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Macworld ^ | FEB 14, 2017 10:45 AM PT | By Lucian Constantin
    Security researchers found a macOS version of the X-Agent malware used by the APT28 cyberespionage Security researchers have discovered a macOS malware program that’s likely part of the arsenal used by the Russian cyberespionage group blamed for hacking into the U.S. Democratic National Committee last year. The group, which is known in the security industry under different names, including Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, and APT28, has been operating for almost a decade. It is believed to be the sole user and likely developer of a Trojan program called Sofacy or X-Agent. X-Agent variants for Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS have...
  • {BEW AMD CPU} Ryzen to compete with Core i7 7700K too

    02/14/2017 1:38:30 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | 07 February 2017 | Fuad Abazovic
    Competitive performance  There has been much discussion about the eight cores sixteen threads Ryzen CPU and the fact that it will compete quite well against Intel's Core i7 6950 extreme edition but it looks like the Zen with eight cores with sixteen threads will get really close to the performance of the Core i7 7700K. This is the sweet spot of the performance market and in recent years, Intel started charging customers close to 350 Euro/USD for the CPUs at this level, simply because it was lacking any serious competition. Our well placed industry sources confirm that a slightly...
  • Conservatives Take A Hard Line On Obamacare Repeal, Putting GOP In A Bind

    02/14/2017 1:29:16 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 11 replies
    HP ^ | 2/14/2017 | HP
    WASHINGTON ― Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus voted among themselves Monday night to band together and support only an Obamacare repeal that is at least as aggressive as a bill the House and Senate passed in 2015, putting GOP leaders in a bind with their conference and perhaps even threatening the possibility of passing a repeal. The group of roughly 35 to 40 House conservatives voted to take this official position ― meaning it received the support of at least 80 percent of the members and is therefore supposed to be the position of all lawmakers in the group...
  • First Commercially Available Flying Car Goes on Sale for $399,000 [Heater not included]

    02/14/2017 12:59:54 PM PST · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.motortrend.com ^ | 02-13-2017 | Kelly Pleskot
    The flying car is here. For $400,000, you can buy a very nice Rolls-Royce Dawn. Or you can purchase something slightly less sleek but more versatile: a flying car. Dutch company PAL-V is now taking orders for the world’s first commercial flying car, the Liberty. The company says that the Liberty models are fully compliant with safety regulations set by global governing bodies, and that deliveries will begin by the end of 2018. The first 90 copies are designated as Pioneer Editions, boasting special exterior and interior details. For the personalized touch and additional standard features such as power heating,...
  • Fire returns to flame trench at Apollo-era launch pad in Florida

    02/14/2017 8:20:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Spaceflight now ^ | 02/14/2017 | Stephen Clark
    Nine Merlin engines ignited and throttled up to nearly 2 million pounds of thrust Sunday during a brief hold-down firing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, sending a plume of smoke out of the flame trench at Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A as the company preps for a space station cargo mission next weekend. .... Onlookers at Kennedy Space Center reported visible venting of super-chilled liquid oxygen vapors from the rocket leading up to the static fire test, then a white cloud of rocket exhaust rushing out of the north side of the launch pad as the Merlin engines...
  • PSA Group says it is exploring acquisition of GM's Opel

    02/14/2017 5:39:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2017 8:11 AM EST
    France’s PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroën cars, says it’s exploring a “potential acquisition” of Opel, the money-losing European business of General Motors Co. […] GM has endured years of losses at Opel, its main brand in Europe. It had hoped to reach break-even by now, but last year posted a loss of $257 million for the year. …
  • Disney Drops YouTuber PewDiePie for Anti-Semitic Content

    02/13/2017 10:17:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Swedish gamer PewDiePie (known IRL as Felix Kjellberg) is the most famous and highest-paid YouTuber in the world. His videos have yielded billions of views, millions of followers, and helped him earn $15 million in 2016. But next year’s figure could be significantly lower following a report from The Wall Street Journal that Disney is ending its deal with PewDiePie for recent anti-Semitic content in his videos. Prior to today, PewDiePie worked with Disney via a joint venture with the Maker Studios, a digital video network that Disney bought in 2014. Though Kjellberg maintained “editorial independence” with Maker Studios, a...
  • Decades of disaster: 7 of America’s worst dam failures in recent history (VIDEO)

    02/13/2017 2:35:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    RT ^ | 13 Feb
    While modern technology ensures safety standards are maintained at the 80,000 dams across the US, extreme weather and maintenance issues have resulted in some serious dam failures over the past four decades. On Sunday, an urgent evacuation order was issued for 200,000 people living in northern California amid fears of an imminent collapse of the nearby Oroville Dam spillway. Oroville, America’s tallest dam, remains intact but the emergency spillway, which helps prevent water from overflowing when levels are high, is eroding. Heavy rainfall has filled the dam to the verge of overflow, posing a huge potential risk to downstream communities....
  • 'Death panel' disputes erupt at Florida GOP congressman's town hall (THE BIG LIE)

    02/13/2017 2:12:03 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | February 11, 2017 | Eric Bradner
    Rep. Gus Bilirakis was the next lawmaker to face constituents outraged by the GOP's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A crowd that local sheriff's deputies estimated at 250 turned up at Bilirakis' town hall Saturday morning in Pasco County, which President Donald Trump won by 21 points. The meeting erupted into shouts and jeers in its first minutes, when Bill Akins -- the chairman of the county Republican Party -- complained of Obamacare's "death panels," a term that does not appear in the text of former President Barack Obama's signature health care law but refers to the Politifact-ruled...
  • Joy Villa tops Apple, Amazon sales chart after wearing pro-Trump dress to Grammy Awards

    02/13/2017 11:30:38 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, February 13, 2017 ˇ 2:25 pm
    “Sales of Joy Villa’s music has skyrocketed after she wore a pro-Trump dress to the Grammy Awards,” CBS Pittsburgh (KDKA) reports. “On the red carpet Villa wore a gown of red, white and blue with the words ‘Make America Great Again’ on the front and ‘Trump’ on the back,” KDKA reports. “After her appearance at the Grammy’s the 25-year-old’s EP ‘I Make The Static‘ jumped to number one on Amazon’s top digital albums, and is still there Monday,” KDKA reports. “She was also climbing the charts on iTunes.”
  • The Impact of Automation: Goldman Sachs Had 600 Cash Equity Traders In 2000; It Now Has only 2

    02/13/2017 10:04:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/13/2017
    For the dramatic impact of technology, and specifically trade automation from algo, quant and robotic trading  on today's capital markets, look no further than Goldman's cash equities trading floor at the firm's headquarters which, according to the MIT Tech Review, employed 600 traders its height back in 2000, buying and selling stocks for Goldman's institutional client clients. Today there are just two equity traders left. Complex trading algorithms, some with machine-learning capabilities, first replaced trades where the price of what’s being sold was easy to determine on the market, including the stocks traded by Goldman’s old 600.Call it the...
  • Geraldo Rivera resigns [Yale] as Calhoun associate fellow

    02/13/2017 4:49:38 AM PST · by Daffynition · 35 replies
    YaleDailyNews ^ | Feb 13, 2017 | Jingyi Cui, Adelaide Feibel & Ryan Gittler
    In a tweet Sunday morning, Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera said he resigned from his position as an associate fellow of Calhoun College, a day after Yale announced that it would rename the college in honor of Grace Hopper GRD ’34.
  • Baby-Faced Arsonist Lights 4 Fires Inside Supermarket, Skips Away: NYPD

    02/12/2017 11:59:39 AM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    nbcnewyork ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | Checkey Beckford
    A mystery baby-faced arsonist ignited four different fires inside a Brooklyn supermarket Monday night, police said. The suspect entered the Food Bazaar near Junius Street in Brownsville at around 6:15 p.m. and set four separate fires throughout the store while customers were inside, police said. Surveillance footage captured the brazen arsonist lighting a shelf of chips on fire and then casually skipping away. A store security guard uses a hose from the bakery to try to put the fire.
  • The 9th Circuit's Immigration Order is Weak--Even by 9th Circuit Standards

    02/12/2017 9:16:45 AM PST · by ckinv368 · 24 replies
    Kinvig on Politics ^ | 2-10-17 | Cameron Kinvig
    This week, a 3 judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court temporary restraining order ("TRO") which held that the US Government could not enforce President Trump's executive order on immigration. The ruling really comes as no surprise--after all, two of the Judges on the 3 Judge panel were appointed by Presidents Carter and Obama, respectively. And it IS the 9th Circuit, which is not exactly a hotbed of conservative thought. After hearing the oral arguments, my only question was whether it would be a 2-1 ruling against President Trump, or a 3-0 ruling. Turns out,...
  • This creepy robot walks like a chicken and could someday deliver your groceries

    02/12/2017 5:43:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Mashable ^ | 02/12/2017 | Brett Williams
    Cassie was built using a 16-month, $1-million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The custom design took cues from animal morphology and behavior, including a hip joint with three degrees of freedom and flexible ankle joints, just like a human's leg. This makes it much more stable than the team's previous designs, whose motor-heavy systems were inefficient. ... Cassie's two-legged design will give it access to places wheeled bots can't go. Agility Robotics' chief technology officer Jonathan Hurst imagines a future filled with walking robot assistants that could someday free people from monotonous errands...
  • WOMAN FINDS WHY DRINKING YOUR OWN ALCOHOL ON A PLANE IS A BAD IDEA

    02/11/2017 10:36:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    VINEPAIR ^ | Nick Hines
    It’s not uncommon to feel the urge for an airport drink that can help manage your flying anxieties (or boredom). That’s why there are so many airport bars in the country’s busiest airports. But be aware: If you try to bring your own form of liquid relief onto a plane in the form of a nip (or mini) bottle of liquor, you’re going to have a bad time. That’s what Lucy Yallop found on her flight from Newcastle, England, to Alicante, Spain. She tried to spike her orange juice with a mini of Absolut Vodka she’d brought onto the flight,...
  • China Just Made VPNs Illegal

    02/11/2017 8:20:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Engadget ^ | 1/23 | Jessica Conditt
    The Great Firewall just got more impenetrable.Chinese authorities block access to big-name websites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and numerous others, and to thwart these restrictions, many residents on the mainland use virtual private networks. Starting this week, that could be a crime. Use of VPNs and special cable connections in China must now be approved by the government, essentially making these services illegal in the country. China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced the new rules on Sunday, as reported by the South China Morning Post. Calling it a "clean-up" of the country's internet connections, the Ministry said...
  • What boycott? Shanghai fashion label Taoray Wang embraces Tiffany Trump at New York fashion week

    02/11/2017 6:12:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | February 12, 2017 | Agence France-Presse
    To boycott or not to boycott First Lady Melania Trump because of her husband’s politics has been hotly debated in US fashion circles, but for one Chinese designer, at least one member of the first family is a major asset. Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of the US president, was guest of honour in the front row at Taoray Wang’s New York fashion week show on Saturday, accompanied by her mother, Trump’s ex-wife Marla Maples. The 23-year-old first daughter, who wore Taoray Wang at her father’s inauguration weekend, has been happily adopted by the Chinese label as it seeks to...