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  • Cato Institute Grades Governors on their Fiscal Record

    10/24/2014 2:48:17 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-24-14 | Kati Siconolfi
    When it comes to making their state’s economy more competitive, governors have a wide variety of policy options available. But which governors have the best track record on economic growth? The Cato Institute’s Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors analyzes each governor’s fiscal policies from January 2012 to August 2014. Governors who keep tax rates competitive and maintain reasonable levels of spending received an “A,” while governors who increased taxes and spending received an “F.” In this report, four governors earned an “A” for pro-growth policies: Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, Governor Paul...
  • How to Beat Online Price Discrimination

    10/24/2014 11:23:38 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    Everyday Money ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Kara Brandeisky
    Do you think you can find the lowest prices by shopping online? Think again. More FTC Mandates Refunds for Online Backorders Over 30 Days 7 Ways to Shop Online with Friends NYC Ebola Patient in Stable Condition, Officials Say NBC News Slain Canadian Soldier Takes 'Highway of Heroes' Home NBC News 'Fortunate and Blessed': First Ebola-Infected Nurse Heads Home NBC News A new study by researchers at Northeastern University confirmed the extent to which major e-commerce websites show some users different prices and a different set of results, even for identical searches. For instance, the study found, users logged in...
  • Aaron Paul takes on Toys 'R' Us after 'Breaking Bad' toys are pulled

    10/24/2014 9:42:46 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    EW ^ | October 24, 2014
    Looks like Toys “R” Us won’t be on Aaron Paul’s holiday shopping destinations. The Breaking Bad vet took to Twitter on Thursday to blast the retailer for yanking Breaking Bad-themed dolls from its stores earlier this week after some petition pressure from a Florida mother Finally, he steered people to sign a petition that urges Toys “R” Us to keeping selling the toys. That petition has already topped the 10,000-signature mark.
  • New $9 Million Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic in Queens Expects Big Business

    10/24/2014 9:07:51 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    life news ^ | 10/24/14 | Randy O'Bannon, Ph.D.
    Though abortions are significantly down in the U.S. as a whole, business is booming at Planned Parenthood. Even while abortions have dropped to totals and rates not seen since the early days of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood has been on building spree, putting up giant abortion mega-clinics all over the U.S. A new $9 million “health center” just announced by Planned Parenthood of New York City for Queens is just the latest. Annual abortions hit 1.6 million in the U.S. in 1990, but as of 2011 had dropped to 1.06 million a year. During that same time frame, however,...
  • What Does the Inside of an Abortion Clinic Look Like? These Pro-Lifers Infiltrated One

    10/24/2014 7:07:28 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | 10.23.14 | Jill Stanek
    The location of Planned Parenthood’s new mega-abortion clinic in San Antonio, Texas, was kept a closely guarded secret until October 11, when Planned Parenthood of South Texas CEO Jeffrey Hons gave a reporter from San Antonio Express-News a tour of the facility, now in the latter stages of construction. The existing 22,000 sq ft building, located at 2140 Babcock Road, is being renovated at a projected cost of $6.5 million, up from $5 million just 7 months ago. Love those overruns. Yesterday, pro-life activists from Created Equal and Love of Truth Ministries were able to enter the two-story building, around...
  • Palin Assault Audio: CNN's Costello Releases Apology - Won't Repeat On Air

    10/24/2014 6:13:23 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 23 2014 | John Nolte
    A statement from Carol Costello was sent to Breitbart News from CNN in which the morning anchor apologizes for telling viewers to "enjoy" audio of Bristol Palin reporting a physical assault to the police.
  • Levin Slams Costello for Palin Mockery

    10/24/2014 5:49:23 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 40 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | October 23 2014 | Breitbart TV
    On Thursday, Mark Levin sharply criticized CNN anchor Carol Costello for deriving amusement of audio of Bristol Palin describing being assaulted to the police.
  • Newsbytes: World food production at record levels

    10/23/2014 10:05:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    Despite all the gloom and doom from people like Paul Ehrlich and the warmers who say global warming will stunt food production, the reality is far different. It seems the increase in CO2 along with adaptive crop genetics may have combined to produce this bonanza. Based on the latest forecasts for production and utilization, world cereal stocks at the close of crop seasons ending in 2015 would surge to 627.5 million tonnes, up 8.3 percent from an already large volume at the start of the season and its highest level in 15 years. Maize would account for the biggest increase,...
  • I've had a horrendous experience with eBay

    10/23/2014 5:12:14 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 41 replies
    The [UK] Telegraph ^ | October 18, 2014 | Sophie Christie
    We hear from another reader who has been left out of pocket because of eBay's money back guarantee scheme Is online marketplace eBay really protecting the interests of its users? It claims to take action in 30,000 cases each month when something goes wrong and users are out of pocket. Yet after Telegraph Money reported on a case where the online giant’s user protection systems failed to help one reader, others were quick to comment and email about similar poor – and sometimes costly – experiences. Ebay’s main protection for buyers is its Money Back Guarantee service. This was launched...
  • California Outlaws Plastic Bags And Ignores The Scientific Evidence

    10/23/2014 4:08:41 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 49 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/22/2014 | Stephen DeMaura
    California made history late last month in a manner that only its legislature could. ... the state became the first in the nation to outlaw plastic bags statewide. In both environmental and fiscal measures, bag bans are unqualified failures. This ban will engender no positive outcomes for our environment and in turn only toughen the job climate. And yet it gets even worse ... Here, greedy special interests and desperate legislators struck an agreement to allow grocers to retain all the paper bag fees in return for their support of the legislation. Projected to earn as much as $1 billion...
  • Kansas City lingerie shopowners in a twist after Homeland Security's panty raid

    10/23/2014 3:38:40 PM PDT · by dware · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.23.2014 | FoxNews.com
    When two burly men walked into a Missouri women's underwear store Tuesday, the owners didn't think much of it -- until the pair flashed their Homeland Security badges and confiscated several dozen panties bearing the initials "KC" in honor of the Kansas City Royals.
  • Microsoft Beats Earnings Expectations, Stock Takes Off

    10/23/2014 2:59:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/23/2014 | Jay Yarow
    Microsoft earnings are out, and they're solid. Here are the two numbers that matter: EPS: $0.54, which is down 13% on a year-over-year basis, versus expectations of $0.49Revenue: $23.2 billion, which is up 25% on a year-over-year basis, versus expectations of $22.02 billion. The stock was up 4% after hours.We spoke with Chris Suh, head of investor relations at Microsoft after the report. He said the company did well across the board, but revenue growth was driven by its consumer group. In particular, hardware sales.
  • Former SpaceX Exec Explains How Elon Musk Taught Himself Rocket Science

    10/23/2014 2:14:54 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 10 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 23OCt2014 | Richard Feloni
    Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. While it's certainly impressive that Elon Musk has bachelor's degrees in physics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, it's an absurd understatement to say that prepared him to run SpaceX, his spacecraft company. Jim Cantrell, who was an aerospace consultant at the time, became SpaceX's first VP of business development and Musk's industry mentor when the company launched in 2002. He says that Musk literally taught himself rocket science by reading textbooks and talking to industry heavyweights.
  • Greens Licking Their Lips Over Carbon Tax Revenues

    10/23/2014 8:48:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 10/22/2014 | Institute for Energy Research
    A recent blog post on Sightline, an environmental blog in the Northwest, celebrated the gusher of dependable revenue to Washington State flowing from a steep carbon tax. The post showcases just why a carbon tax is a dangerous policy. As we at IER have been warning for years, the advocates of a carbon tax are fooling themselves if they think it will be calibrated to the “optimal” level reflecting the “negative externality” of greenhouse gas emissions. And in this debate the most foolish of all are the handful of vocal conservatives claiming that a new carbon tax will be used...
  • Sarah Palin endorses Walker-Mallott ticket (Alaska)

    10/23/2014 5:07:58 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 20 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | October 22, 2014 | Alex DeMarban
    Former Gov. Sarah Palin has endorsed gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker. (please see full article)
  • Man Caught With "Ebola" Heroin at New Jersey Hotel: Police

    10/23/2014 3:58:20 AM PDT · by palmer · 5 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 Updated at 11:52 AM EDT | Associated Press / NBC New York
    A 47-year-old New Jersey man was arrested at a hotel Monday after authorities allegedly found more than 600 packets of heroin, many of them branded "Ebola," for sale, along with crack cocaine. Barnabas Davis was taken into custody at the Ramada Inn on Route 9 in Toms River after officials executed a search warrant for the rear suites. Investigators allegedly found 633 wax folds containing heroin and about 40 grams of crack cocaine in his possession. ...
  • Retina iMac Review: The Screen That Makes Desktops Relevant Again

    10/22/2014 5:00:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 22, 2014 | By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER
    Maximum Pixels in Apple’s 5K Display for the Most Demanding Photo or Video Jobs In a world of tablets, phablets and laptops, is there room for a powerful desktop? WSJ's Geoff Fowler reviews the iMac with 5K retina display with Tanya Rivero. I love using a desktop computer to write, surf and create, but I’ve had a nagging suspicion that they’re going away. Who needs a desktop in a world with laptops, tablets and even phones that are just as capable? Last week Apple introduced a new kind of desktop iMac that changed my mind. The new computer is similar...
  • Preparing for retirement

    10/22/2014 2:53:18 PM PDT · by A Cyrenian · 72 replies
    Any Freepers preparing to retire in the next 5 to 10 years? What are you plans? What are you doing to get ready to enter the next level of your life? I'm considering retiring in 3 - 5 years and I feel like I don't have all my ducks in a row. Know what I mean? I'm not asking about financial advise, but would like to know what one should do to be ready to sleep in the first day of retirement.
  • This Tax Proposal Could Be the Largest Obstacle to Growing Small Businesses Online

    10/22/2014 2:44:23 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-22-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    Dealing with federal, state and local taxes and regulations is already an incredibly burdensome task on startups and small businesses. But beyond complying with onerous regulations from the jurisdiction where businesses operate, there is a little talked about potential tax change that could make it much more difficult for small businesses to expand into the online marketplace. This complication is known as the Marketplace Fairness Act or MFA. Right now, traditional “brick-and-mortar” stores are required by states and localities to collect sales taxes from customers and remit those back to the states. This is because they have a physical presence...
  • Microsoft reveals audacious plans to tighten security with Windows 10

    10/22/2014 2:02:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 10/22/2014 | Ed Bott
    Summary: Windows 10 will build in standards-based two-factor authentication to every device, effectively neutering most phishing attacks and password database breaches. The company also announced new features aimed at securing corporate machines from malware attacks and data leaks. Most of the early coverage of the Windows 10 Technical Preview has focused on the new Start menu, virtual desktops, and other highly visible parts of the user experience. But even in these early builds there are hints of much more momentous changes to come, especially in the crucial realm of security.The most tantalizing hint so far has been a new service...
  • Labor Secretary Says Paid Leave Would Boost Labor Force Participation

    10/22/2014 12:07:47 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 28 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/21/2014 | Susan Jones
    Paid leave will improve the nation's labor participation rate, currently at record lows, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said on Monday. "It is a sleeper issue that will sleep no more," Perez told a gathering at the National Press Club. "Every first Friday of the month, the most frequently asked question I get, 'What can you do, Tom, to increase labor force participation?' Well, let's talk about paid leave and let's compare the United States with Canada," Perez said. "The labor force participation rate of women ages 25 to 54 in the year 2000 in the U.S. and Canada was virtually...
  • Hipster Craft Brewery Causes Count Chocula Shortage

    10/22/2014 7:12:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Octobeer 22, 2014 | Eric Owens
    If you of a certain age, you may remember the great American heyday of kids’ breakfast cereals. It was a glorious time — a time when supermarket aisles as long as basketball courts teemed with boxes of sugary goodness and when we were all free to buy Count Chocula cereal every day of the year.Those days are long gone. Still, since 2010, Americans have at least been able to look forward to seasonal distribution of Count Chocula cereal — and Franken-Berry, and Boo-Berry — during the September and October run-up to Halloween.Now, even this tradition is imperiled because some hipster...
  • Halliburton, Baker Hughes buy more sand, railcars as demand piles up

    10/22/2014 6:45:32 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 1 replies
    EagleFordTexas.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Reuters
    As fracking accelerates in North American shale fields, oilfield services providers Halliburton Co and Baker Hughes Inc are stockpiling sand to protect themselves against rising costs and are buying more railcars to transport the haul.
  • Palin: Tina Brown’s ‘A Day Late and a Dollar Short’

    10/22/2014 6:23:29 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 23 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | October 21 2014 | Breitbart TV
    In an appearance on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on Monday, former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) argued that Daily Beast founder Tina Brown was “a day late and a dollar short” with her comments that President Barack Obama makes women feel “unsafe.”
  • Ars Technica reviews OS X Yosemite: A great victory for the newly collaborative Apple

    10/21/2014 11:35:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | October 21, 2014
    “Yosemite and iOS 8 are the first great victories for the newly collaborative Apple,” John Siracusa writes for Ars Technica. “The visual coherence between the products blessedly obsoletes the former one-way mimicry and reflects a deeper technological unity. Features like Handoff that require cooperation in all stages of development, from conceptualization to execution, are evidence of an Apple that puts the needs of its customers ahead of departmental divisions.” “The political and technical battles inherent in the former two-track development strategy for OS X and iOS left both products with uncomfortable feature disparities. Apple now correctly views this as damage...
  • Toys R Us pulls ‘Breaking Bad’ dolls

    10/21/2014 8:05:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 21, 2014 9:18 PM EDT | Anne D’Innocenzio
    Toys Я Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad” after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week. The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman. The figures have a detachable bag of cash and a bag of methamphetamines.Toys Я Us, which is based in Wayne, New Jersey, told The Associated Press late Tuesday that the dolls are being removed immediately from its website and shelves. …
  • Soda causes our cells to age as much as smoking does, study finds

    10/21/2014 7:09:46 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 99 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 21, 2014
    Drink a 20-ounce soda daily, and you may be causing your cells to age as much as they would if you smoked, a study suggests. Researchers investigated DNA from 5,309 adults, focusing on telomeres, the caps on the ends of our cells' chromosomes, Time reports.
  • McDonald’s CEO outlines changes as sales slide

    10/21/2014 6:55:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 128 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 21, 2014 6:11 PM EDT | Candice Choi
    After posting yet another disappointing quarter, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn’t been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants. Thompson said that starting in January, McDonald’s will “simplify” its menu to make room for restaurants to offer options that are best-suited for their regions. To offer greater customization, he also said the company planned to expand its “Create Your Taste” offering that lets people pick the buns and toppings they want on burgers by tapping a touchscreen. The program is currently being offered in Southern California, and McDonald’s...
  • KLM Lost and Found Service

    10/21/2014 4:06:41 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    You Tube ^ | 10-21-14 | KLM You Tube
    Link only. This will put a smile on your face for sure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK-T_t166TY&feature=youtu.be
  • New Municipal Bankruptcy Ruling Highlights the Need for Pension Reform

    10/21/2014 1:59:55 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 19 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 12-21-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    Recently, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein ruled that the city of Stockton, California could reduce the amount it was obligated to pay in pension costs and could even leave the state’s retirement system (CalPERS). The significance of this decision is difficult to overstate. Pensions were long thought to be absolutely sacrosanct and unable to be cut, even in bankruptcy, especially since pension obligations are specifically protected under state law. Judge Klein’s ruling has highlighted the fact that political promises must bend to the reality of numbers. The impetus for this ruling was another creditor of the city of Stockton that,...
  • Ebola Plush Toys Fly Off the Shelf for Connecticut Company

    10/21/2014 1:16:46 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 52 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 20, 2014 | Barbara Goldberg
    Ebola plush toys fly off the shelf for Connecticut company It may be the only time you will find these words in the same sentence: "Ebola" and "Add to Wishlist." Giantmicrobes Inc., which makes a line of plush toys based on viruses and other microscopic organisms, has sold out its entire Ebola stock, including the small Ebola doll for $9.95, a Gigantic Ebola doll for $29.95 and an Ebola Petri Dish toy for $14.95, according to the company's website. "Since its discovery in 1976, Ebola has become the T. Rex of microbes," says the Stamford, Connecticut-based maker of the "uniquely...
  • Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa

    10/21/2014 8:49:47 AM PDT · by knak · 150 replies
    washington post ^ | 10/16/14 | harlan
    CULLMAN, Ala. — The love seat and sofa that Jamie Abbott can’t quite afford ended up in her double-wide trailer because of the day earlier this year when she and her family walked into a new store called Buddy’s. Abbott had no access to credit, no bank account and little cash, but here was a place that catered to exactly those kinds of customers. Anything could be hers. The possibilities — and the prices — were dizzying. At Buddy’s, a used 32-gigabyte, early model iPad costs $1,439.28, paid over 72 weeks. An Acer laptop: $1,943.28, in 72 weekly installments. A...
  • Shouldn’t be we fighting a war on terrorism not on fossil fuels?

    10/21/2014 7:04:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 10/20/2014 | Marita Noon
    “You are responsible for President Obama’s re-election,” I told 150 folks from the oil and gas industry—most of whom were conservative Republicans. I spoke to them on October 15 in San Angelo, TX. A reporter covering the event wrote that I “stunned the crowd by telling them they were largely responsible for getting the president re-elected, and asking them if they knew how they had helped.” He continued: “The room was very quiet for several moments as Noon waited to see if anyone would volunteer an answer.” We know President Obama has been waging a war on coal—with tens of...
  • Rwanda requires US, Spain visitor health reports

    10/21/2014 6:19:18 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 21, 9:13 AM EDT | Associated Press
    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Rwanda says that Rwanda's Ministry of Health is requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to health authorities.
  • Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

    10/21/2014 5:54:36 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 21 2014 | CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone, on the other side of the country from where the first cases emerged months ago, is soaring with more than 20 deaths daily, the government and local media reported Tuesday.
  • The Washington Post's privacy story on Apple and how they got it wrong

    10/20/2014 11:49:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    The Loop ^ | October 20, 2014 | Jim Dalrymple
    The Washington Post’s privacy story on Apple and how they got it wrong Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 6:36 pm. PT Written by Jim Dalrymple The Washington Post ran a sensationalistic story this morning that claimed Apple would have user’s location, unique identifying codes and search terms when using Spotlight in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The function is part of Spotlight search, which was updated with last week’s launch of new Mac computers and Apple’s latest operating system, Yosemite OS X, which also is available for download to owners of older machines. Once Yosemite is...
  • The Liberals' One Word That Rots This Country

    10/20/2014 10:25:10 PM PDT · by econjack · 11 replies
    Author | 10/21/2014 | econjack
    Is it just me, or is there liberal rot taking place. When I used to teach my Intro to Econ course, I would tell my students to close their eyes and listen to the TV ads. Doing so creates a totally different impression from the ad. Today, both local and national TV ads have drawn from the Liberal playbook to sell products. So many of them now feature that one word: "deserve". You "deserve" better cable service. You "deserve" a high-end luxury car. You "deserve" legal service if you spilled hot coffee on yourself. Bull crap. Sorry, Bozo, you don't...
  • Abortion Activist: De-Funding Planned Parenthood a Bigger Threat Than Ebola

    10/20/2014 6:57:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | 10.20.14 | Carole Novielli
    Over at the People’s Cube blog where they claim to “cure weak liberalism with strong communism” they have put into perspective the Ebola scare in light of – are you ready for it- ABORTION! No, they are not referring to the millions of babies already slaughtered and the thousands that are killed every day from abortion. People’s Cube author Commissarka Pinkie wants you to “put the scare into perspective.“ plannedparenthood109Lest you think this is finally a voice of reason- think again ! Commissarka Pinkie writes, “The hysteria over Ebola has gotten so out of hand lately, that President Obama was...
  • Planned Parenthood to open $9 million abortion facility in NYC, ‘the abortion capital of the world’

    10/20/2014 6:17:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life Site ^ | 10.20.14 | Dustin Siggins
    Planned Parenthood is about to bring a mammoth new abortion facility to New York City, sometimes called the abortion capital of the world because of its ponderous abortion rate. Planned Parenthood official Joan Malin told The New York Times that the facility, which will cost $9 million to build, will perform 17,500 abortions a year when it is complete. Malin also said that Planned Parenthood's patient visits in the city's other boroughs have gone up by 26 percent since 2008. More than 10 percent of Planned Parenthood's "patients" come from Queens, according to Malin. The Queens location will make the...
  • What Women Want

    10/20/2014 2:36:23 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 94 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 20, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’ – Sigmund Freud Though the mystery of feminine wants has stumped poets, philosophers, and the father of psychoanalysis, today’s Democratic politicians think they’ve found the key — at least to the political desires of most women: a single-minded focus on the gynecological. Republicans, whipsawed by the results of 2012 races that featured large gender gaps, particularly among single women, and aware that women have trended Democrat...
  • Apple bulldozes Street with record quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion

    10/20/2014 2:22:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014 · 4:34 pm
    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.5 billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 37 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Thomson Reuters‘ analysts consensus called for Apple to report net income of $1.31 per share on revenue of $39.84...
  • Suddenly, Google Looks Shaky [Reports Lower than Expected Revenue Growth]

    10/20/2014 1:14:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/20/2014 | Nicholas Carlson
    Last week, Google reported slower-than-expected revenue growth during the third quarter. Investors punished the company with a stock sell-off, and now Google shares are trading at $511.17, well below a 52-week high of $604.83.In a story on the disappointing earnings, BI's Jillian D'Onfro pinpointed Google's problem: its big business, search advertising, isn't growing as fast as it used to. In fact, it hasn't grown so slowly since six years ago.To be very specific: People didn't click on Google search ads as much as everyone thought they would during the quarter."Growth in paid clicks didn't accelerate as much as analysts expected...
  • WTO rejects US country-of-origin labels for meat

    10/20/2014 11:11:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 2:05 PM EDT
    The World Trade Organization has rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. In a ruling Monday, the WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage. …
  • This Is The Scariest Sentence From IBM's Earnings Announcement

    10/20/2014 8:08:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/20/2014 | Sam Ro
    We saw a marked slowdown in September in client buying behavior, and our results also point to the unprecedented pace of change in our industry."CEO Ginni Rometty said this in IBM's Q3 earnings announcement, which revealed tumbling revenue and profits at the company.The statement is troubling because as a global provider of business software and services, IBM is a bellwether of business spending. And a boom in business spending is central to the bullish outlooks of many economists and market strategists.IBM reported declines in all markets: Americas revenue fell 2%, Europe/Middle East/Africa revenue fell 2%, and Asia-Pacific revenue dropped 9%....
  • Yik Yak Wants To Be A News Hub, But It Needs To Grow Up First

    10/20/2014 3:48:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 20, 2014 | Ellen Huet
    Yik Yak, an anonymous, location-based app that acts as a sort of local bulletin board, wants to be a serious news source. Right now, Yik Yak is home to a lot of chatter and huge with college students. That demographic is reflected in the posts found on the app, which are mostly about midterms, Netflix, food and sex. But its founders, 23-year-olds Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, have big dreams for the app. They want it to be an on-the-ground, immediate feed of what’s happening, especially during breaking news situations. On Monday, they released a new feature, Peek, that lets...
  • Opposing clinic inspections protects the abortion industry. Women? Not so much.

    10/19/2014 9:06:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Live Action ^ | 10.19.14 | Adam Peters
    President Obama has been accused of trying to silence his critics. Apparently he’s silencing his supporters now, too. That was Gwyneth Paltrow’s experience, anyway. Obama was attending a Democratic fundraiser organized by the Hollywood star when he allegedly robbed Paltrow of her ability to communicate. After describing herself as one of the president’s “biggest fans,” Ms. Paltrow went on to declare, “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.” As a heterosexual man, I’m probably not the most qualified person to evaluate President Obama’s physical attractiveness. What I can say is that no matter how handsome someone might be, there...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, October 19th, 2014.

    10/19/2014 5:03:12 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 57 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunday, October 19th, 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.
  • After an abortion: a look into the recovery room

    10/19/2014 4:34:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Live Action ^ | 10.18.14 | Sarah Terzo
    Carol Everett owned two abortion clinics and was the director of four. She eventually became pro-life and now speaks about her experiences. Like nearly all abortion clinics, Everett’s clinics had “recovery rooms” where women could stay after their abortions until the anesthesia wore off or they felt well enough to leave. Everett says there were two main reactions among women right after their abortions: …[T]here are two reactions in the recovery room. The first one is: I’ve killed my baby. And even then, it amazed me that that was the first time they called it a baby and the first...
  • Ferguson Protesters Target Walmart

    10/19/2014 11:55:48 AM PDT · by Morgana · 70 replies
    nationalreview ^ | 10.17.14 | Ryan Lovelace
    When protesters first swarmed the streets of Ferguson, Mo., earlier this summer, they blamed the death of African-American teenager Michael Brown on racist police brutality and decried law enforcement’s response as evidence of the militarization of police in their community. After another black teenager was shot to death in an altercation with a police officer in the metropolitan St. Louis area earlier this month, protesters again took to the streets.
  • Sarah Palin Draws a Line in the Swamp: Col. Rob Maness Must Win Senate Race ... (La)

    10/19/2014 7:36:51 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 14, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee and a conservative kingmaker, is doubling her efforts in Louisiana to get retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness elected to the U.S. Senate over GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and incumbent Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).