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  • Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it (Merriam-Webster hates Apple?)

    04/30/2017 10:55:33 AM PDT · by dayglored · 30 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 28, 2017 | Gareth Corfield
    Offended? Go hassle Merriam-Webster, not us Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. So says American dictionary Merriam-Webster.The American lexicologists added the term of endearment to their tome yesterday, a mere 72 years after its first recorded use in the English language.Helpfully, and entirely non-inflammatorily, Merriam-Webster's people gave two examples of "sheeple" being used in a sentence. The first was a fairly neutral example of a farmer being rude to his neighbours. The second... well, here it is for your amusement/enragement (delete as appropriate):Apple's debuted a battery case for the juice-sucking iPhone – an ungainly lumpy case the sheeple will happily shell...
  • Wow, there is a speaker on Fox News now, David Bossie who is really, really good.

    04/30/2017 6:12:33 AM PDT · by cba123 · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/30/2017
    Very good interview with a guy on Fox News, who I haven't seen before.
  • Staking self-worth on the pursuit of money has negative psychological consequences

    04/29/2017 9:38:49 AM PDT · by fella · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 27 April 2017
    Summary: Although people living in consumer-based cultures such as the US often believe that they will be happier if they acquire more money, the findings of a newly published paper suggest that there may be downsides to this pursuit.
  • Trump's 100 Days VIDEO

    04/29/2017 9:13:51 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 5 replies
    You Tube/The White House ^ | April 28, 2017 | The White House
    Published on Apr 28, 2017 In his first 100 days, President Donald J. Trump has taken bold action to restore prosperity, keep Americans safe and secure, and hold government accountable. At an historic pace, this President has enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders than any other president in over a half century. With a focus on rebuilding the military, ending illegal immigration, and restoring confidence
  • Live coverage: SpaceX’s first national security launch set for Sunday

    04/29/2017 8:16:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies ^ | 041/29/2017 | Stephen CLark
    Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the NROL-76 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. SpaceX’s live video coverage begins at approximately 6:40 a.m. EDT (1040 GMT). Text updates will appear automatically below; there is no need to reload the page. Follow us on Twitter.
  • Coca-Cola: Philadelphia's tax on sweetened drinks is hurting

    04/29/2017 6:16:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2017 10:46 PM EDT
    Coca-Cola says Philadelphia’s new tax on sweetened drinks is seriously hurting their business in the city. According to a story on the beverage company’s website, the company’s volume in Philadelphia is down 32 percent from a year ago. Fran McGorry, president and general manager of the local bottler known as Philly Coke, says because of the lost sales, the company’s workforce has been reduced by about 40 positions. The company has more than 700 workers in the region. …
  • Review: Coal terminal would boost global climate-warming gas [Longview WA]

    04/29/2017 6:02:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2017 8:22 PM EDT | Phuong Le
    A coal-export terminal proposed in Washington state would increase cancer risks for some residents, make rail accidents more likely and add millions of metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas globally every year, according to an environmental study released Friday. Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview wants to build the facility along the Columbia River near the city of Longview to handle up to 44 million tons of coal a year. Coal would arrive by train from Montana, Wyoming and other states to be stored and loaded on ships heading to energy-hungry markets in Asia. The yearslong fight over the deep-water port comes as...
  • Remember the shopping malls of the early 1980s

    04/28/2017 6:15:53 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 106 replies
    Back to the Crabtree Mall. It was the best thing going back in the early 1980s. The main anchors were Ann & Hope, Lechmere and Zayre's with a nice food court that included the ubiquitous Orange Julius, Mrs Field's cookies, Auntie Jenn's Pretzels and some Chinese fast food joint in which you could get a heaping plate of rice and meat with Chinese women standing outside of it offering free samples of stuff on toothpicks. What was not to like? Another anchor was Sears & Roebuck which was quite the store and they had dungarees, lawn mowers, washing machines and...
  • The ethics of solar panels: do the ends justify the means?

    04/28/2017 6:08:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    World Economic Forum ^ | 26 April 2017 | Jon Major
    Scientists have just discovered massive amounts of a rare metal called tellurium, a key element in cutting-edge solar technology. As a solar expert who specialises in exactly this, I should be delighted. But here’s the catch: the deposit is found at the bottom of the sea, in an undisturbed part of the ocean. People often have an idealised view of solar as the perfect clean energy source. Direct conversion of sunlight to electricity, no emissions, no oil spills or contamination, perfectly clean. This however overlooks the messy reality of how solar panels are produced. While the energy produced is indeed...
  • "Buy American, Hire American" Is Anti-American

    04/28/2017 3:15:42 PM PDT · by rey · 10 replies
    FEE ^ | 28 Apr. 2017 | John Tamny
    Whether it's WalMart, Safeway, CVS, or any other kind of local or national retail chain, the norm nowadays is for customers to swipe loyalty or "customer care" cards during checkout. Membership is a way for customers to accrue purchasing points, receive email alerts about future buyer discounts, and most often reduced prices on certain goods selected at time of purchase. Why do retailers offer these deals? Are they feeling extra generous, or are they oblivious to profits? Not a chance. We Appreciate Your Business Retailers reward their loyalty-card swiping clientele simply because knowledge of the buying habits of their customers...
  • Create and publish your own apps with the $15 Android development bundle

    04/28/2017 2:55:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 28, 2017 | Lucas Coll
    Android continues to hold the largest share of the mobile OS market around the world, so it behooves aspiring programmers to master this flexible and versatile platform. Many coding course bundles feature a smattering of entry-level lessons for multiple programming languages and software systems, but the Android development bundle – available from the DT Shop for $15 for the complete package – will teach you how to develop, publish, and monetize apps in a focused six-course lesson plan that won’t bog you down with unnecessary extras....
  • 365 by Whole Foods price comparison with the original Whole Foods and HEB

    04/28/2017 11:25:47 AM PDT · by bgill · 19 replies
    keyetv ^ | April 27, 2017 | Bettie Cross
    The competition for your grocery dollars is fierce. Whole Foods just opened a new cheaper grocery chain called 365 by Whole Foods...We found the 365 by Whole Foods store brand is consistently cheaper at the 365 store...When we checked out our groceries at Whole Foods 365 the average cost savings was 10 to 15 percent over Whole Foods Market...A scan of each item on Wednesday, April 26 gave us a grand total of $12.19 at HEB. Similar items at 365 by Whole Foods totaled $15.65. A difference of $3.46.
  • U.S. economy bogs down in first quarter with slowest growth in 3 years, GDP shows

    04/28/2017 10:33:07 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 9 replies
    Market watch ^ | 4/28/2017 | Market watch
    The government’s official scorecard for the U.S. economy in the first quarter pointed to the weakest growth in three years, but the slowdown appeared tied to temporary effects that are likely to give way a rebound in the coming months. Gross domestic product increased at a meager 0.7% annual pace in the first three months of the year, down from 2.1% and 3.5% in the back half of 2016. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.9% increase. In recent trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.15% and the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.15% fell slightly.
  • Nasty Mac malware bypasses Gatekeeper, undetectable by most antivirus apps

    04/28/2017 10:21:46 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | April 28, 2017 | By Ben Lovejoy
    We learned recently that macOS malware grew by 744% last year, though most of it fell into the less-worrying category of adware. However, a newly-discovered piece of malware (via Reddit) falls into the ‘seriously nasty’ category – able to spy on all your Internet usage, including use of secure websites.Security researchers at CheckPoint found something they’ve labelled OSX/Dok, which manages to go undetected by Gatekeeper and stops users doing anything on their Mac until they accept a fake OS X update … OSX/Dok does rely on a phishing attack as its initial way in. Victims are sent an email claiming to...
  • Higher education shakeup looms as Purdue acquires for-profit Kaplan University

    04/28/2017 9:32:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/28/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    The higher education industry is overdue for a shakeout. For decades, it has pushed up tuition at three times the rate of inflation and increasingly relied on students indenturing their futures with huge debts that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. Meanwhile, technological change in the form of online education has flourished as a low-cost alternative, and for-profit universities, free from the archaic practices of traditional higher education (including tenure) have grown luxuriantly under what amounts to a price umbrella maintained by traditional universities. Able to focus on career preparation and free from the academic fashions that inject political correctness into...
  • You think FOX is in trouble, wait for massive suits at ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN (Vanity)

    04/28/2017 9:31:56 AM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 42 replies
    4/28/2017 | Self
    After the latest FOX class action suit, the Black guy who appeared yesterday on CBS This Morning with his lawyer, we now have a peek into what's going on. What was his beef (which is now the common thread)? He wanted a bigger job at FOX and told his superiors that they needed to expand his role so that he could help them fight rampant Black prejudice. Others stories are similar, they demanded bigger jobs (bigger pay) and were denied. But none really moved forward until blood was in the water with the O'Reilly firing, now it seems everyone is...
  • Fannie Mae Introduces Innovative Solutions for Borrowers with Student Loan Debt

    04/27/2017 8:33:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Fannie Mae ^ | 25 April 2017 | Aleksandrs Rozens
    Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) announced new policies that will help more borrowers with student debt qualify for a home loan. These innovations address challenges and obstacles to homeownership due to a significant increase in student loan debt over the past decade and provide access to credit for qualified borrowers. The new solutions give homeowners the opportunity to pay down student debt with a mortgage refinance, allow borrowers to exclude non-mortgage debt paid by others as part of the loan application process, and make it more likely for borrowers with student debt to qualify for a mortgage loan by allowing lenders to...
  • Canada Rushes To Defend Net Neutrality As The U.S. Moves To Dismantle It

    04/27/2017 8:20:29 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | 25 April 2017 | Karl Bode
    from the who-needs-a-healthy,-working-internet-anyway? dept Here in the States, regulators and Congress are preparing to gut our existing net neutrality rules -- replacing them with the policy equivalent of wet tissue paper. In Canada, regulators are taking the complete opposite tack, last week cementing the country's net neutrality rules as some of the most comprehensive in the world. After years of some obnoxious behavior by Canadian ISPs like Rogers, Canadian regulators adopted guidelines back in 2009 that prevent ISPs from blocking websites, while requiring that they're transparent about network management. In 2013, those guidelines were expanded to cover zero rating after...
  • Denmark maintains press freedoms in 'post-truth' era

    04/27/2017 5:37:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | 27 April 2017 13:45 CEST+02:00
    Denmark continued its position as one of the few success stories in an era in which global media freedom is coming increasingly under threat, says a new report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). For the second year running, Denmark took fourth place on the RSF index, despite it being a year in which the global situation relating to press freedoms has worsened in nearly two thirds of the 180 countries in the Index. The authors of the index cited an article in Denmark’s 1849 constitution which guarantees freedom of speech and says that “censorship and other preventive measures can never...
  • This Is the Koryo Burger, the Only Food Item Served on North Korea’s State Airline

    04/27/2017 4:16:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies ^ | APRIL 27, 2017
    NORTH Korea’s state-run airline serves its passengers only one item of food. The Koryo Burger is always served stone cold — straight from the fridge — on a paper doily with an unidenfitied slice of processed meat in the middle. The bun is stale, there’s a slice of processed cheese, a few wispy slices of shredded cabbage or a single lettuce leaf (but usually not both). Some say the mystery sauce is red, some say it’s brown, but most generally agree it’s too watery to be blood left over from the animal that became the patty. It’s pretty much exactly...