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  • High hopes for India-EU free trade deal

    05/29/2017 10:47:21 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies ^ | May 29, 2017 | Deutsche Welle video
    Rising protectionism in the US is pushing the EU to look elsewhere in the world for promising trading partners. India is one of those countries. German chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting Indian prime minister Narendra Modi today - and both sides have their feelers out for a potential free trade deal.

    Crammed on to a ship with a normal capacity of 600, almost 1,500 migrants arrive in Italy after being rescued from rickety vessels in the Mediterranean. Their nightmare ended as they landed in Naples yesterday after being forced to endure an extra two days on board because of the G7 summit in Sicily. The nearest port to where they were picked up was on the island, but the vessel was not allowed to dock there because of the tight security in place for the meeting of world leaders. ** Last week a leaked intelligence report said 6.6million are waiting to...
  • MSNBC terrorism analyst: ‘Maybe Kushner planned to send nuclear codes to Russia’

    05/28/2017 10:20:21 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 72 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/28/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Media frenzy over Jared Kushner talking to someone in Russia has reached absurd levels. The most heinous products of a hateful imagination are now being offered to the nation’s public as “news” and “analysis.” Based on nothing at all, accusations of treason are now being hurled at Jared Kushner, in a blood sport frenzy. The fact that Jared Kushner has just returned from accompanying his father-in-law on a trip that restructured the power alignment of the Middle East to America’s advantage is a major part of the animus. That he, an observant Orthodox Jew who got his fiancée to convert,...

    A major shake up is underway in Germany after police refused to take seriously a 999 call from a young man who called in to say his girlfriend was being raped yards from him. The officer who took the call did not believe the desperate man on the other end of the line, and said: 'You are not messing with me I hope?' The terrified boyfriend had been threatened with a machete when the Ghanaian refugee entered the tent he shared with his girlfriend at a campsite near Bonn and told to remain where he was.
  • Salesforce Marks Opening With New Work Force Commitment

    05/29/2017 8:05:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Inside Indiana Business ^ | May 19, 2017; Updated: May 22, 2017 | By Andy Ober, Assistant Managing Editor
    INDIANAPOLIS - Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) has officially taken the wraps off its regional headquarters in Indiana's tallest building. As part of the grand opening celebration of the Salesforce Tower in downtown Indianapolis, Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff said the company will add 500 new local apprentices by 2020. That is in addition to the tech giant's previously-announced commitment for 800 new jobs over the next five years. The tower is the company's largest hub outside of its global headquarters in San Francisco. Salesforce says the move shows the company's commitment to growing in Indianapolis. The company says Salesforce Tower "will...
  • 100% Tax on Tobacco

    05/29/2017 7:09:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Dubai Post ^ | Monday, May 29, 2017
    The UAE’s Ministry of Finance has announced that it will start implement a selective tax on goods that affect health; this will come into effect from the last quarter of 2017. A 100% tax will be imposed on tobacco, while aerated drinks will be hit by a 50% tax. Several countries and organisations are working hard to fight smoking. The latest effort comes from Britain, which has decided to change the colour of cigarette packs to greenish brown, which experts called ‘the ugliest colour in the world’, according to the BBC. This aims to deter smokers from picking it up.
  • The Possible Reasons Big Corporations Are So Eager for Trump to Break His Promise on Paris

    05/29/2017 12:19:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 26, 2017 | Fred Lucas
    European countries and major corporations are pressuring President Donald Trump to remain in the Paris climate agreement despite his promises on the campaign trail to withdraw the United States from the Obama-era deal that never gained congressional approval.The Trump administration so far is sticking with being undecided—at least until Trump returns to the United States from his first foreign trip, where on Friday, he’s meeting with Group of Seven ally countries, which support the agreement.Back home, the pressure is growing from multinational corporations, even the energy sector, which have opposed stricter limitations on carbon.Exxon Mobil Corp., once run by Trump’s...
  • Trump Signals New US Approach to China With Tough Actions

    05/29/2017 12:14:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 26, 2017 | Dean Cheng
    Two developments in the past few weeks suggest that America’s China policy is on a cusp.The more publicly discussed event involves the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Dewey, which conducted a freedom of navigation operation near Mischief Reef in the Spratlys island group.This is the first freedom of navigation action conducted by the Trump administration. It is the first true freedom of navigation conducted since at least 2012.By contrast, the Obama administration had undertaken a handful of “innocent passage” activities in the South China Sea, which failed to demonstrate the critical issues at stake.The actions carried out in the previous administration...
  • THE GREAT U.S. ENERGY DEBT WALL: It’s Going To Get Very Ugly….

    05/29/2017 10:54:35 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 37 replies
    Srsrocco Report ^ | 27 May 2017
    While the U.S. oil and gas industry struggles to stay alive as it produces energy at low prices, there’s another huge problem just waiting around the corner. Yes, it’s true… the worst is yet to come for an industry that was supposed to make the United States, energy independent. So, grab your popcorn and watch as the U.S. oil and gas industry gets ready to hit the GREAT ENERGY DEBT WALL. So, what is this “Debt Wall?” It’s the ever-increasing amount of debt that the U.S. oil and gas industry will need to pay back each year. Unfortunately, many misguided...
  • Jason Kander doesn’t need your Senate seat. Maybe he’ll just be president instead

    05/29/2017 10:42:06 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 16, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    We had some good times following the exploits of Kansas carpetbagger Jason Kander as he attempted to win the Senate seat held by Roy Blunt. That effort came up short on November 8th however, and now Jason is going to be looking for a new job. Unless he has some hidden skills in heating and air conditioning which he could put to use at Carrier, that means it will most likely be something in politics. That means either a lobbyist position (which shouldn’t be too tough to find because his wife has a lot of experience in that area) or...
  • A ‘catastrophic’ computer outage is crippling international air travel

    05/29/2017 10:31:18 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 27 May 2017 | Avi Selk
    A catastrophic computer outage crippled one of the world’s busiest flight hubs on Saturday, forcing British Airways to cancel all flights out of two London airports, leaving terminals in chaos and passengers stranded. “Today, we have experienced a major IT system failure that is causing very severe disruptions to our flight operations worldwide,” British Airways chief executive Alex Cruz said in a video message, as reports spread of errors on its website, ticket machines, baggage terminals and technical infrastructure. Cruz wore a yellow safety vest as he spoke near Heathrow Airport — Europe’s busiest airport and major hub — where...
  • Trump's actions have 'weakened' the West, says German minister [barf]

    05/29/2017 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies ^ | 29 May 2017 16:43 CEST+02:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel unleashed a volley of criticism against US President Donald Trump, slamming his “short-sighted” policies that have “weakened the West” and hurt European interests. The sharp words from Gabriel came after Trump concluded his first official tour abroad which took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels and then Italy for a G7 summit. They also followed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s warning on Sunday that the US and Britain may no longer be reliable partners. Germany’s exasperation was laid bare after the G7 summit which wrapped up on Saturday with the US refusing to sign up to upholding...
  • Homeowners Are Again Pocketing Cash as They Refinance Properties

    05/29/2017 9:55:35 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 27 May 2017 | Christina Rexrode
    Americans refinancing their mortgages are taking cash out in the process at levels not seen since the financial crisis. Nearly half of borrowers who refinanced their homes in the first quarter chose the cash-out option, according to data released this week by Freddie Mac. That is the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2008. The cash-out level is still well below the almost 90% peak hit in the run-up to the housing meltdown. But it is up sharply from the post-crisis nadir of 12% in the second quarter of 2012. In a cash-out refi, a borrower refinances an existing...
  • Farmer faces $2.8 million fine after plowing field

    05/29/2017 9:06:22 AM PDT · by RedStateRocker · 16 replies
    A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County. A lawyer for Duarte Nursery said the case is important because it could set a precedent requiring other farmers to obtain costly, time-consuming permits just to plow their fields.
  • Teamsters Spend Over A Week On Chicago’s Navy Pier Protesting Another Union

    05/29/2017 7:24:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 5/28/2017 | Ted Goodman
    Security guards on Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier agreed to a set of restrictions as they continue to protest plans by a new security contractor to replace them with cheaper labor. Teamsters Local 727, which represents 43 security, fire and safety officers that work on Navy Pier, filed an unfair labor practice charge against Navy Pier’s management company May 11 and went on strike May 18. The union said that Navy Pier, Inc. (NPI) intimidated the union in its efforts to protect the jobs of its members. Allied Universal, which took over from a previous contractor in mid-May, refused to recognize...
  • The great pretenders: 'Rachel Dolezal' in Nigerian e-money scam

    05/29/2017 6:38:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 5/28/2017 | unknown
    Everyone has received one of these email hustles from Nigeria, right? But there’s a new twist on the old scam of a big payoff if only you believe in … infamous American race-faker Rachel Dolezal. While there’s no evidence Dolezal herself is participating in the swindle (She’s referred to as MRS. Rachel Dolezal in this latest version of the email scheme), the irony is that an old game of pretend is trying to cash in on a white woman who claimed to be black. The email with sketchy grammar making the rounds on the Internet identifies Dolezal as being from...
  • Pope Francis Shocks Workers With Pro-Capitalism Pitch

    05/29/2017 5:28:47 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 28, 2017 | Thomas D. Williams
    Speaking to workers and business people in Italy’s port city of Genoa Saturday, Pope Francis surprised his hearers by praising entrepreneurship and touting the importance of healthy businesses for the economy. “There can’t be a good economy without good businessmen, without their capacity to create and to produce,” he said, shattering his reputation as an enemy of the free market economy. The Pope recognized that the essential value of work and employment is only possible when companies are sound and successful. Without denouncing unemployment benefits, Francis insisted that state intervention wasn’t a real solution. “A monthly check from the state...
  • Merkel Warns US, Britain No Longer Reliable Partners

    05/28/2017 10:42:21 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 76 replies ^ | 28 May 2017
    Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday. “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany. “We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” she added. While Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, “we have to fight for our own destiny,” Merkel...
  • Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump leave G7 Summit at a crossroads

    05/28/2017 5:41:35 PM PDT · by yoe · 59 replies
    Global News ^ | May 28,2017 | Jessica Vomiero
    Canada is often seen as a close relative of the United States. It’s always been so, and Canadian leaders have rarely strayed far from that relationship. Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump both attended the 42nd meeting of the (Group of Seven) on May 26 and 27; Trudeau for his second time and Trump for his first. What emerged was a sense of rivalry, as Trudeau arrived in favour of the same progressive policy points Trump opposed.WATCH: Trudeau, other leaders try to sway Trump at G7: Video
  • WATCH: NSSF Holds Firearms Suppressor Demonstration Featuring Daniel Defense, Sig Sauer

    05/28/2017 6:59:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | 5/28/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Last week the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) held an event in Manassas, Virginia, focused on the hearing protection offered by firearm suppressors. Suppressors and firearms from Daniel Defense and Sig Sauer were used at the event, which was designed to be hands-on. This means the reporters and writers who were present got to shoot every firearm and use every suppressor at the range. Breitbart News attended the event, which drew attention to the suppressor legislation contained in the Hearing Protection Act. That Act was put forward by Representatives Jeff Duncan (R-SC-3) and John Carter (R-TX-31) on January 9. It...