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  • Report: Several killed in shooting at Munich shopping mall (GERMANY)

    07/22/2016 10:28:04 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 749 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 7/22/2016 | Chris Williams and Jason Hanna
    Seems to be an active situation.
  • Ivanka Champions Equal Pay for Women, Child Care

    07/22/2016 5:45:48 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2016 July 21 | Cathy Burke
    Donald Trump's eldest daughter introduced two progressive issues her father hasn't championed on the campaign trail: equal pay for women and making childcare more widely accessible. "He will fight for equal pay, equal work, and I will fight for this too, right alongside of him," Ivanka Trump said in remarks introducing the GOP presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention Thursday night. ..... < snip > ..... "As president, my father will change the labor laws that were put in place at a time when women were up a significant portion of the workforce," she said. "He will focus on...
  • Kerry: Climate change as dangerous as terrorism

    07/22/2016 5:01:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2016 4:40 PM EDT | Matthew Lee
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that climate change is as dangerous as, if not more, than the threats posed by the Islamic State and other extremist groups. Speaking Friday in Vienna at an international climate change conference, Kerry said the issue might not get as much public attention as terrorism but that the meeting is as important as a gathering he hosted only Thursday in Washington on combating the Islamic State. …
  • Planned Yorklyn microbrew targets August opening [in a historic mill in Delaware]

    07/22/2016 2:15:03 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 5 replies
    Delaware Online (The News Journal) ^ | July 22, 2016 | Xerxes Wilson
    Gannett...link and title only. Click here to go to article.
  • ‘Line Out The Door’ For AR-15s After Mass. AG Announces ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

    07/22/2016 10:13:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/21/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    Massachusetts is seeing a run on AR-15s–including “a line out the door” at some guns stores–following state Attorney General Maura Healey’s (D) “directive” against “assault weapons” sales. WCVB reports that Four Seasons gun shop in Woburn sent out an email as soon as it learned of Healey’s directive. The email said the store would not be able to sell AR-15s or other guns categorized as “assault weapons” after July 20. Bruce Sterling rushed to the gun store, saying, “It seemed like it made a lot of sense to come and get an AR-15 today.
  • Top Clinton Lobbyist Bundlers Tied to Foreign Banks, Governments

    07/22/2016 8:46:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 21, 2016 12:00 pm | Joe Schoffstall
    A number of Hillary Clinton’s top lobbyist bundlers, who have raised millions for her presidential campaign, either directly represent foreign entities or work at firms that represent foreign entities, according to documents from the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Unit. Hillary for America, Clinton’s campaign committee, has hauled in more than $7 million in bundled lobbyist contributions since its inception. The committee finished 2015 with $4.1 million in bundled lobbyist contributions. It has since added more than $2.9 million to its coffers from lobbyists, with $1.2 million of that amount pouring in during the second quarter of 2016, from April...
  • Trump Post from 7/23/2005 - by freeper Valin

    07/22/2016 6:44:38 AM PDT · by Right Wing Assault · 15 replies
    http://www.radioblogger.com/ ^ | 7/22/2005 | http://www.radioblogger.com/
    Donald Trump, regarding the United Nations' remodeling plan: Senator, congratulations. You've got a mess on your hands. The Senate International Security Subcommittee, chaired by Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn, was holding a hearing yesterday into the proposed $1.5 billion refurbish project of the United Nations building. One of the star witnesses was The Donald. Just on pure theater, it was fun to watch. In case you missed it, here's Trump's testimony. It's long, but I promise you it's worth it:
  • GOP Whiffs On Bank Reform, Big Time

    07/22/2016 4:07:28 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 59 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | July 21, 2016 | Editorial
    Financial Crisis: The Republican platform put forward in Cleveland is a lively and conservative document, full of great ideas to make America great again. But one thing stands out as a truly bad idea: reviving the partly-repealed Glass-Steagall Act. "We support reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, which prohibits commercial banks from engaging in high risk activities," says the platform document. What? It was one of the Democrats' big talking points during the 2007-2008 financial crisis and after that a major cause of the panic was due to Bill Clinton in 1999 foolishly going along with the Republicans to get rid of...
  • Urban Outfitters gets political with anti-Trump, pro-Clinton, Sanders merchandise

    07/21/2016 7:00:57 PM PDT · by smartyaz · 19 replies
    Phoenix Business Journal ^ | Jul 20, 2016, | Mike Sunnucks
    Donald Trump isn’t all that popular with young voters. And he’s definitely not popular with college students hipster crowd. So on that front, it’s probably not a surprise Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters has just started carrying some t-shirts and coffee mugs that are anti-Trump and favor Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The retailer is used to controversy. The Navajo Nation — which stretches across northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico — has been fighting Urban Outfitters in court over the retailer’s use of the Navajo name on some of its products. Its customer base probably like Navajos more than Trump....
  • Humana To Leave Vast Majority Of Obamacare Markets After Massive Losses

    07/21/2016 5:01:30 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 60 replies
    Humana, one of the largest health care providers in the country, has made the decision to eventually leave the vast majority of the Obamacare markets. Out of the 23 Obamacare co-ops that were established only seven remain, virtually all of them under threat of folding by the end of this year.
  • (Former Fox News Anchor) Laurie Dhue Shoping Roger Ailes Tell-All Memoir

    07/21/2016 4:46:08 PM PDT · by drewh · 52 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 07.21.16 12:35 PM ET | Lloyd Grover
    The former Fox anchor who was dismissed by the now embattled head of Fox News is reportedly peddling a memoir dishing about her experience at the network. As if Roger Ailes doesn’t have trouble on his plate, former Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue has been shopping a tell-all about her experiences with the founder of the conservative-friendly cable network along with other Fox News personalities. Dhue’s proposed book-length memoir, which I’m told is already attracting interest from publishers, can’t be good news for the embattled Ailes—who faces the prospect of a pile-up of sexual harassment allegations, in the wake of...
  • Roger Ailes Resigns as Chairman/CEO of Fox News Channel & Fox Bis Network, & Chairman Fox TV Station

    07/21/2016 1:19:59 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 47 replies
    FOX News via Drudge ^ | July 21, 2016 | Drudge Report/21st Century Fox
    What timing. No other content yet, just the Drudge Report alert.
  • Megyn Kelly Slammed Online Over Risque Low-Cut 'Escort Agency' Dress She Wore at he RNC

    07/21/2016 12:58:22 PM PDT · by drewh · 120 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | 11:49 EST, 21 July 2016 | By ERICA TEMPESTA FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    There was plenty of drama at Wednesday night's Republican National Convention, but it was Megyn Kelly's spaghetti-strap dress that caused Twitter to be overrun with harsh criticisms about her 'unprofessional' appearance. The 45-year-old Fox News star has been busy covering the GOP Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, this week, but it was last night's form-fitting dress, which bared her shoulders and the upper part of her chest, that caused a stir with her audience, as critics took to social media to slam Megyn for 'wearing a bikini' and dressing like a 'cocktail waitress'. The Twitter uproar comes as her boss is...
  • Rally Against Rogue MA Attorney General

    07/21/2016 8:45:54 AM PDT · by pabianice · 36 replies
    Rally Against Rogue MA Attorney General GOAL RALLY at MA State House - Front Steps - Saturday July 23, 2016 - 10:00 AM Join us! Rally against rogue actions by MA Attorney General Maura Healey, who decided to make hundreds of thousands of law-abiding owners [of AR-15 look-a-likes] "felons in waiting" via her sneak attack action posted this week while the legislature was away. This Saturday, July 23rd the MA Legislature will be in a rare weekend special session to handle other matters - plan to be at the State House at 10:00 AM Make your voice heard - Meet...
  • Global Temperatures Are Mostly Fake

    07/21/2016 6:22:03 AM PDT · by yoe · 30 replies
    Real Science ^ | July 21, 2016 | tonyheller
    NOAA claims global temperatures are the hottest ever, based on some rather spectacular junk science. NOAA doesn’t actually have any temperature data over most of the land surface.They never had any data from most of the southern hemisphere.
  • Donald Trump Is Right About One Thing: Our Experts Know Nothing

    07/21/2016 5:31:38 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Federalist ^ | Michael Ginsberg
    You know what the trouble is, Brucey? We used to make [things] in this country, build [things]. Now we just put our hand in the next guy’s pocket. —Frank Sobotka, “The Wire,” Season 2 Leave it to a Baltimore native to quote HBO’s “The Wire” to understand the 2016 election. This quote resonated with me long before the 2016 election, but this year’s campaign brought it back to mind. I wasn’t on the Trump train—I started out thinking I’d vote for Scott Walker and ended up casting my vote for Marco Rubio in the Virginia primary—but nevertheless found the Trump...
  • Airbnb hires Eric Holder to tackle discrimination [ Just lost my business]

    07/21/2016 4:53:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Channel 4000 ^ | 7/20/16 | Seth Fiegerman
    Airbnb is bringing on a big name to show its commitment to tackling discrimination. The company announced Wednesday that it has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to develop a "world-class anti-discrimination policy." The high-profile appointment follows....
  • 3 Reasons to Worry That Stock Rally’s End Is Near

    07/21/2016 3:49:45 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 7 replies
    Barrons ^ | July 20, 2016 | Michael Kahn
    In technical analysis we are taught to trade what we see and under that directive the stock market, or at least the larger capitalization end of it, has a significant breakout in place. After nearly two years of sideways trading, albeit with some large swings, the indexes finally gave what should be an important buy signal. But is it really? It sure walks like a duck, as the old saw goes. But it is quacking like a platypus.......What really bothers me is the lack of dissent in the bullish chorus...   ... many sentiment surveys still show doubt in this rally....
  • Exclusive — Fox News Stars Stand With Roger Ailes Against Megyn Kelly

    07/20/2016 8:16:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 84 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | July 19, 2016 | Matthew Boyle
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — All of Fox News’ primetime lineup is willing to walk out of the network with chief executive and chairman Roger Ailes if he is pushed out by Rupert Murdoch and his family, Breitbart News has confirmed. Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Shepard Smith, Bret Baier, Eric Bolling, Neil Cavuto, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Laura Ingraham, Geraldo Rivera, Juan Williams, Jeanine Pirro, Bo Dietl, Monica Crowley, all of the Fox and Friends hosts, and at least 50 Fox News contributors are willing to depart the network if Ailes is ousted, and leave with him to form a new...
  • Oil producers want U.S. to restrict imports

    07/20/2016 5:37:43 PM PDT · by brownwill6767 · 24 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 7/6/16 | Kevin Robinson-Avilla
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico and West Texas oil producers are gearing up for a national effort to draw all major U.S. oil basins into a grassroots movement to restrict crude imports from overseas. Leaders of the Panhandle Import Reduction Initiative, which launched in April in the Permian Basin, are seeking public meetings and rallies in other oil-producing zones to convert what’s now a regional initiative into a national movement, said Daniel Fine, associate director of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy, who is working with local producers.
  • In surprise, GOP looks to revive Depression-era banking law (Glass-Steagall)

    07/20/2016 4:23:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 20, 2016 3:59 PM EDT | Ken Sweet
    The Republican Party has taken a page straight out of the campaign books of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. What? No, we’re not kidding. In the party’s 2016 platform, the GOP advocates for reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, a Depression-era law that regulated the U.S. banking industry until it was repealed in 1999. Bringing the law back would lead to the breakup of major U.S. banks like JPMorgan Chase in order to separate investment banking from commercial banking. …
  • Peter Thiel’s Embrace of Trump Has Silicon Valley Squirming

    07/20/2016 11:32:35 AM PDT · by 867V309 · 23 replies
    The Slimes ^ | JULY 20, 2016 | Farhad Manjoo
    A bigger problem than Mr. Trump’s policy ideas was his tone. Though Silicon Valley has well-known problems with diversity in its work force, people here pride themselves on a kind of militant open-mindedness. It is the kind of place that will severely punish any deviations from accepted schools of thought...
  • These 3 Conservative Policies Have Allowed Indiana’s Economy to Flourish

    07/20/2016 11:22:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 07/06/2016 | Sen. Dan Coats
    1. Reduce Bureaucratic Red Tape Republican leaders made it easier to do business in Indiana. They reduced bureaucratic red tape and eliminated many unnecessary regulations. Rather than burdening employers and trying to micromanage how businesses operate, Republicans put in place policies that have allowed our state to grow. 2. Balance the Budget The state put its fiscal house in order. Statehouse leaders cut government spending, balanced the budget, created a surplus, and built a near record reserve fund. Indiana earned a triple-A credit rating in 2010 and has maintained it ever since. These strategies help put the state in a...
  • MA AG Maura Healey Takes Aim at Copycat Assault Rifles (makes up her own gun rules again)

    07/20/2016 11:03:19 AM PDT · by pabianice · 22 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 7/20/16 | Buell
    It looks like one, it shoots like one, so it is one, Healey says. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey arrives at a meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Boston. Healey said her office will submit recommendations around gambling consumer protection issues soon. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) The state’s top prosecutor on Wednesday announced she has sent a directive to gun makers to no longer sell weapons in Massachusetts that are similar enough to assault rifles to kill like assault rifles, but not similar enough to trigger the statewide ban—or so they thought. Massachusetts bans high-powered guns...
  • Venezuelans cried at the sight of fully-stocked supermarket shelves in Colombia.

    07/20/2016 10:27:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    money.cnn.com ^ | July 20, 2016: 11:56 AM ET | by Patrick Gillespie, Rafael Romo contributed
    Pregnant women, children and even elderly Venezuelans crossed into Colombia on Sunday after the border was temporarily reopened, allowing them to buy basic foods and toiletries -- rare commodities in their home country. Tearful Venezuelans had gone weeks without basic food items like milk, flour and toilet paper. It's a sad but common part of daily life today in crisis-ridden Venezuela, a country that has the world's largest proven reserves of oil. Colombian officials estimate that about 100,000 Venezuelans crossed the border. Venezuela is expected to dive deeper into the abyss this year, according to new projections published Wednesday by...
  • No Action Taken by Twitter After Rapper Calls Black Breitbart Reporter ‘Coon’

    07/20/2016 9:09:24 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7-20-2016 | Breitbart News
    Rapper Talib Kweli and some of his more than one million social media followers repeatedly attacked Breitbart News reporter Jerome Hudson with racial epithets on Twitter, but faced no disciplinary action from the platform. The 40-year-old Brooklyn rapper began his attack on Hudson by writing: "Who's this clown writing for Breitbart? My coon senses are tingling." Hudson responded, "Why are you so quick to resort to name-calling, my brother? Can you not respect me as a man and attempt a civil conversation?" To which the rapper responded, "No. I do not respect you as a man. You are here to...
  • GOP Lawmakers Blindsided by Trump's Embrace of Glass-Steagall

    07/20/2016 8:48:11 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 56 replies
    American Banker ^ | July 19, 2016 | By Ian McKendry
    WASHINGTON — The eleventh-hour move by the Donald Trump campaign to add a plan to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act to the Republican platform caught GOP lawmakers off guard, with some of them expressing disappointment with the decision. While the 1930s-era law, which separated commercial and investment banking activities, is strongly supported by progressive Democrats, it is not popular among most Republican policymakers. "I was completely surprised," Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, said in an interview here hours before Trump's formal nomination Tuesday evening. "It was a late addition. I am not sure how...
  • Political Banner Ads Grounded In Ocean City; Owner Says, “It’s Just Not Worth The Aggravation"

    07/20/2016 8:16:22 AM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 26 replies
    The Dispatch ^ | 20 July 2016 | Shawn Soper
    Ocean City Communications Manager Jessica Waters said on Tuesday the flap caused by the controversial political messages resulted in a quick decision to stop flying them over the crowded mid-July beach. Mayor Rick Meehan said during Monday’s council meeting resort officials had received hundreds of emails about the somewhat controversial ads, which included messages such as “Stop Mad Cow Disease-Defeat Hillary,” and “America First-Build The Wall Now,” Meehan said he reached out to Ocean Aerial Ads and owner-operator Bob Bunting about the controversial ads and the company, which has been flying over the resort skies, for decades, made the decision...
  • No **** Sherlock: Renewable Energy is a Disaster, New York Times Reveals

    07/20/2016 8:14:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/20/2016 | James Delingpole
    Today’s “No Shit Sherlock” award goes to the New York Times‘s environment pages for their belated discovery that renewable energy is a lame duck. Is the global effort to combat climate change, painstakingly agreed to in Paris seven months ago, already going off the rails? Germany, Europe’s champion for renewable energy, seems to be having second thoughts about its ambitious push to ramp up its use of renewable fuels for power generation. Hoping to slow the burst of new renewable energy on its grid, the country eliminated an open-ended subsidy for solar and wind power and put a ceiling on...
  • GQ Writer Apologizes for Tweet About Wanting to Beat Benghazi Mom to Death

    07/20/2016 8:04:45 AM PDT · by blueyon · 60 replies
    Newsbuster.org ^ | 07/19/16 | Tim Graham
    GQ magazine is already in the tank for Obama. Editor Jim Nelson declared him “Mount Rushmore great” in an article titled “Why Obama Will Go Down as One of the Greatest Presidents of All Time.” But GQ basketball writer Bethlehem Shoals (real name: Nathaniel Friedman) took the liberal ardor to a new low on Twitter on Monday night, after grieving Benghazi mom Patricia Smith spoke to the Republican convention.
  • G.O.P. Joins Democrats Urging Glass-Steagall’s Revival. (Don’t Hold Your Breath.)

    07/20/2016 4:20:02 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 19, 2016 | JEFF SOMMER
    Attacking big banks is as American as apple pie. But it’s a new entry on this year’s Republican menu. In a convention surprise, the Republicans inserted a plank in the party platform calling for the restoration of a Depression-era law, the Glass-Steagall Act, that separated commercial and investment banking. The law was repealed in 1999 during the Clinton administration, with bipartisan support, at the behest of the big banks, which said they needed to combine their investment and commercial functions in order to compete on the global stage. It didn’t turn out so well, of course... ...What the Republican Party...
  • Murdochs Give Roger Ailes a Swift Kick to the Curb on Front Page of Company-Owned NY Post

    07/19/2016 7:44:23 PM PDT · by drewh · 13 replies
    Showbiz 411 ^ | July 19, 2016 9:25 pm | Roger Freidman
    The Murdochs and News Corp are not subtle. When they want to ‘kill you’ they really go for it. And so they have on the front page of Wednesday’s New York Post, the tabloid they own. When Ailes was first sued by Gretchen Carlson, the Post avoided any mention of it. But once the Murdochs made up their minds to give Ailes the gate, all bets were off. Ailes must be wondering what the last 20 years were all about. Isn’t this a little bit over the top coming from your own company?
  • Roger Ailes Negotiating Departure as Chairman of Fox News (will stay as consultant)

    07/19/2016 6:47:05 PM PDT · by drewh · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | 29 minutes ago | By JOHN KOBLIN and JIM RUTENBERG
    Roger Ailes’s tenure as the head of Fox News appears to be over. Mr. Ailes and 21st Century Fox, Fox News’s parent company, are in the advanced stages of discussions that would lead to his departure as chairman, Susan Estrich, one of Mr. Ailes’s lawyers, said in an interview on Tuesday. The development follows a sexual harassment suit filed July 6 against Mr. Ailes by a former anchor, Gretchen Carlson. The suit prompted 21st Century Fox to conduct an internal review and it set off an intense round of speculation in the news media and the television industry about Mr....
  • Fox News Chief Fights Back: ‘Roger Ailes Has Never Sexually Harassed Megyn Kelly’

    07/19/2016 2:39:46 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 19,2016 | by EZRA DULIS
    The Drudge Report now displays a statement from the network: “Roger Ailes has never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly. In fact, he has spent much of the last decade promoting and helping her to achieve the stardom she earned, for which she has repeatedly and publicly thanked him.” *** EXCLUSIVE: AILES LEAVES FOXNEWS $40+ MILLION PARACHUTE pic.twitter.com/vXoWfPUTLT — MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) July 19, 2016 Drudge posted a photo on Twitter of a page from the apparent agreement, which declares July 22nd Ailes’ last day and sets up salary/bonus payments. 21st Century Fox Co-Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch, along with his sons James...
  • LEAVING LONDON: Confidential Deutsche Bank Brexit briefing shows where it thinks other banks will go

    07/19/2016 1:54:52 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 9 replies
    Barclays and Bank of America Merrill Lynch could shift their markets business to Dublin, while Goldman Sachs has subsidiaries in Paris and Frankfurt it could use to keep its access to the 27-member single market once the UK officially leaves the European Union, according to the note. JP Morgan could shift resources to Luxembourg, where it has a subsidiary. ... Under EU law at the moment, European banks can operate branches in the UK that do not need to be separately capitalised from the parent company abroad. Similarly, non-EU banks can use their London subsidiary to sell services to clients...
  • Murdochs decide to oust Fox News chief Ailes: report

    07/19/2016 1:32:56 PM PDT · by Donglalinger · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 18, 2016 | Lisa Richwine and Jessica Toonkel
    Rupert Murdoch, executive co-chairman of 21st Century Fox Inc (FOXA.O), and his sons James and Lachlan agree that Fox News Channel boss Roger Ailes should leave the company but they have not settled on the timing, New York magazine reported on Monday, citing anonymous sources.
  • Student Debt Helps, Not Harms, the U.S. Economy, White House Says

    07/19/2016 12:02:51 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 34 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 19, 2016 | Josh Mitchell
    The White House just released a big report on student debt that contains all the familiar horrors about for-profit schools, indebted dropouts and students defaulting on their loans. But it has an interesting conclusion: That growing stack of $1.3 trillion in student debt is helping, not hurting, the U.S. economy. That conclusion is sure to rankle the many student advocates and special-interest groups—from real-estate agents to employers seeking new tax breaks for their young workers—that argue student debt is a big “drag” on the economy. (Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have each decried the rise in student debt.) But the...
  • The Sierra Club Is Hilariously Terrified Of Donald Trump(WOO HOO!)

    07/19/2016 9:01:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/19/2016 | Andrew Follett
    The Sierra Club attacked presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump three times in the last few days with increasingly outlandish rhetoric. The green group’s Tuesday press release attacked Trumps’ “extreme policies which undermine environmental protection and climate action.” The Sierra Club even claimed that if Trump becomes president, the entire planet may be at risk. “If this extremist platform were ever actually implemented, it would imperil clean air and clean water for all Americans,” Khalid Pitts, the political director of The Sierra Club, wrote in the Tuesday press statement. “Donald Trump has vowed to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency, and now...
  • Opera sells open-source Chromium browser for $600m to Chinese bods

    07/19/2016 8:24:53 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 30 replies
    The Register ^ | 18 Jul 2016 at 20:07 | Shaun Nichols
    Opera will sell its web browser technology to Chinese investors for $600m after a larger sale worth $1.2bn fell apart.
  • Cows Worse Than Cars for Climate Change, Environmentalists Admit(?)

    07/19/2016 7:52:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 80 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/18/2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a surprising turn of events, climate change doomsayers have turned their attention to cattle, as environmentalists have been compelled to acknowledge that “livestock emissions” are more dangerous for the environment than automobiles. A recent article at EcoWatch says that greenhouse gas emissions from livestock actually account for a higher percentage of total global emissions than the world’s 1.2 billion automobiles. Whereas the transportation sector accounts for only some 14 percent of global emissions, cows produce a remarkable 14.5 to 18 percent of the global total, the article confesses.
  • What’s the Cause and Effect of Plummeting Public Firms?

    07/19/2016 4:06:24 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 9 replies
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundatio ^ | July 15, 2016 | Bret Swanson
    Facebook held a high-profile initial public offering in 2012, but the number of public companies has been on the decline. (Photo via Wikipedia.) Takeaways What's the "correct" number of public firms in America? It's unclear, but the total number of IPOs has been dipping. An underreported story of the last two decades is the sharp decline in the number of publicly traded U.S. firms. In 1996, U.S. stock markets boasted 7,322 listed firms. By 2015, however, that number had dropped by more than half, to 3,200. If we adjust for population, the U.S. had 2.2 public firms per hundred...
  • DIVIDED AMERICA: To some, Trump is a desperate survival bid

    07/18/2016 6:16:46 PM PDT · by Mariner · 10 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | July 18th, 2016 | Claire Galofaro
    LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) -- Mike Kirk leans across the counter of the pawnshop where he works for $11 an hour. It's less than half what he made in the mines, but the best he can do these days. He and two customers ponder what this city might look like in 10 years if nothing changes. Many of the storefronts on the narrow downtown streets are empty. Some of the buildings burned. Their blackened shells, "condemned" signs taped to the doors, stand as a symbol of how far they've fallen. In 10 years? A ghost town, one customer offers. The other...
  • Deutsche Bank to close almost 200 branches

    07/18/2016 5:50:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Jul 2016 09:04 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germany’s largest lender is set to shut over a quarter of its branches across the country as the company goes through a major restructuring process. The closures are set to take place over the next few months, with 188 of Deutsche Bank’s 723 branches nationwide due to close their doors. […] After recording colossal losses of around €7 billion in 2015, the Frankfurt lender is desperately seeking ways to cut costs. […] The bank said it hopes to redirect funds to digital banking, in which it hopes to invest €750 million by 2020. …
  • Six Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics to close as patient numbers plummet

    07/18/2016 5:47:05 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 07.15.16 | Lisa Bourne
    Six Indiana Planned Parenthood facilities are set to close by the end of this year, beginning with its Muncie location shuttering today, and its Terre Haute facility next Friday, July 20.  Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) is “restructuring to better serve patients” the abortion giant announced Thursday.  In addition to Muncie and Terre Haute, the Valparaiso site will close July 21, according to the announcement; the Fishers location on July 26; Avon is closing August 30; and East Chicago will cease operations by December 15. The latter four sites are expected to merge with other PPINK locales “with...
  • New report calls for ‘justice for millennials’

    07/18/2016 5:05:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 07/18/2016 | Luke Graham
    The report, "Stagnation Generation", calls for the social contract between young and old generations to be renewed, as millennials are at risk of becoming the first generation to earn less over their lifetime than earlier generations. According to the report, in the U.K. today's 27 year olds are earning the same amount as a 27 year old would have 25 years ago. "A typical millennial has actually earned Ł8,000 ($10,587) less during their twenties than those in the preceding generation – generation X," the report claims. ... Meanwhile, young people are failing to get onto the property ladder. The report...
  • Nostalgic Germans hoarding billions of Deutschmarks

    07/18/2016 12:29:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Jul 2016 16:09 GMT+02:00 | [DPA/The Local (With Reporting by Verity Middleton)]
    Fourteen years after the introduction of the Euro in cash, Germans are still holding onto their Deutschmarks (DM), mainly for the sentimental value attached to them. The DM, which was introduced in West Germany in 1948 under Allied rule and adopted in East Germany in 1990, was replaced by the Euro in 2002. On the 31st of December 2001, DM banknotes to the value of €76.57 billion were in circulation. Since then, “more than 95% of DM banknotes in circulation have been exchanged” for Euros, Dorit Feldbrügge from the Bundesbank (German Central Bank) told The Local. But that means that...
  • Venezuela’s inflation is set to top 1,600% next year

    07/18/2016 7:57:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | July 18, 2016 | Ian Talley
    While most advanced economies struggle to lift inflation, none would want Venezuela‘s situation: Consumer-price inflation is forecast to hit 480% this year and top 1,640% in 2017, according to the International Monetary Fund. A shortage of medical supplies means infants and other sick patients are dying of treatable illnesses. Soldiers guard empty grocery store shelves. Inflation is so bad, the government has had to order bolivars by the planeload.
  • How high can China’s population possibly go? Ambitious urban plan to house 3.4 billion people [tr]

    07/18/2016 7:46:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | July 15, 2016 | Zhuang Pinghui
    Ambitious expansion plans by small and medium towns across China have lead to the creation of more than 3,500 “new areas” for residential and economic use raising fears many are destined to become ghost towns. The combined projected population of these new areas is an “impossible” 3.4 billion people – 2.5 times the current number of people in the country, experts say. The world’s population today stands at 7.3 billion, according to the US Census Bureau.
  • Why Land and Homes Actually Tend to Be Disappointing Investments

    07/18/2016 4:55:40 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 71 replies
    New York Times ^ | ROBERT J. SHILLER
    Buy land: They’re not making it anymore. That often repeated adage sounds like good financial advice. But over the long run, it hasn’t been. Despite solid price increases over the last few years, land and homes have actually been disappointing investments. It’s worth considering why. Let’s start by looking at the numbers...   ...Over the century from 1915 to 2015, though, the real value of American farmland (deflated by the Consumer Price Index) increased only 3.1 times, according to the Department of Agriculture. That comes to an average increase of only 1.1 percent a year — and with a growing population,...
  • Bernie's Truth Deficit: So much for Sanders' "Honesty"

    07/17/2016 7:12:10 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 13 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | July 17, 2017 | Daniel Clark
    Bernie's Truth Deficit: So much for Sanders' "Honesty" by Daniel Clark All those conservatives who credit Bernie Sanders with being honest must have been more than a little perplexed by his speech in which he announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton. The socialist senator hopped aboard the bandwagon of the quintessential "Wall Street candidate," and if that wasn't enough of a sellout of his alleged principles, he even pretended to care about runaway deficits. During the same speech in which he charged that Donald Trump "would increase our national debt by trillions of dollars," he absolved the sitting president for...