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  • Yes, Carly Fiorina Was Fired; The real question is why wasn’t Hillary?

    04/26/2015 7:29:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 04/24/2015 | By Neal B. Freeman
    We e still have a week to go, but it’s already clear that the Most Valuable Player of the Month will be Carly Fiorina. She wins the award because she has done what nobody else has thought to do or, more likely, had the nerve to do. She has said in a loud, clear voice that the Empress has no clothes. Carly notes that, while the Empress Hillary went to fancy schools, ran expensive campaigns, held high political office, signed her name to multiple autobiographies, generated Kardashian levels of personal publicity and became Romney-rich while serving some never-quite-identified public interest,...
  • The Tesla Gigafactories Are Coming. Can Global Lithium Supply Keep Up?

    04/26/2015 7:06:29 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 32 replies
    The Tesla Gigafactories Are Coming. Can Global Lithium Supply Keep Up? Many investors are dreaming of the growth that Tesla Motors' Gigafactory could unlock, but is there enough global lithium to enable the growth in the first place?   Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson (left), shown here on the roof of the Gigafactory with Tesla CTO JB Straubel (right), has invested in Elon Musk through SpaceX and Tesla. Image source: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr.Five hundred thousand electric vehicles per year, a steady supply of household energy storage devices to be coupled with residential solar, and a doubling of global lithium ion battery production...
  • Boston Fed Admits There Is No Exit, Suggests QE Become "Normal Monetary Policy"

    04/26/2015 6:29:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4/26/15 | Tyler Durden
    Perhaps it was inevitable. After all, the term “QEfinity” entered the financial lexicon long ago and there were already quite a few commentators out there suggesting that it may now be too late to remove the punchbowl, meaning an “exit” will not only prove difficult, but may well be impossible. Take Makoto Utsumi, who oversaw foreign-exchange policy at the Japanese Ministry of Finance from 1989-1991, for example. Utsumi recently said a BoJ QE exit was out of the question “for the foreseeable future” and went on to note that “even the thought of an exit is a nightmare.” Meanwhile, it’s...
  • Moms Demand: Join Us in Teaching Kroger a Lesson for Not Banning Guns

    04/26/2015 6:07:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Apr 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launches “World’s Longest Receipt” campaign to teach Kroger a lesson for not banning guns. “World’s Longest Receipt” is a boycott of Kroger whereby Moms Demand Action is asking supporters to shop at a Kroger competitor, then submit the receipt on a Moms Demand Action website to help keep a running tally.Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts announced the boycott by saying: It’s a shame that Kroger President & COO Rodney Ellis and CEO W. Rodney McMullen will not listen to their customers and employees to follow the lead of their competitors and...
  • Post-Nepal earthquake evacuation operation success, IAF to buy three more C-17 aircraft

    04/26/2015 5:31:54 PM PDT · by IndianChief · 14 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | 27 Apr, 2015, 05.44AM IST | By Manu Pubby, ET Bureau
    NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force has initiated a proposal to purchase three more Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the US for about Rs 8,700 crore, impressed as it is by the cargo carrier's varied utility that includes carrying out of large-scale humanitarian assistance operations such as the ongoing relief effort in earthquake-hit Nepal. The IAF has told the government that it wants to add three very heavy transport aircraft to its fleet of 10 C-17s that were ordered in 2011 and inducted in 2013, officials said. The IAF has pressed the case for three more C-17s after being informed...
  • Clinton Foundation Put On Charity ‘Watch List’ Along With Al Sharpton’s Shady Nonprofit

    04/26/2015 4:59:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/26/15 | Chuck Ross
    The Clinton Foundation has joined Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on a list of naughty nonprofits maintained by Charity Navigator, a prominent charity monitor.The Clinton Foundation was put on Charity Navigator’s “watch list” last month, The New York Post reported on Sunday.The foundation has come under intense scrutiny of late amid revelations it received millions of dollars in donations from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state. Money also flowed to the foundation from companies and businessmen who benefited from their relationship to the Clintons.Furthermore, analysis of the foundation’s tax forms showed it spends a relatively...
  • INDUSTRY: CITY OF CRONIES (City of Industry,CA)

    04/26/2015 1:52:05 PM PDT · by Mark · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 04/26/2015 | Rebecca Kimitch and Steve Scauzillo Staff Writerss
    (LONG article, so this first:) ************************* BY THE NUMBERS • $107.4 million: Amount City of Industry paid to Zerep Management, owned by former Mayor Dave Perez, from 1995- 2014 for street sweeping and other city maintenance • $219.2 million: Amount Industry paid to other Perez family-owned businesses from 1995-2014 or trash collection and other services • $133,000: Average amount Industry paid to Zerep every month in 2014 or street sweeping • $20,000: Average amount Industry pays monthly now to R.F. Dickson Co. for street sweeping • 50: Equivalent of full-time employees Industry paid Zerep for, based on labor charges. •...
  • Market Uptrend, Sound Trading, and How to Buy Stocks; --Thread April 26, 2015

    04/26/2015 11:45:54 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 12 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | April 26, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    Supposedly the top finance news stories this week have been the Greek Bailout, the Trade Fast Track Vote, but with NASDAQ's all time high we're getting even more buzz on our new stock rally. This past week's seen the S&P500 leap almost 2% and gold fall more than 2%.  A couple percent may not seem like much but having it happen in just five trading days means we got annualized returns of a 2/3 loss on gold and 50% gain on stocks.Weird how it is though that with stocks it means that we're now officially in a "confirmed uptrend",...
  • Crony Capitalists Strike Again

    04/26/2015 3:52:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Townhall ^ | 4/26/15 | Bruce Bialosky
    There are not many things mainstream Republicans have in common with Elizabeth Warren leftists other than their mutual disdain for crony capitalism. The main difference here is that the Left mistakenly believes that these people who feed at the trough of government are actually Republicans. The Left beds down politically with these affluent bloodsuckers while they live in disdain of the Koch Brothers who take no government support. These crony capitalists have struck again and this time they will live to regret it.The issue that duped these supposed capitalists was what has been branded as “net neutrality.” This is another...
  • A New Degree in Architecture, Computers or Health Is Worth More Than Decades of Job Experience

    04/26/2015 2:59:36 AM PDT · by iowamark · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/19/2015 | Josh Zumbrun
    Freshly minted college graduates who majored in fields like architecture, business, computers, statistics, engineering and health can expect to start jobs where they earn more than high school graduates with decades of experience.That’s the finding of a new report from Georgetown University‘s Center on Education and the Workforce, which dives into the varying career outcomes for graduates in different college majors. The report underscores both the size of the premium for higher education in the U.S. labor market and the even larger premium that accrues to graduates with select areas of expertise.“Back in the day, especially in the 1970s, the...
  • Mexican Cartels Try to Create a Market for Meth in New York City

    04/25/2015 11:12:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 81 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/21/15 | VICTORIA BEKIEMPIS
    Law enforcement agencies have long wondered why methamphetamine, which ravaged so many American communities from the 1990s until the mid-2000s, didn’t take hold in New York City. Because the New York City metropolitan area is the largest illegal drug market in the country, and because demand has been so high elsewhere in the U.S., the city’s law enforcement for decades “has always been anticipating a meth outbreak,” explains James Hunt, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division. “We’ve just never seen it take off to the same degree,” Hunt tells Newsweek. Try Newsweek for only...
  • Google Executive Identified in Deadly Mount Everest Avalanche

    04/25/2015 10:27:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Vince Cestone
    A Google executive has been confirmed dead in an avalanche at Mount Everest triggered by a massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal, the Mountain View internet company said. Google issued a statement Saturday confirming the death of Google "X" privacy executive Dan Fredinburg. "Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy," the statement said in part. "Dan Fredinburg a long-time member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly."...
  • John Galt Hates Ben Bernanke

    04/25/2015 10:24:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 3, 2015 | Paul Krugman
    Ah: I see that there was a Twitter exchange among Brad DeLong, James Pethokoukis, and others over why Republicans don’t acknowledge that Ben Bernanke helped the economy, and claim credit. Pethokoukis — who presumably gets to talk to quite a few Republicans from his perch at AEI — offers a fairly amazing explanation: B/c many view BB as enabling Obama’s spending and artificially propping up debt-heavy economy in need of Mellon-esque liquidation Yep: that dastardly Bernanke was preventing us from having a financial crisis, curse him. Actually, there’s a lot of evidence that this was an important part of the...
  • Germany pushes climate insurance for developing countries

    04/25/2015 8:52:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 22/04/2015 - 16:28 | Nicole Sagener (translated by Samuel White)
    Catastrophic droughts, floods and heatwaves: climate change is making environmental disasters increasingly common. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks wants the G7 to look at insurance policies as an alternative to traditional development aid. […] Supporters of the idea say such insurance policies present a sustainable alternative to traditional aid funds, as they would shift the emphasis from cleaning up after natural disasters towards preventing them from occurring.Berlin is making its move. Barbara Hendricks plans to use Germany’s G7 presidency to pave the way for the entry of climate change insurance into mainstream environmental and development policy, and climate protection is high...
  • Jindal warns corporate America at Iowa faith event ["don't side with the leftists"]

    04/25/2015 7:37:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/25/15 | Sean Higgins
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal warned "corporate America" Saturday that it needed to "be careful" and not ally itself with liberals on cultural issues. Jindal, a 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, issued the warning in a speech at a multi-candidate event in West Des Moines, Iowa.While many at the event argued that the Christian faith was being antagonized from both the cultural left and government entities, Jindal added a third entity that is usually seen as being on the side of conservatives, big business. He cited the recent controversies in Indiana and other states over adoption of religious freedom bills liberals opposed...
  • Google exec among hundreds dead from Nepal earthquake

    04/25/2015 5:03:29 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 94 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 25, 2015 | 6:29pm | Bill Sanderson
    An adventuresome Google executive who once dated TV star Sophia Bush met a harrowing death on Mount Everest in a a series of valanches triggered by Saturday’s giant earthquake. Dan Fredinburg, of San Francisco, was the only American confirmed by Saturday night to have died in the tragedy. He died from head injuries when the avalanche slammed into his base camp, according to family members and a statement from Jagged Globe, the mountaineering company that organized his summit attempt. “Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend,” said Bush, who starred from 2003 to 2012...
  • Walker responds to Rubio on whether a governor can be ready for president

    04/25/2015 2:42:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 67 replies
    CNN ^ | April 25, 2015 | Ashley Killough
    Urbandale, Iowa (CNN)Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hit back Saturday at potential GOP presidential rival Marco Rubio over the Florida senator's charge that there's "no way" a governor can be ready for president when it comes to foreign policy. "I think he's questioning how Ronald Reagan was ready," the Wisconsin Republican told reporters after speaking at an event for Iowa Rep. David Young in Urbandale. Walker argued that, in his lifetime, Reagan "was the most impactful" president on foreign policy, while President Barack Obama "shows as a first-term senator, (he) isn't prepared to lead, or at least is not in the...
  • Walker Responds to Cruz: 'I'm Going to Stand With the American Worker'

    04/25/2015 9:59:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 88 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 25, 2015 | As seen on Fox and Friends Weekend
    ".....In a recent Washington Examiner interview, Cruz promoted legal immigration and criticized Walker for suggesting that he supported limiting legal immigration if it has a negative impact on the wages of American workers. "When we talk about what should be the policy on legal immigration, it should be driven by the economic impact. And number one on the list of priorities should be: What is the impact on American workers and American wages?" Walker said. "If unemployment is high and labor participation is low, why would we want to open the door and flood the market with more workers at...
  • Can Navinder Singh Sarao really be a Wolf of Wall Street? [2010 flash crash]

    04/25/2015 9:41:10 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 24 April 2015 | Ben Wright
    lone trader has been accused of illegally earning millions of pounds and bringing chaos to the world’s financial markets from a computer in his parents’ semi-detached home in Hounslow. US financial regulators claim that Navinder Singh Sarao’s actions contributed to the so-called “flash crash” in May 2010, when hundreds of billions of dollars were wiped off the value of stocks in a matter of minutes. They believe Sarao may have made more than $40m (£27m) over the past five years, with nearly $900,000 on the day of the flash crash alone. The 36-year-old trader has been arrested on charges of...
  • HSBC looks at moving HQ from Britain as tax and regulations bite (also “Don’t leave EU!”)

    04/25/2015 8:46:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:34pm BST | Steve Slater and Sinéad Cruise
    HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, has ordered a review into whether it should move its headquarters out of Britain and potentially back to its former home in Hong Kong, threatening London’s reputation as a global hub for finance and investment. The announcement from HSBC, founded in Asia but a key part of the British establishment, prompted a warm response from Hong Kong, where it is revered as “The Bank”, and silence from the British government. The commitment to the review comes less than two weeks before British parliamentary elections on May 7 and poses challenges for both Prime Minister David Cameron...
  • Ted Cruz knocks Scott Walker's immigration position

    04/25/2015 5:46:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 24, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    LAS VEGAS—Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday took a shot at rival presidential contender Scott Walker for comments the Wisconsin governor has made regarding immigration policy. Cruz opposes comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for the estimated 11-12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. But the Texan is a big proponent of legal immigration and making adjustments to U.S. law that would facilitate more legal immigration. He criticized Walker for suggesting that he supported limiting legal immigration if it has a negative impact on the wages of American workers. "There is considerable bipartisan agreement outside of...
  • Pressed by Young Republicans, Scott Walker Sticks to Tough Immigration Stance

    04/25/2015 2:25:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 24, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    "..........Mr. Walker’s apparent hardening on immigration has inspired a flood of reporting and commentary. Most recently he told the radio host Glenn Beck that he favored restricting legal immigration in tough economic times, a position to the right of most other 2016 presidential hopefuls. He repeated that view Friday after a speech in Cedar Rapids, when Eddie Failor, 24, expressed concern “as a young Republican” that the party must make inroads to new voter blocs, including by supporting a comprehensive overhaul of immigration. Mr. Walker told Mr. Failor that his top priority would be securing the border. He also said...
  • Union cancels Boeing vote, claiming gun-toting workers told it to take off

    04/24/2015 8:26:04 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    The union looking to organize workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant has put its plans in a holding pattern, claiming workers are so opposed to signing up that they chased labor leaders off their porches at gunpoint. The North Charleston plant, which opened in the right-to-work state four years ago and builds fuselages for 747s and 787s, employs about 7,500 workers. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers had been trying to build support for a vote this week on unionizing 3,175 production and maintenance workers, but called off the vote days before it was to happen.
  • Boycott fires up after gay NYC hoteliers host Sen. Ted Cruz event

    04/24/2015 5:18:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Nicole Hensley
    LGBT activists are urging a boycott of two openly gay New York hoteliers who hosted a controversial campaign event for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The “Boycott Fire Island Pines Establishments & Out NYC Hotel” page on Facebook, which had amassed nearly 4,000 likes by Friday, questions the conservative company that OutNYC owners Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner chose to keep. The page quotes a critical profile of Cruz written by the Human Rights Campaign. Weiderpass, the co-owner of the Hell’s Kitchen hotel, enraged LGBT activists when he posed for a photo with the Republican presidential hopeful during the Monday affair....
  • Gay Hoteliers Face Boycott for Holding Unapproved Opinion of Ted Cruz

    04/24/2015 6:10:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 24, 2015 | John Nolte
    The Left’s fascist rampage against anyone who holds the same opinion on same sex marriage Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama did less than two years ago, marches on. Not content to steal a man’s livelihood or a near-successful attempt to destroy a small business owner, the venomous Gaystapo is now sending a chilling warning to apostates by calling for the boycott of two gay hoteliers who hold the unapproved opinion of not-hating Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner are two openly gay, Manhattan-based hoteliers who own a gay-oriented hotel in the city and other commercial properties in...
  • Want to shoot.... with the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden? ... $50,000, please.

    04/24/2015 2:33:15 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 21 replies
    WaPo ^ | April 24 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    Full title: **Want to shoot machine guns with the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden? That’ll be $50,000, please.** Key contributors to a conservative group have received a special invitation: For $50,000, they can shoot guns and hang out this June with Robert O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL credited with killing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The offer was recently made by the ForAmerica organization. Those invited have until May 10 to RSVP for an event at the Amangani Resort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
  • Colorado businessman blames 'stoned' workers for move to SC

    04/24/2015 1:47:42 PM PDT · by McGruff · 117 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | April 24, 2015
    When workers at his Colorado business went to pot, Mark Brawner said it was enough for him to roll out of the Rockies and head for South Carolina. Brawner, who ran Little Spider Creations out of an old Denver warehouse for years until this month, told KUSA-TV Thursday he moved because pot was hurting his company. He said employees started to come to work stoned after the state legalized the drug for recreational use in 2012.
  • New Orbital ATK paint job for Pegasus carrier jet

    04/24/2015 1:41:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    SPACEFLIGHT NOW ^ | Justin Ray
    The aircraft that air-launches the Pegasus rocket has been repainted with new livery to mark the recent corporate merge that formed Orbital ATK. The L-1011 jet, named Stargazer, carries the light-class Pegasus launchers to an altitude of 39,000 feet and releases the booster to fire into space. Pegasus has flown 42 times and the 32 using the XL version. The rocket weighs 51,000 pounds, stretches 55 feet long and is comprised of three solid-fueled stages for boosting small satellites into orbit. Launches have occurred from California, Virginia, Florida, the Canary Islands and the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Stargazer...
  • State Says Bakers Should Pay $135,000 for Refusing to Bake Cake for Same-Sex Wedding

    04/24/2015 1:34:05 PM PDT · by mykroar · 113 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 4/24/15 | Kelsey Harkness
    An Oregon administrative law judge recommended today that the bakers who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding should be fined $135,000. “[T]he forum concludes that $75,000 and $60,000, are appropriate awards to compensate [the same-sex couple] for the emotional suffering they experienced,” wrote Alan McCullough, administrative law judge for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries in his proposed order. Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa located in Gresham, Ore., say the fine is enough to potentially bankrupt their family of seven. The dispute began in January 2013, when Aaron denied Rachel Cryer a...
  • De Blasio Lauds Comcast’s Withdrawal Of Time Warner Takeover Bid

    04/24/2015 12:42:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    SNIP Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was glad the merger didn’t go through. “Comcast’s withdrawal of its bid to merge with Time Warner Cable is good for the American consumer and it shows that our regulatory and legal system work,” de Blasio said in a statement. “We need more competition to bring down prices and ensure a democratic internet for all. The merger would have further concentrated market power in the cable and broadband sectors and created even greater barriers to the City’s goals of universal, affordable high-speed Internet access.” One of the concerns consumer advocates and competitors had...
  • Union cancels Boeing vote, claiming gun-toting workers told it to take off

    04/24/2015 12:13:58 PM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/24/2015 | unknown
    The union looking to organize workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant has put its plans in a holding pattern, claiming workers are so opposed to signing up that they chased labor leaders off their porches at gunpoint. The North Charleston plant, which opened in the right-to-work state four years ago and builds fuselages for 747s and 787s, employs about 7,500 workers. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers had been trying to build support for a vote this week on unionizing 3,175 production and maintenance workers, but called off the vote days before it was to happen.
  • Trail of Blood Leads from Homicide Victim to Starbucks: Chula Vista Police

    04/24/2015 12:11:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 4/23 | R. Stickney
    A “very long blood trail” leads from the scene of a suspicious death to a Starbucks and may provide clues as to who killed a Chula Vista man, police said. Chula Vista Police were called to the second-story building at 45 3rd Avenue at approximately 1:30 a.m. The crime scene is located east of Interstate 5 and south of State Route 54. A 44-year-old Hispanic man was found lying in his doorway, suffering from “severe injuries,” police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. His identity has not been released. Investigators then found a trail of blood...
  • Wash. Hospital Stops Surgery to Remove Woman’s Tumor 12 Hours After Her Military Benefits Expired

    04/24/2015 11:49:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | Friday, April 24, 2015 | Nicole Hensley
    Hospital staff broke the news to a Tacoma, Wash. woman that her operation to remove a tumor from her breast would not be happening. Medical benefits tied to her retired husband’s U.S. Army service had expired just 12 hours before, a detail on the 41-year-old woman’s benefits card that no one noticed until she was already prepped for surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center, according to a KING-TV report. Patricia Zuniga described the bearers of bad news as “upfront” about the awkward discovery. “You’re not having your surgery today. You do not have health care. You do not have benefits,”...
  • Global warming progressing at moderate rate, empirical data suggest [Duke University]

    04/24/2015 10:39:05 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 30 replies
    Space Daily ^ | 04/23/15 | Staff Writers
    A new study based on 1,000 years of temperature records suggests global warming is not progressing as fast as it would under the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). "Based on our analysis, a middle-of-the-road warming scenario is more likely, at least for now," said Patrick T. Brown, a doctoral student in climatology at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. "But this could change."
  • Synthetic marijuana sends 30 to hospitals across New Jersey

    04/24/2015 10:24:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    myfoxny.com ^ | 4/24/2015 | unknown
    Health officials are warning New Jerseyans about a street drug that has sent about 30 people to emergency rooms throughout the state. Authorities have issued the warning for synthetic marijuana, commonly known as spice or K2, which can cause severe agitation, seizures and renal failure. No one has died in New Jersey as a result of the drug. But a 22-year-old South Brunswick woman apparently suffered an adverse reaction on Tuesday.
  • Huntington Beach (CA) repeals plastic bag ban

    04/24/2015 9:12:59 AM PDT · by fifedom · 42 replies
    KPCC ^ | 04/21/15 | Erika Aguilar
    After six minutes of discussion, the Huntington Beach City Council voted 6 to 1 on Monday night to allow stores to use plastic carryout bags, taking a step toward reversing a ban that was enacted in 2013.
  • Tech Guys: Walker Self-Deports Right Out Of The 2016 Race

    04/24/2015 8:36:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | The Tech Guys: Charles Curran and Patrick Ennis
    Like most technology people, The Tech Guys are pro-immigration. We published several pro-growth pro-immigration op-eds during the 2012 cycle. Many Daily Caller readers don’t agree with Tech Guys on immigration policy. But the politics of not demonizing legal immigrants while running for POTUS are pretty obvious. Since Walker needs tips on the basics of a national campaign, we also recommend Walker not opine on the legitimacy of rape or compare homosexuality to bestiality. Scott Walker claimed the early lead in the “self-deportation” GOP presidential primary sweepstakes. Walker called for a reduction in legal immigration. This is bad for America, contrary...
  • Robots Step Into New Planting, Harvesting Roles

    04/24/2015 7:28:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 77 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 23, 2015 | ILAN BRAT
    OXNARD, Calif.—A 14-arm, automated harvester recently wheeled through rows of strawberry plants here, illustrating an emerging solution to one of the produce industry’s most pressing problems: a shortfall of farmhands. Harnessing high-powered computing, color sensors and small metal baskets attached to the robotic arms, the machine gently plucked ripe strawberries from below deep-green leaves, while mostly ignoring unripe fruit nearby. Such tasks have long required the trained discernment and backbreaking effort of tens of thousands of relatively low-paid workers. But technological advances are making it possible for robots to handle the job, just as a shrinking supply of available fruit...
  • Three Reasons Scott Walker Is Still The Likely Nominee

    04/24/2015 7:19:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 23, 2015 | Christian Whiton, “Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War”
    In this election, the mainstream media — always subconsciously eager to remain the palace eunuchs in the Democrats’ Forbidden City — will back Hillary or whomever the Democrats nominate. Should a Republican win the White House, the shrill cries over the miniscule “sequestration” cuts to domestic spending in 2013 will be but a mild preview of what’s to come. The Obama legacy and these challenges are why many Republicans want to nominate an experienced governor to run — preferably one with a revolutionary flair and serious political skill.Jeb Bush announced his exploratory PAC in mid-December, and led most Republican polls...
  • Supercenter mystery: Conspiracy theories fly around the suddenly shuttered Wal-Mart

    04/24/2015 6:52:30 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 57 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | Friday, April 24, 2016 | Robert Evatt
    From crime to labor issues to an intricate military coup of the entire United States, conspiracy theories are flying around the closed Wal-Mart supercenters in Tulsa and elsewhere. The official reason for the sudden closure of the store at Admiral Place and Memorial Drive last week was two years of plumbing issues that would take six months to fix. That was the same reason given for each of the four other Wal-Mart locations, which all closed at the same time with just a few hours’ notice. The other stores are in Brandon, Florida; Pico Rivera, California; Midland, Texas; and Livingston,...
  • Sierra Club ads chide Minnesota utilities over coal plants

    04/24/2015 6:13:29 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-23-15 | John Myers
    The Sierra Club is turning up the heat on Minnesota's largest utilities with another advertising campaign aimed at coal-fired power plants. The ads target Minnesota Power and Xcel Energy and come, not by chance, as the utilities are developing updates to their 15-year energy plan that go to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission later this year. The television ads started Thursday and will run on cable channels in northern Minnesota and in Xcel's coverage area. As part of its "Energy Forward'' plan to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, Minnesota Power already has stopped burning coal at its Laskin plant in...
  • Ottawa’s red-tape cutting law gets Royal Assent

    04/24/2015 5:42:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 4-23-15 | Laura Jones
    With this being budget week, the federal government’s taxing and spending decisions are under the microscope — as they should be in a healthy democracy. But what about government’s hidden tax: regulation? With no equivalent of a federal budget day, regulatory decisions and their implications get precious little scrutiny and we are all worse for it. Thankfully, regulatory transparency got a considerable boost Thursday when the Red Tape Reduction Act (C-21) received Royal Assent and became law. Minister Tony Clement, who has championed the bill, can be proud that Canada is now the first country in the world to require that for...
  • Comcast Is Said to End $45 Billion Bid for Time Warner Cable

    04/23/2015 6:47:05 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4-23-15 | EMILY STEEL, DAVID GELLES, REBECCA R. RUIZ and ERIC LIPTON
    Facing intense regulatory scrutiny, Comcast is planning to abandon its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, people briefed on the matter said on Thursday, ending a bid that would have united the country’s two largest cable operators and reshaped the rapidly evolving video and broadband markets. The collapse of the deal comes as technology changes and an array of Internet offerings upend how people watch and pay for television, making broadband service more important than ever. Had the deal been approved, the combined company would have controlled as much as 57 percent of the nation’s broadband market and just...
  • Greece's Piraeus Bank offers relief to poverty-stricken borrowers (writes off debt)

    04/23/2015 6:41:40 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-23-15 | George Georgiopoulos
    Piraeus Bank will write off credit cards and retail loans up to 20,000 euros ($21,484) for Greeks who qualify for help under a law the leftist government passed to provide relief to poverty-stricken borrowers, it said on Thursday.
  • NYT Reporter: Clinton Officials Lied About a Meeting Taking Place, Unaware of Photo Evidence

    04/23/2015 3:41:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 89 replies
    Washington Free Beacon & Fox News ^ | 4-23-15 | Daniel Bassali
    In a Fox News preview of “The Tangled Clinton Web,” a New York Times reporter accused the Clinton Foundation of lying to her about a meeting Bill Clinton had with Kazatomprom officials regarding the sale of uranium to Russia. “Frank Giustra arranged for officials to go to Bill Clinton’s house in Chappaqua,” reporter Jo Becker said. “When I first contacted the Clinton Foundation, they denied any such meeting ever took place. And when we told them we have already talked to the head, who not only told us all about the meeting but actually has a picture of him and...
  • Cruz & Walker vs. Bush & Rubio on Amnesty and Immigration

    04/23/2015 3:26:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | April 23, 2015 | George Rasley, CHQ Editor
    The battle lines of the 2016 Republican primaries are being formed more quickly than many of the establishment media pundits seem to realize and one of the first issues to form a fissure in the field and to, surprisingly, put two candidates with different bases in the Party apparently on the same side are immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens. That Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio should end up as the leading pro-amnesty and pro-expanding legal immigration is unsurprising. During a stop in New Hampshire “gringo aplatanado” Jeb Bush arrogantly referred to his plan to grant amnesty to illegal aliens...
  • CPS' financial straits cost taxpayers with sharply higher interest rates on bond sale (Chicago)

    04/23/2015 1:27:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 04/22/2015 | Chris Fusco
    The Chicago Public Schools — already facing a federal criminal investigation of its CEO and a projected $1.1 billion budget deficit next school year — now must pay a price for those problems through higher interest rates on a new $300 million bond deal. The rates lured investors to buy the bonds, which CPS says it will use to pay off recently completed construction projects. But they also mean Chicago taxpayers will pay more over the life of the borrowing deal, financial analysts said Wednesday. The main bond issue — for $280 million to be repaid over 25 years —...
  • Senate Committee Approves ‘Fast Track’ Trade Bill Needed for Pacific Agreement

    04/23/2015 11:42:19 AM PDT · by Kevin C · 10 replies
    The Wall Street journal ^ | 4/22/2014 | WILLIAM MAULDIN
    Major trade legislation favored by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders passed a Senate hurdle on Wednesday, despite opposition from some Democrats. The “fast track” bill, which would pave the way for a sweeping trade agreement among 12 Pacific countries, cleared the Senate Finance Committee by a vote of 20 to 6. It passed along with a measure backed by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) that would seek to punish foreign companies that benefit from alleged currency manipulation overseas. Another key currency provision was defeated. The fast track bill’s progress in the Senate came on a day when Mr. Obama...
  • S.F. becomes most sought-after location for Chinese buyers

    04/23/2015 10:12:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 23, 2015 | By Emily Landes
    Chinese buyers looking to invest off-shore are most interested in San Francisco, according to a report from luxury listing site, which tracked millions of online searches from Chinese buyers in the first quarter of 2015. San Francisco ranked seventh in the survey in the fourth quarter of last year, but in the most recent survey beat out London, Tuscany, New York and Paris. “For many well-heeled Chinese buyers, the entire U.S. housing market, and even the somewhat pricey S.F. Bay Area remains a bargain versus Hong Kong, New York, London and Beijing,” he said. “Bay Area real estate represents an...
  • Gov. Scott Walker addresses potential Natural Resources layoffs [science, media, education]

    04/23/2015 9:51:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jason Stein
    Town of Grand Chute -- Gov. Scott Walker said his administration will continue to let science guide environmental policy in Wisconsin even if some scientists are laid off at the Department of Natural Resources. Speaking on Earth Day in this town near Appleton on Wednesday, Walker addressed notices of potential layoffs that have gone out to fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources. DNR spokesman Bill Cosh has said that of that number, 27 employees are in the Bureau of Science Services, a unit of the DNR where Walker is proposing significant cuts. "We believe that science should...