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  • ‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

    01/26/2015 12:46:36 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 21 September 2014 | Linda Tirado
    In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls. It was the first time in years that we felt like maybe things were looking like they’d be OK for a while. After a gruelling shift at work, I was unwinding online when I saw a question from someone on a forum I frequented: Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive? I thought I could at least explain what I’d seen and how...
  • Virgin Australia cuts US airfares as fuel prices plunge

    01/22/2015 10:06:40 AM PST · by Daffynition · 1 replies
    news.com.au ^ | January 22, 2015 | staff reporter
    VIRGIN Australia has become the first airline to react to months of declining jet fuel prices, announcing it will restructure its US airfares to reflect the savings. Although it will not do away with the fuel surcharge altogether, the airline will incorporate fuel costs into fares the same as other operating expenses. Flights from Brisbane and Sydney to Los Angeles, are the only routes Virgin Australia operates which attract a fuel surcharge of $680.
  • Gallup CEO Blasts US Leadership "The Economy Is Not Coming Back"

    01/14/2015 10:57:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/14/2015 | Jim Clifton, Gallup CEO & Chairman,
    Authored by Jim Clifton, Gallup CEO & Chairman,The U.S. now ranks not first, not second, not third, but 12th among developed nations in terms of business startup activity. Countries such as Hungary, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Israel and Italy all have higher startup rates than America does.We are behind in starting new firms per capita, and this is our single most serious economic problem. Yet it seems like a secret. You never see it mentioned in the media, nor hear from a politician that, for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births.The...
  • Economic Death Spiral: More American Businesses Dying Than Starting

    01/14/2015 6:57:05 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 14 Jan 2015 | Wynton Hall
    “for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births.” Clifton says for the past six years since 2008, employer business startups have fallen below the business failure rate, spurring what he calls “an underground earthquake” that only stands to worsen as lagging U.S. Census data becomes available. “Let’s get one thing clear: This economy is never truly coming back unless we reverse the birth and death trends of American businesses. ... the numbers paint an ominous portrait of America in a dire state of decline. “I don’t want to sound like a doomsayer, but when...
  • Obamacare penalties, payouts ahead for many tax filers

    01/10/2015 11:16:05 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | By CHAD TERHUNE
    Uncle Sam could take a bigger bite at tax time for consumers who received too much government help last year with their Obamacare premiums. That may be just one of several surprises for millions of Americans in advance of the first tax deadline involving the Affordable Care Act. The majority of Americans who get their health insurance at work should see few changes when filing their taxes. Most will just need to check a box on their tax return indicating they had coverage in 2014. It stands to be more complicated for those individuals who purchased a private health plan...
  • Fox and Dish TV contract ends today.

    12/20/2014 9:01:39 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    WBOC ^ | 12-20-2014
    DISH FAQS Posted: Dec 19, 2014 1:50 PM CST 1. What is happening? By law, WBOC and FOX21 must negotiate carriage agreements with satellite companies like DISH. Usually, these deals are reached without any disruption to your service. In fact, our company has negotiated dozens of agreements. Unfortunately, so far, DISH has refused to reach a fair, market-based deal to carry WBOC and FOX21. Our existing agreement with DISH expires at midnight on Dec. 31, 2014. If no deal is reached before that date, you will lose live access to the shows, sports and local news on WBOC and FOX21,...
  • Texas job growth outpaces rest of U.S. combined

    12/19/2014 2:05:31 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jason Russell
    .....Since the recession began in December 2007, 1.2 million net jobs have been created in Texas. Only 700,000 net jobs have been created in the other 49 states combined......... Only North Dakota has outpaced Texas on percent job growth, thanks to jobs created by the fracking revolution. California, Texas’ biggest economic rival, has created 985,600 fewer net jobs during the same period. California’s 1.5 percent job growth is ten percentage points lower than Texas’ percent job growth.............................
  • U.S. Companies Clamor to Do Business in New Cuban Market

    12/19/2014 5:42:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/19/2014 | By JULIE CRESWELL
    PepsiCo wants in. So do Caterpillar and Marriott International. Within hours of President Obama’s historic move to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, companies in the United States were already developing strategies to introduce their products and services to a market they have not been in for the better part of 50 years — if ever. “Cuba is a potential market for John Deere products and services,” Ken Golden, a spokesman for Deere & Company, a leading maker of farm and construction equipment based in Illinois, said by email. But while there may be robust opportunities for some companies, especially...
  • The West Should Not Let Russia Fall Apart

    12/19/2014 3:23:15 AM PST · by edpc · 14 replies
    Fortune ^ | 18 Dec 2014 | Cyrus Sinati
    The West shouldn’t stoke the fires engulfing Russia’s wounded economy. Talk in Washington and Brussels this week of levying further economic sanctions on Russia seems counterproductive and will only make matters worse for all parties involved. Like it or not, Russia’s economy has grown simply “too big to fail,” and its political and military might is too dangerous to ignore. The West might have better luck in advancing its goals in the region by helping, not hurting, the Russian bear in its time of need.
  • A Downhill Run for the Dollar in 2015

    12/18/2014 7:37:48 AM PST · by GilGil · 15 replies
    Gold-Eagle ^ | 12/17/2014 | John Williams
    "I'll give you a couple of things to look for in 2015. Fundamental economic activity as measured in areas such as retail sales, industrial production, housing starts, payroll numbers and the broadest measure of unemployment—all those numbers are going to deteriorate. The economy is going to head down as we get into reporting in early 2015. Along with that will come renewed expectations of action by the Federal Reserve to accommodate the financial system, particularly the banking system, and the combination of those factors will, I believe, help to trigger a massive decline in the U.S. dollar. As a result...
  • Why Was a Michigan Abortion Business Evicted for Second Time this Year?

    12/15/2014 12:48:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Operation Rescue ^ | December 15, 2014 | Cheryl Sullenger
    West Bloomfield, MI — Michigan abortionist Michael Arthur Roth’s abortion business, the Novi Laser and Aesthetic Center, was evicted last month from its second office space this year. Currently, his abortion business remains closed. An eviction document provided to Operation Rescue by long-time pro-life activist Lynn Mills, shows that a court request for eviction from his office at 33200 West 14 Mile in West Bloomfield was filed on October 21, 2014. The eviction was ordered due to Roth’s violation of a provision of his lease. Roth had until November 27, 2014, to vacate the premises. Photos taken through his office...
  • Owner of Dellwood Market in Ferguson Says He Will Not Rebuild

    12/03/2014 10:53:46 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 67 replies
    youtube ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | jim hoft
    Owner of Dellwood Market says he will not rebuild after locals looted his business for the third time.
  • How to Train Your Voice to Be More Charismatic

    12/02/2014 10:41:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-2-14 | Robert Lee Hotz
    Scientists are tuning in on the power of the spoken word, seeking the secrets of charisma. By analyzing the harmonics of pitch, frequency and timbre, researchers at University of California, Los Angeles are discovering how charismatic public speakers use their voices to dominate, rouse and influence a large audience. They are finding that successful politicians in various countries, including Italy, France and Brazil, all share key vocal qualities that strongly affect how people respond to them, independent of the meaning of the words they say or the ideas they express. In a separate analysis of some prominent business leaders, the...
  • CEOs Could Be Getting Ready To Revolt Against Obamacare

    11/29/2014 10:30:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/29/2014 | SHARON BEGLEY, REUTERS
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain "workplace wellness" programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter. Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama's healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs. The programs aim to control healthcare costs by reducing smoking, obesity, hypertension and other risk factors that can lead to expensive illnesses. A bipartisan provision in the 2010 healthcare reform law allows employers to reward workers...
  • SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9 boot December 9th on a floating platform and then reuse it

    11/25/2014 3:44:13 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 24 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | Octiber 27, 2014 | Next Big Future
    Elon Musk spoke at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department's 2014 Centennial celebration. The October 22-24 Centennial Symposium featuring some of the most illustrious names in aerospace reflecting on past achievement, celebrating today’s innovative research and education, and offering their perspectives on what lies ahead. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said his company will make a first attempt to land the booster stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform during the upcoming ISS resupply mission. If the attempt is successful, the company plans to refurbish and reuse the booster stage, making spaceflight history and paving the way for...
  • Record Stocks & Plunging Gas Prices Send Consumer Confidence Tumbling, Biggest Miss Since June 2010

    11/25/2014 9:01:13 AM PST · by GilGil · 13 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11/25/2014 | Tyler Durden
    With business confidence at post-crisis lows (in the US and around the world), it is hardly surprising that consumer confidence would fade and at 88.7 (vs 96.0 expectations), this is the biggest miss since June 2010. It appears last month's exuberant surge/beat was anomalous as we tumble from 94.5 in October, in spite of tumbling gas prices and record high stocks... The drop was largely driven by a slide in 'hope' as expectations fell to the lowest since June. Labor, employment, and business conditions all dropped.
  • Stunning new surge of jobs in Kansas ( Brownback's ruinous economy )

    11/22/2014 8:54:48 AM PST · by GusFring · 27 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 11-21-2014 | YAEL T. ABOUHALKAH -
    Bet Gov. Sam Brownback is enjoying this news with a big smile on his face: Just-released federal figures Friday morning showed a stunning surge of jobs in October in Kansas. The state gained 8,400 jobs in the month according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s more than the paltry number Kansas added during the first nine months of the year, or 7,900 jobs. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article4046156.html#storylink=cpy
  • 2014 Best & Worst States for Business State Rankings [Top 10: Republican Governors]

    11/14/2014 9:50:32 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    1 Texas 2 Florida 3 Tennessee 4 North Carolina 5 South Carolina 6 Indiana 7 Arizona 8 Nevada 9 Louisiana 10 Georgia
  • The Reason Small Businesses Are Disappearing, As Explained By A Small Business Owner

    11/14/2014 9:35:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/14/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Confused why despite endless daily propaganda that the US economy is getting better - after all "just look at the record high S&P 500" - fewer and fewer Americans believe the narrative, as the Democrats and Obama found out the very hard way in last week's midterm elections? Then the following explanation written by the owner of a small business - the segment of the US economy that has historically led every single recovery but this time was left behind - should help answer some questions.The reason small businesses are disappearing written by a small business owner.I want to...
  • Texas Leads Best States For Future Job Growth

    11/13/2014 8:08:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 12, 2014 | Kurt Badenhausen
    Rick Perry ascended from Lieutenant Governor to Governor of Texas in December 2000 when then-governor George Bush resigned after being elected the 43rd President of the United States. Perry will retire in January with the tenth longest gubernatorial tenure in U.S. history. Perry made job creation one of his principle mantras, and he has overseen remarkable employment gains under his watch with 2.1 million jobs added during his tenure. The total represents 30% of the jobs added in the U.S. since 2000 and more than twice as many as any other state. The so-called “Texas miracle” does not show any...
  • Enrollment lags for small businesses under ObamaCare

    11/13/2014 6:10:33 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    Enrollment for small businesses under ObamaCare is falling short of the government’s expectations, according to a federal audit to be announced Thursday. About 76,000 people have enrolled in the state-run exchanges, a dismal total that nearly guarantees that the Obama administration will miss its target for small businesses, according to a report by the nonpartisan General Accountability Office (GAO) provided early to The Hill. The report confirms fears of many Democrats, who have acknowledged that last year’s botched launch would keep people from signing up. The bad news also provides new fuel for Republicans intent on dismantling ObamaCare in the...
  • Is this a business opportunity for a Freeper?

    11/07/2014 3:49:13 PM PST · by fishtank · 24 replies
    I heard about fifteen minutes of Rush today, when he talked about how badly the polls were predicting the election results. Is there a business opportunity for an enterprising Freeper to start an accurate polling company? Or do conservative candidates already have access to accurate polling, but it's just the midstream media types who use their own (skewed) polls to manufacture their own agenda-driven news articles?
  • Fracking Can Now Begin In Illinois

    11/06/2014 1:54:52 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-6-14 | John Eick
    Big news today out of Illinois: fracking can soon begin. Today, the 12-member Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules adopted regulations that govern hydraulic fracturing within the state, which will be made public by November 15th. Oil and gas companies can start applying for permits later this month. The rules will require such permits to be approved within 60 days. Many in southern Illinois have long been pushing for hydraulic fracturing, citing a number of potential benefits, including increased tax revenue, high-paying jobs and additional investment. According to a study released two years ago by the Illinois Chamber Foundation, the...
  • What's Causing the Wage Stagnation?

    11/06/2014 7:57:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    RCM ^ | 11/6/2014 | Robert Samuelson
    I recently wrote about sluggish and stagnant wages, which are said to weaken the economy's recovery. I argued that workers' fear of losing their jobs is an important - perhaps decisive - explanation. In a nutshell: Frightened of being fired and being unable to find a new job, workers are less inclined to quit and search for something better. Therefore, employers don't have to raise wages, or can raise them less, to retain their best workers. Wage gains have been running at about 2 percent annually, a bit above the rate of inflation. There are many competing theories. The most...
  • When the Jobs Fairy Visited My Business

    10/30/2014 5:02:59 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/30/14 | William Kevin Stoos
    Hillary Was Right: Businesses Do Not Create Jobs... I am unsure how a woman who has never started a business, who is famous for being married to Bill Clinton and who has had a fairly undistinguished career as a public servant could be so wise about business matters, but I tip my hat to her. People scoffed when she dared to speak the truth earlier this week that: “Business does not create jobs.” [sic] But I am a believer. Fifteen years ago, I struck out on my own to start a business. It was not that I had to rent...
  • Hillary Clinton Flunks Economics

    10/29/2014 5:09:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Liberals have this terrible and annoying habit of congratulating themselves for their intellectual heft merely because they hold liberal views. Once this arrogant notion reigns, it's tough for liberals to acknowledge when one of their own says something so remarkably untrue and stupid that it makes you wonder just how ignorant is the liberal really. At an event for Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley in Boston on Oct. 24, Hillary Clinton told the assembled Democratic faithful: "Don't let anybody tell you that, you know, it's corporations and businesses that create jobs." This makes about as much sense as "Don't let...
  • Hillary's Backtracking Balderdash About Jobs

    10/28/2014 4:29:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    Investors.com ^ | IBD Editorial
    Politics: In case you haven't heard: Hillary Clinton wants to retract the statement she made at a campaign rally last Friday in front of adoring fans that businesses and corporations don't create jobs. Never mind that it's all on camera and that she certainly looked like she was in full command of her faculties and having a grand old time ripping the nation's job creators. After becoming a national laughingstock, she now says she meant to say: "Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in America, and workers and families are empowered to build from the...
  • Lowe's replacing (some) humans with robots

    10/28/2014 12:31:21 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 80 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | October 28,2014 | Nicole Duignan
    If you plan to shop at Lowe’s (LOW) Orchard Supply Hardware store in San Jose California next month, you might find your sales associate replaced by a five-foot tall, taking robot. These robotic shopping assistants, or OSHbots, will be the first of their kind in the country. They will greet customers, ask them if they need help and show them through the store to the customers' desired products. The robot will also feature screens on its front and back which will display ads for products as well as allow customers the option to videoconference with an in-store sales associate. Yahoo...
  • One Sector Grew Last Decade: Corporate Welfare

    10/28/2014 12:20:25 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/27/2014 | Jack McHugh
    Michigan Capitol Confidential has been reviewing how the state's economy performed during the previous decade, in answer to a question raised by a politician’s recent assertion that “those years weren’t as bad as we think.” Separate articles looked at changes in Michigan’s employment, personal income and loss of people to other states. The data shows the period was quite bad, although causes and culprits will be debated. But one sector does appear to have experienced significant growth during the 2000s: corporate welfare, euphemistically called “economic development programs” by politicians. Measuring its growth is challenging because of frequent changes in programs...
  • Hillary Clinton would kinda-sorta like to amend her comments about businesses and jobs

    10/28/2014 8:42:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/28/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Did someone get a 3 a.m. phone call from Goldman Sachs? After her comments this week at a rally for Martha Coakley (whose campaign is touting an internal poll in which she’s down 2!) got her in some “you didn’t build that” trouble, she sought to clarify in New York: SOMERS, N.Y. — When Hillary Clinton fumbled a line at a rally last Friday — “Don’t let anybody tell you that corporations and businesses create jobs” — the comment caused a minor outrage among political observers. Republicans said she’d been pandering to liberals. Democrats wondered if she’d been trying...
  • Hillary Clinton says businesses don’t create jobs.

    10/28/2014 5:53:57 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 38 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10/27 | Linda Feldman
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recent comment about trickledown economics has launched a war of spin. First, here’s what the likely 2016 presidential candidate said at a campaign event last Friday for Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate: “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” former Secretary of State Clinton said in Boston. “You know that old theory, trickledown economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. One of the things my husband says when people say, ‘What did you bring to Washington?’ He says, ‘I brought arithmetic.’
  • Hillary Clinton: Don’t Let Anybody Tell You Businesses Create Jobs

    10/26/2014 12:18:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 10/25/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Hillary Clinton’s extended experiences creating jobs can’t be challenged. She has worked in such diverse fields as…1. Defending a man who raped a 12 year old2. Using her husband’s political connections to make money3. Using her husband’s political connections to get elected4. Using her political connections to get a $14 million advance for a book written by someone else which bombed resulting in millions lost… so there’s no question that she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to job creation. Or defending rapists. Or putting people in jail who make YouTube videos. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...
  • Hillary – Says Business does NOT Create Jobs – Washington Does?

    10/26/2014 6:53:54 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | October 25, 2014 | Martin Armstrong
    We have a very serious problem with Hillary. I was asked years ago to review Hillary’s Commodity Trading to explain what went on. Effectively, they did trades and simply put winners in her account and the losers in her lawyer’s. This way she gets money that is laundered through the markets – something that would get her 25 years today. People forget, but Hillary was really President – not Bill. Just 4 days after taking office, Hillary was given the authority to start a task force for healthcare reform. The problem was, her vision was unbelievable. The costs upon...
  • Hillary: 'Don't Let Anybody Tell You' That 'Businesses Create Jobs'

    10/24/2014 5:09:10 PM PDT · by grundle · 100 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | October 24, 2014
    Appearing at a Boston rally for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley on Friday, Hillary Clinton told the crowd gathered at the Park Plaza Hotel not to listen to anybody who says that “businesses create jobs.” “Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses create jobs,” Clinton said. “You know that old theory, ‘trickle-down economics,’” she continued. “That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly.” “You know, one of the things my husband says when people say ‘Well, what did you bring to Washington,’ he said, ‘Well, I brought arithmetic,’” Clinton said, which elicited loud laughs...
  • Michelle Nunn Doesn’t Understand Basic Economics

    10/24/2014 4:23:32 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/24/14 | Alan Joel
    Businesses must be willing to adapt or risk going out of business. Someone as ignorant as Michelle Nunn about basic economics should not be elected to the Senate Michelle Nunn has been getting a lot of traction on the “shipping jobs overseas” rhetoric in an effort to paint her opponent, David Purdue, as unsympathetic to American workers. It’s a tactic toward anyone who is in business to demagogue them for shipping jobs overseas, just like they did to Romney in 2012. Michelle’s cheap shots have lead her to create an ad campaign specifically focused on this narrative. Hours of countless...
  • Without Lucrative Market, Potential Ebola Vaccine Was Shelved for Years

    10/23/2014 7:59:46 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 23, 2014 | Michael Stravato
    GALVESTON, Tex. — Almost a decade ago, scientists from Canada and the United States reported that they had created a vaccine that was 100 percent effective in protecting monkeys against the Ebola virus. The results were published in a respected journal, and health officials called them exciting. The researchers said tests in people might start within two years, and a product could potentially be ready for licensing by 2010 or 2011. It never happened. The vaccine sat on a shelf. Only now, with nearly 5,000 people dead from Ebola and an epidemic raging out of control in West Africa, is...
  • The dangers of deflation The pendulum swings to the pit

    10/23/2014 10:43:12 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 89 replies
    The Economist ^ | Oct 25th 2014 | [editors]
    [snip]The lowflation of being consistently below an already low target is bad in itself; the deflation it could easy lead to is even worse. There are several reasons. The belief that money made tomorrow will be worth less than money today stymies investment; the belief that goods bought tomorrow will be cheaper than goods bought today chokes consumption. Central bankers can no longer set real (that is, inflation-adjusted) interest rates low enough to restore demand. Wages, incomes and tax revenue all stall, undermining the ability of households, businesses and governments to pay their debts—debts which, in real terms, will grow...
  • This Tax Proposal Could Be the Largest Obstacle to Growing Small Businesses Online

    10/22/2014 2:44:23 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-22-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    Dealing with federal, state and local taxes and regulations is already an incredibly burdensome task on startups and small businesses. But beyond complying with onerous regulations from the jurisdiction where businesses operate, there is a little talked about potential tax change that could make it much more difficult for small businesses to expand into the online marketplace. This complication is known as the Marketplace Fairness Act or MFA. Right now, traditional “brick-and-mortar” stores are required by states and localities to collect sales taxes from customers and remit those back to the states. This is because they have a physical presence...
  • Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies aged 82

    10/20/2014 11:35:34 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 29 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 01:27 EST, 21 October 2014 | Iona Kirby for
    Oscar de la Renta has died at the age of 82. His wife Annette confirmed that the legendary fashion designer passed away at his Kent, Connecticut home on Monday. De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, however a cause of death is yet to be revealed. He is survived by both Annette and his adopted son Moises - a designer at the label. Company executives Alex and Eliza Bolen said in a statement that De la Renta died surrounded by family, friends, and 'more than a few dogs'. The statement also read: 'While our hearts are broken by...
  • Mayor Rawlings on Ebola: 'Dallas is safe'

    10/18/2014 3:03:39 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 29 replies
    WFAA ^ | Oct 18, 2014 | Walt Zwirko, WFAA
    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is making a direct appeal to potential tourists and convention planners who may be having second thoughts about travel to the city that has become the epicenter of Ebola in America..
  • 12 Charts That Show The Permanent Damage That Has Been Done To The U.S. Economy

    10/16/2014 7:00:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    TEC ^ | 10/15/2014 | Michael Snyder
    Most people that discuss the "economic collapse" focus on what is coming in the future. And without a doubt, we are on the verge of some incredibly hard times. But what often gets neglected is the immense permanent damage that has been done to the U.S. economy by the long-term economic collapse that we are already experiencing. In this article I am going to share with you 12 economic charts that show that we are in much, much worse shape than we were five or ten years ago. The long-term problems that are eating away at the foundations of our...
  • Climate Change Insanity

    10/14/2014 9:52:27 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/14/14 | Alan Caruba
    If the EPA is permitted to continue the U.S. might as well just turn off the lights because we are being systematically deprived of sufficient energy I went out for a walk today and enjoyed seeing how the autumn leaves are changing color because autumn, simply stated, is one of the four seasons that affects the Earth. It is part of the change that occurs as it has for billions of years. The notion that humans have anything to do with autumn or the other seasons or that we should be spending billions of dollars to have any effect on...
  • Are you stealing cars without knowing it?

    10/10/2014 6:57:27 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 4 replies
    The Street ^ | 10-8-2014
    Are you stealing cars without knowing it? 10/08/14 - Here's another reason to protect your identity -- car thieves are stealing personal information to buy new vehicles directly from dealerships, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). The bureau says crooks have been frustrated by late-model cars with advanced safeguards that make hot-wiring difficult. But resourceful thieves are now using stolen IDs and fake driver's licenses to purchase or lease vehicles, which they then sell after changing vehicle identification numbers (VINs). "It's comparable to a hacker stealing IDs," explains Joe Wehrle, the NICB president and CEO, in a written...
  • Hilton to sell Waldorf Astoria New York to Chinese insurer

    10/06/2014 7:51:01 AM PDT · by illiac · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/6/14 | Karmin/Calia
    Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. has agreed to sell its most prestigious hotel, Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria, for $1.95 billion to a Chinese insurance company, the hotel operator said Monday. The sale price is among the highest ever for any hotel and represents the latest sign of intense international demand for luxury hotels and other trophy properties in major global cities. The Waldorf Astoria’s price of $1.3 million a room is also among the highest ever paid in the U.S. on a per-room basis. The acquisition is the first major deal in the U.S. for Anbang Insurance Group Co., which beat out...
  • 10 quotes that reveal how profitable abortion is

    10/04/2014 5:04:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    LIVE ACTION ^ | Sarah Terzo
    Abortion doctors face stigma from the medical community and society, protests and pressure from pro-lifers, and the emotionally disturbing aspects of the abortion procedure which often includes sorting through individual body parts, i.e., arms, legs, etc. So why do they do it? For some, the motive may be as simple as making money. Here are some quotes from abortion providers, from now and in the past, that indicate how profitable abortion can be. 1.) “It started out as a financial thing. But I got heavy into the [abortion rights] movement and realized there was a lot of need for physicians…....
  • Famed Chef Emeril Lagasse Says Obama May Drive Him Broke

    09/26/2014 12:53:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | September 25, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Famed chef Emeril Lagasse says that it’s becoming all but impossible to be a successful restaurateur in America today. The government just gets in the way too much. Lagasse specifically singled out the current president’s policies. “It’s becoming a very challenging industry to become a very successful average restaurateur,” continued Lagasse. “I can’t charge $300 a person in my restaurant or I would not be in business. Am I using any different ingredients? Not really. Am I using any caliber of service staff? I don’t think so. I think our service is as good or better than most places.” “And...
  • Why Wisconsin won't become Illinois

    09/24/2014 6:07:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 9-22-14 | Editorial
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, faces a difficult re-election in six weeks. Under normal circumstances, he would probably be coasting to victory. He just beat a recall attempt in 2012, Wisconsin's economy is improving, and he put in place reforms that have already saved the state $3 billion. But of course, this is the issue. His now-famous union bargaining reforms of 2011 have incurred the wrath of America's big labor unions, which are now eager to defeat him. But anyone who doubts the wisdom of Walker's reforms — and the self-interested short-sightedness of the public union bosses — need...
  • Why the Growth of Regulation Means Pain for You and American Business

    09/21/2014 11:19:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Chris Versace
    There has been a lot of talk about regulations, more specifically about how the number of regulations have grown during the last several years. Sad to say, if you take a longer-term view and look again at the regulatory environment, you’ll find it has been what an investor would call a growth industry, with the number of restrictions in the Code of Federal Regulations growing 28% since 1997 – that’s nearly 2% per year. If page count is an indicator, then hang on to your collective hats — in 1975, the Code of Federal Regulations had 71,224 pages. By 2013,...
  • California winery put out of business for using volunteers

    09/18/2014 6:57:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/18/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The State of California continues its war on productive activity, fining a small family-owned winery that earns $11,000 a year a whopping $115,000 for the crime of inviting volunteers to learn about wine while helping out with the harvest and the crush. That is enough to drive it out of business, and the winery is starting to lauch a going out of business sale in response.Rebecca Parr reports in the San Jose Mercury-News: A small-time vintner's use of volunteer workers has put him out of business after the state squeezed him like a late-summer grape for $115,000 in fines --...
  • Marriott hotels placing envelopes in rooms to guilt guests into leaving gratuity

    09/15/2014 10:19:02 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 175 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 September 2014 | By Associated Press
    Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. The campaign, called 'The Envelope Please,' begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels. The name of the person who cleans the room will be written on the envelope along with a message: 'Our caring room attendants enjoyed making your stay warm and comfortable....