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  • Chilling Truth: The Siege of the Bundy Ranch Reaches into the White House (agenda 21)

    04/13/2014 1:17:36 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 66 replies
    Cliven Bundy, can a cowboy defeat the Marxists? In the end, there is only one reason why the Bundy ranch was besieged. President Obama had to have taken the lead. He knew it was going on and he sanctioned it. Beyond oil, solar, and Chinese Communists with money, lurks Obama’s Agenda. InfoWars has found a smoking gun in the case of embattled rancher Cliven Bundy. A lucrative contract – which will benefit Harry Reid and his son Rory Reid – specifically mentions the need to rid the land of Cliven Bundy. In addition, Natural News pointed out that the BLM...
  • The Truth About Buying Gold And Silver

    04/12/2014 10:48:13 PM PDT · by Petro · 67 replies
    Cutting Through The Fog ^ | April 11, 2014 | George B
    Friday, April 11, 2014 The Truth About Buying Gold And Silver Every day, the radio airways and cable news broadcasts are filled with advertising from "gold bug" companies who are trying to convince you to buy both gold and silver. There are dozens of them: Goldline, Lear Capital, Rosland, Merit, and so on. All of whom claim that, by holding these precious metals, you are being protected against inflation as a result of massive government spending and the devaluation of the dollar, or, protected against another recession, depression, or stock market crash. The problem is that all of those claims...
  • Superintendent Says District Worse Off Despite Getting More Overall State Money

    04/10/2014 5:56:30 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/8/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Kalamazoo Public Schools get about $53 more per student in state funding this year than the district received in 2010-2011. Yet Michael Rice, the district's superintendent, said in a recent column in Bridge Magazine that the Kalamazoo schools and others across the state were better off three years ago. Rice, like others asking for more money from the state, makes the case in his column that funding has decreased because some schools receive less money today from the state's foundation allowance. The foundation allowance is a base per-pupil dollar amount that schools receive, but is just part of the...
  • Taxing Life Away

    04/09/2014 4:13:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | John Stossel
    It's tax time. I'm too scared to do my taxes. I'm sure I'll get something wrong and my enemies in government will persecute -- no, I mean prosecute -- me. So I hired Bob. Bob's my accountant. I like Bob, but I don't like that I have to have an accountant. I don't want to spend time keeping records and talking to Bob about boring things I don't understand, and I really don't want to pay Bob. But I have to. What a waste. Once, I calculated what I could do with the money I give Bob. I could have...
  • RAHN: Why do we still use paper money?

    04/08/2014 6:52:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/08/2014 | By Richard Rahn
    Paper currency is dirty and is a major transmitter of disease as it goes from unwashed hand to unwashed hand. It is easily lost and stolen, and can be easily destroyed by getting wet or burned. It physically wears out in a short time and is costly and troublesome to replace. So why do we still use the filthy stuff in the electronic age? When given a choice, people find credit cards, debit cards and bank account electronic payments more convenient than cash. In many parts of the world, payments can be made from cellphone to cellphone, with the phone...
  • Rob Lowe: 'I Want The Government Out Of Almost Everything'

    04/07/2014 6:04:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | 4/7/14 | Ericka Andersen
    Actor Rob Lowe identified himself as an “independent moderate” this weekend in an interview with the New York Times. Lowe, a former Democrat, spoke about his views on government, saying: “My thing is personal freedoms, freedoms for the individual to love whom they want, do with what they want. In fact, I want the government out of almost everything.” The former teen heartthrob and current Parks and Recreation actor spoke negatively of political party loyalty as well: “Belonging to one party is acceptable. But my days of just ticking the party box are long over. I judge the candidates for...
  • Harry Reid Took Money from Koch Lobbyist

    04/07/2014 4:28:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/07/14 | Andrew Stiles
    Add Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) to the list of Senate Democrats who have benefitted from Koch money. In fact, he might as well pay one of his grandchildren to stitch Koch insignias onto his suit to denote their sponsorship: According to campaign finance records, former Koch Industries lobbyist Robert P. Hall III donated $500 to Reid’s campaign in 2003. Hall worked for Koch Industries from 1998 to 2004, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He was previously a lobbyist for INVISTA, the Koch Industries subsidiary that Democrats are targeting in their latest campaign to “other” the...
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    04/04/2014 1:32:12 PM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
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  • Bitcoin in the sights of regulators (Australian Source)

    04/03/2014 5:54:47 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 4 replies
    Dynamic Business ^ | April 5, 2014 01:43 GMT | Edwin Carr
    Bitcoin is making news again. Angry investors in the virtual currency are joining a class action to recover nearly US$500 million “lost” when Mt. Gox, a Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange, crashed at the end of February 2014. The collapse of the exchange is reported to be the result of theft by hackers. In another recent story, US magazine Newsweek claims to have tracked down the mysterious founder of the “crypto-currency”, a Mr Nakamoto in California. Bitcoin’s website names “Satoshi Nakamoto” as the currency’s founder but many believe that is a pseudonym. Bitcoin is associated with some high profile criminal investigations, including...
  • State Paying $860 Million In Select Tax Incentives, Subsidies

    04/03/2014 9:57:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/2/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The state of Michigan is expected to pay $860 million for economic development credits and programs in fiscal year 2014 and most of that money is slated for politically favored business such as Hollywood's movie industry, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. "The spending we are doing on economic development is large," said James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. "And the majority of these expenses are for decisions made years ago. The state shouldn't be in the business of awarding tax money to favored industries." Michigan could certainly use that money....
  • Obama Heads to Fundraiser After Giving Brief Ft. Hood Statement

    04/02/2014 6:33:23 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    On Wednesday evening, President Obama was being kept up to date on the developments from the mass shooting at Fort Hood while reportedly attending fundraisers for the 2014 election cycle. According to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, Obama is in the loop while at the fundraisers. Obama will be in Chicago for four and a half hours, and the events have largely been closed to the media, with radio and TV reporters banned from attendance. Only one print reporter will be allowed to provide press pool notes
  • "No more greenbacks

    04/02/2014 12:17:32 PM PDT · by OldNavyVet · 34 replies
    Fox News hannel | 3 April 2014 | Shepherd Smith
    Shepherd Smith on Fox News Channel ... NOW
  • Nearly Half Of Us Couldn't Live A Month On Our Savings

    04/01/2014 9:01:03 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies
    BI ^ | 4-1-2014 | Trae Bodge
    Nearly Half Of Us Couldn't Live A Month On Our Savings Trae Bodge , RetailMeNot's The Real Deal Apr. 1, 2014, 5:56 PM April is Financial Literacy Month (and dreaded tax time), so let’s talk about your financial know-how. Are you financially prepared if you need to stop working for a few months due to a layoff or illness? Do you know how much money you have lying around? What about your kids? Are you setting them on a path to financial health? RetailMeNot recently polled more than 1,000 Americans and found that overall consumers are doing pretty well on...
  • Tina Fey Hit With Workers' Comp Judgment

    03/28/2014 1:45:22 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Smoking Gun ^ | 3/28/14
    New York State officials have filed a $79,000 judgment against Tina Fey, alleging that the comedian has failed to carry required workers' compensation insurance, according to court filings. The Workers’ Compensation Board lodged the judgment against Fey last week in State Supreme Court in Manhattan. State records indicate that the 43-year-old entertainer is being dunned for “Failure to Carry Workers’ Comp Ins” from late-2012 through last month.
  • Naked Success

    03/27/2014 9:02:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Bob Goldman
    Did you see the photo? It's all over the Internet -- a snapshot of billionaire CEO Richard Branson, in board shorts, in the Caribbean, kiteboarding with a naked woman on his back. If you ask me, that's the kind of person you want to give you advice. I mean, there are lots of billionaires out there, but how many of them have naked women on their backs? No more than a handful, I imagine. That's why I was so excited to find "Richard Branson's top 10 tips for success" on the BBC News Entertainment & Arts website. (No, I...
  • College Football and Capitalism

    03/27/2014 7:43:27 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 86 replies
    College football players should not be paid. Plain and simple. But there is no reason why any player should not be given carte blanche to capitalize on his chosen sport. Capitalism 101 rides to the rescue once again. In addition to the free education players get, any player, on scholarship or not, should be allowed to sell and hawk his personal merchandise from t-shirt to jockstrap. He or she should be allowed to put his name and school name/logo on his jersey or helmet or whatever - just like the pros do. A player could sell and trade cards with...
  • New Yorkers Might Have to Pay an Extra 10 Cents to Get Disposable Bags

    03/27/2014 6:15:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies
    nymag.com ^ | 3/26/14 | Caroline Bankoff
    The City Council has proposed a bill that would require grocery and other retail shops to charge customers ten cents for the privilege of bringing their purchases home in a new paper or plastic bag. (Proceeds from the fee would go back to the store owners.) The plan, which is currently endorsed by 19 council members (it needs 26 votes to pass), is intended to encourage people to bring their own reusable bags....
  • Presidential trip will slow Miami traffic

    03/20/2014 4:19:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 3/20/14
    Expect a messy afternoon rush in the Miami area on Thursday. President Barack Obama will be in South Florida to raise money for the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The White House and Secret Service don't release timing or route details, but it's a safe bet that traffic could be difficult....
  • Lili Estefan Net Worth [Obama fundraiser host this week in Florida]

    03/18/2014 3:01:16 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Lili Estefan net worth: Lili Estefan is a Cuban-American model and host with a net worth of $10 million dollars. Born in Havana, Cuba, Lili Estefan began her professional on-camera career in the mid-80s.
  • Politicians enjoy winter in South Florida – for raising money [Obama BACK to Florida]

    03/18/2014 9:25:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    3/16/14
    ...President Obama headlines a fundraising event for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the organization that raises money for Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives... Ted Deutch, who represents Broward and Palm Beach counties, is on the invite list for the Miami event, as is U.S. Rep. Steve Israel of New York, chairman of the DCCC, according to a copy of the invitation posted online by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit group that tracks government information. Deutch and Israel aren't really the draw. The hosts are Tracy and Alonzo Mourning. He's the former Miami Heat center and a major...
  • 36% of Workers Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings

    03/18/2014 6:01:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    24/7 Wall Street ^ | John C Ogg
    America may have recovered handily from the Great Recession, and the bull market may now be five years old, but in no way should America think that it is remotely immune or even insulated from the next economic shock. It remains a fact that Americans just have too small a nest egg in savings — many with little or no savings and investments whatsoever. A report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), which is collected on employees who participate or have the option to participate in retirement plans, says they just are not doing enough. Many metrics of the...
  • My business accepts Bitcoins

    03/17/2014 12:53:04 PM PDT · by Errant · 42 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 17 March 2014 | Parija Kavilanz
    Bitcoin is coming soon to a town near you. Or, more likely, it's already there. The five-year-old digital currency is increasingly being adopted by brick-and mortar businesses, including dentists, pet boutiques -- even a small honey business in Utah. In 2012, about 1,000 businesses used BitPay, the largest processor of Bitcoin payments. Today, more than 26,000 businesses worldwide use BitPay, said Tony Gallippi, its cofounder and CEO. The majority of those firms are small businesses -- about half are in the U.S. and the rest are international. And while a majority are online sellers, Gallippi said 20% are merchants with...
  • Satoshi Nakamoto’s Silence: Why Gold and Silver are Money and Bitcoin is but Thin Air

    03/12/2014 6:44:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Sun ^ | 03/12/2014
    One of our favorite japes is about the group of scientists who figure out the secret to life — a way to make a human being from nothing but dirt. When they’ve worked it all out, they are so excited they go directly to God to announce their discovery that He is no longer necessary. He appears a bit surprised, but they offer to demonstrate. He nods. One of the scientists bends down and scoops up a fistful of dirt. “Oh, no,” God exclaims. “You’ve got to make your own dirt.” This is how we feel about bitcoins. The idea...
  • MICHAEL SAM NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS

    03/12/2014 3:19:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    tmz ^ | 3/9/14
    If you had "under one month" in your "When Will Michael Sam Cash in on His Newfound Fame" office pool, then congrats ... YOU'RE A WINNER!!! Sam, who is about to be drafted into the NFL and thus become the first openly gay man to play in the league, has launched his own line of merchandise, which is now for sale on his website.
  • $600K in Donations Stolen from Joel Osteen’s Mega-Church [LISTEN]

    03/11/2014 8:45:28 AM PDT · by Morgana · 50 replies
    news92am ^ | staff
    Lakewood Church is dealing with a violation of the Ten Commandments after the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Thou shalt not steal.” But someone did. Lakewood Church has sent out a notice that donations collected at services Saturday and Sunday, the 8th and 9th, were stolen. And, they advise anyone who gave by check or credit card to watch their bank accounts very carefully and report any suspicious activity.
  • $113m in Gox Money Believed To Be Moving Through Block Chain

    03/07/2014 4:42:13 PM PST · by Errant · 15 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 7 March 2014 | Danny Bradbury
    Large amounts of bitcoins previously handled by Mt Gox, which have lain dormant for years, have started moving on the block chain. Since the exchange blew up at the end of last month, people have been wondering where the stolen coins went, and have tried to trace some movements between Gox addresses. One participant on the bitcoin talk forum recalled an IRC conversation between Gox CEO Mark Karpeles and various users, which allegedly took place on June 23, 2011.
  • Bitcoin firm CEO found dead in suspected suicide

    03/06/2014 8:56:08 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | 03-06-2014 | Staff
    It appears bitcoin’s recent turmoil has claimed its first life. Autumn Ratke a 28-year-old American CEO of bitcoin exchange firm First Meta was found dead in her Singapore apartment on Feb. 28. Local media are calling it a suicide, but Singapore officials are waiting for toxicology test results. Ratke formerly worked with Apple and other Silicon Valley tech firms on developing digital payment systems.
  • $10M Gold Coin Hoard Found in Yard May Have Been Stolen From Mint

    03/04/2014 11:01:21 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 146 replies
    Abc ^ | 3/4/14 | By DINA ABOU SALEM and BILL MCGUIRE
    $10M Gold Coin Hoard Found in Yard May Have Been Stolen From Mint A California couple who found a stash of buried gold coins valued at $10 million may not be so lucky after all. The coins may have been stolen from the US Mint in 1900 and thus be the property of the government, according to a published report. The San Francisco Chronicle's website reported that a search of the Haithi Trust Digital Library provided by Northern California fishing guide Jack Trout, who is also a historian and collector of rare coins, turned up the news of the theft....
  • Kerry Lands in Kiev Bearing $1 Billion in Aid

    03/04/2014 8:46:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    ABC ^ | 3/4/14
    ...Kerry touched down in Kiev today to show American support for the country's newly minted leaders - the same leaders Russian President Vladimir Putin called "definitely not legitimate"...
  • Michelle Obama plans pricey trip to China as the First Family is criticized for spending hundreds of

    03/04/2014 6:51:50 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Michelle Obama, her daughters and her mother plan a week-long solo visit to China this month that includes meetings with China's first lady and high school and university students - and that will likely cost U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars. President Obama and his family have come under heavy scrutiny for the unprecedented high travel costs during his time in office - and a week-long trip to China for four members of the First Family, members of the Secret Service and other members of the White House staff will likely cost several millions of dollars. The president's pricey travels have...
  • Next time a Democrat says the economy is doing great show them this...

    03/03/2014 2:39:30 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 21 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-3-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I see on the packaging that these are meant for be for educational use. Well, for those who need a math tutor that comes to 3.49 cents for every FAKE penny.What a freakin' joke. It would be cheaper for teachers to just give their students real money to count with.
  • Sustaining Ukraine's breakthrough: EU expertise and markets are essential [Soros]

    02/27/2014 12:38:34 PM PST · by annalex · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 27 February 2014 | George Soros
    Following a crescendo of terrifying violence, the Ukrainian uprising has had a surprisingly positive outcome. Contrary to all rational expectations, a group of citizens armed with not much more than sticks and shields made of cardboard boxes and metal garbage-can lids overwhelmed a police force firing live ammunition. There were many casualties, but the citizens prevailed. This was one of those historic moments that leave a lasting imprint on a society's collective memory. [...] I established the Renaissance Foundation in Ukraine in 1990 – before the country achieved independence. The foundation did not participate in the recent uprising, but it...
  • School Districts Insist They Need More Money to Educate Fewer Students

    02/26/2014 5:27:33 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/24/2014 | Tom Gantert
    While advocates for more money for public schools say school districts are facing a financial crisis, one point they concede is underplayed: the districts claiming distress overwhelmingly have declining enrollments. So, should a district that has fewer students to teach each year receive more money? While districts with as differing demographics as Alpena and Detroit and Ashley and Flint ran deficits, they shared one common characteristic — declining enrollment. In fact, 39 of the 47 conventional public schools in deficit in 2012-13 had declining enrollments from 2008-09 to 2012-13. The state has increased overall state funding to K-12 education from...
  • Congressional Probe of Cover Oregon

    02/13/2014 3:16:59 PM PST · by goodnesswins · 6 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 2/13/2014 | Nick Budnick
    Influential members of Congress have asked its investigative arm to probe the beleaguered Cover Oregon health insurance exchange, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., announced Thursday in Medford. Walden joined with Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-Penn), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Penn), and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich) to sign a Feb. 12 letter requesting an investigation to Gene Dodaro, the U.S. Comptroller General who oversees the Government Accountability Office.
  • The Unheralded Return of Michelle, The Activist

    02/10/2014 11:41:43 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2-10-14 | Judi McLeod
    The unmasking of Michelle Obama the ‘returned activist’ went down in history at a Virginia high school on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Five years into the Obama regime, Michelle came out of the White House as the activist she’s always been to instruct high school students that they are entitled to “free” government handouts. “Don’t leave money on the table,” she said. In a personal trajectory that went from telling kids what to eat to teaching them how to game the system, it’s no longer encouraging students to be the best they can be but how to get the most...
  • Income Equality is Undesirable And Unattainable

    02/04/2014 8:31:45 PM PST · by PingPongChampion · 10 replies
    Poletical ^ | February 1st, 2014 | R. Rados
    Nothing is more unrealistic, unfeasible, and completely preposterous than the idea of income equality. There is no way that all individuals with varying talents and abilities could ever be equal. Furthermore, there's no reason they should be. If you believe this, it doesn't make you cold-hearted, callous, or evil. What it makes you is rational and highly reasonable. Unfortunately, the world of politics is rarely rational or reasonable. Income inequality is an unsolvable issue. Rather than accepting it as inevitable or natural, politicians describe it as a problem. This problem of income inequality is vague and wide reaching. It becomes...
  • $50 a week? Allowances keep climbing ["Better Economy"]

    02/04/2014 4:35:40 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    There's been a big jump in the number of parents who are giving their children allowances bigger than $10 or $20 a week, according to numbers crunched for Reuters by Baltimore-based money managers T. Rowe Price, which are derived from its annual Parents, Kids & Money surveys.... "There could be a couple of things going on here," explains Stuart Ritter, senior financial planner at T. Rowe Price. "One is that as the economy has been getting better, families are feeling a little more stable and are sharing that with the kids.
  • Feds charge Bitcoin start-up founder with money laundering

    01/27/2014 11:50:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/27/14 | Timothy B. Lee
    Less than a year after raising $1.5 million for his Bitcoin exchange start-up BitInstant, CEO Charlie Shrem has been charged with money laundering. A news release from U.S. prosecutors in Manhattan said that Shrem knowingly facilitated illegal purchases on the now-shuttered underground drug marketplace Silk Road. Silk Road was a Web site that allowed users to buy everything from heroin to fake IDs. To help preserve users´ anonymity, the site required all transactions to be conducted in bitcoins. According to the government, a man named Robert Faiella worked with Shrem to sell bitcoins to Silk Road users. The two men
  • US makes Bitcoin exchange arrests

    01/27/2014 9:25:02 AM PST · by Errant · 53 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 January 2014 | Dave Lee
    The operators of two exchanges for the virtual currency Bitcoin have been arrested in the US. The Department of Justice said Robert Faiella, known as BTCKing, and Charlie Shrem from BitInstant.com have both been charged with money laundering. The authorities said the pair were engaged in a scheme to sell more than $1m (£603,000) in bitcoins to users of online drug marketplace the Silk Road. The site was shut down last year and its alleged owner was arrested. Mr Shrem was arrested on Sunday at New York's JFK airport. He was expected to appear in court on Monday, prosecutors said....
  • Bitcoin is the future, Money2020 delegates told

    01/25/2014 6:25:34 AM PST · by Errant · 25 replies
    Banking Technology ^ | 25 January 2014
    Bitcoin is here to stay and will continue to grow, according to experts speaking on separate panels at Money2020 in Las Vegas. The recent prosecution of Silk Road, an underground online market for drugs that traded Bitcoins and the FBI’s confiscation of approximately $3.5 million in Bitcoins, looked like a severe blow to the virtual currency. But Carol Van Cleef, partner in Patton Boggs and moderator of a session on maths-based and virtual currencies, said the bust showed growing sophistication on the part of federal law enforcement agencies, reports Tom Groenfeldt. “They decided to go not after the system itself,...
  • Currency Massacre In Emerging Markets

    01/24/2014 9:58:30 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 1-24-2014
    Currency Massacre In Emerging Markets Jan. 24, 2014 12:40 PM ET Seeking Alpha Both Venezuela (socialist worker's paradise) and Argentina (nationalist socialist paradise) have a problem with their foreign exchange reserves. In both cases it stems from trying to keep up the pretense that their currencies are worth more than they really are. The central banks of both countries are (and have been for some time) printing money like crazy, and inflation is galloping with gay abandon. Their governments publish misleading economic statistics, that inter alia attempt to hide the true extent of the monetary debasement – in short,...
  • The Implications of Bitcoin: Money Without Government

    01/23/2014 6:15:21 PM PST · by Errant · 64 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 23 January 2014 | Jon Matonis
    One of my favorite things about bitcoin is how it’s such an all-inclusive tent. Bitcoin attracts political idealists from the right, political idealists from the left, Silicon Valley technologists, social science academics, philosophers, capitalists, socialists, and even apolitical speculators. Alex Payne kicked off this latest round of analysis with his blog piece: “Bitcoin, Magical Thinking, and Political Ideology”. A self-described programmer and secular humanist, Payne worked as an early engineer at Twitter building the service’s developer platform and backend infrastructure.
  • Davos Forum Warns Over Global Income Inequality [These People are worth MILLION$]

    01/16/2014 5:03:50 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    ABC ^ | 1/16/14
    The World Economic Forum says the gap between the rich and the poor is the most likely risk to the global economy in coming years. In its annual risk assessment ahead of next week's gathering of political and business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum says income disparity in the wake of the global financial crisis is the "most likely risk to cause an impact on a global scale in the next decade." It warns of a "lost generation" of young people coming of age in the current decade that could hamper the global economic recovery and stoke...
  • Be My Sword of Light for others but do it in Love ![charistmatic caucus]

    01/11/2014 1:00:10 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 1-11-14 | Jedediah
    My children are about to come into their "own" that is The kingdom that is already theirs to bring to others . So do not hide your burning bush by sitting in a pew all your life but come and leave Babylon behind for she is not your sister and begin to lead others out of their desert places, "Be my Moses" to the multitudes in the Valley of Decisions for your light shines as a pillar by night in the land of the wounded and "I AM" this light in you . So use what I have given you...
  • What We Have Learned From The Duck Dynasty Controversy

    01/11/2014 12:45:56 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    Steadfast Lutherans ^ | 1-8-14 | Pastor Matt Richard
    It seems that the A&E Duck Dynasty controversy has come to a conclusion. In the aftermath of this dispute, after all the words exchanged have been reviewed, what can we learn? I believe that the public responses surrounding this recent chain of events reveal several observable trends and ideologies about us as a society. Thus, the following theses presented below are based upon what I believe is the trending American ideology and ethos towards scripture, ethics, and what it values. Thesis #1: Society is unable to apply the simple rules of grammar to scripture. In the debated GQ Interview, it...
  • Shadowy funders build liberal war chest to unseat governor

    01/05/2014 4:36:34 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 1-2-14 | Tori Richards
    A few wealthy, anonymous donors funded a liberal activist group working on the failed recall of Wisconsin’s governor, Watchdog.org has learned. Nearly 75 percent of the money funneled into the Center for Media and Democracy during 2011 and 2012 came from just a few donors whose names have been redacted from tax forms obtained by Watchdog. CMD has said, “Most of CMD’s supporters are individual donors who give $5 or more a year to help support the Center’s general operations.” Those “operations” included contributing to the unsuccessful but expensive effort by liberals and labor unions to unseat GOP Gov. Scott...
  • The Serious Disadvantages of Bitcoin

    01/04/2014 8:13:19 AM PST · by narses · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Pit ^ | 1/1/2014 | Anthony Alfidi
    You’ve all heard about Bitcoin. No one knows who created it, although some writers have made very educated guesses about the identity of the pseudonymous creator. I have sometimes wondered whether Bitcoin is the product of some transnational criminal organization or rogue state that wants to undermine developed economies by casting their payment systems into doubt. I am less concerned with Bitcoin’s origin than with its flaws. I shall enumerate those flaws forthwith. Bitcoin enables fraud and other criminal activities. This is absolutely the single most salient feature of Bitcoin’s anonymity. Conventional currencies are indeed subject to laundering and counterfeit....
  • Census: D.C. Suburbs Dominate Wealthiest List; Falls Church, Va

    01/02/2014 3:17:23 PM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/2/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The small suburban independent city of Falls Church, Va.—which is treated as the equivalent of a county by the Census Bureau--had a higher median household income in 2012 than any county in the United States, according to data released in December by the Census Bureau.In the Census Bureau’s ranking of the 30 counties with the highest median household incomes, the City of Falls Church rose from the No. 2 spot in 2011 to the No. 1 spot in 2012, overtaking Loudon County, Va.While treated as the equivalent of a county by the Census Bureau, the City of Falls Church had...
  • Tech Renegade: From Print-at-Home Guns to Untraceable Currency

    01/01/2014 8:09:26 PM PST · by Theoria · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | 31 Dec 2013 | Danny Yardon
    Cody Wilson rattled lawmakers and law-enforcement agencies with a plastic gun created from a 3-D printer, home computer and blueprints he posted online for anyone to download. Now, the 25-year-old law-school dropout is about to launch software aimed at covering the tracks of financial transactions made with bitcoin, the virtual currency that has exploded in popularity among spenders and speculators—and raised concerns among regulators that it might be used for illegal activity. "We need an anonymous cash online," says Mr. Wilson, who oversees from his apartment near the University of Texas at Austin about a dozen self-described antiestablishment techies working...
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    01/01/2014 10:58:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    TEC ^ | 01/01/2014 | Michael Snyder
    Is the U.S. consumer tapped out? If so, how in the world will the U.S. economy possibly improve in 2014? Most Americans know that the U.S. economy is heavily dependent on consumer spending. If average Americans are not out there spending money, the economy tends not to do very well. Unfortunately, retail sales during the holiday season appear to be quite disappointing and the middle class continues to deeply struggle. And for a whole bunch of reasons things are likely going to be even tougher in 2014. Families are going to have less money in their pockets to spend thanks...