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  • (Vanity) When it comes to the polls, follow the money

    10/26/2016 10:36:06 AM PDT · by JennysCool · 10 replies
    Excuse the vanity, but it's important to remember in this craziness over the polls, that the mainstream media is a profit-making enterprise which we have somehow allowed to run our elections. Elections are the media's cash cows, their Christmases, their Black Fridays. Candidates pour advertising dollars into their depleted accounts, and most of that money must by law be paid upfront. Nice gig, huh? So when you see media-generated or media- subscribed polls, please remember it's in the media's best financial interest to keep the race "close," by having candidates trade leads, rise and fall, gain and lose support. It...
  • 2017 premiums up 25 pct

    10/25/2016 2:53:16 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    yahoo ^ | 10-24-2016 | Caroline Humer, Clarke, Grebler, Matthew Lewis
    Oct 24 (Reuters) - The average premium for benchmark 2017 Obamacare insurance plans sold on rose 25 percent compared with 2016, the U.S. government said on Monday, the biggest increase since the insurance first went on sale in 2013 for the following year. The average monthly premium for the benchmark plan is rising to $302 from $242 in 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services said. The agency attributed the large increase to insurers adjusting their premiums to reflect two years of cost data that became available.
  • "Jesus is Lord" Immanuel(God with us)[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/25/2016 6:38:13 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    the joshua chronicles,bible ^ | 10-25-16 | Holy Spirit
    No one else can be with you the way that I AM. Know that as I AM perpetually with you as the flowing down of a waterfall , Truly even this presence is your shield and guard. So there is no need to fear for I have already overcome this world for you and Zion is now your home and place of eternal reside. So "See" yourself here for it is your eternal truths you walk in not what is seen with your eyes but "what you know in your heart and soul to Be true". Now find Peace in...
  • Nigeria’s President Enlists the West to Help Recover Stolen Money

    10/13/2015 8:04:55 PM PDT · by rey · 31 replies
    WSJ ^ | 13 Oct 2015 | Drew Hinshaw
    The U.K. and U.S. have thrown their muscle behind Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid to recover billions of dollars he says his compatriots embezzled and stashed abroad. At stake is whether courtrooms thousands of miles from Africa can help the continent track down stolen money, seize it, try the culprits and return the funds in timely fashion.
  • Alabama's bypass to the beach, a 'top priority' project, revived with BP money

    10/21/2016 7:45:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies ^ | October 5, 2016 | John Sharp
    With $65 million in new money thanks to the state's BP settlement, the long-beleaguered U.S. 98 project in coastal Alabama has a new life, but officials are proceeding cautiously.It was nearly a decade ago when a previous U.S. 98 project was shut down amid lawsuits and accusations surrounding sediment from the construction site that ran off into the waterways supplying a majority of the Mobile region's drinking water."The job has been redesigned," said Vince Calametti, ALDOT's Southwest Region's chief engineer. "There was an environmental assessment, and it will have to be re-evaluated. It will be one of the first things...
  • BREAKING: In this explosive new video from Project Veritas Action, a Democratic dirty tricks

    10/17/2016 9:18:56 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 80 replies
    Project Veritas Action James O'Keefe ^ | October 17, 2016 | mes O'Keefe Project Veritas
    BREAKING: In this explosive new video from Project Veritas Action, a Democratic dirty tricks operative unwittingly provides a dark money trail to the DNC and Clinton campaign. The video documents violence at Trump rallies that is traced to the Clinton campaign and the DNC through a process called birddogging. A shady coordinated communications chain between the DNC, Clinton Campaign, Hillary Clinton's Super PAC (Priorities) and other organizations are revealed. A key Clinton operative is on camera saying, “It doesn’t matter what the friggin’ legal and ethics people say, we need to win this motherf---er.
  • Prayer Request: We just got hit with Financial Crisis

    10/16/2016 7:31:20 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 79 replies
    10/16/16 | sff
    Hello fellow FREEPer prayer warriors and believers! This evening, we got an email from our employer that portends some very bad news. To put it simply, one of the adults in the household is highly likely to be facing reduced (perhaps down to zero) income in the very near future. We use this income for, as you can imagine, to pay essential bills. We care for an elderly relative, living at home, who has dementia. And we care for a youngster in college. Essentially this is, dare I say: Not good. So, God is greater than all of this and...
  • JUST ( (( ROAR )) ) [Charismatic Caucus]

    10/11/2016 7:26:50 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, The joshua Chronicles ^ | 10-11-16 | Holy Spirit, bible
    My Position(Plumb line) in your Life is about to take front seat and CENTER you in MY PERFECT WILL, for your hunger and thirst has been noticed by my Holy Angels observing you as a Mighty Warrior pushing through all resistance just to bring a drink of water to your King for I AM your ALL. So watch now as I open the Storehouses of Heaven for you for they can not be contained any longer as My blessings for you have overflowed the doors in such a manner they have burst open as the hinges of my mercies to...
  • U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel

    09/27/2016 5:09:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 94 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/27/16 | Ishaan Tharoor
    The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a U.N.-affiliated group based in Geneva. This conclusion was part of a study by the United Nations' Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a body that reports to the international organization's High Commissioner on Human Rights. The group of experts, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, pointing to the continuing link between present injustices and the dark chapters of American history.
  • Rouhani: Obama ‘Conducting Conversations’ to Send More Money to Iran

    09/27/2016 1:42:35 PM PDT · by detective · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 27, 2016 | Edwin Mora
    The president of Iran, state-sponsor of terrorism, has said he is expecting more money from the United States in addition to the $1.7 billion in cash that President Barack Obama has already paid the Shiite Islamic Republic as part of his nuclear deal. “There are still considerable sums of money in the United States that belong to our nation. And we’re currently conducting conversations and various dialogues in order to return this money to Iran. Some things that we could not agree upon, there are ways to address those in the international court system,” Shiite Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told...
  • Man mugged at an ATM returns minutes later and hits the robber with his car, takes his money back

    09/22/2016 2:12:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/21/14 | AP & Snejana Farberov
    Man mugged at an ATM returns minutes later and hits the robber with his car, takes his money back and leaves the bloodied suspect lying in the street**SNIP** The driver, who had his wife and young child in his white Chevy Cobalt at the time, sped off, but later realized that his debit card was still in the ATM, so he returned to look for it, thinking the robber was long gone, reported But the married dad was in for a startling surprise. Investigators say the perpetrator showed up again, this time brandishing a knife. That is when police...
  • Warren Buffett buys more Wells Fargo stock on a dip [Hillary supporter is its largest stockholder!]

    09/20/2016 11:29:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 3.29.2016
    Warren Buffett showed that the selloff in Wells Fargo & Co.’s stock this year has just made him love the banking giant even more, as he boosted his stake in the company to 504.3 million shares, according to regulatory filings. Buffett’s investment vehicle Berkshire Hathaway Inc. BRK.B, +0.01% now owns 10% of Wells Fargo’s common stock outstanding, making him by far the largest shareholder. That is up from 479.7 million shares, or a 9.45% stake, as of Dec. 31, filings show.
  • Washington's Endgame: First Your Guns, Then Your Cash?

    09/18/2016 6:14:17 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 18, 2016 | Dan Joppich
    People don't even think of the American dollar much. Punch a few buttons on an ATM, and twenties appear from a drawer. We don't think much beyond what cash dollars in our pockets can buy at a particular moment. In reality, cash represents freedom – a simple freedom that millions of people around the world don't enjoy while we take it for granted. Russian philosopher Fyodor Dostoevsky in the 1800s said, "Money is coined liberty."
  • Harvard Economist: US Should Phase-Out All Currency Larger Than $10 Bills

    09/17/2016 8:51:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 78 replies ^ | September 16, 2016 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    ( – The Unites States should phase-out all denominations of the U.S. dollar larger than a $10 bill to thwart money launderers and tax evaders, Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff told attendees at a Council on Foreign Relations event this week in Washington, D.C.“Cash is not used in ordinary retail transactions. It’s used by tax evaders and in a lot of crime of all types, including drug trafficking, human trafficking, extortion, racketeering, you name it,” said Rogoff, a member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and author of The Curse of Cash.“Cash is being used...
  • ‘There’s Nothing Better Than a Scared, Rich Candidate’

    09/09/2016 1:25:26 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 21 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | OCTOBER 2016 ISSUE | Molly Ball
    [snip]At the presidential level, Hillary Clinton’s push for the Democratic nomination was nearly derailed by a candidate whose campaign manager was a comic-book-store owner with no experience in elections outside of Vermont. And while Clinton’s staff-heavy operation ultimately prevailed, her worst showings came in caucuses—the sort of contests where on-the-ground organizing is supposed to make the biggest difference. Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, is a field-organizing specialist. On the Republican side, the most expensive and professional presidential campaigns proved remarkably ineffective. Ted Cruz’s campaign paid almost $6 million to a state-of-the-art analytics firm that touted its slicing and dicing of...
  • Blinken: Yeah, Iran's probably going to use some of that cash for terrorism

    09/07/2016 7:29:40 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/07/16 | Robert Laurie
    We know how they're spending it because they told us At this point, it’s not that hard to find people willing to admit that Obama’s massive transfer of cash to Iran will probably end up supporting terrorists. It’s really just common sense. They’re a state sponsor of terrorism - the slaughter of innocents designed to instill fear - and we sent them $1.7 Billion. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how that scenario is going to play out. ...It just takes someone slightly smarter than Barack Obama and John Kerry.
  • ECB Board Member Lashes Out At Central Banking: Ignore "Mathematical Models", Focus On Reality

    09/04/2016 10:18:32 AM PDT · by amorphous · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4 Sep 2016 | Tyler Durden
    At first (literally the day the Fed announced QE1) it was just "tinfoil fringe blogs" who predicted the failure of the central bank's attempt to boost the economy by printing money, instead warning that all the Fed would do is unleash an unprecedented income and wealth divide that may culminate in civil war and hyperinflation. Then, gradually, analysts, pundits and even the mainstream press admitted the truth, i.e., that tin-foilers were right all along, until recently even the Fed's own mouthpiece, Jon Hilsenrath, one day before the Jackson Hole meeting wrote that "Years of Fed Missteps Fueled Disillusion With the...
  • Bill Clinton Paid To Install Hillary’s Private Server With Taxpayer Money

    09/01/2016 8:09:16 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 27 replies ^ | 1 Sep 2016
    Former president Bill Clinton used taxpayer funds from cash provided to him as an ex-president to pay for employees to set up the family’s private email server, according to a new report from Politico. Clinton drew money from the General Services account to pay part of his aide Justin Cooper’s salary — the same person who helped set up a private email server in Clinton’s home. It goes deeper. Clinton used taxpayer funds to boost the salaries of ten different Clinton loyalists, despite his growing wealth from delivering paid speeches. The funds were also used to purchase equipment for the...
  • Why Women Love Trump !

    Video has many positive factors ... Why Women Love Trump ...
  • "Vanity", Media & real help or hope for Clinton.

    08/30/2016 7:54:38 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 14 replies
    Days of reality......Radio, Newspapers, TV News, TV/Radio Ads, Money in Politics, have all lost whatever shine & clout they used to have. The internet & social media all reign supreme, these days!!! There is one remaining political event constant that never will go away........Political Rallies. Since the day of the American Revolution down to this very day, every politician running for public office has relied on political rallies to gather the faithful voters, get the message of motivation and excitment out among the voters, amass. Very few politicians have succeeded without the wide use of politiclal rallies to win elections....
  • Digital Currencies Are Bringing to Reality Hayek's Free Market Money

    08/27/2016 3:22:22 PM PDT · by amorphous · 55 replies
    Cryptocoin News ^ | 28 August 2016 | Andrew Quentson
    “When one studies the history of money one cannot help wondering why people should have put up for so long with governments exercising an exclusive power over 2,000 years that was regularly used to exploit and defraud them. This can be explained only by the myth (that the government prerogative was necessary) becoming so firmly established that it did not occur even to the professional students of these matters (for a long time including the present writer!) ever to question it. But once the validity of the established doctrine is doubted its foundation is rapidly seen to be fragile.” –...
  • New revelations show a nation for sale under Hillary Clinton

    08/24/2016 5:43:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    NY Post ^ | 08/24/16 | David Harsanyi
    The Democratic Party often warns us that mixing big money and politics will corrupt democracy. They must have nominated Hillary Clinton to prove it. The Clinton Foundation was ostensibly set up to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Though it’s done some fine work, its most fruitful program has been leveraging Clinton’s position in the State Department to enrich her family, friends and cronies. It’s against federal law for charities to act in the interests of private business or individuals. Yet the Clinton Foundation secured high-paying gigs for its namesakes and helped for-profit corporations with family ties set up lucrative...
  • Kerry gives no proof of ransom payment source

    08/22/2016 8:38:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/22/16 | Rolf Yungclas
    Should be plenty of evidence for Congress to convict John Kerry for his treasonous activities As Democratic Party members march lockstep to try to elect corrupt former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the White House, it becomes clearer that her successor, John Forbes Kerry, is not only corrupt but guilty of treason for his so-called diplomatic efforts that serve as a conduit for the U.S. funding of Iran’s terrorism-sponsoring regime. Treason, according to Article 2, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution is an impeachable offense: “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be...
  • Pentagon can’t account for $6.5 trillion of taxpayer money – IG report

    08/20/2016 1:18:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 56 replies
    RT ^ | 08/20/16
    The Pentagon failed to account for $6.5 trillion in its financial statement, a recently-recovered Inspector General’s report on the 2015 fiscal year said. It reveals the audit of the Department of Defense was “materially misstated.” The army failed to provide “accurate, complete, timely and well-supported” documents that could have explained the use of trillions of dollars in quarterly and yearend adjustments. The US military made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year, but could not provide anything that would detail what it spent the money on. There were a total...
  • My Joshuas

    04/07/2011 5:28:56 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    My Joshua's are those I entrust Wholeheartedly with My kingdom for truly they are postured both in heart and in spirit for they know and love Me as Samuel did when he met Me as a child and so they walk in My Shalom and feed on My meat which is The Father's will eternally sustaining My children divinely For they are one with Me . Joshua 24:15 15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods...
  • FREEPer advice needed; my time @ Toyota Dealer looking for a used car!

    08/12/2016 6:28:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 94 replies
    8/12/16 | sff
    FREEPers, I need a little advice. I am in the market for a late model used car. We have had good success in our family with Toyotas; owned three or four of them in all and are quite happy with their track record. Also, it has been about six years since I bought a car, so I don't know if the "game" has changed much. I have bought from the "Carmax" guys before, and I know they don't haggle. But I found what was supposed to be a "Dealer Certified" car from a Toyota dealer a few miles from home....
  • History in the Making: Dems Force Debate on Ohio Voting Irregularities (From the 2005 Archives)

    08/12/2016 8:38:56 AM PDT · by Repealthe17thAmendment · 3 replies
    Democracy Now ^ | January 7, 2005 | Amy Goodman
    The House and Senate met in joint session yesterday to count the electoral votes in the 2004 presidential election and certify President Bush’s win over John Kerry. Vice President Dick Cheney was presiding in his role as president of the Senate, overseeing as each state’s votes were withdrawn from mahogany boxes and totaled in a ceremony as old as the Constitution itself. The routine tally went by in alphabetical order, state-by-state without event until the session reached Ohio. Joint Session of Congress, Electoral College vote tally, January 6, 2005. The Electoral College vote tally was interrupted by Democratic Congressmember Stephanie...
  • JESUS calls us Friend[Charismatic Caucus]

    08/12/2016 7:13:57 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 8-12-16 | HolySpirit
    You see I am not just your God I AM your friend. I do things for you that others would not consider because of the cost but I have already laid down my life for you and that is why I send my angels to shut the mouth of the lions for you and turn impossible situations around even without your request at times for truly My name is Prince of Peace and Grace is the scepter I apply to the ones that call me Lord and Savior. John 15:15 15 I do not call you servants any longer, for...
  • Trent Richardson says family, friends spent $1.6M of his money in 10-month span

    08/06/2016 5:26:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | August 5, 2016 | Eric Edholm
    Just days after he was released by the Baltimore Ravens in what could be an NFL career-ending transaction comes more sad news with Trent Richardson. The former No. 3 overall pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2012 told ESPN’s Shelley Smith on “E:60” that his family and friends spent $1.6 million of his money in a period between January 2015 and October in 2015.
  • Since 2014 The US Has Added Half A Million Waiters & Bartenders

    08/05/2016 4:20:35 PM PDT · by vannrox · 32 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5AUG16 | Tyler Durden
    Since 2014 The US Has Added Half A Million Waiters & Bartenders And No Manufacturing Workers: Here's Why by Tyler Durden Aug 5, 2016 12:43 PM 0 SHARES As part of our monthly tradition showing the gaping disparity in the quality of the US labor market, we present the breakdown between the lowest paid jobs available, those for workers in "food services and drinking places", also known as waiters and bartenders, and compare them to the number of workers in the traditionally best paid sector, manufacturing. Here is the bottom line: as the chart below shows, there have been half...
  • Iran cash payment: Did Tehran film transfer? (Looks like it)

    08/05/2016 8:51:23 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 5, 2016 | James Cook
    "I don't think you've heard this anywhere but here," began Mr Trump, before setting out his claim that the Iranian military had filmed the $400m being taken off an airplane and then released the tape to embarrass the United States. Immediately people began to wonder what he was talking about. No-one in the media could remember seeing or broadcasting such a tape, about which Mr Trump was remarkably specific. "They have a perfect tape...
  • Republican Mutiny Fizzles: "Trump Will Be On The Ballot"

    08/03/2016 6:17:29 PM PDT · by vannrox · 44 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3AUG16 | Tyler Durden
    Republican Mutiny Fizzles: "Trump Will Be On The Ballot" by Tyler Durden Aug 3, 2016 8:20 PM 0 SHARES Amid the constant headlines, speculative reporting, uncited sourcing, and relentless spin; it appears chatter of mutiny aboard the GOP has been officially squashed. As The Hill reports, the Republican National Committee is categorically denying reports that party officials are looking into how to replace Donald Trump in case he drops out of the presidential race before Election Day... No one at national party headquarters has been instructed to look into that doomsday scenario, RNC strategist Sean Spicer said, and speculation that...
  • A Half Of Millennials Live Paycheck To Paycheck, Most Don't Think They Will Ever Be Millionaires

    08/03/2016 6:10:00 PM PDT · by vannrox · 40 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4AUG16 | Tyler Durden
    A Half Of Millennials Live Paycheck To Paycheck, Most Don't Think They Will Ever Be Millionaires by Tyler Durden Aug 3, 2016 7:59 PM 0 SHARES In a stark refutation of Obama's "recovery" narrative, most millennials don't see a bright future for their personal finances. Take the case of Shaun Luberski, a 21-year-old recent graduate of Temple University, who is skeptical she will be able to save $1 million by the time she retires. Ms. Luberski landed a full-time job as an account coordinator at Philadelphia magazine and works various side jobs in marketing and promotions.  A big problem plaguing...
  • America's Oligarchs Support Clinton Almost Unanimously

    08/03/2016 6:06:22 PM PDT · by vannrox · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4AUG16 | Authored by Eric Zuesse
    America's Oligarchs Support Clinton Almost Unanimously by Tyler Durden Aug 3, 2016 7:30 PM 0 SHARES Authored by Eric Zuesse,The results are already in, even before the official campaign-finance final figures will become available after the election.Though a large percentage of the people funding the campaign advertising will never be made public - due to recent Supreme Court decisions allowing “dark money” - data already exist on the final product of the campaigns (including both the above-board and the dark money), which is the booked advertising time for each of the two candidates at the start of their campaigns. (Similar proportions...
  • Compensating Differences

    08/03/2016 5:02:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | August 3, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    What economists call an ability to make "compensating differences" is a valuable tool in everyone's arsenal. If people are prohibited from doing so, they are always worse off. You say, "Williams, I never heard of compensating differences. What are they?" Jimmy Soul's 1963 hit song, "If You Wanna Be Happy," explained the concept of compensating differences. His lyrics went: "If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife. So from my personal point of view, get an ugly girl to marry you." His point was that an ugly woman would...
  • The Burrito Index: Consumer Prices Have Soared 160% Since 2001

    08/01/2016 5:48:20 PM PDT · by vannrox · 61 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2 AUGUST 2016 | Tyler Durden
    The Burrito Index: Consumer Prices Have Soared 160% Since 2001 by Tyler Durden Aug 1, 2016 11:31 AM 0 SHARES Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via, In our household, we measure inflation with the "Burrito Index": How much has the cost of a regular burrito at our favorite taco truck gone up?Since we keep detailed records of expenses (a necessity if you’re a self-employed free-lance writer), I can track the real-world inflation of the Burrito Index with great accuracy: the cost of a regular burrito from our local taco truck has gone up from $2.50 in 2001 to $5 in...
  • God's Love Abounds [Charismatic Caucus]

    08/01/2016 7:52:15 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    My love abounds in the riches of the fruit from My Tree. So come and partake of Me in Mercy and Grace. Bathe yourself in My humility and find Peace in all you do for I AM a Wellspring of knowledge and as you seek MY Face I will adorn you in My manifold Spirit so you to may walk in the fullness of My ways and not lack anymore. Philippians 4:19 19 And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
  • Center for American Progress won’t account $5 million in donations

    01/22/2015 6:35:32 AM PST · by opentalk · 4 replies
    FireAndreaMitchell ^ | January 21, 2015
    Obama lackey John Podesta who founded the far left Center for American Progress is about as transparent as Obama. The Center of American Progress has been hiding it’s donor lists for month. Finally, today they were shamed into releasing a partial list of donors. Problem is Podesta’s Center for American Progress isn’t accounting for over $5 million in donations from ‘anonymous sources.’ Podesta will likely be a big part of Hillary Clinton’s run next year, if the old granny does in fact run. Wonder if she’ll get questions about her buddy Podesta’s missing $5 million. Funny too that you don’t...
  • Italian Town Printing Money for Migrants with Commie Icons

    07/15/2016 10:49:55 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | July 15th, 2016 | Arlene Gregorius
    In a far corner of southern Italy, transactions in fake currency are not only accepted by local shopkeepers, they are positively encouraged. The small Calabrian town of Gioiosa Ionica, population 7,000, is currently home to a group of asylum seekers, who are given the imitation bank notes, or "tickets" as they are known, as part of a voucher system. The refugees can spend the cash on whatever they like, but only in the town, so that local businesses benefit. Rather than featuring European architectural gems, they bear the likenesses of a collection of communists and leftist leaders - Che Guevara...
  • Woman allegedly arrives in US with $1.2m in fake bills

    07/12/2016 5:27:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 12, 2016
    Alejandrina Elsa Quispe Ramirez had allegedly told authorities she was traveling to Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston, so that her son could be treated for burn wounds. But what she had planned, according to the Secret Service, was actually something sinister. A tip had come from the Peruvian National Police: A woman and her two sons would be traveling to the United States on July 11 carrying a significant amount of US dollars in their luggage, concealed in thread cones, the type of string or yarn spindles used in sewing machines. The Secret Service had recently seized counterfeit US...
  • Trump raises $51 million with GOP in June, including $26 million for his campaign

    07/06/2016 11:07:49 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 6, 2016 | Matea Gold
    Donald Trump raised more than $26 million for his campaign and another $25 million in conjunction with the Republican National Committee in June, a hefty haul that his campaign hopes will put to rest anxieties in the party about his fundraising prowess... Much of the campaign's money appears to have come in during the final 10 days of the month, when Trump’s operation began aggressively soliciting money online for the first time. The Trump campaign announced Wednesday that more than 400,000 supporters made donations in June, with more than $3 million coming in just one day. That indicates that the...
  • Elite K-8 school teaches white students they’re born racist

    07/01/2016 2:08:29 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 25 replies
    An elite Manhattan school is teaching white students as young as 6 that they’re born racist and should feel guilty benefiting from “white privilege,” while heaping praise and cupcakes on their black peers. Administrators at the Bank Street School for Children on the Upper West Side claim it’s a novel approach to fighting discrimination, and that several other private New York schools are doing it, but even liberal parents aren’t buying it. Modal Trigger A slide from the Bank School shows the different goals for white children (right) and “kids of color” (left). They complain the K-8 school of 430...
  • Real money keeps its value

    06/29/2016 8:36:31 AM PDT · by 1raider1 · 9 replies
    The World Wide Web | June 29, 2016 | Me
    Case in point, I was able to view a menu board from a Dairy Queen sometime not very long after 1955 (I can tell, because it had the dilly bar on it and Dilly Bars were introduced in '55). Anyway, the price of the next to the largest dipped cone is 25˘. Back then quarters were 90 percent silver. Today the melt value of the silver in one of those quarters will buy you the LARGEST dipped cone DQ sells ($3.29, Indiana) and you'll get change back. Current melt value of pre 1964 quarters is $3.32.
  • The Unbearable Whiteness of Money in Politics

    06/26/2016 9:43:23 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 20 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 23, 2016 | Sean McElwee
    The 2016 presidential election will be the second since the court’s disastrous Citizens United decision and the first without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act in place. That means big donors will have more sway over elected officials to dictate the agenda. Already the wealthy are pouring money into the election: Politico reports that the 67 biggest donors, who have each given a million dollars or more have donated three times more than 508,000 small donors combined. A new report from Every Voice Center finds that individuals living in 1 percent of the nation’s zip codes (equal to...
  • GoFundMe campaign intended to raise $250 for a lawnmower for Memphis teen raises $200G

    06/26/2016 9:31:05 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 56 replies
    NY Daily news ^ | 6/26/16 | Laura Bult
    GoFundMe campaign intended to raise $250 for a lawnmower for Memphis teen, instead raises nearly $200G A GoFundMe page set up so that a Memphis teen could kickstart a lawn mowing business has exploded, raising nearly $200,000 for his impoverished family. The “Chauncy’s Chance” crowdfunding campaign was set up by a benevolent stranger, Matt White, and initially set out to raise $250 for a lawnmower for 16-year-old Chauncy Black. Now the teen has his sights set on buying a home for his mother and funding his education after donations started pouring in. Matt White was inspired to help out Black...
  • Trump Way to the Left of Clinton on Foreign Policy – In Fact, He’s Damn Near Anti-Empire

    06/23/2016 12:26:28 AM PDT · by vannrox · 29 replies
    Black Agenda Report ^ | Wed, 03/30/2016 - 15:34 | Glen Ford
    “Trump has rejected the whole gamut of U.S. imperial war rationales, from FDR straight through to the present.” If the Bernie Sanders campaign has propelled the word “socialism” – if not its actual meaning – into common, benign American usage, Donald Trump may have done the world an even greater service, by calling into question the very pillars of U.S. imperial policy: the NATO alliance; the U.S. nuclear “umbrella”; the global network of 1,000 U.S. bases; military “containment” of China and Russia; and U.S. “strategic” claims in the Persian Gulf. Were the U.S. to actually rid itself of these strategic...
  • You have come through the eye of the needle into Kingdom Come [Charismatic Caucus]

    06/21/2016 10:33:39 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    You have come through the eye of the needle into Kingdom Come , Zion lays before you blessed daughters and sons, So now the "real awakening begins", Truly you ARE worthy free from all sins, Look you are dressed in righteousness for you wear my gown, I have bestowed on you and a clean turban as your crown, Your feet shine at the mention of My WORD, For Now they Know it IS the Path of Righteousness they have heard, Holy ! Holy ! Holy ! Is the sound, That you hear now echoing all around, Voices that sound like...
  • Democrat Wants Taxpayers to Pass Drug Test to Qualify for Deductions [semi-satire]

    06/19/2016 10:26:27 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 June 2016 | John Semmens
    Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis) has introduced legislation that would require taxpayers to pass a drug test before being allowed to itemize deductions on their 1040 tax forms. The bill is in retaliation for state laws that require welfare recipients to pass drug tests in order to receive benefits. "I am sick and tired of Republicans forcing poor people to jump through hoops to receive the money they are entitled to under the law," Moore complained. "We enacted these programs to help the unfortunate. Few members of society are as unfortunate as drug addicts. They are slaves to chemicals that their...
  • Borges and $: The Parable of the Literary Master and the Coin

    06/18/2016 5:41:35 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Longreads ^ | June 14, 2016 | Elizabeth Hyde Stevens
    Nothing is less material than money. . . . Money is abstract, I repeated, money is future time. It can be an evening in the suburbs, it can be the music of Brahms, it can be maps, it can be chess, it can be coffee, it can be the words of Epictetus teaching us to despise gold. Money is a Proteus more versatile than the one on the island of Pharos. —Jorge Luis Borges, “The Zahir” I fell in love with Jorge Luis Borges when I was a freshman in college. That year, full of hope and confusion, I left...
  • Lawmaker wants the rich to be drug tested before receiving high-dollar tax deductions

    06/18/2016 5:40:00 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 63 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Andrew Bahl
    Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., in February. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) A Congresswoman who is “sick and tired” of drug testing welfare recipients has introduced a bill in Congress that would subject the rich to many of those same requirements. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., unveiled Thursday the Top 1% Accountability Act, which would require those claiming itemized deductions of more than $150,000 on their tax returns to submit to drug tests or file for less generous tax deductions. The proposal is a shot across the bow at Republican governors in states, including Moore’s home state of Wisconsin, that require the...