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  • Firearms Merchant Files Class Action Lawsuit Against PayPal And Other Payment Processors

    06/24/2017 8:33:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 6/23/2017 | Kerry Picket
    Blair Gladwin, owner of the California based Gladwin Guns and Ammo, filed three class action lawsuits last week against online payment processors PayPal, Stripe, and Square for singling out him and other firearms businesses. The payment companies required Gladwin and the other owners to reveal the nature of their dealings — after which the payment companies refused to work with them. Gladwin claims this type of discrimination is a violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act Sections 51, 52(a) and 52(c), a law that protects federally-licensed gun stores from such refusals of business transactions. The class action lawsuits, according to...
  • Afghanistan: Just walk away

    06/24/2017 6:59:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 79 replies ^ | 6/24/2017 | David Archibald
    Our involvement in Afghanistan is untenable because the country is untenable. No matter what is done, Afghanistan will fail because of its galloping population growth. When the U.S. became involved in 2001, the country had a population of 20.5 million. Now it is 34.4 million, up nearly 70 percent. In the intervening 16 years, the U.S. spent about one trillion dollars and 2,000 lives in stabilizing Afghanistan. All the stability and free food provided just created a perfect breeding environment for the natives. The population growth rate has settled at 3.0 percent per annum. At that rate, in another 16...
  • Weed Killer Under Attack From Tree Huggers

    06/24/2017 6:19:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 6/24/2017 | Brian Darling
    For over two years now, environmental activists and anti-industry groups have been raging against the U.S. government, the European Union, and practically anybody else that would listen about the herbicide glyphosate. Glyphosate is a weed killer and the main ingredient in RoundUp. Weed killers are obviously a critical tool for American farmers and farmers around the world. The left-wingers are attacking weed killers despite the chemical receiving a clean bill of health from both the EPA and Europe’s main food safety and chemical authorities. reported late last year that “in November 2015, the European Food Safety Authority, or EFSA,...
  • McDonald's Hits All-Time High As Wall Street Cheers Replacement Of Cashiers With Kiosks

    06/23/2017 2:12:56 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 185 replies
    CNBC ^ | 06/22/17 | Tae Kim
    Cowen says McDonald's will upgrade 2,500 restaurants to its "Experience of the Future" technology by year-end, which includes digital ordering kiosks. The firm raises its rating on McDonald's to outperform from market perform and price target for the shares to $180 from $142. Same store sales estimate for 2018 raised to 3 percent from 2 percent. McDonald's shares hit an all-time high on Tuesday as Wall Street expects sales to increase from new digital ordering kiosks that will replace cashiers in 2,500 restaurants. Cowen raised its rating on McDonald's shares to outperform from market perform because of the technology upgrades,...
  • Female robbery suspect shot by armed Quiznos employee during ‘take-over style’(SLC)

    06/23/2017 9:31:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies ^ | 6/21/2017 | STEPHEN HUNT
    During what Salt Lake City police are calling rare "take-over style" robbery at a Quiznos restaurant Tuesday night, a female employee shot and wounded a female robbery suspect, prompting her two male accomplices to flee. The female suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was in serious condition Wednesday at a hospital, said SLCPD Detective Greg Wilking, who said the suspect was hit in the neck.
  • Gun Sales Spike As People Buy Deadlier Weapons to Protect Themselves

    06/23/2017 9:18:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 96 replies ^ | 6/22/2017 | Douglas Main
    People are increasingly buying more lethal guns, and arming themselves for purposes of protection rather than for hunting or recreation, new research shows. In a study of gun manufacturing and sales from 1990 to 2015, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers shows that the production of larger-caliber handguns skyrocketed in this time period. The paper found that since 1994, the manufacture of .38-caliber guns rose 12-fold, with nearly 820,000 of the pistols produced in 2015. The manufacture of 9 mm guns also increased seven-fold in this 15-year stretch, while those larger than 9 mm jumped 150 percent
  • Rainbow Family members start gathering in Oregon

    06/23/2017 7:31:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies ^ | 6/22/2017 | ANDREW SELSKY
    Concern is growing in a conservative, remote corner of Oregon as people start arriving in a national forest for a Rainbow Family of Living Light annual gathering, a counter-culture get-together expected to draw thousands. Officials with the Malheur National Forest said this week that around 600 Rainbow Family members are already camped at a gathering site near Flagtail Meadow and that between 10,000 and 30,000 are likely arriving by July 4, when the multi-day event peaks with a prayer for world peace. People with small children, those with disabilities and senior citizens were among those who wrote to the event's...
  • The Dirty Secret of How Income Taxes Really Work

    06/23/2017 7:21:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies ^ | 6/23/2017 | Bart Besseling
    For the sake of this argument, let's divide the population into three groups. The first group consists of children, dependents, retirees, and those who manage to live off government handouts like disability, food stamps, etc. This group does not earn enough income to contribute to income taxes.
  • The Appalling Delusion of 100 Percent Renewables, Exposed

    06/22/2017 10:03:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 6/22/2017 | Robert Bryce
    The idea that the U.S. economy can be run solely with renewable energy — a claim that leftist politicians, environmentalists, and climate activists have endlessly promoted — has always been a fool’s errand. And on Monday, the National Academy of Sciences published a blockbuster paper by an all-star group of American scientists that says exactly that. The paper, by Chris Clack, formerly with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado Boulder, and 20 other top scientists, appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It decimates the work of Mark Jacobson, the Stanford engineering...
  • FBI Report on Alexandria Quietly Debunks the Gun-Controllers’ Talking Points

    06/22/2017 9:54:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 6/21/2017 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    The FBI has published a brief report on the shooting in Alexandria. It is devastating to the idea that the gun-control measures presently coveted by the Democratic party would have done something to prevent the attack. Over the past two decades, Democrats have focused on three major proposals for reform. They are: 1) That all private transfers should be contingent upon a federal background check; 2) That firearms that look a certain way should be classed as “assault weapons” and prohibited from sale; and 3) That civilians should be forbidden from buying magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. None...
  • Reno Is Starting to Look More Like Silicon Valley

    06/22/2017 8:39:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 6/22/2107 | Karen Weise
    “Are you with Tesla or Panasonic?” the waitress asks with a smile. It’s morning in Reno, and it’s natural to assume anyone eating breakfast among the rustic wood walls and Instagram-worthy succulents of the Whitney Peak Hotel would work at the mammoth Tesla Gigafactory, jointly run by the two tech companies. For transplants landing in Reno, the boutique hotel, formerly a casino, has become a common crash pad—albeit one wrapped by an outdoor rock-climbing wall.
  • The Forgotten War that Changed American History

    06/22/2017 8:18:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 6/22/2017 | Janet Levy
    In the late 1700s, the newly independent republic of the United States was continually beset by piracy at sea from four Muslim Barbary Coast states: Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli, and Morocco. The U.S., with limited military resources and staggering debts from the War for Independence, sought to establish secure routes for international commerce to spur rapid economic growth needed to build the emerging country. Yet the U.S. faced constant Ottoman attacks on its merchant ships. American and European ships venturing into the region routinely faced capture of crewmembers, who risked being held as slaves until hefty ransoms were paid. The persistent...
  • US on track to reduce CO2 emissions even without Paris accord

    06/22/2017 8:11:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies ^ | 6/22/2017 | Rick Moran
    One of the dirty little secrets of the global warming hysterics who went off the deep end when President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate deal is that even without the agreement, the United States will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions and meet the voluntary goals set by the accords. The fact is, that the US has been reducing its carbon emissions for more than a decade without government mandates. The free market has driven industry to find alternatives to coal as it became more expensive. And the fracking revolution has created a glut of natural gas supplies - a...
  • ISIS urges attacks on Ramadan's Night of Power, Islam's holiest day

    06/22/2017 7:38:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 6/21/2017 | Hollie McKay
    Law enforcement officials around the world are on high alert this week as ISIS calls for a surge of civilian attacks during Islam’s “Night of Power,” the holiest day on the Islamic calendar, which this year begins Wednesday evening. Known in Arabic as “Laylat al-Qadr,” it marks the night during the holy month of Ramadan that Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad received the first revelations of the Quran. While the vast majority of Muslims consider the occasion as the best time in the year to pray for blessings and forgiveness, jihadist groups such as ISIS exploit the date to urge...
  • The infrastructure myth

    06/21/2017 9:49:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Lagniappe Weekly ^ | June 21, 2017 | Jeff Poor
    Throughout the 2016 campaign and into the early stages of his presidency, Donald Trump vowed to make infrastructure improvements around the country. The promise was all part of his brand of populism — spend more money domestically and less abroad. America first. “We need members of both parties to join hands and work with us to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to build new roads and bridges and airports and tunnels and highways and railways all across our great nation,” Trump pledged at a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida, earlier this year. Given Trump’s Russia investigation toxicity, it will...
  • Catholic teachers’ union supports pro-abortion conference, pride parades

    06/21/2017 7:43:50 PM PDT · by Architect of Paradise · 6 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Lianne Laurence
    TORONTO, June 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association is tweeting support for the international pro-abortion Women Deliver conference to be held in Vancouver in 2019. OECTA tweeted on June 14: Just announced! @WomenDeliver, the largest global conf. on the rights of women, will be hosted in Canada this year: But Women Deliver, funded in part by the United Nations, advocates for global “sexual and reproductive health and rights” for women. Lest there be any doubt what that means, the Women Deliver website notes: Realizing these rights requires meeting the need for modern contraception, and sexual and...
  • Paying the last full measure of devotion on the USS Fitzgerald(RIP Sir)

    06/21/2017 9:27:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 6/21/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Even though this was not an event which took place during battle, Petty Officer First Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr. sacrificed his life and died the death of a hero. His name should be added to the list of sailors who will have ships of the line named after them in the future. And a posthumous award for his unbelievable bravery, devotion and sacrifice would not be out of order. God Bless and rest in peace, Petty Officer Rehm. Few of us will ever match your mettle.
  • Jack Ma: In 30 years people will work 'four hours a day and maybe four days a week

    06/21/2017 9:01:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies ^ | 6/21/2017 | Anita Balakrishnan
    Jack Ma Jack Ma: In the next 30 years people will work 4 hours a day 1 Hour Ago | 05:42 Alibaba founder Jack Ma spent 800 hours traveling around the world last year and plans to increase that to 1,000 in 2017, evangelizing his burgeoning e-commerce platform, globalization and artificial intelligence. The billionaire Chinese businessman sat down with CNBC this week at the Gateway '17 conference in Detroit for a wide-ranging interview on those topics and others. Here are the highlights:
  • NASA not publicizing 8 months of cooler temperatures

    06/21/2017 8:29:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 6/21/2017 | Dale Leuck
    Beginning in January of this year, headlines screamed 2016 to be the hottest year since 1880, highlighting July as the hottest month ever (here, here, here, and here). Stories referenced the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, that part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) dedicated to climate change instead of space exploration. Indeed, NASA itself posted a news release January 18 highlighting 2016 as the hottest year, followed by news releases February 15 and March 15, respectively, highlighting January and February to be the third warmest and second warmest months on record. But, scrolling down on the NASA...
  • As Email Probes Continue, Clinton Could Have Security Clearance Revoked

    06/21/2017 8:16:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 6/21/2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    The department’s investigation aims to determine whether Clinton and her closest aides violated government protocols by using her private server to receive, hold and transmit classified and top-secret government documents. The department declined to say when its inquiry began, but it follows the conclusion of the FBI’s probe into the matter, which did not result in any actions being taken against Clinton or any of her aides. Depending on the outcome of the current State Department inquiry, Clinton and her aides could have their access to sensitive government documents terminated.