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  • Obama Golfs After Receiving Word of NYPD Shooting

    12/20/2014 10:15:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 20, 2014 | Staff
    President Barack Obama was briefed on the ambush killing of two NYPD cops while on the golf course in Hawaii this afternoon, according to the White House press pool report. “The President has been briefed on the Brooklyn police shooting. White House officials continue to monitor the situation,” reported Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee. Obama endured harsh criticism for golfing minutes after issuing a statement on the beheading of James Foley at the hands of Muslim militants in September. “You know, it is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation because you’re followed everywhere. There’s always going...
  • Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

    12/20/2014 3:34:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    North Country Public Radio ^ | December 20, 2014 | Scott Neuman
    <p>Remember when we told you earlier this month that a gas station in Oklahoma City had lowered its price for regular unleaded to $1.99 a gallon?</p> <p>Well, now that trend is nationwide: GasBuddy.com, which monitors prices across the country, says the $1.99 sign is up over pumps in 24 states. The national average is at $2.43 a gallon, but at one filling station in Springfield, Mo., it was only $1.93.</p>
  • Homeland Security Advises Bigger, Stronger Fence [satire]

    12/20/2014 7:13:35 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Citing the “dire threat” posed by uninvited intruders, the US Department of Homeland Security is recommending a substantial investment in improved fencing for the White House. “As it stands right now, hostile elements can easily breach the meager barrier that the current fence around the White House presents,” Secretary Jeh Johnson complained. “This is as grave a threat to our nation and its government as could exist. We must take steps to seal off the ease of ingress as a matter of national security.” Administration critics juxtaposed Johnson’s alarm over the inadequacy of the White House fence with his more...
  • Judge Says President's Executive Action on Immigration Unconstitutional [satire]

    12/19/2014 3:49:54 PM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Judge Arthur Schwab of the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled that portions of President Obama's unilateral action on illegal immigrants violate the US Constitution's separation of powers. “The alleged grounds of prosecutorial discretion are inadequate to support the totality of what he has tried to do,” Schwab said. “He can decline to prosecute these lawbreakers. That is the limit of his discretion. He does not have the authority to issue them identity papers that would make them eligible for employment or government benefits that existing law prohibits.” Democratic U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (Ill) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn) contend that Schwab...
  • Shep Smith wonders: Is America about to “ruin” Cuba?

    12/17/2014 6:25:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 17, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I first heard of this when John Podhoretz tweeted about it and I thought, “Nope, John’s exaggerating. I wonder what Shep really said.” Then a bunch of other people tweeted that Podhoretz was right, so I thought, “Okay, but obviously a joke.” Then I watched the clip. Actual quote about an honest to goodness police state, no apparent irony intended: “The last thing they need is a Taco Bell and a Lowe’s.” Two ways to read that, I guess. One is that he’s objecting to having the wrong priorities, not to American businesses invading the island. Cubans need basic necessities,...
  • Illegal Immigrant Sues Border Patrol [satire]

    12/15/2014 8:46:35 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Illegal immigrant Jose Manuel Marino-Najera has filed suit against the US Border Patrol for dog bite injuries he sustained during his arrest. Marino-Najera was among a group of immigrants smuggling marijuana across the border. He is alleging that his human rights were violated. “Those border guards disobeyed their own President Obama,” Marino-Najera declared. “He says I have a right to go where I want. They should have given me food and water, not sicced their dogs on me.” Marino-Najera’s lawyer Susan Horschidt claims that “the trauma my client experienced has given him nightmares that have ruined his life. No amount...
  • Obama Boasts that Successor Won't Be Able to Undo Amnesty [satire]

    12/12/2014 3:19:09 PM PST · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    President Obama taunted opponents of his executive action on illegal immigrants, boasting that "it's permanent. No one will be able to unravel it. I'm not just granting them immunity from prosecution for illegally residing in the United States. I'm giving them ID documents, work permits, and Social Security numbers. They'll have the paperwork making them indistinguishable from American citizens. They'll be working and living in our neighborhoods. Their kids will be going to your kids' schools. They'll be voting in our elections. Any efforts to reverse the rights I've bestowed will be punished at the polls." "Rather than embark on...
  • Graphene-based Fuel Cell Membrane Could Extract Hydrogen Directly from Air

    12/11/2014 3:24:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | December 2, 2014 | Dexter Johnson
    In research out of the University of Manchester in the UK led by Nobel Laureate Andre Geim, it has been shown that the one-atom-thick materials graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), once thought to be impermeable, allow protons to pass through them. The result, the Manchester researchers believe, will be more efficient fuel cells and the simplification of the heretofore difficult process of separating hydrogen gas for use as fuel in fuel cells. This latest development alters the understanding of one of the key properties of graphene: that it is impermeable to all gases and liquids. Even an atom as...
  • Driverless cars set to be tested in four English cities

    12/04/2014 7:51:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    BBC News Technology Blog ^ | December 3, 2014
    Milton Keynes is set to begin tests of the Lutz self-driving pods next year.The four English locations picked to test driverless cars have been named.Greenwich, in south-east London, and Bristol will each host a project of their own, while Coventry and Milton Keynes will share a third. The decision was announced by the quango Innovate UK, after George Osborne's Autumn Statement. The chancellor also announced an additional £9m in funding for the work, adding to the £10m that had been announced in July. The businesses involved will add further funds. Bristol will host the Venturer consortium, which aims to investigate...
  • ESS Crossbow Suppressor 2X Review (Ballistic Sunglasses), Shooting and Motorcycles

    12/01/2014 1:33:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I do not write reviews, generally.  It has to be a product that I am going to use.  I needed a good set of sunglasses for shooting and motorcycle riding. I came across the ESS display at the 2014 Shot Show.  They had several of their products that had withstood being hit with number 6 shot at 10 yards.  This is a standard test required for them to be issued as military gear.   These dimples on the glasses are from number six shot.  It did not penetrate.  ESS calls their products eyeshields, and that is a better description...
  • Passengers had to push Tu-134 (airliner) which froze to a runway (-52 degrees)

    11/26/2014 12:10:30 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 35 replies
    As reported LifeNews a source in the airport of Igarka, state of emergency happened to the liner the day before in the morning. Before take-off stem of thermometer fell to-52 degrees therefore the chassis froze to a surface of an airfield, without allowing the plane to leave on a runway and to make dispersal.
  • President Cites “Higher Authority” for Immigration Executive Order [satire]

    11/22/2014 8:11:29 AM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    In the face of nearly two dozen videos of him saying he lacked legal authority to unilaterally enact immigration reform, President Obama went ahead and did so, citing a “higher authority.” “As President of the United States, I felt myself hemmed in by the limitations placed on the office by the US Constitution,” Obama admitted. “As a human being, though, I could not bear the continuing injustice inflicted on the people who have entered this country illegally.” “My dilemma was how to reconcile the guidelines of an aging framework for a nation's government and the call of my conscience,” Obama...
  • President's Usurpation of Legislative Authority Hailed by Democrats [satire]

    11/21/2014 3:20:48 PM PST · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    President Obama's decision to enact immigration reform legislation that Congress has refused to enact inspired some lavish praise from fellow Democrats. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) called it "a courageous first step. President Obama's determination to take a politically unpopular position so soon after voters elected a Republican dominated Congress stakes out new ground in the battle for control over the government and policy." "It's important that we build upon the President's innovation and transform our nation from the archaic plan of trying to extract policy from a fragmented legislative body, where no one has a mandate for governing,...
  • Roy Clark Spins tales at Spotlight

    11/19/2014 3:46:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | November 17, 2014 | James D. Watts Jr. World Scene Writer
    It’s been some time since Roy Clark could bound out onto a stage like a puppy just turned loose, brandishing an electric guitar and a joyous smile, ready to captivate a crowd with his personality and talent. Friday night, it took him a number of slow and careful steps, and the assistance of a cane and a couple of colleagues, to make his way to a chair on the small stage of Tulsa’s Spotlight Theater. Once he settled himself, Clark said, “I have to be careful I don’t...,” and he gave audience a comically knowing look, “...make an entrance. Which...
  • Democrats Disagree over Executive Order for Amnesty [satire]

    11/14/2014 3:42:12 PM PST · by John Semmens · 23 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) is crosswise with President Obama over the proper sequence of events regarding amnesty for illegal immigrants. “I have implored the President to forestall taking any executive action to legalize these undocumented residents until after we get Republican cooperation on next year's budget,” Reid said. “My advice has been to get the money first. Then he can do whatever he wants on amnesty. There'd be no way the GOP could stop him.” Reid complained that “all my sensible arguments seem to be falling on deaf ears. The President says he doesn't need Congress to...
  • Is China Sending America A Message? (Chinese B*t**Slap Barry)

    11/10/2014 3:20:47 PM PST · by mojito · 24 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tyler Durden
    There was China's president, Xi Jinping, Russia's president Vladimir Putin to his right, next to Philippine president Aquino and the uberwealthy Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. And then there is Barack Obama, right in the middle of the "wives club"...
  • President Ready to Use Executive Action for Amnesty [satire]

    11/08/2014 5:52:12 PM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Though he did leave open the option of signing an amnesty bill passed by Congress, President Obama vowed to “go it alone if they don’t give me what I want.” New York politicians Senator Charles Schmer (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) endorsed using a Presidential Executive Order to accomplish immigration reform. “Even if a GOP controlled Congress were to pass an immigration reform bill it is bound to be cluttered with unessential, un-American add-ons like enhanced border security, deportation of criminals and the like,” Schumer warned. “These types of restrictions tarnish America as a beacon...
  • Waiters No More: Unemployed Actors Now Drive Ubers

    10/16/2014 12:20:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | October 10, 2014 | Natalie Jarvey
    Been pitched while in the backseat of a car service? That may be because 60 percent of Lyft drivers also had jobs (or aspirations for one) in the entertainment industry.Before passengers exit from the back of Jerry terHorst's Honda Civic, he makes sure to hand them his card. "Future Famous Actor," it says in block letters. Then, if he gets the chance before they make it to the curb, he tells them about the web series he's working on with his roommate. "I don't want to be that L.A. guy who's like, 'Oh, my web series ...' " he says....
  • Sweden - Ship of fools (video)

    10/13/2014 8:04:11 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 10-13-2014 | Pat Condell
    The shape of things to come on planet "progressive."
  • EBOLA and STATES RIGHTS

    10/12/2014 5:46:19 AM PDT · by ICCtheWay · 20 replies
    Self
    EBOLA and STATES RIGHTS I am not joking - we have to force obama's hand - we have to force the Federal Government into stopping issuance of visas to residents of the West African Ebola Stricken Nations.. Texas and all other states should invoke States Rights to protect the citizens of their respective states... Since obama and his minions will not protect Americans by ceasing issuance of visas to all residents of West Africa Ebola stricken countries - thus allowing entry of potentially Ebola infected people into our country and in turn into each State... Then each State should invoke...
  • Outrage-U.S. Airways attendant refuses to hang up veteran's medal-filled jacket to stop creasing

    10/10/2014 7:52:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 10, 2014 | Sophie Jane Evans
    * First Sargent Albert Marle boarded plane wearing a jacket lined with medals * Asked US Airways attendant if she could hang up his 'Dress Blues' uniform * But she reportedly refused, saying coat closet was for first-class fliers only * Outraged passengers offered Sgt Marle their seats, but he politely declined * After fliers spoke of the incident online, social media users hit out at airline * US Airways has since apologized and launched investigation into incidentUS Airways has sparked outrage after a flight attendant allegedly refused to hang up an Army Ranger and combat veteran's jacket to stop...
  • OK, Not True... but WHY Not?

    10/09/2014 7:42:23 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 18 replies
    Reaganite Republican | 09 October 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    An email has been making the rounds for at least 3-4 years which claims the world's best airport security team at Ben Gurion, Israel has deployed a next generation 'simple solution' for a complex problem... Namely, a special bomb-proof security booth that requires passengers to enter with sealed-doors behind them, as an electronic device detonates any explosives they may have on their person (better hope you left that Bic lighter in the tray!). And although some seemed to have bought into it, the truth is that the story was long-ago disproven -if Snopes is to be believed, anyway. I've never travelled...
  • For Ebola Victim, US Trip Followed Years of Effort

    10/08/2014 10:19:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | October 8, 2014 | Emily Schmall
    Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, grew up next to a leper colony in Liberia and fled years of war before later returning to his country to find it ravaged by the disease that ultimately took his life. Duncan, 42, arrived in Dallas in late September, realizing a long-held ambition to join relatives. He came to attend the high-school graduation of his son, who was born in a refugee camp in Ivory Coast and was brought to the U.S. as a toddler when the boy's mother successfully applied for resettlement....
  • Coast Guard sector issues new steps on Ebola virus

    10/07/2014 10:47:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle / The Associated Press ^ | October 7, 2014 | Jennifer Mcdermott
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard sector says it will contact ships that have recently been to Ebola-affected countries to ask whether passengers have symptoms of the virus before they are allowed into port. The sector, which includes parts of New York and Connecticut, issued to the maritime community in Long Island Sound on Monday a bulletin that describes protocols being put into place due to the Ebola outbreak....
  • NYC health department sends actors to hospitals to test Ebola preparedness

    10/07/2014 10:07:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WABC-TV ^ | October 7, 2014 | Lucy Yang
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)New York City's Department of Health has been on alert for Ebola, and it's now stepping up its contingency plans. The task is not only tracking down any possible cases that could come to our area, but also how to treat and contain the virus. Diagnosing and treating Ebola are all such top priorities in New York right now that officials have been sending actors into emergency rooms pretending to be sick to see how the staff respond. "I really think it's beneficial," student John-David Noguerra said. "I'd rather us be over-prepared than under-prepared for it." To be clear, there...
  • Cruises Change Itineraries Due to Ebola Concerns

    10/06/2014 3:08:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Several cruise lines have changed itineraries due to concerns over Ebola, canceling port stops in West Africa. On Holland America Line's 35-day African Explorer cruise aboard the MS Rotterdam, from Cape Town, South Africa, to Southampton, England, three ports of call in Ghana, Gambia and Senegal will be replaced with an added overnight in Cape Town, an added overnight in Cape Verde and a stop in Tangier, Morocco, according to Holland America spokesman Erik Elvejord....
  • Passenger with Ebola symptoms removed from plane at Orlando International Airport

    10/06/2014 2:24:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    ORLANDO -- A passenger who became ill with Ebola like symptoms on a flight from Houston to Orlando was isolated and removed from the plane Monday. Orlando International Airport officials said the passenger was on Southwest Airlines flight #718 and became ill. The flight crew spoke with the passenger who told them he had traveled to West Africa at the end of August....
  • Ebola Controversy!! Rapper Akon Singing In Plastic Bubble In Africa To Avoid Catching Disease?

    10/05/2014 6:25:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Mstars News ^ | October 5, 2014 | Mitch Thorpe
    It looks like when it comes to the Ebola virus some people aren't taking any risks. Rapper Akon, who performed during the International Day of Peace festival in the city of Goma in The Democratic Repbulic of Congo, took extreme precautions to avoid catching the deadly disease. The "Smack That," singer took a note from the made-for-TV movie, The Boy In the Plastic Bubble, and secured himself in a giant rubber ball so that he didn't catch the sickness from the festivalgoers. After a diagnosis of a Dallas man earlier this week, the world has broken into a Ebola...
  • GM stops sales of new pickups, recalls 524K cars

    10/04/2014 7:56:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    CNN Money ^ | October 3, 2014 | Chris Isidore
    General Motors told dealers to stop selling its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized pickups on Friday. The trucks have only recently started rolling off assembly lines. GM says a wiring problem with the trucks' airbags could keep the airbags from deploying properly when needed. The trucks are so new that only few of them are currently in customers' possession, GM said in a statement. The vast majority are still at the factory and were about to be shipped to dealers. A few more are sitting on dealer lots....
  • African immigrants worry about backlash from U.S. Ebola case (Here it comes)

    10/04/2014 6:47:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2014 | Jon Herskovitz
    In Dallas and other cities home to large populations of African immigrants, worries are abounding among many that their standing in the United States has been tainted by one Liberian man infected with Ebola being treated in Texas. "Some people around here see us as bringing the disease and that's just not right," said a Liberian who asked to be called Sekou, fearful that he and other West African immigrants are going to face bias in their U.S. home because of the sick man. Because many Americans have little knowledge of Africa's geography and the politics of countries on the...
  • Ebola Patient Traveled to U.S. to Marry Girlfriend: Pastor

    10/04/2014 11:38:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 4, 2014 | M. Alex Johnson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who is the first person to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the U.S., traveled to Dallas to marry his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his 19-year-old son, the pastor of the woman's church told NBC News on Saturday. The Rev. George Mason, senior pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church, said the church has been "doing whatever is permitted" to help the woman — who is named Louise and whose last name NBC News is not reporting — and the three children with whom she is in isolation at an undisclosed location...
  • I LOVE CARS — The Greatest Invention of Mankind: Julius Caesar never had anything this good.

    10/03/2014 11:01:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The American Spectator's Ben Stein's Diary ^ | October 1, 2014 | Ben Stein
    Tuesday So… It is a beautiful, spectacular day here in Los Angeles. I am sitting at my desk and looking out at the swimming pool and I am thinking a DEEP THOUGHT: I LOVE CARS. I don’t just like cars. I don’t just think it’s good to have a car. I LOVE CARS. And I include trucks there, too, of course. I LOVE CARS!!!! The car is the greatest invention of mankind. The car is what makes all of the difference in life. Before the car, man was pretty much just an insect. He burrowed and crept along the ground....
  • Report: Thomas Eric Duncan Came to the United States Because He Had Ebola

    10/03/2014 8:02:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 3, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Thomas Eric Duncan aka Patient Zero traveled to the United States out of desperation. He knew that he had been exposed to Ebola, and knew that he could not get treatment where he lived in Liberia. He had seen a friend turned away from three hospitals, and then die of the disease. So according to his former boss, he made the trip to the United States to obtain treatment. Monrovia (Liberia) Daily Observer reports. About Duncan being aware of his medical condition before he left Liberia, his former boss, Mr. Henry Brunson, 60, manager of SafeWay Cargo, a licensed agent...
  • Alan Henning Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    10/03/2014 1:26:00 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 34 replies
    heavy.com ^ | October 3, 2014 | Paul Farrell
    ISIS has executed Alan Henning. Henning is the fourth western hostage to be executed by the Islamic State. Here’s what we know so far:
  • Prescription for avoiding Ebola airport screening: ibuprofen

    10/02/2014 10:54:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Baltimore Sun / Reuters ^ | October 3, 2014 | Sharon Begley
    People who contract Ebola in West Africa can get through airport screenings and onto a plane with a lie and a lot of ibuprofen, according to healthcare experts who believe more must be done to identify infected travelers. At the very least, they said, travelers arriving from Ebola-stricken countries should be screened for fever, which is currently done on departure from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. But such safeguards are not foolproof. "The fever-screening instruments run low and aren't that accurate," said infection control specialist Sean Kaufman, president of Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions, a biosafety company based in Atlanta. "And people...
  • US Ebola Patient was Former FedEx Worker Who Decided to 'Just Go' to US After Firing

    10/02/2014 3:44:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | October 2, 2014 | Frances Martel
    As the international media and law enforcement authorities begin to investigate how a man who had contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia came to arrive in Texas, new details are surfacing about Thomas Eric Duncan and his voyage to the United States. Before coming to America to visit family, Duncan worked at a FedEx from which he was dismissed, after which he decided to "just go" to Texas. According to new details given to the Liberian Observer by someone close to Duncan, Duncan did not leave Liberia with any outward symptoms of the disease. His decision to leave the country,...
  • UN: Air Travel From Ebola Nations Should Continue

    10/02/2014 2:16:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general says the United Nations believes air travel to and from the West African countries affected by the Ebola virus should continue despite the first reported case in the United States. Stephane Dujarric told reporters Thursday that "it's very important not to isolate these countries" as it would worsen their political and economic situations. He says aid groups need access to the region. The first reported U.S. case involves a man who flew from Liberia to visit relatives. His travel took him through Brussels and Washington before reaching Texas....
  • US Ebola case: Dallas's Liberian residents concerned but not panicked

    10/01/2014 8:49:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 1, 2014 | Tom Dart in Dallas
    Community leaders plan vigil for unidentified male patient at local Texas hospital on Thursday.Cynjoe African Market is the sort of miraculous little shop that manages to sell a bit of everything, from hair braids to DVDs, shawls to soft drinks. Its fridges stock the usual selection of mainstream American beers but lettering on the front window advertises matooke, gari, pondu and fufu: African dishes that sound especially exotic given the store’s prosaic location in a north Dallas strip-mall just off the Lyndon B Johnson Freeway. A Liberian flag hangs in one corner of the window. One customer on Wednesday morning...
  • Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital

    10/01/2014 4:07:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 1, 2014 | Lisa Maria Garza
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance. "His whole family was screaming. He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place," resident Mesud Osmanovic, 21, said on Wednesday, describing the chaotic scene before the man was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday where he is in serious condition. The hospital cited the man's privacy as the reason...
  • U.S. about to pass Saudi Arabia as largest liquid petroleum producer

    09/30/2014 8:26:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 30, 2014 | Bruce McQuain
    The Financial Times [subscription] is reporting that the US is poised to become the world’s largest producer of liquid petroleum (oil and natural gas liquids): US production of oil and related liquids such as ethane and propane was neck-and-neck with Saudi Arabia in June and again in August at about 11.5m barrels a day, according to the International Energy Agency, the watchdog backed by rich countries. With US production continuing to boom, its output is set to exceed Saudi Arabia’s this month or next for the first time since 1991. [...] Rising oil and gas production has caused the US...
  • Used BMW i8 Sells For 50% More Than MSRP

    09/29/2014 12:59:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Inside EVs ^ | September 28, 2014 | Mark Kane
    The BMW i8 is a rather unusual car, not only because of its look and drivetrain, but also because it can apparently earn money for its owner. According to Motoring Research, one of the early BMW i8 owners was able to sell his car used for £140,000, or almost 50% over £95,000 post-grant price! He earned £45,000 ($73,000) in just over a month. The reason, which makes used i8s so expensive, lies in high demand limited by the low production target set by BMW. “Specialist finance house Magnitude Finance arranged the deal. One of its customers was reportedly desperate to...
  • Solo hybrid drivers in carpool lanes amplify gridlock

    09/25/2014 9:05:27 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 16 replies
    Science Blog ^ | 9-25-14 | unattributed
    Allowing single-occupant hybrid cars to use carpool lanes – on some of Los Angeles’ busiest highways during rush hour, no less – creates crushing congestion and about $4,500 per car in adverse social costs annually. That includes increased commute times and carbon dioxide emissions, says a new study in the August edition of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. “For commuters, it means further traffic delays, and this becomes a regressive tax on carpoolers – it’s taxing due to their added time,” said study lead author Antonio Bento, associate professor at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and...
  • Candidate Says Illegal Immigrants Have Earned Right to Receive Welfare [Fiction]

    09/23/2014 9:57:01 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 28 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud (Maine) says he is opposed to the idea of curtailing the eligibility for welfare payments to illegal immigrants. “These people have undertaken a long, arduous, and often dangerous journey to get here,” Michaud said. “That took courage and determination. Welfare payments are a meager reward for enduring these treks. It would be niggardly of us to deny them after they’ve crossed the finish line.” Under Maine law, illegal immigrants are not eligible for state funded welfare payments. Nonetheless, several cities have defied the law and paid out public funds to them. Portland disburses over...
  • WHICH CRUISE?

    09/23/2014 5:49:54 AM PDT · by DIRTYSECRET · 16 replies
    San Diego dittos! I can pay $1600 to go on a Mexican Rivieria cruise right out of my home port or FLY across the country to take the National Review Cruise for $3100. In the aftermath of what is expected to be a wave election I could enjoy the victorious company of like-minded conservatives. Negatives would be 2 full days of flying and dealing with the TSA. Since the GOP is run by idiots is it worth it? My friends you decide. Thanks.
  • SpaceX founder expects flights from Texas spaceport to begin in 2016

    09/22/2014 10:48:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | September 22, 2014 | Aaron Nelsen
    BROWNSVILLE — At the groundbreaking ceremony Monday for SpaceX's commercial spaceport on the Texas Gulf coast, the founder of the aerospace company said the survival of mankind may hang on colonization of other planets. The company's future commercial orbital spaceport in Boca Chica, near Brownsville, could be a key player in the race to Mars, said Elon Musk, who is the CEO. “I'm an optimist,” Musk said. “I wouldn't have gotten into the rocket business otherwise.” Musk said SpaceX expects to begin construction on the site by mid-2015 and launch at least one commercial flight per month by late 2016....
  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/14/2014 11:17:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | The October 2014 Issue | Frank Markus | Photos By Julia LaPalme
    Where is the automobile headed in our gradually warming world? Fully electric like the Chevy Spark, Nissan Leaf, or Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive? Plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt, Ford Energi models, or Porsche 918? Flying cars like the Terrafugia Transition? Something else entirely? One thing's for sure: Wherever it's headed, folks buying at the pointy end of the price pyramid will get there first and help field-test the tech for the rest of us. If you have both the means and the inclination to live your automotive life on the green-tech bleeding edge -- or if you need...
  • Mars: Reborn, 3 'Simple' Steps to Make Mars Like Earth

    09/13/2014 2:14:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    RealClearScience ^ | September 9, 2014
    A jump, hop, and a rocket ride away lies Earth's blushing sister: Mars. While apparently lifeless today, some 4 billion years ago, Mars featured rivers, oceans, and potentially even microbial life. The good times obviously didn't last. On Earth, we fear asteroid impacts as harbingers of destruction, but to early Mars, they were cascading gifts of life. The energy and gas they provided helped keep the planet hot and wet. But as the solar system settled down after its turbulent birth, those impacts grew to be few and far between. At the same time, Mars' core was cooling, quieting the...
  • Ships without crew set for the seas

    09/11/2014 6:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Local Europe AB ^ | September 11, 2014
    Researchers based in Norway believe that in around 10 years time cargo ships will have the technology to sail the seas without the need of a captain or crew. Marintek, part of the SINTEF group based in Norway, is one of a number of partners working on developing systems which can operate without the need for humans. The "Seatonomy" project is looking to have ships sailing without human crews in the next 10 to 20 years. The 12 million kroner ($1.9 million) research investment by SINTEF could actually improve ship safety as human error causes more than 75 percent of...
  • The Generosity Of Gander

    09/08/2014 7:51:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 9/8/2014 | JImmy Reed
    On September 11, 2001, Delta Flight 15 received a terse directive: “All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination.” Far out over the Atlantic on a flight from Germany to America, the captain adjusted his heading to land at Gander, Newfoundland. Those aboard noticed that the airport was cluttered with commercial aircraft, and knew something was terribly wrong. Once on the ground, the captain told them that terrorists had hijacked three domestic flights. They were horrified when he described events involving the World Trade Center and...
  • Gasoline Prices in Delaware Averaging $1.71

    09/07/2014 11:17:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- Gasoline prices in Delaware continue to plummet as the price of crude oil has fallen nearly 70 percent from its mid-summer high. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price for a gallon of regular in Delaware is $1.71....