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  • The Tide Is Turning Against the Oligarchs

    12/07/2016 8:12:36 AM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Paul Craig Roberts ^ | 05 December 2016 | Paul Craig Roberts
    The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell Dear Friends, This is my quarterly request for donations. As you know, this is your site. It will stay up as long as you support it. The ruling oligarchy and their presstitute media have become desperate now that they are losing control over explanations and Americans’ minds. Thus, they charge independent Internet journalists such as myself with being Russian agents peddling fake news. Recent legislation in the House of Representatives, the list of 200 alleged Russian agents, and the attacks on...
  • Work without Men

    12/07/2016 6:29:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2016 | John Horvat II
    Now that the elections are over, there is much talk of trade and jobs. Predictably, the highest priorities are being given to negotiating new trade arrangements and tax policies that will bring back jobs to America. It is true that businesses in America are overtaxed and overregulated. Anything that can be done to alleviate these burdens will be most welcome and stimulate the business climate. Such measures will indeed create jobs and open up opportunities, but they alone will not make America great. America faces a grave moral crisis that needs to be addressed. As Charles Murray and so many...
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Emerging Democrat Majority

    11/30/2016 12:04:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 30, 2016 | Richard Winchester
    John Judis and Ruy Teixeira published a bestselling book, The Emerging Democratic Majority, in 2002. Judis hailed the continuing validity of their thesis in an Atlantic article published in November 2012. Other authors, such as Democrat pollster Stanley Greenberg and National Review’s chief political correspondent Tim Alberta, have taken up the drumbeat. The gist of this argument is that a combination of demographic changes to American society and key socioeconomic developments are making it likely that the future will belong to the Democratic Party. Among the demographic changes is the assertion that groups especially likely to vote Democrat – African...
  • 6 million Americans have stopped paying their car loans, and it's becoming a 'significant concern'

    11/30/2016 10:18:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/30/2016 | Matt Turner
    There is a lot of talk out there about the auto-loan market right now. Hedge fund manager Jim Chanos has said the auto-lending market should "scare the heck out of everybody," while the auto-lending practices of some used-car dealerships has been given the John Oliver treatment on TV. It's a topic we've been paying attention to as well. In a presentation in September at the Barclays Financial Services Conference, Gordon Smith, the chief executive for consumer and community banking at JPMorgan, set out some eye-opening statistics on the market. Now the New York Federal Reserve is taking a closer look...
  • The real reasons the U.S. became less racist toward Asian Americans

    11/30/2016 9:36:52 AM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 77 replies
    Jeff Guo
    Between 1940 and 1970, something remarkable happened to Asian Americans. Not only did they surpass African Americans in average household earnings, but they also closed the wage gap with whites. ... [The real secret to Asian American success was not education] How did that happen? About the same time that Asian Americans were climbing the socioeconomic ladder, they also experienced a major shift in their public image. At the outset of the 20th century, Asian Americans had often been portrayed as threatening, exotic and degenerate. But by the 1950s and 1960s, the idea of the model minority had begun to...
  • ESPN Loses Over a Half Million Subscribers (last two months, ESPN lost 1,176,000 subscribers)

    11/30/2016 6:57:28 AM PST · by xzins · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Nov 16 | Dylan Gwinn
    The Nielsen estimates revealed that ESPN lost 555,000 subscribers during the last month. In other words, ESPN essentially lost the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. This, coming on the heels of last month, the worst month in ESPN history, where the network lost 621,000 subscribers. In the last two months, ESPN has lost 1,176,000 subscribers, a subscriber loss nearly the size of the city of Dallas, Texas. ...explanation for the network’s cratering subscriber base. ESPN Ombudsman Jim Brady, admitted that the network lurched way too far to the left in recent years, alienating many viewers.
  • Democrats are lying to themselves about what this election meant

    11/30/2016 4:48:06 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 69 replies
    WaPo ^ | Chris Cillizzi
    Democrats, of late, have taken to citing Hillary Clinton's historically large popular vote victory in the presidential race over Donald Trump as evidence that the country is still fundamentally on their side. Judging by recent election results -- even before Clinton's stunning loss three weeks ago -- that's simply not true. Republicans not only control both the U.S. Senate and House but find themselves at or near historic highs in terms of governorships and state legislative control. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack got it exactly right then when he told The Washington Post's Greg Jaffe that the current state of the...
  • WE'VE LOST THE GLUE THAT BINDS US

    10/18/2016 7:52:58 AM PDT · by shortstop · 32 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 10/18/16 | Bob Lonsberry
    The challenge of racial division in America today is not just that there are forces pushing us apart, but that we've lost the things that held us together. Relations between black people and white people are probably at their worst in anyone's lifetime, with most of those divisions exacerbated dramatically in the last handful of years. The reasons for that have more to do with the manipulation of racial animosity than the reality of the racial situation. Politicians and activists, each standing to benefit by pitting people against one another, have whipped up an internal and seemingly unresolvable conflict between...
  • Six Cultural Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer

    10/18/2016 8:17:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Six Cultural Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer Msgr. Charles Pope • October 17, 2016 • It is critical for us who would preach the Gospel to ponder what sorts of presuppositions our listeners bring to the conversation. Today, sadly, there are many trends that have poisoned the culture and thus make our task much more difficult.But difficult does not mean impossible. It helps to describe modern mindsets, not to despair of them, but rather to look at them with some insight rather than being only vaguely aware of them. If we are more clear on the presuppositions that...
  • The Rise and Fall of the Army Surplus Store

    10/13/2016 4:19:09 PM PDT · by vannrox · 76 replies
    The Art of Manliness ^ | Oct 11, 2016 05:05 pm | By Brett and Kate McKay
    The Rise and Fall of the Army Surplus StoreBy Brett and Kate McKay on Oct 11, 2016 05:05 pm You’ve probably been to an army surplus store.They all look pretty much the same wherever you live. Surplus stores can be found in strip malls in the rough part of town or as stand-alone warehouse-style buildings with corrugated metal roofing and very few windows. They’re easy to miss while driving because they typically only announce themselves with a small yellow sign emblazoned with “Army Surplus” in black lettering.When you walk in, your nose is met with that distinct army surplus...
  • Wall Street Journal: Only One in Five Millennials Has Ever Eaten a Big Mac

    10/12/2016 7:52:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 110 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 11, 2016 | Katherine Rodriguez
    The death knell has tolled for the Big Mac. Only one in five millennials, aged 18 to 34, has ever tried or knows what a Big Mac tastes like, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • September US auto sales slide even as discounts rise

    10/05/2016 11:50:00 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03 October 2016
    Major automakers posted lower September U.S. sales on Monday despite big consumer discounts, as pickup truck volumes fell for both General Motors and Ford. With the top six U.S. market leaders reporting, deliveries fell 0.6 percent from a year earlier. But sales were still strong at 17.8 million vehicles on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, Bill Fay, head of the Toyota brand in the U.S. market, told reporters on a conference call. GM, the top-seller in the United States, posted a 0.6 percent decline. Ford reported an 8 percent drop, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was down 1 percent. Shares of...
  • POLL SHOCK! Hillary Clinton Drops 19 POINTS with Millennial Voters in ONE MONTH

    09/20/2016 5:14:55 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 114 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Sep 20th, 2016 7:04 pm | Jim Hoft
    Hillary Clinton had a rough couple of weeks. First she called Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables” Then on 9-11 Hillary Clinton collapsed at Ground Zero. It’s taken a toll. Hillary Clinton has dropped 19 points with millennial voters in one month! The house of cards is falling in…
  • Google Trends Predicting Trump Win

    09/20/2016 6:24:29 PM PDT · by KavMan · 28 replies
    Google Trends Predicting Trump Win https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svpKWATgOG4
  • Progressively Regressive Sexuality: A Return to Pagan Morality

    09/16/2016 5:17:24 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 44 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | September 8, 2016 | Eric Metaxas
    Sexual progressives claim to be ushering in a “brave new world” of freedom. But their “new” morality is as old as the hills. How often have you heard sexual progressives claim that those of us who hold to traditional sexual morality and marriage are “on the wrong side of history?” But as one new book points out, it’s the proponents of the sexual revolution who are embracing a sexual morality that history left behind millennia ago—in the dusty ruins of the Roman Forum. Yes, today Western civilization is undergoing a dramatic cultural shift. In just a few short years our...
  • Polls darken for Democrats

    09/15/2016 12:42:12 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jonathan Easley
    Hillary Clinton’s once formidable lead over Donald Trump in national and battleground polls is evaporating. Trump has pulled into the lead in Florida and Ohio, two crucial states where he has trailed Clinton for most of the race, and several states that once looked out of reach for Trump — Colorado and Virginia, among them — suddenly appear competitive. ADVERTISEMENT One survey showed Trump swinging to a lead in Nevada, a state that President Obama carried with ease during both of his presidential campaigns. And a poll of Iowa, which has only gone for the GOP nominee once in the...
  • Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Plunges to Record Low in Gallup Poll

    09/14/2016 5:45:18 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    libertyblitzkrieg.com ^ | 9-14-2016 | Michael Krieger
    Michael KriegerSeptember 14, 2016 In yesterday’s post, The Death of Mainstream Media, I noted: At the end of the day, I have concluded that my focus on Hillary as of late (vs. Trump) has as much to with my disgust for the mainstream media as anything else. To see these organs, which have destroyed this country by keeping the people uninformed for decades, now rally around a sickly, corrupt, oligarch coddling politician as the empire enters the collapse stage is simply too much to stomach… The only positive thing to happen during this election season is the death of mainstream...
  • Pew: Whites, Christians fleeing Democratic Party

    09/14/2016 11:42:36 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 61 replies
    The Washington Exmainer ^ | 9/13/2016 | Paul Bedard
    White and Christian voters are abandoning the Democratic Party, according to a remarkable new analysis of political party demographics. The Pew Research Center found that there is now a 29-point white gap, the largest ever between the GOP and Democrats. According to the new analysis, "non-Hispanic whites make up 57 percent of all Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters, down significantly from 76 percent in 1992. By contrast, though the share of GOP voters who are white also has declined since 1992, the change has been much more modest: Currently, 86 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters are non-Hispanic whites,...
  • Gun ownership is up in America. So why isn't the media telling you about it?

    09/08/2016 11:02:52 PM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 8, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Two weeks ago, the PEW Research Center released a survey showing that gun ownership by households is up to 44% — a 7-percentage point increase in the past two years. Another 5% of households won’t reveal whether they own a gun. Yet, not a single mainstream American media headline has announced the increase. In fact, the media goes out of its way to find polls claiming that Americans are turning away from guns. In their War on Guns they want to give the impression that gun owners are a small, fringe group. Maybe they are hoping that this will have...
  • Report: Up To 80% Of Current Jobs Threatened By Technology

    09/05/2016 1:41:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 5, 2016 | Ted Goodman
    More than 70 percent of manufacturing jobs and more than half of jobs involving data collection might be rendered obsolete by automation and robots, according to a report from McKinsey & Company. One study estimated up to 80 percent of current jobs may be threatened by automation, which could become a critical economic issue for policy makers and global leaders in the coming decades. While Americans celebrate Labor Day weekend, it is a good time to contemplate the rise in artificial intelligence and how it can threaten jobs in all types of industries....
  • Clinton fading on RCP

    09/05/2016 2:41:34 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Her national lead is down to 3.9, his lead in LA Times is now up to 3%, and she's only leading by 1% in both Reuters and IBD. The graphics for the RCP Average shows Trump slowly trending upwards, while Hillary takes an abrupt nose dive.
  • Modern life is KILLING children: gadgets, pollution and pesticides are blamed as cancer rates…[tr]

    09/04/2016 8:30:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 13:46 EST, 4 September 2016 | Simon Holmes
    Pollution, pesticides and fast food is killing our children, with new government statistics revealing that the number of youngsters diagnosed with cancer has risen by 40% over the past 16 years. Analysis compiled by researchers from the charity Children with Cancer UK found new cases of cancer in young people rose by 1,300 every year since statistics were last compiled in 1998. The charity found this is most evident in colon cancer, which has increased by 200%, and thyroid cancer, which has seen its cases doubled during the 18 years since the last report was released. […] Alasdair Philips, science...
  • Gender dysphoria - once rare, now 'trendy'

    08/30/2016 3:25:21 PM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | Aug. 30, 2016 | Bob Kellogg
    A child psychiatrist is shedding light on the issue of transgenderism after a Texas mother asked a school to adopt a transgender bathroom policy to accommodate her kindergartener. EAGNews reports the Pearland Independent School District is refusing to comply with a mother's request this month to change its policy even though she says her transgender child is so distraught he prays to be taken to heaven. Psychiatrist Dr. Allan Josephson of the University of Louisville's Bingham Clinic says a child that age cannot grasp the concept of transgenderism. "To be this troubled to ask to be taken away or go...
  • The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Are Not Going To Church

    08/28/2016 2:41:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 418 replies
    The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Are Not Going To ChurchThe standard narrative of American religious decline goes something like this: A few hundred years ago, European and American intellectuals began doubting the validity of God as an explanatory mechanism for natural life. As science became a more widely accepted method for investigating and understanding the physical world, religion became a less viable way of thinking—not just about medicine and mechanics, but also culture and politics and economics and every other sphere of public life. As the United States became more secular, people slowly began drifting away from faith.Of course,...
  • Southern Baptists See 9th Year of Membership Decline

    08/24/2016 5:52:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 6/8/16 | AP
    The denomination lost 200,000 members in 2015.The Southern Baptist Convention lost more than 200,000 members in 2015— the ninth straight year of decline for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Membership stands at 15.3 million, down from 15.5 million in 2014, according to denomination statistics released on Tuesday. Baptisms also fell by more than 10,000 to just a little more than 295,000. Baptisms are an important measure for the Nashville-based denomination because of its strong commitment to evangelism. After the numbers were announced, some denominational leaders emphasized the positive news that the number of Southern Baptist churches increased last year by...
  • Walmart bucks downward trend in retail with earnings beat

    08/18/2016 12:42:03 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 18, 2016 | Reuters
    Earlier this year, Walmart said it would invest $2.7 billion over two years to increase entry-level wages to $10 an hour, a move the company said has led to cleaner stores, faster checkouts and improved customer service. “Walmart’s strategic investments are generating traction, which is especially meaningful, given a large portion of its customer base remains challenged,” said Moody’s analyst Charlie O’Shea. The company bucked a string of weak results by higher-end brick-and-mortar competitors like Target, Macy’s and Kohls.
  • When millennials fly, they don't want to say hi

    08/15/2016 6:26:22 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 99 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | August 15, 2016 | Sushma Un
    Here’s one more group millennials are ignoring as they spend time glued to their smartphones — airline personnel. About 61% of millennials admitted to hiding behind electronic devices in order to avoid interacting with airline staff, according to a survey market-research firm Mintel conducted among 2,000 adults. Beyond millennials, less than half of Generation X — those born roughly between 1965 and 1980 — say they avoid airline personnel, and less than 37% of baby boomers said so. Automated technology is increasingly replacing people for cost-savings and convenience, and few travelers still value the human touch in the process.
  • A New Study Finds That Men Are Weaker Today Than They Were 30 Years Ago

    08/10/2016 6:24:50 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 131 replies
    Australia Men's Health ^ | August 10, 2016 | Paige Fowler
    Think you’d beat your dad in an arm wrestling competition when he was your age? Bad news: he’d probably kick your ass. Men today are weaker than they were 30 years ago, research in the Journal of Hand Therapy found. In the study, men aged 20-34 have lower grip and pinch strength – which measures how strong your hand and upper extremities are – than the same aged guys did three decades ago. In fact, the average grip strength for men ages 25-29 is nearly 12 kilograms lower today than it was before. Your grip may not seem super important...
  • The last big frontier(movement of conservatives to the inland north-west is quietly gaining steam)

    08/06/2016 8:30:46 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 69 replies
    The Economist ^ | 8-6-16 | unattributed
    ASKED by an out-of-stater where the nearest shooting range is, Patrick Leavitt, an affable gunsmith at Riverman Gun Works in Coeur d’Alene, says: “This is Idaho—you can shoot pretty much anywhere away from buildings.” That is one reason why the sparsely populated state is attracting a growing number of “political refugees” keen to slip free from bureaucrats in America’s liberal states, says James Wesley, Rawles (yes, with a comma), an author of bestselling survivalist novels. In a widely read manifesto posted in 2011 on his survivalblog.com, Mr Rawles, a former army intelligence officer, urged libertarian-leaning Christians and Jews to move...
  • High Cancellations Hurt July Class 8 Truck Orders

    08/05/2016 3:59:46 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 13 replies
    TruckingInfo.com ^ | 3AUG2016 | Staff Writer
    It looks like July was another off month for Class 8 truck orders as industry analysts are predicting some of the lowest numbers since 2010, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR. FTR is predicting Class 8 truck orders will come in at around 10,400 units while ACT Research is projecting 10,500 units for the month. Both forecasts are well below July 2015 orders and mark one of the weakest months since 2010. Compared to June, orders were down 19%, which FTR attributed to higher than normal order cancellations in the month. “Usually there are a low number...
  • U.S. rail traffic down 7.9 percent in July

    08/05/2016 3:52:17 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    ProgressiveRailroading.com ^ | 5AUG2016 | Staff writer
    U.S. railroad traffic in July fell 7.9 percent to 2,027,768, carloads and intermodal units, compared with traffic volume in July 2015, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced this week. Total carloads in the month declined 8.8 percent to 1,025,367 units, compared with the same period last year. Railroads also transported 1,002,401 containers and trailers last month, down 6.9 percent compared with a year ago. Four of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by AAR posted increases during the month. They included grain, up 15.3 percent or 12,641 carloads; waste and nonferrous scrap, up 25.9 percent or 3,400 carloads; and...
  • Fox News poll shows Mod opening up can of Whoopass on Sleeper troll

    08/04/2016 9:07:06 AM PDT · by fifedom · 144 replies
    CNN ^ | August 3, 2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    Clinton leads Trump 49% to 39% in a head-to-head Fox News survey released Wednesday. In a three-way race including Libertarian Gary Johnson, Clinton leads 44% to 35%, with Johnson claiming 12%. When Fox polled voters in late June -- before both conventions -- Clinton was up only six points, 44% to 38%.
  • PPP: Millennials more favorable to GOP, plurality want Hillary in prison

    08/01/2016 11:01:54 AM PDT · by orchestra · 12 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 8/1/2016 | Ron Meyer
    PPP’s latest polling clearly over-sampled Democrats, yet their results still reveal the struggles of Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party. In the PPP poll, 52 percent of respondents voted for President Obama, while only 41 percent said they voted for Romney; this shows a skewed sample, as the 2012 race was much closer than that. Despite this, looking into PPP’s crosstabs, millennials are leaning more Republican than some may have thought. Among ages 18 to 29, only 36 percent have a favorable view of the Democrat Party, and 47 have an unfavorable view. The low favorability number can likely be...
  • Yes, the murder rate in Chicago is going up, not down

    07/31/2016 1:20:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 31, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Much of the media focus centering on the Republican and Democratic conventions dealt with the contrast between Donald Trump’s “dark vision” of America as opposed to Hillary Clinton’s cheerful, optimistic outlook. For proof of this, the Democrats chose to selectively highlight various statistics which show that, overall, crime rates in the United States remain lower now than they were during the historically high levels seen in the eighties and early nineties. That much is certainly true, but it’s equally accurate to point out that in certain places things have gotten considerably worse over the last several years, primarily in large,...
  • US Homeownership Rate Crashes To Lowest Since 1965

    07/28/2016 9:00:33 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 27 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 28 July 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In hopes of promoting the narrative of a US housing recovery, one recurring thesis has been that as Millennials get older and start families, they will eventually leave their parents' basement and buy a house or shift from renting to owning. So far the facts have refused to corroborate this, and according to the latest "Housing Vacancies and Homeownership" report released on Thursday, the dream of owning a home just became even more distant. The reason: after staging a feeble rebound in late 2015, the US homeownership rate just tumbled from 63.5% to 62.9%, tied for the lowest print going...
  • Is U.S. Manufacturing Really in Decline?

    07/28/2016 5:37:52 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 102 replies
    Strategy+business ^ | July 26, 2016 | Daniel Gross
    Did you hear that U.S. manufacturing just had another big month? That output has risen about 20 percent in the past six years? That industrial capacity is actually expanding?Probably not. At most times, and especially in election season, the talk surrounding U.S. manufacturing is one of relentless decline: a loss of jobs, the shutting down of factories, increased competition from foreign countries, a global war in which the U.S. seems to be on the losing end.And of course, it’s true. At some level, manufacturing has declined dramatically — as a direct employer of American workers. According to the Bureau of...
  • Drug Raids Down 75 Percent in Detroit as Police Shift Their Focus

    07/25/2016 12:23:05 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/23/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Narcotics raids by Detroit Police have plummeted over the past three years, something the department said is due to an increased focus on major violators. There were 855 police raids in 2015, according to the city’s 2015 audit that was released in June. That is down from a high of 3,462 raids in 2012. Detroit Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody said the department has changed its focus over the last few years. He said there has been a restructuring involving the 80 officers who work in drug enforcement; they are now focused on what he called "major violators." Woody said...
  • Earth on track for hottest year ever as warming speeds up ("EXTRAORDINARY YEAR")

    07/21/2016 7:25:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo News ^ | 7/21/16 | Stephanie Nebehay
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The earth is on track for its hottest year on record and warming at a faster rate than expected, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday. Temperatures recorded mainly in the northern hemisphere in the first six months of the year, coupled with an early and fast Arctic sea ice melt and "new highs" in heat-trapping carbon dioxide levels, point to quickening climate change, it said. June marked the 14th straight month of record heat, the United Nations agency said. It called for speedy implementation of a global pact reached in Paris last December to limit...
  • Papa John’s upgraded on belief civil unrest is encouraging more pizza delivery

    07/20/2016 6:35:31 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 44 replies
    “After speaking with several large operators and industry contacts, we believe the recent decline in casual dining restaurant segment fundamentals—traffic down 3% to 5% the past several weeks—may be the result of consumers eating more at home amid the current political/social backdrop, which we believe could last through the November election,” KeyBanc analysts wrote in a note published Tuesday.
  • Is the Party Over For Bushism?

    07/19/2016 7:04:30 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 83 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 7/18/16 | Pat Buchanan
    Neither George W. Bush, the Republican Party nominee in 2000 and 2004, nor Jeb, the dethroned Prince of Wales, will be in Cleveland. Nor will John McCain or Mitt Romney, the last two nominees. These former leaders would like it thought that high principle keeps them away from a GOP convention that would nominate Donald Trump. Petulance, however, must surely play a part. Bush Republicans feel unappreciated, and understandably so. For Trump’s nomination represents not only a rejection of their legacy but a repudiation of much of post-Cold War party dogma. America crossed a historic divide and entered a new...
  • Millennials are the most bisexual generation of all time

    07/15/2016 11:48:58 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 85 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 2, 2016 | The Sun
    Bisexuality is booming, with the number of people who bed men and women more than doubling, a study says. Some 7.7 percent revealed they had bi romps in 2014, compared to 3.1 percent in 1990. The stats follow the openness of Brit model Cara Delevingne and other celebrities about their bisexuality. In the same period the percentage of men who reported having had sex with at least one man rose from 4.5 percent to 8.2 percent. And the number of women who said they had bedded at least one female leapt from 3.6 percent to 8.7 percent. Meanwhile, acceptance of...
  • As Japan's population shrinks, bears and boars roam where schools and shrines once thrived

    07/10/2016 1:54:55 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 10, 2016 | Julie Makinen
    The red-roofed temple at the top of the hill closed about a decade ago, and now Yoshihiro Shibata can’t even remember its name, though the 54-year-old dairy farmer has lived in this picturesque village all his life. All across Japan, aging villages such as Hara-izumi have been quietly hollowing out for years, even as urban areas have continued to grow modestly. But like a creaky wooden roller coaster that slows at the top of the climb before plunging into a terrifying, steep descent, Japan’s population crested around 2010 with 128 million people and has since lost about 900,000 residents, last...
  • Police are safer under Obama than they have been in decades

    07/10/2016 2:16:52 PM PDT · by blueyon · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/09/16 | Christopher Ingraham
    In the aftermath of the mass shooting of a dozen police officers in Dallas this week, some conservatives rushed to lay blame for the incident at the feet of the Obama administration. Former Republican congressman Joe Walsh said on Twitter that "Obama's words & [Black Lives Matter]'s deeds have gotten cops killed." Rep. Roger Williams (R-Tex.) said, "the spread of misinformation and constant instigation by prominent leaders, including our president" contributed to the killings. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said the shooting had "roots" in the "anti-white/cop events illuminated by Obama." These statements are part of a broader narrative of a...
  • McMansions Are Back And They're Bigger Than Ever

    06/03/2016 11:53:15 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 148 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02 June 2016 | Tyler Durden
    There was a small ray of hope just after the Lehman collapse that one of the most lamentable characteristics of US society - the relentless urge to build massive McMansions (funding questions aside) - was fading. Alas, as the Census Bureau confirmed this week, that normalization in the innate American desire for bigger, bigger, bigger not only did not go away but is now back with a bang. According to just released data, both the median and average size of a new single-family home built in 2015 hit new all time highs of 2,467 and 2,687 square feet, respectively. And...
  • Poll shows gun ownership in decline

    06/30/2016 6:01:23 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 156 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 6/29/16 | Christopher Ingraham
    The percent of American households owning guns is at a near-40 year low in the latest CBS News poll released this month. According to the survey, which was conducted among 1,001 Americans in the aftermath of the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting, 36 percent of U.S. adults either own a firearm personally, or live with someone who does. That’s the lowest rate of gun ownership in the CBS poll going back to 1978. It’s down 17 points from the highest recorded rate in 1994, and nearly 10 percentage points from 2012. (snip)
  • The World Has a Problem: Too Many Young People

    06/21/2016 9:09:10 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05 March 2016 | Somini Sengupta
    AT no point in recorded history has our world been so demographically lopsided, with old people concentrated in rich countries and the young in not-so-rich countries. The parable of our time might well be: Mind your young, or they will trouble you in your old age. A fourth of humanity is now young (ages 10 to 24). The vast majority live in the developing world, according to the United Nations Population Fund. By and large, today’s global youth are more likely to be in school than their parents were; they are more connected to the world than any generation before...
  • Greenpeace co-founder pens treatise on the positive effects of CO2 – says there is no crisis

    06/20/2016 6:59:33 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 27 replies
    Watts up With That ^ | 6/20/2016 | Anthony Watts
    Dr. Patrick Moore sent me this last week, and after reading it, I agree with him in his initial note to me that This is probably the most important paper I will ever write. Moore looks at the historical record of CO2 in our atmosphere and concludes that we came dangerously close to losing plant life on Earth about 18,000 years ago, when CO2 levels approached 150 ppm, below which plant life can’t sustain photosynthesis. He notes: A 140 million year decline in CO2 to levels that came close to threatening the survival of life on Earth can hardly be...
  • Their Unrealistic Expectations Crushed At Last, Wealthy Millennials Now Shop At Dollar Stores

    06/17/2016 9:40:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 17, 2016 | Eric Owens, education editor
    In the wake of the long series of lean economic years since the onset of the Great Recession, America’s affluent millennials have taken to shopping for groceries, toiletries and even clothing at ultra-discount stores such as Dollar General and Family Dollar. It’s not just Pabst Blue Ribbon-drinking hipsters trying way too hard to be different, either. At Dollar General, members of the millennial generation — of all income brackets — accounted for nearly 25 percent of the company’s first quarter revenue in 2016, reports Reuters. Millennials, if you are not up on your demographic jargon, are the cohort of young...
  • Fertility rates in 2015 plummet to lowest in history as study shows 3.4million 'baby deficit'

    06/11/2016 3:53:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 72 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11 June 2016 | JESSICA CHIA
    Despite an increase in 2.5 million women between the ages of 20 and 39 in the last eight years, fertility rates in 2015 have plummeted to the lowest in recorded history, a new study shows. Only 3,978,000 births were recorded in 2015, about 600,000 less than if women between the 'childbearing ages of 20 to 39' maintained the same fertility rates recorded in 2007, according to a study conducted by the University of New Hampshire.
  • Most Americans Say Birth Control and Divorce Are 'Morally Acceptable,' Gallup Poll Finds

    06/10/2016 6:16:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 6/9/16 | Michael Gryboski
    60 Percent Think Gay Relationships Are OK, but Only 14 Percent Say Polygamy Is AlrightA large majority of Americans consider birth control and divorce "morally acceptable," according to the findings of a Gallup poll released this week. Gallup noted Wednesday that nearly nine in 10 Americans consider birth control usage to be morally acceptable and about seven in 10 found divorce to be morally acceptable. The two items were the top rated issues in a list of 19 different subjects that included gambling, the death penalty, pornography, polygamy, gay or lesbian relations, and abortion. With its 89 percent favorability rating,...