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  • Presidential Memorandum --Delegation of Authority of the National Defense Authorization Act FY2015

    03/25/2015 7:20:38 PM PDT · by EBH · 16 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 3/25/2015 | Obama
    Presidential Memorandum -- Delegation of Authority Pursuant to Section 1236(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Delegation of Authority Pursuant to Section 1236(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby order as follows: I hereby delegate the functions and authorities vested in the President by section 1236(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal...
  • Russia's newest armored vehicle swims and picks its own shots

    03/24/2015 10:24:22 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 4 replies
    Engadget ^ | Andrew Tarantola
    Russia's latest armored prototype was recently spotted rehearsing for the nation's upcoming May 9th Victory Day parade following more than half a decade of top-secret development. Dubbed the Kurganets BMP-25 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), this amphibious personnel carrier has been designed to replace all of Russia's existing tracked assault vehicles, which have been in service since the Cold War. The 25-ton Kurganets-25 will carry about a half-dozen troops and protect them with modular armor that can be adapted to meet specific mission requirements. It is armed with a 30mm cannon and a quartet of anti-tank guided missile launchers, all of...
  • The World's Biggest Physics Experiment is about to Reboot

    03/20/2015 7:28:27 AM PDT · by EBH · 51 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 3/20/2015 | Jaime Condliffe
    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the most audacious physics experiment in human history. Now scientists are about to restart the giant particle collider for a new set of experiments. Last time, they did the almost-impossible and found the Higgs Boson. This time, they might find something even more exciting. Back in 2008, just nine days into its first run of experiments, there was a significant incident at the Large Hadron Collider. A faulty electrical connection between two magnets stopped superconducting, then melted and caused serious mechanical damage to the facility. The accident delayed use of the LHC for six...
  • Republicans want a better life for you that Democrats can’t stand

    03/19/2015 9:30:27 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 5 replies
    Marketwatch.com ^ | 03/19/15 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    With the publication of the House and Senate budget resolutions this week, the contrast between Republicans and Democrats could not be more stark. Democrats want to take care of you. Republicans want you to get ahead. It is not just that President Obama’s budget, released in February, projects an $687 billion deficit in 2025, up from $486 billion this year, and the Republican budget projects a surplus. It’s that Democratic proposals are centered on keeping people safe, and Republican proposals are focused on helping them get better jobs and higher incomes. Democrats are telling us that they gave us Obamacare...
  • Australian PM accused of patronising Irish in St Patrick's Day message

    03/17/2015 5:11:08 AM PDT · by McGruff · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 March 2015 | Calla Wahlquist
    The Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, has been criticised by his Irish counterpart, Enda Kenny, for perpetuating the “stage Irish” stereotype that the country’s culture is synonymous with alcohol after his St Patrick’s Day message mentioned having “a Guinness, or two, or maybe even three”. The offending St Patrick’s Day video message was posted on YouTube on Friday and features Abbott cheerily waving his green tie, talking up Irish influences in Australian culture – which he described as songs and a sense of humour – and saying it was a good day for “anyone who cares to come to a...
  • SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur's Inspirational Transformation!

    03/15/2015 5:26:34 PM PDT · by Baynative · 10 replies
    DDP Yoga ^ | 4/2012 | Diamond Dallas Page
    This inspirational video just came to me. It has my eyes welling up and I'm smiling at the same time.
  • New avian flu outbreak along Mississippi flyway challenges fowl farmers

    03/15/2015 5:02:20 AM PDT · by EBH · 3 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/15/2015 | Patrik Jonsson
    An outbreak of an avian bird flu that has attacked flocks of turkeys continues to spread throughout the Mississippi River Valley, as biosecurity detectives scramble to pin down the mode of transmission and contain the epidemic. Three states reporting an outbreak – Minnesota, Arkansas and Missouri – share the potential culprit. That would be the Mississippi River, which serves as a major flyway for migratory waterfowl. The particular strain of avian influenza usually doesn’t harm wild fowl, but does cause problems for domesticated flocks. The outbreak along the Mississippi flyway involves the same virus that has infected the Pacific flyway,...
  • GM recalls 64,000 Chevy Volts for shut off problem

    03/13/2015 10:39:06 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 28 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 03/13/15 | Katie Lobosco
    The Chevy Volt is so quiet that some people forget to to shut it off. That can be dangerous when the the hybrid's gas engine kicks in and the car is parked in your garage. It doesn't happen a lot, but General Motors is aware of two incidents when carbon monoxide buildup caused problems. It issued a recall Thursday of 64,186 Volts from model years 2011-2013. Owners can bring the car in for a software update that will ensure that it automatically shuts off after idling for an hour and a half. Newer models already have that fix, a spokesman...
  • Prayer Request

    03/12/2015 3:28:27 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 41 replies
    12 March 2015 | US Navy Vet
    Please pray for me and my work partner(his name is Tim), we are presently doing a HUGE Multi-Million $ Computer Equipment Inventory at work(USSTRATCOM Offutt AFB, NE) anyway we need to find and account for over 850 Line Items. Who knows where this stuff have been moved to since the last inventory(8 month ago).
  • Mysterious 'bright green' fireball spotted over Colorado

    03/11/2015 9:09:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    mashable.com ^ | 03-11-2015 | Brian Reis
    So it's true: The early bird gets the fireballs. Coloradans who were up before the sun on Wednesday morning saw a "bright green" fireball soar across the sky before it burned out over the mountains. More than 60 eyewitnesses filed sightings on the American Meteor Society's website. Greg Moore, an analyst and contributor at Weather5280, told Mashable he was driving over the top of Vail pass, west of Denver, just before 6 a.m. local time when "a bright green fireball caught my eye." The object had a "flaming tail with a long trail behind it," Moore said. "As it moved...
  • Flames Rip Through Exotic Dance Club In Detroit

    03/11/2015 5:20:43 AM PDT · by equaviator · 39 replies
    An exotic dance club on Detroit’s west side has gone up in flames. The fire took off early Wednesday morning at the Watts Mozambique Lounge on Fenkell Avenue and Northlawn Street, just east of Wyoming Avenue. “This nightclub has been here for many, many years and we do understand it’s an exotic dancing, male-type of club here. The roof is about 30 percent engulfed in flames right now,” said WWJ’s Bill Szumanski from about the scene in Chopper 950. “Next door to it, adjacent, is a hair and nail salon and crews are now trying to keep the flames from...
  • ATF Shelves Controversial Bullet Ban Proposal

    03/10/2015 11:08:46 AM PDT · by skams19 · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 10, 2015 | Fox News.com
    The ATF is shelving a controversial proposal to ban a popular type of bullet, amid opposition from hundreds of congressional lawmakers.
  • Obama To Hold Off Announcing Location For Presidential Library ...San Quentin?

    03/09/2015 12:57:44 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 58 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 03/09/15 | CBS DC Staff
    President Barack Obama will hold off on announcing the location for his future presidential library until after Chicago’s runoff election for mayor, two people familiar with the decision said, in a bid to avoid politicizing his legacy project. Last year the Barack Obama Foundation, which is screening proposals for the library, said the president and first lady Michelle Obama would announce the winner by the end of March. But with the Chicago race still up in the air, the announcement is no longer expected until after the April 7 runoff, said the individuals, who spoke on condition of anonymity because...
  • Iran blinds man in 'eye for an eye' justice

    03/09/2015 5:45:22 AM PDT · by EBH · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/7/2015 | Ralph Ellis
    On Tuesday, a man convicted of blinding another man in an acid attack was himself forcibly blinded in one eye, according to Amnesty International and Tasnim News, a semi-official news website. The punishment is believed to be Iran's first case of Qasas, meaning retribution in kind, Tasnim News said. Amnesty International denounced the sentence. "This punishment exposes the utter brutality of Iran's justice system and underlines the Iranian authorities' shocking disregard for basic humanity," said Raha Bahreini, Amnesty International's Iran researcher. "Meting out cruel and inhuman retribution punishments is not justice. Blinding, like stoning, amputation and flogging, is a form...
  • Clinton ran own computer system for her official emails (sneaky thunderthighs!)

    03/04/2015 8:18:46 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 03/04/15 | By JACK GILLUM and TED BRIDIS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails - on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state - traced back to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press. The highly unusual practice of a Cabinet-level official physically running her own email would have given Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, impressive control over limiting access to her message archives. It also would distinguish Clinton's secretive email practices as far more sophisticated than...
  • VA Secretary Apologizes for Saying He Served in Special Forces

    02/24/2015 7:34:12 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | 02/24/15 | PAUL H.B. SHIN
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologized today for mistakenly saying in a videotaped exchange with a homeless man that he had served in the special forces, though his service was entirely with the 82nd Airborne Division. "Secretary McDonald has apologized for the misstatement and noted that he never intended to misrepresent his military service," a White House officials told ABC News. "We take him at his word and expect that this will not impact the important work he's doing to promote the health and well-being of our nation's veterans." The exchange with the homeless man was part of a report...
  • America Shouldn’t Tolerate ‘Biden Being Biden’

    02/20/2015 7:24:47 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 35 replies
    Time.com ^ | 02/18/15 | Karol Markowicz
    The only reason Joe Biden gets away with getting handsy with women is because he has a (D) after his name There isn’t anything new about men in positions of power behaving inappropriately. A handsy boss, who has no filter and no fear of offending, is a staple of old movies and shows like Mad Men. For much of history people just looked the other way. These men were too powerful, to criticize them was to cross them, and to cross them might mean a lot of trouble for the whistleblower. Your career might be lost, your family ostracized.
  • Recently pulled thead

    02/19/2015 7:30:37 PM PST · by SgtBob · 53 replies
    Why?
  • How One Nebraska Woman Lost Her Health Insurance Three Times Under Obamacare

    02/18/2015 8:44:51 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 5 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 02/17/15 | Melissa Quinn
    The day after Christmas, Weldin, of Minatare, Neb., had logged on to Facebook to find a message from a friend of hers. Included in the note was a link to an article from the Omaha World-Herald announcing that CoOportunity Health, a nonprofit health insurance company offering plans in Nebraska and Iowa, had been taken over by state regulators. The insurer, one of 23 Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans, or co-ops, started with the backing of the federal government and received $145 million in loans from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. But, CoOportunity’s expenses and medical claims would far...
  • RNC to Hillary: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

    02/10/2015 8:45:55 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 43 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 02/10/15 | Daniel Halper
    The Republican National Committee is looking for Hillary Clinton. Which is why, according to a memo they've sent to the press, they're asking, “Where’s Hillary?” "We’ve noticed it. You’ve noticed it: Hillary Clinton is hiding," reads the memo from Sean Spicer, communications director. "Potential Republican presidential candidates are out in public, speaking to voters, and sharing their ideas. But Hillary Clinton is nowhere to be found." Well, we do know she tweeted. Hillary’s only public appearances in 2015 have been in Canada. And in the previous year, almost every public appearance she made came with huge speaking fees—a quarter million...
  • University of California student government passes resolution to divest – FROM AMERICA (Get a job?)

    02/09/2015 9:18:47 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 34 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 02/09/15 | Jennifer Kabbany
    The University of California Student Association board – which represents all 233,000 students enrolled in the UC system’s 10 campuses – approved a resolution on Sunday that calls on the system’s leaders to financially divest from the United States. The measure cited alleged human rights violations by America such as drone strikes that have killed civilians, and claimed the country’s criminal justice system is racist, among other accusations. The “Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California” passed with an overwhelming majority vote of 11-1-3.
  • Pilot of Brian Williams’ flight: All that hit us was dust (Lyin Brian was on Iwo Jima?)

    02/06/2015 7:17:36 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 66 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | 02/05/15 | Chris Simeone
    I was the pilot in command of the flight that carried Brian Williams into Iraq in March 2003. The mission was to deliver bridges to the Objective Rams region in order to support our ground-force advancement. We were briefed that we would be operating forward of the line of troops and that the objective was unsecure. We were a flight of two, and I was the rear aircraft. Our flight to Objective Rams was uneventful, with the exception of a desert dust storm that caused deteriorating conditions not suitable for flight. We determined that we would not make it back...
  • Seafloor volcano pulses may alter climate:

    02/05/2015 7:17:21 PM PST · by George - the Other · 17 replies
    Science Daily News ^ | 02/05/2015 | The Earth Institute at Columbia University
    Vast ranges of volcanoes hidden under the oceans are presumed by scientists to be the gentle giants of the planet, oozing lava at slow, steady rates along mid-ocean ridges. But a new study shows that they flare up on strikingly regular cycles, ranging from two weeks to 100,000 years -- and, that they erupt almost exclusively during the first six months of each year. The pulses -- apparently tied to short- and long-term changes in earth's orbit, and to sea levels--may help trigger natural climate swings. Scientists have already speculated that volcanic cycles on land emitting large amounts of carbon...
  • Health Insurer Anthem Hit by Hackers

    02/05/2015 7:49:41 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/04/15 | By Anna Wilde Mathews and Danny Yadron
    Anthem Inc., the country’s second-biggest health insurer, said hackers broke into a database containing personal information for about 80 million of its customers and employees in what is likely to be the largest data breach disclosed by a health-care company. Investigators are still determining the extent of the incursion, which was discovered last week, and Anthem said it is likely that “tens of millions” of records were stolen. The health insurer said the breach exposed names, birthdays, addresses and Social Security numbers but doesn’t appear to involve medical information or financial details such as credit-card or bank-account numbers, nor are...
  • A Marijuana First: Pot Vending Machines Dispense Weed (In weed happy Seattle!)

    02/04/2015 8:40:18 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/04/15 | By Miranda Leitsinger
    Weed history is being made in Seattle: the first vending machines to dispense marijuana flower buds debuted Tuesday. The machines, called ZaZZZ, are being placed in medical pot dispensaries, which helps to verify customer's age and identity since medical marijuana cards are required to enter the centers, said Greg Patrick, a spokesman for the maker of ZaZZZ, American Green. Though vending machines appeared for the first time in Colorado last year, those sold only edibles, or cannabis-infused foods, and not the plant's flower buds that are so often associated with smoking pot.
  • Man Wakes Up After 12 Years in a "Vegetative State" Saying He Was "Aware of Everything"

    01/17/2015 4:41:55 PM PST · by kindred · 40 replies
    .breakingchristiannews.com ^ | 1/16/15 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Cases like this are fueling a growing debate about the accuracy of "vegetative state" and "brain death" diagnoses. airlift(Harlow, England) - Martin Pistorius hates Barney. And it's no wonder why. For 12 years, while he was in a coma that doctors described as a "vegetative state," nurses, thinking that he couldn't see or hear anything, played endless re-runs of Barney as he sat, strapped into his wheel chair. (Photo via Life Site News) But Martin wasn't the "vegetable" that doctors said he was. In fact, he could see and hear everything. "I cannot even express to you how much I...
  • Seahawks Players Shill For Obamacare in New Ad

    01/13/2015 7:33:01 AM PST · by rktman · 33 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1/12/2015 | Curtis Kalin
    Two stars from the Seattle Seahawks took time away from the field to cut an ad shilling for Obamacare. The ad, posted Friday, features Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and rhetorically explosive cornerback Richard Sherman touting the benefits of President Obama’s healthcare law and its web portal Healthcare.gov.
  • Obama's Free Community College Idea May Be Hard Sell

    01/09/2015 11:26:01 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 45 replies
    ABC News ^ | 01/09/15 | Devin Dwyer
    Free community college for all. Conversation-starter? Definitely. Political possibility? Not any time soon. President Obama unveiled the idea in a video posted to Facebook on Thursday night. But administration officials provided no price tag, no legislation, and little evidence of Republican support on Capitol Hill. But the White House says that’s beside the point at this stage. The president hopes “to start a conversation,” Obama domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz told reporters.
  • California's soaring healthcare costs bode ill for the budget

    01/09/2015 6:59:18 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | 01/08/15 | Chris Megerian
    California's budget, which bounced back after years of deficits, is now being squeezed by rising healthcare costs for the poor and for retired state workers.. The mountain of medical bills threatens to undermine Gov. Jerry Brown's efforts to strengthen state finances — his central promise of the past four years. Enrollment in the state's healthcare program for the poor, known as Medi-Cal, has exploded by 50% since President Obama's signature law took effect. Although the federal government picks up most of the tab, state costs have also been growing, and faster than expected.
  • The cat who was shot for treason in the first world war.

    12/31/2014 10:42:14 AM PST · by marthemaria · 19 replies
    A British soldier “shakes hands” with a kitten on a snowy bank, Neulette, 1917. In the Christmas truce film Joyeux Noël, a cat runs back and forth between the enemy trenches to soldiers that feed it. One names the cat Felix and the other Nestor, and when the two meet in No Man’s Land during thet ruce, a sweet argument ensues between the two men over whose cat it is and what is, in fact, its name. The director of the film, Carion, drew on a real life story of a cat who did this during the truce and was...
  • FIREFLY Wheel Chair attachment - Disability Good News Alert!

    12/29/2014 9:25:02 PM PST · by Baynative · 13 replies
    Coolest Inventions ^ | current | Website
    "The Firefly is an electric bike you attach to a manual wheelchair." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4jESFIbAS0
  • New 'illusion coating' hides objects from detection

    12/27/2014 5:53:02 AM PST · by shove_it · 29 replies
    BusinessStandard ^ | 21 Dec 2014
    Researchers have developed a new 'illusion coating' that could hide things by making them look like something else or even completely disappear. "Previous attempts at cloaking using a single meta-surface layer were restricted to very small-sized objects," said Zhi Hao Jiang, postdoctoral fellow in electrical engineering, Pennsylvania State University. Jiang and Douglas H Werner developed a meta-material coating with a negligible thickness that allows coated objects to function normally while appearing as something other than what they really are, or even completely disappearing. The researchers employ what they call "illusion coatings," coatings made up of a thin flexible substrate with...
  • National Review Online SR-71 Blackbird slide show

    12/25/2014 2:55:39 PM PST · by rktman · 65 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | unknown
    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the SR-71 Blackbird, the Air Force’s sleek, high-flying Cold War reconnaissance workhorse that still holds several world air-speed records. Here’s a look back at the amazing aircraft.
  • Why do you MANSPREAD? Woman with her tape measure confronts splay-legged men on the subway...

    12/20/2014 2:57:36 AM PST · by Islander7 · 63 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | By Mail Online Reporter
    Full Title: Why do you MANSPREAD? Woman with her tape measure confronts splay-legged men on the subway about the space they consume It is a gripe that frustrates subway riders daily: men with their legs splayed. So one woman decided to confront male commuters about the amount of space they consume. The investigation comes a month before New York City's MTA launches a campaign targeting 'manspreaders'.
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Commissary money restored, base tobacco prices rising

    12/13/2014 6:08:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    House and Senate conferees negotiating a package to fund the Department of Defense through September 2015 have protected commissary operations by restoring 90 percent of a planned $100 million cut. Once again lawmakers thwarted a cost-saving initiative targeting military compensation and endorsed by the Joint Chiefs as a way to dampen personnel costs so more dollars can be spent on training, weapon buys and other readiness accounts being victimized by arbitrary “sequestration” cuts. Only last week House and Senate conferees on a different bill, the 2015 defense authorization act, unveiled a deal to lower the Defense Commissary Agency annual $1.3...
  • Michael Brown Star Witness Gets Government Job - Robbery and lying pay off...

    12/11/2014 7:21:21 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 36 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12/11/14 | Yehuda Remer
    The father of the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” slogan has just been employed by the United States government. Dorian Johnson, the star witness to the Michael Brown shooting and the man who was assisting Brown during the strong-arm robbery moments before Brown was killed, has been hired by the city of St. Louis. According to STltoday.com, “Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff, has confirmed that Johnson was hired under a state grant through the city's Agency on Training and Employment, or SLATE.” Meeting the low income eligibility requirements, the 22-year-old will be holding the temporary position and will...
  • Anti-Gay Bigot Torii Hunter Calls Reporter "P****" Four Times

    12/04/2014 11:48:42 AM PST · by equaviator · 43 replies
    Torii Hunter is an anti-gay bigot. This is something he has proven with his own words on multiple occasions. Yesterday, at the press conference to announce the one-year, $10.5 million deal he signed to return to the Minnesota Twins, beat writer Mike Berardino of the Saint Paul Pioneer-Press asked him about those beliefs—specifically, in the context of how Hunter thought supporting Arkansas Republican Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson in his recent election had affected his free agency. Torii Hunter Says Homosexuality Is "Not Right" (Then Claims He Was Misquoted) Hunter's response: You got some people who are just messy, you know? So,...
  • Texas game warden makes unusual deer rescue

    12/04/2014 11:23:52 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 10 replies
    Grind TV via Yahoo.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | David Strege
    Two bucks each tangled by the antlers in the same nylon rope were pulling against each other until a game warden came up with a clever solution. A Texas game warden came to the rescue of two bucks that were trapped in an unusual way—both deer had their antlers tangled in the same nylon rope and were pulling against each other around the pole of a clothesline in the backyard of someone’s house. The unidentified Texas game warden in Comal County used a clever strategy to free the animals, which were thrashing about with their survival in jeopardy: The Texas...
  • Good versus Bad Deflation: Lessons from the Gold Standard Era

    12/03/2014 2:07:21 PM PST · by 1010RD · 17 replies
    National Bureau of Economic Research ^ | February 2004 | Michael D. Bordo, John Landon Lane, Angela Redish
    Deflation has had a bad rap, largely based on the experience of the 1930's when deflation was synonymous with depression. Recent experience with declining prices in Japan and China together with the concern over deflation in Europe and the United States has led to renewed attention to the topic of deflation. In this paper we focus our attention on the deflation experience of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany in the late nineteenth century during a period characterized by low deflation, rapid productivity growth, positive output growth, and where many nations had a credible nominal anchor based on...
  • The EPA pours on the pain with new ozone regulations

    12/03/2014 8:28:10 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 19 replies
    Searching Wall Street ^ | 12/03/14 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    Oil companies are getting thrashed by falling oil prices. Some analysts predict that there will be no new net investment in the U.S. oil and gas industry in 2015, and the possibility of declining investment in 2016. At the same time, the Environmental Protection Agency is pummeling the industry with a new set of National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone (NAAQS), released the day before Thanksgiving. Congress has little control over oil prices, which are set in world markets, but it does have authority over the EPA. The EPA’s new 626-page ozone regulation, accompanied by a 575-page Regulatory Impact...
  • Cops: 350-Pound Thief In Motorized Scooter Caught Sitting On Stolen Walmart Steaks

    11/19/2014 9:58:42 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 74 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 11/19/14 | Staff
    A 350-pound Walmart shopper was arrested yesterday after he was found sitting atop five stolen rib eye steaks in the seat of a motorized scooter that he was riding around the South Carolina store. Rodney Fowler, 43, was spotted Tuesday afternoon placing the steaks in his scooter by a Walmart loss prevention officer, according to a police report. “Suspect sat on the steaks and exited the store passing all points of sale, without attempting to pay for said merchandise,” cops noted.
  • Michelle Obama to Teen: 'It's an Honor For You To Represent My Hometown'

    11/15/2014 11:33:18 AM PST · by W. · 27 replies
    DNAinfo.com ^ | 1.14.2014 | Kyla Gardner
    CHICAGO — When Chicago Public Schools student Jennifer Gonzalez stepped up to a White House podium Monday, nervous to give a speech in front of first lady Michelle Obama and dozens of other dignitaries, she fell back on her theater training. Gonzalez, 16, also got to chat with the first lady as photos were snapped before the event. "When I told her I was from Chicago, she said 'It's an honor for you to represent my hometown,'" Gonzalez said.
  • Climate change supporters suffer losses (Flushed a lot of money down the terlet!)

    11/05/2014 11:00:43 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/05/14 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Despite millions spent to make climate change a wedge issue during the midterms, environmentally friendly candidates didn’t fare well on Election Day. Green groups funneled an unprecedented amount of money into top Senate races that determined control of the upper chamber but fell short. The nation’s top environmental groups including the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and billionaire Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate spent at least $85 million on six Senate races. Out of those six races, only two candidates willing to take action on climate change won their races....
  • Obama delivers campaign speech to mostly empty venue (Ha! Ha!)

    11/03/2014 2:31:30 PM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/03/14 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    Obama’s Pennsylvania stop for gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf was a subpar affair in terms of turnout, with only about a quarter of the seats at the venue taken — a sharp contrast to the commander-in-chief’s earlier politicking days of packed stadiums. The White House pool report said that Mr. Obama’s speech at a basketball arena in Philadelphia was markedly empty — and that was after those prepping the venue partitioned off several hundred seats to make the speaking area smaller and more intimate. Press in attendance even noted that the floor area was dotted with spaces.
  • Antares rocket explosion: The question of using decades-old Soviet engines

    10/29/2014 8:19:42 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/29/14 | Terrence McCoy
    The tale of the engines that propelled the Antares rocket, which exploded in a spectacular ball of flame in Virginia Tuesday night, begins four decades ago, thousands of miles away, in the land of communism and Sputnik. There, in the Soviet Union, rocket scientists conceived and built dozens of rocket engines meant to power Russian astronauts into the cosmos. But it didn’t work out that way. Instead, all four launches of the mighty N1 Soviet rocket, which used an earlier iteration of the first-stage engines used in Thursday’s launch, failed between 1969 and 1972. And as the Soviet Union abandoned...
  • Caribbean, South American Countries Close Borders to Combat Ebola

    10/18/2014 2:06:09 PM PDT · by EBH · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/17/2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Colombia, Jamaica, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago have all announced travel bans as Ebola concerns grow. Colombian authorities announced that anyone entering their country from Ebola-stricken countries will face heavy scrutiny. Colombia’s National Health Institutes have said they developed a questionnaire to determine who should be under suspicion of potentially having contact with Ebola. Colombian newspapers have reported that some have already been detained due to the newly instituted executive actions. Fernando Ruiz, Colombia’s vice minister of health, said of the reports, “The cases are not suspicious. They are simply people who have traveled to places where Ebola is present....
  • Russian Submarine sends SOS in swedish territorial waters. Sunk by the Swedish navy?

    10/18/2014 12:48:47 PM PDT · by ConfusedSwede · 110 replies
    Breaking news in Sweden after two days of hunt. Swedish government report that a russian submarine is sending an SOS message on a de-crypted frequency.
  • Ohio inmate has leprosy, officials say; case is first ever found in state prison system

    10/16/2014 5:47:11 PM PDT · by EBH · 47 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jeremy Pelzer
    For the first time in Ohio history, a prison inmate has been diagnosed with leprosy, state corrections officials said Thursday. The inmate, whose name was not released, was diagnosed with the chronic bacterial infection on Tuesday at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution, according to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The infected prisoner is a native of Micronesia, a region of islands in the Pacific Ocean, and has served time at three other Ohio prisons since 2011, according to Stuart Hudson, the DRC's managing director of health care and fiscal operations. He's now being treated at Ohio State University Medical Center...
  • Obama raises money at a tongue-tied Gwyneth Paltrow's home (MEGA Barf alert!)

    10/10/2014 9:29:04 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 26 replies
    Gwyneth Paltrow has won numerous awards for her acting, but speaking apparently came with some difficulty Thursday with President Barack Obama standing beside her. "You're so handsome that I can't speak properly," the actress, singer and food writer gushed after introducing Obama to several hundred supporters seated on white fold-out chairs in the lush backyard of her home in the movie star haven of Brentwood, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. In a not-so-subtle reference to her "conscious uncoupling" earlier this year from husband Chris Martin, Paltrow said it was a "profound honor" to have Obama in the home she shares...
  • What's making the stock market act so crazy?...Oh please!Why did it take this long?

    10/10/2014 8:56:58 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/09/14 | Jeff Mack
    It’s not your imagination: the stock market has gone a little bonkers lately. This week alone the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) plummeted 272 points on Tuesday, rocketed back 274 points Wednesday and sank more than 330 points today. October has already recorded five days where stocks moved more than 1%. That’s as many 1% moves as we saw in the prior five months combined. So why are stocks so crazy? There’s no set answer but here are three of the most obvious explanations making the rounds on Wall Street.