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  • American woman trapped in Kabul sends desperate plea as Biden bows to the Taliban

    08/24/2021 1:51:01 PM PDT · by edwinland · 36 replies
    An American woman identified as Fatima is begging the Biden Administration to help citizens trapped in Afghanistan get home She pleaded: 'We are in danger. We are in danger Mr. President, please help us' Fatima, whose children are currently in the United States, is just one of an unknown number of Americans who remain trapped in Afghanistan She said it is nearly impossible to get to the Kabul airport and that the evacuation process has lacked guidance with 'a lot of miscommunication' The U.S. ramped up airlifts to evacuate more than 23,000 people in the last 48 hours from Kabul...
  • Existing consumer right to repair protections are not enough: ACCC

    02/23/2021 3:15:11 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    ZD NET ^ | 11 Feb 2021 | Aimee Chanthadavong |
    Meanwhile, both IGEA and John Deere believe existing protections under existing consumer law work just fine. "As more products are computerised, and the information and power imbalances between manufacturers and consumers grow, the incentives for premature planned obsolescence that harms consumers is likely to increase. It is important that regulators are equipped with an appropriate legislative framework to investigate new emerging practices that may harm consumers," the ACCC said. In September 2018, the Equipment Dealers Association signed an agreement with John Deere in which the company would begin voluntarily making repair tools, software guides, and diagnostic equipment available for ordinary...
  • Google will let employees work from home for at least another year

    07/27/2020 10:42:38 AM PDT · by Vendome · 18 replies
    NYPOST ^ | July 27, 2020 | Nicolas Vega
    Google will keep its employees working from home for at least another full year. Staff at the search giant — who were first sent home in March due to the coronavirus pandemic — are not expected to return in a large capacity until at least July 2021, according to the Wall Street Journal. Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai was reportedly “swayed in part by sympathy for employees with families to plan for uncertain school years that may involve at-home instruction, depending on geography.” Silicon Valley’s tech titans have signaled that working from home may be the new norm moving forward. Twitter CEO...
  • Colby Cosh: Why can't basic income champions see that now is the worst time?

    07/09/2020 8:41:19 AM PDT · by Jonty30 · 4 replies
    Does anyone else have an “Am I being given crazy pills” moment when somebody trumpets some version of a universal basic income nowadays? On Tuesday the Parliamentary Budget Office published a response to a request by Independent Group Sen. Yuen Pau Woo; Sen. Woo had asked the PBO to estimate the costs of a federal guaranteed basic income for all Canadians between the ages of 18 and 64. The senator proposed that the income amount ought to be in line with Ontario’s aborted 2017 pilot project on basic income: $16,989 for individuals, $24,027 for couples. He wanted to know the...
  • Why New York City will never build another subway station

    07/05/2020 2:03:42 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | $ July 2020 | Reed Tucker
    ...“I called yesterday,” Plotch told me in March. “They said they’d start building it next year.” Not only is the Second Avenue Subway unlikely to pick up construction again next year, continuing progress of the 8.5 miles of track running down Manhattan’s east side from 125th street to Hanover Square, it’s not particularly likely to be completed in many of our lifetimes The Second Avenue Subway, which was originally meant to include 16 stations, so far only includes three — 72nd, 86th and 96th streets. But that 1.5-mile “stubway” alone cost $4.6 billion (from an original budget for the entire project...
  • Gov. Northam: Virginia coronavirus cases could peak in late May

    04/01/2020 7:41:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    WINA ^ | 4/01/20
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Projection models suggest Virginia could see a surge in coronavirus cases between late April and late May, Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday. “You need to know the truth. No sugarcoating,” Northam said as he delivered yet another sobering message about the pandemic, saying Virginians needed to be realistic in their expectations and prepare “for the long haul.” The governor said he expected to release more information Friday about sites the state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been evaluating for alternative hospital beds. He also announced Virginia had received a third shipment of personal...
  • AMA Lobbies for More Foreign Doctors, but Qualified Americans Shut Out ( H-1B strikes again )

    04/23/2019 11:32:06 AM PDT · by central_va · 17 replies
    doctors without jobs ^ | 2018 | doctors without jobs
    Last month, the American Medical Association issued a press release that urged U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to process more H-1B visas, thereby allowing more nonresident physicians to come to the United States to practice medicine. The AMA claimed that a shortage of nonresident physicians who help fill care gaps in medically underserved regions diminishes overall patient care.
  • Trump Abandons ‘America First’ Reforms: ‘We Need’ More Immigration to Grow Business Profits

    03/07/2019 5:14:35 AM PST · by central_va · 142 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-6-19 | J. Binder
    Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, President Trump is abandoning his prior “America First” legal immigration reforms to support increases of legal immigration levels in order to expand profits for businesses and corporations. For the fourth time in about a month, Trump suggested increasing legal immigration levels. With Apple CEO Tim Cook sitting next to him at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said he not only wanted more legal immigration but that companies needed an expansion of new arrivals to grow their business. “We’re going to have a lot of people coming into the country. We want a lot...
  • Carlos Ghosn: Ex-Nissan boss granted bail by Tokyo court

    03/05/2019 6:38:40 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 March 2019
    The court set bail at one billion yen (£6.8m; $8.9m) and Japanese media reports said he could be released as early as Tuesday. ...Prosecutors in Tokyo were expected to file an appeal against the decision to grant bail, which requires Mr Ghosn stay in Japan and be placed under video surveillance.
  • Trump’s Hint to Increase Legal Immigration, Automation Dooms American Workers

    02/14/2019 5:08:40 AM PST · by central_va · 93 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/13/19 | John Binder
    President Trump’s hint that he will increase legal immigration levels and a pending automation doomsday that lawmakers have yet to regulate threatens millions of America’s working and middle class workers. This week, Trump reiterated for the third time in a few weeks that he believes the U.S. should be increasing already historic levels of legal immigration — where more than 1.2 million legal immigrants are admitted every year at the expense of American taxpayers who are forced to subsidize the scheme through depressed wages and fewer job prospects
  • Dow Jones Rallies 130 Points After a Boost from US-China Optimism

    This morning, Dow Jones Industrial Average Futures Trading predicted a gain of over 130 points for the index at market opening . The US stock markets have been buoyed by news that trade tariffs could be eased or even rolled back.
  • Paul Ryan: Repeal & replace of Obamacare is off the table for 2017

    10/25/2017 6:36:56 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 49 replies
    Fox business via twitter ^ | 10/25/17 | Fox business
    FOX Business @FoxBusiness #BreakingNews: @SpeakerRyan: Repeal & replace of Obamacare is off the table for 2017
  • Clinton's SMTP Packets Sent Through Routers Easily Examined By Bots

    Hillary sent classified messages through the world wide Internet. The real issue is how many classified documents were sent as SMTP, and which routers on the Internet did each packet go through to reach its destination? Well, we cannot say, so we HAVE to assume any/all of them. And THAT, MY FRiends includes routers in Moscow, Beijing, Pyongyang (ha, if they have any—at least for Intel purposes I’m sure), Tehran, Havana, Mosul, etc., etc. Agencies/Identities can run bots on routers to pull all kinds of packets their way to further store and read them... They can run software against the...
  • San Diego Local News Labels President Obama As Rape Suspect

    02/15/2015 6:51:15 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Mad World News ^ | February 15, 2015 | Robert Rich
    San Diego Local News Labels President Obama As Rape Suspect A local San Diego news station has found themselves in the spotlight after portraying President Obama as a rapist during a news report. The photo was displayed for five seconds until the error was noticed. Oops! Fox 5 San Diego ran a segment at about 10:04 p.m. where anchor Kathleen Bade said, “The only suspect in a sex assault at SDSU will not be charged.” At that time, a photo of Obama accompanied her spiel, appearing just above her left shoulder. The photo remained there for a five seconds, but...
  • 'We're Screwed' Major Garrett open mic briefing U S response to Ebola Outbreak Oct 3 2014

    10/07/2014 5:07:31 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/07/14
    Did I just hear the woman say she's going to do 4-6%?
  • More Good News

    10/29/2013 6:32:42 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 9 replies
    Lying Weasels ^ | Who Knows | Barack Obama
    From the site: Can I buy a plan outside the Marketplace outside of the open enrollment period? Yes, but only if you have a special enrollment period. You get a special enrollment period if you lose other coverage or have a change in family status like a birth, divorce, or adoption. Otherwise, you generally have to wait until the next open enrollment period to buy a health plan inside or outside the Marketplace Can I buy a plan outside the Marketplace outside of the open enrollment period? Yes, but only if you have a special enrollment period. You get...
  • War Against the Young

    04/14/2013 10:46:46 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/9/13 | Victor Davis Hansen
    “What’s the matter with Kansas?” syndrome of young people voting against their economic interests. Thus follows the constant courting of the hip and cool Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Lena Dunham, Occupy Wall Streeters, and others who blend pop culture, sex, youth, energy, and fad — almost anything to avoid the truth that today’s teenagers are starting out each owing a lifetime share of the national debt amounting to more than three-quarters of a million dollars. Those who ran up the debt enjoyed the borrowing, but won’t be around to pay back their proverbial fair share.
  • Premature Fed pullback could "short-circuit" recovery: Bernanke

    03/02/2013 10:19:39 AM PST · by haffast · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-2-2013 | Pedro Nicolaci da Costa
    Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, said on Friday that pulling back on aggressive policy measures too soon would pose a real risk of damaging a still-fragile recovery. There has been some disagreement within the Fed of whether the central bank's bond-buying program, which is designed to push down long-term interest rates, should be phased out. Fed Board Governor Jeremy Stein argued recently there were signs of overheating in certain financial markets and that the central bank should consider using monetary policy to address such risks if they persist. The Fed chief was not convinced, saying that, even...
  • Clinton Is Right, If Obama Is Reelected We Will Definitely Feel Something

    09/06/2012 10:14:19 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-6-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Health care ruling could leave poorest Americans at greatest risk

    06/29/2012 4:14:59 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    msnbc ^ | 6/28/2012 | M. Alex Johnson
    Now that the Supreme Court has upheld President Barack Obama's health care initiative, will Congress have to rewrite it from scratch? It's not a paradoxical question. The court signed off on nearly all of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but it struck down one provision, and in doing so — whether it knew it or not — it may have put the poorest Americans at the greatest risk of being left without any health insurance. Chief Justice John Roberts said as part of the 5-4 decision that states can't be penalized for refusing to join the law's expansion...