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Whole Foods admits overcharging, blames employees and apologizes.

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:00
Washington Post, by Will Greenberg Posted By: holding my nose again- Thu, 02 08 2015 11:08:10 GMT Last week New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs said it was investigating Whole Foods for “systemic overcharging for pre-packaged foods.” The agency said it tested 80 different kinds of prepackaged products at New York Whole Foods outlets and found all had mislabeled weights. (Snip) Wednesday, Whole Foods co-CEOs Walter Robb and John Mackey, in a video released online, acknowledged that customers were charged incorrect prices for some of their products, put the blame on some employees and apologized. “Straight up, we made some mistakes,” Robb said in the video. “We want to own that and tell

Images show Chinese airstrip on man-made Spratly island nearly finished

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:00
Reuters, by Dean Yates Posted By: holding my nose again- Thu, 02 59 2015 10:59:09 GMT China has almost finished building a 3,000-meter-long (10,000-foot) airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, new satellite photographs of the area show. A U.S. military commander had told Reuters in May that the airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef could be operational by year-end, although the June 28 images suggest that could now be sooner. The airstrip will be long enough to accommodate most Chinese military aircraft, security experts have said, giving Beijing greater reach into the heart of maritime Southeast Asia. China said on Tuesday some of its land reclamation in the

Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:00
Telegraph [UK], by Staff Posted By: holding my nose again- Thu, 02 55 2015 10:55:25 GMT A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen´s production plants in Germany. The man died Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 62 miles north of Frankfurt, VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig said. The 22'year'old was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate, Hillwig said. He said initial conclusions indicate that human error was to blame, rather than a problem with the robot, which can be programmed to perform various tasks in the assembly process. He said it normally operates within a confined area at the plant, grabbing

Latest Batch Of Hillary Clinton Emails Reveals More Lies

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:00
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff Posted By: RockyTCB- Thu, 02 30 2015 10:30:11 GMT Accountability: While the latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails contains many embarrassments — like her troubles with a fax machine — it also exposes still more deceptions on her part and by those around her. Clinton might have hoped she put that whole silly email kerfuffle behind her when she deigned to hold a press conference in March to answer questions about all the official email correspondence as secretary of state that took place on her personal account. But several claims she made then have since been shown to be blatantly false, and the latest batch of emails released by the State

Lost, stolen, broken: TSA pays millions for bag claims, USA Today investigation finds

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:00
USA Today, by Nick Penzenstadler* Posted By: MissMolly- Thu, 02 27 2015 10:27:42 GMT The Transportation Security Administration paid passengers $3 million over the last five years for claims that airport security screeners broke, lost or stole their luggage or items inside, according to a review of about 50,000 complaints. After investigating to determine if TSA or its agents were responsible, the agency approved or settled with passengers in about 15,000 cases – nearly 1 out of 3 claims filed from 2010 to 2014. Payments ranged from a few bucks for missing food or medicine to several thousand dollars for jewelry, electronics and other items passengers said were broken or disappeared in TSA´s hands. The nation´s

Meet the Native American Rachel Dolezal

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:00
Daily Beast, by Samantha Allen Posted By: MissMolly- Thu, 02 17 2015 10:17:31 GMT Andrea Smith is a Native American activist and academic hailed for her Cherokee heritage. One small problem: She’s not Cherokee. Andrea Smith—an associate professor at University of California, Riverside, the founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and a leading Native American studies scholar and activist—may not, in fact, be a Cherokee woman, despite repeatedly presenting herself as such since at least 1991. I first saw Andrea Smith in 2013 when she delivered a keynote at the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) conference and, although her program bio did not explicitly mention that she was Cherokee, she was widely understood by

Vicious Sid´s State Department

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:43
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 02 13 2015 10:13:53 GMT The big find in the first dump of emails from Hillary Clinton´s secret email server, aside from a few insulting comments about Cuban Floridians, is the fact that The New York Times was on to a much bigger story in May than it realized. Sid Blumenthal, the former Clinton hatchet'man from the 1990s, was not just sending Secretary of State Clinton briefings about the situation in Libya, but was briefing her about nearly every corner of the globe. Though barred by President Obama´s minders from any official job in the administration, vicious Sid had constant access to Clinton. Blumenthal´s sense of self'importance

Egypt at War

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:43
Commentary Magazine, by Michael Rubin Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 02 12 2015 10:12:17 GMT Over the last few days, Egypt has faced a terrorist wave. First, there was the assassination of Hisham Barakat, Egypt’s state prosecutor, the equivalent of the Attorney General. Barakat was the target of Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist animus for his role prosecuting thousands of Islamists since Gen Abdel Fattah el'Sisi overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood'affiliated president Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Now, today, a wave of attacks has killed at least 50 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula. Ominously, several Egyptian security sources are pointing the finger at Turkey, Qatar, and Iran. According to Kirk Sowell, probably the best open source Arabic

Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged over gay marriage ruling

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:43
Washington Post Writers Group, by George F. Will Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 02 06 2015 10:06:32 GMT In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention’s prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 “language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders.” He knew that the purport of the text would evolve “with the changeable meaning of the words composing it.” Now, 147 years since ratification of the 14th Amendment, its guarantees of “equal protection of the laws” and “due process of law” mean that states, which hitherto controlled marriage law, must recognize same'sex marriages. Anthony Kennedy’s opinion for the court said: “The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill

Conservatives Conquer the Export'Import Bank

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:25
Atlantic Wire, by Russell Berman Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 02 01 2015 10:01:51 GMT Conservatives have had a rough start to the summer: Republican appointees on the Supreme Court helped enshrine same'sex marriage as a constitutional right and reaffirmed Obamacare as the law of the land. President Obama is coming off arguably the best week of his presidency, and his poll numbers are rising (although, to be fair, so are Donald Trump’s). Yet without much notice, the far right did score a victory this week, when at midnight on Wednesday, the charter of the U.S. Export'Import Bank expired for the first time in its 81'year history. Little'known to most Americans outside Washington or the business

Doctor Accused of Medicare Fraud Donated $450K to Democrats

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:25
Washington Free Beacon, by Joe Schoffstall Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 02 59 2015 09:59:04 GMT A cardiologist in Florida who has donated more than $450,000 to Democrats has been suspended from receiving Medicare reimbursement payments over “credible allegations of fraud” after reimbursements as far back as 2012 came under scrutiny. Dr. Asad Qamar, a cardiologist based out of Ocala, Fla., was officially suspended from participating in the program in March, though the suspension was only recently made public. In January, the government intervened in a lawsuit against Qamar filed by whistleblowers who alleged the doctor had defrauded the government. According to the Department of Justice, Qamar performed “excessive and medically unnecessary peripheral artery interventional services and affiliated

Moldova’s Missing Millions

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:05
American Spectator, by Robert Zapesochny Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 02 54 2015 09:54:59 GMT When he was finally captured, the legendary bank robber Willy Sutton was asked why he robbed banks. “Because that’s where the money is,” he replied. That stunningly simple truth must have been in the minds of those who contrived to steal approximately $500 million from the three largest banks in the small Eastern European country of Moldova. Moldova is a country with only 3.5 million people and it is likely to be the next battleground between the European Union and Russia. The thieves stole what amounts to one'tenth of Moldova’s annual Gross Domestic Product. The only person who benefits from this scandal

Avert Your Eyes and Hold Your Nose

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:05
Creators Syndicate, by Debra J. Saunders Posted By: MissMolly- Thu, 02 52 2015 09:52:35 GMT Downtown San Francisco feels like a large public toilet without enough janitors. More than once this year, I’ve seen men drop their pants in public places — including at Fifth and Market — to leave a smelly mess on the sidewalk. You can walk for blocks and never escape the stench of stale urine. At lunchtime, I see street people passed out on high'traffic sidewalks, and I am afraid to walk around them. The homeless have been a problem in San Francisco for as far back as anyone remembers, but to me it seems this year is the worst. There’s a

America’s politicians take courageous, bipartisan stand against peas in guacamole

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:46
Washington Post, by Elahe Izadi Posted By: MissMolly- Thu, 02 47 2015 09:47:08 GMT An outrageous proposition was lodged Wednesday: Put peas in guacamole, exhorted the New York Times. Nope. That´s how you feel, right? It´s a very easy position to take, if you ask me, and it´s one your elected representatives and political parties '' Democrats and Republicans '' are only so happy to adopt as their own. No poll'testing needed here. Yes, a bunch of politicians and parties gave their takes on something as dumb as ruining perfectly good guacamole with the addition of peas. It´s like the blue'or'white'dress question of foods. Here´s a recap of their positions, because this is important.

Ex'CNN anchor survives wild motel shootout

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:46
New York Post, by Shawn Cohen Posted By: MissMolly- Thu, 02 39 2015 09:39:28 GMT A road trip down old Route 66 led to a Wild West'style motel shootout for a pioneering CNN anchor and her former'soldier hubby. Lynne Russell — the first woman to ever solo'anchor a primetime network news show — and Chuck de Caro, 65, had stopped at a Motel 6 for the night in Albuquerque when an intruder slipped into their room as Russell went to grab something from the car around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. “I opened the door and he materialized out of nowhere; he was inside,” she told The Post. “And he pushed me into the room and onto the bed

Clinton: Benghazi panel a ´charade´

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:11
The Hill [DC], by Ben Kamisar Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 02 32 2015 09:32:46 GMT The House Select Committee on Benghazi is a “charade,” Hillary Clinton’s campaign charges in a new video blasting the committee for wasting taxpayer money on politics. “The Benghazi Select Committee is spending $8,000 a day in taxpayer money to keep digging,” the video says in on'screen text. “How long will Republicans keep spending tax dollars on this political charade?” The video, released by the campaign’s rapid response website, cobbles together clips almost exclusively from Fox News where anchors comment on the story or question politicians on the committee’s motivations. The only piece from another network, MSNBC, shows Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart on

Hillary Gets Berned: Sanders Rally Nearly Double the Size of Her Announcement Crowd

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:11
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 02 26 2015 09:26:20 GMT Sen. Bernie Sanders (I'Vt.) upstaged ‘em all at a rally in Madison, Wis., on Wednesday night. In fact, he put the number of people who showed up for Hillary Clinton’s official campaign announcement to shame. Sanders nearly filled the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center, which seats 10,231 people; the Associated Press put a 10,000 estimate on the crowd. About 5,500 people were on New York’s Roosevelt Island for Clinton’s carefully orchestrated launch. “Tonight we have made a little bit of history,” Sanders told the crowd with a simple blue Bernie banner backdrop. “Tonight, we have more people

Obergefell’s Threat to Religious Liberty

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:11
City Journal, by Adam Freedman Posted By: StormCnter- Thu, 02 17 2015 09:17:55 GMT Despite what the newspaper headlines say, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges did not “legalize” same'sex marriage. It mandated same'sex marriage, something very different. States were previously free to recognize gay marriage, but now they are compelled to do so. From now on, it is illegal—unconstitutional—for any state not to issue marriage licenses to same'sex couples. Many tout Obergefell as a victory for civil rights, but it is anything but. By turning same'sex marriage into a constitutional “right,” the Supreme Court has denied the people of all 50 states the most important civil right of all—the right to

Trump: ‘Last Thing We Need Is Another Bush’

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:53
Breitbart TV, by Ian Hanchett Posted By: Desert Fox- Thu, 02 14 2015 09:14:27 GMT Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump “the last thing we need is another Bush” and argued Jeb lacks “gravitas” in a wide'ranging interview broadcast on Wednesday’s “CNN Tonight.” Trump began by talking about his polling numbers compared to Jeb Bush, stating, “Well, I’m not happy being behind Jeb Bush, to be honest with you. Because I don’t get, he’s in favor of Common Core, he’s very weak on immigration, extremely weak on immigration. He thinks people come over for love, and I’m not at all happy. I don’t understand how he’s at first place, but I’m certainly honored by the poll, and

Congressional pressure building on Obama as Iran talks drag out

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:53
Fox News, by Staff Posted By: Pluperfect- Thu, 02 14 2015 09:14:15 GMT The Obama administration´s decision to send Iranian nuclear talks into overtime is triggering a backlash on Capitol Hill, as congressional Republicans warn Tehran is exploiting the situation and moving the goalposts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R'Ky., called on the administration to "press pause" on the discussions, after negotiators announced they would miss the June 30 deadline and extend talks another week. "President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry should use the opportunity to pause negotiations, take a step back and re'examine the point of the talks in the first place," McConnell wrote in an op'ed for Politico. He and other GOP lawmakers