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EU Targets Another American Company – Because They Are American

from IBD:

The European Union has once again kicked a giant U.S. tech firm in the shins in yet another pathetic fit of jealous pique. Last time, it was Apple (AAPL), supposedly because it didn’t pay enough taxes. This time, it’s Google, largely because, well, European companies just can’t compete.

The EU’s so-called Competition Commission — whose name suggests the same level of irony as the Ministry of Truth did in George Orwell’s “1984” — says that Alphabet(GOOGL) subsidiary Google must cough up a record fine of $2.7 billion because Europe’s homegrown firms can’t compete.

“Google abused its market dominance as a search engine by promoting its own comparison shopping service in its search results, and demoting those of competitors,” said the EU’s top antitrust bureaucrat, Margrethe Vestager. “What Google has done is illegal under EU rules.” read more

A Federal Judge Actually Understands the Second Amendment

from The American Thinker:

A federal judge in San Diego has issued a temporary stay against a new California law that bans high-capacity magazines.

U.S. district judge Roger Benitez issued the preliminary injunction against the voter-approved law, writing that the law is likely to be unconstitutional because it prevents citizens from purchasing “whatever common magazine size [they judge] best suits the situation.” read more

Step Closer to Fusion Energy

Runaway electrons can melt the solid metal walls of nuclear fusion reactors but a pair of ...
Runaway electrons can melt the solid metal walls of nuclear fusion reactors but a pair of young physicists have discovered a way to slow and control these electrons paving the way for safe nuclear fusion reactors (Credit: Eurofusion CC-BY 3.0)

A functional fusion reactor may still be a dream, but it’s a dream that is slowly becoming a reality with numerous research efforts and experiments aiming to unlock the near unlimited supply of clean energy that such a reactor would provide. The challenges scientists face in getting nuclear fusion to work are undeniably difficult, but not insurmountable, and two young physicists have recently solved one of the major problems engineers have been grappling with for almost half a century. read more

No – 22 Million Will not LOSE Their Healthcare

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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As most already know, from day one, I’ve been an ardent opponent of ObamaCare. I’ve said many times that it was created expressly to fail. And it was designed to do so, both spectacularly and as a means to ruin private health insurance, by not only breaking them financially, but also to erode the public’s confidence in the private insurance market.

And it’s been working like a Swiss watch. Private insurance companies have been pulling out of State after State due the stress Obamacare mandates have put on their balance sheets. Peoples confidence in the current private/public healthcare partnership (what a joke) has waned to the point that a growing number of Americans are beginning to demand a single payer system. The speed of transformation from any semblance of a free market insurance system to a purely socialist system is remarkable and almost surreal.

But we thought – the Republicans to the rescue. Think again. As we’ve witnessed, the Republican plan is far afield from we were promised. We already know this.

We know that neither the House nor Senate plan is a repeal bill, or frankly even a replacement bill. Yet as similar to ObamaCare as both plans are, you would think, by the coverage they’re receiving, the Republicans wish to privatize everything and end all entitlements. Great idea, but it’s not what they are proposing.

One thing the left is saying is particularly infuriating to see and hear. Infuriating in that once again the left has set the agenda and talking points. The right then accepts their offensive and merely reacts to it. It appears, at least to me, that the right has no desire to educate the masses or even set the record straight. read more

Lamborghini & Matching Boat – Buy Both on eBay

This ‘pristine’ Lamborghini complete with matching speedboat are the ultimate toys for thrill-seekers – if you have a cool £1.7 million ($2.2 million) to spare.

The bespoke lime green Aventador SV Roadster and MTI Super Veloce catamaran, which means super-fast in Italian, is currently for sale on eBay.

Both were custom built and are finished in an extremely rare special-order colour called Verde Singh, which costs £60,000 ($76,000) alone.

 Miami restaurateur Gino Gargiulo, who has previous form in commissioning speedboat and supercar hybrids, cooked up his latest project in 2015. A 'pristine' Lamborghini and matching speedboat (pictured) will be sold on eBay within two weeks

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More Cities Roll Out the Illegal Alien Welcome Mat

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Conservatives have several issues to be concerned with these days. One that just keeps resurfacing is illegal immigration. Some are already blaming Trump for softening his position on illegals. This may or may not be, but the guy has been in office for less than six months, so I’m going to cut him some slack. To me, he appears to be doing what he can on his own, with seemingly zero help from the Chamber of Commerce controlled legislature.

He is going ahead with border wall plans and mockups, and his anti-illegal rhetoric has apparently been effective at tamping down illegal entries. Yet while this is happening, liberal cities are still rolling out the welcome mat for criminal aliens.

Last week the Chicago Tribune wrote an editorial about, “A nationwide immigration rights initiative called ‘Welcoming Cities…’” They begin by tugging on the readers’ heart strings, saying, “Getting a library card or joining a PTA shouldn’t be intimidating experiences. They are, however, for residents living in the country illegally and who often live in the shadows of society.”

I was frankly surprised they even mentioned the word illegal. And I agree – it should not be an intimidating experience. It should not be an experience at all. It’s stunning to read such a sentence, but to leftists, the words “in the country illegally,” is like water off a duck’s back. The irony is completely lost on these people. And this is not a news report. It is an editorial, which advocates a certain position. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Replacing Navy’s Ouija Board

DSIMS replaces an analog system called the
DSIMS replaces an analog system called the “Ouija board” that’s been in use since the Second World War (Credit: ONR)

Modern aircraft carriers may seem like the bleeding edge of technology, but they still rely on some remarkably low-tech tools to get the job done. read more

WND Exclusive – The Koch Brothers’ plan to rewrite the Constitution

Last week, the International Business Times wrote that the Koch brothers – yes the evil Koch brothers – “Want a New Constitution – And They’re Closer than You Think.” With a headline like this, there is little doubt of IBT’s intent.

The article regards one of my favorite topics, Article V, Convention of States. For a while now, leftist “news sites,” have been trying to scare their readers into opposing such a “radical” departure from the norm of centralized governmental authority – and largess.

Of course, they don’t describe the Convention of States in such a way. IBT, as does every other progressive outlet, must lie about the purpose of Article V and never mention the reasoning behind the article by the founders. read more

LG’s Massive Flexible Screen

A 77-inch flexible screen for your smart desk, sir?
A 77-inch flexible screen for your smart desk, sir?

It’s an exciting time in display technologies, with flexible and transparent screens popping up regularly, albeit in the lab rather than on our devices. LG just set a new high bar though, with a huge 77-inch OLED screen that you can see through and roll up. read more

The Fight for 15 is Decimating the Workforce

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh reminded us of something we may have forgotten. It hasn’t been in the news lately, and with all else that is happening, it’s easy for we who write about this stuff, not to follow-up.

Rush updated us on the infamous “Fight for $15” movement, and how it is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Actually, more accurately put would be the gift that just keeps on taking – as in jobs and businesses.

You may have heard from Rush, or many other internet sites, that McDonalds is currently replacing 2,500 jobs in the U.S. with self-service kiosks. And this is only the beginning. Next year they plan to roll out another 3,000. You might surmise that this is 5,000 jobs being replaced. It’s likely to be many more.

Remember that human workers are at the restaurant for usually 8 hour shifts. Robots don’t have shifts, so they don’t need to be replaced by another human for the next shift. They work 24 hours a day, every day. These kiosks can potentially replace most all shift cashiers. In other words, that 5,000 could easily double or triple.

And to add insult to injury, McDonalds has plans to roll out mobile ordering across 14,000 U.S. locations by the end of 2017. This is sure to be a huge hit – and cause many more layoffs.

It’s like judgment day in The Terminator 3, when, with one keystroke of a computer terminal, machines became self-aware and began taking over the Earth. read more