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  • Obscure security linked to stock volatility plummets 80% after hours, worries of market effect

    02/05/2018 9:30:40 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02/05/18 | Thomas Franck
    An exchange-traded security which is supposed to be a bet on calm markets was collapsing after hours. The VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term exchange-traded note (XIV) is down more than 80 percent in extended trading Monday. The security, issued by Credit Suisse, is supposed to give the opposite return of the Cboe Volatility index (VIX), the market's widely followed turbulence gauge. The VIX doubled during regular market hours Monday, causing obvious havoc for a product seeking to track its inverse return. Though, the XIV dropped just 14 percent during regular trading. But then after hours trading began and the security,...
  • Second Memo is Out! (Fox News Hannity VIDEO 12:47 minutes)

    02/05/2018 9:25:01 PM PST · by ransomnote · 25 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 2/5/2018 | Sean Hannity Fox News, BPearthwatch
    Video at link is Fox News Alert and is 13 minutes in length. The video is carried on citizen Youtube channel BPearthwatch. Sean Hannity says there is a second memo out (not the DNC response to the first). Hannity does a fair job of interpreting the first memo and untangling counterclaims, hi-lighting bad actors etc.
  • This Policy Will Let Kids In School Choose Whatever Gender Or Race They Want Without Their...

    02/05/2018 4:31:00 PM PST · by blueyon · 26 replies
    TheDailyCaller ^ | 2/4/18 | Grace Carr
    """This Policy Will Let Kids In School Choose Whatever Gender Or Race They Want Without Their Parents’ Knowledge""" Delaware is considering adopting a policy that will let young students in school choose whatever name, gender, or race they want under a veil of school protection mandating that the parents not be informed of these decisions unless the student explicitly wishes the parent be included. Drafted by Delaware Gov. John Carney, the anti-discrimination policy states that children from K-12 can choose their own name, identify with whatever race or gender they feel most comfortable with, and even access hormone blockers necessary...
  • School resource officer leaves gun in faculty restroom

    02/05/2018 4:22:20 PM PST · by oxcart · 23 replies
    Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | 02/05/18 | None Cited
    <p>FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a school resource officer left her loaded handgun in a faculty restroom at an elementary school in the Florida Panhandle.</p> <p>Northwest Florida Daily News reports that a parent of a student found the gun Monday morning at Elliott Point Elementary School in Okaloosa County.</p>
  • Presidential Memorandum on the Delegation of Certain Functions and Authorities

    02/05/2018 4:22:02 PM PST · by little jeremiah · 15 replies
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | Feb.5 2018 | Donald J. Trump
    Presidential Memorandum on the Delegation of Certain Functions and Authorities under Section 1238 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 Issued on: February 5, 2018 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SUBJECT: Delegation of Certain Functions and Authorities under Section 1238 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 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 delegate...
  • Amtrak, CSX train collision in South Carolina leaves 2 dead, over 100 injured, officials say

    02/04/2018 8:45:16 AM PST · by libstripper · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 4, 2018 | Travis Fedschun, Bradford Betz
    Two Amtrak personnel were killed and over 100 others were injured when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a parked CSX freight train early Sunday just outside the capital of South Carolina, officials said.
  • Meet 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, the new face of Palestinian resistance (barf alert)

    02/04/2018 8:09:39 AM PST · by jerod · 29 replies
    CBC News Website ^ | Feb 04, 2018 4:00 AM ET | By Derek Stoffel
    To Palestinians and their supporters, hers is the face of a hero, a new symbol of resistance. But many Israelis call 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi "Shirley Temper" after viewing videos showing the girl angrily lashing out at Israeli soldiers. The long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been about competing narratives, and in this age of social media and viral videos, Ahed's defiance has made her into something of a star in the Arab world and beyond. The blond-haired, blue-eyed Palestinian girl spent her 17th birthday inside an Israeli military prison last week, where she, along with her mother, await trial on Feb....
  • FLASHBACK: Filthy-Rich Kennedy Family Lived Behind Walls And Armed Protection For DECADES

    02/04/2018 12:53:22 AM PST · by confederatecarpetbag · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Jan. 31, 2018 | Julian Gillespie
    In a statement meant to dare the Trump administration, Kennedy declared, “Build a wall and my generation will tear it down. Yet the young congressman failed to mention that generations of Kennedys preceding him have enjoyed the protections and sanctity provided by walls and extra security at compounds stretching from Cape Cod to Palm Beach.
  • The Day the Music Died 03 Feb 1959

    02/03/2018 5:39:11 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 64 replies
    The Day the Music Died
  • Lying, spying and hiding

    02/02/2018 10:42:42 PM PST · by TBP · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 31, 2018 | Andrew Napolitano
    Undifferentiated bulk surveillance is the governmental acquisition of fiber-optic data stored and transmitted by nearly everyone in America. This includes all telephone conversations, text messages and emails, as well as all medical, legal and financial records. Congress recently passed and President Donald Trump signed a vast expansion of spying authorities — an expansion that authorizes legislatively the domestic spying that judges were authorizing on everyone in the U.S. without individual suspicion of wrongdoing or probable cause of crime; an expansion that passed in the Senate with no votes to spare; an expansion that evades and avoids the Fourth Amendment; an...
  • Nunes hints more memos to come

    02/02/2018 6:41:52 PM PST · by Enterprise · 137 replies
    http://www.cnn.com ^ | February 2, 2018 | Sophie Tatum
    Washington (CNN)House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes hinted Friday that there would be additional memos released regarding the committee's investigation into alleged abuse of FISA warrants -- and the next one may look at the State Department. (snip) "We are in the middle of what I call 'phase two' of our investigation, which involves other departments," Nunes said. "Specifically the State Department and some of the involvement they had in this."
  • Newsweek And The International Business Times Has Been Buying Traffic And Engaging In Ad Fraud

    02/02/2018 6:16:34 PM PST · by D-fendr · 26 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Craig Silverman
    The publisher of Newsweek and the International Business Times has been engaging in fraudulent online traffic practices that helped it secure a major ad buy from a US government agency, according to a new report released today by independent ad fraud researchers. IBTimes.com, the publisher’s US business site, last year won a significant portion of a large video and display advertising campaign for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency. Social Puncher, a consulting firm that investigates online ad fraud, alleges in its report that the ads were displayed to an audience on IBTimes.com that includes a significant amount...
  • The Districts That Will Determine the Next House Majority

    02/02/2018 2:41:37 PM PST · by Az Joe · 17 replies
    Republicans 221 Democrats 195 Toss-Ups 19 In sketching out a potential path to a bare Democratic House majority of 218 seats out of 435, we found that in all likelihood the Democrats will need to win similar numbers of Republican-held seats won by Hillary Clinton as well as by Donald Trump in the last presidential election. Clinton-won districts are not enough on their own. Democrats should gain seats, but on the face of the seats currently available to flip, we’re unsure if they can net the 24 seats they need to win control.
  • Trump Job Approval: 01/30--02/01

    02/01/2018 6:24:42 PM PST · by Az Joe · 22 replies
    Survey Monkey ^ | 02/01/2018 | Political Polls
    Approve 45% Disapprove 53%
  • Read NAVY JACK on Twitter for a pessimistic, insider view on The Trump/Mueller/FBI/DOJ happenings

    02/01/2018 4:35:51 PM PST · by Az Joe · 39 replies
    Navy Jack Twitter ^ | 02/01/2018
    FWIW NJ is a Trump supporter with insider knowledge of DC. He never engages in wishful thinking or hopeful speculation. He tries to lay it out as he sees and hears it....unvarished YMMV @USNJack Jan 31 "Ladies and Gentlemen: I am just reporting facts as they become known. If you prefer not to know critical information before it comes out on the news or if real-time updates cause you anxiety, my timeline is not for you. Please don't expect me to reveal sources or debate postings."
  • Amazon posts largest profit in its history on sales, tax boost

    02/01/2018 3:46:42 PM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 2/1/2018 | Jeffrey Dastin, Aishwarya Venugopal
    Amazon.com Inc on Thursday reported a profit near $2 billion, the largest in its history, as the online retailer drew millions of new customers to its Prime fast-shipping club for the holiday season and as changes to U.S. tax law added to its bottom line.
  • Polar bears need lots of seal snacks — and a melting Arctic makes it hard to eat enough

    02/01/2018 1:57:31 PM PST · by rktman · 60 replies
    theverge.com ^ | 2/1/2018 | Alessandra Potenza
    In the spring, during their prime hunting season, polar bears need an insanely large amount of food to stay healthy — over 12,000 kilocalories a day, or roughly 6,000 times what humans need, according to new research. That’s a lot more than what scientists previously thought these predators needed to stay healthy. And that means that, as Arctic ice keeps melting because of rising temperatures, polar bears may be in more trouble than we had anticipated. In April of 2014, 2015, and 2016, researchers tracked nine female polar bears living on the sea ice of the Beaufort Sea, off the...
  • L.A.'s homelessness surged 75% in six years

    02/01/2018 11:06:43 AM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 1, 2018 | Gale Holland
    The number of those living in the streets and shelters of the city of L.A. and most of the county surged 75% — to roughly 55,000 from about 32,000 — in the last six years... ... the city's land-use policies had reduced the availability of low-income housing... ... Los Angeles has a severe shortage of apartment units for poor people...
  • Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

    02/01/2018 9:40:07 AM PST · by grundle · 15 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | September 5, 2012 | Robert Rector
    Abstract: Child poverty is an ongoing national concern, but few are aware that its principal cause is the absence of married fathers in the home. Marriage remains America’s strongest anti-poverty weapon, yet it continues to decline. As husbands disappear from the home, poverty and welfare dependence will increase, and children and parents will suffer as a result. Since marital decline drives up child poverty and welfare dependence, and since the poor aspire to healthy marriage but lack the norms, understanding, and skills to achieve it, it is reasonable for government to take active steps to strengthen marriage. Just as government...
  • 4,650% spike in searches for #MS13 during #SOTU

    01/31/2018 10:46:39 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 74 replies
    Google Trends ^ | Jan 31, 2018 | GoogleTrends
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