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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Any US veteran who depends on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for their healthcare should check out C-SPAN's broadcast of the July 25 House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

For over two hours, Congressional representatives grilled the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert A McDonald and Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health, physician James Tuchschmidt.

The level of hostility that Republican committee members displayed toward the VHA should give any veteran – and any citizen who cares about the fate of the nation's veterans – pause. Read more


The gravest fear that has rippled through humanity from the technology industry is that, someday, almost all of our jobs will be replaced by robots.

While that fear is often laughed off as something that will only happen far into the future, the truth is that it's actually happening right now.

In Dongguan City, located in the central Guangdong province of China, a technology company has set up a factory run almost exclusively by robots, and the results are fascinating.

The Changying Precision Technology Company factory in Dongguan has automated production lines that use robotic arms to produce parts for cell phones. The factory also has automated machining equipment, autonomous transport trucks, and other automated equipment in the warehouse.

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El Salvador has been brought to its knees by gang violence, and the groups have infiltrated the U.S., too.

One of El Salvador's former guerrilla leaders, who years ago traded olive drab for Irish tweeds and took up residence at Oxford University, can tell you exactly why his homeland is being torn apart right now by gang violence.

He can also tell you what that means to those of us who live under the delusion that the carnage in the streets of San Salvador this month -- expected to get much worse this weekend -- is not just a local problem in a faraway land. Read more


Hundreds of Canadian woman joined a topless protest march after three sisters were allegedly stopped by police for cycling without shirts. Saturday's "Bare with us" march took place in Waterloo, Ontario. The women say that police told them to cover up whilst cycling in the neighbouring town of Kitchener last month. Read more


Back in April we told you about Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, who said he would pay every single one of his employees $70,000 annually.

Every single one, from the lowest skilled workers on up.

Now, as expected, Price has fallen on hard times financially, even having to rent out his own home.

Employees who work for Gravity are now leaving the company, "spurred in part by their view that it was unfair to double the pay of some new hires while the longest-serving staff members got small or no raises."

This was always going to be the outcome.

If everyone hits the jackpot, does anybody really win the lottery?


The first national green group to make an endorsement in the 2016 election just threw its weight behind Bernie Sanders.

Announced Saturday afternoon in New Hampshire, the endorsement from Friends of the Earth Action arrives amid rising frustration from the environmental Left over Hillary Clinton's refusal to take a stand on the Keystone XL pipeline and a host of other hot-button issues such as drilling in icy Arctic waters.


UNITED NATIONS – President Obama's hopes for a globalist pact integrating economies on four continents ran aground in Hawaii on Friday.

Trade negotiators from 12 nations announced Friday they failed to reach a deal on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP.

TPP would be the largest-ever economic regulatory treaty, encompassing more than 40 percent of the world's gross domestic product. Secretary of State John Kerry said the pact will merge the U.S. economy with Mexico and ten others nations, including Canada, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Islamic Sultanate of Brunei.


As reported by journalist Matt Taibbi, while introducing Mike Huckabee at a campaign event on Thursday, Rep. Steve King claimed that according to the Supreme Court's ruling, "You can marry my lawnmower."

This, however, was not even the first time King had contemplated lawnmower marriage. He's actually been making the remark since just after the ruling came down. In late June, he was quoted as saying, "Their ruling really says anybody can marry anybody -- and eventually it will be in any combination. I had a strong, Christian lawyer tell me yesterday that, under this decision that he has read, what it brings about is: It only requires one human being in this relationship -- that you could marry your lawnmower with this decision. I think he's right." Read more


Well d**n it looks like the fix is in. The good people at the Federalist found out that the judge who has blocked footage from being released in the fourth Planned Parenthood is not only an Obama appointee, but he raised a whole lotta money for his campaign:

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. -- Two guns, multiple shots fired and what has to be agony for a wife & mother. Friday, James Johnson was shot inside the funeral home he owns in Reidsville. Authorities charged his son, Garcia Johnson, with the crime.

Blitzer says he was told there was an argument the night before the shooting between father and son. He was told it was about who would perform an upcoming funeral.

James Johnson is still in the hospital and his son is now out on bail.

After speaking with Johnson's attorneys, Blitzer agreed to a lowered bond of $200,000. Johnson must also wear a GPS monitoring device.

The main reason why Blitzer says he agreed to a lower bond is because Garcia's father also had a gun. He says that fact is also the reason why Garcia is not charged with attempted murder. He is charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill. Read more


Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her classic recording "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," died Thursday night of a heart attack at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Ms. Anderson was also a horse breeder and an award-winning, lifelong equestrian who became involved in therapeutic horse riding programs for disabled and troubled children. Read more


Negotiators from 12 Pacific nations have finished a week of talks without agreement on a regional trade deal. But the US trade representative Michael Froman said ministers were more confident than ever that a deal on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership was within reach. Read more


watch this poopfest of an interview with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. not only is Bernie Sanders a socialist, but word around the campfire is he is a goosestepping rapist too... i'm just sayin'


BALTIMORE – Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

Police reported three deaths -- two men shot Thursday and one on Friday. The men died at local hospitals.

With their deaths, this year's homicides reached 189, far outpacing the 119 killings by July's end in 2014. Nonfatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year. July's total was the worst since the city recorded 45 killings in August 1972, according to The Baltimore Sun.


"You know, one of the reasons Republicans keep getting clobbered is we have leaders like Mitt Romney and like Jeb Bush who are afraid to say that," Cruz said, obviously. Shoehorns Jeb Bush in there too! (Jeb had not commented on Cruz's particularly over-the-top framing of the Iran deal's repercussions, but did find the time to denounce Mike Huckabee's comment about how Obama was restarting the Holocaust.)

Cruz was not finished:

Cruz went on to rail against Romney, arguing his toned down rhetoric cost him the election in 2012. "Part of the reason why Mitt Romney got clobbered by Barack Obama is because we all remember that third debate where Barack Obama turned to Mitt and said ‘I said the Benghazi attack was terrorism and no one is more upset by Benghazi than I am' and Mitt, I guess listening to his own advice, said, ‘well gosh I don't want to use any rhetoric so OK, never mind, I'll just kind of rearrange the pencil on the podium here,"' said Cruz.


Parents of Aurora shooting victim face bankruptcy; over $200k in court feesThe parents of Aurora theater shooting victim Jessica Gowe are being forced to pay the legal fees of an ammunition company that sold bullets used in the attack. Sandy and Lonnie Phillips explain the situation on NewsNation.


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