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It's very radical...

The American people's call for truth and justice has been answered by Bernie Sanders...





Posted by Playinghardball | Sun Dec 27, 2015, 01:29 PM (5 replies)

There's a reason "THEY" don't want him as President,



Big money is against Bernie because, unlike all the other candidates, he's not for sale...

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Dec 26, 2015, 02:26 PM (8 replies)

The next POTUS!!





Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Dec 26, 2015, 02:07 PM (5 replies)

I can go along with this...



Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Dec 26, 2015, 01:42 PM (9 replies)

Martin O'Malley looks good also!!



I love Elizabeth Warren but I think she can accomplish more by remaining as a senator for the time being...

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Dec 26, 2015, 01:39 PM (7 replies)

Consumer Reports: Annatomy of a swindle (This is a great article that everyone should read)

This is one part of a larger article titled Lies, Secrets, and Scams
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/consumer-protection/preventing-elder-abuse

Lottery and sweepstakes scams have been around for years, but they still ensnare seniors and younger individuals, sometimes for hundreds of thousands of dollars. One of the biggest operates out of Jamaica and several other countries, including Canada, Costa Rica, and Israel. Here’s how the so-called Jamaican lottery scam can lead to elder fraud and rob them of their savings:

1. Creating the list. Scammers collect seniors’ names from sources that include obituaries mentioning surviving relatives and legitimate mailing lists of people who’ve bought products widely sold to seniors. They also get names from list makers that operate bogus mass sweepstakes mailing centers and cater to scammers.

2. Testing the waters. Elder financial exploitation often begins with a mass mailing, sometimes personalized to each victim. The mailing may offer an attractive product or service, or mention that the victim is eligible for a lottery or sweepstakes. The mail-in return forms ask for personal information such as phone numbers and whether the victim has a credit card. They may also ask for a small fee—say, $20.

3. Homing in on ‘suckers.' The swindle may end there with the receipt of respondents’ fees. Or the scammers may create a more refined “sweepstakes list” or “sucker list” of respondents. They may use those lists themselves or sell them to others. Listed names are worth up to $6 each; the most valuable are older and alone, and often have a rural address.

4. Calling the ‘winners.' A scammer, often from abroad, using a phone system that masks the call’s origin, contacts a listed individual to announce that she has won a big prize. The catch: She has to pay fees or taxes up front—and keep the win a secret. The caller then directs the victim to wire or mail the funds to a third party’s bank account.

5. Moving the money. The third party sometimes flies the cash to Jamaica to deliver directly to the scammer or has another person, a “mule,” do it. Each participant in the swindle takes a cut, often 10 percent.

Read more here: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/consumer-protection/anatomy-of-a-swindle

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Dec 26, 2015, 01:33 PM (6 replies)

RT Media won't tell you that between Monday-Wed Bernie drewmore than 31,0002his rallies&town meeting

The Progressive Mind ‏@Libertea2012 · 6h6 hours ago
RT Media won't tell you that between Monday-to-Wed #Bernie2016 drew more than 31,0002his rallies&town meetings:… http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/2015/12/24/iowa-nh-key-bernie-sanders-campaign-strategy/77844296/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter



Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Dec 26, 2015, 12:24 AM (16 replies)

Bernie Sanders' Plan saves $18 Trillion over 10 years...



http://progressivemind.ucoz.com/publ/bernie_sanders_39_plan_saves_18_trillion_over_10_years_feelthebern_uniteblue_1u/1-1-0-40?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Dec 25, 2015, 06:12 PM (14 replies)

A Tower of Molten Salt Will Deliver Solar Power After Sunset

For the first time, solar thermal can compete with natural gas during nighttime peak demand

Pillar Of Salt: More than a million square meters of mirrors focus on a tower of molten salt to generate power for the Las Vegas Strip.

Solar power projects intended to turn solar heat into steam to generate electricity have struggled to compete amid tumbling prices for solar energy from solid-state photovoltaic (PV) panels. But the first commercial-scale implementation of an innovative solar thermal design could turn the tide. Engineered from the ground up to store some of its solar energy, the 110-megawatt plant is nearing completion in the Crescent Dunes near Tonopah, Nev. It aims to simultaneously produce the cheapest solar thermal power and to dispatch that power for up to 10 hours after the setting sun has idled photovoltaics.

“When the grid wants 110 MW, we’ll provide 110 MW. There will be no variability,” says Kevin Smith, CEO for SolarReserve, the plant’s developer, based in Santa Monica, Calif.

Crescent Dunes, due to come on line by the end of this year, uses over 10,000 mirrors to focus sunlight on a heat receiver atop a 165-meter-high tower—a layout resembling California’s massive Ivanpah solar power tower. However, while Ivanpah’s receiver heats steam and pipes it directly to turbine generators, SolarReserve’s heats a molten mixture of nitrate salts that can be stored in insulated tanks and withdrawn on demand to run the plant’s steam generators and turbine when electricity is most valuable. Smith expects that NV Energy, the Las Vegas–based utility contracted to buy Crescent Dunes’ output, will want it mostly during the utility’s unusually late demand peak, which the Vegas Strip’s nightlife routinely stretches toward midnight.

More here: http://spectrum.ieee.org/green-tech/solar/.Vn2n7mIpIGA.twitter

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Dec 25, 2015, 04:40 PM (8 replies)

You're gonna love this story!!





Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Dec 25, 2015, 04:32 PM (7 replies)
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