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20 votes

Is the oil price fall more than just a coincidence?

"The recent drop in oil prices could be due to more than just lower demand, according to some analysts, who have suggested that the U.S. could be deliberately manipulating the market to hurt Russia at a time of geopolitical stress."

10 votes

U.S. homeownership rate slides to lowest level since 1995

A smaller share of Americans own their homes than at any time since 1995 - Young people are putting off buying houses, one reason why the nation's homeownership rate is the lowest it's been in nearly 20 years. More renters, fewer buyers

By Tim Logan | The L.A. Times

Less than half of homes in metro Los Angeles are owner-occupied, lowest rate of any big city in the U.S. The share of Americans who own their homes slipped again in the second quarter to its lowest level in nearly two decades.

Just 64.8% of U.S. homes are owner-occupied, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, down from 65% in the first quarter and the lowest count since the third quarter of 1995. The figures are adjusted to account for seasonal variations.

In Los Angeles and Orange counties, 49.1% of homes are owner-occupied. That's the lowest rate of any big metropolitan area in the country.

Relatively high housing prices, tight credit standards and a still-soft job market are prompting more Americans to put off owning a home, housing economists say. And while the improving economy is prompting more young people to move out of their parents’ house or live alone instead of with roommates, those young people are in no rush to buy.

26 votes

Editorial: Voters should send Rep. Justin Amash back to Washington

"In his first two terms, Amash has made a name for himself as a maverick libertarian unafraid of bucking party leadership.

He staunchly opposes clandestine federal efforts to collect data and records from Americans not suspected of committing crimes. He does not respond to every whim of his party, which has endeared him to ardent supporters."

51 votes

Article in the Boston Globe: Vote All You Want. The Secret Government Won't Change.

This is one of the best articles I've read recently from a large newspaper (not that I read many of them). I thought DPers would appreciate this.

"THE VOTERS WHO put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.

21 votes

Michael Steele: Rand Paul, the most dangerous man in politics

Steele: TIME calls Rand Paul most interesting man in politics, I call him most dangerous man

17 votes

Libertarian Adrian Wyllie Campaign protesting debate exclusion through three events

The Adrian Wyllie for Governor Campaign, the Libertarian Candidate for Governor, has announced it will both rally on site in Jacksonville and online through Twitter on Tuesday, October 21, to protest CNN's decision to exclude him from participating in the third and final gubernatorial debate prior to Election Day (November 4) in Florida.

7 votes

I early voted

"Voting is a joke"
fit nicely in the write in box for Texas Goobner.

Happy Trails!

21 votes

Your child is being eaten by a camel - multiple choice test

Thanks to Ed Griffin for the photo.

7 votes

Join Twitter Rally For Florida Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Adrian Wyllie

Join Twitter Rally For Florida Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Adrian Wyllie
Tuesday, October 21
6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT

Adrian Wyllie has been excluded, once again, from participating in the televised gubernatorial debate.

While Adrian is Livestreaming his answers to the same questions that Crist and Scott are answering, his supporters will be holding a Twitter Rally to make sure his voice is heard!

We will be providing a list of tweets that you can cut and paste and use for the Twitter Rally. (in progress) You are also free to make your own.

1. FOLLOW @WyllieForGov

8 votes

"Hysterical," "Irresponsible" Ebola Coverage

Best coverage of Ebola I have seen to date.

Fox's Shepard Smith Blasts Media For "Hysterical," "Irresponsible" Ebola Coverage

17 votes

DIY Chicken Coop... Followup; "What do you do to experience life... all the way?"

A few weeks back there was a post here about how "you" experience life. Well, I said I build things sometimes. Anyways, I just finished my coop. First time chicken owner, in about 3 more weeks, my glorious flock will move from the basement into this. Looking forward to the eggs! With anything else, I'm sure I'll have to "improve" some things after the first few weeks to work out the kinks. Just wanted to share as the last screw went in yesterday. Thanks to all at the DP for the inspiration!

12 votes

Facebook to DEA: Stop Making Phony Accounts!

The Verge: Facebook has a message for the DEA: if you want to use our service, you have to use your real name. In a letter sent to the Drug Enforcement Administration on Friday, chief security office Joe Sullivan chided the agency for allowing one of its officers to lure criminals with a fake Facebook account created in a suspect's name. "We regard the DEA's conduct to be a knowing and serious breach of Facebook's terms and policies," writes Sullivan. He adds that the social network "asks that the DEA immediately confirm that it has ceased all activities on Facebook that involve the impersonation of others or that otherwise violate our terms and policies."

The issue came to the fore earlier this month when BuzzFeed reported on a case filed in a federal district court. The suspect, 28-year-old Sondra Arquiett, sued DEA agent Timothy Sinnigen for violating her privacy and putting her in harm's way. In court filings, the DEA admitted that Sinnigen used photos obtained from Arquiett's cell phone to create a phony Facebook account.

28 votes

As Obama spoke a steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium

During President Barack Obama’s speech at a Maryland Democratic campaign rally Sunday, crowd members departed while he spoke — an action that “underscored his continuing unpopularity,”...