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Yet another solar panel factory failure

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Yet another solar panel factory failure. It seems that SoloPower is slowly circling the drain and on its way out they can call it “restructures operations” all they want but when their top Chief Technology Officer Mustafa Pinarbasi hitting the road and accepting a similar role at another California startup it’s not a good sign.Then we have Craig Cornelius, a managing director for SoloPower’s key private investor, New Jersey-based Hudson Clean Energy Partners, also resigned recently it looks to me like all the fat rats or getting out-of-town.

The sad part of this is The company, which state business recruiters won over in 2011, already has received a $10 million state energy loan backed in part by Portland funding and a $20 million manufacturing Business Energy Tax Credit that will pay $13.5 million in cash. The company is ultimately in line to benefit from nearly $58 million in state and local incentives, including tax breaks, a tax credit and loans will this pull it back , I don’t think so if its past is any kind of sign, The first line of product was supposed to slated for completion in April 2012. But missed goals forced executives to renegotiate a $197 million federal loan guarantee in January, The Oregonian reported earlier this month so I think this company will fail I could be wrong we will see.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in tech

 

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Tax’s and marijuana

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You Knew it was going to happen! anytime there is money to be made the government will find a way to get its pound of flesh. It seem’s that the 18 state that have legalized marijuana has also invited the taxman in as well.The IRS is using an old law that lets the government tax medical marijuana center’s as much as 75%

The levy is the result of a 1982 provision to the tax code, known as 280E, that stemmed from a successful attempt by a convicted drug trafficker to claim his yacht, weapons and bribes as businesses expenses.

Medical marijuana center’s can not claim typical things like rent or payroll as a business expense and this in its self will put a lot of little shops out of business.

much Medical marijuana center’s believe If you have a license from the state hanging on your wall, that doesn’t fit the definition of trafficking, but they need to think about this it may be legal in your state but the Federal law still says it trafficking and not legal So pay up suckers you may have won the battle, but the war ain’t over yet .

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Funny, history, Life, politics

 

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C. Everett Koop God Bless and Goodbye

 C. Everett Koop,

C. Everett Koop,who raised the profile of the surgeon general  has died in New Hampshire at age 96.God bless you sir we will miss you

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in history, Life, politics

 

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THEBLAZE

HEBLAZE TV

THEBLAZE LAUNCHES GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN TO PROVE TO TV OPERATORS THAT CONSERVATIVE COMMENTARY IS IN DEMAND

Feb. 25, 2013 8:48am 

  • TheBlaze Launches Grassroots Get TheBlaze Campaign to Prove to TV Operators That Conservative Commentary is in DemandTheBlaze is kicking off a major grassroots campaign to bring its programming to networks around the country.

The “Get TheBlaze” campaign, launching Monday, will equip TheBlaze audience with different of ways to reach out to their TV providers and demand they bring TheBlaze to their lineup.

“Since we launched TheBlaze on DISH last fall we have been hearing from the audience asking when TheBlaze will be available on other TV providers,” said Carolyn Polke, president and chief operating officer of TheBlaze. “We are launching Get TheBlaze to provide the audience with the tools to connect directly with TV providers and let their voice be heard.”

Those tools are a special phone number, 1-800-996-BLAZE, and a new website,www.GetTheBlaze.com, that will directly connect people with their providers so they can make their choice known.

“TheBlaze audience is passionate about our programming and they want to watch it on their TV,” Polke said. Get TheBlaze “is about making that demand heard by the TV providers.”

Conservative outlets have historically faced headwinds in putting their programming on America’s television sets. In a typical arrangement, the cable provider will pay the network to carry their programming. But according to Adweek, when Fox News first launched 16 years ago, it was actually the other way around – Fox paid the cable operators to carry their channel.

With 39 percent of the country identifying as conservative and 37 percent as moderate – compared to 23 percent that see themselves as liberal – TheBlaze believes that’s a segment worth hearing from.

“We believe that TheBlaze should be a part of every pay TV lineup in America, but providers need to hear from their customers before making that commitment,” said Chris Balfe, president and chief operating officer of Glenn Beck’s Mercury Radio Arts. “Get TheBlaze is about showing providers that this audience is large and engaged, and that adding the channel is the right decision.”

Dave Shull, senior vice president of programming at DISH, said they saw a marked rise in customers after picking up TheBlaze.

“TheBlaze and Glenn Beck bring a unique perspective to DISH’s broad spectrum of political programming on all sides,” Shull said. “We had customers sign up quickly, and we saw new customers join DISH. In fact, subscriptions attributable to TheBlaze outpaced our projections by 80 percent, proving that DISH is giving customers what they want with a choice in programming, not to mention the technology to choose how to watch it.”

In a letter to TheBlaze audience, Beck said they deserve to have programming that reflects their values and beliefs.

“You probably pay good money every month to your TV provider for access to channels like MSNBC and Al Jazeera America – channels that you might not watch, or even agree with,” Beck said. “Adding TheBlaze will ensure that you and your family have a source of news and analysis that you can trust and that doesn’t betray your values.”

He said he’s incredibly proud of what TheBlaze – which includes 300,000 online subscribers – has already accomplished, but that only the audience has the power to “break the logjam and expose this network to million of others.”

“If we succeed then we change the media. If we change the media, we control the debate. If we control the debate, we change politics. And if we change politics, we change the country,” Beck said.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in politics

 

St. Paddy cat

St. Patrick's day

 

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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in animals, Funny

 

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Possible Layoff or Worse at Nanosolar

It sounds like another solar company may be on its way out. An anonymous caller to the San Jose Mercury News said Monday that Nanosolar laid off 75 percent of its workforce Friday.As of yet no one has been able to confirm this, all we have is Susan Lehman, a public relations for the company wrote this “Nanosolar did experience a workforce reduction last week, At this time, the company is in a quiet period and will not be issuing any formal statements.”Now, folks, I hate to beat a maybe dead horse but a statement like that is something I would expect out of a grade school teacher, not a solar power company.As far I can find there are no government grants/loans to Nanosolar but I’m still checking that out. But there are some big hitters that have invested into Nanosolar that may be taking a hit Investors included Mohr Davidow Ventures, OhanaHoldings LLC and Arsenal Venture Partners,input 70 million into the company in June of 2012.

The sad truth is back in Feb of 2012 Nanosolar was considered a long shot as a start-up. A report released last Jan of 2012 by Lux Research said as much. I will update this as I find out more

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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in tech

 

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Billionaires Selling U.S Stocks

Warren Buffett who has been the smiling face backing US stocks seems to be changing his mind. Mr. Buffett have been dumping large amounts of shares in US company’s, most notably Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods.Mr Buffett is saying it has to do with as he put it “disappointing performance”. In the latest filing for Buffett’s holding company Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett has been drastically reducing his exposure to stocks that depend on consumer purchasing habits. Berkshire sold roughly 19 million shares of Johnson & Johnson and reduced his overall stake in “consumer product stocks” by 21%. Berkshire Hathaway also sold its entire stake in California-based computer parts supplier Intel.1DollarBillPlain

Now you may wonder why this is a big deal, It is this 70% of the U.S. economy dependent on you and I buying things, If we don’t buy company’s don’t make money and people like Mr.Buffett don’t invest’.So it seems like that Warren Buffett has lack of faith in these companies and the US stocks and to top it off Mr.Buffett is not the only Billionaire doing this billionaire John Paulson who made his money on the subprime mortgage meltdown, is clearing out of U.S. stocks too.Then we have the darling of the left billionaire George Soros recently sold nearly all of his bank stocks, including shares of JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs. Between the three banks, Soros sold more than a million shares.On a side note, The $8.5 billion Soros Fund Management now owns 600,000 shares of the gold ETF, worth an estimated $97 million. That’s down from 1.3 million shares, worth more than $227 million so what is this saying for future gold prices.
Why are Billionaires selling U.S stocks it may have to do with a prediction of a 90% massive market correction by Robert Wiedemer, an esteemed economist who saw the housing bubble coming years before it happens! So hold on folks the ride looking like it could be a little rough. we all know if crap happens to the big boys it rolls down the hill and hit we the little people very hard.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in history, Life, politics

 

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