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The 5 Best States For Senior Citizens To Retire In

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Baby boomers may have provided the bulk of the productivity surge in this country during the past couple of decades, but now they’re retiring in unprecedented numbers. This is setting in motion a number of interesting scenarios.

  Some retirees are still recovering from the Great Recession swoon. Many are concerned about the Social Security funding gap, and some need their nest eggs to stretch further because people are living longer than ever these days.

  But for all retirees, choosing where to retire can be just as important as choosing when to retire.

 As we saw last weekend, more than a dozen U.S. states tax Social Security income either at the federal rate or at rates based on their own formulas. In addition, sales tax, property tax, and a bevy of other costs can vary throughout the country. Thus some states let senior citizens hang on to more of their hard-earned cash than others do.

  Thankfully, Bankrate has done the hard work for us. By using a number of factors that include tax burden, cost of living, access to healthcare, crime rate, and even weather, it has ranked the top states for senior citizens to retire in. According to Bankrate’s findings, here are the five best states for retirement, in ascending order: “

 

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Daily Video 5.28.14

Scary: Incredible Up-Close Footage Of Massive Tornado In North Dakota

 

 

 

 

Published on May 27, 2014
Courtesy Dan Yorgason: http://bit.ly/1h9aYzh

” Workers at an oil camp in North Dakota made a remarkable recording of a tornado as it carved out a direct path to where they were standing. Amazingly, the tornado stopped dead in its tracks and fizzled just as it reached the men, who were taking refuge in a vehicle.

  It is unclear if this is the same tornado that struck at least eight trailers that are home to oil workers on Monday. (Three tornadoes were reported on that day.) As many as nine people were injured and one is in critical condition. Rescue crews are searching through debris at the camp today, which is located 5 miles south of Watford City. The storm system that produced this damaging tornado also dropped hail and heavy rain. The National Weather service is investigating reports of as many as three possible tornadoes–although those may be multiple touchdowns of the same funnel cloud.”

What is in the news today? Click to watch: http://eurone.ws/1kb2gOl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAA Announces Locations For Future Drone Testing Sites

 

 

 

” Drones are coming to America – the Federal Aviation Administration announced on Monday the six states chosen to develop test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles.

    – University of Alaska: Will help develop standards for state monitoring and navigation, as well as safety.

    – State of Nevada: Will study standards and requirements for operators. It will also research exactly how air        traffic control procedures will change with the introduction of drones into the sky.

    – New York’s Griffiss International Airport: Will focus its research on how drones and commercial airplanes       will sense and avoid colliding with each other in congested airspace.

    – North Dakota Department of Commerce: Will develop “airworthiness” data as well as reliable links                     that share information between drones and other aircraft.

     – Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi: Will develop safety system requirements.

     – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: Will test failure mode procedure and other risks should        a drone malfunction while in the air.”

 

Source: DC Clothesline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil Train Collision In North Dakota Sets Off Fireball, Forces Evacuation In Casselton 

 

 

 

” A BNSF train carrying crude oil in North Dakota collided with another train Monday afternoon, setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing oil-by-rail traffic.”

 

 

 

” Residents heard five powerful explosions a mile outside of the small town of Casselton after a westbound train carrying soybeans derailed, and an eastbound 104-car train hauling crude oil ran into it around 2:10 p.m. CST (3:10 p.m. EDT), local officials told Reuters. There were no injuries, but hundreds of residents were evacuated as a precaution, the Associated Press reported.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why? Because Of Obama , That’s Why

 

 

 

” Her trip took her to Gascoyne in the southwest corner of the state where she saw 218 miles of pipe sitting quietly among wildflowers in an 83-acre field.

“There’s millions worth of pipe sitting on the ground when it should be in the ground,” Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) told Harder. $200 million of pipe to be exact.

That pipe should be part of the Keystone XL pipeline moving Canadian heavy crude from oil sands and Bakken crude from hydraulic fracturing to refineries on the Gulf Coast. But President Obama refuses to approve Keystone XL even though it’ll create thousands of jobs, help state and local economies, and improve energy security while having minimal environmental impact.”

 

See Also : My Week in Oil Boom Country

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GALLUP: HERE ARE THE MOST ‘CONSERVATIVE’ & ‘LIBERAL’ STATES

 

 

” Alabama is the most “conservative” state in the U.S., with roughly 50 percent of its residents “identifying their ideology as conservative,” trailed closely by North Dakota and Wyoming (both 48.6 percent), according to a recent survey by Gallup.”

 

 

Gallup Reports on the Most Conservative & Liberal States

Thanking GOP Governors For Saving His Bacon.

 

 

” Anyway, we knew that the economy as a whole wasn’t really recovering (by the way, it still isn’t), but that’s not what mattered then. As Vince Lombardi once said: “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” Lombardi also didn’t believe incheating and cheating again to win — but poor Vince didn’t understand how urgent it is that I “fundamentally transform the United States of America” while I have the opportunity.

That brings me to the second group of people to whom I owe thanks. I have yet to recognize their critical role in my reelection, and I really should express my gratitude publicly for what they did. Those people are the evil Republican and conservative governors who, despite my best efforts to stop them, worked so diligently during my first term, especially the past two years, to turn around or further improve their own states’ economies.

First and foremost, there’s Rick Perry in Texas. Did you realize that employment in his state was 440,000 higher in October 2012 than it was just 22 months earlier? Despite having my Environmental Protection Agency wage regulatory war on the Lone Star State, Texas, which has 8.3 percent of the nation’s population, accounted for 12.5 percent of its job growth and had an October unemployment rate of only 6.6%. Don’t rest on your laurels, Rick. Now that I don’t have to face reelection again (unless I can do something about that pesky 22nd Amendment), you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Three other smaller states had job-growth records either better than or close to that seen in Texas: North Dakota, Utah, and Oklahoma, which added a combined 150,000 jobs during the same period. Collectively (I really love that word), those four states grew their combined workforces by 4.4 percent. Meanwhile, the other 46 states plus D.C. only managed to grow their employment by less than 2.1 percent. ”

 

 

Shamelessly Lifted Verbatim (sans graphic) From Instapundit Because It’s Perfect

 

 

 

 

” CHANGE: One Out of Every 6.5 Americans Is on Food Stamps. “The new all-time record number of recipients, 47.7 million (up from 31.6 million when Obama took office) exceeds the combined populations of Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.”

From Woodstock Nation to Food Stamp Nation. Forward! ” 

 

 

 

Woman Linked to Petraeus Is a West Point Graduate 

 

 

 

 

  ” Paula Broadwell, whose affair with the nation’s C.I.A. director led to his resignation on Friday, was the valedictorian of her high school class and homecoming queen, a fitness champion at West Point with a graduate degree from Harvard, and a model for a machine gun manufacturer.

It may have been those qualities — and a string of achievements that began in her native North Dakota, where she was state student council president, an all-state basketball player and orchestra concertmistress — that drew the attention of David H. Petraeus, the nation’s top spy and a four-star general, as the two spent hours together for a biography of Mr. Petraeus that Ms. Broadwell co-wrote.

Ms. Broadwell’s name burst into public view on Friday evening after Mr. Petraeus resigned abruptly amid an F.B.I. investigation that uncovered evidence of their relationship. “

 Why We Aren’t Producing Enough Domestic Energy

 

 

Remember, boys and girls , who said ” Energy prices will necessarily skyrocket ” 

 

 

“The vast majority of America’s new oil and gas production is happening on private lands in states like North Dakota, Alaska and Texas. The environmental review and permitting process on federal lands, however, is burdensome and keeps resources untapped.

As Heritage’s Michael Sandoval has reported:

…oil production on federal lands has decreased between fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011 by 11 percent. Natural gas production has decreased by 6 percent in the same one-year span. It is down nearly 27 percent from fiscal 2009. Meanwhile, oil and gas production have increased by 14 percent and 12 percent, respectively, on private and state-owned land.

How did North Dakota pass Alaska and California to become the second-largest producer of domestic crude oil? Answer: sensible state regulations, advancements in technology, and the ability to drill on private lands.”

 

 

 

 

And who can forget this gem ?

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them … “

 

Cartoon by A.F. Branco

Video courtesy of Heritage.org

 

 

As those who do not rely on the dinosaur media are aware , there is an energy explosion taking place around the world . Apparently those doom and gloom forecasts of “Peak Oil ” and a looming energy shortage were premature . 

Of course you would never know that if you depended on the old media and their green agenda driven coverage of the industry . Thankfully we have people like Walter Russell Mead to keep us abreast .

  ” Via Meadia has been commenting on the energy revolution taking place all around us these days (Energy Revolution: Part OnePart Two). Thankfully, we’re not the only ones who’ve noticed.

Chrystia Freeland:

[T]hanks to new discoveries and new technologies, the end of fossil fuels is not looking quite so imminent. From the oil sands of northern Alberta, to America’s massive pockets of shale gas (American gas reserves would last at least 75 years at current consumption rates), to the vast offshore oil reserves that Brazil hopes will make it the world’s fourth-largest producer by 2020, fossil-fuel sources we didn’t know about or couldn’t use are suddenly available. Crucially, many of these supplies are found in thriving democracies—a dramatic shift from the past, when oil and autocracy seemed to go together. “

 

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