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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Articles: Mission Not Accomplished

Articles: Mission Not Accomplished: Three recent public announcements have convinced some to claim victory in the healthcare wars. Such a declaration is just as timely as the Iraq "Mission Accomplished" banner behind President Bush on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in May of 2003. Rather than being a roaring success, the mission of reforming our healthcare system is increasingly showing itself to be a failure.

Articles: The Collectivist Government Surveillance Paradigm

Articles: The Collectivist Government Surveillance Paradigm

At CNN, a Mr. Glenn Sulmasy has posted an article entitled "Why we need government surveillance."
This article uses Sulmasy's views as a springboard, but what I have to say applies just as well to what any other government surveillance statist says. 



House Rules changes abortion bill to allow rape, incest exceptions - The Hill's Floor Action

House Rules changes abortion bill to allow rape, incest exceptions - The Hill's Floor Action: The House Rules Committee on Friday altered a controversial bill banning abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy, in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is threatened.

Rand Paul puts forward measure that would force the Senate to read bills - The Hill's Floor Action

Rand Paul puts forward measure that would force the Senate to read bills - The Hill's Floor Action

Articles: Random Social Evolution or Money Talking?

Articles: Random Social Evolution or Money Talking?: By Keith Riler

The concept of social evolution is bogus, as is the naïve presumption of randomness that accompanies it. However, the elites who would steer culture toward libertinism and radical individual autonomy use this fraudulent language to mask their concerted and well-funded efforts to direct social change for the worse.

Israel Builds Sinai Border Fence; Illegal Crossings Drop 99.9%

Israel Builds Sinai Border Fence; Illegal Crossings Drop 99.9%: "The fence that we built in the south is achieving the result for which it was erected," Netanyahu said. "As opposed to the over 2,000 infiltrators who entered Israel exactly one year ago and dispersed to various cities, in May 2013 exactly two infiltrators crossed the border and were detained. Now we need to focus on repatriating the illegal infiltrators who are here, and we will meet this task as well."

The main, 144-mile section of the fence was completed in early 2013, according to a January report by the Wall Street Journal. It is sixteen feet high and includes "barbed wire, surveillance cameras and radar." By comparison, the U.S.-Mexico border is roughly 2,000 miles long, and only about a third is fenced off. The Israeli fence's construction was accelerated due to security concerns in the years since Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak left power, leaving a vacuum eventually filled by a Muslim Brotherhood government.

ULTRANUMB Lyrics - BLUE STAHLI

(Here comes the countdown)
(Three) This is the new flesh
(Two) This is the open door
(One) We've got everything you wanted

Muslim mob attack police in France - Atlas Shrugs

Muslim mob attack police in France - Atlas Shrugs: A "full covered" niqab woman was stopped for identity purposes by cops in Argenteuil (France), when suddenly a mob of Muslims assaulted the cops. The situation went quickly out of control (cops had to leave the scene and come back with special units). Muslims mobbed the area after a postings on Twitter, Facebook and other social media, urged all muslim people in the area of Argenteuil to come and protest against police.

The burka has been banned.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Voltaire - Wikiquote

Voltaire - Wikiquote: A minister of state is excusable for the harm he does when the helm of government has forced his hand in a storm; but in the calm he is guilty of all the good he does not do.

NYU Throws Out Blind Chinese Human Rights Activist | FrontPage Magazine

NYU Throws Out Blind Chinese Human Rights Activist | FrontPage Magazine: The leftist-indoctrination centers that many of America’s college campuses have become added another despicable blot to their legacies yesterday. New York University (NYU) announced that blind, Chinese political dissident Chen Guangcheng has been tossed off campus. According to the NY Post, the Communist government of China is applying the pressure, using NYU’s expansion of its campus to a facility in Shanghai as leverage. Chen’s presence at NYU has apparently rankled Chinese bureaucrats who signed off on the expansion permits. “NYU isn’t letting a pesky thing like human rights stand in the way of its expansion in China,” reports the Post.

Detroit To Default Today | Zero Hedge

Detroit To Default Today | Zero Hedge: And so the next casualty of the inevitable municipal collapse appears, and it is, as expected, that one-time symbol of all that was right with America, having since been replaced with the anti-symbol of all that is broken: Detroit.

Oh Thank Goodness – The Obamas Are Taking Another Vacay…And We’re Paying For It - Chicks on the Right - Chicks on the Right

Oh Thank Goodness – The Obamas Are Taking Another Vacay…And We’re Paying For It - Chicks on the Right - Chicks on the Right

Africa!  They’re doing the whole safari thing.  Yep.  Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania.  And, get this – it’s going to cost us $60 to $100 million, according to the Washington Post.


Obama Quietly Raises 'Carbon Price' as Costs to Climate Increase - Bloomberg

Obama Quietly Raises 'Carbon Price' as Costs to Climate Increase - Bloomberg: Even supporters questioned the way the administration slipped the policy out without first opening it for public comment. The change was buried in an afternoon announcement on May 31 about efficiency standards for microwave ovens, a rule not seen as groundbreaking.

The Affordable Care Act is So Unaffordable, Members of Congress and Their Aides are Quitting Because They Can't Afford It! - The Rush Limbaugh Show

The Affordable Care Act is So Unaffordable, Members of Congress and Their Aides are Quitting Because They Can't Afford It! - The Rush Limbaugh Show: RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, this is truly outrageous. There's a headline in The Politico today: "Obamacare? We Were Just Leaving..." And when I saw the headline, I thought it was gonna be an article about how Democrats are afraid of losing their seats because of all the skyrocketing costs of health premiums and all the other negatives associated with Obamacare.

But that's not what this story is about. What this story's about is congressmen worried about themselves. In a nutshell, a number of congressmen and staffers, according to The Politico, are threatening to quit or retire because they can't afford their premiums under Obamacare! So the same people who gave us this monstrosity, the same people who didn't have the guts to vote against this monstrosity, are now bellyaching that they can't afford it. And so they're either asking for waivers or they're running for the exits to avoid having to accept it for themselves and face any consequences. And a lot of these congresspeople are Democrats. Some of them are even demanding waivers and, failing that, they want to have their premiums subsidized by taxpayers. I am not kidding.

John Cusack sees ominous parallels between Obama and Nixon | Twitchy

John Cusack sees ominous parallels between Obama and Nixon | Twitchy

Woody Harrelson Compares Obama to Nixon, Declares He's an Anarchist

Woody Harrelson Compares Obama to Nixon, Declares He's an Anarchist

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Twitter / IngestMyBabies: If a cop tazed me and then ...

Twitter / IngestMyBabies: If a cop tazed me and then ...


Bathory Aria Lyrics - Cradle Of Filth


"The Spirits have all but fled judgement
I rot, alone, insane,
Where the forest whispers puce laments for me
From amidst the pine and wreathed wolfsbane
Beyond these walls, wherein condemned
To the gloom of an austere tomb
I pace with feral madness sent
Through the pale beams of a guiltless moon
Who, bereft of necrologies, thus
Commands creation over the earth
Whilst I resign my lips to death
A slow cold kiss that chides rebirth
Though one last wish is bequathed by fate
My beauty shalt wilt, unseen
Save for twin black eyes that shalt come to take
My soul to peace or Hell for company"
(To peace or hell for company)

White House Website Lauds 'Founding Founders' | National Review Online

White House Website Lauds 'Founding Founders' | National Review Online: The White House has today put up a link to a new government website that collates and offers key documents from the revolution and the founding era. But it appears that the administration couldn’t bring itself to say, “Founding Fathers”:

The Black Conservative: Mike Hill Wins Florida HD 2 Race, Becoming Legislature's Only Black Republican

The Black Conservative: Mike Hill Wins Florida HD 2 Race, Becoming Legislature's Only Black Republican

If you want the government to stop spying on you, declare your home a mosque | The Daily Caller

If you want the government to stop spying on you, declare your home a mosque | The Daily Caller

U.N. Delegate: a cold summer proves global warming | Public Secrets

U.N. Delegate: a cold summer proves global warming | Public Secrets

Ann Coulter - June 12, 2013 - IF THE GOP IS THIS STUPID, IT DESERVES TO DIE

Ann Coulter - June 12, 2013 - IF THE GOP IS THIS STUPID, IT DESERVES TO DIE: It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes. Why don't Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Medieval Ages Roleplay - Character Makin' Center: Girl Characters! (showing 1-50 of 145)

Medieval Ages Roleplay - Character Makin' Center: Girl Characters! (showing 1-50 of 145)

Top 5 of mythological creatures in Metal - Symmetal

Top 5 of mythological creatures in Metal - Symmetal

Metal and all its sub-genres are highly influenced by historical, religious and mythological motifs. Mythological references can be found in every single Metal style – from Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal or Grindcore to Heavy Metal, Pagan/Folk Metal or Power Metal. They are integrated in artworks, songs, lyrics and appearances of bands, scenes and labels all over the world.
The main characters in myths are usually gods, supernatural heroes and humans. As sacred stories, myths are often endorsed by rulers and priests and closely linked to religion or spirituality. In the society in which it is told, a myth is often regarded as a true account of the remote past. Creation myths generally take place in a primordial age, when the world had not yet achieved its current form, and explain how the world gained its current form and how customs, institutions and taboos were established (source). Metal often uses references and motifs from Norse mythology or christianity, as one of Metal’s most important origins was Scandinavia and satanism or anti-christian protest attitude is one of the core themes of Metal. Here are five of the most common creatures in Metal:
Einherjer - Odin owns ye all cover artwork

1. Odin
Odin is a major god in Norse mythology and the ruler of Asgard, the capital city of the Norse gods. He is associated with war, battle, victory and death, but also wisdom, magic, poetry, prophecy and hunt. Odin has many sons, the most famous of whom is Thor (source).
The artwork depicted above is taken from Einherjer‘s Odin Owns Ye All (a Norwegian Viking Metal band formed in 1993) released in 1998 through Century Media. Other bands related to Odin are Amon Amarth, Manowar (previously on Symmetal), Rebellion, Therion or Primordial to name just a very few.
Nifelheim - Devil's Force

2. Satan
Ok, that’s an obvious one. Satan, “the opposer”, is the title of various entities, both human and divine, who challenge the faith of humans in the Hebrew Bible. In Christianity the title became a personal name, and “Satan” changed from an accuser appointed by God to test men’s faith to the chief of the rebellious fallen angels (“the devil” in Christianity, “Shaitan” in Arabic, the term used by Arab Christians and Muslims) (source).
The artwork depicted above is taken from Nifelheim‘s Devil’s Force, released in 1997 through Necropolis Records. Other acts related to satanic themes are most parts of Black Metal like Dark Funeral, Venom, Desaster, Gorgoroth and many, many more.
Hecate Enthroned Illustration

3. Hecate
Hecate is an ancient goddess, sometimes depicted in triple form, variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, fire, light, the Moon, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy and sorcery. She has rulership over earth, sea and sky, as well as a more universal role as Mother of Angels and the Cosmic World Soul. Today Hecate is claimed as a goddess of witches (source).
The artwork depicted above is an illustration for Hecate Enthroned (a symphonic Black Metal band from England formed in 1993) created by Belgian graphic artist Valentina. Perhaps one reason why I personally like the mythological figure of Hecate that much is her appearance in Mike Mignola‘s Hellboy comics.
Belphegor - Lucifer Incestus
 4. Lucifer
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Isaiah 14:12 (King James edition)
Before the rise of Christianity, Enochic Judaism gave Satan an expanded role. They interpreted Isaiah 14:12-15 as applicable to Satan, and presented him as a fallen angel cast out of heaven. Christian tradition, influenced by this presentation, came to use the Latin word for “morning star”, lucifer, as a proper name for Satan as he was before his fall (source). As a result, Lucifer has become a common figure in theology and popular culture like literature, comics, movies, theatre and of course music.
The cover depicted above is taken from Belphegor‘s 2003 output Lucifer Incestus. Belphegor is a Black/Death Metal band from Austria formed in 1991. Similar to Satan Lucifer is related to the same bands and mainly the genre of Black Metal.
Cradle of Filth - Cruelty and the Beast
5. Elizabeth Báthory
Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed ( 7 August 1560 – 21 August 1614) was a countess in the Kingdom of Hungary.  She and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls, with one witness attributing to them over 650 victims, though the number for which they were convicted was 80. The legend says that the countess used to bathe in the blood of her victims to retain her youth. In 1610, she was imprisoned in the Csejte Castle, now in Slovakia, where she remained bricked in a set of rooms until her death four years later. Elizabeth Báthory has been labeled the most prolific female serial killer in history and is remembered as the “Blood Countess.” (source)
In Metal the most popular appearance of course is the band Bathory. The legendary Swedish Metal band pioneering for genres such as Viking, Pagan and Black Metal. Bathory was formed in 1983 by Thomas „Quorthon“ Forsberg who died in 2004. The cover depicted above is taken from Cradle of Filth‘s 1998 album Cruelty and the Beast. Cradle of Filth is a Symphonic Black Metal from Suffolk, UK, formed in 1991.











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Pro-Abortion Activists Vandalize, Destroy Cross Display a Third Time | LifeNews.com

Pro-Abortion Activists Vandalize, Destroy Cross Display a Third Time | LifeNews.com: Abortion activists over the years have vandalized and destroyed dozens of pro-life displays meant to memorialize unborn children who are victimized by abortions. One wonders what is so upsetting about remembering the babies abortion has killed that drives them to little trample on the displays and violate the free speech rights and property rights of pro-lifers.

This is Your New Favorite Facebook Page: Christians Against Slipknot | MetalSucks

This is Your New Favorite Facebook Page: Christians Against Slipknot | MetalSucks: Here are some of my favorite recent posts from the page… when reading them, keep in mind that there are multiple “moderators” for the site.

Polling Memo: An ObamaCare Recap - National Republican Congressional Committee www.nrcc.org

Polling Memo: An ObamaCare Recap - National Republican Congressional Committee www.nrcc.org

The Rubio Deception | Furthermore

The Rubio Deception | Furthermore

In this video, Rubio pretends the states will enforce immigration laws. But on page 496, the bill explicitly preempts states from enforcing immigration laws.

The First People - Fringepedia - The FRINGE wiki

The First People - Fringepedia - The FRINGE wiki

'Supernatural' Jim Beaver Hopes to Return as Bobby Singer : TV : ENSTARZ

'Supernatural' Jim Beaver Hopes to Return as Bobby Singer : TV : ENSTARZ: While his departure opens up a new dynamic in which Sam and Dean have try and compensate for their occasional loss of morel direction without the tutelage of their former companion, Bobby remains a sorely missed character that Supernatural would do well to bring back, if only temporarily, at some point in the future.

Thousands evacuated as Colorado wildfire burns through homes and structures | Fox News

Thousands evacuated as Colorado wildfire burns through homes and structures | Fox News



Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Online Education Will Be the Next 'Bubble' To Pop, Not Traditional University Learning - Forbes

Online Education Will Be the Next 'Bubble' To Pop, Not Traditional University Learning - Forbes: Speaking in Providence, RI not too long ago, the post-speech conversation turned to college education. The word was that Brown University’s tuition alone had risen above $50,000 per year.

The above number is staggering. For the most part college students tune out during their four years on campus; that, or they memorize what’s needed to get As on the tests. Why then would any parent pay the sky-high tuition, and then barring parental help, what 18-year old would take on that kind of debt in order to be the recipient of lots of largely useless information?

Obama Administration Spending $41.3 Million A Year To Advertise Food Stamps… (aka 'Voter Outreach') | RedFlagNews.com

Obama Administration Spending $41.3 Million A Year To Advertise Food Stamps… (aka 'Voter Outreach') | RedFlagNews.com

Monsanto: Modified wheat 'isolated occurence' » Market to Market » Iowa Public Television

Monsanto: Modified wheat 'isolated occurence' » Market to Market » Iowa Public Television



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A genetically modified test strain of wheat that emerged to the surprise of an Oregon farmer last month was likely the result of an accident or deliberate mixing of seeds, the company that developed it said Wednesday.

Representatives for Monsanto Co. said during a conference call Wednesday that the emergence of the genetically modified strain was an isolated occurrence. It has tested the original wheat stock and found it clean, the company said.

Sabotage is a possibility, said Robb Fraley, Monsanto chief technology officer.

"We're considering all options and that's certainly one of the options," Fraley said.

Fraley said the company has a test it has shared with other countries that could "fingerprint" the exact variety of wheat that carried the gene, and it's awaiting samples from the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Oregon farmer to test for the exact variety that emerged.

The USDA has said the Oregon wheat is safe to eat and there is no evidence that modified wheat entered the marketplace. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming.

Consumers' unease with genetically modified crops, particularly those in Europe and Asia, led St. Louis-based Monsanto to end the testing of modified wheat in 2005.

Many countries will not accept imports of genetically modified foods, and the United States exports about half of its wheat crop. Since the announcement of the discovery of the genetically modified wheat in Oregon, Japan — one of the largest export markets for U.S. wheat growers — suspended some imports. South Korea said it would increase its inspections of U.S. wheat imports.

Supporters of splicing in beneficial genes to modify crops say modifications could help wheat grow in places where it's needed. New traits could make it resistant to disease, pests and, like the rogue strain discovered in Oregon, herbicides.

Opponents argue that genetic modifications carry potential unknown consequences to the humans that consume them and the areas in which they're grown. Changes to the genes of the crops could affect the durability of weeds, making them harder to kill, or the pests that feed on the crops.

The wheat emerged in an Eastern Oregon field in early May and was resistant to the herbicide Roundup. Oregon State University researchers found the wheat had a genetic modification Monsanto used in field testing.

When the test fields were cleared in Oregon in 2001, the seed samples were sent to a USDA deep-storage facility in Colorado. The company's research director, Claire Cajacob, said the company also keeps some samples it is able to test. The rest of the seed is destroyed, she said.

"We've been very careful of how seed is stored and where it's stored," Cajacob said.

The company conducted follow-ups with any entity that possessed the seed with the so-called Roundup Ready gene and confirmed that they shipped it to Colorado or destroyed it, she said.

Testing ended in Oregon in 2001, four years before testing ended nationally. Company representatives said the average wheat seed only stays viable for one to two years in a harsh climate like Eastern Oregon's.

The wheat emerged in a rotational field that was supposed to be fallow in 2013.

Fraley said it's unlikely that other parent stocks were corrupted, or "probably we would have seen it for many, many years over the last decade."

Ninety percent of soft white wheat grown in Oregon, Washington and Idaho is exported, making the state reliant on relationships with foreign markets, specifically those in Asia.

Oregon wheat farmers convened by the Oregon Wheat Commission on Tuesday in Portland said their private conversations center on one question: How did it happen?

"We need to know," said Blake Rowe, chief executive of the Oregon Wheat Commission. "Somehow this gene is out in the environment, but we're waiting for USDA to know how it could have happened."

Monday, June 10, 2013

Food stamps for illegal aliens | RedState

Food stamps for illegal aliens | RedState: In theory, this electronic processing of food stamp benefits should have provided a data-processing defense against abuse. In practice, tales of outrageous abuse have only grown more common, as EBT cards are used to purchase everything from unhealthy groceries the Nanny State otherwise discourages – such as sugary carbonated beverages – to luxury foods, and even more creative uses like posting bail or tipping exotic dancers. The latter incidents are among the many bizarre abuses that arise from the ability of EBT card holders to withdraw cash from ATM machines, at which point all public accountability for the money is lost.

Obama falls flat on economy | Rare

Obama falls flat on economy | Rare

Reaction Geert Wilders to Islam poll: “The Netherlands has had enough of Islam”

Reaction Geert Wilders to Islam poll: “The Netherlands has had enough of Islam”: The Netherlands has enough of Islam. More than three quarters of the Dutch (77 percent) believe that Islam is no enrichment for our country. More than two-thirds – 68 percent – say that there is enough Islam in the Netherlands. It is striking that a majority of voters from all political parties (from PVV to VVD, CDA, D66, PvdA, SP and 50plus) share this view.

Freeing Health Professionals to Provide Free Care | American Legislator

Freeing Health Professionals to Provide Free Care | American Legislator: It should be no surprise that dedicated health care professionals across the country devote countless hours to serving patients, and, in many cases, do so free of charge or regardless of ability to pay. What is surprising is that many are able and willing to do even more but are literally being stopped in their tracks. In the majority of states, licensed health care professionals in good standing from out-of-state are actually prohibited from providing free care to the sick and those in need.

Putting the merits of professional licensure aside, it is difficult to fathom how preventing someone from receiving free health care in any way serves their best interest, particularly when the volunteering provider holds a license. The policy rationale for in-state licensure as a means to protect patients breaks down when, in many cases, the choice isn’t between a licensed provider and an unlicensed provider, but a choice between a licensed provider from out-of-state and no care at all.

Twitter / Federal_PRISM: I follow 316,017,754 people ...

Twitter / Federal_PRISM: I follow 316,017,754 people ...


What can you do with 79 million man-hours? « Hot Air

What can you do with 79 million man-hours? « Hot Air: I missed this analysis of ObamaCare compliance costs last week, but it’s worth noting — especially with the election coming up. With much of the regulation still left to be written, the known compliance costs for the ironically-titled “Affordable Care Act” would eat up 80 million man-hours every year — which one former IRS commissioner called a “quagmire” (via Paul Bedard):

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Obamacare leaves millions uninsured. Here’s who they are.

Obamacare leaves millions uninsured. Here’s who they are.: The researchers also broke it down by employment status, which shows that most of the uninsured will be employed:

Obamacare leaves millions uninsured. Here’s who they are.

Obamacare leaves millions uninsured. Here’s who they are.: This analysis suggests that the uninsured under Obamacare will be heavily low-income, even though many of those people will have access to subsidized health insurance. Still, some might not find it affordable, and the health care law does allow for an exemption from the individual mandate for those who cannot find affordable coverage (defined as insurance that costs less than 9.5 percent of an individual’s income).

Bill Cosby: A plague called apathy - NYPOST.com

Bill Cosby: A plague called apathy - NYPOST.com: There is this situation where people tend to think that we are all victims. Victim meaning somebody else is doing this to us. That’s not true. And I said this 100 times and they keep throwing back, “victim.” What they don’t understand is that I haven’t forgotten anything.

The Chilean Miracle Shows that Economic Liberty is the Best Way of Helping Ordinary People | Public Secrets

The Chilean Miracle Shows that Economic Liberty is the Best Way of Helping Ordinary People | Public Secrets: I'm in Vienna, Austria, for the annual European Resource Bank meeting.

I had the pleasure last night of listening to Jose Pinera speak about economic reform in Chile, particularly the system of personal retirement accounts.

He shared a chart that conclusively shows why good economic policy makes a difference.

Wow. Look at how much faster the economy has grown since the communists were ousted in 1975 and replaced by a pro-market government.* And the poverty rate has plummeted from 50 percent to 11 percent!

Chicago gas prices, highest in U.S., continue climb - Chicago Tribune

Chicago gas prices, highest in U.S., continue climb - Chicago Tribune: Average gas prices in Chicago are now higher than anywhere in the United States, driven higher by a combination of refinery issues and the annual transition to a more costly summer blend.

Drivers in the city are now paying an average of $4.55 a gallon, according to AAA, which is 20 cents higher than a week ago. The price for a gallon of premium unleaded is approaching $5, reaching $4.95 overnight. On this day last year, drivers were paying $4.12 per gallon.

Principle 9: Prices rise when the government prints too much money Help for Principles of Economics, Economics, Homework Help - Transtutors.com

Principle 9: Prices rise when the government prints too much money Help for Principles of Economics, Economics, Homework Help - Transtutors.com

Prices rise when the government prints too much money Inflation is an increase in the overall level of prices in the economy. High inflation is costly to the economy. Large and persistent inflation is caused by rapid growth in the quantity of money. Policymakers wishing to keep inflation low should maintain slow growth in the quantity of money.
In January 1921, a daily newspaper in Germany cost 0.30 marks. Less than two years later, in November 1922, the same newspaper cost 70,000,000 marks. All other prices in the economy rose by similar amounts. This episode is one of history’s most spectacular examples of inflation, an increase in the overall level of prices in the economy.
Although the United States has never experienced inflation even close to that in Germany in the 1920s, inflation has at times been an economic problem. During the 1970s, for instance, when the overall level of prices more than doubled, President Gerald Ford called inflation “public enemy number one.” By contrast, inflation in the first decade of the 21st century has run about 21⁄2 percent per year; at this rate, it would take almost 30 years for prices to double. Because high inflation imposes various costs on society, keeping inflation at a low level is a goal of economic policymakers around the world. These latest developments are all covered in Accounting Homework helpAssignment help at  Transtutors.com.

What causes inflation?

Inflation has now become one of the major concerns worldwide since 2008, with global prices rises in oil, food, steel and other commodities being the culprit. A sustained rise in the prices of commodities that leads to a fall in the purchasing power of a nation is called inflation. Although inflation is part of the normal economic phenomena of any country, any increase in inflation above a predetermined level is a cause of concern.
High levels of inflation distort economic performance, making it mandatory to identify the causing factors. Several internal and external factors, such as the printing of more money by the government, a rise in production and labor costs, high lending levels, a drop in the exchange rate, increased taxes or wars, can cause inflation.
Different schools of thought provide different views on what actually causes inflation. However, there is a general agreement amongst economists that economic inflation may be caused by either an increase in the money supply or a decrease in the quantity of goods being supplied. The proponents of the Demand Pull theory attribute a rise in prices to an increase in demand in excess of the supplies available. An increase in the quantity of money in circulation relative to the ability of the economy to supply leads to increased demand, thereby fuelling prices. The case is of too much money chasing too few goods. An increase in demand could also be a result of declining interest rates, a cut in tax rates or increased consumer confidence. In almost all cases of large or persistent inflation, the culprit is growth in the quantity of money.

Watch The One Senator Who Voted Against The Patriot Act Warn What Would Happen (VIDEO)

Watch The One Senator Who Voted Against The Patriot Act Warn What Would Happen (VIDEO)

After the Guardian revealed that the National Security Agency seized millions of Verizon customers' phone records through a secret court order, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), one of the authors of the legislation that opened the door to this practice, said he was stunned.
"I do not believe the released FISA order is consistent with the requirements of the Patriot Act," Sensenbrenner wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. "How could the phone records of so many innocent Americans be relevant to an authorized investigation as required by the Act?"
But this sort of data collection -- along with what the NSA is doing through its PRISM program -- is exactly what then-Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) warned about when he was the only senator to vote against the Patriot Act in 2001.

The essential meaning of perestroika for Gorbachev and his supporters was creating and... - Stephen Cohen at BrainyQuote

The essential meaning of perestroika for Gorbachev and his supporters was creating and... - Stephen Cohen at BrainyQuote: The essential meaning of perestroika for Gorbachev and his supporters was creating and acting on alternatives to failed and dangerous policies at home and abroad.

Stephen Cohen

Surveillance-State Communism The Future of Freedom Foundation

Surveillance-State Communism The Future of Freedom Foundation: In the name of keeping us safe, it’s now indisputable that the U.S. national-security state has enveloped the American people in an extensive web of surveillance, one that characterizes communist regimes. It’s just the latest episode in the sordid, dark-side history of the national-security state apparatus that was grafted onto our constitutional order as part of the Cold War.

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