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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

ACA plan deductibles vary wildly, challenging consumers - Red Alert Politics

ACA plan deductibles vary wildly, challenging consumers - Red Alert Politics



USA TODAY — Insurance plan deductibles under Obamacare vary so wildly across the country for 2015 that many consumers are left confused and, in some cases, sticker shocked.


Read more at http://redalertpolitics.com/2014/12/30/aca-plan-deductibles-vary-wildly-challenging-consumers/#OZ9t2DZmiktroJlH.99





Monday, December 29, 2014

Your Understanding of Time Will Be Destroyed! - Likes

Your Understanding of Time Will Be Destroyed! - Likes



#8 Today's Smartphone Contains Everything In This 1991 Radio Shack Ad

Everything in this ad from just 23 years ago now exists in one device - the smartphone. In this ad, Radioshack is advertising great deals on computers, answering machines, CD players, radar detectors, video cameras, cassette players, speakers, mobile phones and speed dialing. Now we can have a computer that fits in our hand that has an answering machine, plays music, GPS system, pictures, video, and makes calls.

The 2014 Grammy Awards: Still Pushing the Illuminati Agenda - The Vigilant Citizen

The 2014 Grammy Awards: Still Pushing the Illuminati Agenda - The Vigilant Citizen



The 2014 Grammy Awards featured a black magic witchcraft ritual disguised as a Katy Perry performance. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. This has been going on for years. We’ll look at the Illuminati Agenda pushed in the 2014 Grammy Awards.




Sunday, December 28, 2014

surly kitchen on Twitter: "“@surfermom77: http://t.co/0QTUX2a51G” @markg0077 @SSNjl @brad_cavendish @GregFlippen @peddoc63"

surly kitchen on Twitter: "“@surfermom77: http://t.co/0QTUX2a51G” @markg0077 @SSNjl @brad_cavendish @GregFlippen @peddoc63"

The Laffer Curve turns 40: the legacy of a controversial idea - The Washington Post

The Laffer Curve turns 40: the legacy of a controversial idea - The Washington Post



Solid supporting evidence came during the Reagan years. President Ronald Reagan adopted the Laffer Curve message, telling Americans that when 70 to 80 cents of an extra dollar earned goes to the government, it’s understandable that people wonder: Why keep working? He recalled that as an actor in Hollywood, he would stop making movies in a given year once he hit Uncle Sam’s confiscatory tax rates.
When Reagan left the White House in 1989, the highest tax rate had been slashed from 70 percent in 1981 to 28 percent. (Even liberal senators such as Ted Kennedy and Howard Metzenbaum voted for those low rates.) And contrary to the claims of voodoo, the government’s budget numbers show that tax receipts expanded from $517 billion in 1980 to $909 billion in 1988 — close to a 75 percent change (25 percent after inflation). Economist Larry Lindsey has documented from IRS data that tax collections from the rich surged much faster than that.


The Laffer Curve turns 40: the legacy of a controversial idea - The Washington Post

The Laffer Curve turns 40: the legacy of a controversial idea - The Washington Post



This was the first real post-World War II intellectual challenge to the reigning orthodoxy of Keynesian economics, which preached that when the economy is growing too slowly, the government should stimulate demand for products with surges in spending. The Laffer model countered that the primary problem is rarely demand — after all, poor nations have plenty of demand — but rather the impediments, in the form of heavy taxes and regulatory burdens, to producing goods and services.

Michigan to Begin Drug Tests on Some Welfare Recipients

Michigan to Begin Drug Tests on Some Welfare Recipients



On Friday, the state of Michigan took the step to implement a mandatory drug test for recipients of state aid who authorities suspect are taking illegal drugs.

Michigan’s Republican Governor, Rick Snyder, signed House Bill 4118 and Senate Bill 275, authorizing a one-year pilot program that will be implemented in three counties.
“We want to remove the barriers that are keeping people from getting good jobs, supporting their families and living independently,” Snyder said in a statement. “This pilot program is intended to help ensure recipients get the wrap-around services they need to overcome drug addiction and lead successful lives. We’ll then have opportunity to assess effectiveness and outcomes.”


Tesla upgrade will allow Roadster to reach 400-mile range - SFGate

Tesla upgrade will allow Roadster to reach 400-mile range - SFGate



Improved battery technology can provide 31 percent more energy than the original Roadster cells, the Palo Alto company said in a blog post. Combined with an aerodynamics kit, new tires and improvements to wheel bearings and brakes, range can be increased as much as 50 percent compared with the original Roadster, Tesla said. The company didn’t say what it will charge for the upgrades, which it collectively calls Roadster 3.0.
“There is a set of speeds and driving conditions where we can confidently drive the Roadster 3.0 over 400 miles,” Tesla said in the blog item. “We will be demonstrating this in the real world during a non-stop drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the early weeks of 2015.”

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Farmers say Christmas trees make great goat snacks | CNS News

Farmers say Christmas trees make great goat snacks | CNS News



GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Western Colorado goat farmers say Christmas trees make great snacks for their herds, and they're offering to collect them from homes in the Grand Valley.
Nevelle Hopper of the Lil Moo Ranch said Friday the the trees are a natural de-wormer for goats, and pine needles have vitamin C.
She says the goats enjoy eating them, too.
Hopper's Lil Moo Ranch, the Top of the Hill Ranch and 5-R Ranch want undecorated trees that haven't been sprayed with any chemical.
Hopper says the ranches will arrange to pick up trees or accept drop-offs.


The New York Times on Twitter: "As Medicaid Adds Millions, Lower Fees for Doctors Threaten Access to Care http://t.co/QBMIhoI1uI"

The New York Times on Twitter: "As Medicaid Adds Millions, Lower Fees for Doctors Threaten Access to Care http://t.co/QBMIhoI1uI"

Thursday, December 25, 2014

China tightens church control ahead of Christmas - Yahoo News

China tightens church control ahead of Christmas - Yahoo News



Estimates for the number of Christians in China range from the conservative official figure of 23 million to as many as 100 million by independent scholars, raising the possibility that Christians may rival in size the 85 million members of the ruling Communist Party.




Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine" | MIT Technology Review

Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine" | MIT Technology Review



DeepMind has built a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain.






The Transhumanist Future of Christmas | Motherboard

The Transhumanist Future of Christmas | Motherboard



But what about the holiday experience? Would that be really different too than today, whether it was Christmas or AI Day? Well, for starters, AI would likely have already figured out how to teleport human beings from one place to another. Like Star Trek, we'd step into some kind of teleportation chamber that would instantly take us around the planet to our chosen destination. Because travel would be so easy, it's likely holidays wouldn't be spent entirely at home, but in some far-off destination. Perhaps morning coffee and breakfast atop Kenya's Mt. Kilimanjaro, then to New York's Rockefeller Center for socializing and sightseeing.








Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Learn Spanish » Advanced Audio Blog #31 - Chamanes (Mexico)

Learn Spanish » Advanced Audio Blog #31 - Chamanes (Mexico)



Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com! In today's audio blog, we'll learn all about the age-old tradition of Shamanism in Mexico! Did you know that even today this ancient practice forms part of Mexico's health care system?! That's right. The Advanced Audio blogs at SpanishPod101.com provide a challenging opportunity for students who wish to test their listening comprehension skills. By listening to the monologue and following along on the lesson transcript, you can learn to associate the sound of Spanish with the written text. This is a great way to get used to hearing Spanish!




Sunday, December 14, 2014

Health Law Hurts Some Free Clinics - WSJ

Health Law Hurts Some Free Clinics - WSJ



But the closures have irked some patients and left pockets of uninsured people not covered by the law with fewer venues for care. Some of the roughly 1,200 U.S. free and charity clinics are struggling with a drop in funding because donors believe there is no longer a need for free or low-cost care in the wake of the health law. That is making it particularly difficult for clinics that still report strong demand, especially in states that didn’t expand Medicaid.






Francisco Fuentes on Twitter: "Havana before and after Socialism. The same street but 55 years later http://t.co/UCamkHgkAR"

Francisco Fuentes on Twitter: "Havana before and after Socialism. The same street but 55 years later http://t.co/UCamkHgkAR"

North Korea's disappeared: regime 'performs experiments on disabled people before leaving them to die' - Telegraph

North Korea's disappeared: regime 'performs experiments on disabled people before leaving them to die' - Telegraph

Senate Passes The Cromnibus: Here Is Who Voted "No" And What It Actually Contains | Zero Hedge

Senate Passes The Cromnibus: Here Is Who Voted "No" And What It Actually Contains | Zero Hedge



The bill also doesn’t include funding for high-speed rail, for the Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” education program and for the International Monetary Fund.






Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cruz: Make Senate Vote on Constitutionality of Exec Amnesty

Cruz: Make Senate Vote on Constitutionality of Exec Amnesty



Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) attempted to push the US Senate to vote on whether it considers President Obama's executive action on immigration to be constitutional in a speech on the Senate floor on government funding on Friday.

Cruz cited "Saturday Night Live's" sketch about the president's executive action before declaring "the president is ignoring the basic checks and balances of our Constitution and trying instead to decree the law. That is unconstitutional, and a portion of this bill that has been sent over from the House of Representatives funds the Department of Homeland Security to carry out that unconstitutional action."
Cruz then made a "constitutional point of order" against the provisions that funded the executive action, arguing they violated the vesting clauses of Article I, Section I, Article II, Section II, Article I, Section VIII, and Article II, Section III of the US Constitution. The point of order could not be brought to a vote because a motion to refer was pending, so no other actions could be taken.


S.M on Twitter: "Millions March NYC - 3,500 people March for Life DC - 650,000 people Which one does the media cover."

S.M on Twitter: "Millions March NYC - 3,500 people March for Life DC - 650,000 people Which one does the media cover."

Gun Control - Watch What Happens When Guns Are Banned. - YouTube

Gun Control - Watch What Happens When Guns Are Banned. - YouTube



The results of Australia's Gun Ban:

Armed Robberies UP 69%
Assaults With Guns UP 28%
Gun Murders UP 19%
Home Invasions UP 21%

Sitcom Character Disappearances, Cody Lambert, Step by Step

Sitcom Character Disappearances, Cody Lambert, Step by Step



The "Step by Step" version of Jeff Spicoli from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," Cody Lambert was the stoner-esque cousin to the Lambert family who lived in a van in their driveway. After real life domestic abuse charges forced the show to let actor Sasha Mitchell go (he was later found to be not guilty of the crime), his character was replaced without explanation by another character named Jean-Luc who eventually also left the series without a trace, as did recurring characters such as Carol's sister Penny and even youngest son Brendan in the final season. We're beginning to suspect something fishy is going on with the Lambert family.





She Gave A Homeless Woman A Coat And Got Yelled At. Her Response Is Brilliant and Inspiring! | Dumpest

She Gave A Homeless Woman A Coat And Got Yelled At. Her Response Is Brilliant and Inspiring! | Dumpest



This is the most inspirational story I’ve ever heard, the story of Veronica, a girl from Detroit, who thanks to a college class got an idea that would end up changing lives of hundreds of homeless people. She is only 24.
Veronica wanted to design a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag for a school project, but ended up doing much more than that. She gave people using homeless shelters one thing they needed most. This girl is the real life example of a proverb “Give man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

Photos of woman walking with bare legs in Kabul goes viral - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency

Photos of woman walking with bare legs in Kabul goes viral - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency

Terry O' on Twitter: "Hey! Wanna hear a knee slapper? My individual health insurance is $6,800/yr with $2,000/deductibe. # Obama villa #ACA"

Terry O' on Twitter: "Hey! Wanna hear a knee slapper? My individual health insurance is $6,800/yr with $2,000/deductibe. # Obama villa #ACA"

Paying Down The Debt Is Now Almost Mathematically Impossible | Zero Hedge

Paying Down The Debt Is Now Almost Mathematically Impossible | Zero Hedge



They succeeded in 1913 when the Federal Reserve Act was passed and the 16th Amendment ratified, binding the country in the shackles of central banking and taxation of income.
Over the century that followed, the US has gone from being the biggest creditor in the world to its biggest debtor.
Decades of expanding government programs, waste, endless and costly wars, etc. have racked up such an enormous pile of debt that it has become almost impossible to pay it down.
A lot of folks don’t realize that, since the end of World War II, the US government’s total tax revenue has been almost constant at roughly 17% of GDP.
In other words, even though the actual tax rates themselves rise and fall, the government’s ‘slice’ of the economic pie is almost always the same - 17%.
I’ve worked out a mathematical model which shows that, even with absurd assumptions (7%+ GDP growth for years at a time, low interest rates, etc.), it is simply not feasible for the US government to ‘grow’ its way out.
Default has become the only option. And that could mean a number of things.
They could default on their creditors (other governments like China who loaned money to the US government). But this would spark a global financial and banking crisis.

They could default on the Federal Reserve, which owns trillions of dollars of US debt. But this would create an epic currency crisis for the US dollar.

They could also default on their obligations to their citizens—primarily to future beneficiaries of Social Security (who collectively own trillions of dollars of US debt).

Or they could choose to default on their obligations to every human being alive who holds US dollars… and engineer rampant inflation.
None of these is a good option. And simply put, the US government has reached a point of no return.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Swedish Authorities Raided and Shut Down the Pirate Bay | Motherboard

Swedish Authorities Raided and Shut Down the Pirate Bay | Motherboard





The site has been previously raided several times (most notoriously in 2006) and has always come back with all its data intact. That's partly because hosting torrent files isn't all that taxing on a hard drive—back in 2012, every single torrent file that could be found on the website only took up 90 MB.
That means making many, many copies of the site isn't difficult at all—users could download the entire site if they wanted to—and putting it back online isn't that tough either. The Pirate Bay has notoriously tried to raid-proof its site as best as it can: In the past, the site reportedly put its servers in cave complexesdivided itself amongst many computers all throughout the world, and has even floated the idea of flying server drones (it's unclear how serious it was with that one).
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BOOM: North America's Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem - weather.com

BOOM: North America's Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem - weather.com



On July 6, 2013, a train hauling two million gallons of crude oil exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. It took two days to put out the fire and devastated the small community.
That catastrophe had its origin in America. For five years, a boom in oil production has been taking place in the Bakkan Shale region of North Dakota. Oil from the Bakkan is transported across the U.S. and Canada by rail to refineries on the coasts – it was one of these trains that derailed in Lac-Megantic.


BBC Monitoring on Twitter: "Stray cat enjoys $1,000 feast after getting inside a Russian fish counter http://t.co/NDMeyUTyJI #NewsfromElsewhere http://t.co/fcg4rptMmK"

BBC Monitoring on Twitter: "Stray cat enjoys $1,000 feast after getting inside a Russian fish counter http://t.co/NDMeyUTyJI #NewsfromElsewhere http://t.co/fcg4rptMmK"





BBC News - Andy Burnham on NHS waiting times and trolley waits

BBC News - Andy Burnham on NHS waiting times and trolley waits



Andy Burnham on NHS waiting times and trolley waits

12 December 2014 Last updated at 14:25 GMT
The NHS has suffered its "worst week on record in A&E" said the shadow health secretary.
Andy Burnham claimed there was "something seriously amiss in the NHS right now", with record numbers of trolley waits, emergency admissions, and people waiting for more than four hours.
He spoke to Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics, who asked him about previous Labour predictions of a winter crisis in English health services.
The Labour MP also criticised government policy over social care, which has led to a record numbers of older and frail people "trapped in acute hospitals in England".


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Obama Kids Lunches Vs. Public School Food | The Daily Caller

Obama Kids Lunches Vs. Public School Food | The Daily Caller

Defeat the Omnibus | National Review Online

Defeat the Omnibus | National Review Online



Rather than this barnacled bill, Republicans should have offered Senator Harry Reid a short-term funding proposal for all of government besides the federal immigration bureaucracy, and a separate bill to fund the federal immigration bureaucracy that prevents it from implementing the president’s amnesty.

Grover Norquist: Most 'extenders' are good policy

Grover Norquist: Most 'extenders' are good policy



The idea that taxpayers have to "pay for" tax reductions implies a Brezhnev Doctrine for the size of government: Total taxation can never go down, only up. Taxpayers reject that claim on our lives by the state.
A better question is why the politicians — every time they want to spend on a new program — should not have to cut an old program by the same dollar amount.
Most of the tax reduction in the "extenders" package is simple expensing of business investment. That is good, pro-growth policy that should be made permanent.

Since 1981, Congress has played a game by passing a two-year research and experimentation tax credit. Other useful (and some more political) tax cuts were attached to the package of repeatedly extended "temporary" tax reductions. Hence the name: "extenders."
Every two years, Congress would extend the package after extorting goodies from the administration and/or campaign contributions from the threatened industries.
If all the provisions were extended for the next 10 years — as they have been for the past 30 years — nothing would change from present policy.
If the extenders are allowed to lapse, taxpayers would pay $45 billion more over the next decade.
The bulk of the extenders are very good policy: the "bonus depreciation" to increase investment, the tax credits for research and experimentation, and small business expensing of asset purchases.
Other good ideas will prevent higher taxes on ordinary families: the ability to deduct state and local sales taxes, tuition and fees, and classroom expenses for teachers. They should also be made permanent.
The corporate welfare "tax cut" for wind power should lapse. This is a targeted political payoff that is not about creating jobs or growth, but about harvesting political donors.
Making the pro-growth extenders permanent will give businesses certainty in planning investment, avoid the loss of jobs and growth that higher taxes would bring, and end the political game of holding temporary tax hikes hostage. Politicians should not raise taxes as part of a return to honest accounting and an end to playing games with the tax code.
Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Treehouse of Horror XXIV | Guillermo del Toro Intro - All References

Anarchy Riot Dark Revolution Wallpaper For Android #88824 - The HD Wallpaper

Anarchy Riot Dark Revolution Wallpaper For Android #88824 - The HD Wallpaper



2 - Shakespeare Authorship Question

2 - Shakespeare Authorship Question



For seeliest Ignorance on these may light,
    Which, when it sounds at best, but eccho’s right;
 
Or blinde Affection, which doth ne're advance  
    The truth, but gropes, and urgeth all by chance ;

Or crafty Malice, might pretend this praise,
   
And thinke to ruine, where it seem’d to raise.

These are, as some infamous Baud, or Whore,
    Should praise a Matron. What could hurt her more?
But thou art proofe against them, and indeed 
   
 Above th’ill fortune of them, or the need.    

Latin American Herald Tribune - US Senate Passes Sanctions on Venezuela

Latin American Herald Tribune - US Senate Passes Sanctions on Venezuela



WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Senate has passed by unanimous voice vote the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act. Senator Mary Landreu of Louisiana had reportedly been the sole Senator objecting previously, but she was defeated in a runoff vote this weekend in Louisiana.



“Today, the United States Senate sent a clear and unequivocal message to the Government of Venezuela," said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and co-author of the bipartisan bill. "For too long, Venezuelans have faced state-sponsored violence at the hands of government security forces and watched their country’s judiciary become a tool of political repression. Venezuelan leaders like Leopoldo Lopez and Maria Corina Machado have become the target of vicious government-led campaigns that seek to silence them for speaking out in defense of democracy and the rule of law. We in the United States have an obligation to shine a bright spotlight on Venezuela’s abuses and must object to the severe human rights violations committed by the Maduro government and his paramilitary thugs.



“Targeted sanctions to include asset-freezes and additional visa bans against the individuals involved in this violence are a necessary and long overdue response. We must always stand against human rights violations, political persecution and recrimination anywhere in the world, and certainly in our hemisphere. The Venezuelan people deserve a brighter future, not the dismal nightmare they’re enduring at the hands of President Maduro. Our fight to deliver hope and renewed opportunity to Venezuela has only begun.”

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Women's college attacks freshman girl for conservative reporting

Women's college attacks freshman girl for conservative reporting

Encephalitis lethargica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Encephalitis lethargica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Encephalitis lethargica or von Economo disease is an atypical form of encephalitis. Also known as "sleepy sickness" (though different from the sleeping sickness transmitted by the tsetse fly), it was first described in 1917 by the neurologist Constantin von Economo[1][2] and the pathologist Jean-René Cruchet.[3] The disease attacks the brain, leaving some victims in a statue-like condition, speechless and motionless.[4] Between 1915 and 1926,[5] an epidemic of encephalitis lethargica spread around the world; no recurrence of the epidemic has since been reported, though isolated cases continue to occur






Saturday, December 6, 2014

Google Glass will return in 2015 with Intel inside, says WSJ | The Verge

Google Glass will return in 2015 with Intel inside, says WSJ | The Verge



though Intel seems more interested in promoting Glass as a workplace companion. The WSJ reports that the chipmaker's partnership with Google will include marketing Glass to "hospital networks and manufacturers, while developing new workplace uses for the device."


Friday, December 5, 2014

Breaking: ANOTHER RACE CRIME– 3 Black Men Pull Woman From Car, Ask If She’s Bosnian – BEAT HER | The Gateway Pundit

Breaking: ANOTHER RACE CRIME– 3 Black Men Pull Woman From Car, Ask If She’s Bosnian – BEAT HER | The Gateway Pundit



According to a police report, at about 5:30 a.m., a Bosnian woman was driving on the 4600 block of Lansdowne when three black males in their late-teens to early-20s stepped in front of her vehicle.
When the woman tried to drive around them, the suspects reportedly pulled out a firearm, so she stopped the car.


L on Twitter: "Dems, you support a man who wants to make it easier for Iran to build nukes and sanction Israel for building apts. https://t.co/nE83e6MBUU"

L on Twitter: "Dems, you support a man who wants to make it easier for Iran to build nukes and sanction Israel for building apts. https://t.co/nE83e6MBUU"

"Water" Names

"Water" Names



Arthurian Legend     Back to top

  • Cotovatre "Name of a lake"
  • Lausanne "Lake Geneva"
  • Nimiane "The Lady of the Lake"
  • Nimue "The Lady of the Lake"
  • Nineve "The Lady of the Lake"
  • Nyneve "The Lady of the Lake"
  • Viviane "Another name for The Lady of the Lake"
  • Vivien "Another name for The Lady of the Lake"
English     Back to top
  • Aerwyna "Friend of the sea"
  • Beverlee "Beaver stream"
  • Beverley "Woman from the beaver meadow. Beaver stream."
  •  
  • Beverly "Woman from the beaver meadow. Beaver stream."
  • Brook "Water; stream"
  • Brooke "Water; stream"
  • Brooklyn "Water; stream"
  • Brooklynn "Water; stream"
  • Brooklynne "Water; stream"
  • Diona "From the sacred spring"
  • Diondra "From the sacred spring"
  • Dione "From the sacred spring"
  • Dionna "From the sacred spring"
  • Dionne "From the sacred spring
  • Earwine "Friend of the sea"
  • Earwyn "Friend of the sea"
  • Earwyna "Friend of the sea"
  • Eathelin "Noble waterfall"
  • Eathelyn "Noble waterfall"
  • Ebba "Flowing tide"
  • Edlen "Noble waterfall"
  • Edlin "Noble waterfall"
  • Edlyn "Noble waterfall"
  • Erwina "Friend of the sea"
  • Erwyna "Friend of the sea"
  • Genna "Variant of Jenny. "White wave"
  • Genny "Variant of Jenny. "White wave"
  • Irvetta "Friend of the sea"
  • Irvette "Friend of the sea"
  • Lin "Waterfall"
  • Lyn "Waterfall"
  • Lynn "Waterfall"
  • Meriel "Variant of Muriel "shining sea"
  • Orabel "Beautiful seacoast"
  • Orabelle "Beautiful seacoast"
  • Rilletta "Stream"
  • Rillette "Stream"
  • Tyna "River"
  • Tyne "River"
  • Vivian "In Malory's Mort d'Arthur Vivien was the Lady of the Lake"
  • Viviana "In Malory's Mort d'Arthur Vivien was the Lady of the Lake"
  • Vivianna "the Lady of the Lake"
  • Vivianne The Lady of the Lake"

Theater of the Absurd: taxes force Spanish theater to sell porn to stay open | Public Secrets

Theater of the Absurd: taxes force Spanish theater to sell porn to stay open | Public Secrets



Here’s another wonderful example of the ridiculous situations created when a bloated, unsustainable social welfare state forces politicians to tax anything and everything they can think of in order to feed the beast. In this case, a Spanish theater that presents the plays of Spain’s “Shakespeare” has to sell pornography to reduce its crippling tax burden:
Crippled by colossal tax rates and falling ticket sales, the Spanish cultural sector is taking creative action to cut its tax bill, including one theatre which has changed its main business to pornography to avoid having to pay high taxes.

The tax charged on cultural performances in Spain has shot up from eight to twenty-one percent since 2011 as the government attempts to balance the books, and has drawn a broader range of products into the local VAT-like ‘sales tax’. Some have noted the uneven application of the new higher taxes, which have hit high culture but not erotica and magazines.

Theatre director Karina Garantivá said: “It’s scandalous when cultural heritage is being taxed at 21 percent and porn at only at 4 percent. Something is wrong”. Her company, which performs works by the “Spanish Shakespeare” Pedro Calderón de la Barca has decided to circumvent the new, punitive taxes by registering as a distributor of pornographic magazines – and is offering free performances.

Punters buying €16 worth of hardcore-swingers magazine Gente Libre from the company receive a ‘free’ ticket to a performance of the highly regarded 17th century comic drama El Mágico Prodigioso.

Garantivá said the law as it stands made theatres feel as if they were “in a straitjacket, suffocated”, and that “We want people to ask what kind of a society makes this kind of decision. That they compare pornography and Calderón … and reach their own conclusions”.
A tax on “cultural performances?” That might make even gentry liberals here howl in outrage.
Ms. Garantivá asks the right question in the above highlight, but I have to wonder if someone raised in Spain’s all-encompassing social welfare system could easily come to the right answer? The problem is welfare statism itself, which spends far more than it can afford and faces continual pressure to spend even more to support an aging population, while dealing with a declining birth rate. The government’s increasing tax demands thus fall on a shrinking tax base, taking more per person. It’s a recipe for economic stagnation at best and collapse at worst. It’s a growing problem confronting much of Europe, but the people most burdened by the taxes often shriek the loudest at any effort to cut taxes and benefits to more rational levels. And we’re not all that far behind.
Meanwhile, you also have to wonder about politicians who tax “Shakespeare” more than smut.


Mashable on Twitter: "The 'biggest refugee crisis of our age' braces for a brutal winter: http://t.co/cUp7tc513m http://t.co/AX0cEGEzPR"

Mashable on Twitter: "The 'biggest refugee crisis of our age' braces for a brutal winter: http://t.co/cUp7tc513m http://t.co/AX0cEGEzPR"

Dangerous case of Leopoldo López | The Miami Herald

Dangerous case of Leopoldo López | The Miami Herald





He spends his days mostly in solitude in Ramo Verde military prison, southwest of Caracas, cut off from the outside world. Leopoldo López, a leading face of the Venezuelan opposition, is also sometimes deprived of natural light by not being allowed out of his cell.
In Ramo Verde, the 43-year-old López is awaiting a public hearing on the charges against him that cite violence, damage to property, arson and conspiracy.
The charges are widely believed to be trumped up, created by President Nicolás Maduro’s regime in an attempt to scuttle López’s political career.
Many of his supporters and family members are certain that López will be sentenced to a long prison term.
“Of course, I am afraid that Leopoldo is gonna spend years in jail,” his cousin, Thor Halvorssen, said in an interview from Oslo, Norway where hundreds of dissidents and human rights advocates recently gathered for the annual Oslo Freedom Forum.
Halvorssen has no doubt that López, with whom he grew up in Venezuela, is the prime target of the Maduro regime.
“He has a dangerous idea and this very dangerous idea is that the government needs to resign,” he said. “He is a threat to them.”
López, on number of occasions, faulted the government for inflation, chronic shortage of basic food, rampant crime and widespread corruption. He also accused the government of being involved in drug trafficking.
Halvorssen’s harsh critique of the regime does not spare the Venezuelan opposition, either. He charges that the opposition is financed by the same bankers who do business with the government.
Despite the proclamations about unity, the Venezuelan opposition remains very much fractured and the trust between its two main leaders — López and Henrique Capriles — appear to be severely damaged given the corruption allegations.
Halvorssen believes that Capriles, who lost the last presidential election to Maduro, is no opposition politician but an extension of the government.
“I yearned for Capriles when I met him in prison. But that young man who was willing to go to prison for his beliefs is gone and replaced by the man who is responding to economic interests,” Halvorssen said. “If they had a private conversation Leopoldo would ask him: “why did you sell out?”
Not everyone shares Halvorssen views about Capriles.
“Leopoldo got arrested because, unlike Henrique who calls for collaboration with the government, he opted for the confrontation with the government right on the streets,” said Jesus Maria, a Venezuelan constitutional professor teaching in Guatemala City.
Maria closely worked with another opposition political leader currently on the government black list — Marina Corina Machado, former member of the National Assembly.
“I am afraid she could end up just like Leopoldo because she also speaks forcefully against the government,” he said. “The Maduro regime intimidates her almost on a daily basis.”
Leopoldo López was arrested when he voluntarily turned himself in on February 18 after several days in hiding. Maduro accused him of various crimes, including terrorism and homicide. He also regularly called López a “fascist“ and “The Throne.”

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