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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Death Be Not Proud (poem) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Death Be Not Proud (poem) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so,
For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
Rest of their bones, and souls deliverie.
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,
And better then thy stroake; why swell'st thou then;
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And Death shall be no more, death thou shalt die!

Indonesian killings of 1965–66 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Indonesian killings of 1965–66 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Indonesian killings of 1965–1966 were an anti-communist purge following a failed coup of the 30 September Movement in Indonesia (also called in Indonesia: the Kudeta). The most widely accepted estimates are that more than 500,000 people were killed. The purge was a pivotal event in the transition to the "New Order"; the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) was eliminated as a political force, and the upheavals led to the downfall of president Sukarno and the commencement of Suharto's thirty-year presidency.

 

Common Core May No Longer Be an Issue for One State - The Free PatriotThe Free Patriot

Common Core May No Longer Be an Issue for One State - The Free PatriotThe Free Patriot: State Senator Eddie Fields submitted legislation to the Oklahoma State Senate that would remove the alignment of the Oklahoma State Standards from the Common Core. Senate Bill 1146 directs the State Board of Education to

"…adopt revisions to the subject matter curriculum adopted by the State Board for English Language Arts and Mathematics as is necessary to remove alignment with the K-12 Common Core State Standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Beginning July 1, 2014, the State Board shall not continue to implement any curriculum standards or related assessments aligned with the K-12 Common Core State"
Standards.

Fields is for rigorous standards that are developmentally appropriate. The standard procedures in math were not being used and students were expected to explain their answer.

CMS Actuary: ObamaCare Has Minimal Impact on Slowed Health Spending | Fox Business

CMS Actuary: ObamaCare Has Minimal Impact on Slowed Health Spending | Fox Business: Health-care costs may have grown in 2012 at nearly the same pace as they have over the past four years, but a new report finds the Affordable Care Act has had a “minimal impact” on actually controlling these rising prices. In fact, the slower rise in prices is dues to the lagging economy, the report states.

 

Twitter / brightabyss: reservoir turned blood-red ...

Twitter / brightabyss: reservoir turned blood-red ...



Friday, January 10, 2014

Don’t put public in the dark about farming practices | TheHill

Don’t put public in the dark about farming practices | TheHill: This current proposal would apply to all federal agencies. It’s impacts would be far worse.

More than 60 Democrats defy White House, vote for Obamacare security transparency bill « Hot Air

More than 60 Democrats defy White House, vote for Obamacare security transparency bill « Hot Air: Yet another anti-Obamacare vote that’s far more bipartisan than the original vote for Obamacare. The Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act is a short and sweet piece of legislation, whcih requires the department of Health and Human Services to reveal security breaches of HealthCare.gov to the public within two days of their occurrence.

The White House deems this requirement, ahem, overly burdensome in the paperwork department.

Here Are The States That Will Have The Strongest Job Growth This Year - Business Insider

Here Are The States That Will Have The Strongest Job Growth This Year - Business Insider: Topping the list is North Dakota which is projected to have job growth of 3.6%. However, because the state is so small, that only adds up to 15,000 additional jobs.

That's in comparison to Illinois which is projected to have the slowest job growth in the country at 1.0%. Yet, Moodys expects the state to add nearly 60,000 jobs.

Texas is expected to add the most number of total jobs at over 300,000.

Supremes take on state’s speech-chilling law

Supremes take on state’s speech-chilling law: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review a challenge to a “false statement” law in Ohio that lets bureaucrats decide on the truthfulness of political ads, according to a group that had been targeted under the law.

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to have our arguments heard at the Supreme Court and hope that not only will SBA List’s First Amendment rights be affirmed, but those of all Americans,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List.

Senate Democrats Block Amendment to Restore Military Pensions | Washington Free Beacon

Senate Democrats Block Amendment to Restore Military Pensions | Washington Free Beacon: Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a Republican attempt to restore military pensions cut in last month’s budget deal, denying a vote that would save up to $20 billion by closing a loophole that allows tax refunds to go to illegal aliens.

Abysmal jobs report - Articles - The Sean Hannity Show

Abysmal jobs report - Articles - The Sean Hannity Show: Did you see the jobs report today? It was absolutely abysmal. Only 74,000 jobs were created in December, well short of the expected 200,000, yet the unemployment rate fell to 6.7%. This is because 347,000 Americans dropped out of the labor force, bringing the labor force participation rate to a paltry 62.8%, which is a level we haven't seen since 1978. Despite what some news outlets may say, this isn't just because of the weather.

Abysmal jobs report - Articles - The Sean Hannity Show

Abysmal jobs report - Articles - The Sean Hannity Show: January 10, 2014

Barack Obama has promised that 2014 will be “a year of action.” You'd think he'd know better than to make promises to the American people. After all, he doesn't have a good track record of keeping them.

He made this comment while announcing five new Promise Zones, “where citizens, governments, businesses and non-profits will work together to 'remake' communities so more children can grow up to be educated, productive adults,” according to CNS News.

It shouldn't take the government to do that. Any community that wants to survive would naturally make the choices necessary for it to thrive. The problem is that a key pillar for many of these communities – jobs – do not exist. He's putting the cart before the free-market horse.

Bankrupt

What Sexy, Consciously Awake Women NEED & Don't WANT from Men | YOGANONYMOUS


 

The Grand Experiment Goes Live: Overstock.com Is Now Accepting Bitcoins | Wired Business | Wired.com

The Grand Experiment Goes Live: Overstock.com Is Now Accepting Bitcoins | Wired Business | Wired.com: Overstock.com is now accepting payments in bitcoin, making it the first major online retailer to embrace the increasingly popular but controversial digital currency.

 

Glitch-A-Rama Continues: Insurance Companies Have No Record of Some People Who Signed Up For Obamacare… | Weasel Zippers

Glitch-A-Rama Continues: Insurance Companies Have No Record of Some People Who Signed Up For Obamacare… | Weasel Zippers

Glitch-A-Rama Continues: Insurance Companies Have No Record of Some People Who Signed Up For Obamacare… | Weasel Zippers

Glitch-A-Rama Continues: Insurance Companies Have No Record of Some People Who Signed Up For Obamacare… | Weasel Zippers

We must remember that the people for whom this change represents a first taste of freedom... - Hjalmar Branting at BrainyQuote

We must remember that the people for whom this change represents a first taste of freedom... - Hjalmar Branting at BrainyQuote: We must remember that the people for whom this change represents a first taste of freedom and a new and brighter future did not allow their resolution to falter, no matter how great the suffering by which they bought this independence.

Hjalmar Branting

Thursday, January 9, 2014

High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).[1] Designed and built by BAE Advanced Technologies (BAEAT), its purpose is to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance.[2] The HAARP program operates a major sub-arctic facility, named the HAARP Research Station, on an Air Force–owned site near Gakona, Alaska.

 

America Abandons Afghanistan to Drug Lords

America Abandons Afghanistan to Drug Lords: This year, Western troops will withdraw from Afghanistan after 13 years of war. They’ll leave behind an undefeated enemy – as well as an Afghan government that’s shaky, corrupt and only nominally democratic.

 

CURL: Obama administration is in full meltdown - Washington Times

CURL: Obama administration is in full meltdown - Washington Times: Mr. Gates writes: “Hillary told the president that her opposition to the surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. … The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.”

While this may come as a surprise to the mainstream media, it’s a fact most conservative voters recognized immediately.

CURL: Obama administration is in full meltdown - Washington Times

CURL: Obama administration is in full meltdown - Washington Times: First, The New York Times began the lengthy rehabilitation process of Hillary Clinton, the highest Cabinet member to depart so far. As the president has plunged in approval rating, hitting a new low of just 39 percent, Hillary has hit a lifetime high of 66 percent (goes to show you what disappearing from the public eye can do for your popularity).

The paper published a 7,500-word account of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that all but ignored the former secretary of state’s role in the terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya, which left four Americans dead. More, The Times quoted a “terrorist” as saying a supposedly anti-Islam video insulting the Prophet Muhammad “might well have justified” the attack.

The Miserable Reality for Our Nation’s Young People

The Miserable Reality for Our Nation’s Young People: Young America’s Foundation (YAF) released its Youth Misery Index (YMI) report for 2013, and it’s a record high of 98.6! This number is calculated by adding youth unemployment, student loan debt, and national debt per capita.

It should not be surprising that young people are the hardest hit by the Obama administration’s economic policies. The youth of this country are plagued by the burden of massive government debt and many will spend a large portion of their lifetime paying back student loans.

Twitter / JackInTheHouse: Nigerian Christians burnt alive. ...

Twitter / JackInTheHouse: Nigerian Christians burnt alive. ...

Robert Gates Confirms ‘Party of Defeat’ Narrative | FrontPage Magazine

Robert Gates Confirms ‘Party of Defeat’ Narrative | FrontPage Magazine: In 2008, authors David Horowitz and Ben Johnson released their book, “Party of Defeat.” It chronicled the Democratic Party’s duplicitous efforts regarding its initial support for the Bush administration’s prosecution of the war in Iraq, followed by their attempts to undermine it — for nothing more than crass political considerations. In a his new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” former defense secretary Robert M. Gates, who served in both the Bush and Obama administrations, delivers a devastating confirmation of Horowitz’s and Johnson’s arguments.

Angels | FactMonster.com

Angels | FactMonster.com: Angels closest to God who appear to humans with 6 wings and 4 heads. They are angels of love.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

kapha season | lululemon athletica

kapha season | lululemon athletica: Ayurveda looks at food through the same lens, and this is where it gets interesting. Most of the foods we tend to consume during the cool, dark kapha winter months happen to be foods that are also described as kapha foods. They are high in fat and are usually sweet—not necessarily in taste, but in the effect they have on your body.

17 Signs That The United States Is Becoming A Totalitarian Police State. | Militia News

17 Signs That The United States Is Becoming A Totalitarian Police State. | Militia News: 3. Identification Of Enemies/Scapegoats As A Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, (Christians, Constitutionalists, conservatives, 2nd Amendment supporters, 1st Amendment supporters, 4th Amendment supporters, Ron Paul supporters) etc.

Private Creation and Enforcement of Law: A Historical Case

Private Creation and Enforcement of Law: A Historical Case

Iceland is known to men as a land of volcanoes, geysers and glaciers. But it ought to be no less interesting to the student of history as the birthplace of a brilliant literature in poetry and prose, and as the home of a people who have maintained for many centuries a high level of intellectual cultivation. It is an almost unique instance of a community whose culture and creative power flourished independently of any favouring material conditions. and indeed under conditions in the highest degree unfavourable. Nor ought it to be less interesting to the student of politics and laws as having produced a Constitution unlike any other whereof records remain and a body of law so elaborate and complex, that it is hard to believe that it existed among men whose chief occupation was to kill one another.
             James Bryce, Studies in History and Jurisprudence 263 (1901)


The PJ Tatler » New Photo Caption Contest: Proposed Satan Statue for Oklahoma State Capitol

The PJ Tatler » New Photo Caption Contest: Proposed Satan Statue for Oklahoma State Capitol: Hello, children. Have you watched my cable network? I call it

My
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Michele Bachmann | The "War on Poverty" 50 Years Later

Michele Bachmann | The "War on Poverty" 50 Years Later

The “War on Poverty” 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson gave his State of the Union address that inspired legislation unofficially known as the “War on Poverty.”
When signing the bill into law several months later, Johnson was resolute in his goals:
“We are not content to accept the endless growth of relief rolls or welfare rolls. We want to offer the forgotten fifth of our people opportunity and not doles.
“That is what this measure does for our times.
“Our American answer to poverty is not to make the poor more secure in their poverty but to reach down and to help them lift themselves out of the ruts of poverty and move with the large majority along the high road of hope and prosperity.”
Sadly, the War on Poverty did not accomplish these goals.
What followed was five decades of government expansion and spending on new programs that have largely been ineffective. Today, the poverty rate is only slightly below where it was in 1964, and it came with a $20 trillion price tag. What’s more, a record 47 million Americans are now receiving food stamps, which is about 13 million more than when the President Obama took office.
 One of the saddest results of these last fifty years has been the decay of the American family, as the percentage of children born out of wedlock has risen from 6% to 41%. When government has policies that induce people to either not get married or to bear a child out of wedlock, poverty persists.
 America has always been a nation where hard work and creativity pay off, where upward mobility was the aspired goal. Yet the War on Poverty has created new generations of Americans who look to the government itself as a parent, while hope of living the American Dream has been smothered in the process.
 Let’s use the lessons of the past fifty years and start working to reassert the importance of family and the work ethic —not government programs and dependency —as a solution to lift more people out of poverty.

‘Hood Conservatives’ Group Aims to ‘Empower Inner City Voters Through the Conservative Platform’ | TheBlaze.com

‘Hood Conservatives’ Group Aims to ‘Empower Inner City Voters Through the Conservative Platform’ | TheBlaze.com: A new volunteer organization launching later this month called the “Hood Conservatives” says it plans to promote conservative political principles specifically to individuals residing in urban areas.

“I grew up and live in an urban area, in the hood – I’ve seen my friends and even family become trapped in a cycle of government dependence and broken family units,” founder Cecilia S. Johnson said. “I started Hood Conservatives because traditional values and conservative principles will assist these communities in establishing healthier and more prosperous lives.”

Nab - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Nab - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary: We nabbed seats in the front row of the theater.

Mark 14:7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.

Consumers say they are paying more for health insurance

Consumers say they are paying more for health insurance: But three months later, after the botched launch of those government-run exchanges, the number of people who said they would gut Obamacare had risen to 48 percent, while the number of respondents who said they would keep it as law had plunged to 38 percent.

Consumers say they are paying more for health insurance

Consumers say they are paying more for health insurance: Feeling lighter in the wallet and unhappier about Obamacare? You're not alone.

Support for the Affordable Care Act has plummeted since late last summer, and people with employer-based health insurance say they increasingly are paying more for out-of-pocket medical expenses

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

U.K. faces fresh austerity cuts as debt climbs - Jan. 6, 2014

U.K. faces fresh austerity cuts as debt climbs - Jan. 6, 2014: Britain faces fresh government spending cuts worth $41 billion, signaling the scars of the financial crisis in one of Europe's strongest economies have far from healed.

The Outlaw Campus | National Review Online

The Outlaw Campus | National Review Online: It was also nearly impossible to do well in these courses for a student who disagreed with the political assumptions of the advocate faculty. “Studies” contributed in no small part to the unfortunate emergence of the arrogant and ignorant graduate, who left the campus zealous for social change but sadly without the skills to even articulate his goals.

Surprise! Walmart health plan is cheaper, offers more coverage than Obamacare | WashingtonExaminer.com

Surprise! Walmart health plan is cheaper, offers more coverage than Obamacare | WashingtonExaminer.com: New Obamacare health insurance enrollees may feel a pang of envy when they eye the coverage plans offered by Walmart to its employees.

For many years, the giant discount retailer has been the target of unions and liberal activists who have harshly criticized the company's health care plans, calling them “notorious for failing to provide health benefits” and "substandard.”

But a Washington Examiner comparison of the two health insurance programs found that Walmart's plan is more affordable and provides significantly better access to high-quality medical care than Obamacare.

In Amsterdam, alcoholics being paid in beer to collect litter | Odd News - Yahoo News

In Amsterdam, alcoholics being paid in beer to collect litter | Odd News - Yahoo News: It’s an interesting idea that’s being partially funded by the Dutch government. The BBC reports that alcoholics are, “being paid in beer to clean the streets of Amsterdam.” For five hours of work, those who have signed on to help clean up the streets get five cans of beer and receive €10 ($13.50).

The payments impasse | Felix Salmon

The payments impasse | Felix Salmon: Realistically, that upgrade can only be overseen by the Federal Reserve — an entity which doesn’t feel empowered to enforce such a thing. Until then, as Guan says, “US Dollars, while a good store of value and unit of account, are also terrible for making payments.”

+Sorry, Liberals: Obamacare Won’t Lead to Single Payer - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Sorry, Liberals: Obamacare Won’t Lead to Single Payer - Hit & Run : Reason.com: For one thing, it assumes that irritation with Obamacare—a law designed and implemented exclusively by Democrats—will somehow generate public support for additional Democratic health legislation that is even more sweeping. But judging by the beating Democrats have taken at the polls over last few months, public frustrations with Obamacare will turn the electorate toward Republicans. Democrats won’t be given a second chance, with a mandate to do even more.
 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sen. Johnson files lawsuit to eliminate ObamaCare subsidy for Congress | Fox News

Sen. Johnson files lawsuit to eliminate ObamaCare subsidy for Congress | Fox News: Sen. Ron Johnson told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Monday he decided to sue the Obama administration over the subsidy for lawmakers in the president’s health care law because it is unfair to give members of Congress special treatment.

Johnson, R-Wis., said the subsidy creates a double standard that favors members of Congress and their staff over other Americans, and should be eliminated.

“It’s a matter of basic fairness,” Johnson said. “It’s also a matter of standing up, ensuring that we actually enforce the rule of law because, let’s face it, this president across the board is pretty well just ignoring his constitutional duty, his oath of office to faithfully execute the law.”

Twitter / _amroali: The ongoing #Syria'n tragedy. ...

Twitter / _amroali: The ongoing #Syria'n tragedy. ...


Political insurgency: Europe’s Tea Parties | The Economist

Political insurgency: Europe’s Tea Parties | The Economist: there are common threads linking the European insurgents and the Tea Party. They are angry people, harking back to simpler times. They worry about immigration. They spring from the squeezed middle—people who feel that the elite at the top and the scroungers at the bottom are prospering at the expense of ordinary working people. And they believe the centre of power—Washington or Brussels—is bulging with bureaucrats hatching schemes to run people’s lives.

Political insurgency: Europe’s Tea Parties | The Economist

Political insurgency: Europe’s Tea Parties | The Economist: SINCE 2010 or so, the Tea Party, a Republican insurgency, has turned American politics upside down. It comes in many blends, but most of its members share three convictions: that the ruling elite has lost touch with the founding ideals of America, that the federal government is a bloated, self-serving Leviathan, and that illegal immigration is a threat to social order. The Tea Party movement is central to the conflict that has riven American politics and the difficulty of reforming budgets and immigration laws.

Ultraculture | Enlightening stuff.

Ultraculture | Enlightening stuff.: The World is a War Between Competing Stories About You

Most Dangerous Cities In The World - Likes

Most Dangerous Cities In The World - Likes: Detroit is another U.S city to make the notorious list. There were a recorded 386 murders for 606,585 inhabitants in the last year alone. CQ Press also initiated a study of their own, and they believed that Detroit is certainly one of the most violent cities in the whole of the United States.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Gateless Gate By Ekai, Called Mu-mon, Transcribed By Nyogen Senzaki And Paul Reps:Free PDF, EPUB and Kindle eBook Download

Gateless Gate By Ekai, Called Mu-mon, Transcribed By Nyogen Senzaki And Paul Reps:Free PDF, EPUB and Kindle eBook Download: This classic Zen Buddhist collection of 49 koans with commentary by Mumon was originally published in 1934, and later included in Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki's popular anthology Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. Koans are a Zen Buddhist spiritual technique which use word-play to achieve enlightenment. They frequently involve absurd or contradictory statements, which are intended to create extreme cognitive dissonance in the mind of the pupil. As such, their actual content or structure is not as important as the mental state which they induce.

Articles: Showing How Government Fails

Articles: Showing How Government Fails: The debacle of ObamaCare may do what conservatives have been trying to do for a long time: show ordinary Americans the depth of government incompetence. Businesses have grasped since FDR the sting of the quip "I'm from the government -- I'm here to help you." The hyper-regulation by the federal government of nearly every aspect of commerce and industry through an ever-growing leviathan of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and executive actions has stunted and even crippled huge swaths of private enterprise in America. Almost any small business can recount at least one horror story that cost our nation productive activity, reduced meaningful employment, and closed off areas of potential growth in our economy.

Articles: Obama Railway Negligence goes Critical

Articles: Obama Railway Negligence goes Critical: Railroads have been making fortunes carrying 75% of Bakken oil and charging $17 a barrel to move crude oil to Texas refineries, versus the estimated $10 a barrel to ship by the Keystone XL Pipeline. Most analysts were baffled in 2009 when Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway Corporation made its biggest ever acquisition of the Burlington Northern Railway (BNI). The railroad was making good profits carrying the majority of Bakken oil, but that business was expected to shrink by 2012 when the Keystone XL Pipeline was scheduled to come on line. But since the Buffet purchase, the volume of Bakken oil shipped by train has increased by 2,000%.

“How Are We Supposed To Live?” Michigan Workers Discover Obamacare Means Impoverishment | Opinion - Conservative

“How Are We Supposed To Live?” Michigan Workers Discover Obamacare Means Impoverishment | Opinion - Conservative: The 41 employees of Extreme Dodge in Jackson, Mich., are very familiar with trade-ins, but this year they’re learning about trade-offs as they come face to face with the new realities of health care. A few workers say they’re getting a great deal, but most have a severe case of sticker shock.

North Korean leader fed uncle to starving dogs, report says | Fox News

North Korean leader fed uncle to starving dogs, report says | Fox News 



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