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Saturday, January 18, 2014

DISGUISE IN THE BIBLE

DISGUISE IN THE BIBLE: 1 Samuel 28:8 | Read whole chapter | See verse in context

And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.

 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents on Food Stamps Doubles

Number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents on Food Stamps Doubles: The number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) receiving food stamps zoomed from 1.7 million to 3.9 million between Fiscal Year 2007 and Fiscal Year 2010. In that same period, food stamp recipients in total grew from 26 million to nearly 40 million.

One reason for the catastrophic growth in the number of ABAWDs is Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill, which opened the door for states to waive the work provision required of ABAWDs. That work provision mandated that to continue receiving food stamps, after three months of being unemployed ABAWDs must work or perform some type of work activity 20 hours per week.

Spending on food stamps now totals somewhere around $80 billion, twice what the number was in Fiscal Year 2008. Congress is debating a new farm bill, but it is uncertain whether it will reinstate the work provision required of ABAWDs. Presently, the work waivers foisted on the states by Obama allow ABAWDs to receive food stamps indefinitely--without working or preparing for work. Sans work requirement, there is no guarantee that food stamps are being given to those who truly cannot work.

The proposal offered by the GOP-led House wants a 5% reduction in the cost of food stamps. The Democrat Senate is only willing to cut that cost by 1%.

How Japan stood up to old age - FT.com

How Japan stood up to old age - FT.com: Children, not the state, have long been regarded as primarily responsible for looking after ageing parents, with the burden often falling on daughters-in-law. But as Japan’s extended family structure has unravelled and as more women work, the state has had to find alternatives. Hospitals have sometimes filled the gap, with tens of thousands of beds given over to long-term patients. The fact that elderly people pay only 10-20 per cent of their medical fees from their own pocket has made this relatively affordable for individuals, if not for a deeply indebted government trying to rein in costs. In response, the state has increased the payments doctors receive for home visits in an effort to incentivise more home-based care.

May a Thousand Spies Bloom - Newsweek

May a Thousand Spies Bloom - Newsweek: According to intelligence experts, Hailong and the other seed-spy suspects are just a few of the locusts in a swarm, feasting on American technological secrets. Their Iowa caper drew fleeting attention last year because of its quirky audacity, but Chinese business spies are rounded up nearly every week in the U.S., with but a sliver of the attention given to China's cyberwar. While some agents are professional spies dispatched by Chinese intelligence to pursue U.S. military secrets, far more are "amateurs" deployed to get five-finger discounts on U.S. business samples, the experts say.

While the CIA is chasing terrorists across deserts, the Chinese are chasing U.S. brain products from coast to coast, from advanced cancer research in Wisconsin to wind power software in Massachusetts, according to scores of cases currently filling state and federal court dockets.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

72% of Obama Job Creation in Right To Work States

72% of Obama Job Creation in Right To Work States: From June 2009 to September 2012, America gained some 2.59 million jobs. That weak recovery was the basis for the Obama re-election campaign. But as it turns out, virtually all of that job creation happened in states that are right-to-work – states in which no industry can force people to join a union in order to work. There are 22 right-to-work states. During that period, those states saw an increase in employment of 1.86 million. That means, according to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, that “Right to Work states … were responsible for 72% of all net household job growth across the US from June 2009 through September 2012.”



Jimmy Kimmel Savages ObamaCare And Uninformed Young People Who Support It

Twitter / politicsofamy: I bet he's a liberal ...

Twitter / politicsofamy: I bet he's a liberal ...


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Danish woman's gang rape: AAP seeks control over Delhi Police - The Times of India

Danish woman's gang rape: AAP seeks control over Delhi Police - The Times of India: "We will also request the Chief Justice of India to take all the rape cases to fast track courts, so that the strictest punishment is meted out to the culprits," Sisodia said.

Why Google paid billions for Nest | Fox News

Why Google paid billions for Nest | Fox News: There’s big news on the tech business front: Google bought Nest for $3.2 billion -- and no, I didn't stutter.

Why would Google spend billions for a thermostat maker? The Nest gizmo is actually cutting edge: It tracks and learns your behavior, and adjusts the heat for you. The company is cornering the market on connected home gadgets, and with Google's money, they could be unstoppable.

Monday, January 13, 2014

When Hopium Fails | Zero Hedge

Swedish doctors transplant wombs into 9 women | Fox News

Swedish doctors transplant wombs into 9 women | Fox News: Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant, the doctor in charge of the pioneering project has revealed.

 

Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools - SFGate

Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools - SFGate: In years past, these students were largely out of control, frequently fighting in the corridors, scrawling graffiti on the walls and cursing their teachers. Absenteeism rates were among the city's highest and so were suspensions. Worn-down teachers routinely called in sick.

Unsurprisingly, academics suffered. The school tried everything, from counseling and peer support to after-school tutoring and sports, but to disappointingly little effect.

Now these students are doing light-years better. In the first year of Quiet Time, the number of suspensions fell by 45 percent. Within four years, the suspension rate was among the lowest in the city. Daily attendance rates climbed to 98 percent, well above the citywide average. Grade point averages improved markedly. About 20 percent of graduates are admitted to Lowell High School - before Quiet Time, getting any students into this elite high school was a rarity. Remarkably, in the annual California Healthy Kids Survey, these middle school youngsters recorded the highest happiness levels in San Francisco.

Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools - SFGate

Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools - SFGate: At first glance, Quiet Time - a stress reduction strategy used in several San Francisco middle and high schools, as well as in scattered schools around the Bay Area - looks like something out of the om-chanting 1960s. Twice daily, a gong sounds in the classroom and rowdy adolescents, who normally can't sit still for 10 seconds, shut their eyes and try to clear their minds. I've spent lots of time in urban schools and have never seen anything like it.

This practice - meditation rebranded - deserves serious attention from parents and policymakers. An impressive array of studies shows that integrating meditation into a school's daily routine can markedly improve the lives of students. If San Francisco schools Superintendent Richard Carranza has his way, Quiet Time could well spread citywide.


Barry Zito, David Lynch, Russell Brand meditate with students during Quiet Time at Burton High. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle
Barry Zito, David Lynch, Russell Brand meditate with students during Quiet Time at Burton High. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle 
 

How Obama Increased Income Inequality | The Conservative Papers

How Obama Increased Income Inequality | The Conservative Papers

The Obama Administration’s $5.8 trillion of big government deficit spending has caused the United States to suffer an “internal devaluation,” as American worker wages after inflation were forced down in each of the last five years.

Obama Wrecking Ball

American competitiveness increased by over 10% due to worker sacrifices, but all the benefits flowed directly to corporate officers and financial speculators. When the President recently lamented, “The combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream,” he could count on the unwavering support from Warren Buffett, who was the last year’s biggest dollar gainer with a $12.5 billion jackpot. However, as recent polls demonstrate, American voters are now solidly against deficit spending.

Obamanomics: Unemployment Falls Because Nobody’s Looking For Work : Personal Liberty™

Obamanomics: Unemployment Falls Because Nobody’s Looking For Work : Personal Liberty™: According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the American economy added 74,000 jobs in December of 2013 – and yet the unemployment rate still managed to fall from 7 percent to 6 percent.

 

Victim of casino glut, NJ's Atlantic Club closes - seattlepi.com

Victim of casino glut, NJ's Atlantic Club closes - seattlepi.com: ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Atlantic Club Casino Hotel shut down early Monday morning, the victim of a glut of casinos in the northeastern U.S.

 

Kenneth Bae - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kenneth Bae - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: On November 3, 2012,[27] Bae was traveling with five European tourists in Rajin-guyŏk, Rason, North Korea, when officials discovered that he was carrying a computer hard disk that contained pictures of starving North Korean orphans.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Help Typhoon Victims by Making U.S. Food Aid More Flexible | The Conservative Papers

Help Typhoon Victims by Making U.S. Food Aid More Flexible | The Conservative Papers: The New York Times reports that debate over the shape of a U.S. government program to help millions of victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has “reignited a long-running argument in the United States—the world’s largest food aid donor—over how America supplies food in its $1.4 billion international food aid program.”

moneyWhile there should not be unnecessary delays in getting humanitarian aid to the Philippines, the debate over the shape of U.S. food aid programs is one worth having.

Henry Adams - Wikiquote

Henry Adams - Wikiquote: Had Grant been a Congressman one would have been on one’s guard, for one knew the type. One never expected from a Congressman more than good intentions and public spirit. Newspaper-men as a rule had no great respect for the lower House; Senators had less; and Cabinet officers had none at all. Indeed, one day when Adams was pleading with a Cabinet officer for patience and tact in dealing with Representatives, the Secretary impatiently broke out: “You can’t use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout!”

Ted Cruz: Democrats will rue letting President Obama’s... | www.statesman.com

Ted Cruz: Democrats will rue letting President Obama’s... | www.statesman.com: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, charged President Obama with a pattern of “lawlessness on a breathtaking scale” that he said even liberal Democrats will come to regret when a future president seeks to exercise similar unbridled power.

People Not In Labor Force Soar To Record 91.8 Million; Participation Rate Plunges To 1978 Levels | Zero Hedge


 

Oseberg ship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Oseberg ship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: These included four elaborately decorated sleighs, a richly carved four-wheel wooden cart, bed-posts, and wooden chests, as well as the so-called "Buddha bucket" (Buddha-bøtte), a brass and cloisonné enamel ornament of a bucket (pail) handle in the shape of a figure sitting with crossed legs. The bucket is made from yew wood, held together with brass strips, and the handle is attached to two anthropomorphic figures compared to depictions of the Buddha in the lotus posture, although any connection is most uncertain.

 

The Greatest Wealth is Contentment: A Buddhist Perspective on Poverty - Upaya Zen Center

The Greatest Wealth is Contentment: A Buddhist Perspective on Poverty - Upaya Zen Center: Like other religions, Buddhism is sometimes criticized for encouraging a non-materialistic way of life that goes against the grain of our main desires and motivations. If we want to reduce poverty, we are referred instead to the science of economics, which has discovered the laws of economic growth that promote worldly well-being.

In fact, the opposite is more true. Contemporary economics is much more “idealistic” in that economists tend to live in an one-dimensional world of statistics and equations that do not accurately reflect human values and aspirations in the world we actually live in.

In contrast to the calculating individualism that neo-liberal economics presupposes, Buddhism is more down-to-earth in its understanding of the sources of human ill-being and well-being. Its approach is also more similar to the way most pre-modern communities have understood well-being, and “undeveloped” societies today still do.

 

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