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Saturday, April 26, 2014

El TSJ ilegalizó la protesta pacífica espontánea - Nacional y Política

El TSJ ilegalizó la protesta pacífica espontánea - Nacional y Política



Los ciudadanos que ante la falta del agua o la luz; por el deterioro de una escuela o por la inseguridad decidan cerrar una calle para protestar, sin permiso de la Alcaldía o la Gobernación, se arriesgan a ser dispersados por la policía y a ser procesados por el Ministerio Público por desobediencia, pues a criterio del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ) la falta de dicha autorización "limita de forma absoluta el derecho a la manifestación pacífica, impidiendo así la realización de cualquier tipo de reunión".




Venezuela: Supreme Court Outlaws Spontaneous Protests as "Not an Absolute Right"

Venezuela: Supreme Court Outlaws Spontaneous Protests as "Not an Absolute Right"



Peaceful protests in Venezuela will from now on require express authorization from the mayor or the governor of the jurisdiction where they are carried out. The Supreme Court (TSJ) made this decision yesterday, declaring that the right to protest “is not an absolute right.” Police forces will now be legally allowed to disperse people who shut down a street to voice their complaints. Also, the gttorney General will be allowed to prosecute unauthorized protestors for disobedience.
The TSJ considered it is imperative to “guarantee the right to free movement,” which would justify dispersing any unauthorized congregation. According to the ruling, written by Judge Arcadio Delgado, local police forces have “an obligation to cooperate with the rest of the security forces in maintaining public order during the illegal exercise of the right to protest.”
In addition to authorizing protests, mayors, governors, and district heads have the authority to modify citizens’ requests. The ruling states that “the first civil authority of the jurisdiction — where the concentration, demonstration, or public meeting is requested — is not limited to the terms on which the application is made, being able not only to deny the authorization, but also to modify its location and the chosen itinerary (day and time), whenever the authorization proceeds.”
This ruling comes days after student leaders agreed to march to the center of Caracas regardless of whether Mayor Jorge Rodríguez authorized it or not.


charles hugh smith-Are You an Elitist? Class Warfare and the New Nobility

charles hugh smith-Are You an Elitist? Class Warfare and the New Nobility



One of the easiest ways to put someone on the defensive in America is to accuse him/her of being an elitist.The power of this accusation derives from a complex mix of dynamics. At least one goes all the way back to the founding principles of the nation: a profound and abiding distrust of monarchy and landed nobility, and a well-grounded fear that democracy could be subverted and a new form of feudal monarchy returned to power.




Episode of NBC's 'The Blacklist' pulled from Chinese websites - latimes.com

Episode of NBC's 'The Blacklist' pulled from Chinese websites - latimes.com



Chinese video websites such as Youku, Tencent and Sohu all carry American TV shows as part of their regular licensed streaming offerings. “The Blacklist” has been among the most-watched shows on such websites recently, attracting millions of views.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-blacklist-pulled-in-china-20140423,0,4642357.story#ixzz2zyiwJVXl

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ann Coulter - April 23, 2014 - WHAT YOU WON'T READ IN THE PAPERS ABOUT THE 'CENTRAL PARK FIVE'

Ann Coulter - April 23, 2014 - WHAT YOU WON'T READ IN THE PAPERS ABOUT THE 'CENTRAL PARK FIVE'



New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is demanding a quick settlement of the lawsuit brought by the five men convicted of one of the most sickening crimes in the city's history: the attack on the Central Park jogger in 1989. 

Black Marine’s Letter Refutes Left-Wing Media Narrative that Cliven Bundy is a ‘Racist’

Black Marine’s Letter Refutes Left-Wing Media Narrative that Cliven Bundy is a ‘Racist’



The media distorts information to the point of social division. This is a photo of myself and the resilient, often charismatic, and maybe not so tactful Cliven Bundy. He’s a cowboy and a helluva family man, not an orator.

One thing he definitely isn’t – a racist. I found his comments to not only be NOT racist, but his own view of his experiences. Who the heck are we to determine another man’s perspective on the world around him?! Just because Picasso’s view of the world was abstract, does it negate the fact that his art was genuine?

Furthermore, if you take the time to do your own research, you’ll find that his statements about some black Americans actually hold weight. He posed a hypothetical question. He said, “I wonder IF” … Hell, I’m black and I often wonder about the same about the decline of the black family.

Bottom line is that we are all slaves in this waning republic, no matter our skin color. Mr. Bundy could have used any racial demographic as an example: Native Americans on reservations, whites in trailer parks, etc. He noticed the crippling effects of receiving government “assistance” and the long term result of accepting handouts.

It’s not progress at all. I challenge Sean Hannity, Rand Paul, and others to read my comment and reconsider their position in this matter. Individual liberties are at stake here, yours and mine. THAT is the issue.

Don’t let the liberal media and ignoramuses like Glenn Beck and that weasel Harry Reid make you lose sight of the real issue here: The federal government is a burgeoning behemoth and a bully on a once constitutional playground.I sincerely hope you real patriots out there who can see through the smoke.

Semper Fidelis

Obama's Dirty Watchdogs | RealClearPolitics

Obama's Dirty Watchdogs | RealClearPolitics



The Obama administration doesn't have watchdogs. It has whitewash puppies.
The president's Chicago bullies have defanged true advocates for integrity in government in D.C. from day one.


Read more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/04/25/obamas_dirty_watchdogs_122408.html#ixzz2zwxy0CWe
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Which states have the highest levels of student debt?

Which states have the highest levels of student debt?



Graduating with a few thousand dollars of debt has become so commonplace that it's now a standard feature of attending college, sort of like bad dorm food. But just how much debt are students saddled with on average? And does that amount vary much from state to state?

The Next Massive Bailout: Student Loans | TIME.com

The Next Massive Bailout: Student Loans | TIME.com



A new repayment option is really about student debt forgiveness. It's been popular, and is getting very expensive for taxpayers.

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Eric Holder Sues to Block Louisiana School Choice | Power Line

Eric Holder Sues to Block Louisiana School Choice | Power Line



In a sane world, this would be a scandal: Obama’s Department of Justice has sued to block poor African-Americans (and others) from escaping failing schools in Louisiana and trying, at least, to get a decent education

ANOTHER university stops students from handing out Constitution | The Daily Caller

ANOTHER university stops students from handing out Constitution | The Daily Caller



Two students are suing the University of Hawaii for violating their First Amendment rights after administrator prevented them from distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution — demonstrating a frightening lack of knowledge about the very legal document they were attempting to censor.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/24/another-university-stops-students-from-handing-out-constitution/#ixzz2zvnraWFp







Oregon Set To Say Goodbye To Its Doomed Health Care Exchange | FreedomWorks

Oregon Set To Say Goodbye To Its Doomed Health Care Exchange | FreedomWorks






In 2011, with bipartisan support from both Democrats and Republicans, Cover Oregon was ushered in as the vanguard of the state based healthcare exchanges encouraged by the Affordable Care Act. Instead of resisting the Obamacare mandate, the Oregon legislature doubled down on Obamacare, with the encouragement of our Democrat Governor, former ER doctor John Kitzhaber. Despite innumerable warnings from grassroots activists that the project was doomed to failure, most Republicans in the legislature were persuaded to go along. Now, Oregon is saying goodbye to the terminally ill Cover Oregon, after millions in wasted taxpayer money, FBI investigations, lawsuits and political fallout that will be felt for years to come.

Media reports in recent months have detailed numerous fundamental flaws in the project, painting a picture of overall incompetence and poor executive management. Now, according to KATU News, Oregon has little choice but to move to the federal exchange:


Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead.

A top Cover Oregon official, Alex Pettit, said fixing the existing system would be too costly at an estimated $78 million, would take too long to implement, and would be too risky. The state's site still isn't fully functional seven months after a failed launch.

Pettit said switching to the federal system would cost $4 million to $6 million.

Speaking of money, the real kicker is that Cover Oregon has no plans to return the unspent $57 Million of the total $305 Million in federal funds granted to help create the healthcare exchange.

Cover Oregon has been an abject failure in its core mission - to be a portal for folks to find affordable private insurance plans. According to the AP, so far about 240,000 Oregonians have enrolled in coverage through Cover Oregon. More than 69,000 of those enrolled in private health plans, while 171,000 enrolled in Oregon's Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan.

Of course, the Governor and legislators who approved this mess are in full damage control mode, lashing out at the website contractor when the the evidence clearly indicates the issues stem largely from gross mismanagement by state bureaucrats. As this was a newly created agency that reports directly to the executive branch, the blame falls squarely at Kitzhaber's feet. Contrary to the public spin that Oracle screwed up the website, the real problem was in the way Kitzhaber's crew designed the contracts. A friend of mine who works at a large computer corporation and is familiar with IT contracting with public agencies had this to say about how flawed the process was with Cover Oregon:


IT contracting is a discipline. There are standards, procedures and controls to protect investments. These guys used seriously unethical loopholes to circumvent the controls.

Not only was Oracle on a "time and materials" contract (which basically means they are just billing hours and not responsible for anything), but they didn't even contract directly with Oracle. The laundered the money through an existing contract with Dell in order to circumvent the proper contracting controls that would have provided some accountability.

On top of that, they played games with splitting up the POs to avoid controls associated with larger purchases.

If I did something like this, I'd be fired instantly. Probably be facing charges. Seriously.

Oregon has extra layers of security in place to limit the amount of any vendor contract without serious oversight. Cover Oregon circumvented these safeguards by billing the project to existing projects instead of billing it under its mandate from the legislature. On top of that, the CIO inexplicably canceled a plan to hire a separate system integrator to serve as general contractor, allowing Oracle to work with no oversight and no deadlines.

There is even more potential for criminal charges. In February it was reported that Cover Oregon officials may have deceived the federal government by creating dummy websites that falsely represented the amount of progress made in creating the healthcare exchange. The allegation is that in order to maintain federal funding, managers lied to the feds about meeting benchmarks in development. The FBI has become involved in that investigation.

Industry insiders are amazed that nobody has gone to jail for such egregious breaches of public trust.

This announcement that Cover Oregon is being scrapped is a landmark in a sad saga of failure, mismanagement and possible criminal fraud. The one positive that may be seen from all this is that it has necessitated the revival of investigative journalism in Oregon, which has lagged badly in recent years as reporting staffs have been slashed and editorial decisions too often favor the one party that has been mostly in charge for the past few decades. Perhaps this will be the final straw for Oregonians, who may be ready to change who they elect to office.

Texas rancher: How the federal government took my property | and didn't pay me one cent | OTR Interviews | On the Record | Fox News

Texas rancher: How the federal government took my property | and didn't pay me one cent | OTR Interviews | On the Record | Fox News





HALL: Well, it's happened before. The border of Texas and Oklahoma moves. The Red River, the border between the two states moves. And when that does, the way those ancient compacts are written, it's not supposed to effect private property lines. But for some reason, 30 years ago, in the case of one of our members, who went to court to preserve his property rights, he lost the case, but for some reason, the BLM now has authority over that land. We don't know why. I'm not an attorney and I can't pretend to understand it. What I know is this, that he has owned that land, some 130-some-odd acres. His family has owned it for generations for almost 100 years. Suddenly, one day after a court battle, they don't. He had paid taxes. He had clear title and a deed to it, and then suddenly, he doesn't. We're wondering under what kind of pretext the federal government could act, and why do they need to be looking at this? We were told they were coming back because they were going to take another bite. There is a 116-mile stretch of that border, so we did a video that you probably have seen, where we allowed those Texas farm and ranch families to tell their story.

Allen Ginsberg postcard condemns 'Red Lands' of eastern Europe | Books | theguardian.com

Allen Ginsberg postcard condemns 'Red Lands' of eastern Europe | Books | theguardian.com



"Peter & I are back from couple months … Hungary-Austria-Switzerland-Germany – made little money but saw a lot – Red Lands not good, Hungary pretty dreary bureaucracy – I guess communism just doesn't work," wrote Ginsberg on the back of an image of the Swiss Alps

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rebellious Nevada rancher's racist remarks dim Republican support| Reuters

Rebellious Nevada rancher's racist remarks dim Republican support
| Reuters




"They didn't have nothing to do. They didn't have nothing for their kids to do. They didn't have nothing for their young girls to do," he said.


"And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?" he asked. "They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I've often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn't get no more freedom. They got less freedom."

Aetna: Late Obamacare changes account for half of 2015 premium increases

Aetna: Late Obamacare changes account for half of 2015 premium increases







Major health insurers are starting to report their first quarter of financial results under Obamacare's new market rules, giving us some perspective on how they're seeing the law's new insurance marketplaces playing out. It was Aetna's turn Thursday morning, a week after UnitedHealth Group reported its results.
Here are some highlights from the Aetna call:
1. The nation's third-largest health insurer is participating in 17 state Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2014. The company says its "bias" is to stay at that level in 2015.
2. Aetna chief executive Mark Bertolini says premium increases in those 17 states, which encompass 132 rating areas, will be quite literally all over the map in 2015. He said those increases will range from "the very low single digits" to "some that will be over double digits." That depends on the number of members, the demographics of memberships and what limited information the company has about new members, he said.
3. Bertolini said about half of the company's premium increases, whatever they turn out to be, will be attributable to "on the fly" regulatory changes made by the Obama administration. He cited as an example the administration's policy of allowing old health plans that were supposed to expire in 2014 to be extended another three years if states and insurers wanted to.
4. The individual market, both in the exchanges and off the exchanges, makes up about 5 percent of Aetna's operating revenues in 2014. So the market for insuring individuals — as opposed to the market for insuring groups of employees — is just a small part of Aetna's business.
5. Aetna has added 230,000 paying customers from ACA exchanges, and it projects to end the year with 450,000 paid customers. It said it can't yet draw a "meaningful conclusion" about the population's overall health status. In January, Bertolini said the early enrollment mix had looked better than he expected.
6. Bertolini also said the company withdrew from some markets in 2014 where the company would have to compete with new co-ops funded by the ACA. The nonprofit health plans were included in the law to drive down competitors’ prices, so it’s interesting that Aetna decided to stay away.


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Bulletproof Subways A Sign Of Violent Times? « CBS Chicago

Bulletproof Subways A Sign Of Violent Times? « CBS Chicago

Meno - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Meno - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Meno (/ˈmn/Ancient GreekΜένων) is a Socratic dialogue written by Plato. It attempts to determine the definition of virtue, or arete, meaning virtue in general, rather than particular virtues, such as justice or temperance. The first part of the work is written in the Socratic dialectical style and Meno is reduced to confusion or aporia. In response to Meno's paradox (or the learner's paradox), however, Socrates introduces positive ideas: the immortality of the soul, the theory of knowledge as recollection (anamnesis), which Socrates demonstrates by posing a mathematical puzzle to one of Meno's slaves, the method of hypothesis, and, in the final lines, the distinction between knowledge and true belief.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mark Twain Quotes - Funny Twain Quotes on Politics and Religion

Mark Twain Quotes - Funny Twain Quotes on Politics and Religion



"All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity." –Mark Twain

Evil demon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Evil demon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The evil demon, sometimes referred to as the evil genius, is a concept in Cartesian philosophy. In his 1641 Meditations on First PhilosophyRené Descarteshypothesized the existence of an evil demon, a personification who is "as clever and deceitful as he is powerful, who has directed his entire effort to misleading me." The evil demon presents a complete illusion of an external world, including other minds, to Descartes' senses, where in fact there is no such external world in existence. The evil genius also presents to Descartes' senses a complete illusion of his own body, including all bodily sensations, when in fact Descartes has no body. Most Cartesian scholars opine that the evil demon is also omnipotent, and thus capable of altering mathematics and the fundamentals of logic.[1][2]
It is one of several methods of systematic doubt that Descartes employs in the Meditations.[1

Monday, April 21, 2014

Satellites at Night Can Shed Light on Earth’s Poverty - Real Time Economics - WSJ

Satellites at Night Can Shed Light on Earth’s Poverty - Real Time Economics - WSJ




Kathleen Sebelius Sticks American People With Higher Costs, Fewer Choices, and Lost Jobs | Cato @ Liberty

Kathleen Sebelius Sticks American People With Higher Costs, Fewer Choices, and Lost Jobs | Cato @ Liberty

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1 Kings 16:11 And whanne he hadde regned, and hadde setun on his trone, he smoot al the hows of Baasa, and he lefte not therof a pissere to the wal, and hise kynnesmen, and frendis.

1 Kings 16:11 And whanne he hadde regned, and hadde setun on his trone, he smoot al the hows of Baasa, and he lefte not therof a pissere to the wal, and hise kynnesmen, and frendis.

1 Kings 16:11 And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that pisseth against a wall, neither of his kinsfolk, nor of his friends.

1 Kings 16:11 And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that pisseth against a wall, neither of his kinsfolk, nor of his friends.





11 And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that pisseth against a wall, neither of his kinsfolk, nor of his friends.

Graham: Justina Pelletier treated worse than a terrorist | Boston Herald

Graham: Justina Pelletier treated worse than a terrorist | Boston Herald



There is a young person held captive in Massachusetts today who is not allowed to participate in religious ceremonies, or visit family without government agents watching.
No, it’s not accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It’s 15-year-old mitochondrial disease patient and nonterrorist Justina Pelletier.
U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole Jr. ruled Wednesday that the now-20-year-old charged with four deaths and injuring more than 260 people should be able to see his sisters without an FBI agent present. The feds can appeal, but he says their case would have to be “pretty convincing.”
“Can you believe it?” That was Jennifer Pelletier’s response when I told her about the ruling. She’s Justina’s older sister — and every visit she has with her wheelchair-bound sister is held under the watchful eye of agents from both the state’s Department of Children and Families and — since the story went national — armed state police. The family is only allowed one visit a week, for one hour a week, with their own sick daughter.
“It’s hard for me to say this,” Justina’s father Lou told me Wednesday, “but a terrorist is getting better treatment in Massachusetts right now than a sick teenager who’s done nothing wrong.”
And that’s the source of rage among Justina’s supporters. She’s the one who’s suffering and all she did was come down with an illness. Is it the same mitochondrial disorder that her sister Jessica has? That was the diagnosis during the two years she was treated by doctors at Tufts.
Or is the rare and controversial diagnosis of somatoform the right one, as determined by a doctor after less than an hour at Boston Children’s Hospital? That’s the diagnosis the Pelletier family rejected, choosing instead to return their daughter to Tufts — a choice Children’s and DCF overrode, thus leaving Justina imprisoned for almost 15 months now.
I don’t know, and neither does Gov. Deval Patrick. But either way, treating Justina worse than Dzhokhar Tsarnaev makes no sense. And it’s not just refusing to let her see family without armed guards present.
This Sunday is Easter. And just like every Easter, Christmas and other Catholic holy days since her captivity, Justina will not be allowed to attend religious services. Her family, which is devoutly Catholic, wants to know: Why?
Thursday morning Jennifer Pelletier asked a representative of DCF why the family couldn’t take Justina to Easter Mass this Sunday. The answer, she said: “Because we’re not open.”
What — state workers suddenly got something against overtime?
State Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) has written a letter to Patrick, pleading with him to let Justina Pelletier “exercise her religious freedoms … by permitting her to attend Easter services with her family.”
Lombardo points out that Patrick, through executive power, could order this with a stroke of a pen. Lou Pelletier reminds us that Patrick has the pardon power to literally release convicted prisoners.
And yet after more than a year, and steadily declining health, Justina remains in the custody of DCF, one of the most troubled agencies in state government.
Here’s my question: Where are the Catholics? Where’s Martha Coakley — she’s a Catholic, right? Where’s the Archdiocese of Boston? Cardinal Sean O’Malley? Why isn’t the Catholic community rising up on behalf of this sick teen and insisting that, separate from Tufts vs. Children’s, this girl belongs at Easter Mass?
Patrick was once known as a civil rights activist. Can you imagine how quickly he’d leap into action if Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were being denied the ability to practice his Muslim faith?
And yet Patrick won’t pick up the phone to ensure that a harmless Catholic girl can practice hers.
There is something very wrong with Massachusetts.

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Ron Paul Warns The Nevada Standoff Is A Symptom of Increasing Authoritarianism | Zero Hedge

Ron Paul Warns The Nevada Standoff Is A Symptom of Increasing Authoritarianism | Zero Hedge



By contrast, if the Nevada land in question was privately owned, the dispute over whether to allow the ranchers to continue to use the land would have likely been resolved without sending in federal armed agents to remove the Bundys’ cattle from the land. This is one more reason why the federal government should rid itself of all federal land holdings. Selling federal lands would also help reduce the federal deficit.

Hubris. Greed. Distraction. Denial. | Zero Hedge

Hubris. Greed. Distraction. Denial. | Zero Hedge



I’m speaking especially of the US military racket, the banking and finance rackets, the health care racket and the college loan racket, all of which have evolved insidiously and elegantly to swindle the public in order to support a claque of American oligarchs.

Chelsi P. Henry: Why I’m a Black Female Republican - The Root

Chelsi P. Henry: Why I’m a Black Female Republican - The Root



I’m often asked, “When did you become a Republican?” And my answer is the same every time: “I’ve always been one!” 

Black activists scathing response to Obama’s speech: We’re better off without you, ‘just quit’ - BizPac Review

Black activists scathing response to Obama’s speech: We’re better off without you, ‘just quit’ - BizPac Review



J.R. Fleming, founder of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, exhibited a stronger understanding of economic principles in 40 seconds than the president has displayed in five years in office.
“The reason why our economy is dying, is because the president’s approach has always been to place blame on the corporate world — to place blame on the rich,” he said. “The problem is patronage, nepotism and cronyism.”

U.S. Ranks 94th Of 100 Tax Systems; What Slovakia Could Teach IRS

U.S. Ranks 94th Of 100 Tax Systems; What Slovakia Could Teach IRS



How did the U.S. tax system stack up? 94th out of 100, just below Zimbabwe. Even Japan beat us, coming in at a rousing 92nd. On the brighter side, we might be mollified to know that we did beat a few. We beat Argentina and Venezuela.




Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Windfarm owners were paid €10m not to produce energy - Independent.ie

Windfarm owners were paid €10m not to produce energy - Independent.ie



he cost of broken or shut-off wind turbines was up to €10m in 2013 and could be passed on to Irish consumers in their electricity bills, communications between EirGrid and the Department of Energy suggest. "The suppliers can, of course, pass this cost on to their consumers," an EirGrid executive said in an email on the subject to a senior civil servant at the Department of Energy.
The amount paid by Bord GaisESB and other suppliers for 2013 was up to €10m, according to EirGrid.

ObamaCare Displacement | CalCPA ProtectPlus

ObamaCare Displacement | CalCPA ProtectPlus



The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) drastically changes all the business rules and now many seem surprised at the displacement it is causing. Policy cancelations, and plan changes for 2014 are being widely reported in the individual and small group markets. While the ACA is providing access to coverage for folks with pre-existing conditions and premium subsidies to lower income levels; high percentages of the currently insured are being regulated into different benefit and rate structures.

How much will ObamaCare cost you in taxes? | Fox News

How much will ObamaCare cost you in taxes? | Fox News



On this April 15, filers and accountants alike are finding a new array of taxes resulting from the president’s health care legislation. These include at least 20 ObamaCare-related tax increases totaling  $409 billion over the next ten years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Algeria's election: A fait accompli?

Algeria's election: A fait accompli? - Listening Post - Al Jazeera English



Algerians are wary of instability and for many of them Bouteflika is the figure who brought an end to a brutal civil war in the 1990s.



But where does that leave the Algerian media? The landscape for journalists in 2014 is far from ideal but not nearly as bad as it once was. One private TV station has been closed for questioning Bouteflika’s reelection and the government has been refusing visas for some foreign journalists.

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American Power: L.A.'s P-22 Mountain Lion Exposed to Rat Poison

American Power: L.A.'s P-22 Mountain Lion Exposed to Rat Poison



Can we send some of that Rat poison to Washington. The place is infested with vermin.

The first ‘blood moon’ of the eclipse tetrad has appeared | The Space Reporter

The first ‘blood moon’ of the eclipse tetrad has appeared | The Space Reporter



The Moon moved into Earth’s shadow Monday night, giving sky-watching Earthlings a much-anticipated lunar eclipse. The event marked the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses that will pass before us over the course of this year and next, with no partial lunar eclipses in between. It is a rarity that astronomers call an “eclipse tetrad.”

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