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Saturday, May 10, 2014

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BLACK VEIL BRIDES LYRICS - Days Are Numbered

BLACK VEIL BRIDES LYRICS - Days Are Numbered



Man worships the gospel that they preach to you
Living like a demon, a burden left to prove
You can live your life in heaven or create your hell
We will write our end result with every tale we tell

List of unusual words beginning with M

List of unusual words beginning with M



mentalof, like or pertaining to the mind
mentalismbelief that the world can be explained as aspect of the mind
mentatiferoustelepathic
mentationthought; cogitation; cognition
menticidereduction of mind by psychological pressure

Trey Gowdy Challenges the Press on Benghazi

Democrat Who Wanted to Hand Out KKK Hoods to GOP Gets Absolutely Schooled By Black Conservative Woman

Democrat Who Wanted to Hand Out KKK Hoods to GOP Gets Absolutely Schooled By Black Conservative Woman

Cruz Releases Definitive List of 76 'Lawless' Obama Actions | The Daily Caller

Cruz Releases Definitive List of 76 'Lawless' Obama Actions | The Daily Caller



Cruz details 76 specific actions over eight chapters. We’ve listed eight of them, as chronicled by Cruz, below:
1. “Obama implemented portions of the DREAM Act by executive action”
2. “Ended some terror asylum restrictions”
3. “Recognized same sex marriage in Utah despite a Supreme Court stay on a court order allowing the institution”
4. “Illegally revealed the existence of sealed indictments in the Benghazi investigation”
5. “Illegally delayed Obamacare verification of eligibility for healthcare subsidies”
6. “Ordered Boeing to fire 1,000 employees in South Carolina and shut down a new factory because it was non-union”
7. “Terminated the pensions of 20,000 non-union Delphi employees in the GM bankruptcy.”
8. “Government agencies are engaging in ‘Operation Choke Point,’ where the government asks banks to ‘choke off’ access to financial services for customers engaging in conduct the Administration does not like—such as ‘ammunition sales.’”


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/07/ted-cruz-releases-definitive-list-of-76-lawless-obama-actions/#ixzz31IHylTSm

Legend: Quotes: Darkness

Legend: Quotes: Darkness



"I am the Lord of Darkness. I require the solace of the shadows and the dark of the night. Sunshine is my destroyer. All this shall change. Tonight the sun sets forever. There shall never be another dawn." (Darkness)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Venezuela on Top of the World, for Misery

Venezuela on Top of the World, for Misery



This past week, the Cato Institute released the first edition of the International Misery Index, and Venezuela — Hugo Chávez’s socialist experiment — heads the list with the world’s highest level of misery. The index formula, applied to 90 nations worldwide, sums the unemployment rate, the lending rate, and the inflation rate, less the percentage change in real GDP per capita, and it finds Japan to be the least miserable.
Aside from measuring misery, this index has proved to have a high correlation with a president’s approval rating. That is according to Steve Hanke, professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University and senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.
“If the economy is doing poorly during a president’s term, the likelihood for this president to have a low approval rate is high,” Hanke explains.
Originally this index, first developed by Arthur Okun — a prominent economist who worked on the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers under President Lyndon Johnson’s — was equal to just the sum of the inflation and unemployment rates, and used to measure misery in the United States.
Years later, however, Harvard Professor Robert Barro amended the index. He included the 30-year government bond yield and the output gap for real GDP as additional variables that could improve the results and make them more accurate.

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Friday Humor: And Now, It's The Warm Weather's Fault | Zero Hedge

Friday Humor: And Now, It's The Warm Weather's Fault | Zero Hedge



And just like that the voodoo science of economic has become the laughing stock of weathermen the world over (everyone else has already been laughing at economists for years, not with).

Latin American Herald Tribune - Jailed Venezuela Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez Remains in Prison as Court Hearing Cancelled

Latin American Herald Tribune - Jailed Venezuela Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez Remains in Prison as Court Hearing Cancelled



CARACAS – Jailed Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was to attend court today to possibly be released after 70 days of confinement at Ramo Verde Military Prison but the hearing was postponed by the judge.

Lopez, the 43-year-old Harvard-educated former mayor of Caracas municipality Chacao, has been jailed since turning himself over to government forces to avoid collateral damage after a dramatic speech to thousands of supporters on February 18.

Lopez is charged by the government of President Nicholas Maduro with inciting violence but maintains his innocence and the government has yet to provide any proof.

Lopez, who founded his own Popular Will Party, is one of the three main leaders of the Opposition, along with former presidential candidate and Miranda Governor Henrique Capriles Radonski, and Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado. In a series of decisions of dubious legality, the Maduro government has stripped Machado of her legislative seat and jailed two other Opposition mayors as well as thousands of protestors.

Maduro was declared President after a snap April 2013 election in the wake of the March 2013 death of Hugo Chavez by an Electoral Board appointed by the Government of Hugo Chavez and dominated by Government supporters despite a difference of only 250,000 votes in a 19 million voting registry and widespread reports of fraud.

Since then, the economy of the oil rich South American nation has continued to crumble despite high oil prices, with inflation running at 60%, widespread shortages of basic foodstuffs and consumer goods, a rapidly devaluing currency and rampant crime.

Clashes follow Venezuela police raids on protest camps | euronews, world news

Clashes follow Venezuela police raids on protest camps | euronews, world news



A police officer is reported to have been killed and several people injured in clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters in the Venezuelan capital Caracas.
It came amid public anger at a series of night raids by police on camps set up by students in protest at insecurity, crime and chronic economic instability.

Benghazi Stand Down Denials Don't Stand Up To Reason

Benghazi Stand Down Denials Don't Stand Up To Reason



There are some large disconnects between Obama administration explanations concerning security and response actions taken before, during and after the disastrous terrorist attacks on our Benghazi consulate and accounts, compared with those  which continue to emerge from outside sources. Following numerous White House claims now known to be inaccurate and intentionally misleading, we are repeatedly  assured that we will get the real scoop in due time after full investigations are complete. One perplexing issue, among many, revolves around conflicting accounts regarding requests and denials of military aid which might have saved American lives.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Are We Really This Powerless? - The Rush Limbaugh Show

Are We Really This Powerless? - The Rush Limbaugh Show



BEGIN TRANSCRIPT


RUSH: I can't believe this.  We are one of the few people talking about the 300 or more Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, which, when I hear that name I think of A Whiter Shade of Pale, Procol Harum.  That's not who it is.  This is a terrorist bunch. Hillary's State Department refused to designate them a terrorist bunch. 
From The Daily Beast: "Hillary’s State Department Refused to Brand Boko Haram as Terrorists -- Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department repeatedly declined to fully go after the terror group responsible for kidnapping hundreds of girls." And that means they are what?  They're African.  They're black.  It's a strange article to see in The Daily Beast.  You think maybe The Daily Caller or Breitbart, but this is in The Daily Beast

the daily zen: Programming Your Personal Operating System

the daily zen: Programming Your Personal Operating System



With every passing day, the rapidly-developing technosphere of 21st-century market-dominated science comes closer to replicating human thought.  Forces of technological innovation spurred by monetary incentives (as well as genuine human curiosity instincts) are probing deeper into what makes us human and how artificial creations can be utilized for fundamental biological and chemical enhancement.  

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Insurance Executives: Obamacare Fees Will Be Passed on to Consumers

Insurance Executives: Obamacare Fees Will Be Passed on to Consumers



Fees imposed on health insurance providers by the government — expected to raise over $100 billion over 10 years — as part of Obamacare will be passed on to policyholders, health insurance executives told a House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, The New York Times reports.

Mark Pratt, senior vice president with America’s Health Insurance Plans called for the tax levied on health insurers to be repealed, The Daily Caller reports, because it is "undermining efforts to control costs and provide affordable coverage options."

"We remain concerned that adverse selection and unnecessarily high costs will occur in the absence of broad participation in the new exchanges," Pratt testified.

The health insurance executives also "complained bitterly" about the fees, according to the Times.

According to a news release by the Energy and Commerce Committee, "witnesses were unable to provide detailed estimates about what premium increases the American people can expect next year. The committee will continue its thoughtful oversight of this law and demand transparency from an administration that has distorted the reality of this law throughout its implementation." 

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The executives summoned to the White House also could not say how many Americans who signed up for coverage during open enrollment, which ended March 31, had paid their premiums, a requirement for the coverage to become active. The problem stems from duplicate enrollments, which occurred because of the numerous technical problems when Healthcare.gov launched on Oct. 1, according to The Daily Caller.

"Does the administration know who’s paid for their plan?" asked Ohio Republican Rep. Bill Johnson.

The insurers, according the Times, said they did not know and that the Obama administration had does not have an automated financial management system yet to handle claims.

But the Times reports that the executives surprised Republicans who have been critical of Obamacare by testifying that the law "had not led to a government takeover of their industry," with several of those in attendance testifying that their "stock prices had increased in the last few years."

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Obamacare-fees-healthcare-insurance/2014/05/08/id/570202#ixzz318dgPKey
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Blog: More than 300 massacred in Nigerian town used as base by military to find abducted girls

Blog: More than 300 massacred in Nigerian town used as base by military to find abducted girls



The world has rarely seen a terrorist group like Boko Haram. They have taken barbarity, cruelty, and inhumanity to a whole other level.
Not content with murdering Christians in their churches throughout northeast Nigeria,the terrorists, kidnapped 276 schoolgirls, planning on selling them as child brides to other jihadists, and they have now attacked the town of Gamboru where the military set up a base to search for the missing girls, killing more than 300 civilians in cold blood.

Hoy se define el futuro judicial del líder opositor, Leopoldo López | 20140508

Hoy se define el futuro judicial del líder opositor, Leopoldo López | 20140508



López, principal promotor de la estrategia conocida como "La Salida" para forzar con protestas callejeras la renuncia del presidente Nicolás Maduro, está recluido en una cárcel militar desde el 18 de febrero y sus familiares han denunciado las condiciones lamentables de aislamiento en las que se encuentra.

"Esperamos que la acusación de la Fiscalía no sea aceptada (...) y que López sea liberado", aseveró Gutiérrez, al tiempo que la opositora Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) resaltó en un comunicado el martes que la decisión "puede fortalecer o deteriorar aún más el Estado de Derecho".

La defensa procurará hoy descartar algunas pruebas presentadas por la Fiscalía. "Formular críticas al gobierno no es desconocerlo, es un ejercicio legítimo democrático", sobre todo si provienen de un político de oposición, sostuvo el abogado.

Scientists create first living organism containing artificial DNA | Fox News

Scientists create first living organism containing artificial DNA | Fox News



Researchers for the first time created microbes containing artificial DNA, expanding the universal genetic code that guides life. The advance one day could lead to new antibiotics, vaccines and other medical products not possible with today's bioscience.

Carl's Jones se dice que para ser aceptado en la... - Sindrome de Asperger

Carl's Jones se dice que para ser aceptado en la... - Sindrome de Asperger



Carl's Jones
se dice que para ser aceptado en la sociedad hay que pasar por alto ciertas cosas que a la sociedad le molesta y el asperger conlleva muchas de esas cosas que dificultan el integrarse a una sociedad.... a mí me falta mucho que aprender sobre la sociedad para derrotar al asperger... el asperger si no lo superas... el único contacto humano que tendrás sera con tu familia... por eso hay que superar el asperger controlándose y tratar lo más posible de madurar... si no las consecuencias son estar encerrado en una pieza donde tu mundo es el convivir con el asperger por el resto de tu vida... para salir de esa prisión hay que no darse por vencido y ocupar todo para vencer el asperger....

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Venezuela to Ration Electricity After Colombia Cuts Gas - Bloomberg

Venezuela to Ration Electricity After Colombia Cuts Gas - Bloomberg



The energy-saving plan follows measures to ration water in the capital, where residents are struggling with shortages of basic goods including toilet paper and bottled water. Colombia Mines and Energy Minister Amylkar Acosta said last week that the country would suspend gas exports to Venezuela. Ford Motor Co. took a $310 million charge in the first quarter for devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar and suspended production for at least the remainder of the month due to parts shortages.



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How The Middle Class Lifestyle Became Unaffordable | Zero Hedge

How The Middle Class Lifestyle Became Unaffordable | Zero Hedge










Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,
There are four structural drivers behind the soaring costs of the middle class lifestyle.
Why have the costs of a middle class lifestyle soared while income has stagnated? Though it is tempting to finger one ideologically convenient cause or another, there are four structural causes to this long-term trend:
1. Baumol's Cost Disease
2. Systemic headwinds to the current version of capitalism
3. Dominance of global corporate capital
4. Financialization
The key take-away here is that the first two causes are structural and cannot be changed by passing a law or funding another state bureaucracy. Though many believe they can tax global corporate capital to eliminate wealth inequality, capital is mobile and will move to where it can expand. The dominance of money in politics also means that the political machinery is for sale to the highest bidder, which just so happens to be global capital.
Since financialization rewards both capital and the central state that depends on tax revenue, reversing financialization politically is a non-starter.
No wonder the middle class is evaporating. These trends are far more powerful than the proposed solutions.
Let's start with Baumol's cost disease, named after economist William J. Baumol, whose work with William G. Bowen I described in Productivity, Baumol's Disease and the Cliff Just Ahead (December 8, 2010).
Baumol examined the relationship between productivity and cost, and found that productivity in labor-intensive services (for example, nursing and teaching) had intrinsically lower rates of productivity increases than goods-producing industries.
The performing arts offers a striking example: it takes the same time to learn and play a Mozart concerto now as it did in 1790, so productivity gains will be modest.
This can be clearly seen in this chart of the consumer price index, 1977-2005:
Note how manufactured goods such as TVs, clothing and autos fell in price while education and healthcare soared. Baumol foresaw the crunch that his theory predicted: as healthcare and education took a larger share of the national income/GDP, taxes would have to rise substantially to pay for those services.
He described the social choices we faced in a seminal 1993 paper: Health care, education and the cost disease: A looming crisis for public choice.
Baumol under-estimated the power of the low-productivity sectors such as healthcare and higher education to exploit political capture to increase their share of the national income. In other words, the extraordinary rise in healthcare and higher education costs arise not just from the low productivity of these sectors, but from their cartel power to obscure the true costs of their bloat and push prices higher.
Baumol also failed to appreciate how the state (government) is the willing partner in this exploitation of low productivity. The state enforces the monopoly pricing power of these cartels. As a result, potential gains in productivity from technology are suppressed to protect the cartels from any real competition. (The same can be said of the military-industrial complex and other state-protected cartels.)
That's how we end up with college degrees and medical procedures that cost more than a house.
The second set of systemic cost drivers were identified by Immanuel Wallerstein, who views these forces as threats to capitalism's prime directive, which is to accumulate more capital:
1. Urbanization, which increases the cost of labor
2. Externalized costs (dumping private waste into the Commons, environmental damage and depletion, etc.) are finally having to be paid
3. Rising taxes as the Central State responds to unlimited demands by citizens for more services (education, healthcare, etc.) and economic security (pensions, welfare)
I covered these headwinds to capitalism in Is This the Terminal Phase of Global Capitalism 1.0? (February 8, 2013).
In brief, urbanization drives wages higher, regardless of the era or economic system, and external costs such as pollution and depletion must eventually be paid out of labor and capital alike. The demand for more state services is unquenchable, and the state responds by buying off key constituencies with more benefits.
Wallerstein is one of the few who clearly understands the State's role as enabler and enforcer of monopolies and cartels. High profit margins are most easily maintained by persuading politicians to create/regulate quasi-monopolies and cartels.
The State has two core mandates: enforce quasi-monopolies and cartels for private capital, and satisfy enough of the citizenry's demands for more benefits to maintain social stability.
If the State fails to maintain monopolistic cartels, profit margins plummet and capital is unable to maintain its spending on investment and labor. Simply put, the economy tanks as profits, investment and growth all stagnate.
If the State fails to satisfy enough of the citizenry's demands, it risks social instability.
That is the nation-state's quandary everywhere. With growth slowing and parasitic cartels increasingly difficult to maintain and justify, the State has less tax income to fund its ever-expanding social spending.
In response, the State raises taxes and borrows the difference between its spending and its revenues. This further squeezes spending as the cost of servicing debt rises along with the debt. The rising cost of debt service is an ever-tightening noose that cannot be escaped.
Here are two charts: the first is productivity, the second is corporate profits. Note that while wages have stagnated, the cost of benefits (healthcare and pensions) has absorbed much of the increase in productivity. The rest has gone to corporate profits:

And this leads us straight to financialization, the parasitic extraction of profits from the real economy by finance and the state. Remember Wallerstein's key insight: the state depends on cartel pricing to sustain high labor costs, investment and the taxes that flow from high wages and profits. As the real economy stagnated, the state (which includes the Federal Reserve) incentivized financialization and speculative credit bubbles to keep the money flowing to feed its own spending.
In other words, the state isn't just a passive patsy in financialization--it is a willing partner, because financialization funds the state. Just look at the enormous expansion of property taxes and income taxes that flowed from the housing and stock market bubbles.
Asking the state to limit financialization is like asking the fox guarding the henhouse to stop eating plump hens. If the fox stops consuming the plump hens, it dies. If the state stops financialization, the state's enormously expensive programs and its debt machine all die, too.
In essence, the state has no choice: to save itself, the middle class must be sacrificed. From the point of view of global capital, the ideal partner is a powerful central state that imposes cartel pricing on the economy: $200 million a piece F-35 fighter jets, $100,000 college diplomas, $200,000 medical procedures, $1,000 a pill medications, etc.
From the point of view of the state, it's more important to protect corporate profits and preserve the ability to borrow another trillion dollars at near-zero interest rates than it is to restore a vibrant middle class.
Debt-serfdom works just fine for the financial sector and the central state that enforces the serfdom. Food stamps (bread) and distracting entertainment (circuses) are cheap. What's not to like about debt-serfdom to those in power? Not only is it an ideal arrangement, it's the only one left to the state and its partner, global capital.

THIS. IS. ISLAM: Boko Haram Kidnapping of Girls Nothing New, Just Islam; Meet Boko USA; Whoopi Whitewashes

THIS. IS. ISLAM: Boko Haram Kidnapping of Girls Nothing New, Just Islam; Meet Boko USA; Whoopi Whitewashes



For a few weeks, I’ve been watching–as you probably have–the growing stories in the media about the Muslim kidnapping of nearly 300 mostly Christian girls in Nigeria. Yes, that’s right. Muslim. And Muslims in the United States and all over the world have done the same thing. Do the same thing. While the media whitewashes the I- and M-words out of the equation.
THIS. IS. ISLAM. Boko Haram USA–Sex Slave Ring Run by These Devout Somali Muslims in Minnesota and Tennessee Farmed Out 12-Year-Old Girls . . .

Will Detroit be the first major Chinese city in the United States? « Hot Air Headlines

Will Detroit be the first major Chinese city in the United States? « Hot Air Headlines



At a news conference announcing his plan, Snyder was not shy about declaring his intentions…
“Let’s send a message to the entire world: Detroit, Michigan, is open to the world.”
In other words, Snyder wants China to save Detroit since nobody in this country is going to.
Snyder has also taken a couple of additional steps to encourage immigration and foreign investment, including opening up something called “an Office for New Americans”…
Opening an Office for New Americans to attract and help immigrants better adjust to life in Michigan, and designating the state as an Employer Based or EB-5 center to expedite visas and permits for immigrants who want to open business in the state with investments of at least $500,000 and 10 employees.
In essence, Snyder has done just about everything except roll out the welcome mat for the Chinese.


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Missouri Lawmaker Cracks Joke About Lost Lives In Benghazi *UPDATED | The Dana Show

Missouri Lawmaker Cracks Joke About Lost Lives In Benghazi *UPDATED | The Dana Show

8 Interesting Films Stuck in Development Hell - Part 5

8 Interesting Films Stuck in Development Hell - Part 5



The Tourist is a science-fiction screenplay that’s been making the rounds since 1980. Written by Clair Noto, the script initially caught the attention of Quadrophenia director Franc Roddam along with well-known production designer HR Giger. The website io9 describes the film as “a darker, sex-charged Men In Black.”More specifically, it “revealed a secret alien world in Manhattan, including a secret alien club called the Corridor, where various aliens from all over the universe meet, have sex, and commiserate about being stuck on Earth.”

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: Gang-raped Indonesian woman faces public caning - World Wires - MiamiHerald.com

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: Gang-raped Indonesian woman faces public caning - World Wires - MiamiHerald.com



An official says an Indonesian woman who was gang raped by men who accused her of having extramarital sex now faces possible public caning for violating Islamic law.
The 25-year-old widow said she was raped by eight men who allegedly found her having sex with a married man in her house. The men reportedly beat the man, doused the two with sewage, and then turned them over to Islamic police in conservative Aceh province.
The head of Islamic Shariah law in the district, Ibrahim Latief, said Wednesday that the two face nine strokes of a cane for violating religious law, pending an investigation.
He said police have arrested three of the eight men and are hunting for the others. He said they face up to 15 years in prison.







Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/07/4102743/gang-raped-indonesian-woman-faces.html#storylink=cpy

Muslim Actress Tells Off Sheik Cleric

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Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Muslim Brotherhood front groups in US have convinced the House of Representatives to consider a resolution condemning Burma (Myanmar) for their pushback against Muslim terrorists, rapists, and thugs | BARE NAKED ISLAM

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Muslim Brotherhood front groups in US have convinced the House of Representatives to consider a resolution condemning Burma (Myanmar) for their pushback against Muslim terrorists, rapists, and thugs | BARE NAKED ISLAM





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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

World of Darkness: Shattered Veil | IwakuRoleplay.com

World of Darkness: Shattered Veil | IwakuRoleplay.com



In the world of the immortal, the monstrous, and the mad nothing changes, right? The centuries wear on and change is slow, gradual. the world of darkness adjusts to heavier human populations, ever more advanced technology and new ways of thinking. It remains hidden, it endures, it preys silently on man and yet the merest inkling of it's existence goes unnoticed. Nothing can change this, they're to quick, to careful, humans too interested in their own affairs. Wrong. 

stardustshoes: July 2009

stardustshoes: July 2009



I made my variation on a Dutch dish of potatoes and carrots, boiled and mashed (hutsput). I topped it with pork sausage fried up with kale. We usually serve it with butter, salt and freshly ground black pepper. If you really want to be fancy, drizzle it with balsamic vinegar. Heaven.

Conservatism Works in Cities … If they let it | aurorawatcherak

Conservatism Works in Cities … If they let it | aurorawatcherak



City dwellers naturally want and require greater governmental services than surburban and rural dwellers. It frightens them when conservatives talk about reducing city services. Yet there are examples (Indianapolis is one) where private companies have bid to provide services that had previously been monopolized by public workers. The success of these programs show that properly managed private provision can bring huge efficiencies and help reduce the daunting high labor costs that are bankrupting many cities.

Conservatism Works in Cities … If they let it | aurorawatcherak

Conservatism Works in Cities … If they let it | aurorawatcherak



If conservatism wants to transform our nation from the ground up, we first have to start at the local level. How to do that when 69% of the big city vote went for Barack Obama in 2012? Yeah, big cities often have large minority populations who historically vote overwhelmingly Democratic, but clearly the upscale white urbanist crowd isn’t comfortable with either Republican policies or conservative principles … or possibly both.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Orphan Black s02e03 | Dork Shelf

Orphan Black s02e03 | Dork Shelf







Welcome to Dork Shelf’s recap of Orphan Black season 2 episode 3, “Mingling Its Own Nature with It”. We left off last week’s episode with Sarah and Felix heading out onto the road and me feeling anxious about the distance being put between our lovely clones.

The episode starts off with Sarah and Felix traveling in less glamorous conditions than the W Hotel. Instead of someone teaching you how to use a bidet that tells you it’s never seen a lovelier butt than yours, we have Sarah squatting and taking a pee in the grass. Felix is not amused.

- See more at: http://dorkshelf.com/tag/orphan-black-s02e03/#sthash.tkgW2e5l.dpuf

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Rick Perry Wants To Raise The ‘Maximum Wage’ - Fox Nation



Rick Perry Wants To Raise The ‘Maximum Wage’ - Fox Nation




Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said on Sunday he is focused on raising the “maximum wage” for workers in the Lone Star State.

“We focus on the maximum wage rather than the minimum wage,” Perry said on NBC's “Meet the Press.”

“Ninety-five percent of all the jobs that were created in my home state were above the minimum wage,” he added. “So the idea that you should be focused on the minimum wage, when in fact, you should be focused on policies that create this environment where jobs can be created.”

'Vikings' Finale Scoop: Creator Reveals All, Including Next Stop On Ragnar's World Tour

'Vikings' Finale Scoop: Creator Reveals All, Including Next Stop On Ragnar's World Tour



But Horik’s son did get away.
Yeah. Ragnar reprieved him. I don’t know whether it’s still in [the U.S. edition of] the show. There is an American version of "Vikings," and then there is a European/world version, which is longer and has other scenes in it. 


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Statism is turning America into Detroit – Ayn Rand’s Starnesville come to life, by: Daniel Hannan | City-County Observer

Statism is turning America into Detroit – Ayn Rand’s Starnesville come to life, by: Daniel Hannan | City-County Observer



Statism is turning America into Detroit – Ayn Rand’s Starnesville come to life

By Daniel Hannan
You thought Atlas Shrugged was fiction?
Look at this description of Detroit from today’s Observer:
What isn’t dumped is stolen. Factories and homes have largely been stripped of anything of value, so thieves now target cars’ catalytic converters. Illiteracy runs at around 47%; half the adults in some areas are unemployed. In many neighbourhoods, the only sign of activity is a slow trudge to the liquor store.
Now have a look at the uncannily prophetic description of Starnesville, a Mid-Western town in Ayn Rand’s dystopian novel, Atlas Shrugged. Starnesville had been home to the great Twentieth Century Motor Company, but declined as a result of socialism:
A few houses still stood within the skeleton of what had once been an industrial town. Everything that could move, had moved away; but some human beings had remained. The empty structures were vertical rubble; they had been eaten, not by time, but by men: boards torn out at random, missing patches of roofs, holes left in gutted cellars. It looked as if blind hands had seized whatever fitted the need of the moment, with no concept of remaining in existence the next morning. The inhabited houses were scattered at random among the ruins; the smoke of their chimneys was the only movement visible in town. A shell of concrete, which had been a schoolhouse, stood on the outskirts; it looked like a skull, with the empty sockets of glassless windows, with a few strands of hair still clinging to it, in the shape of broken wires.
Beyond the town, on a distant hill, stood the factory of the Twentieth Century Motor Company. Its walls, roof lines and smokestacks looked trim, impregnable like a fortress. It would have seemed intact but for a silver water tank: the water tank was tipped sidewise.
They saw no trace of a road to the factory in the tangled miles of trees and hillsides. They drove to the door of the first house in sight that showed a feeble signal of rising smoke. The door was open. An old woman came shuffling out at the sound of the motor. She was bent and swollen, barefooted, dressed in a garment of flour sacking. She looked at the car without astonishment, without curiosity; it was the blank stare of a being who had lost the capacity to feel anything but exhaustion.
“Can you tell me the way to the factory?” asked Rearden.
The woman did not answer at once; she looked as if she would be unable to speak English. “What factory?” she asked.
Rearden pointed. “That one.”
“It’s closed.”
Now here’s the really extraordinary thing. When Ayn Rand published those words in 1957, Detroit was, on most measures, the city with the highest per capita GDP in the United States.
The real-life Starnesville, like the fictional one, decayed slowly, then collapsed quickly. I spent a couple of weeks in Detroit in 1991. The city was still functioning more or less normally, but the early signs of decomposition were visible. The man I was staying withn, a cousin of my British travelling companion, ran a bar and restaurant. He seemed to my teenage eyes to be the embodiment of the American dream: he had never been to college, but got on briskly and uncomplainingly with building a successful enterprise. Still, he was worried. He was, he told me, one of a shrinking number of taxpayers sustaining more and more dependents. Maybe now, he felt, was the time to sell up, while business was still good.
He wasn’t alone. The population of Motown has fallen from two million to 700,000, and once prosperous neighbourhoods have become derelict. Seventy six thousand homes have been abandoned; estate agents are unable to shift three-bedroom houses for a dollar.
The Observer, naturally, quotes a native complaining that ‘capitalism has failed us,’ but capitalism is the one thing the place desperately needs. Detroit has been under Leftist administrations for half a century. It has spent too much and borrowed too much, driving away business and becoming a tool of the government unions.
Of Detroit’s $11 billion debt, $9 billion is accounted for by public sector salaries and pensions. Under the mountain of accumulated obligations, the money going into, say, the emergency services is not providing services but pensions. Result? It takes the police an hour to respond to a 911 call and two thirds of ambulances can’t be driven. This is a failure, not of the private sector, but of the state. And, even now, the state is fighting to look after its clients: a court struck down the bankruptcy application on grounds that ‘will lessen the pension benefits of public employees’.
Which brings us to the scariest thing of all. Detroit could all too easily be a forerunner for the rest of the United States. As Mark Steyn puts it in the National Review:
Like Detroit, America has unfunded liabilities, to the tune of $220 trillion, according to the economist Laurence Kotlikoff. Like Detroit, it’s cosseting the government class and expanding the dependency class, to the point where its bipartisan “immigration reform” actively recruits 50–60 million low-skilled chain migrants. Like Detroit, America’s governing institutions are increasingly the corrupt enforcers of a one-party state — the IRS and Eric Holder’s amusingly misnamed Department of Justice being only the most obvious examples. Like Detroit, America is bifurcating into the class of “community organizers” and the unfortunate denizens of the communities so organized.


Oh dear. No wonder the president would rather talk about Trayvon Martin. If you want to see Obamanomics taken to its conclusion, look at Starnesville. And tremble.

Blog: Venezuela's socialist paradise: New food rationing card

Blog: Venezuela's socialist paradise: New food rationing card



Venezuela's socialist paradise: New food rationing card

Rick Moran
As many in the west denounce "unfettered" capitalism and wax poetic about the beauty of socialism, Venezuela shows exactly why people who promote socialism belong in an insane asylum.
A new ration card is the latest idea by Venezuelan PresidentNicholas Maduro to deal with the country’s perpetual food shortages.
The “Secure Food Supply” will limit the amount of basic necessities that Venezuelan citizens can buy, Reuters reported Friday. The goal of the card is to prevent individuals from hitting an in-store quota, exiting the facility and then returning to the back of the food line.
Currently, uniformed guards who check bags are employed to make sure shoppers are in compliance with quotas on items such as milk and sugar.
“These are systems to protect against contraband, so that all of this really does reach the people,” Mr. Maduro said upon unveiling the card in March, Reuters reported.
In order to win support for the rationing card, the socialist president is even offering citizens the chance to win prizes.
“Each month we’ll set aside, I don’t know, 500 apartments and maybe 500 vehicles, special bonuses, vacation packages,” Mr. Maduro told a crowd of Venezuelans, Reuters reported.
Gustavo Rojas, director of Polinomics, a pollster with offices in Washington and Caracas, told Reuters that Mr. Maduro’s plan will not work.
“The only way to eat is to produce or import, and right now neither of those [aspects of a healthy economy] is functioning correctly,” he said.
It couldn't happen here? Don't be silly. Socialism is the sharing of limited resources. It's not about creating wealth, it's about distributing the pain evenly. With no incentive to create, or work harder, or get ahead, who wants to be a sucker and produce more than what's required?
The wrong lessons will be drawn from Venezuela. The country is too corrupt, or they're just not doing it right. And the left will continue to agitate tor socialism because they know in their hearts they can make it work.
So much for the "reality based community."

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