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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Collectivist Fallacies Endanger Colombia's Path Toward Peace

Collectivist Fallacies Endanger Colombia's Path Toward Peace





One of the key challenges of collective action is that people fail to see the difference between individual and social logic. At the individual level, there is a direct relationship between the means and the ends. Socially, because of the inherent complexity of these phenomena, that relationship is less clear, and often does not exist.
Further, when making collective decisions, individuals often ignore or forget the basic logic of human action (praxeology). 




Friday, June 13, 2014

ISIS militants march on Baghdad with a bullet in the head for anyone who gets in the way | Mail Online

ISIS militants march on Baghdad with a bullet in the head for anyone who gets in the way | Mail Online



ISIS butchers leave 'roads lined with decapitated police and soldiers': Battle for Baghdad looms as thousands answer Iraqi government's call to arms and jihadists bear down on capital

  • U.S. today changed tone on intervention; President Obama said: 'I don't rule out anything... Iraq will need more help'
  • Crucial vote to grant emergency powers was delayed because MPs did not turn up, leaving Iraqi government paralysed
  • Disruption in Iraq could add 2p to the price of a litre of petrol within a fortnight as ISIS insurgents take key oil fields
  • Kurdish forces are in full control of Iraq's oil city of Kirkuk after the federal army abandoned their posts 
  • Iran has sent special forces and a unit of elite troops to Iraq to assist the Iraqi government halt the advance
  • Iraqi air force is bombing insurgent positions in and around Mosul - 1.3million citizens still remain in the city
  • Middle East experts raised the prospect of Iraq being carved into three - Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite - by the conflict


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2655977/ISIS-militants-march-Baghdad-trademark-bullet-head-gets-way-control-north.html#ixzz34a2jGOKh
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Chris Pratt on 'Guardians of the Galaxy' weight loss: 'You could do it' - Zap2it | News & Features

Chris Pratt on 'Guardians of the Galaxy' weight loss: 'You could do it' - Zap2it | News & Features



He continues, "I'll tell them, 'Hey, if you just bust your a** and get after it, all it takes is like six months really.' Six months flies by whether you're working out every day or whether you're not, so if you feel compelled to do something about it, take some action and get in shape, do it. You can do it. You could. You really could. You could do it in six months and all you have to do is just book a Marvel movie and have a deadline that's like, 'If you don't [lose weight] then you might get fired,' and then it's easy."






Twitter / zerohedge: Kenya Increases GDP by a Fifth ...

Twitter / zerohedge: Kenya Increases GDP by a Fifth ...

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Twitter / Lavorgnanomics: We lowered our Q1 #realGDP ...

Twitter / Lavorgnanomics: We lowered our Q1 #realGDP ...

New World wine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

New World wine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The ban sought to protect Iberian wine from competition by Peruvian wine and can be considered an example of commodity mercantilism.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Twitter / zerohedge: UN Security Council condemns ...

Twitter / zerohedge: UN Security Council condemns ...



Twitter / AsafRonel: New level of cooperation between ...

Twitter / AsafRonel: New level of cooperation between ...

E3 2014 Wishlist: My hopes and fears for PS4 | GameZone

E3 2014 Wishlist: My hopes and fears for PS4 | GameZone



New Crystal Dynamics project - Is it a Tomb Raider sequel, or something else? There’s some rumbling of a Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver reboot, which would just make my head explode with hype. A Tomb Raider sequel would be welcome too, though, and I hope its something truly designed for new consoles with some cool innovations.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NationStates | The Daemon World of Scharrath | Factbook

NationStates | The Daemon World of Scharrath | Factbook



Category: Compulsory Consumerist State

Civil Rights: Some

Economy: Frightening

Political Freedoms: Outlawed




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Twitter / OrwellForks: Obama just illegally released ...



27 Things That Every American Should Know About The National Debt

27 Things That Every American Should Know About The National Debt



#1 It took more than 200 years for the U.S. national debt to reach 1 trillion dollars.  In 1986, the U.S. national debt reached 2 trillion dollars.  In 1992, the U.S. national debt reached 4 trillion dollars.  In 2005, the U.S. national debt doubled again and reached 8 trillion dollars.  Now the U.S. national debt is about to cross the 16 trillion dollar mark.  How long can this kind of exponential growth go on?
#2 If the average interest rate on U.S. government debt rises to just 7 percent, the U.S. government will find itself spending more than a trillion dollars per year just on interest on the national debt.
#3 If right this moment you went out and started spending one dollar every single second, it would take you more than 31,000 years to spend one trillion dollars.
#4 Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the U.S. national debt has increased by an average of more than $64,000 per taxpayer.
#5 Barack Obama will become the first president to run deficits of more than a trillion dollars during each of his first four years in office.
#6 If you were alive when Jesus Christ was born and you spent one million dollars every single day since that point, you still would not have spent one trillion dollars by now.
#7 The U.S. national debt has increased by more than 1.6 trillion dollars since the Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives.  So far, this Congress has added more to the national debt than the first 97 Congresses combined.
#8 During the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more new debt than it did from the time that George Washington became president to the time that Bill Clinton became president.
#9 If Bill Gates gave every single penny of his fortune to the U.S. government, it would only cover the U.S. budget deficit for 15 days.
#10 As Bill Whittle has shown, you could take every single pennythat every American earns above $250,000 and it would only fund about 38 percent of the federal budget.
#11 Today, the government debt to GDP ratio in the United States is well over 100 percent.
#12 A recently revised IMF policy paper entitled “An Analysis of U.S. Fiscal and Generational Imbalances: Who Will Pay and How?” projects that U.S. government debt will rise to about 400 percent of GDP by the year 2050.
#13 The United States already has more government debt per capitathan Greece, Portugal, Italy, Ireland or Spain does.
#14 At this point, the United States government is responsible for more than a third of all the government debt in the entire world.
#15 The amount of U.S. government debt held by foreigners is about 5 times larger than it was just a decade ago.
#16 The U.S. national debt is now more than 22 times larger than it was when Jimmy Carter became president.
#17 It is being projected that the U.S. national debt will surpass 23 trillion dollars in 2015.
#18 Mandatory federal spending surpassed total federal revenue for the first time ever in fiscal 2011.  That was not supposed to happen until 50 years from now.
#19 Between 2007 and 2010, U.S. GDP grew by only 4.26%, but the U.S. national debt soared by 61% during that same time period.
#20 The U.S. government has total assets of 2.7 trillion dollars and has total liabilities of 17.5 trillion dollars.  The liabilities do not even count 4.7 trillion dollars of intragovernmental debt that is currently outstanding.
#21 U.S. households are now actually receiving more money directly from the U.S. government than they are paying to the government in taxes.
#22 The U.S. government is wasting your money on some of the stupidest things imaginable.  For example, in 2011 the National Institutes of Health spent $592,527 on a study that sought to figure out once and for all why chimpanzees throw poop.
#23 If the federal government used GAAP accounting standards like publicly traded corporations do, the real federal budget deficit for last year would have been 5 trillion dollars instead of 1.3 trillion dollars.
#24 The Federal Reserve purchased approximately 61 percent of all government debt issued by the U.S. Treasury Department during 2011.
#25 At this point, the U.S. national debt is more than 5000 times larger than it was when the Federal Reserve was first created.
#26 If the federal government began right at this moment to repay the U.S. national debt at a rate of one dollar per second, it would take over 480,000 years to completely pay off the national debt.
#27 The official government debt figure does not even account for massive unfunded liabilities that the U.S. government will be hit with in the years ahead.  According to Professor Laurence J. Kotlikoff, the U.S. government is facing a future "fiscal gap" of more than 200 trillion dollars.


Twitter / NewsBreaker: PHOTO: More people fleeing ...

Twitter / NewsBreaker: PHOTO: More people fleeing ...

Litany Against Fear - Dune Wiki - Frank Herbert, David Lynch, Sandworms

Litany Against Fear - Dune Wiki - Frank Herbert, David Lynch, Sandworms





"I will not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
I will face my fear.
I will let it pass through me.
Where the fear has gone,
there shall be nothing.
Only I will remain."

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Obama Shows Putin Who’s Boss in Intense Workout Video | rebelpundit

Obama Shows Putin Who’s Boss in Intense Workout Video | rebelpundit



A leaked video of President Obama working out in Warsaw, Poland sent a clear message to Russian President Vlad Putin. In the video, you can see President Obama man handle five pound dumbbells with authority.
The workout was so easy for the President, he can even be seen yawning right in the middle of his routine.
It is rumored Vlad dropped a dolphin in the middle of a rescue when he heard about the intimidating video was filmed so close to home.


NIH to Spend $3.5 Million to Help Schizophrenics Stop Smoking | CNS News

NIH to Spend $3.5 Million to Help Schizophrenics Stop Smoking | CNS News




Seven in 10 people say Obamacare had bad or zero impact on US

Seven in 10 people say Obamacare had bad or zero impact on US



The White House in the past month has been crowing about Obamacare's success, but the public...uhhh, not so much.
More than 7 out of every 10 Americans says Obamacare has had a mostly negative effect overall on the country, or thinks the landmark health-care reform law has not had much of an impact, a new Bankrate.com survey released Wednesday found.
A total of 43 percent of respondents said they believe the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had a primarily negative effect on the United States. Another 21 percent said the ACA has not had much effect on the country.
Just 28 percent of respondents said Obamacare has had a mostly positive impact on the U.S., according to the survey, which questioned 1,000 adults. That was the first time the personal finance publisher had asked that question in a survey.


Union Bosses Reconsider Obamacare-NILRR

Union Bosses Reconsider Obamacare-NILRR



After throwing their influence, and millions in forced dues,  into the passage of Obamacare, union bosses are now rethinking that effort in light to the massive cost increases which have accompanied its implementation.  A Washington Examiner editorial takes a look at this new wrinkle.   Union members could be liable for union bosses’ mistaken assumptions.
Millions of Americans have already been hurt by Obamacare, and many more — members of unions with health care insurance plans they want to keep — are about to be added to this list. Multiple Big Labor contracts are up for renegotiation this year, and it will be the union rank and file who will face higher premium costs, less coverage or both when all is said and done.
That’s because the law’s various coverage mandates will inevitably hike overall costs, forcing unions to either chip in or lose out. Meanwhile, the law’s so-called “Cadillac tax” — which will sock a whopping 40 percent tax on the annual cost of high-premium plans — is set to kick in in 2018. Smart management will want to take this into account now since the tax will apply to most of the multi-employer Taft-Hartley plans unions offer to members.
Workers upset over all of this should start asking some pointed questions of their unions’ leaders, the vast majority of whom enthusiastically supported Obamacare when it was enacted in March 2010.
In fact, many described it as one the greatest legislative feats ever. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called it a “momentous step forward,” while United Food and Commercial Workers Union President Joe Hansen called it “an achievement that will rank among the highest in our national experience.”
It’s not that those Big Labor leaders didn’t know at the time that the law would hurt their members’ care. But they were apparently assured behind the scenes that President Obama would tweak the rules for them later in exchange for their help in passing it.
The president did delay the Cadillac tax, and last year he exempted Taft-Hartley plans from a re-insurance fee. But the major changes Big Labor leaders really want haven’t happened, mainly because they are too expensive for even this administration to swallow.
“We assumed that Taft-Hartley plans … would be eligible for subsidies,” United Food and Commercial Workers International Union President Joe Hansen told The Hill last year. They still aren’t — and as a result, for example, Transit Worker Union members in Philadelphia are seeing their coverage costs rise by $15 million a year, an increase of 12.5 percent. Other unions are planning strikes based on the higher costs.
Concern over the law’s impact roiled the AFL-CIO’s convention last year, with some leaders warning it could undermine the entire movement. In fact, none of this had to happen in the first place. If Big Labor’s leaders had been truly looking out for their members’ interests all along, they would have opposed the Affordable Care Act when it counted.
Given how narrowly Obamacare ultimately passed, opposition from Big Labor almost certainly would have killed it in 2010. At a minimum, union bosses shouldn’t have spent hundreds of millions of compulsory dues dollars on re-electing Obama in 2012. Instead they acted like partisan Democrats. Rank and file workers, take note.

ATR Supports H.R. 4777, the "Health Savings Act of 2014" | Americans for Tax Reform

ATR Supports H.R. 4777, the "Health Savings Act of 2014" | Americans for Tax Reform



ATR is proud to support a new bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week. H.R. 4777, the "Health Savings Act of 2014," is sponsored by Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D. (R.-Texas).  
Health savings accounts (HSAs) are tax-advantaged accounts which are used to pay for routine, out-of-pocket medical expenses.  They are used in conjunction with insurance plans which tend to cover large and/or unexpected health events.


Read more: http://www.atr.org/atr-supports-hr-4777-health-savings-act-2014#ixzz344ZXvvfn
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Arizona sends supplies to illegal immigrant children 'dumped' in warehouse | Fox News

Arizona sends supplies to illegal immigrant children 'dumped' in warehouse | Fox News



Families were flown from Texas, released in Arizona, and told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office near where they were traveling within 15 days. ICE has said the immigrants were mostly families from Central America fleeing extreme poverty and violence.




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