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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Behind the Productivity Plunge: Fewer Startups - WSJ

Behind the Productivity Plunge: Fewer Startups - WSJ



New businesses were created at a 30% lower rate in 2012 than the annual average rate in the 1980s.



What Is (and Isn't) at Stake for Obamacare in the Hobby Lobby Case - NationalJournal.com

What Is (and Isn't) at Stake for Obamacare in the Hobby Lobby Case - NationalJournal.com



A decision limited to closely held corporations could be a way to skirt the outcome liberals fear most—a broad and explicit expansion of corporate personhood. But it would still allow a significant number of employers to exclude birth control from their health plans, affecting an untold number of female workers and their dependents.




Supreme Court delivers blow to Obama on NLRB appointments, now Congress must act | Fox News

Supreme Court delivers blow to Obama on NLRB appointments, now Congress must act | Fox News



With the question of when a recess occurs now settled, the NLRB will be forced to reevaluate decisions it made during the period for which it had no legal quorum. As a result, the Board will likely have less time over the next couple years to interfere in the workings of our economy, and this is a good thing.


Bringing Jobs Back to U.S. Is Bruising Task - WSJ

Bringing Jobs Back to U.S. Is Bruising Task - WSJ



Chesapeake Bay's other big miscalculation only became clear once the plant opened, says Ms. Xu. "Our biggest problem is the employment issue," she says. Chesapeake struggled with high turnover in the early days and has continued to have difficulty finding workers with the skills needed to run machinery.
"We have people struggling with math," she says. "Not middle-school math, elementary-school math. And this includes the supervisors—not just the line workers."
Finding employees with a good work ethic is also a problem. There have been instances, she says, where the plant announced drug tests would be held the following day and up to 20% of workers didn't show up. The company screens workers for drugs when they are hired.
Hiring professionals, like engineers and chemists, pose yet another challenge. Chesapeake Bay, as a small manufacturer, doesn't offer the level of pay and benefits that the large pharmaceutical and technology companies in the area can offer. "We just can't offer the stock options and bigger paychecks," she says.

Sombras - Fuego, azufre y escamas de dragón, Guía Sacred 2: Fallen Angel PC | MeriStation.com

Sombras - Fuego, azufre y escamas de dragón, Guía Sacred 2: Fallen Angel PC | MeriStation.com



El dragón tiene en su  haber ataques físicos, de veneno, mágicos y de fuego. Su única debilidad es el hielo, por tanto equípate con una arma afín a este elemento e invierte runas en la habilidad Copia fanática -tal y como hiciste para vencer al anterior jefe final. Antes de hablar con Ordaucil, limpia la sala de elementales porque entreparecerán la batalla y la complicarán todavía más.




Networks: Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones Protect Women From 'Violent' and 'Offensive' Pro-Life Protests | NewsBusters

Networks: Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones Protect Women From 'Violent' and 'Offensive' Pro-Life Protests | NewsBusters



Despite Thursday's unanimous Supreme Court ruling that so-called "buffer zones" banning pro-life protests near abortion clinics was a violation of the First Amendment, all three network evening newscasts hyped assertions by abortion advocates that such unconstitutional measures "prevent violence at clinic entrances."

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2014/06/27/networks-abortion-clinic-buffer-zones-protect-women-violent-and-offens#ixzz35wceeMSZ





Friday, June 27, 2014

AFP on GDP Revision: Working Families Need Relief from Obama Agenda | AFP

AFP on GDP Revision: Working Families Need Relief from Obama Agenda | AFP



Arlington, Va. — Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips released the following statement regarding news that first quarter GDP was revised down to -2.9%, the worst contraction in five years:
“Much of the Obama administration was holed up at the Working Families Summit earlier this week, talking over solutions for those who are struggling in this environment. To them, AFP members have a modest proposal: stop shrinking the American economy. From uncertainty caused by the president’s regulatory whim, to the burdens of ObamaCare, to the lack of a federal budget for years on end, this administration has made the complexities of a 21st century recovery all the more difficult. America’s working families can get back to prospering if the president will agree to start rolling back the punitive taxes, bloated bureaucracy and red tape shackling our economy, and reopen the door to opportunity for our country.” 


Read more: http://americansforprosperity.org/newsroom/afp-on-gdp-revision-working-families-need-relief-from-obama-agenda#ixzz35sicdvGv





Rubio, Cornyn Border Crisis Resolution Faces Criticism

Rubio, Cornyn Border Crisis Resolution Faces Criticism




UNLV Students Slam Hillary's 'Outrageous' Speaking Fee | Washington Free Beacon

UNLV Students Slam Hillary's 'Outrageous' Speaking Fee | Washington Free Beacon



The University of Nevada-Las Vegas is set to host Hillary Clinton on October 13 as their speaker for their UNLV Annual Foundation Dinner. Clinton will be paid$225,000 to address attendees at the fundraiser. Her sky-high speaking fee has raised eyebrows and caused a stir on the UNLV campus.
UNLV student government leaders expressed their outrage at the university’s decision to pay the former Secretary of State such a hefty fee. “We really appreciate anybody who would come to raise money for the university, but anybody who is being paid $225,000 to come speak- we think that’s a little bit outrageous. And we would like Secretary Clinton, respectfully, to gracefully return the money back to the university or to the foundation,” Daniel Waqar, Public Relations Director for the UNLV Student Government, told Jon Ralston on Ralston Reports.
UNLV Student Body President Elias Benjelloun agreed and weighed in on Clinton’s controversial speaking fee. “We’re excited that Hillary Clinton would come to the university to fundraise on behalf of our university. We’re excited anyone wants to come to UNLV and fundraise on our behalf. When we heard $225,000, we weren’t so thrilled…We’d hope that Hillary Clinton…returns part or whole of the amount she receives for speaking,” he said.

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India Experiments With Pearl Millet to End World Hunger - SPIEGEL ONLINE

India Experiments With Pearl Millet to End World Hunger - SPIEGEL ONLINE



It may not make his family wealthy, but Devran Mankar is still grateful for the pearl millet variety called Dhanshakti (meaning "prosperity and strength") he has recently begun growing in his small field in the state of Maharashtra, in western India. "Since eating this pearl millet, the children are rarely ill," raves Mankar, a slim man with a gray beard, worn clothing and gold-rimmed glasses.
Mankar and his family are participating in a large-scale nutrition experiment. He is one of about 30,000 small farmers growing the variety, which has unusually high levels of iron and zinc -- Indian researchers bred the plant to contain large amounts of these elements in a process they call "biofortification." The grain is very nutritional," says the Indian farmer, as his granddaughter Kavya jumps up and down in his lap. It's also delicious, he adds. "Even the cattle like the pearl millet."

Mankar's field on the outskirts of the village of Vadgaon Kashimbe is barely 100 meters (328 feet) wide and 40 meters long. The grain will be ripe in a month, and unless there is a hailstorm -- may Ganesha, the elephant god, prevent that from happening -- he will harvest about 350 kilograms of pearl millet, says the farmer. It's enough for half a year.
The goal of the project, initiated by the food aid organization Harvest Plus, is to prevent farmers like Mankar and their families from going hungry in the future. In fact, the Dhanshakti pearl millet is part of a new "Green Revolution" with which biologists and nutrition experts hope to liberate the world from hunger and malnutrition.
Global Problem
Today some 870 million people worldwide still lack enough food to eat, and almost a third of humanity suffers from an affliction known as hidden famine, a deficiency in vitamins and trace elements like zinc, iron and iodine. The consequences are especially dramatic for mothers and children: Women with iron deficiencies are more likely to die in childbirth, and they have a higher rate of premature births and menstruation problems. Malnourished children can go blind or suffer from growth disorders. Throughout their lives, they are more susceptible to infection and suffer from learning disorders, because their brains have not developed properly.
"These children are deprived of their future from birth," says Indian agronomist Monkombu Swaminathan, who has campaigned for the "fundamental human right" of satiety for more than 60 years. To solve the problem of hunger once and for all, Swaminathan and other nutrition experts are calling for a dramatic shift in our approach to agriculture. They argue that instead of industrial-scale, high-tech agriculture, farming should become closer to nature -- and involve intelligent plant breeding and a return to old varieties.
The world has enough to eat. The only problem is that the poor, whose diet consists primarily of grain, are eating the wrong food. Corn, wheat and rice - the grain varieties that dominate factory farming -- are bred primarily for yield and not for their nutritional content. They cannot adequately feed the poorest of the poor -- nutrients and trace elements are at least as important as calories.
Food safety is tied to variety, says Swaminathan, who calls for a sustainable "evergreen" revolution. He advocates the development of new, more nutritional grain varieties better adapted to climatic conditions. "We must re-marry agriculture and nutrition -- the two have been too far away from each other for a long time," says the scientist.
The First Revolution
Swaminathan, 88, is considered the father of India's 1960s Green Revolution. He created rice and wheat varieties that were smaller than normal but with substantial higher yields than existing varieties. He also worked with heterozygous plants, so-called hybrids, which are up to twice as productive as their parent generation. The walls of his office in the city of Chennai on the east coast of India are covered with tributes and certificates -- one reads: "India's Greatest Global Living Legend" -- and in 1987, he received the United Nations World Food Prize.
"The Green Revolution was a tremendous success," says Swaminathan. As an adolescent, he lived through the "Great Bengal Famine" that killed millions of Indians in the mid-1940s. "Back then we used to get less than one ton of wheat per hectare (2.5 acres)," says Swaminathan, adding that the yield per hectare has more than tripled since then.
But at what price? Although new high-performance varieties guaranteed high yields, they depleted the soil and consumed far too much water. More and more fertilizer and pesticides were needed. Many small farmers lost everything when they invested in seed grain and were unable to sell their harvest at a profit. Meanwhile, they neglected to grow traditional bread cereals.
"Formerly, the farmers were depending on 200 to 300 crops for food and health security," says Swaminathan, whereas today there are only " "but gradually we have come to the stage of four or five important crops, wheat, corn, rice and soy bean." "The Green Revolution," says the scientist, " did not eliminate hunger and malnutrition."
Springtime in Maharashtra
In India, where about 250 million people, or a fifth of the population, are undernourished, the problem is urgent. Some 50 to 70 percent of children under the age of five and half of all women suffer from an iron deficiency. Almost half of all children are physically underdeveloped or even crippled because they are chronically undernourished or malnourished.
The situation is especially precarious in Maharashtra. In the early morning, we travel out to the countryside with Bushana Karandikar, an economist from the city of Pune (formerly Poona). Karandikar manages the Dhanshakti Project for Harvest Plus. "Malnutrition is the sad part of the Indian growth story," she says during the trip. "It is very surprising, but India is almost in the same league as sub-Saharan African countries, which have much, much lower per capita income."
It is spring, and Maharashtra is green -- the land looks fertile, with its lush fields and fruit plantations lining the road. But as scientist Swaminathan puts it, this is part of "India's enigma": "green mountains and hungry millions."
In the town of Ghodegaon, the problems quickly become apparent. Men, children and, most of all, young women in colorful saris are waiting on an unpaved street outside the town's 15-bed clinic. They remove their shoes at the door to the building, where the walls are decorated with portraits of the gods adorned with garlands of flowers.
Dr. Rajneesh Potnis greets us on the second floor, where we are served sweets and aromatic coffee. Potnis has been working in this clinic for 25 years. His fellow medical students told him he was crazy when he went to Ghodegaon, but Potnis was determined to help people. Today he provides advice to nursing mothers, helps women give birth, and treats conditions like rickets, night blindness and anemia.
"The women are the worst off," says the doctor. "They work the hardest, and yet they eat what's left over." As a result, he explains, they frequently suffer from premature deliveries and stillbirths, infections and sudden attacks of faintness. The tribal people, ethnic minorities which live on the margins of society, are in the worst position. "They only come when they have no other choice."
Potnis hands out mineral and vitamin pills subsidized by the Indian government. He also advises families to eat a varied diet, but his efforts are often futile, he explains. "It's so easy to say to people: Eat more pulses, more vegetables and eggs -- but most of them can't afford any of that."
The Millet Solution
This is where biofortified pearl millet comes into play. Farmers in the region have always grown pearl millet. So why not simply replace the traditional variety with Dhanshakti? "Then people will get their minerals from the bread they eat every day, anyway," says Potnis.
Ramu Dahine's five-person family, in the nearby village of Vadgaon Kashimbe, is a case in point. Daughter-in-law Meena is baking bhakri, a traditional round, unleavened flatbread made from pearl-millet flour. Dressed in a red sari, she crouches on the floor in front of a small stone building with a corrugated metal roof. She combines pearl-millet flour and water, kneads the dough, places the flatbread into a pan and blows through a long tube onto the coals of a small wood fire until flames begin to flicker.

The Dahines eat the bread, and hardly anything else, twice a day. The seed dealer recommended the pearl millet, says the farmer. He doesn't even know that the grain has a high iron content, but he did notice that his family was healthier than usual by the end of the last rainy season. The variety also has another benefit: Because it isn't a hybrid, Dahine can use a portion of his harvest as seed for the next season.
"For the real poor, this pearl millet is a great hope," says Karandikar. Swiss scientists have shown that the consumption of Dhanshakti millet significantly increased iron levels in the blood of local women. And Indian researchers showed that a daily serving of only 100 grams of the pearl millet could completely satisfy the iron requirements of children.
But for the global champions of the new, gentle Green Revolution and its campaign against hunger, this is but one of many successful attempts to develop more nutritious grain and vegetable varieties. In Brazil, for example, the research organization Embrapa developed biofortified beans, pumpkins and manioc. In Uganda and Mozambique, farmers are growing a new variety of sweet potato rich in provitamin A. In Rwanda, more than 500,000 families are eating beans enriched with iron. And in India, farmers will soon begin growing rice and wheat with especially high levels of zinc.
The Harvest Plus program has already reached about seven million men, women and children, says program head Howarth Bouis, adding that biofortified grain is expected to improve the nutrition of a billion people by 2030. Bouis' early decision to apply only conventional methods in breeding the new varieties was important to its success. "At Harvest Plus we took the decision not to invest in transgenics, because we wanted to avoid the controversy," he says, remembering all too well the dispute over a variety known as Golden Rice.
The Genetic Engineering Conundrum
The transgenic plant, developed in 1992 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, contains almost twice as much beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, as ordinary rice. Nevertheless, there has been so much public resistance to genetic engineering that it has yet to be approved for use anywhere in the world.
But in many cases, genetic engineering is unnecessary anyways. There are often natural varieties with grains that already contain the desired vitamins or nutrients. Rice is a perfect example, with about 100,000 varieties in existence worldwide. "You can basically find any trait you can think of," says Swaminathan. In the laboratories of his M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in Chennai, scientists are experimenting with high zinc-content rice. The biologists analyzed thousands of rice strains and eventually discovered about a dozen varieties with especially high zinc levels. They are now being crossed with high-yield varieties.
But Swaminathan isn't opposed to choosing the high-tech approach if it can help alleviate hunger. " I won't worship nor discard genetic engineering," he says. "It is important to harness all the tools that traditional wisdom and contemporary science can offer"
Because, for example, it is very difficult to increase iron levels in rice with conventional breeding techniques, the scientists have turned to biotechnology. "We isolated genes from mangroves and introduced them into the genome of rice," explains Ganesan Govindan, one of the bioengineers at MSSRF. The transgenic rice grains contain elevated levels of iron, and the plants are more tolerant of drought and salt. Researchers expect the variety to be ready for market in two or three years.
'25,000 Farmer Suicides'
But these high-tech solutions are also controversial. Vandana Shiva, a prominent opponent of modern agricultural engineering, lives in the Indian capital New Delhi. In the offices of her organization, Navdanya -- located in the affluent neighborhood of Hauz Khas -- are decorated with a flower arrangement on a glass table and clay vases containing sheaves of grain.
Shiva, dressed in a flowing robe and with a large bindi on her forehead, is an impressive figure, steeled by her tough, decades-long battle with the establishment. The civil rights activist never tires of castigating seed companies. "A globally operating industry is pushing hard to make the world dependent on their products," she says. Farmers who have made the switch, she explains, give up their traditional seed and are then forced to buy the commercial varieties, which often come with license fees, in perpetuity.
"This type of agriculture has taken the lives of 25,000 farmers in India, who committed suicide because they couldn't pay back their debts," says Shiva. She doesn't think much of biofortified varieties, either. "Harvest Plus is focused on one nutrient," she says critically. "But a single nutrient is not a solution to multidimensional malnutrition crisis; the body needs all the micronutrients."
Instead of these "monocultures," Shiva is calling for a return to diversity in fields. "Most of our traditional crops are full of nutrients," she explains. Why create Golden Rice with lots of vitamin A when carrots and pumpkins contain plenty of it already? Why develop genetically modified bananas with high iron content when horseradish and amaranth contain so much iron?
Shiva recommends field crop-rotation, and the fostering of vegetable and fruit gardens and small family farms primarily geared toward nutrition instead of maximized profit. Because Shiva believes organic farming is the only viable approach to defeating hunger, her organization has trained 75,000 farmers in organic farming methods since the late 1980s.
'There Isn't Enough Arable Land'
Harvest Plus Director Bouis believes that Shiva's approach is naïve. "We have the fundamental problem that there isn't enough arable land for a constantly growing population," he says.
A UN Environment Programme report predicts that by 2050, agriculture will have to produce 70 percent more calories than today to feed an expected global population of 9.6 billion people. This "food gap" can only be closed, says Bouis, if we "make agriculture even more productive."
But in Maharashtra, it's clear that new varieties of super grains are not always the entire answer. A third farmer from the town of Vadgaon Kashimbe, Santosh Pingle, 38, and his family are visibly better off than their neighbors. They live in a plastered house, they have cows and goats for milk, and they enjoy the occasional luxury of a chicken from the market. Pingle's recipe for success is that he has done more with his land than other farmers.
The farmer grows iron-rich Dhanshakti millet to satisfy the iron needs of his family of five. On the other half of their field, the Pingles grow tomatoes and high-yield hybrid millet, which they sell in the market. They also grow protein-rich pulses and other vegetables in their house garden, and his wife Jayashree and her daughters harvest lemons, coconuts and mangoes several times a year.
The Pingles are well on their way to achieving "prosperity and strength" -- and they always have enough to eat.

Politics Quotes: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Page 2

Politics Quotes: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Page 2



The President in particular is very much a figurehead—he wields no real power whatsoever. […] His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. (4.14 footnote)
The president's role here is curious, since his job has little to do with power a lot to do with distracting people from the real sources of power. We're never told who really has the power in this government. Is it the civil service bureaucracy, which is full of Vogons? Is it corporations, like the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation? We don't know. All we do know is that power is something Zaphod doesn't have. After all, this is one of only two footnotes in the entire book.

Border Resident: Nancy Pelosi Should Visit My Ranch « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Border Resident: Nancy Pelosi Should Visit My Ranch « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth



BROOKS COUNTY (KRLD) – “I’ve had a 7-year-old little girl from El Salvador with her mother come to my front door just in dire need, lost, needing help,” says Linda Vickers, who owns a Ranch in Brooks County.
“They wanted to get a ride to Houston; they didn’t want me to call border control. This ranchland is ruthless. It’s deep sand; it’s hot; it’s humid; it literally sucks the life out of a person.”
Vickers says even though her ranch is about 60 miles north of the border, bands of illegal immigrants are still crossing onto her land by circumventing border patrol check points.
“I have a set of dogs here that are a deterrent and they tend to put some of these people in trees. I’ve even had an MS-13 gang member in a tree up here in front,” says Vickers.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to travel to South Texas on Saturday to meet with immigrant children at a detention facility and be briefed about the ongoing humanitarian crisis along the Texas-Mexico border.
Vickers wishes Pelosi or a member of her staff would come to her ranch to see first hand what everyday Texans are going through.
“I’d have to ask my husband if he’d have Nancy Pelosi on the property first,” says Vickers, who’s also a member of Texas Border Volunteers. “No. We’d have her here.”
Vickers goes onto speak about the things Pelosi might see.
“On one hand, I have women and children and young people in distress — and then on the other hand, I’ve had a criminal element of gang members,” says Vickers. “Young men that have had multiple deportations and do not want to get caught. I’ve heard them tell border patrol as they’re loading them into their vehicle ‘That’s okay, Obama’s gonna let me go.’”
Congressman Henry Cuellar (R-Laredo) says he spoke with Pelosi about her impending visit.
“We talked about it. She’s coming to Brownsville and I welcome her down to South Texas. It’s important for everybody to come down and see exactly what’s happening. South Texas has now garnered not only national but international news because we also have the first lady of Honduras visiting with members of her husband’s cabinet.”
In a statement released Thursday Pelosi stated, “The humanitarian crisis unfolding across our nation’s southern border demands Congress come together and find thoughtful, compassionate and bipartisan solutions.”
Pelosi went onto say. “We must ensure our laws are fully enforced, so that due process is provided to unaccompanied children and the safety and well-being of unaccompanied children is protected. We must also work to address the root causes of the problem.”
Pelosi will be joined by Democratic Reps. Filemon Vela of Texas, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee; Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Rubén E. Hinojosa of Texas and Steven Horsford of Nevada.
(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Illinois Threatens To Fire Mom-Caregiver And Replace With SEIU-STATE Labor | Progressives Today

Illinois Threatens To Fire Mom-Caregiver And Replace With SEIU-STATE Labor | Progressives Today



In Illinois, the state Department of Human Resources can “fire” family members as primary caregivers for disabled loved ones and replace them with an SEIU approved scab! From Washington Examiner:
Deborah Teixeira is in danger of literally being fired by the state of Illinois from her job as Juliet’s mother. The Peoria resident has been warned that if there are more infractions, the state will send a replacement into her home to take care of her daughter instead.
Teixeira is not alone. Across the state, mothers like her and other people taking care of their family members have been told via threatening official phone calls and letters that they could be replaced if they don’t shape up.
Deborah said she was repeatedly harassed by state employees who accused her of gaming the system, and threatened to replace her with a state employee. And what of the union she is forced to pay dues to as a condition of receiving help from the state? When contacted, the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, did nothing to stop the state.
Yup. You read that correctly. Deborah and other in home family caregivers in Illinois were forcibly unionized by the Democrat dominated government of Illinois on behalf of SEIU. Family members are forced to pay dues to SEIU, and where is SEIU when their “members” are being threatened by their “employer”? They’re silent.
#WarOnFamilies
#WarOnDisabled

Sen. Dick Durbin Blocks Bills that Stop Illegals from Getting Jobs, Tax Credits

Sen. Dick Durbin Blocks Bills that Stop Illegals from Getting Jobs, Tax Credits



Sessions had attempted to streamline two enforcement bills to the Senate floor – an E-Verfy bill and legislation to prevent illegal immigrants from fraudulently obtaining billions of dollars in child tax credits. Sessions's efforts met objections from Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, a member of the bipartisan Gang of Eight that pushed a comprehensive immigration bill through the Senate last year.
“A week before the July 4th holiday, America can't even protect its own borders, and what do our democratic colleagues wish to do? They want to adjourn this chamber, go home to their barbecues, work on their reelection campaigns, and promise while they're home they're fighting to end the lawlessness at the border while doing nothing – while actually doing nothing but objecting to legislation that would make a real difference,” Sessions said.
Since October more than 52,000 unaccompanied minors, largely from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, have crossed the southern border illegally, many – according to Customs and Border Patrol agents – believing they can stay.

EPA appeals to its workers not to poop in the hallway

EPA appeals to its workers not to poop in the hallway



GovernmentExecutive.com, the government's business news daily and key website for federal managers and executives, reported Wednesday that the EPA management for Region 8 in Denver sent an e-mail earlier this month to staff pleading to stop inappropriate bathroom behavior, including defecating in the hallway.



http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/25/epa-environmental-protection-agency-poop-defecation/11361899/




Thursday, June 26, 2014

NIRP Strikes: Spain To Create Tax On Bank Deposits | Zero Hedge

NIRP Strikes: Spain To Create Tax On Bank Deposits | Zero Hedge



In other words, the funding of the Spanish regions is now in the hands of those dumb enough to work hard and save their money. Because it is only "fair" that they - not the banks that year after year are bailed out by the ECB - end up with the short stick. 
But please don't be surprised: after all as we said on June 5 when Draghi revealed that "NIRP Has Arrived" when we said that "Europe Officially Enters The "Monetary Twilight Zone." It is all downhill from here.
And yes: coming to an insolvent country near you... everywhere.




Megyn Kelly Takedown of Obama

IRS Spent $4.4 Billion on IT | Washington Free Beacon

IRS Spent $4.4 Billion on IT | Washington Free Beacon



A review of IRS spending by the Free Beacon shows the agency has spent a massive amount on what it labeled as IT/software and data processing contracts in the past five fiscal years. The official government’s spending website shows the IRS spent $4.4 billion during this time period.
A total of 12,543 contracts were awarded under this product code.
Records show the IRS under President George Bush spent a total of $5.3 billion in eight years for the same contractive services. If the IRS spending trends continue as they have thus far, the IRS under Obama is on track to far exceed what was spent during the Bush presidency.

1,600 illegal alien college students file for Washington State financial aid

1,600 illegal alien college students file for Washington State financial aidWashington is one of eighteen states that allow in-state tuition rates for undocumented students, but this measure goes even further with providing state funds to supplement financial aid packages.

In order to apply for this financial aid, however, the students must promise to file for citizenship as soon as they are able to apply.

Obama says a lot of stupid things about global warming, but this might top them all | Young Conservatives

Obama says a lot of stupid things about global warming, but this might top them all | Young Conservatives



Obama, the president who says 8th grade math is too hard for him, is powerful enough to change the temperature of the earth, stop heart attacks and asthma attacks.  The arrogance of liberals never cease to amaze me.




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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

BBC News - Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez must stand trial, judge rules

BBC News - Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez must stand trial, judge rules



Protest and repression

The former mayor is one of the main leaders of the mass protests which have rocked Venezuela in recent months as hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans demand an end to extreme inflation, high crime rates and shortages of certain food staples.

Leopoldo López and the Death of Freedom

Leopoldo López and the Death of FreedomWhat is apparent in all this — what his act of courage laid bare — is that the river of freedom runs deep in Venezuelan society. After 15 years of abuse, discrimination, violence, exclusion, and hatred — after 15 years of a war waged mercilessly against the human spirit — Venezuela’s freedom fighters remain true to their cause. What is just as true — when the darkness has fallen away, as it must; when the evil withers on the vine after the hatred that feeds it is exhausted — Venezuela’s freedom fighters will triumph. This I am sure of.

U.S. Economy Shrinks by Most in Five Years - WSJ

U.S. Economy Shrinks by Most in Five Years - WSJ




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Timothy P. Carney: Obama subsidizes private jets for high-flyers abroad | WashingtonExaminer.com

Timothy P. Carney: Obama subsidizes private jets for high-flyers abroad | WashingtonExaminer.com



Americans who own private jets need to pay more in taxes, President Obama argues. So it seems odd that foreign executives riding Gulfstream jets from Shanghai to Mumbai get U.S. subsidies from Obama's favorite export agency.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States recently announced a milestone: Under Obama, the agency has subsidized the sale of $1 billion in private jet sales to overseas customers.
The billion dollars for foreigners’ private jets highlights the nature of Ex-Im and Obama’s industrial policy: In the name of boosting U.S. jobs, the government helps big businesses and the wealthy.

Hip Hop Republican | Music, Politics & Culture

Hip Hop Republican | Music, Politics & Culture



The Problem
The issue that the U.S. is having regarding immigration is primarily two-fold:
  1. The U.S. has a significant illegal immigration problem, and
  2. The U.S. is experiencing an impactful imbalance between the number of skilled and unskilled workers, exacerbated by unskilled guest-workers.

Doctors Without Borders: Ebola 'out of control' - Health - Boston.com

Doctors Without Borders: Ebola 'out of control' - Health - Boston.com

Bauer on Obama’s Record: More Babies Aborted Than Jobs Created | CNS News

Bauer on Obama’s Record: More Babies Aborted Than Jobs Created | CNS News



“This ought to be the epitaph of this administration: In the last five years under this president more babies have been aborted than jobs have been created,” Bauer said on Friday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Washington, D.C.
“Now that is a good summary of this president,” said Bauer, who is president of the nonprofit American Values. “Few things make Barack Obama more passionate than abortion on demand.”

Obama’s ‘enforcer’ threatening ‘separation of powers’

Obama’s ‘enforcer’ threatening ‘separation of powers’



He added, “That is not the way Holder has run the Justice Department. He obviously considers himself part of the president’s political team first, attorney general a distant second. You can see that in the way that he’s conducted himself and the way they have politicized the prosecution process.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/obamas-enforcer-threatening-separation-of-powers/#qsB0eM5TXc5GoRzy.99

Cambios en el idioma: la RAE eliminó letras del abecedario

Cambios en el idioma: la RAE eliminó letras del abecedario



06/04/2014 | 15:46 La nueva edición de Ortografía realizada por la Real Academia Española, que se publicará a fin de año, suprimirá la "ch" y "ll" como letras, la "i griega" se llamará "ye" y la "i latina" será "i".



La nueva edición de Ortografía elaborada por la Real Academia Española (RAE), que se publicará a fines de este año, contiene drásticos cambios en el alfabeto y en las reglas de escritura.

Entre las modificaciones más llamativas está la eliminación de algunas letras del alfabeto. Éstas son la "ch" y "ll", que fueron suprimidas formalmente, por lo que las letras del abecedario ahora serán 27.

La RAE también decidió cambiarle el nombre a algunas letras. Así, la "i griega" se llamará "ye". Con esto, la "i latina" pasará a denominarse simplemente "i".

En tanto, la "b" se llamará sólo "be" y la "v" sólo "uve" –y no "be alta", "be larga", "ve baja" ni "ve corta"–. En el caso de la "w", se denominará sólo "doble uve".

Menos tildes
Por otra parte, la tilde dejará de usarse en la palabra "solo", aun en casos de posible ambigüedad, como "voy solo al cine", aunque no se condenará a quien la utilice.

Tampoco llevarán tilde "guión", "huí" y "truhán", ya que se considera que son palabras "monosílabas a efectos ortográficos", cualquiera sea la forma de pronunciarlas.

Asimismo, se eliminará la tilde entre números, por ejemplo "6 ó 7". La explicación es que esta regla se basaba en que antes todo el mundo escribía a mano. Sin embargo, ahora se toma en cuenta que tanto la máquina de escribir como el computador han eliminado "el peligro de confundir la letra 'o' con la cifra cero, que es de tamaño mayor".

"Cuórum" y "Catar"
Otras modificaciones son en la escritura de algunas palabras en la que se cambiará la "q" por la letra "c" o "k", dependiendo del caso. Así, "Iraq" será "Irak", "Qatar" será "Catar", "quásar" será "cuásar", y "quórum" ahora será "cuórum".

Esto se debe a que en nuestro sistema de escritura la letra "q" sólo representa al fonema "k" en la combinación "qu" antes de la "e" o la "i", por lo que escribirla en estas otras palabras "representa una incongruencia con las reglas".

Quienes escriban estas palabras de la forma anterior, deberán hacerlo como si fueran extranjerismos, es decir, en cursiva y sin tilde.

Finalmente, el prefijo "ex" irá unido a la base léxica, en caso de que afecte a una sola palabra. Por ejemplo: "exmujer", "exministro" y "expresidente", pero continuará escribiéndose separado cuando se trate de palabras compuestas, como "ex director general".







Monday, June 23, 2014

Wal-Mart's Response To The New York Times Is Great | The Daily Caller

Wal-Mart's Response To The New York Times Is Great | The Daily Caller



Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, recently decided to go into the newspaper editing business.
The Arkansas-based company responded to an article from New York Times columnist Timothy Egan, titled “The Corporate Daddy” by doing the work that it felt Egan’s Times editors should have done.
“Thanks for sharing your first draft,” reads a red-inked note from Wal-Mart, which is known more for its low prices than its snark.
“Below are a few thoughts to ensure something inaccurate doesn’t get published,” continued the note, which was posted at Walmart’s blog and is attributed to David Tovar, Wal-Mart’s director of corporate communications.
The retail giant apparently couldn’t resist sarcasm after it found what it considered numerous problems with Egan’s piece in which he criticized the company for paying its 2.2 million employees what he called “humiliating wages.”
“Walmart is a net drain on taxpayers,” wrote Egan in the missive, adding that the company forces “employees into public assistance with its poverty-wage structure.”
“We are the largest tax payer in America,” Tovar wrote in his edit. “Can we see your math?”
“We see more associates move off of public assistance as a result of their job at Walmart,” Tovar wrote.
Egan argued that “most advanced nations” look for ways to boost the middle class but that the U.S. had ceased doing that. “Witness the G.I. Bill, which helped millions of returning soldiers get a lift to a better life,” wrote the Times columnist.
“Did you know?” Tovar quizzed. “Walmart has hired more than 42,000 veterans this year.”
On the topic of veterans, Wal-Mart has won unlikely support. First Lady Michelle Obama, who made veteran hiring one of her top issues, praised the company last year when it announced it would be hiring 100,000 veterans.
“Wal-Mart is setting a groundbreaking example for the private sector to follow,” she said in a statement at the time.
But Egan had other issues with Wal-Mart, and the company had more edits.
The columnist wrote that the company’s “humiliating wages force thousands of employees to look to food stamps, Medicaid and other forms of welfare.”
“A bit repetitive,” wrote Tovar, like a seasoned professor. “See above.”
Egan cited a story from an Ohio Wal-Mart that went viral last year which showed a sign in the story’s break room. The picture was meant to show the company’s failures to provide enough for its employees.
“To clarify,” wrote Tovar, “associates were helping associated during unexpected hard times (fires, divorce, loss of life, etc.). And a noble cause, no doubt.”
The company also chastised Egan for using vague statistics.
“Walmart disputes these figures, claiming the average full-time store worker makes at least $12 an hour,” wrote Egan.
“Be specific,” reads Tovar’s edit. “Full time average associate wage is $12.91.”
“But these numbers are skewed by higher pay for management,” wrote Egan.
“False: Only includes associates paid hourly,” Tovar corrected.
“The average ‘associate’ at Walmart makes $8.81 an hour – poverty wage,” offered Egan.
“Argument incomplete — in this study, starting wage 3 years ago was $1.50 over minimum wage. That’s a good thing,” reads Tovar’s red ink.
Egan pointed out that Wal-Mart reaped $17 billion in profits last year, that it’s highest paid executive earned over $20 million and that the six Walton heirs are worth $150 billion.
“Possible addition: Largest corporate foundation in America. Gives more than $1 billion in cash and in kind donations each year.”
Egan pointed to a claim by Fortune magazine editor Stephen Gandel who wrote an article claiming that Wal-Mart could raise its wages by 50 percent without harming shareholder value.
“Confirm credibility of source?” wrote Wal-Mart. “Consider Economist Jason Furman,” Tovar continued.
Furman is the chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. In an article at Slate, Furman wrote that Wal-Mart’s low prices provide the “equivalent to a 6.5 percent boost in household income” for low-income households.
Egan then cited an opinion poll to suggest that the public dislikes Wal-Mart.
“A new poll by Lake Research Partners found that 28 percent of consumers surveyed have an unfavorable view of Walmart – almost five times the negative sentiment felt for Costco,” Egan wrote.
“Pretty sure any corporation, politician even media outlet would like to have a 72% favorability rating,” Tovar responded.
Egan did not mention that Lake Research Partners’ clients are mostly Democratic politicians and labor organizations.
Egan then compared the retail giant’s education outreach initiatives to Starbucks’ recent announcement that it would be providing tuition assistance to store associates.
“Walmart in 2010 pledged to spend $50 million over three years to offset some of the cost for a small percentage of employees who enrolled in a for-profit, online university,” wrote Egan, who called the plan a bust, pointing out that only about 400 employees had earned degrees.
“Most college degrees take more than 4 years. Not 3.”
“Better idea for a piece,” Tovar concluded. “Could focus on bringing back US manufacturing…and expanding education, training, and workforce programs, i.e. things that will make a bigger difference, not just focusing on starting wages.”


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/22/walmarts-response-to-the-new-york-times-is-great/#ixzz35UFbLEGJ

Nearly Half Of Detroit Water Customers Can’t Pay Their Bill « CBS Detroit

Nearly Half Of Detroit Water Customers Can’t Pay Their Bill « CBS Detroit



Posted Kathy Ward, “This is just insane. If someone is that destitute that they truly cannot afford their water bill, there are already welfare programs in place for that. I’m guessing those same people not paying their water also have a TV, cable, I-phone, etc. People need to get their priorities straight, not expect another government handout.”
Wrote Rodney Carter, “Call President Obama he has plenty of taxpayers cash to spend. Wasn’t that a campaign promise he made along with free rent and gas and payin’ my car note…Socialism only works if there is someone to pay for it.”

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