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Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Vladimir Bukovsky: EU = USSR

Vladimir Bukovsky: EU = USSR



Former Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky spent a total of 12 years in Soviet psychiatric prisons and labor camps. Upon his first release from the camps, he asked a journalist to set up some cameras to record his testimony about what was really going on within the Soviet penal system.
Bukovsky knew he would be arrested again for spilling the beans. But he wanted the world to know the truth about the human rights’ abuses going on within the Soviet Union; he was afraid he might not have the mental faculties to tell his story, considering the drugs he was being injected with in the camps.
Talk about bravery and moral courage.
Now, Vladimir Bukovsky is warning about the ominous rise of the European Union (EU), which he refers to as the “pale version of the Soviet Union.”
Bukovsky is especially concerned about EuroPol—the EU’s police force and law enforcement agency. The EU has proposed outlawing such things as “racism” and “xenophobia”—something that has never been codified into law by any other nation, to my knowledge.
Vladimir Bukovsky was interviewed in the hard-hitting documentary The Soviet Story, which outlines the crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Soviets and its puppet regimes.
There were never any Nuremburg-style trials held for all the mass killings and abuses committed by the Soviet regime, and is one of the major reasons Bukovsky believes socialism/communism is still embraced by many in the West to this day—many are just simply unaware, or choose to ignore, the horrific crimes committed under the banner of Marxian socialism, i.e. communism.
p.s. If you watch the documentary “The Soviet Story” (watch here), you’ll notice some of the interviews with foreign speakers are not subtitled. You can visit the website SovietStory.com and read some of the untranslated quotes from the documentary in the “People from the Film” section.


DEATH WISH? Media Draws Map to Home of Ferguson Police Officer Who Shot Mike Brown | The Gateway Pundit

DEATH WISH? Media Draws Map to Home of Ferguson Police Officer Who Shot Mike Brown | The Gateway Pundit



Is the media trying to get Ferguson police office Darren Wilson lynched?
CNN broadcast a report Friday that showed the house, including the street number, of the Ferguson police officer who police say shot Mike Brown. The officer has been in hiding due to death threats since the shooting last Saturday. His name, Darren Wilson, was just released Friday morning.
Another news outlet apologized for broadcasting video of Wilson’s home while others have virtually drawn a map to Wilson’s house for those bent on vengeance.
Yahoo News named the community Wilson where Wilson resides and published a photograph of the officer.
The UK Daily Mail also named the communityposted photos of the officer and gave a description of the house.
USA Today also named the community and reported a local police presence.
The Washington Post named the street where Wilson lives.
In the video report, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera is seen walking in the street where Wilson lives. The CNN video shows a wide view of Wilson’s house and then pans around the street to show its relative position in the neighborhood. While Lavandera does not name the street, he gives its approximate location.
Every news report says neighbors told them Wilson has not been home for several days.
A version of the video being aired by CNN affiliate Newschannel 13 in Orlando, Florida (and likely other affiliates around the country including the St. Louis market) shows a brief close-up of the house number by the front door such that someone could freeze and enlarge the image to get the address.
The version of the report available online at CNN has that footage edited and replaced with a close-up of a front window of Wilson’s house.
St. Louis TV station KSDK, which like USA Today is owned by Gannett, issued an apology Saturday afternoon for broadcasting video of Wilson’s home.
“Yesterday KSDK showed the video of the Ferguson Police Officer’s home in our 5 p.m. news but did not mention the address of the home. KSDK immediately felt using that video was a mistake and pulled the video of the home from future newscasts and from our web site. We have not used the video since then and do not intend to do so. We apologize to our audience, to the surrounding neighborhoods, to the greater St.Louis community and to the officer for our mistake.”
CNN’s video is still available online while Newschannel 13 is repeating the report on the hour as of this writing.
local newspaper named the street where Wilson lives, adding that the area high school closed and sent students home when Wilson’s name was made public. Local police reportedly monitored the streets to ensure the safety from any potential lynch mob of the school kids heading home.
In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting George Zimmerman had to go in to hiding even though he had not been charged with a crime. Additionally, his parents were forced to flee their home as the lynch mob threatened them too. Incorrect addresses for the Zimmermans were sent out on social media forcing others to flee in terror for fear of being mistaken for the Zimmermans.
Who would have guessed that mob rule would be the rule in 21st Century America?


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Obamacare Leaves Doctors On the Hook for Deadbeats - Reason.com

Obamacare Leaves Doctors On the Hook for Deadbeats - Reason.com



People who receive the federal subsidy to be part of Obamacare will be allowed to incur a three-month “grace period” if they can’t pay their premiums and then simply cancel their policies, stiffing the doctors and hospitals.
Their only repercussion is that they have to wait until the following year’s open enrollment if they want coverage on the exchange.
“It will help break the system,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, one of a core group of Republicans who oppose Obamacare. “This is a huge piece of evidence to show this can’t work, you will break the system and bankrupt people involved.


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One of the blonde-haired Yazidi girls whom ISIS has threatened to impregnate in order to rid them of the blonde-haired, blue-eye gene | BARE NAKED ISLAM

One of the blonde-haired Yazidi girls whom ISIS has threatened to impregnate in order to rid them of the blonde-haired, blue-eye gene | BARE NAKED ISLAM




Social Security crisis closer than you think - Commentary - Olean Times Herald

Social Security crisis closer than you think - Commentary - Olean Times Herald



The latest Social Security Trustees’ report shows the projected dates of insolvency for the program’s trust funds remain largely unchanged. Regrettably, some misinterpret this as an indication that Social Security doesn’t require immediate reform. Make no mistake: There is a Social Security crisis.



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Pelosi Subsidies Benefit Husband’s Investment in Dem Mega-Donor’s Company | Washington Free Beacon

Pelosi Subsidies Benefit Husband’s Investment in Dem Mega-Donor’s Company | Washington Free Beacon



The top Democrat in the House of Representatives steered more than a billion dollars in subsidies to a light rail project that benefitted a company run by a high-dollar Democratic donor and in which her husband is a major investor.
When cloud computing giant Salesforce sold a large plot of land to the Golden State Warriors in April, it had House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) to thank for helping to swell real estate prices in the area.
Pelosi has worked for more than a decade to steer taxpayer funds to a light rail project in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, where Salesforce had planned a new campus. Experts say the project boosted the value of Mission Bay real estate.
The company’s CEO, Marc Benioff, is a high-dollar Democratic donor. Pelosi and her leadership PAC are among the recipients of his generous campaign contributions. Pelosi’s husband is also a major Salesforce investor.
Pelosi’s tireless advocacy for federal support for San Francisco’s light rail system has come under scrutiny for potentially enriching another liberal billionaire, hedge fund manager Tom Steyer.
In Salesforce’s case, Pelosi’s work appears to have financially benefitted not just a Democratic mega-donor, but also a company in which Pelosi’s direct family owns a large stake as well as valuable real estate holdings in her husband’s portfolio.
Salesforce paid $278 million for 14 acres in Mission Bay in 2010. It bought the land from a group called Alexandria Real Estate Equities, which had purchased it from FOCIL-MB, a division of Democratic financier Tom Steyer’s hedge fund.
The exact dollar figure of its sale to the Warriors was not released. “We paid a very pretty penny,” the team’s co-owner said.
Real estate values in Mission Bay have skyrocketed over the past decade as the city works to transform the former industrial neighborhood.
“From a decrepit and seemingly abandoned old rail yard 15 years ago, Mission Bay has sprouted into San Francisco’s fastest-growing neighborhood,” the San Francisco Business Times reported last year.
San Francisco real estate is some of the most expensive in the nation, and Mission Bay has seen some of the fastest-growing property values in the city in recent years.
Contributing to that rise has been the expansion of the city’s Third Street Light Rail line. Studies on the financial effects of public transit projects, including one that looked specifically at the Third Street expansion, have found that they increase property values in surrounding areas.
Pelosi has been the expansion’s champion at the federal level. Since 2003, she has secured well over a billion dollars for the project in the form of earmarks, federal funding agreements, and stimulus disbursements.
That work has come under scrutiny since it was revealed that Farallon was a major landholder in Mission Bay as Pelosi, a recipient of Steyer campaign contributions and an ally of the billionaire environmentalist, steered taxpayer money to the light rail extension.
A 2004 real estate deal gave Farallon ownership of roughly two million square feet of commercial space in Mission Bay. Salesforce’s planned campus in the area was a bit smaller, but still significant: according to documents submitted to San Francisco Planning Department, its four buildings would have comprised nearly 1.5 million square feet.
An increase in value of Salesforce’s real estate from 2010 to its sale this year would mean a financial gain for the company and its investors, one of whom is Pelosi’s husband.
According to her most recent personal financial disclosures [pelosi-pfd.pdf], filed in May of this year, Paul Pelosi owns a stake in Salesforce worth between $500,000 and $1 million.
Pelosi first invested in the company in 2000, when he purchased between $15,000 and $50,000 in stock. According to financial news service Motley Fool, “Pelosi seems to have acquired shares in a private offering” prior to the company’s 2004 initial public offering.
Its stock has soared since then. It debuted at $3.75 a share on June 23, 2004. As of Thursday, it was trading near $53.
Pelosi’s office did not respond to questions about whether that might constitute a conflict of interest.
The Democratic leader’s investments in companies with business before the House came under intense scrutiny in 2011 and 2012 when Congress debated measures governing “insider trading” by members of Congress.
An eventual law imposing stricter regulations on members’ financial activities even included language informally dubbed the “Pelosi provision” due to her and her husband’s participation in IPOs of companies actively lobbying for or against federal legislation.
Much of the information and Pelosi’s and other members’ “insider trading” came to light in Hoover Institution fellow Peter Schweizer’s book Throw Them All Out, which investigated cronyism and self-serving financial deals by members of Congress.
In addition to his reporting on Pelosi’s IPO participation, Schweizer revealed that her husband owns property in San Francisco that will likely benefit from the Third Street light rail extension.
Two stops on the extended light rail line are about three blocks from a four-story office building owned by Paul Pelosi.
According to disclosure forms, the property, at 45 Belden Place, is worth between $1 million and $5 million. He made between $100,000 and $1 million in rent from the property last year.
“The National Association of Realtors says that high-quality mass transit (like [the Third Street light rail]) can increase property values by ‘over 150 percent,’” Schweizer noted. “There’s a sweet spot for obtaining the maximum transit premium: two to four blocks away is ideal.”
That was roughly the distance from Salesforce’s planned campus to a Mission Bay stop on the light rail line as well.
In addition to the potential financial benefits of that “transit premium” for investors such as Pelosi, the light rail extension worked to the advantage of Salesforce itself. The company, which would not say whether it realized a gain on its sale to the Warriors, is helmed by a high-dollar Democratic donor.
CEO Marc Benioff bundled half-a-million dollars for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. He has donated an additional $300,000 to Democratic candidates, party organs, and interest groups, according to data compiled by CQ Moneyline.
Benioff is more bipartisan in his contributions than many prominent Obama supporters, but his Democratic donations dwarf the $62,000 he’s given to Republicans.
Among the most recent recipients of Benioff contrubtions is Pelosi, to whom the Salesforce CEO maxed out with two $2,500 contributions on Jan. 31 of last year. He gave another $5,000 to Pelosi’s leadership PAC and $15,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee the same day.
Those contributions came just four months after Pelosi secured $967 million in federal funding for the Third Street light rail project.

Chilling Echoes of Past, as Spain Cranks Up Political Repression | Wolf Street









Chilling Echoes of Past, as Spain Cranks Up Political Repression | Wolf Street



Chilling Echoes of Past, as Spain Cranks Up Political Repression
by Don Quijones • August 13, 2014


By Don Quijones, freelance writer, translator in Barcelona, Spain. Raging Bull-Shit is his modest attempt to challenge the wishful thinking and scrub away the lathers of soft soap peddled by political and business leaders and their loyal mainstream media. This article is a Wolf Street exclusive.


As the European Dream continues its slow descent into dystopic nightmare, leaving millions of economically disenfranchised Europeans languishing in the gutter of misery, public anger is growing. Nowhere is this more evident than in austerity-ridden Spain, where political protests have been a constant thorn in the side of the country’s knee-jerk authoritarian government.



Yesterday that government hit back with a declaration that evoked chilling echoes of Spain’s not-so-distant past. In response to a query by a member of parliament, the Ministry of Interior announced that during a public demonstration the police can confiscate any filming device if officers have reason to believe that it could be used to “commit an illegal act.”



That illegal act, one assumes, is the filming of the police as they “execute” their duties. That’s right: Spain could soon become the first supposedly democratic nation to outlaw the filming of police officers. It is one of a raft of new offenses included in the decidedly Orwellian-termed “Citizens’ Security” law, more popularly known as the “Gag Law” (Ley Mordaza). The new law proposes fines of up to €30,000 for using slogans against the country, the King or State, and up to €600,000 for organizing unauthorized street protests.

The original draft of the law covers a vast terrain, including:

• Fines of up to €30,000 for participating in the disruption of citizens’ security while using hoods or “any other article of clothing or object that covers the face” or for “disrupting citizens’ security at gatherings in front of the Congress of Deputies, the Senate, and regional legislative assemblies, even when these are not in session.”
• Fines of up to €1,000 for hampering pedestrian traffic, losing one’s identity document more than three times in five years, and circulating images of members of state security forces that might infringe upon their “right to honor.” Disobedience of the forces of law and order, whether passive or active, is also considered a crime.

The law is justified on the grounds of combating, in the words of Interior Minister Fernández, “radical and violent elements” within the protest movements. However, as Reuters reported in November last year, the crackdown on unauthorized protest belies the peaceful record of the anti-austerity protests of recent years,” which have remained relatively devoid of violence “despite unemployment of 26 percent, rising poverty, and changes in labor laws that make firing easier”.



Indeed, if anyone can be accused of using violence, it is Spain’s riot police – and hence the new law to scare people out of filming their actions. The victims of police violence have included non-violent protestors who have lost an eye to one of its rubber bullets, manhandled pensioners and demonstrators in wheelchairs, and even journalists.

Which Citizens? Whose Security?
Even in this age of Orwellian logic, the Citizens’ Security Law is about as duplicitous a term as could be concocted to describe a law that provides absolutely no security to the vast majority of Spaniards. The only “citizens” it seeks to protect are banks and large corporations and their representatives in government.



If passed, it will prevent pensioners from protesting outside the banks that robbed their savings in the Preferentes scam. It will also prohibit members of the organization Plataforma de Afectados por La Hipoteca, (PAH, or Mortgage Holders Platform) from protecting residents from eviction by agents of the state, which as the Associated Press reports, reached a peak in 2012 of 500 per day.



The PAH is a grassroots movement that has blossomed into one of the largest and most effective self-organizing citizen movements to have emerged in the post-crisis period. In 2013 it was awarded the European Parliament’s European Citizen’s Prize. Its greatest achievement came in July this year when the European Court of Justice ruled that the eviction law passed 14 months ago infringes the fundamental rights of Spanish citizens.

Unlike in most other Western nations, Spanish homeowners borrow under a draconian law whereby the bank, after the eviction, saddles ex-homeowners with the debt for life. To make matters worse, Spanish homeowners, unlike the banks, have no right of appeal against a court decision. What’s more, they cannot stop the eviction process while they fight contentious clauses in their mortgage contracts. As the BBC reports:

If they win a court case, they may seek compensation but will not necessarily recover their homes. Some contracts contain clauses allowing for a sharp increase in interest if a borrower falls behind on payments and Spanish law also gives the lender the right to start accelerated proceedings to evict the borrower if a single payment is missed.



For the moment the Spanish government is merely paying lip-service to the European Court of Justice’s ruling. It knows that any reform aimed at protecting home owners would jeopardize the banks’ already precarious position, since the banks’ flimsy facade of health depends on the exclusion of many foreclosed homes from their non-performing loans.

As the Wall Street Journal warned in July, non-performing assets – a more accurate measure of banks’ health since it captures foreclosed homes as well as repeatedly refinanced loans to property developers or other businesses that are unlikely to be paid – are equivalent to €433 billion, or 40% of the Spanish economy.

As such, the banks’ well-being may be jeopardized by the European Court of Justice’s ruling. However, the Rajoy government clearly knows on which side its bread is buttered, and will do whatever it takes to protect them from the ire of a betrayed citizenry, including threatening to outlaw the PAH as a “terrorist organization.”



The government is also fully aware that it needs to protect itself, as well as most other mainstream politicians, from the public’s blossoming rage. In Spain’s mad rush to develop in the post-Franco years, trillions of pesetas and later euros were poured into the country. As recent scandals have revealed, much of that money was siphoned off by Spain’s political middle men (and women). No one knows exactly how much was lost, but in Catalonia one family alone – the long-ruling Pujol family – is alleged to have amassed as much as €1 billion through political extortion (equivalent to around 2% of the region’s total debt).

Now that the scale of the betrayal is out in the open, Spain’s government is reverting to type. It has only one means of protecting itself and its core constituency from the anger of those it sacrificed on the altar of financial expediency – and that is to crank up political repression. By Don Quijones. An exclusive for Wolf Street.

Through crude use of statistics, the Spanish government makes a mockery out of tragedy. Read…. How Government Masks the Plight of Spain’s Lost Generation

'We're All Just Surviving': Yazidis Tell Story of Their Impossible Exodus

'We're All Just Surviving': Yazidis Tell Story of Their Impossible Exodus



They are thankful for the food, clothing and medical help arranged by locals, who share a language and cultural ties with the Yazidis. But they remain deeply shaken by their flight from near-death. Many said they never wanted to return home. They had escaped genocide and would never risk it again.
“Anywhere but Iraq,” one man said. “Anywhere but the Middle East.”

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How Obamacare makes my family less financially secure | WashingtonExaminer.com

How Obamacare makes my family less financially secure | WashingtonExaminer.com



For many families, Obamacare is probably very helpful. People getting tax credits find insurance more affordable. People are getting pre-existing conditions covered. If you have a chronic illness, losing the lifetime maximum is huge.
The costs of these benefits are mostly dispersed widely, and so it's not easy to directly compare the costs to the benefits. But sometimes the costs are pretty measurable. With my own family, for instance, it's easy to see.
We have a high-deductible health plan and we pay our medical expenses through a health savings account. This year, even before our baby was born, we reached our deductible — for in-networkcare. After the deductible, the insurer pays 90 percent of costs. Plus my out-of-pocket max is $5,000, which includes my deductible. So once I hit the deductible (and thus got halfway to my out-of-pocket max), I Iooked in our HSA, saw there was more than $2,500 and thought, "Good, we can afford any health care expenses that might come with a new baby."

My wife called the hospital. The hospital said that some specialists are in network, some are out. Can we request an in-network anesthesiologist? Nope. We get whoever is on duty at the moment the contractions get too painful.But then my wife reminded me that some of the doctors or specialists who see us at the hospital might not be in network. And we have a totally separate (and higher) deductible for out-of-network care. We'd pay every penny for doctor out-of-network.
Obamacare has contributed to the narrowing of networks. This can be, on net, a good thing for health care in cases where people can shop around. But in other cases, where you can't shop around — like which specialists are working at the hospital when you're admitted unexpectedly (or where your doctor sends your bloodwork) — narrower networks are a huge threat.




My family is lucky that we have good insurance and that we have enough saved up in our HSA to cover our in-network out-of-pocket max. Now, thanks to narrower networks, narrowed further by Obamacare, we're relying more and more on continued good luck.

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BBC News - Iraq crisis: Arming the Kurds

BBC News - Iraq crisis: Arming the Kurds



As Iraq's Kurdish forces seek international help in their battle against the advance of Islamic State (IS) militants, the BBC looks at what weapons the Kurds have got, and what they want.




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Former Wizards Star Gilbert Arenas Rips Al Sharpton, Black Community

Former Wizards Star Gilbert Arenas Rips Al Sharpton, Black Community



Former Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas weighed inregarding the death of 18-year-old Mike Brown, which precipitated riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Noting Al Sharpton seeking to involve himself in the proceedings, Arenas took to Instagram to launch an attack on Sharpton, using racially insulting language and asserting that "the racism fight has never been #blackvswhite, it's always been #blackvsblack."

Medi-Cal struggles to provide services to ever-growing clientele - LA Times


Potential enrollees at a North Hills screening event for Covered California and Medi-Cal in February. Hundreds of thousands of Medi-Cal applications have been delayed as the state and counties struggle with computer systems. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Public health officials inadvertently bolstering tobacco market with crackdown on e-cigarettes, analysts say | National Post

Public health officials inadvertently bolstering tobacco market with crackdown on e-cigarettes, analysts say | National Post



Public health officials and regulators who have battled for years against smoking may be inadvertently bolstering the tobacco market with their strong stand against e-cigarettes, some financial analysts say.

While certain experts view the products as a potentially game-changing safe alternative to smoking, many health organizations have warned of their possible dangers. Canada’s federal government effectively outlaws nicotine-containing versions of the devices.
The drum beat of opposition seems to have picked up in recent weeks, with public-health agencies in Ontario and B.C. recommending crackdowns on e-cigarettes, worrying they could normalize smoking or act as gateways to tobacco itself.
That kind of “highly suspicious” approach may be having unintended consequences, suggests a new report to investors from Germany’s Berenberg bank.
Regulators have reinforced the position of [conventional] cigarettes for many consumers
The three London-based analysts who wrote the review say they are “more bullish on global tobacco than ever,” citing a variety of factors. One is that the threat to conventional cigarettes from e-cigarettes seems to be shrinking, partly because public-health officials are casting doubt on their safety and restricting their use.
“Our medium-term view is that the regulators have reinforced the position of [conventional] cigarettes for many consumers,” they say.
Indeed, some analysts — and e-cigarette business people — have wondered behind the scenes if opponents of such technology are getting paid by Big Tobacco, said David Sweanor, an adjunct law professor at the University of Ottawa and long-time anti-smoking advocate.
He does not believe anyone is really on the take but said it highlights the unconscious impact of critics’ “absolutist” views.
Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images; Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian PressElectronic cigarettes (top), are designed to mimic the experience of smoking while leaving out the tar, carbon monoxide and other toxins that make tobacco the leading cause of cancer.
“You can’t attack a safer option to something without invariably aiding the more risky option,” said Mr. Sweanor. “But in any abstinence-only campaign, people miss that.”
The notion that public health is somehow playing into the hands of the tobacco industry, however, is firmly rejected by the likes of Toronto’s health department. Similar to Vancouver Coastal Health, it recently recommended that e-cigarette “vaping” be restricted in public places the same way smoking is.
Officials do not want a ban on the devices — many of which are now being made by tobacco companies themselves — but feel they should not be advertised and that use be restricted in public, said Monica Campbell, the unit’s public policy director.
“We need to be mindful of the entire population, and particularly young people,” she said. “Having them widely used … does create this image for people that this is normal, that smoking or vaping is normal.”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Latin American Herald Tribune - VenEconomy: Venezuela’s Government Does Not Notice the ‘Log in its Own Eye’

Latin American Herald Tribune - VenEconomy: Venezuela’s Government Does Not Notice the ‘Log in its Own Eye’



how can this government focused on a project for a communist country see this log heavily affecting the right to life and health of citizens when it lives in contradiction to a budget that increases 40% with respect to 2013, to surpass Bs.55 billion ($1.1 billion at SICAD II rates) disbursed in a six-month period without noting any improvement in a crisis that continues to worsen and leave a trail of death much bigger than that seen in the Middle East?

Latin American Herald Tribune - VenEconomy: Venezuela’s Government Does Not Notice the ‘Log in its Own Eye’

Latin American Herald Tribune - VenEconomy: Venezuela’s Government Does Not Notice the ‘Log in its Own Eye’



Before turning eyes to Gaza, or Syria and Cuba (two other countries that have also received “humanitarian aid” from Venezuela’s communist regime), the government of Maduro should pay attention to the gigantic log generated by its criminal policies that have severely damaged the country’s productive system and wasted the money of the public purse, especially in the healthcare sector, where shortages of medications, medical equipment and all kinds of supplies are keeping the entire population, without distinction of race, creed or social situation, in check.

The medications situation is so serious that has led the Venezuelan Society of Public Health (SVSP) to issue a public statement complaining that “the lack of timely responses on the part of the National Government to address the problems identified from months ago are inevitably and immediately leading us to a humanitarian health crisis as we publicly warned on January 6 of this year, with serious and unpredictable consequences for the health and lives of the people.” A statement that also urges the Government to “address the causes of the lack of medical supplies, products and equipment and mitigate their consequences.”




Latin American Herald Tribune - VenEconomy: Venezuela’s Government Does Not Notice the ‘Log in its Own Eye’

Latin American Herald Tribune - VenEconomy: Venezuela’s Government Does Not Notice the ‘Log in its Own Eye’



Without entering into discussion on the complicated geopolitical situation that plagues the region, with a regrettable death toll and misery all over the place; or considering whether the Gaza Strip requires little or much of the aid being sent by Venezuela; what is certainly reproachable about this action of the government of Nicolás Maduro is that it begins seeking political solidarities from a sector of the international community and turns a blind eye to today’s chaotic reality of Venezuela, where lots of people are being mercilessly killed on a daily basis even without a war having been declared, and where an inflationary spiral and widespread shortages are wreaking havoc.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

At least one person dies in Detroit floods after record rainfall - vagazette.com

At least one person dies in Detroit floods after record rainfall - vagazette.com



(Reuters) - Near-record rainfall has caused massive flooding in the Detroit area that is blamed for at least one death and has made roads impassable, swamped vehicles and flooded basements, officials said.

The heaviest rain since 1925 engulfed the area on Monday, the second-wettest day on record, according to the National Weather Service.

Up to 6 inches of rain fell on Monday in a four-hour period and parts of five interstate highways that run through Detroit and many interior roads remained impassable on Tuesday, said Nicole Lisabeth, a Michigan State Police spokeswoman.

A 30-year-old woman died Monday after sufferinug a seizure in her car on a flooded road in Warren, a suburb north of Detroit, Lisabeth said. The storm may have also claimed a 100-year-old woman, whose body was found in her basement, she said.

Detroit's sewer systems were overwhelmed by the rain, Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement.

Area residents on Tuesday dealt with flooded basements and power outages, and flood warnings from the National Weather Service remained in effect on Tuesday night.

Divers had checked about 70 vehicles left behind by motorists on flooded roadways and have found no one trapped, Lisabeth said. About 1,000 vehicles were abandoned on Monday in Warren, the city's mayor, Jim Fouts, told the MLive.com website. 

The flooding forced General Motors Co to close a technical center in Warren and slowed operations of U.S. automakers in the region.




Obama Administration Loosens Ban on Lobbyists in Government - NYTimes.com



Obama Administration Loosens Ban on Lobbyists in Government - NYTimes.com




WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday rolled back part of its ban on lobbyists serving in government, narrowing one of the president’s signature policies in the face of a legal challenge.

Under a new rule, registered lobbyists whom Mr. Obama had previously barred from serving on government advisory boards may now participate if they are representing companies or groups and not acting on their own behalf.

The change was published in the Federal Register and took effect immediately, the administration said. It comes after the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the Obama administration’s efforts to dismiss a lawsuit by six lobbyists who challenged the ban’s constitutionality after being excluded from a trade advisory committee. The lobbyists said their First Amendment rights to petition the government had been violated.


Stocks close lower in light volume trade; geopolitics eyed

Stocks close lower in light volume trade; geopolitics eyed



Low oil prices put pressure on energy companies as stocks opened and closed lower on Tuesday for the first time in three sessions.




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HowStuffWorks "10 Fluoride Facts You Should Know"

HowStuffWorks "10 Fluoride Facts You Should Know"



Fluoride does accumulate in plants and animals. Animals (and that includes you, mammal!) see fluoride accumulation in their bones or soft shell. That means that with a high level of fluoride accumulation, bones can become brittle and be at risk for skeletal damage. In extremely high doses, reproductive organs and fertility can be affected [source: ATSDR].

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