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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Drought adds fuel to troubling wildfire season in California - CBS News

Drought adds fuel to troubling wildfire season in California - CBS News



In the town of Weed, near the Oregon border, 150 homes went up in flames so intense almost nothing was left but the foundations. Dee Houck watched her neighbor's home go up in flames.




Scotland Devolution Pledge 'Non-Negotiable'

Scotland Devolution Pledge 'Non-Negotiable'



Around 1,000 people, including shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander and Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney, will be at a special church service at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh on Sunday.




Progressivism Kills | National Review Online

Progressivism Kills | National Review Online



Progressivism Kills 
Detroit is not healthy for children and other living things. 




New Brookings Report on Government Failures Ignores Failed Social Programs

New Brookings Report on Government Failures Ignores Failed Social Programs



A new Brookings Institution report, “A Cascade of Failures,” by Paul C. Light concludes that the failures of the federal government are accelerating. As the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government continually expand the power and responsibilities of the federal government beyond its core constitutional functions, none of the failures pointed out by Light should come as a surprise.
What is surprising are the numerous failures that are omitted by Light’s methodology that relies solely on news stories listed in the Pew Research Center’s News Interest Index. Consequently, Light’s methodology limits government failures to major news events that are driven by shocking events, scandals, and cover-ups, such as the IRS targeting of tea-party groups, the Benghazi attack, Hurricane Katrina, and the Abu Ghraib prison abuses. While these failures are serious, Light’s methodology omits numerous failures of federal social programs.
For decades, large-scale evaluations using the “gold standard” of random assignment have consistently found that federal social programs are ineffective. For example, a scientifically rigorous evaluation of Head Start, a pre-K education program for disadvantaged children, demonstrated that almost all the benefits of the program disappear by kindergarten. Alarmingly, Head Start actually had a harmful effect on 3-year-old participants once they entered kindergarten, with teachers reporting that nonparticipating children were more prepared in math skills than the children who attended Head Start. And, to add insult to injury, since the program’s creation Congress has dumped over $202 billion into this failed program.
These failures extend to numerous other federal social programs. For instance, lLarge-scale experimental evaluations of federal job-training programs intended to help individuals find jobs and increase their earnings have consistently failed. Federal training programs intended to boost entrepreneurship and self-employment of the unemployed haven’t worked either. And federal job-training programs targeting youth and young adults have been found to be extraordinarily ineffective.
The simple fact is that when it comes to federal social programs, there is a dearth of evidence suggesting that these programs work. While Light shines the spotlight on government failure, his report omits the overwhelming scientific evidence that federal social programs are ineffective.


Michelle Obama: Americans 'Take For Granted' How Much Barack Has Improved U.S. - Fox Nation

Michelle Obama: Americans 'Take For Granted' How Much Barack Has Improved U.S. - Fox Nation




U.S. immigration protesters drop U.S. border blockade plan | Reuters

U.S. immigration protesters drop U.S. border blockade plan | Reuters



(Reuters) - A plan by U.S. protesters against illegal immigration to block traffic at more than a dozen border crossings in the southwest on Saturday was canceled after organizers said they received online threats from Mexican drug cartels.




Venezuela’s economy: Of oil and coconut water | The Economist

Venezuela’s economy: Of oil and coconut water | The Economist

The mess is a reflection not just of import-dependence and a shortage of dollars, but also the mismanagement of domestic industry. Some food producers have been nationalized; price controls often leave manufacturers operating at a loss. Some price rises have recently been authorized, but manufacturers say it is impossible to maintain normal output with such stop-go policies. For its part, the government blames what it calls an “economic war” and the contraband trade. It has instituted a nightly closure of the border with Colombia, and plans to fingerprint shoppers to prevent “excessive” purchases.

The prospects for a change of course are gloomy. On September 2nd Mr Maduro replaced the vice-president for economic affairs, Rafael Ramírez, with an army general; Mr Ramírez also lost his job as chairman of PDVSA in the reshuffle, which saw him moved to the foreign ministry. Under Mr Ramírez, PDVSA has not thrived. Oil exports have fallen by over 40% since 1997 because of lack of investment, offsetting the benefit from price gains. Nonetheless, Mr Ramírez was seen as the only man in the cabinet arguing for exchange-rate unification, a cut in fuel subsidies and a curb on the burgeoning money supply.




Venezuela’s economy: Of oil and coconut water | The Economist



Venezuela’s economy: Of oil and coconut water | The Economist




The government has been bridging that gap in part by printing bolívares. That has caused the money supply almost to quadruple in two years and led to the world’s highest inflation rate, of over 60% a year. Food prices, by the government’s reckoning, have nearly doubled in the past year, hitting the poor, its main constituency, hardest of all.

Even worse than inflation is scarcity. The central bank stopped publishing monthly scarcity figures earlier this year, but independent estimates suggest that more than a third of basic goods are missing from the shelves. According to Freddy Ceballos, president of the federation of pharmacies (Fefarven), six out of every ten medicines are unavailable. The list runs from basic painkillers, such as paracetamol, to treatments for cancer and HIV. One unexpected side-effect has been a sharp increase in demand for coconut water, which Venezuelans normally buy to mix with whisky. Nowadays it is sought out more for its supposed anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

Venezuela’s economy: Of oil and coconut water | The Economist

Venezuela’s economy: Of oil and coconut water | The Economist



Another Venezuelan economist, Francisco Rodríguez of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, thinks that scarcities of basic goods stem from the government’s refusal to adopt sensible exchange-rate policies. On the black market a dollar trades for over 90 bolívares; “official” dollars are worth between 6.3 and 50 bolívares, depending on which of the country’s multiple exchange rates you use. Exports of oil and its derivatives, which are dollar-denominated, account for 97% of Venezuela’s foreign earnings. Using an overvalued official rate means that the country is not making as much money as it could: the fiscal deficit reached 17.2% of GDP last year.




Venezuela’s economy: Of oil and coconut water | The Economist

Venezuela’s economy: Of oil and coconut water | The Economist



Even if it stays current on its financial dues, Venezuela is behind on other bills. Earlier this month two Harvard-based Venezuelan economists, Ricardo Hausmann and Miguel Angel Santos, caused a stir by criticizing the government’s decision to keep paying bondholders religiously while running up billions in arrears to suppliers of food, medicine and other vital supplies. “To default on 30m Venezuelans rather than on Wall Street”, they wrote for Project Syndicate, a website, “is a signal of [the government’s] moral bankruptcy.” 




The Economist on Twitter: "Venezuela: probably the world's worst-managed economy http://t.co/dgrbzTi6r3 http://t.co/1mIGM3Fjgu"

The Economist on Twitter: "Venezuela: probably the world's worst-managed economy http://t.co/dgrbzTi6r3 http://t.co/1mIGM3Fjgu"





Friday, September 19, 2014

Quartermaster | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)

Quartermaster | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)



Quartermaster is a flashcard app for nerds.

It's designed specifically for learning technical topics such as computer science, software development, programming, web technologies, databases, networking, operations, and system administration.

Comes with flashcards for C#, JavaScript, Ruby, and more.

Add your own flashcards written in Markdown via a public URL such as a public URL from your Dropbox or a raw URL from your public GitHub project.

Girls with guns - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Girls with guns - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Girls with guns is a sub-genre of action films and animation — often Asian films and anime — that portray a strong female protagonist who makes use of firearms to defend against or attack a group of antagonists.[citation needed] The genre typically involves gun-playstunts and martial arts action.[citation needed]




Little Buddha (1993) - Plot Summary - IMDb

Little Buddha (1993) - Plot Summary - IMDb



Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad, Raju, a waif from Kathmandu, and an upper class Indian girl. Together, they journey to Bhutan where the three children must undergo a test to prove which is the true reincarnation. Interspersed with this, is the story of Siddharta, later known as the Buddha. It traces his spiritual journey from ignorance to true enlightenment.




Veganism "Can Cause Serious Harm" Say Swiss Authorities

Veganism "Can Cause Serious Harm" Say Swiss Authorities



As the popularity of alternative-lifestyle choice ‘veganism’ increases across Europe, officials in Switzerland have expressed concerns about the health implications for children who have the unusual diet forced on them by “idealistic” parents.



n the statement, Swiss officials said: “Vegan food is not recommended for young children. It can cause serious harm”. The lack of vitamin B12, which is seriously deficient in Vegan diets is the main cause of the interjection by federal health officials, who have warned denying children access to animal-derived food at an early age can cause health problems.
Vitamin B12 is essential to a functioning nervous system and brain, as well as a number of other essential body functions including the production of blood. Young children normally receive the B12 they need by breastfeeding, but in the case of Vegan mothers the milk is deficient.



Enemigo del comunism on Twitter: "Solo #acetaminofen repartira el chavismo en los hospitales. ¿Y todos los enfermos de Cancer, diabetes,... http://t.co/PETUPegDz8"

Enemigo del comunism on Twitter: "Solo #acetaminofen repartira el chavismo en los hospitales. ¿Y todos los enfermos de Cancer, diabetes,... http://t.co/PETUPegDz8"

zerohedge on Twitter: "5 Things To Ponder: The Fed http://t.co/LHaoAx49YJ"

zerohedge on Twitter: "5 Things To Ponder: The Fed http://t.co/LHaoAx49YJ"

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scotland’s yes campaigners are voting to leave the Titanic | Adam Ramsay | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Scotland’s yes campaigners are voting to leave the Titanic | Adam Ramsay | Comment is free | theguardian.com



In Scottish city centres right now, you’re rarely out of sight of a yes badge. The vibe was summed up by an Edinburgh cabbie: “We’re being invited to run our country. It’s very exciting. Maybe we can show how things can be done differently”. It’s not just him. Polls have shown the yes vote surging.




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ENGLISH PAGE - Irregular Verb Page

ENGLISH PAGE - Irregular Verb Page



Englishpage.com's Irregular Verb Dictionary for English learners contains over 370 irregular verbs used in modern English.




16 Windows Phone 8 podcatchers compared and reviewed (part 1)

16 Windows Phone 8 podcatchers compared and reviewed (part 1)



 RULE NO.1 OF APPLICATIONS IS DON'T USE A NAME WHICH JOURNALISTS WILL KEEP AVOIDING OR GETTING WRONG!




In Obama's Illinois, New Food Stamp Recipients Exceed New Jobs - Investors.com

In Obama's Illinois, New Food Stamp Recipients Exceed New Jobs - Investors.com

Economy In Crisis: A new study by the Illinois Policy Institute shows in the past four years, the number of new food-stamp recipients in the state has outpaced new jobs nearly 2-to-1.

Illinois Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn, locked in a tight re-election battle with self-made billionaire Republican Bruce Rauner

Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/091614-717641-illinois-food-stamp-growth-exceeds-jobs.htm#ixzz3DZtgA1qS
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Microsoft BUILD 2014 - Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Demo.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER LYRICS - "Ritual" (2011) album

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER LYRICS - "Ritual" (2011) album



Ritual Of Celebration




Ted Nguyen on Twitter: "Fire warning continues in California. Mesmerizing photo of flames at #BassLake via @LATimes. It's 100 F here! #heat http://t.co/s1VRmsfYJ3"

Ted Nguyen on Twitter: "Fire warning continues in California. Mesmerizing photo of flames at #BassLake via @LATimes. It's 100 F here! #heat http://t.co/s1VRmsfYJ3"

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Brickleberry Episode Guide 2014 Season 3 - Obamascare, Episode 1 | TVGuide.com

Brickleberry Episode Guide 2014 Season 3 - Obamascare, Episode 1 | TVGuide.com



Season 3, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Season 3 begins with a visit from President Obama, but a hidden clause in the new health-care law means Woody and Steve must be sewn together to share a liver after Woody gets shot.
Original Air Date: Sep 16, 2014


Subquantum Kinetics (Book, 3rd Edition) - The Sphinx Stargate

Subquantum Kinetics (Book, 3rd Edition) - The Sphinx Stargate



Subquantum Kinetics is a revolutionary physics methodology that was inspired by advances in our understanding of how nonequilibrium reaction systems spawn self-organizing wave patterns. Replacing the fragmented and self-contradictory framework of modern physics, subquantum kinetics opens the door to a truly elegant unified field theory. Electromagnetic, gravitational, and nuclear potential fields all emerge from a single set of nonlinear equations representing subquantum processes postulated to take place throughout all space. It is the first fundamental theory to have its predictions of the nucleon’s energy potential profile later confirmed by particle scattering form factor data.
This approach, which is consistent with the ideas of Whitehead, Einstein, de Broglie, and Feynman, provides answers to many fundamental questions: Namely, how does the subquantum matrix generate the zero-point energy continuum and spawn the formation of matter? How do charge and mass come into being and how do they generate fields consistent with the laws of electrostatics and gravitation? Subquantum Kinetics also lays the foundations for a new wave theory of matter. Its nondispersing, periodic structures resolve the wave-particle dualism and produce de Broglie wave diffraction effects consistent with observation.
Subquantum Kinetics also leads to a new view of our cosmos: an open, order-generating universe, continuously creating matter and energy. Its prediction of a new form of energy, continuously emerging within all planets and stars, led to the discovery that planets, brown dwarfs, and red dwarf stars all share a common mass-luminosity relation and it also anticipated the anomalous blueshift found in the Pioneer 10 maser signal.
This book addresses many other subjects such as: Is the universe really expanding? What produces the cosmological redshift? Do black holes really exist? What makes stars pulsate? Why do blue supergiants produce supernova explosions? What powers galactic core explosions? It also provides some insights into the electrogravitic connection that Brown was researching. In particular, chapter 11 gives some background information on Townsend Brown’s electrogravitics.

News from The Associated Press

News from The Associated Press



Obama is ordering 3,000 military personnel to West Africa to erect new facilities and train health workers. He says it's the largest international response in the history of the CDC.

Urban Dictionary: 3 percenters

Urban Dictionary: 3 percenters



A loose affiliation of like minded Americans who vow to refuse to comply with laws that violate the second amendment right to keep (own) and bear (carry) firearms. The name "3 percenter" comesfrom the fact that only 3 percent of colonial British subjects took up arms against the Kingduring the revolutionary war. Three percent of the population was enough to overthrow a government and win independence.




Screwed by State on Twitter: "Socialism -it cares: 3 generations of Cubans have lived like this. @Yusnaby #Cuba http://t.co/9TFxP1d6eV So have 3 generations of Indians."

Screwed by State on Twitter: "Socialism -it cares: 3 generations of Cubans have lived like this. @Yusnaby #Cuba http://t.co/9TFxP1d6eV So have 3 generations of Indians."

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