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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Beyond the Boundary - Japan Powered

Beyond the Boundary - Japan Powered



Beyond the BoundaryThe sword of blood burns as it slides into Akihito, acid. His cry rends the air and swirls the pink hair of his assailant. His chest rises and falls against the blade as he looks at the large, open eyes of the girl that skewered him. He smiles and says, “Be-speckled beauty.”




Robbers target food delivery trucks in shortage-hit Venezuela - Yahoo News Canada

Robbers target food delivery trucks in shortage-hit Venezuela - Yahoo News Canada



SAN CRISTOBAL/CARACAS (Reuters) - Robbers and looters are targeting trucks carrying food across Venezuela in another sign of worsening shortages that have turned basics like flour and chicken into coveted booty.
Crime has long plagued shops and roads in Venezuela, which has one of the world's highest murder rates.
But widespread shortages due to a restriction of dollars for imports have worsened since the New Year.
This has made food delivery increasingly risky even as certain trucks have been fitted with GPS devices and are sometimes protected by private security agents.
"I won't transport food anymore because the streets are too dangerous," said Orlando Garcia, a 37-year-old driver from the western state of Tachira who has been ambushed twice as he crisscrossed the country.
"They put screws on the road (to burst your tires), and when you stop to fix the tire they attack you," said Garcia, who now refuses to work past midnight and will only transport plastics.
A woman stands next to empty shelves inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas. (Reuters)A woman stands next to empty shelves inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas. (Reuters)
Queues that stretch around blocks are now a common sight throughout the OPEC country. Armed National Guard troops have been deployed to maintain order, but frustration mounts quickly during hours-long waits under the Caribbean sun.
"It's become a security problem to bring trucks to big supermarket stores," said Arsenio Manzanares, who heads a Venezuelan truckers' union.
"This wasn't a problem before, but now with these queues, people see a truck and they lunge for it."
Local media have reported several food robberies in Caracas this month, including one by four armed thieves who stole canned tuna, corn flour and refined sugar.
President Nicolas Maduro blames the scarcities on an "economic war" waged by right-wing foes trying to topple his socialist government. This week, he announced yet another crackdown on hoarders and contrabandists who sell price-fixed goods in Colombia for a tidy profit.
Industry leaders and drivers say shortages have been exacerbated by the phasing out of night deliveries for security reasons, lack of truck batteries and tires due to the impact of currency controls, and poor roads.
The government did not reply to a request for comment.
Statistics on deliveries are hard to come by, but Manzanares estimates they have dropped by 30 percent.
But despite mounting risks, some truckers are still hitting the road.
"They've robbed me five times already," said driver Jose Alexander Rincon, 39, also from Tachira. "I'm nervous. It's more dangerous by the day, but I don't have an alternative."
(Writing by Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Lisa Von Ahn)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Latin American Herald Tribune - VenEconomy: Venezuela Remains on the Road to Hell

Latin American Herald Tribune - VenEconomy: Venezuela Remains on the Road to Hell



From the Editors of VenEconomy

If two economists get together, they will produce three different theories.

The economic emergency that Venezuela is going through is so grave and its causes and solutions so obvious that brought together some 60 Venezuelan economists in agreement, including one or two supporters of the so-called "Socialism of the 21st century."

These 60 professionals have developed a 15-page document addressed to the National Executive and to all sectors of the country, explaining the reasons of the crisis as they draw up proposals to deal with the emergency. This document was published in the web site of NGO Pensar en Venezuela (www.pensarenvenezuela.org.ve) on Thursday.

These proposals are based on a reality that is well exposed in the document: "Venezuela requires the establishment of a market economy with strong social and economic institutions, forming part of a democracy where all national sectors will have their doors open to participate without fear in the national development." That is to say, a trilogy of democracy, legal certainty and inclusion.

The recommendations laid on the table by these economists in the search for "a different course" can be summed up in six main points:

1. Establish a new organized budgetary process aimed at reducing the public sector deficit, which should not exceed 4% of the GDP within two years.

2. Rescue the autonomy of the central bank with the appointment of a qualified board of directors not subjected to the guidelines of the Government, and that sets itself the following goals as top priority: suspend the monetary financing of more than two-thirds of the public sector deficit and the transfer of international reserves to the FONDEN national savings fund; let interest rates reward national savings and promote stability and the healthy growth of the financial system.

3. Execute a reorganization and financial restructuring plan for state-run oil company PDVSA in order to recover and raise the exploration, production and export capacity of crude oil and oil products of its own and its joint ventures.

4. Perform liability transactions to improve and reduce the maturity profile of the external debt of both the Republic and PDVSA, in addition to the review or suspension of other credit facilities received or provided to other countries, within a plan of reforms and new economic policy.

5. Remove foreign exchange and price control regimes as a primary goal within the economic plan – fiscal, monetary, financial – for which it is essential to create the economic and social conditions to improve the production, distribution and trade of goods and services.

6. Outline sectoral policies in the context of the changes performed on the country’s economic and oil policy, in order to bolster the economic recovery and a greater labor productivity in the agricultural, manufacturing, mining, construction, and tourism sectors.

It should be noted that, since 2009, a group of economists has been making this kind of coherent and sustainable proposal to the Government in an attempt to turn around its failed economic policy of the past 16 years. Unfortunately, it did not pay heed to these recommendations in spite of the fact that the crisis that ended up making explosion at the beginning of 2015, was already becoming unbearable even before the drop in oil prices. Now in spite of the fact that Venezuela has its external, financial and fiscal accounts in an extreme situation, which puts it on the brink of a hyperinflation process, Nicolás Maduro chose to condemn the country to remain on the road to hell after announcing his "new economic measures" in the Parliament on Thursday.

Do the concepts of import and export make economic sense? –Libertarian Prepper

Do the concepts of import and export make economic sense? –Libertarian Prepper



While balance of payments deficits are an important part of what economists study, and the statistics statisticians keep, does the notion of a balance of payments, or even of imports and exports, make economic sense?
In order to calculate a balance of payments, one must essentially take some arbitrary line in the sand and determine trade beyond that line to be an import or an export. But what fundamental economic difference is there in a trade between people in Brussels and Antwerp (both a part of Belgium), or Brussels and Paris? There are political implications to be sure, since the governments of these countries have seen it fit to impose various restrictions on such trade, but can we imagine the concept of a balance of payments existing on a free market, with no such political restrictions?
When we remove the arbitrary nature of government borders and apply the terms consistently, every time you buy a product from outside your city, you’re importing. Every time you sell to someone living in a town near yours, you’re exporting.
Yet you don’t see any headlines exclaiming in panic that, “The balance of payments deficit between New York City and Boston is at an all time high!” I don’t think such statistics even exist, because government statisticians haven’t deemed it useful to collect them.
Taken to its logical conclusion, every time any division of labor occurs, even when it is between yourself and a neighbor, there ought to be a balance of payments. You’re not really trading your potatoes for your neighbor’s onions anymore, you’re now exporting your potatoes to your neighbor, and importing their onions.
All this idea of a balance of payments does is arbitrarily draw a line where division of labor becomes something to account for in the “national books”. But the idea of a balance of payments is only relevant to the ruling class of a nation state.
The notion of imports and exports and a concomitant balance of payments is thus unnecessary, superfluous, redundant. These are collectivistic political terms used to color economic transactions. They are there to classify a certain group of otherwise normal transactions as within the realm of political manipulation (tariffs, quotas, regulations), and to foster ideas of zealous nationalism – so important for a government to retain control over its people.

Tyrion Aestarion - Lucerne Wiki

Tyrion Aestarion - Lucerne Wiki



Tyrion Aestarion is the son of Finubar, and Alerielle Aestarion. Teclis is the current High Loremaster of the Tower of Hoeth, and the greatest living mage amongst the High Elves.His twin brother, Teclis , is the champion and consort of the Everqueen and the greatest living warrior of Ulthuan . Where Teclis is a extraordinary warrior and general, Tyrion makes up for his weak body with a strong mind. He is one of the most powerful mages of Earth.

Tyrion Aestarion was raised inside the Tower of Hoeth soon after his birth by his Everqueen mother, and he spent centuries in quiet study. His studying ended when the Elves decided to engage in war against the Dwarves. At first he was noticeably absent but he eventually came out and painted his point that was was a mistake, and thus he stayed on Ulthuan while his brother led the army in France. When the Dark Elves attacked Ulthuan for a long period of time while the armies in France returned Tyrion led the forces of the High Elves in defence. Following the civil war he has become a more roving individual then he was before and he now travels extensively through Europe where he has been acting in consort with The Empire for some time.

This is the biggest sin in America: Dimon

This is the biggest sin in America: Dimon



The biggest sin in America is the high number of inner city and minority students who do not graduate high school, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told CNBC on Wednesday.

The Transhumanist Party's Presidential Candidate On the Future of Politics | Motherboard

The Transhumanist Party's Presidential Candidate On the Future of Politics | Motherboard



Technology, after all, is rapidly changing just about every area of human endeavor. Healthcare is morphing into cyborg-care, where doctor visits sometimes include software updates. New sports like Zorb racing or Speed Riding, a combination of paragliding and skiing, are born all the time. Even travel is on the verge of some possible colossal shifts with driverless cars and projects like the Hyperloop.




Thursday, January 22, 2015

Is Obamacare Squeezing The Middle Class?

Is Obamacare Squeezing The Middle Class?



Here is something few pundits predicted.
Poor, long-uninsured patients are getting Medicaid through Obamacare and finally going to the doctor’s office for care. But middle-class patients are increasingly staying away.
Take Praveen Arla, who helps his father run a family practice in Hillview, Kentucky. The Arlas’ patient load used to be 45% commercially insured and 25% Medicaid. Those percentages are now reversed, report Laura Ungar and Jayne O’Donnell in USA Today.
What’s the difference? Medicaid patients generally face no deductible or copayment when they seek care. But people who get health insurance at work or buy it in the (Obamacare) exchanges can face high out-of-pocket costs.


Nine Questions On The House Vote To Tweak ObamaCare's Employer Mandate (Updated: 10 Questions)

Nine Questions On The House Vote To Tweak ObamaCare's Employer Mandate (Updated: 10 Questions)



Tomorrow, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will vote on a measure that would alter the definition of full-time work, for purposes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, from 30 hours per week to 40 hours per week. The measure is likely to pass. The House approved a similar measure last Congress, but it never went anywhere in the Senate, which was then under Democratic control. Now that Republicans have a majority in the Senate, there’s a chance the measure could clear both chambers of Congress. The president threatens a veto. Yuval Levin writes this change “seems likely to be worse than doing nothing.” A few questions on this supposed threat to ObamaCare.
  1. This legislation would reduce the burden of ObamaCare’s employer mandate. But it would also increase government spending by making more workers eligible for health-insurance subsidies through ObamaCare’s Exchanges. How is that a policy victory?
  2. The legislation would therefore shift part of ObamaCare’s cost from an organized and influential interest group (employers) to a disorganized and less-influential interest group (taxpayers). How is that strategically smart?
  3. The legislation would make ObamaCare more tolerable for an organized and influential interest group (again, employers), thereby reducing their incentive to lobby for full repeal. How is that strategically smart?
  4. House Republicans say they are committed to repealing ObamaCare entirely. If so, why is this bill, rather than a full-repeal bill, the first item on their agenda? 
  5. House Republicans say this bill will show they can govern. But they also acknowledge the president will veto it. How is that governing?
  6. This legislation would merely lessen the burden of the employer mandate, and only for some employers. By June, however, the Supreme Court could completely invalidate employer-mandate penalties for all employers across 36 states. (See King v. Burwell.) How is this legislation a wise use of Congress’ time, when a Supreme Court ruling could go much farther in just a few months?
  7. King ruling could also invalidate Exchange subsidies in 36 states, thereby exposing millions of Americans to the full cost of ObamaCare’s hidden taxes. That would give Congress more leverage than ever before to reopen and repeal the law. With this legislation, House Republicans are playing small ball with no leverage. How is that strategically smart?
  8. If enacted, this legislation would actually reduce the leverage a King ruling would give Congress to reopen and repeal ObamaCare. How is that strategically smart?
  9. The president has said he would veto this legislation. Given the above, should Republicans believe him?
  10. Note that many of these questions also apply to repeal of the employer mandate before a King ruling, and sometimes after.
    Update: I forgot a question. (10 questions!)
    10. This legislation would repeal a perverse incentive for employers to cut workers’ hours from just above to below 30 hours per week. It would replace that perverse incentive with a perverse incentive to cut the hours of other workers from just above to below 40 hours per week. Those other workers will complain that Republicans just made ObamaCare worse for them. How is that a political win, or strategically smart?

Obamacare Has Been A Boon For The Insurance Industry - Forbes

Obamacare Has Been A Boon For The Insurance Industry - Forbes

ObamaCare's Exchange Subsidies Are So Essential, People Are Turning Them Down

ObamaCare's Exchange Subsidies Are So Essential, People Are Turning Them Down



For [Kansas City resident Grace] Brewer, buying a plan on her own would mean she would not have enough to pay for housing, she says, so she chose not to be insured this year and will have to pay a penalty in her 2016 tax filing that is likely to be 2 percent of her income. She has no dependents, is healthy, does not use prescriptions and says she has been careful about her health choices, not overusing medical care.
“I am frustrated. I am angry. And I say ‘no’ to the exchanges,” she says.

Steven Brill: My view from the gurney

Just About Everybody In Health Care Is Ripping Off The Government

Just About Everybody In Health Care Is Ripping Off The Government



And it’s not just the private sector. New York City seems as adept as any entity at squeezing dollars out of the federal government. For example, in one scheme, the city and a firm it contracts with routinely switched diagnosis codes on children – replacing codes that the doctors submitted with a default code (315.9) which designated an “unspecified delay in development.” Medicaid tends to approve the default code automatically, without much delay. According to The New York Times:
“… in just one four-day period in April 2009, [a federal prosecutor’s] lawsuit claims that the false diagnosis data was used on more than 600,000 claims, resulting in a $49 million payment from Medicaid to the city.”
Another scheme was intended to circumvent Medicaid’s requirement that the city exhaust private insurance coverage before billing Medicaid. According to the Times:
“If the city did not have adequate insurance information from the patient, it would not make any effort to find the correct policy information…. Instead, a computer program was created that would insert 999-999-999 as the purported policy number. Private insurers would quickly reject the claims, freeing the city to submit them to Medicaid.”
So how could things be different? We don’t have to look far. We can find better approaches within the Medicaid program itself. We can also pay attention to the experiences of other countries. A study by The Commonwealth Fund says there is an international trend toward self-directed care and it is focused on a most unlikely group of patients: the frail, the old, the disabled and even the mentally ill. As I wrote in Health Affairs:
  • In the United States, Medicaid “Cash and Counseling” programs — underway for over a decade — allow home-bound, disabled patients to manage their own budgets and choose services that meet their needs.
  • In Germany and Austria, a cash payment is made to people eligible for long-term care — with few strings attached and little oversight on how the money is used.
  • In England and the Netherlands, the disabled and the elderly manage budgets in a manner similar to Cash and Counseling in the United States.
How well do these programs work?
“In the Netherlands, close to 80 percent of disabled and elderly participants who were eligible for long-term care services and opted for a personal budget had a positive assessment of the services they received, compared with less than 40% in traditional care. In England, 79% of those who employ a personal assistant were very satisfied with the care and support they received, compared to only 26% in traditional care. In the United States, satisfaction rates in the Cash and Counseling programs have hovered in the high 90 percentiles.”
Patient power. It doesn’t just save money. It affects the entire system.

Just About Everybody In Health Care Is Ripping Off The Government

Just About Everybody In Health Care Is Ripping Off The Government



When patients pay for care with their own money, doctors and hospitals tend to vigorously compete on the basis of cost, quality and access to care. But when medical bills are paid by third-parties (insurance companies, employers and government), providers will tend to deliver care in the way that gets the most money out of the bureaucratic payment formulas.
You would think that this fact would be prima facie obvious. Yet every once in a while we get a new government report that expresses surprise that the provider community acts in its own financial self-interest.
For example, a report just released by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services finds that hospices are (gasp) gaming the system to make more money. As reported in the Washington Post:
“Currently, Medicare pays a hospice about $155 per patient day of routine care at home.”
“While that sounds straightforward, investigators have found that the payment system gives hospices an incentive to sign up patients who need the least amount of care – and potentially leads them to steer clear of patients with greater needs.”
It turns out that there is really nothing new here:
“The new findings follow others that indicate that financial incentives provided by the Medicare payment system leads some hospices to target patients with easier to handle diagnoses because they are more profitable. Previous reports have focused on hospices that sign up patients in nursing homes and others that enroll patients who aren’t actually near death.”

Sebastian Seung’s Quest to Map the Human Brain - NYTimes.com

Sebastian Seung’s Quest to Map the Human Brain - NYTimes.com

5 Men Who Died From Shaving | The Art of Manliness

5 Men Who Died From Shaving | The Art of Manliness





John Thoreau, 1841

John Thoreau was the brother of famous American writer and Transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau. In the winter of 1841, while taking part in his daily shave, John Thoreau cut himself with his razor. A few days later he came down with lockjaw and died in Henry David’s arms. His brother’s death devastated Thoreau. He didn’t talk to his family or write in his journal for weeks.
Thoreau’s good friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson, suggested he go spend some time out in the woods alone near a pond called Walden. Thoreau took this sage advice, and one ofAmerica’s great essays was born. All thanks to shaving.


JohnCornyn on Twitter: "In 3 short weeks there have been more votes done this year in the Senate than in all of 2014 when Harry Reid and the Democrats had control."

JohnCornyn on Twitter: "In 3 short weeks there have been more votes done this year in the Senate than in all of 2014 when Harry Reid and the Democrats had control."

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: "The Internet Will Disappear" - The Hollywood Reporter

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: "The Internet Will Disappear" - The Hollywood Reporter



Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Thursday predicted the end of the Internet as we know it.
At the end of a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where his comments were webcast, he was asked for his prediction on the future of the web. “I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear,” Schmidt said.
“There will be so many IP addresses…so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense it,” he explained. “It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.”
Concluded Schmidt: “A highly personalized, highly interactive and very, very interesting world emerges.”


Latin American Herald Tribune - Roca Brothers and Sherry, Berlinale’s Key Culinary Ingredients

Latin American Herald Tribune - Roca Brothers and Sherry, Berlinale’s Key Culinary Ingredients

An Interview with the Imprisoned Daughter of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

An Interview with the Imprisoned Daughter of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah



Why do you think you have been placed under effective house arrest?

We, along with our mother, have always been vocal all our lives about poverty, women’s rights and other causes that are dear to our hearts. We often discussed them with our father. It did not sit well with him and his sons Mitab and AbdelAziz and their entourage. We have been the targets ever since. We have been treated abysmally all our lives, but it got worse during the past 15 years. When Hala began to work as an intern at a hospital in Riyadh, she discovered political prisoners thrown in psychiatric wards, drugged and shamed to discredit them. She complained to her superiors and got reprimanded. She began to receive threatening messages if she didn’t back off. The situation deteriorated, and we discovered that she was also being drugged. She was kidnapped from the house, left in the desert, then thrown in Olaysha’s Women’s Jail, Riyadh. She soon became yet another victim of the system, as were the so-called patients (political prisoners) she was trying to help. Maha, Jawaher and I have all been drugged at some point. Jawaher and I have resisted and we were able to protect ourselves.
We have been told to lose all hope of ever having a normal life. A chance to study, work, and raise a family have been denied us. They wanted us to be hopeless and helpless, to give up like many have in this country. After years of hopelessness, forced sedation, physical and psychological abuse, we managed Jawaher and I to fight back, thanks to our mum who has raised us to be independent, to fight for what we believe and stand for our rights. She left to London in 2003. She did not flee as some media has been saying, fabricating lies for sensationalism. In fact, they had tried to push her away to separate us, and to prevent her from supervising my sisters’ treatment. She decided to leave so that she could fight for our freedom. We have been saved from a worst fate thanks to her leaving. Alas, many human rights organisations, journalists, and lawyers have not helped. Some have even hindered her efforts, while others ignored our plight altogether. Her attempts throughout the past 10 years have failed despite her constant fight to free us from captivity and seek medical help for my sisters Maha and Hala. Our mother means everything to us. She is the light that shines through all this darkness.

More Coast Guard Cutters Sent to Turn Back Cuban "Rafters"




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Libertarian Party on Obama's State of the Union - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Libertarian Party on Obama's State of the Union - Hit & Run : Reason.com



The L.P. suggests not just stopping Obama's proposed new programs, but rolling back old, even venerable, ones that most Americans don't consider might be hurting more than helping. Vohra suggests, for example, that rather than further subsidizing community colleges, Obama could do more for both educational affordability and quality by cutting back existing federal interventions and contributions to education, all the way down to Common Core and the Department of Education
Don't raise the minimum wage to help people really better themselves and get ahead; eliminate it so entry level jobs are available to all, not just those already valuable enough to be worth the enhanced minimum wage.

Aclarate Ya on Twitter: ".@guserloco Miserable Socialismo. Si no se cuesttiona el Socialismo es pérdida de tiempo y no hay avance."

Aclarate Ya on Twitter: ".@guserloco Miserable Socialismo. Si no se cuesttiona el Socialismo es pérdida de tiempo y no hay avance."

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

El Congresista Curbelo y Su Respuesta Republicana en Español al Estado d...

Newsweek on Twitter: "Obama's Dead-End State of the Union Proposals: http://t.co/jPvGyWNQYV http://t.co/WvgfZPcwH9"

Newsweek on Twitter: "Obama's Dead-End State of the Union Proposals: http://t.co/jPvGyWNQYV http://t.co/WvgfZPcwH9"

Jedediah Bila on Twitter: "His vetoes don't count as him not wanting to compromise, silly."

Jedediah Bila on Twitter: "His vetoes don't count as him not wanting to compromise, silly."

#blackrepubprobz on Twitter: ""We may not always agree with a womans right to let her infant die in a closet after a botched abortion." Obama voted against BAIPA #SOTU"

#blackrepubprobz on Twitter: ""We may not always agree with a womans right to let her infant die in a closet after a botched abortion." Obama voted against BAIPA #SOTU"

Matt Viser on Twitter: "RT @nomizeichner: "both of em" http://t.co/l3GSSyE3l3"

Matt Viser on Twitter: "RT @nomizeichner: "both of em" http://t.co/l3GSSyE3l3"

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Chip Knappenberger on Twitter: "I am a #climate #scientist and I think we have plenty of information not to act! http://t.co/Namrin2CCK #CatoSOTU"

Chip Knappenberger on Twitter: "I am a #climate #scientist and I think we have plenty of information not to act! http://t.co/Namrin2CCK #CatoSOTU"

College Insurrection on Twitter: "“I” RT @guypbenson: Obama reminds us, "I won." #Uniter"

College Insurrection on Twitter: "“I” RT @guypbenson: Obama reminds us, "I won." #Uniter"

Guy Benson on Twitter: "OBAMA DECRIES CONSTANT FUNDRAISING!!!"

Guy Benson on Twitter: "OBAMA DECRIES CONSTANT FUNDRAISING!!!"





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Michael F. Cannon on Twitter: "A great way to reduce tax loopholes would be to make them less attractive to create by reducing tax rates. #CatoSOTU"

Michael F. Cannon on Twitter: "A great way to reduce tax loopholes would be to make them less attractive to create by reducing tax rates. #CatoSOTU"

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Josh Rogin on Twitter: ""Stopping ISIL's advance" - highly disputed by people in Iraq and Syria. #SOTU"

Josh Rogin on Twitter: ""Stopping ISIL's advance" - highly disputed by people in Iraq and Syria. #SOTU"

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No, The VA Isn't A Preview Of Obamacare -- It's Much Worse

No, The VA Isn't A Preview Of Obamacare -- It's Much Worse




Diana Furchtgott-R on Twitter: "#SOTU2015 Raising minimum wage discriminates against the low skilled and poor--it insures that they are kept out of #job market."

Diana Furchtgott-R on Twitter: "#SOTU2015 Raising minimum wage discriminates against the low skilled and poor--it insures that they are kept out of #job market."





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It's Time That We End the Equal Pay Myth

It's Time That We End the Equal Pay Myth



The wage gap statistic, however, doesn’t compare two similarly situated co-workers of different sexes, working in the same industry, performing the same work, for the same number of hours a day.  It merely reflects the median earnings of all men and women classified as full-time workers.




James Blunt’s letter to Chris Bryant - in full | Music | The Guardian

James Blunt’s letter to Chris Bryant - in full | Music | The Guardian



Every step of the way, my background has been AGAINST me succeeding in the music business. And when I have managed to break through, I was STILL scoffed at for being too posh for the industry.
And then you come along, looking for votes, telling working class people that posh people like me don’t deserve it, and that we must redress the balance. But it is your populist, envy-based, vote-hunting ideas which make our country crap, far more than me and my shit songs, and my plummy accent.

Deep-fried graphene may be the key to long-lasting batteries

Deep-fried graphene may be the key to long-lasting batteries



Deep-fried graphene, yum
The deep frying process isn't just useful for livening up your food -- it might also be the ticket to better batteries in your mobile devices. South Korean researchers have createdhighly conductive, stable electrode materials by spraying graphene oxide droplets into a very hot blend of acid and organic solvent, much like you'd dip chicken into oil. The resulting "pom-poms" (what you see above) aren't at all tasty, but their open 3D structure makes them far better for transferring electrical charges than plain graphene.
Other scientists have developed 3D graphene before, with similar energy capacitance. However, this deep-fry method is a lot easier to translate to mass production -- it's simple and scales easily to larger batches. This is just one piece of the puzzle (albeit an important one), so it'll be a while before you see batteries based on this trick. Should everything pan out, though, your future smartphone or electric car may last much longer thanks to some carbon-based cuisine.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Patrick Ruffini on Twitter: "Wages crashing through the floor post-stimulus, post-Obamacare. http://t.co/9kWCOGAk9H"

Patrick Ruffini on Twitter: "Wages crashing through the floor post-stimulus, post-Obamacare. http://t.co/9kWCOGAk9H"

You MUST mock - Official site of Stephen Fry

You MUST mock - Official site of Stephen Fry




Hamas DID use schools and hospitals in Gaza Strip as 'human shields' | Daily Mail Online

Hamas DID use schools and hospitals in Gaza Strip as 'human shields' | Daily Mail Online



Hamas appeared to admit using human shields to fire rockets into Israel for the first time today, but refused to accept responsibility for the slaughter of hundreds of innocent Palestinians killed in retaliatory airstrikes.
In a veiled confession that comes two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, a senior Hamas official said the group's fighters had no choice but to use residential areas from which to launch missiles into their neighbour's territory.
But while Ghazi Hamad claimed they took safeguards to keep people away from the violence, he admitted 'mistakes were made', blaming Israel's heavy-handed response for the deaths of civilians.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2753176/Hamas-DID-use-schools-hospitals-Gaza-Strip-human-shields-launch-rocket-attacks-Israel-admits-says-mistake.html#ixzz3PD448R2Y
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Amanda Carpenter on Twitter: "So, Obama's tax plan will raid your college fund, raid your retirement, and raid your inheritance. Explicitly designed to punish savers."

Amanda Carpenter on Twitter: "So, Obama's tax plan will raid your college fund, raid your retirement, and raid your inheritance. Explicitly designed to punish savers."

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