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Friday, February 13, 2015

Why Tesla's battery for your home should terrify utilities | The Verge

Why Tesla's battery for your home should terrify utilities | The Verge

National Review on Twitter: "The payroll tax is the most consequential to the middle class- and it should be cut. http://t.co/I88me4QLLR http://t.co/NxWPlBMehW"

National Review on Twitter: "The payroll tax is the most consequential to the middle class- and it should be cut. http://t.co/I88me4QLLR http://t.co/NxWPlBMehW"

It’s Too Cold To Protest Global Warming At Yale | The Daily Caller

It’s Too Cold To Protest Global Warming At Yale | The Daily Caller



Yale anti-fossil fuel campaigners have indefinitely postponed a protest that was set for this weekend due to “unfavorable weather conditions and other logistical issues.”




Latin American Herald Tribune - VenEconomy: Contempt for Education in Venezuela

Latin American Herald Tribune - VenEconomy: Contempt for Education in Venezuela



If something has been evident during 16 years of "socialism of the 21st century" is that education has stopped being a priority, unless the State finds it useful to get its ideology into the heads of citizens.



Evidence of this contempt for education is there for everyone to see: schools and educational centers have collapsed; professors and teachers are poorly paid and poorly prepared; curricular changes eliminated basic subjects, distorted reality and introduced indoctrinating concepts and materials; evaluations and automatic promotions were eliminated, among others.



This contempt is also evidenced in the attack against autonomous and private universities, today at stake over budgetary woes and the set-up of parallel Bolivarian universities with a very dubious education curriculum quality.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Two Immigrants For Every New Job Since 2000 | The Daily Caller

Two Immigrants For Every New Job Since 2000 | The Daily Caller



The United States has accepted two new immigrants for each additional job created since 2000, according to federal data.
The data shows that 18 million legal and illegal immigrants settled in the United States from 2000 to 2015, while only 9.3 million additional jobs were created, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors a reduced level of immigration.
After subtracting deaths, departures and retirements among the immigrants, the working-age population of immigrants has grown 12 million since 2000, according to data at the Bureau of Labor Standards, said Steve Camarota, the author of the CIS study.
That’s equal to three years of American births.
The population of Americans aged 16 to 65 also grew by 16 million from 2000 to 2014, Camarota told The Daily Caller.
That overall population of working-age immigrants and native-born Americans increased by 28 million, which is three times the number of jobs added since 2000.
The huge growth in the labor supply, and the slow growth of employment, debunks predictions by Democrats and business groups that immigrant labor spurs the economy enough to ensure that even Americans gain from the inflow.
Instead, the post-2000 flood of migrants and young Americans workers has swamped the slow-growing labor market, and is helping to drive down salariesand to boost values on Wall Street. “Median household income, on average, has fallen 9 percent since the turn of the century,” The New York Times reported in January, matching conventional economic predictions about supply and demand in the labor market.
The extra immigrants are mostly poor, drive up taxpayers’ costs for welfare spending and are crowding into classrooms and spiking state and local education budgets.
The public is increasingly hostile to extra immigration, even as respondents tell pollsters that they value the American tradition of immigration and also that they respect immigrants. The contrast between public statements and private voting was demonstrated in the Democratic stronghold of Oregon, where Americans voted in November by two-to-one to deny drivers licenses to illegals. A January 2015 Gallup poll showed that only seven percent of Americans want a higher rate of immigration, despite minimal media coverage about the scale of immigration.
One reason for the low support for additional immigration is public opposition to companies that hire migrants at lower pay than Americans. In part, migrants take lower wages because their pay will be effectively increased by the government’s subsequent award of citizenship to them. That’s a hugely valuable deferred payment to migrants, to their future children and to their parents, who can later gain residency and sign up for Medicare’s various aid programs.
American citizens, however, can’t get citizenship as deferred wages. Instead, they must ask employers to pay their full wages — except for welfare payments— which puts them at a disadvantage in the labor market.
The percentage of working-age, native-born Americans who are in the labor market has fallen from 76.0 percent in 2000, down to 71.5 percent in 2014, according to the CIS report. The trend has pushed 13 million additional Americans out of the workforce since 2000.
In November 2014, one in every five U.S. jobs was held by a foreign-born worker, up from one-in-six jobs in January 2010, according to federal datahighlighted by the Center for Immigration Studies.
The resulting poverty and social conflict in the United States has spiked demand for big government aid programs since 2000. That demand helped Sen. Barack Obama claim the presidency in 2008 and 2012.
Obama and his allied Democrats have accelerated the process.
During Obama’s tenure, the normal immigrant inflow of 1 million per year has been boosted by the unprecedented distribution of roughly 7.4 million work-permits to illegals, refugees, tourists and other categories of foreigners.
That supply of 7.4 million workers is in addition to the roughly four million working-age immigrants among the 6 million legal immigrants who have arrived since 2009.
The combination of the 4 million and the 7.4 million has added roughly 11.4 million new foreign workers to the labor market since Obama was inaugurated in January 2009.
During the same period, roughly 26 million young Americans joined the workforce in search of the jobs needed to pay off college debts, to buy houses and to start families.
That means roughly one working-age immigrant has entered the labor market for every two or three young Americans who turn 18 during Obama’s six-year tenure.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Venezuela, el paraíso convertido en ruinas - ABC.es

Venezuela, el paraíso convertido en ruinas - ABC.es



Venezuela debe ser el país peor gobernado del planeta. El periódico «The Daily Telegraph» de Londres describió el desastre en un reciente reportaje montado sobre ocho gráficas espeluznantes.
En el 2015 la economía se contraerá en un 7% del PIB. Los venezolanos serán notablemente más pobres y tendrán menor capacidad de consumo.
La inflación es la más alta del mundo. Los expertos de Caracas Capital Market la sitúan en un 120% anual. Como la productividad es bajísima y el aumento de los salarios no compensa, la vida cotidiana será mucho más cara.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Juan of the Dead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Juan of the Dead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Total Film gave the film three stars out of five, noting the film's "jaunty tone bristling uneasily with often unlikeable heroes" but praised its political context, stating that the film "resurrects the genre's political subtexts with jibes at a country where zombies are dismissed as 'dissidents' and public transport continues to run, no matter what."[4] As of July 2013, the film has 78% favorable ratings out of 18 reviews on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[5]



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Benjamin Weingarten on Twitter: "Let’s all shed a tear for the federal employees who are supposed to be public servants. http://t.co/kt0CC6AmxX http://t.co/oeYjZ2jrpy"

Benjamin Weingarten on Twitter: "Let’s all shed a tear for the federal employees who are supposed to be public servants. http://t.co/kt0CC6AmxX http://t.co/oeYjZ2jrpy"

Parker Higgins on Twitter: "Left: Samsung SmartTV privacy policy, warning users not to discuss personal info in front of their TV Right: 1984 http://t.co/osywjYKV3W"

Parker Higgins on Twitter: "Left: Samsung SmartTV privacy policy, warning users not to discuss personal info in front of their TV Right: 1984 http://t.co/osywjYKV3W"

The Return of Evil | RealClearPolitics

The Return of Evil | RealClearPolitics



Part of what the Left finds objectionable about Kyle is his unshakable moral certainty. But in light of the Islamic State’s spectacular advertisements of its own cruelty, Kyle’s point of view holds up very well.

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