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Friday, February 20, 2015

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Giuliani claims Obama has been influenced by communism - NY Daily News

Giuliani claims Obama has been influenced by communism - NY Daily News



Trying to explain his controversial comments that President Obama doesn’t love America, Rudy Giuliani said Friday that he believes the President has been influenced by communism and socialism.
“Look, this man was brought up basically in a white family, so whatever he learned or didn’t learn, I attribute this more to the influence of communism and socialism” than to his race, Giuliani told the Daily News.
“I don’t (see) this President as being particularly a product of African-American society or something like that. He isn’t,” the former mayor added. “Logically, think about his background. . . The ideas that are troubling me and are leading to this come from communists with whom he associated when he was 9 years old” through family connections.
When Obama was 9, he was living in Indonesia with his mother and his stepfather. Giuliani said he was referencing Obama’s grandfather having introduced him to Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the Communist Party.
The former mayor also brought up Obama’s relationship with “quasi-communist” community organizer Saul Alinksy and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Giuliani, a 2008 presidential hopeful, set off a national firestorm when he told an exclusive gathering of conservatives, pols and media figures on Wednesday night, “I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that this President loves America.
“He doesn’t love you. He doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up: To love this country,” Giuliani said of Obama at the Manhattan dinner, which was arranged for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.


Zach on Twitter: "With the effects of the #individualmandate sinking in to Americans, I read this great question from @mkibbe's book: http://t.co/feWgnb7yiS"

Zach on Twitter: "With the effects of the #individualmandate sinking in to Americans, I read this great question from @mkibbe's book: http://t.co/feWgnb7yiS"

Baghdad Invest on Twitter: "Miss Universe in 1972.... This lady was representing #Iraq in the competition. Very beautiful http://t.co/sZxjgaSbsq http://t.co/MdK2KbyO4l"

Baghdad Invest on Twitter: "Miss Universe in 1972.... This lady was representing #Iraq in the competition. Very beautiful http://t.co/sZxjgaSbsq http://t.co/MdK2KbyO4l"

French Icon Brigitte Bardot on Trial Again for Blasphemy Against Muslims - Breitbart

French Icon Brigitte Bardot on Trial Again for Blasphemy Against Muslims - Breitbart



What crimes has Bardot committed in the land without a First Amendment, in the land of Hate Speech laws that are being slickly exploited by non-persecuted Muslims?
Bardot has written: “I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country.”

Michael C Moynihan on Twitter: "Imam in Nørrebro (where Copenhagen terrorist lived) called for war against Jews day before synagogue/Vilks attack http://t.co/yBSlxPE3Ll"

Michael C Moynihan on Twitter: "Imam in Nørrebro (where Copenhagen terrorist lived) called for war against Jews day before synagogue/Vilks attack http://t.co/yBSlxPE3Ll"

Latin American Herald Tribune - Mayor of Metropolitan Caracas, Opposition Figure Antonio Ledezma, Arrested

Latin American Herald Tribune - Mayor of Metropolitan Caracas, Opposition Figure Antonio Ledezma, Arrested



CARACAS – The opposition mayor of metropolitan Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, was arrested Thursday by officials of Venezuela’s intelligence service, or Sebin, at the downtown headquarters of his party, officials close to the politician told Efe.

Ledezma was in his office at the party headquarters in the EXA Tower in the eastern El Rosal neighborhood when Sebin officials arrested him and began searching his office, the same sources said.

Last week, the mayor of the Caracas municipality of Libertador, Jorge Rodriguez, a supporter of late President Hugo Chavez, accused Ledezma and opposition lawmaker Julio Borges of being the intellectual authors of a coup attempt that was broken up a day before it was to have been staged on Feb. 12, as announced by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The president of the Venezuelan legislature, government supporter Diosdado Cabello, said that the alleged plot, evidently called the “Jericho Plan,” involved opposition figures Ledezma, Borges, Maria Corina Machado and Diego Arria, Venezuela’s former ambassador to the United Nations.

Ledezma at the time rejected those claims and emphasized that “so far during the Maduro regime there have been 12 alleged coups d’etat. Here, those who have coupmaking in their bones are those gentlemen who are in the government.”

“The government speaks of destabilization movements, and what is destabilizing the country is corruption,” he added.

Opposition deputy Richard Blanco, who belongs to Ledezma’s party, the Fearless People’s Alliance, or ABP, and opposition leader Machado, who came to the site of Ledezma’s arrest on Thursday, told reporters that the Sebin agents fired their weapons into the air, broke down the doors of the metropolitan mayor’s office and took him away in handcuffs.

Blanco and Machado then went to the Sebin headquarters on Venezuela Square in Caracas, where Ledezma had been taken.

Ledezma has been the metropolitan mayor of Caracas since 2008, although his powers have been severely curtailed by the government.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Raquel Godos on Twitter: "Hasta #Clinton reacciona. "@billclinton: Leopoldo López and the political prisoners in Venezuela should be released without delay.”"

Raquel Godos on Twitter: "Hasta #Clinton reacciona. "@billclinton: Leopoldo López and the political prisoners in Venezuela should be released without delay.”"

Ron Paul: "Good News" That Secession Is Happening - BuzzFeed News

Ron Paul: "Good News" That Secession Is Happening - BuzzFeed News



Former Republican presidential candidate and congressman Ron Paul says secession is happening and it’s “good news.” Paul later predicted the states would stop listening to federal laws.
“I would like to start off by talking about the subject and the subject is secession and, uh, nullification, the breaking up of government, and the good news is it’s gonna happen. It’s happening,” Paul, the father of potential Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul, told a gathering at the libertarian Mises Institute in late January. The event Paul was speaking at was titled “Breaking Away: The Case for Secession.”

Contra White House, Obamacare Exchanges Enroll Roughly 5 Million Uninsured, Not 11.4 Million - Forbes

Contra White House, Obamacare Exchanges Enroll Roughly 5 Million Uninsured, Not 11.4 Million - Forbes



Last night, the White House tweeted that “about 11.4 million Americans are signed up for private health coverage” through Obamacare’s insurance exchanges. President Obama claims that this figure proves that his health law is working. But once you unravel the spin, what the latest numbers show is that the pace of enrollment in Obamacare’s exchanges has slowed down by more than half. If previous trends hold,  Obamacare exchanges have enrolled roughly 5 million previously uninsured individuals: a far cry from 11.4 million.




Ten Ways In Which The Left Has Lost The Moral High Ground - Immersive





Ten Ways In Which The Left Has Lost The Moral High Ground - Immersive









1. HOSTILITY TO GLOBAL FREE TRADE ALTHOUGH IT IS THE ENGINE OF WORLDWIDE POVERTY REDUCTION



QUICK FACT: Quoted in The Economist, an analysis by Bjorn Lomborg found that trade liberalisation delivers more benefits for the poorest people of the world than any other "Sustainable Development Goal" under consideration by the world community.



2. INDIFFERENCE TO GOVERNMENT DEBT AND ITS PROFOUND INTERGENERATIONAL CONSEQUENCES



QUICK FACT: Because the British state is living beyond its means UK taxpayers are already paying £1 billion in interest payments every week. Servicing costs will rise to £70 billion within two or three years – more than the nation spends on schools, housing or defence.



3. DEFENCE OF UNSUSTAINABLE WELFARE STATES THAT FAIL TO TARGET HELP ON THOSE IN MOST NEED



QUICK QUOTE FROM ANGELA MERKEL: "If Europe today accounts for just over 7 per cent of the world's population, produces around 25 per cent of global GDP and has to finance 50 per cent of global social spending, then it’s obvious that it will have to work very hard to maintain its prosperity and way of life. All of us have to stop spending more than we earn every year.”

4. UNIONS THAT EXIST FOR THE BENEFIT OF THEIR MEMBERS RATHER THAN THE WIDER PUBLIC GOOD



QUICK READ: Romina Boccia on how public sector unions conspire against the public interest.

5. A MORAL RELATIVISM THAT AVOIDS PROMOTION OF THE TWO PARENT FAMILY IN PUBLIC POLICY



QUICK FACT: Economists at America's estimate that about half of all growth in inequality may be a function of changing family structure.

6. INSIDER-FRIENDLY FORMS OF WORKPLACE AND EMPLOYEE REGULATION THAT BENEFIT THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE A JOB BUT MAKE IT COSTLY TO HIRE EXTRA WORKERS



QUICK READ: Luke Johnson's solution: "A Start Up Act". Read more in the Financial Times.

7. ANTI-INEQUALITY POLICIES THAT INCREASE UNEMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY - ALTHOUGH IT IS POVERTY RATHER THAN INEQUALITY THAT KILLS



QUICK READ: Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Stephen Moore and Richard Vedder conclude that interventionist, anti-inequality policy prescriptions—"especially high income-tax rates and the lack of a right-to-work law—make states less prosperous because they chase away workers, businesses and capital." They found they did not deliver equality.

8. A TOLERANCE OF UNCONTROLLED IMMIGRATION – DESPITE ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR LOW-SKILLED LABOUR



QUICK BACKGROUNDER: An August 2014 paper by Robert Rowthorn, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Cambridge University, for the Civitas think tank found that the wages of lower-paid workers were depressed by large-scale immigration.

9. HOSTILITY TO FAITH-BASED AND UNCONVENTIONAL FORMS OF POVERTY-FIGHTING



QUICK READ: The Oasis Trust on what faith-based social groups can contribute to the common good.





10. A DETERMINATION TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE WITH EXPENSIVE, IMMATURE TECHNOLOGIES





QUICK READ: Professor Anthony Kelly's paper on how climate change policies hurt the poor in developed and developing nations (PDF /summary) or Bill Gates's argument for investing in clean tech.













There are important Left-leaning reformists who increasingly recognise the two great weaknesses of the prevailing approach to poverty. Firstly, they recognise that the war on poverty has been captured by vested interests who have become detached from the noble ambitions of the early Left. These include unions who defend under-performing teachers and state bureaucrats who manage complex welfare systems that trap people as surely as any physical maze. The second great weakness is the bias to materialism. The Left has become too Marxist and insufficiently Methodist. Free market capitalists are sometimes accused of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. Something similar could be said of the poverty-fighting Left. They can't see a social problem without reaching for the taxpayers' chequebook. Through Left-wing spectacles, a political party's compassion becomes measured almost exclusively in terms of how much of other peoples' money it is prepared to spend. They have forgotten the irreplaceable importance of institutions like the family, the friendly society and the church that provide holistic, relational forms of care that state bureaucrats can never, ever match. Just ask children from "care" backgrounds.



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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BBC News - Islamic State militants 'burn to death 45 in Iraq'

BBC News - Islamic State militants 'burn to death 45 in Iraq'




MontyDraxel on Twitter: ""Hail Hydra" @instapundit http://t.co/fgX6dMOw4P"

MontyDraxel on Twitter: ""Hail Hydra" @instapundit http://t.co/fgX6dMOw4P"

Mark Twain on Twitter: "Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."

Mark Twain on Twitter: "Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."

Couples Lined Up for Newark’s Valentine’s Day Vacant Lot Sale – Next City

Couples Lined Up for Newark’s Valentine’s Day Vacant Lot Sale – Next City



Malik Wright couldn’t stop pacing in place as he spoke. It was 25 degrees, and he’d been outside of Newark’s City Hall since about 7:30 a.m., waiting for one of the sweetheart lots — Newark’s latest blight reduction tactic, a Valentine’s Day sale of 100 vacant lots to couples for $1,000 a pop.
There were a few rules for the Saturday sale. The couples couldn’t be developers. Buyers must present their plans to the city planning board, and they have 18 months to complete construction. They’re also obligated to live in their new houses for at least five years. Newark’s Valentine’s Day Sale is akin to Detroit and Trenton selling homes for as a low as $1, and mirrors the types of deals for vacants that cities might offer through land banking.

Are You a Viking? | UA Magazine

Are You a Viking? | UA Magazine



In our lab we have a phone that rings several times a day. The conversation is always the same. A man from somewhere in the UK (where I’m from) is desperate to know the answer to one question: “Am I a Viking?”
An answer we could give is: “No. You don’t have a boat or a sword. You’re not a Viking.” But what they really want to know is whether their DNA points to a Scandinavian ancestry.
Maybe they could find some food for thought in a paper published in the journal PLOS Biology, which recently caught the attention of the mainstream media due to its supposedly surprising conclusion that Europeans shared common ancestors in the past 1,000 years. But re-examining this claim when you know a little about population genetics, makes it a subtle and more interesting phenomenon, but also a much less surprising one.
First, it is important to define the word “ancestor”, and to think about how many you may expect to have. Our would-be Vikings are concentrating their hopes on the Y-chromosome, which is passed down from father to son largely unaltered, making it relatively simple to trace. But the Y-chromosome only represents one of the many ancestors in each generation.
Ancestry is most commonly thought of as both parents, both of their respective parents, and so-on. The number of these “genealogical ancestors” doubles in each generation as you go back in time.
You have two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents and so on. Ten generations ago, you had more than 1,000 lines of descent, and 20 generations ago, more than a million. Increasingly some of these lead back to the same individuals multiple times, but the numbers are still very large.
For example, if there have been 40 generations over the past millennium, then any individual today would expect to have more than one billion lines of descent: many times the population of Europe (and the world) at that time. So yes, you can safely conclude that every European alive today is descended from every successfully reproducing European 1000 years ago, and of course countless non-Europeans too.
Computer models predict that, despite geographical boundaries, every individual in the world today is descended from every successfully reproducing individual in the world just a few thousand years ago, when humanity had already reached every corner of the world. Maybe the answer to our would-be Vikings should be, “Yes, we all are Vikings… and Romans, Huns and Slavs, and we are also all Africans, Asians and Native Americans.”
All this makes a headline saying that any two Europeans share a common ancestor just 1,000 years ago much less shocking, but these were not exactly the findings of the original article. The paper was looking for “genetic ancestors” – that minority of genealogical ancestors whose DNA has contributed to a modern individual’s genome. If every individual shuffles two copies of the genome they got from their two parents and passes a single newly-combined copy to each offspring, then the remaining is not passed on. Within a few generations whole genomes of some ancestors are lost altogether, and after 1,000 years the vast majority of genealogical ancestors leave no trace in the individual’s genome.
Genetic ancestors shared by two individuals are detectable by regions of matching DNA. With every generation there is a chance that each region will be split by the shuffling, so they inevitably get shorter over time. By finding the length of the longest region shared by the two individuals, one can estimate the time passed since the most recent shared genetic ancestor. This paper found that any two Europeans will have matching regions that suggest a common genetic ancestor in the last 1,000 years.
While this is interesting in itself, we should not infer too much. It is not evidence that we are the descendants of a single unified European population 1,000 years ago. Similarly, it is not evidence that there is no difference between the genetic make-up across modern Europe. Having ancestors in other parts of Europe (and the world) does not change the fact that most individuals have much more ancestry closer to home.
Such phenomena are also not specific to Europe. There is every reason to believe the same forces are at work on every continent, and between continents. In fact, the most recent genealogical ancestor shared by everyone alive today lived as recently as 4,000 years ago.
There are some interesting things to learn from this research, but maybe not the ones you got from the mainstream media. However, every article on this subject bashes new nails into the coffin of the outdated ideas of national and racial identity that are still ingrained in every culture, and I am always very happy to see people reminded that we are all family.
Reference:
Peter Ralph, & Graham Coop (2012). The geography of recent genetic ancestry across Europe PLoS Biology 11(5) 2013: e1001555 arXiv: 1207.3815v5
The ConversationThis  article was originally published at The Conversation, by Daniel Zadik.


One Protein To Rule Them All? | UA Magazine

One Protein To Rule Them All? | UA Magazine



Just like the One Ring was key to controlling the other rings of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, a protein known as GRP78/Dna K may hold the key to inhibiting the expression of several diseases in at least the human species.
At least, that’s what a team of researchers have discovered, and subsequently published in the Journal of Cellular Physiology.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Abbott: Federal judge halts Obama immigration initiatives - Houston Chronicle

Abbott: Federal judge halts Obama immigration initiatives - Houston Chronicle



U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen late Monday ruled in favor of Texas and 25 other states that challenged President Obama's executive action on immigration, according to a statement from Gov. Greg Abbott.
Check back for updates. Abbott's statement is below:
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement regarding the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas' decision on the lawsuit filed by a Texas-led coalition of 26 states challenging President Obama's executive action on immigration:
"President Obama abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed by Congress via executive fiat, and Judge Hanen's decision rightly stops the President's overreach in its tracks. We live in a nation governed by a system of checks and balances, and the President's attempt to by-pass the will of the American people was successfully checked today. The District Court's ruling is very clear — it prevents the President from implementing the policies in 'any and all aspects.' "
Following President Obama's announcement of his plan to take executive action and grant legal status to individuals illegally present in the United States, then-Attorney General Abbott filed a lawsuit challenging the president's action on Dec. 3 Texas was initially joined by 16 states in filing the lawsuit; that number has since grown to 26 states.


MaydnUSA on Twitter: "Democrats are starting to freak out over looming #Obamacare taxes. And not a single Republican vote to blame it on. ��"

MaydnUSA on Twitter: "Democrats are starting to freak out over looming #Obamacare taxes. And not a single Republican vote to blame it on. ��"

Matt Walker on Twitter: "'Protestors March on @ScottWalker's home' CORRECTION: protestors March on my grandparents home http://t.co/zmWo2QdqZn http://t.co/o6vonZgKdO"

Matt Walker on Twitter: "'Protestors March on @ScottWalker's home' CORRECTION: protestors March on my grandparents home http://t.co/zmWo2QdqZn http://t.co/o6vonZgKdO"





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Sunday, February 15, 2015

David Burge on Twitter: "German parade canceled due to weather forecast: partly cloudy with a chance of terrorism http://t.co/z557IGUGOM"

David Burge on Twitter: "German parade canceled due to weather forecast: partly cloudy with a chance of terrorism http://t.co/z557IGUGOM"

Portland Is Ingeniously Generating Hydropower From Its Waterpipes

Portland Is Ingeniously Generating Hydropower From Its Waterpipes

Ken Krogue on Twitter: "If you had bought the computing power found an iPhone 5 S in 1991 it would've cost you $3.56 million http://t.co/XkgJsoNQIB"

Ken Krogue on Twitter: "If you had bought the computing power found an iPhone 5 S in 1991 it would've cost you $3.56 million http://t.co/XkgJsoNQIB"

David Burge on Twitter: "Modest proposal: print the Charlie Hebdo cartoons on European welfare checks."

David Burge on Twitter: "Modest proposal: print the Charlie Hebdo cartoons on European welfare checks."

How 51 Shades Of Licensing Is Killing Our Economy | TechCrunch

How 51 Shades Of Licensing Is Killing Our Economy | TechCrunch



Now, you might be thinking, “Gee, I’m completely hung over from last night because I am a) dating someone or b) single. Why should I care about licensing and not, say, 50 Shades of Grey.”
Fair question! Thanks to the way that occupational licensing is administered, there are 51 Shades of Licensing – and the rules are equally torturous. These licenses are pretty much exclusively administered by state governments (plus DC), meaning that there are 51 different ways that licenses, certificates, and registrations are regulated.

2 Deadly Shootings Within Hours in Copenhagen; 5 Wounded - NYTimes.com

2 Deadly Shootings Within Hours in Copenhagen; 5 Wounded - NYTimes.com



COPENHAGEN — A shooting at a free speech event featuring an artist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad and a second shooting hours later outside a synagogue left two dead and five police officers wounded in Copenhagen, stirring fears that another terror spree was underway in a European capital a month after 17 people were killed in Paris attacks.




andreina on Twitter: "Está es Revolucion Hospitalaria y Tecnología de punta con Servicio de Primera de la Patria q habla Maduro en la UNERG http://t.co/7IebQeYeVB"

andreina on Twitter: "Está es Revolucion Hospitalaria y Tecnología de punta con Servicio de Primera de la Patria q habla Maduro en la UNERG http://t.co/7IebQeYeVB"

Uzbekistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Uzbekistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



However, non-governmental human rights watchdogs, such as IHFHuman Rights WatchAmnesty International, as well as United States Department of State and Council of the European Union define Uzbekistan as "an authoritarian state with limited civil rights"[30] and express profound concern about "wide-scale violation of virtually all basic human rights".[31] According to the reports, the most widespread violations are torturearbitrary arrests, and various restrictions of freedoms: of religion, of speech and press, of free association and assembly. It has also been reported that forced sterilization of rural Uzbek women has been sanctioned by the government.[32][33] The reports maintain that the violations are most often committed against members of religious organizations, independent journalists, human rights activists and political activists, including members of the banned opposition parties.
The 2005 civil unrest in Uzbekistan, which resulted in several hundred people being killed, is viewed by many as a landmark event in the history of human rights abuse in Uzbekistan.[34][35][36] A concern has been expressed and a request for an independent investigation of the events has been made by the United States, European Union, the United Nations, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. The government of Uzbekistan is accused of unlawful termination of human life and of denying its citizens freedom of assembly and freedom of expression. The government vehemently rebuffs the accusations, maintaining that it merely conducted an anti-terrorist operation, exercising only necessary force.[37] In addition, some officials claim that "an information war on Uzbekistan has been declared" and the human rights violations in Andijan are invented by the enemies of Uzbekistan as a convenient pretext for intervention in the country's internal affairs.[38]

Wisdom for Women on Twitter: "More Women fly F-16’s in Israel than drive cars in Saudi Arabia. http://t.co/wPw18nbeQv"

Wisdom for Women on Twitter: "More Women fly F-16’s in Israel than drive cars in Saudi Arabia. http://t.co/wPw18nbeQv"

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