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Saturday, March 21, 2015

The UN Just Condemned a Single Nation for Women’s Rights Violations. Can You Guess Which One?

The UN Just Condemned a Single Nation for Women’s Rights Violations. Can You Guess Which One?



Rather than focus on rampant female genital mutilation in Somalia or Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women as second-class citizens who can’t even drive themselves to the hospital, the U.N. took aim at Israel

Near Perfect Correlation Between Wages And Spending Bodes Poorly For Economy | Zero Hedge

Near Perfect Correlation Between Wages And Spending Bodes Poorly For Economy | Zero Hedge




Daniel Hannan on Twitter: "Welcome to Croatia's Conservative Party, @KonzervativciHR. Here's the magnificent @RuzaTomasic at work in Slavonia: https://t.co/js9LAcmUzo"

Daniel Hannan on Twitter: "Welcome to Croatia's Conservative Party, @KonzervativciHR. Here's the magnificent @RuzaTomasic at work in Slavonia: https://t.co/js9LAcmUzo"

Karel Becerra - Cuba on Twitter: "#CubaReal Aunque no lo crean, aqui vive un ingeniero con sus padres #Cuba http://t.co/bVcjgHPEKo"

Karel Becerra - Cuba on Twitter: "#CubaReal Aunque no lo crean, aqui vive un ingeniero con sus padres #Cuba http://t.co/bVcjgHPEKo"

Mrs. Rutter on Twitter: "There's no pride in the premium hikes I've faced b/c of #Obamacare RT @TheDemocrats Show your pride: http://t.co/dZToOopFbR"

Mrs. Rutter on Twitter: "There's no pride in the premium hikes I've faced b/c of #Obamacare RT @TheDemocrats Show your pride: http://t.co/dZToOopFbR"

David Morgan on Twitter: "75% of Americans lost the insurance they liked because of #Obamacare. RT .@TheDemocrats Show your pride: http://t.co/ahTnbmPbcc"

David Morgan on Twitter: "75% of Americans lost the insurance they liked because of #Obamacare. RT .@TheDemocrats Show your pride: http://t.co/ahTnbmPbcc"

An Open Letter To Azalea Banks — Republican Girl Probs

An Open Letter To Azalea Banks — Republican Girl Probs



Dear Azalea Banks,
So apparently you've opened your mouth again, and out came some verbal diarrhea. This time, you decided to get "political" (if you wanna call it that). Look, I'm all for everyone taking advantage of their First Amendment rights, but there's a line, and clearly, you don't know where the hell that line is.
It's people like you that fuel negative stereotypes about the Republican Party, which lead to disillusioned voters going to the polls with this in mind. I don't know what you've got against us, but clearly you've got some beef. What gives? What did we ever do to you?
Unfortunately, you've got a small following of lost souls that will listen to you and your baseless nonsense. So, I guess maybe people will believe you. Wow, this is what society has come to; people getting political advice from "pop" stars (is that what you are?)
There are people like you, that work in the entertainment biz, and there are people like me, that work in the political sphere. It's nice when musicians become activists for causes close to their hearts, but you're just making baseless claims to get attention.You're not an expert in politics, are you Ms. Banks? No. So then why are you spewing this nonsense to propagate such drama? I mean, what makes you so knowledgable about the political landscape? Why is your interview for a porn rag -- I mean Playboy -- getting political? Shouldn't you be talking about other things like 50 Shades of Grey? 
You're from the 212, right? Well, how about you stay there. Leave my party alone. Thanks girl.
(Try to) Stay Classy, Vanessa

Friday, March 20, 2015

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To Hell with the Venezuela Economy, Revolution Is the Regime’s Only Goal

To Hell with the Venezuela Economy, Revolution Is the Regime’s Only Goal



The world is finally aware of the severity of Venezuela’s economic crisis — a resource-rich nation that is on track for a GDP contraction of more than 3 percent for a second year in a row. The conspicuous consequences of interventionist state policies, alongside stringent price and foreign-exchange controls, have gone from inciting ridicule to indignation.+
Even when coerced into basements by government mandate, daylong lines for basic goods are hard to hide. International pundits are keen to advocate rational economic policy actions to alleviate the situation. Yet there is one problem: economic development has not been a goal for the Venezuelan government for many years now.+
There are plenty of Oxbridge-educated bureaucrats in Venezuela that are capable of coming up with effective solutions for the country’s economic woes; yet everyone in a position of power is blinded by ideology and distracted by revolutionary social justice goals. Therefore, without a regime change there will not be a return to growth.+
Today, Venezuela suffers from the world’s highest annual inflation rate of more than 70 percent and will probably reach hyperinflation in the very near future. The country is also on the verge of default, having depleted its international reserves after years of unbridled spending and handouts.+
It is one of the world’s most dangerous countries with almost 25,000 homicides in 2014 and more than 90 percent of the murders going unpunished, according to the nonprofit organization Venezuelan Violence Observatory (VVO). Additionally, government institutions are riddled with corruption and allegations of wrongdoing while the citizens suffer the daily consequences.+
Like Cuba and North Korea, Venezuela established a foreign-exchange control system more than a decade ago along with ever-stronger price controls, and has now began to ration food as imports tumble and basic good shortages reach almost 30 percent.+
For Venezuelan citizens, the economic reality of the country translates to a daily grind to find foodstuffs, household items, and medicines. Countless illnesses that could be easily treated in the past have today become a death sentence, as industry leaders estimate medical supply scarcity has surpassed 60 percent.+
The endless lines to await the arrival of food products at supermarkets force many to miss days of work. A new government plan to enforce rationing with fingerprint machines is being rolled out to control the chaos whenever any of the scarce goods arrive. Yet none of these economic difficulties should have come as a surprise to a government that receives policy advice from Havana.+
Cubans have been standing in lines for decades, and Venezuelan subsidies have long been the lifeline for the island’s economy. Venezuelan government officials are extremely well versed in the history of economic thought and the consequences brought about by Leninism.+
And yet they forge ahead. Because their goal is not to achieve economic growth or development; their goal has always been clearly stated: to construct a 21st-century socialist nation based on a revolutionary system of government that will achieve social justice.+
This revolutionary clamor for redemption stems from mistakes and crony capitalism during the country’s democratic era. Yet the reason for poor wealth distribution among the population came precisely from policies based on socialism. The Venezuelan government has complete ownership of the country’s subsoil and the returns which it produces, and country’s inability to diversify away from oil dependency alongside the top-down approach to development created unsustainable growth and benefited only the governing elite and their supporters.+
To Hugo Chávez and all of his successors today, despite dire results for the economy, the revolution is what will bring justice to all those who were oppressed in the past. And even while manipulating the truth by pretending to adhere to democratic principles, they have never hidden their true goal. When Chávez first arrived to power, one of his first actions was to change the constitution. Since then, a slew of mandated decrees have created a stranglehold on the private sector, the only productive sector in the country.+
In Venezuela, no one can be fired, profits and prices are capped, imports are restricted, dollars are almost impossible to come by, and production minimums still have to be met to avoid fines or imprisonment.+
So given the entrenchment in government of the current ideological elites, the economy will get worse before it gets better. The march towards a revolutionary socialist nation will continue. Only a higher level of social unrest from the struggling population will refocus the government’s goals on the economy and democracy.+
But one thing is for certain: there is no solution to the economic crisis that includes the current regime or another like-minded one staying in power; promoting dialogue with current leaders will only kick the can down the road.

America’s Government School System: Never Have so Many Paid so Much to Achieve so Little | International Liberty

America’s Government School System: Never Have so Many Paid so Much to Achieve so Little | International Liberty



No other nation in the world spends as much on education as the United States.
According to our leftist friends, who prefer to measure inputs rather than outputs, this is a cause for celebration. I guess it shows we have the best intentions. Or maybe we love our kids the most.
For those who prefer to focus on outputs, however, it’s very difficult to be happy about the results we’re getting compared to all the money that’s being spent. Heck, in some cases it’s almost as if we’re getting negative results when you compare inputs and outputs.
To paraphrase what Winston Churchill said about the Royal Air Force in World War II, never have so many paid so much to achieve so little.
Now we have more evidence that American taxpayers are paying a lot and getting a little (though I have to admit that non-teaching education bureaucrats have been big winners).
The Washington Post reports on some new research to see how America’s young adults rank compared to their peers in other nations.
The results aren’t encouraging.
This exam, given in 23 countries, assessed the thinking abilities and workplace skills of adults. It focused on literacy, math and technological problem-solving. The goal was to figure out how prepared people are to work in a complex, modern society. And U.S. millennials performed horribly. That might even be an understatement… No matter how you sliced the data – by class, by race, by education – young Americans were laggards compared to their international peers. In every subject, U.S. millennials ranked at the bottom or very close to it, according to a new study by testing company ETS.
There were three testing categories and Americans didn’t do well in any of them.
…in literacy, U.S. millennials scored higher than only three countries. In math, Americans ranked last. In technical problem-saving, they were second from the bottom. “Abysmal,” noted ETS researcher Madeline Goodman. “There was just no place where we performed well.”
Here’s the comparative data on literacy.
Here’s how Americans did on numeracy (which may explain why there’sconsiderable support for the minimum wage).
Last but not least, millennials didn’t exactly do well in problem solving, either (which may explain their bizarre answers to polling questions).
By the way, the researchers also sliced and diced the data to get apples-to-apples comparisons.
Yet even on this basis, there’s no good news for America.
U.S. millennials with master’s degrees and doctorates did better than their peers in only three countries, Ireland, Poland and Spain. …Top-scoring U.S. millennials – the 90th percentile on the PIAAC test – were at the bottom internationally, ranking higher only than their peers in Spain.  …ETS researchers tried looking for signs of promise – especially in math skills, which they considered a good sign of labor market success. They singled out native-born Americans. Nope.
At some point, we need to realize that decades of additional spending and decades of further centralization have not worked.
Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to shut down the Department of Education on the federal level and to encourage school choice on the state and local level.
After all, we already have good evidence that decentralization and competitionproduces better test scores. There’s also strong evidence for school choice from nations such as SwedenChile, and the Netherlands.
P.S. We’re never going to solve this problem by tinkering with the status quo. That’s like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. This is why Bush’s no-bureaucrat-left-behind scheme didn’t work. And it explains why Obama’s Common Core is flopping as well.
P.P.S. Moreover, it will probably require big reform to deal with the brainless types of political correctness that exist in government schools.
P.P.P.S. If you want more evidence that the problem isn’t money, check out this research on educational outcomes in various cities. Or look at this data from New York City and Washington, DC, both of which spend record amounts of money on education.
P.P.P.P.S. I can’t resist sharing this correction of some very shoddy education reporting by the New York Times.
P.P.P.P.P.S. On the bright side, the inadequacies of government-run schools helped give birth to the home-schooling movement, which then led to this humorous video. And the political correctness that infects government schools results in a bizarre infatuation with gender performance, which helped lead to this funny video. And this bit of satire on the evolution of math training in government schools also is quite amusing.

Watchdog.org on Twitter: "Union lobbyist who worked one day as a teacher suing Illinois over $30,000 pension http://t.co/WanlxawbHq"

Watchdog.org on Twitter: "Union lobbyist who worked one day as a teacher suing Illinois over $30,000 pension http://t.co/WanlxawbHq"








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Solar Eclipses in History and Mythology

Solar Eclipses in History and Mythology



A fragment of a lost poem by Archilochus (ca. 680–645 BCE), who was a Greek poet and soldier, seems to clearly depict a total solar eclipse:

Nothing there is beyond hope,
nothing that can be sworn impossible,
nothing wonderful, since Zeus,
father of the Olympians,
made night from mid-day,
hiding the light of the shining Sun,
and sore fear came upon men.

Samuel Bryan on Twitter: "I love it when brown shirt hypocrites--->@JohnFugelsang #p2 attack Bush and OIF then give HIllary a pass, https://t.co/HoR280VhuH @mjbanks"

Samuel Bryan on Twitter: "I love it when brown shirt hypocrites--->@JohnFugelsang #p2 attack Bush and OIF then give HIllary a pass, https://t.co/HoR280VhuH @mjbanks"

Google Plans To Create A Wristband To Detect And Kill Cancerous Cells

Google Plans To Create A Wristband To Detect And Kill Cancerous Cells




Trial of Saddam Hussein - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Trial of Saddam Hussein - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The Ayn Rand Institute argued that "A trial that presumes Hussein's innocence can achieve nothing but a travesty of justice": "Saddam Hussein is not a private citizen, whose guilt requires proof in an objective court of law, but a dictator whose incontestable evil was manifest to any rational observer of his tyranny."[62]




Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Nonessential Government - Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert! - DickMorris.com at DickMorris.com

The Nonessential Government - Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert! - DickMorris.com at DickMorris.com




Persistence hunting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Persistence hunting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Persistence hunting is a hunting technique in which hunters use a combination of runningwalking,[1] and tracking to pursue prey to the point of exhaustion. While humans cansweat to reduce body heat, their quadrupedal prey would need to slow from a gallop in order to pant.[2]
Today, persistence hunting is very rare and seen only in a few groups such as Kalahari bushmen and the Tarahumara or Raramuri people of Northern Mexico. The technique requires endurance running – running long distances for extended periods of time - and among primates, endurance running is only seen in humans. Persistence hunting is thought to have been one of the earliest forms of human hunting, having evolved 2 million years ago.


MFS - The Other News on Twitter: "Iraq recalls ambassador to Egypt amid ‘Shi’a militias’ violations’ tensions - Daily News Egypt http://t.co/HzASSdVIoC via @DailyNewsEgypt"

MFS - The Other News on Twitter: "Iraq recalls ambassador to Egypt amid ‘Shi’a militias’ violations’ tensions - Daily News Egypt http://t.co/HzASSdVIoC via @DailyNewsEgypt"





Hillary Clinton says politicians need 'camp for adults' in speech - Newsday

Hillary Clinton says politicians need 'camp for adults' in speech - Newsday



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Hillary Rodham Clinton says the nation's political class could use "camps for adults" to foster cooperation but too many leaders get backed into partisan corners and refuse to work together.




Least Transparent Administration Closes Records on Fannie and Freddie | Competitive Enterprise Institute

Least Transparent Administration Closes Records on Fannie and Freddie | Competitive Enterprise Institute



But probably the most egregious example of this administration’s practicing of secrecy concerns its management of the government-sponsored housing enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In August 2012, then–Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner issued the “Third Amendment” to the GSE conservatorship. The Third Amendment would require all of the GSEs’ profits to be siphoned off to the U.S. Treasury Department in perpetuity—even after the GSEs paid back what they owed to taxpayers.




Bolivian Minister Says Traitors to Socialist Party "Should Be Shot"

Bolivian Minister Says Traitors to Socialist Party "Should Be Shot"



A senior Bolivian official suggested on local radio on Monday that party members who fail to campaign for the ruling Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in regional elections this March should be executed.+
“Traitors should be shot; it’s a shame that we’re not allowed to do it,” Interior Vice Minister Jorge Pérez said. “We are going to make them feel all the weight of our censorship and marginalization for the next five years.”
Bolivian Interior Vice Minister Pérez took to local radio on Monday to threaten wavering MAS activists with “marginalization.” (La Prensa)

An unusual fairytale about a cannibalistic librarian by Haruki Murakami and artist Chip Kidd - Boing Boing

An unusual fairytale about a cannibalistic librarian by Haruki Murakami and artist Chip Kidd - Boing Boing



I bought The Strange Library on a whim.
It was the cover that caught my eye. The big cartoon eyes and snarling leopard’s mouth spliced together to make a goofy yet menacing face instantly drew me over to it. I flipped it over and read a summary so bizarre that I felt obligated to buy it. When I got home I opened the book by separating the cartoon eyes from the leopard’s mouth. Inside this vertical flap was another set of unsettling images. Where the normal book cover should be there was the first page of the story. At this point I knew I was in for a truly original reading experience.
Part of this experience is due to Haruki Murakami’s unusual fairytale about a schoolboy, a sheep man, and a ghost girl trying to escape a terrifying library and its cannibalistic librarian. The other part is due to its beautiful design by legendary book cover artist Chip Kidd. He did a masterful job bringing this novella to life with striking images and a truly unique layout. The pictures and typography evolve with the story. Each turn of the page brings something new and exciting. It’s a story in a category all its own with a design to match. – Kye Wood



How One TV Channel Is Positioning Itself to Be the Next Fox News - NationalJournal.com

How One TV Channel Is Positioning Itself to Be the Next Fox News - NationalJournal.com



March 17, 2015 At last month's Conservative Political Action Conference, a 22-year-old woman named Tomi Lahren walked out on the stage and generated the most memorable sound bite from the conference—perhaps second only to Phil Robertson's speech.
In her speech, Lahren—who hosts a right-leaning talk show on the little-known cable channel One America News Network—said there is a misconception among young voters that the GOP is populated by "old, rich, white males," and turned that criticism on the Left.
"Let's look at the top three Democrats for 2016," Lahren said. "You've got Hillary, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden. Old, rich, white, and if the pantsuit fits ... male too?"
Lahren graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2014 with degrees in journalism and political science. When she was looking for journalism internships, she Googled "conservative news outlets" and stumbled upon One America News. Soon, she was taking a day off classes to drive down to San Diego and do a screen test for the network. Two weeks after graduating, Lahren moved to San Diego to start work on her show, On Point.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

France Set To Ban Skinny Girls In Show Of EU Solidarity | Zero Hedge

France Set To Ban Skinny Girls In Show Of EU Solidarity | Zero Hedge




Administration sets record for withholding government files

Administration sets record for withholding government files



WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration set a record again for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.
The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn't find documents and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.
It also acknowledged in nearly 1 in 3 cases that its initial decisions to withhold or censor records were improper under the law — but only when it was challenged.
Its backlog of unanswered requests at year's end grew remarkably by 55 percent to more than 200,000. It also cut by 375, or about 9 percent, the number of full-time employees across government paid to look for records. That was the fewest number of employees working on the issue in five years.


Infidel Bloggers Alliance: CHRISTIAN FORCES HAVE DESTROYED ALMOST EVERY SINGLE MOSQUE IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Infidel Bloggers Alliance: CHRISTIAN FORCES HAVE DESTROYED ALMOST EVERY SINGLE MOSQUE IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC



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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015



CHRISTIAN FORCES HAVE DESTROYED ALMOST EVERY SINGLE MOSQUE IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC



Almost all of the 436 mosques in the Central African Republic have been destroyed by months of vicious fighting between Christians and Muslims, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday, calling the devastation “kind of crazy, chilling.” 
Samantha Power spoke to reporters after a Security Council visit last week to the country. She expressed concern about an upcoming possible security vacuum as European Union and French forces pull out and a U.N. peacekeeping force is still not at full strength.
At least 5,000 people have been killed since Central African Republic exploded into unprecedented sectarian violence in December 2013. Nearly 1 million of the Texas-sized country’s 4.5 million residents have been displaced. Many of those who have fled are Muslim. 
Power said 417 of the country’s mosques have been destroyed. She visited the one remaining Muslim neighborhood in the capital, Bangui, and described the residents as “a terrified population.”
It's not reported here, but I think it goes without saying these attacks by Christians are in retaliation for ongoing Jihadist attacks against Christians.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

quote dojo on Twitter: "Oh, I'm terrible at travel. ~Johnny Vegas #travel"

quote dojo on Twitter: "Oh, I'm terrible at travel. ~Johnny Vegas #travel"

Psychedelic Drug Approved for First Clinical Trial by Drug Enforcement Administration - attn:

Psychedelic Drug Approved for First Clinical Trial by Drug Enforcement Administration - attn:



On Tuesday, it was reported that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration approved the first ever U.S. clinical trial using psychotherapy along with the pure chemical MDMA to treat anxiety in people with life-threatening conditions. The research is sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies and will take place in Marin, Calif., in a psychologist's office rather than a hospital. Researchers hope the MDMA -- the pure chemical, not the drugs Ecstacy or Molly -- will help those with life-threatening disease communicate with therapists (and unlike other psychedelics, MDMA does not cause hallucinations). This study is part of a turning point in the use of psychedelics in medical research.






Oakland minimum-wage hike puts child caregivers in a jam - San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland minimum-wage hike puts child caregivers in a jam - San Francisco Chronicle



Workers who benefit from Oakland’s minimum wage hike might soon lose a service that enables them to work in the first place. It turns out the well-intentioned law is putting a financial squeeze on Oakland’s child care industry, leading some providers to panic.
“We’re scrambling to find ways to keep the doors open,” said Capt. Dan Williams, Alameda County coordinator of the Salvation Army. He says the added payroll costs of providing workers with a $12.25-an-hour wage have put his organization’s Booth Memorial Child Development Center and family shelter $146,000 over budget, which is “quite a bit for a facility that was barely making it as it was.”


iZombie Season 1 Episode 1 - Watch Full Episodes | TVGuide.com

iZombie Season 1 Episode 1 - Watch Full Episodes | TVGuide.com



A zombie helps Seattle police solve murders by experiencing victims' memories when she eats their brains. In the opener, medical resident Liv Moore becomes a zombie and loses her ambition until she begins working at the city morgue to gain access to brains that give her sustenance and allow her to maintain her humanity. She also learns that her new diet enables her to experience a victim's memories that can be used to help solve the person's murder.

The scariest sentence in the FCC net neutrality regulations

The scariest sentence in the FCC net neutrality regulations



But at least one sentence of the regulation is giving many analysts pause.
“A person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not block lawful content, applications, services, or non- harmful devices, subject to reasonable network management,” reads page seven of the new Internet regulation adopted by the FCC.
Who then, now that these regulations are in effect, will determine which Internet content is lawful and unlawful?

The woman who faces the wrath of North Korea | World news | The Guardian

The woman who faces the wrath of North Korea | World news | The Guardian



After her epic escape, Park Yeon-mi devoted herself to revealing the brutal truth about North Korea – but the regime is determined to discredit her and other defectors




Jonah Fisher on Twitter: "BBC live point at court as a Kiwi and 2 Burmese await judgement for posting pic of Buddha wearing headphones on FB http://t.co/blfEAsOCoH"

Jonah Fisher on Twitter: "BBC live point at court as a Kiwi and 2 Burmese await judgement for posting pic of Buddha wearing headphones on FB http://t.co/blfEAsOCoH"

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Maduro wins Venezuela decree powers in US confrontation - Yahoo News

Maduro wins Venezuela decree powers in US confrontation - Yahoo News



In April 2002, when Chavez was briefly ousted for two days, the United States did not come to his aid but instead threw its support behind an adversary, in a move that cost the US much credibility in Venezuela and in some of Latin America.




Maduro wins Venezuela decree powers in US confrontation - Yahoo News

Maduro wins Venezuela decree powers in US confrontation - Yahoo News



Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Twitter that Venezuela's "crisis has nothing to do with (the United States) or economic wars" that Maduro repeatedly says that Venezuela faces.
An anti-US march was called by the Cuban-allied socialist government at the palace.
Venezuela is in the midst of 10 days of nationwide military exercises, as the country faces a deepening economic crisis and rampant shortages of the most basic goods.


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