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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Todd Gaziano: What Can Congress Do to Reassert Its Power Over Agencies?

Frank A. Spade VII on Twitter: "@PeterBeinart @TheDeansreport @Deanofcomedy These are weapons seized this month for the #MuslimsOfAmerica group your article defends. Please tell me who the extremists are again? https://t.co/NEurVuNZVN"

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Venezuelan weekend vote seen as last chance to stop power-grab | Miami Herald

Venezuelan weekend vote seen as last chance to stop power-grab | Miami Herald



The administration doesn’t recognize the opposition-controlled National Assembly, so it contends that congress didn’t have the right to call the vote in the first place. And the National Electoral Council says the results are not legally binding.
Instead, the administration seems to be trying to squelch turnout by holding a “trial run” of its own ANC vote the same day, raising the specter of partisan street clashes.

Synthetic Pot Behind 65 Overdoses | The Daily Caller

Synthetic Pot Behind 65 Overdoses | The Daily Caller

Rare Bruce Lee Interview

Friday, July 14, 2017

‘The Walking Dead’ Actress Pollyanna McIntosh Talks Her Villainous Character ‘Jadis’ On The Show – DragonFeed

‘The Walking Dead’ Actress Pollyanna McIntosh Talks Her Villainous Character ‘Jadis’ On The Show – DragonFeed

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Bizarre Animal Could Survive Death Of Sun | The Daily Caller

Bizarre Animal Could Survive Death Of Sun | The Daily Caller



Tardigrades live in water, but are capable of drying out completely when faced with extreme conditions. They’ve survived exposure to temperatures as high as 300 and as low as -459.4 Fahrenheit, just a few degrees away from absolute zero. Specimens have been observed to exist without food or water for more than 30 years. The animals have even survived direct exposure to the vacuum of space or exposures to water pressure six times higher than that of the deepest ocean trenches.

30 Second Fights on Twitter: "McGregor didn't think too much of what Mayweather had to say �� https://t.co/wnY3mVsZNu"

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The Second Precept of Buddhism - Not Stealing



The Second Precept of Buddhism - Not Stealing




The second Buddhist precept often is translated "do not steal." Some Buddhist teachers prefer "practice generosity." A more literal translation of the early Pali texts is "I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given."

Westerners might equate this with "thou shalt not steal" from the Ten Commandments, but the Second Precept is not a commandment and is not understood in the same way as a commandment.


The Precepts of Buddhism are associated with the "Right Action" part of the Eightfold Path.The Eightfold Path is the path of discipline taught by the Buddha to guide us to enlightenment and liberation from suffering. The precepts describe the activity of wisdom and compassion in the world.
DON'T FOLLOW RULES

Most of the time, we think of ethics as something like transactions. The rules of ethics tell us what is permissible in our interactions with others. And "permission" assumes there is someone or something else in authority -- society, or perhaps God -- who will reward or punish us for breaking the rules.

When we work with precepts, we do with the understanding that "self" and "other" are delusions. Ethics are not transactions, and there is nothing external to us acting as an authority. Even karma is not exactly the cosmic system of reward and punishment that some think it is.

This requires working with yourself on a very deep and intimate level, honestly evaluating your own motivations and thinking deeply about how your actions will affect others.


This, in turn, helps to open us to wisdom and compassion, and enlightenment.
WHAT IS "NOT STEALING"?

Let's look at stealing specifically. Laws usually define "theft" as taking something of value without the consent of the owner. But there are types of theft that are not necessarily covered by criminal codes.


Years ago I worked for a small company whose owner was, shall we say, ethically challenged. I soon noticed that every few days she fired our technical support vendor and hired a new one. It turned out she was taking advantage of introductory trial offers of so many days of free service. As soon as the free days were used up, she'd find another "free" vendor.

I'm sure that in her mind -- and according to law -- she wasn't stealing; she was just taking advantage of an offer. But it's fair to say the computer technicians would not have provided free labor had they known the company's owner had no intention of giving them a contract, no matter how good they were.

This is the weakness of ethics-as-transaction. We rationalize why it's okay to break the rules. Everyone else does it. We won't get caught. It's not illegal.
ENLIGHTENED ETHICS

All Buddhist practices come back to the Four Noble Truths. Life is dukkha (stressful, impermanent, conditioned) because we live in a fog of illusion about ourselves and the world around us. Our mistaken views cause us to make trouble for ourselves and others. The way to clarity, and to stop making trouble, is the Eightfold Path. And practice of the precepts is part of the path.

To practice the second precept is to mindfully attend to our lives. Paying attention, we realize that not taking what is not given is about more than just respecting other people's property. This Second Precept could also be thought of as an expression of the Perfection of Giving. Practicing this perfection requires a habit of generosity that does not forget the needs of others.

We might try harder to not waste natural resources. Are you wasting food or water? Causing more emission of greenhouse gases than is necessary? Do you use recycled paper products?

Some teachers say that to practice the second precept is to practice generosity. Instead of thinking, what may I not take, we think, what may I give? Someone else might be warmed that old coat you no longer wear, for example.

Think about the ways taking more than you need might deprive somebody else.

For example, where I live, whenever a winter storm is coming people dash to the grocery store and buy enough food for a week, even though they'll probably be housebound for only a few hours. Someone coming later who really needs some groceries finds the store shelves stripped clean. Such hoarding is exactly the kind of trouble that comes from our mistaken perspectives.

To practice the precepts is to get beyond thinking about what the rules permit us to do. This practice is more challenging than just following rules. When we pay close attention, we realize that we fail. A lot. But this is how we learn, and how we cultivate the awarenesses of enlightenment.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Amazon.com: El engaño populista: por qué se arruinan nuestros países y cómo rescatarlos (Spanish Edition) eBook: Axel Kaiser, Gloria Álvarez: Books

Amazon.com: El engaño populista: por qué se arruinan nuestros países y cómo rescatarlos (Spanish Edition) eBook: Axel Kaiser, Gloria Álvarez: Books

Black, Millennial, Female and… Conservative

Mulvaney: “Introducing MAGAnomics” | whitehouse.gov

Mulvaney: “Introducing MAGAnomics” | whitehouse.govIf we enact the president’s broad agenda—if MAGAnomics is allowed to work—we will have set the stage for the greatest revival of the American economy since the early 1980s. It will remind people—including those who have forgotten, or those who don’t want you to remember—what a great America means. That is driving everything we do.


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Kid Rock on Twitter: "I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real… https://t.co/RRVgISDFeq The answer is an absolute YES. https://t.co/uYCUg6mjW1"

Protest The Hero Lyrics - A Life Embossed

Protest The Hero Lyrics - A Life Embossed





The task is ours to keep our dogs and children safe. Disregard the media, the province, or the state.




COULTER: GOP Rallies Behind Idiotic Bill | The Daily Caller

COULTER: GOP Rallies Behind Idiotic Bill | The Daily Caller



Right now, it’s illegal to sell an insurance plan that most people would like to buy. Instead, you have to buy plans that cover millions of things you don’t want and nothing that you do want — all in order to pay for other people’s health care.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Net Neutrality Noise Machine | American Commitment

The Net Neutrality Noise Machine | American Commitment



THE NET NEUTRALITY NOISE MACHINE

By Phil Kerpen
For over a decade, professional liberal organizers and agitators – backed by a tidal wave of big liberal foundations and Silicon Valley corporate money – have told a bizarre scare story that without heavy-handed government regulation, Internet service providers (ISPs) will start blocking what websites you can go to and impeding free speech on the Internet.  No such thing happened in the approximately two decades that ISPs were unregulated “information services” under the 1996 Telecom Act. Indeed the opposite occurred as robust competition between phone and cable companies – and later wireless companies – drove speeds dramatically higher and consumers benefited from an Internet that innovated beyond our wildest dreams.
Nonetheless, in 2015, ultraliberal advocacy groups (fueled by $196 million from the Soros and Ford Foundations) and Silicon Valley giants like Google (which cycled a shocking 250 personnel through the Obama administration and saw regulating ISPs as a way to guarantee themselves access to below-market rate downstream bandwidth for their YouTube unit) succeeded in getting the FCC to reclassify ISPs as regulated public utilities. This was done under a Depression-era law designed for the old Ma Bell telephone monopoly.  Thousands of complaints to potentially micromanage every aspect of the Internet piled up at the FCC Enforcement Bureau and the commission was set to adopt a sweeping new broadband tax to replace the private investment it scared off – with strings attached of course – during a Hillary Clinton administration.
The liberal organizers of the phony net neutrality scare campaign had even bigger plans; Robert McChesney, the founder of Free Press – the group that was cited 46 times in the Obama net neutrality order – openly bragged: “At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”
If that’s too subtle for you, McChesney also said: “In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.”
None of it was meant to be.
The American people elected Donald Trump, and President Trump elevated free-market champion Ajit Pai to be FCC chairman and undo the mischief the Obama FCC had done before it could reach its ultimate goals.
Chairman Pai is soon expected to unveil his plan to undo the Obama order and replace it with a light-touch approach that centers on competition and consumer protection and allows government intervention only when there is actual consumer harm – not just scare stories.  And in a refreshing break from the usual pattern of regulators accruing to themselves as much power as possible, the Pai plan will probably relinquish authority from his own agency to the Federal Trade Commission, which has far better expertise in consumer protection and competition issues.
To the well-funded groups on the left that created the phony net neutrality issue as a pretext for a government takeover of the Internet, any step back will be unacceptable and the apocalyptic rhetoric will flow like water.  They will again have hundreds of millions of dollars and massive platforms from the Silicon Valley giants like Google that supported the Obama regulations.  And the liberal media will happily jump on board every vicious smear and lie to tarnish Chairman Pai and President Trump and try to spook Congress into reversing course.  Some conservatives may be tempted to simply ride the tide of fake outrage.  But that can only lead to McChesney’s ultimate goal of total government control.  On this issue, Republicans must do what they were elected to do: stand and fight. And win.

Exclusive: House Democrats introduce new plan to fix Obamacare - Vox

Exclusive: House Democrats introduce new plan to fix Obamacare - Vox



The proposal includes more funding to help insurance plans cover the sickest patients, along with possibly changing the timing of the open enrollment season in hopes of attracting more Americans to sign up for insurance.




Darth Vader on Twitter: "Another actor's life destroyed by drugs and alcohol https://t.co/HJ3VD8Ipw1"

Darth Vader on Twitter: "Another actor's life destroyed by drugs and alcohol https://t.co/HJ3VD8Ipw1"

Kid Rock confirms Michigan Senate run | Fox News

Kid Rock confirms Michigan Senate run | Fox News




Skinny to Shredded: Teenage Transformation Workout Routine | Muscle & Fitness

Skinny to Shredded: Teenage Transformation Workout Routine | Muscle & Fitness



M&F youth writer Razvan Radu spent his high school years undergoing an inspiring transformation.



Unlock The Internet

Unlock The Internet



In 2015, President Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took the unbelievable step of applying the heaviest possible hand of government regulation to the Internet.
The Internet has been an engine of innovation and growth for two decades because previous Republican and Democratic administrations correctly recognized how a federal regulatory assault on the Internet would undermine its evolution and expansion. Yet, without evidence of any problem, Obama’s FCC catered to scare tactics and misinformation campaigns driven by the left to take control of the Internet without congressional authority.
This shocking move by the federal government opened the doors for forms of online censorship, potentially new government taxes and fees, and resulting price hikes on consumers.
Thanks to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, we now have the opportunity to return the Internet to a thriving platform for consumers that encourages investment and growth in new technologies, and guarantees the American people benefit over government bureaucrats.
Stand up for a truly free and open Internet by telling the FCC and Congress to give the Internet back to the people and overturn Obama’s Internet regulations!

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FOX 4 NEWS on Twitter: "Police: Alexa calls cops on man beating girlfriend https://t.co/Y6ThkT2fkI https://t.co/vacnyzp2pu"

When government fears the people, there is liberty... (Spurious Quotation) | Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

When government fears the people, there is liberty... (Spurious Quotation) | Thomas Jefferson's Monticello



Quotation: "When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."
Variations:
  1. "When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
  2. "Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!"
  3. “When the people fear the government, that's tyranny; when the government fears the people, that's freedom.”
Sources consulted: Searching on the phrase "fear the people," "government fear us," "fear the government," "tyranny has found victory," and "government is our servant"

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Want a stronger core? Skip the sit-ups - Harvard Health

Want a stronger core? Skip the sit-ups - Harvard Health



Sit-ups once ruled as the way to tighter abs and a slimmer waistline, while "planks" were merely flooring. Now planks — exercises in which you assume a position and hold it — are the gold standard for working your core, while classic sit-ups and crunches have fallen out of favor. Why the shift?
One reason is that sit-ups are hard on your back — they push your curved spine against the floor and work your hip flexors, the muscles that run from the thighs to the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back. When the hip flexors are too strong or too tight, they tug on the lower spine, which can create lower back discomfort.
Second, planks recruit a better balance of muscles on the front, sides, and back of the body during exercise than do sit-ups, which target just a few muscles. (Your core goes far beyond your abdominal muscles.)
Finally, activities of daily living, as well as sports and recreational activities, call on your muscles to work together, not in isolation. Sit-ups or crunches strengthen just a few muscle groups. Through dynamic patterns of movement, a good core workout helps strengthen the entire set of core muscles you use every day.
For more on the benefits of strengthening your core, buy Core Exercises, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.

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Patrick Chovanec on Twitter: "I've always wondered this. https://t.co/jea7hWthlh"

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Macron: 'I Will Govern Like a Roman God'

Macron: 'I Will Govern Like a Roman God'





French president Emmanuel Macron has declared he will govern France like Jupiter, the Roman king of the gods, shortly after officials told the media his thought process was “too complex” for journalists to understand.






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