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  • Exclusive: America’s Allies Almost Bombed in Syrian Airstrikes

    09/30/2014 12:51:59 PM PDT · by illiac · 10 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 9/30/14 | Josh Rogin
    The White House says it wants to work with Syria’s moderate rebels. But warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition came awfully close to striking one of their HQs. Last week, an airstrike from the American-led coalition nearly hit a command-and-control facility affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, the moderate rebels the Obama administration says are America’s “boots on the ground,” according to two opposition leaders. They are asking the Obama administration to please coordinate with them in the future before America bombs its only allies in Syria. Since U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria began on Sept. 22, there has been...
  • Is Barack Obama's life safe in the Secret Service's hands?

    09/30/2014 10:26:54 AM PDT · by illiac · 94 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 0/30/14 | Raf Sanchez
    A knife-wielding intruder allowed to run rampant through the first floor of the White House. Bullets that struck the window of Barack Obama's private residence but went unnoticed for days. A presidential bodyguard so drunk he passed out in hallway of a hotel. These are just some of the recent incidents that have shaken confidence in the Secret Service, the elite agency assigned to protect Mr Obama, his family and the White House. On Tuesday, Julia Pierson, the Secret Service's director, will face a grilling from members of Congress and a battle to convince them that her agents are up...
  • B of A Demands "Source of Wealth" Information from Former AZ Senators, Then Backpedals

    09/30/2014 9:00:55 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 26 replies
    Prescott News ^ | Monday, 29 September 2014 | Lynne LaMaster
    Larry and Linda Gray were surprised to get the letters from their bank asking for additional information about their financial affairs. They were offended when they saw what information was requested. So, they went to see their local BofA branch, toting the letter with them. The Assistant Manager Lucas Flood said he had not ever seen a letter like this, but after he made a few phone calls, he told the Grays that yes, it was legitimate. The accompanying letter explains, "Due to the prominent nature of your occupation or position held currently or in the past, we now require...
  • Report: Obama Has Missed over Half His Second-Term Daily Intel Briefings

    09/30/2014 8:18:14 AM PDT · by illiac · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/29/14 | Wynton Hall
    A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014. The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second. The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at...
  • "Equal Pay for Equal Work?" Government Has No Idea What That is

    09/30/2014 7:04:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/30/2014 | Selwyn Duke
    “Equal pay for equal work!” the mantra goes. “Women get only 73 cents on a man’s dollar!” These are oft-heard slogans, and we may well hear them again during the fall campaign with the War on Women afoot. Now, going beyond the rhetoric, it’s not widely known but nonetheless true that the intersex pay gap is attributable to different career choices men and women make: women tend to choose less lucrative fields (e.g., soft sciences instead of hard ones), work shorter hours even when “full time,” are more likely to value personal fulfillment and job flexibility over money, are more...
  • We need a new constitution: How we save American democracy from charlatans, loudmouths & the 1%

    09/29/2014 12:26:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Salon ^ | September 27, 2014 | Professors Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg
    The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll says that a clear-cut majority is disgusted with the present political scene and retains little hope that future generations will fare as well as we have. As candidates get down and dirty in the lead-up to midterm elections, 60 percent say the country is in a general state of decline. A mere 19 percent of those polled have a favorable opinion of Republicans in Congress; their Democratic colleagues (or “colleagues”) poll at 31 percent. But the most remarkable number is 79: that’s the percentage of the politicized public that presently voices its discontent...
  • Don’t Burn Food for Fuel – As Seen on National Geographic

    09/27/2014 1:10:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 26, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    At the risk of inviting all the usual charges of being politically incorrect, I once again put before you the strange practice of burning food for fuel. The video at the bottom of the post details some of the human costs associated with the increasing use of corn, grains, and other crops for fuel.There is a tendency for environmentalists of our time to think very narrowly about their issues. It is a praiseworthy thing to seek to reduce pollutants and other things that have negative environmental impacts. The Catechism summons us to good stewardship of the earth, the environment, and...
  • Forum on Ferguson violence highlights mayors’ conference in Sacramento (With Benjamin Crump!)

    09/26/2014 3:51:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Sacramento Bee's City Beat ^ | September 26, 2014 | Ryan Lillis
    Mayor Kevin Johnson will convene a two-day forum of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend in Sacramento that will include a session discussing the response to the violence in Ferguson, Mo. The attorney representing the family of Michael Brown, the young man killed by police in Ferguson in August, will be part of the panel discussion. Attorney Benjamin Crump also represents the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot in 2012 by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla....
  • How letting my kid play alone outside led to a CPS investigation

    09/26/2014 8:51:48 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 39 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 25 September 2014 05:22 PM | KARI ANNE ROY
    But what I want to talk about are children who don’t feel safe outside — not because of stranger-danger or threat of immediate injury, but because the police will be called if they’re just playing like we played when we were young. What will members of the Always On Screens Generation be like when they’re adults?
  • Audit: Texas Enterprise Fund gave out $222M with no strings attached

    09/25/2014 8:01:35 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 12 replies
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | 09/25/2014 | Michael Theis
    An independent audit of the Texas Enterprise Fund has found that roughly $222 million doled out from the fund went to companies that submitted no applications or made no promises to create jobs. The fund has been highly touted over the years by Gov. Rick Perry, who has said it was an invaluable tool to bring jobs to Texas and to stem the flow of jobs that might otherwise have left the state.The audit, conducted by the Texas State Auditor's Office, was the first time the Texas Enterprise Fund's activities were reviewed by an outside agency. Among its findings, the...
  • Of White House mice and menus

    09/23/2014 12:03:01 PM PDT · by luke1825 · 1 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 9/22 | peter lucas
    I was not among the group of distinguished newspaper columnists who dined with President Barack Obama at the White House the other night. I thought it strange to be left out, since I have been around covering politics longer -- and for more newspapers -- than most of the people who attended the event. Maybe the president never got around to reading my column or, more to the point, maybe he did. Or it could be that, although I have been called many things, distinguished is not one of them. Still, it is not as though I've been a stranger...
  • Government Scientists Try to Take the Stink Out of Pig Manure

    09/19/2014 6:43:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/18/14 | Mark Peters - WSJ
    PEORIA, Ill.— Terry Whitehead's lab here is stocked with glass boiling flasks, Bunsen burners—and cans of extra-strength air freshener. The microbiologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture works with pig manure in a quest for something that has largely eluded scientists and entrepreneurs: an affordable way to clear the air in farm country. In a region where hogs can outnumber people, Mr. Whitehead's research is the ultimate icebreaker. "First, you say, 'I work with manure,' and they say, 'What?' Then you say, 'Odor,' and they say, 'Thank God,' " says the lanky 57-year-old, who recently attended the North American Manure...
  • Government Insider Warned of HealthCare.gov Security Risks: ‘I Am Tired of the Cover Ups’

    09/18/2014 7:06:02 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 9/18/2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Government insiders who flagged security issues prior to the launch of HealthCare.gov were right to be concerned. That’s according to a new audit by the Government Accountability Office, which concluded that security weaknesses are putting “the sensitive personal information” contained by HealthCare.gov and its related systems at risk. As the Obama administration prepared to launch the website last fall, one of those insiders voiced concern about the vulnerabilities and complained about “cover ups” masking the severity of the problems.
  • U.S. Government Funding Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic, Anti-American School Programs

    09/17/2014 10:59:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/17/14 | Adam Kredo
    Federal taxpayer funds continue to flow to a slew of U.S. universities that are spending the cash on programs that promote anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-American viewpoints, according to a large group of Jewish and civil rights organizations that are now pushing Congress to rectify what they call a systemic problem. Taxpayer funds have been allocated to universities under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HEA) since 1965. However, Congress and the Education Department have exerted little oversight, leading these funds to be spent on biased educational programs that promote radical views about Israel and even America, according to the...
  • Several Arab countries offer to join air campaign on Islamic State, say U.S. officials

    09/14/2014 8:39:07 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Reuters via News Gnome ^ | Sunday 14.09.2014 | Jason Szep
    <p>PARIS (Reuters) – Several Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. officials said on Sunday, indicating a possible widening of the air campaign against militants who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria.</p>
  • Families of beheaded US reporters warned not to pay ransoms

    09/14/2014 2:00:47 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 22 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 14, 2014 | MSN News
    The families of two journalists beheaded by Islamic State jihadists were both warned by US government officials they could face prosecution if they raised a ransom for their release. The recent executions of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic State (IS) extremists triggered worldwide revulsion and Washington has since declared it is at war with the radicals. The United States has a policy of never paying ransoms, contending that doing so would endanger Americans all over the world. Late Friday, a spokesman for Sotloff's family said the murdered journalist's parents were told by a White House counterterrorism official last...
  • Elections in Sweden Could Destroy 20 Years of Progress

    09/10/2014 2:28:12 PM PDT · by SovereignSociety · 20 replies
    The Sovereign Investor ^ | September 9th, 2014 | Jeff Opdyke
    I’m sure you’re familiar with the famous quip, erroneously attributed to Einstein: Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results. Well, this Sunday, Swedish voters have the chance to go insane — or to prove that they learned their lesson the first time around.Swedes are going to the polls on Sunday to elect a new government. And there is a very real chance — let’s call it what it is: a very real risk — that the country’s former government, the Social Democrats, will reclaim ultimate power in the Nordic nation.If so, the change in leadership would...
  • GOP governors' cave-in on Medicaid is shortsighted

    09/10/2014 9:46:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/10/2014 | Philip Klein
    <p>As heavy lobbying by the hospital industry intersects with immediate political considerations, a growing number of Republican governors are caving in to Medicaid expansion through President Obama’s healthcare law.</p> <p>In the process, they are imposing massive and unnecessary financial burdens on taxpayers.</p>
  • 11 ways to know when you live in a country run by idiots

    09/09/2014 7:56:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Fellowship of the Minds ^ | 09/09/2014 | Dr. Eowyn
    The original title of the essay below is “Food For Thought,” its author is said to be Junius P. Long.America: A Country Run by Idiots 1. If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally, you live in a country run by idiots.2. If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion, you live in a country run by idiots.3. If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash...
  • New WaPo/ABC News poll: Majority thinks Obama is failing at just about everything

    09/09/2014 3:22:44 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/09/14 | Robert Laurie
    Ugly news for the President and his party... Here we go. As we get closer to November, we’re going to see more and more polling and - at least so far - most of it is looking pretty ugly for Democrats. Today’s numbers come to us from a new Washington Post / ABCNews poll. For the most part, it’s chock full of bad news for the Dems. However, the GOP shouldn’t be in celebratory mode just yet. First up, we have the President’s terrible approval ratings. As you can see, the numbers are dismal.
  • High School Grounds Crew Mows Artificial Turf! D'oh!

    09/04/2014 9:42:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    WOWKTV ^ | Bryan Hughes, Meteorologist
    What will go down in high school football history, a grounds crew in Maryland mowed the artificial turf. Wouldn't it smell like something is burning? Maybe just look wrong?
  • AP Seems Stunned That Japan's Economy Is Shrinking After Huge Tax Hike

    09/08/2014 10:54:11 AM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8 Sep 14 | Tom Blumer
    The smug self-confidence of financial analysts and writers who predicted that Japan's monstrous sales tax increase would have no long-term effect on its economy should be severely shaken. An Associated Press report tonight by business writer Elaine Kurtenbach tells readers that the Land of the Rising Sun's economy "contracted at a larger than earlier estimated annual rate of 7.1 percent in April-June, as companies and households slashed spending following a tax hike." This means that the "experts" who assured everyone that the second-quarter contraction would be smaller than or merely offset the brisk first-quarter expansion of 6 percent were horribly wrong. The...
  • L.A.T. Reporter Cleared Stories with CIA before Publication

    09/08/2014 5:24:53 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 10 replies
    The INTERCEPT ^ | 4 Sep 2014 | KEN SILVERSTEIN
    A prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. [... ] It appears the agency did push back. On May 2, 2012, he emailed the CIA a new opening to the story with a subject line that asked, “does this look better?”
  • Discarded Children Still Bring in Subsidy Checks for the Adoptive Parents Who Tossed Them Aside

    09/02/2014 12:03:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Nick Nehamas
    Hundreds of adoptive parents in New York City who've sent their children to live elsewhere continue to get monthly government subsidies of up to $1,700 per child. They can continue receiving the checks until the child turns 21 years old.They gave up on their “hard-to-place" adopted kids — but not on the government check intended for the discarded kids’ care. Hundreds of adoptive parents across the five boroughs who've sent their children to live elsewhere are continuing to pull in monthly checks of up to $1,700 per child while the city, state and feds look the other way, the Daily...
  • U.S. Identifies Citizens Joining Rebels in Syria

    08/28/2014 7:29:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/28/2014 | By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — American intelligence and law enforcement agencies have identified nearly a dozen Americans who have traveled to Syria to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the militant group that the Obama administration says poses the greatest threat to the United States since Al Qaeda before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. As ISIS has seized large expanses of territory in recent months, it has drawn more foreign men to Syria, requiring more American and European law enforcement resources in the attempt to stop the flow of fighters, senior American officials said. And as a result of the...
  • How Democrats might goad the GOP into shutting down the government

    08/27/2014 1:38:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/27/2014 | Marc Ambinder
    President Obama is expected to announce by mid-September whether he will circumvent a recalcitrant Congress and press ahead with immigration reform on his own terms. "Executive action," as it's come to be known, could be as robust and consequential as providing de-facto earned amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants now living in the shadows. That decision would reverberate widely. Democrats have usually been afraid that if Obama decided to showcase the apogee of presidential power, the counter-reaction among conservatives and revanchists would cost Democrats an intolerably high political price. Now, though, after all the midterm primaries are done, as the...
  • DOT Proposes Mandating Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

    08/27/2014 6:34:34 AM PDT · by blam · 80 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8-27-2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    August 27, 2014By Terence P. Jeffrey The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published last week an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications." What NHTSA is proposing could begin a transformation in the American transportation system that makes our lives better and freer — or gives government more power over where we go and when. In announcing its proposed rulemaking, NHTSA is stressing its intention to protect the "privacy" of American drivers. "This document initiates rulemaking that would propose to create a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, FMVSS No. 150, to require...
  • Peter Lucas: So which president's 'days are numbered'?

    08/26/2014 12:59:30 PM PDT · by luke1825 · 7 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 8/26/2014 | Peter Lucas
    War, like politics makes for strange bedfellows. Consider for a moment that the U.S. is now on the same page as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad when it comes to battling ISIS, the Medieval Islamist terrorist group that has sent a chill down the spine of every civilized human being. It seems like only yesterday that President Barack Obama called for the ouster of Assad, ominously warning that "his days are numbered."
  • Government to track political speech on internet [Is FreeRepublic next?]

    08/26/2014 9:40:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2014 | Rick Moran
    This is a real headshaker that should send chills down your spine.Washington Free Beacon: The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online. The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.” The university has received $919,917 so far for the project....
  • Bank Admits Choking Off 3 Legal Enterprises at Government Behest

    08/26/2014 9:02:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 08/27/2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    SunTrust Bank is cutting ties with three types of legal businesses in the latest evidence of the Obama administration’s secretive crusade against “objectionable” enterprises. SunTrust, which counts more than 400,000 small business clients, cited “compliance requirements” as its reason for closing accounts with “payday lenders, pawn shops and dedicated check-cashers.” “It is consistent with long-standing industry practice to review relationships to ensure they satisfy a range of business and risk considerations,” the bank said in a little-noticed press release dated Aug. 8. In the same blanket notice, however, SunTrust underlined its support for maintaining bank relationships with licensed gun sellers....
  • More than half of Americans now depend on government subsidies

    08/26/2014 7:14:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    RT ^ | 08/22/2014
    Government dependency is on the rise, with more than half of all Americans relying on the government for survival. While the Obama administration is broadening eligibility, US citizens increasingly also say they prefer it this way. Americans’ self-reliability has been decreasing as eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps, earned income tax credit, work pay tax credit and unemployment benefits have broadened since 2009 to allow more US citizens to enjoy them. More than half of the US population – 165 million of 308 million Americans – is now dependent on the state in some form. Of these, 107 million Americans rely...
  • French government dissolved amid turmoil

    08/25/2014 3:03:19 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | August 25,2014 | Jethro Mullen
    <p>The French government was dissolved Monday amid turmoil among top ministers.</p> <p>President Francois Hollande asked Prime Minister Manuel Valls to form a new government, which will be announced Tuesday...</p> <p>"The crisis in the heart of the government is clear, and it promises to be bloody," reported Le Figaro, a right-leaning national newspaper.</p>
  • Feeling rested? Smiling president returns to the White House after relaxing in Martha's Vineyard

    08/25/2014 5:03:20 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | August 25, 2014
    Complete Headline: Feeling rested? Smiling president returns to the White House after relaxing in Martha's Vineyard amid ISIS and Ferguson crises President Barack Obama's summer vacation off the Massachusetts coast has come to an end. The president returned to the White House late Sunday after spending two weeks with his family on the island of Martha's Vineyard. What a break it turned out to be. His attempt at rest and relaxation was largely overtaken by events involving Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, including the videotaped execution of an American journalist they had been holding hostage, and the unrest...
  • Global Panic - U.S. Federal Government Stockpiling Ammo – Here’s What We’re Going to Do

    08/24/2014 10:43:52 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    Market Oracle - Money Morning ^ | 8-24-2014 | Shah Gilani
    August 24, 2014 By: Money_Morning Shah Gilani writes: This is a warning. I’m not kidding.I heard something yesterday that blew me away. My friends know I like to target shoot. I don’t hunt, because I can’t kill anything living, but I like guns. Maybe it has something to do with wanting to be James Bond when I was a kid… OK, I still want to be 007. As other target shooters know, it’s gotten harder and harder to get ammunition. Fo a few years now, all kinds of stuff have been going around on the Internet about why ammunition is...
  • Feds ban school’s beloved “pink cookie” (Elyria OH)

    08/22/2014 9:01:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 22, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    School children in Elyria, Ohio are mourning the demise of a 40-year tradition – the loss of their beloved pink cookie. The fabled cookie, long served in local school cafeterias, was done in by a pound of butter, six cups of powdered sugar and the Obama administration’s food police. […] The USDA “Smart Snacks in School” standards mandate that all snacks must contain less than 200 calories. It’s not exactly clear how many calories are in the pink cookie, but the recipe for the frosting calls for a pound of butter. The cookie was banished to comply with the federal...
  • Treasury looks to stop 'corporate deserters' on its own

    08/21/2014 5:10:22 AM PDT · by W. · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 21, 2014 | Joseph Lawler
    President Obama doesn't have the authority to simply stop the companies he calls “corporate deserters” from taking up legal residency in low-tax countries. The Obama administration began examining its ability to take executive action to address corporate inversions without Congress because it lacks the support of Republicans. "Unless the U.S. corporate tax rate is reduced to 10 percent or less," Harvey told the Examiner, "it will still be beneficial for U.S. [multinational corporations] to invert."
  • Time Magazine Derides Marine General Smedley Darlington Butler

    08/19/2014 4:38:16 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 6 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 17, 2014 | Steven Welch
    December 3, 1934, Time Magazine, Plot Without Plotters, From Straight Dope One frosty dawn in November 1935, 500,000 War veterans rolled out of their blankets in the pine barrens around the CCC camp at Elkridge, Md. The brassy bugle notes of "Assembly" hurried them to the camp's parade ground, where, mounted on a white horse and surrounded by his staff, they found their leader, Major General Smedley Darlington ("Old Gimlet Eye") Butler, U. S. M. C., retired. "Men," cried General Butler, "Washington is but 30 miles away! Will you follow me?" The answer was a mighty shout: "We will!" Squad...
  • Cancer Screening in Seniors Yields Few Benefits

    08/18/2014 6:42:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Charles Bankhead
    Screening older patients for cancer provided minimal benefit at considerable cost and increased use of invasive procedures, reported investigators in two separate studies. "It is particularly important to question screening strategies for older persons," Gross continued. "Patients with a shorter life expectancy have less time to develop clinically significant cancers after a screening test and are more likely to die from noncancer health problems after a cancer diagnosis."
  • NYT: $3B gov’t retraining program as effective as you’d guess; Years older and deeper in debt.

    08/18/2014 2:53:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/18/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    To paraphrase the old Tennessee Ernie Ford song — you take a ton of government cash to get job retraining, and what do you get? Several years older and deeper in debt, according to the New York Times, which casts a critical eye on the Workforce Investment Act. The program first came into existence in 1998 and was expanded in the 2009 stimulus bill passed by Democrats, but does it actually help people find work and restore their economic independence? Not really, and the costs more often make situations worse instead of better: Instead, an extensive analysis of the...
  • The Evil that Men Do: How Bad Governments Create Poverty

    08/18/2014 1:10:03 PM PDT · by Politically Correct · 19 replies
    Pharoah, let my people go: How did ancient Egypt become a land of slaves building fantastic monuments to dictatorial leaders? The land of Egypt was rich and fertile, a seeming paradise for egalitarian living. Stephanie Pappas writes in Live Science about how despots “evolved” in ancient societies, but that’s a misleading use of the term; it actually was a series of bad choices by free people. She writes how Simon Powers at the University of Lausanne came up with a mathematical model to explain the shift from egalitarianism to despotism. Whether it actually explains them could be disputed, but he...
  • Bigger government makes for more satisfied people, study finds

    08/17/2014 10:58:41 PM PDT · by pluvmantelo · 43 replies
    ScienceDaily.com ^ | 8-15-14 | none listed
    People living in countries with governments that spend more on social services report being more contented, according to a Baylor University study. "The effect of state intervention into the economy equals or exceeds marriage or employment status -- two traditional predictors of happiness -- when it comes to satisfaction," said Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences. The study -- "Assessing the Impact of the Size and Scope of Government on Human Well-Being" -- is published in the journal Social Forces. The researchers analyzed data from 21 advanced industrialized countries in the...
  • Courts in Arizona, California Recognize Transgender Marriages

    08/16/2014 6:23:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/15/2014 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR
    Courts in Arizona and California have delivered rulings in two separate divorce cases, legally recognizing transgender marriages, including that of the world's "first pregnant man." The Arizona Court of Appeals has allowed "Pregnant Man" Thomas Beatie, who was born female, to dissolve his Hawaiian marriage with another woman, while the California Superior Court has ruled that the marriage of Jake Miller, also known as Buck Angel, with Elayne Angel is valid. A lower court had refused to dissolve the marriage of Beatie, who later got his birth certificate amended under Hawaiian law, with Nancy J. Beatie due to Arizona's ban...
  • FedEx indicted on new criminal charges in online pharmacy case

    08/15/2014 4:12:07 PM PDT · by Innovative · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 15, 2014 | Dan Levine
    FedEx Corp faces a new charge of conspiring to launder money in a U.S. criminal case over the company's drug deliveries for rogue online pharmacies despite warnings from law enforcement. The latest indictment, filed in court on Friday, said FedEx accepted payment from several pharmacies when it knew the revenue was the product of invalid prescriptions. If convicted, FedEx could face fines of up to roughly $1.6 billion.
  • How to Eliminate Almost Every Federal Agency: Here's the List.

    08/15/2014 4:19:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Journal ^ | 08/14/2014 | JASON PLAUTZ
    This week, the Heartland Institute offered up a modest proposal: Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency's 15,000-person staff, move the headquarters from Washington to Topeka, Kan., and reload it with 300 state delegates. The policy brief from the libertarian think tank that promotes climate skepticism—written by Heartland science director Jay Lehr—is something of a dream scenario for tea partiers and other conservatives, who would like a smaller government and a chance to wipe clean EPA's federal regulations. Lehr writes that "incremental reform of EPA is simply not an option," hence his proposal for a "Committee of the Whole" made up of...
  • Electronic Health Records Becoming More Widespread, HHS Says

    08/14/2014 12:19:30 PM PDT · by briankoe · 9 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 8/14/14 | Brian Koenig
    According to two new studies published Wednesday by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. physicians and hospitals are rapidly increasing the use of electronic health records (EHRs). The two studies found that in 2013: •Nearly 78 percent of office-based physicians acknowledged they had implemented some form of EHR system. •About half of all physicians had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly double the rate of four years before. •About 59 percent of hospitals had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly quadruple the rate of two years before. The HHS claims that...
  • Brazil presidential candidate Campos killed in plane crash

    08/13/2014 11:19:51 AM PDT · by illiac · 11 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/13/14 | Gustavo Bonato
    SANTOS, Brazil, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was killed in a plane crash on Wednesday, throwing the October election into disarray and causing big swings in local financial markets. Campos' private jet crashed in bad weather as it prepared to land in the coastal city of Santos, just south of Sao Paulo, killing all seven people on board, the Sao Paulo state fire department said. Television images showed smoke billowing from the crash site in a residential area. Campos, 49, was in third place in recent polls with the support of about 10 percent of voters....
  • Who rules America? [Great, but unsurprising, read]

    08/13/2014 9:10:13 AM PDT · by upchuck · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Allan J. Lichtman
    "The public be damned!"— William H. Vanderbilt, railroad magnate, 1882 A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States.This study should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government. To reclaim the promise of American democracy, ordinary citizens must act positively to change the relationship between the people and our governmentThe new study, with...
  • Study: You Have 'Near-Zero' Impact on U.S. Policy

    08/13/2014 6:29:13 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 12, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that "the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy." The startling study, titled "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens," is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on Politics and was authored by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page. An early draft can be found here. Noted American University Historian Allan J. Lichtman, who highlighted the...
  • The Electric Golf Car Stimulus: Cash For Clunkers Failure

    08/12/2014 9:02:57 AM PDT · by briankoe · 9 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 8/11/14 | Brian Koenig
    The latest story in Obama's electric car saga involves a report by researchers at Texas A&M who measured the effect that the Cash for Clunkers stimulus had on auto sales. They made a profound discovery: The program actually reduced industry revenue by $3 billion over about a 12-month period. Note, this all happened while taxpayers got screwed out of $3 billion. It was sold as a lifeline to the toiling U.S. auto industry. And it gave self-righteous consumers some comfort, knowing that they could gain financially by ditching their gas guzzling vehicles. “Strikingly, we find that Cash for Clunkers actually...
  • ProtonMail - The One Email System the NSA Can't Access

    08/11/2014 1:45:39 PM PDT · by SovereignSociety · 9 replies
    The Sovereign Investor ^ | August 11th, 2014 | Ted Baumann
    It’s been a busy month on the privacy front.For starters, word got out on August 5 that Russian hackers stole 1.2 billion user names and passwords across several kinds of websites. Then Facebook got into hot water — again — when it decided to force its risky Messenger app on unwilling users. Meanwhile, a U.S. senator warned that users of wearable fitness-tracking devices are unprotected by any privacy law, putting them at serious risk. And the European Union is poised to counter a U.S. court order demanding Microsoft hand over data stored inside its Irish servers.Meanwhile, hackers and snoops...