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  • Family breakdown explains social unrest

    12/12/2018 11:55:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Star Parker ^ | December 11, 2018 | Star Parker
    Weakening of the family generally occurs in an environment of weakening of religion. As France is gripped by civil disorder, many commentators identify, quite correctly, as the culprit the outsized burden that France's bloated welfare state places on its citizens. According a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the highest tax burden in the industrialized world is in France — 46.1 percent of GDP. In the United States, it is 27 percent, which includes taxes paid at all levels of government — federal, state and local. Welfare state spending in France is 32 percent of GDP,...
  • Climate Change Is Affordable

    11/28/2018 5:04:03 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 27, 2018 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    ... The new U.S. report, as well as a United Nations report issued in October, instead aim at frightening the public—exactly the approach that so manifestly has failed to move the needle for 35 years. Maybe it’s because voters are skeptical of doom-mongering. Maybe they have grown fatalistic about climate change. Or maybe, reflecting the folly of climate campaigners, they’ve gotten a message that acting on greenhouse gases requires giving up prosperity. Reporting Sunday on the French fuel-tax demonstrations, the New York Times noted: “Many in the crowd said that they did not disdain the government’s environmental goals, but that...
  • Cath Cauc: McCarrick’s online footprint suggests he was deeply involved in doing pope’s bidding

    11/23/2018 8:58:53 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | November 23, 2018 | Maike Hickson
    November 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In light of the recently published book by the unofficial papal spokesman Andrea Tornielli – who now claims against Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganň that Pope Francis did not give McCarrick any "official" tasks during his pontificate – it might be worthwhile to review briefly some of the evidence published online that points to McCarrick's influential role under Pope Francis' pontificate.  One 2015 article, for example, points out that McCarrick hand-delivered a letter from President Obama on behalf of the Pope. McCarrick also traveled to the Holy Land, Armenia, China, Iran, and other places on behalf...
  • Pope decries that ‘wealthy few’ feast on what belongs to all

    11/18/2018 7:08:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 18, 2018 | Frances D’Emilio
    Championing the cause of the poor, Pope Francis on Sunday lamented that “the wealthy few” enjoy what, “in justice, belongs to all” and said Christians cannot remain indifferent to the growing cries of the exploited and the indigent, including migrants. Francis invited about 6,000 poor people as well as some of the volunteers who help them to the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica where he celebrated Mass on a day the Catholic Church dedicates to the needy. Later, he sat down with 1,500 of the indigent for a lunch of lasagna, chicken, mashed potatoes and tiramisu in a Vatican auditorium....
  • Dozens arrested after climate protest blocks five London bridges

    11/17/2018 11:25:45 AM PST · by Simon Green · 41 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/17/18 | Matthew Taylor
    Eighty-five people have been arrested as thousands of demonstrators occupied five bridges in central London to voice their concern over the looming climate crisis. Protesters, including families and pensioners, began massing on five of London’s main bridges from 10am on Saturday. An hour later, all the crossings had been blocked in one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades. Some people locked themselves together, while others linked arms and sang songs. By 2pm the blockade of Southwark Bridge had been abandoned and protesters moved from there to Blackfriars Bridge, where organisers said they were...
  • DC Takes Step Toward Allowing 16-Year-Olds to Vote [semi-satire]

    11/06/2018 11:04:32 AM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Nov 2018 | John Semmens
    A bill to lower the voting age to 16 for all elections, both local and federal, was approved by the Judiciary and Public Safety committee of the DC City Council by a 3-0 vote. It is now slated for a full Council vote in the very near future. Council member Charles Allen sought to rebuff critics who contend that people this young don't have enough real life experience to be informed voters. "They may still live with their parents and haven't had the burden of supporting themselves, but neither have the legions of welfare recipients who currently vote," Allen pointed...
  • Cory Booker’s plan to fight wealth inequality: give poor kids money

    10/22/2018 6:05:38 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 56 replies
    Vox.com ^ | October 22, 2018 | Sarah Kliffsarah
    America has a massive, growing racial wealth gap. The median white family today holds nearly 10 times the wealth of the median black family. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is introducing a bill aimed at closing that gap. His idea is to give lower-income kids a sizable nest egg (nearly $50,000 in some cases) that they could use for wealth-building purchases, like a down payment on a house or college tuition. These “opportunity accounts” would, theoretically, make sure all children have significant assets when they enter adulthood, rather than just those who grow up in wealthier homes. “It would be a...
  • Ocasio-Cortez: We Must Use Blueprint From Defeating Nazis to Defeat Global Warming

    10/20/2018 6:36:18 AM PDT · by kevcol · 150 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 19, 2018 | Cameron Cawthorne
    Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday night said the way the Allied Powers defeated the Nazis during World War II provides a blueprint for how the United States should defeat global warming. Ocasio-Cortez appeared at a climate change town hall in College Point, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, where she discussed her "radical" plan to tackle global warming, according to a clip first flagged by the Republican National Committee.
  • Climate Change Is Everyone's Problem. Women Are Ready to Solve It ("Climate change" is sexist)

    09/12/2018 6:04:56 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 46 replies
    Fortune ^ | Sep. 12, 2018 | By Anne Finucaneand Anne Hidalgo
    Imagine a world with affordable, clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, and decent work and economic growth for all. That is the world the United Nations imagined when it defined the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development with “the desire to create a future where there is no poverty, the planet is protected, and all the people enjoy peace and prosperity.” But the reality is, that world can’t exist without the equal participation, and leadership, of women—as business and political leaders, investors, and contributors to the global economy.
  • Gov. 'Moonbeam' says California to launch climate satellite

    09/15/2018 12:46:28 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    The Mainichi (Japan) ^ | September 15, 2018
    California Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that the state plans to launch its "own damn satellite" into orbit to battle climate change. The man the late Chicago columnist Mike Royko famously dubbed "Gov. Moonbeam" made the announcement at the conclusion of a two-day climate summit he organized in San Francisco. [Snip] Before Brown's announcement, two prominent Democrats and a Republican mayor criticized Trump for his decision to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate accord. "While Donald Trump may have pulled out of the climate agreement, the American people have not," former Secretary of State John Kerry said...
  • Rich Nations Vowed Billions for Climate Change. Poor Countries Are Waiting.

    09/13/2018 9:51:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 9, 2018 | By Mike Ives
    HONG KONG - When industrialized nations pledged in 2009 to mobilize $100 billion a year by 2020 to help the poorest countries deal with climate change, it won over some skeptics in the developing world who had argued that rich nations should pay up for contributing so much to the problem. But the money has been slow to materialize, with only $3.5 billion actually committed out of $10.3 billion pledged to a prominent United Nations program called the Green Climate Fund. President Trump’s decision last year to cancel $2 billion in promised aid did not help. “The fund of hope...
  • Curbing carbon emissions could boost the economy way more than doing nothing

    09/06/2018 8:31:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    CNN Money ^ | September 6, 2018 | by Lydia DePillis
    Climate activists and environmental groups have long pushed back against those who argue that efforts to cut carbon emissions hurt the global economy and cost jobs. Now, they're saying that there are actually enormous economic benefits to be had. In a more than 200-page report released Wednesday, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate projected that a set of policies aimed at combating global warming could yield $26 trillion in economic gains through 2030 if governments and businesses get busy enacting them in the next two to three years. The report's principal recommendation: Imposing a tax on carbon, which...
  • Feds threaten to withhold climate change cash [Canada]

    08/30/2018 11:24:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Well and Tribune ^ | August 30, 2018 | by The Canadian Press
    OTTAWA - Provinces that don't get on board with the federal Liberals' plan to deal with climate change, including putting a price on pollution, will forfeit their share of a $2-billion federal fund, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says. The Liberals find themselves with multiple provinces opposing aspects of the plan, from new clean fuel standards to carbon pricing through a tax or cap and trade. McKenna said no one should question the government's commitment to combating climate change and the pan-Canadian plan it unveiled shortly after taking office in late 2015. "There's no backing away from climate change," McKenna said...
  • Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull out of office over foisting expensive 'green' power

    08/24/2018 8:48:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/24/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Devotion to the global warming fraud has driven from office the head of government of a major democracy. Facing a no confidence vote from the Liberal Party (which is actually what passes for a conservative party in Australia – the Labor Party is the leftist party Down Under), Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull resigned. Turnbull had lost 40 to 45 what the Aussies call a "spill motion" to short-circuit a leadership ballot in the party.  The party then chose Scott Morrison as new party leader and therefore prime minister in their coalition with the National Party, which holds 16 seats and represents rural areas.  ...
  • Socialism is 'mainstream,' not a 'tainted' ideology: Bernie Sanders

    08/15/2018 6:13:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/15/18 | Gabriella Muńoz
    During an interview on “The Late Show,” Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders declared socialist ideas to be mainstream, after host Stephen Colbert suggested it’s hurting Democrats at the ballot box. Mr. Colbert pointed out that most of the candidates Mr. Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigned for lost their primaries. “Why do you need to call yourself socialists? Because that’s freighted with so much negativity in the United States,” the late-night comedian asked. “Maybe there’s a little taint to socialism that turns people off?”
  • You Won't Believe What Obama Did in South Africa

    08/10/2018 12:20:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2018 | Wayne Allyn Roots
    Do you know what Obama did in South Africa? You're not going to believe it. It's the biggest disgrace in the history of the U.S. presidency. But the mainstream media won't say a word- it's a total blackout. This is (as Obama would say) a "teachable moment." Ninety-plus percent of President TrumpÂ’s coverage by the U.S. mainstream media is negative. Terribly negative. Horribly negative. Remarkably negative. That same media adores and idolizes former President Obama. The difference in the way they are treated is remarkable. Remember it was Obama who first separated illegal alien parents from children. The media said...
  • Democratic Socialist’s Primary Win Revoked After All Her Votes Forcibly Redistributed (parody)

    06/29/2018 12:23:28 PM PDT · by fishtank · 10 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 6-29-18 | B. Bee
    Democratic Socialist Candidate’s Primary Win Revoked After All Her Votes Forcibly Redistributed June 29, 2018 NEW YORK, NY—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was elated when reports broke that she had won the Democratic primary for her district, defeating long-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley Tuesday. But the democratic socialist was disappointed to discover that her win would be revoked by the DNC after all votes for her were confiscated and more equally distributed between the two candidates. Democrat officials quickly sent Ocasio-Cortez a bill for her vote earnings, which included a hefty tax on her 15,000+ votes, which would be dispensed more evenly between...
  • Ocasio-Cortez Struggles to Differentiate Between Socialism, Democratic Socialism (tr)

    06/29/2018 12:12:38 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 31 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | Washington Free Beacon Staff June 29, 2018 12:51 pm
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialists of America member who won a Democratic primary victory this week in New York's 14th Congressional District, failed to clearly explain democratic socialism on Friday. Ocasio-Cortez joined "The View" panel where Meghan McCain asked about her self-described Democratic socialist views. The candidate has been at the center of attention since her upset in Tuesday's primary against incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D., N.Y.), a 10-term congressman and member of the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives. Ocasio-Cortez is known for being one of the most left-leaning candidates in the 2018 midterm elections. "You consider yourself...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Be The Leading Democrat On Climate Change

    06/27/2018 10:10:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 27, 2018 | By Alexander C. Kaufman
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning primary victory over powerful U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in the working-class New York district stretching from the Bronx to Queens is likely to propel her avowedly left-wing platform into the Democratic mainstream as the 2018 midterm elections heat up. But her detailed proposals to deal with climate change could prove among the most influential at a time when the Democrats have failed to rally around any policy that could feasibly reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically enough to make a difference. Ocasio-Cortez outlined plans to transition the United States to a 100 percent renewable energy system by 2035....
  • Hitting toughest climate target will save world $30tn in damages, analysis shows

    05/23/2018 10:33:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 23, 2018 | by Damian Carrington
    Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the global Paris agreement will save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis. Most nations, representing 90% of global population, would benefit economically from keeping global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the research indicates. This includes almost all the world’s poorest countries, as well as the three biggest economies – the US, China and Japan – contradicting the claim of US president, Donald Trump, that climate action is too costly. The scientists used 40 global climate models...