Keyword: socialism

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • The Left's Love Affair with the 4-letter N-word

    12/19/2014 9:07:12 PM PST · by akalinin · 34 replies
    gunnews.com ^ | 12/19/2014 | Darryl Blonski
    “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.” - Aldous Huxley I like quotes. Quotes are wisdom for those with short attention spans. They are disregarded by many as irrelevant platitudes or obsolete; however, they are knowledge, often hard-earned and considered by their authors to be important enough to be passed on. I’ve chosen the above quote for today, not only because it is always relevant, but because we bear witness to a time where the political left of this country is trying...
  • New Obamacare enrollments in California top 144,000

    12/17/2014 2:42:15 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | by Chad Terhune
    California's health insurance exchange said 144,178 people have newly enrolled in Obamacare coverage during the first month of sign ups. Officials also reported that 216,423 people have joined Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for low-income people, since Nov. 15. That's in addition to the 2.2 million who had already enrolled in 2014 as part of the health-law expansion.
  • Obamacare adds 450,000 Ohioans to Medicaid rolls

    12/16/2014 1:54:55 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Ohio Watchdog.org ^ | December 16, 2014 | By Jason Hart
    Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare expansion has put 450,941 Ohioans on Medicaid, outpacing his administration’s projections by 24 percent. Instead of tempering leftist support for the expansion, budget-busting enrollment is portrayed as good news for Ohio; Obamacare sticks federal taxpayers with 100 percent of Medicaid expansion benefit costs through 2016. Kasich — who expanded Medicaid over the General Assembly’s express disapproval — told attendees at a Dec. 4 infant mortality summit to march in favor of more Obamacare expansion spending, but critics are encouraging legislative opponents to stand their ground. “Kasich is threatening to organize protests to ensure the state continues...
  • A Lull Before the ObamaCare Rate Storm

    12/15/2014 3:27:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 15, 2014 | By STEPHEN T. PARENTE
    Americans visiting Healthcare.gov to purchase 2015 health-insurance plans are finding a nice surprise: Average premiums for the cheap “bronze” plans have increased only by 3.4% and premiums for the middle-of-the-road “silver” plans are rising by 5.8%, according to the American Action Forum. Where are the double-digit premium increases that so many predicted? Check back around this time in 2016. That’s when you’ll see the real spikes. The Affordable Care Act includes two temporary programs that make compliant health-care plans temporarily appear far cheaper than they are: Risk corridors and reinsurance. Both programs will expire on Jan. 1, 2017. By November...
  • Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives

    12/15/2014 11:41:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | December 15, 2014 | By Jay Hancock
    For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after the Affordable Care Act made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Health-law subsidies for workers to buy their own coverage combined with years of rising costs in the company plan made dropping the plan an obvious – though not easy – choice. Companies like Dunn’s — those with fewer than 50 workers — provide medical coverage to roughly 20 million people. Unlike larger employers, they have no obligation under the health law to offer...
  • Protesters chain themselves to Oakland police headquarters

    12/15/2014 11:33:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 15, 2014 | By VERONICA ROCHA
    <p>Demonstrators protesting killings by police in New York and Missouri were arrested Monday after they chained themselves to doors and a flagpole at the Oakland Police Department headquarters.</p> <p>A live-stream video via Blackout Collective shows demonstrators blocking a doorway outside the headquarters and singing, “Calling out the violence of the racist police” as they were taken into custody by officers.</p>
  • Belgium braces for (24 hr) national strike (Austerity)

    12/14/2014 12:37:04 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | 12-14-2014 | AFP
    Belgium risks coming to a virtual standstill Monday as the biggest national strike for years grounds all flights, halts public transport and severs international train links in protest at the new government's austerity policies. The strike, which is the climax of a union movement that began last month with a huge march and violent protests in Brussels, will also likely close schools, businesses, factories and government offices. Unions say there is "no choice" but to go ahead with the strike after the right-of-centre government of Prime Minister Charles Michel pushed ahead with plans to save 11 billion euros ($13.7 billion)...
  • Lima climate summit extended as poor countries demand more from rich

    12/13/2014 6:13:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | December 13, 2014 | by Suzanne Goldenberg
    Climate talks in Lima ran into extra time amid rising frustration from developing countries at the “ridiculously low” commitments from rich countries to help pay for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The talks were designed to draft a blueprint for a global deal to fight climate change, due to be adopted in Paris late next year. But developing countries argued that before signing on they needed to see greater commitments that the industrialised countries would keep to their end of a bargain to provide the money needed to fight climate change. Countries are also divided over the initial commitments countries...
  • New York Citi Bike program accused of shoddy maintenance and poor cleanliness

    12/12/2014 10:13:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 12, 2014 | Sadie Whitelocks
    New York Citi Bike riders are at risk according to a new audit exposing spotty maintenance checks, poor cleanliness and defective docking stations. Comptroller Scott Stringer released his report Thursday looking at if New York City Bike Share, which manages the scheme, is in compliance with its Department of Transport contract. According to maintenance data, only 28per cent of the 6,000 two-wheelers in Manhattan and Brooklyn were inspected in November 2013, 34per cent in December 2013 and 38per cent in January 2014.
  • People’s Climate Summit Finds Culprit in Capitalism

    12/12/2014 1:18:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 12, 2014 | By RYAN DUBE
    LIMA, Peru — Wilfredo Saavedra, a former Marxist rebel, led a convoy of some 300 activists from Peru’s northern sierra, wearing an anti-mining T-shirt and Cuban baseball cap. Jim Chomicz, 70, from Birmingham, Alabama, flew here with a church group to learn more about melting glaciers. But for many of their Latin American counterparts, it is all about toppling capitalism, which they blame for the environmental degradation. “Capitalism is the creator of all of these changes to the climate,” said Mr. Saavedra. At a march this week, Ibis Fernández, a Peruvian union leader and organizer of the People’s Climate Summit,...
  • “Ferguson/Occupy/Garner” anarchists proving Durkheim’s theory of “anomie”

    12/12/2014 8:45:50 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/12/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The early 20th century sociologist Emile Durkheim’s theory about the divide between the greater society and some individuals still holds up. Durkheim called this condition “anomie” and described it as “a condition in which society provides little moral guidance to individuals.” He saw anomie as a, “breakdown of social bonds between an individual and the community…..rejection of self-regulatory values.” As Durkheim saw those who had fallen into anomie, they were “deranged and had an insatiable will.” Were he alive today Durkheim would recognize the mismatch between societal standards and the non-existent standards of the “Ferguson/Occupy/Garner” protestors who are running through...
  • How Britain's taste for year-round asparagus is threatened by climate change

    12/11/2014 5:31:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 11, 2014 | By Emily Gosden, Lima
    It has become a mainstay on supermarket shelves across the UK: fresh green asparagus, flown in to satisfy culinary desires well beyond the brief domestic growing season. But Britain's love of year-round asparagus could now be at risk - due to climate change. Of the 14,000 tonnes of asparagus imported to the UK last year, the majority - some 8,000 tonnes - came from Peru, the world's biggest exporter of the crop. Experts warn that Peruvian production of the vegetable, which has soared in the past decade, is likely to be hit by extreme weather that scientists say will become...
  • A Climate Idea Comes of Age: Zero Emissions

    12/10/2014 3:24:49 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 10, 2014 | By KARL RITTER
    Pulling a worn, yellowed copy of the 1992 U.N. climate change convention from her handbag, Farhana Yamin points to the paragraph that states its goal: To stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that would prevent dangerous warming. It doesn't provide any guidance on how to do that. But Yamin does. And, in a historic first, dozens of governments now embrace her prescription. The global climate pact set for adoption in Paris next year should phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, says the London-based environmental lawyer. "In your lifetime, emissions have to go to zero. That's a message people...
  • Climate change summit takes political twist

    12/10/2014 6:24:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | December 10, 2014 | By Fermín Koop
    The real part of the climate change negotiations started yesterday in Lima. Bolivian President Evo Morales took the spotlight at the United Nations summit as he pointed the finger at developed countries for their responsibility for climate change and suggested creating a world court to judge climate crimes. “Developing countries are the ones that struggle the most because of climate change even though they are the least responsible for it,” Evo Morales said, speaking alongside UN heads and several ministers. “After 30 years of negotiations, we haven’t reached any important climate change agreement. We have failed and now we are...
  • FEATURE-Venezuela's poor sour on Maduro as prices, shortages sting

    12/10/2014 6:01:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 10, 2014 | By Alexandra Ulmer
    Packing potatoes at his vegetable stand on a sun-baked street in Caracas's hillside Catia slum, Jesus Jimenez fondly recounts voting for late president Hugo Chavez. Like millions in Venezuela's poor "barrios," the chatty father of 14 worshipped the larger-than-life Chavez and benefited from his welfare programs, especially Cuban-staffed free health centers and substantial pension rises. So after Chavez's death last year, Jimenez naturally voted for the leader's hand-picked protege Nicolas Maduro, a former union activist and bus driver who vowed to continue the idiosyncratic brand of socialism known as "Chavismo". Now, though, he struggles to make ends meet as inflation...
  • Jewish Issues: A Clarification to Christians about Their Perception on the Jews

    12/09/2014 4:44:29 PM PST · by juliosevero · 15 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Jewish Issues: A Clarification to Christians about Their Perception on the Jews Beheadings, Crucifixions, the Inquisition, the Crusades, Pogroms, Spits and Socialism By Julio Severo Sometimes, I receive accusations from Christians, who say that I emphasize Muslim persecution against Christians in the Middle East, but I never mention how the Jews also persecute Christians. Actually, I have never published a single article on Jews in Israel beheading and crucifying Christians. On the other hand, I have already published many articles on Muslims committing such atrocities. The reason for it is not omission or some attempt to hide alleged beheadings...
  • Half of Doctors Listed as Serving Medicaid Patients Are Unavailable, Investigation Finds

    12/09/2014 12:53:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 8, 2014 | by ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — Large numbers of doctors who are listed as serving Medicaid patients are not available to treat them, federal investigators said in a new report. “Half of providers could not offer appointments to enrollees,” the investigators said in the report, which will be issued on Tuesday. Many of the doctors were not accepting new Medicaid patients or could not be found at their last known addresses, according to the report from the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services. The study raises questions about access to care for people gaining Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care...
  • Government Coercion Is the Common Link between Nazism, Communism, and other forms of Socialism

    12/09/2014 12:49:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Is Obama a socialist?If youÂ’re asking whether heÂ’s a big-spending interventionist, the answer is yes.But if youÂ’re asking whether the President believes in government ownership of the means of production (which is the defining issue in the socialist economic platform), the answer is no (though the White House surely wonÂ’t like how Thomas Sowell describes ObamaÂ’s ideology).But I generally donÂ’t care about these word fights. Big government is bad because it hurts people and relies on coercion, and thatÂ’s true whether weÂ’re talking about socialism, communism, Nazism, corporatism, or other forms of statism.But I do care for historical accuracy and...
  • It’s time to start ignoring the climate deniers

    12/08/2014 2:23:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | December 8, 2014 | by Isaac Tamblyn
    I do not believe that climate change deniers exist. I have heard the statistics and have seen the graphs, but I am not convinced. So I do what the supposed deniers do – I ignore them and move on. The next time you find yourself in a conversation with friends and colleagues about climate change, I would ask that you do one thing – skip over the discussion about the deniers. By talking about the deniers, the debate focuses on how to fix the problem of denial rather than climate change itself. Not everyone has to believe in it; what...
  • Obama: All Peoples Worldwide Embrace Meaning of Jesus (preaches “socialist Jesus”)

    12/08/2014 8:59:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 6, 2014 - 3:08 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In a speech at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Thursday night, President Obama did not mention Jesus by name but said the meaning of Jesus’s story is embraced by all people “around the world, regardless of how they pray, or whether they pray at all.”“But while lighting the tree has entered into the 21st century, the story that we remember this season dates back more than 2,000 years,” Obama said. “It’s the story of hope—the birth of a singular child into the simplest of circumstances—a child who would grow up to live a life of humility, and kindness, and...
  • From Killing the Rich to Taxing The Rich

    12/06/2014 5:28:53 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 1 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 7 December 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    [T]he suppression of the minority of exploiters, by the majority of the wage slaves of yesterday, is a matter comparatively so easy, simple, and natural that it will cost far less bloodshed… and will cost mankind far less. Lenin wrote this in The State and Revolution . In the end, 66 million people were killed in the USSR between 1917 and 1959: tortured, shot, starved, frozen or worked to death. This figure was calculated by Professor of Statistics I. A. Kurganov and quoted by Alexander Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago . Others say that the figure is 45 million,...
  • After six years of Obama's damage, Democrats are at war with Democrats

    12/06/2014 9:31:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 5, 2014 | By Charles Krauthammer
    Old habits die hard. The media are so enamored of the continuing (and largely contrived) story about the great Republican civil war that they fail to appreciate that the real internecine fight is being waged on the other side of the aisle. I grant that there's a lot of shouting today among Republicans. But it's a ritual skirmish over whether a government shutdown would force the president to withdraw a signature measure — last time, Obamacare; this time, executive amnesty. From opposite sides of the (Democratic) spectrum, Schumer and Warren are trying to remake and reorient the Democratic Party post-Obama....
  • Why Increasing Antarctic Sea Ice Doesn't Mean Climate Change Isn't Happening

    12/06/2014 9:05:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 134 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 4, 2014 | by CHELSEA HARVEY
    Antarctic sea ice reached a record high this year, topping 20 million square kilometers (nearly 8 million square miles) in September — a milestone it hadn't touched since 1979. It's a fact climate change deniers are fond of repeating. If the planet is warming, shouldn't sea ice be melting away rather than growing? It's true that the phenomenon is a confusing one — but it's no proof that climate change isn't happening. In fact, scientists believe that climate change is actually responsible for the strange events down in the Antarctic. The first thing to note is that sea ice and...
  • Consumers to Blame for Obamacare's Failures [satire]

    12/06/2014 8:39:31 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius attempted to defend the Affordable Care Act health insurance scheme she helped establish by blaming consumers for its shortcomings. "A lot of Americans have no idea what insurance is about," Sebelius said. "It's a complicated product that few are competent to purchase. In hindsight, our biggest mistake was probably trying to incorporate a modicum of individual choice into the system." "If we had just set up a single-payer government-run health insurance regime a lot of the complaints that riled the general public could have been avoided," she continued. "All of the...
  • Brazilian Families Want Legal Homeschooling

    12/04/2014 4:37:33 PM PST · by juliosevero · 1 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Brazilian Families Want Legal Homeschooling By Julio Severo A group of families made a 12-hour trip to be in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital city, to attend a vote in the Brazilian Congress on homeschooling. The vote was postponed, but the presence of these families and their children touched the hearts of many congressional representatives. Homeschool families in the Brazilian Congress These families, who were sponsored by ANED (Associaçăo Nacional de Educaçăo Domiciliar, National Home Education Association), promise to be in Brasilia again next Wednesday, when there will be a possible new vote. Congressmen touched by homeschool families The current Brazilian...
  • Obamacare Calorie Posting Regulations to Cost Industry $1.7 Billion

    12/04/2014 4:19:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 4, 2014 | BY: Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government formally completed regulations that will force vending machines and restaurants to display calorie information, which can lead to businesses being fined thousands of dollars for not including the number of calories in a mayonnaise packet. The regulations, which originated in Obamacare, total 319 pages and will cost industry $1.7 billion to comply. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rules last week just before the Thanksgiving holiday, arguing the rules are “an important step for public health.” The final rules increased costs by $542 million from the proposed rules, totaling $531.1 million for vending machines,...
  • Chicago City Council Chooses Suicide By Minimum Wage

    12/04/2014 3:49:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 4, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Fiscal Policy: A city teetering on the brink of insolvency passes a minimum wage that would reach $13 by 2019, higher than the minimum elsewhere in a state that just elected a Republican governor. What could go wrong? Ignoring the first rule of holes (when you're in one, stop digging), the Chicago City Council, in a Tuesday emergency session called by Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, voted 44-5 to raise the city's minimum wage from the current statewide level of $8.25 an hour to $10 on July 1, with future increases bringing it to $13...
  • Economists urge regular updates and reviews of cost of climate impacts estimate

    12/04/2014 2:03:34 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    University of Chicago News ^ | December 4, 2014 | By Victoria Ekstrom High
    The term Social Cost of Carbon is a figure that puts a dollar value on the climate damages per ton of CO2 released, and is used by, among others, policymakers to help determine the costs and benefits of climate policies. In the latest issue of the journal Science, a group of economists and lawyers urge several improvements to the government’s figure that would impose a regular, transparent and peer-reviewed process to ensure it is reliable and well-supported. “By providing an estimate of the damages from an extra ton of CO2 emissions, the Social Cost of Carbon tells us how much...
  • Writer on socialist site: I long for day saying ‘I had an abortion’ is like saying ‘I have the flu’

    12/04/2014 6:44:07 AM PST · by wagglebee · 25 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/3/14 | Ben Johnson
    Over the last few years, the rallying cry of the pro-abortion movement has subtly shifted from making abortion “safe, legal, and rare” to celebrating “abortion on demand and without apology.” Women, the latter school of thought holds, should never entertain a second thought about the child they abort, regardless of the reasons for their decision.A new school of radical feminists – and “freedom riders” from the Revolutionary Communist Party – have called on women to share happy, “blithe and unapologetic” abortion stories. If women can fake a smile long enough and say they aborted for the most trivial of reasons,...
  • How Your Death Affects Climate Change

    12/03/2014 3:38:58 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | December 3, 2014 | by Katrina Spade, Founder and Director, Urban Death Project
    You might take solace in the fact that when you die, your days of polluting the planet are over. But the truth is that the method you choose to dispose of your mortal remains has more of a deleterious impact on the environment than you might think. Conventional burials contribute to climate change in a number of ways. Although embalming slows the decomposition process, it does not stop it completely. Cremation is relatively benign compared to conventional burial, thanks in part to the required filtering of emissions done by crematories in the United States. Still, the average cremation uses 28...
  • Obama to business leaders: Raise wages

    12/03/2014 2:30:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | December 3, 2014 | By Zachary Roth
    In remarks that underscored an emerging concern about the direction of the economy, President Obama told business leaders Wednesday that, despite record corporate profits, stagnant wage growth is creating anxiety among workers. Obama [said] that the shrinking of wages and income as a share of overall GDP had caused an “undertow” of pessimism, despite the improving economy, and said giving workers a raise would benefit corporations, too. “When wages are good, and consumers feel like they’ve got money in their pockets, that ends up being good for business not bad for business,” he said. Obama appeared relaxed and at ease,...
  • Did Obamacare destroy the Democratic Party? Another look

    12/03/2014 1:02:56 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 3, 2014 | by Michael Hiltzik
    Was heathcare reform a fatal political blunder by the Democratic Party? That thesis of Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, received a respectful airing this week from the veteran political journalist and New York Times columnist Thomas B. Edsall. Schumer's position--that the Democrats should have delayed healthcare reform at the start of Obama's first term and focused instead on policies to help the middle class--goes to the heart of what it means to govern. It's proper to give it a closer look. It's even more important to examine the misconceptions about Obamacare that lie...
  • World on course for warmest year

    12/03/2014 10:52:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 3, 2014 | by David Shukman, Science editor
    This year is in the running to be the hottest globally and for the UK since records began, early estimates show. In the first 10 months of 2014, global average air temperature was about 0.57 Celsius above the long-term average. And the first eleven months in the UK have produced an average temperature 1.6C above the long-term. A separate study by the UK Met Office says the observed temperatures would be highly unlikely without the influence of greenhouse gases produced by humans. The global figures come in estimates from the UN's World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). If this year's current global...
  • China Looks Bad, Europe Looks Worse

    12/03/2014 5:58:31 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 12-3-2014 | Jonathan Cable
    Jonathan Cable, Reuters December 3, 2014LONDON (Reuters) - The euro zone economy may face another contraction after business activity grew less than expected in November despite heavy discounting, surveys on Wednesday showed, although Asian readings were more upbeat. Firms across the euro zone cut prices again. That, and signs that the bloc's core economies are struggling, will concern the European Central Bank which has launched a raft of measures to revive growth and drive up dangerously low inflation. In contrast, a survey covering China's services industry showed slightly faster expansion. But after data on Monday said manufacturing growth was its...
  • Obamacare Q&A: It’s not easy to check out of Hotel Covered California

    12/02/2014 4:55:27 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | December 2, 2014 | BY EMILY BAZAR
    In my previous column, I explained that you become ineligible for Covered California’s tax credits when you turn 65 and enroll in Medicare. You will owe money to the government if you keep getting the credits after your Medicare begins. So I tried to offer a simple solution: Cancel your Covered California plan. Unfortunately, in the past two weeks, I have heard from Californians and insurance agents across the state who have tried mightily — and failed — to cancel their plans. Instead, the premium bills just keep coming. A Covered California phone rep told him that the cancellation challenges...
  • Poll: Nearly 4 in 10 say California Obamacare exchange not working well

    12/02/2014 3:50:31 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 2, 2014 | by Chad Terhune
    Nearly four in 10 Californians say the state's health exchange isn't working well as the second open enrollment gets underway, a new survey shows. The results from the Public Policy Institute of California survey may reflect persistent service problems experienced by some consumers as well as continued partisan opposition to the federal overhaul. Californians also remain split over President Obama's Affordable Care Act overall. Forty-six percent of Californians surveyed had a generally favorable opinion of the health law while 43% were unfavorable. Nationally, the sentiment has been more negative.
  • State Stiffs Agents Who Helped Sign-Ups for Covered California

    12/02/2014 3:30:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    AllGov.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | by Ken Broder
    he state uses an army of certified agents to guide around 40% of the people who enroll in Covered California, the state’s subsidized health-care system. And like any army, this one would like to get paid. That hasn’t been happening. The Los Angeles Times reported last week that many of the 12,600 insurance agents haven’t been paid for months. Around 2,200 agents are owed around $2 million for shepherding Med-Cal patients through the system and the state doesn’t intend to pay them before January. These are probably the wrong people to piss off at the beginning of Covered California’s second...
  • Are We Missing the Big Picture on Climate Change?

    12/02/2014 3:04:23 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 87 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 2, 2014 | By REBECCA SOLNIT
    ... To grasp climate change, you have to think in terms of species and their future. To know how things have already changed, you have to remember how they used to be, and so you may not notice birds disappearing from the skies, or hotter weather or more extreme storms and forest fires. You need to look past the sparrow and see the whole system that allows — or allowed — the birds to flourish. The swallows, the chinook salmon, desert tortoises, manatees, moose and us. Addressing climate means fixing the way we produce energy. But maybe it also means...
  • Ferguson Riots Dwarfed by 1965’s Watts Riots [satire]

    11/29/2014 9:10:01 AM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    Jealous of all the media attention being given to the riots in Ferguson Missouri, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks has introduced a resolution calling for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots. “From all the hoopla attached to the recent events in Ferguson you’d think that this riot is the most significant Black uprising against white oppression in recent memory, but you’d be wrong,” Parks said. “Back in 1965 the Black Community devastated Watts causing 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, and over $40 million in property damage. Over 3,000 people were arrested. What went down in Ferguson...
  • Footballer Sol Campbell tackles Labour MP over 'mansion tax'

    11/26/2014 11:31:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 26, 2014
    Former England footballer Sol Campbell has clashed with Labour MP Owen Smith over the party's proposed "mansion tax" on properties worth over Ł2m. Mr Campbell owned a Ł25m house in London and a "country pile" in Northumberland. But Owen Smith said his party was only asking people like Mr Campbell "to pay your fair share". He also told Daily Politics people who were "struggling" under this government would have "zero sympathy" for people who complained about having to pay the tax. Mr Owen said there was a "gross inequality between those who've got the most, like Sol", and those at...
  • India’s state-owned bank to launch Islamic fund

    11/26/2014 6:28:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 26, 2014 8:38 AM EST | Nirmala George
    India’s largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month aimed mainly at attracting investments from the country’s 170 million Muslims.The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country’s capital markets regulator, recently allowed the government-owned State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Shariah funds. […] A large section of India’s Muslim population remains outside the banking system, partly because Islamic law known as Shariah prohibits interest. Shares of companies linked to alcohol, tobacco, gambling and casinos and financial institutions that earn interest would be excluded from the fund. […] India’s stock exchanges have between...
  • Geo-engineering: Climate fixes 'could harm billions'

    11/26/2014 3:07:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 25, 2014 | By David Shukman, Science editor
    Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say. That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what's become known as geo-engineering. This is the so far unproven science of intervening in the climate to bring down temperatures. These projects work by, for example, shading the Earth from the Sun or soaking up carbon dioxide. Ideas include aircraft spraying out sulphur particles at high altitude to mimic the cooling effect of volcanoes or using artificial "trees" to absorb CO2. Despite the risk...
  • Climate change could shift buckeyes’ habitat to Michigan

    11/24/2014 2:03:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | November 24, 2014 | By Laura Arenschield
    There is a lot we could lose if we don’t get a handle on climate change. Clean air. Manageable storms. A variety of animals and plants and a few islands. But buckeyes? The state trees of Ohio? To Michigan? “Dread the thought,” said Roger Williams, an associate professor of forest management at Ohio State University. But that could happen if the world keeps warming, Williams said yesterday during a climate-change-oriented tour of the Ohio State University campus. The tour was sponsored by the Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center, an environmental advocacy organization.
  • Who polluted Robin Hood?

    11/23/2014 10:50:37 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 32 replies
    Robin Hood was not a jacobin nor a socialist, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. But here, I will highlight where he was transformed into one. The title of the book is: "Robin Hood: A Collection of All the Ancient Poems, Songs, and Ballads, Now Extant Relative to that Celebrated English Outlaw ; to which are Prefixed Historical Anecdotes of His Life", authored by Joseph Ritson, who was sympathetic to Jacobinism. This book was first printed in 1795. This book is a collection of his works, which means that he was spreading this filth around in who...
  • Oops! Administration Erred on Health Law Sign-Ups

    11/20/2014 1:26:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 20, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered. Administration spokesman Aaron Albright said that the overcount involved about 400,000 people. Those consumers have separate dental coverage in addition to a medical plan, and were double-counted by mistake, said Albright. They had purchased both the medical and dental plans through HealthCare.gov and state insurance markets created under the law. That means the correct number of people enrolled for medical coverage as of Oct. 15 is about...
  • Venezuela increases luxury taxes to bolster state coffers

    11/20/2014 10:52:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 19, 2014 | by Brian Ellsworth
    Venezuela will increase taxes on luxury goods, alcohol and tobacco to help shore up the government's finances, the top tax official said, as falling oil prices threaten the OPEC member's coffers. Buyers of luxury goods, including cars worth more than $30,000, will pay an excise tax of 15 percent, up from 10 percent, tax chief Jose David Cabello said late Tuesday during a televised ceremony with President Nicolas Maduro. The measures, part of a package of 28 laws Maduro decreed to bolster the country's economy, increase tax rates on products such as wine and cigarettes while eliminating some tax benefits...
  • Health insurance costs have nowhere to go but up

    11/20/2014 10:22:46 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 20, 2014 | By RAY MARTIN
    Folks are used to the fact that health insurance costs always seem to go up. They've done so for the last 14 years, with the highest annual increase of about 14 percent and the lowest at about 3 percent. But the increases for 2015 are staggering, ranging from 20 percent to over 60 percent. And consumers need to plan for more rate hikes over the next several years, especially those who have coverage through their employer. One of the biggest causes behind these increases is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), so called because it was supposed to provide more affordable...
  • What’s education for? Let’s have a national debate on this issue

    11/19/2014 4:31:31 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies
    FreeRepublic Original content | Nov. 19, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    An interesting theoretical issue in education from the beginning has been, who needs this stuff and how much of it do they need? Let's imagine a farmer sitting behind a mule plowing his field. Does he need an education? Is it wasted on him? Would life be better or worse if he knew some history, could sing some opera, or do puzzles in his head. What if he knows some Shakespeare and, as he’s going around the fields, regales the mule with speeches from Hamlet? Would this make life a little more interesting? Or would having such knowledge be a...
  • World Isn't Even Close to Stopping Global Warming: U.N.

    11/19/2014 11:44:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 19, 2014
    The world still isn't close to preventing a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some countries’ recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions. The report looks at the gap between what countries promise to do about carbon pollution and what scientists say needs to be done to prevent temperatures rising another two degrees — the goal world leaders set in 2009. To meet it, the world has to hit a peak of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases before 2030, said the report's chief scientific editor, Joseph Alcamo-Gruber.
  • Earnest: Gruber comments show Americans are tired of attacks on Obamacare

    11/19/2014 10:36:30 AM PST · by walford · 59 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 18, 2014 | Kelly Cohen
    The White House is tired of hearing about Jonathan Gruber’s comments. Everyone is getting “pretty tired of relitigating” Gruber's comments — everyone except Republicans, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday. Gruber’s comments that the Affordable Care Act was passed because of the “stupidity” of the American voter is not shared by “anybody at the White House,” Earnest said, adding very few Americans are paying attention to the narrative. “Some Republicans are fanning the flames of those old political arguments because it's politically advantageous. It's easier for them to talk about six-to-eight-year-old videos than to talk about how the...