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  • Education Establishment versus USA: War of the Worlds

    02/18/2017 2:18:52 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    Saving Our future ^ | Dec.15, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price –
    A famous novel by H. G. Wells begins: “No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely…[that]intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the 20th century came the great disillusionment.” That’s a perfect summary of Professor John Dewey and his friends— intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic. They looked at our culture and our schools and came to a hostile conclusion: this place needed fundamental transformation. So John Dewey and...
  • Pope appears to back anti-Trump protests in letter condemning populism

    02/17/2017 2:20:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 17, 2017 | Stephanie Kirchgassener
    Pope Francis has offered his unequivocal support to grassroots organisers and activists who are fighting for social justice, migrants, and environmentalism, saying he “reaffirms” their choice to fight against tyranny amid a “gutting of democracies”. “As Christians and all people of good will, it is for us to live and act at this moment. It is a grave responsibility, since certain present realities, unless effectively dealt with, are capable of setting off processes of dehumanisation which would then be hard to reverse,” the pontiff wrote in a letter that was read to organisers this week. The remarks can be viewed...
  • Socialist militants storm Mass in Venezuela

    02/16/2017 2:10:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 16, 2017 | Staff Reporter
    Militant socialists stormed a Mass in Venezuela on Sunday, shouting slogans such as “Satan in a cassock” and “fascist!” Congregants told Reuters that about 20 people barged in to San Pedro Claver church in the “23 De Enero” community, shouting “Chavez lives!” The area is militantly loyal to Venezuela’s socialist government. Luis Arias, 67, a catechism teacher, said: “Some people were scared, obviously, but no one was hurt. “They said: ‘Because the priests have spoken about politics, we have the right too.'” The leader of the group, who works at a nearby radio station, made a political speech from the...
  • OUR SHAMEFUL SILENCE: The Forgotten Freedom Fighters of Venezuela

    04/21/2014 6:50:18 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 7 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 21, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    While much of the world has focused on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, opposition forces in Venezuela continue to battle the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro. While opposition forces battle for their basic human rights, the world, and in particular the government of the United States has remained largely silent. In February of this year, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was arrested by government officials on charges of "inciting unrest" for leading, at the time, peaceful protests against the policies of Nicolas Maduro and his ruling United Socialist Party. Despite the overriding belief that he was being held illegally, few world...
  • Letter from a Venezuelan Jail

    12/29/2014 12:52:28 PM PST · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    WSJ ^ | Dec. 26, 2014 | Leopoldo Lopez
    My country, Venezuela, is on the verge of social and economic collapse. This slow-motion disaster, nearly 15 years in the making, was not initiated by falling oil prices or by mounting debts. It was set in motion by the authoritarian government’s hostility toward human rights and the rule of law and the institutions that protect them. -excerpt- I am writing from a military prison, where I have been held since February as a result of speaking out against the government’s actions. I am one of scores of political prisoners in my country .... -excerpt- ... Venezuela’s road to ruin was...
  • Obama toasts failed African socialist (as a role model)

    07/01/2013 2:56:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/1/2013 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama toasted the founding dictator of post-colonial Tanzania on Monday, who collectivized the nation’s low-tech agricultural sector, established a one-party state and left that African nation’s economy in ruins.“[Y]ou might say an American child is my child. We might say a Tanzanian child is my child,” Obama said after quoting the Tanzanian saying “my neighbor’s child is my child.”“In this way, both of our nations will be looking after all of our children and we’ll be living out the vision of President [Julius] Nyerere,” Obama continued. “The core values that he proclaimed for Tanzania also describe what both our...
  • US Now Ranked #17 in Economic Freedom – Falling Behind Lithuania, Estonia, UAE, Others

    02/16/2017 8:25:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 16, 2017 | 10:32 AM EST | Daniel Mitchell
    The Index of Economic Freedom is my favorite annual publication from the Heritage Foundation. It’s a rich source of information, using dozens of data sources, about economic liberty around the world. I first wrote about the Index back in 2010 and shared the bad news that the U.S. score dropped dramatically in Obama’s first year. Well, the new Index lets us see the net effect of Obama’s entire tenure. The worse news is that the U.S. score has dropped to 75.1 on a 0-100 scale. And the worst news is that this represents America’s lowest score in the twenty-plus years...
  • Tesla boss Elon Musk backs a 'basic income' for everyone because robots will take away our jobs…[tr]

    02/15/2017 5:50:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 07:44 EST, 15 February 2017 | Kelly McLaughlin
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has doubled down on his support of a universal basic income as a possible solution for unemployment caused by the rise of machines equipped with artificial intelligence taking over the workforce. A universal basic income would give a standard amount of money to every citizen to cover basic expenses like food and living costs each month. At the World Government Summit in Dubai on Monday, Musk told a crowd that universal basic income is “going to be necessary” in the future. Musk first joined the growing list of tech executives supporting the payment system in November...
  • Maduro’s Christmas Presents to Venezuela: Forced Sales, Stolen Toys

    12/14/2016 10:08:00 AM PST · by detective · 4 replies
    The New American ^ | 13 December 2016 | Michael Tennant
    “To Venezuelan socialists,” observed Loyola University Maryland economics professor Thomas DiLorenzo, “nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ more than armed government goons showing up at your business and ordering you around.” That is, in fact, precisely what is happening in that oil-rich but increasingly poverty-stricken nation. Having driven his country into penury and hyperinflation by continuing the policies of late president Hugo Chavez, President Nicolas Maduro is now forcing stores to have Christmas sales they cannot afford and even confiscating millions of toys from their distributor so Maduro can play Santa Claus by handing them out to poor children.
  • Reflections on the CNN Healthcare Debate

    02/13/2017 1:37:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | Hal Scherz
    The CNN healthcare debate between Senators Ted Cruz & Bernie Sanders on February 7 was dubbed a success by the network, ranking first in its cable time slot. With healthcare once again thrust into the headlines, and with two big personalities squaring off, this was certainly the marquee event, as was advertised. It turned out to be what one would have expected; a clash of ideologies, but a deeper look into what was said, and specifically what wasn’t, turned out to be most revealing. Senator Sanders’ positions contained very little substance as he clung to his talking points which reflected...
  • Economist Stiglitz Rips Clinton, Wall St., Himself

    10/13/2003 8:27:27 AM PDT · by Brian S · 54 replies · 136+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10-13-03
    Mon October 13, 2003 08:14 AM ET By Pedro Nicolaci da Costa NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is best known for his scathing critique of globalization's effect on the world's poor, but now he has turned his ire on an unlikely new target -- himself. Last year, Stiglitz's book "Globalization and its Discontents" took aim at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund's policies, making him something of a celebrity economist in places like Latin America. But some in Washington complained that he accepted too little blame for how the bank's policies were shaped when he served...
  • Hungry Venezuelans killing flamingos and anteaters for food, biologists say

    02/11/2017 2:39:40 PM PST · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | February 10, 2017 | Gustavo Ocando
    Biology student Luis Sibira stumbled across the first set of gory remains last November: eight pink flamingos, their breasts and torsos sliced out, leaving their heads, spindly legs and vivid feathers scattered across the marshy ground at Las Peonias Lagoon in western Venezuela. [Snip] There are other signs that food shortages have led to the slaughtering of animals not generally considered meat: giant anteaters, for one. The university investigators - biologists and biology students - say they have kept records to show that dozens of the slow-moving creatures, classified as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, also...
  • Let’s talk real fascism

    02/10/2017 3:33:00 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/10/17 | A. Dru Kristenev
    New fascism rising in America’s streets and pouring from its colleges and its ghettoes The tale of a country wallowing in economic depression, a third of its people out of work, many roaming the streets seeking something to do, something to eat… someone to blame. They rise up – the college students, the youth, the aimless striking out at hapless targets of their anger which is anyone who does not join their ranks. They throw epithets, punches, stones and Molotov cocktails, setting fire to businesses, homes and even human lives. Their ranks grow, upper echelon organization1 increases, violence spreads and...
  • L.A.’s mayor wants to lower the city’s temperature. These scientists are figuring out how to do it

    02/10/2017 1:14:29 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 90 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 10, 2017 | By DEBORAH NETBURN
    Soak up these rainy days. They are not going to last forever. Summer will be here before you know it, and if recent trends continue, it will likely be a hot one. Globally, 2016 was the warmest year on record. Here in Los Angeles, temperature records were shattered last summer during scorching heat waves that saw highs of 100 degrees for five days straight. If you think the city is too hot, you’ve got company at City Hall. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti agrees, and he wants to do something about it. As part of a sweeping plan to help...
  • French court rules it's OK to 'publicly promote infidelity'

    02/10/2017 4:32:24 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    A French court has ruled that extra-marital affairs dating website has the right to advertise its services and ruled that couples are not bound by the country’s civil code to be faithful to each other. The row began back in the winter of 2015 when French Catholics association sued Black Devine, the publisher's for extra-marital affairs dating site Gleeden, over some provocative adverts that promoted its services to those willing to cheat on their partners. "Contrary to anti-depressants a lover costs the Social security system nothing," read one of the bus stop adverts for Gleeden.  "Being faithful to two men...
  • What This Russian College Student Thinks About Bernie Sanders

    02/09/2017 9:51:43 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/4/2017 | Anne Schieber
    One of the most surprising developments from last year’s presidential campaign was the reach enjoyed by Bernie Sanders, a candidate who unabashedly championed socialism as a solution to the country’s economic ills. In the Michigan Democratic primary, Sanders took first place with 598,943 votes to Hillary Clinton's 581,775 votes, winning 87 percent of Democratic voters between the ages of 18-24. No one seemed more amazed by this than Konstantin Zhukov, a Russian immigrant who was studying at Northwood University during last year’s election season. “When I heard Bernie Sanders’ ideas, I was surprised to hear them, but at the same...
  • Personal Income Growth in Obama Years Weakest in History [semi-satire]

    02/08/2017 10:48:11 AM PST · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Feb 2017 | John Semmens
    The year-to-year rate of growth in personal income in the United States was lower during President Obama's recently completed two terms than at any other period recorded in this country's history. In the last year of the Bush Administration the growth rate was 4.7%. In the last year of the Obama Administration the rate fell to 3.4%. This contrasted especially unfavorably to the average 9.5% annual increases during the Reagan years. Ranking member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) made an effort to defend the Obama record by pointing out that "when Reagan took office...
  • US woman dumps husband of 21 years for backing Donald Trump

    02/08/2017 6:43:30 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 54 replies
    US woman dumps husband of 21 years for backing Donald Trump world Updated: Feb 08, 2017 17:40 IST Gayle McCormick, a retired California prison guard, said she was shocked when her husband Bill McCormick said he planned to vote for Trump.(REUTERS) A 73-year-old woman has separated from her husband of over 20 years after he voiced support for Donald Trump in the run-up to the US presidential polls. Gayle McCormick, a retired California prison guard, said she was shocked last year when her husband Bill McCormick, 77, mentioned during a lunch with friends that he planned to vote for Trump. “I...
  • Violent leftist militia at U of Central Florida to assault Trump supporters

    02/07/2017 6:02:24 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 35 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/07/17 | Matthew Vadum
    "Knights for Socialism has decided to host a series of self-defense clinics for anyone that wants to learn how to BASH THE FASH." Something called the Knights for Socialism has sprung up at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The stated purpose of this group is to teach students “how to BASH THE FASH,” that is, how to physically attack those the leftist mob defines as fascists.
  • Could California adopt universal healthcare for 39 million people?

    02/05/2017 2:16:38 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 63 replies
    sacbee ^ | February 4, 2017 | Dan Walters
    State Sen. Ed Hernandez, chair of the Senate Health Committee, warns of a major financial hit on millions of Californians if Obamacare is repealed. Claudia Buck The Sacramento Bee BY DAN WALTERS dwalters@sacbee.com Eric Bauman, a registered nurse who aspires to become the next chairman of the California Democratic Party, says it’s time for California to become a “healthcare sanctuary” by providing universal, state-operated medical coverage. Citing efforts by a Republican-controlled federal government to repeal Obamacare, Bauman wrote in an op-ed article, “we cannot miss the historic opportunity the moment presents us: enacting single-payer healthcare into California. Let’s take that...
  • Socialism to Fascism

    02/04/2017 1:44:49 PM PST · by calenel · 39 replies
    Encyclopedia of World Biography ^ | 2017 | World Biography
    Mussolini had become a member of the Socialist Party in 1900 and had begun to attract wide admiration. In speeches and articles he was extreme and violent, urging revolution at any cost, but he was also well spoken. Mussolini held several posts as editor and labor leader until he emerged in the 1912 Socialist Party Congress. He became editor of the party's daily paper, Avanti, at the age of twenty-nine. His powerful writing injected excitement into the Socialist ranks. In a party that had accomplished little in recent years, his youth and his intense nature was an advantage. He called...
  • Romania decriminalizes official misconduct amid mass protests

    02/01/2017 12:09:48 PM PST · by Krosan · 11 replies
    DW ^ | 02.01.2017 | DW
    Romania's leftist government has adopted an emergency law to decriminalize abuse of power crimes and corruption offences. Protests erupted late Tuesday in cities across the country after the government's announcement. News Romania decriminalizes official misconduct amid mass protests Romania's leftist government has adopted an emergency law to decriminalize abuse of power crimes and corruption offences. Protests erupted late Tuesday in cities across the country after the government's announcement. Watch video 00:29 Romanians protest relaxed corruption laws The measures, adopted late on Tuesday, will decriminalize cases of official misconduct in which financial damage is valued at less than 200,000 lei (44,000...
  • Trump ‘Un-American’, Says Former EU President Vying to Be German Chancellor

    02/01/2017 9:46:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 1, 2017 | Liam Deacon
    The former president of the European Parliament has called Donald J. Trump’s policies “un-American” and said he will stand up to the U.S. president if he is elected to be Germany’s next chancellor.
  • Black Lives Matter Protesters: “WE NEED TO START KILLING PEOPLE”; Calls For Trump’s...

    01/30/2017 3:58:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 64 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/30/17 | Ryan Saavedra
    Black Lives Matter Calls For Killings And Trump Assassination During a protest over the weekend, Black Lives Matter called for white people to give them their possessions and then proceeded to call for “killing people,” and “killing the White House.”This outrageous speaker makes numerous highly inflammatory remarks, including: “F*** white supremacy, f*** the U.S. empire, f*** your imperialist ass lives. That s*** gotta go.”“And we need to start killing people. First off, we need to start killing the White House. The White House must die. The White House, your f****** White House, your f****** Presidents, they must go! F*** the White House.”“White people,...
  • Ohio State class teaches students to detect and respond to microaggressions, white privilege

    01/27/2017 7:36:34 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 43 replies
    The College Fix ^ | January 27, 2017 | Amanda Tidwell
    A class to be offered this spring at Ohio State University is an identity politics-based course that in large part is focused on teaching students how to detect microaggressions and white privilege.
  • From Rust to Robots: How the Midwest Could Become a Hub for Advanced Transportation

    01/27/2017 7:40:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | January 26, 2017 | Pete Bigelow
    A new collection of transportation agencies and universities is taking one small step toward transforming the Rust Belt into a place associated with the future instead of the past. Eleven agencies and institutions located in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have formed the Smart Belt Coalition, which will spur joint efforts on the testing and deployment of autonomous and connected cars. The collaboration comes on the heels of a legislative overhaul of Michigan regulations last month, which have been relaxed to spur the testing of self-driving technology on the state’s public roads. Ohio and Pennsylvania do not have laws on the...
  • France bans unlimited refills of soda drinks to battle bulging obesity levels

    01/26/2017 11:15:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 26 January 2017 17:07 CET+01:00
    From Friday restaurants in France will be breaking the law if they offer unlimited fizzy drinks to customers, as the government takes another step to fight the problem of obesity. The new law was published in the government’s Journal Officiel website on Thursday and will come into effect on Friday. It specifically states that it’s illegal to sell soft drinks at a fixed price for an unlimited amount of drink, and illegal to offer unlimited amounts for free. The ban applies to all soft drinks or soda “fountains” in places open to the public, including fast food-chains and restaurants. It...
  • Why Venezuela's socialist meltdown COULD actually happen in the US

    01/25/2017 7:35:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | January 25, 2017 | Logan Albright
    There’s a predictable checklist for meltdowns in socialist countries, and it’s playing out with tragic regularity in Venezuela. Nationalize agriculture? Check. Start government-enforced rationing when the food supply dries up? Check. Seal the border when people try to flee to buy food elsewhere? Check. The next step, and usually one of the last before total collapse, is runaway inflation. That’s what we’re starting to see in Venezuela. Rapid inflation, called hyperinflation by economists when it gets really bad, is one of the deadliest poisons for any economy. The spiral is usually triggered when a government prints too much money to...
  • Resurrection of Keystone and DAPL cements America's climate antagonism

    01/24/2017 1:36:04 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 24, 2017 | by Oliver Milman
    If there were any lingering doubts over Donald Trump’s enthusiasm for shoving the US back into the smoggy embrace of fossil fuels, his decision to revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines banishes them utterly. Trump has thrown down the most provocative gauntlet possible to the environmental movement, which now sees its worst fears crystalizing within a few days of the inauguration. This will be an aggressively pro-oil and gas administration, even if that means boiling the planet. “Donald Trump has been in office for four days and he’s already proving to be the dangerous threat to our climate...
  • Sanders Says American Poor Worse off than Poor Anywhere Else [semi-satire]

    01/22/2017 10:05:20 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Jan 2017 | John Semmens
    Despite the fact that the living standards of those in poverty in the United States exceed the standards of the middle class in most countries, recent Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted that "America's record is worse than virtually any other country on Earth." "A lot of people have been bad-mouthing Venezuela because of shortages of essentials and their high cost," Sanders said. "But the people are united by their equality. No one is allowed to hoard more than his fair share. And say what you will about Stalin's Soviet Union, but there everyone was guaranteed a job. Even...
  • A high school band has driven two Portland politicians to socialism (Portland, ME)

    01/18/2017 1:06:14 PM PST · by Steven Scharf · 13 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Dan MacLeod
    A high school band has driven two Portland politicians to socialism January 17, 2017 News, The Express BDN Portland’s evening email newsletter. By Dan MacLeod A high school band has driven two Portland politicians to socialism — A high school band’s performance at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration has struck the wrong chord with some on Maine’s far left. Tom MacMillan, a 2015 candidate for Portland mayor, and Seth Baker, who lost a November bid to represent the city in the state Senate, say they’re leaving the Maine Green Independent Party because a party leader will be attending the presidential inauguration....
  • Register to vote with Yes California's "Californian National Party"!

    01/16/2017 10:42:08 AM PST · by MeganC · 80 replies
    Via email from http://www.yescalifornia.org/ ^ | January 16, 2017 | Yes California
    Friend -- The cause of Californian independence requires us to adopt multiple lines of attack. Yes California is busy working to qualify a ballot measure that will give us the chance to hold a vote on independence on March 5, 2019. Register to volunteer to collect signatures if you haven't already, or chip in a few bucks if you can't. Now there's another way you can help the cause of independence and it will take just a few minutes. Yes California is reorganizing its political party, the Californian National Party, to begin running pro-independence candidates to local, county, and state...
  • Trump Promises ‘Insurance for Everybody’

    01/15/2017 8:44:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 81 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 15, 2017
    President-elect Donald Trump says his plan to replace the nation’s health care law will include “insurance for everybody.” Trump made the comment in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday. The president-elect says: “We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”
  • Senate Takes First Step To Repeal Obamacare With 51-48 Vote

    01/12/2017 4:32:24 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | January 12, 2017
    Early on Thursday morning, in a 51-48 vote, the Senate took the first concrete step toward dismantling Obamacare, when it voted to instruct key committees to draft legislation repealing Barack Obama's signature health insurance program. Republicans needed a simple majority to clear the repeal rules, instructing committees to begin drafting repeal legislation, through the upper chamber, with the vote falling largely along party lines. Rand Paul was the lone Republican to vote against the budget resolution because it didn’t balance. Paul said in a statement after the vote that while he supports nixing ObamaCare "putting nearly $10 trillion more in...
  • France declares war on American free press and blogs!(Us too!)

    01/11/2017 12:06:52 PM PST · by mainestategop · 17 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball & Kyle Weissman
    The French government has recently demanded that the United States government and American based net providers of blogging, social media and forums such as wordpress, Twitter, Yahoo, Google and others trash the first amendment and its guarantee of free speech and Freedom of religion and adopt the same totalitarian censorship as the leftist European union. France has made demands to the US that they censor its blogs, posts, and other social media in order to comply with its views of liberalism, multi-culturalism and tolerance. This while having no toleration whatsoever for competing views on traditional values, Christian faith, family values,...
  • Finland launches a guaranteed basic income program for the unemployed

    01/03/2017 1:56:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/03/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Ah, socialism. Is there ever a time you fail to amuse us?In Finland we are seeing the launch of an idea which has been popular among liberals for quite some time but hasn’t really caught on anywhere. The government there has launched a pilot program where a select group of unemployed people will be given an assured basic income starting this month with no strings attached, no requirement to work (or do anything else for that matter) and no end to the program even if they go back to work. What could possibly go wrong? (Associated Press) Finland has...
  • Finland to pay unemployed basic income of $587 per month

    01/02/2017 10:56:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 83 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2017 1:49 PM EST | Jari Tanner
    Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to €560 ($587), in a unique social experiment which is hoped to cut government red tape, reduce poverty and boost employment. Olli Kangas from the Finnish government agency KELA, which is responsible for the country’s social benefits, said Monday that the two-year trial with the 2,000 randomly-picked citizens who receive unemployment benefits kicked off Jan. 1. Those chosen will receive €560 every month, with no reporting requirements on how they spend it. The amount will be deducted from any benefits they already...
  • ‘Black’ Activist Rachel Dolezal Dropped from MLK Event by North Carolina Town

    01/01/2017 8:10:14 AM PST · by NCDragon · 34 replies
    Heatstreet.com ^ | December 30th, 2016 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    A North Carolina town has nixed Rachel Dolezal from its Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamfest next month, saying her scheduled appearance would “take away from the goals” of the event. Charming Cary, North Carolina, had originally booked Dolezal to speak on a panel about racial identity and race relations. The former president of the Spokane, WA NAACP chapter, Dolezal drew nationwide controversy after news broke that she was born to white parents. She says she identifies as black.
  • Venezuela frees jailed activists, ex-presidential candidate

    12/31/2016 9:28:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 10:55 AM EST | Jorge Rueda
    Venezuela’s government has freed a former presidential candidate and several student activists who were jailed during anti-government protests in 2014. Former opposition candidate Manuel Rosales was imprisoned in October 2015 on charges of illicit enrichment upon returning to Venezuela after six years of exile in Peru. A former governor of Zulia state who ran for president in 2006, he was released before dawn Saturday along with five other activists who opposition groups consider to be political prisoners. The releases come as a two-month-old, Vatican-mediated attempt at dialogue to ease tensions stemming from the country’s deep economic and political crisis hangs...
  • France raises 'terror tax' to support victims of attacks

    12/29/2016 11:03:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2016 10:08 AM EST
    French citizens will contribute an extra €1.60 ($1.67) on their property insurance policies to help finance a fund for victims of the extremist attacks that have recently hit the country. The measure comes into force on Sunday and requires policy holders to contribute €5.90 instead of €4.30. French government officials said in October when they revealed the scheme that about 90 million insurance policies are floating the fund, which currently has reserves of €1.45 billion. …
  • Number of urgent operations cancelled in England hits record high

    12/24/2016 9:51:29 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 12 replies
    the Guardian (UK) ^ | December 24, 2016 | Toby Helm
    The number of NHS patients in England who had urgent operations cancelled hit record numbers in November, soaring to almost double the level a year ago, according to government data.
  • The United States might be the next Argentina

    12/22/2016 5:41:53 PM PST · by utford · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/22/2016 | Washington Post
    Argentina could have been the United States. Like the U.S., it was one of the world's 10 richest countries at the turn of the last century. And also like the U.S., that made it a New World magnet for Old World immigrants. But unlike the U.S., that was as good as it ever got. There was no Argentinian Dream. Just a nearly never-ending nightmare of either falling behind gradually or falling behind suddenly. All of which was self-inflicted. ..... The point is that nothing is inevitable. The arc of the political universe is long, and it doesn't have to bend...
  • France confirmed as European champions for welfare spending

    12/22/2016 11:00:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 22 December 2016 13:02 CET+01:00
    France devotes more than one third of its GDP to providing its citizens with welfare protection, according to new figures. No other country in Europe is as generous. The new figures from Eurostat will give ammunition to right wing presidential candidate François Fillon, who has vowed to dramatically shred pubic spending if elected next May. In the year 2014 France spent 34.3 percent of its GDP on welfare, well above the European average of 28.7 percent. Behind France came Denmark, which dedicated 33.5 percent of GDP on social spending; then Finland (31.9 percent), the Netherlands (30.9 percent). The UK was...
  • A rant against socialism or why more government leads to less freedom

    12/21/2016 9:20:59 AM PST · by mainestategop · 3 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Kyle Weissman
     A rant against socialism or why more government leads to less freedom  "If you give a welfare recipient a cookie and healthcare, he'll have to be given chains as well" The following is written by historian and documentary producer Kyle Weissman who has been a long time member of the New England Alliance for Liberty and Free Markets and who has been instrumental in helping me with my blog. Kyle asked me to let him write this article about socialism over things that he has seen and heard about. Very interesting I must say.  I wrote the subtitle. Another subtitle...
  • Obama Blocks Offshore Driling In Arctic, Atlantic Oceans (Backstabber in Chief)

    12/21/2016 1:48:43 AM PST · by broken_arrow1 · 29 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | December 20, 2016 | ZeroHedge
    In a move that will likely be overturned promptly by the administration of Donald Trump, president Obama on Tuesday formally blocked offshore oil and gas drilling in most of the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean, responding to a call from environmentalists who say the government needs to do more to prevent drilling in environmentally sensitive areas of U.S.-controlled oceans. The president had been expected to take the action by invoking a provision in a 1953 law that governs Outer Continental Shelf offshore leases, and he did just that to block drilling in federal waters in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea and most...
  • 'Santa Claus isn't coming,' recession-hit Venezuelans tell kids

    12/20/2016 7:23:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 20, 2016 | Andreina Aponte
    As a harrowing economic crisis makes food scarce for millions of Venezuelans, many families cannot buy their children Christmas presents, decorate their home, or even host a holiday dinner. The oil-rich country is suffering the third year of a recession that has sparked product shortages and galloping inflation. With a recent currency depreciation pumping up prices even higher, some parents are simply canceling Christmas.
  • Obama ditches promise of ‘smooth and efficient’ transition to Trump

    12/20/2016 5:52:50 AM PST · by broken_arrow1 · 44 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama is dishing out a much rockier transfer of power to Donald Trump than he received from his predecessor eight years ago, from accusing the president-elect of being aided by Russian hackers to first lady Michelle Obama’s complaint that the nation has lost hope. Despite pledging a “smooth and efficient” transition on the day after Mr. Trump’s victory, Mr. Obama has presided over an increasingly acrimonious war of words between the White House and the president-elect’s team. The awkward transfer of power stands in stark contrast to the cooperative atmosphere fostered by Republican George W. Bush’s White House in...
  • Protests, looting break out in Venezuela amid cash chaos

    12/16/2016 7:48:44 PM PST · by dynachrome · 25 replies
    reuters ^ | 12-16-16 | Anggy Polanco and Maria Ramirez
    Protests and looting broke out in parts of Venezuela on Friday due to a lack of cash after the socialist government suddenly pulled the nation's largest banknote from circulation in the midst of a brutal economic crisis. Waving the now-worthless 100-bolivar bills, pockets of demonstrators blocked roads, demanded that stores accept the cash and cursed President Nicolas Maduro, witnesses said. Shops were looted in various places. Last weekend, Maduro gave Venezuelans three days to ditch the 100-bolivar bills, arguing that the measure was needed to combat mafias on the Colombia border despite warnings from some economists that it risked sparking...
  • Gramsci's Grand Plan

    12/11/2016 9:01:29 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 13 replies
    The New American ^ | July 5, 1999 | Fr. James Thornton
    One of the most interesting aspects of the study of history is that very often men born in the most humble of circumstances nevertheless rise up to affect the course of human history dramatically. They may be men of action or men of thought, yet in either case their activities can father tremendous changes across the years. Antonio Gramsci was both a man of action and thought and, whatever the outcome of the events of the next several decades, he will almost certainly be reckoned by future historians to have been a remarkable figure. Born in obscurity on the island...
  • Bergoglio, Politician. The Myth of the Chosen People

    12/11/2016 4:23:06 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Chisea ^ | December 11, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    The pope of mercy is also the one of the anti-capitalist and anti-globalization “popular movements.” Castro dies, Trump wins, the South American populist regimes crumble, but he isn’t giving up. He is certain that the future of humanity is in the people of the excluded by Sandro Magister ROME, December 11, 2016 - It is evident by now that the pontificate of Francis has two linchpins, religious and political. The religious one is the shower of mercy that purifies everyone and everything. The political one is the battle on a worldwide scale against “the economy that kills,” which the pope...