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  • So does this huge blizzard disprove climate change?

    01/27/2015 3:12:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 27, 2015 | by Jessica Mendoza
    As the first major snowstorm of 2015 bears down on the Northeast, many pundits have taken the opportunity to mock the idea that humans are changing the climate. After all, it's very difficult to think "global warming" when your car is buried in snow. Still, all this doesn't necessarily mean that this particular blizzard was caused by, or made more intense by, human activity. Spotting the fingerprints of climate change in the middle of a blizzard is no easy task. But here's one thing we do know: As the climate continues to change, we can expect more weather like this.
  • Fannie, Freddie 3%-down mortgages can be safe, FHFA director says

    01/27/2015 10:15:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Market Watch ^ | January 27, 2015 | By Steve Goldstein
    WASHINGTON — Mortgages with low down payments can be just as safe if other underwriting conditions are met, a federal housing regulator said Tuesday. Mel Watt, the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, was testifying in front of the House Financial Services Committee, after Fannie Mae FNMA, +0.47% and Freddie Mac FMCC, +0.47% both started making mortgages available to those who make down payments of just 3%. That has raised the ire of Republicans, who say the move risks a repeat of the housing bubble. “All things being equal, is a 3% down loan riskier to the taxpayer than...
  • Obama Ends Visit With Challenge to India on Climate Change

    01/27/2015 6:15:52 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | by PETER BAKER and ELLEN BARRY
    NEW DELHI — President Obama pressed India on Tuesday to do more to curb the pollution that is choking its capital and contributing to global climate change, as he wrapped up a visit that yielded no meaningful breakthrough on the issue. While India and the United States agreed to cooperate in promoting cleaner energy, Mr. Obama left after three days without the sort of specific commitment to curbing greenhouse gases that he won in China last year. Instead, he used a farewell speech before his departure to argue that India had an obligation to step up, despite its economic challenges.
  • Californians received $3.2 billion in Obamacare premium subsidies

    01/27/2015 5:57:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 26, 2015 | by Chad Terhune
    * Almost 90% of Obamacare enrollees in California qualified for financial help based on their income last year. * Average monthly Obamacare subsidy in California was $436 per household last year. * A big challenge for California's health insurance exchange is signing up more middle-income people. Californians received $3.2 billion in Obamacare premium subsidies during the rollout of the federal health law last year. Those individuals and families paid $1.1 billion in premiums themselves, meaning for every dollar they spent the federal government paid an additional $3 to their health insurer. Health policy experts said the fact that subsidies covered...
  • President Touts Expansion of Welfare State to Boost “Middle Class” [semi-satire]

    01/25/2015 9:21:57 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    In his 2015 State-of-the Union address, President Obama lamented the unfairness of a society where only the few do spectacularly well. He proposed to rectify this injustice by expanding government programs that would offer pittances to a broader number of people who comply with specified behaviors. One stark example was the President’s proposal to penalize individuals who set aside money for their own children’s education with higher taxes that would be used to partially fund community college for all. “Why should those who have the means to finance their own children’s college be permitted to do so when the children...
  • Climate change is not a concern for CEOs? That should keep us all awake

    01/25/2015 6:14:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | January 25, 2015
    The first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos was dominated by calls for 2015 to be a year of action on climate change. But while some in the business community worry about sustainability, there is plenty of evidence that the vast bulk of business executives give it no consideration at all. “We are seeing the accelerated impact of climate change,” World Bank boss Jim Yong Kim said in a speech on Wednesday. “Last year was the hottest on record. That matters. Extreme weather is real. It’s a complete no-brainer to move towards cleaner, more livable cities.” Yet according...
  • Greek leftists Syriza aim for landmark election win

    01/25/2015 5:25:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 25, 2015 | BY ANGELIKI KOUTANTOU AND JAMES MACKENZIE
    Greeks began voting on Sunday in an election expected to bring to power the radical leftist Syriza party, which has pledged to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis. Barring a huge upset, victory for Syriza, which has led opinion polls for months, would produce the first euro zone government openly committed to cancelling the austerity terms of its EU and IMF-backed bailout programme. After its most severe crisis since the fall of the military junta in 1974, Greece's economy has shrunk by some 25 percent, thousands of businesses have closed,...
  • Green groups push EPA to address airline emissions

    01/23/2015 4:10:09 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Summit County Citizens Voice (CO) ^ | January 23, 2015 | by Bob Berwyn
    FRISCO — With the EPA set to decide in May whether aircraft carbon pollution endangers public health or welfare, the battle over airline industry emissions in heating up. This week, six major green groups called on the EPA and the Federal Aviation Administration to move quickly to set emission standards to curb greenhouse gas pollution from the nation’s aircraft fleet. “The Obama administration needs to finally hold the airline industry accountable for its massive greenhouse gas emissions,” said Vera Pardee, a senior attorney with the Center’s Climate Law Institute. “The EPA has delayed action for years, and our climate is...
  • Judge Orders California To Make Timely Decisions On Medicaid Coverage

    01/23/2015 3:42:31 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Anna Gorman
    Medi-Cal applicants who have been waiting for more than 45 days can receive temporary health benefits while officials determine eligibility for the public insurance program, a state Superior Court judge ruled this week. The suit, which was filed in Alameda County Superior Court by a coalition of health advocates and legal services groups, cited delays in enrolling pregnant women, children and adults with life-threatening conditions. Advocates said many either had to postpone treatment or pay cash to see doctors. Medi-Cal is California’s version of Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for poor and disabled residents. Prompted by the Affordable Care...
  • Climate change inaction pushes 'doomsday clock' closest to midnight since 1984

    01/22/2015 10:15:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | January 22, 2015 | by Suzanne Goldenberg
    The symbolic doomsday clock moved to three minutes before midnight on Thursday because of the gathering dangers of climate change and nuclear proliferation, signalling the gravest threat to humanity since the throes of the cold war. It was the closest the clock has come to midnight since 1984, when arms-control negotiations stalled and virtually all channels of communication between the US and the former Soviet Union closed down. $cientists suggested that the greater danger lay in the failure of leaders to recognise and act on climate change. “Stunning government failures have imperiled civilisations on a global scale,” Benedict said. “World...
  • Liberal Fascism-The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning

    02/26/2008 7:10:25 AM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies · 554+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | February 26, 2008 | David Forsmark
    Liberal Fascism   By David ForsmarkFrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Liberal FascismThe Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of MeaningBy Jonah GoldbergDoubleday, $27.95, 487 pp.Review by David ForsmarkThat "thwack" you hear from coast to coast is conservative book-writing pundits smacking themselves on the forehead and exclaiming, "Why didn't I think of that?" The reason is National Review editor Jonah Goldberg's new book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, as it racks up huge sales and dominates best-seller lists.It's a natural — even obvious...
  • Senate Votes 98-1 That Climate Change 'Is Not A Hoax'

    01/21/2015 2:17:54 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 193 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 21, 2015
    United States senators are now on the record on the question of whether climate change is "a hoax." The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure stating that "climate change is real and is not a hoax" by a margin of 98-1. The amendment was designed in part as a jab at GOP Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who has questioned the science of climate change. Inhofe voted for the measure, arguing that the true "hoax" is that climate change is the result of human activity. "Climate is changing, and climate has always changed, and always will, there's archeological evidence of...
  • GOP abuzz over Mitt Romney’s liberal lexicon on poverty, foreign policy

    01/21/2015 11:45:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ralph. Z. Hallow
    Mitt Romney’s opening pitch for a third shot at the White House left many Republicans scratching their heads, in part because his plans to fight poverty and tyranny seemed to borrow the lexicon of liberals like FDR, LBJ and Woodrow Wilson. With a full house of Republican National Committee members listening aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Mr. Romney implored his party last week “to lift people out of poverty” and “to make the world safe.” The first phrase is a favorite of liberals who gush over Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs...
  • On This Day in 1933

    06/16/2013 5:40:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | June 13th, 2013 | Christopher Westley
    You were considered a hoarder and a slacker if you still resisted turning over your gold to the government. ... most of those who voted for FDR never expected him to confiscate private holdings of gold coins, bullion, and certificates. Roosevelt called the measure a temporary one (it wasn’t), and he followed it up by invalidating gold clauses in private contracts that obligated payment in gold dollars, which had the effect of devaluing the assets of bond and contract holders. ... By January 1934, Roosevelt increased the dollar price of gold from $20.67 to $35, thus devaluing the dollar by...
  • China says its colleges must champion core socialist values

    01/19/2015 11:34:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 20, 2015 12:33 AM EST | Jack Chang
    China’s leadership has issued guidelines requiring universities to strengthen ideological controls in classrooms and telling professors to champion Marxism, traditional culture and socialist core values. The orders come as President Xi Jinping tightens his grip on political power and cracks down on the encroachment of supposed Western values such as press freedom and civil society groups. […] … Willy Lam, a political analyst at Chinese University in Hong Kong, said other professors were reporting tighter controls, including government monitors filing covert reports on classroom lectures. Control over professors has significantly tightened since Xi took power in late 2012, Lam said....
  • Steyer outlines Senate goals for climate, taxes, education

    01/19/2015 2:21:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2015 | By Timothy Cama
    Tom Steyer is telling potential supporters that if he were to run for Senate in California, he would set policy goals related to climate change, taxes and public education. If he does not meet certain goals in six years, Steyer would pledge not to run for a second term. The billionaire environmentalist and former hedge fund manager spent $74 billion in the midterm elections in an effort to elect more lawmakers who want to fight climate change. Steyer also wants to ensure that the highest income earners pay effective tax rates that are at least the same level as the...
  • President Urges Sounder Business Practices for Small Businesses [satire]

    01/19/2015 10:15:15 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    On Thursday, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum, directing all federal agencies to give federal workers six weeks of paid leave for parents with a new child. The President is expected to call for Congress to pass similar legislation compelling all American companies to offer the same six weeks of paid paternal leave. Small business owners are worried about the cost of this new entitlement. The President’s Council of Economic Advisers has estimated that the cost of this new perk for federal employees will run to $250 million per year. Press Secretary Josh Earnest downplayed these small business fears as...
  • New Age Monsters

    01/18/2015 5:18:34 AM PST · by don-o · 7 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | December 9, 2013 | Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg
    The full weight of the failed Enlightenment experiment over-taxes the load bearing pillars that prop up a decaying Western Civilization, pillars that are buckling under the sheer weight of moral corruption on full display in modern society. The ethical structures of the West are in desperate need of repair. This new age is best characterized by the Weird Sisters crowing pronouncement “Fair is foul, and foul is fair, Hover through the fog and filthy air.” The inversion of values has been a massive moral de-construction project that has taken the time honored vertical hierarchy of virtues and vices and turned...
  • President Calls for Government to Takeover Broad Band Service [satire]

    01/18/2015 10:29:36 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    Lambasting what he termed “a confusing cacophony of competing private providers,” President Obama called for government “to step in and simplify everything by consolidating all broad band service under one umbrella.” “Right now, consumers face the continuous burden of choosing which plan to purchase,” the President pointed out. “There’s always a fear of choosing unwisely. If we eliminate this necessity to choose, consumers will be freed from this task. Instead of being faced with a difficult dilemma of what to do if their current provider is unsatisfactory, all consumers will be enrolled in a standard, uniform service. No one would...
  • Black Messiah to Black Lives Matter: Pentecostal piety can reveal charade of racialized capitalism

    01/18/2015 9:25:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | January 18, 2015 | Andrew Wilkes
    Our system of values in this country needs to change, and that will require more than just a single policy measure.D’Angelo’s album, Black Messiah, caused a huge sensation when it dropped last month. Its songs were greeted as welcome transcendent messages in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement. The title of the album, with its messianic reference, hinted at its ambition to function as something like religious guidance. The songs evoke a justice-focused, religious sensibility – what I like to call a Pentecostal piety – that recalls the civil rights battle and that can underpin the Black Lives...
  • Manicured lawns contribute to global warming by producing greenhouse gases

    01/18/2015 6:12:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    Zee News (India) ^ | January 18, 2015
    London: A new study has recently revealed that manicured lawns are major source of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming. Grass lawns soak up carbon dioxide, which is stored in the soil after the cut grass rots and so, like trees, they are considered good for the planet. But Dr. Chuanhui Gu of Appalachian State University in the US said that once the energy expended by mowing, fertilizer use and watering are taken into account, lawns actually produce more greenhouse gases than they soak up. The study is published in the Journal of Environmental Management.
  • Rise of the Radical Left: National Socialist Petitions To Run For Mayor In Indiana

    01/18/2015 4:20:57 AM PST · by Mozilla · 9 replies
    Progressive Today ^ | 1-18-15 | P.W. Adams
    With the continued rise of Socialism around the world, and anti-semitism in Europe, the appearance of a self-described Nazi running for Mayor in an American town should be a cause for concern. The Elkhart Truth reports that National Socialist, Dale Duncan, is petitioning to run for Mayor in Elkhart, Indiana: “A National Socialist who believes in the separation of races is petitioning to run for mayor of Elkhart. Dale Duncan said Thursday, Jan. 15, that he’ll be seeking sufficient signatures to get on the November ballot as a representative of theNational Socialist Movement. The Detroit-based group describes itself as a...
  • Obama’s State of the Union speech to include $320B tax hike proposal

    01/17/2015 5:49:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    President wants capital gains rate, bank fees raisedEscalating his battle with congressional Republicans, President Obama will propose $320 billion in higher taxes in his State of the Union address, mostly by raising the rate on capital gains and closing tax loopholes for wealthier families, senior administration officials said Saturday. Mr. Obama also will call on lawmakers to impose a new fee on big banks with more than $50 billion in assets to discourage risky financial investments, a holdover from the Wall Street crisis that is sure to appeal to the president’s liberal base. The money raised would pay for a...
  • Will School Lunches Destroy Progressivism?

    01/16/2015 7:24:39 AM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Jan. 16, 2015 | Rodney L. Pearson
    Students across the United States are getting a taste of progressivism. And it doesn’t seem to please their palates. The implementation of Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity lunch standards is encountering backlash from students and school administrators across the country. The program seems to have taught them a valuable lesson in the realities of progressivism -- that when American voters give up power to busy-body progressives, the result is more control over their lives and the loss of individual liberties. They responded to this newfound reality with boycotts, social media angst, and filled trash cans instead of filled bellies.According to the Government...
  • Shortages Undermine Venezuela's Teetering Socialism

    01/17/2015 8:30:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | January 16, 2015
    Socialism: Venezuelans are being arrested for posting Internet photos of shortages in stores. So let's get this straight: Murder and mayhem are de facto legal in that crime pit, but posting evidence of socialism's failure merits jailing. As socialism plays out to its logical conclusion in Venezuela, the specters of long lines, rationing, troop enforcers, bizarre edicts and desperate statements are now the order of the day. Not only have more than a dozen Venezuelans been arrested for posting photographs of empty store shelves on social media, three governors have responded to long lines by — prohibiting them; ordering the...
  • Obama says Europe should integrate Muslims to curb terrorism

    01/16/2015 8:51:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | January 16, 2015 | Kathleen Hennessey, White House Correspondent
    President Obama warned Europeans "not to simply respond with a hammer" in working against radicalization among its Muslim populations, and argued that the United States had an advantage on this front because American Muslims are better integrated into society.. “Our Muslim populations, they feel themselves to be Americans. There is, you know, this incredible process of immigration and assimilation that is part of our tradition that is probably our greatest strength,” Obama said Friday, as he stood next to British Prime Minister David Cameron at a news conference. “There are parts of Europe in which that's not the case, and...
  • Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Some Patients In California

    01/16/2015 4:37:19 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 15, 2015 | By Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio
    When Dennie Wright went to sign up for Affordable Care Act insurance last year, it wasn’t a hard decision. His insurance agent told him he had only one insurer – Anthem Blue Cross – that he could buy from on the exchange, Covered California. Wright lives in a modest house overlooking a pasture in Indian Valley. It’s a tiny alpine community at the northern end of the Sierra Mountains, close to the border with Nevada. He lives in one of 250 zip codes where Blue Shield of California stopped selling individual insurance policies in 2014. “That was new to us,...
  • A Bad Day for Climate Change Deniers … And the Planet

    01/16/2015 4:26:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 93 replies
    TIME ^ | January 16, 2015 | by Jeffrey Kluger, Editor at Large
    Three new studies offer new proof of how bad the earth's fever has gotten. It’s not often that the climate change deniers get clobbered three times in just two days. But that’s what happened with the release of a trio of new studies that ought to serve as solid body blows to the fading but persistent fiction that human-mediated warming is somehow a hoax. Good news for the forces of reason, however, is bad news for the planet—especially the oceans. “Today’s news is a clear and undeniable warning for all of us that we need to cut climate pollution and...
  • Swedish municipality plans to integrate former ISIS-fighters returning home from the battlefield

    01/16/2015 7:36:47 AM PST · by ConfusedSwede · 26 replies
    Swedish Television (SVT) ^ | 2015 january 16 | Sofia Börjesson, Anders Svensson
    In the municipality of Örebro the ruling body have highlighted the problem of IS-sympathizers. According to Councillor Rasmus Persson (C), they municipality will try to help the IS-warriors who returns to Orebro getting a job and get psychological help for their traumatic experiences. - We have discussed how we should work for these guys who have come back, to make them not go back, and that they should be helped to process the traumatic experiences they have been through, says Rasmus Persson (C) to SVT Tvärsnytt. The City Council has also reasoned regarding the possibility of offering the returning men...
  • Empty shelves across Venezuela due to tumbling oil prices create a new industry: People queuing

    01/16/2015 6:49:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16, 2015 | Khaleda Rahman
    Shortages of basic goods in crisis-hit Venezuela has created a lucrative new profession... queuing to buy things for other people. The country is experiencing a recession triggered in part by a scarcity of hard currency - which limits imports of essential goods. As a result, there are shortages of nearly a third of all basic goods and as well as tumbling oil prices, inflation ballooned to 64% last year. Krisbell Villarroel is one of many people who make a living by waiting in line to buy everything from milk and sugar to diapers and shampoo.
  • I Am Not Making This Up; Venezuela Bans Queues To Beat Product Shortages

    01/15/2015 9:32:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 15, 2015 | by Tim Worstall
    There are times when a little piece of news comes in from some far flung corner of the world and it’s necessary to wonder whether one should laugh or cry about it all. So it is with this remarkable story from Venezuela. The wonders of Bolivarian Socialism are so great that governors in some parts of the country have decided to ban queuing. No, really, I promise you that I am not making this up. Here’s the news about the queuing: Governors in three Venezuelan states have banned overnight queuing amid huge and sometimes rowdy lines around shops across the...
  • Six Conundrums of Socialism ( "Free People are not equal. Equal people are not free .")

    01/15/2015 9:28:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | January 14, 2015 | Waddy Moffetts
    Conundrum: Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free. A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again. The definition of the word Conundrum is: Something that is puzzling or confusing. Here are six conundrums of socialism: In the United States of America: 1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized. 2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims. 3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government. 4. Their representatives...
  • Dems double down on liberal populism, push bolder wealth redistribution

    01/14/2015 12:13:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2015 | S.A. Miller and David Sherfinski
    House Democrats, fresh off massive election losses, say the problem is they didn’t make a bold enough case for tax increases and wealth transfer to the poor. They rectified that Monday with a speech by Rep. Chris Van Hollen proposing tax increases on the wealthy with the money going straight to tax cuts for the poor and middle class. The plan uses tax laws to encourage employee wage increases, reduce tax breaks for Wall Street and slap another fee on financial transactions. The government would dole out $1,000 tax credits for most workers and increase a slew of other tax...
  • Early Test Of An Obamacare Experiment Posts Little Progress

    01/14/2015 11:55:52 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | January 14, 2015 | By Jay Hancock
    Obama administration officials have warned that ambitious experiments run by the health law's $10 billion innovation lab wouldn't always be successful. Now there is evidence their caution was well placed. Only a small minority of community groups getting federal reimbursement to reduce expensive hospital readmissions produced significant results compared with sites that weren't part of the $300 million program, according to partial, early results. Dozens of community agencies on aging, from Ventura County, Calif., to southern Maine, were offered money to try to ensure that older people leaving the hospital received care that reduced their chances of being readmitted within...
  • Tom Hanks Reminisces on Community College: 'Getting A's' and 'Looking at Girls'

    01/14/2015 10:53:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 14, 2015 | By MICHAEL ROTHMAN
    Tom Hanks is a big fan of the community college system. The Oscar winner graduated from high school in Oakland, California, in 1974 and with "lousy SAT scores" and no money for tuition, he enrolled at Chabot College nearby his home. In an op-ed in the New York Times published today, Hanks, 58, remembers those days where he went to a school that was basically "all free but for the effort and the cost of used textbooks." Then Hanks brings up President Obama's hope to "make two years of free community college accessible for up to nine million Americans." "I...
  • Study: Sea Level Rise Accelerating More Than Once Thought

    01/14/2015 10:46:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 14, 2015 | By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer
    The world's oceans are now rising far faster than they did in the past, a new $tudy says. The current sea level rise rate — which started in 1990 — is 2.5 times faster than it was from 1900 to 1990, according to a $tudy published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Scientists say that faster pace of sea level rise is from melting ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica and shrinking glaciers, triggered by man-made global warming. "We're seeing a significant acceleration in the past few decades," said $tudy lead author Carling Hay, a geophysical researcher at Harvard University....
  • The climate is ruined. So can civilization even survive?

    01/14/2015 8:09:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    CNN ^ | January 14, 2015 | by David Ray Griffin
    Although most of us worry about other things, climate scientists have become increasingly worried about the survival of civilization. For example, Lonnie Thompson, who received the U.S. National Medal of Science in 2010, said that virtually all climatologists "are now convinced that global warming poses a clear and present danger to civilization." Informed journalists share this concern. The climate crisis "threatens the survival of our civilization," said Pulitzer Prize-winner Ross Gelbspan. Mark Hertsgaard agrees, saying that the continuation of global warming "would create planetary conditions all but certain to end civilization as we know it." These scientists and journalists, moreover,...
  • Health Insurance Startup Collapses In Iowa (Obamacare death spiral)

    01/14/2015 8:00:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 14, 2015 | By Clay Masters, Iowa Public Radio
    ... CoOportunity Health has failed. The Affordable Care Act set aside funding for health care co-ops, to enable the organizations to compete in places where there aren’t many insurers. CoOportunity Health was the second largest co-op in the country in terms of membership, and one of the largest in terms of the federal funding it received. But then CoOportunity hit a kind of perfect storm, says Peter Damiano, director of the University of Iowa’s public policy center. First, the co-op had to pay a lot more medical bills than those in charge expected. “CoOportunity Health’s pool of people was larger...
  • Wow! Venezuela bishops tell Pope Francis the downside of socialism and communism

    01/14/2015 6:40:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/14/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Wow! Venezuela bishops tell Pope Francis the downside of socialism and communism Pope Francis, a native of Argentina, has established himself as a critic of capitalism, but now he has received a statement from the bishops of Venezuela offering some insight on that Latin American nation’s experience with socialism and Marxism. I am not an expert on the internal workings of the Catholic Church, but this strikes me as an extraordinary move. Writing in Investor’s Business Daily, Monica Showalter lays out the message the bishops delivered:  Venezuela's bishops Monday blamed "Marxist socialism" and "communism" by name for the horrors...
  • Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

    11/08/2014 8:17:44 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 75 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 05 Nov 2014 | Danusha V. Goska
    How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village to buy him a mass card, the priest refused to sell me one. So far left that a self-identified terrorist proposed marriage to me. So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. So far left that my Teamster mother used to tell anyone who would listen that she voted for Gus Hall, Communist Party chairman, for president. I wore a...
  • Volcanoes are cooling Earth: Aerosols from small eruptions have reduced global temperatures

    01/13/2015 3:51:06 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 12, 2015 | By RICHARD GRAY
    FULL TITLE: Volcanoes are cooling Earth: Aerosols from small eruptions have reduced global temperatures and tropical rainfall. Small volcanic eruptions over the past 20 years have been protecting the Earth from global warming, according to a new study. Scientists have confirmed that droplets of sulphur-rich aerosols spewed into the upper atmosphere by volcanoes have been reflecting sunlight away from the Earth. Until recently it was thought that only particularly large eruptions had any noticeable affect on the climate. This could have helped decrease the global temperatures by between 0.05°C to 0.12°C over the past 15 years. Since 1998, the warmest...
  • Venezuelans staying the night outside stores for food

    01/12/2015 9:56:42 PM PST · by GeronL · 102 replies
    El Universal ^ | January 12, 2014 | Carrir, Abrer
    Monday January 12, 2015 01:40 PM Last Friday, dozens of people spent the night in the surroundings of the Andrés Bello square (north Caracas) to buy food in an outdoor market organized by the Venezuelan Ministry of Food. For taking home staples such as rice, pre-cooked corn flour, milk, oil, sugar, beef or chicken, people had to wait in line for at least twelve hours. Buyers had numbers written on their arms. With fear and anger, but with the need to buy food, they were waiting there since the day before. "No matter if I am very fond of this...
  • Estimated social cost of climate change not accurate, Stanford scientists say

    01/12/2015 2:45:59 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Stanford University News ^ | January 12, 2015 | BY KER THAN
    The economic damage caused by a ton of carbon dioxide emissions – often referred to as the "social cost" of carbon – could actually be six times higher than the value that the United States now uses to guide current energy regulations, and possibly future mitigation policies, Stanford scientists say. A recent U.S. government study concluded, based on the results of three widely used economic impact models, that an additional ton of carbon dioxide emitted in 2015 would cause $37 worth of economic damages. These damages are expected to take various forms, including decreased agricultural yields, harm to human health...
  • Sorry, liberals, Scandinavian countries aren’t utopias

    01/12/2015 8:28:28 AM PST · by Baynative · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | Jan 11, 2015 | Kyle Smith
    In the American liberal compass, the needle is always pointing to places like Denmark. Everything they most fervently hope for here has already happened there. So: Why does no one seem particularly interested in visiting Denmark? (“Honey, on our European trip, I want to see Tuscany, Paris, Berlin and . . . Jutland!”) Visitors say Danes are joyless to be around. Denmark suffers from high rates of alcoholism. In its use of antidepressants it ranks fourth in the world. (Its fellow Nordics the Icelanders are in front by a wide margin.) Some 5% of Danish men have had sex with...
  • Supreme Court rejects new challenge to Obamacare law

    01/12/2015 8:13:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 12, 2015 | BY LAWRENCE HURLEY
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up another broad challenge to President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. The court rejected an appeal filed by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the Alliance for Natural Health USA. The groups had challenged various aspects of the law known as Obamacare including the so-called individual mandate that requires people to obtain health insurance or pay a tax. In March 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of the Obama administration. In 2012, a district court judge also ruled against the...
  • Supreme Court Battle Brewing Over Medicaid Fees

    01/12/2015 8:05:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 12, 2015 | By Phil Galewitz
    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Rita Gorenflo’s 7-year-old son Nathaniel was in severe pain from a sinus infection. But since the boy was covered by Medicaid, she couldn’t immediately find a specialist willing to see him. After days of calling, she was finally able to get Nathaniel an appointment nearly a week later near their South Florida home. That was in 2005. Last month, ruling in a lawsuit brought by the state’s pediatricians and patient advocacy groups, a federal district judge in Miami determined Nathaniel’s wait was “unreasonable” and that Florida’s Medicaid program was failing him and nearly 2 million...
  • Irish warned of doomsday sea levels if climate change continues

    01/11/2015 7:25:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Irish Central ^ | January 10, 2015 | Staff
    In a global warming series Eco Eye, experts warned about the catastrophic dangers of climate change, predicting significant coastal damage and the extinction of many plant and animal species. “Climate change is a reality. It’s here. That’s something as a society we haven’t bought into. It will be a very difficult problem for Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast,” said Professor Robert Devoy. “What is coming down the tracks is a significant warming of the planet. The last time it warmed of this order, 88 per cent of life on earth disappeared. “I have five grandchildren. Whatever time is left to...
  • Venezuela supermarket lines swell as shoppers scramble to buy basics

    01/09/2015 11:44:32 AM PST · by Kartographer · 83 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/9/14 | Alexandra Ulmer
    Lines are swelling at Venezuelan supermarkets, with some shoppers showing up before dawn in search of products ranging from chicken to laundry detergent, as a holiday slowdown in deliveries sharpened the nation's nagging product shortages. Queues snaked around the block at grocery stores and pharmacies around the country on Friday, with consumers in some cases gathering before dawn under the gaze of National Guard troops posted to maintain order. Business leaders have assured Venezuelans the situation will improve in the coming days as distributors return from the often extended Christmas holidays, though many consumers blamed the socialist economic policies of...
  • Venezuelan military tells customers not to take pictures of empty shelves in supermarkets

    01/10/2015 4:38:36 AM PST · by grundle · 23 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 10, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Venezuelan military tells customers not to take pictures of empty shelves in supermarkets The Venezuelan military has troops stationed in supermarkets, and they are telling customers not to take pictures of empty shelves. But that hasn’t stopped people from doing it. During the first week of 2015, the Twitter hashtag #AnaquelesVaciosEnVenezuela (“Empty shelves in Venezuela”) listed more than 200,000 tweets.For example: (posted here under fair use from https://twitter.com/Indiferencia/status/551547489565016064/photo/1 ) Nicolas Maduro, the country’s president, has continued the policies of Hugo Chavez, the country’s previous president who died in March 2013.Chavez was an incompetent, communist dictator, who...
  • EPA chief on climate change: “The scary thing is doing nothing”

    01/09/2015 1:53:02 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 9, 2015 | By Jason Samenow
    Climate change predictions can be scary, and political opposition to climate action is fierce. But EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says she can’t help but be optimistic about the future. McCarthy, speaking at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) annual meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday, struck a decidedly positive tone. “If there is ever a challenge where the U.S. can shine and provide leadership, it is the challenge of climate change,” she said. “The real danger and the real economic problem we face is not taking action,” McCarthy said. She emphasized the importance of the work of the thousands of weather and...