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  • Venezuela: Mass Famine Is Imminent as Neighbors, Washington Stand By (it's not about oil)

    06/23/2016 3:10:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 81 replies
    PanAmPost ^ | June 22, 2016 | PanAm Post Staf
    A humanitarian crisis, the likes of which have never been seen in the Western Hemisphere, is brewing in Venezuela and it will be inevitable in a few weeks. Much has been written recently about the crisis in Venezuela. During the last week, the world’s leading media outlets have amply reported the shortages of food, medicine and other basic supplies in the country. Unfortunately, despite some great reporting by various journalists, the true extent and the reasons for the country’s desperate situation have not yet been clearly understood by the media and the international community. The majority of those reporting on...
  • Time to declare independence from liberalism

    06/20/2016 10:22:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/20/16 | Rolf Yungclas
    While the French were fighting for what turned out to be a false equality through government control, Americans were fighting to obtain and hold on to unrestricted opportunity and freedom from government control To today’s liberal leftists, equality means taking from those who have abundance and transferring it to those in lack. But it fails to factor in the economic consequences of this transfer of wealth. The abundance they are drawing from begins to shrink as economic development is stifled by government policies. Communism and socialism promise equality but bring equality of poverty except for a privileged government bureaucracy and...
  • Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation

    06/19/2016 5:15:18 PM PDT · by grundle · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 19, 2016 | NICHOLAS CASEY
    A staggering 87 percent of Venezuelans say they do not have money to buy enough food, the most recent assessment of living standards by Simón Bolívar University found. About 72 percent of monthly wages are being spent just to buy food, according to the Center for Documentation and Social Analysis, a research group associated with the Venezuelan Teachers Federation. In April, it found that a family would need the equivalent of 16 minimum-wage salaries to properly feed itself. Ask people in this city when the last time they ate a meal, and many will respond that it was not today....
  • Legendary Baseball Announcer Blasts Socialism During Game Broadcast (Vin Scully)

    06/18/2016 3:52:09 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 68 replies
    Chicks On The Right ^ | 6/18/16 | Hannah Bleau (Red Dawn)
    “Socialism failing to work as it always does, this time in Venezuela,” Scully said. “You talk about giving everybody something free and all of a sudden there’s no food to eat. And who do you think is the richest person in Venezuela? The daughter of Hugo Chavez. Hello. Anyway. Oh and two.”
  • Rio state government declares financial disaster as Olympics loom (games in danger alert)

    06/18/2016 6:15:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 18, 2016
    The acting governor of Rio de Janeiro's state government declared a state of financial disaster Friday in an effort to change budgetary priorities without disrespecting Brazil's fiscal laws. [Snip] [The governor's] office said in a statement that the decision was made because a dip in revenues from taxes and oil royalties was "stopping the state of Rio de Janeiro from honoring its commitment to the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games." He said the state is facing a "public calamity." "The financial crisis has brought several difficulties in essential public services and it could cause the total collapse of...
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Media Distorting Facts to Serve World Elites at Levels Never Seen Before

    06/17/2016 12:56:06 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Jun 2016 | Dan Riehl
    Sharyl Attkisson talked to Matt Boyle Friday about current events and an extremely disturbing trend. Elites have become adept at controlling media narratives, going so far as to ostracize reporters who “veer” from a particular narrative: “It’s certainly happening here in the United States,” said Attkisson. Asked if American media appear to be aggressively pushing a particular narrative, specifically gun control in light of the recent terrorism in Orlando, Attkisson said: I think they’ve been pushing narratives a lot for the last couple of years in a way I haven’t seen five years ago … ten years ago, for sure....
  • Local Obamacare rates poised to spike

    06/16/2016 1:25:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | June 16, 2016 | by Randy Tucker
    Dayton-based Premier Health is seeking an average 40 percent premium increase next year for the health plans its sells on Ohio's federally-run health insurance marketplace, while the area's largest marketplace insurer, CareSource, has proposed an average rate hike of about 14 percent, based on the latest rate filings with the Ohio Department of Insurance. Of the more than 266,000 Ohioans who signed up for marketplace plans by the end of open enrollment for 2016, about 88 percent, or nearly 235,000 consumers, were eligible to receive premium tax credits, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Professor rejects Marxism after traveling the globe: ‘Socialism doesn’t work’

    06/16/2016 12:22:01 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    thecollegefix.com ^ | June 16, 2016 | KATE HARDIMAN
    At least one professor in America does not feel the Bern. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Professor Jack Stauder says his political and ideological conversion away from socialism and Marxism occurred when he actually witnessed these systems in action. After traveling to more than 110 countries to pursue various forms of research, notably cultural anthropology, Stauder described his conversion from Marxism as a process of disillusionment. “I gradually became disenchanted with Marxism by visiting many of the countries that had tried to shape their societies to conform to its doctrines. I was disillusioned by the realities I saw in … socialist...
  • Super-rich Socialists quaff champagne in Venezuela country club while middle class mothers [tr]

    06/16/2016 6:20:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 16, 2016 | Jake Wallis Simons
    Venezuela's super-rich are enjoying lavish parties and gourmet cuisine, while middle-class people are forced to scavenge for food as the Socialist country's economy collapses. In the opulent Caracas Country Club, where membership costs an astonishing £77,000 – 458 times the average Venezuelan salary – glamorous women in cocktail dresses were seen relishing a banquet of beef and lobster, followed by a colourful selection of puddings. Meanwhile, in the Petare slum a few miles away, home to 370,000 Venezuelans, ordinary middle-class people were rummaging in stinking piles of rubbish for rotten cabbage leaves, desiccated limes and scraps of fetid meat.
  • California's cap-and-trade program faces daunting hurdles to avoid collapse

    06/14/2016 6:33:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 14, 2016 | by Chris Megerian and Ralph Vartabedian
    The linchpin of California's climate change agenda, a program known as cap and trade, has become mired in legal, financial and political troubles that threaten to derail the state's plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The program has been a symbol of the state's leadership in the fight against global warming and a key source of funding, most notably for the high-speed rail project connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles. But the legality of cap and trade is being challenged in court by a business group, and questions are growing about whether state law allows it to operate past 2020....
  • UN Weather Agency Warns of More Global Warming in May

    06/14/2016 6:18:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 14, 2016
    GENEVA - The U.N. weather agency is warning of "fundamental change" afoot in the global climate and continued warming, accompanied recently by unusually high rainfall in parts of the US and Europe. The World Meteorological Organization was pointing Tuesday to data released by NASA a day earlier showing that this May was the hottest on record, and the Northern Hemisphere spring has been the hottest spring ever.
  • Feds to Crackdown on Temporary Health Insurance [semi-satire]

    06/13/2016 10:57:19 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 June 2016 | John Semmens
    A clause in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows individuals who are between jobs to purchase temporary health insurance policies. The Department of Health and Human Services has announced it will change the rules to limit these policies to three months duration and ban renewals. The problem with these policies according to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is "they fall short of the President's vision for how Americans ought to be insured. These temporary plans don't cover everything we think should be covered. Notably absent from most temporary coverage policies are items like gender reassignment surgery,...
  • Paris floods made almost twice as likely by climate change, say scientists

    06/10/2016 6:46:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 10, 2016 | by Adam Vaughan
    The Paris floods, that saw extreme rainfall swell the river Seine to its highest level in decades, were made almost twice as likely because of the manmade emissions driving global warming, scientists have found. As artworks in the Louvre were moved to safety and Paris's cobbled walkways were submerged, the French president, Francois Hollande, blamed the floods on climate change. Now a preliminary analysis by a group of scientists, including the Dutch weather agency and the University of Oxford, has concluded the risk of the flooding event in Paris was almost doubled - multiplied by a factor of 1.8 -...
  • How Socialism Failed Venezuela

    06/10/2016 4:17:30 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    Usnews.com ^ | June 6, 2016 | Andres Malave
    The force that is driving Venezuela into the ground is socialism. I've had a front-row seat to the consequences of socialism, watching the hardships of my friends and family in Venezuela. I read the messages telling me they had to go to five different markets that day to find bread. Even basic staples like Harina-Pan are missing from the shelves or skyrocketing in price. I've heard them break down crying because they lack basic needs like toilet paper. And I hear the fear of not knowing what's next or when these struggles will end. In the midst of this chaos,...
  • Remembering the Forsaken A Review of the book The Forsaken An American Tragedy In Stalin’s Russia

    04/22/2010 10:09:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 297+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Francis Slobodnik | Tuesday, 12 January 2010
    Remembering the Forsaken Written by Francis Slobodnik    Tuesday, 12 January 2010 18:51   A Review of the book The Forsaken, An American Tragedy In Stalin’s Russia by Tim Tzouliadis     In times of social and political turmoil, it is not uncommon for men to grasp for what appear to be easy solutions. Oftentimes, these impulsive decisions can have disastrous consequences. There is nothing meritorious about change in and of itself. The virtuous person prayerfully reasons through the options before making decisions. Men with little virtue grab desperately for anything that, on the surface, appears will improve their...
  • Rise in Starving Children Puts Strain on Venezuela’s Hospitals

    06/08/2016 5:57:45 PM PDT · by fella · 31 replies
    Panam Post ^ | 8 June 2016 | Sabrina Martin
    Doctors Now Have to Steal Food From Hospitals to Feed Their Own Families The increasing shortage of food and other basic products in Venezuela, on top of inflation, is now takingits toll on the health of the nation — most notably, on its malnourished children. Children frequently arrive to the San Felipe Central Hospital after having fainted from malnourishment, officials told the PanAm Post, and are given medicine to take three times a day, Mothers tell physicians they don’t have enough food in their homes, even after rationing. “Children under five months of age come in here with diarrhea and...
  • As food grows scarce, Venezuelans turn to dumpster diving

    06/08/2016 4:21:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 8, 2016 | John Sexton
    To the long list of degradations the people of Venezuela have to suffer because of their awful socialist government, you can now add dumpster diving. The Associated Press reports that people desperate for food have now turned to rooting through the garbage for meals: Until recently, Julio Noguera worked at a bakery. Now he spends his evenings searching through the garbage for food. “I come here looking for food because if I didn’t, I’d starve to death,” Noguera said as he sorted through a pile of moldy potatoes. “With things like they are, no one helps anyone and no one...
  • Hungry Venezuelans smuggle Colombian food home

    06/08/2016 11:17:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 8, 2016 | by Alexandra Ulmer and Anggy Polanco
    Thousands of Venezuelans living near the border discovered years ago that smuggling heavily subsidized food into Colombia made them far more money than the meager wages from regular jobs. But with crisis-hit Venezuela suffering drastic food shortages this year and local resale prices spiraling, some have decided to flip the business model: zipping into Colombia to buy flour, rice and even diapers for desperate shoppers back in Venezuela. "There's nothing left in Venezuela, what's left is hunger. Colombia is what's saving us," said one 30-year-old smuggler who now rides his motor bike to shop in Colombia's buzzing border town of...
  • HHS Announces Plans To Curtail Consumers' Use Of Short-Term Insurance Policies

    06/08/2016 11:07:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | June 8, 2016 | By Jordan Rau
    The Obama administration on Wednesday moved to sharply limit short-term health insurance plans, which a growing number of consumers have been buying even though they offer less coverage than what the Affordable Care Act decreed, all people should have. The plans, designed for people in between jobs or in need of temporary insurance until they secure a regular policy, are cheaper than regular insurance plans. But they also can lack features that the health law requires for other policies, such as coverage for preexisting medical conditions, maternity care and prescription drugs. In addition, insurers are allowed to refuse to sell...
  • Venezuelans pick through trash for food to eat or sell

    06/08/2016 5:58:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    AP ^ | June 8, 2016 | Fabiola Sanchez
    Until recently, Julio Noguera worked at a bakery. But he now spends his evenings searching through the garbage for food. "I come here looking for food because if I didn't, I'd starve to death," Noguera said as he sorted through a pile of moldy potatoes. "With things like they are, no one helps anyone and no one gives away meals." Across town, unemployed people converge every dusk at a trash heap on a downtown Caracas sidewalk to pick through rotten fruit and vegetables tossed out by nearby shops. They are frequently joined by small business owners, college students and pensioners...
  • Trump and global warming: Americans are failing risk management

    06/08/2016 4:53:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | June 8, 2016 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    Currently, about 40% of Americans support Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, and about 40% of Americans are not worried about global warming. While short of a majority, this is a substantial fraction of the American public failing to grasp the risks associated with a Donald Trump presidency and potentially catastrophic climate change impacts. The threat of catastrophic climate change isn't as tangible as a burning house, car accident, or lung cancer. Americans tend to view climate threats as distant in both time and space. We can only hope that the fraction of Americans failing to grasp the immense...
  • Predatory Socialism

    06/07/2016 12:23:53 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 2 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Mainestategop
    Time and again I hear the term, predatory capitalism. All the liberals love to whine about it, in their conversations they talk of how the little guy is being devoured and chewed up by the rich and the high and mighty and how those nasty republicans, (that's us!) are responsible in taking from the poor and giving it away to rich mostly white folks. They compare us to Hitler and say he was a capitalist, they say things are bad now all because of the GOP and not for Obama and the left. Meanwhile, these same leftists and nit pickers...
  • Why Socialism Is A Bad Deal

    06/07/2016 10:29:20 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/07/16 | Bruce DePrice
    Before you let Socialist dictators dictate your life, consider what you’re giving up and what they’re taking away Thanks to Bernie and Hillary, Socialism is on everyone’s mind. These politicians, like so many in our media and universities, claim it’s a glorious idea. Usually thought of as an economic philosophy, Socialism is more sweeping than that. It dictates how all of society must be organized. It claims to be fairer; it claims to deliver happiness. Socialism is a philosophy of life that, I’ll argue, steals the life right out of you. The central vision, indeed the central requirement, is that...
  • Senate GOP drops push to 'defund Obamacare'

    06/07/2016 8:46:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2016 10:40 AM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The more pragmatic approach with a huge $164 billion spending measure reflects a hope by top Republicans like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to remove veto bait from must-pass spending bills in hopes of advancing them more easily. …
  • The biggest worry in crisis-ridden Venezuela: crime

    06/07/2016 6:12:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 6, 2016 | Patrick J. McDonnell
    Her body, like the remains of so many lost souls here, was discarded along one of the capital’s highways, notorious dumping grounds for the ever-rising toll of homicide victims. Savvy motorists avoid certain thoroughfares after dark, when carjack gangs set up ambushes, sometimes laying down nail-embedded strips to puncture tires of vehicles ferrying potential quarry. Motorists speak matter-of-factly of spotting body parts along roadways.
  • Administration "Not Disappointed" with Job Numbers [semi-satire]

    06/06/2016 10:47:10 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 June 2016 | John Semmens
    Though the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for May showed an anemic 38,000 new jobs were created during the month and a record 94,708,000 Americans were not in the labor force, Obama Administration Press Secretary Josh Earnest insisted that "we are not disappointed with these numbers." "Those who can't grasp the President's goals for the transformation of this country harp on the point that 38,000 new jobs are far too few to accommodate this country's monthly 200,000 population increase," Earnest complained. "Likewise, they see the expansion of the contingent not in the workforce as a negative. They've got it exactly...
  • The California Primary: Millennials' Last Fling

    06/06/2016 8:28:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 6, 2016 | Jeffrey Folks
    Millennials, who first arrived in 1980, are the largest generational group in American history. As such, they tend to have a deep-seated, some would say exaggerated, sense of their own importance. Now that the last of the millennials, those born in the late 1990s, have reached voting age, the millennial generation is exerting ever greater influence on presidential politics. The campaign of Bernie Sanders, one of the most radical leftists ever to run for the presidency, is almost their exclusive preserve. Sanders's platform is well targeted to the idealism of most millennials. It offers free universal health care ("Medicare for...
  • Will America Sell Out To Thugs?

    06/05/2016 7:03:08 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 45 replies
    Poletical.com ^ | June 4th, 2016 | T. Carter
    The scenes from Chicago in March and the scenes from New Mexico, San Diego and San Jose tell a pretty frightening story. America's left have turned up to smash police cars, punch peaceful attendees and verbally attack anyone who supports Donald Trump. We have seen the left do things that the Tea Party has never done. No matter how heated the rhetoric becomes, we conservatives rarely resort to violence. Even after Christian bakers are punished for refusing to betray their values and conservative pundits are barred and locked out of campus speeches, we conservatives always keep our cool. This should...
  • Referendum offered money for nothing, and the Swiss say 'no'

    06/05/2016 10:25:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 5, 2016 9:43 AM EDT
    Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that would have guaranteed everyone in the Alpine nation an unconditional basic income, according to projections published Sunday by public broadcaster SRF1. The plan could have seen people in this wealthy nation of 8 million people receive about 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,560) per month — enough to cover their basic needs. Proponents argued that a basic income would free people from meaningless toil and allow them to pursue more productive or creative goals in life. Critics said the plan would explode the state budget and encourage idleness, arguments that appear to have convinced voters....
  • Progressive Deception is bringing Socialism and Failure to U.S. doorstep

    06/05/2016 8:22:56 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/05/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The socialism practiced today in many places has attacked successful people, taxed them unfairly, and redistributed their wealth to illegals A 1989 video exposed the socialist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu visiting a Bucharest grocery store and a bread store. Greeted outside the door with flowers which he unceremoniously dumped into the arms of his minions, Ceausescu waved at the “adoring crowds.” He touched a few loaves of bread as if he really cared about what his people ate. The shelves were bursting with food, bread, pastries, salamis, cheeses, meat, sugar, cooking oil, and other items that the poor citizens fought over...
  • "Marxist Dream" Crushed - In Landslide Vote, Swiss Reject Proposal To Hand Out Free Money...

    06/05/2016 7:07:18 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Jun 5, 2016 9:27 AM | Tyler Durden
    This weekend the Swiss population was called upon to make a historic decision, when Switzerland became the first country worldwide to put the idea of free money for everyone, technically known as Unconditional Basic Income (of CHF2,500 per month for every adult man and woman, and CHF625 for every child, for doing absolutely nothing) to a vote. As reported previously, the outcome of this referendum would set a strong precedent and establish a landmark in the evolution of the debate of handing out free money in a centrally-planned world. And as predicted, based on early vote projections it has been...
  • Los Angeles weighs a millionaire tax aimed at ending homelessness

    06/03/2016 8:21:07 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 66 replies
    MSN - Money ^ | 6/3/16 | Megan Leonhardt
    The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is planning to put a proposal on the November ballot that would impose a .5% tax for those with personal incomes exceeding $1 million annually. The revenue generated from the tax—estimated to be $250 to $300 million annually—would go toward funding the county’s 47-point program to wipe out homeless in L.A. county.
  • Time Enough for Collapse

    06/03/2016 12:48:34 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/03/16 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Whether we've got the time, or not, we have to educate, and we have to implement the battle tactics of a republic - not that of a democracy. Otherwise, the period through which we reside in bondage may be fiercer, and longer in time “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”—Benjamin Franklin “A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.”—James Madison At a meeting of patriots I attended, where the attendees were the kind of people who desire to either reclaim the republic, or survive...
  • Record 94,708,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Drops in May

    06/03/2016 6:44:58 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies
    CNS ^ | June 3, 2016 | Susan Jones
    A record 94,708,000 Americans were not in the labor force in May -- 664,000 more than in April -- and the labor force participation rate dropped two-tenths of a point to 62.6 percent, near its 38-year low, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. When President Obama took office in January 2009, 80,529,000 Americans were not participating in the labor force; since then, 14,179,000 Americans have left the workforce -- some of them retiring and some just quitting because they can't find work. "By almost every economic measure, America is better off than when I came here...
  • Welcome To Dystopia

    06/03/2016 1:03:36 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 2 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 6/3/2016 | Gary
    The mantra of progressivism over the past century has been the unstoppable 'progression' of human society, government, and technology towards a supposed utopian future free from war, disease, and poverty - a future where humans are masters of their own universe, unshackled from anything and everything holding us back and united as citizens of the world. Yet no "progressive" (be they communist, socialist, technocrat, or humanist) stops to ask if this is a possible or even worthwhile goal.  No one of that political persuasion questions whether their philosophical outlook is the right one to have nor why it is justifiable...
  • International Airlines Suspend Services to Venezuela One After Another

    06/03/2016 10:31:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Nearshore Americas ^ | June 1, 2016
    Latin America’s largest airline, Latam, has announced that it has suspended its flights to Venezuela. The news comes barely a day after Germany’s Lufthansa suspended its services to the country. The suspension of air services underlines the worsening economic conditions in the South American country. Low oil prices and the socialist government’s expensive social welfare programs have pushed Venezuela to the brink of an economic disaster, with people queuing for hours to purchase basic goods.In a statement, Latam airlines said flights on its Sao Paulo to Caracas route would be suspended within the next few days, while routes to Caracas...
  • We want food!: Venezuelans cry at protest near presidency

    06/03/2016 10:20:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    DNA India ^ | June 3, 2016 | Reuters
    Venezuela's economic chaos, critics say is the consequence of failed socialist policies for the last 17 years, especially price and currency controls. Venezuelan security forces fired teargas at protesters chanting "We want food!" near Caracas' presidential palace on Thursday, the latest street violence in the crisis-hit OPEC nation. Hundreds of angry Venezuelans heading towards Miraflores palace in downtown Caracas were met by National Guard troops and police who blocked a major road. President Nicolas Maduro, under intense pressure over a worsening economic crisis in the South American nation of 30 million, had been scheduled to address a rally of indigenous...
  • Opinion: France and Stalin’s Ladies’ Fan

    06/03/2016 7:46:37 AM PDT · by OddLane
    Asharq al-Awsat ^ | Amir Taheri
    For the past several weeks, big chunks of French life have been paralyzed with a cascade of strikes by what was known in the pre-Thatcher era as “flying pickets”. These are units of specially trained tough guys recruited and trained by the general Confederation of Workers (CGT), the trade union wing of the French Communist Party (PCF). Their mission is to prevent employees of sensitive sectors of the economy from reaching their place of work, thus, imposing a wave of disruptions on the nation through ripple effect. The excuse for these guerrilla-style operations is a new draft law presented by...
  • So What Will Venezuela Eat Once Dogs, Cats & Horses Are Gone?

    06/02/2016 7:27:41 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 95 replies
    Have anyone of us contemplated this dilemma? Here we have a nation, run by liberals and socialists. And this year we have seen how it all ended. Just like in Greece and Maybe Puerto Rico. No Money, and in the case of Venezuela, no food. By now they have probably wiped out most of their pets and farm animals. But they have to eat meat once in a while. What are they going to do? cross over in their neighboring nations and kidnap any animal walking the streets and take them back home for dinner?
  • Jack Welch says Obama's 'wacky' climate-change agenda hurts the US economy

    06/02/2016 5:34:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 2, 2016
    Former GE CEO Jack Welch said Thursday the Obama administration's heavy focus on combating climate change is "radical behavior" that's holding back the economy. "You get a reduced military," Welch said. "You get an economy that won't move. You get ozone regs that are wacky."
  • Spike in Alaska wildfires is worsening global warming, US says

    06/02/2016 4:37:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | June 2, 2016 | by Suzanne Goldenberg
    The devastating rise in Alaska's wildfires is making global warming even worse than scientists expected, US government researchers said on Wednesday. The sharp spike in Alaska's wildfires, where more than 5 million acres burned last year, are destroying a main buffer against climate change: the carbon-rich boreal forests, tundra and permafrost that have served as an enormous carbon sink. Northern wildfires must now be recognised as a significant driver of climate change - and not just a side-effect, according to the report from the US Geological Survey. The USGS warned last year that Alaska could lose about a quarter of...
  • Sanders gets rare foreign endorsement from socialist Venezuelan president

    06/01/2016 4:09:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    mcclatchydc.com ^ | June 1, 2016 | TERESA WELSH
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has endorsed fellow socialist Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., for president, calling him “our revolutionary friend.” In a televised address on Tuesday, Maduro criticized the U.S. election system, which he called “archaic,” for putting Sanders at a disadvantage.
  • What Happens If Hillary Clinton Loses California to Bernie Sanders

    06/01/2016 11:26:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 1, 2016 | by Maryalice Parks
    Vince Vasquez, a senior policy analyst at the National University System Institute for Policy Research, said he believes "there's a good chance for a Sanders upset" in California, which holds its primaries June 7. A loss for Clinton there would be "in a word, embarrassing," Vasquez said. In a possible indication of how closely Clinton's camp is paying attention to Sanders, one of her super PACs, Correct the Record, has continued to send workers and video cameras to keep tabs on Sanders events in the state.
  • Report: Oklahoma Had Highest Price Increases On Federal Insurance Marketplace Last Year

    06/01/2016 10:58:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    KGOU ^ | June 1, 2016 | By Adam Brooks
    Oklahoma leads the nation in price increases on the federal health insurance exchange, according to a national analysis by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prices for silver health plans on the federal exchange rose 42 percent from 2015 to 2016. Blue Cross Blue Shield is the only company that has been on the exchange for Oklahoma for several years. The marketplace is run by the federal government since Gov. Mary Fallin opted not to establish a state-run exchange when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, went into effect. Three others were on for a...
  • World's Air Conditioning Boom Would Worsen Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Study

    06/01/2016 10:51:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 1, 2016 | by Erik Ortiz
    There's no putting a chill on the worldwide air conditioning boom that's expected to heat up to historic levels over the next decade. Nations with emerging economies and spiking populations - including India, Indonesia and Brazil - are seeing air conditioner sales grow 10 to 15 percent a year. That means the world's supply of A/C units could nearly double from about 900,000 million in 2015 to roughly 1.6 million by 2030, according to a recent Berkeley National Laboratory study. So instead of simply trying to shut off the inexorable growth, scientists are working to find fresh energy-efficient technologies that...
  • Venezuela is running out of everything: Bread, sugar, toilet paper...

    06/01/2016 1:40:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CNN Money ^ | May 31, 2016 | Rafael Romo and Patrick Gillespie
    Venezuela is running out of just about everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms -- you name it. And over the weekend at least two large international airlines -- Lufthansa and LATAM -- said they will suspend service to Venezuela in the coming months due to the economic crisis. The widespread scarcities and fleeing businesses reflect a country in crisis. "There's a shortage of everything at some level," says Ricardo Cusanno, vice president of Venezuela's Chamber of Commerce. Cusanno says 85% of companies in Venezuela have halted production to some extent. Venezuela's economy is spiraling into extreme recession. It is...
  • Great #NeverTrump hope Gary Johnson: I side with Bernie Sanders 73% of the time, you know

    06/01/2016 1:02:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 31, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Via the Free Beacon, this is the guy I’m stuck with this fall, huh? *ffffaaaarrrrtttt* Second look at NRO Contributor 2016? A few months ago I would have laughed at Johnson for pandering to a left-wing movement that’s purportedly all about economics by emphasizing his common ground with them on everything but economics. After reading this, I’m not so sure. There’s a convincing case out there that a good chunk of Berniemania is twentysomethings and independent white men who disdain the Democratic label, relish the spirit of Sanders’s movement, but … aren’t terribly invested in the ultra-left platform he’s running...
  • Venezuela is running out .. everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms

    05/31/2016 4:10:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | May 31, 2016 | Osmary Hernandez
    Venezuela is running out of just about everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms -- you name it. ( Full title ). And over the weekend at least two large international airlines -- Lufthansa and LATAM -- said they will suspend service to Venezuela in the coming months due to the economic crisis. The widespread scarcities and fleeing businesses reflect a country in crisis. "There's a shortage of everything at some level," says Ricardo Cusanno, vice president of Venezuela's Chamber of Commerce. Cusanno says 85% of companies in Venezuela have halted production to some extent. Venezuela's economy is spiraling into...
  • What the Amish can teach the rest of us about modern medicine

    05/31/2016 2:21:43 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    Mosaic The Science of Life ^ | May 24, 2016 | Sara Tolpos
    When healthcare is expensive, the Amish culture of autonomy and thrift may be a way to balance communal support and individual responsibility. Sara Talpos finds out more. The Allegheny Plateau, sprawling across northern Pennsylvania and beyond, is an ecosystem of forested hills, with land that supports black bears, bald eagles and wandering turkeys, as well as a patchwork of wild herbs: burdock, jewelweed, chamomile and sheep sorrel. Cellphone reception is spotty and gas stations are few and far between. Tucked away among the streams branching from the Cowanesque river is a cluster of small white and tan buildings, including the...
  • Communist Party Leader Voted for Sanders, Will Back Clinton

    05/31/2016 1:01:26 PM PDT · by notscj · 24 replies
    The leader of America's most prominent communist party credits Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with helping usher socialism into the political mainstream, but says it's essential to back Hillary Clinton if she defeats Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary. John Bachtell, national chairman of the Communist Party USA, says he cast a ballot for Sanders in the Illinois primary in March, but that the self-styled democratic socialist's loyal backers should temper their criticism of Clinton as a warmongering Wall Street puppet. "The most important thing is keeping our eye on this extreme right-wing danger and really hoping that all political organizations...