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  • From Kennan to Trotsky (USA)

    09/15/2013 9:23:06 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    American Conservative ^ | 09/15/2013 | Martin Sieff
    Russia and China today both enjoy the same grand-strategic advantage against the United States that the United States enjoyed through the 44 years of the Cold War. The Soviet Union was then the superpower of the left, as the left had been globally understood since the French Revolution. It was the state committed to the promotion of revolutionary change across the world. The United States, by contrast, was the superpower of the right. It was committed to the maintenance of stability and continuity in government systems around the world. The United States won the Cold War. The craving for stability,...
  • Cultural revolution replayed in HK (Hong Kong)

    09/15/2013 9:18:53 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Taipei Times ^ | 09/09/2013 | Paul Lin
    Newspapers in Taiwan recently carried an advertisement placed by a group of Hong Kong residents entitled “An open letter to the government and people of Taiwan.” The ad says that Hong Kong is coming under heavy pressure to become more like the rest of China, and it advises Taiwan to take this as a warning. The letter was signed by representative figures from among moderate advocates of maintaining Hong Kong’s separate identity. The advertisement shows how Taiwan and Hong Kong face a common problem: being brought under China’s influence. This highlights the need for Taiwanese and Hong Kongers to support...
  • Mas approval rating plunges to 9.2 percent (Taiwan)

    09/15/2013 9:04:51 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Tapei Times ^ | 09/16/2013 | Chris Wang
    President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) approval rating hit a new low of 9.2 percent, the first time the rating has dipped to to single-digits, in a public opinion poll released yesterday amid widespread public dissatisfaction with Ma’s role in ongoing political strife within the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). Only 9.2 percent of the respondents said they were satisfied with Ma’s performance in his second term, which began in May last year, while 80.5 percent of those polled disapproved of his performance and 10.3 percent declined to comment, according to the poll conducted by ERA Survey Research Center, a subsidiary of ERA...
  • Former vice president Lu calls on Ma to step down (Taiwan)

    09/15/2013 8:59:33 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | 09/16/2013 | Chen Ching-min
    Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday issued an online statement urging President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to step down and take responsibility for his poor governance and autocratic actions regarding the revocation of Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s (王金平) Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) membership. She called on members of the public to show their concern about the country’s future by joining a “civic alliance to recall Ma.” During his five years serving as head of state and commander-in-chief, Ma has not lived up to the presidential vows he recited during his inauguration, Lu said in a statement posted on her Facebook...
  • National Cancer Center doctors misappropriated funds (Japan)

    09/15/2013 8:44:17 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Japan News ^ | 09/16/2013 | Yomiuri Shimbun
    The Yomiuri Shimbun Thirty-nine doctors and employees of the National Cancer Center misappropriated about 40.86 million over a period of five years ending in fiscal 2011 by having suppliers pool government research funds, among other methods, the center has announced. According to the center, doctors and employees made fictitious orders to suppliers and used part of research funds given by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry and others to pay the bills. They asked the suppliers to pool the money it paid as deposits. The center imposed disciplinary punishment on 23 people, including suspension from office and salary cuts, or...
  • Renewable energy push blunted as ad-hoc rules stymie private upstarts (Japan)

    09/15/2013 8:33:10 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Japan Times ^ | 09/15/2013 | Kyodo
    Ever since Japan kicked off a system to encourage the use of renewable energy for electricity in July 2012, businesses, civic organizations and even local government bodies have been trying to break into the tightly held power market. Under the so-called feed-in tariff system, utilities are required purchase any generated electricity derived from five types of renewable energy for a fixed price and a set time. But the momentum seems to be slowing. Several potential power suppliers are dropping their bids after coming face to face with restrictions that make it difficult for them to link to the power grids...
  • Merkel's conservatives triumph in Bavaria (Germany)

    09/15/2013 8:23:11 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Korea Herald ^ | 09/16/2013 | AP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies triumphed in Bavaria's state election Sunday, a week before the whole country votes, though a painful setback for her coalition partners added to uncertainty over the outcome of the national election. The Merkel-allied Christian Social Union, traditionally the dominant force in the prosperous southern region, won 47.7 percent of the vote, official results showed. It won back a majority in the state legislature it humiliatingly lost in 2008, gaining more than four percentage points. This election gives us tailwind for the national election, said Hermann Groehe, the general secretary of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union....
  • States Have an Incentive to Promote (Not Stop) Disability Fraud; So How Much Fraud Is There?

    09/15/2013 8:05:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | September 11, 2013 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    In response to Just How Distorted is the U.S. Unemployment Rate Number?, reader Bjorn asked "care to take a guess on the percentage of fraud among the population receiving disability compensation?" Fraud Incentive My Reply Follows: I suspect fraud is in the neighborhood of 25-50% (and higher would not surprise me one bit). The reason is that States Have an Incentive to Promote (Not Stop) Disability Fraud. This all goes back to 1996 when president Bill Clinton promised to "end welfare as we know it". He did indeed do just that, and fraud is the result. Why? The federal government...
  • Russia's 'outsourced' jihadis come home

    09/15/2013 7:32:53 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 09/13/2013 | Dmitry Shlapentokh
    The Kremlin has a new problem on its hands: battle-hardened jihadists who have acquired experience in Syria and elsewhere bringing their militant fervor back home to the Northern Caucasus. Recognition that hundreds of jihadists are ready to return will certainly influence Moscow's policies. Kremlin folk might have to reconsider their tactics; not only their tactics - but their tacit "outsourcing" of jihadists to other parts of the world. Dokku Umarov, jihadi leader in the North Caucasus of the southern Russian provinces of Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria, has reportedly agreed to a deal with Emir Salautdin, who controls North Caucasus...
  • China stitches up (SCO) Silk Rd

    09/15/2013 7:22:40 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 09/13/2013 | Pepe Escobar
    While the whole world was terrified by the prospect of the Obama administration bombing Syria, Chinese President Xi Jinping was busy doing the Silk Road. One has to love that famous Deng Xiaoping dictum; "Always maintain a low profile". This being the second-largest economy in the world, "low profile" always packs a mighty punch. Cue to September 7, in Astana, Kazakhstan's capital, when Xi officially proposed no less than a New Silk Road in co-production with Central Asia. Xi's official "economic belt along the Silk Road" is a supremely ambitious, Chinese-fueled trans-Eurasian integration mega-project, from the Pacific to the Baltic...
  • Putin eyes Obama's Iran file

    09/15/2013 6:58:05 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 09/13/2013 | M. K. Bhadrakhumar
    When Kathleen Trola McFarland, the familiar Fox News national security analyst who served in national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations and was an aide to Henry Kissinger at the White House, wrote that "Vladimir Putin is the one who really deserves the Nobel Peace Prize", she obviously had the Syrian crisis in mind. McFarland wrote on Tuesday, "In one of the most deft diplomatic maneuvers of all time, Russia's President Putin has saved the world from near-certain disaster." She went on to narrate how Secretary of State John Kerry's famous gaffe in London took wings and...
  • Pauken Slashes Abbott in TexMo Interview (Texas)

    09/15/2013 6:47:48 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 72 replies
    D Frontburner ^ | 09/13/2013 | Wick Allison
    The great Brian Sweany of Texas Monthly (still, after all these years, it hurts to say that) offers GOP gubernatorial candidate and Dallas native Tom Pauken the chance to lay out his case, which opportunity Pauken seizes with both hands. On the American Airlines merger, crony capitalism, education this would make a helluva debate. My impression: Abbott is weaker than he looks, which is why he scurry in every which direction to avoid sharing a stage or a camera. Thats understandable now, but as the primary draws closer Abbott is going to find himself boxed in. The idea of...
  • Kids, go to college or youll die alone in misery

    09/15/2013 6:42:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Matt Walsh Blog ^ | August 23, 2013 | Matt Walsh
    Every time I write or speak about college, I tend to upset many parents and other decent, educated people. They are righteously offended at the mere suggestion that college isnt necessarily the only way to go. Angry mothers email to tell me that my anti-college message is polluting the minds of their children. They dont want their kids to skip college and become hobos and drug addicts. This is understandable. I should know Im one of those malcontents who decided not to get a four year degree. And what a tragedy my life has been ever since I made...
  • China designs n-reactors with developing countries in mind

    09/15/2013 6:31:06 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    The Hindu ^ | 09/16/2013 | Ananth Krishnan
    China has made a case for its domestically-developed, fourth-generation reactor as the answer for developing countries concerns regarding costs and safety As the rest of the world reconsiders the use of nuclear energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima accident in Japan, China has made a case for its new, domestically-developed, fourth-generation reactor as the answer for developing countries concerns regarding costs and safety. The State-run China Nuclear Engineering Group Corporation (CNEC), closely involved in the design and construction of many of the 17 nuclear reactors in operation, on Sunday, presented designs of its new fourth-generation High Temperature Reactor...
  • Previously deported illegal alien charged with fatal DUI in Utah

    09/15/2013 2:42:06 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 26 replies ^ | September 15, 2013 | Dave Gibson
    Last month, Ramiro Serrano Hernandez, 26, was arrested for killing a young woman in Provo, only hours after being cited for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. On Aug. 25, around 1:30 a.m., Hernandez lost control of a borrowed Jeep Grand Cherokee, crashed into a parked car, then ran over 22-year-old Ashlee Zimmer who was sitting on the curb across the street from her home. After Zimmer was hit, her body became attached to the SUV. Hernandez did not stop and then smashed through a fence, and finally hit a building, according to police. Hernandez jumped from the vehicle, and fled...
  • Fox News Raises the Rainbow Flag

    09/15/2013 10:22:23 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 58 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 9/13/2013
    Fox News joins the Pro-Homosexual Media Bandwagon so says Peter LaBarbera in a 40,000-word expose that flaunts over 220 footnotes. (Read the full report here: Unfair, Unbalanced and Afraid). While Sean Hannity chooses silence and John Stossel passive acceptance, rising star Megyn Kelly plays trans-gender advocate for Chaz Bono, then drops the hate card on the psychiatrist who disagrees. Bernie Goldberg pushes Jesus is just alright with gay, then implies that the Biblical heroes David and Jonathan were homosexual as were Ruth and Naomi. Sean Hannity? Still mum. Bill OReilly bashes an ex-gay; Elizabeth Hasselbeck calls popes opposition...
  • Colorado gun control Democrat ousted in recall blames voter supression

    09/15/2013 11:25:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/15/13 | Doug Book
    Colorado State Senator Angela Giron keeps a straight face as she tells CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin that voter suppression was responsible for her removal and that of fellow, leftist gun grabber John Morse from the Colorado State Senate in successful recall bids. Even at CNN the ancorette was having none of it as she blew off Giron's nonsensical claims. It seems Giron would not allow pro-gun citizens to make their views known as she skipped out of a Town Hall meeting...
  • NC:School Board Decides to Obey Gun Law, Under Threat of Lawsuit

    09/15/2013 10:36:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 16 September, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    What does the school board find so threatening about legally allowing those who have not been convicted of any crime, to have firearms in locked cases in locked cars on public property? From The new law, which allows concealed-carry permit holders to keep guns locked in cases in locked cars on school campuses, starts Oct. 1 The school board ordered their attorney to draft a rule to ban people with concealed carry permits form keeping firearms in locked cases in their locked car on the school campus (which is public property). Earlier, a state law was passed...
  • Well THAT didnt take long; a Federal Judge puts Wisconsin Democrat hack judge in his place

    09/15/2013 9:09:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/15/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The party is over, all their bluster ultimately meant nothing; and thats as it should be. It took almost exactly a year to the day, but the party is over for our greedy union thug enemies in Wisconsin. Just last September 14, the gang at the Dailykos oh so gleefully reported that a Democrat hack judge in Madison had ruled the states law effectively ending, .. collective bargaining rights for most public workers was not constitutional and could not be enforced. Unions, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas ruled, could go on eating their way to the bottom of...
  • IMMIGRATION: Founders of Perris group win Mexican government award

    09/15/2013 7:59:17 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies ^ | September 14, 2013 | David Olson
    The Mexican government is honoring the founders of a Perris immigrant-assistance organization with an award that recognizes people who contribute to the well-being of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the United States. Luz Maria Ayala and Antonio Ayala will receive an Ohtli Award during celebrations Sunday night of Mexican Independence Day at Cal State San Bernardino. The Mexican government each year bestows the award on people around the country. Theyve done some very important work in the Inland Empire, Carolina Zaragoza Flores, consul for the Mexican consulate in San Bernardino, told me in Spanish. Theyve worked for very just causes and...