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  • Bill Gates Firm buys AZ land for $80 Mil to create futuristic metropolis

    11/12/2017 7:14:05 PM PST · by luv2ski · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 12, 2017
    A real estate investment firm owned by Bill Gates recently bought a giant plot of land in Arizona for $80 million to be developed into a “smart city.” Arizona-based Belmont Partners, one of Gates’ investment firms, purchased close to 25,000 acres of land in Tonopah, around 50 miles west of Phoenix, to create a “smart city” called Belmont, KPNX reported.
  • Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better

    11/12/2017 9:54:03 AM PST · by Baynative · 123 replies
    World Economic Forum ^ | 11/11/16 | Ida Auken
    Welcome to the year 2030. Welcome to my city - or should I say, "our city". I don't own anything. I don't own a car. I don't own a house. I don't own any appliances or any clothes. It might seem odd to you, but it makes perfect sense for us in this city. Everything you considered a product, has now become a service. We have access to transportation, accommodation, food and all the things we need in our daily lives. One by one all these things became free, so it ended up not making sense for us to own...
  • The Myth of the Peaceful Woman by outofthedarkness

    08/11/2017 12:12:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Sarah A. Hoyt ^ | August 9, 2017 | outofthedarkness
    There’s a persistent trope in science fiction and fantasy about a society consisting solely of women. It’s a peaceful and prosperous society, free from all violence. There may be some female warriors, who are somehow better than all male warriors everywhere despite having no real pressure or battles to harden themselves on. As a female reader with a strong taste for rational thinking, I am begging authors to stop doing this. Every female over the age of seven knows that a planet full of only women would not be peaceful. Every female Odd will picture this situation as The Special...
  • Illinois budget backlog is giving health care providers, patients a headache

    07/29/2017 7:54:18 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27 July 2017 | Dawn Rhodes
    Betty La France found a way to deal with a doctor who demanded she pay her entire bill upfront because the state could not be counted on to pay insurance reimbursement: She stopped going. While IL leaders waged a two-year budget battle, the state fell years behind in reimbursing medical providers for their services, skimping physicians and dentists even if their patients were up-to-date with their premiums. At public universities, officials and workers say some doctors and dentists, particularly those outside an insurance plan's provider network, increasingly asked patients to pick up the state's tab during the impasse. Some physicians,...
  • 'Imagine': John's and Yoko's Hymn to Progressive Utopia

    07/22/2017 6:06:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 72 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/22/2017 | Bruce W. Davidson
    For the last 15 years, I have been making good educational use of Lennon's famous song "Imagine." In one of my classes, analyzing the song helps Japanese students think critically about song lyrics. The song is very well known and popular in Japan, in part because Lennon's wife was Japanese. Yoko Ono's leftist beliefs also left their mark on the content of the song, a fact that will probably soon receive official recognition by the National Music Publishers Association. The song's doubtful assumptions and internal contradictions make it an instructive instance of the sloppy, shallow thinking we often find in...
  • Dems Lose Collective minds—Want us all to follow

    12/15/2016 8:38:18 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/15/16 | Sher Zieve
    Stalled: Luciferian Elites' attempts to enslave the US population into a Communist "Utopia" The corrupt and criminal Clinton Cartel (includes virtually most Democrats and a few RINOs) are acting like a group of nasty, insane and furious Ferengis (see video below if you are one of the very few who never watched Star Trek TNG) and they want us all to join them in their madness. These creatures hate President-Elect Trump and his supporters. They want all of us to hate him and ourselves for having the unmitigated temerity to have voted for him, too! We-the-People stalled the Luciferian Elites’...
  • Is Obama's World a Utopian Myth? (A Gigantic Yes)

    11/18/2016 11:26:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    Speaking in Greece on his valedictory trip to Europe as president, Barack Obama struck a familiar theme: "(W)e are going to have to guard against a rise in a crude form of nationalism, or ethnic identity, or tribalism that is built around an 'us' and a 'them' ... "(T)he future of humanity and the future of the world is going to be defined by what we have in common, as opposed to those things that separate us and ultimately lead us into conflict." That the world's great celebrant of "diversity" envisions an even more multicultural, multiethnic, multiracial America and Europe...
  • Greenfield: Utopia's Classes

    09/29/2016 8:00:04 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    The sort of people who set off class wars as a hobby have very particular classless societies in mind. The average left-wing revolutionary is not poor. He is a homicidal dilettante from the upper classes with a burning conviction of his own importance that he is unwilling to realize through disciplined labor. His revolution climaxes with a classless society in which he is at the very top. Not near the top, not adjacent to the top, as he usually was before, but at the very top. Utopia has a class system. At the top are the thinkers, the philosopher kings...
  • A Radical Idea: Four City-Dwellers Share All Their Money

    09/22/2016 6:35:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 22, 2016 | Gillian B. White
    This unassuming house on a quiet street in Northeast D.C. is cramped but welcoming. There are several bikes lined up on the porch, overflowing bookshelves, personal belongings in almost every corner, and a refrigerator that’s packed to the hilt. When I visit, four people are in the living room chatting and joking with each other like friends who have known each other for years. But they haven’t. The group has known each other for only a year or so, and they aren’t merely friends—they are engaged in a bold and unusual experiment, sharing not just their home but all of...
  • Hillary's solution for our struggling economy

    07/29/2016 1:25:34 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 34 replies
    Hillary's solution for our struggling economy: Massive government spending. Massive tax increases and new taxes on individuals and corporations. Massive increase of regulations. Step up the war against coal, gas and oil. Bankrupt all traditional producers of energy. Massive new government spending on "green" technologies and "green" jobs. Bankrupt as many capitalist industries as possible. Implement universal government provided "free" healthcare. Double the minimum wage. Guarantee a minimum income to all "working" families (and non-working families). Free college education, free healthcare and free lunches for all. Open our borders, grant amnesty, citizenship, welfare and voting rights to all comers including...
  • Mormon Tycoon Wants to Build Joseph Smith’s Mega-Utopia in Vermont

    07/20/2016 12:44:26 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 25 replies
    Green Mountain Daily ^ | 06/15/2016 | David R. Hall
    David R. Hall | - Green Mountain Daily www.greenmountaindaily.com/tag/david-r-hall/ Jun 15, 2016 ... Hall is the Utah-based engineer/developer and Mormon (member of the utopian community in Sharon (the birthplace of LDS founder Joseph Smith). Hall plans on plunking down New Vista and its 20,000 inhabitants in rural Vermont and other developments across the nation.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Modeled and Muddled: Recognizing Foolishness, Containing Sin

    03/30/2016 1:26:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2016 | Marvin Olasky
    Utopia has arrived. We’ll all be sinless from now on. April Fools’! The older I get the more I see we cannot eliminate sin, but we must try to contain it. Containment means allowing some divorce but ending no-fault ease. It means allowing some welfare but ending easy pickings. It means allowing small federal and state budget deficits but not the large ones we now have. Wise store managers work to minimize shoplifting, but they know a few thieves will get away. Wise officials have the same sense regarding graft and corruption. Otherwise, they and we are April fools. Thirteen...
  • Boondoggle Train

    11/05/2015 10:55:03 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    City Journal ^ | November 4, 2015 | By Chris Reed
    In November 2008, California voters narrowly approved Proposition 1A, which provided $9.95 billion in government money for a statewide bullet-train network. The initiative passed, even though the California High-Speed Rail Authority had been legally required to release a detailed, updated business plan by October 1 of that year, so that voters would have time to learn exactly how the state planned to finance what was then billed as a $43 billion project—and no updated plan was in view. Rail officials failed even to release a preliminary report before the election, claiming that state legislators’ long delay in passing the fiscal...
  • At home in Dystopia?

    10/30/2015 8:33:51 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Oct. 30, 2015 | Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
    Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) was a great jurist and counselor to the notorious King Henry VIII, who was beheaded because of his insistence that the Catholic Church was his supreme religious authority, and not King Henry. . . . More earned a prominent place in the history of world literature because of his classic work, Utopia. In this work, More imagines the ideal society, one that is perfectly just and fair. Indeed, More coined the word "utopia," which has become part of our everyday parlance. . . . the philosopher John Stuart Mill, preferred the term "dystopia." It is Mills'...
  • Bernies and (Hillary’s?) Perfect “Progressive” World of “Fairness” and “Equality”…

    10/22/2015 8:53:40 AM PDT · by FiddlePig · 14 replies
    RedNecoBlogger ^ | 10/22/2015 | RedNeckoBlogger
    “From each according to their ability” (you DON’T OWN what you produce)… “Too each according to their needs” (you DON’T get to decide that. Your “needs” and that of your family are done by "experts" at the Government “Central Needs Determination Office”)… January 20, 2017 (and thereafter): In Bernie’s (Hillary?) perfect "progressive" world, and with Global Warming (Climate Change on cold days) "crisis" looming (it's gonna happen any day now, PROMISE!)... quick action to “save” the planet has been instituted. As we all want to help “solve” this “crisis”, we now get our monthly ration coupons (after we wait in...
  • 4 dead, 19 wounded in Chicago since Saturday, including 14-year-old boy

    09/20/2015 7:10:23 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    MSN ^ | 9-20-2015 | Megan Crepeau and Deanese Williams-Harris and Marwa Eltagouri
    A violent Saturday and Sunday morning in Chicago left four people dead and at least 19 others wounded, including a 14-year-old boy who was killed and a 15-year-old who was injured after a fight in a park in the North Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side. The boys were on the street in the 4400 block of South Greenwood Avenue in the North Kenwood neighborhood when a car drove by and someone opened fire around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police. The 14-year-old, identified by his mother as Tyjuan Poindexter, was shot in the head and died on the scene....
  • A Universal Basic Income Approach

    09/16/2015 8:24:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Demos' Policy Shop ^ | September 15, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
    It's been a while since I've written about the idea of a universal basic income. So I figure an update is in order. The typical UBI proposal you see picks a certain dollar amount and then declares that it should go equally to all adults. I disagree with this in two ways. First, I think that children should also receive a basic income (paid to their parents). Second, I think that UBI payments should vary based on age. Neither of these additions negates the chief administrative advantages of the UBI because they don't introduce means-testing. It's trivially easy to vary...