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  • Florida's Lee County votes to rescind decision to opt-out of Common Core standards testing

    09/02/2014 8:05:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Florida's Lee County school board has rescinded its vote to opt-out of the state's standardized testing. At a meeting Tuesday morning, the board voted 3-2 in favor of resuming testing....
  • The European Union Hasn't Made Any Difference At All To Britain's Trade

    05/05/2014 8:39:43 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/5/2014 | Tim Worstall
    One of the standard arguments about Britain’s membership of the European Union is that it’s vital that we stay in because so much of our trade is with other European Union countries. Implicit in this is the claim that this is a result of our being in the EU. The dropping of trade restrictions resulting from the Single Market rules for example. The problem with this argument is that it depends upon an empirical claim: that Britain’s trade with the European Union countries has increased since the foundation of that Single Market. And it turns out that that doesn’t seem...
  • Europe faces worst human rights ‘crisis’ in decades

    04/17/2014 1:11:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.04.14 @ 09:29 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Europe is facing its largest human rights crisis in over two decades, according to the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe (CoE). The human rights watchdog, in a report published on Wednesday (16), says corruption, human trafficking, racism and discrimination persist across Europe. […] CoE secretary general Thorbjørn Jagland—in a statement entitled “Europe in biggest human rights crisis since Cold War”—said the lack of democratic checks and balances, free media and an independent judiciary is the cause of widespread corruption and misuse of power. He is calling for a “new pan-European security agenda” to help stem the abuse. …
  • Crimea leaders urges Ukraine’s Russians to fight Kiev

    03/23/2014 6:29:20 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    Times of Oman ^ | 23 Mar 14 | By AFP
    Kiev: Crimea's rebel leader urged Russians across Ukraine on Sunday to rise up against Kiev's rule and welcome Kremlin forces whose unrelenting march against his flashpoint peninsula has defied Western outrage. The call came amid growing anxiety among Kiev's Western-backed rulers that Russian President Vladimir Putin — flushed with expansionist fervour — will imminently order an all-out attack on his ex-Soviet neighbour after being hit by only limited EU and US sanctions for taking the Black Sea cape. "The aim of Putin is not Crimea but all of Ukraine," Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council chief Andriy Parubiy told a...
  • Centralizing organ removal may benefit transplants

    02/24/2014 11:07:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2014 1:28 AM EST | Marilynn Marchione
    For decades, surgeons have traveled to far-off hospitals to remove organs from brain-dead donors and then rushed back to transplant them. Now an experiment in the Midwest suggests there may be a better way: Bring the donors to the doctors instead. A study out Tuesday reports on liver transplants from the nation’s first free-standing organ retrieval center. Nearly all organ donors now are transported to Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis from a region including parts of Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas. Removing organs at this central location near the four hospitals that do transplants saves money, the study found. The...
  • Americans' Belief That Gov't Is Too Powerful at Record Level

    10/22/2013 8:59:04 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 51 replies
    http://www.gallup.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | by Joy Wilke
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Six in 10 Americans (60%) believe the federal government has too much power, one percentage point above the previous high recorded in September 2010. At least half of Americans since 2005 have said the government has too much power. Thirty-two percent now say the government has the right amount of power. Few say it has too little power.
  • Angela’s Agenda: A Grand, Controversial Plan for Europe

    10/21/2013 1:52:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | October 21, 2013 – 04:29 PM | (Spiegel Staff)
    At the beginning of her third term, Merkel has more power in Germany and Europe than any chancellor before her. There hasn’t been such a strong majority behind a government in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, since the first grand coalition half a century ago. In the midst of the European crisis, Germany has become the undisputed dominant power in Europe. The grand coalition will hand Merkel a majority she could use to shape Germany and Europe and address major issues, including constitutional reforms in Germany and the reform of European Union institutions. … (O)fficials at the Chancellery are forging plans...
  • ‘National governments declining in importance’ (in European Union)

    10/17/2013 6:51:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.10.13 @ 09:19 | Honor Mahony
    As more key powers are transferred to Brussels, it poses an existential question for central governments. … “In my opinion, national central governments will become less important and will lose more power. They will become more and more impotent,” says Franz Schausberger, founder of the Austria-based Institute of the Regions of Europe.To compensate, he notes, “regions have to become stronger, so that the citizens can strengthen their identity and participate in regional and local democracy.” …
  • British people will be branded EU citizens “cradle to grave”, ministers warn (EU birth/death certs)

    08/09/2013 11:51:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:00AM BST 10 Aug 2013 | Steven Swinford
    British people will be branded EU citizens from “cradle to grave” as the European Union introduces its own birth, marriage and death certificates, ministers have warned. Eric Pickles, the local government secretary, fears that the European Union flag could replace the royal crest on all the official documents within three years under EU regulations. The government says it is powerless to stop the forms from being rolled out across the country because they are being introduced under the Lisbon treaty. … The European Union insists the documents are optional, but Mr. Pickles believes that “Euro creep” means they will become...
  • Federal Regulation Has Left America A Poorer Nation

    06/29/2013 4:25:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | 06/29/2013
    Frustrated by the lack of jobs and middle-class progress? Dispirited by the fading American Dream? Don't blame capitalism. Blame regulation and politicians who push it. Some people, it seems, live to rail against free markets and free enterprise, holding them responsible for flat wages, lack of opportunity, income gaps, middle-class stagnation, poverty and economic listlessness. They're convinced private greed holds back the government's ability to improve conditions. But it's the government that's done the most damage to economic growth, new research shows. America is now more of a regulatory state than a haven of free enterprise — a development that...
  • National parliaments eclipsed by EU powers

    05/29/2013 11:52:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.05.13 @ 18:53 | Honor Mahony
    The EU financial crisis has prompted centralization of economic and budgetary powers in Brussels, while national parliaments struggle to fulfill their role as democratic watchdogs. The issue will be highlighted on Wednesday (29 May) when the European Commission publishes detailed budget recommendations for member states, potentially touching on sensitive areas such as wage-setting, pension age or social spending.“I am worried about the degree of influence of the country-specific recommendations,” said Eva Kjer Hansen, head of the Europe committee in the Danish parliament. …
  • National parliaments “not best” for EU’s interests

    12/06/2012 6:35:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/06/2012 @ 17:36 | Honor Mahony
    A new ideas paper on progress towards further EU integration highlights the shifting power sands for national parliaments, as the European Parliament is set to become the principal democratic guardian of a future EU. The paper—put together by EU council president Herman Van Rompuy and published Thursday (6 December)—lays out a loose time framework for achieving “genuine economic and monetary union.” In a section entitled democratic legitimacy and accountability—the section itself is an acknowledgement of the how the issue has moved up the political agenda—the paper notes that the one of “guiding principles” is that democratic control should happen at...
  • The Problem With Centralisation

    10/18/2012 10:36:14 AM PDT · by arthurus · 4 replies
    Arizonomics ^ | October 13, 2012 | Nassim Taleb
    The European Union is a horrible, stupid project. The idea that unification would create an economy that could compete with China and be more like the United States is pure garbage. What ruined China, throughout history, is the top-down state. What made Europe great was the diversity: political and economic. Having the same currency, the euro, was a terrible idea. It encouraged everyone to borrow to the hilt. The most stable country in the history of mankind, and probably the most boring, by the way, is Switzerland. It’s not even a city-state environment; it’s a municipal state. Most decisions are...
  • European Central Bank 'ready and waiting' to oversee banks

    07/17/2012 10:55:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 17 Jul 12 07:44 CET | (AFP/jcw)
    The European Central Bank (ECB) could take on the key role of supervising the eurozone's strained banking system very quickly if necessary, a German financial daily reported on Tuesday. "The institution is credible; it could do it and quickly," French central bank head Christian Noyer told Tuesday's edition of Germany's Handelsblatt business daily. "All we need is a plan for overall supervision of the eurozone banks. It that was ready today, then you could put it into effect tomorrow," he said. …
  • Euro crisis: (German FinMin) Schäuble predicts imminent referendum on Europe

    06/23/2012 2:55:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Wolfgang Schäuble calls for more political clout in Brussels. The European Commission should develop into a true government, says the Finance Minister in a Spiegel interview. He expected that the Germans must therefore vote on a new constitution. … "The Europe of the future, not a federal state, will be modeled after the U.S. and Germany. It will have its own structure. This is a very exciting experiment," said Schäuble. The Minister of Finance warned forcefully not to place the common currency at risk: "There is a real danger that in a breakup of the euro, as I believe (won't...
  • Merkel: Eurozone needs more EU supervision

    06/05/2012 9:05:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2012.06.05 @ 09:29 | Valentina Pop
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday (4 June) said she supports more integration in the eurozone—a veiled reference to pooling debt provided EU institutions gain more supervisory powers. "We need more Europe, not less, especially in the eurozone. This means that EU institutions, the EU commission included, should be granted more possibilities to control. Otherwise it would be impossible for a currency union to work," Merkel said alongside EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso who visited her in Berlin ahead of a 28-29 June summit. Recognizing that her hard-fought-for treaty on fiscal discipline—signed in March by 25 EU states—is "a...
  • ECB's (European Central Bank president Mario) Draghi Calls For Banking Union

    05/31/2012 1:06:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Fox Business ^ | May 31, 2012 | (Dow Jones Newswires)
    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi called on European politicians to come up with a vision for the euro zone for the years ahead to better tackle the region's debt crisis and to restore confidence, with greater centralization of financial sector regulation as the first possible step. "The sooner the vision is clarified the better for the European Union," Draghi said Thursday at a hearing in front of the European Parliament's Committee of Monetary and Financial Affairs. More centralized banking supervision is necessary for large banking groups that are systemically significant for the financial sector of a country, he said....
  • European Commission should be EU government, says Germany

    05/20/2012 10:20:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.05.12 @ 09:01 (May 17) | Honor Mahony
    The European Union needs to become more integrated with a common finance policy and a central government, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Wednesday (16 May). "I would be for the further development of the European Commission into a government. I am for the election of a European president, he said at an event in Aachen, reports Reuters. "I am in favor of being more courageous on Europe," said Schäuble, who is one of the German government's most pro-European ministers. He said this is a long-term response to the current eurozone crisis, which many have said has been exacerbated by...
  • Gingrich to Georgia GOP: Let's rally around Romney

    05/19/2012 5:59:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 223 replies
    The Florida Times Union ^ | May 19, 2012 | Errin Haines
    Newt Gingrich took the stage at the Georgia Republican Party state convention on Saturday wearing a Mitt Romney sticker, focusing his attacks on President Barack Obama and attempting to energize the crowd around his former Republican rival. "To every conservative, everywhere in America: When your choice on the one hand is Barack Obama, and your choice on the other hand is Mitt Romney, no serious conservative could possibly believe that electing Barack Obama is acceptable ... for America."
  • Key Republican: JPMorgan $2B loss raises questions

    05/16/2012 11:33:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 16, 2012 5:48 PM ET | Marcy Gordon
    A key House Republican says the $2 billion trading loss at JPMorgan Chase raises critical questions about how banks control their risks. But Republican lawmakers rejected calls from Democrats for stricter regulation. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, Republican chairman of the House Financial Services subcommittee, noted the loss during a hearing about how best to regulate banks big enough to bring down the broader financial system. Lawmakers said a firm's character should count when regulators determine if they are "systemically important financial institutions." Such a designation would subject them to a stricter level of oversight. The panel's hearing on a key...
  • Democracy a misnomer for what was created

    10/30/2007 5:17:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 187+ views
    Martinsville Reporter-Times ^ | October 22, 2007 | Allen Davis
    Many people with whom I talk about politics with are stunned by my constant assertions that America is not supposed to be a democracy. I credit public education for this. The fact is that most people are almost totally ignorant of history and completely brain-dead about the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers did not give us a democracy, nor did they intend to. They were very well-educated men (especially by today's standards), and they knew, historically, democracies had never worked, even on the small scales when they had been attempted. They knew if democracy wouldn't work on the small scale of...
  • Don't Just Keep the Electoral College; Repeal the 17th Amendment

    10/25/2007 3:50:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 659+ views
    Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | December 2000 | Sheldon Richman
    In the heat of the electoral controversy — the worst possible time to make constitutional decisions — many people, such as Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, are calling for an end to the Electoral College. Big mistake. Someone once said, Don’t knock down a wall merely because you cannot immediately see what it’s good for. The same can be said for the Electoral College. We should keep in mind that the Founding Fathers were of somewhat better caliber than the politician you are likely to see on television, including those with presidential ambitions. The Electoral College was not an idea floating...
  • Repeal the 17th Amendment blog

    10/17/2007 1:28:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 226+ views
    Repeal the 17th Amendment ^ | October 16 (latest update) | Brian
    This weblog calls for the repeal of the 17th Amendment and addresses the abusive hegemony committed by the U. S. Senate. If Americans want to remove some corruption from government, the first significant step is to repeal the 17th Amendment. Americans should fear the steady growth by the oligarchy in the Senate. We should fear the oligarchs more because our Constitution cannot be spoiled by bombs, the courts, or the President; only through legislation.
  • EU Carnivale. Simpsons-style politics is on its way across the pond.

    11/14/2003 7:09:36 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 2 replies · 92+ views
    NRO ^ | November 14, 2003, 9:16 a.m. | Jonah Goldberg
    In one of the greatest moments in Simpsons history, two giant, slimy, space aliens — Kang and Kodos — take the forms of Bob Dole and Bill Clinton, rival candidates in the 1996 presidential election, as a prelude to taking over the planet. Newcomers to American politics, needless to say, the aliens are less polished then your typical pol. But the body snatcher Dole is a fast learner. At a debate he takes the stand and booms in a rich baritone: "Abortions for all!" The crowd boos. "Very well," he responds, "no abortions for anyone." The crowd boos again. Kang-Dole...
  • The Behemoth State: Centralization [Relevant to the 2nd of Kirk's 6 Canons of Conservatism]

    05/12/2003 4:36:27 PM PDT · by William McKinley · 3 replies · 397+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 1990 | Russell Kirk
    Prospects for Conservatives Part III The Behemoth State: Centralization By Russell KirkThe Heritage FoundationLecture Number Two Hundred and Ninety-Three September 19, 1990 All present in this room today are aware that the word "federal" does not mean "central." But the Congress of the United States, in recent decades, and frequently the Executive force, too, have been behaving as if unable to discern any distinction between the two terms. That way lies the collapse of the Constitution. A simple instance of this occurred on Capitol Hill only nine days ago. We now have a new statute that prohibits servants of...