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  • Are we on the threshold of a United States of Europe?

    08/02/2015 7:50:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 27 July 2015 1:41PM | Matthew Dal Santo
    Four days ago, French President François Hollande declared his in-principle commitment to the creation of a “euro government, with the addition of a specific budget and a parliament to ensure democratic control.” This is more an opening gambit in a debate about the terms of putative federalization (a term Hollande was careful to avoid), than a statement of French commitment to it at all costs. If some form of federalization comes about, it will not be because the French especially desire it, but because the logic of the Euro ultimately demands it. […] Germany is also in a better position...
  • The (Roman) Empire Strikes Back (Liberals)

    07/03/2015 5:44:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 2, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Julius CaesarAfter my most recent visit to Rome I’ve been reading more about the history of Rome, and the parallels with twenty first America are fascinating.Many people know about the fall of the Roman Empire and follow the usual narrative that Rome collapsed from within because of moral decadence.Of course, the story is more complicated than that, and it begins not with the fall of the empire, but with the beginning of the Empire.The Roman Republic stood for about 500 years. The Senate was made up of patricians and plebeians. The patricians were the historic, aristocratic landed families. The plebeians...
  • Elon Musk's growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies

    05/31/2015 9:27:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/31/15 | Jerry Hirsch
    Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multibillion-dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space. And he's built those companies with the help of billions in government subsidies. Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support, according to data compiled by The Times. The figure underscores a common theme running through his emerging empire: a public-private financing model underpinning long-shot start-ups. "He definitely goes where there is government money," said Dan Dolev, an analyst at...
  • A Happy Conservative Black Woman on the Gay Agenda and Black America (Rush Limbaugh show, 4/20)

    04/21/2015 7:47:18 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Cheryl in Cleveland. It's great to have you on the program with us. Hello. CALLER: Hi, Rush. How are you? RUSH: Fine and dandy. Thank you. CALLER: You know, I couldn't be more disgusted by this NIH study. Half a million dollars on examining what young adolescent boys are experiencing during their first sexual encounter? With all of the problems that beset the black community, especially black male adolescents, to spend this kind of money on this study is astonishing to me. I mean, why not put that money to trying to determine why 73% of black...
  • Ralph Peters: Iran Building a New Persian Empire

    03/27/2015 4:30:37 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Frontpagemag.com
    Ralph Peters: First of all, what are we going to do about those Jews? No, I’m serious. I’m serious. What are we going to do about all the Jewish refugees? After the nuclear cataclysm in the Middle East?
  • San Francisco Music Company Sued By Fox Over "Empire" Name

    03/24/2015 11:04:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 | Tamara Palmer
    Fox is suing a San Francisco digital music distribution company because of its name. According to TMZ, Twentieth Century Fox Television filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against EMPIRE Distribution over the name it shares with Fox's popular television series "Empire." Founded in 2010, EMPIRE Distribution releases digital music from urban artists including leading hip-hop stars Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Kendrick Lamar. Fox's fictional Empire Records releases urban music including hip-hop and R&B, but in a real life twist, songs from the series are actually available for sale. Columbia Records released songs from each episode for the duration of the...
  • The E.U. Experiment Has Failed

    03/16/2015 8:23:01 PM PDT · by annalex · 33 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | March 5, 2015 | Bruce Thornton
    The E.U. Experiment Has Failedby Bruce ThorntonThursday, March 5, 2015 The slow-motion crisis of the European Union is the big story that rarely gets the attention it deserves. Even an event like the recent terrorist attack in France that left 17 dead is often isolated from the larger political, economic, and social problems that have long plagued the project of unifying the countries of Europe in order to harness its collective economic power, and to avoid the bloody internecine strife that stains its history. On the economic front, the E.U.’s dismal economic performance over the last six years was summed...
  • The Emerging Iranian Empire: The Obama Administration Acquiesces to the New Reality

    01/23/2015 6:57:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2015 | Charles Krauthhammer
    While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried. This week, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized control of the Yemeni government, heretofore pro-American. In September, they overran Sanaa, the capital. On Tuesday, they seized the presidential palace. On Thursday, they forced the president to resign. The Houthi have local religious grievances, being Shiites in a majority Sunni land. But...
  • Russia may lift food import ban from Greece if it quits EU - Russian agriculture minister

    01/17/2015 7:25:48 AM PST · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    itar-tass.com ^ | 1-17-15 | itar-tass
    Russia may lift its ban on food imports from Greece in the event it quits the European Union, Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fyodorov told a news conference in Berlin on Friday. Fyodorov is leading an official Russian delegation to the International Green Week public exhibition for the food, agriculture, and gardening industry. “If Greece has to leave the European Union, we will build our own relations with it, the food ban will not be applicable to it,” he said. He said that European Union countries, which felt discomfort from the slump in proceeds from exports of foods to Russia,...
  • Diocletian for President

    12/22/2014 8:11:31 AM PST · by arthurus · 3 replies
    International Man ^ | 22 December 2014 | Jeff Thomas
    Diocletian became emperor in 284. Early in his reign, he took a decidedly non-peaceful turn, purging the empire of any perceived threats to his power. He enlarged both the Empire’s military and civil forces, creating a greater threat to foreign leaders and a greater police state at home...
  • The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand What’s Driving the Islamic State

    09/19/2014 8:22:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep 18, 2014
    TheBlaze TV The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand What’s Driving the Islamic State Sep. 18, 2014 8:45pm Erica Ritz Glenn Beck broke down the history of the Middle East on his television program Thursday, focusing on a nearly 100-year-old agreement that he says is integral to understanding the motivations of the Islamic State: the Sykes-Picot Agreement. If you do not understand the Sykes-Picot Agreement, Beck said, you cannot fully understand the Islamic State, or why the Israelis and the Palestinians will never reach a two-state solution. Though many go back to 1948 and the creation of...
  • Westerners Say He’s Out of Touch, But Putin’s Popularity Is Soaring High Over Ukraine

    06/19/2014 1:54:34 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 12 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | June 19, 2014 | Jeremiah Jacques
    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and his toughened stance toward Ukraine unleashed a flurry of international outrage. It even prompted some Westerners to question Mr. Putin’s awareness and sanity. “It’s really 19th-century behavior in the 21st century,” United States Secretary of State John Kerry said. Putin is “in another world,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Putin has lost it,” the New Republic wrote. These statements paint a picture of a lunatic czar stuck in a bygone era. A man who is rapidly losing his marbles on the streets of Moscow, and inadvertently kindling wars in the process. But...
  • Al Jazeera Senior Analyst: Jews Should Know Their Place

    06/03/2014 1:28:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/3/14 | Adam Kredo
    Al Jazeera English’s senior political analyst is under fire for telling a prominent Jewish writer that he “gives Jews a bad name” and should know his place by showing “some Jewish humility.” Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst and host of its show Empire, made the comments on Twitter after Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg complimented Al Jazeera. Goldberg had tweeted a link to an article in the left-leaning Israeli publication Haaretz headlined, “Why all Jews are cowards,” with the commentary: “Haaretz publishes headlines that al Jazeera never would, in part because al Jazeera is often more sophisticated.” This prompted...
  • Under Obama: Are WE Austria-Hungary?

    03/14/2014 6:14:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    The centenary of World War I is upon us. That Great War began in August, 1914. We can expect a flood of new books and documentaries on what some then called “the war to end all wars.” The rising power of the United States was not fully felt in Europe then. In fact, some German militarists unwisely dismissed the U.S. “They won’t land a single soldier in France,” one of their admirals vainly told his Kaiser. “Our U-boats will sink their troop ships.” One new book on the sudden outbreak of the war is attracting attention and critical praise. Diplomatic...
  • Military cuts mean 'no US partnership', Robert Gates warns Britain

    01/19/2014 2:30:18 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 16 January 2014 | bbc
    UK armed forces cuts will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, ex-US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned. The UK plans to cut 30,000 armed forces personnel by 2020, leaving 147,000. ...On the UK's military cuts, Mr Gates told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "With the fairly substantial reductions in defence spending in Great Britain, what we're finding is that it won't have full spectrum capabilities and the ability to be a full partner as they have been in the past." The spectrum refers to the ability of a country's military to fight...
  • Fearful moment of truth for Ukrainians and Putin: Soviet-style tyranny or freedom?

    12/13/2013 8:36:57 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 48 replies
    worldtribune.com ^ | December 13, 2013 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    Who lost Ukraine? ....President Viktor Yanukovych, is on the verge of permanently consigning Ukraine to Russia’s sphere of influence. ....He wants Ukraine to become a vassal of Russia — as it was for centuries under Czarist rule. .... The Russian dictator is a murderous former KGB thug, who openly longs for the return of the Soviet Union. He believes the U.S.S.R’s disintegration was one of the greatest “tragedies” of the 20th century. Think about that: He is nostalgic for a monstrous totalitarian regime responsible for the deaths of over 40 million — including the genocidal terror famine, “the Harvest of...
  • Vatican is an ‘enormous soft power’, says MP after visit

    10/28/2013 8:08:23 AM PDT · by haffast · 28 replies
    The Catholic Herald UK ^ | Friday, 25 October 2013 | Laura Gotti Tedeschi
    British parliamentarians have concluded their three-day visit to the Holy See. Eleven members of the All Party Parliament Group, accompanied by the chaplain to Parliament Canon Pat Browne, met with the Pope on Wednesday, after the General Audience. MP Edward Leigh declared after the three day visit that “The Holy See is an enormous soft power, it represent a religion of 1.2 billion people and so the British government and the British parliament is very interested in what the Vatican says.” The Group, made up of representatives of both House of Parliament and all the major political parties, has encountered...
  • Preparing For Divorce? Christians and American Empire

    09/14/2013 6:18:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 14Sept13 | Jeff Wright Jr.
    Christians in the United States are witnessing a subtle but mounting transformation in our relationship with the American empire. Some would say the changes are not so subtle. Believers have enjoyed an enviable status throughout the history of this country, largely due to our own efforts in helping to secure certain liberties during it’s founding decades. These “unalienable Rights” were seen, not as rights created by Government, but as gifts given to mankind by the Creator. The Bill of Rights, for example, was composed in order to impel the government to secure rights which already existed. This climate of liberty...
  • The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

    08/30/2013 11:25:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Rabbi Pruzansky ^ | 11/7/2012 | Rabbi Pruzansky
    The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo – for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility. And fewer people voted. As I write, with almost all the votes counted, President Obama has won fewer votes than John McCain won in 2008, and more than ten million off his own 2008 total. (Note: this was written the day after the election. The final results indicate that Romney exceeded McCain’s total by less than one million votes,...
  • STAR WARS "1313" demo (Staring a young Bobba Fett)

    07/03/2013 8:02:09 PM PDT · by Kolath · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | 5/2/13 | Tommy Alvarez
    WOW!!!! The graphics and realism are amazing!!! The story takes place between episodes 3 and 4. The younger character displayed in the video is not the final version. Sources say it will be a young Bobba Fett and will be quite recognizable in the final cut. Sit back...relax...and enjoy!!! May the force be with you!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh820gAO7e8
  • Military Part Of Revising Asia Pivot, New Diplomat Says

    06/22/2013 11:45:14 AM PDT · by KMR · 4 replies
    FORBES ^ | July 22, 2013 | Kenneth Rapoza
    Guys, I found this interesting as I was reporting on it and reading more on it. Most of the news comes from China Daily, admittedly, but I did more research on this and if you've heard of Washington's desire to "pivot" towards Asia -- as Obama described his Pacific Agenda around five years ago now -- every diplomat involved now saying the military is a key component to this. So libertarians against empire might find this interesting.
  • Homebuilder Confidence Arises, Empire State Labor Market Conditions WORSEN

    06/17/2013 8:11:33 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 06/17/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Homebuilder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes hit a significant milestone in June, surging eight points to a reading of 52 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. Any reading over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor. “This is the first time the HMI has been above 50 since April 2006, and surpassing this important benchmark reflects the fact that builders are seeing better market conditions as demand for new homes increases,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder and developer from Charlotte, N.C....
  • The Coming Global Disorder

    09/30/2012 10:09:34 AM PDT · by arthurus · 4 replies
    Commentary ^ | October 2012 | Bret Stephens
    Woody Island is a speck of land in the middle of the South China Sea, not quite a square mile in size. Over the past 80 years it has been occupied by French Indochina, Imperial Japan, the Republic of China, the People’s Republic of China, South Vietnam, and, after a brief war in 1974, the People’s Republic again. Now known as Yongxing to the Chinese (or Phu Lam to the Vietnamese, who still lay claim to it), the island has an airstrip, a harbor, and a few hundred Chinese residents, none native-born, many of whom make their living as fishermen....
  • Shot Bystander Defends NYPD in Empire State Shooting

    08/29/2012 6:19:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    nbcnewyork.com ^ | Gus Rosendale
    One of the nine bystanders hit by gunfire when police shot and killed Jeffrey Johnson near the Empire State Building last week says an inch probably made the difference between life and death for him. In his first television interview Tuesday, Alberto Ramos of the Bronx told NBC 4 New York he was shot through his left foot, and that a bullet also came close to hitting his head.
  • Anti-gunners skipping the important facts, naturally(Empire shooting)

    08/27/2012 5:41:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 August, 2012 | Dave Workman
    In their zeal to exploit Friday’s shooting near the Empire State Building in New York City, anti-gunners are deliberately overlooking some facts and adding their own agenda items instead. Kudos to the Seattle Times for not picking up on the rhetoric in its selection of stories about the incident to publish. Then, again, one might wonder if the Times is just playing down the event because the “mass shooting” that had initially been reported now has been revealed to have been caused by police gunfire, not dead gunman Jeffrey T. Johnson. His pistol was an old Star .45-caliber semi-auto, a...
  • NYPD: Ricochets Wounded Bystanders in Jeffrey Johnson Shooting(Video of shooting at site)

    08/25/2012 7:11:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 25 August, 2012 | Robert Farago
    The security cam video of Jeffrey Johnson’s final moments have hit the ‘net. At the same time ABC is reporting that “[Jeffrey Johnson] was cut down in a hail of 16 bullets that left Johnson riddled with 10 bullet holes.” Sixteen (shots fired) minus 10 (bullet holes in the perp) leaves six (rounds). How did police fire wound nine bystanders? “Some of the 10 bullet holes were exit wounds, authorities said.” Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne added that it was “very likely” all nine bystanders were “hit by police gunfire or ricochets or fragments from the planters that were hit...
  • Preparing for a Post-Imperial Future

    06/08/2012 8:29:22 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 7, 2012 | Daniel McCarthy
    Conservatism is poorly understood in the United States. It is not right-wing liberalism or nationalism; nor is it political Protestantism. It has nothing to do with a neurotic longing for an ideal past, and reactionaries, who insist there is nothing left to conserve, show that they don’t know the meaning of the word. Conservatism has always had to make the best of a bad situation—the human situation in general. But conservatism earned its name in the context of a particular kind of bad situation, that of imperial Europe in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The great conservatives of the...
  • Underwater archaeologists searching for lost village [ Empire, Michigan ]

    05/19/2012 3:34:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    UpNorthLive.com ^ | Friday, May 18, 2012 | Lauren Amstutz
    A group of underwater archaeologists are preparing for a project off the shores of Empire. The goal is to discover clues about the village's booming history, a history that currently lies several feet below Lake Michigan. The action will begin on June 8th, when a team of divers will employ the latest electronic and underwater sonar technology to find evidence of a once thriving lumber town. More than 100 years ago, the small village of Empire boasted one of the largest hardwood millis in the state of Michigan. Dave Taghon, with the Empire Museum built a scale model of the...
  • Echoes of the End of the Raj (Pax America rip)

    04/17/2012 6:58:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2012 | The Right Honourable Kwasi Kwarterng
    THE Arab Spring, the threat of Iran as an emerging nuclear power, the continuing violence in Syria and the American reluctance to get involved there have all signaled the weakness, if not the end, of America’s role as a world policeman. President Obama himself said in a speech last year: “America cannot use our military wherever repression occurs.” America’s position today reminds me of Britain’s situation in 1945. Deep in debt and committed to building its National Health Service and other accouterments of the welfare state, Britain no longer could afford to run an empire.
  • Turkey's Strategy

    04/17/2012 6:27:17 AM PDT · by arthurus · 2 replies
    Stratfor ^ | April 17, 2012 | George Friedman
    Turkey is re-emerging as a significant regional power. In some sense, it is in the process of returning to its position prior to World War I when it was the seat of the Ottoman Empire. But while the Ottoman parallel has superficial value in understanding the situation, it fails to take into account changes in how the global system and the region work. Therefore, to understand Turkish strategy, we need to understand the circumstances it finds itself in today. The end of World War I brought with it the end of the Ottoman Empire...
  • Don't Cry For Me, America (Are we following in the footsteps of Argentina?)

    01/07/2012 2:32:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Director Blue ^ | November 21, 2009
    In the early 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. While Great Britain's maritime power and its far-flung empire had propelled it to a dominant position among the world's industrialized nations, only the United States challenged Argentina for the position of the world's second-most powerful economy. It was blessed with abundant agriculture, vast swaths of rich farmland laced with navigable rivers and an accessible port system. Its level of industrialization was higher than many European countries: railroads, automobiles and telephones were commonplace. In 1916, a new president was elected. Hipólito Irigoyen had formed a party...
  • Cameron Pledges Total Support to Falklands Islanders

    12/24/2011 5:02:58 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/12/11 | Amiel Ungar
    War scares are running high in Great Britain, while the British Foreign Ministry is trying to cool down tensions with Argentina. At the same time Britain is attempting to demonstrate that it has no intention of abandoning the Falkland Islands claimed by Argentina. Prime Minister David Cameron, in his broadcast on Saturday, pledged to the Falklanders “We will always maintain our commitment to you on any question of sovereignty …Your right to self-determination is the cornerstone of our policy. We will never negotiate on the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands unless you, the Falkland Islanders, so wish. No democracy could...
  • UK left out as 26 EU countries to draft new treaty

    12/16/2011 3:16:50 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    EUobserver ^ | December 9, 2011 | Honor Mahony
    A group of 26 EU member states is to forge ahead with an intergovernmental agreement on tightening economic governance in the eurozone, following a stormy summit in Brussels that saw the UK sidelined after it overplayed its hand. All 17 euro countries as well as nine of the non-euro countries have said they will make a pact outside the current EU treaty, although the Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark and Bulgaria say they need to seek parliamentary approval of the move first. Only the UK has refused to join. Talking to journalists at 5.30am local time -- 10 hours after...
  • The Empire Prepares To Strike Back

    12/09/2011 7:08:13 AM PST · by Lexluthor69 · 3 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 12-09-11 | J.D. Longstreet
    The UK’s “The Guardian” has an excellent article by Simon Tisdall entitled: “Putin prepares the Russian empire to strike back.” (HERE) Mr. Tisdall, right at the outset of his article, states what to Americans, on the right side of the political spectrum, is obvious. He says: “The reincarnation of the current PM as president poses a challenge to western powers for which they seem ill-prepared.” Mr. Tisdall is absolutely “spot-on.” The recreation of the Russian Empire is another reason the United States MUST relieve Mr. Obama of his seat in the Oval Office and replace him with a realist –...
  • China builds its African empire while the 'anti-colonialist' Left looks the other way

    11/30/2011 10:45:48 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 20 replies
    Telegraph ^ | November 25th, 2011 | Damian Thompson
    Imagine what would happen if America barged its way into a developing country, buttered up its homicidal dictator and agreed a back-of-the-envelope deal in which he signed over his nation’s mineral wealth in return for roads, railways and sports stadiums. Everyone would benefit, no? No. The problem is that the infrastructure turns out to be worth a hell of a lot less than the minerals. Fortunately, Washington has had the foresight to top up the dictator’s Swiss bank account. Problem solved! As for the mining operation, the Americans really don’t want to be bothered by minimum wages or trade unions....
  • The illusion of control [Republic in Grips of a Shadow Empire]

    11/28/2011 7:04:17 AM PST · by Avoiding_Sulla · 21 replies
    Neanderpundit ^ | Nov 28, 2011 | Og
    Persists everywhere. The idea that voting or individual activism will fix the trouble we’re in is a big part of what got us into this mess to begin with. Our republic is strong, and is filled with hardworking people who will carry it anywhere it wants to go. Pitiably, the leadership of that Republic has been usurped by a shadow empire, a ruling class which has it’s own set of rules and it’s own hierarchy. Nobody “Elected” Rahm Immanuel, nobody ran against him. Wingnuthead got “voted” in despite being as worthless as tits on a boar. The Ruling Class, despite...
  • End of Empire: Tough economy closes mining town

    10/19/2011 6:52:15 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 6 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | October 19th 2011 | Paul Adams
    When the local mine closed the entire town of Empire, Nevada shut down too (Video by David Botti) Continue reading the main story Altered StatesForeign doctors in rural America Hispanic education in crisis Baseball from Far East Watch Mormon luau in Utah Watch Some outside observers have been quick to draw apocalyptic lessons from America's recent economic woes. But here in the Black Rock Desert, in remote north-western Nevada, it truly is the end of Empire. The former company town, built around a gypsum mine and drywall plant, is fenced off and silent. Inhabitants gone, houses empty, plant idle. A...
  • Oct. Empire State index little changed at -8.5

    10/18/2011 6:40:06 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 1 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.17.11 | Greg Robb
    ...The Empire state index inched higher to a negative 8.5 in October from negative 8.8 in September. Readings below zero indicate deterioration, with higher numbers of firms reporting that conditions had worsened...
  • GOP Empire's Plan to Crush Tea Party Rebels

    10/13/2011 5:37:59 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 18 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 10-13-11 | Elspeth Reeve
    The Republican establishment is no longer terrified of the Tea Party, The New York Times' Matt Bai reports. It's now figured out how to absorb them like a slow-moving but powerful star that's swelling into a red giant. [snip] Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol tells Bai that the Republican presidential nominee merely has to be conservative enough. Kristol told me just after Perry entered the race, a development that essentially ended [the more radical Michele] Bachmann’s brief ascent. Establishment Republicans may prefer Romney to Perry, but their assumption is that either man can be counted on to steer the party...
  • Confronting American empire

    09/30/2011 9:50:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2011-09-30 | Jack Hunter
    People are reluctant to admit what they are when what they are is considered bad. Alcoholics often have a laundry list of excuses for their alcoholism. Adulterers often justify their cheating by blaming inattentive spouses. Murderers often plead that insanity or bad parenting is the real culprit. Denying or excusing one’s own guilt is a permanent facet of human nature. Understandably, Americans have long shirked the idea that their country is an empire. This is an attitude that dates back to the founding era. As Daniel McCarthy, the editor of The American Conservative, has noted: Jefferson may have mused about...
  • NY manufacturing activity dips again: Fourth straight negative monthly reading (-8.8)

    09/15/2011 5:50:47 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.15.11 | Greg Robb
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Manufacturing activity in the New York region weakened again in September, according to data released Thursday, raising fresh concern over the strength of the factory sector in the third quarter. The Empire State index decreased slightly to negative 8.8 in September from negative 7.7 in August, according to the manufacturing survey released by the New York Federal Reserve. This is the fourth month in negative territory. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected the index to improve to negative 4.0.
  • China Arrests Catholic Priests, Church Members as Persecution Intensifies

    08/27/2011 2:51:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Belief Net ^ | 8/26/11 | Rob Kerby
    Priests and church members in China’s immense underground Catholic Church were arrested this weekend in the community of Tianshui — as the Chinese government continues its persecution of Christians. Among those rounded up were the administrator of the underground diocese, Father John Baptist Wang Ruohan, retired Bishop Casmir Wang Milu, Father John Wang Ruowang, as well as several other priests and dozens of parish lay leaders, according to sources. Bishop Wang and the two Wang priests are all brothers. They are being held in different places and subjected to political indoctrination sessions designed to break their will. The Chinese government...
  • The drag queen, 12: Schoolboy is ‘Naughty Nora’(boy,12,is village drag queen, parents "delighted")

    08/21/2011 8:59:44 PM PDT · by Stoat · 36 replies · 4+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | August 22, 2011 | John Coles
    EXCLUSIVE The drag queen, 12 Schoolboy is ‘Naughty Nora’ By JOHN COLES  A SCHOOLBOY aged 12 has been crowned the DRAG QUEEN of his village - and his parents are delighted. Redvers Stokes slips on his mum's bra, a tight pink dress, blonde wig and towering heels to become "Naughty Nora". He clinched the title against tough competition from local men by belting out camp versions of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Dolly Parton hits. The tiny Cornish village of Sticker, near St Austell, started its drag queen contest two years ago - because not enough girls among the population...
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Voted 'Most Beautiful Place in America'

    08/17/2011 9:45:02 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 128 replies
    ABC News/Travel ^ | 8/17/2011 | ALBERTO ORSO and SABRINA PARISE
    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, tucked away in the northwest corner of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, won the title of "Good Morning America's" Most Beautiful Place in America. Tens of thousands of viewers voted online for this Michigan park, which is one of the nation's best-kept secrets. The hidden gem boasts 64 miles of beaches along Lake Michigan, two islands, 26 inland lakes, more than 50,000 acres of land, and the monumental sand dunes from which it gets its name. In June, "GMA" set out in search of the most beautiful places in America. Viewers nominated their favorite places online, sending...
  • Empire State index negative for 3rd month: Future expectations lowest since Feb '09

    08/15/2011 6:17:37 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 7 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 8.15.11 | Greg Robb
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Manufacturing activity in the New York region remained below zero for the third straight month, raising concern that the downshift in manufacturing in the second quarter may last longer than expected. The Empire State index fell to negative 7.7 in August from negative 3.8 in July, according to the Empire State manufacturing survey released Monday by the New York Federal Reserve.
  • Berlusconi Confirms Italy Moving Toward Balanced Budget Amendment

    08/05/2011 11:50:16 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 5, 2011
    Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi confirmed that they would be moving toward a balance budget amendment on Friday, after rampant speculation that the European Central Bank would intervene bond markets and purchase Italian and Spanish debt in exchange for structural reforms.
  • Manufacturing weakens in New York in July

    07/15/2011 7:30:55 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 6 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 7.15.11 | Greg Robb
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Manufacturers in the New York region said business activity had weakened slightly in early July, according to a report released Friday by the New York Federal Reserve Bank. The Empire State index remained below zero for the second straight month, rising only to negative 3.8 in July from negative 7.8 in June. The index has fallen dramatically the past three months after hitting a 12-month high of 21.7 in April. Readings below zero indicate more firms said business was worsening than said it was improving.
  • ICELAND EMERGES FROM RECESSION AFTER BANK COLLAPSE

    06/26/2011 2:16:08 PM PDT · by mick · 12 replies
    EUCOMMERZ ^ | 6-25-2011 | Staff
    Iceland is resolving the economic problems left by the financial crisis. It is well advanced in implementing the comprehensive programme agreed with the IMF to overcome these problems. Iceland is slowly emerging from a deep recession following the collapse of its main banks. The economy stopped contracting by late 2010 and a consumption and business investment-led recovery is projected to gather momentum, lifting economic growth to 3 per cent by 2012. Inflation is projected to remain low and the underlying current account surplus to be sustained.
  • How will Anglo-American relations fare when America is no longer majority white?

    04/04/2011 11:01:59 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 20 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Ed West
    America’s Census results show that the country is being transformed “into a much browner, more suburban, more southern and western place”. The Economist reports: According to a recent study from the Census Bureau, the majority of them are now from groups normally considered minorities, chiefly Hispanics and blacks. The latest release of data from last year’s decennial census confirms that whites still constitute a slender majority, 54%, of those under 18, and a larger one, 64%, of the population as a whole. America’s demographic change is rapid enough to be called a revolution. Over the past decade minorities accounted for...
  • An Immodest — Nay, a Downright Imperialist — Proposal

    03/22/2011 8:27:36 AM PDT · by Bumpus2 · 21 replies
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | Blind Blueberry
    Attention GOP hopefuls for 2012! You’re all vying and jockeying, looking for ideas and proposals that will help you rise above the pack. You’re policy shopping at the moment, perusing think-tank whitepapers on Most Favored Nation trade status and the relative benefits of block grants for education. Maybe you’re kibitzing with important U.S. allies to burnish your foreign policy credentials, or just trying to convince people that you really are the governor of Minnesota. Well forget all that. What I offer today is beyond mere political positioning, beyond campaigning. This is the real audacity of hope. The American Empire TM...