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  • Health Insurance Policy Cancellations Could Mean Higher Premiums With New Plans

    10/23/2014 8:58:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | October 22, 2014 | By Amy Parmenter
    For about the past week or so, health insurance broker Stephen Hunt has been getting phone calls from unhappy clients. “They just keep building up and up and up and up and up," Hunt said. The calls are coming from clients who have been notified by their insurer that their policy expires at year’s end and most will have to purchase plans with much higher premiums and much higher deductibles, he said. “We’re not talking about a minor difference in premium. We're talking about a mortgage payment difference in premium for a lot of people," Hunt said. Anne Melissa Dowling,...
  • Obamacare's Bay State Bailout

    10/23/2014 8:52:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 23, 2014 | by Josh Archambault
    After the worst transition to Obamacare in the country, Massachusetts is still without a functional exchange website and just 769 people have enrolled in Obamacare-subsidized plans. To avoid accountability and political repercussions, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is about to cut two special deals with the federal government: the “Commonwealth Kickback” which grants Massachusetts the most generous taxpayer-funded premium subsidies in the entire country, while the “Bay State Bailout” gives 300,000+ MA residents “temporary” Medicaid coverage in 2014, without any verification of their eligibility.
  • UN proposal of debt relief for climate adaptation divides aid experts

    10/23/2014 8:22:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | October 23, 2014 | by Karl Mathiesen
    A UN proposal that would see small island states offered debt relief to pay for climate change contains a “fundamentally unjust” blind spot, according to development groups. But advocates see the idea as an innovative way to increase the money available for climate change adaptation in the most vulnerable states. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working on an initiative that would see rich countries write off debt owed to them by Small Island Developing States (Sids) in exchange for the money being spent on climate change adaptation. Due to their disproportionate contribution to climate change, industrialised countries agreed to...
  • Shock Report: US Spends 30 Times More on Welfare Benefits Per Person Than Communist China

    10/22/2014 8:05:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 22, 2014 | Joe Hoft
    When Deng Xiaoping took over China in the late 1970’s, China was a very poor country. One of the first things that Deng did was to allow individuals to acquire and maintain property. This capitalistic approach started one of the greatest economic transformations in world history. More people in China have been lifted from poverty in a shorter span of time than ever before in human history. Half a billion Chinese citizens have risen out of poverty due to China’s economic swing to capitalist policies!China still has its problems, but while the US is moving more and more towards a...
  • Goats are shrinking because of climate change, researchers warn

    10/22/2014 3:17:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 22, 2014 | By MARK PRIGG
    They appear to be shrinking in size as they react to changes in climate, according to new research from Durham University. The researchers studied the impacts of changes in temperature on the body size of Alpine Chamois, a species of mountain goat, over the past 30 years. To their surprise, they discovered that young Chamois now weigh about 25 per cent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s. In recent years, decreases in body size have been identified in a variety of animal species, and have frequently been linked to the changing climate. However, the researchers say...
  • HHS-Funded Study: Obamacare Will Suffer ‘Death Spiral’ If Subsidies Fail

    10/21/2014 7:39:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 21, 2014 | by Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration has funded a new study by top consulting firm RAND Health that startlingly finds that if taxpayer subsidies are eliminated, Obamacare exchanges will fall into a “death spiral.” The study comes in the wake of a number of lawsuits which are challenging the Obama administration’s implementation of Obamacare subsidies. Three lawsuits have made it to U.S. Circuit Courts, just one step from the Supreme Court, arguing that the text of the Affordable Care Act allows premium subsidies for state-run exchanges only. The report was sponsored by HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, which,...
  • Obama's Strange Dependence on Valerie Jarrett

    10/21/2014 5:58:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 14, 2012 | Karin McQuillan
    "....Every insider in Chicago told Klein the same thing: Jarrett has no qualifications to be the principal advisor to the president of the United States. She doesn't understand how Washington works, how relations with Congress work, how the federal process works. She doesn't understand how the economy works, how the military works, how national security works. But she understands how Obama works. The president turns to Valerie Jarrett for definitive advice on all these issues. She has given him terrible advice over and over, and still he turns to her. Her true job is to make Obama feel proud of...
  • Europe emission targets 'will fail to protect climate'

    10/20/2014 4:27:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 20, 2014 | By Roger Harrabin
    Europe’s leaders are about to consign the Earth to the risk of dangerous climate change, a UN expert says. Prof Jim Skea, a vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says the EU’s plan to cut CO2 emissions 40% by 2030 is too weak. He says it will commit future governments to “extraordinary and unprecedented” emissions cuts. The Commission rejected the claim, saying the 40% target puts Europe on track for long-term climate goals. Prof Skea believes governments are setting targets by what appears to be politically achievable rather than what is necessary to transform the way we make...
  • Single parents, common law families on rise (Germany)

    10/20/2014 11:42:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Oct 2014 15:48 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The German family structure is changing, with nearly a third of every family no longer living in the “classic model” and big differences in what family looks like in the former East and West, statistics agency Destatis announced on Monday. The 2013 Microcensus showed that 70 percent of families consisted of a married couple and at least one child under the age of 18. And while the classical model still dominates, the figures show it’s in decline. In 1996, 81 percent of families centered on a married couple.Today, 20 percent of children live with single parents, up six percent from...
  • Another Month, Another Global Heat Record Broken

    10/20/2014 9:22:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 20, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer
    September brought more record heat globally, and meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie for the hottest year ever recorded. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit. That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping. It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.
  • Sleepless Socialists in Seattle!

    10/19/2014 5:17:17 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 32 replies
    Self | 10/19/14 | Me
    Apparently asking $15 an hour for fast food workers isn’t enough so unappreciated socialists in Seattle are demanding the minimum wage be raised to a “paltry” $20 an hour. There are skilled and educated professionals who don’t command such a wage, not to mention soldiers facing death daily on the front lines of tyranny, but these hypocrites who religiously shell out $5 for a cup of Joe are demanding social justice because they feel slighted by more accomplished Americans? If radical leftists ever succeed in enacting such a law, and I believe it’s only a matter of time before they...
  • Giant sequoias may surprise us in a warmer future

    10/19/2014 8:47:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | October 18, 2014 | BY MARK GROSSI
    Research ecologist Nathan Stephenson crawled around magnificent Giant Forest, checking young giant sequoias for damage from California’s three-year drought. Though the older sequoias have survived past climate warmups, no one knows how these natural treasures will hold up this time. Climate warming is moving faster than it has in the past, scientists say. Some researchers worry that the Sierra will lose some trees that were alive before the time of Christ. They acknowledge it’s possible the giant sequoia will not survive as a species.
  • The Ugly history of the Democrat Party: Part Fourteen

    10/19/2014 8:32:03 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/19/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    This installment reveals how Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt acted like a king and dictator even as he managed to be dangerously incorrect on nearly every decision he was required to make. Emperor and Dictator From his first days as Chief Executive, Franklin Roosevelt pushed aside the Constitution in order to act as an emperor and dictator rather than an elected President. Upon taking office, Dictator Roosevelt made private ownership of gold illegal and sent government agents to invade private homes and businesses searching for gold to confiscate with fervor the Spanish Conquistadors would be proud of. Before Roosevelt’s illegal Gestapo...
  • We all pay the price for climate hysteria as alarmist predictions fail

    10/19/2014 6:15:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | October 19, 2014 | by Andrew Bolt
    HEAR that rain on the roof last week? That’s nature telling us our politicians have been idiots. I’m talking about the politicians who let themselves be fooled into thinking it never would rain like this again. I’m talking about politicians who listened to the likes of Tim Flannery, the 2007 Australian of the Year and then head of the Climate Commission. From 2005 to 2008, Flannery, the global warming guru, made a string of outlandish claims like these: “So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems ... “In Adelaide, Sydney and...
  • Obamacare Customers Afraid to Use Benefits Due to Sky-Sigh Deductibles

    10/19/2014 5:33:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 18, 2014 | by JOHN HAYWARD
    It must have pained the New York Times to publish its article about how many ObamaCare customers fear to make use of their taxpayer-subsidized, hyper-regulated benefits because the deductibles are so high.  It's a devastating indictment of the Affordable Care Act, cutting deep into the very small number of Americans who actually find the ACA somewhat useful.   Not only does ObamaCare have low approval ratings from the American public at large, it doesn't even score well among the group it was nominally intended to benefit most directly, the uninsured.     Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this...
  • LatAm: corruption, tax evasion fuel inequality

    10/19/2014 5:15:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | October 19, 2014 | By Marianela Jarroud
    SANTIAGO — Corruption and tax evasion are flagrant violations of human rights in Latin America, where they contribute to inequality and injustice in the countries of the region, according to studies and experts consulted by IPS. “Tax evasion means that those who are most vulnerable are denied the full enjoyment of their economic and social rights, including health and education,” said Rocío Noriega, an adviser on governance, ethics and transparency for the United Nations Development Programme. “Corruption has a negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights,” she added. It also constitutes “a threat to democracy, because it systematically violates...
  • Economic crisis, political strife drive Venezuela brain-drain

    10/18/2014 7:04:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 15, 2014 | BY JULIA SYMMES COBB AND CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS
    After three weeks trapped inside their home, Natalie Pereira and her family made a final decision: they must leave Venezuela. "I could see clashes from my apartment window, tear gas, every day," Pereira said, recounting violent confrontations between anti-government protesters and security forces earlier this year. "The protests confirmed it - we had to go." Pereira, a 33-year-old dentist now living in Texas, is not alone in making that decision. As political strife drags on and an economic crisis brings soaring prices, tight currency controls and shortages of even basic goods, Venezuela's middle classes are increasingly seeing a future abroad....
  • Seattle Socialist Group Pushing $20/hr Min. Wage Offers $13/hr for Web Developer

    10/16/2014 1:25:32 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 22 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/16/14 | Aurelius
    It's sometimes said that if some people didn't have double standards, they'd have no standards at all. That applies to the Freedom Socialist Party. In 2012, their official website was pushing for a drastic increase in the minimum wage. In fact, they pushed for a full $20 per hour minimum wage, even for the most basic jobs: Well, if you are a socialist, I have good news: the Freedom Socialist Party is hiring! They must have competitive wages for a web developer, right? Not exactly. The people who want people who flip hamburgers for a living to earn $20 an...
  • EU's triple whammy: Recession, deflation, and debt

    10/16/2014 7:34:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/16/2014 | Rick Moran
    Here we go again. Another sovereign debt crisis on the periphery of the EU is underway and many of the same factors that led to previous debt meltdowns are present. Germany is headed for a triple dip recession. Continent-wide deflation is nearly a reality. And many EU nations are smashing the debt limits demanded by treaty, thus threatening the Euro itself. All of this is impacting the percentage of debt in relation to GDP in several countries, making government bonds more expensive and debt servicing a nightmare. The Hill: Among Europe's most recent economic tremors has been the growing evidence...
  • Say g'bye to summer hummersonce global climate warms

    10/16/2014 6:26:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Portland Tribune ^ | October 16, 2014 | by Paul Gooberstein
    For a good part of the year, the colorful rufous hummingbird can be spotted all over Portland. After nesting and breeding here in the summer and fall, these feisty hummers migrate some 2,000 miles southward to winter in Mexico. But over the next few decades, the tiny bird is expected to become increasingly rare in Portland. Climate change is likely to alter its travel plans, which include the longest annual migration of any hummingbird species. Its range is likely to shift northward, according to predictions in a new report from the National Audubon Society. The rufous, like hundreds of other...
  • Obamacare website won’t reveal insurance costs for 2015 until after election

    10/15/2014 2:11:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2014
    Those planning to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange will soon find out how much rates have increased — after the Nov. 4 election. Enrollment on the Healthcare.gov website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2015 say that’s no coincidence. Last year’s inaugural enrollment period on the health-care exchange began Oct. 1. Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, said in a Monday column in USA Today that “when it comes to a lack of openness and transparency about Obamacare, this administration has no...
  • Why Socialist Scandinavia Has Some Of The Highest Inequality In Europe

    10/14/2014 10:09:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/14/2014 | Mike Bird
    The celebrated social-democratic nations of Scandinavia have some of the highest wealth inequality in Europe. That's according to Credit Suisse's weighty Global Wealth Report 2014. It's a finding that's likely to seriously surprise some people. The top 10% of wealth holders in three Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden and Denmark) hold between 65 and 69 per cent of those nations' wealth. In comparison to the other developed economies in Europe, Scandinavian inequality on this measure seriously stands out: they're significantly above British, French, Italian or Spanish levels. Germany and Austria come a little closer, but are still behind. Only finance-dominated Switzerland...
  • Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change

    10/13/2014 7:54:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 13, 2014
    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster responses as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises. The report lays out a road map to show how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, more violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will begin by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations, from war games and strategic military planning situations to...
  • Satire: Maryland Governor Declares WiFi a Human Right

    10/13/2014 9:14:25 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    In what some project to be the opening gambit of a potential 2016 presidential campaign, Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley (D) declared that access to WiFi is a human right. “I’m not saying that people should merely be free to purchase and use WiFi at their own expense,” O’Malley clarified. “Doing what you please and paying for it out of your own pocket is an archaic conception of basic human rights. It may have been fine for our nation’s Founding Fathers because they didn’t know any better. Fortunately, we’ve made significant advances in our thinking since then.” A key phrase that...
  • Report: Growing Numbers of French Leaving Homeland

    10/11/2014 3:51:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 06:18 PM | Todd Beamon
    As many as 2.5 million French men and women live abroad—and more are leaving every year, mostly heading to London. The French Foreign Ministry said 1.6 million people left the country last year, The Independent of London reported Saturday. The data include those who had registered at French consulates abroad. “The real figure is twice as high,” Hélčne Charveriat, the delegate-general of the Union of French Citizens Abroad, told the Independent. […] “Young people feel stuck, and they want interesting jobs. … Businessmen say the labor code is complex, and they’re taxed even before they start working. Pensioners can also...
  • Not voting Democrat prevents STDs (really!)

    10/10/2014 5:11:53 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-10-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Thinking of making this a poster, or put it on a shirt...or something.
  • Few U.S. states preparing for climate change, study says

    10/09/2014 4:40:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 9, 2014 | By NEELA BANERJEE
    Fewer than half of American states are working to protect themselves from climate change, despite more detailed warnings from scientists that communities are already being damaged, according to a new online clearinghouse of states’ efforts compiled by the Georgetown Climate Center. Fourteen states have plans to prepare for the effects of climate change. California, New York and Maryland are among those that have made the greatest progress toward the dozens of goals their plans set forth, such as cutting statewide greenhouse gas emissions, improving infrastructure, securing water supplies, battling wildfires or coping with rising sea levels. Even those states have...
  • Will Climate Change Make Men Extinct?

    10/08/2014 3:59:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 7, 2014 | By James West
    The world is warming. The beasts are dying en masse. The oceans are rising. The deserts are roasting. It's the survival of the fittest out there, guys. Who's going to win, evolutionarily speaking? Men or women? It turns out that warming temperatures may have a surprising gender bias—in favor of women. That's the conclusion of a team of Japanese researchers who have discovered a "statistically significant" association between climate change—including rising temperatures and extreme weather events—and the birth rates of boys and girls in Japan. Warmer temperatures have accompanied an increased proportion of female babies in the population, and a...
  • Obamacare plan is 'Dickensian nightmare:' NY lawsuit

    10/08/2014 3:34:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 8, 2014 | by Dan Mangan
    What's the prescription for this man's frustrating, fruitless quest to find a doctor on his Obamacare plan? Going to court. A Yale Law grad is suing a New York insurer, claiming that the $620.69-per-month health plan he bought failed miserably in its promise that its website would be available to help him find a primary care physician "anytime." "Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth," said Jon Fougner's lawsuit against Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Fougner, who filed the case himself, said that after he looked on Empire's site for doctors near him who were accepting new patients, it listed 30...
  • Maryland Governor Claims WiFi is a Human Right

    10/08/2014 3:09:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 39 replies
    townhall.com ^ | october 8, 2014 | christine rousselle
    Governor of Maryland and potential 2016 Democrat presidential candidate Martin O'Malley raised eyebrows on Wednesday when he was quoted in a CNN profiledeclaring access to wireless internet (WiFi) as a "human right." The quote occurred when O'Malley was discussing the "rebirth" of the American city and the skills of young people that make these changes happen. 
  • Venezuela's 'Chavismo' risks implosion, dissident faction warns

    10/08/2014 8:08:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 8, 2014 | By Alexandra Ulmer
    CARACAS - The socialist movement built by Venezuela's former president Hugo Chavez risks imploding if corruption, inefficiency and an economic crisis are not tamed, a dissenting faction of the ruling Socialist Party says. "The revolutionary process is in danger, it's falling apart," warned Gonzalo Gomez Freire, a leader of Marea Socialista, or "Socialist Tide", a small but vocal group of leftist intellectuals critical of President Nicolas Maduro's government. Chavez handpicked Maduro as his successor before he died of cancer in March 2013 and Maduro went on to win a presidential election the following month. But he is now under intense...
  • Here’s how every college student can graduate debt-free (MSM proposes FREE tuition like Germany)

    10/08/2014 6:57:16 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 68 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | Oct. 7, 2014 | Rick Newman
    For decades, free high-school education helped strengthen the middle class and generate prosperity. So isn’t it time to extend the same thinking to college? The idea might seem impractical, since college costs more than high school and higher education isn’t for everybody in the first place. Yet it’s also obvious that a high school education alone isn’t nearly as valuable as it used to be, which is why some researchers and policymakers are now studying ways to make college as accessible as high school for those who want it. College is free in Scandinavian countries and highly subsidized in much...
  • Liberal grass roots gather to find a challenger for Hillary Clinton

    10/08/2014 4:52:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 8, 2014 | Kevin Cirilli
    Liberal groups are building a grassroots army in Iowa and New Hampshire in hopes of stopping a Hillary Clinton coronation in 2016. While the progressive groups don’t have a candidate, they are hiring organizers and opening offices as if one will emerge. At a minimum, the groups hope their efforts will push Clinton to the left. And if the political winds blow just right, the activists hope Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will take the plunge — and turn their organizing work into the foundation for her candidacy. Officials form Democracy For America, a liberal group, are getting involved in local-level...
  • NHS/social care is at 'breaking point', govt warned

    10/07/2014 5:52:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    International-PharmaTimes ^ | October 6, 2014 | by SELINA MCKEE
    A band of healthcare professionals and charities has warned political leaders that health and social care services are at “breaking point” following “an era of unprecedented austerity”. “Signs of a system buckling under the twin crises of rising demand and flatlining budgets are everywhere,” they claim, highlighting a shortage of GPs, over-stretched maternity services, A&E departments missing waiting times, delayed cancer referrals, and a lack of mental health beds, as well as crippling costs of social care and failing dementia services.
  • Kirsten Powers: Surely There Are Piss Boys to Take Care of This Sort of Thing

    10/07/2014 2:08:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 7, 2014 | Deborah C. Tyler
    On October 3, on the Fox News program Outnumbered, Kirsten Powers said she was very surprised that the vomitus and feces of Liberian national Thomas Duncan were not immediately cleaned up, but remained in an apartment complex in the Dallas area for about 10 days. She said, in effect, surely there are people standing ready in the United States to clean up immigrants’ lethal bodily fluids. Thomas Duncan is not to blame for the crisis of viruses popping up across the United States – the politics of Kirsten Powers are to blame. In her widely read articles and statements, Ms....
  • Ten of thousands march for ‘family values’ in France

    10/05/2014 11:29:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Tens of thousands took to the streets in Paris and Bordeaux Sunday to demonstrate for what protesters called “traditional family values” and against assisted pregnancies and surrogacy. The demonstrations were organized by the «Manif pour Tous» (“Protest for Everyone”) group that waged an ultimately unsuccessful grassroots movement against the adoption of same-sex marriage in France last year. Their target this time is medically assisted procreation techniques for lesbian couples and surrogacy, which must be “fought at all costs,” according to the group’s president Ludovine de la Rochčre. …
  • [Israeli] Govt. to Sell Off Most Companies

    10/05/2014 10:52:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 10/6/2014, 12:13 AM | Moshe Cohen
    The Social-Economic Cabinet on Sunday decided to sell off nearly all the government-controlled companies in Israel, in a move that is expected to bring in as much as NIS 20 billion ($7 billion) over the next three years. The controversial sell-off was the idea of Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who convinced Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to support it. Several ministers objected, but on Sunday the objections were dealt with and resolved. …
  • Steel Plant Manager to Obama: Why Are Health Care Costs Rising?

    10/05/2014 10:01:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    mediaite ^ | 10/4/14 | Josh Feldman |
    President Obama held a town hall yesterday in Indiana, and faced a question from a steel plant manager about rising health care costs. And Obama told him he might not be “shopping effectively enough.” The man said, “One of the questions I had is about the health care costs. We are seeing almost a double-digit increase in health care costs every year. So do you think that trends will go down and what can we do to control that trend?” Obama answered, “The question is whether you guys are shopping effectively enough, because it turns out that this year, and...
  • Scientists to 'fast-track' evidence linking extreme weather to climate change

    10/04/2014 8:29:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 4, 2014 | By DARREN BOYLE
    Environmental scientists want to introduce a new system to prove that adverse weather events are directly linked to climate change to counter global warming sceptics. Under the new plan, a heatwave or major storm will be linked scientifically to man made climate change immediately after the event to prevent critics from blaming it on natural variations in the weather. Scientists want to be able to provide proof of whether an event was caused by climate change within three day rather than the current system which can take up to a year. Experts claim that such a long wait for proof...
  • Dreams From My Fatwa: A Bucket List For Bugchasers

    10/03/2014 2:37:56 PM PDT · by IChing · 4 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 10/3/2014 | Donald Joy
    Africa is mostly a place where the ancient black magic of Islam and the ancient black magic of Voodoo cooperate and coexist. It is a place where many adult men with AIDS believe that they can be magically cured of it by raping enough infants. In Liberia, where two weeks ago an Ebola-infected man (who looks like he could be Obama’s son) lied in order to board a plane enroute to the U.S., legions of laughing young Trayvons–street warriors–can be seen in YouTube videos proudly practicing conquest cannibalism: Cutting out and eating the heart of one’s vanquished enemy, believing that...
  • Why Climate Change Affects Poor Neighborhoods The Most

    10/03/2014 12:01:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    TIME ^ | October 3, 2014 | by Justin Worland
    Scientists frequently tout new evidence that climate change will drive some of the most populated cities in the United States underwater. New York, Boston and Miami are all at risk. But the impact of climate change varies even within cities, putting residents of poor neighborhoods at greatest risk of suffering from heat-related ailments, researchers say. “Cities tend to be warmer, but it’s spatially variable within cities,” says Joyce Klein Rosenthal, a researcher at Harvard who published a recent study on the impact of climate change in cities. “Generally, higher poverty neighborhoods are warmer and wealthier neighborhoods are cooler.”
  • Obamacare may hold the key to saving the U.S. from Ebola

    10/02/2014 8:38:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 2, 2014 | By Laurie Garrett, Foreign Policy
    Fear of Ebola has been climbing steadily in the United States since Tuesday's announcement that a Liberian traveler in Dallas, Thomas Eric Duncan, was diagnosed with the disease. America's special vulnerability to Ebola is its limitations on access to health care. In times of contagion, societal risk rises with every uninsured or underinsured individual who struggles to work or go to school with a fever, and avoids bankrupting visits to health providers. One doesn't need to have a political position up or down on "Obamacare" to recognize and solve this.
  • Did climate change create modern man? Ancient temperature shifts made us more intelligent

    10/01/2014 3:59:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 1, 2014 | By SARAH GRIFFITHS
    Our most ancient ancestors were battling climate change to survive droughts, freezing and flooding. And now a growing number of scientists believe that shifts in the Earth’s climate are responsible for creating some of our most distinctive characteristics. Their research suggests that large evolutionary leaps, such as the development of our bigger brains and ability to create and use complex tools, coincided with periods of volatile climate change.
  • School accused of 'purging' Christian books

    09/30/2014 5:09:05 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-23-14 | Todd Starnes
    It’s hard to imagine that any school would have a problem with a book about a Christian family that helped Jews escape the Holocaust. But Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, Calif., not only had a problem with “The Hiding Place,” they also took issue with any other book that was written by a Christian author or included a Christian message. “We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves,” Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer wrote in a letter to attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI). Pacific Justice Institute is representing a parent...
  • Landslide Vote against Single-Payer Confirms Switzerland Is an Outpost of Rationality

    09/30/2014 2:45:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m a huge fan of Switzerland, largely because its voters approved a spending cap that should be a role model for other nations.It’s called the “debt brake” and it has helped reduce the burden of government spending in Switzerland at a time when most nations in Europe have been moving in the wrong direction.But that’s not the only reason I like Switzerland.I also appreciate the fact that Swiss voters seem to be much more sensible than voters in other nations.Every so often I see polls, for instance, suggesting that French voters overwhelmingly want less government spending. But then they go...
  • California drought and climate warming: Studies find no clear link

    09/29/2014 4:37:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 29, 2014 | By BETTINA BOXALL
    Global warming contributed to extreme heat waves in many parts of the world last year, but cannot be definitively linked to the California drought, according to a report released Monday. In the report, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 20 research teams explored the causes of 16 extreme weather events recorded in 2013, including torrential downpours in Colorado, heat waves in Korea and Australia and a blizzard in South Dakota. The studies overwhelmingly showed that human-caused climate change played a role in the heat waves, in some cases making them 10 times more likely. But the report...
  • Australia Heat Wave Is Tied to Climate Change

    09/29/2014 4:30:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 29, 2014 | By JUSTIN GILLIS
    The savage heat waves that struck Australia in 2013 were almost certainly a direct consequence of the human release of greenhouse gases, researchers said Monday. It is perhaps the most definitive statement climate scientists have made that ties a specific weather event to global warming. Five groups of researchers, using distinct methods, analyzed the heat that baked Australia for much of last year and continued into 2014. All five came to the conclusion that last year’s heat waves could not have been as severe without the long-term climatic warming caused by human activity. “When we look at the heat across...
  • Capitalism Is Clean(er) (Seattle's socialist Kshama Sawant married into Microsoft money)

    09/28/2014 3:55:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/28/14 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Strange thing about Flood Wall Street, the financial-district protest that followed the People’s Climate March: Nobody had much to say about the climate — what they came to talk about was capitalism. “Stop Capitalism,” “End Capitalism,” “Capitalism Kills,” the placards read. Kshama Sawant, the socialist Seattle city-council member who funds her crusade against capitalism by being married to a man with Microsoft money, called for a “radical, militant” movement linking environmental concerns to such traditional socialist enterprises as heavy government intervention into targeted industries, including energy and transportation. Question: What happened to the environment the last time people with radically...
  • Bill Whittle: Socialism - The Loch Ness Monster of Politics

    09/26/2014 7:38:16 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | 9-26-2014 | Bill Whittle
    Hi everybody. I’m Bill Whittle and this is the Firewall. Ah, Progressives! You really have to – well, not admire them exactly – but if not admire them then at least grant them a grudging respect for the tenacity of their beliefs. Unfortunately for them, the Socialist utopia is a Cryptid, which, according to Wikipedia’s serviceable definition, is “a creature whose existence has been suggested but has not been discovered or documented by the scientific community.” Here’s another example of a cryptid: it’s called the Loch Ness Monster. Like the socialist utopia, the Loch Ness Monster requires a lot of...
  • Clinton Promises World Without Profits

    09/25/2014 11:15:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | John Ransom
    Democrats convened their real presidential convention for 2016 a bit early. In NYC.At the U.N. In what is becoming a proxy for what the public believes is the Democrat National Committee, the media, world government organizations and activists who think that some small, few men should decide what every other man gets to have—or not have—met in public and private in New York City this week. They harangued and proselytized, raised money and “awareness” in a purely show-business attempt to re-set the agenda off their failed policies.If only by sheer volume of their arguments, they have tried to convince America...