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  • Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery”

    07/31/2015 9:37:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    The Intercept/First Look Media ^ | July 30 2015, 7:09 p.m. | Jon Schwarz
    Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.” Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like Citizens United. …
  • Venezuela supermarket looting leaves one dead, dozens detained

    07/31/2015 5:17:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    reuters ^ | July 31, 2015
    One person was killed and dozens were detained following looting of supermarkets in Venezuela's southeastern city of Ciudad Guayana, the state governor said on Friday, amid the ongoing food shortages in the recession-hit OPEC nation. Shoppers seeking scarce consumer staples including milk, rice and flour broke into a supermarket warehouse on Friday morning, leading businesses in the area to shut their doors, local newspaper Correo del Caroni reported.
  • A CEO raised his company's minimum wage to $70,000 a year, and some employees quit because of it

    07/31/2015 3:44:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 80 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 31, 2015 | by RACHEL SUGAR
    When Dan Price, CEO of the Seattle-based credit card payment processing firm Gravity Payments, announced he was raising the company's minimum salary to $70,000 a year, he was met with overwhelming enthusiasm. But in the weeks since then, it's become clear that not everyone is equally pleased. Among the critics? Some of Price's own employees. Two of the company's "most valued" members have left the company, "spurred in part by their view that it was unfair to double the pay of some new hires while the longest-serving staff members got small or no raises." Maisey McMaster — once a big...
  • Here's difference between Democrats and Socialists...

    07/31/2015 1:02:54 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    American Irony ^ | 7-31-15 | The Looking Spoon
  • A breakdown of New York’s Obamacare numbers

    07/30/2015 3:55:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Capital New York ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Dan Goldberg
    New Yorkers are proving to be cost conscious when choosing a private health insurance plan from New York State of Health, the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, which has now enrolled more than 10 percent of state residents. Of the 2.1 million enrollees, 415,352 chose a private plan, 1,568,345 signed up for Medicaid and 159,716 enrolled in Child Health Plus, according to an enrollment report released Wednesday by the state's health department. Other highlights from the report: - The state's call center handled calls in 92 different languages and dialects. - Two-thirds of those who purchased a private...
  • Venezuela troops occupy Polar food distribution warehouses

    07/30/2015 1:23:37 PM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 30, 2015 | Girish Gupta
    Venezuelan troops occupied a Caracas warehouse complex used by local food giant Empresas Polar and Nestle to distribute food and beverages, workers and company officials said on Thursday. The move follows months of accusations by President Nicolas Maduro that Polar, the country's largest private employer, is working to sabotage the economy. The company denies the accusations.
  • Socialism Works: Venezuela Out of Food, Doctors Make $15 a Month and There's No Beer

    07/30/2015 8:54:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 07/30/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Venezuela used to have oil literally coming out of the ground. Then the Socialists took over and under Hugo Chavez made it a model for the world... to run away from. Here's what's going on in Venezuela now. Universal Health Care - Venezuela's widely praised government health care system is doing great. Doctors are being paid $15 a month In some hospitals, they had less than a third of the medical supplies they require. Almost every patient told me they had to buy at least some of their drugs on the street. Oncologists said that people who were diagnosed...
  • The Socialist Menace To Constitutional Government

    07/29/2015 12:46:48 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 13 replies
    There are two sorts of menace to the stability of our constitutional democracy. One is from without. It lies in the danger of the results of open warfare against this country, invasion by a foreign enemy and the subjection of our citizens and our institutions to the tyranny of a militarist autocracy. [] We have ultimately little to fear from the effects of any menace by a foreign enemy, whether such enemy shall at any time appear in the form of Mexican banditti, or of the yellow peril of the Orient, or of Spanish tyranny, or of the yet barbarous...
  • Today's Anti-Capitalists Ignore The Fundamental Problems Of Socialism

    07/28/2015 8:26:18 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 3 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7-28=2015 | Tyler Durden
    Anti-market and pro-socialist rhetoric is surging in headlines (see also here, here, and here) and popping up more and more on social media feeds. Much of the time, these opponents of markets can’t tell the difference between state-sponsored organizations like the International Monetary Fund and actual markets. But, that doesn’t matter because the articles and memes are often populist and vaguely worded — intentionally framed in such a way to easily deflect uninformed attacks and honest descriptions of what they are actually saying. In the end, they can all be boiled down to one message: socialism works and is better...
  • Yesterday's Communist, Today's Progressive

    07/28/2015 5:00:34 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 9 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 07/28/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    The new American morning shadowed with trepidation; what new crisis will emerge wholly created by this administration that pits one group of Americans against each other? New morals, values, laws and rights are established at the benefit of a few to the detriment of the majority. All the while this is happening we meaninglessly drift away from the norms established in the past as our own history fades away from popular discourse. In the blink of an eye, or in a generation, society itself unravels as it seems today to have lost the ability to retain the qualities that once...
  • De Blasio raves about presidential hopeful, but it’s not Hillary

    07/25/2015 4:23:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 25, 2015 | Rich Calder
    Mayor de Blasio is a big fan of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders — because the Vermont senator is a proud “Democratic socialist.” [Snip] De Blasio was quick to correct CNN’s Carol Costello after she called Sanders a “socialist,” telling her the senator is a “Democratic socialist.” “I think there’s a lot to like in that title,” he gushed.
  • Venezuela could run out of beer by next month

    07/26/2015 6:54:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Fusion ^ | July 24, 2015 | by Manuel Rueda
    Venezuela could stop making beer by August, as local breweries run out of ingredients needed to produce the country’s most popular alcoholic drink. A brewery shutdown would reduce the country’s beer supply by a terrifying 80 percent, according to industry leaders. Local breweries say they are down to their final batches of barley, malt and other imported products needed to make beer, thanks to Venezuela’s strict currency controls that have made it almost impossible to purchase supplies. The industry, which is calling the situation an “unprecedented crisis,” is already some $200 million in arrears to suppliers around the world. “Beer...
  • Red-state Democrats fret about leftward shift

    07/25/2015 4:44:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | July 24, 2015 | Kyle Cheney and Rachana Pradhan
    Governor’s races in South and Midwest could be lost if party brand becomes too liberal. Centrist Democrats were wiped out in the 2014 elections and in their absence emerged a resurgent liberal movement, embodied most recently by the surprisingly competitive presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But the suddenly ascendant left — its populist overtones becoming part of the mainstream Democratic pitch — is worrying Democrats who want to compete on Republican-leaning turf. The party lost every competitive gubernatorial and Senate race in the South last year. And Democrats didn’t fare much better in the heartland. Now, as Bernie...
  • Fast Food Franchise Owners Consider Suing N.Y. Over Minimum Wage

    07/24/2015 4:03:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 24, 2015
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to have it his way with New York's fast-food industry — and restaurant owners aren't loving it. Franchise owners say they're considering a lawsuit against Cuomo's plan to raise the minimum wage in their eateries to $15 an hour, arguing that it is not fair or legal to be saddled with such a significant increase in labor costs that won't apply to retail, landscaping, child care or other traditionally low-wage industries. "Singling out fast food restaurants while ignoring other industries that hire workers who are paid under $15 is unfair and discriminatory, harms New York workers,...
  • Sanders Surges, Clinton Sags in U.S. Favorability

    07/24/2015 3:53:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Gallup ^ | July 24, 2015 | by Lydia Saad
    Story Highlights: * Bernie Sanders' national favorable score doubles to 24%. * Hillary Clinton's image slips, now tilts negative, 48% to 43%. * Sanders still trails Clinton in favorability among Democrats. Bernie Sanders' favorable rating among Americans has doubled since Gallup's initial reading in March, rising to 24% from 12% as he has become better known. Hillary Clinton's rating has slipped to 43% from 48% in April. At the same time, Clinton's unfavorable rating increased to 46%, tilting her image negative and producing her worst net favorable score since December 2007.
  • Administration Prods States To Scrutinize Insurers' Rate Hikes

    07/23/2015 4:23:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Julie Rovner
    There's a battle brewing behind the scenes to keep health plans affordable for consumers. The Obama administration weighed in this week, sending letters to insurance regulators in every state and Washington, D.C., that ask them to take a closer look at rate requests before granting them. In Maryland, for example, the dominant insurer on the exchange, CareFirst, is asking for a rate increase of 30 percent for some of its plans. In Kansas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is seeking increases averaging 37 percent. Insurance industry consultant Robert Laszewski says that forcing people to change plans in order...
  • Yes, because Socialism always works so well

    07/22/2015 11:00:28 AM PDT · by Calif Conservative · 15 replies
    Marketwatch.com ^ | 7-22-15 | Paul Farrell
    Yes, Pope Francis is encouraging civil disobedience, leading a rebellion. Listen closely, Francis knows he’s inciting political rebellion, an uprising of the masses against the world’s superrich capitalists. And yet, right-wing conservatives remain in denial, tuning out the pope’s message, hoping he’ll just go away like the “Occupy Wall Street” movement did. Never. America’s narcissistic addiction to presidential politics is dumbing down our collective brain. Warning: Forget Bernie vs. Hillary. Forget the circus-clown-car distractions created by Trump vs. the GOP’s Fab 15. Pope Francis is the only real political leader that matters this year. Forget the rest. Here’s why: Pope...
  • Venezuelan farmers ordered to hand over produce to state

    07/22/2015 8:31:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 115 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2015 | Harriet Alexander
    Venezuela's embattled government has taken the drastic step of forcing food producers to sell their produce to the state, in a bid to counter the ever-worsening shortages. Farmers and manufacturers who produce milk, pasta, oil, rice, sugar and flour have been told to supply between 30 per cent and 100 per cent of their products to the state stores. Shortages, rationing and queues outside supermarkets have become a way of life for Venezuelans, as their isolated country battles against rigid currency controls and a shortage of US dollars – making it difficult for Venezuelans to find imported goods.
  • Suburban Governments Were Just Nationalized by the Federal Government

    07/21/2015 10:37:13 AM PDT · by Sopater · 54 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | July 13, 2015 | S. Noble
    For years, the cities have been robbing the suburbs but they now have a scheme that will quickly end in a takeover of the suburbs by a leftist federal government. HUD announced enforcement of its new 377-page rule called the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule which will allow them to move people from poor crime-ridden areas into “wealthy” suburbs. It was announced by leftist Julian Castro Monday. The rule has force behind it. Federal monies will be withheld and lawsuits accusing residents of racism will be filed. Any town that takes federal funds will be transformed. It is not only...
  • Venezuela orders producers to divert food to state stores

    07/20/2015 2:07:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 20, 2015 4:49 PM EDT
    Private companies in Venezuela say the government has ordered them to distribute food staples to a network of state-run supermarkets amid chronic shortages of basic goods. The Food Industry Chamber said Monday that authorities ordered producers of milk, pasta, oil, rice, sugar and flour to supply between 30 percent and 100 percent of their products to the state stores. …
  • Bernie Sanders voices concerns about police brutality in Dallas campaign stop

    07/19/2015 8:49:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers ^ | July 19, 2015 | Ryan J. Rusak
    Staff writer Adam Schrader reports:Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sought Sunday during a Dallas visit to calm complaints about his response, at a progressive activists gathering this weekend, to concerns about police brutality. “We want a nation where a young black man or woman can walk down the street without worrying about being falsely arrested, beaten or killed,” Sanders told more than 8,000 people who packed a Sheraton Hotel ballroom to hear him. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, has been drawing huge crowds in his long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Though he’s unlikely to wrest the nomination...
  • What a Sanders-Warren Ticket Means: Historic World Change for the Better

    07/19/2015 4:53:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Bernie Sanders is the first real statesman to run for the White House in decades. By focusing on the real issues (as opposed to shallow distractions such as flags, non-existent threats, and celebrity scandals) and refraining from attacking his opponents, he is gaining support across the spectrum at a greater rate than any of us could have imagined three months ago. At the same time, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who shares Sanders’ Progressive ideals and has been supportive of his campaign, could be his most likely running mate. What would a Bernie – Elizabeth Administration look like – and what would...
  • 17 Things Hillary Says She Will Change About the Economy

    07/17/2015 11:08:00 AM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Newsweek ^ | July 17, 2015 | Ken McIntyre
    In a speech designed to float ideas for raising incomes for “hardworking Americans,” Hillary Clinton says she’d make some changes if elected president. Clinton, considered the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, used her appearance July 13 at the New School in New York’s Greenwich Village to outline an economic message organized by what she called “strong growth,” “fair growth” and “long-term growth.” “We can’t create enough jobs and new businesses without more growth, and we can’t build strong families and support our consumer economy without more fairness,” she said, adding: The defining economic challenge of our time is clear: We...
  • Economics 101 - Reagan vs Obama

    07/17/2015 6:56:24 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 4 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 7-17-15 | zeo221
    Capitalism vs Socialism - Economics 101 - Reagan vs Obama
  • Fake applicants kept ObamaCare coverage, watchdog finds

    07/15/2015 2:26:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 15, 2015 | By Peter Sullivan
    Eleven fictitious people created as part of an undercover watchdog effort were able to automatically re-enroll in ObamaCare coverage, a new report finds. The report, from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, follows up on a GAO report last year. That report found that 11 of 12 fictitious people, with fake documents, were able to successfully enroll in ObamaCare coverage through the federal HealthCare.gov marketplace. The follow-up report, released by congressional Republicans on Wednesday, finds that those 11 fictitious people were able to maintain their coverage through the end of 2014 and then were automatically re-enrolled for 2015. Some were re-enrolled...
  • Clashes In Athens As MPs Set For Austerity Vote

    07/15/2015 1:36:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 15, 2015
    Anti-austerity protesters in Athens have clashed with police as MPs prepare to vote on a series of painful reforms aimed at saving their economy from collapse. Demonstrators threw petrol bombs at riot officers outside the Greek parliament as politicians discussed a key bill that has to pass in order to start negotiations with creditors on a third bailout. Police fired tear gas to try to push back groups of youths hurling Molotov cocktails from within the crowd. Thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators have marched through the centre of the city and civil servants also protested with a 24-hour strike that disrupted...
  • The solution to global warming is at hand, but no one wants to pay for it

    07/15/2015 10:25:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 15, 2015 | By Douglas Perry
    It appears to be the obvious answer to the global-warming problem. We suck carbon dioxide out of the air and either recycle it into low-carbon fuel or stick it underground. As solutions go, it's simple, logical, even elegant. Also necessary. "Scientists are increasingly convinced that we are going to need large-scale removal systems to fight climate change," says Noah Deich, founder of the nonprofit Center for Carbon Removal. The key problem apparently isn't technological. Three startups are making significant strides in their efforts to create processes that could "harvest" millions of tons of CO2 from the air around us. The...
  • McConnell: No timeline for ObamaCare repeal

    07/14/2015 1:49:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 14, 2015 | By Peter Sullivan
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said he does not have a timeline for using reconciliation to repeal ObamaCare, but indicated that Republicans would look to roll back as much of the law as they can. “I don't have a time to give you, but we're certainly going to consider using budget reconciliation for repealing as much of ObamaCare as is reconcilable,” McConnell told reporters. “There're certain rules that have to be applied to what is reconcilable and that's an active consideration, as you can imagine.” Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, later on Tuesday...
  • Why Pope Francis Is Keeping His Hammer-and-Sickle Crucifix

    07/14/2015 5:15:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 280 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/14/2015 | Dennis Prager
    Last week the Marxist quasi-dictator of Bolivia, Evo Morales, presented Pope Francis with a gift — a carved wooden hammer-and-sickle cross on which the figure of Christ is crucified. The Vatican announced that the pope had not been informed in advance about the gift. And some commentators said that photos of the pope and Morales show that the pope was actually offended. That was a false — probably wishful — interpretation. The pope himself later announced that he was keeping the hammer-and-sickle crucifix and taking it home, saying, “I understand this work. For me it wasn’t an offense.” And “Vatican...
  • Hillary Clinton talks economics at New School in New York City

    07/14/2015 5:15:22 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | july 13, 2015 | cameron joseph
    Clinton's speech was filled with economic proposals that are broadly popular with Democrats as she triangulates between appealing to the centrist voters she'll need to defeat the GOP nominee next year and the populist Democratic base coalescing around Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primary season. "Wages need to rise to keep up with costs. Paychecks need to grow," she declared. "The defining economic challenge of our time is clear. We must raise incomes for hard-working Americans so they can afford a middle-class life." Clinton outlined dozens of policy proposals, calling for a minimum wage increase, guaranteed paid sick and family leave,...
  • Four Dead, Ten Shot In Baltimore City Over The Weekend

    07/13/2015 1:19:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    WBAL Radio ^ | July 13, 2015
    It was a deadly weekend on the streets of Baltimore City, with police investigating four homicides and ten shootings. Police say two people died of shootings Saturday: a 40-year-old found suffering from gunshot wounds in the 1800 block of N. Durham Street and an 18-year-old found in the 4300 block of East Wabash Avenue. Police say two more people died Sunday. There were five shootings on Saturday. Baltimore City Police also say two men shot on Friday have died.
  • Our Future Leaders and Morality

    07/12/2015 10:27:16 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/12/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Is there morality in government? It is expected that our politicians be moral and of good character and integrity. But given the power unlawfully and unconstitutionally usurped by our elected officials, can it be said that any member of congress fits within a recognized set of moral parameters? After all, it is the moral nature of our legislators which must affect the life, dreams and hopes of not only this generation, but the generations to come. The amount of power which a foolish and cowardly American public has permitted our politicians to take for themselves is staggering. But what else...
  • The End of Federally Financed Ghettos

    07/12/2015 7:08:33 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 55 replies
    NY Times ^ | JULY 11, 2015 | THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    The Supreme Court issued an important ruling last month when it reminded state and local governments that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 bars them from spending federal housing money in a manner that perpetuates racial segregation. Last week, the Obama administration took an even more important step — one that has already changed the decades-long discussion about how to combat residential segregation. It rewrote the rules under the provision of the act that requires state and local governments to “affirmatively further” housing goals by making real efforts to cope with the cumulative results of the discrimination that confined black...
  • Salon.com: "America is Ready for Socialism!"

    07/12/2015 1:10:19 AM PDT · by rightistight · 46 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 7/11/15 | Aurelius
    Salon.com believes that the United States is "ready for socialism" and Bernie Sanders is "speaking to America's soul." In an article published today, titled "America is ready for socialism! Massive majorities back Bernie Sanders on the issues — and disdain Donald Trump," Salon made the case that most Americans want socialist policies in place. "Sanders speaks to America's soul — and our values," the article's author, Paul Rosenberg, claims. Rosenberg also writes for Al Jazeera. It continues, "Sanders is right to think that Scandanavian socialism would be popular here in the U.S., if only people knew more about it. And...
  • Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Think Your Cable TV Bill Is Too High, And They Want The FCC

    07/10/2015 12:28:36 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 40 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 10, 2015 | Christopher Zara
    Attention, voters: Bernie Sanders is just like you, which is to say he’s tired of paying too much for cable. The independent Vermont senator and 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful joined three fellow senators Thursday in asking the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the “ridiculous prices” charged by pay-TV and broadband services. In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Sanders -- along with Democratic Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts -- said American consumers are being burdened by ever-increasing monthly bills and a thicket of hidden fees. Citing lack of competition and increased...
  • As health insurers merge, consumers' premiums are likely to rise

    07/10/2015 8:37:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 10, 2015 | by David Lazarus
    As leading health insurers scramble for market share through a series of multibillion-dollar mergers, consumers are no doubt wondering if their premiums are bound to skyrocket. Short answer: Probably. Ironically, Obamacare had anticipated the negative effects of runaway capitalism with a safeguard that critics branded as socialism — the so-called public option, a government-run insurance plan offered alongside private plans. Thanks to business and ideological interests triumphing over economic considerations, a public option fell by the wayside. Some experts say that, with fewer private insurers and rising rates, we're going to regret not having a public option as part of...
  • Latin America’s Leftist Slide

    07/10/2015 7:16:09 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/10/15 | Arnoild Ahlert
    Bad ideas take a long time to die Since the start of the 21st Century, the leftward lurch in Latin America has been unmistakable. By early 2008, the nations of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and, to a certain extent, Mexico and Peru, have all embraced center-left political parties or movements. The reason for the tilt is a familiar one: the siren song of government-mandated wealth redistribution and increased levels of social spending have resonated with people with a long history of economic and development troubles. “I think it’s difficult for conservative candidates to...
  • Feds Delay Obamacare Menu Labeling Rule By a Year

    07/09/2015 2:51:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 9, 2015 | BY: Elizabeth Harrington
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is delaying an Obamacare regulation requiring restaurants to display calorie information until December 2016 after businesses complained they did not have sufficient time to comply with the complex rules. “We are taking this action in response to requests for an extension and for further clarification of the rule’s requirements,” the FDA said. The 319-page regulation, mandated by Obamacare, is estimated to cost industry $1.7 billion to comply. The rule requires restaurant chains with 20 or more stores to list calorie information for nearly every food item, and a “succinct statement” that “2,000 calories a...
  • Demagogue Days

    07/09/2015 11:31:16 AM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 3 replies
    Taki Mag ^ | July 9, 2015 | Taki Theodoracopulos
    The party ended when the you-know-what hit the fan around 2010. Soaring wages and gold-plated pensions had to end. Eternal austerity was the antidote. This was the EU at its best—worst, actually. It was like taking a middleweight boxer, putting him on a very strict diet, and expecting him to become a heavyweight contender. It was and remains an impossibility. ... As a Greek whose family helped finance the war of independence against the dreaded Turks in 1821, I sincerely hope there will be a compromise, and the ill-advised plebiscite will be ignored by the powers-that-be in the EU. Putting...
  • Is Seattle doing away with single-family homes?

    07/09/2015 10:33:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 72 replies
    My Northwest ^ | 07/07/15 | Kipp Robertson
    The city needs to move away from the idea that all families can live in their own home on a piece of land, according to a draft letter from a Seattle advisory committee. If adopted, ideas being considered by a Seattle housing committee would be devastating to the city's appeal, KIRO Radio's Dori Monson said. Get rid of single-family zoning in Seattle. That's the big message in a draft report being worked on by Mayor Ed Murray's housing committee, obtained by The Seattle Times. According to a draft letter, the city needs to move away from the idea that all...
  • 5 facts you MUST share with every Democrat you know (before it’s too late)

    07/09/2015 10:32:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Allen West ^ | July 8, 2015 | Allen West
    Sanders is drawing massive crowds, just like Obama, and there is another common thread between Sanders and Obama — their socialist philosophy of governance. Now, I have to give it to Senator Sanders, he is man enough to admit what he is: he has “come out” as a Democratic Socialist. Obama .. rhetoric and writings proved he was, but if you dared to utter the words that he was a socialist, you were immediately branded racist. Even after comments such as “I think it’s better for everyone if we spread the wealth around” and “if you have a business, you...
  • Obamacare has saved women more than $1 billion on birth control

    07/08/2015 4:35:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 8, 2015 | By Danielle Paquette
    American women are spending much less money on birth control since the Affordable Care Act started requiring insurance plans to cover contraception, according to a new analysis. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania examined health insurance claims from one of the country’s largest private insurers in 2012 (pre-Obamacare) and 2013 (post-Obamacare). They found that spending on the pill, America’s most popular birth control method, quickly fell 38 percent -- from $33 to $20, on average. Spending on IUDs, meanwhile, plummeted 68 percent, from $262 to $84. The total savings, the health economists estimate: $1.4 billion.
  • Sanders: 'We have got to apologize for slavery'

    07/08/2015 3:46:12 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 132 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 08, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday said the nation owes an apology for slavery. “As a nation — I don’t think as a president, but as a nation — we have got to apologize for slavery,” the 2016 Democratic presidential contender told host Joe Madison on Sirius XM’s “The Black Eagle.” “As a nation we have got to apologize for slavery, and of course the president is the leader of the nation,” he added. Sanders said that slavery had caused too much suffering to remain unaddressed. “Obviously nobody in this generation was involved in slavery,” Sanders said.
  • Four Reasons the Left Should Love Capitalism But Doesn’t

    07/08/2015 4:00:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2015 | Carl Jackson
    Capitalism has a new competitor and its name is "shame." The left is determined to make capitalism morally reprehensible. Cloaked in provocative terms like "income inequality," wealth redistribution has become the popular economic philosophy in America today, but it doesn't hold a candle to capitalism. When your first grade teacher asked the class "what do you want to be when you get big?" I'm doubtful anyone raised their hand to say "ooh, ooh, a welfare recipient!" I'm also certain your classmates never pointed to posters of their teen idols to say "anyone but them!" In other words, socialism isn't natural;...
  • Wealth Gap

    07/08/2015 12:19:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2015 | John Stossel
    Nearly 10,000 people turned out to hear Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin. Why? Apparently, many Democrats want socialism. Sanders is the Vermont senator who is running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Sanders calls himself a "democratic socialist," not to be confused with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's preferred label, "social democrat," but both believe that more power and wealth in the hands of government (less in the hands of free people and the free market) is a good thing. They just don't want you to think they're dictators like Stalin. They may institute terrible economic policies, but they'll...
  • The Pope's new world order: Francis calls for the 'goods of the Earth' to be shared [Truncated]

    07/08/2015 12:05:10 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 82 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | July 7, 2015 17:38 UTC | Simon Tomlinson
    Pope ends first leg of his three-nation South American tour with impassioned plea to safeguard the environmentDelivered message in Ecuador, which has one of the world's most diverse ecosystems but is also reliant on oil He said: 'As stewards of these riches, we have an obligation toward society and toward future generations' (...) 'As stewards of these riches which we have received, we have an obligation toward society as a whole and toward future generations,' Francis said. 'We cannot bequeath this heritage to them without proper care for the environment, without a sense of gratuitousness born of our contemplation...
  • Is America ready to listen to the siren song of socialism? [Demographics: YES]

    07/08/2015 4:22:34 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 7, 2015 | Rick Moran
    With avowed socialist Bernie Sanders making waves across the country by seriously challenging Hillary Clinton in some states, it's time to ask the question: is Sanders an outlier? Or a harbinger of things to come? Socialism has always lurked on the fringes of American politics. Even during the Depression, when many young Americans gave up on capitalism and became Communists or socialists, their numbers were comparatively small. But the indoctrination of the young has been so successful that one fears for the future of America. A Pew poll in 2011 found 49% of 18- to 29-year-olds having a positive view...
  • Breaking News: Worker Ants Really Lazy

    07/07/2015 6:26:39 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 22 replies
    A Bug’s Life 07.07.156:05 PM ET Breaking News: Worker Ants Really Lazy A new study out of the University of Arizona finds that ants specialize in inactivity. Good news for slackers! Turns out nature’s archetypal busybodies, worker ants, are lazy too.Researchers have actually been aware of ants’ slacker habits for a while, but they didn’t know whether the sluggish members of the Temnothorax rugatulus species of western North America were inactive or rather just taking a break.“It’s just the sort of a thing that anyone who’s ever worked on social insects has noticed: ‘Oh look, half of them are standing around...
  • Through an even darker glass: On knocking the popes for socialism.... (Catholic Caucus)

    07/07/2015 4:37:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 7, 2015 | Jeff Mirus
    If I have to read one more email explaining that modern popes have failed the Church by preaching socialism instead of the Gospel, I will not be held responsible for my reply. This complaint surfaces from time to time in orthodox Catholic circles for the simple reason that most politically conservative Catholics are orthodox. Such persons sometimes react as if political and economic conservatism is a Divine standard for judging Catholicism. But the reality is just the opposite. One also tires of the protestations of the ignorant. The word “socialism” has a clear and specific meaning. It refers to a...
  • Thank Goodness The Stupid, Socialist Greeks Said "No" To A Bailout!

    07/07/2015 5:29:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | John Hawkins
    “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.” – Margaret Thatcher Greece is liberal economics on steroids, Detroit writ large, and a place where the "takers" outnumber the "makers." In other words, if you want to know what the end road is for the sort of economics pushed by people like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Paul Krugman, Greece is it. According to the World Bank, Greece’s labor participation rate is only 53%. It’s hard for private industry to take advantage of an underemployed populace because government regulations and powerful unions make it difficult...