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  • Why a Republican Might Win Bernie’s Home State

    10/23/2016 8:54:29 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 10 replies
    Bernie is still beloved here, where 86 percent of voters in the Democratic primary supported him—his strongest showing in the country. But some political experts suggest the cost of Sanders-style progressive policies—including, most notably, the state’s failed single-payer health care system—is driving many voters away from the Democrats, substantially boosting the odds that Republicans could retake the governorship this November.
  • Obama obsessed with Trump's buildings, hates John Wayne

    10/23/2016 7:44:34 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 23 Oct, 2016 | M. Catharine Evans
    Barack Obama can't stop talking about presidential candidate Donald Trump. Obama's recent stump speeches campaigning for Hillary Clinton are all about Trump. The billionaire real estate mogul is living inside Mr. Obama's head day and night. Obama's obsession is understandable. Trump embodies the socialist's worst nightmare. In 2008, Obama, like all socialists, promised his followers a land of milk and honey. Eight years later, he's delivered unemployment, poverty, food stamps, violence in the streets, open borders, drug cartels, heroin overdoses, terrorist attacks on our own soil, $10 trillion more debt, no economic growth, and radical Supreme Court judges. He has...
  • Poll: Millennials desperately need to bone up on the history of communism

    10/18/2016 8:26:38 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 37 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 10/17/16 | Shawn Langlois
    The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, citing survey results released on Monday, blames widespread ignorance for the relatively positive views millennials have toward socialism and communism. Of the 2,300 Americans polled by YouGov, 80% of baby boomers and 91% of the elderly agree with the statement that “communism was and still is a problem” in the world today. Millennials? Only 55%. Furthermore, almost half of Americans between the ages of 16 and 20 said they would vote for a socialist, while 21% would go so far as to back a communist. Capitalism, on the other hand, is viewed favorably by...
  • K-12: Teaching Knowledge vs. Teaching Ideology

    10/15/2016 2:21:21 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 24, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    In 1974, Jamie Escalante took a job at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, California. He found himself in a challenging situation: teaching math to Hispanic students at a rundown school known for violence and drugs. While many dismissed his students as unteachable, Escalante pushed them to reach their potential. He started an advanced mathematics program with a handful of students. He was so successful a testing service accused his students of cheating. They weren’t. Hollywood made a fine movie out of the story called “Stand and Deliver” (1988). Escalante’s students were the last ones expected to succeed academically...
  • French are the 'world's most pessimistic' about the future

    10/13/2016 10:24:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies ^ | 13 Oct 2016 13:10 GMT+02:00
    The French are more gloomy about the future of their country than anyone else in the world, a new study has found. A new study from Ipsos has revealed that the French are the most likely to think their country is heading down the wrong path. In fact, a full 88 percent of respondents to the survey answered that they think the country is going in the “wrong direction”. This compared with 83 percent of Italians who think their country is also on a downward spiral and 82 percent of Spanish. Sweden and Germany had 73 and 71 percent of...
  • Homeowners in France hit by jump in property taxes

    10/13/2016 10:20:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | 13 Oct 2016 16:38 GMT+02:00
    Property taxes, known as “taxes foncières” in France, have rocketed over the last few years, a new report found. Between 2010 and 2015 property taxes in France, known as “taxes foncières”, shot up by an average of 14.70 percent. Some areas were particularly hard hit, including Clermont Ferrand in central France with a rise of 20.29 percent and Lille in the north which saw a 19 percent increase. …
  • Gov. Dayton Declares Affordable Care Act ‘No Longer Affordable’ [Dem. Gov.!!]

    10/12/2016 6:06:18 PM PDT · by Enchante · 20 replies
    AP via CBS Minnesota ^ | October 12, 2016 | AP Staff
    Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act is “no longer affordable” for many, a stinging critique from a state leader who strongly embraced the law and proudly proclaimed health reform was working in Minnesota just a few years ago.... ....The state scrambled to stop all seven companies that sell insurance directly to consumers or through the state exchange, MNsure, from fleeing for 2017, but the state’s largest insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, is still exiting. Health care insurance shoppers will see premium increases that range from 50 percent to 67 percent on their plans for next year.
  • Why Would Any Young Person Vote Democrat?

    10/10/2016 3:56:48 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 14 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-09-16 | Brother Bob
    Hello Young People! Apparently you are not showing sufficient enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton's coronation, so the Democrats are unleashing their secret weapon to bring your vote around - Al Gore. Younger members reading this might remember him as the old dude who made that neat sci-fi epic movie about 10 years ago. He's actually here as the ambassador on one issue that polls well among your demographic, so he occasionally emerges from his energy-guzzling mansion and flies around the world in his private jet to lecture us on the dangers of... climate change. Welcome to 2016, where the party that's supposed to...
  • He opened a can of whoop-ass on her (The Guardian goes all out against Trump)

    10/10/2016 7:56:11 AM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/10/16 | Gabbatt
    "Donald Trump threatens Hillary with jail in second debate." "Embattled candidate goes on offensive with personal attacks but Democratic rival accuses him of diverting attention from lewd tape as Republicans desert him." "Swaying malevolently behind Hillary Clinton as she parried attacks on everything from her husband’s sex life to Wall Street and her foreign policy judgment, the Republican dominated the night but made little effort to seduce new voters." "The Republican’s leonine menace even turned on the moderators at Washington University, demanding half a dozen times why they were interrupting him but not asking tougher questions of Clinton." "The real...
  • Cadavers Explode in Venezuela's Neglected Morgues

    10/10/2016 1:06:40 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | October 7, 2016 | Orlando Avendaño
    Wednesday October 5, several patients of the University Hospital Antonio Patricio de Alcalá (Huapa) had to evacuate after a body exploded in the morgue after two days of decomposition. The incident was reportedly caused by faulty storage facilities. “It’s not the first time that a body exploded,” said one worked. “It has already occurred two times since the middle of September. We don’t use formaldehyde here, so the preparation of the bodies is in the hand of the funerary. There are no disinfectants or chlorine either.”
  • Venezuela crisis: Caracas hospital shows sorry state of health system

    10/08/2016 10:00:14 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/8/2016 | Julian Keane
    Asked if children are dying because of political mismanagement and corruption, Maritza Landaeta sighs wearily and, with an air of resignation, says: "Yes."
  • Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Learn Sight-Words

    10/08/2016 1:33:46 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 37 replies
    LinkedIIn ^ | Aug 31, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    In 1955 Rudolf Flesch famously explained “Why Johnny Can't Read.” The problem was obvious. Schools made children memorize words as abstract graphic designs (i.e., sight-words), nothing else. In fact, English words contain a lot of essential info about how words should be pronounced and why they’re spelled the way they are. The Education Establishment said, “Oh fiddlesticks, forget all that old-fashioned stuff. Memorize the word-designs as if they are currency symbols or electrical symbols.” That, of course, is very hard work. But our Education Establishment has pushed this nonsense for 80 years. As a result, we have 50 million functional...
  • Vermont congressman says he represents 'Sanders wing' of GOP [Peter Welch]

    10/07/2016 8:54:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 2016 4:30 PM EDT | Dave Gram
    Democratic Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont is feeling the love from Republicans. Welch won both the Democratic and Republican nominations in August for re-election this year to a sixth term, and faces a little known candidate in November from the small Liberty Union political party. Winning both major party nominations is rare but not unheard of. Welch also was the pick of both parties in 2008 for Vermont’s only seat in the U.S. House. This year, he’s the only congressional candidate nominated by both the Democrats and the Republicans. Known as an open-minded liberal, Welch is praised by GOP leaders...
  • António Guterres to Be Next UN Secretary General

    10/06/2016 10:58:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Guardian ^ | Wednesday 5 October 2016 | Julian Borger
    Security council agrees, in surprisingly quick decision, that former Portuguese PM will succeed Ban Ki-moon at start of 2017António Guterres, the former Portuguese prime minister, will be the next UN secretary general, after the security council agreed he should replace Ban Ki-moon at the beginning of next year. In a rare show of unity, all 15 ambassadors from the security council emerged from the sixth in a series of straw polls to announce that they had agreed on Guterres, who was UN high commissioner for refugees for a decade, and that they would confirm the choice in a formal vote...
  • Capitalism is to freedom and liberty Socialism is to tyranny and crime

    10/06/2016 8:52:11 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 7 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Reuben Ben Abraham
    Coming up, an article by Reuben Ben Abraham of Los Angeles California. A senior member of the New England Alliance for Liberty and Free markets and a brilliant economist in the Austrian school gives us this insight in the superiority of the capitalist system over socialism... The article I am typing now deals with traits that show the superiority of capitalism, inspired by an incident that took place at a McDonalds restaurant one morning that illustrates capitalism. Anyway, this first incident I want to illustrate took place at McDonalds restaurant in Wilshire Boulevard across from Ross Department store and California...
  • This Year’s Must See Film: EWTN’s ‘A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’

    10/02/2016 6:43:46 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies
    Inside EWTN ^ | 09.30.16 | Michelle Laque Johnson
    Why is political discourse so bad right now? How have Christian beliefs, particularly Catholic beliefs, and those who hold them come to be reviled by so many in the secular culture? Where did political correctness, gender conflict, gender confusion — and so many other aspects of the Culture of Death — come from?The answer to these, and many other questions, can be found in the EWTN Original Documentary “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,” a chilling look at the impact of Community Activist Saul Alinsky, whose “Rules for Radicals” still wields a huge influence on American culture – and the...
  • Clinton announces ‘National Service Reserve’ for millennials

    09/30/2016 10:38:22 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 135 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sept. 30, 2016 | Liz Goodwin
    Hillary Clinton announced Friday that she wants to enlist 5 million new volunteers into a “national service reserve” aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds. “What if we strengthen the culture of service in America? So it wasn’t just something we did one day a year, but it became a regular part of our lives,” she asked in a Florida rally on the topic of national service Friday. The former secretary of state argued that her volunteer plan would help combat growing self-segregation in America, where people surround themselves with people who think, talk, look and read the same news as them....
  • [UK] Labour’s Domestic Violence Spokeswoman Admits Assaulting Husband [ed]

    09/26/2016 1:08:50 PM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 26, 2016 | Liam Deacon
    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has rallied behind his domestic violence spokeswoman, Sarah Champion, after she admitted being arrested and cautioned by police for beating her husband with a framed painting. Mrs. Champion (pictured right), the feminist MP for Rotherham and “Shadow Home Office Minister for Preventing Abuse and Domestic Violence” confessed on Friday to the incident, which happened when she was divorcing from husband Graham Hoyland in 2007.
  • Venezuelan children fainting in school because they are hungry

    09/26/2016 12:15:15 PM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    Klaireth Díaz is a 1st-grade teacher at Elías Toro School, one of the biggest public schools in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. Last year, she says, attendance was painfully low. Every day, of a class of 30 children at least 10 would be absent. “The reason was always lack of food,” she told Fox News Latino. She said she had a student who skipped class every single Thursday and when she asked his mother about it, she explained that Thursday was the day of the week assigned to her family to buy food at government-regulated prices – which involves standing...
  • The Bronx Inaugurates Mural in Honor of Hugo Chavez

    09/23/2016 6:51:36 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 35 replies
    The Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Delcy Rodriguez inaugurated the mural along with members of the community, artists and activists from the U.S. and Latin America. Rodriguez was also accompanied by members of the African American community in the Bronx. During the inauguration people shouted, “You can see him, you can feel him! Chavez is present!"
  • At UN, Cardinal Parolin outlines Vatican 'foreign policy'

    09/23/2016 8:28:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | September 22, 2016
    In a September 22 address to the UN General Assembly, the Vatican's Secretary of State offered an overview of the Holy See's concerns about world affairs. Cardinal Pietro Parolin opened his remarks by welcoming the approval by international leaders of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris accord on climate change. He went on to say, however, that these goals cannot realistically be reached without significant changes in the world's economic systems. Specifically, he spoke of the "ecological debt" that wealthy nations should pay to the needy, and the need for "alternative financial systems capable of ensuring that financial resources...
  • BIG GOV'T INC Socialism and tyranny are profitable to liberals and destructive to individuals

    09/23/2016 7:06:57 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 3 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Well, you've no doubt heard the arguments made by socialists against private property, against corporations and the profit motive. We are taught that profit is a form of theft from the workers rather than being positive influx of cash resources payment of wages, dividends and investments in expansion. The concept of owning property is also in of itself theft to socialists, for the earth belongs to us and everything belongs to everybody. Profit and property has another meaning, it is what sends signals to our economy on where resources and assets must be placed in order to achieve further productivity...
  • A Radical Idea: Four City-Dwellers Share All Their Money

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

    09/20/2016 6:39:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 20, 2016 | Nicholas Casey and Clifford Krauss
    One oil rig was idle for weeks because a single piece of equipment was missing. Another was attacked by armed gangs who made off with all they could carry. Many oil workers say they are paid so little that they barely eat and have to keep watch over one another in case they faint while high up on the rigs. Venezuela’s petroleum industry, whose vast revenues once fueled the country’s Socialist-inspired revolution, underwriting everything from housing to education, is spiraling into disarray. To add insult to injury, the Venezuelan government has been forced to turn to its nemesis, the United...
  • Why Socialism Is Here To Stay

    09/19/2016 7:53:40 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 9 replies
    Zero Hede ^ | 19 Sep, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    “[T]he government has to take resources from someone before it can dole them out to others. This act of taking destroys an economy. The more you take from the productive members of society, the less productive they become. That’s the primary lesson of the history of socialism.” The above quote is from Porter Stansberry – from his book, America 2020: The Survival Blueprint. It states a concept I’ve described for years, but Porter states it more succinctly than I ever have. In particular, it negates the argument by many “progressives” that, even if they don’t recommend full-on socialism, they believe...
  • Venezuela: Over 15% of People Eat Garbage to Survive

    09/19/2016 7:26:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 18, 2016 | Frances Martel
    A new study finds Venezuela on the brink of famine, with an alarming fifteen percent of citizens saying they can only feed themselves with “food waste discarded by commercial establishments,” while nearly half say they have had to take time off work to search for food. The study — conducted by More Consulting and published in the Spanish-language Diario de las Américas — reflects a reality that has become the signature of President Nicolás Maduro’s tenure: a food and medicine shortage that forces most in the nation to wait in supermarket lines that can last up to eight hours. On...
  • Venezuela solves food shortage by making it illegal to buy too much

    09/15/2016 12:08:10 PM PDT · by Laser_Ray · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/15/2016 | Mariana Zuñiga and Nick Miroff
    BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela – The hunt for food started at 4 a.m., when Alexis Camascaro woke up to get in line outside the supermarket. By the time he arrived, there were already 100 people ahead of him. Camascaro never made it inside. Truckloads of Venezuelan troops arrived in the darkness, arresting him and nearly 30 others seemingly pulled from the queue at random, according to his lawyer. Camascaro, 50, was charged with violating laws against interfering "directly or indirectly" with the production, transportation or sale of food. He has been in jail for three months, awaiting a hearing. “I went to...
  • In a hungry Venezuela, buying too much food can get you arrested

    09/15/2016 11:07:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2016 | Mariana Zuñiga and Nick Miroff
    The hunt for food started at 4 a.m., when Alexis Camascaro woke up to get in line outside the supermarket. By the time he arrived, there were already 100 people ahead of him. Camascaro never made it inside. Truckloads of Venezuelan troops arrived in the darkness, arresting him and nearly 30 others seemingly pulled from the queue at random, according to his lawyer. Camascaro, 50, was charged with violating laws against interfering "directly or indirectly" with the production, transportation or sale of food. He has been in jail for three months, awaiting a hearing.

    09/15/2016 3:01:53 AM PDT · by broken_arrow1 · 66 replies
    The Daily Sheeple ^ | September 13, 2016 | N/A
    While everyone is talking about Creepy Uncle Joe Biden taking over for Hillary if she’s too unfit (or dead) to continue in the presidential race, here’s someone most people probably didn’t consider: Michelle Obama. After you get over your initial disgust at the mere thought, think about it for a second and it actually starts to make sense. First, you have the fact that Obama is constantly lamenting term limits and how much he doesn’t want to leave the White House. Hillary is (was?) running as Obama’s third term… If Michelle steps in now, it will be. Second, if you...
  • A growing, catastrophic food crisis sows unrest in Venezuela

    09/14/2016 1:32:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | September 1, 2016
  • Venezuela Food Shortages Claim Lives of Malnourished Children

    09/14/2016 1:31:29 PM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    Panama Post ^ | August 26, 2016 | Sabrina Martín
    When 18-month-old Royer Machado died from malnutrition in Zulia, Venezuela, the authorities did not arrest his mother. The child had gone more than 72 hours without eating, but his mother lived in extreme poverty and couldn’t get the resources she needed; that was just the nature of Venezuela today. The boy’s mother told officers she ran out of money, and then out of food. The baby continued to cry, so she wrapped him in a rag, gave him water and rocked him to sleep. After several days, the crying stopped. He was no longer breathing. Officers interrogated the boy’s mother,...
  • Venezuela's "Death Spiral"

    09/14/2016 11:31:06 AM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | Sep 14, 2016 | Susan Warner
    The question of whether Socialism can be an effective economic system was famously raised when Margaret Thatcher said of the British Labor Party, "I think they've made the biggest financial mess that any government's ever made in this country for a very long time, and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalise everything." â—¾There are dire reports of people waiting in supermarket lines all day, only to discover that expected food deliveries never arrived and the shelves are empty. â—¾There...
  • K-12: Three Card Monte {BACK TO SCHOOL INFO]

    09/13/2016 2:04:04 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies ^ | Sept 7, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Welcome to the land of the giant hustle... I saw my first exhibition of three-card Monte on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a dozen blocks from Columbia's Teachers College. There's a connection. A young man shuffled three cards side to side on a cardboard box. Red queen, red king, black ace, something like that. Pick the ace and win $20 for a $10 bet. A half-dozen people clustered around, betting, figuring out the game. New people walked up, others left. Some happy tourist won $20. Easy money. Sometimes the dealer bent one of the cards on the corner. You knew you...
  • 'Times are changing, pay your taxes', euro zone chief tells corporations

    09/10/2016 12:53:00 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News — Reuters ^ | September 10, 2016 | By Francesco Guarascio and Jason Hovet
    Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Multinational companies should refrain from tax-avoidance practices and pay their fair share, the head of euro zone finance ministers said on Saturday in a new endorsement of the European Union's fight against tax-dodging. In the wake of the 'Panama Papers' revelations of widespread tax-avoidance practices, Brussels has toughened up its drive for fairness by tightening controls and adopting stricter rules. The recent shock multi-billion euro tax demand on Apple was part of that trend as the EU also drafts plans for a common corporate tax base and a single...
  • Desperate Venezuelans turn to ritual slaughter to save sick relatives as failing economy [tr]

    09/09/2016 12:53:11 PM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 9, 2016 | Jake Wallis Simons
    Jaime Otrupo chanted a solemn prayer then wrenched a chicken’s head from its body, allowing the blood to pump into a ceremonial clay pot as an offering to the gods. At his feet were the sacrificed corpses of a dove and a chick, both of which were beheaded with a kitchen-knife while his wife and young daughter looked on. This disturbing ritual, which was filmed by MailOnline in Mr Otrupo’s sitting-room in Caracas, Venezuela, may appear cruel to Western eyes. But to the father-of-five, the traditional healing ceremony was an act of desperation. For the collapse of the economy has...
  • History Repeats Itself in the Venezuela Tragedy

    09/08/2016 9:28:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | September 9, 2016 | Jerry Newcombe
    How many people have to die before the world, including many Americans, realizes that socialism never works, always fails, and kills people? Look at the unspeakable tragedies that continue to unfold in Venezuela right now. People are scrambling just to get food to eat. Armed guards have to protect stores and trucks with food from being looted. Stories are emerging of people eating zoo animals and of Venezuelans feeling less safe than war-torn Syrians. The amazing thing about this tragedy is just how avoidable it is. But it’s almost as if each generation in the last 150 years has to...
  • The Money Trail: Why Catholic Bishops Are Silent on Hillary

    09/06/2016 7:06:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | September 6, 2016 | Elizabeth Yore
    During FY16, the USCCB received federal grants totaling a whopping $91,132,305 According to the, the top programs carried out by the USCCB, on behalf of the Obama Administration were:
  • Labor Day -- burgers, brats and Bolshevism

    09/02/2016 6:58:55 PM PDT · by jimluke01 · 11 replies
    WND ^ | Matt Barber
    How’s about some commie ketchup on that burger? It’s extra red. A little Marxist mustard for your dog? What about a pinch of socialist sauerkraut on that bubbling bratwurst? Didn’t you know? That’s why you get the day off on Monday. That’s what your Labor Day barbecue commemorates: socialism. Delicious, juicy, smoky socialism with a side of potato salad (German, of course) and a game of Cornhole (everyone’s a winner!) – frills made affordable to Americans, American businesses and big government waste-fraud-and-abuse mills by, well, capitalism. I know, I’m a killjoy, and, call me a hypocrite, but I’m grilling out...
  • K-12: Warped by Ideology

    09/02/2016 12:06:35 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 9 replies
    religion.rantrave,.com ^ | May 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Americans are continually told that problems in our public schools are due to a shortage of money, parents aren't concerned, children are lazy, there are simply too many obstacles to overcome. Some people say we don't know how to do it yet. We're supposed to believe that after all these centuries of educating children, there is still some secret gimmick we must discover. Another group of people talk about the lack of infrastructure as if we don't have enough classrooms, books, and buildings. We have all of those things, probably more than enough. Other people talk about testing as if...
  • Crowds surge into the streets to demand recall of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro

    09/02/2016 7:14:01 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1 September 2016 | Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
    othing was going to stop Nelson Rivas from joining the Taking Caracas demonstration on Thursday — not his wheelchair, not the six-mile distance over uneven pavement, not the whiffs of tear gas, not the ominous threats of arrests from President Nicolas Maduro. “I came to demand that the recall election take place according to the constitution,” said Rivas, 35. “Whatever your point of view, the condition of the country is the worst.” Rivas took his place in the ranks that filled Francisco de Miranda Avenue, one of three main streets in the capital brimming with thousands and thousands of protesters,...
  • Revolution Rising: Colossal Protests Rock Socialist Venezuela

    09/01/2016 10:27:55 PM PDT · by Rabin · 19 replies ^ | September 2, 2016 | Kit Daniels
    Millions rise up against socialism Anti-socialist protesters flooded Venezuela’s capital in one of the largest mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s rule in over a decade – and one of the largest protests in world history.
  • Coffee With Communists: Who they are, why they kill

    09/01/2016 5:59:46 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 8 replies
    NOTICE TO FR READERS, DUE TO UNEXPLAINED TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY I COULD NOT GET IT BOLD AND RED ON FR. THAT AND HTML CODES TOO LONG. SORRYAwhile back I read an old book from the last decade called Tea With Terrorists. Why they kill, and how to stop them. You check it out By clicking here but to get to the heart of the matter its written by Craig Winn who went to interview Muslim terrorists in the west bank in Israel and how the Muslim religion commands murder and intolerance and how 9/11 and Islam are interconnected. It was a...
  • Ultra-violent gangs thrive in chaotic Venezuela despite crackdown

    08/31/2016 10:27:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 31, 2016 | Frank Jack Daniel
    The click-clack of guns being cocked echoes in the cement safe house where seven kidnappers keep watch over a western Caracas slum, their 33-year-old gang leader boasting of grenade attacks on police and growing wealth and power. Venezuela's socialist economy is suffering triple-digit inflation, severe shortages and a third year of recession, but gangs like this have found strength and profit in the chaos. They are teaming up with former rivals and buying heavier weapons to control ever-larger territory in the capital and beyond, the criminals, the government and criminologists say. "The majority of the other slums are our friends....
  • Pediatricians putting new focus on how violence, other problems affect children's lives

    08/30/2016 6:39:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies
    bergen record ^ | August 29, 2016 | KARA YORIO
    Violence, racism, intolerance and religious bigotry made headlines this summer and the American Academy of Pediatrics took notice. These issues are impacting children and the organization wants to address the societal problems proactively with kids and their families.“We need to talk more about this, definitely,” said Dr. Sylvia Blaustein of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson. “I think everybody should be discussing these issues because of what’s going on nationally and internationally.”  The AAP was pushed to action in early July after shootings in Baton Rouge and Dallas. It announced an initiative aimed at addressing gun violence as...
  • Europe’s Socialist Zombies are Marching into Oblivion

    08/28/2016 7:21:31 PM PDT · by pboyington · 12 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | August 28, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Put a fork in it. Europe is done. By the way, I should note here that I mean Western Europe. Those in the East still have not very fond memories of the Muslim invaders on their southern doorstep and would rather do without the barbarians raping their women and detonating suicide bombs on the streets of Krakow and Prague and Bucharest in the 21st Century. Let’s face it. Western Europe has been hurting for a long time. They lost millions of entrepreneurs, individualists to the US in the great waves of 19th Century immigration. Then there was World War I,...
  • Obama Strategist in the Brazilian Presidential Campaign

    10/25/2014 4:49:43 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 1 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Obama Strategist in the Brazilian Presidential Campaign By Julio Severo The 2014 Brazilian presidential campaign had the involvement of an important campaign strategist of the president of United States, Barack Obama: David Axelrod. According to the Brazilian daily Folha de São Paulo, Axelrod had been hired to to help build Aécio Neves candidacy. Obama and David Axelrod The idea of Americans strategists working on Brazilian election campaigns is nothing new. During the 2010 election, Ben Self, who worked on the Obama campaign, was hired as a consultant for current president Dilma Rousseff. The unusual thing about David Axelrod’s involvement...
  • 6 reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'

    08/27/2016 11:58:00 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 20 replies
    The Local De ^ | 8/26 | De Staff
    Since its reunification in 1990, Berlin has developed into a thriving, cosmopolitan centre. Dubbed "poor but sexy" by its former mayor, it has attracted creative types like moths to a flame with its low rents and exploding startup scene. Tourists flock to this grungy vibe too, with nearly six million visiting in the first six months of this year alone. But the reality is that the city is struggling with poverty, unemployment, poor infrastructure, a floundering education system, debt, the refugee crisis and crime. Its chronic problems led national newspaper Die Welt to label it a “failed state” in 2014....
  • Let's sit it out this time [extreme sarcasm]

    08/26/2016 10:02:25 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 72 replies
    The very best thing we can do is recognize that Trump is less than what we'd like in a candidate, so we should just sit this one out and NOT work our butts off to help him get elected. This strategy worked very well for us when McCain was our candidate. And again when Romney was the man. Obama was not that bad as president. Hillary can't be much worse. /sarcasm WAKE THE HELL UP, PEOPLE!!
  • Marinea – Sustainable ‘Village At Sea’ – Plans To Use Bitcoin

    08/25/2016 1:24:59 PM PDT · by amorphous · 34 replies ^ | 25 August 2015 | Elliot Maras
    Marinea, a company planning to establish a self-sustaining “Village At Sea’ between Miami and Cuba, plans to use bitcoin as its currency and eventually have its own electronic currency. Bitcoin, a decentralized currency with no centralized governing authority, naturally fits the Marinea goals of being an independent, self-sustaining society. Marinea is a utopian concept for a village existing in harmony with nature, where citizens will be able to live their lives as they see fit. Another goal is to address the challenges related to limited available land for food cultivation and human habitation. According to its website, the project has...
  • In Miami, Recently Arrived Venezuelans Face Desperate Times

    08/25/2016 8:26:30 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | Aug 24 2016 | Carmen Sesin
    With no job, just 50 cents...having run out of acquaintances with whom to stay, 26-year-old Carlos is facing the grim reality that he may have to sleep on the street... Since he arrived to Miami... he has only managed to find a couple of temporary jobs... "I have been eating one meal a day," Carlos said... Like many Venezuelans, Carlos said he could no longer live in a country where the collapsed economy, soaring inflation, food shortages and rampant crime have erased the middle class life he and his family once had. In the past couple of years an increasing...