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  • Culture Trumps Economics, cont... Mark Steyn

    09/03/2015 12:40:30 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 2 Sep 2015 | Mark Steyn
    I don't really care for arguments about the economic benefits of immigration - for the simple reason that culture trumps economics. Somewhere in After America, I quote a particularly fatuous slab of happy talk on the subject: 'Sober-minded economists reckon that the potential gains from freer global migration are huge,' writes Philippe Legrain in Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them. 'The World Bank reckons that if rich countries allowed their workforce to swell by a mere three per cent by letting in an extra 14 million workers from developing countries between 2001 and 2025, the world would be $356 billion a...
  • How Los Angeles Is Becoming a ‘Third World’ City

    07/07/2015 5:05:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/07/2015 | By HÉCTOR TOBAR
    LOS ANGELES — A GENERATION ago, this West Coast metropolis became a “third world city.” At least in the rhetoric of certain East Coast thinkers. A 1991 book by David Rieff cited visitors who were stunned by “seeing nothing but brown faces, hearing nothing but Spanish on the streets.” The arrival of coffee-colored Latino masses (like me and my Guatemalan-American family), together with the spread of Mandarin and Korean logograms on street signs, led Mr. Rieff to call this the “capital of the third world.” As a native of the city, I was offended to hear it tagged with such...
  • Another Reason To Move Away From California: ‘Conditions Are Now Like A Third-World Country’

    04/19/2015 8:10:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/19/2015 | Michael Snyder
    As if anyone actually needed another reason to move out of the crazy state of California, now it is being reported that conditions in some areas of the state “are like a third-world country” due to the multi-year megadrought that has hit the state. In one California county alone, more than 1,000 wells have gone dry as the groundwater has disappeared. The state is turning back into a desert, and an increasing number of homes no longer have any water coming out of their taps or showerheads. So if you weren’t scared away by the wildfires, mudslides, high taxes, crime,...
  • Why Third World People so Third World?

    01/13/2015 3:43:21 PM PST · by MNDude · 77 replies
    Maybe this is a rant as much as it is a question, but I often find myself astonished by third (and 2nd) world culture from what I've seen of it. Mexico: OK, this is probably more 2nd world than 3rd world. They do many things like USA. I have inlaws in Mexico, so I've spent some time there. One thing that seems to be consistent, whether you are visiting someone's home or a gas station, is that the toilets are rarely completely functional! So often they'll have a large bucket outside or in the bathroom that you have fill up...
  • Warning: Avoid this corrupt, third-world country at all costs

    11/01/2014 6:21:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    The Sovereign Man ^ | 11/1/2014 | Simon Black
    John Anderson, an American tourist from San Clemente, California, was driving down a poorly-maintained highway when he saw flashing lights in his rearview mirror.After a brief exchange with the local police officer, Anderson was shocked when the cop started searching his vehicle.Anderson had $25,180 in US dollar cash in the car, which by the way was not a crime according to the local laws.When the cop saw it, he told Anderson that we would take it and threatened him with arrest if he protested.Anderson couldn’t believe it. This is the sort of stuff you always hear about in these third...
  • Delta passengers outraged when child poops on airplane seat

    07/28/2014 2:53:46 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 65 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 28, 2014 | Amy Graff
    Passengers on a Delta Airlines flight from Beijing to Detroit last week were horrified when a Chinese child squatted on his seat and proceeded to defecate, World News, a U.S.-based, Chinese-language news site, reports. The child’s parents spread newspaper on the seat to catch the waste.
  • Ethiopian Man Does What We Should Do: Expose Foreign Aid

    07/28/2014 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 15 July 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    It's not just the comic - but in reality tragic - waste of public money from both the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Legal Aid system. It's also the umpteenth confirmation that the money given to Third World countries as foreign aid helps local tyrants to better oppress their people. And it's one of those very people now who is saying it not only in words but also in actions, so convinced he is of it as to be prepared to sue Britain. "Ethiopian farmer gets legal aid... To sue us for sending aid to Ethiopia: Case...
  • Babies pay for Detroit's fall with mortality above Mexico

    06/11/2014 10:18:03 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies
    Crain's Detroit Business ^ | 06/11/2014 | Bloomberg
    Detroit’s 60-year deterioration has taken a toll not just on business owners, investors and taxpayers. It’s meant misery for its most vulnerable: children and the women who bear them. While infant mortality fell for decades across the U.S., progress bypassed Detroit, which in 2012 saw a greater proportion of babies die before their first birthdays than any American city, a rate higher than in China, Mexico and Thailand. Pregnancy-related deaths helped put Michigan’s maternal mortality rate in the bottom fifth among states. One in three pregnancies in the city is terminated. Women are integral to the city’s recovery. While officials...
  • World Bank: Epic Fail

    05/19/2014 8:38:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 18, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Development programs run by the World Bank and other multilateral agencies regularly fail because they rely on government aid rather than the free market, New York University economist William Easterly said recently at the Cato Institute. william easterly For example, Easterly recounted, in a World Bank-backed forestry program in Uganda, farmers were forcibly removed from their farms and relocated to cities. He said, “The result of this, this is the tyranny of experts at its most extreme.” Similarly, experts cannot shake their belief that somewhere there is a “benevolent autocrat” they can assist. Easterly noted that in Ethiopia under former...
  • Saudi Arabia: Farmers flout Mers warning by kissing camels

    05/13/2014 2:34:30 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 May 2014 Last updated at 10:28 ET | Staff
    People are taking photos and videos of themselves kissing camels in defiance of a warning from Saudi health authorities not to go near the animals, which have been linked to the deadly Mers virus. In recent days, Saudi Arabia has urged people to wear masks and gloves when dealing with camels, to stay away from raw camel meat and camel milk, and not to go near sick animals, the newspaper Gulf News reports. But some people have refused to listen to the government's advice, posting videos and sending messages in support of camels. In one video, a man stands between...
  • Denmark Saves $10 Billion by Restricting Third World Immigration

    05/10/2014 10:46:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/10/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    But where will this Soldier of Allah go? Denmark has a population of less than 6 million. Imagine how much the United States could save if it stopped importing welfare cases. (via Religion of Peace) Denmark’s strict immigration laws have saved the country billions in benefits, a government report has claimed. The Integration Ministry report has now led to calls among right-wing populists to clamp down further on immigrants to increase the savings.The extremely strict laws have dramatically reduced the flow of people into Denmark in recent years, and many government figures are delighted with the outcome. “Now that...
  • Pakistani polio strain threatens global campaign

    02/17/2014 12:06:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2014 2:29 AM EST | Kathy Gannon
    Just a few weeks ago, 11-month-old Shaista was pulling herself up, giggling as she took her first wobbly steps with the helping hand of her teenage mother. Then the polio virus struck and Shaista was no longer able to stand, her legs buckling beneath her weight. Today, her mother cries a lot and wonders what will become of her daughter in Pakistan’s male-dominated society, where a woman’s value is often measured by the quality of her husband. […] Fresh cases of polio—traced through genetic sequencing to the Pakistani strain of the disease—are showing up in countries that were previously polio-free,...
  • Do Liberals Care if Third World Illnesses Infect Americans?

    02/10/2014 8:50:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/10/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    One of the favorite pastimes of liberalism is to try to inflict guilt on people of European descent for being part of a lineage that they believe, in the words of Bill Ayers at the Dartmouth Debate with Dinesh D'Souza, "murdered" the American Indians by way of contagious disease. Calling it the "European Invasion," liberals believe that prior to Christopher Columbus' arrival American Indians were virtually disease-free.  Never mind that syphilis, which originated in the New World, was brought back to Europe, where spirochete bacterium was not present until after Columbus and his fellow discoverers returned in 1493. The...
  • Philippine Police Used 'Wheel of Torture' to Abuse Suspects w/ One Punishment Named Manny Pacquiao

    01/28/2014 7:45:00 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 28 January 2014 | Kieran Corcoran
    <p>Police in the Philippines abused suspected criminals with a 'wheel of torture' game, according to human rights groups.</p>
  • World’s 85 richest have same wealth as 3.5 billion poorest (says Oxfam)

    01/20/2014 11:46:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 20, 2014 | Li Anne Wong
    The combined wealth of the world’s richest 85 people is now equivalent to that owned by half of the world’s population—or 3.5 billion of the poorest people—according to a new report from Oxfam. In a report titled “Working for the Few” released Monday, the global aid and development organization detailed the extent of global economic inequality created by the rapidly increasing wealth of the richest, warning of the major risks it poses to “human progress.” […] Oxfam said that based on its polls conducted across the world, it is believed that there are many laws and regulations designed to benefit...
  • Obama Spent $7.4 Bil Helping Third World Fight Imaginary Problem

    01/05/2014 11:54:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 01/05/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    No word on how much money was spent helping the Third World fight ghosts, a problem that like Global Warming doesn’t exist, but is much more entertaining. Just compare The Day After Tomorrow to Paranormal Activity. American taxpayers spent $7.45 billion to help developing countries cope with climate change in fiscal years 2010 through 2012, according to a federal government report submitted to the United Nations on a subject that Secretary of State John Kerry described as “a truly life-and-death challenge.”That sum of $7.45 billion, which reached more than 120 countries through bilateral and multilateral channels, met President Obama’s...
  • Typhoon highlights weak Philippine infrastructure

    11/12/2013 10:49:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WFMJ-TV / The Associated Press ^ | November 12, 2013 | Kelvin Chan, Teresa Cerojano and Oliver Teves
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Under a reforming president, the Philippines emerged as a rising economic star in Asia but the trail of death and destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan has highlighted a key weakness: fragile and patchy infrastructure after decades of neglect and corruption. Authorities fear that the storm that tore through Leyte province in the country's east has killed thousands. More than 600,000 people have been displaced. Low rates of insurance in the Philippines mean the disaster is likely to sap government finances but analysts say it might not slow growth significantly because of the small role the affected region plays in the...
  • How Obamacare’s Exchanges Turned Into A ‘Third World Experience’

    10/09/2013 11:44:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/09/2013 @ 3:08AM | Avik Roy
    Back in March, at an insurance industry conference in Washington, the problems were apparent. Henry Chao, chief information officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, openly fretted that the exchanges wouldn’t be ready by October. “I’m pretty nervous—I don’t know about you,” he told the crowd. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.” At the time, Chao’s comment seemed like an attempt at dark humor. One week into the launch of Obamacare, however, it’s not a joke: It’s literally easier to blog from the Kenyan border than to sign up for insurance on Obamacare’s federal exchange....
  • Mexico City And Washington, D.C., Are About Equally Safe

    08/10/2013 11:44:30 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | August 1, 2013 | Rose Eveleth
    Mexico City And Washington, D.C., Are About Equally Safe Mexico’s travel industry has been hurting, as crime waves have swept the country and scared tourists away. But is traveling in Mexico any less safe than traveling in the United States? It depends on where you go and what you do, of course. But if you compare tourist destinations in both places, you might conclude you’re better off heading to Mexico. Take Orlando, Florida, home of Disney World. There were 7.5 murders per 100,000 residents there in 2010. Cancun, on the other hand, saw 1.83 murders per 100,000 residents, and...
  • Life Expectancy in Some U.S. Counties Is No Better Than in the Third World

    07/11/2013 3:12:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Journal ^ | 07/11/2013 | Brian Resnick
    There's little good news in a report on American life expectancy from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. We'll begin with the silver lining: Between 1985 and 2010, life expectancy in the U.S. climbed from 78 to 80.9 years for females and from 71 to 76.3 for men.But this is no cause for celebration.Dig into the numbers of the report and two troubling trends become apparent. One: Compared with the rest of the industrialized world (OECD countries), America is falling behind. "These improvements are much less than what countries of similar income per capita...
  • Rubio On Obama's "Scandalous" Behavior: "These Are The Tactics Of The Third World"

    05/15/2013 5:48:38 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | May 15,2013 | Ian Schwartz
    SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FL): "So in the span of four days, [there were] three major revelations about the use of government power to intimidate those who are doing things that the government doesn’t like. These are the tactics of the third world.
  • Chinese Businessman Sells Canned Air to Smog-Choked Citizens (Beijing)

    01/31/2013 7:27:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    DVICE ^ | Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | Adario Strange
    Chinese businessman sells canned air to smog-choked citizens Recently, we told you about the horrendous air pollution problems in Beijing that have forced the Chinese government to advise citizens to stay indoors and has residents wearing facemasks in an attempt to protect their lungs from the smog. In the true spirit of Chinese entrepreneurialism, a Chinese businessman has decided to cash in on the "airpocalypse" by selling his own brand of canned air. Chen Guangbiao, a local entrepreneur known for his publicity stunts, claims he's selling the cans of air in part as a way to bring attention to the...
  • Italy’s Statistics Make It Look Like a Third World Country

    01/06/2013 5:03:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 01/06/2013 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    Unemployment is rampant, and that’s just for starters in a country wracked by domestic violence, immigrant abuse, and a sorry standard of living. taly may be rich in cultural heritage and boast the seventh largest economy in the world, but the country’s social statistics are more in line with those of a developing third-world nation. By almost every standard of measure in sectors from women’s rights and youth employment, Italy scores far below the mark. The country has been weighted down by recession, but money is not entirely to blame. In fact, Italy’s economic situation has steadily improved under the...
  • (Obama's Amerika) Africa Boasts More Cellphone Users Than All of North America

    12/20/2012 9:37:42 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    DVICE ^ | Dec 20, 2012 | Nathaniel Wattenmaker
    Africa boasts more cellphone users than all of North America The silver lining of being a developing continent is that you can skip entire stages of technological progress, like going directly from no phones to cellphones without suffering through land lines in between. Africa, for example, now has more mobile subscribers than the United States or Europe, and that means big things for African economies. Like we've mentioned before, beyond its wild growth, the African cellular telecommunications market is a hotbed of innovation. Areas like telemedicine and cellphone-based money-transfer schemes don't just make life easier, they help people live healthier...
  • Puerto Rico Narrowly Votes to Become 51st State (And What Has Obama Said About It?)

    11/07/2012 10:00:07 AM PST · by mojito · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/7/2012 | Erica Ritz
    A majority of Puerto Ricans voted to change their ties with the United States and become the 51st U.S. state yesterday in a non-binding referendum that would require final approval from Congress. The two-part referendum asked whether the island wanted to change its 114-year relationship with the United States and nearly 54 percent sought to change it, while 46 percent favored the status quo with ninety-six percent of precincts reporting. The second question asked voters to choose from three options, with statehood by far the favorite, garnering 61 percent. Sovereign free association, which would have allowed for more autonomy, received...
  • Small change sparks fights in coin-starved Zimbabwe

    08/11/2012 12:18:40 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies
    Mail & Guardian ^ | 05 Aug 2012 08:38 | Susan Njanji
    Shouting matches and even physical fights break out each time a minibus pulls up to drop off passengers at a crowded bus stop in downtown Harare. It's all about not getting short-changed. Hyperinflation forced Zimbabwe to trash its worthless local currency three years ago in a move that brought much needed relief to the crippled economy but created a surprising new headache: a lack of coins. "Change is a big problem, and at the same time passengers are impatient with us. I have been slapped a few times for not having change for them," said a bus conductor Walter Chakawata....
  • Third World America

    07/25/2012 2:27:01 PM PDT · by tselatysr · 5 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-07-22 22:31:44 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Remember President Lyndon B. Johnson's "war on poverty"? In a 1964 speech before a joint-session of Congress, Johnson declared "unconditional war on poverty in America," urging "Congress and all Americans" to join him "in that effort."Johnson insisted his escalated war - on poverty, not in Vietnam - would turn "one thousand dollars invested in salvaging an unemployable youth" into "$40,000 or more in his lifetime." He further stated that for the program to work required massive social programs "organized at the State and the local level ... supported and directed by State and local efforts.""For my part," said...
  • How to Kill a Parasitic Worm Living Inside of You

    06/30/2012 10:01:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 101 replies
    IO9 ^ | Jun 27, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    How to Kill a Parasitic Worm Living Inside of You Parasitic worms are the stuff of nightmares — worms as big as twelve feet long can rummage through your intestines, and then leave in the middle of the night. Urban legends tell tales of tapeworms carried by diet pills. Some of the weird schemes for removing these parasites include a combination of duct tape, candy bars, and bodily orifices. What is the reality behind these parasites? And how can you really get rid of one, without the need for extreme measures? Tapeworms hide in your food Obtaining a beef or...
  • Santorum's Iowa Victory - Have American Elections Become As Corrupt Third World Elections?

    01/21/2012 9:16:48 AM PST · by pinochet · 26 replies
    Why did the Iowa Republican Party decide to announce a Santorum victory, only a day before the South Carolina Primary? http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-21/santorum-declared-iowa-caucuses-winner-by-state-party-leaders.html# It requires no more than 4 days after the announcement of the initial results, to conduct a fully certified recount, because relatively few people vote in the Iowa Caucuses. The reason why they announced Santorum as the winner of Iowa at this time, is to get some supporters of Gingrich to vote for Santorum, in order to split the conservative vote and assure a victory for Romney. American elections have become as corrupt as the elections in Mexico, Colombia,...
  • Million Former Workers Join Leisure Class under Obama

    01/14/2012 3:35:08 PM PST · by John Semmens · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Jan 2012 | John Semmens
    The “improving” unemployment statistics being touted by the Obama Administration have been helped along by the nearly one million people who have left the workforce. The ballyhooed 8.5% unemployment rate would’ve been 9.1% if these people weren’t so discouraged that they’ve given up on the idea of ever finding a job. “While I would never expect the Republicans to admit this, the fact is that Democratic policies are enabling a growing segment of our society to join the ranks of the leisure class,” boasted Democratic Nation Committee Chairperson, Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (Fla). “It’s not as if everyone who has a...
  • $150 billion award for Texas fire victim's family

    12/20/2011 8:22:26 PM PST · by trumandogz · 29 replies
    LA GRANGE, Texas (AP) — An attorney says a Texas jury has awarded the largest verdict he has ever heard of — $150 billion to the family of a man who died years after being set afire as an 8-year-old.
  • Berenson barred from leaving Peru

    12/17/2011 6:54:11 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 17, 2011 | FRANK BAJAK
    LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peru's government abused its authority by barring paroled U.S. activist Lori Berenson and her 31-month-old son from leaving the country to spend the holidays in New York City with her family, her lawyer charged Saturday. "Administratively, you can't block a court order," Anibal Apari said after Berenson told The Associated Press that she and her son Salvador were prevented from boarding a flight Friday night despite being granted permission in court.
  • GOP Lawmakers Push to Keep U.S. Funds Out of Euro Bailouts (DeMint leads charge against EU bailout)

    12/10/2011 4:54:33 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies
    AP / Fox ^ | 2011-12-10
    Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are moving to block the International Monetary Fund from using U.S. money for European bailouts, as talks intensify across the pond over how to stanch the debt crisis. Some U.S. lawmakers want their concerns addressed as part of the feverish end-of-year budget talks. On the House and Senate side, lawmakers have introduced legislation to wall off U.S. taxpayer money from playing any role in averting a European meltdown. "It's time to stop the bailouts and start restoring fiscal discipline to our own economy," Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said in a statement, as he and 25...
  • Pacemakers from dead Americans being removed and cleaned before being sent to Third World

    12/07/2011 9:06:43 AM PST · by MamaDearest · 13 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7th December 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    They might want to check the batteries first. Second-hand pacemakers from dead Americans are being cleaned up and implanted into heart patients in the Third World. And according to doctors the practice is 'very safe and effective'. The pacemakers - small devices which use electrical impulses to regulate the beating of the heart - have been inserted into 53 patients in India who had severe heart rhythm disorders called heart block and sick sinus syndrome.
  • How The U.S. Will Become A 3rd World Country (Part 1)

    12/01/2011 7:35:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 1+ views
    How The U.S. Will Become A 3rd World Country (Part 1)The United States is increasingly similar to a 3rd world county in several ways and is accelerating towards 3rd world status. Economic data indicate a harsh reality that obviates mainstream political debate. The evidence suggests that, without fundamental reforms, the U.S. will become a post industrial neo-3rd-world country by 2032.Fundamental characteristics that define a 3rd world country include high unemployment, lack of economic opportunity, low wages, widespread poverty, extreme concentration of wealth, unsustainable government debt, control of the government by international banks and multinational corporations, weak rule of law and...
  • Illegal Immigrant Beat Toddler to Death: Cops

    11/25/2011 5:29:03 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 35 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | Nov 25, 2011 | Bob Connors
    A 23-year-old man charged with killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter appeared before a judge Friday. Police arrested Fredy Alexander Chingo Riz, of Willimantic, on Thanksgiving Day. State police began an investigation Wednesday night after the victim, 3-year-old Athena Angeles, was taken from her home at 112 Hope Street in Willimantic to Windham Memorial Hospital in cardiac arrest. She died at the hospital. Thursday, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner concluded the toddler died of blunt abdominal and chest trauma and ruled the death a homicide, police said. Chingo Riz, an illegal immigrant here from Guatemala, admitted to police he...
  • Roubini Nailed The Euro Crisis Six Years Ago, And Was Told To Shut Up By Italy's Finance Minister

    11/11/2011 3:56:08 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-11-2011 | Gus Lubin
    Roubini Nailed The Euro Crisis Six Years Ago, And Was Told To Shut Up By Italy's Finance Minister Gus Lubin Nov. 11, 2011, 11:54 AM ROUBINI: There's Only One Thing That Will Stop The 'Upcoming Disaster' In Europe Excellent pickup from Adam Button at ForexLive... Six years ago Nouriel Roubini was speaking at Davos when he was interrupted by a cry of "Go back to Turkey!" by Italian Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti. Here's what Roubini was saying that pissed off the Italian: My current concerns are that, while EMU has lead to a process of convergence of nominal variables (inflation,...
  • WHAT ITALY MEANS FOR YOU – DICK MORRIS TV: LUNCH ALERT! (video)

    11/11/2011 5:47:03 PM PST · by Signalman · 4 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 11/11/2011 | Dick Morris
    Dear Friend, In this video commentary, I discuss Italy’s current financial crisis. Italy is facing almost inevitable default. It’s too big to rescue. And the implications will be felt right at our kitchen tables. Tune in!
  • Population control: the rich controlling the poor?

    10/27/2011 6:56:28 PM PDT · by decimon · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | October 27, 2011 | Mike Gallagher
    As the world population reaches seven billion people, the BBC's Mike Gallagher asks whether efforts to control population have been, as some critics claim, a form of authoritarian control over the world's poorest citizens.> In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson warned that the US might be overwhelmed by desperate masses, and he made US foreign aid dependent on countries adopting family planning programmes. Other wealthy countries such as Japan, Sweden and the UK also began to devote large amounts of money to reducing Third World birth rates. > Meanwhile, Paul Ehrlich has also amended his view of the issue. If he...
  • Grocery worker: I gave out semen-tainted yogurt

    10/08/2011 12:50:45 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 47 replies
    <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A grocery store worker accused of handing out a semen-tainted yogurt sample at an Albuquerque market pleaded guilty Thursday.</p> <p>Under terms of his plea agreement, Anthony Garcia admitted he tainted a sample of the yogurt he was handing out at Sunflower Market in January. He also admitted putting some of his semen on a plastic spoon that he placed with the yogurt.</p>
  • Gov't considers turning foreclosures into rentals

    08/10/2011 11:20:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 86 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 10, 1:18 PM EDT | By DEREK KRAVITZ
    The Obama administration may turn thousands of government-owned foreclosures into rental properties to help boost falling home prices. The Federal Housing Finance Agency said Wednesday it is seeking input from investors on how to rent roughly 250,000 homes owned by government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration. All of the homes are foreclosures. The U.S. government rescued the two mortgage giants in September 2008 and has funded them since the financial crisis. Fannie and Freddie own or guarantee about half of the nation's mortgages and nearly all new mortgages. Converting the homes into rentals...
  • Afghans Rage at Young Lovers; A Father Says Kill Them Both

    07/30/2011 6:52:26 PM PDT · by Palter · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 July 2011 | JACK HEALY
    The two teenagers met inside an ice cream factory through darting glances before roll call, murmured hellos as supervisors looked away and, finally, a phone number folded up and tossed discreetly onto the workroom floor. It was the beginning of an Afghan love story that flouted dominant traditions of arranged marriages and close family scrutiny, a romance between two teenagers of different ethnicities that tested a village’s tolerance for more modern whims of the heart. The results were delivered with brutal speed. This month, a group of men spotted the couple riding together in a car, yanked them into the...
  • Marco Rubio: Obama Uses the Language Of A Third-World Leader

    07/01/2011 12:47:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    human event ^ | John Hayward
    Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was very disappointed in President Obama’s class-warfare press conference yesterday… describing it on the floor of the Senate as “the kind of language that you would expect from the leader of a third-world country, not the President of the United States.” (Snip) Better yet, prove him wrong, President Obama! Get through a month without deploying a senseless class warfare argument, declaring any new enemies in the American private sector, or castigating citizens for doing the kind of thing prominent Democrats like “Air Claire” McCaskill do on a regular basis. She didn’t just enjoy a tax break
  • Cruise passengers tell of seven-hour security 'revenge' nightmare

    Cruise passengers tell of seven-hour security 'revenge' nightmare Elderly passengers on board a luxury cruise have criticised US immigration officials after they endured a seven-hour security check. Setting off from Southampton on April 12, the cruise has taken in stops in Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, crossing the Panama Canal to travel up the west coast of the United States to Alaska It was billed as a chance to taste the “glitz and glamour” of Hollywood or enjoy VIP treatment in some of the most exclusive shopping areas in the world. But when a group of 2,000 elderly British cruise...
  • Nigerian 'baby factory' raided, 32 teenage girls freed

    06/01/2011 2:14:56 PM PDT · by posterchild · 31 replies
    AFP via yahoo.com ^ | Wed June 1, 2011
    LAGOS (AFP) – Nigerian police have raided a home allegedly being used to force teenage girls to have babies that were then offered for sale for trafficking or other purposes, authorities said on Wednesday. "We stormed the premises of the Cross Foundation in Aba three days ago following a report that pregnant girls aged between 15 and 17 are being made to make babies for the proprietor," said Bala Hassan, police commissioner for Abia state in the country's southeast. "We rescued 32 pregnant girls and arrested the proprietor who is undergoing interrogation over allegations that he normally sells the babies...
  • Gang blinds Indian woman, accused of witchcraft, with scissors

    05/21/2011 7:09:22 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/21/11
    RAIPUR, India (Reuters) - Eleven people stormed into a house in a central Indian village and assaulted a woman whom they accused of witchcraft, blinding her and her husband by stabbing them in the eyes with scissors, police said on Saturday. The incident took place on Friday in the Raipur district of Chhattisgarh state. Police later arrested 10 suspects. A family in Khaira village had been having money troubles and health problems, which they blamed on a 45-year-old woman, according to S.S. Baghel, a local police officer. "The accused blamed the alleged witchcraft power of the lady for their problems...
  • 24 Signs Of Economic Decline In America

    04/22/2011 12:03:52 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 17 replies
    Benzinga.com ^ | 4/22/11 | Michael Snyder
    The United States is in the middle of a devastating long-term economic decline and it is getting really hard to deny it. Over the past year I have included literally thousands of depressing statistics in my articles about the U.S. economy. I have done this in order to make an overwhelming case that the U.S. economy is in deep decline and is dying a little bit more every single day. Until we understand exactly how bad our problems are we will never be willing to accept the solutions. The truth is that our leaders have absolutely wrecked the greatest economic...
  • U.S. Aid Is Holding Africa Back

    04/21/2011 6:31:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 04/21/2011 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    Africa receives about $11 billion a year in foreign aid from America, and an equal amount in loans from the World Bank. In spite of this largesse, or perhaps because of it, Africa remains the world's least developed region. In this time of fiscal crisis in the United States, as evidenced by Standard and Poor's downgrade on Monday of Washington's credit-worthiness, it is imperative that Congress reduce spending and borrowing. Aid to Africa is one place to start. George Ayittey, a Ghanian economist and a professor of economics at American University, offers persuasive reasons in a paper he gave earlier...
  • Obama accuses Republicans of wanting to turn America into a Third World country

    04/16/2011 4:30:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/16/2011 | Rick Moran
    Bring it on, Barry. If you say the GOP wants to make America a Third World country, Republicans can charge you with already having made the US a banana republic. AFP: The attack came a day after Obama savaged Republican budget plans and unveiled his $4-trillion deficit reduction drive that aims to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans in order to preserve key social services.The debate over fiscal policy will prove critical to the 2012 campaign and Obama sought to frame it as a "stark choice" between investing in the future or watching the country fall apart."Under their vision, we...
  • President Warns against GOP Budget

    04/16/2011 11:45:55 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 16 April 2011 | John Semmens
    President Obama stridently attacked the Republican budget passed by the House of Representatives as “anti-American” and warned “it will turn this country into a ‘Third-World’ nation.” “In the ‘Third-World’ countries there are no comprehensive social safety nets,” the President contended. “People must work long and hard to make a living. I’m proud to say that my vision forAmericagoes in the opposite direction. People shouldn’t be forced to take demeaning jobs. We are a rich enough country to be able to free our citizens from this type of wage bondage.” In support of his case, Obama cited statistics indicating that currently...