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  "All these models have this awkward feature, known as the Big Bang, where everything goes wrong, right at the beginning.   The Universe is infinitely dense, infinitely hot and so on -- something has gone badly wrong with the theory." --- Roger Penrose (in Roger Penrose, Abner Simony, Nancy Cartwright & Stephen Hawking 1999 _The Large, the Small and the Human Mind_ pg36)  

 
 
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  "'[He] sleeps a lot.   Sometimes he has terribel nightmares and then he cries for hours.   But he knows who he really is and what century he's really in.   We progress.'   'We certainly do.   He's already over-qualified to be president." --- Peter S. Beagle 1977, 1988 _The Folk of the Air  

 
 

 

 


captain William Scott's flag for the Republic of Texas.

2012 Jun

3rd month of the 2nd quarter of the 13th year of the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama economic depression


 
 

2012-06-01

2012-06-01
Anthony Watts
FSU predicts "active" hurricane season

2012-06-01
Abraham H. Miller _PJ Media_
pro-Israel Jews barred from synagogue events in Florida
"They would most likely have asked [Susan Rice] some difficult questions.   They could have pointed out that Rice and Obama adviser Samantha Power have a long history of being anti-Israel...   Liberalism is supposed to be open to the broad challenge of ideas, the clash of positions, in a stirring environment ensconced by the free market place of ideas...   Judaism at its essence is a religion open to debate and interpretation.   A page of Talmud is surrounded by different commentaries, but even commentary is not limited to what is written on the page.   The reader of Talmud can pursue his own interpretation.   The American Jewish community has no chief rabbi.   Jews have no pope.   I sat once in synagogue as the rabbi delivered a stirring 'drosh' (sermon), when suddenly he was interrupted by one of the congregants, who unabashedly said the rabbi misinterpreted the meaning of the biblical text.   The rabbi, accepting this interruption, then went into great detail about the root meaning of the terms to which he was referring.   The congregant observed that the rabbi was correct only if the terms originated in Hebrew, but what the rabbi missed was that the terms were Aramaic in origin and consequently their meaning was different, a meaning the congregant went on to explain as the rabbi patiently listened.   Could this exchange take place at either B'nai Torah or Temple Israel?   Could such diversity of perspective be tolerated?   I think not, for these people are not true liberals.   Nor can they be considered Jews by any longstanding philosophical tradition.   They are not people of the book, but people who are the philosophical heirs to the leftist New Jewish Agenda.   These are people who seem to confuse Tikkun Olam, saving the world, with every harebrained leftist social policy that is evaluated by philosophical intention rather than empirical outcome."

2012-06-01
Janine Turner _PJ Media_
Obummer: penalizer and persecutor

2012-06-01 03:00PDT (06:00EDT) (10:00GMT) (12:00 Jerusalem)
Patrick Thibodeau _ComputerWorld_/_IDG_
senator Grassley seeks investigation of student visa program and OPT in particular
The Hill
"On May 11, the Obama administration expanded the number of areas eligible for OPT...   Some of the new programs added include computer and information sciences; computer programming, other; and computer software and media applications.   The OPT list already included 'computer programming/programmer, general', and 'computer science'.   There were about 90 additions, including areas such as 'urban forestry', and 'archeology'.   Grassley, a leading critic of work visa programs, said that "some may question whether these degree programs qualify as STEM' and meet the program requirement of only allowing OPT in areas where there is a 'shortage' of 'qualified', 'highly-skilled' U.S. workers.   In total, the U.S. [government] approved 430,515 OPT applications from 2006 and 2010, but that is for all OPT students, not just those eligible for the extension to 29 months."

2012-06-01
_FAIR US_
costs of illegal aliens to Buckeyes

2012-06-01
_Knoxville TN News Sentinel_/_Daily News Journal_
Nissan to hire 1K at Smyrna plant

2012-06-01 10:14PDT (13:14EDT) (17:14GMT) (19:14 Jerusalem)
Colleen Wixon _Treasure Coast FL Palm_
98% of Indian River county FL 7th graders pass Florida Algebra exam; 23% of 9th graders pass, 59% statewide
James Kirley: 45% of St. Lucie county students in grades 7-12 passed Algebra exam
Tyler Treadway: 71% of Martin county students in grades 6-12 passed algebra exam
"Students in 9th grade and below must pass the state's end-of-course exams to get high school credit.   The test accounts for 30% of all students' final grade in algebra...     Indiantown Middle School led the way among Martin County schools: All of the 22 seventh- and eighth-graders who took the test scored at level 3 or higher...   more than 60% of Indiantown Middle School students learn English as a second language."

2012-06-01
Dan Coats, Richard Burr & Marco Rubio _Washington DC Post_
national-security leaks must be plugged

2012-06-01
Anthony Watts
"Global Hawk" UAVs to be used to follow hurricanes this year

2012-06-01
William L. Anderson
Krugman still thinks people who break windows, tear down homes, spoil food are boosting the economy, while those who make and install windows, build homes, and raise food hate poor people

2012-06-01
Mark J. Perry
racking natural gas vs. oil drilling rigs

2012-06-01
Barry Rubin _PJ Media_
Obummer is really bad for Israel

2012-06-01
_UBM_/_PR News Wire_
engineering work-force expert Ron Hira to discuss globalization at STEM Enterprise Measurement event at AAAS Wednesday 2012-06-06 in DC

2012-06-01
Edwin Rubenstein _V Dare_
jobs report, adjusted for immigration, is much worse than the establishment admits (with graph and tables)

2012-06-01 (5772 Sivan 11)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
the reign of the fantasists
"The two Baracks -- the American president and Israel's Defense Minister -- share a lot more than just a name. How pathetic... and dangerous!"

2012-06-01 (5772 Sivan 11)
Wesley Pruden _Jewish World Review_
president Obummer's tongue is sometimes off and running before the brain is fully engaged
"they think they can say anything and the audiences will swoon no matter how foolish and absurd the message.   Many times the man with the golden tongue is correct, and therein lies the trap in the rap.   Sometimes the babble for the rabble doesn't make anybody swoon...   But some of the presidents before him actually did study the Jewish religion, even without Jeremiah Wright as mentor.   John Adams and James Madison understood Latin, Greek and Hebrew.   Woodrow Wilson, a Presbyterian parson's son, listened to his father sometimes preach the Gospel from the Hebrew Bible.   Jimmy Carter taught from the Old Scripture as well as from the New in his Baptist Sunday school class.   An authentic Bible scholar knows that precision is the better part of speech.   Presidents must heed this in affairs of state as well."

2012-06-01 (5772 Sivan 11)
Warren Richey _Jewish World Review_/_Christian Science Monitor_
Defense of Marriage Act in the courts

2012-06-01 (5772 Sivan 11)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_/_Christian Science Monitor_
Holder's chutzpah
"Despite Holder's claim, a little experiment in his own home voting district showed how easy it is to commit voter fraud.   An actor -- a white actor, at that -- went to a voting place where Eric Holder is registered to vote, and told them that he was Eric Holder.   The actor had no identification at all with him, either with or without a photo.   He told the voting official that he had forgotten and left his identification in his car.   Instead of telling him to go back to the car and get some identification, the official said that that was all right, and offered him the ballot.   The actor had the good sense not to actually take the ballot, which would have made him guilty of voter fraud -- and, being white, he would undoubtedly have been prosecuted by Eric Holder's Department of Justice.   But the actor had made his point.   When a white man with no identification can go to a voting site, impersonate a black man who lives in that district, and get his ballot offered to him, then it is far too easy to commit voter fraud.   Does not Attorney General Eric Holder understand that?   Of course he understands it!   The man is not stupid, despite his other failings.   Holder's pooh-poohing of voter fraud dangers, and hyping the 'threat' of denying minorities 'access' to the voting booth, are completely consistent with his drive to (1) maximize the number of votes by black Democrats and (2) spread as much fear as possible among minorities that they are under siege, and that the Democrats are their only protection and salvation.   It is a political protection racket, with pay-offs in votes."
 
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  "Only slowly did I come to the precise capitalist insight: creativity is more productive than rote labor; therefore, the primary form of capital is mind." --- Michael Novak  

 
 

2012-06-02

1398-06-02: Henry Sinclair landed at Guysborough, Nova Scotia

2012-06-02
Mark J. Perry
comparing tax breaks for "fossil" vs. "renewable" energy

2012-06-02
Andi Cockroft
flying dinosaurs and atmospheric pressure

2012-06-02
Lance Wallace
What can we learn from the Mauna Loa CO2 curve?

2012-06-02
Joe Duggan
EPA told to come clean over aerial surveillance of farms

2012-06-02
Kyle Smith _PJ Media_
Britain is already dead, it just hasn't been buried yet
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "In the long story of a nation we often see that capable rulers by their very virtues sow the seeds of future evil and weak or degenerate princes open the pathway of progress." --- Winston Churchill 1956, 1993 _An History of the English Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain_ pg315  

 
 

2012-06-03

2012-06-03
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
EU economic hijinks is reaching the limits of German patience

2012-06-03
Manda Zand Ervin _PJ Media_
Why do American feminists support the misogynistic Iranian regime?

2012-06-03
Alex Berezow & Hank Campbell _USA Today_/_Gannett_
USA is doing fine in learning science
"In 2009, 63% of all students had a basic grasp of science; in 2011, the total increased to 65%.   Scores for minority students improved the most...   Additionally, the latest study released by Universitas 21, a global network of research universities, concluded that the United States ranks #1 in the world in higher education -- a metric that partially relies on scientific research output.   (Sweden came in a distant second.)...   Adult science literacy [in Red China] is a paltry 3% compared with the U.S.A. at 28%...   At $91,700 per pupil from kindergarten through twelfth grade, the U.S.A. is out-spent only by Switzerland..."
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Before the advent of agriculture, the population of Europe was probably less than 1M.   By the 1st century CE, it had expanded to approximately 30M." --- Steve Olson 2002_Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins_ pg185  

 
 

2012-06-04

2012-06-04
Willis Eschenbach
sun and clouds are sufficient

2012-06-04
Robert Spencer _PJ Media_
Islamic anti-Semitism has entered American electoral politics in NJ congressional contest

2012-06-04
Willie Soon
Was science actually applied to compiling the recent Florida DEP report on mercury?
"forest fires in the state of Florida alone were estimated to emit more than 4K lbs of mercury per year from 2002 to 2006 alone.   This single source of local mercury emissions is comparable to, if not significantly higher than, the mercury emitted for 2009 from all man-made mercury sources in Florida, including coal-fired power plants (which emit less than 1,500 lbs per year)."

2012-06-04 03:05PDT (06:05EDT) (10:05GMT) (12:05 Jerusalem)
Patrick Thibodeau & Sharon Machlis _ComputerWorld_/_IDG_
Obummer unilaterally expanded OPT for foreign students as US STEM students and grads continue to struggle to find internships and employment
"Daniel Cost [of the leftist Economic Policy Institute said] 'none of [the eligible fields] were determined based on demonstrated labor market shortages, and that there are no wage protections for OPT workers, which allows employers to under-cut wages paid to U.S. workers.'...   Critics of the OPT extension see it as a back-door H-1B visa increase -- a back door that is wide open for abuse...   The U.S. [government] has approved about 35,274 OPT extensions and denied only 613 since the program was started...   John Miano, founder of the Programmers Guild, which challenged the government in court over the 2008 extension, was critical of the government's decision not to seek comment prior to adding the new rules this year.   Since the [corrupt] government got a [corrupt] court opinion that no one has standing to challenge the Bush administration's OPT extension, said Miano, it 'has dispensed with the entire notice and comment procedure'...   Costa said it is 'obvious to any reasonable person that the schools producing most of the OPT students are not prestigious research universities [or otherwise known for high standards], which means that many of the OPT students across the country are not in fact the best and brightest'."
discussion at Slash Dot

2012-06-04 06:09PDT (09:09EDT) (13:09GMT) (15:09 Jerusalem)
Toni Bowers _Tech Republic_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
Another pretext to declare able and willing US STEM workers "disqualified": Klout scores

2012-06-04 10:26PDT (13:26EDT) (17:26GMT) (19:26 Jerusalem)
Joe McKendrick _SmartPlanet_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
"Innovation" is now the most abused word in "business"
"The problem is the term has been co-opted.   Many companies are using the term 'innovation' to imply momentous change, even for ordinary tweaks to products or services.   But what is innovation?"

2012-06-04
Pat Michaels
Historical images of Greenland glaciers lower sea level rise hysteria

2012-06-04
Audrey Quinn _SmartPlanet_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
"riskier" play-grounds make kids safer in the long run

2012-06-04
Joseph Cress _Cumberland PA Sentinel_
Silver Spring twp man recalls battle of Midway

2012-06-04
Jessica Garate _KRQE Albuquerque NM_
Jianyu Huang arrested on charges of smuggling nano-tech info from Sandia National Labs to Red China

2012-06-04
David P. Goldman _PJ Media_
Supra-national government in Europe?: Competition to foist debts on others

2012-06-04
Bridget Johnson _PJ Media_
Tim Scott bursting the beltway bubble

2012-06-04
_Washington DC Times_
Obummer/Holder DoJ working to allow ineligible votes
Fox
"2,700 non-citizens the effort has uncovered thus far...   The 1973 Voting Rights Act was never meant to apply to illegal aliens...   Furthermore, the unlawfully registered aliens have been casting votes.   Of the 1,600 registered illegals in Miami-Dade County thus far identified, around two-thirds have actually cast ballots.   This is troubling for an extra reason: Illegal-voter participation is much higher than the general public's.   Illegal or erroneous voter registration is a national problem.   A study by the Pew Center on the States, released in February, found 24M flawed voter registrations nationwide, or 1 in 8 registrations.   These include inaccurate or duplicate records, people registered in 2 or more states and almost 2M voters who are on the books even though they are deceased.   The number of bad registrations is daunting; 24M is larger than the winning margins of the last 5 presidential races combined...   Two weeks ago, Florida found and removed 53K dead people from its [statewide] voter lists [and asked county officials to remove them from theirs, but some refused]."

2012-06-04
Chasan _Wall Street Journal Germany_
the JOBS Act's Jobs-Free Companies
AOL
Wall Street Journal USA
"Just 8 weeks after its passage, however, more than a dozen of the companies seeking to use its looser rules for going public aren't the type of high-tech growth companies law-makers had in mind.   'Special-purpose acquisition companies' and 'blank check' companies, basically empty shells with almost no employees that are used in mergers or as a back-door route to U.S. stock listings, have been quick to identify themselves in regulatory filings as 'emerging growth companies'.   The new law uses that phrase to describe which companies—once they have applied to go public—should be exempt from some financial-reporting and corporate-governance requirements...   Meredith Cross, director of the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance. 'These are not companies that are job creators...'...   The JOBS Act, whose [misleading] initials stand for [the equally misleading] Jump-Start Our Business Start-Ups, went into effect immediately after it was passed on April 5, leaving the SEC to decide on the fly what companies it covered.   The law's clearest eligibility requirement is that a company have annual revenue of less than $1G.   It also sets certain caps on a company's outstanding debt and market capitalization.   'If they fall within the definition of an emerging-growth company, the SEC is going to have a hard time saying no.', said Lynn Turner, former chief accountant at the agency who now works as a consultant...   Infinity did so to take advantage of the new law's 'scaled-back disclosures, certain exemptions to executive-compensation disclosures and attestation requirements for the auditors.', said Stuart Neuhauser, an attorney at Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP who represents the firm.   'When we become an operating company the savings could be enormous.'   He said he expects most SPACs will bill themselves as emerging-growth companies."
S1960Susan M. Colins of MEbusiness micro-management, and special tax break for bodyshoppers
S1983Chares E. Schumer of NYeliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, and increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, add 10,500 E-3 visas for Irish
S1986Michael F. Bennet of COdestroy career prospects of US STEM workers
S2005Scott P. Brown of MAin an age of vasty excessive visas and immigration, issue even more
S3185John Cornyn of TXstrive to keep 1.8M US STEM workers unemployed
S3192Lamar Alexander of TNIDIOTic job destruction act
S3217Jerry Moran of KSimpede economic recovery by diverting private investment funds to foreigner-founded businesses

more Proposed Bills in 112th congress

2012-06-04
Beryl Lieff Benderly _AAAS Science_
news on science education in the USA
"NSF found a sharp increase in the number of Americans pursuing graduate education in science.   Their number, in fact, now 'stands at an all-time high'...   as Berezow and Campbell astutely point out, the tradition of complaining about American educational mediocrity goes back decades -- and over-laps with the recent decades when Americans created Silicon Valley, biotechnology, and other major advances.   Could it be, they ask, that test scores aren't the best indicator or a nation's ability to produce innovation?   And year after year, NSF's authoritative Science and Engineering Indicators finds that the U.S. graduates 3 times as many Americans with degrees in STEM fields as the economy can absorb into STEM occupations.   Notwithstanding all this evidence, reports of 'a major deficit in the supply of STEM workers' appear with regularity...   it's important to consider the economic interests of those making them.   Mervis expresses cautious optimism that actual facts may eventually influence the over-heated discussion..."

2012-06-04
Beryl Lieff Benderly _AAAS Science_
ACS: grim hiring picture for new chemists

2012-06-04
Michael Cutler _Californians for Population Stabilization_
it's excess, lax immigration
"What is almost never discussed on the various news programs is the fundamental fact that while each week reports are issued about how many new jobs have been created or about what the latest unemployment statistics are, there are currently millions of jobs being held by foreign nationals (aliens) who are taking jobs Americans desperately need in order to survive!   Illegal aliens tend to take the bottom rung jobs where they work for substandard wages, often under conditions that are so substandard as to be patently illegal.   Day laborers often supplant American tradesman on construction sites."

2012-06-04
Jay Schalin _National Review_
the glut of STEM degrees

2012-06-04 (5772 Sivan 14)
_Jewish World Review_/_Harvard Health Letters_
why people faint and some of the dangers
 
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  "By the time Stonehenge began to be built, about 5K years ago, modern humans had been living in Europe for almost 35K years." --- Steve Olson 2002_Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins_ pg159  

 
 

2012-06-05

2012-06-05
Michael Cutler _Family Security Matters_
ICE deporting gangster Tarsis Dodamin Quintero-Sanchez for murder... again

2012-06-05
Michaelangelo Conte _Jersey Journal_
Manamadurai Somalingham, Dhirenkumar Parikh and 7 others associated with Vision Career Consultants, PC Tech, and American Health and Technology Institute, charged with fraud related to student visas

2012-06-05
Suzanne Lucas _CBS_
Bodyshopping continues to worsen
"Some 58% of companies plan to [abuse] temporary employees -- at all levels -- over the next few years, the Harvard Business Review reports. Authors Jody Greenstone Miller and Matt Miller..."

2012-06-05
Anthony Watts
Mann's secret hot sauce for cooking data
delta O 18 in parts per thousand

2012-06-05
Avi Davis _PJ Media_
American Freedom Alliance conference vs. global thuggery
"a sophisticated and extremely well-financed movement to advance global governance has taken root in most Western countries.   Insisting on using the UN as a conduit for enacting international protocols and regulations -- almost all of which would override national legislation -- globalists use international environmental accords, humanitarian law, and international treaties as vehicles to advance an agenda that is becoming increasingly aggressive and unwilling to brook opposition.   This well-financed campaign designed to strip sovereign governments of their ability to [redefine individual human rights out of existence] and environmental protection has naturally put the globalist agenda on a collision course with constitutional democracy.   Put simply, transnationalists in the UN and the European Union -- and more importantly, among America's elites -- are using the demands for a global rule of law to make American constitutional law subservient to a global authority.   In many respects, they are succeeding."

2012-06-05
Will Collier _PJ Media_
corrupt leftist former governor of AL going back to prison
"'He had also won election as Alabama's secretary of state, attorney general, and lieutenant governor.'...   The lieutenant governor's office, which Siegelman held from 1995-1999, has had exactly 2 Republican occupants in the state's post-Reconstruction history...   Siegelman was also secretary of state.   A total of 4 Republicans have held that office since Reconstruction, the most recent being Nancy Worley from 2002-2007.   Ditto for attorney general: 4 Republicans.   How about governor? Alabama has had exactly 4 GOP governors...   The 2004 case never went to jury.   The charges were summarily thrown out by now-retired Carter appointee U.W. Clemon, an old political associate of Siegelman's and in his day considered one of the most nakedly partisan federal judges in the country...   Siegelman was once a fair-haired boy for the American Trial Lawyers Association, the members of which have been quite keen on getting Dirty Don sprung over the years...   Savage also did not mention Siegelman's life-long membership in the old dirty Machine of Alabama politics, his status -- like every other Alabama Democrat in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s -- as a crony of the late, unlamented George Wallace..."

2012-06-05
Patrick Cleburne _V Dare_
Obummer's voter fraud facilitation policy: does the GOP have the courage to stop it?
"'Motor Voter' law...actually calls on states to purge ineligible voters...   former [Obummer] appointee in charge of the voting section announced early on that it would ignore Motor Voter's purge obligation.   ''We have no interest in enforcing this provision of the law.'', he quoted Julie Fernandes as saying in 2009 when she was an assistant attorney general'...   Under...Eric Holder, [Obummer's] DoJ has been aggressively and systematically impeding any effort to confine voting to those truly entitled to vote.   The conclusion is inescapable: the Obamacrats want to maximize the opportunity to cheat."

2012-06-05
Indur M. Goklany
rotavirus, weather and climate
"CDC: 'Prior the introduction of rotavirus vaccines in the United Sates in 2006, rotavirus resulted in the hospitalization of approximately 55K U.S. children each year. Globally, rotavirus is estimated to cause 527K deaths in children annually.'   For some context, total US deaths from all causes is 2.4M annually. So [55K is very significant and] 500K deaths is huge."
CDCP: numbers of deaths by cause 2009

2012-06-05
Bridget Johnson _PJ Media_
Tea Party + Blue Dog caucus attempts to craft budget deal

2012-06-05
Andrew C. McCarthy _PJ Media_
CAIR's Dawud Walid tries to project his own hatred of Jewish people onto his notion of the Deity
"it is long past time to start treating these guys as the fringe crackpots they are"
Clarion Project: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Investigative Project: CAIR-Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood links
Discover the Networks: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
anti-CAIR
Discover the Networks: Muslim Brotherhood (MB)

2012-06-05
Rick Oltman _Examiner_
Obummer continues to dismantle enforcement of immigration laws

2012-06-05
Mark J. Perry
there may be 80 times as much shale oil and gas in Bazhenov field in Siberia than in Bakken field

2012-06-05
Mark J. Perry
Good spelling still matters

2012-06-05
Mark J. Perry
Conference Board's flawed employment trends index
more graphs

2012-06-05
Mark J. Perry
replacing custom air-line entertainment systems with iPads saves mass and fuel

2012-06-05
Maureen Downey _Atlanta GA Journal Constitution_
how much corruption are parents willing to over-look at school if children are learning
"An outside audit of a noted charter middle school in Alpharetta found contracts awarded without the competitive bidding process, conflicts of interest, co-mingling of funds, the hiring of Turkish citizens for staff positions for which there were qualified Georgians, payment of visas for family members of staff, payment of airline tickets for staff to return to Turkey for long summer visits and a lack of background checks on staff members who accompanied students to Turkey...   The cost of the audit to Fulton [tax-victims] will likely be $35K, in large part because uncooperative Fulton Science Academy Middle School leaders blocked the auditors."

2012-06-05 (5772 Sivan 15)
Anna Mulrine _Jewish World Review_
Cyberwar on Syria?

2012-06-05 (5772 Sivan 15)
David G. Savage _Jewish World Review_
insane Supremes declare the right to free speech does not protect citizens from a "retaliatory arrest"
"Howards said he was disappointed by the decision.   'I was arrested and taken to jail for telling the vice president what I thought of his policies.   That shouldn't happen in Iran or in [Red China], and it should not happen in the United States of America.', he said by phone...   Monday's decision was unanimous, although justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer would have limited the holding to Secret Service agents rather than law enforcement generally.   Justice Elena Kagan sat out the case."

2012-06-05 (5772 Sivan 15)
_Jewish World Review_/_AFP_
print with wider spacing is more legible to dyslexics

2012-06-05 (5772 Sivan 15)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
playing with words
Lucianne
Free Republic
American Spectator
West Chester PA Daily Local News
"How do politicians con people out of their money?   One example can be found in a recent article titled The Autism-Welfare Nexus by Paul Sperry in Investor's Business Daily.   Genuine autism is a truly tragic condition, both for those afflicted by it and for their parents.   Few people would have any problem with the idea that both voluntary donations and government expenditures are well spent to help those suffering from autism.   'Autism', however, has been sweepingly redefined over the years.   What was discovered and defined as autism back in 1943 is just one of a number of conditions now included as being part of 'the autism spectrum'.   Many, if not most, of these conditions are nowhere near as severe as autism, or even as clearly defined.   The growing number of children encompassed by a wider and looser definition of autism has been trumpeted across the land through the media as an 'epidemic' of increasing numbers of cases of autism.   Before 1990, 1 child out of 2,500 was said to be autistic.   This year, it is said to be 1 out of 88.   As Paul Sperry points out in IBD, 'the number of language disorder cases have fallen as autism cases have risen, suggesting one disorder has simply been substituted for another'...   Every dollar spent on children falsely labelled autistic is a dollar lost -- and urgently needed -- in dealing with the severe problems of genuinely autistic children...   the official statistics on the national debt only count about one-fourth of what the federal government actually owes.   Even the staggering official national debt is literally not half the story.   Under ordinary accounting rules and laws, the money promised to people as pensions when they retire has to be counted as part of the debts of a business or other organization.   But, since Congress makes the laws, the trillions of dollars owed to people who have paid into [Socialist Insecurity] do not have to be counted as part of the federal government's debts.   When you or I owe money, we are in debt -- and face consequences if we don't pay up...   Perhaps the biggest frauds committed by redefining words are the many fraudulent uses of the word 'poor'.   For most of the history of the human race, there was no problem in defining who were 'the poor'.   They were people without enough to eat, often without adequate clothing to protect them from the elements, and usually people who lived packed in like sardines in living quarters without adequate ventilation in the summer or adequate heat in the winter, and perhaps also lacking in such things as electricity or adequate sewage disposal.   Today, most of the officially defined 'poor' have none of these problems...   Why are they called 'poor' then?   For the same reason that autism, the national debt and many other things are redefined in completely misleading ways -- namely, to justify draining more money from the public in taxes [i.e. tax-victims], expanding the government, and allowing politicians to give hand-outs to people who are expected to vote for their re-election."
 
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  "In China the north is zhongguo, the central kingdom, the source of all civilization and culture.   For example, most Chinese -- southerners as well as northerners -- will tell you that they are descended from the Yellow Emperor -- Huang-Ti, the legendary ruler who unified the tribes of northern China in the third millennium BCE.   In fact, because of the exponential rise in the number of ancestors as one goes back in time, all Chinese ARE [probably] descended from Huang-Ti, if he actually existed.   Indeed, he was supposed to have had 24 sons, which would have further magnified his genealogical presence." --- Steve Olson 2002_Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins_ pg131  

 
 

2012-06-06

2012-06-06
Jason Overdorf _Global Post_
stagflation and unemployment in India
"with India's economic growth slowing to a nine-year low of 5.3% for the quarter ended March 31 and 6.5% for the fiscal year...   middle-class employers are also beginning to feel the pain -- even as economists predict that prices will continue to sky-rocket...   a sub-inspector with the Delhi Police, falls smack in the middle of the $4K-$10K income bracket that economists here define as the middle class.   'Vegetable prices have gone up 25%.   They are going to increase school fees 20% next term.   We're no longer able to save any money.', Singh said...   Because of its expanding population, it needs to create about 12M new jobs a year to employ the young people entering the work force...   some such moves are in the offing -- such as fatter tax breaks for export- and labor-intensive industries, and a deep cut to interest rates if growth continues to lag below 6.5%...   The reason? It was the normally apathetic middle class that first fueled the anti-corruption campaign led by social activist Anna Hazare, which brought tens of thousands of Indians onto the streets last summer...   India normally functions less by policy than by edict...   By 'moving a file', the bureaucrats clear the actual projects, choose the contractors, and so on.   In the current climate of fear, however, these bureaucrats are demanding their instructions in writing, and their ministers are afraid to comply, say insiders...   'The issue is that no one takes decisions, full stop.'"

2012-06-06 12:05PDT (15:05EDT) (19:05GMT) (21:05 Jerusalem)
Jeffry Bartash _MarketWatch_
Deal may be near in media-government spat over attempts to ensure simultaneous release of economic report data

2012-06-06
Bridget Johnson _PJ Media_
GOP to Obummer: THIS is an all-sources energy bill

2012-06-06
Janine Turner _PJ Media_
Use the summer break to give your kids a real civics education

2012-06-06
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
Turner Ashby, in family and personal... "memory"

2012-06-06
Alec Rawls
9th circus eco-forays are unconstitutional says dissenting judge Milan Smith

2012-06-06
Anthony Watts
NOAA realizes recent processing of historical records has "cooled the past"

2012-06-06
Peter Cappelli _MarketWatch_
Why good people can't get jobs (video)
book at Amazon
book at Barnes & Noble
"Peter Cappelli confronts the myth of the skills gap and provides an actionable path forward to put people back to work...   In this powerful and fast-reading book, Peter Cappelli, Wharton management professor and director of Wharton's Center for Human Resources, debunks the arguments and exposes the real reasons good people can't get hired.   Drawing on jobs data, anecdotes from all sides of the employer-employee divide, and interviews with jobs professionals, he explores the paradoxical forces bearing down on the American work-place and lays out solutions that can help us break through what has become a crippling employer-employee stand-off.   Among the questions he confronts: Is there really a skills gap?   To what extent is the hiring process being held hostage by automated software that can crunch thousands of applications an hour?   What kind of training could best bridge the gap between employer expectations and applicant realities, and who [can and] should foot the bill for it?"

2012-06-06
Matthew McLaughlin _Cumberland PA Sentinel_
Novitas Solutions to employ 250 in Cumberland county
"Novitas Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of Diversified Service Options...   Formerly Highmark Medicare Services, Novitas Solutions provides administrative services processing for government-sponsored health care programs on behalf of the federal government and currently employs 650 people at its Camp Hill location.   Florida-based Diversified Service Options is a holding company, wholly-owned by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Inc...   salaries ranging from $29K to $60K annually..."

2012-06-06
Mary Pickett _Billings MT Gazette_
improving remedial education
"recent research points to ways to fix the system so more students complete two- and four-year college degrees critical to their future and a healthy economy...   About 30% of Montana students enter college needing remedial classes in math, reading or writing.   Although they pay for those classes, they don't receive college credit for them...   Across the country, about 40% of new students can't do college-level work.   About 55% to 60% of incoming two-year college students take at least one remedial class.   Nationally, only about 25% of those students go on to get a two- or four-year degree.   Does that mean that some students are just not college material and shouldn't be in post-secondary programs?   Discouraging students from coming to college is not an option, because at least some postsecondary education is necessary for most jobs these days, Vandal said...   higher education institutions should talk with secondary schools about what students need to know when they arrive at college...   About one-third of students who receive borderline results in placement tests often can be placed directly in a college-level class and do well, particularly if students have academic tutoring available.   Remedial math classes should relate to a student's future course of study..."

2012-06-06
_Economic Times of India_
US auto dealers sue Mahindra & Mahindra for fraud and theft of trade secrets
"A group of automobile dealers in the US has filed a law-suit against Mahindra & Mahindra, accusing fraud, misrepresentation and conspiracy, which the Indian firm has denied.   According to Michael Diaz, managing partner of Diaz Reus & Targ, the law firm that is representing various dealers, the law-suit alleges that 'Mahindra duped hundreds of US auto dealers and walked away with more than $60M in cash and trade secrets'."

2012-06-06
Mark J. Perry
economic mobility: from 1992 to 2009, 85% of people with top 400 incomes were in the list just 1 or 2 years
"Of the group of 3,869 top earners from 1992-2009, 2,824 individuals made it into the 'Fortunate 400' only one time during the 18-year period.   Those 2,824 one-timers represent about 73% of the total (3,869), so only about one out of every four, or 27% of the total, made it into the top 400 more than once between 1992 and 2009 (see columns 2 and 3 above)...   another 458 ( about 12%) made it into the top group twice.   So 85% made it into the 'Fortunate 400' group either once or twice, and only about 15% made it into the top group more than twice...   only 87 [tax-victims] out of the 3,869 total [tax-victims] in the group (2.25%) who were in the top 400 in 10 or more years...   on average in any given year, about 40% of the returns are filed by [tax-victims] who are not in the 'Fortunate 400' in any of the other 17 years..."

2012-06-06
Mark J. Perry
S&P 500 index tracks odds for re-election

2012-06-06 (5772 Sivan 16)
Jonathan Tobin _Jewish World Review_
Crazy people are trying to twist Israel's success in defending iself in the 6 Day War into an excuse to sieze more Israeli territory than that already occupied
"The belief that the Arabs can ultimately win the Six-Day War by waiting patiently until they out-number the Jews [in the parts of Israel they occupy] between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River is based on the assumption that the status quo is untenable..."

2012-06-06 (5772 Sivan 16)
Fred Weir _Jewish World Review_
Russia is returning to its old ways

2012-06-06 (5772 Sivan 16)
Melissa Healy _Jewish World Review_
guilt, depression (and lack of conscience) linked to activity in specific areas of brain
"Published Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry, the study finds that for the depressed, even in remission, the cerebral mechanisms of guilt and self-blame continue to hum and whir, untouched by anti-depressants or years of psychotherapy.   For some, that makes relapse an ever-present prospect...   Many fMRI studies of the brain -- even this one -- showed no difference in overall brain activation when a subject was made to feel angry or indignant and when he or she was made to feel guilty.   The current study, instead, found differences at a deeper level.   In the 22 individuals with no family or personal history of depression that made up the control group, statements designed to induce feelings of personal blame caused brain activation in a predictable network of brain regions working together: The regions that make up the fronto-limbic network -- a set of primitive structures in the brain that help us process and respond to strong emotions -- worked hand-in-glove with a structure called the anterior temporal lobe.   Neuro-science research has suggested the right superior anterior temporal lobe is a key hub in the network of brain structures that help us place our own actions and others' in their broad social context.   When it is working, we are attuned to the meaning of human behavior in a social setting and able to judge it.   Another structure -- the sub-genual cingulate cortex's 'adjacent septal region' also is activated when we weigh whether behavior -- our own or others' -- deserves blame or indignation.   Among the 25 formerly depressed subjects (nine of whom continued to take antidepressant medication), statements construed to elicit a sense of guilt ('Self acted stingily toward best friend') activated the frontolimbic network.   But something was notably absent: There was no input from the anterior temporal lobe.   Neither was there the usual cross-talk between components of the fronto-limbic system and the 'adjacent septal region' of the sub-genual cingulate cortex.   Researchers suggested this pattern, in which the possibility of blame sparks activity in a fronto-limbic network that is 'decoupled' from activity in these other 2 structures, might be the tell-tale finger-print of depression, even after its most apparent symptoms -- sadness, lack of energy, changes in sleep and appetite -- have resolved."

2012-06-06 (5772 Sivan 16)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
immoral beyond redemption
"I personally believe that assisting one's fellow man in need by reaching into one's own pockets is praiseworthy and laudable.   Doing the same by reaching into another's pockets is despicable, dishonest and worthy of condemnation.   Some people call governmental hand-outs charity, but charity and legalized theft are entirely two different things.   But as far as charity is concerned, James Madison, the acknowledged father of our Constitution, said, 'Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.'   To my knowledge, the Constitution has not been amended to include charity as a legislative duty of Congress.   Our current economic crisis, as well as that of Europe, is a direct result of immoral conduct.   Roughly two-thirds to three-quarters of our federal budget can be described as Congress' taking the property of one American and giving it to another.   [Socialist Insecurity], Medicare and Medicaid account for nearly half of federal spending.   Then there are corporate welfare and farm subsidies and thousands of other spending programs, such as food stamps, welfare and education.   According to a 2009 Census Bureau report, nearly 139M Americans -- 46% -- receive hand-outs from one or more federal programs, and nearly 50% have no federal income tax obligations.   In the face of our looming financial calamity, what are we debating about? It's not about the reduction or elimination of the immoral conduct that's delivered us to where we are.   It's about how we pay for it -- namely, taxing the rich, not realizing that even if congress imposed a 100% tax on earnings higher than $250K per year, it would keep the government running for only 141 days.   Ayn Rand, in her novel _Atlas Shrugged_, reminded us that 'when you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good'."
 
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  "I'm on this earth to put a feeble fight against the horrible tendency people have to think that there's a formula: If I do the following things, I'll get elected president.   No you won't.   If I do the following things, my work of art will be good.   Not necessarily.   If I follow this recipe, the dish will come out delicious.   Maybe.   Trust me, there's no formula for most things that are not math." --- Daniel Pinkwater (seen 2012-04-25 at Jewish World Review)  

 
 

2012-06-07

2012-06-07 02:15PDT (05:15EDT) (09:15GMT) (11:15 Jerusalem)
Zaimarie de Guzman _Treasure Coast FL Palm_
rallies to protest federal measures to pervert health care and threaten freedom of religion

2012-06-07 03:00PDT (06:00EDT) (10:00GMT) (12:00 Jerusalem)
Audrey Quinn _Stupid Propaganda Planet_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
sleep is key to productivity and creativity
"'Optimal leadership really boils down to understanding 3 neuro-scientific principles', Payne explains, 'which are good sleep, moderate stress (you don't want too little but you don't want too much), and positive affect, positive emotion.'...   small breaks from work (which she calls 'sleep proxies') can improve memory, and the role of sleep in performance."

2012-06-07 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 321,884 in the week ending June 2, a decrease of 24,376 from the previous week.   There were 366,816 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4% during the week ending May 26, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,039,077, a decrease of 21,271 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.7% and the volume was 3,426,345.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending May 19 was 5,970,729, a decrease of 167,133 from the previous week.   Extended benefits were available in the District of Columbia, Idaho, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and West Virginia during the week ending May 19.   Extended benefits were available in DC, ID, NV, NJ, NY, RI, and WV during the week ending May 19.   States reported 2,572,558 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 19, a decrease of 45,808 from the prior week.   There were 3,381,090 claimants in the comparable week in 2011.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07, and seasonal adjustment factors were revised.]
EUC (Excel)
EB
graphs
more graphs

2012-06-07 05:44PDT (08:44EDT) (12:44GMT) (14:44 Jerusalem)
Andrew Nusca _Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
Tech industry out-sourcing is a symptom of corruption

2012-06-07
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
Has the sesquicentennial of the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign fallen short?
"have we not learned more about the people in the Valley at that time...those who were both from here, and from outside?   To me, the observation of the people...the common man & woman...of the past is critical...   nothing/no one has dared to touch the story of slaves and free blacks in the Valley during the war..."

2012-06-07
Willis Eschenbach
forcing or feed-back?
"I think there are 2 simple changes in the reviewing process that would help it immensely.   1. Double blind reviewing.   Right now, reviewing is just single blind, with the reviewer knowing the identity of the author but not the other way around.   This is a huge, huge violation of the scientific [standards], and it leads and has led to problems...   2. Publish the reviews and the reviewer's names along with the paper when it is published.   This sunshine, this transparency, will have several benefits.   First, if a reviewer still has strong reservations about the paper, or if their objections have led to improvements or changes in the paper, this will be made visible when the reviews are published (presumably on-line) along with the paper.   Second, we get to see who agrees that the paper is valid science, and who might not.   Third, in the fullness of time, we will have a record of who was right and who was wrong."

2012-06-07
David Archibald
Richard Martin's _Super Fuel_: book review
"Like all warmers, his grip on reality is a bit weak.   One example of this is on page 55 where he states 'the container ship Altona, bound for [Red China] and carrying a load of 770K tons of uranium concentrate'.   The biggest ship on the planet carries some 500K tonnes and the world yellowcake market is about 80K tonnes per annum.   Perhaps he meant 770K lbs instead of tons, but nobody else in the editing and publishing chain picked up the mistake either.   A second howler is on page 195 which states 'After the Fukushima-Daiichi accident, there was a brief run on supplies of iodine-131.   An isotope of iodine produced in specialised reactors, iodine-131 is used to prevent thyroid cancer from radiation exposure.'   What he [probably should have written] was that there was panic buying of potassium iodide which is used to prevent thyroid cancer from iodine-131."

2012-06-07
Jean Kaufman _PJ Media_
40 years later: burned South VietNamese child
"Kim and her family had taken shelter in a temple for 3 days...   North VietNamese forces were invading the South VietNamese village of Trang Bang that Kim and her family called home, and the South VietNamese forces were defending it from them...   Christopher Wain, a British journalist on the scene who witnessed the battle, the air-strike, the napalming of Kim and the others, and who also assisted her in getting help afterward...described a fire-fight between South VietNamese forces and the North VietNamese infantry who were dug into bunkers on the out-skirts of the village.   Because the white markers that the South VietNamese had dropped to indicate the Northern positions had been dissipated in the rain, the South VietNamese airplanes made the error of dropping bombs near their own forces instead.   Some South VietNamese infantry (ARVN) ran from the temple to escape the sudden danger, along with a group of civilians (including Kim) caught in the crossfire whom the ARVN forces were waving to safety.   Another South VietNamese plane came by, and according to Wain: 'I suppose all the pilot could see was figures running, which is what he would expect the North VietNamese to be doing.   You cannot identify people when you are 100 feet up and flying at 300 miles per hour, so he flew in and dropped four canisters of napalm on top of them...'   As this report points out, the fleeing ARVN members were armed and running with the civilians toward the regular ARVN units, a situation that contributed to the pilot's perception that they were the Northern enemy determined to attack the Southern positions.   The ARVN soldiers carrying their weapons can clearly be seen in [Nick Ut's] photo, behind the burned children."

2012-06-07
Janice Fiamengo _PJ Media_
Failing our eager students
"the teachable students still believe in ideas, still seek after truth.   Most teachers look for them as for a life preserver, their hearts lifting at the first glimpse...   they are not only gifted with innate intelligence but have escaped the attitude of entitlement -- the self-regard tinged with grievance -- that characterizes many of their peers...   They come from different backgrounds and stations...   Almost always their families cared in some manner for learning and culture..."

2012-06-07
Barry Rubin _PJ Media_
This week, Turkey regressed towards being an Islamic state

2012-06-07
Janet Fang _Stupid Propaganda Planet_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
MSFT and GE conspire to form Caradigm, new, even worse, medical privacy violator

2012-06-07
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
examining foreign worker programs
"certainly there is nothing incoherent about the ways these visa programs help the employers who invented, or re-invented, these arrangements...   a Sri Lankan woman who had been bamboozled, trafficked, and forced into unpaid slavery for 26 months in a San Diego household...   The report sorted out the various visas in a new, different, and perhaps naive way.   There are the 'formal' work visas (H-1B, H-2A, and H-2B), the 'other' work visas (E-1, E-2, and E-3; L-1; I; O; P; Q and R; TN; and the special ones for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), and the 'definitely not for work visas'.   This last category includes B-1 (business visitors), A-3 (diplomatic servants), G-5 (servants to international civil servants), and those in B-1 who are servants to other B-1s.   Also, and here I would differ, F-1 (students, including former foreign students), and J-1 (exchange visitors).   These last two categories bring us hundreds of thousands of migrant workers each year...   My sense is that there are nonimmigrant workers in the low millions in the United States at any given time; probably as many as 650K in the H-1B category alone."

2012-06-07
Katrina Trinko _National Review_
Are non-citizens being allowed to vote in Florida?

2012-06-07
Terence P. Jeffrey _Cybercast News Service_
Under Obummer Fed's holdings of US government debt have multiplied over 5 and a half times
"On 2009 January 28, a week after Obama's [inauguration], the Fed owned $302G in U.S. Treasury securities.   On 2012 April 25, the latest date reported, the Fed owned 5 and a half times that much in U.S. Treasury securities -- $1.668T.   That is an increase from 2009 January of $1.366T...   At the end of 2009 January, [Red China] owned $739.6G in U.S. government debt and Japan owned $634.8G.   By the end of 2012 March, [Red China's] holdings of U.S. debt had grown to $1.1699T and Japan's holdings had grown to $1.083T.   Together, the Federal Reserve, [Red China] and Japan had increased their holdings of U.S. debt by $2.2445T since Obama took office.   The total U.S. government debt grew from $10.6179T to $15.6233T..."

2012-06-07
Mark J. Perry
US aggregate household wealth

2012-06-07
Mark J. Perry
perverse incentives and unintended consequences

2012-06-07
_FAIR US_
new push by corrupt congress-critters to favor foreign workers harms US citizen workers
"'Startup 2.0 is a solution in search of a problem.', observed Dan Stein, president of FAIR.   'There is no shortage of workers already in our labor force who are ready, willing and able to perform jobs that STEM employers require.   Bills like Startup 2.0, however, could create future shortages.   Flooding our labor market with recent foreign STEM graduates, desperate to find and keep jobs in order to remain in the U.S.A., will further depress wages discouraging our own best and brightest from pursuing careers in these fields.'"
HR5893Michael G. Grimm of NYimpede economic recovery by diverting private investment funds to foreigner-founded businesses
S3217Jerry Moran of KSimpede economic recovery by diverting private investment funds to foreigner-founded businesses

2012-06-07
_Times Record News_
40 people arrested in 12 Texas cities and 1 Oklahoma town by ICE

"One or more people from Wichita Falls have been arrested in a 12-day sweep of visa over-stays and foreign students who violated the conditions of their non-immigrant visas."

2012-06-07 (5772 Sivan 17)
Steve Emerson _Jewish World Review_
Why is the U.S. State Department hampering Americans from collecting settlements against terrorists?
"The smiling man, Sami Salim Khamad, was sent by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and blew himself up an instant later.   Eleven people would be killed, including Daniel Wultz.   The South Florida resident died four weeks later after enduring respiratory problems, gangrene, infections, shock and other injuries caused by shrapnel.   He went through 200 units of blood...   Tuly Wultz was severely injured, but survived.   He remains hampered physically and emotionally.   There's a constant ringing in his ears.   His mobility is limited.   And his mind repeatedly flashes back to his son's murder...   Some people might wilt, unable to overcome their grief.   The Wultz family chose a different path.   A federal judge awarded the family more than $330M in damages May 17 in a law-suit they brought against the governments of Iran and Syria for their responsibility in financing, training and otherwise supporting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)...   They created the Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation 'to educate people on the nature, tactics and goals of terrorism, promote global strategies for eradicating terrorism, and encourage socially responsible, ethically guided behaviors that contribute to a safe and peaceful world'...   But while [the judicial and legislative branches] opened the door for victims to pursue justice, another branch has made it policy to block them from collecting.   When victims of terrorist attacks and their families try to enforce similar judgments, they must overcome the objections not only of the targeted country, but also from the U.S. State Department.   'There's almost an institutional State Department ideology that terrorism victims are little bugs that get in their way every once in a while.', said Rhode Island attorney David Strachman...   He described one hearing in which counsel for the Iranian government deferred to the State Department's argument in opposing terror victims' claims.   This situation has held true through Democratic and Republican administrations...   The family plans to use money it obtains to spread its message against terrorism.   Every dollar they collect, Wultz reasoned, is a dollar that cannot go to plotting an attack, [supplying, feeding, arming,] or training a terrorist...   'Barbaric acts like the April 17, 2006 suicide bombing have no place in civilized society and represent a moral depravity that knows no bounds.', [wrote Royce Lamberth, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, in his ruling].   'This Court hopes that [the] Wultz family may take some measure of solace in this Court's final judgment.'"

2012-06-07 (5772 Sivan 17)
Howard Lewine, MD _Jewish World Review_
Craving chalk is sign of iron deficiency

2012-06-07 (5772 Sivan 17)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
the real "war on women"
Town Hall
"Barack Obama had been a divider all his adult life, especially as a community organizer, and he had repeatedly sought out and allied himself with other dividers...   president Obama's re-election campaign has become more openly divisive than ever...   But anyone who doubts the existence of voter fraud should read John Fund's book _Stealing Elections_ or J. Christian Adams's book _Injustice_, which deals specifically with the Obama Justice Department's over-looking voter fraud when those involved are black Democrats.   Not content with dividing classes and races, the Obama campaign is now seeking to divide the sexes...   Since women average fewer hours of work per year, and fewer years of consecutive full-time employment than men, among other differences, comparisons of male and female annual earnings are comparisons of apples and oranges, as various female economists have pointed out...   When you compare women and men in the same occupations with the same skills, education, hours of work, and many other factors that go into determining pay, the differences in incomes shrink to the vanishing point -- and, in some cases, the women earn more than comparable men.   But why let mere facts spoil the emotional rhetoric or the political ploys to drum up hysteria and collect votes?...   A reporter from The Daily Caller then pointed out that the women on Nancy Pelosi's own staff average 27% lower incomes than the men on her staff.   Does that show that Pelosi herself is guilty of discrimination against women?   Or does it show that such simple-minded statistics are grossly misleading?...   A bill to outlaw sexually and racially discriminatory abortions has been opposed and defeated by House Democrats."
 
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  "The Jews first appear in the historical records a a group of tribes livign in the hills around the Dead Sea about 1200BCE.   Hostile invaders from somewhere in the mediterranean had recently settled along what is today the Gaza Strip.   These sea people, who became known as the Philistines [Pleshtim, Flishtim, פְּלִשְׁתִּים], had weapons made of iron, not the more common bronze.   Now these fierce warriors were threatening to extend their control into the interior.   To counter the threat from the Philistines, the hill tribes formed a loose confederation.   Under the command of several inspired leaders, the confederated tribes successfully repulsed the invaders, eventually confining them to a narrow section of the coast.   The successful military campaign set in motion a process of political centralization that led, in about 1000BCE, to the emergence of a more or less unified state.   This is the nation we know today as Israel.   Israel was one of many small states in the area the Romans would later call Palestine (a name derived from the word Philistine).   These states [as most] owed their existence to a temporary quirk of regional politics.   All the usual super-pwoers -- Egypt to the south, Babylonia to the east, and Assyrian to the north -- were under-going periods of instability.   in the resulting power vacuum, the peoples of [the Levant] were able to control their own political destiny.   But the respite was brief.   In 722BCE the Assyrians conquered the northern half of Israel, which had fissioned many years before as a result of internal conflicts.   In keeping with Assyrian military practices, the conquerers scattered the northern kingdom's upper classes throughout the Middle East and imported colonists from Babylonia and Syria to take their places.   The southern kingdom, which called itself Judah [malkuth yahudah, מַלְכוּת יְהוּדָה], remained independent until 587BCE.   In that year the armies of Babylonia entered Judah's capital, Jerusalem, the burned it to the ground.   Judah's leader, Zedekiah, was forced to watch his children murdered and then had his eyes put out.   Like the northerners before them, the elites of Judah were exiled from their homeland, with most of them settling in Babylonia.   In time they became known as the people of Judah or, more simply, the Jews." --- Steve Olson 2002_Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins_ pp106-107 (citing John Bright 2000 _An History of Israel_; Hans Kueng 1992 _Judaism: Between Yesterday and Tomorrow_; Paul Johnson 1987 _An History of the Jews_; Nicholas de Lange 1997 _The Illustrated History of the Jewish People_; Michael Grant 1984 _The History of Ancient Israel_)  

 
 

2012-06-08

1789-06-08: Bill of Rights proposed to congress by James Madison

2012-06-08
Kate Hickey _Irish Central_
Irish seeking work use up USA, Canada, and Australia's visa caps
"In March Canada made 5,350 visas available to Irish and UK residents under the International Experience Canada (IEC) programme but they've all been used.   Now applicants will have to hold their plans until 2013...   in the first 6 months of 2011 a record 21,753 Irish nationals got working visas for Australia.   This year the figures will be even higher...   According to New York's O'Brien & Associates, attorneys at law, 'As of 2012 June 5, approximately 55,600 H-1B cap-subject petitions were [received and acknowledged].   USCIS has receipted 18,700 H-1B petitions for advanced degree holders.   Once again the caps are 65K for bachelor's degree holders [or less] and 20K for advanced degree holders [and unlimited exemptions, which usually amount to a total of about 110K H-1B visas issued each year]...'   Those Irish students wishing to come to the US directly after college have the option to apply for a 'J' visa which lasts for one year while the J1 or J2 visa allows student to work just for 3 months during the summer season.   In New York at least, the evidence of J1 students arriving for the summer is everywhere.   Job applications at local bars and construction sites are on the up and the GAA teams in the Bronx are stocked for the season.   Despite the out-flow of people, according to the CSO, unemployment in Ireland is 14.8% (or 309K people out of work)...   an estimated 111 Irish people emigrating every week...   [The number of people who have been unemployed for one year or more] has risen from 7.8% to 8.9% in the last year."

2012-06-08
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
death threats and bond defaults related to visa programs
"The death threats were made against Jay Palmer, the stand-up U.S. citizen who blew the whistle against Infosys, one of the largest of the Indian bodyshops...   the bond default was announced by Wells Fargo, trustee of a series of bonds issued by 3 tax-supported charter schools run by the controversial Turkish Gulen [Guelen] movement.   [Both were cases of foreign entities] were using U.S. immigration laws -- at least in my eyes -- to undermine U.S. labor markets and U.S. institutions."
Stephanie Saul: NYTimes: Audits for 3 Georgia schools tied to Turkisk Guelen movement
"the schools made purchases like T-shirts, teacher training and video production services from organizations with connections to school officials or Gulen followers.   Those included more than $500K in contracts since 2010 January with the Grace Institute, a foundation whose board has included school leaders.   In some cases the awards skirted bidding requirements, the audit said...   One criticism of the schools involves their reliance on teachers imported from Turkey while teacher unemployment in the United States remains high.   The audit said the Fulton Science Academy Middle School had paid $75K in immigration-related expenses for such employees."

2012-06-08
Robert N. Charette _IEEE Spectrum_
STEM job markets and funding of education
"Professor Richard Freeman from Harvard stated that while everyone generally agrees that 'innovation' is critical to U.S. economic and social progress, there aren't good definitions of what the term means let alone how to measure innovation at a national level.   As a result, when R&D funding is reduced (as it has been for quite some time at the federal level in relation to GDP), no one is really sure what the effects are on future innovation and therefore economic or social progress.   Freeman proposed an approach to define and measure innovation (i.e., an 'innovation index') so that when national policy decisions involving R&D funding are made there is some understanding as to what the end result will likely end up being...   Professor Ron Hira from Rochester Institute of Technology pointed out [that] the US economy has created less than 50K new engineering jobs in the past decade.   That lackluster performance can be attributed to both increased global competition and the out-sourcing of engineering and other STEM-related jobs even as 900K engineering students were graduating from colleges and universities.   The use of H-1B visas has also negatively impacted the availability of STEM jobs in the USA, Hira argued.   All these factors may help explain why only about half of those graduating with under-graduate STEM degrees actually work in the STEM-related fields after college, and after 10 years, only some 8% still do."

2012-06-08
William L. Anderson
Was Reagan a Keynesian? Was Reagan a "Liquidationist"?

2012-06-08
Mark J. Perry
US shale oil is boosting employment and incomes of bean farmers in India

2012-06-08
Mark J. Perry
oil extraction and employment: Bakken vs. Eagle Ford

2012-06-08
Mark J. Perry
gender gaps: work-week, education, performance

2012-06-08
Mark J. Perry
agriculture subsidies

2012-06-08
Mark J. Perry
Obummer admin's "green jobs"
"It turns out that according to the administration, 'green jobs' include: college professors teaching classes on environmental studies, clerks at bicycle repair shops, antique dealer employees, Salvation Army workers because they are selling used clothing, stores selling rare books and manuscripts, consignment shop workers, used record shop employees, garbage disposal workers, and even oil lobbyists if they are engaged in advocacy related to environmental issues."

2012-06-08
Rex Nutting _MarketWatch_
despite surge in federal government debt, US private debt is falling at fastest pace since the 1950s

2012-06-08 (5772 Sivan 18)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
defeating our Alinskyite manipulators
"Saul Alinsky, the godfather of subversive radical political action had a very clear strategy for undermining and destroying his enemies: Infiltrate, divide and destroy.   Since his disciple Barack Obama was elected US President in 2008, Alinsky's impact on Obama has received a fair amount of attention.   Less noticed has been the adoption of Alinsky's methods by radical leftist Jews in the US and Israel for the purpose of undermining the American Jewish community on the one hand, and Israel's nationalist camp on the other.   This week we saw the impact of both campaigns.   The striking weakness of the American Jewish community was exposed on Tuesday with the Democratic primary defeat of representative Steve Rothman in New Jersey.   In Israel we saw the impact of the campaign to undermine and destroy the nationalist camp with the defeat of the proposed legislation aimed at saving the doomed Givat Haulpana neighborhood in Bet El.   Ahead of the 2008 US Presidential elections, the anti-Israel pressure group J Street made a sudden appearance.   Claiming to be pro-Israel, the anti-Israel lobby set about neutralizing the power of the American Jewish community by undermining community solidarity.   And they have succeeded brilliantly.   Rothman is Jewish and a strong supporter of Israel.   His defeat at the polls in New Jersey by representative Bill Pascrell owed in large part to openly anti-Semitic activism by Pascrell's Muslim supporters.   According to an investigative report of the primary campaign by the Washington Free Beacon's Adam Kredo, in February Pascrell's Muslim supporters began castigating Rothman and his supporters as disloyal Americans beholden only to Israel.   Aref Assaf, president of the New Jersey-based American Arab Forum published a column in the New Jersey Star Ledger titled, 'Rothman is Israel's Man in District 9'."

2012-06-08 (5772 Sivan 18)
Mark Clayton _Jewish World Review_
hackers could access, control US weapons systems through vulnerable chips made in Red China
"The chip in question -- one of the ProASIC3 (PA3) line -- is designed by a California company but manufactured in [Red China]...   even the PA3 chip, purchased by a variety of critical industries and touted as having 'one of the highest levels of design security in the industry', could have exploitable vulnerabilities that users don't even know about...   The PA3 A3P250 chip is a field programmable gate array, meaning it is basically a blank slate ready to be programmed to perform myriad functions.   Experts agree that the chips are used widely by the US military in various settings, some likely to be critical, others likely to be much less so.   Strong encryption protects the chip from further changes.   But the Cambridge report, titled 'Breakthrough silicon scanning discovers backdoor in military chip', claims to have found an internal passcode and other vital keys needed to make big changes can be filched through the hidden back-door.   Once inside the chip's back-door, the potential for mischief is significant.   The chip can be reprogrammed to do anything the attacker wants it to do...   The chips are also used widely in nuclear power plants, power distribution, aerospace, aviation, public transport, and automotive products...   Actel, now a subsidiary of Irvine, CA-based Microsemi Corp..."

2012-06-08
Jim Kouri _Examiner_
legislators express concern over Eric Holder's actions
 
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  "the United States' reputation as a meltiing pot is borne out by the DNA of its citizens.   Few Americans today can claim that all of their ancestors several generations back were from [only] a particular part of the world." --- Steve Olson 2002_Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins_ pg55  

 
 

2012-06-09

1772-06-09: British revenue schooner HMS Gaspee ran aground and was taken by Rhode Islanders

2012-06-09
Dave Gibson _Examiner_
ICE documents contradict their claims not to provide abortions for illegal aliens
"While ICE spokeswoman, Barbara Gonzalez told The Hill that her agency has not paid for abortions for detained illegal aliens since 2003, recent ICE documents tell a different story.   ICE's 2011 Performance-Based National Detentions Standards states the following: 'A pregnant detainee in custody shall have access to pregnancy services including routine or specialized prenatal care, pregnancy testing, comprehensive counseling and assistance, postpartum follow up, lactation services and abortion services.' (pg. 256)"

2012-06-09
Mark J. Perry
bank deposits up in Eagle Ford shale area

2012-06-09
Mark J. Perry
Back from Serfdom: Restoring American prosperity with a pro-market new deal
 
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  "Medical students are taught that 5% to 10% of the fathers identified on birth certificates are not the true biological fathers.   Geneticists who do large-scale surveys that incidentally reveal paternity confirm this number." --- Steve Olson 2002_Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins_ pg48  

 
 

2012-06-10

2012-06-10
Cindy Uken _Billings MT Gazette_
fear did not keep 16M from doing what needed to be done in US military during WW2
"'Sometimes you couldn't tell how much damage you did.', Smith said.   'I saw the bombs go down and you could see when you busted a bridge.   With so many things you just couldn't tell.   You didn't watch too much.   But with the amount of bombs we dropped you could rest assured we did damage every time.'...   The 466th operated primarily as a strategic bombardment organization, attacking such targets as marshalling yards at Liege, an airfield at St. Trond, a repair and assembly plant at Reims, an airdrome at Chartres, factories at Brunswick, oil refineries at Bohlen, aircraft plants at Kempten, mineral works at Hamburg, marshalling yards at Saarbrucken, a synthetic oil plant at Misburg, a fuel depot at Dulmen, and aero-engine works at Eisenach."

2012-06-10
Anthony Watts
interesting beasties found in South American volcanoes
"bacteria, fungi and other rudimentary organisms called archaea, which seem to have a different way of converting energy than their cousins elsewhere in the world."

2012-06-10
Ryan Weber _Daily Illini_
Food banks make up for low pay of "migrant workers"
"Beginning in June and going throughout the summer until September, migrant workers and their families will make their trek from places like Texas and Florida to Champaign County to detassel corn and to begin roguing the fields, or removing weeds and other unwanted plants from corn and soybeans.   The majority come at the end of June and beginning of July for detasseling and again in September for other harvest activities.   [These are summer job activities in which high school and college students used to participate.]...   To some, an influx of non-English speaking workers may be a burden, but to others it's a blessing."

2012-06-10
Milt Lauenstein _Boston MA Globe_
H-1B visas create many economic casualties
"These visas permit corporations to give good jobs to foreigners whom they sponsor.   As if the situation were not already bad enough, you propose increasing the number of good American jobs going to foreigners from the present [de facto limit of over 110K].   As justification, you cite the economic advantage to the United States.   It certainly is to the economic advantage of the sponsoring corporations.   It is to the disadvantage of the Americans who otherwise would have been hired.   H-1B visas enable US [executives] to pit foreign skilled workers agains American ones, lowering pay levels.   This program is also disadvantageous for the countries whose competent personnel are hired away by American companies, contributing to so-called brain drain abroad.   Each of these immigrants represents a sizable investment in care, feeding, and education.   The 65K already authorized [and the over 110K given out each year] represent a subsidy provided [by the US and other 1st world government to executives and immigration lawyers].   So, the [dishonest] rich continue to find ways to become richer at the expense of the rest, and you want to help?"

2012-06-10
Michael Ledeen _PJ Media_
leaks and lies

2012-06-10
Claudia Rosett _PJ Media_
Iran, voice of the UN's "committee on information"
"It's quite perverse enough that the United Nations would have a so-called Committee on Information whose members include such censorship-loving regimes as those of Belarus, [Red China], Cuba, North Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, VietNam, Zimbabwe and Syria.   That alone would suggest it's time to disband this committee, which is charged with steering UN 'public information policies and activities'..."

2012-06-10
Mark J. Perry
college prices
George F. Will: Washintgon DC Post: Sub-prime college educations
"Since 1961, the time students spend reading, writing and otherwise studying has fallen from 24 hours a week to about 15...   Employers value this signifier as an alternative to aptitude tests when evaluating potential employees because such tests can provoke law-suits by having a 'disparate impact' on this or that racial or ethnic group..."

2012-06-10
Mark J. Perry
oil production, imports, and employment

2012-06-10
John Lantigua & Niels Heimeriks _Palm Beach CA Post_
lax visa rules encourage abuses
"between 700K and 900K foreign workers are imported every year with visas by U.S employers.   The writers of the study said it was impossible for them to find a more exact number because the system is so disorganized.   The study also pointed to virtual alphabet soup of different work or student visas -- J-1, H-1B, H-2-B, M, [O, P,] Q, L -- and the fact that three cabinet departments issue visas: Labor, Homeland Security and State...   In its investigation last year, the Palm Beach Post found that employers who do advertise locally for jobs often make those jobs sound unappealing, including long hours and warnings that applicants would have to pass drug tests and credit checks.   At the same time ads used over-seas for the same positions make the jobs seem much more appealing and easy to get."
 
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  "40 generations, or 800 years ago, each of us had many millions of ancestors [up to 1,099,511,627,776 people, 1 tebi].   At that point, the number of our ancestors reaches a critical threshold.   It becomes greater than the total population in various parts of the world.   For example, the populations of Europe and of Africa in the year 1200CE were each about 50M, and the population of Asia was about 250M.   IOW, our ancestors 800 years ago probably included much of the adult population in those regions of the world where they lived.   Joseph Chang, a statistician... Each individual was either the direct ancestor of everyone in that part of the world alive today (about 80% of people fall into this category), or the lineage represented by a person went extinct, making that person an ancestor of no one today...   So if 800 years ago our ancestors [a theoretical maximum of 2^80=1,208,925,819,614,629,174,706,176 people, 1 yobi] included even a single European, African, or Asian, then 1,600 years ago our ancestors included most of the adult population of all 3 continents...   In Japan many families trace their lineages to the 9th-century emperor Seiwa.   Many French believe they are descended from Charlemagne...   these claims are almost certainly true.   The exponential growth in the number of our ancestors going back in time connects us tightly to the past.   If an historical figure who lived more than 1,600 years ago had children... that person is almost certainly among our ancestors.   Everyone in the world today is most likely descended from Nefertiti (through the 6 daughters she had with Akhenaton), from Confucius (through the son and daughter he is said to have had), and from Julius Caesar (through his illegitimate children, not through Julia, who died in child-birth).   One need go back only a couple of millennia to connect everyone alive today to a common pool of ancestors." --- Steve Olson 2002_Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins_ pp46-47  

 
 

2012-06-11

2012-06-11
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
the leftist super-nova
"Yet the hard-Left takeover of the Democratic Party has meant that there is no longer a credible balance in our system, as almost all the tenets of contemporary left-wing ideology are blowing up, imploding super nova style -- unsustainable ideas that are contrary to human nature and demand coercion for their implementation, given that they are increasingly anti-democratic and have to be implemented from high by an elite technocracy whether in Brussels, Sacramento, or Washington.   Far too much is always seen as not enough: Greeks are angry that there was too much 'austerity' and not enough of the old borrow and spend; Obama is blamed for only borrowing $5T for too 'little' stimulus; Democrats threaten to withhold from the community-organizer Obama because he was not hard enough on 'fat cats' and the capitalist state; in California, a 10.3% income tax is too low, not too high.   When the remedy is seen worse than the disease, then the patient is indeed terminal."

2012-06-11
Robert Spencer _PJ Media_
media's double-standard for Muslims
"If a Christian minister really had said such a thing, the outcry would be immediate, indignant, and international; but the world will little note nor long remember the statements of Yasser Habib.   A Muslim cleric saying hateful things about those not within his fold? Go back to sleep."

2012-06-11
David Archibald
in the oil game, Russia seems to have the longest suit to play

2012-06-11
John Droz ii
in NC, science vs. anthropo-genic global warming advocacy, journalism vs. ad-hominems, pragmatists vs. evangelists

2012-06-11
Chelsea Schilling _World Net Daily_
illegal aliens demanding privilege to practice law in California and Florida
Wall Street Journal

2012-06-11
Mark J. Perry
prosperity from fracking is spreading across Ohio: Left is aghast, offended

2012-06-11
Anthony Watts
It appears that there are closed minds behind closed doors at Oregon State U

2012-06-11 (5772 Sivan 21)
Jonathan Tobin _Jewish World Review_
double standards on politicians in pulpits
"Any synagogue, church, mosque or temple of any sort that gives a politician the moral authority that a speech from the pulpit during a worship service affords is taking sides in the election unless there is equal time provided to the other side."

2012-06-11 (5772 Sivan 21)
Franca Gbabo & Kate Thomas _Jewish World Review_
Islamiics blew up 2 more churches during services in Nigeria
 
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  "The nucleotide sequences of a child's chromosomal DNA typically differ at about 100 locations from the sequences of the mother and father...   even identical twins have a few unique mutations that occur after the fertilized egg divides in two." --- Steve Olson 2002 _Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins_ pg36  

 
 

2012-06-12

2012-06-12
Anthony Watts
quasi-non-UN warmists seeking immunity from prosecution

2012-06-12 01:00PDT (04:00EDT) (08:00GMT) (10:00 Jerusalem)
Frank Munger _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
ORNL upgrading Jaguar to Titan Cray super-computer using Nvidia Kepler components
"Nichols said the lab earlier this year received the U.S. Department of Energy's authorization to order enough Nvidia next-generation GPUs to take the current Cray system -- operating at a max of 3.3 petaflops or 3.3 million billion mathematical calculations per second -- up to 20 petaflops."

2012-06-12
Angela Chen _Chronicle of Higher Education_
inter-active map traces path of unfolding emancipation during Civil War
visualizing emancipation

2012-06-12
J. Christian Adams _PJMedia_
meet the radical leftist DoJ lawyer who is suing Florida to keep illegal aliens and felons on voter rolls

2012-06-12
Ron Radosh _PJ Media_
The New Yorker's leftist illusions about president Barack Obummer

2012-06-12
Donald A. Collins _V Dare_
excessive immigration hitting middle class hardest, but Washington DC Post story fails to note why

2012-06-12
Michelle Malkin _V Dare_
too many Republicans surrendering to Obummercare
"During the summer of 2009, conservative activists turned up the heat on Democratic politicians to protest the innovation-destroying, liberty-usurping [Obummercare] mandate.   In the summer of 2012, it's squishy Republican politicians who deserve the grass-roots flames.   In case you hadn't heard, even if the Supreme Court over-turns the [leftists'] federal health care juggernaut, prominent GOP leaders vow to 'preserve' its most 'popular' provisions.   These big-government Republicans show appalling indifference to the dire market disruptions and culture of dependency that Obamacare schemes have wrought."

2012-06-12
Mark J. Perry
US manufacturing profits 34% above 2007 level

2012-06-12
Mark J. Perry
NH oil production

2012-06-12
Mark J. Perry
how about work-week and occupational fatality fairness?

2012-06-12
Mark J. Perry
domestic crude oil reduces costs of risk

2012-06-12
Mark J. Perry
NY, NY taxi medallion prices

2012-06-12
Mark J. Perry
manufacturing, hiring increasing in the SE

2012-06-12
David Brooks _Real Clear Politics_
Why today's monuments are duds stripped of meaning
GMU History News Network

2012-06-12 (5772 Sivan 22)
Mike Eckel _Jewish World Review_
ND is one front-line in war against religion
"Voters across the state weigh in on 4 ballot initiatives today.   While most of the radio chatter and letters to the editor have concerned a property tax initiative or the question of changing the logo of the University of North Dakota, it's the 83-word amendment known as Measure 3 that is turning into a flash-point with national implications heading into November elections...   Called the Religious Liberty Restoration amendment, the measure would add a clause to the state constitution stipulating that the government must have a 'compelling interest' in order to 'burden' a person whose actions or decisions are informed by religious belief and that the government should use the 'least restrictive means to further that interest'.   Backers, which include the Roman Catholic diocese and a coalition of conservative groups in North Dakota, say the measure predates the current fight that erupted earlier this year when the Obama administration instituted new rules requiring most employers -- including religious charities, hospitals, and universities -- to provide employees cost-free access to reproductive health services.   Conservative social organizations and national Republican strategists have seized on those rules as a way to rally opposition to President Obama's reelection bid.   Tom Freier, president of the North Dakota Family Alliance, says his group first began crafting its language more than 2 years ago, partly in response to 1990 US Supreme Court ruling that some groups viewed as an infringement on some religious practices...   At a rally in Fargo on Friday, Bishop Samuel Aquila, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fargo, denounced Planned Parenthood, which has spent hundreds and thousands of dollars to defeat Measure 3.   The measure is simply about people being able to exercise their beliefs, he added.   'So whether one is Catholic, or Protestant, Jew or Muslim, Hindu or Sikh, Mormon or Buddhist, civil law must protect their God-given rights to exercise their faith and to live their faith.', he said.   'Make no mistake, your ability to be pro-life and pro-family is being threatened, and Measure 3 is a strong defense against that threat.'"

2012-06-12 (5772 Sivan 22)
Armina Khan _Jewish World Review_
When it comes to vocal communication we're a lot smarter than Siri
"In Urdu, if Robert's your father's brother, he's your chacha -- but not if he's your father's older brother (taaya), your mother's brother (mamu), your father's sister's husband (phupa) or your mother's sister's husband (khalu).   In the Native American language Crow, your father's brother is also called your father.   So is your father's sister's son."

2012-06-12 (5772 Sivan 22)
Michael Shedlock _Global Economic Trend Analysis_
23% (6.21M) of small business owners say they have taken no pay for a year; New Zealand, Singapore a nd USA are best places to start and run a business
"Over the past few years, business owners report that they have, at one time or another, taken less profit (78%), worked more hours than usual (70%), and used their own money to help the business survive (69%).   54% of respondents say they have gone without a paycheck in order to keep the business running.   23% of owners have gone without pay for one year or more.   More than one-third of owners (38%) said their employees worked over-time without pay.   18% of owners said employees either missed pay-checks or had pay-checks delayed...   31% of small businesses in the USA survive at least 7 years.   44% of new firms [in the USA] survive 4 years.   49% [of new firms in the USA fail] within 5 years...   Notice the success stats on the above graph do not add up.   If 44% of new firms survive 4 years, by implication 56% don't.   Yet somehow only 49% fail in 5 years [and 51% survive at least 5 years]..."

2012-06-12 (5772 Sivan 22)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
Is president Obummer this kind of leftist thug or that kind of leftist thug? Does he want government ownership or just control? It does not matter
American Spectator
"What president Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands.   That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.   Politically, it is heads-I-win when things go right, and tails-you-lose when things go wrong.   This is far preferable, from Obama's point of view, since it gives him a variety of scape-goats for all his failed policies, without having to use [resident Bush as a scape-goat all the time...   Back in the 1920s, however, when fascism was a new political development, it was widely -- and correctly -- regarded as being on the political left...   Mussolini, the originator of fascism, was lionized by the left, both in Europe and in America, during the 1920s.   Even Hitler, who adopted fascist ideas in the 1920s, was seen by some, including W.E.B. Du Bois, as a man of the left.   It was in the 1930s, when ugly internal and international actions by Hitler and Mussolini repelled the world, that the left distanced themselves from fascism and its Nazi off-shoot...   What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very 'wise' people -- like themselves -- need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.   The left's vision is not only a vision of the world, but also a vision of themselves, as 'superior beings' pursuing 'superior ends'.   In the United States, however, this vision conflicts with a Constitution that begins, 'We the People...'   That is why the left has for more than a century been trying to get the Constitution's limitations on government loosened or evaded by [corrupt] judges' new interpretations, based on notions of 'a living Constitution' that will take decisions out of the hands of 'We the People', and transfer those decisions to our 'betters'.   The self-flattery of the vision of the left also gives its true believers a huge ego stake in that vision, which means that mere facts are unlikely to make them reconsider, regardless of what evidence piles up against the vision of the left, and regardless of its disastrous consequences."
 
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  "What is unprecedented is the idea of a kingdom every one of whose citizens is a priest, and a nation every one of whose members is holy [consecrated, dedicated to the relationship with God under the condtions of the covenant].   This is the first and most majestic statement of egalitarian politics.   Significantly, while the revelation is taking place, Moses is at the foot of the mountain with the rest of the people.   At Sinai, God reveals Himself equally to everyone.   At Israel's founding moment, every individual is a party to the covenant and none stands higher than any other." --- R' Jonathan Sacks 2000 _A Letter in the Scroll_ pg119  

 
 

2012-06-13

2012-06-13
Anthony Watts
glass indicating meteorite impact associated with Younger Dryas period

2012-06-13>br /> Anthony Watts
TNT's Dallas polluted by environmental craziness

2012-06-13
Bridget Jones _PJ Media_
Are executives of telecomm firms helping Red China and Iran spy on Americans
"The correspondence to ZTE notes that the company received a nice deal from the China Development Bank in 2009 -- a $15G credit line even though the firm's annual revenue was $8.4G, and 3 years without interest payments."

2012-06-13
David P. Goldman _PJ Media_
forget Syria -- neutralize Iran and North Korea

2012-06-13
Peter Ferrara _American Spectator_
green illfare, green extortion, green poverty

2012-06-13
Ned Ryun & Drew Ryun _American Spectator_
A blue-print for real reform

2012-06-13
Patrick Cleburne _V Dare_
Marco Rubio's NIGHTMARE act preening

2012-06-13
Mark J. Perry
$2,900 to buy house in Detroit, MI; $2,900 per month to rent smaller house in Williston, ND

2012-06-13
Mark J. Perry
oil and gas boom driving increase in plastic production

2012-06-13
Mark J. Perry
senate refuses to end sugar protectionism

2012-06-13
Mark J. Perry
US vehicle assemblies recovering

2012-06-13
Ann Coulter
pres. Obummer's public sector "full employment" plan
Human Events

2012-06-13
Shannon McGovern _US News & World Report_
another recession could hit before full employment

2012-06-13
Red Kingman _WHTC 1450 Holland MI_
let's talk about the "Stupidity Act 2.0"
"will undermine America's most talented workers while failing to address the underlying problems of our failed immigration policy.   By simply adding more visas on top of a bloated immigration system that is currently based on chain-migration, Startup 2.0 [will heighten] the tech industry's thirst for cheap skilled labor while doing nothing to fix the fundamental problems with our existing admission process...   the current immigration system which already brings about 1M legal immigrants to this country each year, irrespective of their skills or education."

2012-06-13 (5772 Sivan 23)
Jonathan Tobin _Jewish World Review_
The beginning of the end for leftist Jewry
"The survey's estimate of New York City's Jewish community pegs it at about 1.1M, with 1.54M being counted when you include the surrounding suburban counties on Long Island and Westchester (Jews in Northern New Jersey who would also be considered part of Greater New York were not counted).   Of even greater import is that the rapid expansion of fervently-Orthodox and Hasidic Jewry are the sole reason for this population growth.   By contrast, the numbers of Jews who identity with the heretofore much larger non-Orthodox movements have declined precipitately.   The only other sector that is growing is made up of those Jews who reject all the denominations or eschew religion entirely.   If, as the survey tells us, 40% of Jews in New York City and 74% of all Jewish children are Orthodox, then this must inform our conclusions not only about what American Jews believe but also about its future."

2012-06-13 (5772 Sivan 23)
W.J. Hennigan _Jewish World Review_
small human-guided bombs to be deployed to war zones
"The Predator and Reaper drones deployed in these regions typically carry 100-pound laser-guided Hellfire missiles or 500-pound GPS-guided smart bombs that can reduce buildings to smoldering rubble.   The new Switchblade drone, by comparison, weighs less than 6 pounds and can take out a sniper on a rooftop without blasting the building to bits.   It also enables soldiers in the field to identify and destroy targets much more quickly by eliminating the need to call in a strike from large drones that may be hundreds of miles away...   The Switchblade is assembled in Simi Valley by AeroVironment Inc., the Pentagon's top supplier of small drones, which include the Raven, Wasp and Puma.   More than 50 Switchblades will be sent to the war zone in Afghanistan this summer under a $10.1M contract, which also includes the cost of repairs, spare parts, training and other expenses...   Textron Defense Systems is also working on a small kamikaze-style drone.   Named the BattleHawk Squad-Level Loitering Munition, the drone is being tested at an Army facility in New Mexico."

2012-06-13 (5772 Sivan 23)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
duped by congressional lies
"Supreme Court, in Helvering v. Davis (1937) [the] court held that [Socialist Insecurity] was not an insurance program, saying, 'The proceeds of both employee and employer taxes are to be paid into the Treasury like any other internal revenue generally, and are not ear-marked in any way.'   In a 1960 case, Flemming v. Nestor, the Supreme Court said, 'To engraft upon [Socialist Insecurity] system a concept of 'accrued property rights' would deprive it of the flexibility and boldness in adjustment to ever-changing conditions which it demands.'   Decades after Americans were duped into thinking that the money taken from them was theirs, the Social Security Administration belatedly and quietly tried to clean up its history of deception.   Its web site explains, 'Entitlement to [Socialist Insecurity] benefits is not (a) contractual right.'   It adds: 'There has been a temptation throughout the program's history for some people to suppose that their FICA pay-roll taxes entitle them to a benefit in a legal, contractual sense...   Congress clearly had no such limitation in mind when crafting the law.'   The [Socialist Insecurity Abomination's] explanation fails to mention that it was the [SIA] itself that created the lie that 'the checks will come to you as a right'."
In a federal government poster published between 1935 and 1937, and found in a history museum in Kansas, it was stated:
     NOTICE
Deductions from Pay Start Jan. 1
 
Beginning January 1, 1937, your employer will be compelled by law to deduct a certain amount from your wages every pay day.   This is in compliance with the terms of the [Socialist Insecurity] Act, sponsored and signed by President Roosevelt, August 14, 1935.
 
The deduction begins with 1% and increases until it reaches 3%.
 
There is no guarantee that the fund thus collected will ever be returned to you.   What happens to the money is up to each congress.   No benefits of any kind before 1942.
 
This is NOT a voluntary plan.   Your employer MUST make this deduction.   Regulations are published by the [Socialist Insecurity] Board, Washington, DC."
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Ideally, a society should be comprised of free citizens, none of whom has control over any other.   All power structures, therefore, are necessary evils; none is good in itself." --- R' Jonathan Sacks 2000 _A Letter in the Scroll_ pg124  

 
 

2012-06-14: Flag Day

2012-06-14 04:30PDT (07:30EDT) (11:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Matthew Miller _Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
Nokia to dump 10K employees

2012-06-14 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 373,540 in the week ending June 9, an increase of 49,155 from the previous week.   There were 400,608 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4% during the week ending June 2, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,071,217, an increase of 15,080 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.8% and the volume was 3,491,359.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending May 26 was 5,824,739, a decrease of 145,990 from the previous week.   Extended benefits were available in DC, ID, NV, NJ, NY, RI, and WV during the week ending May 26.   States reported 2,555,513 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 26, a decrease of 17,045 from the prior week.   There were 3,293,507 claimants in the comparable week in 2011.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07, and seasonal adjustment factors were revised.]
EUC (Excel)
EB
graphs
more graphs

2012-06-14
Anthony Watts
climate models out-performed by random walks

2012-06-14
Zach Noble
continuing UN corruption: millions in carbon credits for ruling thugs in Iran, Sudan and North Korea

2012-06-14
Joe Hicks _PJ Media_
Eric Holder practicing racist politics

2012-06-14
David Horowitz & Jacob Laskin _PJ Media_
convicted terrorist bomber Brett Kimberlin and the leftist money-machine

2012-06-14
J.T. Young _American Spectator_
It's about economic reality

2012-06-14
Eric Peters _American Spectator_
different standards for different people

2012-06-14
Ellis Smith _Chattanooga TN Times Free Press_
local fiber net funded by unconstitutional federal grants is now operating, Obummer makes PR play
Chronicle of Higher Education
Stupid Propaganda Planet/Ziff Davis/CBS

"The Chattanooga-owned utility, EPB, built the gigabit-capable Smart Grid in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy for about $220M.   Gigabit Internet became available for all 170K city residents in early 2010...   Federal officials will spend $20M through the National Science Foundation to link up cities like Chattanooga with others that have built or are building ultra-fast broad-band networks, Kalil said."

2012-06-14
J. Christian Adams _PJ Media_
Holder is ultimately defending foreigners voting in American elections
"But a [non-citizen] isn't a legitimately registered voter in Florida in the first place.   They committed a crime when they registered to vote.   Florida and the Justice Department should be indicting and prosecuting these voters who falsely registered.   But maybe they made a simple mistake when the registered to vote? Nonsense.   The voter registration form requires two very deliberate mistakes to be made if a foreigner registers to vote.   First, the foreigner must mark a 'YES/NO' check-box that they are a citizen.   Then the foreigner must sign on a line that swears under penalty of perjury they are eligible to vote. The very first instructions on the form say: 'To Register in Florida you must be a US Citizen.'   Then in red print it states: if you are not a citizen 'you are not eligible to register'...   It is a felony under both Florida and federal law for a foreigner to register and vote [just as it is a felony to prevent an eligible US citizen from registering and voting, and to vote more than once]...   The radicals at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund who fought against Georgia verifying that only citizens are registered to vote in 2009 are now driving the case against Florida from new jobs inside the Justice Department."

2012-06-14
Bob Unruh _World Net Daily_
UCLA professor fired for criticizing environmental bias
"'The facts of this case are astounding.', said David French, senior counsel for the ACLJ.   'UCLA terminated a professor after 35 years of service simply because he exposed the truth about an activist scientific agenda that was not only based in fraud but violated California law for the sake of imposing expensive new environmental regulations on California businesses.'   French said, 'UCLA's actions were so extreme that its own Academic Freedom Committee unanimously expressed its concern about the case.'...   Enstrom also assembled evidence that claimed powerful UC professors systematically exaggerated the adverse health effects of diesel particulate matter in California, 'knowing full well that these exaggerations would be used by the California Air Resources Board to justify draconian diesel vehicle regulations'.   Further, a lead author of a report from the CARB didn't earn a UC Davis Ph.D. as he claimed but had purchased a fake degree for $1K, Enstrom documented."

2012-06-14
Mark J. Perry
legalize sales of bone marrow for transplants

2012-06-14
William L. Anderson
Krugman still fails to grasp cause and effect

2012-06-14
Brenda Walker _V Dare_
US teens and their parents face yet another jobless summer

2012-06-14
"Federale" _V Dare_
expedited visas for Saudis is back in operation: Visa Express
"The DoS has no shame in its game of electing a new people.   It is advertising its commitment to terrorism and illegal immigration by advertising to the world that it has re-entered the 2001/09/10 Weltanschauung where terrorism is just freedom of speech and illegal immigration is good for America...   of that 65M people, a large portion will never leave, especially the so-called middle-class visitors from India, Brazil and [Red China].   About half of illegal aliens in the United States came on non-immigrant visas."

2012-06-14
Diane Cohen & Michael F. Cannon _Cato Institute_
Independent Payment "Advisory" Board: ObummerDoesn'tCare's anti-constitutional, authoritarian and power-mad super-legislature
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "When God tells Samuel that, in seeking a king, the Israelites are rejecting Him, He also means that they are opting for something less than full human freedom...   the state exists to serve the [freely associated people] and not vice versa." --- R' Jonathan Sacks 2000 _A Letter in the Scroll_ pp124-125  

 
 

2012-06-15

2012-06-15
Mark Tooley _American Spectator_
"evangelical" proposal for immigration

2012-06-15
Anthony Watts
"green" expropriations are increasing poverty

2012-06-15 01:52PDT (04:52EDT) (08:52GMT) (10:52 Jerusalem)
Jennifer Riggins _Stupid Propaganda Planet_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
NIMGenetics sequences people's genomes in just 3 days in search of disease indicators

2012-06-15 07:48PDT (10:48EDT) (14:48GMT) (16:48 Jerusalem)
Ruth Mantell _MarketWatch_
UMich consumer sentiment index fell from 79.3 at the end of May to 74.1 in early June
Default Service News
St. Louis Fed

2012-06-15
Jan-Erik Solheim
1988 climate forecast post-mortem

2012-06-15
Anthony Watts
cold arctic during Eemian warm period

2012-06-15
Marc Chamot _Examiner_
high unemployment but the guest-workers and immigrants keep right on coming
"After ethnic quotas on immigration were removed in 1965 the number of actual (first-generation) immigrants living in the United States eventually quadrupled, from 9.6M in 1970 to about 38M in 2007.   Over 1M persons were naturalized as U.S. citizens in 2008.   Family reunification accounts for approximately two-thirds of legal immigration to the US every year.   The number of foreign nationals who became legal permanent residents (LPRs) of the U.S.A. in 2009 as a result of family re-unification (66%) exceeded those who became LPRs on the basis of 'employment skills' [for which the standards are very low] (13%) and for humanitarian reasons (17%).'"

2012-06-15
Jim Jelter _MarketWatch_
convictions pile up on Wall Street
San Jose CA Mercury News/AP
WGMD
"Rajat Gupta [was convicted] Friday by a jury of 8 women and 4 men, who said he was guilty of conspiracy and securities fraud.   Whether Gupta was convicted by a jury of his peers depends on how you define 'peers'.   As the former head of McKinsey & Company, one of the business world's most respected [and scorned] consulting firms, and as a former board member at Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble, Gupta moved in circles that exclude most Americans."
"On Thursday, a federal court in Houston sentenced R. Allen Stanford to 110 years in prison for his involvement in a $7G Ponzi scheme."
NY Daily News
Washington DC Post
Denver CO Post
Compliance Exchange
TV Newslies
Blomberg
Los Angeles CA Times
Orlando FL Sentinel

2012-06-15
Anthony Watts
James Lovelock, the gaia theorist, rejects warmists, endorses fracking

2012-06-15
Janet Fang _Stupid Propaganda Planet_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
studying the differences between new-borns' DNA and that of centenarians
"In each case, they identified millions of locations where the DNA had been modified.   These changes took place through a process called methylation...   One of the most common of these epigenetic changes involves a methyl group -- one carbon atom and 3 hydrogen atoms -- binding to a nucleotide, usually cytosine.   In general, this binding, called methylation, turns off the gene in question...   Approximately 80% of all possible locations within the newborn's DNA were methylated.   Compared with 73% in the centenarian's.   In all, 500K fewer regions were methylated in the centenarian's DNA than in the infant's DNA.   Nearly 18K 'differentially methylated regions' (DMRs) of the genome were found.   More than a third of the DMRs occurred in genes that have already been linked with cancer risk...   DNA from middle-aged individuals showed an intermediate level -- with 78% methylation."

2012-06-15
Mark J. Perry
prison population, war on drugs, and economic freedom index
economic freedom index

2012-06-15
_I, Cringely_
plenty of skilled IT talent in Memphis, TN and Florence, KY
"When ServiceMaster announced its decision to cancel its contract with IBM and to in-source a new IT team, the company had to find 200 solid IT people immediately.   Memphis is a small community and there can't be that many skilled IT workers there, right?   ServiceMaster held a job fair one Saturday and over 1000 people attended.   They talked to them all, invited the best back for second interviews, and two weeks later ServiceMaster had a new IT department.   The company is reportedly happy with the new department whose workers are probably more skilled and more experienced than the IBMers they are replacing...   ServiceMaster hired DBADirect to provide their database support from that high tech hotbed, Florence, KY (near Cincinnati)...   DBADirect has its own monitoring tools and they are included as part of their service.   It allows them to do a consistently good job with less labor...   [In some executive suites] There's certainly a shortage of imagination, absolutely a shortage of integrity, and neither shortage is saving anyone money."

2012-06-18 (5772 Sivan 28)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
dreams vs. reality in foreign policy
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "The invention of the alphabet heralded, for the first time in history, the possibility of a universally literate people...   The knowledge of God, preserved in texts, would then be accessible to everyone -- hence, no elites.   In almost every other culture, priesthood meant membership in a literate elite.   for example, the word hieroglyph means 'priestly script' -- the script only priests could read.   The word clerical, which means both 'priestly' and 'secretarial', reminds us of the long period in English history in which literacy was the preserve of the Church through its control of schools and universities.   Only against this background can we fully understand the significance of the phrase that introduced the Sinai covenant -- that Israel would become a 'kingdom of priests'.   It means a society in which everyone can read and write, and thus have access to knowledge, power, and dignity on equal terms.   A kingdom of priests is a society of universal literacy.   The invention of the alphabet made this a possibility...   '[Gideon] caught hold of a young man of Succoth and questioned him, and the young man wrote down for him the names of the 77 officials of Succoth, the elders of the town'...   At Tel Lakhish, in southern Israel, chance has preserved another piece of evidence.   There, scratched into the plaster of an ancient stair-case, are the first 5 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, carved in the 8th century BCE by a school-boy learning how to write -- the oldest surviving example of alphabetical instruction.   Long before anyone else, Israel had created schools, not for an elite, but as part of the normal process of initiation into adulthood." --- R' Jonathan Sacks 2000 _A Letter in the Scroll_ pp132-134  

 
 

2012-06-16

2012-06-15 22:20PDT (2012-06-16 1:20EDT) (2012-06-16 05:20GMT) (2012-06-16 07:20 Jerusalem)
David Frum _Daily Beast_
Obummer's NIGHTMARE amnesty announcement is another attack on USA's middle class

2012-06-16
Mark J. Perry
Eagle Ford shale rig maps

2012-06-16
Mark J. Perry
trade deficits vs. foreign investment in USA

2012-06-16
Mark J. Perry
oil and gas rigs in operation vs. prices

2012-06-16
_Old Atlantic LightHouse_
lots of comments at the Hill on pres. Obummer's illegal alien amnesty
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Liberty is not just a society of laws but a society of lawyers, citizens articulate in their own law, each a guardian of justice." --- R' Jonathan Sacks 2000 _A Letter in the Scroll_ pg135  

 
 

2012-06-17

1775-06-17: Battle of Bunker Hill (and Breed's Hill)

2012-06-17
David Whitehouse
the very model of a modern major problem

2012-06-17
Anthony Watts
After questions about manipulations of Australia temperature data, audit is rejected, even worse jiggering applied

2012-06-17
Joseph Curl _Washington DC Times_
Obummer: oath-breaking enemy of the US constitution

2012-06-17
Ben Wolfgang _Washington DC Times_
more unemployed lawyers are suing schools over employment promises
"About 85.6% of 2011 law school graduates have jobs, the lowest percentage in nearly 20 years.   That number has dropped 2 percentage points since 2010 and more than 6 points since 2007, according to data from the National Association for Law Placement Inc.   Less than 65% of law school graduates hold positions requiring a legal degree, down from nearly 75% 4 years ago.   Less than half of the 2011 class have jobs in the private sector, the association reported."
Compare with: "only about half of those graduating with under-graduate STEM degrees actually work in the STEM-related fields after college, and after 10 years, only some 8% still do."...jgo

2012-06-17
Emily Miller _Washington DC Times_
DC police damaged soldier's firearms

2012-06-17
Mark J. Perry
SF rent and building restrictions distort city's housing market and "benefit the rich"

2012-06-17
John Feere _Center for Immigration Studies_
Obummer's unilateral NIGHTMARE act

2012-06-17
Mark J. Perry
minimum wage

2012-06-17
Mark J. Perry
drop in newspaper advertising: most big city dailies could be dead within 5 years

2012-06-17
Mark J. Perry
on-line personal assistants

2012-06-17
Mark J. Perry
foreign direct investment vs. US direct investment over-seas

2012-06-17
Jack Lail _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
privacy may be the next big thing in "social networks"
"The Knoxville programmer is part of a small company of programmers scattered from Seattle to Knoxville developing a private social network called Glassboard.   He's handling the version designed for Android-powered mobile devices...   'It's focused on private conversations.   We started to see so many people worrying about privacy on FB and even Twitter and now Google Plus or pretty much any social app.', Bradbury said during a recent interview at the Starbucks in the Turkey Creek shopping center.   'There's no nice way to put it.   They seem to want to violate people's privacy to sell them advertising.'... 'You may think [what you post is] cute and it's going to last for a few laughs, but it's there forever [and it's being tracked and stored and sold].'"

2012-06-17
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
Obummer admin national security violations are the scandal of the age
Family Security Matters

2012-06-17
Theodore Dalrymple _PJ Media_
grief is not always depression

2012-06-17
Joseph Neff _Raleigh News & Observer_/_McClatchy_
unconstitutional Medicaid system "innovation" was obsolete when it began: costs soaring
"88M Medicaid claims each year...   CSC...   HP...   $851M...   The first contractor was dismissed, only $16M into the work.   The second, CSC, is 2 years behind...   'We expect this will be cutting edge, state of the art.', Delia said.   If so, it will be an unusual cutting-edge system: it's largely written in COBOL, a computer language developed in the 1950s [and widely recognized as obsolete in the 1960s]...   CSC has imported workers from India...   [The old system had] been operated for 35 years by EDS, a Texas company later purchased by HP...   Millions of lines of computer code...   Federal tax dollars pay for 90% of the design of the new program and half of its operating costs.   There were high hopes in 2004 when the state gave the $171M contract to Affiliated Computer Systems to replace the 1980s system.   The project 'continues to forge ahead with great expectations', according to a 2005 letter from Angeline Sligh, the director of the project...   In 2006 July, the state cancelled the contract, and eventually paid ACS $16.5M, partly for work, partly to settle a law-suit.   The state replaced its project managers, who run the program day to day.   Their supervisors -- Sligh and her boss, assistant secretary for finance Dan Stewart -- remained on the job...   in the summer of 2010 CSC asked for an extension.   Following a lengthy negotiation, the state granted an 18- to 22-month extension and raised the contract price to $495M.   CSC celebrated the amended contract with an invitation to a 2011 July 28, picnic at Umstead Park: 'Please plan to join us for BBQ and Indian Cuisine! It will be a great time to get to know your co-workers as well (as key CSC and DHHS) executives...'...   tracking $30M in unauthorized changes that CSC made in the program...   Asked about COBOL in an interview Thursday, Stewart said: 'This is the first time I've ever heard that question raised.'...   After working through a tough audit, firing a contractor and enduring multiple extensions, state officials have now turned their attention to another participant in the project: their own watch-dog.   They are threatening to fire Maximus Inc., the Virginia firm paid to police the project for the state.   Maximus, nearing the end of a three-year contract, is paid $1M a year."
Cheap, young, pliant labor with questionable ethics supervised by more apparently clueless people with questionable ethics...jgo
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "Accept the truth, whoever says it." --- Maimonides (quoted in R' Jonathan Sacks 2000 _A Letter in the Scroll_ pg167; citing Maimonides _Commentary to the Mishnah, 8 Chapters_ in prologue to _Commentary on Tractate Abot_ and Raymone L. Weiss & Charles Butterworth 1983 _Ethical Writings of Maimonides_ pg60)  

 
 

2012-06-18

2012-06-18
_National Society United States Daughters of 1812_
Ring the Bells for 1812
Celebrate the War of 1812 Bicentennial... On 2012 June 18, at 12:00 noon, 'Ring the Bells for 1812' across the land to bring in the start of the War of 1812 Bicentennial..."

2012-06-18
Eyal Porat
fracking the vote

2012-06-18
Anthony Watts
forests grow, warmists are shocked and offended... again

2012-06-18
Mark J. Perry
free-market fairness

2012-06-18
Robert J. Samuelson _Washington DC Post_
the folly of Obummercare

2012-06-18
Daniel de Vise & Anita Kumar _Washington DC Post_
U of VA faculty senate met over ouster of Teresa Sullivan
"Leaders of the university's governing board ousted Sullivan last week largely because of her unwillingness to consider dramatic program cuts in the face of dwindling resources and for her perceived reluctance to approach the school with the bottom-line mentality of a corporate chief executive."
Ginger McCarthy: Examiner
Anthony Watts
Anthony Watts
on-going coverage by Chronicle of Higher Education
Teresa Sullivan book titles on Amazon
Teresa Sullivan book titles on Barnes & Noble
Mark Kington resigned from U of VA board of visitors

2012-06-18
Willis Eschenbach
lags in temperature changes

2012-06-18
Michael R. Shannon _PJ Media_
congressional staffers are not under-paid

2012-06-18
William L. Anderson
Krugman refuses to see the elephant in the room

2012-06-18
Scott Lowe _Tech Republic_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
A view of today's dysfunctional "IT" job markets
discussion

2012-06-18
Anthony Watts
NASA, LSU, USC study found that ancient warming "greened" Antarctica

2012-06-18
Ed Driscoll _PJ Media_
leftists love crises (with videos)

2012-06-18
"Federale" _V Dare_
How Obummer regime NIGHTMARE amnesty will expand

2012-06-18
Brenda Walker _V Dare_
observing negative effects of Obummer NIGHTMARE amnesty on employment

2012-06-18
Jerry Seper _Family Security Matters_
National Border Patrol Council calls for Holder's resignation for weapons smuggling operation

2012-06-18 (5772 Sivan 28)
Ibrahim Garba _Jewish World Review_
3 more Christian churches bombed in Nigeria: retaliation begins
"Suspected Islamic militants bombed worshipers at three Christian churches on Sunday in northern Nigeria, killing some 23 people.   Frustrated with the government's inability [or unwillingness] to stop a string of such attacks in recent months, some Christians responded today with reprisals, killing at least 7 more people.   More than 150 people, mostly Christians, have been injured from Sunday's violence.   Police have not confirmed casualty figures, which are tallies from hospital officials.   In 2012 alone, more than 10 Christian churches have been attacked in Nigeria.   Boko Haram, a militant Islamic sect, has claimed responsibility for some of these attacks, including attacks on two churches last Sunday.   Until this point, Christians living in the predominately-Muslim north have mostly resisted being provoked to violence, responding instead with calls on the government to suppress Boko Haram and reestablish security."

2012-06-18 (5772 Sivan 28)
Kathy Kristof _Jewish World Review_
Seagate roars back
"suppliers [in Thailand] were literally swamped with floodwater [last year]...   Seagate, which was founded in 1979...   Seagate's purchase of Samsung's hard-drive business last December, for $1.4G, also helped fuel profits."

2012-06-18 (5772 Sivan 28)
Deroy Murdock _National Review_
necessary hygiene of voter registration data-bases
Cornell U Legal Information Institute: 42 USC 1973
Cornell U Legal Information Institute: 42 USC 15483
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "When rulers set themselves in place of God, they begin by taking other people's liberty and end by taking other people's lives.   There is a direct line from tyranny to idolatry to blood-shed.   Our greatest, our only, defense is the knowledge that above all earthly powers is the supreme king of kings, God, who has endowed all human beings with His image.   No absolute ruler has ever succeeded in extinguishing that spark from the souls of a people.   That is why all tyrannies hae failed and will always fail." --- R' Jonathan Sacks 2000 _A Letter in the Scroll_ pg191  

 
 

2012-06-19

2012-06-19
Paul Driessen & Duggan Flanakin
"sustainable 'justice'" == spread of poverty
"Just this week, the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives released a new report to the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit on Sustainable Development.   The executive summary of No Future Without Justice begins with the heading, 'The World Is in Need of Fundamental Change'.   The document then offers 'solutions', which include 'universal fiscal equalization; and a 'massive and absolute decoupling of well-being from resource extraction and consumption'.   The 18-member Group includes no Americans -- but condemns the US and other governments for their dedication to economic growth, rather than wealth redistribution..."

2012-06-19
Abby Ohlheiser _Slate_
Pew says Asian legal and illegal aliens surpass Hispanics as employers demand more cheap, young, pliant foreign labor with questionable ethics
abc
Fox
San Francisco CA Chronicle
National Notary Association
Pew

2012-06-19
Don J. Easterbrook
What does the Younger Dryas mean and what caused it? (with graphs)

2012-06-19
Craig Rucker
Rio+20 final draft: What the radical leftist thugs want
"The U.S. ['representatives'] spoke at the final plenary meeting of the pre-conference and CFACT's Josh Nadal reports that the 0.7% tax on national GNP remains as a stated goal.   That's the one we analyzed would cost an American family of 4 around $1,300 per year!"

2012-06-19
Richard Norman Hastings _Fox_
pres. Obummer's ocean policy threatens jobs, economy

2012-06-19
Willis Eschenbach
negative climate sensitivity and CERES top of atmosphere data

2012-06-19
Roy Beck _US News & World Report_
Work permits for cheap, young, pliant foreign labor with flexible ethics steal jobs from Americans

2012-06-19 11:56PDT (14:56EDT) (18:56GMT) (20:56 Jerusalem)
Patrick Thibodeau _ComputerWorld_
Srinivas Doppalapudi pled guilty to H-1B visa fraud, money laundering
"applicants were led to believe they were being hired for $50K- or $60K-a-year development and analyst jobs.   But once hired weren't consistently paid...   shared a company-owned apartment with 4 or 5 other workers...wasn't paid...   Investigators said Doppalapudi had transferred more than $1M from his business bank accounts in the U.S.A. to India."
Andrew Koch: WGMD
"The U.S. Attorney Delaware District Office says that between 2007 March and 2010 September, 45-year-old Srinivas Doppalapudi, a permanent legal resident, submitted 33 fraudulent visa applications. During this time, prosecutors say Doppalapudi wire transferred over $1M from his business accounts in this country to [a personal] account in India."

2012-06-19
Bridget Johnson _PJ Media_
Sensenbrenner on immigration reform

2012-06-19
Mark J. Perry
2 times as many killed in gang violence in Chicago than in war in Afghanistan

2012-06-19
Mark J. Perry
education and the federal government budget

2012-06-19 (5772 Sivan 29)
R' Berel Wein _Jewish World Review_
greatest equalizer
"A hospital is the great equalizer in our society.   It is the place where the barriers of political belief, religious observance, faiths, and societies disappear.   I find myself standing in an elevator that transports Arabs, Jews, fervently-Orthodox, secular, Russians, Ethiopians, Americans, natives, leftists and rightists, and settlers and peaceniks all in one small space.   People in the hospital's elevators and waiting rooms are suddenly courteous, quiet, sympathetic and comforting to one another.   The Arab standing next to me murmurs that he hopes that all the sick in the hospital become well and I return the blessing to him."

2012-06-19 (5772 Sivan 29)
Lee Lawrence _Jewish World Review_
Have bachelor's degrees lost their "edge", their value?
"Under-valued and over-priced, the beleaguered bachelor's degree is losing its edge as the hall-mark of an educated, readily employable American...   In 1950, some 34% of adults had completed high school; today, more than 30% have completed a bachelor's.   In 2009, colleges and universities handed out more than 1.6M bachelor's degrees, a number the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) expects will grow to almost 2M by 2020.   Spiraling degree inflation is what Richard Vedder, professor of economics at Ohio University and adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, calls it.   The danger he sees is that growing numbers of Americans will be unnecessarily saddled with hefty student loans...   Bachelor's degree-holders may well earn 66% more than high school graduates and 35 percent more than people with 2-year degrees, he says.   But for every bachelor's degree-holder earning more than $54K a year [not great shakes considering the climbing cost of living], he notes, there is a mail carrier, taxi driver, bar-tender, parking attendant or other worker with a bachelor's earning less.   Indeed, almost 16% of the country's bar-tenders and almost 14% of its parking lot attendants have a bachelor's or higher...   Offering un-paid internships for a TV news magazine that airs on PBS and local access channels in the New York City area, Mr. Mitchell says he pays little attention to transcripts and grades.   Initiative, talent, and the willingness to work don't necessarily correlate with high test scores, he says.   'But certificates?', Mitchell's eyes widen.   'I would scrutinize a certificate.'"
Richard Vedder: Bloomberg
"U.S. employers complain that they can't find enough skilled employees.   Then how do we explain why almost 54% of recent college graduates are underemployed or unemployed, even in scientific and technical fields, according to a study conducted for the Associated Press by Northeastern University researchers?   The cause is more fundamental than the cycles of the economy: The country is turning out far more college graduates than jobs exist in the areas traditionally reserved for them: the managerial, technical and professional occupations.   The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that we now have 115K janitors, 83K bar-tenders, 323K restaurant servers, and 80K heavy-duty truck drivers with bachelor's degrees -- a number exceeding that of uniformed personnel in the U.S. Army."

2012-06-19 (5772 Sivan 29)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
the illegal alien amnesty ploy
American Spectator
"People cannot plan their lives on the basis of laws that can suddenly appear, and then suddenly disappear, in less than a year...   Ultimately, it does not matter what immigration policy this country has, if it cannot control its own borders.   Whoever wants to come, and who has the chutzpah, will come.   And the fact that they come across the Mexican border does not mean that they are all Mexicans.   They can just as easily be terrorists from the Middle East.   Only after the border is controlled can any immigration policy matter be seriously considered, and options weighed through the normal Constitutional process of Congressional hearings, debate and legislation, rather than by Presidential short-cuts.   Not only is border control fundamental, what is also fundamental is the principle that immigration policy does not exist to accommodate foreigners but to protect Americans -- and the American culture that has made this the world's richest, freest and most powerful nation for more than a century.   No nation can absorb unlimited numbers of people from another culture without jeopardizing its own culture.   In the 19th and early 20th century, America could absorb millions of immigrants who came here to become Americans.   But the situation is entirely different today, when group separatism, resentment and polarization are being promoted by both the education system and politicians."
 
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  "A study by the American Management Association asserts that between 1989 & 1994, cost cutting by big companies has increased operating profits by only 50.6% & worker productivity by only 34.4%, while decreasing employee morale by 86%.   Sales staffs turn in lousy numbers.   Chronic complaining about too few doing too much work with longer hours & fewer resources chokes the atmosphere (the so-called survivor syndrome).   Productivity falls as morale plummets." --- Donald H. Weiss 1998 _Secrets of the Wild Goose_ pp 239-240  

 
 

2012-06-20

2012-06-20 03:00PDT (06:00EDT) (10:00GMT) (12:00 Jerusalem)
Lauren Villagran _Stupid Propaganda Planet_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
Indian "IT" bodyshoppers pounce on Mexico's cheap labor and potential to leverage NAFTA to further undermine US "IT" job markets
"Tata Group arrived in Mexico as the pioneer in 2003.   There has been a rush of others since then, according to Santiago Gutierrez Fernandez, president of Mexico's IT industry association, Canieti.   Indian companies with a footprint in Mexico's IT market now include Infosys, Wipro, Hexaware, and Sasken, among others...   Wage growth after inflation has been sluggish in Mexico compared even with other low-cost nations, inching up just 0.4% since 2005, according to the International Labour Organization...   Mexico's IT sector is valued at $17G, including $5G in exported services, according to Canieti.   India ranked #16 among Mexico's trading partners in 2011 but commercial trade is growing, rising nearly 41% last year to $4.15G from $2.81G in 2010...   Today Tata has 8K employees 'across the region' [whatever that means]."

2012-06-20 06:36PDT (09:36EDT) (13:36GMT) (15:36 Jerusalem)
Natasha Korecki _Chicago IL Sun-Times_
Raghuveer Nayak -- former fund-raiser for Jackson, Blagojevich, Quinn, Madigan, Obummer -- arrested
"At last summer's Blagojevich retrial, prosecutors had a distinct way to refer to the wealthy businessman: He was 'the bribe guy', who in 2008 allegedly offered millions of dollars to Rod Blagojevich's brother in exchange for appointing Jackson ii (D-IL) to Obama's vacant Senate seat...   U.S. magistrate-judge Maria Valdez ordered Nayak released on a $10M bond that's secured by 6 properties he owns.   For the last several years, Nayak had been the aching thorn in Jackson's side after Blagojevich was heard on tape saying that Jackson's emissary -- Nayak -- offered what Blagojevich believed was a $1.5M offer in exchange for the Senate seat...   Instead, a federal grand jury indictment laid out 19 counts against Nayak, including filing false [income extortion] returns and illegally paying doctors to refer patients to out-patient-surgery centers he owns.   It appears that authorities relied on information provided in part by Nayak's long-time friend and witness in the Blagojevich case, former state worker Rajinder Bedi.   Bedi testified in court that he and Nayak engaged in a check-cashing scheme in which Nayak wrote Bedi checks for doing no work, with Bedi then cashing the checks, returning 70% of the money to Nayak and keeping the rest.   Bedi testified under a grant of immunity that Nayak's motive was to evade paying higher taxes.   Authorities charged on Wednesday that Nayak used the cash he got from Bedi to pay out bribes...   Nayak -- who owns out-patient medical centers in Illinois and Indiana -- has been close to the Jackson political dynasty for years.   He once joined a business venture with Jonathan Jackson, one of the congressman's brothers.   He is friendly with the reverend Jesse Jackson and has traveled to India with him...   Nayak owns the Rogers Park One Day Surgery Center, Inc, Lakeshore Surgery Center LLC as well as Western Touhy Anesthesia, Inc. Illiana Anesthesia, Lincoln Park Open MRI, Delaware Place MRI and Paulina Anesthesia.   Charges say that between 2000 and 2010 December Nayak defrauded patients by paying and arranging to pay bribes and kickbacks in the form of cash and other hidden payments to physicians who would refer their patients to Nayak's facilities for medical treatment.   Nayak is accused of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to different doctors in exchange for patient referrals.   Numerous doctors appeared before the federal grand jury, sources say, to testify against Nayak.   The doctors, according to charges, did not disclose to their patients that they were getting paid to make referrals to Nayak's facilities."

2012-06-20 07:00PDT (10:00EDT) (14:00GMT) (16:00 Jerusalem)
_Cumberland PA Sentinel_/_AP_
horse-back tours of Gettysburg take visitors back in time
"provided intricate details of the 1863 July 1-3 battle that was a turning point in the Civil War."

2012-06-20 07:44PDT (10:44EDT) (14:44GMT) (16:44 Jerusalem)
Jason Dearen _Stupid Propaganda Planet_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
privacy violations increase inherent with electronic medical records

2012-06-20 10:30PDT (13:30EDT) (17:30GMT) (19:30 Jerusalem)
Christopher S. Rugaber _Knoxville TN News Sentinel_/_AP_
fewer US CEOs plan to hire or increase investment

2012-06-20 12:16PDT (15:16EDT) (19:16GMT) (21:16 Jerusalem)
Saritha Rai _Tech Republic_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
Indian bodyshoppers complain of "skills shortages" despite plenitude of new grads
"India's out-sourcing boom has triggered an explosion of engineering colleges in the past decade.   But only a fraction of the engineers they produce are immediately employable.   The industry's problem is no longer the quantity but the quality...   In an education-hungry country, running an engineering college has become something of a status symbol.   And thanks to this proliferation, the entry threshold in engineering colleges is falling and the number of graduating engineers is rising every year.   According to estimates, India's current group of 4K-odd engineering colleges produces some 800K 'engineers' annually, a jump from 500K in 2007...   Moorthy of Infosys says his company spends $6K on every fresh engineer's 6-month mandatory training at the company's residential school [about the cost of 7-10 days of training in the USA]."
discussion

2012-06-20
Antony Watts
Mark Kington resigned from U of VA board of visitors

2012-06-20
John Miano _Center for Immigration Studies_
H-1B visas continue to flood US job markets with bush-league labor
Economy in Crisis

2012-06-20
James Hall _Veterans Today_
excessive immigration hurts American employment

2012-06-20
_Melbourne Australia Herald Sun_/_Agence French Presse_/_AP_
Muslim in India, Oghad Singh, beheaded daughter for her adultery
Brisbane Australia Courier and Mail
Raw Story
Regina Canada Leader-Post
Japan Today
Taipei Times
"In another case in the western Indian state of Gujarat, a father burned alive his 20-year-old daughter because she had eloped with her boyfriend, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported yesterday."

2012-06-20 (5772 Sivan 30)
Arnold Albert _Jewish World Review_
so much for stopping security leaks
"Covert action? This effort is now about as 'covert' as the Super Bowl.   And the only thing hard to figure out is who is more reprehensible, the cheer-leading [corrupt people] at the Post, who, like their fellow [leftist] presstitutes, never miss an opportunity to burnish the Obama administration's 'tough on terror' credentials, or the latest gaggle of unnamed 'high-ranking' officials [in the White House] willing to sell this nation out in the process."

2012-06-20 (5772 Sivan 30)
Jay Hancock _Jewish World Review_
even if unconstitutional National Socialist Health Care Perversion/PPACA/ObummerDoesn'tCare dies, industry will retain many of its features
"Brad Wilson... So Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, where Wilson is CEO, started paying bonuses to doctors who improve efficiency, nudging consumers to shop around for treatment, urging care-givers to communicate with patients via e-mail, paying doctors to install computerized [patient privacy violation systems] and even going into business with doctors and hospitals...   While some of these [evil] efforts began years ago, the law accelerated and multiplied them...   Doctors' practices increasingly will be owned by hospitals or insurers, or at least will work more closely with them...   Hospital systems and health insurers are likely to continue to merge [reducing choice and competition and thus driving up prices]...   the 1990s, when employers and insurers tried to control expenses through restricted networks and alternative payment models.   Those efforts fizzled when patients rebelled..."

2012-06-20 (5772 Sivan 30)
Daniel Malloy _Jewish World Review_
congressional committees floating measure to cut military sponsorship of sports as recruiting tool

2012-06-20 (5772 Sivan 30)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
random thoughts
"In liberal logic, if life is unfair then the answer is to [unfairly] turn more tax money over to politicians, to spend in ways that will increase their chances of getting re-elected."

2012-06-20 (5772 Sivan 30)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
racial double standards
"Should the same standards be applied to Obama as would be applied to Romney?   The answer turns out to be no, because Obama is not held [by the media] to the same standards as Romney...   Racial double standards are not restricted to the political arena and crime reporting; we see it on college campuses and in the work-place.   Black people ought to be offended by the idea that we are held accountable to lower standards of conduct and achievement.   White people ought to be ashamed for permitting and fostering racial double standards that have effects that are in some ways worse than the cruel racism of yesteryear."
 
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  "The ethical office's chief feature is its high level of productivity.   Quantitatively, ethical workers out-perform all others.   They sell more product, receive fewer service calls, & post superior profit margins.   Qualitatively, the 'personality' of an ethical office is healthy, energized, forward-looking, confident, creative, & resourceful." --- Nan De Mars 1997 _You Want Me to Do What?_ pg 83  

 
 

2012-06-21

1788-06-21: US constitution ratified

2012-06-21 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 359,578 in the week ending June 16, a decrease of 17,032 from the previous week.   There were 394,286 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4% during the week ending June 9, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,091,004, a decrease of 212 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.8% and the volume was 3,491,533.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending June 2 was 5,826,164, a decrease of 1,164 from the previous week.   Extended benefits were available in DC, ID, NV, NJ, NY, RI, and WV during the week ending June 2.   States reported 2,533,749 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending June 2, a decrease of 17,764 from the prior week.   There were 3,299,235 claimants in the comparable week in 2011.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07, and seasonal adjustment factors were revised.]
EUC (Excel)
EB
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2012-06-21
Jeffrey Lord _American Spectator_
Mark Levin has taken his legal scalpel to Obummer and Holder's claim of "executive privilege"

2012-06-21
Aaron Goldstein _American Spectator_
Eric Holder has long been contemptible

2012-06-21
Paul Driessen & David Rothbard
Rio+20 is greatest threat to humanity

2012-06-21
Anthony Watts
satellite imagery puts Colorado's "High Park" fire in perspective

2012-06-21
Anthony Watts
More climate insanity from Kalifornia

2012-06-21 12:07PDT (15:07EDT) (19:07GMT) (21:07 Jerusalem)
David Royse _WCTV_/_AP_
Mitt Romney vows to join Obummer in stabbing US citizens in the back
Lalit K. Jha: MSFTN/PTI
SodaHead
Matt Viser: Boston Globe
Alicia A. Caldwell: Gazette Extra
Alicia A. Caldwell: Miami FL Herald
Alicia A. Caldwell: US News & World Report
Steve Peoples: Real Clear Politics
Steve Peoples: San Francisco CA Chronicle
Los Angeles CA Times
Fox Houston TX
Steve Peoples: Houston TX Chronicle
Hearst News Times
Jim Kuhnhenn: Wichita KS Eagle/AP
"Speaking to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Orlando...   Romney said he hopes to crack down more on illegal immigration, including pushing for a border fence and strengthening efforts to find people who enter legally but over-stay visas.   Romney also tempered his remarks in light of his audience.   'I'm going to address the problem of illegal immigration in a civil, and resolute, manner.', he said.   But he spent most of his time talking about making it easier for legal immigrants to come to America, and making a case for the necessity of welcoming them.   'I will prioritize efforts that strengthen legal immigration and make it more transparent and easier.', Romney said...   Also, more non-citizens would be able to stay legally in the United States under Romney's plan because he would exempt from current numerical caps on green cards the spouses and minor children of green card holders.   Romney also pledged to find [yet another] path to legal citizenship for any immigrant who serves in the U.S. military [a process which already exists], and argued that visas ought to be automatic for science and technology students who come here to be educated -- and under current rules then often go home to create jobs in other countries because they're not allowed to stay.   'I'd staple a green card to the diploma of someone who gets an advanced degree in America.', Romney said..."

2012-06-21
Becket Adams _The Blaze_
Supremes declare that SEIU cannot use union dues for political purposes
"The Supreme Court announced Thursday its opinion in the Knox v. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) case, ruling that the First Amendment gives state employees the right to decline to pay dues used for political advocacy by the union. More specifically, unions in California can no longer force non-union state workers to finance political campaigns."

2012-06-21
Peter Brimelow _V Dare_
Time to re-think immigration, 20th anniversary edition

2012-06-21
Mark J. Perry
Marco Rubio favors protectionism on sugar

2012-06-21
Mark J. Perry
Conference Board's leading economic index

2012-06-21
Mark J. Perry
UK index of harm from drugs and ethanol
Jarel Polis

2012-06-21
Mark J. Perry
initiative to re-shore maufacturing

2012-06-21 (5772 Tamuz 01)
R. Emmett Tyrrell ii _Jewish World Review_
God and man and FDR
American Spectator

2012-06-21 (5772 Tamuz 01)
Abraha Coper ≈ Yitzchok Adlerstein _Jewish World Review_
Nobel winner Tutu's dislike for "a peculiar people" and Israel
"Methodists recently voted for a balanced approach to the Middle East, rejecting reverend Desmond Tutu's support of a harsh anti-Israel resolution.   Presbyterians will soon be voting on similar measures...   is [Tutu] engaged in conscious revisionism when he finds that Israel -- where 18% of citizens are Arabs who vote, criticize the government, have representatives in Knesset, attend all universities and contribute a justice to the Supreme Court -- treats Arabs worse than the Afrikaaner treated blacks?...   Why does he not invoke the Bible to condemn the sins of Palestinians: terror, suicide bombing, racial incitement?   Where's the biblical fire and brimstone against those in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq who persecute and murder Christians?...   American Jews have enjoyed decades of goodwill bridge-building with Christians.   The Vatican's 1965 Nostra Aetate, inspired by a saintly Pope who truly respected Jews, was a sea-change for the Catholic Church.   Many evangelicals have been effusive in their philo-Semitism and support for Israel.   But such is not the case among some Protestant denominations where classic rejection of Jews, conscious or otherwise, often persists without challenge...   Tutu's mentor was Mohandas Gandhi, who had a blind spot for the lives of Jews.   Faced with the rising specter of Hitler's threats against the Jewish people, Gandhi was asked what Jews ought to do.   In 1938, he essentially counseled them to commit suicide: 'The calculated violence of Hitler may even result in a general massacre of the Jews...   But if the Jewish mind could be prepared for voluntary suffering, even the massacre I have imagined could be turned into a day of thanksgiving and joy.'   Gandhi compounded this outrage as the conflict between Jews and Arabs in the Holy Land heated up, incited by Hitler's ally, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.   Gandhi insisted that the Jews had no place there...   One such [according to Gandhi] was for the Jews to 'offer satyagraha to the Arabs and offer themselves to be shot or thrown into the Dead Sea without raising a little finger against them'...   But instead of disappearing, 3 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the Jewish people rose from the dead to declare the modern State of Israel.   Six decades later, against all odds, the Jewish state thrives.   Most rank and file church-goers have room for 2 narratives.   They seek ways to improve the lot of their Palestinian co-religionists without rejecting the Jewish people's right to pursue their national and spiritual future.   That tolerant vision -- not Tutu's willful blindness -- may be the best last hope for peace."

2012-06-21 (5772 Tamuz 01)
Steven Emerson _Jewish World Review_
At hearings about Islamic violence, moderate Muslims warn congress about the extremists while Dems worry about anti-Muslim backlash

2012-06-21 (5772 Tamuz 01)
Brian Wheeler _BBC_
UN migration chief says EU should under-mine national homogeneity, culture
 
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  "productivity when working on a video display terminal falls off after 4 or 5 hours of work." --- Chris Tilly 1991 March "Reasons for the continuing growth of part-time employment" _Monthly Labor Review_ pg 16  

 
 

2012-06-22

2012-06-22
Dan Stein _FAIR_
H-1B STEM visa increases boosted Asian immigration rate

2012-06-22 05:55PDT (08:55EDT) (12:55GMT) (14:55 Jerusalem)
Camilo H. Smith & Melanie C. Johnson _Mountain View CA Patch_
excessive immigration spurs fast growth of Asian population in USA
W.D. Reasoner: Center for Immigration Studies

2012-06-22
Mark Krikorian _Center for Immigration Studies_
reducing the meaning of citizenship
"One item in Romney's immigration platform that I hadn't seen before was this: 'Mitt Romney will work with Congress to give legal permanent residents the same priority as citizens when applying to bring husbands, wives, and minor children to the United States.'   That means they would be admitted without numerical limit.   This category (the Family 2A preference, for those of you keeping track) is for the spouses (and their minor children from earlier relationships) of green-card holders.   If you get a green card for some reason, and you have a spouse and minor children, they all get green cards too.   But if you were single when you immigrated, and later got married before becoming a citizen, this is the category you would use.   People getting their green cards today in this category applied about two and a half years ago.   Making this category unlimited would be a terrible idea.   First, it would further increase immigration by several hundred thousand people a year -- there are currently about 300K people in the queue for this category.   But equally important, it dilutes the meaning of citizenship."

2012-06-22
Hans Bader _Examiner_
pres. Obummer -- off-shore out-sourcer in chief
"The Obama EEOC recently sued Pepsi for doing criminal background checks on job applicants, forcing it to pay $3.1M to settle the law-suit.   The EEOC is also threatening employers who require high-school diplomas with law-suits under the ADA."
There's been no sign of any Obummer EEOC, or CEI efforts to sue employers who prefer cheap, young, pliant foreign labor with flexible/questionable ethics and/or criminal records over US US citizens, so this is bizarre...jgo

2012-06-22 (5772 Tamuz 02)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
Muslim Brotherhood's useful idiots
 
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  "the vast majority of our DNA has absolutely no [known] effect on our bodies.   Just a small fraction serves any known function; some of the rest may have regulatory or structural functions, but its purpose remains obscure." --- Steve Olson 2002_Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins_ pg39  

 
 

2012-06-23

2012-06-23 David Rothbard & Craig Rucker
Rio+20 agenda would harm health, welfare and nature -- and make poverty permanent
"In developed nations, government responses to the purported crises sent prices soaring for energy, increasing the cost of everything we make, ship, eat and do -- and crippling economic growth, killing jobs and sending families into fuel poverty.   In developing countries, governments restricted access to electricity generation and other technologies -- forcing the world's poorest families to continue trying to eke out a living the old-fashioned way: turning forest habitats into firewood, cooking over wood and dung fires, and living with rampant poverty and disease...   If Rio+20 had achieved what its organizers had set out to accomplish, citizens of still wealthy nations would now have to prepare for new assaults on their living standards.   Impoverished people in poor nations would now have to prepare for demands that they abandon their dreams for better lives.   That is neither just nor sustainable.   It is a good thing that the radical Rio+20 agenda was largely rejected."
 
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  "Because of this quantification [of quality] problem, the BLS Office of Productivity and Technology does not publish any labor productivity rates for either the software industry or the engineering industry." --- William C. Goodman 1996 August "The software and engineering industries threatened by technological change?" _Monthly Labor Review_ pg 40  

 
 

2012-06-24

2012-06-24
Hilary Hurd Anyaso _AAAS_/_EurekAlert_
memory can be enhanced by hearing it repeated while you sleep
Bio Space
Science News Line
E! Science News
News Room America
Medical Xpress
Science Bulletin
NIH
"In the Northwestern study, research participants learned how to play two artificially generated musical tunes with well-timed key presses.   Then while the participants took a 90-minute nap, the researchers presented one of the tunes that had been practiced, but not the other.   'Our results extend prior research by showing that external stimulation during sleep can influence a complex skill.', said Ken A. Paller, professor of psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern and senior author of the study.   By using EEG methods to record the brain's electrical activity, the researchers ensured that the soft musical 'cues' were presented during slow-wave sleep, a stage of sleep previously linked to cementing memories.   Participants made fewer errors when pressing the keys to produce the melody that had been presented while they slept, compared to the melody not presented.   'We also found that electrophysiological signals during sleep correlated with the extent to which memory improved.', said lead author James Antony of the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program at Northwestern.   'These signals may thus be measuring the brain events that produce memory improvement during sleep.'"

2012-06-24
Mark J. Perry
job market for lawyers
"Nationwide, only 55% of the class of 2011 had full-time, long-term jobs that required a law degree 9 months after graduation."
 
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  "standard of living depends on productivity, and productivity, in turn, depends on technology.   When a poor nation is connected, it merely adopts the technological innovations of the rich one without having to re-invent the wheel.   Thereby, it grows faster and eventually catches up." --- Gurcharand Das 2001 _India Unbound_ pg xvii  

 
 

2012-06-25

2012-06-25
_Cresset_
molecular modeling software

2012-06-25 10:00PDT (13:00EDT) (17:00GMT) (19:00 Jerusalem)
_Knoxville TN News Sentinel_
over 90 3rd world students at U of TN for industrial engineering program

2012-06-25
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
economists, lawyers, and USCIS tussle at EB-5 meeting
"The underlying statutory idea is that $500K, if well invested, will create 10 full-time jobs, and the task of the USCIS economists is to see if, with enough estimating and modeling and uses of indirect job-creation notions, the half-million will do the trick.   Frankly, thinking you can create 10 full-time jobs by simply building a half-million-dollar structure, which probably is not much larger than a nice house in the suburbs, strikes me as a bizarre concept, but that's what 'tenant occupancy' is all about.   The half-million is not invested in creating a business, it is simply invested in a building in which the business will take place."

2012-06-25
Andrew Klavan _PJ Media_
the contents of pres. Obummer's character

2012-06-25
Victor Davis Hanson _PJ Media_
Is the USA unraveling or coming back to its senses?
"As we see in New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin, the cure for the present economic malaise is not rocket science -- a curbing of the size of government, a revision of the tax code, a modest rollback of regulation, reform of public employment, and holding the line on new taxes.   Do that and public confidence returns, businesses start hiring, and finances settle down."

2012-06-25
Mark J. Perry
increased supply of natural gas from shale is holding prices down

2012-06-25
William L. Anderson
If governments are abdicating anything, it is responsibility and understanding of the basic creation of wealth
 
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  "At the very time that economists are citing the efficiency of 'life-time' Japanese employees, American businesses are rapidly turning their labor force into temps.   Discarding old ideas about the value of loyalty & continuity, many American companies now hire typists, technicians, janitors, book-keepers, artists, editors, programmers, engineers & even executives by the project, by the hour or by the piece." --- Barbara Garson 1988 _The Electronic SweatShop_ pg 226  

 
 

2012-06-26

2012-06-26 13:08:40PDT (16:08:40EDT) (20:08:40GMT) (22:08:40 Jerusalem) Anne d'Innocenzio _San Jose CA Mercury News_/_AP_
Conference Board: consumer confidence fell again
Those stating jobs are 'hard to get' increased slightly from 40.9% to 41.5%, while those claiming jobs are 'plentiful' increased from 7.5% to 7.8%.   Those expecting more jobs in the months ahead declined from 15.4% to 14.1%.   Those expecting fewer jobs also declined from 21.5% to 20.6%.   The proportion of consumers expecting an increase in their incomes declined from 15.7% to 14.8%.

2012-06-26
Michael Walsh _PJ Media_
first principles

2012-06-26
David J. Rusin _PJ Media_
niqab+burqa-wearing bandits in Philadelphia

2012-06-26
John Rosenthal _PJ Media_
conflicting stories about the Houla, Syria massacre

2012-06-26
John Rosenthal _PJ Media_
natural human rights vs. pseudo-rights: government power grabs

2012-06-26
David P. Goldman _PJ Media_
"democracy" vs. liberty

2012-06-26
Paul Driessen & Duggan Flanakin
dodging another UN bullet: sustaining liberty instead of thug-power

2012-06-26
Anthony Watts
U of VA plot thickens further: Teresa Sullivan re-instated

2012-06-26
Anthony Watts
update on Colorado wild-fires (with satellite imagery)

2012-06-26
Audrey Quinn _Stupid Propaganda Planet_/_Ziff Davis_/_CBS_
functional NMR and EEGs can both give reliable early diagnosis of autism

2012-06-26 16:50PDT (19:50EDT) (23:50GMT) (2012-06-27 01:50 Jerusalem)
Allie Shah _Minneapolis MN Star Tribune_
Pew immigration report didn't tell the whole story regarding Asians
"in Minnesota, where the Hmong represent the largest Asian group.   Consider this stat from the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans: The unemployment rate is much higher for Minnesota's Hmong population (12.6%) than it is for all Minnesota Asians (10%) and for white Minnesotans (6.6%).   In their report, Pew researchers focused on the 6 largest Asian subgroups in the United States: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese.   By over-looking the struggles of immigrants from countries such as Cambodia and Laos, critics say, the study did not tell the whole story of how Asian Americans are faring."

2012-06-26
_Windsor Canada Star_/_Agence France Presse_
ecology and evolution "scientists" think math is too difficult
Cosmos magazine
United Academics
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
"The study by researchers at the University of Bristol analyzed nearly 650 studies on ecology and evolution published in three leading journals in 1998.   They found that papers with more equations in the text were less likely to be cited in future papers, signaling that scientists may not be paying attention to research that is jammed with mathematical details.   Studies with the most math in them were referenced 50% less often than those with little or no math, said the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a US peer-reviewed journal."

2012-06-26
"Countenance"
Don't worry. Be cheap. AZ H-1B guest-workers advised to carry papers at all times

2012-06-26
Mark J. Perry
oil extraction still increasing

2012-06-26 (5772 Tamuz 06)
Fred Weir _Jewish World Review_
Putin and Netanyahu conspire

2012-06-26 (5772 Tamuz 06)
Frank J. Gaffney ii _Jewish World Review_
Muslim Brotherhood's bait and switch
"Egypt's newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi, says he will be a 'leader for all Egyptians'.   That sounds a lot like the sorts of lies his fellow Muslim Brothers have been telling for months, only to renege on them when they can.   We ignore the true character and ambitions of the Muslim Brotherhood -- in Egypt, elsewhere in the Mideast, in the wider world and here -- at our extreme peril."
Investigative Project: CAIR-Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood links
Discover the Networks: Muslim Brotherhood (MB)

2012-06-26 (5772 Tamuz 06)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
political glossary part 1 of 4
Shreveport LA Times
Town Hall
One News Now
New American
 
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  "They [the Belgae] introduced for the first time a coinage of silver and copper.   They established themselves as a tribal aristocracy in Britain, subjugating the older stock.   In the east they built Wheathampstead, Verulam (St. Albans), and Camulodunum (Colchester); in the south Calleva (Silchester) and Venta Belgarum (Winchester).   They were closely akin to the inhabitants of Gaul from whom they had sprung.   This active, alert, conquering, and ruling race established themselves wherever they went with ease and celerity, and might have looked forward to long dominion.   But the tramp of the legions had followed hard behind them, and they must soon defend the prize they had won against still better men and higher systems of government and war." --- Winston Churchill 1956, 1993 _An History of the English Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain_ pg12  

 
 

2012-06-27

2012-06-27
Norm Matloff _H-1B/ L-1/ Off-Shoring News-Letter_
patent study
 
I have quite a few items I've been hoping to post to this e-news-letter, just no time to do so.   However, there is a new patent study that the proponents of expanded H-1B and green card programs are splashing so much all over the press that I need to comment.
 
I've written about patent studies before, but this study is slightly different in that it concentrates on universities.   The study is summarized in the following passage from the Wall Street Journal:
 
In 2011, 76% of patents awarded to the top 10 patent-producing American universities had at least one foreign-born inventor, according to the report.
 
The implication is that the foreign graduate students and post-docs at U.S. schools are especially innovative.
 
Even though the venue of the study is new, the usual comments apply:
 
1.   Since there are large numbers of foreign nationals at U.S. universities, it is natural that a large number of them have their names on patents produced by those schools.   It does not mean that the foreigners are more innovative than the American students and post-docs.
 
2.   The phrase "at least one foreign-born inventor" is quite slippery.   If just one foreigner is listed, together with say 7 Americans, the study counts this patent at "foreign" [which is bogus].
 
Just to do a rough probability analysis: Say every patent lists 5 names, and that 30% of the university research population is foreign.   If the nationalities of the 5 inventors were independent random variables, the probability of having at least 1 foreign inventor among the 5 would be 83%, huge compared to the 30% -- exactly the kind of misleading statistic the PR people who wrote the study want to present.
 
I've written often that the reason there are so many foreign students in these grad programs is basically H-1B: H-1B draws in the foreign students, hoping for a job after graduation; the influx suppresses wages, causing America's best and brightest to avoid STEM careers.   An influential National Science Foundation [NSF] position paper predicted this [over] 20 years ago, and it proved quite prophetic.
 
My own recent research found that the former foreign students, now working in industry, are actually LESS likely to produce a patent than are Americans of the same age, education etc., in the fields of computer science and electrical engineering.
 
So, the less innovative are displacing the more innovative, a net loss.
 
An alert reader pointed me to a recent NIH meeting that is of great significance.   This will be the subject of my next posting here, hopefully in a day or so.
 
Norm
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2012-06-27
Patrick Thibodeau _ComputerWorld_/_IDG_
Grassley plan for continuing lax H-1B standards will do nothing to mend dysfunctional US, UK, European STEM job markets

2012-06-27
J. Christian Adams _PJMedia_
corrupt Obummer DoJ and illegal aliens vs. Florida and USA citizens: round 1 goes to Florida and USA citizens

2012-06-27
Frank J. Fleming _PJ Media_
supreme disconnect in court (and government) high on power

2012-06-27
William L. Anderson
"de-leveraging"

2012-06-27
Stephen Dinan _Washington DC Times_
bill to audit the Fed passed from House oversight committee
"The bill would direct the GAO to complete a broad audit that would presumably include a peek at the Fed's decision-making and many of its lending policies.   The committee defeated an amendment sponsored by 'representative' Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), that would have prevented auditors from getting a look at internal board-discussion minutes...   If the bill clears the House it will still need a vote in the senate -- but senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV), has spoken approvingly of an audit in the past."

2012-06-27
Hugh R. Morley _North Jersey_
corrupt execs demand more cheap, young, pliant foreign labor with questionable ethics
US immigration authorities granted over 117,409 H-1B visas in FY2010, compared with over 124,099 in FY2005, over 133,290 in 2000, and over 58,327 in FY1996.   He said two-thirds of the university's post-doctoral students are on temporary visas, but all student visas are temporary visas, and all but "green cards" are temporary guest-work visas.   Meanwhile, some 1.8M US STEM workers are unemployed or under-employed (not in jobs with make use of their STEM knowledge and experience).
stateH-1b visasaverage salary
CA65,600$85,300
NY41,700$90,400
TX31,400$75,400
NJ23,600$73,900
IL18,600$74,300
FL15,200$70,200
MA14,700$79,400
PA12,900$73,200
WA11,300$89,400
VA11,000$74,300

2012-06-27
_Channel 4_
former Royal Bank of Scotland employee warned them 18 months ago that out-sourcing, guest-workers, and off-shoring to India is enormous risk (with video)
"Since the financial crisis began, the bank has shed 36K jobs and in 2012 March announced 215 back-office jobs would go, with work being out-sourced to India...   But in a letter to his MP written in 2010 December, the former employee warned that out-sourcing had a knock-on effect on the ability of the bank to deal with IT problems: 'I write with regard to the recent decision at RBS to move over 500 IT jobs from the UK to India...   This puts the RBS infrastructure at enormous risk of experiencing problems.   In the current work-force large sections of knowledgeable and experienced people have already left due to the poor working conditions and a complete disregard to risk...   teams...tell me the last person who knew the system has left...'"

2012-06-27
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
USCIS pep rally... and scheming
"Later in the comment period I suggested to the Director that the country needed more jobs, not more legal workers, and that there probably were hundreds of thousands of H-4s in the country; further, giving them the right to work would simply encourage the migration of more of them.   The Director replied smoothly, 'I share your concerns, David.   We will grant work permission to only a few of them, those whose spouses already have H-1B status and are nearing green card status.'"

2012-06-27 (5772 Tamuz 07)
Nicholas Blanford _Jewish World Review_
how secure are Syria's chemical weapons from jihadists?

2012-06-27 (5772 Tamuz 07)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
political glossary part 2 of 4
Patriot Post
Town Hall

2012-06-27 (5772 Tamuz 07)
Walter E. Williams _Jewish World Review_
too much college
"There's a recent study published by the Raleigh, NC-based Pope Center titled 'Pell Grants: Where Does All the Money Go?'.   Authors Jenna Ashley Robinson and Duke Cheston report that about 60% of under-graduate students in the country are Pell Grant recipients, and at some schools, upward of 80% are.   Pell Grants are the biggest expenditure of the Department of Education, totaling nearly $42G in 2012.   The original focus of Pell Grants was to facilitate college access for [bright, industrious] low-income students.   Since 1972, when the program began, the number of students from the lowest income quartile going to college has increased by more than 50%.   However, Robinson and Cheston report that the percentage of low-income students who completed college by age 24 decreased from 21.9% in 1972 to 19.9% today...   College administrators want warm bodies to bring in money."
 
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  "A modern dictator with the resources of science at his disposal can easily lead the public on from day to day, destroying all persistency of thought and aim, so that memory is blurred by the multiplicity of daily news and judgment baffled by its perversion." --- Winston Churchill 1956, 1993 _An History of the English Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain_ pg490  

 
 

2012-06-28

Battle of Monmouth NJ CourtHouse (Molly Pitcher)

2012-06-28 05:30PDT (08:30EDT) (12:30GMT) (14:30 Jerusalem)
Scott Gibbons & Tony Sznoluch _DoL ETA_
un-employment insurance weekly claims report
DoL home page
DoL OPA press releases
historical data
DoL regulations
"The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 368,418 in the week ending June 23, an increase of 3,870 from the previous week.   There were 406,633 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.   The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4% during the week ending June 16, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.   The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,107,684, an increase of 5,712 from the preceding week.   A year earlier, the rate was 2.8% and the volume was 3,511,416.   The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending June 9 was 5,890,091, an increase of 71,724 from the previous week.   Extended benefits were available in DC, ID, NV, NJ, NY, RI, and WV during the week ending June 9.   States reported 2,645,517 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending June 9, an increase of 111,768 from the prior week.   There were 3,300,706 claimants in the comparable week in 2011.   EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.   [Note that the population used for calculating the "insured unemployment rate" (the divisor) changes roughly quarterly:
to 132,623,886 beginning 2007-10-06;
to 133,010,953 beginning 2008-01-05;
to 133,382,559 beginning 2008-04-05;
to 133,690,617 beginning 2008-07-05;
to 133,902,387 beginning 2008-10-04;
to 133,886,830 beginning 2009-01-03;
to 133,683,433 beginning 2009-04-04;
to 133,078,480 beginning 2009-07-04;
to 133,823,421 beginning 2009-10-03;
to 131,823,421 beginning 2009-10-17;
to 130,128,328 beginning 2010-01-02;
to 128,298,468 beginning 2010-04-03;
to 126,763,245 beginning 2010-07-03;
to 125,845,577 beginning 2010-09-25;
to 125,560,066 beginning 2011-01-15;
to 125,572,661 beginning 2011-04-02;
to 125,807,389 beginning 2011-07-02;
to 126,188,733 beginning 2011-10-01;
to 126,579,970 beginning 2012-01-01;
to 127,048,587 beginning 2012-04-07, and seasonal adjustment factors were revised.]
EUC (Excel)
EB
graphs
more graphs

2012-06-28
Anthony Watts & Geoffrey Boulton
science's capacity for self-correction comes from its openness to scrutiny and challenge

2012-06-28
Mark J. Perry
comparing costs for HS in DC
"the graduation rate of DC's public high schools of only 58.6% for the Class of 2011 (compared to the national average of 75.5% for public schools"

2012-06-28
Beryl Lieff Benderly _AAAS Science_
patently misleading use of statistics for purposes of deception

2012-06-28
Alan Caruba _Renew America_
What just happened to the rule of law?

2012-06-28
Lloyd Marcus _Renew America_
Supreme corruption will give re-birth to the tea party

2012-06-28
Kevin Fobbs _Renew America_
pres. Obummer's lies have brought communism into America

2012-06-28
Alan Keyes _Renew America_
Romney's continued refusal to challenge pres. Obummer's abusive amnesty order for illegal aliens

2012-06-28
Louie Verrecchio _Renew America_
"Patron saints" of the US constitution?

2012-06-28
Joseph Farah _World Net Daily_
contemptible government

2012-06-28
Dan Stein & Rush Limbaugh
pres. Obummer refuses to secure the border and enforce immigration laws

2012-06-28
Quin Hillyer _American Spectator_
reasons for hope

2012-06-28
Wendell Cox _New Geography_
so-called "smart growth" plans turn out not to be so smart

2012-06-28 (5772 Tamuz 08)
Victor Davis Hanson _Jewish World Review_
"legal" illegal immigration
"in a state like California, Hispanic males are dropping out of high school at a rate of nearly 40%...   Some polls show the Latino community divided almost evenly over open borders.   That is understandable, given that the presence of 11M to 15M illegal aliens masks the national profile of Latino success.   In terms of the rates of assimilation, integration, inter-marriage and economic ascendency, Latino Americans who legally immigrated to the United States are mirroring past experiences of successful southern European immigrants.   In Southwestern states, American citizens of Hispanic ancestry share in the increased costs associated with spiraling incarceration rates, plummeting test scores and over-taxed social services, which at least in part reflect the difficult efforts to accommodate those who arrived illegally from the poorest regions of Latin America.   A cynic might argue that employers and identity-politics elites jointly welcomed in illegal aliens, the former wanting cheaper labor, the latter wanting more constituents.   But driving down wages in hard times and increasing government costs is not always beneficial for small businesses and entry-level American workers -- increasing numbers of them Hispanics.   Finally, is it wise to tie our immigration policy so intimately to race and ethnicity, rather than individual merit and circumstances?"

2012-06-28 (5772 Tamuz 08)
Clifford D. May _Jewish World Review_
reject the sea and moon treaties

2012-06-28 (5772 Tamuz 08)
judge Andrew P. Napolitano _Jewish World Review_
corrupt federal government refusing to secure borders, remove illegal aliens

2012-06-28 (5772 Tamuz 08)
Ann Coulter _Jewish World Review_
Obummer admin smuggling arms to foreign gangs is biggest scandal in US history

2012-06-28 (5772 Tamuz 08)
Thomas Sowell _Jewish World Review_
political glossary part 3 of 4
Town Hall
Free Republic

2012-06-28
Thomas Sowell _Creators Syndicate_
political glossary part 4 of 4
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "The experts dspute the population of Roman Britain, and rival estimates vary between 500K and 1.5M.   It seems certain that the army, the civil services, the towns-folk, the well-to-do, and their dependants amounted to 300K or 400K." --- Winston Churchill 1956, 1993 _An History of the English Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain_ pg37  

 
 

2012-06-29

1801-06-29: Frederic Bastiat was born
Bob McTeer: NCPA

2012-06-29
Sarah McBride _Reuters_
low standards encourage abuse of O-1, H-1B, EB, J, F visas
alternate Reuters link
Dan Stein: FAIR
Joe Guzzardi: Californians for Population Stabilization
"Shera Bechard, the Canadian-born former girl-friend of Playboy Enterprises founder Hugh Hefner, would not be an obvious candidate for the special visas that the U.S. government reserves for 'individuals with extraordinary ability'...   'flexibility' in Washington on what constitutes 'extraordinary ability', means the O-1 is gaining traction in technology circles.   Wider use could ultimately land it in political trouble.   For example, the H-1B visa, which allows employers to hire foreigners temporarily in certain specialized fields like technology, has drawn accusations from union groups and others that companies use it to bring in lower-skilled [cheap, young pliant labor with 'flexible' ethics]...   The EB-1 is similar, but leads to a green card...   the Immigrant Investor Program, or EB-5 visa...requires a capital investment of at least $500K [that can be raised from sources in the USA] and the [possible prospect of] creation of at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers.   By contrast, no proof of personal wealth or investment in the United States is required for the O-1 or the EB-1.   There is also no cap on the number of O-1s that the government can award each year; [a vastly excessive] 12,280 were approved in 2011, USCIS said, up from [a vastly excessive] 9,478 in 2006.   It issued about 25K EB-1s last year, below their cap of 40K.   The H-1B is much more popular.   Applications hit their annual cap of 85K earlier this month [though the State Department says over 110K are commonly issued each year]."

2012-06-29
Dan Stein & Victor Davis Hanson
pres. Obummer's amnesty for illegal aliens

2012-06-29
Dan Stein _FAIR_
less immigration means lower costs for schools

2012-06-29 07:37:41PDT (10:37:41EDT) (14:37:41GMT) (16:37:41 Jerusalem)
Caroline Fairchild _Bloomberg_
UMich consumer sentiment index fell from 79.3 in May to 74.1 in early June to 73.2 in late June
NASDAQ
EconoDay (with bar graph)
MarketWatch
Chicago IL Tribune
St. Louis Fed

2012-06-29
Anthony Watts
Thai farmers attacked by environmentalist terrorists

2012-06-29
_Raw Story_/_Agence France Presse_
in Mumbai, doctor removed 5-inch parasitic worm from eye of elderly patient
NY Daily News
MSFTN
My Republica
"When Dr V. Seetharaman examined 75-year-old patient P.K. Krishnamurthy at Mumbai's Fortis Hospital this week, the eye expert was shocked by the highly unusual sight of the writhing parasite and had to operate speedily to remove it before serious damage was caused...   He suggested the creature could have entered the patient from a cut in his foot or from eating raw or improperly cooked food, before entering the bloodstream and travelling to the eye."

2012-06-29
Mark J. Perry
more cheap, young, pliant foreign labor with flexible ethics in ND oil/gas fields as the cultural exchange scam continues
"More than 500 foreign students -- from Thailand, Jamaica and about a dozen other countries..."

2012-06-29
Jerry Kammer _Center for Immigration Studies_
Una poca de gracia -- a little grace -- for the immigration debate

2012-06-29 (5772 Tamuz 09)
Caroline B. Glick _Jewish World Review_
about those Jews... and media propaganda
"So it works out that Iran's vice president really hates Jews.   In fact, he hates Jews so much that even the New York Times reported it.   On Tuesday, the Times published an account of Iranian vice president Mohammad-Reza Rahimi's speech before a UN forum on fighting drug addiction in Tehran.   Rahimi claimed that Jews control the illegal drug trade.   We sell drugs he said in order to fulfill what he said is a Talmudic writ to 'destroy everyone who opposes the Jews'.   He said that our conspiracy is obvious since, he claimed that there are no Jewish drug addicts.   He went so far as to promise to pay anyone who can find a Jewish drug addict.   As he put it, 'The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict.   They do not exist.   This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade.'   Oops, sorry, he doesn't hate Jews.   He hates Zionists.   Some of his best friends are Jews.   At least that is what the Times would have us believe..."
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "For money they use either bronze, or gold coins, or iron ingonts of fixed weights.   Tin is found inland, and small quantities of iron near the coast; the copper that they use is imported.   There is timber of every kind, as in Gaul, except beech and fir.   Hares, fowl, and geese they think it unlawful to eat, but rear them for pleasure and amusement." --- Gaius Julius Caesar (quoted in Winston Churchill 1956, 1993 _An History of the English Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain_ pg13)  

 
 

2012-06-30

2012-06-30
Robert Moore _Cenantua_
Closing in on the end of the 150th anniversary of The 7 Days

2012-06-30
Anthony Watts & Lars Larson
US Forest Service refusing to bring in 20K gallon super-tanker to fight fires
"This year the U.S. Forest Service will spend north of a billion dollars fighting forest fires across America.   Billions of dollars worth of trees owned by the American people will go up in flames.   And a $50M dollar airplane that could put those fires out faster sits on the ground in Arizona because the U.S. Forest Service refuses to hire Evergreen Aviation...   The US Forest Service's specification for Next Generation Air Tanker aircraft limits tank size to 5K gallons.   The super-tanker's tanks hold about 20K gallons, which is considered outside the USFS specification."

2012-06-30
Mark J. Perry
boys vs. girls on 2010 and 2011 SAT math tests
"for the 2011 SAT math test -- the mean score for high school boys was 531 compared to a mean of 500 for girls; and 9,120 boys had perfect scores of 800 compared to 4,683 girls, for a M:F ratio of 1.95-to-1."

2012-06-30
Tim Reid _Fiscal Times_/_Reuters_
anti-foreclosure laws may back-fire: unintended consequences

2012-06-30
William L. Anderson
Krugman (and pres. Obummer) on medical care: We need more of what is awry, socialism
 
Proposed Bills 2012
 
 

  "The natives [of Britain in 55BCE], though uncouth, had a certain value as slaves for rougher work on the land, in mines, and even about the house.   There was talk of a pearl fishery, and also of gold." --- Winston Churchill 1956, 1993 _An History of the English Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain_ pg3  

 
 

2012 June
David North _Center for Immigration Studies_
how employers cheat America's aging by hiring cheap, young, pliant foreign labor with flexible ethics

2012 June
Steven A. Camarota _Center for Immigration Studies_
Obummer amnesty for ilegal aliens increases/sustains competition for employment

2012 June
Robert Bryce _Manhattan Institute_
enerty-related extortion preferences and job destruction

2012 June
Mark Krikorian _Center for Immigration Studies_
perpetual border battle
"The 3 main sources of estimates -- the Department of Homeland Security, the Pew Hispanic Center and the Center for Immigration Studies -- all conclude that in 2007, the illegal population neared or exceeded 12M (the estimates range from 11.8M to [24M]) and declined to roughly 11M (between 10.8M and [20M]) by 2009.   The decline stopped after 2009...   Arrests on the Mexican border exceeded 1M almost every year since the early 1980s and totaled almost 1.2M in 2005.   In 2007, arrests were under 900K.   They dropped to a little over 500K in 2009 and 328K in 2011.   That 2011 number is the lowest seen in the country since the early 1970s.   The Pew Hispanic Center has estimated that the total in-flow of illegal immigrants, both border jumpers and visa over-stayers, declined from 850K annually during 2000–2005 to just 300K annually during 2007–2009...   With regard to Mexico in particular, Pew has recently reported that net migration has dropped to zero.   This includes all immigrants, both legal and illegal (51% of recent Mexican immigrants are illegal).   Specifically, Pew compares the 2005–2010 period to 1995–2000 and finds that the number of Mexicans arriving in the United States fell by half and the number returning doubled.   From 2005–2010, arrivals and departures were roughly equal, with each figure at about 1.4M.   The number of departures is fudged somewhat, since it includes 300K U.S.-born (and thus U.S. 'citizen') children of Mexican immigrants, so even Pew finds continued net Mexican immigration, but the increase in departures (most of them voluntary) and the drop in new arrivals is striking...   This unemployment, combined with tougher times even for those still employed, led to a drop in remittances to Mexico by immigrants in general (both legal and illegal); the total value of remittances sent home dropped 3.6% in 2008 and a further 15.7% in 2009...   In 1995, there were about 5K agents in the Border Patrol (most, but not all, working on the Mexican border).   That number increased to 10K in 2002, hit 15K 5 years later and now exceeds 21K...   While San Diego accounted for more than 40% of all apprehensions in 1995, by 2011 it accounted for less than 13% of a much smaller total.   The Border Patrol's new tactics were actually pioneered in the mid-1990s in El Paso, the other main crossing point for illegal immigrants at the time, and the decline there has been even more dramatic.   In 1993, El Paso accounted for nearly 25% of all Border Patrol arrests.   By 2011, it accounted for only about 3% (again, of a much smaller overall number)...   Only in 1986 did it become unlawful for employers to hire illegal immigrants; before then, they were specifically exempted from the definition of 'harboring' illegal immigrants by what came to be known as the Texas proviso.   But even after 1986, the paper-based enforcement system was easily gamed and had little impact on illegal employment...   only about 1% of the border has a double layer.   This is why the Government Accountability Office [GAO] reported last year that only 44% of the border is under 'operational control' [a legalistic weasel term], with only 15% actually 'controlled' (the tightest level of security).   That 44% figure is triple what it was in 2005...   Of the 40M foreign-born people living in the United States, nearly three-quarters of them are legal.   Even in 2008–2009, during the 2 years of the worst recession in living memory, 2.5M people moved here from abroad, most of them legally."

2012 June
top 500 fastest super computers LinPack bench-mark




 
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