Oh good grief. Peter Singer has embraced Aubrey de Gray’s quest to defeat human aging. For those who don’t know, de Gray–who looks like a long-lost member of ZZ Top–believes that his research is so important that it should be funded ahead of providing healthcare for destitute Africans. Indeed, I saw him give a wild-eyed speech in which he explicitly compared under funding his work to a terrorist blowing up a car. Singer first questions whether depriving people of needed healthcare now in the (vain, in both senses of the word,
Trenton — Questioned by the state Assembly Transportation Committee over the ill-fated decision to leave locomotives and train cars in rail yards that ended up flooding during Hurricane Sandy, the executive director of NJ Transit said yesterday the agency will not make the same mistake twice. NJ Transit sustained $100 million worth of damage to its rail equipment, including 62 waterlogged locomotives and 261 sopped train cars. NJ Transit Executive Director Jim Weinstein said the decision was based on the agency’s forecasts and history of no floods at the rail yards in Kearny and Hoboken, but after the worst storm
The Australian radio station that made the hoax call that preceded the apparent suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha is to donate $500,000 (£326,000) from its advertising profits to her family. Sydney-based 2Day FM again expressed ´deep regret´ over the death of Miss Saldanha, which took place shortly after she fell for the trick by two DJs at King Edward VII Hospital in London. The radio station´s owners had cancelled all of its advertising after broadcasting the call, in which Mel Greig and Michael Christian pretended to be royals
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ready to unleash its first wave of carbon-dioxide regulations. Some members of Congress want to tax hydrocarbon use and carbon-dioxide emissions. Moreover, United Nations climate alarmists are trying to devise a new treaty to regulate energy use at the international level. Even one of these government actions would send shock waves through the economy. If all three are imposed (or worse, imposed in conjunction with Obamacare and other tax increases on job and wealth creators) the impacts will be devastating. This climate crisis threatens our energy use, economy, jobs,
WASHINGTON -- In order for an ambitious budget deal to emerge, an awkward conversation must take place. House Speaker John Boehner needs to tell President Obama: "I can give some on rates for the wealthy, but I need cover on serious, structural cuts in entitlement programs." The call would be Boehner´s. But the groundwork for that conversation must be laid by the president. And Obama has been actively making it harder for Boehner to cry uncle. Obama´s initial budget offer was a calculated insult, involving, by some accounts, an actual spending increase.
Eighteen Chinese counterfeiters have been sentenced to a total of more than 46 years in prison for selling Crocs knockoffs. Officials seized 128,752 pairs of clogs and sandals, worth an estimated $9.6million, during factory raids and customs inspections. In addition to spending up to two-and-a-half-years in jail, each of offenders also face fines in the region of $25,000.(Snip) Crocs´ chief legal and administrative officer, Dan Hart, said: ´If you attempt to produce or sell infringing Crocs products, we are going to find you and take definitive action to protect our intellectual property.
CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC: We’re talking about the massive, extractive energy boom happening in America right now and how it’s transforming our politics and how that can be made to work with a sane climate policy, which is really the difficult question. Before the break I left the question on the table about the price of energy being too low right now. Basically we see this massive amount of supply has come onto the grid thanks largely to natural gas. The price has come down, and I think we generally think, “Oh, lower prices are better.”
White House officials warned in a blog post on Tuesday that the United States would not support a United Nations treaty if it gave governments more control over the management of the Internet. Administration officials argued that the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) currently taking place in Dubai "should be about updating a public telecommunications treaty to reflect today´s market-based realities—not a new venue to create regulations on the Internet, private networks, or the data flowing across them." The treaty conference is set to wrap up on Friday and member countries of the U.N. International Telecommunications Union have
Medical plans are facing an unexpected new fee. It´s to help cover people with pre-existing conditions under President Obama´s health care overhaul. The $63-per-head fee -- buried in a recent regulation -- will hit health plans serving an estimated 190 million Americans, mostly workers and their families. It´s payable starting in 2014. Employers are not happy. The cost of compliance works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies,(Snip)The Obama administration says the money will cushion health insurance companies from the hard-to-predict costs of covering uninsured people with pre-existing
The 2012 White House “Holiday” card spotlights the Obama’s family Portuguese water dog — instead of Christmas. (Snip) The black and white illustration was designed by Iowa artist Larassa Kabel and shows Bo the dog, wearing a scarf, while frolicking in the snow on the South Lawn of a blurred White House. The inside of the card reportedly reads, ”This season, may your home be filled with family, friends, and the joy of the holidays.” The card is signed by the entire First Family — along with Bo’s paw print. Vanity Fair deemed this year’s Obama ‘Holiday’
The Navy directed service members serving in Bahrain to cancel and dismantle a “Live Nativity” after receiving a complaint from a military atheist group who said the manger scene endangered Americans serving in a Muslim country and violated the U .S. Constitution. (Snip) The chaplain at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain confirmed to Fox News the nativity scene was cancelled – but referred any further comments to the NSA’s public information officer. The “Live Nativity” was a long-standing tradition at NSA Bahrain that featured the children of military personnel dressed as
Democratic lawmakers have joined with Republicans in raising alarm about a looming ObamaCare-tied tax on medical devices, saying the additional tax is causing "uncertainty and confusion for businesses" and should be delayed. The previously obscure tax has, over the last several months, emerged as one of the most controversial in the health care overhaul and one of the few with bipartisan opposition. Starting Jan. 1, the Affordable Care Act imposes a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices with the goal of raising nearly $30 billion over the next decade. But a group of U.S. senators this week revived
“There will be blood,” State Representative Douglas Geiss threatened from the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives today as the body debated legislation that would make Michigan the nation’s 24th right to work state. “I really wish we had not gone here,” Geiss continued. “It is the leadership in this house that has led us here. The same leadership that tried to throw a bomb right on election day, leading to a member switching parties, and came in at the 11th hour with a gotcha bill. For that, I do not see solace,
The Treasury Department announced on Monday that it would unload its remaining shares of American International Group (AIG), the infamous insurance giant that received $182 billion in bailout money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). As part of the divestment plan, AIG will also sell its aircraft leasing business (ILFC) to a Chinese consortium. The deal will give China “access to a global network of about 200 airlines in 80 countries.” According to Reuters, taxpayers that bailed out and now own AIG will lose out in the deal because the $4.8 billion sale is
The Word has come down from the ESPN president, and it isn’t the same Word that Tim Tebow lives by. This Word is: Cut back on Tebow coverage. ESPN president John Skipper has lowered the boom on reporters discussing Tebow. He feels that the Tebow phenomenon has a limited shelf life. After ESPN covered the New York Jets training camp and reported on Tebow, they kept focusing on Tebow, disturbing Skipper, who said: "I said, ´Guys, we didn´t handle this very well.´ Going to training camp wasn´t a problem. We just stayed on it relentlessly and too long."
Joe Scarborough, MSNBC´s "House Conservative," showed his desperation to please his liberal audience today on his 2nd place cable morning show "Morning Joe." Watch the video below to see the former Republican congressman explain that the conservative movement has lost its way thanks to "talk radio hosts and bloggers" who are "making tens of millions of dollars. They’re getting rich, and they’re not really hurting this country because they’re irrelevant." In the world according to Joe, major media companies throw millions of dollars to tv and radio hosts based on their LACK of significance.
Courtesy of the $83 billion auto bailout - on which we are already poised to lose more than $40 billion - the taxpayers are stuck with 26% stock ownership of General Motors (GM). It could get much worse. Judge Set to Rule on Case That Could Reverse Auto Bailout A New York federal judge may rule imminently on a case that could reverse the General Motors bailout and send the company back into bankruptcy.... At issue is a backroom deal hatched by GM to fulfill the Obama administration’s demand for a quick bankruptcy, draining
Two teenagers accused in a weekend shooting death in Beaver Falls will be charged as adults, Beaver County police Chief Charles R. Jones Jr. said this morning. Todavia S. Cleckley and Marcus Velasquez, both 14, are charged with conspiracy to commit criminal homicide in the killing of 22-year-old Kayla Peterson of Beaver Falls. Marcus is also charged with criminal homicide, two felony counts of aggravated assault and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. (Snip) Ms. Peterson was shot a little after 3 p.m. Saturday outside her home in the 500 block of 13th Street while she was outside with her boyfriend.
New York Democratic Rep. Steve Israel is calling for legislation to renew the federal ban on plastic guns, according to his official congressional website. "Recent reports have pointed to the new possibility of building guns at home using a 3-D printer,” Israel’s website states. “Right now, plastic guns are illegal under the Undetectable Firearms Act, but this law is set to expire next year.” 3-D printers, which have been available since the 1980s, take two-dimensional plans and convert them to three-dimensional objects, which are then usually made from plastic. Homemade plastic
Americas: Dictator Hugo Chavez´s near-certain exit in Venezuela looks like a second wind for the country´s democrats. But not so fast: The petrotyranny is no longer a republic, it´s a cult of personality. Latin Spring is more like it. The shocking news over the weekend from Chavez, that he was heading back to Cuba for a third operation less than a week after treatment there, pretty well signals that the still-undisclosed type of cancer that afflicts him is terminal. A somber Chavez announced Saturday for the first time that he was turning over the reins of power
By federal law, the Obama-Biden campaign is supposed to disband. But it shows no signs of disbanding, and is instead launching a whole new campaign. In an email sent out today and signed by Obama campaign deputy manager Stephanie Cutter, Obama-Biden is urging supporters to flood the capitol switchboard in Washington with calls to Republican congressman. Callers are urged to pressure GOPers into caving to the president’s demand for higher taxes. Cutter casts the debate disingenuously, as the president defending tax cuts for the middle class while Republicans would be making a “conscious choice” to hike
New Democrat Charlie Crist said last night on CNN that in his eyes the GOP “seem to get more strident and more difficult, if you will, less tolerant, less welcoming, whether it was immigration or education or voter suppression that we saw recently.” The former Florida governor left the Republican Party in 2010 to run for the Senate seat won by Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and spoke at this year’s Democratic National Convention, but just Friday announced he’s a Democrat. “Each and every one of these issues
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Californians increasingly may be on their own against criminals because of state and local budget problems. Two recent reports are scary. KCBS wrote, "Burglaries are up a startling 43 percent in Oakland this year compared to last, part of an ever-growing crime problem in the city.... The city could be down to a little more than 600 [police] officers by February, which would be 200 fewer than in 2008."
Speaking at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant in Redford, Mich., on Monday, President Barack Obama lashed out at the Michigan legislature, which is preparing to pass a right-to-work law, and declared that Americans only needed to look at Michigan if they wanted to see how unions helped build the middle class. “These so called right to work laws, they don’t have to do with economics,” Obama said. "They have everything to do with politics. "What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money," said Obama.
The Environmental Protection Agency is spending $1.2 million in taxpayer money to groom the next generation of community organizers and activists, including some who work in nail salons. The grant money is going to 50 non-profit and tribal organizations that are working to "advance environmental justice at the local level." For example, a non-profit group in Westminster, Calif., will use its share of the $1.2 million to create a “healthy and safe environment” in nail salons. “The project will educate health providers, regulators, salon owners and technicians, and community leaders about safe practices
The wave of Islamist terrorism is receding and “could end by 2030,” according to a new long-term assessment by the U.S. intelligence community. In support of that projection, the study released on Monday said the view of America as the “great enemy” was becoming less appealing, resulting in part from the departure of U.S. forces from Iraq and Afghanistan. It also cited political upheavals in the Arab world, and said that a new generation of young Muslims may be less interested in the narrative of a “conflict between fundamental values.” “Several circumstances are ending the current Islamist