Hated by some and loved by others, broccoli seems to be an "all or nothing" kind of vegetable. Steamed with salt and butter, dipped in ranch dressing, or slathered in rich, creamy cheddar cheese, broccoli is a tasty treat and is shown to be most beneficial in protecting against mouth, stomach and esophagus cancers, according to reviews of clinical studies.
Health Issues and Dioxin
The toxic effects from dioxin have been compared to the health dangers of DDT in the 1960's. Studies have proven its ability to cause cancer and that there is no safe exposure amount for dioxin. In addition to causing cancers such as breast cancer, dioxin is also proven to cause immune system damage and hormonal system interference.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recently introduced an expanded school voucher program for Pennsylvania’s worst performing schools. That legislation is currently under debate in the state Senate. If passed, it will move into the state House of Representatives.
In Ohio, a proposal to provide scholarships to private schools is drawing debate. The proposal allows families with higher income levels to use taxpayer funds to send their kids to the school of their choice. Ohio currently has a program to allow parents of children in schools with low academic achievement records to enroll them in the school of their choice. Under the new proposal parents would have the choice regardless of their current schools academic record.
But as more and more private and charter schools open up across America the issue of parental rights in determining the schools of choice for their children is beginning to be impacted by issues beyond money. Many opponents of school vouchers base their argument around the issue of money. Taking money out of public school budgets doesn’t help to support the remaining students or the public schools the argument goes.
ThTech Crunch contributor characterizes Wall Street, Occupy Wall Street, and the nature of that conflict. To Evans, it’s not the haves and the have-nots so much as it’s the “hackers” and the “hacker-nots”.
Obama said on Saturday, of House Republicans, “Over and over, they have refused to even debate the same kind of jobs proposals that Republicans have supported in the past — proposals that today are supported, not just by Democrats, but by independents and Republicans all across America.” The President was referring to recent polls that show a large majority of Americans in support of a surtax on the wealthy (over 80% by some estimates, including the AP/GfK). His new partisan tact was showing when he went on to say that the House GOP was instead focused on “whether or not we should mint coins” and “to celebrate the Baseball Hall of Fame,” Obama said. “Meanwhile, they’re only scheduled to work three more weeks between now and the end of the year.” This according to POLITICO.
When I came across this cartoon, it sparked a cord in me…
It seems that the words “Liberal” and “Progressive” have nearly become curse words in today’s political climate and the divide between the left and the right is quickly becoming a gaping hole. Congressman who tries to bridge that gap are negatively referred to as “blue dogs” (moderate democrats) or “blue republicans” (moderate republicans). I’ve often referred to my own political leanings as “liberal republican,” “conservative democrat,” or “progressively moderate.” When I do, I usually get skewed looks and lost stares.
Experts have looked at this method for years, hailing it for one of the most efficient and easily adapted water conservation methods for municipal water supplies; the so called “toilet to tap” method. The water after recycling is just as contaminant free and potable as any other water within the city’s reservoirs, but the “psychological” factor of the city’s populace understanding where their water has come from has made it a hard sell for city’s leaders. Now, however, that seems to have changed.
The interpretation of free market has changed as time has passed. Economists have also altered their views of the free market. For example, Adam Smith is considered a classical economist and they thought that an economy should not have monopoly rents. On the other hand, laissez faire advocates reasoned that society should be free to create monopolies. Personally, I tend to see the free market in more of a laissez faire sense.
The laissez faire perspective of the free market was notably used in the 1962 Capitalism and Freedom, by economist Milton Friedman. This book which talks the function of economic capitalism in liberal society is credited with popularizing this usage.
I spent several years working at one of the Department of Energy's national laboratories and I learned a lot about
The government likes providing to unique projects, especially if they have some connection to energy production. Why? Because everyone is tired of paying more than $3 for a tank of gas and going to the poor house every winter. The federal government has made energy self sufficiency and energy production a priority and even after this administration is over, I don't see that changing.
California Governor Jerry Brown has proposed to slash government pension plans in an attempt to ease the state’s
Eleven states do not allow gay couples or same-sex couples to adopt children. So more than 20% of our states feel like it’s okay to have orphans, kids being pushed around in the foster system, and even—gasp!—children living off the state rather than have kids taken into loving households where both parents identify as the same gender.
Since President Obama has been in office, the following Executive Orders have been enacted:
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 – allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 – allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 – allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 – allows the government to seize all means of transportation, including personal cars, trucks or vehicles of any kind and total control over all highways, seaports, and waterways.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10999 – allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 – allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 – allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 – designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 – allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 – allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 – allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 – specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers in every aspect of the nation. General Frank Salzedo, chief of FEMA's Civil Security Division stated in a 1983 conference that he saw FEMA's role as a “new frontier in the protection of individual and governmental leaders from assassination, and of civil and military installations from sabotage and/or attack, as well as prevention of dissident groups from gaining access to U.S. opinion, or a global audience in times of crisis.” FEMA's powers were consolidated by President Carter to incorporate the…
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 – grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 – assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 12148 – created the Federal Emergency Management Agency to interface with the Department of Defense for civil defense planning and funding. An “emergency czar” was appointed. FEMA has only spent about 6 percent of its budget on national emergencies. The bulk of their funding has been used for the construction of secret underground facilities to assure continuity of government in case of a major emergency, foreign or domestic.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 12656 – appointed the National Security Council as the principal body that should consider emergency powers. This allows the government to increase domestic intelligence and surveillance of U.S. citizens and would restrict the freedom of movement within the United States and grant the government the right to isolate large groups of civilians. The National Guard could be federalized to seal all borders and take control of U.S. air space and all ports of entry.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 12919 – Collects EOs 10995, 10997, 10998, 10999, 11000, 11001, 11002, 11003, 11004, 11005 and 11051 together into one new Executive Order.
These quite choices were made by a man who has proven inept, at best, when it comes to running our country. There was no media fanfare or announcements regarding these orders that possess and overwhelming magnitude for adversely affecting the lives of every individual within the borders of the United States. When you combine the aforementioned Executive Orders with the following ones made by prior presidents, the implications are terrifying.
National Security Act of 1947 – allows for the strategic relocation of industries, services, government and other essential economic activities, and to rationalize the requirements for manpower, resources and production facilities.
1950 Defense Production Act – gives the President sweeping powers over all aspects of the economy.
Act of August 29, 1916 – authorizes the Secretary of the Army, in time of war, to take possession of any transportation system for transporting troops, material, or any other purpose related to the emergency.
International Emergency Economic Powers Act – enables the President to seize the property of a foreign country or national. These powers were transferred to FEMA in a sweeping consolidation in 1979.
Many of the Republicans who would like to be president of the United States want to use illegal executive influence to abolish portions of the judicial branch or to prevent the judicial branch from ruling on controversial topics such as same sex marriage. Two candidates want to abolish the Ninth District Court of Appeals because they don’t agree with the court’s decisions.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has denied over $10 million in wrongful death claims filed by a Washington State