[James] Varone, 59, is unemployed and is facing several health problems which he could not afford to address by himself. So, according to his interview with WCNC-TV, he came up with a scheme to become a part of the only population that actually receives free universal health care: the incarcerated.
During the 2010 election the Republican literally pledged to change the way Washington works by citing the constitutional authority for every piece of legislation within the bill itself. To their credit, the Republicans then passed a set of rules which requires the House to cite the constitutional authority for every bill they pass within the bill. However, H.R. 358 is now the second bill which has arguably not met the Republicans’ own pledge.
To check on the promise, PolitiFact staffers examined dozens of constitutional justifications. We found that the statements vary in content, largely because Republican leaders did not specify a standardized format when they enacted the rule.
Some are brief, such as the rationale of Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., for H.R. 666, a bill that would provide states with funding to update their systems for producing birth and death certificates and reporting on fetal deaths. Cohen simply wrote that “Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to the following: Article I, Section 8, Clauses 1, 3, and 18 of the Constitution.”
Others provide more detail, such as the statement by Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., for H.R. 24, which proposes that the Department of the Navy be renamed the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. Jones wrote that “the constitutional authority of Congress to enact this legislation is provided by Article 1, section 8 of the United States Constitution (clauses 12, 13, 14, and 16), which grants Congress the power to raise and support an Army; to provide and maintain a Navy; to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces; and to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia.”
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., objected to Pitts’ bill during a Feb. 11, 2011, hearing by the Energy and Commerce Committee, arguing that Pitts’ statement doesn’t point to a specific article, section or clause of the Constitution.
Yet another house rule violation the Rep. Weiner points out.
This was actually posted up by good.is about 2 weeks before the earthquake that hit Japan.
A year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, people everywhere have been speculating about when and where the next cataclysmic one will hit our shores. If major quakes occur approximately 15 times a year around the world, where will the next one hit?
RISING levels of obesity are bad news for people and health-care budgets, but they also correlate with good things such as rising economic wealth. The three maps below, which are drawn from a new global study led by Professor Majid Ezzati of Imperial College, London, and published in the Lancet, show that, Polynesia aside, obesity was a rich-world phenomenon in 1980. By 2008 the rich world had itself expanded, bringing obesity to groups within countries that were previously considered poor, such as Brazil and South Africa. During that period, the prevalence rate of obesity among men doubled to nearly 10%. One country has stubbornly resisted this trend. For all its dynamism since India opened up its economy in 1990, its men have on average become even thinner.The study suggests that Congo is the thinnest country in the world, and Nauru the fattest. Imperial College’s own map is here.
The world’s farmers planted 148m hectares of genetically modified crops in 29 countries last year, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, an industry body. America is by far the biggest GM farmer, with 66.8m hectares under cultivation, 2.8m more than in 2009.
The problem is Juarez is in Mexico, not America. Oopsie.
KTSM: Give anyone in Texas a map, and they’ll show you where El Paso and Juarez are. Tonight, we’re not sure that includes Governor Rick Perry.
For the second time, he’s confused the two cities, even calling Juarez the most dangerous city in America.
"I think it’s projecting a very negative image, I think he’s misleading a lot of people who aren’t familiar with El Paso," said Roni Cordova.
And it’s not the first time. Back in August the governor misspoke, once again while addressing the issue of border security. He claimed there were car bombs going off in El Paso, referring to one that had recently exploded in Juarez.
We’re very proud and excited to be partnering with 350.org on their new campaign: “The U.S. Chamber Doesn’t Speak for Me.” The message is simple: when it comes to climate and energy, the US Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of big polluters, not everyday American business.
Over the next couple of months, we’re going to be asking you, GOOD people, to personally add your voice and stand with small business owners, local chambers of commerce, and concerned citizens around the country to declare that the “U.S. Chamber doesn’t speak for me.”
Then, even more importantly, we will join the ranks of 350.org’s volunteers and fan out across the country to canvass local businesses—all those bakeries and beauty salons, colleges and chiropractors, pharmacies and fitness centers that belong to local chambers of commerce. We’ve be asking for signatures and taking photos and videos, all making that same proud declaration: “The U.S. Chamber doesn’t speak for me.”
Amid much wrangling over how to allocate funds out of an increasingly out-of-control federal budget, the editors and writers at eight of the TechMediaNetwork’s sites sought the advice of dozens of researchers, technologists, futurists, analysts and business owners in fields ranging from space and Earth science to health and technological innovation.
We asked one simple question:
If you could ask President Obama and Congress to do one thing related to your field that would be for the good economy and the country, what would it be and why?
The respondents, ranging from actor Wayne Rogers to tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Esther Dyson, called for investment in science and technology and responsible regulation, but also asked the government to give researchers and businesses the freedom they need to do their work.
At LiveScience, we asked respondents to focus their answers on science. Here are their replies:
Tibet’s living Buddhas have been banned from reincarnation without permission from China’s atheist leaders. The ban is included in new rules intended to assert Beijing’s authority over Tibet’s restive and deeply Buddhist people.
“The so-called reincarnated living Buddha without government approval is illegal and invalid,” according to the order, which comes into effect on September 1.
The 14-part regulation issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs is aimed at limiting the influence of Tibet’s exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, and at preventing the re-incarnation of the 72-year-old monk without approval from Beijing.
The correlation between income level and economic ideology is weak (we have graphs in Red State, Blue State making this point), but it’s not zero.
As interesting as this is, a non-zero correlation doesn’t mean a statistically significant correlation. Besides, it’s next to impossible to find any two measurable things that don’t have a non-zero correlation. And even then, correlation doesn’t imply causation. It can be used in conjunction with other evidence to provide a reason to believe in causation.