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Arizona's immigration strategy: Make life tough - latimes.com
Reporting from Phoenix and Tucson
For years Arizona's government has tried to deter unlawful immigration with a consistent approach -- make life for illegal immigrants so uncomfortable and uncertain that they will leave, or never come in the first place.
So this week, when the House of Representatives passed what's viewed as the toughest state law against illegal immigration in the nation, it was the continuation of a pattern that has been widely popular in the state.
"When you make life difficult," said state Sen. Russell Pearce, author of the current bill and earlier hard-line measures, "most will leave on their own."
There is evidence that is true. The number of illegal immigrants in Arizona dropped 18% between 2008 and 2009, the largest decrease in the nation, according to federal estimates.
"People are not going out to restaurants. They're afraid to do things with their families," said Sergio Gaxiola, 57, of Nogales. "The pressure has been building."
In 2007, the state passed first-in-the-nation penalties for employers who don't ensure their workers are in the country legally. The law led many illegal workers to conclude that they could never find steady jobs in Arizona.
Last year, the state made it a crime for state workers to give illegal immigrants unauthorized benefits, which scared many from applying for government assistance they are allowed.
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAiw.jpgArizona's immigration strategy: Make life tough - latimes.com Reporting from... more
Only one out of 23 speakers at DOJ/USDA event earns a living growing crops or raising livestock
By Lynda Waddington 3/4/10 12:01 AM
Farmers and consumers, who are not anticipated to play a major role in the Justice Department’s upcoming agriculture antitrust roundtable in Ankeny, are still intent on having their voice heard.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be one of the speakers at the DOJ/USDA antitrust workshop March 12 in Ankeny (Photo: usda.gov).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Justice have jointly scheduled a series of workshops for dialogue on the issues and concerns facing agriculture. The first of those meetings is scheduled for March 12 in Ankeny, and will reportedly focus on competition in the seed industry as well as serve as an introduction to the entire series of meetings.
As Bill Bishop of The Daily Yonder notes, despite the DOJ’s calls for input from farmers and ranchers, only one out of more than 20 scheduled speakers at the Ankeny event is a person who makes his living on the land. There is a brief period at the end of the discussions that has been set aside for comments from those remaining in the audience.
In response, a coalition of local, state and national community, consumer, farmer and labor organizations are holding their own townhall meeting on Thursday, March 11, at the Best Western Hotel in Ankeny.
“The corporate control of our food system by multinationals like Cargill, Monsanto and Wal-Mart is devastating to consumers, farmers, workers and the environment,” said Barb Kalbach, a fourth-generation family farmer from Dexter and member of one of the coalition groups, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.
The groups coming together believe that decades of bad farm policy and unchecked corporate mergers have driven independent family farmers out of business and created powerful corporate factory farms and agribusiness giants that dominate the market. Current statistics such as 85 percent of all U.S. beef being slaughtered by four companies, half of all U.S. corn seed being controlled by two companies and 40 percent of the nation’s fluid milk supply being in the hands of one company appear to support the coalition’s concerns.
“After years of ignoring the corporate concentration and lack of competition in our food system, the DOJ and the USDA are finally admitting that there might be a problem,” said Dave Murphy of Clear Lake and affiliated with Food Democracy Now. “Unfortunately, family farmers, consumer advocates, and organized labor are underrepresented on the panels at the DOJ/USDA anti-trust workshop. This grassroots townhall meeting is essential to ensure that the voices of people most affected by this problem are heard loud and clear.”Only one out of 23 speakers at DOJ/USDA event earns a living growing crops or raising... more
This article refers to the parody cartoon found at (http://www.naturalnews.com/028211_v...). This parody cartoon grew out of the idea that vaccines are "shots" that are being increasingly forced upon children and teens. At times, these vaccines are enforced at gunpoint or with the presence of vicious guard dogs -- as happened in Maryland two years ago when a court judge ordered thousands of parents to bring their children to court for vaccination or face gunpoint arrest and possible jail time. (http://www.naturalnews.com/022267.html)
Most modern vaccinations are, of course, a form of chemical violence against children. If they were all formulated without chemical preservatives (like thimerosal) and dangerous adjuvants (which can harm the nervous system), that might be a different story. But far too many of today's vaccines are chemical concoctions that are entirely unnatural to the human body. To force them into the bodies of innocent children is an act of medical violence.
The method of introducing the vaccines is unnatural and highly interventionist: These chemicals and DNA / RNA fragments are injected directly into the tissues and blood, bypassing the skin (a normal protective defense) and bypassing the digestive system, too. An injected mandatory vaccine dumps foreign material directly into the bloodstream of children without the consent of either the child or the parents -- that's what qualifies mandatory vaccines as "chemical violence" against children.
I tend to agree and think more should be put towards disease eradication and education.
What do you think?This article refers to the parody cartoon found at... more
H1N1 Suckers!!! WHO Scientist: Swine Flu Pandemic Was “Completely Exaggerated”… What did you Inject???A scientist with the World Health Organization has testified, during ongoing hearings in Strasbourg, France, that the swine flu pandemic was part of an overblown “angst campaign”, devised in conjunction with major drug companies to boost profits for vaccine manufacturers.
Professor Ulrich Keil, director of the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology, slammed the organization and its flu chief, Dr Keiji Fukuda while giving evidence before The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
The Full Story and Video ... the WHO admits H1N1 Hoax... MUST READ>>>http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/h1n1-suckers-who-scientist-swine-flu-pandemic-was-%e2%80%9ccompletely-exaggerated%e2%80%9d-what-did-you-inject/A scientist with the World Health Organization has testified, during ongoing hearings... more
Thursday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on CURRENT TV on Tues, Thurs & Sats.
In today's show :
The last show for 3 weeks.
Marsha's comprehensive email.
The girl turned on her boyfriend.
The smile that never fades.
Going in the back entrance.
A man hiding in the shadows.
Bouncing back assertively.
Welcome Guy who loves Australia.
Sad, lonely, pathetic people.
Waiting for me behind a tree.
Well done to the salesman in Lakes in Bracknell.
Some people can never satisfy their hunger for more profit.
A big telly.
Leave the front door open.
A nasty attitude from the operator at 911.
The young girls are the worst aggresive complainers.
Rotten fruit & veg in Aldi.
Watch out for Aligators in Florida.
WWW.UNITEDKINGDOMTALK.CO.UKThursday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on... more
Marvel is suing the family of the late artist Jack Kirby in a bid to retain copyright to some of the company's best-loved comic book characters.
Legal action, filed in New York, sought to invalidate 45 notices sent by his heirs, claiming rights to characters would revert to Kirby's estate in 2014.
Marvel maintains Kirby's illustrations, published between 1958-1963, were "for hire" making the heirs' claims invalid.
Kirby's family vowed to "vigorously defend" their case.
Among the titles cited in the notices, apparently authored or co-authored by Kirby, were Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, the Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk and The X-Men.
Marvel Entertainment, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, sought a judge's order that the Kirby notices have no effect.
Marvel lawyer John Turitzin said, in a statement, that the heirs were trying "to rewrite the history of Kirby's relationship with Marvel".
He added: "Everything about Kirby's relationship with Marvel shows that his contributions were works made for hire and that all the copyright interests in them belong to Marvel."
"It is a standard claim predictably made by comic book companies to deprive artists, writers, and other talent of all rights in their work," said Kirby's lawyer, Marc Toberoff, in a statement responding to Marvel's action.
"The Kirby children intend to vigorously defend against Marvel's claims in the hope of finally vindicating their father's work.
"Sadly, Jack died without proper compensation, credit or recognition for his lasting creative contributions.Marvel is suing the family of the late artist Jack Kirby in a bid to retain copyright... more
Struggling Airlines Try to Keep People Flying, Despite Worries
By MICHELINE MAYNARD
For the struggling United States airline industry, the new decade is starting out much like the old.
Executives at carriers that survived the 2001 terrorist attacks, soaring fuel prices and a rough economy are now scrambling to find ways to minimize the impact of the Christmas Day bombing attempt on consumers’ travel plans in the new year.
The chief executives of several major airlines said this week that they have been in constant contact with officials of the Transportation Security Administration, which oversees security at the nation’s airports, discussing the best ways to provide more safety on planes while keeping passengers’ comfort in mind.
They acknowledge that the procedures have to be unpredictable to be effective. But they also say that the unpredictability could push travelers to avoid airports at all costs.
They say consumers’ perception of the inconvenience while traveling may even hurt the industry more than travelers’ worries about another bombing attempt
http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/IllinoisOne_on_Cloud.jpgStruggling Airlines Try to Keep People Flying, Despite Worries By MICHELINE MAYNARD... more
Royal Mail has reported an operating profit of £184m for the six months to September, up 4% on the same period last year.
But the company also announced that it had paid more than £300m into its pension fund over the period.
Royal Mail's pension fund deficit is being revalued and is expected to reach £10bn, compared with £3.4bn at the last valuation three years ago.
The company said reducing the deficit remained a "daunting challenge".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8405404.stmRoyal Mail has reported an operating profit of £184m for the six months to... more
Top 10 movie flops of the decade
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Movie flops aren't just about losing money. Yes, big budgets that go bust are one consideration. But flops are also about lofty expectations dashed and high profiles brought low. They trigger embarrassing catcalls from the peanut gallery and a general whoever-thought-that-was-a-good-idea-in-the-first-place bewilderment.
Any judgments of flopitude are necessarily subjective, but here are 10 movies from the past decade that made those few moviegoers who saw them cringe. Disagree? Talk among yourselves.
http://static.reelmovienews.com/images/gallery/land-of-the-lost-promo.jpgTop 10 movie flops of the decade Source: Reuters LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)... more
ONCE AGAIN--------- "Information IS Beautiful"
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(O-----for an episode of "LOST" .....to happen now).
http://majorslack.com/pics/screenshots/bioshock_01.jpgONCE AGAIN--------- "Information IS Beautiful"... more
Pfizer and Lilly lead a parade of U.S. companies that have paid $7 billion in penalties after promoting drugs for uses not approved by the FDA. This unlawful behavior may not end until prosecutors force a drugmaker into bankruptcy.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=a4yV1nYxCGoA&pos=10Pfizer and Lilly lead a parade of U.S. companies that have paid $7 billion in... more
So if you're a loyal Democrat, you're probably all riled up about the health insurance reform going on in congress. You're probably anxious for Congress to get something, ANYTHING passed. Not so fast there buddy. Health insurance reform, even if it's done by Democrats could end up making things WORSE, not better.
"What? How could this possibly be?" you might ask. Well...
It's old news by now that insurance giant Wellpoint, owner of Maine's Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, is suing the State of Maine, to increase their profits. But you may not know the entire backstory: Anthem Blue Cross, in anticipation of the individual mandate for health insurance, has jacked up their rates 18% from what they were previously, jacking many people's rates through the roof.
What may surprise you if you're not paying close attention, is that the Health Insurance industry is actually in favor of health insurance "reform." How could this be? Did they suddenly grow a concience, and decide that letting people die to increase their profit margin was wrong? Are they crying out to Big Government to regulate them like Sinners calling out to Jesus? "Please, Government! Save us from our own wicked nature!"
Not a chance in Hell.
It's no surprise that Wellpoint has run television ads in favor of the health insurance "reform" being pushed by Democrats in Congress. If the individual mandate becomes a final part of the bill, whether you can afford to or not, we will all end up having to pay these new increased rates, or face federal fines of up to three thousand dollars, depending on which version of the individual mandate ends up in the final bill.
Maine's state government has the power to regulate insurance rates. In light of this 18% increase, the State of Maine stepped in, and reduced the increase from 18% to 11%. So people's rate are still going up, and health insurance is still becoming less affordable. But that wasn't enough for the private insurance giant.
Last year Wellpoint made $2 billion in profits. In Maine alone, they've paid out over one million dollars in CEO bonuses. Rather than cut CEO bonuses to reduce their overhead, they are increasing their rates. Let's call a spade a spade. Wellpoint is essentially suing to ensure not their profit margin, but their CEO bonus margin.
[full article at link]So if you're a loyal Democrat, you're probably all riled up about the health... more
Shoppers have branded wheel clampers at one of the country's biggest retail centres "vultures" - and claim their £3,000-an-hour swoops are "a licence to print money".
Parking control at Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre was handed over to a private firm this week.
'Private firm' great so no doubt soon the cost of being un-clamped will rise faster than inflation, and the money will go into the already filthy rich shareholders pockets, (not back into the government and fixing the roads) and when they can't get enough profits no doubt they'll sack a load of people, and move to dubai to save money to make even more profit!
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/10/30/3k-an-hour-115875-21783993/#atShoppers have branded wheel clampers at one of the country's biggest retail... more
For a handful of drug makers, including the Novartis AG vaccine division in Cambridge, the global effort to combat the swine flu is turning out to be good business, bringing them a $7 billion windfall.
The race to produce the H1N1 vaccine, at the urging of the World Health Organization and governments here and abroad, has strained supply chains and forced manufacturers to untangle production snags. That has led to supply shortages and delays in shipping the medicine to clinics and other health care providers.
But the urgency also has taught the companies valuable lessons about handling pandemics; helped them hone emergency response programs; and fueled new research, acquisitions, and investments in vaccines for viruses and infections ranging from hepatitis to meningitis.
That will benefit them long after the H1N1 alert is over. The global market for vaccines is projected to more than double from $16 billion in 2007, the most recent year for which data are available, to $35 billion in 2014, according to Cambridge consulting firm Scientia Advisors.
“With a pandemic like this, the upside for us is clearly significant,’’ said Andrin Oswald, chief executive of Cambridge-based Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, a unit of the Swiss pharmaceutical giant. “The quicker we can ramp up our volume, the better it will be for people in the United States and around the world.’’
Novartis and four other drug makers - Sanofi-aventis, GlaxoSmithKline, CSL Limited, and MedImmune - heeded the call to action by health officials when swine flu was identified last spring.
They quickly accelerated production of seasonal flu vaccine to free up capacity to make H1N1 vaccine, revamping their distribution systems and wrestling with low “yields’’ of inactivated virus strains in their egg-based swine flu vaccine production system. Shipments began last month and are expected to continue into next year.
Novartis expects to generate $900 million in the US and $1.2 billion worldwide from swine flu vaccine orders. That represents a small fraction of the $40 billion the company rings up annually in global biopharmaceutical sales, but it’s a big revenue boost for its vaccine division, which reported $1.7 billion in sales for 2008.For a handful of drug makers, including the Novartis AG vaccine division in Cambridge,... more
SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo said that its net income more than tripled in the third quarter but revenue fell 12 percent, a sign that many advertisers remain nervous about the pace of economic recovery.
The results topped analysts forecasts, but suggest that Yahoo’s was not benefiting from the prospect of an economic rebound as much as its rival Google. Yahoo said that revenue fell to $1.57 billion, from $1.79 billion a year ago. Net revenue, which excludes commissions paid to advertising partners, was $1.13 billion, slightly down from $1.32 billion last year. Net income was $186 million, or 13 cents a share, up from $54 million, or 4 cents a share, a year ago, a 244 percent increase.
On average, Wall Street analysts expected that Yahoo would earn 7 cents a share on net revenue of $1.12 billion.
“We had a solid third quarter that signals our major businesses have stabilized,” Carol Bartz, Yahoo’s chief executive, said in a press release.
Yahoo said that excluding the impact of currency fluctuations and of products it abandoned, revenue would have fallen 7 percent. Last week, Google reported that its third-quarter revenue grew 7 percent.
Yahoo shares climbed more than 3 percent in after hours trading, following the company’s financial report.
Ms. Bartz has bristled in the past at the comparison with Google, saying the two companies were in different markets. While Google derives the vast majority of its revenue from search and other text ads, which have held up relatively well during the recession, Yahoo’s business is built on a mix of search and display ads. Its results tend to be a better indicator of the overall health of the online advertising market.
But Yahoo has been struggling on multiple fronts for several years, and investors are still waiting for signs that Ms. Bartz, who became chief executive in January, has been able to engineer a turnaround.
...More...SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo said that its net income more than tripled in the third... more
The head of a Texas anti-death penalty group has accused that state's governor of scuttling an investigation into a possible wrongful execution for political reasons.The head of a Texas anti-death penalty group has accused that state's governor of... more
Oceans are warming and become more acidic, while the world economy according to some would be out of the crisis, but it will take time for employment to rise. What connection there is between these two news? a direct one, because our economic system is based on the indiscriminate exploitation of mankind and environment, and will lead to the suicide of the human species.Oceans are warming and become more acidic, while the world economy according to some... more
I'm trying to hold one of the biggest banks in the world accountable for its actions. J.P. Morgan Chase (originally known as Chemical Bank) has $2.07 TRILLION in total assets, took $25 BILLION in TARP bailout from the government, and stole $726 from my step-daughter Victoria.I'm trying to hold one of the biggest banks in the world accountable for its... more