Three months ago many were angry and surprised (or not at all, as realistically this was a perfectly logical move), when Bernard Arnault, head of LVMH and the richest man in socialist France,decided he had had enough, and would move to Belgium to avoid Hollande’s punitive taxes on France’s wealthiest. The indignant media’s mocking response in France was fast and furious, with many delighted to see the billionaire leave. We wonder how the media will respond as more and more wealthy Frenchmen decide, now that the seal has been broken, to do just that and leave France to its grassroots movement where it is only “fair” that those who have more income and/or wealth, pay more than everyone else to keep the myth of the ponzi scheme formerly known as the welfare state alive and well.
A North Texas man carved a pentagram into his 6-year-old son’s back Wednesday, telling a 911 dispatcher that he did it because “it’s a holy day,” Richland Hills police said.
Brent Troy Bartel was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was jailed in lieu of $500,000 bond, said Richland Hills police Sgt. Nathan Stringer. He did not yet have an attorney, Stringer said.
Bartel called 911 early Wednesday morning, and in a matter-of-fact tone, said, “I shed some innocent blood,” according to a copy of the recording released by police. After the dispatcher said, “I’m sorry?” he repeated those words, then said he inscribed a pentagram on his son. When the dispatcher asked why, Bartel said “because it’s a holy day” before hanging up.
Wednesday’s date is 12-12-12, a once-in-a-century event.
#1 South Korea
#3 Hong Kong
#4 The Netherlands
#7 Czech Republic
It’s interesting to note that there was an enormous difference between South Korea’s speeds as compared to the rest of the world. South Korea’s average broadband connection speed was 17.5 Mbps as noted before, but Japan’s speed comes in at 9.1 Mbps.
As the police state branches out, school officials are now taking the same authority as code enforcers when it comes to illegally strip searching students. In this case, a ten year old boy was the victim. After a classmate dropped her lunch money, J.C. Cox helped her retrieve it, but was accused of stealing. Without his parents present, he was called into the office of the assistant principal Teresa Holmes who proceeded to demand he take off his clothes down to his underwear even after he had turned out his pockets to prove he had not taken the money.
With more and more breaches of personal privacy occurring in our airports and on our streets, the occurrences are also increasing in schools as children are becoming more and more desensitized to strip searches and drug raids. Is this really the best way to keep our children safe?
Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations, according to documents obtained by a news outlet.
The systems are being installed in San Francisco, Baltimore, and other cities with funding from the Department of Homeland Security in some cases, according to the Daily, which obtained copies of contracts, procurement requests, specs and other documents.
The use of the equipment raises serious questions about eavesdropping without a warrant, particularly since recordings of passengers could be obtained and used by law enforcement agencies.
When Tim Berner-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1991, it was a bit of a misnomer–at the time, virtually all of the world’s five million internet users were concentrated in just 12 countries, and 70 percent were dialing up from within the United States alone.
But, as today’s infographic demonstrates, the WWW has become significantly more worldwide over the past two decades. By 2010, more than 2 billion people–or about one-third of the global population–had access to the internet, up from something like .05 percent in 1990, and less than 10 percent of users worldwide now reside in the U.S:
Closing thoughts plus QE4 Is Here: The FED Ramps Up Its Bond-buying
The Federal Reserve made two key decisions at its December meeting: speeding up the printing presses and throwing the calendar out the window.
Today the members of the Federal Open Market Committee agreed to undertake what many are calling QE4—a fourth round of asset purchases done in the hopes of stimulating the economy. The committee has agreed to buy $45 billion in longer-term Treasury securities each month, on top of the $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities it is already purchasing under QE3, announced in September. The new program comes as a replacement for Operation Twist, in which the Fed exchanges $45 billion in short-term bonds for longer-term bonds each month. That program ends this month.
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