Is Obama Cooking the Census Books for Obamacare?

That answer is easy…

For several months now, whenever the topic of enrollment in the Affordable Care Act came up, I’ve been saying that it was too soon to tell its ultimate effects. We don’t know how many people have paid for their new insurance policies, or how many of those who bought policies were previously uninsured. For that, I said, we will have to wait for Census Bureau data, which offer the best assessment of the insurance status of the whole population. Other surveys are available, but the samples are smaller, so they’re not as good; the census is the gold standard. Unfortunately, as I invariably noted, these data won’t be available until 2015.

I stand corrected: These data won’t be available at all. Ever.

No, I’m not kidding. I wish I was. The New York Times reports that the Barack Obama administration has changed the survey so that we cannot directly compare the numbers on the uninsured over time.

A woman on the street

When we see someone different than ourselves — someone appearing to be down on their luck — what is our first reaction? Step carefully around them, avoiding eye contact and murmur that “there by the grace of God go I?” Or do we try to speak to them and learn more of their differences, or lifestyle? A woman on the street has the ability to impart wisdom and instill compassion as much as a preacher or minister speaking from the pulpit. A co-worker reached out to what appeared to be a homeless woman in town and the result was almost tear-jerking. One can never know another’s experiences, which could have taken the place of abuse, but each one has a story to tell.

The woman, shrouded in black, from a distance could have been mistaken for the Grim Reaper, pushing a derelict shopping cart, but upon closer inspection, it contained the woman’s greatest treasure – a vase filled with silk black roses, a blanket and other items carefully preserved from her travels. The woman is well-spoken and intelligent, choosing to “Master the Earth” on her own terms. At one time, she was a master jewelry maker in Harvard Square in Massachusetts and her ornate necklace was reflective of her deft hand. She counseled one of the officers who attempted to help her that “You should be digging in the ground and not carrying a gun.” She speaks solemnly of the beauty and reverence of birds.

Due to her travels, she is a cautious soul, but is respectful of those she encounters. My coworker felt inspired to give her peacock feathers after hearing that those she previously had were stolen. It took a moment for her to accept them, asking if they came from dead birds, as they carry disease and bad energy, but accept them she did, proceeding to arrange them delicately in the vase and thanking the giver. She is not one who suffers fools gladly, though she has a pride that refuses hand-outs, but not those given meaningly and generously. There is an innate fear of men and police, especially causing one to determine that somewhere in her life she was scarred from an encounter with law enforcement. But, that is her right and should not be scoffed at.

How often do we take the time to learn the differences in those we meet? It humbles me to hear of tales from those who did, indeed, feel the motivation to get outside their comfort zone and discover knew ideologies from those who have given much in their lives, yet have had much taken away. We should always be sensitive to encounters with others different from us. They may have something to impart that we may need to know or learn.

If you think your plastics are all recycled…

Think again…

For many environmentally conscious Americans, there’s a deep satisfaction to chucking anything and everything plasticky into the recycling bin—from shampoo bottles to butter tubs—the types of plastics in the plastic categories #3 through #7. Little do they know that, even if their local trash collector says it recycles that waste, they might as well be chucking those plastics in the trash bin.

“[Plastics] 3-7 are absolutely going to a landfill—[China's] not taking that any more… because of Green Fence,” David Kaplan, CEO of Maine Plastics, a post-industrial recycler, tells Quartz. “This will continue until we can do it in the United States economically.”

The Green Fence went up…and it’s not coming down

Kaplan is referring to an initiative the Chinese government launched last year ostensibly to reduce pollution. Dubbed “Green Fence,” the policy bans the import of all but the cleanest, most tidily organized bales of reusable rubbish—and bars some types altogether1

The program was supposed to end in November of 2013. Now Chinese industry sources say that Green Fence is here to stay, reports American Metal Market, supporting what many in the US recycling business have suspected.

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All roads lead back to Harry Reid…

WashingtonTimes

The BLM claimed it was moving in to protect an endangered desert tortoise. The government had killed thousands of them, claiming it could no longer afford to protect them just a couple of years ago. And despite more than 150 years of the Bundy family using those lands, the tortoises seem to be doing just fine with the cattle.

But as the story of the Bundy Ranch made it through the media in the last few days, disturbing questions began to be raised.

In 2011, attorney Rory Reid, son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, went to China and returned with a new client — ENN Energy.

There were accusations that the Bundy Ranch and the area the Bundys use to graze their cattle are in an area called the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. If the cattle continued to use the area, it would be impossible to use the land for a solar energy installation.

The current head of the Bureau of Land Management is Neil Kornze, who was hand-picked by Harry Reid. Until 2011, Kornze was on Harry Reid’s Senate staff.

de Toqueville got it right…

Gutenberg.org

Other… speak in the name of liberty, as if they were able to feel its sanctity and its majesty, and loudly claim for humanity those rights which they have always disowned. There are virtuous and peaceful individuals whose pure morality, quiet habits, affluence, and talents fit them to be the leaders of the surrounding population; their love of their country is sincere, and they are prepared to make the greatest sacrifices to its welfare.

Not far from this class is another party, whose object is to materialize mankind, to hit upon what is expedient without heeding what is just, to acquire knowledge without faith, and prosperity apart from virtue; assuming the title of the champions of modern civilization, and placing themselves in a station which they usurp with insolence, and from which they are driven by their own unworthiness.

Someone Tucked an Obscure Line into the Farm Bill That Allows the Treasury Department to Destroy Due Process

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The Washington Post has an outrageous story about how the Treasury Department is going after thousands of Americans to collect on debts — which may not have ever been real debts — it says deceased family members owed the government.

There is no recourse for Americans who have had their money taken. They can file a claim, but it will probably go nowhere. Only 10% of appeals have been successful so far, even though the government can’t even prove that the debts ever existed in most cases.

The farm bill that enabled Treasury to torch due process is always notoriously long and full of obscure subsidies and other things that the congresspeople who pass it never bother to read. No one will even own up to lifting the statute of limitations, but clearly Treasury got wind of the change very quickly and acted on it.

If your tax refund is smaller than you expected this year, you may be a victim of this criminal government theft spree.

Lab-Grown Vaginas Successfully Implanted In 4 Teenage Girls; Offer Normal, Pain-Free Function 8 Years Later

MedicalDaily

The four teenagers, ages 13 to 18 at the time of their surgery, were all born with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, a rare genetic condition in which the vagina and uterus either under-develop or fail to develop at all. Given the success of the current patients, researchers from Wake Forest University’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine believe the treatment could also apply to women who suffer from vaginal cancer or have sustained serious injuries.

“This pilot study is the first to demonstrate that vaginal organs can be constructed in the lab and used successfully in humans,” said team leader Dr. Anthony Atala in a news release, adding that the study reflects regenerative medicine’s wide applicability. “This may represent a new option for patients who require vaginal reconstructive surgeries.”

The faces may change, but ObamaCare is still offal

Breaking: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is Resigning

AP and Fox are reporting that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning. No date has been given yet.

Sebelius presided over the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, and has been caught breaking federal laws against engaging in political activity on government time. More recently, she was caught disowning her own claim that 7 million Obamacare enrollees would constitute success, before the Obama administration claimed to have reached that magical number.

While it would be nice to think that failure and dishonesty have caught up with Sebelius, the reality is that she is probably leaving government for more lucrative reasons.

As Sebelius leaves, OMB Director Sylvia Matthews Burwell has been nominated to replace her.

Cover your mouth!

It’s not a sneeze, it’s a multiphase turbulent buoyant cloud: The animation that reveals coughs and sneezes can travel far further than we thought

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‘When you cough or sneeze, you see the droplets, or feel them if someone sneezes on you,’ said John Bush, who led the research.

‘But you don’t see the cloud, the invisible gas phase.

‘The influence of this gas cloud is to extend the range of the individual droplets, particularly the small ones.’

Researchers founds the smaller droplets that emerge in a cough or sneeze may travel five to 200 times further than they would if those droplets simply moved as groups of unconnected particles — which is what previous estimates had assumed.

 

Schoolchildren terrorised and brainwashed by green propaganda says damning survey

Breitbart

This agenda can be found in teaching across the board – not just in obviously relevant subjects like science and geography but even in unrelated areas like French, Maths and English. It affects everything from field trips (often with an environmental theme, such as “sustainability”) to projects and film screenings (An Inconvenient Truth; The Age Of Stupid; The Day After Tomorrow) and even how well children perform in exams (with marks given automatically to children who “correctly” identify Carbon Dioxide as a major environmental threat).

The rot can be traced back at least as far as 1984, when Herbert London wrote Why are they Lying to our Children?

In his introduction, London wrote:

One evening more than a year ago I came home from university to find my elder daughter – then 13 – with tears streaming down her cheeks… When I gently inquired why she was crying, Staci said, ‘Because I don’t have a future’. [She] produced a mimeographed sheet suggesting that a dismal future – or none at all – is what awaits her…widespread famine…overpopulation…air pollution so bad everyone will wear gas masks…befouled rivers and streams…melting of the polar ice caps and world-wide devastation of coastal cities…an epidemic of cancer brought on by damage to the ozone layer…

This brainwashing became more widespread after the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, aided and abetted by useful idiots in John Major’s Conservative government such as former Environment Secretary John Selwyn Gummer (now Lord Gummer, a prominent eco-activist and investor in green technologies); then made even worse under Tony Blair’s Labour government which established a quango to advise on “sustainable” education and resulted in the study of sustainable development being made a compulsory part of teaching in geography, science, design and technology and citizenship.

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