When it opened its timber doors three years ago, this £7million ‘eco primary school’ was applauded for its environmentally friendly credentials. It was heated by solar power and its plumbing system relied on rain collected from the roof, which was made of locally grown sweet chestnut. Sadly, the zero-carbon building is not quite as sustainable as the designers had hoped.In fact, thanks to a series of water leaks and mouldy walls, pupils are now being taught in tents erected in the school grounds. The local authority in Devon has already spent £250,000 to investigate the problem, and plans to sue
#1, don´t know if you were being sarcastic since GB has experienced very severe winters the past two years. They almost ran out of heating gas last winter. Perhaps they should go back to thatched huts and outhouses with phone books for toilet paper.
Poster #6, poster #1 was referring to articles posted in Brit papers a few years ago... ´According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event". "Children just aren´t going to know what snow is," he said.
President Obama´s approval ratings drop to record lows in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. Just 42% approve of him while a new high of 55% disapprove. Faith in Obama´s handling of different issues has fallen across the board, but has particularly plummeted in health care. Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63%) disapprove of how he has implemented the Affordable Care Act while only a third approve. This comes seven weeks after the catastrophic launch of Healthcare.gov and minimal improvement since then. In the meantime, millions of Americans have received cancellation notices from their insurers and the president has found himself backtracking
With unrestrained glee, Republicans are using the calamitous debut of the Affordable Care Act as their latest justification for undermining all of health care reform. But they’re not stopping there. The Obama administration’s fumbling is apparently a good excuse for them to do nothing on immigration reform, on a budget agreement, and on any other initiative coming out of the White House. “We don’t want a repeat of what’s going on now with Obamacare,” said Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, explaining last week why party leaders would not allow the Senate’s immigration bill to come to a vote, or
For Mitt Romney, the 2012 election was held about a year too early. Romney would hold a slight lead on President Obama if the 2012 election were replayed today, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The poll of registered voters shows Romney at 49 percent and Obama at 45 percent in the rematch, a mirror image of Romney’s four-point (51-47) popular-vote loss in 2012. [Chart/Graph] Obama’s shifting fortunes, of course, come as his signature health-care is increasingly embattled — both thanks to a glitchy Web site and a broken promise by Obama to allow people who like their
Love her or hate her, former Alaska governor and current Fox News contributor Sarah Palin sure does draw a lot of controversy. And with that comes a great deal of over-the-top statements from media personalities/outlets that require apologies. The latest example being MSNBC host Martin Bashir‘s Monday apology for a Friday segment in which he suggested the conservative firebrand is the perfect candidate for having someone defecate in her mouth as a means to teaching her a lesson about the true brutality of slavery. Below is just a sampling (as far as we can find) of all the other times
Now that even the most partisan Democrats have been forced to admit that the Healthcare.gov website has been a disaster, media lefties are scrambling to answer the question of how it happened—while simultaneously trying to draw as few implications about the leadership of President Obama. As she so often does, CNN analyst Gloria Borger has provided a preview into what the conventional left-media analysis is going to become: Obama just doesn’t like bad news. And somehow this has something to do with not just George W. Bush but also Ronald Reagan. That minimal, barely there criticism is about all one
Obama concluded a telephone call last night with 200,000 soldiers in his Organizing for America (OFA) army -- the outfit that got him re-elected in 2012. After listening in, conservatives might want to tone down on the schadenfreude and hold off dancing in the end zone at this moment -- we have a long battle ahead and are facing a well-equipped, experienced foe. Obama vowed to tackle the ObamaCare enrollment deficit by doing what he does best: approaching it as a campaign. He is relying on hundreds of thousands of OFA mercenaries from the War of 2012 to enroll as many
This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," November 18, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: A single mother getting a rude awakening about ObamaCare, very rude. Jessica Sanford thought she was getting a tax credit and an affordable insurance plan. She was so happy that she wrote President Obama a fan letter and the president even giving Sanford a shoutout from the Rose Garden. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ~BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: I recently received a letter from a woman named
When Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot set out to document the tea party phenomenon in early 2010, they had no idea whether the movement would last another two months, let alone two years. It did, of course, and they were there to capture it on film as the ragtag grassroots activists got organized and evolved through the ecstasy of the 2010 midterm to the agony of defeat two years later. Their new documentary, "Town Hall," screening Wednesday at the DOC NYC film festival in New York City, follows the lives of two activists, both from purple Pennsylvania, but from different
More than six weeks after the botched launch of Obamacare’s public exchanges, President Obama has taken few concrete steps to offer the accountability demanded by both critics and supporters of the health care law. The president delivered his most extensive mea culpa last week in response to his unshakable Obamacare woes, saying the problem-ridden healthcare.gov website and uproar surrounding his broken promise that all Americans could keep their insurance coverage were “on me.” But in acknowledging the “fumbled” rollout, the president has offered prescriptions that come with major caveats, hardly deterring criticisms for bungling the most comprehensive overhaul to the
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul told an audience in Charleston, S.C. last week that the wave of health insurance cancellations following the Affordable Care Act´s implementation came from ´a regulation written by President Obama´ months after he signed the law. And every Senate Democrat, he said during his Nov. 11 remarks, voted against the GOP´s attempt to block the regulation. Speaking at The Charleston Meeting, an influential monthly gathering of conservative movers and shakers, Paul said Senate Republicans tried in 2010 to block an Obamacare rule that only permitted Americans to keep their health insurance policies if nothing about them was
MSNBC host Martin Bashir opened his show on Monday apologizing for his controversial remarks about Sarah Palin. Bashir on Friday angrily asserted that somebody should defecate in Palin’s mouth. In an abrupt reversal on Monday, he called his “words wholly unacceptable” and “unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics.” “I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin, and to also offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what I said,” Bashir said. “I deeply regret what I said and
Views of the latest ad from the Emergency Committee are outpacing Obamacare signups. As of this writing, the ad, titled "Obama´s March to War," has been viewed 114,312 times. By contrast, "Around 106,000 enrolled in new plans during October — with approximately 27,000 coming from states where the federal government is running the exchange (with its extensive problems), and another 79,000 coming through the state exchanges," according to the Washington Post. The ad, in short, makes the case that President Obama´s promise to prevent Iran from obtaining nukes cannot be trusted because many of his other promises have fallen short.
Oprah Winfrey has said racism is still a problem around the world and the only way for it to end is for generations of racists to die out. In an interview with the BBC to coincide with the release of her latest film The Butler, the chat show host said generations had been ´marinated´ in racism. The 59-year-old added that President Obama was treated with disrespect because of the color of his skin and said she feels fortunate to have been born after segregation ended in the U.S. [Snip] She highlighted an incident in 2009 when Republican congressman Joe Wilson
The Times Of Israel is reporting that a team of negotiators led by White House adviser Valerie Jarrett has been conducting secret talks with Iran about it´s nuclear weapons program for the past year. The report states the deal submitted in Geneva earlier this month was a direct result of these secret year-long negotiations between teams headed by Jarrett and Iran´s Ali Akbar Salehi. That deal was ultimately rejected when France and Israel raised strong objections, and talks are expected to resume this Wednesday. The White House was very quick to issue a categorical denial of the report. According to
Second-term presidents in the past 30 years have had some pretty embarrassing news conferences, full of frank admissions of failure, submissive spasms of shame and groveling, grieving apologies. Bill Clinton had to admit that he actually did have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky; George W. Bush finally thought of something he might have done wrong; his dad had to explain all those new taxes after his unequivocal pledge; and even Ronald Reagan ate crow over the Iran-Contra affair. But there has never, ever, been a more pitiful presser than the one conducted last week by President Obama.
In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington. The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated. And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it. Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy. And a knowledgeable
Carbohydrates are rotting our brains and contributing to devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, an American neurologist has warned. David Perlmutter, from Florida, believes that even ‘good’ carbs, such as grains, are severely affecting our brains. And the staples of our modern diet aren’t only increasing the risk of dementia, but contributing to depression, epilepsy and headaches, he believes. [Snip] The solution? Going back to the days when our diet was mainly fat--with this making up 75 percent of our diet, and carbs just 5 percent. Protein intake should stay the same as it is, at about 20 percent.
Most women will tell you that other than the N-word, the C-word is the most vile in the English language never to be used. Cher apparently doesn´t hold such a belief, for she disturbingly took to Twitter Friday to call former Alaska governor Sarah Palin a "Dumb C Word": Cher ? @cher Follow Go to dictionary,& look up The “C"Word,....next 2 the definition...you’ll see a Pic of Sarah PALIN ! NO...WAIT ...SHES UNDER DUMB C WORD?? 12:11 PM - 15 Nov 2013 716 Retweets 834 favorites ReplyRetweetFavorite Three minutes later she put an exclamation point on it:
On Sunday, appearing on ABC’s This Week with fill-in host Martha Raddatz, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) admitted that Democrats knew full well that Americans would be booted from their health insurance plans as an effect of Obamacare implementation. When asked whether Democrats were misled by President Obama about whether Americans would be able to keep their plans in the individual insurance market, Gillibrand answered: “He should’ve just been specific. No, we all knew.”
“The Affordable Care Act’s political position has deteriorated dramatically over the last week.” That, coming from longtime Obamacare cheerleader and Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, was pretty strong language. And it was only Wednesday. That was the day after the release of a devastating Quinnipiac national poll. It showed Barack Obama’s approval rating at 39 percent, with his disapproval rating at 54 percent — sharply down from 45 percent approval and 49 percent disapproval on Oct. 1, the day the government shutdown began and healthcare.gov went into (limited) operation. Democrats hoped that Republicans would take a shellacking in public opinion for the
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has entered the final, mortifying stage of denial where one flails feebly about in the desperate search for an argument that might generate some traction. The spectacular collapse of Democratic standing in public opinion polls has prompted Democrats to voluntarily chip away at the very financial foundation of the Affordable Care Act – a prospect that any pundit would have deemed unthinkable just three weeks ago. Democrats are terrified, but Pelosi, an old pro, never wants to let them see her sweat. To that end, during a press conference with her fellow Democratic leaders
Mary Cheney, a daughter of the former vice president, and her wife, Heather Poe, sharply criticized on Sunday a comment by by Ms. Cheney’s sister, Liz Cheney, a candidate for the Senate in Wyoming, that they disagreed on the issue of same-sex marriage. “Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,” Mary Cheney, who is gay, wrote on her Facebook page. Ms. Poe’s comments were sharper and more personal. “Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when
As the story of the Obamacare website fiacso unfolds, senior administration aides tell me that the president is “mad, frustrated and angry.” Mad that his signature legislative achievement is stuck at the gate, frustrated that he’s running out of time to fix it, and angry that he’s got a second term agenda now going nowhere. He’s so furious, in fact, that he stepped out of character to vent to an assembled group of top aides. “If I had known [about the website problems] ,” the steaming president reportedly said, according to the New York Times, “We could have delayed the
What will matter most about Ted Turner´s life story when they roll the final credits? That he started the first 24-hour news network? Built a fortune once worth $10 billion? Was Time magazine´s "Man of the Year"? Received a star on Hollywood´s Walk of Fame? Made The New York Times best-seller list? Maybe it was that time he raced a sailboat faster than anyone else. Or the year his baseball team won the World Series. Impressed yet? Did you know he had a president for a fishing buddy and won the heart of a movie star? Turner turns 75 on November