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Up to a Point: The U.S. Government’s
Minimum Wage Is $430 Million Per Hour

Daily Beast, by P.J. O´Rourke

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 3/22/2014 4:46:08 AM

A week’s worth of “work” in D.C. is almost as dispiriting to watch as Vlad’s grab of Crimea. Our Busy Government at Work… The 2014 federal budget is $3.77 trillion. There are 8,765 hours in a year. The federal government works 24/7—for $430,119,795 an hour. Well above proposed new minimum wage. What’s government doing for the money? The Department of the Interior Is Lifting the Ban Against BP Bidding on New Gulf of Mexico Off-Shore Drilling Sites… Because BP did such a good job at its old site. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Is Giving Helpful Espionage Hints… According to The Wall Street Journal a study

      


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Hot Air, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/26/2014 4:49:05 AM     Post Reply
Go back and read Allahpundit’s primer on the regional NLRB’s (immediately appealed) March ruling that Northwestern University football players are employees of the school, and are therefore entitled to form a union. That decision precipitated today’s vote — the official results of which likely won’t be known for months, or even years, due to a lengthy anticipated appeals process. The unionization push has become a hot topic in sports media and a political lightning rod. The university, coaching staff, and many former players have come out strongly against the idea, and some current members of the team have suggested that

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CBS News, by Ben Eisler    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/26/2014 4:35:30 AM     Post Reply
Back pain is one of the most common reasons Americans go to the doctor, and one of the fastest growing treatments is spinal fusion surgery. From 2001 to 2011, the number of spinal fusions in U.S. hospitals increased 70 percent, making them more frequently performed than even hip replacements. The growth has been attributed in part to improved technology, an aging population, and a greater demand among older people for mobility. But it has also sparked a debate over whether some surgeons are performing spinal fusions that are unnecessary and potentially dangerous. The procedure fuses together two or more vertebrae

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CNN, by Thom Patterson    Original Article
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One priceless car was crushed. Another, mashed; a third, pancaked. Now, Vette City faces a sinkhole summer. A total of eight vehicles at Bowling Green, Kentucky´s National Corvette Museum remain just as wrecked as they were when the earth swallowed them whole more than two months ago. Workers fished the last car out of the monster sinkhole on April 9 and so far, not one coat of paint has been applied to any of the cars. Not one dent has been removed. Nothing. Why? Museum officials were shocked by the damage. "The last three or four cars that came out

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Following the death of 16 Sherpas in an avalanche and the Sherpa community´s refusal to work this year´s climbing season in their honor, many of the hopeful Everest climbers are starting to give up and head home. According to the New York Times, most climbers were already in the mountain´s base camp when the disaster happened, waiting for the short climbing season to begin. They told the paper that afterwards, the camp was an understandably unpleasant place. Some Sherpas apparently wanted to keep working and were threatened by organizers. Climbers were afraid that things might become violent and were sleeping with

   

 

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/25/2014 4:32:25 AM     Post Reply
A fat-cat operator of a shady Bronx nonprofit copped a plea Thursday to diverting more than $360,000 in government funds earmarked for cancer screening so he could live large by splurging the cash on pricey overseas trips, gambling and shopping sprees. Joseph Junkovic, 49, faces 18 to 24 months in prison and must forfeit up to $360,556 after pleading guilty in Manhattan federal court to knowingly making false statements to the state Health Department. Authorities say he billed the agency for thousands of hours he never worked. “This guy was certainly living a lavish lifestyle, “ a source close to the case

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/25/2014 4:26:35 AM     Post Reply
Anyone expecting rancher Cliven Bundy to apologize at a news briefing Thursday for widely condemned remarks — that black people were “happier” during the slavery era than now — would be disappointed. Wearing his signature cowboy hat, Bundy, who led an armed confrontation with federal rangers over a land dispute and was then hailed as a patriot by Fox News’ Sean Hannity and other conservatives, repeated in Bunkerville, Nevada, what he had said earlier — he was “just wondering” if blacks were better off under slavery. Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks during a news conference near his ranch on April 24, 2014

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Bundy just ended the
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Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/24/2014 1:24:31 PM     Post Reply
By now you´ve probably seen Jon Stewart´s masterful/brutal/devastating takedown of Sean Hannity, the latest in the two media personalities´ ongoing feud over Hannity´s sympathetic coverage of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Hannity was among several conservative media figures and Fox News types who had rallied to Bundy´s cause -- he´s refusing to the pay the more than $1 million in grazing fees he owes the U.S. government. What particularly perturbed Stewart about Hannity was his apparent hypocrisy: He´s condemned others for breaking the law and, in some cases, endorsed severe punishment for them. So much for his talk about

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Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/24/2014 10:05:04 AM     Post Reply
Long before Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd. Adding to that, since 2008 they´ve taken his money as well -- in the form of a piece of his Social Security checks. Yowell´s 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- the same agency at odds with Bundy -- seized them.

   

 



 
‘Hurricane’ Carter Was Wrongly
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Daily Beast, by Michael Moynihan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/24/2014 7:18:07 AM     Post Reply
Following his death on Sunday, there’s been a rash response to the famed boxer’s life—both pre and post prison—all of which poses the question: Was he really ‘all love’? “This man right here is love. He’s all love,” announced Denzel Washington while swaddling his Best Actor gong at the Golden Globes in 2000. The man of love, former boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who died yesterday at 76, rubbed his hands nervously, managing a meek smile as Washington spoke while patting him on the back. How could one dispute Denzel’s characterization? This paragon of love, who once beat people up for



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