Republican legislatures in Oklahoma have introduced House Bill 1380 which prohibits “the expenditure of funds on the Advanced Placement United States history course” in order to ban the study of certain aspects of history – namely any of the “dissident” Founders of this nation who does not fit the Christian-centered mold.
Champion of the bill is Republican state legislator Dan Fisher who claims that there has been a false wall of separation of church and state constructed in America by progressive secularists who want to stamp out religious faith in the US.
Fisher introduced HB 1380 because his opinion is that the current Advanced Placement US History course allows only for the teaching of “what is bad about America” and does not point out “American exceptionalism”.
When the coming economic crisis strikes, more than half the country is going to be financially wiped out within weeks. At this point, more than 60 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, and a whopping 24 percent of the country has more credit card debt than emergency savings. One of the primary principles that any of these “financial experts” that you see on television will teach you is to have a cushion to fall back on. At the very least, you never know when unexpected expenses like major car repairs or medical bills will come along. And in the event of a major economic collapse, if you do not have any financial cushion at all you will be a sitting duck. Yes, I know that there are millions upon millions of families out there that are just trying to scrape by from month to month at this point. I hear from people that are deeply struggling in this economy all the time. So I don’t blame them for not being able to save lots of money. But if you are in a position to build up an emergency fund, you need to do so. We have been experiencing an extended period of relative economic stability, but it will not last. In fact, the time for getting prepared for the next great economic downturn is rapidly running out, and most Americans are not ready for it at all. The following are 14 signs that most Americans are flat broke and totally unprepared for the coming economic crisis… Continue reading 14 Signs That Most Americans Are Flat Broke And Totally Unprepared For The Coming Economic Crisis→
A report from Baker Creek Heirloom Rare Seed’s catalog explains how the genetic engineering of crops is having real life consequences for business, as well as food security.
Just from the perspective of a medium sized business, Baker Creek and its partners in the seed industry have lost literally hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of GMO corn contamination
Baker Creek began testing their Heirloom corn varieties for GMO contamination, and found that more than 50% of their more than a dozen varieties were contaminated. Those varieties, most of which were hand passed down through countless generations, have now been lost – forever, unless a clean source is found and recovered.
Meanwhile, Monsanto has been accused of suing farmers, often financially ruining small farmers, for infringing patent laws when non-GMO varieties become unintentionally cross-pollinated.
Baker Creek reports that Monsanto’s lawyers downplayed the effects of contamination as ‘hypothetical’ and low level, as in the OSGATA et al. vs. Monsanto court case, while their real world experience is massive financial loss.
The proliferation of further GMO crop and vegetable stables will destroy diversity irrevocably and undermine food freedom and security to feed the world.
ONCE upon a time in Adelaide, Casey Dean, 14, and his good mate Eduard Nitz, 13, stopped off at their local McDonald’s to pick up some burgers. Among them was a Quarter Pounder with cheese they’d bought for another kid. That kid never turned up, but they didn’t eat his burger. Ever.
That was back in 1995. The boys have become men and the burger has turned 20 and to celebrate, Mr Dean and Mr Nitz are going to reveal it to the world for the first time with an appearance on The Project tonight.
“We’re pretty sure it’s the oldest burger in the world,” Mr Dean said.
“It started off as a joke, you know we told our friend we’d hold his burger for him but he never turned up and before we knew it six months had passed. The months became years and now, 20 years later, it looks the same as it did the day we bought it, perfectly preserved in its original wrapping.”
One of the brains behind Tesla motors and Paypal, Tesla Motors CEO and entrepreneur Elon Musk has a new invention up his sleeve that will help power homes at low cost, and it will make living off-grid easier than ever.
A Florida woman had to stand up to a local judge to continue living off grid when he declared it illegal, but if millions of people start to live more self-sufficiently and sustainably, what will the corrupt judiciary say then?
Musk’s new invention is based on Tesla’s lithium-ion battery technology, and the new battery is expected to help the company become a leader in the growing home energy-storage market.
“We are going to unveil the Tesla home battery, the consumer battery that would be for use in people’s houses or businesses fairly soon,” Bloomberg quoted Musk as saying.
Over the past 10 years, several states in the U.S. have legalized medical marijuana, while four—Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Alaska—have legalized recreational use. Meanwhile, poll data shows that a majority of Americans support outright legalization for the first time. As of January, 23 states and the District of Columbia have laws that allow marijuana use of some kind, and we can expect to see additional ballot measures addressing the issue in the years to come.
The legal changes have been a boon for legitimate businesses, which are scrambling to get a piece of the more than $40 billion U.S. consumers spend per year on the drug, according to an estimate from the Rand Corporation.
These companies must tread lightly since cannabis remains illegal on the federal level and in most countries around the world. At the same time, many analysts believe that the pot industry is ripe for consolidation as more legal barriers come down. After all, the weed market would benefit from economies of scale, and the company that successfully captures the public’s imagination with the right branding could be a nationwide player. Continue reading Fortune 5: The most potent pot economies in the world→
Snow is on the ground in at least 48 of 50 U.S. states, according to three separate national snow cover maps.
Florida has no snow on the ground according to all of the maps, of that we can be sure. But the three maps I looked at don’t agree on the other snow-free state: It could be South Carolina, it could be Louisiana or possibly Mississippi. Anybody in those three states see snow?
But regardless of whether those three states have snow on the ground now, some snow is forecast to fall this week on all of them. Florida will remain the lone holdout, as no snow is predicted there.
And yes, I had to look at the Mauna Kea webcams in Hawaii to see that a patch of snow is there, atop the high mountain location in the Aloha State.
None of the maps show Alaska, but heck, it’s Alaska and it’s February, so I know they have snow there (though they had to change the route of the Iditarod sled dog race due to lack of snow in parts of the state.)
Though some snow is on the ground in the mountainous West, it’s still rather paltry in states such as California and Oregon.
“There are major water concerns out West when it comes to the snow reservoir in the mountainous West,” said snow expert David Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist.
Overall, NOAA’s site says that over half of the U.S. is snow-covered now.