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themattwalshblog.com

April 25, 2014

Here's the email I received last week. I was saving it for today, as I'll be speaking at a homeschool conference tomorrow. The subject line of this email was: "Not all public school teachers are the devil."

realclearmarkets.com

April 15, 2014

For more than 200 years, politicians have tried to spark economic growth through government subsidies. Almost all of them have been expensive and demoralizing disasters. The Heritage Foundation recently estimated that most major corporations have taken federal aid, and that this spending has cost taxpayers $3,000 per second of every day since the year 2000. One of us (Burton Folsom) has just finished the first historical study of government subsidies. The book, entitled Uncle Sam Can't Count , is published by HarperCollins and is available April 15. It starts with George Washington's failed aid to a fur trading company and analyzes later subsidies for steamships, railroads, the first airplane, ethanol, electric cars, and more. Some have been catastrophes; all have done more harm than good. First, these subsidies have been expensive, and today they are moving the U.S. toward bankruptcy. Some criticize welfare for our financial mess, but federal aid for relief has been law for only 82 years; public sector unions, another source of debt, have only been powerful for 40 years. Corporate subsidies, however, have been with us for over 200 years, and often their presence has justified damaging federal spending in other areas as well.

petoskeynews.com

March 12, 2014

North Central Michigan College provides a Presidential Scholarship to one graduating senior from a home school within its service area.

Presidential Scholarships are offered for full tuition (up to 18 contact hours per semester) and mandatory fees for four consecutive semesters (fall and winter only). Field study fees are not included. Scholarship recipients must register for the fall semester immediately following their spring high school graduation.

viralsurvival.com

February 26, 2014

A Florida magistrate ruled this past week that living off the grid is no longer an option in the land of the free.

Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin ruled Thursday that Robin Speronis violated city codes by refusing to connect to the Cape Coral's water system. Eskin ordered Speronis to pay for water service, adding that her sewer access would be capped until she did, The News-Press reported. "I am in compliance," Speronis told the News-Press. "I'm in compliance of living ... you may have to hook-up, but you don't have to use it. Well, what's the point?"

getavpn.org

January 17, 2014

A VPN is the only practical way to stop the NSA from knowing what sites you visit. VPNs will unblock censored websites and block bittorrent lawsuits (along with those annoying copyright warning letters) all for just 10 cents a day.

This VPN installs in minutes, runs in the background, and even works on smartphones. Since the proceeds fund Fight for the Future's activism campaigns, you won't just be protecting yourself, you'll be fighting for a better Internet: one that's free of censorship and spying. A VPN runs silently in the background, sending your entire Internet connection over a secure, encrypted channel. To the outside world, all your traffic comes from a single IP address (in, say, New Jersey... or Switzerland) that thousands of others share.

ijreview.com

January 15, 2014

Since posting this story in 2013, the left simply won't leave it alone. Something about it strikes a chord and they have to lash out at it, even though it's a story.

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all)...

zerohedge.com

January 12, 2014

With a seemingly endless line of talking-heads willing to ignore essentially every study that has been undertaken with regard the effects of raising the minimum-wage; and propose what is merely populist vote-getting 'benefits' for the ever-increasing not-1% who benefitted from Ben Bernnake's bubbles - we thought the following burger-flipping robot was a perfect example of unintended consequences for the fast food industry's workers. With humans needing to take breaks, have at least 4 weekend days off per month, and demanding ever-increasing minimum-wage for a job that was never meant to provide a 'living-wage', Momentum Machines - a San Francisco-based robotics company has unveiled the 'Smart Restaurants' machine which is capable of making ~360 'customized' gourmet burgers per hour without the aid of a human. First Jamba Juice, then Applebees, next McDonalds...

RT

January 11, 2014

​Schools in the UK used biometric technology to gather the fingerprints of over 800,000 pupils between 2012 and 2013, a watchdog has found. In 31 percent of schools, children were roped into giving their fingerprints without parental consent.

Civil liberties group, Big Brother Watch, filed Freedom of Information Requests to over 3,000 schools across the UK and found that 40 percent of schools are using biometrical technology on pupils. Only 1,255 schools responded. Based on the figures, the rights groups estimated that as many as 866,000 school children were coerced into having their fingerprints recorded in 2012-13. "As we are now one term into the 2013-14 academic year, and expect the number of schools using the technology to have increased over the summer, and the secondary school population now above 3.2 million, if the number of secondary schools using biometric technology increased from 25% to 30%, more than one million children would be fingerprinted," Big Brother Watch report says.

nation.foxnews.com

January 6, 2014

Religious freedom advocates are calling on the West Covina Unified School District to adopt policy changes and issue a formal apology after an alleged incident involving bullying against a Christian student.

Advocates for Faith & Freedom, an Irvine-based nonprofit law firm, issued a letter Monday on behalf of Isaiah Martinez, a first grader at Merced Elementary School. On Dec. 13. 2013, Martinez took traditional candy canes as Christmas gifts for his teacher, Valerie Lu, and classmates, according to attorney Robert Tyler. Each candy cane came with a message attached that recited the history of the candy cane, including references to the candy as a symbol of Jesus Christ, according to the letter dated Jan. 6...

benswann.com

December 30, 2013

Leaked documents now show what we all suspected: the NSA can turn your iPhone's microphone and camera on and off without you knowing.

"The NSA's ANT division develops implants for mobile phones and SIM cards. One of these is a spyware implant called "DROPOUTJEEP" - designed for the first generation of iPhones - which was still in development in 2008, shortly after the iPhone's launch. This spyware was to make it possible to remotely download or upload files to a mobile phone. It would also, according to the catalog, allow the NSA to divert text messages, browse the user's address book, intercept voicemails, activate the phone's microphone and camera at will, determine the current cell site and the user's current location, "etc." ANT's technicians also develop modified mobile phones, for use in special cases that look like normal, standard devices, but transmit various pieces of information to the NSA - that can be swapped undetected with a target's own mobile phone or passed to informants and agents. In 2008, ANT had models from Eastcom and Samsung on offer, and it has likely developed additional models since."

      

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