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Reader Selected News For Week Apr 19 – Apr 25

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Trying To Be Perfect Could Be Ruining Your Health

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Trying to be perfect could be ruining your health

It can trigger heart disease, IBS and insomnia – and some experts say it could even be as bad for you as smoking

By Anna Magee | 14 April 2014

Perfectionism – setting yourself high standards at home or work – is seen as laudable. But research suggests it has a dark flipside, causing not just psychological stress as perfectionists feels the weight of pressure to be perfect, but physical harm – irritable bowel disease (IBS), insomnia, heart disease and even early death.

Experts such as Dr Danielle Molnar, a psychologist at Brock University, Canada, are suggesting perfectionism should be considered as a risk factor for disease in the same way as obesity and smoking.



India ‘Recognizes’ Third Sex: Eunuch/Transgender

From the UK’s Telegraph:

India’s Supreme Court creates official third sex for eunuchs and transgenders

After two thousand years of persecution, India’s two million eunuchs to be formally recognised as third sex and listed as ‘backward’ caste entitled to reserved government jobs and university places

By Dean Nelson | 15 April 2014

New Delhi – India’s Supreme Court has created an official third sex for its transgender eunuchs and announced they will have a quota of government jobs and college places to help them overcome discrimination…

"We are elated and thankful to the court," said Kalki Subramanium, a leading transgender rights activist. "The decision has come after a century of suppression and marginalisation by the legal and social systems…

India’s transgenders include those who feel they were born into the wrong sex, men born with deformed genitals and effeminate boys disowned by their families and sent to live in eunuch colonies.



WWU Wants Fewer White People On Their Campus

From Campus Reform:

University calls the amount of white people on campus a ‘failure,’ asks for ideas on how to have fewer

Kaitlyn Schallhorn | April 15, 2014

A school-wide questionnaire at Western Washington University (WWU) asked the community “How do we make sure that in future years ‘we are not as white as we are today?’”

Wouldn’t one solution be to do away with all-black colleges? Which should be illegal under our current laws, anyway.

The question, released through the communications and marketing [sic] department’s daily newsletter Western Today, comes on the heels of admonishments given in multiple convocation addresses by WWU President Bruce Shepard for the university’s “failure” to be less white.

“Every year, from this stage and at this time, you have heard me say that, if in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as university,” Shepard said in the 2012 speech.



Philly Will No Longer Honor ICE Detainer Requests

From a joyous Philadelphia Inquirer:

Mayor expected to sign order curtailing police-ICE collaboration

BY JULIE SHAW | April 15, 2014

Mayor Nutter [sic] is expected to sign an executive order tomorrow that will significantly limit collaboration between Philadelphia police and federal immigration authorities.

The order is expected to preclude police from honoring detainer requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement except in cases where a person is convicted of a first- or second-degree felony involving violence, and only when ICE secures a warrant to support the detainer…

ICE detainers or "holds" are requests by federal immigration authorities for police to hold a person who was detained for an alleged crime for up to an additional 48 hours. That would allow ICE to take the person – if suspected of being an undocumented immigrant or a noncitizen – into their custody for possible deportation.



Mayor De Blasio Ends NYC’s Monitoring Of Muslims

From the Associated Press:

New York police end Muslim surveillance program

By JAKE PEARSON and TOM HAYS | April 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday.

How wonderful that this joyous news has come out on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings! Which might have been prevented with more aggressive monitoring of the Boston ‘Muslim community.’

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the department’s Intelligence Division.

Now that the NYPD no longer ‘stop and frisk,’ and no longer arrest anyone for drugs or loitering, you have to wonder why they need so many cops?



Al Qaeda Hold Largest Meeting In Years In Yemen

From CNN:

Unsettling video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen

By Barbara Starr | April 16, 2014

Washington (CNN) — A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn’t know about it or couldn’t get a drone there in time to strike…

We suspect that all of our spy satellites were tied up doing more important things. Such as spying on people’s Tweets or looking for signs of man-made global warming.

But who can blame them? After all, Al Qaeda is on the run. We no longer have anything to fear from them. Obama told us so. Repeatedly.

In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen.



PETA Scolds FLOTUS For Using Real Eggs In Egg Roll

From the Washington Examiner:

PETA scolds Michelle Obama over using real eggs for Easter Egg Roll

By Paul Bedard | APRIL 15, 2014

PETA is urging first lady Michelle Obama to substitute fake eggs for the 19,000 real ones to be used in Monday’s Easter Egg Roll, claiming that egg production is cruel and eating them unhealthy and a violation of her “Let’s Move!” agenda.

And never mind that it’s a long debunked myth that eggs are unhealthy.

In a video featuring young girls playing to the first lady’s heartstrings, two pre-teens say, “Just because all the other first ladies have done it doesn’t mean you have to. If all the other first ladies jumped off a bridge would you?”

Well, they are using Michelle’s kind of logic.



Tanks With Russian Flags ‘Appear’ In East Ukraine

From the Associated Press:

Ukraine ‘on the brink of civil war’ as shots ring out at airport

April 15, 2014

Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, said troops have restored control over the small airport near Kramatorsk that had been occupied by pro-Russian militiamen.

It was the first military action taken by the government against the separatists who have seized control of numerous buildings in the east of the country. There was no immediate confirmation of any casualties…

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gave a gloomy assessment after at least two people died on Sunday when Kiev unsuccessfully tried to regain control in the town of Slaviansk, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) from the Russian border.

“Blood has once again been spilt in Ukraine. The country is on the brink of civil war,” he said on his Facebook page…

The Russian and much of our news media would like us to believe that it is a ‘civil war.’ It is not.



Obama-Care Gets More Online Votes Than GOP Plan

From Reuters:

Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll

By Gabriel Debenedetti | April 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the "Obamacare" health plan.

Nearly one-third of respondents in the online survey released on Tuesday said they prefer Democrats’ plan, policy or approach to healthcare, compared to just 18 percent for Republicans. This marks both an uptick in support for Democrats and a slide for Republicans since a similar poll in February…

This is an online poll, which means it is meaningless. Besides, how many people have ever heard the Republicans’ plans for healthcare?


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Census Changed To Lower Number Of Uninsured

From the New York Times (of all places):

Census survey revisions mask health law effects

By Robert Pear | April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, Census officials said.

Gee, what a coincidence. Though for some reason we are reminded how the Obama administration also changed the way the GDP is measured, in order to make the number higher before the November 2012 elections. (They now count ‘intellectual property’ as part of the GDP. No other country does that.)

The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country.



IRS Chief: New Rule Coming For Tax Exempt Groups

From USA Today:

IRS chief: New rule on the way for tax-exempt groups

By Susan Page | April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service is prepared to rewrite a proposed rule regulating the political activities of non-profit groups to address complaints from the right and left that it goes too far, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Monday.

"In all likelihood we will re-propose a redefined rule and ask for more public comment," Koskinen told USA TODAY’s Capital Download. It’s a process he predicts will take "until the end of the year and beyond" to complete. The proposed regulation of groups known as 501(c)(4)s drew a record 150,000 comments before the deadline in late February.

That is, until after the midterm elections.

He said the new rule would take into account backlash from conservative Tea Party groups as well as some liberal advocacy organizations that the agency’s proposal – intended to address concerns that the tax-exempt groups were engaged in partisan warfare – would bar, even voter education and registration programs…

"Backlash" from liberal groups?


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1%-ers Share Of Taxes Has Doubled Since 1980s

From the Wall Street Journal:

Top earners feel bite of U.S. tax increases

By John D. McKinnon | April 13, 2014 

The jump in federal tax rates that kicked in last year is causing sticker shock for many higher earners this tax season. That, in turn, is rekindling a debate over a question likely to smolder for a long time: How much more could–or should–taxes go up on the well-to-do?

What debate?

Higher earners’ share of the overall federal tax burden has been climbing fairly steadily, even before lawmakers negotiated the fiscal-cliff deal at the end of 2012.

The latest tax-rate increases, passed at the start of 2013, have added to that burden, at least for the highest earners. Those changes included a bump in the top ordinary income rate to 39.6% from 35%, a limit on itemized deductions and an increase in the top rate on investment income.


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Obama Has Proposed 442 Tax Hikes Since 2009

From Americans for Tax Reform:

Obama has Proposed 442 Tax Hikes Since Taking Office

By Max Velthoven, John Kartch, Ryan Ellis | April 14, 2014

Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has formally proposed a total of 442 tax increases, according to an Americans for Tax Reform analysis of Obama administration budgets for fiscal years 2010 through 2015.

The 442 total proposed tax increases does not include the 20 tax increases Obama signed into law as part of Obamacare.

Lest we forget, Obama ran for the Presidency in 2008 on the promise that he would never raise taxes on the middle class.

When he was asking for our vote in 2008, then candidate Barack Obama famously promised the American people:

“I can make a firm pledge.


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