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Crimea Declares Independence And Applies To Join Russia

 

 

Crimea Chooses Russia

 

 

 

 

” The Crimean Supreme Council has passed the decree favored by 85 lawmakers. It has also announced that all Ukrainian state property on the peninsula would be nationalized. The document says the Republic of Crimea appeals to the United Nations and to all countries to recognize it as an independent state. Based on the final results of the referendum, nearly 97 percent of people voted in favor of annexation to Russia. Meanwhile Ukraine’s parliament has endorsed a presidential decree to carry out a partial mobilization of 40-thousand reservists, within the armed forces and the newly created National Guard.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Frustrated And Angry West Virginia Has Been Cutting Ties With Its Reliably Democratic Roots

 

 

West Virginia

 

 

 

” Ordinary West Virginians used to look to Washington with something close to reverence. It was a partner in good times, a lifeline in bad ones, a powerful ally against the big corporations that came for its coal and timber. By some measures, West Virginia relies more on federal money than any other state.

But increasingly, it also has become an extreme example of the hostility that shows up in every national poll when people are asked how they feel about the federal government. Many here now speak of Washington as an enemy that threatens their economy and their way of life, that traps them into dependency.

Washington’s 100 percent against us,” said M.E. Walker, a retired road builder who lives in Pence Springs in Summers County. “They don’t like our jobs. They don’t like our attitudes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands Of Consumers Get Insurance Cancellation Notices Due To Health Law Changes

 

 

 

” Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies.

The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010.  At least a few are cancelling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Florida Blue, for example, is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state. Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state.  Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh is dropping about 20 percent of its individual market customers, while Independence Blue Cross, the major insurer in Philadelphia, is dropping about 45 percent.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revolutionary Times

 

 

 

Revolutionary times are turbulent. They are agitated by the common feeling that the balance has been lost and a tipping point has arrived. Even as we feel the sickening lurches of a nation that appears to be slipping toward the cliff, we should not despair. A revolutionary society moves easily because it is unmoored and can be turned around in the right direction. And when that happens, history changes.

The birth of the United States was not inevitable. It happened against incredible odds and a torrent of difficulties. Now it is caught between decline and rebirth. Which of these it will be, we will learn when enough men and women push one way or another until the next tipping point is reached.

Living in revolutionary times, we cannot idly celebrate a revolution of the past without also committing ourselves to changing the present. Independence is not a gift that was won once and never needs to be thought about again.

 

 

 

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Infographic: The Value of a Well-Armed Citizenry

 

 

 

 

 

Types of Skills Everyone Should Know – Video – Top 100 Important Skills Popular Mechanics

 

 

 

 

” 6. Find Potable Water

“Don’t exert yourself in the heat of the day,” Sanders says. “You may lose more water by sweating than you’ll gain by digging.” Ravines and valleys are carved by running water, so head for the bottom. In deserts, with only occasional flow, look for cottonwoods, willows and other light-green vegetation that grows in wet areas. When the sun or moon is low in the sky, scan the horizon for reflections that may reveal the location of small pools. (Don’t worry if the water looks scummy. Waterborne illnesses won’t kick in for at least three days; dehydration can kill in a single day.) Collect morning dew by wiping grass with a cloth, then wringing out the water. If you have plastic bags, wrapping them around the boughs of deciduous trees yields 1 or 2 ounces a day. “

Engineers Pave the Way Towards 3-D Printing of Personal Electronics

 

 

 ” Scientists are developing new materials which could one day allow people to print out custom-designed personal electronics such as games controllers which perfectly fit their hand shape.

The University of Warwick researchers have created a simple and inexpensive conductive plastic composite that can be used to produce electronic devices using the latest generation of low-cost 3D printers designed for use by hobbyists and even in the home.

The material, nicknamed ‘carbomorph’, enables users to lay down electronic tracks and sensors as part of a 3D printed structure — allowing the printer to create touch-sensitive areas for example, which can then be connected to a simple electronic circuit board. “

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