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Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests...

http://news.yahoo.com/hungary-shelve-plans-internet-tax-now-pm-says-081605990--sector.html;_ylt=AwrBEiGvr1NU3H8AQbrQtDMD
Hungary's Orban puts Internet tax on hold after huge protests
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban froze plans on Friday to impose a tax on Internet traffic, climbing down in the face of massive street protests and warnings from the European Union that the levy was a mistake.

Opponents of the tax, who said it would have hurt consumers already struggling with a faltering economy, described the U-turn as a major victory.

But Orban's announcement was unlikely to end discontent among liberal Hungarians who accuse him of being an autocrat and are frustrated there is no prospect of removing him until elections in 2018. Recent anti-tax rallies have been a catalyst for broader anti-government protests.

"This tax in its current form cannot be introduced," Orban told public radio. "If the people not only dislike something but also consider it unreasonable then it should not be done."

Many Circumventing Colorado High-Capacity Magazine Ban

It just goes to show what happens when a fringe minority of stupid people write and pass stupid laws.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/10/30/many-circumventing-colorado-high-capacity-magazine-ban/
Many Circumventing Colorado High-Capacity Magazine Ban
A CBS4 Investigation has found Coloradans are circumventing the state’s controversial ban on high capacity gun magazines in numerous ways both basic and clever. “I’m not surprised at all,” said Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, after viewing the results of the CBS4 Investigation. Cooke has been a vocal opponent of the 2013 law which bans gun magazines that hold more than 15 bullets. “People are going to find a way around it,” said Cooke. He said four high capacity magazines, purchased by a CBS4 undercover producer in the last four months, were all usable.

At a northern Colorado gun show, a seller displayed an entire table full of 30 round magazines that had been “retrofitted” to hold 15 rounds and comply with the controversial law. The seller was asked if anyone would care if a buyer removed the modification and turned the magazine back into a high capacity unit. “No, but I gotta be careful about how I say things because they would love nothing more than to make me a poster child so I’m very careful on how I say things.”

The CBS4 producer bought a 30 round magazine for $20. Sheriff Cooke examined the magazine that was purchased for $20 and said it could be converted into a high capacity, 30 round magazine in a matter of seconds. “Pop that rivet out and you’ve got a high capacity magazine,” concluded Cooke. Cooke said its clear many people are not complying with the spirit of the law.

At a Douglas County gun store, a salesman said many stores sell 30 round magazines with minor modifications so they comply with the 15 round legal limit. “It’s supposed to be a permanent modification. What happens to that permanent modification after it leaves here? Sometimes they aren’t as permanent as you would hope they may be.” Sheriff Cooke told CBS4 that since the passage of the law banning high capacity magazines, there has not been a single arrest in Colorado of anyone suspected of violating the law.

Britain may face blackouts this winter

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/10/29/After-Spending-Billions-On-Green-Technology-Britain-Faces-Blackouts
AFTER SPENDING BILLIONS ON GREEN 'TECHNOLOGY' BRITAIN FACES BLACKOUTS
Britain may face blackouts this winter, despite having spent an unprecedented amount on green technologies. The National Grid has revealed it is now considering dimming the lights in every home in the country, and may even pay factories to close in order to save electricity.

According to the National Grid’s Winter Outlook report the reason for the shortages is the closure of coal fired power stations. The coal stations were closed in order to meet Britain's green targets and have been replaced with wind turbines that produce a fraction of the power.

Benny Peiser, Director of The Global Warming Policy Forum, told Breitbart London: "Britain's green energy policies are threatening to cause a man-made energy crisis. The longer policy makers deny the failure of their green dogmatism, the more likely is the danger of serious disruptions and exploding energy costs.

Obama government ‘Worse than anything Nixon ever did’

Good ol' Marxist hopey changey at work.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2014/10/27/sharyl-attkissons-computer-intrusions-worse-than-anything-nixon-ever-did/
Sharyl Attkisson’s computer intrusions: ‘Worse than anything Nixon ever did’
The intrusions into former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson’s computers constitute the narrative spine of the reporter’s new book “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.”

“First just let me say again I’m shocked. Flabbergasted. All of us are. This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America.” That’s all coming from “Number One.”

The breaches on Attkisson’s computer, says this source, are coming from a “sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency, or the National Security Agency (NSA).” Attkisson learns from “Number One” that one intrusion was launched from the WiFi at a Ritz Carlton Hotel and the “intruders discovered my Skype account handle, stole the password, activated the audio, and made heavy use of it, presumably as a listening tool.”

To round out the revelations of “Number One,” he informs Attkisson that he’d found three classified documents deep inside her operating system, such that she’d never know they were even there. “Why? To frame me?” Attkisson asks in the book.

Meet "The Reason," A New Metal 3D Printed Gun

Society can't put this toothpaste back in the tube. This technology must drive the gun control people nuts.

http://reason.com/blog/2014/10/27/meet-the-reason-a-new-metal-3d-printed-g
Its creator, Eric Mutchler, alas informs me today the name of his new metal 3D printed handgun is not a deliberate shout-out to Reason, despite our early and often coverage of the world of 3D printed weapons in both plastic and metal. It was just named that "for the sake of it, it seemed a useful term" for such a gun since "who can argue with 'reason'?"

The weapon was made mostly out of stainless steel with store-bought grips, using an EOS M280 3D printer. It chambers 10mm ammo and features the word "Reason" printed in the slide, and the preamble to the Declaration of Independence on the front of the grip.

Study Reveals Significant Number of Non-Citizens Vote in US Elections

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/10/24/could-non-citizens-decide-the-november-election/
More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.
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Hence the REAL reason for Democrats' objections to voter id laws.

So much for the American melting pot.

More like the Balkanization of America.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_26800382/3-decades-after-order-denver-schools-still-struggle
Three decades after order, Denver schools still struggle to teach English
Three decades after federal courts ordered Denver Public Schools to better serve English learners, its efforts remain plagued by inconsistencies and a large number of students who haven't shown progress in learning the language.

The district is two years into its latest plan to educate English learners, who make up nearly 35 percent of the district's 90,000 students.

But based on the most recent annual tests, nearly one in three of the district's English learners who have been in the system for the past two years failed to make progress on their English skills.


The Second Amendment explained

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Top 20 Worst Ways the Government Wasted Your Tax Dollars

http://www.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/curtis-kalin/top-20-worst-ways-government-wasted-your-tax-dollars
Swedish massages for rabbits: $387,000
Teaching Mountain Lions to Ride a Treadmill: $856,000
Studying how many times “hangry” people stab a voodoo doll: $331,000
Studying the gambling habits of monkeys: $171,000
Producing the children’s musical: Zombie in Love: $10,000
Funding a “Stoner Symphony”: $15,000
Subsidizing Alpaca Poop: $50,000
Synchronized Swimming for Sea Monkeys: $307,524
Produce a “Hallucinatory” Roosevelt/Elvis show: $10,000
Funding Climate Change Alarmist Video Game: $5.2 million
Teaching Kids to Laugh: $47,000
Developing a real-life Iron Man Suit: $80 million
Tweeting at Terrorists: $3 million
Predicting the End of Humanity: $30,000
Funding Kids Dressing Like Fruits and Vegetables: $5 million
Help Parents Counter Kids’ Refusals to Eat Fruits and Veggies: $804,254
Lost electronic devices from NASA: $1.1 million
Studying if Wikipedia is Sexist: $202,000
Asking heavy drinkers not to drink through text message: $194,090
Government Funded Ice Cream: $1.2 million

Yep. We need to raise taxes so government can do important work.


MA Democratic gubernatorial candidate endorses voting rights for non-citizens

http://www.nashobapublishing.com/breakingnews/ci_26776598/baker-coakley-quarrel-over-taxes-immigration-issues
They also differed on in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants and whether non-citizens can vote. Baker said he limits his support to Gov. Patrick's executive order that says if someone falls in certain categories he or she can work here after they graduate then they are eligible for in-state tuition. Coakley said she supports going beyond the executive order.

Baker said residents should be U.S. citizens in order to vote.

"I think that there should be some requirements ahead of time," Coakley said, adding that she would not oppose allowing non-citizens who are legal residents to vote in a local election. "But I do believe and I've seen particularly in the past year whether you're in Framingham with the Brazilian population, you're in Chelsea, you're in Revere, we have a new Massachusetts."




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