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Name: Norbert Norton Noyes
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Hometown: Northeastern USA
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Current location: 3\'rd rock from the sun
Member since: Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:51 PM
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Smaller States Find Outsize Clout Growing in Senate

Smaller States Find Outsize Clout Growing in Senate

The disproportionate power enjoyed in the Senate by small states is playing a growing role in the political dynamic on issues as varied as gun control, immigration and campaign finance.

RUTLAND, Vt. — In the four years after the financial crisis struck, a great wave of federal stimulus money washed over Rutland County. It helped pay for bridges, roads, preschool programs, a community health center, buses and fire trucks, water mains and tanks, even a project to make sure fish could still swim down the river while a bridge was being rebuilt.
Just down Route 4, at the New York border, the landscape abruptly turns from spiffy to scruffy. Washington County, N.Y., which is home to about 60,000 people — just as Rutland is — saw only a quarter as much money.


Behind the growth of the advantage is an increase in population gap between large and small states, with large states adding many more people than small ones in the last half-century. There is a widening demographic split, too, with the larger states becoming more urban and liberal, and the smaller ones remaining rural and conservative, which lends a new significance to the disparity in their political power.

The threat of the filibuster in the Senate, which has become far more common than in past decades, plays a role, too. Research by two political scientists, Lauren C. Bell and L. Marvin Overby, has found that small-state senators, often in leadership positions, have amplified their power by using the filibuster more often than their large-state counterparts.


Skilled labor shortage? NY Times: "Saudis Consider Firing Squads for Executions"

CAIRO — After centuries of public beheadings, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is considering firing squads as an alternative means of execution.

A special inter-ministerial committee has recommended that “because of the scarcity of swordsmen and their unavailability in a number of regions” the princes who govern Saudi provinces should be free to use firing squads, according to a statement from the committee, reported in Saudi newspapers on Sunday.

The few officially authorized swordsmen were so busy traveling between different regions to conduct executions that they sometimes arrived late, “which causes security confusion” complicated by “the resulting spreading of rumors through modern technology,” the statement noted.

Saudi Arabia is the only country that still executes criminals by beheading, carried out with a sword and conducted in public. The kingdom has beheaded 15 people so far this year and more than 75 in each of the past two years.


These are our close allies in the Middle East, the Saudi's.

Queen fights for gay rights: Monarch makes historic pledge on discrimination

First time Her Majesty has signalled support for gay rights in 61-year reign
Also promotes 'empowerment' of women in drive to boost human rights
Insiders say her decision to highlight the event is a 'watershed' moment

The Queen will tomorrow back an historic pledge to promote gay rights and ‘gender equality’ in one of the most controversial acts of her reign.
In a live television broadcast, she will sign a new charter designed to stamp out discrimination against homosexual people and promote the ‘empowerment’ of women – a key part of a new drive to boost human rights and living standards across the Commonwealth.


A diplomatic source added: ‘The impact of this statement on gay and women’s rights should not be underestimated. Nothing this progressive has ever been approved by the United Nations. And it is most unusual for the Queen to request to sign documents in public, never mind call the cameras in.’
Insiders say her backing for full ‘gender equality’ and ‘women’s empowerment’ – using language until recently considered the preserve of Left-wing activists – is equally significant.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2290824/Queen-fights-gay-rights-Monarch-makes-historic-pledge-discrimination-hints-Kate-DOES-girl-means-equal-rights-throne.html#ixzz2NBQMusSZ

Something both religious folks, and others can agree on

A kind of international use of Youtube for charity, and of the fellowship of sacred choral Christian music to do some good in the world. Just something that touched me. I think some of us will be touched the same way, Christians, or others

And a personal response from one of my friends, a participant, in Paris, who speaks English and French fluently

Thank you for your kind words. This project was a lot of work to put together and we hope to make more.

Please download our song & donate for the Ekhukanyeni Children's Home, all proceedings will be donated to this South African charity. Help us make all this worthwhile for more than just YouTube audiences. The link is in the video description.

Yet another compilation video of the cases of religion hurting children


Of course, every religion in the world will forgive these parents, or pray for them, or do something almost equally stupid.

Wealth distribution...in the USA now

apolgies if this has been posted before. I can delete this thread if...if this is somewhere else here, and well viewed.

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