Theories abound, revolving around nothing more than a simple crash into the ocean, to the esoteric and conspiratic.
What do you believe occurred to Flight 370?
“We Ask DNC Members: How Much of Opposition To Obama is Racist?
by Matt Vespa
On February 28, MRCTV’s Dan Joseph decided to stop by the DNC winter meeting to ask committee members just how much of the opposition to President Obama is racist.
Joseph asked, How much of the opposition is race-based? And how much is policy based?
One commiteewoman said about half of the president’s detractors are against him because of his race, while another said it was over 50%.
There you have it. Anyone opposing Mr Obama simply must be a racist.
(from the WashingtonTimes.com)
by Phillip Swartz
For years, the Federal Communications Commission has allowed TV stations to execute joint operating agreements allowing themselves to outsource tasks such as advertising sales to group owners with more resources.
But when conservative columnist and entrepreneur Armstrong Williams recently purchased two stations, making him one of America’s few black owners of local TV affiliates, the commission unexpectedly decided to use his acquisition as a test case to review the practice.
The actions — coupled with other recent FCC decisions such as a plan to survey newsrooms that alarmed news media before it was withdrawn — have injected questions about whether a commission set up by Congress to be nonpartisan is now acting with a political litmus test under the Obama administration.
Suffice to say I am not a fan of “daylight savings time.” Perhaps it once had a use, but that use (and personally I disbelieve its original necessity) is long over. Now, it exists simply as an “old wives tale” embraced by Leftists and those unable to think with anything but their emotions.
As I referenced here, my post having been written in March of 2013:
A petition seeking to eliminate DST (or make it the year-round standard) has surfaced on the White House’s “We the People” crowdsourcing platform. The document, which needs 100,000 signatures to prompt a response from the West Wing, urges President Obama to eliminate the “archaic practice” of adjusting clocks twice a year.
Daylight Saving Time was standardized in the U.S. by the 1966 Uniform Time Act, according to National Geographic. That act has since been amended several times, most recently by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended DST by one month.
The “We the People” petition claims that, while some industries still support DST, studies have shown the change is a health risk, leads to a loss in productivity and is “really annoying.”
And on that note, a new article published the first day of DST 2014, from the New York CBSLocal.com:
Seen At 11: Daylight Saving Time Can Be A Danger To Your Health
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — This weekend we move the clocks an hour forward, losing sleep but gaining an hour of evening sunlight.
But Daylight Saving Time may have serious health implications for some, making it a difficult, even potentially dangerous change, CBS 2′s Kristine Johnson reported.
But even more pointed:
“Our body has a natural circadian rhythm which is almost an internal clock that regulates our 24-hour cycle. It regulates our sleep-wake cycle and that can be disturbed fairly easily,” said neuro-psychiatrist Dr. Julia Samton.
According to Samton, even moving the clocks just one hour may mean disrupted sleep patterns, and more, for some people.
Count me in “those people.”
Dr. Eric Cohen says there are even more serious health considerations beyond losing sleep.
“There have been studies that have shown there are more workplace accidents, more driving accidents after the switch to Daylight Saving Time. There’s even studies that show there are more heart attacks right afterward. So there does seem to be some very real implications for this,” Cohen said.
I’m with The Gothamist. DST needs to be eliminated.
Kelly Erb at Forbes.com writes:
And where you live makes a difference. A study of energy savings in the U.S. in 2007 indicated that energy savings in cooler climates were offset by increased demand for cooling in warmer climates. Environmental economist Hendrik Wolff, of the University of Washington, the same scientist who studied the morning/evening environment offset, found, “Everywhere there is air conditioning, our evidence suggests that daylight saving is a loser.”
It also appears to cost us money. In 2010, Utah State University economist William F. Shughart II suggested that turning the clocks forward and backwards each year costs Americans $1.7 billion of lost opportunity cost each year. His calculations assumed that each person over the 18 spent about 10 minutes changing clocks instead of doing something else more productive.
So, Leftists: if Global Warming is occurring, you should be the first on your block to demand DST be abolished. And yet, despite this, I hear a veritable field of crickets.
In Fornicalia, we’re all suckers for emotions. Give me the Arizona DST mindset all millennium long.
I dare you to watch this and not be gripped, perhaps even with a tear:
Again, from the UKTelegraph.com:
by Damien McElroy
Vladimir Putin has mocked diplomatic efforts to end the Ukraine crisis as Russia threatened to disrupt European gas supplies by cutting off sales to Kiev over its unpaid debts.
The Russian president said through his official spokesman that, despite deep disagreements with the West, he did not want a confrontation over Ukraine to spiral into a “new cold war”.
Nevertheless Dmitry Peskov ridiculed Western demands for direct talks between the Kremlin and the new Kiev government, claiming that the loss of credibility involved “puts a smile on our face”.
Clearly, Mr Putin is enjoying the ride, as he watches the attempted coordinated response of western nations to the Ukraine/Crimean situation. And the response is, as of yet, no response at all.
Putin’s history is such that he would care to reassemble the former USSR and bring Russia back to its so-called “former glory.” For an individual whose higher educational thesis was on the politics of oil, and how to allow Russia to acquire even greater power due to its sitting on massive fields of gas and oil, his energy policy seems to follow the theme of holding nation states hostage for same. This appears to be perfectly in keeping with his past holdings, philosophy, training, education and experience.
Those who find themselves shocked over Mr Putin’s moves have no grasp of Russian history and simultaneously a belief in fairy dust and gremlins.