Maryland is the only state in the country that taxes the amount of rain that falls. HB 987 or the Stormwater Management-Watershed and Restoration Program, the “rain tax” – passed by the state legislature and signed into law on May 2, 2012 – was in response to a 2010 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandate aimed towards reducing the pollution levels in the Chesapeake Bay. This tax is an annual fee on impervious surfaces such as roofs, driveways, sidewalks, garages, any other surface that could create drainage problems and water contamination situated on property owned by an individual or a business
The Saudi Arabian monarchy Thursday declared it is prepared to send ground troops into Syria under the pretext of prosecuting the US-declared war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The stepped-up military operations in and around Aleppo have sent a stream of refugees heading toward the Turkish border, less than 40 miles to the north. Moscow has charged that Turkey in active preparations for invasion of Syria. Saudi monarchy and Turkey recently set up a military coordination body. dramatically increase danger of Syrian conflict spiraling out of control into a full-scale regional war, pitting Saudi Arabia and Turkey against Iran.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden: United States was prepared for a “military solution” in that country. Turkey has begun preparations for an invasion of Syria, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Saudi Arabia said it was prepared to send its ground forces into Syria.. The entry of the United States and its allies risk confrontation between the two largest nuclear powers on earth.
NYPD’s enforcement of a little-known law allows the department to kick people out of their apartments without charging them with a crime or even arresting them. The process, known as nuisance abatement, is used almost exclusively against people of color: police can take civil action to shut down the use of places they believe are being used to commit crimes, using as little as affidavits from anonymous confidential informants as evidence...
The fighting looks set to create a new wave of refugees bound first for Turkey and ultimately for a beleaguered Western Europe. “Video footage showed thousands of people, mostly women, children and the elderly, massing at the Bab al-Salam border crossing.”
The Russian government is thinking of adding palm oil, soda and potato chips to the list of excisable goods: part of a plan to get Russians eating a healthier diet as well as boost tax revenues, supported by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.The list could also include any goods with an excessive fat or sugar content. "Such measures are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the ways to fight against overconsumption of sugar and diseases linked to it.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: Russia should take advantage of low oil prices to change the structure of its economy, policy of import substitution means that it is necessary to make products and goods that would compete on the international markets.
Greece closed down for a day, the people are striking because the country is collapsing and the new government lied to them. Initial jobless claims are now trending up. Challenger Gray have now reported that layoffs have increased by 218%. US factory orders collapse, signalling a complete collapse of the economy. Truck orders collapse by 48%.. TPP protests continue around the world
The mass of dead seabirds that have washed up on Alaska beaches in past months is unprecedented in size, scope and duration; coincides with widespread deaths of other marine animals, from whales in the Gulf of Alaska to sea lions in California.
US Defense Department warned F-35 fighter jet plagued by problems that will complicate the most expensive weapons project in history. The warplanes will form the backbone of us military's future fighter fleet. Engineers uncovered numerous technical problems: software bugs, technical glitches, cost overruns, significant limitations for the F-35 in combat. Building the fighter jet before testing was finished caused difficulties, repeated repairs, redesign work, raising costs.
LANSING School and local government officials have filed a federal lawsuit to block a new Michigan law that restricts them from informing voters about ballot issues. Republican-backed law was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder; prohibits public money or resources from being used to disseminate information about local ballot measures through TV and radio ads, mass mailings or robocalls in the 60 days before an election.
The initial response of economic “conventional wisdom” to the slide in oil prices over the past 20 months—down from $110 per barrel in June 2014 to levels approaching $30—was that, whatever the impact on oil-exporting countries, it would aid the global economy because it would lift consumption and other spending. It has become increasingly clear that, far from providing a boost to the world economy, the precipitous drop in the oil price, together with other major industrial commodities, is symptomatic of deep recessionary trends.
High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires' disease potentially linked to Flint's water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails show. When he disclosed the spike in Legionnaires' cases on Jan. 13, Snyder said he had learned about it just a couple of days earlier. But emails obtained by Progress Michigan through public-records requests show Snyder's own office was aware of the outbreak since last March.
An international team of hackers, who were exposed in November by Russian special police services, managed to infiltrate the world’s biggest payment systems including VISA and MasterCard, a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs said Thursday.
Denmark has publicly acknowledged for the first time that in June 2013 a US plane was waiting in a Copenhagen airport to extradite NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US. At the time he was stranded in a Moscow airport.
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