President Obama said his fellow Democrats should "be proud" of their efforts to pass Obamacare. That would include its effects of canceling plans, cutting workers' hours, raising premiums and losing doctors.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged to intensify austerity measures against the working class, implement Responsibility Pact. Package of social cuts. €50 billion in spending cuts, €20 billion corporate tax breaks, €10 billion in cuts to employers’ contributions to family benefits.
Putin ordered “Project Double Eagle,” will cause all global energy supplies to be purchased in gold, ends US Dollar as global reverse currency collapsing U. S.and E. U. economies. E U warned it will cost them $215 billion to stop Russian gas imports. Russian gold holdings raised to over 12,500 tonnes.
Iran, Russia progress towards oil-for-goods deal worth $20 billion. Oil exchanged for industrial goods, metals, food, no military equipment. Enable Tehran to boost exports in defiance of sanctions. White House: deal raises "serious concerns" inconsistent with nuclear talks between world powers, Iran.
"Monetary Blockade Of Russia Begins: JPMorgan Blocks Russian Money Transfer "Under Pretext" Of Sanctions." Russian foreign ministry: JPM decision absolutely unacceptable, illegal and absurd. Russian threat to retaliate over JPMorgan block.
Swiss government: Russian officials sanctioned by the European Union will be barred from new business interests in Switzerland but billionaires included on the United States sanctions list face no restrictions. Switzerland decided last week against imposing its own sanctions.
North Carolina Department of Transportation board members will hear a presentation Wednesday on a proposal to tax people based on the number of miles they drive. The proposal would be to charge .5-cents-per-mile for cars, which would generate almost $500 million in annual state revenue.
Ukraine’s coup regime approved IMF austerity plan, hits Ukraine’s “99 percent” hardest slashing subsidies for heat, gutting pensions and devaluing the currency to make everyday goods more expensive. Asks little from the country’s “1 percent.
An award-winning teacher from Tennessee alleges she was forced to resign from her post at Red Bank High School after taking a student to the emergency room and paying the charges. Stacey Stewart, assistant superintendent of human resources for the district: It’s a liability issue.
Russia has warned Ukraine against integration with NATO, as Kiev approves a series of joint drills with the Western military alliance.“(Past attempts) led to a freezing of Russian-Ukrainian political contacts.
Google: small ingestible microchip allows access to insurance companies, government agencies, personal information, bank account, tracking capability, even control our minds. Health Care (Obamacare) law requires RFID chip implanted in all of us by 2017.
Greek lawmakers have adopted a bill calling for stricter austerity measures despite continued protest rallies against government’s policies. bill will unlock 11.7 billion dollars for Greece, signing away the banking system, abolishing labor rights and public insurance system. Wages and pensions cut.
California Senator Leland Yee charged with, bribery, corruption, gun running. Conspired with organized crime lord Kwok Cheung “Shrimp Boy” Chow to illegally import firearms sell without license. $2 million of weapons secreted into country from Philippines: rocket launchers, machine guns, sent to Africa.
Deliveries of natural gas from Russia to European Union "have no reasonable alternative," German Vice Chancellor, Minister of Economics and Energy Sigmar Gabriel. Often concluded there are other possibilities, it is not so, Angela Merkel called for "reducing dependence" of energy supplies from Russia.
Ukrainian parliament adopted -crisis bill proposed by IMF to secure financial aid. Pension cut by 50%, income tax, tax new cars, motorcycles with engine capacity exceeding 0.5 liters doubled. Alcohol, tobacco taxes up 39 percent. Reduce personnel in law enforcement. No plan to raise minimum wages.
The court unanimously ruled to annul a decision, previously passed by the Technical Committee on National Security (CTNBio), that would have allowed Bayer’s transgenic, GMO corn, called Liberty Link, to infiltrate the agricultural landscape of the country.
Heinz called to task over “all natural” claim on its bottles of white vinegar. Plaintiff Debbie Banafsheha: Heinz Distilled White Vinegar can’t be considered natural because it’s made with GMO corn. Heinz doesn’t say its vinegar is made with non-GMO corn, claims the ingredients are “all natural.
City officials announced shut off water service to 154,000 households, which are overdue on their bill payments. Detroit News, hailed the initiative in editorial, “Water cut-offs send to notice to scofflaws. Notices sent to “delinquent” customers—more than half of the city’s residential accounts.
India is ready to pay Iran in euros rather than rupees for crude oil imports after an Iranian official recently said Tehran prefers euro payment. India is among Asia’s major importers of energy, and relies on the Islamic Republic to satisfy a portion of its energy requirements.
Ukraine is raising the price of gas for domestic consumers by more than 50 per cent from May 1 and will implement further rises under a fixed timetable. Unpopular with Ukrainians used to subsidised gas prices from Soviet era, response to demands by the International Monetary Fund.
Auroracoin is among the first serious attempts to use a new Bitcoin-inspired crypto-currency to save a flailing European economy. Based off of Litecoin, itself an alternative to Bitcoin, launched in February, distributed to the 330,000 citizens on March 25. Each citizen allowed to claim a total of 31.8 Auroracoin.
Melissa Battles signed up for an Obamacare insurance got a job which offered her health insurance went back to the company she selected on Healthcare.gov told them she wanted out of her plan. But no procedure on the website to allow people to cancel a plan. Woman spends SIX WEEKS trying to UNenroll from ObamaCare
Ukrainian authorities plan to attract US private military company Greystone Limited to suppress protest moods of the mostly Russian-speaking population in the east of the country. Mercenaries will be engaged in political search and protection of state security to curb leaders, activists of pro-Russian movement.
GMO food label bill passed by the House awaits a final O.K. by the Senate. Dairy would be excluded from the bill, currently there is no GMO dairy in Vermont. Monsanto legal challenge could end up costing state $5 million, potential reimbursement for a victorious plaintiff – Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta.
Yulia Tymoshenko says Ukrainians must take up arms against Russians “so that not even scorched earth will be left where Russia stands.”The former Ukrainian prime minister charged with corruption accused of misspending 500 million in connection with sale of carbon emission rights under Kyoto Protocol.
NYT reports in “Spike in Harm to Liver Is Tied to Dietary Aids. Takes aim at the supplement industry, pointing out that it lacks government regulations in the same manner that drugs do. Doesn’t discuss what accounts for 80% of drug-related injuries, drugs like Tylenol.
After investing $1 billion in behavior detection techniques and training to read body language since 2007, Transportation Security Administration has little to show for its efforts. Government Accountability Office, found it to be ineffective and recommended cutting its funding.
Israeli diplomats launched an unprecedented strike on Sunday, forcing the complete closure of embassies around the world as they escalated a over pay dispute. Will close all of Israel's 102 missions abroad, paralyzing most diplomatic work with other countries, United Nations, not possible to submit complaints.
Following China’s unwillingness to vote against Russia at the UN and yesterday’s news that China will sue Ukraine for $3bn loan repayment, it seems Russia is returning the favor. The Chief Economist of Russia’s largest bank stated that “China’s Yuan may become the third reserve currency in the in the future.”
Russia threatened to dump its U.S. treasuries if America imposed sanctions over Crimea. if Russia accepts payment for oil, gas in currency other than dollar, gold, Euro Ruble, Rupee, anything else U.S. petrodollar system collapses: main pillars of U.S. power is petrodollar, U.S desperate to maintain status.
Smoke over oil palm plantations mixed with industrial pollution, car exhaust fumes and ash. Communities evacuated people advised to stay indoors, transport disrupted, 50,000 treated for asthma, bronchitis, respiratory illnesses, schools closed. threatens food production, tourism, economy, climate change.
An anti-austerity demonstration that drew tens of thousands of people from across Spain to central Madrid has turned violent as protesters clashed with security forces. Police attacked the protesters, who hurled bottles and other objects, and beat them back with batons. Police vehicle and a bank were damaged.
Chicago Democrat who controls the Illinois House proposed a tax on millionaires Thursday to fund the state's financially strapped education system. Amendment to tack a 3 percent surcharge onto incomes over $1 million, which he said would raise $1 billion a year for elementary and secondary education.
Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa ordered Monsanto to withdraw its ads on local radio in which the company boasts the benefits of GM crops, including a “healthier environment” and more food sustainably. According to the ASA, the claims made of genetically engineered crops are unsubstantiated.
Russians abroad attempting to use their Visa/Mastercard debit or credit cards transactions declined for retail purchases with cards issued through one of four Russian banks have been forced to find alternative means of payment. No notice was given by either company that cards would be declined.
Moscow natural gas supply deal with Chinat isclose after years of negotiations. Gazprom hopes to pump 38 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas per year to China from 2018 via the first pipeline between the world's largest producer of conventional gas to the largest consumer.
The issues for debate are supply and pricing of gas from Russia and the payment for over $2bn of existing debt owed. Ukraine expects gas prices to rise 40% as Russian discounts fade.
As law enforcement agencies across the United States begin obtaining large armored vehicles, pockets of resistance forming among some communities concerned with the trend. Residents worried about potential police militarization, questioning the need to spend so much money on armored vehicles.
Vladimir Putin has mocked US sanctions imposed on Russia, saying he will open an account at US-sanctioned Rossiya Bank. During a meeting with the country's senior security officials he added that he won’t introduce a visa regime with Ukraine. Said he will get his salary via the sanctioned bank.
Agro-giant, Syngenta, halted commercial sales of a new GMO corn strain due to lack of approval. This corn was to be ready for planting the first time this year, but now without overseas importer’s OK including Japan, Mexico and South Korea, not approved for China or European Union.
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