“The paper used to produce newspapers came under government control in Argentina on Thursday, in a long-sought victory for President Cristina Fernandez in her dispute with the country’s opposition media.
Argentina’s senate, which is controlled by Fernandez’s allies, voted 41-26 to control newsprint’s manufacture, sale and distribution to media friends and foes alike.
Newsprint has been a key issue in the never-ending battles between the government and opposition newspapers. Since the early days of the 1976-1983 dictatorship, Argentina’s only newsprint provider is Papel Prensa, a joint venture majority-owned by its dominant newspapers, Clarin and La Nacion. The government has been a minority shareholder.
Vice President Amadou Boudou said the law “will improve the quality of information and the plurality of opinions in Argentina.””
Via AP News
“Biking, running, or even walking in the town of Hull, Wisc., without official government permission could soon become an “illegal” offense. The Stevens Point Journal reports that a public safety committee in Hull is working towards mandating that all non-automobile travelers who plan to use public roadways or streets in Hull first register their “travel plans” with town officials before being allowed to use them.
The highly restrictive proposal, which many are rightly dubbing an illegal and unconstitutional violation of individual liberty, is a response to supposed accidents and other road safety issues that are allegedly on the rise as a result of increased road usage by bikers, runners, and pedestrians. However, records show that, since 2008, there has not been a single accident in Hull that involved a biker or pedestrian.”
Via Natural News
“For millions of American families, there will be no Christmas this year. The sad truth is that an increasing number of families simply do not have money for Christmas presents or any other luxuries right now. The number of Americans that fell into poverty set a new all-time record last year and extreme poverty is at the highest level ever measured in the United States. This Christmas, a lot of American families will be deciding whether to spend the little money that they do have on food, heat or medicine. All over America, the poor are getting poorer and each year the economic pain seems to get even worse. But there are also many American families that will have no Christmas this year for other reasons. Some are just sick and tired of all of the materialism that is involved in Christmas. Others are trying to be “politically correct” and don’t want to offend anyone. There are even a growing number of Americans that are Christians but that believe that Christians should not celebrate Christmas for spiritual reasons. Once upon a time, Christmas was pretty much considered to be a nearly universal holiday in the United States, but that just is not the case anymore. There are millions upon millions of Americans that simply will not be celebrating Christmas at all this year.”
“Can you hear that? It almost sounds like a little bit of peace and quiet. This year, the holiday season has been fairly uneventful, and for that we should be very grateful. But it isn’t going to last long. 2012 is going to be a much more difficult year for the U.S. economy and the global financial system than 2011 has been. So if things are going well for you right now, enjoy this little bubble of peace and tranquility while you can. Because while things may look calm on the surface right now, the truth is that this is a very scary Christmas for financial professionals and world leaders. Most of them know how fragile the global financial system is at the moment. Most of them know that we are living in the greatest bubble of debt, leverage and financial risk that the world has ever seen. As I wrote about the other day, world leaders would not be throwing huge bailouts around like crazy if everything was going to be just fine. The truth is that we are rapidly approaching another financial crisis that may end up being even worse than the horrific crash of 2008.”
“Both Marx and Mises agree that what we call the middle class was a new creation in the history of the world, and it was brought about by capitalism. The caste chasms that once persisted between the peasants and the lords, those privileged by title and land grants and those fated to serve them, were melted away by the advent of commercial society. Universal possession of property and money replaced servitude and barter, and exchange relationships of people’s own choosing gradually replaced the required lifetime associations of birth and happenstance. The distinguishing mark of this new middle class was the prospect of social advance through rising prosperity. Fluid classes replaced fixed castes.
This was the world that serves as the backdrop to the tales of the Brothers Grimm.
A great example of this is the very short story called “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” A cobbler and his wife worked very hard at their craft, making shoes all day. But leather was expensive, and no matter how hard they worked, they could not put their business in the black. They were selling some shoes, but they couldn’t make enough fast enough. They were getting poorer, rather than richer.”
“Gov. Scott Walker has been named “Governor of the Year” by Governors Journal.
As cited by Governors Journal, Gov. Walker “has dominated the political debate on both sides. Defining the issues. He is cited by both Democrats and Republicans as the best of example of what is wrong, or what is right with a conservative approach to government. Although they will never admit it, many Democratic governors are different from Walker only in a matter of degrees.”
FOX6′s Mike Lowe sat down for a one-on-one interview with Gov. Walker on Friday to look back on 2011 as a whole. “It certainly was surreal, no doubt about that. I certainly never would have dreamed about the kind of national attention, I just came in like a small business owner. I saw a problem, tried to fix it,” said Gov. Walker.”
Via Before It’s News
Eat that recall
“Just as in nature, the economic world has its own bloodsucking vermin in the form of banking elites which are a wretched drain on the whole of the human race. Without their vicious and predatory presence, I envision a world so rapturously above and beyond what we wallow in today that it is impossible to describe. The disgust many feel when considering the virulent feeding habits of the common mosquito or the slithering leech does nothing to compare to the utter gut churning revulsion I feel when studying the financial habits of banks like the Federal Reserve and the “too big to fails”. They are without a doubt the most malignant form of social cancer imaginable. “
“Vice President Joe Biden has been taking heat this week for a controversial Newsweek interview, in which he said ‘the Taliban per se is not our enemy.’ But one group welcoming the Veep’s comments? The Taliban themselves. Reached by The Daily Beast in Afghanistan, several senior Taliban leaders say they saw the comment as a positive sign. ‘Biden’s statement shows that the U.S. is finally seeing us after 10 years of war with a cool head, not with emotion and cries for revenge that drove the US after 9/11,’ says Khazi Habibullah Fauzi, who served as the Taliban’s charge d’affaires in Saudi Arabia before the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.”
Via The Daily Beast