(NaturalNews) A new law proposed by the European Commission would make it illegal to “grow, reproduce or trade” any vegetable seeds that have not been “tested, approved and accepted” by a new EU bureaucracy named the “EU Plant Variety Agency.”
It’s called the Plant Reproductive Material Law, and it attempts to put the government in charge of virtually all plants and seeds. Home gardeners who grow their own plants from non-regulated seeds [...]
29 APRIL 2013 - As of 29 April 2013 (16:30CET), the National Health and Family Planning Commission, China notified WHO of an additional 17 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
The patients include:
a 38-year-old man from Zhejiang province who became ill on 18 April 2013;
an 80-year-old man from Fujian province who became ill on 17 April 2013;
an 80-year-old man from Jiangxi province who became ill on 21 April [...]
AS FOUNDER of a new Eurosceptic party, Bernd Lucke, an economics professor, is among the most controversial figures in Germany. The website of his Alternative for Germany party went online this month. Its first gathering is in April, and it has until the summer to collect up to 2,000 signatures in each of Germany’s 16 states in order to get on the ballot for the federal election in September.
Supported by [...]
At the National People’s Congress, China announced some government restructuring plans.
The number of cabinet ministries were cut to 25, the biggest reduction in ministries since 1998, according to Societe Generale’s Wei Yao.
The Ministry of Railways is being split into two parts, the administrative functions will now be merged with the Ministry of Transport, while the part that deals with construction will be changed into something like a state owned enterprise [...]
Under their new collective bargaining agreement, Transportation Security Administration officers get to spend more taxpayer money on their uniforms every year than a United States Marine Corps lieutenant can spend in a lifetime.
“TSA employees will see their uniform allowances nearly double to $446 per year,” the House Transportation Committee noted in a press release on the TSA’s new collective bargaining agreement. “By comparison, a combat Marine Lieutenant receives a one-time uniform allowance of $400. [...]
The Obama administration is creating an advisory committee on climate change to advise the federal government on future operations.
The Interior Department announced the new bureaucracy in a recent federal registry notice along with a call for nominations by Nov. 19 to seat the 25-member board.
The notice specifically states membership will be comprised of state and local government employees, non-governmental organizations, Native American tribes, academia, individual landowners and business interests.
“In addition, [...]
The author is the former deputy commissioner for the Center for Employment and Economic Supports (CEES) in New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. In that role he was responsible for policy development, federal, state and local relations, and oversight of many of New York’s major income support programs, including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant to states and Welfare to Work Programs.
The federal welfare [...]
How can one combine professional life with the advancement of liberty? Of course it is presumptuous to offer a definitive answer since all jobs and careers in the market economy are subject to the forces of the division of labor. Because a person focuses on one task doesn’t mean that he or she isn’t great at many tasks; it means only that the highest productive gains for everyone come [...]
Presently in America, nearly half of all households receive either a salary or substantial benefits from the government. Presently in America, nearly half of all adults pay no federal income taxes.
Presently in America, the half that pays no income taxes receives the bulk of their income courtesy of the government, but ultimately from the half that do.
This money is extracted involuntarily from the paying half by a permanent bureaucracy [...]
Richard E. Ralston
May 20, 2012
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has gone to court to prevent the Colorado-based firm Regenerative Sciences from using stem cells developed in one part of your body (bone marrow) to repair damage in other parts of your body, such as joints. The FDA objects to the fact that these cells are chemicals, the use of which they have the power to regulate even though the [...]
One way to tackle Big Money’s role in the political system would be to better regulate corporate political spending. Right now, big corporations can engage in widespread political spending and hide much of it behind opaque bureaucracy. Activists are calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to issue rules that would govern this spending. One way to do this would be to require publicly traded corporations to disclose their political spending.
The Corporate [...]
From Zero Hedge:
A week ago, when reading between the lines of what had been considered an inevitable USPS episode of austerity — in which hundreds of thousands of labor union workers would lose their jobs, but in the process would streamline a thoroughly outdated and inefficient U.S. Postal Office bureaucracy — we asked if a U.S. Postal Service bailout was imminent, focusing on the following:
“Enter Ron Bloom, Lazard, and the [...]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There’s a new breach in China’s great cultural wall and Hollywood is cautiously moving in.
Disney’s announcement Monday that it will make “Iron Man 3″ in partnership with a Chinese company is the latest sign that movie studios are warming to China’s new openness.
For decades, China has capped the number of foreign films it allows into the country. Until recently, the limit was 20, but in February Chinese [...]
Update 2: As of seconds ago, the auction has been removed from Ebay. Bavaria Sachs must have gotten wind, and after realizing someone would sneak away its latest colonial acquisition for a few thousand bucks, complained to John Donahoe
Update: looks like GETCO or some crazy BATS algo has been unleashed on the auction. Either that, or Brian Sack has found a calm, quiet, non-extradition venue where he will not be [...]
The biggest paper consumer in the world is Belgium, thanks to EU bureaucracy
These days we communicate most of the time by email and text, receive statements online and fax machines are already a thing of the past – yet global paper consumption since 1980 has gone up by almost half.
The worst offenders are the Belgians, with the equivalent of 8.51 40-foot trees worth of paper being consumed by each member [...]
by Mark Mix
Dear Concerned American:
The Obama bureaucracy is out of control, and I need your help to stop it.
The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows Congress to overturn outrageous regulations like the bureaucratic power grabs rammed through the Obama Labor Board.
S.J. Res. 36 is a Joint Resolution of Disapproval that would prevent implementation of the NLRB’s “ambush” election rules.
You see, this proposal would diminish employees’ ability to make a fully informed decision [...]
by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds
This Is Small Business in America: Burdened, Crushed, Doomed
If you make it increasingly costly and risky to open a small enterprise, then no wonder unemployment remains high.
You hear a lot about Kafkaesque stifling bureaucracy in Greece and other struggling European nations, but America’s Status Quo is trying its best to destroy small enterprise with taxes and crushing bureaucracy. I am self-employed, and have been [...]
by Joe Weisenthal
It’s stories like these that make you think: Wow, perhaps Greece really does have some major reforms it can do.
Ektahimerini has a story on what it takes to open an online store in Greece.
It focuses on Fotis Antonopoulos, the co-founder of olive oil site Oliveshop.com.
There’s months and months of bureaucracy, and paperwork and all that, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“Most stores begin operating after receiving only the approval [...]
Dear Loyal Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker,
You are not going to believe this one!
A Democratic appointed judge that was supported by AFL-CIO South Federation of Labor and the Madison Teachers Union has denied Gov. Scott Walker the time to verify the recall petitions submitted by the unions and liberal left that are trying to oust him. He essentially ruled that the Recall was inevitable and that we should not waste time actually [...]
by Simon Black of Sovereign Man
Look What I Got For Three Hours, Six Security Checkpoints, And $82…
If you’ve followed this letter for any length of time, you know that I
tend to roam around the world with great frequency; we’ll typically
have these conversations across 40 to 60 countries in 6 continents over a
Lots of international travel means lots of silly stamps, seals, and
stickers to fill up the visa pages in [...]
by Sultan Knish
“We can’t just leave it up to the parents,” Michelle Obama
We live in a golden age. A wondrous era where the government compels us to buy health insurance, whether we need it or not. And whether we want to or not. Where the First Lady is no longer in charge of the White House’s meals, but of our meals. Where wise and generous czars [...]
by David Galland from Casey Research
David Galland: The System Is Coming Unglued
Our video host Stefan Molyneux speaks with Casey Research Managing Director David Galland about the debt situation in the US and whether the federal government can do anything about it… assuming they’d even want to.
David Galland – We’re Living in a Degraded Democracy
Stefan: Hi everybody, it’s Stefan Molyneux, host of Conversations with Casey. I have on the line David [...]
Aren’t you glad that Obama is once again going to “pivot” and focus on jobs now?
He might want to start by reigning in his runaway bureaucracy who are more concerned about carving out fiefdoms than in getting out of the way of job creation:
While Congress was focused on increasing the debt limit and giving Americans the impression that they were actually working towards reducing our [...]
They passed it, and now we are finding out what is in it. For over a year now experts have been painstakingly poring through the 2500+ pages of legislation and mandates created in The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) and The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HR 4872) and the debate continues on whether to repeal or fix it. As the [...]
By Pete Kasperowicz
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Friday rejected the assertion from Democrats that the vast majority of Americans support higher taxes as a way out of the government’s looming fiscal crisis.
President Obama made that assertion in a Friday press conference, and it was repeated by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) in a discussion with Cantor on the House floor. Hoyer cited [...]
The Libyan rebels are running out of money, but the Obama administration and Congress can’t get their act together to provide urgently needed help to those fighting against Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi, according to the rebel’s top envoy in Washington.
In a nondescript office building in northwest Washington, Ali Aujali, the U.S. representative of Libya’s Benghazi-based Transitional National Council (TNC), sits behind an empty desk in a bare office. Once Qaddafi’s [...]
by Doug Casey of Casey Research
Insider Trading: “You Can’t Regulate Uncertainty”
On May 11, hedge fund billionaire Raj Rajaratnam was found guilty by a federal jury of engaging in a seven-year conspiracy to trade on illegal tips from corporate executives, bankers, and consultants. In a Conversations with Casey interview with Senior Analyst Louis James, here are Doug’s no-holds-barred musings on insider trading and the SEC.
Louis James: So, Doug, [...]
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, has one question for the U.S. Mint: why is there a coin shortage?
He is aiming to get to the bottom of this during a scheduled April 7 hearing of his U.S. House Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy to examine the bullion programs at the U.S. Mint.
“We are going to try and find out what the Mint has done so they can give us [...]
About 45% of the cost of our healthcare goes to paper work. This is why you never see an rn if you are a patient
They are too busy doing paper work. When i say the healthcare is better elsewhere i am speaking about individual hospitals not whole country systems. As an example the health care in india is a pay as you go system only 15% of india’s population [...]
“The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace, and conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country.
Corporations have been enthroned, an era [...]