Rights are at the very core of the American experience. Remove rights from the equation, and America is just one of countless countries—past and present—in which individuals possess nothing more than what those in power decide to give them or allow them to have.But what defines a right?
Westmore wrote in her ruling:"If a person cannot be compelled to provide a passcode because it is a testimonial communication, a person cannot be compelled to provide one's finger, thumb, iris, face, or other biometric feature to unlock that same device.The undersigned finds that a biometric feature is analogous to the 20 nonverbal, physiological responses elicited during a polygraph test, which are used to determine guilt or innocence, and are considered testimonial."
"If a person cannot be compelled to provide a passcode because it is a testimonial communication, a person cannot be compelled to provide one's finger, thumb, iris, face, or other biometric feature to unlock that same device.The undersigned finds that a biometric feature is analogous to the 20 nonverbal, physiological responses elicited during a polygraph test, which are used to determine guilt or innocence, and are considered testimonial."
The hospitals plan to make their own generic drugs, with the goal of lowering prices and eliminating shortages.
"We should not be punishing people for something that is no longer illegal," Gov. Inslee said. Washington is one of the states that legalized pot.
The politicians dragging the shutdown on are showing their true colors. This dysfunction is a tiny preview of what will happen when the real problems come home to roost.So here’s the truth: they are building a wall. And every single member of Congress is helping. But it’s not the wall you think…Behind that wall, the government is hiding the real crisis.Forget the $5 whatever billion dollars the government wants for the border wall.Instead, you should focus on the national debt – which is a problem 4,400 times bigger than the wall.And the collapse of Social Security is a problem 10,000 times bigger than the funding needed for the wall.So don’t be fooled by this dummy crisis the government is conjuring. That’s what they want.Just remember, if you rely on the government for anything, they’ll happily throw you under the bus to further their own agenda.
You thought 2016 and 2017 were bad? Let’s look back at this past year.
Shutdown teaches us that much of government is NOT essential.
More U.S. coal-fired power plants were shut in President Donald Trump’s first two years than were retired in the whole of Barack Obama’s first term, despite the Republican’s efforts to prop up the industry to keep a campaign promise to coal-mining states.
How did we get it so wrong? How could people with low vitamin D levels clearly suffer higher rates of so many diseases and yet not be helped by supplementation?As it turns out, a rogue band of researchers has had an explanation all along. And if they’re right, it means that once again we have been epically misled.These rebels argue that what made the people with high vitamin D levels so healthy was not the vitamin itself. That was just a marker. Their vitamin D levels were high because they were getting plenty of exposure to the thing that was really responsible for their good health—that big orange ball shining down from above.
The idea of McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King being served on silver platters seems a bit off, but let’s not forget that these are almost certainly lukewarm McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King meals being served on silver platters. It just doesn’t sound appetizing.
Windows 7 Extended Support ends on January 14 2020 for most users. In this video I explain the exact situation, including detailing the extended security updates announced by Microsoft in September 2018, which only cover a limited number of Windows 7 versions and licenses. I also discuss why nearly 40 per cent of PC users are still running Windows 7, and the choices they face.
Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth’s north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet’s core. The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move.On 15 January, they are set to update the World Magnetic Model, which describes the planet’s magnetic field and underlies all modern navigation, from the systems that steer ships at sea to Google Maps on smartphones.
Update, 9 January: The release of the World Magnetic Model has been postponed to 30 January due to the ongoing US government shutdown.
When water conducts electricity it is actually the ions (charged molecules or atoms) dissolved in the water that are the permitting it. In water, these ions are mobile, allowing for conduction, but because ice is a solid, the ions present are not mobile, making ice a very poor conductor.
Socialism’s popularity is reviving in America. A self-proclaimed socialist won the Democratic nomination for a congressional seat in the Bronx, and Democratic Socialist candidates are thriving in many areas of the nation. The Washington Post reported in July that it’s “been a good summer for the Democratic Socialists of America,” who have “never had more adherents or more clout.” The Democratic Socialists of America openly calls for the abolition of capitalism.It would be gratifying to Karl Marx, born 200 years ago in Trier, Germany. In a New York Times tribute headlined, “Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!” philosophy professor Jason Barker declared that “educated liberal opinion is today more or less unanimous in its agreement with Marx’s basic thesis” that capitalism is fatally flawed. But that presumption is true only if “educated liberal opinion” simply does not care about tyranny.
There were more than 14,000 certified organic farms in the United States in 2016, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This represents a 56% increase from 2011, the earliest comparable year. And while California remains king when it comes to the number of organic farms, several other states saw dramatic growth in organic farming over this time, particularly in the South.As the number of organic farms has increased, so too have sales of certified organic products: U.S. farms and ranches sold nearly $7.6 billion in certified organic goods in 2016, more than double the $3.5 billion in sales in 2011.Still, organic farming makes up a small share of U.S. farmland overall. There were 5 million certified organic acres of farmland in 2016, representing less than 1% of the 911 million acres of total farmland nationwide. Some states, however, had relatively large shares of organic farmland. Vermont’s 134,000 certified organic acres accounted for 11% of its total 1.25 million farm acres. California, Maine and New York followed in largest shares of organic acreage – in each, certified organic acres made up 4% of total farmland.
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All of this began with a premise that the government could centrally plan prosperity– that a tiny political elite could engineer wealth and efficient productivity while simultaneously providing an endless supply of free benefits to the constituents who keep them in power.This experiment in central planning has notoriously failed throughout history (and it bankrupted Venezuela in less than two decades).Yet we invariably see it rear its ugly head over and over again despite its dismal track record… especially in times when wealth and income inequality rise.Every time people feel like they’re getting screwed by the system… every time they feel like someone else has an unfair advantage, there are cries to seize assets, confiscate wealth, and centrally plan prosperity.We’re starting to see those calls rise again in the Land of the Free, where a whole spate of socialist-leaning candidates are coming out of the woodwork… including some presidential contenders.There are now 40 socialists in Congress, including the infamous 29-year old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who think it’s a great idea to centrally plan the economy, jack up tax rates to confiscatory levels and even nationalize certain private industries.
The article below was written by Zuzana Janosova Den Boer, who experienced Communist rule in Czechoslovakia before coming to Canada. She said, “Having recognized all-too familiar signs of the same propaganda in my adopted country of Canada, I felt obligated to write the article below ( I survived communism – are you ready for your turn?)– because I do not want my adopted country to suffer the same fate as the country from which I emigrated (Czechoslovakia).”
As we claim often here at PeakProsperity.com: Energy is everything.Will our global society be able to transtiton off of its extreme dependence on fossil fuels? And if so, can we do so without too much pain?Scott Tinker is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, and founder of the non-profit Switch Energy Alliance, which is dedicated to helping humanity address these key questions.Tinker remains confident a much better future energy-wise is possible; but will require a tremendous shift in behavoir, investment and technological innovation.In his eyes, society can make the transition. But will it? That's a lot less certain...
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Last Thursday, I published a Notes article saying I would use five-to-six figures of the money I saved last year in taxes to pay rent for furloughed government employees.And so far, the response has been amazing.We’ve already sent money out the door to help these people during the government shutdown.And we’ve also received some interesting feedback that gives us a bit more insight into what’s happening to the 800,000+ government employees affected by the shutdown.