Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:03 UTC
Disgruntled customers, empty store shelves, long supermarket lines. These are the images that mainstream U.S. media typically feature in their coverage of Venezuela's ongoing food crisis.
These images are usually accompanied by sarcastic headlines like Forbes' "Venezuela Discovers the Perfect Weight Loss Diet" and the Cato Institute's "Hunger Is in Retreat, But Not in Socialist Venezuela."
U.S. media outlets publish stories blaming Venezuela's food crisis on the socialist government almost daily. Today isn't any different.
A new study released by researchers from three Venezuelan universities reported that nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of 19 pounds in 2016 for lack of food. The report, titled, "2016 Living Conditions Survey," added that about 32.5 percent of Venezuelans eat only once or twice a day, compared to 11.3 percent last year.
Moreover, 93.3 percent told the researchers that their income was not enough to cover their food needs.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:56 UTC
The Commons Home Affairs Committee is currently holding an inquiry into hate crime and its consequences.
In written evidence submitted to the inquiry, Thom Brooks, professor of law and government, says a "Hate Crime Offenders Register" would list those guilty of racist abuse or assault. Such an approach would send a "clear signal" about the severity of such offences, he said.
"Given increasing concern about hate crimes, there may be scope for parliament to consider establishing a Hate Crime Offenders Register along the lines of the Sex Offenders Register - and to similar effect.
"Anyone on a Hate Crime Offenders Register could be restricted from working with children and/or working in certain professions. This seems sensible, mirrors current policies in place and would help send a clearer signal of how serious these offences are," he added.
The difference between justice and social justice, and why the search for social justice continues to erode our freedoms
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:16 UTC
Allen recognized that justice required "equality before the law" and that freedom exists "only when it is for everyone." But she confused democracy — defined as progressives "build[ing] a distributed majority across the country, as is needed for electoral college victory" — with liberty, which is very different. Similarly, she replaced the traditional meaning of justice ("giving each his own," according to Cicero) with a version of "social justice" inconsistent with it. And her two primary examples of rights — "rights" to education and health care — were inconsistent with both liberty for all and justice for all.
Americans cannot have both liberty and this type of social justice — under whose aegis one can assert rights to be provided education and health care, not to mention food, housing, etc. Positive rights to receive such things, absent an obligation to earn them, must violate others' liberty, because a government must take citizens' resources without their consent to fund them. Providing such government benefits for some forcibly violates others' rights to themselves and their property.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:13 UTC
Newly-released data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) on nationwide overdose-related deaths indicate that such fatalities are increasing at a rapid pace, jumping from 38,329 in 2010 to 47,055 in 2014, then to 52,404 by 2015, a 27 percent increase in five years.
Heroin deaths quadrupled in that time period, going from 3,036 in 2010, an 8 percent share of all overdose-related deaths, to 12,989 in 2015, a 24.3 percent share of all overdose-involved fatalities, the NCHS found.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:03 UTC
The case was heard at Guildford Crown Court in the UK, Diane Chilcott, 39, used her home as a base by which to ply the teenage girls with alcohol before she and one of the other men, named Daniel Pusey drove them to hotel rooms at the chain, Travelodge.
The foursome stood in the dock accused of continuing to traffic "vulnerable" victims after 20-year-old Pusey was arrested in bed with a 13-year-old girl.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:52 UTC
The Oceti Sakowin camp was completely emptied shortly after 2:00pm local time (8:00pm GMT), the Morton County Sheriff's Department said, as cited by Reuters.
About 50 police in riot gear, aided by members of the National Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers, entered the site.
At least 47 people were arrested, department spokeswoman Maxine Herr said.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:57 UTC
Nazim Miyan, who had been thrown out of his home due to substance abuse, had been living in a shed the same locality. He was not social, so people seldom checked on him. However, a few days ago, his mother walked in on him while he was devouring the flesh of the boy he had apparently kidnapped and murdered.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:24 UTC
Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin, who proposed the resolution, cited Trump's business holdings as the reason for congressional investigation.
In her statement, McLaughlin says Congress should investigate the president, saying, "Due to the worldwide financial benefits of President Trump, he is in violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause and the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution."
"Ordinarily, it would be odd to be talking about the—well, everything about this administration is odd," Councilmember Jael Myrick, who voted for the resolution, said, according to Democracy Now. "But it would be odd to be talking about the impeachment of a president only a month into his term. Unfortunately, with this president, it's oddly appropriate."
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:24 UTC
A report by the Times claims Al-Harith, originally named Ronald Fiddler, was part of an extensive network of radicals in Manchester.
He appears to have developed relationships with various young extremists between leaving Guantanamo Bay in 2004 and traveling to Syria in 2014.
He was killed on Monday, when he drove an explosives-packed pickup truck into an Iraqi army base south of Mosul, in northern Iraq.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:04 UTC
Residents of the township of Atteridgeville were blocked from going to work after protesters threw rocks and burned tires, News24 reported. Police spokesperson Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said they had received reports of several shops being looted, but had yet to confirm the incidents.