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Submission + - Swiss town denies passport to Dutch vegan because she is 'too annoying' (yahoo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Yahoo News reports, "A Dutch vegan who applied for a Swiss passport has had her application rejected because the locals found her too annoying. . . Ms Holten, a vegan and animal rights activist, has campaigned against the use of cowbells in the village and her actions have annoyed the locals. The resident’s committee argued that if she does not accept Swiss traditions and the Swiss way of life, she should not be able to become an official national. . . Ms Holten, who describes herself as a freelance journalist, model and drama student, has also campaigned against a number of other Swiss traditions like hunting, pig races and the noisy church bells in town. She was previously rejected for citizenship in 2015 after residents voted to block her initial application.""

Comment Re:Yes. Yes it is. (Score 1) 534

So you mean to tell me that you didn't go so far as drilling down into the methodology section by country? If you had you would have found the (i) link to this document in Sweden's row noted as "New Income Definition Since 2012":


TRR: current transfers received, including transfers from social security (including accident and disability benefits, old-age cash benefits, unemployment benefits, maternity allowances, child and/or family allowances, all income-tested and means-tested benefits that are part of social assistance, including quasi-cash transfers given for a specific purpose such as food stamps); transfers from employment related social insurance; as well as cash transfers from both non-profit institutions and other households.

TRP: current transfers paid, including direct taxes on income and wealth, social security contributions paid by households, contributions to employment-related social insurance, current transfers paid to both other households and non-profit institutions. Taxes on realised capital gains should be excluded from wealth taxes when possible. [Values for transfers paid should be reported in the OECD questionnaire with a negative sign].

And of course there are formula showing the addition of TRR components and subtraction of TRP components.


Comment Re:The single biggest failing.... (Score 1) 232

North Korea has made repeated public statements that for them an attack on the United States was inevitable. That is a matter of "when", not "if". They have repeated stated that their ICBMs and nuclear weapons only target the United States. They have repeated stated that they are at war with the US, and that the truce is off. The war is back on, but there hasn't been any shooting by the UN forces lead by the US, only by North Korean forces, including the recent border incursion by North Korea. I'm curious, . . . who were you thinking?

Submission + - Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America? (latimes.com) 1

schwit1 writes: The generous spending has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, some states — principally Wisconsin, Michigan, and Virginia — initiated welfare reform, as did the federal government under President Clinton and a Republican Congress. Tied together by a common thread of strong work requirements, these overhauls were a big success: Welfare rolls plummeted and millions of former aid recipients entered the labor force.

The state and local bureaucracies that implement California’s antipoverty programs, however, resisted pro-work reforms. In fact, California recipients of state aid receive a disproportionately large share of it in no-strings-attached cash disbursements. It’s as though welfare reform passed California by, leaving a dependency trap in place. Immigrants are falling into it: 55% of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits, compared with just 30% of natives.

Comment Re:Any bets? (Score 1) 95

The point of both was to obtain money. $400,000 is a pretty good haul for limited work. What do you think the average take was for wannacry? I doubt it was $400,000. I doubt laundering it will be a big challenge for North Korea, North Korea is a criminal enterprise in itself. It is possible they won't have to do much if they plug it back into criminal activity on the dark web.

Comment Re:Morons (Score -1, Troll) 359

Is that why it is the 6th largest economy in the world? I'll hang with the morons thank you very much.

In answer to your question, no, it isn't. California's economy is in spite of the current government, not because of it. That won't last forever. Practically the entire current California government and the infected 9th Circuit of the US Court of Appeals seems to be doing what they can to either destroy or damage prospects for the future.

Submission + - Armed US Agents Enter Warehouse in Puerto Rico, Seize Hoarded Electric Equipment (theintercept.com)

schwit1 writes: On Saturday, A day after becoming aware of a massive store of rebuilding materials being held by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the U.S. federal government — the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with their security detail — entered a Palo Seco warehouse owned by the public utility to claim and distribute the equipment, according to a spokesperson for the Corps.

Rumors of a tense standoff had been circulating on the island, but the encounter was confirmed to The Intercept in a statement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Asked if the federal officers were armed when they entered the warehouse, USACE spokesperson Luciano Vera said they were indeed accompanied by security detail and quickly began distributing the material after seizing it. Vera declined to say whether there was a confrontation at the entrance, saying only that PREPA officials ultimately toured the warehouse along with the feds:

The federal government “began distributing [supplies] to contractors,” Vera said, including hard-to-find full-tension steel sleeves, critical to rebuilding. “We obtained several hundred of these sleeves on Saturday,” Vera added.

The armed encounter comes as around half of Puerto Ricans still remain without electricity well over 100 days after Hurricane Maria. As PREPA hoards crucial resources that could help remedy the island’s dire situation, the Puerto Rican government is attempting to annihilate the power provider’s only regulator.

Comment Re:What did you THINK would happen? (Score 1) 428

I am never more in fear of my life than when I see a police officer, and that should not be the case.

You do understand that may be completely on you, don't you? Have you sought counseling? Are you engaged in criminal enterprises?

As said, a few bad apples spoils the barrel, and the barrel is not in a healthy state. The whole barrel needs to go.

Yes, that is the claim of some activists. It doesn't always work out the way it is expected to . .. or is the outcome exactly what is expected but unstated?

Baltimore Police Backed Away From a Community That Protested Against Them, and Guess What Happened?

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