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Give Everyone a Raise through Payroll Tax Cuts

October 1, 2017 cody 0

Republicans are just getting started with their effort to reform individual and corporate taxes, but already it is possible to see warning signs ahead. Opponents of reform say the effort will mainly benefit high-income households, who don’t …

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Ethereum Price Weekly Analysis – ETH/USD Remains Supported

October 1, 2017 Aayush Jindal 0

Key Highlights ETH price moved to and fro above the $250 level this past week against the US Dollar. There is a crucial ascending channel forming with support at $282 on the 4-hours chart of ETH/USD (data feed via SimpleFX). The pair might correct a few points towards $285-280, but it remains supported on the … Continue reading Ethereum Price Weekly Analysis – ETH/USD Remains Supported

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Bitcoin Price Weekly Analysis – BTC/USD Remains in Uptrend

October 1, 2017 Aayush Jindal 0

Key Points Bitcoin price has recovered well and broke the $4000 resistance against the US Dollar. There is a crucial ascending channel forming with support at $4250 on the 4-hours chart of BTC/USD (data feed from SimpleFX). The pair is gaining momentum and about to break the $4350 resistance. Bitcoin price is back in the … Continue reading Bitcoin Price Weekly Analysis – BTC/USD Remains in Uptrend

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Mutabbaq

Every country has street food that it is known for and today’s dish is one of Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s most famous street food known as mutabbaq. It originated in the area known as Al-Hejaz, located in the western part of today’s Saudi Arabia. After living in Saudi Arabia for almost four years, I can confidently say that this is the dish I miss the most! The crispy dough and meaty filling are the perfect late night snack after a long day. Mutabbaq has also spread around Southeast Asia, where it is called murtabak, it can be found all over Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei. Made with either a savoury or sweet filling, this dish is delicious! The name mutabbaq […]

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Erasing academic freedom in America by Congressional legislation

Senator Chuck Schumer’s plaintive lament before the US Senate decrying the supposedly despicable practice of criticising Israel under the guise of anti-Zionism moves inexorably closer to fulfilment. The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act has passed through the Senate unanimously. Shumer’s presentation of his case is classic Hasbara; propaganda disguised as empathy. His emotional appeal casts the Jews as victims of anti-Semitism even when critics of Israel target Zionism and not Jews per se. “Anti-Semitism… has been used throughout history when Jewish people are judged and measured by one standard and the rest by another,” he explains. As an example of historic anti-Semitism, Schumer claims that Jews could not farm “when everyone else was allowed to.” When, though, were the Jews not allowed […]

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Catalans gather to vote in referendum banned by Spain

October 1, 2017 rbksa 0
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BARCELONA: Thousands of Catalans gathered at designated polling stations on Sunday morning as they sought to defy Spanish authorities by voting in a banned independence referendum that has raised fears of unrest in the wealthy northeastern region.
The referendum, declared illegal by Spain’s central government, has thrown the country into its worst constitutional crisis in decades and raised fears of street violence as a test of will between Madrid and Barcelona plays out.
Civil Guard national police also streamed in a convoy through the streets of Barcelona in the early morning, but at dawn there was no sign of either national or Catalan police enforcing a court order to lock down the polling stations.
At some stations, voters blocked doors in anticipation that police could try to enter and take over the sites. At one, a Barcelona school, organizers asked people to use passive resistance if police intervened.
“I have got up early because my country needs me,” said Eulalia Espinal, a 65-year-old pensioner who started queuing with around 100 others outside one polling station, a Barcelona school, in rain at about 5am.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen but we have to be here,” she said.
Organizers had asked voters to turn out hours before polling stations were supposed to open at 9am, and called for “massive” crowds by 730am, hoping for this to be the world’s first image of voting day.
Leading up to the referendum, Spanish police arrested Catalan officials, seized campaigning leaflets, sealed off many of the 2,300 schools designated as polling stations and occupied the Catalan government’s communications hub.
But Catalan leaders, backed by pro-independence supporters, have refused to abandon their plans. Families have occupied scores of schools earmarked as voting centers, sleeping overnight in an attempt to prevent police from sealing them off.
If some voting goes ahead, a “yes” result is likely, given that many unionists are not expected to turn out.
“If I can’t vote, I want to turn out in the streets and say sincerely that we want to vote,” said independence supporter Jose Miro, a 60-year-old schools inspector.
Only the Catalan police, or Mossos d’Esquadra, have so far been monitoring polling stations. They are held in affection by Catalans, especially after they hunted down Islamists accused of staging deadly attacks in the region in August.
Pro-independence Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont originally said that if the “yes” vote won, the Catalan government would declare independence within 48 hours, but regional leaders have since acknowledged Madrid’s crackdown has undermined the vote.
Markets have reacted cautiously but calmly to the situation so far, though credit rating agency S&P said on Friday that protracted tensions in Catalonia could hurt Spain’s economic outlook. The region accounts for about a fifth of the economy.
The ballot will have no legal status as it has been blocked by Spain’s Constitutional Court, and Madrid has the ultimate power under its 1978 charter to suspend the regional government’s authority to rule if it declares independence.
The Madrid government, which has sent thousands of police to Catalonia to enforce a court ban on the vote, believes it has done enough to prevent any meaningful referendum taking place.
Farmers have used tractors to guard polling stations in 30 Catalan towns, according to Spanish media reports. They included one at a sports center in Sant Julia de Ramis, near Girona, where Puigdemont was scheduled to vote later.
At other polling centers, activists carried away schools’ iron gates to make it harder to seal them off.
A minority of around 40 percent of Catalans support independence, polls show, although a majority want to hold a referendum on the issue. The region of 7.5 million people has an economy larger than that of Portugal.

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Markets Update: Bitcoin Prices See Some Uptrend During the Weekend

October 1, 2017 Jamie Redman 0

Markets Update: Bitcoin Prices See Some Uptrend During the WeekendThe price of bitcoin has been trending higher since our last markets update and is currently hovering around the $4,275 – $4,295 zone on September 30 at 11:00 pm EDT. The decentralized cryptocurrency has climbed roughly 2 percent on a daily basis over the course of last week as buyers steadily chew through market resistance. […]

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