Namibia has a big problem – foot and mouth disease infecting its cattle herds. Officials are confident they will push back the attack on their beef industry, and have enacted strict controls of movement of animals from one location to another within the country.
On September 1, a local newspaper reported that “the foot and mouth disease broke out in Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions in May and spread to other regions, such as Omusati, Oshana, Kunene and Kavango West.”
Animals can only be moved under strict regulations and permission from the department of veterinary services. This has resulted in farmers failing to sell meat to kapana (grilled beef) sellers at Oshakati, Ondangwa, Ongwediva, Omuthiya, Eenhana, Oshikango, Outapi, Okahao, Onesi, Tsandi and Ruacana.
The suspension of cattle movement has also severely affected traditional gatherings in the North such as weddings, funerals as well as other commemorations and celebrations where cattle, goats or sheep are usually slaughtered.
Many people are now forced to use either fish or chicken, sometimes against tradition.
Paul Anthony Gosar plans to skip the upcoming address to Congress by Pope Francis, the religious leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Gosar, representing Arizona’s 4th District in the House of Representatives, said the Pope has “adopted all of the socialist talking points, wrapped false science and ideology into ‘climate justice’ and is being presented to guilt people into leftist policies.” The Pope is expected to attend, despite Gosar’s opinion of him.
Gosar joins U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in adopting a strange aversion to his heritage. In Gosar’s case, he attended Creighton Jesuit University (the pope is also Jesuit) and the congressman has never renounced his Catholic Faith.
Do they make the grade coming from Nicaragua or Honduras? U.S. beef has eight grades: Prime, Choice, Select, Standard, Commercial, Utility, Cutter and Canner.
The total U.S. beef consumption last year was 24.1 billion pounds. The total beef production here was 24.3 billion pounds. That sounds about even to me. The amount we produce is the virtually the same as what we consume. End of story?
No! It’s just the sign of yet another example of how “free” trade and meaningless labels can hurt the American consumer.
Before 1950, you could buy Prime, Choice or Good grades of beef at your local grocer or butcher shop.. That year the government decided to combine Choice and Prime into one grade: Prime. Then Good grade, the lowest usually available then, was elevated to Choice.
A 52% increase in Medicare Part B premiums is anticipated next year for about 30% of all participants. Nearly everyone older than 65 is on Medicare, so this huge change will affect 12 million or more Americans.
And it’s all thanks to legislative changes by our politicians, who get virtually free healthcare for life. Most seniors (about 70%) will pay $104.90 a month, or, oddly, $147 monthly just for the first year.
The current Part B premium schedule follows. For those unaware of it, the premiums are based on how much you earn. The more you make in retirement income, the more you pay in premiums. If you make very little you pay no premiums.
If your yearly income in 2013 (for what you pay in 2015) monthly was:
File individual tax return
File joint tax return
File married & separate tax return
$85,000 or less
$170,000 or less
$85,000 or less
above $85,000 up to $107,000
above $170,000 up to $214,000
above $107,000 up to $160,000
above $214,000 up to $320,000
above $160,000 up to $214,000
above $320,000 up to $428,000
above $85,000 up to $129,000
The Medicare monthly premiums above are those without the rate hike.
With the planned 52% rate hike:
$146.90 jumps to $223 monthly, or $2,676 a year.
$209.80 jumps to $318 monthly, or $3,816 a year
$272.70 jumps to $414.20 monthly, or $4,970.40 a year
$335.70 jumps to $509.80 monthly, or $6,117.60 a year.
Iran’s wily President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday (August 29) that he opposes any parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers because terms of the agreement would turn into legal obligations if passed by lawmakers.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is in a frantic fit to convince everyone in America that Congress should vote and approve the one-sided deal, which allows Iran 24 days notice before investigating new sites of nuclear pact violations and turns off centrifuges, but does not destroy them.
Obama believes that we must implement payments of $150 billion or so to the terrorist Iranian regime, probably because he has been assured by advisers – some with Iranian connections – that such a surrender to Iran will somehow prevent war in the Middle East.
J Street, originally funded by billionaire George Soros, has endorsed the Obama Iran capitulation, which follows their past approval of Obama actions since their founding as the President took office in 2008. J Street’s official policy positions, as of March 2015, focus on the following strategies: