News of the Strange: Are Animals Fleeing Yellowstone in Anticipation of an Eruption??

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In one of the more freaky reports to come out lately is that animals, and particularly bison, are fleeing the vicinity of Yellowstone after the 4.8 earthquake we recently reported.  News.com AU reports…

DO they know something we don’t? Reports of animals fleeing Yellowstone has sparked concerns that the park’s supervolcano may be set to blow.

Yellowstone National Park was hit by a 4.8-magnitude earthquake on March 30, prompting fears it could trigger a cataclysmic eruption that would cover North America in ash.

The quake was the largest in the park since 1980, and part of a series of foreshocks and aftershocks that rattled the famous park.

Bloggers and survivalists have posted videos online they say show the park’s bison “running for their lives”, reports The Epoch Times.

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While conceding the animals could be running from hunters or other reasons, he says: “But I’ll tell you this, whatever the case may be, that their running away from Yellowstone is an alert of some sort.”

Ohio survivalist Tom Lupshu said the bison count for Yellowstone is down 25 per cent this northern winter, suggesting animals may be leaving the park because they sense an impending catastrophic volcanic eruption triggered by recent earthquakes.

“They detect something vast and deadly,” says Mr Lupshu of the wildlife on YouTube.

“The Yellowstone Super volcano is the only thing there that would fit the bill,” he says.

Of course, this could be all speculation, or even a strange April Fools prank, but given the recent uptick in earthquake activity, who knows?

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Michelle Obama Lowers Use of School Lunch Program, Students Refuse to Embrace the Suckage

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In a shocking turn, Michelle Obama, as democratic FLOTUS, has actually caused a decrease in participation in school lunch program!  While decreasing participation in an entitlement is completely antithetical to a democrat, this is really a case of the “law of unintended consequences.” 

But wait, there’s more! The Government Accountability Office (GAO) audited the program and found that more than 1 million children abandoned school lunches entirely.

Nationwide, student participation in the National School Lunch Program declined by 1.2 million students (or 3.7 percent) from school year 2010-2011 through school year 2012-2013, after having increased steadily for many years… State and local officials reported that the changes to lunch content and nutrition requirements, as well as other factors, influenced student participation.

The GAO also noted that 48 of 50 states faced challenges complying with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

The new standards led to kids throwing out their fruits and vegetables, student boycotts, higher lunch costs, and odd food pairings such as “cheese stick with shrimp” in order for schools to comply with the complicated rules…

The standards forced some schools to stop serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and led middle school and high school students to opt for vending machines or buying food off campus to avoid the lunch line…

The new standards are exhaustive, including calorie ranges for each age group, sodium limits, zero tolerance for trans fats, and specific ounce amounts for meats and grains. White bread will be mostly phased out beginning in 2014 because only “whole grain rich” items will be allowed.

Of course, it would be a great time to invoke Quinn’s Law…

Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of it’s stated intent.

This is why East Germany built a wall.  People, when they are able, always attempt to flee liberalism.   Anyone with talent or a business fled liberal policies in Detroit.  Now, that city is a wasteland.  Other cities are also on that path.  Maryland passed a millionaire tax, so the millionaires left, resulting in a LOSS in tax revenue.   School lunches over over-controlled, unappetizing, and unfilling disasters, so kids flee elsewhere to escape them.  Bill de Blasio is dead set on turning NYC into another rotting mess like Detroit, so people are leaving.

In the end, the only way that liberalism can work is to build walls and make people prisoners.  They’ll have to ban outside foods from school children, and keep them from sneaking out to eat.  Perhaps that will be Michelle Obama’s next move.

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Michigan Teacher Sues to be Freed From Union

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I hope she realizes what she is getting in to.

Miriam Chanski, a teacher from Coopersville, Michigan, is suing to be freed from her union, the Michigan Education Association.  EAGNews has more…

Miriam Chanski, 24, attempted to drop out of the MEA teachers union this May after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder approved legislation making Michigan a right-to-work state. But Chanski told WZZM television station the union responded with a letter two months later rejecting her request.

The MEA, like most teachers unions, only allows members a very small window of time to drop their memberships each year – for the MEA it’s the month of August – and requires specific paperwork to complete the request. Most teachers are unaware of the technical process, and Chanski is no exception.

Chanski is now embroiled in a legal battle to win her freedom from the MEA.

At least seven other Michigan teachers were also unaware of the union drop policy, and are also suing for their freedom.

The ridiculous rules are obviously designed to prevent members from leaving, but teachers unions also use other tactics to keep members in line.

“In September, the president of our union came into my classroom before school and told me she was aware I wanted to opt out of the union and asked if I had sent in another form in August,” Chanski told WZZM. “I told her I was unaware of another form to send in, I was unaware of the August dates, and she told me at that point if I had not sent in that form, I might have missed my chance to opt out of the union.”

The local union president then allegedly threatened to turn the teacher in to a collection agency and ruin her credit if she didn’t pay her union dues, Chanski told the television station.

Chanski said the bottom line is “I chose to opt out and it’s not being honored.”

Of course, according to the union, they are so great, that Chanski should be forced to stay.  They know what this suit means-if Chanski wins, the flood gates open, and teachers start leaving in larger and larger numbers.  If you recall, when Prop 10 passed in Wisconsin, people left public service unions en-masse, and entire school districts de-certified their unions.  I’m sure the MEA has seen that, and do not want their slaves, and their dues,  escaping.  So, I would image that they are going to make life uncomfortable for Chanski.  While education unions are not known for a ton of violence, they aren’t above making false complaints, sabotaging work, or whatever is needed to silence a wayward member.

In the end, these efforts work best when more people join.  The larger the movement, the easier it is to deal with the nonsense.

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France’s Wealthiest Man Leaves Due to High Taxes: French Liberals Outraged

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Categorize this under:  There was a reason that the East Germans built a wall…

It’s been said again and again-high taxes cause people to leave.  And, no matter how many times it happens, liberals engage in the requisite outrage and condemnation for the problems that their own policies cause.  For the latest example, we have to pay a visit to The Lid.

Back in September when Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault the richest man in France applied for Belgian citizenship. Left-wing French newspaper Libération ran a picture of the head of LVMH with the headline, Casse-toi riche con!  which (according to Google Translate) means “F**K Off Rich Idiot!”

Today he took their advice and moved all his financial assets to Belgium for ‘family inheritance reasons.” (He has transferred his 31 per cent stake in Groupe Arnault, the family holding that controls LVMH, to Pilinvest, a Belgian firm that he specifically set up for the purpose).

The consensus opinion is he wants to avoid a 75 per cent top rate on income being introduced by President Francois Hollande so he will have something left over for his family to inherit.

..others are convinced that the 63-year-old has joined other tycoons and celebrities in wanting to avoid taxes – including a 75 per cent top rate on income – introduced by Socialist President Francois Hollande.

Mr Arnault applied for a Belgian passport soon after the Socialists won elections last year.

Mr Arnault, who owns numerous homes around the world including one in London, applied for a Belgian passport soon after Mr Hollande’s Socialists won presidential and parliamentary elections last year.

Critics immediately attacked him for leaving the country that is associated with all the brands which made his fortune – including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Guerlain, Moet & Chandon champagne and Hennessy cognac.

Once again, when stupid raises it’s ugly head, the reasonable leave for greener pastures.  And, rather than look at their own  high tax policies, the liberals will blame the people escaping those same destructive policies.  Then, in the case of high taxes, when revenues fall short of estimates (as they almost always do), there will be a scapegoat.  As we all know, when liberal policies fail, it is ALWAYS someone else’s fault.

Bonus Irony Alert:  The lefty newspaper, ironically named Libération (obviously, no translation needed), was very upset that Arnault liberated himself.

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If Cuba was Really the “Workers Paradise,” Why are so Many People Escaping it?

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If we listen to useful idiots like Sean Penn and Michael Moore, Cuba is a wonderful land of prosperity, freedom and free health care.  However, someone neglected to tell the Cuban people who continue, for some unknown reason freedom, to escape this paradise on Earth.

For example, in 2008, 18 Cuban Soccer players came to Tampa for an Olympic qualifying match.  However, only 11 ended up returning…

(Reuters) – Cuba’s Olympic football team took to the field with only 10 men on Thursday after up to seven of their players defected.

Five members of the communist state’s under-23 team defected after their Olympic qualifying game against the United States, a 1-1 draw, in Tampa on Tuesday.

A further two players, both reported to have defected, were absent from the line-up against Honduras on Thursday.

With one player already suspended following a red card, Cuba coach Raul Gonzalez had only ten players available to him and his team began the match with a one-man disadvantage and no substitutes.

Um, you mean they weren’t willing to return to the worker’s paradise?  How very strange.

Of course, thousands of Cubans flee yearly, mostly to the US, but let’s ignore that, because Michel Moore was allowed to film some “Potemkin hospitals” for one of his mockumentaries.

And now, for a more ironic tale, imagine that a filmaker used Cuban actors in a movie about fleeing Cuba.  Then, when those actors are to come to the US to promote the film, they defect!  Here’s more from the Daily Mail…

Two actors that star in a film about escaping from the streets of Havana to America have vanished in Miami in a shining example of life imitating art.

Anailin de la Rua de la Torre and Javier Nunez Florian, both 20 years old, were flown from Cuba to the United States on Friday, scheduled to appear at their film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

But neither showed up in New York for the ‘Una Noche’ red carpet, leaving their co-star, Dariel Arrechada, 20, to explain what happened.

Friday was the first time any of the actors had ever been to the states, the film’s director, Lucy Mulloy, tweeted last month.

‘Actors are so excited to come to Tribeca FF!! First time out of Cuba to the US!’ she wrote.

Ms Mulloy had even been developing a sequel to the film, but plans will have to be altered to accommodate the missing stars.

Talk about life imitating art!  Only one of the film’s three stars will return.  I guess two out of three ain’t bad…

At any rate, the useful idiots will continue to claim that Cuba is great, and any problems there are caused by the US.  (remember, when socialism fails, its ALWAYS someone else’s fault) But, at the same time, a steady stream of freedom-seekers will brave the sea to escape the island paradise.  As usual, the left claims one thing, but the reality is very different.

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