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In Germany, Facebook can’t cost you a job

A new law in Germany prevents prospective employers from looking at your Facebook page. So, in Germany, no need to try to scrub all the pics of you drunk at parties or that time you accidentally attended that secret Hitler Jugend meeting.

They can still Google you, though.

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Raleigh City Council Talks High-Speed Rail Tonight

Tonight at 7, the Raleigh City Council holds a public hearing on the Southeast High Speed Rail Project. A group of Five Points residents who don’t want it in their backyard plan to express opposition, although they say they support high-speed rail in general. You can hear their spokesperson discuss it with WPTF’s Bill LuMaye here. The interview is tagged as High Speed Rail Headed for Raleigh.

Based on the data, which you can find here, this group should oppose high-speed rail no matter where it’s proposed in North Carolina. You can hear JLF’s Michael Sanera explain why to WPTF’s Bill LuMaye here. The interview is tagged as NC3 Not Necessary?

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Cary HOA Tells Residents to Create Lawn Care Action Plan

Moral of the story: If you aren’t willing to comply with HOA rules, don’t buy a home in a neighborhood that has one. From ABC 11:

That’s why Reier was surprised when a letter arrived from her homeowner’s association telling her – and dozens of her Carpenter Village neighbors – that their lawns don’t meet their homeowner’s association standards.

From weeds to bare spots, the HOA has demanded residents submit a lawn care action plan in writing.

“With so many people being unemployed, out of work and having a hard time just paying their mortgages, well, they want us to hire someone to come up with a lawn maintenance plan.

Yes, this is silly, so be careful what you agree to in HOA documents. They are notorious for this kind of stuff.

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Another Example: No Government Program Required

Chapel Hill’s Mediterranean Deli will donate proceeds from today’s sales to the American Red Cross for use in helping victims of floods in Pakistan. It’s not the first time owner Jamil Kadoura has stepped up to help and to set an example. He raised money for Haiti earlier this year.

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Great Idea, Great Story

When I was a kid, the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book series created my love of reading. My girlfriends also read the books, but my best friend, Frank, thought they were too girlie and would never check them out from the library. Finding books that appeal to boys is an issue today and, in this Carolina Journal story, writer Hal Young explores the use of graphic novels and comic books in getting boys to read and learn.

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Sharpton Rally a “back-to-school event”?

The Washington Examiner reports that U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan “invited” all department employees, via e-mail, to join him at last weekend’s civil rights gathering hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton. Duncan was a speaker. Responding to whether or not this was appropriate, the department spokeswoman said it was “a back-to-school event.”

I guess that means the Beck rally was a “back-to-school” event too.

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Anybody know these folks?

Found this photo on the great photo blog site Shorpy.com. It says it was taken in Durham in 1940.

Click here for a VERY large version.

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Rasmussen: 58% Want ObamaCare Repealed

From Rasmussen comes data that shows continuing support among voters for repeal of ObamaCare.

Just over half of U.S. voters continue to believe that the new health care law will increase the cost of care and believe the law will be bad for the country.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% favor repeal of the new national health care law while 36% are opposed. These figures include 46% who Strongly Favor repeal and 28% who are Strongly Opposed.

If more folks knew about this ObamaCare myth, the number who favor repeal might rise even higher.

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No Government Program Required

Hats off to Michael Jordan, who reportedly will announce today a $250,000 donation to Charlotte’s public schools for use in middle-school athletics programs. This donation is an example of the many important contributions — financial and otherwise — that business executives, entrepreneurs, and investors make in our society.

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ObamaCare Writes a Myth Into Law

Today, John Hood writes another column I recommend you read, print, laminate, and post on your refrigerator. ObamaCare, as we’ve been told repeatedly by its supporters, will lower health care costs by reducing reliance on high-cost emergency-room care by the uninsured, who will be enrolled in Medicaid.

Nope. From Hood (emphasis is mine):

More importantly, to assume that growth in emergency-room visits was an artifact of growth in the uninsured population is to do just that – make an assumption, without good evidence. As some analysts have long pointed out, patients with insurance are more numerous and make up a majority of the people crowding into emergency rooms.

The new study, by a researcher at the University of California at San Francisco, underlines a fact even more inconvenient for ObamaCare supporters. Not only are insured patients the majority in ERs, but patients insured under Medicaid are twice as likely to use ERs as the uninsured are. In North Carolina, 24 percent of ER patients are on Medicaid, far higher than the 14 percent of North Carolinians who are enrolled in the program.

Why is this significant? Because the main way ObamaCare is expected to reduce the ranks of the uninsured is by enrolling them in Medicaid. Far from reducing ER use, ObamaCare will likely increase it.

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