SodaStream to close West Bank factory targeted by boycott campaign

Israeli drink maker SodaStream International Ltd. said Wednesday it will close a West Bank factory that has been targeted by boycott activists and move the facility to a location inside Israel.

SodaStream representative Nirit Hurwitz said that the decision to move the factory to Lehavim in Israel’s southern Negev region was for “purely commercial” reasons and was not connected to pressure from pro-Palestinian activists who had boycotted the company because of its location.

via SodaStream to close West Bank factory targeted by boycott campaign (+video) – CSMonitor.com.

 

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Bodies Found in Mexico Where 3 Texans Missing

Mexican officials say four bodies have been found east of the border city of Matamoros, near where three young Americans went missing more than two weeks ago.

Tamaulipas state investigator Raul Galindo Vira on Wednesday confirming the bodies had been found, but he declined to discuss who they might be.

A second state official said investigators were trying to determine if they include three siblings from Progreso, Texas, who disappeared with a fourth person on Oct. 13. The official, who said the bodies were badly decomposed, insisted on speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

via Bodies Found in Mexico Where 3 Texans Missing – ABC News.

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Doctors Mystified by Paralysis in Dozens of Children

While the press has spent weeks hyping the Ebola “epidemic” real health crisis have been afflicting Americans:

More than 50 children in 23 states have had mysterious episodes of paralysis to their arms or legs, according to data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The cause is not known, although some doctors suspect the cases may be linked to infection with enterovirus 68, a respiratory virus that has sickened thousands of children in recent months.

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Pope Francis says evolution is real and God is no wizard

Delivering an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis continued his habit of making provocative, seemingly progressive statements. The pontiff appeared to endorse the theory of the Big Bang and told the gathering at the Vatican that there was no contradiction between believing in God as well as the prevailing scientific theories regarding the expansion of our universe.

via Pope Francis says evolution is real and God is no wizard | CharlotteObserver.com.

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Obamacare sends health premiums skyrocketing by as much as 78 percent

No wonder Democrats don’t talk about Obamacare:

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to make health care more affordable, but a newly released study of insurance policies before and after Obamacare shows that average premiums have skyrocketed, for some groups by as much as 78 percent.

Average insurance premiums in the sought-after 23-year-old demographic rose most dramatically, with men in that age group seeing an average 78.2 percent price increase before factoring in government subsidies, and women having their premiums rise 44.9 percent, according to a report by HealthPocket scheduled for release Wednesday.

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Why Jeb Bush Shouldn’t be President

If you are a Conservative then Jeb Bush being an a typical establishment Republican must maddening. The Bushes have always succeeded in misleading the right into voting for them. They are oligarchs, pure and simple. That’s bad for all Americans. We had a revolution to overthrow the oligarchy:

The irony is that Jeb is probably politically a little more polished than either his brother or even father (he doesn’t suffer from the strange verbal tics of George W. and George H.W. — recall that the family patriarch once told people that he’d had “some sex” with Ronald Reagan). But by sheer coincidence of running for office after them, he will be associated with their myriad weaknesses.

Moreover, family matriarch Barbara Bush was quite correct when she said that there was something innately unsettling about the thought of yet another Bush running for the presidency.

Last year, she told Matt Lauer that although Jeb was the best candidate available (that’s a proud mom speaking): “I think it’s a great country, there are a lot of great families, and it’s not just four families whatever. There are other people out there that are very qualified, and we’ve had enough Bushes.” The same could be said about the Clintons, but you probably won’t find a Clinton modest enough to say it. Barbara has stopped saying it, according to The New York Times, because the family has asked her to quit.

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