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US: Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 9, 2014

By Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author, ‘Beyond Outrage’

An American earning half of an Aussie’s income. 

All are equal, but some are more equal.

ROBERT B. REICH’s film “Inequality for All” is now available on DVD and blu-ray, and on Netflix Instant Watch. Watch the trailer below:

Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states have already taken action — Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the Maryland legislature just approved a similar measure, Minnesota lawmakers just reached a deal to hike it to $9.50. A few cities have been more ambitious — Washington, D.C. and its surrounding counties raised it to $11.50, Seattle is considering $15.00

Senate Democrats will soon introduce legislation raising it nationally to $10.10, from the current $7.25 an hour.

All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Read the rest of this entry »

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PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS AN ASSIGNMENT FOR YOU

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 9, 2014

Obama F

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Yeah, having your schoolwork posted on the fridge at home is cool. But having a video you made posted on the White House website and screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? We think that’s pretty cool, too. That’s why White House is super-excited to announce the first-ever White House Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media pages.

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Obama 2013: A Year in the Photos

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 7, 2014

The White House Photography Office picked out some of the best photos from the past year to give you an inside look at the presidency — and some of the best moments from 2013.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • President Obama singing Happy Birthday to First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Lots of Sunny and Bo
  • Visiting South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela
  • Some very adorable kids with the President

[Celebrity's every word, moment and activity could be news and subject for debate and discussion. US President's most of the activities could have global value and meaning. In 2013 Obama was sworn in for a second term and I would like to share the photos highlighting President Obama's 2013 activities that  I received two hours ago  from White House.

After writing letter to President Obama  on American shoe company issue with Buddha photos on shoes, I regularly receive emails from White House.]

January 11, 2013“President Obama walks with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan on the White House Colonnade after their meeting in the Oval Office. Afghanistan continued to occupy a lot of the President’s time during 2013.”(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

January 17, 2013“The President sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to the First Lady after greeting inaugural brunch guests in the Blue Room of the White House. Of course, the First Lady’s new hairstyle attracted a lot of attention.”(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Read the rest of this entry »

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THE BUDDHA BIRTHPLACE LUMBINI IN CONTROVERSY AGAIN

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 23, 2013

[A recent Hindi language television serial, Buddha[1] launched by Zee Network, from September the 8th has added, already frustrated people by Indian over interference, both frustration and anger in Kathmandu. In reaction, on September 13, students staged demonstrations in the streets of Kathmandu against the serial and which prompted the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu to post hastily the next day, September 14th, on its Facebook wall, “The question of where Lord Buddha was born was settled over 2000 years ago when Emperor Ashoka installed the pillar with his inscription in Lumbini. Buddha was born in Lumbini, which is in Nepal.”(2)]
By B. K. Rana
Buddha born in Nepal rally
The Buddha was born in Lumbini, which now is in western Nepal Tarai. The 249 BC inscription on the Lumbini Ashokan pillar reading, “the Buddha was born here in Luminigame” is the evidence, which cannot be contravened otherwise. There are other historical and archaeological evidence that prove the Buddha being Lumbini born and now Lumbini, the Buddhist holy land, is in Nepal. The people of Nepal and others of Nepalese origin elsewhere in the world, regardless of their academic achievements, socio-economic standings and political orientations, believe the Buddha was born in Nepal but feel very offended outright when media publicize otherwise. The Buddha is considered one of the greatest historical personages or Bibhutis – so to say, one of the national heroes of Nepal.
A recent Hindi language television serial, Buddha[1] launched by Zee Network, from September the 8th has added, already frustrated people by Indian over interference, both frustration and anger in Kathmandu. In reaction, on September 13, students staged demonstrations in the streets of Kathmandu against the serial and which prompted the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu to post hastily the next day, September 14th, on its Facebook wall, “The question of where Lord Buddha was born was settled over 2000 years ago when Emperor Ashoka installed the pillar with his inscription in Lumbini. Buddha was born in Lumbini, which is in Nepal.”[2]
Few days later, on September 19 from Gorkha, a hilly township in west Nepal, the Indian envoy to Nepal, Ranjit Ray told that there was no controversy on the Buddha birthplace. He said, “Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini and Lumbini is in Nepal.” Expressing his discontent over the Kathmandu-media-hyped controversy, the ambassador is also reported to have further told that not all Indians may know his being born in Nepal’s Lumbini but ‘children in Indian schools are taught the Buddha was born in Lumbini which is in Nepal.’[3] Read the rest of this entry »

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Global Zero: This is how we’ll get President Obama’s attention

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 23, 2013

Dear friends,

Thanks to you, R.E.M., Pearl Jam and major organizations like MoveOn.org have jumped on board to support Global Zero, and the media is buzzing about our biggest campaign ever to set the world’s course to zero. But we need you to build on this momentum if we’re going to get President Obama’s attention.

Earlier this month, we sent you an incredible video that shows how this unstoppable global movement can bring about the end of nuclear weapons. More than 50,000 people have already watched it. We know that the more people who see it, the more likely it is to get in front of President Obama — so this week let’s double that number. Have you shared it with friends and family yet?

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The White House: Who deserves the Citizens Medal?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 23, 2013

Each year President Obama honors a handful of extraordinary Americans with the Citizens Medal, one of our nation’s highest civilian honors. The Citizens Medal recognizes Americans for exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs — people who feed the needy, who take care of our veterans, or who support our children.

Is there someone in your life who deserves to be recognized by President Obama?

There are 9 days left before we close nominations on the 2013 Citizens Medal. Complete this easy nomination process before the public submission period closes:

Will you nominate a hero in your community?

Submit a nomination

Last year, people like you nominated over six thousand Americans from across the country and staff at the White House reviewed every single submission. Here are just a few examples: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tell President Obama: We demand zero!

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 9, 2013

bannerFour years ago in Prague, President Obama announced his commitment to seek a world without nuclear weapons. He called for perseverance. He dared us to overcome our differences. He challenged us to ignore the voices that tell us the world cannot change.

We’ve just launched a massive grassroots campaign urging him to put those historic words into action. To tell him not only can the world change, but that we demand it to change. Please sign the petition and join us as we call on President Obama to set the world’s course to global zero.

 Make history. Demand zero.

 This is our moment. It’s going to be big.

All indications are that President Obama wants to make good on his commitment to eliminate nuclear weapons. As a second-term President, he’s in a dare-to-be-great moment to make that happen by calling on world leaders to join him at the negotiating table to eliminate nuclear weapons once and for all. And we’re urging him to do that on April 5th, the anniversary of his historic Prague speech.

We only have a few weeks to make sure the White House gets the message loud and clear! Sign the petition and let President Obama know you demand zero. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cyber-war between U.S., China

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 20, 2013

Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank explains President Obama's cybersecurity policy after an executive order designed to combat cyber-terrorism was issued last week. Photo: Ann Heisenfelt, Associated Press

Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank explains President Obama’s cybersecurity policy after an executive order designed to combat cyber-terrorism was issued last week. Photo: Ann Heisenfelt, Associated Press

By James Temple

A prominent computer security firm has traced the activity of one of the world’s most sophisticated hacking groups to the gates of the Chinese military, underscoring critical weaknesses in both our cyber-defenses and trade policies.

Mandiant’s detailed 60-page analysis, first reported in the New York Times on Sunday, adds to the mounting evidence that Beijing plays a direct hand in ongoing espionage of U.S. corporations.

The Alexandria, Va., security firm explained that attacks from the group it calls APT1, or Comment Crew, originate in the same geographic location as the People’s Liberation Army Unit 61398, on the edge of Shanghai. The two groups also appear to share missions, capabilities, resources, tactics and technology infrastructure.

“It is time to acknowledge the threat is originating in China,” the company said.

China declined to do so, however, denying the allegations and labeling the report “unprofessional.”

But Mandiant’s analysis follows a string of reports linking corporate cyber-attacks to China in recent weeks, including ones aimed at the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington Post and others. The report is also consistent with the U.S. government’s own findings. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama to pay US debt with trillion-dollar coins?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 5, 2013

The new U.S. Dollar coin, featuring the likeness of Indian woman Sacagawea and her infant baby, was ..With the fiscal cliff averted for now, it’ll be a few weeks until the debt ceiling debate is the next major money issue in Washington. Luckily, some economists say that crisis can be curbed as well, and all it will take is one very valuable coin.

By February, the United States will once again reach its maximum borrowing amount from foreign nations — the debt ceiling — and the House of Representatives and Senate will be stuck deciding if it’s worth raising it once again or rallying for another solution. In recent days, an alternative approach — one that is almost all too perfectly bizarre — has been tossed around. It would involve minting a few trillion dollar platinum coins, and although it’s an unlikely answer, it’s all too legit.

The United States can’t just print paper money all willy-nilly every time it exhausts its borrowing options, but the US can, however, have a figurative field day when it comes to some types of coin.

As analyst Chris Krueger from Guggenheim Securities’ Washington Research Group explains to the American Enterprise Institute, “There are limits on how much paper money the U.S. can circulate and rules that govern coinage on gold, silver and copper. BUT, the Treasury has broad discretion on coins made from platinum.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Putin second to ‘Nobody’ on world’s most powerful list – thinktank

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 5, 2013

В.Путин на саммите Россия-ЕС в БрюсселеInternational political thinktank Eurasia Group has ranked Russian President Vladimir Putin second on its list of the world’s most powerful people. The first position is held by ‘Nobody,’ reflecting the perception of a world without a clear leader.

The list, published by Foreign Policy magazine, ranks individuals’ ability to singlehandedly “bring about change that significantly affects the lives and fortunes of large numbers of people.”

Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer explained that he left the fist position empty because the modern world has no clear leader, and those in power are focused on domestic or regional issues rather than global challenges.

Putin’s second-place rank is due to “Russia’s personalized system,” and the influence the country wields in regional affairs.

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THE HIMALAYAN TALK : RAM KUMAR SHRESTHA SHARES HIS VIEWS

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2012

[Ram Kumar Shrestha, the Global Coordinator of 'Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement', founded in 2009 for raising awareness of the Buddha birth place Lumbini and Kapilvastu also, spoke to us tonight from Melborne, Australia. He opines that every Nepalese has a sacred duty to join hands towards the movement he has started for world peace through the Buddha's teachings and messages. He strongly asserts that the Buddha was born in present day Lumbini of southern Nepal.]

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Netanyahu agreed to ceasefire after Obama promised US troops in Sinai next week?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 24, 2012

Israel and Palestine are momentarily at a ceasefire, but the potential reasoning behind the recess could have some real international implications. Israel’s Debka reports that the pause in fighting comes after the US promised to send troops to Sinai.

According to Debka, US troops will soon be en route to the Sinai peninsula, Egyptian territory in North Africa that’s framed by the Suez Canal on the West and Israel on the East. In its northeast most point, Sinai is but a stone’s throw from Palestinian-controlled Gaza, and according to Debka, Hamas fighters there have been relying on Iranian arms smugglers to supply them with weaponry by way of Egypt.

Debka reports this week that Sinai will soon be occupied by US troops, who were promised by President Barack Obama to Israel’s leaders as a condition that a ceasefire be called. Once deployed, the Americans will intervene with the rumored arms trade orchestrated by Iranians, ideally cutting off supplies for Hamas while at the same time serving as a thorn in the side of Iran.

“Once the missile and arms consignments depart Iranian ports or Libyan arms bazaars, Tehran has no direct control of their transit from point to point through Egypt until they reach Sinai and their Gaza destination,” Debka reports. “All the same, a US special forces operation against the Sinai segment of the Iranian smuggling route would count as the first overt American military strike against an Iranian military interest.” Read the rest of this entry »

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World Leaders’ Salary

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 16, 2012

Barack Obama – President US - Born: USA, Hawaii 1961 – Married – Children: 2

  • Annual: USD 400,000.00
  • Monthly: USD 33,333.00
  • Weekly: USD 8,000.00
  • Daily: USD 1,600.00
The Obama family, in tax returns released Friday 13, 2012 by the White House, reported an adjusted gross income of $789,674 for 2011, down from $1,728,096 in the previous year. The family income topped $5.5 million in 2009. The president earns a salary of $400,000 for his day job. His total earnings are much higher because of his books sales.Note: the VIP Salary Check is based on a 5 days working week and 2 weeks holiday per year.
NetWorth: between $1 million and $2.5 million
Xi Jinping – President of People’s Republic of China – Born: 1953 China – Married – Children: 1

  • Annual: USD 39,720.00
  • Monthly: USD 3,310.00
  • Weekly: USD 794.00
  • Daily: USD 158.00
WantChinaTimes July 2012: Xi Jinping earned US$3,275 a month as the Chinese vice president and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission. For his salary as President of China, we adapted the salary of Hu Jintao. In July 2012 the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo revealed last Wednesday the monthly salary of Hu, also chairman of the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission, is 21,119 yuan (US$3,310), according to the salary scale for China’s public servants.
    • Heinz Fischer – President Austria – Born: 1938 Austria – Married – Children: 2
      Heinz Fischer
      • Annual: USD 393,443.00
      • Monthly: USD 32,787.00
      • Weekly: USD 7,869.00
      • Daily: USD 1,574.00
    • Herman van Rompuy – President of the European Council – Born: 1947 Belgium -Married – Children: 4
      Herman van Rompuy
      • Annual: USD 498,228.00
      • Monthly: USD 41,519.00
      • Weekly: USD 9,965.00
      • Daily: USD 1,993.00
    • Raila Odinga (Agwambo) – Prime Minister Kenya – Born: 1945 Kenya – Married -Children: 4
      Raila Odinga (Agwambo)
      • Annual: USD 427,886.00
      • Monthly: USD 35,657.00
      • Weekly: USD 8,557.00
      • Daily: USD 1,711.00
    • Julia Gillard – Prime Minister Australia -Born: 1961 UK – Boyfriend
      Julia Gillard

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Vice President Xi Jinping Policy Speech February 15, 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 15, 2012

Chine new leader, that time Vice President speech in US in February, 2012

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700,000 Americans petition the White House to secede from the US

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 15, 2012

The White House (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

The White House (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

In the one week since US President Barack Obama won his bid for re-election, representatives from all 50 states have filed petitions with the White House asking to secede from the United States.

Just seven days after a citizen of Louisiana asked for the state’s peaceful secession from the rest of the country, hundreds of thousands of electronic signatures from around the United States have been submitted to WhiteHouse.gov for review as Americans from all corners of the country ask the president to grant them amicable separation from the union.

According to the White House’s own rules on the ‘We the People’ portal of the Executive Branch’s official website, a staffer from within the walls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will respond in a timely manner to any petition that can garner more than 25,000 signatures. As of the morning of Nov. 14, pleads out of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee have all crossed that threshold, with petitions from the rest of the country quickly accumulating enough signatures to soon require a reply as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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