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U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. Constitution provides for a maximum of one Representative for every 30,000 inhabitants of the United States, and a minimum of one representative per state, in proportion to the decennial (every 10 years) enumeration of the population.

The Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives states on their FAQ:

7. What is the size of the House of Representatives and how is it determined?

The current size, 435 Members, of the House of Representatives, was established by Public Law 62-5 on August 8, 1911 and took effect in 1913.

Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution provides for both the minimum and maximum sizes for the House of Representatives.

In 1913, the population was estimated to be 97,225,000, which resulted in one Representative for every 218,908 inhabitants. By 2010, the census population count was 308,745,538, which resulted in one Representative for every 709,759 inhabitants.

Only India has a lower degree of representation in its popular legislative chamber. However, the U.S. House could have half its current number of Representatives, and still be constitutional.

Therefore, not only have successive Congresses been tolerant of the status quo, much to the satisfaction of lobbyists who progressively get more value for their lobbying dollars, but so is the Constitution that brought Congress into existence.

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Here are the articles that you, the readers, made the top 10 in 2010.

  1. 04/27 An illegal bank is the second-largest holder of U.S. treasury securities
  2. 12/19 IMF Director says IMF “forces coordination” and there’s “no other solution” to Greek-style austerity
  3. 04/22 The CIA overstates Canada’s government spending by more than 200%
  4. 10/09 Cheerleader for bankster economics
  5. 10/13 G. Edward Griffin exposes the HIV/AIDS scam
  6. 12/04 Gary North: Spokesman for a major Federal Reserve bankster smokescreen
  7. 06/30 Australia has $15 an hour minimum wage and is ranked more economically free than the U.S.
  8. 05/23 Gold confiscation: It depends on what gold, and how much
  9. 06/03 E*TRADE requires your passport, alien, or government ID number to activate a new account
  10. 01/30 Platinum: The overlooked investment metal and currency

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Most companies don’t pre-announce their dividends for the coming year, but BCE (NYSE:BCE and TSE:BCE) is one company that does.

From their Dividend Dates page:

Dividend Policy
Below is a schedule of dates for 2010. Payments are subject to approval by the Board of Directors.

Which goes on to list the pre-declared, though not guaranteed, quarterly dividends for 2010.

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http://rt.com/Top_News/2010-07-18/aids-conference-vienna.html?fullstory

“The HIV test is an absolute crime. You can test positive for HIV if you have 67 conditions… TB, syphilis, malaria, invasive mycosis,” says Joan Shenton.

“While you might think there are only a handful of scientists who doubt the HIV/AIDS theory, here at the conference is a list of around 2,500 names – all scientists who challenge the classic definition,” said doctor Uta Santos-Konig.

“We are all scientists and medical doctors, why should we not be able to discuss?” she added. “I am astonished that the reaction is sometimes so aggressive.”

See RethinkingAIDS.com for more.

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On a visit to Rome this month, at the airport:

  • They immediately stamped my Canadian passport, and I could stay for up to 90 days without a tourist visa
  • No questioning
  • They didn’t mention anything about liquids
  • No full body scan
  • Customs declaration appears to work on the honour system

Returning to Canada through the U.S., at JFK airport:

  • Required to take off my shoes
  • Required to separately x-ray my laptop
  • Required to put 100 mL or less of liquids in a plastic re-sealable bag
  • Questioned for a minute about customs and what my intentions were
  • Passport stamped for connecting flight only

This, despite Canada and the U.S. sharing the longest undefended land border in the world, and being parties to NAFTA, the largest trade union in the world as of 2010, and most Canadians being exempt from US-VISIT fingerprinting and photographing procedures, unlike U.S. green card holders.

Indeed, the U.S. was attacked on 9/11 and Italy and Canada weren’t. However, the disparity in security checks for Canadians at the airport in Italy’s largest city versus the United States is vast.

This, despite Italy having been a member of the Iraq War coalition, all three countries with troops in Afghanistan, and Italy’s longest-serving and current Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, having been the most pro-Bush foreign leader aside from UK prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

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The conservative Heritage Foundation ranked Australia as the third most economically free country in the world in 2010, while the U.S. came in eighth place.

As of June 2010, Australia’s minimum wage is $15 an hour, while the U.S. federal minimum wage is nearly half that, at $7.25 an hour.

Economics textbooks present the overly simplistic notion that minimum wages higher than the market floor results in higher unemployment. At the time of publication of this index, Australia had an unemployment rate of 4.2% and the U.S. had a rate of 9.4%.

The two most important metrics relative to the impact of minimum wage on economic freedom the report measured, compare favourably between the two countries, showing that Australia isn’t relying on other far higher economic metrics to compensate. Business freedom was rated 90.3 in Australia and 91.3 in the U.S., and Labor freedom was rated 94.9 in Australia and 94.8 in the U.S.

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Previously, I wrote how the United States Postal Service has been undercutting the U.S. dollar since 2003, with IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) accounting for the majority of their international accounts.

SDRs are a synthetic currency introduced by the International Monetary Fund in 1969, which are weighted based on the U.S. dollar, the Euro, the British pound and the Japanese yen.

As of 2010, there are only two currencies pegged to IMF SDRs, both since 1995. They are the Czech Koruna and the Jordanian Dinar. However, by 2012, the Czech Koruna is scheduled to be replaced by the Euro.

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