Social Security Trust Fund Crisis Is A Myth


Recently, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees presented their annual report at the Treasury Department in Washington which offered forecasts for the health of the government’s two largest benefits programs, including Social Security and Medicare. In that conference, it was noted that Social Security is laboring under the weight of retiring baby boomers and revenue shortfalls.

Social Security is split into two funds — one for retirement and survivor benefits, and one for disability. Some analysts suggest that the retirement fund is projected to run out of money in 2035 while the disability fund is projected to run dry in 2016. Combined, the two funds will last until 2033.

It should be noted that the rise in Social Security claims has been anticipated for years, would meet the current and future demands of the Disability Trust Fund.

In addition, the Trustees project that Social Security benefits will increase next year, though the increase could be small. They project a cost-of-living-adjustment, or COLA, of 1.8 percent for 2013; the actual amount won’t be known until percent increase this year, the first after two years without one.

The reality is that Social Security’s retirement and disability programs currently have funds sufficient to cover benefits for the next 20 years and our government is quite functional in the operation of these programs. Millions of people regularly receive the benefits they’ve been promised through systems and processes that have very modest administrative costs.

The Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds’ annual report on the financial status of these entitlement programs noted that Social Security is 100% solvent until 2033, and until that point, Congress has an opportunity to take action to supplement the reserves. These annual reports have been published for decades, and are generally recognized as the most credible, unbiased, and objective assessment of the financial health of these programs.

Pundants and observers have offered many likely remedies, should there be any sort of anticipated shortfall including the possibility of simply abolishing the current trust fund model, and paying for promised benefits by allocating appropriate government budgetary funds . Just as the government finances other promised benefits, like pensions and healthcare for retired government workers and military retirees, the government could also budget for social security disability benefits.

Canada’s Scarborough East (Ward 43) city council candidates speak

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Saturday, November 4, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Scarborough East (Ward 43). One candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Paul Ainslie, Amarjeet Chhabra, Mujeeb Khan, Glenn Kitchen, John Laforet, Abdul Patel, Jim Robb, and Kumar Sethi.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

NYSE to merge with Archipelago; NASDAQ to buy Instinet

Sunday, April 24, 2005

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) announced last Wednesday that it has agreed definitively to merge with Chicago-based Archipelago Exchange (ArcaEx) and form a new publicly traded, for-profit company known as NYSE Group. This announcement was followed two days later by NASDAQ®, which independently announced a definitive agreement to purchase Instinet Group.

Archipelago and Instinet are innovative e-trading (electronic trading) companies, and formerly were the two largest American rivals to NYSE and NASDAQ, in recent years taking increasingly large portions of their market share. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other regulatory agencies still have to review and approve the transactions, particularly with respect to US securities law and antitrust law, in order to ensure that the marketplace remains lawful and competitive.

Other pending issues for NASDAQ include obtaining the approval of Instinet shareholders, as well as customary closing conditions. NYSE must obtain the approval of its members and Archipelago shareholders.

These changes, a reaction to increased e-trading competition and a changed regulatory environment, will result in NASDAQ and NYSE trading each other’s shares and attempting to grab market share, which many hope will drive down transaction costs and ultimately benefit consumers. However, at least one commentator, Dan Ackman writing in Forbes, has noted that the trading commission at the NYSE currently averages less than a nickel (US$0.05) per share, and was less enthusiastic about potential efficiency gains from electronic trading at the exchange.

The transactions are also intended to make the two leading American stock exchanges more globally competitive with such exchanges as the London Stock Exchange, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange, and the Australian Stock Exchange located in Sydney.

Toothpaste fills cavities without drilling

Thursday, February 24, 2005

A paste containing synthetic tooth enamel can seal small cavities without drilling. Kazue Yamagishi and colleagues at the FAP Dental Institute in Tokyo say that the paste can repair small cavities in 15 minutes.

Currently, fillers don’t stick to such small cavities so dentists must drill bigger holes. Hydroxyapatite crystals, of which natural enamel is made, bond with teeth to repair tiny areas of damage.

Yamagishi and colleagues have tested their paste on a lower premolar tooth that showed early signs of decay. They found that the synthetic enamel merged with the natural enamel. The synthetic enamel also appears to make teeth stronger which will improve resistance to future decay. As with drilling, however, there is still the potential for pain: The paste is strongly acidic to encourage crystal growth and causes inflammation if it touches the gums.

The paste is reported in the journal Nature.

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Submitted by: Anne C. Smith

Based on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, breast surgery remains to be among the top procedures being requested. They had a total of 290,274 cases in 2013. This reflects a 37% increase since 2000. However, despite the continuously increasing demand, women are still looking for better ways on how to achieve breast enhancement. Experts are also looking into how this can be delivered, resulting in some new techniques made available at present. Let’s take a look if there is something here that would interest you.

In 2013, it is the Allergan’s Natrelle 410 and Mentor’s Contour Profile Gel. These are form-stable shaped breast implants, more popularly known as the gummy bear implant, that have been making news. A lot of surgeons consider it to be a superior form of implant because of its firm composition. Instead of the more viscous silicone, this type takes on a more solid form, just like a gummy bear.

For 2014, another breed of implant is expected to take the reigns with the anticipated FDA approval of the IDEAL IMPLANT. It is said that this implant will bring patients a new hybrid design as it combines the natural outcome that is provided by silicone gel, while at the same time, giving you the safety of a saline implant.

Ideal Implant

This type of implant is designed to have internal chambers that allow the saline solution inside to flow more evenly even as you move. This type of structure lessens the wrinkling and rippling, which is one of the major concerns that women have with their saline implants. It is actually the first improvement that is done on the basic saline implant according to its inventor, plastic surgeon Dr. Robert S. Hamas. According to experts, the Ideal Implant looks and feels like a silicone implant even if its actually filled with saline.

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The FDA clinical trial is being conducted in select areas in the US. This gives a limited number of women an opportunity to take part in the study and also to experience this new type of implant. The researchers devised a payment plan which serves as a financial incentive (a lump sum payment fro an independent trust fund) for all the women who will take part in it. It is expected that these study participants complete all their follow-up visits over 10 years time. This gives the FDA enough data to establish its safety and effectiveness.

Vectra 3D Imaging Device

If you are curious how a Kate Upton cup size would look on your figure, you can now visualize it through Vectra 3-D Imaging Device. It allows clients to see their chests inflated photographically. There is also another device that calculates chest dimensions and nipple spacing in order to come up with the perfect cup size and the most flattering silhouette.

Fat Transfer

Today, a lot of women are realizing that they really don’t need to go bigger to achieve dramatic results, but rather all they need are few adjustments for subtle outcomes. This is where fat transfer or fat injections become better options. Fat grafting for breast enhancement has been considered to be an efficient way to make use of extra fats, granted that you have some problem areas such as saddle bags or love handles.

However, the procedure can be invasive because you have to undergo liposuction first to remove these fat grafts. It is either injected directly into your chest, or it could be processed to concentrate the number of stem cells so that it will thrive better with existing adipose tissues. This is a very attractive option because you don’t have to worry about incisions and scars on your breast and it will also create more natural-looking results. It is a hundred percent natural, which means that the materials used is indeed much safe. Aside from being scarless, it also feels very natural and it is even hard to tell that you’ve had something done.

There are some drawbacks to this procedure. It still requires pretty much the same downtime as the typical breast augmentation surgery because you also have to recover from the liposuction process. Another is that only 50-60% of the fat remains after 6 months because the rest is metabolized by the body. That would mean half to a full cup size.

There is indeed a lot of innovations available for implants today. In fact, in a Marie Claire article, a certain Dr. Grant Stevens plastic surgeon in Marina del Ray, California, said that, Outside the US, implants with more shape options are already in use. He shares that he even saw implants made specifically for the left or right side of the chest.

While some are in its trial stages, or awaiting approval, some remain to be a futuristic goal like stem cell injections for example. With all these improvements, one can be hopeful that the overall aesthetic results of breast implants will be further improved.

About the Author: Anne Smith writes for

– a cosmetic clinic specializing on various aesthetics and cosmetic procedures including breast implants in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney.


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Wikinews interviews a Restore the Fourth organizer

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A grassroots movement known as Restore the Fourth, dedicated to the protection of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution, are to hold protests countrywide on July 4. The planned protests come in the wake of information about NSA surveillance leaked last month, notably the PRISM surveillance program and the collection of Verizon phone records. Wikinews interviewed Jett, a national organizer from this recently created movement.

((Wikinews)) First of all, could you explain what Restore the Fourth is all about?

Jett: At its core, RestoreTheFourth is about protecting citizens’ constitutional rights. Specifically, we’re dedicated to bringing awareness and action to the expanding overreach and elimination of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution.

((WN)) What is your role at Restore the Fourth?

Jett: My job at RestoreTheFourth could be summarized as ‘project coordinator’. Every person who wants to help can help in a tremendous way. I simply make sure that their skills get used in a way that would be most beneficial to the movement: web development, public relations, etc. I also field questions from the press and promote knowledge of our cause.

((WN)) What are your plans for direct action, outreach, etc.?

Jett: Our press release includes a list of ‘demands’ for what we want to see in order to restore our privacy rights, including reform of the PATRIOT Act and increased accountability for public officials. In the very short term, these protests and demonstrations bring awareness to the issue, something that’s really important in enacting reform. In the long term, however, we expect to create a legal organization dedicated to restoring these rights inherent to every American. By partnering with various other organizations that share our moral values, we can further these goals.
On July 4, we will have over 100 protests in all 50 states, showing that the citizens of America are truly serious about protecting their rights.

((WN)) By what means do you hope to achieve such change?

Jett: This movement started only a few weeks ago, and since then we’ve experienced exponential growth and progress. Since the movement is still very young, plans diverge in the long term on what we hope to achieve. Personally, I’d like to see a combination of legislative and litigative action (something like what the ACLU does), and others want to see further plans of action. With organizations such as the BORDC, and the EFF behind us, I feel that we can achieve all of this and much more.
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((WN)) Is the movement US-only or will it extend to other jurisdictions as well? Do you think it would be fair for the US to spy on non-citizens?

Jett: I believe that rights are inherent to all humans, not only United States citizens. In the long term I’d certainly like to see people of all nations protected from the slow elimination of privacy that we’re all experiencing.
He’s [Edward Snowden] being treated as a ‘martyr’ of sorts. It seems to distract from what he truly believed in.

((WN)) What do you think about Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing?

Jett: I think that too much attention is being given to his personality instead of what he fought for. He’s being treated as a ‘martyr’ of sorts. It seems to distract from what he truly believed in — transparency for the government and inherent privacy for all Americans.

((WN)) What do you think about his future, given the legal grey zone in which he currently is?

Jett: Hard to say. He may be captured by any number of agencies, or he may live a free man. Whatever happens, he has the eyes of millions of people on him, all of whom will yell very loudly if anything occurs.

((WN)) Thank you very much for your time.

Jett: Thanks for the opportunity.

The Most Developed And Established Are The Ones Who Have Worked Hard In The Past!

The most developed and established are the ones who have worked hard in the past!



The market is the game of demand and supply. As the demand increases in the market, so the profits scale rises and the same way supply. All of these things are directly linked together and the same is seen when there is a decrease in the demand and supply. However, in simple words the manufacturers and the consumers are the real players of this game of profit and loss, but both are getting benefited if the game is going in the profit side. The market is now being getting short and the area is getting shorter but the players are increasing. In simple words, the competition is increasing so much that every manufacturing companies are in a huge rush to sell their product. They are trying their hard efforts to make their product as the best among the others and making the hearts of the consumers happy while purchasing it.

But there is something which never changes. After the long journey of time, those have created their image in the market and everyone is relying on them with complete trust that their work would be just great and incomparable. One of such is the plastic packaging Containers which are making profits all the time. Either it is any condition or season; this company is working all the time with the very simple aim in mind, providing the best quality product to the consumers. The plastic is such a material which is not just low cost but having great and very useful qualities in it which makes it a perfect choice for the consumers to go for it without any blink of eye. The plastic packaging Containers are going through a tough time right now, because the plastic is being considered as the one of the reason behind the global warming and other pollution problems around the globe. However, these companies have started making the changes in their working techniques, making use of the plastic judiciary and recycling facility and many more which are found to be very great help.

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But in case of glass bottles manufacturers, there is no point of any pollution of anything as they are considering the soda material and few polymers as their standard usage materials. These glass bottles manufacturers are also one of the most developed business around the globe and are known fro their new textures and gestures that they being in their products.

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Four new breeds in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

This year, four breeds of dogs are competing for the first time in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States.

The new breeds making their Westminister debuts this year, are the Plott, a hunting hound originally bred by two German immigrant brothers in North Carolina; the Tibetan Mastiff, once described by Marco Polo as “tall as a donkey with a voice as powerful as that of a lion.”; the Beauceron, a herding dog originally bred to herd flocks of sheep in France, later used to sniff out landmines and send messages during the World Wars; and the Swedish Vallhund, a breed dating back to the time of the Vikings, used on farms to catch vermin, herd cattle, and as a guard dog, noted for its double coat and harness markings.

This brings the number of unique breeds competing in the famous dog show to 169.

The Plott, the Beauceron, and the Vallhund were shown on Monday. The Tibetan Mastiff will be shown tonight as part of the Working Group.

Wikinews Shorts: January 1, 2009

A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, January 1, 2009.

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The European country of Slovakia will have the euro replace the koruna as its official currency, starting January 1, 2009. Slovakia is the sixteenth country to start using the euro. The official conversion rate is set at 30.126 koruna to one euro.

Joaquín Almunia, the European Union Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner, stated that the conversion will be “a proud moment for the euro area […] the euro has become the symbol of EU identity and is protecting us against the tremendous external shocks that we have had to cope with since the summer of 2007.”

January 1 also marks the tenth anniversary of the euro being introduced as globally exchangeable currency.


  • “Slovakia poised to embrace euro” — BBC News Online, December 31, 2008
  • “Slovakia Becomes 16th EU Country to Adopt Euro” —, December 18, 2008
  • DPA. “Brussels hails Slovakia’s ‘superb’ euro entry” — The Earth Times, December 29, 2008

A woman in Tennessee, United States dressed up like a nurse and tried to steal a baby from a hospital’s maternity room but police arrested her. Adriene Johnson, 24, is now in custody after trying to steal the baby. The woman entered the hospital’s maternity room dressed in scrubs and was going to take the baby’s temperature said police.

Security was alerted to Johnson when she tried to take the baby out of the hospital. The room was then locked down and the baby was handed over to the doctor. Johnson was on bond after being arrested by police on Monday. She was also charged with trying to steal a baby’s rocker from a Wal-Mart which she tried to get a refund on.


  • Associated Press. “Police: Dressed as nurse, woman tries stealing kid” — Yahoo! News, December 31, 2008
  • “Woman dressed as nurse tries to steal baby from maternity ward” — The Telegraph, December 31, 2008

Wikinoticias, the Spanish edition of Wikinews, has reached 4000 articles two days after the Polish edition had published its 9000th article. The news item was published today at 8:27PM (UTC) and it has information about the death of the South African anti-apartheid activist and politician Helen Suzman.

Wikinoticias is the seventh largest Wikinews edition, based on number of published stories.


Swift A New Programming Language For Os X And I Os}

Swift -A New Programming Language for OS X and iOS



In an official statement, Apple calls Swift “an effective new programming language for iOS and OS X that makes it simpler than at any other time for designers to make extraordinary applications.” Apple asserts that Swift enables engineers to compose more secure and more solid code by disposing of whole classifications of basic programming blunders, and exists together with Objective-C code, so engineers can without much of a stretch coordinate Swift into their current applications.” According to Apple, “Xcode Playgrounds make composing Swift code unfathomably intelligent by in a flash showing the yield of Swift code.”

Swift is an intense and instinctive programming dialect for macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS. Composing Swift code is intuitive and fun, the linguistic structure is compact yet expressive, and Swift incorporates current highlights designers adore. Quick code is protected by outline, yet likewise delivers programming that runs exceptionally Swift.

About Swift:

Swift is a broadly useful programming language assembled utilizing a cutting edge way to deal with security, execution, and programming configuration designs?

The objective of the Swift undertaking is to make the best accessible dialect for utilizes extending from frameworks programming, to portable and work area applications, scaling up to cloud administrations. Above all, Swift is intended to make composing and keeping up adjust programs simpler for the engineer. To accomplish this objective, we trust that the most evident approach to compose Swift code should likewise be:

Safe: The most evident approach to compose code ought to likewise act in a sheltered way. Vague conduct is the foe of security, and engineer slip-ups ought to be gotten before programming is underway. Deciding on security in some cases implies Swift will feel strict, yet we trust that clearness spares time over the long haul.

Swift: Swift is planned as a substitution for C-based dialects (C, C++, and Objective-C). In that capacity, Swift must be equivalent to those dialects in execution for generally assignments. Execution should likewise be unsurprising and reliable, not simply quick in short blasts that require tidy up later. There are loads of dialects with novel highlights ” being quick is uncommon.

Expressive: Swift advantages from many years of headway in software engineering to offer linguistic structure that is a delight to use, with present day highlights designers anticipate. Be that as it may, Swift is never done. We will screen dialect headways and grasp what works, consistently developing to improve Swift even.

Apparatuses are a basic piece of the Swift biological system. We endeavor to incorporate well inside an engineer’s toolset, to fabricate rapidly, to introduce brilliant diagnostics, and to empower intuitive improvement encounters. Devices can make programming a lot more capable, similar to Swift-based play areas do in Xcode, or an online REPL would when be able to working with Linux server-side code. App Development Course in Bangalore


Swift incorporates highlights that make code simpler to peruse and compose, while giving the designer the control required in a genuine frameworks programming dialect. Quick backings construed sorts to make code cleaner and less inclined to errors, and modules dispose of headers and give namespaces. Memory is overseen consequently, and you don’t have to type semi-colons. Swift likewise acquires from different dialects, for example named parameters presented from Objective-C are communicated in a perfect linguistic structure that makes APIs in Swift simple to peruse and keep up.

The highlights of Swift are intended to cooperate to make a language that is intense, yet amusing to utilize. Some extra highlights of Swift include:

Closures bound together with work pointers

Tuples and numerous arrival esteems


Fast and succinct emphasis over a range or accumulation

Structs that help techniques, augmentations, and conventions

Functional programming designs, e.g., guide and channel

Powerful blunder taking care of implicit

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