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  • Google's Eric Schmidt warns on China's attempts to control the internet

    03/21/2013 12:45:42 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3-21-2013 | Josh Halliday and Lisa O'Carroll
    Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has described China as "the most egregious" example of a nation attempting to control the internet, as he hinted at expanding the company's multimillion-pound transition fund towards British publishers to boost revenues from digital. In an interview with the Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger at the Big Tent Activate Summit in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, Schmidt spoke of his concern about reports from the New York Times last month that its computers had been invaded by Chinese hackers. "As the internet has emerged in many of these different countries, there's quite a few...
  • Small Businesses Pursue Health Law ‘Loophole’

    03/21/2013 12:40:38 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | March 15, 2013 | By Jay Hancock
    NorthBay Adventure is the kind of small business that could be expected to buy medical insurance for workers under sweeping health-act rules taking effect in 2014. But executive director George Comfort says that’s not likely to happen. Instead, NorthBay became self-insured last year, paying most of its workers’ health costs directly, a practice more typical of large employers. The decision to self-insure was about free choice, savings and what’s best for his company, Comfort says. But others see it as a threat to the Affordable Care Act. As more small employers like NorthBay avoid the health act’s requirements through self-coverage,...
  • Gay relationships come & go, but children are forever.

    03/21/2013 12:38:19 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 19 replies
    03.21.2013 | BuckeyeTexan
    "I knew it was going to happen this way because boyfriends and husbands may come and go, but kids are forever. I didn't want to keep waiting." Hilton told the LA Times that he had always known he would have a child by age 35 and that he would do so alone.
  • Federal Government To Enforce 'Obamacare' Regulation In Oklahoma

    03/21/2013 12:23:34 PM PDT · by Fred · 82 replies
    http://www.newson6.com ^ | 032113 | Jeff Raymond
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The federal government has informed Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak that it intends to take over swaths of insurance regulation in the state to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act – commonly known as “Obamacare.” The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is notifying insurers in Oklahoma that it will handle enforcement of the ACA. In a March 15 letter to Doak, the agency notified the Insurance Department of its responsibility to enforce the ACA in Oklahoma because the state has declined to do so. Should Oklahoma enact“market reform requirements,” according to the letter, the...
  • Business's forcing w-9 form compliance, outside of law

    03/21/2013 12:22:52 PM PDT · by George from New England · 35 replies
    March 21, 2013 | self
    I am finding businesses demanding I fill out the i.r.s. w-9 form for small jobs where the total payment is under $600. This is subcontractor type work reportable with 1099-misc form at year's end, only if the amount exceeds $600. I am being told that failure to comply could result in an i.r.s. fine of $50. Web research suggests that business have the option to require w-9 compliance http://smallbusiness.chron.com/am-required-law-obtain-form-w9-vendors-32756.html From that site: "The IRS requires that you obtain a W-9 from every vendor from whom you purchase $600 in labor and services or $5,000 in direct sales, but you can...
  • Arid-Headed Water War Breaks Out Between L.A. and PHX

    03/21/2013 12:21:43 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 9 replies
    Calwatchdog.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The word arid has two meanings: insufficient rainfall to grow trees or dull and boring. The second meaning seems to characterize the level of intelligence that’s on display in the recent media water war that has broken out between the major newspapers in Los Angeles and Phoenix. This e-water war was provoked by William deBuys’ op-ed article in the March 14 Los Angeles Times, “Phoenix’s Too Hot Future.” The Phoenix-based Arizona Republic newspaper retorted on March 15 with an editorial, “Los Angeles More of a Water Vacuum than Phoenix.” DeBuys is the author of the book: “A Great Aridness: Climate...
  • 7 Shot At Club During Rapper's Album Release Party Source

    03/21/2013 12:21:31 PM PDT · by BBell · 56 replies
    http://www.nbcchicago.com ^ | Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 | Lauren Petty
    Seven people were injured in an overnight shooting at a record release party at a nightclub in Chicago's South Side Gresham neighborhood. Police said three men opened fire inside Mr. G's Supperclub on the 1500 block of West 87th Street around 1:15 a.m. A fight had started at the release party for a local rapper, police said, and three men pulled out handguns and fired into the crowd.A 19-year-old woman was struck and taken to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. Six men, mostly in their 20s, were also wounded. Only one was transported by ambulance.
  • Prosecutors dispute that friends of Jordan Davis fled after shooting

    03/21/2013 12:18:21 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 3 replies
    Jacksonville.com ^ | March 21, 2013 | Larry Hannan
    Prosecutors are asking a judge to deny bail to the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis and are disputing that the three other teenagers with the victim left the scene and could have discarded a weapon. They fled only a few hundred feet and for less than two minutes, according to an affidavit. Wednesday the State Attorney’s Office released its motion to deny bail to Michael David Dunn, 46, who has been in jail since shortly after the November shooting outside a Jacksonville convenience store. A three-page affidavit from the lead detective in the case says the teenagers...
  • Rangel Fibs: Democrat Claims "Millions" Of Kids Being "Shot Down By Assault Weapons"

    03/21/2013 12:17:24 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    http://nation.foxnews.com/ ^ | March 21, 2013 | Fox Nation
    During an appearance on MSNBC this morning, Congressman Charlie Rangel was asked what he thought about the assault weapons ban being dropped from Senate bill. Rangel blamed the defeat on politics and money and then made the extraordinary claim that "millions of kids" are dying because they are "being shot down by assault weapons."
  • House passes Ryan budget with big spending cuts, transformed Medicare

    03/21/2013 12:12:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    NOLA.com | Times-Picayune ^ | March 21, 2013 at 1:57 PM | Bruce Alpert,
    The House Thursday approved by a party-line vote a Republican spending plan for 2014 that would balance the U.S. budget in 10 years with substantial cuts in spending and a new Medicare plan for Americans younger than 55. It passed 221-207 and puts the GOP once again solidly on the side of reduced federal funding and more tax cuts. Democrats said it would devastate programs important to the middle class and poor, while providing huge tax benefits to the wealthy. The GOP budget would cut the top income tax rate from 39.6 percent, through the closing of loopholes and other...
  • Arne Duncan wants to fine basketball coaches whose players don't graduate

    03/21/2013 12:11:59 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan is calling for the imposition of financial penalties on college basketball and football coaches whose players don't graduate. Duncan argues in a USA Today op-ed that too many coaches get bonuses for athletic performance that far outpace the bonuses for academic achievement. "If universities and colleges want to readjust a coach's priorities, they need to change the penalties and incentives they offer coaches," he and co-author Tom McMillen write. "...Poor academic performance means the team or the individual player — not the coach — gets punished. But no coach should receive financial bonuses when much of...
  • Philip Klein: Iraq War made Obamacare possible

    03/21/2013 12:04:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 20, 2013 | Philip Klein
    This week brought two milestones: It has been 10 years since the United States invaded Iraq, and three years since President Obama's health care legislation became law. It's fitting that the two events coincided, because it was the Iraq War that made the passage of Obamacare possible. Ten years later, many supporters of the Iraq War spent this week either apologizing for or justifying their backing of the war. Personally, I supported the war at the time and the subsequent "surge" strategy, but in hindsight, given the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, it's hard to see how...
  • Biden: Gabby Giffords 'Was Shot and Mortally Wounded'(video at link)

    03/21/2013 12:04:18 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 81 replies
    Vice President Joe Biden incorrectly stated early today that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had been "shot and mortally wounded":
  • Bloomberg To Spearhead A Ban On What He Thinks Are The Most Dangerous Weapons Of All?

    03/21/2013 11:56:28 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-21-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Bloomberg is the ultimate officer of the fun police. I don't know what was done to him as a kid, but it's not hard to imagine he was the guy even the hall monitors hated...
  • Switzerland Sets Example for Income Equality (Will someone shrug?)

    03/21/2013 11:52:09 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 27 replies
    Isp News ^ | Thursday, March 21, 2013 | By Roberto Savio
    n this column, Roberto Savio, founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News, writes that in the context of economic crises, hunger and increasing inequality brought on by speculative finance, the growing wealth of the world’s billionaires is “obscene” and must be redistributed through peaceful and cooperative means. ROME, Mar 11 2013 (IPS) - For those who think that Occupy Wall Street, the Indignados in Spain, the World Social Forum and the numerous manifestations of protest worldwide are expressions without concrete outcomes, the result of the Swiss referendum on Mar. 3...
  • War on Easter? Schools, Cities Planning Another Round of ‘Spring Egg Hunts’

    03/21/2013 11:51:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    In our increasingly politically-correct society, Christmas isn’t the only holiday too hot to handle for school districts. Easter, another holiday rooted in Christian faith, is now being marginalized by governmental entities. School districts and cities across America are holding “Spring egg hunts” and similar events, frequently omitting the word “Easter” from calendars and public announcements. Consider these: • On March 16th, Flat Rock Elementary School in Anderson, South Carolina is holding a “Community Egg Hunt.” • West Shore School District will be holding its “PTO Egg Hunt” on March 16th. • New York’s East Meadow Schools will be holding its...
  • Gaza rockets hit Israeli town during Obama visit

    03/21/2013 11:46:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:14pm EDT | Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza and Ori Lewis in Jerusalem
    Two rockets fired from the Islamist-run Gaza Strip hit a southern Israeli border town on Thursday, drawing condemnation from visiting U.S. President Barack Obama. A group with links to al Qaeda, called Magles Shoura al-Muhahddin, claimed responsibility for the strike on Sderot near the Gaza frontier which wounded no one but damaged the side of a building. In an online statement, the movement said it had launched the rockets during Obama’s visit to show their attacks could not be stopped by Israeli air defenses—a possible reference to Israel’s partially U.S.-funded Iron Dome anti-missile battery. Obama, who was in Jerusalem about...
  • Quinnipiac University Poll: Clinton Tops Florida Favorite Sons In 2016 Race (Bush and Rubio)

    03/21/2013 11:45:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Quinnipiac University ^ | March 21, 2013 | Staff
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has double-digit leads over either of Florida's favorite sons, former Gov. Jeb Bush or U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, in an early look at the 2016 presidential election, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. By a 91 - 8 percent margin, consistent with margins found in other states surveyed by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, Florida voters support universal background checks for gun purchases. Voters in gun-owning households support universal background checks 88 - 11 percent. Mrs. Clinton, who shows the most strength of any potential 2016 aspirant in Quinnipiac University's national polls,...
  • Social Justice And Pope Francis: Choosing Freedom Over Serfdom

    03/21/2013 11:37:59 AM PDT · by bronxville · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/20/2013 | Alejandro Chafuen
    Having spent most of his life in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has given proof that he can rise above his environment. As his compatriot Bishop Alberto Bochatey remarked, “he is a man of few words.” I lived half of my life in Buenos Aires. Few things are more difficult there than finding leaders with his humble demeanor and his preference for teaching by example. Most in his native Argentina have been captured by a political and economic environment ruled by a government dominated “social justice” mentality. Hopefully, Pope Francis will also rise above his culture and help recover a different...
  • SocGen: Gold Is Going To Tank To $1,375 This Year

    03/21/2013 11:36:46 AM PDT · by blam · 42 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-21-2013 | Mamta Badkar
    SocGen: Gold Is Going To Tank To $1,375 This Year Mamta BadkarMarch 21, 2013Over the last 20-years, gold has shown zero correlation with stocks and bonds, and had therefore become a favorite in terms of diversifying the portfolio, according to Societe Generale. But SocGen analysts Alain Bokobza and Roland Kaloyan think "The Gold Rush Is Over". Gold is well off it's 52-week high of $1,802. And the analysts expects gold to fall 15 percent from its spot price to $1,375 per ounce by year end. This is more bearish than the consensus view which is 30 percent above SocGen's, with...