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  • Marijuana sales top $12 million; new retailers added … still just one in Seattle

    09/15/2014 2:55:42 PM PDT · by steve86 · 5 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | 9/11/2014 | Jake Ellison
    Retail sales of state-licensed weed in Washington topped $12 million by Sept. 8 … and sales keep climbing. The improvement of sales in recreational marijuana here mirrors the steep growth in sales in Colorado, where the recreational market out-sold medical for the first time in July (the latest numbers from that state). The Cannabist reports: “In July 2014, customers purchased more than $29.7 million in recreational marijuana — up from $24.7 million in June. Medical marijuana patients spent more than $28.9 million on marijuana in July — comparable to June’s $28.6 million in sales.” In Washington, there are now 55...
  • Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions (Can Lawyers be Far Behind?)

    08/30/2014 11:11:16 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 30 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/26/2014 | LUKE RUNYON
    --snip-- Some eager, inexperienced consumers have overindulged on the pot-infused food and then shown up in emergency rooms sweating and paranoid. Edibles were linked to the death of a Wyoming college student in Denver. "There's been anecdotal evidence that some of the new consumers in the legalized market were not very well informed in terms of how to safely take that product," said Lewis Koski, Colorado's marijuana enforcement director.
  • Expert: 'Imminent' ISIS threat to U.S. power grid

    09/01/2014 10:20:46 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 53 replies
    WND ^ | August 31, 2014
    <p>ISIS terrorists pose an “imminent” threat to the U.S. electric grid with the capacity to coordinate a devastating assault on our nation’s infrastructure, warned a leading homeland security and terrorism expert in a radio interview Sunday.</p> <p>Dr. Peter Pry, a former CIA officer, is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional advisory boards. He also served on the Congressional EMP Commission, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, and the House Armed Services Committee.</p>
  • Obama turns 'prepper,' warns of coming 'crisis' 'Families should assemble a disaster supplies kit'

    08/30/2014 8:58:57 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 126 replies
    WND ^ | August 29, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    President Obama on Friday turned prepper, with a proclamation regarding National Preparedness Month that warned emergencies, “from hurricanes and wildfires to cyber and terrorist attacks, can strike anywhere at any time.” In his proclamation, he said each household should have its own plan. “Before emergencies occur, we must make sure we are ready to respond, and it is every American’s responsibility to be prepared. There are simple but important steps we can all take to ensure we know what to do and have what we need in the event of a crisis. National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to talk...
  • CODE ORANGE: The Risk Of An 'Explosive Subglacial Eruption' In Iceland Just Went Up

    08/18/2014 9:58:16 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    BI ^ | 8-18-2014 | Myles Udland
    August 18, 2014Myles UdlandThere's a (increased) chance a huge volcano in Iceland could blow.Lorcan Roche Kelly at Agenda Research tipped us off to the news that the Icelandic government on Monday changed the status of Bardarbunga, a volcano in Iceland located under Europe's largest glacier, to "orange," meaning there is a heightened risk of eruption and ash cloud. A report from Reuters on Monday noted that this is the second-highest risk level on the government's five-level risk scale. "Presently there are no signs of eruption, but it cannot be excluded that the current activity will result in an explosive subglacial...
  • State law means names of state employee fraudsters stay secret (CT)

    07/04/2014 4:18:07 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 3 replies
    Journal Inquirer ^ | Friday, July 4, 2014 | Ed Jacovino
    The state employees were disciplined for lying to get money through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, an extension of food stamps available to poor residents who lost food or income in September 2011 after Hurricane Irene hit here as a tropical storm. While Larson said the law merits revisiting, other members of the state's congressional delegation weren't so forthcoming about their views on the state measure or the similar federal law that have left taxpayers in the dark about the conduct and punishment of state employees -- many of whom were fired but rehired after they appealed. U.S. Sens....
  • The Dark Road: The Worst Tax Law You've Never Heard About (effective July 1st)

    06/28/2014 11:11:55 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 34 replies
    It broke Ruth Freeborn’s heart to give up her U.S. citizenship that fateful day last year. Unfortunately for the Oklahoma native, though, it was either that, or her family. Ruth’s Canadian husband of 33 years, who earns all of the middle-class family’s income, “simply could not go along with this situation,” she explained. “To find myself suddenly not able to live, bank, save or to keep peace in my marriage while being American at the same time was shocking at first and deeply disturbing to me.” Ruth wrote “what must have been” hundreds of letters to U.S. senators and officials,...
  • Obama’s Iraq disaster ("this is a mess of President Obama’s making" Washington Post)

    06/16/2014 6:32:51 PM PDT · by dead · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 16 June 2014 | Marc A. Thiessen
    In 2011, the situation in Iraq was so good that the Obama administration was actually trying to take credit for it, with Vice President Joe Biden declaring that Iraq “could be one of the great achievements of this administration.” Now in 2014, as Iraq descends into chaos, Democrats are trying to blame the fiasco on — you guessed it — George W. Bush. “I don’t think this is our responsibility,” said Nancy Pelosi, declaring that the unfolding disaster in Iraq “represents the failed policies that took us down this path 10 years ago.” Sorry, but this is a mess of...
  • I hate obama!

    06/10/2014 8:28:54 AM PDT · by LUV W · 38 replies
    That is all....
  • Apartment under construction collapses in Pyongyang

    05/17/2014 6:55:59 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 30 replies
    yonhap ^ | may 17,2014
    SEOUL, May 18 (Yonhap) -- An apartment building under construction in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang has collapsed, causing an unspecified number of casualties, the state media reported Sunday. The North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the accident occurred in the Pyongchon District on May 13 as "the construction of an apartment house was not done properly, and officials supervised and controlled it in an irresponsible manner." The KCNA reported that a "state emergency mechanism" was formed to rescue survivors and treat the wounded, and senior officials met with bereaved families and citizens in the district to express...
  • OK, We Admit It: ObamaCare Is Working!

    05/14/2014 4:29:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies ^ | May 14, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Health Reform: President Obama is right about ObamaCare — "This thing is working." It's working just like critics said it would, and nothing like its supporters promised. High and rising premiums. Runaway costs. Rampant waste. Workers shoved into government-run exchanges. That's what critics said would happen should ObamaCare remain the law of the land. And on every point, these critics were viciously attacked by the White House and its amen chorus in the press. But on each, the critics are being proved right while the law's backers try to change the subject. Warnings of ObamaCare rate shocks were a big...
  • It's ALL, COMPLETELY, About Him (Obama, natch. Vanity)

    04/24/2014 1:09:30 PM PDT · by JennysCool · 4 replies
    Irritating Email Site News Ticker | 4-24-14 | None Listed
  • Rescuers Race to Find Survivors of South Korean Ferry Sinking

    04/16/2014 5:08:04 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 16, 2014 | ALASTAIR GALE, KWANWOO JUN and IN-SOO NAM
    SEOUL—South Korea said almost 300 people remain missing after a passenger ferry sank early Wednesday near the country's southwest coast. Rescue services raced to find survivors from the ship, which quickly rolled over and may have trapped passengers inside. Two bodies have been recovered from the site. Officials said the cause of the disaster hadn't been determined.
  • What Would An Eruption Of The Yellowstone Supervolcano Look Like?

    04/02/2014 5:50:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 104 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 1, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    On Sunday, the worst earthquake in about 30 years rattled the Yellowstone supervolcano. Overall, there have been at least 25 significant earthquakes at Yellowstone National Park since Thursday, but it is the 4.8 earthquake that has many observers extremely worried. Could such a large earthquake be a sign that the Yellowstone supervolcano is starting to roar to life after all this time? And if it does erupt, what would that mean for the rest of the country? As you will see below, a full-blown eruption at Yellowstone would be absolutely catastrophic. It is estimated that such an eruption could dump...
  • People cry for help from underneath rubble after 3 die in Washington landslide

    03/23/2014 2:52:37 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Sunday, March 23, 2014 | Greg Botelho, Joe Sutton, Janet DiGiacomo
    (CNN) -- A devastating landslide in Washington state killed three people Saturday and sent rescuers desperately digging for people crying for help underneath debris, authorities in Washington state said. The landslide cut off a small town and a river and prompted an evacuation notice for fear of a potentially "catastrophic flood event," authorities said. The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said, in addition to those dead, seven adults and a 6-month-old boy were rescued and sent to local hospitals. Harborview Medical Center in Seattle reported that five patients had been airlifted there and were in its care. Three of those --...
  • Cries for help still heard in fatal mudslide near Oso

    03/23/2014 7:33:42 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    Rescue crews searched into the night for survivors from a massive mudslide in Washington state that killed at least three people, after hearing voices from the debris field pleading for help. The slide of mud, trees and rocks happened about 11 a.m. Saturday morning. Several people - including an infant - were critically injured and at least six houses were destroyed. Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said at a news briefing late Saturday that searchers weren't giving up on finding more people. "We have people who are yelling for our help, and we are going to take...
  • There are some not-so eerie similarities between this word and "disaster."

    03/14/2014 11:22:19 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-14-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • The decline and fall of American deterrence

    A few days ago, America experienced the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. At the end of September, the world observed the 75th anniversary of the Munich Agreement, whereby Britain and France surrendered Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland to Hitler's Germany. Nazi Germany annexed most of the rest of Czechoslovakia within months, and invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, thus beginning the Second World War. What do Pearl Harbor, the Munich Pact, and Germany's invasion of Poland have in common? The common thread running through these events is that western democracies' military weakness tempted aggressors to strike. Add to this...
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  • Republicans open investigations into ObamaCare’s disaster sites

    02/17/2014 2:36:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/17/14 | Jonathan Easley2/
    Republicans are launching investigations into three state-run ObamaCare exchanges that are failing disastrously. Lawmakers are setting their sites on exchanges in Oregon, Maryland and Massachusetts where Democratic governors embraced the healthcare law, and are demanding to know why their expensive online portals remain useless more than four months after launch. On Wednesday, four Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of the $304 million in federal grants that Oregon received to build its broken website. “The catastrophic breakdown of Cover Oregon is unacceptable, and taxpayers deserve accountability,”...
  • MILLER: Prideful (& exempt) president refuses to admit Obamacare is a disaster

    02/13/2014 3:07:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/12/14 | Emily Miller
    President Obama is scrambling to put Band-Aids on the health care law instead of admitting that it is DOA. He pushed Obamacare through Congress with the promise that it would help the 30 million uninsured Americans and not hurt the rest of us. Five years later, the government intrusion has disrupted the coverage of the more than 300 million Americans who were content with their insurance, and it is already dragging down the economy. Mr. Obama is trying to hide the problems. That’s why the White House announced Monday it would again push back the deadline for the mandate to...
  • Microsoft Fan Says: 'Windows 8 Is A Disaster In Every Sense Of The Word'

    02/11/2014 1:11:44 PM PST · by lbryce · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Frbruary 10, 2014 | Juulie Bort
    One of Microsoft's strongest supporters took a good, hard look at the soon-to-be released next version of Windows 8, which could arrive in April, and threw his hands up in frustration. The new version is called Windows 8 Update 1, and it includes a number of small changes, mostly minor tweaks. These tweaks try to fix some of the complaints people still had about Windows 8. But blogger Paul Thurrott of the influential Windows blog “Supersite for Windows” says they really just make Windows 8 more difficult to use, especially on a tablet. He took Microsoft to task, writing: Windows...
  • Millions Trapped in Health-Law Coverage Gap

    02/10/2014 6:03:04 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Ernest Maiden was dumbfounded to learn that he falls through the cracks of the health-care law because in a typical week he earns about $200 from the Happiness and Hair Beauty and Barber Salon. Like millions of other Americans caught in a mismatch of state and federal rules, the 57-year-old hair stylist doesn't make enough money to qualify for federal subsidies to buy health insurance. If he earned another $1,300 a year, the government would pay the full cost. Instead, coverage would cost about what he earns. "It's a Catch-22," said Mr. Maiden, an uninsured diabetic. Without help, he...
  • Ice Storm Leads to Record Number of Power Outages [Where is FEMA with generators and blankets??]

    02/07/2014 5:47:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    NBC ^ | 2/6/14 | By Vince Lattanzio, Dan Stamm and David Chang
    A record-number of people lost their power across the region thanks to a significant ice storm and power officials warn it could be days before everyone has their electricity back. "Based on the current conditions and the damage across the entire region, we believe service for the majority of customers will be restored by Friday night," said PECO spokesman Ben Armstrong. "However customers in more heavily-damaged areas will be without power through Sunday." PECO Energy, the largest power provider in the Philadelphia region, told the storm was the second worst in their history and worst winter storm outage ever with more...
  • Most Poorly Planned Wedding Ever (LOL Video)

    01/29/2014 6:23:47 AM PST · by doug from upland · 15 replies
    digg video ^ | orig 2011
  • Krauthammer on 'All hell's going to break loose'

    01/23/2014 11:46:36 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 79 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 1/22/2014
    Charles Krauthammer predicted Wednesday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that "all hell's going to break loose" if the administration can't fix the problems with the website by mid-March. "Right now the insurers are guessing at the subsidy, so all of this is on the honor system and it can be wildly off," Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor said. "If they undershoot, the insurers are going to go bust. If they overshoot, the government is going to be stuck with a huge bill."
  • Crisis Reality: “Within An Hour the Stores Were Emptied”

    01/21/2014 2:10:45 PM PST · by Kartographer · 45 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1/21/14 | Mac Slavo
    When toxic chemicals spilled into the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia a couple of weeks ago we got another glimpse into what the world might look like in the aftermath of a major, widespread disaster.
  • Obama Thanks Dem Senator Who's Avoiding Him 'Publicly'

    01/15/2014 11:37:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Jan. 15, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    Democratic senator Kay Hagan refused to appear with President Obama during his trip today to her home state of North Carolina. But Obama went out of his way to "publicly" thank Hagan anyway: "Your senator, Kay Hagan, couldn't be here. But I wanted to thank her publicly for the great work she's doing," said Obama. Hagan's up for reelection this year.
  • 72 Hours to Chaos

    12/21/2013 10:34:28 AM PST · by DouglasKC · 49 replies
    Good News Magazine ^ | 2012 | Gary Petty
    What do times of disaster teach us about ourselves and society? Is our moral center what it ought to be? In 2005 I worked as a volunteer at a shelter for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. We tried to console confused, hungry, frightened people who had been picked off the roofs of their houses in New Orleans and transported to San Antonio, Texas. One young woman sat on a cot staring aimlessly. In obvious shock, she ignored the activity swirling around her. I stopped, leaned down and asked her if I could help. She looked up with eyes filled with...
  • Fmr UBS CEO: Obamacare a 'Disaster,' Costs 'Not Sustainable'

    12/16/2013 2:29:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/16/13 | Free Beacon
    Vid at link
  • New delay: Deadline for ObamaCare enrollment moved back from December 15th to 23rd

    11/22/2013 12:30:32 PM PST · by Raebie · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 22, 2013 | Allahpundit
    They continue to insist that they’re on track for “major improvement” or whatever to the website by November 30th, but if it was as major as they’d hoped, they never would have resorted to this. A little heads up for our twentysomething readers: In case you haven’t decided yet what you’ll be buying with the cash you get for Christmas, good news — Obama and the insurance industry have decided for you. Wait a sec. I thought the reason they set December 15th as the deadline for enrolling if you want your new coverage to start on New Year’s Day...
  • Washington IL tornado victims supporting each other

    11/19/2013 5:16:40 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    WABC ^ | 11/19/13
    ... The cleanup from Sunday's outbreak of tornadoes had scarcely begun, but people in storm-ravaged towns like Washington, 140 miles southwest of Chicago, had to keep moving.....
  • Why liberals are panicked about Obamacare

    11/15/2013 8:28:12 AM PST · by Candor7 · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 14 Nov. 2013 | Charles Krauthammer
    “Even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.— Bill Clinton, Nov. 12 So the former president asserts that the current president continues to dishonor his “you like your plan, you can keep your plan” pledge. And calls for the Affordable Care Act to be changed, despite furious White House resistance to the very idea. Coming from the dean of the Democratic Party, this one line marked the breaching of the dam. It legitimized the brewing rebellion of panicked Democrats...
  • Low Obamacare Enrollment More Proof of a ‘Disaster’ (When ObamaCare Meets 'berg, Epic Fail haPPens)

    11/12/2013 9:10:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Eric Pianin, Brianna Ehley - The Fiscal Times
    Before’s troubled launch on Oct. 1, the White House estimated nearly 500,000 people would enroll in the Obamacare health exchanges within the first month and an estimated 7 million were expected to gain private coverage by the end of March, when the open-enrollment period is scheduled to end. Now – even before the administration can deliver on its promise to release an official head count of how many people have enrolled for insurance coverage in the first full month of operations – insurance industry analysts on Monday released figures showing the government has signed up a mere fraction of...
  • Amid gruesome typhoon scenes, aid trickles in (Philippines. US Marines on scene)

    11/11/2013 11:07:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KFMB-AM / The Associated Press ^ | November 11, 2013 | Todd Pitman, Jim Gomez, Oliver Teves, Minh Tran and Teresa Cerojano
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced a daunting relief effort that had barely begun Monday, as bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine. Police guarded stores to prevent people from hauling off food, water and such non-essentials as TVs and treadmills, but there was often no one to carry away the dead - not even those seen along the main road from the airport to Tacloban, the worst-hit city along the country's remote eastern seaboard.....
  • Typhoon deaths climb into thousands in Philippines (10,000 just in one city!)

    11/10/2013 6:40:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    My Way News / The Associated Press ^ | November 10, 2013 | Jim Gomez
    TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - Corpses hung from trees, were scattered on sidewalks or buried in flattened buildings - some of the 10,000 people believed killed in one Philippine city alone by ferocious Typhoon Haiyan that washed away homes and buildings with powerful winds and giant waves. As the scale of devastation became clear Sunday from one of the worst storms ever recorded, officials projected the death toll could climb even higher when emergency crews reach parts of the archipelago cut off by flooding and landslides. Looters raided grocery stores and gas stations in search of food, fuel and water as...
  • Philippine super typhoon kills at least 10,000, official says

    11/09/2013 7:05:37 PM PST · by Innovative · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 9, 2013 | Reuters
    One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines province of Leyte, a senior police official said on Sunday, with coastal towns and the regional capital devastated by huge waves. Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through the province on Friday, said chief superintendent Elmer Soria, a regional police director. Haiyan, a category 5 typhoon that churned through the Philippine archipelago in a straight line from east to west, packing wind gusts of around 275 kph (170 mph), weakened significantly...
  • Obamacare Website Is the Tip of the Iceberg as Uncle Sam Catches Up on Tech (Disaster Looms)

    11/09/2013 4:18:58 PM PST · by lbryce · 44 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | November 8, 2013 | Matt Nesto
    It has been a rough month for the roll out of the so-called Obamacare website, better known as Although everyone from the administrator, to the Health and Human Services secretary, to the President of the United States has apologized for the chaos, and taken responsibility the failure, the problems still persist. So far, no one has lost their job - or their pay - over the ordeal and a mad scramble is underway to get it fixed. But even when they do get it working, there's likely to be another digital disaster right behind it. ***SNIP*** "The ineptitude of...
  • Pentagon leaning toward cutting troops, beefing up tech (Prelude to defeat!)

    11/05/2013 1:17:41 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | November 5, 2013 | Chris Carroll
    The military must prepare for major upheaval, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Tuesday, because meeting the budgetary and security challenges of the future will “require significant change across every aspect of our defense enterprise.” And deep cuts in end strength could be just one of the results. (snip) “We may have to accept the reality that not every unit will be at maximum readiness, and some kind of a tiered readiness system is perhaps inevitable,” Hagel said. “This carries the risk that the President would have fewer options to fulfill our national security objectives.” (snip) “We will need to...
  • How many so far have signed up for Obamacare?

    10/16/2013 7:43:38 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 36 replies
    Democurmudgeon.blogspot ^ | October 15, 2013 | Curmudgeon
    Is this possible? The Wonkblog site shows zero accounts created so far for California, Nevada, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, and Washington.
  • How Badly Will ObamaCare Screw You? Answers Here!

    10/24/2013 7:59:22 AM PDT · by dagogo redux · 31 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | 10/24/13 | Karl Denninger
    Well well lookie what the cat dragged in. That's a link to the unsubsidized data dump -- all 78,437 records -- for each county and State under the Obamacare exchange program. I can verify that for at least my state and county the table is correct, since you can now look it up on without creating an account first (which I am not about to do.) There are several very interesting statistical facts that come from this. First, if you're "27", the average premium is $266.20/month or $3,194.40 per year. How many 27 year olds have an extra $3,200...
  • Top Ten Obamacare Disasters to Come: The Disastrous Rollout is Just the Beginning

    10/23/2013 5:29:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/23/2013 | Grace-Marie Turner
    President Obama’s Monday Rose Garden speech replayed the same talking points he has been using for more than three years about Obamacare, while also offering old-tech suggestions, such as telephone hotlines and paper applications, to work around the law’s disastrous website. But enrollment in Obamacare insurance ultimately does depend upon the website’s problems’ being fixed, because the information gathered via phone calls and paper applications must be entered into massive federal government databases to check eligibility. A delay of the individual tax penalties will be inevitable if the site isn’t fixed soon; you can’t penalize people if they can’t...
  • Thousands Of People Lose Healthcare Insurance Under Obamacare

    10/21/2013 7:24:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | October 21, 2013 | Khier Casino
    President Obama promised that, “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it.” But one insurance provider, Florida Blue, is ending about 300,000 policies by sending out cancellation notices to customers. This is about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state, NBC News reports. About 14 million people buy their own coverage because they can’t get it at work. Many have sent notices, according to calls to insurers in several states. Kaiser Permanente in California has sent out cancellation notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh...
  • Some of the Inside Story on Obamacare

    10/18/2013 7:44:35 AM PDT · by In Maryland · 14 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | October 18, 2013 | By Christopher Weaver and Louise Radnofsky
    Insurers say the federal health-care marketplace is generating flawed data that is straining their ability to handle even the trickle of enrollees who have gotten through so far, in a sign that technological problems extend further than the website traffic and software issues already identified.
  • Assessing the Exchanges

    10/18/2013 6:50:50 AM PDT · by Raebie · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | Yuval Levin
    Over the last few days, I have spoken in some detail about the state of the federal Obamacare exchanges with several officials of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (the HHS agency that is running the exchanges), and with a number of reasonably well placed insurance company officials in Washington. The picture they paint of how the rollout of the exchanges has gone is similar in its broad strokes to what has emerged in other reports in recent days, so I don’t think I’ll be breaking much news here, though some of the details have (I think) not been...
  • The Flaw that is ObamaCare

    10/13/2013 7:50:17 PM PDT · by HeartlandOfAmerica · 19 replies
    Self ^ | 10/13/13 | Dean Sueck
    The Flaw Known as ObamaCare I read an online article from the New York Times Sunday morning and not surprisingly, in the user comment section, the liberal ObamaCare supporters are putting the blame for this ObamaCare website fiasco on Republicans and 'extremists', "obstructionists', the govt shutdown, 'teabaggers' and other not nice GOP people and groups. When I took a contary position and shifted blame back to the liberal base and politicians in a couple of posts to the Times comment section, my comments were summarily executed and deleted within 60 seconds. Censorship is alive and well at the Times. Truth...
  • Barroso met with boos and jeers on Lampedusa tour (EU Commission president)

    10/10/2013 12:32:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 10 October 2013 | Aline Robert for in Paris
    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso’s trip to the Italian island of Lampedusa began with boos and shouts of “shame” and “murderers” from some of the residents, TV footage has shown. In the meantime, lawmakers prepared to re-examine the EU’s border surveillance systems. EurActiv France reports. Barroso, EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano paid a visit yesterday (9 October) to Lampedusa, the small Italian island near the coast of which some 270 immigrants drowned in a shipwreck last week. …
  • Many remain locked out of federal health-care Web site

    10/08/2013 10:22:06 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10-8-2013 | Juliet Eilperin, Amy Goldstein and Sandhya Somashekhar
    Major insurers, state health-care officials and Democratic allies repeatedly warned the Obama administration in recent months that the new federal health-insurance exchange had significant problems, according to people familiar with the conversations. Despite those warnings and intense criticism from Republicans, the White House proceeded with an Oct. 1 launch. A week after the federal Web site opened, technical problems continued to plague the system, and on Tuesday people were locked out until 10 a.m., although some applicants were able to sign up as the day went on. Officials said they were working 24 hours a day to improve the system...
  • Obamacare: Worst Law Passed in Four Decades Must Be Stopped, Says Stockman

    10/04/2013 1:26:39 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 19 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 8 hours ago | By Lauren Lyster | Daily Ticker –
    A backlog of Americans tried to get onto the Obamacare exchanges that went live on Tuesday, amid delays and glitches (and high demand/traffic) with the marketplaces. Meanwhile, a shutdown continues as the GOP tries to defund, delay, or otherwise defang the law. Related: Obamacare Could Mean Steep Rate Hikes in These Four States David Stockman, former director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Reagan Administration, former member of Congress, and author of “The Great Deformation,” essentially says: bring it on. This, despite Obamacare being the law, passed in 2010 by a president who was re-elected in 2012...
  • Yosemite Fire Threatens San Francisco Water Supply

    08/26/2013 9:28:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Time ^ | 8/26/13 | Noah Rayman
    The wildfire that’s been raging in Yosemite National Park for 10 days came within two miles of a reservoir that supplies most of San Francisco’s water on Sunday, Reuters reports. The “Rim Fire,” as it’s called, has already burned 134,000 acres, including 11 homes, and threatened both water and power supplies to the city, about 200 miles to the west. Nearly 3,000 firefighters on the front lines had about 7 percent of the fire contained Sunday.