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  • The Wrong Prescription for America

    09/24/2012 9:12:19 AM PDT · by alloysteel · 7 replies
    Service Employees International Union ^ | September 20, 2012 | Staff
    Millions of Americans are faced with tough choices in this economy and millions more find themselves unable to find work and their life savings depleted. At a time when far too many working families are struggling to afford gas, groceries and rising healthcare costs, the Romney/Ryan healthcare plan for America would: 1. End Medicare as we know it - shifting more costs onto seniors and giving tax breaks to big corporations. 2. End Medicaid as we know it - forcing many seniors to be kicked out of their nursing homes. 3. Hand out $4.6 trillion in tax breaks over the...
  • Major Landmark lawsuit filed against the EPA for immoral human experimentation

    09/23/2012 7:42:54 PM PDT · by Duke C. · 8 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | Sept 23, 2012 | David W. Schnare
    [snip]...On first blush, I simply could not believe Mr. Milloy. Then I looked carefully at the facts and at the law. This case involves the intentional exposure of human subjects to “fine particulate” matter, also known as PM2.5. EPA obtained their PM2.5 from a diesel truck. It is difficult to overstate the atrocity of this research. EPA parked a truck’s exhaust pipe directly beneath an intake pipe on the side of a building. The exhaust was sucked into the pipe, mixed with some additional air and then piped directly into the lungs of the human subjects. EPA actually has pictures...
  • "I wanted to marry tiger"

    09/22/2012 4:05:28 PM PDT · by GeronL · 33 replies
    Associated Posers ^ | 2-22-2012 | geronl/AP
    (Associated Posers) - BRONX, NEW YORK - Before his now-infamous tangle with a Bronx Zoo tiger, David Villalobos adorned his Facebook page with New Age odes to Mother Earth and affirmations like, "Be love and fearless." Police said Saturday that Villalobos had told detectives that it was without fear that he leaped from an elevated train into the animal's den. His reason, they said, was that "he wanted to be with the tiger." Asked what he meant by that, David informed them that he is a female tiger trapped in a human male body and he was only seeking...
  • Doctors Group Prescribes IUDs For Teen Girls

    09/22/2012 12:59:24 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 10 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 22, 2012 | JP
    More than 40 percent of adolescent girls, ages 15 to 19, are sexually active, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. And some 750,000 teen girls get pregnant every year. So what did ACOG recommend this week to prevent teen pregnancies? Offer under-age girls “long-acting reversible contraception” – intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants. “I absolutely think that teens should be using these methods as first line,” Dr. Lisa Perriera, an ACOG member, an OB/GYN at CaseMedicalCenter in Cleveland, told ABC News. “The important thing for teens to know,” she said, “is that these devices are an on/off...
  • Smart Grid: What is the Cost?

    09/22/2012 8:55:27 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 51 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 9/22/12 | Rick Haymow
    The “smart” grid: What’s really at stake? Look at British Columbia: Around the globe, citizens of all walks of life are invited to realize that we’re all now on the playing field of a corporate control end-game. Through power grid modifications and smart meter installations, monopolistic forces are currently implementing a highly-hackable “smart” system of wireless utility metering, monitoring, selling private data, and control of life in citizens’ homes.
  • EPA to issue new safety rules for U.S. flags.

    09/20/2012 11:02:25 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 16 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 20, 2011 | Dan Miller
    Top news of the day from CONS (Combined Obama News Services): United States flags must be safe for all.Due to reports that an innocent Pakistani youth was mortally sickened by toxic fumes from a United States flag while peacefully burning it, the Environmental Protection Agency is quickly preparing new rules to ensure that all U.S. flags are safe to burn. Ben Dover, the Chief of the Flammable Substances Division at the EPA, stated: Flag burning is a recognized medium of free expression and this action will again demonstrate to our Muslim friends that we fully support their rights of free...
  • Not Too Late to Oppose Proposed Omaha Cigarette Ordinance

    09/20/2012 10:57:10 AM PDT · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-20 | Matt Blumenfeld
    The Omaha City Council is currently pushing for the passage of a new ordinance that would add an occupation tax of 35 cents per pack of cigarettes purchased within the city of Omaha, Nebraska: this increase will be in addition to the 64 cents in state taxes. The annual revenue generated from this proposed ordinance is estimated at $35 million over ten years, and will go towards funding the construction of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medical Center campus. The total cost of the project is estimated at $370 million. The state of Nebraska has already agreed...
  • Mitt Romney: Barack Obama Sometimess Calls Me the GrandFather Of ObamaCare

    09/19/2012 5:19:27 PM PDT · by wrrock · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/19/2012 | YouTube
    "I have experience in health care reform. Now and then the president says I'm the grandfather of Obamacare. I don't think he meant that as a compliment but I'll take it. This was during my primary, we thought it might not be helpful. But, um, I've actually been able to put in place a system that fit the needs of the people of my state, and I'm proud of the fact that in my state, after our plan was put in place, every child has insurance, 98 percent of adults have insurance, but we didn't have to cut Medicare by...
  • New Braunfels-based The Scooter Store Lays Off 220 Employees

    09/19/2012 1:19:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    KGNB-AM ^ | September 19, 2012
    New Braunfels-based The Scooter Store suffered through another round of layoffs yesterday, as company executives eliminated around 220 employees across all areas of the business. Scooter Store Senior Vice President Tim Zipp says the layoffs are part of a company-wide cost savings plan designed to restructure the company in the wake of continued changes in the Medicare industry. That includes fundamental changes in claims processing procedures and reductions in reimbursement amounts (both of which are key to the Scooter Store’s business model). The Scooter Store has gone through some other changes in recent months, including the exit of founder and...
  • Nanny State Update: No More Soda for NYC and Bag Taxes for San Francisco

    09/18/2012 7:56:01 AM PDT · by 92nina · 11 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-09-14 | [Staff]
    New York City has sealed the deal: The New York City Board of Health voted to approve Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large-size sodas. Starting March 12th, 2013, New Yorkers will have to look outside the Big Apple of get many soft drinks that are larger than 16 ounces. This ban is the first of its kind in the country and is another wrong-headed crusade in the war against obesity. A Cry for Freedom by Houston Food Trucks: An owner of a Houston Food truck has petitioned the city council to be able to park his food truck downtown after learning...
  • Tax Compliance for Obamacare Amounts to 80 Million Hours

    09/18/2012 7:23:41 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-18 | Rhett Brooks
    The House Committee on Ways and Means has compiled an estimate of the total amount of hours it will take to comply with the taxes contained in Obamacare. Based on IRS estimates, it will take nearly 80 million hours for families and businesses to comply with Obamacare taxes. To put this in perspective, according to Ways and Means, it is the equivalent of the Empire State Building being constructed 11 times, a building which took 7 million man-hours to build. To make matters worse, Ways and Means has concluded that over half of the burden of tax compliance for Obamacare...
  • Obamacare Will Lead to IRS Tax Liens

    09/17/2012 8:20:55 AM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-14 | Ryan Ellis
    On September 11, 2012 IRS Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement Steven Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee. He was there to talk about the IRS' implementation efforts for Obamacare. One of the topics he discussed was the "protection" people have if they choose not to comply with Obamacare's individual mandate to purchase "qualifying" health insurance: "The law clearly specifies that the IRS will not use levies or file notices of federal tax lien if taxpayers have unpaid amounts related to the individual coverage provision. Moreover, taxpayers will not be criminally prosecuted for non-payment of this amount."...
  • Retailers prepare for ‘silver tsunami’ of aging consumers

    09/15/2012 3:36:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Bend Bulletin ^ | September 15, 2012 | Ely Portillo
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Easier-to-chew foods, brighter lights in stores and bigger, clearer fonts on packaging: Those are a few of the changes marketers discussed at a conference Friday about how to sell to aging consumers. The retail innovation conference at Wake Forest University’s uptown Charlotte campus was sponsored by drugstore chain CVS Caremark. It was the first of what the school says will be an annual series. “There’s a silver tsunami coming as the baby boomer population moves into seniors," said professor Roger Beahm, executive director of the school’s Center for Retail Innovation. That tsunami is expected to change everything...
  • Health Care Unionization Campaign Changes Its Story — Again

    09/14/2012 5:38:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/8/2012 | Jack Spencer
    The “Keep Home Care Safe” proposal campaign has made another tactical change. Its website no longer makes the claim that passing the proposal would create the Home Help Program. Its new claim is that the proposal is needed to safeguard those who participate in the federally created Home Help Program, which allows elderly and disabled people to receive care in their home instead of having to move into a nursing home. It was created in 1981. Backers of Proposal 4 as the ballot measure is now known, want voters to believe that the state constitution is an appropriate place to...
  • Bloomberg’s big-soda ban approved by NYC health board

    09/14/2012 12:12:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Lookout (Yahoo! News blog) ^ | September 13, 2012 | Dylan Stableford
    The New York City Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large sugar-sweetened drinks Thursday, as expected. Eight of the board's nine members voted in favor of the ban; one, Dr. Sixto R. Caro, abstained. "I am still skeptical," Caro told The Associated Press. "This is not comprehensive enough." The plan, proposed by the mayor in May, calls for a ban on the sale of all sugar-sweetened beverages—soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened teas, coffees and fruit drinks—in cups larger than 16 ounces at the city's restaurants, food carts, fast-food joints, movie theaters, stadiums and sports arenas. The...
  • Revisiting Obamacare

    09/12/2012 12:13:25 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 4 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | September 12, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    Could one of the main provisions of Obamacare be used to “reopen” a discussion of the law in the legislature? Cato Scholar Michael Cannon argues that state-run exchanges, or the absence thereof, can be used for this purpose. Obamacare is unstable, he argues, because it instructs insurance companies to charge citizens of the same age the same premium regardless of their health risk. “That creates a huge incentive for those people not to purchase health insurance, to wait until they get sick to purchase health insurance,” said Cannon at a recent Capitol Hill briefing. “And when the healthy people aren’t...
  • Don't Allow Romney to Back-Peddle on Obamacare!

    09/12/2012 4:38:15 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 7 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 09-12-12 | J.D. Longstreet
    Until recently Mitt Romney has been telling us he intends to get rid of Obamacare. Until recently, that is. Now we learn of reports that Romney wants to preserve "parts" of Obamacare such as coverage for pre-existing conditions and coverage of "at home children" through twenty-six years of age. Trust me. This isn't good. All vestiges of Obamacare MUST GO! Socialized medicine in America whether Obamacare or Romneycare is a curse on freedom and liberty and there is no place for either in a free society. Back in June, 2012, I wrote the following: As we suspected, all along, Obamacare...
  • Living in Panamá, Social Security, Medicare, Me and More.

    09/11/2012 12:03:20 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 11, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Many problems face the nation and President Obama has shown that his administration is not able even to begin to solve them. Someone posted this on my Face Book wall: You're Panamanian. You're living on Medicare. You're living on Social Security. And you're a Republican. With all due respect please explain yourself in 50 words or less. To respond in "50 words or less" would require exclusive reliance on trite talking points and would be as silly as it would be worthless. I won't even try. The Face Book post is factually wrong on two out of four counts: I...
  • DHS Urging Citizens To Prepare For Zombie Attack

    09/10/2012 3:29:28 PM PDT · by ElIguana · 31 replies
    America's Conservative News ^ | 09/10/2012 | America's Conservative News
    No, it's not an early Halloween prank. The Associated Press is reporting that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a new "public health campaign" and has "urged citizens to prepare for a zombie apocalypse." The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have gotten into the act as well and have launched a series of seminars and social media campaigns on zombie attack survival. A CDC pamphlet, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse" gives a history of zombies and checklists of all the survival items that citizens should have in stock in case of a...
  • Susie Walker is Gone

    09/09/2012 3:28:39 PM PDT · by pfflier · 38 replies
    Susie Walker lost her brief fight with cancer last Friday.During her struggle, I had asked for, and many of you graciously responded with, prayer support for her and her family. Now, she is in the arms of the angels.