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  • 'British' jihadist who beheaded journalist is Londoner called John

    08/21/2014 9:25:27 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/21/14 | Gordon Rayner, and Martin Evans
    The jihadist who beheaded the American journalist James Foley is believed to be British born militant from London who calls himself John, it can be revealed. Intelligence agents in the UK and United States are urgently looking into reports that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighter, whose brutal actions shocked the world, is the ringleader of group of British jihadists who have specialised in hostage taking. Based in the Isil stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, ‘John’, is described as a well-educated, intelligent, but highly committed member of the extremist terror group.
  • Could Saudi Arabia Be the Next ISIS Conquest?

    08/17/2014 6:40:48 AM PDT · by EBH · 18 replies
    Vovativ ^ | 6/24/2014 | Rachael Levy
    If Saudi Arabia does become the next ISIS target, it may be even easier than the group’s push into Iraq. A groundswell of ideological support combined with wide-reaching corruption could pave the way for ISIS’ penetration into the country. Saudi Arabia, unlike Iraq, is almost 90 percent Sunni. Iraq’s growing resistance to ISIS comes largely via the swelling ranks of a Shiite militia, the Mahdi army, with Shiite fighters returning from Syria to defend their country against the radical Sunni insurgency that is sweeping the nation. Saudi is also a major source of support for ISIS. Since the latest offensive...
  • The Battle of Mobile Bay, 150 Years Ago

    08/05/2014 11:15:14 AM PDT · by Borges · 22 replies
    History Channel ^ | 8/5/2014 | Christopher Klein
    On August 5, 1864, a naval fleet commanded by Union Admiral David Farragut captured one of the last major ports remaining in Confederate hands. The Battle of Mobile Bay was perhaps the most important naval battle of the Civil War, but it is better remembered for the immortal order supposedly delivered by Farragut. More than three years into the Civil War, the Union naval blockade of Southern ports had choked most of the Confederacy’s nautical lifelines. Blockade runners, however, still operated out of one major haven along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico—Mobile, Alabama. Ever since his capture of...
  • US Ebola victim arrives at Emory University hospital in Atlanta

    08/02/2014 8:22:05 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 65 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 8-2-2014 | Jessica Glenza
    One of two American aid workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus returned to the US from Africa on Saturday. Both were volunteers treating Ebola patients in Liberia, one of three countries affected in a West African outbreak that has so far killed 729 people, the deadliest outbreak in history. Dr Kent Brantly of Texas was transported to the Emory University hospital in Atlanta, where he will be quarantined in a sophisticated isolation unit. He returned to the US in a private jet outfitted with a containment tent. Transport of the second aid worker, the South Carolina missionary Nancy Writebol,...
  • Small cars fare poorly in new frontal crash tests, Mini Cooper Countryman gets top rating (Duh?)

    07/30/2014 3:12:02 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/30/2014 | DEE-ANN DURBIN
    The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests. The Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500L and Mazda5 wagon all fared worst in the tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an Arlington, Va.-based safety group that's funded by insurers. The Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max, Mitsubishi Lancer, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ all got the second-highest rating of "acceptable." The Hyundai Veloster and Scion xB were a notch below that, with "marginal" ratings. The small overlap front crash test, introduced in 2012, replicates...
  • Ebola has spread across the globe: ...officials try to trace 30,000 linked to death of US victim

    07/30/2014 12:20:42 PM PDT · by EBH · 101 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 7/29/14 | Lizzy Parrie
    Fears of a global Ebola pandemic are 'justified' an expert has said as Nigerian health officials try to trace 30,000 people at risk of contracting the deadly disease following the death of Patrick Sawyer. The U.S. citizen boarded a flight in Liberia carrying the disease to Nigeria, potentially infecting 'anyone on the same plane'. It comes as Nigerian actor Jim Iyke sparked outrage, posting a picture of himself wearing an Ebola mask while sitting in a first class airport lounge as he fled Liberia. The 'Nollywood' star posted a message on his Instagram page saying he had cut short a...
  • ‘Galaxy Quest’: The Oral History

    07/25/2014 6:18:00 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 74 replies
    MTV ^ | 7/23/2014 | Jordan Hoffman
    “Never give up, never surrender!” That’s the hokey battle cry spoken by fictional Commander Peter Taggart, but it also easily applies to the long journey to get the beloved cult film “Galaxy Quest” to the screen. In 1999 Mark Johnson, already an Oscar winner for “Rain Man,” was an independent producer with a deal at DreamWorks Studios. Johnson’s scouts had come across a screenplay called “Captain Starshine” that, by all accounts, wasn’t particularly good, but which had that killer “what if” hook. Basically: what if the Thermians – a group of goofy space aliens – misconstrued old episodes of a...
  • Moody's downgrades Atlantic City general obligation bonds to junk status

    07/23/2014 2:28:38 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/23/2014 | CNBC.com staff
    Moody's Investors Service downgraded the general obligation bonds of Atlantic City, New Jersey to "junk" status on Wednesday, citing the struggling casino town's declining tax base. The credit rating service cut the city's underlying rating to "Ba1" from "Baa2." It affects $245 million in outstanding debt.
  • Box-Office Slump: Hollywood Facing Worst Summer in Eight Years (Obama effect?)

    07/23/2014 10:23:50 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 106 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 07/23/2014 | Pamela McClintock
    Less than six weeks before Labor Day, hopes for recovery at the North American summer box office have evaporated. The season is expected to finish down 15 to 20 percent compared with 2013, the worst year-over-year decline in three decades, and revenue will struggle to crack $4 billion, which hasn't happened in eight years. As a result, analysts predict that the full year is facing a deficit of 4 to 5 percent.
  • Snake In NJ Lake Identified as Green Anaconda

    07/21/2014 10:28:55 AM PDT · by njslim · 154 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 7/21/14 | Nick Sanchez
    An anaconda snake is loose in New Jersey's Lake Hopatcong, and a local reptile expert said Friday he's breaking his silence after animal control told him to keep quiet about the dangerous reptile. "I've known it was an anaconda since last week, but I was told by animal control and state police not to say anything," Gerald Andrejcak, who works for Common Sense for Animals, told The New Jersey Herald. "Officials were afraid that if it came out that the snake was an anaconda it would cause mass hysteria. It needed to come out, it is a public safety issue."
  • Obama tells Netanyahu 'deeply concerned' over Gaza...(In between fund raising trips)

    07/18/2014 4:44:48 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/18/2014 | Staff
    US President Barack Obama telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to voice concerns about the crisis in Gaza amid an Israeli ground offensive. Obama said that while the US supports Israel's right to defend itself, "the United States and our friends and allies are deeply concerned about the risks of further escalation and the loss of more innocent life." Israeli troops launched an offensive on the Gaza periphery aimed at destroying Hamas's network of cross-border tunnels on the 11th day of an assault in which 274 Palestinians, including many children, have been killed. "Although we support military efforts...
  • Mysterious giant hole suddenly appears in Siberia

    07/16/2014 1:13:51 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/16/14 | Omar Kardoudi
    A mysterious giant hole and crater have suddenly appeared in Siberia, Russia. There are not many details right now, but the video captured from a helicopter shows a weird configuration with debris and signs of combustion around it. Was it an explosion, an impact, or some violent drilling?
  • Reuters Hacked?

    06/22/2014 3:32:44 AM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Free Republic ^ | June 22, 2014 3:24am | self
    clicked on reuters story at approx 3:22am this morning and screen changes to... (dont want to inflate this so putting the rest in comments)
  • In Abrupt Shift, Mississippi Gov. Bryant Comes Out Against Common Core

    06/20/2014 12:15:15 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/20/14 | Matthew Boyle
    MADISON, Mississippi — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant came out in ardent opposition to Common Core education standards on Thursday, a signal of the immense grassroots pressure in the state, as State Sen. Chris McDaniel and incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) battle to win the GOP primary runoff on Tuesday. “I think Common Core is a failed program, and the United States is beginning to realize that,” Bryant said, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. "Governors all across America are realizing states can do it better.” In late 2013, Bryant issued an executive order that called for state-level, not national, educational standards,...
  • Fighting Back Against ISIS: Battle for Iraq (Dispatch 1)

    06/17/2014 10:16:43 PM PDT · by South40 · 3 replies
    Vice News ^ | 6/17/2014
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RojiK_l45hY
  • Crisis Leaves 'Vast Swaths' of Border Unprotected, Cartels 'in Control'

    06/11/2014 11:37:58 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/11/2014 | Brandon Darby
    HOUSTON, Texas--The massive influx of adults and minors crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador has brought the Customs and Border Protection agency (CPB) past its capacity to provide security at the U.S./Mexico border, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). In an interview with Breitbart Texas, NBPC Vice President Shawn Moran revealed that the Mexican cartels control the flow of illegal immigrants across Mexico through the monopoly on coyotes, otherwise known as human smugglers. “Mexican cartels are exploiting this crisis to get their shipments through. They know our schedules, our shifts, our manpower, and...
  • Boeing Formation Flight: Saving Energy Like Birds Do

    06/10/2014 2:25:42 PM PDT · by Baynative · 29 replies
    Boeing-YouTube ^ | 6/6/2014 | Boeing
    Saving energy is not an easy task but how do the Boeing engineers do it? The answer is flying above you.
  • Fewer good jobs in the new economy (New economy?)

    06/10/2014 8:23:19 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 5 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 06/10/2014 | Jeffry Bartash
    The U.S. may have regained all the jobs destroyed by the Great Recession, but the new jobs that replaced the old ones aren’t any better — and that helps explain why the five-year recovery has seemed so anemic thus far. The economy employed 138.46 million Americans in May, according to the Labor Department’s so-called establishment survey issued on Friday (Another government survey says we are not quite there yet). The prior peak was 138.37 million, set in January 2008, just as the 2007-2009 recession was getting underway.
  • Militia says shot down Ukrainian recon aircraft (AN-30)

    06/06/2014 9:29:09 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 5-6-2014 | TCRLAF
    A Ukrainian Antonov An-30 reconnaissance aircraft has been shot down by militia and presumably fallen a few kilometers to the east of the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk in the Donetsk Region, a militia spokesman said Friday. “A Ukrainian reconnaissance plane made circles all day. Militiamen shot it causing an engine to catch fire. After that, it turned back and flew beyond the city’s boundaries,” the militia spokesman said, adding that there is no place for landing in the radius of several kilometers. “A pillar of black smoke is rising above the presumed place where the plane fell,” he added....
  • Surge in kids crossing border alone strains patrol (Ridiculous!)

    06/06/2014 7:33:35 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 06/05/2014 | Alicia Caldwell
    Border Patrol agents could arrest as many as 90,000 children trying to illegally cross the Mexican border alone this year, more than three times the number of children apprehended in 2013, according to a draft internal Homeland Security memorandum reviewed by The Associated Press. In the May 30 memo from Border Patrol Deputy Chief Ronald Vitiello to the National Security Council's transborder security directorate, Vitiello said Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics estimates that by 2015 the number of children apprehended while traveling alone could grow to 142,000.
  • It is now illegal in 33 cities to feed homeless people

    06/04/2014 9:20:55 PM PDT · by coldphoenix · 58 replies
    www.kulturekritic.com ^ | June 3, 2014. | Liku Zelleke
    The next time you can be bothered enough to feed a homeless person you might find yourself at odds with the law. Yes, you have to be “bothered” because you are under no obligation to help your fellow mankind, who has fallen on hard times and on harder concrete slabs. That’s right, because if you help homeless people in cities like Daytona Beach, Florida; Raleigh, N.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Birmingham, Alabama you could be fined, physically removed and/or be threatened with time behind bars – and they have actually done it. In fact, 33 cities across the United States...
  • Rubio: Obama ‘Believes He’s Become A Monarch Or An Emperor’

    06/04/2014 9:48:11 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/03/2014 | Brendon Bordelon
    Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio savaged President Obama for his failure to notify Congress about the release of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay as the law requires, claiming the president “believes somehow he’s become a monarch or an emperor.” Rubio spoke Tuesday with Fox News’ host Gretchen Carlson about the White House’s refusal to tell Congress before they traded five high-level Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured by the Taliban after his likely desertion in 2009. “The president has violated the law here,” the Florida senator asserted. “The law is very clear. He must give congressional notification...
  • Chart of the Week: Is food too cheap for our own good?

    05/26/2014 6:09:15 AM PDT · by EBH · 52 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | 5/23/2014 | Drew DeSilver
    As you scarf down burgers and potato salad this long Memorial Day weekend, consider this: Americans have the cheapest food in history, and that unprecedented abundance is largely responsible for why we’re so fat. According to a new article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Americans in the 1930s spent a quarter of their disposable income on food. That share has fallen steadily through the decades, to the point where today less than 10% of Americans’ disposable dollars go for food. (That varies across income groups, of course: The poorest 20% of Americans still spend about a third of...
  • Gunny R. Lee Ermey hits the Sportsman Channel airwaves with Saving Private K-9

    05/15/2014 9:36:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    nrablog.com ^ | 5/15/2014 | Lars Dalseide
    New Berlin, Wisconsin - For 2,500 trained canines and handlers serving America’s military and law enforcement, the idea of “man’s best friend” is no overstatement. Dogs are known to be loyal, stalwart companions that love and defend their owners at any cost. Some of these dogs have even paid the ultimate sacrifice. Sportsman Channel invites viewers into the lives of these military and law enforcement service dogs and handlers with its new original series Saving Private K-9, premiering Thursday, May 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by (NRA Board Member) actor and former Marine R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket),...
  • MERS updates: 2 Orlando health care workers who treated MERS pt now have symptoms

    05/14/2014 5:13:24 AM PDT · by wtd · 30 replies
    various ^ | various
    Worker who cared for Orlando MERS patient hospitalized, another sick ORLANDO -- Two Orlando health care workers who treated a 44-year-old man with MERS now have flu-like symptoms. One was admitted to the hospital, while the other was sent home. Test results are expected today to find out if they and approximately two dozen others, who had contact with the patient, have contracted the potentially deadly disease. If any results come back positive, it'll be the first time MERS is contracted in the U.S. Florida MERS Patient Sat In A Busy ER For Nearly 8 Hours Almost eight more...
  • Study finds eating chicken on the bone makes children more aggressive

    05/01/2014 7:34:52 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/30/2014 | Breitbart.com staff
    ITHACA, N.Y., April 30 (UPI) -- Researchers at Cornell University conducted a study about biting versus chewing habits in children and found that kids who eat chicken on the bone are more likely to disobey adults and be aggressive. The study, which was published in Eating Behaviors, found that children were "twice as likely to disobey adults and twice as aggressive toward other kids" when eating food they had to hold and bite.
  • Oprah Winfrey interested in Clippers bid: WSJ

    04/30/2014 1:01:51 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 45 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 04/30/2014
    Oprah Winfrey is joining with entertainment mogul David Geffen and Oracle Corp. chief executive Larry Ellison in hopes of buying the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers. The future ownership of the Clippers is in question after team owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the league on Tuesday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. The ban was in response to a recording of racist comments that the league said were made by Mr. Sterling, who acknowledged it was his voice on the tape, according to Mr. Silver.
  • The Walking Dead Hiatus: Cargo

    04/27/2014 4:10:41 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 22 replies
    You Tube ^ | Feb 17, 2013 | Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke
    For your zombie watching needs, here is a nice short film about a man trying to save his daughter during the zombie apocolypse. Cargo
  • Racist Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Has only contributed to Democrats

    04/27/2014 1:39:00 AM PDT · by South40 · 55 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/27/2014 | Tim Cavanaugh
    L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, whom commentators have tried to tie to the Republican Party after his alleged racist statements, is in fact a Democrat, according to campaign contribution records. Sterling is in hot water after TMZ released recordings purporting to be a weird psychosexual rant he directed at girlfriend V. Stiviano, accusing her of publicly associating with black people. The highly offensive comments have drawn condemnation from across the National Basketball Association as well as from many other sources; and inevitably, attempts have been made to link him to the Republican Party. These appear to be based on campaign...
  • IBM mainframe, tech’s ‘dinosaur,’ turns 50

    04/11/2014 2:02:45 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 37 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 04/11/2014 | By Benjamin Pimentel
    The IBM mainframe, the drab-looking refrigerator-size machine that was once the symbol of computer technology, turned 50 this week. It’s been portrayed as a technology dinosaur, out of place in an era where computing is about being small, fast and mobile. But in half a century, the mainframe has remained one of IBM’s IBM-0.02% most successful flagship products. In fact, a decade ago when the mainframe celebrated its 40th year, Big Blue even embraced the ‘dinosaur’ label, unveiling the latest version with a catchy, defiant code name: ‘T-Rex.’
  • Walking Dead Hiatus: The Last Man On Earth

    04/06/2014 4:48:43 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1964 | Ubaldo Ragona
    In order to prevent zombie withdrawl, here is a good dose of zombies. Vincent Price's Last Man on Earth. (1964) This was one of the three versions of Richard Matheson's novel I am Legend, on film, and was credited by George Romero as being his inspiration for the Night of the Living Dead. The zombies in this film don't obey the rules set down by Romero, they are actually more of a cross between vampires and zombies. They are still intelligent, and can talk. This movie has one of the creepiest scenes ever in a zombie film, at least for...
  • OBAMA: Paul Ryan's Budget Plan Is A 'Stinkburger'

    04/03/2014 11:59:13 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/02/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    President Barack Obama compared the Republican budget plan unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan this week to a "stinkburger" and a "meanwich" during a speech Wednesday afternoon in Michigan. Referencing his own trip to a local deli in Ann Arbor earlier in the day, Obama offered his suggestions for the name of the GOP budget plan. "If they tried to sell this sandwich at Zingerman's they'd have to call it the Stinkburger or the Meanwich," Obama said. Obama's trip to Michigan served as a chance to promote a plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10. The President seemed to...
  • Are You A Fool?

    04/01/2014 6:58:03 PM PDT · by kindred · 6 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | DJP I.F.
    Today in America we have no shortage of fools. That is an obvious no-brainer. A fool is - in the Biblical sense - a stupid, wicked (especially impious), or vile person; fool (-ish, -ish man, -ish woman). A scoffer, blockhead or reprobate, a despiser of Almighty God and all that is truly good. The secular definition of fool is: one who is deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding. In both cases we see that the fool is a sound rejecter of the Laws of Nature, and of Nature's God. What is Foolishness to Whom? Conservatives, conservatism, and the adherence to...
  • Soylent Green becoming a reality?

    03/29/2014 7:15:07 PM PDT · by jsanders2001 · 15 replies
    Has anybody else heard about this. I want to think its satire but it sounds like a company is growing meat in a petri dish from celebrities's DNA...
  • Urgent Prayers Needed for RedMDer's Beautiful Wife, Lynn [Update 214, 269, 373, 502]

    03/28/2014 8:10:53 PM PDT · by onyx · 549 replies
    Free Republic | Friday, March 28, 2014 | onyx
    Our good friend, RedMDer's beautiful wife, Lynn is in ICU at a hospital in Baltimore, MD. Yesterday, the news RedMDer received from two doctors was grim, but today, another wonderful doctor said that he thought her condition was "treatable." PRAISE GOD! According to the note I received from Steve just a little earlier tonight, he thought they might start Lynn on chemo tonight!!! I am not privy to all the details and it's not my business, but please, please, pray for Lynn's complete healing, and add some prayers for RedMDer(Steve) their two, beautiful adult daughters and their two darling...
  • “Alright, Goodnight” – Does Malaysia Want To Know What Happened To Flight MH-370?

    03/27/2014 2:51:33 PM PDT · by BonRad · 48 replies
    SOFREP ^ | March 22 2014 | Sean Spoonts
    On March 8, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER departed from Kuala Lumpur with 227 passengers and 12 crew members. It departed at 12:41am (1441 GMT), and was due in Beijing at 6:30am (2230 GMT) that same day. It hasnÂ’t been seen since. This report attempts to debunk some of the theories about that disappearance and make a new assertion about what might have befallen the passengers and crew of that ill-fated flight. Flight MH 370. Conspiracy theories donÂ’t hold water because they ignore certain things that have to happen in conjunction with those events in order for them to be...
  • Dude, Where's My $500 Million of Obamacare Ads?

    03/24/2014 7:35:00 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 24, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    As we approach the 2014 open enrollment deadline for ObamaCare in a week, have you noticed how the airwaves are absolutely flooded with $500 million of commercials by health insurance companies plugging that program day and night? What, you haven't seen a thing? Yes, apparently Tinker Bell sprinkled Pixie Dust upon all that money and made it, poof, disappear despite assurances last December that such promised ad buys were proof that insurance companies were so positive of the ultimate success of success of ObamaCare that they had committed so much money to promoting it. This supposed all in commitment by...
  • Jane Fonda To Be Honored As Example Of Using Fame To Do Good In The World. JANE. FONDA.

    03/23/2014 8:19:12 PM PDT · by absentee · 49 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 3/23/14 | dunestar
    This week I read that Jane Fonda is being honored by the USC School for Dramatic Arts. "The Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists honors an individual who has used his or her fame to significantly bolster public awareness of important social issues," Madeline Puzo, dean of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, said in a statement Monday morning. "It is our hope that this award will inspire students to be socially engaged in their lives and through their art." I happened across that information online. It made me think back on the many ways in which Fonda has been...
  • Ellen Sucks Up to Obama: Obamacare 'Doing Very, Very Well...

    Ellen DeGeneres was a completely slavish toady to President Obama as he appeared on her show to sell Obamacare -- not to young people, but to mothers. The president made his pitch to "especially all the moms out there who may have young people – 26, 27, do not have health insurance, but they think they’re invincible and nothing’s ever going to happen to ‘em – what we’ve said is you never know what life is going to throw at ya." For example, a president who lies about keeping your plan and keeping your doctor. You didn't see that coming!...
  • Investment & Finance Thread 2014 New Year(Mar. 17 - nexttime edition)

    03/17/2014 3:12:23 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 63 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | Mar. 17, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Investment & Finance Thread 2014 New Year(Mar. 17 - nexttime edition)This is the thread where folks swap ideas on savings and investment --here's a list of popular investing links that freepers have posted here.  Open invitation continues always for input on ideas for the thread, this being a joint effort works well.   Keywords: financial, WallStreet, stockmarket.  We still hope to include here a ----so let me know if anyone wants on or off this ping.  Be advised that it gets posted only when I'm not feeling lazy and remember that we now know from studies that sloth is completely genetic...
  • Obamacare's problem: You can't fix stupid

    03/14/2014 7:31:37 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/14/2014 | Jake Novak
    It was supposed to be the most burning crisis in America: the 30 million, 40 million, or even 50 million of us, (depending on which politician was screaming the loudest), who didn't have health insurance and were clamoring to get it in order to avoid everything from bankruptcy to death. So the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress, gave us the Affordable Care Act. And they did it with such urgency that they didn't care that not a single Republican in Congress voted for it, and they didn't care that it took legislative chicanery to pass it despite the...
  • At Least 35% Of People Eligible For Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Have Criminal Histories

    03/11/2014 8:32:43 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/11/2014 | Avik Roy
    If you listen to the President, and other supporters of Obamacare, you might get the impression that the reason why tens of millions of Americans go without health insurance is because these people have pre-existing conditions, and health insurers are too mean to cover them. The truth is quite different. Less than a million Americans lack health insurance because of a pre-existing condition. And it turns out that a good number of Americans are uninsured not because they are sick, but because they are convicted criminals.
  • Nation's First Birthing Center/Abortion Clinic Opens in Buffalo. This Is Huge.

    03/07/2014 12:52:26 PM PST · by don-o · 29 replies
    Slate ^ | March 8, 2014 | Amanda Marcotte
    It's a step forward in the necessary integration of abortion into other forms of OB-GYN care: Feministing reports that the nation's first-ever birthing center/abortion clinic has opened in Buffalo, N.Y. The clinic, run by Dr. Katharine Morrison, offers a traditional slate of gynecological services, including abortion up to 22 weeks, under the name Buffalo WomenServices. But they also have a freestanding birthing center called the Birthing Center of Buffalo, where women who want a nonhospital birthing experience can go while having the benefit of being attended by a certified nurse midwife and an OB-GYN who has admitting privileges at the...
  • Another Obamacare delay imminent on non-compliant health coverage (Just drop it after the election!)

    03/05/2014 10:37:46 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 7 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 03/05/2014 | Russ Britt
    Obamacare is about to undergo another delay as the Obama administration is looking at pushing back the cancellation of existing, non-compliant plans an extra year, well past this fall’s mid-term elections, according to news reports. The Hill said in a report late Tuesday that the move would avoid an awkward situation for Democrats running for House and Senate seats because cancellation notices on some of those plans that had been extended by one year would go out near the Nov. 4 election.
  • CNN's Piers Morgan questioned over phone-hacking

    02/15/2014 11:26:06 PM PST · by South40 · 12 replies
    MSN.com (Reuters) ^ | 2/15/2014 | Kate Holton and Michael Holden
    (Reuters) — Piers Morgan, one of the biggest names in British media and a CNN television host, has been questioned by London police in connection with allegations of phone-hacking at the Daily Mirror tabloid he used to edit. Morgan, a former judge on "America's Got Talent" show who replaced Larry King on CNN in 2011, said in a statement on Thursday he had been interviewed by officers after voluntarily attending a police station in December. The 48-year-old, who has always denied any involvement in phone hacking, was quizzed as part of wider investigations into illegal practices by journalists at Rupert...
  • Long-legged bird meets long arm of the law in Roanoke

    02/14/2014 9:40:52 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 24 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | 2/12/2014 | ERICA YOON
    The couple and their five children are fond of unusual animals and urban agriculture. So the couple found an emu farm near Martinsville and brought home a chick about a year ago and named it Zazu. “It’s grown up with our family,” Mike Powell said. It started out sleeping in the couple’s bed. “Not the prettiest creature in the world, but we love it,” Mike Powell said. Today, it’s about 5 feet tall, and looks like a shaggy umbrella on long legs with large, reptilian feet. At the end of a long neck is a head with an expression that...
  • Attack on electric grid raises alarm

    02/07/2014 9:00:43 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 62 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 6, 2014 | Evan Halper and Marc Lifsher
    Shooters armed with assault rifles and some knowledge of electrical utilities have prompted new worries on the vulnerability of California's vast power grid. A 2013 attack on an electric substation near San Jose that nearly knocked out Silicon Valley's power supply was initially downplayed as vandalism by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the facility's owner. Gunfire from semiautomatic weapons did extensive damage to 17 transformers that sent grid operators scrambling to avoid a blackout. But this week, a former top power regulator offered a far more ominous interpretation: The attack was terrorism, he said, and if circumstances had been just...
  • The Squeaky Wheel Complaints (Non-Payment)

    02/05/2014 8:22:57 PM PST · by Technical Editor · 4 replies
    Vanity | Technical Editor
    If you’re moved to click one or both of the following to read the complaint (they’re both the same text) and send an e-mail via that page by clicking where indicated on the red text, I give you my thanks in advance.Mona Gambetta Refuses to Replace Inadvertently Discarded PaymentComplaint 1Rich Dad Poor Dad Owes Me Payment for Copyediting Book Complaint 2
  • Thousands of Potentially Harmful Natural Gas Leaks Found in Washington, D.C.

    01/25/2014 4:05:59 PM PST · by EBH · 29 replies
    ERC ^ | 1/20/2014
    High levels of natural gas are escaping from the aging pipes beneath the streets of the nation’s capital, creating potentially harmful concentrations in some locations, a new study has found. Natural gas leaks pose explosion risks, health concerns, and contribute to climate change. The paper, which appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, also provides information that could help companies justify additional financial incentives for fixing leaks quickly. Robert Jackson and colleagues note that natural gas leakage is a serious problem on multiple levels, including impacts on the economy and climate. Property damage is estimated at $133 million...
  • Rosetta Spacecraft Waking Up for Final Leg of Comet Journey

    01/21/2014 11:35:27 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 36 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | Charles Q. Choi
    Rosetta, the first spacecraft built to orbit a comet and land a probe on these icy nomads, is now waking up after more than two years of slumber, and videos filmed as part of an international competition will help greet the spacecraft after it awakens. Comets are some of the most primitive building blocks of the solar system, with many dating to soon after its formation. Comets also likely helped seed Earth with water and other ingredients of life. By analyzing the composition of the comet, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will help scientists learn more about the role...