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2,000 dead mice dropped on Guam
by US helicopters to kill snakes
Independent [UK], by James Legge    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/4/2013 9:07:32 AM     Post Reply
US authorities have launched an unusual mission to kill troublesome snakes in Guam - parachuting in 2,000 dead mice laced with deadly painkillers. The brown tree snakes have caused numerous problems at Andersen Air Base on the remote Pacific island, between Japan and Indonesia, one of the most strategically important US bases in the region. There are an estimated 2 million of the snakes on the island, thought to have arrived stowed in a cargo shipment in the mid-20th century. They often gnaw and wriggle their way into important electrical stations, causing power failures at the base. They also threaten

Considering Which Head or Heads May
Roll for a Troubled Website Rollout
New York Times, by Michael D. Shear    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/4/2013 8:23:09 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — White House officials, asserting that the HealthCare.gov website is largely fixed, are under mounting pressure from Democrats and close allies to hold senior-level people accountable for the botched rollout of President Obama’s signature domestic achievement and to determine who should be fired. For weeks, the president and his aides have said they are not interested in conducting a witch hunt in the middle of the effort to rescue the website. But in the West Wing, the desire for an explanation about how an administration that prides itself on competence bungled so badly remains an urgent mission.

Some Reid staffers exempt from Obamacare
CNN, by Chris Frates    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/4/2013 8:18:20 AM     Post Reply
Washington -- Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Obamacare´s architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law´s new exchanges. Reid is the exception among the other top congressional leaders. GOP House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have all directed their staffs to join the exchange, their aides said. After website woes, President pushes benefits of Obamacare. In the charged atmosphere surrounding Obamacare, Reid´s decision only gives Republicans more ammo to attack Democrats



Detroit Ruling on Bankruptcy
Lifts Pension Protections
New York Times, by Monica Davey, Bill Vlasic, *    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/4/2013 8:10:12 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT — In a ruling that could reverberate far beyond Detroit, a federal judge held on Tuesday that this battered city could formally enter bankruptcy and asserted that Detroit’s obligation to pay pensions in full was not untouchable. The judge, Steven W. Rhodes, dealt a major blow to the widely held belief that state laws preserve public pensions, and his ruling is likely to resonate in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and many other American cities where the rising cost of pensions has been crowding out spending for public schools, police departments and other services.

These two paragraphs say everything
about HealthCare.gov’s problems
Washington Post, by Sarah Kliff    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/4/2013 8:06:06 AM     Post Reply
You should really just read the entire piece by Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin in today´s Washington Post, which is a great account of where things stand now with HealthCare.gov. These two paragraphs, taken together, jumped out at me especially in explaining the challenges that the website now faces. Paragraph one: The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month.

Obama´s drunk driving uncle says that
Barack stayed with him for three weeks
during law school... but the White
House denies they have ever met
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/4/2013 8:00:09 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s uncle has testified at his deportation hearing that he housed his famous relative for a few weeks when he was student at Harvard Law School. This statement contradicts earlier claims by the White House, which says that Barack Obama has never met his controversial uncle Onyango Obama. The 69-year-old half-brother of the president´s late father will be allowed to remain in the United States after a hearing at a Massachusetts Immigration Court on Tuesday afternoon. After listening to witnesses praise the liquor store owner´s high moral character from his friends and landlord, the immigration judge ruled that he

Obamacare merry-go-round: Regulations,
subsidies, taxes, more subsidies
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/4/2013 7:39:08 AM     Post Reply
Nobody should be surprised that President Obama´s Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a new bailout for insurers. Whenever Obama sees a problem, he proposes a regulation. When that regulation hurts someone, he proposes a subsidy. That subsidy, in turn, justifies a new tax or regulation, then more bailouts. It may seem like he’s swinging back and forth — pro-business, then anti-business — but he’s marching in a straight line: more state control of industry. It´s the ratchet of state corporatism, and Obama is pretty handy with it. Health insurers and the federal government were intertwined in a web of subsidies



Dems Are the Out-of-Touch Extremists
Investor´s Business Daily, by IBD Staff    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 12/4/2013 6:59:17 AM     Post Reply
Politics: We keep hearing about how the Republican Party is full of radical Tea Party crazies. But our latest IBD/TIPP Poll shows that it´s Democrats who are out of touch with reality and well outside the mainstream. The public overwhelmingly believes the country is headed in the wrong direction, that current economic policies aren´t working, that President Obama is doing a bad job, that government should be smaller and that ObamaCare should be repealed. But not Democrats. On issue after issue, in fact, Democrats are the outliers by wide margins, according to an analysis of the December IBD/TIPP survey.

Obama Begins ObamaCare
PR Tour Amid Fresh Trouble
Investor´s Business Daily, by John Merline    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 12/4/2013 6:52:20 AM     Post Reply
Maybe the 10th time will be the charm for President Obama and his health care law. "The bottom line is this law is working, and will work into the future," Obama said Tuesday in a speech kicking off a month-long PR blitz for his signature legislation. "We´re not going back." Obama went on to highlight benefits he regularly touts, such as free preventive care, prescription drug savings for seniors, and the like. And he attacked the GOP for pushing for repeal. This is the 10th time the president has made public remarks defending ObamaCare since its disastrous launch on Oct.

Biden in China amid Asia
tensions over air zone
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/4/2013 6:38:04 AM     Post Reply
Joe Biden should not repeat "erroneous remarks" on China´s new air zone, Chinese state media warned, as the US vice-president arrived in Beijing. Mr Biden is in Beijing for meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. His visit to Asia has been dominated by a row over China´s newly-declared air zone, which covers islands controlled by Japan. [Snip] Mr Biden attended an official welcome ceremony in Beijing´s Great Hall of the People where he met China´s Vice-President Li Yuanchao, and said China and the US should expand practical co-operation and deliver results. On Thursday he will visit

Another Day, Another
Obamacare Propaganda Session
American Spectator, by Ross Kaminsky    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/4/2013 6:32:00 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday afternoon, in yet another example of Barack Obama’s inability to start a presentation (much less a giant website) on time, the president defended the disastrous health care law that is colloquially named for him and asked for help to “spread the word” about the law’s purported benefits. Obama began with the usual liberal talking points: A broken health care system was creating “anxiety” (but liberals never admit that the system’s dysfunction is entirely the result of government regulation, and that Obamacare just exacerbates that problem. How much anxiety do people have about their auto insurance or renters insurance, i.e. products



Congressional Study: Murder Rate
Nearly Halved from 1994
as Gun Owndership Soared
Breitbart Big Government, by Awr Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/4/2013 6:31:43 AM     Post Reply
A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report shows that while gun ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009, crime fell—and fell sharply. According to the report, the "firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide" rate was 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993. Following the exponential growth in the number of guns, that rate fell to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000. This rate rose from 2004 to 2005 and got as high as 3.9 in 2006 and 2007, but it then resumed falling in 2008, the year the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that individual

Albanian mother´s deportation on
hold as federal officials review case
Detroit Free Press, by Tresa Baldas    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/4/2013 6:31:13 AM     Post Reply
It was a sleepless night for Cile Precetaj. The Albanian mother of three, who was bracing for deportation Tuesday morning, tossed and turned in bed all night. She had brief nightmares of checking the front window and seeing immigration agents parked in vans outside, waiting to pick her up. They never came. Late Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Immigration authorities announced that they had decided to review Precetaj’s case, which called for her to be deported at 10:30 a.m. that day. [Snip] “ICE is presently conducting a review of Ms. Precetaj’s case, therefore her removal is not imminent at this time,” said

Is Google secretly bankrolling right-wing
U.S. political groups that cheered
the government shutdown?
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/4/2013 6:08:29 AM     Post Reply
Google has been playing both sides of Washington´s streets by making contributions to conservative political groups that have left-wingers seeing red, it emerged today. But the company is largely just looking out for itself. The tech giant´s grantees include Heritage Action for America, a tea party-oriented organization that some pundits regard as the main catalyst for October´s partial government shutdown. Another is Americans for Tax Reform, led by conservative anti-tax crusader--and liberal nemesis--Grover Norquist. The left-wing Center for Media and Democracy claims that although Google is ´supposedly guided by its "don´t be evil" motto,´ the normally reliably left-wing company has

Global warming risks dramatic
changes and soon, panel finds
New York TImes, by Justin Gillis    Original Article
Posted By: john c- 12/4/2013 5:53:19 AM     Post Reply
Continued global warming poses a risk of rapid, drastic changes in some human and natural systems, a scientific panel warned Tuesday, citing the possible collapse of polar sea ice, the potential for a mass extinction of plant and animal life and the threat of immense dead zones in the ocean. At the same time, some worst-case fears about climate change that have entered the popular imagination can be ruled out as unlikely, at least over the next century, the panel found. These include a sudden belch of methane from the ocean or the Arctic that would fry the planet, as



Cybersecurity experts warn that using
Obamacare´s website exposes Americans
to computer hacking, privacy breaches
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/4/2013 5:51:17 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration says its healthcare.gov website is much improved and far less crash-prone, but cybersecurity experts warn that using it is an invitation to hackers and identity thieves. David Kennedy, a former NSA analyst whose company TrustedSec is hired by big companies to test the security of their computer systems, told CNBC that the Obamacare website is a worst-case online scenario. ´It´s really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn´t built into it,´ Kennedy said. ´We´re talking multiple months to over a year to at least address some of the critical-to-high exposures on

Daring to hope despite Alzheimer´s
despairing inner world
Telegraph [UK], by Stephen Hough    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/4/2013 5:39:04 AM     Post Reply
´ve just returned home after six weeks on the road, and thus to six issues of the international Catholic weekly to which I subscribe, The Tablet. [Snip] All of us face the possibility of dementia in varying degrees, either in our own future lives or in the lives of those we love. Its threat is to suck out the personality of the person, leaving behind an empty husk or, worse, a familiar body filled with unfamiliar malevolence--a strange enemy where a dear friend had stood. It´s disturbing when it´s not damned terrifying. In his article Fr O´Leary dares to explore

What Bankruptcy Means
for Detroit Residents
National Journal, by Marina Koren    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/4/2013 5:37:21 AM     Post Reply
A federal ruling Tuesday has taken the fight over fixing Detroit´s massive debt issues—brought on by a shrinking tax base generated from high unemployment and deserting residents—out of the hands of feuding city officials and creditors and under court supervision. And it´s given the city, which filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in July, a break from paying off its $18 billion debt while it assembles a restructuring plan for its finances. The presiding judge called the hiatus "an opportunity for a fresh start." But the eligibility for bankruptcy protection is by no means a get-out-of-jail-free card. That fresh start requires

Sex, Lies, and ObamaCare
American Thinker, by Robert Oscar Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/4/2013 5:37:10 AM     Post Reply
Before "if you like your plan, you can keep it," the Obama left made a whole spate of false promises in the realm of sexuality. It´s worth connecting the dots between the folly of ObamaCare, an issue for which I wasn´t personally on the front lines, and the sweeping folly of sexual radicalism, an issue for which I was. In the rhetorical battlefield over sex and sexuality, the left rehearsed and perfected public-opinion warfare. These seasoned tactics led to the triumphal hubris of ObamaCare and the collateral damage of its inexorable implosion. Pick your antique allegory of overconfidence: the Tower of Babel,

Some people get switched
automatically to more expensive
insurance plans under Obamacare
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/4/2013 5:31:20 AM     Post Reply
Some people getting switched to new expensive health insurance plans under Obamacare might not even be aware of it — until it’s too late. If you have an insurance plan that isn’t compatible with the Affordable Care Act, your insurance company might be automatically rolling you into the plan “most similar” to your own. For one Washington state resident interviewed by The Daily Caller, his new “Bronze” plan is 80 percent more expensive for him and his wife. His wife is paying $220 more and he’s paying $150 more with higher deductibles. Be sure to check all the mail you’re getting from your


Britain isn´t so bad after all
Telegraph [UK], by Harry Mount    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/4/2013 5:29:44 AM     Post Reply
About a decade ago, I worked with Daniel Hannan on the leader-writers´ desk at the Telegraph. You might remember an appalling suggestion then by the Labour Government that any private house that had been left unoccupied for more than a decade or so would be claimed by the state. All the leader-writers were opposed to this ludicrous idea--and, thank God, it never became law. But we were all a little languid about it because it seemed so unlikely ever to take place. Only Dan was really agitated, saying, "You don´t really believe this sort of thing can ever happen. But

The Coming Global Wealth Tax
Wall Street Journal, by Romain Hatchuel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/4/2013 5:27:48 AM     Post Reply
Between ObamaCare, Iran and last quarter´s uptick in U.S. economic growth, taxpayers these days may be distracted from several dangers to come. But households from the United States to Europe and Japan may soon face fiscal shocks worse than any market crash. The White House and New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio aren´t the only ones calling for higher taxes (especially on the wealthy), as voices from the International Monetary Fund to billionaire investor Bill Gross increasingly make the case too. In his November investment commentary for bond giant Pimco, Mr. Gross asks the "Scrooge McDucks of the world" to accept

NTSB kicks train union
out of crash investigation
CNN, by Shimon Prokupecz & Mike Ahlers *    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/4/2013 5:24:46 AM     Post Reply
The NTSB said it has booted the rail union from its investigation into the weekend´s deadly train derailment for violating confidentiality rules. The agency made the announcement late Tuesday night, hours after a union representative told CNN that the train engineer apparently "was nodding off and caught himself too late" before the accident. The train derailment Sunday killed four people and injured 67 others in New York. In its announcement, the NTSB specifically cited those comments as the violation. Anthony Bottalico, the union representative, told CNN that engineer William Rockefeller Jr. recognizes his responsibility in the incident. "I think most people are leaning towards human

The world´s ´most realistic finger painting´
and its creation on an iPad: Artist´s amazing
image of screen legend Morgan Freeman
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/4/2013 5:21:06 AM     Post Reply
They may look like the same thoughtful photographic portrait of Morgan Freeman, but in fact one of these is a hyper-realistic finger-painting, created using only an iPad. If you are still not convinced, the British artist responsible, Kyle Lambert, 26, has produced a video to accompany his painstaking work viewed by almost four million people on YouTube - the only thing it is missing is a trademark narration by the Hollywood legend. The ultra-detailed picture, originally by photographer Scott Gries took Lambert one month and constitutes 285,000 finger strokes that blend ontop of one another to produced the precise wisps

Who was standing behind Obama
today? White House won´t say
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/4/2013 5:15:04 AM     Post Reply
Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting

Uncle drops prez name
and ducks deportation
Boston Herald, by O´ryan Johnson & Erin Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/4/2013 5:08:36 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s formerly illegal Kenyan uncle didn’t miss an opportunity to drop his famous nephew’s name in front of a federal immigration judge yesterday — and walked away with permanent legal residency — but one prominent immigration lawyer said the White House ties shouldn’t and probably didn’t matter. Onyango “Uncle Omar” Obama, seeking to overturn a decades-old deportation order, told Immigration Judge Leonard I. Shapiro he has a sister and two nieces in the United States, then added, “I do have a nephew.” Asked to name the nephew, he said, “Barack Obama. ... He’s the president of the United States.”

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