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Relief, confusion as new
health benefits begin
Associated Press, by Juliet Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2014 4:52:38 PM     Post Reply
SACRAMENTO, Calif.- After a troubled rollout, President Barack Obama´s health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek care under its new mandates? Most major pieces of the Affordable Care Act take full effect with the new year. That means people who had been denied coverage because of a pre-existing medical condition can book appointments and get prescriptions. Caps on yearly out-of-pocket medical expenses will mean people shouldn´t have to worry about bankruptcy after treatment for a catastrophic illness or injury. And all new insurance policies must offer a minimum level of essential benefits,

Fiat to buy full control of Chrysler
CNN, by Mark M. Meinero    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2014 4:45:12 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK -U.S. automaker Chrysler will become fully owned by Italy´s Fiat under terms of an agreement announced Wednesday that also involves the United Auto Workers union. The agreement comes more than 4-1/2 years after the Obama administration brought Fiat in to keep Chrysler in business as part of a packaged bankruptcy proceeding. In a statement, Fiat said it has agreed to pay $3.65 billion for the 41.46% of Chrysler it doesn´t already own from the UAW´s medical benefits trust for retirees. Fiat shares gained nearly 13% in Milan early Thursday to trade at €6.70, their highest level since July

NSA seeks to build quantum computer
that could crack most types of encryption
Washington Post, by Steven Rich and Barton Gellman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/2/2014 4:44:52 PM     Post Reply
In room-size metal boxes, secure against electromagnetic leaks, the National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world. According to documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the effort to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” — a machine exponentially faster than classical computers — is part of a $79.7 million research program titled, “Penetrating Hard Targets.” Much of the work is hosted under classified contracts at a laboratory in College Park. The development of a quantum computer has



World´s climate warming
faster than feared, scientists say
Telegraph (U.K.), by Jonathan Pearlman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/2/2014 4:42:47 PM     Post Reply
As the planet marked its fourth hottest year on record, a study published in the journal Nature found increasing levels of carbon dioxide will lead to thinner ocean clouds and reduce their cooling impact, causing temperature rises of at least 5.6F (3C) over the course of the century. The team of scientists said the findings show some climate models have been too “optimistic” and previous estimates of a minimum temperature rise of only 2.7F (1.5C) could now be discounted. The optimistic models did not properly assess the impact of water evaporation, which sometimes rises only a short distance into the atmosphere

New Year Brings Dawn of
Obamacare Tax Increases
Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2014 4:35:26 PM     Post Reply
Happy New Year! President Barack Obama´s Twitter feed sent a message out moments before the new year rolled in: (Tweet) President Obama´s message was cheerier than the message from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to employers, which was posted all over American workplaces when FDR´s Social Security Act went into effect on January 1, 1937: Beginning January 1, 1937, your employer will be compelled by law to deduct a certain amount from your wages every payday. This is in compliance with the terms of the Social Security Act, signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, August 14, 1935. The deduction begins with 1%,

China starts to build its fourth
Antarctica base: more planned
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/2/2014 4:34:42 PM     Post Reply
Just days after the Chinese rover Jade Rabbit settled down on the moon, China is setting out to bolster its presence in another remote place: Antarctica. Chinese state media said on Thursday that construction workers are en route to the future site of China’s fourth Antarctic research station, after a pit stop at one of its other bases. The new station will be a hub for climate change science – as well as a possible linchpin in China’s effort to ensure for itself a voice in future negotiations about Antarctica’s valuable natural resources, analysts say. China is a relative latecomer to

Illegal immigrant Sergio Garcia
gets California law license
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 4:33:05 PM     Post Reply
The supreme court of California has granted a law license to an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who has lived for years in the US. Sergio Garcia, 36, arrived in the US nearly two decades ago without papers. He attended law school and passed the California bar exam, but has not yet been granted a visa. [Snip] The new lawyer was born in Mexico in 1977 and brought to California less than two years later, according to a statement from the California supreme court. He returned to Mexico with his family at age nine, but illegally re-entered the US when he was



Leftists Denounce the
NYC They Created
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/2/2014 4:32:31 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I´ve got a picture here of Mayor Doomberg and Amanda Burden (who used to date Charlie Rose) who was the daughter of "Babe" Paley. She is some head honcho in the New York City, city planning, commissioner planning, whatever, some bureaucracy. They´re walking on a floor plan of 200 and 300-square-foot apartments that New York residents are going to live in. Affordable housing in New York has become a 200- to 300-square-foot trash receptacle to be piled on top of each other in high-rise apartments. It is a jail cell. But here´s the thing. They´re doing it to make

Iraqi security forces fight
militants in Anbar province
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 4:29:31 PM     Post Reply
Special forces in Iraq are fighting jihadist militants who have reportedly taken over swathes of two cities. The clashes with Sunni fighters from the al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) are taking place in Fallujah and Ramadi. Both cities are in the province of Anbar where Sunni militant activity has been on the rise. Meanwhile at least 23 people were reportedly killed in militant attacks elsewhere in Iraq. Sunni Arabs in Iraq claim they have been targeted and politically marginalised by the Shia-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a charge the prime minister denies.

Venezuela Government Publishes
List of Opposition Vacations
Latin American Herald Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/2/2014 4:20:34 PM     Post Reply
CARACAS -- Venezuela´s Minister of Communication and Information Delcy Rodríguez released a list of the international holiday destinations of opposition leaders, journalists and entrepreneurs -- clearly obtained from their private airport departure information as they exited immigration -- while at the same time noting that President Nicolas Maduro received 2014 "with his people". "Don´t miss the list of destinations of holiday of opposition leaders abroad", Rodriguez wrote on her official Ministry Twitter account, attaching a list of 27 names entitled "The Right´s End-of-Year Abroad", with their Venezuelan social security numbers, travel destination and date of departure from Venezuela. Maduro "received the year

Military drones set to get stronger chemical
weapons and could soon make their
OWN decisions during missions
Daily Mail [UK], by Sarah Griffiths    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 4:19:11 PM     Post Reply
Drones that can choose to deviate from a set mission and hunt in ‘swarms’ could be patrolling skies within the next 25 years, according to a new roadmap. Unmanned aircraft carrying stronger chemical weapons could also be on the horizon, the U.S. Department of Defence (DoD) revealed in its Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap. While the document sets out plans for unmanned maritime, land and air vehicles, there is a lot of focus on the future capability of controversial drones, which, if the plans come to fruition, could deviate from mission commands set by humans if they spot a better target.



´Don´t send 111 helpline emergencies
to us´: GPs say they do not have
time for more patients
Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Borland    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 4:07:44 PM     Post Reply
GPs are threatening to refuse to see patients passed on to them by NHS 111 call centre staff. They say they do not have time for more patients and will not be told what to do by helpline staff who are not medically trained. NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh announced plans in November to beef up the helpline to ensure patients can see or speak to a doctor quickly to take pressure off A&E units. He wants call centre staff to book patients for an appointment at their surgery or out-of-hours clinic or arrange for a GP to

Michael Moore: ´ObamaCare is awful´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/2/2014 4:02:57 PM     Post Reply
Michael Moore is not happy with ObamaCare. The liberal documentary filmmaker marked the Jan. 1 launch of coverage under the Affordable Care Act with a scathing op-ed that declared: "ObamaCare is awful." This, he wrote in The New York Times, is the "dirty little secret many liberals have avoided saying out loud for fear of aiding the president´s enemies." Moore´s problems with the law, though, naturally are different than the complaints from Republican critics. Moore continues to back a single-payer, government-run system and argues that the current one is too favorable to the insurance industry. "I believe Obamacare´s rocky start -- clueless planning, a lousy

´I´m from Romania, I came to Britain for the
hospital´: Beggars sleeping rough around
Marble Arch are arrested by UK Border police
just a day after immigration laws are relaxed
Daily Mail [UK], by Hugo Gye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 3:57:51 PM     Post Reply
A group of Romanian immigrants were today rounded up and arrested at Marble Arch as police launched an immigration crackdown just one day after border controls were relaxed. [Snip] Marble Arch has become a popular meeting place for Roma beggars, leading to complaints by locals of dangerous and unsanitary conditions in the upmarket neighbourhood. The number of immigrants coming to Britain from Romania and Bulgaria is expected to rise after restrictions on their ability to work were lifted by the Government yesterday. However, citizens of the EU who do not have a job and cannot support themselves are not allowed

Son installs interactive QR barcode on his
father´s gravestone so cemetery visitors
can learn about his brave service in
Arctic Convoys during World War Two
Daily Mail [UK], by Lizzie Parry    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/2/2014 3:50:25 PM     Post Reply
An IT expert has fitted a barcode to his father´s gravestone which when scanned reveals the story of the war hero´s part in the Arctic Convoys of the Second World War. Developer Joe Davies used QR code technology to install the barcode on the headstone, giving those who visit former Merchant Seaman Charles Davies´s final resting place, an interactive guide of his life. [Snip] The former seaman took part in the Arctic Convoys, dubbed the Suicide Missions by many taking part, and survived the infamous PQ17 ´journey to hell´. His son came up with the idea to tell his father´s



PETA’s Lettuce-Wearing Ladies
To Brave Cold Temps
CBS Minnesota, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: varkdriver- 1/2/2014 3:27:42 PM     Post Reply
MINNEAPOLIS – Some deliciously underdressed women will be bringing new meaning to the term “iceberg lettuce” on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis this Thursday afternoon. The two ladies will be wearing bikinis made from the vegetable, and yes, they’ll be wearing them outside during a day when the high temperature is expected to stall out at zero degrees. The “Lettuce Ladies” will be braving the cold temperatures on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). They will be holding signs urging people to celebrate a new year by “turning over a new leaf” and going vegan.

Assemblyman says order for GWB traffic
tie-up came from outside Port Authority
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Mike Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/2/2014 3:11:39 PM     Post Reply
The George Washington Bridge lane closures that led to paralyzing gridlock in Fort Lee this past September were ordered by someone outside the Port Authority and possibly for "an improper motive," said the state lawmaker leading the investigation into whether the closings were politically motivated. "There are documents that we’ve received that would indicate that there was somebody else who initiated this," said Assemblyman John Wisniewski. "There are words that are used that would imply an improper motive." (Snip) Wisniewski’s statements represent the most serious accusation yet that Fort Lee’s gridlock involved more than a poorly conceived traffic study of access

The difference Hillary makes
PowerLine, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2014 3:10:26 PM     Post Reply
Elliott Abrams comments on David Kirkpatrick’s New York Times report on the Benghazi massacre: We’ll never know whom the Times thought it important to interview and whom it believed, but we do know that it had no access to the intelligence that members of Congress saw. And we are being told by members of Congress that the embassy staff had it right in saying the video was unimportant, and that there were some al-Qaeda links. So the much-ballyhooed Times story, based on months of reporting, seems to come down to this: Do you believe the intelligence our agencies collected and

Michael Hayden, Ex-NSA Director,
Says Clemency for Edward
Snowden Is ‘Outrageous’ Idea
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/2/2014 3:09:52 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times and The Guardian asked President Obama to be lenient on the leaker in two editorials Thursday. According to the U.S. intelligence community, Edward Snowden is the most dangerous leaker in American history. The New York Times and the Guardian, however, on Thursday offered a second opinion. In strongly worded editorials the two newspapers urged President Obama to give the 30 year-old former NSA contractor clemency. Despite the editorials and a campaign from civil liberties groups, it’s unlikely the White House or the intelligence community will support letting Snowden off the hook.

Weapons found at Palestinian
mission in Prague
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 1/2/2014 3:06:15 PM     Post Reply
PRAGUE - Czech investigators found unregistered weapons at the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Prague, police said on Thursday, a day after the ambassador was killed in a mysterious explosion after opening a safe. "We have gathered many pieces of evidence, we secured weapons that will be subject to expert evaluation," Prague police chief Martin Vondrasek said on Czech Radio. "We can say the weapons have not gone through a registration process in the Czech Republic," he said, without revealing the quantity and type. Police reiterated their belief that the blast on New Year´s Day may have been caused by mishandling an explosive that


Frozen Out: 98% of Stories Ignore
That Ice-bound Ship Was
On Global Warming Mission
NewsBusters, by Mike Ciandella    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/2/2014 3:06:10 PM     Post Reply
A group of climate change scientists were rescued by helicopter Jan. 2, after being stranded in the ice since Christmas morning. But the majority of the broadcast networks’ reports about the ice-locked climate researchers never mentioned climate change. The Russian ship, Akademic Shokalskiy, was stranded in the ice while on a climate change research expedition, yet nearly 98 percent of network news reports about the stranded researchers failed to mention their mission at all. Forty out of 41 stories (97.5 percent) on the network morning and evening news shows since Dec. 25 failed to mention climate change had anything to

California court lets undocumented
immigrant practice law
Reuters, by Dan Levine    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/2/2014 3:02:38 PM     Post Reply
The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that an undocumented Mexican immigrant should be licensed to practice law in a closely watched case on immigration rights. The unanimous ruling in favor of Sergio Garcia came after California legislators passed a bill last year that specifically authorized the high court to allow qualified applicants into the state bar, regardless of their immigration status. The U.S. Department of Justice had opposed Garcia´s application, while California Attorney General Kamala Harris supported it. Neither office could immediately comment on Thursday. Last year the Democratic-led U.S. Senate approved a path to citizenship for millions of

Access to Health Care May
Increase ER Visits, Study Suggests
New York Times, by Sabrina Tavernise    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/2/2014 3:02:38 PM     Post Reply
Supporters of President Obama’s health care law had predicted that expanding insurance coverage for the poor would reduce costly emergency room visits as people sought care from primary care doctors. But a rigorous new study conducted in Oregon has flipped that assumption on its head, finding that the newly insured actually went to the emergency room more often. The study, published in the journal Science, compared thousands of low-income people in the Portland area who were randomly selected in a 2008 lottery to get Medicaid coverage with people who entered the lottery but remained uninsured.

Bob Grant, conservative radio
icon, dead at 84, reports say
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/2/2014 2:58:01 PM     Post Reply
Bob Grant, whose familiar voice boomed over the radio airwaves for more than 50 years, died on Tuesday, according to multiple reports and an obituary posted on the Branchburg Funeral Home’s website. He was 84. Grant, born Robert Ciro Gigante, first broke into the radio biz in the 1940s and scored gigs at major radio stations around the country before he got his big break when he moved to New York City in the ‘70s and began working for WMCA. He went on to be the afternoon host for WABC. After WABC, Grant made his way over to WOR and eventually turned

Bakken Crude More Dangerous
to Ship Than Other Oil, U.S. Says
Bloomberg News, by Angela Greiling Keane    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 1/2/2014 2:23:13 PM     Post Reply
Crude oil produced in North America’s Bakken region may be more flammable and therefore more dangerous to ship by rail than crude from other areas, a U.S. regulator said after studying the question for four months. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced its preliminary conclusion three days after a BNSF Railway Co. train carrying oil caught fire after a collision in Casselton, North Dakota. The regulator “is reinforcing the requirement to properly test, characterize, classify, and where appropriate sufficiently degasify hazardous materials prior to and during transportation,” it said in a statement posted on its website today.

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