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GPs revolt on patient records:
Growing anger at NHS plan
to harvest private data
Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Borland*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/6/2014 7:08:52 AM     Post Reply
Growing numbers of GPs are joining a rebellion against an NHS scheme to harvest millions of medical records. Unless patients object, officials will start to extract confidential data from their files next month. The information will be used to improve care and assist research work, health chiefs say. But some family doctors fear the data will be misused by insurers and businesses. At least four GPs--with thousands of patients between them--are defying orders to hand over their patients’ records. Many more are known to share their concerns. [Snip] In an article in today’s Mail, he compares these ‘bullying’ tactics to those used

Reputation Versus Regulation
Creators Syndicate, by John Stossel    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/6/2014 7:00:58 AM     Post Reply
Do you like to cook? Throw dinner parties? Many people enjoy that, but paying for the food, plus accessories, is expensive. Would you host more often if you could get your guests to cover the costs? (Snip) Good news! Today both cooks and diners can get what they want. A new Internet business brings them together. Bad news: Bureaucrats and the media worry that the dinner parties are not regulated. Here´s how the business works. On the website EatWith.com, people who want to throw parties post pictures of their homes and the kinds of things they like to cook. "I really reminisce

House conservatives warn against
pushing immigration fight after 2014
Republican primary deadlines
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/6/2014 6:58:40 AM     Post Reply
Will House Republican leaders bring up immigration reform after their primary season is over? Conservatives aggressively oppose the idea. While they acknowledged Wednesday that there were rumors to that effect, they warned Republicans would severely damage their relationship with their constituents if that strategy is tried. "When there is the rumor that immigration is going to be worked on after the filing deadline for primaries, everybody believes that at home. Because they think that the establishment, K Street, is going to pull that stunt because they don´t trust them," Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., told the Washington Examiner. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, explicitly warned

  


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Think Power Inequality
Townhall, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/6/2014 6:33:40 AM     Post Reply
On my wife´s side, I have a very large family in Fairbanks, Alaska. Culturally, Fairbanks is a lot further from New York City (where I grew up) or Washington, D.C. (where I live now), than the several thousand miles on the map might suggest. Alaska wins a lot of comparisons, and not just the obvious ones such as physical beauty or salmon fishing. For instance, Alaska ranks second best in terms of economic equality (just behind Wyoming) while New York and the District of Columbia compete for dead last. Frankly, I don´t much care about the issue of income inequality beyond

Parent of dying boy has
to prove her son can’t
take standardized test
Washington Post, by Valerie Strauss    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/6/2014 6:28:20 AM     Post Reply
Andrea Rediske’s 11-year-old son Ethan, is dying. Last year, Ethan, who was born with brain damage, has cerebral palsy and is blind, was forced to take a version of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test over the space of two weeks last year because the state of Florida required that every student take one. Now his mom has to prove that Ethan, now in a morphine coma, is in no condition to take another test this year. Ethan wasn’t the only brain-damaged child in Florida to be forced to take a standardized test; I have written in the past about Michael,

Boehner urges allies to consider
linking military benefits
to debt limit
Washington Post, by Robert Costa    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/6/2014 6:27:23 AM     Post Reply
A new break in the GOP´s debt-ceiling strategy emerged at a private lunch on Wednesday, where House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) encouraged his allies to consider linking a restoration of recently cut military benefits with a one-year extension of the federal government´s borrowing authority. According to two people present at the lunch and two others familiar with the session, Boehner said the maneuver would likely force Democrats to join with Republicans and also win support from conservatives, who have been upset about changes to the military´s cost-of-living benefits, which were adjusted in December. Boehner did not endorse the idea, the sources

Rep. Mulvaney Introduces Congressional
Term Limits Bill
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/6/2014 6:14:31 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) announced in a release he introduced a bill this week that would establish term limits for members of Congress. The bill would limit members of Congress—in both the House and the Senate—from serving more than 12 years in either chamber, or 24 years total between the two chambers. “Believe me, 24 years is more than enough time to serve in Washington,” Mulvaney said in a statement. (I actually pushed for much shorter terms but compromised at 12+12 in order to gain the support of additional co-sponsors). And I want to thank my friends Steve Scalise (R-La.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.)

  


  

Life is still magical! Siegfried and
Roy relax in Hawaii ten years after
tiger attack ended their Vegas show
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/6/2014 5:53:32 AM     Post Reply
After decades of entertaining Las Vegas tourists, Siegfried and Roy appear to be taking it easy, after a freak accident with a tiger forced them to slow down. It has been just over ten years since one of the famed entertainers´ white tigers dragged Roy off stage in the Mirage. Roy, 69, who was left seriously injured after being grabbed by the throat during a live performance in 2003, was pictured Wednesday soaking up the scenery from his wheelchair in a Hawaii resort. His on-stage partner Siegfried also appeared to be slowing down after years in the limelight, as the 74-year-old strolled

You cannot Just say No to the
Obamacare race questionnaire
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/6/2014 5:48:42 AM     Post Reply
The image below was sent to me by a reader who went for a visit to a physician, and was told that she could not be seen unless she filled out this race and ethnicity questionnaire, and put her name on the form. She initially refused, but they insisted that it was required or she could not see the doctor. The form does indicate that it is mandatory under Section 4302 of Obamacare. Section 4302 is explained by HHS as follows: Overview of Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes several provisions aimed at eliminating health disparities in

House GOP sets up Benghazi website
Washington Examiner [DC], by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 5:43:55 AM     Post Reply
House Republicans have set up a new website focused on the Benghazi attack and the circumstances surrounding it that promises to bring the facts about the deadly assault “straight to the American people.” In a release announcing the website, Speaker John Boehner´s office says “House Republicans are leading the fight for answers and for justice” on the deadly terrorist assault that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. “To date, no one has been held accountable,” the release states. “The families of the fallen – and the American people – deserve to know the truth. They deserve justice.” The move comes after Fox

Obama admin unilaterally changes
law to allow immigrants with
‘limited’ terror contact into US
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 5:38:46 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has issued new exemptions to a law that bars certain asylum-seekers and refugees who provided “limited material support” to terrorists who are believed to pose no threat from the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department published the new exemptions Wednesday in the Federal Register to narrow a ban in the Immigration and Nationality Act excluding refugees and asylum seekers who had provided limited material support, no matter how minor, to terrorists. “These exemptions cover five kinds of limited material support that have adversely and unfairly affected refugees and asylum seekers with no tangible connection to

  


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Hackers Run Rampant in
Sochi as Journalists Pour In
Atlantic, by Ben Cosman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 5:35:11 AM     Post Reply
Russia has ramped up physical security for the Winter Olympics in Sochi – bringing some 50,000 members of law enforcement to the city – but it can do little to combat the deluge of cyber attacks experienced by visiting journalists and tourists. On last night’s broadcast of the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, journalist Richard Engel described an experiment he tried with a security expert when he first arrived in Sochi: We took two brand new computers out of their boxes and connected them to the internet. In a minute, hackers were snooping around, trying to see how secure the machines

Keystone report from State Dept. puts
common sense back in the pipeline
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 5:32:30 AM     Post Reply
ENVIRONMENTALISTS HAVE drawn a line in the sand on the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s the wrong line in the wrong sand, far away from any realistic assessment of the merits — as yet another government analysis has confirmed. It’s past time for President Obama to set aside politics and resolve this bizarre distraction of an issue. The State Department’s latest study — the product of more than five years of investigation — largely confirms the conclusions of previous assessments and those of many independent energy experts: Allowing the firm Trans­Canada to build Keystone XL, which would run across the Canadian border

The Fox and the Attention Hog
American Spectator, by George Neumayr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 5:28:41 AM     Post Reply
Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Barack Obama before the Super Bowl proved as unstimulating as the game. O’Reilly had hyped the interview as the equivalent of a momentous boxing match. With characteristic humility, he said it would be like when “two boxers go into the center of the ring, that is exactly the way it is when an alpha interviews an alpha.” The most interesting question came not from O’Reilly but from a viewer, who wanted to know: “Mr. President, why do you feel it’s necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?” Obama rejected

Buster Qua Buster
Weekly Standard, by Andrew Ferguson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 5:24:47 AM     Post Reply
For reasons too boring to go into, I have recently inherited custodial duties of the family dog. When Buster first arrived, more than a decade ago, we spent a fair amount of time together. I took responsibility for training him with a rigorous program lasting several weeks. To this day, if you ask him to fetch, sit, roll over, shake hands—any of your basic doggie tasks—he will instantly lie down and close his eyes. In the early days I walked him a lot too. Time passed. Work obtruded. My wife, at home with young children, became Buster’s primary care giver.

  


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Is This the Most Peculiar Court
Summons in Recent British History?
National Review Online, by Charles C.W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/6/2014 5:16:03 AM     Post Reply
Well, in my many years of cataloging British free speech outrages this has to be the most absurd case I’ve come across. Per the Telegraph: A British magistrate has issued an extraordinary summons to the worldwide leader of the Mormon church alleging that its teachings about mankind amount to fraud. Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been ordered to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London next month to defend the church’s doctrines including beliefs about Adam and Eve and Native Americans. … In one of the most unusual documents ever issued by a British court,

Russian Village Used, Abused,
and Forgotten by the Olympics
ABC News, by Kirit Radia    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/6/2014 5:13:04 AM     Post Reply
ASHTYR, Russia -- If any one place embodies the allegations of corruption, abuse, and alarming human cost of the Sochi Olympics, it´s here. Ashtyr, a tiny, impoverished village in the foothills between the coastal and mountain parks where the upcoming Winter Games will be held, has been used by Olympic planners for its limestone deposits, suffered from the effects of nearby construction, and had its pleas for help ignored. The benefits of the more than $51 billion spent on the Olympics and related infrastructure investments are nowhere to be seen here. Now, after years of exploitation and protests, it´s eerily quiet here. Just

Barack Obama´s ´hard-working American´
is actually a London Overground commuter
Telegraph [UK], by Raf Sanchez    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/6/2014 5:10:22 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s political action group, Organizing for Action, is out with a new advert urging Congress to raise the national minimum wage for millions of low-paid Americans. Set to rising music, the 30-second commercial features a medley of images of hard-working Americans going about their day. There´s only one problem: one of those "hard-working Americans" is in fact a London Overground commuter. A woman featured in the advert´s opening seconds is riding aboard the London train system as she looks wistfully out the window and clutches a coffee cup.

President Obama to Democrats:
´Keep your powder dry´
Politico, by Manu Raju    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 5:02:56 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama rallied Senate Democrats behind his election-year agenda on Wednesday, even privately urging senators to “keep your powder dry” on his push to expand international trade despite the strong opposition from many leading Democrats, according to several people at the closed-door session. At a roughly two-hour meeting at Nationals Park, Obama repeatedly emphasized his goal to keep the Senate in Democratic control in the 2014 midterms, promising to do whatever he can to help his party stay in the majority, attendees said. He noted that his agenda stands a better chance of advancing if a majority of the

How did Americans manage to lose
$119 billion gambling last year?
The Week, by John Aziz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/6/2014 5:00:29 AM     Post Reply
The gambling industry around the world is huge, but the biggest market is the United States, where gamblers lost a staggering $119 billion in 2013:(Snip for chart)That´s a crazy amount of money; more money than Bill Gates has (with $72 billion) or Warren Buffett (with $58 billion), and only $11 billion less than the two men put together. What intrigues me is the question of why so many people gamble. After all, everyone knows that the odds are stacked against gamblers, whether they´re betting on slot machines, horse racing, football, roulette, bingo, or lotteries. Even the games where it is possible

  



John Kerry’s bungled threat to Israel
New York Post, by Benny Avni    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 4:55:22 AM     Post Reply
This week, as John Kerry marks a year at the helm of the State Department, almost everyone in the Mideast is angry at him, while much of Washington is puzzled. The Americans are trying to make sense of the secretary of state’s reported belief that President Obama needs a new Syria policy because the current one has failed. Isn’t it Kerry’s job to produce that policy? But first let’s handle the anger, which mostly turns on Kerry’s nonstop push for an Israel-Palestine accord. Kerry sees this as so crucial that he’s visited the area more than any other spot and created the

America Has Lost Her Will to Live
American Thinker, by Selwyn Duke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 4:53:46 AM     Post Reply
America long ago lost her will to live. Historically, trespassing into another people´s territory could bring violence. And nations the world over secure their borders, sometimes at the end of a gun fondled by an itchy finger. But not the US. We place water stations in the Arizona desert for thirsty trespassers, offer driver´s licenses and in-state tuition for them, and now a Supreme Court justice has opined that calling illegal migrants "criminals" is insulting. I don´t know, what do you call someone who broke the law? "Legally challenged"? But it´s even worse than that. About 20 years ago Japan

Vapor Lock
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 4:50:36 AM     Post Reply
News that Obamacare would cause the economy to shed 2.3 million jobs is being greeted with jubilation by some quarters. This was foreseen long ago. FactCheck.Org pointed out even in 2011 that unemployment is not the right word for the loss of remunerative activities caused by the program. The word’s not “unemployment”. “That’s a distortion. CBO said some Americans would work less or leave their jobs if they can get health insurance outside the workplace.” It’s not a bug. It’s a feature. Employment is a prison, didn’t you know? Nancy Pelosi exults that breadwinners now can escape the confines of “job-lock”.

Hagel orders urgent push
for ethics crackdown
Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor & Robert Burns    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2014 4:49:58 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants military leaders to inject more urgency into ensuring "moral character and moral courage" in a force suffering a rash of ethical lapses. Hagel has been worried by a string of scandals that has produced a wave of unwelcome publicity for the military. But in light of new disclosures this week, including the announcement of alleged cheating among senior sailors in the nuclear Navy, Hagel on Wednesday demanded a fuller accounting of the depth of the problem. Last month the Air Force revealed it was investigating widespread cheating on proficiency tests among nuclear missile launch

Dems are overplaying
their anti-Christie hand
New York Daily News, by S.E. Cupp    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2014 4:41:46 AM     Post Reply
Famed 18th century translator Samuel Croxall offered this warning on the dangers of political alarmism, as illustrated in Aesop’s “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”: “When we are alarmed with imaginary dangers in respect of the public, till the cry grows quite stale and threadbare, how can it be expected we should know when to guard ourselves against real ones?” With every over-hyped, over-reaching, over-zealous allegation against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the liberal media and Democrats out to sink him run the risk of crying wolf one too many times. The latest came from the New York Times, which has had to explain

´Octomom´ Nadya Suleman
faces new welfare fraud charge
CNN, by Alan Duke    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/6/2014 4:39:05 AM     Post Reply
Los Angeles -- Octuplets mom Nadya Suleman faces a new criminal charge of welfare fraud, bringing the number of counts against her to four. Prosecutors accuse Suleman, whose claim to fame is giving birth to eight babies in one day, of not reporting that she was making thousands of dollars as topless dancer and adult film actress when she applied for government aid last year. An additional charge filed Wednesday alleges that she received nearly $10,000 in MediCal benefits she was not entitled to, the Los Angeles County district attorney´s office said. The restitution they are seeking now totals $26,000. Suleman has already

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