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How the government spent $634MILLION
on the Obamacare website - more than
it cost to build Facebook and Twitter -
and it STILL doesn´t work

Daily Mail [UK], by Michael Zennie

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 10/11/2013 5:09:22 AM

The federal government has spent $634million on the Obamacare website--more than it cost to build Facebook or Twitter, it was revealed today. Despite the massive bill to taxpayers, the Healthcare.gov still doesn´t work properly ten days after it was launched - allowing only a handful of Americans to sign up for plans on the insurance exchange market. And experts warn that the site is likely to continue to experience significant glitches for months to come as engineers work out the bugs they failed to to spot before the site went live on October 1. The price tag for the broken

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So far it´s costing only 6-1/2 times what was budgeted. The final bill is going to be painful.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveW, 10/11/2013 5:20:23 AM     (No. 9560209)

All that matters is Dear Leader´s intoxicating, unicorn smile. When he smiles at me, I feel so good about myself that the rest of the world just melts away.

Obviously, GOP extremists sabotaged the Affordable Care Act´s website. I mean, duh!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: PChristopher, 10/11/2013 5:37:15 AM     (No. 9560216)

Whatever you might think about them, Facebook and Twitter were built by motivated, intelligent, private sector free-enterprisers who are exceptionally bright and creative with great skill sets for the tasks who were determined to make their product work. The government has no such people.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Keekng, 10/11/2013 5:42:27 AM     (No. 9560219)

With that much spent on the start up, I can hardly wait to see a workable product. Waiting......s/

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 10/11/2013 5:48:56 AM     (No. 9560223)

All that´s double speak for NO ONE is signing up!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Country Boy, 10/11/2013 5:53:20 AM     (No. 9560226)

So what happens Jan 2014, when all the folks who have already lost private coverage, told to go to obamacare, suddenly have zero coverage.

Kenyan wonder boy at work.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trigger2, 10/11/2013 6:14:54 AM     (No. 9560237)

Another $634M taxpayer/borrowed money wasted by demonrats. That´s all they know - how to waste money.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Country Boy, 10/11/2013 6:18:19 AM     (No. 9560240)

Just to add, I think it is not entirely the fault of the contractor. Probably more like 60/40 contractor/government blame.

The government provides the business requirements, and probably high level project management (timelines and milestones). Also the government (software owner) can and probably did change the business requirements quite often, a real nightmare.

Bottom line, obama demanded it. He owns it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lilo, 10/11/2013 6:23:22 AM     (No. 9560244)

If the sign-up system works this well, just wait ´til the medical part kicks in. Wow, we will all be in heaven.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pineledger, 10/11/2013 6:48:27 AM     (No. 9560273)

Daily Mail also reports that a grand total of 51,000 have completed applications. The first day 6,200 took the bait.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Janjan, 10/11/2013 7:01:21 AM     (No. 9560285)

I would love to know who the morons were that managed this project so I can make sure I never hire one of them.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: krause, 10/11/2013 7:09:21 AM     (No. 9560290)

Well, when you´re spending other people´s money...who cares what it cost!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: RCFlyer98, 10/11/2013 7:34:55 AM     (No. 9560308)

Surprised? Who on earth is surprised at the failure of this fiasco? Government can not run anything, especially run it efficiently. As has been said many times before, take a look at AMTRAK, the US Postal Service, Social Security, Medicare, et al. Who is surprised??

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 10/11/2013 7:37:31 AM     (No. 9560310)

@#5- What happens to those who couldn´t sign up on this soon to be $1Bil website? Why, they´ll just have to pay the fine for missing the deadline.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: franq, 10/11/2013 7:40:43 AM     (No. 9560311)

You might think you hate it now, but just
wait till you drive it!


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Reply 15 - Posted by: NeverVoteDem, 10/11/2013 7:42:57 AM     (No. 9560313)

I am losing losing my insurance Jan 1 and have no choice but Oscrewu. 80% increase in premiums, worse coverage.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Joe Btfsplk, 10/11/2013 7:43:45 AM     (No. 9560316)

Proof positive that Barry´s appointees and supporters are very, very stupid. They built a wooden cart wheel for the 21st century.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Starlady, 10/11/2013 7:43:54 AM     (No. 9560317)

At the very end of this piece they state the number of regulations that weighted down the people trying to accomplish this task, it was over 50,000. It is stated they became accomplished at understanding the regs but not implementation.
I also heard a report yesterday that persons working on the site for Obamacare would get 90% finished and then they would get orders for changes that would make them have start all over again. Apparently this happened repeatedly. Sounds like too much government oversight, probably from Sebelious.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Really?, 10/11/2013 7:51:51 AM     (No. 9560327)

There IS hope however. People ARE getting their renewal notices for individual policies and they are TOTALLY shocked. Some of them are Democrats.

After watching Obama perform one stupid stunt after another, for four years and after watching his "approval" numbers hover at @ 41%, we are finally seeing that number go down.

Believe me, a $ 6 -7,000 increase in your annual expenses will wake you up. The notices are being opened right now. It will have an impact where other things have not.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: kiwikit, 10/11/2013 8:00:57 AM     (No. 9560337)

I love what James Woods pointed out on twitter: Imagine how much health care could have been provided to the poor with this $635 MILLION dollars!

BO´s administrations doesn´t care about health care but only power, and taking same from the citizenry!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: rabidrepublican, 10/11/2013 8:12:34 AM     (No. 9560351)

And this is the best part of Obamacare. The rest is really, really bad.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: gaeditor, 10/11/2013 8:13:37 AM     (No. 9560354)

My favorite part is the "couldnt."

Did you not 1. have anyone who could spell or 2. Could hire someone to proof this for you??

And the marvelously educated English are having a good laugh at the NitWit President and his idiot minions. (Of course the average 18 year old in England has the same education as our college seniors. Those stats are old, they are probably worse by now, especially if our senior majored in "Women´s Studies" or some other liberal claptrap.)

Sheesh!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 10/11/2013 8:35:24 AM     (No. 9560381)

Par for the course with these Treasury thieves. Just another $500m+ for yet another scheme, green energy company, yada, yada, that doesn´t work or has filed bankruptcy.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 10/11/2013 8:58:34 AM     (No. 9560398)

It´s probably hard to navigate the first questions on the application.
With this cabal of communist the first question is gender and there were eight boxes to choose from.
The second box was race and all the hyphenated terms will blow your mind trying to choose.
I can see a ´ghetto queen´ going to the library, a place they have never been, borrowing a public computer and applying. It won´t happen.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: maryc, 10/11/2013 9:00:25 AM     (No. 9560403)

And when it comes time to reimburse the doctors and hospitals ?How well do you think that system will work ? How long before you find most will just take the most expensive private insurance or want to be paid in cash ? When the medicare cuts come in 2015 and reimbursements plummet look for the seniors to not be able to find a doctor on any of the ´lists´ provided. There will be deaths caused by this disaster and probably in greater number than anyone now believes could happen.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: nekochan, 10/11/2013 9:03:37 AM     (No. 9560407)

Is this foul-up connected to the FU phone number? No one could accidentally get a number like that. I believe that the inclusion of the number 1 in 318-2596 was done to throw off the scanner that looks for specific words whether they be a company logo or an insult.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: LadyVet, 10/11/2013 9:17:25 AM     (No. 9560423)

Let´s don´t let these people work on a computer system for the VA. At least their paper and pencil system for applying for disability and VA benefits still work, although there it is backlogged for months.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: mc squared, 10/11/2013 9:24:16 AM     (No. 9560436)

How many petty little bureaucrats kept changing the design and function of the website right up until the introduction?

The usual organization and clarity of this administration makes me wonder.




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Reply 28 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 10/11/2013 9:27:46 AM     (No. 9560445)

#17, that´s a pretty good idea of what happens to the software developers and engineers working for government contractors. Mr A works in that business and the MBA project managers are notorious for demanding the near or total impossible. The bureaucrat, amazingly ignorant about software design, simply waves his hands (it´s usually a little guy with a Napoleonic complex) and says, that´s what you were hired for--go do it, and stalks off. And the poor software engineer smacks his forehead, bites his knuckles and asks himself why he didn´t go play bass guitar in a rock band instead.

The only thing the techies can do is write a memo memorializing the conversation and file it for when they´re questioned about it after the project tries to self-destruct.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 10/11/2013 9:28:47 AM     (No. 9560449)

healthcare.gov, only ranked number 381st among American websites on Thursday, according to media reports on data from online metrics company, Alexa.com

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Arby, 10/11/2013 9:56:42 AM     (No. 9560499)

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I don´t want it to work, but either way it seems the government is wasting our money, big time.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 10/11/2013 10:12:38 AM     (No. 9560531)

We had to spend 6-1/2 times what was contracted with CGI in order to prevent their companies `brain drain`.

/s

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Reply 32 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 10/11/2013 10:16:08 AM     (No. 9560535)

Maybe, just maybe, it was never intended to work.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: RKfree2b, 10/11/2013 10:21:12 AM     (No. 9560542)

Well...we made it.
Welcome to utopia.
The socialist paradise is here.
It only gets better from here on out.
Oh wait...excuse me.
This paradise is only for those exempted from the regulations and laws the rest of the second class citizens must follow.

Ahhh...so this is the socialist´s paradise and utopia. I didn´t know it would feel like this.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: RancherJack, 10/11/2013 10:39:16 AM     (No. 9560584)

Google CGI Federal - website designers and code writers for failed ObamaCare website

1. These are the same folks who built the Canadian Long Gun Registry.

2. Every time law enforcement in Canada accessed CGI´s database CGI got paid a User Fee.

Make your own conclusions what´s happening ..

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Reply 35 - Posted by: RancherJack, 10/11/2013 10:45:16 AM     (No. 9560603)

BTW - what you´ll discover is a French Canadian company headquartered in Quebec. What is the prevailing political sympathies of this Province?

Deeply, violently Marxist.

Also deeply involved in guess what?

Tax audit software.

... and you think you´re being had.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: odinsacolyte, 10/11/2013 11:11:39 AM     (No. 9560665)

Almost everything government does is just another way to steal from us (U.S.).

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Reply 37 - Posted by: fed-up, 10/11/2013 11:12:30 AM     (No. 9560668)

Not only is it a disaster to get on, and a sham to get the coverage, according to Dr Carson they ask all sorts of personal questions that has no bearing on your health care! Like "what political party you identify with". This is another way to get names to add to the voter fraud list. What a scam this whole thing is.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 10/11/2013 11:29:39 AM     (No. 9560714)

I am probably only one of a handfull of everyday Americans who have actually read and studied this law. It is absolutely the worst piece of unworkable garbage ever sent through the halls of congress and signed into law. It si more like a liberal comic book of unworkable bureaucratic machiner. It reminds one of the movie "Brazil" (if you have to seen it, do so) It is a bureacratic nightmare of a legalistic, constantly changing labyrinth if "laws and regulations" no one will ever sort out. I pity the people who will die under it (unless they are people who voted for Øbama and Pelosi).

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Reply 39 - Posted by: chicodon, 10/11/2013 11:38:53 AM     (No. 9560735)

We can´t believe any statistics yet. Obama could very well be explaining low interest in the site to software glitches.

We now supposedly have a large enough sample to get some useful facts. I don´t care how many warm bodies they have. I want to see a subsidy spread. How many are getting covered for free or at greatly reduced rates. I suspect that number is high.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: LAW428, 10/11/2013 11:57:33 AM     (No. 9560764)

It´s so easy to spend other people´s money...who cares whether it works, or not? Remember, whatever the cost overruns and whatever subsidies the cronies and special interests get, the more each participant´s monthly premium will be.

How nice it is that Nevada, New Hampshire, Maine, unions, and Congress get exemptions. All on the backs of everyday American workers.

This whole "healthcare" fiasco is built on fraud and lies. It will be the downfall of America and this is why it was implemented to begin with.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Butch59, 10/11/2013 12:18:18 PM     (No. 9560801)

What we have here is what is known as "design by committee". Which is the SOP for most government agencies. And even after a contract is awarded, some low level will dream up another idea and be convinced that is absolutely must be included. So, out goes and update to the specifications. I happen to know about the C-5 program when it was being built by Lockheed. Every time you turned around, some spec change just had to be made. There was even a spec for the C-5 to be able to operate on a short unpaved dirt runway! Have to ever seen what those huge engines can suck up off the ground? I have. They can even suck up a grown man (I´ve actually seen that happen). So, there are huge cost overruns that were never in the original budget. Using the C-5 program, after huge cost overruns were happening, the government decided to change the design of the wing. Lockheed told them that it would never stand up over the long term. The gov. said yes it would. So, after a few yrs of service, they came back to Lockheed and spent several BILLION dollars to upgrade the wing. That´s how government procurement works (or doesn´t work).

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Reply 42 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 10/11/2013 12:19:10 PM     (No. 9560802)

The technical failures are only a distraction and the tip of the iceberg. The technology could be fixed in time, for another couple billion or so. And it will never work well because government stuff NEVER is superior product. It´s always mediocre at best.

The real failure is that people are finding if they had insurance before, BOCare is going to cost them TWICE as much, often pushing them out of the health insurance market. People who had no insurance are finding the prices far beyond their means. The ones that will sign up are the ones with serious health care bills and find $10,000 BOCare a bargain. For now. When not enough other people sign up, their costs will rise significantly.

Finally, considering the technology FAIL, and the financial FAIL, do you have ANY belief that the government will manage your health care information well? That the doctors and health system will function well under their heavy hand?

All of us are going to get LOUSY health care while still paying a fortune for it. As the costs rise, harsh measures will be put in place to deal with it. Death panels, rationing, you name it.

Most of the country had good health care. BO has wrecked the whole system in his federal power grab.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: LeftCoast, 10/11/2013 1:08:00 PM     (No. 9560891)

Heads should role and I know where to start.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Franz, 10/11/2013 1:21:02 PM     (No. 9560921)

The sign-up software fiasco should provide plenty of material for Dilbert cartoons.

But, I´m not laughing.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: planetgeo, 10/11/2013 1:43:58 PM     (No. 9560965)

You know, there are many examples of government IT project snafus...but I predict this will be the Mother of All Government IT Snafus. These aren´t "glitches" they´re describing, they´re "The Code to Nowhere." The nature and scope of the problems described are so extensive, this thing may never get off the ground.

It´s a project designed for political purposes to be hyper-complex (20,000 pages of regulations). Such is the stuff of unprogrammable systems.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: peterfleming, 10/11/2013 1:54:48 PM     (No. 9560975)

This rip -off is doing what the communist planner dictators want: creating confusion
and adding more control over the body and mind of each American victim. That´s the plan and Barry and his commie cell members are all delighted and laughing their demented asses off, while we run around in all kinds of useless confusion. The agitators are winning and we´re too stupid
to even call them communist agitators !

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Reply 47 - Posted by: privateer, 10/11/2013 2:18:11 PM     (No. 9561015)

It is time the House appoints a Special Prosecutor about this. Or...better yet... a troika: special prosecutor, forensic auditor and data recovery specialist.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Hoosier, 10/11/2013 5:09:01 PM     (No. 9561249)

This administration would believe that the triangular wheel is an improvement over the square wheel, since it has one less bump per revolution.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: texsupreme, 10/11/2013 6:29:39 PM     (No. 9561351)

#41, Been there-Done that.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: kaps5656, 10/11/2013 7:53:43 PM     (No. 9561474)


here´s a take:

The fact that the ObamaCare website is a complete clusterbungle that is totally inoperative is 100% INTENTIONAL.

http://www.barnhardt.biz/2013/10/11/history-rhymes-obamacare-website-and-the-ukrainian-wheat-farmers/

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Reply 51 - Posted by: larryp, 10/11/2013 8:53:45 PM     (No. 9561551)

This Health-care snafu is by design. I do not believe that the people that ran the excellent Obama fund-raising web sites and succussfull oes too, would mke hese mistakes.
Plus most programmers and IT guys are left and support Obama. I think Obamanites culdashe Goog guys to do it and it would be perfect.
No this is slamming thesystem. It is Cloward-Piven strategy for radicalism.
It is to get the people to say
"STOP, we have had enough. Just send out single govt payer bills and we wi;l with deal with it.Socialized medicine, Your sick kid just waits.Don´t buy this b.s.
It is an Axelrod and Junta scheme.


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Reply 52 - Posted by: sikupnfed, 10/11/2013 10:13:06 PM     (No. 9561622)

I am fed up and sick of the way federal government spends, spends, spends. In my world, I am berated when I go even a little over-budget or, heaven forbid, my team is a bit late rolling out the project. It is almost humiliating when we go to our reviews and have to hear it from the higher-ups. But these government bozos just do whatever and there is nobody to answer to. I am not sure, but it seems to me that there is no oversight for schedule or budget with these people. Fire ´em all!

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Reply 53 - Posted by: MickTurn, 10/11/2013 10:46:36 PM     (No. 9561645)

This is pure theft...giving OUR money to Obies cronies, pure and simple!

Someone should HANG for this!

I want NAMES!

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Reply 54 - Posted by: beca, 10/12/2013 7:47:51 AM     (No. 9561896)

more waste of our money...id like an estimate of how much obama has wasted.....lets start with solyndra and all green energy.........who approves this??? at least fb and twitter WORK...

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The Ukrainian president declared ´war´ between his country and Russia today after gunfire between pro-Moscow troops and Ukrainian special forces ended in the first fatalities of the conflict. The country´s interior minister Arsen Avakov said in a Facebook post a security service officer was killed near Slovyansk, east Ukraine. He also reported an unclear number of casualties among the militia. It is the first reported gun battle in the area--where armed men loyal to Moscow have seized a number of law enforcement buildings, including a police station, in recent days. Now, Ukraine´s authorities have said they plan to launch a ´full-scale anti-terrorist operation´

Ukraine to fight pro-Russia forces
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/13/2014 1:22:17 PM     Post Reply
Ukraine´s president says a full-scale operation involving the army will be launched in the east after pro-Russian militants seized government buildings. Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said he would not allow a repetition of what happened in Crimea which was annexed by Russia last month. His live televised address from parliament came after pro-Russian forces targeted half a dozen cities. [Snip] Early on Sunday Ukrainian authorities said they launched an "anti-terror operation" after armed men took over the city of Sloviansk. A Ukrainian officer was killed in a gun battle in the city, and there are reports the Ukrainian

Ed Miliband wants to be ´the first Jewish
PM´? Ed: meet Benjamin Disraeli
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/12/2014 5:26:14 PM     Post Reply
Ed Miliband says he wants to be Britain’s “first Jewish PM”. He apparently has no ambitions to be its most historically informed. As any fule kno, Benjamin Disrael--one of the greatest PMs there ever was--was Jewish. Yes, he converted to Christianity. But Ed Miliband doesn’t even believe in God and describes himself as a “Jewish atheist”--so we’re talking about ethnic identity here, not religion. And Disraeli was keenly aware of his ethnicity, calling himself "the blank page between the Old Testament and the New". He said that he regarded the Christian church as "the only Jewish institution that remains

How many books has Jay Carney read? DC
mag Photoshops the White House press
secretary´s bookshelves to fill in the blanks
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/12/2014 4:57:56 PM     Post Reply
The political Twittersphere erupted into guffaws Saturday after a women´s lifestyle magazine published a soft profile of ABC journalist Claire Shipman--the wife of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney--and applied ham-fisted Photoshop edits to a photo of the family bookshelf. Now it´s not so empty. [Snip] A dozen or more cut-and-paste operations later, 12-year-old Hugo Carney´s left pinky finger wound up halfway across the room, left behind when a book jacket was cloned. That´s just the most obvious edit. MailOnline found 12 separate Photoshop edits, each involving replacing a blank space with a book, leaving readers

Surge in UKIP Support Among Doctors
Breitbart London [UK], by Nick Hallett    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/12/2014 4:50:57 PM     Post Reply
The percentage of family doctors supporting the UK Independence Party has surged from 0.3 percent at the last general election to a new high of 7.3 percent, almost double the amount planning to vote Liberal Democrat. The figures, compiled by GP magazine, also show a sharp decline in Conservative support. At the last election, they were easily the most popular party, with 45 percent of General Practitioners (GPs) planning to vote for them. Now, just 16.6 percent continue to back the party. Labour are now the most popular party among GPs, although they still only have 18.4 percent support. This may

Poll: UKIP Soars to 20 Percent as
Maria Miller Episode and Clegg
Debate Losses Take Their Toll
Breitbart London [UK], by Raheem Kassam    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/12/2014 4:47:31 PM     Post Reply
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has hit a record high ComRes poll rating, as the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties both drop points. UKIP is now polling at 20 percent, while Britain´s traditional third party, the Liberal Democrats, have sunk to just 7. The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror poll shows Labour (35 percent) increasing its lead to six points over the Conservative Party (29 percent), with the libertarian, small-government UKIP hot on the heels of Cameron´s party following the resignation of cabinet minister Maria Miller last week. The poll results also reflect the two debate victories that UKIP leader Nigel

Heartbleed: Yes, it´s bad. Yes, the
Russian mafia are probably involved.
Now here´s what to do
Telegraph [UK], by Willard Foxton    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/11/2014 5:03:09 PM     Post Reply
Over the last couple of days, the internet security community has been rocked by a truly gargantuan bug, which has been named "Heartbleed" by the researchers who have discovered it. It´s been described as "catastrophic", "apocalyptic" and "the single biggest f––– up in the history of the Internet." [Snip] To break it down, you know all those websites where they have a little padlock at the bottom to show they are secure? You know, the websites for your online banking, your email, your social media accounts, your online shopping? Well, up to one sixth of those have in fact not



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Meet the Clinton shoe-thrower
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NBC Universal, by Emma Margolin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/12/2014 5:03:17 PM     Post Reply
Who throws a shoe? Honestly! That would be 36-year-old Alison Ernst of Phoenix, Arizona, who was charged Thursday night with disorderly conduct by the Las Vegas Police Department after allegedly throwing a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to NBC News, who spoke with a Secret Service official, the U.S. Attorney’s office has declined federal prosecution. Ernst was wearing shoes on Thursday night when she attended a speech Clinton was giving in Las Vegas, but apparently brought an extra one specifically to throw at the former secretary of state. The official said the incident appeared to be “premeditated.”

Bundy Ranch, the Federal Government,
and the Nevada Water Tipping Point

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American Thinker, by Monica Morrill    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/12/2014 7:29:42 AM     Post Reply
Many Americans have been watching with great consternation the ongoing struggle between the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Marshals against Cliven Bundy and his family. There are no signs of either side relinquishing their position. Many onlookers have been informed that this dispute is over protecting the desert tortoise. But it is nothing of the sort. In fact, the reality of the dispute goes far underneath what is being talked about. The more appropriate source of the dispute is ground water as well as surface water -- this is a war over water. Cliven Bundy and his

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins
´Range War´ With Feds

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ABC News, by Liz Fields    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/12/2014 3:33:27 PM     Post Reply
A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters. Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally. Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a "range war" against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of

Barbara Boxer Says Keystone
Pipeline a Cancer Risk

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Breitbart California, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/12/2014 6:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is now accusing the Keystone pipeline of being a cancer risk. Her first point was that the pipeline “will bring 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil into our nation every day.” She then segued to point #2 by asserting that the heavy tar sands oil will put people who live near refineries at risk for cancer: Significantly higher levels of dangerous air pollutants and carcinogens have been documented downwind from tar sands refineries, and in these areas people are suffering higher rates of the types of cancers linked to these toxic chemicals, including leukemia and

Why The Feds Chickened Out
On A Nevada Ranch

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Townhall, by Kevin McCullough    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/13/2014 11:55:18 AM     Post Reply
Let me obliterate a bit of confusion here: the Obama administration attempted to go to war with a rancher in Nevada. Let me amplify a little bit of truth: They tucked tail and have returned home. And let me add a bit of clarity: they had no choice! As the nation began to become familiar with the plight of the family of Cliven Bundy, many of us harkened back to another standoff in which the Federal government attempted to bully it´s outcome: Waco, Texas and the Branch Davidian massacre. It is telling that in the Nevada case the feds pulled out so

President Obama stands by Rev. Al Sharpton
while accusing Republicans of trying
to restrict the right to vote

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New York Daily News, by Celeste Katz & Annie Karni    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 4/12/2014 7:02:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama stood Friday with the Rev. Al Sharpton and accused Republicans of trying to keep millions of Americans from voting, in a fiery speech days after new revelations about Sharpton’s past as an FBI informant. “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama told the annual convention of Sharpton’s National Action Network in Manhattan. Obama’s appearance represented a presidential seal of approval of Sharpton’s role as a civil rights activist, amid the new revelations about how Sharpton used a wire to record

Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
Be Great for America

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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 6:11:32 PM     Post Reply
They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

The world must shift to solar and wind
power rapidly to avoid catastrophic global
warming, say UN scientists in major report

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 7:15:31 PM     Post Reply
A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. He may weigh in after the primaries. Rand Paul has endorsed two very establishment

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
moves ahead with pre-primary endorsements

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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/13/2014 3:48:58 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Video: Flash mob of women steal
$20,000 worth of sunglasses
from California store

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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/13/2014 10:50:38 AM     Post Reply
A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

Democrat Center Folds
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American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 4/13/2014 7:44:30 AM     Post Reply
It’s hardly been a secret that in recent years the moderate center of the Democrat party has been driven away and what remains is a conglomeration of disparate blocs which, to date, the party has been able to treat as if there were no conflicting interests between them. As the midterm elections approach and the administration’s incompetence, along with the distaste for the president’s signature ObamaCare legislation, drive the party’s chances down further, the make-believe coalition of opposites may well crumble if the opposition doesn’t blow it. Democrats hope to retain control of the Senate and recapture the House by driving


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