Before the Affordable Care Act, health-insurance policies could not be sold across state lines; now policies sold on the Affordable Care Act exchanges may not be offered across county lines.
What happened to the president’s promise, “You can keep your health plan”? Or to the promise that “You can keep your doctor”? Thanks to the law, I have been forced to give up a world-class health plan. The exchange would force me to give up a world-class physician.
For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death. Take away people’s ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that’s a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that’s the point.
NEWTOWN, Conn. — When the old Sandy Hook Elementary School is demolished, building materials will be pulverized on site and metal will be taken away and melted down in an effort to eliminate nearly every trace of the building where a gunman killed 26 people last December.
Contractors also will be required to sign confidentiality agreements and workers will guard the property’s perimeter to prevent onlookers from taking photographs or videos.
The goal is to prevent exploitation of any remnants of the building, Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra said Tuesday.
Demolition is set to begin next week and be finished before the Dec. 14 anniversary of the shootings. Town voters last month accepted a state grant of $49.3 million to raze the building and build a new school, which is expected to open by December 2016.
Llodra, the superintendent of schools and other town officials have been discussing how to handle the demolition for weeks. Llodra said they want to shield the victims’ families and the community from more trauma, and don’t want any part of the school used for personal gain.
Most of the building will be completely crushed and hauled away to an undisclosed location. Some of the demolition dust may be used in the foundation and driveway of the new school, Llodra said. The town also is requiring documentation that metal and other materials that can’t be crushed and are hauled off-site are destroyed, she said.
In addition to the demolition crew confidentiality agreements, the project management company, Consigli Construction, also may do background checks on the workers.
Lmfao it’s a conspiracy theorist’s wet dream
”Contractors also will be required to sign confidentiality agreements and workers will guard the property’s perimeter to prevent onlookers from taking photographs or videos.”
John Boehner ‘This Week’ Exclusive Interview House Speaker Discusses Government Shutdown|NewsDay - Will not allow a clean debt limit/ceiling rise.
This is actually really bad. Delaying the government shutdown until the debt ceiling vote (October 17th) runs the risk of America defaulting on it’s debt. This is really really bad for America and the world.
California workers may soon have the highest minimum wage levels in the country after a bill approving a raise from $8 to $10 within three years passed the state legislature.
The hike, to be implemented in two separate $1 increments, is the state’s first in six years, and comes amid fast food industry strikes across the nation following a year-long campaign by unions and workers to raise federal wage floors to $15.
The bill, which eased through the state Senate 26 votes to 11 Thursday, and passed the Assembly a few hours later, 51-25, was backed by Democrats who said it would help workers pull through the effects of the recession and stimulate the economy by promoting spending among workers.
Gov. Jerry Brown called bill AB 10 an overdue piece of legislation that would help working class families, while Senator Bill Monning, D-Carmel, the bill’s Senate floor manager, said raising the state’s minimum wage level was “a moral imperative.”
"It simply gives hardworking Californians the dignity and respect to provide for their families with their own hard-earned wages," said Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, who brought the bill before his Assembly colleagues.
But Republican lawmakers opposed the bill, saying the 25 percent minimum wage increase would hurt business and cut jobs.
Watch 2 Canadians Discover That The US Is Now A Police State
Oh man this really resonates with me.
Every time I cross into the states, I have to present where I work, what school i went to, how long ive been working, what i do at work, who im seeing, where im staying, what ill be doing and have done prior to my crossing to extreme lengths
upon saying im visiting my girlfriend, they interrogate me everytime about where she lives, her address, what we are doing during my visit and why i know her and who i plan to see when I’m down there aside from her. Twice I was asked what her parents do for work. Often I needed to provide hoot’s address and give a lengthy description of how i know her and go through the motions of explaining how exactly we met over the internet and the circumstances of what we met over. Though now I just simply say we’re artists who met at art conferences just to avoid the extra scrutiny of first knowing each other over the internet. That’s apparently a red flag.
Annoying as fuck. I was almost denied entry once because my description of how we know each other was confusing and meant I was potentially a threat as I was told. I was sternly ordered not to stutter or hesitate in explaining how I know my girlfriend or else I would be turned away from entry.
NSA director modeled war room after Star Trek’s Enterprise
>”When he was running the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command, Alexander brought many of his future allies down to Fort Belvoir for a tour of his base of operations, a facility known as the Information Dominance Center. It had been designed by a Hollywood set designer to mimic the bridge of the starship Enterprise from Star Trek, complete with chrome panels, computer stations, a huge TV monitor on the forward wall, and doors that made a ‘whoosh’ sound when they slid open and closed. Lawmakers and other important officials took turns sitting in a leather ‘captain’s chair’ in the center of the room and watched as Alexander, a lover of science-fiction movies, showed off his data tools on the big screen.
>“‘Everybody wanted to sit in the chair at least once to pretend he was Jean-Luc Picard,’ says a retired officer in charge of VIP visits.”
>But now, on the website of DBI Architects, Inc. of Washington and Reston, Virginia, there are what purports to be photographs of the actual Star-Trek-like headquarters commissioned by Gen. Alexander that so impressed his Congressional overseers. It’s a 10,740 square foot labyrinth in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The brochure touts how “the prominently positioned chair provides the commanding officer an uninterrupted field of vision to a 22’-0” wide projection screen”:
>The glossy display further describes how “this project involved the renovation of standard office space into a highly classified, ultramodern operations center.” Its “primary function is to enable 24-hour worldwide visualization, planning, and execution of coordinated information operations for the US Army and other federal agencies.” It gushes: “The futuristic, yet distinctly military, setting is further reinforced by the Commander’s console, which gives the illusion that one has boarded a star ship”:
Details of the intelligence-sharing agreement are laid out in a memorandum of understanding between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart that shows the US government handed over intercepted communications likely to contain phone calls and emails of American citizens. The agreement places no legally binding limits on the use of the data by the Israelis.
The disclosure that the NSA agreed to provide raw intelligence data to a foreign country contrasts with assurances from the Obama administration that there are rigorous safeguards to protect the privacy of US citizens caught in the dragnet. The intelligence community calls this process “minimization”, but the memorandum makes clear that the information shared with the Israelis would be in its pre-minimized state.
"The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users’ stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed. If the government is able to determine a person’s password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused."
Obama Administration’s Syria problem: U.S. can’t find non-Al Qaida rebels
WASHINGTON — The United States has withheld at least $50 million worth of aid to Sunni rebels in Syria.
The reason: neither Congress nor the administration of President Barack Obama can find rebel militias not linked to Al Qaida.
“It’s not clear to me that the administration has a workable policy,” Sen. Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, said.
The sources said the CIA has provided a marginal amount of aid and training to Sunni rebels since November 2012.
But over the last six months many of the Syrian rebels have stopped fighting and were replaced by foreign militias linked to Al Qaida.
“As noted at the time we announced the expansion of our assistance to the [rebel] Supreme Military Council, we will continue to consult closely with Congress on these matters,” National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said.
In June, Obama said the United States would begin relaying aid to the Sunni rebels amid an offensive by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. But the sources acknowledged that no additional aid or training has been delivered since then, something acknowledged by some in the administration.
“I’m not going to inventory when and how that might be occurring, but that’s the stated intent of this administration, and we will continue to pursue ways of doing that,” Defense Department spokesman George Little said on July 9.
In briefings over the last few weeks, members of the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Select Committee expressed frustration over the lack of Syrian rebel militias that operated without Al Qaida support or coordination. The sources said CIA deputy director Michael Morelland other officials acknowledged that much, if not most, of the revolt has been taken over by two rival Al Qaida militias — the Nusra Front for the Defense of the Levant and a recent splinter group, Islamic State in Iraq and Sham. Both groups appear on the State Department list of terrorist organizations.
“If we are going to arm, we have to make sure we have control of what arms are out there and how people are trained to use those arms so they don’t fall into the hands of our enemy Al Qaida,” Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the ranking Democrat of the House Intelligence Committee, said.
Another concern expressed by members of the congressional committees was that several of the non-Al Qaida militias identified by the CIA were fictitious. The sources said the House and Senate members wanted guarantees that Sunni rebels would not seek to sell U.S. weapons and equipment to either the Assad regime or use them against Syrian civilians.
>YFW a year and a half ago you knew that Syrian rebels were mostly terrorists and foreign islamic fundamentalists intent on creating a new middle eastern Sunni caliphate over the deaths of shia and alawite Syrians.
>YFW the actual syrian rebels have stopped fighting long ago and all that are left are foreign radicals funded by foreign powers.
>YFW despite all this, the Obama administration chose to arm the “rebels” and are only now realizing how fucking stupid they were.
>YFW Bashar al-Assad was the relative good guy all along