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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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Her dark, macabre tales of Gothic romance and revenge have enthralled millions of readers and remain in print decades after her death. But for Daphne du Maurier, the wealth and worldwide fame she earned from novels such as Rebecca and Jamaica Inn were a poor substitute for the acclaim she craved from literary critics who dismissed her as a second-rank “romantic novelist”. Now her only son, Kits Browning, speaking for the first time ahead of the BBC’s three-part adaptation of Jamaica Inn, has criticised the “Hampstead literati” for overlooking one of the last century’s most original literary talents. In an

WATCH LIVE: First total lunar eclipse of
2014 dawns as the BLOOD MOON rises
Daily Express [UK], by Jason Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/14/2014 5:37:44 PM     Post Reply
A total lunar eclipse will turn the moon a dark blood red tonight. Just after Mars reaches its closest point to earth in six years, a distance of a mere 57.4 million miles, a total lunar eclipse will spectacularly change the colour of the moon. But don´t get too twitchy with the curtains in the early hours--only people in north and south America will be able to see it with the naked eye. If you live in the UK, mainland Europe or most of the rest of the world by far your best chance of seeing the eclipse is right

Russia doesn´t need to do another
Crimea in east Ukraine. All it
needs to do is sow chaos
Telegraph [UK], by Colin Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/14/2014 5:21:28 PM     Post Reply
If there was a standard operating manual for the secret services of the world´s dodgier regimes, it would no doubt omit any mention of the term "agent provocateur". In Russia, Burma, Iran et al, state-backed agents never get involved in causing trouble. Instead, there are only "patriotic local citizens", who, unable to contain themselves, rise up in righteous indignation against those who might betray the nation. That, if Russia is to be believed, is exactly what it happening in eastern Ukraine right now. According to a statement this morning from the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, there are "no Russian

Vladimir Putin won´t be content until
Ukraine is engulfed by civil war
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/14/2014 5:17:44 PM     Post Reply
When William Hague, our Foreign Secretary, warns that Russia is quietly orchestrating anti-government protests in eastern Ukraine, his words should be taken as a wake-up call to all those other EU foreign ministers who are none too keen on standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin´s newfound enthusiasm for Tsarist-style military adventures. [Snip] While both Mr Kerry and Mr Hague are coy about precisely how they know the Russians are up to no good in Ukraine, it is no secret that the FSB, Russia´s equivalent of the CIA, is committed to keeping Ukraine in a state of heightened instability for

Give up meat, coal, oil, economic
growth and national sovereignty -
orders new IPCC climate report
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/14/2014 3:20:32 PM     Post Reply
The United Nations (UN) has delivered its latest verdict on the measures necessary to save the world from global warming and the news is as grim as it is predictable and wearisomely familiar: More regulation from "experts", technocrats and bureaucrats at supranational organisations, such as the one whose initials begin with U and end with N. [Snip] More nuclear power (with shale gas used as a transitional fuel to replace coal). The abandonment of fossil fuels. Less meat consumption. A single, globally-regulated price for carbon dioxide. More local-government-enforced walking, cycling and public transportation. More back-door wealth redistribution from the West

S.C. Medicaid uses ´social listening´ to track
online chatter, improve customer service
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Lauren Sausser    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/14/2014 11:43:48 AM     Post Reply
Big Brother isn´t watching you--but he is listening. The S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, one of the largest, costliest agencies in state government, pays Clemson University´s Social Analytics Institute $50,000 a year to "scrape data" from 150 million public, real-time feeds each day and report back to the agency what people on the Internet are talking about. That includes Medicaid patients who may be complaining about the application process on Twitter or bloggers who criticize Gov. Nikki Haley´s decision to reject Obamacare´s Medicaid expansion. But they say they´re doing this "social listening" in the name of customer service,

GOP senators:
Eric Holder must resign if he won´t
indict IRS lightning rod Lois Lerner –
and owes House Republicans an apology!
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/13/2014 4:47:39 PM     Post Reply
U.S. senators told MailOnline during a weekend presidential candidate cattle-call that Attorney General Eric Holder´s credibility is on its last legs, that he owes one Republican lawmaker an apology, and that it´s time for his exit if he won´t indict a corrupt Obama administration official Holder has frayed the GOP´s collective nerves in the past two years, presiding over what they see as a wall of silence that impedes congressional oversight and gives a middle finger to legislators´ lawful subpoenas for tens of thousands of documents. [Snip] If Holder refuses Congress´ demand to indict her, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told MailOnline,



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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
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Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

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Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 4:23:09 PM     Post Reply
President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed to win the support of a full 60% of voters age 18-29. But the man who once dreamed of being a transformative leader in the Reagan mold is inspiring few of those young people to follow his lead. "For all the talk about the movement that elected Mr. Obama, the more notable movement of Obama supporters has been away from politics. It appears that few of the young people who voted

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Chelsea Clinton no longer
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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
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Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
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Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive


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