Day: November 11, 2013

“United States Armed Forces Medley”


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“Rep. Elijah Cummings Nails Issa for Leaking Obamacare Misinformation”


DAILY KOS

November 8, 2013

The Honorable Darrell E. Issa

Chairman

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman:

Yesterday, you went on national television and made extremely serious allegations against U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, essentially accusing them of lying to the American people about the Healthcare.gov website.  You then used these alleged falsehoods to justify your threat to subpoena Mr. Park to force him to appear before the Committee next week to answer your allegations.  Based on information obtained by the Committee a full week ago, however, it appears that your attacks against Mr. Park and Mr. Carney are unfounded and that your statements yesterday either misunderstood or mischaracterized the information the Committee obtained.  In either case, I believe it is important to correct the public record, and I request that you apologize to these officials for the unsubstantiated accusations against them.

Unfounded Accusations Against Mr. Park and Mr. Carney

Yesterday, you launched a public attack against Mr. Park and Mr. Carney, accusing them of intentionally making false statements about the number of users that were anticipated for the Healthcare.gov website.

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REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS, RANKING MEMBER

REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS, RANKING MEMBER

China’s Countless Lonely Hearts Turn to Retail Therapy on Singles’ Day, Break E-Commerce Records


World

Retail therapy for the lonely crosses all cultural divides.

Every Nov. 11, China celebrates the consumer-driven holiday known as Singles’ Day in which heavy discounts and promotions encourage the boyfriend and girlfriend-less to do some serious online shopping. This Monday, sales on Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba reached last year’s Singles’ Day total by 1:04 pm. The $3.1 billion in sales was nearly double what the U.S. sold on Cyber Monday in 2012.

The Financial Times reports that in the near future, online shopping in China is anticipated to exceed that of the U.S.

[Financial Times]

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California Lawmakers Want to Make Porn Stars Wear Super Sexy Goggles


NewsFeed

Unless you have a fetish for hazmat suits and science lab equipment, you probably won’t be too excited for the newest draft of California Bill AB 640, which is meant to protect the pornography industry from the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

The bill is currently awaiting approval in the senate, and if passed would require that porn stars wear “personal protective equipment” to “prevent contact of an employee’s eye; skin, mucous membranes, or genitals” from bodily fluids, according to the New York Daily News.

Porn stars shooting in Los Angeles County are already legally required to wear condoms while filming intercourse scenes, but this bill would apply that rule to state-wide production and go one step further by forcing actors to wear protective eyewear. Technically, according to a representative from OSHA who spoke to Salon, porn stars are already supposed to wear protective gear, but the rule is…

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Man Dies After Swallowing $54,000 Worth of Meth He Thought Was a Health Drink


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Romano Dias only thought he was drinking a harmless health drink, but after swallowing it and complaining it was “awful” and that it led to an irritated throat, it turned out to be his last swig.

The 55-year-old who lived in Cambridgeshire, U.K., consumed what he thought was a fruit beverage, but in reality it was $54,000 of pure crystal methamphetamine, Cambridge News reported. The deadly bottle was delivered to his daughter Katee’s home three years ago, with the right address but the wrong name on the package. She kept it, believing someone would come to claim it. Six months passed and she finally opened the parcel, finding the bottles, which she gave to her father some undetermined time later.

Dias’ partner Debra  told authorities that he opened the bottle, whose label led him to believe what he was drinking was safe, and removed a cork that he found…

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Israel Remains Suspicious As Iran Nuclear Talks Stall


World

It’s an extremely technical business, negotiating a nuclear agreement. But in the case of the talks in Geneva last week over the Iranian program, a helpful level of understanding can be had simply by seeing who goes where. The easiest way to tell that Tehran and world powers were close to at least an interim accord over the weekend was seeing who showed up unexpectedly in Geneva:  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerrybroke off a trip to northern Africa to swoop in, joining European diplomats of the rank appropriate for signing such a document, should one be agreed upon.

And when it became clear there was nothing to sign there was more rapid and unscheduled travel: Kerry’s chief negotiator, Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, went immediately from Geneva to Jerusalem, to brief not only government officials and but Israeli experts and columnists gathered at the King David Hotel in…

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