Tue : December 17, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 6:58 am(et)     <>  Print Version

NY Times:

The British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline will no longer pay doctors to promote its products and will stop tying compensation of sales representatives to the number of prescriptions doctors write, its chief executive said Monday, effectively ending two common industry practices that critics have long assailed as troublesome conflicts of interest.

The announcement appears to be a first for a major drug company — although others may be considering similar moves — and it comes at a particularly sensitive time for Glaxo. It is the subject of a bribery investigation in China, where authorities contend the company funneled illegal payments to doctors and government officials in an effort to lift drug sales.

More: “Glaxo Says It Will Stop Paying Doctors to Promote Drugs”

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Mon : December 16, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 9:06 am(et)     <>  Print Version

AP:

George P. Bush, Jeb Bush’s 37-year-old son who is a grandson of one former president and nephew of another, is launching his political career by running for Texas’ little-known but powerful land commissioner post.

But rather than campaigning on the mainstream Republicanism embodied by the family name, Bush says he’s “a movement conservative” more in line with the tea party.

More: “George P. takes baby steps away from Bush name”

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Mon : December 16, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 8:51 am(et)     <>  Print Version

NY Times:

An influential Saudi prince blasted the Obama administration on Sunday for what he called indecision and a loss of credibility with allies in the Middle East, saying that American efforts to secure a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians would founder without a clear commitment from President Obama.

“We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white,” said Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia. “When that kind of assurance comes from a leader of a country like the United States, we expect him to stand by it.” He added, “There is an issue of confidence.”

More: “Saudi Prince Criticizes Obama Administration, Citing Indecision in Mideast”

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Mon : December 16, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 8:43 am(et)     <>  Print Version

CBS St Louis:

Inspired by Time Magazine’s well-known list, Sedalia, Missouri now has its own Person of the Year Award and the 2013 competition isn’t even close.

There are seven nominees but the man who brought national attention to the Missouri State Fair this summer is running away with more than half of the votes.

Tuffy Gessling, better known as Tuffy the Clown, is a rodeo clown who wore a mask of President Obama at the fair, asking those in the crowd if they wanted to see the president gored by a bull.

More: “‘Tuffy The Clown’ Leads Sedalia Person of the Year Voting”

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Mon : December 16, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 8:26 am(et)     <>  Print Version

Breitbart:

The Obama administration decided that Obamacare Navigators, tasked with helping Americans enroll in a health insurance plan, would not undergo mandatory background checks. Now, in the ten weeks since the launch of Healthcare.gov, the ill-trained Navigators have put Americans’ sensitive health and tax information at risk.

Breitbart News has obtained a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report on the Obamacare Navigators that will be released Monday. It has found that Obamacare Navigators have been giving Americans misinformation and, in some cases, actively encouraging enrollees to commit fraud in order to raise their subsidies. To complicate matters further, there is no way for Americans to find out whether their Navigators are properly certified.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said at a Congressional hearing that it was “possible” for convicted felons to become Navigators. The report, titled Risks of Fraud and Misinformation with ObamaCare Outreach Campaign: How Navigator and Assister Program Mismanagement Endangers Consumers, concludes that is only one of many worries Americans should have about Navigators.

More: “Ill-Trained Obamacare Navigators Encouraging Fraud”

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Sun : December 15, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 1:53 pm(et)     <>  Print Version

H/T Newsbusters:
Gingrich Schools Reich: ‘Every Major City Which Is a Poverty Center Is Run By Democrats’

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Sun : December 15, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 11:44 am(et)     <>  Print Version

Natural News:

The girls placed six trays of Lepidium sativum seeds (a garden cress grown commercially throughout Europe) in a room without radiation, and an equal amount in a room next to two Wi-Fi routers. Over a 12-day period, they observed, measured, weighed and photographed the results. Even before the 12th day arrived, however, the end results were obvious: The cress seeds placed near the routers either hadn’t grown or were completely dead, while the seeds placed in the radiation-free room had blossomed into healthy plants.

More: “Plants won’t grow near Wi-Fi routers, experiment finds”

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Sun : December 15, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 11:33 am(et)     <>  Print Version

The Day Connecticut:

Undocumented immigrants are expected to make up a larger share of Connecticut’s uninsured population next year, putting “new financial pressures on safety-net hospitals” that provide emergency care to everyone, state and national health experts predict.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides coverage options for legal immigrants, but those in the U.S. illegally cannot apply for Medicaid, even if they are poor, or buy coverage at Access Health CT (the new insurance marketplace), even if they have cash. That means undocumented residents without coverage will continue turning to local emergency departments for care at a time when Connecticut hospitals face the loss of millions of dollars in federal and state subsidies to help defray the cost of uncompensated care.

More: “Undocumented immigrants to strain safety-net hospitals in Connecticut “

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Sun : December 15, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 10:59 am(et)     <>  Print Version

News.com.au:

On the latest school shooting in Colorado…. A small item that seems to have escaped the American press:

Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with the gunman, described him as a very opinionated Socialist.

More: “Karl Halverson Pierson, 18, injured two students at Arapahoe High School, turned gun on self”

From the United Kingdom, The Daily Mail (UK):

‘He had very strong beliefs about gun laws and stuff,’ junior Abbey Skoda told the Denver Post.

The paper reported that Pierson had once posted an image on Facebook with the slogan: ‘The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ‘em Die, Climate Change: Let ‘em Die, Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ‘em Die, More War: Let ‘em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?’

The post had been removed on Saturday.

More: ‘Gun violence, let ‘em die’

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Sun : December 15, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 10:45 am(et)     <>  Print Version

KGW.com:

Shannon Bruner of Indianola logged on to her checking account Monday morning, and found she was almost 800 dollars in the negative.

“The first thing I thought was, ‘I got screwed,’” she said.

The Bruners enrolled for insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder website, last October. They say they selected the bill pay date to be December 24th. Instead the Washington Healthplanfinder drafted the 835 dollar premium Monday.

Josh Bruner started his own business this year as an engineering recruiter. They said it’s forced them to pay a lot of attention to their bills and their bank accounts.

“Big knot in my gut because we’re trying to keep it together,” said Shannon Bruner. “It’s important to me that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen.”

They’re not alone.

One viewer emailed KING 5 saying, “They drafted my account this morning for a second time.”

More: “Reports of erroneous WA health exchange debits”

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Sat : December 14, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 3:11 pm(et)     <>  Print Version

Excerpt from must read post Mark Steyn at National Journal:

Amidst all the jollity, one man was taking things awfully seriously. Ted Cruz ducked out of the service when Raúl Castro rose to speak. I confess I’m not quite sure about the etiquette of walking out during a funeral. Unlike Senator Cruz, whom I doubt Mandela had even heard of, the Castros were old friends. It seems a little churlish to show up at the funeral of a longtime Communist and complain that they’ve booked the president of Cuba. It would be like attending Obama’s funeral and complaining that the Reverend Jeremiah Wright is officiating and Bill Ayers is singing “How Great Thou Art.” Surely Cruz could have done what Obama and Cameron did during the longueurs and found a Scandinavian prime minister to make out with.

More: “Funeral Spice”

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Sat : December 14, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 12:47 pm(et)     <>  Print Version

Watts Up With That:

Quite an imbalance in weather records this week. Even the AGU fall meeting in San Francisco where the best and brightest global warming scientists were meeting was surrounded by record (such as 25F in San Jose Dec 9th) and near record setting low temperatures, though the irony was lost on many of them.

More: “Over 2000 cold and snow records set in the USA this past week”

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Sat : December 14, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 12:38 pm(et)     <>  Print Version

AP:

China on Saturday successfully carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon.

More: “China successfully soft-lands probe on the moon”

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Sat : December 14, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 12:33 pm(et)     <>  Print Version

The Washington Times:

A program that gives coveted immigrant green cards to wealthy foreign investors was so susceptible to fraud and abuse that it was used by an Iranian network that sought to send banned high technology home and spread terrorism abroad, federal investigators said.

The EB-5 program was used by “a network involved in a series of international assassinations and terrorism operations” that also was “procuring a variety of goods for Iranian entities,” states an unsigned memo from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made public Thursday. The memo was written in response to questions asked by Janet A. Napolitano as homeland security secretary.

More: “Senator’s memo shows Iran links in Homeland Security’s troubled immigration program”

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Fri : December 13, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 5:13 pm(et)     <>  Print Version

Rep. Paul Ryan, (piece of shit-Wisc), came to an understanding with Senator Patty Murray (Socialist-Wash) that they have tried to sell as a budget agreement when in fact it’s another cave-in to Democrats that Republicans will vote for spending increases in exchange for promises of future spending cuts. Of course today’s congress has ZERO control or influence over what future congresses may do.

The Daily Mail reports the current status:

• Congress needs to pass a new budget by January 15 to avoid another government shutdown

• Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray negotiated a framework and tried to sell it to their respective majorities

• The GOP-led House passed the plan Thursday night despite complaints from tea partiers and other budget hawks

• But objections from Senate Republicans, including a claim that the plan restores spending cuts by shortchanging veterans’ pensions, could kill it

More: “… Senate gears up for epic battle as ZERO Republicans line up to support budget agreement”

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