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Son of the spiritual head of the Egyptian Islamic Group killed in Afghanistan
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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Polar Bear Researcher To Be Re-Interviewed By Feds
In which NPR tries to work up our concern over the 'researchers' who likely (perhaps) faked the 'polar bears are dying' data to gin up support for global warming, and who now are being investigated for a second time by the Feds.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/15/2011 12:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  NPR tries to put the MMAGW "cause" ABOVE whether the data and info was faked "enhanced" in its' expression of calamity. My opinion? He should be fired and mocked by having the Polar Bears eat him
Posted by: Frank G || 10/15/2011 16:16 Comments || Top||

#2  NPR manages to conveniently leave out a few truths:
- polar bear populations are optimal to increasing
- scientific reports of the above fact were supressed

Hopefully THAT is the 'scientific integrity' question the IG is asking about, not about who doodled around in photoshop.
Posted by: Free Radical || 10/15/2011 16:55 Comments || Top||

#3  "He should be fired and mocked by having the Polar Bears eat him"

That's animal cruelty, Frank. What'd the poor polar bears ever do to you? How many barrels of Tums would it take to get rid of the indigestion he would cause?
Posted by: Barbara || 10/15/2011 17:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Are these the people who filmed the polar bears floating in the middle of the sea, but were really just a few yards offshore? Have a nature show which does a trick like that but the camera is remarkably still considering the waves breaking against the ice cube. I know there is neat tech and techniques to reduce or eliminate that floating feeling but, if a person were to convey dicapprio after the good part of titanic why artistically completely stabilize the frame?

Seems all along the researchers were by polar bears.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/15/2011 17:22 Comments || Top||


Economy
Friday Night Dump : Obama pulls plug on part of health overhaul law
I'm not sure if it was first risk management or actuary course where I learned guaranteed issue and voluntary participation equals adverse selection and a death spiral. So much for the smartest man in the room.
The Obama administration Friday pulled the plug on a major program in the president's signature health overhaul law -- a long-term care insurance plan dogged from the beginning by doubts over its financial solvency.

Targeted by congressional Republicans for repeal, the program became the first casualty in the political and policy wars over the health care law. It had been expected to launch in 2013.

"This is a victory for the American taxpayer and future generations," said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., spearheading opposition in the Senate. "The administration is finally admitting (the long-term care plan) is unsustainable and cannot be implemented."
Much more inside lacrosse at the link.
Posted by: Beavis || 10/15/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Like the lizard's tail, it was probably designed to come off and serve as a distraction.

The whole thing needs to die be disposed of post-haste.
Posted by: gorb || 10/15/2011 2:05 Comments || Top||

#2  If it's part of the law how can they just drop it without it being removed legislatively? Sounds like selective obedience of the law to me. Surprised?
Posted by: tipover || 10/15/2011 3:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Even though I agree with the action itself.....
Posted by: tipover || 10/15/2011 3:30 Comments || Top||

#4  It is a start. Now kill the rest.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/15/2011 9:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Look at just how biased the AP reporting of this is
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/15/2011 9:59 Comments || Top||

#6  The law required the administration to certify that CLASS would remain financially solvent for 75 years before it could be put into place.
How did THAT provision get in there?

But officials said they discovered they could not make CLASS both affordable and financially solvent while keeping it a voluntary program open to virtually all workers.

Monthly premiums would have ranged from $235 to $391, even as high as $3,000 under some scenarios, the administration said. At those prices, healthy people were unlikely to sign up.

Unlikely? Unlikely?

Suggested changes aimed at discouraging enrollment by people in poor health could have opened the program to court challenges, officials said. "If healthy purchasers are not attracted ... then premiums will increase, which will make it even more unattractive to purchasers who could also obtain policies in the private market," Kathy Greenlee, the lead official on CLASS, said in a memo to Sebelius. That "would cause the program to quickly collapse."

Is there a lesson there for the whole Obamacare concept? Duh!
Posted by: Bobby || 10/15/2011 11:13 Comments || Top||

#7  Known as CLASS, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program was a long-standing priority of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

Ah, Ye Olde "Dead Guys Seek No Payback" dumping of a pet project. Wonder if the Exalted Cyclops had anything in there that they could also get rid of?
Pretty funny if you remember the "pass it for Ted's legacy" bullshit they were carping while trying to force it through. What a bunch of shameless hypocrites.
Posted by: tu3031 || 10/15/2011 12:19 Comments || Top||

#8  Well, since the Obama administration has been granting waivers to "selected" companies from Obamacare in general, it should be no problem for them to dump selective parts of the law at their whim.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/15/2011 15:38 Comments || Top||

#9  The waivers are basically a bass-ackward way of implementing a bill of attainder. Some people get to be taxed while others don't.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/15/2011 16:01 Comments || Top||

#10  Monthly premiums would have ranged from $235 to $391, even as high as $3,000 under some scenarios, the administration said. At those prices, healthy people were unlikely to sign up. Suggested changes aimed at discouraging enrollment by people in poor health could have opened the program to court challenges, officials said.

Obamacare is one big problem. Best to scrap this turkey. If Obama considers the Wall Street protesters his base, I think they are laboring under the illusion that Obama's health care is free.

The Democrats have been obsessed with government provided health care. If this albatross continues, the country is screwed financially forever. Our kids, grandkids, and great grandkids will be saddled with this debt. There's never going to be enough money to pay for it. It is a destructive poison pill for our country.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/15/2011 21:54 Comments || Top||


Treasury official: Taxpayers on hook for Solyndra failure before commercial firms is a first
At Friday's Solyndra
...a green technological winner picked by the B.O. regime that cost the taxpayers a half billion dollars, with the added benefit of the campaign contributors who put money into the project getting paid before the taxpayers when the wreckage went up for sale...
hearing, an B.O. regime Treasury Department official admitted that he's never heard of taxpayer money being subordinate to outside commercial firms.

That means the B.O. regime is admitting it's awfully suspicious that investors like George Kaiser's firms and others got their cash back when Solyndra failed, but the taxpayers ended up on the hook for the $535 million the Department of Energy promised it via a loan guarantee.

"So in your experience of 28 years, plus being the chief financial officer [five years], can -- have you ever heard of taxpayer money being subordinate to outside commercial firms?," House energy and commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations chairman Rep. Cliff Stearns asked Obama's Treasury Department Federal Financing Bank chief financial officer Gary Burner at the hearing.

"No sir, I have not," Burner replied.

Stearns asked the question a couple more times, making sure he got the same answer -- and he did.
Posted by: Beavis || 10/15/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But not last---sheep are born to be sheared.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/15/2011 6:51 Comments || Top||

#2  He promised change, didn't he?
Posted by: Bobby || 10/15/2011 11:14 Comments || Top||


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Sat 2011-10-15
  Son of the spiritual head of the Egyptian Islamic Group killed in Afghanistan
Fri 2011-10-14
  10 militants killed in drone attacks
Thu 2011-10-13
  Haqqani big shot confirmed killed in Pakistan
Wed 2011-10-12
  Underwear bomber pleads guilty to all counts
Tue 2011-10-11
  Breaking: Feds Thwart Iran-Tied Terror Plot Against Saudi, Israeli Targets in D.C.
Mon 2011-10-10
  Syria warns countries not to recognize opposition
Sun 2011-10-09
  Yemen president says ready to quit within days
Sat 2011-10-08
  Mexican security forces find 46 dead in Veracruz
Fri 2011-10-07
  Doctor Who Helped U.S. Find Osama Bin Laden May Hang
Thu 2011-10-06
  Shelling Resumes in Sana'a
Wed 2011-10-05
  Afghanistan foils plot to kill Karzai
Tue 2011-10-04
  Bomb kills at least 65 in Mogadishu
Mon 2011-10-03
  Syrian Opposition Forms United Common Front
Sun 2011-10-02
  Syrian troops battle hundreds of renegade soldiers
Sat 2011-10-01
  Underwear-bomb maker also believed dead in Yemen strike

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