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  • White House taunts GOP on climate change: ‘I don’t believe they can stop us’

    11/17/2014 12:37:17 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    The White House on Monday essentially dared Republicans to try and stop President Obama’s climate-change agenda, with officials bragging that even after the GOP takes control of the Senate in January, there is nothing that can be done to stop a host of controversial new actions. On a conference call with reporters, White House counselor John Podesta said the administration will move ahead on the issue despite Republican efforts to stand in the way. He even called out incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by name, saying the Kentucky Republican will not succeed in trying to slow executive action on...
  • Tony Abbott snubs Barack Obama’s climate fund demand (Australia)

    11/16/2014 7:06:14 PM PST · by RightGeek · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph (AUS) ^ | 11/17/2014 | Simon Benson, Daniel Meers
    TONY Abbott has foiled Barack Obama’s attempt to hijack the G20 with climate change, refusing to put a cent into the US President’s push for a $10 billion global green climate fund. And as chair of the G20, he succeeded in ensuring global economic growth and job creation was at the top of the final declaration yesterday, delivering a blow to Mr Obama’s attempts to elevate climate change to a first order issue .... ... Mr Abbott refused to allow the final communiqué to include a binding requirement that all G20 nations commit to the Green Climate Fund announced by...
  • WWII vet's widow loses 'everything' to scam

    11/15/2014 10:45:26 AM PST · by PROCON · 39 replies
    nwcn ^ | Nov. 14, 2014 | Alison Morrow KING 5 News
    SEATTLE -- The letter promised millions, claiming a Publishers Clearing House winner, and was sealed with Attorney General Bob Ferguson's misspelled name. "In the value of $9,222,350.00," Marjorie Flatum read. The 90-year-old widow had to do one simple thing to claim her prize: send money. "First I gave them $70,000," she remembered. "That was my retirement savings." It was "federal deposit insurance" the scam artists promised to return, but then they asked for more. This time, Flatum took out a reverse mortgage on her home for $300,000 - the home her husband built with his own hands.
  • Ebola victim's family, hospital reach settlement

    11/12/2014 11:10:29 AM PST · by bgill · 42 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 12, 2014 | Emily Schmall
    The hospital that treated the only Ebola patient to die in the United States will pay his relatives an undisclosed sum and create a charitable foundation in his name, the family's attorney said Wednesday. The agreement heads off a lawsuit from relatives of Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Attorney Les Weisbrod declined to say at a news conference how much money the family would receive but said the settlement was a "very good deal" that would provide for Duncan's parents and his four children. Weisbrod also said Presbyterian hospital was not charging...
  • Sen. Inhofe, denier of human role in climate change, likely to lead environment committee

    11/05/2014 11:28:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 5, 2014 | Tom Hamburger
    Sen. James M. Inhofe, an the Oklahoma Republican who once compared the Environmental Protection Agency to the gestapo, is likely to lead the Environment and Public Works Committee when the GOP takes control of the Senate next year. If approved, Inhofe would replace Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), an avowed environmentalist, producing one of the most stark post-election changes in the Capitol. Committee assignments will not be made until Senate party caucuses meet in Washington after the election recess. Inhofe, who has served in the Senate for two decades, is an iconic figure to both environmental and energy lobbyists. He chaired...
  • NYC tracking 117 people for Ebola symptoms

    10/31/2014 6:13:06 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | 10/31/14 | MYFOX NEW YORK STAFF
    NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Out of an abundance of caution, New York City health officials say they are monitoring 117 New Yorkers for signs of Ebola.
  • Sarah Palin Compares Climate Change 'Hysteria' To Eugenics

    10/27/2014 9:57:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 27, 2014 | Mollie Reilly
    Sarah Palin is once again brushing off global warming as "junk science," comparing warnings about the threat of climate change to the eugenics movement of the early 20th century. Last week, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate recorded a video for the Sarah Palin Channel dismissing the "con job" of man-made climate change. "I'm not a denier. I don't doubt that climate change exists," Palin says in the video. "No one has proven that these changes are caused by anything done by human beings via greenhouse gases. There's no convincing scientific evidence for man-made climate change....
  • Oregon Governor's Fiancee Admits She Married A Man To Help Him Get U.S. Residency

    10/10/2014 7:35:24 AM PDT · by Baynative · 35 replies
    HuffPo ^ | October 9, 2014 | Sam Levine
    Posted: 10/09/2014 9:18 pm EDT Updated: 10/09/2014 11:59 pm EDT CYLVIA HAYES Share 111 Tweet 29 Email 7 Comment 0 The fiancée of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) admitted on Thursday that she accepted $5,000 nearly two decades ago in exchange for marrying an Ethiopian man to help him obtain residency in the U.S. Cylvia Hayes, who got engaged to Kitzhaber over the summer, used the money to pay for a laptop and school expenses,
  • Watchdog Claims Union's Legal Fight Reveals ObamaCare Fraud (ACORN)

    10/04/2014 5:32:50 AM PDT · by blam · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-4-2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Perry Chiaramonte October 04, 2014 A Texas union’s dirty laundry -- aired out in court when workers charged they were cheated out of overtime pay – also shows the labor organization ripped off taxpayers under a $1.3 million contract to sign people up for ObamaCare, a watchdog group is claiming. Non-profit group Southern United Neighborhoods got a $1.3 million federal grant in 2013 to serve as a "navigator," enrolling people in Affordable Care Act coverage. The group subcontracted with United Labor Unions Local 100, which, according to Cause of Action, paid members less than it billed the government and, in...
  • Unlocking The Market For Electric Vehicles [in Europe]

    10/01/2014 8:43:54 AM PDT · by palmer · 3 replies
    Manufacturing dot Net ^ | Wed, 10/01/2014 - 9:28am | European Commission, CORDIS
    Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. ... In practice, this means that the car is intelligent, and provides the driver with braking tips based on traffic flows and advice on the best route to limit energy use. Up to 30 % of energy can be saved this way, without losing much time along the way. ...
  • Global Temperature Update No global warming for 17 years 11 months …

    09/25/2014 12:56:40 PM PDT · by Signalman · 11 replies
    Climate Depot ^ | 9/7/2014 | Christopher Monckton
    The Great Pause has now persisted for 17 years 11 months. Indeed, to three decimal places on a per-decade basis, there has been no global warming for 18 full years. Professor Ross McKitrick, however, has upped the ante with a new statistical paper to say there has been no global warming for 19 years. Whichever value one adopts, it is becoming harder and harder to maintain that we face a “climate crisis” Remote Sensing Systems’ satellite-based monthly global mean lower-troposphere temperature dataset, there has been no global warming – none at all – for at least 215 months. This is...
  • Global summit on climate change slated for Minneapolis

    09/23/2014 9:03:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-14 | MAURA LERNER ,
    Dozens of former world leaders are expected to converge on Minneapolis in October 2015 for an international summit on climate change and democracy, organizers announced Monday. The conference, called “Minnesota 2015: Democracy for a Sustainable Future,” is designed to draw people from around the globe to explore ways that democratic nations can reduce greenhouse emissions. “It takes it beyond ‘here’s the challenge, here’s the problem,’ ” said Orlyn Kringstad, executive director of the U.S. branch of Partnership for Change, one of the cosponsors. “It’s [about] what needs to be done and how governments around the world can support those efforts.” The...
  • Scam Alert: Hospitals All Over America Are Wildly Inflating Medical Bills

    09/21/2014 7:24:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    TEC ^ | 09/20/2014 | Michael Snyder
    The next time you visit a hospital, it is your wallet that may end up hurting the most. All over the United States, it has become common practice for hospitals to wildly inflate medical bills. For example, it has been reported that some hospitals are charging up to 30 dollars for a single aspirin pill. And as you will see below, some victims report being billed tens of thousands of dollars for a non-surgical hospital visit that lasts only a few hours. When something is seriously wrong with us, most of us never stop to ask our health professionals how...
  • What's Going On Here?! *Vanity*

    09/11/2014 7:12:28 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 17 replies
    September 11, 2014 | DJMacWoW
    My Hubby sent me this in email: Got an email from the Natl Repub Senate Comm. begging for money and supposedly authored by Mitch McWimpel In the fine print at the bottom it reads: This email was sent by: Romney for President Inc., 138 Conant St., 1st Floor, Beverly, MA 01915. So I decided to check it out. First I did a search on "Romney for President Inc., 138 Conant St., 1st Floor, Beverly, MA 01915." I found all sorts of strange things. This is on a lefty forum: Ted Cruz campaign@rickperry.org via smna.targetedvictory.com For Liberty,Ted CruzP.S. I'm proud to...
  • Latin lessons: What a great Roman historian can teach us about IVF and egg freezing.

    09/08/2014 7:16:40 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 8 September 2014 | Michael Cook
    My Latin is not what it once was and it was never much. So lately I have been making amends for schoolboy sloth by reading a few of the classics. I have just finished (in translation) and highly recommend The Annals of Imperial Rome, by Tacitus, which chronicles the years of Tiberius, Claudius, Caligula and Nero, (an) analysis of palace politics. Whoa! Excuse me: just where is all this going? Is this relevant to anything at all or is it just self-indulgent bloviation? Well, sort of. Be patient. Let me press on. It was a bit dismaying to read how...
  • 7 Harmful Side Effects Pot Legalization Caused Colorado

    08/20/2014 12:29:30 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 78 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 8/20/2014 | Cully Stimson
    SNIP As I reported a few weeks ago, some professors published a peer-reviewed article on the negative social costs to outright legalization. I noted that although overall traffic fatalities in Colorado have gone down since 2007, they went up by 100 percent for operators testing positive for marijuana—from 39 in 2007 to 78 in 2012. (Colorado legalized marijuana for medical usage in 2009, before legalizing marijuana for other uses in 2012.) Furthermore, in 2007, those pot-positive drivers represented only 7 percent of total fatalities in Colorado, but in 2012 they represented 16 percent of total Colorado fatalities. This new report...
  • State (MS) Gave $69 Million Loan to Green Energy Company on Verge of Bankruptcy

    08/18/2014 3:33:12 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 18, 2014 | Steven Wilson
    Biofuel manufacturer KiOR’s financial struggles might leave Mississippi holding the title to another failed green energy project. According to the company’s quarterly report, without additional financing KiOR won’t be able to meet its financial obligations past Sept. 30. One of its biggest creditors is the state of Mississippi. The company owes the state $69.275 million on a no-interest loan to build a first-of-its kind plant to convert wood pulp into gasoline, fuel oil and diesel fuel in Columbus, Miss. It missed its most recent semi-annual payment of $1.875 million to the state, which granted forbearance June 3. But that ends...
  • Sheriff warns of phone scam

    08/16/2014 9:32:48 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Residents are urged to be cautious after a local business reported being contacted by a suspected con artist seeking money for an alleged overdue electric bill. The business owner reported being called from a phone line with an 850 area code, originating out of the Florida Panhandle, when a man on the other line said they had only 30 minutes to pay or their electricity would be shut off, according to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.
  • ‘Pretty’ Gulf Businesswoman Seeks Kuwaiti Husband

    08/15/2014 10:26:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, August 15, 2014
    She published a newspaper advertisementA Gulf Arab businesswoman, describing herself as pretty widow, broke social barriers and published a newspaper advertisement for a husband. The woman, who identified herself as Umm Mohammed, stipulated the groom must be a Kuwaiti aged 33-40 years, has a university degree, enjoys good conduct and is ‘religious’. The advertisement, published in the Kuwaiti Arabic language daily Al Rai, said those interested should contact her through WhatsApp service.
  • Man Posed as Microsoft Employee in Fraudulent Phone Call

    08/03/2014 8:00:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Aug 2, 2014
    a South San Francisco resident received a phone call from a man fraudulently posing as a Microsoft Windows employee and asking for personal information on Wednesday, according to police. The suspect, calling himself Mike Johnson, told the resident that her computer had been compromised by a hacker and that he needed access to her computer to conduct a diagnosis. The victim did not provide any personal information to the suspect, according to police. Microsoft said that they do not contact their customers over the phone, nor do they have any records of anyone from the company calling the victim. The...
  • State Department approved 215 Bill Clinton speeches, controversial consulting deal, worth $48m

    07/30/2014 6:01:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 7-30-14 | Luke Rosiak and Micah Morrison
    A joint investigation by the Washington Examiner and the nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch found that former President Clinton gave 215 speeches and earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released Wednesday in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act case, State Department officials charged with reviewing Bill Clinton's proposed speeches did not object to a single one. Some of the speeches were delivered in global hotspots...
  • SSVEC warns businesses of recent scam

    07/26/2014 9:45:59 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative is warning local businesses to be aware of a scam, after two Sierra Vista companies recently reported receiving phone calls demanding payments to prevent their electricity from being shut off. The businesses were both contacted within a week of each other and after normal business hours, while SSVEC does not disconnect accounts outside of those hours, said Wayne Crane, public relations coordinator for SSVEC. When called, the businesses were asked to submit payment to a third party and not the utility co-op. “This money never reaches the cooperative and therefore is never...
  • ACORN For Illegal Aliens – Meet The Southwest Key Programs

    07/06/2014 10:30:56 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 18 replies
    http://noisyroom.net/ ^ | July 6, 2014 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Are you curious who has been facilitating the transport of illegal alien children throughout the country? Look no moreÂ… meet La Raza connected Southwest Key Programs. This organization is the pipeline for the children into US refugee camps and homes across the nation. They provide immigrant youth shelters. It is a well-oiled machine that was set up to educate and reintegrate youth into American society. They also provide training for jobs. And baby, they are hiring. Southwest Key Programs is funded by government and state programs. Here is an overview of what they do: Southwest Key Programs is a national...
  • Tesla Enthusiasm for Battery Swap Wanes After Subsidies Disappear

    06/30/2014 10:31:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 30, 2014 | Paul Chesser
    NLPC has extensively documented howTesla Motors has taken advantage of market distortions to reap revenues – including government mandates, subsidies, and taxpayer support – not the least of which have been so-called “zero emission credits” from the state of California. But much of the revenue Tesla enjoyed last year – which often meant the difference between profit and loss – was credited based upon theoreticaltechnological capabilities and not ones actually put into practice. CEO Elon Musk has also relied on accounting gimmicks to enhance his bottom line over the last 18 months, during which a couple of quarterly earnings...
  • Minnesota's 10% biodiesel mandate starts Tuesday

    06/27/2014 12:45:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-27-14 | tom webb
    fter years of starts and stops, the next frontier has finally arrived for biodiesel. Starting Tuesday, Minnesota will require all diesel fuel sold here to contain at least 10 percent biodiesel -- except during the winter, when the requirement will be 5 percent biodiesel. Currently, state law requires every gallon of diesel fuel to contain at least 5 percent biodiesel -- and 2 percent during the winter -- so supporters are excited to see Minnesota raise the bar to a highest-in-the-nation level.
  • The Vatican Falls for the ‘Interfaith’ Scam

    06/27/2014 8:45:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/27/2014 | Ned May
    >On June 8, 2014 — Pentecost Sunday — the Vatican hosted an “interfaith event” that included prayers by Christian priests, a Jewish rabbi, and a Muslim imam. The occasion was well-publicized in advance by the Holy See as a “pause in politics” that would promote peace between the Israel and the Palestinians. During his visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority the previous month, Pope Francis had invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to attend the event. Both leaders accepted the invitation, and sat with the Pope while prayers were said and chanted in the...
  • Little girl kicked out of KFC over scars was elaborate hoax: report

    The 3-year-old girl who was reportedly kicked out of a KFC in Jackson, Mississippi, because the scarring on her face — remnants of a pit bull attack — were disturbing customers, was nothing more than an elaborate hoax, reports Laurel Leader-Call. The family of Victoria Wilcher claimed that she and her grandmother were asked to leave a KFC restaurant because her dog-attack scars were scaring patients, prompting the fast food chain to donate $30,000 to cover the girl’s medical bills. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/23/little-girl-kicked-out-kfc-over-scars-was-elaborat/#ixzz35WmPRHlL Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Tackling Climate Change Would Grow Global Economy, World Bank Says (Scam Alert)

    06/24/2014 1:56:56 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 24, 2014 04:00 GMT | Suzanne Goldenberg
    Fighting climate change would help grow the world economy, according to the World Bank, adding up to $2.6tn (£1.5tn) a year to global GDP in the coming decades. The findings, made available in a report on Tuesday, offer a sharp contrast with claims by the Australian government that fighting climate change would “clobber” the economy. The report also advances on the work of economists who have argued that it will be far more costly in the long run to delay action on climate change. Instead, Tuesday's report found a number of key policies – none of which included putting an...
  • IRS phone scam remains strong threat, according to BBB

    06/23/2014 9:21:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Tax season may be over, but that has not stopped scammers from continuing to pose as IRS officials and making calls threatening jail, deportation and loss of property. Thousands of calls have been made to individuals across the country, including the Chicago and northern Illinois area, with total losses around $1 million. Callers to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Chicago and Northern Illinois say they have been left voicemail messages stating they need to contact the IRS immediately, or they would face legal consequences. Other messages threatened arrest by U.S. Marshals for failure to pay the correct amount of...
  • CNN’s New Programming Met With Resistance from Ad Buyers (The HORROR!)

    06/18/2014 4:09:45 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 22 replies
    Variety ^ | 6-18-14 | Brian Steinberg
    The seeming standoff comes as CNN has been under more scrutiny in the past year. While CNN remains a go-to venue when big breaking news takes place, the network has found keeping viewers riveted to its screen a tougher task as competing news outlets have staked out new turf. Fox News Channel regularly wins more viewers than CNN. MSNBC provides competition as well. In the past year, new entrants have tested the waters. Al Jazeera America, while not generating big viewership, has bountiful cash reserves and a hard-news focus. Fusion, a new network backed by ABC and Univision, is experimenting...
  • Why Would the IRS be calling from Wash D.C.?

    05/31/2014 4:12:41 PM PDT · by Vinylly · 66 replies
    We have gotten two recorded messages from Wash. D.C. (Fri. Sat.). They say they are the IRS, not to ignore their message and call this number-----------. The phone number they called from was (202)241-2158. We're afraid to call the number because it might be some kind of scam. We've always paid our taxes in a timely manner with an accountant. Seems like if we were to be audited we would get a letter from our local Seattle IRS office. Has anyone else received such phone calls?
  • Wildfires Worse Due to Global Warming, Studies Show (More Chicken Little)

    05/18/2014 7:41:42 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 20 replies
    Daily Freeman (AP story) ^ | May 19, 2014 02:34 GMT | Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON >> The devastating wildfires scorching Southern California offer a glimpse of a warmer and more fiery future, according to scientists and federal and international reports. In the past three months, at least three different studies and reports have warned that wildfires are getting bigger, that man-made climate change is to blame, and it’s only going to get worse with more fires starting earlier in the year. While scientists are reluctant to blame global warming for any specific fire, they have been warning for years about how it will lead to more fires and earlier fire seasons.
  • Luhansk Republic declares independence from Ukraine

    05/12/2014 11:45:26 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/12/2014 | Itar Tass
    LUGANSK, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Luhansk People’s Republic, whose residents supported the act on state sovereignty at the May 11 referendum, has declared its independence from Ukraine. 96.2% vote for independence of Luhansk region in May 11 referendum ‘Popular governor’ Valery Bolotov stated this at a rally on Monday. “We have chosen our path of independence from arbitrariness and bloody dictate of the Kiev clique, fascism and nationalism, the path of freedom, the path of rule of law,” Bolotov said. “From the moment of declaring its independence, a new life free from dictate of Kiev authorities will start for the Luhansk...
  • Obama Gave $32 Mil to British Electric Milk Truck Company He Called “The Future of America”

    05/06/2014 11:42:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/06/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Smith Electric was the future of the UK. Then it was the future of America. Now maybe it can be the future of Zimbabwe or Syria. Or some other sucker country.The Obama economy would look a lot like the Soviet economy if instead of building non-working third rate versions of Western technologies, the USSR had spent all its time trying to make a car that runs on dreams and pixie dust.Say what you will about the Lada, but at least they managed to make more than 500 of them.Smith had a long strange and troubled history and essentially we...
  • Bank of America Alert Phishing Scam

    04/26/2014 2:30:37 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    vanity | 4-26-14 | self
    I received the following email from Bank of America this afternoon: Dear valued customer, During our usual security enhancement protocol, we observed multiple login attempt error while login in to your online banking account. We have believed that someone other than you is trying to access your account for security reasons, we have temporarily suspend your account and your access to online banking and will be restricted if you fail to update. Click here to start the confirmation process Please Note: Always look for your Security Image and Phrase® before entering your Password. Remember, Bank of America is committed to...
  • The environmental apocalypse

    04/24/2014 2:31:27 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 4-23-14 | Daniel Greenfield
    Early in the morning, while most are still sleeping, groups of elderly Chinese women spread out across city streets. They tear open trash bags, pick through the litter and sort out bottles and cans that come with a deposit. And then they bring them to the local supermarket to a machine that scans and evaluates each can, accepting and rejecting them one by one, and finally printing out a receipt. The interaction between the elderly immigrant who speaks broken English or the homeless man who is barely holding it together... and the machine is a stark contrast between what the...
  • The book Scientology tried to ban

    03/29/2014 10:07:21 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 29, 2014 | Tony Ortega
    ... Miller’s account of Hubbard’s life was so devastating that Scientology tried to have his book banned. “Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard,” finished the year after Hubbard’s 1986 death, was successfully printed everywhere but in the US, where, after two years of litigation, Miller’s American publisher threw in the towel.... Scientology’s early books made much of the fact that Hubbard had become one of the nation’s earliest nuclear physicists and was a medical doctor. Miller demonstrated that neither was true. Hubbard’s college records showed that he’d failed the only class he took in nuclear physics and...
  • Peace process partner scam spam

    03/28/2014 11:48:26 AM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 28, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The Israeli - Palestinian "peace process" scam is finally producing results.There's little worthy of serious note vis a vis the Kerry - Obama  "peace process" for Israel and the Palestinians, beyond its likely failure because key Palestinian leaders are far more dedicated to eliminating Israel than to having peace with her. Nevertheless, and however low it may be in newsworthiness rankings, the principal (if not only) Palestinian "peace process partner," the Palestinian Authority, has inadvertently helped to augment the volume of my spam e-mail. Here's a sad plea for help I received today (Warning: as with any spam e-mail, it's best not to click on the links this one contains): Sallam  Aleikum. I am Mrs....
  • Check Your Debit, Credit Card Statements For “BLS WebLearn” Scam Transactions

    03/27/2014 11:45:19 AM PDT · by topher · 24 replies
    Consumerist ^ | March 19, 2014 | Chris Morran
    A lot of times when someone gets a hold of someone’s credit or debit card info and decides to use it for illicit purposes, the ID thief makes as many charges as possible in a short period of time. But some scammers choose to chisel away at victims’ accounts in the hopes that the crime will go unnoticed.
  • Liquid nicotine: Just a teaspoon could kill

    03/24/2014 12:12:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 379 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 24, 2014 | Kate Seamons
    It can be bought on the Internet in flavors like chocolate and bubble gum—and just a teaspoon could kill a child: The New York Times takes a look at liquid nicotine, the e-liquid used in e-cigarettes, which it describes as a "powerful neurotoxin ... far more dangerous than tobacco." And with good reason: Reports of accidental liquid nicotine poisonings rose 300% from 2012 to 1,351 cases last year, with 2014's figure expected to be double that. The victims, many children under the age of four, can experience vomiting and seizures after being exposed to even a modest amount orally or...
  • IRS watchdog warns of ‘largest scam of its kind’ with phone scheme

    03/20/2014 5:47:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/20/14 | Josh Hicks
    The Internal Revenue Service’s watchdog warned taxpayers Thursday about a sophisticated nationwide phone scheme that it said is “the largest scam of its kind” it has seen. The scheme involves callers claiming to represent the IRS and demanding immediate payments with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer, the watchdog said. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Russell George said that “thousands of victims” have paid more than $1 million to fraudsters and that his agency has received more than 20,000 reports of contact.
  • How do I know if this is a valid request or a phishing attempt?

    03/14/2014 3:29:18 PM PDT · by Eva · 90 replies
    vanity | 3/14/14 | me, EVA
    I received this email today and immediately called American Express. They said that my account was in good standing and that they did not see any problem. They did not say whether they sent the email, but the woman said that she didn't see any problem with the account. This is the email: Dear American Express Member Because of unusual number of invalid login attempts on you account, we had to believe that, there might be some security problems on you account. So we have decided to put an extra verification process to ensure your identity and your account security....
  • Former HUD-OIG Special Agent In Charge Indicted on Mortgage Fraud Charges

    03/05/2014 7:16:00 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    Mortgage Fraud Blog ^ | March 3, 2014 | Mortgage Fraud Blog (Rachel Dollar)
    Former HUD-OIG Special Agent In Charge Indicted on Mortgage Fraud Charges Herschell Harvell, Jr., 53, Conyers, Georgia, made his initial appearance in federal court on charges of making false statements to a bank to obtain a mortgage loan and conspiring to obstruct an investigation into his real estate transactions by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG). Until he was terminated in 2013, Harvell was the Special Agent in Charge of HUD-OIG’s Atlanta office, which encompasses several southeastern states. Harvell’s co-defendant and nephew, Tavus A. Wright, 32, Milledgeville, Georgia, also made his initial appearance...
  • The Tulving Company is Out of Business?

    03/03/2014 1:41:20 PM PST · by pterional · 38 replies
    Blog ^ | about.ag
    March 3, 2014 3:45PM As we predicted/requested on Friday, The Tulving Company has gone out of business, as of Monday morning. They are no longer answering their phones, and we have reliable information confirming that they are ceasing operations. This page will be updated as more information comes in. There is a lot of information on our old page about The Tulving Company. We hope to update this page with information about what will happen next. At this point, our best guess is that The Tulving Company will file for bankruptcy. Unfortunately, we believe that there will be little in...
  • FDA pulls cigarette brand from stores

    02/22/2014 4:29:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 21, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time on Friday used its authority under a 2009 law to remove cigarettes from stores.The FDA is forcing Jash International to stop selling and distributing its line of Sutra Bidi tobacco products in the U.S., and is giving retailers 30 days to pull the products from shelves. ADVERTISEMENT “Existing inventory may be subject to enforcement action, including seizure, without further notice,” the FDA said in a release. “Companies that continue to sell and distribute these products in the United States may be subject to enforcement actions by the FDA.”The FDA said...
  • Obama(S)care: Con Artists and Criminals in Charge

    02/19/2014 4:24:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Question: If Obamacare officials cannot prevent accused embezzlers from infiltrating their offices, how can they protect enrollees from grifters, con artists and thieves in the federal health insurance exchange system? Here in my home state, a director of Connect for Health Colorado -- the state-sponsored Obamacare health insurance exchange -- was just put on administrative leave. No, Christa Ann McClure did not go on leave over the chronic problems plaguing the cursed Connect for Health website. She's on leave because she has been indicted for filching funds from her last employer in Montana. No, the guardians of Obamacare didn't smoke...
  • Dems push Walmart to give up cigarette sales

    02/15/2014 8:11:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2014 | Ian Swanson
    A group of Democrats are urging Walmart to follow CVS Caremark and discontinue selling tobacco products. The seven Democrats said Walmart, the nation’s biggest retailer, is also the nation’s biggest seller of cigarettes. “We recognize the legality of selling and profiting from tobacco products; however, Walmart’s position as the nation’s largest retailer of any kind puts your company in a unique position to contribute to the health and well-being of all Americans<” the Democrats said in a letter to the company. The letter’s signatories included Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the number two Democrat in the Senate. The letter stats that...
  • John Podesta, key player...also helped UN develop radical new global agenda

    02/13/2014 7:45:59 AM PST · by Twotone · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 13, 2014 | George Russell
    John Podesta, the former Clinton Administration chief of staff who is spearheading President Barack Obama’s aggressive strategy of government-by-regulation, has also been helping United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with an even more ambitious job: setting the stage to radically transform the world’s economic, environmental and social agenda.
  • Colorado Health-Care Exchange Director Indicted in Montana Housing (Fraud & Theft) Case

    02/12/2014 6:55:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | SF Gate
    Colorado health-exchange director on paid leave DENVER — A director with Colorado's health-care exchange is on paid leave after it was discovered she has been accused of stealing from a nonprofit housing organization she oversaw in Montana. Christa McClure is the director of partner engagement for Connect for Health Colorado, the state program that implements the Affordable Care Act. According to the Denver Post, program spokesman Ben Davis says in her Colorado job, McClure does not have access to any of exchange's finances. The eight-count indictment against McClure was filed in U.S. District Court in Billings, Mont., in January.
  • Dems push to ban e-cigs on Capitol grounds

    02/05/2014 3:13:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    Seven Democratic lawmakers are pushing to ban the use of electronic cigarettes on the grounds of the Capitol complex as part of a wider campaign against them. Led by the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, Dick Durbin (Ill.), the group called on rulemaking committees in both chambers to include e-cigarettes in the Capitol's existing ban on smoking in public places and near building entrances. "Given preliminary [federal] research finding harmful chemicals present in e-cigarettes, measures should be taken to ensure that the public is equally protected from the potential dangers posed by e-cigarettes and their vapor," the lawmakers wrote Tuesday. Via a...