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Unfortunate Unflexing of U.S. Workplaces

Unfortunate Unflexing of U.S. Workplaces | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
What do you call the process by which an employer who offered flexible work arrangements to employees for years suddenly decides to retrograde flexibility? Unflexing.
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Here's How Obama Responded When Someone in Colorado Offered Him Weed at a Bar

Here's How Obama Responded When Someone in Colorado Offered Him Weed at a Bar | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The news: It wouldn't be the first time Barack Obama smoked weed, but sadly it was not to be. While at a Denver bar on Tuesday night, the president met with residents in Colorado — where weed is now totally legal — and one person asked the POTUS if he wanted a hit of something green. "You wanna hit this?" the guy shouted. The answer was no, but the president just laughed.
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In Oslo, Eric Holder Pushes To Target and Criminalize Potential Extremists - Reason.com

In Oslo, Eric Holder Pushes To Target and Criminalize Potential Extremists - Reason.com | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

In a speech in Oslo, Norway, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that he expects the number of Americans that travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists to grow. He also called for targeting westerners for surveillance and potential prosecution if they show signs of becoming radicalized.

 

American intelligence estimates that there are about 23,000 fighters in Syria. About 7,000 of these are foreign fighters. Of these, "dozens" come from America and about 50 come from Norway.  One of them is ISIS-spokesperson Abu Safiyya, who recently taunted Obama to buy diapers in a propaganda video.

Holder spent the day reviewing the Norwegian action plan against radicalization with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Justice Anders Anundsen. He then called for other countries to enact a four-step multilateral plan to fight the "global crisis of influx of U.S.- and European-born violent extremists into Syria."

"If we wait for our nations’ citizens to travel to Syria or Iraq to become radicalized, and to return home, it may be too late to adequately protect our national security," said Holder.

He asked that other countries join the U.S., France, and Norway to enact laws that criminalize preparatory acts to terrorism. The plan also includes use of undercover operations to identify people that are planning to travel to Syria to fight. Holder pointed out that the FBI already has conducted several successful operations that have identified people that were planning to leave America to fight in Syria.

The third step in the plan includes international collaboration and intelligence-sharing, including information about travelers.Interpol and its Fusion Task Force will coordinate this effort. He also called for mutual legal assistance and extradition of foreign fighters to combat violent extremism. Finally he called for countries to enact counter-radicalization programs, such as the Norwegian one.

The Norwegian plan includes 30 steps ranging from research on radicalization and public awareness campaigns to detailed plans for how schools officials, social security officials, and law enforcement officials should deal with reports about individuals that might be in the radicalization process.

Holder emphasized the administration’s commitment to civil rights throughout the speech. This was probably to reassure people who would have rightful concerns about even closer international intelligence-sharing collaborations and law enforcement misconduct. Failed projects such as the illegal no-fly list come to mind.

"While we are committed to ensuring that we protect the safety of our fellow citizens, we are also committed to protecting their privacy," he said. "These undercover operations are conducted with extraordinary care and precision, ensuring that law enforcement officials are accountable for the steps they take—and that suspects are neither entrapped nor denied legal protections."

The Attorney General reiterated his proposal that the U.S. should enact legislation that would permit non-U.S. citizens to seek judicial redress for access, rectification, and disclosure of law enforcement information transferred to the U.S.

"This is an historic commitment by the United States to extend privacy protections beyond U.S. persons in this context," he said.

It would indeed be a historic commitment, if enacted and implemented.

 

 

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More Than Half The Thiel Fellows Plan On Returning To School | TechCrunch

More Than Half The Thiel Fellows Plan On Returning To School | TechCrunch | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
20 brilliant minds, all under age 20 just started their venture this summer with the Thiel Fellowship program. All of these bright young things..
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Sens. Paul, Booker Team Up Again for Criminal Record Reform - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Sens. Paul, Booker Team Up Again for Criminal Record Reform - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), last seen collaborating to stop the federal government from interfering with states that have legalized
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Legal Pot Sales Begin in Washington State

Legal Pot Sales Begin in Washington State | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Pot retailer Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, Washington opened its doors Tuesday morning to legally sell marijuana.
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TSA blocking uncharged mobile devices from flights at some international airports

TSA blocking uncharged mobile devices from flights at some international airports | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
International travelers will have to make sure they charge all their devices before boarding their flights. In an announcement made Sunday, the TSA now plans on blocking flyers with uncharged...
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Hackers promise to break Tor on a $3,000 budget

Hackers promise to break Tor on a $3,000 budget | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Can one of the most popular and powerful anonymity tools on the Internet be broken?
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Facebook Plays Short and Long Game with WhatsApp and Oculus Rift

Facebook Plays Short and Long Game with WhatsApp and Oculus Rift | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
While WhatsApp and Facebook's previous $1 billion acquisition of Instagram were in keeping with its social network roots, Oculus Rift was in the video game industry and had yet to release a product. This led many to ask: what was Zuckerberg thinking?
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Agent Orange Legacy Scourges Vietnam

Agent Orange Legacy Scourges Vietnam | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Decades after the Vietnam War, victims wither away with scant efforts being made to tackle the deadly chemicals.
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10 Questions: Jeff Fluhr, co-founder and CEO, Spreecast

10 Questions: Jeff Fluhr, co-founder and CEO, Spreecast | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
On improving the communication industry, his two ingredients for success, and why experience isn't everything in a job interview.
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Scientists: Scripps Florida faces loss of researchers if CEO...

Scientists: Scripps Florida faces loss of researchers if CEO... | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Two top scientists at Scripps Florida said Saturday that if Michael Marletta remains chief executive of the renowned lab, many researchers will leave.
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Insurers seeking double-digit ObamaCare premium hikes in NY

Insurers seeking double-digit ObamaCare premium hikes in NY | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Insurance firms participating in New York’s ObamaCare health exchange are seeking double-digit hikes for patient medical premiums in 2015, new figures reviewed by The Post reveal.

The average hike sought by insurers for individual plans is 12 percent—but a number of firms serving large numbers of patients want to boost individual premiums by nearly 20 percent.

Leading the charge is Excellus Health Plan, which is seeking to sock more than 24,000 customers with a 19.7 percent hike.

The even larger MVP Health Plan, with nearly 33,000 customers, is seeking a 19 percent boost.

While a number of smaller plans put in for lesser increases or, in a number of cases, decreases, Health Republic Insurance of New York — the largest on the exchange with more than 68,000 members — requested a 15.2 percent increase for individual plans.

The proposed rate increases call into question one of the goals of the Affordable Care Act — curbing runaway health-care costs.

In some letters to customers, insurers cited requirements in ObamaCare as contributing to the proposed rate increases.

“Our goal in pricing is to match expected medical spending — including medical costs, utilization and mandated coverage — with premiums. Other factors include plan design and new taxes and fees,” said Maria Gordon Shydlo, a spokeswoman at UnitedHealthCare.

The Rye-based health insurer wants a 12.5 percent increase for small group plans, but a decrease of 2.4 percent for individual plans.

The overall rate hike sought by insurers, which includes those both on and off New York’s health exchange and those serving either small groups or individuals, was 13.2 percent, according to officials at the state Department of Financial Services, which regulates the insurance industry.

They noted that the agency has final say over what the rate hikes will actually be in 2015, the second year of the exchange.

Officials said the submissions are under review and a final decision is expected to be made by the end of August.

“We are going to scrutinize these rate requests very closely in order to protect New Yorkers and ensure they are not subject to any unjustified rate increases,” said DFS Superintendent Ben Lawsky.

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Survey Says Obama is the Shittiest President Since End of World War II - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Survey Says Obama is the Shittiest President Since End of World War II - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The folks at Quinniapiac College have just released a new poll that must surely be making the rounds of the White House bunker. After talking to about 1,500 registered voters nationwide, Quinniapic finds that one-third of Americans rate Barack Obama as the worst president since 1945. Another 28 percent say George W. Bush was the pits and a relatively tiny fraction call out Richard Nixon for the dubious honors. Who did people say was the best president? Ronald Reagan pulled 35 percent, Bill Clinton a solid 18 percent, and John Kennedy took home the bronze with 15 percent. Perhaps the worst dig at Obama from the poll? Forty-five percent of respondents said the country would have been better off if Mitt Romney had been elected in 2012 (38 percent said the country would be worse off).
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Hundreds of Memphis police officers call in sick to protest health care cuts

Hundreds of Memphis police officers call in sick to protest health care cuts | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Mayor reassures public that safety has not been compromised due to "Blue Flu" even though a quarter of police force isn't working
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We Should All Be Using Vacant Trolley Tracks For Personal Pallet Trains

Trolleys and light rail trains are great for getting around a city and all, but let's face it, they're just sitting there empty a lot of the time, just begging you to trip over them. So why not turn that underused resource into a new form of mobility: A DIY pallet-train for one?
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Senate Committee Advances Controversial Cybersecurity Bill | TechCrunch

Senate Committee Advances Controversial Cybersecurity Bill | TechCrunch | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The Senate Intelligence Committee today approved a cybersecurity bill that would encourage companies to share information about threats with each other and..
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10 states with the fastest-growing economies Slide Show

10 states with the fastest-growing economies Slide Show | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
While the U.S. economy grew less than 2%, the output of a number of states grew well in excess of 3% last year.
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All Aboard unveils station Broward station plans - Broward - MiamiHerald.com

All Aboard unveils station Broward station plans - Broward - MiamiHerald.com | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
All Aboard Florida’s cross-state passenger rail line took one step forward and one step back Tuesday as the company unveiled its plans for a gleaming 30,000-square-foot station in Fort Lauderdale, but also confirmed that service to Orlando will be...
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TSA blocking uncharged mobile devices from flights at some international airports

TSA blocking uncharged mobile devices from flights at some international airports | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
International travelers will have to make sure they charge all their devices before boarding their flights. In an announcement made Sunday, the TSA now plans on blocking flyers with uncharged...
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As Detroit Shuts Off Water To Thousands, Activists Ask UN To Intervene

As Detroit Shuts Off Water To Thousands, Activists Ask UN To Intervene | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A coalition of activists have called on the United Nations to intervene in the city of Detroit’s decision to begin shutting off water service for those who cannot pay their bills.
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Samsung plans massive $1B display module facility for Vietnam

Samsung plans massive $1B display module facility for Vietnam | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Samsung Electronics is set to build a massive $1B display factory in Vietnam. It recently won the license to start building.
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Americans move to Vietnam, puzzling parents who fled | Al Jazeera America

Eyeing good job prospects and adventure, some American children of Vietnamese refugees are moving to booming Vietnam
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Report shows tech is forcing full-time employees into part-time work (2 graphs)

Report shows tech is forcing full-time employees into part-time work (2 graphs) | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
technology is a force displacing more people into part-time work or out of the labor market altogether.
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The American Train

The American Train | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A documentary with information and comedy on the history of rail travel in America and high speed rail future from Miami to Orlando.
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More than half of 2014′s new jobs pay higher than average wage

More than half of 2014′s new jobs pay higher than average wage | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The U.S. is not just adding jobs at the fastest pace since the end of the Great Recession. Hiring is also more spread out and the new jobs pay better than in years past.
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