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800,000 HealthCare.gov users received wrong tax information

800,000 HealthCare.gov users received wrong tax information | Upsetment | Scoop.it

About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration disclosed Friday, and officials are asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns.

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The real woe behind Obamacare and its website is that like way to many things done by the U.S. government, there was too much concern about corporations and maintaining their position instead of meeting the real needs of the country. While the Affordable Care Act is much better than the situation before its passage, we need a simpler system of universal healthcare. If the government provided basic healthcare and then allowed the purchase of additional coverage, such as for private rooms versus double, prime prevention including gym memberships versus basic preventative care, and simply gave healthcare the same priority we give say building a new bomber that won't even do its job properly, it would make lots more sense.

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This Florida Man Got a Free Pass for Shooting a Pregnant Woman To Death

This Florida Man Got a Free Pass for Shooting a Pregnant Woman To Death | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Katherine Hoover was five months pregnant when a man shot and killed her—and now a Florida prosecutor is refusing to press charges.
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The stupidity of the American gun culture once again on display. Do you honestly believe the founding fathers intended idiots like this man to be doing gun tricks? Do you honestly believe that somebody on multiple meds that alter judgment and perception should be showing off his weapons? Did he commit a crime? Nope, but our gun culture certainly did.

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Lawmaker bungles immigration facts at town hall meeting

Lawmaker bungles immigration facts at town hall meeting | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) earns Four Pinocchios for misleading his constituents on immigration issues.
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In addition to all the criticisms of Rep Gosar's erroneous statements that are given in this argument, the Social Security taxes paid by these people could only be claimed if they were not using a phony Social Security number for employment. If they try to claim those payments, they will be in effect pleading guilty to the felony of filing false documents, which would make them then eligible for deportation. Interestingly, if you go north in Arizona, you find lots of anti-Mexican prejudice and relatively few Hispanics. Of course you find lots of idiots, but that's another matter; we have them everywhere.

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Jeb Bush vows to set his own course while tapping longtime family advisers

Jeb Bush vows to set his own course while tapping longtime family advisers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Nearly all of the 21 names Jeb Bush announced as his supporters and advisers served in high-level positions in his father’s and his brother’s administrations.
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If America is ready for lies, a Bush is on hand to tell them. New and independent policies my arse. Same old strategies, same old team, same old indifference to the rest of us. I think the GOP can do better; and if it can't, perhaps it's time for a new party.

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U.S. Won’t Back Egypt’s Attacks on ISIS

U.S. Won’t Back Egypt’s Attacks on ISIS | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Two longtime allies are attacking ISIS—and growing frustrated with one another. That’s good news for the so-called Islamic State.
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We need a coordinated and cooperative worldwide approach to terrorist organizations. The countries involved must agree on their goals and especially on the identification of which organizations are considered terrorist. The problem is that one country may see a particular threat — as Egypt clearly does, but that doesn't mean their actions will help the larger goal of constraining terrorism everywhere. If Mr. Obama has a problem, it is his overly abstract approach that will make it difficult to identify terrorism, especially coordinated terrorism. Finding the right line to pursue is not going to be easy.

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Here's the Minimum Exercise You Need for Maximum Results

Here's the Minimum Exercise You Need for Maximum Results | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Finally, some good news for fitness minimalists
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The folks at the Dew Drop did play some softball, but I'll let you read about that. For me the best exercise is keyboarding. That I do plenty of. Writers are not usually big on physical exercise unless you count drinking, smoking, and screwing. Since I limit myself to only one of those — you guess which, I must be a health-nut by authorial standards.

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The 25-cent raise: What life is like after a minimum wage increase

The 25-cent raise: What life is like after a minimum wage increase | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A minimum wage hike bought her grandson diapers, but left her in poverty
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The reality is that many Americans are not just living in poverty but that the communities in which they live are pockets of poverty with little or no hope of improving. While much of the despair and helplessness reflects bad choices by individuals (We can't deny that reality.), the ongoing poverty can only lead to more bad choices and even greater despair. It is time for regional economic development plans. What the TVA once did for a large swath of this country, needs to be done again and in many areas.

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Mindfulness May Increase Kids' Math Scores

Mindfulness May Increase Kids' Math Scores | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Fourth and fifth graders who did mindfulness exercises had 15% better math scores than their peers
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The rush to teach cognitive material may have blinded educators to many of the most important skills which humans need to enhance, for example smelling, tasting, proprioception, relaxation, and of course understanding alternative points of view. When we heighten our innate human capacities, we are better prepared for the challenges of life.

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America's Forgotten Mass Lynching: When 237 People Were Murdered In Arkansas

America's Forgotten Mass Lynching: When 237 People Were Murdered In Arkansas | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In 1919, in the wake of World War I, African American sharecroppers unionized in Arkansas, unleashing a wave of white vigilantism and mass murder that left 237 people dead.
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Every time I read about a police officer shooting a Black person my immediate thought is to all the dead who have gone before. Perhaps in that situation the officer was in real danger or truly protecting others, but it will take a great deal of White blood before the scales are even. I think of Lincoln's words in his second inaugural, "until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn by the sword." Shame on us as a nation if we refuse to recognize the sins of our history. Even greater shame if we do not recognize that we continue those sins in our attitudes of today.

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As the U.S. mission winds down, Afghanistan’s insurgency grows more fractured and complex

As the U.S. mission winds down, Afghanistan’s insurgency grows more fractured and complex | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Taliban is transforming into a patchwork of forces with conflicting ideals and motivations.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

That these men may believe they can hide under the Taliban label and strive for local independence actually suggests that they will end up being destroyed by the eventual (and I have no doubt it is coming) Pashtun state. The American policy in Afghanistan is as absent good sense as was the Russian. Help the Pashtun develop a nation within their traditional geographic boundaries and allow the remainder of Afghans to either join surrounding countries or set up their own separate country (or perhaps a couple of smaller countries). But to believe that the Taliban name has something to do with all Afghans is as foolhardy as believing that the mujahideen were going to be pro-Western once the Soviets were driven out.

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As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, questions linger over college exit

As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, questions linger over college exit | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Walker’s decision to quit college remains a mystery even to those close on campus.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Since Walker is a possible candidate for President, I thought it worth reading this piece about his younger years. The last POTUS who didn't have a college degree was Harry Truman. Truman also had an early history of foundering. At least it doesn't sound like Walker was a bully, just too ambitious and lacking the ability to sequence goals.

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What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living

What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living | Upsetment | Scoop.it
People say we're "rich in other ways," but that doesn't fix the ugly fact that most farms are unsustainable
Kenneth Weene's insight:

When we talk about income inequality, should we not also talk about the need to subsidize those professions which enrich our world. Local, organic farming, teaching, the arts, care of the elderly: the list of jobs that are often underpaid and yet essential to the quality of our lives: do the people who do them not deserve our support against the marketplace? Sure you can buy that produce from WalMart, or Fry's but do you want to?

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What happened in Vegas stymies federal workers

What happened in Vegas stymies federal workers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Limits on travel after an extravagant conference created unforeseen obstacles for government agencies.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The federal bureaucracy needs a rethink. Individual incompetence should be more clearly punishable, the methods for auditing need to be clear, but obviously the situation described in this report is laughably stupid. Attending appropriate conferences and training sessions is essential for government workers; providing that training is essential to the quality of services offered by the government. This means that bureaucrats must be given a certain level of discretion. It ain't easy running the railroad, but it darn well needs to be run properly.

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DHS studies its endless morale problems, then studies them some more

DHS studies its endless morale problems, then studies them some more | Upsetment | Scoop.it
At least four studies in recent years have left some wondering about how much effort is going to real fixes.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The creation of the Department of Homeland Security was one of the many mistakes during the Bush Administration. Cobbled together agencies, unclear congressional lines of oversight, and an overall task that is set with paranoia instead of positive purpose: just a few of the obvious underlying problems. If it were up to me, I'd scrap it and start over; the minute the Bush-Cheney administration began its response to 9/11 the terrorists had won a major battle.

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Ranked: A Washington Insider Grades the 10 Best TV Shows About D.C.

Ranked: A  Washington Insider Grades the 10 Best TV Shows About D.C. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
I moved to Washington, D.C., a generation ago. It was 1993, and I had come to town to join Bill Clinton’s administration, or, as it…
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With many of us (including moi) salivating in anticipation of the new season of "House of Cards," I have to share this Washington Insider's grading of ten current TV shows about DC. Yes, including HofC. Enjoy!

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Please address me as Mister. I insist.

Please address me as Mister. I insist. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
How informality hurts us.
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Do you agree with Mr. Strain? For my part, I never found that my authority was diluted in any way by being called Ken. On the other hand, I do think Mr. Obama was wrong. The Chancellor's office (as well as his own) are what he should have addressed and referenced. It is important that whatever personal relationship lies beneath a meeting, it is in the end a meeting of two offices, POTUS and Chancellor.

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Poland to Pay $262,000 to Inmates Held at Secret C.I.A. Prison

Poland to Pay $262,000 to Inmates Held at Secret C.I.A. Prison | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The foreign minister said his country would abide by a court ruling that ordered it to pay reparations to two terrorism suspects held at a secret site.
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The CIA has become a real menace to our security. The use of torture only encourages radicalism and extremism. Those terrorists who have been tried and convicted with normal law-enforcement approaches set a much better example for the world and do not become martyrs to be emulated. Had Henry VIII not cut of Fisher and More's heads, the  development of religious tolerance in England would have been much easier for all.

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Off-duty deputy pulls gun on group in movie theater

Off-duty deputy pulls gun on group in movie theater | Upsetment | Scoop.it
SUGAR LAND, Texas — An off-duty deputy pulled his gun in a theater after being assaulted by a group of young people, according to police.
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While I certainly decry the use of a weapon, the simple fact is that many young adults and teens don't have the manners of hyenas. I think the movie house is right to ban these young people. The truly scary thing is not that this deputy used his gun as a control mechanism but to contemplate what might have happened if he hadn't to say nothing of the possibility that one of the young idiots might now decide to get revenge using a weapon. A sad commentary on the civil order of the town.

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Jeb Bush Says 'I Am My Own Man' on Foreign Policy

Jeb Bush Says 'I Am My Own Man' on Foreign Policy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A 2016 contender looks to move away from previous Presidents Bush
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The Bush family has a long history; suddenly we are being asked to believe this guy is his own man. If so, where are his comments and statements made during his brother's campaign and terms in office? Let's see how independent he actually was. My guess, there is no such record of independent thinking. If not, then in my opinion he has to bear the burden of his family.

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Tanzanian albino boy found mutilated

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An albino toddler missing since Sunday has been found dead in northern Tanzania with all his limbs hacked off.

Yohana Bahati, aged one, was snatched from the house of his mother, who was cut with a machete.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Is there something wrong with me? Sure I was immediately repulsed by the inhumanity of this story. But, my next reaction was, "Whoa, there's an interesting short story here." Just like my Lenten story El Catrin, which reflected my finding out about a small Mexican community with its unusual view of the relationship between Jesus and Satan, I am suddenly thinking who might want a child sacrificed and of course why the Albino side of things. Does this reflect some distorted view of "The White Man" from the years of slavery and colonial rule? Then too, why more albinism in that area. Research must be done. Story line to come.

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Millions at risk of losing coverage as justices take up challenge to Obamacare

Millions at risk of losing coverage as justices take up challenge to Obamacare | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Many who get subsidies for private insurance are white, work full time and live in the South, studies show. Those subsidies are targeted in a case that comes before the Supreme Court next month.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Does government overreach when it lies to us in order to justify a war in Iraq? Yes! Does it overreach when it prosecutes its wars on drugs and terror and subsequently spies on us? Sure. Government constantly overreaches, that's the nature of the beast. Obviously, we have to be wary. But, is it overreach to help people receive health care? That seems more like the proper role of government, to care for its citizens.

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In EPA’s expected ‘veto’ of Pebble Mine in Alaska, foes see a vein of overreach

In EPA’s expected ‘veto’ of Pebble Mine in Alaska, foes see a vein of overreach | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Records show the agency working with activists on a preemptive “veto” of the proposed mining operation.
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Is this bureaucratic overreach or protection of a priceless environment before the literal love of gold can infect the process. For my part, I will say the process should go forward, but the question that must be answered is what gets done if something goes wrong and who will actually be responsible for doing it. Will this company have the resources to correct an error or mishap? Will they use those resources properly? I think of the oil spills in Alaska and the Gulf and think this is a very rocky shoal onto which they wish to sail.

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Hunter shoots Echo, the first wolf to return to Grand Canyon - Telegraph

Hunter shoots Echo, the first wolf to return to Grand Canyon - Telegraph | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Conservationists are furious at death of animal who raised hopes that species might be making a comeback
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If you caught the It Matters Radio show of Feb 5, you will understand what a real shame this is. Wolves help to make a better environment for all species; nature is connected.

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Three young Muslims shot dead in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Three young Muslims shot dead in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A family of three young Muslims has been shot dead in their home in a quiet neighbourhood of North Carolina in the US.
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I wonder how this piece of crap came to target these fine people. It seems almost incomprehensible to me that such contemptible behavior takes place fueled by hate that is as irrational as it is pathetic. Obviously, the world has lost three major contributors and now the state of North Carolina is faced with the task of caging a rabid animal. How sad for everyone.

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Study: Cats, foxes behind Australia's alarming extinctions

Study: Cats, foxes behind Australia's alarming extinctions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia has always been unique, from its geographical isolation at the bottom of the Earth to its infamous bevy of venomous creatures. Now, scientists have uncovered another unique — and disturbing —…
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In North America coyotes and other animals prey on feral cats, but in Australia the cat has become (along with European imported fox) a major threat to indigenous animals. Just one horrifying example of the hubris of humans in our treatment of nature.

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