ABC News films cops breaking the law
Another well known company has just added Bitcoin to their form of payments. Fiverr.com announced this on Monday. It also happened to announce this during yesterday’s “flash crash” or “black Monday” as some were calling it. Fiverr.com is now part of a long list of major companies that are beginning to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment.
At the 2014 India auto show, Renault has brought a concept car called KWID, featuring its own drone. The small flying camera emerges out of the roof and, in automatic mode, hovers above the car offering a bird’s-eye-view of your surroundings, while displaying the images on the all-electric CUV’s touchscreen. In manual mode, the automaker claims you can control the drone from within the car, making it the perfect tool for checking out when the traffic lets up. Or spying on your fellow motorists.
Read more: http://autos.yahoo.com/photos/renault-kwid-concept-arrives-with-its-own-drone-slideshow/
By Will Lerner
Greg Snider was in a Houston, Texas parking lot, on the phone making a business call. While in the lot, a homeless man approached his car and asked for change. Snider gave him 75 cents and then drove off. KPRC Local 2 News reported on the shocking thing that happened next.
When Snider pulled onto a nearby freeway, a police car pulled him to the side. Greg was surprised by how aggressive the officer was, telling KPRC, “He’s screaming. He’s yelling. He’s telling me to get out of the car. He’s telling me to put my hands on the hood…They’re like, ‘We saw you downtown. We saw what you did.’ And I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? I gave a homeless man 75 cents.’”
He was dragged out of his car and handcuffed. So what was it that police insisted Mr. Snider had done? Give that homeless man drugs. Again, he didn’t. Snider only gave the man some money.
Snider agreed to let police search his cars for drugs, and they did so for an hour while Greg remained handcuffed. In that time, ten more police cars showed up and pulled over. The search was not fruitful – no drugs were found in the car. That is, because, as previously mentioned, Snider didn’t have any drugs to give. Snider was not happy about the damage police did to his car, or that the police were actually laughing about the mistake.
Mr. Snider has filed a complaint. Police declined to comment to KPRC about the incident.
Read more: http://www.click2houston.com
They’ve both been arrested for civil disobedience. Both spent July 10th in a jail cell. Only one might spend years in prison, while the other became Mayor of New York City.
Adam Kokesh will receive his sentence today in Federal court, for loading a rifle in Washington D.C. this past summer. He harmed nobody in the process, and was simply protesting D.C.’s unconstitutional ban on the 2nd amendment. Bill De Blasio on the other hand, and true to his character, was protesting the closure of a failed hospital, wanting the public to pay for it’s continued operation through more taxes. Sadly, even with what might have seemed like good intentions, was really just a ploy to score political points during his run to become New York City mayor. Adam Kokesh had little to gain and everything to lose with his civil disobedience. Mayor De Blasio on the other hand knew he’d be given a slap on the wrist and receive the publicity he desired to help boost his campaign.
Special treatment for well connected people is nothing new. We see it all the time with celebs and politicians. It’s just especially ironic, given both spent the same day in a jail cell for civil disobedience, but Adam has been treated like a dog by our government ever since, while De Blasio was able to milk it for power.
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“The state of the state is good, and getting better,” proclaimed Gov. Chris Christie in his State of the State address. “Four years ago, we were in the throes of economic crisis…By every measure, business confidence in New Jersey is up.”
In contrast, the Garden State is rated dead last in a new study released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. According to the study, New Jersey:
- Ranks 50th in budget solvency, the state’s ability to cover its expenses in a fiscal year;
- Places 50th in long-run solvency, its capability of making ends meet when long-term commitments, such as pension obligations, are calculated; and
- Rates 50th in overall fiscal condition, which also includes short-term cash solvency (#36) and service-level solvency (#39), the state’s resources to provide adequate services to its residents.
In his speech, Christie boasted that New Jersey has balanced its budget during each of the past four years. But study author Sarah Arnett attributed that fact to smoke-and-mirrors accounting tricks.
“New Jersey and Illinois face similar problems of tax revenues that have not kept up with expenditures, use of budget practices that only appeared to balance their annual budgets and significant debt levels as a result of decades of using bonds without being able to pay for them,” wrote Arnett.
The elephant in the Statehouse is the staggering pension debt.
“New Jersey faces long-run solvency problems due in part to nearly 15 years of underfunding its state and local pensions,” Arnett stated.
The shortfall is $47 billion, according to the state’s most recent estimate. For purposes of her calculations, Arnett conservatively pegged it at $25 billion. She noted that another study puts the deficit at $173 billion.
All estimates are essentially SWAGs – “scientific wild-ass guesses.” They are based on various assumptions, decades of predictions and actuarial acrobatics.
Though the figures are mind-numbing, the long-term consequences are quite real. So real that during his address, Christie suggested the possibility that New Jersey could back away from its pension promises.
“We need to have the conversation now about further changes to our pension system and to adding further to the state’s debt load,” said the governor, stripping off the sugar coating that covered the start of his speech.
“If we do not choose to reduce our soaring pension and debt service costs, we will miss the opportunity to improve the lives of every New Jersey citizen, not just a select few,” he warned.
The bottom five states in fiscal ranking are New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and California, according to the Mercatus study.
The five top-rated states are Alaska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming.
- See more at: http://newjersey.watchdog.org/2014/01/16/fiscal-study-rates-new-jersey-as-worst-state-in-nation-report-by-mark-lagerkvist/#sthash.QvIHca3u.dpuf
By Elise Solé
Anyone with an office job can attest to that achy, crampy, stir-crazy feeling of being stuck sitting at your desk all day. What you may not know is that sitting all day can also be deadly, even if you work out regularly, according to the results of a forthcoming study conducted by Cornell University.
The study of 93,000 women found that those who are sedentary the longest during waking hours die earlier than those who are more active. In fact, women who logged 11 hours of sitting time had a 12 percent increase in premature mortality from causes such as cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and cancer by 13, 27, and 21 percent, respectively.
Sitting wreaks havoc on your health because, when your body stops moving, that causes a decline in metabolic activity and chips away muscle mass, increases insulin resistance (which can lead to diabetes), and, over time, can lead to obesity. Not to mention, it wrecks your posture.
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“Even if you don’t sit for 11 straight hours, brief periods of inactivity can add up,” lead study author Rebecca Seguin, assistant professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University, tells Yahoo Shine. “Let’s say you sit at a desk for eight hours — bathroom and lunch breaks included — then sit on the subway for 20 minutes, sit to eat dinner, and lie on the couch for a few hours. That can easily amount to 11 hours of sedentary time.”
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The study also found that the effects of constant sitting weren’t that different for super-active people. Even those who hit the gym for an hour (even two!) a day faced almost the same odds of premature death as those who didn’t work out.
And while the research was conducted on post-menopausal women, Seguin says the results are applicable to women of all ages, especially since muscle mass begins to decrease at age 35.
Of course, there’s not much you can do about a job that requires you to talk on the phone, type away at your keyboard, or stay hunched over spreadsheets all day, but making small adjustments in your day can add up to big changes.
For starters, request a stand-up desk at work, specifically one that comes with a higher chair, so you can sit periodically and be at eye level with your computer. If your office doesn’t allow it, you could always make your own — stack books on your desk and rest your computer on top.
Or, indulge in more breaks, a notion people tend to resist in our 24/7 connected world. But simply taking five can actually boost productivity. One recent study published in the journal Cognition found that people who took two brief breaks within a 50-minute period were more focused and stimulated by their tasks at hand. “One way to stop feeling guilty about taking breaks is to stop thinking of them as ‘breaks’ think of them as being and as crucial as any other task,” suggests Seguin.
Read more: http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/thing-day-may-cut-life-short-194100937.html
By ANDREW TAYLOR
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year’s automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October’s partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest.
The Senate voted 72-26 for the measure, which cleared the House a little more than 24 hours earlier on a similarly lopsided vote. Obama’s signature on the bill was expected in time to prevent any interruption in government funding Saturday at midnight.
The huge bill funds every agency of government, pairing increases for NASA and Army Corps of Engineers construction projects with cuts to the Internal Revenue Service and foreign aid. It pays for implementation of Obama’s health care law; a fight over implementing “Obamacare” sparked tea party Republicans to partially shut the government down for 16 days last October.
Also included is funding for tighter regulations on financial markets, but at levels lower than the president wanted.
The compromise-laden legislation reflects the realities of divided power in Washington and a desire by both Democrats and Republicans for an election-year respite after three years of budget wars that had Congress and the White House lurching from crisis to crisis. Both parties looked upon the measure as a way to ease automatic spending cuts that both the Pentagon and domestic agencies had to begin absorbing last year.
All 53 Democrats, two independents and 17 Republicans voted for the bill. The 26 votes against it were all cast by Republicans.
Obama’s budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, called the bill’s passage a positive step for the nation and the economy. “It ensures the continuation of critical services the American people depend on,” she said in a blog post.
Shortly before the final vote, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, delivered a slashing attack on Senate Democrats, accusing them of ignoring the problems caused by the health care law. “It is abundantly clear that millions of Americans are being harmed right now by this failed law,” Cruz said.
Unlike last fall, when he spoke for 21 straight hours and helped force the government shutdown over defunding “Obamacare,” this time he clocked in at 17 minutes and simply asked the Senate to unanimously approve an amendment to strip out Obamacare funding. Democrats easily repelled the maneuver.
The 1582-page bill was really 12 bills wrapped into one in negotiations headed by Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., respective chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations committees, and their subcommittee lieutenants. They spent weeks hashing out line-by-line details of a broad two-year budget accord passed in December, the first since 2009.
The bill, which cleared the House on a vote of 359-67, increases spending by about $26 billion over fiscal 2013, with most of the increase going to domestic programs. Almost $9 billion in unrequested money for overseas military and diplomatic operations helps ease shortfalls in the Pentagon and foreign aid budgets.
The nuts-and-bolts culture of the appropriators is evident throughout the bill. Lower costs to replace screening equipment, for example, allowed for a cut to the Transportation Security Administration. Lawmakers blocked the Agriculture Department from closing six research facilities. And the Environmental Protection Agency is barred from issuing rules on methane emissions from large livestock operations.
Another provision exempts disabled veterans and surviving military spouses from a pension cut enacted last month. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, signaled in a brief hallway conversation with The Associated Press that he would oppose a broader drive to repeal the entire pension provision, which saves $6 billion over the coming decade by reducing the annual cost-of-living adjustment for working age military retirees by 1 percentage point.
The National Institutes of Health’s proposed budget of $29.9 billion falls short of the $31 billion budget it won when Democrats controlled Congress. Democrats did win a $100 million increase, to $600 million, for so-called TIGER grants for high-priority transportation infrastructure projects, a program that started with a 2009 economic stimulus bill.
Civilian federal workers would get their first pay hike in four years, a 1 percent cost-of-living increase. Democrats celebrated winning an addition $1 billion over last year for the Head Start early childhood education program and excluding from the bill a host of conservative policy “riders” advanced by the GOP.
Rogers won two provisions backed by the coal industry. One would block the EPA and Corps of Engineers from working on new rules on “fill material” related to the mountain top removal mining. Another would keep the door open for Export-Import Bank financing of coal power plants overseas.
Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/senate-easily-passes-1-1-trillion-spending-bill-232323928–politics.html
By Ben Rohrbach
A California Little League Baseball coach who suffered a torn Achilles tendon is suing one of his former players for throwing his helmet during a game-ending celebration, according to Sacramento’s KCRA-TV (h/t Barstool Sports). The kid is 14 years old.
But that isn’t stopping Alan Beck from suing the child and Little League Baseball for $500,000 in pain and suffering in addition to another $100,000 in lost wages and medical bills, per the Placer County (Calif.) Superior Court summons obtained by KCRA-TV.
“At first I thought it was joke,” the boy’s father, Joe Paris, told his local television news station. “Now, I think it’s absurd.”
Paris’ son allegedly tossed his helmet while scoring the winning run in a game this past spring, and the equipment struck and tore Beck’s Achilles tendon.
“He is a good guy who was volunteering his time and now he’s in a wheelchair. Who’s the victim here?” Beck’s attorney, Gene Goldman, told KCRA. “This wasn’t part of the game. To have someone throw a helmet in that manner, you just don’t do that.”
Except the kid’s in Little League, and Little Leaguers do that. All the time. Heck, Little League’s own YouTube channel shows kids throwing equipment during a celebration.
Recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon can take six months, according to WebMD.com.
Except, the Paris family has been forced to shell out more than $4,000 in legal fees two months before the case is even scheduled to be seen by a judge, according to the report. Joe Paris told KCRA he doesn’t have homeowners insurance, which in some cases can cover the costs of such apparent frivolous litigiousness.
Your problem, not ours, says the plaintiff’s camp, basically. “If they owned a home,” Goldman told KCRA, “they should have had homeowner’s insurance.”