Legend of the Seeker: Season 2 – Interview with Tabrett Bethell (Cara!)

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Interview with Tabrett Bethell – Cara (Mord’Sith) – For more News visit http://www.sword-of-truth.com

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October 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Legend of the Seeker, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy. 3 comments.

Update: CBOs estimate is not cost indexed for inflation and is based on staff updates not voted on by Cmte; Health Care Action Alert: It’s the final countdown! Please call today!

Update 4: 12:32 pm PANEL VOTING (CNBC chyron) 1:53pm still no final vote but lots of yap yap we r the glorious leaders yap yap my YES is a maybe says Snowe and Lincoln yap yap yap process yap yap then a break…

U.S. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl quizzes Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf during the Senate Finance Committee’s markup of the Baucus conceptual health-care reform bill. Kyl’s questioning revealed that the CBOs estimated cost of the bill was incorrect, because it was not indexed for inflation due to the fact that aspects of the bill were changed by the Democratic staff that the committee had not voted on.

Update 3 at end of post

Update 2: Is Baucus just so excited about today’s vote that he opened the panel by calling it to order to vote, even though they will have testimony from CBO and JCT first? Apparently. Newsbites this morning Lieberman (I-CT) on Imus said he is a no vote, Snowe sounds like the yes OF COURSE, but sounds coy. She was pooh poohing the AHIP PWC audit, let’s hope CBO explains to her that employers and insurers WILL alter their plans thereby raising premiums over and above the hike with no plan…

Update: CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation to testify to Baucus’  Senate Finance Panel today BEFORE the vote this afternoon!!!! BAUCUS just called the panel to order to vote now!? 10:15 am EST, GIRD YOURSELVES

CSPAN should cover it. Both CBO and JCT show that employers and insurers will act to restructure plans to try and avoid Baucus ‘excise taxes and fees’ thus the 150m happily insured Americans WILL NOT be able to keep what they have.

HOW CAN THEY TAX US, LET THEM COUNT THE WAYS:

WashingtonExaminer:

(..)As The Examiner‘s Susan Ferrechio reported last week, there are a variety of provisions in the bill designed to generate revenue, including $426 billion in Medicare and Medicare Advantage benefit cuts, $4 billion in new fines imposed on those who do not purchase insurance, $201 billion in new levies on health insurance companies with high-end health insurance plans, $180 billion in new taxes on medical devices and drugs, $83 billion in new income taxes on individuals, and $25 billion in new taxes on employers. There will also be significant reductions in Medicare reimbursements to hospitals, which will in turn generate more cost shifting from such facilities to the patients using them…

2.  Tuesday: Call the Senate Finance Committee AGAIN tell them our economy cannot afford another massive government spending bill

2.  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Call your Senators and your Representative; tell them as a constituent you are asking them to vote NO on government take over of Health Care.

London is calling and saying DONT F*CKIN DO IT AMERICA!! DONT NATIONALIZE YOUR HEALTH SERVICES!! Or they would if they knew how their lives were being weighted, stories are just coming to a head now with seniors living past the dates NHS proclaimed they would as they eased them onto the Soylent Greenesque Liverpool Pathway….these fees and taxes will further shut down hiring and recovery of growth…we cannot maintain our current level of Entitlement Spending with less than 3% GDP growth and this additional burden will break us IMO

Update 3: Rather than the standard mortality rates bandied about, I think the SURVIVAL RATES among illnesses is the go to indicator for the superiority of the American Medical System. How about we all agree now, that if the survival rates among women for breast cancer go DOWN in America, we all agree the plan has failed the people. That is what I am afraid of, loss of our superior survival rates for illnesses that kill far more people in countries with the system the Dems want to implement, UK, Canada, look at breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease survival rates. Especially since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

(…)Today, there are over 2.5 million survivors in the U.S., and if advances in research continue, survival rates are sure to rise higher in the future.

Finding a cure for breast cancer is a cause close to my organization, the Independent Women’s Forum. We lost our founder and a colleague to the disease.

That’s one of the many reasons that we are concerned about current proposals to radically alter the U.S. health care system: These proposals could jeopardize important advances in treatment, to the detriment not only of American women but of women around the world.

Currently, America leads the world in much of the medical research arena in part because our country is one of the few places that reward those who invest in developing new treatments and technologies. While some may try to demonize the profit motive, the desire for a big payoff fuels investment and enables scientists to focus on bringing the next groundbreaking treatment to market.

As the government seeks to squeeze money from the system, investors will have less of an incentive to pour their resources into this kind of research.

The Obama administration’s plans call for the establishment of a Health Benefits Advisory Committee to determine the coverage that Americans must have, creating a one-size-fits-all health insurance marketplace. The government’s “Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research” would be charged with analyzing available treatments to determine which are “efficient” and which are not…( go read the whole thing)

The UK claims their cancer survival lag is the patients fault. Nice.

Cancer patients are dying because they are too polite, a survey has revealed.

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October 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics. Comments off.

Ghost Hunters Academy promo

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October 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. 4 comments.

Far from the Madd(en)ing Crowd: Hillary hard at work

Hillary, Northern Ireland's first minister, Peter Robinson, above left, and Martin McGuinness, the deputy first minister.

Hillary, Northern Ireland's first minister, Peter Robinson, above left, and Martin McGuinness, the deputy first minister.

Hillary is working hard as always. This Administration looks more like an early episode of Remington Steele (without the romantic chemistry) every day. She made progress in a nearly missed deal between Turkey and Armenia. She met with Gordon Brown and David Milliband.

The Schedule this week:

Zurich, Switzerland: She will attend the signing of two protocols between Turkey and Armenia that pave the way toward normalization of their relations.

London: Clinton will meet with senior British officials to discuss important issues such as Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Dublin, Ireland: She will reaffirm the United States’ commitment to Ireland during meetings with senior Irish officials.

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Clinton will emphasize the United States’ support for political progress and economic recovery in the area.

Moscow: As part of her efforts to reset relations with Russia, she’ll meet with President Dmitry Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss a successor agreement to START, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. They’ll also discuss Afghanistan, Iran, the Middle East, and North Korea.

Kazan, Russia: Clinton will visit Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, to talk with local officials and religious leaders about promoting tolerance and interfaith dialogue. The city has a large Muslim population, and yesterday, in this clumsy exchange, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Kazan “really shows that the Russian Federation is a multiethnic country.”

Secretary Clinton was supposed to just witness the signing of a Turkish-Armenian accord in Switzerland this weekend, but she ended up having to do frantic, high-level diplomacy to save the day when the agreement appeared on the verge of unraveling at the last minute.  The Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers --whose countries have a long history of enmity for reasons described in this recent FP article -- got in a dispute over the final statements they would make after the signing. That's where Clinton stepped in to save the day. In frantic, last-minute diplomacy, she spoke by phone from her sedan in the hotel parking lot, talking with the Armenian side three times and the Turkish side four times. After two hours of phone calls, she met with the Armenian foreign minister in the hotel. She also contacted President Obama several times from the hotel and the University of Zurich, the venue for the signing ceremony.  In the end, as a result of Clinton's astute diplomatic skills, the signing of the historic accord took place only three hours late (vs. not at all), and no spoken statements were made. The agreement is expected to be ratified by Turkey's and Armenia's parliaments, and the border between the two countries -- which has been closed for 16 years -- could reopen within two months.  For Clinton, it was all just part of another day's work. "It's just what you sign up for," she told reporters later in the day.

FP.com: Secretary Clinton was supposed to just witness the signing of a Turkish-Armenian accord ... the agreement appeared on the verge of unraveling at the last minute. The Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers .. -- got in a dispute over the final statements they would make after the signing... In frantic, last-minute diplomacy, she spoke by phone from her sedan in the hotel parking lot, talking with the Armenian side three times and the Turkish side four times. After two hours of phone calls, she met with the Armenian foreign minister in the hotel.... the signing of the historic accord took place only three hours late (vs. not at all), and no spoken statements were made. The agreement is expected to be ratified by Turkey's and Armenia's parliaments, and the border between the two countries -- which has been closed for 16 years -- could reopen within two months. ..

MiM has Irish in us and we trace much of our fondness for Big Dawg and Hill to the achievements made in peace in Northern Ireland thanks to their hard work.  Of course, primary watchers will recall how Samantha Power and Susan Rice among others on Team Barry attacked Hillary’s experience in No. Ireland as non existent and tea parties Obama called them, see now the profuse thanks of the leaders involved then and now and lower your head in shame you TOTUS Toolz!!!

In an editorial titled, “Mrs Clinton’s Visit Very Welcome,” the Belfast Telegraph lauded Clinton’s involvement in the peace process — dating back to her time as first lady — and stated, “Hillary Clinton deserves our thanks for all she has done, and is still doing, to make a permanent peace possible.”

Hill appeared before the Northern Ireland Assembly and made an extremely important speech, sans teleprompters. She is having a direct face to face and negotiation of an expiring treaty with Medvedev and his Foreign Minister this week as well.

Courtesy of itnnews

Courtesy of medeasbiggestfan

From the BBC:

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the United States stands ready to help and back Northern Ireland. Speaking after talks with the first and deputy first ministers at Stormont, she said the Obama administration was committed to offering support. “We stand ready to help in any way we can. Our two peoples are bound together,” she said. Mrs Clinton is addressing the NI Assembly as talks continue to transfer policing and justice powers.

First Minister Peter Robinson welcomed the US Secretary of State saying that Northern Ireland had “come a long way”. “Of course there are difficulties, but we are committed to making it work,” he said.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said Hillary Clinton had been “a true friend” to Northern Ireland, offering strong intellectual, emotional and political support.

The financing of the deal on policing and justice powers has been a major sticking point in recent weeks, with a series of intensive talks held between Gordon Brown and NI’s leaders. After discussions on policing and justice at Downing Street on Thursday, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein said all sides were “on the cusp of agreement”.

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October 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Hillary Clinton, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

The Vampire Diaries – Paul Wesley answers fan questions

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October 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy, Warner Bros.. 1 comment.

NABE Forecast: More job losses ahead

WSJ discusss the anti growth measures coming from Congress and the impact they have on job creation – that being they kill it.

wsjstimulusjobschart

Meanwhile no action in the Senate on the UE extension as they wrangle over health care which is NOT a crisis; and on the House side,  Pelosi is back to the drawing board talking to economists again, b/c her first swing at a stimulus went so well eh? NOT!

In other good news NABE (the group that officially call the recessions and what have you correction, that is the NBER) has a jobless forecast:

The worst U.S. recession since the Great Depression has ended, but weak household spending as the labor market struggles to create jobs will slow the pace of the economy’s recovery, according to a survey released Monday.

…The NABE survey, conducted in September, predicted real GDP growth expanding at a 2.9 percent pace over the second half of this year. Output for the whole of 2009 is expected to contract 2.5 percent and next year, rebound to 2.6 percent.Much of the anticipated recovery was seen driven by businesses rebuilding their inventories after aggressively reducing unwanted stocks of unsold goods to match weak demand…(Gee sounds like MiM’s forecast from last July, lol)

…The survey predicted that the unemployment rate would rise to 10 percent in the first quarter of 2010 and edge down to 9.5 percent by the end of that year. The labor market was not expected to regain most the jobs destroyed in the current recession until 2012 or beyond....

CNBC:

(…)Rob Shapiro, an economist who was a top official in President Bill Clinton’s Commerce Department, sees “substantial, continued job losses” for some time if the government doesn’t take more aggressive steps to foster job growth.In the meantime, the Obama administration should “prepare the American people to wait a while for real results,” said Shapiro, now with a Democratic think tank called NDN.

October 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics. Comments off.

Universal Studios Orlando: Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Opens Spring 2010

Courtesy of OrlandoAttractionsMagazine

A look at the construction of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando Florida.
See how the progress of Hogwarts Castle, Hogsmeade Village and more is coming along.
Recorded on Oct. 11, 2009. The new area is supposed to open in the Spring of 2010.

Previews after the break:

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October 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Art, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Film, gaming, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense, Warner Bros.. Comments off.

Steve Wynn on Obama Stimulus and lack of Job Creation…

He CRUSHED Granholm and her pro Admin. happy green talk, as MI slides into an abyss of unemployment..

Courtesy of 2cpus4me

Full roundtable discussion below, Granholm apparently misses the fact that since the Min Wage increase teen UE has hit 52%, IMO when they add on these healthcare fees hiring will stop completely.

I didn’t think we would be the ones living through the proof that Keynsian policy in the face of a collapsed consumer combined with excess government ENTITLEMENT programs is a map to failure, the econOmists who believe it worked always use FDR as proof, but WWII is the event that drove that growth, it was not organic, as we are seeing as we live through Round Deux (later to be called Round D’UH!) under FDR-wannabes Team TOTUS without the war…(technically with A war, but not the will to actually try to WIN a war so it does not give GDP boost from defense spending)

And Zandi may be a nice guy, but he is tied to the Stimulus by his testimony to Congress pushing it and his ‘advice’ to Team TOTUS on it, when he says it is a success he is talking his book, period. We are spending a TRILLION dollars and there is NO JOB GROWTH, that is a FAILURE by any sane measurement of success.

October 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics. Comments off.

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