Daily Archives: December 10, 2013

BusinessInsider – There’s A New App That Will Let You Have A Real Doctor’s Appointment Using Video Chat On Your Smartphone – 10 December 2013

businessInsider(Lucas : The real horror of getting you in an instant medication and diagnoses..without proper physical diagnoses.. Really! Are you that stupid…)

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‘A new app just launched that wants to save you from spending an hour or two in the waiting room next time you might have a sinus infection.

CommonDreams – Drone Protests, Or US Will Stop Aid – 10 December 2013

common-dreamsStatement comes amid growing anger at drone strikes, blockade that shut down NATO supply route

– Sarah Lazare, staff writer
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel threatened Pakistani heads of state on Monday with cutting off up to $1.6 billion in aid if the country’s mass protests against U.S. drone strikes continue, Pentagon officials said, according to The New York Times. Continue reading

CommonDreams – CCFC Urges Fisher-Price To Pull The Plug On its Newborn-To-Toddler Apptivity ™Seat For iPad® Device – 10 December 2013

common-dreamsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2013
1:31 PM
CONTACT: Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Josh Golin (617-896-9369; josh@commercialfreechildhood.org)

BOSTON, MA – December 10 – December 10—Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is calling on Fisher-Price to immediately stop selling its Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity™ Seat for iPad® device. The Apptivity Seat is a bouncy seat for infants with a place for an iPad directly above the baby’s face, blocking his or her view of the rest of the world. Because screens can be mesmerizing and because babies are strapped down and “safely” restrained, it encourages parents to leave infants—even newborns—alone in the seat with an iPad. Continue reading

John Ward – Official: Westminster NOT A Parliament Of Whores – 10 December 2013

JohnW…just answering machines.

A small screen-capture extract from the response of MPs to this morning’s Slog exclusive about vacancy fibs at the JobCentrePlus site: Continue reading

Russia To Cancel Cuba’s $29 Billion Of Soviet Debt – 10 December 2013

RT logoRussia is going to write off 90 percent of Cuba’s $32 billion Soviet-era debt as part of a deal to end a 20-year dispute, according to diplomatic sources cited by Reuters.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev agreed to write off the island’s debt during a visit to Havana in February 2013, stressing details would be finalized by the end of the year.

In October, the two sides announced a refinancing agreement that requires Cuba to pay Moscow $3.2 billion over ten years, and Russia would forgive the remaining $29 billion, which is $20 billion in debt plus service and interest. Between $5-6 billion of Cuba’s remaining foreign debt is non-Soviet.

The deal still needs to be agreed on by Russian lawmakers, and there has been no comment from Cuban or Russian officials.

Read the whole article at: www.rt.com / link to original article

Cyprus To Get Third Tranche Of 100 Million Euro – 10 December 2013

RT logoThe Eurogroup has approved a third bailout tranche for Cyprus of 100 million euro before the end of 2013.

The Eurogroup endorsed, in principle, the disbursement of the next tranche of financial assistance to Cyprus,” the Eurogroup statement said.

The IMF Executive Board is scheduled to decide on the disbursement of EUR 86 million on 20 December” the statement added.

Carrying out a privatization program is one of the key conditions set by the Troika of international lenders – the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

In particular, we welcome the firm commitment of the Cypriot authorities to strengthen the privatisation plans as agreed with the Troika institutions,” the statement said.
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OpEdNews – Eric Zuesse – ALEC Claims To Control 100% Of Iowa’s & Sout Dakota’s State Legislatures – 10 December 2013

OpEdNewsThe far-right American Legislative Exchange Council claims that every member of the state legislature in two states is a member of their organization.

Recently leaked documents from the  “ALEC Board Meeting, August 6, 2013, Chicago, Illinois, ” list the number and percentage of each state’s legislature that have signed onto ALEC; and, under “# of Legislators,” and “# of ALEC Members,” Iowa has 150 in each column, and South Dakota has 105 in each column. The third column, for both states, shows the “% of ALEC Membership in Legislature” as being “100%.” At the opposite end, the lowest percentage is 1%, in New York. The second-lowest is New Jersey, 2%. The third and fourth-lowest, tied, are just 4%, shown in both Maine and Vermont. The fifth-lowest is New Hampshire, 6%. Continue reading