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Dec 1, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from THE DAILY CALLER: The company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website also runs the Army’s disastrous Human Terrain System in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has been accused of fraud, sexual harassment and racism. The much-maligned Human Terrain System (HTS), launched in 2007, sends academics from social science fields like ...

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Nov 27, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from CNBC: The Department of Health and Human Services has tapped Hewlett-Packard to replace Verizon Communications' Terremark subsidiary as the Web-hosting provider for HealthCare.gov, the federal health insurance marketplace that has had a troubled rollout since launching in October. A spokesman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services division confirmed the move Wednesday ...

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Nov 22, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from WASHINGTON TIMES: Mark it on your calendars: The U.S. Air Force aims to have laser-based fighter jets by 2030. A recently published RFI (Request for Information), has revealed that the Air Force Research Laboratory is eager to make such weapons a reality for next-generation jets, The Aviationist reported. “Three new laser devices ...

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Nov 19, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

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Nov 18, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from WSJ: The Obama administration said Monday it is willing to grant a key concession on the health-care law to big insurers under which they could directly sign up for coverage millions of Americans who qualify for tax credits. The administration said it was working through technical obstacles with the insurers. If completed, the ...

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Nov 17, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Navy says an aerial target drone malfunctioned and struck a guided missile cruiser during training off Southern California, causing two minor injuries. Lt. Lenaya (luh-NEY-yah) Rotklein of the U.S. Third Fleet said the accident on the USS Chancellorsville happened Saturday afternoon while the ship was testing its combat weapons system off ...

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Nov 15, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from FREE BEACON: A nationwide war game was performed this week to determine how prepared the United States is for a full-scale cyberattack. Utility experts and F.B.I. agents across the country dealt with scenarios including the enemy injecting computer viruses into grid control systems, bombing transformers, and knocking out power lines. The drill was run by ...

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Nov 15, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

NEW YORK — An unrepentant self-described “hacktivist” was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for illegally accessing computer systems of law enforcement agencies and government contractors. Before hearing his sentence, Jeremy Hammond told a Manhattan federal judge that his goal was to expose injustices by the private intelligence industry when he joined forces with Anonymous, ...

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Nov 15, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Almost three months before the botched launch of HealthCare.gov, a U.S. health official expressed frustration with a main contractor working on the website, fearing quality assurance issues could “crash the plane at take-off,” according to government documents obtained by Reuters. The documents were released by Republican investigators with the House of Representatives Energy ...

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Nov 14, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from THE TELEGRAPH: The first steps towards the outlawing of "killer robots" could be taken on Thursday, as a UN committee meets to decide whether to investigate banning the controversial technology. Campaigners are hoping that representatives from 117 states gathering for a two-day annual meeting in Geneva will agree to an inquiry into ...

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Nov 13, 2013 Comments Off iResist

By @Take_Back_USA Editor: @iResistAll There’s a movement that’s been gaining momentum for several years now. People from all walks of life across the country are stashing extra food and supplies, building shelters, stockpiling weapons, learning to live off the grid, etc., for something they believe may happen in the foreseeable future. Opinions vary as to what exactly ...

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Nov 11, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from FOX NEWS: More than five years after crashing in an Iraqi desert, crushing his spine on impact, retired Army pilot Gary Linfoot will walk again on Veterans Day. Using an exoskeleton that straps onto his waist and legs, Linfoot, of Clarksville, Tenn., will make the historic steps twice on Monday: once on NBC’s “Today” ...

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Nov 9, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Health Watch: Darrell Issa has subpoenaed the Obama administration’s Chief Technology Officer Todd Park to testify before his committee next Wednesday on the ObamaCare rollout. “Given your continued unwillingness to appear voluntarily next week, I am left with no choice but to compel your appearance. Please find attached to this letter a ...

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Nov 6, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Yahoo Finance: Twitter, the quirky 140 character messaging service that’s become a global phenomenon, priced its initial public offering at $26 per share, valuing the seven-year-old company at over $18 billion. Twitter (TWTR) will raise $1.8 billion to fund future expansion by selling 70 million shares, which will open for trading on Thursday morning ...

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Nov 6, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from THE BLAZE: Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) on Monday asked popular photo sharing service Instagram to forbid individuals from using the social media platform to sell firearms. “I write to ask that Instagram prohibit the use of its service to enable sales of firearms, consistent with policies adopted by online marketplace entities such as Craigslist ...

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Nov 4, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from WGN -TV: First it was the government shutdown, and now the government’s health care website is being shutdown daily. Going offline may give teams time to fix the glitches plaguing the troubled website. This is actually planned, unlike the other shutdowns and glitches that have plagued the website since it went live on October ...

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Nov 1, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

WASHINGTON — A tech firm linked to a campaign-donor crony of President Obama not only got the job to help build the federal health-insurance Web site — but also is getting paid to fix it. Anthony Welters, a top campaign bundler for Obama and frequent White House guest, is the executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, ...

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Oct 31, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

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Oct 28, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

WASHINGTON — The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping. Professional staff members at the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies ...

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Oct 27, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — The U.S. Navy had its share of secrets on Treasure Island, but few were better kept than what’s taking place on a mysterious barge just off the island. The barge, with a four-story stack of shipping containers, is out in the open for all to see. But the project’s purpose has ...

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Oct 25, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from RT: The website for the United States National Security Agency suddenly went offline Friday. NSA.gov has been unavailable globally as of late Friday afternoon, and Twitter accounts belonging to people loosely affiliated with the Anonymous hacktivism movement have suggested they are responsible. Twitter users @AnonymousOwn3r and @TruthIzSexy both were quick to comment on the matter, ...

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Oct 19, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from NYMAG: There might be some awkward moments around the Zuckerberg family Thanksgiving table this year. Because Randi Zuckerberg, the karaoke-singing, reality-show-producing sister of Facebook CEO Mark, is coming out with a children's book that amounts to a passive-aggressive swipe at the obsessive social-media culture her brother's company helped create. Randi's book Dot, which goes ...

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Oct 18, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Zuckerberg's immigration advocacy group Fwd.us is planning to hold a hackathon next month for young undocumented immigrants as it tries to refocus attention on immigration reform. Famous coders including the Facebook chief executive and Dropbox's Drew Houston will team with those who came to the U.S. as children, often referred to as ...

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Oct 17, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

WASHINGTON — Visit the website of Michigan-based design firm Teal Media today and you’d never know designers there helped create HealthCare.gov, the troubled online portal for Obamacare. Just a few days ago, the site looked very different. Teal Media’s homepage featured its work on Obamacare prominently, placing a link to the firm’s work on one of ...

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Oct 17, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Hillicon Valley: Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency and the head of U.S. Cyber Command, will step down sometime in the spring, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman. The official said Alexander's decision has "nothing to do" with the leaks by former government contractor Edward Snowden, which unveiled new details about ...

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