Nice to know they’re starting to feel some of the pain that millions of Americans have been suffering through (except for Harry Reid’s staff that is…). I wonder if any of the staffers have encountered the scam website?
Dr. Ezekial Emanuel flat-out lies when he says the following in today’s appearance on Fox News Sunday.
“No one guaranteed you that your premium wouldn’t increase. Premiums have been going up.”
I can only believe if Dr. Emanuel were on Meet The Press with Tim Russert, that Russert would have brought up this point to the ObamaCare architect.
Surprised? You shouldn’t be…
Via The Hill
A few consumers enrolling in the Washington, D.C., insurance exchange have been guided instead to a fraudulent website, according to an official working for the Health Link portal.
Only two reports have surfaced about this problem, according to Richard Sorian, director of communications, education and outreach for the exchange. He noted that the report could be from the same person.
“It’s one of those phishing expeditions that unfortunately arise when our website center is being frequented by the public. It’s not something internal to our system. We’re investigating to see if we can find out what’s going on,” Sorian said in a phone interview Friday to The Hill.
Phishing is a common tactic used to trick people into revealing personal information, usually by impersonating a trusted website.
Since the insurance site launched in October, officials have been warning its users not to enter personal information, including PIN numbers.
“We’re taking it seriously, but it’s not a major problem,” he said.
- Scam targets D.C. Health Link (politico.com)
- The D.C. Insurance Exchange Has Confirmed that an Outside Scammer is Redirecting Customers to a Fraudulent Website. (economicpolicyjournal.com)
- Agencies warn about holiday scams (mtexpress.com)
Simply put, people tune in and stations get HUGE numbers after switching to a Christmas music format for the Christmas season according to Nielsen. The number of listeners goes up even further at night. On Christmas Eve, the number of listeners of these radio stations goes up even further. You can listen to WASH FM online at this link.
While you probably work with that guy who just can’t wait to start blasting Christmas music right after Halloween, many radio stations switch to an all-holiday format right after Thanksgiving. And despite the inevitable Grinches, that trend isn’t going to change as it’s paying off for radio stations.
Whether you love Mariah Carey or not, there are plenty of Americans ready to get their holiday on as soon as possible, reports Nielsen.
Radio stations that switch to the All Christmas, All The Time format near Thanksgiving in 2012 saw a 71% midday surge in listeners compared to their average ratings.
At night when it’s time to get extra jolly, ratings more than doubled, points out Nielsen: “During the course of the holiday ratings season, nights saw a 129 percent lift and — hold onto your eggnog — a 582 percent lift on Christmas Eve.”
That’s compared ton an average nighttime average, when the number of listeners tuning into normal radio stations in any 15-minute period was about 291,700.
The whole thing peaks on Christmas Eve, naturally, with 28.4 million Americans tuning in to an All Christmas format station last year in the top 48 markets.
What are we listening to the most? According to the report, ranging from the most-played new release of “Let It Snow” by Rod Stewart to that treasured favorite, “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby.
- Nielsen Looks At Christmas Music On The Radio (allaccess.com)
- All Americans Want For Christmas Is A Radio Station That Plays Holiday Tunes Constantly (consumerist.com)
- Question of the Day: Is it too early for Christmas music? (mlive.com)
We’ve got our first ice storm hitting much of Virginia this weekend. Virginia’s Department of Emergency Management has posted some great lists on how to ride out this first wave of wintry weather at home and on the road (if you need to be out…).
- Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least three days, in case roads are blocked and/or there are power outages.
- A three-day supply of food includes a gallon of water per person per day and food that does not require electricity to prepare it.
- A battery powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries will provide emergency information. Be sure to listen to local stations for weather and emergency information.
- Have flashlights and extra batteries on hand. Don’t use candles when the power is out.
- Get more details and an emergency supply checklist at www.ReadyVirginia.gov or on the Ready Virginia mobile app.
- Roads can become very hazardous very quickly. Only travel if absolutely necessary, and if you do, wear a seat belt.
- Know road conditions before you leave. Road condition information is available 24/7 by calling 511 or going towww.511Virginia.org.
- Even after roads have been treated with salt and/or sand, drivers should reduce speed and keep a safe driving distance from other vehicles on the road.
- Driving is most dangerous when the temperature is at or under 32° F. If the road is wet, ice is likely, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses.
- Put emergency supplies in your car. Use an old backpack or small container. If you become stranded, you will need water and non-perishable food; blankets, hats and mittens; a flashlight and extra batteries; and a whistle to blow to get attention. Other items to include are an ice scraper, can of deicer spray, jumper cables and road flares or a bright LED light that attaches to the vehicle, a bright colored cloth to use as a flag, hand wipes and paper towels, and a small first aid kit. Add a bag of kitty litter or sand for extra weight in your vehicle and also to use for traction in case you get stuck.
- Stay with your car. The Virginia Department of Transportation recommends running the car engine for heat for 10 minutes and then turning off the engine for 20 minutes.
- If you use space heaters, plug them directly into wall sockets – don’t use extension cords. Keep space heaters at least three feet from furniture, bedding and draperies. Don’t leave space heaters unattended, and turn them off when you go to bed or leave your home.
- Generators should always be run outside, in well-ventilated areas. Follow manufacturer’s directions exactly. Get to fresh air immediately if you start to feel sick, weak or dizzy.
- Kerosene and propane heaters can cause fires if left unsupervised. If you use one, use only the recommended fuel. Always refuel outdoors safely away from your home.
- Have your fireplace and wood stove chimneys inspected and cleaned. These often build up creosote, which is the residue left behind by burning wood. Creosote is flammable and must be professionally removed.
- Hampton Roads prepares now for bad weather to come (wvec.com)
- 4 Safety Tips To Prepare Your Home For the Cold Weather (dspargo.wordpress.com)
- Beware of Heating Dangers During Cold Weather (wreg.com)
- Be Ready for Winter Weather (fox16.com)
- ‘Hunker down’: Midwest, South brace for major winter storms (usnews.nbcnews.com)
This is what happens why people realize you blatantly lied over and over again to get re-elected. Also, destroying jobs for young people that supported you doesn’t help either.
Young people, who played a major role in putting President Obama in the White House in 2008 and keeping him there after 2012, now say they would vote to recall the president if given the chance.
A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll shows 52 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 say they would vote to recall Obama. Among young people aged 18 to 29, the number is 47 percent.
The question, of course, is purely hypothetical. While state and local officials can be recalled — the most recent major example being Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who overcame a recall — a president cannot.
See a more extensive report on this study at this link.
- Poll: 52 Percent Of Voters Under Age Of 25 Would Recall Obama (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Harvard Poll: Millennials Abandon Obamacare, Would Vote to ‘Recall’ Obama (mediaite.com)
- Woah: America’s youngest voters have turned on Obama in a BIG way (theblaze.com)
- POLL: Millennials Turn Against President Obama (thecollegefix.com)
- Obama losing support of younger generation, Harvard survey finds (al.com)
Four out of ten think the economy is in a downturn. 59% believe things are going badly for the economy which is up significantly from the same poll in April. I’m sure the vastly higher premiums for ObamaCare haven’t helped either.
Maybe this helps explain the poor 2013 Black Friday retail sales??
Washington (CNN) – Americans views on the state of the nation are turning increasingly sour, according to a new national poll. And a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday also indicates that less than a quarter of the public says that economic conditions are improving, while nearly four in ten say the nation’s economy is getting worse.
Forty-one percent of those questioned in the poll say things are going well in the country today, down nine percentage points from April, and the lowest that number has been in CNN polling since February 2012.
Fifty-nine percent say things are going badly, up nine points from April. Besides an obvious partisan divide, which contributes to a urban-rural gap, the survey also indicates a difference of opinion between younger and older Americans. “There’s a slight generational divide, with 46% of those under age 50 saying things are going well. That number drops to 36% for those 50 and older,”
Looking specifically at the economy, 39% feel that the economy is still in a downturn, up six points from April. Only 24% believe that an economic recovery is under way. Thirty-six percent are in the middle – they don’t think we’re in a recovery but they believe conditions have stabilized. Again, the survey indicates partisan and geographic divides, as well as a generational gap, with 45% of those age 50 and older, but only 34% of those under age 50 saying the economy’s still in a downturn.