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How would Romney be handling the Ukraine situation? - carbola
I'm just curious how this board feels Romney would have handled this situation over there? And if you're feeling up to it, Gary Johnson as well? I honestly don't think Romney would be doing much different, but I think his lip service would have been more geared towards open conflict than Ob...


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Boston police evacuate marathon finish line and detonate suspicious bags - carbola
Couldn't find this on CNN, but yeah [link=(http://rt.com/usa/marathon-evacuated-suspicious-bags-772/)]LINK[/link] [quote]The Boston Police Department investigated two unattended backpacks near the finish line area of the city’s marathon. A man thought to have left one of the bags was taken into c...


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Should expats pay taxes? - carbola
As an expat I don't understand why the US is basically the only country that requires taxes on income acquired abroad. So I figuered I would ask the PT what they think about this. BTW to qualify for an expat you have 3 options basically 1) You pay income tax in another country AND have residency...


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Paging WikiTiger: Mt.Gox site disappears, Bitcoin future in doubt - carbola
[link=(http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/25/technology/security/mtgox-bitcoin/index.html?hpt=hp_t3)]LINK[/link] [quote]What was once the world's largest trading platform for bitcoins is now a blank page. The Bitcoin-trading website Mt.Gox was taken offline late Monday, putting at risk millions of d...


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Anyone ever been to Erbil, Iraq/Kurdistan for business? - carbola
It looks like my Kuwait stay is going to be ending and they will be shipping me up here for the next year or so of work. I'm actually sitting in a staff house right now there, but just wondering if anyone knows anything about the area in terms of places to live or things to do. I have a a meetin...


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Maybe the Most Orwellian Text Message a Government's Ever Sent - carbola
[link=(http://motherboard.vice.com/en_ca/blog/maybe-the-most-orwellian-text-message-ever-sent)]LINK[/link] [quote]“Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” That's a text message that thousands of Ukrainian protesters spontaneously received on their cell ph...


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Poor kid (name related) - carbola
[link=(http://www.elkharttruth.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20140119%2FLIFESTYLE04%2F701199997&template=wirelessart)]LINK[/link] [quote]Births, Jan. 5-17, 2014 (La’Soulja Major La’Pimp Burks, 6 lbs. 8 oz.), 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. [/quote] :casty: ...


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Kidnappers holding 60 mine defusers in Afghanistan - carbola
:blackheli: :blackheli: [link=(http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/21/world/asia/afghanistan-bomb-defusers/index.html?hpt=hp_t3)]LINK[/link] [quote]The prospect of being blown up makes defusing landmines dangerous work, particularly in Afghanistan. But that is just one of many dangers that explo...


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Stewart Skewers Obama’s NSA Speech - carbola
I'll just leave this here [link=(http://www.mediaite.com/tv/stewart-skewers-obamas-nsa-speech-privacy-is-important-unless-we-decide-it-isnt/)]LINK[/link]...


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Jamaican bobsled team qualified for Sochi - carbola
[link=(http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/sochi/2014/01/18/jamaican-bobsled-team-2014-sochi-olympics/4638761/)]LINK[/link] [quote]The Jamaican bobsled team may be headed to another Olympics. The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast. Olympic organizers said Saturda...


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Penis pumps cost U.S. government millions, watchdog cries waste - carbola
:lol: [quote]Penis pumps cost the U.S. government's Medicare program $172 million between 2006 and 2011, about twice as much as the consumer would have paid at the retail level, according to a government watchdog's report released on Monday. The report by the inspector general for the Departm...


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Why the Web Won't Be Nirvana (1995 Article) - carbola
[link=(http://www.newsweek.com/clifford-stoll-why-web-wont-be-nirvana-185306)]LINK[/link] [quote]After two decades online, I'm perplexed. It's not that I haven't had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I've met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I'm uneasy about this most ...


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The NSA Actually Intercepted Packages to Put Backdoors in Electronics - carbola
[link=(http://gizmodo.com/the-nsa-actually-intercepted-packages-to-put-backdoors-1491169592)]LINK[/link] [quote]SPIEGEL published two pieces this morning about the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division, aka premier hacking ninja squad. According to Snowden documents, TAO has a catalog o...


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At least 35 House members set to sue Obama (changing law without Congress) - carbola
[quote]On Dec. 19, the Obama administration made its 14th change to Obamacare without requesting congressional action to make the amendments. Such a move is precisely why an effort is underway in the House of Representatives to sue President Obama and force him to abide by constitutional restraints....


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Cash for Passports (Malta/EU) - carbola
[link=(http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4468fc86-6198-11e3-916e-00144feabdc0.html)]LINK[/link] [quote] As they battle with the consequences of the financial crisis, EU governments are always on the lookout for ways to attract inward investment. One popular idea is to offer residency rights and passport...


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Create jobs? You are making the US a 3rd world country! - carbola
[link=(http://www.salon.com/2013/12/10/look_at_the_stats_america_resembles_a_poor_country_partner/)]LINK[/link] [quote]America has become a RINO: rich in name only. By every measure, we look like a broken banana republic. Not a single U.S. city is included in the world’s top 10 most livable citie...


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Where should I go on a 6 day vacation? - carbola
I just found out that I'm getting an extra 6 days of vacation from the 9th-14th of December. I can't decide where I should go. I will be in the US but will have to return to Kuwait on the 14th, or at least be at the office on the 15th. So I was trying to find something that could work as a pitstop...


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Insurance companies are the reason rates are rising not ACA - carbola
Per my liberal friend on FB :lol:: [link=(http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/11/05/insurance-companies-obamacare-scam/)]LINK[/link] [quote]By now you’ve probably heard horror stories about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, has forced so many people to lose their i...


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(21) Michigan 6 @ (22) Michigan State 29 | FINAL - carbola
LET"S GO BLUE 1Q: [b]Michigan: 9 plays, 51 yds in 4:22, 49 yd FG State: 4 plays, 52 yds in 1:28, 40 yd FG[/b] Michigan: 4 plays 15 yards, 02:39, 37 yard Punt State: 3 plays 8 yards, 01:52, 51 yard Punt Michigan: 3 plays -14 yards, 02:26, 37 yard Punt State: 3 plays -2 yards, 00:51, 43 yard ...


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Average insurance rate change for private insurance buyers by state (5/50 lower) - carbola
[link=(http://reason.com/blog/2013/10/20/health-insurance-premiums-projected-to-s)][img]http://cloudfront-media.reason.com/mc/_external/2013_10/cost-of-buying-health-insuranc.jpg?h=648&w=480[/img][/link]...


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The Obamacare Penalty: Yes, It Can Be Avoided - carbola
[link=(http://finance.yahoo.com/news/does-the-obamacare-penalty-actually-have-teeth--144740030.html)]LINK[/link] [quote]The Obama administration this week said it is delaying the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate, extending until March 31 how long Americans can go without insurance...


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Senator Proposes Law: 'If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act' - carbola
[link=(http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/senator-proposes-law-if-you-your-health-plan-you-can-keep-it-act_764734.html)]LINK[/link] [quote]Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin will propose a new law next week called: "If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act." LOG.WSmith.16-11.ObamacareL...


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More People In 3 States Have Had Their Insurance Canceled Than Have Filed Obamac - carbola
[link=(http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/10/24/more-americans-have-had-their-insurance-canceled-under-obamacare-than-have-filed-an-exchange-account/)]LINK[/link] [quote]This week the reality of the ObamaCare roll-out appeared in a set of news stories that serve as an ironic juxtaposi...


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Pretty much sums up this past week (image) - carbola
[img]http://i.imgur.com/aul5ose.jpg[/img]...


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Obamacare deductibles a dose of sticker shock (Chicago Tribune) - carbola
[link=(http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-10-13/business/ct-biz-1013-obamacare-deductibles-20131013_1_health-care-overhaul-health-insurance-health-coverage)]LINK[/link] [quote]To promote the Oct. 1 debut of the exchanges, the online marketplaces where consumers can shop and buy insurance, Ob...


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Police smell meth, raid home, kill 80-year-old man, find no meth - carbola
[link=(http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/16/police-smell-meth-raid-home-kill-80-year-old-man-find-no-meth/#ixzz2htVcCZU4)]LINK[/link] [quote]The widow of an 80-year-old man who was shot dead by police during a drug raid on their home is suing for $50 million. On the night of June 27th, Los Angele...


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How the ACA is going to screw me over - carbola
I am an expat living in Kuwait for work. However, I have frequent trips back to the US that put me past the 330 day outside of the US limit to qualify under the standard expat rule (I have 50ish days of vacation plus training courses in the US that when combined I spend slightly more than 1 month i...


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So the White House falls under the NPS, how is it still open? - carbola
Shouldn't Obama et al be banned from entering? [link=(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Park_Service#Nomenclature_of_the_National_Park_System)]LINK[/link]...


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NPS Orders Closure of Park that Receives No Federal Funding - carbola
[link=(http://freebeacon.com/shutdown-theater/)]LINK[/link] Interesting if true [quote]The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation. The Claude Moore Colonial...


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Cheaper, purer illegal substances suggest global war on drugs is failing - carbola
[link=(http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/01/world/war-on-drugs-failing/index.html?hpt=wo_c2)]LINK[/link] [quote]The global war on drugs is failing, new research suggests, as the price of heroin, cocaine and cannabis has fallen while their purity has increased. Using seven sets of government drug ...


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