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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Did you honestly think we were ever leaving Afghanistan?

U.S. and allied defense officials, increasingly wary of White House plans to scale back the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, are reviewing new drawdown options that include keeping thousands of American troops in the country beyond the end of 2016, American and allied officials said.


THIS is from plantingpeace.org:

Volkswagen CEO Likely to Get $32 Million Pension After Leaving

and a new car every year.
Annual report details how millions in severance also possible
That payout hinges on how board defines his termination

Martin Winterkorn, engulfed by a diesel-emissions scandal at Volkswagen AG, amassed a $32 million pension before stepping down Wednesday, and may reap millions more in severance depending on how the supervisory board classifies his exit.

Winterkorn’s pension had a value of 28.6 million euros ($32 million) at the end of last year, according to the report, which doesn’t describe any conditions that would lead the company to withhold it. And under certain circumstances, he also can collect severance equal to two years of “remuneration.” He was Germany’s second-highest paid CEO last year, receiving a total of 16.6 million euros in compensation from the company and majority shareholder Porsche SE.

While the severance package kicks in if the supervisory board terminates his contract early, there’s a caveat. If the board ends his employment for a reason for which he is responsible, then severance is forfeited, according to company filings.


Medicare Part B premiums AND deductibles forecast to increase by 52% in 2016.

The 2015 Medicare Trustees report was released last week with the news that the long-term outlook of Medicare has improved overall.
It has already been reported by several sources that Part B premiums are projected to increase by 52%,

but what hasn't yet been reported is that the same section of the report also projects that
the Part B deductible will also increase by 52%.

This could mean a double-whammy for many seniors who will end up paying a higher premium for their Part B coverage, and also end up paying more out-of-pocket costs in order to meet their deductible.


If there is no cost of living adjustment to Sec. Sec. checks for 2016, the monthly premium will not increase for most people with incomes below 85,000 a year.
( Monthly premiums vary for different people for a variety of reasons)
But deductibles can increase from 147.00 to 223.00 a year.


Martin Shkreli, the guy who jacked up needed meds by 5000%, agrees to lower price

How much lower is not yet known.

But, get this......his past is catching up to him.
Now revealed are the lawsuits, and a criminal investigation, and THIS, which shows how much of an A-hole he is:

"Drug boss Martin Shkreli, 32, also allegedly gained access to social media accounts belonging to that ex-employee, and contacted him and his relatives directly, including his teenage son and wife, as he accused the worker of defrauding Shkreli's then-pharma company, Retrophin.

"Your husband had stolen $1.6 million from me and I will get it back. I will go to any length necessary to get it back," Shkreli allegedly wrote the wife of former Retrophin employee Timothy Pierotti in a January 2013 letter, according to court documents.

"Your pathetic excuse of a husband needs to get a real job that does not depend on fraud to succeed ... I hope to see you and your four children homeless and will do whatever I can to assure this," Shkreli allegedly wrote."


All sorts of details at link, above.

43% of Republicans could imagine supporting a military coup in the United States

Republicans (43%) are more than twice as likely as Democrats (20%) to say that they could conceive of a situation in which they would support a military coup in the United States. Independents tend to say that they could not (38%) rather than could (29%) imagine supporting a coup.


Mandatory Breathalyzers Could Soon Be In Every Car If Feds Have Their Way

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is currently working on a plan to put alcohol detection systems in every vehicle. The plan, called Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), is still in its early stages, and they have not yet decided exactly how it will be implemented.

Some have suggested a system similar to Interlock, the breath system that people are required to install in their cars after they get a DUI. The device prevents the vehicle from starting unless the driver is able to breathe into the device to prove they are not under the influence of alcohol. However, less complicated equipment is being devised, like sensors that test the alcohol level in the breath of the driver as they sit in the driver’s seat or a touch system that would detect alcohol levels through the skin.

This technology will not just be used for DUI cases, though. The NHTSA is actually hoping to implement this in every vehicle on the road.
an effort is underway to develop advanced invehicle technologies that could be fitted in vehicles of all drivers to measure driver blood alcohol concentration non-invasively.

They are calling this technology “non-invasive” but it tests the content of your blood every time you get into your vehicle, which by its very nature is extremely invasive.


You want irony? Here is irony.

You have to zoom in on the sign.
It says "George Orwell lived here"

Helpful map to add clarity to the European refugee issues.

This one points to the Middle East refugees trail.

Road-raging driver shoots himself in the leg while waving rifle and handgun at Florida family

man accidentally shot himself in the leg while waving two guns at a woman and her children during a Florida road rage incident.

Melissa Drake said a man driving a silver Mercedes in Fort Myers had been weaving in and out of lanes before attempting to pull into her lane, between the front of her car and another one about two feet ahead, reported WBBH-TV.

Her 17-year-old son said the man pointed the handgun at him as his mother passed his car.

Drake called 911 and reported the incident, along with the man’s license plate, and she said the man continued driving erratically — even putting his vehicle into reverse at one point.

Then she said he brandished a military-style rifle with a scope attached

and THEN.......he shot himself in teh leg...


Doesn't get much plainer than this, to me.

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