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Data Stolen From as Many as 56 Million Home Depot Credit Cards From April to September

Home Depot Apron

This is just unacceptable.  First Target, now Home Depot.  Corporations and credit card companies are refusing to spend money to protect their systems and we “consumers” are left holding the bag.

I’m ashamed to admit it because the founder of Home Depot is a crazed, anti-worker corporatist who compared people who are working for more balanced income equality to Nazis, but I purchased gardening supplies from them this summer so hey, I guess I better get a new debit card.

Home Depot Inc (HD.N) said on Thursday that data could have been stolen from 56 million payment cards by criminals who used malware from April to September to hack into its systems at stores in the United States and Canada.

The world’s largest home improvement chain said the malware, which was custom-built to evade detection, has been removed from its U.S. and Canadian stores.

Home Depot started investigating the breach from Sept. 2 after security website Krebs on Security reported that all of the retailer’s U.S. stores may have been affected by data theft.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and ‘anxiety this has caused and want to reassure them that they will not be liable for fraudulent charges,” Home Depot’s chairman and chief executive officer, Frank Blake, said in a statement.

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I can only imagine going to Home Depot complaining about a “fraudulent charge” and the bureaucratic nightmare that would ensue trying to get it removed.

September 18, 2014 at 5:53 PM Leave a comment

Drug Company to Sell Hepatitis C Drug in India For $82,200 Less Per Regimen Than in the U.S.

Yep, you read that title right:

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Sofosbuvir, the wonder medicine for Hepatitis C that costs $84,000 … for a 24-week treatment regimen in the US, will soon be available in India for about $1,800 … for the same regimen. The patent holder, pharma major Gilead, announced on Monday that it would be selling the drug at this price in India and also giving voluntary licences to seven Indian pharma companies to produce it.

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This is outrageous and it’s where we need government regulation where there is none.  This is extortion thinly disguised as capitalism but also looking a whole lot like raw greed.

September 17, 2014 at 2:55 PM Leave a comment

#ScotlandVoteYes

The vote in Scotland on Thursday to separate (or not) from the UK is dead serious. If I lived there I would vote yes.  Here’s why.

That said, this made me laugh when I read it today:

Mrk miller

(Via: twitter.com/mrmarkmillar)

:)

September 16, 2014 at 8:44 PM 5 comments

Seatac, Washington Booming After Raising Minimum Wage to $15

This is important given the doomsday scenario the “liberal media” constantly feeds us about how raising the minimum wage will cause businesses to lay people off, raise prices or even shut down altogether:

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In January, the town of Seatac, Washington, put in to effect a new $15 per hour Minimum Wage. No ramp ups, no tiered implementation. One day it was the state standard, the next, the highest minimum wage in the nation.

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Now, nine months on, we are witnessing one of the most dramatic recoveries in the Pacific Northwest.

 Last July, business owner Scott Ostrander claimed that the increased wage would force him to lay off staff, if not shut down his businesses.

I am shaking here tonight because I am going to be forced to lay people off. I’m going to take away their livelihood. That hurts. It really, really hurts. . . . And what I am going to have to do on Jan. 1 is to eliminate jobs, reduce hours — and as soon as hours are reduced, benefits are reduced.

Instead, his business, the Cedarbrook Lodge hotel, is expanding, adding 63 more beds to meet demand. Instead of layoffs, he needs to hire more people. And his story is not the only one.

Tom Douglas, who runs fifteen restaurants in Seatac, warned that a higher minimum wage would force the shutdown of a quarter of his restaurants. Instead, he is opening five new restaurants to meet demand. And this story is being repeated, over and over again, throughout Seatac.

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September 16, 2014 at 9:03 AM Leave a comment

Oil Company Asks the Texas Supreme Court To Tape Our Mouths Shut

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Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle public protest.

Now that corporations are “people,” they’re asking for rights beyond that.  They want to take away We the People’s right to say things about them they don’t like:  In a nutshell:  Texan Steve Lipsky, who says the oil and gas fracking industry caused the water coming out of his well to be so contaminated he can light it on fire, is fighting an oil and gas industry effort to shut him up because they claim what he’s saying about them hurts their poor selves so much he should be silenced:

Free Speech Case Springs

From Fracking Dispute

The case has reached the Texas Supreme Court.
Imagine if this goes to the U.S.Supreme Court and it rules that corporation are not only people, but they have more rights that we real people do.  That they have the right to stifle speech when we complain about what corporations are doing to us.Something to think about NOW, before it’s too late.

 

September 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM Leave a comment

Senate Republicans Block Passage of Amendment Prohibiting Rich People From Buying Our Elections

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As soon as the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions were handed down by the Supreme Court I knew it might be impossible to reverse them because as the minutes passed, rich donors poured money into the pockets of politicians, making them less and less likely to vote to overturn them:

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a constitutional amendment meant to reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending.

Senate Democrats needed 60 votes to end debate on the measure, but fell short in the 54-42 party-line vote.

Earlier this week, more than 20 Republicans voted with Democrats in a 79-18 vote to advance the amendment in order to force Democrats to spend the week debating the merits of the measure.

Republicans “forced” Democrats to spend the week debating the measure so they could lay around, doing nothing, as is their wont.  They’re killing time until (at last) November 4, when they hope to regain control of the Senate and then, if they do, they’ll twiddle their fingers until the new electees are sworn in in January, 2015.  If they don’t win control of the Senate in November, they’ll be furious and they’ll dig in their heels until November, 2016 so keeping Democrats busy with meaningless debates lets them off the hook.

The amendment … would have needed to win two-thirds support to pass the Senate, and then would still have needed to move through the House and be ratified by two-thirds of the states.

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The 2010 Citizens United ruling struck down restrictions that had barred corporations and unions from spending money from their general treasury funds to support or oppose candidates. In McCutcheon, the court struck aggregate limits on individual contributions to candidates.

Democrats argued the Supreme Court decision has allowed billionaires to flood the campaign spending system with “dark money” in order to buy election results.

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Don’t you love it:  “Democrats argued the Supreme Court decision has allowed billionaires to flood the campaign spending system with ‘dark money’ in order to buy election results.”  That isn’t a partisan argument; it’s a fact:  Political Donations Soar After Supreme Court Rules Against Campaign Contribution Caps.  Too bad The Hill found it necessary to imply that’s some sort of dubious spin.  It’s verifiable and if they cared about informing their readers, they’d have included data proving it to be true.

So, at this point, I don’t see how we stop our elections from being bought.

September 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM Leave a comment

House Republicans Run Their Fall Agenda By Their K Street Handlers

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I wish there was a way every American could know about this:

Senior House Republican leadership aides gave K Street lobbyists a peak at their September agenda, just days before lawmakers come back to Washington, according to several sources present.

The lobbyists were briefed the same day Republican lawmakers got a memo from Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about the month’s agenda. In fact, the lobbyists got more information than the lawmakers did in their memo.

Tim Berry, McCarthy’s chief of staff, said in the meeting in the Capitol that the House would attempt to move a bill to fund the government next week.

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There were more than 50 lobbyists in the McCarthy briefing in the Capitol, including Elena Tompkins of Tompkins Strategies, Pat Raffaniello of Raffaniello & Associates, Missy Edwards of Missy Edwards Strategies, Con Lass of Ogilvy Government Relations, Manny Rossman of Squire Patton Boggs, Brian Vanderbloemen of McGuireWoods Consulting, Steve Tilton of Crossroads Strategies, David French of the National Retail Federation and Malloy McDaniel of Blank Rome Government Relations.

“It was a good chance when things are flat to meet with the policy team about what’s going to happen in the next two-week stretch,” said one lobbyist, who attended the McCarthy session.

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Get used to the name Kevin McCarthy.  He’s the new House Majority Whip now that Eric Cantor lost his reelection bid earlier this year.  Anyway, isn’t it just so nice of the Republicans to reassure their handlers the lobbyists that they’re thinking of them?

September 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM 1 comment

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