Archive for August, 2009

19
Aug
09

Talkarazzi 8/19/09

Theres been a lot of drama with Shanna Moalker and Travis Barker via twitter and in general lately. On Monday Travis filed a petition requesting a “modification” of his child custody agreement. AKA he wants to see his two kid more through October because he is on tour. Shanna said sure and they came to an agreement

Real Housewives of OC Lynne Curtin has not paid her security deposit or her utilities on her Laguna Beach house in quite some time.
She and her husband have been handed a 3 day eviction notice to pay up $12,000 by the end of 3 days or move out!
Don’t worry, Bravo was there to catch it on tape for next season

A month ago, there was a lawsuit against Paris Hilton by Worldwide Entertainment Group, claiming she didn’t do enough to promote her flopped movie Pledge This.
They wanted 8.3 for damages
Paris refused to pay it
Judge ruled she won’t need to pay more than 8 miliion
U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno said Paris might have to repay some of the $1 million she was paid to make the film and he would entertain arguments from the investors.

Britney Spears was on the David Letterman show with her top 10 list of things she’d do if she were President
10. I’d be the first president to wear eye shadow since Nixon
9. We would only invade fun places like Cabo
8. Free pie for everybody
7. My situation room would be a cabana at the Palms Casino in Vegas
6. I’d lure Osama out of hiding with the irresistible scent of my new fragrance “Circus Fantasy?
5. Every presidential news conference would feature costume changes.
4. America might have a more coherent fiscal strategy
3. Challenge U.S. to put nightclub on the moon by end of decade
2. Three words: Vice President Diddy
1. Finally the media would pay some attention to me.

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18
Aug
09

Eating healthy?

Those who deny themselves entire food groups or worry too much about the “purity” of their meals are risking their mental and physical well-being. Experts have reported a rise in such extreme behavior, which is known as orthorexia nervosa. Sufferers of orthorexia nervosa tend to be over 30, middle class and well-educated.

Orthorexia patients are different than anorexia patients, who restrict the quantity of food they eat. Sufferers of orthorexia, named after the Greek word for “right or true,” fixate on quality. Sufferers often eliminate sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods from their diet. Foods tainted by pesticides or that contain additives such as MSG may also be ditched. Such habits may seem quirky, but they can have a serious effect on health.

Cutting out entire food groups can leave sufferers malnourished, while rigid rules can make eating out impossible, putting a huge strain on friendships and relationships.

18
Aug
09

Rack that credit card debt

Months before a new law restricts the credit-card industry’s ability to raise interest rates and charge fees, card issuers are scaling back programs that offer lucrative rewards such as frequent-flier miles and cash rebates.

Alaska Airlines says the cost of companion fares available through its Bank of America Visa Signature card will double from $50 to $99, effective Oct. 1. The airline also will eliminate the 2,000 free anniversary miles granted annually to cardholders, starting Dec. 31.

American Express will increase to $99 from $75 the maximum fee customers in its Membership Rewards program pay to transfer points to any U.S. airline loyalty program. In June, it decreased its rebate to Blue Cash cardholders for all purchases except everyday ones such as gas and groceries to 1.25 percent from 1.5 percent.

Discover has eliminated one of three tiers in its cashback program. Previously, customers received 0.25 percent of the first $1,500 spent, 0.5 percent for the next $1,500, and 1 percent for anything exceeding $3,000. They now will receive 0.25 percent back for the first $3,000 spent and 1 percent above that.

Citi has altered its travel-redemption program. Previously, customers could redeem a domestic round-trip airline ticket valued at up to $400 for every 20,000 points earned. The same ticket now would require 40,000 points.

The changes come after warnings from bank executives that the new law, which takes effect in February, will limit their ability to set interest rates and fees based on each borrower’s risk. That, in turn, would make lending money more expensive, forcing banks to withhold credit, charge new customers higher rates and increase annual fees, executives have argued. NO, it won’t make lending money more expensive…it will make it LESS profitable…

18
Aug
09

90 Seconds of News 8/18/09

READER’S DIGEST FILES FOR CHAPTER 11
It’s hard to be in the magazine business these days. The Reader’s Digest Association, according to The New York Times, will “file for prearranged Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for its United States businesses within 30 days.” The company has already struck a deal with the majority of its banks to reduce its debt from $2.2 billion to $550 million, and does not expect to shutter any publications or lay off any employees. Under the restructuring plan the association’s value will plummet, and its owner Ripplewood Holdings will shed its board seats and shares, leaving the existing debtholders to become the new owners.

WHY WASN’T I IN GLENDORA YESTERDAY?
California authorities say a man caused a traffic jam when he threw money onto a Los Angeles-area freeway and people dashed into the lanes to grab the cash.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kurt Stormes says the man tossed money from his car on Interstate 210 in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora shortly before noon Sunday. Stormes says about 10 people ran into traffic lanes to get it. CHP officers recovered about $1,000.

GUESS MONEY TALKS – MORE GLENN BECK DETRACTORS
This is why we should really be supporting grassroots campaigns, letter-writing, emailing, calling…it works!

•    Allergan (maker of Restasis):
•    Ally Bank (a unit of GMAC Financial Services):
•    Best Buy
•    Broadview Security:
•    CVS:
•    Re-Bath:
•    Travelocity:
•    Wal-Mart:

These companies join a growing list of advertisers to pull their ads from Beck’s show, including ConAgra, GEICO, Lawyers.com, Men’s Wearhouse, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, RadioShack, Roche, SC Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Sargento, and State Farm Insurance.

TALK ABOUT BUSY!
Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Miami man with the largest case of credit and debit card data theft ever in the United States, accusing the one-time government informant of swiping 130 million accounts on top of 40 million he stole previously.

Albert Gonzalez, 28, broke his own record for identity theft by hacking into retail networks, according to prosecutors, though they say his illicit computer exploits ended when he went to jail on charges stemming from an earlier case.

Gonzalez is a former informant for the U.S. Secret Service who helped the agency hunt hackers, authorities say. The agency later found out that he had also been working with criminals and feeding them information on ongoing investigations, even warning off at least one individual, according to authorities.

18
Aug
09

Talkarazzi 8/18/09

Kourtney Kardashian is pregnant with d-bag Scott Disick’s kid and is due in December. And if you’ve seen any of the Kardashians whore’d out shows, you will know that he is not that great of a guy and reportedly cheated on her.
This weekend, Khloe Kardashian spoke about her potential future brother-in-law saying that Scott’s “always been obsessed with Kourtney.” Adding that recently “he’s more — well, I don’t know if a man can be maternal, but he’s definitely becoming more maternal.”
As for the baby, Kourt is set to give birth in December and has already gained about 10 pounds, adding “I’m embracing it. I like when my body changes. I like seeing it. I run around naked all day at home. I think it’s like a beautiful thing.”

Sunday night’s premiere of Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami on E! was the cable network’s biggest debut since 2002’s premiere of The Anna Nicole Show!!!
Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian’s premiere drew in a massive 2.7 million viewers and a 2.14 rating, topping every premiere of Keeping Up With the Kardashians by 49%!!!
The Kardashian sisters’ show even tied Anna Nicole in the ratings for their key demographic: women between 18-49!

Quentin Tarantino was on Howard Stern’s show on Monday to promote his new Pitt-starring flick, Inglorious Basterds and let it out about Brad.
Tarantino revealed he went to France to meet with Brad and pitch the movie. When the two got together, they hit it off, spoke about the film and drank about five bottles of wine.
But then Quentin adds that the “coolest” thing Pitt did was pull out a brick of hash and give him a piece of it!

Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart did not have sex with Kari Ann Peniche but according to Kari, they had plenty of fun. Kari Ann, a dethroned Miss US Teen – tells TMZ that the video is them 3 naked in her apartment more than two years ago.
In the video, Gayheart says her “alter-ego” name is “Nina,” Kari’s is “Fifi” and Dane goes by “Peter,” “Cocaine Manner,” “Tristan Daily,” and “Tuff Hedeman,” a famous bull rider.
McSteamy owns the rights and will sue anyone who publishes it

17
Aug
09

Talkarazzi 8/17/09

Ashton Kutcher whore’d himself out the past couple of weeks from Conan to iJustine to promote his newest movie Spread. The limited release didn’t even make the top 20, bringing in only $100,000. Maybe Rumor Willis’ new flick Sorority Row will out do her step dad?

Dancing with the stars cast
– Melissa Joan Hart
– Kelly Osbourne
– Aaron Carter
– Mya
– Ultimate Fighting Champion Chuck Liddell
– Professional snowboarder Louie Vito
– Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin
– Six-time gold medalist for swimming Natalie Coughlin
– Actress and Madonna BFF Debi Mazar
– Zlist actor Mark Dacascos
– Swimsuit model Joanna Krupa
– The son of George Hamilton and Alana Stewart, Ashley Hamilton
– Donny Osmond
– Tom DeLay
– Former supermodel Kathy Ireland
– Former singer Macy Gray

After Michael Vick was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles, native Phili resident Pink took to her Twitter to express her thoughts on this touchy matter.
“wow. michael vick in MY hometown, Philly. of all the places. I hope the fans tear him to pieces like his beloved dogs.”

Sarah Palin’s worst nightmare Levi Johnston was asked recently in an interview if he’d pose in the nude. “It depends on the money, man,” replied Levi. “It’s gotta be right for that.”
The father of Tripp was also asked if he’s into his newfound status as a “gay pin-up boy,” and Levi is totally into the idea!
“I think it’s great, man. Um, I just like my fans. Just another person,” Johnston answered.

Turns out Michael Phelps was drinking before last Thursday’s car accident in Maryland!
Phelps downed a beer an hour and 15 minutes before the accident occurred, he admitted to police!
Baltimore police have ruled out the booze as the cause for the accident because Fishy showed “no signs of alcohol impairment.”

14
Aug
09

I received this email regarding health care

Dear Friend,

This is probably one of the longest emails I’ve ever sent, but it could be the most important.

Across the country we are seeing vigorous d ebate about health insurance reform. Unfortunately, some of the old tactics we know so well are back — even the viral emails that fly unchecked and under the radar, spreading all sorts of lies and distortions.

As President Obama said at the town hall in New Hampshire, “where we do disagree, let’s disagree over things that are real, not these wild misrepresentations that bear no resemblance to anything that’s actually been proposed.”

So let’s start a chain email of our own. At the end of my email, you’ll find a lot of information about health insurance reform, distilled into 8 ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage, 8 common myths about reform and 8 reasons we need health insurance reform now.

Right now, someone you know probably has a question about reform that could be answered by what’s below. So what are you waiting for? Forward this email.

Thanks,
David

David Axelrod
Senior Adviser to the President

P.S. We launched www.WhiteHouse.gov/realitycheck this week to knock down the rumors and lies that are floating around the internet. You can find the information below, and much more, there. For example, we’ve just added a video of Nancy-Ann DeParle from our Health Reform Office tackling a viral email head on. Check it out:
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8 ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage

  1. Ends Discrimination for Pre-Existing Conditions: Insurance companies will be prohibited from refusing you coverage because of your medical history.
  2. Ends Exorbitant Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Deductibles or Co-Pays: Insurance companies will have to abide by yearly caps on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses.
  3. Ends Cost-Sharing for Preventive Care: Insurance companies must fully cover, without charge, regular checkups and tests that help you prevent illness, such as mammograms or eye and foot exams for diabetics.
  4. Ends Dropping of Coverage for Seriously Ill: Insurance companies will be prohibited from dropping or watering down insurance coverage for those who become seriously ill.
  5. Ends Gender Discrimination: Insurance companies will be prohibited from charging you more because of your gender.
  6. Ends Annual or Lifetime Caps on Coverage: Insurance companies will be prevented from placing annual or lifetime caps on the coverage you receive.
  7. Extends Coverage for Young Adults: Children would continue to be eligible for family coverage through the age of 26.
  8. Guarantees Insurance Renewal: Insurance companies will be required to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full. Insurance companies won’t be allowed to refuse renewal because someone became sick.

Learn more and get details: http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/health-insurance-consumer-protections/

8 common myths about health insurance reform

  1. Reform will stop “rationing” – not increase it: It’s a myth that reform will mean a “government takeover” of health care or lead to “rationing.” To the contrary, reform will forbid many forms of rationing that are currently being used by insurance companies.
  2. We can’t afford reform: It’s the status quo we can’t afford. It’s a myth that reform will bust the budget. To the contrary, the President has identified ways to pay for the vast majority of the up-front costs by cutting waste, fraud, and abuse within existing government health programs; ending big subsidies to insurance companies; and increasing efficiency with such steps as coordinating care and streamlining paperwork. In the long term, reform can help bring down costs that will otherwise lead to a fiscal crisis.
  3. Reform would encourage “euthanasia”: It does not. It’s a malicious myth that reform would encourage or even require euthanasia for seniors. For seniors who want to consult with their family and physicians about end-of life decisions, reform will help to cover these voluntary, private consultations for those who want help with these personal and difficult family decisions.
  4. Vets’ health care is safe and sound: It’s a myth that health insurance reform will affect veterans’ access to the care they get now. To the contrary, the President’s budget significantly expands coverage under the VA, extending care to 500,000 more veterans who were previously excluded. The VA Healthcare system will continue to be available for all eligible veterans.
  5. Reform will benefit small business – not burden it: It’s a myth that health insurance reform will hurt small businesses. To the contrary, reform will ease the burdens on small businesses, provide tax credits to help them pay for employee coverage and help level the playing field with big firms who pay much less to cover their employees on average.
  6. Your Medicare is safe, and stronger with reform: It’s myth that Health Insurance Reform would be financed by cutting Medicare benefits. To the contrary, reform will improve the long-term financial health of Medicare, ensure better coordination, eliminate waste and unnecessary subsidies to insurance companies, and help to close the Medicare “doughnut” hole to make prescription drugs more affordable for seniors.
  7. You can keep your own insurance: It’s m yth that reform will force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors. To the contrary, reform will expand your choices, not eliminate them.
  8. No, government will not do anything with your bank account: It is an absurd myth that government will be in charge of your bank accounts.  Health insurance reform will simplify administration, making it easier and more convenient for you to pay bills in a method that you choose.  Just like paying a phone bill or a utility bill, you can pay by traditional check, or by a direct electronic payment. And forms will be standardized so they will be easier to understand. The choice is up to you – and the same rules of privacy will apply as they do for all other electronic payments that people make.

Learn more and get details:
http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/realitycheck
http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/realitycheck/faq

8 Reasons We Need Health Insurance Reform Now

  1. Coverage Denied to Millions: A recent national survey estimated that 12.6 million non-elderly adults – 36 percent of those who tried to purchase health insurance directly from an insurance company in the individual insurance market =E 2 were in fact discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition in the previous three years or dropped from coverage when they became seriously ill. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/denied_coverage/index.html
  2. Less Care for More Costs: With each passing year, Americans are paying more for health care coverage. Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums have nearly doubled since 2000, a rate three times faster than wages. In 2008, the average premium for a family plan purchased through an employer was $12,680, nearly the annual earnings of a full-time minimum wage job.  Americans pay more than ever for health insurance, but get less coverage. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/hiddencosts/index.html
  3. Roadblocks to Care for Women: Women’s reproductive health requires more regular contact with health care providers, including yearly pap smears, mammograms, and obstetric care. Women are also more likely to report fair or poor health than men (9.5% versus 9.0%). While rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are similar to men, women are twice as likely to suffer from headaches and are more likely to experience joint, back or neck pain. These chronic conditions often require regular and frequent treatment and follow-up care. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/women/index.html
  4. Hard Times in the Heartland: Throughout rural America, there are nearly 50 million people who face challenges in accessing health care. The past several decades have consistently shown higher rates of poverty, mortality, uninsurance, and limited access to a primary health care provider in rural areas. With the recent economic downturn, there is potential for an increase in many of the health disparities and access concerns that are already elevated in rural communities. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/hardtimes
  5. Small Businesses Struggle to Provide Health Coverage: Nearly one-third of the uninsured – 13 million people – are employees of firms with less than 100 workers. From 2000 to 2007, the proportion of non-elderly Americans covered by employer-based health insurance fell from 66% to 61%. Much of this decline stems from small business. The percentage of small businesses offering coverage dropped from 68% to 59%, while large firms held stable at 99%. About a third of such workers in firms with fewer than 50 employees obtain insurance through a spouse. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/helpbottomline
  6. The Tragedies are Personal: Half of all personal bankruptcies are at least partly the result of medical expenses. The typical elderly couple may have to save nearly $300,000 to pay for health costs not covered by Medicare alone. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/inaction
  7. Diminishing Access to Care: From 2000 to 2007, the proportion of non-elderly Americans covered by employer-based health insurance fell from 66% to 61%. An estimated 87 million people – one in every three Americans under the age of 65 – were uninsured at some point in 2007 and 2008. More than 80% of the uninsured are in working families. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/inaction/diminishing/index.html
  8. The Trends are Troubling: Without reform, health care costs will continue to skyrocket unabated, putting unbearable strain on families, businesses, and state and federal government budgets. Perhaps the most visible sign of the need for health care reform is the 46 million Americans currently without health insurance – projections suggest that this number will rise to about 72 million in 2040 in the absence of reform. Learn more: http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/assets/documents/CEA_Health_Care_Report.pdf



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