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7.1 million Americans Covered under Affordable Care Act - Kudos to President Obama
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The White House, Washington

Hello everyone,

Last night, the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act came to an end.

And this afternoon, we announced that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces.

7.1 million.

That doesn't count the more than 3 million young adults who have gained insurance under this law by staying on their families' plans. It doesn't count the millions more who have gotten covered through the expansion of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. It doesn't include the more than 100 million folks who now have better care -- who are receiving additional benefits, like mammograms and contraceptive care, at no extra cost.

Now, millions of our fellow Americans have the comfort and peace of mind that comes with knowing they're no longer leaving their health and well-being to chance. For many of them, quality health insurance wasn't an option until this year -- maybe because they couldn't afford it, or because a pre-existing condition kept them locked out of a discriminatory system.

Today, that's changed. And while our long-broken health care system may not be completely fixed, it's without question a lot better. That's something to be proud of -- and there's no good reason to go back.

Regardless of your politics, or your feelings about the Affordable Care Act, millions more Americans with health coverage is something that's good for our economy and our country.

At the end of the day, that is what this law -- and the other reforms we're fighting for, from a 21st-century immigration system to a fairer wage for every American who's willing to work for it -- are all about:

Making sure our country lives up to our highest ideals.

I am thankful to be your President today, and every day. And I am proud that this law will continue to make life better for millions of Americans in the years to come.

Thank you.

President Barack Obama


Extortion, not democracy - US Federal Government Shut down
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Fareed Zakaria, CNN says "But what cannot be allowed to stand is the notion that if a group of legislators cannot convince a majority in both houses and the president to agree with them, they will shut down the government or threaten to default until they can get their way. That is extortion, not democracy." More from his article on GPS

Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary
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There has been lot of conservatives and republicans who have been pounding Chuck Hagel as anti Israel, favouring Iran etc.that is BS as John Avlon rightly put it.
From CNN.. "
Hagel's unvarnished independence is well-known in Washington, but his opposition to the quagmire of the Iraq war is not idiosyncratic. It is philosophically consistent with being a small government conservative and a Vietnam veteran, suspicious of calls to war by people who won't have to serve in the combat zone.
He still carries shrapnel in his chest from being wounded in Vietnam. After his war service, he said, "I made myself a promise that if I ever got out of that place and was ever in a position to do something about war -- so horrible, so filled with suffering -- I would do whatever I could to stop it. I have never forgotten that promise."
This doesn't mean Hagel is some kind of pacifist. But as the first enlisted man to serve in combat to be nominated for secretary of defense, he does have a grunt's-eye view of war and a commitment to making it a last resort, consistent with our national interest -- hence his reasonable regrets about the invasion of Iraq and his caution about charging into a war with Iran.
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Locked out of heaven - Bruno Mars - He reminds me of MJ
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One, two, one, two, three

Oh yeah yeah
Oh yeah yeah yeah
Ooh!
Oh yeah yeah
Oh yeah yeah yeah
Ooh!

Never had much faith in love or miracles
Never wanna put my heart on the line.
But swimming in your world is something spiritual
I'm born again every time you spend the night

Cause your sex takes me to paradise
Yeah your sex takes me to paradise
And it shows, yeah, yeah, yeah
Cause you make feel like, I've been locked out of heaven
For too long, for too long
Yeah you make feel like, I've been locked out of heaven
For too long, for too long

Oh yeah yeah yeah
Ooh!
Oh yeah yeah
Oh yeah yeah yeah
Ooh!

You bring me to my knees
You make me testify
You can make a sinner change his ways
Open up your gates cause I can't wait to see the light
And right there is where I wanna stay

Cause your sex takes me to paradise
Yeah your sex takes me to paradise
And it shows, yeah, yeah, yeah
Cause you make feel like, I've been locked out of heaven
For too long, for too long
Yeah you make feel like, I've been locked out of heaven
For too long, for too long

Oh oh oh oh, yeah, yeah, yeah
Can I just stay here
Spend the rest of my days here
Oh oh oh oh, yeah, yeah, yeah
Can't I just stay here
Spend the rest of my days here

Cause you make feel like, I've been locked out of heaven
For too long, for too long
Yeah you make feel like, I've been locked out of heaven
For too long, for too long

Oh yeah yeah yeah
Ooh!
Oh yeah yeah
Oh yeah yeah yeah
Ooh!

Edible Glitter
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Obama unveils plans for pared-down military
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One of the reader commented JimmmyNelson
History will be very kind to Obama. He is a "Peoples President".. He will be remembered as one of the greatest Presidents in US History. His care and compassion towards the citizenry is top notch. His constant appeal for strong social legislation and sound economic policies are for the people, and his sincerity is very noticable. No matter what some of you say about him and/or how you feel about him, he is fighting for you and me more than anyone in Washington... IMO of course...
I could not agree more.
http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/05/politics/pentagon-strategy-shift/index.html?hpt=hp_t3#

Good Patriotism vs. Bad Patriotism
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There was this news in TOI that reports about Central Govt. plans to abolish Roaming charges. It also talked about increasing the braoadband speed. Here is an excerpt from the article:- "As part of the strategy, internet users can look forward to kissing good bye to painfully slow broadband connections with the policy aiming to double the download speed to 512 kilobytes per second (Kbps) and then boost it to 2 mega bps by 2015."
One of the reader who lives in Portugal felt this was pathetic. Indeed it was when other nations in the world were offering far superior broadband speeds currently, India was planning for such inferior speeds for the future?? 
Read this comment from an NRI from Portugal:-

Rohan (Porto, Portugal) 
03 Nov, 2011 09:13 PM
I've moved to Portugal from Mumbai recently - the internet I have in my apartment was setup within 2 days of my request and at 15 Euros (INR 900 - INR 1000 approx) per month I get a connection speed of 30 Mbps (actual download approx 3.5 MBps, that's Mega"Bytes" per second). The government is talking about 2 Mbps (actual speed divided by 8 as it is in megabits, not megabytes as they love to miss-sell) in 2015? Welcome again India, to the Stone Age, where you are being permanently fossilized by bureaucracy. If you don't demand, you don't get. Simple

The above were actual facts and calls for India to do better, correct. Rohan being an Indian would love to see India better than Portugal. He does not want Indian to fare any less than Portugal. This is what is sparking this criticism. So what does some other Indians who so this comment do? Yea right portray Rohan as Unpatriotic because he criticized India and because he is an NRI who lives abroad and lives with the so called "whites" he is so out of touch. So who ever who applauds India's achievements are patriotic, those who criticize India are Unpatriotic according to these Indians who live in India.  

Read below their comments:-
vee (Hyderabad, India) replies to Rohan 
06 Nov, 2011 10:29 AM
What you are conveniently forgetting is the total bandwidth demand on the ISP by ALL chaps like you. The bandwidth handled by the Bombay server would be >>>>> than that handled by the Porto server of yours. Also, unless you are playing serious on-line games, watching on-line movies etc, the bandwidth of 2 Mbps is more than enough. I know of Corporations with > 400 internal clients working happily with 4 Mbps. Just because it is there or available, does not mean that you should want it. Please think logically, according to what is really wanted for your requirements. ALL Service providers today give service within 2 days of request. Reliance ( I think) gives a 30 Mbps wireless. The stone age if any is only in your mind. You have to look at both the infrastructure, the density and the number of calls handled etc. It will be the highest in Mumbai, Delhi compared to any other metro in the world. Porto, with an area of 41.66 km² and a population of 17 Lakhs is the size of one of the many suburbs of Mumbai. You cannot compare them at all except as the "whites" say "You b****y Indians". So please grow up. Else stay permenantly at Porto.

Prashanthan (Texas) replies to vee 
12 Nov, 2011 05:31 AM
Very nice portrayal of the scenario. Excellent!!

shivendra (Bnagalore) replies to vee 
08 Nov, 2011 11:26 AM
Jai Ho....Nice man

Indian (India) replies to vee 
08 Nov, 2011 07:34 AM
Iam agree with you. You know our general tendency is to degrade our nation against anyone with anything. Mr. Rohan what you have contributed towards country. Learn dedication towards our nation. I know our political system is not good but I am sure, one day everything will be change. See how Chinese, Japanese and east nations dedicate themselves for nation building.

These guys cannot take any criticism and hence there is no scope for improvements. What ever we are able to achieve is great, so there is no more pursuance for greatness, so where does that leave India. You guessed right. Now not everyone is like the above so called self proclaimed "Good Patriotic" people, fortunately for India:-

See how another reader responded and that was the end of vilifying Rohan.


Sumit (Mumbai) replies to Indian 
09 Nov, 2011 08:02 PM
Let us take your own example, you say the Chinese have changed and have done good nation building. Well did you even notice that China was behind India and now it is 20-25 years ahead of India?. If you sit on your arm chair and dream that India will one day become big, then it will never become big. Everyone has the right to criticize the rapes(increasing), murders, caste discriminations, treating the poor bad, increasing corruption(has been getting worse), worsening infrastructure etc- and such pointing out is not unpatriotic. Do you feel the same pain as now, when you see women getting raped, social inequality, poverty becoming worse etc?- i dont think so(you support corruption, and the activities listed above- by your statement). Not criticizing such things is unpatriotic. The man who criticized above causes people to think and causes change, at least he tried, but your dreaming and self righteousness and utopia helps India worsen. If GOOD patriotic, or is BAD patriotic?. A lot of NRIs bring in valuable foreign exchange, they work hard and they bring tangible benefit to India, but what have you done in comparison?. Staying in India and accepting fate and blogging isnt patriotism, patriotism should be tangible. Just praising India is not patriotism(it is just being symbolic, like a paper pumpkin), contributing to change in India and contributing to India's development and helping India come out of poverty etc is patriotism. As it is the system does not work well, and speaking the truth loud is NOT UNPATRIOTIC, IN FACT IT IS PATRIOTIC.

Now that is food for thought :)




On Mississippi's crazy ant-abortion initiative
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The amendment to Mississippi's constitution was rejected by its voters. One citizen wrote
http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/09/politics/mississippi-election/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
"In the VERY LEAST, for something to be considered "alive" with any sort of rights under the law, it needs to have detectable brainwaves. This is why the mice and other animals used in laboratory research have legal protections for their welfare and pain prevention, but we can create and destroy bacteria and batches of cells (even human tissue culture cells) by simply spraying them with bleach. "
Seriously, the governor there did not study Biology ;-)


10 exercise myths that won't go away
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I found this very interesting since I have been trying to loose weight myself. Here are some of the few myths Madison pointed out that I liked:-
4) You can spot reduce for tight abs or toned arms.
You may have crunched in vain.
You won't see muscle definition or a nice six-pack despite how many crunches you do, because of the layer of fat resting on top of your muscles.
"Don't focus on a body part. Try to get them all," said Burron, a spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise. "You might have beautiful triceps -- it may not be flopping all over the place. Until the fat is gone, most people wouldn't know it's there."
7) Your weight is the end all, be all.
Newbies hit the gym, and then weigh themselves every day on the scale.
Week-after-week, they see nodownward trend on the scale and get impatient.
People starting saying, "I haven't lost any weight. This is pointless, I'm not accomplishing anything," said Hutchinson.
After a few months of increased exercise, they are healthier because they've reduced risk factors such as blood sugar levels. Even though a person may not be losing weight, his health has improved in ways that might not be measured.
"They're stuck in this paradigm that weight is the ultimate barometer for fitness. They don't realize the progress they've made and give up."

You can read about it more on CNN..http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/06/24/exercise.myths.trainers/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

Historic Announcement - A Start to the end of a Decade long war
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Obama announces Afghanistan troop withdrawal plan

 

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