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Politibetch: The White House Refuses to Deport Bieber & Other News

Politibetch: The White House Refuses to Deport Bieber & Other News

Happy Monday, betches. Here's the important political news you've been waiting for:

The White House responds to petition to deport Justin Bieber

Well sort of. The White House’s official comment was that they had no comment. Such a fucking let down. Justin will continue to douche up the American music industry after all. Read article>>


A Very Obama Easter

This past Sunday was the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. WTF's an egg roll? Well apparently it's when the kids roll an Easter egg across the lawn with a spoon to see who gets across the fastest (or, in other words, nothing that exciting). When addressing the crowd, Obama said that the egg roll was the biggest event the White House has held all year…which is kind of fucking sad if you ask me. The first lady also read a book to the children called “my garden” and encouraged the kids to see her vegetable garden and learn about “tasty, healthy foods”. Never an inappropriate time for a political plug! We get it Michelle, you want to fight obesity and blah blah blah, but you can at least take Easter off (a holiday almost exclusively dedicated to candy) from making the fat kids feel bad about themselves. Read article>>


Biden is heading to Ukraine

Joe Biden is headed to Ukraine to, we assume, offend even more people with his word vomit and inappropriate comments. That said, forcing the invading Russians deal with Biden just HAS TO be part of Obama's sanctions. That or Obama is just sick of dealing with him and uses anything as an excuse to get him out of the country. “Yea, go to Ukraine. You'll be SOOO much help there!” Obama's motivations aside, we might actually be able to get something out of this. Official threat to Putin: give back Crimea or Biden stays. Shit will be straightened out in no time flat. Read article>>


The Heartbleed virus causes problems for healthcare.gov

Healthcare.gov has obviously been plagued with problems from the beginning. I mean, I haven't seen Facebook go down once but healthcare.gov goes down all the fucking time…what's the deal? Now a cyber security scare caused by the Heartbleed virus is forcing users of the site to change their passwords. Again, this is a website operated by the federal government. You would think, or at least hope, that shit would be more protected than that. As we've said before, if the government can (allegedly) tap everyone's phones and monitor everyone's email, we should also be able to keep healthcare.gov running smoothly for, like, 5 fucking minutes. Seriously, healthcare.gov, get your shit together. Read article>>

Read more: http://www.betcheslovethis.com/article/politibetch-the-white-house-refuses-to-deport-bieber-other-news

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Tea Partier Rep. Joe Walsh Screams At His Constituents

Tea Partier Rep. Joe Walsh Screams At His Constituents

Tea Party Republican Rep. Joe Walsh in Gurnee, Illinois held a close up town hall at a restaurant, and went a little overboard. When asked corrupt businessmen switching between the private and public sector, Joe screamed that he agrees, but only blames the government. Right or wrong, his words and reputation were tarnished by his hot headed behavior. He even yelled to the very people he represents, ‘Quiet for a minute, or I’m gonna ask you to leave! You need to listen!”

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2011/11/09/tea-partier-rep-joe-walsh-screams-at-his-constituents/

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Terrible IRS Star Trek Parody Was Sadly Made By The American Government

Terrible IRS Star Trek Parody Was Sadly Made By The American Government

As if the IRS wasn’t hated enough before, news has just broken out that the IRS has made an official apology for spending $60,000 on this ridiculous excuse for a Star Trek parody. That’s over $10 grand for each minute of video!

The officially commissioned video was made at an IRS studio in New Carrollton, Maryland, and was played during the opening of a training and leadership conference in 2010.

Obviously, viewers are outraged over the wasteful spending, not to mention how pathetic the parody came out for such a large budget. 

Read more on WashingtonTimes

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/03/23/irs-star-trek-parody-was-sadly-made-by/

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Chris Matthews Made Elizabeth Warren Angry On-Air. Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That.

Chris Matthews Made Elizabeth Warren Angry On-Air. Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That.

Chris Matthews has a real problem with Democrats and Republicans not getting anything done. Can this famous senator set the record straight?

Read more: http://upworthy.com/chris-matthews-made-elizabeth-warren-angry-on-air-probably-shouldnt-have-done-that

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Every Year, 400,000 People Are Bought And Sold By The U.S. Government. I Had No Idea.

Every Year, 400,000 People Are Bought And Sold By The U.S. Government. I Had No Idea.

This video is about something I had no idea was going on: the messed-up way that private companies profit from locking up undocumented immigrants.

It has nothing to do with building a wall or a path to citizenship. It’s about prison companies’ undue influence over how many people we lock up and where we put them. (The scariest sentence in the whole thing is at 0:30.) Regardless of our opinions on immigration, can we all agree there’s something wrong with that picture?

Read more: http://upworthy.com/every-year-400000-people-are-bought-and-sold-by-the-us-government-i-had-no-idea

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A 1-Minute Scrapbook Shows The History Of Birth Control That You Should Probably Know

A 1-Minute Scrapbook Shows The History Of Birth Control That You Should Probably Know

Behold the sassiest, craftiest (maybe … the verdict is still out), shortest, and realest scrapbook out there on birth control. But as great as the beginning is, what’s up with the end?

Read more: http://upworthy.com/a-1-minute-scrapbook-shows-the-history-of-birth-control-that-you-should-probably-know

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Obama Hasn't Done Anything For Gay People, Other Than 3 Years Of Major Policy Shifts. WHATEVER.

Obama Hasn't Done Anything For Gay People, Other Than 3 Years Of Major Policy Shifts. WHATEVER.

Sometimes my eyelids grow heavy listening to Obama’s opponents lecture us about how he’s only doing things for “political reasons.” I vote for political reasons. I see no reason why my president should be judged for doing the same. Rachel Maddow does a nice job of spelling this out. And so does the fancy graphic the President’s team made.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/obama-hasnt-done-anything-for-gay-people-other-than-3-years-of-major-policy-shif

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Twitter and Airbnb Founders Want to Build a Smarter City

Twitter and Airbnb Founders Want to Build a Smarter City

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Can mobile technology and big data help build a smarter city? Some of the world’s brightest tech minds say “yes,” especially when that city happens to be home to so many of them: San Francisco.

The above video features Twitter and Square’s Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s Biz Stone, Airbnb’s Brian Chesky and Jawbone’s Hosain Roman all giving their tech and mobile-based solutions to city dwellers’ everyday problems. It’s the project of angel investor Ron Conway, who made it to highlight his new tech advocacy organization, sf.citi.

“What we wanted to do was get visibility for sf.citi, which is basically the technology chamber of commerce of San Francisco,” Conway told Mashable. “We wanted to release this video that talks about the possibilities of where tech can actually bring solutions to improve the quality of life in San Francisco.”

Conway added that sf.citi already has 350 members, which he estimates to be “90% of the tech population in San Francisco.”

The tail end of the video segues into a call for city residents to support Proposition E, a ballot measure that would shift San Francisco businesses from a payroll tax to a gross receipts tax. That would mean companies only pay tax on the profits it makes, adjusted by industry.

“The existing payroll tax disincentives job creation, because for every new job you create, it creates new taxes,” said Conway. “With a gross receipt tax, companies will start paying based on revenue after they’ve developed products. This is important for all small businesses in San Francisco, and for the 90% of tech companies are fewer than 50 employees, which makes them a small business. The gross receipts tax is by far the standard way that cities tax businesses — San Francisco will be one of the last to do away with [the payroll tax].”

Proposition E already has widespread support amongst San Francisco residents, officials, lawmakers and businesspeople.

Fun fact: The video is from Portal A, which also created the “Ed Lee, 2 Legit 2 Quit” video — a YouTube hit and Mashable favorite.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/10/09/sf-citi/