Happy birthday to Trina the baddest B who is 35 today and Trina Braxton, sister of Toni Braxton, who is 39 today.
Obamacare Is Improving – The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that many of the bugs and problems affecting the Obamacare website have been fixed. Healthcare.gov was dealing with problems including software malfunctions, insufficient equipment, not being able to handle high volumes of people and inadequate management but contractors, both federal and private, have been working on it. One DHHS representative said, “The bottom line – HealthCare.gov on December 1st is night and day from where it was on October 1st.” At this point, more than 50K people will be able to log in at one time and more than 800K people will be able to shop each day- which is a great improvement from two months ago. The White House says there are still some issues that need to be worked out including companion sites for small businesses and Spanish speakers as well as security related stuff.
Amazon Stepping It Up – The CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, revealed some revolutionary delivery methods that the company has in mind. Bezos described how machines similar to drones called ‘octocopters’ would report to Amazon fulfillment centers and pick up packages once a customer hit ‘Buy’ on the website. The package would then be delivered straight through the air and to their door. The new goal is to get packages into a customers hands within 30 minutes of their online purchase. Drones have been traditionally used by the US Military to shoot missiles at enemies. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) currently has restrictions on how drones can be used in the US so Amazon would not be able to implement this technology right now but they do have hope for it within the next few years. The company said, “One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today. We’ll be ready to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place…Safety will be our top priority, and our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies and designed to commercial aviation standards.” This new technique would be a huge threat to Amazon’s current delivery partners- FedEx and UPS.
Fatal Paul Walker Crash Maybe Due to Fluid Leak? – Investigators are still looking into what caused the crash that led to the death of actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, who was a world class race car driver and financial partner to Paul. Originally, it was speculated that speed was a factor and that still might be the case but now there is suspicion that the car may have had a malfunction. Sources from Always Evolving- the auto shop where the vehicle was stored and picked up by the two- say that they saw evidence of a steering fluid bust and leakage trail right before the skid marks at the accident scene. They think that the driver didn’t have steering control because of the facts that the skid marks appear just before impact. They say that if he had lost control before there would have been additional skid marks to show the swerving of the vehicle. Additionally proving their theory is the fire growing so quickly at the front of the car. The representatives say that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which is worth $500K, was rarely driven so that any defects had to have come from the factory. Meanwhile a memo Porche issued to dealers back in 2004 before the car was released has surfaced on the internet. The memo warns that the car is ridiculously powerful and that drivers needs to be hyper sensitive to road conditions. It also says this is the closest thing to a race car that you could buy and also has all the disadvantages of a racecar. I was watching E! last night and they said that the area where they were is a high race area and that they were going 45mph in a 15mph zone.
Tyrese Breaks Down At Crash Site – The spot where Paul Walker and his friend passes away after crashing in that tree is now memorial spot where fans and friends such as Tyrese Gibson have gathered to mourn the actor’s passing. Photos of the singer/actor breaking down at the crash site are all over the internet. Meanwhile, the crash site has also become a sort of danger zone thanks to some fans who are paying tribute by driving up and performing burn-outs, donuts, and other high speed stunts in the area. The local police are supposedly on a mission to put a stop to this reckless behavior.
Philly Man Gunned Down Over Headphones – A 21 year old in Philly had just bought a new pair of Beats By Dre on Black Friday for about $300 when an armed man tried to rob him. The armed man demanded his headphones and when he refused and tried to run. The suspect shot 5 rounds and left the kid dead with the headphones near his body. So sad. Jordans and Headphones? That’s what people think are worth a life. It’s not worth it. Work hard and buy your own. Don’t go and take someone’s else’s life for it.
The Feds Is Watching – According to reports the National Security Agency has been monitoring the pornography activity of individuals who they believe are trying to radicalize people through speeches. The documents released by Edward Snowden (the NSA Snitch) suggest that the people they were monitoring have been Muslim radicalists with ranging views like: “non muslims are a threat to Islam”, “the US perpetrated the 9/11 attacks”, and “The US brought the 9/11 attacks on itself.” It’s believed that these individuals are trying to implement a radicalism and extremist view into individuals who watch their Youtube and social media channels. So the NSA hopes that by revealing the damaging information- including the porn activity- will discredit the individuals and their “devotion to the some of the religious causes.” The director of Public Affairs for National Intelligence made a statement saying “Without discussing specific individuals, it should not be surprising that the US Government uses all of the lawful tools at our disposal to impede the efforts of valid terrorist targets who seek to harm the nation and radicalize others to violence.” Despite their claims, there are those who believe that this type of activity is being monitored and collected for more than just suspected terrorists and that everyone is at risk. One critic said that these tactics could be used by the President to discredit opponents and “The NSA has used its power that way in the past and it would be naïve to think it couldn’t use its power that way in the future.” The feds are watching our tweets, emails, cell phone activity and you can rest assured they are probably watching your porn activity.
Republicans Offensive Tweet – The Republican National Committee got itself into a big mess with a tweet that was supposed to be celebrating Rosa Parks. The tweet was supposed to commemorate the 58th anniversary of Parks being arrested on a Montgomery, Alabama bus for not giving up her seat and said “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism” and included a picture of Parks with this quote “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” Their implying that racism was over started uproar on Twitter. Many responded negatively to the Republicans with messages like “bunch of white dudes say racism is over.” A follow up tweet was sent out to correct the message saying, “Previous tweet should have read “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism.” As further damage control, the RNC Chairman issued a statement via CNN which read “We remember and honor Rosa Parks today for the role she played in fighting racism and ending segregation. At the same time we rededicate ourselves to the causes of justice and equal opportunity.” Well I guess the GOP thinks racism is over.
Record Online Cyber Monday Sales – I told you guys about the disappointing sales over the Thanksgiving-Black Friday weekend yesterday, and that’s because Americans were going online and buying on Cyber Monday yesterday. So Cyber Monday posted record sale numbers yesterday. The National Retail Federation said that online sales this holiday season are projected to increase as much as 15 percent, more than three times faster than total retail growth of 3.9 percent. Online sales make up about 10 percent of total holiday spending.