Sep 10, 2013, 2:34 pm EDT
The Agriculture Department, announced new laws on Tuesday, that will affect dog breeders that sell puppies online.
With the new laws, those who sell animals online, will either have to obtain a license to sell them or allow customers to see animals in person. The Agriculture Department estimates that the laws will affect 4,640 dog breeders, 325 cat breeders and 75 rabbit breeders. The rules were designed to stop “puppy mills”, places where pets are housed in unsanitary environments, reports the Associated Press.
“The new rule will also apply to large commercial breeders of other warm-blooded pets such as kittens and small mammals and will improve the welfare of thousands of animals across the country, including those in your own backyard,” The Humane Society of the United States, told the Patriot News. Read
Sep 10, 2013, 2:07 pm EDT
Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are considering passing a law that would make people wait 24 hours to get a tattoo after they first request it.
Yahoo reports that the ‘think before you ink’ law would create a waiting period for those looking for a tattoo or piercing due to health concerns. Apart from forcing late-night drunkards to wait for that tattoo they’ve wanted for five whole minutes, the law would ensure customers respond to a questionnaire regarding whether or not it’s safe for them to get some ink.
People who have diabetes, herpes or are pregnant can be affected by tattoos or piercings so having the 24-hour waiting period could prevent these issues. Not everyone is happy with the proposal as some tattoo parlors pride themselves on offering walk-in services. However, as parenting expert Tammy Gold said, the law would give children and parents the ability to talk about this decision before making it. Read
Sep 10, 2013, 8:56 am EDT
In what must be the weirdest interview with Anthony Weiner to date, Last Call host Lawrence O’Donnell begins his MSNBC interview by asking Weiner straight off “What is wrong with you?”
Last night’s interview, as one would expect, goes rapidly downhill from there, with O’Donnell questioning Weiner’s psychological well-being and Weiner getting increasingly angry and offended. Read
Sep 9, 2013, 10:57 am EDT
International Business Machines (IBM) will be moving around 110,000 Medicare-eligible retirees to a health exchange that could offer cheaper plans.
The retirees will be moved to the Extend Health exchange by Towers Watson, an which will offer retirees additional options for prescription drug, dental and vision care. IBM is moving the retirees to the new exchange to avoid rising rising health costs. The company claims that with its current health plans, retirees health cost would triple by 2020. IBM says that the new exchange will give its retirees a larger pool of beneficiaries, which will lower risk and reduce cost. The company claims that the switch won’t save IBM any money. The company has been holding meetings with its retirees to talk about the switch, reports Bloomberg.
IBM will make annual payments to retirees to allow them to purchase their own healthcare. The exchange that the retirees are being moved to is similar to ones that President Obama proposed during his health-care overhaul. Read