10 Gross Things Americans Like Better Than Congress

Oct 9, 2013, 1:16 pm EDT

A nationwide poll was done in the U.S. to see how much the Congress’ popularity has dropped since the government shutdown began.

Public Policy Polling conducted the survey and it compared Congress with several things that annoy us or gross us out. Here are 10 things that Americans prefer over Congress right now.

    Witches Hemorrhoids Wall Street Cockroaches The IRS Toenail Fungus Dog Poop Zombies Jury Duty Hipsters

A poll conducted in May revealed that Americans absolutely hate hipsters but they still prefer them over Congress. Nevertheless, there are still many things that Americans hate more than Congress including Anthony Weiner, Vladimir Putin, heroin, Miley Cyrus and twerking. Read 

Company’s Offer Free Vibrators to Furloughed Employees

Oct 9, 2013, 12:52 pm EDT

Free vibrators are being given away to furloughed workers who are looking for something exciting to do during their time off.

Daily News reports that Vibrators.com is giving away up to 200 vibrators a day to federal employees who are being forced to stay at home due to the government shutdown. The company said that it will continue its promotion until the shutdown ends and these workers are able to go back to work.

Vibrators.com is the latest company to offer free stuff to furloughed workers and it is promoting the giveaway by asking government employees to consider getting a vibrator if they have “a little too much time on [their] hands and nothing to do.” The company added that both vibrator aficionados and those who are looking to experiment by themselves or with their partners should experience the pleasure of a nice vibrator. Read 

Government: You’ll Pay More for Heat This Winter

Oct 9, 2013, 12:37 pm EDT

The government, announced on Tuesday, that people will have to pay more to keep warm this winter due to increases in natural gas, electricity and propane prices.

Households that use natural gas can expect to pay an average of $679 to stay warm this winter. This is around 13% higher than what natural gas users paid last year, but it still falls 4% below the average for the past five winters. Households that use electric heat will pay about 2% more for heating this winter when compared to last winter. Heating oil customers will see their bills drop 2% this year, but will still pay an average of $2,046. This is the second highest bill next to last year’s average of  $2,092. The span of time for the winter season that is being used to determine heating cost runs from October through March. Also affecting the heating cost is that this winter is expected to be 3% colder than last year’s, reports the Associated Press.

Those who use gas to heat their households in the Northeast part of the United States can expect to pay 18.3% more for heat this winter due to climbing demands for gas in that area. Read 

Poll: GOP to Blame for Government Shutdown

Oct 9, 2013, 9:35 am EDT

A newly released poll puts the blame for the government shutdown in the hands of Republicans.

Because the GOP first tried to tie the healthcare law to the shutdown and now has switched to budget demands, the general perception seems to be that the party is making serious missteps in how to handle the crisis.

From the Associated Press: Read 

Yellen Gets Nod For Fed Chair

Oct 8, 2013, 7:59 pm EDT
Yellen Gets Nod For Fed Chair

President Barack Obama will nominate current Federal Reserve System vice chairwoman Janet Yellen for the Fed chair tomorrow. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen would become the first woman to run the United States’ central bank.

Yellen’s name had always been in the conversation since current Fed chair Ben Bernanke announced he was stepping down from the post after his term ran out in January 2014. Once Larry Summers, the former Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton, announced he was no longer interested in the position, Yellen became the front-runner.

Yellen’s career started as a professor of economics at the University of California-Berkeley in 1980. From 1997 until 1999, she was part of Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and 2004 to 2010, she worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In 2010, she took her current post as vice chair of the Fed. Read 

Truckers Plan 3-Day Beltway Backup to Protest Shutdown

Oct 8, 2013, 1:54 pm EDT
Truckers Plan 3-Day Beltway Backup to Protest Shutdown

A group of truck drivers are planning on shutting down traffic in the Washington, D.C. area in protest of the alleged corruption that is destroying the U.S.

Fox News reports that the Truckers Ride for the Constitution group will block three lanes of the Capital Belway until their demands are met. The group will prevent commuters from passing through unless they have a sticker supporting the truckers’ cause. There are several issues that the group are complaining about including low wages, high gas prices and Obama’s alleged crimes against the United States and unconstitutional executive orders.

The truckers have been recruiting people to join their cause through Facebook and their page already has over 63,500 likes. The group’s Facebook page has the mission of declaring “a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013! Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in solidarity with truck drivers… Truckers will lead the path to saving our country if every American rides with them.” Read 

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