US Gov’t Takes on Internet ‘Puppy Mills’ With New Rules

Sep 10, 2013, 2:34 pm EDT
US Gov’t Takes on Internet ‘Puppy Mills’ With New Rules

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 

DC Lawmakers Mull ‘Think Before You Ink’ Law

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 

VIDEO: TV Host Asks Anthony Weiner ‘What is Wrong With You?’

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 

Abercrombie & Fitch Wrongly Fired Muslim For Wearing Hijab

Sep 9, 2013, 7:33 pm EDT

Trendy retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) has been taking a beating from all sides lately. Its stock value has been declining steadily as sales and earnings have slipped, and its cultural cachet was dinged when the company’s CEO’s comments about “fat” people resurfaced, leading to complaints and attempts by one protestor to “rebrand” A&F by donating their clothes to the homeless.

The embattled company can now add legal woes to their troubles.

A federal judge ruled today that Abercrombie violated anti-discrimination laws by firing a Muslim worker who would not remove a hijab while working. Read 

IBM to Move 110K Retirees Onto Health Exchanges

Sep 9, 2013, 10:57 am EDT
IBM to Move 110K Retirees Onto Health Exchanges

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 

Newspaper: RFK Jr. Kept Secret Sex Diary of Affairs

Sep 9, 2013, 9:27 am EDT

The New York Post is reporting that they have obtained Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s sex diary — a journal that details both his political activism, sexual conquests and the Catholic guilt he faced from cheating on this wife.

His wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, had previously found the journal before their impending divorce proceedings over his cheating (she committed suicide in 2012). It appears that a friend of Richardson Kennedy shared the journal with the Post.

The journal records the names of two dozen women Kennedy allegedly had affairs with. Kennedy, 59, was contacted by the Post for comment and after a moment of silence denied that the journal was his, stating “I don’t think there is any way you could have a diary or journal of mine from 2001.” Read 

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