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Oracle

Oracle Sues 5 Oregon Officials For 'Improper Influence' 83

Posted by Soulskill
from the software-versus-politics dept.
SpzToid writes: Following up on an earlier Slashdot story, the Oracle Corporation has filed a rather timely suit against five of former governor John Kitzhaber's staff for their "improper influence" in the decision to shutter the Cover Oregon healthcare website, while blaming Oracle to defuse the political consequences. Oracle argues the website was ready to go before the state decided to switch to the federal exchange in April.

"The work on the exchange was complete by February 2014, but going live with the website and providing a means for all Oregonians to sign up for health insurance coverage didn't match the former-Governor's re-election strategy to 'go after' Oracle," Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said in a statement.

Kitzhaber resigned last week amid criminal probes into an influence-peddling scandal involving allegations that his fiancée used her position in his office for personal gain.
Television

Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down 275

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-fox-for-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes Fox News and Fox Business were pulled by Dish Network over the weekend, as both continue to argue over a fee agreement. From the article: "Dish said in a statement early Sunday morning that 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks after Dish balked when rates for other networks owned by the media conglomerate were made a part of the negotiations. Tim Carry, executive vice president of distribution at Fox News Channel, countered in a statement that "Dish prematurely ceased distribution of Fox News in an attempt to intimidate and sway our negotiations. It is unfortunate that the millions of Fox News viewers on Dish were used as pawns by their provider. Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately."
Crime

Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges 234

Posted by Soulskill
from the should-have-stayed-home-and-played-GTA dept.
Several readers sent word that California State Senator Leland Yee was arrested today. He's accused of conspiring to traffic guns and commit wire fraud, to defraud citizens of honest services, and bribery. The complant (PDF) also names 25 other defendants. Yee is known for pushing legislation that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors. "Federal prosecutors also allege Yee agreed to perform official acts in exchange for the money, including one instance in which he introduced a businessman to state legislators who had significant influence over pending medical marijuana legislation. In exchange, the businessman -- who was actually an undercover FBI agent -- agreed to donate thousands to Yee's campaign fund, according to the indictment. The indictment also describes an August 2013 exchange in which [former school board president Keith Jackson] told an undercover officer that Yee had an arms trafficking contact. Jackson allegedly said Yee could facilitate a meeting for a donation."

Comment: Re:How is it their fault? (Score 1) 653

by sithkhan (#45758091) Attached to: Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California
Yeah, because all the money we have been pouring into school systems the past 30 years made such a difference until now. Our per capita spending per student is abysmal for our ROI. But we keep voting in the people on the school boards who hire the people who make and execute the budgets for the schools, so there is no one to blame but the person in the mirror. I love the cycles where a new administrator in a district will institute a construction program within their first two years so that people will know they are 'serious' about education. The declining average testing scores may not give community pride, but the [INSERT BUILDING OR OTHER EDIFICE NAME HERE] sure is magnificent/breathtaking/bold/needed/awesome. School property is massively underutilized. Too bad people wouldn't be willing to have school in shifts.

Comment: Re:How I see it... (Score 1) 1144

by sithkhan (#45056123) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?
You would quote: " really appreciate it if you could follow the rules on these here bill thingy's" - Is that so? Then please be sure to mention your outrage at the actions our Dear President has taken in arbitrarily moving the requirements for businesses to provide health care for their employees for one year. Please tell me more about how the Executive Branch can choose and pick which parts of a signed law to enforce. Then remember that when a conservative is elected President and pulls the same trick. I bet THEN you start crying, Anonymous Coward. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/07/02/obama-delay-health-care-law/2484623/

Comment: Re:Very un-PC (Score 1) 719

by sithkhan (#43694463) Attached to: IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election

I'm a conservative who was once very hopeful that the Tea Party might help turn around the Republican Party (which is more about expanding the government and the debt than anything else). Then I went to a Tea Party rally, where I got to hear all about how it's the duty of all Americans to NOT pay taxes, and how the niggers are taking over. So yeah, audit them. All of them.

Care to share the date, time, and location of those Tea Party rallies where they stated "niggers are taking over?" If it is so commonplace, how has it never been caught on film, audio track, or digital media?

Comment: Re:So about the world (Score 0, Troll) 848

by sithkhan (#42930277) Attached to: Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network
A solid argument. I have a short, and perhaps rude retort. When those who state this is a dire situation start behaving like it is a dire situation, I will consider the argument. If Al Gore, Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, et. al. are going to be held up as paragons of truth, who bring the message to the masses, then they damn well better live by their rules. If they won't or can't, then I won't consider this to be a serious threat, and that those who say it is are only mewling to control our way of life.

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