LG’s new touchscreens will make your next laptop thinner and lighter

LG’s display subsidiary is promising drastically thinner, lighter touchscreens that will be ready for notebooks later this year. With full HD (1080p) resolution, the Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT) screens substitute a touch panel layer for a touch sens…

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MN State Rep Wants $329,000 Refund from Jonathan Gruber for Work With ‘Beyond Laughable’ Error Rates

Minnesota State Representative Greg Davids is calling for embattled MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, the “architect” of Obamacare, to return all $329,000 he was paid by the state of Minnesota as a subcontractor on a 2011 contract to analyze the state’s plan to develop its Obamacare health care exchange, MNSure.

On November 21, Davids sent a letter to Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson requesting her to investigate Gruber’s work.

“In recent weeks,” Davids wrote, “significant concerns have been raised regarding the contract between the State of Minnesota and Dr. Jonathan Gruber entered into in March 2011. In light of troubling remarks by Dr. Gruber and MNsure, I believe that a review of Dr. Gruber’s work, and payments made to him, is necessary.”

On December 9, Davids sent a second letter to Swanson.

“Earlier today,” Davids wrote, “in testimony before Congressional investigators, Dr. Jonathan Gruber refused to answer questions regarding compensation for his work with state-based insurance exchanges. The evasiveness displayed by Dr. Gruber reinforces my concerns expressed in the previous letter.”

“I implore your office to investigate Dr. Gruber’s work and its relationship to MNsure’s fiscal troubles,” Davids requested again, “and urge you to explore all possible remedies for recovering the taxpayer funds wasted on his report.”

“To date,” Davids told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement on Wednesday, “I have received word via phone call that the Attorney General’s office was working on a response, but nothing in writing yet.”

Davids blasted Gruber’s projections for the state of Minnesota about enrollment for the state’s health care exchange, MNSure, when it launched.

“MNsure, Dr. Gruber and Governor Dayton’s Administration repeatedly guaranteed that the exchange would serve 1.3 million Minnesotans by 2016, including over 600,000 in commercial plans – a financial necessity to avoid a taxpayer bailout,” Davids told Breitbart News.

“Those projections were so far off that it has proved absurd,” Davids said.

“Instead of 500,000 private enrollees by the end of 2015, MNsure has repeatedly lowered Dr. Gruber’s projections and now estimates that fewer than 70,000 will enroll in private plans by the end of next year,” Davids added.

“The error rate for Dr. Gruber’s work is beyond laughable,” Davids stated.

“It is a shame,” Davids continued, “that nearly $600,000 in public funds was used for projections that were inaccurate from the moment MNsure opened. The Dayton Administration has essentially used over $150 million in taxpayer money to build a broken IT system for public health programs.”

Davids, who has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives since 1991, is scheduled to become Chairman of the powerful House Taxes Committee in January.

“There has been little to no transparency in Dr. Gruber’s work with MNsure,” Davids told Breitbart News. “Given that Dr. Gruber missed the deadline to submit his final report by four months – thereby avoiding scrutiny during the legislative process that led to MNsure’s creation – it is sadly unsurprising that he may have failed to live up to other aspects of his taxpayer-funded contract,” Davids concluded.

A Breitbart investigation into the state of Minnesota’s 2011 contract in which Gruber was paid $329,000 as a subcontractor to develop economic projections using his proprietary Gruber Microsimulation Model has uncovered a disturbing pattern of billing practices that indicate a lack of oversight. April Todd-Malmlov, the former executive director of MNSure, the state’s Obamacare health exchange, was the official responsible for that oversight.

Breitbart obtained copies of the Gruber invoices, the contract,  and the Gruber subcontract in a public records request filed with the state of Minnesota.

Though the contract, which was signed by former executive director Todd-Malmlov, clearly specifies that all Gruber’s invoices should be itemized in detail, the invoices submitted by Gruber and paid by the state of Minnesota were notably lacking in itemization.

Gruber’s invoices do not specifically tie to deliverables specified in the contract other than to assert vaguely that some of them were delivered. The invoices do not consistently refer to the deliverables specified in the contract, nor, with the exception of the final report, do they specify the dates the deliverables were completed, to whom they were delivered in the state of Minnesota, nor whether they were formally accepted by specific bureaucrats in the state of Minnesota.

Despite these shortcomings, former executive director Todd-Malmov authorized all of Gruber’s interim payments as well as his final payment.

Gruber delivered two final reports, one in 2012 and one in 2013, each about 60 pages long. Todd-Malmlov formally certified her acceptance of both these reports.

But records obtained by Breitbart News from the state of Minnesota indicate there is no auditable trail for the work product that resulted in those final reports.

In addition, Gruber’s invoices do not track specifically to the deliverables identified in Exhibit B of the contract. The deliverables in that exhibit are labeled Deliverable A, Deliverable B, Deliverable C, and Deliverable D. None of Gruber’s invoices refer to Deliverable A, Deliverable B, Deliverable C, or Deliverable D.

The Gruber invoice that potentially aligns with Deliverable B is cryptic at best in describing what was delivered. The Gruber invoice that potentially aligns with Deliverable C actually does not match what is specified as Deliverable C in the contract. Only the final Gruber invoice–which refers to the final report referenced in Deliverable D– tracks with any degree of specificity to the contract.








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Watch These Pranksters Scare The Life Out Of Women Using The Bathroom

Video pranks shows women peeking over bathroom stalls to scare unsuspecting bathroom dwellers.

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Bernard Tomic dumped from Aussie tennis team after ‘unacceptable’ rant

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After a blistering tirade in which he attacked beloved Australian tennis star Pat Rafter, Bernard Tomic has been dumped from the Davis Cup team by Tennis Australia.

In a 10-minute rant during a post-match press conference at Wimbledon on Friday, the 22-year-old accused the Australian tennis governing body of disrespect and mismanagement

He also went after retired tennis great Pat Rafter, Tennis Australia’s new director of performance, saying he was incompetentAccording to the Herald Sun, Tomic said his dispute with Rafter had gotten so bad he was made to pay for things like court hire and balls. Read more…

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Arcade Dreams

coin-ops-starwars Summer always makes me think of the 7-11 at the end of East Lakeview in Columbus, Ohio. I was about eight. My grandmother took us there every week to get comic books, which were near the front window, by the counter. In the back corner, in darkness, was a Star Wars stand up arcade game. On the day it first appeared it bleated a snippet of the Star Wars theme and my ears perked up. It took a… Read More

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Gas Prices Will Spike in California Jan. 1 Due to Cap-and-Trade

California’s cap-and-trade program will cause the cost of gasoline to skyrocket after New Year’s Day, reports CBS Los Angeles. The price hikes may come as a shock to drivers, as Americans in the rest of the country will likely continue to enjoy falling fuel prices in the near future. Estimates of the price increase vary wildly: 

  1. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) asserts prices will increase 10 cents a gallon;
  2. The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) believes prices will rise from 13 to 20 cents per gallon immediately, rising to 50 cents by 2020;
  3. The Western States Petroleum Association says prices will ascend 76 cents a gallon;
  4. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Consulting Group said in 2012 that prices would rise between $0.49 and $1.83 per gallon by 2020. 

AB 32, passed in 2006 and signed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, was intended to reduce “global warming” by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. As Assemblyman Tim Donnelly noted, CARB slipped a tax into the program that will force refiners and importers to buy carbon credits.

Not only will drivers be hurt at the pump, but the ripple effect of the price increase for transportation will also inflate the prices of fresh produce and household goods. The bill will be implemented January 1, 2015.  

Critics of the cap-and-trade program note that the money drawn from the gas price hike will be targeted for high-speed rail and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Mike Morell, (R-Rancho Cucamonga), has co-authored Senate Bill 5, which would delay the gas fee until 2020. The GOP representative has been joined by some fellow representatives across the aisle, such as Assemblyman Henry Perea (D-Fresno), who wrote AB 69, which would delay the gas tax for three years. 

Donnelly tried to take the matter further, attempting to abolish CARB once and for all with his own bill, AB 1332.








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Dr. Dre will debut a Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music tomorrow night

Days after Apple Music launched to the public, it’s becoming clearer where Dr. Dre fits. The hip-hop mogul, who joined Apple after the company bought up Beats, announced today that he’s about to launch a regular radio program exclusive to Apple Music…

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Montana Man to CBS: You Can’t Have Marriage Equality Without Polygamy

It was bound to happen. Barely a week after the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal regardless of gender across the country, someone else would try to tinker with another aspect of the wedding contract. That was the case in a report by Simone DeAbla of CBS affiliate KTVQ in Billings, Montana, who stated that Nathan Collier and his wife, Christine, applied for a license at the Yellowstone County Courthouse to marry another woman named Victoria.

Not only was the entire video supportive of the trio's quest to legally change that aspect of marriage, the report (and CBS online) didn't give a single second of air time to anyone who believes marriage is a contract between two people.

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Love is roasted: Writer live-tweets couple’s terrible coffee date

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A bad date, documented by a stranger, 140 characters at a time — this is love in 2015, Internet.

Toronto-based writer Anne Thériault overheard a first coffee date between a woman and a guy who thinks he looks like James Franco. Thériault live-tweeted the awkward meeting in entertaining detail for all to enjoy and cringe at

“I decided to document it because I was supposed to be doing work, and obviously needed to do something while I was procrastinating,” Thériault told Mashable in an email. “Also, this guy was every hilarious stereotype about sad, self-involved writers come to life.” Read more…

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