Choas in Tejas announce line-up

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Chaos in Tejas 2013:

Abigail (Japan)
Absu
Akitsa (Canada)
Andy Stott (England)
Anhedonist
The Bats (New Zealand)
Bolt Thrower
Criaturas
Criminal Damage
Cruciamentum (England)
The Damned (England)
Destruction Unit
Effluxus
Final Conflict (Ashes to Ashes line up)
Forward (Japan)
Framtid (Japan)
Full of Hell
Gehenna
Hoax
Iceage (Denmark)
Impalers
Infernoh (Sweden)
Infest
Inservibles (Mexico)
Integrity
Iron Lung
Kromosom (Australia)
Long Knife
Low Culture
Lower (Denmark)
Magic Circle
Mammoth Grinder
Manilla Road
Marching Church (Denmark)
the Marked Men
the Men
Merchandise
Milk Music
Mind Eraser
the Mind Spiders
Mitochondrion (Canada)
Nasa Space Universe
Neo Cons
Night Birds
Nomad
the Novice (Japan/Texas)
Palm (Japan)
Parquet Courts
Power Trip
Rampage
Rival Mob
Rotten Sound (Finland)
Sad Boys
Satan’s Satyrs
Screaming Females
Sete Star Sept (Japan)
S.H.I.T. (Canada)
Stab (England)
Step Forward
Strange Factory (Japan)
Sudor (Spain)
Terveet Kadet (Finland)
Total Control (Australia)
Tragedy
UV Race (Australia)
Vaginors (Australia)
Vaaska
Violent Future (Canada)
Wiccans
World War 4
Wrathprayer (Chile)

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Doctor Shortage Becoming Crisis Under Obamacare

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If it feels like you’re spending more time in the waiting room of your doctor’s office these days, it’s not your imagination. Family doctors are busier than ever. For many people, it is becoming difficult to even find a doctor, say experts who blame Obamacare for accelerating the nation’s doctor shortage.

According to a new analysis by the Association of American Medical Colleges:

• The United States now is now facing a dire shortage of some 9,000 primary care doctors — including general internists, family doctors, geriatricians, and pediatricians.

• Over the next 15 years, those shortages will worsen dramatically — particularly in rural areas, inner cities, and other areas where fewer doctors practice — with the deficit projected to hit 63,000 by 2015 and be double that number by 2025.

• Shortfalls are also predicted for a range of medical specialties, including allergy specialists, cardiologists, psychiatrists, general surgeons, and emergency doctors.

• Medical schools are not likely to churn out enough doctors to head off the crisis because fewer medical students are interested in primary care as a career because of lower pay and more insurance red tape.

What’s driving the trend, health experts say, is the nation’s growing population of older Americans using more healthcare resources. At the same time, as many as 1 in 3 practicing physicians are nearing retirement age.

What’s more, the addition of some 30 million patients newly covered by insurance — as mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) — will strain the low supply of U.S. doctors even further.

“We have record numbers of baby boomers entering the Medicare program, and once you hit 65 and older your healthcare needs escalate,” says Christiane Mitchell, AAMC’s director of federal affairs. “You also need much more specialty care and intensive care than other groups.”

Many of the newly insured Obamacare patients have not received healthcare in many years, and they will require extensive care for previously untreated conditions, says Mitchell, adding “just the sheer number of them will put more strain on the system.”

Mitchell says the bottom line for consumers is: “Just because you’re going to have a health insurance card doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have access to care.”

Healthcare experts say one solution is to encourage medical schools to train more young doctors and push them into residency programs that train for primary care. But as sensible as that option seems, most specialists say it won’t be enough. For one thing, not enough medical students are enrolled to alleviate the shortages. For another, nearly 80 percent of today’s med students are planning careers as medical specialists and not primary care doctors.

A Robert Graham Center study found that many medical students would be more likely to move into primary care and to open practices in places that face the greatest shortages, if doing so would qualify them for scholarships and loan repayment through the National Health Services Corps. The 2009 Recovery Act doubled the funding for National Health Services Corps scholarships, but few students take advantage of such programs, the Graham Center found.

A new study published last month in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that even with such financial incentives, the vast majority of medical students still plan to become specialists. Among the reasons cited: Family doctors have longer hours, lower pay, higher patient loads, and greater insurance paperwork demands.

Mayo Clinic Professor Colin P. West, M.D., said the findings are particularly troubling because general internists are seen as keys to the healthcare reform efforts, with many specialists viewing primary care doctors as the “quarterbacks” who coordinate patients’ care.

Primary physicians “are expected to play an increasingly critical role in health care provision as the population ages, the burden of chronic disease grows, and healthcare reform targets coverage of tens of millions of currently uninsured patients,” Dr. West noted. But he added: “Current medical training models in the United States are unlikely to produce sufficient numbers of general internists and primary care physicians.”

The Association of American Medical Colleges issued a report on doctor shortage which found that more than three dozen major state and national studies have raised alarms about physician deficits over the past decade, but there has been little planning to head off the crisis.

Upcoming Tax Threatens a Potential Dynasty for NBA Teams

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Whether you love or hate the Miami Heat, you ought to appreciate their runs at the championship over the next two seasons. Because owner Micky Arison may not be able to afford his team by 2014-15.

In that season the “repeater” tax will kick in, bringing with it the most gruesome financial penalties for high-payroll teams that the league has ever seen. The repeater tax threatens to change the way business is done in the NBA, and its first major victim could be the reigning champion Heat.

As its payroll stands today, Miami is committed to seven players in 2014-15 at a total cost of $78.4 million. The bulk of that guaranteed money is scheduled to go to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who will be paid $61.4 million altogether that season.

It’s important to note that Miami’s payroll for 2014-15 does not yet include low-salaried players who are crucial to its championship hopes — contributors like Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, James Jones and Rashard Lewis, each a member of the Heat’s current team. Those five players are making a combined $14.9 million this season.

Let’s say that Miami, in order to remain in title contention in 2014-15, will add $14.9 million in cost-efficient role players to the seven men already contracted for that season. (The Heat may have to pay more than $14.9 million for similar complementary talent two seasons from now, but let’s stick with that conservative figure for the sake of argument.) Here’s what it means: If their ambitions remain high and they’re able to keep costs as low as possible, then the Heat will be responsible for a payroll totaling $93.3 million — and that’s before the brutal impact of the repeater tax kicks in.

At the conclusion of 2014-15, the repeater tax will make its dreaded debut by punishing teams that have paid a luxury tax for four consecutive seasons. Miami is on a path to be hit with an enormous penalty in the summer of 2015.

As a repeat taxpayer, the Heat will be facing the highest incremental tax rates in NBA history. If, for example, the luxury-tax threshold is established at $75 million — a highly optimistic gain of roughly $5 million from this season — the Heat could be faced with a tax bill approaching $48 million. In total, they would be paying $141.3 million for 12 players.

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Sen. Jim DeMint (R) will step down from Senate

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Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina will resign from his Senate seat as of Dec. 31 to take over as head of the Heritage Foundation, his office announced Thursday.

“I honestly believe that I can do a lot more on the outside than I can on the inside,” DeMint told reporters at Heritage Thursday.

On CNN’s “The Situation Room,” he explained further: “After this last election it’s apparent that we need to do more as conservatives to convince Americans that our ideas and our policies are going to make their lives better. The Heritage Foundation is the premier think tank research organization – the premier idea group for the conservative movement. This will give me the opportunity to help take our case to the American people and to translate our policies into real ideas.”

According to a source close to the senator, DeMint was formally offered the job and accepted it on Wednesday. He told his staff Thursday morning and called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley around 9 a.m. ET to tell them the news.

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‘Sesame Street’ actor faces underage sex charges

You know his voice.

And now the man behind Sesame Street‘s famous ticklish muppet Elmo, Kevin Clash, is becoming known.

News is emerging that Clash, 52, has taken a leave of absence from the kids show following allegations that he had a relationship with a boy, who was 16.

The Sesame Workshop says the puppeteer denies the charges, which were first made in June by the alleged partner, who by then had turned 23.

TMZ says Clash has acknowledged the relationship, but says it took place only after the boy was a consenting adult.

In a statement issued Monday, Sesame Workshop said its investigation found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated.

“We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action,” says Sesame Street. “We met with the accuser twice and had repeated communications with him. We met with Kevin, who denied the accusation. We also conducted a thorough investigation and found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated. Although this was a personal relationship unrelated to the workplace, our investigation did reveal that Kevin exercised poor judgment and violated company policy regarding Internet usage and he was disciplined.”

Sesame Street goes on to say: “Kevin insists that the allegation of underage conduct is false and defamatory and he is taking actions to protect his reputation. We have granted him a leave of absence to do so.”

No duration for the leave was specified. Clash has voiced and animated Elmo since the 1980s.

Houston Astros release new uniforms

The Houston Astros are leaving their old look behind as they prepare for their move to the American League in 2013.

But the new uniform design, unveiled on Friday night, ties in some of the history of the franchise founded in 1962.

The new look coincides with Houston’s move from the National League Central to the American League West for next season.

Portions of the new design were leaked several different times in the past week, but Crane wasn’t too upset about that on Friday.

“It was a little frustrating, but it might have helped, who knows,” he said. “It got a little data out there in front and got a little excitement going. All publicity is good publicity, I guess.”

The new duds were introduced at a fashion show at Minute Maid Park, where several Astros players and prospects in Houston’s minor league system modeled them.

The color scheme is the same used from 1962-93. They’re also using the logo from that era — an orange star with a white ‘H’ in front of it. That logo in various color combinations will be on the hats.

There are four uniforms and three hats. Houston will wear white uniforms with orange piping at home, and gray ones with blue piping on the road. There’s an orange alternate jersey with blue piping that can be worn at home or on the road.

They also incorporated popular rainbow print, which was worn in variations from 1975-1993 in the new design. The Astros have a blue batting practice jersey with rainbow print down the side that will also be worn for Sunday games.

Houston also shed its Junction Jack rabbit mascot and returned to a redesigned green space creature called Orbit. He was Houston’s mascot from 1990-99.

About 5,000 fans attended the event, which ended with a funny skit of Orbit crash landing and NASA people bringing him into the ballpark in an SUV with dark tinted windows.

The loudest applause of the night came when he ran through the crowd high-fiving fans.