The Yahoos at YAHOO Confirm Massive Security Breach

Thanks YAHOO. It's good to know protecting your valued user accounts was priority number one. According to Recode, a hacker named “Peace” hacked into at least 500 million user accounts bringing chaos to the internet giant just as its sale to Verizon is pending. Details including names, passwords, email addresses, phone numbers and security questions were stolen from the company’s network.

"But the good thing is they got this information out right away. And --- oh, wait --- no, this happened in 2014," Glenn said sarcastically on his radio program.

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Take heart, though, YAHOO believes credit card and bank details were not included in the stolen data. They've been notifying affected users to change their passwords and invalidating security questions so they can’t be used to access accounts (but don't worry if you use those same security questions on other accounts because internet thieves never compile details from multiple sources).

Read below or watch the clip for answers to these risk-free questions:

• If you run YAHOO, should you feel like a yahoo?

• Did Alaska or Iowa hack into YAHOO?

• If Alaska is the state-sponsored hacker, will you get free salmon?

• Should you care if you don't have a YAHOO account?

• Is Google or Ask Jeeves next?

Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck Program:

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

GLENN: Hey, no big deal. Yahoo has confirmed a massive hack that only affected between 200 and 500 million emails.

JEFFY: Eh.

STU: Yeah, I think their first guess was two, and then they were up to four. And then it's 500 million.

GLENN: So it's only half a billion email addresses.

JEFFY: How many emails do you have in your email address?

GLENN: Yeah, so no big deal. No. 200 million users was the first. We're now talking 500 million users affected nationwide. But the good thing is they got -- they got this information out right away. And -- oh, wait. No, this happened in 2012 -- '14. So they -- you know, they --

PAT: Well, it only took them two years.

GLENN: Yeah, they got it out as soon as --

PAT: You know.

GLENN: They believe this was a state that broke in.

PAT: What? Like Alaska?

STU: No. No, Pat. No.

PAT: No.

GLENN: Like Russia.

STU: Yeah, a hacker working on behalf of Russia or China or something.

PAT: Shoot.

STU: Pretty amazing.

PAT: I was scared there for a second. I thought Iowa --

JEFFY: Alaska broke into the Yahoo email?

PAT: Apparently, Iowa, somebody.

GLENN: But the good news is they emailed salmon to me.

STU: It's interesting.

GLENN: Yeah, it was crazy.

PAT: You know, they broke into Yahoo, but I didn't have a Yahoo account so I didn't care.

GLENN: And then they came --

PAT: And then they came to Google.

GLENN: And you didn't have a Google account.

PAT: I didn't have a Google account.

GLENN: Yeah, and didn't care?

PAT: And didn't care?

GLENN: Then they came for GlennBeck.com.

PAT: And I did have a GlennBeck.com.

STU: I think that would be further down the list of hacking.

GLENN: Right. Well, it might be.

JEFFY: It was too late then.

GLENN: Right. So I had an Ask Jeeves account, and I didn't have one. And so --

PAT: Yeah, Lycos, though. You got a Lycos account, right?

GLENN: Lycos, yeah. No, I don't.

JEFFY: If only someone would have stopped Alaska from the very beginning.

PAT: Right. That's what I was saying.

Featured Image: YAHOO corporate offices via Flickr.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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