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  • Braggadacio, information control, and fear: Life inside a Brigham stem cell lab under investigation

    08/30/2014 12:37:18 PM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 4 replies
    The following post was written by a former research fellow in the lab of Piero Anversa to whom we’ve promised confidentiality. Anversa has previously told us that he cannot comment because of an ongoing investigation. In the early 2000s, his laboratory published a series of papers regarding the regenerative qualities of bone marrow-derived and cardiac-resident “stem cells." Those initial findings, as well as the research conducted since those early studies, have always been surrounded by controversy, as many have been unsuccessful in efforts to replicate their results. The “Hypothesis” was that c-kit (cd117) positive cells in the heart (or bone...
  • Two referees at World Cup suspected of match-fixing...

    07/12/2014 5:17:33 PM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (Mail Online) ^ | 7/6/2014 | NICK HARRIS
    Two referees working at the World Cup have been identified as strong suspects in the fixing of international games, the Mail on Sunday can reveal. Sources say FIFA were informed during the current tournament that there is evidence of alleged past malpractice by at least two officials on duty. FIFA gather intelligence from associations and anti-corruption partners around the world on an ongoing basis. In recent times they have been swifter to act on intelligence than in the past. But it is understood that by the time the latest information filtered up to FIFA’s security hierarchy in Brazil, the two...
  • Afghan security guard shoots dead 3 American doctors at hospital

    04/24/2014 4:08:27 AM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 79 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/24/2014 | AP
    The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan confirmed Thursday that three American doctors were killed by an Afghan security guard who opened fire at a Kabul hospital. The shooting at Cure International Hospital in the western part of the Afghan capital was the latest attack on foreign civilians in the city this year. Two others, including an American nurse, were wounded, according to Afghanistan's Health Ministry. "With great sadness we confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack at CURE Hospital," said a statement posted on the Embassy's Twitter page. "No other information will be released at this time." Afghanistan Minister...
  • Lionel Messi Could Face Six Years In Prison If Convicted For Tax Evasion By Spanish Court

    09/28/2013 11:44:47 AM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 2 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 27, 2013 | Christopher Harress
    The world’s best soccer player, Lionel Messi, arrived at a Barcelona court Friday morning to face allegations of tax fraud that could put him behind bars for six years if he's found guilty. The 26-year-old Argentinian and his father, Jorge, are charged with using foreign companies in Belize and Uruguay to sell his image rights, defrauding the Spanish taxman of 4 million euros ($5.3 million) in the process. The four-time FIFA World Player of the Year, widely known for his mastery of so-called Tiki-Taka tactics, denies the allegations, which date to 2007.
  • Henninger: Presidential Followership

    05/02/2013 2:35:23 AM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 1, 2013 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    At the president's news conference Tuesday, when a reporter wondered whether setbacks on gun control and the sequester suggested Mr. Obama was having problems pushing his second-term agenda, the president replied, "Well if you put it that way, Jonathan, maybe I should just pack up and go home." Whoa, big fella. The presidency is a big game. We want you suited up and on the floor. That the presidency attracts individuals focused on Number One is no revelation. But it has always been possible that one of them would disappear so far into the ethers of ego that neither he...
  • Mortimer Zuckerman: The Great Recession Has Been Followed by the Grand Illusion

    03/26/2013 3:33:37 AM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/25/2013 | Zuckerman
    The Great Recession is an apt name for America's current stagnation, but the present phase might also be called the Grand Illusion—because the happy talk and statistics that go with it, especially regarding jobs, give a rosier picture than the facts justify. The country isn't really advancing. By comparison with earlier recessions, it is going backward. Despite the most stimulative fiscal policy in American history and a trillion-dollar expansion to the money supply, the economy over the last three years has been declining.
  • The most important people in society

    11/11/2012 12:08:44 PM PST · by pieceofthepuzzle · 5 replies
    I was thinking about Veteran's Day, where we are as a country, and those who died to protect what we are now squandering away. I started thinking about those who really are the most important people in our society - the ones who make the most difference and whose jobs mater the most. My conclusion - soldiers. The least important and easiest to find - politicians and entertainers. Thought this was an appropriate topic to discuss, given that we are now living under the umbrella of political celebrities, media celebrities, entertainment industry celebrities, etc.
  • Would it have made any difference if Obama had run on Romney's platform?

    11/08/2012 12:00:19 PM PST · by pieceofthepuzzle · 30 replies
    I rarely post vanities, but I wanted to ask Freepers if they thought it would have made any difference to the average Obama voter if he had stated the same policy goals as Romney. My personal opinion is that for most Obama voters, and for much of the democrat base, it would make no difference. For that matter, I don't think they would have liked Romney any better even if he had run on Obama's platform. This is an important issue, because if its all about brand name, and not about actual policy positions, then there is essentially no way...
  • Noonan: How Far Obama Has Fallen

    11/02/2012 4:14:35 AM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 74 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/2/2012 | Noonan
    And then it all changed. At a certain point he lost the room. Books will be written about what happened, but early on the president made two terrible legislative decisions. The stimulus bill was a political disaster, and it wasn't the cost, it was the content. We were in crisis, losing jobs. People would have accepted high spending if it looked promising. But the stimulus was the same old same old, pure pork aimed at reliable constituencies. It would course through the economy with little effect. And it would not receive a single Republican vote in the House (three in...
  • Romney Needs a New CEO (WSJ-Noonan)

    09/21/2012 2:32:36 AM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 37 replies
    WSJ ^ | September 21, 2012 | Peggy Noonan
    ...There were wistful notes from the Republicans who'd helped run previous campaigns, most of whom could be characterized as serious, moderate conservatives, all of whom want to see Mr. Romney win because they believe, honestly, that the president has harmed the country financially and in terms of its position in the world. They're certain it will only get worse in the next four years, but they're in despair at the Romney campaign. Some, unbidden, brought up the name James A. Baker III, who ran Ronald Reagan's campaign in 1984 (megalandslide—those were the days) and George H.W. Bush's in 1988 (landslide.)...
  • Noonan: America's Crisis of Character

    04/20/2012 3:11:49 AM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 38 replies
    WSJ Online ^ | 4/20/2012 | Peggy Noonan
    People in politics talk about the right track/wrong track numbers as an indicator of public mood. This week Gallup had a poll showing only 24% of Americans feel we're on the right track as a nation. That's a historic low. Political professionals tend, understandably, to think it's all about the economy—unemployment, foreclosures, we're going in the wrong direction. I've long thought that public dissatisfaction is about more than the economy, that it's also about our culture, or rather the flat, brute, highly sexualized thing we call our culture...
  • GM Reports $1.15 Billion Loss, Plans Repayments

    11/16/2009 4:59:20 AM PST · by pieceofthepuzzle · 37 replies · 1,423+ views
    WSJ ^ | 11/16/09 | SHARON TERLEP
    DETROIT -- General Motors Co. on Monday reported a $1.15 billion loss on an unaudited basis for the period from July 10 to Sept. 30, providing the first evidence of the auto maker's improvement since emerging from bankruptcy protection.
  • GMAC Asks for Fresh Lifeline

    10/27/2009 6:44:18 PM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 15 replies · 715+ views
    WSJ ^ | 10/27/09 | DAN FITZPATRICK and DAMIAN PALETTA
    In a stark reminder of how some battered financial firms remain dependent on government lifelines, GMAC Financial Services Inc. and the Treasury Department are in advanced talks to prop up the lender with its third helping of taxpayer money, people familiar with the matter said.
  • Nardelli Sees New Leaders at Chrysler if Pact Clears

    04/16/2009 11:27:13 PM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 14 replies · 636+ views
    WSJ ^ | April 17, 2009 | JEFF BENNETT
    DETROIT -- Chrysler LLC will likely get a new chief executive and board of directors appointed by Italy's Fiat SpA and the U. S. government, if Chrysler and Fiat follow through on their plans to form an alliance, Chrysler's current CEO told employees in a letter. Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Bob Nardelli said a new board of directors will be appointed by the federal government and Fiat once a deal is completed. The majority of the directors will be independent. "Upon successful completion of the alliance, a board of directors for Chrysler will be appointed by the U.S. government and...
  • What would you do if you were President?

    07/20/2008 1:17:03 PM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 49 replies · 328+ views
    07/20/08 | pieceofthepuzzle
    What would you do if you had the bully pulpit? What policies would you promote. What are the best ways to preserve the US and make the world a better place for our children? This is obviously a vanity, but there is a wide range of opinion represented here and clearly not enough vision is coming out of our elected government. What would you do?
  • On Appeasing Envy

    04/07/2007 9:26:37 PM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 3 replies · 370+ views
    Mises Institute ^ | March, 1972 | Henry Hazlitt
    On Appeasing Envy By Henry Hazlitt Any attempt to equalize wealth or income by forced redistribution must only tend to destroy wealth and income. Historically the best the would-be equalizers have ever succeeded in doing is to equalize downward. This has even been caustically described as their intention. "Your levellers," said Samuel Johnson in the mid-eighteenth century, "wish to level down as far as themselves; but they cannot bear levelling up to themselves." And in our own day we find even an eminent liberal like the late Mr. Justice Holmes writing: "I have no respect for the passion for equality,...
  • What's the longest you've gone without sleep?

    11/28/2006 12:47:33 PM PST · by pieceofthepuzzle · 71 replies · 2,805+ views
    This is a curiosity-based vanity. My impression is that the average FReeper works very hard. Probably the most common reason people deprive themselves of sleep is to get work done. I've heard some amazing stories of how little sleep soldiers have gotten in the midst of combat. What's your story? Incidentally, the longest I've ever gone without sleep was about 85 hours, with the help of a ton of coffee, Diet Coke, and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.