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  • Survival Medicine Hour: Ebola!

    08/01/2014 5:12:27 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    doomandbloom.net ^ | 8/1/14 | Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P.
    In a special edition of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, devote the program to a discussion of Ebola virus, its origins, signs and symptoms, precautions, risks, and why you should care, even if you don't live in West Africa. What will we do when Ebola victims arrive in the U.S.? Read more: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2014/08/01/survival-medicine-hour-ebola#ixzz39BlxsN6D
  • On The Road with Lewis Grizzard

    08/01/2014 3:58:00 PM PDT · by mylife · 32 replies
    youtube ^ | Sometime in the 80's | Lewis Grizzard
    Follow the links for a good ol hee haw ☺
  • Jesse Ventura Swoons Over Fidel Castro and Che Guevara

    08/01/2014 3:57:37 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-1-2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Maybe it’s just a coincidence that somebody like Jesse Ventura is also a major fan of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara? (Or claims to be for the publicity value among the “hip”?) Recalling his visit to Cuba and meeting with Fidel Castro in 2002 Ventura grew misty-eyed: “Fidel Castro looked into my eyes and told me I was a man of great courage…Maybe he (Castro) saw a little of him in me.” Recall the Cowardly Lion’s reaction when the Wizard grants him “the NERVE.” Well, Jesse Ventura’s moronic gloating outdoes even the lion’s (“Shucks, folks, I’m speechless..ha-ha…Ain’t it the truth!...
  • This diner gives 15% off if you pray over your meal

    08/01/2014 2:22:46 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    http://www.hlntv.com ^ | august 1, 2014 | jonathan anker
    There is clearly no separation of church and plate at Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The pious ("pie"-us?) proof has been delivered unto the social media masses in the form of a picture of a receipt from the restaurant, showing a 15% discount applied for "Praying in Public." The tab belonged to Jordan Smith, who had traveled to Winston-Salem for a business trip and stopped for breakfast at Mary's with two colleagues Wednesday morning. She tells HLN the group "prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, 'Just so...
  • ARLINGTON HEIGHTS ILLINOIS TO ALLOW GUN CONTROL RECRUITERS AT CRIME PREVENTION EVENT

    08/01/2014 1:23:51 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS ILLINOIS TO ALLOW GUN CONTROL RECRUITERS AT CRIME PREVENTION EVENT We just got word that the Arlington Heights Park District will allow the BLOOMBERG MOMS to set up a recruitment booth at the National Night Out event. National Night Out is supposed to be a non-partisan, non-political public service event that informs citizens on how not to become a victim of crime. Arlington Heights has now turned National Night Out into a GUN CONTROL event by allowing the Moms' recruiters to have a booth at the event. Of course, no pro-gun organizations will be allowed to have a...
  • India Hires Mimics To Scare Away Parliament Monkeys

    08/01/2014 12:57:45 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 1, 2014
    India Hires Mimics To Scare Away Parliament Monkeys Monkeys in Delhi Thousands of macaque monkeys roam Delhi's streets Forty Indian men have been hired to impersonate monkeys to scare away the real monkeys from Delhi's parliament and other government buildings. The men make screeching noises similar to those of black-faced langur monkeys, to frighten red-faced macaque monkeys. Thousands of macaque monkeys roam Delhi's streets, trashing gardens and offices and attacking people for food. But the animals are considered sacred by Hindus, who often feed them, encouraging them to remain. Delhi's civic authorities were earlier using real langurs to keep monkeys...
  • UCLASS Requirements Shifted To Preserve Navy’s Next Generation Fighter

    08/01/2014 12:43:38 PM PDT · by SZonian · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | 31 July, 2014 | Dave Majumdar and Sam LaGrone
    Updated: August 1, 2014 11:32 AM The striking power and stealth of the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) concept was reduced to protect the role of the service’s next-generation of manned fighters, USNI News has learned. In particular, the change in UCLASS from a deep strike stealthy penetrator into the current lightly armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) focused aircraft was — in large part — to preserve a manned version of the F/A-XX replacement for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, several Navy, Pentagon and industry sources confirmed to USNI News. Industry, Pentagon and Navy...
  • Xznax Just Can't Fix What's Wrong With You

    08/01/2014 12:40:01 PM PDT · by kjam22 · 35 replies
    VANITY ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | kjam22
    Working on selling this song. Its called "Xanax Just Can't Fix What's Wrong With You" Xanax Just Can't Fix What's Wrong With You If you know anybody wanting to buy a country song... send "em" my way! Have a good Friday everyone.
  • Kiss Singer Gene Simmons Tells Depressed People To Kill Themselves

    08/01/2014 10:52:37 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 90 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 8-1-2014 | Michael Allen
    Last month, Kiss singer Gene Simmons falsely claimed that the wealthiest one percent paid 80 percent of "all taxes" and created "all the jobs." Eager to spread more love, Simmons recently teed off on his former Kiss band mates Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, and anyone suffering from depression or drug addiction. When asked by SongFacts.com if he still gets along with Criss or Frehley these days, Simmons responded, "No, I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim." "Drug addicts and alcoholics are always:...
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'A lot of people die out here' and 'all this blood...is on Obama's hands'...

    08/01/2014 10:24:52 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 8/1/2014 | David Martosko
    Dead bodies of illegal immigrants are turning up in south Texas as Central Americans pour across the U.S.-Mexico border, and a veterinarian who ranches cattle 70 miles from ground zero has the photos to prove it. Dr. Mike 'Doc' Vickers of Brooks County, Texas showed some of the grisly images to MailOnline, all of them far too grotesque to publish unedited. One picture shows a corpse propped up against a tree near his ranch in Brooks County, his eyes missing and dried blood cascading down his shirtless body. 'This guy, obviously, had to lay down up against that tree, and...
  • Castro announces Mariel Boatlift

    08/01/2014 10:13:49 AM PDT · by GilGil · 9 replies
    History.com ^ | 4/10/1980 | Staff
    In all, 125,000 Cubans fled to U.S. shores in about 1,700 boats, creating large waves of people that overwhelmed the U.S. Coast guard. Cuban guards had packed boat after boat, without considering safety, making some of the overcrowded boats barely seaworthy. Twenty-seven migrants died, including 14 on an overloaded boat that capsized on May 17. The boatlift also began to have negative political implications for U.S. President Jimmy Carter. When it was discovered that a number of the exiles had been released from Cuban jails and mental health facilities, many were placed in refugee camps while others were held in...
  • Giraffe dies after head strikes bridge

    08/01/2014 9:43:44 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 34 replies
    iAfrica ^ | 8-1-2014 | Zunaid Ismael
    The NSPCA is considering laying charges against the truck driver responsible for transporting the giraffe that died on Thursday. The giraffe, which was one of two being transported, died after it reportedly hit its head against a bridge on the N1 in Centurion. The truck also reportedly broke down after the giraffe hit its head and it was unable to receive any treatment. "At this stage we are still investigating and considering charges in terms of the Animal Protection Act," Tshwane NSPCA managing director Rick Allan said in a Sapa report. Allan said that the giraffe's death could have been...
  • WHO: Ebola Spread Outpaces Control Effort

    08/01/2014 9:19:39 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 28 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 8-1-2014 | Lisa Schlein
    GENEVA — The head of the World Health Organization has told the presidents of West African nations stricken by Ebola that the outbreak is moving faster than efforts to control it. Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO's director general, says if the outbreak continues to worsen, the consequences could be "catastrophic" in terms of lost lives and socio-economic disruption. Dr. Chan is in Conakry, where she met Friday with the presidents of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast. WHO and the West African leaders are finalizing a $100 million plan to fight the spread of Ebola, which has claimed nearly 730 lives. ...
  • Rebellion Inside G.O.P. Scuttles Vote on Border Bill

    08/01/2014 8:35:19 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    ny times ^ | 8-1-2014 | ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    Conservatives in the House rebelled against their leadership on Thursday to scuttle an emergency spending measure that addressed the migrant crisis at the southern border, pushing the issue to a showdown on Friday as lawmakers prepared to leave for a five-week recess. The unexpected turmoil offered a coda to the dysfunction that has gripped the Capitol for much of the year.
  • Smart Meters

    08/01/2014 8:06:50 AM PDT · by Mier · 21 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/8JNFr_j6kdI
  • Former CIA Officer Battles ‘Dummy,’ ‘Clown’ Geraldo over New Clinton bin Laden Tapes

    08/01/2014 6:41:06 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 42 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | 8/01/2014 | Eddie Scarry
    On Fox News Friday, Geraldo Rivera got into it with former CIA official Michael Scheuer over newly surfaced recordings of former president Bill Clinton, in which he claims the day before 9/11 that he could have killed Osama bin Laden. In the tapes, Clinton says the reason he didn’t go in for the kill is that he would have had to “destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him (bin Laden).” Scheuer, identified as head of CIA’s bin Laden unit 1995-1999, disputed Clinton’s...
  • Ten years ago America met a guy named Barack Obama

    08/01/2014 6:23:49 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-28-2014 | Jaime Fuller
    Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of President Obama's national debut at the Democratic National Convention. He was tasked with giving the keynote address at the 2004 event. He told a New York Times reporter the week before the convention, ''It came as a surprise that I'd be selected for such a privileged position. As my wife reminds me, I better not screw it up.''
  • Kremlin mocks Obama's masculinity by tweeting picture of him holding a poodle

    08/01/2014 6:16:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8-1-2014
    Russia's deputy prime minister has tweeted a picture mocking Barack Obama's masculinity just days after the U.S. president announced a fresh wave of sanctions against the country. Dmitry Rogozin uploaded an image of Russian president Vladimir Putin posing with a leopard alongside an image of Obama holding a white poodle.
  • Obama's Big Mac Attack

    08/01/2014 5:39:24 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    wsj ^ | 7-31-2014
    On Tuesday the NLRB's chief prosecutor directed that the fast-food purveyor be charged as a "joint-employer" in dozens of unfair labor practice complaints filed by workers employed at the company's franchises. The workers claim they were wrongly punished for walking off the job to join rallies coordinated by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for a $15 "living wage." Leave aside whether employers can discipline workers who play hookie. By deeming McDonald's a joint-employer, Mr. Griffin is putting the corporation on the hook for actions taken by its 3,000 or so franchisees—which operate about 90% of restaurants—without its knowledge or...
  • Tucker Carlson, Kirsten Powers Clash Over America’s ‘Moral Obligation’ To Illegal Refugees [VIDEO]

    08/01/2014 3:43:41 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7-31-2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson and contributor Kirsten Powers bitterly clashed over the United States’ supposed “moral obligation” to illegal immigrant refugees around the world, with Powers invoking Christian principles and Carlson countering that “this is not a theocracy” and no one has “a moral right to American tax dollars and physical asylum in the United States.” Carlson — who is also editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller — and Powers appeared on Fox’s “Outnumbered” on Thursday to discuss growing opposition to President Obama’s handling of illegal immigration. As tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children cross the border claiming refugee...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - August 1, 2014

    08/01/2014 2:54:27 AM PDT · by sneakers · 16 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, and we await word that they are returning soon. (Stand by) Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • New York City principal, wife-cheater lavishes mistress with gifts.....in school money..

    07/31/2014 8:51:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    NY daily news ^ | Jenna O'donnell , Ben Chapman , Stephen Rex Brown
    FULL TITLE: New York City principal, wife-cheater lavishes mistress with gifts bought using nearly $30G in school money: probe A former Bronx principal stole nearly $30,000 in school funds to shower lavish gifts upon his mistress, officials said. Robert Hannibal worked at JHS 145 — also known as the Toscanini School — in the South Bronx. He pleaded guilty Thursday to felony grand larceny for withdrawing $29,244.55 from 2010 to 2012 — nabbed after an unidentified tipster dimed him out.
  • First Ebola Patient Coming to USA for Treatment

    07/31/2014 7:47:14 PM PDT · by The Sons of Liberty · 81 replies
    Tha Daily Beast ^ | July 31, 2014 | Abby Haglage
    First Ebola Patient Coming to USA for Treatment One of two Americans infected with ebola in West Africa will be brought to the United States for treatment at Emory University. One of two Americans infected with ebola in West Africa will enter the U.S. for treatment at Emory University in Atlanta “in the next several days,” according to an internal memo sent to physicians on Thursday and seen by The Daily Beast. The memo offers few other details about the patient, with no stated time of arrival or departure city, or indicators as to the exact identity of the patient....
  • Prolife Women, ProChoice Women in Google Images. Your observations?

    07/31/2014 2:50:05 PM PDT · by MNDude · 8 replies
    I was curious and did a search on Google Images for Pro life women, and Pro Choice women to see if there was anything visually different about them. http://tinyurl.com/n94z8mm http://preview.tinyurl.com/n94z8mm What observations do you make?
  • To the Christians who think 50 Shades is all sorts of awesome: Please, stop and THINK

    07/31/2014 1:54:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 87 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Jonathon van Maren
    It’s pretty depressing when you realize that, in 2014, many people seem to think that destruction of human dignity is a small price to pay for an orgasm. I suppose when I write a column about a book that just sold its 100 millionth copy I shouldn’t be surprised when I get a bit of a kickback. But I have to say—I wasn’t expecting hundreds of commenters, many saying they were Christian, to come out loudly defending the porn novel 50 Shades of Grey, often tastelessly interspersed with details from their own sex lives. People squawked that we “shouldn’t judge”...
  • Refuting the Ridiculous Pro-Abortion Claim: The Pro-Life Movement is Anti-Sex

    07/31/2014 1:29:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    life news ^ | Kelsey Hazzard
    The pro-abortion claim that pro-lifers are anti-sex is nothing new. From Canadian abortion advocates’ recent attempt to make some kind of point by dressing up as penises and vaginas, to Amanda Marcotte’s bizarre assertion that pro-lifers’ motive in protesting outside abortion facilities is “to gawk and yell at women whose soon-to-be-terminated pregnancies constitute solid proof they’ve recently touched a penis” (I guess we’ll be protesting outside maternity wards next), nothing really surprises me anymore. As ridiculous as this claim is, we have to address it, because it’s powerful propaganda. Nobody wants to be part of an uncool, prudish, anti-sex movement,...
  • "Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - my first country song [mega-vanity]

    07/31/2014 1:05:12 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 168 replies
    Me, via YouTube ^ | 7/31/14 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    After a great deal of hard work and numerous cuss words I've finally recorded my first song. The song is titled "Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely," and I don't think that I can add much to that. If you like country music, or even if you don't, I'd appreciate if you'd give it a listen and give me your honest opinion. (Yes, I know what I'm in for by saying that, and no, no Butthurt Report Form will be necessary.) A few quick notes: 1) When I registered with ASCAP "Slings and Arrows" was taken, so...
  • prayer request for my brother

    07/31/2014 12:09:49 PM PDT · by heartwood · 34 replies
    July 31, 2014 | self
    He is suffering from a dreadful flare-up of mental illness now. Please pray for healing for him and strength and wisdom for the rest of us.
  • ‘Oops, got caught lying. Again': Sheila Jackson Lee makes ‘a BIG speak-o’ about Bush impeachment

    07/31/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT · by Excellence · 57 replies
    Twitchy ^ | July 30, 2014 | Twitchy
    While speaking out on the House floor yesterday against the House GOP lawsuit against President Obama, Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said the move is a “veil for impeachment.” Jackson Lee also took the opportunity to point out that “We [Democrats] did not seek an impeachment of President Bush” when he was in office. Really? Not only did some Democrats seek an impeachment of President Bush, but Rep. Jackson Lee co-sponsored the bill? Classic!
  • McDonald’s Ordered To Pay $27 Million For Teens’ Deaths

    07/31/2014 5:51:30 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 55 replies
    cbs ^ | 7-30-2014
    College students Denton Ward, 18, from Flower Mound, and Lauren Crisp, 19, of Dripping Springs, were killed shortly after stopping at a College Station McDonald’s in the early morning hours of February 18, 2012. Ward and another male friend were attacked in the McDonald’s parking lot by a mob of 15 to 20 people. When Ward’s friends, including Crisp, loaded into a car to rush him to the hospital, the driver ran a red light and they were involved in a crash with a pickup truck.  Crisp was killed in the crash. The teens’ families sued McDonald’s, claiming that the...
  • Groundwater Depletion in Colorado River Basin Poses Big Risk to Water Security

    07/31/2014 5:34:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 7-30-2014 | Sandra Postel
    In 2000, Lake Mead was just about full. Then a drought hit that has more or less continued to this day. As a result, the level of Lake Mead has steadily dropped. At full capacity, the lake’s level is 1,221.4 feet above mean sea level. Today its level is at 1,080.9 feet, the lowest it has been since 1937, just after the completion of Hoover Dam. Even more striking, 77 percent of that loss – some 41 million acre-feet – was water stored underground. That’s enough to meet the home water use of the entire US population for eight years.
  • Nearly a year after collapse, repairs to begin on southern Illinois bridge

    07/31/2014 5:19:01 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    st louis today ^ | 7-31-2014 | AP
    <p>Repairs to a southern Illinois bridge that collapsed nearly a year ago soon may begin.</p> <p>Jefferson County Highway Engineer Brandon Simmons says the project will be let out for bid on Friday, with construction anticipated to begin within about 45 days from when the bid is awarded.</p>
  • Greenspan: Stocks to see 'significant correction

    07/31/2014 5:02:30 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-31-2014 | reuters
    Equity markets will see a decline at some point after rising for the past several years, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said in an interview on Bloomberg TV. Read More Putting millions where his mouth is, trader bets on S&P "The stock market has recovered so sharply for so long, you have to assume somewhere along the line we will get a significant correction ," Greenspan said on Wednesday. Greenspan's comments come amid growing concern that interest rates near record lows are creating asset-price bubbles
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Thursday, July 31, 2014

    07/31/2014 12:37:39 AM PDT · by sneakers · 25 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, and we await word that they are returning soon. (Stand by) Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Angry black woman eloquently smacks down Students for Justice in Palestine

    07/30/2014 10:27:18 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 7 replies
    AllenBWest.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Allen West
    They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. If that’s the case, the American black community should be highly flattered that everybody wants to lay claim to a “civil rights struggle” just like the black civil rights movement. We see that coming from the radical gay agenda, and some in the black community provide credibility in attributing the “civil rights” mantra to that push. You even have folks here in America illegally claiming they have “civil rights.” One thing missing from all these other struggles is the central root of the black civil rights movement, the black church....
  • Shanghai Disneyland to Benefit From High Speed Train Line

    07/30/2014 9:54:16 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 7-30-2014 | Abid Rahman
    Shanghai Disneyland opens at the end of 2015. The $5.5 billion theme park and holiday resort project will be integrated into city's transport system with proposals for a "Disney Express" train services also likely to get the go-ahead. A high speed rail line connecting Shanghai Disney Resort with the city is increasingly likely to be built reported the Shanghai Daily last Saturday. The paper says that blueprints issues by the Shanghai Railway Bureau show plans to build a new station in the Pudong New Area, a site close to the construction site of the prospective Disneyland theme park and Disney...
  • White House threatens to veto $659M House border bill

    07/30/2014 9:08:51 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7-30-2014 | Peter Schroeder
    The White House threatened Wednesday to veto the $659 million border bill crafted by House Republicans, calling it an insufficient bill that places “arbitrary and unrealistic demands” on the nation’s immigration system. In a statement of administration policy, the White House said advisers would recommend President Obama veto the bill if it reached his desk. The administration slammed the GOP bill as “patchwork legislation,” saying it provides insufficient resources and forces harmful policy changes, according to the statement. “H.R. 5230 could make the situation worse, not better,” the administration said. The White House used the veto threat to blast House...
  • Naomi Shure - I Am Telling You

    07/30/2014 6:44:13 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 7 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | Feb 26, 2014 | Jaqob Jackson
    Naomi Shure - I Am Telling You From the 2010 Arkansas Miss America Pageant
  • After Action Report Dinesh D'Souza's AMERICA at Costco

    07/30/2014 6:36:37 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 34 replies
    FR ^ | July 30, 2014 | RQSR
    Follow up to book sales Dinesh D'Souza AMERICA discussion of earlier this month.
  • Close call: axe through windshield!

    07/30/2014 3:52:22 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    Chinook Observer ^ | 7-30-2014 | KELLY SPRUNGER
    Topsfield, Mass. --- (NECN) A motorist traveling on I-95 South in Topsfield, Massachusetts, endured a frightening moment Wednesday morning when an axe struck their vehicle. A landscaper driving a dump truck had failed to properly secure an axe in its rear cargo area. The axe came loose, flew off the truck and became lodged in the windshield of a car traveling behind it, nearly striking a passenger. The female passenger sat terrified in her seat after it all happened, with an axe lodged in the glass just inches from her face. She was covered in glass. "She was very shaken...
  • Obamacare Dividends Pile Up for Hospitals as Patients Pay

    07/30/2014 3:42:51 PM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 7/30/2014 | Alex Wayne and Shannon Pettypiece
    Even as Obamacare continues to be attacked by foes and challenged in court, hospital chains and insurers are making more money, more patients using ERs are paying for their care, and the country as a whole is enjoying slower growth in its health-care spending. HCA Holdings Inc. (HCA), the largest for-profit hospital chain, yesterday raised its forecast and reported a 6.6 percent drop in uninsured patients at its 165 hospitals, a reduction that grows to 48 percent in four states that expanded Medicaid, a top initiative of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. WellPoint Inc. (WLP), which made the...
  • A Brief History Of Mental Illness

    07/30/2014 12:40:46 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 7-30-2014 | Bill Whittle
    In this searing and personal Firewall, Bill Whittle talks about his Brief History of Mental Illness, how he managed to avoid going Full Progressive, the famous author who helped bring him back to sanity, and asks the fundamental question: "What if I'm wrong?"
  • Suspected Child Molester Recently Featured on CNN Crime Show Killed in NYC Shootout

    07/30/2014 2:22:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    hollywood reporter ^ | hillary lewis
    A suspected child molester whose case was recently featured on CNN's The Hunt With John Walsh was killed in a New York City shootout on Monday. Sexual-assault suspect Charles Richard Mozdir exchanged fire with a fugitive task force Monday in Greenwich Village, leaving the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police detective wounded, authorities said. Mozdir was arrested in California after the now-7-year-old son of two close friends told his parents that Mozdir touched his private parts while the suspect was taking care of him, CNN reported. A $1 million warrant was issued for Mozdir’s arrest after he...
  • Pandemic Masks

    07/30/2014 1:49:50 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 70 replies
    Doom and Bloom ^ | 7/7/14 | Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones the Disaster Doctor
    Your Strategy doctor and patient with masks You’ll need both standard and N95 masks as part of your medical supplies. I would recommend a significant number of each as the masks will be contaminated once worn and should be discarded. A simple truth regarding medical supplies in a pandemic: You can never have too many. Any “extras” you might have will be incredibly valuable barter items in times of trouble. There are no absolute standards with regards to who wears what in the sick room. I would recommend using the standard surgical masks for those who are ill, to prevent...
  • Study: Quarantines Work Against Pandemics

    07/30/2014 11:37:21 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    Time ^ | 8/7/2007 | Coco Masters
    The context of the 21st century, however, is very different from that of 1918. Individual rights are guarded a lot more fiercely today than in the past, and people may not submit easily to compulsory quarantine or isolation. It is critical that if we were to implement such public health measures that we have adequate medical and psychological support, says Markel. "If you come down with the force of the law very hard, you have to ask if the public health edict helps public health or endangers it," he says. "The onus is on us as physicians, public health experts,...
  • US blacklists North Korean shipping companies

    07/30/2014 11:01:21 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    8 news now ^ | 7-30-2014
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted two North Korean shipping companies that operated a ship seized by Panama last year for carrying undeclared military equipment from Cuba. The department announced Wednesday it was imposing sanctions on the Chongchongang Shipping Company, which owned the ship. It also sanctioned Ocean Maritime Management Company, which allegedly provided the ship's captain and crew with instructions to conceal the weapons and provide false documentation. Panamanian authorities stopped the ship, Chong Chon Gang, in July 2013, as it tried to enter the Panama Canal. They found two Cuban fighter jets, missiles and live...
  • Stowaway in Air Force C-130 at Ramstein likely suffocated

    07/30/2014 10:46:44 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 7-30-2014 | Steven Beardsley and Marcus Kloeckner
    A teenage boy found dead inside a hidden compartment of an Air Force plane after its return to Ramstein Air Base in Germany from a mission across northern Africa likely suffocated because of a lack of oxygen at high altitude, according to an autopsy performed Wednesday. German investigators said the unidentified youth, believed to be from Africa, most likely boarded the plane in Bamako, the capital of Mali, one of several stops made by the Ramstein-based C-130J Super Hercules during an eight-day mission. Prosecutor Eberhard Bayer could not say what led investigators to that conclusion but said his clothing could...
  • Nigeria arrests explosive-laden child

    07/30/2014 10:38:21 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    sbs news ^ | 7-31-2014
    On Sunday, a young woman injured five police officers as she blew herself up at a another campus in the city. The next day, two young women believed to be in their late teens or early 20s separately attacked a petrol station and a shopping centre, suicide blasts that killed at least three people and injured 13 others. Omeri said security forces on Tuesday stopped a car in Kano's neighbouring state of Katsina and arrested three suspected Boko Haram members. The group included one male and two girls, aged 18 and 10. The older two tried to flee, according to...
  • Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality

    07/30/2014 9:33:51 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 65 replies
    bbc ^ | july 29, 2014
    According to new research from Boston University, young children with a religious background are less able to distinguish between fantasy and reality compared with their secular counterparts. In two studies, 66 kindergarten-age children were presented with three types of stories - realistic, religious and fantastical. The researchers then queried the children on whether they thought the main character in the story was real or fictional. While nearly all children found the figures in the realistic narratives to be real, secular and religious children were split on religious stories. Children with a religious upbringing tended to view the protagonists in religious stories as...
  • Aides: Senate could confirm several ambassadors

    07/30/2014 9:15:39 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    wfmj ^ | 7-30-2014 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - A series of ambassadors could be confirmed before lawmakers adjourn this week, including a new U.S. envoy to Russia.</p> <p>Action would ease a Senate backlog currently keeping more than 50 diplomatic nominees in limbo. The State Department and White House have bemoaned the delays.</p>