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  • Odd Byproduct of Legal Marijuana: Homes That Blow Up

    01/17/2015 3:22:44 PM PST · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 17, 2015 | Jack Healy
    When Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago, nobody was quite ready for the problem of exploding houses. But that is exactly what firefighters, courts and lawmakers across the state are confronting these days: amateur marijuana alchemists who are turning their kitchens and basements into “Breaking Bad”-style laboratories, using flammable chemicals to extract potent drops of a marijuana concentrate commonly called hash oil, and sometimes accidentally blowing up their homes and lighting themselves on fire in the process.
  • Obama administration considers mandatory quarantine

    10/24/2014 3:21:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 October 2014 | David Martosko
    The Obama administration is considering imposing a forced quarantine on healthcare workers who return to the United States from the Ebola hot zone of West Africa, after a New York doctor who treated patients there tested positive for the virus on Thursday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Tom Skinner told Reuters on Friday that a mandatory quarantine is one possible plan under discussion by officials from across the administration. 'There are a number of options being discussed pertaining to the monitoring and mobility of healthcare workers who are returning to the United States from affected countries,' Skinner said.
  • Airline notifying 800 people in Ebola scare: Amber Vinson's symptoms may have come earlier

    10/17/2014 2:23:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    KETV-TV / CNN ^ | October 17, 2014 | Faith Karimi and Greg Botelho
    A nurse infected with Ebola may have had symptoms sooner than originally believed, authorities say, and an airline is notifying up to 800 passengers linked to flights she took between Dallas and Cleveland. In addition to Amber Vinson's round trip, Frontier Airlines is also reaching out to others who were in five subsequent flights that used the same plane. Vinson was hospitalized Tuesday, a day after she returned from Cleveland to Dallas aboard a Frontier Airlines flight. The nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas was part of a team that treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed...
  • 2nd Ebola case in Texas caused by breach in protocol, CDC chief says

    10/12/2014 12:15:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/12/2014 | KURTIS LEE, MICHAEL A. MEMOLI
    A federal health official said Sunday there was “clearly” a breach in protocol that led to the infection of a Dallas healthcare worker with Ebola in what is thought to be the first U.S. transmission of the deadly virus. “We’re deeply concerned about this new development,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I think the fact that we don’t know of a breach in protocol is concerning, because clearly there was a breach in protocol. We have the ability to prevent the spread of...
  • No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola?

    10/03/2014 3:01:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    NPR ^ | 10/03/2014 | MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF
    Holy moly! There's a case of Ebola in the U.S.!That first reaction was understandable. There's no question the disease is scary. The World Health Organization now estimates that the virus has killed about 70 percent of people infected in West Africa.The Ebola case in Dallas is the first one diagnosed outside Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. And the health care system in Texas didn't quarantine the man right away. He was sick with Ebola — and contagious — for four days before he was admitted to the hospital. But when you look at health...
  • Wait, You Can Have Ebola and Still Board a Plane?

    10/01/2014 7:45:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/01/2014 | Olga Khazan
    A man who flew from Liberia to Dallas has become the first Ebola case to be diagnosed within the U.S., the CDC reported Tuesday, and he is currently in isolation at Dallas's Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Americans have been warned not to travel to Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone, but they obviously can—and do. So how are countries keeping suspected Ebola patients (well, most of them, anyway) contained within their borders? Thermometers, mostly. People are screened for elevated temperatures before they're allowed to board planes departing from the countries where Ebola is raging. Fever is one of the earliest symptoms...
  • Odds on when the movie Outbreak or Contagion airs

    09/30/2014 4:44:04 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 15 replies
    Self | 09-30-14 | ealgeone
    I predict by this weekend.
  • Ebola warning: CDC tells airlines to 'treat all body fluids as infectious'

    09/22/2014 7:50:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 21, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increasing their warnings on Ebola, is advising airlines and jet staff to treat all body fluids as infectious, even on domestic flights.“Treat all body fluids as though they are infectious,” said the latest CDC update to airlines. The update notes that if Ebola is suspected, aircraft can be cleaned mid-flight. The update is apparently meant to stress the rights airlines have to block anyone who appears "ill" from boarding.The agency this week suggested that the Ebola crisis could strike 500,000 by the end of January. Others note that some 200,000 Africans from nations...
  • German hospitals ready for Ebola patients

    08/01/2014 7:42:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies ^ | 01 Aug 2014 16:50 GMT+02:00
    Germany’s high-tech isolation wards remained on alert on Friday, ready to receive Ebola patients should they be required to. German airports seemed less prepared for the potential dangers of the viral epidemic, however. Hamburg’s University clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) said on Friday it remains prepared and ready to take Ebola patients from the outbreak in west Africa, despite not expecting any in the immediate future. […] The infectious Ebola virus has killed 672 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since February in the world’s largest ever recorded outbreak of the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) is still struggling to...
  • Whooping Cough Cases Nearing 900

    07/19/2014 5:03:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Friday, Jul 18, 2014 | Andie Adams
    If the rate stays on track, 2014 could break 2010's record high of 1,179 casesSan Diego County has seen more than double the number of pertussis cases this year compared to last, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). Nine new instances of whooping cough, which may have left others exposed, brings the county’s total to 895. Just 120 cases were reported by this time last year, and for the whole of 2013, 431 cases were confirmed. “The county and state are experiencing an epidemic of pertussis,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., a county public...
  • DOCTOR WARNS — US Schools Could Face HEALTH CRISIS as Immigrants Enter Classrooms This Fall (VIDEO)

    07/18/2014 4:30:28 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 32 replies ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Dr. Elaina George, an ear, nose, throat and chest specialist from Atlanta, told Charles Payne on FOX News today that the US could be facing a health crisis as the thousands of newly illegal children enter the classrooms this fall. “There’s an example in Maryland, where parents got a letter from the school that there children had been exposed to an illegal child who had TB who was one of their classmates. So this fall it is potentially possible that these children entering the school systems could be carrying all sorts of things, diseases that are not on the radar.”...
  • Disease Tsunami Washing Across Our Border

    07/18/2014 9:59:02 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 18, 2014 | IBD EDITOTIALS
    Immigration: With medical professionals overwhelmed by border chaos, illegal aliens are being sent across the U.S. without basic health screening, raising the prospect of epidemics of diseases once thought eradicated. As unaccompanied minors from Central America who have flooded across President Obama's open borders are dispersed nationwide from Nebraska to Illinois to Massachusetts, concerns have arisen that the nation's health has been put at risk by poor and even absent medical screening. An internal Department of Defense memo obtained by ABC News reports that the director of refugee health at Health and Human Services "has identified a breakdown of the...
  • Exclusive: Feds Struggling to Cope With Medical ‘Breakdown’ at the Border

    07/17/2014 6:10:19 AM PDT · by yoe · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Josh Margolin
    The federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can’t provide basic medical screening to all of the children before transporting them – often by air – to longer-term holding facilities across the country, ABC News has learned. The director of refugee health in the federal Health and Human Services Department “has identified a breakdown of the medical screening processes at the Nogales, Arizona, facility,” according to an internal Department of Defense memo reviewed by ABC News. The “breakdown” a systemic failure of the handoff of these children between CBP and HHS.
  • Outbreak on the Border

    07/14/2014 4:37:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    free beacon ^ | 7/14/14 | Bill Gertz
    Health authorities at a Navy base in Southern California took steps last weekend to curtail an outbreak of pneumonia and swine flu among illegal immigrant children housed at the facility, according to U.S. officials. The outbreak of disease among several of the nearly 600 immigrant children at the Naval Base Ventura County, located north of Los Angeles, initially was thought to be caused by deadly bacterial streptococcal meningitis, according to one official close to the issue. However, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said he was not aware of any cases of meningitis at the...
  • Illegal Immigrant Children Have Lice So Bad ‘They Can Be Seen Crawling Down’ Their Faces

    07/07/2014 9:17:55 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 81 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Todd Starnes told Sean Hannity on FOX News tonight that the illegal immigrant children held at Lackland Air Force base in Oklahoma are bringing diseases into America. The children have tuberculosis, scabies and lice so bad you can see them running down their faces. “It’s one giant emergency room. They tell me tuberculosis has become a very dangerous issue there. Nurses say the number of children representing symptoms of tuberculosis is ‘simply staggering.’ Spitting up blood, chest pains, constant coughing. There are at least three confirmed cases for the illegals in Austin, Texas… The federal government is covering up the...
  • Immigration Crisis: Tuberculosis Spreading at Camps

    07/07/2014 9:27:49 AM PDT · by kristinn · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | Monday, July 7, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    SNIP The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seems to think the children coming across the southern border are remarkably healthy. It's a sentiment shared by BCFS -- the Texas-based agency formerly known as Baptist Child & Family Services contracted to run camps at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Fort Sill in Oklahoma. More than 7,000 children have been processed through the two camps, according to a BCFS official. They allege that only 119 children have been treated for lice, 22 for scabies, and one for the H1N1 Flu. BCFS says the most common illnesses seen...
  • 240,000 Illegal Aliens Since April – President Obama Intentionally Overwhelming U.S.

    07/05/2014 2:13:38 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 19 replies
    Last Refuge ^ | July 5 2014 | sundance
    In two months President Obama has placed almost a quarter million illegal aliens into target communities around the U.S.   Nothing about this is random, uncoordinated or unplanned. WASHINGTON DC - The vast majority of 50,000 unaccompanied youths and children who have illegally crossed the Texas border during the last few months have been successfully delivered by federal agencies to their relatives living in the United States, according to a New York Times article. A second New York Times article reports revealed that officials have caught an additional 240,000 Central American migrants since April, and are transporting many of them to...
  • A Public Health Crisis at the Border (tuberculosis, dengue fever on the rise)

    07/04/2014 10:20:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/03/14 | Marc Siegel
    **SNIP** Drug-resistant tuberculosis also appears to have spread, with several counties in southern Texas reporting twice the usual average number of cases. TB is a disease that needs to be carefully monitored and screened for, a prospect that is not possible under the current circumstances. Dengue fever, a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease that causes fatigue, pain in the bones and muscles, and fever, and infects close to 100 million people worldwide every year, has been detected this year in southern Texas for the first time since 2005. Illegal immigrants, possibly from Mexico, are a likely source. If infected mosquitoes begin...
  • Obama's Open Borders Put Nation's Health At Risk

    07/02/2014 6:01:44 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Border: Doctors and nurses at an alien detention camp are threatened with arrest if they talk about the risk of contagion from the influx of unaccompanied children into the U.S. Give us your poor, your tired, your infected. Last weekend, at least two confirmed cases of the swine flu virus were detected in minors being held in two separate detainment facilities in South Texas, a stark reminder that the conditions created by President Obama's orchestrated invasion of the U.S. are ripe for viral outbreaks that jeopardize the health of American citizens. It was reported last week that at least one...
  • Obama Won’t Visit Southern U.S. Border While in Texas, but Here’s What He Will Be Doing

    07/02/2014 11:40:35 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 2 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that President Barack Obama will not be visiting the southern U.S. border anytime soon, even though he will be in Texas next week for a fundraiser. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has invited Obama a few times to visit the border to assess the immigration crisis that has evolved as tens of thousands of unaccompanied children try to cross into the United States. But Earnest said Obama at this point has not accepted. illegal immigration Barack Obama Rick Perry Texas fundraising politics President Barack Obama is in Texas next week for a fundraiser,...
  • Doctors and Nurses Threatened w/Arrest for Revealing Contagious Illegal Alien Diseases

    07/02/2014 8:18:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/02/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama’s illegal DREAM amnesty, which has already cost the life of one young boy, may be America’s next public health crisis. It is clear that a public health crisis on a grand scale is occurring, and that the Centers for Disease Control needs to be directly involved. When these immigrants leave the camps and get on buses and trains, they spread disease to other states.Already, drug-resistant tuberculosis is spreading in Texas, with several counties having twice the state average number of cases. Dengue Fever, a viral illness spread by mosquitoes which causes marked bone and muscle pain and fatigue...
  • Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest

    07/02/2014 6:54:48 AM PDT · by null and void · 45 replies ^ | July 02, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say. In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. “There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” a psychiatric counselor told me. “We were under orders not to say anything.” The...
  • Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest (Amerika)

    07/02/2014 2:39:31 AM PDT · by quesney · 66 replies
    Fox ^ | Todd Starnes
    A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say. In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans. I have agreed to not to disclose their identities because they fear retaliation and prosecution. My sources say...
  • Report: Ebola Suspected In Europe: “Broken Through All Containment Efforts”

    04/20/2014 1:38:13 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 135 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/20/14
    Though officials at the World Health Organization are feverishly working to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in what is now seven African nations, their efforts may be for naught. In Guinea, a hot spot for the deadly contagion, government health officials have said that the outbreak is nearly under control. Yet, Reuters reports that the government “planned to stop publicly releasing the death toll to avoid causing unnecessary panic.” But panic may be in order. Despite the best efforts of emergency health workers it appears that virus may have crossed out of Africa into Europe.
  • Ebola may go airborne

    11/16/2012 5:15:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Science News ^ | November 15, 2012 | Tina Hesman Saey
    The Ebola virus can spread through the air from pigs to macaques, a new study suggests. Transmission of the virus — which causes an often fatal hemorrhagic fever in people and primates — was thought to require direct contact with body fluids from an infected animal or person. But in the new study, published online November 15 in Scientific Reports, piglets infected with Ebola passed the virus to macaques housed in the same room even though the animals never touched. “The evidence that the virus got from a pig to a monkey through a respiratory route is good,” says Glenn...
  • Tweet - Hazardous materials released at Institute for Genomic Biology. Escape area if safe to do so

    05/29/2012 7:59:43 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    Twitter ^ | 8:16 PM - 28 May 12 | Illini-Alert
    Hazardous materials released at Institute for Genomic Biology. Escape area if safe to do so. Otherwise seek shelter.
  • American Idol 2012--Live Thread

    01/18/2012 11:41:39 AM PST · by silent_jonny · 10,045 replies · 15+ views ^ | January 18, 2012
  • Contagion Catastrophe: Europe is closer than you think to bringing down the American Economy

    12/02/2011 9:02:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/02/2011 | By Jim Tankersley
    This is the worst-case scenario from Europe, and it just might come true: Italy defaults on its debts. Every major Italian bank collapses. Recession grips the eurozone. Sovereign defaults and bank failures ripple across the Continent. Saddled with bad loans to nations and lenders in Europe, American banks hemorrhage cash. Credit freezes in the United States. Multinational companies, unable to raise money, curb U.S. investment and hiring. Wall Street demands, but fails to get, new bailouts. The entire developed world plummets into recession and, quite possibly, depression. This, in contrast, is the placid warning that President Obama gave Americans about...
  • Tuberculosis Breaks Out At Occupy Atlanta’s Base

    11/10/2011 4:19:15 PM PST · by Tench_Coxe · 24 replies · 1+ views
    ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested positive for tuberculosis. The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease
  • The man who voted present now says “I told you so”

    08/06/2011 1:48:17 PM PDT · by Lakeshark · 19 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 8/6/2011 | William Jacobson
    Barack Obama never put forth a debt reduction plan. Ever. All Obama did was talk in generalities about what he might be willing to consider as part of a “grand bargain,” but it always was vague, the equivalent of voting present. But when Republicans put forth actual plans to deal with entitlements (the Ryan plan) and to take dramatic action as to spending (Cut, Cap and Balance) the White House went along with Democratic demagoguing of the issue. The beauty of voting present is that it allows one to sit back and watch, and then say “I told you so”...
  • Europe’s financial contagion

    12/07/2010 11:01:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    wapo ^ | 12/7/10 | Neil Irwin
    Greece sneezed, and now most of Europe has a cold. The European debt crisis has already spread like a virus from Greece to Ireland, and other countries are now at risk: Portugal, Spain, and Italy are probable candidates for financial problems. Economists call this the “contagion effect.” How does this spread? Some of it has to do with confidence. When investors see one country encounter financial problems, they may doubt the health of other countries that seem to share economic or even political characteristics. Contagion also has much to do with actual economic links among countries. Researchers have identified financial...
  • Blue Chip Economists See Limited U.S. Contagion From Eurozone Debt Crisis

    06/10/2010 9:16:39 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 158+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 6-10-2010 | Research Recap
    Blue Chip Economists See Limited U.S. Contagion From Eurozone Debt Crisis by: Research Recap June 10, 2010 Most economists polled by Blue Chip Economic Indicators appear to anticipate that “contagion” effects on the American economy will be limited, as lower than previously expected inflation and mortgage rates offset the impact of weaker equity prices and export demand. Consensus forecasts of 2010 and 2011 inflation-adjusted (real) GDP growth in the U.S. went essentially unchanged over the past month according to Blue Chip’s June 2nd-3rd survey of economists. However, predictions of nominal (current dollar) GDP growth and inflation this year and next...
  • Dow Now Down Over 220 As Europe Explodes (now down over 500)

    05/06/2010 11:22:26 AM PDT · by blam · 306 replies · 14,020+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-6-2010 | Gregory White
    Dow Now Down Over 220 As Europe Explodes Gregory White May. 6, 2010, 2:09 PM The Dow is down 2.0% on worries over the European sovereign debt crises as investors move into less risky assets. Gold is up to nearly 1200. Volatility on the S&P 500 is up as well, over 13.09%: The center of all this, the euro, down against the dollar over 1.1%:[snip]
  • The Fire Next Time (Paul Krugman argues : To let big banks fail is to invite contagion)

    04/16/2010 6:44:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 285+ views
    New York Times ^ | 04/15/2010 | Paul Krugman
    On Tuesday, Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, called for the abolition of municipal fire departments. Firefighters, he declared, “won’t solve the problems that led to recent fires. They will make them worse.” The existence of fire departments, he went on, “not only allows for taxpayer-funded bailouts of burning buildings; it institutionalizes them.” He concluded, “The way to solve this problem is to let the people who make the mistakes that lead to fires pay for them. We won’t solve this problem until the biggest buildings are allowed to burn.” O.K., I fibbed a bit. Mr. McConnell said almost everything...
  • Ousted ACORN leaders in New Orleans announce new organization

    10/24/2009 4:17:09 PM PDT · by james500 · 15 replies · 1,242+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | 10/24/2009 | Bill Barrow
    Several Louisiana ACORN leaders, including the recently ousted state leader, are expected to announce today that they have started a new organization under the same name after national authorities of the community action network voted to take over the chapter. A notice of a news conference scheduled for 3 p.m. in Light City Church, 6117 St. Claude Ave., says the event will include "Louisiana ACORN Executive Director Beth Butler, " who was fired from that post Oct. 12 by national ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis. The document states that Butler will be joined by several Louisiana ACORN officers, board members and...
  • Japan closes 2,000 schools as swine flu spreads

    05/18/2009 5:02:57 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 839+ views
    AFP ^ | 05/18/09 | Shingo Ito
    Japan closes 2,000 schools as swine flu spreads by Shingo Ito Mon May 18, 3:35 am ET KOBE, Japan (AFP) – Japan has confirmed 129 swine flu cases and shuttered more than 2,000 schools and kindergartens in a bid to slow the spread of the virus that may already have infected hundreds. The number of (A)H1N1 cases has risen rapidly in the urban areas of Kobe and Osaka since the first confirmed domestic infection -- a 17-year-old Kobe high school student who had not been abroad -- was reported on Saturday. Authorities said the real number of infections could already...
  • North Korea Also Hit by Financial Crisis(best revenge is going broke?)

    10/28/2008 4:32:40 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 397+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 10/28/08 | Moon Sung Hwee
    North Korea Also Hit by Financial Crisis By Moon Sung Hwee, from Jagang in 2006 [2008-10-27 18:12 ] ※ A U.S. dollar is approximately 3,600 North Korean won. The global financial crisis has even hit North Korea, via China. A North Korean inside source, in an interview with the Daily NK on the 24th, said, "Exports as well as smuggling have been blocked. Everyone is worried about how far the financial crisis will go." According to the source, Chinese traders and smuggling business partners cut the price of North Korea's exports and natural resources such as minerals and scrap iron...
  • Warning: Worldwide wipeout ahead (it's worse beyond the border)

    08/21/2008 8:08:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 177+ views
    Money Central ^ | 08/22/08 | Jon Markman
    Warning: Worldwide wipeout ahead Think US stocks are on a life raft? Look around the globe, where seas are much rougher. This is serious, folks. Brace for a brutal riptide of more economic upheaval. By Jon Markman It barely seems possible that anyone is more pessimistic about corporate earnings prospects than American shareholders right now, with the U.S. stock market down almost 15% for the year and the banking system coming unglued before our eyes. Yet if you take a moment to look around the world, you may be surprised to learn that U.S. stocks are the picture of health...
  • Editorial: How China's inflation wallops us

    08/17/2008 10:07:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 532+ views
    DMN ^ | 08/14/08
    Editorial: How China's inflation wallops us 12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, August 14, 2008 As an inflation hawk, Richard Fisher, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, is a bit worried about the day the Olympic flame is extinguished. Mr. Fisher, a member of the Federal Reserve committee that influences U.S. interest rates, says China is about to face an inflation conundrum that the Olympics temporarily is holding in check. Beijing tamped down worker wages and subsidized energy to make sure the world sees China in the best possible light. But pressures from rising demand in China aren't...
  • TB-tainted man crosses border 76 times

    10/17/2007 3:35:25 PM PDT · by Dysart · 50 replies · 209+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10-17-07 | Sara A. Carter and Audrey Hudson
    A Mexican national infected with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis crossed the U.S. border 76 times and took multiple domestic flights in the last year, according to Customs and Border Protection interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times. he Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency was warned by health officials on April 16 that the frequent traveler was infected, but it took the Homeland Security officials more than six weeks to issue a May 31 alert to warn its own border inspectors, according to Homeland Security sources who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution. Homeland...
  • Party like it's 1999?

    10/03/2007 6:49:29 PM PDT · by oblomov · 5 replies · 626+ views
    FT ^ | 3 Oct 2007 | John Authers
    On Monday morning, as fresh news of severe losses by the giant financial groups, UBS and Citigroup, revealed even more damage inflicted by this summer's credit squeeze, the reaction of stock markets was clear. They rallied. In Monday's trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, still the most widely watched index of the US stock market, managed to top the all-time peak itreached on July 19. This was broadly representative of the most important developed market indices. The US S&P 500 index and Germany's Dax index are within 1 and 2 per cent respectively of their mid-July highs. Neither the S&P...
  • Trillion-Dollar Question, Part II

    09/05/2007 4:11:05 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 544+ views
    Forbes ^ | 9/5/2007 | Rich Karlgaard
    In the July 2 issue of FORBES I posed these questions: What feeds the global liquidity surplus? On balance, is the global cash glut mainly the result of the U.S. Federal Reserve's loose money and the resulting lax loans? Or can it be explained by a new force--rapidly rising prosperity around the world? The answer mattered, I wrote. "If loose money [lax lending] is causing the liquidity surplus, then both economic growth and the bull rally are resting on thin ice." That would be bad and guarantee a hard landing. But if the 25-year Laffer-to-Google (nasdaq: GOOG) boom in innovation,...
  • Historic fall in home prices

    08/31/2007 12:08:31 PM PDT · by vietvet67 · 50 replies · 1,378+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 31, 2007 | Mark Trumbull
    A historic decline in home values comes down to this: Even if you never signed papers on a risky loan during the real estate frenzy, you may now be paying a price. In recent decades, it has been uncommon for US home prices to fall much, even during recessions. One government measure has never shown a year-over-year decline in its three-decade history. But the current economy is far from normal – with the housing market in a period of persistent decline at a time when many other economic indicators are positive. By one index released this week, home prices are...
  • Bush Plans Steps to Help Troubled Borrowers (Low income)

    08/30/2007 6:12:46 PM PDT · by Dubya · 84 replies · 1,968+ views
    NEW YORK TIMES ^ | August 31, 2007 | STEVEN R. WEISMAN
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 — President Bush, in his first response to low-income families hit by the subprime mortgage crisis, plans to announce several steps Friday aimed at helping Americans with credit difficulties to meet the rising cost of their housing loans, administration officials said Thursday.
  • Bond Manager Says Don't Bail Out Subprime

    Bill Gross, the Pimco bond guru, is like the old E.F. Hutton: When he talks, people listen. 1. Jim Cramer Portfolios of the Week 2. Jim Cramer's Best Blogs 3. Coming Week: Calm Before Storm 4. Skip Skype, Vonage: Get VoIP for Next to Nothing 5. Why Cramer is Hot for Oil Global Forex TD AMERITRADE Fisher Investments E*TRADE FINANCIAL Fidelity Investments The question right now is whether his words always match his reputation. Last week, Gross grabbed the headlines by warning that the housing slump could lead to devastating economic consequences. He argued that a 10% fall in...
  • Let Market, Not Government, Deal With Subprime Mortgage Problem

    08/15/2007 6:11:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies · 1,516+ views
    IBD ^ | August 15, 2007 | Dick Armey
    For many, the American dream starts with homeownership. Purchasing a home is usually a family's largest financial commitment. A home is not just a personal investment. It is an investment in the community and an affirmation of our fundamental value of private property.Since we are all touched by the housing market, any turmoil in the housing sector grabs attention and emotions, as evidenced by the recent coverage of the subprime mortgage meltdown and "crisis." But should we be preparing for the next Great Depression, and do we need the federal government to save us? Unfortunately, the media have a tendency...
  • Countrywide tumbles 19% on financing rumors

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Shares of Countrywide Financial Corp. dropped as much as 19 percent Wednesday on market rumors the mortgage company has been unable to raise money from the commercial paper market. Countrywide officials were not immediately available for comment. "People are buying Countrywide puts very aggressively on Wednesday off of rumors that the commercial paper market could be closed to them," said William Lefkowitz, options strategist at brokerage firm vFinance Investments. Puts are options that allow an investor to sell a stock at a preset price by a certain date. Another trader attributed the drop in the stock...
  • The U.S. Housing Bust Is a Big Deal

    08/15/2007 1:22:12 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 60 replies · 2,169+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | August 10, 2007 | Desmond Lachman
    The U.S. Housing Bust Is a Big DealAmerican Enterprise Institute By Desmond Lachman Friday, August 10, 2007 As U.S. home prices at the national level begin to decline for the first time since the Great Depression, most Wall Street analysts maintain their rosy outlook for the U.S. economy by allowing hope to triumph over experience. For while they concede that any bottom to the housing market bust is slipping ever further into the distant future, they hew to the view that the U.S. housing sector is far too small to derail the overall U.S. economy. They arrive at this happy...
  • Fed injects $2B more into banking system

    08/13/2007 10:52:47 AM PDT · by Hydroshock · 183 replies · 2,702+ views
    NEW YORK ( -- The Federal Reserve injected an additional $2 billion into the banking system Monday, marking the second time in as many sessions that the central bank has taken steps to help sooth jittery financial markets. On Friday, the central bank injected $38 billion into the U.S. banking system in an effort to cool Wall Street fears about a credit crunch. The New York Fed said in a statement it was ready to conduct additional operations during the day as needed. On Wall Street, stocks managed modest gains in midday trade. Foreign banks have taken similar action, with...
  • Mortgage meltdown contagion (Fallout of the housing bubble in the rest of the economy)

    NEW YORK ( -- The outlook for the housing market looks even bleaker than it did a week ago. Last Friday we reported that foreclosures were skyrocketing, home prices falling and recovery forecasts were being scaled back. And now this week, the mortgage meltdown spread to the financial markets with ebola-like speed, sparking fears that tighter credit will have a broader impact on consumers, markets and the economy. Current Mortgage Rates Type Overall avgs 30 yr fixed mtg 6.23% 15 yr fixed mtg 5.90% 30 yr fixed jumbo mtg 6.94% 5/1 ARM 6.06% 5/1 jumbo ARM 6.45% Find personalized rates:...