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  • Pfizer disputes suit claiming Zoloft doesn't work

    01/31/2013 6:11:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Niami Herald ^ | 01.31.13 | LINDA A. JOHNSON
    AP BUSINESS WRITER TRENTON, N.J. -- The maker of Zoloft is being sued in an unusual case alleging the popular antidepressant has no more benefit than a dummy pill and that patients who took it should be reimbursed for their costs. --snip-- He said Pfizer produced two studies showing Zoloft worked better than placebo - the FDA's requirement for approval - but most Zoloft studies showed its effect was the same as a placebo. Dr. Michael Thase, who heads the mood and anxiety disorders program at the University of Pennsylvania's medical school, said research by others using the same unpublished...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Fabulous FRiday Favorites ~ 1 February 2013

    01/31/2013 6:06:46 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 135 replies
    January 31, 2013 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Fabulous FRiday FAVORITES Tell us about your favorite Love Story Movie(s).An Affair to Remember" - 1957 "An Officer and a Gentleman" - 1982 Ghost" - 1990 "Casablanca" - 1942 "The Quiet Man" - 1952 "Titanic" - 1997 Sleepless in Seattle" - 1993 Remember, the Canteen is a family friendly place. We welcome the military, our allies, and their families.Continued prayers for the success and completion of your mission. Prayers for...
  • Sen. Menendez Pushed 'Windfall' for Melgen in Dominican Port Security Deal

    01/31/2013 5:54:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 31, 2013 | Ken Boehm
    Ever since the allegations first made in November that Dominican-born eye doctor Salomon Melgen provided prostitutes for Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a favor that appeared to be gravy on top of his large campaign contributions, the obvious question for us has been, "What has Menendez done for Melgen?" We believe that we have answer. After an extensive review of publicly available documents that link the two men, the answer relates to unusual actions on behalf of a port security company known as ICSSI. Ray Hernandez and Frances Robles detail in a New York Times story how Menendez sought to help...
  • O'Mara: State unlocked trove of info from Trayvon's cellphone

    01/31/2013 5:44:16 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 39 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 31, 2013 | Rene Stutzman
    New court paperwork reveals that prosecutors have unlocked a great deal more information from Trayvon Martin's cellphone, including satellite-tracking information that shows where it was in the days leading up to his shooting. But if it also lays out the teenager's movements Feb. 26 — the day Trayvon was shot and killed by George Zimmerman — prosecutors have not released that to defense attorneys. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara disclosed that information Wednesday in a new court filing, one asking for more time to prepare for trial. ....... Information from Trayvon's phone is one example. The Android-powered smartphone was found near...
  • Details of Adam Lanza’s mental state not to be revealed until June

    01/31/2013 5:36:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 31, 2013 | TINA BURGESS
    While most of the media appears to have stopped asking why Adam Lanza killed, there are at least two people who haven’t stopped; the father of six-year-old Arielle Richman, Jeremy Richman, and the mother of six-year-old Ana Marquez-Greene, Nelba Marquez-Greene... --snip-- “The prosecutor in the case, Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, said he cannot release information about Adam Lanza's mental health because of the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct, which covers all attorneys in the state. His office is reviewing whether details of Lanza's mental state can be released to the public after the police report is completed, possibly...
  • N.Korea 'Poised to Conduct Nuclear Test'

    01/31/2013 5:27:58 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | February 1, 2013
    N.Korea 'Poised to Conduct Nuclear Test' North Korea appears to have completed preparations for a nuclear test with the installation of measuring equipment near the entrance of an underground test site in Pungye-ri, North Hamgyong Province, a senior government official here said Thursday. South Korea and the U.S. are considering military steps in addition to diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions if the North goes ahead with the test. President Lee Myung-bak convened an emergency meeting with diplomatic and security officials on Thursday morning to discuss Seoul's options. In a statement issued after the meeting, the government said, "If North Korea...
  • EcoAlert: Fracking North Dakota's Bakken Shale Formation from NASA's Earth Observatory

    01/31/2013 5:20:37 PM PST · by LucyT · 12 replies
    TheDailyGalaxy ^ | January 31, 2013 | Staff
    See NASA Graphic at link. NASA Earth Observatory's Suomi Satellite captured the night time glow from hundreds of flares from rigs drilled into the Bakken shale oil formation of North Dakota, a 360-million-year-old tectonic plate, creating a light show the size of metropolitan Boston. Fracking of the Bakken formation has liberated the oil that lies within...Flaring burns off excess natural gas during oil production. The controversial process effectively wastes a natural resource while simultaneously emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. As of 2011, more than 35 per cent of North Dakota's natural gas production was burnt off in flares according...
  • Israel may feel need to strike Syria again

    01/31/2013 5:17:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    AP ^ | Jan 31, 5:55 PM EST | By JOSEF FEDERMAN AND ZEINA KARAM
    BEIRUT (AP) -- An Israeli air attack staged in Syria this week may be a sign of things to come.Israeli military officials appear to have concluded that the risks of attacking Syria are worth taking when compared to the dangers of allowing sophisticated weapons to reach Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon.With Syrian President Bashar Assad's grip on power weakening, Israeli officials fear he could soon lose control over his substantial arsenal of chemical and advanced weapons, which could slip into the hands of Hezbollah or other hostile groups. These concerns, combined with Hezbollah's own domestic problems, mean further military...
  • Unions Supported ObamaCare, Now Some Don't

    01/31/2013 5:13:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Now that ObamaCare is actually happening, labor unions who made a big push for the legislation three years ago are no longer rallying behind it. Unions are seeing healthcare promises made by President Obama broken left and right in the form of higher costs, more bureaucracy, loss of doctors Obama promised they could keep, slashing of healthcare benefits and more. Union leaders say many of the law's requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment...
  • Rand Paul: Time for GOP to soften war stance

    01/31/2013 5:08:50 PM PST · by xzins · 65 replies
    Press TV ^ | 27 Jan 13
    The Republican Party needs to broaden its appeal by softening its edge on some volatile social issues and altering its image as the party always seemingly "eager to go to war," U.S. Sen. Rand Paul told hundreds of Greater Cincinnati Republicans Saturday. "We do need to expand the party and grow the party and that does mean that we don't always all agree on every issue," the Kentucky Republican said at the Northeast Hamilton County Republican Club's annual pancake breakfast at the Sharonville Convention Center. To help the party rebound from two successive losses in presidential races, Republicans must find...
  • Exclusive: Jesse Helms: The Indispensable Man Who Made President Reagan Possible

    01/31/2013 5:02:57 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    http://www.familysecuritymatters.org ^ | July 11, 2008 | JOEL HIMELFARB
    Aside from Ronald Reagan, no one did more than Sen. Jesse Helms to advance the cause of freedom in the world in the past 30 years. President Reagan's contributions - staving off a communist takeover in Central America, denying trade credits and technology to the Communist Bloc, and overseeing a military buildup that ultimately won the Cold War - are well known. But the indispensable role played by the North Carolina Republican, who died July 4th at age 86, may as well be ancient history to many Americans, especially to members of the under-30 You Tube generation, many of whom...
  • NRA president: Anti-gun advocates threatened to kill my kids

    01/31/2013 4:57:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Wahington Times ^ | 1/31/13 | Jessica Chasmar
    In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, NRA President David Keene said gun-control activists threatened to kill his son and daughter. The threats began soon after the Newtown, Conn., shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which thrust the NRA to the forefront of the gun control debate. “Civility is only required of us, civility doesn’t count for them,” the NRA president told The Caller. is set to publish the interview on Monday, Feb. 4.
  • Geraldo Rivera 'truly contemplating' run for Senate. Could he win?

    01/31/2013 4:56:09 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 47 replies
    Broadcast journalist Geraldo Rivera said on his radio program Thursday that he's been in touch 'with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey' about a run in 2014.
  • No Confirmation, No Paycheck

    01/31/2013 4:49:22 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 8 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Jan 31, 2013 | Bill McMorris
    Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt (R.) introduced a bill to eliminate the salaries of the Democratic board members Sharon Block and Richard Griffin in the wake of a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling declaring their “recess appointments” unconstitutional. “This bill would terminate the salaries of Obama’s illegal NLRB appointees and block the board from taking any action until these appointees are legally confirmed,” Blunt wrote in an op-ed in Reuters introducing the bill. The bill has already gained a number of prominent GOP cosponsors since Blunt introduced it on Wednesday, including Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), Ted Cruz (Texas), Tim Scott...
  • Mormon-founded Marriott joins push against anti-gay marriage law

    01/31/2013 4:49:05 PM PST · by Colofornian · 43 replies
    LA Times ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | David Coker
    <p>One of the nation's leading gay-rights advocacy groups, the Human Rights Campaign, has formed a coalition of major companies calling for the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.</p> <p>It's no surprise, of course, that the HRC in Washington would use its considerable clout to organize big businesses to fight DOMA, the law that excludes recognition of same-sex marriages.</p>
  • Federal Rule (Obamacare) Limits Aid to Families Who Can’t Afford Employers’ Health Coverage

    01/31/2013 4:46:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/30/13 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration adopted a strict definition of affordable health insurance on Wednesday that will deny federal financial assistance to millions of Americans with modest incomes who cannot afford family coverage offered by employers. In deciding whether an employer’s health plan is affordable, the Internal Revenue Service said it would look at the cost of coverage only for an individual employee, not for a family. Family coverage might be prohibitively expensive, but federal subsidies would not be available to help buy insurance for children in the family. The policy decision came in a final regulation interpreting ambiguous language...
  • Analysis: Dr. Phil attempts to unravel Tuiasosopo's role in Te'o saga

    01/31/2013 4:33:58 PM PST · by Colofornian · 44 replies
    Sound Bend Tribune ^ | Jan. 31, 2013 | Eric Hansen
    Of course it ended in a cliffhanger -- and also raised more questions than it put to bed. As the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax saga entered its third week, and with America seemingly desperate to finally look away, Part I of Dr. Phil McGraw's two-part grilling of admitted hoax mastermind Ronaiah Tuiasosopo turned out to be largely an appetizer for Part 2. The Dr. Phil show ended Thursday with McGraw confronting Tuiasosopo about the latter's assertion he was the actual voice of Lennay Kekua. Kekua is the character Tuiasosopo created and Te'o purportedly fell in love with, through on-line contact...
  • Explosion at Pemex headquarters, workers injured

    01/31/2013 4:32:12 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 31, 2013 | Michael Weissenstein
    <p>An explosion at the main headquarters of Mexico's state- owned oil company in the capital Thursday heavily damaged three floors of the building, sending hundreds into the streets and a large plume of smoke over the skyline. Local media reported that at least one person had died and about 40 were injured.</p>
  • France Will Dim Its Lights to Conserve Energy (pull the plug at 1am)

    01/31/2013 4:32:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/30/13 | MAÏA de la BAUME
    **SNIP** Under the new law, the interior lights of nonresidential buildings will have to be turned off an hour after the last worker leaves, and lights on building facades and in shop windows will have to be extinguished by 1 a.m. Ms. Batho also presented the decree as a matter of public health. Artificial lighting can damage sleep patterns, she said, and also “cause significant disruptions on ecosystems by changing communication between species, migrations, reproduction cycles or even the prey-predator relationships.”
  • Syria protests over Israel attack, warns of "surprise"

    01/31/2013 4:27:33 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/30/2013 | Reuters
    The foreign ministry summoned the head of the U.N. force in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to deliver the protest a day after Israel hit what Syria said was a military research centre and diplomats said was a weapons convoy heading for Lebanon. "Syria holds Israel and those who protect it in the Security Council fully responsible for the results of this aggression and affirms its right to defend itself, its land and sovereignty," Syrian television quoted it as saying.