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  • GlaxoSmithKline Recalls H1N1 Vaccine in Canada Over 'Life-Threatening' Allergy Risk

    11/24/2009 5:22:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies · 879+ views
    FOX News ^ | November 24, 2009
    LONDON — The pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline says it has advised medical staff in Canada to not use one batch of swine flu vaccine for fear it may trigger life-threatening allergies. GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman Gwenan White said Tuesday the company issued the advice after reports that one batch of the swine flu vaccine might have caused more allergic reactions than normal. She says the affected batch contains 172,000 doses of the vaccine. She declined to say how many doses had been administered before the advice to stop using them was given.
  • Final-salary pension plans urged to take more risks

    10/13/2009 4:37:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 413+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | David Budworth
    Final-salary pension plans urged to take more risks David Budworth Trustees of struggling final-salary pension plans are being urged to adopt racier investment strategies or risk losing up to £150 million of benefits for thousands of scheme members. About 75 final-salary pension plans have such large funding shortfalls that they will wind up in the next two years — forcing 15,000 members into the Pension Protection Fund — unless they take radical action, according to Hewitt Associates, a human resources consultancy, but the schemes could be saved if the trustees overhauled their investment strategies, turning to alternative assets, such as...
  • The future of investing: academics predict more complexity

    10/13/2009 4:32:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 463+ views
    FT ^ | 10/11/09 | Maik Rodewald
    The future of investing: academics predict more complexity By Maik Rodewald Published: October 11 2009 10:21 | Last updated: October 11 2009 10:21 “A theory should be as simple as possible, but no simpler.” If one applies Albert Einstein’s words to a colourful basket of theses from leading US academics about the future of investing, it could look like this: Andrew Lo of MIT’s Sloan School of Management provides the foundation of the theory. For one of America’s current academic superstars, it is pretty clear how the future must look: “We need to solve investors’ biggest problem – uncertain outcomes...
  • Times of Uncertainty Mean Risk Hedges

    10/01/2009 10:12:34 AM PDT · by h20skier66 · 211+ views
    Commodity News Center ^ | 10/1/09 | Christopher Laird
    I can't think of a better way to describe the last 2 years than as times of great uncertainty. Not only did we have two near catastrophic banking failures worldwide, but we also have the ever present Iran Israel nuclear contention. The USD held reasonably well during this period, although it's weaker. In any case, gold has held up amazingly well over the period of the last two years too, in fact is at highs. What else is except US T bonds? Pimco's Bill Gross just said the longer term of the US T yield curve is flattening and that...
  • Governments' contingent liabilities: Fiscal iceberg (Obama's Iceberg)

    10/01/2009 6:42:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 356+ views
    Economist ^ | 09/;24/09
    Governments' contingent liabilities Fiscal iceberg Sep 24th 2009 | WASHINGTON, DC From The Economist print edition Guarantees offered during the crisis pose lasting risks to America THE visible costs of the financial crisis are well known: bank recapitalisations, stimulus spending and shrunken tax revenues. Another set of liabilities—the guarantees thrown up around financial systems a year ago to quell panic and keep credit flowing—has received far less attention. Guarantees are popular because they entail no immediate cost. But they leave the sovereign balance-sheet exposed to lurches in the financial system’s fortunes. In July the International Monetary Fund estimated that the...
  • A.Q. Khan still poses proliferation risk, US warns

    09/02/2009 1:58:08 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 744+ views
    (AFP) via DAWN.com ^ | Wednesday, 02 Sep, 2009 | 06:30 AM PST | n/a
    PAKISTAN SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON: The United States warned Tuesday that reputed Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who has regained freedom of movement in Pakistan, still risks spreading his nuclear weapons know-how. It stopped short of criticizing its ally in the war on terror but recalled that Washington has long raised with Islamabad its fears about Khan, who five years ago admitted leaking nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya." SNIPPET: "David Albright, a former UN weapons inspector and nuclear specialist, told AFP that ‘it is a mistake’ to remove restrictions on a man who cannot be ‘trusted.’He said there is...
  • NTSB: Planes at increasing risk from large birds

    07/28/2009 1:07:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 583+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/28/09 | Joan Lowy - ap
    WASHINGTON – Aircraft design standards aren't tough enough for planes to withstand collisions with growing numbers of large birds, safety investigators examining an Oklahoma crash that killed five men said Tuesday. The Federal Aviation Administration requires the bodies of commercial aircraft to withstand a collision with a bird weighing 4 pounds or 8 pounds depending upon the section of the plane — standards that haven't been updated since the 1970s, investigators told the National Transportation Safety Board. An FAA advisory committee spent 10 years examining whether the standards should be updated and then disbanded without reaching a conclusion, investigators said....
  • Jailing Suppliers -- No Way for China to Do Business

    07/17/2009 2:19:22 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 1 replies · 237+ views
    Purchasing Magazine ^ | 17 July 2009 | Tom Stundza
    Doing business with China has never been easy or without risks. It’s a littlie dicier these days because what’s regarded elsewhere as commercial information instead is seen by Beijing as a state secret. And that’s especially true when trade negotiations aren’t going China’s way. Case in point: The recent “detention” of four Rio Tinto Group employees in Shanghai on charges they had steel and iron ore market information. Australian iron ore mining giant Rio Tinto and the Chinese steel industry, the largest in the world, have been haggling for months over a fiscal 2009-2010 master supply contracts. China wants a...
  • Researcher: Abortions Double Risk of Premature Birth

    06/29/2009 1:53:31 PM PDT · by julieee · 6 replies · 343+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | June 29, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Researcher: Abortions Double Risk of Premature Birth Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Having an abortion doubles the risk of having a premature birth in a subsequent pregnancy -- that is the conclusion of a European researcher at a medical conference. Several previous studies have shown that abortion hurts women and future children by upping the chance of premature delivery. Full story at http://www.LifeNews.com/int1246.html
  • Air has elevated cancer risk in 600 neighborhoods

    06/24/2009 6:21:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 664+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/24/09 | Dina Cappiello - ap
    WASHINGTON – Millions of people living in nearly 600 neighborhoods across the country are breathing concentrations of toxic air pollutants that put them at a much greater risk of contracting cancer, according to new data from the Environmental Protection Agency. The levels of 80 cancer-causing substances released by automobiles, factories and other sources in these areas exceed a 100 in 1 million cancer risk. That means that if 1 million people breathed air with similar concentrations over their lifetime, about 100 additional people would be expected to develop cancer because of their exposure to the pollution. The average cancer risk...
  • Obama Shocked to Learn Real Military not Run Like Game of Risk (Satire)

    06/23/2009 4:44:38 PM PDT · by A1Sauce · 294+ views
    JiP ^ | 6/9/09
    WASHINGTON- In a surprising turn of events, months of US military planning have proved useless when it was revealed to President Obama that real armies are not used similarly to Risk, a popular board game. The revelation comes at a time when the President has planned an invasion of North Korea because of their recent aggressive actions. "This is terrible," said Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. "The President had planned to turn in cards and bolster the United States army. Not only would we have strengthened our forces of men, but also we'd have added a couple cannons and three...
  • U.S. political risks grow in financial crisis

    05/08/2009 2:50:05 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 5 replies · 547+ views
    Guardian.co.uk ^ | May 7 2009 | Martha Graybow
    Political risk is becoming a growing concern for investors in the United States as the government plays a larger and more controversial role in private enterprise because of the financial crisis...
  • Banks Warn Debit, Credit Cards Are At Risk

    04/17/2009 8:49:08 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies · 1,354+ views
    WFTV ^ | April 17, 2009 | WFTV
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Eyewitness News has learned that millions of debit and credit cards at SunTrust and several other major banks are at risk. The card information was somehow compromised while in the hands of a third party vendor. Banks are sending their customers letters from SunTrust, Bank of America and Fifth Third bank
  • JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Wells Fargo and More Than 1,800 Other...

    04/09/2009 3:12:13 PM PDT · by givemELL · 9 replies · 901+ views
    Business Wire ^ | April 6, 2009 | staff Business Wire
    Several of the nation’s largest banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Wells Fargo, Sun Trust Bank, HSBC Bank USA, plus more than 1,800 regional and smaller institutions are at risk of failure despite government bailouts, according to Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D., president of Weiss Research, Inc., an independent research firm. Five large U.S. banks have credit exposure related to their derivatives trading that exceeds their capital, with four in particular — JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, HSBC Bank America and Citibank — taking especially large risks. “Equally alarming,” writes Dr. Weiss, “is the fourth quarter OCC data demonstrating that record...
  • “Concentrations of risk, plagued with deadly correlations”

    03/18/2009 10:30:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 506+ views
    Follow the Money ^ | 03/17/09 | Brad Setster
    “Concentrations of risk, plagued with deadly correlations” Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 By bsetser The FT’s Gillian Tett makes a simple but important point: AIG’s role in the credit default swap market meant that a lot of risk that the bank regulators thought had been dispersed into many strong hands ended up in a single weak hand. Tett: /snip But the AIG list shows what the fatal flaw in that rhetoric was. On paper, banks ranging from Deutsche Bank to Société Générale to Merrill Lynch have been shedding credit risks on mortgage loans, and much else. Unfortunately, most of...
  • "I would never have let her go in there had I seen this” ( San Diego Pro-Lifers )

    03/11/2009 2:20:38 PM PDT · by kellynla · 12 replies · 1,094+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | March 11, 2009 | staff
    Planned Parenthood, First Avenue and Grape Street, San Diego, Saturday, March 7, 2009 Planned Parenthood at First Avenue and Grape Street near downtown San Diego started telling customers last Saturday, February 28, they would not be allowed in if they had leaflets given them by "the protestors." Surprisingly, this did not stop nearly the same number of potential clients getting the "Danger" pamphlet on Saturday, March 7. Most clients seemed willing to roll down their windows as they were turning into the clinic's driveway and accept information about the clinic. By 8 a.m., nearly 10 customers coming in the driveway...
  • A Risky 'Systemic' Watchdog (Banking Queen wants new 'systemic risk regulator')

    03/03/2009 4:05:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 345+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3/02/09 | Sebastian Mallaby
    A Risky 'Systemic' WatchdogBy Sebastian Mallaby Monday, March 2, 2009; Page A17 Barney Frank, the thoughtful chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, wants to create a new "systemic risk regulator." This general concept has been endorsed by some extremely distinguished economists. Nevertheless, the Frank proposal is dubious. Frank and his allies begin with the accurate insight that existing regulation is inadequate. We have a set of overseers who evaluate financial institutions one by one, but "systemic risk" is created by the interactions between institutions. A bank or hedge fund can take what looks like a reasonable bet on its...
  • Companies cut ties with risky customers(further deterioration expected)

    02/16/2009 4:43:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 905+ views
    FT ^ | 02/16/09 | Robert Cookson
    Companies cut ties with risky customers By Robert Cookson in London Published: February 16 2009 00:07 | Last updated: February 16 2009 00:07 The world’s biggest companies are terminating contracts with customers they fear will collapse, a report will show on Monday in a sign of the turmoil spreading through global supply chains. Of the 337 international corporates surveyed by accountancy firm Ernst & Young, most of which turn over more than $10bn a year, the majority said important customers were in financial distress and were taking longer to pay than usual. A quarter said one or more key customers...
  • Day 5 : The Greatest Fraud In American History

    01/24/2009 5:56:13 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 24 replies · 233+ views
    Robert Drobot | 24 January 2009 | Robert Drobot
    Day 1 and 2 : The Greatest Fraud in American HistoryDay 3 : The Greatest Fraud in American HistoryDay 4 : The Greatest Fraud in American History
  • Day 4 : The Greatest Fraud In American History

    01/23/2009 8:47:49 PM PST · by Robert Drobot · 23 replies · 457+ views
    Robert Drobot | 23 January 2009 | Robert Drobot
    Day 1 and 2 : The Greatest Fraud in American HistoryDay 3 : The Greatest Fraud in American History
  • A Primer on Capitalism

    01/22/2009 3:37:26 PM PST · by ezfindit · 1 replies · 223+ views
    ChrisBanescu.com ^ | 1/22/2009 | Chris Banescu
    In today’s turbulent financial times and difficult economic conditions, a lot of unjustified criticism and unwarranted accusations have been laid at the doorstep of capitalism. Many in the mainstream press and academia, a majority of politicians, and a large number of Americans have jumped on the bandwagon and unfairly blame capitalistic principles for the huge mess that we are in. Such widespread confusion evidences a misunderstanding by many Americans of how value is actually created in society and what capitalism really represents.
  • Day 3 : The Greatest Fraud In American History

    01/22/2009 4:44:09 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 20 replies · 2,272+ views
    Robert Drobot | 22 January 2009 | Robert Drobot
    Day 1 and 2 : The Greatest Fraud in American History
  • Is Barry Soetoro/Barack Hussein Obama A Dangerous Security Risk

    01/20/2009 7:55:21 PM PST · by Robert Drobot · 117 replies · 3,950+ views
    Robert Drobot | 20 January 2009 | Robert Drobot
    Barry Soetoro/Barack Hussein Obama with Grandma in Kogelo, KenyaA photograph of Barry's school enrollment describing him as a "Muslim" with an "Indonesian" citizenship.
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. Treasury CDS hit record wides-CMA DataVision

    11/24/2008 8:30:14 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 688+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/24/08 | Richard Leong and George Matlock
    UPDATE 1-U.S. Treasury CDS hit record wides-CMA DataVision Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:21am EST (Adds background) NEW YORK, Nov 24 (Reuters) - The spread or risk premium on 10-year U.S. Treasury credit default swaps hit record wide levels on Monday, prompted by worries about how the cost of rescuing banks and carmakers would affect U.S. creditworthiness, CMA DataVision said. As the global financial crisis worsened in recent weeks, traders increased their bets on the bigger toll of the U.S. government's array of programs to help these ailing industries. Ten-year U.S. Treasury CDS edged out to 49.8 basis points from 49.3...
  • Comrade Barack Hussein Obama

    10/03/2008 2:36:23 PM PDT · by pleikumud · 14 replies · 776+ views
    Patriot Post Online ^ | October 3, 2008 | Mark Alexander
    The prospect of an Obama presidency, supported by a legislative branch controlled by like-minded liberals, and only the slightest conservative margin in the judicial branch, poses a greater risk to American liberty than any domestic enemy in our nation’s great history. Should Obama defeat John McCain in the only opinion poll that matters this election cycle, the poll on Tuesday, 4 November (merely 32 days from now), that would be a stunning offense of staggering proportions to our national heritage, an offense equaled only by the impending assault against the liberties set forth in our U.S. Constitution following an Obama...
  • "Moral Hazard": Definitions on the Web

    09/24/2008 7:34:09 PM PDT · by Weirdad · 1 replies · 160+ views
    Google Definitions from Web ^ | 09/24/2008 | Compiled
    Definitions of "moral hazard" on the Web: Arises when people behave recklessly because they know they will be saved if things go wrong.enbv.narod.ru/text/Econom/ib/str/261.html (links to a Russian site of all things)
  • Cost of US loans bail-out emerging(sovereign default risk of U.S. went up)

    09/09/2008 5:08:40 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 473+ views
    FT ^ | 09/09/08 | Krishna Guha in Washington and Michael Mackenzie and Nicole Bullock in New York
    Cost of US loans bail-out emerging By Krishna Guha in Washington and Michael Mackenzie and Nicole Bullock in New York Published: September 9 2008 15:57 | Last updated: September 9 2008 21:27 The US on Tuesday began to face the financial consequences of the bail-out of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after Congress’s budget watchdog said the housing giants’ operations should sit on the government’s books and the cost of insuring against a US default started to rise. /snip The price of credit default swaps on five-year US government debt rose to a record 17.5 basis points in early trading,...
  • Mystery of the missing millionaire (hedge fund death watch)

    09/06/2008 2:01:40 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 249+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 09/05/08 | Dennis Murphy
    Mystery of the missing millionaire Samuel Israel III was living the good life with other people's money — playing a dangerous game, with staggeringly high stakes By Dennis Murphy Correspondent NBC News updated 7:51 p.m. ET Sept. 5, 2008 This report aired Dateline Friday, Sept. 5, 10 p.m. Dennis Murphy Correspondent NEW YORK CITY - No one knows for sure why the story of Sam Israel III found its way to Bear Mountain Bridge. Israel a millionaire living the high life. He had a boat, a nice house, and some cars. Suddenly, he was at the center of a mystery...
  • Biden Healthy, But at Increased Risk for Aneurysm, Doctor Says

    09/02/2008 10:12:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies · 175+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 25, 2008 | Jessica Ryen Doyle
    But is the 65-year-old Democratic vice presidential nominee-to-be physically fit to be "a heartbeat away"? One medical expert says yes, despite his increased risk for suffering an aneurysm. Biden underwent surgery in 1988 to repair two berry aneurysms on opposite sides of his brain. (A berry aneurysm gets its name because the bulge it creates is so small it looks like a tiny blueberry.)
  • Inherently Risky Business

    06/16/2008 12:30:58 AM PDT · by gpapa · 4 replies · 178+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2008 | L. GORDON CROVITZ
    As the first anniversary of the credit crisis approaches, it's clear that a major part of the problem was a spectacular failure of information, with complex asset-backed securities turning out to be far riskier than anyone thought. But as sophisticated as we consider ourselves, this is just a contemporary example of what might be called the Problem of the Oblong Dice. The first game of dice, played by ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, used astragali, animal ankle bones that are more oblong than square. Yet rolls of the dice got the same score whether the dice ended up on a...
  • Study Warned of China Quake Risk Nearly a Year Ago

    05/17/2008 10:45:10 AM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 2,708+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 5-16-2008 | Holden Platt
    Study Warned of China Quake Risk Nearly a Year AgoKevin Holden Platt in Beijing for National Geographic NewsMay 16, 2008 Just ten months before a deadly earthquake struck Sichuan Province's Beichuan county on May 12, a scientific study warned that the Chinese region was ripe for a major quake. After examining satellite images and conducting on-the-ground inspections of deep, active faults in Sichuan Province for more than a decade, scientists issued a warning. "The faults are sufficiently long to sustain a strong ground-shaking earthquake, making them potentially serious sources of regional seismic hazard," the Chinese, European, and U.S. geoscientists wrote...
  • Bacteria Levels In Aircraft Shows Low Risk To Travelers, Study Shows

    05/02/2008 10:40:25 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 141+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5-2-2008 | University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Bacteria Levels In Aircraft Shows Low Risk To Travelers, Study Shows ScienceDaily (May 2, 2008) — Popular wisdom says that aircraft provide the perfect environment for spreading disease, but few studies exist to confirm or deny this suspicion. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a leading federal agency and Harvard University has measured concentrations of bacteria in the cabin air of 12 commercial passenger aircraft, and found that flying may be safer than we think. “In general, bacterial concentrations and types found during the study should not pose a risk to travelers,” says Christine Rogers,...
  • Masturbation 'cuts cancer risk'

    04/16/2008 9:17:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 183 replies · 862+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-16-08 | staff
    Men could reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer through regular masturbation, researchers suggest. They say cancer-causing chemicals could build up in the prostate if men do not ejaculate regularly. And they say sexual intercourse may not have the same protective effect because of the possibility of contracting a sexually transmitted infection, which could increase men's cancer risk. Australian researchers questioned over 1,000 men who had developed prostate cancer and 1,250 who had not about their sexual habits. This is a plausible theory Dr Chris Hiley, Prostate Cancer Charity They found those who had ejaculated the most between the ages...
  • Sex and Financial Risk Linked in Brain

    04/05/2008 1:23:53 PM PDT · by anymouse · 5 replies · 95+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 5, 2008 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    A new brain-scan study may help explain what's going on in the minds of financial titans when they take risky monetary gambles — sex. When young men were shown erotic pictures, they were more likely to make a larger financial gamble than if they were shown a picture of something scary, such a snake, or something neutral, such as a stapler, university researchers reported. The arousing pictures lit up the same part of the brain that lights up when financial risks are taken. "You have a need in an evolutionary sense for both money and women. They trigger the same...
  • Big belly boosts risk of later dementia

    03/26/2008 9:09:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 496+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/26/08 | Malcolm Ritter - ap
    NEW YORK - Having a big belly in your 40s can boost your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease or other dementia decades later, a new study suggests. It's not just about your weight. While previous research has found evidence that obesity in middle age raises the chances of developing dementia later, the new work found a separate risk from storing a lot of fat in the abdomen. Even people who weren't overweight were susceptible. That abdominal fat, sometimes described as making people apple-shaped rather than pear-shaped, has already been linked to higher risk of developing diabetes, stroke and heart disease....
  • RFID credit card hacked (time to wrap your wallet in tin foil?)

    03/20/2008 8:15:59 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 3,354+ views
    techradar.com ^ | 3/20/08 | Audley Jarvis
    Hacker gives live video demonstrationFollowing on from last week’s story about how the MIFARE Classic’s RFID chip, as used in London Transport’s Oyster card, had been compromised, BoingBoing has gone a step further. It gave a video demonstration of a hacker demonstrating how easy it is to extract details from a RFID-equipped credit card. In the video, the hacker Pablos Holman boasts that he is able to “decrypt the data” using an “eight dollar reader from eBay”. One quick swipe of the reporter’s American Express card later and he appears to have done just that, with the cardholder’s name and...
  • Deaths per TWh for all energy sources: Rooftop solar power is actually more dangerous than Chernobyl

    03/15/2008 6:27:09 PM PDT · by advancednano · 3 replies · 581+ views
    nextbigfuture.com ^ | March 15, 2008 | anano
    Comparing deaths/TWh for all energy sources The ExternE calculation of death/TWh from different energy sources (not including global warming effects and is the average for European nations). This draws on data from 4290 energy-related accidents, 1943 of them classified as severe, and compares different energy sources. It considers over 15,000 fatalities related to oil, over 8000 related to coal and 5000 from hydro. Deaths statistics from the fuel chain for coal and nuclear Higher level of deaths from coal in public health would be related to the increased deaths from particulates. The deaths totals are more from coal occupation are...
  • A hazardous comparison

    03/04/2008 4:48:37 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 182+ views
    The Economist ^ | Feb 28th 2008 | Staff
    ANYBODY who dabbles in transatlantic affairs has come across one giant stereotype: Americans admire risk-takers, whereas Europeans (at least in the rich, stable parts of the continent) are instinctively risk-averse, expecting the state to shield them from all sorts of dangers, including their own folly. Move a bit farther east to the ex-communist world, especially Russia, and you enter a place where things seem to have gone from one extreme to another: from an all-demanding, all-protective state to a free-for-all where life is full of deadly dangers, about which even the prudent can't do very much. Like most windy generalisations,...
  • The Offshoring of America's Top Jobs

    02/23/2008 3:44:22 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 161 replies · 827+ views
    CAREERPLANNER.COM ^ | Michael T. Robinson
    The Offshoring of America's Top Jobs Many of America's top jobs are moving offshore. Which jobs are most likely to be hit by "offshoring" and what can you do to protect and safeguard your career?Jobs that are most likely to be moved offshore have these Characteristics: Work is highly repetitive (accounting) Work is predictable and well defined (customer service) Can be broken down into small manageable projects (software development) Can be turned into a routine (Tele-marketing) Proximity to the end customer is not important (phone based tech support of consumer products) End customer has already moved offshore (semiconductor sales) Jobs...
  • Chairman Discusses Risk Assessments

    02/20/2008 3:29:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 45+ views
    HONOLULU, Feb. 20, 2008 – The United States will continue to face military risks even when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan end, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, in an interview while on a six-day trip to California, Hawaii and Australia, shared the philosophy he applies to assessing military risks. First, he said, he constantly assesses the readiness of troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It impacts overall readiness, equipment readiness and people,” he noted. Second, the admiral said, he speaks with the service chiefs about readiness. He said that Army...
  • Heavy Mobile Phone Use A Cancer Risk

    02/17/2008 6:55:51 PM PST · by blam · 74 replies · 169+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-18-2008 | Lucy Cockcroft
    Heavy mobile phone use a cancer risk By Lucy Cockcroft Last Updated: 1:09am GMT 18/02/2008 People who use a mobile phone for hours a day are 50 per cent more likely to develop mouth cancer than those who do not talk on them at all, new research has shown. The study also suggests that mobile users who live in rural areas may be at an increased risk of cancer because handsets need to emit more radiation to locate fewer antennas. Studies in recent years have found no link between cancer and mobile phone use Research author Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, a...
  • Banks advised to walk away from big deals

    02/14/2008 2:51:51 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 247 replies · 287+ views
    FT ^ | 02/14/08 | Henny Sender
    Banks advised to walk away from big deals By Henny Sender in New York Published: February 14 2008 22:03 | Last updated: February 14 2008 22:03 Leading banks are being advised that it would be cheaper to walk away from big buy-out deals than incur further losses on their funding commitments, increasing the chances that more high-profile private equity transactions will collapse. This advice from lawyers contrasts with the conventional wisdom that banks would risk serious damage to their reputations if they were to drop out of deals. But legal advisers argue that the break-up fees banks would owe in...
  • How Broccoli Can Reduce Risk Of A Heart Attack

    01/21/2008 6:57:56 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 177+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-22-2008 | Nic Fleming
    How broccoli can reduce risk of a heart attack By Nic Fleming, Medical Correspondent Last Updated: 1:42am GMT 22/01/2008 Eating steamed broccoli reduces the risk of a heart attack by boosting the body's ability to fight off cell damage, researchers have found. Previous studies have found people who eat broccoli, especially if raw or lightly cooked, are at lower risk of heart disease and some cancers. Now scientists have found a clear link between high levels of certain substances found in the vegetable and reduced damage caused by hearts being deprived of oxygen. Normal biological processes associated with eating and...
  • Osteoarthritis Risk Linked To Finger Length Ratio

    01/07/2008 5:15:27 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 643+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-7-2008 | University of Nottingham.
    Osteoarthritis Risk Linked To Finger Length Ratio ScienceDaily (Jan. 7, 2008) — People whose index finger is shorter than their ring finger are at higher risk of osteoarthritis, a new University of Nottingham study has found. A study of more than 2,000 people suggests that people whose index finger is shorter than their ring finger are up to twice as likely to suffer from the condition, which is the most common form of arthritis. Index to ring finger length ratio (referred to as 2D:4D) is a trait known for its differences between the sexes. Men typically have shorter second than...
  • Possible Mars Impact Highlights Risk To Earth

    01/03/2008 4:38:58 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies · 160+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-4-2007 | David Shiga
    Possible Mars impact highlights risk to Earth 00:01 04 January 2008 NewScientist.com news service David Shiga Asteroid 2007 WD5's orbit takes it from just outside Earth's orbit through Mars's orbit to the asteroid belt (Illustration: JPL/NASA)Tools An asteroid hurtling towards Mars has a 1 in 28 chance of walloping the Red Planet, according to the latest calculations. The rock's discovery just a couple of months before a possible impact begs the question of what would happen if it were instead headed for Earth – the only option, astronomers say, would be to evacuate any inhabited areas it might hit. The...
  • Big Brother Bailout

    12/19/2007 12:09:06 AM PST · by GoldwaterInstitute · 3 replies · 56+ views
    Goldwater Institute ^ | December 11, 2007 | Tom Patterson
    Here’s a seldom-reported fact. Our recent housing bubble was caused by government. The intended consequence was to stimulate the economy. But below-market interest rates produced above-market real estate values. Now the government seems determined to help us out of this crisis. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., has proposed a bill that would fix the mortgage market with regulations. Hillary Clinton wants a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and a five-year freeze on mortgage rates. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s more modest plan is to persuade lenders to forego any interest rate adjustments on subprime mortgages. But these are all just temporizing measures. If...
  • Flu Doubles Risk Of Heart Attack And Stroke

    12/05/2007 7:23:42 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 162+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-6-2007 | Nic Fleming
    Flu doubles risk of heart attack and stroke By Nic Fleming, Medical Correspondent Last Updated: 3:01am GMT 06/12/2007 A bout of flu doubles the immediate risk of having a heart attack or stroke, a groundbreaking study has found. Sufferers are four times more likely to be affected within three days of falling ill with the flu and are at double the risk for up to a week, according to the study of two million people. More than 15 million flu jabs will be given to elderly and vulnerable patients in the next two months Flu dislodges fatty deposits that build...
  • Margin Debt -- and Risk -- Is Growing

    10/25/2007 7:42:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 115+ views
    Barron's ^ | 10/22/07 | JACK WILLOUGHBY
    Margin Debt -- and Risk -- Is Growing By JACK WILLOUGHBY EVEN AFTER A RECENT DROP, margin debt remains within spitting distance of the all-time high it hit in July, and 43% higher than it was a year ago. It's become a source of concern to some investors who worry that it makes the stock market more vulnerable to a nasty tumble, particularly if equities' resurgence continues. "High margin debts show the effect of over-leveraging and mispricing of risk in our financial system," says Scott Schermerhorn, chief investment officer for Choate Advisors, which runs about $2.7 billion. "It indicates that,...
  • CA: A Small Victory And A Big Risk (State Sen. Tom McClintock)

    08/22/2007 9:31:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 493+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 8/23/07 | Tom McClintock
    Budget developments moved so fast and were so uncertain over the past 24 hours that there was no opportunity to offer a clear picture of the situation or suggest what people could do to weigh in. Yesterday rumors of a “deal” circulated but were denied by the Republican leadership. This afternoon, with very little notice, a bare majority of the Senate Republican caucus decided that further negotiations were unlikely to produce any additional progress. Abel Maldonado and Richard Ackerman ultimately combined with the Democrats and voted out this budget. I am afraid that this action places California on a collision...
  • Left-Handers More At RiskOf Mental Illness

    07/31/2007 3:19:24 PM PDT · by blam · 85 replies · 1,338+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-31-2007 | Laura Clout
    Left-handers more at risk of mental illness By Laura Clout Last Updated: 1:49am BST 31/07/2007 Left-handed people may have an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, scientists have found. An international group of scientists, led by a team at Oxford University, have identified a gene that seems to increase the chance of being left-handed. The researchers said that the same gene - called LRRTM1 - may slightly increase the risk of developing the brain disorder. Schizophrenia is a highly complex condition that results in impaired perception and thought, it affects around one in every 100 people. Although little is known about...