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  • Old Havana Residential Building Collapses, Killing 4

    07/16/2015 8:44:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Cuban officials say a building has collapsed in Old Havana, killing four people. A government statement published in the Communist Party daily Granma says the two-story building contained two family homes. The dead include a 3-year-old child, two 18-year-olds and a 60-year-old woman. Three other people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.
  • Elian Gonzalez wants to come to U.S.

    05/19/2015 5:03:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 5/19/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban who at the age of 6 was found floating in waters of Florida’s coastline, after the boat he was sailing with his mother capsized, said in a recent interview he’d like more than anything to visit the United States.
  • Cuban migration surges over land and by sea

    10/10/2014 6:09:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2014 8:47 AM EDT | Michael Weissenstein and Christine Armario
    The number of Cubans heading to the United States has soared since the island lifted travel restrictions last year, and instead of making the risky journey by raft across the Florida Straits, most are now passing through Mexico or flying straight to the U.S. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol figures show that more than 22,000 Cubans arrived at the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada in the fiscal year that ended last month. That was nearly double the number in 2012, the year before restrictions were lifted. The changes in Cuban law eliminate a costly exit visa and make it...
  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

    04/18/2014 10:51:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2014 4:31 AM EDT | Ian Mader
    Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China’s government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country’s farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party’s authoritarian rule. The report, previously deemed so sensitive it was classified as a state secret, names the heavy metals cadmium, nickel and arsenic as the top contaminants. It adds to widespread doubts about the safety of China’s farm produce and confirms suspicions about the dire state of its soil following more than two decades of explosive industrial growth, the overuse of farm...
  • 'Imagine: Living in a Socialist America'

    01/21/2014 7:07:11 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/20/2014 | Rick Moran
    That's the title of a new book by Fred Jerome, a compilation of essays from these and other noteworthies: This anthology features essays by revolutionary thinkers, activists, and artists-including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, civil rights activist Angela Davis, incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu Jamal, and economist Rick Wolff- addressing various aspects of a new society and, crucially, how to get from where we are now to where we want to be, living in a society that is truly fair and just. I suppose that's one way to describe their vision. I might ask the question, "fair and just for whom"?...
  • EU court: Workers sick on leave can get extra time off

    06/21/2012 11:11:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 June 2012 | Last updated at 11:33 ET
    Workers who fall sick during their annual leave are entitled to take corresponding paid leave at a later date, the EU's top court has ruled. The European Court of Justice ruling is legally binding throughout the EU. Thursday's ruling was prompted by a Spanish trade union case against a group of department stores. "The right to paid annual leave cannot be interpreted restrictively," the court says. The UK does not have an opt-out in this area of EU labor law. The court in Luxembourg said the EU Working Time Directive grants workers a right to at least four weeks' paid...
  • Banned pesticides found in teas sold in Fujian, Sichuan & Hainan

    04/14/2012 3:00:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    What's on Xiamen ^ | 15 Apr 2012
    TEA produced by some of China's top companies contained residue of banned pesticides, Greenpeace said in a report. The environmental organization tested nine brands of 18 types of tea sold in Beijing, Sichuan and Hainan, including green tea, oolong tea and jasmine tea. Prices ranged from 120 yuan (US$19) to 2,000 yuan per kilogram. Some brands tested, such as Wuyutai and Zhangyiyuan, are among the most popular in China. The tests showed that all the samples contained at least three types of pesticide residue from a total of 29 pesticides identified. One type of oolong tea, bearing the Richun brand,...
  • Amid uneven metropolitan growth, city of Memphis sees ranks of employed dropping

    04/08/2012 7:40:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/8/12 | Tom Bailey Jr.
    The latest labor stats offer better news for the Memphis area than for Memphis. The number of people employed -- 563,640 -- in the eight-county Memphis metropolitan area is a 3.2 percent increase over February 2011 when 545,880 were working. But among Memphis residents, the number employed fell by 7,890, or 3 percent, from 270,000 to 262,110. Those numbers show that while local employment is on the rebound since the most recent recession, the growth is not evenly distributed across the metro area. The disparity, a local economist said, may result from a continued migration of people and wealth from...
  • BERKELEY: The Pacific Steel Casting Situation (News Analyis)

    02/15/2012 7:01:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 2/14/12 | Steve Martinot
    People are back in the streets because of Pacific Steel Casting Company. In the past, it has been the issue of pollution. The workers have struck over the issue of health and safety (the same issue, as seen from inside). And now, some 200 workers are protesting unjust job termination, owing to intervention by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), in violation of the spirit of Berkeley as a sanctuary city. This factory remains a problem. There will be a march to publicize this problem on Friday, Feb. 17. Here's a bit of the story (aka history). The factory is a...
  • Occupy protests just the latest to tear up Oakland

    02/07/2012 10:11:09 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/7/12 | Chip Johnson
    Gunfire on the left. Gunfire on the right. And a gaggle of protesters dead ahead shouting: "Police are bastards" and "F- the police." While Occupy Oakland protesters rant on and on about the brutality of the Oakland Police Department, brutality has been occurring all around them. From Thursday to Monday, 15 people were shot in the city in unrelated incidents. And Oakland police weren't responsible for any of those shootings. Five of the people who were shot died. Perhaps Occupy Oakland should plan a march to protest all the violence in our city - including their own. Because in Oakland's...
  • Oakland to give layoff notices to hundreds of workers

    01/12/2012 2:11:05 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/12/12 | Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Oakland -- Hundreds of City of Oakland employees will receive layoff notices next week, as the city embarks on severe cost-cutting measures to make up for the loss of redevelopment funds, city staff said Thursday. The pink slips will arrive next week, when City Administrator Deanna Santana releases the 2012-2012 budget.The redevelopment agency - which will be nearly eliminated due to state cutbacks - has 158 full-time positions and more than 200 workers. But because of seniority rules, some of those employees might be transferred to other departments.
  • Older Democratic politicians clogging up the waiting line

    08/22/2011 1:17:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/22/11 | Dan Walters
    The new congressional, legislative and Board of Equalization districts drawn by an independent commission made a long-evident political reality official: California, once a Republican bastion, is now solidly, even overwhelmingly, Democratic. Democrats will control the Legislature – with two-thirds majorities in reach – and the congressional delegation. And while it may not be impossible for a Republican to win statewide office, as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steve Poizner demonstrated, it's at best unlikely, even when lavishly self- financed, à la Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. California's most important political contests will either be over the state's biennial spate of ballot measures,...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Pension reform injects life into dull election season

    05/19/2011 12:34:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1+ views
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 5/19/11 | Ken Garcia
    If pension reform were running for mayor this year, it would be the only candidate in a crowded field that could gain more than 50 percent of the vote. That’s why all eyes will be focused on it next week when the Board of Supervisors receives a long-awaited version of a negotiated retirement plan for The City’s public employees. And when it’s served up Tuesday, the politics around pension reform will slide front and center, instead of merely serving as a backdrop for the November election. The charge for pension reform has been led by Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who joined...
  • High death and disability rates due to fractures in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe

    09/27/2010 5:03:32 AM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies · 1+ views
    International Osteoporosis Foundation ^ | September 27, 2010 | Unknown
    New report reveals tragic state of post-fracture care in the region, predicts huge increase in osteoporotic fractures due to aging populationsPreliminary findings from an upcoming new report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) show alarming projections and reveal the poor state of post-fracture care in the Russian Federation and many other countries in the region. The findings were announced today at a press conference in St. Petersburg at the IOF Summit of Eastern European and Central Asian Osteoporosis Patient Societies. Osteoporosis, a disease of the bone which leaves people at increased risk of fracture, is most common in the older...
  • Oakland votes to lay off 80 police officers

    06/25/2010 7:39:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/25/10 | Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The Oakland City Council voted Thursday to lay off 80 of the Police Department's 776 officers as it slashed at a $30.5 million budget deficit. The decision could be rescinded if the police union agrees to pension concessions. Council members would like the officers to contribute 9 percent of their salaries toward their CalPERS pension, the same as every other city union worker. Union leaders and city officials are set to negotiate Sunday and Monday, a move some interpreted as a sign the union was willing to change its position. "I'm confident that we can have an agreement by July...
  • CALIFORNIA: Job loss pulls down state's personal income level

    03/29/2010 12:29:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 649+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/29/10 | Dale Kasler
    Californians lost their jobs at a faster pace than most Americans. Not too surprisingly, their incomes shrank at a faster pace, too. Per capita personal incomes fell 3.5 percent in California last year, . . .
  • LA Times: Hawaii is far from an economic paradise

    01/02/2010 7:22:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies · 1,428+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 2, 2010 | By Alana Semuels
    The plunge in tourism has resulted in soaring unemployment and home foreclosures, a shortened school year and an exodus from the state. Some residents blame the visiting President Obama. Hawaii was so short of cash last year that it furloughed teachers and suspended school for 17 Fridays during the academic year, giving students the fewest school days of any state in the union. Home foreclosures and bankruptcy filings are soaring. The unemployment rate has more than doubled over the last two years to 7.0%. Though that's well below the national average of 10.0%, it's a stunner for a place that...
  • Dan Walters: Out-of-staters gleefully delve into California's woes

    07/15/2009 7:53:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 738+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/15/9 | Dan Walters
    National Public Radio is running a series of broadcasts this week called "California in Crisis." And NPR is not alone. Network and cable television news shows, public broadcasters, major out-of-state newspapers and countless magazines are taking turns recounting and analyzing California's economic and fiscal travails. The tone of many reports is found in the German word "schadenfreude." It means taking pleasure from the distress of others. The state's periodic social and economic upheavals have always generated that kind of media attention, something along the lines of "tarnish on the Golden State." But the current spate has an even edgier tone,...
  • In the Nightmare "The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia"

    10/11/2008 5:42:45 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 27 replies · 1,291+ views
    National Review magazine ^ | Sept. 29, '08 | Ronald Radosh
    We know that history holds many surprises. One doesn't expect to learn more about the secret history of of the Gulag than we already know from both Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Acrcipelago" and Anne Applebaum's "Gulag: A history." This feat, however, is exactly what author Tim Tzouliadis has accomplished: the previously unknown story of the thousands of Americans who, during the Depression, sought employment and a better future in the "worker's paradise" built by the Bolsheviks. All kinds of Americans joined the exodus. Some of them were Communists or fellow-travelors but the majority were average Americans - skilled workers promised paid passage,...
  • S.F. needs a moderate champion of good ideas

    05/22/2008 7:51:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 98+ views
    San Francisco Values ^ | 5/22/8 | C.W. Nevius
    San Francisco is a funny place. Everybody says that and nobody laughs. The issue of Propositions F and G in next month's election is a perfect example. If Proposition G passes, the groundwork will be laid to turn the huge abandoned Hunters Point Shipyard into 10,000 houses. A public housing project could be rebuilt, and toxic hot spots will be cleaned up. Some 300 acres of parks and open spaces are planned, in addition to the possibility of a new NFL stadium for the 49ers.If Proposition F passes, the developer has said it couldn't afford to do the project because...
  • Changing Cuba: Monster Buses Vanish From Havana Streets

    04/19/2008 7:08:10 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 24 replies · 64+ views
    The Associated Press / Google News ^ | April 18, 2008 | By Will Weissert
    (HAVANA) — First comes the stink of diesel, then a metallic roar, and finally a tower of black smoke that tells you the "camello" — the camel — has reached your stop. These hulking 18-wheeled beasts, iron mutants made of two Soviet-era buses welded together on a flatbed and pulled by a separate cab, have long been Havana's public transport nightmare — bumpy, hot and jammed with up to 400 passengers at a time. But their gradual disappearance is a telling sign of change in the twilight of the Fidel Castro age. The last "camello" is expected to go out...
  • Dead rodent stops operation [British healthcare]

    03/08/2008 4:45:16 PM PST · by Brilliant · 31 replies · 820+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 3/8/08 | Reuters
    LONDON - A patient was told there was no reason why he couldn't have surgery in a hospital, despite the smell caused by a dead rodent trapped in the building's ceiling. Andrew Cowper was due to have an operation at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Hertfordshire when staff "were made aware of a dead rodent in the single storey unit's roof space," the hospital said in a statement. The hospital said its experts concluded that the dead animal was outside the operating theater and posed no risk. But "despite being told that the trust's infection control experts had stated...
  • Detroit Tops Nation In Foreclosure Rates (Rate Nearly 5 Times National Average)

    02/13/2008 6:21:15 AM PST · by Abathar · 25 replies · 129+ views
    LOS ANGELES -- The Detroit area, hit hard by the double-whammy of unemployment and a slumping housing market, had the highest foreclosure rate in the nation last year, with several cities in California ranked close behind, an analysis of foreclosure activity in the country's largest 100 metropolitan areas shows. Some 4.9 percent of the households in the Detroit metro area were in some stage of foreclosure in 2007 -- 4.8 times the national average, according to the study being released Wednesday by mortgage research company RealtyTrac Inc. Stockton, Calif., ranked second with about 4.8 percent of its households in some...
  • People in line to purchase powdered MILK [Hugo Chavez Venezuela communism]

    02/04/2008 11:12:18 AM PST · by grundle · 15 replies · 47+ views
  • America's Most Miserable Cities - (Detroit is Finally #1)

    01/30/2008 6:20:16 AM PST · by cowtowney · 98 replies · 685+ views
    Forbes ^ | 1/31/08 | Kurt Badenhausen
    Imagine living in a city with the country's highest rate for violent crime and the second-highest unemployment rate. As an added kicker you need more Superfund dollars allocated to your city to clean up contaminated toxic waste sites than just about any other metro. Unfortunately, this nightmare is a reality for the residents of Detroit. The Motor City grabs the top spot on Forbes' inaugural list of America's Most Miserable Cities.
  • Angry taxpayers sound off against Port of Seattle

    01/09/2008 9:33:59 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 15 replies · 35+ views
    KOMO News ^ | 01/08/08 | KOMO Staff
    SEATTLE -- Reports of alleged abuse and fraud, and a federal investigation, have prompted a shake up at the Port of Seattle, and now port commissioners vow to change the way they operate. Public outrage was so widespread, a 2-hour meeting Tuesday lasted hours longer A state audit detailing $97 million of waste by the port is what provoked the outrage. Then came news the Department of Justice had launched a criminal investigation. "I think somebody needs to step out and hold these people accountable," said King County resident Stephanie Dotson. "I know I'm one small voice, but by God,...
  • Where War Deaths Are Worst

    01/04/2008 7:21:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 109+ views
    IBD ^ | January 4, 2008
    Warfare: Quick, which nation shows average civilian deaths at 33 a day in the last third of 2007? Now name the one where civilian deaths average 19 a day? If you guessed Iraq and Venezuela, you'd have it backward.Shocking? Of course. But true. With even Venezuelan officials admitting their country clocked 12,249 murders in 2007, Hugo Chavez's socialist "sea of happiness" resembles a war zone. In December alone, Venezuela had 670 murders while Iraq had 476 — and that number is falling fast. This is Hugo Chavez's Venezuela, the place wildly praised by Hollywood eminentos like Oliver Stone and Sean...
  • Berkeley hopes to restore its downtown to life

    12/17/2007 7:50:38 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 116+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/17/7 | Carolyn Jones
    Berkeley is one of the most affluent, lively cities in the Bay Area, but its downtown looks more like Tombstone, Ariz., on a slow day. Shuttered businesses dot the streets like tumbleweeds in a ghost town: Barnes and Noble. Gateway Computers. UC Theater. Soon to join their grim ranks: Ross Dress for Less and Shoe Pavilion. "Berkeley's downtown plan has resulted in a wonderful, vibrant, mixed-use community. It's called Emeryville," said Will Travis, chairman of the city committee charged with revitalizing the beleaguered commercial district around Shattuck and University avenues. In a few years, downtown Berkeley could look a bit...
  • Prisoners in Camp Kim

    11/22/2007 9:33:27 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 162+ views
    American Conservative Magazine ^ | 11/17/07 | Peter Hitchens
    Strange, secretive, and desperately poor, North Korea tests the limits of social control.PYONGYANG—Here is the locked ward of the political asylum, the place where politics has actually become an official state religion, and power is worshipped, directly and literally, in the form of a colossal bronze idol to which the people come and bow with every sign of reverence. Nothing in the modern world compares with North Korea, though it gives us some clue about how life must have been under the pharaohs, in Imperial Japan before Hiroshima, or in the obliterated years—conveniently erased from memory by blushing fellow travelers—when...
  • Food lines in Venezuela (Pics)

    11/24/2007 11:27:51 AM PST · by cll · 75 replies · 490+ views
    Caption says: "This was today, at Urbina's main street. First time I see anything like this. The line stretched for four blocks. Those present told me they had been standing there since 5:00 AM. They had to wait an average of five hours to get their food rations, among which the most coveted was milk." There have been reports of milk and milk product shortages for over a month. More pictures at link. is sort of a Venezuelan FreeRepublic, except that they allow posts from moonbats, which at times make for great fun. Comments are in Spanish.
  • Remains may be children of last czar

    09/28/2007 5:47:14 PM PDT · by darkangel82 · 20 replies · 109+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/28 | Mike Eckel
    MOSCOW - There is a "high degree of probability" that bone fragments found recently near the Russian city of Yekaterinburg are those of a daughter and son of the last czar, forensics experts said Friday. If confirmed, the find would fill in a missing chapter in the story of the doomed Romanovs, who were killed after the violent 1917 Bolshevik Revolution ushered in more than 70 years of Communist rule. The fragments were found by archaeologists in a burned field near the Ural Mountains city where Czar Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra, and their five children were held prisoner by...
  • Journalists Get a Rare Look Inside North Korea, A Land Trapped in Time

    09/19/2007 7:03:46 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 31 replies · 463+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | September 18, 2007 | By Tim Johnson
    (PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- As soon as you settle into the seat of the Air Koryo flight from Beijing to Pyongyang, it’s obvious that North Korea is a nation like no other. The plane is a Soviet-made relic with whining engines and small overhead bins. The flight attendants pass out sandwiches in plastic throwaway containers, then collect the containers and plastic cups to be reused. North Korea is so poor, and so determined to be self-reliant, that it salvages what the rest of the world considers trash. In contrast to booming, chaotic China, North Korea is an oasis of cleanliness,...
  • Chinese still see themselves as slaves

    08/20/2007 6:50:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 689+ views
    The London Telegraph ^ | August 21, 2007 | Richard Spencer, in Beijing
    China's national anthem promises its people "will no longer be slaves". But a list of new slang expressions compiled by its Ministry of Education suggests the country's economic reforms have simply multiplied the ways its people can fall into serfdom. Among the most popular phrases used by the country's growing middle class are an expanding variety of equivalents to the English "wage slave". The most common is "house slave", meaning someone who struggles to pay off the mortgage. But there are also "car slaves" who, unlike lucky government cadres, have to pay all their own petrol, servicing, and road toll...
  • Mattel’s Real Toy Story: Slave Labour in Sweatshops

    08/15/2007 6:31:17 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 57 replies · 1,948+ views
    This is London ^ | August 16, 2007 | This is London
    This week Mattel recalled nearly two million Chinese-made toys over concerns they contain excessive levels of lead paint and loose parts. Dirt-cheap labour and a massive expansion in capacity means China makes more than three-quarters of the world's toys, with an export value in excess of £7 billion. But increasingly, there is evidence of inadequate safety standards, poor quality control and slave labour. Here, in an extract from his book about the toy industry, Eric Clark reveals the real cost of cheap toys from China. Behind high fences, sprawling factory compounds stretch mile after dusty, depressing mile along the congested...
  • Suicidal man survives long fall in Eugene

    08/16/2007 2:54:13 PM PDT · by MovementConservative · 30 replies · 264+ views
    Oregonlive ^ | August 16, 2007 08:58AM | Oregonian staff
    EUGENE -- A 33-year-old man who was trying to hang himself from a construction crane not only failed but then survived an 85-foot fall when his rope broke. According to a news release from Eugene police, the man had climbed out on a construction crane at a job site at 265 W. Eighth Ave. about 6:30 this morning and wrapped a flag from the crane around his shoulders. Eugene police, firefighters and emergency medical workers were called, and members of the Crisis Negotiation Team also came to the scene. They were trying to start talking to the man when he...
  • I escaped North Korea After Famine, Violence

    08/04/2007 7:47:28 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 817+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-5-2007 | Sergey Soukhorukov
    I escaped North Korea after famine, violence By Sergey Soukhorukov in Dandong, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 1:04am BST 05/08/2007 Like most of her fellow "massage girls" at her brothel in the Chinese city of Dandong, Ban Yong Mee has a smile that is purely for business. On the days it becomes difficult to maintain, she need only remember why she fled here from neighbouring North Korea. "Most of us had absolutely nothing to eat," she said, recalling the famines in the communist state that killed an estimated 300,000 people between 1995 and 1998. "We went to the hills to look...
  • Stalin's purge 1937 remembered in Russia

    07/25/2007 12:08:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies · 1,051+ views
    AP ^ | Jul. 25, 2007 | BAGILA BUKHARBAYEVA
    Now in their 70s and 80s, children of the victims of Josef Stalin's political repressions remembered one of the darkest pages of Russia's history at a ceremony Wednesday in central Moscow. Several hundred people laid flowers and lit candles to honor the victims of the Great Purge of 1937, when millions were labeled "enemies of the state" and executed without trial or sent to labor camps. The 70th anniversary comes as the Kremlin, focused on restoring Russians' pride in their Soviet-era history, has been trying to soften public perception of Stalin's rule and hushing up the full horror of his...
  • Allergic US employee sues to ban perfume at work

    07/05/2007 8:55:27 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 112 replies · 2,714+ views
    Yahoo ^ | July 5, 2007
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - An office worker for the US city of Detroit is suing for her colleagues to be banned from wearing perfume which gives her such severe headaches, nausea and coughing fits that she must leave work. Court documents showed Thursday that Susan McBride suffered so acutely from allergy to the chemicals in scents, lotions and sprays that she had to go home sick when a heavily perfumed co-worker shared her office at the city's historic districts department. Her sensitivity is such that she avoids the detergent sections in shops and cannot sit near perfumed people in a movie...
  • Shrinking Detroit has 12,000 abandoned homes

    08/15/2005 9:59:30 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 189 replies · 20,286+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/14/05 | AFP
    Shrinking Detroit has 12,000 abandoned homes Sun Aug 14, 5:03 PM ET Rats or lead poisoning. When it comes to the threats from the broken down house next door, Dorothy Bates isn't sure which is worse. "When it's lightening and thundering you can hear the bricks just falling," the 40-year-old nurse said as she looked at the smashed windows and garbage-strewn porch. "If you call and ask (the city) about it they say they don't have the funds to tear it down." There are more than 12,000 abandoned homes in the Detroit area, a byproduct of decades of layoffs at...
  • Hospitals with a year-long waiting list (England)

    06/13/2007 1:18:59 PM PDT · by Kimmers · 28 replies · 767+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 09/06/2007 | Nic Fleming
    Almost half a million NHS patients are waiting more than a year for hospital treatment, official figures showed yesterday. One person in eight who is admitted to hospital for a non-emergency procedure has to wait more than 52 weeks between being referred by a GP and being treated. There are also large variations in waiting times across the country. The figures were revealed yesterday as Andy Burnham, the health minister, claimed that the Government was on track to deliver on its "historic" promise effectively to abolish hospital waiting lists by the end of next year. Previous waiting list figures have...
  • San Francisco Board of Supervisors: Recall Them All!

    06/08/2007 10:15:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 376+ views
    Cinnamon Stillwell's Blog ^ | 6/8/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    First Supervisor Jake McGoldrick and now Supervisor Aaron Peskin. It seems both have been targeted for recall efforts by San Franciscans who are fed up with their anti-business, anti-private property, pseudo-Socialist policies. The kind of policies that have caused San Francisco to become one of the most expensive cities to live in the country, families and businesses to flee in droves, nice neighborhoods to go to pot (pun intended), crime to skyrocket, and bums, er, homeless to keep pouring in for the handouts and lenient enforcement. As I've written in the past, there are few too many members of the...
  • Chavez buys weapons, venezuelans go hungry

    02/22/2007 4:19:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies · 463+ views ^ | 02/22/07 | Gustavo Coronel
    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has the following statistics about Venezuela, updated to March 2006. 1. Undernourishment has grown from 15% in 1997 to 18% in 2003. 2. In 1997 3.4 million Venezuelans were undernourished. In 2003 this figure had increased to 4.5 million. 3. Dietary consumption in kilocalories per person per day was 2380 in 1997, decreasing to 2350 in 2003. 4. Food exports in 1997 were 138 as compared to the base of 100 in 1990. In 2003 exports of food had fallen to 63 on the same basis, while imports had greatly increased....
  • Little glamour in L.A., "gang capital of America"

    02/09/2007 4:09:54 AM PST · by wgflyer · 59 replies · 1,370+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 8, 2007 | Jill Serjeant
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - They call themselves the Bounty Hunters, the Midget Locos, Project Gangster Blood and China Town Boyz and most of them don't expect to live beyond age 20. Forty years after the Bloods and the Crips put Los Angeles on the map, the number of gangs in Los Angeles County has swelled to about 1,000 and their estimated 88,000 members are drawn from every ethnicity -- Asians, blacks, Latinos, whites. "Los Angeles county and city is, unfortunately, the gang capital of America," Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said as police on Thursday announced a crackdown on...
  • Starvation Is Paradise--My emaciated childhood in the North Korean workers' utopia.

    10/16/2006 5:23:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 65 replies · 2,042+ views
    Frontpagemagazine/London Times ^ | 10-16-06 | Hyok Kang
    Growing up in North Korea, Hyok Kang was surrounded by desperate people who ate grass and bark before they died. Yet pervasive propaganda made them feel lucky to be there. The first time I ate chocolate was when I was five years old. My grandfather had relatives in Japan who were given exceptional permission to visit us. They came like extraterrestrials with their arms full of presents and food. I remember waving tins of condensed milk and chocolate bars under my friends’ noses. I was a horrid little boy. It was 1990 and I didn’t yet know what famine was....
  • Castro exports medicine instead of revolution

    08/03/2006 7:30:01 PM PDT · by CubaninMiami · 17 replies · 640+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 2006 | Esteban Israel
    For hundreds of thousands of poor people from the Andes to the Himalayas, the legacy of Cuba's ailing communist leader Fidel Castro will be not revolutionary war but eyesight. For decades, the now ailing Castro, who temporarily handed over power to his brother Raul on Monday, prescribed armed revolution to cure the Third World's ills. But more recently he has preferred to export doctors to treat poor people in the undeveloped world.
  • Fidel Castro Burns His Underwear

    03/23/2006 8:56:57 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 48 replies · 2,384+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 24 March 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    A former assistant to Fidel Castro and his brother Raul is now in Miami and he’s airing the Cuban leader’s dirty laundry – including why Fidel burns his underwear. Delfin Fernandez, 44, defected in Spain in 1999 on a trip to Europe to drop off Raul's daughter in Italy and pick up a Rotweiller in Germany for Fidel. He moved to Miami less than a year ago. "I was assigned to take care of the people closest to Fidel, so that they don't lack anything and don't feel threatened by anything inside or outside of Cuba,” he told the Miami...
  • Chinese Official Proposes 'Euthanasia Experiments'

    03/11/2006 4:12:37 PM PST · by NYer · 52 replies · 836+ views
    LifeSite ^ | March 10, 2006
    BEIJING, March 10, 2006 ( – A Chinese official has recommended to parliament that the country begin experimenting with euthanasia as a precursor to legalization. Zhao Gongmin, a Chinese Academy of Social Sciences researcher, claims that public opinion strongly supports the practice, with supposed surveys showing as much as 80 percent support. “I think it is only a matter of time for euthanasia to become legal,” Zhao said, according to a Shanghai Daily report. “Therefore, we should allow some experiments on the local level for the purpose of accumulating experience.”“Conditions are not ripe yet for nation-level legislation on euthanasia, but...
  • The Real Cuba (The myth of Castro's paradise....)

    03/01/2006 11:51:33 AM PST · by yoe · 53 replies · 2,376+ views
    National Post ^ | February 24, 2006 | Yedi Zak
    HAVANA - Over the past 10 years I've crossed Cuba many times -- by train, bus, motorcycle and '57 Chevy, transported on the backs of produce wagons and horse-drawn carts, standing in peso trucks shoulder-to-shoulder with locals, and squeezed atop water carriers. Along the central motorway, down dusty trails that pass obscure rural villages, through seemingly impassible roads after torrents of rain, my drivers took a foreigner aboard, even if it was forbidden. Some even took me into their homes and allowed me to witness their lives. Their kindness will stay with me always. So will their terrible plight. When...
  • 20 of 40 in Cuban Chorus Defect

    10/26/2005 11:27:55 AM PDT · by AmericaUnite · 39 replies · 884+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 10-25-05 | TOM GODFREY
    Cubans defect in Toronto Leave patriotic choir on tour By TOM GODFREY, TORONTO SUN More than 20 members of Cuba's world-famous national chorus are singing songs of freedom today after defecting in Toronto. Members of the National Chorus of Cuba dodged security officers and jumped into waiting cars, some on Sunday and others yesterday, said Cuban exiles who planned the defections. "These people are scared for their lives," said Ismail Sambra, president of the Cuban Canadian Foundation. "They are worried about their families back home. "It took a lot of planning to get this far." The highly acclaimed 40-member group,...
  • [San Francisco] The city isn't Disneyland -- that's just goofy

    05/12/2005 10:50:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 530+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/12/5 | John King
    News flash: Cities aren't what they used to be. Follow-up question: What is? This rather obvious query popped into my head Sunday after reading Joel Kotkin's sniffish dismissal of San Francisco as an "ephemeral city," one that "differs dramatically from traditional urban centers." Instead of smokestacks and stevedores we have tapas and trust-fund liberals. He's absolutely right, and he totally misses the point. If San Francisco is a far cry from the boisterous Big Cities of yore, that's because Big Cities continue to evolve. The successful ones still draw strength from immigration and a central address, but they're no longer...