Now they are saying cocaine is cut with dangerous veterinary de-worming medication.
What will be the next cocaine disclosure?
Tainted cocaine kills 3, sickens dozens
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something." Plato
The Rose 'n' Bowl pub in Stacksteads, Lancashire, hosted the World Gravy Wrestling Championships.
Bisto provided 2,000 litres (440 gallons) of gravy past its best before date for the contest, which raised money for the East Lancashire Hospice.
Oil dropped 2.3 percent, falling near $71 a barrel as traders fretted about a sharp decline in Chinese stocks...
Economists polled by Reuters forecast job losses of 225,000 for August, which would be a slight improvement from 247,000 lost in July. But they expect the unemployment rate to rise to 9.5 percent in August from last month's 9.4 percent. sourceReuters: Nikkei rises 0.7 pct after election, yen weighs
About 250 homes and apartments costing more than 1 million pounds ($1.6 million) were sold during August...
A study reported in The American Journal of Medicine this month found that 62 percent of American bankruptcies are linked to medical bills. These medical bankruptcies had increased nearly 50 percent in just six years. Astonishingly, 78 percent of these people actually had health insurance, but the gaps and inadequacies left them unprotected when they were hit by devastating bills.
"There seems to be a reservoir of anger in the country of a particularly intense and shrill variety that it is not simply what's appeared at the town meetings..."
- You'll have no choice in what health benefits you receive.
- No chemo for older medicare patients.
- Illegal immigrants will get free health insurance.
- Death panels will decide who lives.
- The government will set doctors' wages.
The Defense Intelligence Agency is preparing to pay private contractors up to $1 billion to conduct core intelligence tasks of analysis and collection over the next five years, an amount that would set a record in the outsourcing of such functions by the Pentagon's top spying agency.Cheney is consumed with defending the culture of the CIA, he is concerned with moral at the CIA as a result of investigations.
The proposed contracts, outlined in a recent early notice of the DIA's plans, reflect a continuing expansion of the Defense Department's intelligence-related work and fit a well-established pattern of Bush administration transfers of government work to private contractors. source
A CIA inspector general's report released Monday documented how interrogators menaced "high-value" detainees with a gun and a power drill, threatened their families and used other methods that went beyond even the permissive interrogation rules set by the Bush administration Justice Department.
"The president of the United States is the chief law enforcement officer in the land," Cheney said. "I think he's trying to duck the responsibility for what's going on here. And I think it's wrong."
...goes straight to the lungs, causing severe illness in otherwise healthy young people...
It also disproportionately affects younger people...
"Data continue to show that certain medical conditions increase the risk of severe and fatal illness. These include respiratory disease, notably asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and immunosuppression..."
He also says the government has stored 30,000 guillotines to murder its critics, and has stashed 500,000 caskets in Georgia and Montana for the remains.
Why guillotines? "Because," he wrote in a report obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, "beheading is the most efficient means of harvesting body parts."
"There is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service," Bachmann told a Minnesota radio station.
The sickly Jobs owned that house long enough for him to become a Tennessee resident where the waiting list for a liver transplant is 48 days compared to over 300 on average in the rest of the country. He needed that liver, and he needed it now; and there just aren’t enough organs available in the promised land of California where he made his billions. He had to cross over into the land of the desperate, delusional and impoverished – the South, a land so poor that it now gets manufacturing jobs that used to be outsourced to Mexico and the Pacific rim of Asia.
The U.S. economy appears to be emerging from its longest and deepest recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.The price of oil is also slightly up so at the moment the stage is set for a morning of gains but, one never knows. An undisclosed piece of data of great importance could emerge and rattle the walls.
"The economy should enjoy something of a rebound over the next couple of quarters, as inventories are restocked and pent-up demand is released..." source
Tiffany & Co is reporting second-quarter numbers, with analysts expecting earnings per share of 0.34 cents, down from 0.63 cents a year earlierThe rich appear to be hording their dough as well...
On the day the country mourned the death of health reform giant Ted Kennedy, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) said that there are very few circumstances under which she could support a public option.
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) says he's a no.
FOX News' Glenn Beck is doing an extraordinary job this week walking America behind the scenes of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and outlining who is actually running the White House.Oh dear.
Monday night he asked us to invite one friend to watch; tonight I invite all my friends to watch.
The second reading of gross domestic product in the second quarter, due at 8:30 a.m. EDT...
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits are expected to have dropped to 565,000...is also expected at 8:30 a.m.
Key to bringing Israel on board is a promise by the US to adopt a much tougher line with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons programme.
As well as a tougher US approach to Iran, which the Israelis see as their top priority, the deal would see Israel offering a temporary and partial moratorium on the expansion of settlements on the West Bank in return for moves by Arab states towards normalisation of relations.
The Commerce Department will release July durable goods orders at 8:30 a.m.
New home sales data for July is due at 10 a.m. EDT.
U.S. President Barack Obama will renominate Ben Bernanke for a second term as chairman of the Fed on Tuesday...
Monday's data showing a bigger-than-expected rebound in euro zone industrial new orders...So the keyword today is "on hopes of a US recovery."
...as global stocks hit 10-month highs on hopes that the U.S. economy will soon start to recover from recession.
"...I think the biggest driver in today's market, at least in the early trade, is momentum and that momentum is positive..."
..."damned if they do and damned if they don't" conundrum in trying to unwind their massive fiscal and monetary stimuli to keep the global economy from toppling into a depression.
He said that if policymakers try to fight rising budget deficits by raising taxes and cutting spending, they could undermine any recovery.
No matter how you slice the numbers, there are tens of millions of people without insurance, often for extended periods, and there is good evidence that lack of insurance is harmful to their health.
If nothing is done to slow current trends, the number of people in this country without insurance or with inadequate coverage will continue to spiral upward.
"There's a lot of vets out here on the streets," he said. "I've seen men lay right in the middle of the road and people walk by like they're not there. If that was a whale, if that was a dog, wouldn't someone save it?"I was curious to see what articles are out there on crime increasing as a result of the recession.
"Now, because of the change in the economy, we get lots and lots of new homeless. They were working construction, menial retail, warehousing jobs, and they get laid off..."
A recent survey of 233 police departments by the Police Executive Research Forum found that 100 departments — 43 percent — reported rising levels of what they felt were recession-related crimes.July 16, 2009: Recession-Related Crime Surges In Regions
Some areas of England and Wales are experiencing what appears to be a surge in recession-related crime.Either I'm not finding the recent articles or they are not written yet. I suspect it is a problem.
Supporters include groups with names such as PhRMA, AHIP, SEIU, AMA and AARP. Others are Health Care for America NOW, Americans for Stable Quality Care, Divided We Fail, Better Health Care Together and Partnership for Quality Care.
RAZ: You're known as Dr. Doom. You famously predicted our current financial turmoil or the one that we might be coming out of. Is Chairman Ben Bernanke correct? Is our economy leveling out?
Prof. ROUBINI: It's likely too optimistic, in my view. It's true that the economy is not in the same free fall that it had in the fourth quarter of last year and the first quarter of this year, but an analysis of the microeconomic data from the labor market to consumers to the housing market suggested that we're not yet at the end of this recession.
In my view, the recession's going to be over at the end of the year rather than now, and the recovery's going to be very anemic for a couple of years.
RAZ: But we are starting to pull out of it now.
Prof. ROUBINI: We are, in the sense that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and this recession may be closer to the end by the end of the year than it is right now.
RAZ: Are you surprised at how quickly the recovery seems to have started? I mean, you were talking about a dire global economic pandemic, you know, lasting through 2009. That doesn't seem likely anymore, right?
Prof. ROUBINI: Well, in my view, this recession is going to be the worst recession the U.S. has experienced in the last 60 years. Last year, the debate was among those in the consensus who said that this will be V-shaped, short contraction and rapid recovery lasting only eight months, and those like myself and others, who suggested it'll be more like a U, long, deep and protracted and lasting 24 months.
Now, we're already in the 20th month of this recession. Today there is an official data. It is the worst we have had by any standards already.
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Bernanke is scheduled to speak to a gathering in Jackson Hole...
U.S. sales of existing homes likely rose to their highest level in 10 months in July...
There were 576,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended Aug. 15, up from a revised 561,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said in a weekly report.
Oil was steady above $72 a barrel on Thursday, after rising more than 4 percent the previous day, buoyed by industry data showing a steep drop in crude imports and stockpiles in top consumer the United States.
Middle aged baby boomers are still turning on to illegal drugs forty years after Woodstock...Reuters: Nikkei up, nudged up by resources and oil
Last week, though, Human Rights Watch discovered that a revised version of the Shiite Personal Status Law had been quietly put into effect at the end of July — meaning that Shiite men in Afghanistan now have the legal right to starve their wives if their sexual demands are not met and that Shiite women must obtain permission from their husbands to even leave their houses, “except in extreme circumstances.”
The new law was signed by President Hamid Karzai...
...renewed selling in global equity markets on fears stock prices have a run too far ahead of the economic reality.
...Warren Buffet...warned that although the United States was on the road to recovery, public debt was becoming unsustainable after government measures to stimulate the economy...
Economists estimate that 1.8 million borrowers will lose their homes this year, up from 1.4 million last year, according to Moody's Economy.com.
"It's much easier to bash lenders than to create jobs."
...better-than-expected results from big retailers...
...the market balanced that off with Home Depot...
(in August 2008) ...Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac started wobbling at the precipice while AIG...Reuters: Stock futures point higher, housing starts seen rising
Monday was an ugly day, but investors should try to rein in their anxiety about what it means for such big-picture questions as what shape the economic recovery will take. That’s because a battle between bulls and bears, which typically emerges at economic turning points, has taken hold of financial markets — meaning today’s worries about the global economy are likely to morph into tomorrow’s worries about too much stimulus creating dangerous asset bubbles. source
...ahead of data expected to show housing starts rose to their highest level in eight months.
...a sign that investors expect more gyrations in the U.S. stock market in the near term.The bear is re-arising. With the increased heat wave in the Northeast, Wall St is burning.
...nervous investors locked in profits and turned their eyes to the moves of Chinese shares...
"The GDP number in Japan sort of got things started when it missed this morning..."
...mounting worries equities' recent surge had run ahead of the global economic recovery.
"The markets are going to be looking at what kind of signal we're getting on the consumer sector. Because of high unemployment and the high savings rate, there are (worries) that consumer spending is going to be weak..." sourceReuters: Japan's Nikkei falls 0.7 pct, dented by exporters
...after weak U.S. consumer sentiment data fueled concerns about the strength of any economic recovery.
The planet’s ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for July, breaking the previous high mark established in 1998 according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The combined average global land and ocean surface temperature for July 2009 ranked fifth-warmest since world-wide records began in 1880.
Large portions of many continents had substantially warmer-than-average temperatures during July 2009. The greatest departures from the long-term average were evident in Europe, northern Africa, and much of western North America. Broadly, across these regions, temperatures were about 4-7 degrees F (2-4 degrees C) above average.
Cooler-than-average conditions prevailed across southern South America, central Canada, the eastern United States, and parts of western and eastern Asia. The most notably cool conditions occurred across the eastern U.S., central Canada, and southern South America where region-wide temperatures were nearly 4-7 degrees F (2-4 degrees C) below average.
Arctic sea ice covered an average of 3.4 million square miles during July. This is 12.7 percent below the 1979-2000 average extent and the third lowest July sea ice extent on record, behind 2007 and 2006. Antarctic sea ice extent in July was 1.5 percent above the 1979-2000 average. July Arctic sea ice extent has decreased by 6.1 percent per decade since 1979, while July Antarctic sea ice extent has increased by 0.8 percent per decade over the same period.
...America, where the crazy tree blooms in every moment of liberal ascendancy, and where elites exploit the crazy for their own narrow interests.
...there were right-wingers claiming access to secret documents from the 1920s proving that the entire concept of a "civil rights movement" had been hatched in the Soviet Union
The tree of crazy is an ever-present aspect of America's flora.
...an unexpected element has been added to the look, and that is a burgeoning potbelly one might term the Ralph Kramden.And on a related note -
Leading with a belly is a male privilege of long standing, of course, a symbol of prosperity in most cultures and of freedom from anxieties about body image that have plagued women since Eve.