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  • Risk Assessment Matrix of Ebola - It's Science

    10/20/2014 8:34:45 AM PDT · by thefoundersrock · 17 replies
    The Average American Blog ^ | 10/19/14 | J Harrington
    Should Americans be concerned about Ebola? Should we suspend visas from the hardest hit countries? These are the questions we're wrangling with as we face the first outbreak of Ebola in the US. The administration and his supporters in the Democrat party are attempting to portray the very question as foolish, and concerned Americans as "hysterical." So let's take a look at this from a rational risk assessment perspective. (With Charts)
  • CDC: 'Relatively large' number of health workers at risk for Ebola

    10/13/2014 10:12:40 AM PDT · by maggief · 121 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 13, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Monday said it "would not be surprised" if other healthcare workers at a Dallas hospital are diagnosed with Ebola. CDC Director Tom Frieden said he did not know how many workers might have been exposed to the virus, but estimated it was a "relatively large number." "We’re concerned, and unfortunately would not be surprised if we did see additional cases in healthcare workers who also provided care to the index patient," Frieden said. A nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was found to have Ebola over the weekend. Her case is the first-ever...
  • Texas Narrows Ebola Focus to 10 Considered to Be at Greatest Risk

    10/03/2014 6:15:29 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/03/14 | MANNY FERNANDEZ, MICHAEL D. SHEAR and ABBY GOODNOUGH
    DALLAS — Health officials on Friday narrowed down to 10 the number of people considered most at risk of contracting Ebola after coming into contact with an infected Liberian man. They also moved the four people who had shared an apartment with the man from their potentially contaminated quarters, as local and federal officials tried to assure the public that the disease was contained despite initial missteps here. The four people, a girlfriend of Thomas E. Duncan, the Liberian who is the first person in the United States to develop symptoms of Ebola, and three of her relatives had been...
  • "High protein diet linked to spiked cancer risk akin to smoking 20 cigarettes a day: U.S. study"

    09/01/2014 4:30:03 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 115 replies
    National Post ^ | Mar. 5, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    Eating too much protein could be as dangerous as smoking for middle-aged people, a study has found. Research which tracked thousands of adults for nearly 20 years found that those who eat a diet rich in animal protein are four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet. The risk is nearly as high as the danger of developing cancer from smoking 20 cigarettes each day. Previous studies have shown a link between cancer and red meat, but it is the first time research has measured the risk of death associated with regularly eating too...
  • Illegal Immigrants Bring Risk of Ebola and Global Array of Viral Illnesses

    08/04/2014 3:46:38 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    The Conservative Pundit ^ | 8/4/2014 | By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.
    Ebola. Chikungunya. Dengue. Norovirus. Hantavirus. Swine flu. Varicella. Variola. The names sound like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. Yet, threats to Americans are real, and escalating by the week. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported on August 1 that serious diseases are spreading at detention centers for Illegal border crossers. Health care workers and Border Patrol agents, plus their children, have tested positive for tuberculosis (TB), swine flu, chicken pox, lice and scabies. Instead of being quarantined, illegal border crossers are being dispersed rapidly across the U.S., with those of school age being registered in public schools opening...
  • The Riskiest Housing Markets In America [Do you live anywhere near these cities?]

    06/30/2014 12:35:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/30/2014 | Tyler Durden
    As homeownership rates tumble, perhaps it is not just the stagnation of income or piling up of 'other debts' disabling any organic buying frenzy; perhaps, as Bloomberg breaks down, it is the realization that real-estate is nothing less than another boom-bust roller-coaster ride. ??When so much wealth is tied up in one asset, the risk -- or stability -- of a local market can mean a lot to a homeowner and Bloomberg has quantified the 'riskiest' (and most stable) home markets in America... not Vegas, not Phoenix, and not LA... Full Breakdown here And the stablest real estate markets?5. Raleigh, North...
  • East Antarctica more at risk than thought to long-term thaw: study

    05/04/2014 6:48:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/4/14 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - Part of East Antarctica is more vulnerable than expected to a thaw that could trigger an unstoppable slide of ice into the ocean and raise world sea levels for thousands of years, a study showed on Sunday. The Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica, stretching more than 1,000 km (600 miles) inland, has enough ice to raise sea levels by 3 to 4 meters (10-13 feet) if it were to melt as an effect of global warming, the report said. The Wilkes is vulnerable because it is held in place by a small rim of ice, resting on...
  • Today Crimea, tomorrow Alaska?

    03/21/2014 5:04:41 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 73 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 3/19/2014 | Peter Lucas
    Let's hope he doesn't want Alaska back. I mean, if Czar Vladimir Putin decides that Russia was really screwed when it sold the vast expanse of Alaska to the United States for a measly $7.2 million back in 1867, he may now want to nullify the deal. Treaties, contracts and deals mean nothing to the guy. The man is on a role. He is scooping up pieces of the former Soviet Union as though he were old Communist Czar Joe Stalin. Old Joe gobbled up countries at the end of World War II as though they were war souvenirs. That...
  • Crickets from White House as Venezuelans Risk All to Throw Out the Chavistas

    02/15/2014 1:43:36 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-15-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Florida lawmakers are trying to turn the Obama administration’s attention toward two weeks of escalating deadly protests in Venezuela, where protesters frustrated with the socialist government have taken to the streets to demand a better country. The late Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian experiment, continued by his handpicked successor Nicolas Maduro, has resulted in an economy in tatters, sky-high crime, and massive government corruption. Maduro has put the world on “alert” that he’s “facing a developing coup plan against the democracy and the government that I preside over, orchestrated by a small group of irresponsible leaders, violent, full of hatred and personal...
  • Don't Let Insurers Shift Risk to Taxpayers

    01/25/2014 8:03:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2014 | Phil Kerpen
    The big health insurance companies played a high-stakes double game throughout the 2009 health care fight, funding attacks on the so-called public option – an explicitly government-run competitor – while otherwise supporting the central elements of the bill that ultimately passed: vast taxpayer-funded subsidies flowing to their potential customers and a mandate requiring every American to buy their products. Yet the law is becoming such a disaster that the insurers stand to take losses in the new exchanges – losses that will largely be passed on to taxpayers under a provision called Risk Corridors. Risk Corridors are a de facto...
  • Gender Identity Bill Carries Risk of Personal Pain

    07/21/2013 9:42:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Democratic California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has written a bill that would require public schools in his state to allow students to choose which bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams match their gender identity. Both the Assembly and state Senate have passed Assembly Bill 1266. It now sits on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. If the governor allows the bill to become law, then public school administrators won't be able to assign transgender third-graders to use a separate bathroom or play on the team of their biological gender -- even if their motive is to protect a vulnerable child. "Separate...
  • Basel Faulty: Fed pledges to "get tough" on Wall Street as adopts Basel rules (not for mortgages)

    07/02/2013 4:32:15 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/02/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The U.S. Federal Reserve pledged to draft tough rules for Wall Street while shielding smaller banks from some of the harshest impact of the global Basel III capital rules it adopted on Tuesday. The final rule – which numbers 972 pages – drops a provision from the original proposal that would have forced banks to set aside more capital to fund their residential mortgage business. “The mortgage industry … fared incredibly well in the final Basel III rulemaking,” said Isaac Boltansky, a policy analyst with Compass point Research and Trading, adding it was a “significant win” for the mortgage industry....
  • Puritanical Government

    06/26/2013 4:28:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26,2013 | John Stossel
    People say America is a free country. But what if you want to drink, have a cigarette or make a bet? Government often says "no" to protect us from ourselves. It's as if the government is still run by the Puritans who settled this land four centuries ago. They said pleasure and luxury are sinful. Today's government has a better argument when it seeks to restrict activities that might harm others, but I notice that even then, it often focuses more on things that upset modern-day Puritans. Drinking and driving can be fatal. But government data show that sleeplessness and...
  • The 50 Rip-Off Charities: Give at Your Own Risk

    06/17/2013 3:02:18 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 68 replies
    finance.townhall.com ^ | 6-17-2013 | Morgan Brittany
    I always believed that giving to a good cause or helping victims of a disaster was a noble thing to do. I mean, “There but for the grace of God go I”, right? With the recent uncovering of scandals within the government, more and more investigators are digging to uncover other cases of fraud and mismanagement. Is nothing sacred anymore? A recent investigation exposed by CNN, The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times have found that there are dozens and dozens of charities that basically do next to nothing for the causes they raise money for. 50...
  • Take a Risk for Peace: Move our Embassy to Jerusalem!

    06/05/2013 4:15:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Safely re-elected last November, President Obama waited barely a month (December 4, 2012) before suspending once again the provisions of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. That law required the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the permanent and undivided capital of Israel and to move the American Embassy there. In suspending the provisions of the act, President Obama was violating his own campaign commitments to Americans and to Israelis. As a candidate in 2008, he had said he was committed to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s permanent capital and keeping it united under Israeli rule. Secretary of State John Kerry...
  • Some question whether AP leak on al-Qaeda plot put U.S. at risk [CIA: NO national security risk]

    05/17/2013 6:09:20 AM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/16/2013 | Carol D. Leonnig and Julie Tate
    For five days, reporters at the Associated Press had been sitting on a big scoop about a foiled al-Qaeda plot at the request of CIA officials. Then, in a hastily scheduled Monday morning meeting, the journalists were asked by agency officials to hold off on publishing the story for just one more day. The CIA officials, who had initially cited national security concerns in an attempt to delay publication, no longer had those worries, according to individuals familiar with the exchange. Instead, the Obama administration was planning to announce the successful counterterrorism operation that Tuesday. AP balked and proceeded to...
  • Nervous Bernanke Warns Of Excessive Risk (Dollar Rises, Commodities Plunge)

    05/10/2013 8:09:02 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/10/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was nervous as he answered questions at his speech in Chicago today. “In light of the current low interest rate environment, we are watching particularly closely for instances of ‘reaching for yield’ and other forms of excessive risk-taking, which may affect asset prices and their relationships with fundamentals,” Mr Bernanke said. I was waiting for questions or hints as to if or when will take their foot off the monetary accelerator, but NADA. Global sovereign yields rose across the board this morning (except for Greece). The dollar is rising … while commodities plunged this morning (look...
  • Saudi National interviewed in bombing to be deported for National Security reasons.

    04/17/2013 6:52:59 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-17-2013 | Fox News
    Just heard on Sean Hannity. The Saudi who was interviewed in the Boston Marathon Bombing is going to be deported soon for National Security reasons.
  • The Signal and the Silence: When is prediction useful—and when is it dangerous?

    04/16/2013 11:01:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | ADAM WHITE
    Ever since leading the Boston Red Sox to victory in the 2007 World Series, Josh Beckett had been a mainstay of the teamÂ’s pitching rotation. But when he hobbled off the mound with an ankle injury on September 5, 2011, the Red Sox faithful took the news in stride. After all, their team was the hottest in baseball. The previous winter, the Sox had acquired two of the sportÂ’s most sought-after players, outfielder Carl Crawford and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The acquisitions led the Boston Herald to declare the team the TOP SOX SQUAD OF ALL TIME before it had...
  • Red Brain, Blue Brain: Republicans and Democrats Process Risk Differently, Research Finds

    02/13/2013 5:27:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | February 13, 2013 | NA
    A team of political scientists and neuroscientists has shown that liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they make risky decisions, and these regions can be used to predict which political party a person prefers. The new study suggests that while genetics or parental influence may play a significant role, being a Republican or Democrat changes how the brain functions. Dr. Darren Schreiber, a researcher in neuropolitics at the University of Exeter, has been working in collaboration with colleagues at the University of California, San Diego on research that explores the differences in the way the brain...
  • Yes, Virginia, there really is a Free Lunch

    01/21/2013 11:20:29 AM PST · by Pete · 7 replies
    29thday.org ^ | 1/21/2013 | George Berry
    Do you remember the Financial Crisis of 2008? You woke up that morning in September, took a shower, had your first cup of coffee, turned on the news, and heard that, apparently out of nowhere, we were on the thin edge of a financial disaster that would make the Great Depression look like a picnic. Do you remember how you felt, the sense of disbelief, the feeling of real fear? How? Why? It happened because Congress passed a law that allowed the banks to take the risk of mortgage default, and then transfer that risk to someone else. Congress even...
  • Earthquake Experts Convicted of Manslaughter

    11/01/2012 3:16:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 22 October 2012 | Edwin Cartlidge
    L'AQUILA, ITALY—Seven experts tasked with giving advice ahead of the deadly earthquake that struck here in 2009 have been found guilty of manslaughter by a judge in the central Italian town this evening. The four scientists, two engineers, and a government official were accused of having carried out a superficial analysis of seismic risk and of having provided false reassurances to the public ahead of the quake, which killed 309 people. The prosecution had requested prison terms of 4 years for the accused, but Judge Marco Billi has handed each a sentence of 6 years imprisonment. The lawyers of the...
  • US fires Tomahawks on Libyan defenses (Flashback: 25Mar11, 170 Tmahawks,153 Air: Panetta's Risk)

    10/27/2012 12:52:26 PM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies
    AFP ^ | 25Mar11 | afp
    (AFP) – Mar 25, 2011 WASHINGTON — The United States fired 16 new Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libyan targets on Thursday and Friday as part of the US role in the UN-mandated mission to protect Libyan civilians, the Pentagon said. The new missile launches brought the total number of Tomahawks used by US and coalition forces to at least 170 as they enforce a UN resolution to set up a no-fly zone over Libya to stop air attacks by the forces of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi. Pentagon officials said 16 new missiles were fired in the 24 hours to 0500...
  • LEVIATHAN GOVERNMENT: How about insurance against politicians?

    08/30/2012 7:43:09 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    WND ^ | August 27, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Thomas Sowell wants the State, employers out of health-care-coverage business Insurance is all about risk. Yet neither insurance companies nor their policy-holders can do anything about one of the biggest risks – namely, interference by politicians, to turn insurance into something other than a device to deal with risk. By passing laws to force insurance companies to cover things that have nothing to do with risk, politicians force up the cost of insurance. Annual checkups, for example, are known in advance to take place once a year. Foreseeable events are not a risk. Annual checkups are no cheaper when they...
  • Risk (Even Further) Off as Investors Await Government Stimulus

    05/19/2012 11:04:20 AM PDT · by Son House
    Asset International Inc. ^ | May 16, 2012 | Elizabeth Pfeuti
    Large investors have retreated further into their shells this month as they await action from governments around the world to kick-start economic growth and prevent collapses in the Eurozone, a survey has shown. Over a third of investors responding to the monthly Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund manager survey said they were taking lower than normal risks in their portfolios. This was a significant shift from around a fifth of investors agreeing with this statement last month - which was already low. The BoA Merrill Lynch Risk and Liquidity Composite indicator, which measures market sentiment, has fallen below its...
  • College: 'Best Investment' or Big Risk? (The financial return for a 4-year degree may surprise you)

    05/07/2012 2:35:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Smart Money ^ | 05/07/2012 | Jack Hough
    By College is the best investment you can make, President Obama told students last month at the University of Colorado. As a metaphor for the benefits of education, that statement is fine. But taken as a claim about the financial returns of a college degree, it poses two problems. The first is that students and their families still lack sufficient data to estimate long-term returns for specific college degrees the way investors do with stocks and bonds. The second problem is one of investment risk. Stock investors can manage risk by buying a diverse basket of shares, but a...
  • Kristi Risk cannot be spared, she fights. (vanity)

    05/01/2012 8:18:29 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 5/1/12 | jim funkhouser
    Indiana's primary approaches, One congressional race offers a conservative choice. Risk would have one the last primary in '10, but there were a number of "tea party" candidates against one establishment candidate. The runoff election has finally arrived...
  • Megaupload file seizure shows why many cautious about the cloud

    01/27/2012 12:31:08 PM PST · by dickmc · 15 replies · 1+ views
    It Business (Ca) ^ | 1/21/2012 | Ian Paul
    The takedown of the file-sharing site over copyright violations provides a warning about being careful where you store stuff. Megaupload file seizure shows why many cautious about the cloud Megaupload users are crying foul after their personal files, not necessarily copyright-infringing material, stored with the file-sharing service was seized on Thursday along with a trove of illegally distributed copyrighted works. Some of those users took to Twitter complaining about the loss of their files, as first reported by TorrentFreak. "I had files up there...gone forever..and they were personal recordings! No copyright infringement!" said Twitter user J. Amir. Another user complained...
  • Indiana's Bloody 8th: A Fractured Fairy Tale

    10/23/2011 1:57:40 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 20 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 10/23/11 | jim funkhouser
    Indiana’s 8th District didn’t have a representative in the U.S. Congress from January 1st to May 1st in 1985. Why? Because Bunky, The Democrat-controlled House simply refused to seat the Republican winner, and after a few disputed recounts that still pointed to the Democrat losing, finally decided to simply seat him against the will of the people who deigned to presume that voting makes a difference. The blatant abuse of power was so obvious that the Republicans walked out in protest when the Democrat “loser” was arbitrarily declared the winner.
  • IMF Issues Brand New Warning About The Massive Risks To The Banking System

    09/21/2011 6:51:14 AM PDT · by blam · 1 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-21-2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    IMF Issues Brand New Warning About The Massive Risks To The Banking System Joe Weisenthal Sep. 21, 2011, 9:37 AMReleased this morning by the IMF. A new statement on huge risks to the banking sector. ------------------------------ * Weak growth, balance sheets and political resolve cause crisis of confidence * Large number of countries effected by government debt risks * Policymakers need to act to repair household, government and financial balance sheets Financial stability risks have risen sharply in recent months, as slower economic growth, market turbulence in Europe, and the credit downgrade of the United States have weighed on the...
  • NASA warns 'risk of losing' space station rising

    08/30/2011 7:47:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 168 replies
    AFP, Google ^ | 8/30/11 | Jean-Louis Santini
    WASHINGTON — The risk of an unprecedented evacuation of the International Space Station will spike if Russian craft cannot resume their missions and return by November, a senior NASA official has warned. "There is a greater risk of losing the ISS when it's unmanned than if it were manned," Michael Suffredini, the ISS program manager for the US space agency, said in a conference call with Russian officials. "The risk increase is not insignificant," he added. Russia on Monday delayed its next manned mission to the ISS by at least a month after an unmanned cargo vessel crashed into Siberia...
  • He Climbs Vertical Rock Faces – No Rope, No Harness…..

    08/24/2011 9:11:42 AM PDT · by sussex · 17 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 24/08/11 | The Aged P
    It’s hard to know what to make of Alex’s astounding ascents. No words can describe the difficulty and dangerousness of these ascents. It’s simply pure brashness. Let’s face it–the kid has a lot of chutzpah. Climb high Alex, and be safe.
  • Gun ownership, carrying a gun linked to heavy alcohol use

    06/20/2011 9:11:22 AM PDT · by drypowder · 86 replies · 2+ views
    UC Davis Health Systems ^ | 6/14/2011 | UC Davis Health Systems
    Gun ownership, carrying a gun linked to heavy alcohol use Large, multi-state study shows certain gun owners more likely to drink excessively June 14, 2011 (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Gun owners who carry concealed weapons or have confronted another person with a gun are more than twice as likely to drink heavily as people who do not own guns, according to a study by UC Davis researchers. Binge drinking, chronic heavy alcohol use, and drinking and driving were all more common among gun owners generally than among non-owners, even after adjusting for factors such as age, sex, race, and state of...
  • The Global Order Fractures As American Power Declines

    06/15/2011 11:17:40 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 8 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | June 14, 2011 | Alan Beattie
    Harold Macmillan, the prime minister who watched US power rise as the British empire crumbled, used to say that Britain would play ancient Greece to America’s Rome. These days it looks as if Rome is declining too. The US finds it increasingly hard to drive forward its vision of international trade and economics over the objections of big emerging-market countries.
  • Obama: Raise debt ceiling or risk global recession

    04/15/2011 11:07:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 119 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/15/11 | Ben Feller - AP
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Failure by Congress to raise the U.S. debt limit "could plunge the world economy back into recession," President Barack Obama declared Friday, and he acknowledged that he must compromise on spending with Republicans who control the House to avoid such a crisis. "I think he's absolutely right that it's not going to happen without some spending cuts," the president told The Associated Press in an interview in his hometown, agreeing with House Speaker John Boehner's assessment. Obama urged swift action, saying he doesn't want the United States to get close to a deadline that would destabilize financial...
  • Risk-Free Energy: Surely, You Must Be Joking

    03/16/2011 5:13:53 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 21 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | March 15, 2011 | Alex B. Berezow
    It was only a matter of time before environmentalists would point toward Japan, say, "We told you so," and then declare a moral victory for anti-nuclear activism. Merely for the sake of argument, let's pretend they are right. Eliminating nuclear power might be a nice experiment. But there is one big problem: Environmentalists are trying to eliminate all the other alternatives, as well.
  • What's the most at-risk U.S. nuclear power plant? Answer: It's 24 Miles from New York City

    03/16/2011 1:28:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/16/2011 | Bailey Johnson
    Could it happen here? That's the question on everyone's mind as we watch the nuclear emergency unfold at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. As it turns out, the U.S. government has long been asking the same question. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently provided MSNBC with an updated list of the American plants most at risk of core damage (which can lead to meltdowns and radiation release) in the event of an earthquake. What parts of the country are most at risk? You may be surprised. Most people would assume California plants, built around the turbulent San Andreas fault line, might...
  • The 11 Countries At Risk of Becoming The Next Egypt (Does the Domino Theory still apply?)

    02/01/2011 9:15:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/01/2011 | Gregory White
    Egypt has been embroiled in political turmoil since protests, inspired by those that overthrew the regime in Tunisia, started last week. While Egypt, and its Suez Canal, have been worry one for investors world wide since last week, the next big question is whether this dissent could spread to other countries around the region, and world. It's a challenge to state led authoritarian capitalism, but it is also a response to rising food costs and soaring unemployment. There is also the social media factor, which has allowed protesters to circumvent traditional state run media sources and organize more efficiently. What...
  • FDA Seeks to Ban Intravenous Ascorbic Acid

    01/31/2011 12:42:28 PM PST · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an order to McGuff Pharmaceuticals instructing it to cease producing and distributing intravenous ascorbic acid (IAA). The grounds for the FDA action laid out in its order stated that IAA is “an unapproved new drug.” Ascorbic acid, more commonly known as vitamin C, has been in use for decades to treat a variety of conditions. IAA has accomplished many amazing cures as detailed in the book Curing the Incurable by Dr. Thomas Levy. The FDA rejected the argument of effectiveness outright. “The very effectiveness of IAA argues that it is, in fact,...
  • Diet programs may not help dodge disease risk

    01/25/2011 2:39:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/25/11 | Leigh Krietsch Boerner - Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Losing weight is often touted as a way to improve health, but many weight-loss programs may not help stave off disease since people tend to gain the weight back, Australian researchers say. In a report in the International Journal of Obesity, they note the focus of such programs may need to change if they're really going to have a lasting effect. To test the potential impact of different diets, the researchers ran two computer simulations: One included a low-fat diet, the other a diet rich in whole grains and vegetables plus 180 minutes of exercise...
  • Finger length predicts prostate cancer risk: study (a digit for your thoughts)

    11/30/2010 6:00:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 3+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/30/10 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – Men whose index fingers are longer than their ring, or fourth, fingers run a significantly lower risk of prostate cancer, according to a study published Wednesday in the British Journal of Cancer. The chances of developing the disease drop by a third, and even more in younger men, the study found. "Our results show that relative finger length could be used as a simple test for prostate cancer risk, particularly in men aged under 60," said Ros Eeles, a professor at the Institute of Cancer Research in Britain and co-author of the study. Finger pattern could help...
  • Key Tax Breaks at Risk as Panel Looks at Cuts .

    10/25/2010 8:19:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/25/10 | Damian Paletta
    Sacrosanct tax breaks, including deductions on mortgage interest, remain on the table just weeks before the deficit commission issues recommendations on policies to pare back with the aim of balancing the budget by 2015. The tax benefits are hugely popular with the public but they have drawn the panel's focus, in part because the White House has said these and other breaks cost the government about $1 trillion a year.(Snip)At stake, in addition to the mortgage-interest deductions, are child tax credits and the ability of employees to pay their portion of their health-insurance tab with pretax dollars.
  • Venture capital moving to the sidelines? (Capitalists not risking their money this time around)

    10/17/2010 10:30:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/17/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Reuters’ economists may have reason to move their already-pessimistic projections further downward. Yesterday afternoon, a study conducted jointly by Thompson Reuters and Price Waterhouse Cooper shows that venture capital investment dropped 7% in the third quarter, a harbinger of higher unemployment and economic decline: Venture capitalists poured less money into U.S. startups in the third quarter and split this among more companies, signaling that investors are trying to be more economical with their funds.According to a study set to be released Friday, startup investments declined 7 percent to $4.8 billion in the July-September period, compared with $5.2 billion invested during...
  • Security Risk? More Evidence of Mary Jo Kilroy's Socialist Connections

    10/11/2010 7:45:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    newzeal ^ | 10/11/10 | Trevor Loudon
    Like her boss Barack Obama, Ohio Democratic Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy has been accused of hiding a radical past. Further evidence has emerged confirming that Congresswoman Kilroy was once a member of America's largest marxist organization Democratic Socialists of America. In this post New Zeal provided documentary evidence that Kilroy was a member of D.S.A. in the early 1990s and was supported by that organization in both her 2006 and 2008 Congressional races. Now comes more confirmation of kilroy's socialist ties from an article in Oakland California based marxist journal CrossRoads;, October 1992. The author Bob Fitrakis, is also a...
  • Black Listed Airlines (Security Risks)

    08/28/2010 3:37:21 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 14 replies
    http://ec.europa.eu ^ | 07/07/2010 | AirValid
    "Blacklisted" in Europe by alphabetical order (last modified : 07/07/2010): Aero Benin - Benin - On the blacklist since 16 December 2009Aero Service - Republic of the Congo - BF - RSR - On the blacklist since 16 December 2009Aerojet - Angola - On the blacklist since 16 December 2009Aeroprakt Kz - Kazakhstan - APK - On the blacklist since 16 December 2009Aerowurks Aerial Spraying Services - Philippines - On the blacklist since 30 March 2010Africa Airways - Benin - AFF - On the blacklist since 16 December 2009Africa Connection - Sao Tomé et Principe - On the blacklist since...
  • U.S. Finds Most Oil From Spill Poses Little Additional Risk

    08/04/2010 11:45:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/4/10 | Justin Gillis
    WASHINGTON — The government is expected to announce on Wednesday that three-quarters of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has already evaporated, dispersed, been captured or otherwise eliminated — and that much of the rest is so diluted that it does not seem to pose much additional risk of harm. A government report finds that about 26 percent of the oil released from BP’s runaway well is still in the water or onshore in a form that could, in principle, cause new problems. But most is light sheen at the ocean surface or in a dispersed form
  • The Chinese Banking System Is Seriously At Risk

    07/27/2010 10:51:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 07/27/2010 | Patrick Chovanec
    A couple of weeks ago, I published a column outlining my doubts about the health of China’s banking system in the lead-up to the Agricultural Bank of China (AgBank)’s IPO. Given the lackluster performance of that share launch – despite the considerable political capital Beijing mobilized behind making it a success – it seems I was hardly alone in my concerns. Now some concrete data is starting to emerge regarding the potential size of the problems that may be lurking on China’s bank balance sheets — in particular, the losses that may be incurred from risky stimulus loans made to...
  • How to Tell a Nation Is at Risk (of Default)

    07/16/2010 7:18:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 07/16/2010 | Floyd Norris
    Which governments will not be able to pay their bills? The ones with private sectors that are not doing well enough to bail out the government. That should be one lesson of the near default this year of the Greek government. Government finances are important, but in the end it is the private sector that matters most. If so, those who focus on fiscal policy may be missing important things. Spain appeared to be in fine shape, with government surpluses, before the recession hit. Now Spain is being downgraded and has soaring deficits. “Academics and market practitioners have not had...
  • Some Blood-Pressure Drugs Tied to Cancer Risk

    06/14/2010 5:05:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 882+ views
    wsj ^ | 6/14/10 | PETER LOFTUS
    A new study said that a popular class of antihypertension drugs—including those made by Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Merck & Co. and Novartis AG—is associated with a modestly increased risk of cancer. The researchers cautioned that the limited data make it impossible to calculate the exact cancer risk for each individual drug in the class, but said the issue should be investigated further. The study was published online Sunday by the Lancet Oncology medical journal.
  • Big Risk: $1.2 Quadrillion Derivatives Market Dwarfs World GDP (Anyone understand the risk?)

    06/09/2010 12:36:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 94+ views
    Daily Finance ^ | 06/09/2010 | Peter Cohan
    One of the biggest risks to the world's financial health is the $1.2 quadrillion derivatives market. It's complex, it's unregulated, and it ought to be of concern to world leaders that its notional value is 20 times the size of the world economy. But traders rule the roost -- and as much as risk managers and regulators might want to limit that risk, they lack the power or knowledge to do so. A quadrillion is a big number: 1,000 times a trillion. Yet according to one of the world's leading derivatives experts, Paul Wilmott, who holds a doctorate in applied...