News Roundup – Jobs, Eric Cantor, Ebola (Update)

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The economy added 209,000 jobs. The unemployment rate remained 6.2%. The economy continues to grow at a slow but steady space.

Rep. Eric Cantor, who lost his reelection bid, is going to resign from the House on August 18, 2014. Curious?

Ebola and West Africa are a bad combination. Sierra Leone declares a state of emergency (two Americans with Ebola are being flown to the US for treatment).

A recent survey of economists showed almost complete universal agreement that the stimulus reduced unemployment. Yet, when you talk to politicians you get a variety of answers which are all over the map. This begs the question of whether, in the face of overwhelming evidence and/or overwhelming opinion of experts, politicians make the right decisions.

Huge crater in Siberia is probably secondary to global warming.

Huge flash flood here in West Virginia a couple days ago. My backyard was out of control.

Update: Oh damn, I almost forgot… About five or six months ago Diane Feinstein took to the Senate floor to accuse the CIA of hacking/spying on Senate computers. It was really a pretty amazing speech. The mainstream media sort of, kind of covered it. For the most part, it was blown off. John Brennan, CIA director, came out and gave the most wishy-washy of rebuttals, “We just don’t do that.” Yesterday, to nobody’s surprise, it turns out the CIA actually did access Senate Intelligence Committee computers. Unfortunately, I really don’t see any good solutions. Firing John Brennan will not have the desired effect of changing behavior at the CIA. In my opinion, the CIA has been completely infected by a Dick Cheney personality. For years, the CIA was allowed to do almost anything. Now, we want guidelines. Now we want oversight. I’m not sure the CIA is up to that.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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