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News Roundup – London Fire, Bill Cosby, US Open

I’m still having some trouble understanding how a relatively modern apartment tower goes up in flames. Today, apartment complexes are supposed to be built so that the fire is contained. In the United States, modern buildings are supposed to have multiple fire suppression systems including sprinklers. It does not appear that this was the case in this building built in 1979. Initial estimates of five or 10 people who died appear to be completely wrong. Latest estimates put over 58 people dead. Now, it appears that the finger-pointing has started. The relief effort has been described as “absolute chaos”. This is bad.

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Government Shutdown – Koch Brothers

Government shutdown day 10. Nothing really is going on. I did enjoy the letter that one of the Koch Brothers sent to Capitol Hill. The letter basically stated that they were not behind the government shutdown. Data seem to suggest otherwise. From LA Times: Conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, for example, is a Koch-funded nonprofit that calls for repealing Obamacare, supports tea party favorites like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and spent more than $36 million during the 2012 election. And the Koch brothers recently donated $500,000 to the Heritage Action Fund, a conservative advocacy group, through the intermediary Freedom Partners. Heritage Action Fund has urged lawmakers to

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Government Shutdown: Never Negotiate With an Extortionist

The government is going to shut down. The government shutdown is going to happen. Never negotiate with an extortionist. You know how this is going to go. No matter how badly you want whatever it is they are holding over your head, don’t give in. In the United States, we know how bills are supposed to be introduced in the Congress, how they’re discussed in committee and then passed by one Chamber of Congress. The other chamber then has an opportunity to vote on the bill and modify it. If the bill is passed by both chambers, but the versions of

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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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