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Tuesday Afternoon News Roundup (Update)

  • On Sunday, Texas Governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry had a big prayer rally in Houston, Texas. The governor’s prayer rally drew somewhere around 30,000 people. Interestingly, just blocks away at the convention center in Houston, they were giving away free school supplies. How may people turned up for free school supplies? Over 100,000! School supplies as a rule aren’t that expensive. Yet with one fifth of Houston residents living below the poverty level, many are desperate.
  • Ongoing riots in London. On the good-bad scale this is bad. Very bad. Update:  No significant violence so far tonight in London. Manchester has had an outbreak. London residents aren’t happy. It seems that they asked for police protection and got nothing over the last 48 hours. Today such force seems to be too little, too late for residents who have lost their businesses to the senseless looting.
  • Stocks seem to be rebounding somewhat today but the analysis of S&P’s downgrade is still somewhat of a head scratcher. It appears that they downgraded U.S. Treasury bonds because of our political situation. Wall Street bought up U.S. Treasury bonds, in spite of the downgrade in huge numbers yesterday. It appeared to be the safest place to put your money. Also, if S&P’s downgrade was so “obvious” then why did Moody’s and Finch decide not to downgrade United States treasuries? Actually, Moody’s put out a long list of reasons why they did not downgrade the United States. I wonder if S&P has the ability to actually read these?
  • Michele Bachmann seems that you cannot let slavery go. Currently on her “recommended” reading list is a book which relates all the “good things” about slavery. Seriously!
  • We need jobs. The government’s sitting back and cutting everything will not create one job. It will not create an atmosphere that is indicative of getting jobs. Instead, the government needs to spend money. Spending money will put people back to work. If we can put hundreds of thousands of people back to work this will increase revenues and decrease the deficit. Everybody wins. Why is this so hard to understand?
  Favorable Unfavorable Never heard of No opinion
John Boehner 33% 40% 16% 11%
Nancy Pelosi 31% 51% 9% 9%
Mitch McConnell 21% 39% 27% 13%
Harry Reid 28% 39% 21% 12%
Democratic Party 47% 47%   6%
Republican Party 33% 59% 1% 7%
The Tea Party Movement 31% 51% 5% 13%
I still find it hard to believe that 31% of Americans really approve of the tea party.
  • Update: Probably, the most important political development over the last 12 months has been Wisconsin. Today the voters go to the polls in recall elections of six Republicans. So far, there have been no significant reported problems. This is the way democracy is supposed to work. You thwart the will of the people, the people rise up, organize and boot you out of office. Go Wisconsin!
  • Stocks have rebounded on Wall Street. Those who have called for President Obama to step down because there is no confidence in the market will have a hard time explaining today’s rebound, since Barack Obama still in office.
  • The Fed has signaled that they’re going to keep the short-term interest rate near zero. This appears to be a move to help stimulate growth and job creation.
  • Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty shows that he knows nothing about monetary policy or that he’s being deliberately deceptive to his listeners. Either scenario is equally dangerous. Republicans and conservatives like to use the analogy of the federal government being just like your household. The federal government is not like my household or yours. Currently, even with our questionable credit rating, the US government has the ability to borrow almost unlimited amounts of money. Which one of us has the ability to borrow unlimited amounts of money? Not me.
By |2011-08-09T13:22:17-04:00August 9th, 2011|Economy, Elections, Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on Tuesday Afternoon News Roundup (Update)

Swine flu is still out there

I have blogged on Swine Flu every week since its outbreak.  I have a feeling that nobody is listening.  There are over 21,000 cases in the US with 87 deaths.  Every state from Alaska to Florida has reported swine flu cases.

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This is a huge problem and there is evidence that we haven’t taken the proper precautions. From DemFromCT (DailyKos):

Pay attention to swine flu:

The first study of U.S. health care workers with swine flu found that many didn’t do enough to protect themselves against the virus.

Researchers focused on 13 nurses and other health care workers who were likely infected at work in the early days of the U.S. outbreak. They found that only half always wore gloves, and even fewer routinely wore other protection around patients who might have the virus.

In late April just as U.S. cases were first mounting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said health care workers should wear gloves, gowns, eye protection and respirator masks when dealing with patients suspected of having swine flu. The CDC also advised sick workers to stay home.

To date, about 80 health care workers have been confirmed with swine flu. The study examined the 26 cases of infected workers with detailed information as of mid-May.

The CDC discussion of the findings is here (transcript). Summer camp impact is here.

By |2009-06-19T18:47:40-04:00June 19th, 2009|Healthcare|Comments Off on Swine flu is still out there

E coli outbreak spreads

From CNN.com:

As many as 84 people in five Northeastern states have been confirmed as having the strain of E. coli bacteria involved in an outbreak believed to be linked to Taco Bell restaurants, officials said Thursday.

State and federal agencies are still trying to pin down the source.

At least one lawsuit relating to the outbreak already has been filed against the fast-food restaurant chain.

E. coli cases — first reported November 29 in New Jersey, followed by New York and Pennsylvania — now have appeared in Delaware and Connecticut, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Interviews showed that most of the first 58 who became ill had eaten at Taco Bells.

On Wednesday, Taco Bell said it had ordered the removal of all green onions from its 5,800 outlets nationwide, after three samples tested by an independent laboratory were found to be positive for E. coli.

But now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing several ingredients used by Taco Bell. The epidemiology detectives are also conducting more interviews to track down the source of the E. coli strain, said Dave Daigle, spokesman for the Infectious Disease Center of the CDC. more


I may be wrong but I’m getting the notion that our food supply is not safe.  6 years after 9-11.  (9-11 was suppose to change everything)  Wasn’t just a couple of months ago the FDA was chasing down some bad spinach??

By |2006-12-07T21:55:13-04:00December 7th, 2006|9-11, Domestic Issues, Security|Comments Off on E coli outbreak spreads
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