Christian Science Monitor: A new report, saying that risky forms of Staph bacteria are showing up in supermarkets at "unexpectedly high rates," is raising concerns about whether the US meat and poultry industries are relying too heavily on antibiotic drugs.
Nearly half of meat and poultry samples in the nationwide study — 47 percent — were contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that medical experts link to various human diseases. Of that amount, more than half the bacteria were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics, according to the study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix.
The group said its findings raise concerns that widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed makes industrial farms breeding grounds for drug-resistant bacteria that can move from animals to humans.
Continue reading at the Christian Science Monitor
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Google sent the following message to everyone who uploaded videos to Google Video:
Later this month, hosted video content on Google Video will no longer be available for playback. Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009 and now we're removing the remaining hosted content.
On April 29, 2011, videos that have been uploaded to Google Video will no longer be available for playback. We've added a Download button to the video status page, so you can download any video content you want to save. If you don't want to download your content, you don't need to do anything. (The Download feature will be disabled after May 13, 2011.)
Look at it this way, none of these Ron Paul videos will be available: http://www.google.com/sea...
Here's a Google video on grassroots campaigning:
Author Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems. "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original."
It is great that they covered the bank storage fees without delivery scam that has been going on at banks.
Great case for Physical buying
So? How was it?
LA Times - Three largest online poker sites indicted and shut down by FBI: The founders of the three largest online poker sites were indicted by the FBI on Friday in what could serve as a death blow to the thriving industry.
Eleven executives at PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and a number of their affiliates were charged with bank fraud and money laundering in an indictment unsealed in a Manhattan court. Two of the defendants were arrested on Friday morning in Utah and Nevada. Federal agents are searching for the others.
Prosecutors are seeking to immediately shut down the sites and to eventually send the executives to jail and to recover $3 billion from the companies. By Friday afternoon Full Tilt Poker’s site displayed a message explaining that “this domain name has been seized by the F.B.I. pursuant to an Arrest Warrant.”
Continue reading at the LA Times
This story is actually about my cousin's son. He is having a Sentence Reduction Hearing on Wednesday, 4/20/11. I am trying to get as many people as possible to sign a petition. So I will really appreciate all the help I can get.
To sum up this story... David Fernandes was 15 years old at the time of this incident. Basically, he videotaped his friend beating up another student. David didn't lay a finger on the other kid. It does appear as though he was sort of "cheering" on his friend while this was taking place, but again, he never once touched the victim. The victim was fine and was cleared to play football that same week.
One hour after the incident happened, the principal of the school called David's family to tell them what had happened. David immediately told them what happened and handed over the video. There was a police officer at the school who later testified that he did not arrest David because he did not see a crime that was committed by David.
Some time later, David was arrested. His case was immediately moved up to adult court without due process. He was found guilty in adult court of Second Degree Accessory to Assault. He was sentenced to 1 year jail time in adult prison. (15 years old).
From the Keep-Your-Mouth-Shut-and-Everything-Will-Be-OK department:
Washington (CNN) -- Don't like the way airport screeners are doing their job? You might not want to complain too much while standing in line.
Arrogant complaining about airport security is one indicator Transportation Security Administration officers consider when looking for possible criminals and terrorists, CNN has learned exclusively. And, when combined with other behavioral indicators, it could result in a traveler facing additional scrutiny.
Continue reading at CNN
WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is taking a step toward a presidential bid in 2012 by setting up a committee to help him test the waters for a possible run.
His spokesman, Jesse Benton, said Friday that the congressman is "beginning to lean more strongly toward running" and this new step puts the machinery in place to move quickly if Paul gets into the race.
How about looking at a very recent past comment from the current person in the Whitehouse. I find this mind-blowing if not remarkable:
Here is what President Obama told ABC News George Stephanopoulos regarding his Senatorial vote in 2006 opposing a debt increase:
I think that it's important to understand the vantage point of a senator versus the vantage point of a ... president. When you're a senator, traditionally what's happened is, this is always a lousy vote. Nobody likes to be tagged as having increased the debt limit for the United States by a trillion dollars. ... As president, you start realizing: 'You know what? We -- we can't play around with this stuff. This is the full faith in credit of the United States.' And so that was just a example of a new senator, you know, making what is a political vote as opposed to doing what was important for the country.
CHARACTER DOES MATTER!
Figuratively speaking of course.
I was watching the "Trumpfomercial" on Hannity last night before I went to bed. Apparently he is doing a 2 part commercial....ehem...interview, that will be completed tonight. Hannity had a huge billboard behind his stage with Trump's mug on it, that was quite telling.
I'm not sure what their game plan is, but it doesn't look favorable to us. (What a surprise) It is almost like they know RP is going to announce, and are preemptively going to try and steal any thunder that may come from that.
The subject of not getting the (R) nomination , and running as an independent came up. This is precisely what I was hoping that RP would do, but Trump is openly, slyly, talking about holding the GOP hostage if he doesn't get the nod.
They are either going to split the vote with Trump, who I assume has the cash to run indy and guarantee another 4 for the current regime, or they are going to try and give him the nod. I'm not sure which. I could be wrong on both accounts.
He played off the Dem donations with ease, explaining that he "lives in NY, which is heavily (D)" and that he "gets along with everyone". Hannity just lapped it up like the good dog he is.
First it was just Ron Paul.
An obstetrician/gynecologist and libertarian-leaning Republican, Paul of Lake Jackson was elected to the U.S. House more than 20 years ago and maintains a devout following of those who echo his anti-war, anti-tax, limited government beliefs.
Then he was joined by his son, Rand, a Republican ophthalmologist, who became a darling of the Tea Party movement in Kentucky and was elected last year to serve as the Bluegrass State's junior senator. He was sworn in to the U.S. Senate in January.
Now a third Paul - this one Robert Paul, a doctor who runs a family medical practice in Benbrook and lives in Fort Worth - is mulling over whether to make his own congressional bid.
Could there soon be a third member of the libertarian Paul family in Congress?
Robert Paul, a doctor who lives in Fort Worth, is saying maybe, telling a newspaper that he has “thought about running” for the seat representing Texas in the Senate that is being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is not running for reelection.
Ron Paul opens new 'testing the waters' account in preparation for Presidential exploratory committeeSubmitted by sailingaway on Fri, 04/15/2011 - 08:38
"Ron Paul quietly took another step toward a presidential run recently, creating a so-called “testing the waters” account that allows him to start raising money toward a White House bid and could eventually become his official campaign account, a Paul aide confirmed to POLITICO.
The Texas congressman is expected to announce whether he will again run for the Republican nomination sometime early next month — and recent moves are the strongest signs yet that the libertarian icon will indeed launch another bid. Jesse Benton, director of Paul’s LibertyPAC, told POLITICO that the new account was opened in anticipation of creating a formal presidential committee. The small step toward a bid is the same kind taken recently by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, but it stops short of an official exploratory committee filed with the FEC."
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America's history and political ethos are all about liberty. The Declaration of Independence declares that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable rights, but notice how both life and the pursuit of happiness also depend on liberty as a fundamental bedrock of our country. We use the word almost as a cliche. But do we know what it means? Can we recognize it when we see it? More importantly, can we recognize the opposite of liberty when it is sold to us as a form of freedom?
Liberty means to exercise human rights in any manner a person chooses so long as it does not interfere with the exercise of the rights of others. This means, above all else, keeping government out of our lives. Only this path leads to the unleashing of human energies that build civilization, provide security, generate wealth, and protect the people from systematic rights violations. In this sense, only liberty can truly ward off tyranny, the great and eternal foe of mankind.
The definition of liberty I use is the same one that was accepted by Thomas Jefferson and his generation. It is the understanding derived from the great freedom tradition, for Jefferson himself took his understanding from John Locke (1632-1704). I use the term “liberal” without irony or contempt, for the liberal tradition in the true sense, dating from the late Middle Ages until the early part of the twentieth century, was devoted to freeing society from the shackles of the state. This is an agenda I embrace, and one that I believe all Americans should embrace.
Ray McGovern was an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then a CIA analyst for 30 years; during the 80s, McGovern briefed top White House officials and the Secretary of State one-on-one with the President's Daily Brief. He was among the first to condemn the use of faulty intelligence to justify the war on Iraq and is on the Steering group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. On February 15, he stood in silent protest with his back to Secretary Hillary Clinton during a public address about internet freedom. McGovern was violently dragged away by security officers, bruised, and jailed.
McGovern spoke with Sonali Kolhatkar on April 13, 2011.