Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The default position is to treat complicated patients as collections of malfunctioning body parts rather than as whole human beings.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Finn and Warrick reported that "not a single significant plot was foiled" as a result of Zubaida's brutal treatment -- and that, quite to the contrary, his false confessions "triggered a series of alerts and sent hundreds of CIA and FBI investigators scurrying in pursuit of phantoms."
Zubaida was the first detainee to be tortured at the direct instruction of the White House. Then he was President George W. Bush's Exhibit A in defense of the "enhanced interrogation" procedures that constituted torture. And he continues to be held up as a justification for torture by its most ardent defenders.
But as author Ron Suskind reported almost three years ago -- and as The Post now confirms -- almost all the key assertions the Bush administration made about Zubaida were wrong.
Zubaida wasn't a major al Qaeda figure. He wasn't holding back critical information. His torture didn't produce valuable intelligence -- and it certainly didn't save lives.
All the calculations the Bush White House claims to have made in its decision to abandon long-held moral and legal strictures against abusive interrogation turn out to have been profoundly flawed, not just on a moral basis but on a coldly practical one as well.
Indeed, the Post article raises the even further disquieting possibility that intentional cruelty was part of the White House's motive.
Thanks again, Madame Speaker, thanks again. My emphases.
SNOW WILL THEN OVERSPREAD THE REST OF THE REGION TONIGHT...AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES AFTER MIDNIGHT. WINDS WILL ALSO INCREASE...ESPECIALLY NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR. PLEASE SEE THE LATEST FORECASTS AND WINTER WEATHER PRODUCTS ISSUED BY THE DULUTH NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
A STRONG EARLY SPRING SNOWSTORM WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE AREA THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL PERSIST THROUGH TUESDAY. SNOW MAY MIX WITH RAIN IN MUCH OF NORTHWEST WISCONSIN TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. PRECIPITATION WILL DIMINISH IN INTENSITY AND END BY LATE TUESDAY NIGHT. STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS WILL VARY WIDELY FROM 6 TO 12 INCHES...EXCEPT FROM 4 TO 7 INCHES MAINLY SOUTH AND EAST OF A LINE FROM ASHLAND TO HAYWARD WISCONSIN. PLEASE SEE THE LATEST FORECASTS AND WINTER WEATHER PRODUCTS ISSUED BY THE DULUTH NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
I did not capitalize the weather report. That is the way the NOAH folks do it. My emphases. Oh, shut up & get your minds out of the gutter.
City officials and housing advocates here and in cities as varied as Buffalo, Kansas City, Mo., and Jacksonville, Fla., say they are seeing an unsettling development: Banks are quietly declining to take possession of properties at the end of the foreclosure process, most often because the cost of the ordeal — from legal fees to maintenance — exceeds the diminishing value of the real estate.
The so-called bank walkaways rarely mean relief for the property owners, caught unaware months after the fact, and often mean additional financial burdens and bureaucratic headaches. Technically, they still owe on the mortgage, but as a practicality, rarely would a mortgage holder receive any more payments on the loan. The way mortgages are bundled and resold, it can be enormously time-consuming just trying to determine what company holds the loan on a property thought to be in foreclosure.
In Ms. James’s case, the company that was most recently servicing her loan is now defunct. Its parent company filed for bankruptcy and dissolved. And the original bank that sold her the loan said it could not find a record of it.
Mr. Wagoner has said that one of the moves he regretted most was G.M’s decision to kill the EV-1, an electric car that it leased to customers in the late 1990s. Although the vehicle was not profitable, it helped G.M.’s image with environmentalists, which in 2006 Mr. Wagoner conceded he had understood too late.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
After earning a degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Green decided to throw in his lot with the working class. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, working as a road builder and firefighter along the Klamath River and became a shipwright and union activist on the San Francisco waterfront. For the rest of his life, he identified himself first and foremost as a worker and a union member.
Friday, March 27, 2009
In the two years after Hurricane Katrina pummeled the New Orleans area, Tulane University doctors found a threefold rise in heart attacks among their patients, and they put the blame on continuing storm-related stress, according to a study to be presented Sunday.
Calling this sustained rise in heart problems part of Katrina's "lingering legacy," researchers found these patients showed post-storm increase in factors that are evidence of stress, including homelessness, unemployment, loss of insurance, smoking, poor eating habits, failure to take prescriptions and living in temporary housing such as FEMA trailers.
Living under such conditions "creates a high stress level," said Dr. Anand Irimpen, a Tulane cardiologist and one of the investigators.
Dieulafoy’s lesion is an uncommon cause of major gastrointestinal bleeding and may be difficult to recognise. It consists of an arteriole that protrudes through a tiny mucosal defect, usually within 6 cm of the gastroesophageal junction on the lesser curve of the stomach. Similar lesions have also been described in the distal oesophagus, small intestine, colon, and rectum. Awareness of the condition and experience in endoscopy are the mainstay of diagnosis. Therapeutic endoscopy is the first line of treatment. It is safe, effective and has very good long term results.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Mexico on Wednesday with a blunt mea culpa, saying that decades of U.S. anti-narcotics policies have been a failure and have contributed to the explosion of drug violence south of the border.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
NOLA's Times/Picayune obit here.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Benedict, arriving in Africa, said on Tuesday that condoms "increase the problem" of AIDS. The comment, made to reporters aboard his plane, caused a worldwide firestorm of criticism.
The Church teaches that fidelity within heterosexual marriage and abstinence are the best ways to stop AIDS. (Man, how much deeper in the sand or up their asses can their heads be? - ed.)
Kevin De Cock**, director of the World Health Organization's HIV/AIDS department, said there is no scientific evidence showing that condom use spurs people to take more sexual risks. (Remember folks, these are the people who got around to forgiving Galileo in 1992 for "crimes" committed in 1633. They don't believe in the scientific method. - ed.)
Sometimes During Eternity
Sometimes during eternity
some guys show up
and one of them
who shows up real late
is a kind of carpenter
from square-type place
and he starts wailing
and claiming he is hip
to who made heaven
and that the cat
who really laid it on us
is his Dad
It's all writ down
on some scroll-type parchments
which some henchmen
leave lying around the Dead Sea somewheres
a long time ago
and which you won't even find
for a coupla thousand years or so
or at least for
nineteen hundred and fortyseven
to be exact
and even then
nobody really believes them
for that matter
they tell him
And they cool him
They stretch him on the Tree to cool
And everybody after that
is always making models
of his Tree
with Him hung up
and always crooning His name
and calling Him to come down
and sit in
on their combo
as if he is the king cat
who's got to blow
or they can't quite make it
Only he don't come down
from His Tree
Him just hang there
on His Tree
looking real Petered out
and real cool
according to a roundup
of late world news
from the usual unreliable sources
We cannot attract and retain the best and the brightest talent to lead and staff the A.I.G. businesses — which are now being operated principally on behalf of American taxpayers — if employees believe their compensation is subject to continued and arbitrary adjustment by the U.S. Treasury.
— Edward Liddy, chief executive, American International Group
Now comes Mr. Liddy, the government-appointed chief of A.I.G., defending multimillion-dollar bonus payments for the people who run the small division that brought down the company. If the government doesn’t let them have their money, they will walk away, Mr. Liddy says, and nobody else will know how to clean up their mess.
We’ll get to the merits of his argument in a moment, but it’s first worth considering the damage that the current system of corporate pay has wrought. The potential windfalls were so large that executives and bankers had an incentive to create rules that would reward them no matter what. The country is now living with the consequences.
Most amazingly, the A.I.G. bonuses haven’t even accomplished their stated goal. Andrew Cuomo, New York’s attorney general, said Tuesday that 52 employees who received bonuses had since left A.I.G.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This extinct marine reptile was at least 50 feet long and weighed 45 tons, the largest known of its kind. Its massive skull was 10 feet long, and the flippers, more like outsize paddles, were also 10 feet. The creature — not yet given a scientific name but simply called the Monster or Predator X — hunted the seas 150 million years ago, in the Jurassic Period.
Here's an artist's rendition of what the creature may have looked like:
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
...Seymour Hersh may have made a little more news than he intended by talking about new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert military operation that he called an “executive assassination ring.”
Saturday, March 14, 2009
& President Obama gave this criminal travesty the green light? WFT?Despite being bailed out with more than $170 billion from the Treasury and Federal Reserve, the American International Group is preparing to pay about $100 million in bonuses to executives in the same business unit that brought the company to the brink of collapse last year.
Friday, March 13, 2009
But the campaign may have broken a state law that requires prompt disclosure of a security breach, a law professor said.
My emphases.Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Thursday he turned down $555 million of federal stimulus funding that would expand the state's unemployment benefits, saying the money would have required the state to keep paying for the expanded benefits after the stimulus money ran out.
Perry, an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill, did accept most of the roughly $17 billion slated for Texas in the plan. But he turned down the unemployment benefits because he said it would require the state to increase the tax burden on Texas businesses.
Moments after Perry said he would reject the money, the House Senate Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding voted 5-1 in favor of a motion encouraging the Legislature to make the necessary changes to enable the state to receive $555 million. Republican Rep. Jim Pitts, chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, was among those voting in favor the motion.
The governor's decision comes despite warnings from Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken that the state's unemployment compensation trust fund could be operating at a deficit by October. Pauken told lawmakers recently that insolvency might not be not far behind.
I know it's only March, but this may be the understatement of the year:More than half the baby shampoo, lotion and other infant care products analyzed by a health advocacy group were found to contain trace amounts of two chemicals that are believed to cause cancer, the organization said yesterday.
My emphasis."Our intention is not to alarm parents, but to inform parents that products that claim to be gentle and pure are contaminated with carcinogens, which is completely unnecessary," said Stacy Malkan, a spokeswoman for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which is calling for the government to more strictly regulate personal care products such as shampoo, lotion and makeup.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Heavy Chance Slight Chc
Snow Snow Snow
Lo 6 °F Hi 11 °F Lo -6 °F
- I beseech you, my loyal four readers, to have a little sympathy.