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March 09, 2011

New South African AIDS treatment is really just heroin and rat poison

allAfrica.com: South Africa: Whoonga Dealers Are Peddling Poison
Those peddling Whoonga, the deadly drug sweeping through KwaZulu-Natal townships, should face murder charges as they are deliberately poisoning people. This is according to Dr Thavendran Govender, who tested samples of Whoonga and found that it was based on rat poison and heroin - not antiretroviral medication.

March 02, 2011

Gov. Walker in contempt of court - Rep. Obey refused entry to Wis. capitol

YouTube - Congressman Obey Denied Access to Wisconsin Capitol

Fox News caught using footage from Sacramento, claiming its Wisconsin to make unions look bad

Pro-Tip for Fox News: There are no palm trees in Madison, WI. Fox Buses In Footage From Sacramento To Make Union Protesters Look Violent (VIDEO) | TPMDC
In an alternative universe concocted by Fox News, Andrew Breitbart, and TCOT (top conservatives on twitter), the Madison capitol has become the island in Lord of the Flies, except the savages in this case are union "thugs." The mob has taken over, thick with radicals, and Republicans are likely to be attacked as a matter of course. In reality, the long protest in Madison has been remarkably civil. As a testament to that, conservative media outlets are having a hard time finding examples of on-scene violence in Wisconsin that really bring their alternative narrative home. They've even gone so far as to claim their own reporters are under assault when they are not. Indeed, just as they accuse unions of busing in protesters from out of state, they've bussed in out-of-state footage, to make a case that can't be made by the facts.

February 24, 2011

How fucked is Michigan? It's about to privatize failing cities.

TL;DR: Michigan joins the ranks of Republican-run states preparing to kill public employee unions via budget legislation. Washtenaw County Democrats say changes to emergency manager rules would harm cities, schools - AnnArbor.com
The Michigan House on Wednesday approved a package of bills that would grant broad powers to emergency financial managers appointed by the state to run struggling cities and schools. Opponents say it's a power grab by the state. Supporters argue the legislation would lead to earlier intervention by the state in financially troubled communities and schools, and would help local schools and governments avoid bankruptcy. The main bill in the package passed 62-47, with the vote falling mainly along party lines in the Republican-led House. The legislation now goes on to the Senate. [Opponents argue] it would give emergency managers "unchecked control" over Michigan communities in financial disaster status. The bills would give emergency managers the ability to sell a local government’s assets, terminate or renegotiate labor contracts, remove pension board trustees, set minimum staffing levels and enter into consolidation of service agreements. The legislation also allows private companies to serve as a local government's emergency manager. Rutledge argues the manager would only be accountable to the state treasurer and would not be required to collaborate with local officials, labor unions or community members.

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February 20, 2011

Is there an outbreak of Ghanaian weaning sickness in the Mojave, or are hospitals trying to scam Medicare?

Hospital chain bills for high malnutrition rate
Redding, near Mount Shasta, and Victorville, in the Mojave Desert, have little in common but an unusual statistic: In each city, a hospital has reported alarming rates of a Third World nutritional disorder among its Medicare patients. Kwashiorkor - a Ghanaian word for "weaning sickness" - almost exclusively afflicts impoverished children in developing countries, especially during famines, experts say. But in 2009, Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding reported that 16.1 percent of its Medicare patients 65 and older suffered from kwashiorkor, according to a California Watch analysis of state health data. That's about 70 times the state average of 0.23 percent. At Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville (San Bernardino County), the kwashiorkor rate among Medicare patients also was high - 9.1 percent, or about 39 times the state average.