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« Last post by Jackson Holly on Today at 07:20:08 AM »

... BREXIT = Leave the EU -OR- Be Swamped by Immigrants


Boris Johnson: Voting Leave is the ‘only way to
take back control of immigration’

Responding to the latest ONS figures, Boris Johnson, who is campaigning for Brexit, said the figures mean "we are adding a population the size of Oxford to the UK every year just from EU migration".

The former London Mayor insisted a vote to
leave is the "only way to take back control of immigration".

He added that people have watched: "Prime Minister after Prime Minister make promises on immigration that cannot be met because of the EU and this has deeply damaged faith in our democratic system."

It's got to stop, this toxic soup injections!
2016 Presidential Election / Re: Bernie Sanders 2016
« Last post by windyacres on Today at 05:18:31 AM »
Hey, Bernie Sanders Supporters -- All Roads Lead to Venezuela
 May 26, 2016
 Larry Elder

When socialist Hugo Chavez became president of Venezuela after the 1998 election, he promised a path he described as "revolutionary," the same word Bernie Sanders uses for his "movement" to fight "income inequality."

Useful American idiots like actors Sean Penn and Danny Glover, who got rich making movies for capitalist Hollywood, sang Chavez's praises. Penn described him as "one of the most important forces we have had on this planet."

Glover praised Chavez as "a social champion of democracy, material development, and spiritual well-being." Chavez promised to help finance films for Glover. The Venezuelan National Assembly even reportedly gave Glover $18 million to make a film about Toussaint L'Ouverture, the Haitian slave who led a revolt against the French.

Former congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II participated in a Chavez influence-buying scheme to "sell" Venezuelan oil at below fair market prices to provide low-income families in America -- families richer than most Venezuelans -- with cheaper heating oil. Beginning in 2005, Chavez, through the state-owned petroleum company he controlled, Citgo, gave about 40 million gallons of crude per year -- for free -- to an affiliate of Kennedy's nonprofit Citizens Energy. The crude was sold and the profits used to fund free and steeply discounted deliveries of heating oil to low-income households in 23 states. Kennedy spent $16 million of that profit in two years on advertising for Citizens Energy, including TV ads that credited Kennedy with delivering heating oil to needy Americans at a 40 percent discount, thanks to "our friends in Venezuela and Citgo."

Pre-Chavez, Venezuela was certainly no economic paradise. In 1998, the unemployment rate was 11.8 percent. Inflation, which had topped 100 percent in 1996, was at 35.8 percent in 1998. Its gross domestic product per capita was $3,221. By contrast, other countries in Latin America were not faring any better. As Justin Fox wrote in Bloomberg nine months ago: "When Hugo Chavez first took office as Venezuela's president in 1999, the country wasn't exactly anybody's economic model. Great oil riches had been squandered, repeatedly. Inflation was a recurrent problem. ... The economy wasn't growing much. Almost half the population was below the country's poverty line. ... Still, Venezuela was Latin America's most affluent country, thanks to all that oil. Its government finances were in tolerably good shape, also thanks to oil."

Today, three years after Chavez died from cancer, and with the country run by his handpicked successor, unemployment for 2015 is officially at 6.8 percent, the inflation rate is running at 181 percent (officially, although unofficial estimates place it much higher) and GDP per capita in 2014 was $6,057.

"Now, of course, Venezuela's economy is a disaster," wrote Fox in Bloomberg. "The latest estimate from the Troubled Currencies Project run by Steve H. Hanke of the Cato Institute and Johns Hopkins, meanwhile, is that inflation is really 808 percent. Food shortages have become a problem, a debt default seems almost certain, and a complete economic collapse isn't out of the question. By 2014 Venezuela had, by the World Bank's PPP-adjusted accounting, slid to fifth place in per-capita GDP in Latin America, behind Chile, Cuba (!), Uruguay and Panama. Mexico and Brazil may pass it this year, despite their own economic troubles. Even next-door neighbor Colombia is getting within striking distance."

What "revolutionary" measures did Chavez undertake in his 14 years in charge? He nationalized much of his county's commerce, particularly "strategic sectors" such as energy, telecommunications and oil-rich Venezuela's vital petroleum industry. Portraying himself a champion of the poor, Chavez demonized the country's middle and upper classes as "Los Escualidos" -- "the squalid ones." To redistribute wealth, he seized more than 1,000 businesses, farms and urban properties, insisting that the government takeovers were justified because the owners were corrupt, or that the seizures would improve the lots of the poor. The previous private owners were usually uncompensated when their assets and properties were appropriated.

With then-historically high oil revenues and income streams from the other nationalized industries -- combined with a massive increase in national external debt -- Chavez poured government spending into subsidized food, housing, health, education and other welfare programs. His government spending spree fueled rampant inflation, which averaged an annual 22 percent under his 14-year reign. Instead of creating a paradise, his policies reduced private sector investment and productivity, and price caps and other interventionist policies have caused shortages of food and basic necessities. Venezuelans suffer through electricity brownouts and blackouts. Crime has skyrocketed.

The late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said: "Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money." True, unless, as was the case with Chavez, the socialist has the good fortune to die first. The worst thing that could happen to Bernie Sanders supporters is not for their man to lose. The worst thing that could happen is for their man to win. Viva la revolution!

Spying Secrets: Is Facebook eavesdropping on your phone conversations? 

 May 24, 2016

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – It’s irresistible, enticing and addicting. And, it’s available 24-hours a day all over the world to billions of people. Facebook beckons to users seemingly with a two-prong approach – both the pressure and pleasure to post.

We share stories, photos, triumphs and tragedies. It is ingrained into our daily lives so deeply that studies show people check Facebook, on average, 14 times a day. With all those eyes all over the globe dialed in and the purchasing power available, the online giant has tapped into a controversial delivery of data into its intelligence gathering. It all starts with something that you may not even realize is enabled on your phone.

USF Professor Kelli Burns knows the power of social media. The longtime educator incorporates it into her classroom curriculum every day and, in the fall, will lead a graduate course in social media analytics.

One online behemoth, in particular, is more popular than ever, she admits. “People are definitely addicted to Facebook. They’re addicted to their phones,” she told WFLA. “We have a two-second attention span. People are always checking to see what’s going on. Anytime you’re using your phone, any kind of information that you’re putting into your phone, looking at on your phone, Facebook can access that.”

With the continuous invitation for users to share, post and like, just how much information is Facebook learning about you?

According to Kelli, more than you could ever imagine. “I don’t think that people realize how much Facebook is tracking every move we’re making online,” she said. “Anything that you’re doing on your phone, Facebook is watching.” Indeed, they are.

So, be careful what you say in the presence of your phone. Facebook is not only watching, but also listening to your cell phone. It all starts with enabling your microphone feature in your settings. Once you do, choose your words carefully.

The site, itself, admits in an online statement, “We use your microphone to identify the things you’re listening to or watching, based on the music and TV matches we’re able to identify.” But, experts contend that the site is going a step further. In what some users are calling an alarming trend, described as “Big Brother,”

Facebook also listens for certain buzz words. Once identified, those words trigger an interesting response. Items are then carefully placed in your Facebook feed, specifically crafted with your interests front and center. Wait! What?

We tested the theory with Kelli, and even we were surprised by what we found and saw.

Kelli enabled the microphone feature and talked about her desire to go on safari, right down to her mode of transportation. “I’m really interested in going on an African safari. I think it’d be wonderful to ride in one of those jeeps,” she said aloud, phone in hand.

Less than 60 seconds later, the first post on her Facebook feed was a safari story that seemed to pop up out of nowhere. Turns out, it was a story that had been posted three hours earlier. And, after mentioning a jeep, a car ad also appeared on her page.

“That is kind of weird,” she laughed. “I’m still not so sure this isn’t just coincidence. I don’t think Facebook is really listening to our conversations.”

USF graduate student, Danielle Quichocho, is not at all fazed by the online “eavesdropping” with Facebook. In fact, she admits, “I don’t think it’s at all surprising,” The 22-year-old is planning her thesis around this very topic.

“It’s all about the bottom line, and if this is a way to fatten that bottom line, they’re gonna do it,” she told us. She maintains that people should be aware and educated as they use the popular app. Her motto? User beware.

So, how does she feel about Facebook using her interests as a basis for online ads, specifically designed for her in mind? “If you agree to the terms and conditions, then you know what to expect,” she said. She also advises, choose your words carefully!

“The internet is forever! You leave a footprint there. They’re going to find it. That’s just how it is,” she smiled.

The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S.

By Lena H. Sun and Brady Dennis

May 26 at 6:15 PM

CRE, a family of bacteria pictured in this illustration, is considered one of the deadliest superbugs because it causes infections that are often resistant to most antibiotics. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Reuters)
This post has been updated.

For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotic of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could signal "the end of the road" for antibiotics.
The antibiotic-resistant strain was found last month in the urine of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman. Defense Department researchers determined that she carried a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin, according to a study published Thursday in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology.

The authors wrote that the discovery "heralds the emergence of a truly pan-drug resistant bacteria."
[Superbug known as ‘phantom menace’ on the rise in U.S.]
Colistin is the antibiotic of last resort for particularly dangerous types of superbugs, including a family of bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, which health officials have dubbed "nightmare bacteria." In some instances, these superbugs kill up to 50 percent of patients who become infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called CRE among the country's most urgent public health threats.

Health officials said the case in Pennsylvania, by itself, is not cause for panic. The strain found in the woman is treatable with some other antibiotics. But researchers worry that the antibiotic-resistant gene found in the bacteria, known as mcr-1, could spread to other types of bacteria that can already evade other types of antibiotics.

It's the first time this colistin-resistant strain has been found in a person in the United States. In November, public health officials worldwide reacted with alarm when Chinese and British researchers reported finding the colistin-resistant strain in pigs, raw pork meat and in a small number of people in China. The deadly strain was later discovered in Europe, Africa, South America and Canada.

“It basically shows us that the end of the road isn’t very far away for antibiotics — that we may be in a situation where we have patients in our intensive-care units, or patients getting urinary tract infections for which we do not have antibiotics,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in an interview Thursday.

"I’ve cared for patients for whom there are no drugs left. It is a feeling of such horror and helplessness,” Frieden added. “This is not where we need to be.”
[1 in 3 antibiotics prescribed in U.S. are unnecessary]

Separately, researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Health and Human Services Department reported that testing of hundreds of livestock and retail meats turned up the same colistin-resistant bacteria in a sample from a pig intestine in the United States. The USDA said it is working to determine the pig's farm of origin.

CDC officials are working with Pennsylvania health authorities to interview the patient and family to identify how she may have become infected with the bacteria, including reviewing recent hospitalizations and other health-care exposures. CDC hopes to screen the woman and her contacts to see if others might be carrying the organism. Local and state health departments also will be collecting cultures as part of the investigation.

Thursday’s study did not disclose further details about the Pennsylvania woman or the outcome of her case, although it said that she had not reported any travel in the previous five months. The authors could not be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for Pennsylvania Department of Health said the agency could not legally disclose specific details about an individual case investigation.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued a statement saying his administration immediately began working with the CDC and Department of Defense to coordinate "an appropriate and collaborative" response.

"We are taking the emergence of this resistance gene very seriously," he said, adding that authorities will take all necessary actions to prevent it from becoming a widespread problem with "potentially serious consequences."

Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) said he is concerned about the reports. In a statement, Casey said he supported legislation for and participated in hearings about antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which he said "present an urgent public health problem that we must focus on intensively."

[Feds ramp up efforts to deal with antibiotic resistance]
Colistin is widely used in Chinese livestock, and this use probably led bacteria to evolve and gain a resistance to the drug. The gene probably leaped from livestock to human microbes through food, said Yohei Doi, an infectious-disease doctor at the University of Pittsburgh who has studied the problem.

“Food handlers may be at higher risk,” he said. In places like China, where live animal markets are often in close proximity to food stalls, it may be more likely for the bacteria to spread from animals to humans. In the United States, where food is sealed in packages and containers, it’s a different story, he said.

“These are the reasons why I don’t think we need to panic," Doi said. "But it does tell us that this concerning gene is in the United States and we need to find out what the extent of the problem is.”
He and other infectious disease experts called for speedier action to curb the overuse of antibiotics in livestock.

“It’s hard to imagine worse news for public health in the United States,” Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center and a George Washington University professor said in a statement Thursday about the Pennsylvania case. “We may soon be facing a world where CRE infections are untreatable."

Scientists rang the alarm bells about the gene in November, but not enough attention was paid. “Now we find that this gene has made its way into pigs and people in the U.S.," Price said. "If our leaders were waiting to act until they could see the cliff’s edge—I hope this opens their eyes to the abyss that lies before us.”
Scientists and public health officials have long warned that if the resistant bacteria continue to spread, treatment options could be seriously limited. Routine operations could become deadly. Minor infections could become life-threatening crises. Pneumonia could be more and more difficult to treat.

Already, doctors had been forced to rely on colistin as a last-line defense against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The drug is hardly ideal. It is more than half a century old and can seriously damage a patient’s kidneys. And yet, because doctors have run out of weapons to fight a growing number of infections that evade more modern antibiotics, it has become a critical tool in fighting off some of the most tenacious infections.

Bacteria develop antibiotic resistance in two ways. Many acquire mutations in their own genomes that allow them to withstand antibiotics, although that ability can't be shared with pathogens outside their own family.

[Scientists discover why pancreatic cancer resists chemotherapy drug]
Other bacteria rely on a shortcut: They get infected with something called a plasmid, a small piece of DNA, carrying a gene for antibiotic resistance. That makes resistance genes more dangerous because plasmids can make copies of themselves and transfer the genes they carry to other bugs within the same family as well as jump to other families of bacteria, which can then "catch" the resistance directly without having to develop it through evolution.
The colistin-resistant E. coli found in the Pennsylvania woman has this type of resistance gene.

Public health officials say they have been expecting this resistance gene to turn up in the United States.

"This is definitely alarming," said David Hyun, a senior officer leading an antibiotic-resistance project at the Pew Charitable Trust. "The fact that we found it in the United States confirms our suspicions and adds urgency to actions we need to work on antibiotic stewardship and surveillance for this type of resistance."

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This animated video from 2013 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights the key points and graphics of the "Antibiotic Threats in the United States" report. (YouTube/CDC)

Late last year, as part of a broader budget deal, Congress agreed to give hundreds of millions of dollars to the federal agencies engaged in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The largest chunk of that money, more than $150 million, was slated to go to the CDC as part of an effort to build and strengthen capacity at state and local health departments to prevent and monitor superbug outbreaks.
Other funding went to the National Institutes of Health for research on combating antimicrobial resistance, as well as to an agency known as BARDA, which works on national preparedness for chemical and biological threats, including developing new therapies.

Hi Geolibertarian,  the witch is losing it, she knows she won't be
POTUS and her true rotten core is coming out, her anger and people
don't like being yelled at and she continues to do so as if she is
the ruler of the entire planet denying all allegations about her and
laughing off any wrong doing, chalking it up to her opponents slinging mud.

Just remember, she wants to take American's guns from them.
I am really hoping once the elections are over and she has lost,
she'll crawl back down the sewer drain and never surface again.

Financial Crisis Forum / Re: The Daily Job Cuts
« Last post by windyacres on Today at 04:32:39 AM »
Nokia - Could Cut 10,000 to 15,000 Jobs Worldwide

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s private bank - 100

CT - More than 900 State Jobs Eliminated 

Nokia ( Finland ) - 1,000

Duncan Halliburton plant - 1,000 Total over last Year+

Microsoft - up to 500 more Layoffs Globally
Thanks to the forced illegal health care "act"  our health insurance
through my husband's workplace I, we, no longer can shop
prescriptions (RX's) like the good old days where you walk a
prescription into a drug store, big or small, and get a price for it.

As it was explained to me by a large pharmacy, we (I) have to
call the insurance company and get a price, because pharmacies
don't know  the 

Contractual  Agreement Price

on any medicines.   

So, I call the insurance company up the other day... and verify this,
which turns out to be true.   I was transferred to the insurance companies
pharmacy dept.  I was calling on an RX for my husband.    The gal there
told me my HIPPA form had expired and she could not tell me.   Hubby
was not home to say, it's o.k. to talk to my wife...

After much nicey-nice-ness on my part, she then asked me what I do
for my husband.   Yeah, I had to say, well I take care of him when he's
sick, I schedule his refills, I nurse-maid him when he needs it and lah lah lah
and she was so captivated by my nicey-niceness she then agreed to talk
to me!! 

Yeah, so now I'm awaiting new HIPPA forms so I can inquire on my
husband's behalf and he can inquire on my behalf!!   For a price check
on freaking medicine!!!!!!

 Once I read the RX to her, and she was confident I was holding the
paper RX at home,  she then gave me every pharmacy's price that I
asked about.   All the big-box stores and I had to jot prices down.

It's all about CONTROL

It's really hard to be nicey-nice when you want to say WTF!!
(pardon my acronym) but it's all about control, your so called health care that is.

I highly recommend everyone practicing "Nicey-nice"  tone and upbeat
enthusiasm in their voice when dealing with the healthcare nazis!  It
paid off for me, and I hate being fake!
Good article Jackson Holly.  It doesn't take much to
crunch the numbers from a business perspective with
how much a robot would save companies.   This is
very telling, and if in the next 2-3 years robots are
commonplace, the out of work force due to it will
be fighting for a $10 an hour job amongst themselves.

it’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient [while] making $15 an hour bagging French fries,” Rensi said Tuesday.

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