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Oxy Usage Doubles in Three Years

Posted on March 16th, 2011 at 19:54 by Paul Jay in category: News


The prescription drug abuse epidemic in New York City is escalating, with the number of prescriptions for oxycodone doubling citywide during the past three years, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor testified Tuesday.

In 2010, more than 1 million prescriptions for oxycodone—the generic name for an opiate-based pain reliever commonly prescribed as OxyContin—were filled in the five boroughs, Bridget Brennan, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor, told the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.

That equates to one prescription for every eight people in New York City, or 13% of the total population.

In 2007, half a million of these prescriptions were filled.

Question: ”In Mexico, there are those who propose not keeping going with this battle and legalize drug trafficking and consumption.

What is your opinion?”

”There is just too much money in it, and I don’t think that—you can legalize small amounts for possession, but those who are making so much money selling, they have to be stopped.”

~Hillary Clinton


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  1. lol…excuse me, Ms. C. Big Pharma pays your wages.

Fox News Discovers Nuclear Reactor In Japanese Disco

Posted on March 16th, 2011 at 19:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


Earlier today on Fox News’ Your World With Neil Cavuto, this map popped up detailing the locations of Japan’s nuclear power plants:

One name seems out of place on the graphic — that of "Shibuyaeggman."

It doesn’t show up on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s list of Japanese nuclear power stations, and this map of Japanese nuclear installations from the Department of Energy’s International Nuclear Safety Center doesn’t have any listing for "Shibuyaeggman," and doesn’t show a nuclear power plant anywhere near the location on the Fox News map. So I did a little research.

A quick Googling of "shibuyaeggman" turned up no meaningful results. A Nexis search was also fruitless. However, further inquiries revealed that Eggman is the name of a dance club in a trendy neighborhood of Tokyo called… Shibuya.

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  1. This would be funny without regard to the source, but from Fox, it’s downright hilarious.

Isle TSA worker arrested in theft of cash from travelers

Posted on March 16th, 2011 at 19:17 by John Sinteur in category: Security


A former Transportation Security Administration employee is facing a federal embezzling charge for allegedly stealing money from a traveler’s wallet at a passenger checkpoint at the Kona airport.

TSA officials arrested Dawn Nikole Keka on Friday. She was a lead transportation security officer at Kona Airport.

Keka resigned from her job Monday, said TSA spokesman Nico Melendez.

The TSA said it conducted a sting operation targeting Keka in response to numerous allegations that she was stealing cash from Japanese travelers passing through her screening lane.


The arrest came a week after the TSA disclosed it was investigating some of its security officers for allegedly failing to screen checked-in baggage for explosives, as their jobs require.

So the best way to make sure you keep all your money when traveling to the USA is to hide it in a couple of bombs…

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the new robber barons all politicians “in the hands of the super wealthy” sachs says

Posted on March 16th, 2011 at 18:17 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


We’ve reached the greatest income [and] wealth inequality in history," Sachs says. "This is a new ‘Robber Baron’ era, of course."

And just like the titans of industry in 19th century America, "the people at the top buy the politicians," he laments. "All of them – all parties. Everyone is in the hands of the super wealthy."

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  1. Well, Obama has certainly done nothing to disprove that hypothesis… 🙁

  2. OK, I’ll get the tumbrel out of storage…anyone know Monsieur Guillotine’s number?

A Japanese home adrift in the Pacific Ocean, photographed by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord.

Posted on March 16th, 2011 at 13:16 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. Good Lord! I wonder if they’ve checked for survivors!?

  2. Gives a new meaning to “Ocean View Property”…

UBS investigated by US regulators over Libor

Posted on March 16th, 2011 at 13:11 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


Swiss banking giant UBS has said it is being investigated by US regulators for allegedly manipulating Libor, the rate at which banks lend to each other.

UBS said it had received subpoenas from the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Department of Justice.

These refer to submissions the bank made to the British Bankers’ Association, which sets the Libor rate.

UBS said it was conducting an internal review into the allegations.

"UBS understands that the investigations focus on whether there were improper attempts by UBS, either acting on its own or together with others, to manipulate Libor rates at certain times," the bank said in its annual report published on Tuesday.

Wait, there exist proper attempts to manipulate Libor?


The Libor reporting dispersion among BBA member banks has actually tightened marginally from last week, with one notable outlier: UBS. Of the 15 banks that report both USD and EUR-based LIBOR, all disclose a higher offer rate for EUR Libor except for UBS! The Swiss bank is a blatant outlier, in that its disclosed EUR Libor rate of 0.4850% is in fact 10% lower than its USD Libor." Out explanation for this anomaly was that the Swiss Bank, most likely in concert with the ECB, were manipulating intercurrency unsecured funding reporting in order to mitigate FX mismatch: "SNB buys EUR in the open market (causing massive destruction in the EURCHF and GBPCHF pairs), then the excess euro holdings are funneled back into the market via a much cheaper EUR lending rate in the 3M funding market (LIBOR) compared to all other banks: the UBS 3M EUR Libor rate is a whopping 30% below the average EUR Libor rate of 0.6344%, nearly double the spread from average of the next lowest EUR Libor offer, that of RBS at 0.56%."

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Posted on March 16th, 2011 at 7:57 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Assange ambushes Australian Prime Minister on live TV

Posted on March 16th, 2011 at 7:52 by John Sinteur in category: News


Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard denied supplying information about WikiLeaks staff to the US government after founder Julian Assange confronted her on live television and suggested she be tried for treason.

The ambush happened during an interview with the Australian leader aired live on that country’s public network ABC. With no prior warning, the broadcaster showed a video of Assange asking a pointed question. Dressed in a suit and tie, he said his staff has uncovered evidence her government has exchanged information with foreign powers about Australian citizens who worked for WikiLeaks.

“So prime minister, my question to you is this: When will you come clean about precisely what information you have supplied to foreign powers about Australian citizens working or affiliated with WikiLeaks?” he asked. “And if you cannot give a full and frank answer to that question, should perhaps the Australian people consider charging you with treason?”

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  1. Treason is a hostile act against one’s nation, rather than against any given individual, right? I find it hard to argue that “exchanging information” on Assange or WL is harmful to Australia as a nation overall.

    (Not that that excuses possible violation of Assange’s privacy–I’m only responding to Assange’s bizarre hyperbole here.)

  2. I suppose you are right, but Assange’s goal most likely wasn’t to be that precise, but to have the word ‘treason’ associated with Julia Gillard, and I think it worked nicely.

  3. Well the word has been used about him by U.S. politicians, who also called him a traitor – even though he isn’t even an American citizen. Of course they are just dimwits who are so out of touch they do not even realize he isn’t American.

  4. But his point remains, she could be considered a spy if she is turning over information to the U.S. about Australians without the Australian government or people knowing about it.

  5. The Australian government is doing things that the government doesn’t know about?

    And the Americans calling Assange a traitor are dimwits, but Assange callng Gillard a traitor is justified?

Fukushima reactor shell ruptured?

Posted on March 16th, 2011 at 7:50 by John Sinteur in category: News


The head of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) says that the concrete shell enclosing the troubled No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi complex is "no longer sealed," and that the disaster should now be ugraded to Level 6 on the seven-level International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES), placing it one step above Three Mile Island and one step below Chernobyl.

"What the hell is going on?" Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan angrily asked executives of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in a Tuesday meeting, as reported by Kyodo News, echoing what many worldwide observers are thinking as they try to sift through the uncoordinated reports flowing out of northeastern Japan.

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  1. According to our “say YES to nuke”-blogger friends, everything is ok, perfectly going according to the masterplan, and Fukushima is still a triumph of man over the evil nature…

Make streaming a felony

Posted on March 16th, 2011 at 7:48 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


The US government is proposing that “infringement by streaming” be made into a felony.

That’s one of a number of proposals contained in a white paper published by the White House.

The proposals also include allowing the Department of Homeland Security (that’s right, intellectual property offenses are now, apparently, terrorist offenses) to share information with customs to help determine whether a product is an infringing product, or a device is an infringing device; and permitting wiretaps for investigating “criminal copyright and trademark offenses”.

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  1. Now that’s change you can believe in.

  2. From the introduction of the paper linked above:

    Piracy and counterfeiting in the online environment (…) threaten the health and safety of American consumers.

    I’m at a loss to figure out what they mean by this. (Seriously.)

  3. (I suspect it’s just bad writing–much of the document is about combating counterfeit drugs.)

  4. The bit about streaming suggests that they’re “merely” bringing penalties for streaming in line with existing penalties for wholesale copying.