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Reader Selected News For Week Feb 22 – Feb 28

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Feb 22 – Feb 28”

  1. Petronius says:

    It’s All Over But the Shouting:

    Asylum Fraud in Chinatown: An Industry of Lies
    The New York Times (taking off the blinders for once)
    22 Feb 2014
    by Kirk Semple, Joseph Goldstein, and Jeffrey E. Singer

    “‘Just make it up,’ the lawyer added.”

    * * *

    “The law itself provides a huge loophole, and that loophole cannot be closed because of the politics.” – Prof. Peter Kwong, City Univ. of New York, on the hundreds of thousands of false asylum applications being filed by Chinese migrants

    * * *

    “In Flushing and other Chinese enclaves, many churches give attendance receipts to help parishioners prove their Christian faith to asylum officers. It is widely believed in the Chinese community that the pews are full of as many nonbelievers as true believers.

    “The dozens of people rounded up in 2012, including employees of at least 10 law firms, were accused of ‘weaving elaborate fictions’ on behalf of hundreds of clients and coaching them on how to lie during their asylum interviews and in court. One of the lawyers would sign blank asylum petitions and let others fill them out with stories he never reviewed, prosecutors said.”

    * * *

    “When clients veered off-script during interviews with asylum officers, prosecutors said, some interpreters would falsely translate the client’s words.”


    • canary says:

      Unfair headlines for the New York Times to attack the Chinese and not one word about investigating the other countries who have businesses getting false documentations and lawyers.

  2. canary says:

    Video: Psychologist explains Snow Rage, warning sides and what to do.


    So, we first we get this huge study on global warming increasing violence and crime in spite of law enforcement knowing Aug is a high crime rate.

    Recently, Law enforcement warns people of more burglaries during snow in the belief that most people wouldn’t not expect it. Now we know it’s really snow rage.

  3. canary says:

    The Great Lakes Are Now Almost Completely Frozen

    By Nicole Bonaccorso – Feb 19, 2014,


    • canary says:

      Note photos and Lake Superior’s Apostle Island Sea Caves Will Mystify You

      This shows how ice expands and makes the great lake sea level rise. Once it melts the sea level
      will go back down. Not sure the article tells this, but it’s obvious in the pictures.

  4. canary says:

    Middle-East spreading polio-like disease to other countries to include the USA

    BBC: Rare ‘polio-like’ disease reports

    By James Gallagher

    US doctors are warning of an emerging polio-like disease in California where up to 20 people have been infected.

    A meeting of the American Academy of Neurology heard that some patients had developed paralysis in all four limbs, which had not improved with treatment.

    The US is polio-free, but related viruses can also attack the nervous system leading to paralysis.

    Polio is a dangerous and feared childhood infection. The virus rapidly invades the nervous system and causes paralysis in one in 200 cases. It can be fatal if it stops the lungs from working.

    Global vaccination programmes mean polio is endemic in just three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.


    There have been 20 suspected cases of the new infection, mostly in children, in the past 18 months,

    A detailed analysis of five cases showed enterovirus-68 – which is related to poliovirus – could be to blame.

    In those cases all the children had been vaccinated against polio.

    ‘Emerging infection’

    The cases have been spread over a 100-mile diameter (160km) so the research team do not think the virus represents a single cluster or outbreak.

    Fellow researcher Dr Keith Van Haren, from Stanford University, said the cases “highlight the possibility of an emerging infectious polio-like syndrome” in California.

    “Two children showed evidence of being infected by a strain of virus called enterovirus-68, which has become strongly associated with outbreaks of respiratory illness.

    “Whether or not this strain of enterovirus has caused these or other cases of paralysis is possible but remains conjecture, further studies will be needed to determine this.”


    Europe at ‘polio risk’ from Syria

    Battle to stop Syria polio outbreak

    Europe could be at risk from polio following a recent outbreak in Syria, infectious disease experts say.

    In the Lancet journal, two doctors in Germany say the cases in Syria – which had been free of wild poliovirus since 1999 – could endanger nearby regions.

    They say because only one in 200 people infected develops paralysis it could take a year of “silent transmission” before an outbreak is detected.

    In that time hundreds of individuals could be carrying the infection.

    Prof Martin Eichner, of the University of Tubingen and Stefan Brockmann, of Reutlingen Regional Public Health Office explain that most European countries use inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) rather than the live oral polio vaccine (OPV), because the latter can, in rare cases, lead to cases of acute flaccid paralysis, the main symptom of polio.


    The doctors say that countries with low coverage such as Austria (83%) and Ukraine (74%) risk a sustained outbreak should the virus be introduced via refugees fleeing Syria.

    “The UK is well defended against the possibility of importation of polio from outbreaks such as the present one in Syria.

    ‘Invisible enemy’

    Most of the 22 cases of polio-like paralysis in Syria (10 of which have been confirmed as wild poliovirus type) are among children below the age of two who were unimmunised[sic] or who had not received all three doses of vaccine.

    The World Health Organization warned last month there was a high risk of polio spreading internationally because of the movement of refugees across the region and low immunisation[sic] rates in Syria.

    Prof Eichner said: “The WHO wants to get rid of polio completely and had got pretty close until recent outbreaks.

    The fact that most of those infected do not display symptoms but can still spread the disease makes it a very hard virus to get rid of as it is like fighting an invisible enemy.”

    So far this year 322 cases of wild poliovirus have been confirmed, more than half of them in Somalia.


    Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, (Israel next to Syria) Somalia, and California

    And to think they made such a national big deal over the easily treatable Swine disease that came from Mexico.

    And the US liberal media is very hush because they want open borders and don’t want American citizens to think it’s not safe.

  5. BillK says:

    From the “all lies” Fox News:

    Greenpeace co-founder: No scientific proof humans are dominant cause of warming climate

    A co-founder of Greenpeace told lawmakers there is no evidence man is contributing to climate change, and said he left the group when it became more interested in politics than the environment.

    Patrick Moore, a Canadian ecologist and business consultant who was a member of Greenpeace from 1971-86, told members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee environmental groups like the one he helped establish use faulty computer models and scare tactics in promoting claims man-made gases are heating up the planet.

    There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years,” he said.

    Even if the planet is warming up, Moore claimed it would not be calamitous for men, which he described as a “subtropical species. …


    Hmmm, must be bought and paid for by the Koch brothers. ;-)

    • captstubby says:

      the website link for the document will not let me open or view it.
      must be Eyes Only.
      i found this review .
      Jan 31, 2014
      IPCC publishes full report Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis
      Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, human influence on the climate system is clear, and limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. These are the key conclusions from an assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that is released today in its full and finalized form.

  6. captstubby says:

    ” to pass it to see whats in it.”

    Consumers Hit With Surprise Tax in Obamacare Premium

    Though the fee is crucial to financing Obamacare, industry experts and administration officials have confirmed that it will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums or out-of-pocket costs – an issue that’s been a concern to both advocates and adversaries of the law since it took effect in 2010.
    Until now, however, the financial impact of the fee has been unclear.
    There are 21 new taxes under the ACA, including a 2.3 percent medical device sales tax estimated to raise $29 billion over 10 years, and a fee for brand-name drugs that will bring in another $34 billion. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that all new ACA taxes and fees will cost taxpayers more than $675 billion over the next decade.


  7. captstubby says:

    justice for all?
    Seizure a possibility in RFK daughter’s car crash: NY expert
    By Victoria Cavaliere | Reuters – Tue, Feb 25, 2014
    Kennedy crashed into a tractor-trailer on an interstate highway and drove away.
    …said Kennedy told him she might have accidentally mixed up a sleeping pill with the thyroid medication she had intended to take before getting behind the wheel of her car en route to the gym.
    Kennedy was unlikely to face jail time.


    “the family tradition of driving while impaired and leaving the scene of the accident in order to sober up, call lawyers and prepare excuses.”
    (comment by Ron ,Mclean, Virginia)

  8. captstubby says:

    “I don’t know… But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking… don’t they?”

    US economy expanded at 2.4 percent in 4th quarter
    By Lucia Mutikani | Reuters – 2 hrs 29 mins ago

    Fourth-quarter growth cut to 2.4 percent
    Reuters “By Lucia Mutikani | Reuters – 2 hrs 29 mins ago

    US economy grew at 2.4 percent rate in 4th quarter as consumers spent less than first thought
    Associated Associated Press – 3 hrs ago

    Why, if I had a brain I could…
    [singing] I could wile away the hours,
    Conferrin’ with the flowers,
    Consultin’ with the rain.
    And my head I’d be scratchin’
    While my thoughts were busy hatchin’
    If I only had a brain.

  9. canary says:

    Seriously, Obama and Biden’s work-out video for Michelle’s anti-obesity Let’s Move campaign

    “Absolutely,” Obama replies. “Let’s do this thing — Let’s move!”

    After their “run,” Obama and Biden return to the Oval Office.

    “Man, you’re hard to keep up with,” Biden tells the president.


    I would like to see Hillary contribute to the campaign. She will force our entire village on a gluten-free diet.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      The only exercise I like to see national socialists doing is — running from the crowds with pitchforks.

  10. canary says:

    Joe Biden says he’s taught and teaches constitutional rights, checks and balances, views on intelligence and impeachment. Eerie.


  11. canary says:

    A present Politico editor mocked Sarah Palin’s 2008 warning if Obama was elected Putin may invade Ukraine


    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned that if Senator Barack Obama were elected president, his “indecision” and “moral equivalence” may encourage Russia’s Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.

    Palin said then:
    After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.

    For those comments, she was mocked by the high-brow Foreign Policy magazine and its editor Blake Hounshell, who now is one of the editors of Politico magazine.

    Hounshell wrote then that Palin’s comments were “strange” and “this is an extremely far-fetched scenario.”

    Palin made her remarks on the stump after Obama’s running mate Joe Biden warned Obama supporters to “gird your loins” if Obama is elected because international leaders may test or try to take advantage of him.


  12. captstubby says:

    good post Canary,
    shame the Media “forgot ” about this.
    do you think Hounshell will offer a apology?lol.

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