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Selected News For The Week July 14 – July 20

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    This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 13th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

    5 Responses to “Selected News For The Week July 14 – July 20”

    1. canary says:

      Obama Care’s FDA okaying Nationwide Expired, Diluted, and Shortage of Life Saving drugs to include Pregnant women.

      AP: Expired Drugs Offer Hope for Paramedics

      By Johnathan J. Cooper July 7 2012

      SALEM, Ore. — When paramedics ran out of a critical drug used to treat irregular heartbeats, the Bend Fire Department in Central Oregon dug into its stash of expired medications, loaded up the trucks and kept treating patients.

      Emergency responders in various jurisdictions have reported turning to last resort practices as they struggle to deal with a shortage of drug supplies created by manufacturing delays and industry changes. Some are injecting expired medications or substituting alternatives. Others are simply going without.

      As the drug crisis mounted for the Bend Fire Department earlier this year, the agency had 11 medications in its drug kits that were expired, despite risks that the pharmaceuticals might not work as intended in life-or-death situations.

      “We’ve never (before) had to go diving back into the bin to try to retrieve expired boxes of drugs,” said Tom Wright, emergency medical services coordinator for the Bend Fire Department, which has been administering outdated medicines for about a year. “We had the backing of our insurance company that giving expired drugs is better than giving no drugs at all.”

      The University of Utah’s Drug Information Service reports 275 medications are in short supply.

      In the past two years, paramedics from different agencies have dealt with shortages of critical first-line drugs like Valium to treat seizures, dextrose 50 to boost the blood sugar of diabetics and magnesium sulfate for eclampsia, an attack of convulsions during pregnancy.

      Right now, EMS directors say they’re keeping a nervous eye on their supplies of epinephrine, for heart attacks and allergic reactions, and morphine, a painkiller.

      Drug manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration say they’re working aggressively to track and prevent shortages, but it could take years to get supplies back to normal levels.

      “Without the medication they could actually die from the seizure,” said Paul Coe, EMS coordinator for the Mayer Fire District, which serves 10,000 residents in a rural area north of Phoenix.

      State public health officials,…, and southern Nevada has extended the expiration dates for drugs in short supply. Arizona has stopped penalizing ambulance crews for running out of mandated medications.

      Some agencies have reported keeping their drug kits fully stocked by substituting alternative medications, some of which have additional side effects or higher costs, or by diluting higher dosages to get the less-concentrated dose needed.

      Some said they’re diluting their stronger epinephrine doses.

      “The FDA is looking into solutions that would assist first responders and hospitals to use expired medications that they may have on hand during a shortage,” said Sarah Clark-Lynn, an FDA spokeswoman, …,”

      Emergency responders work under the license of a supervising physician, and some doctors are uncomfortable allowing the use of drugs after the effectiveness date expires. While Oregon’s Public Health Division has agreed not to fine ambulances for carrying outdated drugs, the state medical board that licenses doctors has been silent about whether that is an appropriate practice of medicine.

      “The biggest shocker to us was, drugs that have been so common, so readily available forever, were suddenly just running out,” said Deputy Chief Steve Brown,….”


      What did the Obama administration do with all the drugs? Does the Obama administration have all the drugs or what country might they have given it too.

      Obama Health Care Death Panel, much worse than we imagined.

    2. Rusty Shackleford says:

      republicans Like Taxes Too



      Online Purchases Soon To Be Taxed Nationwide

      by William Bigelow 16 Jul 2012, 4:07 PM PDT

      Small companies who want to sell their products online are in real trouble. Some Republican governors, eager to enrich their thinning state coffers, are endorsing a tax that would be imposed on products sold online.According to the National Conference of State Legislatures Strapped, states could reap as much as $23 billion in new annual revenue.

      could reap”. Could. $23 billion in new annual revenue. I’ll put the actual figure in an envelope, seal it, postmark it and put it in a safety deposit box to open in five years. Bet the actual number will be considerably smaller than 23 billion.

      New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently agreed to allow Amazon to collect sales taxes on his state’s online purchases if they located distribution facilities there. He called taxation of online sales “an important issue to all the nation’s governors” and endorsed federal legislation that would allow states to tax online purchases.

      Bigger chains are happy with the move. Scott Mason, a vice president at Lowe’s Cos, who noted that Lowe’s has a 5 percent to 10 percent price disadvantage compared with online rivals, exclaimed, “Having one of the most recognized and widely popular Republican leaders take this position gives other politicians comfort that the online sales tax is fair and helps state budgets in crisis.”

      And, why, pray-tell, are those state budgets in “crisis”? Could it be public union pensions? Cost of doing business with an overzealous, greedy government infrastructure?

      And what’s this horse-pucky about online rivals having a price advantage? People still have to pay shipping. And, I always thought the small business was being driven out by the large chains. So…mom & pops reverted to the internet. Yet, big bidniss somehow sees small internet companies as a threat? The mind boggles. And why is the gubmint interfering (again) with business? This time at the hands of republicans.

      Until recently, consumers could purchase items online without paying sales tax, a strategy that enabled consumers to shop at local stores but then order the same products online so they could avoid the sales tax. In order to level the playing field, there has been a push to tax the online purchases so local business owners could compete.

      Yes, “compete”. Fairness has struck here as well. People turned to the internet to buy products that were otherwise too expensive at the mom & pop shops…”And why is that?”, you might ask. Could TAXES have something to do with it…local, state and federal that hit the small business owner heavily? NoooOOOOOoo…it’s the internet’s fault.

      The giant Amazon.com, which initially viewed with disfavor the idea of a sales tax, has decided that they now like the idea. Why? Because Amazon plans to offer same-day delivery, which will mean it needs more local warehouses, and it will then get hit by state taxes anyway.

      Small online competitors are upset. Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a trade group representing eBay, Overstock.com and others, said, “Besides the Republican support, this position change is being driven by the millions of dollars being spent by the big-box retailers—and now Amazon—to push the sales tax through Congress.”

      States that already have an online sales tax are Kansas, Kentucky, North Dakota, New York, Texas and Washington. Other state that are planning to join them are California (Sept. 2012), Indiana (Jan. 2014), Nevada (Jan. 2014), New Jersey (July 2013), South Carolina (Jan. 2016),Tennessee (Jan 2014) and Virginia (Sept 2013).

      Yay….I can hardly wait. Not enough that they get ya when you go to the store locally…but they have to go after you online as well. Guess it was bound to happen. Whenever a new way of doing business happens, the government sees it as a new cash cow.

      Sooner or later, you run out of other peoples’ money. Republicans….AKA Democrats light. The slog to socialism continues. By the time I die, possibly at the hands of a death panel, there will be no more United States left that I was born into. It will be a disgusting parallel nation that failed and it will be BROKE.

    3. BillK says:

      A small reminder for anyone planning to see Dark Knight Rises this weekend, thanks to Variety.

      Freeman donates to SuperPAC

      Thesp gives $1 mil to pro-Obama org

      By Ted Johnson

      Morgan Freeman has made a $1 million contribution to the pro-Obama SuperPAC Priorities USA Action in the type of high-profile donation supporters hope will lead to other giving if Democrats have hopes of achieving any kind of parity with the flood of money going to outside groups backing Republicans.

      Freeman’s donation, made in June, will be included in the org’s report to the Federal Election Commission filed Friday.

      In a statement issued by Priorities, Freeman said, “Priorities USA is doing a great job of protecting the values I believe in. I am happy to help them, and I hope others will do so as well.”

      The SuperPAC was launched last year by former White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney and drew initial support from Jeffrey Katzenberg, who gave $2 million and, along with his political adviser Andy Spahn, has been helping them raise money within the entertainment community. …


      Sad, but true… and note the usual left wing nonsense about how the left “can’t compete” with the money raised by Republican PACs, when between Democrat PACs and Unions, which exclusively support Democrats, Republicans can’t begin to compete.

    4. canary says:

      FBI failed to warn Ft. Hood’s terrorist Maj Hansen because of political correctness


    5. canary says:

      Know wonder Russia is so mad at Obama for not being flexible, and dropping drones in Syria aiding the Muslim Brotherhood
      and al-Qaida getting a better chance to “chemicals of mass destructions”.

      While Obama and Clinton smooch with Egypt’s new Muslim Brother leadership, the main media fails to to bring up Egypt slaughtering Christians at an all time high.

      As the Navy and it’s underground sea drones head for Iran; Iran is heavily in Yemen.


      Washington Begins to Plan for Collapse of Syrian Government
      July 19, 2012 12:57 pm

      By Helene Cooper/ The New York Times

      WASHINGTON — With the growing conviction that the Assad family’s 42-year grip on power in Syria is coming to an end, Obama administration officials worked on contingency plans Wednesday for a collapse of the Syrian government, focusing particularly on the chemical weapons that Syria is thought to possess and that President Bashar al-Assad could try to use on opposition forces and civilians.

      Pentagon officials were in talks with Israeli defense officials about whether Israel might move to destroy Syrian weapons facilities, two administration official said. The administration is not advocating such an attack, the American officials said, because of the risk that it would give Mr. Assad an opportunity to rally support against Israeli interference.

      Mr. Obama called President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Wednesday and urged him again to allow Mr. Assad to be pushed from power. Russia, so far, has refused.

      “Assad is a spent force in terms of history,” Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, told reporters. “He will not be a part of Syria’s future.”

      Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said on Wednesday that Syria’s crisis, was “rapidly spinning out of control.”

      Any benefit of an Israeli raid on Syria’s weapons facilities would have to be weighed against the possibility that the Assad government would exploit such a raid for its own ends, said Martin S. Indyk, the former United States ambassador to Israel and director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

      “There would be strong, if not overwhelming sentiment, internationally, to stop him.” Russia, in particular, would probably have to drop its opposition to tougher United Nations sanctions against Syria, and Mr. Assad’s other remaining ally, Iran, would probably not look too kindly on a chemical attack.

      The Obama administration must also worry about Mr. Assad’s arsenal, including chemical weapons, falling into other hands, including those of Al Qaeda — a risk at the center of the administration’s concerns, according to Robert Malley of the International Crisis Group.

      “The government is falling,” Mr. Malley said. “But what will the fall look like?…

      Mr. Obama has come under criticism from some Republicans in Congress who say that the United States should intervene militarily in Syria, and from Mitt Romney, his Republican opponent, who has said that he would arm the Syrian opposition, which the administration has not done directly.

      (entire article)
      Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/world/washington-begins-to-plan-for-collapse-of-syrian-government-645393/#ixzz217diMFna

      There is no hope for the next 4 years.

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