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Selected News For The Week Jan 29 – Feb 4

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 29th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Jan 29 – Feb 4”

  1. Petronius says:

    Drugmakers See Pain from Reform, Price Pressures

    By Kate Kelland and Ransdell Pierson

    London/New York, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Four large U.S. and European drugmakers unveiled cautious 2011 forecasts, as higher costs from U.S. healthcare reform will further hurt an industry grappling with patent expirations and pressure to curb prices.

    The projections from Novartis, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and Bristol-Myers Squibb echoed disappointing outlooks earlier in the week from diversified healthcare companies Johnson & Johnson and Abbott Laboratories.

    Deutsche Bank analyst Barbara Ryan said drugmakers were being cautious with their 2011 forecasts because increasing costs of U.S. healthcare reform are not tax deductible, hitting the companies’ bottom lines that much harder.

    Astra … reckoned the impact of U.S. healthcare reform on sales would be close to $700 million in 2011. * * *

    Eli Lilly said the impact would reduce 2011 revenue by $400 million to $500 million, while Bristol cited an overall hit of about $500 million in lost sales and fees.

    “The higher taxes are creating tougher sledding,” Ryan said.

    * * *

    “If you look at what we’re facing in 2011, we have more headwinds than we did in 2010,” Novartis Chief Executive Joe Jimenez said. “… we’ve got more cost containment coming from the U.S. as some of the healthcare reform costs kick in.”

    * * *


    [Additional reporting by Katie Reid in Basel, Switz.]

    Drugmakers AstraZeneca, Novartis, Eli Lilly and Bristol-Myers Squibb issued cautious 2011 forecasts, bracing the sector for … price pressures from U.S. health reforms.

    * * *

    The earnings come after diversified healthcare group Johnson & Johnson kicked off the big pharma season by posting disappointing sales and cautioning it was facing growing pressure from governments and insurers to keep a lid on prices.

    On Wednesday, Abbott Laboratories … said it will cut 1,900 jobs over several years to offset costs of U.S. healthcare reforms.

    “We’re quite bearish on the sector as a whole,” said Amit Roy, a pharmaceuticals analyst at Nomura in London.

    * * *


    The Health Care Destruction Act of 2010 appears to be well on its way to achieving one of its chief aims –– smothering the businesses that provide life-saving medical products, by draining them of their revenues and resources.

    Nerobama and the Liberals erect roadblocks to the advance of medical science, and then call it “reform.” And they call themselves “progressives.” They have no shame.

    How much death and destruction will Leftists accomplish before they are finally defeated?

    • heykev says:

      An example of the Healthcare Industry destruction is well underway:
      Ill. county official calls Abbott layoffs ‘tragic’
      Jan 27, 2011 11:10 AM CT
      By The Associated Press

      NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — Abbott Laboratories plans to lay off 1,900 workers, and the company says about 1,000 of those lost jobs will be in Illinois.

      Abbott spokeswoman Melissa Brotz says the job cuts in Illinois are primarily manufacturing positions and will happen over the next few years. Most of the cuts will be in Lake County, and Brotz says the other 900 planned layoffs are positions throughout the country.

      Lake County Board member Carol Calabresa says the job cuts are “devastating” to the local economy and the families involved. She says the situation is “tragic.”

    • Petronius says:

      Updates. Roche, Pfizer, and Merck join the chorus of AstraZeneca, Novartis, Bristol Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, and Abbott Labs in singing ‘The ObamaCare Blues.’

      Roche, the world’s largest manufacturer of cancer drugs, says ObamaCare will shave 500M Swiss francs (US $530M) off revenues in 2011.


      Merck also announced it is taking a big hit, issued lower guidance for 2011, and withdrew its longer-term financial outlook due to “the additional impact of U.S. health care reform” and other matters.


      Pfizer announced it is slashing $1.5B from R&D in order to save its profit margins; Pfizer also plans to sack 1,100 employees in Groton, Conn. and 2,400 at its Sandwich, Kent, England plant.


      What exciting times we live in — to witness the repeal of the Scientific Revolution. Under Nerobama and his Bolshevik thugs, mankind is regressing to the Stone Age.

  2. Petronius says:

    Peephole Magazine, 28 Jan 2011.

    “Washington Secrets Revealed” by Polesden Lacey

    Overheard at the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington DC :

    White House staffer Diana “Little Kahuna” Livingstone, chairwoman of the President’s Committee for International Peace and Understanding, co-founder and president of Christians and Jews for Islam, policy director of the Let’s Build the Ground Zero Mosque Committee, deputy director of the NASA Center for Islamic Outreach, board member of the Hope Institute (the ultimate liberal think tank), grand marshal of the 2007 Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, runner-up for the 2004 Youth Peace Summit in Moscow, and close personal friend of George Clooney, has just returned from Dafur, where she went for a first-hand look at the starving natives.

    “I hate to say it,” Ms. Livingstone said over a thick slab of strawberry pie that followed closely upon one of Ebbitt’s famous crab cake and jumbo shrimp platters, “but when you see them starving, it is so THEM. I mean, like, they look as though they were born for the role. Much more real than when you see them trudging from one muddy water hole to the next. Absolutely. I stopped at Damascus on the way back, you know, just to touch base with Bashar, and to see if there’s anything more we might possibly do for our friends at Hezbollah and Hamas, and I was intrigued to find that the inner circle there is terribly excited about their prospects in Lebanon and Tunisia, and particularly in Egypt, which is the really big prize. They also want to ramp up support for the Janjaweed and the other Islamic militias in Dafur. Do you know Aftab Foroobar? the enfant terrible of Tehran’s revolutionary intelligentsia? He is so, so smart. Anyway, Aftab explained that the present humanitarian crisis of Dafur is a necessary step toward a stable long-term solution: ‘Sadness is a wall between two gardens,’ he says. Aftab calls Africa ‘a zoo with no keepers,’ and insists that a firm hand is needed there to restore order and religious discipline, and to sort out ‘the hopeless rabble’ from ‘the believers’ and ‘the dhimmi.’ He says, ‘As with ObamaCare, one must sometimes impose progress on the recalcitrant and unwilling.’ Like, I was so OMG, I couldn’t agree more. Except for Kenya, of course. Well, duh?! Anyway, you must arrange for Barrack to visit with Aftab, you know, like maybe on his next ‘no-preconditions’ world tour? Perhaps after his summer holiday at Saint-Tropez?”

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Stealing an Election? Voter Fraud Indictments

    By Eric Shawn
    Published January 28, 2011

    Two Democratic politicians in an upstate New York city have been charged in a “massive” voter fraud case first reported a year ago on Fox News.

    A 59-page, 116-count indictment charges Troy Democratic City Councilman Michael LoPorto and Edward McDonough, Democratic Commissioner of the Rensselaer County Board of Elections, with forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument. The two men arrive in court in handcuffs on Friday and pleaded not guilty.

    Seven other public officials and political operatives are said to be targets of the continuing investigation. The Fox News Voter Fraud unit first reported the brazen allegations just over a year ago, with reports that absentee ballots and applications were forged to try to stuff the ballot box and steal an election.

    The case involves absentee ballots from the Working Families Party primary in September of 2009 for the Troy City Council and Rensselaer County legislature. It has been alleged the signatures and absentee exucses of unsuspecting voters were forged, all to ensure the Democratic candidates also won the Working Families Party line. Democratic candidates in New York State often run as Working Families Party hopefuls.

    “No one is entitled to more than one vote,” said Special Prosecutor Trey Smith, who brought the case. “Anyone who misappropriates the vote of a fellow citizen, takes from all of us. Anyone who attempts to minimize what happened, by saying this has been going on for years, or their vote doesn’t matter, trivializes a principle of equality which is historically American, and as our founders believed, a fundamental right of all human beings….not surprisingly, no one has come forward to take full responsibility for the massive fraud perpetrated on the citizens of Rensselaer County.”

    Troy Democratic City Councilman Micahel LoPorto arrived in court Friday morning facing felony criminal charges. Democratic Commissioner of the Rensselar County Board of Elections, Edward McDonough is also charged with the same crime, both pleaded not guilty.

    Troy Democratic City Councilman Micahel LoPorto arrived in court Friday morning facing felony criminal charges. Democratic Commissioner of the Rensselar County Board of Elections, Edward McDonough is also charged with the same crime, both pleaded not guilty.

    Smith even collected DNA samples from the majority of the Troy City Council and others, which were compared to samples taken from absentee ballots and applications. Those swabbed include five City Councilmen, among them the Council President, as well as four other public officials and political operatives. Some of them have told Fox News that they did nothing wrong, or had no comment.

    Last October, we met Councilman LoPorto, who owns a popular local restaurant, and he told us he had “nothing to say,” but then denied any wrongdoing when we questioned him further.

    “Did you do anything wrong?” we asked.

    He answered, “No.”

    “Did you try to steal an election?”


    “Did you forge any ballots?”

    “No,” said LoPorto when we interviewed him before the start of the monthly Troy City Council meeting.

    LoPorto would not comment as he left court Friday, but his lawyer, Michael Feit said he is not guilty.

    “This ends the first part of this case, which having been tried in the media, now we get a chance to defend these charges in a forum where we can be heard, where all the evidence will be presented and the rules of law have to be followed.”

    “No one tried to steal any election,” insisted Troy City Council President Clem Campana in October. He denied any wrongdoing, but also claimed that the case “is Troy politics at its best, it’s been going on forever.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/28/stealing-election-voter-fraud-indictments/#ixzz1CRJMECeQ
    It is a crying shame that our country has progressed to this.
    But I believe this is only the tip of the iceburg when it comes
    to such shenanigans.

  4. proreason says:

    Well worth a quick look.

    Find this thread at Ace: Overnight Thread-Saturday Funneh Edition [CDR M]


    Examine the hair, the eyes, the nose, the mouth, the jaw. Scary. How many more of them are there?

  5. hushpuppy says:

    Renewed Push to Give Obama an Internet “Kill Switch”
    From the delighted folks at CBS:

    A controversial bill handing President Obama power over privately owned computer systems during a “national cyberemergency,” and prohibiting any review by the court system, will return this year.

    “We’re not trying to mandate any requirements for the entire Internet, the entire Internet backbone,” said Brandon Milhorn, Republican staff director and counsel for the committee.

    Instead, Milhorn said at a conference in Washington, D.C., the point of the proposal is to assert governmental control only over those “crucial components that form our nation’s critical infrastructure.”

    Portions of the Lieberman-Collins bill, which was not uniformly well-received when it became public in June 2010, became even more restrictive when a Senate committee approved a modified version on December 15. The full Senate did not act on the measure.

    Remember how the demented liberals hated President Bush and squawked about the various aspects of Homeland Security et al.?

    Well it seems that King Obama and his loyal minions have been trying since 2009 to give Himself a way of silencing the hoi polloi. Notice the first thing all dictators do is control the media.

    Read the original article here:

    and the updated article here:

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