No aspect of the bitter and enduring debate about Lyme disease—which I addressed in the magazine a few weeks ago—has been more contentious than the dispute over how many people actually become infected each year. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that thirty thousand Americans were diagnosed with Lyme disease, the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the United States. Today, it bumped the number a bit—to “around” three hundred thousand. The shocking difference is not as bizarre as it might seem. (Snip) If caught early, Lyme is easily treated
Julian Assange, who back when he roamed the earth freely used to do things like show up on the steps of St. Paul’s to protest the wrongs of capitalism, has now apparently placed his faith in the man who is arguably the capitalists’ single biggest lickspittle in Washington, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). In and of itself, this is only mildly interesting. But Assange’s admirers on the left are so seduced by his oppositionalist posture and his desire to stick it to the man (as long as the man is the government of the United States) that they seem willing to
Islamabad - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for better relations with India in a conciliatory gesture on national television on Monday after weeks of increased military activity along the two nations´ disputed border. Nawaz Sharif´s words may do little to placate Indian politicians furious over the August 6 deaths of five Indian soldiers (Snip) India accuses Pakistan of being behind the soldiers´ deaths and of sponsoring militant attacks across the Kashmir border as a way to increase pressure on India in Afghanistan ahead of the 2014 drawdown of NATO troops.
The muzzle flash of an automatic firearm flares just feet from the windscreen of a terrified motorist after he had the misfortune of driving into a shootout in broad daylight. The gunmen, one in a blue hoodie and another in a white hoodie, fire their automatic handguns no fewer than 15 times at the red car heading in the opposite direction, which swerves erratically to avoid the bullets. Just feet away, a passerby turns his head to see what all the commotion is about. Scroll down for video -In a sign gun crime has become an everyday occurrence on the
The generals are masters of Cairo and their footsoldiers are cannon fodder in the deserts of Sinai. Yesterday’s killing of 24 policemen near Egypt’s eastern frontier provides another vivid sign of how violence is taking hold across the Arab world’s most populous country. But this incident also strikes an echo of the first stirrings of civil war in another Arab nation where the army seized power at the expense of radical Islamists. Just over two decades ago, the ambush and murder of policemen signalled the onset of armed revolt in Algeria. Often, busloads of officers were waylaid by gunmen and
Britain was facing intense pressure on Monday to give a detailed explanation of the decision to detain the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald after the White House confirmed that it was given a "heads-up" before David Miranda was taken into custody for nine hours at Heathrow. As the UK´s anti-terror legislation watchdog called for a radical overhaul of the laws that allowed police to confiscate Miranda´s electronic equipment, the US distanced itself from the action by saying that British authorities took the decision to detain him. The detailed intervention by the White House
Johannesburg - In a case that has transfixed many in the sporting world and beyond, Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became an international track star, was indicted Monday in a South African court on a charge of premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. Mr. Pistorius, who has been out on bail since February, will remain free until his trial, which was set for March 3. At the hearing Monday, the state prosecution released a copy of its lengthy indictment of Mr. Pistorius, outlining its case that he intentionally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp,
The military judge presiding over the case of the Fort Hood shooter has blocked several key pieces of evidence that prosecutors said would explain the mindset of the soldier accused in the 2009 rampage. On Monday it was revealed that the judge has banned prosecutors from giving any speculation into Major Nidal Hasan’s motive in the shooting that left 13 dead and 30 others wounded, including the belief that he felt he had a ‘jihad duty’ to carry out the attack. Prosecutors had asked the judge to approve several witnesses and various evidence to support what they allege motivated Hasan
With Barack Obama safely re-elected and ObamaCare´s main provisions coming into effect, some supporters are striking a triumphal note. Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman, for instance, is assuring his readers that Americans will greet ObamaCare with flowers: Moreover, all the early indications are that the law will, in fact, give millions of Americans who currently lack access to health insurance the coverage they need, while giving millions more a big break in their health care costs. And because so many people will see clear benefits, health reform will prove irreversible. This achievement will represent a huge defeat for the conservative agenda of
Caroline Kennedy has been forced to reveal her net worth by submitting financial statements in order to be considered as the next American ambassador to Japan, and it is believed she may be worth up to $500million. The former first daughter´s wealth has been a closely-guarded secret for decades, but now that President Obama has nominated her to represent the United States abroad, she has to list the sources of her massive income. ´She’s very rich, probably worth between $250million and $500million,´ said one legal expert who had seen the financial disclosure forms.
WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in July and fewer states added jobs, echoing national data that show the job market may have lost some momentum. The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates increased in 28 states. They were unchanged in 14 and fell in eight states — the fewest to show a decline since January. (Snip) Steve Cochrane, an economist at Moody’s Analytics, says southern and western states have seen steady growth in manufacturing jobs. And the South is also benefiting from lower taxes and cheaper labor. ‘‘Some of the old, long-standing
Budget cuts mandated by sequestration have eliminated Head Start services for more than 57,000 children nationwide, according to new data released by the federal government. The automatic, across-the-board budget cuts have also resulted in pay cuts or layoffs for at least 18,000 employees of Head Start, which provides education, nutrition, and health services for children aged 5 and under. Overall, Head Start will provide 1.3 million fewer days of service nationwide because of the cuts, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, which operates the program.
New Delhi - A high-speed train plowed into a crowd of Hindu pilgrims who were crossing the tracks at a remote station in east India on Monday, killing dozens of people and leaving a scene of carnage. (Snip) The crowd remained so furious that hours passed before firefighters and rescue workers were able to approach the site of the accident, officials said. A train sent to help the wounded was forced to halt on the tracks a mile away. The disaster stood out even in a season of terrible accidents. The station was a remote one — inaccessible by road — and the high-speed Rayja Rani Express typically barrels through
Michelle Obama is on the cover of this week´s Parade magazine. The profile by Maggie Murphy and Lynn Sherr was hard-hitting: "Posing in the formal Green Room, she appears both relaxed and invigorated, embracing the undefined (and undefinable) roles of Spouse in Chief, Role Model in Chief, and Mom in Chief. But it´s the last one that makes the first lady shine brightest of all. Put her in a room with kids—whether her own or the nation´s—and she glows." Tell me more! Fighting against childhood obesity is a worthy cause and the first lady deserves some credit for taking on this
The millions of Egyptians, Muslim and Christian, who took to the street in peaceful protest over a month ago understood well the consequences of crossing the Muslim Brotherhood. “So much violence, so many innocent people killed,” says Mina Thabet, an Egyptian human-rights activist who lives in Cairo. “The [Mohamed] Morsi supporters are armed and killing people in the streets. They are targeting Copts. But if the Muslim Brotherhood had remained in power, we would have the same violence and much more because he would use the institutions of the country, the army and the police, against us.” The Muslim Brotherhood is
WASHINGTON — When news surfaced in May that the State Department had approved an arrangement that allowed Huma Abedin, a top adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to take on work for private clients, officials at the department described it as nothing unusual. But three months later, questions about the arrangement persist, and the department has declined to provide some basic information about Ms. Abedin’s situation and those of other State Department employees who may have been given similar status. Ms. Abedin, 37, a confidante of Mrs. Clinton’s, was made a “special government employee” in June 2012. That allowed
Lee Thompson Young, who starred in Disney’s “The Famous Jett Jackson” and most-recently in TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” has died, his manager told FOX411. He was 29. Young’s body was discovered by his landlord, according to TMZ, after his co-stars from “Rizzoli & Isles” requested someone check in on the actor when he did not show up for work. His death appeared to be a suicide, TMZ reports. Law enforcement officials told FOX411 they could not comment on Young´s death at this time. “It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life
A study from the University of Georgia’s Grady College shows that 28 percent of journalism students now say they are unhappy with their career choice. According to the study, 5 percent of journalism and mass communication graduates indicated they had selected the field without considering it. Just 68 percent of journalism graduates had a full-time job 6-8 months after graduation.
The Congressional Budget Office last week released updated historical budget data for the federal government, reporting a deficit of $1.087 trillion in fiscal 2012. 2012 marked the fourth straight year—and the only four years in the history of the nation--when the federal government’s deficit topped $1 trillion. Last year’s $1.087 trillion deficit was even greater in inflation-adjusted dollars than the peak World War II deficit of fiscal 1943—which was $54.554 billion in 1943 dollars and $723.8714 billion in 2012 dollars, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics online inflation calculator. The deficit has also remained at a
Late last week, a spokesman for former secretary of state Hillary Clinton accused Representative Adam Kinzinger (R., Ill.) of a “brazen deceit” for his claim that Clinton said the Benghazi attacks were not a terrorist attack in a classified briefing, and that she actually “screamed” at a member of Congress who suggested Benghazi was the work of terrorists. Clinton aide Nick Merrill said that the briefing was September 20, nine days after the attack, not two days, as Kinzinger recalled. He also scoffed, “So we are to believe that he woke up today, 10 months and 27 days later, and
In Rose City, Michigan, a middle school teacher named Neal Erickson molested one of his male students. When caught, Erickson, upstanding citizen that he is, pleaded guilty to child rape to spare the young man further pain, and was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. The reaction of Mr. Erickson´s wife and fellow colleagues to his sentence exposes some of the insanity residing inside the American public school system. (snip) a small sample of West Branch Rose City teachers´ letters of leniency on behalf of Mr. Erickson elucidates more than an outrageous defense of a child molester.
Following the Egyptian example, a group of activists has launched a Palestinian version of the Tamarod (rebellion) Campaign to remove Hamas from power in the Gaza Strip. Tamarod is the name of the grassroots movement in Egypt that led the campaign to oust President Mohamed Morsi. The Palestinian group on Monday shared a video announcing a series of anti-Hamas activities as of November 11. "Repression and tyranny have arched their peak and we can no longer remain silent," the group said in the video. "The time has come to reject death under Hamas´s security club."
President Obama has overseen a dramatic expansion of the regulatory state that will outlast his time in the White House. The reach of the executive branch has advanced steadily on his watch, further solidifying the power of bureaucrats who churn out regulations that touch nearly every aspect of American life and business. Experts debate whether federal rule-making has accelerated under Obama, but few dispute that Washington, for better or worse, is reaching deeper than ever before into the workings of society. “It would be difficult for anyone to pretend that this isn’t a high-water mark in terms of regulation,” said
Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker says modern Republicanism is the “tale of two parties.” On a federal level, Republicans are known as the “party of no,” but on a state level Walker says Republicans are a party of optimism, relevance, and courage. “We’re more optimistic than our friends in Washington. We’re not just against something, we’re laying out a plan, laying out a vision,” Walker said. “That’s how you lead.” Walker’s name has been floated as a potential 2016 contender—that is, if he can raise his national profile and stand out in a world of shutdown-happy Tea Partiers.
The attack on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has begun. Fearful of Cruz as a prospective Republican presidential nominee in 2016, the media is now digging into his past, all the way back to birth. The Daily Beast ran a profile on Monday with this headline: “Ted Cruz at Princeton: Creepy, Sometimes Well Liked, and Exactly the Same.” The hit piece questions whether “master debater who wore a paisley bathrobe to creepily stroll by the women’s wing of the dorm [can] be the next president.” The piece quotes one of Cruz’s former classmates, Craig Mazin, stating, “I remember very specifically that
Tinton Falls — A forensic video analysis of red-light traffic cameras in New Jersey has found what many motorists ticketed by the automated traffic cops have long contended: The yellow lights are too quick. Working with an expert in video timing, state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said he found yellow light times are shorter than what is required by law, causing innocent drivers to be ticketed illegally. (Snip) The analysis studied intersections with red-light cameras in Newark, Jersey City, Union Township and Roselle Park, among others. All of the more than 30 intersections studied showed yellow lights that were