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In praise of CDC´s heroic ´disease detectives´
Fox News, by Tom Frieden, M.D.

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 5/1/2014 4:25:35 AM

Almost 25 years ago, I began my career at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer assigned to the New York City Health Department. I investigated outbreaks of measles, typhoid, cryptosporidiosis, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and more. It was a remarkable time – two years of important, interesting learning and doing things that make a difference in people’s lives. CDC’s EIS officers are boots on the ground disease detectives, central to finding and stopping outbreaks quickly. Every day, EIS officers think about how they can do their job smarter, better, faster. A disease detective tracking Ebola in Africa spearheaded the creation of a new

      


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In praise of CDC´s heroic ´disease detectives´
Fox News, by Tom Frieden, M.D.    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/1/2014 4:25:35 AM     Post Reply
Almost 25 years ago, I began my career at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer assigned to the New York City Health Department. I investigated outbreaks of measles, typhoid, cryptosporidiosis, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and more. It was a remarkable time – two years of important, interesting learning and doing things that make a difference in people’s lives. CDC’s EIS officers are boots on the ground disease detectives, central to finding and stopping outbreaks quickly. Every day, EIS officers think about how they can do their job smarter, better, faster. A disease detective tracking Ebola in Africa spearheaded the creation of a new

   

 

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Largest coal producing state slams
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/1/2014 4:21:41 AM     Post Reply
The American coal industry is accusing the Obama administration of using the Environmental Protection Agency to end the use of coal despite the president´s claim of having an "all of the above" energy policy. Earlier this year, the EPA issued its Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS), which the agency said will eliminate 90 percent of mercury and acid gas released into the air by coal-fired power plants. "I would say this administration is certainly unfriendly towards coal," Wyo. Governor Matt Mead said. "And in my view it is a war on coal." Mead proudly pointed out that Wyoming is currently the nation´s largest

Here’s What Happens When the
GOP Takes Over the Senate
Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/30/2014 4:56:35 PM     Post Reply
From abortion bans to Obamacare cuts to, maybe, an empty Supreme Court chair, the Republicans already know exactly what they’ll do if they get control of both houses of Congress. Passing a federal law banning almost all abortions after 20 weeks. Defunding parts of Obamacare. Weakening the Environmental Protection Agency. Kneecapping the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Elizabeth Warren’s baby, the new agency within the Fed to police consumer fraud. And—maybe, just maybe—letting a Supreme Court seat sit vacant until after the next presidential election. That’s just the start of what happens if the Republicans win back the Senate this November. Imagine, posits

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ESPN, by Jared Shanker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/30/2014 4:53:25 PM     Post Reply
Florida State quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was issued a civil citation after sheriff´s deputies say he walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish. Leon County Sheriff´s Office Maj. Michael Wood said Wednesday that the 20-year-old Winston ordered the food at the deli in a Tallahassee, Fla.-area Publix on Tuesday night. After receiving the order, he left the store without paying. Wood said Publix employees called deputies, who went to Winston´s apartment. Wood said Winston was "very cooperative" in a post-Miranda interview and acknowledged not paying for the food,

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is that guy. He’s the guy who is always calling to ask where the party is, but it’s only 2:30 p.m. on a Saturday and you just want to chill for a few hours before going out. Plus, Hagel is excruciatingly dull to hang out with, as evidenced by his underwater approval rating. His two best friends—John and Barry—are insufferable bores who talk too much. Most of the time, you end up telling him what he wants to hear just to get him off your back, and then, later, ignore his frenzied phone calls when you

   

 

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/30/2014 4:50:58 AM     Post Reply
The reason Congress won’t do it, he says, “is because it’s abdicated its own responsibility under the Constitution.” When the man’s right, he’s right. And he’s also right, sad to say, in seizing on the war in Libya as an especially egregious example of Obama’s executive power grabs. Not only was that illegal according to O’s own lawyers, but Congress’s passivity may have emboldened Obama later to defy federal statutes on domestic subjects too, like ObamaCare. They wouldn’t sue him under the War Powers Act for fear that, if the courts sided with them, it’d not only spark a constitutional

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/30/2014 4:28:26 AM     Post Reply
SYDNEY -- The Australian agency heading up the search for the missing Malaysian jet has dismissed a claim by a resource survey company that it found possible plane wreckage in the northern Bay of Bengal. The location cited by Australia-based GeoResonance Pty Ltd. is thousands of kilometers (miles) north of a remote area in the Indian Ocean where the search for Flight 370 has been concentrated for weeks. "The Australian led search is relying on information from satellite and other data to determine the missing aircraft´s location. The location specified by the GeoResonance report is not within the search arc

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/29/2014 4:13:34 PM     Post Reply
The Liberty Foundation contracted with Magellan Strategies to conduct surveys of 600-900 likely voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin on the upcoming U.S. Senate elections and gubernatorial races. (Note they polled general-election matchups in states where the primary has not occurred yet; undoubtedly the candidates who weren’t polled will gripe that this is anointing a primary winner before anyone casts any votes.) Most of the results are more or less in line with past polling, with perhaps a bit more good news for the GOP than conventional wisdom suggested.

Searchers dispute company´s claim that
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CNN, by Miguel Marquez*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/29/2014 2:00:27 PM     Post Reply
Near Perth, Australia -- A private company declared that it has found what it believes is wreckage of a plane in the ocean, but leaders of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are dismissing the claim. The reasons for the skepticism are obvious -- the site where GeoResonance says it found the wreckage, in the Bay of Bengal, is several thousand miles away from the current search area in the southern Indian Ocean. The Joint Agency Coordination Centre, which is coordinating the multinational search, dismissed the claim. "The Australian-led search is relying on information from satellite and other data to

   

 



 
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/29/2014 12:53:59 PM     Post Reply
Louisville, Ky. No matter who wins Saturday´s Kentucky Derby, one name threatens to overshadow this year´s race: Steve Asmussen. The current North American trainer with the most career wins, Asmussen has a serious Derby contender, Tapiture. His filly Untapable is the likely favorite in Friday´s Oaks, a race for fillies that serves as a prelude to Saturday´s Run for the Roses. But the spotlight turned to him after an undercover sting by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which released a video in March that appeared to show the overmedication of horses and lame horses in his care being made



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