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J&J to begin testing Ebola vaccine in January; expects 250K doses ready by May

J&J to begin testing Ebola vaccine in January; expects 250K doses ready by May

Oct 22 2014, 04:46 ET | By: Yoel Minkoff, SA News Editor

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) will begin testing an Ebola vaccine in humans in January, and plans to have 250K doses of the experimental vaccine ready for use in clinical trials in May.

The drug will combine a shot from the company's Janssen unit with one developed by Bavarian Nordic (OTCPK:BVNRY).

J&J will invest about $200M to study and expand production of the vaccine, and aims to produce 1M doses next year.


"In Retrospect., We Should Have..."


BEN BRADLEE, RIP - By Charles P. Pierce

By Charles P. Pierce on October 22, 2014

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...........There is no room for giants in newspapers any more. They're too busy trying to survive, trying vainly to play catch up to a communications revolution that they never saw coming and that they lost almost before it began.

There will be some clucking from the precincts of the Internet whose mission seems more messianic than anything else, but there will be none of that here. Ben Bradlee was someone in a newspaper office that the country needed at a very dark time for democracy. He rode the Watergate story when nobody else wanted it. It's hard now even to imagine how very far out on the limb Bradlee went on that story. It was in the middle of a presidential election that was transforming itself -- or, as we came to discover, was being transformed -- into an historic rout. Richard Nixon was ending the Vietnam War right on his own selfish timetable, just in time to get himself re-elected. Nobody wanted to know what a venal horror the man really was. Nobody wanted to touch that story. Bradlee did, and he stood by his reporters because that's what you did when you were a newspaper editor in the days when newspapers had room for giants.


Not only was he the last of his kind professionally, but he also represented a vanished breed here in the Commonwealth (God save it!) -- the renegade WASP. He was a Crowninshield on his mother's side, related down through the tangled ages to Maximilian I. If you trace the demographic history of Boston, he was of the people who found their power usurped, and not always delicately, by the great waves of immigration that brought to America people like Patrick Kennedy of New Ross, and all those Fitzgeralds as well. He was of the generation that made the peace with what had happened, which brought him to the great friendship he had with Patrick Kennedy's grandson, who became president of the United States, a product of the new American Irish gentry that replaced all those Cabots and Lodges and Crowninshields behind the deep purple glass of the brownstones on Beacon Hill. He ordered wine in French and he swore like a longshoreman and he was not inauthentic for a second while doing either one of them. He was a giant, and there is no room for giants in the newsroom any more, because giants carry too much history with them, and history is no longer what it was. History is what came in over your BlackBerry 15 minutes ago.

There are still great editors. (Marty Baron at Bradlee's old newspaper is one of them. The courage Baron showed at the Boston Globe in pursuing the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church was every bit the equal of the fortitude Bradlee demonstrated during Watergate when everyone who mattered was telling him to hit the silk.) But the dead hand of American corporate power has reached in and fashioned from what was a scruffy, noble craft a "business model" in which content-producers do what they can to improve and maintain "the brand." When distant historians write about America in the 21st century, they will write that it lost its soul somewhere between Silicon Valley and the Harvard Business School. That is, if there actually are historians in the distant future. Perhaps they'll all be too busy producing content to notice that, when the life of a country is rendered small, being larger-than-life is no great achievement, and that Ben Bradlee, take him all in all, was larger than life when that really meant something in a land built on the idea that there always is a new frontier, somewhere.


Man Who Believes God Speaks to Us Through "Duck Dynasty" Is About to Be Texas' Second-in-Command

Meet Dan Patrick, the next lieutenant governor of Texas.

As a Texas state senator, Dan Patrick has conducted himself in a manner consistent with the shock jock he once was. Patrick—who is now the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor—has railed against everything from separation of church and state to Mexican coyotes who supposedly speak Urdu. He's even advised his followers that God is speaking to them through Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.

A former sportscaster who once defended a football player who'd thrown a reporter through a door (Patrick believed it wasn't the journalist's job to do "negative reporting"), Patrick became a conservative talk radio host in the early 1990s—Houston's answer to Rush Limbaugh. In 2006, he parlayed his radio fame into a state Senate seat—and kept the talk show going. In office, he proposed paying women $500 to turn over newborn babies to the state (to reduce abortions), led the charge against creeping liberalism in state textbooks, and pushed wave after wave of new abortion restrictions. For his efforts, Texas Monthly named Patrick one of the worst legislators of 2013.

With a victory on November 4, Patrick, who is leading Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the polls, would find himself next in line for the governor's mansion of the nation's second-largest state. (Rick Perry, the current Republican governor, was previously lieutenant governor.) But even if Patrick advances no further, he'd be in a position to shape public policy—Texas' lieutenant governor is sometimes called the "most powerful office in Texas" because of the influence it has on both the legislative and executive branches.


"Stupid People"

From The Hill, “RNC co-chair: Wisconsin voters not so ‘sharp’“:

… “It’s not going to be an easy election, it’s a close election,” said Sharon Day, the co-chairwoman, while speaking at a GOP field office in Waukesha, Wis., according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Like I said, much closer than I can even understand why.

“I don’t want to say anything about your Wisconsin voters but, some of them might not be as sharp as a knife,” she added.

Day was born in Texas, and has lived in Florida for decades. The chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, has long lived in Wisconsin


Who are these people?


Charles Pierce: Body Counts: This president's "Katrina": One. The last president's "Katrina": 1,833.

By Charles P. Pierce on October 21, 2014

At this point, having already sunk virtually all of its self-respect into the fathomless depths of the southern Indian Ocean, CNN has very little left to lose by turning its studio shows over entirely to trolling the news, and there's no more trolling troll than troll Don Lemon, the man who's been known to troll about a black hole, the one that swallowed up the Malaysian airliner. (Hey, Don was just sayin', y'know?) Last night, with what appeared to be a silken bowline around his neck, Don thought worthy of discussion the highly original trope of whether or not the death by Ebola of one person in this country could be said to be the president's "Katrina." This is, by my count, the president's 33rd "Katrina," although some counts vary. And, thought Don and his bosses, who better to discuss that than Michael Brown, the man who oversaw the last president's "Katrina moment," which, as it happens, actually involved Hurricane Katrina.

Let's be crude, shall we? Let's start with the body counts.

This president's "Katrina": One.

The last president's "Katrina": 1833.

Everybody just chill the fk out, OK?


Gov Christie "I gotta tell you the truth, I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage, I really am"

"I gotta tell you the truth, I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage, I really am," Christie said during an event at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington, according to a recording of his remarks by the liberal opposition research group American Bridge.

"I don't think there's a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table tonight in America who are saying, 'You know honey, if my son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my God, all our dreams would be realized," he added. "Is that what parents aspire to for their children?"

The governor went on to say that parents aspire to an America where their children can make more money and achieve greater success, according to The Hill. He said those aspirations weren't about a "higher minimum wage."

Christie's comments come a week after fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin said that he doesn't think the minimum wage "serves a purpose." Unlike Christie, Walker is up for re-election in November against Democrat Mary Burke, who supports raising the minimum age to $10.10 an hour.


New Election Ruling Allows Candidates To Remain Completely Anonymous Throughout Campaign

WASHINGTON—Explaining that the measure is intended to protect politicians’ right to free expression against undue scrutiny from the general population, a new ruling implemented this week by the Federal Election Commission allows candidates running for public office to remain completely anonymous throughout the campaign process. “Candidates should be able to make themselves heard without having their identities, personal associations, and records on the issues exposed in the public eye,” said agency spokesperson Wayne Branson, adding that the new policy means congressional hopefuls can avoid being personally challenged on their agendas by opting to withhold their names and likenesses from all campaign material, television commercials, FEC filings, and public appearances. “The fact that political candidates are no longer under any obligation to disclose who they are will ensure a freer, more open electoral process. It is our belief that elections should be about ideas and plans for the country, not about who is saying them, what that person looks like, what their background might be, if they’re qualified, or what motives they might have.” Branson confirmed that elected candidates would then have the option to remain anonymous for the duration of their term.

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