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Name: Steve
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Hometown: Florida
Home country: USA
Current location: USA
Member since: Sat Oct 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
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War stories from a Nazi interrogator, now a Mill Valley (CA) retiree


Ed Holton was 21 years old when he found himself face-to-face with Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Adolf Hitler's second-in-command. It went nothing like what he'd expected.

Holton was a U.S. Army intelligence officer interrogating the imprisoned Nazi in preparation for the postwar Nuremberg trials, but Goering wasn't cracking loose about his slave labor programs or how many Jews he'd ordered gassed.

Goering, speaking only in German, just wanted to complain.

Little did he know he was whining to a Jewish refugee from Nazi-controlled Austria - a refugee who was now a Ritchie Boy, one of the most valuable interrogation units in the Allied forces.

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Invest 95E wanders north slowly in Pacific Ocean

Last Updated 6/21/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 12.5 109.8W Movement N at 5 mph
Wind 30 MPH

Invest 95E forms in Pacific, may move north towards Baja California

Last Updated 6/19/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 10.4 110.2W Movement W at 5 mph
Wind 30 MPH

Health Plans Bring Pressure to Bear on Drug Prices


In dealing with health plans, drug companies are facing a new imperative — bargain or be banned.

Determined to slow the rapid rise in drug prices, more health plans are refusing to cover certain drugs unless the companies charge less for them.

The strategy appears to be getting pharmaceutical makers to compete on price. Some big-selling products, like the respiratory medicine Advair and the diabetes drug Victoza, have suffered precipitous declines in market share because Express Scripts, the biggest pharmacy benefits manager, recently stopped paying for them for many patients.

“There’s clearly more price competition in the marketplace,” Andrew Witty, chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, said, talking about Advair in a recent company earnings call.

Still no tropical storm activity

The Man Behind the Web's Most Controversial Video Site (WorldStarHipHop.com)


We're 35 floors high above midtown Manhattan and Lee O'Denat occupies the seat across from me. His is a physically-commanding presence—a bull of a man—and I begin to think everything I have read about him up until this point is true. The designer shades. The diamond-encrusted chain. The deceptively knowing smile that spreads across his round face from time to time. He knows something that you don't.

And here he is, the Hollis, Queens-raised kid turned internet entrepreneur who built a media empire off shock and awe, the man who understands that maybe, deep down, all people really want is to be entertained, and whether that pleasure comes by watching two kids fight or some girl shake her ass—well, that's your choice, not his. Because it is your choice. Right?

His speech is deliberate and gentle, and not at all what you might expect from a man his size. "I believed in it so much," he says. "And we've grown so organically based on the trueness of the site." O'Denat is talking about WorldStarHipHop, the video site he created in 2005 as a means to provide for his family. He'll later tell me of the time he pawned his son's video games so he could buy food at Wal-mart, struggled to pay rent, but kept at it because he knew he was on to something (he admits WSHH did not turn a profit until 2009). But all of that was almost 10 years ago, and he goes by Q now.

As it stands today, WorldStar has become a household name among a generation of kids raised on Facebook and Lil' Wayne lyrics. The site, though, is not without controversy. Aside from featuring music videos, both regional and mainstream, it regularly posts videos depicting unimaginable violence (the killing of 16-year-old Chicago student Derrion Albert in 2009, for example) and bare-ass nudity. The easy argument: It's all just click bait, and isn't every website doing that these days? But to Q, it's more than that. WorldStar's mission, so he believes, is to provide coverage of communities that larger news organizations like CNN or MSNBC might ignore. It can be ugly at times, but so is reality.

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Tropical Depression Hagibis moves south of Japan

Last Updated 6/17/2014, 2:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 29.5N 226.4E Movement E at 36 mph
Wind 35 MPH

The elections in about 3.6 months: how does your state look for Democrats ?

I'll go first. For Governor, we just might get rid of Governor Voldemort (I'm in FL). Crist looks like the likely winner.

Our November elections page is here: http://election.dos.state.fl.us/candidate/CanList.asp

Hopefully my district can get rid of Mica, but I'm not up on the polls yet.

No Senate races in FL. And, of course, our famous MMJ ballot initiative which is expected to pass easily.

Ok, your turn.

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