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World Health Organisation Says Has Found New SARS-Like Virus

Source: Reuters

World Health Organisation says has found new SARS-like virus

Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:13pm EDT

By Kate Kelland

LONDON (Reuters) - A new virus belonging to the same family as the SARS virus that killed 800 people in 2002 has been identified in Britain in a man who had recently been in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday.

The United Nations health body, which issued a statement through its "global alert and response" system, said tests on the patient, a 49-year-old Qatari man, confirmed the presence of a new, or novel, coronavirus.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which includes the common cold and SARS.

"Given that this is a novel coronavirus, WHO is currently in the process of obtaining further information to determine the public health implications," the statement said.

Read more: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE88M0FV20120923

Chris Hedges: Candidates "Forced to Spend Majority of Time With ONE Group - The Wealthy"


Chris Hayes: Romney tapes reveal ‘plutocracy’ just ‘whining’ about everything

By Megan Carpentier

Sunday, September 23, 2012 17:41 EDT

“This is what plutocracy looks like,” Chris Hayes told his audience on Sunday after viewing the now-infamous Romney 47% tapes. “The first thing that jumps out is that a lot of the question (asked of Romney) are really inane.”

“The folks in the room all but advise Romney to tour around the country reading passages from Ayn Rand novels out loud as his campaign rallies and hectoring the idiotic masses to bow before their obvious superior,” Hayes said by way of characterizing the advice Romney got from his $50,000-a-plate donors. “Romney, who is many things but not a total fool, gently explains that probably is not the best way to go about attempting to win over the Obama voters he needs to be elected,” Hayes added.

“Almost none of the advice Romney gets during the tape is very good. Some of it is terrible,” Hayes said, but that’s not the interesting part. The interesting part, he explained, is that “Unlike the millions of other political junkies and backseat drivers, this small coterie of folks by sole virtue of their wealth, gets to impose their invaluable insights on the actual candidate.”

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“And yet despite the fact that Obama has managed a recovery that has been exceptionally good to them,” Hayes said, “Wall Street is incensed that anyone would call them ‘fatcats’ or assign new financial regulations.” He added, “In almost every way conceivable, they inhabit an alternate universe. And everyone’s pretty frank about that.”

Hayes said that the tape reveals one of the biggest problem with the amount of money that’s required to be in politics in this day and age: “It’s not that lots of money can buy elections, though sometime’s that’s true. It’s not that campaign contributions function as a quid pro quo, chits to be cashed in when legislation is being considered — though that’s also often true. It’s that every single person running for high office in America is forced to spend the vast majority of their time around one group of people, and one group only: wealthy people. That’s who they talk to and listen to all day long, day in and day out, every day for months and years and decades. It has an incredible warping effect.”


Paul Ryan Tells Florida Seniors That Obamacare Includes Death Panels

Source: Think Progress

Paul Ryan Tells Florida Seniors That Obamacare Includes Death Panels

By Igor Volsky on Sep 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Paul Ryan likened a mechanism to control health care spending to “death panels,” during a town hall at the University of Central Florida in Orlando on Saturday.

After listening to Ryan repeatedly call for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, an elderly man asked the Republican vice presidential nominee about “the death panels.” Rather than dissuading the man from what PolitiFact named 2009′s Lie of the Year, Ryan laughed and responded, “that’s not the word I’d choose to use to describe it. It’s actually called….the Independent Payment Advisory Board”:

QUESTION: We love you Paul. But I’m getting long in years. Will you address the death panels that we’re going to have?

RYAN: The death panels, well! That’s not the word I’d choose to use to describe it. It’s actually called. It’s actually called, so in Medicare, what I refer to as this board of 15 bureaucrats. It’s called the Independent Payment Advisory Board. It sounds fairly innocuous.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/09/22/893761/paul-ryan-tells-florida-seniors-that-obamacare-includes-death-panels

In Quebec It's Official: Mass Movement Leads to Victory for Students


Published on Friday, September 21, 2012 by Common Dreams
In Quebec It's Official: Mass Movement Leads to Victory for Students

Naomi Klein: 'This is why radical movements are mercilessly mocked. They can win.'

- Common Dreams staff

After a year of revolt which became known as the "Maple Spring"—including massive street protests that received global attention—university students across Quebec were celebrating victory on Thursday night following the announcement from newly elected Premier Pauline Marois that the government was cancelling the proposed tuition hike that led to the student uprising and nullifying the contentious Bill 78 law which was introduced to curb the powerful protests.

“It’s a total victory!” said Martine Desjardins, president of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec, which is the largest student association with about 125,000 students. “It’s a new era of collaboration instead of confrontation.”

“Together we’ve written a chapter in the history of Quebec,” she added. “It’s a triumph of justice and equity.”


Paul Ryan Booed by AARP Crowd For Promising to Repeal ‘Obamacare’

Source: Mediaite / C-Span3

Paul Ryan Booed By AARP Crowd For Promising To Repeal ‘Obamacare’

by Noah Rothman | 1:02 pm, September 21st, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)was not well received at a gathering held by the American Association of Retired Peoples on Friday. After Ryan said the first step to strengthening Medicare is to repeal President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the crowd erupted into boos.

After promising to repeal “Obamacare,” the crowd jeered. “I had a feeling there would be mixed reactions,” said Ryan amid the chorus of booing.

“It weakens Medicare for today’s seniors and puts it at risk for the next generation,” said Ryan to more booing.

“You may not have heard this side of the story,” said Ryan, after detailing the Medicare funds stripped in order to fund the ACA. “The law turned Medicare into a piggybank for Obamacare.”

Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/paul-ryan-booed-by-aarp-crowd-for-promising-to-repeal-obamacare

Maxine Waters: After 1000 Days and $1.3 Million, Most Powerful Black Woman in Congress Exonerated

Source: Politic 365

Maxine Waters: After 1000 Days and $1.3 Million, Most Powerful Black Woman in Congress Exonerated

2 hours ago | Also Featured in National News Politics Lauren Victoria Burke

After nearly three years and over a million dollars spent, the House Ethics Committee has exonerated Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) in the matter of a seemingly never ending ethics investigation that has featured many twists and turns.

The Waters probe has included an outside counsel and six members of the Committee recusing themselves from the investigation. In general terms, the way the investigation proceeded featured several unprecedented moments — particularly with regard to hiring an outside counsel at taxpayer expense.

Rep. Waters sat with her husband, Sidney Williams, and her Chief of Staff, who is also her grandson, Mikhail Moore, testified to the committee. Ethics Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) announced the exoneration yet indicated the three plus year investigation may continue on Waters’ chief of staff.

Waters is currently the most senior and most powerful Black female member of Congress. She is set to become either the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee or the Chairwoman of the committee, depending on whether Democrats win control of the House.

Read more: http://politic365.com/2012/09/21/after-1000-days-and-one-million-dollars-most-powerful-black-women-in-congress-is-exonerated/

During the joint session of Congress to certify the 2000 Election Results, many African American members of Congress raised objections about the fraud and misconduct involved in the electoral process in Florida. Needing the signature of just one senator to open up debate on the results of the election, no senator came forward:

"Not a single Senator came to the aid of the African Americans in Congress. One after another they were told to sit down and shut up." - Michael Moore narrating Fahrenheit 9/11.

"The objection is in writing and I don't CARE that it is not signed by a member of the Senate!" - Maxine Waters (D - CA), as seen in 'Fahrenheit 911,' elected in November 2002 to her seventh term in the House of Representatives.

Paul Ryan Being Booed at AARP for Saying Obamacare Should Be Repealed: ('Silence and Boos')

Twitter reports:

Shushannah Walshe ‏@shushwalshe
Huge chant of "No!" When Paul Ryan says he wants to repeal Obamacare.

kirsten powers ‏@kirstenpowers10
Paul Ryan getting booed at AARP for saying Obamcare shld be repealed

Alex Moe ‏@AlexNBCNews
Loud boos for Ryan at AARP when he says: "The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare" #decision2012
Retweeted by Josh Marshall

Rebecca Kaplan ‏@Rebecca_CBSNJ
This is without a doubt the most unfriendly audience Ryan has spoken to as VP candidate. Audience alterantes between silence and boos. Retweeted by Markos Moulitsas

VIDEO: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/paul-ryan-booed-by-aarp-crowd-for-promising-to-repeal-obamacare

Paul Krugman: Disdain For Workers


Op/Ed Columnist

Disdain for Workers


Published: September 20, 2012 26 Comments

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For the fact is that the modern Republican Party just doesn’t have much respect for people who work for other people, no matter how faithfully and well they do their jobs. All the party’s affection is reserved for “job creators,” a k a employers and investors. Leading figures in the party find it hard even to pretend to have any regard for ordinary working families — who, it goes without saying, make up the vast majority of Americans.

Am I exaggerating? Consider the Twitter message sent out by Eric Cantor, the Republican House majority leader, on Labor Day — a holiday that specifically celebrates America’s workers. Here’s what it said, in its entirety: “Today, we celebrate those who have taken a risk, worked hard, built a business and earned their own success.” Yes, on a day set aside to honor workers, all Mr. Cantor could bring himself to do was praise their bosses.

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And when Mr. Romney waxed rhapsodic about the opportunities America offered to immigrants, he declared that they came in pursuit of “freedom to build a business.” What about those who came here not to found businesses, but simply to make an honest living? Not worth mentioning.

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Where does this disdain for workers come from? Some of it, obviously, reflects the influence of money in politics: big-money donors, like the ones Mr. Romney was speaking to when he went off on half the nation, don’t live paycheck to paycheck. But it also reflects the extent to which the G.O.P. has been taken over by an Ayn Rand-type vision of society, in which a handful of heroic businessmen are responsible for all economic good, while the rest of us are just along for the ride.

In the eyes of those who share this vision, the wealthy deserve special treatment, and not just in the form of low taxes. They must also receive respect, indeed deference, at all times. That’s why even the slightest hint from the president that the rich might not be all that — that, say, some bankers may have behaved badly, or that even “job creators” depend on government-built infrastructure — elicits frantic cries that Mr. Obama is a socialist.


Exclusive: U.S. Mortgage Task Force to Act Soon (NY AG Schneiderman)

Source: Reuters

Exclusive: U.S. mortgage task force to act soon

Sep 20, 2012 8:52pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The mortgage task force formed by President Barack Obama to probe misconduct that contributed to the financial crisis will soon take legal action, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Thursday.

Schneiderman, a co-chair of the task force, would not say whether cases would be brought against individuals or financial institutions. He also would not comment on whether criminal charges would be filed.

But he said his office would take action and that he expected his federal counterparts on the task force to do so as well.

"We'll see actions being taken sooner rather than later," said Schneiderman, speaking in an interview at his office in New York.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE88J1HT20120921
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