CJE Wednesday News Briefs
WS – I shit you not… This is a lead story on the news feeds this AM.
CHICAGO, Jan. 16 (UPI) — A Chicago surgeon said NBC-TV’s broadcast personality Al Roker’s revelation he pooped his pants while at the White House said it was a sort of “feedback.”
As he was promoting his book “Never Goin’ Back: Winning the Weight-Loss Battle For Good” on his life after bariatric surgery, Roker told NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman on “Dateline” he thought he was passing gas during a White House event when George W. Bush was president, but instead he soiled his pants, resulting in his shedding of undergarments to “go commando.”
Dr. Bipan Chand, director Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care, who was not involved in Roker’s surgery, said the weatherman’s phenomenon was known as “dumping.” More…
WS – See what a million dollar ticket to the Inaugural Ball will buy you?
Pro-Nuclear Propaganda: How Science, Government and the Press Conspire to Misinform the Public Just sayin…
Two years ago, some thought that the nuclear energy had been leveled. But the industry today is picking up steam by getting construction licenses to build four new units and by getting government funding to develop smaller nuclear reactors that are less expensive and which may be less problematic when it comes to winning regulatory approval.
The creators of those roughly 100-megawatt electric modules want to sell their products first in this country before they would market them overseas to lesser-developed nations that don’t have a huge transmission infrastructure. They would be factory-built before being shipped and fueled to where the energy is needed. To the extent that more electric generation is required, no problem: Just lay the small-scale modules next to each other, making the financial outlays more manageable.
“Restarting the nation’s nuclear industry and advancing small modular reactor technologies will help create new jobs and export opportunities for American workers and businesses, and ensure we continue to take an all-of-the-above approach to American energy production,” says Energy Secretary Steven Chu. More…
Today is “National Nothing Day” Now thats’s something to celebrate.
Orlando, FL, United States (4E) – At least 50 people, among them teachers and school workers, have been arrested and charged in connection to an online sex sting operation that happened this past week in central Florida, including four men who were detained late Sunday night.
According to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, “Operation Cardea” is targeting individuals using the internet to sexually exploit children.
Officials revealed investigators identified themselves as teens or parents online and communicated with the suspects, some of whom sent illicit photos.
Detectives claimed all 50 men headed to a home located in Oviedo intending to have sex with teens between the ages of 11 and 15. More…
WS – Corruption Cliff?
Since the summer of 2011, the insurance giant American International Group has been battling Bank of America over claims that the bank packaged and sold it defective mortgages that dealt A.I.G. billions of dollars in losses.
Now A.I.G. wants to be able to sue other banks that sold it mortgage-backed securities that plunged in value during the financial crisis. It has not said which banks, but possibilities include Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase.
But to sue, A.I.G. first must win a court fight with an entity controlled by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which the insurer says is blocking its efforts to pursue the banks that caused it financial harm.
The dispute illustrates the web of financial instruments that A.I.G. and the federal government became tangled in as the insurer nearly collapsed in 2008 and required a vast taxpayer bailout. It also shows the complexity of apportioning blame, five years after the financial crisis, and making wrongdoers pay for their share of the harm. More…
LINK BETWEEN POT SMOKING AND IQ DROP CHALLENGED
NEW YORK (AP) — A new analysis is challenging a report that suggests regular marijuana smoking during the teen years can lead to a long-term drop in IQ. The analysis says the statistical analysis behind that conclusion is flawed.
The original study, reported last August, included more than 1,000 people who’d been born in the town of Dunedin, New Zealand. Their IQ was tested at ages 13 and 38, and they were asked about marijuana use periodically between those ages.
Researchers at Duke University and elsewhere found that participants who’d reported becoming dependent on pot by age 18 showed a drop in IQ score between ages 13 and 38. The findings suggest pot is harmful to the adolescent brain, the researchers said.
Not so fast, says an analysis published online Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More…
WS – Rush Limbaugh is fucked!
(Reuters) – New York police will begin asking city pharmacies to stock decoy bottles fitted with GPS devices among powerful painkillers like Oxycontin and oxycodone in the latest bid to combat gunpoint robberies of drug stores.
Police hope that in the event of a robbery, the ‘bait bottles’, which will be labeled as painkillers but filled with harmless placebos, will lead them back to large stocks of stolen prescription drugs.
Last year, federal and New York Police Department investigators seized 9,000 painkillers being sold at an open-air drug market in northern Manhattan.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is expected to unveil the new initiative, called ‘Operation Safety Cap,’ at a conference in California on Tuesday sponsored by former president Bill Clinton’s foundation. An advance copy of his prepared remarks was released late Monday. More…
Teenager killed in wave of clashes with IDF across Palestinian territories (PHOTOS)
WS - Israeli military is always a reliable source for Corporate Media in the USA. – Palestinian children “Rock On”!
A teenager has been killed by the Israeli military near the West Bank separation wall as scuffles erupted with the local Palestinian community. It’s the latest in a series of violent incidents in both Gaza and the West Bank.
According to the Israeli military, a group of students breached the fence dividing soldiers from protesters. Witnesses reported students were throwing rocks at the soldiers. The army has confirmed it opened fire on protesters who got through the barrier.
Seventeen-year-old Samir Ahmed Awad died after being shot three times in the village of Budrus, Palestinian medical sources say. The local mayor says the IDF targeted him deliberately.
“It was the last day of school and some students threw stones. The soldiers caught him and tried to arrest him, but he escaped so they fired six bullets at him,” Mayor Mohammed Morar told AFP.
An investigation into the shooting has been opened following “standard rules of engagement, which included live fire,” Israeli military spokesman Captain Eytan Buchman was quoted as saying by The Guardian. More…