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October 13, 2013

Lethal stampede occurs at festival in Madhya Pradesh, India

  • 91people killed in a panic-fueled stampede on a bridge in central India today. The bridge, in Madhya Pradesh, was thick with people attending a Hindu festival when (according to Indian officials) a rumor may have spread that it was going to collapse. This sparked a lethal surge of people trying to flee (the BBC also says “other reports” suggest panic was stirred by police using batons to try to control the crowd). A deputy police inspector stated 10 more people are in critical condition. source
19:37 // 6 months ago
October 12, 2013
We’re fundamentally outraged that the USDA is not requiring a recall. This isn’t regular Salmonella. It’s resistant to multiple antibiotics.
Michael Hansen, senior scientist at Consumer Reports • Expressing outrage, in his own words, at the USDA for not forcing Foster Farms to issue a recall on its chicken products linked to an outbreak of Salmonella (predominantly in California, but spanning 20 states, as well as Puerto Rico). The strain he refers to is Salmonella Heidelberg, which the CDC described as “resistant to several commonly prescribed antibiotics” in an update on their website yesterday — incidentally, the CDC began managing this outbreak shorthanded, thanks to shutdown furloughs, but have since been reconstituted to address the public health crisis. source
21:47 // 6 months ago

Food stamp benefits offline in 17 states following system crash

  • 17states’ EBT systems failed Saturday, leaving low-income residents without access to benefits from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or WIC (Women, Infants and Children). This snafu appears to be of the private sector variety, as the Electronic Benefits Transfer system isn’t run by the government, but by Xerox. Company officials have blamed a system crash for the outage, and spokesman Kevin Lightfoot would venture no timetable beyond the problem being fixed “soon.” source

21:18 // 6 months ago

Cyclone hits eastern Indian coast, spurring thousands of evacuations

  • 800,000people evacuated from the eastern coast of India Saturday evening, displaced by a cyclone which caused broad flooding in homes throughout the area. The storm actually proved less severe following landfall than U.S. observers had warned — an outcome closer to what Indian officials had themselves forecast, which has caused a little tension. Said the vice chairman of India’s National Disaster Management Authority: “We are not trying to downplay the intensity of the cyclone. In fact, U.S. authorities are overplaying it.” source
20:58 // 6 months ago
October 11, 2013
19:45 // 6 months ago
I told the president exactly the same thing I have told you here today: That we need to work together and fund the government and at the same time provide substantial relief to the millions of people who are hurting because of Obamacare, who are losing their jobs, being forced into part-time work and losing their health insurance. If the outcome doesn’t impact people who are struggling, who are hurting because of Obamacare, then I don’t think it would be a good outcome.
Senator Ted Cruz • Giving his (we suspect not verbatim) account of his meeting today at the White House with President Obama. Cruz was there with several Republican senators, and reportedly confronted Obama over the Affordable Care Act, which as you can see above (to say nothing of his 20+ hour non-filibuster effort last month), he nearly defines vehemency in his opposition. The White House’s negotiating posture on this seems to be holding firm, however, having rejected a Republican offer earlier today to pass a stop-gap six-week debt limit extension in return for negotiations on the budget. source
19:33 // 6 months ago
Incredibly sad, wrenching news today in the life of Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson, which has spurred an outpouring of support, sympathy and condolence throughout both the NFL and social media — his two-year-old son has been declared dead at a hospital in South Dakota. The child’s death followed hospitalization for critical injuries sustained allegedly from a beating by a man who was dating the child’s mother. Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, was arrested Wednesday over the incident. source (Photo by Mike Morbeck)

Incredibly sad, wrenching news today in the life of Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson, which has spurred an outpouring of support, sympathy and condolence throughout both the NFL and social media — his two-year-old son has been declared dead at a hospital in South Dakota. The child’s death followed hospitalization for critical injuries sustained allegedly from a beating by a man who was dating the child’s mother. Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, was arrested Wednesday over the incident. source (Photo by Mike Morbeck)

19:16 // 6 months ago
It is a horrific way to get sick. The smell of rotten flesh permeates the room.
Dr. Abhin Singla of Provena St. Joseph’s Medical Center • Describing his horror in encountering and treating three cases in his Joliet, Illinois hospital consistent with abuse of a low-grade, highly dangerous drug called krokodil, primarily found and used in Russia and eastern Europe. A mixture of (among other things) paint thinner, gasoline and hydrochloric acid, the injected drug mimics a heroin-like high at a fraction of the cash price, while exacting a heavier physical toll — prolonged use can produce scaled skin, abcessess, and outright gangrene of the limbs. At least one of those three patients reported her use of krokodil to Dr. Singla, by his account, and her condition was grisly: “When she came in, she had the destruction that occurred because of this drug over about 70% of her lower body.”source
18:43 // 6 months ago
Dr. Ben Carson, a brilliant and successful neurosurgeon long before he became a neophyte rockstar of the conservative movement, gave a less impressive display of historical chops while speaking at the Values Voter Summit today. On health care, Carson said: “Obamacare is really the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. It is slavery, in a way.” The Washington Times quotes him further: “It is slavery because it aims to make all of us subservient to the government. It was never about health care, It was about control.” (Photo by Gage Skidmore) source

Dr. Ben Carson, a brilliant and successful neurosurgeon long before he became a neophyte rockstar of the conservative movement, gave a less impressive display of historical chops while speaking at the Values Voter Summit today. On health care, Carson said: “Obamacare is really the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. It is slavery, in a way.” The Washington Times quotes him further: “It is slavery because it aims to make all of us subservient to the government. It was never about health care, It was about control.” (Photo by Gage Skidmore) source

17:05 // 6 months ago
There was misbehavior such that (his superior) decided that it didn’t exemplify the trust and responsibilities required of a commander who was responsible for these nuclear forces. The nuclear deterrence mission is one of great focus and discipline. Personal behavior is vital to that, especially from a commander.
Air Force spokesman Brigadier General Les Kodlick • Explaining the firing of Major General Michael Carey, the commander of the 20th Air Force who was relieved of his post two days ago, amid investigations into alleged gambling misdeeds (specifically, that he tried to use counterfeit chips at a casino). Today the Air Force declined to state explicitly what the reason was for the firing, a major personnel move in its own right before you consider he was the man in charge of America’s supply of intercontinental nuclear missiles.  They did state, however, that the firing had nothing to do with readiness issues or matters of operational consequence to the military. source
16:38 // 6 months ago