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October 9, 2013

Salmonella outbreak leads USDA to threaten Foster Farms plant closures

  • 278people sickened with salmonella due to an outbreak linked to three Foster Farms plants in California. The USDA sent notification to the company’s chief executive Ron Foster on Monday, giving the company until Thursday to respond or face having the plants (two in Fresno, one in Livingston) shuttered. People have been afflicted in 17 different states, with California receiving the worst of the outbreak, with 217 sickened residents. source
19:45 // 10 months ago
October 8, 2013
19:47 // 10 months ago
Seems some poor fan had a frustrating last night, as his Atlanta Braves crashed in the 8th-inning and were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Dodgers. So, seemingly also frustrated by the advent of shutdown politics, he authored this tongue-in-cheek plea to his member of congress. When will baseball finally bend to the will of the people and defund Juan Uribe? (via Craig Calcaterra) source

Seems some poor fan had a frustrating last night, as his Atlanta Braves crashed in the 8th-inning and were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Dodgers. So, seemingly also frustrated by the advent of shutdown politics, he authored this tongue-in-cheek plea to his member of congress. When will baseball finally bend to the will of the people and defund Juan Uribe? (via Craig Calcaterra) source

19:01 // 10 months ago
There is no magic wand that allows us to wish away the chaos that could result if — for the first time in our history — we don’t pay our bills on time.
President Obama • Issuing a dire prophecy on the state of affairs if — as becomes an increasingly worrisome possibility, with the deadline looming on October 17th — Congress fails to reopen the federal government and raise the debt limit. He also took a dig at proponents of the ballyhooed platinum coin, but indicated that he’d implement some kind of strategy if the feared default took place : “We plan for every contingency. So obviously, you know, worst-case scenario, there are things that we will try to do — but I will repeat, I don’t think any option is good.” source
18:35 // 10 months ago
September 28, 2013
We have no indication that Operations or anyone else asked the Granite Mountain IHC to move to a new location but we assume they decided this on their own, believing they could reengage and help defend Yarnell.
A report on the tragic deaths of 19 Arizona firefighters last June • Seeking to explain the tragic events of June 30th, on which an elite unit of firefighters, known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots, died fighting a lightning-started wild blaze. The fire, which grew from the time it was discovered into hundreds of acres, was creeping toward the town of Yarnell when engaged by the Hotshots on the 30th, and the report reveals the crew suffered communication issues with their command, including a 30-minute gap dring a crucial period, before changing winds caused the fire to whip around anc trap them as they were seeking a designated safe zone. The casualties represented what Governor Jan Brewer called “as dark a day as I can remember.” source
20:25 // 11 months ago
September 25, 2013
20:33 // 11 months ago
September 24, 2013

Bill Maher continues streak as all-time Emmy loser

32Emmy nominations without a win throughout the career of HBO host Bill Maher, an inauspicious all-time record. The total includes two losses last Sunday for his show, Real Time, both to The Colbert Report. source

20:42 // 11 months ago
Iran’s nuclear program, and for that matter, that of all other countries, must pursue exclusively peaceful purposes. Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran’s security and defense doctrine. Our national interests make it imperative that we remove any and all reasonable concerns about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani • Speaking on Iran’s nuclear ambitions, an expectedly hot topic within his address to the United Nations today. Rouhani struck a considerably more conciliatory and cooperative tone in his remarks than was customary throughout his predecessor’s tenure — for his anti-American and Israeli rhetoric, as well as his history of Holocaust denial, officials from the U.S. had made a habit in recent years of walking out on speeches by the Iranian president. That was not the case today, however, as while Rouhani defended Iran’s right to enrich uranium for non-weapons purposes, this is a considerable change in tone. Although President Obama spoke to the UN just hours later, the two heads of state reportedly did not meet. source
20:21 // 11 months ago
September 21, 2013
Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. And every old person, even if infirm and at the end of his days, carries with him the face of Christ.
Pope Francis • Restating, in a way he declined to do recently, his view (and thus in a practical sense his church’s view) on abortion. His remarks follow a much-discussed recent interview, in which Francis spoke frankly of his church being “obsessed” with “small-minded rules” that have hurt Catholicism’s appeal in the public. Perhaps today’s remarks are best understood as the backswing of a pendulum, a pacifier to conservative Catholics for whom Francis’ early tenure has been well outside the papal status-quo. source
20:50 // 11 months ago
September 18, 2013

Founder of Beanies Babies hit with stiff tax evasion penalty

  • $53Mto be paid by Beanie Babies founder Ty Warner, as he’ll plead guilty to tax evasion via use of Swiss bank accounts. source
20:18 // 11 months ago