Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The 167-page report by a cross-party select committee is withering about the conduct of the News of the World, with one MP saying its crimes "went to the heart of the British establishment, in which police, military royals and government ministers were hacked on a near industrial scale".
MPs condemned the "collective amnesia" and "deliberate obfuscation" by NoW executives who gave evidence to them, and said it was inconceivable that only a few people at the paper knew about the practice.
The culture, media and sport select committee was also damning of the police, saying Scotland Yard should have broadened its original investigation in 2006, and not just focused on Clive Goodman, the NoW's royal reporter.
You know Murdoch, he of Faux News ownership infamy.
Seems the British aren't as accommodating of his bullshit as are the wingnuts here.
By a vote of 406-19, the House passed the Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act (HR 4626), introduced by Reps. Tom Perriello (D-VA) and Betsy Markey (D-CO). This bill is designed to restore competition and transparency to the health insurance market – by repealing the blanket antitrust exemption afforded to health insurance companies by the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945. Under this legislation, health insurers will no longer be shielded from legal accountability for price fixing, dividing up territories among themselves, sabotaging their competitors in order to gain monopoly power, and other such anti-competitive practices.Pretty amazing to see so many repugicans vote against their insurance industry benefactors. They must be hoping that the insurance industry controls enough votes in the Senate to kill this bill. But, it is pretty amazing that so many hard-core repugicans didn't want to be seen as supporting protecting the insurers.
Here's the list of the 19 repugican House members who chose to stick with the insurance companies, a cabal that includes some of the worst of the worst in the House repugican caucus. You'll note the Minority Leader is one of them: Akin (KS), Boehner (OH), Brady (TX), Broun (GA), Buyer (IN), Franks (AZ), Garrett (NJ), Jenkins (KS), Jordan (OH), King (IA), Lamborn (CO), Linder (GA), Moran (KS), Paul (TX) Price (GA), Ryan (WI), Sensenbrenner (WI), Tiahrt (KS) and Westmoreland (GA).
This is the second time this week that the "party of NO" said yes. Five repugican Senators voted to end the repugican filibuster of the jobs bill on Monday night. Then, six of the repugican hypocrites who filibustered [Alexander (TN), Cochran (MS), Inhofe (OK), Lemieux (FL), Murkowski (AK) and Wicker (MS)] ended up voting for final passage today.
Nicaraguan authorities have withheld life-saving treatment from a pregnant cancer patient because it could harm the fetus and violate a total ban on abortion.
A state-run hospital has monitored the cancer spreading in the body of the 27-year-old named only as Amalia since her admission on February 12 but has not offered chemotherapy, radiotherapy or a therapeutic abortion, citing the law.
The decision has ignited furious protests from relatives and campaigners who say the woman, who has a 10-year-old daughter and is 10 weeks pregnant, will die unless treated. The cancer is suspected to have spread to her brain, lungs and breasts. They have petitioned the courts, government and the pan-regional Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to intervene.
The discovery of billions of barrels of oil helps right a huge wrong from the 1950s, tribal officials say.
Decades after a brutal kidnapping, a father's quest to find his son finally pays off.
When a man with a rifle opened fire on middle-school students, math teacher David Benke sprang into action.
Plastic marine debris collected in a surface plankton net tow. Photo: Sea Education Association.
Though it hasn't garnered nearly as much attention as its plastic-ridden analog in the Pacific, the North Atlantic Ocean too has its very own gigantic patch of floating plastic waste. Recently the 5 Gyres project has brought some attention to it, and now BBC News reports that scientists from the Sea Education Association have completed a 20 year study on it:
In Manitoba, Canada, grizzly bears are officially listed as extirpated—a species that does not exist locally, though it is present in the wild elsewhere. With confirmed sightings in the province becoming more frequent, however, this classification may soon change.
Lush Dimbulb in a case of pure race-baiting calls health care reform “reparations” and “civil rights”.
This idiot rebutts himself, so we won't waste time doing so.
Lush Dimbulb loves making every Obama move out to be "reparations".
Disabled man tasered by Oregon police officers
Minneapolis City Council approves another six-figure payout to settle a police misconduct lawsuit
Former Arkansas deputy arrested for making meth at home
More civil rights complaints against Arizona nutball sheriff cite a "culture of hatred" of Hispanics, and racial profiling
Ten months after farmer was tasered eleven times, North Carolina police still won't release video of incident
The Pentagon has moved to lift a decades-old policy that prohibits women from serving aboard Navy submarines, part of a gradual reconsideration of women's roles in a military fighting two wars whose front lines can be anywhere.
A painting of what researchers believe Homo floresiensis may have looked like.
The discovery of the bones of tiny primitive people on an Indonesian island six years ago stunned scientists. Now, further research suggests that the little apemen, not Homo erectus, were the first to leave Africa and colonize other parts of the world.
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Augsburg, Bayern, Germany
Vienna, Wien, Austria
Munich, Bayern, Germany
Zagreb, Grad Zagreb, Croatia
Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Mayaguez, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
London, England, United Kingdom
Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan
Caracas, Distrito Federal, Venezuela
as well as Mauritius, Belgium, and in cities across the USA, like - Deltona, Alpharetta, Lompoc, Longmont, Saugerties, Nitro, Batavia, Herndon, Lithia, Lubbock, Ogden, Manassas and more
It's your time to shine, and there's at least one person out there -- at the very least -- who wants to spend some time with you.
They've been patient for days, while you toiled away, being dutiful and honorable.
Now it's their turn for your attention.
How could you possibly deprive them of it?
Why would you want to?
Take a cool shower, make some coffee and rally.
You can do it!