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Saturday, September 14, 2019

At a time when health officials are calling for mass demonstrations in favor of new antibiotics, drug companies have stopped making them altogether. Their sole reason, according to a new report: profit.

Antibiotics are only used for a few days once in a while, and are being prescribed less as doctors become more aware of the dangers of over-prescription. Instead, drug companies are focusing on lucrative medications for chronic conditions like high cholesterol, arthritis, epilepsy, and cancer.

High-profile evangelical conservative Jerry Falwell Jr., a staunch Trump supporter and president of Liberty University, wants the FBI to investigate current and former university employees for ... forwarding emails. read more

For nearly three years, the December 2016 cyberattack on the Ukrainian power grid has presented a menacing puzzle. Two days before Christmas that year, Russian hackers planted a unique specimen of malware in the network of Ukraine's national grid operator, Ukrenergo. Just before midnight, they used it to open every circuit breaker in a transmission station north of Kyiv. The result was one of the most dramatic attacks in Russia's , an unprecedented, automated blackout across a broad swath of Ukraine's capital.

But an hour later, Ukrenergo's operators were able to simply switch the power back on again. Which raised the question: Why would Russia's hackers build a sophisticated cyberweapon and plant it in the heart of a nation's power grid only to trigger a one-hour blackout?

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Lamplighter: The economy's biggest pillar -- the American shopper -- stood steadfast through a summer of mounting economic challenges characterized by soft global growth and trade uncertainty. read more

A slightly different approach this evening.

Four songs, something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

The "old" should be the oldest song of your set.

The "new" should be the newest song of your set.

Borrowed is a cover song.

Blue can be a reference to the color blue or a sad song.

Title video is a thank-you and a R.I.P. to Eddie Money.


... The late Tom Petty, to whom the film is dedicated, ...

The radio station I listen to ( www.1071thepeak.com ) often speaks quite highly of Tom Petty. I've learned to pay attention when they do such things.

The trailer, while I usually don't like music documentaries, has piqued my interest. This one may be a good one.

@#7 ... Citation needed. ...

It's a little dated as I don't currently have the time to spend more than a few seconds in duckduckgo.com...

College Students Denied Voting Rights (2012)

...New Hampshire, among other Republican states, has already passed strict voting ID laws that will bar thousands of college students from voting in the community in which they live and attend school. New Hampshire Republican House Speaker, William O'Brien, in a recent speech to a Tea Party group stated, "They're foolish, voting as liberals. That's what kids do." He also stated, "Students lack life experience and they just vote their feelings."...

Trump approval in key Rust Belt areas rises despite slow economic growth

...Employment growth in blue-collar suburbs that supported President Trump in 2016 is lagging behind the rest of the country, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: Trump's job-approval rating in manufacturing-heavy counties in the Midwest and Northeast has risen since he entered office, despite low economic growth. The 77 counties analyzed by the WSJ backed Trump by a margin of 13 percentage points in 2016....

Kids for Cash

...The "kids for cash" scandal centered on judicial kickbacks to two judges at the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.[1] In 2008, judges Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella were accused of accepting money in return for imposing harsh adjudications on juveniles to increase occupancy at for-profit detention centers....

@#10 ... With every news outlet saying a recession is just around the corner, ...

Trump Hits the Panic Button

...But back to the economy. Why is Trump panicking?

After all, while the economy is slowing, we're not in a recession, and it's by no means clear that a recession is even on the horizon.

There's nothing in the data that would justify radical monetary stimulus " stimulus, by the way, that Republicans, including Trump, denounced during the Obama years, when the economy really needed it.

Furthermore, despite Trump's claims that the Fed has somehow done something crazy, monetary policy has actually been looser than Trump's own economic team expected when making their rosy forecasts. ...

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