Sunday April 4th, 2010
|Pfizer ordered to pay up over 'AIDS-like' virus infections
posted 04/04/2010, 8:32 PM (Raw Story)|
[Category: Brave New World]
In what is being hailed as a major victory for workers in the biotech and nanotech fields, a former scientist with pharmaceutical firm Pfizer has been awarded $1.37 million for being fired after raising the alarm over researchers being infected with a genetically engineered "AIDS-like" virus.
Becky McClain, a molecular biologist from Deep River, Connecticut, filed a lawsuit against Pfizer in 2007, claiming she had been wrongly terminated for complaining about faulty safety equipment that allowed a "dangerous lentivirus" to infect her and some of her colleagues.
The Hartford Courant describes the virus as "similar to the one that can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS." Health experts testified that the virus has affected the way McClain's body processes potassium, which they say causes McClain to suffer complete paralysis as often as a dozen times per month, the Courant reports.
McClain's lawsuit (PDF) asserted that Pfizer had interfered with her right to free speech, and that she should have been protected from retaliation by whistleblower legislation.
Pfizer challenged her assertion, claiming McClain only started complaining about safety problems once her employment was terminated, the Associated Press reports. Pfizer also claimed to have investigated McClain's claims about safety violations and found them to be untrue, according to the New London Day.
On Thursday, a jury in a US District Court in Connecticut disagreed with Pfizer, granting McClain the $1.37 million, as well as punitive damages, meaning the total amount could ... (more)
|Are We Seeing a Constitutional Awakening?
posted 04/04/2010, 8:32 PM (Tenth Amendment Center)|
If there is anything good to say about Democrat control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives, it’s that their extraordinarily brazen, heavy-handed acts have aroused a level of constitutional interest among the American people that has been dormant for far too long.
Part of this heightened interest is seen in the strength of the tea party movement around the nation. Another is the angry reception that many congressmen received at their district town hall meeting... (more)
|Big Brother and the Hidden Hand of the "Free Market"
posted 04/04/2010, 8:30 PM (Anti-Fascist Calling...)|
Repression doesn't come cheap, just ask the FBI.
As the securitization of daily life increase at near exponential rates (all to keep us "safe," mind you) the dark contours of an American police state, like a pilot's last glimpse of an icy peak before a plane crash, wobbles into view.
In the main, such programs include, but are by no means limited to the following: electronic surveillance (call records, internet usage, social media); covert hacking by state operativ... (more)
|The Manufactured Menace From Michigan, Take Two
posted 04/04/2010, 8:30 PM (William Norman Grigg)|
When the stranger materialized a few years ago, nobody really knew much about him. He seemed like a suitably sympathetic figure and quickly ingratiated himself by offering whatever help he could. No task was too menial for him, and he had a way of finding just what the group needed right when it was required.
Most importantly, he seemed to share the group's antipathy toward the government. If anything, he was just a bit more emphatic than the rest in denouncing offic... (more)
|Feds: Homes with Chinese drywall must be gutted
posted 04/04/2010, 8:30 PM (Associated Press)|
NEW ORLEANS — Thousands of U.S. homes tainted by Chinese drywall should be completely gutted, according to new guidelines released Friday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The guidelines say electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, gas pipes and drywall need to be removed.
"We want families to tear it all out and rebuild the interior of their homes, and they need to start this to get their li... (more)
|Foreign Governments Line Up to Buy U.S. Drones
posted 04/04/2010, 8:30 PM (All Gov)|
Foreign buyers are itching for the opportunity to buy American-made pilotless reconnaissance aircraft, and the Department of Defense does not plan to get in the way, despite concerns that the military technology could fall into the wrong hands.
The Global Hawk spy plane has been a great product for defense contractor Northrop Grumman since it first began selling them 11 years ago. The U.S. Air Force has relied on the drones to collect intelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan, flying ... (more)
|78% Think Jesus Christ Rose from the Dead
posted 04/04/2010, 8:30 PM (Rasmussen Reports)|
Today's the day Christians believe Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead, and 78% of Americans share that belief.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 10% don't believe Christ rose from the dead, and another 11% are not sure.
Eighty-five percent (85%) also think that the person known to history as Jesus Christ actually walked the earth 2,000 years ago. Six percent (6%) disagree. Eight percent (8%) aren't sure.
You know what else Jesus did? He ransacked a temple with a bunch of money changers, literally throwing over their tables stacked full of coinage and spilling their loot everywhere, all the while scolding them as 'hypocrites' and a 'den of thieves' !
That's not exactly the timid, soft, weak, 'push-over' Jesus they like to have people think he is. One of my pet peeves are 'christians' who think it's somehow ungodly to raise your voice or scold hypocrites, but if you actually read the bible that was Jesus's "thing" ! - Chris, InfoLib
|Shocking Admission on Killing Civilians by Top US General Almost Completely Ignored by Corporate Media
posted 04/04/2010, 12:37 AM (Media Channel)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
"We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat," says top American commander.
President Obama's sneak visit to Afghanistan this weekend, although shrouded in secrecy, still received lots of
Only a few years ago, a member of Congress serving up an inane ... (more)
Of course he voted for the health care take over, cap and trade, multiple bailouts, endless taxes, etc.
Check out his horrible voting record here.
Any by the way if you question him you're a racist.
|Are Federal Officials Above the Law?
posted 04/04/2010, 12:37 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)|
A federal judge’s ruling in a case challenging the Bush administration’s infamous and illegal domestic surveillance case will likely demonstrate, once again, the hypocrisy and deceit of Barack Obama and his merry band of liberal statists.
When Obama was a presidential candidate, he emphasized to American voters that President Bush’s warrantless surveillance of Americans was “unconstitutional and illegal.”
But once Obama got into office, he silenced his tune, esp... (more)
|Crowd gathers in Auburn to rally against eminent domain
posted 04/04/2010, 12:36 AM (Auburn Pub)|
Laurel Auchampaugh and her dog Bear, of Owasco, lead a group of protesters past the Rondina Building, one of the sites that could be turned into a hotel. (Chet Susslin / The Citizen)
AUBURN -- Almost 200 people visited downtown Auburn Saturday for a rally protesting the possible use of eminent domain by the Auburn Industrial Development Authority. A private developer is asking the authority board to help secure the properties at the corner of State and Water streets for a p... (more)