Monthly Archives: March 2012

Current TV Fires Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann has been fired by Current TV. (photo: Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Written by Brian Stelter for the New York Times

Current TV said Friday afternoon that it had terminated the contract of its lead anchor, Keith Olbermann, scarcely a year after he was hired to reboot the fledgling channel in his progressive political image.

The cable channel indicated that he had failed to honor the terms of his five-year, $50 million contract, giving the channel the right to terminate it. Starting Friday night, the former New York Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer will take over Mr. Olbermann’s 8 p.m. time slot.
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Cancer v. the Constitution

Cancer v. the Constitution

POSTED BY  ⋅ MARCH 28, 2012 ⋅

The patient in the emergency department smelled of advanced cancer. It is the smell of rotting flesh, but even more pungent. You only ever have to smell it once.

She had been bleeding irregularly, but chalked it up to “the change.” Peri-menopausal hormonal mayhem is the most common cause of irregular vaginal bleeding, but unfortunately not the only cause.

She hadn’t gone to the doctor because she had no health insurance. The only kind of work she could get in a struggling rural community was without benefits. Her coat and shoes beside the gurney were worn and her purse from another decade. She could never afford to buy it on her own. She didn’t qualify for Medicaid, the local doctor only took insurance, and there was no Planned Parenthood or County Clinic nearby.

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Observations on Selected USEPA Summaries of Well Water Analysis from Dimock, PA, 2012.

Observations on Selected USEPA Summaries of Well Water Analysis

from Dimock, Pennsylvania, 2012.

Ronald E. Bishop, Ph.D., CHO March 26, 2012

I have reviewed biological and chemical analysis summaries of Dimock homeowners’ wells identified by the USEPA as HW-02, HW-04, HW-06, HW-08a, HW-12 and HW-17.

These are my observations:
The methods used to determine coliform and heterotrophic bacteria were very poorly performed: results from ten out of the twelve analyses reported were either rejected or clearly inconsistent. Therefore, they provide no basis to assess the presence or absence of microbes in the well water samples.

Minimum detection limits for glycol ethers and other detergents were unacceptably high. Therefore, no conclusions regarding pharmacologically significant concentrations of glycol ethers (particularly the endocrine disruptor 2-butoxyethanol) can be made from these results.

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