Archive | 2014

Two Mystery Illnesses Linked to 12 Child Deaths; 94 Paralysis Cases Since August

[Above image: A non-polio enterovirus as seen under a microscope] In the span of four months, at least 94 children in 33 U.S. states have developed a devastating form of paralysis with symptoms similar to polio. Some require a ventilator to breathe. And some of the greatest government health minds in the country say they […]

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Gruber Obamacare Documents Subpoenaed

Today, outgoing chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA), announced he has subpoenaed ObamaCare contractor, M.I.T. professor Jonathan Gruber, “for all documents and communications with federal, state, or local government employees related to aspects of his work on the President’s health care law.” Gruber testified Tuesday before the Committee about his role […]

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“Stonewalled” book signing Tues. at 3p in Tampa, Florida

Tampa Come see me in Tampa, Florida Tues. Dec. 16 3p-5:30p Oxford Exchange (which also has a restaurant). http://oxfordexchange.com 420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606 (813) 253-0222 A portion of the proceeds from Stonewalled is being donated to the University of Florida Brechner Center for Freedom of Information. Stonewalled is a New York Times […]

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Reflections on Rolling Stone’s Messy, Mossy UVA Rape Story

The following is a commentary. (Above image courtesy Anthony Easton/flickr: PinkMoose) Rolling Stone’s disintegrating campus rape story is an example of the perils of the increasingly blurred lines between traditional, straight news organizations… and outlets such as pop culture magazines and blogs that sometimes dabble in news-type journalism. By traditional, straight news organizations, I mean outlets such as […]

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Why I’m Suing the Justice Dept.: Its Unlawful Freedom of Info. Response

(Above Image: FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.) On Nov. 19, I filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) lawsuit against the Department of Justice, which oversees the F.B.I.. For over a year, I had been pursuing public information that the F.B.I. holds—about me. Something any U.S. citizen has the right to do. The response I got […]

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Is Federal Health Agency Undermining Its Own Ethics Body After Controversial Federal Study Resulted in Baby Deaths?

Too often, the very bodies set up to protect the public’s interests–to flag and punish bad conduct on the part of officials in power–are being undermined by those they’re supposed to police. That’s the allegation in the case of a federal ethics body that found a federal study called SUPPORT violated federal consent rules for […]

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CDC: More Than 1,400 People in U.S. Being Actively Monitored for Ebola

[Above: Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles. Courtesy: Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine.] The killer virus Ebola may not be front and center in the news, but it’s still in the forefront of efforts by health officials nationwide. As of today, more than 1,400 people in 44 states in the U.S. are […]

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The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster

(This article was first published Oct. 29) A new investigation by ProPublica and NPR finds a botched response by the Red Cross after Sandy and Isaac leaving behind “a trail of unmet needs and acrimony.” The news organizations pulled from confidential reports and internal emails, as well as accounts from disaster relief specialists. According to […]

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Docs: Adviser Tells Attorney General Holder How to Manipulate Press on Fast & Furious

Lesson in how the administration attempts to manipulate the press and news coverage: Fast and Furious email to Attorney General Eric Holder from a communications adviser, Oct. 5, 2011 [emphasis added below]. (President Obama withheld this email under executive privilege but it was recently released as a result of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch […]

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