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Sir Ian McKellen Likes #DICKS

I saw the pose, and that’s what came to mind.

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The FCC just sacked the sports blackout rule

By Brian Fung


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Federal regulators have ended a longstanding rule that prevents certain sports games from being shown on TV.

In a bipartisan vote Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously agreed to do away with the sports blackout rule, a much-criticized 40-year-old ban on local broadcasts designed to force sports fans to their local stadiums rather than allowing them to watch poorly attended games from home.

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The Government Wants To Take Your House And Your Stuff

By Amy Alkon


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The Government Wants To Take Your House And Your Stuff
Joining policing for profit — police using the cover of bad law to steal assets of people not proven guilty — is Kalamazoo’s instance of seizing this woman’s property. They say they’re following the law but it seems unlikely the woman was properly notified about the missed payment or the intent to foreclose.

A woman, Deborah Calley of Kalamzoo, had her home seized because she missed one property tax payment. She made the payments in 2012 and 2013, but missed the one in 2011. She says letters about the missed payment were sent to out-of-state banks and a title company. Daniel Jennings writes at Off The Grid News:

“To take my $164,000 house over less than $2,000, yeah I would say that’s extremely excessive,” Deborah Calley told West Michigan TV station Fox 17.

Kalamazoo County foreclosed on Calley’s home because she missed one property tax payment in 2011. She made the payments for 2012 and 2013 and told Channel 17 that she is willing to make up for the missed payment.

“When I paid the taxes in 2012 right there in Richland, no one said, ‘Oh, well you still owe money for 2011,'” Calley said. “So, I didn’t really have a clue. I thought I was right on time.”

…The county says it followed the law.

“In this case we followed the statute and pursuing foreclosure is appropriate,” Kalamazoo County attorney Thom Canny said.

Canny claims the county treasurer sent Calley seven certified letters alerting her to the missed payment, but Calley says the letters were sent to out-of-state banks and a title company.

The county contends it cannot stop the foreclosure because it followed state law. County Treasurer Mary Balkema and her deputy, Greg Vlietstra, went to the home and served a notice, but even that is disputed. Calley claims that she never saw the two or received the notice. In court testimony shown in a Fox 17 news story, Vlietstra said he couldn’t remember to whom he gave the notice.

“The county admitted in this case, under oath I might add, that the certified mail that was sent to Deb’s house came back,” Calley’s attorney, Ven Johnson, said. “In other words, she never accepted it. So, that means that the county knows it wasn’t successful.”

Johnson believes the officials may have given the certified letter to one of Calley’s young daughters. If that happened, the action was not legal because the children have …Click Here To Read The Full Story >>>

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Saeb Erekat describes his strategy of lying

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Yesterday, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat added another to his long list of lies that he spouts to the media, and this one was a doozy:

Escalating the Palestinian leadership’s rhetorical assault on Israel, the chief Palestinian Authority negotiator, Saeb Erekat, on Monday claimed that 96 percent of Gazans killed in the summer’s Israel-Hamas conflict were civilians, reiterated PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s charge of Israeli “genocide,” and accused Israel of seeking to impose apartheid on the Palestinians.

Erekat, in the radio interview, defined genocide as “a direct attempt to eliminate, horrify, relocate, destroy a way of life” and claimed “Israel committed the killing of 12,000 and wounding 12,000 Palestinians; 96 percent of them are civilians.”

Not even the most extreme anti-Israel Gaza NGO claimed that 96% of those killed in Gaza were civilians, or that 12,000 were killed.

The radio interview is in English and these absurd lies can be heard at the 30 second mark here. He also says Israel “demolished” 50,000 homes (according to anti-Israel site Electronic Intifada, 15,670 homes were damaged, not demolished,) and that 500,000 Gazans are homeless (that is the maximum number displaced during the war but only about 50,000 remain in shelters as of a few weeks ago.)

I cannot remember a single interview of his or article he’s written that was not filled with lies.

So how can Erekat continue to lie so openly and brazenly in literally every statement he ever makes in public? What is behind it?

It turns out that Erekat explains his strategy perfectly – in his response to Netanyahu’s speech at the UN yesterday:

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said, “There’s a saying that if you don’t stop a man who is lying after 24 hours, the lies turn into facts. That’s what happened to Netanyahu.”

This saying is is Erekat’s credo!

He lies, not one reporter – even the interviewer from Israel Army Radio here – bothers to counter his lies in any timely fashion, and Erekat wins! His lies turn into facts for his audience, or at the very least they are considered a legitimate part of the “narrative.” He literally lives his life by the saying “if you don’t stop a man who is lying after 24 hours, the lies turn into facts.”

No one has the guts to tell him that he is a liar to his face and list all his lies, chapter and verse. And it is …Click Here To Read The Full Story >>>

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‘You are killing my patients’ – again

By Dr. Malcolm Kendrick


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[Bring it on]

A few months ago I was part of a group that wrote a letter to the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) criticising their proposed guidance on the use of statins in primary prevention. I drafted the letter and it was signed by such people as the President of the Royal College of Physicians, past president of the Royal College of Physicians etc. This was not, in short, a group of fringe lunatics.

It caused a bit of a stir, and generated a considerable amount of air time. After receiving the letter, NICE reviewed their guidance and decided that they had been perfectly correct to promote the use of statins in primary prevention in the UK after all. NICE, in effect, judged NICE, and found itself not guilty of anything. Well, that’s one of the benefits of being judge, jury and executioner all wrapped up together in one body.

This letter, and the dismissal of all its points, followed a nasty outbreak of hostilities in which Professor Abramson and Dr Malhotra had been attacked by Rory Collins for publishing separate, but related, papers in the BMJ. These papers suggested that adverse effects from statins were quite common. Professor Rory Collins demanded retraction of the articles and also attacked the editor of the BMJ very publically. Generating articles such as this one:

‘Professor Sir Rory Collins, from Oxford University, said he believes GPs and the public are being made unjustifiably suspicious of the drug, creating a situation that has echoes of the MMR vaccine controversy.

The academic, one of the country’s leading experts on the drug, is particularly unhappy with the British Medical Journal (BMJ), which has run well-publicised articles by two critics of statins that he argues are flawed and misleading.

“It is a serious disservice to British and international medicine,” he said, claiming that it was probably killing more people than had been harmed as a result of the paper on the MMR vaccine by Andrew Wakefield. “I would think the papers on statins are far worse in terms of the harm they have done.”’ 1

Stung by this attack, the BMJ brought together an independent panel in response to Rory Collins criticism. The result, as reported by Forbes, was as follows:

“As previously reported, Rory Collins, a prominent researcher and head of the Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ (CTT) Collaboration, had demanded that The BMJ retract two articles that were highly critical of statins. Although The BMJ issued a correction …Click Here To Read The Full Story >>>

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