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February 26 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Keep Waiting - The Health Reform Summit Has Come & Gone But When Will The Republican Relent

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Cabale News ServiceFebruary 26 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Keep Waiting - The Health Reform Summit Has Come & Gone But When Will The Republican Relent

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Terrorism IS the Idea... Two residential hotels for foreigners in Kabul Afghanistan have been attacked by suicide bombers and at least 17 people have been killed followed by a firefight what what appears to have been Afghan security forces and insurgents dressed in Afghan security forces uniforms. More from Juan Cole at Informed Comment.

Foreign Policy Magazine:
The attacks began with a car-bombing outside a guesthouse used by Indian doctors, then continued with the bombing of a second hotel. At least nine Indians as well as a French diplomat and an Italian national were among the dead. In a statement condemning the attack, Karzai said it would not affect relations between India and Afghanistan. India and Pakistan held their first bilateral meeting since the 2008 Mumbai attacks on Thursday.

A Taliban spokesperson claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the bombers targeted “where the foreign people are staying.” It is the fourth Taliban assault on the capital since last October. [In Full]

Because we're running out of soldiers without drafting US youths and a causing a concurrent youth revolt in the streets of the US - The Pentagon is studying a potential lifting of the ban on women in front line combat positions. They're already dying in logistical support MOS. The US Navy is planning on doing so by next year.

Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY, Harlem), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has been 'Dissed' by a congressional ethics panel for taking trips to the Caribbean allegedly funded by lobbyists, which violates the congressional 'gift law'.
"...the Caribbean trips that Rangel and the handful of other members of the Congressional Black Caucus took were run by a charity, the Carib News Foundation.

Despite the nonprofit's sponsorship, conservative activists found that many leading corporations, including Citigroup, financed much of the conference's events. Signs and posters were displayed in hotel lobbies showing the corporate financers.

The trips were initially approved by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, as the ethics panel is formally known. The committee said the approvals were based on "false and misleading information" from three people associated with the foundation. [In Full]

Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela wants to meet Alvaro Uribe, his counterpart from the US supported Narco-state Colombia. They had a rather nasty verbal exchange at the recent Caribbean summit.

Meanwhile, in Colombia, the second cousin of Uribe was arrested on charges that he had links to a paramilitary group, the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), which has been attempting to gain control of land in northeastern Colombia. He was also arrested on similar charges in 2008. President Uribe is apparently attempting to divert attention by saying the insurgent rebel group FARC has infiltrated the Colombian government (???)

You wonder why separation of church and state is a good thing for civil societies? There have been minor disturbances in Switzerland among the Arab population due to the Swiss government's passage of a law banning minarets on buildings. Mommar Gaddafi of Libya has called for a holy war against Switzerland, branding the country "obscene, infidel". He has been "condemned by World Powers" (meaning western governments... the European Union and the 'United Nations'). According to reports, Switzerland has less than five of these architectural features that go back to the begining of Islam.

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More on the Health Care Reform summit from the Washington Post.

Let it be noted it HAS BEEN RESEARCHED AND KNOWN that unemployed people need health insurance more than the employed do
Research Indicates Layoffs Affect Life Expectancy
from Crooks and Liars by Susie Madrak

A growing body of research suggests that layoffs can have profound health consequences. One 2006 study by a group of epidemiologists at Yale found that layoffs more than doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke among older workers. Another paper, published last year by Kate W. Strully, a sociology professor at the State University of New York at Albany, found that a person who lost a job had an 83 percent greater chance of developing a stress-related health problem, like diabetes, arthritis or psychiatric issues.

In perhaps the most sobering finding, a study published last year found that layoffs can affect life expectancy. The paper, by Till von Wachter, a Columbia University economist, and Daniel G. Sullivan, director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, examined death records and earnings data in Pennsylvania during the recession of the early 1980s and concluded that death rates among high-seniority male workers jumped by 50 percent to 100 percent in the year after a job loss, depending on the worker?s age. Even 20 years later, deaths were 10 percent to 15 percent higher. That meant a worker who lost his job at age 40 had his life expectancy cut by a year to a year and half. [In Full]


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