Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Writer tries to work out why Florida has more bizarre news than any other state




Finally, says Pittman, it's the tradition of open government records in the state that means a lot of the weirdest happenings get reported on:
'So when a retired Tarzan actor got arrested because his pet tigers kept escaping, it made the papers. When a woman claiming to be a vampire attacked a man outside a vacant Hooters, it made the papers. When Vanilla Ice's kangaroo and goat got loose, it made the papers,' writes Pittman.
The 'weird Florida' phenomenon isn't anything new. 
That's why tongue-in-cheek news aggregator website Fark.com has a special Florida tag for stories coming out of the state.
'Other states have odd stories come out of them, but no state can challenge Florida," a Fark.com administrator said in 2011.
'It's the heavyweight champion of weirdness.'


The Silliness State: Writer tries to work out why Florida has more bizarre news than any other state








Ambulance services have 'blacklisted' some households

Ambulance services have 'blacklisted' some households because their inhabitants pose a danger to paramedics

  • London Ambulance Service has register of 226 addresses where staff are believed to be at risk of physical violence while North East has a list of 236
  • Greater Manchester Ambulance service confirmed it had a similar register 
  • Paramedics are advised to wait outside address until police turn up
  • There are concerns children and other innocent patients living at the addresses who need urgent medical help could be put at risk

Stranded by Sprawl

AMERICA'S EMERGING HOUSING CRISIS

Video of Violent, Rioting Surfers Shows White Culture of Lawlessness

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Financial Crisis Cost More Than $14 Trillion: Dallas Fed Study

The Financial Crisis Cost More Than $14 Trillion: Dallas Fed Study:

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Fiscal Crises: Coming To A City Near You?





Fiscal Crises: Coming To A City Near You?



Interesting Comments:
bluntobj says:
I work with small towns and cities, consulting on budgets, accounting, and other financial matters. What happened in Detriot is happening on a far greater scale in the US than you realize.
I am talking about the 250 resident town to the 20,000 resident city. These local governments are depleting their general funds, undercharging their residnets for utilities, and have declining revenue bases.
Their costs are heading nowhere but up. Their labor unions expect greater wages and benefits; health, insurance, and other costs rise at a 8-12% rate each year, and they borrow absurd sums to comply with incredibly punitive requirements for their water & sewer systems. I've personally worked with a town that borrowed $8 million to completely refurbish it's sewer system, without planning that the P&I alone would be over $500,000 a year, and would reauire them to raise their monthly sewer rates by over $50 a month per connection to just have a no deficits budget in their sewer fund, to say nothing of future cost increases!
These towns don't have the same characteristics of Detroit referenced here as scapegoats to blame their failure on. What they do have the same is an inability to envision and project costs, failure to understand the consequences of their actions, and the lack of leverage (or will) to negotiate with their unions. These towns and small cities are at the mercy of national forces, just like Detroit, so pointing blame away from the city leaders using national level excuses is such, such, (and their really is no other adequate expression) FAIL.
Every government or city in this fucking contry is affected by those fucking policies, so claiming wounded victim status deserves mockery and fucking shame for those who would use it!!! Detroit is not special!
For years governments have failed to adapt, because they have been captured by whatever force is intent on milking them dry. Where change comes it is driven by personality, such as Kenneth Orr, who had the balls to say that the debt ridden decisions made in the past decades had not worked, and that it was time to clear the decks.
The comfortable elite has been shaken up, and the defenders of TPTB have arisen to decry the bankruptcy. They know that Detriot is merely the first drawing back of the waters as the ocean of debt prepares it's tsunami of destruction.
It's going to affect everyone. Expect a large number of dissolutions of small towns and cities in the next two or three years as their costs drive them into the ground.
Scavenger says:
Having trouble with this one "Gov'mints have failed thus they should be blamed, but Gov'mints were misled by FIRE because of spending like crazy". Is that what you mean? Not sure which city you live in but the employees here are under constant attack with big union busting lawfirms being brought in to put fires out. I think Hudson alluded to stiffing the creditors, maybe I have that wrong. But it sounds ethical.
bluntobj says:
I work with small cities over an entire state. It's a fairly union friendly blue state. The unions here, especially the police and fire unions, could use a "busting" to bring them back to reality. Cities and towns that have unions are under more fiscal pressure than those who do not.
As for being mislead by the FIRE industry, two things: I mentioned lack of vision and adaptability as being the reason for failure. The bubbles of the last two decades were not hard to identify, and there were a multitude of voices warning about how bad the crash was going to be. Governments did not hesitate to increase valuations, nor did anyone try to moderate expenditures or negotiate moderation from their unions.
What is worse is that there was no change in behavior after revenues crashed; instead the borrowing increased or they consumed their fund balances, hard earned residuals built up over the course of years, because they failed to adapt quickly to the new reality.
The same can be said of a majority of americans, the federal government, or of the nations of the world. Borrow, maintain your lifestyle, and go hopelessly into debt.
Overshoot, overreach, ignorance, arrogance, willful blindness. Just because most governments, and most people, are guilty of this does not negate the guilt.
Besides, it's always a chicken and the egg question. Government misread the signals from the FIRE industry, whose growth in turn had been enabled by government, which had been lobbied by the FIRE industry, which was only possible because governments allowed it and gave themselves the power to be manipulated.
I point the finger of guilt at government, because it is only the power of government that has given the FIRE industry and the elite such power.




Several dead in Pakistan bus explosion - Shared via Al Jazeera English app

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Power at the Local Level: Growth Coalition Theory

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A Dream Died Young







 




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Say cheese A file photo of young MPs outside Parliament
YOUNG MPS
A Dream Died Young
A young India rested its hope on these young shoulders. But the promise of '09 has passed.
"Politics doesn't produce many Lincolns, but it does produce some impressive people and, sometimes, great results."
David Brooks
in his review of Lincoln in the International Herald Tribune
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What We Expected From Young MPs
  • Articulation of aspirations of young India in their parties and Parliament
  • A break from the cynical, pessimistic, opportunistic politics of the past
  • An end to the casteist and communal overtones of older political class
  • Speaking truth to power on issues of corruption and conflict of interest
  • Rising above divisive partisanship in speaking up on national issues
  • Keeping personal and business interests distinct from their public lives
  • Active participation in social and intellectual discourse in constituencies
***
In Srinagar last year, a young woman interrupted Rahul Gandhi as he was waxing eloquent on the imminent revival of the private sector in the Valley, with several prominent industrialists in tow. How long would it take, the lady wanted to know. Taken aback, the Congress MP, then 42 and invariably described as "a youth icon", mumbled that it would take some time. In the uneasy silence that followed, the disappointment was evident. "We don't have time," muttered the lady.
That sense of impatience (and urgency) is no longer confined to Jammu & Kashmir. It is pervasive across an increasin­gly politically aware and expressive India tiring of the old and pining for the new. In May 2009, six months after Barack Obama, 46, became an icon of hope to the world's most powerful democr­acy, 43 million new voters, exercising their franchise for the first time, plumped for their demographic here: 79 MPs below 40 made it to the 15th Lok Sabha.
There was a spring in their step, a sparkle in their eyes, and a freshness in their faces as the young lawmakers trooped to Parliament House for their first session, like perky students on their first day to college. Four years later, as the marks are added up and the Class of 2009 awaits graduation, hope lies dashed. There is disappointment, there is disillusionment, there is disgust. There is even a sense of betrayal.
With 65 per cent of its population below the age of 35, young India was looking to the young MPs to break free of the old, cynical, opportunistic past—and chart a path for the future. It was looking for an aspirational and ambitious agenda, like the one laid out by Rajiv Gandhi in 1984. They were yearning for all-round improvement in administration, policing, education, economy and healthcare—driven by the energy and ideas brought in by the young men and women they had placed in positions of power, in their parties and in Parliament.
A few months away from the end of term, we are back to square minus one. So much so that Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda, 35, acknowledges that the process of change remains agonisingly slow. The image of the politician who promised but failed is not new, nor particularly confined to India. But if people expected a clean break from the past, and a politics free of casteism and communalism, well, it has not come to pass. And on the hot-button issue that has dominated 9 pm news—corruption—the young seemed to have been in step with the old.
Since 2009, several young MPs, cutting across the same old party lines, have been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Among them:
  • Independent MP Madhu Koda, 42, was arrested and accused of laundering a whopping sum of Rs 4,000 crore as Jharkhand chief minister.
  • DMK MPs A. Raja, 49, and Kanimozhi, 45, were arrested and jailed in the 2G scam, the latter accused of accepting a bribe of Rs 214 crore.
  • Congress MP Naveen Jindal, 43, was made an accused by the CBI in the coal scam and charged with misrepresenting facts to gain access to mines.
  • Jaganmohan Reddy, 40, of YSR Congress has been in jail for more than a year on charges of embezzlement and disproportionate assets running into crores.
  • The NCP's Supriya Sule, 44, though not booked for any offence, has been embroiled in unseemly controversies, ranging from IPL to Lavasa.
  • BJP's Ashok Argal, 44, a member of the present Lok Sabha as well, is being tried for the cash-for-votes scandal that rocked the last one.
  • BJP's Faggan Singh Kulaste, 54, accused in the same case, lost his Lok Sabha seat in 2009 but was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2012.
Corruption, however, is only the visible blemish on the record of these young MPs. Even on their core responsibility—that of lawmaking—they have come up woefully short. Navjot Singh Sidhu, 49, is associated more with laughter shows and buffoonery on cricketing commentary than with serious House business. The trial and subsequent acquittal of Feroze Varun Gandhi, 33, for hate speeches continues to make news. Priya Dutt, 46, is most seen when her actor brother Sanjay Dutt goes in or out of jail.
One cannot remember the last time—or the first time—a young MP made a fine and stirring speech in Parliament. Congress scion and inheritor of the 'illustrious' Nehru-Gandhi legacy, Rahul Gandhi has participated in a solitary debate. Akhilesh Yadav, 40, the present chief minister of UP and a former MP, never opened his mouth in the Lok Sabha. Nor has his wife Dimple Yadav, 35, who won a seat in the Lok Sabha in 2012. Overall, there are over 36 MPs who have not asked a single question in the 15th Lok Sabha.

 
 
"It's difficult for young leaders to emerge in the absence of mass or vibrant student-youth movements."Prasenjit Bose, Left-Wing Activist
 
 
Can you really blame them, though, given all the disruption in Parliament? Experts concede that it is increasingly difficult for individual MPs to leave their mark in Parliament. The sittings are getting shorter. Legislations are bunched together towards the fag end of the sessions, allowing little time for debate. Each party is allotted a fixed time according to its strength and is required to field a limited number of speakers for debates, they point out. More than one MP told Outlook that while Jyoti Mirdha, 41, a doctor by training, made several meaningful interventions on health issues, she would invariably be given a few minutes to make her point. Even the media pays scant attention to these debates, they point out.
Yet, the disappointment persists. Expected to be outspoken, or unconventional at least, the young MPs instead have singularly failed to make any impact on national policymaking or produce any out-of-the-box ideas. While corruption remains a major middle-class concern, the young MPs seem untouched by the debate. One of them actually told Outlook, "If you cite the list of corrupt nations brought out by Transparency International, why don't you see all other countries also suffer from the disease, that it is not unique to us?"
They also appear detached, if not divorced, from live issues. The failure of Rahul Gandhi and other young MPs to engage with protesters in the wake of the Delhi gangrape in December incensed many. It did not help matters that he was spotted at upscale Khan Market a day before Christmas.
In Haryana, neither Jindal nor Hooda, the MPs from Kurukshetra and Rohtak respectively, chose to oppose the state's infamous khap panchayats, which are known to have encouraged honour killings. Jindal, who for nine years fought a protracted legal battle to wrest for citizens the right to put up the national flag, actually supported the khaps, while Hooda, a Jat, kept a discreet silence.
It is unrealistic, says C.P. Bhambri, professor emeritus at JNU, to expect elected representatives to rush into an unpopular public stand against khaps and caste. No politician, he points out, can afford to speak out against organised interest groups, given the competitive demands of electoral politics. Professor Jagpal Singh from IGNOU agrees, saying swimming against the tide is easier said than done.
The young MPs, though, did rally around Ashok Tanwar, 37, a first-time MP from Sirsa, Haryana, from a Dalit family, who overcame opposition to marry the granddaughter of former president Shankar Dayal Sharma, a Brahmin and a divorced mother of two. It perhaps had to do with the fact that many other young MPs—such as Manish Tewari, 47; and Sachin Pilot, 35—have also married outside their caste or religion.
However, none of them has taken caste head-on or even reacted in public to the Allahabad High Court's order this month banning caste rallies by political parties. It was left to 57-year-old Mayawati to demand, in an ironic riposte, that the judiciary also ban religious rallies by political parties. It leads Bhambri to chuckle: "Can the court ban Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi from sweeping the floor with a broom of gold and launching the rath yatra in Ahmedabad?"

 
 
"BJP should have taken consent of all allies before projecting Modi; it's what long-standing allies expect."C.P. Bhambri, Professor Emeritus, JNU
 
 
Some feel the failures were to be expected. Unlike older MPs who were "wedded to politics and public service", the younger lot "does not have the same passion for people and Parliament," says a senior journalist who has covered Parliament for over three decades. They may not be lacking in attendance; they know they are under watch. But their signature on the register is just a marker of presence, it does not indicate the time they spent or the quality of their contribution. "They spend 15 minutes in the House and then troop to Central Hall for tea, coffee and gossip. After 12.30 or 1 pm, even Central Hall gets deserted. And unless there is a party whip, they rarely return to the House in the second half," says an older MP.
What really should be the benchmark? The past, of course. JP and Lohia had a privileged upbringing, studied abroad and took part in the freedom struggle. But both of them spurned the softer option of joining the Congress after Independence. Chandra Shekhar, a Congress MP then and one of the original Young Turks, invited JP home for tea, defied Indira Gandhi and invited a prison term for himself. He was also one of the few MPs to publicly oppose Operation Bluestar.
By contrast, today's young MPs wear their privilege on their sleeves. Old-timers recall some of their generation would ensure they put on "ordinary or even soiled clothes" while visiting their constituencies. The youngsters, on the other hand, do not hesitate to flaunt expensive loafers, watches, designer clothes or sunglasses. Nor are they apolo­getic about going on holidays abroad or pursuing their own passion. For instance, Bhanwar Jitendra Singh, 42, takes photography seriously; 36-year-old Milind Deora's proficiency with the guitar is well-known and Anurag Singh Thakur, 38—once touted as the BJP's answer to Rahul Gandhi—has assiduously promoted cricket and IPL in Himachal Pradesh and is now facing a vigilance inquiry for the acquisition of land for the stadium in Dharamshala and a luxury hotel for cricketers. Even Jindal's LS website claims he pioneered the manufacture of the world's longest rail and installed "the beam blank caster and H-beam rolling mill for the first time in India".
None of this detracts from their babalog image. "They have had it too easy and you can see that they have done f**k-all," says former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi. Many also resent the young MPs because they are well-off and because their personal assets seem to be growing disproportionately fast. One of the MPs, for example, recorded a 1,700 per cent rise in his personal assets between 2004 and 2009 while another recorded a rise of over 1,200 per cent. The remarkable "returns" seem to confirm the popular belief that politics is lucrative "business" which is why even the privileged and scions of political families are flocking to it.
The BJP's Janardhana Swamy, 45, the first alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, to become an MP, was deemed to be a rising star. But he sullied his record by falsely claiming that he had no house in the city to acquire 4,000 square feet of land under the chief minister's quota. "Politics changed the man who had promised to change policy," said a local newspaper.
Nishikant Dubey, 44, described as the 'Essar Man from Jharkhand' and a Rajnath Singh loyalist, is better known for arranging private planes for "third-rung party leaders". He is also the unlikely MP who's been writing letters to the CVC, CBI and the PMO on the Jet-Etihad deal and had accused IFFCO managing director of colluding with Ram Vilas Paswan in the last election.
The high-profile BJP MP from the eastern state had declared personal assets worth Rs 11 crore in 2009, but apparently has little time or interest for his own constituency in the backwaters of Santhal Pargana. He was, however, quoted famously as saying that he was preparing a '100-year plan' for his constituency Godda.
However, for each such 'bad' example, there are enough good young men at work. Sachin Pilot, described as the MP who never smiles; Jyotiraditya Scin­dia, 42; and Jitin Prasada, 30, have acquitted themselves well, both in Parliament and in their ministries. Many young MPs are also popular in their constituencies. They are personable, proactive and lead a well-oiled team to engage with people. Jindal personally calls up village heads while Hooda's computer-savvy team monitors all developments in his Jat belt. Explains Jayant Chaudhary, 37, RLD MP from Mathura, "There is a lot of pressure on the MP from constituents. Unlike in the past, everyone has a mobile phone now and everyone feels free to call up and demand the MP's presence at social and public occasions. One has to spend a lot more time in the constituency and move from door to door."
Says Nitai Mehta, head of the Praja Foundation, "Although many of these MPs come from political families and seem to be promoting dynasties, the fact remains that people have elected them." "Coming from a political family is certainly an advantage," agree Hooda, Hamdulla Sayeed, 31, and Jayant. "But when you win a second or a third term, you prove that there is more to you than just blue blood," quips Hooda Jr. Most of them continue to toe the line of the elders in the family, dependent as they are on the seniors to win their elections.
"One reason why they may not be effective," says Mehta by way of explanation, "is because political parties don't encourage young people in Par­liament.". Sayeed, the youngest MP in the Lok Sabha, agrees. India, he says, has a culture of revering the old and he often finds the bureaucracy dismissive of youth and "inexperience" of young MPs like him.
There are structural changes too. The younger lot contends that with regional parties governing many of the states, the earlier convention of consulting MPs and involving them in decision-making is no longer followed. Chief ministers of states now rarely consult MPs, especially if they belong to parties other than their own, thus reducing the consensus-building ability of the MPs. What worries Hooda is the divisive character of politics. "We may have differences on 10 issues but surely we can agree on three," he muses and wonders why different political parties can't come together more often. An overreaching judiciary, a largely negative media and a passive unaccountable bureaucracy, to him, are the other worrying areas.
Rahul Gandhi, generally accused of promoting spoilt brats from political families, also chose Tanwar from Haryana, Meenakshi Natarajan, 40, from Madhya Pradesh, Pradeep Majhi, 37, from Orissa and Manicka Tagore, 38, from Tamil Nadu—none of whom had political godfathers. Majhi, in fact, came first in Rahul's Talent Search Programme while Tagore, Tanwar and Natarajan, among a host of other young MPs, actually came up through student politics or the Youth Congress.
Reclusive Natarajan, who keeps the media at arm's length after the fiasco with the private member's bill she moved last year to gag the media, is said to have caught Rahul's eye with her spirited counter to Uma Bharati's campaign against cow slaughter. To highlight the hypocrisy of the BJP, which has never demanded a ban on cow slaughter in states like Goa or Nagaland, Natarajan is credited with coining the controversial slogan, Gau hamari mata hai, Atal Behari khata hai, effectively putting an end to Bharati's programme.
In politics, says NCP MP Sameer Bhujbal, 39, "you have no choice but to perform". Is the country being too harsh in judging them and perhaps too hasty? While it is difficult to come across a kind word for the young MPs from others, Chakshu Roy of Delhi-based think-tank PRS strikes a note of caution: "Even for those who have served as MLAs in assemblies, the Lok Sabha can be daunting.". For the sake of the nation in a hurry, one hopes the young MPs will rediscover their voice and find their moral footing.

By Uttam Sengupta with Prachi Pinglay-Plumber in Mumbai
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System defeats scientist return



The Ranbaxy whistleblower was  also a disappointed -with- system expat. In his case it was the private sector.
http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/the-indian-way-no-way/article4804513.ece

The Indian way? No way


 

System defeats scientist return

G.S. MUDUR
Shreemanta Parida in front of his home in Berlin after his return from India in the last week of June
New Delhi, July 27: Defeated and tired, Shreemanta Parida sat in aisle seat 25G of the Frankfurt-bound Lufthansa flight out of India and struggled to understand how his homecoming had turned into humiliation.
The doctor-turned-medical scientist wondered if there was something — anything — he could have done differently to avoid losing, as he just had, two years of his life in India.
By the time the Boeing 747 had reached European skies, Parida had converged on something he had told himself over and over again during the previous eight weeks: that he was the victim and had done right in quitting.
The non-resident Indian scientist, appointed two years ago as chief executive officer of a government vaccine research programme, resigned last month and returned home to Berlin, saying India's science bureaucracy had prevented him from working.
Scientists familiar with Parida's plight say his 25-month stay in India is a tale of how an entrenched science bureaucracy stonewalled a newcomer, senior administrators failed to curb the harassment, and good intentions deteriorated into bitter acrimony.
India's department of biotechnology (DBT) had, after an international headhunt, hired Parida to lead its Vaccine Grand Challenge Programme (VGCP) and accelerate the development of new vaccines for dengue, malaria, TB and other infections.
Parida was expected to guide the programme through new policies and research initiatives. But the scientist, who had returned to India after 22 years overseas — in Geneva, Oxford, Berlin and elsewhere — complains his own DBT colleagues handicapped and harassed him in multiple ways.
In emails to senior DBT officials, Parida has indicated he was denied access to VGCP documents and kept out of meetings while the programme's initiatives were run by someone he described as a "shadow" scientist-bureaucrat. Parida did not get any office infrastructure, computer, staff or even an official email address, and his salary was held back for months, he says.
"It was humiliating," Parida told The Telegraph from Berlin. He said he had pleaded several times with then DBT secretary Maharaj Kishan Bhan for intervention that would allow him to carry out the tasks he had been hired for.
Two senior DBT scientist-bureaucrats who played a role in picking Parida said the decision to hire him had been a mistake. They spoke on condition of anonymity.
"It was not a good hire; the process for operationalising his position was not well thought through," one of them said. The other official claimed Parida had not done any work assigned to him.
Current DBT secretary Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan, who took over nearly 20 months after Parida's appointment, said Parida was "an accomplished researcher".
"Sometimes, though, particularly in a new and complex environment for a new recruit, things don't take off as they should, and it is important to accept that this happens and move on rather than be mired in recriminatory debate."
A panel of DBT officials and an independent scientist will meet next week "to understand better what went wrong".
But email correspondence, documents and interviews with scientists in the DBT and other institutions suggest that differences of opinion and friction between Parida and DBT adviser T.S. Rao erupted into confrontation. The correspondence indicates Rao declined to share key VGCP papers with Parida.
Trouble also emerged with Parida's attempt to steer the VGCP along directions mandated by its own guidelines. He wanted to discourage funding of individual, piecemeal projects and to promote "theme-based" research where multiple teams collaboratively engage with different aspects of the challenges to vaccine development.
Yet, the DBT went ahead with tradition, inviting proposals for individual research projects. "The call for proposals went out without my knowledge," Parida said.
During his DBT tenure, Parida found himself invited to several international scientific meetings. In December 2012, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden invited him to an exclusive think-tank meeting to discuss new concepts in TB research.
"Your work in TB immunology and clinical implementation has been groundbreaking and set a new paradigm on how to diagnose or treat patients," the institute wrote in its invitation note.
In contrast, the DBT did not even inform him of an internal meeting on TB in April this year, Parida said.
Parida, who pursued medical research after getting an MBBS from Cuttack, had helped conduct one of the world's largest trials on a therapeutic vaccine against leprosy in Uttar Pradesh during the early 1990s.
After his PhD, he moved to the WHO in Geneva for research and training in immunology. He spent four years at Oxford, a year in Brussels, and was in Berlin for five years, leading an international research consortium to hunt for hidden biomarkers for TB.
In a note to DBT secretary VijayRaghavan this year, Parida wrote he had joined the VGCP with a "passion to serve the homeland" but added: "For reasons unknown to me, I have not been empowered yet to function for the position (I was) recruited for."
"When there is interpersonal friction, mechanisms must be in place for senior administrators to step in and mediate. As this apparently did not happen… the DBT's reputation… suffers," Trinad Chakraborty, director of the Institute of Medical Microbiology in Giessen, Germany, said over the phone.
A DBT document suggests Rao had said in a note on November 27, 2011, that "Parida is not discharging the duties and responsibilities as CEO in a manner desired by (the) DBT and has not fulfilled the purpose for creation of this post".
Following this, then DBT secretary Bhan set up a committee of three scientists to review Parida's performance and hand in their report by November 30, 2012.
But two of the three scientists told this newspaper the DBT never followed up on the communication and the panel never met. The third, neurosurgeon Prakash Tandon, said he did not recall even being told he was on this panel.
The DBT declined to respond to queries why Parida's salary had been withheld for several months and why the DBT's displeasure with his performance had not been officially communicated to him at any point during his tenure.
When he joined the DBT in May 2011, Parida had returned to India alone, leaving his wife and school-going son back in Berlin. "For some reason, I had apprehensions and didn't want to uproot them," Parida said. "I'm so glad I didn't."
 




Monday, July 29, 2013

House of Saud - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Saudi Prince Defects from Royal Family and Corrupt and Fraudulent Regime | Awakening to the DIVINE

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LiveLeak.com - Behind the curtain: Why Saudi prince deserted family

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Saudi Prince joins opposition | Middle East | World Bulletin

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GUARDIAN: More on Altaf and MQM


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  1. Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain which grows flowers, not thunder.– Jalaluddin Rumi





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Florida schools chief and staff 'raised grades from 'C' to 'A' at charter school




Florida schools chief and staff 'raised grades from 'C' to 'A' at charter school run by prominent Republican donor'

  • Emails showed Bennett discussing with staff the legality of changing just Christel DeHaan's grade
  • Christel DeHaan has given more than $2.8 million to Republicans since 1998, including $130,000 to Bennett 
  • Grades determine how much state funding schools receive
  • Low grade also detract from a neighborhood and drive homebuyers elsewhere






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That's it? That's all you've got?

I was actually asking questions, my apologies for the missing question mark in the first question.

Try answering one.

Your comments, which are not really comments at all, are boring, fall flat, they lack humor, or any other redeeming quality.

What is your point?

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Delete button here It is supposed to be suggest removal but as you can read, it is almost DEAD! I think they like controversy, satanic bumblings as the more readers the more the charge for advertising.
Like Luvee wrote this paper, county is pretty BORING; nothing like this controversy to sell more papers or have this STAFF report as among the most commented!!
Hallelujah!!
Jesus is coming , be ready!! REPENT sinners!!!
Carla Thomas

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Written on Pursuit leads to fatal motorcycle wreck in Newbury Park:

Heard them as they passed by our house. Sad he lost his life over a stupid speeding ticket

Written on Pope to Rio youth: Jesus better than World Cup:

in response to Dopetronic:

And if you choose not to participate in the Jesus Workd Cup, God will torture you for all of eternity. Free Will: do this or else.

HAHAHAHA excellent comment!

Written on Newbury Park man jailed for anti-Romney sign released:

*yawn*

Just as I stated. This just another platform for 5150 Showers to spew is extreme and narrow minded views. Thankfully you have very few, if any, followers.

Written on Newbury Park man jailed for anti-Romney sign released:

in response to stevenshowers#781759:

THE HIGHEST DUTY - THE HIGHEST HONOR

To Challenge unlawful authority is our highest duty. It is the highest duty of American citizenship. And it is the highest honor to give our lives for this cause.

As Thomas Jefferson said, "Upon the altar of God I pledge eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

No one has infringed upon your rights. And you know it. This is all just a ploy to get attention. Funny how no one comes to your defense, other than the Clown of the Conejo.

Written on Newbury Park man jailed for anti-Romney sign released:

That should be The Clown of the Conejo and his two halfwit sidekicks

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Written on Newbury Park man jailed for anti-Romney sign released:

in response to carthomas7:

What a horrible rag this is! No reporter to report; story only visible when go to local. NO moderator; OK to attack a real person (activist) and comments not removed despite flagging. Paper should be sued for being anti Muslim, immigrant and promoting KKK!!
Readers are FED UP with the few cheap commentators left who think the are cute by starting with "Andy" , "nick" They have NOTHING to contribute and they know that!
SAD THING IS THAT SUCH COMMENTS ARE NOT TAKEN DOWN PER THE TERMS and the sickos rejoice in seeing the filth on the site.
What do you expect from a paper who cannot afford a proof reader: "Stickland" Manager headline was Manger in print!! (other day),

For all we know "Andy" is some one who lives in Ventura County, but Mr. Showers came as himself and disagree if you want to, at least he is putting his good name on the line.
We cannot say the same for the COWARDS, cheap street thugs who could not pass eighth grade but MODERATOR does not take down posts which instead of contributing bring down the dialogue with meaningless filth.
FYI a big part of Mr. Showers fight is about the first amendment which these nameless degenerates abuse!

*yawn*

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Written on Oxnard council shifts gears on golf and trash:

in response to whereyoufromdude:

Excuse me, Mina, but earlier I disqualified you from replying to me on this subject, because you thought I was talking about Kathy Long. Now, without even reading any of my posts, you say I "hate" zaragosa? Which one did I use the word "hate" in? Again I am disqualifying you henseforth and herewith on this matter in terms of you quoting me sperticiusly and without vigorous sentimentalationalism. Please read before you allege allegations of innuendonism. I may think he (Zaragosa) does nothing at all, but that does not mean I hate him. And my reference to Flynn, who wants his daddy's former job, and Perello, who surely believes he can beat him to it is only in terms of which is trying to outdo the others. Both are making spectikles of themselves in the process, in their own way.

You should disqualify yourself from ever responding due to lack of intelligence.

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Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to Piru_T:

It is not in the Constitution and the SCOTUS has not afforded illegals US rights that is absolutely false and you are a typical Dumabacrat fabrication something that is not even there.

There is no legal basis for them to work here

There is no legal basis for them to even be in the boundaries of US territory without US Government permission

There is not specific right for them to receive any benefits afforded by the US Constitution to engage in commerce

There are not rights other than basic human rights afforded to illegal Aliens written or implied.

You are the one that is as Dumb as box of rocks and that's all I have to say to you about that!!

Your comments exemplify your lack of intelligence and complete ignorance of the issue. I gave you a link to numerous SCOTUS decisions that showed that non citizens have nearly all the same rights as citizens. YOU chose to ignore the fact. That is your problem/

I never mentioned anything about their right to work here, their legal right to be here, or to engage in commerce. That's your comment.

Keep posting those stupid comments of yours. They remind me of the line from Forrest Gump, "Stupid is as stupid does."

Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to Piru_T:

Really?

What Amendment ?

From the link I posted showing SCOTUS decisions guaranteeing non citizens Constitutional rights:

"In final analysis, the courts have ruled that, while they are within the borders of the United States, illegal aliens are granted the same fundamental, undeniable constitutional rights granted to all Americans."

Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to Piru_T:

Really?

What Amendment ?

You're as stupid as a bag of hammers. You prove to me that non citizens do not have the same rights as citizens.

Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to Piru_T:

I ask you the question where in the US Constitution is there rights guaranteed to Illegal Aliens.

I already know the answer and don't need a link thank you I am asking you what Amendment affords them rights?

Just to make sure you're clear about this, the same Constitutional rights guaranteed to US citizens are guaranteed to any non citizen, except the right to vote, the right to own an firearm and the right to hold office.

Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to Piru_T:

I ask you the question where in the US Constitution is there rights guaranteed to Illegal Aliens.

I already know the answer and don't need a link thank you I am asking you what Amendment affords them rights?

Are you really that ignorant? The Constitution does not specifically identify illegal aliens. But Consitutional rights are available to them as are they to citizens.

Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to peppermezzetta:

"According to Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute, the insurers pulled out of the California market 'because all the regulations in the state made it not worthwhile to do business.'"

They chose not to be a part of the ACA exchanges. But for Obamacare they'd still be in California. It's not a coincidence that they're leaving. Don't try and tell me otherwise.

Yore reading something into the article that isn't there. If you believe this to be true, post something that specifically deals with this.

Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to Piru_T:

Just where in the US Constitution is there rights afforded to Illegal Aliens?

Please enlighten us Vintage.

Written on Simi Valley man dies in fall at Glacier National Park:

Very sad news. Prayers to his family and friends

Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to Freedom1:

And who pays for those "services" when they don't pay that bill? The hospital makes it up by charging insurance companies more for the plans that they sign up with. I believe that "county facilities" take on everyone, insurance or not. If they are reimbursed by taxpayer dollars it isn't enough to pay for the costs of the care, so they charge those with insurance more. This is not "rocket science."

"I believe that "county facilities" take on everyone, insurance or not. If they are reimbursed by taxpayer dollars it isn't enough to pay for the costs of the care, so they charge those with insurance more. This is not "rocket science.""

HAHAHAHA! Apparently it is rocket science to you! Insurance companies only pay a capitated amount. They do not pay more simply because someone has insurance. If you believe this, provide something to substantiate it.

County facilities are funded by the state and to some extent with federal tax dollars. County employees use county facilities and pay a premium just like the private sector does.

Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to Freedom1:

And who pays for those "services" when they don't pay that bill? The hospital makes it up by charging insurance companies more for the plans that they sign up with. I believe that "county facilities" take on everyone, insurance or not. If they are reimbursed by taxpayer dollars it isn't enough to pay for the costs of the care, so they charge those with insurance more. This is not "rocket science."

As usual you continue to miss the point. Why am I not surprised?

Uninsured do not use private facilities. They can only use the ER to be stabilized. The percentage is very low. Your insurance premiums go up because insurance companies pass unreimbursed costs (those costs not covered by premiums) to the insurer. It's not because of uninsured users.

Why do you have such a problem understanding this?

If I didn't have health insurance, I can not go to Los Robles and have major surgery. I would be referred to a county facility. If I had a ha
Eart attack, I would be taken to a county facility unless death is imminent and would then be taken to the NEAREST facility to be stabilized, then transferred to the county.

Blame Reagan for signing COBRA making it illegal to turn away anyone regardless of citizenship and/or ability to pay.

Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to waynes-world:

If someone is in the country illegally which by definition would render them a non-citizen, what constitutional rights are they being denied? If you mean the 14'th amendment, that should be repealed as it is clearly being abused.

There are many posters here who say to round them up and deport them without due process. Non-citizens have all the same rights as citizens with the exception of 3 - the right to vote, the right to hold public office, and the right to own a firearm.

Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to peppermezzetta:

Obama said, "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what."

Aetna is moving out of California. Aetna cancelled my policy. I cannot keep my plan. Thanks, Messiah!

Aetna and United Healthcare are not leaving the state due to The ACA. The ACA affects them wherever they decide to do business. It's due to the business climate in this state.

http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2...

Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to waynes-world:

Maybe you should read the constitution to find out what the Governments intended role was when the country was founded. Liberals like to pick and chose which parts of the constitution they follow. For example, it is unconstitutional for the Government to force a citizen to purchase something, that's why Obama care was declared a TAX from the guy that promised he wouldn't raise taxes on the middle class.

"Liberals like to pick and chose which parts of the constitution they follow."

Gee, just like Republicans like to circumvent certain portions to achieve their goal of deporting all illegal aliens without following their constitutional rights.

Pot, meet kettle

Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to Freedom1:

"....that's why it's such a good thing that Obamacare will ensure that everyone has insurance"
Utter nonsense. Those that buy the insurance but can't afford the premiums will still get taxpayer funded subsidies and those that opt out and pay a penalty can still go to a hospital and get taxpayer funded care. Taxpayer is the loser with Obamacare - nothing will change except we'll have less options for qualified physicians.

Those without insurance can only go to a county facility to get care. They still receive a bill for services rendered.

Written on Insurance expert predicts health reform will increase premiums:

in response to Freedom1:

Because of the way hospitals and doctors bill. If you don't have insurance and the "government" (i.e. taxpayer) only funds so much coverage they make the difference up by billing more for items (like aspirin) than the cost. It's been going on for decades, but gotten worse as more and more employers have stopped providing medical insurance so fewer and fewer people have coverage. This might explain it a little better. http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/...

Your link does not mention costs associated with uninsured people. You stated that those with health insurance pay for those that don't. And that is a boldface untruth. People without health insurance can only seek care Ina county facility. They can not go to Los Robles or Kaiser unless its an emergency. Once they are stabilized they are transferred to a county facility.

Your link explains why premiums are expensive. Those unreimbursed costs incurred by hospitals are passed along in premiums. It has nothing to do with uninsured people.

Taxpayers pay for the healthcare costs of the uninsured, both illegal immigrants and citizens as well.

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in response to Traditional-2:

Mina: I am assuming you are a decent person, and a good person to debate; however, you make some pretty off-the-wall comments that make it hard to take you seriously sometimes. This post is no exception. If you have some real information on Reps/immigration/doctors, put it out there. Otherwise, we will chalk this up to partisan hyperbole. Immigration reform? Maybe if Dems would take border security seriously, we would have 11-20 million fewer people to be concerned with for "free" healthcare.

Here is some real information on doctor availability.
http://news.investors.com/ibd-editori...

These illegal immigrants didnt flood our country over the last 4-5 years. They've been coming for decades. Why didn't previous Republican administrations do anything?

There are many problems with securing the border. First and foremost is the length. If you want it patrolled like the Berlin Wall was, be prepared for a HUGE increase in taxes.

I believe there are two main causes of the large numbers of illegal aliens in our country. First is the lack of enforcement of rules regarding employing these people. If you stop the employment, they'll move on. Make it very painful to employers.

Second, the 14th Amendment that guarantees citizenship to anyone born here. Many come here to drop a kid and know they'll receive many benefits and are less likely to be deported. Many attempts to change this amendment have been made only to never make it out of committee in Congress.

This isn't a Republican or Democrat problem. It's a bipartisan problem that is complex and nearly impossible to change due to many Federal laws in place securing benefits and rights to illegals, and the way the 14th Amendment was worded.

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Freedom 1 writes "since those that have insurance have always been paying for those that don't."

Please explain this.

Written on Newbury Park man jailed for anti-Romney sign released:

He's a freakin' nutcase.

Written on Woman hits sheriff's vehicle at site of tree hit by other driver:

Most likely texting or talking on her cell phone

Written on Report: Populations of California Latinos, non-Hispanic whites now even:

in response to FREESTUFF:

You are so smart Skid Mark, Quoting Wikipedia and all of the research that you have done. You really smart!

It's more than you did "chump." Try posting something intelligent for a change.

Written on Aggressive panhandling on the rise in the east county, officials say:

in response to Humble_Beginnings:

Great men and women make great decisions. How do you make your decisions? Do you know how to find God's will for your life and your daily choices? All your decisions should be made by faith in God and His revealed will for your life in the Bible. May God bless you.

Why should I or anyone else believe in your God? Maybe I want to believe in something or someone else!

You religious zealots seem to believe you have the right to invoke your beliefs on others. You believe in your God and don't preach to the rest of us.

Written on California likely to lose extended benefits as jobless rate drops to 8.5% :

in response to sslf#243951:

Everyone who is awake knows the figures are cooked up in the white house basement....these figures they put out are for the low info masses....

More bunk. Try posting something worthwhile for a change

Written on California likely to lose extended benefits as jobless rate drops to 8.5% :

in response to sslf#243951:

These are cooked figures provided to low info folk courtesy of the first undocumented president Obama

The real unemploment rate is double...under Obama's jobs for China program

More of your bloviated unsubstantiated bunk.

Written on Ventura spells out 41 conditions for Harbor Community Church:

in response to sslf#243951:

But you are happy to be shook down for a 9% sales tax every time you spend YOUR own money....

You have the option of not buying anything and moving to a cave. You can hunt for food, use their skins for clothing, and burn wood for warmth and light. Yep, that is the perfect solution for you.

Written on Aggressive panhandling on the rise in the east county, officials say:

in response to Humble_Beginnings:

If you don't fear God that's your choice. Fearing God is loving His commandments and hating evil

It is all about attitude. A panhandler attitude is a choice. The hard worker is happy, gets promoted, and ask for overtime! The panhandler desperately just wants to take!

The street bum who sits and scams all day began with a choice one day not to work hard. One day of not working hard made it easier to be lazy the second day. In just a few days, he had lost the habit, conviction, drive, and joy of hard work. What a fool!

The blessed God blinds men who are not thankful to Him for what they are and have.

You really believe all pan handlers are just lazy bums? Maybe some are, but most aren't. You need to check into it further before making such brazen off the wall comments.

Written on Aggressive panhandling on the rise in the east county, officials say:

in response to Traditional-2:

Vintage: I, for one, am sick and tired of your arrogant and insulting comments, particularly when directed at those expressing a Christian world-view. Humble was merely responding to another insulting comment.

If you want to comment, comment politely. Otherwise, shut up.

Who made you the comment moderator? I'll continue to comment as I see fit. If you don't like my comments, don't read them!

Written on Aggressive panhandling on the rise in the east county, officials say:

in response to Humble_Beginnings:

Don't have to shoot anybody.

Who said no work no eat?

It is from the bible and the quote is "If a man does not work, let him also not eat". It is from 2 Thes 3:10 and was said by Paul.

Who says your God and your Bible are for everyone? Keep your silly beliefs to yourself.

Written on Man sought in Santa Paula homicide also suspect in June shooting in Oxnard:

in response to axelwing:

Expect homicides to go up because Democrats have released thousands of felons from prisons because they refuse to build enough prisons. They have forced the country jails to take violent felons who then have to release them because there is no room for them. Democrats are in complete control of California government at the state and local level. You know who blame as the crime rates climb. And they want to take away any weapon you have for self-defense.

Untrue. A federal judge ordered the release. As for new prisons, there is no budget for any. Would you like your taxes raised to pay for new prisons? Add the difficulty in finding a place that won't wind up being litigated by NIMBY citizens.

Written on Ventura County employees push for raises:

in response to sslf#243951:

If public employees paid 100% of their pension costs....it would take 100% of their salary for 20 years to build up a fund they now get essentially free from the taxpayers....

You got one thing right, the SEIU is run by traitors who support amnesty, just as most unions support bringing in hordes of illegals to take away American citizen jobs

Your comment, like all your other comments, is just bloviated bunk.

Written on Ventura County phone banks call on House to pass immigration reform:

in response to sslf#243951:

Boehner has gone over to the Darkside

Amnesty for 11 million illegals, who can then send home for their relatives for a grand total of 33 million legalized-illegals unleashed into the job market.....any public official for amnesty is a traitor.....most low info trolls are amnesty zealots....

Remember Reagan already gave them amnesty one time..

Part of Obama's Grand Plan to burn America to the ground...

Please share with us your plan to round up and deport all the illegal aliens in this country without violating their constitutional rights. And before you retort with they don't have any rights, let me refer you to several US Supreme Court decisions that say otherwise

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsa...

Written on Ventura County employees push for raises:

in response to sslf#243951:

The taxpayers have a lifetime job of taking care of county employees....up to 80 years pay and pensions, county employees hired today will still be drawing a check in the year 2090.....

HAHAHAHAHA! More of your bloviated bunk! You need a new tin foil hat

Written on Ventura County employees push for raises:

in response to sslf#243951:

The SEIU management stooges like most unions...back the amnesty bill which would flood America with 33 million illegals, all seeking the jobs of current American citizens

The county government ...wastes hundreds of millions on health care for illegals....has hordes of bilingual employees whose only job is to cater to the health care of precious illegals

Wow! We went from 11 million illegals to 33 million.. Boy they sure do multiply fast.

For your edification Andy, they are not seeking the jobs of American citizens. Where do you get your information?

I love your continuing rant about healthcare for illegals. You do know that it is against the law to deny health care to anyone regardless of their citizenship status. You can thank Ronnie Regan for passing that law. The county officials can't deny them healthcare even if they wanted to. You really need to learn the law.

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Written on Opponents want Calif. court to stop gay weddings:

in response to Factdude:

Same sex marriage MUST END

Looks like the Ca Supreme Court threw out your argument with a one sentence denial

Written on Sales tax data reflect strong Ventura County economy:

in response to sslf#243951:

Quite the scam, that local government gestapo can force every business...virtually at gunpoint, with threat of imprisonment....to be an unpaid tax collector

Let the government collect the sales taxes themselves, station a government agent at the doorway of every business, and have them shakedown folks has they leave the store for the almost 10% tax, which taxes money that has already been taxed seceral times

Whine, whine, whine

Written on Cowboy preview: Cowboys come to Oxnard with sense of urgency:

Whatever their playing ability, they bring money to the count



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