Former Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant on Saturday, his office announced.
A statement from the former vice president's office said the 71-year-old is now recovering in the intensive care unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., outside Washington.
I'm a touch surprised. At 71 he is a little old for a transplant even if the rest of his body is doing well. He had the LVAD implanted and those aren't meant to last forever, so it just have been time to, as we say in the medical biz, to 'defecate or decommode'.
The statement said Cheney had been on the transplant list for 20 months and did not know the identity of the donor.
"Although the former vice president and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift," the statement read.
Cheney, who served as President George W. Bush's vice president from 2001 to 2009, has a long history of heart problems. He suffered his first heart attack at age 37 and his fifth in 2010. In 1988, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery and has had several other heart surgeries since then.
In 2010, he had a battery-powered heart pump known as a Left Ventricular Assist Device implanted to keep his heart working - a device that is often used for short periods by patients awaiting a transplant.
The heart transplant groups are using LVADs more and more as longer-term bridges to transplant, and some enterprising ones are using LVADs in place of transplant in higher-risk patients.
This after years of heart trouble. He has always in my opinion had access to the best medical minds in healthcare(GWH). He is one tough cookie. I hope things go well for him. The physical part of this is known. The mental stress of living with this day by day must be faced and endured each day and night.
I like Cheney, but given the supposed system of allocation of scarce resources (doner organs) I do wonder why he - or Jobs, or Hagman - was able to get a transplant.
On the other hand, if the system allowed compensation to the estate of the donor, there might be a lot larger supply.
Then again, there's the Chinese system...
I do wish Dick well.
Re: Comments regarding his age: Dick Cheney was probably on an alternate list. This has been studied and recipients over 70 have had good results. The are allocated hearts that would normally be turned down for younger donors.
Use of two recipient lists for adults requiring heart transplantation
Hillel Laks, MD, Daniel Marelli, MD, Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, Michele A. Hamilton, MD, Abbas Ardehali, MD, Jaime D. Moriguchi, MD, Jessica Bresson, BS, David Gjertson, PhD, Jon A. Kobashigawa, MD, For the UCLA Heart Transplant Group*
From the Heart Transplant Program, University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.
Received 24 January 2002. Revised 18 April 2002. Available online 31 January 2003.
Meteorologist and AccuWeather.com news director Henry Margusity offered the theory that the drifting Japanese tsunami debris field seems to be sending warm air aloft above the Pacific Ocean, which could be contributing to warmer temperatures in North America.
"If you match up where that debris field is right now with where the warmer-than-normal water temperatures are, they match up perfectly".
Well, if you look at the jet stream, it is pretty obvious why North America has been warmer this winter. The jet has been dropping deeply South over the Pacific (meaning pretty COLD are over most of the eastern Pacific) and then looping way North, all the way up to British Columbia and Alaska. This is why Anchorage has a snowfall record. The storms that usually come in to California, Oregon, and Washington have been pushed Northward by this jet and are landing in Alaska and Northern BC. Because the jet is so far North, most of CONUS has been under milder air. This is not an uncommon jet flow for La Nina years. When the La Nina weakens, we will get a more "zonal" flow across CONUS in winter which will bring the storms in across the Great Basin, Rockies, and Northern plains again.
For example, look at this graphic (flash) of atmospheric water vapor. Look at California. Notice the clouds going South to North rather than West to East. There's a storm in the Gulf of Alaska and rather than moving in to California or Oregon, it is probably going to move into BC or possibly be pushed by that jet into Alaska around Anchorage. Even the Southern jet from Mexico is going way North to nearly Montana. Everything to the right of that jet is going to have warmer than normal temperatures which explains why Omaha is forecasting 80 degrees today. That air isn't coming from the Pacific, it is coming from the Gulf of Mexico.
"If you match up where that debris field is right now with where the warmer-than-normal water temperatures are, they match up perfectly".
Correllation is not causation, Mr. Margusity - any scientist should know that.
Posted by: Barbara ||
Correllation is not causation
No, but is generally a good place to start looking for causation. I would be surprised if a debris field was able to generate such a strong global effect, but I cannot say offhand it is impossible - for instance, it only takes a tap on the beaker to precipitate a supersaturated solution.
Yeah, right now the jet streams are "loopy" going way North then back way South rather than being more "zonal" West to East flows that we have been used to seeing. This is more likely due to the switch of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation from its positive phase (roughly 1976-2006) to negative phase (since 2006). The PDO has a roughly 60 year cycle with a 30 year "positive" or warm phase and a 30 year negative or "cold" phase. The trend in global sea surface temperatures is basically negative since 2006. For the Eastern Pacific, the trend is cooler surface temperatures since 1980 and are currently below the long term average. There is no warming of the ocean in the Eastern Pacific.
So far there is no evidence that the ocean surface IS warming and the warmth in Chicago is coming from warm Gulf of Mexico air that is being pulled North by a very "loopy" jet. The flip side of that was central Europe where an equally "loopy" jet was pulling arctic air far South over the continent causing record low temperatures. This was one of the coldest winters on record in many parts of Europe.
We had an equally "loop" pulling cold air down but it was over the ocean. If there had been an island 300 miles off the coast of California, it would have had a record cold winter this year. The jet came down at about the longitude of Hawaii, but cut East before reaching Hawaii, then cut North again near the California coast. The result was that storms did not come across the continental US but were pushed up into Alaska and Canada. They hit the coastal Mountains and when the air looped back down again over the Great Basin, it was quite dry.
Look at this representation of an Arctic Oscillation Negative jet pattern. That is what we have now. We have grown used to a Arctic Oscillation Positive jet where the flow is more West/East.
Related: A common observation at NASCAR events is that if precipitation is in the area, often times it is delayed or never falls on the track during an event; the theory is that that heat generated by the cars creates a vortex that locally alters the wx patterns.
Yes, JM. There are some COLD October-April periods coming our way beginning this year. FYI: A reliable meteorological source, who, in my humble opinion almost always "gets it right", is Joe Bastardi; formally of the politicized "Weather Channel".
[An Nahar] Libya's former Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril on Saturday expressed concern ...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended... that the West had abandoned his country after the collapse of Muammar Qadaffy ... who is now napping peacefully in the dirt... 's regime.
"It is a fatal mistake to abandon Libya", Jibril said at a forum organized by public policy institute the German Marshall Fund of the United States. "When the regime collapsed, the state collapsed as well. And when the regime collapsed, everyone disappeared." As you may recall, at the time you didn't want Westerners, particularly Americans, setting foot in your country. We remember even if you don't...
Jibril stepped down last October after serving as interim premier under the rebels' National Transitional Council.
Libya, with only embryonic state institutions, is going through a delicate post-conflict period, and the unilateral proclamation of independence by figures in eastern Libya has revived fears of a partition of the country.
Yes, what goes on in Libya is the west's responsibility. Perhaps what is necessary is for one of the countries in the west to take special interest in the Libyans. To guide them and train them in the ways of civilization. To feed them and clothe them, like the rambunctious juveniles they are. Italy, perhaps?
"When the regime collapsed, the state collapsed as well. And when the regime collapsed, everyone disappeared."
Revisionist history so SOON? The regime didn't "callapse".... the country was overthrown and 'sprockets' was brutally murdered. The only reason the US State Department standard program of Nation Building has not kick-in is where fresh outta cash and the Chinese see no reason to back the loan.
To read two general Rantburg reports on the Coahuila debt scandal, click here and here.
By Chris Covert
The Mexican Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR), or attorney general's office has submitted to US Department of Justice a request for provisional extradition of fugitive Javier Villarreal Hernandez upon his arrest, according to Mexican news accounts.
Villarreal Hernandez is being sought by Mexican authorities for his role in a debt scheme that drove the state of Coahuila into the deepest debt per capita of any state in Mexico. His alleged activities took place during his role as the Coahuila state Servicio de Administraciˇn Tributaria del Estado de Coahuila (SATEC), or tax collection service between 2009 and 2011.
Villarreal Hernandez has been on the run since December when PGR officials decided to begin investigating 12 former and concurrent Coahuila state officials for their role in gaining loans from local Coahuila state banks based on falsified documentation. Two officials, Jaime Rene Jimenez Flores and Jorge Lopez Alarcon, have been held by Mexican federal authorities since December, and are expected to go on trial for their alleged role in the scandal.
Five more former officials not including Villareal are subject to federal bench warrants. They cannot be served because all five have apparently fled Mexico. Officials include:
Miguel Ramon Rodriguez Flores formerly Tesoreria General del Estado de Coahuila, or Coahuila state treasurer.
Sergio Ricardo Fuentes Flores, formerly Administrador General de Politicas Publicas del SATEC, or Director of Public Policy under the Tax Administration Service.
Juan Manuel Froto Garcia, formerly General del Fondo de Garantias para el Impulso de la Micro Empresa del Estado de Coahuila, or Director General of the Guarantee Fund for the Promotion of Micro Enterprises of the State of Coahuila.
Enrique Ledezma Sanchez, formerly Subadministrador de Politicas P├ublicas del SATEC, under Undersecretary for Public Policy of the Tax Administration Service.
Jaime Rene Jimenez Flores formerly Director de Deuda Publica de Entidades y Municipios de la Unidad de Coordinacion con Entidades Federativas de la Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico, or Director of Public Debt and Municipal Entities Unit Coordination with Federal Entities of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit.
Seven other officials have been subjected to investigation for their role last December. The legal fate of those officials is unknown. They are:
Juan Ochoa Jesus Galindo, Coahuila's concurrent finance secretary.
Carlos Mauricio Aguillen, ex Direccion General de Politica Financiera de la Secretaria de Finanzas, or Director General of Financial Policy of Coahuila finance ministry.
Victor Manuel Zamora
Miguel Ramon Rodriguez
Alfredo Vald"s Menchaca
Juan Manuel Delgado, a manager who worked for Coahuila.
Fausto Destenave, director general of the Comision Estatal de Aguas y Saneamiento de Coahuila, or Water and Sanitation Commission.
Last month Villareal Hernandez won an amparo suit delaying a Coahuila state re-arrest warrant for violating the terms of bail he posted last November. The bail condition that he check in with the state court periodically was set at the time, and then he apparently fled to the US. Villareal Hernandez has never checked in with the state court.
Villareal Hernandez and the five other officials listed fled the jurisdiction when it was learned they would be facing felony charges under the relatively new Credit Institutions Act of 2005. The state charges are minor charges netting less jail time.
Villareal Hernandez and his wife, Maria Botella, two unidentified children and an unidentified adult were arrested on charges of money laundering in Smith County, Texas last February incident to a traffic stop when USD $67,000 was found in the vehicle he was driving. Villareal Hernandez was released on USD $20,000 bond a week later.
It has not been disclosed who provided the bail and in what form the bail took.
The Spanish language report now says Villareal Hernandez may have fled to France.
The central figure in the Coahuila debt scandal, former governor of Coahuila Humberto Moreira Valdes, who oversaw the state government during the unprecedented run up of public debt has never been charged with a crime even though Mexican news reports say his treasurer was on the cc of one of the falsified documents.
The debt scandal, which began to unravel just after he became Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) president last year, dogged his tenure as PRI president until last December when he resigned his post. The pressure to resign came from both inside and outside his political party even though at first he attempted to deflect blame, and later protested he knew nothing about what was going on. The final act for Moreira was the Michoacan state gubernatorial election November 13th, a state the PRI barely managed to capture, even though Mexican press hopefully called it a bellwether for PRI fortunes in 2012.
In an informal exchange on a forum on BorderlandBeat.com, the writer known as Chivas said that Moreira was abroad, apparently in San Antonio where Moreira allegedly owns a multimillion dollar home.
This writer also writes Mexican Drug War news for BorderlandBeat.com
Current PRI president Pedro Coldwater has said Moreira was studying abroad for his masters degree. presumably in Texas.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
Remember, this is the same thin skinned prez who fired the chief architect of our success in Iraq and who was crafting the plan for Afghanistan because an aide criticized him. Why do you think he would overlook a sergeant?
B.O. doesn't need to hire people to compile an enemies list, just open a web site and people will volunteer to put their names on it.
Posted by: Mike Ramsey ||
As far as I can tell, he did not criticise the POTUS personally, but attacked specific positions and policies, none of which were related to the President's role as Commander in Chief. Unless there is more, I think he's within his rights.
AMADO, Ariz (KGUN9-TV) - At least once a year Arizona's Game and Fish Department takes spring cleaning to a whole new level. Crews are dispatched to remote areas along the border to pick up garbage left by illegal immigrants. Crews collected bag after bag of garbage, trash left behind in the desert by illegal immigrants.
"This is where the traffic is," Arizona Game and Fish spokesperson Mark Hart said. "The people who left all this trash were probably picked up in this area and taken to Tucson or Phoenix." Arizona Game and Fish officials tell 9OYS they collected close to 10 tons in one day's work.
[Dawn] The Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) on Friday staged a rally at Tibet Centre on M.A. Jinnah Road for the 'independence of Sindh' -- a call made by another nationalist party, the Jeay Sindh Tehrik, at a similar rally held at the same place last Sunday.
"The two-nation theory had become false and irrelevant when Punjabis did not transfer powers to Bengalis after the latter won the 1970 elections; the Bengalis eventually chose to secede," said JSQM chief Bashir Khan Qureshi while speaking at the rally.
He said that Sindhi nationalist leader G.M. Syed, who had been kept behind bars for 32 years, in his book 'Sindh speaks' quoted from Pakistain Movement leader Sir Feroze Khan Noon's autobiography the 'Eyewitness' as saying: "Punjabis were rewarded with Pakistain for the services they had rendered in the first and second world wars."
Claiming that Pakistain had now become a symbol of religious extremism and terrorism and, as such, a threat to global peace and humanity, he urged the international community to help the Sindhi nation gain independence from Punjabi-dominated country.
He further claimed that soon after Pakistain came into being, religious riots were triggered in Sindh under a conspiracy to convert Sindhis into a minority and this forced over 1.3 million Sindhi Hindus to migrate to India leaving behind their lands measuring over 2.5 million acres and other properties. The assets were then distributed among 'settlers'. After the construction of barrages, more land in Sindh measuring around 3.5 million acres was allotted to the settlers brought from Punjab in large numbers, he added.
"A new conspiracy is being hatched to bring in more settlers by creating cities like Zulfikarabad," alleged the JSQM chief. He declared that Sindhis would not let the conspiracy succeed.
He also supported the Hindu families whose female members had reportedly converted to Islam, and said that Hindu girls were being kidnapped and forcibly converted to compel Hindus to quit the country. He advised Sindhi Hindus not to get panicked and keep living in Sindh as Sindhis were there to protect their life and honour.
Mr Qureshi said that Sindh had welcomed refugees from India in 1947. Therefore, he said, they should remain faithful to Sindh. "The future of the Urdu-speaking people of Sindh is with Sindh and not with Pakistain," he said.
Condemning Punjab for "usurping Sindh's resources", Mr Qureshi said the same was the case of Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... , and called on the international community to help Sindh and Balochistan secede from the Punjabi-dominated Pakistain.
[Dawn] Trafficking of Chitrali girls in the garb of marriage goes on unchecked for last many years by professional human traffickers who take advantage of the poverty, ignorance and weaker social fabric of the area.
A study recently conducted by Regional Women Empowerment Project of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) reveals that 74 per cent of marriages of Chitrali girls with people from other districts, specially in Punjab, turn out to be fake.
It says that the trafficking of girls is done for exploitative domestic servitude, while there has been ample evidence of using such girls in the abhorrent prostitution trade. The study reveals the regrettable fact that if a woman becomes victim of trafficking, she compromises with the situation due to the fact that her family would not accept her back due to the stigma.
About grooms from other districts, it says that majority of them are above age 50 and already married, and introduce themselves as high government officers or land and business owners.
Unveiling the trafficking mechanism, the study puts the local 'middlemen' in centre of the dirty business, who introduce the groom to the girl's family and provide accommodation and transportation to him till the marriage is solemnised. The middlemen mostly target the households with poor financial condition and lure the parents by presenting a bright future for their daughters.
"The poor victims have no exposure and hold a wrong perception that all the people in central districts of the country are affluent and noble," the study goes and adds that these gullible people have no source of information to verify the claims of the prospective grooms.
About payment made to the parents or guardians, the report says that it ranges from Rs50,000 to Rs500,000 depending on the age and complexion of a girl, but over 50 per cent of the amount goes to the middleman.
About the factors responsible for unchecked women trafficking, the field study pointed out poverty, attraction of city life, negative customs and traditions, and lack of verification mechanism of the grooms and legal framework etc.
According to the study, the unfortunate victims are rejected both by their own families and the society in case of divorce, making them more vulnerable to the abuse on their return to native areas.
The study suggests that a proper mechanism should urgently be devised to check the information claimed by the prospective grooms and in case of any fraud they should be duly punished along with the middlemen, which is essential to saving future of Chitrali women.
Economic empowerment of womenfolk must be ensured by the government and non-government agencies so that they could not be a burden on others and contribute to the prosperity of their families, recommends the study.