WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed a three-week course of radiation therapy to treat a cancerous tumor on her pancreas, a court spokeswoman said on Friday.
The 86-year old justice, who has had previous cancer scares, tolerated the therapy well and no further treatment is required, spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement.
An abnormality was first detected in July, and the tumor was identified following a biopsy performed on July 31 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
"She canceled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, but has otherwise maintained an active schedule," Arberg said.
"The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body," the spokeswoman added.
The Soviets, with their rudimentary medical technology, could keep their leaders alive (even if comatose) for a long time. Guess we will find out just how long modern medical technology can keep a body alive.
The cancer, the accidents, the still semi-rigorous schedule... I honestly can see her making it past 2020 election season (which is not that far away, honestly), but how much longer? She is not in good health. I really hope for her sake that if she is still alive after the elections she resigns. There is no way she survives to see 2024 pass.
[FinancialExpress] Sheikh Rashid Ahmad who had earlier called India's decision to revoke special status to Jammu and Kashmir a 'blunder'. He also said that "India was unable to confront Pakistan as it knew that any war between the two Asian countries would not be a conventional war."
Pakistan Railways minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad was on Tuesday pelted with eggs and beaten up by two officials of the Pakistan People's Party in London. The incident took place when Rashid came out of a hotel after attending an awards ceremony in London. Following the incident, two PPP officials in UK - Asif Ali Khan and Samah Namaz - released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.
The officials said that they assaulted Rashid because he had been using 'abusive language' for PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Pakistan-based Geo TV cited their statement in which they said: "He (Sheikh Rashid) has been using abusive and bad language during interviews against our Chairman Mr Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. He should be thankful we only used eggs as a British way of dealing with such uncivilised politician. He started this we ended it." I suppose he should be glad they didn't know about the leather sap.
[DAWN] French President Emmanuel Macron told Prime Minister Boris Johnson ...pro-Brexit British prime minister, succeeding no-Brexit Theresa May. He is noted as much for his sparkling personality and his hair as for his Conservative policies.... on Thursday that there was not enough time to wholly rewrite Britannia's Brexit divorce deal before an October 31 deadline.
Johnson met Macron at the Elysee Palace a day after talks in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel ...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslem colonists... , who challenged Britannia to come up with acceptable alternatives to the agreed safety net provision for the UK-Irish land border.
More than three years after the United Kingdom voted to quit the Europe ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... an Union, it is still unclear on what terms ‐ or indeed whether ‐ the bloc's second largest economy will leave the club it joined in 1973.
Talks over lunch were constructive, a French official said.
Macron left the door open to Britannia seeking a solution to the Irish "backstop", but said any alternative must respect both the integrity of the EU single market and stability on the divided island of Ireland.
"I want to be very clear," he said. "In the month ahead, we will not find a new withdrawal agreement that deviates far from the original."
I am getting the impression that state-level actors (France and Germany) have their thumbs on the scale, and maybe not so much the EUcrats. France/Macron says too late suckers. Germany/hag whatshername says come up with a plan. Not coordinated, but if it is the EU, why state involvement at all? Not so deeply repressed resentment of Britain? Wasn't the idea of the EU the dissolution of the states and the rise of a single super-state? Vote until the voters 'get it right' then no more votes "thanks, this is my stop, I'll get off here"? Rotten smells predominate.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike ||
08/23/2019 9:13 Comments ||
Resurrect the Open Skies US-UK free trade deal.
(#3) I am getting the impression that state-level actors (France and Germany) have their thumbs on the scale, and maybe not so much the EUcrats. -- Whiskey Mike
IMO, the FR/BEL/GER Troika that was running the EU ran into the problem that all would-be empire builders run into: $ Money $. The Swiss Bankers would laugh in their faces, the German Financiers have spent all they care to, so who's next to pillage? Name the remaining country with prosperous finances in Europe ... Tick-Tock-Tick ... Great Britain. England was soon to be plucked, roasted and devoured by their EU Masters.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike ||
08/23/2019 16:35 Comments ||
I just read that German banks are looking at negative interest rates for loans and mortgages — so they will pay the buyer rather than the other way round. And of course, if they’re losing money on every loan, they aren’t going to be handing out interest for savings accounts and bonds, nor dividends either. The discussion was around why that inverted thingy doesn’t matter — American returns are better and safer than anywhere else in the world, so international investors will continue sending us their money.
Damn shame. Especially if their intransigence on stopping illegals led to a border shutdown
[Yahoo] Economists expect Mexico's second-quarter gross domestic product to be revised slightly down on Friday, with some going as far as to predict a negative number that would mean Latin America's second-largest economy slipped into technical recession this year.
The median estimate of economists in a Bloomberg survey is for the final GDP reading to show no growth from the previous quarter. That would mean a negative revision to the 0.1% expansion preliminarily reported July 31. The national statistics institute Inegi will release the final figure at 6am on Friday.
What could go wrong?
[Yahoo] Moscow (AFP) - Russia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region.
Loaded with nuclear fuel, the Akademik Lomonosov will leave the Arctic port of Murmansk to begin its 5,000 kilometre (3,000-mile) voyage to northeastern Siberia.
Nuclear agency Rosatom says the reactor is a simpler alternative to building a conventional plant on ground that is frozen all year round, and it intends to sell such reactors abroad.
But environmental groups have long warned of the dangers of the project, dubbing it a potential "Chernobyl on ice" and a "nuclear Titanic."
[Freedom Wire] Since June, millions of Hong Kong residents have flocked to the streets of the city to protest the ruling Hong Kong government and China.
They have cried out for change and a restoration of democracy that the city-state once enjoyed under British colonial rule. In 1997, the British turned Hong Kong over to the Chinese and their freedoms have been steadily eroded ever since.
The citizens of Hong Kong are not going to take it anymore, and they are letting their displeasure be known to the Chinese.
At many of the demonstrations, the protestors are waving flags, and, surprisingly, it isn’t a Chinese or Hong Kong flag. Instead, the flag they are waving as a symbol of their fight for freedom in none other than our own American flag.
America represents a country built on liberty and the dignity of the individual. That is something most of the world has never known, and that is why you see our flag used as a powerful symbol to those yearning for freedom.
For as much as the world likes to complain about America, they change their tune when their personal safety is threatened.
Keep us out of this. Best idea so far is trade HK for CA, then PR for GL. If they are dumb enough to take PR for Greenland, then that is a wonderful deal! I'm afraid we are probably stuck (pun intended) with California.
Imagine if the populations of Hong Kong and Puerto Rico suddenly swapped. I think the corrupt leaders of Puerto Rico would find themselves at home in the PRC and Puerto Rico might start making money instead of being a money pit.
BEIJING (AP) ‐ China "will not sit idly by" if the U.S. proceeds with a sale of advanced F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan, a Chinese general said, while warning of other potential countermeasures in addition to punishing foreign firms involved in the deal.
Beijing considered the sale a violation of previous U.S. commitments to China regarding the island it considers its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary, Maj. Gen. Chen Rongdi, chief of the Institute of War Studies at the Academy of Military Sciences, said. He did not elaborate on what additional measures China might take.
"China will not sit idly by," Chen said Thursday at a forum sponsored by China’s official journalists’ association. "Of course, we don’t rule out additional measures."
Beijing has repeatedly said it will levy sanctions against U.S. companies linked to a planned $8 billion sale and demanded Washington cancel it immediately. China has made such threats regarding previous arms sales by the U.S., but they’ve had limited effect because the companies involved are either important to China’s own nascent commercial aviation industry or have little or no business with the country.
[DAWN] South Korea will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid an intensifying dispute over history and trade, South Korea's presidential office said on Thursday.
The decision was made after a meeting of the presidential National Security Council. The deal was due to be automatically renewed on Saturday, unless either side decided to cancel it.
Japan created a "grave change" in the environment for bilateral security cooperation by removing South Korea's fast-track export status, said Kim You-geun, a deputy director of the National Security Council.
Blaming China? There is plenty of bad blood between Korea and Japan without having to blame foreign bogeyman. It was suppressed for a long time and now things are going back to normal. Both Japan and Korea think of themselves as the best race on the planet. When they had it out, Japan got the better of Korea and this is the consequences.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
08/23/2019 1:45 Comments ||
Defending China? Uh huh
Posted by: Frank G ||
08/23/2019 6:03 Comments ||
There are a few Korans still alive today who were real slaves under the Japanese. You think the 'slave' circus here many generations later is out of hand, multiply that 10 fold there.
A Korean acquiescence asked me once why only two bombs?
Historically, there has always been animosity between China, Korea and Japan. No love lost between any of them. Koreans and Chinese like to pretend that it's all Japan's fault but the history goes a lot further back than WWII so I find that difficult to believe and we all know how the Chinese like to keep the pot boiling.
Is Herb really a Chinaman?
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
08/23/2019 10:47 Comments ||
I'm seeing a baby getting tossed out with the bathwater here. Come on guys, are things really so hunky dory over there it is a good time for Japan and SK to get into a spat? You may have been played.
[CNN] Camps across Europe are teaching people how to protest over the climate crisis.
My abject apologies, Dron66046 — I accidentally deleted the article you went to such pains to submit. I did solve the width problem, though: I deleted the quotations around the numbers you had for the first image. For some reason that sometimes works.
At any rate, I did manage to salvage the link and the comments, though not your thoughtful in-line about Antifa highlighted in bright yellow, which 84 Rantburgers have already seen and pondered as of 8:30 a.m. EDT.
— trailing wife
Posted by: Dron66046 2019-08-23 01:18
#1 I wonder how they'll react to counter protestors?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles 2019-08-23 06:32
#2 2,500 years since Aesop and Chicken Little still runs amok. Humans have not changed.
Posted by: Procopius2k 2019-08-23 06:42
I wonder how the protestors will deal if it becomes a Federal Law that they can't wear masks and If they violate that law, Martial law will be imposed. If local law enforcement tries to oppose they will be met with extreme prejudice.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
08/23/2019 19:46 Comments ||
I don't know how it does that by itself. Previews fine.
I believe you, Dron66046. It was doubly frustrating because Rantburg got to enjoy the Platonic ideal version of your article for about ten seconds before I hit Delete instead of Edit a second time — I wanted to respond to to your in-line comment in the article — multiple highlighters are so pretty! ;-)
Reality does not recognize gender (all 57 of them). A bridge works or it doesn't - it doesn't care who designed or built it.
This sort of thing could lead to disasters.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
08/23/2019 10:29 Comments ||
I read it all. Depressing, infuriating and frustrating. MacDonald exposes it beautifully. Her article should be nailed to the UCLA doors.
Project Wakanda. Take over the institutions, agencies and administrations built over centuries of struggle with nature and adversity by the white man. Then use them to indulge in your tribal fantasies and nursing your inferiority issues.
We need all the smart, hardworking people we can get to help invent the future. But a women-only program or special treatment like the extra time on exams as some professor proposed seems like a great way to permanently brand someone as Not The Real Deal when it comes to doing the job.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration was seriously looking at ending the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of noncitizens and people who immigrated to the United States illegally.
"We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby - congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen. ... It’s frankly ridiculous," Trump told reporters outside the White House.
Trump has made cracking down on immigration a central plank of his presidency and re-election campaign, but many of the administration’s sweeping rule changes and executive orders have been stymied by the courts.
The Republican president had told Axios news website in October 2018 that he would end "birthright citizenship" through an executive order. Experts have said such a move would run afoul of the U.S. Constitution.
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. 14th Amendment
The intent was that certain states could not declare newly liberated slaves as non-citizens and thus denied the rights of citizens. Everything else is 'judicial interpretation'.
This was before we ended up in the latter half of the 20th Century with a million troops and families deployed across the world birthing in Germany, Japan, Italy, etc. There is no logic to those born 'over there' not to be classified as foreign by this definition. If bloodline is not the consideration in births here, then bloodline is not a consideration over there. It's all rationalization, no principle.
I think the key is "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof". The children born to diplomatic personnel assigned to the US do not become American citizens. Because their parents are not subject to the jurisdiction thereof. By that logic neither are people in this country illegally, so their children should not become citizens at birth. I think Trump is going to do this to force a SCOTUS decision once and for all.
With Roberts on the bench, it might be wise to wait until RBG can be replaced.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
08/23/2019 11:05 Comments ||
"By that logic neither are people in this country illegally,"
No, "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" means that U.S. law applies to you, that you can be prosecuted and tried. Diplomats (and their children born in the U.S.) can't be (they can only be declared persona non grata and forced to leave the country), but of course illegal immigrants can (and are) be prosecuted for violating U.S. law.
Every other interpretation is just absurd and even the most conservative Supreme Court would reject it.
Posted by: European Conservative ||
08/23/2019 16:19 Comments ||
AFAIK, no other country grant citizenship to just because they happen to be born there.
Thanks, Cooch. Any of those grant welfare and other benefits equal to the US?
Posted by: Frank G ||
08/23/2019 19:11 Comments ||
Dunno. Canada? But that was not what SACFI was asserting.
(I figure a fellow who calls himself "Seeking a Cure for Ignorance", yet exhibits ignorance on a topic -- especially a topic so easily researched -- ought to be able to withstand a certain amount of ribbing.)
Truth be told, if I were playing one of them world games, and the blurb came up, "Would you like to make this trade?" Yes, yes I would. Especially after this last event "Hurricane Strikes Your Territory! Would you like to pay for repairs?"
"Repairs Unsuccessful! Would you like to try again for 2x cost?"
[TheNews] KARACHI: Expressing concerns over the recent surge in cases of rabies in the country, a recommendation entailing export of stray dogs to China and Philippines was presented before the Sindh Assembly by Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani. No Shit !
The recommendation came in light of a resolution filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) legislator Dr Seema Zia based on the alarming rise of rabies' cases in the country which was unanimously approved by the provincial members of the government and opposition.
Zia stated there exists a deficit of anti-rabies vaccines in hospitals.
PTI member Zaman highlighted how Sindh government had earlier vowed to introduce vaccines to curb the reproduction of dogs, however none of that has been implemented as yet.
Chemical castration? The idea has been bandied about over here, but I’m not aware that anyone has actually put it into practice on a mass scale yet.
Zaman went on to state Karachi alone has around 100,000 stray dogs at present.
Taking the resolution of exporting dogs to China and Philippines into consideration, Provincial Minister of Sindh for Health Dr. Azra Pechuho said that the number of rabies cases reported in the entire province is 59, and that the government is already working on introducing anti-rabies vaccines.
Tainted pigs and a rice shortage in China, and Pakistain the no.1 exporter of 'dirty dogs!'
The chinese are the world's largest consumers of dog meat. In Duterte country it's becoming rarer. The House of Han consumes like 10-20 million dogs a year ! And Pakistain has like an uncountable number of the poor mutts. It's a trade made in hell.
For food? Ick — I can’t imagine that meat would pass even a Third World inspection.
I'm by no means an animal control expert, but this strikes me as an incredibly stupid idea.
So, they start rounding up stray dogs for transport to China. Before they can be shipped, they will need to be contained somehow. If even one one of those dogs is rabid, it will infect other dogs, who will go on to infect others.
By the time they reach China, most of the dogs will be rabid.
What happens if you eat a rabid dog?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
08/23/2019 13:35 Comments ||
To a communist, not much apparently.
The thousands of dogs eaten in China everyday are not all vaccinated. Because the major cities can insist on the detail, but in the interior, and suburbs, where's the control ? I'm sure they ingest a rabid or diseased one now and then.
I think this is still in the proposal stage though, and when the guys from China hear it they may just turn red and storm out the room. I'll bet even they won't eat a paki dog.
[DAWN] A trial court in Multan ...Home of the Multan Sultans... on Thursday rejected a request by the parents of slain social media star Qandeel Baloch to pardon her brothers, who are accused of killing her.
Baloch's brother Waseem had strangled her to death in the name of "honour" at their house in 2016. He later confessed to have killed her because she allegedly "brought dishonour to the Baloch name" with her risque videos and statements posted on social media. Her brother Aslam Shaheen was also nominated in the case.
The social media celebrity's parents, Muhammad Azeem and Anwar Bibi, had on Wednesday submitted an affidavit in the local trial court, saying they had forgiven the killers and the case against their sons should be thrown out.
They had argued that since the Anti-Honour Killing Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill), 2015 ‐ which bars pardoning killers in such cases ‐ was passed several months after the murder of their daughter, it could not be applied in this case. They had also denied the allegation that Baloch was killed for the sake of honour.
As the affidavit was taken up by the model court today, Baloch's parents informed District and Sessions Judge Imran Shafi that they had forgiven their sons "in the name of Allah".
The judge asked them whether they were only pardoning their sons and not all the accused in the murder case, to which the parents responded in affirmative.
Judge Shafi informed them that he would decide their request after examining whether law grants them the right to pardon the killers or not.
"Do you realise what impact your pardon will have on the other accused in the case?" the judge went on to ask, addressing Baloch's parents.
The court later dismissed Baloch's parents' application to pardon their sons, with the judge saying the case regarding murder in the name of 'honour' would be decided once the testimonies of all witnesses have been recorded.
The accused in the case, including holy man Mufti Abdul Qavi, were present in the hearing today. After Qavi informed the court that he leads prayers in Jhang on Fridays, the court adjourned the hearing of the case until August 24, when the statements of more witnesses will be recorded.
In January 2017, the Muzaffarabad (Multan) police had lodged a First Information Report under Section 213 of the Pakistain Penal Code against Baloch's parents on the complaint of assistant sub-inspector Allah Ditta, the investigation officer, in which it was stated that Baloch's parents recorded their statements in court on Jan 19 and a few days later, on Jan 25, they submitted an affidavit. He said they had retracted their earlier statement against their elder son Aslam and there was a likelihood that they would do so in the case of the main accused Waseem, Baloch's younger brother, as well.
The IO further stated that he had seen Baloch's parents receiving an envelope (allegedly containing cash) from Aslam Shaheen outside the court. Aslam was quoted as saying at the time: "I have fulfilled their demand. Now they should record their statement in the court in my favour."
Chinese hacker groups are targeting U.S. cancer research institutes as the regime looks to solve the problem of increasing cancer deaths in the country, according to a report released on Aug. 21.
In recent years, Chinese hackers linked to the regime have attacked organizations involved in cancer research on multiple occasions, according to the report by California-based cybersecurity firm FireEye.
The cyberattacks, the report stated, likely flow from the regime's desire to find a cure for the disease‐the country's No. 1 killer‐and, in turn, stave off its attendant social costs.
"It is likely that an area of unique interest is cancer-related research, reflective of China's growing concern over increasing cancer and mortality rates, and the accompanying national health care costs," the report stated.
(Bloomberg) -- Amid a growing shortfall of qualified nurses in the U.K., students and professors at Imperial College London are developing a robot with dexterous 3D-printed fingers to assist the elderly or physically-challenged. Will it speak Tagalog?
A modified version of a robot nicknamed Baxter, the machine has two mechanical arms, an animated face, as well as sensors to help it analyze patterns and detect if a human user is struggling to lift or move a limb.
"There’s an increasing need for technologies that will allow people to maintain their independence, and through that, satisfy their fundamental human desire for privacy and dignity," Yiannis Demiris, the director of the personal robotic laboratory at Imperial, said in an interview.
I know several Phillipina nurses, Beso - brother-in-law married one- good people and good nurses, IMO. Still, they tend to be small and American invalids tend to be quite large, so I can see the need for some robotic assistance...
LONDON (AP) ‐ A cheap daily pill that combines four drugs cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure in a large study, suggesting it could be a good way to help prevent heart problems especially in poor countries.
The pills contained two blood pressure drugs, a cholesterol medicine and aspirin. Many people can’t afford or don’t stick with taking so many medicines separately, so doctors think a polypill might help. A previous study testing one in India found it lowered cholesterol and blood pressure. The new study is much larger and gives stronger evidence because it tracked heart attacks, strokes and other problems ‐ not just risk factors.
It involved about 6,800 people in Iran, ages 50-75, some with previous heart problems and others without them. All got advice on healthy lifestyles and half also were given polypills. After five years, 6% of those in the pill group had suffered a heart attack, stroke or heart failure versus 9% of the others. That worked out to a 34% lower risk with the polypill, and a 22% lower risk after researchers took into account other heart drugs that participants were taking.
People who took the polypill most faithfully, at least 70% of the time, had even bigger reductions in heart risks.
The benefit mostly seemed to come from lowering cholesterol; blood pressure didn’t significantly change. Side effects were similar in both groups. Some who developed a cough while on the polypill were switched to another version that substituted one of the four drugs. All of the drugs are cheap generic medicines now.
The polypill combines a variety of fixed-dose drugs, including at least one blood-pressure-lowering compound, a statin, and often aspirin, each of those being useful in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Research has proposed that the combination of a statin, one of three things for the treatment of blood pressure (each at half-standard dose), folic acid and aspirin in a “poly-pill” can reduce IHD events by 88% and stroke by 80%. People taking this formulation would benefit from an additional average of 11 years free of these conditions.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.