(Reuters) - A Los Angeles County resident has died from a lung illness possibly tied to vaping, bringing the total number of such U.S. deaths to five, health officials said on Friday.
Officials are warning against e-cigarette use as the exact cause of any link between vaping and the lung condition remains unknown.
The unidentified person was described as an older adult who had chronic underlying health conditions and was one of 12 cases of people in Los Angeles County experiencing severe and sudden lung disease after a history of vaping, said Muntu Davis, the heath officer of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
"Our recommendation ... is that if you don’t have to vape, don’t do it right now. There really is a lot of unknowns. There is a lot of information that needs to be gathered," he said during a news conference.
Deaths have also been confirmed in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday. In addition, the agency is probing 450 cases of lung illness that may have been caused by e-cigarette use around the country.
...And there's the distinct possibility that the one thing almost all of these cases have in common is that they involve vaping CBDs or other forms of marijuana.
Of course, that's not going to get attention because Weed Is Good(TM) and after decades of trying to get it legalized, nobody's going to let it slip back now.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
09/07/2019 7:36 Comments ||
It's the vaporization of the oils in the CBD, pot, hash and other new vaping products being manufactured under the table. This oil vapor gets into the tiny nooks and crannies of the lungs and isn't easily expelled by the body, hence the infections.
I've vaped for years and the standard flavored nicotine products don't have oils in their ingredients.
Follow the money. The tobacco companies (and their proxies) have tried multiple ways to quash the vape industry, but have been unsuccessful up to now.
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
09/07/2019 8:53 Comments ||
Tobaco taxes are an important gov income item?
Yes, and in some states like California, marijuana taxes are too.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
09/07/2019 10:41 Comments ||
Whoever is behind it, there is an increasingly aggressive push behind it: medical, cultural, social approaches/counter advertising.
There is a gap in all the data sources at this time for these time periods in which the aircraft changed course sharply, slowed by over 200 knots, and descended.
by 0251 they are at 28000 315kts 213 heading
0301 10800ft 299kts 212 hdg
They stay roughly at that for 10 minutes then land by 0330.
Apparently landed safely, on the ground at Gander.
I wonder what happened apparently just after 2AM to drop speed and cause the sharp divergence? And the data from the tracking radars and flight reporting systems for the critical time period is conveniently missing or withheld as of now.
If it was an engine sensor or problem, the pilot did the right thing for sure. Don't want to start the northernmost part of a creat circle route over the Atlantic in a twin-engine jet and have one of the engines go wonky.
If the passenger has not lived in a cold climate and is used to burning the calories, they will probably need to get their oil changed after eating one of the various recipes for Poutine. " It's OK but it needs more cheese and chili powder. "
[DAWN] The final death toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas could be “staggering,” a government minister has said as the storm lashed North Carolina in the US on Friday with torrential rain and fierce wind.
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told CNN on Thursday that at least 30 people were killed in the storm, which caused what he called “generational devastation.”
Extra morticians and refrigerated coolers to store bodies were being sent to the region to help authorities cope with the deadly impact, Health Minister Duane Sands told local media.
Of the final number killed, he declared: “Let me say that I believe the number will be staggering.”
An AFP team in the town of Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco on Thursday saw scenes of catastrophic damage with homes reduced to matchsticks, overturned cars, fields of jumbled debris, widespread flooding and beached boats.
[THEHILL] A panel of three judges dismissed a case brought by Britain's former Prime Minister John Major and businesswoman Gina Miller arguing that current Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempt to suspend Parliament through prorogation is an abuse of power, Bloomberg reported Friday.
The case will be appealed to the U.K.'s highest court, handing Johnson a second legal victory and setting up a final battle over Parliament and likely the fate of the U.K.'s exit from the European Union (EU) in the Supreme Court.
Miller slammed the ruling in a press conference Friday, according to Bloomberg, and vowed to continue the battle before the nation's highest court.
“Today we stand for everyone, we stand for future generations, and we stand for representative democracy,” she reportedly said. “To give up now would be a dereliction of our responsibilities.”
“As disappointed with the result as Mrs. Miller will be, we will go to the Supreme Court,” her attorney reportedly added.
Johnson has attempted to suspend British Parliament over its so-far successful efforts to block a "no-deal Brexit," or a departure from the EU without a formal trading agreement and provisions to ensure free passage in and out of the U.K., particularly on the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The U.K. is set to leave the EU on Oct. 31, which currently sits as the deadline for passing an agreement on border protections and trade.
The Backstop problem: Feel free to offer a solution. I'm sure Boris would be happy.
The backstop is an emergency solution, which the EU and Great Britain have agreed on in the Brexit treaty, so that in the future it is guaranteed that this border will remain open. This is the only way for both sides to fulfill the requirements of the peace treaty of 10 April 1998, which stipulates that the border must not impede the coexistence of the Irish through any border controls.
As long as the UK - and thus Northern Ireland - was a member of the EU, the problem did not arise. However, this changes with the UK's withdrawal from the EU Customs Union and the internal market, because at the same time the line between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland suddenly turns into the EU's external border. This means that customs controls, product origin, quality controls and veterinary inspections of livestock must be carried out automatically.
The border problem will be solved once the UK and the EU have agreed on a permanent free trade agreement. But this may take years. Britain and the EU have agreed on a two-year transitional period after the Brexit agreement in March 2019. This transitional period can actually be extended one more time.
But if the negotiations take longer or both sides cannot agree, Brussels will make sure that the backstop comes into play. This emergency solution for the border means that Great Britain will continue to form a customs union with the EU, so that customs controls at the Irish border can be dispensed with. At the same time, Northern Ireland is to remain in the EU's single market for freight traffic, making border controls superfluous with regard to freight traffic and veterinary controls.
At the same time, the sea between Northern Ireland and the "mainland" Britain will become an imaginary border of the EU internal market and quality controls in the ports will become necessary. English livestock brought from England to Northern Ireland, for example, must then be inspected in the ports of Northern Ireland. This agreement is being met with resistance in the British Parliament.
The Northern Ireland DUP party does not accept that Northern Ireland should be treated differently from the rest of the UK in the case of Backstop. For the DUP, the United Kingdom must not be divided, not even by different quality rules. Hence the DUP's categorical no to the backstop in the withdrawal contract.
The British Parliament opposes the fact that the backstop forces the UK into a customs union with the EU. This makes it more difficult to negotiate free trade agreements with third countries. It is also completely unacceptable for many Brexiteers that the UK cannot get out of Backstop alone. The EU must agree to this.
The backstop shows the deep mistrust that exists between both sides. The British fear that the EU will be able to blackmail the UK: Either you accept our proposal of a future free trade agreement - or we won't let you out of the backstop, keep you in a customs union and Northern Ireland in the EU internal market.
The EU, for its part, fears that the British will simply rely on the EU to waive all border controls anyway in order not to endanger the Irish peace. But this would not be allowed under WTO rules. A country violates the principle of equal treatment when it freely imports goods from a neighboring country - Northern Ireland, for example - but controls trade from other countries. That is why the EU is adamant about the backstop.
The backstop is part of the legally binding withdrawal agreement, which the EU no longer wants to change. British demands that the backstop be dropped are therefore unrealistic.
So, what do you propose?
Posted by: European Conservative ||
09/07/2019 1:44 Comments ||
"A Briton will never be a slave" still relevant?
I would like to hear an argument but none seems to be forthcoming.
Posted by: European Conservative ||
09/07/2019 18:05 Comments ||
It's not up to me to propose a solution to a border squabble between the UK and Ireland/EUSSR. They can work it out for themselves, I hope, as gentlemen. But I would be astonished if the Brits let it prevent them from regaining their independence.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
09/07/2019 18:18 Comments ||
Suddenly the EU is super serious about solid borders.
This means that customs controls, product origin, quality controls and veterinary inspections of livestock must be carried out automatically.
What if the Irish Republic continues to agree - in principle - but refuses to observe these requirements in practice?
Will the EU then punish Ireland? Careful: the English could tell you a thing or two about how the Irish respond when their back's to the wall. (They aren't called "fighting Irish" for nothing.)
In all seriousness, why is this such a big issue? Friendly neighbors dispense with petty customs requirements all the time. In reality, nothing - absolutely nothing - has changed with regard to English products' ability to meet or surpass "product origin, quality controls and veterinary inspections of livestock."
Do you really believe that Orish consumers are risking ha if Ireland does not "automatically" start performing redundant and ridiculous inspections that is has not been performing since the Good Friday accords?
The fact that you harp on such a redundant, unnecessary bureaucratic standard in the face of a perfectly acceptable reality is a perfect example of why the EU is such a heavy-handed and oppressive joke.
EC, the essence of this argument is that many of the world's political problems are perfectly solvable through non-legal, non-bureaucratic means.
Not every issue involving social, commercial etc relations between civilized peoples requires 500 pages of legal code and armies of judges and trade etc legal specialists for it to be resolved in a workable manner.
What you are failing to see, in your (in my view) extreme attachment to bureaucratic trade law mechanisms, is that Brexit is ultimately about CILTURE, not trade.
The Anglo-American tradition of common law - and the English way of government ever since 1689 - is above all NON-BUREAUCRATIC, pragmatic, and reasonable.
The Napoleonic system never took hold in our culture.
The accession of the U.K. into the EU is a mortal threat to the foundational values embedded in those core traditions of Parliamentary sovereignty and common law. The people rule: not bureaucrats, not trade lawyers, not "human rights lawyers," not Eurocrats. No: the people - the British people shall rule Britain.
This is not about trade. If Britain were to continue sliding into the morass of rule-by-Eurocrat & EU legalisms, then Britain would cease to be Britain. A 300 year-old tradition - arguably the greatest (or 2nd-greatest, after the American) political tradition on earth - would disappear.
Is that worth saving £8,000 on a BMW?
Don't you find it ironic that Europeans whose forbears bitterly criticized Albion as "a nation of shopkeepers" are now asking the British to act like ... grubby greedy shopkeepers?
[ALMASDARNEWS] President Nicolás Maduro ...Commie el presidente para la vida of Venezuela, successor to Hugo Chavez. Nick is his country's attempt at producing a Muammar Qadaffy, except that even though his country's sitting on an enormous puddle of oil, he can't manage to get it out of the ground... is deploying missile defenses along Venezuela ...a country in Central America that sits on an enormous pool of oil. Formerly the most prospereous country in the region, it became infested with Commies sniffing almost unlimited wealth. It turned out the wealth wasn't unlimited, the economy collapsed under the clownish Hugo Chavez, the murder rate exceeds places like Honduras and El Salvador, and a significant proportion of the populace as refugeed to Colombia and points south... ’s border to ward off a potential attack launched under false pretenses, he announced after declaring an "orange alert" over the Colombian threat.
Colombian President Ivan Duque has not only put his country "into a war that is raging, but now aims for a false positive to attack Venezuela", Maduro said in an address broadcast on state TV on Wednesday,
Maduro warned that Duque could use a phony incident to "put together a cheap political show at the cost of an armed conflict" and hoodwink the international community into backing him.
Maduro ordered the deployment of Venezuela’s missile defense system and commanded the military to patrol the Colombian border for two weeks starting on September 10, without specifying any details. Earlier he declared an "orange alert against the threat of aggression of Colombia against Venezuela" on Tuesday, two days after Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez presented satellite photos charging Colombia with harboring terrorist training camps.
Last week, the US opened a "Venezuela Affairs Unit" in its Colombian embassy, signaling that the effort to depose Maduro with the help of Venezuela’s neighbors is not winding down any time soon despite the repeated failure of US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó ...Venezuelan politician, a member of the social-democratic Popular Will party, and serves as a federal deputy to the National Assembly representing the state of Vargas. In 2019 he was appointed by the Popular Will party to become the president of the National Assembly, after which he declared he was acting president of the country, challenging Nicolás Maduro's presidency and starting the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis.... ’s efforts to seize power.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wrecked scow, a single surviver held tightly to the smashed prow... the US Air Force has completed its first deployment to Guyana in over a decade, having sent 600 service members on a four-month "humanitarian outreach" mission with an eye toward forging a lasting alliance with the country’s military.
The US has also stepped up its "humanitarian assistance" to Venezuelans living everywhere in the region except Venezuela, supplying $120 million through USAID as Washington continues to exert "maximum pressure" through choking Caracas with sanctions.
MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine carried out a long-awaited prisoner swap on Saturday in a step that could thaw a deep freeze in relations since Moscow’s annexation of the Crimea region in 2014.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Friday rejected calls for a switch to a parliamentary republic as he met opposition activists and public figures to discuss political reforms.
“I am convinced that Kazakhstan must remain a presidential republic, but the parliament will assume a worthy role in the political system,” he said.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Friday rejected calls for a switch to a parliamentary republic made by opposition activists at recent public protests, but promised to give the Central Asian nation’s parliament a greater role.
Tokayev took over the oil-rich former Soviet republic this year, when his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned after nearly three decades in power, and some groups have urged him to dismantle the highly centralized political system.
“I am convinced that Kazakhstan must remain a presidential republic, but the parliament will assume a worthy role in the political system,” Tokayev said at a meeting with opposition activists and public figures picked by his government to join a newly-established National Council of Public Confidence.
Tokayev said he wanted to boost political competition by amending electoral laws and give the parliament a bigger say in major decisions.
The Nur Otan party led by Nazarbayev holds more than 80 seats in the 107-seat lower house of parliament, which mostly rubberstamps legislation drafted by the government. The next parliamentary election is due next year.
Nazarbayev’s daughter Dariga Nazarbayeva is the speaker of parliament’s upper house.
[DAWN] Thousands of Hong Kongers held rallies on Friday night, rejecting calls by the city's pro-Beijing leader to end their movement as the finance hub braces for another weekend of clashes, including a plan to disrupt the airport.
Police fired brief volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets against a few hundred protesters who had gathered outside a police station in Mongkok district.
The demonstrators later blocked roads, set barricades on fire and faced off with riot police before dispersing without any major new clashes.
[DAWN] Hafizabad police on Friday rescued a 50-year-old woman who was held captive in a room by her own brothers for 10 years.
According to police spokesperson Ahmad Jamal, officials of the department acting on an anonymous tip-off on the telephone raided the house where the woman was being held captive. The woman was allegedly locked away over an inheritance dispute.
According to the first investigation report (FIR) registered against the two men, the person who tipped the police off said that the woman's shrieks did not let neighbours sleep all night and it sounded like she was close to death. The informant said that the woman should be rescued on a humanitarian basis.
According to the FIR, a police team was dispatched to the address, only to find the house locked from outside. While the police tried to find a way inside the premises, a number of neighbours gathered in the street with them. Soon after, one of the brothers returned home and "threatened to kill" the police officials present at the scene.
Upon the man's refusal to let the police enter the house, officials broke the padlock. Once inside, the officials found a semi-conscious woman locked up inside a room. The woman was found in her own excrement.
The neighbours identified the woman as the two men's sister.
After the police managed to bring the woman out of the room, a neighbour gave her a bath and changed her clothes before she was sent to the Rescue 1122 Trauma Centre.
The police then arrested the two men and registered an FIR against them under sections 344, 346, 498A, 506, 186 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Punjab Minister for Human Rights Ijaz Alam was also present at the time of the raid. He assured that the woman would be provided the best possible care while the culprits of the heinous act would be given exemplary punishment.
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
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