Archive for the 'The World' Category

Swine Flu Roundup

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Health Care, Science, The World

There’s been a lot of talk about this little virus the past couple days, so I figured it might be helpful to connect everybody with some more stories that could help you sort the wheat from the chaff. And away we go… Officials in Mexico are scrambling to find the source of the infection, and […]

April 28th, 2009 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Are Corporate Pig Farms Linked To Swine Flu?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Health Care, Science, The World

A Smithfield Foods farm could be linked to the outbreak. Grist has more… Is Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork packer and hog producer, linked to the outbreak? Smithfield operates massive hog-raising operations Perote, Mexico, in the state of Vera Cruz, where the outbreak originated. The operations, grouped under a Smithfield subsidiary called Granjas Carroll, […]

April 28th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Quote Of The Day – Weakness

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Obama, Quotes, Republicans, The World

“Venezuela is a country whose defense budget is probably 1/600th of the United States’. They own Citgo. It’s unlikely that as a consequence of me shaking hands or having a polite conversation with Mr. Chavez that we are endangering the strategic interests of the United States. I don’t think anybody can find any evidence that […]

April 20th, 2009 | Permalink| 35 Comments »

Special Forces Free American Captain, Kill 3 Somali Pirates

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Military, The World

Quite a nice surprise on this holiday weekend. From ABC: A senior US official tells me that President Barack Obama approved a recommendation by Defense Secretary Bob Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen to dispatch special forces to the US scene on Friday. These special forces were authorized to take action “in […]

April 12th, 2009 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Comparing British And American TV News Celebrities

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media, The World, Video

Great little piece about the ridiculousness of Fox News, Olbermann, et al… Fair warning, there’s a little bit of cursing in this. We win! *shudder* (h/t: Sully) Tweet

April 11th, 2009 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

U.S. Trade Deficit Plummets

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economy, Money, The World

One silver lining to the economic crisis? We’re exporting more and importing less. From The Census Bureau: February exports of $126.8 billion and imports of $152.7 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $26.0 billion, down from $36.2 billion in January, revised. February exports were $2.0 billion more than January exports of $124.7 […]

April 9th, 2009 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Geithner Wants Broader Powers To Seize Non-Banks

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bailouts, Business, Money, Regulations, The World, Transparency, Wall Street

And after the AIG mess, I say we give it to him. How we allowed one company to take down the entire system still feels unreal to me. How on earth could we allow that to go down? Crazy, crazy, crazy. But it did happen and we are suffering massive fallout as a result, so […]

March 24th, 2009 | Permalink| 44 Comments »

China Pitches New Reserve Currency

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in China, Economy, Money, The World

You knew the time would come when the dollar would fall out of favor, but did you think it would happen this fast? Actually, it’s not just the dollar that we’re talking about here. What China is proposing is leveling the playing field and including all world currencies in the reserve basket, which now only […]

March 24th, 2009 | Permalink| 10 Comments »

“Ditch The Dollar” Meme Gains Steam?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Money, The World

What would happen if the dollar wasn’t the world’s reserve currency? Well, we may just find out if an U.N. panel has its way. From Reuters: Currency specialist Avinash Persaud, a member of the panel of experts, told a Reuters Funds Summit in Luxembourg that the proposal was to create something like the old Ecu, […]

March 19th, 2009 | Permalink| 12 Comments »

Many AIG Bonus Babies Live In London?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economy, Money, The World

Perhaps one of the reasons why the administration didn’t think they could challenge the bonuses in the first place? From the Guardian… The company said it was legally obliged to pay traders $165m (£118m) in “guaranteed” bonuses, despite the near collapse of the insurer last September and its subsequent $173bn bailout by US taxpayers. Staff […]

March 18th, 2009 | Permalink| 8 Comments »