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Ever heard of Bill Gross?

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In 2004, 63% of staph infections in the United States were caused by Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, infamous for its mutation into a very drug resistant, and often deadly form.  19,000 die here every year due to MRSA, a number greater than those that die from complications due to AIDS.

In Norway, less than 1% of staph infections are MRSA after sweeping reforms were put in place nationwide aimed at stemmed the spread and deadliness of MRSA.

And, who would have guessed, it saves them money at the same time, which is probably the reason it'll take a ton of progressive effort to get such a system implemented here.

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Looks like a sweep by the good guys and gals in USA Today's annual poll!

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Sat Dec 26, 2009 at 10:36 PM PST

Blaming Islam.

by MarkShablamy

During our post-Christmasd-inner dinner, a sad yet interesting conversation popped up at the table:

Isn't racial profiling necessary in airports to prevent Muslim terrorism?

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The long-dormant construction of nuclear power plants in the United States is about to be reawakened:

In the next few days, the Energy Department plans to announce the first of $18.5 billion in loan guarantees for building new reactors.

Poll

Do you support loan guarantees for new nuclear power plants?

62%139 votes
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| 222 votes | Vote | Results

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First a little background.  I'm sure most of you know about this "controversy" as I have seen a few diaries about it on DailyKos, but for those you haven't, here's the gist of it:

North Carolina's constitution is clear: politicians who deny the existence of God are barred from holding office.

Opponents of Cecil Bothwell are seizing on that law to argue he should not be seated as a City Council member today, even though federal courts have ruled religious tests for public office are unlawful under the U.S. Constitution.

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It has come out that five Americans from Northern Virginia were arrested in Pakistan under suspicion of journeying there to join with Al-Qaeda and become jihadists.

Police in Pakistan Link 5 US Nationals to al-Qaida

Police in Pakistan say five American nationals they arrested this week in an eastern town have told interrogators they arrived in the country to join "jihad" or a holy war.  

U.S and Pakistani officials are interrogating the detainees who are said to be in their 20s and come from northern Virginia.  Local police say they the men were arrested at a house in the city of Sargodah and that all of them have admitted they had come to Pakistan for "jihad" or holy war.

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