Monthly Archives: September 2014

Iranian president blames West for creating jihadists

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran delivered a searing indictment of Western and Arab states on Thursday in his annual speech to the United Nations, blaming them for sowing the seeds of extremism in the Middle East with “strategic blunders” that have given rise to the Islamic State and other violent jihadist groups. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/world/middleeast/hassan-rouhani-iran-united-nations.html?ref=world “Certain intelligence […]

SSRI retrospective: Prozac and mood as pathology

In the late 1980s and the 90s, Prozac was widely viewed as a miracle pill, a life preserver thrown to those who felt themselves drowning in the high waters of mental anguish. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/us/selling-prozac-as-the-life-enhancing-cure-for-mental-woes.html?ref=us It was the star in a class of new pharmaceuticals known as S.S.R.I.s — selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Underlying their use is […]

Obamacare funnels wealth to healthcare investors

The Obama administration increased the pressure on states to expand Medicaid on Wednesday, citing new evidence that hospitals reap financial benefits and gain more paying customers when states broaden eligibility.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/25/us/health-act-cuts-spending-at-hospitals-report-finds.html?ref=us In states that have expanded Medicaid, the White House said, hospitals are seeing substantial reductions in “uncompensated care” as more patients have Medicaid coverage […]

Taxpayers loose billions on TARP payouts to GM and Ally

Top executives at General Motors and Ally Financial, both of which received bailouts from the United States Treasury Department in 2009, were paid excessively even as taxpayers lost money, according to a special inspector general report. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/25/business/report-rebukes-treasury-for-bailout-pay-packages.html?ref=us The report, released Wednesday, criticized the Treasury Department for loosening its own restrictions on executive pay for G.M. […]

3 more firefighters environmentally poisoned on 9/11 die

The Fire Department of New York says three retired firefighters who worked at ground zero have died on the same day from 9/11-related illnesses. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/09/25/us/ap-us-sept-11-firefighters-die.html?ref=us Lt. Howard Bischoff and firefighters Robert Leaver and Daniel Heglund died Monday. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says their deaths are “a painful reminder that 13 years later we continue to […]

Iraq joins chorus proclaiming CIA and ISIL connection

“We know about who made Daesh,” said Bahaa al-Araji, a deputy prime minister, using an Arabic shorthand for the Islamic State on Saturday at a demonstration called by the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr to warn against the possible deployment of American ground troops. Mr. Sadr publicly blamed the C.I.A. for creating the Islamic State in […]

PA state police lockdown township after trooper killing

Authorities hunkered down early Saturday in the neighborhood where a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper lived with his parents, raising hopes they had him cornered a week after the ambush outside a rural police barracks. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/09/20/us/ap-us-police-barracks-shooting.html?ref=us For a second night, authorities closed roads near the home in a […]