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  1. #16246

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    Oh brother. And in case anyone skimmed and missed this part, key in on this.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post

    Despite Measles Warnings, Anti-Vaccine Rally Draws Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews

    Organized by a Monsey-based Jewish group, the event also showed how the movement was gaining ground: Greg Mitchell, a Washington-based lobbyist who represents the Church of Scientology, attended the meeting and addressed the crowd, offering to be their “voice in the public-policy game.”

  2. #16247

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    Stephanie Wittels Wachs
    ‏@wittelstephanie

    Make no mistake - a state that criminalizes abortion but ranks 50th in public education doesn’t give a s**t about children.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  3. #16248

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    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  4. #16249

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    She should have gone to Nevada, where it is legal...
    Missing winter...

  5. #16250

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post

  6. #16251

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    Ponchi, You get a "post of the week" award from me for the comment 2 above here. And those 19 seconds from Casablanca are among the very best moments in all of film history. I never tire of seeing that scene!!! GH

  7. #16252

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    Just to clarify for all 2 of you who might have wondered: There is no set frequency to "post of the week" awards. Lamentably, the anticipated prizes have also not yet arrived.

    GH

  8. #16253

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    Saudi Arabia Is Buying Up Water Supplies In States Hit Hard By Drought

    by Jake Thomas

    Saudi Arabia-based Almarai, one of the world's largest food production companies, owns 15,000 acres in the U.S.

    Alfalfa is a staple crop in Saudi Arabia, but growing the grain is cost prohibitive and was formally banned in 2016, due to its water-intensive nature and dwindling water resources of the country’s mostly-desert landscape.

    In light of this situation, Saudi Arabia-based Almarai — which is one of the world’s largest food production companies — was forced to travel the globe in search of cheaper water and land for growing alfalfa.

    Since 2014, Almarai subsidiary Fondomonte Farms has purchased 15,000 acres of farmland in the U.S. — or 16 percent of the irrigated valley between Arizona and California — according to The Guardian.

    What makes the area so attractive to growers is the benefit of a deal struck clear back in the 1800s by a British gold rush-era prospector named Thomas Blythe — a deal still in place today that allows those in the desert adjacent to the Colorado river “unquantified water rights for beneficial use.”

    And that 1877 deal allows the water to be used for free.

    The rights are now owned by the Palo Verde Irrigation District, which is not allowed to sell the water and only charge enough to cover its overhead, which The Guardian said comes to $77 per acre — “an astonishingly low rate” — regardless of how much water is used.

    But today’s water supply and demand are not the same as they were in 1877, thanks to sprawling cities and suburbs, agriculture, the global supply chain and climate change. Now, the Colorado river is at a record low but demand has only grown and there is nothing in place to curb the use of its limited resource.

    Some were outraged when the Saudi Arabian company waltzed into the small town of Blythe, California, and began buying up land, only to subsidize its own water deficiency across the ocean and export the fruit of America’s water for its own use.

    The Guardian noted that Gizmodo ran a headline in 2015 reading, “Saudi Arabia is Outsourcing its Drought to California.”

    But Dan Putnam, an alfalfa expert and UC Davis professor, believes the outrage is unwarranted. He noted in remarks to The Guardian that only 4 percent of alfalfa crops grown in the U.S. are exported, which is small beans compared to others, such as water-intensive almonds, of which 70 percent are shipped overseas.

    As water supplies dry up in certain areas of the world, companies and governments increasingly will turn to resources found elsewhere to meet their needs.

    “For the survival of that country,” Putnam said of Saudi Arabia, “they will look to other parts of the world.”


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  9. #16254

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    I forgot who said it. The real important wars of the XXIst century will be fought over water, not oil.
    (Here is looking at Saudi, Pakistan and China)
    Missing winter...

  10. #16255

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    I have my doubts. China has enough water and the others - who are they going to fight? Particularly Pakistan... The only neighbor they can beat is Afghanistan.
    Roger forever

  11. #16256

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    I don't know where you get that China has enough water. It is a very desert country.
    Pakistan's northern regions are also very dry. The water comes from the Kashmir area, which you know India also claims. If you say Pakistan is not willing to go to war with India, well, I hope you are right.
    Missing winter...

  12. #16257

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    The water comes from the Kashmir area, which you know India also claims. If you say Pakistan is not willing to go to war with India, well, I hope you are right.
    I don't know what they are willing to do, but I'm quiet sure they don't stand a chance against India militarily. It's like Mexico attacking US.
    Roger forever

  13. #16258

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    NYC nurse admits stealing fentanyl from Montefiore Medical Center
    By ELLEN MOYNIHAN and ROCCO PARASCANDOLA
    | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
    MAY 17, 2019 | 6:31 PM


    Olivia Daniti pleads guilty to falsifying business records and criminal control of a controlled substance in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday. (Barry Williams/for New York Daily News)

    A Long Island nurse pleaded guilty Friday to stealing fentanyl from the hospital where she worked, the Daily News has learned.

    Olivia Daniti, 31, admitted to swiping the highly addictive opioid from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx between Oct. 27 and Oct. 29. The hospital fired her three days later.

    Daniti, who has been a registered nurse since 2011, stole 45 vials from machines that dispense medicine. She hit the machine 20 times on her days off, sources told The News.

    The machine that Danioti used as her personal dealer, requires a patient name’s to access the drugs. Daniti used the names of random patients — including infants, the sources said.

    Another nurse allegedly saw that Daniti noted a dose of fentanyl in a patient’s file and grew suspicious.

    The hospital contacted the NYPD, which investigated with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the city’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s office.

    Daniti was at Montefiore for five months and worked in a cardiac unit. Within a month, sources say, she started raiding the medicine stash, even though she’s only charged with the October thefts.


    In this June 1, 2018 file photo, small vials of fentanyl are shown in the inpatient pharmacy at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

    She surrendered Friday morning, then appeared before Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Laurie Peterson, where she plead guilty to drug possession and falsifying business records.

    Daniti, who lives in Kings Park, was conditionally released on the drug charge but given five years probation for the other charge.

    Peterson warned Daniti that if she violated terms of her plea she would impose “mandatory lengthy sentences of incarceration.”

    Law enforcement sources said Daniti appears to have a drug problem, though when she was first confronted by hospital officials she claimed she was stealing the painkiller for others.



    Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. (Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)

    Sources said Daniti is the subject of two investigations by the state Office of Professional Discipline — one for what happened at Montefiore and another involving alleged wrongdoing at a Long Island hospital where she previously worked.

    Jeanne Beattie, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Education, which runs the OPD, said she can’t comment on the specifics of any case but that any conviction is considered professional misconduct. Daniti will likely lose her license, sources said.

    A hospital spokeswoman, Laura Ruocco, said Montefiore moved quickly to dismiss Daniti and that it has “taken active measures to prevent a situation like this from recurring.”


    https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york...khu-story.html
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  14. #16259

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    Sigh. Do I even have to say it?

    The crime occurred in the Bronx but somehow she ended up being tried and sentenced in Manhattan. Somehow I don't think the Bronx DA would have let her off so easily. Anyone else would be in jail for a very long time.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  15. #16260

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    Whooosh......I agree, Ti. How in the world did someone let her off with probation only? GH

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