Kurdish troops launched offensives against the Islamic State jihadist group on three fronts in northern Iraq on Tuesday, senior officers told AFP.
Troops struck before dawn against a town on the Syrian border, north of jihadist-controlled second city Mosul, and south of key oil hub Kirkuk, the commanders said.
A senior source in the Kurdish peshmerga said troops had entered the town of Rabia on the border with Syria, after seizing the villages of As-Saudiyah and Mahmudiyah.
“Ground troops are now fighting in the centre of Rabia,” which lies about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Mosul.
Supervalu Inc. and the operator of the Albertsons supermarket chain, which both suffered data breaches this year, said they discovered additional attacks in the computer networks that process card payments.
A malicious software program was installed in late August or early September that was different from the intrusions that were previously announced last month, the companies said yesterday. Albertsons, operated by AB Acquisition LLC, said stores were affected in nine states including California, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota.
The retail industry is under increasing pressure to improve security of computer systems and credit cards following a wave of data breaches at companies including Home Depot Inc., Target Corp. and Neiman Marcus Group Ltd.
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10. 21 percent (46 million) of all eligible voters in 2012 were 18-29 years old. By 2020, young voters will boast about 90 million eligible voters.
Many, many health professionals have relationships with industry.
Payments to Doctors Are Widespread
Below are the approximate numbers of health professionals who received some payment from each company in 2013, excluding research. We based this on the number of unique names, cities and states per company.
Dollars for Docs now includes 3.4 million payments since 2009, totaling more than $4 billion, of which $2.5 billion was for research. For 2013 alone, there were 1.2 million payments valued at nearly $1.4 billion.
It’s not possible to calculate the exact number of physicians represented, because drug companies haven’t used unique identification numbers that cross company lines. But it’s clear that the figure is in the hundreds of thousands.
Excluding research payments, the drugmaker Pfizer appeared to have interactions with the most health care professionals last year — about 142,600. AstraZeneca came in second with about 111,200. Johnson & Johnson and Forest Labs each had nearly 100,000. There are an estimated 800,000 to 900,000 active doctors in the United States.
“Most physicians that are in private practice are touched in some way” by the industry, said George Dunston, co-founder of Obsidian HDS, the creator of Pharmashine. “You add that up and it’s a pretty significant number.”
This is a very important story from some San Diego Journalists. inewsource.org
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They are played on my local PBS Radio, are based with SDSU and they are making a mark.
Deciding When a Life is No Longer Worth Living
What is this project about?
Reporter Joanne Faryon and video journalist Brad Racino gained access to one of these units to chronicle daily life for residents and their families.
Faryon heard the term “vent farm” when she was investigating hospice care and the closure of San Diego Hospice in 2013. It was a term that haunted her and her editor, Lorie Hearn, for months. In 2014, Faryon finally had time to dig into this topic.
Rafaela, 55, is severely brain injured. For the past four years, she has been kept alive with a feeding tube in her stomach and a breathing tube in her throat. She can’t walk or talk. It’s unlikely she knows who or where she is.
She is one of 4,000 men, women and children kept alive with machines in special wards in California’s nursing homes. (SS - imagine the number across the country)
On the books they’re called subacute units. But among some doctors, they’re known as “vent farms,” shorthand for the ventilators that keep so many of the residents breathing.
It is a gripping moral subject.
Despite the religious right’s clamoring for a Republican victory in 2016, there is, perhaps, a reason why more establishment Republicans didn’t attend the Values Voter Summit: They actually want to win elections. And in order to win, it’s imperative that they gain a share of the millennial and women vote. With a platform so divorced from reality, no one outside the realm of “values voters” is likely to be convinced that they will.
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Not sure what effect this study by Stanford on how people relate/behave online should have on the ratings systems here at LGF, but it’s certainly thought-provoking.
Turns out that updings really don’t seem to reward people & get them to participate more. Downdings only encourage the trolls to retaliate by attacking everyone else and basically shitting all over the community. And ignoring people and not responding at all to what they do makes them wander away, dispirited.
By applying our methodology to four large online news
communities for which we have complete article commenting
and comment voting data (about 140 million votes on 42
million comments), we discover that community feedback
does not appear to drive the behavior of users in a direction
that is beneficial to the community, as predicted by the
operant conditioning framework. Instead, we find that community
feedback is likely to perpetuate undesired behavior.
In particular, punished authors actually write worse
If this is true — then how do we wind up with a functional (well, more or less) place like this for conversation? I wonder what platforms they studied … if it’s the message boards on Yahoo News, then god help them, for that place is a cesspool of aberrated humanity. Or Breitbart/Red State/Free Republic.
Apparently one of the great trends in American health care2 is to outsource ER staffing. This means that even if you’re careful—possibly while in great pain or barely even coherent—to show up at an in-network ER covered by your insurance plan, there’s a pretty good chance that the actual doctors who attend you aren’t in your network. Naturally, this being American health care,3 you have no choice in this matter even if you’re savvy enough to know about the whole in-network and out-of-network distinction. And as we all know, out-of-network docs in the American health care system4 are basically allowed to charge any prices they want. And they do.
5 Things You Need to Know About California’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill - California’s Yes Means Yes Bill
Just a few weeks after the California State Legislature passed the bill that would require colleges to use “affirmative consent” language in their policies dealing with sexual violence on campus, Governor Jerry Brown announced that the bill has been signed into law. Read on below to see how this legislation will change things for college students from San Diego to San Francisco.
California is about to make history with the passage of a bill that will completely change how colleges and universities deal with sexual violence on campus. We break down the details of the monumental legislation below:
1. The bill was passed by the California State Legislature on August 28. The votes in the bill’s favor were unanimous in the California State Senate — from both Democrats and Republicans. The legislation now heads to the desk of state governor Jerry Brown for the final signature needed to make the bill into law. Once Brown signs, the Golden State will be the first in the nation to pass such a law.