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Are Canadian drugs unsafe?

The senators who voted against the Canadian drug bill said they acted out of concern for safety. If the drugs were being imported from the Sudan or Burma then I might agree. But Canada? Does anyone believe that a pharmacy in Vancouver is less safe than a pharmacy in Seattle? There are Walmart stores with pharmacies in Canada, just like in the U.S.. And they are selling the same drugs from the same factories. Perhaps Canada's version of the F.D.A is completely corrupt and/or incompetent, but I doubt it. I have no qualms about assuming that Canada's standards are just as good as ours.

Lindsey Graham: Anyone Celebrating Russian Interference is a 'Political Hack'


Expedia stole $350 from me.

I booked a flight from Los Angles to Fort Lauderdale using Expedia. It was one of their “bargain fares”. It was listed as a 5 hour flight for $260. By the time I finished typing my name, address, etc., the fare went up to $350. I bought it anyway. After paying, the itinerary showed a 9-1/2 hour flight with a 2 hour layover in Chicago. Customer service refused to give a refund or book me on another flight. Since I paid with a debit card instead of a credit card, I could not cancel the charge. I am warning everyone I know – “Use Expedia at your own peril”.

Yes I do believe that the sexy TV star from 50 years does look a lot different now.

I know that Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island, Jennie from I Dream of Jennie, or Tuesday Weld from Dobie Gillis do not look the same. In fact I would be totally freaked out if they did. So why do those ads keep asking me. Are the people who make the ads the only people who are not familiar with the concept of getting older?

Poll: How soon after Jan 20th will Putin invade eastern Ukraine

I say 3 months, nothing like a good old fashioned spring offensive.

Did Obama push hard enough for Merrick Garland?

It seem to me that Obama and the Democratic establishment could have waged a much stronger public campaign against GOP obstructionism. They had the moral high ground and could have really made the situation into a much bigger issue than it was. I suspect that the reason they didn't push harder is because they assumed Hillary would win. Obama and the Dems probably thought that after Hillary was elected the republicans would confirm Garland rather than risk Hillary nominating someone more liberal.

Moral of the story: Strike hard as soon as possible and don't take anything for granted.

WaPo; Im a scientist who has gotten death threats. I fear what may happen under Trump.


 Michael E. Mann is a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University.

I had been opening mail at my desk that afternoon in August 2010 when a dusting of white powder fell from the folds of a letter. I dropped the letter, held my breath and slipped out the door as swiftly as I could, shutting it behind me. First I went to the bathroom to scrub my hands. Then I called the police.

Brilliant: Stephen Colbert and Michael Stipe sing "End Of The Year As We Know It"

Watch Bernie Sanders convince a Trump voter she voted for the wrong person in less than 2 minutes


Robert Reich on John Kasich

The country, and the world, will definitely survive 4 years of President Kasich. The same cannot be said of Trump.


"Of all Republican hopefuls, John Kasich, who announced his bid yesterday, is the best of a bad lot. Kasich has as much experience and an equal or better record than the other governors running, and more experience in government than the rest of the field combined. During his governorship he moved Ohio from 48th in job creation to eighth (second in the Midwest), halved unemployment to 5.2 percent and increased income by 9.8 percent. Poverty fell three times faster than the national rate, helped by a Kasich initiative to adopt a version of the earned income tax credit, which makes work worthwhile for fast-food employees and hotel maids," Reich writes in a Facebook post.

"I dealt with Kasich when he was a congressman from Ohio and headed the Budget Committee, and found him to be honest, forthright, and willing to listen and change his mind if the arguments were against him. Although a social conservative, against abortion and for the death penalty, Kasich has accused his party of waging a war on the poor, and has spoken up for immigrants. He has argued against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and has taken Medicaid expansion dollars. According to Bloomberg, when Randy Kendrick, a major contributor and wife of the owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, objected to Kasich's moral defense of aid to the poor, Kasich fired back, "I don't know about you, lady, but when I get to the pearly gates, I'm going to have an answer for what I've done for the poor." He hasn't been invited to a Koch brothers meet-and-greet since.

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