Chinese source in blood thinner toxicity

The source of contaminants found in a German version of the
blood-thinning drug heparin has been narrowed down to one possible
supplier from China, manufacturer RotexMedica GmbH said Friday.
The Trittau, Germany-based company, part of France's Groupe Panpharma,
recalled three batches of the drug last week after 80 dialysis patients
were sickened, saying at the time that the contamination was believed
to be linked to ingredients from China.
In a statement Friday, RotexMedica said that its investigation has now
narrowed down the source of contamination to one possible supplier from
China. The statement did not identify the company, and a spokeswoman
would not elaborate.
“Further investigation is still necessary to confirm this finding,” the
company said.
While there have been no reported fatalities in Germany, a different
brand of heparin produced in the U.S. has been linked to 19 deaths
there, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA urged all U.S. suppliers of heparin to start using high-tech
tests to make sure their products are free of a contaminant that is the
prime suspect for hundreds of allergic-type reactions linked to Baxter
International Inc.'s U.S.-sold heparin injections.
RotexMedica said it was working with German authorities, the FDA, …

Alarm over Chavez's Military Buildup

The Venezuelan President's show of force on Colombia's border has
heightened U.S. concerns about his escalating arms purchases from Russia
by Peter Wilson
While Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez likes to boast that his
revolution is constructing a new socialist man, he isn't neglecting the
country's soldiers whose support is essential to his rule. Over the
last three years, Chávez has spent more than $4 billion on jet
fighters, attack helicopters, and rifles. And he is poised to spend
billions more later this year on Russian-made submarines and air
defense systems.
Chávez's growing military clout was no more apparent than in last
week's confrontation with Colombia over the death of a rebel leader.
The strike by Colombian forces that killed Raul Reyes, the No. 2 man in
the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), took place inside
the Ecuadorean border. But it was Chávez who immediately escalated the
conflict by sending nine battalions of men, plus armor and military
jets, to his country's frontier with Colombia. Colombia countered with
accusations that a computer belonging to Reyes revealed Chávez had sent
$300 million to the FARC.
Saber Rattling on the Border
A summit of Latin American Presidents in the Dominican Republic managed

Whatever happened to our moral compass?

How does that old joke go? “This is your captain speaking; I've got
good news and bad news. The bad news is that we're lost. … I have no
idea where we are. But the good news: We're making exceptionally good
Seems to me that's a pretty good description of America today.
If anybody today is paying even casual attention to the news, it must
be obvious that our society is going through cataclysmic changes. While
there have always been occasional scandals and public shocks, they've
never been the rule. I remember reading about the “Teapot Dome”
scandal, involving major politicians in cahoots with unscrupulous
businessmen. But that enormous fiasco seemed to effect a wholesale
cleanup that lasted perhaps a decade. That's the way it seemed to work:
a big shameful mess followed by a period of decorous, moral behavior.
For most of our history as a nation, the Judeo-Christian principles
that fostered and permeated our Declaration of Independence and our
Constitution – our very way of life – dictated that immoral, corrupt,
dishonest behavior was simply unacceptable. It was no secret that we
all, fallible and failing at times, actually believed that there are
unchanging standards of acceptable …

The criminalization of parents

By Stephen Baskerville
The California appeals court decision criminalizing parents who
homeschool their children is only the tip of an iceberg. Nationwide,
parents are already being criminalized in huge numbers, and it is not
limited to homeschoolers.
During the Clinton years, the trend toward turning children into tools
for expanding government power increased rapidly. Otherwise
indefensible programs and regulations are now rationalized as “for the
As a result, government now has so many ways to incarcerate parents
that hardly a family in America has not been touched. The
criminalization of parents is highly bureaucratic, effected through a
bureaucratic judiciary and supported by a vast “social services”
machinery that few understand until it strikes them. They then find
themselves against a faceless government behemoth from which they are
powerless to protect their children or defend themselves.
Homeschoolers are usually accused of “educational neglect,” a form of
child abuse. Like other child abuse accusations, it does not usually
involve a formal charge, uniformed police, or a jury trial. Instead the
accusations are leveled by social workers, whose subjective judgment is
minimally restrained by due-process protections. As Susan Orr, head of
the federal Children's Bureau points out, these social workers are in

'Abolish the Fed'

Jim Rogers:
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke should resign and the Fed should
be abolished as a way to boost the falling dollar and speed up the
recovery of the U.S. economy, investor Jim Rogers, CEO of Rogers
Holdings, told CNBC Europe Wednesday.
Asked what he would do if he were in Bernanke's shoes, Rogers, who
slammed the Fed for pouring liquidity in the system and accepting
mortgage-backed securities as guarantees, said: “I would abolish the
Federal Reserve and I would resign.”
If this happened, “we don't have anybody printing money, we don't have
inflation in the land, we don't have a collapsing U.S. dollar,” he told
“Squawk Box Europe.”
The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday a rescue package that it
would put around $200 billion into banks and investment houses and
allow them to put up risky home-loan packages as collateral.
Wall Street responded to the news with the biggest rally of the year,
but Rogers reminisced of the 1970s, when the Fed printed money to avert
a recession, boosting inflation and then forcing interest rates tomore
than 20 percent to keep a lid on …

Schoolboy found hanged in his bedroom after Ritalin prescription was increased

A schoolboy who was taking Ritalin has been found hanged in his
Anthony Cole, 15, had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and
recently had his prescription for the drug increased.
Recent research claims that Ritalin, also used to combat hyperactivity
in children, has led to many developing “manic and psychotic” symptoms.

Anthony Cole was found hanging after his Ritalin prescription had been
The drug has previously faced criticism for side effects that include
mood swings and sleeping difficulties.
Anthony's father said he had noticed the schoolboy becoming snappy and
acting as if in a trance shortly before he died.
Days earlier, he had asked his mother how to write a will and enquired
about life insurance.
On Saturday, an hour after cuddling her and telling his family he loved
them, Anthony was found dead by his father.
Colin, 51, of Conniburrow, Milton Keynes, said yesterday: “He was just
so cheerful and always smiling, but I think he bottled a lot of his
feelings up.
“He had said he was worried about his GCSEs and that bigger boys at
school had been picking on him.
“He had his problems but on school holidays he seemed so much …