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NBC Worker Tests Positive for Anthrax

An employee of NBC in New York has tested positive for anthrax, the network said Friday. The FBI (news - web sites) and CDC are investigating.

The anthrax is not the same respiratory anthrax that killed a Florida man, NBC News said in a statement.

The network said it had received some suspicious mail and immediately contacted the FBI, CDC and the New York Department of Health.

``The mail was tested by these organizations, and the employee was treated by several physicians. All these tests came back negative,'' said the NBC statement. ``However, this morning, a later test on the employee came back positive for traces of cutaneous anthrax.''

mobiustrip44 writes: "The audacity! Philip Morris has suggested to Czech officials that dead smokers are actually beneficial to the economy. "[A] report, commissioned by the cigarette maker [...] totes up smoking’s 'positive effects' on national finances, including revenue from excise and other taxes on cigarettes and 'health-care cost savings due to early mortality.'" Well holy fuck, you don't say? These guys really twist my stomach into knots, let me tell ya. "C'mon, give us a trade deal! We'll make a killing!" Jesus! What have these guys been smoking?! Luckily, Adbusters is leading a campaign to revoke Philip Morris' corporate charter. Get involved."

mobiustrip44 writes: "A study commisioned by Ralph Nader's consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has discovered that more than 10% of our nation's hospitals turn emergency patients away, despite a federal law prohibiting such action, when those patients do not have the funds or a supported insurance plan for treatment. The seldom-imposed fine for this attrocity is a mere $50,000—generally a fraction of any doctor's salary. Really, what is the world coming to?"

Anonymous Comrade sent in this odd link: http://abcnews.go.com/sections/cud/

How this little webzine ended up on the ABC News site has got to be a question for the marketing department. However, it does provide some interesting factoids.

An Excerpt: "We are a nation hooked on fast food . Last year, Americans spent $110 billion on fast food, more than on higher education or personal computers or computer software or even new cars. Yet despite statistics that show fast food is a major contributor to obesity, heart disease and food poisoning, we have done little to change our collective craving for everything fast and fried."

Uncle Fluffy writes "The BBC is reporting that The United States has dropped its complaint
against Brazil for allowing the production of
generic Aids-treatment drugs within the South
American country.

The US filed its complaint with the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) in February over a Brazilian
law that permits a local company to
manufacture a product, made by a foreign
company, if that company fails to initiate
production within Brazil within three years.

The US complained that the Brazilian law
discriminated against all imported products and
was a protectionist measure.

For its part, Brazil had accused the Bush
administration of launching an attack on its
successful Aids-treatment programme, adding
that the pharmaceutical industry exerts a
disproportionate influence on Washington."


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