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Russian Nightclub Explosion; kills over 100 December 6, 2009

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A nightclub explosion kills over 100 and leaves 130 critically hurt. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday demanded the “fire code” policy to be more heavily enforced. He also called for Monday to be a day of mourning. The fire was started after the careless nightclub owners didn’t listen to authorities about the fire hazard that they were trying to produce; they started the fire. Many people were trampled, as everyone went for one exit. There were two exits, but the owners didn’t tell anyone about the second exit. The owners were fined twice previously for similar offences but continued their hazardous activity.

Amatuer video shows that the fire quickly spread as it burned the roof. This created panic, which led to so many deaths.

A similar fire started in 2003 in Rhode Island. It had a similar effect, burning the roof and creating panic between the people. That nightclub fire killed 100 people.

Big World Central sends its condolences to the families involved.  We think that there needs to be a stricter inspection policy in nightclubs all over the world so it prevents this from happening .


Pelosi’s Healthcare Bill – “Buy $15K Policy or Go To Jail”? November 8, 2009

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A new report has been posted that was authored by the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation which confirms that noncompliance with the Pelosi Healthcare bill could land people in jail.  Accordingly, Americans who do not maintain the undefined “acceptable” level of health insurance would be subject a tax mandate of 2.5% of income, are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties which includes monetary fines up to $250,000 and a 5 year prison term.  This requirement to maintain acceptable insurance may be a challenge for some; the lowest cost plan being advanced by Pelosi would cost a mere $15,000 per family by 2016 as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office. 

Of course everyone is able to pay for the low-cost plan of Pelosi since all likely have that kind of money stuffed in a mattress.  Hopefully, through many amendments, Congress will figure out what “acceptable” health insurance is and will offer it at a cost less than $15,000 in 2016 should they pass the bill.

The JCT letter:  http://tinyurl.com/ybs74q7

Lawyer: Orlando Shooter is Mentally ‘Ill’ November 8, 2009

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Jason Rodriguez, seen in the picture above, is responsible for killing 1 and injuring 5 others after going into a former place of employment where he went on a shooting rampage. He is now being held without bond and is being charged with first degree murder. Orange Country Police department has put this man under suicide watch, as they think he may commit suicide at any point in time.

His family isn’t taken it well, as they have released a statement saying they are very sorry and sent condolences out to the families that were hurt in this tragic shooting. His lawyer is calling him extremely mentally ill after going through unemployment, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and divorce. His problems shouldn’t have come at the expense of other people’s lives.

One major question that BWC is asking – did the Fort Hood shootings influence this man to go and take his grievances out on other people? Remember, this shooting happened a day after the Fort Hood shooting that left 13 dead and about 38 injured. Though reports haven’t come out, and it is unlikely that he will ever admit it, it may be that the Fort Hood shootings influenced him to carry out a similar crime in Orlando. This is absolutely horrible and our condolences go out to the families of this horrific crime.

He may face a death sentence if he is found competent to stand trial and is found guilty. If you want anymore information..go to this link.

Clash of cultures leads to death of young woman. November 4, 2009

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20-year-old Noor Almaleki died two weeks after being run down by her own father.  Her father, Faleh Almaleki, is being held after attempting to enter Great Britain; he was sent back to the U.S. after they denied his entrance there.  Mr. Almaleki felt that his daughter had become too “westernized” and had fallen away from her Muslim upbringing.  He felt that his daughter’s actions had brought shame to his family because she had married someone in Iraq but fled back to Arizona to live with her boyfriend and his mother (the boyfriend’s mother was also run down by Almaleki’s jeep but will survive).  Mr. Almaleki felt justified by what he did because in his culture such actions, known as “honor killings” are accepted. 

What do you think?  Should these types of “honor killings” be tolerated and accepted based upon the person’s religious culture and upbringing?  Is this case relevant in considering whether the Ohio teenager, who ran away from her Muslim family because she converted to Christianity, should be returned to her family?  We would enjoy your comments. 

Thanks to Breitbart News for bringing this story – http://tinyurl.com/yk7vv4m

The fight for the life of a child … November 2, 2009

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This fight is going on in Britain where the father of a one-year-old is literally fighting for the life of his son.  The baby, “RB”, has a genetic condition called myasthenic syndrome which causes a disconnect between the nerves and the muscles; this affects the baby’s limbs and breathing.  The baby has been in the hospital since birth and has been on a ventilator.  Unfortunately, the mother and father are separated and they are not united in the fight to keep their son alive.  The mother sides with the hospital who want to remove the life support from the baby. 

According to the father, the child’s mental capacity isn’t diminished.  The baby can see, hear, feel, recognize his parents and play with toys.  The father believes that his son has life quality despite the fact that the hospital says that he doesn’t.  If the court should rule with the hospital and the mother, it will be the first time that the court has gone against the wishes of a parent in deciding life or death. 

What an extremely difficult situation.  Who would you side with father or mother and hospital?  Are outside forces influencing the wishes of the hospital such as the socialized medicine regimen enjoyed by Britain vs. the cost of keeping this baby on a ventilator?  We would like your comments.  

Thanks to AOL for bringing us this important story.  AOL is running a poll on the topic which might be of interest to you.

Health Care – Is the Democrats Health Reform good for the U.S? October 31, 2009

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After months and months have planning, finalizing, and putting a Health Care Reform bill together the Democrats finally release their Health Care Bill early Thursday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in her speech “This is what the American people want”, but is THIS what American people really want?  Many questions have popped up and already not so many ‘good’ things are coming out in this Bill according to Republicans who are planning to make their own version of the bill and propose it on the House floor.

What good things are in this Bill …

This covers most, if not all, Americans. Most people think people should be covered (though they pretty much already are) and this is one of the things that the Democrats wanted. Though, it has been watered down a bit due to the uproar in July-August, which has caused some Liberals to dislike the Bill, according to some news networks. This bill requires you by 2013 to sign onto an employer plan, a government plan, or get your own insurance, if you don’t there will be penalties.

Now as you look, other government run plans (Canada, United Kingdom) already have a Public option or something similar to what the Democrats proposed but the opponents say it won’t work. Looking back on how Canada and the United Kingdom’s Government Run Health Care has worked out – it hasn’t gone well. There are long waits for services that we currently have access to rather quickly.  In those plans it sometimes takes nearly a year to get a hip replacement and some time to get cancer treatment. We’ve seen data showing that it takes nearly 3 months in Canada to see your primary physician.  Changing from a system where care is quickly distributed to one that requires a waiting period will cause a problem for the United States and we can see why people aren’t very happy with a Government Run Health Care Bill.

Things that people aren’t very happy about …

a) A 5.0%+ excise tax on people making 1,000,000 dollars if filing joint and on people who are single making 500,000 dollars a year. While many people may argue that those with that income won’t miss an additional 5.0% tax we must remember that those people, especially the ones with small businesses, use their income to create jobs and grow their businesses. Such a tax may stifle job growth and spending in a time when the looming recession still hangs over the heads of many Americans. Remember those business owners make nearly 90% of the U.S jobs, but I guess that doesn’t matter to those that believe that a 5.0% tax will have no impact.

b) Raising Taxes on Middle Class Families. It’s evident that they’re going to do it and it can’t be avoided; at least from our view. They can’t just cut Medicare & Medicaid and expect that those cuts will fund just under the 1 trillion-dollar bill. Some type of tax increase is inevitable and it is likely that such language is hidden in the 1,990 page bill. Keeping the status quo is unlikely.

c)  Then there are the so-called “Death Panels”. There were reports that Death Panels somehow made it back into the bill.  After a summer of boisterous senior citizens voicing their views at Town Hall Meeting any mention of “Death Panels” or rationed care is a bold step by these legislators.  

d) Illegal immigrants getting insurance. Illegal Immigrants are not required to have insurance according to the Bill, but can get insurance if needed. This, by the way, is identical to the current system in place. The President promised us during his speech before congress in early September that Illegal Immigrants wouldn’t have health insurance under the bill. Remember the Joe Wilson “you lie” fiasco? Well, apparently the President either lied, misspoke, or was misinformed.

Looking at the Bill and what reports have come out (and no, we haven’t read the Bill) this Bill won’t fit what Health Reform really needs. One important need that is not part of the Bill is medical malpractice reform, the ability to buy insurance across state lines, and lower costs – none are in the Bill. Reflecting on the Canadian and English systems, this Bill has many of the same attributes that those other failing Health Care Systems have.

Pelosi’s Bill needs 218 votes (the magic number) to get passed onto the Senate. Many conservative democrats have already voiced their concern about the Bill and, not unexpected, the Republicans have voiced their disgust of the Bill. The House will vote on Pelosi’s Bill on Friday, November 4th. We will be sure to bring you an update.

What is your opinion on this? Do you like where this reform is heading (if you live in the U.S.)? Please, please comment if you agree or disagree, we love for you to voice your concerns.

Credit to Foxnews and other sources for the Information

Radio station “game” for a wii results in $16.5 million verdict October 30, 2009

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In January 2007, radio station KDND-FM in Sacramento decided to hold a contest in which the winner would receive a wii game console.  The contestant were required to drink copious amounts of water and hold it.  The person who could outlast all the others would win the wii.  The contest was dubbed “Hold Your Wee for a Wii”.  Unfortunately, a 28-year-old mother of 3 young children, Jennifer Strange, wanted to win the console and she entered the contest.  While she outlasted many of the contestants she began having a headache and stomach pain before she could hold out for the wii; she won 2nd place and was awarded some local concert tickets.  She was found deceased in her home hours later.  The autopsy revealed that she had suffered from severe water intoxication.  Yes, you can die if you drink too much water in a short amount of time.  (See here for additional information on water intoxication: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1770067/).

Now some would think, how would a jury award such a large amount of money to a person who willingly entered a contest and put herself at risk?  If she felt so bad, why didn’t she seek medical help?  Those questions probably went through the juries mind as well.  However, the radio personalities who came up with the game were warned about potential health problems that could occur with the stunt.  A nurse had warned them about the risk on air.  Despite the warning the “game” went forward and this young mother died. 

Thanks to the Sacramento Bee for bringing this story:  http://www.sacbee.com/ourregion/story/2292567.html

Would you enter such a contest?  What would you do if you felt ill during the contest?  Do you think the jury came to the right decision?  We would like to know what you think.