MWM Media Saturday Edition, April 21, 2018
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Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce
The latest information as of yesterday from the CDC. They are expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma AZ, growing region, this includes heads of romaine lettuce to salad mixes that contains it. Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from Yuma, AZ. If you have romaine lettuce at home, do not eat it and throw it away. It doesn’t matter if you ate some and are not sick. The reason being is that product labels often do not identify growing regions. Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce. The expanded warning is based on information from newly reported illnesses in Alaska. This brings the total of states to 16 now that has reported E.coli from eating romaine lettuce from the Yuma AZ growing regions. These are the states that has reported cases: Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.
Here are the latest stats on this E.coli outbreak:
* 53 people infected in 16 states,
* 31 people hospitalized,
* 5 developed with a type of kidney failure,
* No deaths have been reported.
* The reports of illnesses started on March 13 thru April 6, this is an ongoing investigation and this could change at anytime.
* The affected ages range from 10 – 85 years old.
Democratic Party sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks alleging 2016 campaign conspiracy
Warning! I will do my best to be impartial with this story. It will be difficult when you have grown ups stilling crying and pouting over an election that happened over a year ago. Anyway when you think it couldn’t get any sadder or stranger The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization, alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump.
The complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, alleges that top Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (she loves being a victim, just saying) and help Trump by hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Party and disseminating stolen material found there. The suit asserts that the Russian hacking campaign — combined with Trump associates’ contacts with Russia and the campaign’s public cheerleading of the hacks — amounted to an illegal conspiracy to interfere in the election and caused serious damage to the Democratic Party.
Senate investigators and prosecutors for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III are still looking into whether Trump associates coordinated with any Russian efforts. Then why would the DNC step in to sue to sue everyone? Simple, to keep this story in the news so it doesn’t lose relevance in the main stream media. Americans have a short attention span, and just guessing here, the Democrats are seeing that no one cares anymore, since there has not been any solid evidence to Collusion by the Trump campaign. They need this story to go past the midterm elections so they can get some “wins” in Congress to try to wrest control away from the Republicans. This would also keep pressure on social media to stop the “Russian Bots” from “stealing” another election.
Last month, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee said they had found no evidence that President Trump and his affiliates colluded with Russian officials to sway the election or that the Kremlin sought to help Trump a conclusion that was of course rejected by the panel’s Democrats. This lawsuit echoes a similar legal tactic that the Democratic Party used during the Watergate scandal. In 1972, the DNC sued President Richard Nixon’s reelection committee seeking $1 million in damages for the break-in at Democratic headquarters in the Watergate building.
Suing a foreign country may present legal challenges for the Democrats, in part because other nations have immunity from most U.S. lawsuits. The lawsuit argues that Russia is not entitled to sovereign immunity in this case because “the DNC claims arise out of Russia’s trespass on to the DNC’s private servers . . . in order to steal trade secrets and commit economic espionage.” The suit seeks millions of dollars in compensation to offset damage it claims the party suffered from the hacks. The DNC argues that the cyber-attack undermined its ability to communicate with voters, collect donations and operate effectively as its employees faced personal harassment and, in some cases, death threats. Russia engaged in a “brazen attack on U.S. soil” the party alleges, a campaign that began with the hack of its computer networks in 2015 and 2016. Trump campaign officials received repeated outreach from Russia, the suit says.
It does not name Trump as a defendant. Instead, it targets aides who, during the campaign, met with people believed to be affiliated with Russia. The aides targeted include the president’s son Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, one time campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Manafort’s deputy during the campaign, Rick Gates. The DNC lawsuit also names as a defendant the Russian military intelligence service, the GRU, which has been accused by the U.S. government of orchestrating the hacks, as well as WikiLeaks, which published emails stolen from the DNC, and the group’s founder, Julian Assange. The lawsuit was also filed against Roger Stone, a longtime Trump confidant who claimed during the campaign that he was in contact with Assange. In an email, Stone rejected the suit as “a left-wing conspiracy theory dressed up as a law-suit.”
Mailman charged after he failed to deliver 17,000 pieces of mail
A postal worker in Brooklyn was charged after law enforcement officials discovered more than 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail in his possession. Aleksey Germash, 53, allegedly had pieces of undelivered mail in at his home, car and work locker. One of the pieces discovered by authorities was postmarked in 2005. Germash was charged with violating a federal law regarding the delivery of US mail. His alleged mail hiding habit was discovered after someone reported to the US Postal Service Office of the Inspector General that a Nissan Pathfinder parked in Brooklyn contained multiple full blue mail bags. Agents determined that Germash was the closest postal employee to the location of the Pathfinder. During the interview he admitted that “he was overwhelmed by the amount of mail that he had to deliver.” Germash said he “made sure to deliver the important mail.” A 16-year Postal Service employee, he was released on $25,000 bond.
Mom: Preschool’s ban of the term ‘best friend’ is silly
Warning! Warning! Cancer article! You have been warned!
Christine Hartwell says her daughter, Julia, appeared sad recently when she came home from the Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown. The little girl told her mother she was upset because her teacher told her she couldn’t call one of her classmates her “best friend.” School officials did not comment. But, in a letter to the Hartwells they said, it had been their experience that the use of the term “best friend,” even when used in a loving way, can lead some children feeling excluded. Hartwell called the ban “outrageous” and “silly.” She says children should be allowed to speak from their heart. Because of this incident Hartwell will be looking for a new preschool.I wish her luck that she finds one before the cancer spreads to other preschools in her area.