Dangerous bacterial meningitis outbreak in New York City with 22 people infected and 7 dead By Damian Ghigliotty PUBLISHED: 22:55 GMT, 24 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:01 GMT, 25 March 2013 New York City has been hit with a bacterial meningitis outbreak with 22 people infected so far, according to city health officials who are urging promiscuous gay men to get vaccinated against infection. The dangerous strain of the disease which causes an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord appears to be spreading through sexual encounters between men who meet up online and at bars and parties, according to a news release from the city’s health department. ‘Vaccination is the best defense,’ City Health Commissioner Dr
White House and Republicans strike an agreement on fiscal cliff – but midnight comes with NO VOTE | UPDATED: 05:36 GMT, 1 January 2013 With just three hours to go before the start of 2013, the White House and congressional Republicans have struck a deal to avoid falling over the looming fiscal cliff, but 2013 came and went without a vote on the plan. There was no immediate confirmation from aides to the top Republicans in Congress, Sen Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner. The measure would extend Bush-era tax cuts for family incomes below $450,000 and briefly avert across-the-board spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic agencies this week, according to a Democratic aide.
Comrades in Great Game of posing and pocket-filling | UPDATED: 22:42 GMT, 28 November 2012 AS watery sun rises on the day MPs will condemn free speech – to be taken from this place and tortured by wigged scriveners until its neck is broken and the body quite cold – you will, I hope, excuse a diseased squint at our false, thieving Commons. There may not be long left when one can publish such views without being pushed behind iron bars by Leveson clones.