Bobby Vee: 1960s pop star dies aged 73 after battle with Alzheimer’s disease – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


Vee went on to record 38 Top 100 hits from 1959 to 1970. He hit the top of the charts in 1961 with the Carole King-Gerry Goffin song Take Good Care of My Baby and reached number 2 with the follow-up, Run to Him.Other Vee hits include Rubber Ball, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Devil or Angel, Come Back When You Grow Up, Please Don’t Ask About Barbara and Punish Her.Vee thrown into the spotlightBorn Robert Velline in Fargo, North Dakota, Vee was only 15 when he took the stage in Moorhead, Minnesota, after the February 3, 1959, plane crash in Iowa that killed Holly, Valens and Richardson.That dark day in rock history was commemorated by singer-songwriter Don McLean in his 1972 pop song American Pie as “The Day The Music Died”.The call went out for local acts to replace Holly at his scheduled show at the Moorhead National Guard Armory.Vee and his two-week-old band named The Shadows volunteered.”I didn’t have any fear right then,” Vee said in a 1999 interview.”The fear didn’t hit me until the spotlight came on, and then I was just shattered by it.

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Who Would Have Guessed Those ‘Nasty Women’ Would Bring Donald Trump Down? – The Ladies FingerThe Ladies Finger

Perhaps Trump and others with similarly insane views on childcare, sexual harassment at the workplace, wage-gap and abortions, didn’t notice that the single American woman is a powerful new demographic. One that political commentator Rebecca Traister has argued in her new book All The Single Ladies is the most important category of citizen this year. The fact that Trump has doubled down with racist remarks on Machado might be a distant memory for even addicts like me. Because since then there has been a flood of sexual assault allegations against Trump. He may even have to stand trial for the assault of a 13-year-old who says Trump raped her at the house of infamous paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. But his prospects have most likely been killed by his own admissions on the now infamous Access Hollywood tape (“You can do anything. Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything,” and so on. ). But it’s not just Access Hollywood. The man, like many other powerful abusers, has been talking about it in plain sight for decades. In his case it has rarely been a he said/she said, it has continuously been a he said, he said, he said, including things he said to or about 10-year-old girls. And if he hadn’t done anything else to creep women out, it was the insane optics (as Olivia Pope would say) of his stalking Clinton around stage during the second debate after his performance unravelled.The American elections aren’t over and certainly Trump has supporters including a small group of women supporters who have said that they will vote for him for sure. Not to mention some NRIs who want to contribute their little all towards geopolitical significance.But it’s hard not to take joy out of the last debate where Trump finally mumbled “Nasty Woman” apropos of nothing to Clinton. What a perfect recap for what may be the downfall of Trump and the Republican Party. Who would have guessed that nasty women with nasty, refusing-to-be-grabbed vaginas would bring Trump down? That combined with Trump’s other mot juste from the debate — Bad Hombre — is the perfect response to the racism and misogyny so commonly assumed to be the necessary ‘realism’ of ‘realpolitik’.

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Study finds wrong antibiotics often given for common infections | CIDRAP

Convenience and perception

Although the study does not explore the reasons providers are so frequently veering from the recommended treatments, both Hicks and Hyun have some ideas.Hicks said the simplest explanation may be the convenience factor. For example, azithromycin is a once-a-day drug, while some of the first-line drugs need to be taken twice or even three times a day. But Hicks believes there’s also a perception, shared by both provider and patient, that broader may be better, and that using drugs that cover more bacteria makes it less likely that something could be missed.Hyun suggests there’s also a social dynamic going between patients and doctors, where patient expectations—and how doctors perceive those expectations—are playing a role in antibiotic prescribing. “Physicians and providers feel, a lot of the time, that patients walk into their office with a certain level of expectation for antibiotics,” Hyun said.And that, along with the patient’s previous experience, can have an impact on antibiotic selection. So if a patient has previously received a broad-spectrum antibiotic and it worked well, they’ll probably ask for that same antibiotic again. “That can influence the prescriber,” Hyun said.

Source: Study finds wrong antibiotics often given for common infections | CIDRAP

Egypt’s New Terrorist Groups

Is there a way out, a way forward?


I was planning to write something completely different this weekend, but the events in Egypt have dictated my choice.


An Egyptian policeman gestures from an observation in the Sinai peninsula, February 10, 2016, and an undated photograph of Brig. Gen. Adel Rajaei.Amir Cohen, Reuters
via -Haaretz

Cairo—Brig. Gen. Adel Ragai, commander of the Egyptian Army’s Ninth Armored Division, was assassinated in broad daylight in Cairo. Brig. Gen. Adel Rajaei, 52, had commanded Egypt’s counterterrorism operations in Sinai, his brigade was also working to destroy smuggling tunnels that have been built under the Egyptian border with the Gaza Strip. This assassination came after last week’s murder of 12 Egyptian conscripts in an ISIS attack on security checkpoint in central Sinai, and three  Egyptian soldiers were killed this week.

A little known terrorist group Liwaa al-Thawra has claimed responsibility, highlighting an evolution of new terror groups, well trained and capable of…

View original post 842 more words – World War Four?

End of NATO’s Lone PresenceThe German government is increasing pressure on Moscow at a time, when Russia is reinforcing its military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean. Since 2013, – following nearly two decades of absence – Russian naval vessels are again regularly cruising in the Mediterranean. Last year, they held their first joint maneuver with the Chinese Navy. Previously – in February 2015 – Moscow had reached an accord with Cyprus for Russian naval vessels to use Cypriot ports. Ten Russian ships are currently underway in the vicinity of Syria’s coast. They have fired cruise missiles in the course of the Syrian conflict – also to demonstrate their capabilities. Just a few days ago, the Russian aircraft carrier, “Admiral Kuznetsov” set sail from the Arctic Sea headed for the Eastern Mediterranean, where it is also expected to take up position off the Syrian coast. It can carry more than 50 aircraft, has heavy weapons systems and is being escorted by seven naval vessels. The aircraft carrier planes and on-board weapons may also “be used for strikes against terrorists,” according to the Russian media. But it is simply a question of supplementing Russia’s current naval presence in the Middle East with an additional air component.[8] The aircraft carrier group will be deployed soon after the Russian S-300 air defense missiles are in place in Syria. They are regarded as state-of-the-art missiles. Even in the USA, opinions range from reservations to skepticism about whether the US Air Force can vanquish these weapons without major difficulties.Danger of ConflictWith its military measures in the Eastern Mediterranean, Russia is gradually reaching equilibrium with the western powers, to whose regional military presence, Germany is contributing to a growing extent. For the past ten years, the German Navy has been involved in UN operations off the coast of Lebanon. It has a regular presence in the Eastern Mediterranean in the framework of maneuvers and transit. Recently it dispatched the frigate “Augsburg” to participate in the escort protection of the French aircraft carrier, “Charles de Gaulle.” The jetfighters taking off from the “Charles de Gaulle,” are flying sorties against the “Islamic State,” while Russian bombers from the “Admiral Kuznetsov” are taking off into the war against other jihadi militia in Syria. The number of Russian and NATO jets using Syrian airspace to attack their respective targets is increasing. In addition the Bundestag will soon take the decision to deploy German military personnel in NATO’s AWACS machines, which will have the Syrian airspace under surveillance. This new flight density enhances – similar to the Baltic region – the danger of an escalation, not only due to an accidental collision, but also through the risk of a direct armed confrontation between NATO countries and Russia, should western powers expand their aggressions, declare a no-fly zone over Syria, or even launch a direct attack on the armed forces of that country.Ready to EscalateNone of these can be ruled out. Leading politicians of Germany’s Green Party have now surged ahead with the demand of declaring a no-fly zone. After the Chair of the Greens parliamentary group, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, made a plea for a no-fly zone, the Party’s Chair, Cem Özdemir, has now seconded with a call for at least “a comprehensive international threat to declare a no-fly zone.” In response to whether “the Europeans should take over, should the Americans remain passive,” Özdemir replied that he agrees with France’s Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, “that doing nothing can be just as bad as making a wrong intervention.”[9] Both in Berlin and Washington – with an eye on the upcoming presidential elections – demands to intensify the military course in the Syrian conflict are growing louder.