The perpetrators of the crime
have never been found, and that's due in part to the ease in which they were able to kill seven random people. All that was involved was taking a bottle off the shelf, opening it, inserting a number of cyanide laced capsules, then screwing the cap back on and putting it back on the shelf for the next person who came along to purchase it. In the wake of those seven deaths, an unprecedented recall
was undertaken, a groundbreaking PR campaign
was launched, and measures were taken that would forever change the way we consume medication.
McLean Hospital are reporting that xenon gas has the potential to become a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other memory-related disorders.
What do the words "safety," ''chaotic" and "problem" have in common? They're all on General Motors' list of banned words for employees who were documenting potential safety issues
. The revelation of the 68-word list is one of the odder twists in GM's ongoing recall of 2.6 million older-model small cars for defective ignition switches. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Chicago Tribune - Wisconsin’s fierce and emotional recall battle for governor appeared headed for a possible photo finish Tuesday as voters swarmed the polls
: “I think we're having presidential turnout,” said Kenosha County Clerk Mary Schuch-Krebs as she watched voters flood the polls to choose between retaining Republican Scott Walker as governor or replacing him with Democrat Tom Barrett... This was only the third time in U.S. history that any state has voted on whether to recall its governor. Tuesday’s battle was effectively a redo of the 2010 race for governor between Walker and Barrett, which Walker won by 5 percentage points. [more inside]
Think Downton Abbey is good? The New York Times
' national desk
, and over 30,000 others, can't get enough of the live webcam
for Wisconsin's recall (previously
). Broadcasting from an undisclosed location
, the characters
-- including "Sideburns" and "Flirty von Flirtenheimer" -- put the "men" into "Government Accountability Board." Background.
A Million Wisconsinites Petition to Recall Scott Walker
: "Petitions with the names of 1 million Wisconsinites were submitted to state elections officials today, in a move that will jump-start the process of removing the nation’s most notorious antilabor governor from office... In all, close to 2 million signatures were submitted Tuesday, building the historic in-the-streets popular uprising that rocked Wisconsin in 2012 into a electoral uprising that has the potential to rock the politics not just of the state but of the nation in 2012. The movement to oust Walker will have secured the support of a higher percentage of eligible voters than has ever before sought to recall an American governor." [more inside]
Republican Governor Scott Walker filed suit against
the non partisan Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB)
. At issue in the suit is a statement by the GAB concerning challenges
to the gathered signatures - that signatures, no matter what names are listed
, are presumed valid absent a challenge
by the Walker campaign. This presumption is a violation of Walker's 14th Amendment rights and violates the will of people who chose not to sign, he argues in the complaint.
(pdf) [more inside]
After weeks of fake primaries
, fraudulent mailers
, special interest moneybombs
, and last-minute attempts at voter suppression
, Wisconsinites went to the polls yesterday in an unprecedented
round of six recall elections targeted mainly at Republican state senators for their support of Governor Scott Walker's controversial union-busting agenda
. Five of the six races were called by Tuesday evening, with Democrats taking two of the three they'd need to regain control of the state senate. The lone holdout? A dead heat between incumbent Alberta Darling and challenger Sandy Pasch in District 8 -- the very same district that saw suspicious vote-counting
by conservative Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus unexpectedly tip the balance
towards Walker ally David Prosser late in the crucial state supreme court race this past April
. The protracted count and late-night shift toward Darling coupled with Nickolaus's questionable history
soon prompted Democratic officials to make accusations of fraud
). Control of the senate now lies in the defense of two Democratic seats up for recall next week and the possible wooing of GOP Senator Dale Schultz
, the only Republican to vote against Walker's bill. Walker himself will be eligible for recall next spring
. [more inside]
The U.S. Department of Transportation released results from the joint National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/NASA study on sudden vehicle acceleration in Toyota cars requested Spring 2010 by Congress. Short version: NASA engineers found no electronic flaws in Toyota vehicles capable of producing the large throttle openings required to create dangerous high-speed unintended acceleration incidents. [more inside]
Check out this 60 Mminutes segment
about people with superior autobiographical memory, who can remember virtually every day of their life. [more inside]
Today a New Jersey state appeals court ruled
that the secretary of state must accept a petition filed by the Sussex County Tea Party
to recall US Senator Robert Menendez - the first ever recall effort aimed at a US Senator. Their petition was originally denied by Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells back in January.
The debate over recall elections has persisted for centuries in the US, with it notably being a part of the Virginia Plan
that was proposed at the Constitutional Convention. Are recalls a good way to make senators accountable to their electorate? Or would they make senators slaves to the ever changing whims of the people? Here is a brief history
of the recall in the US.
AJ has come forward.
Last year ericb
told us about Hyperthymesia
, a condition where the affected individual has a superior autobiographical memory. AJ is Jill Price
, author of The Woman Who Can't Forget: The Extraordinary Story of Living with the Most Remarkable Memory Known to Science—A Memoir
don't choke on the ovaries
Where does recalled beef go?
Last month, the largest beef recall in U.S. history (143 million pounds) occured after the Humane Society released footage of sick cows at a meat processing plant in California. Before it was recalled, most of the beef had already been sent to school lunch programs and other public nutrition programs.
Newsfilter: Urgent pet food recall.
Apparently, some pets are suffering kidney failures and death after eating some pet food
. 60 million pieces have been recalled.
Due to recent fires, Dell is recalling
over four million laptop batteries
manufactured by Sony and sold worldwide
in the past two years. Pictures of computers on fire
(as well as their charred remains
) circulated widely online
, not allowing the company to easily dismiss the problem
as an isolated incident
. Other companies claim their products
aren't affected by the same issues
, but the nightmare might not be limited
to Dell. The future
of laptops on airplanes
is not looking so good
Possible "contamination" of some baby milk-based products
30 million liters of big-brand name milk were recalled in Italy and other EU countries because of contamination by traces of ITX (ISOPROPYLTHIOXANTHONE
) which is a product used in
issued a press release (Italian language)
they declare they are not going to use ITX for printing anymore as a precautionary measure. According to a memo sent to an italian consumer-oriented tv show
(italian), Tetrapack acknowledges that 1200 more products use packaging with the same printing technology. What about their recall and is it happening worldwide ? [Google News query
Have you ever had one of those days where you can't decide whether you want to post about the recall of dog condoms
or about the Russian mail order bride
online service that tailors exclusively to amputee fetishists
? I'm having that right now.
Sony Ordered to pay 90.1 million in damages,
and immediately stop selling Playstation 2's that come with a dual shock controller. Why has this not been in the news?
The New York City Department of Education
has recalled 3rd-7th grade basic math prep materials after finding multiple errors. Like what? Multiplication errors, addition errors, poorly worded questions, and incorrectly spelling Fourth on the cover of the Fourth Grade Book
. "The fact is, if third- or fifth-grade students made the mistakes made in the test prep materials, they would be flunked and no one would be asking them for an explanation."
California voters recall Gov. Gray Davis 55-45 percent
and elect Arnold Schwarzenegger with 45 percent
of the replacement vote. That's where the money is in the Iowa Political Markets
for tomorrow's recall election. To see how well MetaFilter's pundits fare in predicting the results, I'm offering a bribe ...
The Gropenator will have to spin his wheels for awhile: California's Vote Delayed by Court Over Punch Cards
. And here's the kicker--it's deja vu all over again, Bizarro stylee: Bush v. Gore Outlives Its Limited Warranty for Use in CaliforniaThe Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore was meant to be a ticket good for one ride.
"Our consideration is limited to the present circumstances," the justices said in their unsigned opinion in 2000, "for the problem of equal protection in election processes generally presents many complexities."
Three judges on the federal appeals court in San Francisco, all appointed by Democratic presidents, decided yesterday to use it for another ride anyway.
9th Circuit Court blocks California Recall Election
because six counties would be using outdated punch-card ballots. Perhaps the court should have paid a visit to the
Black Box Voting
web site to look at all the problems surfacing with the Electronic Voting machines.
There will be over 150 candidates on the ballot at the California recall.
Does anyone else think that this might lead to ballot woes? Will officials use a 'butterfly' design to save space? What are your thoughts on this?
Recalls for Dummies
When, back on the 12th, scarabic posted a FPP on the Gray Davis recall, as a right coaster I couldn't work up any enthusiasm to follow the eight different links. It just wasn't my dance.
But the Sacramento Bee took the transcript of their editorial board's internal discussion of the issue, expanded and cleaned it up, then posted it on-line. One stop shopping, with the minimum of tendentiousness allowable by law. Now I've got a much better understanding of what's at stake, including why it could be a blessing in disguise for the Democrats.
I've always been fascinated with the idea of having a photographic memory
. They have products
saying you can train yourself
but I don't buy it. Can you really train your kid
to have a photographic mind before age 6? I'm curious how many Mefites have snapshot memories
24.7 Million pounds of chicken/turkey meat recalled
Because potentially infected by a dangerous bacteria (?) that can be destroyed by cooking meat to a temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Just FYI
Just FYI Honda is recalling 1.3M cars
For a fault in ignition system. Check if your car is in the list.