Puerto Rico Relief: “Here’s my card”

Puerto Rico, Hurricane, Maria, aftermath


In a recent poll, 55% of Americans believe our Tweeter in Chief is not fit for the Job.

This morning 3.49 am (TIC)took swipes at Puerto Rico.  The death toll is now at 45 and will continue to rise as desperate Americans drink water from contaminated creeks.


As of Wednesday 89% of the island was without electricity and almost 47% had no phone service, over 40% the island’s 313 bank branches is closed.

Some overwhelmed FEMA employees have told desperate Americans in Puerto Rico who are without sufficient amounts of food ,water and shelter, to call them and check FEMA’s Web Site.  “Here’s my card,you can call me”


Notorious “D” From Staten Island

Photo: The Chicago Syndicate Com

Her fans say’s she is the realist, hard core

Drita D’avanzo  is a mother, business owner, freelance make up artist,aspiring rapper and author and the most popular star on   VH1’s “Mob Wives”.

A few days ago Notorious D turned herself in after beating Mary Bratti. Some reports say Bratti was hospitalized.  Notorious D was charged with misdemeanor assault.   The fight was over a parking space.

The fight was taped and seen on TMZ.  Reached for comment Wednesday, Bratti asked if the Advance would pay money for information on the case. When the answer was no, she had no comment.  (from silive.com).

No Lightweight

Fans of Mob Wives have witnessed the fast reflexes of Notorious D. who boxes in a gym and trains like a professional fighter on Staten Island.   Castmate “Big Ang” said Drita used to beat up all the girls.

Friends for Life  

Notorious D and most of the cast of Mob Wives have know each other for years.

Street fighting was apart of “D” life and on Mob Wives nearly everyone fought with another cast member at one point on the show.  It was how they resolved disputes . On the show, the toughest ladies  were  Love  Majewski and Notorious D . Love was arguably the toughest, she was also the scariest.  She could flip for no reason and take no prisoners (she reportedly stabbed her boyfriends-one in front of his mother).   Notorious D , stands 5.7 and weighs less than 120 pounds and leads with a left hook. When it comes to fights, Notorious D has no equals, (0n any reality show)she may show up with her hands taped and she only pulls hair when her hair is pulled .

What Notorious D(in the purple shirt) in this clip.   She wasn’t involved in this Season 5 classic table turner last season but watch her reactions.

When people have a fight, you let them fight ,until somebody’s jacked up until they cant fight, that’s when ends.

In its final season, we are learning more about the relationships than before.  Notorious D grew up in the projects. She like a lot of women entered the life through her boyfriends.

“When you come from a place where you’ve never even been to a restaurant and then someone comes and takes you to lunch and the bill is $450, just lunch, and then says, ‘Do you want to go shopping? Here’s $5,000.’ I’m gonna go work for $10 an hour? My wheels were turning.”

Drita is the only cast member who is not Italian ,she is  Albanian.  Her husband, Lee D’Avanzo,  is a reputed member of Bonanno Crime Family and Colombo Crime Family. In 2001 Lee received an 8 year sentence for various robberies and drug dealing cases.  His last stent  in prison was in 2011  on a bank-robbery case and  he was released in 2013. The couple has two girls

Notorious D and cast member Karen Gravano are the best of frenemies. The two have duked it out all over Staten Island and the other boroughs.  The root of their conflicts could be jealousy.  Karen dated Lee (Drita’s hubby) for 7 years .

This interview was filmed in 2011. That year Drita learned her husband cheated on her and was contemplating divorce while he was in prison.

With all the Wives in their forties and fifties with teenage children. They are reevaluating their behaviors.  Notorious D  may face a different lesson,  the effect of a beat down on her wallet.



Big Ang Has Stage Four Cancer .

The heart of Mob Wives, Angela(Big Ang) Raiola has stage four cancer.  Last week, her sister Janine Detore said the the Chemotherapy was not working and her tumors had spread to her brain and lungs. 

She opened a Go Fund Me page to help defray the cost of Ang’s alternative treatment, which involves the use of cannabis oil. Originally, Ang and her family were hoping for an accrued contribution of $25,000; as of this  this week, fans have donated over $44,000 to help Big Ang.

In her style, Big Ang has been on Twitter to thank well wishers.


“Little” Ben Carson says the Darndest things

By Theodore Schleifer and Eugene Scott/CNN

Ben Carson is at it again.

Carson struggled in an interview on Wednesday to explain whether he would support hiking the debt limit — the latest in a series of instances in which his comments have raised questions about his understanding of key policy questions of the day.

On abortion, Muslims, homosexuality, health care, gun violence and a host of other issues, the retired neurosurgeon has over the last few months made pronouncements that lit up Twitter, drew sharp rebukes from Democrats, and even left some of his Republican rivals wondering what exactly he was talking about.

More than once, Carson has had to try to clarify his statements — as he did again Thursday — with varying degrees of success.

None of it has hurt his political standing. In fact, just the opposite. In important primary states and nationally, Carson has positioned himself as a solid No. 2 behind Donald Trump. And his base of Republican primary voters applaud many of his stances.

Carson’s latest comments came on Wednesday in a tense back and forth with Kai Ryssdal on NPR’s Marketplace. Carson did not directly answer whether he’d support raising the debt ceiling to prevent a default on some obligations.

Asked several times if the ceiling should be raised, Carson said he would “not sign an increased budget.”

“I would provide the kind of leadership that says, ‘Get on the stick guys, and stop messing around, and cut where you need to cut, because we’re not raising any spending limits, period,'” said Carson, who added he supports 3%-4% across-the-board reductions to the federal budget.

“I’m gonna try one more time, sir,” Ryssdal responded. “This is debt that’s already obligated. Would you not favor increasing the debt limit to pay the debts already incurred?”

Carson answered, “What I’m saying is what we have to do is restructure the way that we create debt. I mean if we continue along this, where does it stop? It never stops.”

The debate is an important one as the Treasury Department warns the government will hit the debt limit next month. Some congressional Republicans in the past have advocated for using the debt negotiations as leverage to extract spending cuts from Democrats.

Carson, who also told Marketplace that the rate of his flat tax would be “closer to 15%” than the 10% he has previously suggested, pledged to nevertheless balance the budget with his spending cuts. “You also have to recognize that all the spending that we’re doing, in my opinion, is not legitimate spending,” he said.

Carson issued a statement Thursday saying that “critics have blown this way out of proportion, or more correctly, don’t appreciate my resolve to get our fiscal house in order.”

“Raising the debt ceiling is about paying for obligations the federal government has incurred, and unless we get our debt under control, we will be back having the same argument about the debt ceiling on a regular basis,” the statement said in part.

Carson, who was once one of the country’s leading neurosurgeons before retiring several years ago, has rocketed up in the polls with appeal as a plain-spoken political outsider and a man of faith.

He began his rise to prominence after the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast where he attacked President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform while standing just a few feet away from the president.

A former Sunday School teacher, Carson has rallied much of the GOP’s conservative Christian base with a call for greater religious freedoms and his fierce opposition to abortion rights.

A campaign event this summer scheduled for a suburban Phoenix church accommodating 2,300 had to be moved to the city’s convention center, where more than 6,000 people attended. Some said the crowd topped Trump’s event the month before.

But Carson, who has never served in government or run for office before, has been dogged by a seemingly never-ending string of statements — critics see them as gaffes, tone deaf, and revealing an ignorance of public policy, while backers say they show he’s unafraid to speak common-sense truth that others shy away from.

In March, Carson said he is sure that homosexuality is a choice, explaining on CNN’s “New Day” the evidence for that was people “go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.”

Carson also recently touched off a bigger uproar when he said he would not support a Muslim running for president.

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said last month on NBC’s “Meet the Press” — drawing sharp criticism from Democrats.

He later clarified that he would support a Muslim for the White House as long as the candidate rejected the tenets of Sharia law, which Carson has said are not compatible with the U.S Constitution.

Some of his errors have been unforced. Last week, days before Hurricane Joaquin was projected to hit the East Coast, a reporter tossed Carson a softball in asking how he would prepare for the storm if he were in the White House.

“I don’t know,” he replied, touching off mockery on social media.

On the campaign trail in New Hampshire, Carson left reporters shaking their heads and confused when he said the U.S. could become like Nazi Germany and the rise of a Adolf Hitler-like figure is not out of the question here. Reporters asked who he thinks is like Hitler in the U.S.

“I think that example is pretty clear,” he responded, without elaborating, but insisting he wasn’t referring to Obama.

On the medical front, his area of expertise, Carson occasionally has come under fire, too. After he said research using fetal tissue is unnecessary, Jen Gunter, an obstetrician-gynecologist, sharply criticized the GOP presidential candidate.

“As a neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson knows full well that fetal tissue is essential for medical research,” wrote Gunter, author of “The Preemie Primer,” a guide for parents of premature babies.

Carson, who is anti-abortion, said on Fox News that “the number one cause of death for black people is abortion” and he’s called the Affordable Care Act slavery.

“Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” he said. “And it is — in a way — it is slavery, in a way. Because it is making all of us subservient to the government.”

On another issue, Carson is open to using military drone strikes on American soil to secure the border.

“You look at some of these caves and things out there one drone strike, boom, and they’re gone,” Carson told reporters near the Mexico border.

 A few words from CityFella

D.T I owe you an apology you are not the dullest tool in the shed.

If Dr Carlson was in one of those classrooms in Oregon, he wouldn’t afraid of a Terrorist with ab assault weapon, He would encouraged to people to rush um. he would even risk his prized Cinderella Pencil Box!

Clueless was not just a movie.

Britian: Fat People who refuse treatment may be denied benefits

Too fat to work: Almost 12,000 people receive disability benefits because of metabolic disease -  a combination of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure

Picture/Daily Mail UK

Too fat to work?

Almost 12,000 people received Disability Living Allowance in Britain last year because they have metabolic disease – the medical term for a combination of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.   Obesity currently cost British taxpayers 9 million pounds a year ($14US)

Nearly one in five British secondary school pupils and a quarter of adults are obese, according to officials figures.

Health experts predict that by 2050 the annual bill for obesity-related illnesses will have risen to £50 billion ($79US), with almost two-thirds of the population obese.

British Prime Minister David Cameron ordered a review , which was announced earlier this year, to investigate how to treat the severely overweight and those suffering from addiction who refused to accept treatment “but expect taxpayers to carry on funding

Tam Fry, spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, said: ‘Successive governments have made life too easy for too many obese people. If the obese have a legitimate cause for their fatness – and there may be medical or genetic reasons – benefits should not be denied to them. But getting long-term benefits simply for over-eating is an insult to society.

Resistance from charities and some doctors is expected.  The Tories have routinely been criticized for failing to deal with tax deductions for the richest while cutting benefits for the poorest Brits.

There are voices in Britain who believe Fat People are scape goats. Its agreed there IS an obesity crises in Britain ,but the supposed drain on the economy is overblown .

Bryony Bordon of the Uk Telegraph writes :

The fat are to be blamed for all our ills – from putting a strain on the NHS, to taking up too much space on public transport. The collective hatred for obese people is almost visceral, bordering on sadistic. People actually seem to enjoy taunting fatties; it’s as if without the overweight, a certain section of the population might explode in an orgy of mayhem and murder.

While rich people who are fat are seen as bon viveurs and jolly, everyone else is grotesque and should be ashamed, particularly those living below the breadline, whose bodies are somehow not befitting of their circumstances.

This is not to say we should tiptoe around the fat and avoid the subject; it’s that instead of threatening to take benefits away from people who are ill and therefore vulnerable, we should perhaps seek to find out the underlying causes that have made them that ill in the first place. It is time for a careful, considered approach to obesity, because otherwise there is a real danger of cruelty swallowing us all.















MERS: What is it? AND What You Need To Know

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

What is MERS?

From Newsweek

MERS is a serious viral respiratory illness. The virus is caused by the MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Coronaviruses are a common group of viruses grouped into four types: alpha, beta, gamma and delta. As far as researchers know, humans can only be infected by alpha and beta coronaviruses. These include alpha 229E and NL63, as well as beta OC43, HKU1, SARS-CoV (the coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, known as SARS) and MERS-CoV (the coronavirus that causes MERS).

A majority of people will contract a coronavirus at some point in their lifetime, most of which tend to be low risk and cause symptoms similar to the common cold. But MERS-CoV is likely to cause a much more severe illness.

What are the symptoms?

MERS primarily causes flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The virus affects the upper respiratory system, but it may also cause gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Some people who contract the virus will not show any symptoms at all but may still be contagious. At its worst, the virus can lead to severe complications such as pneumonia and kidney failure and may be fatal.

How deadly is the virus?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately three to four people out of every 10 who contract MERS will die from the virus.

Most people who die from complications related to MERS have underlying medical problems or disorders of the immune system that make it difficult for their body to fight off the virus. This may include conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, lung or kidney problems, and HIV or other problems of the immune system.

How is the virus spread?

Though the MERS virus is not completely understood, health officials believe it is spread through contact with someone else who is sick with a MERS infection. Family members, health care workers and others in close contact with someone who is sick are at highest risk since MERS appears to be spread through respiratory secretions. Most health officials agree that the general public is at relatively low risk for contracting the virus.

However, because the virus is so new in humans, some research does suggest that it may be more contagious than we suspect. A study found the virus was able to survive in air samples collected at a barn that sheltered infected camels and a MERS patient. The virus has an incubation period of five to six days, but a person can begin to show symptoms as early as two days or as long as 14 days after an initial exposure.

What is the treatment for the virus?

There is no cure for MERS, so physicians work on providing supportive medical care until the virus has run its course. This includes treatment to prevent serious complications such as pneumonia and organ failure. A patient may receive oxygen support or intravenous fluids or be placed in an intensive care unit.

How did the outbreak first begin?

MERS is believed to be related to zoonotic transmission (from animals to humans). Several studies, including one conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, suggest that camels in Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are carriers of MERS-CoV and may transmit the virus to humans who come in close contact with them. DNA analysis of humans and camels carrying the virus found it was genetically similar. There are reports that while camels may be carriers of MERS-CoV, the animals may not show symptoms. It’s also possible that other animals may serve as a reservoir for the virus, though none have been identified so far.

Should I be worried if I live in the U.S.?

The CDC conducts nationwide surveillance of all infectious diseases, including MERS. Most public health experts agree that Americans are still at very low risk of contracting MERS. Only two patients in the U.S. have ever tested positive for MERS, both in May 2014. In these cases, the patients were health care workers who had lived and worked in Saudi Arabia and had contact with people who had contracted the virus there. The patients were both hospitalized in the U.S. and discharged after a full recovery. The CDC did not receive reports of any secondary infections of family members or health care workers who had contact with those patients. Additionally, more than 500 people monitored in the U.S. have tested negative for the virus, according to the CDC.

This is all to say that hypochondriacs may be best off channeling their fears toward more common viruses like influenza, which caused more than 4,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2013.

South Korea: 544 schools cancel classes over MERS

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The Korea Herald

More than 500 schools have canceled classes to prevent the spread of a deadly virus that has killed two South Koreans, the Ministry of Education said Wednesday.

As of 5 p.m., students and teachers have been told not to show up at 544 schools, about 3 percent of some 20,000 schools nationwide, a ministry spokesman said.

The vast majority of the total, or 439 schools, are in Gyeonggi Province, where the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea was reported.

The rest are in North and South Chungcheong Provinces, close to Gyeonggi Province, which surrounds Seoul.

In Seoul, six elementary schools and a middle school have decided to shut down until Friday at the request of parents.

Still, none of the students or teachers at these schools have come into contact with a MERS patient.

Earlier Wednesday, Education Minister Hwang Woo-yea called for a thorough effort to prevent the disease from spreading to schools, which he said requires extra vigilance.

He, however, said a mock college entrance exam scheduled for Thursday at all high schools will go ahead as planned.

The education office in Gyeonggi Province said it is in talks with school principals in the area to decide whether to make an exception for schools that have canceled classes.

The move came as health officials confirmed that five more people have been infected with MERS in the country, bringing the tally to 30.

South Korea reported its first case of the viral disease on May 21, when a 68-year-old man who had traveled to the Middle East in April was diagnosed with the illness.

Since then, two people have died from MERS. Both had contracted the virus from the first patient.

A day earlier, the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education released a guideline for schools to determine on their own whether they should cancel classes.

The final say has been given to school principals.

The Ministry of Education fell short of forcing all schools to close since health authorities have not yet upgraded the MERS alert level from “watch” to “warning.”

MERS is a viral respiratory illness that is fairly new to humans with only some 1,100 confirmed cases reported throughout the world.

There currently is no vaccine or treatment for the disease. (Yonhap)

What is MERS? Has anyone contracted the disease in the Us? (Click the Link-for the rest of the story)


Can cancer teach us about being human?

Can cancer teach us about being human?



When Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer he couldn’t know he was launching a small cultural industry. His 2011 history of the disease is the genesis for a six-hour PBS documentary miniseries backed by the master of that genre, Ken Burns.

Mukherjee, a New York-based physician, researcher and assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, wrote the sweeping tale of cancer from its first written records in ancient Egypt to today’s genetic research while training to become an oncologist.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada with one out of four people expected to die from the disease in some form. Although the chances of surviving cancer have risen in recent decades, the number of people diagnosed continues to rise with an aging population.

The Vancouver Sun met Mukherjee at the BC Cancer Agency’s research centre in Vancouver a day before his lecture at the University of British Columbia. The conversation has been edited for length.

Q. Your book documents the history of some torturous cancer treatments — disfiguring radical mastectomies and poisoning in early chemotherapy. Are some of today’s options in surgery and chemotherapy equally as torturous?

A. No. Cancer medicine is trying to limit toxicities and kill or remove cancer cells while not harming the body in the same way. We’ve learned over many decades that maximizing poisonous therapies doesn’t often lead to good outcomes. In some of the most striking examples, there are currently medicines that will attack cancer cells and have absolutely no effect on your normal cells: Gleevec (for chronic myeloid leukemia) or herceptin (for certain breast cancers). They may have some toxic side-effects, but not in the same way that mustard gas, and other medicines, were poisonous.

Q. You also told the story of chimney sweeps with scrotal cancer in early industrial England, a fascinating example of soot as an environmental carcinogen. Are carcinogens in the environment today playing a greater or lesser role than in 18th century London?

A. It’s hard to compare 18th century London with today because the age structure of the human population has changed dramatically. You and I may not be alive in 18th century London, but we’re alive today, therefore the nature of our exposure to carcinogens has changed dramatically.

We’ve found several important environmental carcinogens — tobacco, asbestos — but the more we’ve looked since the 1980s and 1990s, we haven’t found a major chemical carcinogen that has a huge impact on public health. There may be many lurking carcinogens, as I call them, but their individual impact is much smaller than something like tobacco. It’s also possible that the methods used to detect these other carcinogens need to be more sophisticated. This science is undergoing a radical updating.

Q. Aren’t we just getting old and that’s why more people have cancer?

A. It’s clear that rising cancer rates around the globe are being driven primarily by age. The question is, do we get more cancer as we age because of some fundamental process in the body that begins to go wrong or do we get cancer as we age because of an environmental carcinogen whose exposure increases over time? The answer tends to be more the former; that there are more genetic accidents that accumulate as we age rather than toxic environmental influences.

In most Western countries I don’t think we’re living in a toxic stew.

Q. You’re working on a Ken Burns PBS production called the Story of Cancer that will air next spring. Why does this disease rate a six-hour miniseries?

A. If this doesn’t rate, I don’t know what else does. You can use cancer to look at the history of the West. The topic is wide enough to reflect on the way our culture has handled one of the most significant human challenges in our history. Cancer affects all of us directly or indirectly.

There is something particularly special about cancer because of our relentlessness in the fight against it. The great gains, the great losses. It’s like the First World War writ though the lens of medicine. It tells you more about human beings: how have we attacked it, what’s the extent of our knowledge? Does money help? How much? Do we need to declare war on some things? All of these questions can apply to any major quandary that’s facing us as humans.