British National Fatally Stabbed In The Head In San Francisco

About a month ago, on February 18th, British national Paul Tam was stabbed in the head while being mugged in San Francisco, according to The UK Daily Mail.  He died this past Thursday at San Francisco General Hospital.

Tam was stabbed in the head while being attacked by an unknown male and female as he was walking with his niece on near Post and Franklin streets.  The UK Daily Mail reports he was 48, the Daily Mirror reports he was 44.

Paul Tam (pictured), 44, died on Thursday one month after being stabbed in the head during a mugging
Paul Tam

The male suspect is described as being between 30 and 40 years old and the female suspect is described as being in her late 20s, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

The suspects fled on foot and officers were unable to locate them, writes the Examiner.


Huge Oil Slick Off The Coast Of Taiwan

On March 10th, the Taiwanese cargo ship T.S. Taipei broke apart and became stranded on a reef near Shihmen in New Taipei City, which caused a massive oil slick.

The 15,487-ton ship ran aground in a storm while it was sailing from Hong Kong to Keelung Port in Taiwan.

More than 100 workers have been trying to clean up the maritime mess, but bad weather has slowed them down, writes the New York Post.

“Even if the oil stains can be removed swiftly, massive deaths of fish and other marine animals in the area are expected due to lack of oxygen in the water,” saisd Michael Lee, secretary-general of the nonprofit Society of Wilderness, to AFP.

“It could take at least three years for the local ecological system to recover to some extent,” he stated.

Painting Found To Be A Long Lost Rembrandt

Last year, a painting went to auction in New Jersey that was dated somewhere in the 19th century. The painting was labeled as the work of an unknown artist from Europe’s “Continental School,” and had a presale estimate of $500-$800.

French art dealer Bertrand Gautier thought the small oil-on-panel painting with three figures was older, and believed he knew who painted it: Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn.

Unfortunately for Gautier and his partner Bertrand Talabardon, another dealer had the same belief. In a few minutes of phone bidding, the price shot up, and in the end the Paris gallery owners paid just over $1 million, including the buyer’s premium.

On March 10th of this year, the painting, now restored and considered a genuine Rembrandt dating from 1624-1625, was hung at the prestigious TEFAF art fair in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht.

(Video by the AP)

Massive Clothing Company Closing 250 Stores

The parent company of Men’s Warehouse and Joseph A. Bank is closing 250 stores.

Fortune writes that Tailored Brands Inc. said it will close 80 to 90 Joseph A. Bank stores, as well as 58 outlet stores, and it will also shut 100 to 110 MW Tux locations. The company is shifting tuxedo rentals business to Men’s Wearhouse stores and partner Macy’s. On June 10, Macy’s (M) announced an agreement with Men’s Wearhouse (MW), a leading specialty retailer of men’s apparel, to open in-store tuxedo rental shop, according to Market Realist.

No Men’s Wearhouse stores will close given the strong performance of that chain.

Strange Disease In Wisconsin

Since November, 15 people in Wisconsin have died from an obscure bacteria called Elizabethkingia. A total of 54 have caught the disease, according to Wired. The site states 17 have died from it.

Elizabethkingia is common in the environment — in soil and in water — but it rarely gets people sick.

Michael Bell, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s healthcare quality division said, “The fact that we’re seeing more than four dozen cases, that is a very large outbreak.”

An outbreak of this size for Elizabethkingia, named for the bacteriologist who first isolated it in the 1950s, is reportedly unprecedented. The bacteria infects the blood, causing fever, chills, and shortness of breath, writes Wired.

It has been a mystery for the CDC’s disease detectives, a group of about 70 doctors who specialize in tracing the source of disease outbreaks. Wisconsin’s public health department contacted the CDC for help in February, and the federal agency now have team of seven people on the ground in Wisconsin.

At first, the CDC suspected the tap water. This January, the CDC’s emerging diseases journal published a report about a nearly two-year long Elizabethkingia outbreak in a critical care unit in London, England, that ended up originating with contaminated taps in hospital sinks.

However, the tap water in Wisconsin turned up negative for the bacteria.

Adding to the mystery, this outbreak doesn’t match the pattern of other infections, which appeared in clusters in the same facility. Most of Wisconsin patients were elderly; some lived in nursing homes and others had gone to the hospital, but they lived across 12 different counties.

At the same time, the genetic signature of the bacteria points to a single source. The infection seems to be community-acquired.

“Our disease detectives are working diligently to find the source,” said Jennifer Miller, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

‘Trumpcare’ Would Reportedly Make More People Uninsured

What is “Trumpcare?”

After the first Super Tuesday, presidential candidate Donald Trump finally published an outline of his plans for health care. It reportedly didn’t differ much from what other high-profile Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and some of Trump’s rivals for the GOP presidential nomination have proposed before.

Then on Monday, the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) released an assessment of the impact of Trump’s plan – which includes repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). What kind of impact would “Trumpcare” have?

The study claims that In total, Mr. Trump’s “repeal and replace” plan for Obamacare would cost nearly $500 billion over ten years under conventional scoring and about $270 billion with dynamic scoring, which takes into account economic growth.

The study states that the number of people without health insurance would rise by something like 21 million people under Trumpcare.

According to The Fiscal Times, previous estimates by the Congressional Budget Office claim that repealing Obamacare would increase the number of uninsured Americans in 2018 by 22 million.

The CRFB report states that Trump’s replacement plan would only cover about 1 million of those people, leaving 21 million more Americans without insurance.

That would mean more financial hardship, less access to health care, and – according to studies – a higher mortality rate. Trump’s plan could also increase the deficit by somewhere between $270 billion and $490 billion over 10 years – depending in part on how the repeal affected the rest of the economy, writes The Huffington Post.

Last year CNBC estimated that Obamacare will add $273.6 billion in additional insurance overhead costs during the 10 years from 2012 through 2022.

Some of that money has already been spent, so Trump’s plan would add $270 to $500 billion on top of the money that has already been spent on Obamacare.

(Updated report)

(Video by Secular Talk)

Donald Trump Voicemails

Recently, the online hacker collective Anonymous declared “total war” on Donald Trump.

Earlier this month the website Gawker published three minutes of voicemails believed to be obtained by members of the 4chan message board /b/, which is reportedly the same online forum that first spawned the hacktivist collective Anonymous. The voicemails are reportedly from 2012.

Two of the voicemails were from a woman identifying as “T Hall,” which is assumed to be MSNBC’s Tamron Hall, and the third is from reporters Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. Hall mentions events from the 2012 election.

This website, OK, Fine, disagrees with the Gawker video subtitles on one point – that they are members of the “liberal media.” Joe Scarborough was a Republican congressman from Florida and now runs the right-leaning political talk show Morning Joe.

(Video by Gawker)