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Cut of Federal Govt Spending Causing Downgrading of Fairfield County Bonds?

Late last week it was reported that the towns of Fairfield and Westport received a “negative outlook” from Moody’s credit rating agency, in the wake of the S & P downgrade of the US federal credit status from AAA to AA+. Currently, Westport and Fairfield hold AAA credit ratings.   A negative outlook is not a downgrade, but it is a warning that a downgrade could occur.

In an exclusive interview with municipal bond expert Carolyn Frzopf of Janney, Montgomery Securities, I learned that Moody’s is considering downgrading the credit ratings of several Fairfield County towns because Moody’s is afraid that the cutting of federal government spending will reduce the income available to those towns. Ms. Frzopf is the manager of many local government funds and was on the telephone conference call organized by Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein last Monday. Also on the call were various First Selectmen, Mayors and independent financial advisors of Easton, Norwalk, Westport, Greenwich and many other municipalities. They made their pitch to Moody’s that such fears had no foundation in fact, and that these towns had plenty of money to pay their obligations.  Ms. Frzopf agrees with that, and stresses that each town has independent yearly auditing and rigorous financial oversight.   She views this scare as a non-event.  However, Moody’s said it will make a final decision within 90 days.      

When Moody’s was asked if they are considering downgrades to Hartford and other parts of the state, they said no.  Moody’s did not answer why Fairfield County was deemed more susceptible to loss than other parts of the state.

Why does it matter?  Because credit ratings determine how much money a town has to pay in interest on the bonds it issues.  The lower the credit rating, the higher the rate of interest, because the higher the risk of the investment. If a town has to pay a higher rate of interest on its obligations, it has to raise the money from somewhere else. That somewhere else is usually taxpayer dollars. Therefore, it is in our interest, as taxpayers to these towns, to ensure that our towns continue to manage their money- i.e. , our money- with as much prudence and rigor as possible.

In the meantime, here are a few interesting tidbits I discovered:

1.      Hearst Publications has a financial interest in Fitch, one of the three largest credit ratings.  The other two are Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s ( S & P). I haven’t connected the dots yet on this, but for some reason this fact interests me.

2.      CT is actually suing Fitch, Moody’s and S & P for violations of the CT Unfair Trade Practices Act, on the grounds that those rating organizations steered investors improperly. The allegation is that the ratings agencies have a financial interest in other companies as well, and that the ratings they gave may have made those companies more attractive, while other ratings may have made competitors less attractive. Maybe Point One connects to Point Two? Help- I’m not terribly shrewd at this.

3.      Our new Attorney General, George Jepsen, recused himself from the lawsuit mentioned in Point Two because he represented S & P as a private attorney.  What a very small world!


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Lisa talks with controversial author and political commentator Andrew Breitbart.  A PieceA Lisa 4/26/11

Lisa talks with CT Congressman (for the 4th District) Jim Himes.  A PieceA Lisa 4/25/11

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Lisa talks about Jerry Seinfeld pulling out as the headliner for Donald Trump's son's charity because he disagrees with Mr. Trump's current political activity.  A PieceA Lisa 4/21/11

Lisa talks about the recent decision by the state of New York to add activities like wiffle ball and capture the flag to the list of high risk camp activities.  A PieceA Lisa 4/19/11

Lisa talkw with Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.  A PieceA Lisa 4/15/11

Lisa speaks with author Ann Louise Gittleman about her recently published book "Zapped:  Why your cell phone shouldn't be your alarm clock and 1,268 ways to outsmart the hazards of electrical pollution".  A PieceA Lisa 4/13/11

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Lisa talks about the recent interviews by Donald Trump about his possible presidential run, as well as his controversial views on President Obama's citizenship.  A PieceA Lisa 4/7/11

Lisa talks with Lucie Arnaz, who is celebrating 40 years in show business!  A PieceA Lisa 4/4/11

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Lisa asks "What does a WIN in Libya and other parts of the Middle East even look like anymore?"  A PieceA Lisa 3/23/11

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"Should we be intervening in Libya?"  Lisa talks about both sides of the issue.  A PieceA Lisa 3/18/11

Lisa talks with Maxine Braten.  Maxine was recently diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) a form of blood cancer. A bone marrow transplant is essential for her survival.  A PieceA Lisa 3/15/11

Lisa talks with author and negotiating expert Stuart Diamond A PieceA Lisa 3/14/11

Lisa talks with 5 time grammy-nominated singer Michael Feinstein.  A PieceA Lisa 3/11/11

Lisa chats with Dr. Dickson Despommier, author of "Vertical Farm:  Feeding the world in the 21st century".  A PieceA Lisa 3/10/11

Lisa talks with author Linda Fairstein about her new book.  Linda was the Chief of Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for over two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence.  A PieceA Lisa 3/8/11

Lisa shares some current news stories that are on her mind including the Peter King hearings and teachers being caught cheating.  A PieceA Lisa 3/71/11

Lisa's guests today are her sister Jill Zarin along with her parents Gloria and Sol Kamen.  The family weighs in on news making headlines including the proposed shut down of over 100 senior citizen centers in New York, and also how victims of the Bernie Madoff scandal are trying to get their money back.  A PieceA Lisa 3/4/11

Lisa talks about "Hydro Frakking" and the water pollution it is causing.  A PieceA Lisa 2/28/11

Lisa interviews Donna St. George, the mother at the center of a state supreme court child visitation decision, granting an old boyfriend visitation rights to her now 15 year old son.  Case has been going on for over 8 years.  A PieceA Lisa 2/25/11

Lisa talks with CT Congreassman Chris Murphy about environmental issues and natural gas "fracking".  A PieceA Lisa 2/24/11

Lisa talks about collective bargaining power with Lowell Tuner, Professor of International & Comparative Labor and
Collective Bargaining at The Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.  A PieceA Lisa 2/23/11

Lisa talks with Itamar Marcus, founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch.  A PieceA Lisa 2/22/11

Lisa visits with actor Charles Grodin in the studio.  A PieceA Lisa 2/18/11

Sean Hannity visits Lisa in the studio.  A PieceA Lisa 2/18/11 special

Lisa gets an update from Congressman Jim Himes.  A PieceA Lisa 2/18/11

Lisa talks about what she views as the descendancy of America.  A PieceA Lisa 2/17/11

Lisa talks about the assault on CBS news reporter, Lara Logan, by a mob of Egyptian protesters.  A PieceA Lisa 2/16/11

Lisa shares the details from an incredible child visitation lawsuit where a Connecticut family court judge recently granted visitation rights to a non related male friend of the family.  The mother of the child as well as the child himself did not want visitation.  A PieceA Lisa 2/15/11

Lisa's guest today is professional matchmaker Christie Nightengale.  A PieceA Lisa 2/14/11

Lisa delves into the current state of women's rights in Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East.  A PieceA Lisa 2/11/11

Lisa talks about what she sees as the over-building and over-lapping of our government agencies including the FBI, CIA, the Department of Homeland Security and others.  A PieceA Lisa 2/10/11

Lisa reports on the "Muslim Brotherhood" inside Egypt.  Who are members of this group?  and what is the groups agenda?  A PieceA Lisa  2/9/11

Lisa talks with Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy.  A PieceA Lisa 2/8/11

Lisa talks with Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen.  A PieceA Lisa 2/7/11

Lisa chats with HLN anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell about her new book "Addict Nation:  An intervention for America".  A Piecea Lisa 2/3/11

Lisa talks about the current uprising in Egypt and what is going on in other parts of the Middle East.  A PieceA Lisa 2/2/11

Lisa and a caller relay their personal stories of giving and receiving love on this icy winter day.  A charming podcast.  A PieceA Lisa 2/1/11

Lisa talks with Ziegler distinguished fellow and director of the Washington Institutes project on the Middle East Peace Process, David Makovsky about the current situation in Egypt.  A PieceA Lisa Podcast 2/1/11

Lisa talks with author Kitty Kelley about her book "Oprah".  A PieceA Lisa Podcast 1/31/11

Lisa talks with Bob Unruh, news editor at WorldNet Daily about the push to implement Sharia Law courts in the United States.  A PieceA Lisa Podcast 1/28/11

Lisa talks with Dottie Herman, CEO of Prudential Douglas Elliman, about the "art of the sale".  A PieceA Lisa Podcast 1/27/11

Lisa discusses the Pennsylvania case against Jordan Brown.  Brown is charged with murdering his fathers pregnant girlfriend when he was just an 11 year old minor.  The state wants to charge Brown, now 13, as an adult.  A PieceA Lisa 1/26/11

Lisa chats with artist Norman Gorbaty.  A PieceA Lisa 1/25/11

Lisa talks with Peggy Orenstein, the award-winning writer, editor and speaker about issues affecting girls and women.  Her latest book "Cinderella at my daughter" is due for release February, 2011.  A PieceA Lisa Podcast 1/24/11

Lisa talks with Gavin McKiernan, National Director of the Parents Television Council (PTC), an advocacy group dedicated to protecting children from graphic sex, violence, and profanity on television an other media.  A PieceA Lisa 1/21/11

Lisa discusses what she see's as Hollywood's fascination with the sexualizing of young people today with shows like MTV's "Skins".  A PieceA Lisa 1/20/11

Lisa takes a look at the current trend of single parenting going on in Hollywood right now.  A PieceA Lisa 1/19/11

Lisa reports on the recent announcement that Iran has outlawed all things having to do with Valentine's Day.  A PieceA Lisa 1/18/11

Lisa objects to Goldman Sachs prohibiting U.S. investors from participating in a private offering for social networking site Facebook.  A PieceA Lisa Podcast 1/17/11

Lisa talks with New York Times best selling author, Dean Koontz about his new book "What the Night Knows".  A PieceA Lisa Podcast 1/14/11

Lisa's guest today is Dr. Stephan Anthony Mayer, professor of Clinical Neurology and  Neurological Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center.  Dr. Mayer talks about recent Arizona shooting victim, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and what she may face in her road to recovery, as well as other recent advances in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries.  A PieceA Lisa 1/13/11

Lisa discusses the decision by Rhode Island Governor, Lincoln Chafee, to ban all state employees from talking to commercial talk radio hosts.  A PieceA Lisa 1/12/11

Lisa talks with Sally C. Pikes, Author of "The truth about Obamacare", about what Americans can expect with the newly signed health care bill, and why every American should work for its repeal.A PieceA Lisa 1/11/11

Lisa has a conversation with Daniel Gross, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of PAX, the country's largest non-lobbying organization dedicated to the gun violence issue.A PieceA Lisa 1/10/11

Lisa Discusses the latest science news surrounding an experimental gel that has been shown to prevent the spread of HIV.  The gel is said to contain small amounts of a certain drug to intended to treat Aids mixed with a Zinc compound.  Also, Autism and vaccinations have been the subject of great debate over the last decade or so, and now those original results have been declared fraudulent due to a manipulation of the data. A PieceA Lisa 1/6/11

Lisa talks with Connecticut state senator Toni Boucher, and CT Capitol Reports reporter Tom Dudchik about the current state of Connecticut and the 26th district. A PieceA Lisa 1/5/11

Lisa comments on the recent news that Mark Twain's classic novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is about to be censored to remove racially insensitive terms like the "N" word from the book. A PieceA Lisa 1/4/11

Lisa discusses the current controversy in Israel concerning the government support of the Yeshiva Borch and the proposed changes made by an ultra orthodox member of parliament. A PieceA Lisa 1/3/11

Lisa reports on a new study conducted by the "Parents Television Council".  The study concludes that Hollywood has become obsessed with over sexualizing teen girls. A PieceA Lisa 12/17

Lisa speaking with Dr. Alan Richman of Norwalk Radiology. A PieceA Lisa 12/16

Lisa reports on the Governments refusal to allow employees access to the New York Times, Israel's presumed use of a computer virus against Iranian nuclear technology, and more. A PieceA Lisa 12/15

Pearl Harbor Day, and Lisa takes some time to reflect on America's history and leadership. A PieceA Lisa 12/7

Lisa talks about a couple of stories in the news right now and why they bother her, including, Wikileaks and Janet Napolitano who is teaming up with Walmart to "make our nation safer".

A PieceA Lisa 12/6

Lisa talks with NY Times best selling author of  "The Obama Nation" and "Unfit for Command", Jerome Corsi about the Transportation Safety Administration's use of the new "backscatter" X-ray machines and their possible risks. A PieceA Lisa 12/2

Lisa talks with Dr. Keith Campbell about Narcissism and other so called personality disorders set to come off the list of psychological disorders. Narcissism may now be considered a personality trait. A PieceA Lisa 11/30

Lisa talks with Fred and Vicki Modell.  Vicki and Fred Modell began a foundation to study the causes and cures of Primary Immunodeficiency Syndrome, which killed their son at the age of 15.  They speak from the heart about this affliction and the efforts they have made to prevent others' suffering. A PieceA Lisa 11/19

Itamar Marcus of Palestinian Media Watch A PieceA Lisa 11/18

Lisa wants to know how it is that we have the same four faces leading Congress after this last election. Knock, Knock, is anybody listening?  Apparently not. A PieceA Lisa 11/17

An interview with Abraham Foxman, author of "Jews and Money" A PieceA Lisa 11/16

NLRB Facebook case re: firing of employee A PieceA Lisa 11/15

Interview with Mu Sochua on sex-trafficking. A PieceA Lisa 11/12

Should drug addicts be sterilized? A PieceA Lisa 11/10

Buried News A PieceA Lisa 11/09


Cold Cap Therapy Helps Women Going Through Chemotherapy Save Hair

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A simple cap may help thousands of breast cancer patients keep their hair during chemotherapy. While doctors remain skeptical, grassroots groups of women are banding together to get the word out about cold cap therapy -- and the empowering effect it can have.

“Nobody wants to be a victim, and everyone reacts to that hair loss,” Shirley Billigmeier, co-founder of cold cap advocacy organization The Rapunzel Project and a breast cancer survivor, told AOL Health.

The controversial cold caps, which are simple caps cooled to below 30 degrees centigrade, can be worn during chemotherapy to halt hair loss. Scientists hypothesize that they freeze the hair follicle, essentially sending it into hibernation. Preliminary studies have shown that the caps help between 70 and 90 percent of users save their hair. Though the caps have been available for years and have been widely used in Europe, few medical professionals in the U.S. have yet supported them.

Billigmeier, who lives outside of Minneapolis, only learned about cold caps due to a chance conversation with her dermatologist. Billigmeier had been diagnosed with breast cancer at 59, in July 2009, and mentioned that she planned to buy a wig. Her dermatologist suggested that she speak with a local woman who was one of the first three people in the U.S. to keep her hair with a cold cap.

"I absolutely had to understand this better," says Billigmeier.

She dove into research, speaking with Frank Fronda, the inventor of Penguin Cold Caps. "Some of my friends thought, 'Oh my word, she's gone whacky, just humor her,'" she says.

Doctors, too, are often skeptical about the caps, which are precisely cooled and applied to the scalp before, during and after chemotherapy. Experiments with early versions of the caps in the 1980s found them to be ineffective. Many doctors strongly discourage use of the caps, worried that by blocking the hair follicle, the caps may block chemotherapy from busting cancer in the roots. They are not recommended for people with certain cancers -- especially blood-borne cancers that may circulate to the scalp. But breast cancer chemotherapy is usually administered after a mastectomy or lumpectomy as a preventative measure.

After speaking with women across the country that had used the caps, Billigmeier became convinced that a cap could make an enormous difference in her treatment.

"My husband said my energy went back to normal once I got a hold of the cap," she says.

The caps worked for Billigmeier, who paid $30 per cap per treatment -- a total of $1500 that she says was well worth it. She kept her long, thick hair throughout her three months of chemotherapy. She also believes that her positive experience helped her recover more quickly.

"When you feel better, you heal better," she says.

Billigmeier’s oncologist supported her choice but initially expressed concern that she would be disappointed if she lost her hair. After seeing her success, he has become a proponent of the caps, while noting that more research is needed.

In order to support such research, Billigmeier and her friend Nancy Marshall founded the non-profit Rapunzel Project. They aim to lobby for better clinical trials and more sustained studies. They also want to make cold caps easier to use, and have helped to donate biomedical freezers -- which enable medical staff to precisely cool each cap so that patients are not forced to use dry ice -- to hospitals in Minnesota and New York. They are currently planning to donate freezers to a Washington D.C. hospital and another hospital in Minnesota.

Billigmeier simply wants more women to have the option to use a cold cap.

"When I felt I could keep my hair, I felt empowered," says Billigmeier. "I reclaimed choice and identity, and it gave me strength."

By Justine van der Leun 10/29/10

GlaxoSmithKline agrees to pay $750 million to settle drug allegations

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U.S. prosecutors say the British pharmaceutical company knowingly manufactured adulterated drugs at a plant in Puerto Rico.

GlaxoSmithKline agrees to pay $750 million to settle drug allegations

British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline will pay $750 million to settle allegations that it knowingly manufactured and sold adulterated drugs, including the popular antidepressant Paxil, federal prosecutors in Massachusetts said Tuesday.

U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz announced that the London company would pay $150 million in criminal fines and $600 million in civil penalties related to faulty manufacturing processes at its plant in Cidra, Puerto Rico. The company allowed several drugs to be adulterated between 2001 and 2005, including Paxil CR, a skin-infection ointment called Bactroban and an anti-nausea drug called Kytril.

GlaxoSmithKline said in a statement that it regretted operating the plant in a manner that violated good manufacturing practices. The company said the plant closed in 2009 because of declining demand for the medicines made there.

Ortiz said that no patients appeared to have been harmed by the quality problems at the plant, which included failing to ensure that Bactroban and Kytril were free of contamination from microorganisms and causing Paxil controlled-release tablets to split, causing the potential distribution of tablets that did not have any therapeutic effect.

The investigation began after Cheryl Eckard, the company's global quality-assurance manager, went to the Food and Drug Administration to report problems at the Puerto Rico plant.

Eckard, who worked at GlaxoSmithKline's offices in North Carolina, said she was fired in 2003 after repeatedly reporting the problems to her superiors and the company's compliance department.

"This is not something I ever wanted to do, but because of patient safety issues, it was necessary," Eckard said after the settlement was announced Tuesday.

As a whistle-blower, Eckard will receive $96 million of the settlement paid by the company.

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