James Finger

About James Finger

Follow James Finger

The Largest Drug-safety Settlement to Date

Pills Money

Labeled by the U.S. Government as the largest drug-safety settlement to date with a generic drug manufacturer; Ranbaxy Laboratories has just pled guilty to three felony counts under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic act, and four felony counts of of providing false statements to the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The company failed to conduct proper safety and quality tests of several drugs that were manufactured in the Indian plants. These generic drugs were manufactured in Paonta Sahib, and Dewas India. The major drugs involved in this case were the generic versions of Gabapentin, Sotret, and Ciprofloxacin. This is a great cause for concern because compared to the plants in the United States which are inspected by the F.D.A. once every two years, plants over seas are inspected about once every seven to thirteen years. It has been proven between June and August of 2007, certain batches of medications had tested positive for “unknown impurities” and had unreliable shelf lives. Ranbaxy waited two months until October of that year to report these impurities.

Read More

The Resignation of a True American Hero

General Petraeus: 'I've Got a Secret' by Flickr user Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com, licensed by Creative Commons

That’s not a stretch…

A large shock recently affected the entire landscape of intelligence within the United States of America.  On Friday, November 9th, David Petraeus,  resigned from his position as the director of the CIA.  This came as a big surprise to everyone involved, including; friends, family, co-workers, and President Barack Obama.  The resignation marked an extremely abrupt end to an extremely successful career in public service.  Petraeus resigned from his position in the CIA based on personal infidelity to his beloved wife.

Read more

Chris Brown Avoids Punishment Yet Again

Young Brown by Flickr The Library of Congress, licensed by Creative Commons

Not Chris Breezy

In 2009, the singer Chris Brown, was sentenced to serve over 1,400 hours in a “labor oriented service, and was ordered to complete a 52-week domestic violence program.  This was the result of the domestic violence charge he received after assaulting his girlfriend at the time, Rihanna.  Since then, previous to his most recent trial on November 1st, he has tested positive for marijuana use while in Virginia.  He somehow got away with it in court due to the fact that the marijuana was consumed in California, as allowed by his medical marijuana license.

Read more

Flava Flav gets Arrested for Assault

Alarm Clock, by Museum of Hartlepool licensed by Creative Commons.

Worn Around Flavor’s Neck

William J. Drayton, also known as Flavor Flav was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and battery against Elizabeth Trujillo, his fiancée of 8 years, and her son.  Drayton and Trujillo got into a verbal confrontation over the fact that he cheated on her.  The argument allegedly escalated to a downstairs bedroom of their four-bedroom, 2, ½ bathroom house, where Drayton became physical with Trujillo.

Read more

New Student IDs Track the Student’s Location

 

RFID + IR Heat Detector and Arduino by Flickr user rileyporter, licensed by Creative Commons

This tag is probably already in your dog.

Two schools in Texas have begun implementing a new form of student ID.  This “Identification Card” does much more than just provide a form of identification for the student, it actually tracks their current location. These ID cards are known as RFID’s, or radio-frequency identification cards.  RFID’s give school administrator’s the ability to see where the students are physically located at any given time of day.  This tracking program was started by the school district in an effort to keep the students in school and to reduce truancy.  People hope that this tracking program will increase daily attendance and lead the school district to save as much as $175,000.  This amount is lost daily due to low attendance from the students.  Higher attendance could also lead to an increase in state funding of up to $1.7 million.  Furthermore, this tracking program will increase student security and safety, increase attendance, grant access to various parts of the school, as well as influence purchasing power within the school.

Read more