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New study: Up to 90 percent of U.S. paper money contains traces of cocaine


WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2009 — 

You probably have cocaine in your wallet, purse, or pocket. 

Sound unlikely or outrageous? 

Think again! In what researchers describe as the largest, most comprehensive analysis to date of cocaine contamination in banknotes, scientists are reporting that cocaine is present in up to 90 percent of paper money in the United States, particularly in large cities such as Baltimore, Boston, and Detroit. The scientists found traces of cocaine in 95 percent of the banknotes analyzed from Washington, D.C., alone.

Presented here today at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the new study suggests that cocaine abuse is still widespread and may be on the rise in some areas. It could help raise public awareness about cocaine use and lead to greater emphasis on curbing its abuse, the researchers say.

The scientists tested banknotes from more than 30 cities in five countries, including the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Chi…



El Grill: An Early 40’s themed steakhouse in the center of Tijuana’s Gastronomic District

Only the best for the best

by Kristin Díaz de Sandi

February 6 2014

Owner Hector Kabande opened El Grill steakhouse and raw bar in September 2011. He was born into a family of hoteliers, and spent his life growing up in the hospitality industry. 

His father opened the first Lucerna Hotel in Mexicali.

Prior to the opening of El Grill, Hector also owned, La Avenida, Nellos, as well as Rivoli Brasserie at Hotel Lucerna in Tijuana.

Hector opened El Grill, keeping in mind that he wanted to open a high end steakhouse, unlike anywhere else in the city. 

His inspiration stems from the various steakhouses that he has visited throughout New York, Chicago, and even in the city of Los Angeles. 

As soon as you enter the restaurant, you are greeted with the sound of Frank Sinatra’s soothing voice in the background. 

The dark wood tones, and warm lighting create a very comforting ambiance.

The restaurant pri…

STRATFOR ANALYSIS : Why So Much Anarchy?

Global Affairs

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014 - 04:01 


By Robert D. Kaplan

Twenty years ago, in February 1994, I published a lengthy cover story in The Atlantic Monthly, "The Coming Anarchy: How Scarcity, Crime, Overpopulation, Tribalism, and Disease are Rapidly Destroying the Social Fabric of Our Planet." 

I argued that the combination of resource depletion (like water), demographic youth bulges and the proliferation of shanty towns throughout the developing world would enflame ethnic and sectarian divides, creating the conditions for domestic political breakdown and the transformation of war into increasingly irregular forms -- making it often indistinguishable from terrorism. 

I wrote about the erosion of national borders and the rise of the environment as the principal security issues of the 21st century.

 I accurately predicted the collapse of certain African states in the late 1990s and the rise of political Islam in Turkey and other places. 

Islam, I wrote, was a religi…


The New Welfare Map

These 11 States now have More People on Welfare than

they do Employed! Last month, the Senate Budget

Committee reports that in fiscal year 2012, between

food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and

other benefits, the average U.S. Household below the

poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support.

What's the problem with that much support? Well, the

median household income in America is just over $50,000,

which averages out to $137.13 a day. To put it another way,

being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for a 40-hour

week, while the average job pays $20.00 an hour.

Have any-of-you ever-asked this-question?

The question of-the-year!

We are always-hearing about how social-security is going-to run-out of-money.

How come we never-hear about welfare running- out of-money?

What's interesting, the first-group worked for their-money, the second didn't!



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