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While Iran and the US wrestle over nuclear power, India’s parliament voted to go ahead with a US-India nuclear deal, in which the US will provide nuclear technology and fuel to India so they can build power plants. However, the entire process has been marred with scandal.
The Indian government’s joy at its victory was tempered by a bribery scandal, after opposition lawmakers interrupted the debate to wave wads of cash to protest against what they said were bribes offered by the government to abstain.
The furor was described as one of the lowest points in parliamentary history, and led to fresh demands for Singh to resign, and catcalls preventing him from delivering his concluding remarks after the two-day debate.
Although an agreement has been made between the recently re-elected President of Zimbabwe and his former adversary, all is still not well in Zimbabwe, and many people even doubt the sincerity of the settlement, which isn’t expected to be final for two weeks.
With inflation at more than 2.2m%, unemployment at 80%, and basic food commodities vanishing from shelves, locals have been finding things tough, with millions forced into neighbouring countries.
The Congressional Budget office has determined that the federal government’s rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will cost the government about $25 billion, and admitted that there was a slim chance that the total cost might reach $100 billion.
CBO’s $25 billion cost estimate is an average based on “the path of housing prices in the next several months.” They considered three scenarios: prices stabilize, grow modestly or decline steeply.
[Treasury Secretary Henry] Paulson requested that the Treasury be allowed to offer Fannie and Freddie an unlimited line of credit for 18 months and be given authority to buy stock in the companies if necessary.
Anyone else find it ironic that mortgage companies are borrowing money?
A study on the effects of Viagra in women (yes, women) has found that Viagra may help women reach orgasm if antidepressants have reduced their libidos.
The study, the first objective research to show a role for Viagra in boosting female sexual function, found that almost three times as many women taking the impotence pill had orgasms compared with those given a placebo.
Researchers in the study looked at 98 women on antidepressants whose average age was 37. The women in the study didn’t have any sexual problems before beginning on antidepressants, [researcher Harry] Croft said.
The participants, randomly assigned Viagra or a placebo, were told to take the pill one to two hours before sexual activity for eight weeks. The women on Viagra were more likely to say they had an increase in orgasms and partner satisfaction compared with those taking the placebo. Overall, Viagra didn’t increase their sexual drive or desire for sex, Croft said.