Les Misérables – Featurette: “Hugh Jackman is Jean Valjean”
Actor Michael Douglas says that his throat cancer was caused by a virus he contracted by performing oral sex on women.
The Guardian newspaper published an interview Monday in which Douglas blamed cunnilingus for the grave malady that was diagnosed in 2010.
The newspaper also quoted doctors who were skeptical about his claim.
The 68-year-old Douglas has been free of cancer for more than two years after receiving extensive chemotherapy and has returned to acting.
He is married to the actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The so-called “shirt sleeve summit” is already generating plenty of attention.
Hu Xijin is the editor-in-chief of Beijing‘s “Global Times,” which has more than five million readers. Published by the “People’s Daily,” it is the mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party. On social media, the editor has referred to U.S. foreign policy as “hooliganism” and “meddling.”
One headline says, for example, “Before U.S. Visit, The U.S. Is Hyping The Hacking Story Again.”
Take U.S. charges of cyber-spying — that China has stolen details about weapons systems and other sensitive information.
Hu said he doesn’t think that’s a true story.
Hacking will likely be on the summit agenda ahead of high level talks on cyber-security in July.
The United States housing bubble is an economic bubble affecting many parts of the United States housing market in over half of American states. Housing prices peaked in early 2006, started to decline in 2006 and 2007, and reached new lows in 2012. On December 30, 2008 the Case-Shiller home price index reported its largest price drop in its history. The credit crisis resulting from the bursting of the housing bubble is — according to “general consensus” — “the primary cause” of the 2007–2009 recession in the United States.
Increased foreclosure rates in 2006–2007 among U.S. homeowners led to a crisis in August 2008 for the subprime, Alt-A, collateralized debt obligation (CDO), mortgage, credit, hedge fund, and foreign bank markets. In October 2007, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury called the bursting housing bubble “the most significant risk to our economy.”
Any collapse of the U.S. Housing Bubble has a direct impact not only on home valuations, but the nation’s mortgage markets, home builders, real estate, home supply retail outlets, Wall Street hedge funds held by large institutional investors, andforeign banks, increasing the risk of a nationwide recession. Concerns about the impact of the collapsing housing and credit markets on the larger U.S. economy caused President George W. Bush and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke to announce a limited bailout of the U.S. housing market for homeowners who were unable to pay their mortgage debts.
In 2008 alone, the United States government allocated over $900 billion to special loans and rescues related to the US housing bubble, with over half going to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (both of which are government-sponsored enterprises) as well as the Federal Housing Administration(which is a United States Government agency). On December 24, 2009, the Treasury Department made an unprecedented announcement that it would be providing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unlimited financial support for the next three years despite acknowledging losses in excess of $400 billion so far. The Treasury has been criticized for encroaching on spending powers that are enumerated for Congress alone by the US constitution, and for violating limits imposed by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.
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