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Will you spend more on your health?


The drug industry’s business model is unraveling after years of bankable growth. Some of the healthcare industry’s most prominent executives and officials will discuss their strategies for change at the 2011 Reuters Health Summit, from May 9-12 in New York.

Growth in U.S. healthcare spending per person — the highest in the world — slowed in 2009 to its smallest increase in five decades as high unemployment led Americans to tighten their budgets . Spending on hospital services, doctor visits, medicines and other health needs rose 4 percent to $2.5 trillion in 2009 compared with 4.7 percent in 2008 (Health Affairs, January 2011). The healthcare industry expects that rate to pick up again as families find they can no longer postpone a trip to the doctor or elective medical procedure.

Do you expect your expenses for health in 2011 to be:

    More than in 2010 Less than in 2010 Similar to 2010

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White House won’t show bin Laden photo, do you agree?


President Barack Obama said in a television interview on Wednesday he decided not to release photos of Osama bin Laden’s body because it could incite violence and be used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool.

“There is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden,” President Obama told CBS’s “60 Minutes” program, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney. “You will not see bin Laden walking on this Earth again.”

What is the impact of bin Laden’s death?

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Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. assault on his Pakistani compound, then quickly buried at sea, in a dramatic end to the long manhunt for the al Qaeda leader who had become the most powerful symbol of global terrorism.

Do you think the U.S. made the right decision to kill Osama bin Laden?

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Do you feel safer after the death of Osama bin Laden?

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Who deserves the most credit for killing Osama bin Laden?

    Barack Obama George W. Bush Neither

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How has the killing of Osama bin Laden changed your perception of President Obama's leadership?

Did Bernanke deliver?

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke went where no sitting Fed chief has gone before – a live regularly scheduled press conference.

Did Bernanke deliver the transparency markets are looking for, or are things just clear as mud?

Do you support foreign military action in Libya?


Western powers launched a second wave of air strikes on Libya on Monday after halting the advance of Muammar Gaddafi’s forces on Benghazi and targeting air defenses to let their planes patrol the skies.
The U.N.-mandated intervention to protect civilians drew criticism from Arab League chief Amr Moussa, who questioned the need for a heavy bombardment, which he said had killed many civilians. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the U.N. resolution resembled “medieval calls for crusades.”
But the United States, carrying out the air strikes in a coalition with Britain, France, Italy and Canada among others, said the campaign was working.
The intervention is the biggest against an Arab country since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Do you support the U.N.-mandated intervention in Libya?

    Yes I support the air strikes No I do not support the air strikes

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Have the Western forces been prudent in their air strikes or shown disregard for civilian casualties?

Nuclear power: Go ahead or stop now?


After an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on Friday, engineers are pumping seawater into damaged nuclear reactors to prevent a catastrophic full-scale meltdown, but major damage has already occurred and the plants likely won’t operate again, experts said.

The political impact of the crisis is also hitting home in the United States. The U.S. currently has 104 nuclear reactors operating, and analysts expect four to eight new reactors to be built.

How would you grade Obama’s State of the Union speech?


OBAMA-SPEECHPresident Barack Obama proposed a five-year freeze on some government spending and struck a centrist tone in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, hoping to prove he has fiscal discipline and can work with resurgent Republicans.

Obama also said that voters want Democrats and Republicans to govern with “shared responsibility”. He offered a raft of proposals that some of his opponents might find appealing as he positions himself for a 2012 re-election bid, but stopped short of the massive spending cuts demanded by some Republicans.

What would you want in a new iPad?


BELGIUM/People are still waiting to unwrap their first-generation iPads for Christmas and news is already leaking about what features Apple plans to include on its next version of the popular tablet computer.

One of Apple’s component suppliers confirmed the retooled iPad will come equipped with two cameras, one mounted on the rear for photography and another on the front presumably meant to enable FaceTime video chatting. Another said the revamped model will be slimmer, lighter and boast a better resolution screen display.

Will you use Facebook’s new messaging service?


FACEBOOK/It’s official.  Soon you’ll be able to adopt your very own “” email address.

Facebook announced a new all-in-one messaging tool on Monday, after much speculation that the social networking giant was planning a so-called “Gmail-killer.

from MacroScope:

What emerging animal are you?


Ever since Goldman Sach's Jim O'Neill came up with the idea of BRICs as an investment universe, competitors have been indulging in a global game of acronyms. Why not add Korea to Brazil, Russia, India and China and get a proper BRICK? Or include South Africa, as it wants, to properly upper case the "s" - BRICS or BRICKS?

Completely new lists have also been compiled -- HSBC chief Michael Geoghegan has championed CIVETS to describe Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa (ignoring the fact, as Reuters' Sebastian Tong points out here, that a civet is a skunk-like animal blamed for the spread of the deadly SARS outbreak in Asia).