Aug 01

New wrinkle? Study suggests Ancient Earth got a ‘face-lift’

Earth got a “face-lift” early in its history, wiping out most of its original crust, according to a new model of the ancient barrage of asteroids called the Late Heavy Bombardment.Earth itself is about 4.5 billion years ago, but it’s rare to find rocks older than those formed about 3.8 billion years ago. One reason older rocks may be missing is that they were destroyed when asteroids and comets pummeled the Earth, moon and inner planets of the solar system, scientists report today (July 30) in the journal Nature.”The surface of the Earth was heavily affected by all these collisions,” said lead study author Simone Marchi, a planetary scientist with the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. “There’s no doubt the crust was excavated, mixed and buried as a result of this bombardment.” [Photo Timeline: How the Earth Formed]

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Aug 01

Man charged with putting needles in packaged meat ‘for the hell of it’

An Illinois man was jailed without bond after being charged of inserting sewing needles into packaged meat at a grocery store on at least seven occasions over more than a year.
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Aug 01

SOTT FOCUS: Pro-Palestinian protesters beaten by Israeli soccer players during football friendly in Austria

On July 24th, 2014, during renewed Israeli attacks on Palestine, a pre-season friendly soccer match in Austria between Israeli team Maccabi Haifa and French team Lille had to be abandoned in the 86th minute after pro-Palestinian protesters ran onto the pitch waving Palestinian flags and shouting “Free Palestine!”

A fight ensued between some of the soccer players, the protesters, and security personnel. The event made international news, and the protesters were roundly accused of “violently attacking the players” and of “being anti-Semitic” – with Israel again cast in the role of the victim.

On closer examination of the available video footage (see video analysis below), we see a rather different picture. Four protesters ran across the field, but clearly didn’t have violence in mind. All they seemed to want to do was get a message across by reminding people that Apartheid Israel is currently engaged in war crimes. Frankly, Austria should be censured for hosting an Israeli sports team in its country at this time. Whatever happened to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions?

Some say Israeli sports, music, academia and other cultural activities shouldn’t be lumped together with the Israeli state’s actions. Too bad. If they choose to be associated with that ZioNazi entity, they must accept pariah status and face the consequences of international opprobrium.

Contrary to what the mainstream media claimed, the first ‘violent act’, which started the fight, was carried out by an Israeli player, who brought one of the protesters to the ground.

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Aug 01

‘Impossible’ space drive tested by NASA foretells future of deep-space travel

NASA has conducted long-awaited experiments to prove that the fabled space drive, capable of generating its own thrust and breaking a fundamental law of physics, works. If the find survives fresh scrutiny, space ship construction will be revolutionized.
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Aug 01

Yet another case of possible outgassing: Mystery of the bad smell floating around Oxford

A bad smell floating around Oxford has been baffling officials and turning residents’ stomachs.
The mystery odour, described by some as like “cheesy wotsits”, “sick” or just “awful” started on Monday night and continued into Tuesday.

It arrived on a warm night in the historical city, when many people had their windows open trying to catch a breeze.

Some assumed the stench was caused by raw sewage but Thames Water said its investigations had not found a problem.

A spokesman said teams at the Oxford sewage treatment works had reported that all equipment was working as usual and there have been no operational problems.

Gerry Vickers told the Oxford Times the smell had made it “impossible to go out” of his elderly mother’s house in Headington Quarry, Oxford.

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Aug 01

Route 15 In Wethersfield Re-Opened After Serious Crash

The section of the Berlin Turnpike near Maple Avenue in Wethersfield was closed overnight due to a crash.

The crash was reported at t 12:36 a.m. At least four motorcycles were involved and debris was scattered for a significant distance.

The road was closed for hours, but has since re-opened.

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Aug 01

Obama Doing Nothing to Protect America from Ebola Outbreak




Several countries in West Africa, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, are reporting the worst Ebola virus outbreak in history. Over 700 people have died and the virus is still spreading.

So how much do you know about the Ebola virus and what are the chances of it spreading into the US?

There are five different viruses that cause Ebola virus disease. According to the World Health Organization:

  • Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
  • EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
  • EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
  • The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
  • Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
  • Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.

The CDC has informed the airline industry to be on the watch for anyone with flu-like symptoms. They’ve also alerted Customs and Border Patrol to watch for people who may exhibit symptoms of EVD.

In case you’re wondering, the symptoms are:

“EVD is a severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes.”

“People are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus. Ebola virus was isolated from semen 61 days after onset of illness in a man who was infected in a laboratory.”

“The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms, is 2 to 21 days.”

Is there a danger of Ebola entering the US and spreading? Most definitely! All it takes is for one infected person to enter the country and then come in contact with others. EVD is spread through contact with bodily fluids which could include saliva, blood, urine, feces, tears and even nasal mucus. An infected person could transmit the disease simply by coughing or sneezing on someone.

Consider the fact that some of the illegals that have been detained by Border Patrol agents have come from the same West African nations where the outbreak is occurring. Illegals have already been found to carry other infectious diseases such as TB and dengue fever and some Border Patrol agents have already tested positive for TB just by processing the illegals.

On the news today they said the chances of EVD spreading into the US are remote, but this is the same liberal news that ignores the seriousness of the border crisis and the other dangerous diseases already being transmitted by infected illegals. It would only take one infected illegal from West Africa to spread the disease into the US. There is no cure and the fatality rate can be as high as 90%.

Many illegals tend to congregate together, making the spread of Ebola more likely. They’ll shop in the same stores you and I shop in. All they have to do is cough or sneeze and then touch anything in the store to infect someone else. The danger is real.

Yet, Barack Obama is not taking any steps to further secure our border with Mexico, knowing that thousands of illegals pour in every day. The fear of deadly diseases is not enough for him to take the proper action to secure the border and protect Americans. Obama doesn’t care about your health or the health of your family. All he cares about is allowing thousands more illegals into the US so they can vote for Democrats. He is risking our health and lives for the sake of votes. I don’t wish anyone to get infected with the Ebola virus, but if it happens, I hope it strikes the White House first. Then perhaps Obama may think differently and do what he should be already doing to protect the country.

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Aug 01

Friday Weather Forecast: Widely Scattered Showers

Happy August!

A more uncomfortable feel today with dew points in the 60′s and with a weak short wave moving across the region this afternoon. There will be a few showers and thunderstorms, mainly along I-84 and points north.

Weather maps show a tropical jet flow along the East Coast from the Bahamas to Bar Harbor Maine with plenty of moisture moving into Southern

New England for the weekend. So keep the umbrella nearby for Saturday and Sunday. It might not rain all the time but when it does, plan on dealing with downpours. After Monday, next week look pretty good.

Today: a mix of clouds and sunshine, hazy, warm and more humid, widely scattered showers and thunderstorms

High 80-85

Wind south 5-15 mph

Sunrise 5:44 a.m.

Sunset 8:09 p.m.

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Aug 01

Distracted Driver

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s driver who struck and killed a
man with his patrol car was
texting
at around the time of the accident. Deputy Andrew
Wood struck and killed Milton Everett Olin Jr. Witnesses said
they did not see any brake lights before the collision.

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Aug 01

Brickbat: Distracted Driver

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s
driver who struck and killed a man with his patrol car
was texting at
around the time of the accident. Deputy Andrew Wood struck and
killed Milton Everett Olin Jr. Witnesses said they did not
see any brake lights before the collision.

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Aug 01

Eat Chicken? Buy Organic!

Eat Chicken? Buy Organic!

Every year, 9 billion chickens are slaughtered for meat in the U.S.

Where does all this chicken come from and how was it produced?

We’d like to think it’s like the Portlandia “Is it local?” sketch. There, a waiter describes a locally raised organic chicken named Colin, who was “a Heritage Breed, woodland-raised chicken that’s been fed a diet of sheep’s milk, soy and hazelnuts.” It’s enough to make the diners leave the restaurant to go see Colin’s idyllic farm for themselves.

Unfortunately, reality is more like Food & Water Watch’s “Is it factory farmed?” spoof. There, the waiter admits the chicken was raised on a factory farm controlled by one of four giant corporations. It was kept in a crowded, filthy warehouse with a hundred thousand others, kept alive only with the prophylactic use of antibiotics. Then it was processed in a slaughterhouse where the lines move too fast to monitor or implement any kind of food safety system, so its carcass was simply dunked in bleach to remove any visible signs of fecal contamination.

Yecchh.

Want a chicken that’s more like Portlandia’s Colin? Buy USDA organic poultry, from chickens raised outdoors on pasture, without the routine use of antibiotics. It’s better for your health. Better for the environment. And better for the chickens.

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Aug 01

Eat Chicken? Buy Organic!

Eat Chicken? Buy Organic!

Every year, 9 billion chickens are slaughtered for meat in the U.S.

Where does all this chicken come from and how was it produced?

We’d like to think it’s like the Portlandia “Is it local?” sketch. There, a waiter describes a locally raised organic chicken named Colin, who was “a Heritage Breed, woodland-raised chicken that’s been fed a diet of sheep’s milk, soy and hazelnuts.” It’s enough to make the diners leave the restaurant to go see Colin’s idyllic farm for themselves.

Unfortunately, reality is more like Food & Water Watch’s “Is it factory farmed?” spoof. There, the waiter admits the chicken was raised on a factory farm controlled by one of four giant corporations. It was kept in a crowded, filthy warehouse with a hundred thousand others, kept alive only with the prophylactic use of antibiotics. Then it was processed in a slaughterhouse where the lines move too fast to monitor or implement any kind of food safety system, so its carcass was simply dunked in bleach to remove any visible signs of fecal contamination.

Yecchh.

Want a chicken that’s more like Portlandia’s Colin? Buy USDA organic poultry, from chickens raised outdoors on pasture, without the routine use of antibiotics. It’s better for your health. Better for the environment. And better for the chickens.

Learn more

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Aug 01

Nick Turse: China, America, and a new Cold War in Africa?

For the last two years, TomDispatch Managing Editor Nick Turse has been following the Pentagon and the latest U.S. global command, AFRICOM, as they oversaw the expanding operations of the American military across that continent: drones, a special ops surge, interventions, training missions, bases (even if not called bases), proxy wars. Short of a major conflict, you name it and it’s probably happening. Washington’s move into Africa seems connected as well to the destabilization of parts of that continent and the rise of various terror groups across it, another subject Nick has been following. With rare exceptions, only recently have aspects of the Obama administration’s largely below-the-radar-screen “pivot” to Africa made it into the mainstream media. Even more recently, global chaos from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria to Ukraine has driven it out again. As a result, most Americans have no sense of how their future and Africa’s are being entwined in possibly explosive ways.

With this in mind, and with the support of the Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund (as well as the generosity of Adelaide Gomer), Nick has gone to Tanzania and South Sudan to explore the situation further himself. Today, as the first fruits of that trip, TomDispatch has a major story on a development that has, until now, remained distinctly below the radar screen: the Africa-wide contest between the globe’s “sole superpower,” the U.S., and its preeminent rising economic power, China, over which will benefit most from the exploitation of that continent.

Over the next several months, there will be more pieces from Nick on America’s growing stake in and effect on Africa. The next will address a looming crisis in the world’s youngest nation. He offers a preview: “My aid agency contacts say that, in September, the United Nations will officially declare a famine in large swaths of South Sudan. As one humanitarian worker here put it to me, add famine to war and you have a powder keg. ‘It’s going to get worse,’ says another, ‘before it gets better.’” Tom

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Aug 01

Ebola Infected U.S. Aid Workers Due To Arrive At Emory University Hospital Atlanta

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Brantly and Writebol. Image: Reuters

At least one, but possibly two U.S. citizens with Ebola is due to fly from West Africa to Atlanta during the next few days. Barbara Reynolds spokeswoman for the CDC in Atlanta said that she is not aware of any Ebola patient ever been treated in the United States before.

Emory Hospital in Atlanta has issued a statement saying it is well prepared to receive the patients, and that it has the facilities to safely care for them without any risk to the public.

Let’s hope and pray they are right.

Two Americans are infected, Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol who are said to be in a grave condition. Apparently a serum has been made from the blood of a child who was cured of Ebola and that serum, although experimental has been offered to Dr Brantly. He is said to have refused the treatment, insisting it be given to Writebol.

On at least five occasions the CDC has made mistakes in handling deadly pathogens. According to the LA Times:

Dangerous germs, including anthrax, botulism and a strain of bird flu, were improperly sent among government laboratories in five incidents during the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said it had closed two labs and had imposed a moratorium on shipping deadly pathogens.

The announcement of the previously undisclosed incidents comes days after the CDC said scientists had discovered six vials of the smallpox virus in an unused storage room at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md.

This of course is not counting the exposure of 86 workers to anthrax in June, and as the article states comes just days after vials of the smallpox virus was found lying at the back of a shelf in a cupboard….

I have great sympathy for those suffering from this awful disease. Up to 90% of those who contract it will die a terrible death, but bringing those people to the United states, UK and Europe will not alter that fact. What it will do is increase the risk of this virus spreading.

One mistake with this, and people are going to start dying across the United States. From the point that the Ebola patient leaves the isolation ward in Africa the risks to the rest of the world start to grow.

It’s likely the patients will be transferred in pods called aeromedical biocontainment systems. These systems are specifically designed to allow medical staff access without exposing themselves to the virus. They are not particularly sturdy structures as you can see from the photograph.

Image: U.S. Center for Disease Control

There is not much room on medivac planes, and with possibly two patients to care for it is unlikely there will be enough spare equipment to deal with all possible emergency scenarios. Although bodily waste can be removed from these pods, doing so on the aircraft would be incredibly dangerous. Usually a specialized flow air system, inside a biocontainment air lock would be required to remove level four biological waste safely.

The logistics of transporting a patient with Ebola, particularly Ebola Zaire, the strain causing the current outbreak are horrendous:

  • From the isolation unit along corridors to ambulance or helicopter
  • From the ambulance or helicopter to the airport.
  • Then they have to get the patient actually onto the plane.
  • A flight of ten hours + depending on where exactly they are taking off from.
  • Transfer from the aircraft on arrival in Atlanta.
  • Travel by ambulance or helicopter to the Emory Hospital.
  • Transfer to the isolation unit.

All of this needs to be done, twice if both patients are returned home, without snagging or breeching the flimsy plastic tent of the unit.

Now remember, these patients have Ebola Zaire, a condition where ALL bodily secretions are infected. The condition causes diarrhea and vomiting, a high fever causing the patient to sweat, and bleeding from every orifice. These symptoms will not conveniently stop because the patient is in transit to the United states, or Germany, or anywhere else.

All of these secretions and bodily fluids will need to be dealt with without emergency back-up for upwards of 15 hours.

One mistake and the medical team doing the transport, as well as any ancillary staff involved will be open to risk of contamination. One splash of bodily fluid missed when the airliner is decontaminated after the trip will expose cabin crew and future passengers to harm. The virus has been shown to remain active both in dry and liquid forms for several days outside of the body. The fact that infection can occur from those preparing Ebola victims for burial suggests possible airborne spread as persons without any cuts or grazes have become infected when preparing bodies for disposal.

…are also at risk when handling the bodies of deceased humans in preparation for funerals, suggesting possible transmission through aerosol droplets. In the laboratory, infection through small-particle aerosols has been demonstrated in primates, and airborne spread among humans is strongly suspected, although it has not yet been conclusively demonstrated.

It’s likely that just having an Ebola patient in a major U.S. city is likely to see a surge in patients presenting with flu -like symptoms as this is how Ebola first presents itself. People will quite rightly be worried. Some of concerns that I personally have are:

  • Will the medical staff treating the patient(s) be confined to the hospital or will they return to their normal lives at the end of each shift?
  • Is this a one off or are more patients likely to be flown out of Africa?
  • As laboratory aerosol spread has been noted where is the vented air from the biocontainment airlocks pumped to?
  • Will biohazard waste be incinerated on site at the hospitals or will it have to be moved to commercial facilities?
  • How many layers of protection will stand between visitors of the patients and the patients themselves?
  • As the virus takes up to 21 days (with a mean of 4 to 9 days) to incubate how often will staff tending the victims be tested for the virus?

Here is the statement released by Emory Hospital:

Emory University Hospital has been informed that there are plans to transfer a patient with Ebola virus infection to its special facility containment unit within the next several days. We do not know at this time when the patient will arrive. Emory University Hospital has a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases. It is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. It is one of only four such facilities in the country. Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient. For this specially trained staff, these procedures are practiced on a regular basis throughout the year so we are fully prepared for this type of situation. An Emory University spokesperson declined to provide additional details.

There are so many possibilities for something to go wrong in this situation it genuinely frightens me to think about it. Ebola Zaire is a medical nightmare, and at this point in time that nightmare has a decent chance of escaping my dreams and becoming reality.

Take Care

Liz

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Business Insider

CDC

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CNN

WXIA

BBC

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Contributed by Lizzie Bennett of Underground Medic.

Lizzie Bennett retired from her job as a senior operating department practitioner in the UK earlier this year. Her field was trauma and accident and emergency and she has served on major catastrophe teams around the UK. Lizzie publishes Underground Medic on the topic of preparedness.

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Aug 01

Outrage After A Giraffe Dies While Being Transported

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A giraffe was killed after it smashed its head on a low bridge while it was being transported on a highway in Pretoria, South Africa. Several horrified witnesses immediately turned to social media; posting pictures after seeing the animals passing by in an open-air truck with their long necks sticking out. Rick Allan, of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, confirmed the photos and the animal’s death. He also expressed his disapproval of the transportation process saying, “The way that these giraffes were being transported was incorrect and not up to standards.”

The owner of the giraffe that was killed said the animal had craned its neck just before the incident, resulting in its death.

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Aug 01

Racial bigots: the KKK wants a ‘Shoot to Kill’ policy to include migrant children

The Ku Klux Klan doesn’t want to leave all the immigrant-hating to gun-toting militias and US congressmen. The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is calling for a “shoot-to-kill” policy at the border. Robert Ray of Al Jazeera America caught up with two such “knights” in North Carolina, and asked if the policy would apply to child migrants.

The “wizard” hemmed and hawed for a moment, then said: “If we pop a couple of ‘em off and leave the corpses laying on the border, maybe they’ll see we’re serious about stopping immigrants.”

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Aug 01

Racial bigots: the KKK wants a ‘Shoot to Kill’ policy to include migrant children

The Ku Klux Klan doesn’t want to leave all the immigrant-hating to gun-toting militias and US congressmen. The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is calling for a “shoot-to-kill” policy at the border. Robert Ray of Al Jazeera America caught up with two such “knights” in North Carolina, and asked if the policy would apply to child migrants.

The “wizard” hemmed and hawed for a moment, then said: “If we pop a couple of ‘em off and leave the corpses laying on the border, maybe they’ll see we’re serious about stopping immigrants.”

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Aug 01

Friday Funnies: John Kerry’s Peace Mission

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Aug 01

Russia And Germany Allegedly Working On Secret “Gas For Land” Deal

Allegedly Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker peace in Ukraine.

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Aug 01

Gaza 72-hour ceasefire lasts less than 72 minutes as Israeli tanks open fire and kill four Palestinians

At least four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli tank fire barely one hour after a declared ceasefire.

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