Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Links

Some things going on out there:

From Business Insider, two vessels sunk during World War II have been discovered off the coast of North Carolina.

From UPI, a teenager in Ohio who died in a haunted house had a heart condition.

From Fox News, a Florida District Court of Appeals judge has ruled that red-light camera operators cannot legally issue citations.

From Reuters, a French CEO and three others were killed when his private jet crashed into a snowplow at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.

From The Verge, Microsoft has released a new version their Windows 10 preview.

From MyFoxChicago, the CEO of Canadian Pacific says that U.S regulators would approve a merger with CSX.

From CBS Chicago, cops shoot and kill a teenager wielding a knife, on Chicago's South Side.

From the Daily Herald, McDonald's profits drop 30% and five problems they're facing.

From The Hill, travelers from ebola-affected countries to the U.S. will be allowed to enter only through five designated airports.

From ABC News, the FBI has tracked down three teenage American girls in Germany, who were allegedly trying to travel to Syria.

From The Telegraph, while President Obama was voting, some guy teased him by saying "don't touch my girlfriend."  (Personally, I think the man was two presidents too late.)

From The Roanoke Times, the Virginia Creeper Trail has been entered into the Rails To Trails Conservancy's hall of fame.

From The Washington Free Beacon, Democrats in Pennsylvania are angry that localities in the state can be sued for illegally passing gun laws, even though state law forbids localities from passing this very type of law.  (via The Federalist Papers)

And from CNET, a product that makes going to the bathroom more colorful.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Two Countries Declared Free Of Ebola

There appears to be some good news concerning the current outbreak of ebola.  Today, the World Health Organization declared Nigeria to be free of ebola, which follows a recent announcement that Senegal had likewise rid itself of the disease.  Meanwhile in the United States, 43 people who had come into contact with the Liberian Thomas Duncan have completed their monitoring period without showing any symptoms, and thus were cleared.

Read more at CNN, BBC News, ABC News and Yahoo News.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Church Destroyed On 9/11 To Be Rebuilt As Shrine

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only church to be destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, will be rebuilt as a National Shrine overlooking the 9/11 Museum and Memorial.  The old church was adjacent to the South Tower of the World Trade Center and was destroyed when the tower collapsed.

Read the full story at the New York Post.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ebola 101 For Americans

Over at Somewhere in Texas, Smokie has put up this post, written by our mutual friend from BlogTalkRadio, Sue from NM.  According to Smokie, she "was a nurse and educator for 30 years and researched the information used to write this article."  Smokie and Sue wish the information to be shared with "family, friends and even political opponents".  An excerpt:
Ebola can be transmitted from mammals and rodents to humans.  When Ebola was first discovered there were extensive studies done to see if Ebola was transmitted by mosquitoes.  The studies proved mosquitoes do not carry or transmit the Ebola virus.
Ebola can be transmitted by eating the meat of an animal infected. Meat should be thoroughly cooked and the Ebola virus is killed.
Humans to human transmission is through direct contact with body fluids. Blood, mucous, sputum, feces, urine, vomit, breast milk, eye secretions and semen are the body fluids that can transmit Ebola.
Read the full article at the link above, and then spread the word.

Ebola-Infected Nurse Transferred To NIH In Maryland

Via Legal Insurrection and Rino Blog Watch:

Nina Pham, the nurse who became infected with ebola while treating Liberian traveler Thomas Duncan, is now in fair condition as she continues her recovery.  She is no longer in Texas, but has been transported to Bethesda, Maryland and placed in a National Institutes of Health isolation unit.

Read the story at NBC News, which includes a video from Ms. Pham.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Countries Where Voting Is Mandatory

Feel like sitting home instead of voting during the upcoming election?  Before you do, please consider the fact that in 21 countries, not voting is actually a crime.  The countries are scattered among all continents except Antarctica, and vary as to the age when voting is compulsory.  One of them makes the requirement only for men.  Read the story, and the map, at Business Insider.

Former Biden Staffer Named Ebola Czar

President Obama has named an "ebola czar", perhaps following a recommendation from his first presidential opponent.  The designee is not a person with a medical or healthcare background, but a former staffer to Vice President Biden named Ron Klain.

Read more at the New York Post, Fox News and WYFF4.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Links

As the middle of the week rolls around, here are some things in the news:

From CNN, a second hospital worker in Texas has been diagnosed with ebola.

From Sky News, the United Nations says that the world has 60 days to beat ebola.

From Frontpage Mag, the ebola outbreak was not caused by any Republican budget cuts.

From Christianity Today, a nurse who survived ebola says that "medicine alone won't cure West Africa".

From CBS Las Vegas, vandals spray "ebola quarantine zone" on the entrance to a gated community in Scottsdale, Arizona.

From Gateway Pundit, thousands of chemical weapons were found in Iraq, at a place now controlled by ISIS.

From MyFoxChicago, New York factory growth in October has been the lowest in six months.

From UPI, Iran "shrugs off" the recent decline in oil prices.

From Life News, a clinic in Florida stopped performing abortions when pro-lifers showed up to pray.

From Newsweek, the Syrian city of Kobane continues to resist ISIS.

From Pantagraph, in Jerusalem, Israeli police clash with Palestinians.

From ABC News, a North American group seeks to buy an Italian soccer team.

From Fox News, a town in Virginia suffers from the "war on coal".

From CNN Travel, train travel is making a comeback.

And from Consequence Of Sound, Foo Fighters jam with the Wilson sisters on David Letterman.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

More Ebola Developments

Yesterday, the Dallas healthcare worker who had contacted ebola was identified as Nina Pham, one of 70 people who treated Thomas Duncan of Liberia.  Today, she said that she was "doing well".  She has received a transfusion from Dr, Kent Brantly, who survived his battle with the disease.  Haz-mat crews sent to disinfect Pham's apartment found a creature far larger, but probably much more friendly, than an ebola virus - her dog, who was removed and taken to a "safe place".

A doctor in southern Texas, "troubled by the circumstances surrounding" Pham's contraction of ebola, wonders if the strain has mutated.

Meanwhile in Germany, a Sudanese man who had been working for the UN has died at the St. Georg clinic in Leipzig.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Texas Healthcare Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

A healthcare worker in Texas who helped treat Liberian traveler Thomas Duncan has tested positive for ebola.  From Bizpac Review:
In a statement released to the media Sunday, the Texas Department of State Health Services said the worker has been in isolation since reporting a fever on Friday. While the positive results are only preliminary, if they are confirmed, it would mark the first case of the deadly disease actually spread through contact in the United States.
“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” Texas Health Commissioner Dr. David Lakey said in the statement. “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”
Read the full story.