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  • Tree Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seed Has Reproduced

    03/29/2015 5:41:32 PM PDT · by EBH · 44 replies
    Smithsonianmag.com ^ | 3/26/2015 | Laura Clark
    et out the cigars—Methuselah, a Judean date palm tree that was grown from a 2,000 year old seed, has become a papa plant. Elaine Solowey, of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura in Israel, recently broke the good news to National Geographic: “He is over three meters [ten feet] tall, he's got a few offshoots, he has flowers, and his pollen is good," she says. "We pollinated a female with his pollen, a wild [modern] female, and yeah, he can make dates." Methuselah sprouted back in 2005, when agriculture expert Solowey germinated his antique seed. It had...
  • Special forces set to swarm Southwest and operate undetected among civilians in...military exercise

    03/29/2015 12:17:39 PM PDT · by EBH · 69 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Updated: 23:56 EST, 28 March 2015
    Seven Southwestern states will soon be infiltrated by 1,200 military special ops personnel as part of a controversial domestic military training in which some of the elite soldiers will operate undetected among civilians. Operation Jade Helm begins in July and will last for eight weeks. Soldiers will operate in and around towns in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado where some of them wil drop from planes while carrying weapons loaded with blanks in what military officials have dubbed Realistic Military Training. But with residents of the entire states of Texas and Utah dubbed 'hostile' for the...
  • Presidential Memorandum --Delegation of Authority of the National Defense Authorization Act FY2015

    03/25/2015 7:20:38 PM PDT · by EBH · 16 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 3/25/2015 | Obama
    Presidential Memorandum -- Delegation of Authority Pursuant to Section 1236(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Delegation of Authority Pursuant to Section 1236(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby order as follows: I hereby delegate the functions and authorities vested in the President by section 1236(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal...
  • US evacuates staff as Yemen on edge of civil war

    03/22/2015 5:08:23 AM PDT · by EBH · 55 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/22/2015 | Fawaz al-Haidari
    Aden (AFP) - The United States said it had evacuated all its staff from Yemen, whose embattled president has appealed for "urgent intervention" by the UN Security Council as attacks by Iran-backed rebels bring his country nearer to civil war. Due to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, the US government has temporarily relocated its remaining personnel out of Yemen," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said in a statement. The evacuation comes after several suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed 142 people in Sanaa on Friday, with the jihadists seeking to exploit the chaos gripping the country....
  • The World's Biggest Physics Experiment is about to Reboot

    03/20/2015 7:28:27 AM PDT · by EBH · 51 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 3/20/2015 | Jaime Condliffe
    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the most audacious physics experiment in human history. Now scientists are about to restart the giant particle collider for a new set of experiments. Last time, they did the almost-impossible and found the Higgs Boson. This time, they might find something even more exciting. Back in 2008, just nine days into its first run of experiments, there was a significant incident at the Large Hadron Collider. A faulty electrical connection between two magnets stopped superconducting, then melted and caused serious mechanical damage to the facility. The accident delayed use of the LHC for six...
  • USDA reports virulent strain of avian flu in Kansas poultry

    03/15/2015 5:28:07 PM PDT · by EBH · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/15/2015 | Tom Polansek
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified the first infection of a virulent strain of avian flu in poultry in Kansas, confirming the virus has spread into a migratory bird route that runs through the center of the country. The discovery of the H5N2 flu strain in a backyard chicken and duck flock in a county just outside Kansas City, Kan., is certain to lead to expanded restrictions on U.S. poultry exports from top trading partners like Mexico and Canada. The infection, confirmed on Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was the first case in an...
  • New avian flu outbreak along Mississippi flyway challenges fowl farmers

    03/15/2015 5:02:20 AM PDT · by EBH · 3 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/15/2015 | Patrik Jonsson
    An outbreak of an avian bird flu that has attacked flocks of turkeys continues to spread throughout the Mississippi River Valley, as biosecurity detectives scramble to pin down the mode of transmission and contain the epidemic. Three states reporting an outbreak – Minnesota, Arkansas and Missouri – share the potential culprit. That would be the Mississippi River, which serves as a major flyway for migratory waterfowl. The particular strain of avian influenza usually doesn’t harm wild fowl, but does cause problems for domesticated flocks. The outbreak along the Mississippi flyway involves the same virus that has infected the Pacific flyway,...
  • U.S. Concerns Over Russia Bomber Flights Using Base in Vietnam Are 'Puzzling', Russia Says

    03/14/2015 12:05:03 PM PDT · by EBH · 11 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 3/14/2015
    Russia on Friday rejected U.S. concerns about its use of a former American base in Vietnam for the refueling of Russian bomber flights around U.S. territory in the Pacific, dismissing recent U.S. statements as "puzzling" and "strange." It was reported on Wednesday that the United States had asked Vietnam to stop letting Russia use Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay for tanker aircraft that have refueled nuclear-capable bombers engaged in shows of strength over the Asia-Pacific region. "It is strange to hear such statements from representatives of the state whose armed forces are permanently stationed in a number of Asia-Pacific countries and...
  • Journalist blasted for lying in confessional, recording priests' answers

    03/13/2015 7:32:23 AM PDT · by EBH · 17 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/13/2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Bologna, Italy, Mar 13, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The confessional is one of the most private and privileged places in the world. So when an Italian journalist violated the bond of trust between penitent and priest, the Archbishop of Bologna decried her “grave lack of respect” for all Catholics. Laura Alari writes for Quotidiano Nazionale, which is headquartered in Bologna. She authored a series of four articles in the newspaper which disclosed the responses of priests in the area when she approached them under the pretext of seeking Confession. Alari went to Confession several times, inventing delicate issues...
  • Iran blinds man in 'eye for an eye' justice

    03/09/2015 5:45:22 AM PDT · by EBH · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/7/2015 | Ralph Ellis
    On Tuesday, a man convicted of blinding another man in an acid attack was himself forcibly blinded in one eye, according to Amnesty International and Tasnim News, a semi-official news website. The punishment is believed to be Iran's first case of Qasas, meaning retribution in kind, Tasnim News said. Amnesty International denounced the sentence. "This punishment exposes the utter brutality of Iran's justice system and underlines the Iranian authorities' shocking disregard for basic humanity," said Raha Bahreini, Amnesty International's Iran researcher. "Meting out cruel and inhuman retribution punishments is not justice. Blinding, like stoning, amputation and flogging, is a form...
  • Tens of thousands attend anti-Netanyahu rally in Tel Aviv

    03/08/2015 10:09:56 AM PDT · by EBH · 53 replies
    AP ^ | 3/7/2015
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Tens of thousands of Israelis are gathering at a Tel Aviv square under the banner "Israel wants change" and calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be replaced in March 17 national elections. Saturday night's rally at Rabin Square is the highest profile demonstration yet in the run-up to the election. It is organized by a non-profit organization seeking to change Israel's priorities and refocus on health, education, housing and the country's cost of living.
  • The Death of Khamenei & Rafsanjani's Trek to Supreme Leader

    03/08/2015 7:15:59 AM PDT · by EBH · 2 replies
    Focus on the Prophecies ^ | 3/2015 | Kevin Swift
    The Word of God says... “I will destroy the archers of Elam [Persia]— the best of their forces. I will bring enemies from all directions, and I will scatter the people of Elam to the four winds.. I will destroy its king and officials," Jeremiah 49:35,36,38. For more than two decades, this ministry has joined others in warning of a U.S. led coalition against the Islamic nations of Iraq, followed by Iran--the Goat vs. the two-horned Ram in Daniel 8:1-8. Iraq’s defeat by the American-led coalition commenced on March 19, 2003, at Shushan Purim—the day Purim is celebrated in Jerusalem....
  • Telescope spots unusual comet 'never seen before' as it SURVIVES close encounter with the sun

    03/05/2015 6:47:38 AM PST · by EBH · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 2/25/2015 | Richard Gray
    An unusual comet that is unlike anything seen before by scientists is expected to become visible from Earth in the coming weeks. Nasa and the European Space Agency's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, also called SOHO, spotted the comet as it skimmed past the sun. The is not thought to belong to any known family of comets and scientists have been left baffled as to how it survived its close encounter with the sun. Most comets that come that close do not survive the trip, according to solar scientists who study images beamed back by SOHO. Yet this comet managed to...
  • Report: ISIS Plans to Seize Libya, Flood Europe With Jihadists

    03/04/2015 10:54:13 AM PST · by EBH · 36 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 2/19/2015 | Joel Himelfarb
    The ISIS terror group is planning to take over Libya and use it as a gateway to wage war across almost all of southern Europe, the London Telegraph reported. A document written by an Islamic State (ISIS) operative in Libya says that the group plans to flood Libya with fighters from Iraq and Syria, and have them sail across the Mediterranean Sea pretending to be refugees on human trafficking vessels. They would then target European cities and try to stage attacks on maritime shipping, according to the Quilliam Foundation, a British anti-radicalization group which said it had seen the document....
  • Sources: More than a dozen ISIS operatives in Libya, but no US authority to strike

    03/04/2015 10:48:58 AM PST · by EBH · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/3/2015 | Catherine Herridge
    More than a dozen Islamic State fighters from Iraq and Syria -- some with direct ties to the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- are now in Libya working on behalf of the terror group, according to U.S. and European sources. And the U.S. has no authority to take them out. The fighters are in addition to dozens of ISIS sympathizers in the country. The situation is raising fresh security concerns, as the U.S. and its allies struggle to keep tabs on the many arms of the ever-expanding ISIS network. One source, who is not authorized to speak on the...
  • ISIS Fighters Take Over Major Libyan Oilfields

    03/04/2015 10:46:06 AM PST · by EBH · 38 replies
    Time.com ^ | 3/4/2015 | Jared Malsin
    Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) took over at least two oilfields in Libya and attacked another on Tuesday, according to oil and government sources. Mashallah al-Zewi, the oil minister in the Tripoli-based government said ISIS attacked the Dhahra oilfield, before retreating. He told AP on Wednesday that the militants swept down from the central city of Sirte and attacked Dhahra oil field to the south, trading fire with guards and blowing up residential and administrative buildings before eventually retreating. Colonel Ali al-Hassi, a spokesman for Libyan oil industry security told the BBC said the...
  • How the Nation’s Nutrition Panel Thinks You Should Be Eating

    02/22/2015 9:56:46 AM PST · by EBH · 6 replies
    Time.com ^ | 2/19/2015
    New recommendations for U.S. dietary guidelines released on Thursday included the surprise suggestion that cholesterol should not be a nutrient of special concern—but added that sugar and saturated fat are still worth worrying about. In a move that happens only every five years, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, an independent group of 14 experts advising Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), released a proposed update for what Americans should be eating. The proposal is over 500 pages long, but summed up the guidelines as follows: ... ...But overall, nutrition experts were satisfied with the...
  • Can Russia control the weather? ...CIA fears hostile nations are triggering floods and droughts

    02/20/2015 7:37:17 AM PST · by EBH · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 2/15/2015 | Fiona Mccrae
    If it seems like it never stops raining, blame the Russians. Or even the North Koreans. CIA chiefs fear hostile nations are trying to manipulate the world’s weather, a conference heard. A leading academic has told how he got a mysterious phone call asking whether foreign countries could be triggering droughts or flooding. Professor Alan Robock, from Rutgers University in New Jersey, said: ‘Consultants working for the CIA rang and said we’d like to know if someone is controlling the world’s climate would we know about it? ....However, he told the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference...
  • Why We Think Paid Leave Is a Worker's Right, Not a Privilege

    01/15/2015 5:31:44 AM PST · by EBH · 77 replies
    Linked In ^ | 1/14/2015 | Valerie Jarrett
    Anyone who has ever faced the challenge of raising or supporting a family, while holding down a job, has faced tough choices along the way, and likely felt stretched between the financial and personal needs of their family. How many working parents know that sinking feeling from sending their child off to school with a fever? How many Americans have to show up to work when battling an illness even when they know they won’t be at their best, it will lengthen their recovery time, and they may likely spread their sickness to others? And how many moms and dads...
  • Pelosi: Time is now for gas-tax hike

    01/14/2015 6:54:37 AM PST · by EBH · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/8/2015 | Mike Lillis
    "I can't respond to their proposal because I don't know what it is," Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol. "But I do think that if there's ever going to be an opportunity to raise the gas tax, the time when gas prices are so low — oil prices are so low — is the time to do it." At 18.4 cents per gallon, the current gas tax hasn't changed since 1993, and many environmental and infrastructure advocates are urging an increase to help eliminate annual deficits plaguing the Highway Transportation Fund. That fund is filled primarily by...
  • Cleveland police too quick to use deadly force, Justice Department says

    12/05/2014 10:51:03 AM PST · by EBH · 22 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 12/5/2014 | Ryllie Danylko
    The growing distrust between Cleveland police and the communities they serve can be attributed in part to how quickly officers draw their weapons without trying to use words to calm tense situations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice investigation of the Cleveland Division of Police. In addition to finding that police often fire their weapons recklessly, the report called out police for using deadly force or less lethal force as their first approach rather than a last resort, even in cases where a suspect is mentally disabled. "We...discovered that officers do not effectively de-escalate situations, either because they do...
  • Report: Body Found Shot to Death, Set Fire Near Apartment Complex Where Michael Brown Died

    11/26/2014 5:09:45 AM PST · by EBH · 33 replies
    CBS ^ | 11/25/2014
    The body of a black male was reportedly found near Canfield Green Apartments in Ferguson, the same complex where Michael Brown was fatally shot by officer Darren Wilson during an altercation Aug. 9... ...“The St. Louis County Police Department is on the 9400 block of Glenn Owen in Ferguson, MO, near the intersection of Windwood and Glenn Owen. At approximately 9 a.m. today, a citizen reported that an unresponsive man was inside a parked vehicle at that location. Responding officers discovered a deceased male inside the vehicle. No information on the identity of the man or additional information about the...
  • Cat rescued from Westlake school bus recovering, but medical bills likely to total $2,500

    11/21/2014 12:08:08 PM PST · by EBH · 49 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 11/21/2014 | Barb Galbincea
    WESTLAKE, Ohio -- Margie, a cat rescued from the engine belt of a Westlake school bus last week, is recovering, but her medical bills are piling up. So far, the Westlake Animal Hospital has provided about $1,800 in care to Margie, who was found stuck in the bus' serpentine belt, according to a news release from the school district. The 1-year-old cat was discovered after Westlake bus driver Marge Laskowski radioed fellow driver Denise Wering during their morning routes on Nov. 12 to check the back of Wering's bus. When the drivers pulled off of Dover Center Road, they spotted...
  • Gruber, Obamacare, and RICO all Went Golfing Together...(Vanity)

    11/15/2014 5:27:01 AM PST · by EBH · 16 replies
    11/15/2014 | EBH
    Since I am not a legal beagle by any means, isn't there a point at which this becomes a huge...huge RICO case? Really, these statements demonstrate criminal intent of extortion, money laundering, and the outright attempts of fraud against the American people, potentially blackmail of Chief Justice Roberts and who knows what else? Example on a smaller scale of a similar RICO case: Eleven defendants were indicted on RICO charges for allegedly assisting AccessHealthSource, a local health care provider, in obtaining and maintaining lucrative contracts with local and state government entities in the city of El Paso, Texas, “through bribery...
  • VIDEO: Plane manages tricky landing during high winds at O'Hare

    11/09/2014 5:54:20 AM PST · by EBH · 57 replies
    Friday, November 07, 2014 07:15AM CHICAGO (WLS) -- Aviation officials reported delays and some cancellations for flights at O'Hare Airport Thursday due to high winds, making landings for some flights - like this one - a bit tricky.
  • 'What is being proposed is not marriage' – Pope calls for defense of family

    10/27/2014 6:12:31 AM PDT · by EBH · 22 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/26/2014 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Oct 26, 2014 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with members of an international Marian movement, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been reduced to a mere association, and urged participants to be witnesses in a secular world. “The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardized,” the Pope told those in attendance at the Oct. 25 audience. He warned against the common view in society that “you can call everything family, right?” “What is being proposed is not marriage, it's an association. But it's not...
  • Facebook Is Mobilizing an Army Against Dog-Killing Cops

    10/25/2014 6:29:14 AM PDT · by EBH · 69 replies
    Vocative ^ | 10/24/2014 | Shane Dixon Kavanaugh
    A video emerged on social media late last week that appears to depict a Texas cop killing a 7-month-old dog in cold blood. Captured from the body cam of Cleburne police officer Kevin Dupre, the 22-second clip shows him pointing his gun at a pair of pit bulls wandering loose through a residential neighborhood. After making a series of apparent kissing noises to get the attention of one of the dogs, Maximus, Dupre opens fire on the animal, shooting him three times... Within 72 hours, a Facebook page demanding “Justice 4 Maximus” topped 10,000 followers and a petition demanding Dupre’s...
  • MSF Protocols for Staff Returning from Ebola-Affected Countries

    10/25/2014 3:51:12 AM PDT · by EBH · 13 replies
    Since the beginning of its operations in West Africa in March to combat the Ebola outbreak, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has put in place stringent protocols to protect its staff from exposure to the Ebola virus and to monitor the health of its returning staff. MSF has specific guidelines and protocols for staff members returning from Ebola assignments. These guidelines govern the 21-day incubation period of the virus (it can take up to 21 days to display symptoms of possible Ebola infection). A fever that develops during the 21-day period may also be due to something other than...
  • Europe must drop the euro, Germany abandon mercantilism

    10/20/2014 2:25:51 PM PDT · by EBH · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/20/2014 | Peter Moricici
    Europe faces yet another recession, and the prospect is shaking global financial markets. To eliminate the persistent threat of collapse, Europe must drop the euro, and Germany must abandon mercantilism. When the euro was adopted in 1999, domestic prices -- the face values for bonds and loans -- and bank accounts were translated into euros according to prevailing exchange rates for national currencies at the time. Initially, the single currency posed few significant problems. Over time, however, differences in labor market policies and geographic conditions that are difficult for governments to alter caused productivity to grow more rapidly in Germany...
  • Caribbean, South American Countries Close Borders to Combat Ebola

    10/18/2014 2:06:09 PM PDT · by EBH · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/17/2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Colombia, Jamaica, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago have all announced travel bans as Ebola concerns grow. Colombian authorities announced that anyone entering their country from Ebola-stricken countries will face heavy scrutiny. Colombia’s National Health Institutes have said they developed a questionnaire to determine who should be under suspicion of potentially having contact with Ebola. Colombian newspapers have reported that some have already been detained due to the newly instituted executive actions. Fernando Ruiz, Colombia’s vice minister of health, said of the reports, “The cases are not suspicious. They are simply people who have traveled to places where Ebola is present....
  • Ohio inmate has leprosy, officials say; case is first ever found in state prison system

    10/16/2014 5:47:11 PM PDT · by EBH · 47 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jeremy Pelzer
    For the first time in Ohio history, a prison inmate has been diagnosed with leprosy, state corrections officials said Thursday. The inmate, whose name was not released, was diagnosed with the chronic bacterial infection on Tuesday at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution, according to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The infected prisoner is a native of Micronesia, a region of islands in the Pacific Ocean, and has served time at three other Ohio prisons since 2011, according to Stuart Hudson, the DRC's managing director of health care and fiscal operations. He's now being treated at Ohio State University Medical Center...
  • MAP: Ebola scare's reach in Northeast Ohio

    10/16/2014 5:42:18 PM PDT · by EBH · 20 replies
    NewsNet5 ^ | 10/16/2014
    As closings and alerts pour into the newsroom from organizations taking extra precautions after a woman visiting contracted Ebola, the staff at newsnet5.com is compiling a map of affected areas. Click the markers on the map to see details about each location. We will continue to update this map as more precautions are announced.Go to the link for the interactive map.
  • Now ISIS Clashes Spread Across Europe: (truncated title)

    10/11/2014 5:28:25 AM PDT · by EBH · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/8/2014
    Ethnic Kurds clashed overnight with alleged members of a hardline Islamist movement in Hamburg last night, as ISIS clashes spread far from Syria. Police in the northern German city say 14 people were injured overnight in the violence involving hundreds of demonstrators before riot police were able to quell the disturbance. Police spokesman Karina Sadowsky said this morning that fighting began after hundreds of Kurds held a protest against the Islamic State group... ...Last night's violence in Germany came as at least nine Kurdish demonstrators were killed by police in Turkey as demonstrations against the government's failure to help Syrian...
  • Autistic Bay Village, Oh Teen Pranked With Human Waste In Ice Bucket Challenge

    09/04/2014 2:26:42 PM PDT · by EBH · 23 replies
    WTAM ^ | 9/4/2014
    Police are investigating after a group of teens in Bay Village, Ohio, allegedly tricked an autistic 15-year-old into creating an ice bucket challenge video, then dousing him with urine, feces, spit, and cigarette butts. The video was filmed on the boy's cell phone and posted to Instagram, according to his mother, Diane. (Local news outlet WJW withheld the family's last name to protect the boy's identity.) The victim's brother, Jacob, told WJW: I mean, the first thing that popped into my mind was like, why could someone – how could someone do this? How could someone really be this cruel...
  • Landmark Ruling: Animals Can Legally Be Considered Victims, Just Like Humans

    08/25/2014 1:10:35 PM PDT · by EBH · 59 replies
    The DoDo ^ | 8/22/2014 | Melissa Cronin
    The Oregon Supreme Court this month passed a landmark ruling that will change the way animals are treated under the law in the state for the better. The ruling will ensure that any animal can be seen as a legal “victim” in a case, affording animals more basic rights to protect them from abuse. The ruling was made on the case of a man who was convicted of starving 20 horses and goats on his property. The judge’s decision allotted a separate count of second-degree animal neglect for each animal, noting that each animal was a separate victim on his...
  • White House Rolls Out New Birth Control Accommodation For Nonprofits

    08/23/2014 6:20:28 AM PDT · by EBH · 19 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 8/22/2014 | Laura Bassett
    The Obama administration announced on Friday a new accommodation for religious nonprofits that object to covering the full range of contraceptives in their employee health care plans. The new accommodation will allow religious nonprofits, such as Catholic schools and hospitals, to opt out of covering birth control by notifying the Department of Health and Human Services of their objections. HHS and the Department of Labor will then arrange for a third-party insurer to pay for and administer the coverage for the nonprofits' employees so that women still receive the contraceptive coverage guaranteed to them by the Affordable Care Act. “Women...
  • Could Saudi Arabia Be the Next ISIS Conquest?

    08/17/2014 6:40:48 AM PDT · by EBH · 18 replies
    Vovativ ^ | 6/24/2014 | Rachael Levy
    If Saudi Arabia does become the next ISIS target, it may be even easier than the group’s push into Iraq. A groundswell of ideological support combined with wide-reaching corruption could pave the way for ISIS’ penetration into the country. Saudi Arabia, unlike Iraq, is almost 90 percent Sunni. Iraq’s growing resistance to ISIS comes largely via the swelling ranks of a Shiite militia, the Mahdi army, with Shiite fighters returning from Syria to defend their country against the radical Sunni insurgency that is sweeping the nation. Saudi is also a major source of support for ISIS. Since the latest offensive...
  • Real History Of The Crusades,The

    08/09/2014 1:09:08 PM PDT · by EBH · 58 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | Thomas F. Madden
    As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to get the real scoop. What were the Crusades?, they asked. When were they? Just how insensitive was President George W. Bush for using the word "crusade" in his remarks? With a few of my callers I had the distinct impression that they already knew the answers to their questions, or at least thought they did. What they really wanted was an expert to say it all back to them. For example, I was frequently asked...
  • Ebola sparks states of emergency across west Africa

    08/07/2014 6:29:41 AM PDT · by EBH · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/7/2014
    In Liberia, where the dead lay in the streets, lawmakers gathered to ratify a state of emergency while Sierra Leone sent troops to guard hospitals and clinics handling Ebola cases. Nigeria held out hope it could receive an experimental US-developed drug to halt the spread of the virus. Since breaking out earlier this year, the epidemic has claimed 932 lives and infected more than 1,700 people across west Africa, according to the World Health Organisation Ebola causes severe fever and, in the worst cases, unstoppable bleeding. It is transmitted through close contact with bodily fluids, and people who live with...
  • Liberia shuts hospital where Spanish priest infected, Ebola death toll hits 932

    08/06/2014 7:18:26 AM PDT · by EBH · 10 replies
    ChicagoTribune ^ | 8/6/2014
    In Saudi Arabia, a man suspected of contracting Ebola during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone also died early on Wednesday in Jeddah, the Health Ministry said. Saudi Arabia has already suspended pilgrimage visas from West African countries, which could prevent those hoping to visit Mecca for the Haj in early October. Liberia, where the death toll is rising fastest, is struggling to cope. Many residents are panicking, in some cases casting out the bodies of family members onto the streets of Monrovia to avoid quarantine measures. Beneath heavy rain, ambulance sirens wailed through the otherwise quiet streets of...
  • World Bank pledges $200 million to fight Ebola

    08/04/2014 4:05:28 PM PDT · by EBH · 23 replies
    Medical Press ^ | 8/4/2014
    The World Bank said Monday that it would provide up to $200 million to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help the West African nations contain a deadly Ebola outbreak. World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, himself an expert on infectious diseases, said he has been monitoring the spread of the virus and was "deeply saddened" at how it was contributing to the breakdown of "already weak health systems in the three countries." "I am very worried that many more lives are at risk unless we can stop this Ebola epidemic in its tracks," Kim said. The funding will help...
  • US govt lab mixed up potent flu strain

    08/04/2014 4:02:43 PM PDT · by EBH · 21 replies
    Medical Press ^ | 7/11/2014 | Kerry Sheridan
    A US government laboratory mistakenly mixed a common flu strain with a dangerous and deadly type of bird flu and shipped it to another lab, authorities said Friday. The latest news followed admissions of mishandled anthrax and forgotten smallpox vials at separate US government labs, and raised new concerns about the safety of dangerous agents which could be used as bioterror weapons. No one was endangered by the mixed flu strain, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden, who nevertheless said he was "astonished" that protocols could have been violated in that way. "Everything we have looked...
  • 'God has a call on my life': U.S. doctor infected with Ebola, WHY he moved his family to Liberia...

    08/04/2014 12:35:48 PM PDT · by EBH · 3 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 8/4/2014
    Before Brantly went to Liberia last October, he returned to his hometown of Indianapolis and gave a sermon at the Southeastern Church of Christ, which has been obtained by The Blaze. 'For two years we will live and work and serve among the people who, until the last 10 years of peace, had known nothing but the violence and devastation of war for the previous 20 years,' Brantly told the congregation. 'I've never been to Liberia. '(I'm going) because God has a call on my life.' 'On difficult days, when I want to give up or when I wonder if...
  • Water in Toledo, Ohio, remains undrinkable pending more tests (Ban Lifted)

    08/04/2014 3:21:01 AM PDT · by EBH · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/4/2014
    Tests conducted by both the state and federal Environmental Protection Agency showed high levels of toxin levels in two neighborhoods in Toledo, Mayor D. Michael Collins said early Monday. Instead of isolating the two neighborhoods, the Mayor said he'll keep the ban on drinking or using tap water in the entire city of Toledo until additional retests are completed. He declined to provide specifics on the name of neighborhoods in question and how high the toxin levels are. "A majority of areas are satisfactory, but we have two areas of concern," he said at a news conference. As many as...
  • State of emergency declared for NW Ohio counties over water contamination

    08/02/2014 2:13:59 PM PDT · by EBH · 111 replies
    Fox8News ^ | 8/2/2014 | Shannon Carney
    <p>Gov. John Kasich says water will be flowing into the Toledo area from all corners of Ohio to help the 400,000 people who are being warned not to drink the city’s water.</p> <p>Toledo’s mayor says water is coming from Akron, Cincinnati and even a prison near Columbus.</p>
  • West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Ghana Bans West African Flights

    08/01/2014 10:53:01 AM PDT · by EBH · 16 replies
    CAJNews ^ | 8/1/2014 | Masahudu Kunateh
    GHANA has banned flights from other West African countries following the outbreak of Ebola virus. The Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company, Charles Asare, said this was part of elaborate emergency measures the authorities are implementing to contain the virus. In addition to this, restrictions have been imposed on the movement of Liberian refugees still at the Buduburam Refugee Camp. There is an outbreak of the Ebola disease in the West African sub-region which has already claimed over 600 lives. Affected countries include Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Ghana's Health Ministry has announced that efforts are underway to...
  • Nigeria: Ebola - One Out of 15 Airport Contacts Down With Ebola Virus Disease

    08/01/2014 10:41:21 AM PDT · by EBH · 11 replies
    Vanguard ^ | Chioma Obinna, Gabriel Olawale and Bosede Oyelohunnu
    THE Lagos state government has however allayed fears that some of the contacts may have been manifesting symptoms of the virus. Already, medical personnel from Canada are already in Nigeria working with their counterparts at the hospital where the victims died on how to control the spread of the virus. Hotlines have also been provided to enable members of the public pass information on any suspected case of the virus. INDICATIONS emerged, yesterday, that one of the 15 airport contacts that assisted the late Liberian, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, that died of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, may have contracted the deadly...
  • Nigeria: Ebola - Nigerian Travellers Commend NCAA, Arik Over Quick Response

    08/01/2014 10:35:22 AM PDT · by EBH · 5 replies
    All Africa ^ | 8/1/2014 | Chinedu Eze
    Nigerian air travellers have commended the decision of the nation's major carrier, Arik Air and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to ban operations to the Ebola endemic countries in West Africa. Arik Air last Sunday announced it has stopped operations to Liberia and Sierra Leone, two countries where the dreaded disease is endemic and in a swift reaction last Monday, NCAA stopped the operations of Asky Airlines to Nigeria, the airline that brought the first victim of the disease into the country. Explaining why Asky had to be stopped, the acting Director-General of NCAA, Benedict Adeyileka, said the regulatory...
  • Nigeria begins screening for Ebola virus at airports

    08/01/2014 10:29:29 AM PDT · by EBH · 7 replies
    Nigeria has begun the screening of passengers entering the country through the airports. The World Health organisation (WHO) announced yesterday that the death toll from Ebola has topped 700 worldwide. In Anambra State, there was uproar following fears that a body brought in from Liberia is believed to be of a person who died from the virus. The mortuary where the body was deposited has been sealed by the state government Twenty-five patients and the staff of the hospital have been quarantined while a specialist team from the Federal Ministry of Health were being awaited. Apart from Anambra, Edo, Bayelsa...
  • More in New York, New Jersey infected with chikungunya: CDC

    08/01/2014 3:43:30 AM PDT · by EBH · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/30/2014 | Daniel Kelley
    (Reuters) - Cases of chikungunya virus, a painful, mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean in recent months, spiked higher in New York and New Jersey in the past week, according to new federal data. ... Symptoms, which develop three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, include high fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain and rash. In rare cases it is fatal. Small children and the elderly are more likely to develop severe cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC said the United States averaged 28 cases of chikungunya each year...