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  • Cat parasite found in Arctic Beluga (global warming blamed!...?)

    02/15/2014 8:35:20 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | February 14, 2014 | Jonathan Amos
    The cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which can cause blindness in people, has been identified in Beluga in the western Arctic. The discovery by University of British Columbia scientists has prompted a health advisory to Inuit people in the region who eat the whale's meat. Researchers say it is an example of how the warming of the Arctic is allowing the freer movement of pathogens. Icier conditions in the past acted as an obstruction to infectious agents. Quite how the parasite got into the whales is a puzzle that scientists are now trying to solve. They suspect the influx of cats...
  • Welfare Recipient: “I Get to Sit Home… I Get to Smoke Weed… We Still Gonna Get Paid”

    11/21/2013 6:31:41 AM PST · by dynachrome · 50 replies
    shtfplan.com ^ | 11-21-13 | KLBJ via shtfplan.com
    Full title: "Shock Interview: Welfare Recipient: “I Get to Sit Home… I Get to Smoke Weed… We Still Gonna Get Paid” While workers out there are preaching morality at people like me living on welfare, can you really blame us? I get to sit home… I get to go visit my friends all day… I even get to smoke weed… Me and people that I know that are illegal immigrants that don’t contribute to society, we still gonna get paid. Our check’s gonna come in the mail every month… and it’s gonna be on time… and we get subsidized housing…...
  • Brendan Mahoney Saves ObamaCare (30-year-old dude to sign up!)(Welfare)

    10/03/2013 10:45:48 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 2,2013 | JAMES TARANTO
    Meet Brendan Mahoney, the young man who is saving ObamaCare. He's 30 years old, a third-year law student at the University of Connecticut. He's actually been insured for the past three years--in 2011 and 2012 through a $2,400-a-year school-sponsored health plan, and this year through "a high-deductible, low-premium plan that cost about $39 a month through a UnitedHealthcare subsidiary." But he wanted to see what ObamaCare had to offer. "Once it got running, it was fast," Mahoney tells the Courant. "It really made my day. It's a lot like TurboTax." He obtained insurance through ObamaCare. Now, he says, "if I...
  • HALLOWEEN: Is This Barack Obama Vampire Card Offensive? (San Bernardino Shopper 'Appalled')

    09/30/2013 6:28:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 71 replies
    Press-Enterprise ^ | September 28, 2013 | Laurie Lucas
    HALLOWEEN: Is this Barack Obama vampire card offensive? While shopping for Halloween cards at Target in San Bernardino, JoAnn Nelson was appalled when her 5-year-old granddaughter showed her this card. Nelson said she finds the card tasteless and offensive. ”I was disturbed and did not want my grandbaby to see this,” she wrote in an email.
  • (Creepy Looking Alien Face Hugger) Algae Suit Generates Food to Feed Your Constant Hunger

    08/15/2013 8:00:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    DVICE ^ | Monday, August 12, 2013 | Colin Druce-McFadden
    Algae suit generates food to feed your constant hunger When we think of futuristic fashion, our minds often lean toward the minimalist designs of Star Trek or Tron. But maybe what we wear in the future will have more to do with what we eat than what we want to look like. That's the premise behind the algaculture symbiosis suit designed by Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta. The symbiosis suit is designed to make food for you as you go about your daily routine. A number of tubes, placed in front of your mouth, harness the CO2 you breathe and...
  • Jesse Jackson Urges U.N. Human Rights Council to Investigate Trayvon Martin Shooting

    07/16/2013 7:25:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 7/16/2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow Push Coalition, wants the United Nations’ human rights watchdog brought into the debate over the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Various parts of the U.N. human rights system have in the past weighed in on the Feb. 2012 shooting of the 17-year-old, criticizing Florida’s “stand your ground” law and, in one case, calling for “reparation for the victims.”
  • IMF's Lagarde says U.S. budget cuts 'inappropriate'

    07/07/2013 5:14:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 7, 2013 | by Ingrid Melander and Michel Rose
    The U.S. federal budget cuts are an inappropriate measure that will weigh on potential growth, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said on Sunday, urging Washington to present "credible" fiscal plans. In its annual check of the health of the U.S. economy, the IMF forecast economic growth would be a sluggish 1.9 percent this year. The IMF reckons growth would be as much as 1.75 percentage points higher if not for the rush to cut the government's budget deficit. While the budget cuts that took hold on March 1 do not appear to be hitting government payrolls directly so far, some economists...
  • This German Woman Has Been Living Without Money For 16 Years (Here's how she did it...)

    07/02/2013 8:15:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/02/2013 | MANDI WOODRUFF
    As we edge closer to a cashless society, some consumers are quietly challenging the idea of money in the first place––by giving it up completely. Daniel Suelo, 50, traded his nine-to-five for dumpster diving and a cozy cave in Utah's canyonlands back in 2000. But even before Suelo, there was Germany native Heidemarie Schwermer. In her early 50s, Schwermer decided to see what it'd be like to leave her cushy job as a psychotherapist and live money-free, a journey that's been documented in the film "Living Without Money." Sixteen years later, she hasn't looked back. Schwermer, now pushing 70, recently...
  • Soros Knows It Rains the Other Way

    04/27/2013 12:08:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2013 | Charles Payne
    There's a lot going on this week, so we didn't hear too much about that Pew Research Center report that shows the top 7% enjoyed an increase in average wealth to $3.2 million from $2.5 million while the rest of the nation, otherwise known as the 93%, saw their net worth slip to $134,000 from $140,000. It's the kind of thing the media typically jumps all over, and yet, there wasn't much. The same with that horrific building collapse in Bangladesh where the names of western companies with textile connections were released before any other pertinent information about the victims...
  • Obama signs bill giving himself lifetime Secret Service protection

    01/10/2013 1:09:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/10/13 | Alex Pappas
    President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Thursday guaranteeing himself Secret Service protection for the rest of his life. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama signed the “Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012” on Thursday. The law affects Obama, former President George W. Bush and future presidents, who under current law would only be protected for 10 years after leaving office. According to the press secretary’s office, the law “restores lifetime Secret Service protection of former Presidents who did not serve as President prior to January 1, 1997, and their spouses; and provides for protection of...
  • Hundreds line up to apply for heating assistance

    12/04/2012 7:43:52 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 39 replies
    Macon Telegraph ^ | 12/4/2012 | AMY LEIGH WOMACK
    Melissa Hines was the first person through the door when home heating help became available Monday morning.Hundreds of people were bundled up behind her in the dark, hoping to get help paying their heating bills.The Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council accepted applications from the first 250 people in the line, which stretched around St. Paul AME Church at 7 a.m. It’s part of a nationwide energy assistance program.Each person approved for the assistance will receive between $310 and $350, depending on income and family size, said Jimmie Samuel, the council’s executive director.Hines camped out starting at 9 p.m. Saturday night....
  • From suburb to basket case: How California city traveled the road to ruin

    11/14/2012 11:55:17 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 28 replies
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- When this sun-drenched exurb east of Los Angeles filed for bankruptcy protection in August, the city attorney suggested fraudulent accounting was the root of the problem. The mayor blamed a dysfunctional city council and greedy police and fire unions. The unions blamed the mayor. Even now, there is little agreement on how the city got into this crisis or how it can extricate itself. "It's total political chaos," said John Husing, a former San Bernardino resident and regional economist. "There is no solution. They'll never fix anything."
  • Cancer says "Totally Free" of Venezuela's Chavez ... (Spoof)

    Cancer says "Totally Free" of Venezuela's Chavez ... (Spoof) Venezuela's Chavez says "totally free" of cancer, again CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez declared himself fully recovered from cancer on Monday, three months before an election in which he is seeking another six-year term. "Free, free, totally free," he told reporters when asked if he was free of the disease that struck a year ago. The 57-year-old socialist leader was first diagnosed with cancer in the pelvic region in mid-2011. He wrongly declared himself cured at the end of that year before having a recurrence of the disease in...
  • How to Kill a Parasitic Worm Living Inside of You

    06/30/2012 10:01:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 101 replies
    IO9 ^ | Jun 27, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    How to Kill a Parasitic Worm Living Inside of You Parasitic worms are the stuff of nightmares — worms as big as twelve feet long can rummage through your intestines, and then leave in the middle of the night. Urban legends tell tales of tapeworms carried by diet pills. Some of the weird schemes for removing these parasites include a combination of duct tape, candy bars, and bodily orifices. What is the reality behind these parasites? And how can you really get rid of one, without the need for extreme measures? Tapeworms hide in your food Obtaining a beef or...
  • Chagas: Is tropical disease really the new AIDS?

    05/31/2012 10:53:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    Chagas, a tropical disease spread by insects, is causing some fresh concern following an editorial—published earlier this week in a medical journal—that called it "the new AIDS of the Americas." More than 8 million people have been infected by Chagas, most of them in Latin and Central America. But more than 300,000 live in the United States. The editorial, published by the Public Library of Science's Neglected Tropical Diseases, said the spread of the disease is reminiscent of the early years of HIV. "There are a number of striking similarities between people living with Chagas disease and people living with...
  • Vanity: Octomom Investigated by CPS After Complaints Her Home Has No Plumbing, 14 Kids Living in Squ

    04/25/2012 9:06:42 PM PDT · by emax · 23 replies
    OMG Yahoo ^ | April 25, 2012 | Kathleen Perricone
    http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/now/octomom-investigated-cps-complaints-her-home-no-plumbing-180648499.html Octomom apparently would make a great leader for a communist dictatorship, excuse me, utopia or some other sport of despotic regime in Africa, Asia or Latin America. I wonder how much of our tax dollars are going towards this woman, just like how much of our tax dollars are going towards the woman trying to be the fattest ever.
  • Parasite of the Day -- Paragordius obamai

    04/25/2012 5:42:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Parasite of the Day ^ | April 19, 2012 | Susan Perkins
    Sex is one of the great mysteries of evolutionary biology -- why do organisms have it? It has numerous costs associated with it, including the two big ones, which are that only half the population will produce offspring in the next generation (technically really a problem more of anisogamy than sex, per se) and that successful gene combinations can be broken up via recombination. There are other costs as well. For instance, finding and wooing mates can be costly to an organism. Nematomorphs, sometimes called hairworms, are parasites that live inside arthropods as larvae, but then exist as free-living aquatic...
  • Daily Kos Announces: 'The Fetus Is a Parasite'

    04/20/2012 8:51:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 53 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 4/20/2012 | Tim Graham
    There are times when you glance at the leftist Daily Kos blog and wonder if they're being sabotaged from the inside. Case in point: a blog titled "The fetus is a parasite." "Sasharusha" blogs "back to the whole fetus= parasite thing. That is how I see them. I don't see them as cute and cuddly. I see them as terrifying and scary. I see pregnancy the same way. Here are some examples on how pregnancy is a parasitic relationship: The Z/E/F sucks the nutrients from the mother. The "relationship" only benefits the fetus. The mother's organs and body parts become...
  • Michelle's ski trip marks 16 Obama vacations

    02/20/2012 10:28:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/20/12 | Staff
    First lady Michelle Obama’s weekend jaunt to Aspen, Colorado for a President’s Day ski holiday with her daughters Sasha and Malia makes the 16th time members of the first family have gone on extended vacations during their three years in office. Their stay at the home of a major Chicago fundraiser for President Obama makes the fifth time the first lady and her daughters have taken a break from Washington on their own. Only once has Obama had a long weekend out of town and alone, celebrating his 49th birthday in Chicago in August 2010.
  • Brain-eating amoeba claims fourth victim who picked up parasite after swimming in lake

    09/11/2011 6:34:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11th September 2011
    A Kansas resident died this week from what was likely a rare infection by a brain-eating amoeba - the fourth such case in the U.S. this year. State and local officials warned residents to avoid activities in warm rivers, lakes and other bodies of heated, fresh water, including ponds near power plants. Single deaths from such infections also have been reported this summer in Florida, Louisiana and Virginia. ... Naegleria fowleri moves into the body through the nose and destroys brain tissue. It almost always causes meningitis Symptoms of an infection include headache, fever, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, confusion,...
  • Tick-Borne Parasite Infecting Blood Supply: CDC

    09/06/2011 3:47:08 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/5/2011 | Julie Steenhuysen
    A tick-borne infection known as Babesiosis, which can cause severe disease and even death, is becoming a growing threat to the U.S. blood supply, government researchers said on Monday. There are currently no diagnostic tests approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can detect the infection before people donate blood.
  • 3 die of rare brain infection from amoeba in water

    08/18/2011 10:00:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | Aug 18, 2011 | MIKE STOBBE
    The third case, in Louisiana, was more unusual. It was a young man whose death in June was traced to the tap water he used in a device called a neti pot. It's a small teapot-shaped container used to rinse out the nose and sinuses with salt water to relieve allergies, colds and sinus trouble. Health officials later found the amoeba in the home's water system. The problem was confined to the house; it wasn't found in city water samples, said Dr. Raoult Ratard, Louisiana's state epidemiologist. The young man, who was only identified as in his 20s and from...
  • "Brain-eating amoeba’ claims second victim this month

    08/17/2011 12:24:53 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies
    A parasite known as the "brain-eating amoeba" has claimed its second young American victim this month. Christian Strickland, a 9-year-old from Henrico County in Virginia contracted an infection after visiting a fishing camp in his state. He died of meningitis on August 5. This week, health department officials confirmed that the deadly amoeba--officially known as "Naegleria fowleri"--was to blame. "Sadly, we have had a Naegleria infection in Virginia this summer," Dr. Keri Hall of the Virginia Department of Health, told The Richmond Times-Dispatch. "It's important that people be aware of . . . safe swimming messages." Earlier this month, Courtney...
  • Putin Thinks The United States Is A "Parasite" On The Global Economy

    08/01/2011 3:06:40 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-1-2011 | Adam Taylor
    Putin Thinks The United States Is A "Parasite" On The Global Economy Adam Taylor Aug. 1, 2011, 4:58 PM Vladimir Putin said Monday that the dominance of the dollar was a threat to global markets and the United States was "a parasite", reports Reuters. The Russian Prime Minister was talking to a Kremlin youth group while touring its summer camp north of Moscow. "They are living beyond their means and shifting a part of the weight of their problems to the world economy," Putin said. "They are living like parasites off the global economy and their monopoly of the dollar."...
  • Putin says U.S. is a "parasite" on global economy

    08/01/2011 2:33:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    reuters ^ | 7/31/11 | LAKE SELIGER, Russia
    (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States Monday of living beyond its means "like a parasite" on the global economy and said dollar dominance was a threat to the financial markets. "They are living beyond their means and shifting a part of the weight of their problems to the world economy," Putin told a Kremlin youth group while touring its summer camp north of Moscow. "They are living like parasites off the global economy and their monopoly of the dollar." President Barack Obama announced a last-ditch deal to cut about $2.4 trillion from the U.S. deficit...
  • Sexually transmitted parasite Trichomonas vaginalis twice as prevalent in women over 40

    07/12/2011 1:33:38 PM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies · 2+ views
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions ^ | July 12, 2011 | Unknown
    Johns Hopkins expert calls for testing and mandatory reportingA Johns Hopkins infectious disease expert is calling for all sexually active American women age 40 and older to get tested for the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis after new study evidence found that the sexually transmitted disease (STD) is more than twice as common in this age group than previously thought. Screening is especially important because in many cases there are no symptoms. "We usually think of STDs as more prevalent in young people, but our study results clearly show that with trichomonas, while too many young people have it, even more, older...
  • Senator questions benefits to (30 Yr. Old ‘adult baby’ Coburn sees possible fraud

    05/18/2011 7:44:51 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5-16-11 | Stephen Dinan
    A key senator has asked the Social Security Administration to investigate how people who live their lives role-playing as “adult babies” are able to get taxpayer-funded disability payments — after one of them was featured on a recent reality TV episode wearing diapers, feeding from a bottle and using an adult-sized crib he built. Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican and the Senate’s top waste-watcher, asked the agency’s inspector general to look into 30-year-old Stanley Thornton Jr. and his roommate, Sandra Dias, who acts as his “mother,” saying it’s not clear why they are collecting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits instead...
  • Thousands protest deep spending cuts in education, human services

    04/07/2011 11:25:09 AM PDT · by cweese · 16 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | April 6, 2011 | Chuck Lindell
    Led by union workers from across Texas, thousands of chanting marchers converged on the Capitol on Wednesday to protest the recently passed House budget's deep spending cuts to education, health care and state jobs. "We are all in this together," Judy Lugo, president of the Texas State Employees Union, told the raucous, cheering crowd on the south steps of the Capitol. "Every Texan, now and for years to come, will suffer the consequences if the Texas Legislature does not change course." Shortly before the rally, conservative and tea party activists held a news conference on the other side of the...
  • Children Conceived After Death of Parent Face Uphill Battle for Inheritance Rights

    03/26/2011 9:08:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | March 26, 2011 | Stephen Clark
    Melissa Amen conceived her 3-year-old daughter, Kayah, seven days after Kayah's father died of cancer. "It's my miracle," the 28-year-old Nebraska resident told FoxNews.com. Melissa and her husband, Joshua, struggled for two years to have a child before she conceived through intrauterine insemination. Joshua had stored his sperm in a bank in case treatments for his cancer rendered him sterile. They were planning to raise a family together despite his three-year battle with cancer. Now Amen faces her own battle: Winning Social Security benefits for Kayah from a federal government that, in essence, doesn't recognize Joshua as the father. The...
  • Extinct humans left louse legacy(Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens)

    10/16/2004 3:53:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1,281+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10/06/04 | Paul Rincon
    Extinct humans left louse legacy By Paul Rincon BBC News Online science staff The evolutionary history of head lice is tied very closely to that of their hosts Some head lice infesting people today were probably spread to us thousands of years ago by an extinct species of early human, a genetics study reveals. It shows that when our ancestors left Africa after 100,000 years ago, they made direct contact with tribes of "archaic" peoples, probably in Asia. Lice could have jumped from them on to our ancestors during fights, sex, clothes-sharing or even cannibalism. Details of the research appear...
  • Funding cuts leave many without home heating assistance in Macon

    12/17/2010 7:37:23 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 2 replies · 1+ views
    macon.com ^ | 12/16/2010 | phillip ramati
    When Eugene Jenkins showed up at St. Paul AME Church at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, he didn’t know he would be one of the last people to get a ticket for assistance with his heating bill.He waited in line until 7 a.m., when officials started to hand out the tickets, then went home for a few hours before returning at 10 a.m. By the time he had finished up his paperwork, it was 1:15 p.m., making for a long day. Jenkins was one of the lucky ones in Macon, though. Other people were turned away because the Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity...
  • Voinovich: Congress must find agreement on key issues (RINO ALERT)

    10/30/2010 11:21:15 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 2010-10-25 | Peter Hamby
    Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - Retiring Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, said Monday that the upcoming lame duck session of Congress should work together on a handful of key issues to demonstrate a commitment to problem-solving rather than partisan bickering. (snip) He suggested that in the lame duck session, the 18-member bipartisan debt commission should endorse recommendations to help repair the country's deep budget deficit. He called on lawmakers to listen to the commission and have "the courage to move forward and do the tough things that need to be done for our country." (snip) "Once we are elected we ought to...
  • Collembola Infestation in Humans

    09/26/2010 7:22:31 PM PDT · by gov_bean_ counter · 45 replies
    Me | 26 Sep 2010 | gov_bean_ counter
    My wife and I seem to have become the hosts for a skin parasite. Mine is localized, however my wife's condition is much more serious. Most of the literature we have seen does not recongize collembola as a parasite able to impact humans. My wife has been told by a dermatoligist that the bugs only exist in her mind. We have been able to extract whole specimens from our skin and take a look at it under a microscope. What we have seen isn't any figment. Nasty looking bug.
  • Inside story of Michelle's trip (Damage control)

    08/09/2010 4:51:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 202 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 9, 2010 | Lynn Sweet
    WASHINGTON--Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha returned from Spain on Sunday, a vacation at a lavish hotel on the Mediterranean coast that triggered her first controversy since becoming first lady. I'm told she made the trip because she promised one of her closest friends, a longtime Chicago pal who just lost her father, she would spend time with her. (snip) So why did Mrs. Obama go to Spain at this time? She's not tone-deaf politically. What was behind the "mother-daughter" vacation? A White House source told me that Blanchard's father passed away and Mrs. Obama was not able to make the...
  • Parasite (code name: POTUS) --Tasty Video Nugget for this 4th of July Weekend

    07/02/2010 12:42:03 PM PDT · by PatrioticPeasant · 3 replies
    JoeDanMedia ^ | July 2, 2010 | Joe Dan Gorman
    This absolutely rocks guys.  The 'Community Organizer in Chief' Gets smacked upside the head by JoeDanMedia. Parasite (code name: POTUS)
  • Parasite (code name: POTUS) New Video, rocks

    07/01/2010 7:47:13 PM PDT · by FreeMarketFred · 3 replies
    JoeDanMedia.com ^ | 07-01-10 | JoeDanMedia
    This rocks.  Cool guitar too.  Parasite (code name: POTUS)
  • The sweet stench of $uccess

    05/30/2010 7:59:15 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 14 replies · 647+ views
    The NY Post ^ | Sunday, May 30, 2010 | SUSANNAH CAHALAN
    'Rich' bum who sues for a livingHe's filthy, rich. The city's most litigious bum, Richard Kreimer -- infamous for winning a $230,000 suit 20 years ago after being kicked out of a Morristown, NJ, library for his body odor -- is about to file his 18th lawsuit since 1988. The 61-year-old hobo plans to go after Amtrak in Philadelphia because he claims police forcibly removed him from the train station. He already has another lawsuit pending against NJ Transit for the same thing. Kreimer agreed to meet The Post at Penn Station, where he often spends his nights. He is...
  • Duchess of York 'devastated' and 'regretful' after being filmed 'offering access to Prince Andrew

    05/23/2010 8:24:20 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 51 replies · 1,631+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 4:01 PM on 23rd May 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The Duchess of York is "devastated" and "regretful" after she was filmed apparently offering to sell access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew for £500,000, sources said today. A News of the World video showed Sarah Ferguson promising to introduce an undercover reporter posing as a wealthy businessman to the Prince, who has been the UK's special representative for international trade and investment since 2001. The Duchess who said she could 'open doors' is expected in Los Angeles later today where she is scheduled to pick up an award for her charity work.
  • The Last Stand of the White Worm

    03/04/2010 11:05:05 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 10 replies · 743+ views
    Eightball Magazine ^ | March 2, 2010 | 8BM
    Yuck. The only disease to ever be wiped off the face of the earth has been smallpox. Doctors hope that within a few years Guinea worm will be the second. Ever heard of Guinea worm? No? Then you are blessed and didn’t even know it did you? Because chances are if you haven’t heard of the Guinea worm that’s because you aren’t living anywhere near where people are being infected by the Guinea worm. That’s the second reason to consider yourself blessed.
  • Medical assault on the three-foot Guinea worm of Sudan

    02/17/2010 9:28:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies · 1,523+ views
    Telegraph ^ | February 17, 2010 | Peter Martell
    It was an agonising process that lasted days as the worms, measuring around one metre (three feet) in length, fought their way out of her body. "They were very painful, you cannot rest or sleep," the young mother said, her baby resting on her back in a goatskin carrying pouch. ......................................................... The Carter Centre - the not-for-profit organisation founded by former US president Jimmy Carter - has been working in Sudan since 1989 to exterminate the worm once and for all. He said that when they started their project in southern Sudan they found more than 100,000 cases of infection....
  • PRESIDENT'S LAS VEGAS TRIP: Details of Obama visit emerging

    02/16/2010 10:09:29 AM PST · by mdittmar · 16 replies · 887+ views
    LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL ^ | Feb. 16, 2010 | LAURA MYERS
    Town hall meeting, CityCenter visit, fundraiser on itinerary President Barack Obama will hold a town hall meeting at a high school, tout job creation in a speech at CityCenter and attend a $1 million Democratic fundraiser in a visit this week that comes after he twice singled out Las Vegas as a place not to spend money during economic hard times.Obama's Southern Nevada swing Thursday and Friday is aimed partly at boosting the re-election chances of Sen. Harry Reid. The Democratic Senate majority leader's political future is in jeopardy after leading the stalled White House effort in Congress to pass...
  • Veteran's widow battles killer parasite from Vietnam

    01/23/2010 5:40:25 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 22 replies · 1,498+ views
    Personal e-mail | January 14, 2010 | Roger Neumann
    In the cruel way that war sometimes works, Vietnam killed Pete Harrison nearly 36 years after he came home. Elusive as they were, Pete thought he knew his enemies over there. The Viet Cong. The North Vietnamese. Their sympathizers. Nobody ever warned him about parasites in the water he drank, but they were there. Nobody ever mentioned the parasites could cause cancer, but they could. Nobody ever told him that cholangiocarcinoma might kill him some day, but it did. Now his widow, Sheila Harrison of Horseheads, is fighting her own war -- against the disease that took her husband's life....
  • Study: Cat Parasite Affects Human Culture (OMG, this could explain liberalism!)

    05/02/2009 12:43:27 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies · 1,562+ views
    Live Science ^ | 8/3/06 | Ker Than
    A parasitic microbe commonly found in cats might have helped shape entire human cultures by manipulating the personalities of infected individuals, according to a new study. Infection by a Toxoplasma gondii could make some individuals more prone to some forms of neuroticism and could lead to differences among cultures if enough people are infected, says Kevin Lafferty, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In a survey of different countries, Lafferty found that people living in those with higher rates of T. gondii infection scored higher on average for neuroticism, defined as an emotional or...
  • Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse?

    04/24/2009 6:11:15 PM PDT · by KayEyeDoubleDee · 29 replies · 1,308+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Apr. 14, 2009 | unattributed
    For the first time, scientists have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) from professional apiaries suffering from honey bee colony depopulation syndrome. They then went on to treat the infection with complete success. In a study published in the new journal from the Society for Applied Microbiology: Environmental Microbiology Reports, scientists from Spain analysed two apiaries and found evidence of honey bee colony depopulation syndrome (also known as colony collapse disorder in the USA)...
  • Beware the seductive allure of investment banks (investment banker, a parasite?)

    03/10/2009 5:52:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 381+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 03/11/09 | Carl Mortished
    Beware the seductive allure of investment banks Carl Mortished The stranger is charming, clean-cut and well groomed. A good companion, witty and worldly, he takes you to the opera, to the races and he seems to know lots of people. He is attentive; you meet regularly for lunch in quiet corners at exclusive restaurants. He listens as you talk about your problems, and he seems to care, offering comfort and sensible advice. Soon, you are confiding in this stranger, spilling your guts about your plans, business dealings and investments. Again, he has sensible advice to offer, but he asks for...
  • Henrietta Hughes gets a house (parasite at obama lovefest in Ft. Myers, Fla.)

    02/10/2009 4:25:40 PM PST · by dynachrome · 144 replies · 4,130+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | 2-10-09 | Michelle Malkin
    Henrietta Hughes was offered a home by Chene Thompson, wife of State Representative Nick Thompson, who heard the homeless woman’s pleas for help to President Obama before a local and national crowd. The house is in LaBelle, the first home [Chene] Thompson bought after law school. She told Hughes, “Just give me the opportunity to help you.” Hughes broke down in front of thousands when she told the president that she and her son have been homeless for more than a year. They are living in a pickup truck.
  • Vogue Magazine Attempts to Bring Partial Birth Abortion into Vogue

    01/11/2008 9:16:17 AM PST · by NYer · 83 replies · 459+ views
    LifeSite ^ | January 10, 2008 | Hilary White
    NEW YORK, January 10, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Cleverly marketing legal abortion as a boon to women's emancipation has been the most important task of the abortion industry and lobby for thirty years. In this month's edition, the gruesome procedure of partial birth abortion has been given a style makeover by the world's most influential fashion magazine, Vogue. The magazine offers the article's description: "When Lori Campbell's second pregnancy developed complications, she was faced with a painful decision.  But she was thankful it was hers to make." What follows is a paean to legalized late-term abortion and a series of long...
  • Give Us DDT

    07/04/2007 1:11:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 48 replies · 1,037+ views
    WSJ ^ | 06.12.07 | SAM ZARAMBA
    KAMPALA, Uganda -- Though Africa's sad experience with colonialism ended in the 1960s, a lethal vestige remains: malaria. It is the biggest killer of Ugandan and all African children. Yet it remains preventable and curable. Last week in Germany, G-8 leaders committed new resources to the fight against the mosquito-borne disease and promised to use every available tool. Now they must honor this promise by supporting African independence in the realm of disease control. We must be able to use Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane -- DDT. The United States and Europe eradicated malaria by 1960, with the use of DDT. At the time,...
  • Parasite Hijacks Brain With Surgical Precision

    04/02/2007 4:47:48 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 914+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4-2-2007 | Andy Coghlan
    Parasite hijacks brains with surgical precision 22:00 02 April 2007 NewScientist.com news service Andy Coghlan A mere parasite controls the fate of rats and mice by hijacking the part of the brain that makes the rodents naturally fear cats, a new study shows. Rats and mice normally flee if they smell cat urine, but not if they're infected by the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. The parasite can only complete its life cycle if its rodent host is eaten by a cat, so it "brainwashes" the creature into apparently liking the scent. Now Ajai Vyas and his colleagues at Stanford University...
  • Parasite 'turns women into sex kittens'

    12/27/2006 8:05:49 AM PST · by Grig · 32 replies · 1,345+ views
    news.com.au ^ | December 26, 2006 05:27pm | By Jane Bunce
    ..."Infected men have lower IQs, achieve a lower level of education and have shorter attention spans. They are also more likely to break rules and take risks, be more independent, more anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose, and are deemed less attractive to women. "On the other hand, infected women tend to be more outgoing, friendly, more promiscuous, and are considered more attractive to men compared with non-infected controls. "In short, it can make men behave like alley cats and women behave like sex kittens''...