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  • Bubonic Plague Spreads in Madagascar

    11/26/2014 12:52:59 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Nov 25, 2014 | AFP
    Madagascar said Monday it was trying to contain an outbreak of plague -- similar to the Black Death that swept medieval Europe -- that has killed 47 people and is spreading to the capital Antananarivo.
  • Ebola Battle Led by Larry, Curly, and Moe?

    10/30/2014 5:07:11 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/30/14 | Dr. Don Boys
    It seems Larry, Curly, and Moe are handling the Ebola threat with understandable results: Death is the result of ineptitude, incoherence, and incertitude The population of Europe had outrun the food supply in the early 1300s, and in a few years, the poor were eating cats, dogs, and other animals. Some say they even ate their own children! People were dying, but rather slowly. Bubonic plague (Black Death) would prove to be more efficient and quicker than famine, much quicker. The bubonic plague cut its way through the Far East to Italy, then to the rest of Europe. It is...
  • Mankind Has Suffered More from Bugs than Battles!

    10/28/2014 7:57:23 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/28/14 | Dr. Don Boys
    God help us! World health officials have not been very helpful Decaying corpses were stacked all over the burial ground and the streets were littered with the dead. When trains arrived at railroad stations, they had to be cleared of dead and dying passengers. The killer was Spanish influenza of 1918-19. In the U.S., about 500,000 people died, mostly young adults! This plague started (at least in the U.S.) in a Kansas army camp and within a week it was in every state! It then jumped the Atlantic Ocean to cut down millions. Five million people died in India! Total...
  • A Plague on Both Houses: Insane Ebola Policy Exposes American Suicide Culture

    10/19/2014 11:28:52 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/18/14 | Kelly O'Connell
    "When the Going Gets Weird, The Weird Go Pro"--Hunter S. Thompson Has America passed the point of no return, where dying cultures arrive when their internal logic and external conversations descends into illiteracy, and then madness? Perhaps. For example, how is it possible that persons fresh from the site of outbreak of one of the world’s worst viruses, simply walk off airplanes into American cities? Or, consider the dangerous, utterly indefensible policy of allowing the border to stay open, and illegal entries to cross, allowed to stay, even when criminal convictions for violent crimes are proved. Again, the US victoriously...
  • Ebola in the U.S.: 1,000 people under some level of watch

    10/18/2014 4:43:36 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 44 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 17, 2014 | Michael Muskal, Geoffrey Mohan
    ***snip*** In recent days, the number of people who have been asked to monitor themselves for symptoms has been steadily growing, especially among healthcare workers who were involved in the original treatment of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who died from Ebola on Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. As of Friday, a pool of about 1,000 people are being watched for symptoms, have been asked to monitor themselves or have been urged to check with a counselor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The group includes a handful of people who have been ordered...
  • There Will Be Pestilences: Why Are So Many Deadly Diseases Breaking Out All Over The Globe Now?

    10/15/2014 7:24:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | 10/06/2014 | Michael Snyder
    Ebola, Marburg, Enterovirus and Chikungunya - these diseases were not even on the radar of most people coming into 2014, but now each one of them is making headline news. So why is this happening? Why are so many deadly diseases breaking out all over the world right now? Is there some kind of a connection, or is the fact that so many horrible diseases are arising all at once just a giant coincidence? And this could be just the beginning. For example, there are now more than a million cases of Chikungunya in Central and South America, and authorities...
  • Report: Officials Haven't Tested Whether Coughing, Sneezing Can Spread Ebola

    10/14/2014 7:50:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Brietbart ^ | October 13, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Experts have reportedly not tested whether Ebola patients can infect others by coughing or sneezing even as one of the top experts on the particular strain of Ebola that has ravaged West Africa believes the virus is "primed" to go airborne.
  • Medieval DNA, Modern Medicine (Lessons From The Black Death)

    10/16/2007 12:58:12 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 1,052+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | 11/12-2007 | Heather Pringle
    Medieval DNA, Modern Medicine Volume 60 Number 6, November/December 2007 by Heather Pringle Will a cemetery excavation establish a link between the Black Death and resistance to AIDS? Beneath Eindhoven's modern skin of brick and asphalt lie the bones of its medieval townspeople. Studying their DNA may reveal the origin of the genetic resistance to AIDS. (Courtesy Laurens Mulkens) From the start, Nico Arts sensed that the frail remains of a child buried in front of a medieval church altar had an important story to tell. Arts is the municipal archaeologist in Eindhoven, a prosperous industrial city in the southern...
  • Black Death 'Was Not Plague' Say Experts

    04/12/2002 5:43:45 AM PDT · by blam · 49 replies · 726+ views
    Ananova ^ | 4-12-2002
    Black Death 'was not plague' say experts The Black Death may not have been caused by bubonic plague after all, say US scientists. They have been looking at church records from the 14th century to find out how the disease spread. They now think it was probably some other infection passed on by human contact and not bubonic plague which relies on flea-ridden rats. Records show the disease spread along busy roads and rivers and over natural barriers which would have restricted rats. They also say there are other diseases with similar symptoms which are more likely candidates. The modern...
  • Black Death Targeted The Weak

    01/30/2008 8:59:46 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 524+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-30-2008 | Roger Highfield
    Black Death targeted the weak By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 10:01pm GMT 28/01/2008 The Black Death, which killed one person in every three in Europe, was not as indiscriminate as thought, according to studies of remains in mass grave in East Smithfield. Skeletons of plague victims in a mass grave at East Smithfield, London The toll was so high during its height in the 1300s that many have concluded that anyone and everyone who came into contact with the agent, thought to be a bacterium, was doomed. But research published today shows that people who were physically frail...
  • New study sheds light on survivors of the Black Death

    05/30/2014 6:37:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 48 replies
    UofSC ^ | 5/7/2014 | Peggy Binette
    A new study suggests that people who survived the medieval mass-killing plague known as the Black Death lived significantly longer and were healthier than people who lived before the epidemic struck in 1347. Caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, the Black Death wiped out 30 percent of Europeans and nearly half of Londoners during its initial four-year wave from 1347 – 1351... The findings have important implications for understanding emerging diseases and how they impact the health of individuals and populations of people... She says the Black Death was a single iteration of a disease that has affected humans since...
  • Black Death skeletons unearthed by Crossrail project

    03/31/2014 11:43:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 March 2014 Last updated at 20:00 ET | James Morgan
    Records say thousands of Londoners perished and their corpses were dumped in a mass grave outside the City, but its exact location was a mystery. Archaeologists now believe it is under Charterhouse Square near the Barbican. They plan to expand their search for victims across the square - guided by underground radar scans, which have picked up signs of many more graves. Crossrail's lead archaeologist Jay Carver says the find "solves a 660-year-old mystery". "This discovery is a hugely important step forward in documenting and understanding Europe's most devastating pandemic," he said
  • Black Death Bacterium Identified: Genetic Analysis of Medieval Plague Skeletons...

    09/03/2011 7:46:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Monday, August 29, 2011 | via AlphaGalileo
    A team of German and Canadian scientists has shown that today's plague pathogen has been around at least 600 years. The Black Death claimed the lives of one-third of Europeans in just five years from 1348 to 1353. Until recently, it was not certain whether the bacterium Yersinia pestis -- known to cause the plague today -- was responsible for that most deadly outbreak of disease ever. Now, the University of Tübingen's Institute of Scientific Archaeology and McMaster University in Canada have been able to confirm that Yersinia pestis was behind the great plague... Previous genetic tests indicating that the...
  • Cause of the big plague epidemic of Middle Ages identified

    10/20/2010 12:55:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies
    PhysOrg.com ^ | October 11, 2010 | NA
    Geographical position of the five archaeological sites investigated. Green dots indicate the sites. Also indicated are two likely independent infection routes (black and red dotted arrows) for the spread of the Black Death (1347-1353) after Benedictow. ©: PLoS Pathogens The 'Black Death' was caused by at least two previously unknown types of Yersinia pestis bacteria. The latest tests conducted by anthropologists at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have proven that the bacteria Yersinia pestis was indeed the causative agent behind the "Black Death" that raged across Europe in the Middle Ages. The cause of the epidemic has always remained...
  • Experts: Ebola Outbreak, Black Death 'Plague' Spread From Africa as Viruses

    10/11/2014 9:32:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 11, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Most assume that Black Death quickly ravaged the fourteenth century western world was a bacterial bubonic plague epidemic caused by flea bites and spread by rats. But the Black Death killed a high proportion of Scandinavians -- and where they lived was too cold for fleas to survive. A modern work gives us a clue into this mystery. The “Biology of Plagues” published by Cambridge University Press analyzed 2,500 years of plagues and concluded that the Black Death was caused by a viral hemorrhagic fever pandemic similar to Ebola. If this view is correct, the future medical and economic impacts...
  • Not Reported: Ebola Cresting in Liberia, Halted in Nigeria, But Exploding in Guinea.

    10/08/2014 2:50:59 PM PDT · by dangus · 39 replies
    WHO reports, analyzed by Dangus | Dangus
    I am NOT an official for the WHO. I am reporting on data being provided by the WHO, not on statements by the WHO. The WHO may have knowledge I do not have that prevent them from reaching the inferences I am reaching. Based on the data presented in regularly published WHO reports, there were only 90 new Ebola infections in Liberia over the last four days, ending Oct 5. That's an average of 23 per day. There were recently an average of 79 new infections in Liberia per day. This continues a downward trend over the last few reports,...
  • Some Ebola experts worry virus may spread more easily than assumed [BO & CDC Lying?]

    10/07/2014 7:11:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 59 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 10/7/14 | David Willman
    .....some scientists who have long studied Ebola say [federal government] assurances are premature — and they are concerned about what is not known about the strain now on the loose. It is an Ebola outbreak like none seen before, jumping from the bush to urban areas, giving the virus more opportunities to evolve as it passes through multiple human hosts. Dr. C.J. Peters, who battled a 1989 outbreak of the virus among research monkeys housed in Virginia and who later led the CDC's most far-reaching study.....
  • The List: The Ebola Plague (Obama and Ebola file)

    10/03/2014 11:48:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Nachumlist ^ | 10/3/2014 | Nachum
    The Ebola Plague 10/3/2014President Ebola: In 2010 Obama Administration Scrapped CDC Quarantine Regulations Aimed At Ebola'Flaw' in Electronic Health Record Blamed for Medical Error Involving Ebola PatientCDC Chief: 'Even If We Tried to Close the Border, It Wouldn't Work'CDC issues nationwide alert to all hospitals over mishandling of Ebola after patient was sent home from Texas hospital10/2/2014What Quarantine?… Photos Show Men Cleaning TX Ebola Vomit Without SUITS! Flashback: Senator Obama rips Bush for being unprepared for avian flu epidemic NIH Director on Ebola Screwup: ´I Think We Just Need to Put That Behind Us´Doctor Boards Atlanta Flight In HazMat Suit To Protest "Lying...
  • CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in US

    09/30/2014 1:44:05 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 1,210 replies
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States. This story is developing. Please check back for further updates
  • Report: Captured ISIS Laptop Contains Bubonic Plague, WMD Information

    08/29/2014 11:45:51 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 29, 2014 | AWR HAWKINS
    An Islamic State (IS) laptop captured by a "moderate Syrian rebel group" reportedly contains bubonic plague recipes and information on weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Foreign Policy reports that Abu Ali, commander of the rebel group, found the laptop in January after his men closed on a building from which Islamic State militants fled. The laptop "contains a total of 35,347 files in 2,367 folders." These include "documents in French, English, and Arabic" and "videos of Osama bin Laden." There are instructions for jihad and stealing vehicles and for making bombs and disguises.
  • CDC Chief: Ebola's Spread to the United States 'Inevitable'

    08/07/2014 7:08:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 52 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 8/7/2014
    Thursday at the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health hearing titled, “Combating the Ebola Threat,” the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden said "We are all connected and inevitably there will be travelers, American citizens" who will travel in the infected African countries and come "here with symptoms."He added, "It is certainly possible that we could have ill people in the US who develop Ebola after having been exposed elsewhere."
  • Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight

    08/03/2014 11:49:24 PM PDT · by Kozak · 20 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | Aug 3 2014 | Rebecca Younger, Andy Lines
    Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight
  • This Is What Is Going To Happen If Ebola Comes To America

    08/03/2014 7:27:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    TEC ^ | 08/01/2014 | Michael Snyder
    If the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history reaches the United States, federal law permits "the apprehension and examination of any individual reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease". These individuals can be "detained for such time and in such manner as may be reasonably necessary". In other words, the federal government already has the authority to round people up against their will, take them to detention facilities and hold them there for as long as they feel it is "reasonably necessary". In addition, as you will read about below, the federal government has the authority "to separate...
  • First Ebola Patient Coming to USA for Treatment

    07/31/2014 7:47:14 PM PDT · by The Sons of Liberty · 81 replies
    Tha Daily Beast ^ | July 31, 2014 | Abby Haglage
    First Ebola Patient Coming to USA for Treatment One of two Americans infected with ebola in West Africa will be brought to the United States for treatment at Emory University. One of two Americans infected with ebola in West Africa will enter the U.S. for treatment at Emory University in Atlanta “in the next several days,” according to an internal memo sent to physicians on Thursday and seen by The Daily Beast. The memo offers few other details about the patient, with no stated time of arrival or departure city, or indicators as to the exact identity of the patient....
  • Liberia closes borders as Ebola hits major west African cities

    07/28/2014 9:18:11 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 31 replies
    APF via Yahoo News ^ | 2/28/14 | Zoom Dosso
    Liberia, along with neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, is struggling to contain an epidemic that has infected some 1,200 people and left at least 670 dead across the region since the start of the year. Last week authorities in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown and Lagos in Nigeria announced their first cases, marking an alarming new front in the fight against a disease mainly confined to remote villages and rural outposts. "All borders of Liberia will be closed with the exception of major entry points," Sirleaf said in a statement late Sunday. Monrovia's international airport, a provincial airport and three major...
  • Three more cases of rare human plague found in Colorado

    07/18/2014 5:07:53 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 28 replies
    reuters ^ | 7/18 | coffman
    Three more people in Colorado have been diagnosed with the plague after coming in contact with an infected dog whose owner contracted a life-threatening form of the disease, state health officials said on Friday. In all, four people were infected with the disease from the same source, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said in a statement.
  • Colorado: Man hospitalized with pneumonic plague

    07/11/2014 10:04:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment laboratory yesterday [8 Jul 2014] identified pneumonic plague in a Colorado resident. Investigation revealed the family dog had recently died unexpectedly. The carcass was recovered and tested at the Colorado State University Veterinarian Diagnostic Laboratory, where tests were positive for plague. ... Even though it doesn't kill people in large numbers like it once did, it is a serious disease ... There are 3 types of plague; all can be potentially deadly, if not treated. The 1st is bubonic, which causes lymph nodes to swell. There is also septicemic, which comes about...
  • Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

    07/08/2014 11:39:19 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    ATLANTA (AP) — A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box. The six glass vials of freeze-dried virus were intact and sealed with melted glass, and the virus MIGHT have been dead, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
  • Fear, cash shortages hinder fight against Ebola outbreak

    07/02/2014 6:30:00 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-2-14 | KWASI KPODO
    West African states lack the resources to battle the world's worst outbreak of Ebola and deep cultural suspicions about the disease remain a big obstacle to halting its spread, ministers said on Wednesday. The outbreak has killed 467 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since February, making it the largest and deadliest ever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). snipJeremy Farrar, a professor of tropical medicine and director of The Wellcome Trust, an influential global health charity, said people at high risk should also be offered experimental medicines, despite the drugs not having been fully tested. "We have...
  • Swarms of Locusts Invade Saudi Capital Riyadh

    05/19/2014 1:31:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, May 16, 2014
    Massive swards of locusts invaded the Saudi capital Riyadh, prompting houses and companies to shut their doors and windows and halting traffic in many parts. Authorities said they were mobilizing their resources to combat the invasion which started on Thursday. The Arabic language daily Sabq, which carried a brief U-Tube film of the insects, said the locusts flew into the capital from the western part of the Gulf Kingdom, which has been a scene of locust attack over the past months. Locusts are a popular dish in Saudi Arabia, where a 10-kg bag of live locusts could be sold for...
  • Bishop issues letter on the ‘epidemic plague’ of porn, calls on men to recommit to purity

    03/09/2014 11:34:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life site news ^ | Hilary White
    “I call on every man in the Diocese of Arlington to search his heart and renew his commitment to purity. I call on every husband and father to renew his sacred commitment to his wife and children.” - Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde ARLINGTON, VA, March 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The growth of pornography use, particularly on the internet, is “a matter of utmost urgency for every son and father today,” Bishop Paul Loverde of the Catholic diocese of Arlington, Virginia said in a letter to his flock released this week. Titled “Bought with a Price: Every Man’s Duty to Protect...
  • Black Death may have scuppered Roman Empire

    01/28/2014 3:29:18 PM PST · by Renfield · 31 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 1-28-2014 | Debora MacKenzie
    hat caused the fall of the Roman Empire? A devastating plague that struck during the reign of Emperor Justinian in 541 AD, killing a quarter of the population, seems to have landed the final blow, but the identity of the infection was a mystery. Now sequencing of DNA taken from two skeletons buried in Bavaria, Germany, in the 6th century has uncovered the complete genome of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria also blamed for the Black Death that struck Europe in 1348. The find suggests that Y. pestis may have emerged to ravage humanity several times. Hendrik Poinar at McMaster University...
  • Plague decoded: Researchers link 2 of the most devastating pandemics in history

    01/27/2014 5:08:06 PM PST · by John W · 118 replies
    ctvnews.ca ^ | January 27, 2014 | Christina Commisso
    An international team of scientists has discovered that two of the most devastating pandemics in human history -- responsible for killing as much as half the population in Europe at the time -- were caused by strains of the same bacterium. The researchers announced Monday that the Plague of Justinian and the Black Death were caused by distinct strains of the same pathogen, and warned that similar pandemics can strike again. The Plague of Justinian struck in the 6th century and is estimated to have killed between 30 and 50 million people -- virtually half the world’s population as it...
  • 160 Quarantined After Plague Death in Kyrgyzstan

    08/28/2013 9:18:04 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 16 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 08/29/2013 | AP
    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Four people have been hospitalized and 160 quarantined after a 15-year-old boy who ate marmot meat died of the bubonic plague last week, the Kyrgyz Health Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry said the boy told medics he spent the previous week camping in the mountains where he had eaten barbecued marmot, a large ground squirrel that typically lives in mountainous areas. The Health Ministry established a quarantine in parts of the mountainous northeast, but said there was no risk of an epidemic. Four residents in the boy's village were hospitalized Wednesday after complaining of fever, though none...
  • Teenage boy died of bubonic plague in Kyrgyzstan

    08/27/2013 9:07:47 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 13 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 08/26/2013 | Fang Yang
    BISHKEK, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- A teenage boy has died of bubonic plague in the Issyk-Kul region in northern Kyrgyzstan, the country's Health Ministry said on Monday. The 15-year-old Temir Isakunov fell ill on Aug. 17, when doctors at that time failed to make correct diagnosis, and they suspected he was infected with the plague only after his death. A panel of doctors confirmed that Isakunov died of bubonic plague after they made a second diagnosis on Sunday. The Health Ministry said the boy was infected with the plague after being bitten by fleas. Some 102 people were found to...
  • Black Death comes to California

    07/26/2013 11:48:47 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 54 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo ^ | 7/26/13 | Katie Moisse
    A plague-infected squirrel has closed a California campground for at least a week, according to Los Angeles County health officials. The squirrel, trapped July 16 in the Table Mountain Campgrounds of Angeles National Forest, tested positive for the infection Tuesday, prompting a health advisory and the closing of the campground while investigators tested other squirrels and dusted the area for plague-infected fleas. "Plague is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas, which is why we close affected campgrounds and recreational areas as a precaution while preventive measures are taken to control the...
  • Dipstick test for plague on the way

    07/20/2013 6:47:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 19 July 2013 | Daniel Johnson
    Researchers have isolated an antibody that can be used to test for Yersinia pestis © Rocky Mountain Laboratories NIAID, NIH Plague could soon be diagnosed faster than ever before, thanks to scientists in Germany. The group have pioneered a new, dipstick test which will drastically cut the time it takes to spot the disease. This could save many lives in developing countries, where modern outbreaks are concentrated, and where there is little access to the labs needed for conventional diagnosis methods.The team, from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, isolated an antibody which specifically recognises and binds...
  • The Middle East Plague Goes Global (has a mortality rate of about 55%, 5x more lethal than SARS)

    06/29/2013 7:27:20 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 62 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 6/28/13 | Laurie Garrett, Maxine Builder
    A scary virus is sweeping Saudi Arabia. Six million religious pilgrims are about to descend on the country from across the world. The result could be disastrous. When the Black Death exploded in Arabia in the 14th century, killing an estimated third of the population, it spread across the Islamic world via infected religious pilgrims. Today, the Middle East is threatened with a new plague, one eponymously if not ominously named the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV, or MERS for short). This novel coronavirus was discovered in Jordan in March 2012, and as of June 26, there have been 77...
  • How The Bubonic Plague Actually Saved Europe In The 14th Century (Finance)

    05/15/2013 11:28:58 AM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    TBI ^ | 5-15-2013 | Sam Ro
    How The Bubonic Plague Actually Saved Europe In The 14th Century Sam Ro May 15, 2013, 1:31 PM Studying the history of financial crises can be quite enlightening. Deutsche Bank's Peter Hooper just published an interesting report considering crises going back to the Middle Ages. Referring to the work of Juesus Huerta de Soto, Geld, Bankkredit und Konjunkturzyklen, and Stuttgart, Hooper summarizes what happened during the European credit crisis of the 14th century. What's interesting is how the country got out of the crisis. From Hooper's note (emphasis added): In the early 14th century banks in Florence engaged in a...
  • 'Black Death pit' unearthed by Crossrail project

    03/15/2013 12:17:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    bbc ^ | 14 March 2013 Last updated at 22:11 ET
    Excavations for London's Crossrail project have unearthed bodies believed to date from the time of the Black Death. A burial ground was known to be in an area outside the City of London, but its exact location remained a mystery. Thirteen bodies have been found so far in the 5.5m-wide shaft at the edge of Charterhouse Square, alongside pottery dated to the mid-14th Century. Analysis will shed light on the plague and the Londoners of the day. The skeletons' arrangement in two neat rows suggests they date from the earliest era of the Black Death, before it fully developed into...
  • Medieval plague victims unearthed in City of London square

    03/14/2013 10:10:16 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 14 March 2013 | Gwyn Topham
    Seven centuries after their demise, the skeletons of 12 plague victims have been unearthed in the City of London, a find which archaeologists believe to be just the tip of a long-lost Black Death mass burial ground. Arranged in careful rows, the bodies were discovered 2.5 metres below the ground in Charterhouse Square in works for a Crossrail tunnel shaft beside the future ticketing hall for Farringdon station. Tests are needed to confirm the skeletons' provenance, but the discovery should shed more light on life and death in 14th-century Britain and help scientists to understand how the plague mutated.
  • Tehran Battles Plague of 'Mutant' Giant Rats with Army Snipers

    03/03/2013 2:47:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 51 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 20, 2013 | Umberto Bacchi:
    Tehran Battles Plague of 'Mutant' Giant Rats with Army Snipers Tehran, the capital of Iran, is battling an invasion of "genetically mutated" giant rats. Iran has sent in sniper teams to clear Tehran's streets from the massive rodents weighting up to five kilos plaguing 26 district of the Iranian capital, the city's environmental agency said. "They seem to have had a genetic mutation, probably as a result of radiations and the chemical used on them," Ismail Kahram, Teheran city council environment adviser and university professor Ismail Kahram told Qudsonline.ir. "They are now bigger and look different. These are changes that...
  • A 7-Year-Old Girl Caught Bubonic Plague On A Camping Trip

    09/09/2012 7:38:53 AM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI ^ | Allison Jackson
    A 7-Year-Old Girl Caught Bubonic Plague On A Camping TripAllison Jackson, GlobalPostSep. 8, 2012, 3:03 PMA seven-year-old girl is lucky to be alive after contracting the bubonic plague during a family camping trip in southwest Colorado. Sierra Jane Downing became sick a few days after the outing in Pagosa Springs. Her parents Darcy and Sean thought she had the flu until she started having seizures, the Associated Press reported. They rushed her to hospital where doctors eventually diagnosed the bubonic plague—the first confirmed case of the deadly disease in Colorado since 2006. "I didn't know what was going on. I...
  • WERE THE DARK AGES REALLY DARK?

    12/10/2002 11:12:37 AM PST · by Mike Darancette · 18 replies · 1,660+ views
    tripod ^ | September, 1999 | Greg Bryant
    .... snip ... Physical Aspects Of The Dark Ages Let's first look at the onset of "the" Dark Ages in the sixth century AD. The Roman Empire was finished, nothing was happening in the sciences, and worse was happening in nature. The Italian historian Flavius Cassiodorus wrote about conditions that he experienced during the year AD 536 : "The Sun...seems to have lost its wonted light, and appears of a bluish colour. We marvel to see no shadows of our bodies at noon, to feel the mighty vigour of the Sun's heat wasted into feebleness, and the phenomena which accompany...
  • Plague confirmed in Oregon man bitten by stray cat

    06/15/2012 10:59:45 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 15, 2012
    BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Health officials have confirmed that an Oregon man has the plague after he was bitten while trying to take a dead rodent from the mouth of a stray cat. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, remained in critical condition Friday at a Bend hospital.
  • Oregon man suffering from the plague is in critical condition

    06/13/2012 7:57:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 97 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 13, 2012 | Philip Caulfield
    An Oregon man is at death's door in a hospital battling a rare case of the infamous “Black Death” plague, health officials said. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, was bitten on the hand while trying to pull a mouse away from a stray cat on June 2 and got sick several days later, doctors at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend told The Oregonian newspaper. The man was thought to be suffering from septicemic plague — meaning the ruthless bacteria was spreading in his bloodstream — and was in critical condition on Tuesday, doctors said. Karen Yeargain, the county...
  • Oregon man suffering from the plague is in critical condition

    06/14/2012 1:48:19 PM PDT · by kingattax · 15 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | June 13, 2012 | PHILIP CAULFIELD
    An Oregon man is at death's door in a hospital battling a rare case of the infamous “Black Death” plague, health officials said. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, was bitten on the hand while trying to pull a mouse away from a stray cat on June 2 and got sick several days later, doctors at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend told The Oregonian newspaper. The man was thought to be suffering from septicemic plague — meaning the ruthless bacteria was spreading in his bloodstream — and was in critical condition on Tuesday, doctors said. Karen Yeargain, the county...
  • Prineville-Area Man Still Critical with Likely Plague

    06/12/2012 10:29:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KTVZ ^ | June 12, 2012
    Crook County Health Officials Say He Was Bitten by Sick CatCrook County health officials said Monday they are investigating a probable case of human plague involving a man in his 50s who is being treated at a local hospital. Contacts with the individual have been notified and are receiving preventive antibiotics, officials said. The man reported contact with a sick cat in his neighborhood, they added. Crook County officials did not identify the man, citing patient confidentiality regulations, but a family member contacted NewsChannel 21, which then learned the Prineville-area man remained in critical condition Tuesday at St. Charles Medical...
  • Department of Health Reports Plague Case in Torrance County Man (NM - first case in the US in 2012)

    05/31/2012 4:02:40 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 3 replies
    New Mexico Dept of Health Communications Office ^ | May 31, 2012 | New Mexico Dept of Health
    (Santa Fe) -- The New Mexico Department of Health confirmed today a case of plague in a 78-year-old man from Torrance County who is currently hospitalized in stable condition. This is the first human case of plague in New Mexico this year and in the United States. An environmental investigation will take place at the man’s home to look for ongoing risk to others in the surrounding area. “The Department of Health takes action when a plague case occurs to ensure the safety of the immediate family, neighbors, and health care providers,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Catherine...
  • DEATH, DISEASE PLAGUE 'OCCUPY' PROTESTS (Just like the Tea Party /s!)

    11/11/2011 11:00:45 AM PST · by kcvl · 39 replies
    Dead man in Salt Lake City... Tuberculosis in Atlanta... 'Zuccotti Lung' on Wall Street... Suicide in Vermont... Murder in Oakland...