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WHO: Ebola spread exponential in Liberia, thousands of cases expected in Sept

Posted on September 8th, 2014 at 22:46 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Ebola virus is spreading exponentially in Liberia, where many thousands of new cases expected over the coming three weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Oh shit.

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  1. Watching the numbers there has been no significant sign of slowing the spread. (There was a slightly slower increase in the last batch of numbers to appear on Wikipedia, but one number could be a data collection issue.) Even if the spread rate was cut in half there would soon be thousands of new cases.

    I previous Central African epidemics most of the control was quarantining villages until 6 weeks after the deaths stopped. That is not a tenable solution for Monrovia, but do we have a better approach?

    Watch the log chart: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_epidemic_in_West_Africa#Timeline_of_the_outbreak

The Right War for the Right Reasons

Posted on September 8th, 2014 at 20:23 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Quote

[March 12, 2003]:

But no one can plausibly argue that ridding the world of Saddam Hussein will not significantly improve the stability of the region and the security of American interests and values.

— John McCain

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  1. Right! That and $5 will get you a nice latte at Starbucks…

Bacteria from bees possible alternative to antibiotics

Posted on September 8th, 2014 at 18:56 by John Sinteur in category: News


Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey – as we now know it – was manufactured and sold in stores. So what is the key to its’ antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey, from the honey stomach of bees. The bacteria produce a myriad of active antimicrobial compounds.

These lactic acid bacteria have now been tested on severe human wound pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), among others. When the lactic acid bacteria were applied to the pathogens in the laboratory, it counteracted all of them.

While the effect on human bacteria has only been tested in a lab environment thus far, the lactic acid bacteria has been applied directly to horses with persistent wounds.

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Melbourne sex abuse priest Mato Krizanac returns to church in Bosnian parish

Posted on September 8th, 2014 at 16:15 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


A Catholic priest expelled from the Melbourne diocese for sexual abuse has been allowed to resume his duties in an overseas parish despite an explicit warning from Archbishop Denis Hart to the church hierarchy in Bosnia.

The decision to assign Father Mato Krizanac to a parish in Bosnia raises further questions about the church’s resolve to clamp down on clerical sex offenders and dismantle its entrenched culture of protecting abusers.

Father Krizanac, who spent more than a decade at the Croatian Catholic Church in Clifton Hill, was permanently stripped of all clerical duties in June by Archbishop Hart following a 12-month investigation into claims he abused an Adelaide girl in the mid-1980s.

But The Sunday Age can reveal that Father Krizanac immediately returned to a clerical role in Bosnia with the apparent permission of the Archbishop of Sarajevo, who ignored the damning findings of the church’s independent commissioner in Melbourne, Peter O’Callaghan, QC.

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The Joy of Tech comic… Apple Event Survival Kit!

Posted on September 8th, 2014 at 9:17 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Cartoon



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Scottish independence and the complacency of the Westminster establishment

Posted on September 8th, 2014 at 1:58 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


For the last 35 years the behaviour of the Westminster establishment has been particularly egregious. The establishment class has repeatedly got away with neglecting the public interest in order to put their own interests first, in accordance with the cult-like economic dogma of greed, social neglect, privatisation and financialisation that they have become so obsessed with since Thatcher introduced it in 1979.

The Westminster establishment seized the profits from Scottish oil and siphoned them into the City of London and used them to fund tax breaks for their wealthy backers. Instead of creating a sovereign wealth fund which would surely have rivaled Norway’s as one of the biggest in the world, the establishment class squandered it all on the ridiculous fantasy of building a post-industrial economy based around the City of London financial sector.

Interesting times; polling is getting it wrong more often (hard to get a representative sample in an increasingly disparate world), but a recent poll has the “Yes” side gaining ground. The Establishment are crapping themselves…Is it going to be “Scotland, the Brave…?”

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