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Hunting and eating virus-ridden bats is a bad idea, who knew?
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Bushmeat is believed to be the origin of the current Ebola outbreak. The first victim’s family hunted bats, which carry the virus. Could the practice of eating bushmeat, which is popular across Africa, be responsible for the current crisis?

The origin has been traced to a two-year-old child from the village of Gueckedou in south-eastern Guinea, an area where batmeat is frequently hunted and eaten.

The infant, dubbed Child Zero, died on 6 December 2013. The child’s family stated they had hunted two species of bat which carry the Ebola virus.

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Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.
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His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate.

Then the Nazi hunters showed up.

In 1989, as the U.S. government prepared to strip him of his citizenship, Denzinger packed a pair of suitcases and fled to Germany. Denzinger later settled in this pleasant town on the Drava River, where he lives comfortably, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. He collects a Social Security payment of about $1,500 each month, nearly twice the take-home pay of an average Croatian worker.

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‘Crypto wars’ return to Congress

by Rhonda Bauer on October 20, 2014

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FBI Director James Comey has launched a new “crypto war” by asking Congress to update a two-decade old law to make sure officials can access information from people’s cell phones and other communication devices.
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The call is expected to trigger a major Capitol Hill fight about whether or not tech companies need to give the government access to their users.

“It’s going to be a tough fight for sure,” Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the Patriot Act’s original author, told The Hill in a statement.

He argues Apple and other companies are taking the privacy of consumers into their own hands because Congress has failed to pass legislation in response to public anger over the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, admitted on Sunday that precautions designed for treating Ebola in African bush country don’t work in an intensive-care hospital setting.

“[T]he protocol that was originally recommended was a protocol that’s a WHO (World Health Organization) protocol that’s best fitted for out in the field. It doesn’t cover every single aspect of your skin. That worked in the field.

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Two Killed, Nine Wounded in Chicago Violence

by Breitbart Feed on October 20, 2014

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The number of those shot and killed in Chicago over the weekend almost mirrored last weekend’s, with two killed and nine wounded.

Over the weekend of October third, only one fewer person was wounded but the same number was killed.

The first was killed at 1 AM on Saturday morning in the South Side’s Englewood neighborhood.

Genorel Martin, 24, was shot after opening the door to his home on South Throop Street. Martin died on the scene. Police have no one in custody for the shooting.

Not long after Martin was shot, a 21-year-old man was found dead in a car in the Princeton Park neighborhood.

The medical examiner’s office reported that Travis L. Wright of the 9300 block of South Wentworth Avenue had suffered several gunshots to the chest and left arm.

The weekend’s toll brings October to 357 killed with 1,823 wounded.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com.




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Frank Oliveira says that he and a group of Central Valley farmers who oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s “bullet train” plan are getting really good at playing whack-a-mole. 

The co-chair of Citizens for California High-Speed Rail Accountability (CCHSRA) says that with every setback they soldier on. Last Wednesday’s news that the California Supreme Court declined their petition to review a major case regarding funding for the construction of the $68 billion bullet train project was met with disappointment, but not surprise.

“We really would’ve liked the Supreme Court to have participated in this matter, but we can’t make them hear the case; we don’t have that kind of juice,” says Oliveira, whose family owns farmland affected by the rail project. “But everything wasn’t hinging on them.”

“It’s a disappointing setback for the citizens of California,” says Aaron Fukuda, a plaintiff for the Kings County lawsuit the Supreme Court declined to review, and a member of the CCHSRA. “In light of today’s current atmosphere in Sacramento, it’s clear the government is in control of the people, and the people are not in control of the government.”

He says he doesn’t understand how a project that could spell financial ruin for the state doesn’t rise to the importance of a review by the state Supreme Court, which declined to comment on the case. The decision came during a meeting not open to the public, with only one member voting to hear the case.

“This decision reaffirms that the authority can continue building a modern high-speed rail system that connects the state, creates jobs and complies with the law,” said Dan Richard, chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority board, in a statement. “We will continue to move forward aggressively to deliver the nation’s first high-speed rail system.”

Oliveira says the rail’s victory party could be premature.

“Talk radio has this fatalistic spin on this thing, that all the obstacles are out of the way,” he says. “And who knows? Maybe they’re right. But I believe legally we can still do our part so this thing is fully aired out…so if they do go forward, we’ll be able to show they’re breaking the law.”

Oliveira is referring to the second part of the Kings County lawsuit, which is set for trial in early 2015. He says the first part, which the Supreme Court declined to review, challenged the rail authority’s funding plan. The second part focuses on four key issues, all requirements of the 2008 Proposition 1A ballot initiative and bond measure that allocated funds for the rail authority. The issues are: 

  • whether or not the train can go from L.A. to San Francisco in two hours and 40 minutes; 
  • whether it can it operate without a subsidy; 
  • if it is even  logistically possible to operate the train on the routes that the state is laying out under the plan; 
  • and whether or not the so-called “blended plan,” which utilizes existing rail lines, is in violation of the ballot initiative since the voters never approved a blended system.

In addition to the Prop. 1A lawsuit, there are more litigation challenges, including environmental impact and eminent domain challenges, and the legality of using cap-and-trade as a financing device.

Fukuda says his group intends to persevere.

“We’re a bunch of farmers, and farmers are the ultimate testament to living through adversarial and tough conditions,” he says. 

“We’re going through a drought, and we’ve been attacked by regulations. We still get food to the markets everyday. It’s a greater good we represent. We’re just asking if you’re gonna build this train, do it right.

“If the project dies, it’s not because of us. It’s because the high speed rail authority has a bad plan. They come out, pistols blazing, and a lot of times it’s pointed down at their feet.”

Oliveira says the upside to this three-year saga is he’s gotten to know his neighbors. 

“We’ve met every Monday since July of 2011,” he says. “These people are soldiers. 

“When you look at them, they don’t look like Stallone or the ‘Expendables.’ We don’t have berets or tank tops. We’re farmers who’ve come together to protect this community.”

Heidi Siegmund Cuda produced and hosted the Fox 11 economic series, “Saving the California Dream,” which featured dozens of reports on the bullet train.

Photo courtesy Shelli Andranigian/CCHSRA




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A medical professional with Kaiser Permanente in San Diego claims that the hospital staff have not received training on Ebola, referring to a letter claiming that hospitals throughout the state are prepares as “outrageous.”

A group of Kaiser Permanente nurses claiming a lack of Ebola training at the hospital held a protest in Oakland on Tuesday in order to voice their concerns.  

The Kaiser Permanente medical professional, who apparently wished to remain anonymous for fear of losing her job at the hospital, spoke with local ABC News affiliate in San Diego 10News, which acquired a copy of the letter that was penned by Kaiser Permanente. A portion of the letter reads

Kaiser Permanente is fully prepared to evaluate and treat suspected and identified cases of Ebola while providing the utmost protection for all of our health care providers. We are confident in our preparedness plan, personal protective equipment and stringent attention to infection prevention measures, which follow the national standards set by the CDC….

For example, we are prepared, at any time, to isolate patients in specially-equipped rooms, designed for patients with potentially infectious disease. We have also developed a clear workflow that notifies an infectious disease physician to help with rapid expert evaluation of any potential cases.

The unnamed medical professional told 10News that no such isolation room has been set up to quarantine Ebola patients and that said procedures or guidelines have been established. 

“We’re all pretty upset about it and it seems like maybe they’re not taking it as seriously as it should be taken…I think the training needs to be on identifying these patients and transferring them as quickly as we can, isolating them and transferring them to a unit that can take care of them,” she told 10News.




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LISTEN: UKIP Launches Appalling New Song By Mike Read

by Breitbart Feed on October 20, 2014

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UKIP has launched a song into the charts, but it is bad… very bad. The UKIP Calypso by the Independents was written and performed by former Radio One DJ Mike Read and has been released on iTunes and Amazon today.

Perhaps unsurprisingly the email to members about the release focused on getting UKIP to number one rather than the artistic merit of the song. It is called Calypso because it is based on the Caribbean music of the same name. Mike Read sings the song himself employing a Caribbean accent.

The email explains that it takes 22,000 downloads to get into the Top 30 and 28,000 would get it into the Top 10. UKIP has over 40,000 members so they look like they might have a chance of making it.

UKIP Calypso’s humorous lyrics include: “The British people have been let down that’s why UKIP is making ground. From Crewe to Cleethorpes, Hull to Hendon they don’t believe in Cameron’s referendum. Coalition could be a fact, with any party we could make pact. Stop telling lies about us you, and we’ll stop telling the truth about you. Oh yes when we take charge and the new Prime Minister is Farage.”

Mr Read is no stranger to song-writing and has released a number of songs into the charts. He is best known for composing the music for poems written by Sir John Betjeman. The song were released by some of the most famous British artists of all time, including: Alvin Stardust, Paul Young and Sir Cliff Young.

The song was first performed at UKIP Conference in Doncaster, and can be downloaded clicking here.




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Paris Opera Ejects Woman Wearing Full Face Veil

by Breitbart Feed on October 20, 2014

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A woman has been ejected from the Opera Bastille for wearing a full face veil.

France banned anyone from wearing clothing which covered the face in 2011, arguing that face-coverings prevent the clear identification of a person, which is both a security risk, and a social hindrance within a society which relies on facial recognition and expression in communication.

The woman, who was said to have been from the ‘Gulf area’ was sitting with a male companion at a performance of La Traviata on the front row of the theatre on October 3rd.

The woman was sitting just behind the conductor and visible on the monitors and caught the attention of theatre officials who noticed that her veil was covering her nose and mouth.

“I was alerted in the second act,” said Jean-Philippe Thiellay, the institute’s deputy director. “Some performers said they did not want to sing” if something was not done, according to Le Monde.

[The official] told her that in France there is a ban of this nature, asked her to either uncover her face or leave the room. The man asked the woman to get up, they left,” Thiellay said.

“It’s never nice to ask someone to leave… But there was a misunderstanding of the law and the lady either had to respect it or leave,” he said.

France brought in the law in 2011 banning anyone from wearing clothing that conceals the face in a public space, or face a EUR150 fine. The law does not just apply to face veils – although it was believed that the controversial covering was the inspiration behind the law – but to anything which covers the face including masks and motor cycle helmets.

The fine for covering one’s face in public is relatively low, with the legislation reserving the main punishment for people who force another to cover their face. There is a fine of up to €30,000 and one year in prison for anyone who forces (by violence, threats or by abuse of power) another to wear face coverings; these penalties may be doubled if the victim is under 18.

The only exceptions to a woman wearing a niqab in public is if she is travelling in a private car or worshiping in a religious place.

The wearing of religious symbols in public schools was banned in 2004 by ‘the French law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools’. This covered all religions and included bans on turbans and crucifix pendants.

The law was challenged and taken to the European Court of Human Rights which upheld the French law on 1 July 2014, accepting the argument of the French government that the law was based on “a certain idea of living together”

France’s Ministry of Culture said a bill was currently being drafted to remind theatres, museums and other public institutions under its supervision of the rules regarding veils.




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Conservatives Pull Ahead Of Labour in Scotland, SNP Surge

by Breitbart Feed on October 20, 2014

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The Conservatives have pulled ahead of Labour in Scotland according to a poll by YouGov. The survey puts the Conservatives on 20 percent, Labour on 19 percent with the Liberal Democrats on 9 percent and ‘others’ including the Scottish National Party on 41 percent.

If the Conservatives overtake Labour next year, this will be the first time they have beaten the party since the 1950s. A result like that would be considered a disaster for Ed Miliband, because his strategy of talking to the Labour core vote would have been shown to have failed in one of their best areas.

Miliband’s problem is not so much that the Conservatives are doing well, it has much more to do with them losing support to the Scottish National Party.  Although Scots voted to remain in the United Kingdom earlier this year, the vote itself brought a huge number of new supporters to the SNP.

Earlier this month the SNP’s membership hit 80,000 overtaking two major UK-wide parties: the Liberal Democrats and UKIP. The party’s Trade Union Group now has 11,000 members, despite Labour being the traditional party of Trade Union members.

YouGov predicts the SNP will win 20 more seats in Scotland, pushing them up to 26. Most of these will be at the expense of Labour, halving their total number of Scottish MPs. The Conservatives currently have just one seat, so any improvement would be very significant for the Scottish Conservatives. They lost all their Scottish seats in 1997 and have not really recovered since.

Although Labour’s problems at next year’s General Election are good news for the Conservatives they will also want to see the SNP lose the Scottish Parliamentary elections in 2016. The solution being mooted at Westminster is to run Gordon Brown for the Scottish Parliament and make him leader of the Labour Group. 

The current leader Johann Lamont is not considered up to the job of taking on the SNP. The YouGov poll surveyed 2045 people across the UK on 15th and 16th October for The Sun.




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