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Two Americans have Ebola in Liberia, 670 total dead in outbreak

Yesterday, 04:10 PM

A second U.S. citizen working in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus, a charitable organization working in the county said on Sunday.

The latest victim is Nancy Writebol, who was helping a joint Serving In Mission/Samaritan's Purse team in Liberia to help treat victims of the deadly disease at a Case Management Center in Monrovia, according to a statement from Samaritan’s Purse. Writebol was with her husband in the country working as a personnel coordinator for SIM, according to the organization’s website. No details have been released on Writebol’s condition.

Meanwhile, an American doctor earlier infected with the disease was receiving intensive treatment Sunday and was in stable condition, even talking to his medical team and working on his computer, a spokeswoman for Samaritan’s Purse said. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, is the medical director for the North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse.

He had been working with the group in Liberia since October 2013 as part of the charity's post-residency program for doctors, said Melissa Strickland, a spokeswoman for the group.

"We are hopeful, but he is certainly not out of the woods yet," she said.

The highly-contagious virus is one of the most deadly diseases in the world. The World Health Organization said the latest outbreak is the largest ever recorded, killing more than 670 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone since it began earlier this year.


BBC journalists told by trustee board to stop giving equal time to climate deniers

07 July 2014 - 06:47 PM

BBC journalists are being schooled in how to cover science.

A progress report from an independent body, the BBC Trust, says Britain’s public broadcasting service shouldn’t be giving equal air time to climate change deniers and others on the scientific fringe.

The report found the BBC remains prone to “over-rigid application of editorial guidelines on impartiality” that resulted in the news service giving “undue attention to marginal opinion.” The author of the report, Steve Jones, emeritus professor of Genetics at University College London, cited the existence of manmade climate change as an example.

Since the review began in 2010, nearly 200 BBC senior staff were sent to workshops to learn what it means to cover science impartially. Andrew Miller, chairman of Parliament’s science and technology select committee, said in a statement: “The key point the workshops tried to impart is that impartiality in science coverage does not simply lie in reflecting a wide range of views, which may result in a ‘false balance.’ More crucially it depends on the varying degree of prominence such views should be given. In this respect, editorial decisions should be guided by where the scientific consensus might be found on any given topic, if it can in fact be determined.”



Can we talk about how the Bundy Ranch people are actually shooting people now?

17 June 2014 - 06:30 PM

The couple in Las Vegas who opened fire on cops before committing suicide attended a Bundy Ranch rally


And today a self-described "soverign citizen" shot, but fortunately didn't kill a Bureau of Land Management officer in Nevada


Anybody still want to defend this "movement"? Everyman?

I no longer fear hell, for I have endured FedEx customer service

31 May 2014 - 04:35 PM

"Please tell me what I can help you with."
"Track a package."
(tells me exact same thing I could get online)
"Please tell me what I can help you with."
"Package did not arrive on time."
(tells me exact same tracking information, does not let me speak with anyone)
"Please tell me what I can help you with."
"Speak with a representative."
"Please let me know what you're calling about so I can better assist you."

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul both noncommittal on getting rid of Kentucky's health...

30 May 2014 - 09:13 PM



Mitch McConnell tries to claim that Kynect, Kentucky's state health care exchange, is unconnected to Obamacare at the federal level, but it wouldn't exist if the ACA wasn't passed. Kynect was one of the better working sites when everything launched in the fall. When the ACA works like it's supposed to and when it's not called Obamacare, people like the thing and complete repeal becomes an untenable position, even in Kentucky.