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Scientists to ‘fast'track’ evidence linking global warming to wild weather

October 4, 2014 - 2:27am
Independent (U.K.), by Tom Bawden Posted By: Desert Fox- Sat, 04 06 2014 08:06:58 GMT Scientists are to challenge the climate'change sceptics by vastly improving the speed with which they can prove links between a heatwave or other extreme weather event and man'made changes to the atmosphere. It typically takes about a year to determine whether human'induced global warming played a role in a drought, storm, torrential downpour or heatwave – and how big a role it played. This allows climate sceptics to dismiss any given extreme event as part of the “natural weather variation” in the immediate aftermath, while campaigners automatically blame it on global warming. By the time the truth comes out most people have lost

´Hope and Change´: Great for the 1%

October 4, 2014 - 2:27am
American Thinker, by Silvio Canto Jr. Posted By: Desert Fox- Sat, 04 04 2014 08:04:27 GMT It wasn´t supposed to be this way, especially for the candidate running preaching "social justice." According to this Wall Street Journal editorial, the Obama presidency has been just "dandy" for the top 1%. In the latest grim tiding of the public mood, merely 42% think the American dream that "if you work hard, you´ll get ahead" remains true, down from 53% in 2012 and 50% in 2010. According to the Public Religion Research Institute poll last week, the steepest declines in belief in the last two years were among people under age 30 (down 16 percentage points), women (14 points) and Democrats (17). In

Firmly safeguard rule of law in HK

October 4, 2014 - 1:27am
Xinhua News / People´s Daily [China], by Editorial Posted By: PageTurner- Sat, 04 33 2014 06:33:04 GMT BEIJING '' Democracy and the rule of law are interdependent, and a democracy without the rule of law will only bring havoc, says a commentary to be carried by Saturday´s People´s Daily. In recent days, protests have been staged in Hong Kong in the name of seeking "real universal suffrage," causing traffic jams, less tourists, the stock market plunging and the suspension of schools and stores. "All these chaotic scenes have caused worries and irritation among Hong Kong citizens," says the commentary on the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China Central Committee. According to the article, the so'called "Occupy Central" protests

White House Ebola experts say ´it is entirely possible we will see another case´ as Americans fear virus that ´kills in a high percentage and kills quickly´

October 4, 2014 - 1:27am
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 04 27 2014 06:27:25 GMT Health experts assembled by the White House conceded on Friday that a second case of Ebola could be identified in the U.S. But they defiantly insisted that the epidemic plaguing western Africa will not rise to the level of a major American outbreak. [Snip] But the overall feeling of the sparsely attended afternoon press conference was one of complacency, with the Obama administration´s top Ebola spear'catchers saying over and over that Americans have nothing to fear even though the government has no plans to close airports to planes originating in at the disease´s ground'zero.

Health officials admit response to Ebola case in Dallas was ´rocky´ as concerns grow over why the infected patient was turned away from hospital and how*

October 4, 2014 - 12:27am
Daily Mail [UK], by Wills Robinson Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 04 01 2014 06:01:27 GMT Health officials have admitted their response to the potential Ebola outbreak in Texas has been ‘rocky’''amid growing concern over how a patient with the virus was able to get through customs, was initially turned away from hospital with painkllers and Hazmat teams then took five days to properly quarantine his relatives. [Snip] However, during the press conference he also said things did go right''mentioning that Thomas Eric Duncan was now in isolation and being treated properly. But he ignored the length of time of the response and the fact that hundreds of people may have been unnecessarily exposed to the

We’ve made the Ebola crisis worse

October 3, 2014 - 11:24pm
Telegraph [UK], by Geoffrey Lean Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 04 45 2014 04:45:50 GMT It is the stuff that nightmares are made of, and day by day it is getting worse. The Ebola epidemic, says Dr Margaret Chan, director'general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), is now “the greatest peacetime challenge” since the Second World War. Yet her own organisation’s tardiness, partly caused by cuts, together with reductions in''and misuse of''funds elsewhere, are largely responsible for Ebola spiralling out of control. [Snip] It’s just the beginning. At present the numbers of people infected are thought to be doubling in under 30 days''and the blue'chip US Center for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that, if Ebola

New Mexico hopes ´singing road´ curbs speeding

October 3, 2014 - 11:24pm
Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: Ribicon- Sat, 04 39 2014 04:39:35 GMT Tijeras, N.M. ' New Mexico transportation officials are hoping an experiment along historic Route 66 will curb speeding. Tigress Productions is creating a ´singing road´ between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras for a new National Geographic Channel series dubbed Crowd Control. The show will debut in November. The road uses a series of rumble strips to create music. The driver will hear the tune as long as the speed limit is obeyed. There are only a few such ´singing roads´ in the world. (Snip) He says the goal of the experiment is to change driver behavior in a fun way

Obama administration attempts to quell fears about Ebola

October 3, 2014 - 11:24pm
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr. Posted By: Dreadnought- Sat, 04 32 2014 04:32:42 GMT The Obama administration sought Friday to tamp down fears of an Ebola outbreak within the U.S., making the case that America’s infrastructure and health care systems set it apart from the horrific scenes coming out of West Africa, even as a confirmed case in Dallas and recent scares in the nation’s capital prompt fears of a domestic problem. “The United States is prepared to deal with the crisis,” Lisa Monaco, homeland security adviser to President Obama, told reporters at a White House briefing on the response to the deadly virus. At the same time, officials said they understood the alarm

Economy improving, but muddled progress could hurt Democrats in midterm elections

October 3, 2014 - 11:24pm
Washington Post, by Ylan Q. Mui and and Katie Zezima Posted By: Dreadnought- Sat, 04 28 2014 04:28:51 GMT The U.S. economy is back on solid ground six years after the Great Recession, new data showed Friday, but President Obama and other Democrats are struggling to convince voters ahead of the midterm elections that they deserve the credit for the rebound. The government reported that the unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent in September, the lowest level since the dark days of the 2008 financial crisis. Job growth surged to 248,000 in what was the final snapshot of the nation’s labor market before voters head to the polls in November. Obama on Friday seized on the numbers, pleading with

Can a Republican win the Hispanic vote in Texas?

October 3, 2014 - 11:24pm
Washington Post, by Joshua Partlow Posted By: Dreadnought- Sat, 04 26 2014 04:26:18 GMT RIO GRANDE CITY, Tex. — Ruben Villarreal knew he was different, and it had nothing to do with his curlicue mustache. The Latino tire'shop owner with the ten' gallon hat had been mayor of this border town for several years before he dared to discuss his political affiliation. He felt like a “cactus around balloons.” “It’s not easy being Republican,” he said, “when everybody’s a Democrat.” As long as anyone can remember, the South Texas counties that make up the Rio Grande Valley have been two things: Hispanic and blue'as'the'big'sky Democrat. In Hidalgo County, along the Rio Grande, the locals say

Why Is First Lady Scarce in Campaign? Her Last Name Is Obama

October 3, 2014 - 11:24pm
New York Times, by Jackie Calmes Posted By: Scottyboy- Sat, 04 24 2014 04:24:48 GMT MILWAUKEE — She can rouse a crowd as she did here this week, connect with women and drive turnout among African'American voters. Yet despite the nail'biting closeness of state contests to decide which party will control the Senate, Michelle Obama has been largely absent from the campaign trail so far. She has her reasons, Democrats say: Mrs. Obama hates to be away from her daughters. She loathes Washington’s toxic politics. She resents Republicans for their opposition to her husband’s agenda. But she also believes some Senate Democrats have been insufficiently supportive of her own efforts to end childhood obesity.

Dallas Ebola case spurs concern about hospital readiness

October 3, 2014 - 11:24pm
Washington Post, by Lena H. Sun* Posted By: Dreadnought- Sat, 04 23 2014 04:23:46 GMT A Washington'area hospital announced Friday that it had admitted a patient with symptoms and a travel history associated with Ebola. The case has not been confirmed, but the number of similar incidents around the country and a confirmed Ebola patient in Dallas have spurred concerns about whether U.S. hospitals are as prepared to deal with the virus as federal officials insist they are. Since July, hospitals around the country have reported more than 100 cases involving Ebola'like symptoms to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials there said. Only one patient so far — Thomas Duncan in Dallas

More U.S. troops being sent to battle Ebola

October 3, 2014 - 10:24pm
USA Today, by Tom Vanden Brook and David Jackson Posted By: NorthernDog- Sat, 04 52 2014 03:52:47 GMT WASHINGTON — As Obama administration officials sought to reassure Americans about efforts to contain Ebola in the wake of the first U.S. case, the military announced Friday that an additional 1,000 troops could be sent to West Africa to help fight the virus. And that number could go higher than that, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary. "I´m not going to put a floor or ceiling on this," Kirby said. President Obama initially ordered 3,000 troops to West Africa to help build hospitals, labs and treatment centers and provide logistics help. They are not going to treat Ebola

The surprising Ebola connection to chocolate

October 3, 2014 - 10:24pm
Los Angeles Times, by Carla Hall Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 04 52 2014 03:52:24 GMT Just when you thought you knew all the consequences of the Ebola pandemic, here’s another one: it could affect the supply of chocolate. Of course that doesn’t rise to the seriousness of illness and death, but it does show how much Ebola affects trade and production. An estimated 70% of the world’s cocoa beans come from the West African countries of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon. Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer, exporting 37.8% of the world’s cocoa, according to the Wall Street Journal. (In fact, Ivory Coast just posted a record harvest and the government increased its

First Lady marks 22nd anniversary with tweet

October 3, 2014 - 10:24pm
CBS News, by Staff Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 04 46 2014 03:46:33 GMT President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated 22 years of marriage Friday and the husband'in'chief offered marriage advice to a new bride while at a stop in Princeton, Indiana. "He´ll screw up a bunch," Mr. Obama said. "Eventually we learn, but it takes us a little longer, because we´re not as smart." For her part, the first lady, who Obama said "has been very patient with me," tweeted a photo from their wedding, which took place Oct. 3, 1992, wishing her spouse a happy anniversary. (Tweet)