Scientists last week discovered several vials of smallpox — one of the deadliest diseases known to man — in an unused storage room at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Officials say there’s no health risk from the vials — either to NIH employees or the public. The vials of smallpox, which apparently date from the 1950s, were “immediately secured” in a CDC containment lab, according to a CDC statement. NIH officials alerted the CDC about the smallpox July 1.
Smallpox killed about one-third of its victims. It devastated populations around the world for at least 3,000 years until being officially eradicated by vaccines in 1980. There is ongoing concern that smallpox could be used in a bioterrorist attack.
The smallpox samples were found in a lab run by the Food and Drug Administration. Scientists discovered the vials when preparing to move to the FDA’s main campus in Silver Spring, Md.
A government aircraft took the smallpox vials to CDC’s high-containment facility in Atlanta on Monday, according to the CDC statement. Overnight genetic testing in a top-security lab confirmed that the vials did indeed contain smallpox, but CDC officials say they will need to do additional tests to find out whether the smallpox is viable or able to reproduce and spread. Testing could take up to two weeks. CDC scientists will destroy the smallpox samples after finishing the tests.
I can only hope your life becomes an unending hell there.
Tyrone Dale David Woodfork beat Bob Strait a partially deaf 89-year-old World War II veteran, and Nancy, 84 years old and legally blind, had been married for 65 years and had lived in their home in Tulsa for more than 40 years at the time of the attack.
She died the next day –he raped her as well.
Mr Strait died the next month.
I can only hope someone in prison wipes the floor with him.
It is too bad they are too stupid to figure out how to execute people in Oklahoma. Maybe the officials should ask Woodfork. He knows how to kill.
New York cabbie suspended for sporting Nazi armband on duty
The city Taxi and Limousine Commission has suspended Gabriel Diaz for 30 days. Diaz, who also says we’ve been told ‘lies’ about the Holocaust, believes TLC infringed on his free speech. The Dominican cabbie says ‘if a homosexual can walk around with a big rainbow flag,’ he can wear his Nazi armband.
Here’s a first — a Dominican Nazi who drives a cab in New York and denies the existence of the Holocaust.
A clueless cabbie named Gabriel Diaz has been suspended for wearing a Nazi swastika armband while on duty — and he whines that his rights are being violated.
“If a Muslim can drive a cab wearing a turban, if a homosexual can walk around with a big rainbow flag, why can’t a person like me wear a Nazi armband?” an unrepentant Diaz said Friday after the city cracked down on him.
Diaz, 27, who believes the races should live with their own “kind” and doesn’t go in for that multiculturalism “stuff,” said he’s aware that as a Dominican he lacks the blond hair and blue eyes of the supposed Master Race.
But he doesn’t care.
“I know it’s very controversial that a non-white is wearing a Nazi armband,” he said. “Whoever said you had to be white to be a National Socialist?”
A cabbie since November 2011, Diaz got a slap on the wrist for wearing the swastika on his arm. He was cited for “acts against the best interest of the public” and won’t be allowed to pick up fares for 30 days, a city Taxi and Limousine Commission official confirmed.
Photos obtained by the agency show Diaz driving in Manhattan traffic with the swastika clearly visible on his left forearm.
Dressed in a cruddy T-shirt outside his Bronx home, Diaz told the Daily News the TLC infringed on his free speech.
“I’m going to wear it, but not while driving a cab because there’s a lot of crybabies out there in Manhattan, a lot of liberal crybabies, who cry every time they see a symbol of hate,” he sneered.
Then Diaz gleefully expounded on his warped worldview and appeared happy to have an audience.
“We believe in racial separation and racial segregation,” he said.
What about the fact that the Nazis murdered six million Jews?
“We’ve been told lies about Hitler,” Diaz insisted, adding that he developed his ideas about the Nazi leader from the Internet.
Asked directly about the Holocaust, the suspended cabbie sounded off his rocker.
“That is another subject,” Diaz said. “We’ve been told lies about everything.”
Diaz’s neighbors in the Throgs Neck section said they’d never heard of a Dominican Nazi before.
“I’m surprised because he’s Dominican,” said a woman who identified herself as Nelly.
Earlier, Diaz’s exasperated brother admitted he was wearing his barbaric beliefs on his sleeve.
“He took it too far,” Kevin Diaz told The News. “I’ve told him that he needs to keep his personal beliefs personal.”
The cabbie had some choice words for gays too.
“If I have to apologize, then a homosexual has to apologize for being a homosexual, for being open and gay,” he said.
Diaz’s father doesn’t agree with his son’s beliefs.
“He needs help!” a frustrated Juan Diaz yelled. “Forget all that he say.”
On his LinkedIn page, Gabriel Diaz lists his expertise as “acting,” “people skills” and “fast typer” and says he is a 2006 graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in The Bronx, a respected Catholic school that requires all students to study the Holocaust.
Capital Punishment is older than Dirt…it is even prescribed in the Bible for all sorts of misdemeanors.
The numbers for support for Capital Punishment are dropping. Most recently 60% of the population supported it from 80%.
Despite the fact that I think it is perfectly OK for the state to execute people who have done heinous crimes, I think we need to rethink what we are doing.
First: The Justice system is B-R-O-K-E-N. It is so broken that I don’t need to even spell it out—we all acknowledge that is slow, unwieldy, unfair, inflexible and unclear.
Second: If we are going to execute people for raping and killing children or raping, shooting and burying alive young women, or torturing people etc etc , then we need an ironclad way of doing it so it is swift, and Non cruel and Non Unusual.
Every state should be required to have a public referendum on if they want executions to begin with and then if so, what for…. A public debate and then a public vote. It should be made clear that we will ONLY execute people who it has been proven have done something that is so outrageous that their life is forfeit. Then we should spell out a 3 year fast track for executions. If you are found Guilty of an executable crime, then you have 3 years to appeal it and prove you didn’t. With all the bullshit government we have surely we can provide a system that gets people executed quickly and not in 25 years of appeals. That’s bullshit.
Finally: It is time to decide how to do it and to hire people to do it well. No more Amateur Hour. The governor of Oklahoma should be ashamed. The way they did that this week was horrific. There are plenty of people who can start IV’s. There are plenty of other drugs too – you could have given him 100 mg of Valium IV to knock him out or Propofol….anything…then you can give the curare to stop the breathing and Potassium to stop the heart. This isn’t rocket science. There are Thousands of people who give anesthesia every day who could do this in their their sleep. I don’t know what was wrong with those people on Oklahoma but they need to up their game – that was pathetic.
Alex Moore a PETA staff member somewhere near Ankeny Iowa has asked the DOT to allow him to erect a 10 ft high temporary memorial to 500 dead turkeys.that died in a traffic accident.
Mr Moore – do you have any ( ANY !) idea how Stupid you sound to people here in Iowa ??
These people raise turkeys, chickens, cattle and hogs to feed people. They make a living from it. They see 500 dead turkeys and they see money going up in smoke not tragedy. The turkeys died a few hours earlier than scheduled on their way to slaughter….
As a Veg for over 40 years, I understand your position. I do. I haven’t tasted turkey since 1971 —I presume, from your naivete, way before you were conceived. But statements and requests like yours do accomplish these things – FIrst – you are now the laughingstockl of the World Press. Google News your name and people are laughing at you all over the world. Second: You are pissing off ALL the farmers here with your nonsense. and Third: you are alienating people who eat Vegan ( like myself and my family) from joining your causes. I do not want to be associated even remotely with you. You are a joke. I am seriously going to go out and buy a PETA T shirt that reads People for the Eating of Tasty Animals and wear it just to protest YOUR stupidity. I hope I have been Blunt enough to get your attention long enough for you to process this. You are working against what you want.
No one can possibly pay any serious attention to what you want because they are so busy laughing at you. You might as well adopt Clown suits as uniforms.
Dear family survivors of MH 370 – I don’t want to appear cold or uncaring, but it is time to get on with your lives. OOur mutual governments have somehow decided to spend over 50 million dollars already looking for the bloated corpses of your loved ones. Surely by now, you have figured out that everyone died – there are NO survivors.
It is Over.
While the governments plan on spending upwards of another 200 Million dollars finding and raising the pieces of the airplane. it is long overdue for all of us , you included to put this behind us.
I mean How many CNN Breaking News Alerts can one be expected to watch with NO NEWS.
BREAKING NEWS: The Indian Ocean is Wet
BREAKING NEWS: The Indian Ocean is Deep
BREAKING NEWS: The Indian Ocean is Huge.
You get the picture.
and What Happened to the News CNN ?
You have obviously dedicated Headline News ( “HLN” ) having people upload pictures of their babies, human interest stories about people doing everyday stuff, and pop news about LIndsay Lohan, Justin, Bieber, the Kardassians, etc —Not to much the insipid and overblown coverage of the various legal trials that NONE of us want to see…..
Consider, CNN, renaming it from CNN to MH370 channel. You could have Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer do 24 hr tag team coverage of the MH 370 story— Oh WAIT –you already ARE doing that !
Maybe you should approach Quantas and Singapore Airlines as potential sponsors ? How about ACN as an alternative to CNN –The Airplane Crash Network !
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !
I have been reduced to watching Al Jazeera to find out what’s happening in the world. How lame is that ?
The last time I tried this, it worked partially when I asked that we stop hearing about Justin Bieber.
Lindsay Lohan – please go away. Just Go Away.
I don’t care if they lock you up for drugs, alcohol, drunk driving etc.
Lately, it became news who you have had intercourse with. Please keep that to yourself and to the people you have slept with. Please.
Now I am being bombarded with the news about your miscarriage/abortion.
IS THIS REALLY REALLY NECESSARY ?
I mean – do I really have to hear about when you floss your teeth and with what? If you have hemorrhoids ? Whether or not you drink you coffee black or with sugar? How often you bite your fingernails or whether or not you use a vaginal deodorant ?
Isn’t it lame enough that we have to put up with the Kardassians and every time they fart?
It isn’t like you are some sort of famous actress ? or wildly talented . or insanely beautiful.
The only things that come to mind when your name comes across my TV screen, my computer screen, etc is how much coke you snort, how drunk you are when they pull you over after you wreck your car, or who you had sex with.
Just go away. Find some nice suburb of Hollywood and disappear into Oblivion. Get old. Or NOT, I Do Not Care.
It isn’t as if I find you entertaining or amusing.
The definitive International group of scientists has published their findings, Their conclusions are pretty simple:
1. A rise of 5 degrees C will be catastrophic and it is happening.
2. It isn’t too late for us to keep the global temperature from rising up 2 C.
The problem is it will take political will and action. We must reduce emissions 40-70% to avoid catastrophe. So it isn’t going to happen. The politicians will be chest deep in water still arguing and industry will be underwater still trying to keep old technology going.
Bottom line- we are hardwired to jump into the tree just before the lions and tigers leap for us. We are not hard wired to avoid crisis in order to prevent it.
I feel bad for the next generations. I see tragedy, chaos, and essentially breakdown of a lot of civilization in the wind.
Headlines read :
<h1>Australia Confident Sounds Are from Missing Jet
Excuse me ! What did you think it was Russian Submarines ? Amelia Earhart’s plane ? Howdy Doody ?
Keechrist ! They are getting a Ping at 37.5 mHz which is THE Ping frequency. What the Hell else would be pinging them at the bottom of the ocean in the middle of freakin NoWhere ? Tinkerbelle ?
While I am at it….Why or Why are we all spending Millions and Millions of dollars looking for the Black box ? They have established the plane went down out there a month ago. There are no survivors and the plane is trash. I know they would like to find out why it crashed but is this really really worth so many millions of dollars to confirm what is the most important fact —The Plane Crashed People all dead. Game over.
They are acting like this is a free search.
It isn’t. And even if they find the recorders, so what ?
IT isn’t like this is happening daily or weekly or monthly. Or yearly. Gravity won this round. Move on.
This is a real simple correlation. It isn’t rocket science.
My clinicalobservations spanning forty years, my education, my experience in 5 years of ER and 7 years as a a Public Health Director all factor in to this opinion.
People that don’t get vaccinations don’t do it as a result of the complexities of low intelligence, poor or no education and misdirection by pseudo scientists or health -care – professional- wannabees.
People that don’t get their kids vaccinations are not very bright. They aren’t educated or sophisticated and they are led astray by “naturopaths”, chiropractors, and/or parents who need someone to blame for their kid’s shortcomings, be it autism, mental retardation, etc etc.
Pure and Simple – it is an Intelligence Test. You flunk if you do not get your kids their shots. Ignorance and Stupidity are rampant these days.
We can argue about it all you want and it won’t make any difference. People do have the right to live their own lives. We have 7 billion people on the planet –way too many –so one more or less doesn’t make that much difference as long as you aren’t THAT kid. Death by Measles, Tetanus, etc etc….Oh Well….
The rest of us should brace for more unnecessary tragedies as we see more outbreaks. There is little we can do about it.