Friday, September 30, 2005

WHO: Impossible to estimate pandemic deaths

Might be a good time to go GREEN!

GENEVA - The U.N. health agency on Friday said it was impossible to estimate how many people would die from a new influenza pandemic, adding that it has warned countries to prepare for a death toll of up to 7.4 million.

ìWe think that this is the most reasoned position,î said World Health Organization spokesman Dick Thompson, warning that ìyou could pick almost any number.î

On Thursday, Dr. David Nabarro ó the new U.N. coordinator for avian and human influenza ó had warned that the ìrange of deaths could be anything between 5 and 150 millionî from a new pandemic.

Posted by loni on 09/30 at 01:02 PM in International
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There’s a new $10 bill coming out.  Here’s a picture of it.


Posted by SPN on 09/30 at 12:41 PM in Blogging
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Arctic ice melting faster as temperatures climb

‘Best answer is warming,’ say researchers, who predict trend to continue

New satellite observations show that sea ice in the Arctic is melting faster while air temperatures in the region are rising sharply, scientists say.

Since 2002, satellite data have revealed unusually early springtime melting in areas north of Siberia and Alaska. Now the melting trend has spread throughout the Arctic, according to a national collaboration of scientists.

The latest observations through September show that melting in 2005 began a record 17 days earlier than usual.

Posted by loni on 09/30 at 11:23 AM in International
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Senate OKs $4 billion to fight bird flu

Health officials fear virus will mutate and trigger a worldwide outbreak

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Thursday to provide $4 billion to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stockpile anti-flu medicine to protect people against bird flu and prepare for a potential outbreak.

By voice vote, senators agreed to tack the proposal onto next yearís $440 billion defense spending bill. The Senate still must approve the overall defense bill, and a vote is expected next week. Then, the Senate must work out a final version with the House, which did not include money for bird flu preparedness in its defense bill.

In recent weeks, the United States has stepped up preparations in case the virus ó which has already killed or led to the slaughter of millions of birds in Asia and Europe ó sparks an influenza pandemic.

Posted by loni on 09/30 at 11:19 AM in Politics
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As Red Cross’ coffers fill, critics question efficiency

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 09/30/05
After Hurricane Katrina forced thousands of storm victims into metro Atlanta, Krista Brewer did something she had wanted to do for years: She volunteered with the American Red Cross.

“I’ll never do it again,” she said. “It was the most disorganized thing I’d ever seen.”

Brewer and other volunteers who helped the Red Cross care for 39,000 displaced families in Georgia describe an agency where no one seemed in charge at shelters and where rules for storm victims changed daily.

Posted by loni on 09/30 at 11:11 AM in Blogging
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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Woman pleads guilty to molesting 8-year-old

I found this quite disturbing but then again they say she is disturbed also....

Connecticut secretary admits sexual contact with boy, faces prison term
Updated: 2:38 p.m. ET Sept. 19, 2005

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - A 30-year-old woman who believed she was in a ìfantasy relationshipî with her daughterís 8-year-old playmate admitted having repeated sexual contact with the boy and accepted a plea deal Monday that likely will send her to prison for six years.

Tammy Imre pleaded guilty to two counts of risk of injury to a minor, a reduced charge that the boyís family accepted to spare both children time on the witness stand.

Imre, a secretary, was arrested in November on sexual assault charges after the boyís mother found a letter that Imre wrote.

In the letter, police said, Imre told the boy that she didnít ìwant anyone but you. Now tomorrow itís supposed to rain, you can come over we can (you know what). Love ya! I want you!î

Imre admitted engaging in sexual acts with the boy but said the kissing and fondling stopped short of sexual intercourse. The two were in bed together naked at least once, she admitted Monday.

Posted by loni on 09/29 at 02:56 PM in Blogging
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Please Georgie, don’t open that can of “Whoop Ass” on us!!


Posted by SPN on 09/29 at 02:13 PM in Politics
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Federal Judge, Civil Rights Lawyer, Constance Baker Motley Dies
Federal Judge, Civil Rights Lawyer Dies
By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press Writer

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NEW YORK - When she was 15, Constance Baker Motley was turned away from a public beach because she was black. It was only then _ even though her mother was active in the NAACP _ that the teenager really became interested in civil rights.

She went to law school and found herself fighting racism in landmark segregation cases, including Brown v. Board of Education. Motley also broke barriers herself: She was the first black woman elected to the New York state Senate and the first black woman appointed to the federal bench.

Motley, who would have celebrated her 40th anniversary on the bench next year, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at NYU Downtown Hospital, said her son, Joel Motley III. She was 84.

Posted by SPN on 09/29 at 12:23 PM in Racism / Prejudice
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Does having GOD on the side of a country make it a better country?  Some say, “No”.

It certainly makes the country worse when it chooses religion edicts over common sense and rational thought.  Of, course that just my opinion.  I’m not expert either way.,,1-2-1798944-2,00.html
Societies worse off ‘when they have God on their side’
By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

RELIGIOUS belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.

According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems.

The study counters the view of believers that religion is necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society.

It compares the social peformance of relatively secular countries, such as Britain, with the US, where the majority believes in a creator rather than the theory of evolution. Many conservative evangelicals in the US consider Darwinism to be a social evil, believing that it inspires atheism and amorality.

Posted by SPN on 09/29 at 11:06 AM in Religion / Sprituality
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Bill Bennett Says: Abort Black Babies to Reduce Crime

I always knew that the white right didn’t really care about abortion unless it meant their children.

by susanhu
Wed Sep 28th, 2005 at 09:07:24 PM EDT

Bill Bennett—Reagan’s former Secretary of Education—declared on his satellite radio show today that “you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.”

Bennett was discussing the decline in the crime rate—apparently inspired by “the claim that legalized abortion has reduced crime rates, which was posited in the book Freakonomics (William Morrow, May 2005) by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.” (Media Matters)

Posted by Nuttshell on 09/29 at 12:16 AM in Racism / Prejudice
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