Archive for June, 2014
The news that hundreds of thousands of people will lose water supplies is not a stunning headline anymore – poor old Ukraine… or Iraq. However, this time, the ‘it couldn’t happen here’ crowd might be stunned to hear that The Motor City is playing serious hardball with residents who have fallen behind on paying their water bills. Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Department has begun turning off the taps of 150,000 residents who are at least two months behind on payments. As one advocate notes, “sick people have been left without running water and working toilets. People recovering from surgery cannot wash and change bandages. Children cannot bathe, and parents cannot cook.” Of course, given that these are generally voting members of the US public, we would be stunned if the Federal government did not create a new fund to ‘help’ them out of this ‘unfairness’
full article at source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-27/shutting-water-150k-residents-ukraine-no-detroit
Dublin Says No…We are the ordinary people of Ireland. We have taken it upon ourselves to march weekly in unity with many other communities across the country, in order to show the Government of Ireland that we ‘The People’ will resist.
We will resist the imposition of this water tax/charg…e (this will be a second charge for water as we already pay for it through taxes) and we will resist the installation of water meters.
We will resist Austerity.
We will resist Bank Bail-Outs.
We will resist Natural Resources sell-Offs.
We will resist Media Bias.
We will resist Government & Banking Corruption, Incompetence, Nepotism, Greed, Lies, Miss-Management, Political Elitism.
We want a better future for ourselves, our children, grandchildren…
We want a new political system – by the people, for the people.
We encourage anyone and everyone, no matter what your own political views are, to join us.
We each have our own political views and we each have our own visions of what the future Ireland should look like.
What we all do have in common is the fact that we want ‘change’, a change that will benefit all of us.
All we ask is that NO political banners/flags etc are carried – this is a ‘Peoples’ march.
We meet at The Central Bank, Dame St, Dublin at 12:00…each and every Sunday. Please join us.
by Tyler Durden
“The epidemic is totally out of control,” warns medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières of the deadly Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. “There is a real risk of it spreading to other areas…Ebola is no longer a public health issue limited to Guinea: it is affecting the whole of West Africa.” As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the number of cases at 362 — more than any other outbreak on record. Here’s everything you need to know about Ebola…
Ebola has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent and there is no vaccine and no known cure. The virus initially causes raging fever, headaches, muscle pain, conjunctivitis and weakness, before moving into more severe phases with vomiting, diarrhoea and haemorrhages.
“The epidemic is totally out of control,” said Bart Janssens, MSF director of operations. “With the appearance of new sites in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, there is a real risk of it spreading to other areas.”
“Ebola is no longer a public health issue limited to Guinea: it is affecting the whole of West Africa,” said Janssens, urging WHO, affected countries and their neighbours to deploy more resources especially trained medical staff.
MSF has treated some 470 patients, 215 of them confirmed cases, in specialised centres in the region but the organisation said it had reached the limit of its capacity.
Patients have been identified in more than 60 locations across the three countries making it harder to curb the outbreak.
But locals remain apparently ignorant of the risks…
The disease has not previously occurred in the region and local people remain frightened of it and view health facilities with suspicion. This makes it harder to bring it under control, MSF said in a statement.
At the same time, MSF said, a lack of understanding has meant people continue to prepare corpses and attend funerals of Ebola victims, leaving them vulnerable to the disease, transmitted by touching victims or through bodily fluids.
Civil society groups, governments and religious authorities have also failed to acknowledge the scale of the epidemic and as a result few prominent figures are promoting the fight against the disease, the statement said
full article at source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-23/mapping-africas-totally-out-control-ebola-epidemic
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has been labelling the iconic lion as ‘vulnerable’ since 1996. Various estimates show that populations have been going down by about 30–50% over each 20-year period of the second half of the 20th century. Starting with a population of around 400,000 in 1950, lions are now down to around 16,500-47,000 living in the wild based on estimates from 2002–2004 (certainly less than that now).
What’s happening? Mostly habitat loss and conflicts with humans, as well as some disease outbreaks.
The best way to illustrate just how much things have changed for lions is with the map above. The red areas show the species’ historic range, while the blue areas show where they can be found today… Sad, isn’t it?
For more on this, see our previous article about the “catastrophic collapse” of lion populations in West Africa.
While this is depressing, here’s something to bring your spirits back up