…Poems attributed to Queen Elizabeth I
On Monsieur’s Departure
BY QUEEN ELIZABETH I
I grieve and dare not show my discontent,
I love and yet am forced to seem to hate,
I do, yet dare not say I ever meant,
I seem stark mute but inwardly do prate.
I am and not, I freeze and yet am burned,
Since from myself another self I turned.
My care is like my shadow in the sun,
Follows me flying, flies when I pursue it,
Stands and lies by me, doth what I have done.
His too familiar care doth make me rue it.
No means I find to rid him from my breast,
Till by the end of things it be supprest.
Some gentler passion slide into my mind,
For I am soft and made of melting snow;
Or be more cruel, love, and so be kind.
Let me or float or sink, be high or low.
Or let me live with some more sweet content,
Or die and so forget what love ere meant.
The death rate has gone from 50% to 70%
Global health officials said Tuesday that the death rate in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 70 percent, up from 50 percent.
The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement at a news conference in Geneva, where officials said there could be up to 10,000 new cases of the virus every week within two months.
A total of 4,447 people have died from Ebola this year, the WHO said, while 8,914 have been sickened. Experts believe the real number of Ebola victims is much bigger than the official figures due to difficulties in reporting the cases.
WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Bruce Aylward underscored the need for a more robust international response to Ebola with a timetable.
If the effort to fight Ebola is not intensified within 60 days, he said, deaths will mount and the virus will become even harder to control.
The news comes as U.S. health officials try to understand how a nurse caring for an Ebola patient in Dallas contracted the virus herself.
The case, confirmed over the weekend, is the first ever transmission of Ebola in the United States and raises questions about hospitals’ preparedness to cope with infectious diseases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday it would “rethink” its strategy on Ebola, but warned reporters that it has little authority to enforce best practices at hospitals.
Everything he touches…
“Spend more Money”
Hospital staff need better training, more funding and sharper oversight to handle Ebola patients, nurses and doctors said after a caregiver in Dallas was confirmed to have caught the deadly virus.
As common sense and anything resembling conviction seems to be in extreme short supply in DC these days I am placing my faith in Old Man Winter to rein in Ebola in the Northern Hemisphere.
I’m off to offer a low-ball bid
(Reuters) – A federal judge in California announced a $30 million settlement on Friday between the United States and a vice president of Equatorial Guinea that requires him to forfeit his U.S. assets, including a collection of six life-sized statues of late singer Michael Jackson.
Teodoro Nguema Obiang, the Central African country’s second vice president, used his position of power to amass more than $300 million in the United States through corruption and money laundering, U.S. prosecutors said in court documents.
Obiang must also sell his mansion in Malibu, California, and his Ferrari, which the Justice Department said were bought with money looted from the impoverished country.
The United States was blocked from forcing Obiang to forfeit his assets in Equatorial Guinea, including a Gulfstream jet and Jackson’s famous white, crystal glove.
Oregon’s Governor unfortunately learns some more about his fiancee
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber got one hell of an October surprise, as his fiancée tearfully admitted Thursday to having a green-card marriage to an 18-year-old Ethiopian immigrant.
The stunning admission comes after an alternative newspaper first reported that Cylvia Hayes – who despite being engaged goes by the title “first lady” in the state – had been married, and divorced, three times before.
Two of those were known. But the Democratic governor to whom she’s engaged, and the public, apparently didn’t know about the third.
…Wiping away tears at a Thursday news conference, Hayes said she accepted around $5,000 to marry the immigrant, Abraham Abraham, in 1997 so that he could remain in the United States.
“It was a marriage of convenience,” Hayes said. “He needed help and I needed financial support.”
…Hayes said she was “associating with the wrong people” while struggling to put herself through college when she agreed to the sham marriage. Hayes was twice divorced and just shy of her 30th birthday when she married the Ethiopian man.
Hayes said she and the Ethiopian man never lived together, met only a handful of times and have not had any contact since the divorce was finalized in 2002.
She was 30, he was 18.
It’s not nice to piss off Mother Nature
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A hawk swooping in and attacking a drone while it was flying over a park in Massachusetts Wednesday was captured on video.
Let’s hope this happens more often.
An interview with Archie Manning
Way back when, Archie Manning never had a chance to learn the cerebral part of football while quarterbacking the sad-sack New Orleans Saints; he was too busy running for his life. “I’m paying for it now, too,” he said.
He’s 65 and coming off knee replacement and back fusion surgeries. Archie doesn’t even like to hold a football anymore, he said, “because every time I had a football in my hands some, I got hit.“
If these allegations are true heads should roll and people should go to jail
It came without warning.
It would start with a howling noise from a senior football player at Sayreville War Memorial High School, and then the locker room lights were abruptly shut off.
In the darkness, a freshman football player would be pinned to the locker room floor, his arms and feet held down by multiple upperclassmen. Then, the victim would be lifted to his feet while a finger was forced into his rectum. Sometimes, the same finger was then shoved into the freshman player’s mouth.
This disturbing hazing within the storied Sayreville football program, as told to NJ Advance Media on Wednesday by the parent of a player in the program, happened almost every day in the locker room this fall, he said.
The allegations — revealed for the first time — provide details to the events that sparked a criminal investigation by local and county police, and prompted the cancellation of the remainder of the Sayreville football season this week by Superintendent of Schools Richard Labbe.
High School athletics, much like college, get away with far too much and wield far too much power.
Because when you absolutely, positively have to lift 500 lbs over your head…
…there’s never been anyone better.
And it’s so nice that they get to take out their “issues” on the rest of us
Once you tug at the loose ends of the Rachel Noerdlinger story, the whole administration of New York mayor Bill de Blasio seems to unravel in your hands.
What a collection of…characters.
This is a storm
It looks like she’s turning much more westerly than they were reckoning yesterday.
For that we give thanks. But now it seems that the potential exists for something a bit messier: she is expected over the next few days to strengthen to a Super Typhoon, i.e. with winds in excess of 150 mph, and potentially threaten Japan.
Oh, and the chance exists of a dead-on strike at Fukushima.
What could possibly go wrong?
God, I really can’t wait for these idiots to be gone
ISTANBUL — Vice President Joe Biden apologized to the United Arab Emirates Sunday for charging that the oil-rich ally had been supporting al Qaida and other jihadi groups in Syria’s internal war, his second apology in as many days to a key participant in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists.
OMG, it is so outrageous and criminal that the female head of the Secret Service was forced to resign
Islamic State extremists have herded hundreds of women to be given to its fighters in Syria as a reward or sold as sex slaves and have summarily executed women in professions, according to the United Nations.
About 500 women and girls of the Yezidi and Christian minority communities were given to Islamic State fighters or trafficked for sale in markets in Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, according to a report published today by the UN mission in Iraq and the world body’s human-rights office in Geneva.
“Women and girls are brought with price tags for the buyers to choose and negotiate the sale. The buyers were said to be mostly youth from the local communities,” according to the 29-page report, which cites testimony from witnesses and surviving victims. “Apparently ISIL was ‘selling’ these Yezidi women to the youth as a means of inducing them to join their ranks.”
This is what the Unicorn Whisperer considers the JV Team.
Because, if one goes by the wisdom so passionately imparted by his speeches, the real enemy is of course Fox News.
…it turns out that things are a bit more…complicated
Last night’s post was based on the understanding that our dear patient in Dallas didn’t know he was infected, and happened to get exposed as he was making a planned trip to visit family in the United States. That would indicate that it would be a comparatively isolated incident (around twenty people exposed and will be monitored).
That no longer appears to be the case.
More below the fold. I apologize in advance for the length of this, but there’s a lot to talk about…
Okay, so here’s what we know as of this evening…
Our patient’s name appears to be Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia. Check out Bryan Preston’s brief rundown of the NY Times article.
He came into direct contact with a friend who had Ebola. He rode with her in a taxi and carried her from the taxi to a hospital on September 15, four days before he flew to the United States. She was turned away from the hospital because the Ebola ward was full.
She died of Ebola early the following morning. Her brother also got sick and shows Ebola symptoms. That was at the same time that Duncan started getting sick. He left Liberia and arrived in Texas on September 20. Six days later he sought treatment at Texas Presbyterian Hospital, and was sent home. He returned two days later, and has been confirmed to be infected with Ebola.
Duncan also abruptly quit his job on September 4, so he might have already planned the trip to see his family in the U.S.
But he certainly knew that he had been exposed to Ebola by the time he boarded that plane and came to Texas, four days after his friend died of it. He must surely have known it when he first visited the Texas Presbyterian Hospital, and he must have known it when the doctors sent him home.
Editorial note: it has NOT been established that he was feeling sick prior to getting on the plane, despite the above blockquote.
Let that sink in, though: he knew he’d been exposed, and it’s not unfair to deduce that he thought to himself, “the Americans will save me”.
Read the rest of the article.
It will infuriate and concern you.
But rest assured, our border is secure.
And a lot more need to go in many many agencies
We are run by a bunch of mealy mouthed useless bureaucrats.
Get rid of all of them.
It’s true, it really is.
Further proof (not that you need it) can be found in that my first reaction to reading this was to laugh: In April there was a “Food Safety Summit” in Baltimore that hundreds attended.
And over 200 of them got sick from the chicken they were served for lunch
The pan-seared breast of Chicken Marsala served by the Baltimore Convention Center’s exclusive caterer was the food item most commonly consumed by the 216 attendees sickened by the lunch served last April 9 at the Food Safety Summit’s annual conference. It was likely contaminated with Clostridium perfringens (C. perfringens), a spore-forming gram-positive bacterium commonly found on raw meat and poultry.
Seen on a street in Rochester, MN, this past July
An Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile.
via Maggie’s Farm I guess I’ll never be Top 10% in anything
Do you drink a glass of wine with dinner every night? That puts you in the top 30 percent of American adults in terms of per-capita alcohol consumption. If you drink two glasses, that would put you in the top 20 percent.
But in order to break into the top 10 percent of American drinkers, you would need to drink more than two bottles of wine with every dinner. And you’d still be below-average among those top 10 percenters.
The top 10 percent of American drinkers – 24 million adults over age 18 – consume, on average, 74 alcoholic drinks per week. That works out to a little more than four-and-a-half 750 ml bottles of Jack Daniels, 18 bottles of wine, or three 24-can cases of beer. In one week.
Or, if you prefer, 10 drinks per day.
Mind you, I could give that a shot on any given day.
But not per day.
I can not believe it.
My Bride’s only 29…how can we possibly have a 21-yr-old???????
And now she’s spreading her wings…
We love you so, Dear Sweet Girl.
The blueberry and ginger flavor in these creamy desserts are a better mix than the sisterly duo in Woody Allen’s dramedy about a crumbling socialite. But the extravagant Jasmine and the blue collar Ginger do have their sweet sides, to be sure. Dish out these mini parfaits as Cate Blanchett and Sallie Hawkins each vie for gold statuettes on Oscar night.??MPE Realisations Limited formerly Land and Marine Project Engineering Limited
At least I think this was spam…
They had some nice fresh new beers on tap:
This is the first pint of their “Leonardville Lager”
Lightly carbonated and very full-bodied for a lager. Tasty.
And for you Oktober Festers they have a “Munchen Dark”
Nice and caramel/chocolaty.
I really like having a brewer in town where you can just hang out with the guys making the beer and shoot the breeze.
At least 30 hikers are dead according to CNN.
Good lord, those poor folks…when that ash cloud comes roaring down at you there’s no where to run.