Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Doctors Without Borders nurse Kaci Hickox will disobey Ebola quarantine

Doctors Without Borders nurse Kaci Hickox will disobey a 21-day quarantine meant to keep her isolated during Ebola's potential incubation period.

Hickox tested negative for Ebola when she arrived at Newark, New Jersey, airport and has since returned to her hometown in Maine. She told Today's Matt Lauer she won't follow Maine's guidelines to remain in self-quarantine because she hasn't shown any symptoms for the disease — not even a fever — since she returned from Sierra Leone.

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Why an Ebola travel ban is a bad idea, explained in 2 minutes

A few isolated cases of Ebola in the US have touched off a spate of hyperventilating about Ebola, including Republican calls for a travel ban and quarantines announced in New York, New Jersey, and the US Army.  But to prevent Ebola from becoming a true threat in the US, we need to stop it in West Africa.

Orbital Sciences Had Slated Its Soviet Rocket Engines for Retirement - Businessweek

Orbital Sciences Had Slated Its Soviet Rocket Engines for Retirement - Businessweek: "Even before the launch destruction of an Orbital Sciences (ORB) Antares rocket, the commercial space company was planning to retire the half-century-old Russian engines suspected as a potential cause of the failure.

The Soviet-era AJ-26 engine was designed in the 1960s as part of Russia’s space race with the U.S., originally envisioned as a way to propel cosmonauts to the moon. The engines are “refurbished and Americanized,” Frank Culbertson, the Orbital Sciences executive in charge of the NASA program, said Tuesday night in a news conference, defending the AJ-26 as “very robust and rugged” and with a successful track record."

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Ted Cruz's deputy chief of staff suggests Ebola spread to the US because of Obamacare - Vox

Ted Cruz's deputy chief of staff suggests Ebola spread to the US because of Obamacare - Vox: "Nick Muzin, a senior advisor and deputy chief of staff for strategy to Republican Senator Ted Cruz, posted a tweet on Thursday night suggesting that Obamacare was somehow responsible for the spread of Ebola:"

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Why is Ebola less deadly in America than in Africa? - Vox

Why is Ebola less deadly in America than in Africa? - Vox: "So far, every story of an American infected with Ebola has ended happily, most recently, with today's news that Dallas nurse Nina Pham — the first patient to contract Ebola in the US — has been discharged from hospital, Ebola-free.

Beating the virus has become a familiar, almost expected, narrative here: Seven out of the eight Ebola patients treated in the United States have survived. These are hugely better outcomes than in Africa, where approximately 70 percent of patients die."

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Justice Department condemns Ferguson leaks as effort to sway opinion - LA Times

Justice Department condemns Ferguson leaks as effort to sway opinion - LA Times: "New details from the inquiry into Michael Brown’s Aug. 9 death — all provided by unidentified sources and which seem to support Officer Darren Wilson’s story of what happened that day — have emerged in St. Louis and national news outlets in recent days.

The U.S. Department of Justice condemned the leaks Wednesday as “irresponsible and highly troubling” and said, “There seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case.”"

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Larry Summers: Worry About Deflation Not Inflation | Here & Now

Larry Summers: Worry About Deflation Not Inflation | Here & Now: "On the national debt and spending

“We saw yesterday that the deficit was 2.8 percent of GDP. And that is smaller relative to GDP than we’ve had on average over the last 40 years. That’s a pretty good deficit figure.

“Are there issues for the long run? Yes there are. But we have had a massive excess of focus on financial debt, but I’m much more worried about the legacy we are leaving our children of inadequate infrastructure.”"

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