Wednesday News Nug-Nots

October 8, 2014

newsmanFog still hanging early Wednesday afternoon here on California’s north coast — another autumn sequence on the road to wintertime.
And with the fog, there was no “blood moon” for us this pre-dawn morning — not so elsewhere, depending on location, the phenomenon was “very spectacular.”
But online, the choice location: Except on the Internet, where everyone was in the right place at the right time all night.

Bloody the news, though.

(Illustration found here).

Although I was awake way-early, I didn’t see the moon with my naked, or otherwise, digital eye. The news cycle mid-week was interrupted by another spectacular, though, way-ugly event, which will parade across media all day — that Ebola guy in Texas has died.
Via CNN:

Thomas Eric Duncan, a man with Ebola who traveled to the United States from Liberia, died Wednesday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the hospital said.
He had been in critical condition after being diagnosed with the virus in mid-September.
People who had contact with the 42-year-old Liberian national are being monitored for symptoms.

The Ebola virus can live in dead bodies, the CDC says, and it can be transmitted after death if the body is cut, body fluids are splashed, or if the body is handled.
Only personnel trained in handling infected human remains, wearing protective gear, should touch or move Ebola-infected remains, the agency says.
An autopsy should be avoided, it says, but if one is necessary, the CDC should be consulted.

According Texas health officials, Duncan’s body is to be cremated. After effects of this will be scooped up and trashed about seemingly forever. And after-the fact action — via HuffPost:

People traveling from West Africa will have their temperatures taken via “non-contact thermometer” at five U.S. airports, according to the announcement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Screening starts at New York’s JFK International Airport on Saturday, with Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago-O’Hare and Atlanta international airports following next week.
Officials said 94 percent of travelers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone come to the U.S. through those five airports.

And on, and on…

Ironic-like side news with a new report out today from the US Centers for Disease Control about the good, longer-lasting American life.
From UPI:

The report shows life expectancy in 2012 among Americans is at 78.8 years — which is a record high.
That’s .1 years higher from 2011 when it was 78.7 years.
Break down the numbers by the sexes and the news is better for women, worse for men.
Average life expectancy for women is 81.2; for men, it’s 76.4 years.
Other findings include that Black males have the highest death rates.
It also found that Black females have a higher rate of death than White women.
The report’s authors say the reason is African Americans have higher rates of heart disease than other races and have double the rate of hypertension as non-Hispanic whites; the rate of homicide, considered an unintentional injury, for blacks is 5.2 per 100,000 population, compared to 2.5 for non-Hispanic whites.

Unless your nose goes whacky — from the Economist:

You are more likely to die within five years if you cannot recognise common smells than if you have ever been diagnosed with one of those more obviously deadly illnesses.

No one is suggesting that not being able to smell led directly to any of the deaths.
Rather, the researchers think that smell may be the “canary in the coal mine of human health”.
They note that olfaction relies on a turnover of stem cells (from which other sorts of cell develop) to maintain its functioning.
Not being able to smell, they speculate, may signal a more general inability to regenerate and renew.

That whole thing smells.

And finally, in another ironic note in the funny, but way-dangerous category, with a possible demise the old-fashioned American way — this from OregonLive:

According to Gresham police, William Coleman III was talking to his cousin near 172nd and Glisan at about 2:10 a.m. on Saturday while openly carrying the gun he had purchased on Friday.
Coleman said a man, about 19- to 23-years-old, approached them, asking for a cigarette.
Coleman said the man then inquired about Coleman’s weapon, then pulled a pistol from his own waistband and said, “I like your gun. Give it to me.”
Coleman handed over his new handgun and the suspect left on foot.

The armed gun-stealing gunman is reportedly still at large. Oregon has an open-carry thingy.

Of course, there’s all kinds of other, much-uglier and gross news — and that’s just shit out of DC — from across the country and around the world.
And all the ships at sea.

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