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The magazine Dallas Weekly had a real gaffe last week with one of the most poorly timed covers in memory. Just as the city is cleaning up and sterilizing the places where Ebola victim Thomas Duncan visited after returning from Liberia, the magazine published online their latest issue, featuring the sure to be infamous cover and headline ” ‘Taste of Africa’ Comes To Dallas.”

As reported to ECDC by Belgian authorities, on 2 September 2014, following a human error, 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution were released into the environment by the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in Rixensart city, Belgium. The liquid was conducted directly to a water-treatment plant (Rosieres) and released after treatment in river Lasne affluent of river Dyle which is affluent of the Escaut/Scheldt river. Belgium’s High Council of Public Health conducted a risk assessment that concluded that the risk of infection for the population exposed to the contaminated water is extremely low due to the high level of dilution and the high vaccination coverage (95%) in Belgium.

And if 95% of the population wasn’t vaccinated…?

Prospective students in the United States who can’t afford to pay for college or don’t want to rack up tens of thousands in student debt should try their luck in Germany. Higher education is now free throughout the country, even for international students. Yesterday, Lower Saxony became the last of seven German states to abolish tuition fees, which were already extremely low compared to those paid in the United States.

Yeah, this is Merry Olde England, but give it time to become law over here. Probably start with the podcasting licensing John and Adam keep saying is coming. Do it for the children!

Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives.

They will also be barred from speaking at public events if they represent a threat to “the functioning of democracy”, under the new Extremist Disruption Orders.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will lay out plans to allow judges to ban people from broadcasting or protesting in certain places, as well as associating with specific people.

The plans — to be brought in if the Conservatives win the election in May — are part of a wide-ranging set of rules to strengthen the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

I think they should call it Windows X. This is interesting because it looks like people at Microsoft are listening when you see the list of features they restored. Makes me wonder if they can get me to switch back from Linux?

 

…There’s always some idle secession chatter in the freedom-and-independence-loving United States, too. A new poll shows one in four Americans support “the idea of your state peacefully withdrawing from the United States of America and the federal government.”

But could it ever be more than a rhetorical phenomenon in the States? It seems unlikely, given that those who benefit most from union are those most interested in secession…


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Have you heard of the $1,750-per-person “Gathering,” which started Thursday in Orlando, Florida?

Probably not. But if you’re female, gay, non-Christian, or otherwise interested in the separation of church and state, your life has been affected by it.

Daddy DUH

A new poll released Wednesday by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania found many Americans don’t know how the government works.

General Tony Zinni does an interview on The Daily Show about ISIS.

Discuss ….

When is solar electric affordable? How long does it take to pay for itself? Should I buy a system, lease a system, or let a solar vendor like SolarCity become my utility company. Do I buy in now or do I wait till it gets cheaper? And should I take the environment into account?

These are the complex questions one has to ask when buying solar. So I’ll try to deal with them in a logical order taking into account different kinds of buyers with different economics and different values. I’ll try to do the easy ones first and work my way up to interesting and tricky ways to look at the issue.

The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.

In the growing list of software that’s getting worse it seems like Google Maps and Google Navigation has made the list. Tell me if you noticed it too.

I live in the San Francisco Bay area which is huge and complex. Google navigation is a must even if I know where to go because it routes me around traffic problems that could get me stuck for hours. But in the last few months Google Maps is doing weird stuff. It get’s it wrong on most every highway intersection.

Among the privacy policies outlined by Apple in a new privacy policy webpage on Wednesday is an iOS 8 feature that makes it technically impossible for the company to decrypt a device to harvest user data, even if law enforcement agencies request it…

This has got to be good enough to make someone’s weird news section.

PRESS RELEASE: Church of Reality founder granted Trademark on REALITY®
DATE: 09-17-2014
CONTACT: Marc Perkel – marc@churchofreality.org
WEB: http://www.churchofreality.org/wisdom/trademark/

Marc Perkel, founder of the Church of Reality was granted a renewal of his registered trademark on the word REALITY in the religious and spiritual counselling category. This is the 5 year renewal period where the Church of Reality was granted the highest trademark status under federal law under Section 15 Declaration of Incontestibility.

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I think the tech media is giving Apple welfare on this device. If not for the Apple name would the tech media do anything but laugh at this device?

And – besides fighting about Apple vs. Android, what features do you think future phones will have that they don’t have today? Like – why not put infrared IP in them like they used to so the phone can be used as a TV remote? I’d love to go into a restaurant and be able to hit a button and turn off all the TV sets so I could have a quiet meal.

Will your cell phone ever replace your doctor? There’s an X-Prize to make that happen.

What features do you think cell phones will have in the future?

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