Posted by: Chuck | July 7, 2013

Week End News Break


H1N1 flu outbreak in northern Chile kills 11

05 Jul 2013 At least 11 people have been killed in an outbreak of H1N1 flu virus in northern Chile, where the rate of infection is more than six times higher than the rest of the country, according to authorities. “The average across the country is 24 patients per 100,000 residents, but in Tarapaca, in the past week, the rate was 148 patients per 100,000 residents,” Medical Association president Enrique Paris said on Thursday.

Bees dying by the millions

19 Jun 2013 Local beekeepers are finding millions of their bees dead just after corn was planted here in the last few weeks. Dave Schuit, who has a honey operation in Elmwood, Canada, lost 600 hives, a total of 37 million bees. “Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. He and many others, including the European Union, are pointing the finger at a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. used in planting corn and some other crops.

2 feet of hail blankets eastern N.M. town Santa Rosa

03 Jul 2013 the eastern New Mexico town of Santa Rosa will begin the holiday weekend with a white Independence Day. According to this report from ABQjournal.com, nearly two feet of hail fell in parts of the city about 60 miles west of Tucumcari on Interstate 40. Some of the hail — the size of golf balls — did some damage to roofs, skylights and the like.

A Disease Without a Cure Spreads Quietly in the West

05 Jul 2013 Coccidioidomycosis, known as “cocci,” is an insidious airborne fungal disease in which microscopic spores in the soil take flight on the wind or even a mild breeze to lodge in the moist habitat of the lungs and, in the most extreme instances, spread to the bones, the skin, the eyes or the brain. The infection [valley fever], which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled “a silent epidemic,” is striking more people each year, with more than 20,000 reported cases annually throughout the Southwest, especially in California and Arizona. Many scientists believe that the uptick in infections is related to  global warming.

Russian Emergency Ministry and FEMA to exchange ‘experts’ for security and rescue operations in disasters

26 Jun 2013 The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and the USA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are going to exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters. This is provided by a protocol of the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Emergency Situations and seventeenth meeting of Joint U.S.-Russia Cooperation Committee on Emergency Situations, which took place in Washington on 25 June… In addition, the parties approved of U.S.-Russian cooperation in this field in 2013-2014, which envisages exchange of experience including in monitoring and forecasting emergency situations, training of rescuers, development of mine-rescuing and provision of security at mass events.

Key US missile interceptor fails test again, says Pentagon – Department of Defense confirms third consecutive failure of system managed by Boeing.

06 Jul 2013 A test of the only US defense against long-range ballistic missiles failed on Friday. The Department of Defense said it was the third consecutive failure involving the interceptor system that is managed by [corporate welfare recipient] Boeing Co. The Pentagon said this week that the test would not affect its decision to bolster the US missile defense system. Under that plan, the Pentagon will add 14 new anti-missile interceptors at a total cost of nearly $1bn.

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