Category Archives: News

General news that I find interesting.

Should We Panic About Ebola?

It has definitely been a while since I made a post. I have been of course, busy with life itself, and my temporary 7 day work week schedule. I will talk more about some recent changes to the website at the end of this post.

Ebola outbreak has been the topic of all news channels lately, and internet media as well. I just returned from my local gas station, as I payed for my food the guy next to me was ranting about the current Ebola U.S infected people count. The current amount of infected people in the U.S right now is 1, in Texas. Keep in mind that I live in North Carolina, we are hundreds of miles away and yet here is this person semi-panicking. So the question arises, should we be worried even this far away from it?

First we must understand what Ebola is.

an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids by a filovirus ( Ebola virus ).

Notice how the definition specifically says that it’s spread through contact with bodily fluids, it’s not air-born. In order to transmit the decease via bodily fluids, you first have to start showing symptoms. Even though the virus grows within the body, it takes a high level of volume of it to appear in bodily fluids.

So let’s recap, the virus can only be spread if you touch someone’s body fluids, like blood. The decease will only spread if the symptoms are apparent, making it easier to contain from spreading.

How do you prevent from being infected?

  • Avoid direct contact with blood, saliva, vomit, urine and other bodily fluids of people with Ebola or unknown illnesses.
  • Avoid close contact with wild animals and avoid handling wild meat.
  • Know the symptoms of Ebola and avoid contact with people showing the symptoms.
  • Wash your hands!

Here is a relevant tweet.

https://twitter.com/SciencePorn/status/517657272726867969

 

$5 Death Punch

Tiffany Startz (Left) and John Powell (Right).

Ever been somewhere hanging out with friends, having a good time, when all of  a sudden someone dares you to do something crazy? Sometimes that dare may even be painful, and may involve others unwilling to participate. More than often we don’t stop to think about the consequences of what we’re about to do. What if someone offered you $5 to let a stranger punch you in the face?

 

 

 

 

In 2011, a 22-year-old woman allegedly killed an aspiring rap singer with a single punch for a $5 party bet.
Tiffany Startz is accused of killing John ‘Fatboy’ Powell with a single blow to the face and has been told she has to stand trial.
The 25-year-old had agreed to be hit in the face by Starr in return for $5.

The man took the punch, collected his money, and walked away to talk to some friends, as if nothing was wrong, but soon collapsed. His autopsy revealed that he died from a brain hemorrhage caused by blunt force trauma. If you can avoid being hit by anyone in life, then you should take that as a win, and not look for a reason to get hit in the face, even if it’s for money.

Source: DailyMail

Russia Forces Terrorist’s Relatives To Pay For Damage

Russia has put a new law into effect that I feel is a positive step forward to deterring terrorism. President Putin signed the law that now holds relatives, and close friends of terrorists accountable to any damage done by the terrorist attack, even emotional damage.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill that forces relatives of terrorists to pay for damages caused by their attacks. It also boosts penalties for launching, participating, or financing militant or terrorist groups.

Under the law, all damages – including moral damage – should be  compensated “at the expense of the means of the person  committing the terrorist act and also at the expense of the means  of his [or her] family, relatives and close people.”

The new law was carefully written so that there has to be sufficient evidence that those being held accountable received money, valuables, or other property in result of the terrorist attack. This law also forces those being held accountable for the terrorist’s attack damage must turn in their property or else it will be seized for inspection.

I like this law because usually terrorists commit suicidal attacks because they are promised that their families will be taken care of after the attack. This should deter such attacks, or at least give them one less reason to do it. I wish the U.S would implement a very similar law, considering we tend to get most of the terrorists attacks here, or at least it seems that way.

Source: RT.com