Yoga guru B. K. S. Iyengar passes away – The Hindu

Mr. Iyengar, a sickly youth in his teens, is credited with integrating the eight aspects of astanga yoga known as ‘Iyengar’s Yoga’, and having thought such luminaries as English writer Aldous Huxley (who authored Brave New World and Eyeless in Gaza), philosopher and spiritualist J. Krishnamurti and violin titan Yehudi Menuhin.

via Yoga guru B. K. S. Iyengar passes away – The Hindu.

Immigration Talk with a Mexican American: TWINS: Arpaio and Ferguson’s Chief Thomas Jackson — Why Latinos Should PAY ATTENTION to what’s Happening in Ferguson Missouri

I’ve been reading the posts by these Far Right Wing sites. They are disgusting and racists, blaming Teenager Brown for his own murder. However those attacking young Mike are the same nutcases that support Arpayaso, the Tea Party, Ted Cruz and all the other crazy racists that HATE LATINOS, Blacks, Gays, Women and all minorities. They are using THE SAME LANGUAGE they use when they attack us.

They are blaming poor Mike Brown, the dead victim who cannot speak for himself.

They are blaming the civil protesters who are utilizing their 1st amendment rights to rally. Yet these right wing racist websites call them “animals” and “let them kill themselves.” You should read their despicable spew. (However, you don’t have to read their vile spew. I’ll report it so you don’t have to read their garbage!)

These are the same WORDS they use against LATINOS in Maricopa County / in Guadalupe!

These folks don’t believe in EQUALITY!

Their EQUALITY only encompasses WHITE MEN, not ALL PEOPLE – not ALL MINORITIES!

WE LATINOS NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT’s Happening in Ferguson, Missouri.

via Immigration Talk with a Mexican American: TWINS: Arpaio and Ferguson’s Chief Thomas Jackson — Why Latinos Should PAY ATTENTION to what’s Happening in Ferguson Missouri.

Widespread Coal Burning in Amity Hall – Portland Bight Protected Area

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This is a disturbing development taking place – apparently unchecked – in a Protected Area that is already under threat from the proposed construction of a transshipment port at Goat Islands. I hope the National Environment and Planning Agency takes swift action to prevent further deforestation.

By the way, the Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, took a large group of media and members of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) to Goat Islands on Sunday, August 17.  Dr. Pinnock took the group to a degraded area, apparently to prove that complete destruction of the area to build a transshipment port would be no great sacrifice of Jamaica’s environmental biodiversity (“See! It’s already messed up!”) He observed during a radio interview this morning, “There’s nothing there!”

I hope that similar arguments will not be used to justify the destruction of  this part of the Portland Bight Protected…

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Facebook to add “reality” tag to Iain Duncan Smith

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Facebook has begun labelling comments and speeches from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith with a “reality” tag, just in case people think he might be a parody.

The move comes after many people thought Mr Duncan Smith was taking the p*ss when he claimed people were now “better off” after his welfare and pension reforms.

Other comments by Mr Duncan Smith that the government was creating a “fairer society” by cutting school and NHS budgets while at the same time giving tax cuts to multi-millionaires were also regarded by many people as a joke.

Facebook said the “reality” label was meant to appease users who have apparently complained that they can’t always tell the difference between a caricature of a nasty, heartless, out-of-touch Tory who would sell his own grandmother at the drop of a hat and Duncan Smith.


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Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Certain Retail Lots Of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, Maranatha® Almond Butters And Peanut Butters And Specific Private Label Nut Butters Because Of Possible Health Risk

nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters (listed below) packaged in glass and plastic jars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The potential risk was brought to the Company’s attention by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following routine testing. The Company has received reports of four illnesses that may be associated with these specific products.

via Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Certain Retail Lots Of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, Maranatha® Almond Butters And Peanut Butters And Specific Private Label Nut Butters Because Of Possible Health Risk.

“Crazy” Compton School Police Will Be Armed With Semi-Automatic AR-15 Rifles: LAist

Students at a Compton school will be facing some changes as the new school year starts next Monday: the campus’ police officers will now be allowed to keep semi-automatic AR-15 rifles in the trunks of their patrol cars while they’re working.

The school board approved a policy in July that allows selected campus police officers to buy these rifles and keep them in their cars in case they need to use them in instances of mass shootings or terrorist attacks, according to KPCC. They plan on training these chosen officers and letting them carry the weapons in their cars within the next month.

Folks in the community are criticizing the policy and questioning why such high-powered weapons are needed on campus—and in the hands of the school police. Francisco Orozco, a recent high school graduate and founder of the Compton Democratic Club—a group that discusses local policies—said that students have complained about the campus police’s excessive force and that there was a lawsuit filed by parents last year in the district about the school police’s racial profiling. (Fox News Latino reported that Hispanics and Latinos make up 65 percent of the Compton community and African-Americans make up 33 percent.)

“The school police has been very notorious in the community and in reality has never had to shoot anyone before,” said Orozco. “So this escalation of weapons we feel is very unnecessary.”

On the Compton Democratic Club’s Facebook page, they’ve been writing about their opposition to the school’s gun policy, including a post titled, “School Wars.” The Compton School Police Officers Association wrote this in response and also noted other schools that were allowing their police officers to carry AR-15s:

Dear, Compton Democratic Club

Compton School Police Officers are not planning to attack the Galaxy of Teachers and Students.

Currently, the following School Districts authorize their Police Officers to deploy these weapons; Los Angeles School PD, Baldwin Park School PD, Santa Ana School PD, Fontana School PD, San Bernandino School PD.

If we encounter an active mass murderer on campus with a rifle or body armor, our officers may not adequately be prepared to stop that suspect. School Police Officers will undergo a training course, followed by a shooting proficiency test on a firing range and a written exam. The rifles are designed for increased accuracy and use rifled ammunition than can pierce body armor. The safety of our Students, Staff, and Parents are very important to us.

Last year, the Fontana Unified School District Police Department purchased 14 AR-15 rifles, with plans of keeping them locked in safes on campus, according to CBS Los Angeles.

via Compton School Police Will Be Armed With Semi-Automatic AR-15 Rifles: LAist.

WHO | Ebola virus disease update – West Africa

The response of WHO and other partners to the Ebola Virus outbreak is continuing to grow in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. To reduce the likelihood that those who are infected will carry the disease outside their communities, the governments have set up quarantine zones in areas of high transmission including severely-affected cities such as Gueckedou in Guinea, Kenema and Kailahun in Sierra Leone and Foya in Liberia.

This prevents people living in these areas from moving to other parts of the country and potentially increasing EVD transmission. However, it also means that barriers to travel limit their access to food and other necessities. While preventing further transmission of EVD is crucial, it is essential that people in those zones have access to food, water, good sanitation and other basic supplies.

WHO is working with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure people in the quarantine zones receive regular food aid and other non-medical supplies. WFP is now scaling up its programme to distribute food to the around 1 million people living in the quarantine zones in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Food has been delivered to hospitalized patients and people under quarantine who are not able to leave their homes to purchase food. Providing regular food supplies is a potent means of limiting unnecessary movement.

via WHO | Ebola virus disease update – West Africa.

Chik V on its way – Here! Globalization of Chikungunya: 10 years to invade the world – Charrel – 2014 – Clinical Microbiology and Infection – Wiley Online Library

Considering the worldwide dissemination of Aedes mosquitoes, several years ago some of us anticipated the globalization of Chikungunya virus through invasion of the Americas, and stated that the question was not whether it can happen, but when it will happen [1].

Arboviruses present an ongoing challenge to medicine and public health. Chikungunya virus was first isolated in Africa in the 1950s at the border of Tanzania and Mozambique. Chikungunya fever is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Clinically, it resembles dengue fever and several other arboviral diseases, but is more frequently associated with arthralgia [2]. For 50 years, the virus was confined to sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Although it generally occurred in the form of large and brutal epidemics affecting non-immune populations, it was classified as a mildly pathogenic arthropod-borne virus, and was rated as ‘emerging’ by the Institute of Medicine in 1992. The situation changed abruptly in 2005–2006, when a strain of Chikungunya virus entered the South West Indian Ocean Islands and adapted rapidly to mosquitoes of the species Aedes albopictus through a mutation in the envelope gene of the virus. The E1 A226V mutation is associated with increased replication capacity in this worldwide-disseminated and invasive vector. Since 2005, the epidemics in the Indian Ocean, India and Southeast Asia have accounted for millions of cases locally, and have resulted in thousands of imported cases in Europe and the Americas. No autochthonous case was recorded there, most probably because of the seasonal asynchronicity with the southern hemisphere. The 2007 Italian outbreak of Chikungunya fever (205 laboratory-confirmed cases) was fuelled by a unique patient returning from northern India (north hemisphere) during the viraemic phase of the infection. Later, Chikungunya virus autochthonous transmission was demonstrated in south-eastern France, with two confirmed cases in September 2010 [3].

The first definitive evidence for autochthonous cases of Chikungunya virus infection in the western hemisphere was reported in December 2013 on the island of Saint-Martin, in the French West Indies [4]. Four months later, at the end of March 2014, there were >15 000 cases in nine Caribbean islands in the French West Indies, and the first documented cases inland in South America occurred in French Guyana. One month later, at the end of April 2014, there were cases in 15 islands of the Caribbean, and the count has reached 35 000. Six fatalities have been reported so far [5].

via Globalization of Chikungunya: 10 years to invade the world – Charrel – 2014 – Clinical Microbiology and Infection – Wiley Online Library.