AKA: Trying to imply he did nothing wrong but is pleading guilty?
“I have agreed to this today to end what has been a two-year nightmare,” Harrell said in a statement. “To continue to fight this would have taken at least another year, possibly two.”
via South Carolina house speaker pleads guilty in ethics case, to resign | Reuters.
Almost a decade ago, scientists from Canada and the United States reported that they had created a vaccine that was 100 percent effective in protecting monkeys against the Ebola virus. The results were published in a respected journal, and health officials called them exciting. The researchers said tests in people might start within two years, and a product could potentially be ready for licensing by 2010 or 2011.
It never happened. The vaccine sat on a shelf. Only now, with nearly 5,000 people dead from Ebola and an epidemic raging out of control in West Africa, is the vaccine undergoing the most basic safety tests in humans.
Its development stalled in part because Ebola was rare, and until now outbreaks had infected only a few hundred people at a time. But experts also acknowledge that the lack of follow-up on such a promising candidate reflects a broader failure to produce medicines and vaccines for diseases that afflict poor countries. Most drug companies have resisted spending the enormous sums needed to to develop products useful mostly to poor countries with little ability to pay for them.
via Without Lucrative Market, Potential Ebola Vaccine Was Shelved for Years – NYTimes.com.
In this sense, the crisis of capitalism has turned into a crisis of democracy. Many feel that their countries are no longer being governed by parliaments and legislatures, but by bank lobbyists, which apply the logic of suicide bombers to secure their privileges: Either they are rescued or they drag the entire sector to its death.
via Capitalism in Crisis Amid Slow Growth and Growing Inequality – SPIEGEL ONLINE.
Afghan Women’s Writing Project | An Endless Ambition.
I wish my home
Was a place full of cheer
Free of rage
I’m sick of ruses
I wish my blue sky
Was full of light stars
Free of fire
Clear of smoke
I wish my muddy cottage
An old cottage
But full of love and integrity
Had prosperity rain down on it like a shower
The voice of love coming from
behind its walls
peace knocking on its doors
I wish my street
Was free of noise and fighting
Free of treason and criticism
Where kids play with toys not guns
Where people use
The language of solidarity,
Forgiveness and unity
I wish my society, was a pure society
Where the politicians work for change
Not to fill their pockets
Where people overcome challenges
I wish my garden was a place
Where air is soft and breezy
Flowers are pure, fragrant
Canaries sing songs of loyalty
Butterflies fly with fidelity
Breezes coddle my face
And kiss my lips
By Sitara B.
A little “greenwash” helps the 2-4-D toxin in your corn and soybeans more palatable?
Monsanto Co. said Tuesday it will give four nonprofit organizations $1 million over two years to help support community development initiatives in Ferguson and surrounding North County communities.
via Monsanto to give $1 million over 2 years to support Ferguson – St. Louis Business Journal.
“I have learned that they finally reached agreement on a figure of 200 (fighters),” Erdogan told reporters in the Latvian capital, Riga.
via Erdogan says 200 Iraqi Kurd fighters to enter Kobani through Turkey | News | DW.DE | 23.10.2014.
But they will get no help from Turkish tank brigade watching the battle from aTurkihs hillside overlooking Kobani
Robotics scientists nationwide are pondering an intriguing possibility: Might robotic technologies deployed in rescue and disaster situations be quickly repurposed to help contain the Ebola epidemic?
A robot that could perform even some of the tasks of a human, such as waste removal or the burial of bodies, would have significant lifesaving potential. So, with the assistance of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, scientists are planning a series of brainstorming meetings. The first round will be held Nov. 7 at four locations: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts; Texas A&M; the University of California, Berkeley; and in Washington.
The problem, scientists say, is that the technology is still limited when it comes to medicine. While mobile robots now can disarm roadside bombs and drive cars, they are taking only the first tentative steps toward the human levels of dexterity required in health care.
via Scientists Consider Repurposing Robots for Ebola – NYTimes.com.