Labour in crisis after key workers in essential services threaten to quit country

This particular revelation should come with ten-foot pole to fend off fans of “stars” mentioned.

Pride's Purge

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The leadership of the Labour Party were in crisis talks today after it was revealed that Britain could face severe shortages of tired old TV presenters, has-been pop singers and shite stage magicians if a victorious Labour government introduces its policy of taxing mansions worth more than £2 million after the next election.

The warnings come after key workers in essential public services such as worn-out light entertainment, middle-of-the-road pop music and outdated hackneyed old comedy acts threatened to quit the country should Ed Miliband become the next Prime Minister.

In unrelated news, a new opinion poll indicates Labour could attract as many as 89% of the votes at the next election if it announced policies that would make Gary Barlow leave the country as well as Griff Rhys Jones, Phil Collins and Paul Daniels.

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World’s Hottest Peppers Produced by Caribbean Agriculture Institute | Repeating Islands

Currently, four main varieties are produced by CARDI and supplied through its distributor, Caribbean Chemicals and Agencies Ltd, to agro retail outlets from Belize in Central America; Cayman Islands and Jamaica in the North-Caribbean through the Windward and Leeward Islands; Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago in the Southern Caribbean; and Guyana and Suriname in the South American Continent under the CARDI Quality Seed and Cari Seed Brand.

via World’s Hottest Peppers Produced by Caribbean Agriculture Institute | Repeating Islands.

What your brain looks like on magic mushrooms – Telegraph

Brain on right connected by shroom power!

It might look the uninspired doodlings from a Spirograph session but, this is how connections in the brain look when it is intoxicated with magic mushrooms.

Researchers analysed MRI scans of 15 people who were injected with psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, and compared them to scans of their normal brain activity.

The result shows how areas of the brain which are not normally linked are suddenly connected.

The scientists say it might explain how psychedelic drugs produce their mind-altering effects and a heightened state of awareness.

Study co-author Giovanni Petri, a mathematician at Italy’s Institute for Scientific Interchange, said: ““In a normal brain, many things are happening. You don’t know what is going on, or what is responsible for that, so you try to perturb the state of consciousness a bit, and see what happens.”

via What your brain looks like on magic mushrooms – Telegraph.

Liberian Women Push Back Against Ebola Scare | Inter Press Service

“I am a Liberian, not a virus.” That’s the loud and clear message of a campaign launched online by a group of Liberian women who refuse to be shamed by thoughtless outbreaks of rejection and cruelty that link African people with the epidemic that has taken thousands of lives.

“If I am Liberian, that doesn’t mean that I have Ebola,” Carolyn Woahloe, a registered nurse, told the Los Angeles Times. “This is not a Liberian problem. This is a world problem.”

Misinformation about the virus has sparked fears around the country and around the world, prompting some national leaders to deny visas to West Africans despite medical guarantees that this was unnecessary and unsafe. As with the AIDS virus in the early days, Africans have been singled out for slurs and rejection even when they present no threat at all.

In Texas, for example, Liberians living in the Dallas area where the first Ebola death was recorded were taunted with “Go back to Liberia.” Students from Rwanda were ordered to stay away from a New Jersey school where they were enrolled.

An Oregon high school canceled a planned visit by 18 African students – all from countries untouched by Ebola – citing a “fluid” situation on the continent.

In response, Shoana Clarke Solomon, a Liberian photographer and TV host, created a hashtag “#IamaLiberianNotaVirus,” (I am a Liberian, Not a Virus) that quickly went viral.

“We are Liberians, Sierra Leoneans, Guineans and Nigerians. We live in a region that has been devastated by a deadly disease, but we are not all infected,” she said.

“It is wrong to stereotype and stigmatize an entire people. Remember we are human beings.”

via Liberian Women Push Back Against Ebola Scare | Inter Press Service.

Louisville Catholic teacher resigns amid Ebola fears – She was in Kenya and Kentucky Parents Cannot Read a Map!

How stupid can people get – Well they voted for a loser in the Senate again and are afraid that a teacher could get Ebola from more than 1,000 miles away from where it is active. They better just stay at home, since they all live within a thousand miles of Texas and two people there had it!

A teacher at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School who had recently returned from a mission trip to Kenya has resigned amidst swirling frustration and fears about Ebola.

Susan Sherman was not immediately available Monday to comment on her resignation.

Cecilia Hart Price, chief communications officer for the Archdiocese of Louisville, confirmed that Sherman resigned and that St. Margaret Mary’s principal has already begun the process to try to fill the teaching position.

The school, on Shelbyville Road, had asked Sherman to take a paid “precautionary leave” of absence of 21 days upon her return from her trip after “strong parent concerns” about Ebola. It also asked Sherman, who is a registered nurse, to provide a doctor’s note stating she was in good health.

There have been no reported cases of Ebola in Kenya. Indeed, the archdiocese, in a statement released last month regarding Sherman’s trip, noted that the Kenyan village where Sherman was working — the remote village of Migori — is “in Eastern Africa, thousands of miles from West Africa, where the main outbreak of the virus is located.”

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The recent medical mission trip to Kenya was the fourth trip that she and her husband, Paul, a retired orthopedic surgeon, had taken with faith-based organization Kenya Relief.

Last week, Paul Sherman sent a letter to Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, complaining that “unfounded fears” of some parents and parish staff “are triumphing over truth and reason.” He said he and his wife offered to give an educational meeting about Ebola and about their medical mission trip, but they “were put off until our ‘quarantine’ is over.”

He said all the other members of the team that went to Kenya have returned to their jobs with no problems.

Steve James, founder of Kenya Relief, said he’s only had one other mission trip participant experience a negative reaction upon returning home.

“We don’t have Ebola in Kenya,” James said. He said it’s unfortunate when people making decisions “haven’t paid attention to the facts.”

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James said he knows the Shermans, and said he’s saddened that her life has been affected by Ebola fears. He said he hoped this would not deter others from wanting to help with relief efforts. “It’s unfortunate that someone with such a big heart has to suffer because of it,” he said.

Examples of heightened fears about Ebola have been seen across the United States.

Last month, a Dallas Certified Nursing Assistant claimed her employer sent her home because her daughter had visited from Kenya. A bridal shop in Akron, Ohio, closed temporarily after it learned that a nurse who was later diagnosed with Ebola had shopped there. In Jefferson County, there have been anecdotes about nervous teachers making half-serious Ebola jokes when a student from Africa enrolls at the school.

Ben Jackey, a spokesman for Jefferson County Public Schools, said the school district is “discussing prevention and response based on advice from the CDC and the local health department.” He said if a concern came up, the district would work with the health department to address any issues.

Jackey said that prevention methods are “largely the same as those for any other virus,” and said “the key will be educating our community.”

Susan Sherman has worked as a teacher for the Archdiocese of Louisville for a number of years. According to archdiocese records, she worked as a teacher from 1998 to 2004, and then on and off as a teacher and a substitute teacher in subsequent years. She had joined the school teaching staff at St. Margaret Mary this school year.

Paul Sherman said Monday that he and his wife are already scheduled to go back to Kenya next year.