Invasive quagga mussels found on boat entering eastern Oregon | OregonLive.com

An eastern Oregon checkpoint aimed at keeping invasive species from hitchhiking into Oregon on boats has opened for the spring, and it found an infested boat the next day.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says about 50 small quagga mussels were on the outboard motor of a boat being returned last week from Lake Mead.

The Ontario Argus Observer reports  the boat was decontaminated with a high-pressure, hot water cleaning.

The state operates checkpoints at Ashland, Lakeview and Ontario. Last year, it reported disinfecting 51 boats.

Quagga mussels are a prime target of the inspections. Brought to the United States on cargo ships, they have spread widely, but not yet to the Northwest. They damage infrastructure and outcompete native species.

via Invasive quagga mussels found on boat entering eastern Oregon | OregonLive.com.

Where are a bunch of dudes debating your reproductive rights today?

You know that old truism that I just made up: At any given moment, somewhere  in the United States, your reproductive rights are being debated by old white men. And right now, it’s in the House of Representatives, where Rep. Franks and these guys are having hearing to discuss his proposed 20-week abortion ban.

via Where are a bunch of dudes debating your reproductive rights today?.

Health News – Estimates reveal low population immunity to new bird flu virus H7N9 in humans

The level of immunity to the recently circulating H7N9 influenza virus in an urban and a rural population in Vietnam is very low, according to the first population-level study to examine human immunity to the virus, which was previously only found in birds. The findings have implications for planning the public health response to this pandemic threat.

The study used a new, high-throughput method that allows blood samples to be analysed for antibodies to multiple human and animal influenza viruses at the same time and is easier to standardise than previous techniques. However, the assay is yet to be validated clinically for the H7N9 virus, and the researchers caution that the results must be interpreted with care.

Since the first case of H7N9 infection in humans was reported in February 2013, there have been 131 confirmed cases and 36 deaths, all in China apart from one case in Taiwan. All of the infections seem to have come from infected poultry and there is no evidence of sustained transmission between people.

via Health News – Estimates reveal low population immunity to new bird flu virus H7N9 in humans.

Why The Lebanese Government Is Silent On Tripoli | A Separate State of Mind | A Lebanese Blog

The solution for Tripoli isn’t political. If it were, all those politicians asking for calm and peace would have succeeded by now. The problem is that those same politicians want to perpetuate the status quo, because this status quo works and does wonders for them and their careers.

It keeps the city poor for them to do their “charity” work.It keeps the city relevant politically for them to make a “political” dent and remain in the country’s political spotlight.

Perhaps the solution for Tripoli is for a side of the battle to actually win. Perhaps the problem in this country is that we have never had a clear winner and a clear loser in anything, not elections, not the war and not even those sporadic battles in Tripoli which we’ve gotten used to.

Until then, my thoughts go to all the people spending their days and nights in absolute terror in the city I’ve come to love, a place that doesn’t deserve the hand it’s dealt.

via Why The Lebanese Government Is Silent On Tripoli | A Separate State of Mind | A Lebanese Blog.

Why The Lebanese Government Is Silent On Tripoli

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Every once in a while, the city I once referred to as “3enna” by mistake becomes a place I force myself to go the extra mile to recognize.
The last time such heavy fights broke out in the city, we were all in outrage at how media couldn’t care less about the people dying and the innocent lives in danger. Today, the outrage over Tripoli’s worst night since the Civil War is gravitating towards a government that is as apathetic as apathy goes.

However, are we supposed to expect anything more from our government? Tripoli’s Ministers and MPs go on air to voice their disdain and condemnation over what’s going on. What’s actually happening, though, is that in the other side of the room is one of their henchmen waiting on a phone to issue further instructions to the fighters on both sides of the battles.

Najib Mikati feigns peace…

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Celebrity pastor under fire after worshippers die in rush for ‘holy water’ | World news | guardian.co.uk

The worshippers were hoping to obtain holy “new anointing water”, which Emmanuel TV had announced would be distributed for free. “The anointing water usually costs 80 cedis, but we learned that on Sunday it would be given out for free,” said Joseph Adanvor, 52, who witnessed the fatal stampede. “I have never seen anything like it before. People had come from Togo, Benin, even from Kenya. They tried to close the church but people were climbing over the walls and breaking in. The police and army were there but they couldn’t control the crowds.”

via Celebrity pastor under fire after worshippers die in rush for ‘holy water’ | World news | guardian.co.uk.

Locusts Invade Madagascar Regions after Cyclone · Global Voices

Locust swarmed many regions of Madagascar and even a few of its cities. This disaster comes as a result of the humid conditions[fr] that remained after cyclone Haruna’s landing. The FAO states that 60% of rice production will be affected by the invasion.

via Locusts Invade Madagascar Regions after Cyclone · Global Voices.

German Brewers Oppose Fracking Because of Fear over Clean Water – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Dependence on Clean Water

In the letter, which was sent to six federal ministers, the brewers said: “The legal changes planned by the federal government to date are not sufficient to guarantee the security of drinking water supplies and to take into account the requirements of the Reinheitsgebot.” A spokesperson for the federation confirmed the contents of the letter to SPIEGEL ONLINE.

The letter goes on to argue that the brewing industry is dependent on high-quality drinking water, and that fracking could reduce or even completely eliminate the security of the water supply. The federation calls on the government to continue debate on the issue before reaching a final decision.

via German Brewers Oppose Fracking Because of Fear over Clean Water – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

When are identical twins not identical twins? When they’re disabled and the DWP says they’re not.

Which one was denied the oldest or the youngest – incredible

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the DWP!)

The Department of Work and Pensions has assessed two identical twins with Down’s Syndrome – born just minutes apart – and awarded one with an allowance to help his family provide round-the-clock care but refused his brother the same allowance.

In a case which shows just how arbitrary and nonsensical the DWP’s decisions on awarding disability benefits has become – one of the twins was awarded Disability Living Allowance while the other was not.

Here’s the full story from the Lancashire Evening Post:

Benefits farce hits family of Down’s Syndrome twins

Whether incompetence or just plain idiocy – the stress this kind of blundering by the DWP puts on the disabled and their families is immense and in my view is unforgivable.

Shame on them.

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Woolwich attack reaction: Riots and two arrested over mosque attacks as al Qaeda gloats | Perth Now

TWO men have been arrested after separate attacks on mosques after the sickening Woolwich attack in which a man was decapitated on a London street.

British police have boosted their presence after a man, believed to be a soldier, was butchered in broad daylight on the streets of southeast London.

The two men – believed to be Islamic fundamentalists – who killed him ranted at shocked onlookers and waited for police to arrive before they were shot by marksmen.

As Muslim leaders and British leaders condemned the attack and al-Qaeda gloated on ts website, about 100 supporters of the English Defence League, a right-wing organisation, gathered near the attack site and rioted.

In a possible attempt at reprisal, a 43-year-old man was arrested suspicion of attempted arson after reportedly walking into a mosque with a knife in Braintree, Essex.

Local MP Brooks Newmark on Wednesday night tweeted: “Local mosque in Braintree attacked by man with knives and incendiary device. Man arrested. No one injured”.

via Woolwich attack reaction: Riots and two arrested over mosque attacks as al Qaeda gloats | Perth Now.

EDL proves itself to be as horrid/hateful as al-Qaeda

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