Aedes aegypti mosquitoes found on Oahu | Vaccine News Daily.
A mosquito species capable of carrying dengue fever was recently discovered near the Honolulu airport.
This particular species, Aedes aegypti, has not been seen on the island of Oahu since 1949. State health officials are concerned because the Aedes aegypti can quickly spread dengue and yellow fever if it acquires the infection, according to KHON2.com.
Hawaii’s health department recently announced that vector control teams found eight of the mosquitoes at a trap set up near the airport.
“Aedes aegypti are commonly found throughout the Pacific area where there are serious outbreaks of dengue fever,” Bruce Anderson, a former State Health Director, said, KHON2.com reports.
The trap was examined for mosquito eggs in late January. Out of 20 mosquito eggs present, eight were thought to be Aedes aegypti. Vector control’s beliefs were confirmed as they watched the four male and four female mosquitoes grow into adulthood.
“They are aggressive mosquitoes,” Anderson said, KHON2.com reports. “They bite many people in sequence, which allows them to transmit the disease.”
Courthouse News Service.
Torture of Gay Immigration Prisoners Alleged
MANHATTAN (CN) – After criticism from the United Nations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it is “taking action to investigate” reports that 16 gay and transgender detainees have been tortured in U.S. immigration prisons.
U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez first questioned the United States about the allegations August 2011. On Feb. 29, Mendez said that he “regrets” that the United States did not respond to his inquiry.
“Given the lack of any evidences to the contrary, the special rapporteur believes that the facts reveal that there have been various violations of the provisions under the Convention against Torture, in particular breach of articles 7 and 12,” Mendez wrote in the 81-page “Report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishments, Addendum, Observations on Communications Transmitted to Governments and Replies Received.” The U.N. General Assembly report is dated Feb. 29.
Circling the Lion’s Den: Army killer a known conman.
So it turns out that mass killer Staff Sgt Robert Scott Bales, who shot 16 men, women and children dead in Panjwai last week, is a conman who “engaged in fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, churning, unauthorised trading and unsuitable investments.” America’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority found that while Bales had been working as a stockbroker in 2003 he had taken a client’s stock to sell, but had not handed over any money.
Following arbitration Bales was ordered to pay $637,000 in compensation to the elderly couple he defrauded, a similar amount in punitive damages and $216,000 in legal fees. Instead of paying up, Bales – who had been banned from working as a broker – joined the Army and ‘disappeared’, declining even to show up at the disciplinary hearing that barred him from associating with “any NASD member in any capacity”. Doubtless he “can’t remember” that incident either.
Quick Hit: One woman’s experience with Texas’ new mandatory ultrasound law. Bad as you thought it would be? YES!
Here’s a rule: When you, as legislators with neither professional medical experience nor personal experience being pregnant, pass laws that result in doctors and nurses repeatedly apologizing to sobbing women, you’re doing something wrong.
“I am so sorry,” the young woman said with compassion, and nudged the tissues closer. Then, after a moment’s pause, she told me reluctantly about the new Texas sonogram law that had just come into effect. I’d already heard about it. The law passed last spring but had been suppressed by legal injunction until two weeks earlier.
My counselor said that the law required me to have another ultrasound that day, and that I was legally obligated to hear a doctor describe my baby. I’d then have to wait 24 hours before coming back for the procedure. She said that I could either see the sonogram or listen to the baby’s heartbeat, adding weakly that this choice was mine.
“I don’t want to have to do this at all,” I told her. “I’m doing this to prevent my baby’s suffering. I don’t want another sonogram when I’ve already had two today. I don’t want to hear a description of the life I’m about to end. Please,” I said, “I can’t take any more pain.” I confess that I don’t know why I said that. I knew it was fait accompli. The counselor could no more change the government requirement than I could. Yet here was a superfluous layer of torment piled upon an already horrific day, and I wanted this woman to know it.
In this horrifying case, the woman was terminating a much-wanted pregnancy. But it only takes a little imagination – and I suppose the compassion that anti-choice politicians have shown they clearly can’t muster – to think of other reasons patients and doctors might not want clueless politicians inserting their own views into the doctor’s office. As Carolyn Jones asks, “Shouldn’t women have a right to protect themselves from strangers’ opinions on their most personal matters?”
Japan cuts whaling season short at 70% below quota – a win for whales | Taryn Kiekow’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC.
Japan is blaming its comparatively meager catch on a combination of harsh weather conditions and the combined actions of various “saboteurs.” Of course, chief amongst those activists is the group Sea Shepherd, whose unconventional tactics—tailing Japanese ships for three months over thousands of nautical miles; tossing stink bombs, grappling hooks, and paint-filled bottles aboard whaling vessels; and even scrambling aboard Japanese ships themselves and refusing to leave until whalers dropped them off in Australia (costing the whalers countless days of hunting)—have been documented on the popular show Whale Wars. Sea Shepherd recently declared victory for once again disrupting the Japanese whaling season.
What You Get From Your Pet, 3: This One Is Sad | Wired Science | Wired.com. It’s another account of what you can, possibly, catch from your pet — but for any pet owner (which includes me), it’s terribly sad.
Three physicians who work in Akron, Ohio happened to notice that, in a single year, they treated three people — two in the emergency department, one in a doctor’s office — who had serious, fast-moving and somewhat puzzling infections.
Neo-Nazis cloak themselves in eco-rhetoric | Environment | DW.DE | 08.03.2012.
They’re into organic farming, oppose GMOs and worry about endangered species protection. Right-wing extremists are increasingly active in typically left-wing movements. Experts say the trend is troublesome.
“Environmental protection should be inherent to cultural progress.” That’s a statement that could easily be attributed to any environmentalist group. Instead it comes from the National Democratic Party (NPD), a far-right but still legal German party, and it’s another sign of how right-wing groups are increasingly latching on to environmental topics.
The connection between right-wing extremism and environmentalism is not new, but experts believe the growing trend represents a real threat, because it helps push extremist views into the mainstream.
Two recent publications have responded, seeking to educate the public by explaining what’s behind such efforts, and debunking certain lines of reasoning within them.
Circling the Lion’s Den: Anyone seen a pair of (very expensive) SUVs?. Ever lose something? Like a pair of glasses, some socks, gloves, a couple of top secret SUVs?
Army Times is reporting that the US Army is offering a $10,000 reward for any information as to the whereabouts of two American Army SUVs equipped with classified technology used to jam roadside bombs that were stolen from under the noses of soldiers at a military base in Kabul.
The vehicles — black armoured Toyota Land Cruisers outfitted with CREW Duke electronic jamming systems and valued at $344,000 — disappeared from Camp Eggers in Kabul in January
Illegal sales of unquarantined domestic fowl and poultry products continue to take place in many Ha Noi markets despite the high risk of a bird flu reoccurrence.These products are easy to come by at markets in Dong Da, Cau Giay, Ha Dong, Thanh Xuan and Hai Ba Trung districts, Tien Phong (Pioneers) newspaper reports.
via Unquarantined poultry hits markets amid bird flu risk – Social Issues – VietNam News.
The current debate in Lebanon about the legal status of several hundred thousand resident Palestinian refugees reflects the best and worst of the Arab world. The mistreatment, abysmal living conditions and limited work, social security and property rights of these Palestinians are a lingering moral black mark – but change is in the air, initiated largely by Lebanese.To be fair to Lebanon, all Arab countries similarly mistreat millions of Arab, Asian and African foreign guest workers, who often are treated little better than chattels or indentured laborers. Racism and discrimination are alive and well in most Arab societies. The Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, however, are a distinct case. Most were born in the country and know no other residence.
via THE DAILY STAR :: Opinion :: Columnist :: Lebanon\’s Palestinians, the shame rises.