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Hmmm…

Louise Troh, Thomas Duncan’s fiancée, who was his sole caregiver when he first became symptomatic and contagious, has been released from quarantine restrictions as disease free.

So this woman cares for him in an apartment, with no isolation ward or hazmat suit, is disease free, while two nurses who cared for him in the hospital isolation ward have contracted the disease.

For all of the Congresscritters calling for a flight ban between West Africa and the US – there already is one caused by the limited range of airlines in West Africa. There are no direct flights between the Ebola affected area and the US. What do they want to do – ban flights from Europe?

The lead article on the news sites at the moment is the death of a fashion designer…

October 20, 2014   No Comments

Post-Tropical Cyclone Gonzalo – Day 8

Post-Tropical Cyclone GonzaloPosition: 51.6N 41.8W [ 4PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: East-Northeast [060°] near 52 mph [83 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 95 mph [150 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 310 miles [500 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Minimum central pressure: 972 mb ↑.

Currently about 560 miles [ 900 km] Northeast of St. Johns, Newfoundland.

Canada has cancelled its Watch for Newfoundland as the storm passes by, still a hurricane, over some rather cold water.

At 4PM the storm transitioned to Post-Tropical. This is the final NHC advisory. The storm is on track to strike northern Scotland and then Norway with gale force winds.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 19, 2014   No Comments

A Question

Why can every Podunk Police Department in the US buy armored vehicles and automatic weapons, but our hospitals can’t buy decent protective clothing for nurses?

In this centennial of World War I it is important to remember that 17 million people died in that conflict, but 50 million people died in the Spanish influenza pandemic that followed.

The Federal government gave a grant to a small Alaskan fishing village to install a close circuit TV monitoring system to watch for terrorists, but cut funding for the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. From 2000 to 2010 a total of a little more than 3,000 Americans have died from terrorist attacks while 50,000 Americans die every year from the flu. How does that make sense?

The War on Terror™ is a scam that has cost us our liberties and about $ 1 trillion.

October 18, 2014   5 Comments

Hurricane Gonzalo – Day 7

Hurricane GonzaloPosition: 42.3N 57.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [040°] near 39 mph [63 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 90 mph [150 kph].
Wind Gusts: 110 mph [175 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 290 miles [465 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Minimum central pressure: 966 mb.

Currently about 360 miles [ 580 km] Southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Arnolds Cove to Chapels Cove, Newfoundland.

The cooling water and increasing wind shear are weakening the storm.

The storm’s movement has speeded up considerably and the wind field has expanded.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 18, 2014   No Comments

Hurricane Gonzalo – Day 6

Hurricane GonzaloPosition: 32.7N 64.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [030°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 110 mph [175 kph].
Wind Gusts: 125 mph [200 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 951 mb.

Currently about 35 miles [ 55 km] North-Northeast of Bermuda.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Bermuda.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Arnolds Cove to Chapels Cove, Newfoundland.

Bermuda is in the eye of the hurricane at 7PM CDT. The calm of the eye will be replaced by the hurricane conditions in a couple of hours.

At 10PM CDT the eye is moving away and Bermuda is again being battered by high winds.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 17, 2014   No Comments

Friday Cat Blogging

Light & Shadow

Friday Cat Blogging

Zzzzzzz…

[Editor: Tadpole and Hadley that close and motionless is a very rare occurrence.

Friday Ark

October 17, 2014   No Comments

Hurricane Gonzalo – Day 5

Hurricane GonzaloPosition: 28.0N 67.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northeast [025°] near 14 mph [22 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 140 mph [220 kph].
Wind Gusts: 160 mph [255 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 943 mb.

Currently about 340 miles [ 545 km] South-Southwest of Bermuda.

Bermuda is located at 32.3N 64.8W. The current forecast takes the storm just to the West of Bermuda as at least a Category 3 hurricane on Friday afternoon.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Bermuda.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 16, 2014   No Comments

More Ebola

Badtux has an infographic that pretty much nails the ‘threat’ of Ebola. The ABC adds some more detail in How you can and can’t get Ebola.

The BBC has a video showing Ebola bio-hazard suit: How to wear it and what can go wrong. They shot this in Texas and I could see one very major problem with their system – the gloves. They used the standard blue nitrile gloves which I have used for years for dealing with chemicals, painting, and other messy jobs, as well as caring for my Mother. The gloves have a problem – no cuff to protect the ends of your sleeves. I now use a more expensive glove that extends well up my arm. That’s what they need.

CNN covers another problem in a video with a Dallas physician who gets upset when it is pointed out that the hospital screwed up, and the ABC covers Second Texas nurse tests positive for virus one day after taking commercial flight.

When hospitals became profit centers and control shifted to MBAs rather than MDs, it became inevitable that business would make health care a secondary priority.

October 15, 2014   No Comments

Hurricane Gonzalo – Day 4

Hurricane GonzaloPosition: 24.6N 68.7W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North [350°] near 9 mph [15 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 120 mph [195 kph].
Wind Gusts: 140 mph [220 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 40 miles [ 65 km].
Minimum central pressure: 953 mb.

Currently about 580 miles [ 935 km] South-Southwest of Bermuda.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Bermuda.

Gonzalo is a small, intense storm, so changes are to be expected. Bermuda hasn’t completed clean-up from Fay and certainly didn’t need to see this headed their way.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 15, 2014   No Comments

Hurricane Gonzalo – Day 3

Hurricane GonzaloPosition: 22.2N 66.6W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [320°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 125 mph [205 kph].
Wind Gusts: 140 mph [225 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 954 mb ↓.

Currently about 705 miles [1135 km] South of Bermuda.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Bermuda.

It is now the second major hurricane of the season and is still gaining strength.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 14, 2014   No Comments

Our Health Care System In Action.

The BBC is kind: Ebola: Hospital mistakes blamed for US transmission. The head of the Centers for Disease Control characterizes the new case at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital as “a breach in protocol”. It was a potentially deadly fv<k up by the same people who sent Thomas Eric Duncan home with some meds when he showed up at their emergency room with flu-like symptoms and told them he had been in Liberia. They lied about his telling them about Liberia, and now it would appear they didn’t properly train their people to keep themselves safe.

They did remember to send the decontaminating team to their worker’s apartment immediately, which is progress, but they don’t seem to be able to do something as simple as maintaining the safely of the personnel who deal with Ebola patients.

October 13, 2014   No Comments

Hurricane Gonzalo – Day 2

Hurricane GonzaloPosition: 18.7N 63.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [315°] near 12 mph [19 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 85 mph [140 kph].
Wind Gusts: 100 mph [160 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 105 miles [165 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 25 miles [ 35 km].
Minimum central pressure: 984 mb.

Currently about 40 miles [ 65 km] North-Northwest of Anguilla.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, and Anguilla.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for St. Maartin, St. Barthelemy, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 13, 2014   No Comments

Post-Tropical Fay – Day 4

Post-Tropical FayPosition: 33.7N 49.9W [ 4PM CDT 2100 UTC].
Movement: East [100°] near 25 mph [41 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Wind Gusts: 65 mph [100 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 miles [335 km].
Minimum central pressure: 993mb ↑.

Currently about 865 miles [1395 km] East of Bermuda.

Fay has lost its tropical characteristics and become extra-tropical. This is the final NHC advisory.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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October 13, 2014   No Comments

It’s A Holiday

It’s the second Monday in October, so it is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Have a happy one.

The US Federal government has decided to call it Columbus Day, even though it should be the 12th of October which was the second Wednesday in 1492. But it’s okay that the holiday is on the wrong day, because Christopher Columbus [AKA: Cristoforo Colombo, Cristóbal Colón] didn’t find what he was looking for and identified what he did find incorrectly. The important thing is that a large area of the map got changed from “here be dragons and sea serpents,” to “here be gold and cannibals” and no mention was made of the oppressive heat, mosquitoes, or hurricanes.

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October 13, 2014   4 Comments