EBOLA: The CDC advice is flawed. It might be an idea not to touch the gloves:
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WORD of the year is OVERSHARE:
Described as “beautifully British”, the “subtle yet devastating” put-down “overshare” was today named word of the year by the Chambers Dictionary. Collins, however, has plumped for “photobomb” as its choice, citing the word’s 100% increase in usage over the past year.
“Photobomb”, defined by Collins as “to intrude into the background of a photograph without the subject’s knowledge”, also made the final shortlist for Chambers, but was edged out by “overshare”. Used to condemn everything from Kim Kardashian’s closeups of her anatomy to public displays of affection on Facebook, “overshare” is defined by Chambers as “to be unacceptably forthcoming with information about one’s personal life”.
Whats your favourite word?
DOES smoking marijuana make you dumb? In The Washington Post Christopher Ingrahams takes look at the data in a British study:
Even heavy marijuana use wasn’t associated with IQ.
“In particular alcohol use was found to be strongly associated with IQ decline,” the authors write. “No other factors were found to be predictive of IQ change.”
The UK study does find evidence, however, of slightly impaired educational abilities among the very heaviest marijuana users. This group of students scored roughly 3% lower on school exams taken at age 16, even after adjusting for confounding factors.
In a press release accompanying the study, lead author Claire Mokrysz noted that “this is a potentially important public health message- the belief that cannabis is particularly harmful may detract focus from and awareness of other potentially harmful behaviours.” Reviewer Guy Goodwin of Oxford University agreed: “the current focus on the alleged harms of cannabis may be obscuring the fact that its use is often correlated with that of other even more freely available drugs and possibly lifestyle factors. These may be as or more important than cannabis itself.”
Puffing weed never did many of our elected leaders any harm, allegedly…
Mark Steyn writes on murder and mayhem Canada.
There have been two recent incidents.
One: The NY Times:
The shootings in the heart of the normally placid Canadian capital came two days after two members of the Canadian armed forces were injured in a hit-and-run crash in a small Quebec city that the authorities considered an act of terrorism.
ROBUL Hoque, 39, stands in the dock at Teeside Crown Crout. He’s accused of 10 counts of possessing prohibited images of children. It’s a typical case of depravity, right? Wrong.
His barrister Richard Bennett explains:
“These are not what would be termed as paedophilic images. These are cartoons.”
IT’S protein a-go-go at the Golden Corral in Florida, where Billy Wilson has found a large chunk of extra meat in his chilli dinner.
He tells the media:
“It’s usually pretty great. I go maybe once a week. The first bite I took out of it was a crunch, and at the time I was like, maybe you know, sometimes you get a hard bean inside of the chilli.”
TO Paris, where a woman on holiday form The Gulf has been ordered to remove her niqab or else be ejected from the Bastille opera house.
During the second act of La Traviata, members of the cast spotted the “Muslim veil” and stopped singin. They would begin again when the woman removed it.
The spectator, from the Gulf, was in one of the most expensive seats in the front row of the stalls, just behind the conductor, with her head and face fully shrouded by a niqab.
“They alerted me in the second act,” Jean-Philippe Thiellay, the deputy director of the opera, said. “Some chorus members indicated that they did not want to sing.”
Mr Thiellay said that the unidentified woman was told that she was breaking French law, which since 2010 has prohibited the covering of the face in public spaces. Offenders are liable to a fine of up to €150 (£119).
“It is never very pleasant to ask someone to leave the theatre, which is governed in principle by openness and understanding,” he said. “But in this case there was ignorance of the law and either that lady obeyed it or she had to leave.”
SHOULD we laugh? Wince? Upload the video then call an ambulabnce? Whilst attempting to take a selfie, this man fell into the dock. A TV camera crew captured the moment.
We’ll know if he lived when the video he uploads his own video.
Spotter: Tastefully Offensive
This might be the finest offer of corporate sponsorship ever. It is simply, in it’s initial form, so perfect that the refusal of the donation is absurd. For what one of the porn sites on the web did was offer a donation to one of the charities dealing with breast cancer. More than that, it offered a sum of money for each video of boobies watched in the relevant, let’s all be aware of breast cancer, month:
In 2012, the Susan G Komen Foundation declined a donation from Pornhub.com which had raised one cent for every boob video viewed on the site,
INTERESTING news from Israel. The Times of Israel reprots that Hamas might not want the State destoyoed just yet?
An Israeli hospital confirmed Sunday that it had treated the daughter of Hamas’s top leader in the Gaza Strip, weeks after a brutal war between Israel and the Islamist group.
Avi Shushan, a spokesman for Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, said the daughter of Ismail Haniyeh was hospitalized for “a number of days” this month. He did not disclose what she was treated for.
A spokeswoman for the Israeli military also confirmed the hospital stay. She spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to release the information otherwise. Hamas officials were not immediately available for comment.
THE Sun says TOYS R Us has been “blasted for encouraging kids to ‘play with meth’ by selling Breaking Bad toys.”
Doubtless the shop could offer a 2-4-1 deal with its Toy Chemistry Kits.
But that’s not necessary, the Sun adds that the meth is already supplied:
The retailer is flogging dolls of the show’s main characters, which come with gas masks and bags full of drug money and crystal meth.
OTHER parents presents Jon O’Brien, of Turvey, Bedfordshire, who is “insisting” his 13-year-old daughter wears a face mask to Sharnbrook Upper School.
Ha-ha. Dad insists teenage daughter does what he says when in school. Dad is living in a dream world.
But Jon’s world is the stuff of nightmares:
THE pro-decmoracy protests in Hong Kong are being dismantled. Police are ripped down barriers in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong. Police cleared protesters.
We’ve photos of the umbrellas, the police and how big sticks win:
WHEN brands are jerks to their customers on public social networks, you get this.
@hawkeandco has now many followers?
Hawke & Co is a lifestyle brand designed for the Modern Explorer.
Dickheads are as dickheads do.
Homeless Bratislav Stojanovic is seen near the grave where he now dwells in a cemetery in the city of Nis, Serbia. The homeless man from this southern Serbian city has been dwelling at a local cemetery for more than fifteen years, turning one of the underground tombs there into a place of his own. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
AT the inquest into the death of Mark Hemmings, 41, the court heard that he had called 999 for an ambulance. The despatcher at the West Midlands Ambulance Service refused to send help. They told Mr Hemmings that his agonising gallstones should be treated in an out-of-hours surgery.
For seven minutes he pleased for an ambuilance. Three times the despatcher refused. The call was recorded so we know he was told this:
“You could try a warm bath, hot water bottle in the painful area but if you collapse, become unconscious, unresponsive, faint, or become pale, cold or clammy it’s 999.”
WHAT to to with your library book if you catch Ebola:
A fiver for catching Ebola is a small price to pay when compared to the late return charges…
SEX and Ebola:
When the only way to get an often fatal disease is through contact with body fluids, it makes good sense to be very careful about sexual partners and practices. But since Ebola victims can infect others only when they are showing symptoms — high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness and aches — physical intimacy probably isn’t a common way of transmitting the disease.
However, the Ebola virus can survive in semen for months after a man recovers from the infection, posing an ongoing threat to sexual partners long after he is well. At a time when a man’s bloodstream is swimming with antibodies, and he is immune to the disease, he still may be able to infect others. . . .
The magnitude of the threat is not entirely clear, however. After past Ebola outbreaks, follow-up studies of people who have recovered from Ebola found no evidence that the virus was transmitted from a recovered patient to close contacts, according to Bruce Ribner, medical director of Emory University’s Infectious Disease Unit, who led the team that successfully treated American missionaries Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol.
HOW do you know the true idenity the man of your dreams – the one you met online? The man is James Richards, aka Emmanuel Oko, aka Peter Monty Emu, aka Adewunmi Nusi and aka Chukwuka Ugwu. James Richards is a 4-for-1 deal.
The quartet of unlovelies have been jailed at Winchester Crown Court for tricking 12 lovelorn women out of nearly £250,000.
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THE war on white men continues: a caucasian female student who identifies as a man has been discouraged from becoming Wellesley College’s diversity officer because to have a white male in that position would perpetuate patriarchy.
Timothy Boatwright was born a girl, and checked off the “female” box when applying to the Massachusetts all-women’s school, according to an article in the New York Times. But when he got there, he introduced himself as a “masculine-of-center genderqueer” person named “Timothy” (the name he picked for himself) and asked them to use male pronouns when referring to him.
And, by all accounts, Boatwright felt welcome on campus — until the day he announced that he wanted to run for the school’s office of multicultural affairs coordinator, whose job is to promote a “culture of diversity” on campus.
But some students thought that allowing Boatwright to have the position would just perpetuate patriarchy. They were so opposed, in fact, that when the other three candidates (all women of color) dropped out, they started an anonymous Facebook campaign encouraging people not to vote at all to keep him from winning the position.
Oh, brave new world…
THERE’S a bit of hubbub around a new video game that’s knocking about called ‘Hatred’. It is being hailed (or accused, if you prefer) as the most violent game ever.
Of course, fans of video games will roll their eyes at such a suggestion as there’s a whole host of gory splatterfests in the gaming canon.