Daily Archives: October 9, 2014

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Op.21 by Masur, LGO (1997): great compositions/performances

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Op.21 by Masur, LGO (1997)

Manuel Quiroga – Larghetto (Weber-Kreisler): great compositions/perfformances

Manuel Quiroga – Larghetto (Weber-Kreisler)

F. Mendelssohn/D. Barenboim (Songs without words, Complete): make music part of your life series

F. Mendelssohn/D. Barenboim (Songs without words, Complete)

South Korea’s chat-app crackdown

South Korea’s chat-app crackdown http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-29555331

The man who hiked across Europe and kidnapped a general

The man who hiked across Europe and kidnapped a general http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29518321

Report details Palin family brawl

Report details Palin family brawl http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29563253

Mexico ‘drug lord’ Carrillo arrested

Mexico ‘drug lord’ Carrillo arrested http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29561723

Asia shares extend global selloff

Asia shares extend global selloff http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29563470

New mass graves found in Mexico town

New mass graves found in Mexico town http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29563379

Ebola is ‘entrenched’ in West Africa

Ebola is ‘entrenched’ in West Africa http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29563530

Venezuela ‘must pay Exxon $1.6bn’

Venezuela ‘must pay Exxon $1.6bn’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29561345

Ebola: Are US airport screenings more about controlling fear than disease? – CSMonitor.com


CBC News – Ebola outbreak: Man with Ebola symptoms dies in Macedonia


Fears grow in United States over Ebola’s spread outside West Africa


Deputy feeling better, chance of Ebola ‘extremely low’


Winter Night (poetic thought by George-B) (the smudge and other poems)

Winter Night (poetic thought by George-B)

And then there was no sound to be heard
while the light dimmed –
behind the  darkness only few impressions survived…

An owl  attacked, and a mouse gave the last cry…

A handful of wind combed the plane of the leaves,
the plane of the air behind the branches:
The ripple in the still surface of the pond 
froze then, as if touched by a spell:

‘There will be no Spring in sight, not anytime  soon!’

(©Always by George-B)

Ebola virus disease: learn more aboout Ebola

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Ebola” redirects here. For other uses, see Ebola (disambiguation).
Ebola virus disease
Classification and external resources
7042 lores-Ebola-Zaire-CDC Photo.jpg

A 1976 photograph of two nurses standing in front of Mayinga N., a person with Ebola virus disease; she died only a few days later due to severe internal hemorrhaging.
ICD10 A98.4
ICD9 065.8
DiseasesDB 18043
MedlinePlus 001339
eMedicine med/626
MeSH D019142

Ebola virus disease (EVD), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), or simply Ebola is a disease of humans and other primates caused by an ebolavirus. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches. Typically, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash follow, along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, affected people may begin to bleed both within the body and externally.[1]

The virus may be acquired upon contact with blood or other bodily fluids of an infected human or other animal.[1] Spreading through the air has not been documented in the natural environment.[2] Fruit bats are believed to be a carrier and may spread the virus without being affected. Once human infection occurs, the disease may spread between people, as well. Male survivors may be able to transmit the disease via semen for nearly two months. To diagnose EVD, other diseases with similar symptoms such as malaria, cholera and other viral hemorrhagic fevers are first excluded. Blood samples are tested for viral antibodies, viral RNA, or the virus itself to confirm the diagnosis.[1]

Outbreak control requires community engagement, case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, and safe burials.[1] Prevention includes decreasing the spread of disease from infected animals to humans. This may be done by checking such animals for infection and killing and properly disposing of the bodies if the disease is discovered. Properly cooking meat and wearing protective clothing when handling meat may also be helpful, as are wearing protective clothing and washing hands when around a person with the disease. Samples of bodily fluids and tissues from people with the disease should be handled with special caution.[1]

No specific treatment for the disease is yet available.[1] Efforts to help those who are infected are supportive and include giving either oral rehydration therapy (slightly sweet and salty water to drink) or intravenous fluids.[1] This supportive care improves outcomes.[1] The disease has a high risk of death, killing between 25% and 90% of those infected with the virus (average is 50%).[1] EVD was first identified in an area of Sudan that is now part of South Sudan, as well as in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). The disease typically occurs in outbreaks in tropical regions of sub-Saharan Africa.[1] From 1976 (when it was first identified) through 2013, the World Health Organization reported a total of 1,716 cases.[1][3] The largest outbreak to date is the ongoing 2014 West African Ebola outbreak, which is affecting Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.[4][5] As of 3 October 2014, 7,497 suspected cases resulting in the deaths of 3,439 have been reported.[6] Efforts are under way to develop a vaccine; however, none yet exists.[1]

Signs and symptoms


Signs and symptoms of Ebola.[7]

Signs and symptoms of Ebola virus disease (EVD) usually begin suddenly with an influenza-like stage characterized by fatigue, fever, headaches, joint, muscle, and abdominal pain.[8][9] Vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite are also common.[9] Less common symptoms include the following: sore throat, chest pain, hiccups, shortness of breath, and trouble swallowing.[9] The average time between contracting the infection and the start of symptoms (incubation period) is 8 to 10 days, but it can vary between 2 and 21 days.[9][10] Skin manifestations may include a maculopapular rash (in about 50% of cases).[11] Early symptoms of EVD may be similar to those of malaria, dengue fever, or other tropical fevers, before the disease progresses to the bleeding phase.[8]

In 40–50% of cases, bleeding from puncture sites and mucous membranes (e.g., gastrointestinal tract, nose, vagina, and gums) has been reported.[12] In the bleeding phase, which typically begins five to seven days after first symptoms,[13] internal and subcutaneous bleeding may present itself in the form of reddened eyes and bloody vomit.[8] Bleeding into the skin may create petechiae, purpura, ecchymoses, and hematomas (especially around needle injection sites).[14] Sufferers may cough up blood, vomit it, or excrete it in their stool.[15]

Heavy bleeding is rare and is usually confined to the gastrointestinal tract.[11][16] In general, the development of bleeding symptoms often indicates a worse prognosis and this blood loss can result in death.[8] All people infected show some signs of circulatory system involvement, including impaired blood clotting.[11] If the infected person does not recover, death due to multiple organ dysfunction syndrome occurs within 7 to 16 days (usually between days 8 and 9) after first symptoms.[13]



Bushmeat being prepared for cooking in Ghana, 2013. Human consumption of equatorial animals in Africa in the form of bushmeat has been linked to the transmission of diseases to people, including Ebola.[32]

Bats are considered the most likely natural reservoir of EBOV. Plants, arthropods, and birds were also considered.[1][33] Bats were known to reside in the cotton factory in which the first cases for the 1976 and 1979 outbreaks were observed, and they have also been implicated in Marburg virus infections in 1975 and 1980.[34] Of 24 plant species and 19 vertebrate species experimentally inoculated with EBOV, only bats became infected.[35] The absence of clinical signs in these bats is characteristic of a reservoir species. In a 2002–2003 survey of 1,030 animals including 679 bats from Gabon and the Republic of the Congo, 13 fruit bats were found to contain EBOV RNA fragments.[36] As of 2005, three types of fruit bats (Hypsignathus monstrosus, Epomops franqueti, and Myonycteris torquata) have been identified as being in contact with EBOV. They are now suspected to represent the EBOV reservoir hosts.[37][38] Antibodies against Zaire and Reston viruses have been found in fruit bats in Bangladesh, thus identifying potential virus hosts and signs of the filoviruses in Asia.[39]

Between 1976 and 1998, in 30,000 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods sampled from outbreak regions, no Ebola virus was detected apart from some genetic traces found in six rodents (Mus setulosus and Praomys) and one shrew (Sylvisorex ollula) collected from the Central African Republic.[34][40] Traces of EBOV were detected in the carcasses of gorillas and chimpanzees during outbreaks in 2001 and 2003, which later became the source of human infections. However, the high lethality from infection in these species makes them unlikely as a natural reservoir.[34]

Transmission between natural reservoir and humans is rare, and outbreaks are usually traceable to a single case where an individual has handled the carcass of gorilla, chimpanzee or duiker.[41] Fruit bats are also eaten by people in parts of West Africa where they are smoked, grilled or made into a spicy soup.[38][42]

“The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston Audiobook 1 of 8 (you may enjoy it too)

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston Audiobook 1 of 8


Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. 112: make music part of your life series

Antonín DvořákSymphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. 112

Saint of the Day for Thursday, October 9th, 2014: Sts. Denis, Rusticus, and Eleutherius

today’s holiday: Han’gul Day

English: statue of King Sejong the Great, in D...

English: statue of King Sejong the Great, in Deoksugung. 한국어: 덕수궁에 있는 세종대왕상 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Han’gul Day

This day commemorates the invention of the Korean alphabet by scholars under the direction of King Sejong of the Yi Dynasty in 1446. The day is celebrated with Confucian rituals and Choson-period court dances performed at Yongnung, the king’s tomb, in Yoju, Kyonggi. Yoju also stages the King Sejong Cultural Festival, with chanting and processions at Shilluksa Temple, farmers’ dances, games such as tug of war, and a lantern parade. In some areas, there are calligraphy contests for both children and adults. Ceremonies are also held at the King Sejong Memorial Center near Seoul. More… Discuss

quotation: John Milton

Assuredly we bring not innocence into the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary.

John Milton (1608-1674) Discuss

today’s birthday: Aimee Semple McPherson (1890)

Aimee Semple McPherson (1890)

“Sister Aimee” was an evangelist and the founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. Noted for her extravagant and unconventional religious services, McPherson’s revival meetings were often standing room only. On one occasion, she even held services in a boxing ring, inviting those in attendance to “knock out the Devil.” On May 18, 1926, she disappeared after heading to Venice Beach for a swim. When she reappeared about a month later, what did she claim had happened to her? More… Discuss

this day in th eyesteryear: First North Korean Nuclear Test (2006)

First North Korean Nuclear Test (2006)

In 1994, North Korea signed the “Agreed Framework,” consenting to dismantle its nuclear facilities, but it covertly continued to pursue nuclear technology. On October 3, 2006, North Korea announced its intention to detonate a nuclear device. The test was conducted six days later, but its explosive force was so small that many question whether the test was truly successful. After the UN Security Council levied sanctions on October 14, how did North Korean president Kim Jong Il allegedly respond? More… Discuss

Researchers Release Thousands of Mosquitoes

Researchers Release Thousands of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are annoying pests as well as vectors for disease transmission, so why would anyone actually release captive mosquitoes, let alone bacteria-infected ones, into the environment on purpose? To combat disease, of course. Several countries, including Brazil, Australia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, are participating in a program involving releasing tens of thousands of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria, which suppress mosquito-borne dengue fever and also hamper the ability of infected male mosquitoes to reproduce with uninfected females. Wolbachia in not transmissible to humans. More… Discuss

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ( a good time to check on your posture at the computer!)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you have pain, numbness, burning, or tingling in your hands and do a lot of typing or knitting, you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Short, repetitive finger and wrist movements are among the causes of this painful condition, as they irritate and inflame the flexor tendons, causing compression of the median nerve in a part of the wrist called the “carpal tunnel.” What are some preventative steps one can take to try and minimize the risk of developing the condition? More… Discuss

English: Transverse section of the wrist. Base...

English: Transverse section of the wrist. Based off Gray’s anatomy diagram of the same. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

word: augury


Definition: (noun) A sign of something coming; an omen.
Synonyms: foretoken, preindication
Usage: Many analysts see the dire unemployment statistics as an augury of a continued recession. Discuss.

The Grid | The world’s first AI Platform that designs websites.

The Grid | The world’s first AI Platform that designs websites.

this pressed: A Publishing Tool That Builds Websites Powered by AI | WIRED

/ 10The Grid, a new AI-powered publishing tool that launches today, is a tool aimed at automating out mundane website design work. The Grid


A Publishing Tool That Builds Websites Powered by AI

By Margaret Rhodes

“Websites are just the worst,” says Dan Tocchini. And his former profession? Surprise! Website designer.

Tocchini learned to loathe website work, oddly enough, after a stint selling European diamonds to small Bay Area jewelers. It was the mid-2000s, and he was lugging a backpack full of stones from retailer to retailer. Soon enough, he needed a website to manage his growing group of customers. When he saw what designers were charging for their work, he decided to learn how to code and develop a site himself. Soon enough he quit the diamond biz to work on developing full time. It quickly began to feel menial. Websites need constant updating, but “people don’t understand what goes into it, and they think they can do it themselves,” he says. “I was doing WordPress for clients. I’d put a big tutorial in front, and they still couldn’t figure it out, and I just knew I wanted to solve that website problem.”

via A Publishing Tool That Builds Websites Powered by AI | WIRED.

Phones held by police remotely wiped

Phones held by police remotely wiped http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29464889

Ebola Fears Drive LaGuardia’s Airplane Cleaners to Strike – Businessweek


Ebola Could Be ‘World’s Next AIDS,’ CDC Director Warns – ABC News


Cartagena linked to Secret Service fallout


‘Hands up’ protests after another police shooting in St. Louis – CSMonitor.com


Terror policing review put on hold

Terror policing review put on hold http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29547445

India warns Pakistan to stop attacks

India warns Pakistan to stop attacks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29547581

French author wins Nobel prize

French author wins Nobel prize http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29553516

MH17 passenger ‘had oxygen mask on’

MH17 passenger ‘had oxygen mask on’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29548942

MH17 passenger ‘had oxygen mask on’

MH17 passenger ‘had oxygen mask on’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29548942

Turkey action in Syria ‘unrealistic’

Turkey action in Syria ‘unrealistic’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29548662