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Late Night FDL: It’s All Going to Pot ::posted Sat, 01 Aug 2015 03:00:46 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1OGbDnh

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard – It’s All Going to Pot

Well, L/LN pups my long run at FDL has come to an end. Tonite is my very last LLN, however, tomorrow nite Suz will officially close down LLN.

Currently, Ruth and I are exploring avenues to provide a sort of FDL Cafe to swap stories and to keep in touch with one another. In the meantime y’all can friend me at Facebook or follow me at twitter: @CTuttle0

It has been a real honor and pleasure to post and host for such a terrific bunch of people from all over the country, and at times the World…!

Mahalo Nui Loa…! *g*

*sigh* Now, I suppose it’s high time for me to get a real f*cking job…!

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C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Ghostland Observatory

C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Ghostland Observatory ::posted Sat, 01 Aug 2015 03:00:02 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1gvNpSc

I hope you like groovy funk and/or funky grooves, because Ghostland Observatory is proficient at both of those things. Sprinkle some electronic percussion and synths on top of that and voila, you have Ghostland Observatory. So, without further ado, take all those descriptive terms I used into consideration and enjoy the music!

What are you listening to tonight?

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Ebola Vaccine Proves 100 Percent Successful in Small Trial

Ebola Vaccine Proves 100 Percent Successful in Small Trial ::posted Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:43:52 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1KESK61

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A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has been shown to be 100 percent successful in a trial conducted in Guinea. Experts say the drug is likely to put an end to the West African epidemic, which has killed an estimated 11,280 people as of Thurdsay, according to World Health Organization data.

Nature reports:

An experimental Ebola vaccine seems to confer total protection against infection in people who are at high risk of contracting the virus, according to the preliminary results of a trial in Guinea that were announced today and published1 in The Lancet. They are the first evidence that a vaccine protects humans from Ebola infection.

“We believe the world is on the verge of an efficacious Ebola vaccine,” Marie-Paule Kieny, the World Health Organization’s assistant director-general for health systems and innovation, said during a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, today.

The results also have implications for outbreak response in general. “This is illustrating that it is feasible to develop vaccines much faster than we’ve been doing,” says Adrian Hill, a vaccine scientist at the University of Oxford, UK, who is involved in testing a different Ebola vaccine. “We just need to go on and develop them and get on with them before outbreaks appear.”

The Guinea trial — called ‘Ebola, ça suffit’ in French (‘Ebola, that’s enough’) — tested a ring vaccination design, a strategy that was borrowed from successful smallpox eradication efforts in the 1970s. After one patient contracts the disease, their close contacts are vaccinated in the hope of stemming the onward spread of the virus.

The Guinea trial included two arms: one in which adults who had been in contact with someone infected with Ebola and their subsequent contacts were vaccinated shortly after the original patient developed Ebola, and a second in which contacts instead received the vaccine three weeks later2. The trial tested a vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV, which is composed of an attenuated livestock virus engineered to produce an Ebola protein. The vaccine was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and then licensed to the drug companies NewLink Genetics and Merck.

Of the 2,014 people who received the vaccine immediately as part of the first arm, none developed Ebola ten days after getting the vaccine. The 10-day window allows the vaccine to summon an immune response and accounts for any pre-existing Ebola infection. (A few people in the immediate vaccination group, however, did develop the disease between 1 and 10 days after vaccination.) That compares with 16 infections among the 2,380 people in the second arm.

The findings mean that the vaccine provided 100% protection from the virus, though the study’s small size means that the vaccine’s true protection rate may be slightly lower, Kieny says. The authors of the paper put its true effectiveness at between 75% and 100%.

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—Posted by Roisin Davis

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Was a prison built every 10 days to house a fast-growing population of nonviolent inmates?

“We built a new prison every 10 days between 1990 and 2005 to keep up with our mass incarceration explosion of nonviolent offenders” ::posted Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:21:41 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1JB0mFp

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Huckabee Says He’ll Use FBI And Federal Troops To Stop Abortions

Huckabee Says He’ll Use FBI And Federal Troops To Stop Abortions ::posted Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:20:04 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1Dg0Xea

Mike Huckabee is rapidly becoming the king of overblown rhetoric. I think we’d have to go back to the days of George Wallace to find anything quite as bombastic as what he’s saying in this primary season.

Today’s “Keep Huckabee Relevant” headline is a giant pander to the forced birth advocates in our Heartland.

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee indicated Thursday that if elected, he wouldn’t rule out employing federal troops or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop abortion from taking place in the United States.

Though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against bans on abortion, Huckabee said past presidents have defied Supreme Court rulings.

The comments came at two public speaking stops on a tour of Iowa.

In response to a question from the audience at the Pizza Ranch in Jefferson, Iowa, Huckabee said he would “invoke the 5th and 14th amendments for the protection of every human being.”

Both amendments contain due process protections against depriving people of life without due process of law.

“Would that be a huge controversy?” the former Arkansas governor asked. “Yes.”

But he argued that scientific advancements have now verified that unborn babies are human beings — information he said wasn’t necessarily available when the Supreme Court issued its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

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Bloom County

Bloom County ::posted Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:15:56 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1eHkhFC

By Milt Priggee, http://ift.tt/12I7Hy8. Cagle Cartoons

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Super Slimer

Super Slimer ::posted Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:09:29 +0000:: http://ift.tt/1KFYM3y

By Steve Sack, Minneapolis Star Tribune. Cagle Cartoons

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