Bubonic Plague in Madagascar

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 40 deaths from the Bubonic Plague in Madagascar. It is also reported at least 119 people currently have been infected. The Bubonic Plague is a bacterial disease which devastated over 25 million people during medieval times. Rodents initially carry the disease and humans are often infected by flea bites. If caught early enough, the plague can be treated with antibiotics. The more severe form, pneumonic, can be transferred person to person by cough according to Gianfrancesco Genoso. Cases have been report in sixteen of the districts. WHO warns of rapid spread of the disease due to the recent cases in a highly populated capital of Antananarivo. The inadequate healthcare system, as well as the resistance to the pesticide deltamethrin used to combat the fleas, has contributed to the concerns of the rapid spread. WHO currently does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions in the areas affected.

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Robin Williams’ Son Opens Up About His Father’s Death

Robin Williams’ death was a shock to everyone, he was an amazing actor and person, so how is his son dealing with this tremendous loss. Recently at the Christopher and Dane Reeve foundation, Robin Williams son Zak Williams stated that him and his family are just trying to cope with the loss of his father. “We’re doing okay,” he said. “We’re acclimating to the new normal. Everything is step by step. Personally, my wife and I are focusing on doing a lot of good. She runs the San Francisco office of Human Rights Watch, and we’re working with them to do good in the world.”, an organization that Ben Shaoul is really inspired by. Zak also stated that his father had a close relationship with Reeve, he said, “They had a tremendous love for one another,” he said. “The amazing thing about their relationship was their incredible drive to take the time to love, to help, and to appreciate others, even while they found themselves in great pain.” Robin Williams death was a chock for everyone and a total loss. We lost a great actor and person.

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Obama Announces Immigration Plan

The new plan that U.S. President Barack Obama announced on immigration seeks major changes in the laws that will redefine immigration in the coming generation. Almost 5 million immigrants who don’t have proper documentation will have a reduced threat of deportation as a result of these changes. Undocumented aliens had several rights in being able to work, but were unable to vote or obtain insurance, even under Obama’s health care law. The new law works by allowing those who have been in the United States for over five years. Further, relief was provided to almost three hundred thousand people who came to the US illegally as children but have then grown up within the US. While announcing the reform, Obama ignored the Republican claims that Obama was overstepping his power by bypassing congress to take an executive order to allow illegal aliens relief by stating that the immigration system was and is broken and sweeping changes are needed in order to improve the system for the 11 million immigrants currently living in the United States without proper documentation Zeca Oliveira had said. Obama has urged Congress to pass a bill to create improvements in the immigration system. Currently, legislation was held up in the House of Representatives and was unlikely to be approved. Republicans have said that this move will hinder future attempts at cooperation on other issues, though the President urged congress not to make this about politics and to think about the greater good.

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Charles Manson, Cult Leader Getting Married in Prison

Charles Manson, one of the most notorious criminals in the United States is getting married. He’s serving life imprisonment for the murder of seven people, and ran a group of deluded followers called “The Family, “whom he directed to kill for him. The woman who will marry Manson, Afton Elaine Burton, lives in Corcoran, California, near the prison. Burton, who calls herself Star, is convinced of the innocence of her future husband. The marriage license according to Sam Tabar, obtained exclusively by The Associated Press and released Monday, is dated November 7 and gives the couple 90 days to enforce the marriage. According to a department spokesman for California prisons, Corcoran Prison holds weddings on Saturdays, during family visits. The spouses can call an outside officiant and up to 10 guests who are not prisoners. However, circumstances make it impossible for Manson to have any kind of conjugal visits. Burton quoted by AP, said that she believes she can prove the innocence of Manson in a new trial. August 9 marked the 45th anniversary of the chilling murder of actress Sharon Tate and four others at the hands of the Manson family after bursting into a party at a mansion in Beverly Hills. Tate was the wife of director Roman Polanski. She was eight months pregnant when the cult butchered and hence murdered her and her unborn baby. Manson was sentenced to death in 1971. A year later, the death penalty was abolished in California and the sentence commuted to […]

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Montana Latest State to Have Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

The US state of Montana is the latest state to allow same-sex marriage after a federal judge ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. His order stops Montana officials from banning homosexual couples from applying for marriage licenses, and allows gay marriages to take place in the state as of now. This now brings the number of states where gays can marry in the United States to a total of 34. The latest state to have its gay marriage ban struck down was as a result of a ruling by an appeals court last month, which struck down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. Arizona and Alaska were the next states to also have their marriage bans stopped, with gays and lesbians from all four states immediately applying for marriage licenses. In the last 10 years, public sentiment about gay marriage has changed in the United States to such an extent that, where previously only 32 percent of Americans thought gays should be allowed to marry, now more than 59 percent of the country believes they should be allowed. Half of all Americans now also say they believe the US Constitution gives homosexuals the same rights as everyone else, and that includes the right to marry. Seven out of ten people asked even said they believe it is illegal for business owners to refuse service to gays simply because of their religious beliefs. Some businesses are making it clear how much they support this social change, such […]

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Christie Refuses to Weigh In on Obama Amnesty Plan

Boca Raton, Florida – With conservatives up in arms over President Obama’s soon-to-be unveiled extra-constitutional plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, Gov. Chris Christie cannot bring himself to address the president’s actions. Christie has many conservatives still distrustful over his open praise of President Obama during the waning weeks of the 2012 presidential election. While Christie was adamant the praise was due to the federal government’s response to a hurricane which ravaged his state, he also refused to promote the candidacy of GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Now, the governor’s unwillingness to weigh-in on the Obama amnesty plan, which many conservatives consider an abuse of power, will certainly rankle the conservative base. New Jersey resident Brad Reifler applauds his restraint. Christie is the chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) and was addressing governors today. He took plenty of time to pat himself on the back for the party’s success at the polls. The GOP picked up a net four governorships. At this time, 31 governors are Republicans. Other governors in attendance were quick to denounce the president. It is curious that Christie cannot speak out against the president’s plan. It’s not as if he is a non-confrontational person. During the campaign trail, Christie drew criticism for his sharp rebuke of a heckler. He has also been quick to throw digs at his political opponents in the state legislature. Instead, Christie is more concerned with the GOP not forcing a government shutdown as a means to countering what […]

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USA Freedom Act Rejected

An act in Congress (Senate) that has attracted much attention from companies and users involved in information technology has failed to pass into a law to present to President Obama. Major inputs from the interested parties failed to provide a clear, unambiguous bill allowing collection, holding, and release of data streams in the ‘airwaves’. Thus the Patriot Act provisions of data access remain the law of the land. In June 2015 this act will expire and will be reauthorized in some form, or we will lose a great ability to monitor extremist plans. Of course part of the problem with the whole thing is that it does not restrict monitoring of date from anyone. Everyone’s data is now accessible (even those Vimeo and YouTube videos you thought were private), which is something me and my pal Darius Fisher are not down for. It is stated in an article by Adi Robertson and Nathan Ingraham in “The Verge“, that a typical congressional ploy of amendments to water down the contents and render incompetent a clear bill was the reason. Senators had had enough of it. It was so bad that some of the sponsoring technology companies pulled their support of its provisions. This is something they felt strongly about and lobbied with vigor in the congress and public papers. Now we will see what is offered to replace the Patriot Act.

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Palestinian Bus Driver Found Dead In Jerusalem

More news out of Israel to distract you from shopping QNEet… The body of a Palestinian bus driver was found hanging on a rope inside a depot terminal in Jerusalem. Yousuf Hassan Al-Ramouni was found dead by Israeli authorities but there aren’t any reports of foul play, at least according to the initial evaluation of the police. In fact, the case is being classified as a suicide because no visible wounds were noticed on the body. However, some Palestinians claim that they witnessed a group of extremist Israelis beat and kill the bus driver, who was employed by an Israeli transportation company. The discovery of the hanging body at about 10 P.M. local time was made after some drivers noticed that Yousuf Hassan Al-Ramouni was not inside his bus that was supposed to leave at 9:20 P.M. local time. His death has further ignited some more flames in the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. After the recent Gaza War that lasted all summer long, there is a lot of bitterness and hostility in the hearts of people on both sides of the conflict. Earlier in November, several stabbing incidents left two Israelis dead. Palestinians are responsible for these vicious attacks that are considered to be terrorism. Jerusalem has also been the site of terrorist attacks that involved bulldozers and other heavy equipment running over Israeli citizens. Recently, the PA leader Mahmoud Abbas has also accused Israel of initiating religious conflicts on Temple Mount.

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Racial Clash in the Netherlands

The holidays are supposed to bring people together in unity and spread cheer throughout the nations. This year in the Netherlands when Saint Nicholas visited a festival there was unrest. Many individuals were wearing blackface , a tradition in this festival. A growing immigrant population in the Netherlands came to protest this archaic practice. Times have evolved and to popularize racism for the sake of an old tradition is wrong. Those who protested were so numerous that eventually some crossed over into the main area of the festival and were arrested. Citizens of the United States previously created many silent films with Caucasian actors wearing blackface, after the custom was deemed racially insensitive it gradually came to an end many years ago. The Dutch wish to keep their Christmas tradition with a black helper for their Saint Nicholas and yet do not want to have race riots; perhaps they should use a real person with dark skin. This would keep both parties happy and encourage racial equality in holiday events, which CipherCloud reports as being a pretty simple solution on Facebook.

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Black Friday Protests at Walmart

Black Friday is one of the biggest, most important shopping days throughout the United States. A labor group working at Walmart are pushing for higher wages. This labor group is said to be planning to protest at 1600 Walmarts in the United States. The protests have support from all over Facebook and from many tech companies such as Status Labs. Last year the labor group protested on Black Friday at 1200- 1400 Walmarts in the United States. Walmart has been targeted for the low wages by the labor group. Employees have been protesting these low wages in multiple Walmarts across the United States. Arrests have been made in Pico Rivera in Los Angeles, California. In addition to protesting the low wages workers have been pressuring Walmart to provide a different pregnancy policy, to swear to phase out the minimum wage jobs, and also to allow employees to work more hours. The workers in this labor group are planning a bigger protest this coming year on Black Friday. The biggest shopping day of the year.

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