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This Judge should be removed

By Patrick Van Roy On October 31st, 2014 at 8:38 pm

District Court Judge

 Charles C. LaVerdiere of  FORT KENT, Maine is the biggest ass to ever don the Black Robes of Justice. This local yahoo presumes with your life and mine that he knows more than the Dr.’s of the CDC and the WHO. The CDC says if you are exposed to Ebola you should be quarantined 21 Days, the WHO says 42.

Judge Chuck says 10 days no symptoms…. your fine. Atta boy Chuck, glad all your infectious disease background with level 4 contagions far exceeds that of both those organizations. I do hope that if all your knowledge in that area proves to be faulty…. you and your family are ground zero.

I hope you gave her a big Hug.

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Kaci Hickox is free to travel unrestricted after a Maine judge on Friday rejected the state’s bid to limit her movements as a medical worker who has treated Ebola patients.

Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere ruled Hickox must continue daily monitoring and coordinate travel with state health officials to ensure continuity of monitoring. The judge said there’s no need to restrict her movements because she’s not infectious because she’s showing no symptoms.

With the judge’s ruling, a state police cruiser parked outside her home drove away.

The state went to court Thursday to impose restrictions on Hickox until the 21-day incubation period for Ebola ends on Nov. 10. Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, contended confinement at her home in northern Maine violated her rights.

There was no immediate comment from state officials.

The judge thanked Hickox for her service in Africa and acknowledged the gravity of restricting someone’s constitutional rights without solid science to back it up.

“The court is fully aware of the misconceptions, misinformation, bad science and bad information being spread from shore to shore in our country with respect to Ebola,” he wrote. “The court is fully aware that people are acting out of fear and that this fear is not entirely rational.”

Hickox, 33, stepped into the media glare when she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone to become subject to a mandatory quarantine in New Jersey. After being released from a hospital there, she returned to this small town, where she was placed under what Maine authorities called a voluntary quarantine.

She said she is following the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation of daily monitoring for fever and other signs of the disease.

“I’m not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it’s not science-based,” she said earlier in the week.

The legal action is shaping up as the nation’s biggest test case yet in the struggle to balance public health and fear of Ebola against personal freedom.

In a court filing, the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention backed away from the state’s original request for an in-home quarantine and called for restrictions that fall in line with federal guidelines.

Hickox remains at risk of being infected with Ebola until the end of a 21-day incubation period, Dr. Sheila Pinette.

“It is my opinion that the respondent should be subjected to an appropriate public health order for mandatory direct active monitoring and restrictions on movement as soon as possible and until the end of the incubation period … to protect the public health and safety,” she wrote.

 

 

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On October 31st, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Because Friday night is really the pagan festival of Samhain.

A couple of hours gazing at Stonehenge and Salisbury Plain would normally be a good day out for me and my boots. It’s all about communing with the old people in a glorious, ancient landscape. You can’t beat it. Unfortunately today my communing was done in a traffic jam on the A303 as I passed by the stones, or what the National Trust probably calls “The Stonehenge Experience”.

But the darker half has arrived anyway so tonight, dear listerners, it’s Ozzy’s tribute to a man once thought of as truly evil. I just love a great riff, and it’s high time we had the genius of Rhandy Rhoads here. Ozzy’s axeman was killed tragically young, but he might just have been the greatest guitarist of all if he hadn’t taken a doomed plane ride.

As always, feel free to link to whatever sounds you’re into –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDCK_yyzoh8

ATW OPEN THREAD

By Pete Moore On October 31st, 2014 at 8:00 pm

It’s been another full on week at the coalface of capitalism. Someone must have thought of something to say while DV and I have been keeping UK plc afloat. Have yourselves an Open Thread then, one decorated with a view of Grindelwald in Switzerland, which I have to say isn’t the worst place I’ve found myself.

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Sorry, but just not enough mud!

By Mike Cunningham On October 31st, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Now it may seem that everything is good, when an English girl wins a World title, but just pause for a minute, and then guess how long it will be before

a) We no longer have a competitor in the top 100, never mind top ten

b) The Wicksteed Puddle-jumping World Championship’s Ruling Committee is found to be riddled with bribery, presents of Rolex watches for all the officials, etc.; just on the same scale as FIFA.

c) The Russians, or the Chinese, or even the Argentinians get the vote rigged to remove the WPJWC from Wicksteed park, and set up the Puddles in their own country?

 

Halloween

By Patrick Van Roy On October 31st, 2014 at 10:35 am

A tribute to one of my favorite characters.

Let’s hear it for the Team, guys!

By Mike Cunningham On October 30th, 2014 at 9:12 pm

As many already know, I have zero interest, and less knowledge, in all forms of sports; considering them on a par with, as a lifelong interest, watching paint dry. The tribal chants of the fans, which title of course stems from the more literary translation of fanatics, at British football games, are echoed around American football arenas, vastly different of course to its British namesake. The similar chants and songs of Rugby aficionados echo whether in New Zealand or Wales. Whether the sport is athletics, or curling, ski-ing or horse-racing, the fan(atics) will surge to their chosen meeting, or game, or whatever; often at huge expense, to watch their heroes perform, or not; as the case may be. It does not really matter to the supporters that, in many if not most of the various sporting endeavours, the clubs are owned, and are indeed operated, as big, lucrative businesses, and those same supporters’ needs and wishes are usually subservient to the bottom line; which is that of profit.

The County Council which allegedly serves the City where  I live is a good example of how the cash is thrown around, with over Six Million-odd pounds thrown at the County Cricket Club just because they are really nice guys!

It is profit which determines how much cash is spent upon players, of whatever sport is being discussed, and the players, and their talent, are just another calculation in the rush to gain a better place in the league, or the competition, or indeed whatever. The players are meat on the hoof to the financiers, nothing more, and nothing less. They are paid, sometimes, obscene amounts of money, but if a ligament goes, or a bone fractures once too often, they can be, and usually are, discarded like yesterday’s newspapers. The players are charged by the coaches and managers to go beyond their physical and mental limits to achieve the slogans of ‘be the best’, and ‘we will win’, but a story which has just emerged gives a deeper, darker side to the old chants from the terraces.

The Basketball and Football teams at UNC-Chapel Hill has achieved great glory for that University, in a time span spread over literally nearly two decades, but the leading players, many of them talented African-American students, were given a virtual free ride through enrolment into an African-American Studies Department with zero oversight, accountability or interest in the academic well-being of its students. As long as they performed on the boards, as long as they ‘won’ for the team and the University, they got a virtual free ride, with lies marked up as study, and non-existent examinations given full credit.

However, one group did know plenty about the scheme and actively tried to protect and preserve it. Paid counselors in the school’s Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) were tasked with doing whatever it took to keep Tar Heel athletes eligible, especially those in “revenue” sports like football and basketball. To that end, these counselors not only “steered” athletes to the AFAM department and did homework for them, but they regularly alerted Crowder and Nyang’oro about the grades that each student-athlete required in order to “remain academically or athletically eligible.”

But the worst part is when those gifted athletes left the University where they had been lied to for years, and probably a phoney degree which could not possibly stand against the truth that they had no decent education at all, what future could they look forward to, apart from a tale of how many times they had Won for the Team’

Sports and Sportsmen, don’t make me laugh!

 

Nurse Kaci Hickox

By Patrick Van Roy On October 30th, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Ms. Hickox is a Nurse that was treating Ebola patients in W Africa. She is currently symptom free of the disease. She is however refusing to abide by the 21 day quarantine that she is being placed in.  This sweet caring lady that sacrificed her time and comfort by putting herself at risk treating the poor and suffering of W Africa cares nothing for her fellow Americans. If she did she wouldn’t be putting them at risk, and she is doing just that.

She keeps claiming that the Quarantine is unscientific and unconstitutional.  It is both, quarantines work and they have been used many times in our nations history.  They have even been used on less deadly diseases like Chicken Pox, and Measles. The current strain of Ebola has a 70% kill ratio.  Only 3 out of 10 survive once infected it takes 21-42 days to show symptoms, if you have the disease you start becoming contagious during that time. The disease is not a germ that quickly dies outside the human host, it can live on the surface of something an infected person touched for months. Yet this Angel of Mercy cares nothing for those facts.

She insists that she can be trusted to “self evaluate” herself. That the state has no right to impose upon this Angel of Mercy. We do have an example of how well these doctor and nurses without borders can be trusted.

Ebola doctor ‘lied’ about NYC travels

The city’s first Ebola patient initially lied to authorities about his travels around the city following his return from treating disease victims in Africa, law-enforcement sources said.

Dr. Craig Spencer at first told officials that he isolated himself in his Harlem apartment — and didn’t admit he rode the subways, dined out and went bowling until cops looked at his MetroCard the sources said.

“He told the authorities that he self-quarantined. Detectives then reviewed his credit-card statement and MetroCard and found that he went over here, over there, up and down and all around,” a source said.

Spencer finally ’fessed up when a cop “got on the phone and had to relay questions to him through the Health Department,” a source said.

Officials then retraced Spencer’s steps, which included dining at The Meatball Shop in Greenwich Village and bowling at The Gutter in Brooklyn.

The Doctors behavior is more honest than the Nurse’s.  This Angel of Mercy could very well become an Angel of Death, but hey how dare we want precautions to be taken.

I hope Ms. Hickox remains symptom free, if not she will likely infect others.  I wonder if anyone that then dies from her actions will look at her with the warmth and care that she is demanding?

UPDATE:  For SPITE  this Angel defies everyone’s protocol and….

 

Quarantined Ebola nurse takes cops for a ride: She defies orders to stay at home and goes for a cycle as police follow in car

She even shook the idiot reporters hand. Now the odds that this moment of Fame Harlot actually comes down with anything are slim. The quarantine protocol is the public safety barrier which to the public she says “Fuc* You” by her actions.  My only wish is that if she does become symptomatic we say the same thing to her in regards to treating her.
We wouldn’t, but we should.

IT’S RECYCLING NIGHT

By Pete Moore On October 30th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Only government can get away with forcing you to pay for something and then delivering it once a fortnight. Tonight is “recycling night” in these here parts. Every two weeks we put the empties into a green bin and leave it out to be taken away early next morning. It looks a bit like this –

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The “normal” bin gets emptied weekly, so that’s out as well. There’s a third bin we have, a large green eco thingy which I see that people put out every fotnight. I don’t know what they’re for; I chuck all my rubbish into the normal black one. So I’ve never used my big, green eco-bin thingy. Tell a lie, I did use it once. I needed to check the choke on the shotgun, so I used it to see the spread pattern of the pellets, and now it’s full of tiny holes anyway.

But I’ve just had a stroll around the village, the recycling tubs are full, and I’ve just noticed that there’s an enormous amount of glass out there. It made me smile, because it suggests that most of the village is pissed by 9pm and that alot of my neighbours don’t pay the slightest attention to government drinking guidelines, and it’s always good to ignore the government.

Goddesses, and other superstitious crap

By Mike Cunningham On October 30th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

I have often considered 1930’s America, and the Americans who inhabit the States which made up that Union, as, on the whole, balanced in their happy ignorance of the world outside of their continental boundaries. America, before FDR and the happy coincidence of Pearl Harbour, would rather have checked the local headlines, talked about baseball, talked about Hollywood movie stars, talked about anything which did not touch upon a World in turmoil 3,000 miles away. The opinion of Congress was to sheer away from any talk about a War raging far away, and Isolation ruled.

America has moved on from those lazy days, when no-one listened to the sirens sounding in London, because America had to, but the old ways, the old beliefs, still hold some in their grasp; as can be seen in the words of Erbin Gamurot, 48, a handyman, said Pele, the volcano goddess, just wants to visit her sister, Namakaokahai, the sea goddess. “She gotta go see her sister. She gotta go say hi. You know how family are. It’s all good,” Gamuret said.

Before I am hauled before an ATW court for summary lynching, for my use of the term ‘happy coincidence’, allow me to expand. The dead, the terrible slaughter on that sunny morning in early November 1941 was not happy, not in the slightest; but it was a fortuitous event for Great Britain, because we gained the assistance and alliance  of the greatest Democratic Nation in the world when we stood virtually alone against the Nazi hordes, intent on their domination of a supine Europe, alongside their Allies in the Empire of Japan.

 

Where there is blood; there is money!

By Mike Cunningham On October 30th, 2014 at 10:01 am

If a legally-operated Charity suggests that members of the public donate for a cause, it is widely presumed that the cash generated goes towards the purpose which the Charity is advertising. The fact that executives of that Charity gain ever-higher salaries and/or bonus payments is never stated, nor even acknowledged. But that fact is possibly more widely appreciated than most of the fat-cats in Charity high places care to acknowledge. If someone wishes to donate any cash to a particular charity, in this country, he or she is free to do so, but I do feel that the PROPORTION of that cash which goes to the charitable purpose is more fully and widely stated.

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Take, for example, the installation, now nearly complete, of the 888,246 ceramic poppies, set into the moat which encircles the Tower of London. I do not criticise it as the Guardian’s correspondent did; when he used the barbed tones which sneered at this remarkable installation as purely ‘nationalistic’, as ‘prettified and toothless’, not as ‘Art’ as he snobbishly interprets Art to be; but instead as ‘popular art’, which is something to be decried and distorted. No, I criticise it because it only tells a part of the truth. I criticise it because the British public are being lied to, whenever they read and believe the blurb about paying a donation of £25.00 for a ceramic poppy. When I state that £8.75 is earmarked for charity, £4.17 goes to the taxman for VAT, leaving the majority of the money – £12.08 – to cover ‘costs’. If all the poppies are sold, and even allowing for 10 per cent ‘breakages or returns’, this means a company called Paul Cummins Ceramics Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red Community Interest Company, could receive almost £10million.

So, when you check the pages of your newspaper, or watch the well-documented scenes on television, just remember that besides ‘Help for Heroes’, besides ‘SSAFA’, besides ‘Combat Stress’ and the Confederation of Service Charities, well-run and dedicated charities all; you are making Paul Cummins and his millionaire backers a great deal of money!