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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cheat Sheet - Ebola Racism Reaches a New Low in Texas

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October 15, 2014

Ebola fears have manifested into racism at a Texas community college. Navarro College is rejecting any student from a country with confirmed cases of Ebola, reports Abby Haglage. Even students from Nigeria—whose Ebola response was so effective that the CDC is studying it—are barred from Navarro. "We're not going to tackle epidemics by being scared or by misinformation, it's going to be true education," said Idris Bello, who was rejected.


The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed Wednesday that a second health-care worker who treated the first U.S. Ebola patient has tested positive for Ebola. "A second health-care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has tested positive for the disease," the department said in a statement. The patient reported a fever on Tuesday and was immediately isolated. "Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored," said the department. The first health-care worker to contract Ebola in the U.S. is nurse Nina Pham. She tested positive after caring for the first U.S. Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, who passed away last week. Pham appears to be improving, and the hospital upgraded her condition to good. Since Pham's diagnosis, some have questioned the efficacy of protocols to protect health-care worker have been questioned. Nurses also slammed Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital for its treatment of Duncan and lack of safety protocols.

Secret Casualties

From 2004 to 2011, U.S. and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein's rule, The New York Times reports. In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells, or aviation bombs, according to dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The U.S. went to war declaring it had to destroy weapons of mass destruction, but instead, American troops gradually found, and suffered from, remnants of long-abandoned programs. The Times found 17 U.S. service members and seven Iraqi police were exposed to nerve or mustard agents after 2003.


The U.S. may lead an international coalition when it comes to fighting ISIS, but the terrorists still have the bigger following. Jihad for an Islamic caliphate is attracting psychopathic losers the way the 1930s fight for the Spanish Republic drew romantic idealists, Michael Daly writes. ISIS recruits are more afraid of returning to their former lives than they are of death.


The Supreme Court has blocked vital components of the strict antiabortion laws enacted in Texas last year by Gov. Rick Perry. The ruling required facilities to spend millions on hospital-level upgrades, which was seen as more about limiting access than safety, and administering doctors to have "admitting privileges" as local hospitals. The resulting action shuttered all but eight abortion clinics throughout the state. Tuesday's ruling put a halt to these requirements and could lead to access by the millions of women unable to reach the major cities where the few facilities have remained open.

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