Sunday Oct 12th, 2014

Dallas Hospital Worker Tests Positive for Ebola

By J. Freedom du Lac [Washington Post]

A police car drives past the entrance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital

In the first apparent case of Ebola transmission in the United States, a Texas hospital worker who treated an Ebola-stricken Liberian man has tested positive for the deadly virus. The preliminary test result was announced early Sunday, four days after the death of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas; the diagnosis has not been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worker reported “a low-grade fever” Friday, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement. This person “was isolated and referred for testing.” The preliminary test result was received late Saturday.

“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey said in a statement. “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.” [full article below]

Highly Educated, Unemployed and Tumbling Down the Ladder

BY MARTHA C. WHITE [NBC NEWS]

JIM MICHAUD / FOR NBC NEWS

In the upside-down, topsy-turvy world of jobs these days, even an advanced degree can’t protect some Americans from tumbling down the economic ladder.

The conventional wisdom that more education bears fruit in the labor market gets turned on its head when it comes to unemployment. For people with masters and even doctoral degrees, long-term unemployment is especially insidious. At best, these formerly high-earning professionals face the prospect of a years-long climb back to their former level of income and stature, while they delay retirement to rebuild their decimated nest eggs.

Others won’t be that lucky. Debt, foreclosure and evaporated savings push them out of the middle class, and some just keep falling.

“Most of these people in this long-term unemployed category are experiencing downward financial mobility,” said Carl Van Horn, distinguished professor of Public Policy and director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

Nearly half of the long-term unemployed in a Rutgers survey published last month estimate it will take up to a decade to rebuild their finances. More than 20 percent say it will take more than a decade, or that they’ll never recover. The highly educated are “actually in worse shape because they had farther to fall and had greater financial liability," Van Horn said. [full article below]

The Fuhrer took ‘Breaking Bad’ drug before ranting at Mussolini... and in his last days in the bunker

Hitler’s Secret Addiction To Crystal Meth

Adolf Hitler was a regular user of crystal meth – one of the most feared and addictive illegal substances on today’s black market and the drug at the heart of the hit TV series Breaking Bad – research has shown.

A 47-page wartime dossier compiled by American Military Intelligence reveals that Hitler, a notorious hypochondriac, took an astonishing 74 different medications including crystal methamphetamines.

Manufactured by the fictional teacher-turned-drug dealer Walter White in Breaking Bad, the drug is prized by addicts for the feelings of euphoria it produces. But it was also valued by the military during the war as a drug which could help combat the effects of fatigue.

The Fuhrer is believed to have taken crystal meth before a meeting with Mussolini in the summer of 1943, when he ranted non-stop for two hours. And he had nine injections of a drug called Vitamultin, which contained meth-amphetamine, during his final days in his bunker.  [full article below].

Dictator's Son Told To Forfeit Malibu Mansion

SKY NEWS

Teodoro Obiang Jnr, who's father leads Equatorial Guinea, reaches a deal with officials over more than $30m worth of assets.

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, second vice president of Equatorial Guinea

The "playboy" son of the president of an African republic has been forced to give up a $30m (£19m) Malibu mansion, a Ferrari and Michael Jackson memorabilia after a corruption probe.

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, who is the son of Equatorial Guinea's president and the country's second vice president, has agreed to give up the assets after reaching an agreement with US authorities.

About $20m (£12m) of the proceeds will be given to a charitable organisation to be used to benefit of Equatorial Guinea's people.

Another $10.3m (£6m) will be forfeited to the US government, which will use the money to benefit the African country's people.

Among the money he has to forfeit is $1m (£620,000) to cover the value of Michael Jackson memorabilia already removed from the US, including a "Thriller" jacket and a crystal-covered glove.

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