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Bus driver cannibal gnaws woman’s face

“It was then that Dong started biting Du’s face, leaving her covered in blood and weeping as passers-by tried to pull the attacker off his victim.”

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Daily Mail July 03, 2012 9:44AM

THE recent terrifying spate of ‘cannibal attacks’ seems to have spread to China, as a drunk bus driver was caught on camera gnawing at a woman’s face in a horrific random attack.

The unfortunate woman will apparently require plastic surgery to repair the damage done by her crazed attacker.

According to local news reports, the driver, named Dong, had been drinking heavily during lunch with his friends before the outburst on Tuesday.

He then ran on to the road in the city of Wenzhou, in south-east China, and stood in front of the car being driven by a woman named Du, stopping her from moving.

Dong climbed on the car’s hood and started beating the vehicle while the panicked woman screamed for help.

When she left the car and tried to escape, the bus driver leaped on top of her and wrestled her to the ground.

It was then that Dong started biting Du’s face, leaving her covered in blood and weeping as passers-by tried to pull the attacker off his victim.

Witnesses said that the bus driver had gone ‘crazy’ and was successfully resisting attempts to subdue him.

When police arrived, they managed to take Dong into custody, bringing the appalling rampage to an end.

Du was taken to hospital, where doctors said she would need surgery to repair her nose and lips.

The incident comes in the wake of a number of similar attacks committed by drugged-up psychopaths in the U.S.

Perhaps the best-known of these came in May, when Rudy Eugene chewed a homeless man’s face off before being shot dead by police.

 

SOURCE:
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/bus-driver-cannibal-gnaws-womans-face/story-e6freuy9-1226415360372

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Traveling Soon? Top 10 U.S. States Plagued by Exotic Diseases

“A number of diseases once thought to be unknown or eradicated in the U.S. are becoming prevalent again. I’m talking about rare and deadly diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, and leprosy.”

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Dear Valued Reader,

Political correctness can be deadly.

Especially when it comes to Third World diseases slipping through and around America’s borders. And even more worrisome given the political bottlenecks that prevent new and effective antibiotics from entering the market.

A number of diseases once thought to be unknown or eradicated in the U.S. are becoming prevalent again. I’m talking about rare and deadly diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, and leprosy.

We’re also beginning to see outbreaks of diseases common in Third World countries, but never before seen here – diseases like West Nile Virus and Dengue Fever.

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Third World Diseases Making Comeback in America

Often it’s illegal immigrants who bring these diseases into the country. Illegal immigrants obviously don’t undergo an initial health screening required of permanent residents who are entering the country legally.
In fact, many cross the border because they are ill, so they can latch onto free healthcare services. Once here, illegal immigrants may pass on these deadly diseases to people they work with, healthcare workers, and lawful citizens.

Currently, many of these diseases are most prevalent in the states along the border with Mexico. For example, in El Paso, tuberculosis cases are twice as high as the national average. You may think if you don’t live near the border that you don’t have to worry about rare or exotic disease outbreaks, but you might be surprised to read some of the states that top the list for exotic disease.
Identified: Ten States with Unusual Outbreaks

Don’t wait around for these states’ Chambers of Commerce to give you this heads up. Here is a list of ten states that have experienced at least one outbreak of a rare or exotic disease. The list includes the five most populous states in the nation and accounts for better than 42% of the U.S. population.

Arizona: No surprise here. Despite Arizona’s efforts to crack down on illegal border crossings, there’s still a steady influx of undocumented immigrants in this state. West Nile Virus entered the United States in 1999 and quickly spread across the nation. In recent years, Arizona has been hard hit with a virulent strain of this once-exotic-but-now-commonplace virus, and patients have been affected with seizures and nerve damage in some cases. Arizona citizens will pay a high cost in personal health consequences for the federal government’s hostile and aggressive opposition to the state’s commonsense attempts to curb illegal immigration.

California: It’s also no surprise that California is home to exotic diseases, but even I didn’t realize that typhoid was making a comeback. In 2009, an outbreak of typhoid fever affected 90 Californians. And, they weren’t the only ones… there were 400 cases reported during the year nationwide. Historically, tens of thousands of Americans have died of typhoid fever, including some 81,000 Union soldiers and two First Ladies, Abigail Adams and Mary Todd Lincoln. The truly scary part is that typhoid has repeatedly evolved to become resistant to more and more antibiotics. There’s no reason to believe that this evolution will not continue, enabling typhoid to reassert its historic role as a major public health threat. Globally, the disease still kills over 200,000 people annually.

Colorado: In Colorado, people are at a higher risk of contracting hantavirus than in other states. Hantavirus can lead to a deadly respiratory infection. It’s spread through rodent waste. Most people get it by drinking from contaminated containers or by inhaling dust in buildings with rodent infestations.

Delaware: Delaware tops the list for Lyme Disease cases, but you may come in contact with infected ticks throughout New England, down through Maryland and as far west as Minnesota.

Florida: In 2010, more than 66 cases of Dengue fever were reported in the Sunshine State. Dengue is transmitted by mosquitoes and until very recently was found most often in more tropical regions like India and the South Pacific.

Illinois: Certain insects typically found in South and Central America transmit Chagas disease. It infects you with a parasite that attacks your organs. It’s difficult to diagnose because many of the symptoms mimic heart disease, and because most U.S. doctors have never seen it. Several confirmed cases of Chagas disease have been diagnosed in Illinois as well as California, Texas, Florida, New York, and many other states.

New Mexico: If you thought the plague was a disease of bygone days, think again. While the U.S. only sees a handful of Bubonic Plague cases a year, it is still around… and more often than not, it’s in New Mexico. In 2009, 75% of all reported cases were there.

New York: When was the last time you heard of someone having the measles? How about mumps? Both diseases are on the rise in New York.
Oklahoma: You may have thought that Rocky Mountain spotted fever was a thing of the past – a disease you hear about in old Western movies. But, nearly 2000 people contract this bacterial infection every year. A third of the cases happen in Oklahoma, making it the biggest hot spot for this disease of yore.

Texas: Last, but not least… another border state. In Texas, approximately 150 new cases of leprosy – yes, leprosy – are diagnosed each year. Travelers and illegal immigrants bring in some cases, but in Texas the armadillos also carry the bacteria that triggers the disease. So, if you ever go to Texas, don’t wrestle the wildlife!
Keeping Safe from Exotic Diseases
Statistically speaking, the chances of you ever contracting one of these rare or exotic diseases are slim. But, statistics provide cold comfort when you end up being among the unlucky few. Unfortunately, the chance that you will come in contact with one of these exotic diseases is trending upward.

First, let me just say that I’m not suggesting you flee your home state because a handful of people have come down with a strange ailment. But, knowing the risks is important.

And, knowing what you can do to protect yourself is even more important.

When It Comes to Rare Diseases, Prevention Is Your Best Defense
In most cases, using insect repellent and practicing good hygiene habits will keep you safe. In areas where West Nile Virus is prevalent, for example, it’s prudent to wear bug spray and to keep your window and door screens in good repair.

If you live in Colorado, give a little extra attention to how thoroughly you wash your hands and your dishes, especially if you hear reports that the rodent population is high.

To avoid infectious diseases like tuberculosis, try to avoid places where you’re likely to come in contact with those carrying the disease. Public transportation, crowded shopping centers, and hospital emergency rooms are all good places to steer clear of if at all possible.

If you must venture out among the crowds, remember to wash you hands before you eat next and don’t touch your nose or mouth with your hands. By all means take advantage of the hand-washing stations (using gel or pre-moistened towelettes) now posted at the entrances to most major retail centers. Wipe down not only your hands, but the handle of the shopping cart you are using.

Finally, if you do come down with odd symptoms that don’t go away after 72 hours, check in with your doctor. Again, though, visit your regular doctor or an urgent care center. Try to avoid hospital emergency rooms if you can.

Yes, we live in interesting times. The resurgence of many diseases we thought were a thing of the past is just one symptom of the disturbing trends we’re seeing in many different sectors of society, and it serves as one more reminder that it pays to be ready for anything.
Yours in Savvy Preparation,

SOURCE:
http://www.independentlivingnews.com/2012/08/12/top-10-u-s-states-infested-by-third-world-diseases/#ixzz2Dj67IkeI

Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor’s haunting testimony reveals how children are put on end-of-life plan

“‘I know, as they cannot, the unique horror of witnessing a child become smaller and shrunken, as the only route out of a life that has become excruciating to the patient or to the parents who love their baby.’”

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Practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube being used on young patients
Doctor admits starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in neonatal unit
Liverpool Care Pathway subject of independent inquiry ordered by ministers
Investigation, including child patients, will look at whether cash payments to hospitals to hit death pathway targets have influenced doctors’ decisions

By Sue Reid and Simon Caldwell

This picture was NOT taken from the original source – ’tis but a REAL photograph of child dehydration’s mortal effects. Sorry if I hadn’t make that clear.

PUBLISHED: 23:03 GMT, 28 November 2012 | UPDATED: 00:54 GMT, 29 November 2012

Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’.

Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults.

But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.

One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone.

Writing in a leading medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take an average of ten days during which a baby becomes ‘smaller and shrunken’.

The LCP – on which 130,000 elderly and terminally-ill adult patients die each year – is now the subject of an independent inquiry ordered by ministers.

The investigation, which will include child patients, will look at whether cash payments to hospitals to hit death pathway targets have influenced doctors’ decisions.

Medical critics of the LCP insist it is impossible to say when a patient will die and as a result the LCP death becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. They say it is a form of euthanasia, used to clear hospital beds and save the NHS money.

The use of end of life care methods on disabled newborn babies was revealed in the doctors’ bible, the British Medical Journal.

Earlier this month, an un-named doctor wrote of the agony of watching the protracted deaths of babies. The doctor described one case of a baby born with ‘a lengthy list of unexpected congenital anomalies’, whose parents agreed to put it on the pathway.

The doctor wrote: ‘They wish for their child to die quickly once the feeding and fluids are stopped. They wish for pneumonia. They wish for no suffering. They wish for no visible changes to their precious baby.

‘Their wishes, however, are not consistent with my experience. Survival is often much longer than most physicians think; reflecting on my previous patients, the median time from withdrawal of hydration to death was ten days.

‘Parents and care teams are unprepared for the sometimes severe changes that they will witness in the child’s physical appearance as severe dehydration ensues.

‘I know, as they cannot, the unique horror of witnessing a child become smaller and shrunken, as the only route out of a life that has become excruciating to the patient or to the parents who love their baby.’

According to the BMJ article, the doctor involved had presided over ten such deaths in just one hospital neonatal unit.

In a response to the article, Dr Laura de Rooy, a consultant neonatologist at St George’s Hospital NHS Trust in London writing on the BMJ website, said: ‘It is a huge supposition to think they do not feel hunger or thirst.’

The LCP for children has been developed in the North West, where the LCP itself was pioneered in the 1990s. It involves the discharge to home or to a hospice of children who are given a document detailing their ‘end of life’ care.

One seen by the Mail, called ‘Liverpool Pathway for the Dying Child’ is issued by the Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust in conjunction with the flagship children’s hospital Alder Hey. It includes tick boxes, filled out by hospital doctors, on medicines, nutrients and fluids to be stopped.

The LCP was devised by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute in Liverpool for care of dying adult patients more than a decade ago. It has since been developed, with paediatric staff at Alder Hey Hospital, to cover children. Parents have to agree to their child going on the death pathway, often being told by doctors it is in the child’s ‘best interests’ because their survival is ‘futile’.

Bernadette Lloyd, a hospice paediatric nurse, has written to the Cabinet Office and the Department of Health to criticise the use of death pathways for children.

She said: ‘The parents feel coerced, at a very traumatic time, into agreeing that this is correct for their child whom they are told by doctors has only has a few days to live. It is very difficult to predict death. I have seen a “reasonable” number of children recover after being taken off the pathway.

‘I have also seen children die in terrible thirst because fluids are withdrawn from them until they die.

‘I witnessed a 14 year-old boy with cancer die with his tongue stuck to the roof of his mouth when doctors refused to give him liquids by tube. His death was agonising for him, and for us nurses to watch. This is euthanasia by the backdoor.’

Alder Hey confirmed that children and babies are discharged for LCP end of life care ‘after all possible reversible causes for the patient’s condition are considered’.

‘There is a care pathway to enable a dying child to be supported by the local medical and nursing teams in the community, in line with the wishes of the child patients, where appropriate, and always their parents or carers.’ Alder Hey said children were not put on the LCP within the hospital itself.

Teresa Lynch, of protest group Medical Ethics Alliance, said: ‘There are big questions to be answered about how our sick children are dying.’

A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘End of life care for children must meet the highest professional and clinical standards, and the specific needs of children at the end of their life.

‘Staff must always communicate with the patient and the patient’s family, and involve them in all aspects of decision making.’

SOURCE (continues): Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2240075/Now-sick-babies-death-pathway-Doctors-haunting-testimony-reveals-children-end-life-plan.html

Lawsuit seeks injunction against EPA “gas chamber” experiments

“In one of these experiments, individuals were given a breathing apparatus through which they inhaled diesel fuel piped in from a truck parked outside.”

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Janet Phelan, Activist Post | 27th November

A lawsuit filed in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia seeks injunctive relief from human experimentation being conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency. The experiments involve gassing human subjects with PM2.5.

The New York Health Department defines PM2.5 as follows: “Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is an air pollutant that is a concern for people’s health when levels in air are high.”

In one of these experiments, individuals were given a breathing apparatus through which they inhaled diesel fuel piped in from a truck parked outside.

The lawsuit cites the EPA’s own determination on the dangers posed by PM2.5:“ In the Agency’s most recent scientific assessment of PM2.5., the EPA concluded that PM2.5can kill people shortly after exposure.” The suit goes on to state that “EPA’s 2004 and 2009 scientific assessment expressly found that there is no safe level of PM2.5.”

The lawsuit, filed by American Tradition Institute Environmental Law Center, states that these experiments have been conducted at the University of North Carolina and have been ongoing since 2004. The suit names both the EPA and its Administrator Lisa Jackson as plaintiffs.
In its answer to the suit, the EPA admits that PM2.5 may pose a health risk but states that the overall public benefit outweighs the risk to individual subjects. In addition, the EPA’s response to the request for the restraining order states:

While small risks to individuals may evidence themselves as much larger overall public health risks when large populations are exposed to ambient levels of PM2.5 , this does not change the fact that the risk for individuals that do not exhibit these health conditions will be small.

The suit alleges that the subjects were not informed of the dangers of inhaling PM2.5 , a contention which the EPA denies.

The EPA’s response to the suit also states that the court lacks jurisdiction to hear this case.

In a recent interview, the counsel for plaintiffs, Dr. David Schnare announced “The EPA has lost its way.” Schnare, who worked for three decades for the EPA, first as a scientist and policy analyst and later as an attorney, denounced the experiments “illegal,” and stated: “They imposed risks without telling people.”Read other articles by Janet Phelan Here

Janet Phelan is an investigative journalist whose articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The San Bernardino County Sentinel, The Santa Monica Daily Press, The Long Beach Press Telegram, Oui Magazine and other regional and national publications. Janet specializes in issues pertaining to legal corruption and addresses the heated subject of adult conservatorship, revealing shocking information about the relationships between courts and shady financial consultants. She also covers issues relating to international bioweapons treaties. Her poetry has been published in Gambit, Libera, Applezaba Review, Nausea One and other magazines. Her first book, The Hitler Poems, was published in 2005. She currently resides abroad. You may browse through her articles (and poetry) at janetphelan.com

Reprinted with permission of Activist Post

SOURCE: RINF
http://rinf.com/alt-news/latest-news/lawsuit-seeks-injunction-against-epa-gas-chamber-experiments/17831/