Measles, one of the most communicable of all infectious diseases, is spiking in the United States, with three times as many cases as usual this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The spike is due to both foreign importations — infected travelers coming from places where measles is not under control — and local vulnerability: unvaccinated children and adults in the United States.
In a press briefing, the CDC’s director Dr. Thomas Frieden said that from January to November, there were 175 known cases of measles in the US, with 20 of those people having to be hospitalized. The agency would expect to see about 60 cases, he said. Those cases came from 52 separate travelers. Most of the time, the imported virus found only a few people to infect — but nine times, the imports caused large outbreaks, always in people who had not received the vaccine.
“It is not a failure of the vaccine,” Frieden said. “It’s a failure to vaccinate. Around 90 percent of the people who have had measles in this country were not vaccinated either because they refused, or were not vaccinated on time.”
TONY Abbott has urged primary school students to be sceptical about man-made climate change, saying it was warmer during the time of Julius Caesar and Jesus than it is now.
The Opposition Leader, wrapping up a two-day visit to South Australia yesterday, told Year 5 and 6 students that climate change had always happened and, historically, humans had not been responsible.
Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said it was “irresponsible and disappointing” for the Liberal leader to encourage climate-change scepticism in the classroom.
You may have seen this ad floating around your social media channels this morning. Just take a second to read it, because if you’re an adult gamer, it will probably see you spit out your corn flakes. What you don’t know about the image is the broader campaign behind it, and the South Australian government appearing to say one thing while doing another, systematically demonising video games and those who play them.
This is pretty disgusting.
South Korean corporations will be able to sue the Australian government under a new historic free trade agreement.
Under the deal, announced by the Abbott government on Thursday, tariffs will be eliminated on local exports of agricultural products such as beef, sugar, wheat, wine and dairy, as well as energy, resources and manufactured goods.
But the agreement also includes a controversial provision for a mechanism called an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS).
This allows foreign corporations to take legal action against another country’s government if they believe that government has infringed on their rights. That means if the Australian government does something that negatively affects the profit stream of a South Korean company, the company may sue it.
It’s a sad day for my country. Apparently there are conditions to protect public welfare, health and the environment. Only a fool would trust their government.
To the National Security Agency analyst writing a briefing to his superiors, the situation was clear: their current surveillance efforts were lacking something. The agency’s impressive arsenal of cable taps and sophisticated hacking attacks was not enough. What it really needed was a horde of undercover Orcs.
That vision of spycraft sparked a concerted drive by the NSA and its UK sister agency GCHQ to infiltrate the massive communities playing online games, according to secret documents disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
My money is on that some employee of the NSA just wanted to play WOW at work.
Oh Samsung, you tried to have a YouTube video pulled after it showed a Galaxy S4 that caught fire while charging but this is about to blow up in your PR and legal teams face after you sent a ‘hush’ document to the user.
Here’s the deal, YouTube user GhostlyRich posted a video on YouTube in early December that showed that his Samsung Galaxy S4 caught fire while charging. While the battery did not explode (thankfully) you can clearly see the charging port is burnt. To no surprise, a burnt charging point rendered the device useless and seeing that the Phone is still under warranty, you would think Samsung would simply exchange the device and make good with the consumer to fix the issue.
Wrong. What Samsung has done, foolishly, is sent the user a document saying that they will exchange his defective device only after he pulls his initial video from YouTube. If Samsung was unaware of how the Internet works, it’s about to find out that trying to quiet the user will result in a black eye for the company.
Pope Francis recently made quite the stir after commenting on the ideological purity in religion, particularly with regards to Christianity, claiming that such ideological extremism is dangerous to the entire world. This statement is pretty massive in respect to the current state of Christianity. During a daily Mass in late October, the Pope spoke about economic inequality and anti-gay/anti-abortion opinions which have been at the forefront of American Christianity for the longest time.
According to a report from Radio Vatican, the Pope was quoted as stated the following:
“In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements. The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”
No plans to convert or believe in that silliness, but god damn I like this guys work.
The fan behind Survivor 2299 has confessed that the site is a fake and that he ‘wanted to force Bethesda to reveal something’.
It’s only playing a bit of piano music now, but up until the weekend the website thesurvivor2299 was displaying a countdown timer and what appeared to be a number of clues pointing towards a Fallout 4 announcement.
But now a fan has admitted that he’s the one behind the site and that he’s failed in his goal of trying to get Fallout publisher Bethesda to perform an official unveiling.
‘I wanted to force Bethesda to reveal something during VGX on 12/11, and bring /r/Fallout community together (for at least 3 weeks)’, he said on Reddit.
Needlessly to say this didn’t work and although Bethesda never referred to the site specifically they did go to the effort of confirming that they would not be a part of the VGX show on Saturday.
I hope your butthole heals closed DCHoaxer.
A man jumped to his death after a furious row with his girlfriend who insisted they go into another clothes shop.
CCTV shows Tao Hsiao, 38, escorting his girlfriend around a shopping mall in Xuzhou, Jiangsu
province, east China.
After five hours Tao finally had enough and demanded to go home.
Eyewitnesses say he could be heard saying they already had more bags than they could carry, but she insisted on going into one more shop where the was a special offer on shoes.
‘She started shouting at him accusing him of being a skinflint and of spoiling Christmas, it was a really heated argument.’
The shouting match ended when the man chucked the bags on the floor and jumped over the balcony
I genuinely feel for this guy. I am have also been a victim of women shopping. *sniff* So many hours on that man seats *sob*
We don’t know about you, but we’re obsessed with 3D printed pizza. As soon as 3D printers are able to allow us to create a pizza pie as well as that machine in Back to the Future 2, we’ll gladly throw money at it. The first 3D printed pizza was shown off at SXSW Eco a few months ago from Anjan Contractor, but Natural Machines decided to show off their 3D printed pizza. PIZZA FIGHT!!!
I’m going to get one. Then I am going to make it print ice cream right into my mouth.
Short film festival Tropfest has found itself embroiled in controversy after a comedy about gay sex was named best film on Sunday night.
Upset film fans took to Twitter and Facebook to express their disappointment at the judges’ decision to give Bamboozled the top award, while former NRL star Ian Roberts said the film was degrading and homophobic.
According to the court record, the Colt grandparents, Tim and June married in New Zealand in 1966 and came first to South Australia during the 1970s with their six children. They moved to Victoria, South Australia again, then Western Australia, before ending up in NSW. There is evidence the abuse began back then and possibly even earlier.
Dwayne, one of Betty’s sons, told his carers he and his siblings were told never to tell anyone that their father was in fact his grandfather, Tim, because his mother, Betty, would be sent to jail because she had started having sex with him when she was 12.
Betty has had 13 children. The testing of the five children under 16 showed that the 15 year old had closely related parents, possibly a father/daughter, while the other four had related parents.
But the incest has not stopped at one generation.
Old school zgeeker Sortius has taken a look at how the new generations of consoles prove Malcolm Turnbull is talking out his ass. Click the link below to go have a read about it on his blog.
Joe Danger developer Hello Games announced its next game at the Spike VGX awards, a massive, procedurally generated, sci-fi exploration sim called No Man’s Sky.
In the game’s debut trailer, No Man’s Sky was pitched as an exploration game where “every atom” is procedurally generated, from flora and fauna to the stars in the sky. Every planet and every galaxy is procedural, and filled with unexplored territories. The trailer shows that players will be able to explore underwater environments, the surfaces of planets, the skies and outer space in spaceships.
“It’s a huge game,” said Hello Games’ Sean Murray. “We wanted to make a game about exploration. And we wanted to make something that was real.”
Looks amazing. I want!
Police handed out more than 180 fines during a car cruise event to honour the Fast and Furious star Paul Walker in Perth last night. A police spokeswoman said officers monitored about 3000 drivers as they made their way across the metropolitan area.
It is understood the event was organised to pay tribute to Hollywood star Walker and raise money for his charity, Reach Out Worldwide. Participants took to social media this morning to vent their frustrations at those who ruined the event by driving recklessly.
Sheep have taken over the Shire, lost industry created ghost towns and the major earthquake of 2011 has left much of Christchurch cordoned-off and left to decay. While New Zealand may be best known for the otherworldly landscapes that made it a natural choice as the filming location of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, it also has a rich history that has resulted in a number of striking abandonments located on both the North and South Islands, in major cities like Auckland and remote stretches of the coast.
Once upon a time, an ancient city in China was named Lion City because Five Lion Mountain loomed large behind it. The city, also known as Shi Cheng, has been buried beneath the water for 53 years. Like the lost Incan City of Machu Picchu was ‘rediscovered,’ so was this lost underwater city that had been founded about 1,300 years ago. Lion City is now located about 85 – 131 feet (26-40 meters) beneath the gorgeous Thousand Island Lake (Qiandao Lake). This valley was submerged when a dam was constructed and a lake was needed. The lake and thousands of islands were man-made. Shi Cheng ‘defied’ the Chinese norm since 5 gates and 5 towers were built into the city instead of 4. Lion City is about the size of 62 football fields. International archaeologists and a film crew recorded the amazing perservation of the lost ‘ruins.’