October 6th, 2014
Obama seems to be finding it harder and harder to hide his anti-Israel Islamic favoritism....the land in question is in Israel, and that's pretty much the end of the story.
Washington (AFP) - The White House delivered an extraordinary public rebuke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, after he said US criticism of Israeli settlement building ran counter to "American values."
After those talks at the White House, Washington strongly condemned reported Israeli plans to give the go-ahead for thousands more settler homes in East Jerusalem, prompting Netanyahu to return fire in an interview broadcast on US television Sunday.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said it seemed "odd for (Netanyahu) to try to defend the actions of his government by saying that our response did not reflect American values."
"It's American values that lend this country’s unwavering support to Israel," Earnest said.
"It's American values that have led us to fight for and secure funding to strengthen Israel's security in tangible ways.
"It's American values that have led us to fund and build an Iron Dome system that have protected the lives of countless innocent Israeli citizens.
"It's American values that have led the United States to fully support Israel's right to defend itself. And it's American values that have led us to defend Israel in a variety of international forums, including a variety of United States forums."
In a portion of an interview with CBS Show "Face the Nation" that was carried online, Netanyahu said he found US criticism of settlement policy "baffling."
"It's against the American values. And it doesn't bode well for peace," he said.
Last week, Israeli Public radio quoted Netanyahu as telling Obama in talks in Washington on Wednesday to "study the facts and details before making statements" about the settlement plan.
The approval of 2,610 new housing units in Israeli-annexed Arab east Jerusalem angered Washington. Earnest said at the time it would "distance Israel from even its closest allies."
Netanyahu told Israeli journalists after the meeting that the plans had been in the pipeline for two years.
Housing Minister Uri Ariel told Israeli army radio that 1,000 of the units would "go to Arabs," but did not elaborate.
Israel's settlement building in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem, which is illegal under international law, has caused the breakdown of several rounds of peace talks.
The settlements are built on land the Palestinians want for their potential future state, whose capital would be in east Jerusalem.
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October 6th, 2014
WIRED / BY ANDY GREENBERG
Americans want guns without serial numbers. And apparently, they want to make them at home.
On Wednesday, Cody Wilson’s libertarian non-profit Defense Distributed revealed the Ghost Gunner, a $1,200 computer-controlled (CNC) milling machine designed to let anyone make the aluminum body of an AR-15 rifle at home, with no expertise, no regulation, and no serial numbers. Since then, he’s sold more than 200 of the foot-cubed CNC mills—175 in the first 24 hours. That’s well beyond his expectations; Wilson had planned to sell only 110 of the machines total before cutting off orders.
To keep up, Wilson says he’s now raising the price for the next round of Ghost Gunners by $100. He has even hired another employee to add to Defense Distributed’s tiny operation. That makes four staffers on the group’s CNC milling project, an offshoot of its larger mission to foil gun control with digital DIY tools.
“People want this machine,” Wilson tells WIRED. “People want the battle rifle and the comfort of replicability, and the privacy component. They want it, and they’re buying it.”
While the Ghost Gunner is a general-purpose CNC mill, capable of automatically carving polymer, wood, and metal in three dimensions, Defense Distributed has marketed its machine specifically as a tool for milling the so-called lower receiver of an AR-15, which is the regulated body of that semi-automatic rifle. The gun community has already made that task far easier by selling so-called “80-percent lowers,” blocks of aluminum that need only a few holes and cavities milled out to become working lower receivers. Wilson says he’s now in talks with San Diego-based Ares Armor, one of the top sellers of those 80-percent lowers, to enter into some sort of sales partnership.
For now, milling your own AR-15 lower receiver at home is legal. A California bill to outlaw the homemade firearms without serial numbers—what the bill’s creator, state senator Kevin De Leon, calls “ghost guns”—was vetoed by governor Jerry Brown Tuesday.
The last time one of Defense Distributed’s inventions led to such a popular frenzy was the release of blueprints for its “Liberator” 3-D printed pistol, the world’s first fully 3-D printable gun. That free file was downloaded 100,000 times in two days.
The sales numbers for the Ghost Gunner may be far smaller. But at $1,200, every sale helps fund the activities of Defense Distributed. “I’ve never felt more optimistic about the ability of Defense Distributed to become an installed part of the future, and to help create an expansion of the second amendment,” he says. “There’s hope that Defense Distributed can become a significant civil liberties organization…That’s the ambition, the wildest dream of this entity, to have a marked material effect like that.”
October 6th, 2014
By Ben Brumfield and Josh Levs, CNN
(CNN) -- A nurse's assistant in Spain is the first person known to have contracted Ebola outside of Africa in the current outbreak.
Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato announced Monday that a test confirmed the assistant has the virus.
The woman helped treat a Spanish missionary and a Spanish priest, both of whom had contracted Ebola in West Africa. Both died after returning to Spain.
Health officials said she developed symptoms on September 30. She was not hospitalized until this week. Her only symptom was a fever.
"We are working in coordination to give the best care to the patient and to guarantee the safety of all citizens," the health minister said.
An investigation is under way to find everyone the assistant may have had contact with while contagious. So far, there are no other known cases.
The assistant was one of about 30 health professionals in Spain who helped to treat the Ebola patients.
The news came amid growing fears in the United States that the disease could spread.
"As I've said from the start of this outbreak, I consider this a top national security priority. This is not just a matter of charity ... This is an issue about our safety," President Barack Obama told reporters Monday.
He called for protocols to help stop the spread of the disease, while downplaying the risk of an epidemic in the United States.
"We're also going to be working on protocols to do additional passenger screening, both at the source and here in the United States," he said. "Here in the United States, at least, the chances of an outbreak -- of an epidemic here -- are extraordinarily low."
October 6th, 2014
The CDC estimates 1.4 million cases of so-called "hard to catch" Ebola by Jan. 20 if the disease keeps spreading without effective methods to contain it. These figures take into account the fact that many cases go undetected, and estimate that there are actually 2.5 times as many as reported.
With current mortality rates, this would mean over 700,000 will be dead by that same time frame.
The White House premise of Ebola being "hard to contract" is extraordinarily flawed, which means that their reason in allowing travel from West Africa is wrong and could be deadly to America.
Top government health officials said Sunday that they are opposed to placing a ban on travelers from Ebola-infected countries, warning that shutting down borders could impede efforts by aid workers to stop the spread of the deadly virus. The idea of a ban gained currency this past week after the nation's first case was diagnosed in Dallas. Proponents have argued that it would help ensure public safety.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, said a travel embargo on West African countries that are struggling with Ebola would make it much harder for them to control the virus.
"You isolate them, you can cause unrest in the country," Fauci told "Fox News Sunday." "It's conceivable that governments could fall if you just isolate them completely."
British Airways and some other airlines have suspended flights from those countries, and overall traffic to and from the affected areas has dropped.
Rep. Tim Murphy plans to conduct hearings on the policy this coming week. He leads the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Asking travelers to report their own activities at airports "has been a demonstrated failure, and it is nearly impossible to retrace steps to try and track down everyone who has been in contact with a carrier taking multiple international flights across the globe," Murphy, a Pennsylvania Republican, said Friday.
U.S. officials have emphasized that the United States has a modern medical system that is far better equipped to contain an outbreak than the African countries where Ebola is currently spreading.
Airline passengers have their temperatures taken as they board planes in the outbreak zone, although those infected with Ebola can go up to 21 days before they exhibit symptoms. Passengers are also asked about contact with infected people, but that process would not be useful if a passenger lies or simply does not realize the medical condition of people they have encountered.
October 5th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
Can an airline be sued due to the transportation and subsequent cross-infection of other passengers by an infected Ebola Patient?
As international carriers continue to allow infected passengers from West Africa on flights, the possibility of crippling lawsuits may become increasingly possible.
Passenger safety, under a wide variety of circumstances, almost always belongs to the airline.
Moreover, with a pending mortality rate of 70% for Ebola, shouldn't an airline be held accountable for mixing connecting passengers from West Africa, with passengers from non-infected countries?
According to the Obama administration, West African passengers should in no way be disallowed from flying to the US. However, what about the airline's pure liability in knowing of a rampant & more often than not, fatal disease within a passenger's region?
One website has already pointed the finger at one US air carrier for allegedly not properly sanitizing its planes after a later-known infected patient had flown on two aircraft, from Europe.
According to federal regulations under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), a carrier cannot deny boarding to an individual for health reasons except under certain circumstances. However, a carrier can prohibit access if a passenger with a communicable diseases poses a direct threat to other passengers.
The other side of the argument, according to the same federal regulations, notes that airlines must report both illness and or death of any passenger subject to a $ 500,000 fine.
According to the legal website, Holland and Knight, an airline could under the following circumstances, be subject to a lawsuit if the airline :
"permits an obviously sick passenger to board without making any inquiry, requiring a medical certificate, or denying boarding to determine their medical fitness"
- "fails to quarantine or isolate a passenger who is discovered in flight with a communicable disease, or otherwise fails to respond appropriately"
- "knowingly allows an infected passenger or crew member to travel or work"
- "fails to properly equip and maintain the aircraft to prevent the spread of airborne disease"
- "fails to notify the appropriate medical authorities and await assistance at the flight’s destination
"fails to alert the proper medical authorities and make efforts to contact all passengers on the flight after becoming aware of a passenger’s communicable illness"12
Indeed, the operative passage for our purposes [Ebola] might be if the airline "fails to properly equip and maintain the aircraft to prevent the spread of airborne disease."
This is due to the current way in which modern aircraft pressurize and re-circulate oxygen without the proper bio-filters in place. In essence, a catchall for any good personal injury attorney.
Under international law, the Montreal Convention under article 17, states that an airline is presumptively liable in any case where an unexpected accident occurs and where a passenger is either on the aircraft, embarking, or disembarking the aircraft.
Indeed , in the case of communicable disease "where other passengers contract a contagious disease during a flight, or in the course of embarking or disembarking, a court may very well consider this an “unexpected or unusual event” external to the passenger. However, determining when contraction occurred may prove to be very difficult."
Under international law, the remedy or reward when no negligence occurs amounts to about $ 150,000 dollars, under the case of determined negligence, however, it could be another matter.
So, while the airline may not be directly involved in the transmission of a communicable disease, both international and domestic law provide for substantial legal remedy in any case in which passengers become infected.
However, if negligence is concurrently proven then there are no legal limitations on the size or award for a lawsuit.
Under those circumstances, we can probably expect to see far fewer flights to America from West Africa travelers, due to the extraordinary nature of Ebola and the havoc it can play fractally, within any region.
Just imagine a class action lawsuit against an airline where a large number of individuals in a region eventually become infected by Ebola and die, and the lack of detectablity of the disease, is determined to be a cause of negligence by a jury.
Patient Zero would take on a whole new meaning, however, the other possibilities involve aircraft which may transport infected passengers unknowingly and then spread the disease by the mere presence of trace amounts of bodily fluids remaining on the plane.
The obvious choice for airlines would probably be to avoid these ominous possibilties at any and all costs. Ebola has never before made it out of Africa, except under certain [highly] controlled conditions.
Now, it unfortunately has.
The legal website Holland and Knight contributed adroitly to this article