NEWS BRIEFS, October 8th
- Dallas Ebola Patient Dies —
- Coroner May Shoot People —
- GOP Governors’ Power —
- On The War Front —
- Richest Man’s Advice —
Dallas Ebola Patient Dies
Thomas Eric Duncan (42) died yesterday at a Dallas hospital in an isolation unit after a continually declining case of Ebola. He contracted the disease in West Africa, and authorities are concerned that his body may still be contagious. Zachary Thompson director of Dallas County Health and Human Services said,
“It’s been discussed, but there’s been no conclusion.”
Would he have lived if the hospital admitted him when he first went to the ER? We’ll never know.
Coroner May Shoot People
Police are not the only ones benefitting from the Department of Defense (DOD) military-grade giveaways. Doug Wortham Shark County Arkansas coroner apparently needs to defend himself, I guess from dead people.
“I just wanted to protect myself.”
And he is not alone. The DOD has given weapons to:
A Kansas tribal casinos,Mississippi 18-wheeler weight stations, the Wyoming Livestock Board, the Cumberland County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Fayetteville, North Carolina, an animal control department in Cullman County, Alabama; a harbor master in Dartmouth, Massachusetts; and the California Assembly’s Sergeant-at-Arms.
Until I see zombies in Arkansas, I vote against militarizing the whole country.
GOP Governors’ Power
Eight Republican governors are teetering on the edge of losing a re-election. They came out of the GOP cookie-cutter machine.
They were bolder. More principled. Less willing to compromise.
It seems their state’s citizens aren’t crazy about big cuts to schools, Medicaid, jobs, public radio and pensions to name a few. These furtherest right tea-party governors are Paul LePage (Maine), Rick Scott (Fla.) Tom Corbett (Pa.), Scott Walker (Wis.) and Sam Brownback (Kan.) who said,
“My focus is to create a red-state model that allows the Republican ticket to say, ‘See, we’ve got a different way, and it works.’ We’ll have a real, live experiment.”
A real failed experiment.
On The War Front
The Iraqi military lost a second attack helicopter Wednesday. ISIS shot it down with a shoulder-fired missile. Both pilots died. No passengers were aboard,,
Some fear the militants may have captured some sophisticated weapons, such as ground-to-air missiles capable of shooting down airplanes when they overran abandoned Iraqi army bases this summer.
It sounds as if ISIS already has those weapons.
Richest Man’s Advice
How about a three-day work week? Alright! I’m ready. Carlos Slim (74), is the world’s richest man with a worth of over $80 billion, so he must be doing something right. Slim, who lives in Mexico, told CNN Money,
“You should have more time for you during all of your life — not when you’re 65 and retired.”
But it was not all good news. He advocates 11-hour days and retiring at age 75.
Corporate US, are you listening?