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North Korea bans foreign tourists due to Ebola fears.

slate.com — North Korea isn't exactly Italy when it comes to its tourism industry, but apparently that doesn't mean it's not concerned about Ebola arriving on its shores. And since the country is no stranger to going way over-the-top on just about anything, North Korea announced it is banning all foreign tourists...

Swiss company Migros apologizes for Hitler coffee creamer packets.

slate.com — "You cannot put Pol Pot or a terrorist on a milk creamer." That truism comes courtesy of a spokesman for the Swiss retail giant, Migros, via the New York Times. That seems like a pretty easy rule to live by-unless you're Migros, apparently. The company apologized this week for shocking...

CDC announces new guidelines for health care workers treating Ebola patients.

slate.com — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new, revised guidelines for health workers treating Ebola patients on Monday. The new protocol comes in the wake of two nurses treating Thomas Eric Duncan at Presbyterian Hospital Dallas contracting the virus. The changes called for increased training, heightened supervision, and new...

Chicago shortens yellow lights makes $8 million off new tickets.

slate.com — How long is a yellow light? Most people would-reasonably-have no idea the exact length of time before a traffic light goes from yellow to red. The answer is: A minimum of three seconds, according to federal safety regulations. What happens when a mere tenth of second is shaved off that...

The Courier-Mail

news.com.au — It's been a rocky economic road for the country of late. How rocky? Italy has gone through two recessions since 2008 and the country's GDP, adjusted for inflation, has posted zero growth since 2000. So no news hasn't exactly been good news for Italy.

Syracuse uninvites photographer Michel du Cille from conference over Ebola fears.

slate.com — You would have hoped for better from an institution of higher learning, but perhaps we should have known better. On Thursday, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Michel du Cille was disinvited from a journalism workshop at Syracuse University because he has recently returned from covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia. The Washington...

U.N. Ebola Trust Fund has raised only $100K to fight Ebola.

slate.com — Now that we're all agreed that Ebola is everyone's problem, we're all totally going to do better fighting it, right? Right. Beyond simply getting hysterical about the widening web of cases in the U.S. and elsewhere, fighting the virus at its source would also seem like a good idea-for everyone....

Atheist inmate gets $2 million for being sent back to Jail for refusing religious drug rehab.

slate.com — A California inmate ordered to spend 90 days in a residential drug treatment center after serving a year in jail for meth possession, refused to enroll in the program because it required he pray to a "higher power." Barry Hazle, a lifelong atheist, was sent back to prison for 100...

Italy’s economy is out of recession thanks to drugs and prostitution.

slate.com — Italy's economy is so back. Sort of. It's been a rocky economic road for the country of late. How rocky? Italy has gone through two recessions since 2008 and the country's GDP, adjusted for inflation, has posted zero growth since 2000. So no news hasn't exactly been good news for...

Navarro College in Texas rejects two Nigerian students because of Ebola.

slate.com — If you were wondering where the line between diligence and idiocy is when it comes to taking precautionary steps to stop Ebola, look no further-a Texas college just rejected two Nigerian applicants because of the virus. It's not that the students have Ebola, it's just that the come from a...
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Oct 21, 2014

RT @NebraskaMed: Nebraska 2, Ebola 0! A CDC-confirmed negative blood test shows that our patient, Ashoka Mukpo is EBOLA… instagram.com/p/ubsJrXrFY0/

Oct 21, 2014

RT @janinegibson: What kind of day has it been? "The Guardian just overtook The New York Times in global traffic." theguardian.com/media/2014/oct…

Oct 17, 2014

@deadathome Every math teacher I've ever had just shuddered simultaneously. And even a few English teachers too, I'm sure. Thanks! Fixed.

Oct 16, 2014

The UN Started a Fund to Raise $1 Billion to Fight Ebola, It’s Gotten One Donation for $100K...from Colombia. slate.com/blogs/the_slat… @slate

Oct 16, 2014

RT @sophiepilgrim: Word at the UN is that New Zealand won #UNSC vote because they handed out UN agenda book whereas Turkey handed out thermos flask. Alas!

Oct 16, 2014

@VincentH112 @missanabeem Funny enough we were just having that very same conversation. Only catch: when using it to justify gov spending.

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