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Syrian Army captures strategic village in Homs ~ link ~ The Syrians are fighting for their homes and their families lives. The "rebels" are mostly foreigners fighting for high five figure or low six figure amounts. The advantage in military strength usually lies with those who have the moral high ground. Stirling
US will deploy 200 troops to Jordan in coming weeks ~ link ~ Such a small number will have little military effect. However, to use a Middle East saying, "it is the camel's nose under the tent" more to follow! Stirling
USA rejects North Korean conditions for nuclear talks, wants 'clear signals' from Pyongyang ~ link ~
US Secretary of State John Kerry has dismissed conditions laid out by North Korea for talks as unacceptable. Earlier Thursday, Pyongyang demanded the removal of all UN sanctions and a promise by the US not to engage in ‘nuclear war practice’ with Seoul.
North Korea said the demands will have to be fulfilled if Washington truly seeks any meaningful dialogue with Pyongyang.
Portugal launches fresh round of austerity measures ~ link ~ The more austerity fascism that the EU/IMF forces on the various EU nations the worse it makes the economies of Europe. But neither that nor the wishes of the people will stop the Global Banking Cartel monsters who are out to loot everything on the way to their satanic New World Order!!! Stirling
West, Texas: Desperate search for firefighters missing after devastating Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed up to 15 ~ link ~ Search and rescue teams have launched a frantic hunt for three or four missing firefighters among the rubble of a Texas fertilizer plant which exploded on Wednesday night, killing as many as 15 people and inflicting horrific injuries on hundreds more.
As rescuers searched the smoking remnants of the small town of West on Thursday for anyone still trapped in the debris, Mayor Tommy Muska told CNN that so far there have been no signs of life among smashed houses and decimated apartment blocks.
The firefighters, who responded to a fire at West Fertilizer Co. on Wednesday night before it suddenly exploded into a fireball, are reportedly missing and feared dead, including Joey Pustejovsky, the city secretary who also volunteers as a firefighter.
West, Texas: Five of town's volunteer firefighters feared among the dead as unpaid crew report for duty despite losing their homes in blast ~ link ~ I use to be a volunteer firefighter and I feel for these guys and their families. Say a prayer for them, please. Stirling
Boston: Two strangers 'heroic race' to help boy found in pool of his own blood after his leg was blown off in Boston blast ~ link ~ Contrast these fine men with the bastards who caused this mess. Most people are good, but some are evil. These guys are among the good ones! Stirling
Absense of E627K in H7N9 Zhejiang Critical Case ~ link ~ Although the clinical presentation of the H7N9 cases was assumed to be influenced by the E627K in the first 4 sequences (which were from fatal cases), the absence of E627K raises concerns that other genetic changes, such as Q226L, can produce severe cases.
H7N9 Minhang Familial Cluster Confirmed ~ link ~ However, WHO subsequently tweet denials of confirmation because the serological test was unreliable and additional testing would be required, which is the likely reason why the above comments only cited confirmation of the older surviving son. This confirmation established a H7N9 familial cluster, but there is little doubt that the son who died was also H7N9 infected, as supported by severe pneumonia symptoms and the serological test.
Moreover, the time gap between the hospitalization of one or both sons on March 14 and the disease onset in the father on March 19 indicated the source of the infection of the father, who had not left his residence in then two weeks prior to disease onset, was one or both sons, defining human to human (H2H) transmission.
H7N9 Minhang Cluster Grows To Six ~ link ~ It is strange that the disease has spread to cover a large part of China but that the total number of cases is so small, yet with high death rates. Something is very 'fishy' about that. Stirling