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GOP Defies Science - Until a Deadly Virus Pandemic Hovers

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It is definitely a throwback to the Swine Flu heyday, and raging Republican hypocrisy.

Much as the uncompassionate conservative crowd wants to reverse history and disprove science altogether … when they are physically sick.

The Ebola virus has had some serious competition for news attention, what with Putin, Putin, Putin, the summit in Wales that President Obama attended, Mideast ceasefiring, The Presidential Tan Suit and immigration reform.

A riveting story emerged from the Americans infected or touched by the virus that Ebola keeps busily spreading, mostly on the African continent.

The story of the medical missionary and wife's [the Writebols] experience with deadly Ebola in Africa, where the virus is counting up deaths day by day and Big Pharma got busy on an immunization and a cure. An experimental drug was used to bring her back to a normal life.

From the L.A. Times:

The Writebols had left their North Carolina home last year for missionary work at a clinic in Liberia, where Nancy’s duties included disinfecting staff entering or leaving the Ebola treatment area. After three weeks at Emory, where she said she received amazing care, Writebol was released Aug. 19. She has been spending time with her husband at an undisclosed location.

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It must be a nightmare to hear that you've contracted one of the most deadly viral illnesses -- that has no officially ready experimental drugs to try. Teams around the country are now doing their best to come up with a cure, and meanwhile

Writebol described how she fell ill with what she thought was malaria and was treated for that disease in Liberia. As a precaution, she was also tested for Ebola. When the tests showed she had the disease, she said her heart sank.

Her husband came toward her after the diagnosis “to give me a hug,” Writebol said. “I said: ‘David, it’s going to be OK, it’s really going to be OK.’

And she was right.

 

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7th Grader Finds Where Mysterious California Infections Are Coming From

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People living in Southern California have been falling ill from a mysterious fungus known as Cryptococcus grattii, which can cause deadly infections — particularly in HIV/AIDS patients with compromised immune systems — for years. The fungus is mysterious because it’s hard for scientists to pinpoint exactly where it comes from. Now, researchers, spearheaded by the science…

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Talk To The Trees And They Now Will Listen To You

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In 1951 a Broadway musical called Paint Your Wagon with book and lyrics by Alan J. Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe hit the boards. Then, in 1969 it became a successful film with popular songs like "They Call the Wind Mariah" and "Wanderin' Star."

But there was also another tune which Clint Eastwood sang in the movie version: "I Talk To The Trees."

I talk to the trees
But they don't listen to me
I talk to the stars
But they never hear me

Now there's a way to talk to the trees and they WILL listen to you.

According to HuffPo: 

Did you know that Americans throw away 150 million cellphones every year? Well now there's a new way to put some of those old phones to use. A startup called the Rainforest Connection plans to turn old, unwanted Android phones into sophisticated listening devices that can help prevent illegal logging and poaching.

Waste not, want not. So don't just toss away those old phones when you get a new one. Do something good for the environment. Help prevent the destruction of the rain forest. A simple recycling or your old cell can help save the rain forest which in turn helps save our environment.

The phones will not only help protect trees and endangered species, they will also have a direct effect on the planet. Rainforest Connection says each of their deployed phones will save 300 hectares of forest. This will provide a CO2 benefit the equivalent of removing 3,000 cars from the road for a year.

That's so little effort to do so much good. Maybe next time you talk to the trees, they WILL listen to you. Or at least there will still be trees to talk to.

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The Book Booth: More June Edition

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Harry Potter

The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

June has busted out all over and here in our little town, SeattleTammy and I are enjoying that golden orb that occasionally hangs in the sky. Did you know that it actually produces a warm feeling on the skin? We tend to forget.

We begin this week with What If? Lucian had this link earlier in the week here at the Carnival, but I thought it was well worth repeating. What if Harry Potter was an Ayn Rand acolyte? It isn't a pretty picture...

Speaking of things Potter, J.K. Rowling's new mystery, The Silkworm, (writing as Robert Galbraith) is due out on June 19th. USA Today had this preview.

For those of us still searching for the Great Summer Read, Conde Nast's The Traveler asked some of their favorite writers, including David Sedaris, Laura Lippman and Jennifer Weiner, what they were recommending. Here are the answers. Great Summer Reads

For younger readers, Kate DiCamillo suggested these titles at NPR. And her latest novel, Flora and Ulysses, was a great, short read, reports SeattleTammy. Summer Reads for Younger People

I have many friends who are working their way through Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century, an important work on income inequality. The Right has been, of course, highly critical of the work. Piketty himself isn't putting up with those critics and has issued a 4400 word rebuttal. BusinessInsider has the story here.

Lest you thought that BusinessInsider only dealt with, well, business issues, rest assured that they cover other important topics. Including SCIENCE! Ever wonder why both old and new books have distinctive odors? Here are the answers.

Some of those old books were advertised with lovely illustrations, back in the day. Flavorwire featured some book ads from 19th century France. Who wouldn't want to read these books after seeing these? Old Book Ads

One thing that 19th century France didn't have was social media. We live in that particular golden age. The Twittersphere is out there, but who to follow? The Guardian thinks these writers are great at the 140 character messaging and you just might enjoy their tweets. Writers on Twitter You Should Follow.

Finally, a couple of book related articles from HuffPo. At home, we use all sorts of things as bookmarks. Matchbook covers. Slips of paper. Envelopes. Mostly anything except real bookmarks. Now if we had some of these... Real Bookmarks

If you are reading this, chances are real good that you are one. Yep, you. Your're a book nerd. Beth Bartlett has listed the symptoms. I'll bet you fit the profile. Book Nerd Symptoms

I hope your weekend is sunny, delightful and inspiring. Go grab a good book and let us know what you're reading!

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