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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency 183

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the we're-all-gonna-die dept.
mdsolar (1045926) writes with news that, with the Ebola outbreak growing out of control, the WHO has declared an international health emergency. From the article: With cases rapidly mounting in four West African countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), a designation that allows the agency to issue recommendations for travel restrictions but also sends a strong message that more resources need to be mobilized to bring the viral disease under control. ... This is only the third time the health agency has issued a PHEIC declaration since the new International Health Regulations (IHR), a global agreement on the control of diseases, were adopted in 2005. The previous two instances were in 2009, for the H1N1 influenza pandemic, and in May for the resurgence of polio.

Comment: So torn... (Score 1) 532

by emag (#47330505) Attached to: NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

On the one hand, I'm glad that people can get whatever the hell size drink they want without government interference now...

On the other hand, having dropping over 70 lbs eliminating my intake of sugar-laden crap, I'm kinda sad...

So, I'm torn... freedom vs health... where do I stand?! I... think I have to go with freedom here. I *chose* to stop consuming that crap. I don't want to force others down my path, as much as I honestly believe that it would help people. I'd rather people have the free will to choose, based on the evidence before them, but I'm too cynical to believe they will. I'd still like to naively think they will though, at least up until the point where their bad choices are costing *me* money...

Comment: Re:Anyone who trusted SuperMicro... (Score 1) 102

by emag (#47287181) Attached to: Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

At a prior job, all of the pre-release intel tech boxes we got to preview and test for our purposes were... SuperMicro boxes. That says something to me. At this point in the evening, I'm not sure what, but all those white (well, black was the actual color) boxes were all literally SuperMicro, shipped to us from Intel themselves (with all relevant labels about proprietary blah blah blah).

Comment: Re:This reminds me of a great Simpsons episode (Score 1) 625

by emag (#47230255) Attached to: EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Thyroid conditions account for maybe 10-15 lbs of weight gain, and can be medically treated after diagnosis from a competent medical professional.

Thighroid condishuns, on the other hand, result in 100-150+ lbs of weight gain, are "impossible" to treat, and are 100% self-diagnosed.

Every time I hear someone say they have a thyroid condition and that's why they're heavy, I ask what medication they're on. They never are, because they've never actually been diagnosed with a thyroid condition. (Google "fat logic")

As a formerly obese person myself (and still about 6 lbs to go before I hit "normal" weight... *sigh*), just about any (especially obese people) *can* lose weight, just by changing what they eat. And by that, I mean what they *actually* eat, not their claim of "1 small salad then starve myself for the rest of the day while working out 4 hours at the gym every day".

As an aside, the reference Simpsons episode, "King-Size Homer", has Homer gaining enough weight, in 1995, to be considered disable at *300 lbs*. Today, that's pretty much a commonplace weight in today's world. Think about that... A 239 lb Homer is "fat", and a 300 lb Homer is now "disabled", yet a good chunk of the population is already at or above those weights...

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