Showing posts with label Hazards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hazards. Show all posts

Monday, August 10, 2020

Powerful storms approaching Chicago

Severe storms are expected to push
through the Chicago area Monday afternoon, bringing possible wind gusts up to 100 mph in what forecasters are calling “a particularly dangerous situation.”

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Naturally Occurring Of Course

New strain of flu found in China has potential to become a pandemic, scientists warn


The new strain is descended from the type of flu — known as “swine flu” — that emerged in 2009 causing the first global flu pandemic in 40 years.

The scientists published their peer-reviewed findings in U.S. science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday. They said the new strain of flu, which they called “G4 EA H1N1,” is a variation of swine flu, and includes the “G4″ genotype that has become predominant in swine populations since 2016.

As with swine flu, the new strain has been identified as having “all the essential hallmarks of a

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Largest pork producer in the U.S. is owned by the Chinese government

Smithfield Farms , Inc., was purchased by Chinese food producer Shuanghui International , according to an October 25, 2013. Now they are shutting down the processing plants. 

Our leaders let this happen? 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Slow Down!

All lanes blocked after 50 vehicle crash on Kennedy Expressway in Bucktown
Slippery road conditions and speeding are believed to have caused the crash. 

By Sun-Times Wire Updated Apr 15, 2020, 6:25am CDT

Inbound and outbound lanes were blocked on the Kennedy Expressway April 15, 2020, after a multi-vehicle crash in Bucktown on the North Side. Chicago Fire Department

All inbound and outbound lanes were blocked and multiple people were injured Wednesday morning due to a number of vehicle crashes on the Kennedy Expressway in Bucktown on the North Side.

About 5:45 a.m. authorities received reports of multiple crashes on I-90 near North Avenue, Chicago fire officials said. About 50 vehicles were believed to have been involved.

From the crash, 14 people were taken to hospitals and 32 others were treated on the scene, fire officials said. As of 6:15 a.m., lanes remained closed.

This is a developing story, check back for details.

Friday, March 13, 2020

President will speak again today

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency on Friday over the coronavirus outbreak, invoking the Stafford Act to open the door to more federal aid for states and municipalities, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The president said he will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. in Washington. Trump spoke Friday with Emmanuel Macron, the French president tweeted, about the pandemic, and agreed to organize a video conference with world leaders on Monday to coordinate research efforts on a vaccine and treatments and work on how to respond to the economic fallout.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

President Trump addresses the nation tonight

has a plan

Manmade in 2015 by a mad scientist?

Lab-Made Coronavirus Triggers Debate

The creation of a chimeric SARS-like virus has scientists discussing the risks of gain-of-function research.

MERS coronavirus

Ralph Baric, an infectious-disease researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, last week (November 9) published a study on his team’s efforts to engineer a virus with the surface protein of the SHC014 coronavirus, found in horseshoe bats in China, and the backbone of one that

A good idea considering who their residents are

Coronavirus sparks nursing homes in Chicago and beyond to rethink polling place duties
Polling place switches are prompting city election officials to encourage voters to either early vote by March 16, or vote by mail, with a deadline to apply on Thursday. Officials said applications have to be in their Chicago office or arrive via mail by 5 p.m.

By Tina Sfondeles Mar 10, 2020, 7:42pm CDT
A voter casts his ballot at a polling place on Election Day in Chicago in 2015. Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners is scrambling to find polling places after coronavirus fears prompted seven city nursing homes to opt out of serving as Election Day sites and about a

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Lots of (but certainly not all) local restaurants, bakers and pizza joints are now using artificial sugar to make the dough. They're saving money don't you know.

they figure you won't figure it out

This stuff is bad news and will soon cause a spike in cancer rates. When ordering any baked goods or pizza, ask if they use artificial sugar. If the answer is yes or vague, hit the door and tell your friends and family. This is a scam going on nationwide. These bastards are saving 1/2 a cent on a bun and 9 cents per pizza.

I want to say that the national brands do not and would not dare use artificial sugar in their baked goods.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Salmonella Outbreak Chopped Melon

Federal agencies are reporting a Salmonella outbreak traced to fresh-cut fruit is over after sickening more than 150 people in 14 states. The outbreak strain was particularly virulent with a high hospitalization rate.
One factor likely contributing to the 66 percent hospitalization rate involves the kinds of facilities that received the fruit. They served vulnerable populations with undeveloped or compromised immune systems.
“Most ill people reported eating cut fruit served in long-term care facilities, hospitals, hotels, or schools,” according to today’s outbreak update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Several ill people reported purchasing cut fruit from multiple locations of a grocery store chain.”
“State health officials collected records from the locations where ill people ate or purchased the cut fruit and determined that these locations served or sold cut fruit from Tailor Cut Produce.”
The illness onset dates for the 165 confirmed outbreak patients range from Nov. 7 through Jan. 11. Patients ranged in age from less than 1 to 92 years, according to the CDC. Of 111 ill people with information available, 73 were hospitalized. Public health officers with the Pennsylvania Department of Health first identified the outbreak.
Tailor Cut Produce officials initiated a recall on Dec. 7, one day after the FDA announced an investigation involving the New Jersey company. 
Ultimately epidemiologic and traceback evidence showed the outbreak strain of Salmonella Javiana was linked to Tailor’s fruit mix with cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes. A specific source of the pathogen remains a mystery.
“The FDA’s investigational activities, including an inspection, are complete,” according to the Food and Drug Administration update today. 
“The FDA worked with CDC and state partners to trace back the cut fruit and learn more about the potential routes of contamination. Tailor Cut Produce was identified as the common processor, but the source of the contamination was not identified. 
“When FDA did an inspection at Tailor Cut Produce, the inspectors observed these general deficiencies: the firm’s hazard analysis did not identify a known or reasonably foreseeable hazard that required a preventive control; the firm did not identify a preventive control for a hazard when one was needed, and the firm did not maintain the plant in a clean and sanitary condition and keep the plant in repair. The firm is working with the FDA to address the deficiencies.”
The 165 outbreak patients were confirmed by the use of whole-genome sequencing, which provides a DNA fingerprint of specific strains of bacteria. 
The tests identified patients in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Lightfoot needs a favor from Trump

Lightfoot wants emergency declaration from FEMA to repair $25M in storm damage to shoreline, minor problem, Lightfoot was mf ing Trump after his SOU speech. She spoke to every national reporter she could find, about how bad he is. 

Regardless of that, she should still be considered brilliant. I mean, how was she to know about the rising lake level? Nobody told her. 
The mayor said the “first critical next step” is to secure the funding needed to bankroll a “needs assessment” by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. That report will pinpoint “future work” to protect the lakefront and preserve it.

By Fran Spielman Feb 7, 2020, 4:12pm CST

Colonel Aaron Reisinger, left, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, center, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, right, survey the damage done to the lakefront at La Rabida Park. The rising lake level, which is caused by the melting ice caps, is Trumps fault. 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Friday put a $25 million price tag on the January storm damage to Chicago’s lakefront and asked for a quick emergency declaration from FEMA to free up federal resources to rebuild it.

With Lake Michigan already four inches above its 30-year high and more than five weeks of winter yet to go, Lightfoot said fast federal action is needed to free up funding for a job that Chicago simply

Friday, February 7, 2020

How's this for Green?

Massive wind turbine blades are piling up in landfills because there’s no way to recycle, report finds

February 6, 2020


Whenever President Donald Trump criticizes wind energy, left-wing elites mock him for allegedly being an “uneducated’ simpleton.

Yet new findings by Bloomberg suggest that the real simpletons are those too thick-skulled and arrogant to at least consider his points, for it turns out that wind energy produces a lot more waste

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Coronavirus Details

Projecting "Wave 2" and "Wave 3" of the Coronavirus Pandemic

It's too early to declare victory and too early to assume the virus can be completely eradicated in a few weeks on the SARS model.
Many people are already anticipating the end of the coronavirus pandemic and a quick return to "normal life" and renewed global growth. But if we examine the history of previous pandemics and the spread of this contagious virus, we reach a much different conclusion: "Wave 2" and "Wave 3" arising after the initial wave recedes are distinct possibilities.
The corporate media and conventional economists in the U.S. and China's PR machine share a common goal: reassure consumers in the U.S., China and the rest of the world that everything will return to normal soon and they should continue buying stuff they don't need (5G phones, etc.) with borrowed money.
Meanwhile, authorities in China are tracking down everyone with a Wuhan residency ID

St. Barnabas School to be closed Tuesday after more than 130 students home sick

CHICAGO - St. Barnabas School in Beverly will be closed Tuesday after more than 25% of its students were sent home sick Monday.

At least 137 students were sent home with influenza A/B, strep and stomach flu, school officials said in an email Monday to parents. Several employees were also out with the same illnesses.

An “E-learning” day is scheduled for Tuesday in lieu of in-person class instruction, the email said. Students in kindergarten through 8th grade will have to complete assignments through their teacher’s Google site.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Hit Again!

Magnitude 6 shock rocks quake-stunned Puerto Rico

Men who lost their homes in a 6.4 magnitude earthquake stand inside a baseball stadium that has been opened to residents amid aftershocks and power outages, in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, late Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are still without power and water, and thousands are staying in shelters and sleeping on sidewalks since Tuesday’s earthquake. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)g
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A magnitude 6.0 quake shook Puerto Rico on Saturday, causing further damage along the island’s southern coast, where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 8:54 a.m. (1254 GMT) quake hit 8 miles (13 kilometers) south of Indios at a shallow depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers).

Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority said outages were reported across much of southern Puerto

Thursday, January 2, 2020

3 dead, at least 4 injured, including toddler, in Morgan Park vehicle crash: police

A very poorly designed (state owned) intersection

The wreckage of a crash that killed two and critically injured at least three more Jan. 1, 2019,  Morgan Park.( Sam Kelly/Sun-Times )

CHICAGO - Three people were killed and four others injured, including a 3-year-old girl, in a vehicle crash Wednesday in Morgan Park on the South Side.

About 11:15 p.m., a 2012 Nissan hatchback traveling east on 112th Place crashed into a 2013 black

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Another embassy attack

Trump says Iran will be held ‘fully responsible’ for attack on the US embassy in Iraq

“Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible,” President Trump wrote on Twitter.
His tweet came after dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad shouting “Down, Down, USA!”
The Iraqi protest followed deadly U.S. airstrikes that killed 25 fighters of the Iran-backed militia in