The Most Fatal Virus in the World

The Most Fatal Virus in the World

This virus kills nearly 100% of its hosts, animal and human. We have all heard of it and even had shots given to our dogs and cats… It has been with us for thousands of years and it isn’t going away.

Even today, this virus kills 50, 000 people a year—all mostly in 3rd world countries… hard to believe but true. It is considered to most fatal virus known to science. What the hell is it? Rabies…. Being rabid will send people running and locking doors from best friends and pets.

Lets take a look into the future of a failed society with no more rabies shots. What does that mean? Plenty. You’re in danger everyday from any animal source—from a rabbit to a horse. Once bitten, you will be history and death is very unpleasant. Rabies goes through several mutations, none of them fun— except for one short period where the host wants sex all the time. Today, 60 percent of new diseases are “zoonotic”, originating in animal populations. Rabies is the granddaddy of them all.

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Georgia faces an increasingly visible tribe of children living largely on the street

Georgia faces an increasingly visible tribe of children living largely on the street

TBILISI | In 2004, some 5,200 Georgian children were living in Soviet-era institutions for underprivileged and disabled minors. Today, there are just 100, seemingly a sign that Georgia’s ambitious Child Action Plan – which aimed to reintegrate socially vulnerable kids into their biological families or, failing that, get them into foster care or alternative types of support – has worked. By contrast, neighboring Armenia, with a somewhat smaller population, still houses 4,900 kids, most of whom have families, at its aging children’s homes.

But there is a flip side to Georgia’s seeming success: unlike in Armenia, street children – minors who spend most of their time roaming the cities, in many cases sleeping rough – have become increasingly visible in the capital of Tbilisi and other urban centers like Kutaisi and Batumi.

“The process of de-institutionalization started in 2000 and out of 42 institutions, only five are left today,” said Andro Dadiani, Georgia director for international children’s rights group EveryChild. “De-institutionalization has obviously contributed to the problem [of street children], and especially ill-prepared reintegration.

Amnesty International, Human-Rights Group, Protects Women From Gender-Based Violence

Amnesty International, Human-Rights Group, Protects Women From Gender-Based Violence

It’s not easy being a woman these days, particularly under certain regimes that seem bound and determined to suppress women’s rights.

In February 2011, 30-year-old mother of four and housewife Miriam Isaura López Vargas was returning home after dropping her kids off at school in Ensenada, Mexico. Plainclothes soldiers seized her, blindfolded her, and took her to a military barracks, where they tortured her with electric shocks to the soles of her feet. They covered her nose with a wet cloth and shot a stream of water up her nose while pressing down on her stomach. Then they raped her, over and over again.

Eventually, exhausted and traumatized, Miriam signed a false confession claiming that she was involved in drug trafficking.

When it seemed no one else would or could help Miriam, the human rights group Amnesty International made her story public and fought for her freedom. In September 2011, a judge ordered her released due to lack of evidence. With Amnesty International’s assistance, Miriam has since lodged a legal complaint against the individuals responsible for her ordeal.

Miriam is just one of countless women and girls for whom Amnesty International has provided a lifeline.

Informally founded in 1961 when British lawyer Peter Benenson protested the imprisonment of two Portuguese students, Amnesty International has utilized such methods as letter-writing campaigns, legal support, criminal investigations and orchestrated lobbying and publicizing campaigns in order to achieve the release of “prisoners of conscience.”

Drones kill innocent people

Drones kill innocent people

Farmers are on their way to tend their crops when a missile slams into their midst, thrusting shrapnel in all directions.

A CIA drone, flying so high that the farmers can’t see it, has killed most of them. None of them were militants.

Such attacks by U.S. drones are common, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights said Friday in a statement on strikes in Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan.

The rapporteur, Ben Emmerson, told CNN the actions are of dubious international legality, despite the United States’ assertions.

“I’m not aware of any state in the world that currently shares the United States’ expansive legal perspective that it is engaged in a global war — that is to say a non-international armed conflict with al Qaeda and any group associated with al Qaeda, wherever they are to be found, that would therefore lawfully entitle the United States to take action involving targeted killing wherever an individual is found,” Emmerson said.

The American Civil Liberties Union and other U.S. groups are questioning the legitimacy of the President Obama-approved drone program, and they’re looking for evidence for a legal battle.

On Friday, a U.S. federal appeals court ruled the CIA must acknowledge the existence of any records related to military unmanned drone strikes targeting individuals, such as overseas terror suspects.

The ACLU and others had filed a Freedom of Information Act request, but the CIA refused to confirm or deny it had any such records, citing national security.