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Rodeo Clowns and “Nipping it in the bud”


Why do gays need a homosexual rodeo?

I love rodeos.  But because I’m heterosexual, I want to make sure that the rodeo I’m going to is a heterosexual one.

How ridiculous does the previous sentence sound?  And yet, homosexuals feel the burning need in their loins to have a rodeo that is just for them, just like the homosexual Olympics and homosexual choirs.  And the media feels a special need to cover them.

I don’t think there is a gay way to mount and ride a bull.  There is no gay way to do chute dogging, or mutton bashing, is there?  Team roping and whip cracking don’t have any special significance to gays, do they?

So why do gays need their own rodeo?

I have two theories.  The first is for social reasons.  Gays want gay-only events so they can find other people to hook up with.  George Takei, “Mr. Sulu” from Star Trek, met his partner after he joined a homosexual jogging club.  Yes, there are homosexual jogging clubs.  (And perhaps homosexual golfing and homosexual ping pong and homosexual paddling clubs…who knows?)

The second is for propaganda.  There is a steady stream of pro-homosexual propaganda in the schools and the media and the popular culture, but that still isn’t enough for the left, so homosexuality must be pushed through every aspect of life, even ones like rodeos that have nothing to do with sexuality at all.  I would not be surprised in the future if supermarkets and drug stores start having “gay aisles” with phallic products, if office supply stores sell gay pens and paper, and if Apple stores sell gay versions of the iPhone, all in an effort to push that agenda into every aspect of our lives.

Contestants at the International Gay Rodeo in Arkansas, a Bible Belt state with a same-sex marriage ban on its books, competed in events from barrel racing to bull riding on the soft soil of a fairground that looked like just any small-scale rodeo held throughout the United States

Did it really look like just any other rodeo?  You decide.  Have a look at the photos below.  Keep in mind that these are pictures from the actual article, pictures that are supposed to show the rodeo in a positive light…

I’ve always wondered: why do cowboy outfits always have the zippers on the back?

Source: Newsmachete via American Thinker

Volcanic Activity – Eruptive Phase: Aira Caldera – Sakura-Jima Volcano


Volcanic Hazard – Eruptive Phase

Sakurajima volcano

Sakurajima volcano (Japan): strong explosions, ash plume to 17,000 ft (5 km) altitude

Asia – Japan | Ryukyu Islands and Kyushu, Sakura-Jima Volcano
Location: 31°35’34.8″N 130°39’25.2″E
Type: Stratovolcano
Elevation: 1,117 m (3,664 ft)
VEI: 7

Sakurajima webcams / live data
Sakurajima volcano videos

Sakurajima volcano (Japan): strong explosions, ash plume to 14-20,000 ft (4-6 km) altitude

Friday May 29, 2015 08:01 AM

After having been comparably calm the past days, the volcano started a series of strong explosions this morning. Ash plumes rose to reported 14,20,000 ft altitude.
The eruptions were followed by long phases of mild to moderate, continuous jets of ash.

Sakurajima volcano (Japan): strong explosions, ash plume to 17,000 ft (5 km) altitude

Friday May 22, 2015 08:03 AM

A peak of activity occurred yesterday, with two strong explosions that produced ash plums that rose to 17,000 ft / 5 km altitude.
The activity was followed by continues, noisy smaller explosions and ash venting which lasted and slowly decreased during the night.
Today, two normal-sized explosions have taken place so far.

Sakurajima volcano (Kyushu, Japan) activity update

Wednesday May 20, 2015 02:14 AM

After a very busy 17 May, with several strong explosions sending ash plumes to up to 16,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude, the volcano has been relatively calm during 18 and most of 19 May.
A filming team of VolcanoDiscovery being on location, we could observe hour-long phases of near-continuous mild to moderate ash venting. After approx. 10 hours of almost no visible activity, a probably strong explosion occurred yesterday night at around 11 pm, lasting several minutes, producing numerous lightning and heavy ash fall on the eastern sector. Cloud cover prevented detailed observations.

Sakurajima volcano (Japan): elevated activity, many explosions

Tuesday May 12, 2015 20:13 PM

The volcano remains in a very active state, with up to 10 or more vulcanian-type explosions occurring per day (see list).
Ash plumes from these eruptions have been rising to 9-15,000 ft (2.7-4.5 km) altitude.

Source: Volcano Discovery

Volcanic Activity/Strong Eruptive Phase – Kuchinoerabu-jima Volcano: Japan


Natural Hazard – Volcanic Eruption

The plume seen from Yakushima island (Mainchi Daly News)

The plume seen from Yakushima island (Mainchi Daly News)

Asia – Japan | Prefecture of Kagoshima, Ryukyu Islands, Kuchinoerabu-jima Volcano
Location: 30°26’34.8″N 130°13’01.2″E
Stratovolcano: Elev. 657 m  (2,155 ft)

Kuchinoerabu-jima webcams / live data

Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano (Ryuku Islands, Japan): strong eruption on 29 May 2015 – updates

Two people reported injured by eruption

Update Fri 29 May 07:34

Two people have been reported injured, presumably burnt by pyroclastic surge, and were flown to a hospital in Yakushima island.
So far, it is not clear whether the eruption is a large-scale phreatic (steam-explosion driven) event or caused by new magma. Ash analysis should bring light into this soon.
Below is a NASA satellite image of the eruption plume – also a weaker plume from Sakurajima volcano (very active today as well) is visible drifting west from southern Kyushu island.

Massive vulcanian explosion, pyroclastic flows, island ordered to evacuate

Update Fri 29 May 04:57

A powerful vulcanian explosion occurred this morning at 11:02 am local time at the volcano. The eruption – a both vertical and partially lateral massive explosion, occurred with apparently little warning from the Shintake vent and produced large pyroclastic flows by column collapse. A tall mushroom ash plume quickly rose to approx. 12 km altitude (36,000 ft).

JMA raised the alert level to the highest (5 out of 5) and authorities ordered immediate evacuation of the 130 inhabitants. Preliminary reports say that no fatalities or significant damage occurred, although this seems almost too good to be true, judging from the view of a massive pyroclastic flow that swept down to the coast near the port of the small island. Video – note the pyroclastic flow shooting out from the base of the eruption column quickly after the beginning: (Video)

Here’s another video with the same sequence at the beginning and a more distant view afterwards.

A ferry en route nearby was diverted to assist this operation and regualar ferries to the Tokara islands are being canceled as the vessels are used for the evacuation. Authorities even consider evacuation of nearby Yakushima island, known for its world-heritage forests and a popular tourist destination.

All historical eruptions from Kuchinoerabujima have occurred from Shintake – the youngest of 3 stratovolcanoes forming the island. Frequent explosive eruptions have taken place from Shintake since 1840; the largest of these prior to today’s eruption was in December 1933. Several villages on the 4 x 12 km island are located within a few kilometers of the active crater and have suffered damage from eruptions.

Biological Health Hazard – MERS-CoV Infections: China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia


Biological Hazard – MERS-COv Disease Outbreak

Asia/Middle East – China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia  | Guizhou  –  Seoul – Hofuf
Location:  37°33’59.5″N 126°58’40.7″E
Bio-hazard Level: 4/4 Hazardous
Deaths:  >450
Infected:  >1000
Affected:  China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia

South Korean MERS cluster grows; Saudi Arabia reports case

South Korea today reported two more MERS-CoV infections, lifting the nation’s total to seven, and it revealed that a high-risk contact flew to China, prompting the man’s hospitalization and tracing of airline passengers and other contacts.

Meanwhile, the virus has sickened one more person in Saudi Arabia and killed two more, according to reports over the past 2 days from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH).

Hospital exposures in South Korea

The two newly announced South Korean MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases involve a 28-year-old female healthcare worker and a 71-year-old man who is a patient in the same hospital as the index patient, The Korea Herald reported today.

Yang Byung-guk, MD, PhD, MPH, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Korea CDC), said the high-risk contact was not on the monitoring list, because he did not share a room with the first patient and their rooms were at last 10 meters apart, according to the report. The Korea CDC defines “close contact” as being within about 2 meters in a room or care area with a lab-confirmed MERS-CoV patient for a prolonged period.

South Korea’s first case was announced on May 20, involving a 68-year-old man who had traveled to the Middle East. Subsequent infections were detected in the man’s wife, his hospital roommate, his hospital roommate’s daughter, and another healthcare worker.

Officials said the man who traveled to China is the son of the index patient’s roommate and had apparently visited his two sick family members in the hospital, the Herald reported, citing South Korea’s health ministry. It added that the man had a fever on May 19 and left for China on May 26, despite advice from doctors that he shouldn’t leave the country.

According to the report, the Korea CDC wasn’t aware the man had visited his sick father and sister in the hospital and the man did not initially tell his doctor that his family members had MERS when he sought care for his symptoms on May 22.

South Korea asked China to quarantine the man and will share a list with China of 166 people who were on the man’s flight, 28 of whom sat close to him, according to the Herald report.

China response

Chinese officials placed the man under observation and isolation in Guangdong province yesterday and notified the World Health Organization (WHO), Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today. It said the 44-year-old business traveler arrived in Hong Kong on May 26 and traveled through the mainland city of Shenzhen to his destination in Huizhou, both in Guangdong province.

No other illnesses have been found in 35 of the man’s known close contacts, according to Xinhua.

Saudi case, deaths

In separate statements yesterday and today Saudi Arabia’s MOH confirmed another MERS-CoV infection and said two previously announced patients have died from their illnesses.

The latest case-patient is a 26-year-old woman who is a healthcare worker in Hofuf, the MOH said today. It added that she is symptomatic, is in stable condition, and had contact with a suspected or confirmed MERS case in the community or hospital.

Several MERS-CoV cases have been reported from Hofuf in recent weeks, including four reported earlier this month that are thought to be part of a family cluster.

The two deaths in earlier cases involve a 48-year-old Saudi man from Taif and Hofuf, according to MOH reports today and yesterday. It also said a 71-year-old foreign man who got sick in Hofuf has recovered from his illness.

So far the MOH has reported 1,007 MERS-CoV cases, 442 of them fatal. They agency said 560 people have recovered, 4 patients are still being treated, and 1 is on home isolation.

See also:

May 28 Korea Herald story
May 28 Xinhua story
May 26 CIDRAP News story “South Korea, Saudi Arabia confirm more MERS cases
May 28 Saudi MOH update
May 27 Saudi MOH update


 South Korea, Saudi Arabia confirm more MERS cases

South Korea has had two more MERS-CoV cases among contacts with its first MERS case—now five cases total—and Saudi Arabia reported four new infections in as many days.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued statements recently on the first three Korean MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases, recent cases in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and 16 recent Saudi cases.

Korean health worker infected

The two new cases in South Korea involve the daughter of the third Korean MERS patient and a healthcare worker (HCW) involved in MERS care, according to separate reports today from the Korea Herald.

The daughter, however, likely did not contract the disease from her 76-year-old father, who shared a hospital room with South Korea’s first MERS-CoV case-patient, a 68-year-old who had traveled to the Middle East, the Herald reported. Officials believe she contracted MERS from the 68-year-old man while visiting her father in the hospital.

She was quarantined as one of the 64 contacts of the first patient, the story said. She tested positive for MERS-CoV at a state-designated hospital after she developed a fever higher than 100°F. She is in stable condition, according to officials.

A separate Korea Herald story, translated and posted today by the infectious disease blog Avian Flu Diary, said that one of two HCWs with suspected MERS has tested positive for the disease, while the other HCW appears to have tested negative.

South Korea’s first MERS case was reported May 20, while the second case—involving the man’s wife—and the third were reported the next day.

Four new Saudi cases

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed four MERS-CoV cases in 4 days, all in those 65 years and older. Three are in Hofuf in the eastern part of the country near Qatar. The MOH also reported four MERS-related deaths in that span.

The Hofuf cases were reported on May 23, May 24, and yesterday. They involve 77- and 68-year-old Saudi women in critical condition in intensive care units (ICUs) and a 71-year-old male expatriate in stable condition. None are HCWs, but all had contact with a confirmed MERS case-patient.

Hofuf has had a number of cases in the past few weeks, including four that reported on May 9 that appear to represent a family cluster.

The Saudi case reported today by the MOH involves a 65-year-old Saudi man in Taif, which is near Mecca. He is listed in critical condition in an ICU. He is not an HCW, and his potential contact with MERS-CoV patients is under investigation.

The deaths were reported on the same days as the Hofuf cases. They involve a 71-year-old man in Riyadh, a 75-year-old man in Begig, and two women, 68 and 77, in Hofuf. None were HCWs, all had pre-existing disease, and all were Saudi citizens.

Saudi Arabia’s MOH also posted a weekly update on May 24 containing no new information. These updates have been sporadic at best.

WHO updates flesh out exposures

The WHO, meanwhile, posted details on May 24 about South Korea’s first three MERS-CoV cases. It noted that the index patient traveled extensively in the Middle East: to Bahrain, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. It added that all three patients are in stable condition.

Other WHO updates highlighted contact with camels and other MERS cases before symptom onset. The recent case-patient from the UAE, for example, “has a history of contact with MERS-CoV infected camels imported from Oman,” the agency said on May 24. The UAE reported this case, which involves a 33-year-old man, to the WHO on May 18.

The Qatari patient, a 29-year-old man, had frequent contact with camels, the WHO said in a separate May 24 statement.

And, in updates involving 16 Saudi MERS-CoV patients posted Mar 24 and yesterday, the WHO said 2 patients had contact with camels and 8 had possible exposure to other MERS patients. Two of the 16 patients are in critical condition, and 2 died.

See also:

May 26 Korea Herald story on fourth MERS patient
May 26 Avian Flu Diary post
May 23 Saudi MOH update
May 24 Saudi MOH update
May 25 Saudi MOH update
May 26 Saudi MOH update
May 24 Saudi MOH weekly update
May 24 WHO statement on South Korean cases
May 24 WHO statement on UAE case
May 24 WHO statement on Qatari case
May 24 WHO statement on Saudi cases
May 25 WHO statement on Saudi cases

Source: CIDRAP – Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

Biological Hazard – Toxic Algae Bloom: Monterey Bay, California


Biological Health Hazard  –  Toxic Cyanobacterium 

North-America –  USA | State of California, Monterey Bay
Location: 36°48’02.6″N 121°56’50.3″W
Bio-hazard Level: 0/4 —
Damage Level: unknown
Deaths: 0
Affected: Monterey Bay Coastal Areas

Biological Hazard in USA on Friday, 29 May, 2015 at 03:10 (03:10 AM) UTC.

Toxic algae are blooming offshore Monterey Bay right now, according to scientists with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). MBARI sensors detected high concentrations of domoic acid and Pseudo-nitzschia cells that can contaminate seafood and poison marine wildlife. In a note to colleagues at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, MBARI director Chris Scholin characterizes it as a “very large event,” warning them not to eat any Monterey Bay shellfish or forage fish (such as anchovies, sardines and mackerel). The institute has reported the toxic algal bloom to the California Department of Public Health, the Marine Mammal Center, and NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. In a message to posted to the Hopkins Facebook page yesterday afternoon, Scholin wrote: “We have been following a very big bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia over the past couple of weeks here in the bay, and the amount of associated domoic acid is really extraordinary… “Yesterday I noticed anchovies washing up on the beach in front of MBARI and [south] as far as I could see. There’s also lines of fish scales (anchovy?) marking the high tide line. We picked up some of the dead fish-guts are full of Psuedo-nitzschia frustules and the fish are hot with [domoic acid]. One of the staff went snorkeling off the beach here, and saw the seafloor littered with anchovies. There’s lots of birds feasting on the fish-we are seeing some dead birds amongst the fish, so I would guess some are getting hammered with [domoic acid]. “The bloom appears to be most toxic in the southern side of the bay for reasons we don’t understand. Heads up to the [Monterey Bay Aquarium] for your seawater intake, and keep an eye out for seizuring sea lions, sick birds, maybe sick otters. You may also see fish washing up… “Don’t eat shellfish or forage fish from [Monterey Bay]-very nasty right now!!!” MBARI will send a robot known as an autonomous underwater vehicle to map the affected area, in the south side of Monterey Bay, and look at the species composition of the algal bloom, Scholin added.

Source: RSOE EDIS

Biological Hazard – Rabies (Human exposure): Henry County, Georgia


Biological Health Hazard – Rabies Virus

North-America- USA | State of Georgia, Henry County, Stockbridge
Location: 33°26’05.3″N 84°08’36.7″W
Bio-hazard Level: 4/4 Hazardous
Deaths: 0
Humans Infected: >1

Biological Hazard in USA on Friday, 29 May, 2015 at 03:12 (03:12 AM) UTC.

For the second time this week and fourth this year, a rabies alert has been issued in Henry County. A 45-day quarantine alert has been issued for the area around Trace Drive in Stockbridge. According to the alert from Henry County Animal Control, a cat attacked and bit or scratched a member of a Stockbridge family May 26. The animal’s remains were transported to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory, where it tested positive for the rabies virus. The victim and members of the family who handled the cat will be undergoing rabies treatment. Residents living within the alert area should have their companion animals revaccinated by a licensed veterinarian. They should also watch the behavior of not only their own pets, but of wildlife that are acting in an unusual manner. Rabies Control Officer Vince Farah said in a previous article the unusual manner includes animals stumbling around with no sense of direction or aggressiveness. The next low-cost rabies vaccination clinic will be held at Henry County Animal Care and Control June 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The vaccination costs $15 and no appointment is necessary. The Center for Disease Control website recommends anyone bitten should wash the wound immediately with soap and water to decrease the spreading of infection and seek medical help for “any trauma due to an animal attack before considering the need for rabies vaccination.”

Source: RSOE EDIS

Technological Hazard – Radiation HAZMAT Incident: New Delhi, India


Technological Hazard  | Radiation HAZMAT Event

Asia –  India |  National Capital Territory, New Delhi, IGI Airport
Location:  28°33’22.2″N 77°05’59.4″E
Damage Level: Unknown
Injuries: Unknown

Radioactive HAZMAT Incident in India

Friday, 29 May, 2015 at 08:21 UTC

The leak of radioactive material on Friday at Delhi’s international airport was of sodium iodide 131, an official at India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) told Reuters. “It’s a localised leak,” AERB Vice-Chairman R. Bhattacharya told Reuters by telephone. Sodium iodide 131 is used in so-called nuclear medicine, and is used for treatment of hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancers. It emits radiation and must be handled with care to minimise inadvertent exposure to health workers and patients. Bhattarcharya said that the AERB was part of an emergency response team at the scene of the incident. He said that one of four consignments of sodium iodide had leaked. It had been “separated” and the area cordoned off, he said.

A radioactive leak from a medical consignment was detected in the cargo area of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi this morning. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the leak has been plugged. Officials have emphasised that there is no need for panic. The incident has not affected airport operations. Two people who handled the consignment have been taken to AIIMS hospital in Delhi. Officials said the consignment of sodium iodine from Turkey meant for a private hospital, had leaked in a small area of the cargo hold and was quickly isolated. The area has been cordoned off and a team of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF is at the spot. Atomic energy experts are on their way to the airport, Rajnath Singh said. Officials said the leak was detected after two loaders at the airport offloaded from a Turkish Airlines plane, packages that were wet and then reported that their eyes were watering. Both the men have been taken to hospital. The plane on which the consignment flew to Delhi from Istanbul has been isolated. The airline and the cargo company are also looking into how the leak happened. Sodium Iodine is used in the treatment of cancer.

Friday, 29 May, 2015 at 07:32 (07:32 AM) UTC.

A radioactive leak has been detected at India’s capital IGI Airport, Press Trust of India reported. Radioactive material was spotted onboard a flight from Turkey. An anti-sabotage team from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has arrived at the scene. “We are monitoring the whole situation. A radioactive substance came from Istanbul for Fortis Hospital whose authorities have been called,” an NDRF representative said as cited by the Times of India. The contaminated aircraft of Turkish Airlines has been parked in the cargo terminal of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport. The area has been cordoned off. The source of radioactivity turned out to be a container with medical equipment. India’s Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh has confirmed that the leak has been plugged.

Source: RSOE-EDIS

Media Report: Indian Authorities Investigate Suspected Radioactive Leak at New Delhi Airport

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