Norovirus Outbreaks Results in over 5 Deaths Recently–Unusual.

A Norovirus is a dystentary that is little more than a viral case of food poisoning, and yet has resulted in fatalities.  As one of the articles explains, norovirus typically kills as a secondary infection.  None of the victims sought medical treatment and most were recovered by Monday.

Norovirus kills 800 a year, and all victims of the disease are over 65.

Death of the Leader of ISIS

In today’s time, people associate death with, well, death.  Fear, dismay, chaos, and extremism.  Multiple legal systems throughout the world discourage death with one hand and then implement it with another.  Regardless of moral culpability, it’s important to define what we, humanity, see.

Deaths that make the news typically are not defined by the average person due to a combination of weakness of stomach and a lack of understanding.  In relation to the death of  Abu Sayyar, the Leader of ISIS, people assume the hunting down of his family is a death penalty.  In reality, his death was an upper level assassination, and the separation of his family a war tactic only currently defined by the instructions divide and conquer.

Clearly, a leader of one of the biggest rivals of the United States in the entire world, similar to landmark governments like Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Communist (Soviet) Russia, etc., would be a coveted assassination to be credited with by any enemy or rival.

To some, the death of Abu Sayyar is unthinkable, but expected.  Multiple attempts have been made on his life throughout the reign of ISIS.  His wife is in legal custody, and his Yazidi slave released. In times of mourning, definitions help the more logic minded people who have not adjusted to large amounts of emotions.  For the  general public, this is good to know.

Individual execution:  An individual who is killed by a group for the purpose of implementing a law.

Assassination:  Calculated individual kill for the purpose of war, but not related to any local laws, necessarily.

Group execution:  10+ individuals executed by established lawmakers for the purpose of enforcing a law.

Massacre:  10+ dead by a random act of violence in a chaotic and disordered way.  These acts occur all at one time, and in one instance.  But not necessarily the same location.

Mass Execution:  30+ dead for the purpose of enforcing a law or enacting war.  These executions only become illegal in the instance of the laws being seen by the lawmakers as too minimal.

DIsaster:  30-100 dead  in natural or unnatural occurrences.  Unrelated to war or laws.

Catastrophe:  100-1000+  dead in a natural or unnatural way.

Many of these styles of death were implemented by ISIS in a way that had never been exposed to the public.  Sharian lawmakers often enforced their laws in a very socially isolated way, to the point of disrupting translations or stoning those who revealed the details of their laws to infidels.  What appears to be terror isn’t always terror, sometimes it’s a government.

* The Yazidi slaves were officially released 6 months after they were originally held captive on Mount Sinjar.  Hopefully, her story will be released.

Ibiza, the Hamptons, downtown Manhattan: Where the Winklevoss twins got hooked on bitcoin

Originally posted on Quartz:

In the late summer of 2012, the Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler, were in between ventures and looking for their next big move–leaving them time for a trip to the Spanish island of Ibiza with a couple friends.

The twins had recently retired from their rowing careers, which had taken them to the 2008 Beijing summer Olympics, and they were in the process of setting up their own technology investing firm with money they had made from their legal settlement with Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Just before they had left for Ibiza, they had leased an office in Manhattan for Winklevoss Capital.

While lounging at Blue Marlin, one of the trendy island’s most famous beach clubs, a compact, boxer of a man with a shaved head, approached the brothers and introduced himself as David Azar, mentioning a friend they had in common in New York.

Cameron knew how to extract…

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Heard The One About Fascists, Socialists, And Murderers?

Originally posted on Samir Chopra:

In Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny (W. W. Norton, New York, 2006, pp. 6-7), Amartya Sen, in the course of asserting how ‘our freedom to assert our personal identities can sometimes be extraordinarily limited in the eyes of others’, slips in the following:

[S]ometimes we may not even be fully aware how others identify us, which may differ from self-perception. There is an interesting lesson in an old Italian story–from the 1920s when support for fascist politics was spreading rapidly across Italy–concerning a political recruiter from the Fascist Party arguing with a rural socialist that he should join the Fascist Party instead. “How can I,” said the potential recruit, “join your party? My father was a socialist . My grandfather was a socialist. I cannot really join the Fascist Party.” “What kind of argument is this?” said the Fascist recruiter, reasonably enough. “What would you have done,”…

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People are petitioning President Barack Obama to create Mike Trout Appreciation Day

Originally posted on For The Win:

Mike Trout (AP Photo) Mike Trout (AP Photo)

For a post at Eye on Baseball, Dave Brown created a petition in an effort to convince Barack Obama to create Mike Trout Appreciation Day.

Brown writes:

As he showed again Wednesday night, Mike Trout is the best player in the best sport and he deserves a day all to himself. Mike Trout Appreciation Day, unless someone else can think of something better, is what we should call it. You can help make it happen by signing a petition addressed to President Barack Obama himself.

We are lucky. We are blessed. Even if Mike Trout Appreciation Day doesn’t happen, it’s incumbent on us as individuals to put some time aside to watch Mike Trout highlights and appreciate him. If you already do, take more time! Mike Trout is worth our reflection.

This is an extremely noble cause, and one I wholeheartedly support. The

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My Interview With Anne, a Child of Surrogacy (Part 2)

Originally posted on Mommy Man:

I’ve had a great response to Part 1 of my interview with Anne, a young woman born through surrogacy in 1993. The comments have been incredibly supportive, understanding and appreciative of her perspective. That’s been so gratifying to me, as a dad of two children born through surrogacy myself. Now that some of these kids are reaching adulthood and beyond, and now that surrogacy is becoming more and more common, it’s important to listen to the people who’ve lived through it.

I did only minor editing on Anne’s responses, because I wanted to make sure her view was as unfiltered as possible. She’s very well-adjusted and in touch with her origin story, as we call it here. Needless to say, though, there were things that were painful or difficult for her growing up. At the risk of stirring up the anti-surrogacy people, I’ve let Anne speak her mind. I’m hoping…

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Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson suspended for seven games for domestic violence incident

Originally posted on For The Win:

 (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson will be suspended without pay for seven regular-season games each after they were both arrested on misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges at their Phoenix home in April, WNBA president Laurel Ritchie announced Friday.

Griner and Johnson, who were married shortly after the incident, will also be required to attend individual counseling sessions.

According to the WNBA’s investigation, the incident began when Johnson pushed Griner in the shoulder and Griner pushed Johnon in the back of the neck. “The confrontation escalated to include wrestling, punches, and the throwing and swinging of various objects,” according to Ritchie’s statement. “[Griner] received a bite wound on her finger and scratches on her wrist, and Glory received a scratch above her lip and was diagnosed with a concussion.”

Griner pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges following the incident and was ordered to complete 26…

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