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  • Coronavirus: Newborn becomes youngest person diagnosed with virus

    A Chinese newborn has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus just 30 hours after birth, the youngest case recorded so far, state media said.
    The baby was born on 2 February in Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus. The baby's mother tested positive before she gave birth. It is unclear how the disease was transmitted - in the womb, or after birth. Only a handful of children have come down with the virus, which has killed 565 people and infected 28,018. All but one of the deaths were in China. State media outlet Xinhua reported news of the infection late on Wednesday. It added that the baby, who weighed 3.25kg at birth (7lbs 2oz), was now in a stable condition and under observation.





  • Kirk Douglas has passed away at the age of 103.

    BBC News - Kirk Douglas: Tributes paid to 'unforgettable' Hollywood 'icon'
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51398105



  • Drug lord Escobar's hitman Jhon Velásquez dies in Colombia

    A notorious murderer who worked for Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has died of stomach cancer, Colombian officials say.
    Jhon Jairo Velásquez, who boasted of killing 300 people for Escobar, was 57. Known as "Popeye", he was released from prison in 2014 after more than 20 years and launched a YouTube channel, attracting more than a million followers. But he was jailed again in 2018 on charges of extortion. Velásquez died at the National Cancer Institute in the capital Bogotá, where he had been receiving treatment for stomach cancer since December. He was a close associate of Escobar, who ran a drug trafficking empire from the Colombian city of Medellín that sent thousands of tonnes of cocaine to the US. Velásquez gave himself up to the authorities in 1992 and spent 23 years in prison, reportedly gaining a reputation for the stories he told about his life of crime. After his release he started a YouTube channel called Repentant.



  • Li Wenliang: Coronavirus death of Wuhan doctor sparks anger

    The death of a Chinese doctor who tried to warn about the coronavirus outbreak has sparked an unprecedented level of public anger and grief in China.
    Li Wenliang died after contracting the virus while treating patients in Wuhan. Last December he sent a message to fellow medics warning of a virus he thought looked like Sars - another deadly coronavirus. But he was told by police to "stop making false comments" and was investigated for "spreading rumours". "I don't think he was rumour-mongering. Hasn't this turned into reality now?" his father, Li Shuying, told the BBC. "My son was wonderful." News of his death was met with an intense outpouring of grief on Chinese social media site Weibo - but this quickly turned into anger. There had already been accusations against the government of downplaying the severity of the virus - and initially trying to keep it secret. Dr Li's death fuelled this further and triggered a conversation about the lack of freedom of speech in China.



  • Coronavirus claims 97 lives in one day - but number of infections stabilises

    The number of people killed by the new coronavirus rose by 97 on Sunday, the highest number of casualties in a day.
    The total number of deaths in China is now 908 - but the number of newly-infected people per day has stabilised. Across China, 40,171 people are infected while 187,518 are under medical observation. Meanwhile, 60 more people have tested positive on a cruise ship quarantined in Japan - meaning 130 out of 3,700 passengers have caught the virus. The Diamond Princess ship is on a two-week quarantine off Yokohama, after a passenger - who earlier disembarked in Hong Kong - tested positive. The infected passengers are taken off board and treated in nearby hospitals. The new cases mean around a third of all coronavirus patients outside of China were on the Diamond Princess. According to Chinese data, 3,281 patients have been cured and discharged from hospital.



  • Cars break down after diesel, gas mistakenly swapped at Boulder gas station

    BOULDER, Colo. -- Dozens of drivers in Boulder County are dealing with major car problems after unknowingly filling their cars with diesel.
    The mix-up reportedly happening at a Circle K near Folsom Street and Pearl Street in Boulder. Dani Alexander says she filled up her 2015 Subaru Forester at the station on Wednesday. "I got gas and about three blocks later, my car started lugging and chugging," said Alexander. "It's a really good car and I just got it tuned up on Friday." Alexander thought her repair shop had forgotten to attach a line, so she called for a tow. "The tow truck driver stopped the car, and said, 'you're the second person I've towed this afternoon with that problem,'" said Alexander. Alexander called Circle K, which referred her to Travelers Insurance. The insurance company has agreed to pay for the $1,100 car repair, the tow and the tank of gas.



  • Holden Matthews: Man admits burning churches to raise 'black metal' profile

    A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to intentionally setting fire to three African-American churches in the US state of Louisiana.
    Holden Matthews, 22, admitted to starting the fires to raise his profile as a "black metal" musician, prosecutors said. He burned three Baptist churches in the Opelousas area over 10 days beginning in late March 2019. He faces 10 to 70 years in jail when he is sentenced on 22 May. On Monday, Matthews entered several guilty pleas for federal and state charges. The three churches Matthews admitted to torching had predominantly African-American congregations.



  • @mlnews I don't think that guy understands what "black metal" really is...



  • Coronavirus: Singapore bank evacuated after worker falls ill

    Around 300 employees have been evacuated from Singapore's biggest bank, DBS, after one person fell ill with the new coronavirus.
    All 300 had been working on the same floor, the 43rd, and were sent home on Wednesday. Singapore had previously reported 47 cases of the new virus - one of the highest tallies outside China. Meanwhile, Formula 1's Chinese Grand Prix, due to take place in Shanghai on 19 April, has been postponed. Motorsport governing body FIA said the measure had been taken "in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans". It said it hoped to find an alternative date later in the year "should the situation improve".



  • Coronavirus: Sharp increase in deaths and cases in Hubei

    Some 242 deaths from the new coronavirus were recorded in the Chinese province of Hubei on Wednesday, the deadliest day of the outbreak.
    There was also a huge increase in the number of cases, with 14,840 people diagnosed with Covid-19. Hubei has started using a broader definition to diagnose people - which accounts for most of the rise in cases. China sacked two top officials in Hubei province hours after the new figures were revealed. Until Wednesday's increases, the number of people with the virus in Hubei, where the outbreak emerged, was stabilising. But the new cases and deaths in the province have pushed the national death toll above 1,350 with almost 60,000 infections in total. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is seeking "further clarity" from China about the changes to how cases of the virus are being confirmed.



  • Woman Wearing Mask To Ward Off Coronavirus Outraged That Bank Called Police

    Amanda Ulmen said she was traumatized after a KeyBank teller called police on her.
    Dearborn, MI – A Michigan woman who wore a black face mask plastered with a sharp-toothed smile into a bank was outraged when a teller locked the building down and called police. When Amanda Ulmen waltzed into the KeyBank on North Telegraph Road wearing her mask on Monday, a teller immediately asked her to remove it, Ulman told WAGA. Ulman refused to comply. "They kept saying that it was for their protection,” she complained to WAGA. “And I don't understand what my mask has to do with their protection." The teller then began enacting emergency protocols. “She jumps on the phone after she pushes this button - which I assume is the panic button - and I hear this giant locking sound," Ulmen told WAGA.



  • @mlnews wearing the mask is fine. Refusing to remove it on private property and refusing to leave... that's a problem.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews wearing the mask is fine. Refusing to remove it on private property and refusing to leave... that's a problem.

    Right. Like of course the bank is going to assume something is up if you refuse to comply with basic bank process.

    Remove your sunglasses, hoodies, hats (masks obviously).

    Would she be as upset if she walked in the bank with a Nixon mask on and the bank reacted the same way?



  • This is exactly what the bank is thinking is occurring.

    Youtube Video



  • Antarctic island hits record temperature of 20.75C

    Antarctica has exceeded 20C for the first time, after researchers logged a temperature of 20.75C on an island off the coast of the continent.
    Brazilian scientist Carlos Schaefer told AFP they had "never seen a temperature this high in Antarctica". But he warned the temperature, logged on 9 February, was just one reading and not part of a long-term data set. The continent also hit a record last week, with a temperature reading of 18.3C on the Antarctic Peninsula. This latest reading was taken at a monitoring station on Seymour Island, part of a chain of islands off the same peninsula, at the northernmost point of the continent. Although the temperature is a record high, Mr Schaefer emphasized that the reading was not part of a wider study and so, in itself, could not be used to predict a trend. "We can't use this to anticipate climatic changes in the future. It's a data point," he said. "It's simply a signal that something different is happening in that area."



  • Coronavirus: Americans from quarantined cruise ship flown from Japan

    Two planes carrying hundreds of US citizens from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship have left Japan, officials say.
    One plane has landed at a US Air Force air base in California, and its passengers will be isolated at military facilities for 14 days. There were some 400 Americans on board the Diamond Princess. The ship with some 3,700 passengers and crew has been in quarantine since 3 February. Meanwhile, China reported a total of 2,048 new cases on Monday. Of those new cases, 1,933 were from Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak. More than 70,500 people across China have been infected by the virus. In Hubei alone, the official number of cases stands at 58,182, with 1,692 deaths. Most new cases and deaths have been reported in Wuhan, Hubei's largest city.



  • Coronavirus: Largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk

    Health officials in China have published the first details of more than 44,000 cases of Covid-19, in the biggest study since the outbreak began.
    Data from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) finds that more than 80% of the cases have been mild, with the sick and elderly most at risk. The research also points to the high risk to medical staff. A hospital director in the city of Wuhan died from the virus on Tuesday. Liu Zhiming, 51, was the director of the Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan - one of the leading hospitals in the virus epicentre. He is one of the most senior health officials to die so far. Hubei, the province Wuhan is in, is the worst affected province in the country.



  • @mlnews that we have to pay for a study to tell us that is a sad state of medicine.



  • In the "um duh, how dumb are people that needed a study for this" category...

    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/02/employers-should-expand-not-cut-telework-into-the-future/



  • Coronavirus: Passengers leave Diamond Princess amid criticism of Japan

    Hundreds of passengers who tested negative for the new coronavirus have begun leaving a quarantined cruise ship in Japan amid heavy criticism over the country's handling of the outbreak.
    One Japanese health expert who visited the Diamond Princess at the port in Yokohama said the situation on board was "completely chaotic". US officials said moves to contain the virus "may not have been sufficient". Passengers have described the difficult quarantine situation on the vessel. At least 542 passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess have so far been infected by the Covid-19 virus - the biggest cluster outside mainland China. The ship was carrying 3,700 people in total.



  • Hanau shooting: Eight dead after two attacks in Germany

    Eight people are dead following two shootings at shisha bars in the western German city of Hanau.
    At least five people were injured after gunmen opened fire at about 22:00 local time (21:00 GMT), police told the BBC. Police added that they are searching for the suspects, who fled the scene and are currently at large. The first shooting was at a bar in the city centre, while the second was in Hanau's Kesselstadt neighbourhood, according to local reports. Police officers and helicopters are patrolling both areas.



  • Coronavirus: Two passengers dead from quarantined Diamond Princess

    Two Japanese passengers who contracted the new coronavirus on board a cruise ship quarantined in Japan have died, officials say.
    Both were in their 80s with underlying health conditions. They were being treated in hospitals after being taken off the Diamond Princess last week. At least 621 people on the ship tested positive for the virus, named Covid-19, the biggest cluster outside China. The coronavirus, which originated in China's Hubei province last year, causes pneumonia-like symptoms. Overall, there have now been 2,118 deaths and nearly 75,000 confirmed infections recorded in mainland China. On Thursday, South Korea confirmed its first coronavirus death. Japan's neighbour also reported a sharp rise in virus cases, most of them from a newly identified cluster at a large religious community.





  • @black3dynamite said in Non-IT News Thread:

    https://www.fox4news.com/news/report-prisoner-confesses-to-killing-2-child-molesters

    that guy is awesome, damn. I want to start a petition to get him pardoned.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @black3dynamite said in Non-IT News Thread:

    https://www.fox4news.com/news/report-prisoner-confesses-to-killing-2-child-molesters

    that guy is awesome, damn. I want to start a petition to get him pardoned.

    Agreed.
    I say put him back in gen pop and then send all lifers for child crimes to his jail 🙂



  • @JasGot said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @black3dynamite said in Non-IT News Thread:

    https://www.fox4news.com/news/report-prisoner-confesses-to-killing-2-child-molesters

    that guy is awesome, damn. I want to start a petition to get him pardoned.

    Agreed.
    I say put him back in gen pop and then send all lifers for child crimes to his jail 🙂

    Hell yeah. That guy's a hero. Don't know what he did in his former life, but he sure is earning his keep in his new one.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @JasGot said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @black3dynamite said in Non-IT News Thread:

    https://www.fox4news.com/news/report-prisoner-confesses-to-killing-2-child-molesters

    that guy is awesome, damn. I want to start a petition to get him pardoned.

    Agreed.
    I say put him back in gen pop and then send all lifers for child crimes to his jail 🙂

    Hell yeah. That guy's a hero. Don't know what he did in his former life, but he sure is earning his keep in his new one.

    He murdered someone.

    Now he's up to at least 3 people.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @JasGot said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @black3dynamite said in Non-IT News Thread:

    https://www.fox4news.com/news/report-prisoner-confesses-to-killing-2-child-molesters

    that guy is awesome, damn. I want to start a petition to get him pardoned.

    Agreed.
    I say put him back in gen pop and then send all lifers for child crimes to his jail 🙂

    Hell yeah. That guy's a hero. Don't know what he did in his former life, but he sure is earning his keep in his new one.

    He murdered someone.

    Now he's up to at least 3 people.

    Yeah, but there is bad murdering someone (killing someone innocent) and there is good murdering someone (protecting society or serving justice) and then there is not murdering someone (convicted falsely.)

    So far, knowing what we know about him now, it's suggestive that there is at least a decent chance that his original murder wasn't such a bad thing. We know nothing about it.



  • I'd rather not get into the dregs of figuring out when it's "okay to murder."


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