Behind the News with Doug Henwood, for August 27, 2011 - 10:00am
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I loved the interview w/ Cockburn!! He is always so astute, no-beating-around-the-bush style and funny!! I'd love to have a dinner party and have him over! I couldn't object to any of his criticisms and for those liberals (KPFA has tons of them both in the studios and listeners) who cringed at the criticisms of Obama....well, say good-bye to your children's chance for a future worth living....regardless of what terrorist is sitting in the WH in 2013 we will all be scrounging for food and shelter and the liberals will be bewildered as to WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR SAVINGS...AND THEIR PENSIONS AND THEIR STOCKS. Wake up.....your children are COUNTING ON YOU TO STAND UP FOR THEM.
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Coburn's appreciation for Rick Perry is both amusing and shocking. It is one thing to criticize Israel, but completely another to start supporting a religious ultraconservative like Rick Perry. This hatred for Obama almost appers visceral. I agree with his criticisms of NYT, and I admire his daring expose of Israeli military actions in the Gaza in the 70s, which is daring...but some of his comments are embarrassing. Henwood and Coburn - your chit chat on the good ole times was at times like "Geez the 60s and the 70s were great because they were good to me!" Come on guys. Who is listening to this interview on Saturday? Everybody is writing drivel and Coburn was doing all the expose. :)) But lot of young American journalists are terrible...I will admit that. Chris Mathews is a ranting idiot! I don't read American newspapers amymore.
Idiot "some other guy" - could it be possible that some other invading country might be using Libya as a lab? Think before writing.
Thank your kid for ending that dreadful interview with Alexander Cockburn - the George Sanders of
radical journalism .Before the two of you book a hotel room in Castelldefels let me just say that
I look forward to listening to your show every week, Nowhere on the airwaves or the web can you
find as insightful & informative interviews. Just don't invite Al back
Lot of people are assuming that only oil and geo-politics of the Middle East drives some invasion and occupation, overthrow and combat. How about biological warfare testing and research? I was stunned to hear that of all the dangerous biological infectious diseases more than 80% are found in Libya and some surrounding areas. These belong to the category Biohazard Level 4. Virulent bacteria, viruses and protozoas (some made in labs or mutated in labs) for which there are no vaccines, cures and are not only catageous but deadly. Here is the list of diseases found in Libya, as reported by a CIA fact check, Thanks to them for reporting them.
It is amazing how many hemorrhgic diseases there really are in the list. Most of them are highly dangerous and some questions arise as to their origin...which could be a biolab.
CIA Fact check
Definition: This entry lists major infectious diseases likely to be encountered in countries where the risk of such diseases is assessed to be very high as compared to the United States.
Hepatitis A - viral disease that interferes with the functioning of the liver; spread through consumption of food or water contaminated with fecal matter, principally in areas of poor sanitation; victims exhibit fever, jaundice, and diarrhea; 15% of victims will experience prolonged symptoms over 6-9 months; vaccine available
Hepatitis E - water-borne viral disease that interferes with the functioning of the liver; most commonly spread through fecal contamination of drinking water; victims exhibit jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, and dark colored urine
Typhoid fever - bacterial disease spread through contact with food or water contaminated by fecal matter or sewage; victims exhibit sustained high fevers; left untreated, mortality rates can reach 20%vectorborne diseases acquired through the bite of an infected arthropod:
Dengue fever - mosquito-borne (Aedes aegypti) viral disease associated with urban environments; manifests as sudden onset of fever and severe headache; occasionally produces shock and hemorrhage leading to death in 5% of cases
Yellow fever - mosquito-borne viral disease; severity ranges from influenza-like symptoms to severe hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever; occurs only in tropical South America and sub-Saharan Africa, where most cases are reported; fatality rate is less than 20%
Japanese Encephalitis - mosquito-borne (Culex tritaeniorhynchus) viral disease associated with rural areas in Asia; acute encephalitis can progress to paralysis, coma, and death; fatality rates 30%
African Trypanosomiasis - caused by the parasitic protozoa Trypanosoma; transmitted to humans via the bite of bloodsucking Tsetse flies; infection leads to malaise and irregular fevers and, in advanced cases when the parasites invade the central nervous system, coma and death; endemic in 36 countries of sub-Saharan Africa; cattle and wild animals act as reservoir hosts for the parasites
Cutaneous Leishmaniasis - caused by the parasitic protozoa leishmania; transmitted to humans via the bite of sandflies; results in skin lesions that may become chronic; endemic in 88 countries; 90% of cases occur in Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Peru; wild and domesticated animals as well as humans can act as reservoirs of infection
Plague - bacterial disease transmitted by fleas normally associated with rats; person-to-person airborne transmission also possible; recent plague epidemics occurred in areas of Asia, Africa, and South America associated with rural areas or small towns and villages; manifests as fever, headache, and painfully swollen lymph nodes; disease progresses rapidly and without antibiotic treatment leads to pneumonic form with a death rate in excess of 50%
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever - tick-borne viral disease; infection may also result from exposure to infected animal blood or tissue; geographic distribution includes Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe; sudden onset of fever, headache, and muscle aches followed by hemorrhaging in the bowels, urine, nose, and gums; mortality rate is approximately 30%
Rift Valley fever - viral disease affecting domesticated animals and humans; transmission is by mosquito and other biting insects; infection may also occur through handling of infected meat or contact with blood; geographic distribution includes eastern and southern Africa where cattle and sheep are raised; symptoms are generally mild with fever and some liver abnormalities, but the disease may progress to hemorrhagic fever, encephalitis, or ocular disease; fatality rates are low at about 1% of cases
Chikungunya - mosquito-borne (Aedes aegypti) viral disease associated with urban environments, similar to Dengue Fever; characterized by sudden onset of fever, rash, and severe joint pain usually lasting 3-7 days, some cases result in persistent arthritis
water contact diseases acquired through swimming or wading in freshwater lakes, streams, and rivers:
Leptospirosis - bacterial disease that affects animals and humans; infection occurs through contact with water, food, or soil contaminated by animal urine; symptoms include high fever, severe headache, vomiting, jaundice, and diarrhea; untreated, the disease can result in kidney damage, liver failure, meningitis, or respiratory distress; fatality rates are low but left untreated recovery can take months
Schistosomiasis - caused by parasitic trematode flatworm Schistosoma; fresh water snails act as intermediate host and release larval form of parasite that penetrates the skin of people exposed to contaminated water; worms mature and reproduce in the blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and intestines releasing eggs, which become trapped in tissues triggering an immune response; may manifest as either urinary or intestinal disease resulting in decreased work or learning capacity; mortality, while generally low, may occur in advanced cases usually due to bladder cancer; endemic in 74 developing countries with 80% of infected people living in sub-Saharan Africa; humans act as the reservoir for this parasite
aerosolized dust or soil contact disease acquired through inhalation of aerosols contaminated with rodent urine:
Lassa fever - viral disease carried by rats of the genus Mastomys; endemic in portions of West Africa; infection occurs through direct contact with or consumption of food contaminated by rodent urine or fecal matter containing virus particles; fatality rate can reach 50% in epidemic outbreaks
respiratory disease acquired through close contact with an infectious person:
Meningococcal meningitis - bacterial disease causing an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord; one of the most important bacterial pathogens is Neisseria meningitidis because of its potential to cause epidemics; symptoms include stiff neck, high fever, headaches, and vomiting; bacteria are transmitted from person to person by respiratory droplets and facilitated by close and prolonged contact resulting from crowded living conditions, often with a seasonal distribution; death occurs in 5-15% of cases, typically within 24-48 hours of onset of symptoms; highest burden of meningococcal disease occurs in the hyperendemic region of sub-Saharan Africa known as the "Meningitis Belt" which stretches from Senegal east to Ethiopia
animal contact disease acquired through direct contact with local animals:
Rabies - viral disease of mammals usually transmitted through the bite of an infected animal, most commonly dogs; virus affects the central nervous system causing brain alteration and death; symptoms initially are non-specific fever and headache progressing to neurological symptoms; death occurs within days of the onset of symptoms
Is there any evidence that the government of Libya was seeking to create, or indeed has, any weaponized form of the biological diseases you state? Even if true, this in and of itself, does not justify using aggression as defined in the United Nations charter.
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