New York Abandons Mandatory Ebola Quarantine Under Pressure From CDC

The CDC has pressured New York into abandoning their mandatory Ebola quarantine procedure. Under pressure from the CDC, and presumably President Obama himself, New York state has been forced to abandon their mandatory Ebola quarantine procedure.

Just like New Jersey, the state of New York had adopted a policy that would require all persons who came into contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, to submit to a mandatory 21 day quarantine.

Republican conspiracy theorists have said that the move is proof that the Obama administration wants an Ebola outbreak in America. However, on the liberal side of things, the move is to stop discouraging aid workers from going to West Africa to help.

Right now, West African nations are dependent on nations like the United States sending medical aid, and workers to help combat the infection. However, those workers may be discouraged from going, should they be forced into a mandatory quarantine upon returning, or if they are outright banned from reentering the country.

 

Russia Gears Up for War in Deep Freeze

There is a tiny island in the Arctic known as Yaya. It is a frozen, tiny and barely above sea level. It was only discovered in October whenever Russian aviators flew over it.

Its existence was then verified by a ship sent out to look for it. The island will soon take its place on the map of the artic ocean and will be officially recognised as a part of the Russian country.

However the Guardian states that the country is no longer contented by simply planting its flag on the newly discovered turf; it wants to make sure nobody will contest it under any circumstances.

They are doing this by adding a lot of military presence in the Arctic region.

This increased military presence will be placed in defunct Soviet military bases because of the increase of NATO activity in the area. For example, an airfield in Novaya Zemlya is now able to take modern fighter jets and indeed, a section of the Northern fleet will set up shop there.

However, a brand new military section will be created to guard the Northern region which will be divided into two brigades with a total of 6000 soldiers.

There will also be a ground guidance system and radar base set up in the region. There will also be an increase in the number of border control agents at the Northern border.

This follows the Vostok 2014 military exercise which was the largest of its kind since the USSR.

 

Phoenix Zoo Halloween Celebrations Are In Full Swing

The festivities began on October 20th, but don’t worry you’ve got until the 26th to get down to the Phoenix Zoo and get in on the fun. The event, titled Boo!at the Zoo, features all ages activities and fun. Including face painting, pumpkin patches, and several photo opportunities.

But there are also a couple trails especially designed for the holiday. Families can choose between “scary” or “merry” options, depending on if they’re looking for a good scare, or just some lighthearted holiday themed fun times.

Brian Torchin tells me that it’s going to be $8 for Zoo members, and $10 for the general public. And don’t forget about the Eek-o-Friendly Costume Swap, where you can bring in a gently-worn costume and swap it with others.