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Mysterious disease that kills patients within 24 hours leaves at least 18 dead in Nigeria – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A mysterious disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 18 lives in a south-eastern Nigerian town, the government says.

“Seventeen people have died of the mysterious disease since it broke out early this week in Ode-Irele town,” said Ondo state government spokesman Kayode Akinmade.

The disease, symptoms of which include headache, weight loss, blurred vision and loss of consciousness, killed the victims within 24 hours of their falling ill, he said.

Laboratory tests have so far ruled out Ebola or any other virus, Mr Akinmade added.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it had information on 14 cases with at least 12 dead.

“Common symptoms were sudden blurred vision, headache, loss of consciousness followed by death, occurring within 24 hours,” spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.

via Mysterious disease that kills patients within 24 hours leaves at least 18 dead in Nigeria – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

How many of my Army and Marine  friends just found themselves mentally reciting the symptoms of nerve agent poisoning?

I saw a discussion of this outbreak on Twitter the other day. There is suspicion it might be wood alcohol poisoning.

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Why you must ALWAYS follow the four rules of firearm safety.

Despite the “Fail” in the title, there’s no hilarity here. Just a vivid reminder that you must ALWAYS follow the four rules of firearm safety.

  1. All guns are always loaded. (Treat them so!)
  2. Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target (and you have made the decision to shoot).
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.



Saturday Matinee- The Longest Day

A classic movie, that spawned the  phrase “…and a cast of thousands.”

How can you not love a movie with John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda and Sean Connery?

H/T War News Updates.



Scientists find radioactive aircraft carrier off San Francisco coast – News – Stripes

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (Tribune Content Agency) — In a ghostly reminder of the San Francisco Bay Area’s nuclear heritage, scientists announced Thursday they have captured the first clear images of a radioactivity-polluted World War II aircraft carrier that rests on the ocean floor 30 miles off the coast of Half Moon Bay.

The USS Independence saw combat at Wake Island and other decisive battles against Japan, and was later blasted with radiation in two South Pacific nuclear tests. The Navy deliberately sunk the contaminated ship in 1951 south of the Farallon Islands.

via Scientists find radioactive aircraft carrier off San Francisco coast – News – Stripes.

The Independence survived not one, but two nuclear blasts. Able was an airburst, and Baker was an underwater detonation.  The Independence wasn’t sunk, or even really that badly compromised by either.  The real problem was that the base surge of contaminated water from Baker made her far too hot, radioactively speaking. So the Navy simply towed her out a short bit from San Francisco Bay and sunk her.

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More on that F-15 Mishap, and the Radome Cap.

As usual, no single factor is responsible for the loss of an aircraft. Here’s the report, with some analysis on how such a minor aerodynamic blemish could have such a major impact.



Daily Dose of Splodey

Space-X came this><close to successfully recovering the first stage of a Falcon 9 used just minutes earlier to launch a Dragon capsule into orbit.

Word is that Space-X, having demonstrated successful control of the vehicle in all phases except touchdown, will forego the barge based landing pad and attempt to land ashore next time.

By the way, while they haven’t successfully recovered a first stage that’s actually been used in a launch, they have successfully made ascents and landings during testing prior to these attempts.

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JOINT CHIEFS: Why We Don’t Care That You’re Resigning


The following is an opinion article written by the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

It has come to our attention that another company grade officer has very publicly resigned, citing numerous reasons for doing so. As the top commissioned leaders of the different branches, we feel this issue now requires that we respond to these resigning officers.

First and foremost, thank you for your service. Most Americans will never understand what can be gained from putting yourself at a point of great friction in defense of your nation’s way of life. We are truly grateful for the countless sacrifices every one of our servicemembers makes, especially the ones that will never be perceived at our level. We know that this is a hard life, and it hurts us to know that there are good things you do that will never be recognized.

Second, we do not care that you are resigning. Your career is less than a blip on our radar screen. Your skills and experiences will never in a million years cause us to raise even a finger to stop you from resigning, much less cause us to look back on your resignation with regret. Regardless of your unique and valuable perspective, you could not be more replaceable.

via JOINT CHIEFS: Why We Don’t Care That You’re Resigning.

TDB is our go-to for military laughs. But this piece is absolutely serious, and spot on. Go read the whole thing.