Monuments of Aristocratic Might and Lower-Class Deaths


Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling Washington DC has again become a monument of aristocratic might and lower-class deaths. But since too much knowledge and reality ignites insurrection, the recent political self-immolation in front of the U.S. Capitol building must be depoliticized. Also, the seat of a superpower, with all of its trappings of an imperial city and military hubris, must frame the gyrocopter dissenter landing on the west lawn in a threatening and national security narrative. Read more [...]

Blue Bell Shuts Down Ice Cream Factory After Deaths


Blue Bell Ice Cream has voluntarily suspended operations at an Oklahoma production facility that officials had previously connected to a foodborne illness linked to the deaths of three people, the company announced Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people throw away any Blue Bell products made at the company’s plant in Broken Arrow, Okla., even if some has been eaten without becoming sick. Products made at the facility will have the… Read the rest of this Read more [...]

VA inquiry stops short of linking deaths to delays in care in Phoenix


On the same day President Obama pledged to regain veterans’ trust, Department of Veterans Affairs investigators reported that they had been unable to prove that delays in medical care caused any deaths at the VA medical center in Phoenix, epicenter of a national scandal over mismanagement…
Nation – Los Angeles Times

Everest Deaths: How Many Sherpas Have Been Killed?


In "Disposable Man" (August 2013), Grayson Schaffer's story about the risks Sherpas face helping paying clients up Everest, we wanted to know how the fatality rate of ethnic Sherpas working on Everest. And we also wanted to answer another question: How did this rate compare to traditionally dangerous industries such as commercial fishing, wilderness aviation (a.k.a. bush pilots), and even military combat. To do that, we used the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics' formula for fatality rates Read more [...]

Meningitis deaths bring warning for gay men


Medical experts say the disease is not an epidemic, but urge vaccinations for gay and bisexual men in the wake of three deaths.

Three gay men who contracted meningitis have died of the disease, officials said Thursday, heightening calls in West Hollywood and beyond that people get vaccinated.
Nation – latimes.com

Afghan civilian deaths up in 2013 as war intensifies : U.N.


By Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - War took an increasing toll on Afghanistan's civilians in 2013 as fighting intensified between the government and insurgents, the United Nations said in a report on Saturday, with total casualties rising 14 percent. The gradual withdrawal of foreign troops has left Afghan government forces more vulnerable to attack by insurgents, and the resulting battles helped account for last year's rise in casualties, according to the report. "The new trend in Read more [...]

Bald eagle deaths in Utah alarm and mystify scientists


Deaths of at least 20 bald eagles in northern and central Utah in recent weeks worry scientists, who are struggling to find the cause.

SALT LAKE CITY — Buz Marthaler felt the once-proud aerial predator fall limp in his arms, and the veteran animal caretaker knew he was facing a mystery unlike any in his career.
Nation – latimes.com