Look, I know this is serious. There are people hurting and dying because of this disease. However, I’d be amiss if I didn’t point out the similarities between the Zombie mythos and the symptoms these people exhibit.
Severe seizures, nodding off, lack of appetite, personality changes, having to bind the kids down to keep them from wandering off , aversions to strange food, fire starters…ok, so not all of them fit, but enough to make it fall into that area of the unknown that scares the hell out of us.
It appears to be widespread, affecting large numbers and the manner of transmission is unknown.
…more than 3,000 other children in Northern Uganda, has been struck by the mysterious syndrome that has doctors and scientists puzzled and has shattered lives in this rural community.
Nodding disease gets its name from the strange nodding-like symptoms that children display in the first stages of a seizure. But doctors on the ground and at the U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that is the least profound effect.
Severe epilepsy-like seizures grip the children, they struggle to eat, and they become shells of their former selves. It is a progressive and debilitating syndrome that robs children of their future.
The seizures are triggered in strange ways, say community members, such as when unfamiliar food is brought to the children or when the weather changes.
There are other bizarre symptoms. Often the children will wander off by themselves and get lost in the bush. And other children will start fires, according to parents and medics in the field. Others appear confused and traumatized.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The national average price for a gallon of gasoline rose for the ninth straight day on Sunday to $3.838. That is now only about 6.7% below the record high of $4.11 from July 2008.
The average price rose by three-tenths of a penny, according to the survey of gas stations conducted for the motorist group AAA. Gas prices are now up more than 17% this year.
The nationwide average was $3.52 a gallon a month ago and $3.76 a gallon on March 9 — the day that prices started rising again after a few days of slight declines.
Gasoline averages more than $4 a gallon in seven states: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, New York and Washington. Gas prices are also above $4 a gallon in the District of Columbia, according to AAA. At nearly $4.48 a gallon, Hawaii ranks as the nation’s high. Prices are less than a dime away from $4 a gallon in Michigan, Nevada, Oregon and Wisconsin.
Washington (CNN) — Most Americans can put away winter coats and umbrellas and break out the short sleeves and sunglasses even though spring doesn’t officially begin until next week, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
In a 90-day weather outlook released Thursday, forecasters predict the unseasonably warm temperatures that have blanketed parts of the United States will continue into the summer, and much of the country will remain dry.
In fact, for the first time in four years, no area of the country will face a high risk of major flooding from April through June, due in large measure to a winter without much snow, forecasters said.
"We expect above-normal temperatures in the South and Eastern United States," said Ed O’Lenic, chief of operations at the Climate Prediction Center for NOAA’s National Weather Service. He predicts temperatures could be half a degree to a degree and a half above normal in many parts of the country.
Above-normal temperatures are also predicted for the Southwest across Texas and the Gulf Coast, as well as the Atlantic Coast, the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes region, according to NOAA. Temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and southern Alaska will be below normal.
Here we go. I thought the US might be holding Israel back, trying to keep gas prices from huge jumps, but here we are, admitting that we’ll do whatever it takes….to start another Middle Eastern war.
"The United States will always have Israel’s back when it comes to Israel’s security," Obama said, repeating a line from the Sunday speech as Netanyahu nodded in agreement.
"I reserve all options and my policy here is not going to be one of containment; my policy is prevention of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons and, as I indicated yesterday in my speech, when I say all options are on the table, I mean it," Obama added.
Netanyahu said he welcomed Obama’s “strong speech” on Sunday and noted that Iran considers the United States and Israel to be similar foes.
"For them, you’re the great Satan, we’re the little Satan," Netanyahu said. "For them, we are you, and you are us. And you know something, Mr. President? At least on this last point, I think they’re right. We are you, and you are us. We’re together. … Israel and America stand together."