Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Kills 43

Sandy seen from the International Space Station
As Hurricane Sandy sets it's sights on the US east coast, the Caribbean is cleaning up after the mess left.

A total of forty-three people have been killed by the storm.

Haiti alone has seen twenty-nine people die, as rains have come down non stop since Tuesday.

Cuba, Jamaica, and the Bahamas have each taken direct hits from Sandy.

For part of Friday, Sandy lost part of it's strength, losing hurricane status for a few hours.

Several US states have preemptively declared emergencies, as they brace for impact.

The huge storm could drench a third of the US in rains and winds, and eliminate electricity for sixty million.

Worries are that it will turn into a "super storm" when it collides with the Arctic jet stream, which could cause the worst storm the US has seen in decades.

Indonesia Arrests 11 Plotting Attack on US Embassy

Indonesia announced that it had arrested eleven people who were plotting a terrorist attack upon the US embassy in Jakarta.

Other planned targets included the Australian embassy, the US consulate in Surabaya, offices of foreign groups, and popular tourist locations.

When their crack counter terrorism group raided the group they found bomb making materials, and at least one bomb that was ready to go.

The terrorists belonged to Harakah Sunni for the Indonesian Society, a recently developed militant group.

Police have been working hard to crackdown on terrorist groups, in the country, killing seven and arresting hundreds, in the process.

Thirty Killed in Baghdad Bombings

At least thirty people were killed in two separate explosions in Baghdad, early Saturday.

Twenty-three people were killed when a car bomb went off at a popular restaurant, in Sadr City.

Six Iranian pilgrims were killed when a bomb attached to their bus exploded.

In a third explosion, three children when a car bomb exploded near a playground.

The violence is marring the Islamic holiday of Eid al Adha, and has targeted Shi'ites.

It is likely that Al Qaeda, which is a Sunni terrorist group, is behind the attacks.

337 Now Ill With Meningitis

The meningitis outbreak has added more cases, on Saturday, now with 337 people ill from it and seven joint infections.

Twenty-five people have died from the contaminated steroid shots.

Meningitis can take forty-two days to surface, leading to the still growing epidemic. 
 
All of the illnesses and deaths were caused by a contamination in anti inflammatory steroid shots, most of which were given via the spine.

Seventy-six locations, in twenty-three states, were sent the shots, which were given to as many as fourteen thousand people.

New England Compounding Center made the shots, and has complied completely with government officials who are conducting the investigation.

Officials are investigating at least two other drugs, made by NECC, for possibilities that they too may have been contaminated.

Things are only getting worse for the company, and now the government, as evidence comes out that they had been under investigation, for issues in their processing, since 2002.