AlertsUSA Reports of Numerous States Having Rabies, and Wyoming a Killer Bird Flu

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2015-03-28 06:43:09 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150328-47528-USA
Date&Time: 2015-03-28 06:43:09 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of New Jersey,
Location: Cumberland COunty,
City: Deerfield
Number of infected people: 2

Description:
Two people were exposed to rabies Sunday in Deerfield Township after they touched an open wound on a duck, which was bitten by a raccoon. Although ducks cannot contract rabies – only mammals can – touching wounds with bare hands can result in transmission of the virus, the Cumberland County Health Department said. The two people were treated with rabies post-exposure preventive medication, the department said. Rabies is almost certainly fatal if left untreated. Rabies is most commonly spread through a bite, but it can be spread by saliva touching the eyes, mouth or nose. The rabies virus is mainly found in wild skunks, raccoons, cats or dogs. Animals that are infected usually appear unstable with a wobbly walk, foaming at the mouth, or excessively drooling saliva. Wild animals that appear friendly and unafraid of humans may be infected – just as those that show aggressive behavior may be. The health department said to never approach a wild animal displaying any symptoms and to call local Animal Control if you see one. The health department announced a rabies clinic schedule, where residents of any municipality that is covered by the department can have their pets vaccinated at no charge. A fee of $10 will apply to anyone living outside that jurisdiction, which includes Vineland. The first clinic takes place Saturday at Cumberland County Fairgrounds on Carmel Road in Millville from 9 a.m. to noon.rn

The name of Hazard: Rabies (raccoon-human)
Species: Spread
Status: Confirmed
Posted:2015-03-28 06:43:09 [UTC]
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2015-03-27 04:52:08 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150327-47508-USA
Date&Time: 2015-03-27 04:52:08 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of California,
Location: Alameda County,
City:

Description:
A fourth bat found in Alameda County has tested positive for rabies, local health officials announced last week. The bat was found March 14 in Sunol, said Sherri Willis, a spokeswoman for Alameda County Public Health Department. Three other bats found since March 6 in the Fremont area have tested positive for the virus. The first bat was found dead March 6 in the city’s Irvington neighborhood near the entrance to the Wally Pond Irvington Community Center at 41885 Blacow Road, police said. In another case, a dog picked up a bat March 13 near the Niles Elementary School playground. Police said that the dog’s owner took it home and brought it to the Tri-City Animal Shelter, where it was tested the next Monday. Officials did not have any information about when or where the third bat was discovered. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It’s passed by touching the saliva or brain tissue of an infected animal or being bitten by one.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (bat)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed
Posted:2015-03-27 04:52:08 [UTC]
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2015-03-27 04:41:56 – Biological Hazard – USA
EDIS Code: BH-20150327-47505-USA
Date&Time: 2015-03-27 04:41:56 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of Texas,
Location: ,
City: Bellmead

Description:
A second skunk within a a month has tested positive for rabies in Bellmead, officials announced Thursday. Officials responded to a call Wednesday morning in the 900 block of Hogan Lane to find a skunk behaving erratically, said Bellmead police Detective Kory Martin. The animal was killed on the spot and sent for testing, the results of which returned Thursday. The afternoon of March 10, another skunk tested positive for rabies after a Bellmead animal control officer was bitten trying to capture the animal in the 200 block of San Pedro Street. Martin has said the skunk bit the officer’s finger before it tested positive for rabies. The officer was expected to be OK, as he had already received a pre-exposure vaccination for rabies after a stray cat bit him earlier this year, Martin said.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (skunk)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed
Posted:2015-03-27 04:41:56 [UTC]
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2015-03-27 04:37:38 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150327-47503-USA
Date&Time: 2015-03-27 04:37:38 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of Florida,
Location: Sarasota County,
City:

Description:
On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County issued a rabies alert. The agency confirms a goat had been infected, and has been euthanized. According to veterinarians who treated the goat, the attacking animal was not large, and likely a raccoon or fox. The rabies alert covers an area within a 1.5-mile radius of Honore Avenue and Bahia Vista Street in Sarasota. That area spans north of Bahia Vista Street to Fruitville Road, south of Bahia Vista to Bee Ridge Road, east of Honore Avenue to Apex Road, and west of Honore to McIntosh Road. The alert will last for 60 days. Health officials ask you to maintain heightened awareness that rabies is active in Sarasota County. Pet owners in the area should not leave their pet’s food outside, and keep pets on a leash at all times.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (goat)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed
Posted:2015-03-27 04:37:38 [UTC]

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Bird Flu

2015-03-27 04:53:56 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150327-47509-USA
Date&Time: 2015-03-27 04:53:56 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of Wyoming,
Location: Near to Cheyenne,
City:

Description:
Wyoming state officials received confirmation on Wednesday that the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza strain was identified in a Canada goose found near Cheyenne, Wyoming. This is the first detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Wyoming. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the State Veterinarian ask that people continue to be on the lookout for birds that may exhibit symptoms of the disease and advise that those handling birds or who own birds should exercise caution. Avian influenza (commonly called “bird flu”) is a viral infection found in a wide variety of domestic and wild birds. The highly pathogenic forms of the disease (HPAI) are highly contagious among birds and can result in high mortality rates in affected domestic flocks. Clinical signs in affected birds may include edema or swelling of the head, nasal discharge, neurologic signs (circling, incoordination), depression or sudden death. HPAI has been confirmed in eleven states, including Wyoming, in wild and/or domestic birds. The disease has not been implicated in any human infection in the US, to date. Officials say there is no immediate human health concern due to the virus as long as sanitation precautions are taken. Proper handling and cooking includes routine precautions like wearing latex or rubber gloves when cleaning birds, washing hands with soapy water after cleaning, cleaning and disinfecting equipment and surfaces that come in contact with wild birds (for example, washing with soapy water and disinfecting with a 10 percent chlorine bleach solution), and cooking wild birds thoroughly before eating the meat. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that birds are safe to eat as long as they are properly handled and cooked to a temperature of 165 degrees. Affected birds have now been found in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways where wild bird migrations occur. Most of Wyoming is located in the Central flyway, with a small portion in the Pacific Flyway west of the continental divide, Domestic flocks associated with this outbreak have reported high mortality with very few noticeable clinical signs prior to death.rnrn”Over the past several months highly pathogenic strains of the Avian Influenza virus have been found in wild birds and domestic poultry in several new states including Wyoming,” said State Veterinarian, Jim Logan. “We believe it is best if domestic poultry owners – commercial and backyard flocks – take precautions to prevent their birds from having any contact or exposure with wild birds. Avian influenza can be transmitted to domestic bird flocks from infected wild birds. We also advise domestic poultry owners to institute good biosecurity practices to prevent bringing pathogens into their facilities.” These measures include: wearing clean clothes, washing hands and disinfecting footwear before entering any bird area. Additional biosecurity practices include: disinfecting equipment and tools, cleaning cages regularly, changing food and water daily are recommended to limit disease transmission within flocks. Information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov. While most avian influenza viruses rarely cause clinical signs in wild waterfowl, it appears that raptors and wild gallinaceous birds (pheasants, quail, turkey, grouse) may be more susceptible to disease from HPAI. Game and Fish recommends that falconers avoid hunting avian species, particularly waterfowl, during this HPAI outbreak. Game bird farmers are advised to follow the same precautions as outlined for domestic poultry.

The name of Hazard: H5N2 (highly pathogenic avian influenza virus)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed
Posted:2015-03-27 04:53:56 [UTC]

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Biological Hazard, Turkey Creek, FL

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2015-01-01 04:40:16 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150101-46512-USA
Date&Time: 2015-01-01 04:40:16 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of Florida,
Location: Turkey Creek,

Description:
Thousands of fish and animals are dying in a local waterway, and longtime residents say it’s not just an ordinary fish kill. Turkey Creek in Palm Bay is known for its clean, fresh water. It flows into the Indian River Lagoon downstream, and it’s there in the lagoon where most fish kills happen, not in the creek. Chris Jones grew up along Turkey Creek. “You can get out and be in old Florida, natural Florida, the way it was hundreds of years ago before people were here,” said Jones. But now, catfish have been dying for weeks. People have reported dead animals including an alligator and some raccoons and turtles. They’ve taken pictures of a film on the water. “I’ve never seen catfish or any fish die off to this extent,” said Jones. “It’s quite upsetting because I’ve been here since ’73, and the waters were much better,” said John Mongioi. Palm Bay Public Works employees checked the water for dissolved oxygen but said so far levels look normal. The city sewage plant spilled effluent into the creek in September. It seems unlikely that could still be having an effect. It’s an unnerving mystery.

The name of Hazard: Mass die-off (fishes)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed

Posted:2015-01-01 04:40:16 [UTC]

Foreclosure Hell, Keeps on Rollin

     Foreclosure filings were reported on 124,419 U.S. properties in January 2014, an 8 percent increase from December but still down 18 percent from January 2013.  Foreclosure filings were reported on 1,361,795 U.S. properties in 2013, down 26 percent from 2012 and down 53 percent from the peak of 2.9 million properties with foreclosure filings in 2010.  But still, 9.3 million U.S. residential properties were deeply underwater representing 19 percent of all properties with a mortgage in December 2013, down from 10.7 million homes underwater in September 2013.[1] 

            In 2006 there were 1,215,304 foreclosures, 545,000 foreclosure filings and 268,532 Home Repossessions.  By 2007 foreclosures had almost doubled – up to 2,203,295 with 1,260,000 foreclosure filings and 489,000 Home Repossessions.  2008 saw an even further increase to 3,019,482 foreclosures, 2,350,000 Foreclosure filings and 679,000 Home Repossessions.  In 20093,457,643 foreclosures, 2,920,000 foreclosure filings, and 945,000 Home Repossessions.  2010:  3,843,548 foreclosures, 3,500,000 foreclosure filings, and 1,125,000 Home Repossessions.  2011:  3,920,418 foreclosures, 3,580,000 foreclosure filings, and 1,147,000 Home Repossessions.  Then January to September 20121,616,427 foreclosures 1,382,000 foreclosure filings and 572,844 Repossessions.  The remainder of 2012 – September through December saw an additional 2,300,000 foreclosures, 2,100,000 foreclosure filings and 700,000 Repossessions.  In other words, from 2006 through 2012, there were a total of  21,576,117 foreclosures; 17,637,000 foreclosure filings; 5,926,376 Home Repossessions.  The foreclosures added to the repossessions is equal to:  27,502,493[2].  The numbers are staggering.

            Many of the homes have been wrongfully foreclosed upon, where either the party had not been in default, or the foreclosing party lacked standing to foreclose.  It has become almost as lawless as the wildwest, or comparable to a shark feeding frenzy.


[1] All of the foreclosure figures came from RealtyTrac:  http://www.realtytrac.com/content/foreclosure-market-report

[2] http://www.statisticbrain.com/home-foreclosure-statistics/                                                                 Statistic Verification  Source: RealtyTrac, Federal Reserve, Equifax

Garfield on Stopa’s Courage and Court’s Bias

Attorney Mark Stopa Shows Guts Confronting Appellate Court Bias                          Posted on October 4, 2013 by Neil Garfield 

http://livinglies.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/attorney-mark-stopa-shows-guts-confronting-appellate-court-bias/ 

I have just received a copy of a daring and tempestuous motion for rehearing en banc filed by the winner of the appeal. The homeowner won because of precedent, law and common sense; but the court didn’t like their own decision and certified an absurd question to the Florida Supreme Court. The question was whether the Plaintiff in a foreclosure case needs to have standing at the commencement of the action. Whether it is jurisdictional or not (I think it is clearly jurisdictional) Stopa is both right on the law and right on his challenge to the Court on the grounds of BIAS.

The concurring opinion of the court actually says that the court is ruling for the homeowner because it must — but asserts that it is leading to a result that fails to expedite cases where the outcome of the inevitable foreclosure is never in doubt. In other words, the appellate court has officially taken the position that we know before we look at a foreclosure case that the bank should win and the homeowner should lose. The entire court should be recused for bias that they have put in writing. What homeowner can bring an action or defend an action where the outcome desired by the courts in that district have already decided that homeowners are deadbeats and their defenses are quite literally a waste of time? Under the rules, the Court should not hear the the motion for rehearing en banc, should vacate that part of the decision that sets up the rube certified question, and the justices who participated must be recused from hearing further appeals on foreclosure cases. 

Lest their be any mistake, and without any attempt to step on the toes of Stopa’s courageous brief on an appeal he already won, I wish to piggy back on his brief and expand certain points. The problem here might be the subject of a federal due process action against the state. Judges who have already decided foreclosure or mortgage litigation cases before they even see them are not fit to hear them. It IS that simple.

The question here was stated as the issue of standing at the commencement of the lawsuit. Does the bank need to have a claim before it files it? The question is so absurd that it is difficult to address without a joke. But this is not funny. The courts have rapidly evolved into a position that expedited decisions are better than fair decisions. There is NOTHING in the law that supports that position and thousands of cases that say the opposite is true under our system of law. Any judge who leans the other way should be recused or taken off the bench entirely. 

In lay terms, the Appellate Court’s certified question would allow anyone who thinks they might have a claim in the future to file the lawsuit now. And the Court believes this will relieve the clogged court calendars. If this matter is taken seriously and the Supreme Court accepts the certified question for serious review it will merely by acceptance be making a statement that makes it possible for all kinds of claims that anticipate an injury. 

It is bad enough that judges appear to be ignoring the requirement that there must be an allegation that a loan was made by the originating party and that the Plaintiff actually bought the loan. This was an obvious requirement that was consistently required in pleading until the courts were clogged with mortgage litigation, at which point the court system tilted far past due process and said that if the borrower stopped paying there were no conditions under which the borrower could win the case. 

It is bad enough that Judges appear to be ignoring the requirement that the allegation that the Plaintiff will suffer financial damage unless relief is granted. This was an obvious requirement that was consistently required in pleading until the mortgage meltdown. 

Why is this important? Because the facts will show that lenders consistently violated basic and advanced protections that have been federal and State law for decades. These violations more often than not produced an unenforceable loan — as pointed out in law suits by federal and state regulators, and as pointed out by the lawsuits of investors who were real lenders who are screwed each time the court enters foreclosure judgment in favor of the bank instead of the investor lenders. 

It is not the fault of borrowers that this mess was created. It is the fault of Wall Street Bankers who were working a scheme to defraud investors by diverting the real transaction and making it appear that the banks were principals in the loan transaction when in fact they were never real parties in interest. Nobody would seriously argue that this eliminates the debt. But why are we enforcing that debt with completely defective mortgage instruments in a process that confirms the fraud and ratifies it to the damage of investors who put up the money in the first place? The courts have made a choice that is unavailable in our system of law. 

This is also judicial laziness. If these justices want to weigh in on the mortgage mess, then they should have the facts and not the stories put forward by Wall Street that have been proven to be pure fiction, fabrication, lies and perjury. That the Court ignores what is plainly documented in hundreds of thousands of defective mortgage transactions and the behavior of banks that resulted in “strangers to the transaction” being awarded title to property — that presents sufficient grounds to challenge any court in the system on grounds of bias and due process. If ever we had a mass hysteria for prejudging cases, this is it. 

Neil Garfield | October 4, 2013 at 9:26 am | Tags: bias, Mark Stopa, motion for rehearing en banc, recusal, removal of judge, standing | Categories: CORRUPTION, Eviction, foreclosure, foreclosure mill, investment banking, Investor, MODIFICATION, Mortgage, Motions, Pleading, politics, securities fraud, Servicer | URL: http://wp.me/p7SnH-5GX