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Butterfly Sanctuary To Be Protected By Spending Bill

There were worries that a butterfly sanctuary in Texas would be destroyed by a proposed border wall that would have cut the sanctuary in half. The good news is that this will not be happening.

The bipartisan spending bill that was passed by both the House and the Senate on Thursday had language in the bill that will be protecting five different landmarks in the Rio Grande area, including the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas.

U.S Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas said he was the one to add in the language in the 1,159-page spending package that President Trump signed on Friday, avoiding another shutdown.

The five sites affected over $600 million of the wall’s proposed cost. There were worries that hundreds of different species of butterflies would be affected after a federal court had ruled that they would not be protecting the building.

Now, the building will be one of five sites unaffected by a proposed wall. The other four include the future home of Space X’s commercial spaceport, a Catholic chapel, a bird watching spot that is internationally recognized, and a wildlife refuge.

While this can be classified as “pork barrel spending” to some people, we need areas like the butterfly sanctuary as they are very critical to our food supply and growth.

It’s sad that it had to come to this point where we needed the intervention of a congressman to save the sanctuary, but at least the sanctuary will be there for many more years to come.

It’s Ebola in the USA

Since word got out about Thomas Eric Duncan (the man diagnosed with Ebola in TX), a lot of people seem in the US seem to have suddenly become concerned about their increasing likelihood of catching this deadly disease. The public reaction hasn’t been surprising; there have been posts asking why we haven’t closed the borders, outcries of why this man made it through airport security, and all kinds of questions about how to protect the American people.

Here’s the thing: a man came from Liberia with his wife to visit family in Dallas and didn’t develop worrisome symptoms until he was already on US soil. He must have contracted the illness right before the flight, as he had no fever or other symptoms that all the world’s airports are now trained to recognize. Of course, as soon as he became ill in TX, he went to a hospital, was soon diagnosed with Ebola, and has been quarantined ever since.

You probably don't have Ebola. Graphic from Know Your Meme
You probably don’t have Ebola. Graphic from Know Your Meme

He isn’t even the first person to be treated in the US for Ebola. At least a handful of Americans have been diagnosed while overseas and brought back to the US to undergo treatment. Yet, despite the fact that not even the man’s wife has shown any sign of having contracted the illness, parents have been pulling their children from school and the public seems terrified, based on some loud outcries.

Why all the crazy?

Yes, Ebola has proved to be a horrible plague on West African countries who were not equipped to deal with the severity of the situation until it was too late to stop it. They are only now getting real help from countries such as the US in slowing down this disaster, despite the rising death toll that has now reached approximately 3,500.

However, the fact of the matter is that unless you have come in direct contact with an infectious (that means that they are already showing symptoms) person’s body fluids, you aren’t at risk. In order to contract Ebola you’d have to have a patient’s blood, urine, vomit, etc. reach your mouth, eyes, open wound, or some other form of direct contact with your insides.

The CDC has been very thorough in their quick response and hunting down anyone who could have come in contact with the Dallas patient since he stepped on that plane from Liberia.

Seriously. Unless you’ve had that direct contact, you don’t have Ebola. That high fever, body aches, weakness, abdominal pain, and vomiting is probably just the flu. Although, if you start having unexplained bruising and bleeding which you can’t explain, maybe go to the ER just in case.

 

EDIT: Since this article was written, it has been confirmed that Thomas Eric Duncan has passed away.

Fun Fun Fun Fest in Texas

While Virginia is a beautiful state full of activities to stay occupied, there are no real opportunities to attend a concert with such a variety of performers. If you’re into the huge list of singers and comedians who will be making an appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas on Nov. 8-10 then this festival is for you. Continue reading Fun Fun Fun Fest in Texas