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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #780 on: February 02, 2018, 02:03:23 PM »
The attack was simply a rush of blood. Nothing calculated, planned or even rational; just pure rage. I am sure RE would be the same if he met a dentist.

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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #781 on: February 02, 2018, 02:09:02 PM »
The attack was simply a rush of blood. Nothing calculated, planned or even rational; just pure rage. I am sure RE would be the same if he met a dentist.

Only if I could get away with it.  I don't want to finish out the rest of my life in prison for becoming a Dental Serial Killer.

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A glass of wine after work may be good for your brain, according to science
« Reply #782 on: February 03, 2018, 03:31:13 AM »
A bottle of Tequila is even better.  Back it up with a few Quaaludes and some Opioids and you are good to go for a new day in the World of Collapse.  ::)

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https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/02/rochester-medical-center-low-levels-of-alcohol-may-be-good-for-brain.html

A glass of wine after work may be good for your brain, according to science
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Need another reason to validate that glass of wine before bed or bottle of beer on Super Bowl Sunday? Science is on your side.

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that low levels of alcohol consumption can actually lower inflammation in the brain and help it clear away toxins, including those linked to serious diseases like Alzheimer's.

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, focuses on the glymphatic system, which is the brain's cleaning process. When mice were exposed to low levels of alcohol consumption — comparable to two-and-a-half drinks per day — they showed less inflammation in their brains and a more efficient waste removal process, compared to mice who were not exposed to alcohol.

"Studies have shown that low to moderate alcohol intake is associated with a lesser risk of dementia, while heavy drinking for many years confers an increased risk of cognitive decline," says Maiken Nedergaard, co-director of the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and lead author of the study. "This study may help explain why this occurs.

"Specifically, low doses of alcohol appear to improve overall brain health."

The University of Rochester's new research isn't the first to find health benefits associated with low levels of alcohol.

Consuming alcohol in moderation can also lower mortality risks from all causes, including cardiovascular disease, a study published in 2017 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found.

Moderate drinking was also linked to a lower risk of some heart conditions — like stroke, heart attack and heart failure — in another study published in 2017 in BMJ.

But before you start popping bottles in hopes of being healthier, remember that there are other ways to reap the health benefits a little drinking might be able to provide.

When it comes to the brain, another study from the University of Rochester found that its ability to clear out waste and toxins is more active while asleep (so get your rest) and also improves with exercise.

While drinking red wine in moderation is often touted as being healthy for the heart, possibly due to an ingredient called resveratrol, research is conflicted. And while the American Heart Association notes that "the best-known effect of alcohol is a small increase in HDL cholesterol," it points out regular physical activity is an effective way to get that boost.

The association does not recommend drinking alcohol to gain potential health benefits, and instead, advises that if you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation, meaning one or two drinks per day for men and one for women. Drinking more than that can increase the risk of health problems including high blood pressure, obesity, stroke and breast cancer.
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Re: A glass of wine after work may be good for your brain, according to science
« Reply #783 on: February 03, 2018, 07:03:50 AM »
A bottle of Tequila is even better.  Back it up with a few Quaaludes and some Opioids and you are good to go for a new day in the World of Collapse.  ::)

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A glass of wine after work may be good for your brain, according to science


Says here that a Manhattan or two is an excellent accelerator for Vicodin.

A bottle of tequila and opioids puts you in Guy McPherson territory.
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Re: A glass of wine after work may be good for your brain, according to science
« Reply #784 on: February 03, 2018, 02:05:33 PM »
A bottle of Tequila is even better.  Back it up with a few Quaaludes and some Opioids and you are good to go for a new day in the World of Collapse.  ::)

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A glass of wine after work may be good for your brain, according to science


Says here that a Manhattan or two is an excellent accelerator for Vicodin.

A bottle of tequila and opioids puts you in Guy McPherson territory.


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Re: A glass of wine after work may be good for your brain, according to science
« Reply #785 on: February 04, 2018, 09:04:18 AM »
A bottle of Tequila is even better.  Back it up with a few Quaaludes and some Opioids and you are good to go for a new day in the World of Collapse.  ::)

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https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/02/rochester-medical-center-low-levels-of-alcohol-may-be-good-for-brain.html

A glass of wine after work may be good for your brain, according to science


Says here that a Manhattan or two is an excellent accelerator for Vicodin.

A bottle of tequila and opioids puts you in Guy McPherson territory.

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Not sure how this applies to the thread, but it was funny AF.

Ron White is a longtime fave.
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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #786 on: February 04, 2018, 11:56:59 AM »
I just thought a lil' Ron White spin on the discussion was apropos....

Another perspective if you will. The guy knows how to make drinkin' & smokin' look very cool.
He reminds me of my mother's brother, Uncle Eddie, loos & mannerisms. I grew up around this stuff.
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Man's Rectum 'Fell Out' While Playing Phone Games On The Toilet: Report
« Reply #787 on: February 10, 2018, 06:51:04 AM »
This could have been ME!  :o  AAACCCKKK!

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Man's Rectum 'Fell Out' While Playing Phone Games On The Toilet: Report
10 February 2018, 8:24 am EST By Athena Chan Tech Times
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A man in China had been sitting on the toilet for half an hour
when his rectum fell out of his body. How did this happen and
what exactly is rectal prolapse?


Rectum Falls Out Of Man's Body

Last Feb. 4 in Guangdong Province, doctors at The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University treated a patient with quite the unusual predicament, as his rectum had apparently fallen out of his body. Reports state that the unidentified patient was playing mobile phone games while sitting on the toilet for about 30 minutes when his rectum fell out. He apparently rushed to the hospital after he noticed a "ball-sized" lump, which fell from his anus but still remained attached to his body.

According to the doctor who treated him, Dr. Su Dan, the man had a severe case of rectal prolapse, especially since he had had the condition since he was four years old but did not get treated for it. Evidently, in the past, the bulge had been able to retract or go back into proper position but could no longer do so in that instance.

A computer tomography scan revealed a 6.3-inch bulge outside of the patient's anus, and doctors also noticed blood spots and bruises along the patient's intestinal wall. Dr. Su states that perhaps in the man's process of trying to eliminate waste, his pelvic muscles might have weakened and that the long duration of sitting on the toilet might have triggered the prolapse.

The man has already been treated and is on the way to recovery. According to Dr. Su, anyone with the condition must get themselves treated as soon as possible.
Rectal Prolapse

Simply put, rectal prolapse is the condition wherein the rectum, or the portion of the large intestine just before the anus, loses its grip or attachment inside the body, turning inside out as it telescopes through the anus. While it is an uncomfortable condition, it does not often require an emergency medical response such as in the case of Dr. Su's patient.

According to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), rectal prolapse affects about 2.5 out of 100,000 people and affects mostly adults over 50 years of age. However, women who are over 50 years of age are six times more likely to develop the condition, whereas the men who develop the condition are often younger in their 40s.

The condition often presents itself in a gradual manner and returns back to normal after some time. However, while the rectum still has not returned to its normal position, patients with the condition may feel as though they are sitting on a "ball." Furthermore, up to 50 percent of patients experience chronic constipation and, if left untreated, could require emergency surgery.
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🚂 Entire Baltimore Metro system to close for a month for emergency repairs
« Reply #788 on: February 12, 2018, 12:13:25 AM »
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-subway-emergency-repairs-folo-20180211-story.html

 Entire Baltimore Metro system to close for a month for emergency repairs


Baltimore’s entire Metro SubwayLink system will remain closed for a month for emergency repairs, the Maryland Transit Administration announced Sunday.
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Baltimore’s entire Metro SubwayLink system will remain closed for a month, the Maryland Transit Administration announced Sunday, after safety inspections showed sections of track needed emergency repairs that couldn’t wait until this summer.

Gov. Larry Hogan has set aside $2.2 million in emergency funding to run free coach buses for passengers along the subway’s route in addition to the normal MTA bus routes, the MTA said Sunday.

The MTA shut the system down on Friday for a safety evaluation after discovering an urgent need for repairs on sections of the aboveground northwest leg of the system between the Owings Mills and West Cold Spring stations. Sunday’s decision expanded the closing to the entire system.

When he couldn’t take the metro, Ivan Pratt, 28, decided to walk an hour from Reisterstown Plaza to the McDonald’s in downtown Baltimore, where he was hanging out with friends Sunday evening. When he learned that the closure had extended to an entire month, he dropped his head into his hands. How would he get his daughter to daycare, he wondered?

Sitting on a bench nearby, Elizabeth Augustusel, 56, was less bothered. “We just have to be patient,” she said. “I’ll catch the bus. Repairs need to be repaired. I know they’re not going to endanger our lives.”

“While I understand the inconvenience, safety will always be our top priority,” MTA CEO Kevin Quinn said Sunday. “We don’t take any risks with our riders.”
Northwest portion of Baltimore Metro system shut down for weeks

The track needed to be replaced sooner than the scheduled replacement this summer, Quinn said.

Starting Monday, the free shuttle buses — or “bus bridge,” as the MTA calls it — will begin at 5 a.m. and run until midnight on weekdays, and from 6 a.m. until midnight on weekends.

An “express bus bridge” will make stops at Owings Mills, Milford Mill, Mondawmin, State Center, Charles Center and Johns Hopkins during weekday peak hours — from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Barakat Muhammad, 49, doubted whether buses can effectively replace the subway routes. “Even if you get 20 buses,” he said, the heavy traffic on roadways would mean they wouldn’t run as fast as the subway.

The barbershop owner, who lives in East Baltimore and takes the subway six days a week, was irritated by a lack of communication from MDOT on the closure. “They should have gave people warning,” he said. The first day, he said, “Everyone was in a frenzy,” trying to figure out alternate means of transportation.

Quinn declined to describe the problems on the deteriorating tracks, but said they were not rusted or cracked. He referred to them as having undergone “normal wear and tear.” It’s not yet clear how much the repairs will cost.

“The part that’s above ground, on the elevated sections, it’s exposed completely to the elements, and it has been for 36 years,” Quinn said. “There’s 36 years of wear and tear on it.”

The single-line, 15.5-mile heavy rail system has 14 stations and more than 40,000 riders on a typical weekday. The systems runs above ground from Owings Mills to Mondawmin and underground between Mondawmin and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

“We spent Friday and Saturday doing a thorough inspection of the tunnel section because we wanted to do a check of the entire system,” Quinn said. “There were additional sections that have some wear and tear on them as well. We’re going to be replacing them.”

Quinn told The Sun on Friday that there are no signs that past neglect caused the current problems.

The system closed for 23 days between Milford Mill and Mondawmin stations in the summer of 2016 for “critical maintenance work.” During that time, many riders complained about being relegated to yellow school buses.

That’s one complaint the MTA doesn’t expect to hear this time around. The agency has used the emergency funds allocated by the governor to contract coach buses from Hanover-based Dillon’s Bus Service and National Express Coaches, Quinn said.

“They’ll find it’s still a nice ride downtown,” Quinn said.

A partial reopening could come earlier than March 11 as sections of track are repaired, the MTA said.

Mayor Catherine Pugh thanked the governor for funding the buses in a statement in the MTA release.

“It is important that we do everything possible to mitigate the inconvenience of prolonged disruption of the Metro SubwayLink service,” Pugh said.

As the rain started up again, Shannon Moke, 21, began walking down the steps to the Lexington Avenue stop when she saw the gate pulled down, a sign saying the stop was closed. In comparison to the buses, which are often delayed, Moke says, the light rail and subway are usually more consistent. Usually.

To Moke, the monthlong closure was just more evidence that the city doesn’t prioritize the needs of the people who live in it. “This city got all this money for hotels,” she said — but not enough to ensure the transportation can run well. suggested a boycott. For now, she says, she’ll ask a friend for a ride.
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Blimey, that would be bloody awful!  :icon_mrgreen:

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/02/12/an-american-says-she-fell-asleep-with-a-headache-and-woke-up-with-a-british-accent/?utm_term=.41870af91421

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An American says she fell asleep with a headache — and woke up with a British accent
by Alex Horton February 12 at 1:18 PM Email the author

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Michelle Myers's accent is global, but she has never left the country.

The Arizona woman says she has gone to bed with extreme headaches in the past and woke up speaking with what sounds like a foreign accent.

At various points, Australian and Irish accents have inexplicably flowed from her mouth for about two weeks, then disappeared, Myers says.

But a British accent has lingered for two years, the 45-year-old Arizona woman told ABC affiliate KNXV.

And one particular person seems to come to mind when she speaks. “Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins,” Myers told the station.

Myers says she has been diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome. The disorder typically occurs after strokes or traumatic brain injuries damage the language center of a person's brain — to the degree that their native language sounds like it is tinged with a foreign accent, according to the Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In some instances, speakers warp the typical rhythm of their language and stress of certain syllables. Affected people may also cut out articles such as “the” and drop letters, turning an American “yeah” into a Scandinavian “yah,” for instance.

[ Here's what you should know about the flu season this year ]

Sheila Blumstein, a Brown University linguist who has written extensively on FAS, said sufferers typically produce grammatically correct language, unlike many stroke or brain-injury victims, she told The Washington Post for a 2010 article about a Virginia woman who fell down a stairwell, rattled her brain and awoke speaking with a Russian-like accent.

The injury caused her brain to truncate pronunciations for “this” and “that,” resulting in foreign-sounding “dis” and “dat.”

The condition was first documented in 1907, when French neurologist Pierre Marie surveyed a Parisian man who suffered a stroke and suddenly spoke with an Alsatian accent, though he was not from the Germany-France border region where the language is spoken.

Over the next century, only about 60 cases were documented in literature, the National Institutes of Health said in a 2011 study. Cases have spanned the world, from a Louisiana woman who suddenly spoke with a Cajun accent after a brain injury to a Japanese stroke patient who sounded Korean.

Myers told the Sun, a British tabloid, that she found her condition “really difficult to begin with . . . people would think it was a joke, saying things like, ‘You sound like a Spice Girl.’ It was hard, because I was really struggling. I have come to terms with the fact I might sound like this forever. I realize it’s part of me now.”

She told the ABC affiliate in Phoenix that she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos, a condition that makes skin elastic and joints flexible to the point of dislocation; it can also rupture blood vessels. It is unclear if she has ever suffered a stroke, which is caused by lack of blood flow to the brain. That kind of damage can permanently affect speech. (Myers could not immediately be reached for comment.)

“Some people think it’s physiological; others think it’s psychological,” she told the station. “People like me — we don’t care which one it is. We just really want to be taken seriously, and if it is something that’s going to hurt me, help me.”

[ A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart. ]

The most prominent case of Foreign Accent Syndrome occurred in Oslo during World War II. Norwegian neurologist G.H. Monrad-Krohn, in bedrock research for the condition, studied a woman struck in the head by shrapnel during a Nazi bombing raid in 1941. The injury distorted the rhythm and melody of her speech, suggesting a foreign accent to those who heard her speak.

There was a dark consequence to the misconception. Monrad-Krohn found her modified speech so strong that his trained ear took it for German or French. The country had been under occupation for more than a year, and an anti-German fervor gripped the country.

“She complains bitterly of constantly being taken for a German in the shops, which consequently have nothing to sell her,” Monrad-Krohn wrote in 1947 for the neurology academic journal titled, simply, Brain.

Curiously, the woman, identified as Astrid L. in the journal, was able to hum well-known sounds in cadence, but it was her speech that showed discordant rhythm.

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Blimey, that would be bloody awful!  :icon_mrgreen:

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To Your Health
An American says she fell asleep with a headache — and woke up with a British accent
by Alex Horton February 12 at 1:18 PM Email the author

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Gzi7fv6HZzs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Gzi7fv6HZzs</a>

Michelle Myers's accent is global, but she has never left the country.

The Arizona woman says she has gone to bed with extreme headaches in the past and woke up speaking with what sounds like a foreign accent.

At various points, Australian and Irish accents have inexplicably flowed from her mouth for about two weeks, then disappeared, Myers says.

But a British accent has lingered for two years, the 45-year-old Arizona woman told ABC affiliate KNXV.

And one particular person seems to come to mind when she speaks. “Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins,” Myers told the station.

Myers says she has been diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome. The disorder typically occurs after strokes or traumatic brain injuries damage the language center of a person's brain — to the degree that their native language sounds like it is tinged with a foreign accent, according to the Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In some instances, speakers warp the typical rhythm of their language and stress of certain syllables. Affected people may also cut out articles such as “the” and drop letters, turning an American “yeah” into a Scandinavian “yah,” for instance.

[ Here's what you should know about the flu season this year ]

Sheila Blumstein, a Brown University linguist who has written extensively on FAS, said sufferers typically produce grammatically correct language, unlike many stroke or brain-injury victims, she told The Washington Post for a 2010 article about a Virginia woman who fell down a stairwell, rattled her brain and awoke speaking with a Russian-like accent.

The injury caused her brain to truncate pronunciations for “this” and “that,” resulting in foreign-sounding “dis” and “dat.”

The condition was first documented in 1907, when French neurologist Pierre Marie surveyed a Parisian man who suffered a stroke and suddenly spoke with an Alsatian accent, though he was not from the Germany-France border region where the language is spoken.

Over the next century, only about 60 cases were documented in literature, the National Institutes of Health said in a 2011 study. Cases have spanned the world, from a Louisiana woman who suddenly spoke with a Cajun accent after a brain injury to a Japanese stroke patient who sounded Korean.

Myers told the Sun, a British tabloid, that she found her condition “really difficult to begin with . . . people would think it was a joke, saying things like, ‘You sound like a Spice Girl.’ It was hard, because I was really struggling. I have come to terms with the fact I might sound like this forever. I realize it’s part of me now.”

She told the ABC affiliate in Phoenix that she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos, a condition that makes skin elastic and joints flexible to the point of dislocation; it can also rupture blood vessels. It is unclear if she has ever suffered a stroke, which is caused by lack of blood flow to the brain. That kind of damage can permanently affect speech. (Myers could not immediately be reached for comment.)

“Some people think it’s physiological; others think it’s psychological,” she told the station. “People like me — we don’t care which one it is. We just really want to be taken seriously, and if it is something that’s going to hurt me, help me.”

[ A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart. ]

The most prominent case of Foreign Accent Syndrome occurred in Oslo during World War II. Norwegian neurologist G.H. Monrad-Krohn, in bedrock research for the condition, studied a woman struck in the head by shrapnel during a Nazi bombing raid in 1941. The injury distorted the rhythm and melody of her speech, suggesting a foreign accent to those who heard her speak.

There was a dark consequence to the misconception. Monrad-Krohn found her modified speech so strong that his trained ear took it for German or French. The country had been under occupation for more than a year, and an anti-German fervor gripped the country.

“She complains bitterly of constantly being taken for a German in the shops, which consequently have nothing to sell her,” Monrad-Krohn wrote in 1947 for the neurology academic journal titled, simply, Brain.

Curiously, the woman, identified as Astrid L. in the journal, was able to hum well-known sounds in cadence, but it was her speech that showed discordant rhythm.

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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #791 on: February 13, 2018, 09:24:24 AM »
It was that spoonful of sugar she took to make the medicine go down.

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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #792 on: February 13, 2018, 10:58:02 AM »
It was a walk in, spirit change.

8th inning reliever, so to speak.
Throws a lot of change up ball !  :icon_sunny:

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Reports: Bristol Palin's husband files for divorce
« Reply #793 on: February 14, 2018, 04:40:01 AM »
The Alaska Soap Opera continues...

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Reports: Bristol Palin's husband files for divorce
Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY Published 8:16 p.m. ET Feb. 13, 2018 | Updated 8:28 p.m. ET Feb. 13, 2018
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Bristol Palin's husband of less than two years has filed for divorce, according to People and TMZ.

Dakota Meyer, 29, and Palin, 27, married in June 2016 and have two young daughters together, Atlee Bay, 9 months, and Sailor Grace, 2.

After initially calling off their wedding, Palin and Meyer married six months after Sailor's birth, following public arguing over the collapse of their engagement in 2015, plus paternity and child-support issues.

Meyer, a former U.S. Marine and Medal of Honor recipient, is still featured in a family photo on Palin's website, and one day ago Palin appeared cheery on her Instagram account, wishing her mother, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, a happy birthday.

On Jan. 7, Meyer posted a family photo on his Instagram with the caption, "What matters."

But in recent pictures on the couple's Instagram accounts, neither are wearing their wedding rings.

Palin, also has a son, Tripp, 9, from her previous relationship with Levi Johnston.

Since announcing her teenage pregnancy during her mother's 2008 vice presidential run, Palin fashioned herself as a voice of conservative Christian values. On her website, she describes herself as "Pro Life, Pro God, and Pro Guns."

A recent post railed against the cancellation of a father-daughter dance in New York City over a new gender-neutral policy. "Again and again, liberalism actually hurts girls," she wrote.

A rep for Bristol Palin had no comment when reached by USA TODAY.
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🐔 Chicken Crisis!
« Reply #794 on: February 20, 2018, 08:11:17 AM »
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43124259

KFC shuts more stores in chicken crisis

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KFC has closed more of its outlets in the UK after delivery problems meant it ran out of chicken.

Its website shows that 575 of the fast-food chain's 900 outlets in the UK and the Republic of Ireland were shut as of 21:00 on Monday night.

That compares with 562 that were closed at 15:45 on Monday.

Last week, the fried chicken chain switched its delivery contract to DHL, which has blamed "operational issues" for the supply disruption.

It is not yet clear how many outlets will open for business later on Tuesday.
How many KFCs are open?

By totting up the latest figures on the firm's website, it seems 325 of the outlets were open as of 21:00 on Monday night, compared with 338 at 15:45 on Monday.

However, even some of these are only offering a limited menu or have shorter opening hours.

KFC has set up a web page where "fans" can find their nearest outlet that is still open.
What caused the problems?

Until 13 February, KFC's chicken was delivered by specialist food distribution group Bidvest.

But after the contract switched to DHL, many of the food giant's outlets began running out of chicken products.
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The GMB union said it had tried to warn KFC that switching from Bidvest to DHL was a mistake. The change led to 255 job losses and the closure of a Bidvest depot, said Mick Rix, GMB national officer.

He said: "Bidvest are specialists - a food distribution firm with years of experience. DHL are scratching around for any work they can get, and undercut them.

"KFC are left with hundreds of restaurants closed while DHL try and run the whole operation out of one distribution centre. Three weeks ago, KFC knew they had made a terrible mistake, but by then it was too late."

The distribution network uses software developed by the firm Quick Service Logistics (QSL).

DHL said: "Due to operational issues, a number of deliveries in recent days have been incomplete or delayed. We are working with our partners, KFC and QSL, to rectify the situation as a priority and apologise for any inconvenience."
How long are the problems likely to persist?

A spokesman for the firm said as of Monday, it was "too early to tell" how long the problems would go on for.
How much is it likely to cost KFC?

KFC's spokesman said he did not have a figure, but any calculation is likely to be complicated by the fact that 80% of KFC's outlets are run by franchisees.

Some media reports say the crisis could be costing the chain £1m a day, but any such figure at this stage is likely to involve a large amount of guesswork.
Media caption"Angry, sad, disappointed and hungry": We talk to KFC customers
What's happening to KFC staff?

Workers are being encouraged to take holiday, but would not be forced to do so, the company has said.

"Our teams are working flat out all hours to get the rest back up and running as soon as possible - but it's too early to say how long it will take to clear the backlog."

It said that in the restaurants owned by the chain, staff on short-term contracts would be paid the average hours worked per day over the past 12 weeks, while those on salaries would be paid as normal.

"Franchisees will be seeking their own independent advice, but we're encouraging them to adopt this policy too," said the chain.
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