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Discussion among eurozone leaders about the future of their single currency has become an increasingly divisive affair. On the surface, religion has nothing to do with it - but could Protestant and Catholic leaders have deep-seated instincts that lead them to pull the eurozone in different directions, until it breaks?Following the last European summit in Brussels there was much talk of defeat for Chancellor Merkel by what was described as a "new Latin Alliance" of Italy and Spain backed by France.Many Germans protested that too much had been conceded by their government - and it might not be too far-fetched to see this as just the latest Protestant criticism of the Latin approach to matters monetary, which has deep roots in German culture, shaped by religious belief.
In the category of no good deed goes unpunished comes the tale of Paul Gaylord, the Prineville, Ore., man who tried to save a cat choking on a mouse and is now painfully recovering from a case of the plague.Oregon health officials have said there is no public health emergency — the disease that wiped out a third of Europe during the Middle Ages does not appear to have spread — but Gaylord just barely survived, and is likely to lose the better part of his fingers and toes to the disease.
State health officials say they believe the cat was likely infected with the plague by a flea, often carried on rodents such as mice.Oregon state public health veterinarian Emilio DeBess said authorities immediately began some detailed detective work.“We went out and talked to the family to clarify the story as to what happened, and also to take a look at the area and look for either dead rodents or any other dead wildlife that could give us any information at all as to the possibility of there being a bigger problem in that area,” DeBess said in an interview.“We also went to the local humane society and collected blood from cats that had been picked up in the area,” he said.All the blood samples came back negative, which suggested there was no widespread problem to worry about.“Is it here? Yes. Is it present at a low level? Yes, it is. There are obviously prevention tips we give individuals to try to minimize the likelihood of contact with an animal infected with plague or fleas,” he said.