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Bob's Message To Sarah Palin.
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As you may recall, my very good Friend In The Ether, Mandy Nagy, suffered a stroke in early September.
William Jacobson has been updating us nearly every day on her condition here.
She’s going to require a good amount of rehab, so Bill has put together a Fundraiser to help her and her family with some of the expenses she will incur in the coming months.
Please give what you can.
And leave a word for Mandy at Bill’s post — he’ll make sure it gets to her.
If you’re the praying kind, well, that won’t hurt either.
Stacy McCain shoots at Leftist Thinking through the Feminist window and scores a head shot:
…The feminist contempt for motherhood is a variation on how progressive intellectuals, who have careers, hold a special contempt for those of us who merely have jobs. The reason progressives are always proclaiming their devotion to “workers” is because progressives consider people who work actual jobs to be in need of the intelligentsia’s charitable sympathy. Feminists love to talk about “working mothers,” but feminists are generally neither workers nor mothers. It takes a Ph.D., faculty tenure and a six-figure salary to be able to advocate the interests of those grubby moms who are too dumb to know what’s good for them.
Once you see through the dishonest hypocrisy of the progressive intellectual’s pose, you consider their pity an insult to your dignity. What the liberal is saying to the (allegedly) oppressed is, “Oh, you poor thing! You need my help, because you can’t help yourself.”
To which anyone with a scintilla of self-respect must answer: “Fuck you. Hate me all you want, you arrogant snob, but I need no pity.”
Pitying a person is not the same as helping a person, and the liberal’s problem is that he doesn’t know why the difference matters. They would rather do “Fondue Sets for Namibia” — promoting some kind of do-gooder project to “help” a distant person whom they feel deserving of their liberal pity — than to actually do anything to help nearby people who are less exotically “oppressed.” If your car breaks down on the freeway three miles from the nearest exit, you’ll walk the entire distance, both ways, before a liberal stops to help. Liberals are without exception the most thoroughly selfish people on the planet.
Think about it:
-The Left accuses us of bad things and Evil motivations for what it, itself, is actually doing. This is called ‘projection’ by the Shrinks.
-Have you ever met a Leftist who, if you probed down deep enough, was really happy? No. They’re all to varying extents unsatisfied with Life as it is and hate their lot in it. Instead of looking into their own Souls, seeking out the reasons for their Nihilism, and, then, working to change their outlook on Life, the Leftists turn outward and blame Society [Eric Idle of Monty Python: 'It's a fair cop, but society's to blame' / Cop: 'We'll arrest them too']. The next step for them is to adopt one of the many flavors of Leftist Thinking that provides them with what they believe is the best path to Utopia, where they can teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, grow apple trees and honey bees and snow-white turtledoves.
The Leftist, no matter what year they are born into, is always a member of The Me Generation. Refusing to take any responsibility for their own actions and miserable in their Irrational Selfishness, they lash-out at the rest of the World, especially those who reject Nihilism and the belief that Heaven On Earth can be achieved.
To put it succinctly: Leftists are mentally unstable.
It is imperative to know this when you are forced to deal with one. If you can, avoid arguing with Leftists just as you would avoid arguing with a madman in an insane asylum. Walk away from the Village Idiot; back away from the mad Clown [although, you may honk their nose, but be careful if you do].
The best way to deal with Leftists is to take those actions necessary to see that they are removed far away from the levers of Power And Control.
Time is very short. The center has collapsed. We no longer have the luxury of trying to persuade these deranged people. There’s an American Republic that needs restoring, that must be raised from under the rubble.
The force which manifests itself in socialism does not act through reason but resembles an instinct which threatens the very existence of mankind and at the same time paralyses its most reliable tool, reason.
—Igor Shafarevich, From Under The Rubble
DO NOT LIE, REFUSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LIE.
—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, From Under The Rubble
As I do every third Sunday Evening…
A cigarette that bears a lipstick’s traces…
Recorded on 15 June 1936.
A cigarette that bears a lipsticks traces
An airline ticket to romantic places
A fairground’s painted swings
These foolish things remind me of you
A tinkling piano in the next apartment
Those stumbling words that told you what my heart meant
Oh, how the ghost of you clings
These foolish things remind me of you
You came, you saw
You conquered me
When you did that to me
I knew somehow that this had to be
The winds of March that make my heart a dancer
A telephone that rings but who’s to answer
Oh, how the ghost of you clings
These foolish things remind me of you…
NOTE: These posts are not an attempt to be comprehensive in coverage of the Ebola story, nor of the Polio story. They just contain some items that have caught my eye [which is still not hemorrhaging blood, I'm happy to report — that only happens when I look at John Forbes Kerry].
Please understand: Just like you, I’m trying to make sense of this whole situation.
Of course at this point nothing makes sense any more. The time for sanity is over. If the president had taken some reasonable quarantine measures in the first place, instead of using policy to “message” the principle that West Africa should not be stigmatized, then two nurses might not be sick, dozens of health care workers would not be clapped in isolation, a major hospital would not be paralyzed, and millions or possibly tens of millions of dollars in contact tracing costs could have been saved.
None of which by the way stopped the Dallas specimen handler from getting on the cruise ship.
Under-reacting proved able to backfire as badly as over-reacting. The policy of permitting flights from West Africa was presented with such overweening confidence that when it failed it demolished what it advocated in the most embarrassing possible manner. Often, the failure of one extreme opens the door to its opposite. After the spectacular humiliation of Obama’s open door policy nobody — not Belize at least — wants to commit an Obama. They saw what happened, and whether or not it has any chance of happening to them, whether it makes any medical sense or not, politicians the world over are under pressure to do the opposite of what Obama did.
Nerves are frayed….
‘Obama’ has either no clue or doesn’t care that, despite what many anti-American things many people say around the World, they look to us when situations like this happen.
-Friend In The Either Ernst Schreiber asks a damn good question:
Anything, as we’ve learned the hard way, is possible in this Age Of Leftist Hegemony. A mighty Alinsky is their god / A bastard never failing.
The Centers for Disease Control is one of those elite federal agencies that people hitherto assumed was, so to speak, immune to the pathologies of less glamorous government bureaucracies. It turns out it’s the DMV with test tubes – just the usual “Sorry? Did we say you need two copies of the green form? We meant you need three copies of the pink form” routine with extra lethality. The Protocols of the Elders of Druid Hills have proved to be boundlessly mutable and mostly honored in the breach:
~Don’t worry, the Protocols are in place – except that Thomas Duncan, the original Ebola patient, was left in an open area of the Dallas emergency room for hours and the medical staff treating him did not have protective clothing for the first two days.
~Don’t worry, they did eventually get fully sealed, protective clothing – well, except for their necks, which remained exposed.
~Don’t worry, exposed medical staff aren’t supposed to fly – except that Nurse Amber Vinson got on a flight to Cleveland with a fever.
~Well, okay, but that was totally in breach of the Protocols – except that Nurse Vinson called the CDC to check and they said, “Sure, get on the plane. What’s the worst that can happen? And make sure you share the bag of mini-pretzels…”
~Well, okay, but the next time Nurse Vinson got a flight, everyone followed the Protocols and wore hazmat suits – except for the guy with the clipboard, who works for the CDC and so can’t be expected to know all this Protocol stuff…
The good news is Ebola seems to be rather harder to catch than SARS. The bad news is the CDC seems to be doing its best to change that.
I wonder what the metrics on that are.
More, from his latest appearance on the Hugh Hewitt Show:
…you get the strange feeling that they’re just winging it, that these elite institutions, I said yesterday or today that they basically, you know, that people think that the CDC and the National Institute for Health, they’re not like the usual government department of paperwork. And when it turns out that when something like this hits, actually, yes, they are. They’re just talking, they’re winging it, they’re talking jibberish, they’re giving out contradictory stuff, and they’re not following their own guidelines….
The announcement of Ron Klain as the new Ebola “czar” checks all the boxes: Harvard Law, longtime Democrat party op, veteran of the Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry campaigns. The problem is, it checks all the wrong boxes. The Progressive myth is that we ought to have a government of experts — top men! — to handle the nation’s problems in a calm, deliberative manner. The reality is that we have a nation of unscrupulous lawyers, amoral apparatchiks and political hacks whose only area of expertise is manipulating the electoral and governmental systems and getting rich by doing so.
…What this appointment — made only under duress, and purely for political reasons, since there is absolutely nothing Ron Klain personally can do to stop the spread of the Ebola virus now that the barn doors at our borders and airports have been left wide open for ideological reasons — tells us is this:
2. The President considers Ebola a political/messaging problem, not a medical problem. Klain is an an insider process guy, not an expert in the field.
3. The fact that we need a “Czar” to cut across federal agency red-tape and make things happen expeditiously is an indictment of the federal agencies themselves, although no Democrat would ever dare to suggest such a thing. The choice signals that, as Ronald Reagan said, government itself is the problem, not the solution.
4. The reason they won’t dare is that the federal agencies — unelected hives of beetling bureaucrats, scurrying beneath the media surface — are the sources of their power. You don’t alienate or fire your most ardent union voters and financial supporters.
5. This is a government devoted to process, not results. Its most deeply held belief — a by-product of its quasi-Marxist belief in the “labor theory of value” — is that putting in hours and hitting “metrics” is the job itself, not whatever it ostensibly happens to be about; hey, even if you die, they get paid. In this sense, bureaucrats are similar to to the education majors who teach our children in the public schools, with no particular expertise in anything but theory. And the results speak for themselves.
6. With theory ascendant over common sense, the government’s adamant refusal so far to ban travel to and from West Africa and its affected nations proves conclusively that Leftists are perfectly willing to have you die for their ideological beliefs.
8. Regarding the open borders and open airports, a larger issue: why is the Left so adamantly opposed to the people’s right to defend themselves? There is nothing “racist” about closing the country to travelers from certain countries in west Africa — heck, the Africans have already done it themselves.
9. In twice electing Barack Obama president Americans made a choice: professional politicians over men of integrity. Symbolism over substance (hello, Nobel Peace Prize). Potential over accomplishment. Guilt over responsibility.
10. If the naked malevolence of the Leftist project for America isn’t visible to you now, then you’re beyond help.
-Mr. Walsh links in #7 above to an article by Jonathan Last, entitled: Six Reasons To Panic, which is calm and well-reasoned.
Here are some highlights, including excerpts from each of the six reasons:
As a rule, one should not panic at whatever crisis has momentarily fixed the attention of cable news producers. But the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has migrated to both Europe and America, may be the exception that proves the rule. There are at least six reasons that a controlled, informed panic might be in order.
(1) Start with what we know, and don’t know, about the virus. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other government agencies claim that contracting Ebola is relatively difficult because the virus is only transmittable by direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected person who has become symptomatic. Which means that, in theory, you can’t get Ebola by riding in the elevator with someone who is carrying the virus, because Ebola is not airborne.
This sounds reassuring. Except that it might not be true….
(2) General infection rates are terrifying, too. In epidemiology, you measure the “R0,” or “reproduction number” of a virus; that is, how many new infections each infected person causes. When R0 is greater than 1, the virus is spreading through a population. When it’s below 1, the contamination is receding. In September the World Health Organization’s Ebola Response Team estimated the R0 to be at 1.71 in Guinea and 2.02 in Sierra Leone. Since then, it seems to have risen so that the average in West Africa is about 2.0. In September the WHO estimated that by October 20, there would be 3,000 total cases in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. As of October 7, the count was 8,376.
In other words, rather than catching up with Ebola, we’re falling further behind. And we’re likely to continue falling behind, because physical and human resources do not scale virally. In order to stop the spread of Ebola, the reproduction number needs to be more than halved from its current rate. Yet reducing the reproduction number only gets harder as the total number of cases increases, because each case requires resources—facilities, beds, doctors, nurses, decontamination, and secure burials—which are already lagging well behind need. The latest WHO projections suggest that by December 1 we are likely to see 10,000 new cases in West Africa per week, at which point the virus could begin spreading geographically within the continent as it nears the border with Ivory Coast.
Thus far, officials have insisted that it will be different in America….
(3) Do you really want to be scared? What’s to stop a jihadist from going to Liberia, getting himself infected, and then flying to New York and riding the subway until he keels over? This is just the biological warfare version of a suicide bomb. Can you imagine the consequences if someone with Ebola vomited in a New York City subway car? A flight from Roberts International in Monrovia to JFK in New York is less than $2,000, meaning that the planning and infrastructure needed for such an attack is relatively trivial. This scenario may be highly unlikely. But so were the September 11 attacks and the Richard Reid attempted shoe bombing, both of which resulted in the creation of a permanent security apparatus around airports. We take drastic precautions all the time, if the potential losses are serious enough, so long as officials are paying attention to the threat.
(4) Let’s put aside the Ebola-as-weapon scenario—some things are too depressing to contemplate at length—and look at the range of scenarios for what we have in front of us, from best-case to worst-case. The epidemiological protocols for containing Ebola rest on four pillars: contact tracing, case isolation, safe burial, and effective public information. On October 14, the New York Times reported that in Liberia, with “only” 4,000 cases, “Schools have shut down, elections have been postponed, mining and logging companies have withdrawn, farmers have abandoned their fields.” Which means that the baseline for “best-case” is already awful.
In September, the CDC ran a series of models on the spread of the virus and came up with a best-case scenario in which, by January 2015, Liberia alone would have a cumulative 11,000 to 27,000 cases. That’s in a world where all of the aid and personnel gets where it needs to be, the resident population behaves rationally, and everything breaks their way. The worst-case scenario envisioned by the model is anywhere from 537,000 to 1,367,000 cases by January. Just in Liberia. With the fever still raging out of control.
By which point, all might well be lost….
(5) And by the way, things could get worse. All of those worst-case projections assume that the virus stays contained in a relatively small area of West Africa, which, with a million people infected, would be highly unlikely. What happens if and when the virus starts leaking out to other parts of the world?
Marine Corps General John F. Kelly talked about Ebola at the National Defense University two weeks ago and mused about what would happen if Ebola reached Haiti or Central America, which have relatively easy access to America. “If it breaks out, it’s literally ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States,” Kelly said. “They will run away from Ebola, or if they suspect they are infected, they will try to get to the United States for treatment.”
It isn’t crazy to see how a health crisis could beget all sorts of other crises, from humanitarian, to economic, to political, to existential. If you think about Ebola and mutation and aerosolization and R0 for too long, you start to get visions of Mad Max cruising the postapocalyptic landscape with Katniss Everdeen at his side.
(6) While we’re on the subject of political crisis, it’s worth noting that the politics of Ebola are uncertain and dangerous to everyone involved….
At a deeper level, the Ebola outbreak is a crisis not for Obama and his administration, but for elite institutions. Because once more they have been exposed as either corrupt, incompetent, or both….
We have arrived at a moment with our elite institutions where it is impossible to distinguish incompetence from willful misdirection. This can only compound an already dangerous situation.
I urge you to take the time to click here and read the full article.
-Defenders of the CDC have been claiming that a lack of funding is a big part of the problem. Ernst Schreiber is, rightly, having none of it:
The problem isn’t that there’s not enough money. Quite the opposite in fact. The problem is that there’s so much money that the CDC can afford to indulge in first world problems like lesbian obesity.
But even that isn’t the real problem. The real problem is deference to government “experts” who are anything but, as the case of the second nurse to get Ebola demonstrates. She had enough common sense to question whether she should be travelling or not, but then she deferred to some idiot with a chart full of guidelines instead of trusting her gut.
I can tell you that, from over three decades of working in government, most of the ‘experts’ on staff are hacks who couldn’t make it in the Private Sector. Never, ever defer to such people.
The Obama Administration: Less competent than Nigeria.
At this point I’m not even sure they could pull off even a simple email scam if the fate of the entire US depended on it.
— No-Tel Lounge (@NoTelLounge) October 17, 2014
Christ, we’re a fundamentally unserious people…
— RightWingConspiracy (@strait328) October 18, 2014
For Duty And Humanity!
*Tip of the fedora to Adobe Walls for the term.
It turns out Joe ‘White Boy’ Biden’s son, Hunter, was kicked out of the Naval Reserves for cocaine use.
Smitty [USN retired] has the details and some well-deserved contempt here.
Commentator TheOldSargeSays sums-up this despicable family quite well:
From WSJ article on this matter…
“The vice president and his wife, Jill Biden, speak regularly about the pride they take in being a military family, often referring to son Beau Biden’s time in the Delaware Army National Guard….”
> Joe received five draft deferments during the Viet Nam War.
> Son Beau was in the Delaware National Guard as a lawyer and got to take a break from his unit’s deployment to Iraq to attend the Presidential Inauguration.
> Son Hunter is kicked out of the Navy after seven months for cocaine use
THIS is ” being a military family “?
The whole Biden family should be shunned.
The application of Leftist Thinking throughout the World, but especially in The West, since the 18th Century has brought absolutely nothing but misery and death.
Belmont Club commentator Shrieking Hysteric sums-up Leftism’s legacy succinctly and very accurately:
The left have invented a new category for deaths too this past 100 years. Death by philosophical misadventure. Death by benevolent pretension. Death by redistribution. Death by welfare. Death by gulag. Death by feminism. Death by bussing. Death by aids. Death by drugs. Death by depression. Death of great art. Death of great literature. Death of politics. Gee…carried away there, didn’t realise they were so awful. And they have built this endless death dictionary in a century. That is an astonishingly awful feat from a group that promised to end human suffering.
Like the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, Leftism eventually turns everything it touches into a gelatinous goo.
The only cure is to wipe it out, defeat it utterly.
21. In seeking the deepest roots of the struggle between the “culture of life” and the “culture of death”, we cannot restrict ourselves to the perverse idea of freedom mentioned above. We have to go to the heart of the tragedy being experienced by modern man: the eclipse of the sense of God and of man, typical of a social and cultural climate dominated by secularism, which, with its ubiquitous tentacles, succeeds at times in putting Christian communities themselves to the test. Those who allow themselves to be influenced by this climate easily fall into a sad vicious circle: when the sense of God is lost, there is also a tendency to lose the sense of man, of his dignity and his life; in turn, the systematic violation of the moral law, especially in the serious matter of respect for human life and its dignity, produces a kind of progressive darkening of the capacity to discern God’s living and saving presence.
—Pope John Paul The Great, Evangelium Vitae
…’I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right.’
—Basil Fawlty, The Germans
City officials are so jittery about causing widespread Ebola panic that 911 dispatchers have been forbidden from dropping any “E”-bombs over the radios, The Post has learned.
An FDNY memo instructs all personnel to use more vague terms when discussing the deadly disease, which is threatening to become a global pandemic.
“At no point shall a dispatcher transmit over the radio any message containing the word ‘Ebola’ or related terminology,” according to the advisory, which was obtained by The Post.
Dispatchers instead must use the code letters “F/T,” as in Fever/Travel, to indicate that a 911 caller has a fever and a history of travel to West Africa. “Engine XXX, utilize Universal Precautions — you are responding to a Fever/Travel incident,” dispatchers are now ordered to say.
A source said the directive is meant to minimize fear of a citywide outbreak, since the emergency radio channels are closely monitored by civilian hobbyists and members of the media.
“Just like you can’t say bomb on an airplane, we can’t say ‘Ebola,’ ” said the source. “Back in the ’80s and ’90s, taking universal precautions meant someone has AIDS. And we weren’t allowed to say AIDS either.”
Basil Fawlty: [to a nurse] Don’t touch me! I don’t know where you’ve been!
A passenger died on a Nigeria-to-JFK flight after a vomiting fit on Thursday — and a top lawmaker said officials gave the corpse only a “cursory” exam before declaring that the victim did not have Ebola.
Rep. Peter King said in a letter to Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol that the handling of the remains exposed serious flaws in airport preparedness for an Ebola outbreak.
Between 70 and 100 passengers a day arrive at JFK from the Ebola epicenter countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, King noted, and they have access to public restrooms and mingle with other travelers before their first screening.
The unnamed passenger, age 63, had boarded an Arik Air plane Wednesday night out of Lagos, Nigeria, which has had 19 Ebola cases this year though no new cases in the past month.
He was vomiting in his seat and died sometime before the plane landed around 6 a.m., the source said. The crew contacted the CDC, whose officials boarded the plane as about 145 worried passengers remained on board, a federal law-enforcement source said.
“The door [to the terminal] was left open, which a lot of the first responders found alarming,” said the source.
“The CDC went on the plane, examined the dead body and said the person did not have Ebola,” King told The Post. “It was, what I was told, a cursory examination. The Port Authority cops and personnel from Customs and Border Protection were there . . . Their concern was, how could you tell so quickly? And what adds to the concern is how wrong the CDC has been over the past few weeks.”
The CDC declined to comment on the passenger.
Basil Fawlty: Ah, wonderful! WUNDERBAR! Ahh! …And may I welcome your war… your war… you wall… you all… you all, and hope that your stay will be a happy one. Now, would you like to eat first, or would you like a drink before the war… AHH! Er… trespassers will be tied up with piano wire… SORRY, SORRY!
-We’re in the very best of hands [do they even have sanitizer?].
NOTE: These posts are not an attempt to be comprehensive in coverage of the Ebola story, nor of the Polio story. They just contain some items that have caught my eye [which is still not hemorrhaging blood, I'm happy to report — that only happens when I look at Al Sharpton].
I hadn’t planned on doing another one of these so soon after last nights, but this new reality show, America’s Got Disease, is living life in the fast lane…
-The VodkaPundit, Stephen Green, is not worried about Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever becoming widespread in America:
I don’t expect an Outbreak scenario. Nobody is going to have to nuke Dallas. Hemorrhagic fevers are so nasty that outbreaks burn themselves out before they can become pandemics. The only reason so many have died in Africa is the tragic irony that the part of the world least able to cope with an outbreak is also the part of the world the virus calls home.
Wait — did I say “tragic irony”? That sounds more like a tragic necessity; a virus will always make its home in the best possible host.
For all those reasons, ebola just isn’t something I spend much time worrying about.
Commentator Subotai Bahadur, whose opinion I have come to respect greatly, begs to differ:
In Africa, Ebola burned itself out because its vectors largely had a limited number of people to be in contact with [small villages] and limited mobility [Shank's Mare for the most part in the back country, then ground vehicle speeds, but a relatively low number of them]. That limited the pool of possible hosts and is why it burned out. It is out of the back country and into cities where there are more people in constant contact, more transportation, and access to the whole bloody world, including us.
Once it got here, we are one of the most mobile people in the world. Damn near everyone has a car which gives transcontinental range. Mass transit and airlines are everywhere. Our food comes from around the world through a limited number of choke points, and our retail establishments are called mass marketing for a reason. An R0 of two, which is where we are at a minimum, means a logarithmic rise in infections UNLESS there are measures to limit contacts, limit access of new vectors to our population, and quarantine infectious people and at the very least the first circle of their contacts.
All of which is not only not being done, it is being actively opposed by the full weight of the Federal government and the mass media. And the government is also opposing the level of precautions [Level 2 Biological Safety Procedure: gown, gloves, mask, and face shield have proved in practice to be insufficient from the actual patient data. Level 3 has independent air supply. And no, not because it is necessarily "airborne" by the technical definition, although the jury is still out. "Aerosolized", which is what this is, acts the same as "airborne" at treatment ranges.] that experience shows is necessary. Along with dragging their feet on quality control for the Level 2 equipment, which apparently is ill-fitting and shoddy.
It looks to me like the government is deliberately giving me cause to worry. There is a point where incompetence becomes statistically impossible, and deliberate acts are the most rational explanation. I believe that the tipping point has been reached.
With this national government we have, chock-full of Leftists in every nook and cranny and run by coffee-house philosophers, such speculation is reasonable. We’ve come to this.
-Another commentator in the same post, OriginalFool, remarks:
What worries me is all the lies we are being expected to swallow.
The CDC director, Tom Frieden, has come up with some whoppers.
In congressional testimony he claims that we are tracking all the people that arrive on airplanes from the affected regions of Africa. Given 100-150 people per day and 21 day incubation, that is 2-3,000 people. Does anyone believe we are actually tracking that many people? We are having trouble tracking the 100 or so known contacts from Duncan.
Also in that testimony, he claimed that the second nurse “did not report any symptoms” when she called to see if she should take an airplane trip. This was immediately after he said she called because she had a fever. Apparently he is unaware that a fever is a symptom.
He has said that the first nurse caught Ebola because of a breach of protocol, but is unable to point to any breach of protocol. The fact is that she probably contracted the disease when “face shields” was “the protocol”. That protocol has since been changed, but you cannot violate a protocol that has not yet been created.
The biggest problem I have is that with so many transparent lies, it is getting really difficult to trust anything that is said.
And even the dimmest bulbs are starting to realize that, which means we are in danger of experiencing a Panic. That is something that is exactly what we do not need right now.
-Geoffrey Britain understands the Leftist Mindset at work here:
[Obama] did indeed cancel his fundraiser and call a cabinet meeting and, they did NOTHING. So, either he overcame his ‘panic’ or he’s paralyzed with fear.
Could it be that rather than panic, the ‘optics’ demanded he appear to be concerned? Could it be that Obama knows exactly what he’s doing regarding Ebola and that he’s taking a calculated risk in order to keep our southern borders open as long as possible, seeking to create a legacy as the man who brought the democrats a permanent majority?
After all, if a few thousand Americans die before an Ebola epidemic is contained, that would just be collateral damage, ‘regretfully’ necessary to the greater good that social justice demands.
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) October 16, 2014
Tip of the fedora to Instapundit.
Just a thought: maybe the CDC should worry about saving American lives and not African economies. — Razor (@hale_razor) October 16, 2014
Tip of the fedora to Donald Douglas.
You could probably make the case that the reason our response to Ebola, like our response to so many of the social ills that ail us, is because our elites learned from the wrong dead white guys.
Marx, Lenin, Sorel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Mussolini, De Man, Derrida, Foucault, Sartre.
-In last evening’s post, I quoted from Richard Fernandez quoting from an article by James Jay Carafano regarding Woodrow Wilson’s bad mishandling of the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1919. Ed Driscoll quotes from the same article and adds some fine analysis [this is worth quoting nearly in full]:
The recently retired president’s administration and its lackeys have made lots of errors regarding their handling of the Ebola crisis, of course. But at the National Interest, James Jay Carafano spots what he considers to be the big one:
The White House has declared Ebola to be a top national-security concern. That ought to worry Americans. The last time a president tried to make a disease a national-security issue, he helped trigger a global pandemic that killed 50 million people.
Progressives like to expropriate the label of national security to help drive their agendas. Statist, centrally managed, with top-down direction, the national-security model is the perfect vehicle for any policy “crusade,” be it fighting global warming or raising taxes. Thus, for example, when the administration got the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to label the “debt the biggest threat to national security,” it had all the cover needed to press for cutting defense and raising taxes—two cornerstones of President Obama’s progressive political agenda.
But playing “national security” progressive politics with public health can bring outright disaster. When the United States entered World War I, Woodrow Wilson played the national-security card early and often. The war effort became an excuse for everything from jailing political opponents to spying on everyday Americans. But, when the president used a global war as an excuse to preempt sound public-health policy, he reaped a global catastrophe.
In a post titled “Ebola and the great forgetting: the best of times, the worst of times,” Neo-Neocon quotes from a PBS documentary on how the Spanish flu ravaged America during this period:
Narrator: In 31 shocking days, the flu would kill over 195,000 Americans. It was the deadliest month in this nation’s history. Coffins were in such demand that they were often stolen. Undertakers had to place armed guards around their prized boxes. The orderly life of America began to break down. All over the country, farms and factories shut down — schools and churches closed. Homeless children wandered the streets, their parents vanished…
Dr. Alfred Crosby, author, America’s Forgotten Pandemic: The epidemic killed, at a very, very conservative estimate, 550,000 Americans in 10 months, that’s more Americans than died in combat in all the wars of this century, and the epidemic killed at least 30 million in the world and infected the majority of the human species.
Narrator: As soon as the dying stopped, the forgetting began.
Dr. Alfred Crosby, author, America’s Forgotten Pandemic: It is in the individual memory of a great many of us, but it’s not in our collective memory. That for me is the greatest mystery: how we could have forgotten anything so horrendous, so massively horrendous, as this, this epidemic which killed so many of us, killed us so fast and our reaction was to forget it.
It’s no surprise that someone being quoted on an NPR show can’t understand why this period of American history is so little known today. The left have been writing American history since the days of FDR, and have managed to airbrush virtually all of Woodrow Wilson’s sins out of American history, as they would reflect rather badly on the notion of “Progressive” or “liberal” government. Indeed, historian Fred Siegel writes that the American left stole the word “liberal” from traditional laissez-faire classical liberals in the early 1920s in order to cast off the taint of being associated with the disastrously “Progressive” Wilson administration.
After quoting from Carafano’s article, Moe Lane writes:
As the article notes, the eventual death toll for that was 50 million. How many dead can actually be directly laid at Wilson’s feet is arguable – goodness knows that era did not lack for fools and knaves – but you can certainly tie his actions to the American soldiers and workers and patriots who died because they were at an event that was deliberately put on despite a quarantine. Not that there’s any rush to do that; the whitewashing that they’ve done for Barack Obama pales in comparison to the cleanup that academia and the media have done on Woodrow Wilson’s reputation…
And with the Ebola crisis risking expansion, future historians may well need to do Wilson-level airbrush work erasing Obama’s actual presidential record out of the history books.
That is, if The West survives this Age Of Leftist Hegemony — and that is very much in doubt at this point.
-This Administration really, really loves to go after female nurses.
From Bryan Preston, we learn:
…the Obama CDC is looking into blaming Ebola nurse #2 for getting on that commercial airplane that the CDC allowed her to get on. Fox got wind of that blame game move today.
White House correspondent Ed Henry reports that the CDC now says that Amber Joy Vinson was “not entirely forthcoming” about the fever that she had before boarding that flight from Cleveland to Dallas.
It’s difficult to see how that could be the case. The CDC itself reported that her fever was 99.5 and that it therefore did not meet the CDC threshold of 100.4. The CDC knew that Vinson had been exposed to Ebola. What could she have withheld when she called the agency, more than once, to see if she would be allowed to fly?
-What would one of these posts be if I didn’t provide one of the latest examples of Friedenian Logic, with some bonus commentary of Rush Limbaugh:
RUSH: Here is, by the way, Thomas Frieden. This is yesterday afternoon. This is the how-you-can-give-it-on-a-bus-but-you-can’t-get-it-on-a-bus sound bite, and I realized some of you might have thought I was making this up. I mean, that’s how ridiculous this is, and I just want to play the sound bite. I assure you I’m not. It was during the Q&A after they had their teleconference with reporters yesterday on the latest to do with Ebola.
A reporter said, “In a video message to countries in West Africa that are experiencing Ebola outbreaks, President Obama told residents in these countries in West Africa that they can’t get the disease by sitting next to somebody on a bus. Did the CDC vet that message before it was released and posted on US embassy websites, and is it true that a person runs absolutely no risk of contracting Ebola on public transportation such as a bus?”
FRIEDEN: Yes, CDC vetted the message — and, yes, we believe it’s accurate. I think there are two different parts of that equation. The first is, uh, “If you’re a member of the traveling public and are healthy, should you be worried that you might have gotten it by sitting next to someone?” and the answer is, no. Second, uh, “If you are sick and you may have Ebola, should you get on a bus?” and the answer to that is also, no. You might become ill! You might have a problem that exposes someone around you.
RUSH: Wait, pal, you just said… It’s only a 30-second sound bite! You just said 25 seconds ago that can’t happen! He’s doing this every time he opens his mouth. He is contradicting himself. I think this may be a record. This time it was in 30 seconds….
-That’s all for now. Stay away from the buses.
Stacy McCain’s excellent analysis of the prospects for the Republican Party taking control of the Senate prompted me to these thoughts…
No matter the outcome, the GOP will have failed — only the degree of the FAIL is in doubt.
They should have walked away with the Senate, but they persist in not giving us any reason to vote for Republicans.
Cryin’ John stays silent on the issues of the day and Granny Mitch minces words. And their toadies — all groveling like little piggies for scraps from their tables — follow their masters.
I will not be voting for anyone who is not a conservative.
In fact, I may pull the lever for the GOP candidates’s Democratic opponents because the GOP Delenda Est! feeling is strong in me.
You see, no matter the outcome of this Election, we’ll still be well and truly f–ked. The time for BS is over. We are engaged in a literal life and death struggle to determine whether we shall be slaves or be free men.
UPDATE at 1941…
Paco offers some very insightful analysis:
Republicans are likely to score big in the upcoming elections, but it seems this will represent a public rebuke to Obama and the Democrats rather than an endorsement of Republican policy prescriptions.
Are there any Republican policy prescriptions, by the way? I mean, aside from watered down versions of Democrat policies? Mark Levin had a number of depressing observations to make [Tuesday] night on his radio program, including the evaporation of support among certain Republicans for repealing ObamaCare, and the continuing shiftiness on amnesty. Perhaps the most stunning of his assertions is that the Republican establishment is working hard to pad the GOP’s majority in the House, not to counter Democrats, but to isolate and contain representatives associated with the Tea Party. Perhaps voters are willing to rally around a banner bearing the motto, “At least we’re not that guy”, for one election cycle, but establishment pabulum doesn’t make very good mortar for an enduring political platform, and I fear that the Democrats will return, more menacing than ever, like the evil spirit mentioned in the gospel of St. Matthew:
“Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came'; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”
If Paco Enterprises is not a regular stop of yours in your travels through The Ether, well….I feel sorry for you.
NOTE: These posts are not an attempt to be comprehensive in coverage of the Ebola story, nor of the Polio story. They just contain some items that have caught my eye [which is still not hemorrhaging blood, I'm happy to report — that only happens when I look at Janet Napolitano (remember him, er, her?)].
-I have to start off with Iowahawk:
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 14, 2014
-Stacy McCain summarizes ‘Obama’s’ remarks accurately so we don’t have to listen to them:
Obama: “We must start bullshitting about Ebola in a much more aggressive way. Because obviously, we haven’t been bullshitting hard enough.” — Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) October 15, 2014
He then offers some spot-on analysis:
Why does the Obama administration’s #Ebola response remind me so much of the Healthcare-dot-gov rollout?
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) October 15, 2014
With apologies to Aerosmith: It’s the same old story / Same old song and prance, my friend.
-History repeats like a fish taco:
…James Carafano in the National Interest writes that one reason the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic got so bad was because Woodrow Wilson tried to cover it up.
Stateside, at a military camp outside of Gettysburg, a young post commander named Dwight David Eisenhower ignored Washington’s advice to ignore the disease. Instead, he developed health protocols that broke the back of the disease’s run through the ranks. Impressed with the success of his methods, the Army ordered Eisenhower to dispatch his staff to other camps to train them on how to rein in influenza.
Likewise, many American cities got the disease under control only by ignoring the federal government and adopting responsible public-health policies.
Corruption kills. Stupidity kills. We have forgotten this. But in ancient times they knew better. In those primitive days the onset of plague, famine and war were often regarded by the population as a sign that heaven was wroth at its rulers for their iniquity; the bazaars were rife with rumor that the governing house was infest with debauchery, extravagance and indolence. And it was whispered about that the plague would not cease until the Royal House had amended its ways. The Chinese referred to the such blame assignments as “losing the Mandate of Heaven”.
Modern pundits may call such beliefs ‘superstitious nonsense’, but as is usual in history, there is a grain of truth to the accounts. Plagues and famines are true consequences of corruption which can be understood for entirely secular and rational reasons. For no governing class may lie and steal and distort with impunity without the consequences coming home to roost. One day what goes around comes around. And for much of the world, that day is now.
That snippet was taken from the Richard Fernandez column of yesterday, which is very well worth a read. Having elected ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ twice, there is no doubt that America has, indeed, lost The Mandate Of Heaven.
-From Real Clear Politics, we learn:
At a Wednesday afternoon press availability, President Obama reassured the public that the possibility of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. remains “very, very low.” Using himself as an example, Obama said he “shook hands with, hugged, and kissed” nurses at Emory hospital — a hospital in Atlanta where several Ebola victims have been treated — and “felt perfectly safe” doing so.
Just call him ‘Typhoid Barry’…well, it fits, you know: he’s already been proven to be a plague these past seven years. -Dr. Thomas ‘The Bureaucrat’ Frieden gets caught in another lie:
Ladd Ehlinger is taking bets:
— Film Ladd (@FilmLadd) October 15, 2014
Boston Radio talk show host Howie Carr has called the good Doctor the ‘Baghdad Bob Of Ebola’ — perfect.
-Megyn Kelly interviewed The Bureaucrat last night and it was, shall we say, very revealing — especially this part, as related by Scoop:
In the wake of the Dallas nurse contracting Ebola from the recently deceased Ebola patient from Liberia, Megyn Kelly challenged the CDC Director based on the material his organization has put out in regards to proper protection that should be used when coming in contact with an infected Ebola patient.
The CDC material requires only one pair of gloves, no head covering and no covering for the feet. Megyn Kelly asked the CDC director if he thought this was insufficient. He said no, and then when challenged by Megyn Kelly, he proceeded to say he would attend to an infected Ebola patient with no head covering and no covering for his feet and only one pair of gloves.
Megyn Kelly was pretty shocked as I think most of you are too….
I’d say, ‘Go ahead, Doc — walk right in, sit right down’, but then we’d end up paying to save his banally evil arse.
-Amidst the usual dreck there is a good amount of thoughtful analysis and insight out in The Ether [if you search the Rightosphere]…
= Newrouter: ‘the cdc is telling you to go to the superdome. run the other way.’
…The irony – and the crime – is that, for the virus that truly wasn’t a great threat to the population at large [ie: AIDS], the DHS spent decades screaming to us that it was; and the deadly virus which truly is a threat to the general population, the DHS/CDC is trying to tell us isn’t. Because of grotesque social-engineering and interest-group politics in the first case, and blatant protection of the party in power in the second.
Yeah, I’ll be looking to the government for my information.
Mebbe that CDC memo on them there protocols didn’t get distributed properly or something.
As for me, I feel great shame that we Americans have not met the lofty goals set by Dear Leader again and have gravely disappointed him. Again.
It’s not his fault – particularly with something like 70 of those damn hospital workers failing Dear Leader and not following his crystal clear and extreme well thought out protocols to the absolute letter.
Dear Leader’s focus on this Ebola thing has been laser beam tight. All this carping about his meditation on the subject on the golf course, in front of the TV and at parties has been down right sacrilegious. Our comparatively puny brains just can’t comprehend the awesome god like powers and wonders worked by the Great Buraq Hussein.
I feel soooo ashamed.
It seems that with each passing day Reagan’s stark warning about the nine most frightening words looms larger. ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’
Ah, it can’t happen here because we are so rich and educated…. Ha-ha!
This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a DERP!
Heh…we’re governed by T.S. Idiot.
So now we have 2 nurses infected effectively wasting their experience and training for, hopefully, only the foreseeable future. We have a hospital that committed hundreds of thousands of dollars in treatment resources and is now looking at the shut-down of a portion of its operational capacity. We have nearly 70 experienced and trained hospital personal on quarantine shut-down due to their exposure. All this for a person that, but for the administration’s intransigence, would have never gotten here to infect anyone if they had simply imposed reasonable travel restrictions…which they still have not done. American citizens are now literally being physically harmed due to this administration’s craven politically correct clap-trap.
What happens when one of our healthcare workers contracts this virus and has children at home? Are going to continue to roll the dice and hope that only child-less healthcare workers contract the virus? There is, or I should say there used to be, a point at which the political was subsumed by reality. Unfortunately, it appears that from the top to bottom, from inside the Whitehouse to the Executive Agencies, our political “leaders” are incapable of separating the political from the real-world obligations which accompany their station.
We live in serious times but unfortunately we are governed by fundamentally un-serious people.
That’s why it’s best to ignore President Unicorn and his Silky Pony minions and take your own precautions and urge your local governments to act.
=Three very spot-on remarks / observations by Melissa Clouthier:
‘Nancy Snyderman is why #Ebola will spread. She is a doctor and knows better and she is ignoring preventative measures. Human behavior 101.’
‘Don’t listen to fear mongers and don’t listen to those poo-pooing #Ebola, either. Just take rational, calm action and prepare.’
‘And then, hope that your preparation was unnecessary. But really, we Americans, who used to be self-reliant, should be doing this anyway.’
If you haven’t [noticed], the way the CDC talks, the way it describes it’s control methods and the way Obama and the administration think…. people are not human beings, they’re just numbers, data points. Nothing more to them….
Shit is starting to get real. I think we’ve reached the point where disaster scenarios are no longer hypothetical.
Rush just said maybe we are on the cusp of a major american reawakening. Sure hope so, because I’m tired of being one of the few staying awake at night.
Whadday mean we’re screwed? The Top Man atop the Pros from Dover assures us that we have nothing to worry about. That Ebola is unlikely to get here, and in the unlikely event it got here, was very hard to catch, that, unlike Africa, our modern health care system was more than capabable of dealing with an unlikely Ebola patient –no special isolation wards needed, just a room with a private bathroom and a meticulously rigorous, yet easily followed, protective garbing and disgarbing proceedure.
You teatards just want to start a panic because you can’t stand to see a black man succeed as President!
You caught me.
-Some clarification on terms and a disturbing story from DiCentra:
Sounds like a clarification needs to be made and often:
AIRBORNE— Virus free-floats in the air. You inhale it and get infected.
AEROSOLIZED — Virus is contained in fluid droplets that are expelled during a sneeze or cough. If a droplet gets into a mucous membrane or you inhale/swallow it, you get infected.
Ebola is aerosolized but not airborne. The danger of it mutating to airborne form is fairly remote.
The dangerous mutation would be the virus showing up in the bodily fluids prior to the onset of symptoms.
Also, Glenn Beck just did a demo wherein he followed the robing procedures of the Dallas nurses, had his crew fling spaghetti and chocolate syrup at him (to simulate projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea) and then disrobed according to the written procedure.
The FIRST step is to remove the gloves. He touched all the fluids on the outside of the garment and stuff got into his eyes. His neck, back of head, and throat were totally exposed. There was no provision for booties or for washing shoes (that traipsed all over creation).
Stool samples sent through the pneumatic tube system, thereby exposing everyone in the lab who touches samples sent after that. The nurses who treated them were not put under guard by the CDC.
We are so damned screwed.
Glued and screwed.
-Related from Miles Per Galleon:
There is no panic about Ebola. The panic, if you want to call it that, is over the criminal stupidity and lying of our government officials — top to bottom.
I would classify it more as anger & disgust & mega-frustration than panic.
“Panic” is the label that dishonest downplayers like The Missourian love to slap on anyone who keeps asking reasonable questions & pointing out inconsistencies and errors in officialspeak, rather than shut up & meekly accept the government gruel.
Plus, their reciting the “only one dead; only X infected” statistic ignores the math while pretending to be oh-so-adherent to math. The math of epidemics is exponential, not linear. That’s why containment measures re: deadly contagions MUST be super-aggressive and overly cautious (within reason, and up to the limits of resources) early on.
The math of epidemics predicted this. We (the reasonably concerned) knew we would be damn lucky if Nina Pham turned out to be the only person who contracted Ebola from Duncan. Because THAT outcome would be linear, and in defiance of the math of epidemics.
But no. We did not get lucky on that. As predicted, as *could* have been predicted by anyone not (A) a DNC party flack, (B) government bureau-drone, or (C) someone with a mental block the size of the Hoover Dam and a tank full of koolaid (foolaid?), the math is winning. The vector from vector Duncan has now gone exponential.
We may have another shot at getting lucky in this particular case, *IF* the two Dallas nurses got intervention early (i.e. were isolated before they started shedding & infecting others), and *IF* they are the only ones infected by Duncan.
But that is just one case.
And Fedgov is still refusing to take even basic common-sense measures.
So I don’t think it *un*reasonable if Americans who are paying attention to this don’t feel we are going to be rolling in horseshoes & four-leaf clovers in the near future.
-In other pestilence news:
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 15, 2014
Imagine a drill drilling on a human face — forever.
FASCISM! ON! THE! MARCH!
The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.
“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”
The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa. The city council approved the law in June.
The Houston Chronicle reported opponents of the ordinance launched a petition drive that generated more than 50,000 signatures – far more than the 17,269 needed to put a referendum on the ballot.
However, the city threw out the petition in August over alleged irregularities.
After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors.
The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational.
…ADF attorney [Erik] Stanley suspects the mayor wants to publicly shame the ministers. He said he anticipates they will hold up their sermons for public scrutiny. In other words – the city is rummaging for evidence to “out” the pastors as anti-gay bigots.
Among those slapped with a subpoena is Steve Riggle, the senior pastor of Grace Community Church. He was ordered to produce all speeches and sermons related to Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality and gender identity.
The mega-church pastor was also ordered to hand over “all communications with members of your congregation” regarding the non-discrimination law.
So along with the national government, we can add the City Of Houston to the list of those government entities that are no longer to be considered legitimate.
Where there is The Rule Of Law, there is legitimacy.
Where Whim, Capriciousness, and Impulsiveness are the fuel that runs the engines of government, there can be no legitimacy.
—Liberty Or Slavery, 04 August 2014
Houston, Texas is an outpost of Fascism, infected with Tyrannic Fever, and should be quarantined immediately.
It is a pitiful constitution indeed, which so far from being fixed and permanent as it should be — sacred and unalterable in the hands of those where the community has placed it, depends entirely upon the breath of a minister, or of any man.
—Samuel Adams, writing as ‘CANDIDUS’, Boston Gazette, 23 September 1771
Using the example of Wendy Davis, Don Surber provides us an insight into the dank, dark, and desolate environs of the Leftist Mind [picture mine]:
Lisa Wortham also said: “What I think is amazing is he’s in a wheelchair, but he has no sympathy for anyone or any way. He may have a personality disorder.”
Why all the hostility toward Greg Abbott because he is in a wheelchair?
For the same reason liberals show their Klansman colors whenever someone mentions Justice Clarence Thomas or former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. For the same reason they become creepily sexist when former Governor Sarah Palin enters a room.
The struggles of Abbott, Thomas, Rice and Palin humanize them.
And so liberals demonize them rather than deal with the fact that liberal stereotypes of the disabled, of blacks and women are caricatures unworthy of any intelligent conversation about national policy.
Most liberals want to look at Republicans as aloof elitists who know nothing about life. Nothing quite says humanity than by being lectured on struggle by trust fund babies such as Jay Rockefeller, Robert Kennedy Jr. and John Kerry.
Liberals think that by being liberals they cannot be racist or sexist or ableist.
Wendy Davis has major problems. She aborted her child because the child wasn’t perfect. Sarah Palin didn’t. That explains most of the vitriolic against Missus Palin for the last 6 years.
I feel sorry for Wendy Davis. Her life is a mess. She has thought only of herself. Her lack of humanity toward or empathy for a political rival is sad more than anything else.
The lack of Empathy and Sympathy of her and her fellow Leftists is a defense mechanism set-up by them to shield them from their Nihilism.
They are all, to varying extents, haters of their own lives.
And like so many who despise themselves, they, in their horrid misery, want to drag everyone else down into their pit of Soul-ravaging Despair.
We’ve let them get away with this for much too long.
The Left has created a Culture Of Death and we have a Duty, to our Posterity and to the God who gave us Life, to Restore what the Left has sought to destroy.
NOTE: These posts are not an attempt to be comprehensive in coverage of the Ebola story, nor of the Polio story. They just contain some items that have caught my eye [which is still not hemorrhaging blood, I'm happy to report — that only happens when I look at Valerie Jarrett].
-A triple shot of Iowahawk:
The Center for Disease Bureaucratsplaining
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 12, 2014
National Institute of Health blames Ebola on America’s most dangerous terrorist group, the Lacka Fundeen — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 13, 2014
I’m not afraid of Ebola, I’m afraid of a government that responds to it like this.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 12, 2014
So is anyone who is possession of that now rarer attribute: Common Sense.
The Bureaucrats are running the Ebola/Polio-Enterovirus prevention program, under the supervision of a cocooned lounge faculty of coffee house philosophers.
Be worried — be worried enough that you take your own steps, independent of the government.
-The Enterovirus: What did this Administration know and when did they know it? What did this Administration do with said knowledge?
The Conservative Treehouse has published a very disturbing analysis that must be read in full in order to see the whole picture.
A few highlights from Sundance’s post [tip of the fedora to Paco][any reformatting mine]:
• The UAC’s were known to be coming.
• The UAC’s were known to carry a risk of introducing uncommon strains of respiratory virus.
• And the strain of virus is the same as the EV-D68 currently being dealt with.
• The administration knew the Children were coming,
• they knew a respiratory biological outbreak was possible,
• and they knew quarantine would possibly be needed as a containment tool.
However, in addition, there would be a risk of “Hot Zone Identification” if the U.S./Mexico border region was the only proximity where the EV-D68 outbreaks were known to be occurring.
How to dilute that risk?
Enter “The Bathtub Principle”= Transfer the EV-D68 (UAC) carriers throughout the country to dilute the origin of the outbreak.
-Dr. Thomas ‘The Bureaucrat’ Frieden issues a non-apology apology for his CYA remarks about the Dallas nurse who caught the Ebola Hemorrhagic Virus.
From Reuters and the Washington Free Beacon, Lisa Maria Garza and Terry Wade reporting, we learn:
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said health authorities are still investigating how the nurse became infected while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan in an isolation ward at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Duncan died last week and the nurse is the first person to contract the virus on U.S. soil, taking concerns about containing its spread to new heights.
She is “clinically stable,” Frieden said, and the CDC is monitoring others involved in Duncan’s care in case they show symptoms of the virus.
“We have to rethink the way we address Ebola infection control. Even a single infection is unacceptable,” Frieden told reporters. “The care of Ebola is hard. We’re working to make it safer and easier.”
Frieden also apologized for remarks on Sunday, when the nurse’s infection was first disclosed, that suggested she was responsible for a breach in protocols that exposed her to the virus. Some healthcare experts said the comments failed to address deep gaps in training hospital staff to deal with Ebola.
“I’m sorry if that was the impression given,” Frieden said. He said the agency would take steps to increase the awareness of Ebola at the nation’s hospitals and training for staff.
Call him ‘Dr. POS’.
-Over at the American Thinker, Doctor Ronald Cherry comments on the current Ebola Protocol:
Clearly the CDC Ebola “protocol” is inadequate. The “protocol” doesn’t work. Either the virus is so virulent that the “protocol” is ineffective against direct contact with the body or body fluids of an Ebola victim, even while “protected” with gloves, gowns, masks, etc., or, more likely, the “protocol” ignores the fact that Ebola is very likely transmitted in certain circumstances by airborne means – as contaminated microscopic droplet nuclei. This should come as no surprise for everyone not drinking the CDC Kool-aid, because in the confined spaces of hospital rooms, where the Ebola victim is vomiting, having diarrhea, flushing the toilet, coughing, and sneezing, we should expect production of infectious microscopic airborne particles.
“The potential for transmission via inhalation of aerosols, therefore, cannot be ruled out by the observed risk factors or our knowledge of the infection process. Many body fluids, such as vomit, diarrhea, blood, and saliva, are capable of creating inhalable aerosol particles in the immediate vicinity of an infected person. Cough was identified among some cases in a 1995 outbreak in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and coughs are known to emit viruses in respirable particles. The act of vomiting produces an aerosol and has been implicated in airborne transmission of gastrointestinal viruses. Regarding diarrhea, even when contained by toilets, toilet flushing emits a pathogen-laden aerosol that disperses in the air… Being at first skeptical that Ebola virus could be an aerosol-transmissible disease, we are now persuaded by a review of experimental and epidemiologic data that this might be an important feature of disease transmission, particularly in healthcare settings… Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
We are also told by Dr. Frieden that:
“We have the ability to prevent the spread of Ebola by caring safely for patients.”
In the absence of widely available effective treatment, such as ZMapp, I don’t believe it will be possible to safely care for Ebola patients or prevent its spread in any American hospital not equipped with BL4 containment capability. Our doctors, nurses, orderlies and other health workers are not vaccinated against Ebola, so we are vulnerable to Ebola, and when healthcare workers become infected they themselves quickly become a threat to everyone around them, and are no longer able to care for the normal influx of other patients. I am worried that we will not be able to prevent an Ebola epidemic in the United States, because the mode of transmission is far more efficient (dangerous) than the CDC says, so much so that we could experience an exponential increase. CDC-level protective measures against direct contact with the body or body fluids of Ebola victims are not sufficient to prevent transmission, either because those protective measures are essentially impossible to follow day in and day out at the local hospital, or because there is also an airborne mode of transmission which defeats CDC-level protective measures, or both.
The screening regime that the Obama administration has set up is clearly inadequate. Even if we could adjust Duncan’s timeline so that if he left Liberia today and entered the U.S. through JFK under the new screening procedures, the first airport to begin the new screening procedures, it would miss him again. He would defeat it by arriving ahead of showing any Ebola symptoms, and by lying on his Liberia exit form.
What we are getting from the Obama administration are the same things that we always get — arrogance, incompetence and dishonesty. The president himself foolishly downplayed the threat. He said that there were “extremely low” odds that Ebola would break out in the U.S. Well, we have a transmission on American soil. Obama said that the United States was taking all of the “necessary precautions” including increasing passenger screening at airports in the Ebola-stricken countries.
This is the same president who said that the Islamic State terrorist group is just “jayvee.” They now threaten Baghdad on one side, and Kobane, Syria on the other, and hold territory roughly the size of the United Kingdom.
Ebola remains a difficult disease to catch, but we now have two cases in the west of healthcare workers who have contracted it by giving care to Ebola victims under strict procedures. That will send shivers of fear through the healthcare industry, our front-line defense against the disease.
Ebola is a real threat. The cases in Dallas and Spain, of healthcare workers who apparently followed protocols and yet got the virus anyway, suggest that we may not know as much as we think we know about it.
To sum up: At this point, we are trusting the Obama administration, which is known to politicize and lie about everything; thousands of front-line healthcare workers whose training may not be up to snuff, and most of whom are not working at the four Ebola-equipped hospitals; TSA screening theater; and overseas Ebola victims who have every reason to lie so that they can get to the United States to give themselves even a slim chance at surviving the virus. And if they don’t survive, their families can claim “racism” and sue the living you-know-what out of the hospitals that try to care for them — at great risk to their own staff and perhaps the communities around them.
Why does the phrase ‘well and truly screwed’ keep repeating in my brain?
-The latest from frequent Belmont Club commentator Subotai Bahadur:
Actually, the CDC does have several SWAT teams, MRAPS, etc. as part of the militarization and arming of the “civilian” Executive Branch. [BOB: Of course...should we call him 'General Doctor Thomas Frieden' from now on?] What they do not have, apparently, is the ability and desire to react to diseases outside of the framework of what is politically desired by the regime.
I will throw in something I heard this morning, the source being a surgeon and surgery professor:
Dallas Presbyterian Hospital [ground zero for treatment of the outbreak] has closed its Emergency Department. The reason is a failure of staff to show up for work. They are now using the down time for a major decontamination, they claim.
Hospitals are not designed as a whole for isolation. They are public buildings designed [except in combat zone neighborhoods at time of design] to be open and welcoming to the public. The CDC has a Quarantine Facility in Dallas, one of twenty in the country that were built a long time ago in case someone came in with a nasty disease we did not want to spread. There is a list of the nasty diseases they are supposed to be quarantined for. It includes Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers.
Anybody seen anything in the State-Controlled Media referring to that Facility being used? Why not? Would not a purpose designed Quarantine Facility have been better for the situation than a public hospital?
…Honesty would require that the director of the CDC tell the truth — which is, that he does not know how this particular individual contracted Ebola.
But this he cannot say. For that would cause us to worry, and his responsibility, as he and those above him conceive it, is to cover for the President of the United States. In fact, he works for thee and me. Our taxes make it possible for him to draw a paycheck. But this, in company with nearly everyone in the Obama administration, he has somehow forgotten; and so, in a servile fashion, he goes out in public to defend with forked tongue a policy he and every medical professional in the country knows is madness.
The truth is simple. There is an epidemic in Africa. The disease that is spreading like wildfire is horrible beyond imagination. We have suspicions as to how it spreads, but we do not know for sure. The only certain way to avoid its propagation is to avoid contact, and the President of the United States, who operates in an intellectual bubble, is unwilling to do what it is necessary to do to prevent people in the country he is sworn to serve and defend from coming into contact with contagious individuals who have the disease.
It is the duty of public servants, such as the Director of the CDC, to speak the truth in public. We are, after all, a self-governing people, and we ought not to be treated as little children who need to be reassured even when the news is anything but reassuring. But speaking the truth in all frankness and admitting ignorance seems beyond this man. Were he to do so, were he in public to say what every competent medical professional understands — that to prevent this plague from coming to North America we need to refuse for a time to accept visitors from much of Africa — he would no doubt be cashiered by the man whom, at the ballot box, we put in charge. And being cashiered he fears far more than deserving to be cashiered.
Of course this is Frieden’s main fear because he is suffering from Bureaucratitus — a particularly virulent strain, it seems. And Obama and his fellow Leftists do believe that we, the un-Illuminated Ones [aka: the 'bitter clingers' who do not and will not buy into their Utopianism] and those who vote in lock-step for Leftists are, in fact, ‘little children’ [although I suspect many Leftists believe that we act like little children because we are, in their minds, retarded somehow].
-That’s all I have time for now, even though I have more to post. Duty calls.
“I want to make government cool again,” he said.
Obama believed in government, and he was confident that his election would signal that the American people were ready to believe again, too.
As we approach the sixth anniversary of his election, the Obama presidency is in tatters. Obama’s policies, foreign and domestic, are widely seen as failed or failing. His approval rating is near its lowest point. Obama’s base of support is loyal and fierce and shrinking. Much of the country sees him as incompetent or untrustworthy, and government, far from being “cool,” is a joke on good days and a threat on bad ones.
But have Barry Soetoro or any of the other members of The Jarrett Junto really failed?
Haven’t they — certainly domestically — succeeded in their aims?
Mr. Hayes’s article is a long one, so let me provide you with a summary:
I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it. I still don’t get it.
Too bad, because the man has a good mind.
— IN COLOR! —
If the GOP takes control of the Senate, Roger Simon thinks that ‘Barack Hussein Obama’* is going to go Postal:
This man is angry but highly unlikely to go into an anger management program. Imagine what will happen after November. We could be looking at behavior that would fit the very definition of “acting out,” anti-social but on a global scale. And he still has two more years in office.
Do I exaggerate? I hope so, but I fear not. We have to be alert. Anything could happen. Remember: Obama is currently fighting ISIS against his will and only for electoral purposes. When the election is over, and especially if he loses, all bets are off. The man who made the apology tour throughout the Islamic world and was best friends with Islamists Morsi and Erdogan could reappear as never before. What that could mean could be any number of things, but none of them good. The Global War on Terror could become another example of “work-place violence” in an instant. Kurds and Israelis better beware.
The Environmental Protection Agency could become a virtual American gestapo, changing the fabric of our lives, while all sorts of rules and regulations pour down, impoverishing America in the name of income inequality or the all-important “fairness.”
Look for the race card to be played as never before. A man like Obama would much prefer to blame the color of his skin for his failures than his policies. Then he would have to evaluate himself.
PJ Media commentator Subotai Bahadur replies:
…if the Republicans win the Senate, they will not seriously challenge Obama and the Democrats. It would be against everything they believe and have done for a generation.
And yes, Obama will go all “Captain Queeg” on the country. But he is going to do that anyway. There is no combination of acts of submission by this country that will prevent that. Take both the above as given.
There is still a matter that no one wants to talk about. When the Institutional Republican Party collaborates with, instead of opposes, the Democrats; what will the Conservative/TEA Party base do?
The Republicans will have no more credibility with that base. Either formally and loudly, or softly and slipping away, they will leave. Something approximating a new party will form, if the situation is such that electoral politics still exist.
This will not be a full fledged Third Party, because it will in fact be a Second Party in actual opposition to what will either be a Democrat/Republican coalition or a formally merged Democrat-rump Republican party.
Anything is possible at that point, inside and outside of electoral politics. It WILL be treacherous, but on a multi-front basis. Democrats will try to seize power, forever. Republicans will try to stay part of the Governing Party. And both will be at open war with the Conservative/TEA Party coalition and it will be returned with a bitterness more appropriate to Kansas and Missouri from 1855-1861.
The Mandate of Heaven has been withdrawn, and there will be disorder until it is re-established, no matter who “wins” any putative election next month.
And why wouldn’t they kick it up a notch? They’ve gotten away with pretty much everything they wanted to. Add into that mix a dose of anger that more people haven’t bowed down before their brilliance and fellated them after six years of magick and miracles and what gets produced is dangerous.
People throughout History have long been caught unprepared because they believed that the loss of their Liberty would come over the course of an extended period of time. And History has seen that as a challenge to move events in an instant.
*’Barack Hussein Obama’ is a fictional character
created by David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett,
Bill Ayers, Barry Soetoro, etc…
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
That would be the precious Innocence of our children.
A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.
“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.
“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises. [BOB: Note that purple has, in the past, been the color used to indicate Lesbianism.]
The document also warns against asking students to “line up as boys or girls,” and suggests asking them to line up by whether they prefer “skateboards or bikes/milk or juice/dogs or cats/summer or winter/talking or listening.”
“Always ask yourself . . . ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” the document says.
The instructions were part of a list called “12 steps on the way to gender inclusiveness” developed by Gender Spectrum, an organization that “provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for children of all ages.”
Other items on the list include asking all students about their preferred pronouns and decorating the classroom with “all genders welcome” door hangers.
If teachers still find it “necessary” to mention that genders exist at all, the document states, they must list them as “boy, girl, both or neither.”
Furthermore, it instructs teachers to interfere and interrupt if they ever hear a student talking about gender in terms of “boys and girls” so the student can learn that this is wrong.
“Point out and inquire when you hear others referencing gender in a binary manner,” it states. “Ask things like . . . ‘What makes you say that? I think of it a little differently.’ Provide counter-narratives that challenge students to think more expansively about their notions of gender.”
The teachers were also given a handout created by the Center for Gender Sanity, which explains to them that “Gender identity . . . can’t be observed or measured, only reported by the individual,” and an infographic called “The Genderbred Person,” which was produced by www.ItsPronouncedMetroSexual.com.
Despite controversy, Lincoln Superintendent Steve Joel has declared that he is “happy” and “pleased” with the training documents.
“We don’t get involved with politics,” he told KLIN Radio’s Drive Time Lincoln radio show.
“We don’t get involved with gender preferences. We’re educating all kids . . . and we can’t be judgmental,” he said.
These are the times when you seriously doubt that this country is worth saving.
This Superintendent is either telling a bald-faced lie here or is a total Goddamn idiot. I think the bastard is lying, for reasons my later remarks will show.
If there were any parents in Lincoln actually concerned about their children’s well-being, Steve Joel should soon have an intimate encounter with tar, feathers and a rail.
I have no objections.
The point is that this kind of radicalism can’t be contained to college campuses. Inevitably, the feminists who learn “gender theory” in Women’s Studies programs will want to implement those theories throughout society, including your local public schools — even in Nebraska!…
I doubt there is one square mile in this country that is safe anymore from these deranged individuals [aka: Leftists].
Over at Protein Wisdom, commentator Lawrence remarks:
I’d say that this is insanity, but insanity isn’t freely chosen: to choose to do this to children isn’t insane, it’s simply evil.
Pure, unadulterated, banal Evil.
Getting this policy reversed is only the first step, parents.
The people who dreamed-up this policy, those who approved it, and those who implemented it must be shunned and banned from forever teaching children.
In fact, they should never be hired by anyone, so sick are their minds, so depraved their Souls. They are not fit to be allowed to be in our Society because they are like a virulent virus, seeking to lay waste to all that is Decent and Good.
Friend In The Ether Ernst Schreiber:
What’s the title on this document? How to groom children for sex?
Oh, that’s just a side ‘benefit’, Ernst. As Big Bang Hunter points out:
The PC obsessed birdbrains among us, people who almost always turn out to be Progressive Democrats (quell surprise) are certifiable, bless their busy-body little hearts. I have a theory that all of this crap is designed to intentionally confuse kids all through the most impressionable time segment of their growing up period to prevent them from achieving happy, basically content, common sense based world views, because that starts with “c” and that rimes with Conservative. The bastiches know what they’re doing, getting to them while they’re young.
Getting to their minds and, eventually, their bodies.
Have you ever met a Leftist who is truly, deeply happy?
Those who are wretched and deranged in body and Spirit always, sooner or later, start actively trying to drag everybody else down into the miserable cesspit of Despair they inhabit. Since innocent children are easy targets because they are so impressionable, they often go after them first. This is a High Moral Crime — a grievous and Mortal Sin.
More from Ernst:
This is about broken people creating more broken people so that broken is the new normal. It’s pathological….
There is another element to this assault on our children, as RS explains over in the Comments section of Stacy’s post:
…The state cannot abide a refusal to submit. … It will become increasingly difficult and then impossible to rear your own children the way you wish. It’s only a matter of time, unless drastic steps are taken now.
The dam that is the Centre let go some time ago. And the areas below, in the valley, it have been flooding for over a century now. And we, the residents of the valley are thoroughly saturated. We have to emerge from our submerged positions, regain our Virtue, and fight our way up to the dam so it can be rebuilt.
13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;
15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.
17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.
A hard rain has to fall.
NOTE: These posts are not an attempt to be comprehensive in coverage of the Ebola story. They just contain some items that have caught my eye [which is still not hemorrhaging blood, I'm happy to report — that only happens when I look at Nancy Pelosi].
-From Andrew McCarthy we learn [tip of the fedora to Adam Baldwin]:
BREAKING: Speaker Boehner announces he will file a lawsuit against Ebola. Problem solved.
— Andrew C. McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) October 4, 2014
Thank God one half of one third of the national government is doing something constructive. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be voting for any and every Republican I can in a few weeks.
-Colorado is in the lead again, leaning forward into the future.
It the wake of reports that Colorado children who suffered from an infection of the very aggressive respiratory pathogen, Enterovirus D-68, have also experienced limb paralysis, today’s “Bio-Insurrection” research has revealed that there is a nice, new moniker associated with it: Non-Polio Enterovirus.
You know the CDC will soon pick-up on this. I mean, after all, as Leslie reports:
Now, the illness associated with a terrible pathogen is now being reclassified [by the CDC] from “Ebola Virus Hemorrhagic Fever” to “Ebola Virus Disease”.
This seems to be an attempt to lull people into a false sense of security, lumping it with other “Virus Diseases” like the flu and the common cold.
I have taught bloodborne pathoghen safety from the early 1990′s, when healthcare, security, and first-aid providers were worried about contracting AIDS. Ebola is rated as a class 4 pathogen because of its fatality rates in humans and the fact that there is no cure or treatment.
It is, and remains, a “hemorrhagic fever”. It did not stop being a Class 4 pathogen once it hit the Dallas hospital. The mechanism of attack, which includes destruction of the endothelial cells that weaken the blood vessels and cause excessive bleeding, has not changed. Once the blood vessels are weakened, a suite of devastating symptoms occurs….
No orifices bleeding here; move along.
Of course, this attempt by Leftists in political power to try and deny Reality is not surprising. As Jeff Goldstein says: ‘It’s what they do; it’s who they are’.
From The Weekly Standard, Jeryl Bier reporting, we learn:
Those looking for good news on the fight against Ebola will not find much encouragement from Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command. As Jim Garamone of Department of Defense News reports, Kelly told an audience at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday that, if the disease reaches Central America, “it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States.” He also said with certainty that “there is no way we can keep Ebola [contained] in West Africa.”
“By the end of the year, there’s supposed to be 1.4 million people infected with Ebola and 62 percent of them dying, according to the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]…”
“So, much like West Africa, it will rage for a period of time,” Kelly said.
This is particularly possible scenario if the disease gets to Haiti or Central America, he said. If the disease gets to countries like Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador, it will cause a panic and people will flee the region, the general said.
“If it breaks out, it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States,” Kelly said. “They will run away from Ebola, or if they suspect they are infected, they will try to get to the United States for treatment.”
Kelly said that human trafficking could be an additional wrinkle in the battle to contain the disease.
Ebola and the new Polio: Thelma and Louise 2014?
-Dr. Sanity on an important issue effecting the battle against the spread of Ebola in the Comments section of a post over at The Belmont Club:
I’m not exactly sure when “pre-symptomatic” morphs into “symptomatic” or at exactly what instant Ebola become contagious, do you? Have you ever suddenly noticed that you had a sore throat or didn’t feel exactly up to par but were busy and couldn’t exactly pinpoint when it started? Such things don’t matter much with the common cold or sore throat virus, but exactly WHEN a virus like Ebola becomes transmissable certainly is crucial.
And how can we know when the line this crossed?
In a response to the Doc, Nutherguy makes some damn good points:
Pretty obviously ‘symptoms’ isn’t a bright line for safe v. dangerous. Symptoms are just a marker for a certain level of cell damage but obviously the virus was there in substantial quantities for some period before the symptomatic state was reached.
What’s true is that because the symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and sweating, PRODUCTION of dangerous body fluids dramatically increases at that point and thus the risk of contact and infection does too.
But are there virus particles in fluids that are produced the day before symptoms start? The day before that? I’d guess there are — it’s a VIRUS so it’s small enough to go anywhere. Probably the concentrations are less but when the infective dose is ONE TO TEN particles, how much does a concentration that’s likely measured in the millions per cc, regardless, matter?
I think that IF we have a substantial outbreak in the U.S. it will involve transmission modes different from those predominating in Africa. Think of the difference in AIDS there — mainly a heterosexual disease — compared to here — mainly a homosexual disease. It’s the difference in behavior patterns that makes the disease attack substantially different groups.
We’re likely to do a much better job avoiding body fluids than Africa can: Our people will go to hospitals, after a few initial FUBAR events (as in Dallas) we’ll likely do containment and cleanup pretty effectively, Americans aren’t going to prep the bodies of loved ones for burial or kiss them goodbye.
HOWEVER, assuming that the virus is in every body output in lessened concentration for a few days prior to symptoms, I think we might have other modes of transmission: Urine on the seats and floor of public toilets, sweat coming from exercise and/or heat and passed via a handshake, sexual intercourse … pre-symptom transmission may be masked in Africa because the better known modes are allowed to happen there, but with those modes not often occurring here …
It doesn’t need to mutate or have an unknown airborne capability in order to be a very different disease here.
I’m not a professional but I will flat guarantee you that pre-symptom transmission can occur. The question is just how frequently it WILL occur and how quickly we’ll adapt to dealing with whatever new modes there are.
This whole situation, as I’m sure you have sussed out, is much more complicated than the Friedens of this world, in their talking to us like we’re children or of low IQ, make it out to be. They’re lying, plain and simple [but I'm sure you've already come to that conclusion, as well].
-If this whole situation creeps you out, get ready for The Creeping Truth, as described by Richard Fernandez:
There is also something you might call “the creeping truth”, where something formerly false becomes gradually true. The Washington Post says: “President Obama said Monday the U.S. government would increase passenger screenings in the United States and Africa to detect the Ebola virus, even as he resisted calls to impose a ban on those traveling from the three countries most affected by the outbreak. Neither the president nor White House officials elaborated on exactly what those new screenings would entail. At the moment, passengers leaving the three nations most affected by the virus — Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — are screened for symptoms at the airport before departing.”
It’s a way of admitting something without admitting it, or even impose what is effectively a flight restriction. What’s true is relative in the official world. As the long as the president isn’t proved “wrong” all kinds of gyrations are possible.
“The fever-screening instruments run low and aren’t that accurate,” said infection control specialist Sean Kaufman, president of Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions, a biosafety company based in Atlanta. “And people can take ibuprofen to reduce their fever enough to pass screening, and why wouldn’t they? If it will get them on a plane so they can come to the United States and get effective treatment after they’re exposed to Ebola, wouldn’t you do that to save your life?”
So the only safety mechanism we have in place can be defeated by thirty cents worth of a medication available in every pharmacy on the face of the earth.
-Richard Fernandez, again:
In early August 2014 “Ken Isaacs, a vice president with Samaritan’s Purse, a North Carolina-based Christian humanitarian organization,” warned that WHO was low-balling the figures. What’s the harm in a little delay? As it turns out, a great deal of harm, because when diseases expand at a nonlinear rate “too late” comes very quickly. Scott Gottlieb, writing in Forbes, says it must now be accepted that it can break out of West Africa. “The decisive risk to the U.S. will emerge in a few months. If the virus continues to spread in West Africa at its current pace, much larger global outbreaks will become likely.”
And if Ebola does decisively break out of West Africa, we may be unable to control the spread of the disease solely by conventional public-health tools of infection controls, tracking and tracing sick contacts, and isolating the ill. If this happens, we may face a global pandemic early next year.
Tom Friedan asked, ‘how did Ebola spin out of control’? In the usual way, with the block being a second behind the arrival of the punch. In the time honored way. The collapse of a complacent bureaucracy in the face of an emergent threat usually goes through 3 phases. Denial. Confident half-measures. Panic. These psychological phases are remarkably constant throughout history.
Indeed. They are.
-Back to this new version of Polio.
From Bloomberg, Shannon Pettypiece reporting, we learn:
Amid fears of Ebola’s reach into the U.S., a more enigmatic virus is suspected of causing paralysis in dozens of children nationwide as doctors race to solve one of the most perplexing mysteries of their careers.
Enterovirus D68, which has hospitalized hundreds of children in almost every state and been linked to at least four deaths, may also have caused unexplained paralysis in cases from Boston to San Diego, doctors said. Researchers said they fear EV-D68 could be this generation’s version of polio, said Ben Greenberg, a Dallas-based neurologist.
Enterovirus typically causes only mild cold symptoms in most patients. Now, though, U.S. health officials are probing whether EV-D68 is directly linked to the paralysis. At the same time, more than 50 doctors at top U.S. hospitals are holding regular calls and pooling research, seeking to pinpoint physical changes that may lead to a treatment or a vaccine.
Greenberg, who spoke by telephone, said he didn’t realize the full scope of the problem until early last week. After reports of a cluster of 10 paralysis cases in Colorado, he and 30 other neurologists, infectious disease experts and public health officials hastily organized a conference call Sept. 29.
To Greenberg’s surprise, almost every doctor on the call, from Boston to Chicago to Los Angeles, had seen at least one case of unexplained paralysis in the past several months, and some had seen as many as 10.
In cases where children develop paralysis, the symptoms usually start with those similar to a cold or stomach bug. They are followed by a fever, headaches, neck pain and, within a few days or weeks, a swift and sudden paralysis that in the most severe cases left children bound to a wheelchair, unable to speak or breathe on their own, said Keith Van Haren, a Stanford School of Medicine neurologist who has been studying a link between the virus and paralysis since 2012.
While there were some variations, most images from medical scans of those with paralysis looked strikingly similar, with the connection between the spinal cord and the muscles killed off with little chance of rebuilding the bridge — just like seen in scans of those infected with polio, Greenberg said.
“There were remarkable similarities,” said Van Haren, who was also on the doctors’ conference call. “They sounded like interchangeable cases.”
The CDC hasn’t determined definitively whether the virus is causing the paralysis. EV-D68 hasn’t been detected in all of the paralyzed patients and given its widespread circulation, its presence could be coincidental, the agency said last week.
While the CDC continues to study the paralysis cases, “as a member of the clinical community, I think it is just a matter of time before we establish a definitive link between EV-D68 and this polio-like illness that follows,” Van Haren said.
-As an old and decrepit poser once said: ‘Good night and good luck’.
Stacy McCain is not very enthusiastic about the November Elections:
Let me say, to begin with, that elections matter. From 2009 (the Doug Hoffman campaign in NY-23) through 2012, nobody argued more strenuously than I did about the importance of winning elections, and nobody covered campaigns with the kind of gonzo fanaticism that I brought to the gig. In the past couple of years, however, it has been very difficult to ignore the evidence that Republicans don’t want my support, and that the GOP Establishment in general is profoundly embarrassed to be associated with conservatives in any way.
What was done during the dishonest and brutal Mississippi primary was definitive in that regard. If ever conservatives needed an argument why they should stay home on Election Day, “Re-Elect Thad Cochran” was it.
The Republican Party reminds me of a Bible verse, which is to say it is “without form and void” (Genesis 1:2).
See, here’s my problem: It’s not just that I remember all the recent backstabbing and sellouts by Mitch McConnell and his GOP Senate cronies, but I also remember the history of Republican Senate majorities under such paragons of conservative leadership as Bob Dole and Trent Lott. I remember how GOP leaders begged and groveled in their vain attempts to retain the “party loyalty” of such stalwarts of Republican principle as Jim Jeffords and Arlen Specter. And then I think one more time about that Mississippi primary, you see, and the way all these things keep adding up in my mind . . .
Well, maybe Mitch McConnell will be Senate Majority Leader next year. Maybe that gives you a raging boner, just thinking about it.
But speaking for myself, “Meh.”
They haven’t done a damned thing to suggest they even care whether I care or not. And I’m pretty sure I don’t care. Do you? Why?
There has been a lively discussion going on in the Comments section of Stacy’s post…
Friend In The Ether and TCOTS contributor Adobe Walls:
Remember during the 2009-2010 period when the Republican house and Senate members were full of vim and vinegar, full of righteous outrage and indignation at what Obama and the massive majority Democratic legislature were doing to this Republic? Remember the anti-Obamacare rallies at the Capital? Remember House leader Boehner casting shame and opprobrium, he even swore a little, at the Democrats for the travesty they were inflicting on our nation the night the house voted for passage of the ACA? What happened to that outrage was it feigned, was it just a bit of theater for us rubes?
After having some time to ponder I’ve determined that all that outrage and indignation was indeed genuine. They just weren’t outraged for the reasons we were. For the majority of Republicans the outrage was that they were excluded from the process. They weren’t indignant that the federal government was taking of the nations healthcare system, they were indignant that they didn’t get a seat at the "stake holders" table when it was decided how the federal government would take over healthcare.
The best we can hope for from a Republican house, senate and White house is a repeat of the 2000-2008 Republican "Caligula" period. Maybe less spending than under Democrats but still higher spending. Under Bush we got more regulations than under Clinton. Is there any reason to believe a new Republican regime would be different?
I think the reality will be that the Statists will retain the majority in the US Senate.
We will have more Republicans in there than Dems, or at least an equal number. But the leadership will only change in name
But with more Republicans, why they could defund Obamacare! Woo hoo!
But you know they won’t even bring it to the floor for a vote.
The Republicans will move more to the left whether they win or lose. If they lose they’ll say they need to move left in order (see 2012 post mortem) to win next time. When they win they’ll say we can’t govern conservatively or the left will throw us out, this was the excuse they made throughout theBush years. That and all politicians inability to grasp the concept of don’t just do something stand there or better yet don’t just do something undo something.
At least the left has some elements of a governing vision no matter how sick. The Republicans only have a winning vision and when they win they introduce policies that they think will keep them in office.
On the other hand, Ms Evi is dispirited by this kind of talk:
I find it depressing how many conservatives are simply giving up. It did not work well for the Roman Empire.
Jeanette Victoria counters:
They have given up because it clearly doesn’t matter what the public wants or what they vote for. That has been made abundantly clear.
She’s quite right. Voting here is becoming more and more like it is in Democratic Dictatorships: a pretense and a big joke. Those we elect serially disregard us, caving in occasionally to us when the pressure gets too high, but never abandoning their plan to eventually get their way [usually in the dark of night or behind closed doors — the perennial haunts of wretched cowards].
Have I given up?
No, not on saving the idea of The American Republic. We have a duty to fight on — for our Posterity, if nothing else, but this Election does not matter that much.
The GOP waged war on the Right with their sabotages and vile behavior towards conservatives and conservative candidates so that we WILL NOT end up, if the GOP takes the Senate, with any chance of the conservative restoration occurring in the next session — and time is very short before the shackles are closed around our ankles.
The dice have been cast and they have returned snake-eyes.
The monkey-see, monkey-do party have flung their crap at us once again and their Leftist ringmasters and tamers are laughing their arses off at them and us.
If we want to stay in the political fight, we have two choices: band together by taking over several of the Several States or go UKIP.
Even those options, however, do not address the rot at that core of American Society: the Leftist Thinking that has infused every cell of this Culture like a raging cancer.
Let us now sing the Republican Party Theme Song [to the tune of the Anthem Of Oceania]:
We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar
Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;
Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
Remember us—if at all—not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
A-minor has always been my favorite — full of pending doom.
Work is very busy these days and that’s why my posting quantity has been down. This is my busy season and it’s been complicated this year by the fact that I’m having to train someone at the same time in doing those tasks which make it my busy season.
Being so disgusted with the situation in this country doesn’t help. It’s often been rendering me speechless.
You gotta keep on strokin’. —Baretta
What you get is as Stacy McCain describes:
After 9/11, a lot of liberal hand-wringers kept asking, “Why do they hate us?” What have we done, liberals asked, that has inspired the kind of hatred that would cause people to hijack jetliners and crash them into skyscrapers? Implicit in such questions was the naïve idea that, if our policy was to blame for their hatred of us, then by changing our policy — choosing a policy of peace — we could end their hate. This was the meaning of the question, “Why do they hate us?”
This is not about us, this is about them — the people who hate us, the people who want to kill us all. It is a narcissistic delusion for liberals to believe that somehow we have caused Muslims to hate us when, in point of fact, the Koran and other Islamic scriptures command them to hate us. The texts that Muslims consider sacred order them to kill us all, and promise the greatest blessings for those martyred Muslim warriors who die while pursuing Mohammed’s murderous commandments.
As I’ve written many, many times: you cannot consider yourself Muslim unless you believe in this, because The Koran is the direct word of Allah and cannot be questioned. There can be no Moderate Islam, in the sense we understand moderation. There is no gray.
There is only one way to handle such deranged people. Stacy understands:
We cannot negotiate with this hate. We cannot compromise with this hate. No policy of ours will permit us to co-exist in peace with this hate. We cannot choose peace when Islam chooses war, and we cannot hope that “tactical air strikes” will suffice to defeat their deadly hatred. The only option left to us is to give them war without limits, war without mercy, a determined, relentless and unceasing war that will not be satisfied with anything less than complete victory over these murdering Muslim monsters who want to kill us all.
Dead solid perfect.
The Mohammedins will always be at War as long as any Infidels live.
The longer those in Power And Control do not realize this, the many more innocents will be murdered by these Servants Of Evil.
‘Servants Of Evil’?
TOM commentator TheOtherAndrewB explains:
When God called Abraham, Noah and Moses to make covenants with Him, he summoned them to a mountaintop. When Christ was transfigured, when He offered up a new understanding of divine law in the Sermon on the Mount and again when He was crucified, it was on a mountaintop. God calls us upwards to be in His presence. When Mohammed was summoned, it was into a dark hole in the ground. Who or what was summoning him? Answer that, and the question of hate answers itself.
Friend In The Ether McGehee supplements:
And nothing — not a blessed thing — Good has ever come out Islam.
NOTE: These posts are not an attempt to be comprehensive in coverage of the Ebola story. They just contain some items that have caught my eye [which is still not hemorrhaging blood, I'm happy to report — that only happens when I look at Debbie Vassermann Schultz].
-A Dennis Miller double-shot:
I know laxity is the new coin of the realm but I think it would be best to not treat this virus like a fence jumper at the White House.
— Dennis Miller Show (@DennisDMZ) October 2, 2014
It’s one big Barney Fife Nation! — Dennis Miller Show (@DennisDMZ) October 2, 2014
-GeoffB’s remarks in the Comments section of my last Ebola-related post are worth a read and your consideration:
A few more things to ponder together.
Ebola is extremely infectious but not extremely contagious. It is infectious, because an infinitesimally small amount can cause illness. Laboratory experiments on nonhuman primates suggest that even a single virus may be enough to trigger a fatal infection.
Instead, Ebola could be considered moderately contagious, because the virus is not transmitted through the air.
Except as noted the comment by Bob above it is at short range by coughing/sneezing. A fully symptomatic patient will have about 100 million virus copies per milliliter of fluid.
Taking a page out of the Borgia book for poisons that can be absorbed through the skin, Ebola can transmit through people’s skin. It’s not enough to keep your hands away from your nose and mouth. If someone’s infected blood, vomit, fecal matter, semen, spit, or sweat just touches you, you can become infected. Even picking up a stained sheet can pass the infection. Additionally, scientists do not know how long the virus will survive on a surface once it’s become dehydrated. The current guess is that Ebola, unlike other viruses, can survive for quite a while away from its original host.
Humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.
It can be difficult to distinguish EVD from other infectious diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever and meningitis
Now this said the body does fight this virus, somehow, because people do survive and develop resistance. Being infected by a single virus particle landing on bare skin from a person who appears to have the flu coughing behind you in the elevator is to be thought of as almost impossible and that’s true.
But the fact that it is so infective, that the early symptoms look like other common infections, that even later ones look like some other not quite so dangerous infections, that it can pass through unbroken skin, that the fluids expelled by an infected person contain so many viral copies. These things taken together say that this is a disease that must be dealt with by serious people who are not looking at poll numbers to see how effective their efforts are.
Dead solid perfect.
Pardon my French, but this is the kind of disease you don’t fuck around with. You come down hard on it when it rears it’s ugly head and you remain vigilantly relentless in seeing that it does not spread within your country — that is, if you give a good Goddamn about the people who put you in a government position of responsibility. The current Administration and all the Leftists ensconced in the Bureaucracies of government at all levels don’t. Being the good little Ideologues they are, they see us as eggs for their Utopian omelet.
-As for these kind of diseases being dealt with by serious people, we learn of this:
Woah, talked to brother-in-law at CDC who said agency’s biggest fear is Ebola hysteria. Then I saw Drudge. Too late! pic.twitter.com/BM8otCzxHC
— Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) October 4, 2014
Twitchy commentator Legalize Shemp knows the type we’re dealing with here:
No surprise, leftists are far more fearful of scrutiny of government incompetence and horrible decision making than they are of actual threats to US citizens. What they fear the most is that people will find out they’re driven by political considerations, not practical considerations.
I know the type too, since I’ve been working with [and struggling against] them for over three decades — poster children for The Banality Of Evil.
… It is not only deliberate government actions, and PC-originated incompetence that will cause an outbreak. Leftist stupidity, arrogance, and belief that they are above reality is going to make it worse.
Darwin gets his licks in, too.
All the waste from Duncan, plus the by now surely infected 4 family members, were in the apartment which had not been decontaminated in any way. He wanted a photo op. I suspect he got a death sentence for himself, his two workers, and their families.
I would urge all and sundry in the Dallas area to avoid contact with the County Courts in general, and anything to do with Judge Clay Jenkins in particular. And that includes his court staff.
Note that YHS is by nature a cynic about the incredible stupidity of the members of our species, especially those in power. And I have a fairly large vocabulary of invective. I have access to the compact Complete Oxford English Dictionary within 15 feet of where I sit.
And words freaking fail me.
You too, huh? I hope, unlike me, you don’t have high-blood pressure, because mine’s been spiking a lot recently.
In response to Mr. Bahadur’s comments, some remarks that show he or she understands the Leftist Mindset:offers
How insane is it that I’m not completely ruling that out as a martyrdom operation? It sounds like a stupid theory, especially for someone in a position of power like that, but what’s the other alternative? Have we really gotten so deep into King Canute land, where people like that think they can repel a highly infectious contagion merely by the aura of their progressive awesomeness?
Like you, I am a cynic about the limitless bounds of human stupidity, and yet I am at a complete and utter loss to explain this. But this does give me a sense of foreboding…something awful.
Me too — dammit.
The CDC reports that in the past month and a half, at least 538 people in 43 states and the District of Columbia have become ill with EV-D68. Most of them are children and some developed limb paralysis. Polio, which can cause paralysis and death, is a type of enterovirus. EV-D68 is one of more than a hundred “non-polio” enteroviruses.
The actual number of EV-D68 infections is likely significantly higher than reported since some state health officials are not testing every suspected case.
Link to Illegal Immigrant Children?
Enteroviruses commonly circulate in the U.S. during summer and fall. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Over the past thirty years, only small numbers were reported in the U.S.
The CDC hasn’t suggested reasons for the current uptick or its origin. Without that answer, some question whether the disease is being spread by the presence of tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children from Central America admitted to the U.S. in the past year.
The origin could be entirely unrelated.
However, a study published in Virology Journal, found EV-D68 among some of the 3,375 young, ill people tested in eight Latin American countries, including the Central American nations of El Salvador and Nicaragua, in 2013.
Though the U.S. government is keeping secret the locations of the illegal immigrant children, there are significant numbers of them in both cities in which the current outbreak was first identified, Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois, according to local advocates and press reports.
-I Can Feel The Fear In The Western World.