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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 Rosie O'Donnell or one of The Kardashians].
-Iowahawk sums things up with, as GeoffB puts it, ‘perfect clarity':
Like your MD, keep your MD. Spontaneous reaction to a video. Rogue agents in Cincinnati. Intruder didn’t get in WH. Don’t panic about Ebola.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 4, 2014
[Bob turns and runs away from the keyboard...SMACK!...THUNK — runs into a wall and knocks himself out.]
-Science Magazine has created a free-to-all sub-site that contains, as they put it, a ‘collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public’ [tip of the fedora to PA Cat].
-Via one commentators on this article in Science, WinstonSmith2012, we learn of a report published on the website of the Center For Infectious Disease Research And Policy [CIDRAP] by Lisa M Brosseau, ScD, and Rachael Jones, PhD, entitled: Health workers need optimal respiratory protection for Ebola.
A highlight from their introduction:
There has been a lot of on-line and published controversy about whether Ebola virus can be transmitted via aerosols. Most scientific and medical personnel, along with public health organizations, have been unequivocal in their statements that Ebola can be transmitted only by direct contact with virus-laden fluids and that the only modes of transmission we should be concerned with are those termed “droplet” and “contact.”
These statements are based on two lines of reasoning. The first is that no one located at a distance from an infected individual has contracted the disease, or the converse, every person infected has had (or must have had) “direct” contact with the body fluids of an infected person.
This reflects an incorrect and outmoded understanding of infectious aerosols, which has been institutionalized in policies, language, culture, and approaches to infection control. We will address this below. Briefly, however, the important points are that virus-laden bodily fluids may be aerosolized and inhaled while a person is in proximity to an infectious person and that a wide range of particle sizes can be inhaled and deposited throughout the respiratory tract.
-Regarding whether the Virus will be easy to spread worldwide or not, The Belmont Club commentator Tarnsman offers this anecdote that offers the possibility that the raging Narcissism of our times may be our modern version of Typhoid Mary [paragraphing by me]:
How will it get here? Very easily I am afraid.
Years ago a friend of mine, a businessman living in Southern California and with factories in China, were engaged in conversation during one of our sons’ Scout meetings. Mind you this was same time period as the SARS outbreak. During the course of our conversation my friend talked about his recent trip to China and how while on the trip he started to feel ill with flu like symptoms. I stood in dumbfounded silence as my friend continued his story.
Seems in China they are very conscious of the fact that outbreaks of infectious diseases in a country of 1.3 billion people must contained, period. All of the public transportation hubs have special thermal cameras to pick sick people out of the crowd. If you are picked up by one of these cameras you will be quickly apprehended by the health officials and off you will go to quarantine. No arguing, no pleading, no appeal and it doesn’t matter if you are a foreigner or not, off you go.
So my friend once he realized that he was coming down with something suddenly had one imperative: get out of China and get home. Never mind who knows what he was ill from, just that he needed to get home. Feeling like crap, he made good his escape with the help of Tylenol and his knowledge of the Chinese health surveillance cameras. He traveled first by train from one of his factories to Shanghai where he boarded a plane for Tokyo where he caught his plane to the States and home.
When he got home he was bed-ridden for three days until the fever broke and he felt good enough to get out of bed. At one point his wife wanted to take him to the hospital, but he would have none of that. My friend was quite proud of himself when he finished his story.
Me? I wanted to smack him across the face. I did scold him about the fact that not knowing what he was ill from that he was placing the health of all those he came in contact with at risk, including his own family. My friend seem genuinely surprised by my reaction as if he had never once consider that what he did was even remotely wrong.
Another one of my friend’s has a saying that sums up the attitude of too many of our fellow human beings: ‘It is all about me” So that is how it will get here. Because someone somewhere will come down with the disease and want to get home and screw everyone else
Thomas Eric Duncan aka Patient Zero traveled to the United States out of desperation. He knew that he had been exposed to Ebola, and knew that he could not get treatment where he lived in Liberia. He had seen a friend turned away from three hospitals, and then die of the disease.
Having come to the United States, lying about and concealing his condition along the way, Duncan has exposed his own family, residents in their apartment complex, kids in several Dallas schools, and who knows how many other people to the deadly Ebola virus.
How many other carriers are going to make the same choice — if not to come to the U.S., to go to Europe, to Canada, Japan, or somewhere else where they believe that they will get treatment? As long as flights are running, it remains a possibility — or probability.
They will be traveling without symptoms, and will therefore be undetectable at airports, but they will know that they have been exposed, as Duncan knew. They will be able to use credit cards, if they have them, to pay for the flights whether they actually have the cash on hand or not. Desperation will drive the calculation that it’s worth running up some debt if it means the difference between life and death. Duncan has already shown that for some, the possibility of exposing others — even family members, but mostly total strangers — is not their first or even second concern.
In an age when Duty and Responsibility are mocked and held in low-esteem, we often find ourselves well and truly screwed. This may be one of those times.
-Another Cultural aspect to consider: this one from Maineman:
…here in the good old USA, one of the chief tools that the left has used to erode the family and the culture has been to throw a shroud of secrecy over a whole host of medical and mental health concerns, effectively promoting circumstances under which pathogens can fester unnoticed for long periods. This was one of the chief early “accomplishments” of the homosexual rights movement, which successfully legislated against routine disclosure of the danger of AIDS transmission to those at risk. The “rights” of the homosexual male to avoid “discrimination” precluded informing his wife that he was contagious with a potentially fatal disease.
And that logic infects many other health related matters: parents are not automatically privy to knowing if their 12 year-old child is seeing a therapist or being treated for a drug problem, being prescribed birth control pills by the school nurse, or scheduled to have an abortion.
So you tell me how we will quarantine and isolate the danger when the privacy police are crawling over every public and private institution in the country.
And so many people thought those of us who have been warning about the deadly implementations of allowing Leftist Thinking to continue to infect our Society were cranks and melodramatic fools.
-From the Editors of Investor’s Business Daily [tip of the fedora to Instapundit]:
We’re not counseling panic here. The U.S. should be able to control an outbreak. But the White House’s blase and even lackadaisical response isn’t reassuring.
As of now, Ebola has no cure, which is why it must be stopped. You can treat the symptoms and, hopefully, keep those with the disease alive long enough to survive it. But given that Ebola causes massive internal bleeding as the victim’s organs basically start to liquefy, survival is iffy at best.
There are promising new treatments, including the experimental drug ZMapp. Unfortunately, we’ve run out of it. The reason? A two-year delay by, you guessed it, the federal government in issuing a contract to make the stuff. Yet again, more government incompetence.
The administration’s feeble response to the threat of Ebola poses a danger to Americans’ health. We’ll be lucky indeed if no one dies from it.
I just get the feeling our luck has run out. If we emerge from this relatively unscathed, it will be because of the heroic efforts of individual Americans who risk their lives to accomplish it and definitely not because of our governments and their Bureaucratic parasites [but, I repeat myself].
-Our government is refusing to stop all flights from those countries where Ebola is and shut our borders. As Subotai Bahadur comments over at Richard Fernandez’s place:
The one constant of US policy both in the case of Ebola and diseases coming from below the former southern border has been to deliberately open routes for the entrance of as many epidemics and pandemics as possible, and to wage a fight to the death [literally] to keep them open and frustrate every effort to protect the American people from epidemics and pandemics.
This is policy, not error. It is applied so consistently, that Buraq Hussein Obama, his underlings, and every Democrat and Leftist in the country are deliberately culpable….
-What can we do? Commentator Peppermint has a very good suggestion for some private action that would be effective:
The private sector could still throw a wrench in the works, as least as far as air travel goes. The airlines and pilots unions could refuse to fly without effective precautions to make sure travelers are healthy. As a first step they could refuse to fly people with passports or passport stamps from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
Glad I put some of my money in flame-thrower futures.
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 Hillary or Lady Michbeth].
A Dallas paramedic claimed he drove the ambulance that the US Ebola patient was transported in and that he was not contacted by anyone about the potential exposure. He claims he drove the ambulance sometime after the patient was transported. The Dallas Fire Department left the ambulance that transported Ebola patient Thomas Duncan to the hospital in service for at least 48 hours before putting it in quarantine on Wednesday. The ambulance was exposed to the Ebola virus when Duncan was transported on September 28th.
“All the people in the back of the ambulance 48 hours later before they finally took the ambulance out of service,” said Dallas Paramedic Geoffrey Aklinski in a discussion on Facebook, “none of them have been contacted. None of the paramedics that were on that shift and went in the ambulance were contacted. I’ve been off three days now. No one contacted me and I was in and drove that ambulance after it was infected.”
“Three days after the fact,” an exasperated Aklinski stated, “I had to demand exposure testing and they are reporting following up with all the people in the ambulance??? Bull crap!!! They haven’t even followed up with the ten firefighters that were on duty Sunday.”
Aklinski went further in explaining the frustration he and most likely, other firefighters, are feeling. “How do you not test and contact the firefighters at the station on Sunday!!! Only the two medics and the intern on the ambulance? I was freaking in that ambulance hours later driving it!!! No one bothered to contact me about it?!!!”
He went on to say he has contacted other news outlets and they won’t report his side of the story. “They just go with the official reports,” Aklinski stated.
‘They just go with the official Party line’ — there, fixed that for you.
Golly this Ebola stuff is so hard, so impossible to get it apparently infects doctors who are trained in all the safety procedures.
— Film Ladd (@FilmLadd) October 3, 2014
-From The Weekly Standard, Daniel Halper reporting, we learn:
NBC News chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, and her crew will be flown back to America from Africa to be quarantined, an NBC memo states. The drastic action comes after a freelance member of the NBC crew reporting on Ebola was in fact diagnosed with Ebola.
CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden either refused or is incapable of giving CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta a straightforward answer to a very simple question: Can Ebola be transmitted through a cough, sneeze, or handshake. The CNN clip, first snagged by Twitchy, is equal parts staggering and terrifying — like something you see from an arrogant government official in a zombie movie before the plague explodes.
There are many times during the course of the day these days where you feel like you’ve woken up in an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it movie.
And I don’t feel fine.
1) Responding to epidemics/pandemics is NOT something that has never come up before. The very fact that we are here, with our pre-Ebola life expectancies, is based on the ability of medical science to respond to disease outbreaks.
2) The standard first response, backed by millennia of successful experience, is isolation of the infected community/individuals with quarantine for those who are suspected and at risk.
3) The deliberate, considered, and premeditated response of Federal agencies across the board has been to bring as many disease vectors into this country as they possibly can, to forcibly prevent them from being medically screened, to scatter them throughout the country, and to actively impede state and local health authorities from responding to any disease outbreaks triggered.
We now have Ebola being spread by government actions within our borders. We now have previously eradicated TB being spread by government action within our borders, except now drug resistant. We now have an epidemic enterovirus all over the country attacking children, now killing them, and mutating into a form of polio which we had eradicated within our borders. We now have Dengue Fever spreading within this country, which has not been here in any volume for a century.
And all of it spread in the last couple of years with the help of all agencies of the Federal government.
This is a level of “incompetence” that cannot be blamed on one or two individuals. It crosses several Cabinet level departments with them working together for a common result. Which we are seeing now. That level of “incompetence” is in fact planning and premeditation. The odds of multiple departments committing reinforcing acts to bring this result by pure chance are beyond credibility. Especially, since not one of them are responding to the breaking reality with changed behavior.
The proper domestic response to the initial outbreak would have been stopping all direct flights between the US and the affected countries, blocking entry of anyone who has been in those countries until they can prove that they have been outside those countries for 30 days, the cancellation of student and tourist visas for people from those countries, and [oh, yes] securing our borders so that anyone who comes in is screened for health and legal status. Noting that 15% of the illegal invaders who cross our deliberately-erased-by-the-Federal-government are NOT from Mexico, Central, or South America. And that from January-August this year 71 nationals from the Ebola infected countries were caught at the former border. And that we only catch a small percentage of those crossing.
I would also note that we have done the travel restrictions relatively recently for H1N1 flu. This is not breaking new ground. It is deliberate avoidance of proper epidemiological procedure.
Prediction: sometime soon, the Federal government will institute movement and quarantine controls inside the country for US citizens only. The national borders will remain wide open. Foreigners, legal or invaders, will be allowed to move as they please. And all anti-discrimination laws will be firmly enforced.
I have expressed doubts about a real election in November. This reinforces those doubts.
You are not alone.
-That this whole situation is turning into a Clusterfuck is no surprise. The Bureaucracy has never been more powerful in this country [thanks to the support it receives from Leftist and Quisling politicians] and, concurrently, it has never been harder to build new bridges, highways, power plants — any of those things that symbolize a healthy and vibrant Society. We are drowning in an ocean of regulations that are putting our safety at risk.
Be worried. Be very worried.
Richard Fernandez is dead solid perfect:
But while restrictions may in some cases be necessary, the first line of defense against Ebola, and other diseases whether natural or man-made, is personal responsibility, scientific knowledge and common sense. It is culture. It is education. Education, not a diploma.
Washing your hands and avoiding occasions of exposure will help you more than all the public assurances in the world. If you suspect infection, do your duty and turn yourself in. Odd word that: duty. But duty is what saved the herd in history; saved the herd in World War 2. The very same duty the Left laughs at and and lumps in the same dustbin of history as that 100 year old document that nobody reads any more. And science. Not affirmative action or quota or “committed” science. But science, period. Duty and science, not amulets, voodoo, talk shows, assurances, security theater or muted alarms can stop Ebola.
We need to rid ourselves of superstition. There’s a reason why people stopped believing in Gaia, Xenu and Coatlicue. The modern return of witchcraft has brought with it the ancient diseases and human savagery. It’s time to return to the 21st century. We’ve been absent too long.
The Leftist Masterminds are, all-in-all, not very smart, but they all do possess low, animal cunning.
So, when they kill God in someone’s mind, they also, in an effort to leave no witnesses for their Souls, murder His companions, two of which are Common Sense and Right Reason.
Out of this bloody homicide scene comes the Truth that those who do not believe in God will believe in anything. Strip away a person’s facility for properly assessing information and for interpreting events and you are left with Superstition and Whim. Strip away that innate understanding what things are worthy of caution and suspicion and, more than likely, rejection, and you are left with Gullibility and Rank Naivete. The control of of the rudder of one’s soul is under the sole control of the emotions, so the course of Life taken is Chaotic, often meandering, and always, ultimately, aimless.
Yet, Man must believe in something – it is hard-wired into every Human Soul this desire for Transcendence.
Right Reason and Common Sense tell one that it can only be aimed at and not achieved because Man is a fallen creature, but one takes satisfaction in knowing that the Creator loves each and every one of His children and is a forgiving Father.
The person who forsakes God seeks Transcendence anywhere his emotions at that moment tell him he has found it. And, if what he has found proves to not satisfy [as it always, eventually, does], he moves on to another. Such a person is like a serial womanizer – jumping from bed to bed searching for a lasting satisfaction that never comes. Yet, stripped of his Right Reason, this type of person becomes more convinced as he goes along that Perfection in the here and now is possible. This happens because, as his desperation grows, his lack of restraints on his actions push him into a more intense state of Fanaticism. In such a rabid state, every other person can, without Guilt, be trampled underfoot. In such a rabid state, the concept of Duty holds no place.
Some Enlightenment, eh?
[NOTE: This post will stay here, at the top of the Dispatches, until further notice. See new posts below]
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.
How you feeling right about now?
Dr. Bob is here to make it all worse…
I’ve just watched the CDC’s press conference on the Ebola patient. He is not a US citizen, though the CDC refused to confirm that outright. He entered the US from Liberia, and was staying with family in the Dallas area. He entered on September 20. On September 24 he entered the hospital with unspecified illness (which we now know is Ebola), but he was sent home. He re-entered the hospital on September 28. He showed no signs or symptoms when he left Liberia.
Darleen Click comments:
Well, I certainly feel relieved that the government is in control of the situation. I’m just brimming with confidence.
And CDC Director Frieden said King Barack was ‘leaning forward’ on this whole Ebola thing. That boosted my faith in this government, I’ll tell you.
Just earlier today, Kent Brantly, one of our recent Ebola survivors, testified before the Congress and said:
Many have used the analogy of a fire burning out of control to describe this unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Indeed it is a fire — it is a fire straight from the pit of hell. We cannot fool ourselves into thinking that the vast moat of the Atlantic Ocean will protect us from the flames of this fire. Instead, we must mobilize the resources … to keep entire nations from being reduced to ashes.
We can all look forward to a future of leaning forward and collapsing.
-Back on the yesterday’s virulent virus front:
An unusual respiratory virus has sickened more than 400 children across the United States, and the emergence of sudden paralysis in some Colorado youths is sparking concern among doctors.
The nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 — which can cause wheezing and coughing — coincided with the hospitalization of nine children due to limb weakness in Colorado since early August, and officials are investigating if there is any link between the two.
The nine children in Colorado “had respiratory illness and later developed neurologic illness,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.
In the meantime, experts are struggling to understand why so many young people — ranging in age from one to 18 — have fallen ill from the virus in the past two months.
“It is concerning,” said Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
“It is not clear why, given the widespread nature of this virus, at this point it is now showing some neurological symptoms in a very small portion of patients,” he told AFP.
“The investigation is ongoing to find if there is a link.”
Eight of the nine children afflicted with paralysis are up to date on their polio vaccines.
Some are reported to be improving, and it remains unclear whether or not their paralysis will be permanent.
Ah, Polio! We missed ya!
Happy Days Are Here Again!
Perhaps we should rename this virus the Illegal-Enterovirus D666?
Nah…that would hit too close to the Truth, too close to home [kinda like the viruses themselves].
‘TB or not TB?’ — that is the question.
I don’t know about you, but I’m investing heavily in Haz-Mat Suit futures.
Ed Driscoll, with some help from the venerable Tom Wolfe, sets the record straight quite succinctly:
Tom Wolfe once wrote that “the greatest hoax of modern history” occurred when “Russia’s ruling ‘socialist workers party,’ the Communists, established themselves as the polar opposites of their two socialist clones, the National Socialist German Workers Party (quicknamed ‘The Nazis’) and Italy’s Marxist-inspired Fascisti, by branding both as ‘the fascists,’” which quickly led to those two socialist clones as being described, per Stalin’s orders, as “right wing” for the rest of the 20th century with very little in the way of effective pushback from limited-government conservatives and libertarians until recent years. The Democrats’ ongoing efforts to offload their shameful racist past onto the GOP has to run a close second. Don’t let them get away with it.
Sadly, we already have, which makes the job of getting the Truth to be heard, understood, and absorbed so much the harder.
What makes our situation even worse is that there is not much time left [if there is any at all and I'm just being too hopeful].
Bend Over And Dream Of Unicorns
Wisconsin’s tense race for governor got some political star power Monday, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie urging Republicans to step up their support for a potential presidential rival, Scott Walker. First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, campaigned for former state commerce secretary Mary Burke.
“[A]ssigned to cover Michelle Obama’s speech today and was told by a Mary Burke aide and one for the White House that I could not speak to the people in the crowd. To say that I was creeped out is an understatement. This is what reporters do in America: we speak to people,” Kissinger posted. “At least that’s how I’ve been doing things — at all kinds of political events — since 1979.”
Kissinger wrote that reporters and photographers were cordoned off during the event.
“Reporters and photographers were cordoned off in a central area with chairs and tables…,” Kissinger reported.
According to Darleen, none of the reporters disobeyed.
This is, of course, not surprising at all.
The Leftist Media are so invested in bringing about the Fundamental Transformation of America [ie: Heaven On Earth, Utopia, Immanentizing The Eschaton] that, despite being treated like battered wives, they still stay with their ‘man’, defending him and his ‘buddies’, letting themselves humiliatingly be misused and abused over and over again.
It is sick.
It is, most of all, pathetic.
It is something we’ve witnessed in History many times before. The denouement for them will not be pretty.
For now, they’ll enjoy being part of the ‘cool kids’ crowd, invited to be in the presence of the Power And Control Elites, but they’ll be discarded like the cheap whores they are when they no longer serve any use. And that is, if they’re lucky. Every Revolution finds a reason to put such pathetic lackeys up against a wall or at the edge of a mass grave.
Enjoy yourselves, suckers: it’s later than you think.
The precedents have all been ignored.
Traditions and customs long held have been rudely discarded.
The calendars have been set back, History restarted.
The lessons of the Past lie unwanted, not consulted.
The Creator is persona non grata.
Anything is possible now.
While this Administration adheres strictly to an Ideology that is a bad-smelling stew of Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, Alinsky-ism, and few other Nihilistic -isms, it seems that, when it comes to matters like War and Terrorism, it practices a rather amateur form of Improv.
The worst kind of improvisation is the kind that is not based in Reality because the audience can’t relate to it. It is the kind practiced and performed by children.
Children construct fantasy worlds of their own that adults find hard to understand and the kids tend to expand upon it as they go along, making-up transparent lies they think will fool the adults in the room.
From Andrew McCarthy, we learn:
For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in its name.
Now, the president has been compelled to act against a jihad that has neither ended nor been “decimated.” The jihad, in fact, has inevitably intensified under his counterfactual worldview, which holds that empowering Islamic supremacists is the path to security and stability. Yet even as war intensifies in Iraq and Syria — even as jihadists continue advancing, continue killing and capturing hapless opposition forces on the ground despite Obama’s futile air raids — the president won’t let go of the charade.
Hence, Obama gives us the Khorosan Group.
There is a reason that no one had heard of such a group until a nanosecond ago, when the “Khorosan Group” suddenly went from anonymity to the “imminent threat” that became the rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize.
You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the –Iranian–Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.
The “Khorosan Group” is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror network’s Syrian franchise, “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Its leader, Mushin al-Fadhli (believed to have been killed in this week’s U.S.-led air strikes), was an intimate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the emir of al-Qaeda who dispatched him to the jihad in Syria. Except that if you listen to administration officials long enough, you come away thinking that Zawahiri is not really al-Qaeda, either. Instead, he’s something the administration is at pains to call “core al-Qaeda.”
“Core al-Qaeda,” you are to understand, is different from “Jabhat al-Nusra,” which in turn is distinct from “al-Qaeda in Iraq” (formerly “al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia,” now the “Islamic State” al-Qaeda spin-off that is, itself, formerly “al-Qaeda in Iraq and al-Sham” or “al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant”). That al-Qaeda, don’t you know, is a different outfit from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula . . . which, of course, should never be mistaken for “al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,” “Boko Haram,” “Ansar al-Sharia,” or the latest entry, “al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.”
Coming soon, “al-Qaeda on Hollywood and Vine.” In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if, come 2015, Obama issued an executive order decreeing twelve new jihad jayvees stretching from al-Qaeda in January through al-Qaeda in December.
It gets worse, because, you see, these stunted-growth juvenile delinquents can’t stop themselves:
You also got a smiley-face story about five Arab states joining the United States in a coalition to confront the terrorists. Finally, the story goes, Sunni governments were acting decisively to take Islam back from the “un-Islamic” elements that falsely commit “violent extremism” under Islam’s banner.
Sounds uplifting … until you read the fine print. You’ve got to dig deep to find it. It begins, for example, 42 paragraphs into the Wall Street Journal’s report on the start of the bombing campaign. After the business about our glorious alliance with “moderate” allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar who so despise terrorism, we learn:
Only the U.S. — not Arab allies — struck sites associated with the Khorasan group, officials said. Khorasan group members were in the final stages of preparations for an attack on U.S. and Western interests, a defense official said. Khorasan was planning an attack on international airliners, officials have said. . . . Rebels and activists contacted inside Syria said they had never heard of Khorasan and that the U.S. struck several bases and an ammunition warehouse belonging to the main al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria, Nusra Front. While U.S. officials have drawn a distinction between the two groups, they acknowledge their membership is intertwined and their goals are similar.
Oops. So it turns out that our moderate Islamist partners have no interest in fighting Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate. Yes, they reluctantly, and to a very limited extent, joined U.S. forces in the strikes against the Islamic State renegades. But that’s not because the Islamic State is jihadist while they are moderate. It is because the Islamic State has made mincemeat of Iraq’s forces, is a realistic threat to topple Assad, and has our partners fretting that they are next on the menu.
Meantime, though, the Saudis and Qatar want no trouble with the rest of al-Qaeda, particularly with al-Nusra. After all, al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch is tightly allied with the “moderate opposition” that these “moderate” Gulf states have been funding, arming, and training for the jihad against Assad.
Oh, and what about those other “moderates” Obama has spent his presidency courting, the Muslim Brotherhood? It turns out they are not only all for al-Qaeda, they even condemn what one of their top sharia jurists, Wagdy Ghoneim, has labeled “the Crusader war against the Islamic State.”
“The Crusaders in America, Europe, and elsewhere are our enemies,” Ghoneim tells Muslims. For good measure he adds, “We shall never forget the terrorism of criminal America, which threw the body of the martyred heroic mujahid, Bin Laden, into the sea.”
This whole bombing campaign is a big, fat lie.
Andrew Klavan, correctly, believes that King Barack The Unready and his Court live in a ‘Make-Believe World’:
We got a taste of this fabulism in the president’s recent speech to the United Nations in which he compared the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, to the horror show in the Middle East and Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. As the president called for UN support in fighting Islamic extremism, he added:
I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within its own borders. This is true. In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri — where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So, yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions.
Now, to be fair, Obama did go on to say that the United States deals with its problems in a better way than other nations. But a puling moral equivalence that compares a dubious police incident and some looting with the worldwide jihadi onslaught or the imperialist depredations of Vlad the Impaler Putin is just nuts. It denotes a view of the world that can’t tell the difference between imperfection and wickedness, or just between normal and tragically bad! “As I denounce Jack the Ripper’s murder of women, I know my critics will point out that I leave my towels on the bathroom floor sometimes, annoying my wife…” To hell with the critics. Jihad is evil; sharia is evil. They have to be stopped.
I think it was this utter lack of respect for real life that made the president’s Latte Salute so egregious, so despicable. Leftists mocked conservatives for expressing disgust over this small incident. They tried to compare it to a clumsy but properly executed salute George W. Bush once made with a dog in his arms. And normally, I’d take their point. It’s wrong to pick relentlessly on a public figure’s small mistakes. We can all be caught out in bad moments, especially with cameras on us 24/7.
But no, I have to confess, this particular small moment did seem to me indicative of a larger dysfunction. It wasn’t just a commander-in-chief’s breezy disrespect toward the people he sends off to kill and to die. It was the arrogant action of a man who doesn’t know what’s important because he doesn’t know what’s true. He lives inside his own insistent fantasy world rather than the real one. In that goofy kingdom, President Stardust has decimated the terror threat — and the threat was created by the sort of no-goodnik American who polices Ferguson. In that world, sure, the dear leader’s chai is more important than the mere rituals of honor. In fact, you and me and the Marines and everyone — why, we are just wandering blind on this dark shore, waiting to join the president on the right side of history in the sweet bye and bye.
It’s unfortunate the rest of us can’t live in that delightful place of the president’s imagination. We are stuck here in the mess he has made of reality, with jihad resurgent and the last, best hope of earth growing weaker by the day.
Of course, as often happens, this pathological habit of refusing to acknowledge Reality spreads to others in charge of our Security, as we’ve seen regarding that Jihadist’s beheading of a Kafir woman in Oklahoma last week, which, as Darleen Click reports [and predicted], is being labeled by authorities as merely ‘Workplace Violence’ [Pop! goes my blood pressure].
Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, a Muslim from Kenya, was arrested after he threatened to behead a coworker at the Bellevue Nursing Home. Muriithi told the coworker he “represented ISIS and that ISIS kills Christians.”
…After 9/11, President Bush assured the world that Islam was a religion of “peace,” ignoring the inconvenient fact that Islamic peace can be vouchsafed only when the entire world has been converted to that barbaric faith. At the end of the day, the options for non-Muslims are three: conversion, slavery (“dhimmitude”), or death. Which makes perfect sense in a religion whose very name means “submission.”
George Orwell was right when he observed that the first indispensable step towards freedom is the willingness to call things by their real names. The cause of freedom is not aided when a director of National Intelligence says (and says with a straight face) that the Muslim Brotherhood is “a largely secular organization.” Nor is it aided when the U.S. president, his secretary of State and other underlings lie about what caused the Benghazi massacre.
The triumph of political correctness has encouraged an epidemic allergy to candor. The hope is that the embrace of euphemism will alter not only our language but the reality our language names. And to a large extent, it is working. Unfreedom does not become freedom by calling it free, but the misprision can help spread and reinforce the fog of self-deceit. Terrorism committed by Muslims is not Islamic terrorism but “anti-Islamic activity,” A Muslim Army officer who goes on a shooting rampage at Ft. Hood while shouting “Allahu Akbar” is guilty of “workplace violence” not slaughter undertaken to advance the cause of Islam, etc., etc.
There is a sense in which the triumph of political correctness erodes free speech chiefly by negative means. It promulgates speech codes, rules against “hate speech,” and the like, but I suspect that its gravest damage is done by instilling a timidity of spirit among its charges. A reluctance to speak the truth instills an unwillingness or even inability to see the truth. Thus it is that the reign of political correctness quietly aids and abets habits of complacency and unfreedom.
This atmosphere of supine anesthesia is an invitation to tyranny. I was shocked to learn when at Winchester that Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid, had actually introduced a bill to challenge key provisions of the First Amendment. Yes, you read that aright. Democratic senators have proposed to gut the First Amendment. If passed, the provision would enable Congress to ban movies, books, and other forms of expression that bore on political controversies. Breathtaking, is it not? As far as I can tell from here, public response to this outrageous attack on free speech has been muted. Republican Senator Ted Cruz had the right idea when he proposed replacing the Democratic proposal with the text of the First Amendment itself. His clever rejoinder, however, was unanimously rejected by the Democrats at the hearing. The First Amendment protects free speech, especially as it bears on political debate. But it is precisely such freedom that is anathema to those of our masters who prefer their citizens submissive.
It took several centuries and much blood and toil to wrest freedom from the recalcitrant forces of arbitrary power. It is a melancholy fact that what took ages to achieve can be undone in the twinkling of an eye. It seems to me that we are at a crossroads where our complacency colludes dangerously with the blunt opportunism of events. Courage, Aristotle once observed, is the most important virtue because without courage we are unable to practice the other virtues. The life of freedom requires the courage to recognize and to name the realities that impinge upon us. Day is Night. Peace is War. Love is Hate. Out of such linguistic capitulations, Orwell showed in 1984, totalitarian tyranny is born. We’ve all read the book. Have we learned that hard lesson?
It’s just another wonderful day in the Neighborhood…
To quote another ditty: Stop the World; I wanna get off.
According to the World Health Organization, the top causes of death worldwide have remained pretty stable.
They are, in order, for 2012:
1. Ischaemic heart disease
3. Chronic obstructive lung disease [COPD]
4. Lower respiratory infections
5. Lung cancer
7. Diarrhoeal diseases [not of the mouth, as Leftists and politicians suffer from]
9. Road injury
10. Hypertensive heart disease
Now a new cause has come along that may soon give these and the others a run for their money.
From Dr. Mark Steyn:
Colleen Hufford [of Oklahoma] was not the first western woman beheaded this month. In Edmonton, north London, 82-year-old Palmira Silva, an Italian immigrant, was beheaded by Nicholas Salvadore, also a convert to Islam. Miss Silva’s executioner was reported to have been “inspired” by recent Isis beheadings of westerners. As we know from President Obama, that’s nothing to do with Islam, too. “Nothing to do with Islam” is not yet the leading cause of death in developed nations, but it’s making impressive strides.
And we can thank people like the Nancy-Boy-In-Chief and the Prime Toff Minister for raising awareness of this new cause.
A hearty ‘Bravo’ to those two pencil-neck geeks!
Well, well, well…
The president launches attacks on the Islamic State with two weapons systems that were targeted for elimination by the administration years before their usefulness ended or any replacements were ready.
As the Washington Post reported, the first strikes Monday night included a volley of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two warships, the guided missile destroyer Arleigh Burke and the guided missile cruiser Philippine Sea. They are part of the George H.W. Bush carrier battle group led by the aircraft carrier of the same name.
The problem, as we reported back in March, is that the Tomahawk was slated by Obama to be phased out of the Navy’s inventory, with no timely replacement ready. Under his budget proposals, the Navy, which as recently as last year had plans to buy 980 more Tomahawks, the primary cruise missile used throughout the fleet, would see purchases drop from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The number will then drop to zero in 2016.
Doing the math, we see that Obama has already consumed in one night of strikes 47% of next year’s planned purchases. The naval inventory will soon be depleted at this rate unless we crank up the arsenal of democracy and stop beating our swords into solar panels. As Thomas Lifson at the American Thinker calculates, the U.S. supply of roughly 4,000 Tomahawks would be exhausted in about 85 days at that rate of use.
A Syrian campaign is going to be tougher than the effort in Libya, where there was no sophisticated air defense weaponry to worry about, which is why the Air Force chose to use the F-22 Raptor for the first time in combat. Its ability to evade radar detection plus its high-speed maneuverability make it ideal for high-risk environments.
Yet F-22 production was capped at 187 in the defense cuts that were part of the fiscal 2010 budget.
In 2009, Obama said expanding the F-22’s procurement budget would be “an inexcusable waste of money” and Congress took away $1.75 billion for additional planes in the 2010 budget. The last F-22 rolled off the production line in 2011.
Another “Cold War” weapon, as Obama calls it, that was slated for the scrap heap but which will be used against the Islamic State is the A-10 Warthog, which entered service in 1972 and was designed to destroy Soviet tanks on a European battlefield. According to Business Insider, the Pentagon is to deploy a dozen A-10s to the Middle East in October, the Indiana National Guard reports.
The issue is not just boots on the ground, but whether we have enough boots, or anything else, under Obama’s unilateral disarmament.
This is, foreign policy / national security wise, the lamest Administration in History.
The American People are in a more dangerous situation now than they have ever been – greater than in The War Of 1812, in the 1930′s-1940′s, and during The Cold War.
It’s Treason Within.
Americans will die because this Nancy Boy man-child has severely damaged our national defense capabilities.
And the Congress doesn’t care.
They are derelict in their Duty as long as they will not Impeach this Treasonous Rat Bastard.
One would have thought that after a half-decade of The Jarrett Junto being very successful in destroying The United States, Lady Michbeth would finally be proud of America…but, noooooooo.
Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama said that American women are suffering under “harmful cultural norms” at a U.N. education event.
Mrs. Obama said, “Women here are still woefully underrepresented in our government and the senior ranks of corporations. We still struggle with violence against woman and harmful cultural norms that tell woman how they are expected to look and act.”
Judging by the picture of you in WZ’s post, Michelle, I guess American Culture told you they expect you to look like Angry Clown.
In the Comments section of WZ’s post, CBK has some great advice for Lady Michbeth:
Are you freaking kidding me?!? As a Canadian woman, women in North America have the best freedom and prosperity in the world. The real oppression is in areas such as Communist countries, the Middle East, and Africa.
Mooch should go screw herself and get lost in a Commie craphole.
She may just be waiting it out, CBK, because, in but a few years, America could very well become a Communist Craphole — I mean, it’s well on it’s way to becoming a Fascist Craphole.
What a disgrace. Shame on us for tolerating her and her beard, er, husband.
Michelle be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art just ugly
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*See what I did there?
Mike Hendrix, proprietor of Cold Fury, is [once again*] asking some questions of the Left In America† that get right to the heart of the matter.
Here are two of them [tip of the fedora to Doug Ross]:
Why is it that you, who have gone to great lengths to falsely hang Naziism around the necks of the Right forever, cling to fascism yourselves as not your last but your first response to any whiff of dissent from your opinions?…
Why is it that the very people who once claimed that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”–a phrase they falsely attribute to Jefferson, who never said any such thing–will brook no dissent whatever, preferring instead to openly and loudly call for the imprisonment of those few they can’t shout down?
Leftism is an Ideology. Therefore, it is a system of ideas created in the sterile laboratories of the minds of people who are dissatisfied with Life as it is, with Reality.
With great care and with much emotional investment, these Intellectuals construct plans for remaking the world into Heaven On Earth, a destination of Perfection.
Such creations are always fragile constructions because they do not figure into their calculations Human Nature, because they assume without question that Human Beings can be made Perfect, faultless and flawless — that we can all become gods. Since this belief is based on pure Fantasy, it can never stand scrutiny by Right Reason, nor can it withstand the Will of the Human Heart to remain Human.
Knowing deep down — in a part of their Souls that they refuse to acknowledge — that this is true and that all of their systems of ideas are, therefore, brittle and fragile, the Left will do everything and anything in it’s power to crush any dissension from their plans to fulfill their Utopian schemes, because the thwarting of their dreams will cause their whole, fantastically constructed world, their psyches, to collapse in a eternal heap of absolute Despair.
This is why the Left can so easily seek to consign us to the asylums, the Gulags and the gas chambers.
*I do not link Mike enough. His site is one of those that
is worth visiting on a regular basis because of the vast
insights he has into Human Nature and his very deep
understanding of the Leftist Mind.
†I call those Leftists who live here the ‘Left In America’
because they and their ideas are an alien presence, their
philosophy quite clearly un-American, foreign to our
We now have conclusive proof that being insipid, rank arrogance, unbridled ignorance, and unmitigated gall are traits that can be passed-on, transmitted, genetically from parent to offspring:
NY – Chelsea Clinton says she worries that her new baby could grow up in a world without African elephants.
— Peter Nicholas (@PeterNicholas3) September 23, 2014
Professional Ethics requires me to mention that the consensus among my medical colleagues was not unanimous on this — although it was nearly so. The dissenting few believe that what this actually proves is simply that being fucking stupid can be transmitted genetically.
Dr. Robert Oswald Belvedere
OB-SCAT, OB-GYN [lunch hours and weekends only], OB-GED
Tip of the fedora to Twitchy.
Special guest post by The Reverend David R. Graham, A.M.D.G.
Leading And Let To The Slaughter
Over half the USA electorate wants the USA to be unable to defend herself. Less than half the USA electorate wants the USA to be able to defend herself. The networks — environmentalists, academic faculties, trial lawyers, caliphists, political parties, unions, government bureaucrats, religious orders, clergy — who want the USA unable to defend herself are leading 80% of the USA electorate to slaughter … and thinking they are the 20% destined for heaven on earth.
[Do check out The Rev's blog: Theological Geography]
Since I began working in an office environment back in the late 1970’s, I have never liked the cubicle.
A little personal background:
From mid-1960’s, when I first became aware of the world at about the age of four or five, my Father was an Executive – first for a company he worked for, then as the owner of several of his own.
I was trained to be an Executive, or, at least, to understand that mindset. So I have always approached such issues as the design of office space from a perspective of how to get the most efficiency out of those in your employ. It dawned on me fairly early on that granting each worker, when possible, their own private space was important [I'm not sure this concerned my Father, but, by the time I was a teenager, I was thinking on my own - Hubris mixed with some actual smarts]. If possible, a worker needs some place to think for his job, away from distractions, and to go about said kind of thinking in the manner that is most efficient for the worker. For instance, when I’m figuring-out how to accomplish an end that requires processing data, I am most productive when I close my eyes, don’t move, and try to picture the solution. I shut-out the rest of the world and let my imagination run for a bit. This is not something I could do if I did not have an office with a door.
When I designed the current office space we’ve been in for over two decades [I asked to be able to submit a design before we moved there, and mine was accepted], I provided as many of our employees with their own offices as I could get away with – the only exceptions being our Help Line people and the Mailroom staff.
The office design feedback from the employees has always been positive. And our Office is often cited as an example across the nation.
The cubicle, in my opinion, stifles creativity and causes morale to suffer, especially in stressful environments. The one place in our organization where personality conflicts arise most often is in the cubicled Help Line Room [my original design had each staffer in little offices with no doors, so the Supervisor could listen-in on his people].
All of this is a lead-up to an old Scientific American article I was made aware of by Kathy Shaidle that concerns The Origin Of Cubicles And The Open-Plan Office [the latter, another 'innovation' I think a worse invention than the cubicle].
As you may not be surprised to learn, the Open-Plan Office was designed during the foul and dastardly Progressive Age by Progressives:
Privacy-challenged office workers may find it hard to believe, but open-plan offices and cubicles were invented by architects and designers who were trying to make the world a better place—who thought that to break down the social walls that divide people, you had to break down the real walls, too.
In the early 20th century modernist architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright saw walls and rooms as downright fascist. The spaciousness and flexibility of an open plan, they thought, would liberate homeowners and office dwellers from the confines of boxes. But companies took up their idea less out of a democratic ideology than a desire to pack in as many workers as they could. The typical open-plan office of the first half of the 20th century contained long rows of desks occupied by clerks in a white-collar assembly line.
I suppose you could say that the Progressives who came up with this idea were practitioners of Liberation Officeology.
And, as always happens, the original, Kumbaya-esqe attempt was taken by Businessmen of a Fascist bent and made to serve their Corporatist Dream of reducing workers to beans to be counted.
A ‘reform’ was tried in the 1950’s, but, alas-alack [/sarc] it led to a different type of soulless Tyranny [although the author of this Scientific American article, in his Hippie-esqe thralldom still believes with all of his folk-music-playing heart that 'it could have worked!'].
Cubicles were interior designers’ attempt to put some soul back in. In the 1950s Quickborner, a German design group, broke up the rows of desks into more organic groupings with partitions for privacy—what it called the Bürolandschaft, or “office landscape”. In 1964 American furniture company Herman Miller introduced the Action Office system, which offered such improvements as larger surfaces and multiple desk heights. In 1968 Herman Miller began to sell its system as modular components, with the unfortunate consequence of letting companies cherry-pick the space-saving aspects of these designs and leave out the humanizing touches.
So…the Open-Office Plan failed, the reformative cubicle failed, and now what are the Progressives doing about it?
Yes!…you guessed it: they’re going back to the beginning.
As corporations began to shift all their employees, not only clerks, into open-plan offices, Herman Miller designer Robert Propst disavowed what he had spawned, calling it “monolithic insanity.” Today, many companies are even reverting to the precubicle rows of desks, now called “pods” to make them sound vaguely futuristic.
Changing the name – that’s the ticket [seems to me this is the regular pattern of every Progressive idea.]
Oh…by the way:
Although open plans do have advantages in fostering ambient awareness and teamwork, a meta-analysis published last year in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Health Management by Vinesh Oommen of the Queensland University of Technology in Australia found that they cause conflict, high blood pressure and increased staff turnover. Let us hope that architects’ next idealistic impulse will be rather more successful.
As I do every third Sunday Evening…
Even the greatest stars
Discover themselves in the looking glass…
From the album Trans-Europe Express.
He fell in love with the image of himself
and suddenly the picture was distorted
Even the greatest stars dislike themselves in the looking glass
Even the greatest stars dislike themselves in the looking glass…
What are we to do with the Left, who have successfully imposed their funhouse mirror view of the World on us and succeeded in creating nothing but Misery and, many times, Death?
Frequent TOM commenator RKae has found the answer by looking to the past and a method that worked very, very well:
For a community to be thriving and complete, every village needs it’s Idiot.
While producing the “Sex Trouble” series about radical feminism’s war on human nature, I have frequently deployed my habitual sarcasm to mock the absurdity of feminist beliefs. However, no one should assume from my cheerful good humor that I do not take this project seriously. As crazy as feminists may seem, as laughably wrong as their ideas may be, they are extremely serious in their purpose to destroy traditional morality in our society. They and their allies have seized power in the elite precincts of academia and have used that power to influence every institution of our society, from the Supreme Court to your local public school. If you don’t understand what is happening, and in what direction our society is heading, you have not been paying attention.
My advice to anyone who has been ignoring this menace is to wake the hell up. There may still be time to save our nation from destruction.
Let us not forget that many did not take the odd looking and acting Adolf Hitler seriously and he ended-up being responsible for the deaths of tens of millions.
And they both do it succinctly and with dead-on accuracy…
First, Glenn Reynolds:
I’m beginning to think that most lefty movements are just about broken people trying to manipulate the rest of us so they can feel good about their broken selves.
Stacy McCain picks-up from there:
…Sane, happy, normal people don’t need “movements” to validate their self-worth. However, people who are “broken” — unhappy, abnormal and/or mentally ill — are continually chasing after some cause, some crusade, some source of secular salvation that inspires them to immanetize the eschaton.
If they can’t save the world, these deranged souls can at least make themselves believe they are morally superior to the rest of us — we who are sane, happy and normal. This would be harmless, were it not for the fact that such “movements” are supported by intellectuals who turn these crackpot crusades into powerful political forces that result in the enactment of policies that make life miserable for everybody….
In some cases, when such people gain Power And Control, that generated misery transforms itself into death.
It seems to me that the Leftist Nether Regions are populated by four kinds of people:
1) The Insane: These people have lost all touch with Reality and Right Reason due to severe mental illness [Psychosis]. Some are afflicted with actual brain damage, be it from abusing drugs or from unappreciated injuries, but most are insane due to severe psychological causes. They are the driving forces behind the creation of the Leftist Ideology.
2) The Deranged: These people, while not having lost full contact with Reality, are so full of hatred for their own lives that they retreat into the seemingly satisfying realm of Fantasy whenever they can. Adopting the Leftist Philosophy allows them to do this quite easily, since it seeks as it’s end the bringing about of Heaven On Earth.
3) The Dupes: These people have dedicated themselves to doing whatever it takes to avoid confronting the negative aspects of Life; they willfully blind themselves to the unpleasant, always taking default positions that allow them to ignore Reality, put it out of their field of vision. They could also be accurately labeled voluntary Simpletons. They are fruitful targets for what Mark Levin labels the Leftist Masterminds. The Dupes want to be manipulated, want to be sucked-into The Land Of Make Believe, where unicorns and rainbows teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.
4) The Thugs: These people have been so disappointed in the way Life works, in how it proceeds, that they have decided, in their deeply-felt Anger at their deep disillusionment and wretched despondency, to embrace all things that bring about Disorder, that feed Chaos — that undermine Humanity. They reject Good and embrace Criminality. It offers an outlet for their unrestrained and never-ceasing Anger, their desire to seek Revenge against their Creator. One would, I think, not be exaggerating to say they find in the committing of criminal acts an orgasmic release.
These people all lack the Courage to take on the trials and tribulations of Life. They seek to escape from their Duties and Responsibilities as members of the Human Race.
None of these people could ever possibly described as Happy or Normal, in the traditional [and, therefore, accurate] sense. And they all desire, in the kinds of abject Loneliness that fills their Souls like a diseased bile, to drag all of us down into the cesspit of their types of pathological Miseries. They are the armies of The Culture Of Death, the vanguard of Nihilism.
For centuries, the Western World was able to keep such attitudes confined to a small number of the population. With the spread and acceptance of Leftist Thinking in the last two hundred years, however, these various perverse ways of approaching Life have ascended to domination, a Hegemony Of Perversity, if you will. The reasons for this triumph are many, but they all bespeak of a Civilization that is in decline, one that is slowly committing suicide.