[Ah, ya think so?]
▪Liberia needs more body bags. Over 84,000 required in the next six months.
▪Possible Ebola infections in Cleveland close schools, keep nursing staffs at home. Nurses from Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System, and University Hospitals were on the same Frontier flight from Dallas to Cleveland. Why were all these Cleveland nurses in Dallas to begin with?
▪Frontier plane with Ebola-infected nurse flew to Fort Lauderdale. It also touched down in Atlanta.
▪Another strain of Ebola is currently plaguing the Democratic Republic of Congo but it is getting no media attention. 69 have died from the Congo Ebola outbreak.
▪Ebola death rate climbs to 70 percent. WHO official paints grim outlook.
▪Colombia bans entry to all travelers from West African Ebola-hit nations. Colombian traveler from Equatorial Guinea being treated for Ebola symptoms in Cali.
▪Normally, WMR would not link to a Daily Beast story, but this one on Europe’s hidden Ebola cases is important, especially since the Obama sycophants at The Daily Beast have run with an honest story (in comparison to their usual standards).
▪Second Dallas health worker has Ebola. Is it time to strictly check all flights and road traffic to and from the state as Ebola spreads out of control?
▪UN health worker dies of Ebola in German hospital. Actual Ebola news is being quarantined just like patients. Believe nothing from the CDC or its Euro counterparts.
▪Novelist John Grisham defends men who are prosecuted for watching child porn. Legalizing pedophilia is the next goal for the George Soros society destroyers.
Police departments buying up CIA spy gadgetry. Charities being used to launder money for equipment.
▪Miss Cartagena contestant arrested for running child prostitution ring. Were any Obama staffers or White House Secret Service agents among her clientele?
▪Evo Morales wins re-election in a landslide. Morales proves that Latin America’s progressive wave has staying power against the thugs of CIA director John Brennan and the Zio-cons of the State Department.
▪Socialist lawmaker assassinated in Venezuela. CIA thug-in-chief Brennan is at it again. If anyone manages to capture Brennan alive, be sure to use a wooden stake through the heart.
▪Fidel Castro compares NATO chief to ISIS. Fidel knows NATO and ISIS work for the same cabalistic monsters.
See also his report on the Ebola Scientist Pardis Sabeti…
(in: GENERAL CATEGORY October 2014)
Oct 16, 2014
Harvard, we have a problem!
Shep Smith’s rejoinder re:
“irresponsible” Ebola coverage
[“Get a flu shot!”]
Lawmakers: Gov’t Credibility Waning on Ebola
By ARTICLE IN BLOGLAND Jim Kuhnhenn
U.S. Marines conduct ‘Vigilant Response’ full-scale pandemic outbreak drill 8 Oct 2014 Marine Corps Air Station New River on Wednesday held a full-scale pandemic outbreak drill where health officials and Marines responded to a smallpox outbreak that “occurred” aboard the installation. According to Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Kotora, the public health emergency officer for Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, the Exercise Vigilant Response drill was the first of its kind at a military installation in North Carolina. “A drill this size has never been conducted, so this is the largest pandemic exercise to my knowledge,” said Kotora. Officials decided to incorporate administering inoculations during the exercise so that it would more accurately portray an outbreak situation where medical personnel would be required to screen and administer vaccinations.
Ebola air scare in the US: CDC trying to track down all 132 passengers aboard Frontier flight from Cleveland just HOURS before she was hospitalized 15 Oct 2014 Amber Jay Vinson, the second nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola, had a lo-grade fever and boarded a flight from Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas, anyway – just hours before she was hospitalized with the deadly disease. Now, CDC officials are trying to track down all 132 passengers who were aboard Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 on Monday with Ms Vinson over fears they could all have been exposed to the virus. Ms Vinson traveled home to Ohio to plan her wedding and visit her mother last Friday, despite being one of the 76 medical workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital under observation by the Centers for Disease Control.
[Should be a minor task for the NSA, right?]
“… the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the German Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities have presented a statement on the Ebola epidemic today.
In the statement the academies call for the following consequences to be taken: To combat the Ebola epidemic vaccines and antivirals are urgently needed. To meet this need, the further development of experimental vaccines and medicines for clinical application needs to be accelerated. Even if the pathogen should temporarily disappear again, research must continue as a precautionary measure because another outbreak is highly probable.
Such precautionary measures must also include ensuring that sufficient quantities of available vaccines and antivirals are stockpiled in case of a new outbreak. Increasing medical and social science research in this area is also vitally important for future preparedness…..”
More at the link:
Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections New England Journal of Medicine
Dallas County May Declare State of Disaster From Ebola Virus Bloomberg. One death and two infection = a state of disaster?
WASHINGTON: Pols trade blame for Ebola, but both parties cut budgets for health McClatchy DC. The CDC has been running on special appropriations since 2003, which means they can’t count on funding and thus can’t build/maintain an organization. Like all of these ‘starve the beast” exercises, the intent was to render government weak and incompetent (or the slightly prettier Democratic party version, which is also a Republican trope, to encourage a greater private sector role). So now some people are unhappy with what they set out to produce?
EBOLA Protective Kit, Zaire ebolavirus kit – includes Tyvek suit, eye protection, 2 Surgical masks, 2 Pairs of gloves, booties, Duct tape and plastic bin for easy storage Amazon. Panic profiteering. Notice from the New York Times story below that using duct tape is a really really bad idea. So we get profiteering and crapification in one package. At least Amazon sorta warns you. The rating is only 2 1/2 stars.
Hospital e-records systems like Presbyterian’s cited in failures across U.S. Dallas Morning News. We’ve flagged this issue in two past posts and some readers INSISTED that electronic medical records were just great and we should shut up.
Downfall for Hospital Where the Virus Spread New York Times. Still thin on details, but the ones it got, particularly of the desperate improvisation efforts of the nurses, are damning.
From the blog http://www.nakedcapitalism.com
[The blog was ranked seventh in business authority by Technorati in 2011. During 2013, Naked Capitalism was the fourth most visited business and economics blog on the web.]
Posted by Michele Kearney at 3:01 PM
“… Ebola represents a significant security issue. As the disease spreads, so does panic—and panic leads to violence. CFR’s own Laurie Garrett observes,
“Lawlessness will rise as Ebola claims the lives of police and law enforcement personnel, and terrified cops quit their jobs.”
As health workers die or quit—or as people stay away from hospitals for fear of contracting Ebola—they will begin to die of other, normally treatable health problems. According to Garrett, “Women will die in delivery, auto accident victims will bleed out for lack of emergency care, old vaccine-preventable epidemics will resurge as health workers fear administering them to potentially Ebola-carrying children, and child malnutrition will set in.”
Thus, as governments fail to cope with the outbreak and associated panic, the epidemic’s spillover effects will serve to cripple government infrastructure and societal structures, creating major security issues. This spiral into chaos, in turn, will only accelerate the spread of the virus and confound efforts to control it.
Smaller steps early on could have nipped this epidemic in the bud. But we are well past that now. Only the military—indeed, only the United States military with its vast organizational and command and control capabilities—can do what is needed to coordinate multi-national efforts and contain this virus. As with warfare, it is all about logistics and leadership.Here is what the U.S. military brings to the fight against Ebola:
• Leadership and coordination: The United States is deploying half of the headquarters element of the 101st Airborne Division to coordinate multi-national and interagency efforts between several actors: the Liberian government, USAID, UN aid workers, and the United States’ own forces. This is a complex organizational challenge for which the U.S. military is uniquely qualified.
• Treatment centers and mobile labs: Military engineers and support contractors will construct seventeen pre-fabricated treatment centers to help isolate and treat the sick. Mobile labs will allow health workers to identify and separate Ebola patients from others
• Transportation: As commercial airlines show increasing reluctance to fly between affected countries, military transport will be needed to maintain the flow of medical workers and supplies. This includes critical aid like hygiene kits and protective gear
• Training: Military medical personnel will be able to train 500 local health workers and volunteers a week in basic self-protection procedures to control infection. This empowerment of local workers will be the key to stopping this epidemic while also limiting the direct exposure of U.S. troops.
[Max (honor friend) Ehrenfreund]
“… today I am on the road and watched CNN from a restaurant. I did not have sound, but I did see captions.
CNN’s headline story was ridiculous. CNN placed the blame for the intraday DOW plunge of 460 point on ebola.
There was no mention of the 21-Point Plunge in Empire State manufacturing Index. Nor was there any mention of weak consumer spending.
What about PEs in the stratosphere? No mention of course. (For discussion, please see Stock Buybacks Peaked With Stock Market in 2007: History About to Repeat?)
Instead, CNN assumed the DOW plunge was based on ebola.
Obama’s Lame Response
Fear is in the air, and it’s easy to assign blame. A few simple questions will help explain.
1Is there a chance of spreading the disease by coughing or sneezing? Yes.
2Would I want to sit on a plane next to someone who was in contact with an ebola patient? No, and neither would anyone else.
3Would I want to sit on a plane next to someone from a country where ebola is viral? No, and neither would anyone else.
To stop the spread of the disease and the accompanying panic, I have a fourth question:
Why isn’t there a flight ban on those from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone (and every other country where there is a major outbreak)?
Instead, we take temperatures even though the incubation period is as long as three weeks.
More at the link
[Some people think this fellow is a crazy coot; some people are convinced (and he’s admitted his occasional dalliance) that he’s a disinformation artiste, but I feel compelled to serve it up to a readership I believe is well-equipped to parse it.]
Here’s some fodder for your debate:
Sometime recently I suggested that we’d see the re-emergence of a recombinant Nightline and a CSpan/CNN/al-Jazeera 24/7 cable show on Ebola.
I think we’re nearing critical mass. Or maybe I should say “media mutation”. The alternative media seems hell bent on outpacing the mainstream media.
I’ve left out the nonsense of James Wesley, Rawles’ “final warning”, the re-discovered Firesign Theatre “Beat The Reaper” gameshow, any references to Stephen Kings’ “The Stand”, several regurgitant pieces covering the past and the obvious, some chest-pounding by folks who erase my comments, and updates on the cleveland-two-schools-shut developments [hey, they close schools when kindergartners make pretend finger pistols and yell at their friends “pew, pew”].
‘keep calm and avoid bodily fluids’
15 October, 2014
Google overtakes Goldman Sachs in US political donations
[Much has been written about the Russian sense of humor, to which I can nothing except my own enjoyment of it. As I toss back my second hard cranberry apple cider from downeastcider, I’ll try my hand at a toast:
Here’s to Petro Poroshenko, in the top thousand billionaires of the world, thanks in great part to the superb quality of торт “Київський”, the product of the Karl Marx Convectionary Factory (cacao is the opium of the masses, apparently). [His Wikipedia entry says his allegiance is to the Soviet Union, but I can’t find that nation anywhere but on the maps in the State Department, but I digress.]
By Oliver Nieburg+, 21-Mar-2014
Russia has seized the Russian factories of Ukraine’s leading chocolate company Roshen.
Here’s to Porky, commander of the Leninska Kuznya Plant, privatized (but not the GUR MOU, perhaps). Harmful ingredients, it’s been said, the carcinogenic benzopyrene alleged, “an organic compound found in wood smoke and burnt food products” they said, “almost all of the chocolate is made with bulk cocoa beans from West Africa” says The Chocolate Life.
Hershey sued a Colorado company that infused marijuana into its confections and made them look like well-known brands but that’s not what we’re toasting here.
Maybe we should ask a cardiologist.
Here’s to Maryna.
“Pardon Us For Our Country’s Existence in the Middle of Your Military Bases” – Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s Speech at the UN
[Imagine how we feel, Sergei. Send us folks who know how to build a castle. ]
ThinkProgress Video, Florida Gubernatorial Debate, 10/15/14
[Wait… isn’t that the state where the Bush tribe
stole the election from his fraternity brother?]
High-frequency trading firm fined for wave of last-minute trades
Here’s Info Justice Dept. Won’t Give Congress in Fast & Furious
“… On June 28, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over Fast and Furious documents. It was the first time an Attorney General was held in contempt. President Obama then exerted executive privilege for the first and only time of his administration to keep the documents secret.
Judicial Watch sued the Justice Department over the withheld documents and a federal judge has ruled that the government must turn over some information by October 22.
Shortly after that ruling, Attorney General Holder announced plans to retire but did not provide a reason for the timing of his announcement.”
Previous on the F&F story:
The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, revealed important information on the killing of the youngest socialist member of the Venezuelan Assembly, Robert Serra. Maduro ensured that, although it was perpetrated in only 11 minutes, that crime had been planned for more than 3 months.
Spanish with English subtitles
“… In the closing credits of Citizenfour, Poitras took the unusual step of adding an acknowledgment of the free software projects that made the film possible: The roll call includes the anonymity software Tor, the Tor-based operating system Tails, GPG encryption, Off-The-Record (OTR) encrypted instant messaging, hard disk encryption software Truecrypt, and Linux. All of that describes a technical setup that goes well beyond the precautions taken by most national security reporters, not to mention documentary filmmakers…. Poitras argues that Snowden’s ability to stay out of the agency’s grasp shows the power of cryptography. She quotes the cypherpunk mantra that cryptography levels the playing field between the individual and the government; it represents a math problem that no amount of authoritarian force can solve. “I do think that so long as we can maintain the ability for crypto not to be backdoored, there’s a way for people to communicate securely,” she says.”
[I miss Kenny.]
Emergency at Fukushima after typhoon
Confronting “battered citizen syndrome”
James F. Tracy
After enlightenment comes responsibility.
[And Paul was really dead.]
[Andy, say it ain’t so. (Well, the only thing I lost was the toenail on my big toe.)]
[Tristement, mais oui…]