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Ebola: I See Dead People 2

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…Shortly after the latest Ebola outbreak in Africa took off, I wrote an article called, “Ebola: I See Dead People”. Reason for this was because even though at the time Ebola had only infected and killed a few hundred people, it had all the attributes of the worst kind of Plague you can imagine.

First off, it doesn’t have a cure or treatment that has been widely disseminated, even if one does exist and there are rumours that such a thing does, at least some kind of vaccine anyhow. As of yet though, said treatments or vaccine have not been dispersed in Africa where the disease is spreading exponentially, so even if they do work it’s not stopping the problem from gettting worse over there.

Second, its Mortality Rate is high, but not too high. If everybody who contracted the disease died rapidly, it would be self-extinguishing. However, everybody who contracts it does not die, moreover they go through an Incubation Period of as yet indeterminate length without symptoms but able to spread the disease. It’s probably at least 4 days, maybe 2 weeks or more. During this time anyone carrying it can spread it to others, and obviously if you wander around any Big Shity the number of contacts you have each day are enormous. If the disease can be spread on viral particles that sit on Doorknobs or public toilet flush levers etc, it’s possible to be spreading the disease even if you do not have physical contact with the next infected person down the line.

Although the exact vectors for transmission have not yet been determined, whether it is transferred Airborne or in Water etc, it’s pretty clear it is highly infectious, since even with the Full 9 Yards of CDC Suits and Respiratorss, several hundred Health Care Workers themselves have contracted the disease. So it has both characteristics of the worst kind of Plague, both Infectious and Deadly…

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Ebola in Amerika

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Ebola In America: The Confirmed Case In Dallas, Texas Could Change Everything

United States Map On A Globe - Public DomainThe day that many of us hoped would never arrive is here.  Ebola has come to America.  Air travel between the United States and the countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone should have been totally shut down except for absolutely essential personnel but it wasn’t.  And now our nation may end up paying a great price as a result.  On Tuesday, the CDC announced that there is a confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas.  We know that this individual is a male and that he traveled by air from Liberia to Texas on September 19th.  At that time, he was not exhibiting any symptoms.  It is being reported that he started developing symptoms on September 24th and that he sought out treatment two days later.  Incredibly, he was turned away and sent home.  Then on September 28th he went to a hospital again and this time he was admitted for treatment.  That means that he could have potentially been spreading Ebola to others for at least four full days before finally getting treated at a hospital.  Now he is in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.  The CDC says that “there is no doubt that we will stop it here” and is promising that “it will not spread widely in this country”.  The CDC better be right on both counts.

At this point, the CDC is admitting that it is not known if others have been infected by this individual.  The CDC also says that it is tracking down everyone that he has been in contact with.  But over four days in a major U.S. city, you can be “in contact” with a whole lot of people.  And what about all of the people that those people were in contact with?

If I was in charge of this crisis, I would admit that we don’t know the full scope of the problem yet but that we are dealing with it the best that we can.

Instead, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is taking an entirely different approach.  Dr. Thomas Frieden insists that we have absolutely nothing to worry about

“I have no doubt that we will control this case of Ebola, so that it does not spread widely in this country. It is certainly possible that someone who has had contact with this patient could develop Ebola. But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.”

Frieden better be right about that.

Other “experts” are being even more dogmatic

“There is no cause for concern,” says Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “The Ebola virus is not easily transmitted from person to person, and we have an outstanding infrastructure in place both to contain the virus and trace contacts. There will not be an Ebola epidemic in the United States.”

I have no idea how they can say these things when the outbreak over in Africa is completely and totally out of control.  Despite extreme precautions, hundreds of health workers have gotten the virus, and so far global health officials have not even been able to slow down the exponential growth of the Ebola pandemic in West Africa.

And our health officials should not be so dogmatic about how this virus spreads either.

In a previous article, I discussed a study that was conducted back in 2012 that demonstrated that Ebola could be transmitted through the air between pigs and monkeys that did not have physical contact with one another

When news broke that the Ebola virus had resurfaced in Uganda, investigators in Canada were making headlines of their own with research indicating the deadly virus may spread between species, through the air.

The team, comprised of researchers from the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, the University of Manitoba, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, observed transmission of Ebola from pigs to monkeys. They first inoculated a number of piglets with the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus. Ebola-Zaire is the deadliest strain, with mortality rates up to 90 percent. The piglets were then placed in a room with four cynomolgus macaques, a species of monkey commonly used in laboratories. The animals were separated by wire cages to prevent direct contact between the species.

Within a few days, the inoculated piglets showed clinical signs of infection indicative of Ebola infection. In pigs, Ebola generally causes respiratory illness and increased temperature. Nine days after infection, all piglets appeared to have recovered from the disease.

Within eight days of exposure, two of the four monkeys showed signs of Ebola infection. Four days later, the remaining two monkeys were sick too. It is possible that the first two monkeys infected the other two, but transmission between non-human primates has never before been observed in a lab setting.

There is much that we don’t understand about this disease.

I can understand the need to keep the public calm, but why don’t these officials just tell us the truth?

At the same time that they are telling us that there is no chance that there will be an Ebola epidemic in the United States, they are also sending out guidelines to funeral homes on how to deal with dead Ebola victims…

CBS46 News has confirmed the Centers for Disease Control has issued guidelines to U.S. funeral homes on how to handle the remains of Ebola patients. If the outbreak of the potentially deadly virus is in West Africa, why are funeral homes in America being given guidelines?

The three-page list of recommendations include instructing funeral workers to wear protective equipment when dealing with the remains since Ebola can be transmitted in postmortem care. It also instructs to avoid autopsies and embalming.

Why are they doing this if there is “no chance” that the disease will spread widely?

Hopefully they isolated this Ebola patient in Dallas in time.

Hopefully he did not infect anyone else.

But we need to be honest about the situation that we are potentially facing.  So far, there have been more than 6,000 cases of Ebola in Africa and more than 3,000 of those have died.  Unfortunately, even WHO officials admit that those official numbers “great underestimate” the scope of this outbreak.  The number of official cases has been doubling approximately every three weeks, and the CDC says that under a “worst case scenario” we could be looking at 1.4 million cases by the end of January 2015.

Right now all of the treatment facilities in Liberia and Sierra Leone are completely full and more than 80 percent of Ebola patients have been turned away and sent home without being treated.  It is an absolute nightmare, and now it has come to America.

And as the virus continues to spread, it is inevitable that more carriers of the disease will get on airplanes headed for America.

Unfortunately for us, according to a recent Defense One article the screening done at airports actually does very little to stop the spread of Ebola…

The bad news is that thermal screenings of the international flying population at airports are not likely to yield much by way of improved safety.

Here’s why: fever can be a sign of a lot of different illnesses, not just Ebola. And thermal scanning proved to be a poor method of catching bird flu carriers in 2009 as well. So presenting with an elevated temperature at an airport checkpoint does not indicate clearly enough that the fevered person is carrying the deadly virus. More importantly, the incubation period for Ebola is two days. As many as 20 days can pass before symptoms show up. That means that an individual could be carrying the virus for two weeks or longer and not even know it, much less have it show up via thermal scan. So what good are these scanners?

When I first started writing about Ebola, a few people accused me of “spreading fear”.

Well, now that Ebola has arrived in the United States, perhaps they will take a second look at some of my recent articles…

-“The Pure Hell At The Heart Of The Ebola Pandemic In Africa Could Soon Be Coming To America

-“Computer Models Tell Us That This Ebola Pandemic Could Soon Kill Millions

-“16 Apocalyptic Quotes From Global Health Officials About This Horrific Ebola Epidemic

-“Ebola Among Health Workers: More Than 240 Sick, More Than 120 Dead

-“It Is Becoming Clear – We Are NOT Prepared For An Ebola Pandemic

Let us pray that this is just one isolated case and that there will not be a major outbreak in this nation.

Because if cases do start popping up around the country, fear will spread like wildfire and we could potentially be facing the greatest health crisis that any of us have ever seen.

One of the individuals that successfully survived this disease was Dr. Kent Brantly.  I think that the following quote from him really does a great job of summarizing what we are potentially facing…

“Many have used the analogy of a fire burning out of control to describe this unprecedented Ebola outbreak,” Brantly said. “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.”

A virus like this could change everything if it starts circulating widely.

Like I have said so many times before, let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst.

Innocence Lost

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“Why we as a nation worship youth so much is because we confuse it with innocence. We long for the irresponsibility of not knowing. I would not myself be young again for anything you could offer me. But I long, I must admit it, for innocence. To be ignorant of the pain of the world … not to be haunted by knowledge of the pain, the suffering, the injustice and horror that’s going on all the time everywhere … If I could have unawareness back again … that would be happiness.” 

  ― Gerda Charles, A Slanting Light

“JFK, blown away, what else do I have to say?”

Billy Joel 

 

Anyone who was alive on that day marks the hours  that have passed since the moment that time stood still. The answer to the inevitable question asked of people of a certain age, “Where were you when . . .?

I heard the news on the stairs of Wilkins Junior High school. It was after the overly long fifth (lunch) period, and I was on my way to my sixth period civics class (yes, they actually once taught civics), when I heard the news whispered, “Did you hear . . .?

Went to class, where the worst was confirmed. A group of stunned eight graders, barely believing what they were seeing huddled around the blue light of the black and white classroom TV, listened to the news reported by Walter Cronkite. Even a feckless teen could see that this news demigod was struggling under the weight of a story too enormous and too incomprehensible to tell. Normal school operations had come to an end. Every TV was tuned to the news– the horrible, unbelievable news, the repercussions of which a bunch of teenagers would not be able to discern. A normally rambunctious group of kids straggled home on buses, more subdued than usual.

Normal life hung in a hazy suspended animation for three days. Images from that weekend: mostly snippets from TV as most Americans were locked in a kind of civic duty– the horse-drawn caisson, the funeral cortege of a state funeral,  the veiled widow with her children, John-John’s salute. That image, reprinted in the next day’s papers, evoked a sadness and a loss that went straight to the heart. There was the sense that not just a much-beloved President had been taken from us, but also something ineffable, something un-nameable, some shard of innocence that would never be regained. As a child I was unaware of the fascist interests that in the 1930s, unable to unseat FDR and install Smedley Butler as suzerain, licked their wounds and plotted in dark corners, only to reappear a generation later.

From Slate“This flyer, around 5,000 copies of which were distributed around Dallas in the days before President Kennedy’s November 22, 1963 visit, accused Kennedy of a range of offenses, from being “lax” on Communism, to “appointing anti-Christians to Federal office,” to lying to the American people about his personal life.

General Edwin A. Walker, a Texan who served in World War II and the Korean War, had resigned his Army post in 1961 after a Kennedy-ordered investigation found that he had violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity on the job, by distributing John Birch Society literature to his troops. Walker moved to Dallas and became a leader of right-wing activity in the city (more on the full range of that activity here). The ex-General led resistance to James Meredith’s 1962 enrollment at the University of Mississippi and unsuccessfully ran for the position of Texas governor

After the assassination, Walker’s organization was briefly under suspicion, and the Warren Commission investigation tracked these flyers to Walker’s aide Robert Surrey. Surrey had overseen the distribution of the sheets in the days prior to JFK’s arrival; members of Walker’s organization, acting on his behalf, placed them under windshield wipers and in newspaper racks.”

Donald E. Wilkes, Jr., Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law, gathered other facts about the right wing hatemachine located in Dallas and wrote this:

“When the president died, the cheering stopped and for days America was filled with gloom and mourning.  There was, however, in this country one political group that rejoiced at the news of the assassination.  Right-wingers, the truth must be told, were delighted by Kennedy’s death.  As far as they were concerned, Kennedy deserved to die, die, die.

During his presidency, right-wingers utterly detested President John F. Kennedy; and the extreme right-wingers hated Kennedy with a venomous, malignant ferocity bordering on insanity.  Because he was a  liberal and pro-civil rights, right-wingers–particularly, the segregationists and racists, the opponents of civil rights, the states-righters, the free enterprise loonies, the wealthy ultra-conservatives, the religious bigots, the anti-Castro Cubans, the U.N. haters, and the lunatic fringe anti-Communists–regarded JFK as dangerous, destructive, and downright traitorous.”

Wilkes cites the poster shown here, plus a full-page ad placed in the morning paper by the John Birch Society, a fringe group before they were able to hijack today’s Republican Party. And he adds,

“Not even Kennedy’s death at 1 p.m. at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas stopped right-wingers from publicly displaying their loathing of JFK.  As William Manchester notes in his classic The Death of a President (1967): “At 3:05 p.m., when 80 percent of the American People were in deep grief, an NBC camera panned toward a group of spectators outside Parkland’s emergency entrance and picked up a young man with a placard that read, ‘Yankee, Go Home.’”   (In a wealthy Dallas suburb, Manchester reminds us, “pupils of a fourth-grade class, told that the President of the United States had been murdered in their city, burst into spontaneous applause.”)

“The right-wingers who angrily and contemptuously protested JFK’s visit, and the many other right-wingers who shared their views, could only have been jubilant when they heard of the assassination.  How could persons with their mentality not be pleased with the violent death of a man they believed to be a fiendish traitor?  It is an historical truth that right-wingers all over America received the news of the assassination with celebration.  There is plenty of evidence that numerous right-wingers, especially the radical ones, heartily huzzaed the JFK slaying, although they soon decided to conceal their exuberance and later denied having cheered.  William Manchester’s book, for example, discusses the “initial glee” with which right-wingers greeted news of the assassination.  “An Oklahoma City physician beamed at a grief-stricken visitor and said, ‘Good.  I hope they got Jackie.’”  In Amarillo, Texas, a woman reacted by saying: “Hey, great, JFK’s croaked!”  Men whooped and threw their hats in the air.  Others smiled broadly.  Soon, however, the right-wingers realized that their public gloating was a ghastly mistake, whereupon they began concealing their happiness.  “[T]hey were anxious to avoid the undertow of public opinion,” Manchester says.

Thus it is important to remember that the sort of deep seated atavism represented by today’s Tea Party has always been a part of the American psyche. It is only today been “legitimized” or made mainstream by truckloads of right wing money and their 24/7 TV cable news outlet, coupled with all of AM radio. Thus do a people come to the end of the line of a materialist, consumer-culture way of life have a means of finding a scapegoat for their own learned helplessness.

But back to my own story:  We healed, and life went back to what passed for normal. Junior high melted into high school, and as LBJ pushed through Great Society and civil rights legislation (in the process delivering the once “solid South” into the hands of racists and other haters), I was too busy following the summons of biological imperatives to be aware of politics. But in 1968, while in college,  RFK was assassinated by a guy who doesn’t even remember being there. (Pop quiz: what large, lavishly funded organization does extensive research into mind control?) Then it was MLK. You would have had to been blind or stupid to see fail to see that the leading lights of progressive change in this country were being systematically hunted down and exterminated.

And then we got Nixon.

There was a time when we ordinary, working class stiffs believed in the premises of government. When the government was at least nominaly the guarantor of individual rights. When there was a sense of proper stewardship of commonly held resources for a common purpose– whether that belief was warranted or not. Those days stand in stark contrast to today, where it appears that the government’s proper role is to hold the coat of big corporations while they systematically rape us, poison us, shear us for profit, or otherwise sift through our private communication. In a recent article, Steve from Virginia describes the era succinctly and well–

The ‘Modern America’ the world’s citizens inhabit in 2013 sprang almost fully- formed from the US’s victory over Germany and Japan in World War Two. We defeated two military superpowers in two different parts of the world at once; this was our first- and defining, ‘If we can put a man on the Moon’ moment. Americans were competent; we did things right, we were efficient yet (somewhat) humane and civilized. Our armies triumphed without massacring prisoners or raping and pillaging, they gave candy to the enemy’s children. America succeeded in spite of internal differences and a crushing economic environment. After saving the world from Nazism and Japanese militarism Americans believed they could do anything including remake the debauched old world in their own, atomic-powered, tail-finned image … and to the large degree they succeeded.

That was the world in which baby boomers came of age, a world which began to spin out of control before we even had a chance to lay claim to it. It was at this time that faith in government began to wither. If you acquainted yourself with the evidence (and I must confess that I made an extensive reading of most every book written about the Kennedy Assassination– the CIA did it, the Mafia did it, rogue military did it, LBJ did it, Castro did it, the Bay of Pigs Cubans did it, J. Edgar did it, his own bodyguard did it) there were so many flaws in the chain of physical evidence, so many inconsistencies, so much tampering, that the fix was in from the start. Many believed and, like me, believe to this day that the Warren Commission was a coverup from the beginning, much like the 9-11 Commission. For just one of thousands of examples, consider testimony from Jeremy Gunn, former general counsel for the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB).

“There is substantial evidence that points toward Oswald and incriminates Oswald” in JFK’s assassination, he said, “and the only person we can name where there is evidence is Oswald. But there’s also rather important exculpatory evidence for Oswald, suggesting he didn’t do it, and that he was framed.”

Besides, Gunn says, the Warren Commission genuinely believed that Oswald had killed Kennedy.

“So they wanted to write the document in a way that would reassure the American public that it was a single gunman acting alone, somebody who’s a little bit unstable, and that that’s the explanation for what happened.”

Since the facts aren’t clear, though, that document can look like a whitewash.

“There are serious problems with the forensics evidence, with the ballistics evidence, with the autopsy evidence,” Gunn said. “And, in my opinion, if they had said that openly, it would have not put the issue to rest.”

Faced with that, the Warren Commission went with what it believed.

Gunn says that wasn’t enough. It’s not that he thinks all the loose ends needed to be tied up.

“It wouldn’t be unusual if Oswald had done the crime — or not done the crime — to have evidence that’s inconsistent,” he said.

It’s the big mysteries that cause him the most trouble.

“If the president had been killed as part of a conspiracy, that needed to be known,” he said.

“The institution that had the opportunity to best get to the bottom of this, as much as it was possible, was the Warren Commission, and they didn’t do it,” he said. “Now it’s too late to do what should have been done originally.”

The continuing legacy of the Kennedy Assassination and Warren Commission report. Since those days, in spite of numerous attempts to “get to the bottom of things,” such a bottom remains occluded. And as a result, as a people  we have become dubious, wary, and hostile to government at the same times as the functions of government have been usurped and twisted in such a way as to be forfeit of support. Thus do the echoes of what happened fifty years ago today continue to reverberate. And if that makes me a conspiracy theorist, then at least I have plenty of company.

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Surly1 is an administrator and contributing author to Doomstead Diner. He is the author of numerous rants and articles on this site, and has been active in the Occupy movement. He lives in Southeastern Virginia.

 

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The assessment of the effect of the electricity price on energy production is important when studyin [...]

Anticipating seasonal climate anomalies is essential for defining short-term adaptation measures. To [...]

The population that lives in cities has surpassed the one that lives in the countryside. Cities are [...]

Concerns exists regarding natural disasters, but what about the resulting power outages? This study [...]