Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Looks like that Dallas patient is not an America but a Liberian national

US Visas Held By 13,500 People In Three Ebola Countries

Roughly 13,500 people from the Ebola-stricken countries of Sierra Leon, Guinea and Liberia have visas to visit the United States, according to federal data.

The data doesn’t show how many of those people are already in the United States, but visitors from those countries should be excluded until they can show they’re free of Ebola, said Jennifer Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that pushes for low-scale immigration.

“It would be reasonable [for the president] to designate Ebola as a communicable disease of public health significance. 

"That would enable the State Department to impose tighter restrictions on visitors” from countries with Ebola outbreaks, she said.

Under current policies, only people with obvious Ebola symptoms are excluded by border officials. 

But a person can be infected with the disease, and not show any symptoms, for up to 21 days.

On Sept. 30, federal officials announced that a Liberian had flown into the United States on Sept. 20, and had began to show obvious symptoms of the disease on the 24th. 

Disease-carriers can transmit the disease once they have symptoms.

The Liberian is now being treated in a Dallas hospital, and federal officials are trying to contact everyone who was in contact with the Liberian. 

Ebola reaches America

For how many weeks have health officials of the CDC and other fatheads been telling us there can be no epidemic in the US because We're Number One, goddammit, and nothing can sneak past our intrepid and expert germ-hunters?

Well, they dropped the ball the first chance they got.

Dallas Ebola patient had contact with children, Texas governor says

[T]he handling of the case has sparked serious questions.

The patient, a man, walked into an emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on September 26. 

A nurse asked him about his recent travels while he was in the emergency room, and the patient said he had traveled to Africa, said Dr. Mark Lester, executive vice president of Texas Health Resources.

But that information was not "fully communicated" to the medical team, Lester said.

The man, who had flown from Liberia to the United States about a week earlier, underwent basic blood tests, but not an Ebola screening, and was sent home with antibiotics, said Dr. Edward Goodman with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Two days later, on September 28, the man returned to the facility, where it was determined that he probably had Ebola. 

He was then isolated. 

He tested positive for the virus Tuesday, health officials said.

Can't happen here, huh?

And per the story,

Five students at four different schools came into contact with the man, Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles added, but none has exhibited symptoms of the deadly virus. 

The children are being monitored at home, and the schools they attended remain open, Miles said. 

Between 12 and 18 people have been identified as having come in contact with the patient, who is the first to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, officials said.

But not to worry because this is America and OUR medical people won't fuck this up.

Right.

Oh, and the Dallas honcho says there's no cause for alarm.

Second suspected Ebola patient in Dallas

Anybody read Camus' The Plague recently?

Officialdom is always the same.

Denial is the policy of the real "first responders."

Once again, people, Ebola is the real serious threat to the US, not ISIS.

To hell with ISIS.

Jump on Ebola.

Wrong target, I know

Bob Graham Blames The Saudis

There was and still is more reason to bomb and invade Saudi Arabia over 9/11 than there ever was to bomb and invade Iraq.

And Afghanistan?

Maybe a tie.

The cover-up was on from the 9/12, as Michael Moore's documentary reported.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Soylent Green is coming

It's a while since I said it.

True all the same.

Just not as soon as the movie envisioned.

(We're already past that deadline.)

Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years

No idea how far this "science" can be trusted.

But that's certainly the direction of things, anyway.

Boom for you, depression for me

Why the Economy is Still Failing Most Americans

Robert Reich.

The Commerce Department reported last Friday that the economy grew at a 4.6 percent annual rate in the second quarter of the year.

So what? 

The median household’s income continues to drop.

Median household income is now 8 percent below what it was in 2007, adjusted for inflation. 

It’s 11 percent below its level in 2000.

. . . . 

We’re in the first economic upturn on record in which 90 percent of Americans have become worse off.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Comrade Ogilvy

Who would have guessed Orwell had any sense of humor at all.

Winston Smith's invention of Comrade Ogilvy early on in 1984, complete with his absurd death, is a wonderful satire. 

At twenty-three he had perished in action. 

Pursued by enemy jet planes while flying over the Indian Ocean with important despatches [sic], he had weighted his body with his machine gun and leapt out of the helicopter into deep water, despatches and all - an end, said Big Brother, which it was impossible to contemplate without feelings of envy.

Or maybe it's only amusing after a bit of whiskey.

Morality is the first refuge of the will to power

When you ask why and they say "Justice demands it," "It would be wrong not to," or other words to that effect they are doing several things.

First, they are not answering you; moral reasons are complete hogwash and morality is in the lie of the beholder.

Second, they are throwing sand in your eyes; they are drawing you into useless blather about what does not exist to avoid serious talk about what does.

Third, they are bullying, they are damning anyone who will not obey, they are damning you to your face.

Fourth, they are asserting their dominance; anyone who can talk such rot without fear of mockery or violence is obviously the more powerful.

They begin with moral declamation to prevent thought, discussion, and back talk and stick with it for the same reasons.

Anyone who says "Come let us reason together!" and then talks like that is a fraud.

And he may not even know it.

But he most likely does.

Kids from the start seem to realize this is all about control, all about whose will prevails.

They seem pretty much undeceived by the masquerade of meaning in moral talk.

What do they say to people about to take a step out of line?

Much more often "Don't do it! You'll get in trouble!" than "But it's wrong!"

And what do they say when their friends try to nag them into taking a step out of line?

Again, much more often "I can't. I'll get in trouble." than "It's wrong."

Quite young, as soon as they realize it can succeed, when they decide to disobey authority they just lie about it.

And then when they get caught Mom and Dad, wise to that, deploy extra heavy punishment to discourage lying.

Only as the very last refuge does Mom or Dad say, "Because I said so!"

Or else!

The new Guilded Aged

The invisible rich and the immensity of inequality

This county is not ours.

It belongs to the global capitalists and its job is to make and keep the world safe for global capitalism.

That is why we are and morally must remain the indispensable nation.

That is what defines us as a people, what makes us who we are.

Oops.

That's global democratic capitalism.

Yes, well, that's important, I'll bet.

Do they talk to people like that in a free country?

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

JFK

O interviewed on 60 Minutes

He was good.

[T]his week, in my speech to the United Nations General Assembly, I made very clear we are not at war against Islam. 

Islam is a religion that preaches peace and the overwhelming majority of Muslims are peaceful. 

But in the Muslim world right now, there is a cancer that has grown for too long that suggests that it is acceptable to kill innocent people who worship a different God. 

. . . .

We have to get the international community to recognize this is a problem. 

We've got to get Arab and Muslim leaders to say very clearly, "These folks do not represent us. They do not represent Islam," and to speak out forcefully against them.

He leaned on vacuous, globalist cliches beloved of the classe politique.

Steve Kroft: 

I think everybody applauds the efforts that you've made and the size of the coalition that has been assembled. 

But most of them are contributing money or training or policing the borders, not getting particularly close contact. 

It looks like once again we are leading the operation. We are carrying...

President Obama: 

Steve, that's always the case. 

That's always the case. 

America leads. 

We are the indispensable nation. 

We have capacity no one else has. 

Our military is the best in the history of the world. 

And when trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don't call Beijing. 

They don't call Moscow. 

They call us.

That's the deal.

Steve Kroft: 

I mean, it looks like we are doing 90 percent.

President Obama: 

Steve, when as issue ... when there's a typhoon in the Philippines, take a look at who's helping the Philippines deal with that situation. 

When there's an earthquake in Haiti, take a look at who's leading the charge and making sure Haiti can rebuild. 

That's how we roll. 

And that's what makes this America.

He was clueless.

Steve Kroft: 

But you've said that we are not going to be the Shiite air force. 

We're not going to be the Kurdistan air force. 

I'm not going to be the Iraqi air force. 

But in effect, with the allies, that's what we have become. 

We have become the Iraqi air force.

President Obama: 

With the allies, with their ground troops, and if we do our job right and the Iraqis fight, then over time our role can slow down and taper off. 

And their role, reasserts itself. 

But all that depends, Steve. 

And nobody's clearer than I am about this. 

That the Iraqis have to be willing to fight. 

And they have to be willing to fight in a nonsectarian way. 

Shiite, Sunni and Kurd alongside each other against this cancer in their midst.

Steve Kroft: 

What happens if the Iraqis don't fight or can't fight?

President Obama: 

Well...

Steve Kroft: 

What's the end game?

President Obama: 

I'm not going to speculate on failure at the moment. 

And he was scary.

Steve Kroft: 

Do you think there's any chance of a military confrontation between NATO and Russia and Ukraine?

President Obama: 

No, I don't think there's going to be a military confrontation between NATO and Russia, although we have worked very hard to reassure our NATO allies on the front lines, including some smaller Baltic states like Estonia, where I visited before the NATO Summit in Wales, that Article Five of the the NATO treaty means what it says. 

We come to the aid and assistance, so if you mess with the NATO country, then there will be a military confrontation. 

And Putin understands that.