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Zero Chance Is A Mighty Bold Statement From CDC

The Director of the CDC, Dr. Thomas Frieden, stated that there is “zero risk of transmission [of Ebola] on the flight.” You see, they screen people for fevers and if they have a temperature of 101.5 F or greater they are not allowed to fly.

As the article points out, people can take medications like ibuprofen to get their temperatures down so they can board the flight.

So suppose a person is three days post exposure (symptoms develop in 2-21 days) and he gets a high fever, is feeling sick to his stomach and weak. He takes ibuprofen and gets his temperature down enough to board the flight. On the way he gets sicker and vomits on the people next to him or he coughs right in their faces.

These folks get the body fluids (vomitus or airborne mucous from the cough) in their eyes or on a break in the skin and they have now been exposed to the virus (assuming the virus made the person sick in the first place).

There are many body fluids that could be left in the airplane lavatory that would be easily transferred.

They get home and 2-21 days later they develop symptoms.

Is this a likely scenario? Probably not but it can happen and that means the claim of zero chance is not credible.

Others in the article are taking issue with the claim and they point out that it might be possible to get Ebola in ways other than those commonly believed. They point to the possibility of mutated strains of the virus after it has passed through people and they claim to have seen these variants in non human primates.

So it might be unlikely that Ebola can be transmitted during a flight but the claim of “zero risk” is not credible. Low risk is not zero risk.

People are trying to get away and they are doing whatever they can to avoid detection or suspicion because they do not want to go to centers where people with the full blown disease are housed.

They would rather place everyone else at risk.

This is the same CDC that mistakenly shipped a dangerous strain of avian influenza to a poultry research lab, accidentally shipped live anthrax to two other labs and also shipped live botulism bacteria.

So safety might not be their forte. They might be pretty good at what they do but it appears as if they are trying to give an impression of safety about Ebola that is not exactly true.

My opinion is not that important but the opinions of the researchers cited in the article are…

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Ebola Unlikely Here But It Has Arrived

EbolaBarack Obama said that it was unlikely we would see Ebola cases here but we now have, so now it is likely and many people are in danger.

This is not fear mongering because there is a real possibility that a lot of people were infected. A man returned from a funeral in Liberia. He had contact with a lot of people along the way and he presented to a hospital with an illness. He was initially sent home and returned when he got worse. During the period between visits he had contact with a lot of people.

Now a second person has presented with symptoms. This is all taking place in Dallas and so far the issue concerns family and close contacts. How many people have all of these folks had contact with? A virus spreads through contact and the more people who are in contact with the infected person the more infections we will have. This is how the seasonal flu spreads (though the method of transmission is different between those viruses).

“Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents: The fact that we have one confirmed case, there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient,” he said. “So this is real. There should be a concern, but it’s contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment.”

The director continued to assure residents that the public isn’t at risk because health officials have the virus contained. USA Today

The virus is only contained with regard to the original carrier. Since a second person has symptoms there is a real possibility that many have been infected. Given that this guy flew on a plane full of people and given that he has had contact with many folks who in turn have had contact with others it is unwise to say the virus is contained.

This is a disaster in the making and our government is responsible. Why do we allow people to return here from affected areas without quarantining them?

We are ill prepared for this because our so called leaders are more interested in catering to special interest groups like the illegal alien crowd which has resulted in huge numbers of people (with varying diseases) entering this country and being dispersed throughout it.

Why do you think there are so many reports of children with Respiratory illnesses across this country?

Be prepared for a nightmare if this mess results in an outbreak.

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Holder Wants Help Spying

Of course it is all for the children.

Eric The Red Holder spoke at the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online and he said that the new encryption used on electronic devices will lock law enforcement out and hamper their ability to investigate and gather evidence.

The whole Idea is to lock government (in this case the police) out of our devices.

Holder is concerned because the encryption prevents cellular companies from accessing the data that is encrypted and he wants some kind of back door to allow law enforcement to enter. Sorry pal, you don’t get access to everyone’s stuff just because some folks use the things illegally. If you want the information you will have to find another way to get it.

Holder is concerned because it is for the children. Here is an idea, lock the child molesters and pedophiles up and throw away the key. If some person has thousands of photos and videos as Holder claims then that person is not new at this and has likely been at odds with the law.

Even if they have not then it is up to the police to gather evidence and find a way to get into that person’s device.

Sounds harsh but while Holder can claim it is for the children what will stop the police from using the back door to access tons of things? Suppose they arrest a person for drug activity. What would stop them from accessing a device and getting all the contacts on the phone and then investigating those people for drug activity? How many people who have nothing to do with that illegal activity will be the focus of police because they used the back door to a device? There are far too many ways for this to be abused to warrant allowing it.

Holder made his case by describing some child predator that has thousands of items in a cloud and lamented that the cops can’t access it.

Well they can. Cloud storage can be accessed (as stated right in the article where Holder described the alleged problem) so there is no reason to access any device through some police only entrance.

The government is involved in far too much spying on its own citizens and what Holder wants would only allow more of it to happen.

Stay out of our stuff and stay out of our lives.

When you catch a bad guy doing bad things put him in jail and LEAVE him there. Smarmy lawyers like Holder work with the system to allow these cretins to go free and then cry when they commit the same crimes over and over.

How about we have a citizen only back door into government devices so we can keep track on the criminals residing there?

Maybe this would have prevented Holder from running guns and working with the IRS to target political foes.

Hell, maybe we could have retrieved some of those emails that were conveniently lost.

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Underestimated Or Ignored

Barack Obama claims that his regime underestimated the rise of ISIS and overestimated the ability of the Iraqi military to fend off that group. Obama made these statements in a 60 Minutes interview.

George W Bush warned that leaving Iraq before the place was stabile and not having a small force in place would result in some group filling the void. He was pretty clear this would happen.

Mitt Romney reiterated this during the debates with Barack Obama. Obama laughed him off.

It is now obvious that Bush and Romney were correct and Obama was wrong. But did Obama underestimate?

Probably not. He is a narcissist and thinks he knows everything. He was aware of what Bush said and Romney told him point blank what would happen so he knew.

He just chose to either ignore or not believe the information. I believe he ignored it because he did not want to give any credit to Bush or Romney. He did not want to say that they were right because he was supposed to be so smart.

He ignored it and now we are using our military to clean up the mess he made. It is pretty telling that the man who said that we could not solve the issues there with our military is now saying we need to use our military to solve issues there.

He should have listened and with ears that big he certainly was able to hear.

Perhaps he was unable because of where he keeps his head…

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State Run Media In The US

In a free country the media would publish stories that it produced and it would not take into account the feelings of the people affected (except to protect people like minors or to clear up errors in facts). This is particularly true with regard to politicians. The media are the fourth estate and a free press (now all media) ensures that public servants are held accountable.

This is only true and only works if the media are unbiased and unhampered.

Unfortunately we have a biased media and that media, at least those reporting on the president, are hampered as the White House receives the reports from the press pool and distributes them.

This is not ideal but the White House has the ability to shoot the press pool reports to a large media audience and this is a task the press pool can’t (or won’t) accomplish. All in all this would not be bad since the White House has the resources.

The rub though, is the White House reads the reports first and has, according to some reporters, demanded that the press change the reports.

This is not how a free press or free society works. The White House should not be reading these prior to release and if there are errors noted after release then the White House can release its own statement. Items found to be in error can be corrected by the media.

We have a state controlled media with regard to the White House press pool. What happens if the reporter refuses to change the report? Does the White House refuse to forward it? Does the White House hold it until it can devise a spin or until the information loses its impact?

Perhaps it is time for the press pool to devise its own distribution framework so that the White House is not involved.

This way the White House does not influence or control the media (any more than a Democrat controlled White House already does).

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