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sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dear Leader and Ebola

Ebola Czar

It has been a very interesting week. We learned that we have had an Ebola Czar since this insanity began, but that nobody's heard a peep out of Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the Department of Health and Human Services. That may have to do with a nasty rumor that's been circulating to the effect that she diverted funds from their intended purpose to an Obama donor. Nobody seems to be upset about this, but it's a dog-bites-man story. That's how the entire Obama Administration has operated (Chicago style) since 2009. 

CDC - Obama appointees explain themselves to Congress.
Tylenol

We have also learned that a simple dose of over-the-counter tylenol will mask ebola symptoms for those who wish to enter the US from the hot zone in West Africa. This means that the measures being taken by the US Government at ports of entry can be thwarted by a fifty-cent purchase of cold medication.

President Obama stopped fund raising and is staying home in the White House. Some people say that it's to lead. I suggest to you that he doesn't want to run around shaking hands with the general public for fear that some Muslim will self-infect and give the Leader of the Free world a dose. It's clearly  possible and the infected human bomb could simply fly into the US with a bottle of tylenol to defeat the Transportation Safety Administration and Department of Health and Human Services.

Mobilized the Reserves re: ebola

Yes, Obama stays home, but he must be getting some advice about how badly things could get because he's mobilized the US Military's Ready Reserves to go to Africa and fight ebola. But we still won't ban people from the hot zone in the US. Riddle me that one.

The Wheels are off the Trolly
WPTZ 5: Ebola WHO Cases - Data shows that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa is doubling every four weeks, said Dr. Isabelle Nuttall, director of the World Health Organization's director of global capacity, alert and response. Nuttall was addressing reporters Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland. Earlier this week, the WHO said there could be 5,000 to 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week by December.
ABCNews: Ebola Comes to Last Safe District in Sierra Leone - Imagine that?
ITV: MSF:'We have reached our ceiling in Ebola response - October 16, 2014 1:45PM The leading organisation fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has said it has reached the limit of its capacity to help, and called on governments and other groups to step up their efforts.
Suspected Ebola patient hospitalised in Denmark - A person with suspected Ebola infection has been hospitalised at Hvidovre Hospital in Denmark's capital Copenhagen for observation.
The Australians are not going to play in Africa. I can't say as I blame them. Australia Can't Deploy Health Workers to Ebola Hotspots: PM
Obama annoyed by Ebola response from France, Italy via TheHil 
NewsMax Ebola Travel Bans Enacted by Nearly 30 Countries, but Not US. Here is the complete list of nations with bans or significant travel restrictions:
Gambia,
Nigeria,
Togo,
Gabon,
Ivory Coast,
Senegal,
Rwanda,
Chad,
South Sudan,
Namibia,
Angola,
Botswana,
South Africa,
Congo,
Kenya,
Madagascar,
Malawi,
Mauritius,
Mozambique,
Swaziland,
Tanzania,
Zambia,
Zimbabwe,
Cameroon,
Gabon,
Morocco.



Who is Nicole Lurie?

Rear Admiral (UH) Nicole Lurie
National Public Health Service
She's YOUR Ebola Czar, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the Department of Health and Human Services.
(IBD) Earlier this week, Sen. John McCain called for an Ebola czar, not knowing one already effectively exists. Why should he, since Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., has been completely M.I.A. 
You have to wonder sometimes if anyone in a leadership position in the Obama administration bothers to show up to work these days. 
Case in point is Dr. Nicole Lurie, who arguably should be front and center in planning for and responding to the Ebola outbreak. 
After all, it's right there in her job title. She's the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, a position created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that reports directly to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Her mission, according to the HHS website, is "to lead the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies."
If the uniform that she's wearing looks a little odd to you swabbies out there, it's because she's with the National Public Health Service and they wear US Navy uniforms (like the surgeon general). 

If you haven't seen her in the news, it's because she's laying low. I have no idea why that is. I have no idea what she's doing to earn her princely salary and what her plans are for ALL OF US. She works for the people, right? (yeah, right)
On Sept. 11, Lurie told the Washington Post that her office was diligently working with other federal agencies "to ensure that U.S. health care providers, hospitals, health clinics, emergency medical services ... have the information they need to be prepared to identify and treat Ebola infections, in case anyone in the United States becomes sick after traveling from affected countries or from contact with infected individuals."
What is she doing to carry out this mission? Apparently nobody knows - not in the Obama Administration anyway. There are even mainstream media people looking for her -- that's how weird it's getting. Imagine, the mainstream media covering something like the ebola situation.

$9 Billion for an "honor system"?
After $9 billion in federal money distributed to U.S. public health departments since 2002 for emergency preparedness, after widespread publicity about West Africa’s outbreak since last March, after reassurances that the world’s best and most modern health care system would keep Ebola out of the U.S., Duncan managed to carry the deadly virus deep into the heart of Texas by defying the honor system designed to stop it: He simply denied his contact with an Ebola patient in Liberia.

Plague

Did she already say "yes to the dress"?

The second nurse infected with Ebola at a Dallas hospital after treating a man who later died of the virus was flown by private jet Wednesday to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for further treatment in a specialized isolation unit.

The patient was identified earlier in the day as 29-year-old Amber Vinson as authorities expressed concern that she took a domestic flight — reportedly to prepare for her wedding in Cleveland — just one day before coming down with symptoms of the deadly disease.


And what will the theme song be this time? What will children chant 500 years from now? It all defies speculation.


Ring around the rosie,

A pocket full of posies,

Ashes - Ashes

We all fall down.


Perhaps it's an urban legend. It depends who you talk to. Of course, this is only a pre-Halloween scare because we all know that plagues don't have theme songs...or do they?
Wikipedia - one view listed
"The invariable sneezing and falling down in modern English versions have given would-be origin finders the opportunity to say that the rhyme dates back to the Great Plague. A rosy rash, they allege, was a symptom of the plague, and posies of herbs were carried as protection and to ward off the smell of the disease. Sneezing or coughing was a final fatal symptom, and "all fall down" was exactly what happened. 
"The line Ashes, Ashes in colonial versions of the rhyme is claimed to refer variously to  cremation of the bodies, the burning of victims' houses, or blackening of their skin, and the theory has been adapted to be applied to other versions of the rhyme. In its various forms, the interpretation has entered into popular culture and has been used elsewhere to make oblique reference to the plague."