Wednesday, October 29, 2014

EBOLA, MIDTERM ELECTIONS, THE ECONOMY AND OTHER SIGNS MANKIND IS TOO STUPID TO SURVIVE MUCH LONGER

When did this world become full of people that mentally challenged individuals could make fun of for totally irrational decisions? Whether it be black people still protesting in Ferguson when all the available evidence says Brown was a racist douche who may or may not have deserved to get shot, or Republicans (and some Democrats) voting to put back into office the same ass they have complained about for the past decade, mankind has hit the wall of sanity.
Nowhere is that more readily apparent than in how Ebola is handled in this country. Over seas, the coverage is calm, rational and informative. Here a bunch of spastic monkeys are throwing their poo at the screen and seeing what sticks. In countries like Australia, they have joined the ranks of at least ten places banning individuals from hot zone areas, for the main reason of perception which is everything in society. Meanwhile, the so called "experts" here continue to spread false hoods over why such a quarantine won't work, such as how aid workers won't be able to get there, which is NOT what is being asked of. Flights TO said hot zones are fine. Flights out are another matter. Plus, exceptions could made for aid workers, as long as they know they face a 21 day home confinement once they get back.

And that is the problem. We just found out that when Dr. Spencer, now infected with Ebola, was questioned about his travel itinerary around NY, he lied and said he stayed home. When officials countered that with his credit card statement, he confessed he travelled across the city in blatant disregard for the protocols he was given. If a doctor can't self-quarantine, then who will?
Also bitching to high heaven, is recently returned nurse, Kaci Hickox, who first threw a fit over a mandatory 21 day isolation and threatened to sue, which apparently her and her lawyers know nothing about the vast power governors and the President have to isolate people for forever if they so decide. To make matters worse, after she was sent home, she has said she plans on breaking her quarantine and there's nothing anyone can do to stop her. WTF lady? The governor of Maine is now seeking to force her if she breaks her home confinement. This is what her organization Doctors Without Borders had to say:

Doctors Without Borders “strongly disagrees with blanket forced quarantine for health care workers returning from Ebola affected countries,” the group said in an e-mailed statement.

Nice to know that these alleged doctors seem to know nothing about why said quarantine is necessary, if nothing else to STOP A FUCKING PANIC! Ebola is scary as hell, with as high as a 70% death rate. People do not care about the science about this. They just don't want to get it and considering how bad the CDC has been in handling this, like every corporate or government institution has been for over a decade now, people have a right to not trust anything being said about anything anymore. Here is what one resident had to say:

They’re just really nervous,” Tammy Daigle said from behind the lunch counter at Stevie D’s Panini Plus. “I think they are having a hard time understanding why she wants to come up here for quarantine

Daigle, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, said national media attention has caught Fort Kent residents off guard. The town is better known as a destination for snowmobilers and hunters than for journalists from “Good Morning America.”

“We don’t see any of that around here. Of all the places, it’s happening here,” Daigle said. “I hope (Hickox) understands we’re not against her, we’re just afraid. It’s scary.”

This dumb bitch is all about her, her, her and is falling to see that her actions are causing more people to panic needlessly when if she just sat her ass on the fucking couch for a few weeks, all of this would pass. But we have become such a self centered group of whining crybabies, that anytime something doesn't go our way, we lash out in anger and smugness. I HATE that kind of attitude.
It certainly is seen all over the midterms right now, where Congress has record low approval ratings, yet 90% of the incumbents are going to win. What is wrong with that picture? Democrats have run the worst ad campaign I have ever seen by falling to tie Republicans to people like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner which the right has done much better tying every Democrat to Obama and his idiotic policies. The left is humming and hawing over every answer the press asks them while the right keeps chanting "Obama's fault," over and over, even though Congress is every bit as complacent in the do nothing government we have.

The right wing voters seem to have forgotten the GOP ran this country into the ground, is still advocating policies that are proven failures and have no idea how to fix anything, yet they are the front runners next Tuesday. Take the Maine governor above fighting Hickox. He's a Tea Party douche who kept a roll of duct tape on his desk as a reminder to keep quiet after he alluded to sodomy while criticizing a political opponent. He joked about bombing the state’s largest newspaper and last year was quoted as saying the nation’s first black president “hates white people.”
 
 Maine’s Tea Party governor erases history - Originally published on March 30, 2011
About 38 percent of eligible Maine voters would re-elect the governor while 34 percent would vote for his Democratic opponent, Mike Michaud, according to a Pan Atlantic SMS Group poll conducted between Oct. 15 and Oct. 21. Another 10 percent plan to vote for independent Eliot Cutler, which is somehow sucking more votes away from the democrat rather than this waste of space. Like a lot of polls lately, this one is all over the place and will come down to the wire.

Lastly we have the economy. The Dow I thought would crater today as QE infinity has finally ended. No more free money for the banks who will instead have to resort to other means like ripping off their customers should have meant a lower Dow. And while it is down 20 point as of this writing, I thought for sure 400 would have been a good guess.

However, what they said at today's meeting was hardly one of great confidence. Interest rates will remain at zero until next year which is great for investors and crappy for anyone else. Here more of what they had to say:

The statement also made a major change to the Fed’s view on labor markets. Instead of seeing “significant underutilization” in the labor market, which was in the September statement, the Fed now said that underutilization in labor resources “is gradually diminishing.” 

On inflation, the U.S. central bank dismissed concern with the drop in inflation expectations seen in financial markets. It said that surveys of longer-term inflation expectations have “remained stable.” It said that low inflation has been held down by low energy prices and “the likelihood of inflation running persistently below 2% has diminished somewhat since early this year.”

This is much like the housing market which went from record gains to a steep decline in housing prices, and which I might ad my article about this was dead on some time back when I said the government data was seriously flawed. Turns out, I was right. Again. Tomorrow comes the new GDP data, which I can promise will also be majorly overestimating the true state of the Union. When the revisions come back weeks later, it will be far less than what they say and massively underreported. Interest rates should have been raised some time ago but why let reality get in the way of trillions of dollars being stolen by the rich.
Our economy is a house of cards and one strong blow will knock it over. The EU is still failing, China is stalling and Japan is on the verge of collapse. Yet according to the news, its never been better here in the USA. Yippie.

We need to show up come Tuesday and vote out all the Republicans and most of the democrats. Vote for the third party. Vote for the non-incumbent, assuming the opponent isn't worse than the guy already in there and let's shake up Congress. Or we can nominate the same morons and watch the country sink. Your choice America but remember a vote for Republicans is a vote to end this country. Their policies are proven failures and so are you if you think this will change once they get into office.

Monday, October 27, 2014

EBOLA: WHAT YOU ARE BEING TOLD IS NOT WHAT IS BEING SAID BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!

We've all heard the proclamations from the CDC and other health organizations that Ebola cannot be casually transmitted through indirect contact. As someone who has studied the Ebola virus for more than 25 years now, I can safely tell you that is not entirely true. While it is not smallpox or the flu, which can be infectious at up to six feet, Ebola needs a more personal contact. However, a lot of what the CDC keeps blathering on about appears to be more along the lines of not wanting to start a panic, rather than inform people about the exact nature of the disease.

Signs are appearing in doctor's offices, dentist's practices and even the local pharmacies warning people about Ebola while also trying to tamp down fears. But misinformation is even worse than none at all. This was hanging up at a CVS:

 ebola-sheet

But this what the CDC is telling airlines:

A CDC advisory entitled Interim Guidance about Ebola Virus Infection for Airline Flight Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel reveals that the federal agency is concerned about airborne contamination.
 
The advisory urges airline staff to provide surgical masks to potential Ebola victims in order “to reduce the number of droplets expelled into the air by talking, sneezing, or coughing.” (emphasis mine).
 
The CDC is also directing airline cleaning personnel to, “not use compressed air, which might spread infectious material through the air.”
The CDC’s concern about the Ebola virus being spread via the air is understandable in light of a 2012 experiment conducted by Canadian scientists which proved that, “the ebola virus could be transmitted by air between species.”
 
Researchers demonstrated that the virus could be transmitted from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact by placing the two animals in pens separated only by a wire barrier. After eight days, some of the monkeys were found to have symptoms of Ebola likely as a result of “inhaling large aerosol droplets produced from the respiratory tracts of the pigs.”
 
In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada’s official website states under a section entitled “mode of transmission,” that “airborne spread among humans is strongly suspected, although it has not yet been conclusively demonstrated.”
 
The NBC cameraman once infected with Ebola got it by aerosol transmission when power washing a car, thus airborne. So why keep telling us it isn't?
This is from the CDC website itself:
 
Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose, or mouth of another person. Droplets travel short distances, less than 3 feet (1 meter) from one person to another.
A person might also get infected by touching a surface or object that has germs on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
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Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs, faucet handles, and toys, since the Ebola virus may live on surfaces for up to several hours.

And this from a study done in 1995 by the Army:

We also demonstrated aerosol transmission of Ebola virus at lower temperature and humidity than that normally present in sub-Saharan Africa. Ebola virus sensitivity to the high temperatures and humidity in the thatched, mud, and wattel huts shared by infected family members in southern Sudan and northern Zaire may have been a factor limiting aerosol transmission of Ebola virus in the African epidemics. Both elevated temperature and relative humidity (RH) have been shown to reduce the aerosol stability of viruses (Songer 1967). Our experiments were conducted at 240C [i.e. 75 degrees Fahrenheit] and < 40% RH, conditions which are known to favour the aerosol stability of at least two other African haemorrhagic fever viruses, Rift Valley fever and Lassa (Stephenson et a/. 1984; Anderson et a/. 1991). If the same holds true for filoviruses [Ebola is a type of filovirus], aerosol transmission is a greater threat in modern hospital or laboratory settings than it is in the natural climatic ranges of viruses.

This means that person to person transmission is much more likely in a hospital than anywhere else, and that seems to hold true due to secondary transmissions that happened in Texas Presbyterian which was woefully unprepared for these type of cases. Imagine what would happen in a mass outbreak.

NJ, NY, IL and others may have the right idea by confining people exposed to Ebola as self-quarantining has not worked so far by medical professionals who should really know better. Thomas Duncan's family had the same issues, refusing to stay inside, resulting in armed guards outside their residence. This is what NJ and NY have decided to do, letting shrill, harpy, Kaci Hickox go home for house arrest, which is what they should have done in the first place as she wasn't sick yet. However, her "lawsuit" against her arrest shows a sheer lack of knowledge about the power politicians have to detain you and, unfortunately for her, Chris Christie does have the right and the power to isolate potential threats to his state as dictated by law. Many have complained that this is deterring people from going to Ebola ravaged nations. I think that some are coming back with the disease is a far bigger issue and one that I have seen several people back out because of. A three week vacation at home doesn't sound as horrible as shitting myself for several straight weeks, as apparently that is one of the symptoms, continuous diarrhea with hot zone quality. Fun.
We need to be telling people you CAN get it from a bus, if you happen to be sitting next to some infectious individual, albeit however unlikely. I know a lot of you out there are sick of being lied to. Just tell us the truth and let us deal with it because if this does break out to a world wide epidemic because you were afraid the weaker of us can't handle it, half the world dies in six months. This is both a serious problem and massive over reactions, mostly by our ill-informed media outlets. The chances of Ebola becoming airborne are slim. But they are not zero and everytime you tell us something and then back track on it later, it makes trust that much harder in a world where that distrust is deadlier than any disease.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

DOUCHEBAG OF THE WEEK: DEMOCRATS

While Republican voters should get more ire for their idiocy in voting for candidates who are proven failures like Brownback, Scott, Walker and McConnell, the Democrats are running some of the worst campaign ideas I've ever seen. It's like they are trying to lose. If this was a fight, I charge the left with taking a dive. How do you ignore topics like income inequality, pot legalization, gay rights and tuition hikes for the tone deaf platitudes such as the "war on women," NRA associations and other classic oldies from days gone by. The GOP wisely didn't run any weirdo candidates this time around so the democrats picked up the slack by harping on topics no one cares about. Let's see those runner ups.
1)Oscar Pistorius- This once great Olympic athlete finished his disgrace with a short five year prison sentence, far less than he deserved. Legless Pooch killed his model girlfriend in a bathroom, a relationship her mother said was never consummated. I don't know if I believe that, but it will be at least ten months, when he is allowed a parole hearing, before he gets any action that doesn't involve a burly biker dude. Enjoy prison, douchebag.

2)Dan Patrick- As I stated above, I cannot believe some of the mouth breathers that the right wants to elect into government. This latest waste of space is running for Lt. Governor of Texas and actually said that he believes that God speaks to him through Duck Dynasty star, Phil Robertson. That is fucking crazy as is anyone who votes for this dangerous lunatic. He is anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-woman and free of sane thoughts in general. Yet, he is leading by double digits in Texas. That is absolute insanity and the exact reason why this country is going flush. Texas should be ashamed of itself.

3)Teenage girls joining Isis- Speaking of crazy, three female teens from Colorado tried to make it to Syria to join Isis but got stopped in Germany when their parents tracked them down. What possible excuse do these girls have for trying to join a terrorist group? I know bad boys are exciting but talk about taking it too far. The funny part is that this happening globally and, instead of become fighters as they wish and are being told, any dumb bitch who makes it there gets married off to some sweaty Arab instead. That's hysterical. Stay in school kids.

4)Vladimir Martynenko- I know few of you out there have any idea who this is, but trust me, he is in a world of hurt right now. Earlier this week, a plane carrying Christophe de Margerie, the CEO of a French oil company Total, and a close friend of Putin, crashed when a snow plow, driven by Martynenko hit it as it was taking off. Prosecutors are claiming he was drunk at the time, which is being contested, but either way, this guy is going to get the blame. Four others at the airport have been detained as well. I hope they like cold weather because they are most likely Siberia bound for a nice long stay at some distant Gulag. Ouch.

5)Cancelled TV shows- Two shows bit it this week. Manhattan Love Story from ABC was the first to get the axe, which regular readers will recognize as one of the series I felt would disappear first. It was unwatchable drek. I hate voice overs and this sitcom was chock full of it. Expect a lot of other sitcoms like A to Z, Bad Judge, and Selfie to join the cancelled ranks before years end as well. The only new sitcom worth watching is Marry Me, which is absolutely hysterical. Honey Boo Boo reached it's end as well after Mama June revealed she was dating a convicted child molester. While I can't fault TLC for axing this show, I find it ironic that it was because of what is certainly the show's main demographic. Honey Boo Boo is either going to be some stripper with daddy issues or a whale of a woman like her mother surviving off of welfare payments. Could go either way with little chance of ever hearing this being said: "now introducing Dr. Honey Boo Boo."
6)Ebola and health care workers- This week it came out that Dr. Craig Spencer, who just having returned from Liberia, was infected with Ebola. Instead of self quarantining himself, as he was supposed to have done, dumbass traveled across the city by jogging, taxis, subways and eventually a bowling alley. The fact that he may have been symptomatic at the time is all the more troubling. Considering both him and Dr. Nancy Snyderman failed to follow their own guidelines, NY, NJ and now FL have all issued mandatory quarantines for all people exposed to Ebola. Kaci Hickox became the first person to get a 21 day stay in an isolation room after returning as a nurse who treated Ebola patients. Of course she is crying and whining about it, oblivious to the fact that no one who has been exposed to Ebola seems to understand the concept of staying put and have instead decided to recreate the Amazing Race while trying to use all their frequent flyer miles. If you want to volunteer to help anyone infected, fine by me, but do not expect us to welcome you back with open arms as so far, no one seems capable of sitting on their couch for three weeks.

7)NYC Police- This week, a racist Muslim convert attacked four police with a hatchet. He got one on the head, one in the arm and the other two filled him full of holes. They also somehow missed their target and managed to shatter several windows and get a woman in the back who made the mistake of going outside and being anywhere near a NYC cop. The attacker could not have been more than a few feet away and still they missed. NYC has one of the worst accuracy rates of any police force in the country, with most of their force incapable of hitting a stationary target at six feet or less. Nice training guys. Considering you strangled a guy for selling loose cigarettes, hardly a crime even worth stopping, you guys are dangerous to everyone. It came out that the assailant hated white people, cops and non-Muslims. Sounds like a fun guy. I am not sorry he got killed but I wish the police would learn to aim better.
8)The Palins- This week Sarah and Bristol Palin blamed the "left wing" media for lying about a recent brawl they were involved with, even though audio tape from several eyewitnesses and the police report say something radically different. According to the Palins, they were attacked viciously by unnamed people at a party, which they were not even invited to. Everyone else said Bristol was really drunk while dragging her five year old around and punched the ex-boyfriend of her sister Willow repeatedly. How scary is it that this brain damaged bitch almost became VP of the USA?

9)Jaylen Fryberg- In yet another school shooting, this time in Washington, this douchebag shot his friends and then himself in a truly bizarre attack. Popular, on the football team and recently suspended for fighting (breaking the nose of his foe), this guy is not the usual loner/loser we are used to. A break up of his girlfriend along with some oddly perverse sexual habits for a 14 year old, may have been the catalyst leading up to this. Allegedly he was in to "rough sex," and was upset his girlfriend was sleeping with a friend of his, which is off as he is 14. Whether this led to the shooting or not is anyone's guess but seems likely. Either Fryberg was dangerously mentally ill and no one knew it or the kid was so fragile due to the babying of today's teens that he snapped when he felt the first taste of rejection which he may have been sheltered from all his life. Either way, he's a dick and I am glad he's dead. I just wish he hadn't taken a bunch of innocent people with him.
Democrat Party Platform
10)Democrats- Speaking of wastes of space, the democrats are barely hanging on right now when they should be winning handedly. For some inane reason, they have failed to remind voters that the GOP shut down the government, are running on polices that are proven failures like trickle down economics and have no concrete plan to fix anything. The democrats are losing in places like MA for governor because they nominated a person that was so unlikable, Scott Brown grabbed the seat Martha Coakley should have had easily a few years back. Now she is on the verge of losing again as she has failed to embrace lefty policies like pot legalization, tuition help and higher taxes on the wealthy for some nonsense about nothing that anyone cares about. Everyone I talk to does not care who wins as either way, the person blows and there seems to be little difference between the two. In some states, like WI, FL and PA, democrats have run better campaigns and might pull out a win. Places like MA, Kentucky and Arkansas, have terrible democratic ads have not helped the struggling candidates who are at a complete disconnect with the voters. They keep going after right wingers that were never going to vote for them while ignoring their base in the process. This is a sure fire way to lose an election. So congratulations democrats you are indeed douchebag of the week.