The Little Virus that Could

I’m starting to wonder if the mid-term elections will provide any distraction from the Ebola clusterfuck taking place in front of our eyes.

Nah, I didn’t think so either. This Dallas case and the utterly inept containment does not bode well.

The arrogant civilized West could have the mother of all bitchslaps coming by the little virus that could wipe out a large segment of the population, crashing “the economy” and civilization as we know it.

Disposal could be what does us in – how ironic would that be? An Ebola patient is essentially leaking from every orifice and those fluids contain loads of virus….they are “hot” with live virus. Wipe up the hot fluids and you’ve got hot wipes. Trash becomes hot. Bodies are hot.

So to see pictures of people in street clothes spraying the balcony where Mr. Duncan vomited did not inspire confidence in our superior western ways. Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is not telling the truth when he offers platitudes about the superiority of western medicine.

Fear, stupidity, ignorance or wishful thinking is not confined to any particular country on this dying globe of ours. Instead of telling us there is nothing to worry about, how about educating us on some reasonable precautions? What possible harm would that do?

If the idea is to calm fears and quell panic, then solid information should be streaming out of the CDC instead of bullshit about how the US is so superior. This is hubris, plain and simple.

“Pride goeth before destruction” is, I believe, an apt quote here if you happen to believe in the largest mass delusion on earth.

If not, knowing limits and abiding by those limits is a humility the human race never learned.

The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 resulted in world wide public health services. Alas, global “Reaganomics” dismantled it. Only remnants remain.

I kinda always thought that the reason governments exist is to protect the common good.

Bwahahaha! Nowadays, governments exist to facilitate resource extraction. Certainly that has always been true to a degree (the WWs, for instance, were both fought at the behest of the bankers), but the Hillary Clinton/Joe Biden work on fracking makes mercenaries look like boy scouts by comparison.

So Ebola has reached our shores. No surprise. It was only a matter of time, because you’ve got members of the Obama administration saying that travel quarantines “don’t work.” Once again, so not true. Can’t restrict travel because that would hurt business. Nothing will be allowed to hurt business.

Poor Mr. Duncan. If he had been rich with great insurance, do you think he would have been sent home with some antibiotics?

Remember that thing…..leadership, I believe it’s called….hard to remember because it’s been so long since we’ve seen it, but that is what is needed here. A photo op should do.

Remember the photo of Princess Diana holding babies with AIDS? Remember what impact that had?

Dallas county does have one such person. County Judge Clay Jenkins actually visited Mr. Duncan’s family in quarantine (that thing that doesn’t work) and then drove them to their new abode while the old abode finally, after days, gets decontaminated. He stepped up. I hope he stays well.

But I nominate Rick Perry, as the governor of the great state of Texas, to lead by example, to become the poster-boy for Ebola. He needs to get to that Dallas hospital and have a hug with the doctors and nurses that “treated” Mr. Duncan and then do the same with the people that cleaned up after him. I want to see a picture of him in no mask and no gloves with all of the people who had contact with Mr. Duncan AND his fluids. Then I might believe that there is nothing to worry about.

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2 Responses to The Little Virus that Could

  1. Chris says:

    Hugs wouldn’t do it, but if he licked the inside of the patients mouth, I’m in. But let’s get real here. More people die from ” the flu” every winter with no fanfare. We are still dying at record numbers, because we are fat lazy pigs, who eat what Madison ave. feeds us.

    • igotsomethin says:

      So far, true enough. Millions are still starving to death, too. But Ebola has the potential to be a slate wiper and deserves respect instead of arrogance. No flu, so far as I know, has a lethality rate of 70-90%, like Ebola does.

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